Roger and I vacationed in Florida with our children last week. We flew into Tampa airport and arrived around 9:40 – we were so lucky because we could stay at the gate area to wait for our daughter, Ruth, son-in-law, Karl, and grand-daughter, Hannah Ventela. When it was time for their flight to arrive we went to the gate. Walking up the ramp to the gate Hannah spied us and Ruthie let her run up to us and she flew right into our arms.

We gathered everything together and started to baggage claim when we walked into our son taking movies and pictures of us. At first we didn't realize it was him because he had the camera in his face, then when I looked up I saw him – a mother always knows her babies.

Roger took us for a little tour of the area where he and his wife, Sarah, live. We drove down to a local park where we had lunch at a Taste of Boston. They had great seafood. Afterward we went over to Tampa General Hospital where Roger is studying to be a nurse anesthetist. Then we traveled over to Redington Shores where Roger rented a condo right on Gulf of Mexico. A beautiful view of the beach and Gulf. When we pulled into the parking lot, Ruthie parked way over from the building. When we opened the minivan door you could smell the bird sanctuary that was next door. Little Hannah shrugged up her nose and said "tinky" – it was precious. We learned where to park after that!

Roger and Sarah joined us after Sarah finished work and we enjoyed a nice leisurely dinner. Friday found us taking an early morning stroll on the beach then spending the day at the biggest sandbox ever – lounging on the beach. Hannah was in her glory. Prepared with all the sand toys a 20-month-old could ever want, she was off and running. We enjoyed a swim in the Gulf, Hannah in her swimmy and me with my sand shoes. After a dip in the pool where you felt like you should bring your bar of soap, it was back to the condo for dinner prepared by Roger and Sarah and an evening enjoying pictures from Roger and Sarah's trip to Prague and Venice. Saturday we enjoyed another day just like Friday with a stroll on the beach, swimming and playing in the sand. Hannah was so worn out she fell asleep on top of Sarah. Ruthie and Karl enjoyed a walk and went to a local coffee shop where they enjoyed a coffee and celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Their first date was to get a cup of coffee. Roger Sr.'s sister, Joann Wilson, drove up from Hollywood and joined us for the day. Later in the evening we all went to Guppy's, a local restaurant, for dinner. Roger Jr. arranged a birthday dessert for me and anniversary dessert for Ruth and Karl. After dinner we went back to the condo where we enjoyed watching the rest of Roger and Sarah's pictures from Switzerland. On Sunday morning we again took a stroll on the beach then came back to the condo to pack to come home. Roger and Sarah took all the leftovers and said they wouldn't have to shop for dinner. It was a delightful couple of days being with the children.


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Colleen Chamberlain and Oakley Sumpter took a vacation to Ontario, Quebec, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Their driving tour enabled them to tour many places including: the NFL Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Mackinac Island in Michigan and the Changing of the Guards at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario.

The 5th annual benefit 5K run/walk "Walk for Life" will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 on the Ma & Pa Heritage Trail. This event is to benefit Alpha's Glory. Online registration at http://www.alphasglobry.org. Onsite registration will be at 8 a.m.

An evening concert with Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks and Steve Hobson will be held on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children under 16. Delight with us in the sounds of Celtic, maritime, early Americana and religious music. For tickets send a self- addressed stamped envelope to St. Paul's Lutheran Church 201 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen MD 21001. Questions call 410-272-3111. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets may be available at door. Proceeds to benefit the parsonage renovations. For information on Charlie Zahm, visit http://www.charliesahm.com.

Happy birthday to Charlie Thomas of Perryville, who celebrates Aug. 3, and a happy birthday to Bill Fay, Havre de Grace, who celebrates on Aug. 5.

Birthday wishes to Ginger Eastridge from her family on Aug. 4, as well as Barbara Phillips and Sue Hornbarger, who will celebrate the same day. Celebrating his 2nd birthday Aug. 4 is Grayson Jacub Roland, the son of Jimmy and Lexa Roland and grandson of Joanne and Jim Roland.

Bette Bowen is wished a very happy Aug. 5 birthday from The Grand Family of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star.

Sally Marley is sent Aug. 6 birthday wishes and Brandon Beard will celebrate Aug. 7th.

Diane McGrillis is sent birthday wishes from the OWC – Gail Ashby, Kathy Collette, Joanne Roland, Patty Chernick and I. Diane's birthday is Aug. 8.

Ross and Joanne Eck are sent wedding anniversary wishes on their big Aug. 1. anniversary.

Get well and thinking of you wishes are extended to Aileen Squires, Bessie Fetterman, Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Evalyn Owens, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Ben Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Peggy Stone, Carol Itter, Carolyn Kulp, Ruth Bennett, John Witmer, Bonnie Wagner, Norris Cartwright, Sid Wooten, Kay Lewis, Gertrude Fassell, Mimsie Goodman, to the Johnston family especially baby Abigail, Ben Lim, Daisy Gue, Bob Reitz, Rita Clauss, Paula Jones, Jennifer Bortner, Sophie Hamel, Gail Burnheart, Shirley MacWilliams, Hazel Smith, Irene Stadick, Fay Coward, Charles Beckhardt, Sylvia Kirby, Stan Temple, Leona Vincent, Chris Walz, Mildred Martin, Ben Lim, Paula Jones, Wilbur Carr, Toby Harvie, Mary Beth and Eddie Tripplett, Pam Illick, Jackie Ivins, Susan Carlos Bollinger, Leslie Dissick, Mary Ann Phillips, June Gangel, Marty and Joan Hamilton, Kit Mitchell, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Jim Miller, Marilyn Carlon, Darrell Cooper, Gisila Knapp, Carolyn Mitchell, Sylvia Miller, Susan Kogut, Pam Coakley, Rose Hunsicker, Anna Taylor, Tim and Sandy Brooks, Edith Goldsmith, Jim Gosweiler, Pauline Gosweiler, Travis Hollers, Mary Mitchell Craig Walker, Quinton Stepney, Nancy Barr, Bonnie Donoho, Mary Lou Southall and Herb Southall.

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Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave – thank a soldier today!

Today in Cecil County History – The Historical Society of Cecil County acquired a home in 1955.

Today is U.S. History – The U. S Nautilus reached the North Pole in 1958.

Hope you are enjoying the Olympics – rock on USA!