Tonight (Friday) is the night - the Halloween party from 7 to 9 at the Perryville Town Hall parking lot. Parents must accompany children. Costumes are required for children ages 12 and under. This event is rain or shine – a tent will be provided.

Moore's Chapel United Methodist Church invites families to The Pumpkin Prom – a dance for all ages on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, with music by the Perfect Beast. Free dance lessons will be provided by the Cecil Dancenter. Refreshments and surprises. The church is at 392 Blake Drive in Elkton. For more information, call 443-553-8420.

At a special meeting of Highland Chapter 33 Order of the Eastern Star on Oct. 16 in Dundalk, the Worthy Matron Virginia Fitzgerald and Worthy Patron Roy Hodgson welcomed the Grand Officers of Maryland at their grand visitation meeting. Highland Chapter is the home chapter of Sister Nancy Ford, Associate Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Maryland. Those grand officers in attendance were Worthy Grand Matron Debra L. Hribar; Worthy Grand Patron David L. Hall; Associate Grand Matron Bette L. Bowen; Associate Grand Patron William D. Gunn; Grand Conductress Claudia A. Eaton; Associate Grand Conductress Nancy L. Ford; Grand Trustee Jon A. Thompson, PGP; Grand Chaplain C. Elaine Niemeyer; Grand Lecturer Jean K. Chance, PGM; Grand Marshal Judith Birckhead; Grand Adah Winifred "Toby" Harvie; Grand Electa Loretta M. Donaldson; Grand Warder Sheryl J. Peters; Grand Sentinel Cecil R. Jones, and I, Grand Martha. Sister Carolyn and Brother Ron Mathias, PGP members of Havre de Grace Chapter 27 received their Hive Hopper Pin, becoming members of the traveling club.

On Oct. 18 the Grand Officers of Maryland were greeted by the Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron Edith Knight and Kenneth Cole of Door to Virtue 94, in Westminster at a stated meeting. Grand Officers present included Hribar; Hall; Bowen; Gunn; Eaton; Ford; Niemeyer; Chance; Birckhead; Harvie; Grand Ruth, Beverly Geisler; Donaldson; Peters; Jones and I. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of a 50-year members to Sister Janet Mary Kelly.


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The last Grand Visitation from last week was held Oct. 20 at the home chapter of our Worthy Grand Matron – Harford 83 in Bel Air. The Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron Sister Becky Gjerdahl and Ed Ford greeted approximately 120 members and guests including Hribar; Hall; Bowen; Gunn; Grand Secretary, Donna Almony; Grand Treasurer, Patty Snell; Eaton; Ford; Grand Trustees, Leslie Gilliam, PGM, Jon Thompson, PGP and Joan Morris, PGM; Niemeyer; Chance; Birckhead; Grand Organist, Donna Runyan; Harvey; Geisler; Grand Esther, Sharon G. Earl; Donaldson; Peters; Jones and I. Before the meeting the members of Harford chapter hosted a luncheon for the grand chapter officers and their traveling companions.

Every Friday and Saturday through the month of October you can visit the Havre de Grace Haunted Tours at 7 and 8:30 pm. For more information contact http://www.hdghauntedhist@hotmail.com or 410-939-1811.

Tonight is Basket, Vera Bradley and Pandora bingo, sponsored by Victory Chapter 40 Order of the Eastern Star at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 201 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen. Tickets are $12, $5 for extra. Tickets are available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332, or Sandy Matthews, 410-272-9130.

Saturday is a Basket & Gift Card bingo, sponsored by Edgewood Park and Recreational Council, to benefit the Edgewood High School boys basketball team. Doors open at noon, early bird starts 12:50 p.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m. in the Edgewood High School cafeteria, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood. Tickets EW available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332, or Austin, 302-439-0135 or ewoodcoach@gmail.com

Jason and Anita Vandercamp enjoyed a week at the Outer Banks doing nothing but sitting around reading and enjoying the fresh ocean air.

Roy and Sylvia Hall just got back from a trip to see their daughter and son-on law, Sara and Jim Nelson ,and the three grandchildren, Jimmy, Linda and Phillip. They Nelsons live in Dayton Ohio. While in Dayton, they visited the Air Museum.

Jack Greene was in St. Louis last week on business and was able to take in one of the National League Division Series games. Yes, the Cardinals won then!

Sandi and Tom Belachek celebrated their first anniversary with a trip to the Poconos.

Janet and Sam Gibson recently returned from a visit to Phoenix, where they stayed with their son and his family, Sam Jr. and his wife, Cassidy, and the twin grandchildren, Sammy III and Sheryl.

Mindy and Chris Thompson are sent happy anniversary wishes.

Congratulations to Whitie and Peggy Tout as they celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary Oct. 28. Lots of love from your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Happy Oct. 29 birthday to my nephew, Connor Jenkins, who will turn 14. He is the son of my sister, Kimi, and her husband, John, and the brother of Randy and Johnny. A birthday party was held in his honor last weekend.

Birthday wishes to Marianne Widderich on Oct. 21 and her daughter, Regina on the 25.

Jacob Bauer is sent birthday wishes on his big day Oct. 29.

Joan Morris is sent Halloween birthday wishes from the Grand Family of the 2013-2013 Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star.

Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Bessie Fetterman, Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Louise Fagan, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Corine Yeagle, June Peddicord, Harriett Schmick, Arthur Holley, Gertrude Fassell, David Lake, Andy Larkins, Barbara Lucas, Bonnie Wagner and Carolyn Kulp.

Thank you to all those who submit articles for the column. Keep those birthdays, anniversaries, special parties and celebrations, family functions, vacations and anything you want to see in print coming to me at pvnotes@verizon.net. And don't forget to mark the subject line "Article for The Record," otherwise I may not read it.

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

Today in Cecil County history, Saturday, Oct. 27 – the first ship passed through the C & D Canal in 1829.

U.S. history, Oct. 26 – the Erie Canal opened in 1825.