The first "Port Palooza" of the season (May through October) is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for the first Saturday in May, the 5th, and plan to stop by Port's Town Square that afternoon for live music, food, crafters and vendors.

Several families from Harford and Cecil County traveled to northern New Jersey over the weekend to attend the wedding of Dr. Dennis Hernandez and Verna Valdepenas. Making the trip were some of Dennis' Good Shepherd Catholic School-mates including Alvin Santos, who traveled from California, Melvin Santos of Havre de Grace, and our son, Jason Bierly of Columbia. Alvin and Jason served as secondary sponsors. Dennis, the son of Nestor and Avelina Hernandez, lived in Perryville for many years until his family moved to Aberdeen. Some of the local families who attended the wedding include the Galvez, Lopez, David, Saponaro, Gaviola, Andrada and Canlas families. Congratulations, Dennis and Verna!

Much sympathy is extended to the family and many friends (and former patients) of Dr. Alberto S. Barretto, retired orthopedic surgeon, who passed away last month while visiting in the Philippines.

Chisa Jenkins enjoyed birthday wishes on April 14. Diane Crabbe, Perryville, celebrated on April 15. Our grandson, Gabriel, celebrated his 7th birthday with his family and his godfather, Dr. Dennis Hernandez, in Fairfield, N.J. last Sunday.


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Susan Hasson, Colora, and Jackie Bitner, North Main Street, plus Shelby Graham, Rising Sun, and Sharon Miller all celebrated their birthdays on April 18.

Jim and Patsy Bennett, Tome Highway, celebrated their wedding anniversary on April 18.

Happy birthday to my cousin, Leo Bitner Jr. Conowingo, as he celebrates today (April 20). Also, Georgia Galicki and Dawn Cortright of Perryville, enjoy birthday greetings today.

The ladies auxiliary to the VFW Post 8185 entertained the Perry Point veterans on Sunday at the post home, 520 Susquehanna River Road, with dinner and musical entertainment by DJ Bob Cross.

The Port Deposit Heritage Corporation was to hold its annual general meeting Thursday in the Paw Paw Museum. Dues of $10 per family per year can be mailed to the board of directors at P. O. Box 101, Port Deposit, Maryland 21904.

The 12th Annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside spruce-up, has been scheduled for Saturday in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and on Garrett Island. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Last year, nearly 700 volunteers removed 14 tons of trash. Sign up in advance at http://www.hitourtrails.com or 410-457-2482.

Good Shepherd Catholic School, 810 Aiken Ave., Perryville, will sponsor the first "Crusader Poker Run" on Saturday, April 28 with registration starting at 10 a.m. and the ride beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Poker Run will conclude back at the school with a pig roast, prizes, music and more. See http://www.goodshepherdschool.net for details.

And the Havre de Grace Elks Lodge is having a Waffle Breakfast on Sunday, April 29 from to 11 a.m. at a cost of $6 per person. In addition to homemade waffles and your choice of toppings, bacon, sausage and beverages are included.