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Giving thanks for good health, good friends and good cheer [Perry Hall]

From the Perry Hall/Kingsville Thanksgiving column last year: "During this reflective season, let us count our personal blessings and give thanks individually. Also, we join together as a group and share our gratitude for many community blessings."

This year, however, one blessing tops our Perry Hall/Kingsville list of things for which we are so extremely thankful – the continuing recovery of Perry Hall High School shooting victim and, most importantly, survivor Daniel Borowy. The Prayers for Daniel Borowy Facebook page is remains active and the following are recent November sentiments from Daniel's mom, Rosemary Kehl-Borowy.

"I am so grateful and blessed also that so many people came together to pray for my son. The power of prayer is awesome and it is hard for me to put into words what it has done for my family. I love posting pictures of Daniel to show the world how Gods love shines through him. Our God is a wonderful God, he shows us every day and I am eternally grateful that he showed us a miracle through Daniel," his mother wrote.

Daniel attended the Perry Hall Allied Soccer Banquet this year, too, and that elicited this comment from his mother: "So happy that Daniel was back on the field with his friends. Brought tears to my eyes (again), proving once again that you can't keep a good man down."

Remember the less fortunate when you start your holiday shopping! White Marsh Mall is proud to host the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program again this holiday season. Stop by the Salvation Army table, upper level outside Macy's, to select an angel from the tree. Then, donate a gift for someone in our community. Also at the mall, the little folks delight in Storytime with Santa so be sure to bring your children to Macy's Court on the lower level on Dec 3 at 10 a.m.

A lovely treat for awaits with the "Sounds of the Season" of the 2013 Holiday Concert Series. Concerts begin Nov. 29 and continue through Dec. 20. Music groups from our community perform favorite holiday tunes and here a few you won't want to miss: Thursday, Dec. 12, Open Bible Christian Academy Handbell Choir; Friday, Dec. 13; Perry Hall High School Girls' Dance Team; Wednesday, Dec. 18 at noon, Chapel Hill Elementary Vocal Music; Thursday, Dec. 19 at noon, Pine Grove Middle Honors Orchestra; and Friday, Dec 20, Joppa View Elementary Bucket Band. Unless otherwise noted, concerts start at 6 p.m. Please see online schedule of events for updates to concert schedule at whitemarshmall.com/events

Make way for the polite hustle to the Avenue at White Marsh! Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. when the much anticipated 2013 Holiday Parade kicks off the holiday season. Participants in this annual parade include local government officials, high school marching bands, street performers, mascots and dance troops. Of course, Santa himself will also be there. After the parade, let the kids find Santa's mailbox at the main plaza. In addition, strolling carolers will make their way around the Avenue every Saturday during the month of December.

Historic Jerusalem Mill Village, 2813 Jerusalem Road, in Kingsville, presents Kid's Crafts - Make and Take. This event takes place on the second Sunday of each month and features make-and-take craft activities for children ages 5 to 12. The craft sessions last from 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m. or as long as craft supplies last. The earlier you arrive, the better. On Dec. 8, the kids create their own Candy Cane Christmas Mouse. This event takes place at McCourtney's Store in the village. For more information, call 410-877-3560 or 410-877-0080.

Give thanks for our resources and be mindful of their use by recycling! Look for new Baltimore County Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule/Guide in the mail in mid-December. When you receive your new four-year trash and recycling collection schedule/guide, keep it in a handy place for reference. Ours is taped to the inside of a cabinet door. If you don't receive your schedule by Dec. 20, you can call the Bureau of Solid Waste Management 410-887-2000 to obtain a new schedule. After Jan 1, 2014, new schedules will be available to download at baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/solid_waste/ Though the county's current schedules include January 2014 collection information, residents should reference only their new 2014-2017 schedules starting Jan 1. Residents are also urged to check their schedules carefully after that date for collection pattern changes – some will be different. The new collection schedule will also include the county's trash and recycling program guide, including detailed information on accepted materials for recycling, collection and container regulations, drop-off center locations, and more.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks recently announced that "Repairs started in late October at the Seven Oaks Senior Center, (9210 Seven Courts Dr in Perry Hall) where a driver crashed into the wall near the fitness center." The repairs .should be completed by Thanksgiving.

Give thanks and comfort for our fellow creatures. Donate to Baltimore County Animal Shelter in Baldwin, Maryland. They are still in need of 29 Kuranda Dog Beds the shelter has chosen to better provide comfort for the rescued dogs and cats. Go to http://kuranda.com/donate/8712 to donate a bed. Kuranda, located in Glen Burnie, Md,. is offering prices specially discounted for donation. Items ship directly to the shelter in your name. For information or help with a bed drive, email carol@kuranda.com or call 800-494-7122.

To share your news or announcement in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area, send your email to write2shell@yahoo.com or phone 443-286-5881.

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