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County Council salutes Jerry and Pat Soukup [Perry Hall]

By Shelley Silwick, write2shell@yahoo.com

11:45 AM EST, February 20, 2014

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Congratulations to Perry Hall residents Jerry and Pat Soukup on receiving a well-deserved and seldom bestowed honor for their years of dedication and service in our Perry Hall community.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks recently presented a resolution to Jerry and Pat Soukup, longtime leaders in the Perry Hall Recreation Council. The County Council passed a resolution sponsored by Councilman Marks that names the 10 acre site west of Honeygo Boulevard and south of Joppa Road as "Soukup Park."

"Jerry Soukup is the longest-serving president of any recreation council in Baltimore County, and I doubt his record will ever be beaten," Councilman Marks commented.  Soukup has been a leader since the mid-1950s, when Dwight Eisenhower was President and Perry Hall was an undeveloped farming community.

"I was honored to sponsor the resolution that named three park sites after important figures in Perry Hall history," Councilman Marks said. "By 2015, four new parks will be built in Perry Hall, and another two should be done soon afterward. We have made it a priority to preserve open space and build more parks for our growing community."

Kids are invited to break out of their winter doldrums and celebrate "Read Across America" with the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, at the White Marsh Mall on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place on the lower level, center court.

Some features of this occasion include a reading corner and story times, face painting and giveaways for the kids. A very popular book character, the Cat in the Hat, will appear for a meet and greet, too! White Marsh Mall is at 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. in White Marsh. For additional info, call 410-931-7100.

Seniors may be feeling a wee bit unlucky if they miss out on the St. Patrick's Day Party at Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, in Perry Hall. The time and date are set for Friday, March 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Irish eyes will be smiling at the planned menu of Ted's corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, cake, beer and soda. Wear your green dancing shoes and enjoy the musical entertainment of Confusion.  Seating is limited and tickets cost $10 in advance. For more info, call 410-887-5192.

It's that time of year (almost) for Breakfast with the Bunny at Red Brick Station, 8125 Honeygo Blvd., at the Avenue at White Marsh! A family buffet breakfast with a visit from a very special Bunny takes place on Saturday, April 12 (time to be announced). This event sells out quickly! Tickets cost $8 per person and go on sale on Saturday, March 29, at Red Brick Station.

The American Girl Fashion Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at the Boumi Shrine Center, 5050 King Ave., in White Marsh. The fashions featured are historical and contemporary clothes along with the details on the historical significance behind each doll represented.  Volunteers are needed to assist with guest registration, marketplace, back stage (females only), photography and doll hair salon.

To volunteer, sign up at http://www.coolkidscampaign.org/events/american-girl-fashion-show/ or contact Cool Kids Campaign Executive Director Sharon Perfetti at 410-560-1770 or sharon@coolkidscampaign.org. To get tickets to the usually sold out show, go to http://www.coolkidscampaign.org/events/american-girl-fashion-show/tickets-and-showtimes/.

Councilman Marks recently announced some exciting playground news for families and families with dogs! "I am delighted that the Baltimore County Savings Bank Foundation has pledged $80,000 toward the construction of a new playground and amphitheater south of the Perry Hall Library.

The play area will be patterned after Annie's Playground in Harford County. If you'd like an idea of what this new playground may look like, go to anniesplayground.net/ and check out Annie's Playground in Fallston. In addition, weather permitting, the Perry Paw Dog Park will be completed by early January. The dog park is located at the eastern edge of Honeygo Regional Park. To learn more, go to http://www.facebook.com/PerryPawDogPark and find out find out the latest.

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