Giving thanks for successful membership drive, beauty of falling leaves [Rodgers Forge]

The Rodgers Forge membership campaign has been such an overwhelming success that chair Dave Crockett has extended it through Thanksgiving.

Sponsored by the Rodgers Forge Community Association (RFCA), the resounding response to the campaign has heartened board members and raised hopes even higher for phase II. Residents who pay their dues during phase II will also be eligible for drawings for prizes. The winners will be announced in early December.

Dave Crockett credits much of the response to the institution of online dues payment and to fellow Forger Joe Phebus who created the safe PAYRFCA.COM. If you wish a paper invoice, please email or call 410-377-0818.

Did you know that Rodgers Forge homeowners who make qualifying home repairs are eligible for significant historic district tax credits? These credits can substantially reduce the cost of certain repairs if homeowners apply and have the repairs completed after approval of the application. You may learn more about this at the Rodgers Forge website:

Please remember that any exterior repairs that may qualify for tax credits must first be approved by the RFCA Architectural Committee.

With leaf raking in full force, the RFCA reminds Forgers that Baltimore County picks up leaves and yard waste every other Wednesday, through Dec. 7.

Garden lovers, although the Forge Fests and the weekly Farmer's Market have closed for the season, the Rodgers Forge Garden Club is still thriving. Co-chair Mary Byers tells us that it meets the first Monday of every month. For times and more information, you may go to

Missy Fanshaw, Rodgers Forge Elementary School principal, continues to update Forgers with her column in the Rodgers Forge News. We were interested to learn how the monies raised from the school's annual spring Teck Trek were spent. They are always used to improve technology at Rodgers Forge and this year, they facilitated the purchase of new laptops for all classrooms to better support each Promethean interactive white board.

Speaking of technology, skype recently enhanced Jason Mager's seventh-grade grade World Culture class study of Africa at Dumbarton Middle School. Students spoke to Katrina Righter, a former BCPS language arts teacher, about her experience living in Cairo from 2010-1012. Through Skype, the students gained first-hand knowledge of the culture, the geography and Cairo among other topics.

The DMS Book Fair is just in time for Christmas shopping. It will run from Dec, 2-6 with a Family Night on Dec. 4, from 5:30-7 p.m.

The Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble comes to the Sundays at Central concert series on Sunday, Nov.24 at 3 p.m. This renowned ensemble, composed of members of the Naval Academy Concert Band, has captivated audiences with each performance. Their original works and arrangements by ensemble members are pleasing to the ear and rousing to the spirit. Under the direction of chief musician John Babcock, the band will present a most inspiring afternoon.

The arrival of "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores" was heralded at the Greenwich House Music School in New York last week. This all-day concert featured Hilary Hahn, daughter of Forgers Ann and Stephen Hahn, and a renowned violinist. She played all 27 encores, which were commissioned by her and have been part of her recital repertory for the last few seasons. In stores now, this two CD set is by Deutsche Grammophon

John Lazarou has joined the Greater Baltimore Medical Center as its new manager of media relations. An alumnus of Temple University and Fordham University, Lazarou was formerly the senior media relations representative and assistant director of media relations for marketing services for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In announcing his appointment, Michael P. Hartnett, director of marketing at GBMC, said, "I am thrilled that he has joined our organization and I look forward to a productive working relationship."

May all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving on Nov. 27.

We wish our Jewish friends a peaceful and joyous Hanukkah as they begin their eight days of prayer on the evening of Nov. 26.

Till we meet again —

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