Forgers' safe schools, recycling and decorating efforts shine

Hear more about our fantastic Rodgers Forge Safe Routes to School program on Jan. 30. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the Rodgers Forge Elementary School Library. At that time, members of the committee, a program of the Rodgers Forge Community Association Board of Governors, will summarize their accomplishments since the committee's beginning in 2010 and ask for attendees' comment. They will also present results of their walk/bike survey and share ideas about possible new initiatives.

Forgers, always eager to help the environment and "do the right thing", are certainly bursting with pride. The Department of Solid Waste Management has announced that Rodgers Forge had the third highest recycling rate in the county — 25.8 percent — for the month of October! Congratulations to all.

Many residents also have compost bins, which help to keep food waste out of landfills and provide good garden material!

Our last column reported on the new security policy at Dumbarton Middle School, following the Newtown tragedy. School Principal Missy Fenshaw tells us that efforts are never-ending and students' safety is always paramount.

Ms. Fenshaw said that due to the school's strong partnership with the Baltimore County Police Department, there is a police presence in Baltimore County schools to provide safety and security for the students and staff.

The Rodgers Forge Community Association Board of Governors has welcomed two new board members to its ranks. Michael Bayer has lived in the Forge for 13 years and Ryan Wagner is a nine-year resident of Rodgers Forge. They will certainly be very fine additions to this splendid body.

One of the new members succeeded retiring board member Jay Dunn. Jay was for many years editor of the Rodgers Forge Newsletter and corresponding secretary of the board. His love of the Forge and editing skills were so evident each month. Jay's "Nobody Asked Me But …" column was an added bonus — the perfect way to cap off a terrific newsletter.

We are still happily receiving reports about Christmas festivities in the Forge. Santa's Rodgers Forge travel coordinator, Joe Segreti, was again able to secure two evenings for Santa's Visits to our neighborhood. Jingling his way to more that 30 families, Santa brought cries of joy, lots of laughter and memories for a lifetime. Joe and his helpers, Ginny Allen, Ruth Roberts and Stu Sirota, all reaped great rewards and lasting memories themselves.

Each year, Rodgers Forge glistens with color and glows with brilliance. It is a delight to see but very taxing to judge. This year, Roxanne Rinehart and her committee found it no different. At last, Roxanne, John Rinehart, Ryan Wagner and junior judges Finn and Collin Wagner selected winners in each category.

Congratulations to the following Forgers: Shawn and Andrew Osmeyer for Best Colonial, Megan and Matthew Barrett for Best Traditional, Catherine and Rick Adams for Most Festive and Beth and Neal Gallico for Most Original. Roxanne added that "We had a blast! It was such fun to see (decorations) through the eyes of children!"

Sundays at Central Concert Series will present the Maryland State Boy Choir on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. Taught in the great European choir school tradition, the choir performs extensively around the state as well as nationally and internationally. This year, they celebrate their 25th Anniversary, which makes it, indeed, a very special concert.

This year, Lent arrives early, but our local churches are ready and will observe its beginning, Ash Wednesday, with great solemnity. Our houses of worship will hold services and distribute ashes.

Ascension Lutheran Church has a noon and 7:30 p.m. service; Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church will hold a 7:30 p.m. service; Central Presbyterian Church has a 7:30 p.m. service and St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church will celebrate Mass at 7 a.m., 12:10 and 7 p.m. with an 8:15 a.m. prayer service and distribution of ashes.

Till we meet again ...

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