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Community picnic ahead; summer's not far behind [Rodgers Forge]

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Rodgers Forge will kick off the summer season at its annual Community Picnic on Saturday, June 8. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., fun, friends and food will create a great time for picnickers on the Rodgers Forge tot lot. Music, pony rides, face painting, games and much more will fill those three hours. Dave Crockett, chair of the picnic, was quick to say that, if necessary, there is a rain date of June 15. He added that there is a nominal fee for some activities. Note: The picnic will be at the Tot Lot again this year and, please, no dogs.

The Rodgers Forge Community Association's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program has inaugurated many subprojects in the past few months. In April, the "walking school buses" started and recently numbered 46 children and 18 parent "bus drivers" and it is still growing. Not only is the program very healthy for the children and parents, but it reduces the number of cars at Rodgers Forge each morning and carbon monoxide in the Forge. Will Morton, SRTS member, did a terrific job in spearheading this project.

Another RFCA program, Tree Rodgers Forge, has, in conjunction with Blue Water Baltimore, begun the next phase of tree planting in the Forge. Ryan Cosgrove and Larry Fogelson, co-chairs, have been working hard on this endeavor and were thrilled and quite heartened to see neighbor Anne Gleason's message on Next Door Rodgers Forge, the new digital social media for residents. Anne wrote "People, get with this tree replacement thing. …One of the nicest things about this neighborhood has been taking walks down sycamore-shaded streets. It seems that in the past couple of years, the pace of tree removal has accelerated at an alarming rate. The absence of trees makes this neighborhood a lot less appealing visually and a whole lot hotter in the summer. … It seems to me that planting trees is a fabulous way to improve curb appeal and keep those A/C bills down in the summer."

Congratulations to new RFCA board members Alison Dax and Nick Wijtenburg. Alison, a wife, mother and real estate agent , also volunteers at Rodgers Forge Elementary and UMD St. Joseph Medical Center. Nick, a structural engineer, and his wife, a lifelong Forger, have a young daughter.

Now that June is here, our area schools are winding down and students are gearing up-for that last day. For Rodgers Forge, Dumbarton Middle and Towson High, that last day is June 14 and for St. Pius X it is June 7.

The end of school also brings preparations for the ensuing school year. Mrs. Kelly Erdman, Dumbarton principal, announced that the 2014-15 year will see the start of the Chinese program. Chinese I will be given to the seventh-graders and Chinese II will be offered the following year.

This time also brings the changing of the guard and Cheri Bond Pegues, outgoing Dumbarton PTSA President, was heaped with praise and thanked by the PTSA for her countless volunteer hours and her wonderful leadership as president. Cheri was instrumental in the formation of Dumbarton United and in making school improvements a reality. She was truly passionate about helping to make the school the very best for the students.

A summer worship schedule will take place in some of our churches. Ascension Lutheran Church began its summer schedule of 8:30 and 10 a.m. on June 2. Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church changed to its summer schedule to 10 a.m. on May 26. As of June 9, St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church will eliminate its 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass.

St. Pius X School will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at a crab feast on June 22. For information and tickets, call 410-427-7453 or go online at http://www.stpius10.org.

Rising Seniors, take note! To provide additional support to Baltimore City Public Schools Class of 2014, the Office of School Counseling is launching a free Senior College Application Boot Camp. Everything that you need to know about applications, financial aid, etc. will be provided during the three days of June 24, 25 and 26 at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Avenue. Parents are invited on the 26 to learn about financial aid. Registration must be made with your school counselor before the end of the school year.

Gaywoodite Tricia Hayden and family are all set for the 11th Annual 5k and 1k Family Fun Run and Walk to benefit the Red Devils. This service provides assistance to families of breast cancer patients. It will be held on June 9 at Goucher College. To register, go to http://www.runningwiththedevils.org

Let us fly those flags high on Flag Day, June 14.

A very Happy Father's Day on June 16 to all of you marvelous men, who coach, mentor, aid and love family and friends.

Till we meet again —

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