Perryville's Spring Fling is coming up May 17

Perryville's Spring Fling is May 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Community Fire Company of Perryville, 920 Principio Furnace Road (Route 7), Perryville. It is sponsored by the Greater Perryville Chamber of Commerce. For additional information contact or 443-553-3579.

The CGR Relentless Run 5K & Fun Walk, benefits the Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday May 31st at the Perryville Middle School 110 Aiken Avenue in Perryville. Start time is 9 am. Pre-registration is $25.00 for adults, $15.00 for kids 12 and under. Race day registration starts at 8 am. For on line registration go to or Questions call 443-907-2745 or email at

The five-week worship series at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen continues through May 18. Hear the new pastor and be a part of this exciting time. Pastor Stuart Luce will be happy to meet you. Worship times are 9 a.m. for a traditional service and 11 a.m. for a contemporary service. Christian education for all ages is at 10 a.m.

More than 1,000 volunteers participated in the 14th Annual River Sweep, a volunteer community clean-up project that focused on shorelines, tributaries, roadsides and recreation areas in honor of Earth Day on Saturday, April 26, in Harford and Cecil counties.

In Havre de Grace, volunteers removed 900 pounds of trash including five propane tanks, 12 tires and one monster tire, large metal cylinders reminiscent of airplane parts, a shopping cart and car batteries in addition to other trash and debris. Volunteers included individuals, families, Girl Scout troops and senior citizens plus the Havre de Grace Green Team, CAT (Citizens Against Trash), Havre de Grace Recreation Committee and volunteers from Vulcan Materials.

In Marina Park in Port Deposit, volunteers filled a 15-yard metal trash container with trash and debris.

In the Octoraro Creek area, volunteers collected approximately 30 bags of trash including two tires, carpet and a tarp. At the Conowingo Creek Boat Launch, volunteers from Perryville Middle School, Conowingo Elementary School, Rising Sun High School, Conowingo Lions Club and MSSA collected 100 bags of trash and debris.

The Perryville volunteers, which included a Brownie Troop, families from Conowingo Elementary School and staffers from Hollywood Casino at Perryville plus those with canoes and kayaks who visited Garrett Island, removed about two tons of trash including 10 tires, several compressed air or acetylene tanks, a full-size refrigerator and a large plastic tank.

At the National Historic Tome School, volunteers removed five dump truck loads of trash and 34 bags of debris. The debris was repurposed on another location of the site to fertilize the grounds. Volunteers at the National Historic Tome School included the Perryville High School men's lacrosse team.

At Principio Furnace, students at Perryville Middle School cleared brush and debris from the creek and historic site, and on May 6, Elkton Middle School students will complete the job.

The total amount of trash and debris collected at the 2014 River Sweep is still being calculated. Over the past 13 years, River Sweep volunteers have removed more than 72 tons of trash from area roads and waterways.

In addition to the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, sponsors of the 2014 River Sweep included Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Exelon Generation. In-kind services such as trash disposal were provided by Harford and Cecil County governments, the Town of Port Deposit, Perryville and the City of Havre de Grace.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway is a nonprofit organization based in Darlington whose mission is to stimulate local economic activity by developing a link to natural, historic and cultural resources through land and water recreational trails. To date, 22 miles of continuous public recreation trails connecting Harford and Cecil counties have been constructed. The trail system also has been designated a priority segment of both the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. For more information about Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, visit

The Perryville Railroad Museum is open every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge Museum at 6 S. Main St. in Port Deposit is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum houses one of the most unique naval collections in the country, featuring period naval uniforms. Check out the web site at

Our family gathered at the home of Herb and Mary Lou Southall for the Easter holidays. Those gathered included Roger and I, a surprise visit from Ruth and Hannah Ventela, Shirley and Don Morse, Linda Southall-Barton and Doc and Peggy Scholl.

Upcoming events at the Water Witch Fire Company: May 3 – Rabies Clinic: cats and ferrets, 9 to 10 a.m., and dogs, 10 a.m. to noon; May 6 to 20 – annual carnival with fireworks on May 9; and May 17 – chicken barbecue.

Harmony Lodge will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast May 10.

Get well wishes are extended to Sharon Pryer, Marianne Pryer, Ethel Dill, June Peddicord, Chris Walz, Marianne Lilley, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Betty McFadden, Betty and Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Margaret Waldron, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Leslie Dissek, Adam Zeller, Sandy Brooks, Janet and Pastor Neale Wirtanen, Gisela Knapp, Kit Harris, Margaret Gosweiler, June Gangel, Joe Pacifico, Herb and Mary Lou Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Ben Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Edwina Ewing, John and Adele Witmer, Rita and Bill Clauss, Judy and Ernie Birckhead, Kay Lewis and Ed Almony.

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