Lion Ron Mathias receives Melvin Jones Fellow

Congratulations to Ron Mathias, the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow, which is the highest service award in Lionism. Ron has been a member of the Havre de Grace Lions Club for more than 46 years.

Havre de Grace Chapter 27 Order of the Eastern Star held its annual Grand Visitation of the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and Grand Officers of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star.

The Worthy Matron Sister Carolyn Mathias and Worthy Patron Brother Ron Mathias PGP greeted Sister Bette Bowen, Worthy Grand Matron and Brother William Gunn, Worthy Grand Patron; Sister Wilma Thompson, PGM and chairman of the Belmont Ball; Brother Jon Thompson PGP and member of the Scottish Rite Charities Committee; nine Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons; Fifteen grand officers including Sister Diane Smith, a member of Havre de Grace who is serving as Associate Grand Conductress of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star; 11 grand representatives; five deputy grand lecturers; eight Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons; 18 past matrons and past patrons from other chapters; two visitors and 28 chapter officers, members and honorary members; Brother Tim Schufer, Worshipful Master, Cumberland Lodge.

A program was presented in honor of the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and the Worthy Matron presented them with a gift from the chapter, as well a gift from her and the Worthy Patron. As is chapter custom, they were also presented an honorary membership, monetary donations to the various charities of the Grand Chapter and a proclamation of thanks and welcome from the City of Havre de Grace. The Worthy Grand Matron recognized the members of Havre de Grace chapter who are on various grand chapter committees and spoke about Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance." The Worthy Grand Patron thanked the chapter for the monetary donations, honorary memberships, proclamations, personal and chapter gifts and spoke on the "Seven Wonders of the World".

The Worthy Grand Matron Sister Bette and Worthy Grand Patron Brother Bill then recognized Sister Louise Fagan, who is serving as the chapter chaplain, the honor station of the WGM and WGP and presented her with a gift. After the meeting the chapter held a fellowship hour with their special guests.

Belated 50th wedding anniversary wishes are extended to Joe and Carole Rice. They celebrated on June 21.

Belated anniversary wishes to Bill and Pat Dula on their June 21 wedding anniversary.

Charles and Mary Grace Smith will have an anniversary on July 9. Best wishes and congratulations to you both.

Rod Kappel will celebrate a July 5 birthday.

Jason Brown is sent birthday wishes on his July 6 birthday.

Happy birthday to Lisa Shell, celebrating a birthday on July 8.

Birthday wishes to Jimmy Gosweiler on his July 9 birthday

Joy Lou Fogle is wished a very happy July 6 birthday

Mark the following dates on your calendar for the Eater Witch Fire Company chicken barbecue: Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 8.

The Perryville Farmers Market is open every Friday, 3 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Broad Street and Roundhouse Drive in Lower Ferry Park downtown Perryville. Vendors are selling produce, crafts, baked goods and more.

Texas Hold'em is played 7 p.m. weekly on Wednesday and Fridays at the Perryville American Legion Post 135 on Cherry Street. $10 entry. Cash prizes, food and beverages available.

An evening concert with Charlie Zahm will be held on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen. Cost is $10 with children under 14 free. For tickets mail a check to the church along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information check out

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

The U.S. Naval Training Center Bainbridge Museum, 6 S. Main St. in Port Deposit is open year round on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The museum houses one of the most unique naval collections in the USA and is featuring period naval uniforms. For more information visit

Twenty game bingos and variety quarter auctions are held to help the community. Please check out the following locations for updates:, Comcast and The Aegis. Help us Help the Community (FISH) – bring a non-perishable food item for a chance on a special drawing. Needed items are pancake mix, pancake syrup, jelly and peanut butter. A new twist to our community giving is new or gently used books.

Bring items to a basket bingo Friday, July 18 at the American Legion, 44 N. Parke St., Aberdeen. $15 ticket, $5 extra packets and sponsored by Oriole Advocates Charitable Foundation. Doors open 6 p.m., early bird is at 6:50 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available by calling Jim Menendez, 410-647-2418, or Brenda Conjour. 410-273-7332. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket. Food and drinks will be available and will support the Harford County Sheriff Benevolence Fund.

Get well wishes are extended to Ron and Carolyn Mathias, Mary Walter, Frances Rosling, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Betty McFadden, Betty and Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Evalyn Owens, Sharon Pryer, Marianne Pryer, Ethel Dill, June Peddicord, Chris Walz, Marianne Lilley, John and Adele Witmer, Rita and Bill Clauss, Kay Lewis, Lynn Schweizer, Betty Terry, Ed Almony, Ethel Dill, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Leslie Dissek, Adam Zeller, Sandy Brooks, Nancy Quinn, 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 and Edwina Ewing.

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This day in Cecil County, July 4, 1837: the first train ran from Wilmington to Perryville.

This day in U.S., July, 4: the United States of America is celebrating its independence July 4, 1776.

Happy 4th of July Perryville!!

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