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Havre de Grace: Brave frigid waters at HdG's Duck Dunk Jan. 19

It's frigid January, dear readers,

Cold enough? If not, join the Polar Bear Plunge Havre de Grace-style, the Susquehanna Hose Company Duck Dunk, a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department. It will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to noon at the Havre de Grace Yacht Basin's far launch ramp.

January is National Soup Month and soup's on at Grace Place Serving Center, St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107. Volunteers serve the regular Tuesday luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 15, to anyone in need who enters. Mmm, mmm, good!

It's not too early to plan for the Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should phone me at the number here.

Listen and learn! On Jan. 17, enjoy a lecture of the Ellsworth B. Shank historical lecture series, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. Phone 410-939-5780 for details and topic. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, or

Birthday cake and ice cream will be the dessert fare at the celebrations of: Drew Layton and Jordyn Pollitt (Jan. 14); Gov. Martin O'Malley (Jan. 18); and Betty Hammerman (Jan. 20).

Remembering their wedding vows are Karen Green and Art Kettell (Jan. 16).

Ray Astor sent me the results of the Greater Havre de Grace "Keeping Christ in Christmas" Nativity Scene Challenge for 2012. His message reads: "The challenge to keep Christ in Christmas began several years ago. Since then efforts have been made across our nation to remove Christ from the public arena. The local pastors of the Susquehanna Ministerium made the appeal to remember the reason for the season yet again this year. A number of Havre de Grace residents, businesses and churches have been very gracious in honoring this challenge by displaying a nativity scene during the Christmas holidays. Even more families have joined the effort. Thank you for what you are doing!

"To recognize some of those residents and businesses for their efforts this year: Homes: 1st place, Ramona Bolen (749 Tydings Road); 2nd place, Eloise Williams (1004 Grace View Drive); 3rd place, Don and Blanca Ratzlaff (2011 Chapel Road). Honorable Mention – Rowena Jacobs (324 North Adams Street). Business: 1st place, Bahoukas Antique Mall (408 North Union Avenue); 2nd place, McDermott Chiropractic Centre (319 South Union Avenue); 3rd place, La Cucina Italian Restaurant (103 North Washington Street).

"Thank you to all who participated and for your efforts in helping keep Christ in Christmas."

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S.A., and the most common cause of blindness among African-Americans. More than three million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can preserve your vision. People who have a family history of glaucoma, are African-American, are 40 or older, or have diabetes (such as I do) are at increased risk. I have my eyes checked regularly; you should perhaps, too. The folks at Seidenberg-Protzko Eye Associates, 410-939-6477, provided me this information.

Please keep me informed about your events at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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