Happy birthday and National Puzzle Day, HdG

Happy January birthdays, dear readers,

Welcome to the time of Aquarius with birthdays for: Bill Kietzman, my brother, Robert A. Browning (today, Jan. 24); Ron Mathias, Kerry Biondo, Evelyn Brendle and Emily McClaskey (Jan. 25); Carol Petrosino and Don Osman (Jan. 26); Elizabeth Holmes (Jan. 27); Debbie Cunningham (Jan. 28); Gary Wasielewski (Jan. 29); Jane Currier of Currier House B&B (Jan. 30); and Tiffany Cline (Jan. 31). Congratulations all! Best wishes to Charlie Hiner and Margaret Perry upon their wedding anniversary Jan. 29 and David and Karole Rimel (Jan. 24).

Oops! Belated birthday wishes to Robin Edie (Jan. 7); Jean Tress (Jan. 20); Margaret Smith (Jan. 21); Rodney Lynk (Jan. 15); and Lillian Burch (Jan. 22). Belated anniversary wishes to George and Sandra Pope (Jan. 21).

Since Jan. 29 is National Puzzle Day, plan a visit to Wonder Toys, 311 St. John St. in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4525 for 3-D puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and other brain-teasers. Scott Wallace and Jody Carnaggio will show you toys for all age groups, infants and toddlers to adults. Let's play.

Let's play bingo! Alla Bradley informed me that on Sunday, Feb. 2 the American Legion, 501 St. John St., will host bingo from 6 to 10 p.m. Open to the public; refreshments are available, 410-939-0234.

Good Cause presents a snowflake banquet Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick's Community Hall, 615 Congress Ave. Look for live entertainment, auction, gourmet dinner and dessert. Tickets are $40, available at http://www.serveagoodcause.org or phone 410-916-7770. Congratulations to Jyl Lynch, recognized as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by Good Cause.

January is National Soup Month and the 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. 28, to anyone in need who enters. Mmm, mmm, good!

Just FYI! Grace Place served 335 meals during Nov. 2013 by 84 volunteers from area churches: First Christian; Havre de Grace Presbyterian; Level area Methodist and Havre de Grace United Methodist; St. Patrick's Catholic; St. John's Episcopal; St. James AME; First Baptist; Grace Reformed Episcopal Churches. Thank you volunteers!

Sarah Fields and Carolyn Foley wrote me about their westward "cowboy" adventures to Mount Rushmore. Now they are planning an adventure to San Antonio, Texas. They invite others to join them, call 443-617-1775 for details.

Cathy Vincenti informed me about the next Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40. Sponsored by Freedom Federal Credit Union, the luncheon costs $18. The guest speaker will be Harford County Executive David Craig with an "Update on New County Businesses." Make reservations at 410-939-3303 or email hdegchamber1@comcast.net.

Brigitte Peters, at the Office of Tourism, and I are making the parade list for the March 4 Mardi Gras Parade, 6:30 p.m. down Bourbon Street from the high school to Washington Street into downtown, ending on St. John and Warren streets at Legion Square and David Craig Park at Lafayette's Statue. Laissez les bons temps roulez. Grab some beads. The party continues at downtown restaurants and taverns. If your group is interested in joining the parade, please contact Brigitte, 410-939-2100, or myself at the phone listed here.

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars/15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.

Get ready! Chinese New Year is Jan. 31 - the year of the horse.

Every year on Jan. 25, people across the world gather for a Burns Supper on Burns Night, which commemorates, on his birth date, Robert Burns, his poetry and his beloved Scotland. The first recorded celebration of Robert Burns' life occurred in 1801, on the fifth anniversary of his death, when nine friends gathered to pay tribute to the Scottish bard. Today, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 Burns Suppers are held worldwide yearly. Suppers include bagpipe music, haggis, Scottish foods, Burns' poetry recitals and quotes. Always said is Burns' Selkirk Grace: "Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it, but we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit." Are you planning a Burns supper of your own in Havre de Grace?

That's Auld Lang Syne on this column, folks! Keep me posted at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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