HdG mural: 'It's the talk of the town'

"It's the talk of the town," Shawn Forton said as twilight was setting on another of his masterpieces in Havre de Grace.

His mural, painted on a wall that was the north side of the foundation of the city's long-time abandoned train station, is just off of Juniata Street behind the Susquehanna Hose Co.'s Number One Firehouse. It depicts numerous scenes of Havre de Grace, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Region.

It's visible to the countless motorists traveling south on Juniata from Otsego Street to the post office, Havre de Grace High School and other points south, and has attracted quite a bit of attention.

The Havre de Grace city government is planning an Aug. 3 ceremony at the site to honor Forton, a Havre de Grace native and a Harford County Sheriff's deputy. Officials at Vulcan Materials, the Havre de Grace quarry operation, are also planning a landscaping project, complete with lighting, to enhance the location.

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