This is going to be the hardest columns I have written to date. It has always been exciting to report on all the fun activities, birthdays, anniversary and stories supplied by my readers for your reading pleasure.
Today I write in loving remembrance of my sister-in-law, Joann Wilson, who passed away Sunday, May 5. Joann was the third child of Herbert and Mary Lou Southall and middle sister of my husband, Roger A. Southall Sr., and Janet Southall, Shirley Morse and Linda Southall-Barton. Aside from her parents, brother and sisters, she is survived by her daughter, Casey Wilson, two sons, Jason, Jeromy and Joshua Wilson, and four grandchildren, Jason Jr., Jaden, Jaxson and Kennedi.
Upon graduation from Havre de Grace High School in 1973, Joann enrolled at Bauder Fashion College in Miami, Fla. She fell in love with the warm sun and sandy white beaches of Florida and called Hollywood, Fla., her home until her passing. Her family in Maryland missed Joann very much but she came home at least once a year to visit with her family and catch up with old friends.
Funny story: we would go to the airport to pick her up while the family members at home were preparing a crab feast for Joann. She loved Maryland steamed crabs with lots of Old Bay. Family members in Maryland would visit Florida when they could to enjoy some fun in the sun. I remember Roger's and my first trip to see Joann. It was May of 1978 and we drove to Florida with five-month-old Ruthie. Aunt Jo Jo was so excited to see us and our new little addition.
A memorial service is being held at the Fred Hunter Funeral Home in Hollywood, Fla. A memorial service will also be held in Maryland on May 16 at Grace United Methodist Church, 110 W. Bel Air Ave. in Aberdeen, with visitation with family from 2 to 3 p.m. and the memorial service at 3 p.m. A reception in honor of Joann will follow the memorial service. Officiating minister will be Rev. Bob Clipp.
In other news, join the Perryville Chamber of Commerce at the 17th annual Spring Fling from 1 to 4 p.m. at Rodgers Tavern Saturday.
The Job's Daughters Bethel 55 will hold a family night fundraiser at the Subworks Pizzeria on Tuesday, May 14 from 3 to 7 p.m., when 20 percent of total orders (dine in or carry out) will be donated to help support Job's Daughters Bethel 55. At Subworks, ask the Bethel daughter for an announcement sheet so it can be presented to the cashier at order time. Subworks is at 5319 Pulaski Highway in Perryville at the Perryville Crossing shopping center. Come on in to the Subworks and see our pizza guy.
Congratulations to Michael Kosko and his new bride, Michelle Sharifrazi, on their Saturday, May 4 wedding at the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Michael is the son of Rick and Nancy Kosko, formerly of Aberdeen, and brother of Erin Kosko and grandson of Edith Foland.
The second annual Cody G. Richardson Relentless Run 5K and 3K fun walk will be held on June 1 at Perryville Middle School. This event benefits the Cody G. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration and packet pickup start at 8 a.m. with the runners taking off at 9 a.m. and walkers at 9:05. There will be a cash prize for the first place male and female finisher. There will also be awards for first through third place finishers. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 853 in Perryville MD 21903 – please make checks out to the Cody G. Richardson Memorial Fund. To register please go to http://www.active.com (CGR Relentless Run) or to http://www.cgrrelentless.com.
Perryville Election Day will be May 14.
Ripken Crab Feast will be July 12 starting at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes crabs, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer tea, soda, water and cookies. Ticket price is $48 per person, with a $25 per person deposit due May 12 and the remainder due June 10. Ticket price also includes the ballgame, an IronBird's baseball cap and fireworks after the game.
Send full payment by 12 May and be entered in a drawing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the game. This would be an excellent opportunity to bring family, friends and co-workers. Any questions please contact Dennis Bolen, 410-459-7179.
Relay for Life of Havre de Grace will be held June 7 to 8 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Havre de Grace High School. For more information, call 410-933-5214.
Mark your calendar for an evening concert with Charlie Zahm along with Fiddler Tad Marks and Guitarist Steve Hobson at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Friday July 12. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Adults are $10, under 16 are free.
Today (Friday): $12 per ticket, $5 extra. Basket and Vera Bradley bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird at 6:50, bingo begins at 7. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School track and field at American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128, 44 N. Parke St., Aberdeen. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour 410-273-7332. Food and drinks available. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket.
Friday, May 17: $12 per ticket, $5 extra. Basket and Vera Bradley bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird at 6:50, bingo begins at 7. Sponsored by Aberdeen Parks and Rec girls softball at the American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128, 44 N. Parke St., Aberdeen. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour 410-273-7332. Food and drinks available. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket.
Friday May 31: $12 per ticket, $5 extra. Basket and Vera Bradley bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird at 6:50, bingo begins at 7. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School dance team at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 201 Mt. Royal Ave., Aberdeen, MD. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour 410-273-7332. Food and drinks available. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket.
Birthday wishes are extended to Terry Thurman and Joyce Turner, both celebrating their birthday on May 11.
Happy 30th birthday to my daughter-in-law, Sarah Maira Southall, who celebrates this big occasion on May 12, when Kelly Culp is also sent birthday wishes.
Seth Leach and Howard Wright will enjoy birthdays May 13.
May 15 is Terri Grove's birthday and on May 16 Josh Fuentes, Mary Mitchell and John Nierwinski III will celebrate birthdays.
Happy 16th birthday to my niece, Randi Jenkins, who will have her Sweet 16 birthday on May 16. Randi is the daughter of Kimi and John Jenkins and sister of Johnny and Connor. Lots and love and kisses from Mom and Dad and all your aunts, uncles and cousins: Uncle Roger and I, cousins Ruth, Karl and Hannah Ventela, cousins Roger and Sarah Southall, Aunt Cindi and Uncle Doug and cousin Carly Labant, Aunt Susie, Uncle Jimmy and cousins Kelsey and Issi Glatts.
Also celebrating on the 16th is my sister, Kimi. She shares this special day with her daughter, Randi.
Kevin Shumaker is sent May 17 birthday wishes.
Happy third wedding anniversary wishes are sent to our son, Roger, and our daughter-in-law, Sarah, on May 16.
Anniversary wishes are sent to Beth and Mike Maira (parents of Sarah Southall), who also celebrate their anniversary on May 16.
Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Betty Fayer, Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Marianne and Tom Pryer, David Blackley, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Corine Yeagle, June Peddicord, Harriett Schmick, Arthur Holley, Gertrude Fassell, David and Mary Lake, Dona and Andy Larkins, Barbara Lucas, Bonnie Wagner, Cheryl Simms, Ann Hillsman, Ray Trott, Glenn Haynes, Jean Oliver-Haynes, Bonnie Plickta, Ethel Dill, Chris Walz, Randi Jenkins, Cindi Labant, Jimmy Glatts, Adam Zeller, Sheila Funk, Sandy Brooks, Janet Wirtanen and Pastor Neale Wirtanen, Gisela Knapp, Kit Harris, Sharon Todd, Margaret Gosweiler, June Gangel and Joe Pacifico.
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Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave!! Thank a soldier today!
Today in U.S. history: Vietnam peace talks began in 1968 and in 1869 the 1st U. S. Transcontinental Railroad was completed.
Today in Cecil County history – The first County Fair was naugurated at Charlestown in 1744.