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Spring craft show, 5K runs and walks coming in Perryville

Principio UMC, on Route 7 in Perryville, will hold a Spring Craft Show Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase a unique Mothers Day gift from gifted crafters. Good food for sale by the Principio ladies. For info call Barb, 443-350-7961.

A crab feast at Ripken Stadium Aug. 10 will start at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person with Dennis Bolen of Havre de Grace. He has made a challenge for the Class of 1970 – come on our let's see how many of our alumni will make this event. Roger and I went last year and had a blast. So join Dennis and the gang for a night at Ripken Stadium, with all-you-can-eat Maryland steamed crabs, corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, soda, water and beer. You will receive an IronBirds baseball cap for attending. The buffet is for two hours from the start of catering or through the seventh inning (whichever is first).

I have 40 tickets available. If you are interested please contact Dennis Bolen, 410-459-7179. I will need a deposit of $25 per person by June 1 and the remainder by June 30. Invite your family, friends and co-workers. Let's have a good time rooting for the Aberdeen IronBirds, while eating those delicious Maryland steamed crabs. Steamed crabs and baseball....what could be better?

The CGR Relentless 5K and Fun Walk will benefit the Cody G Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund. It will be held on June 2 in Perryville. The run/walk will start and end at Perryville Middle School, proceed down Aiken Avenue, turn right on Broad Street, right on Susquehanna Avenue, left on Frenchtown Road, left on Broad Street and left on Aiken Avenue. The walk route is only 3K and slightly different. Registration is available on or through the downloadable mail-in form on our website. We will have registration open on-site on race day beginning at 8 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 9 a.m. All proceeds go toward the scholarships we will give to local Cecil and Harford County high school seniors going on to running programs at the college level.

Applications are being accepted for the scholarships through April 30 and the application is also available on the website. The mailing address is: The Cody G Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 853, Perryville MD, 21903.

The family is very thankful to the community for their support of this event.

A Memorial Day service will be held at the American Legion Post on 300 Cherry St. on Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. The club and bar will be closed during the ceremony. Following the ceremony light refreshments will be served.

Texas Hold 'Em will be played at American Legion Post 135, 300 Cherry St. in Perryville on Fridays, May 18 and June 1. Games start at 7 p.m. with registration at 6. A side game starts at 4 p.m. Buy-in is $25. A Saturday game is scheduled June 16. Games start at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 and a side game at 4. Buy-in is $50. All fundraisers benefit American Legion Programs.


At a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by approximately 50 people, the Rodgers Tavern pier and floating dock on the Susquehanna River in Perryville opened at noon May 1.

The $2.2 million project, under construction since 2010, has been managed by Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and the Town of Perryville. The pier, approximately 750 feet long with numerous transit boat slips, was built to help establish economic and cultural tourism in the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway through water recreational trails and provide public access to the water and town alike. Similar types of piers have been built in three other Greenway areas—Havre de Grace, Port Deposit and Swan Harbor Farm in Harford County.

The pier is at the historic Rodgers Tavern, 259 Broad St., near the Amtrak rail bridge. The tavern was formerly owned by Col. John Rodgers, who operated a ferry crossing often used by Gen. George Washington. The pier is open daily, from sunrise to sunset.

Funding for the project came from several sources. Sixty-five percent ($1.4 million) came from the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway working with federal and state officials on an earmark and a state bond bill. Twenty-five percent, $550,000, came through Maryland's Department of Natural Resources' boat registration fee fund while the Town of Perryville contributed $240,000 (10 percent) to the project.

Perryville Mayor James L. Eberhardt expressed his enthusiasm for the pier and its impact on Perryville. "This is an economic stimulus," he said. "It's just one more amenity to the town that makes it the place where people want to be and is now accessible by water."

Del. David Rudolph agrees. "We have what I believe is the best greenway project in the state," he said. "There is going to come a time that that transient pier is going to provide the opportunity for folks to go to Havre de Grace, come back over to Perryville, go to Port Deposit and just enjoy the day on the river. What a tremendous opportunity that is going to be."

Also attending the ceremony were representatives from the offices of Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Ben Cardin in addition to commissioners from Perryville as well as representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Harford County Council, Town of Port Deposit and City of Havre de Grace.

"This is a great day for Perryville and all communities in the Upper Bay. Now, all of our waterfront communities are not only linked by a common history but are finally also connected by the water they share," Mary Ann Lisanti, executive director of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway and Harford County councilwoman said. "These transit docking facilities increase public access and enhance boating and business opportunities along the main streets of our small towns. It is now up to the local leaders to advance these opportunities for progress."

The project partners included the State Highway Administration; DNR Water Ways Improvement Fund; Town of Perryville; and Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway.

The annual Perryville Spring Fling will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Perryville Chamber of Commerce, this event will be held at Perryville Middle School and will consist of a fair with craft and food vendors, kid's games, entertainment, etc.

The Perryville Chamber of Commerce also would like to invite people to the 2nd annual Spring Fling 5K and 1 Mile Walk.

Last year's event helped the chamber donate to such local organizations as Perryville High School (track, football and field hockey teams) Perryville Middle School (staff appreciation luncheon, holiday adopt-a-family), Perryville Elementary School (Earth Day Walk-a-Thon), the Destination Imagination team (trip to national tournament), Perryville Volunteer Fire Company (annual donation), Cecil College (annual scholarship), Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways (River Sweep), Perryville Little League and more. The proceeds from this event also go toward other community events such as the Autumnfest Parade and Festival.

Part of the proceeds also will go toward the new fundraising partnership with the Perryville High School football booster club and Cecil County Public Schools. This partnership has been developed to raise money to make upgrades to Perryville High Schools sports fields. The first project we will be tackling will be the replacement of the school's scoreboard. Other future projects include new storage facilities, resurfacing the stadium turf and the installation of a digital sign at PVHS's exit to announce the events going on at the school.

Participants can register and pay online at

To get more info on the race, the festival and/or the organization, visit

Sponsors include American Legion Susquehanna Post 135, Hollywood Casino, Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, Delmarva Power, WXCY, Apple Outdoor Advertising, Cecil Whig, Town of Perryville and BodyForce Fitness.

The First Baptist Church of Perryville will hold a community block party at the lot adjacent to Rodgers Tavern on May 19 from 1 to 6 p.m.. Food, games, prizes and a DJ will be at this free event.

May 16 will be the Outreach Program's Chief's Challenge Basketball and Skate Tournament at 10 a.m. at Trego Field in Perryville.

Get well and thinking of you wishes are extended to Nancy Barr, BJ McDowell, Tom Pryer, Marianne Pryer, Dottie Hinkson, Bessie Fetterman, Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Bill and Buelah Neff, Evalyn Owens, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Ben Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Frances Riale, Carolyn Kulp, Bonnie Wagner, Mary Jane Tegler, Mary Beth and Eddie Tripplett, Pam Illick, Jackie Ivins, Susan Carlos Bollinger, Leslie Dissick, Mary Ann Phillips, Roberrta Hammel, June Gangel, Marty and Joan Hamilton, Kit Mitchell, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Jim Miller, Marilyn Carlon, Darrell Cooper, Gisila Knapp, Carolyn Mitchell, Sylvia Miller, Susan Kogut, Pam Coakley, Anna Taylor, Tim and Sandy Brooks, Edith Goldsmith, Jim Gosweiler, Craig Walker and Quinton Stepney.

To my Perryville friends – thank you for all your emails and keep them coming in with messages about special family events, outings, vacations, birthdays, anniversaries or something special you would like to share in your "Around Town Perryville" column. Send your email to and note in the subject line "Article for the Record."

Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave – thank a soldier today!

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