Old neighbors make a surprise visit in Perryville

What a delightful surprise Roger and I had on Sunday. We had a visit from Janet and Bill Carter. Janet was the daughter of Herbert and Dorothy Sprankle, who lived next door to us for many, many years. Over those years we have become good friends, watching our children grow from tots to married adults with children. Janet and Bill were in town for Janet's 50th class reunion from Perryville High School. I couldn't get over how much she looked like her mother. We visited for about an hour and talked of old times and bragged about our children and grand-children.

The Past and Present Matrons & Patrons Association of Northern Maryland held its quarterly meeting at Chiapparelli's Restaurant in Havre de Grace Monday. President Susan Passwaters, PM Have de Grace Chapter 27 welcomed 21 members to the dinner meeting. Those greeted were Past Grand Matron Sister Marianne Pryer, a past matron from Victory Chapter 40 in Aberdeen, and Past Grand Patron Brother Ronald Mathias, a past patron with Havre de Grace Chapter 27; grand officers of the Grand Chapter of Maryland were Associate Grand Patron Brother Edsal Crouse also a past patron and a member of Harford Chapter 83 and Sister Diane B. Smith, Associate Grand Conductress and past matron from Havre de Grace Chapter 27. Grand Representatives Sisters Betty Bollock ad Becky Gjerdahl, both past matrons with Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air; Presiding Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons Sister Carolyn and Brother Ron Mathias from Havre de Grace Chapter 27 in Havre de Grace, Sister Brenda Compher from Harford 83, Bel Air, and Brother Edsal Crouse from Harford 83, Bel Air. There were 11 past presidents greeted as well as other past matrons and past patrons and two honorary members. Others present included past matrons from Victory 40 in Aberdeen including Sisters Rosalie Monath and Sandy Matthews; other members from Havre de Grace Chapter 27 included me and Sisters Louise Fagan and Joyce Caldwell; others from Harford Chapter 83 Bel Air included Sisters Shirley Edmondson, Jean Penley, Beverly Geisler, Kathy Voris and Bonnie Plickta. Honorary members included Sister Aileen Squires and Ellen Crouse. I presented Brother Edsal Crouse and Sister Diane Smith a proclamation from the City of Havre de Grace welcoming them to Havre de Grace in honor of their grand visitation to Havre de Grace Chapter 27 the previous Wednesday night. The evening went so long the chapter decided to hold to theirs till our local past and present matrons and patrons meeting when the presentation could be on a more personal note. Havre de Grace Chapter 27 was the host chapter and the Worthy Matron Sister Carolyn Mathias presented a beautiful program about lighting the world.

The Past and Present Matrons and Patrons Association of Northern Maryland, Order of the Eastern Star held election of officers at their September meeting. Those elected were Sister Brenda Compher, President (from Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air); Sister Sandra Lee Massey, vice president (from Victory Chapter 40 in Aberdeen); Sister Diane Smith, secretary (from Havre de Grace Chapter 27 in HdG); and Sister Kathy Voris, Treasurer (from Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air).

Mark your calendars to visit the Perryville Farmer's Market every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 25. The Farmer's Market is at Broad Street and Roundhouse Drive. Local produce, mushrooms, honey, hot and fresh homemade potato chips (made while you wait), candles and homemade scented soaps are available.

Calling all crafters, St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen will hold a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in selling your crafts call Becky at the St. Paul's office, 410-272-3111.

Har-ce Cedarettes will hold a "Flapjack" Breakfast at Applebee's in Aberdeen on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 to 10 a.m. For tickets call Diane Smith, 410-939-2754.

Havre de Grace Elks Lodge is having a Waffle Buffet Breakfast Sunday, Sept. 29, 8 to 11 a.m. for $6 per person.

Today (Friday) is a Basket and Bags Bingo sponsored by the John Archer School PTA at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 201 Mt. Royal Ave., Aberdeen. Tickets are $12, $5 for extra. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird is at 6:50 and regular bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332 or Wendy Leonard, 410-879-9001. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize ticket.

All aboard the Perryville Railroad Museum in the MARC train station. The museum is open on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. Admission is free. They have a working HO model layout of the Perryville WYE, numerous railroad artifacts on display, railroad history literature available and a photo gallery of the Pensy, B&O Railroad and other historical pictures. Come on down a see them. All aboard.

Birthday wishes are extended to Shirley Volkart on her Sept. 22 birthday.

Teresa Chrusniak is sent happy birthday wishes on her Sept.21 birthday.

John Lindes, grandson of Carolyn and Ron Mathias, will celebrate the big 13 on Sept.28.

Happy anniversary to Richard and Cheryl Wyre, who will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on Sept.26.

Dick and Nancy Long are sent happy anniversary wishes on their Sept.26 anniversary.

Gordon and Beverly Tozer are sent happy 52nd wedding anniversary wishes on Sept.30.

Tom and Marianne Pryer are sent 53rd happy anniversary wishes on Sept.24.

Condolences are sent to the family of Howard B. Tome on his passing this past week. Howard was the husband on Evelyn Goodman Tome, who is a cousin to my mother-in-law, Mary Lou Southall.

Condolences are sent to Donna Trott on the passing of her husband, Raymond Trott.

Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Debbie Raynovich, David Holley, Cal McMillion, Cheryl Simms, Gladys Watsic, David Holley, Mildred Martin, Cliff Voris, Eleanor Kight, Sharon Pryer, Ken McNeeley, Frankie Garland, Howard (Doc) Malin, Charles Schafer, Marianne Lilley, Dorothy Saunders, George Wilson, Mae Antonelli, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Betty and Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Marianne and Tom Pryer, June Peddicord, Dona and Andy Larkins, Bonnie Wagner, Ethel Dill, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Terry Thurman, Leslie Dissek, Stephen Pyle, Vicki Snyder, Jeannie Brison, Bobby Steward, Nancy Quinn, Adam Zeller, Sandy Brooks, Janet and Pastor Neale Wirtanen, Gisela Knapp, Kit Harris, Sharon Todd, Margaret Gosweiler, Wayne Erickson, Pauline Gosweiler, Ed Illick, Rosemary Ronning, June Gangel, Joe Pacifico, Dennis Bolen, Herb Southall, Mary Lou Southall, Bonnie

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Today accordinga to the Cecil County Almanac – Sept. 20 was the first dated clock made by Abel Cottey at Nottingham in 1709.

Important dates in U.S. history for the week of Sept. 16 to 20: Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1928.

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