Roger and I attended the convocation and graduation ceremonies of our son, Roger A. Southall Jr., CRNA, from the University Of North Florida Brooks College Of Health – School of Nursing in Jacksonville, Fla. Roger was one of 26 graduates in the nurse anesthetist program.
At the convocation ceremony, all the graduates were presented by Tammy Carroll, CRNA, MSN and assistant program director of the nurse anesthetist program, and the hooding ceremony was by John McDonough, CRNA, EdD, ARNP, program director of the nurse anesthetist program.
After the ceremony, the entire family, Roger and I, Roger Jr.'s wife Sarah, and his sister and her family, Ruth, Karl and Hannah Ventela of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Sarah's brother, Scott Maira, from San Francisco, had a beautiful dinner at Seasons 24 Restaurant in Jacksonville.
The following day the graduation ceremony took place at the university with Roger graduating with a master of science in nursing – nurse anesthetist. The entire family enjoyed five days at a condo on the waterfront of the St. John's River just relaxing and enjoying each other's company. On Sunday we celebrated Roger's 35th birthday by going to Buffalo Wild Wings and enjoying the Ravens game. We did all this before boarding a plane to return home.
One more chance to have your picture taken with Santa at the Perryville Outlet Store 39 on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Perryville Lions Club is offering visits with Santa and for $5 you may get a picture taken. Merry Christmas!
Don't forget to check out the Holly Tree in Perryville during the Christmas holidays.
Here is a list of upcoming, 20-game bingos:
Basket and Bags bingo: Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 201 Mt. Royal Ave., Aberdeen, MD. $12 per ticket, $5 for extra. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird starts at 6:45 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School Dance Team. 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.
Basket and Vera Bradley and Pandora bingo: Friday, Jan. 11, at the American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128, 44 N. Parke St., Aberdeen, MD. $12 ticket, $5 for extra. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird at 6:45 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School girls basketball. 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.
Sister Dorothy Gregg, Worthy Matron, and Worthy Patron Brother Robert Phillips, of Elkton Chapter 84 Order of the Eastern Star, greeted the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and other Grand Officers at their Grand Visitation meeting. Those greeted by the Worthy Matron were Debbie Hribar, Worthy Grand Matron; David Hall, Worthy Grand Patron; Bette Bowen, Associate Grand Matron; Bill Gunn, Associate Grand Patron; Claudia Easton, Grand Conductress; Nancy Ford, Associate Grand Conductress; Jon Thompson, Grand Trustee; Elaine Niemeyer, Grand Chaplain; Jean Chance PGM, Grand Lecturer; Judy Birckhead, Grand Marshal; Donna Runyan, Grand Organist; Toby Harvie, Grand Adah; Beverly Geisler, Grand Ruth; Loretta Donaldson, Grand Electa; Sheryl Peters, Grand Warder; and Cecil Jones, Grand Sentinel.
The following members of Havre de Grace Chapter 27 attended the Grand Visitation meeting in Elkton: Associate Matron Sister Carolyn Mathias; Associate Patron Brother Ron Mathias, PGP; Secretary Sister Joyce Caldwell; Treasurer Sister Diane Smith; Conductress Sister Susie Passwaters; Chaplain Sister Louise Fagan and Marshall Sister Aileen Squires. Other local chapters attending Grand Visitation were those from Victory Chapter 40 in Aberdeen including Worthy Matron Sister Jeanne Gunn; Worthy Patron Brother Bill Gunn; Sister Pat Dula, who serves as the Deputy Grand Lecturer to the Elkton chapter, and her husband, Bill Dula. Members from Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air were Hribar; Geisler and Chaplain Brother Kevin Hribar.
Julia Halla Chapter 107 Order of the Eastern Star held their Grand Visitation Meeting honoring the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and other Grand Officers. The Worthy Matron Sister Stacey McNeely and Worthy Patron Brother Ken McNeely greeted Hribar; Hall; Bowen; Gunn; Easton; Ford; Leslie Gilliam, PGM, Grand Trustee; Niemeyer; Chance; Birckhead; Runyan; Harvie; Geisler; Donaldson; Peters; and Jones.
Unity Chapter 112 Order of the Eastern Star held their Grand Visitation Meeting honoring the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and other Grand Officers. The Worthy Matron Sister Shawn Garren and Worthy Patron Brother Patrick Curtis (note – they are Father and Daughter!) greeted the following Grand Officers Hribar; Hall; Bowen; Gunn; Donna Almony, Grand Secretary; Patti Snell, Grand Treasurer; Easton; Ford; Gilliam; Niemeyer; Chance; Birckhead; Runyan; Harvie; Geisler; Donaldson; and Peters. This is the home chapter of the 2012-2013 Grand Marshal Sister Birckhead. Also in attendance was the Associate Grand Matron of the District of Columbia Sister Irene Stadik.
St Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen is offering the following schedule for Christmas services: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., family contemporary service, and 10 p.m., traditional service. Both services will have communion and will have a candlelight singing of "Silent Night." Christmas Day service is on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.
Condolences are extended to the family of Joseph Iles. Love and prayers are sent to his wife Louisa, daughter, Beth Maira and her husband, Mike, and family Scott Maira, Kevin Maira and his wife, Erica, and our daughter-in-law, Sarah Southall, Roger Jr.'s wife.
Steve Russell is sent belated 60th birthday wishes on Dec 16.
Belated birthday wishes are extended to Glenn Haynes, who is 93 years young.
Ann Guns, Carolyn Mitchell and Cleo Ward are sent Dec. 23 birthday wishes.
Get well wishes and birthday wishes to Lois Wright who will celebrate her birthday Dec. 23.
Jackie Russell is sent wishes for a wonderful Christmas Eve birthday.
Happy day after Christmas birthday to Barb Hiob.
Rosalie Monath is sent happy day of Christmas birthday wishes.
Ashley Hause Barton is sent birthday wishes from her parents Cheryl and Bob Whited, grandparents Dr. Wilbur and Peggy Scholl, her sisters and their families Reba and Nate McKinsie and Chrissie, Greg, Julia and Reba Grove. Ashley is a day after Christmas baby.
Cheryl Wood is sent birthday wishes on her Dec. 28 birthday.
Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Louise Fagan, Lynn Schwitzer, Marianne Pryer, Gail Ashby, Joann Wilson, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Corine Yeagle, June Peddicord, Harriett Schmick, Arthur Holley, Gertrude Fassell, David and Mary Lake, Andy Larkins, Barbara Lucas, Bonnie Wagner, Carolyn Kulp, Brenda Aliff, Joan Elliott, Cheryl Simms, Ann Hillsman, Elbert Swiney, Randi Jenkins, Walt Clifford, Adam Zeller, Jake Bauer, Sheila Funk, Lois Wright and Sandy Brooks.
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Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave!! Thank a soldier today!
Today in Cecil County history: Dec. 21, Queen Elizabeth II traversed Cecil County by B&O Railroad in 1957.
Today in U.S. history: The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620.
Merry Christmas, Perryville!