Port Deposit: Thanks, best wishes to departing Port Presbyterian pastor

Folks in town said "thank you" to Rev. Barry Gray, pastor of the Port Deposit Presbyterian Church, on Sunday afternoon, July 29, for his service to the church and to the community for the past 11 years. It was announced earlier in July that Rev. Barry has taken a church position in Delaware. During his years at Port's 110 year-old granite church, Gray saw the restoration of the original pipe organ and the installation of a new baptismal font, among other projects. Best of luck, Rev. Gray, in your new parish.

Happy birthday to Emily Jack's oldest son, Billy Jack of Rising Sun, as he celebrated his big day on July 29.

Star Gulick, granddaughter of Bob Pontown of Conowingo, enjoyed birthday wishes on July 30.

Seth Thomas Valdivia, son of Scott Valdivia and grandson of the late Jean Valdivia, turned 6 years old on Aug. 1.

Donna and Jim Evans celebrated their wedding anniversary on Aug. 2.

Eleanor Sellare, Rising Sun, celebrates her birthday with her family and friends today (Aug. 3) and Lydia Vincenti of Perryville, enjoys birthday greetings to day.

The office and board of directors of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation met Aug. 1 for their regular monthly meeting. Twelve Longaberger baskets and 12 Vera Bradley Bags were purchased as were basket fillers and door prizes for their upcoming Basket and Bag Bingo planned for Aug. 18 at the VFW Post 8185. Patsy Grace again agreed to chair the kitchen and several homemade desserts were offered by the members.

Mary Boehly was kind to let me know about the Children's Art Contest presented by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission at the HdG library branch through Sept. 1. The theme is "My Favorite Pet" and the contest is for children under 10 years of age. Call 443-502-2562 for more details.

The next Concert in the Park, Tydings Park in Havre de Grace, will feature the Glouchester City String Band at 7 p.m. today (Friday).Call 410-939-2100 for information.

Sign up for the "Beat the Heat" Poker Run, sponsored by the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter 6 (Harford and Cecil counties) on Saturday. The cost is $10 per hand and the last bike is due to be in by noon. Registration will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Water Witch Fire Company, Station 72 off Jacob Tome Highway. For more information contact Vicki Strause, 410-642-3058.

After the Poker Run wraps up, the Water Witch Fire Company will hold its annual company picnic at 2 p.m. on at House 2, off Tome Highway. All members are invited to attend but each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Contact Tammy or Jean to RSPVP

The next Port Palooza will be Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the town square. Choose a restaurant for lunch and then enjoy the vendors and music. See you all there.

The Paw Paw Museum opens on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from May through October from 1 to 5 p.m. Stop by on one of those Sundays.

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