Port was again the focus of attention last Friday night when the driver of second tanker truck lost control as he was coming down the Route 222 hill into town, crashing into Marina Park and bursting into flames. Although a Water Witch Fire Company crew was already in town, responding to another emergency, their prompt attempt at rescue of the truck driver was futile. Several other fire units were called to help and it took several hours to control the flames. The fireball could be seen from both the Tydings and Hatem bridges and Port's electric and phone services were knocked out. Thanks again to all those involved in this second unusual accident and resulting explosion and fire. Kudos to WWFC Ladies Auxiliary members Shirley Sentman, Carrie McCall, Stephanie Gibson and Janet Dill for providing drinks and sandwiches for the fire and EMS responders.
Happy birthday to Carlene Poist, Perryville, as she celebrated her big day Aug. 23.
I was given tickets for Thursday night's Ravens-Jaguars exhibition game at M&T Stadium by my friends, Lu and Chuck Helm, in celebration of my 40th wedding anniversary. So after work Aug. 23, I saw my very first Ravens game! Our son, Craig, and his wife, Heather, plus my granddaughter, Ella, and I enjoyed every minute of the very lopsided game, since the Ravens beat the Jaguars 48-17! Thanks, Lu!
Many happy returns of the day are extended to Port's former mayo, Donald "Bennie" Poist, to Marie Bannon, and to Margaret Cifaldo, all of Perryville, as they enjoyed birthday wishes on Aug. 25.
Best wishes are sent to Roseanne Riale, Colora, who enjoyed a family party on Sunday, Aug. 26 in celebration of her Aug. 27 birthday. Roseanne's family took her to see an IronBirds game on the 27.
Two Normans enjoyed a happy birthday on Aug. 29 – Norman Hasson Jr. of Colora and Norman Bannon III of Perryville.
The first all-you-can-eat breakfast for this school year has been scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 2 at Good Shepherd Catholic School. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and you will find all your favorites like eggs, bacon, sausage, scrapple, pancakes, waffles, muffins, potatoes and more.
Go see "Legally Blonde" (the musical) at the Milburn Stone Theatre on the campus of Cecil College. It was a hoot! The last three showings will be today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday. Call the box office, 410-287-1037, or go to http://www.milburnstone.org for tickets for info.
The next chicken barbecue at the Water Witch Fire Company House 2 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.8 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Mass will be said at St. Patrick's Chapel in Conowingo on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. A report on the activities of the St. Patrick's Chapel Historical Society will be given by the society's treasurer, Dr. William Pare of Colora.
The Port Deposit Food and Wine Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Marina Park at the end of South Main Street. The gates will open at 11 a.m. and the fun begins at noon and continues until 7 p.m. A variety of wines will be available and food pairings will be offered by Laurrapin Grille. Several vendors and bands are scheduled and the event is kid friendly with a playground and kids activities. General admission tickets are on sale for $18.12 and a "designated driver" ticket sells for $10. Go to http://www.portdepositwinefestival.com for information, directions or to buy your tickets.
The Bainbridge Museum will be open each weekend until the middle of December. Stop by on Saturdays or Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Paw Paw Museum's next open date will be Sept. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Check out both of our museums.
The next all-day bingo at the American Legion Post 135 in Perryville will be on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the post on Cherry Street. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the games start at 11:45 a.m. This event is sponsored by the post's Ladies Auxiliary.
Have an enjoyable and safe Labor Day weekend.