We pray that the folks here in southwestern Cecil County never have to bury another public servant killed in the line of duty.
The outpouring of love and respect knew no bounds as countless "men in blue" said good-bye to one of their own over the weekend. The viewing, funeral service and interment of David R. Barr Jr. was attended by hundreds of firefighters, EMTs, dispatchers, policemen, fire police and paramedics from Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. In addition to Davey's family and many friends, his colleagues in several fire companies, in American Legion Post 135, in his high school class, in his neighborhood and in his church were in attendance.
Those in the funeral procession witnessed out-of-county and out-of-state emergency vehicles at every cross street, road and ramp between Minker Hall in Perryville and the West Nottingham Cemetery in Colora, with bystanders and pedestrians saluting the convoy or standing in respectful silence as it passed by. Our sympathy is again extended to Donna and family on the loss of this local hero, Davey Barr.
An old friend, Sharon Nichols, formerly of Port, blew out her candles on Nov. 14, as did Lori Curry.
John Sice, Liberty Grove, added a year to his age on Nov. 15, as did "Goodie" McMullen, Linton Run. And Dawn Lipka Gambill, Elkton, celebrated her birthday on Nov. 16.
Gerry McGlothlin Curry celebrated her big day on Nov. 18 and Beverly Pitt, Rising Sun, enjoyed good wishes on Nov. 19 as she celebrated her 89th birthday. Carolyn Spencer, Tome Highway, subtracted a year from her age on Nov. 19 as well.
Good Shepherd's Annual Christmas Bazaar is scheduled for today (Friday) and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. each evening. Spaghetti suppers will be served each day from 4 to 7 p.m. Look forward to kids' activities, live entertainment, a small silent auction, a bake stand, basket wheel, beverage booth, raffles, pictures with Santa and lots of vendors. The raffle prizes are a Cal Ripken-signed jersey for first prize, a Cal Ripken-signed bat for second prize and two Ravens Super Bowl jerseys for third prize. Call the school, 410-642-6265, for information. This annual event is always a crowd-pleaser with great spaghetti, lots of games and raffles, entertainment and fun for all. See you at the Basket Wheel!
The Ladies Auxiliary to the American Legion Post 135, 300 Cherry St., will sponsor a prize bingo Saturday at the post home. The doors will open at noon and the bingo will begin at 1 p.m. This bingo will be fun-filled for the whole family. Call 410-642-2771 for information.
A Basket Bingo will be held on Sunday at the American Legion Post 194, 336 E. Main St., Rising Sun. Bring a non-perishable food item for a free bingo game card. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and the early bird game will be played at 2:50 p.m. The bingo begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person with extra sets to be sold for $5 each. All proceeds will benefit Boy Scout Troop 28 of Rising Sun.
Hopewell United Methodist Church, on Hopewell Road, Port, will hold a Thanksgiving pie sale on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call Joanne Watkins, 410-658-1250, for preorders.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Water Witch Fire Company will sponsor a Christmas prize bingo on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the VFW Post 8185, 520 Susquehanna River Road, Port. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7 p.m. Ticket price is $10 per person and special "single card" packs at $5 each will be available for children under 8 years of age. Prizes will be toys, gifts, housewares, electronics and sporting goods. There will be door prizes, refreshments and raffles. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This family-friendly bingo is a local favorite. All proceeds will benefit the Ladies Auxiliary to the WWFC. Call Anne, 410-37-3338, for information.
The Bainbridge Museum, 6 S. Main Street, continues to open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.