This time of year, with graduations in full bloom, it seems hard to believe that Dulaney High School graduated its first senior class in June 1962.
There were 163 students who walked across the stage to receive their diploma.
Fifty years have passed, and the class of 1962 is celebrating with a reunion May 4-5, at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium.
As many of those graduates remember, that was the original location of the Timonium Drive-In movie.
When Towson and Parkville high schools reached their capacity in 1960, Ridgely Junior/Dulaney Senior opened in the Ridgely Middle School on Charmuth Road.
Dulaney's class of 1962 would be the first graduating class, with the privilege of establishing the names and legacies of DHS for all future classes.
The "Lion" was chosen as the mascot. A school crest was chosen. School colors would be red, black and white. The students choose "The Griffin" as the name for the school newspaper.
They hoped to have established a high standard of education that classes following would emulate or improve upon. Dulaney High indeed has continued to succeed in higher education.
The guests of honor at the 50th reunion will be Albert Naeny, the school's first principal; Robert Hackman, vice principal and Ellen Sauerbrey, who at the time served as chemistry teacher.
For more on this upcoming event, contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During April, which is set aside for recognition of volunteers and their service to organizations, it seemed appropriate that St. Vincent's Villa's campus was the site of wonderful volunteer activities and celebrations.
An Easter egg hunt for children was sponsored by the Society of Occupational Therapist Students at Towson University. The day was perfect, weather-wise, and the Towson students were joined by their faculty members as well as a group of occupational therapy students visiting from Belgium!.
It was a great experience for everyone.
Loyola Blakefield's baseball team arrived on a Saturday to run a mini-baseball clinic and play baseball with the children before heading out to their own game in Severna Park.
Also, Harkins Builders and employees hosted a spring break pizza party for the children complete with music provided by one of their own employees serving as DJ.
Last, but not least, Service Learners and Psychology Club students from Stevenson University sponsored an Earth Day event with a range of activities, from making "dirt pies" (pudding and Oreos, of course) to planting their own seedlings.
It was great to see volunteers interact through these events and to see the delight on the faces of the children.
Texas United Methodist Church, at York Road and Galloway Avenue, will host its annual Flea Market and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be flea market vendors and also vendors selling plants.
A large variety of hothouse-raised tomato plants will be available, as well as pepper plants. Vendors who wish to take part may call Dot at 410-771-4849 to reserve a spot.
The Louis S. Diggs Research Center for African American History will host genealogy classes at the Historical Society of Baltimore County, 9811 Van Buren Lane, Cockeysville.
Beginning Thursday May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., classes for beginners will be open to the public, free of charge. Classes meet the first Thursday of each month. The classes will be taught by Angela Walton-Raji, a professional genealogist and author.
For more details, email GenealogyClass@gmail.com or call 443-848-2646.
Once again, the time is coming to honor mothers nationwide. Sunday, May 13, is set aside as the official day to celebrate mothers and all that they have done for us.
Join me in wishing our mothers all the joy and happiness they deserve for making a real difference in our lives.
Happy Mother's Day, enjoy your special day, mom!