Book fair helps 'bind' parents and students at Rodgers Forge Elementary

Sophie Fineran, library media specialist at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, tells us that the school's recent book fair was a great success. Fineran feels the excellent result was due, in large part, to the parent co-chairs, Leslie Wagner and Tricia Proutt.

"They are two amazing parents, who have done so much to promote reading" Fineran said.

Not only did Wagner and Proutt organize the book fair, but they decorated the room and packed up every last book, etc. at the fair's conclusion.

Thank you for a job well done.

Speaking of Rodgers Forge Elementary, four students have been asked to exhibit their digital photography at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Meyerhoff Hall. Congratulations to these very talented young people — fourth-graders Caelinn Satterfield and Anya Joseph, and fifth-graders Michaela Koleaa and Jerry Wang.

We love to hear from Rodgers Forge resident Tim Tinker, who is always on the go and full of news. He was "pleased as punch" to report that he enrolled his young protege, Kobe Brown, in St. Pius X's seventh grade this past September. Kobe is thriving, not only academically but athletically.

Tinker met Kobe three years ago through Big Brothers, and thanks the day that he did. He has found his work with Big Brothers very rewarding and encourages others to join the group as well. Tinker can be contacted to discuss it at

Tinker was also beaming when he mentioned that daughter Alexis Flack was recently named Teacher of the Year by her school system in New Jersey. A teacher of middle school social studies and a gifted and talented program there, Alexis has only been teaching there for five years.

Alexis and husband, Peter, live just outside of Ocean City, N.J. Tim went on to say that he and Alexis hosted their annualNew Year's Day open house, complete with his signature oyster stew and crab dip.

We understand, via Tim, that Tracy Agee and daughter Lucy are new neighbors. Welcome!

Another Tim — Tim Scott of Gaywood — was also bursting with news. He became the proud grandfather of Cole Annabelle Slaton on February 18. Weighing in at 8 pounds one ounce, she is the first child of daughter Parker and Peter Slaton of Memphis, Tenn. Congratulations to the loving parents and grandfather.

Some other Gaywood neighbors have banned together to form the group, Gaywood Cares. Led by Dawn Katz and Elizabeth Heubeck, they have been joined by neighbors Tricia Hayden and Sasha Harris.

This foursome plans to periodically collect non-perishable food throughout the neighborhood, which will be given to CARES in Govans.

What a magnanimous gesture.

Tricia and Tim Hayden (yet another Tim) now have two children at Towson High School, Nick and Matthew. Their daughter, Bridget, is in her last year at West Towson Elementary, poised to enter Dumbarton Middle School in the fall.

All the young Haydens are athletes — Matthew and Nick are looking forward to lacrosse at Towson High, and Bridget plays basketball with neighbor Kendell Fragetta, whose father, Jim Fragetta, is the coach.

The Monarch Brothers Quintet will present an afternoon of "Romantic Brass" when they return to the Sundays at Central Concert Series on March 11 at 3 p.m. You'll fall in love all over again as you listen to some of the most sensitive playing of Dvorak, Maher, Wagner and more.

A reception, from noon to 2 p.m., in Ascension Lutheran Church's Luther Room, March 4, will open Art in the Parlor's new exhibit. It will feature the works of Bykota Senior Center members and remain up until May 4.

Former Forger Peg Bauersfield tells us that daughter-in-law Jillian Bauersfeld is the theater director at Calvert Hall College High School. As such, she is preparing for the school's upcoming production of "Godspell." The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 and 24 and March 30 and 31. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on March 25 and April 1. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults, and may be purchased at the door or online at

My friends, it is almost time to "spring forward." How happy we will be to turn our clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, March 10, for this ritual tell us that spring is not far way (we hope).

Till we meet again ...

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