Rodgers Forge: Recruiting feet on the street for Towson's Fourth of July parade

Rodgers Forge has been chosen as the featured neighborhood in this year's Towson Fourth of July Parade, and plans are already under way to organize the community's participation.

Forty residents are needed to march in the parade, which will be held the morning of July 4. Many have already signed on — but a few spots are still open. If you wish to participate in this event, please contact Mike Calwell at

Before that event rolls around, many other activities are on the boards for our community. Dave Crocket and his committee are busily putting the finishing touches on this year's community picnic, to be held Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food, music and many attractions and games await.

Everyone has fun at this yearly gathering — the children love the games, the parents look forward to seeing their neighbors and the picnic is filled with new residents eager to meet Forgers and enjoy this community tradition.

And September may seem a long way away, but that's when our Rodgers Forge Community will elect a new board of directors at the community meeting, and one half of the 23 members will rotate from the board.

Nominations are now being accepted for those spots. The deadline for nominations is July 14, and the criteria for eligibility is that you must be 21, and must be a current, dues-paying member.

To be considered, write a letter indicating your desire to serve, and include a brief resume. Send both to Rodgers Forge Community, Inc., c/o 201 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.

Rodgers Forge Elementary School will hold its Sports Day for students in kindergarten to grade two on May 24, and for grades three to five on May 25.

The fourth- and fifth-graders at Rodgers Forge had a fine time exhibiting their science projects at the recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair. Sponsored by Baltimore County Public Schools' Office of Science, the projects were judged on scientific process, presentation and other criteria.

Fifth-graders who placed were Luke Millard, first place; Anna Killingstad, second place; and Graham Blanks, third.

Fourth-graders who placed were Neale Mercer, first; Phoebe Baldwin, second; and Matthew McShane, third.

Luke and Neale will now compete in the county STEM Fair. Congratulations to all and best wishes to Luke and Neale.

Another winner in the recent Young Authors Contest has been named — second-grader Brody Nelson. Brody wrote the story "Eyes of the Red Dragon." Way to go, Brody! (Note: Other winners appeared in the April 23 column.)

It was certainly a merry evening when Allison Boyle and husband Mike Hudson hosted the third First Friday Happy Hour on May 4.

More than 30 neighbors joined the excitement. Originally, the Happy Hour encompassed the 200 block of Overbrook, but this edition also welcomed the 300 block — and there is talk that it may spread to other streets.

"It was a great mix; neighbors that we knew and some that we didn't," Allison said. "I just repeated Sne Shah's party (formula from) last month, delivered the fliers and Tim Tinker put up his sign, 'Happy Hour Here.' It was easy and fun."

We enjoyed catching up with Ted Amos recently. We missed his wife, Deb Donohue, though, as she had just left the house to run in the 5k Preakness Run!

The family was celebrating a big day, as son Sam was marking his ninth birthday with laser tag at Red Zone. His birthday was May 13, the party was on May 12. Happy birthday, Sam!

Ted and Sam had recently returned from a Cub Scout trip to Assateague, where they had lots of fun.

"It was perfect for us," Ted said. "Deb, Sam and I like the outdoors and like to keep fit, and the three of us often bike along the NCR Trail on weekends."

Accolades are due for those local students who made a fine showing in the Maryland Chess Association's Chess Championship: Zack Jablow, first place; and Erik Libao, seventh. They and all the participants did a super job and expressed thanks to the Dumbarton directors, Lee Thomassen and Justin Kampes and Maryland Chess Association representative, Mike Regan, who organized the event.

We wish to congratulate eighth-graders at St. Pius X School and seniors at Towson High School, who will graduate on June 1 and 2, respectively. May your next step be filled with excitement, happiness and new frontiers.

On Memorial Day, let's remember the selfless men and women who gave their lives so that others could enjoy freedom.

Till we meet again ...

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