Feast of community life and fun at Forge picnic

Once again our community will gather for the annual Rodgers Forge Picnic, this year set for Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rodgers Forge Elementary School glen. A disc jockey, delectable food and lots of games will keep families happy and satiated for hours.

This is the day when Forgers can enjoy being with friends and neighbors at a fun and exciting event.

Barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers and other tempting items will be on the menu for all to try. Youngsters can hasten to that perennial favorite, the moon bounce, and try their skills at games and attractions.

The picnic is only one of the numerous activities and services that the Rodgers Forge board of directors plans and executes for the community. The board, composed of dedicated residents, is responsible for keeping Rodgers Forge safe, clean and prosperous. It is the wheel that keeps Rodgers Forge turning.

Why not add your expertise, caring and love for the Forge to this group? Nominations are now being sought for next year's board.

Members will be elected at the open meeting Sept. 14. If you wish to be considered for the board, you need only write a letter, indicating your interest, and include a brief resume.

Send these to the Nominating Committee, Rodgers Forge Community Inc., 201 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. Letters and resumes must be received by July 14 in order to be considered.

Well, graduations are all around us.

The fifth-graders at Rodgers Forge Elementary School will soon be middle-schoolers, the eighth-graders at Dumbarton Middle School and St. Pius X School will be high school freshmen in September and Towson High School seniors will begin college in the fall.

Speaking of college, Lisa and Chuck Banknell recently went to Chestertown to see their daughter, Tori, graduate from Washington College.

Before Tim Tillman's graduation from Franklin and Marshall College, he was named to the All-Centennial Conference Sportsmanship Team for track and field. We know parents Melissa and Bryan Tillman were filled with pride.

Congratulations to these two fine young Forgers, and to all the other residents, who have entered another phase of their education or of their life.

We always love to hear about babies and about generations of Forgers, so here goes:

Carol and Kenneth Lew, formerly of Rodgers Forge, told us that they recently became grandparents of identical twin granddaughters. These darling little girls, Emery Noelle and Karoline Riley, were born on March 15 to Melissa and Ian Webster of Rodgers Forge.

Congratulations to all. May you have years of fun and joy and may you keep the Rodgers Forge tradition going.

When Forger Vicky Burns read our last column, which listed summer camps, she asked if we would include the Bryn Mawr School Summer Camp, where she is director.

"Many children from Rodgers Forge and surrounding neighborhoods come year after year," she said.

Activities are geared for kids 3-18. Creative workshops, myriad sports, Little School Summer Camp and Christine Rogers' Doll and Pets Camp are just a few. As the dates and times vary, Vicky said it would be wise to go to http://www.brynmawrschool.org/summer or call 410-323-1118, ext. 1268.

May all of you marvelous men, who mentor, coach, advise, help and love family and friends, have a fantastic and Happy Father's Day Sunday, June 19.

Till we meet again ...

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