Principal Deise honored by Rodgers Forge community

The Rodgers Forge Elementary School community joined together on Dec. 19 to honor Susan Deise, who is retiring at the end of December after 12 years as principal of Rodgers Forge Elementary.

The Rodgers Forge PTA hosted an open house in the school's cafeteria in her honor.

"Mrs. Deise has always been Rodgers Forge Elementary's No. 1 advocate," said Trisha Schwab, president of the PTA at Rodgers Forge. "Her dedication, contributions and her leadership to our school will never be forgotten and will always be appreciated."

As Deise herself said when she announced her retirement earlier this year, "I have enjoyed, during the past 36 years, both personally and professionally an immensely rewarding career as an educator.

"My fondest experiences came during the 12 years that I have been privileged to serve as principal of Rodgers Forge Elementary School.

"As I begin the next chapter of my life, I look forward to retirement and the many opportunities that the future will bring," she said. "I look forward, even more, to having the opportunity to spend more time with my husband, my son and his wife and, especially, with our 4-year-old grandson."

Rodgers Forge Community Inc. board member Stu Sirota announced recently that the Safe Routes to School Program is moving right along in our neighborhood.

He stated the Baltimore County Police Department began a new traffic enforcement effort the first week in December in coordination with Safe Routes, and that the department has won national grant money for activating the program in Rodgers Forge.

In response to the success of the International Walk to School Day in October, Sirota said, "We are still in the formative stages on how to make walking safer … but this is an incredible first step."

Students from West Towson Elementary School helped bring holiday cheer to neighbors at Ridge Ruxton School on Dec. 22.

The chorus and fifth-grade band and instrumental students of West Towson visited Ridge Ruxton for a musical holiday assembly in the Ridge Ruxton multipurpose room.

What a wonderful way to share the gift of the season!

Christmas is just a few days away and the excitement is mounting. Our neighborhood churches have heralded Christmas all through Advent, and are now ready to celebrate that wondrous moment in Bethlehem.

Christmas and Christmas Eve services abound in our nearby houses of worship.

Ascension Lutheran Church — Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Worship; 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Worship; and 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church — Saturday, Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Family Service; and 10 p.m. Carols and Candlelight Service. Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion.

Central Presbyterian Church — Saturday, Dec. 24, 3:30 and 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Services; 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Contemporary Service; and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service.

First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ — Sunday, Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. Service of Worship.

St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church — Saturday, Dec. 24, three Masses, at 6, 8 and 11 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 25, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Masses.

We have the next installment of the road trip of Chris and Dave Batten: "After Montana, we drove to Sandpoint, Ind., to once gain spend three days with friends. They had just built a magnificent new home in the mountains, overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. We took a two-hour cruise on that lake and learned that it is one of the deepest lakes in the country. It is so deep that during World War II submarines were tested in it.

"Next visit was to Seattle, where we stayed once again with friends. ... Just outside of Portland, Ore., is a town called Lake Oswego. Our daughter's in-laws live there and for two days they showed us some of their great state, including a close up of Mount Hood."

As January approaches, we and your neighbors would love to hear your New Year's resolutions. You may email or phone them to us and we will be happy to print them in this column.

Not only will they be of interest, but they might help others to make their own resolutions.

We hope all of our friends enjoyed a peaceful and wonderful Christmas, and will have a healthy, rewarding and happy New Year.

Till we meet again ...

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