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April 2 is Autism Awareness Day – put a blue lightbulb in your porch light and keep it shining all night in support of Autism Awareness.

Havre de Grace Elks Lodge is having a self-serve waffle breakfast on Sunday, March 30 from 8 to 11 a.m. $6 per person for waffles with various toppings, link sausage, juices and coffee.

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Welcome Pastor Stuart Luce to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Curves of Havre de Grace is having its annual food drive to help replenish local food pantries, namely Ray of Hope, Cecil County; Grace Place, Havre de Grace; and Martha's Meal, Aberdeen. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Curves, 1037 Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace, 410-939-3555, starting through March 31, from 8 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Donating a bag of groceries not only helps "feed the need," it also provides the opportunity to join Curves with without a service fee.

There will be a quarter auction and dinner at the Havre de Grace Elks Club Saturday. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first auction at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 and includes dinner and two paddles. Extra paddles are available. Call 410-939-9800 for details.

A yard sale to benefit the Youth Leadership Training Fund at St. Paul's Lutheran Church will be held on Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Table rental is $10 for one 8-foot table. For questions, contact Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332 or bconjour@hotmail.com.

Upcoming bingos and variety quarter auctions are scheduled:

Saturday, March 22, Basket and Bags bingo, sponsored by Harford Technical High School Booster Club, at the Harford Tech High School, 200 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Doors open at 6 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, $15 each and $5 extra, are available by calling Michelle Hash, 410-688-3442, or Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332. Bring a canned good and/or non-perishable for bonus prize tickets. Food and drinks will be available.

The Past and Present Matrons and Patrons Association of Northern Maryland – Order of the Eastern Star held its quarterly meeting at Chiapparelli's Restaurant with 19 members and guests present. President Sister Brenda Compher welcomed Past Grand Matron Sister Marianne Pryer; Past Grand Patrons Brother Ron Mathias and Tom Pryer; Grand Officers Brother Edsal Crouse, Associate Grand Patron and Sister Diane Smith Associate Grand Conductress; Grand Representatives Sister Becky Gjerdahl and Brother Jerry Phillips; Worthy Matrons Sister Susie Passwaters and Catherine Phillips and Worthy Patron Jerry Phillips. Victory Chapter 40 was the host chapter and presented programs in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Other members present included those from Havre de Grace Chapter 27, including Carolyn Mathias and I; from Victory 40 in Aberdeen, Sister Sandy Matthews and Rosalie Monath and Brother Ed Matthews; and from Harford 83 in Bel Air included Sisters Sister's Ellen Crouse and Jean Penley.

The Hribar-Hall Grand Family of the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star sends birthday wishes to Judy Hall on her March 28 birthday.

Birthday wishes are extended to Karina Blomquist as she celebrates her birthday on March 30.

Mary Pikasik is sent birthday wishes on her March 29 birthday.

Happy birthday to "Doc" Wilbur Scholl as he celebrates his March 27 birthday. Love and wishes from his wife Peggy and family Bonnie, Doug, Brenden and Amy Donoho, Chrissie, Greg, Julia and Reba Grove, Ashley Barton and Nate and Reba McKinsie.

Bree Roland is sent birthday wishes on her March 27 birthday.

Belated anniversary wishes to Nancy and Dennis Bolen on their March 17 anniversary.

Kathy and David Collette are wished a very happy March 27 anniversary.

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Herb and Mary Lou Southall are sent anniversary wishes and lots of love from their family as they celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary on March 31. Love from Roger and I; Ruth, Karl and Hannah Ventela; Roger, Sarah and Caden Southall; Janet Southall; Shirley, Don, Donny, Stephanie and Hannah Morse; and Linda, Natalie and Jeffrey Barton.

Get well wishes are extended to Sharon Pryer, Marianne Pryer, Ethel Dill, June Peddicord, Chris Walz, Marianne Lilley, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Betty and Jim Fayer, Bo Sinclair, Georgia Gransky, Helen Wood Bagley, Frances Riale, Ethel Dill, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Leslie Dissek, Adam Zeller, Sandy Brooks, Janet and Pastor Neale Wirtanen, Gisela Knapp, Kit Harris, Margaret Gosweiler, June Gangel, Joe Pacifico, Herb and Mary Lou Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Ben Caldwell, Michael Caldwell, Babie Caldwell, Edwina Ewing, Beverly Narvell, John and Adele Witmer, Rita and Bill Clauss, Toby Harvie and Ed Almony.

Thank you to all those who submit articles for the column. Keep those birthdays, anniversaries, special parties and celebrations, family functions, vacations and anything you want to see in print coming to me at pvnotes@verizon.net. And don't forget to mark the subject line "ARTICLE FOR THE RECORD."

Today in Cecil County history, March 21: The McCullough Iron Company was placed in receivership in 1892.

Today in U.S. history, March 21: Johann Sebastian Bach was born in 1685.

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