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Youth group helps rebuild area struck by Hurricane Sandy [Rodgers Forge]

The Youth Group from Towson Presbyterian Church, many of whom live in Rodgers Forge, West Towson and Wiltondale, along with Associate Pastor Joel Strom, Rodgers Forge resident, traveled to Long Beach, N.Y., June 27 through July 4, in partnership with the non-profit organization Next Step Ministries to help rebuild areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It may seem unbelievable that our neighbors to the North are still recovering three years following a hurricane, but sadly this is not a work of fiction. Pastor Strom, youth advisers, Jen Dickson, Paige Burkett, and Tim Burkett along with Youth Group members Julie Burkett, Drew Evans, Caitlin Pattanashetti, Claire Bolster, Adam Wright, Corbin Miller, Turner Jackson, and Rebecca Sunday worked in two teams to accomplish two construction projects: a new deck for a home and a ramp for a local community center. Very impressive. And very important work.

Almost Won! That's a pretty good slogan...and perfectly acceptable. Not everyone can come in first place. Besides Almost won is still winning. The Blue Team Almost Won the Y Fit Challenge at the Orokawa Family Center Y in Towson. Blue Team members Dora Jacobs, Jessica Watkins, Dave Watkins, Erin Hagar, all of Rodgers Forge, and Meaghan Hoogerwerf, of Towson, and Haytham Taleb, of Owings Mills, came in second place in the challenge. Individually, Dora won top overall and Jessica and Dave tied for third. The program involved several key components to learning the ins and outs of a healthy lifestyle. For 10 weeks, Blue Team worked out together, tracked their eating habits, attended once-weekly meetups, cheered each other on in neighborly style, and completed weekly challenges. I checked and they didn't have to eat bugs or dodge balls or carry four small, wriggling children up four flights of stairs without dropping any of them. It was actually much more challenging than all that—from Eat a Vegetable Every Day (Every! Day!) to Attend as Many Exercise Classes in a Week as You Can (some of the Blue Team attended SEVEN in one week!!!). SUPER impressive!

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The 400 block of Hopkins Road recently experienced a mini baby boom. Kate and Mike Goldstein welcomed daughter Quinn on June 18 and Katie and Chad Knippenburg (he's the Towson High School football coach) welcomed daughter Caroline on July 7. Welcome & Happy Birthday, ladies…and Congratulations, parents!

Julia Waldron, Dunkirk Road, tried out for the Towson United U9 Travel Soccer Team. Last month, she attended four nights of competitive try outs…and she made the team! Her first tournament is scheduled in August in Bel Air. She was very excited to have made the team. She LOVES soccer! Congratulations, Julia!

William Derbyshire and Audrey Dinsmore, I owe the two of you a huge apology. I am very sorry for the oversight in my last column. Will and Audrey recently graduated from RFES and I completely mangled and smooshed (that's a technical term used in the newspaper business) together their names through my faulty editing.

If you have good news, I would love to hear about it. Send me an email!

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