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New bride is third-generation Forge resident [Rodgers Forge]

Catharine Saylor and Andrew Baird were married on Sept. 6 at Immaculate Conception Church in Towson with a wonderful reception at the Maryland Country Club (albeit blazing hot with the 95-degree weather that day). After an amazing two-week honeymoon in Aruba, the couple settled in at their home on Dumbarton Road which Catharine purchased in 2011. And that sounds incredibly sweet. But what's even sweeter is that she's a third-generation Rodgers Forge resident. Catharine's parents, Carol and Neill Saylor have lived on Dumbarton Road since 1980 and Carol's mother, Joan Brown, has lived on Murdock Road since 1955. Congratulations, Catharine and Andrew.

The newly formed parent group, Theater Boosters, founded last year by Alyson Bonavoglia, Dunkirk Road, was created to support Towson High School's theater faculty and students in spreading the word about their wonderful productions as well as raising funds to enhance the theater program. For example, coming up tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 20 to Saturday, Nov. 22, Towson High School will present"You Can't Take it With You," a comedy about the wacky Vanderhofs and their extended family, all living together in a large house in Manhattan in 1936. THS thespians have spent many after-school hours rehearsing, designing costumes and designing and building sets. In fact, rumor has it they rehearse for a minimum of two and a half hours a day, four days a week. The program is successful due in large part to Joe Kimball (theater teacher and director) and Bill Weber (teacher, technology director and stage crew manager). As it turns out, interest in theater runs in Alyson's family. Daughter, Ilona Bonavoglia, is the co-president of THS's Chapter of the International Thespian Society. If you're looking for a great date night idea that also supports a local school and the children in our community, this is a win-win-win.

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The Rodgers Forge Garden Club, led by Elaine Pollack, Murdock Road, and Dora Jacobs, Hopkins Road, went on a field trip to Valley View Farms. And, they got to meet and talk with our own Baltimore-area gardening celebrity, Carrie Engle. Members of the garden club learned about prepping their gardens for the upcoming chilly months, which is important because if the size of our obese squirrels is any indication, we're in for a very, very, very cold winter.

On Nov. 10, the United States Marine Corps celebrated its 239th birthday. So, happy birthday and Semper Fi to (once a Marine, always a Marine) Tom Desert and Ben Rodriguez, Dunkirk Road, Gunnery Sergeant Chuck Rotenbery, Murdock Road, and all the Marines of the Forge. Oohrah! In addition, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all active duty military and veterans for your service to our nation. Thank you.

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Happy 65th Birthday, Will Arnett. As a part-time Baltimore County Public Schools employee, he can sometimes be found moving or repairing the phone lines at RFES and DMS. Also, he's my dad.

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