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Santa (aka Will Hill), talks Christmas list with Nicholas as Ethan Hill, Santa’s son, looks on during Campus Hill's tree lighting ceremony in 2013.
Santa (aka Will Hill), talks Christmas list with Nicholas as Ethan Hill, Santa’s son, looks on during Campus Hill's tree lighting ceremony in 2013. (Submitted photo)

Campus Hills will be holding its annual tree lighting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28 around "Christmas Tree Island" at the intersection of Scarlett Drive and Squires Road. All community residents, as well as their pets, are welcome to sing carols and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. In addition, the Providence Volunteer Fire Department will be stopping by with a very important guest dressed all in red.

Tamee Bollinger, Campus Hills Community Association President, recognizes that second- and third-generation families are now living in the community. For them, this is a return to traditions established long ago.

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"This is the one event throughout the year that brings the most neighbors together," said Bollinger. "Campus Hills is known for its traditional family values. It's a heartwarming way for new generations to honor valued traditions."

Speaking of tradition, the Calvert Hall Cardinals (6-4) and Loyola Blakefield Dons (3-7) face off in the 95th Annual 2014 Brooks Financial Turkey Bowl at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27, at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will air live on ABC2 and online at abc2news.com.

The Dons lead the Cardinals in the traditional series, 49-37, with 8 ties.

Tickets can be purchased at each school for $10. Contact Loyola Blakefield (410-823-0601) or Calvert Hall (410-825-4266) for more information.

Looking for holiday gifts? Christ the King Church, on Hart Road, is holding a Holiday Bazaar Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among other items, leather gifts with sports themes from soccer to ice hockey personalized for local sports teams will be available.

Congratulations to Jackson Wikstrom, a junior at Loch Raven High School, who is already in New York City practicing with the Macy's Great American Marching Band for his second stint in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The marching band, composed of students from across the country, typically marches right before Santa's sleigh in the annual parade. We will be looking for you, Jackson!

Finally, and on a personal note, I want to recognize Mike DeVita, of Glenmont, who will be honored Nov. 29 at a gala at Bateman's Bistro in Towson. The event, arranged in his honor by his former students, is a tribute to his three-decade teaching career in Baltimore County. Over 70 alumni from Cockeysville, Towsontown and Loch Raven are gathering to thank him for his tireless efforts in teaching journalism, English, and theater. Thank you, Mr. DeVita, for making a big difference in the lives of countless individuals in and around the Towson area.

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