Enjoy the cold on a walk on the North Park Trail in HdG

It's frigid January, dear readers,

Calling all polar bears! Joe Kochenderfer will lead Havre de Grace's polar team to brave frigid temperatures on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a "Frost Bite Walk of the North Park Trail." This guided Ice Age nature and historical walk is free to the public and endures the chill for approximately one frosty hour. Meet at the icy Lock House on nippy Erie and Conesteo streets for this blustery, Arctic walk. Phone 410-939-5780 or email director@lockhousemuseum.org. You could even celebrate the anniversary of Alaska becoming the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959 while en route. Brrr!

January is National Soup Month and soup's on at Grace Place Serving Center, St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107. Volunteers serve the regular Tuesday luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 to anyone in need who enters. Mmm, mmm, good!

Listen and learn! On Jan. 16, enjoy a lecture at the Ellsworth B. Shank historical lecture series, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. Phone 410-939-5780 for details and topic. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org or email: lockhousemuseum@gmail.com.

The Polar Bear Plunge Havre de Grace style, the Susquehanna Hose Company Duck Dunk, a fundraiser for the volunteer fire company, will be held Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Havre de Grace Yacht Basin's far launch ramp.

It's not too early to plan for the Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade, March 4, 6:30 p.m. Interested in participating, phone me at the number below.

Birthday cake and ice cream will be the dessert fare at the celebrations of Drew Layton and Jordyn Pollitt (Jan. 14); Gov. Martin O'Malley (Jan. 18); and Betty Hammerman (Jan. 20).

Remembering their wedding vows are Karen Green and Art Kettell (Jan. 16).

Rosie Deal informed me that on Jan. 18, the American Legion, 501 St. John St., will host bingo from 6 to 10 p.m. Open to the public, refreshments are available. 410-939-0234.

The New Year's Eve duck drop featured a green illuminated duck in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation which fights childhood cancer. Thanks to the Susquehanna Hose Company for continuing the Duck Drop tradition, now since 2000.

Good Cause presents a snowflake banquet Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church Community Hall, 615 Congress Ave. Look for live entertainment, auction, gourmet dinner and dessert. Tickets are $40, available at http://www.serveagoodcause.org or phone 410-916-7770.

Congratulations to Jyl Lynch, recognized as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by Good Cause.

Sarah Fields and Carolyn Foley wrote me about their trip out west.

"Back in September, a group of high spirited folks departed Havre de Grace for Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands, barely escaping the sequester and the three feet of snow. Our weather had been fantastic! We went all over the place, but the highlight was the visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial which will someday become the world's largest memorial. Mount Rushmore, although much smaller, was also breath-taking. Both of these historical centers were poignant as well as gorgeous, but we had differences in opinions about which memorial was more awe-inspiring. No blood was shed in this disagreement. As a bonus, our hotel was situated in such a way that we could walk outside and see Rushmore all lit up in the distance. In Custer State Park, the gargantuan bison were the stars of the show. All of us now know that the bison is not a buffalo. The last stop was fun: the Studebaker Museum. Every one of us had a relative who had owned a Studebaker. In my case, my daddy had two."

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the country and the most common cause of blindness among African-Americans. More than 3 million people have glaucoma, but half do not realize it because there are often no warning symptoms. Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can preserve your vision. People who have a family history of glaucoma, are African-American, are 40 or older or have diabetes (such as I do) are at increased risk. I have my eyes checked regularly; you should perhaps, too. The folks at Seidenberg-Protzko Eye Associates, 410-939-6477 provided me this information.

Please keep me informed about your events at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave.

See ya!

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