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Harford County

Bike to work Friday, honor the armed forces Saturday

Say thank you, dear readers,

To our soldiers and armed forces for Armed Forces Day Saturday, a tribute to those who have served or are serving in any of our military branches. We salute them for their courage and dedication.


Today (May 16) is also National Bike to Work Day in which communities across Maryland will hold rallies, parties, pit stops and other fun events to celebrate cycling to work.

Saturday is the running of the 139th Preakness, part of the Triple Crown. After the Kentucky Derby, now Maryland gets to shine. Lots of hoopla and black-eyed Susans will be the fare at the Pimlico Race Track. Regretfully, Havre de Grace lost out of this and many other races, when the famous Havre de Grace Race Track, nicknamed "The Graw" on Old Bay Lane closed in 1950 and its races were transferred to Pimlico. Much of our old race track still stands as the grounds of the Maryland National Guard.


On May 19, our neighbors to the north, Canadians will celebrate Victoria Day, also called May Long or May Run, to honor the birth of Queen Victoria, May 25.

May 17 is National Rooster Day so wake with the rooster crow for the Havre de Grace Framers Market on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon at 450 Pennington Ave. Contact Havre de Grace Main Street, 410-939-1811.

The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students in kindergarten to fifth grade and sixth to 12th grade to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center and T-shirts, $10, are also available at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

May is National Electrical Safety Month. BGE told me so.

Every second and third Saturday (May 17) of the month, the Joseph L. Davis Post 47 American Legion, 501 St. John St., hosts pit beef ($7), pit ham ($6) and rotisserie chicken ($5) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace, May 20 and May 27 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will serve the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.

Purchase your 4th of July T-shirt for sale at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100 for $8 ($9 for 2X or 3X) to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence celebration. That's an inexpensive gift to yourself. This year's design was created by Havre de Grace High School senior Hugh McFarland. This year's parade is on Saturday, July 5.

Since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Get tickets at, 410-459-3840, 410-939-0565 or


A historic/nature walk on the North Park Trail will start Saturday at 10 a.m. Meet for the free, one hour tour at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 410-939-5780, or

Share the secret! The Gardens de Grace Club of Havre de Grace will host the 8th Annual Secret Garden Tour of Havre de Grace Saturday, noon until 5 p.m., rain or shine. Always the Saturday after Mother's Day each year, we welcome you to view specially selected private gardens in Havre de Grace. There will be eight private gardens as well as the Havre de Grace High School gardens and the Havre de Grace Green Team Community Gardens. In addition to being able to enjoy the gardens anyone can attend the Garden Mart and Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to purchase plants, garden ornaments and nature inspired products. These events will provide inspiration and ideas for everyone, there are no other events like them in Havre de Grace!

The Secret Garden Tour advance donation ticket is $15 and $20 the day of the event. Tickets may be purchased at Amanda's Florist, Havre de Grace; Kroh's Nursery, Aberdeen; Grier's Nursery, Forest Hill; Van Houten Garden Center, Bel Air; Havre de Grace Visitor's Center and the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum.

For more information contact 410-652-9757 or or the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 410-939-4800 or

The Garden Mart Plant Sale, which is free and open to the public, will feature a large plant sale, vendors selling lawn and garden accessories, nature inspired artisans, crafters and exhibitors on the lower grounds of the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum and the grounds of the Concord Point Lighthouse Keepers Dwelling. A Spring Composting Workshop will be given at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The composting presentation and demonstration will be held on the lower grounds behind the museum. Learn about the new Maritime Museum Environmental Center where you can build a backyard bat house. Gardens de Grace Club members will be available to answer your garden questions.

This year there will be a 2014 Spring Raffle valued at $500. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event at the Maritime Museum for $3 a chance or four for $10. Also, raffle tickets for items donated by the vendors and other contributors may be purchased on the day of the event. Both raffle tickets may be purchased at the Gardens de Grace Club's table on the day of the event. The raffles will be drawn at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to end the day's events.


May birthday wishes go to Nathan Brown (May 5); Larry Dobson (May 6); Bud Webb (May 8); Dawn Hebding (May 10); Mike Smith (May 11); Jane Kirkendall and Heather Willoughby (May 15); Bryan Hebding (May 16); Rebecca McClaskey and Cody Parks (May 17); Mike Tarbert and Max Schaffer (May 11); and Ryan Andreen (May 19).

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Leon and Elsie Haney (May 10); Michael and Tracy Transparenti (May 15); and Adam Datesman and Julie Ducharme (May 18). Congratulations to all.

The Friends of the Harford County Public Library will hold the annual used book sale the Havre de Grace branch, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700. May 24, 30, 31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 27 and 29, 1 to 7:30 p.m., and May 28, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A Civil War encampment will be held at Steppingstone Farm Museum, Saturday and Sunday. May 24 and 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 410-939-2299 or 888-419-1762, or

Keep me in touch at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!