Mural honors longtime Arbutus volunteer George Kendrick

A mural to honor longtime Arbutus resident George Kendrick is scheduled to be dedicated in a ceremony next week.

Kendrick, 94, had been the organizer of the community's annual Fourth of July parade since 1997 before stepping down this year due to declining health. He has also been a constant presence in Arbutus football — the mural depicts several football players from the Arbutus Golden Eagles youth football program.

The mural is an initiative of the Greater Arbutus Business Association.

Artist Edward Williams, of Catonsville, painted the mural over four days at the corner of East Drive and Maple Avenue.

The estimated cost for the mural, covered by GABA and donations from community groups and residents, is $1,500, Tebo said.

Building owner Steve Moran gave GABA permission to use his property for the mural, she said.

The dedication comes in advance of the second annual Arbutus beautification day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Last year, about 80 people took part in 22 projects, including weeding, planting, washing, mulching and trash pickup.

"It was a real large group effort from folks from many different parts of the community," said Bettina Tebo, of the Greater Arbutus Business Association, a coordinator. "Everybody showed up."

There will be food, live music and activities for children at the cleanup.

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