Port VFW fundraisers benefit local charities

Jane Sawyers at the Port Deposit VFW Post 8185 organizes a canteen party on the last Saturday of each month at the post home for VFW members. Each month, Jane conducts a fundraiser at the party to benefit a different charity. January's fundraiser benefited the Department of Maryland Ladies Auxiliary President's Special Project and February's recipient was the VFW's National Home for Children. Last week, I incorrectly identified Jane; but…by any name…she is very much appreciated at VFW Post 8185.

Anne Gibson and her co-captain of Relay for Life Team "Bethany's Angels" attended Relay University in Newark, Del., on Feb. 27. Anne joined other teams who will walk at Elkton High School on May 31 along with teams from North East, Middletown, Wilmington and the University of Delaware. The team captains learned new ways to "tell the story" of victims and survivors, and they were encouraged to "grow their teams." New fundraising ideas were shared with all. Anne shared her notes with her team at February's dinner meeting Feb. 28 at The Bayou in Havre de Grace.


Much sympathy is extended to the family and friends of F. Ellis Benjamin who passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 22 while visiting his sister, Joan, and her family in Massachusetts. And condolences are extended to the family and friends of Sam "Mike" Mitchem of Rising Sun, who died Feb. 28 after a long illness.

Happy birthday wishes are sent out to Jack Conrad, Tome's Landing, as he celebrated his big day March 2. Dennis Bitner, Port, enjoyed birthday greetings March 2 as did Jessica Nichols.


Congratulations to Steve and Anne Gibson, Barton Road, as they celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary March 2 with their family and friends.

Congratulations to Mike and Amy Lipka, North Main Street, who celebrated their wedding anniversary March 4.

Happy birthday to Johnathon Perkins, son of Bonnie Perkins, as he blew out 13 candles March 5.

Congratulations to Allen and Sarah (Warrington) Colenda, Principio Furnace , who celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary March 7.

Best wishes to Haven Bare, Alan Rudd and Jeremy "Cash" Vanderhoef as they all celebrated birthdays March 7.

Good Shepherd School's 7th Annual Not So Silent Auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 9 in the school hall from 5 to 9 p.m. Look for raffles, great food, games and prizes for the kids and, of course, strictly silent, live and Chinese auctions. Admission is free to this family-friendly event. Paddles will be used for the auction bidding and will be purchased at the entrance to the hall. A refundable deposit of $5 will be charged for each paddle. Raffles include cash/tuition, handmade quilt, Android tablet and American Girl Doll. Winners will be drawn around 9 p.m.

Darlington Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor a monthly breakfast on Sunday, March 10 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall at 2600 Castleton Road.

Tickets are on sale for Good Shepherd's St. Patrick's Day Bull and Oyster Roast at the VFW Post 8185, 520 Susquehanna River Road on Sunday, March 17. Proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Parish. Music will again be provided by The Roof Rockers from Lancaster. Call Marie at the parish office, 410-642-6534, to reserve your tickets to this highly-anticipated yearly event.


The folks of Port Deposit have chosen the mural to be painted on the Post Office wall. Look for this project to start in April.