The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce led by President Sally Griffin and Executive Director Teal Cary are looking for feedback from anyone interested in keeping the positive vibe alive in Catonsville.
The chamber's Economic Development Committed led by Ellen Hemmerly is looking to expand into subcommittees for the new year.
Groups will focus on:
• Promotion — signage, ways to attract visitors,
• Streetscape design — encouraging vibrant sidewalk displays and window art
Amy Wieland, of Amy's Garden Design, is the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce's garden caretaker.
The Oak Forest resident, a Baltimore County Master Gardener, stresses that what we do to the ground around us often affects the water in the Chesapeake Bay.
"Many of us live within a short distance to a storm drain, stream or river that eventually will lead to the Chesapeake Bay. So what we do and how we do things in own yards can affect the health of waterways, the Chesapeake Bay and our environment," she said.
"By making simple changes in our landscape practices, we can keep our wonderful Chesapeake Bay healthier."
The chamber is proud to show off its official Bay-Wise sign in its garden next to its office at 924 Frederick Road. Stop by and have a look.
Spelling bee at St. Agnes
Winner of the Dec. 1 Geography Bee at St. Agnes School was eighth-grader Jacob Wilson.
In second place was sixth-grader Joey Loeb.
Seventh-grader Thomas Hill finished third.
Though the national contest doesn't name an Honorable Mention, Rhyann Short deserves a mention as she went as far as the semifinals and is only in fourth grade.
UMBC on national TV
In case you missed the wonderful CBS "60 Minutes" interview with Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, here is the link: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57319098/hrabowski-an-educator-focused-on-math-and-science/.
Nominate woman of the year
The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its annual "Woman of the Year" and "Young Woman of the Year" awards.
This is the 30th year the Commission for Women has honored women for their outstanding contributions to the community.
Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community and/or workplace are eligible.
For information, go to http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/women/nominate.html.
Deadline for entries is Jan. 13.
For information, call Nancy Surosky 410-887-2659.
Christmas gift ideas
Catonsville culinary queen Ona Cavey is offering an array of items for gift and gift baskets, including sweet potato bourbon pecan bundt cake ($6.95), cherry pecan streusel loaf ($6.95) and candied herbed nuts with rosemary and brown sugar ($7.50 for 1/2 pound). Contact Ona at 410-371-3133 or email@example.com.
For the true patriot, how about a Commemorative War of 1812 flag? F.W. Haxel Flag Co. is selling the flag with its 15 stars and 15 stripes to benefit three nonprofit organizations: The American Flag Foundation, Friends of Fort McHenry and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. The 3- by 5- flag is $73.50 and there are only 1,000 available. Go to http://www.shop.fwhaxel.com or contact the Rosedale company at 800-533-4964.