The Perryville Lions Club recently held its International Peace Poster Contest and the three winners from the Perryville Middle School were invited to an awards dinner in November.

This was the 25th year for the international contest and the school had about 55 participants. The winners were: first place, Christian Dodson; second place, Megan Murphy; and third place, Hannah Campbell. All received a plaque and a cash award.


Christian's poster was forwarded to the next level of competition, which is District 22B. If she wins there, she would compete with Districts 22A, C, D and W. These five encompass all of Maryland and all of Delaware. We are very proud of our winners and have on display Megan and Hannah's posters at the Perryville library. A thousand thanks to the art teacher, Donna Steck-McMahon.

The Historic Principio Furnace Christmas Tour of the Iron Master's Mansion, Harris Metal Smith Studio, Principio Methodist Church and the Principio Furnace Office is Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Christmas tour tickets cost a $5 donation. The tour starts at 11:30 a.m. For advanced ticket sales and information, please call Sarah, 410-642-2358

Also, a Christmas bazaar, luncheon, soup and pie sale will be Saturday at the Principio Methodist Sunday School Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It's that time again to get your picture taken with Santa! He will be at the Perryville Outlet at Store 39 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Perryville Lions Club is offering you a visit with Santa and for $5 you may get a picture taken. Santa will be there each Saturday in December. Merry Christmas!!!!

An all-you-can-eat breakfast is set at Harmony Lodge on Tome Highway Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.

Upper Chesapeake Chorus will sponsor a Christmas Craft Bazaar at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 201 Mount Royal Ave. in Aberdeen on Saturday. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pictures with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Features will be crafts, Christmas items, baked goods, hot dogs and drinks. Listen to Christmas a cappella singing while you shop.

Don't forget to check out the Holly Tree in Perryville during the Christmas holidays.

A presentation of "A Holiday Enchantment" of the Cecil Dance Theatre will be held at Milburn Stone Theatre Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and 9 at 2 p.m . Order tickets at 222.cecildancenter.com or call 410-287-1037.

Country Lover Craft is having a holiday craft fair at the Perryville Outlet store 24 today (Friday) through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Two bingos have been scheduled for January.

On Friday, Jan. 4 is a Basket and Bags bingo at 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church's fellowship hall, 201 Mt. Royal Ave. in Aberdeen. Tickets are $12, $5 for extra. Doors open at 6 p.m., early bird is at 6:45 p.m. and bingo begins at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School dance team. Tickets available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332.

On Friday, Jan. 11 is a Basket, Vera Bradley and Pandora Bingo at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m., early bird is at 6:45 p.m.) at the American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128, 44 N. Parke St., Aberdeen. Sponsored by Aberdeen High School girls basketball team. Tickets are available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332. Tickets are $12, $5 for extra.

Congratulations to the following Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Maryland on their recent appointments as committee chairpersons or committee members of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star: Mary Adeline Bradford, chairman of public relations; Wilma J. Thompson, chairman of the Belmont Ball; M. Ernestine Hale, member of the youth committee; Jon A. Thompson, member of the Scottish Rites Charities committee. These are three-year terms. Congratulations one and all.

Sister Patricia Gluck, Worthy Matron and Acting Worthy Patron Brother Russell Bonchu of Woodlawn Chapter 101 Order of the Eastern Star greeted the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and other Grand Officers at their Grand Visitation meeting. Those greeted by the Worthy Matron were Debbie Hribar, Worthy Grand Matron; David Hall, Worthy Grand Patron; Bette Bowen, Associate Grand Matron; Bill Gunn, Associate Grand Patron; Donna Almony, Grand Secretary; Claudia Easton, Grand Conductress; Nancy Ford, Associate Grand Conductress; Jon Thompson and Joan Morris, Grand Trustees; Elaine Niemeyer, Grand Chaplain; Jean Chance, Grand Lecture; Judy Birckhead, Grand Marshal; Toby Harvie, Grand Adah; Beverly Geisler, Grand Ruth; Loretta Donaldson, Grand Electa; Sheryl Peters, Grand Warder; Cecil Jones, Grand Sentinel; and I, the Grand Martha.


Highlights of the evening were the presentation of a Grand Representative appointment to Addison Caracciolo to the state of Colorado. Caracciolo joins his wife, Margaret, who is serving as a Grand Representative to Virginia. Joining the Hive Hoppers Club were Sister Marcia Betz and Patricia Gluck. Gluck greeted all her guests with greetings associated with cupcakes. Her closing remark was quite cute: "May all your words be covered with cupcakes in case you have to eat them." Woodlawn chapter is the home of Past Grand Matron Cheryl Johnson. Several of the members of her Grand Family were present including Bob Scheller, Bonnie Devers, Joan Morris and Regina Widderich and the grand wife, Margaret Scheller.

Arundel Chapter 80 Order of the Eastern Star held its Grand Visitation Meeting honoring the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron and other Grand Officers. The Worthy Matron Sister Gladys Watsic greeted the following Grand Officers Hribar; Hall; Bowen; Gunn; Easton; Ford; Thompson; Morris; Niemeyer; Chance; Birckhead; Donna Runyan, Grand Organist; Harvie; Geisler; Donaldson; Peters; Jones and I.

It was with a great deal of pleasure that the Worthy Grand Matron presented a 50-year membership certificate and pin to Sister Robin Fuchs. Also Beverly Geisleer and I substituted in our respective stations for the Worthy Matron.

Birthday wishes are extended to Leslie Gilliam who will celebrate on Dec. 9.

Belated wishes to Hilda Brown and Aileen Squires on Dec. 4.

Kathy Voris, Tom Pryer and Jean Oliver-Haynes will celebrate their birthdays on 12-12-12.

John Strause is sent a Happy Dec. 9 birthday.

Chris Thompson is sent birthday wishes on his Dec. 11 birthday.

Natalie Barton is sent Dec. 13 birthday wishes and lots of love as she turns 22 from her mother, Linda Southall-Barton and her brother, Jeffrey. Love and wishes also from her grandparents Herb and Mary Lou Southall, and her extended family of Uncle Roger and I, cousins Ruth, Karl and Hannah Ventela, cousins Roger and Sarah Southall, Aunt Janet Southall, Aunt Joann Wilson and her cousin, Casey Wilson, and Uncle Don and Aunt Shirley Morse and cousins Donny, Stephanie and Hannah.

Birthday wishes and lots of love to our son, Roger Southall Jr., who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 9. Love from Dad and I and sister Ruth and her family, Karl, Hannah and Zeke Ventela, as well as grandparents Mary Lou and Herb Southall and the extended family of Aunt Janet Southall, Aunt Joann Wilson and her cousin Casey Wilson, and Uncle Don and Aunt Shirley Morse and cousins Donny, Stephanie and Hannah and Aunt Linda Southall-Barton and cousins Natalie and Jeffrey Barton.

Condolences are extended to the family of Bessie Fetterman, who died Tuesday morning.


Get well wishes and thinking of you wishes go to Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Louise Fagan, Lynn Schwizer, Marianne Pryer, Gail Ashby, Joann Wilson, Herb Southall, Bonnie Donoho, Peggy Scholl, Wilbur Scholl, Corine Yeagle, June Peddicord, Harriett Schmick, Arthur Holley, Gertrude Fassell, David and Mary Lake, Andy Larkins, Barbara Lucas, Bonnie Wagner, Carolyn Kulp, Brenda Aliff, Joan Elliott, Cheryl Simms, Ann Hillsman, Elbert Swiney, Randi Jenkins, Walt Clifford, Adam Zeller, Jake Bauer, Sheila Funk and Sandy Brooks.

Thank you to all those who submit articles for the column. Keep those birthdays, anniversaries, special parties and celebrations, family functions, vacations and anything you want to see in print coming to me at pvnotes@verizon.net. And don't forget to mark the subject line "Article for The Record."

Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave!! Thank a soldier today!

Today in Cecil County history: Dec. 7 – Chesapeake and Delaware Canal chartered by legislature in 1799.

U.S. history: Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Day in 1941.