Port Deposit: Late Grace Humphries helped found group to preserve Port's history

No tanker truck accidents to comment on this week, but I understand that Port's Historic Area Commission has been under fire lately.


The late Grace Humphries worked tirelessly on preserving Port's history by founding the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation in 1975 after watching many historic properties leveled to make way for parking lots throughout town. Grace's efforts and the subsequent efforts of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation saved the Paw Paw Building, the Gerry House and 66 S. Main St. Today, HAC members advise homeowners regarding materials used on building facades and aid them in restoring Port's 19th century treasures.

The officers and board members of the Port Deposit Heritage Corp. were to meet Wednesday in the Paw Paw Building. Preliminary plans were made for this year's Candlelight Tour, which is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 throughout Main Street.

Anne Gibson, Barton Road, was guest of honor at a retirement party on Aug. 29 at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace. She received several certificates honoring her 45 years of service with the federal government along with career mementos and parting gifts.

Congratulations to Bob and Jan Kuhs, South Main Street, as they celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sept. 1. Marie and Norman Bannon of Perryville also enjoyed anniversary wishes that day after 62 years of marriage and our son, Jason, and his wife, Angie, of Columbia, celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1 as well.

Rev. George Hipkins and his wife, Nellie, of Conowingo, celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sept. 6.

Much sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Ruth Hendricksen of Havre de Grace, who passed away last week.

Bill Pare reminded me that the annual Mass will be said on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10a a.m. at St. Patrick's Chapel, Conowingo. Dr. Pare will give an update on the chapel's restoration and refreshments will be served afterward.

The next chicken barbecue at the Water Witch Fire Company House 2 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Port Deposit Food and Wine Festival will be held Saturday at Marina Park at the end of South Main Street. The gates will open at 11 a.m. and the fun begins at noon and continues until 7 p.m. A variety of wines will be available and food pairings will be offered by Laurrapin Grille. Several vendors and bands are scheduled and the event is kid friendly with a playground and kids activities. General admission tickets are on sale for $18.12 and a "designated driver" ticket sells for $10. Go to http://www.portdepositwinefestival.com for information, directions or to buy tickets.

The Bainbridge Museum will be open each weekend until the middle of December. The museum's current fundraiser is Tastefully Simple. Leave your order and payment when you visit the museum in September. Stop by on Saturdays or Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The Paw Paw Museum's next open date will be Sept. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The next all-day bingo at the American Legion Post 135 in Perryville will be Sunday at the post on Cherry Street. The doors open at 11 a.m. and the games start at 11:45 a.m. This event is sponsored by the post's Ladies Auxiliary.