Rodgers Forge: Hilgartner family celebrates an elevation to monsignor

Father Rick Hilgartner, a scholar of sacred liturgy and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Divine Worship Office, was recently elevated to monsignor.

This well-deserved honor was bestowed on this former Rodgers Forge resident by Archbishop Edwin O'Brien at a Nov. 20 installation at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.


Monsignor Hilgartner may still call Rodgers Forge home as proud parents, Mary Lee and Dick, keep the home fires burning for his frequent visits.

They welcomed their son when he celebrated the 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Mass at St. Pius X Church.


Hilgartner is also an alumnus of St. Pius X School.

Congratulations, monsignor, your numerous contributions to the church will always be appreciated.

State Del. Steve Lafferty (D-Dist. 42) attended the November board meeting of Rodgers Forge Community Inc., and among other things, told those assembled that he's dismayed that Rodgers Forge had been split into two Congressional districts.

He said he's also concerned with overcrowding in schools, and wants to make sure that Baltimore County Public Schools is planning for the increased enrollment in middle and high schools. He said he's also working to increase recycling opportunities here.

At the meeting, RFC Inc. board member Janine Schofield also announced that the community would hold an electronics recycling event in January.

Board treasurer Janice Moore was delighted with the receipt of many, many dues. She reminded everyone that this year the dues drawing will be for a hand held scanner and case. As the drawing isn't until Dec. 15, there is still time to pay dues and enter the drawing.

It seems Christmas decorations and events are all around us. Two popular ones are here in the neighborhood — the St. Pius X Youth Ministry Christmas Tree Sale, which began Nov. 26 and runs through Dec. 18 (or until they are sold out); and the eighth annual Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair at St. Pius X on Dec. 12.

The Christmas tree sale is open for business every evening during the week, and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 12 is from 9 to 11 a.m., and costs $6 for a pancake breakfast. The craft fair runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free.

Parents, grandparents and friends can browse and shop the creative crafts and the children can shop the "children only" Secret Santa Shop. Reservations for the Breakfast with Santa are recommended, and may be made by calling 410-427-7400.

Dumbarton Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair, running this week through Dec. 3, isn't limited to Christmas gifts. Birthdays or any other occasion are always the right time for books. For hours of operation at the fair, call the school at 410-887-3176.

Although Thanksgiving is a recent memory, we'd also like to recall another recent fall event — Halloween. Our neighbors in Gaywood had a splendid day for their Halloween Party on the Gaywood Green, Oct. 30.


Laura Koehler and Erin Yaggy chaired this happy, fun and spooky occasion, and young Gaywoodite Natalie Majerick added entertainment her original Halloween rap.

The Green was ablaze with color as more than 40 children, in costumes ranging from scary to silly to pop culture, joined the skeleton bone hunt, decorated and ate cookies and paraded around.

A team from Towson High School was part of the Oct. 29 taping of the popular television quiz show, "It's Academic." The local students competed against Western High School and Salisbury Christian. This show is scheduled to air on WJZ-TV on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

The outstanding Towson team of Becky Spencer-Strong, Jackson Adams and Ed Fallerton, with alternates Colin Parts and Ksheeraja Ravi, was ably coached by Jennifer Meehan.

Let us hope that soon everyone enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving.

On Dec. 7, we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, which precipitated our entry into World War II.

Till we meet again ...

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