It started here in Timonium, and ended up at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Twenty-five-year-old Towson University graduate Stephanie Bowen, who won the recent Voice of Baltimore contest at Padonia Station, in Timonium, was tapped to sing the national anthem before an Orioles game against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 7.


More than 75 singers took part in the contest at Padonia Station, on East Padonia Road. Singers had to make it through the qualifying rounds and semifinals before performing the national anthem and another song of their choice during the finals.

A panel of judges, which included Orioles' Assistant Coordinator of Game Entertainment Karen Riddle, selected Bowen as the winner. In addition to singing the national anthem at Camden Yards, Bowen received $500, as well as 10 hours of recording time at The Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts and a seven-day trip to Ocean City courtesy of 1st Class Travel.

The Voice of Baltimore raises money for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, which raises awareness of abused children.

Speaking of singers, local residents are invited to share some magic moments with area resident Cindy Krohe and her fellow singers in the Pride of Baltimore Chorus, as they present a show Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road, Parkville.

The show will feature the Main Street Quartet, a group that finished in fifth place last year in the Barbershop Harmony Society competition; the Mirage Quartet, a fifth-place regional finalist for the Sweet Adelines International, Region 19; and the Stars of Harmony Quartet, a 2011 third place Rising Star Finalist in the Sweet Adelines.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for ages 5 to 15. Purchase tickets at http://www.prideofbaltimorechorus.com, using PayPal; or by calling 410-789-7172.

Boy Scout Troop 328, based at Timonium United Methodist Church, spent a week in July camping in the wilds of Gore, Va., at Camp Rock Enon.

It was the troop's second visit to Rock Enon in recent years, as it is one of their favorite campgrounds. Fifteen Scouts enjoyed a busy week swimming, hiking, earning merit badges and getting to know the new members of the troop.

The following adults accompanied the Scouts in shifts: Brad Paulis, Carl Bauer, Jo Moriconi, Steve Becker and Robert Logan. Ernie Moody pulled the Troop 328 trailer.

Members of the troop expressed thanks to all adults involved who supported the Scouts. The troop meets Mondays in the Fellowship Hall, Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road

Troop 328 invites interested boys to visit their meetings at any time. For more details, go to http://www.bsa-troop328.org.

Belated birthday wishes to Marilyn Herd, Ruth Cooper, Janet Harsher, Jean Gottschalk and Pat Williams, who all marked their special day in August.