It’s grab bag time, again!
Ok, folks. I have a few topics I want to touch on this week, so you know what that means. It’s grab bag time, again!
First up is the status of the Fallen Police Officer’s Memorial at the former North Point Precinct 12.
Last month, I received an email from Gary O. Kadolph, retired captain of Dundalk Fire Station #6, inquiring about the current location of the memorial.
After contacting the Baltimore County Police Department, I have an answer.
According to police department spokesperson Officer Jennifer Peach, the memorial is still located at the former precinct.
“Plans are in the works to move it to the new precinct location, but there is no date set at this time,” she noted.
More details will be reported as they become available.
I had the pleasure of attending the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Fireman’s Parade and Carnival last Friday evening ( see photos elsewhere in this issue), and if you didn’t get a chance to go, you should make it a point to attend next year.
The parade was wonderful, turnout was amazing and everyone on hand seemed to have a great time.
And the events supported the important, lifesaving work of the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department. What could be better?
We often advertise events that raise funds for both North Point-Edgemere and the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company. It is vitally important that we support these and other volunteer fire stations. While their work is partially- supported by Baltimore County, most of their funds come via fundraising and donations from the community.
The fact that these men and women volunteer their own time to put themselves in harm’s way for us is a testament to their generosity and strength of character. They deserve all of the support we can give them.
It was a busy weekend for me as, on Saturday, I attended the 20th annual Turner Station Heritage Foundation Praise Day celebration ( see coverage on front).
For several years, I have been privileged to attend the event, and it is always a wonderful testament to the spirit of Turner Station and its rich history.
For me, the ceremony is a homecoming of sorts. I did not grow up in Turner Station, but Courtney Speed and the many other friends I have made in my seven years at the Eagle always make me feel so welcome.
The event also holds a special place in my heart for another reason. I attended the 16th annual Praise Day on Aug. 3, 2013 — just five days before I welcomed my daughter, Ella, who celebrated her fourth birthday this past Tuesday.
Since that time, Mrs. Speed has taken Ella under her wing, doting on her at every opportunity. Many people asked about my daughter at this year’s Praise Day, even remembering her birthday and age.
I am very grateful for the kindness and friendship I have been shown, in Turner Station and across the community. In my travels, I am constantly reminded of the kindness and warmth displayed by residents of Dundalk. It’s a wonderful feeling and the reason that, no matter the challenges, Dundalk and her citizens will always persevere.
Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not represent the opinion of The Dundalk Eagle or Adams Publishing Group.
Courtney Speed ( center) holding then-two-year-old Ella Rodman during a gathering of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group at Speed’s Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in July 2015. Other members of the group pictured include (front row, from left) the Rev. Kay Albury of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Melachi Brown, (back) Diane Mondie-Wilkes, Michael Hancock and Paul Mears.
Members of the English Consul Junior Fire Department marched in last week’s North PointEdgemere Volunteer Fire Department Firemen’s Parade.
Highway crews unveiled a sign dedicated to the memory of former Turner Station resident Henrietta Lacks last week. Lacks was also celebrated at the Turner Station Praise Day celebration on Aug. 5.