It’s grab bag time, again!

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

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.

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