Current, former Eagle staff honored at annual MDDC awards
I would like to take some time to recognize our world (or at least Dundalk) famous sports reporter/associate editor Bill Gates.
As he does ever y year, Bill took home several awards for his second-to-none sports coverage during this year’s Maryland Delaware D.C. (MDDC) Press Association awards ceremony in Annapolis on May 11. Bill was awarded first place for his tribute Bleacher Bum column to late Dundalk High principal Tom Shouldice, “Shouldice helped revive the pride in Dundalk High School.” He also won a welldeserved (and long overdue) photography award, taking home a second place prize for sports action photography.
I would also like to congratulate longtime Eagle advertising representative (and grandson of founders Kimbel and Mar y Oelke) Jason O’Neill, who took home two Best of Show awards — Retail Ad – Small Print Only for Barenburg Eye and Retail Ad – Online Only for Baltimore Ortho.
Last, but certainly not least, I would also like to congratulate former Eagle publisher (and daughter of founders Kimbel and Mary Oelke) Deb Cornely, who was inducted into the MDDC Hall of Fame during last week’s ceremony. From her beginnings with the Community Press in 1968 to the Eagle from its start in 1969, Deb held nearly every position at the paper, from advertising to composition to editor to publisher. She retired in 2015, but her mark on the Eagle and in the Dundalk community is indelible.
I was as shocked as anyone to learn early last Thursday morning of the sudden death of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at the too-young age of 60.
I had just spoken to Mr. Kamenetz the week before during his appearance at Fleming Senior Center, and he was present the following day to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Dundalk Elementary School.
In an increasingly polarized time in our politics, it has been gratifying to see the outpouring of support, from nearly all quarters, for Mr. Kamenetz’s family.
On behalf of myself and the Eagle, I extend condolences to Mr. Kamenetz’s family, friends and colleagues.
You may have noticed recently that the Poplar Inn at Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue is closed. Not to worry, the popular local landmark will reopen, better than ever, in six to eight weeks time. According to the restaurant’s Facebook, the Poplar Inn closed temporarily on April 29 for remodeling. A grand reopening party is planned once the doors reopen.
Memorial Day is fast approaching, a time to honor and remember those that paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms.
In an effort to honor these men and women, and provide information for those who have served, the Eagle will once again be publishing our annual Memorial Day special edition. Look for that issue on Saturday, May 26.
Lastly, as always, a reminder to send us your news.
We are thick into one of the busiest times of year and there are so many events across the area it can be hard to keep track. Make sure your event, from church services to school plays to nonprofit fundraisers, makes it into the paper. Send me the latest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Eagle publisher Deb Cornely received her Hall of Fame award from MDDC president Rebecca Snyder.
Former Eagle publisher Deb Cornely with APG Media of Chesapeake president David Fike.
Eagle advertising representative Jason O’Neill picked up two Best in Show awards for his work in 2017.
Former Eagle publisher Deb Cornely spoke during the MDDC Press Association awards luncheon last Friday.