Cur­rent, for­mer Ea­gle staff hon­ored at an­nual MDDC awards

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL - Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opin­ion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

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 nrod­man@ches­pub.com.

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.

PHO­TOS BY STEVE RUARK

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.

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