Happy Earth Day, celebrate at River Sweep

Happy Earth Day, dear readers,

It's this Sunday, April 22. In celebration, on Saturday, (April 21) join the annual River Sweep event along the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tydings Park to the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. For details, phone 410-457-2482, 410-939-7644 or 410-808-6118 or email


April 22 is Earth Day celebrated by people around the world to build awareness and inspire environmental change. Visit April 27 is National Arbor Day – plant a tree!

Rosie Deal has your Earth Day dinner planned for tonight (Friday) 5 to 8 p.m. at the VFW Lodge 8126, 300 Lodge Lane in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4578. Eat-in ($10) or take-out ($11) fried chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, rolls, butter and dessert. Yum!


Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal April 24 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107. Volunteers will provide the luncheon to anyone in need who comes through the doors.

The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House will host its annual dinner meeting April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40. Cost is $30. To reserve, contact executive director Danyelle Dorsey, 410-939-5780.

Havre de Grace Candidates Night will be sponsored by OPAC (Ontario-Otsego Positive Action Committee) April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at St. Patrick's Church Hall, 615 Congress Ave., 410-939-5887. The forum is for city council candidates. Be there!

Final call: Look for spring clearinghouse bargains along the trail of the Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale, April 21 (raindate April 22) from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. This is our eighth time and the ninth is Sept. 15 (raindate Sept. 16). Contact me for details, 410-939-6562, to reserve a space for $10 at 226 N. Union Ave. (benefits Historic Preservation Commission). A huge list of participating addresses follows: In Old Town: 100 Revolution St.; 877 Otsego St.; and 1328 Lewis Lane. In Bulle Rock: 401 Azra Court; 329 Bounding Home Court; 327, 333 Cigar Loop; 504, 512, 534 Counterpoint Circle; 520, 552 Ferdinand Drive; 108 Flying Ebony Place; 403, 411, 460, 543 Majestic Prince Circle; 303, 312, 314 Native Dancer Circle; 305 Seattle Slew Place; 208, 220, 221, 223 Smarty Jones Terrace; 140, 146 Snow Chief Drive; 210 Spectacular Bid Drive; 215 Thunder Gulch Circle; 114, 204 Touch of Gold Drive; 317, 319 Victory Gallop Court; 101 Virgil Circle; 232, 233, 244 Whirlaway Lane. Wow! Grab the Garmin GPS – we're going shopping!


To learn about your yard sale treasures visit George Wagner at Bahoukas, 467 Franklin St. for "WhoZ, What's Its!" Friday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. Let George evaluate your items to identify and appraise. For an appointment time, contact 410-942-1290 or

Carolyn Colburn is seeking tour stops for the Saturday, May 19 Havre de Grace Secret Garden Tour. If you would like your gardens included, contact 410-939-5706, or Artists, vendors and exhibitors are sought for the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum's flower/garden mart. A container garden competition will also be held, contact Cynthia Leffler, 410-652-9757 or

Fair warning to all bosses! Administrative Professionals Week is April 22 to 28 with April 25 as Administrative Professionals Day (the old Secretary's Day).

Kathy Keen told me that May starts the Havre de Grace historic walking tours. Tours are scheduled all First Fridays (May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3) at 6 p.m. for 1 1/2 hours, Tickets in advance at or at door $12 exact cash or check. Meet at Jana's Java Coffeehouse, 217 N. Washington St. For details, call 410-939-0565.

Birthday blasts for April include: Maria Taylor (April 3), Anne Burton (April 13), Grace Hewitt (April 14), my sister-in-law, Jean Browning (April 23), Shaun Smith, Mark Deal (April 25) and Shannon Taylor (April 27).

Happy anniversary wishes to Tom and Jan Biondo (April 9), Billy and Vicki Brandon (April 16) and Pastor Ed and Debbie Heydt (April 25). Congratulations.

Deb McFadden phoned to tell about the Elks Lodge, Route 40, waffle breakfast with choice of toppings, April 29, 8 to 11 a.m. for $6. What a bargain!

I treated my Easter basket recipients to a box of Sweet Devotion's cake bon-bons in strawberry and red velvet. If you want to receive the praise and gratitude I did for such a delicious gift, contact them at 410-306-6610 or drop by Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a heavenly treat.


The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St., 410-939-4800 will host a lecture by Dave Webb, of the Harford County Bird Club on the types of birds in our area Saturday at 1 p.m. Held outside, the lecture begins with a presentation and follows with a walking tour.

Proud father Mitch Shank sent me an article in the University of Maryland newspaper April 8 about his daughter, Michi Shank. Michi is a junior bioengineering major but also a cupcake baker using fondant icing to create Van Gogh paintings, Maryland Terps designs and Monarch butterflies on cupcakes. Michi has volunteered to give one of her kidneys to her father, a diabetic who has been insulin dependent for 40 years and is legally blind. Check the article at

Helen Cayer announced the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's May 6 concert by the Lyric Opera Baltimore at 3 p.m. at the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, 101 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Renowned artists of the Lyric Opera will sing opera favorites and other musical vignettes. Concert tickets are $15 available at Havre de Grace Visitors Center, 410-939-2100. A reception will be held after the concert with the performers at Laurrapin Grille for $45. Contact 410-939-5544 or 401-939-4441.

That's another wrap! Phone me at 410-939-6562 or drop a note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!