Water Witch fire company honors its volunteers

The members of the Water Witch Fire Company, along with their EMS unit, the fire police and the ladies auxiliary, gathered at the VFW Post 8185 in Port Deposit Saturday evening for their annual awards banquet and dance.

This year's event was extra special, with four members of the Ladies Auxiliary inducted into the Harford/Cecil Firemen's Association Hall of Fame. Emcee Richard Brooks welcomed Cecil County Commissioners Robert Hodge and Michael Dunn along with guests from the following fire companies: Chesapeake City, North East, Singerly, Perryville, Wakefield, Havre de Grace and Rising Sun, plus guests from the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services, the Town of Port Deposit, Tome's Landing Marina and Chesapeake Truck Service.

Richard Hull gave the first award to Jeff Rowe, winner of the Ed Starnes' President's Award.

Ladies Auxiliary President Stephanie Gibson listed her top 10 workers with Carrie McCall volunteering the most hours and then she presented a $5,326.45 check to the fire company.


Eileen Edelin, representing the Harford/Cecil Firemen's Association, inducted Marie Bannon, Carlene Poist, Maggie Jackson and Teresa Bittner into the Hall of Fame.

Wayne Tome Sr. announced that 2011 was the busiest ever with 1,261 EMS calls. The EMS award was given to the entire EMS unit; Karen Mott and Tammy Hoag accepted the award.

The award for the top EMS Provider was presented to Wayne Tome Jr. with 507 calls.

The Michael Love Rookie of the Year Award was earned by Taylor DiMauro.


Steve Kenton, representing the fire service, gave the Fire Chief's Award to Cindy Clark and the Firefighter of the Year Award was given to Michael Lipka Jr. Bill Dill was the top responder on the fire side.

The meal was catered by Bob Steele of Backfin Blues restaurant and music was provided by Mark Hemler of M.C. Productions.

Team captains and the event committee of Cecil County's Relay for Life at Elkton met April 10 for their regular monthly meeting at Elkton High School. Several teams have fundraisers coming up in April and May. The overnight walk is scheduled for June 1 to 2.

Happy birthday to Marianne Farmer Bitner as she celebrated her Easter birthday on April 8 and Cindy Barton Wallace blew out her candles on April 9. Sharon Jenkins added a year to her age on April 11. Norma Sarason enjoyed birthday greetings on April 12.


The Port Deposit VFW Post 8185, 520 Susquehanna River Road, will sponsor a Spring Car Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 70 cars registered. Registration is $15 per vehicle and includes one hot dog and one beverage. Call 410-642-2847 for information. Proceeds will benefit the veterans and the post's Adopt-A-Unit Program.

Plan to attend the public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Port Deposit Presbyterian Church, 44 S. Main St. All interested residents will have the opportunity to participate in the Port Deposit Transit Feasibility Study. The study will identify potential improvements for walking and bicycling in and around Port Deposit. For more information on this workshop, visit

The Port Deposit Heritage Corporation will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paw Paw Building. All members and those interested in Port's history are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served following the short business meeting and election of officers for 2012. The little museum has several Civil War artifacts plus Tome School memorabilia and information on Port's granite, river and railroad. Come to the annual meeting on April 19 and see what the museum has on display.

The 12th Annual River Sweep, a volunteer shoreline and roadside spruce-up, has been scheduled for Saturday, April 21 and the cleanup will take place in Havre de Grace, Perryville, Port Deposit and on Garrett Island. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and cleanup takes place from 9 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Last year, nearly 700 volunteers removed 14 tons of trash. Sign up in advance by visiting or by calling 410-457-2482.

Finish up those taxes and then have a great weekend!