Amid the hot weather, lets celebrate on more degree

Rodgers Forge

August 08, 2011|By Sheila S. Peter,, 410-323-8526

At this writing, it is positively chilly — 91 degrees. But warmer temperatures are on the way. After all, it is summer!

Well, this summer Melinda Cianos' dream came true. When one embarks on a big undertaking, it's always nice to have the love and support of family, friends and neighbors.

Melinda certainly had it, and her achievement of a bachelor's degree in education — at age 45 — is the result!

"People talk about a village, and that is exactly what Rodgers Forge is," she said. "I couldn't have held out without the love and support of my neighbors. They were with me through my entire journey.

A devoted mother of three, Melinda waited until all of her children were school age before entering the College of Notre Dame of Maryland for her degree.

This spring, her eight-year journey was capped with satisfaction, a neighborhood party and a degree.

Over the years, Melinda has written for various magazines, including Urbanite. The faculty at CCBC was aware of this and began mentoring Melinda during her courses atNotre Dame.

They, too, were thrilled when she graduated, and have asked her to teach English 101 and 102, with a creative writing element, beginning in September.

Melinda's husband, Michael, and children, Claire (Towson University), Michael (University of California at Santa Barbara) and Andrew (freshman at Towson High), are still beaming at her accomplishment.

They — and her neighbors — are now ready with their love and support as Melinda begins her studies for a master's degree. We certainly wish to add our accolades to the many that you have already received, Melinda.

Not only is Rodgers Forge a warm and caring community, but it boasts a vigilant Board of Governors. At its July meeting, members of the board voted to ask Baltimore County for a Code Enforcement Sweep.

Jennifer Helfrich, Rodgers Forge community president, said the sweep will take two days and occur the week of Aug. 29. More information, including dates, were published in the August Rodgers Forge newsletter, and were handed out to residents.

This sweep will concentrate on rat harborages and contributing factors to rat problems, but will not only be limited to those. The board wishes to wipe out any problems or threats of problems, before they multiply.

How fortunate the Forge is to have a watchful and caring Board of Governors.

Have you heard? Nordstrom holds free shoe tying sessions for youngsters who are having difficulty tying their shoes.

It runs for one-half hour, includes a snack and a gift (paper shoe with color coded laces). This fun opportunity is given one Saturday a month at 9:15 a.m. Reservations are a must and may be made by calling 410-296-2111.

I hope many readers attended one of the Baltimore County Department of Aging's public hearings on its area plan on Aug. 9.

The plan is a document required of all area agencies on aging that describes the functions, presents demographic trends and outlines major goals and objectives to be achieved between 2012-15.

The hearings this week were held at the Arbutus and Parkville senior centers. For more details on the plan process, call 410-887-2594.

Let us hope that the triple-digit temperatures are over and that we can enjoy the remaining summer days.

Of course, I don't know what has happened between the time that I wrote this column and the time that it was published, we can only hope for the best!

Till we meet again ...

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