First Port Palooza a 'grand' success

May 09, 2012

The first Port Palooza of the season was a grand success Saturday. There were lots of folks in town listening to music, browsing the vendors, eating along the river, strolling Main Street and enjoying the beautifully sunny day. The next Palooza on June 2 will feature a collection of various medium titled "Creatures of the Susquehanna, Real and Imagined" in the historic Bank Building. These original works of art are contributed by the Cecil County Boys and Girls Club. Martha Barchowski, past president of the CCBGC, will be on hand that day to answer any questions concerning this project. Port Palooza is sponsored by The Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce and Exelon Energy.

Former Port-ite Mary Anne Bittner Kenner of Athens, Ga., traveled to Baltimore over the weekend to attend her nursing school reunion at Mercy Hospital. She was accompanied by her daughter, Lisa, of Chicago, and the duo took a side trip to Port Deposit Saturday morning. She was initially greeted by her old friend, Father John Abrahams, and then she met with local cousins Marty Sice, John Sice, Wayne Bitner, Edgar P. "Buddy" Hopkins, Jr. and me at the Susky River Grille. After lunch, part of the group journeyed to North East to visit Mary Anne's aunt, Teresa Bittner, at her Sunny Acres residence.

Happy Birthday to Eddie Lowe, Zion, as he celebrated his big day May 5.

Nadine Thomas, Perryville, enjoyed birthday greetings May 6. And the former Becky Poist celebrated her birthday May 7.

Regina Pontown, daughter of Bob Pontown, Conowingo, subtracted a year from her age May 9.

Special birthday wishes are sent out to young David Fasterling, son of Roxanne and Chuck Fasterling of Colora, as he added a year to his age May 10.

The committee and team captains for Cecil County's Relay for Life met Tuesday evening at Elkton High School. The relay will be held from Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. until Saturday, June 2 at 6 a.m. Go to to join a team or to donate to the American Cancer Society.

Cecil County Relay for Life Team Bethany's Angels has an upcoming fundraiser Saturday. For the 10th year, a Basket and Bag Bingo is scheduled at Good Shepherd School, 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7 p.m. The ticket cost is $12 per person and extra packs will be available at $5 each. There will be plenty of food and lots of homemade desserts. Prizes will be Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley bags. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Call Anne, 410-378-3338, for reservations or me at the number listed above for information.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Water Witch Fire Company will meet on Monday, May 14 at House 3 since their meeting night at House 2 will be superseded by the annual Firemen's Carnival, to be held from Monday, May 21 through Saturday, May 26.

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