November 30, 2011
Catonsville native William Roberts III was recently promoted to the rank of colonel in a ceremony at Fort George Meade Army Base. He has served for more than 27 years in both active and reserve capacities. In 1975, Roberts graduated from Catonsville High School, where he was the first black male to win the school's Scholar Athlete Award. After earning a degree in sociology at Towson State University, he worked for the Anne Arundel County Department of Corrections for more than 25 years.
May 6, 2011
Most will remember the late William Donald Schaefer as Baltimore's mayor, Maryland's governor, and even the state's comptroller. But, I remember him most as Lt. Col. W.D. Schaefer, my executive officer in the 457th General Hospital and 2290th USA Hospital, reserve units out of Turners Armory. Colonel Schaefer and I managed to transfer out of the 457th (into the new 100th Station Hospital) in 1961 just before the Berlin Wall crisis froze everyone in on active duty and called up about a quarter-million reservists and National Guard troops (including the 457th)
March 2, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley, facing mild criticism of his Iraq trip from his likely re-election opponent, deployed a bona fide colonel - who happens to be his lieutenant governor - to defend him yesterday. " Bob Ehrlich's comments were inappropriate and in some ways an affront to men and women who have gone to Iraq in uniform," said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, an Army Reserve colonel and Iraq War veteran. Brown added that he is "bothered and very disappointed" by the criticism, "which really demonstrates his lack of understanding of the role and the relationship between the governor and the guard."
May 24, 2009
In the end, a quaint watercolor painting of a young town full of promise yielded the final key to unlocking a mystery dating back more than 130 years. The artwork, depicting the proposed community of Sanborn as part of a decades-old real estate ad, is an aerial perspective of existing homes and never-developed lots off Ryan Avenue in Hanover, just east of Elkridge. But one detail in the landscape turned the souvenir into a pseudo-treasure map for the community. The 19th-century Anderson Chapel on Ryan Avenue, claimed by the ravages of time and neglect 40 years ago, faced the B&O Railroad tracks.
May 19, 2009
Lt. Col. Simon Joseph "Joe" Avara, a retired Baltimore police official who was deputy chief of the operation bureau and later was director of safety and special services at a local hopsital, died Friday of a stroke at St. Agnes Hospital. He was 84. Colonel Avara, who was the son of a barber and homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised near Hollins Market in Southwest Baltimore. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 69th Infantry Division in Europe.
April 8, 2009
On April 4, 2009, Colonel Edward B. Cummins A viewing will be held on Monday, April 13 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 South Washington Street, Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 14 11:00 A.M. at Grace United Methodist Church, 110 West Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, Maryland, 21001. Dr. Paul Grant and Dr. Robert T. Clipp will officiate. Interment to be held at Bel Air Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Edward Cummins, Mark Cummins, Andrew Cummins, Larry Harris Sr., Tevis Hoke and Randy Rudy.