Decade old Catonsville Women’s Giving Circle gave out $24,108 in grants to 21 local organizations in the Catonsville area this year. Through the $250 membership dues, 89 donors were able to provide grant support to non-profits involved in mental health care, arts development, feeding and clothing impoverished families and protection of green space. The Giving Circle will also hold their first fundraising event on February 15th where host Jane Byers, a Catonsville artist, will sell original artwork, notecards, and art books.
Buddy Boyd and Bernie Kuder of The Free State Theater Organ Society, Inc. have been working on restoring and installing a pipe organ in the Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center for the last 12 years. Both retired engineers, the two men working on the organ one day a week and expect the project to be completed in the next two years.
This year’s Catonsville tree lighting had it’s largest crowd in its 26 year history. With ornaments created by Hillcrest and Westowne elementary students, hot cocoa and cookies passed around and Santa arriving via fire truck this annual tradition is put on with the help of 16 volunteers and through local donations. About 2,000 residents came to witness the annual tree lighting on November 30th while only a few hundred came out last year due to the weather.
Last week an unknown suspect broke into the Arbutus Santa House breaking ornaments and decorations, defacing the interior walls and busting up some of the reindeer outside. There was also something written in chalk on the walls.
The Santa House holds holiday events and gives an opportunity for kids to take their picture with Santa for a small donation. Even with the destruction, there are no plans to cancel any of the upcoming holiday events that take place at and around the house. To donate towards the repairs of the Santa House, click here.
Caton Auto Clinic will be holding their annual Veteran’s Day event where past and present U.S. military can sign up to get a free oil change. Free oil changes will be done Monday, November 11th through Friday, November 15th and are by reservation only. Call Caton Auto Clinic at 410-788-3838 to make your reservation.
The Bent Twig Garden Club along with former county-executive Don Mohler applied for and received a grant from Plant America Program to add some extra beauty to the Catonsville post office. The grant money went towards soil, mulch and flowers and six volunteers worked hard digging and planting the flowers. The committee was excited to have the beautification done in time for the July 4th parade.
This Memorial Day weekend brought out about 400 visitors to the new “Remember Fence” located along Short Line Trail in Catonsville. A box of wooden stars, markers and zip ties was put out by Catonsville Rails to Trails for those who wanted to affix a memorial or dedication to the fence which overlooks the Baltimore National Cemetery. In addition to the stars, flags, flowers and photos of loved ones lost in battle were also hung on the fence.
Towson University student Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, from Catonsville, is now one of American Idol’s top 20 finalists. Son of a preacher at Babcock Presbyterian Church, Jeremiah was working as a janitor at the church when he first auditioned for Idol.
No longer a janitor, and taking a break from his senior spring semester at Towson to be part of the competition, the Idol judges have given him the upmost praise after each audition and performance. Lionel Richie has called Jeremiah’s performances brilliant while Katy Perry has said, “I’m just so beyond moved to see such an incredible, serious musician up there, and I think you are a really important contribution from the universe to music…”