So many people are working from home now and many companies are moving towards their employees staying virtual or working that way part-time. That said, it might be a great time to bring a furry friend into your life. The pandemic has allowed shelters to have an abundance of dogs and cats being adopted so check out those that are available and get your applications in.
Jennie Libertini who celebrated her 106th birthday last week at St. Martin’s home in Catonsville has received both her COVID-19 vaccine shots. She lived through the H1N1 pandemic of 1918 and is now living through this one. Jennie says not having ever smoked or drink, except on holidays has helped her get to where she is now. Her motto is “just live good” and felt it was important to get her vaccine and shared getting her first shot over Zoom.
Santa led a caravan of Jeeps on Saturday in Catonsville to spread holiday cheer to four nursing homes and foster children’s homes. Ellie McIntire, one of the organizers, wanted to being some Christmas spirit to those who might feel isolated during the pandemic. “It’s a break from the normal….they can wave and lift their spirits up for the day,” McIntire said.
Christmas is looking different thing year with no large gatherings and social distancing preventing some of the annual traditions, including visits to Santa. This is not going to stop the town of Catonsville who will keep the big tree lit through January 1st and is collecting letters to send to Santa. Santa and Mrs. Clause respond to every letter that’s dropped in the box.
Monday morning customers lined up in front of 818 Market on Frederick Rd to be the first inside the new gourmet grocer and food mart. Being called “a little shining star” in the middle of the current pandemic, the Market has also provided eighty new employment positions to the community. In addition to its gourmet finds, 818 Market has a cheese shop, seafood counter, bakery and floral section.
This week WMAR shined their Veteran Spotlight on Martin Edward Eichelman, a World War II veteran and Catonsville resident who just celebrated his 99th birthday. While serving in the Army Air Forces, Eichelman was a right gunner on b-29 bombers, flew 35 combat missions, and was awarded the distinguished flying cross.
After his service, Eichelman was active in the Maryland Catholic War Veterans and sang in the St Agnes Catholic Church choir. He will be celebrating his 70th wedding anniversary in January with his wife Mary Jeanne. The couple have three children, nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.