The Glyndon Community Association held its 2011 Halloween Party at the Emory Grove Hotel. More than 140 princes, princesses, pirates, mercenaries, and other cut-throats and heroes attended. Many thanks to the event chair, Gale DeHaven, and her awesome volunteers, and the Emory Grove Association.
- Water Pipe Replacement Project Update
- July 4 parade report
The morning of July 4, 2011 dawned somewhat overcast and folks were thinking, “Will it rain?” There is absolutely no way it would rain on the 50th Anniversary Glyndon Parade! As Vernene and I left for O’Meara’s field all looked good. Daryan, our son, had already been to the field with Nan Kaestner to set up the tables with the 51 years of photos. Santoni’s trucks had arrived just prior to us and were starting to set up to feed, what I knew, would be a huge crowd.
As 9:30 passed and it was getting closer to 10, everything was coming together. The convertibles arrived to carry our Past Presidents, the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department apparatus arrived followed by a beautiful red, white, and blue patriotic ‘trike” motorcycle. Next arrived a phenomenal 1930’s Rolls Royce and 2 other 1930’s antique cars. Then the most important part of the parade arrived in droves by the hundreds, our marchers! There were over 100 folks decked out in the commemorative Anniversary Tee Shirt, “a sea of red”! There were young and old, carriages, bikes, scooters, and more all decked out for the “only parade of its kind – one where everyone is in the parade” – the 51st Glyndon Independence Day Parade.
Our Grand Marshalls, Mary and Jim O’Meara were brought to the field by their children. Four of the “first marchers” of July 4, 1961 were with us. There was Theresa O’Meara Prevosto, Kevin O’Meara, Bucky Edgett, and Pete Edgett. Theresa and Pete carried the American Flag along with Bucky to lead our Parade.
Lee Wroe arrived driving the 4 wheeler pulling the wagon with the music. I know that the Wroe family works long and hard to insure that the music works for our parade each year!
At approximately 10 AM, the Parade stepped off to follow the route it has taken for 51 years. Our Baltimore County Police were already in place to block traffic for the safety of our neighbors. It seemed that everyone in town and from near and far were either in the Parade or spectating. It is amazing to know that this Parade has continued and only gotten bigger with each passing year. We followed our route and pulled into O’Meara Field for our short ceremony.
Our Grand Marshall’s were introduced and received a sustained, well-deserved applause from those gathered for their continued support of Glyndon and the Parade. The firemen climbed on their truck with the American Flag. We joined in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a robust singing of the Star Spangled Banner. This is truly America! The newly arrived “Pastor Jeannie” Marsh of the Glyndon United Methodist Church closed our program with a heartfelt Benediction.
All were invited back for the 52nd Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2012. Then it was food and fellowship for all!
This tremendous Parade is truly a community affair. I need to thank a long list of folks for their generosity and support:
- The O’Meara Family for the use of the field for the 51st year.
- Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department for their continued faithful participation.
- Santoni’s Markets for their continued support of the hot dogs, chips, and drinks.
- Gale DeHaven for her diligence in bringing the “sea of red” to fruition with the commemorative tee shirts.
- Richard Stanley for designing our distinctive commemorative shirt.
- Village Sound , Wroe Electronics, Battery Warehouse and Phil Wroe III for the use of the speakers and sound system.
- The Wroe Family for providing the music.
- Nan Kaestner for the display of photos of the past parades.
- Chuck Welsh and his “helpers” for the balloons for the parade.
- Sandy Laken, David Porter, Patrick DeHaven, and Russell Bullock for the convertibles for the parade.
- Lori Hans and our Glyndon neighbors for the cookies and goodies.
I am sure there are others that I have not mentioned, thank you. Finally, thank you to all of our participants, you make the 4th glorious in Glyndon!
It was a tremendously glorious July 4th in Glyndon! We will see you around the neighborhood, and particularly on July 4, 2012 for our 52nd Parade!
The Glyndon Community Association received more than 70 pre-orders for the shirts designed by our neighbor Richard Stanley. The GCA parade committee will accept orders through June 20, 2011; the cost is $15 per t-shirt.
Download the order form; make checks payable to Glyndon Community Association.
Orders received after June 20 will be returned.
Not sure what to wear to this year’s 50th Anniversary 4th of July Parade?
This year, let’s fill the street with the commemorative 4th of July T-shirt designed by own Richard Stanley. Price of the tees is $15 but, if you pre-order by May 31, the cost is $12.50. This red-white-and-blue tee has a small pocket logo on the front and a design on the back featuring the first parade in 1961.
Let’s make the 50th Anniversary as memorable as the first!
The Glyndon Community Association Easter Egg Hunt previously scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at Glyndon Station Park has been postponed due to soggy weather. Check back here later for a rain date.
The annual Glyndon Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at Glyndon Station Park on Railroad Avenue. Refreshments will be served. Coffee will be available for adults.
Categories are Children 5 and Under and Children 6 and Over. The Glyndon Community Association will provide about 600 filled eggs with 2 prize eggs for the little ones and two prize eggs for the bigger kids.
Easter Egg hiders are welcome to come to the park at 8 a.m. to hide eggs with organizers.
Additional Egg Treats!
Two of the shops at the Glyndon Village Shopping Center have invited Glyndon families to stop by for additional treats immediately after the GCA-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt.
Parade over to Black Eyed Susan Candy Coffee Cream & More and to The Boxwood Collection to pick up an Egg filled with gold-foil wrapped Wockenfuss chocolates. One egg in each store will have a golden ticket for either a giant chocolate bunny (Black Eyed Susan) or another special surprise (The Boxwood Collection).
A report from Kate Bullock, chair of the Glyndon Community Association Water Pipe Task Force
As a result of negotiations between the State, County and Contractor, the following changes have been made to the construction schedule.The following dates are approximate only. Actual dates will be determined by weather.
April 4 – April 8
Butler Road will not be repaved at this time. However, all patches on Butler will be re-dug and re-filled to create a smoother temporary surface. One lane of traffic will be maintained during the process, with flaggers present. Some re-patching may also be done in other areas where temporary patches have eroded over the winter The County will notify schools and Police to expect traffic disruptions. Final repaving of Butler Road will not occur until late summer or fall.
April 7 – Mid Summer
Pipe replacement construction will begin on Central and the side streets. It will begin at Butler Road, and move south. Work in this area is expected to take 3 months. At some point during this 3 month period, the following will also be done: Defective fire hydrant at Albright and Railroad will be replaced.Road rut in front of hydrant on Railroad at Chatsworth will be temporarily patched. The County will notify schools and the Police about expected traffic disruptions.
Please talk with you children…they will need to be far more careful in the streets than they are used to being.
Flaggers & Police Patrols
Early on in this process, the flaggers were not well trained, and caused as many problems as they solved. A great deal of time was invested working with the Contractor, and the situation improved. I am anticipating the same problem to occur again, and the same discussion will follow.
Please be careful out there. We have again requested police patrols to guard against vehicular and pedestrian accidents during construction. Just as they did during prior construction, police will monitor for speed, stop sign violations, failure to follow flagger’s directions, and all other traffic violations.
Last time, this process resulted in a large number of violations and created a clear awareness within the Franklin Precinct of problems in Glyndon. When making stops, police will not discriminate between residents and commuters, so be careful out there!
As always, please do not hesitate to contract me if you have any questions,
The Baltimore County Board of License Commissioners approved a liquor license for a proposed wine shop at 15 Railroad Avenue on Monday, March 14, 2011.
The owners of the wine shop had the support of the Glyndon Community Association (GCA). The owners attended the February 9 general meeting of the (GCA) and answered members’ questions. The owners agreed to restrictions on the shop name, its hours and sign-age that the landlord included in the lease.
A report from Kate Bullock, chair of Glyndon Community Association’s Water Pipe Task Force
Date and Location
Construction will resume no later than March 28, and will likely begin prior to the 28th. Work will begin on Central Avenue and the side streets between Central and Railroad. Crews will start at the northern end of Central, at Butler, working their way south to the Albright/Central area. Work hours will be from 8 AM – 4 PM. For now, we
can assume that work in this section will take 2-3 months.
I will be contacting the Franklin District, requesting that they resume patrols. I expect this section to be the most difficult in terms of traffic. Please watch for cars using side streets as high speed cut throughs. There will be delays for school buses, as well as school-bound and work bound traffic. Please talk to your children – they will need to be far more careful on the streets than they are used to being.
As of this writing, the County has no plan to prohibit on-street parking in work areas. However, you might want to consider finding another location for parking, to protect your vehicles.
No road re-paving will occur until all construction work is complete. I am projecting that construction will not be complete until the fall of 2011. There will be no curb-to-curb re-paving. Sections disturbed for construction will be
re-dug and resurfaced. At the same time, any curbs or sidewalks that have been disturbed for construction, will be repaired.
However…there is always a but…The State has mandated that Butler Road be repaved ASAP, so that they can keep their speeding traffic moving. The repaving date for Butler is currently in negotiation, however, it is expected to start in late April or early May.
Where construction has already occurred, the patches have shown some winter wear. Patches will not be repaired unless a significant danger is evident.
One fire hydrant on Albright at Railroad, and one at Chatsworth and Railroad are leaking. The County is aware of this. The issue will not be addressed until the crews return, and then will have to be coordinated with the overall project. If anyone is aware of other leaking hydrants, please let me know.
As soon as additional information becomes available, I will provide updates to our new GCA President, John Morris, for dissemination to the Community. In the interim, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at:GlyndonWater@yahoo.com
Thank you for your continued patience,