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Community Meets February 8, 2012

  • January 25, 2012 5:54 pm

The general membership of the Glyndon Community Association will meet for its quarterly meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 8, at the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department.

The agenda will include election of officers and the board, a discussion about the Glyndon Post Office, and an update on the special Love & Diamonds in the Valley event at Sagamore Farm.

Don’t forget to pay your annual dues:  $25 per family or $15 an individual. Send your dues to

Glyndon Community Association,
No. 2 Railroad Avenue
PO Box 86
Glyndon, MD 21071-4200


  • Welcome / Pledge
  • Secretary’s Report: Minutes and membership
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Committee Reports
    • Special Events
    • Dance: Love & Diamonds Over Valley Update
    • Safety
    • Park
    • ROG
    • Post Office
  • Old Business
    • Post office
    • Park Expenditures
  • New Business
    • Elections
    • Thank Yous
  • Other Community Announcements
  • Adjourn

Slate of Officers and Board Members

A nominating committee, led by Gary Lenz,  has recommended the following slate of  officers and board members for 2012:
  • President:  Nick St Amant
  • First Vice President: Sean Kriebel
  • Second Vice President: Lynn Maher
  • Secretary: Karen Cervino
  • Treasurer: Gary Lenz
  • Board of Directors:   Heather Donatelli
  • Board of Directors:   Christy Garman
  • Board of Directors:   Barbara MacLellan
  • Board of Directors:   David Hughes

Continuing on the board are

  • Immediate Past President: John Morris
  • Board of Directors:   Gale DeHaven
  • Board of Directors:   Bill Ziese

Not Sure What to Wear to the July 4 Parade?

  • May 22, 2011 1:59 pm


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.

Download a pre-order form (Word) and a design preview (PDF).  Please make checks payable to GCA.

Let’s make the 50th Anniversary as memorable as the first!

GCA Elects New Board

  • March 19, 2011 12:51 pm

The Glyndon Community Association elected new officers and board members at February 9, 2011, general meetings. The new board follows:

2011 Board of Directors

  • John A. Morris, President
  • David M. Porter, First Vice President
  • Russell S. Bullock, Second Vice President
  • Karen W. Cervino, Secretary
  • C. Lee Wroe, Treasurer
  • Gary Wm Lenz, Past President
  • Fran Acle, Director
  • Robert O. Grover, Director
  • Per B. Karlsen, Director
  • Leo Wesley Ottey Jr., Director
  • Gale P. DeHaven, Director
  • William B. Ziese, Director


Wine Shop, Pool, Pipes on February 9 Agenda

  • February 5, 2011 8:49 am

An Update from GCA President Gary Lenz

This is a reminder that the GCA Annual Meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7  PM. It will be held at the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department.

The agenda will include:

  • President’s Report
  • Financial Review
  • Glyndon Water Pipe Update – George Boden,  Chief   Inspector Baltimore County;  Joe Culotta, Field Inspector
  • Meet Christina Ebmeier – new owner of Fine Wine Shop
  • Erik Smist – President, Glyndon Pool
  • Report of the Nominating Committee
  • Election of Officers and Board of Directors
  • Refreshments and Camaraderie

Please plan to be with us on Wednesday night.   This is your chance to find out what is happening in our community — items that affect all of us.  We want YOU to join us!


If you have not yet paid your dues for 2011-2012, you may pay them at the meeting or send them to GCA,, P.O. Box 86, Glyndon, MD 21071-0086.

Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening.


Community Meets February 9

  • January 22, 2011 11:20 am

An Update from GCA president Gary Lenz:

The light snows we have had in the last week add a majestic glow to our wonderful neighborhood. The bone chilling temperatures are keeping folks indoors, except for the sledding children. When you venture out, be mindful of the ice caused by the snow and the cold. Below you will find information important to our community members.


The Annual meeting of the Glyndon Community Association will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 beginning at 7 PM in the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department. The notice of this meeting has gone out to all members. It is also posted at the Post Office bulletin board and at Santoni’s Market.

The agenda for this meeting includes the Election of Officers for 2011 – 2012, voting on an important change to the GCA Bylaws and much more. George Boden and Joe Culotta, the gentlemen from Baltimore County, who are instrumental in the Water Pipe Project will be with us. They will be able to update us on the Project and how it will proceed when work resumes in March. If you have any questions, George and Joe will answer them. We hope to see all of you on February 9th.

Now the commercial: Dues invoices for GCA went out the first week of January to all of our community. We invite you to renew your membership or join GCA, as many have already done. Send your check to GCA, P.O. Box 86, Glyndon, MD 21071. You may also pay at the Annual Meeting. Remember, you must be a currently paid member to vote at the meeting. We want you to join us.


This is a reminder that it is important that we clear our sidewalks after it snows. The sidewalks are used by our residents on a regular basis and it is important that these be clear to walk on. Below is the Baltimore County Law concerning the clearing of sidewalks. Within 24 hours after a snowfall, it is our job to clear our walks. If we have an elderly neighbor, or someone is out-of-town, it is nice to offer assistance, needless to say. Our residents do a good job in this regard, but a reminder is important to all of us.


(a) Required. Within 24 hours after the fall of any snow, each person or public institution occupying or using a residential, commercial, or industrial building in any manner or for any purpose shall remove and clear away, or cause to be removed and cleared away, the snow from the foot pavements fronting the respective houses, stores, shops, stables, houses of worship, lots occupied by any buildings, unoccupied buildings, and unoccupied lots that run along streets in the county.

(b) Manner of removal. In removing or clearing the snow, the person may not:

(1) Obstruct the passage of water in gutters along the street; or

(2) Throw the snow on the paved portion of the street.

(c) County may remove. If the person required to remove and clear snow under this section does not remove and clear the snow, the county may do so at the expense of the person.

(d) Expense a lien.

(1) If the person does not pay the expense incurred by the county for snow removal under this section, the expense shall be a lien on the property in the same manner as taxes, and shall be collected in the same manner provided by law for the collection of taxes.

(2) Charges and assessments imposed under this subsection are benefit charges and may not exceed a reasonable estimate of the special benefit conferred on the property.

(e) Removal of ice. The person required to remove and clear snow also shall keep ice and every type of obstruction out of the gutters leading to and off the pavements or sidewalks located in front or at the rear or sides of the same buildings.

(f) Penalty. In addition to the other remedies provided in this section, a person who fails to comply with this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of $25 for each failure and an additional $25 for each day the obstruction continues.

(1988 Code, § 31-8) (Bill No. 3, 1990, § 2; Bill No. 66-01, § 2, 7-1-2004)


As you probably know, Eileen and Rich Wuerthele have moved from Glyndon, due to an occupational relocation. I am pleased to welcome the new residents of that property, Cassandra (CJ) and Alan Gulley. We welcome them to Glyndon and to the GCA, as they have already joined our Association. Please join me in welcoming CJ and Alan to our community.

If you know of anyone who is ill, has died, is moving, or has moved into Glyndon, please notify Vernene Rodgers Lenz, the chairperson of this committee. We want to include everyone but you are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community.


It is not hard to remember the infestation of “stink bugs” that we had in our homes last summer. If you interested in more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (how many of you knew this full name?), the University of Maryland Extension will be offering a 2 hour program on this critter and how to cope with it at the Carroll County Office on January 27, 2011. For more information contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 410-386-2760. Thank you to Meredith Wells for passing this along to us.

Enjoy the rest of the winter. Soon we will be receiving the flower and shrub catalogs in the mail which will mean that it will be time to think, “Spring.”

I hope to see you at the GCA Annual Meeting. We also look forward to seeing each other around our quaint Victorian community, where everyone says, “Hello!”

Please feel free to offer your volunteer help to GCA — just contact me! “The more hands, the merrier!” as the old expression states. GCA is YOUR organization, it works for YOU — it is not a clique for only a few — but, a membership driven Association. HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Post Holiday Updates

  • January 8, 2011 2:10 pm

A report from GCA president Gary Lenz

Happy New Year!

I trust that you have  had a terrific, joyful and meaningful  holiday season.   We hope you were able to attend our GCA Community Tree Lighting, where we sang carols, turned on the lights and then witnessed the arrival of Santa outdoors, by our GCA trees, which were planted long ago, near the Glyndon Fire Department.  Visits with Santa, as well as singing and holiday goodies continued at Thomas’ Hair Salon, along with fun music.

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I also hope you were able to attend the Historic Glyndon Holiday Open House.  The carolers were terrific, if I do say so myself!! What a wonderful festive neighborhood gathering!

Hopefully,  you were able to visit the Train Garden at the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department.  Everyone became a kid, once again,  when  witnessing the chugging trains and pretending to be an  engineer, by pushing the buttons!  It is a magical place and we thank the GVFD for the thousands of hours that have gone into this illuminating gigantic creative garden. Appreciation is extended to all of the community organizations and individuals who helped create this joyous Holiday Season for us.  On behalf of GCA, I thank every single one of you who played an integral part, whether ‘out in front’ or behind the scenes, to make the entire holiday season a magical and memorable time for multitudes.

Now, we get into the cold, winter “doldrums” as some call the upcoming months.  Here in Glyndon, there is always something going on so it does not get dull!  Please read the following information that may  affect you.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Starting on January 10, 2011, Baltimore County will be picking up Christmas Trees for recycling.  The trees must be placed curbside.  Tree pick up will be for approximately 2 weeks.  Trees must be placed curbside no later than January 15 to insure pick up.

Reisterstown Patch

Do you know there is a new on line news source in our area?  It is the Reisterstown Patch.  This is a daily email that is free and you can sign up for at This quick read has information on the happenings in our area.  Check it out!

GCA Annual Meeting

Please mark your calendar.  The GCA Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 beginning at 7 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department Hall.  The agenda will include the election of the new GCA Board for 2011-2012, the annual report of the Treasurer,  report of the  Financial Records review, plus other business.  We anticipate a report from our County Representatives concerning the Water Pipe project with a tentative schedule for completion.  This is an advance notice of the meeting.  A formal notice will be forthcoming soon.  Please plan to join us!

GCA Annual Dues

Watch your mail for your dues notice for GCA  membership.  You should receive it with all pertinent information within the next week.  WE want you to renew or join us as we expect an exciting year in YOUR GCA!

Sharing and Caring

When we put up the lights on our community trees at the fire hall, one of our stalwart GCA Board members,who has been instrumental in this endeavor for years, Per Karlsen, had a tree needle inadvertently scratch his eye.  After several trips to the doctor, the scratch did not heal,    Per had surgery to repair the problem last week.  He is recuperating at home.  He would, I am sure, appreciate your cards or calls. Per is under great care from wife, Kim, the children, and their dog!  He expects a full recovery.

Did you know that one of our longest resident families, Jean and George Wroe,  had a fire in their home before Christmas?  The drier caught fire around 12:30 AM causing damage to the laundry area as well as smoke damage throughout much of the  house.  Smoke detectors alerted the residents to the problem. (Have you checked your smoke detectors lately?).  Repair work is ongoing, but life has returned to normal in the Wroe household.  We are thankful that damage was minor and the residents are fine.

If you know of someone moving out or into the community, of a serous illness, or a death, please tell us so we can appropriately share our caring within the village of Glyndon.

On behalf of the Officers and Directors of GCA, I want to thank you for your support in the past yea of 2010.  Yes, I do  anticipate a great 2011!

Happy New Year,


Meet Your New Councilman November 10

  • November 6, 2010 7:50 am

As previously advised, our Quarterly GCA Meeting will be held at Forbush School this Wednesday, November 10.  beginning at 7PM.  Below you will find a “revised” notice of the meeting with agenda and directions..  Please read the highlighted information below before going to the notice.

Our newly elected County Councilman Todd Huff will be joining us. Meet him NOW!  We will need his help and support!

In addition, we will have an update on Forbush School.  Then George Boden and Joe Culotta from Public Works will be with us to update the progress of the Water Project and give us information on  the future of the project.  I highly recommend that you come to the meeting to get the latest information on the Water Project and how these proceedings will affect you, as well as the entire neighborhood.

Of course, their will be other business of the Association that must be dealt with including our Budget approval for 2011.

Thank you to Forbush Schhol for the use of the facility and for providing refreshments.
GCA  Quarterly Meeting


TIME:  7 P.M.




Directions:  From Central Avenue, Turn LEFT onto Insulin Lane.  At the top of

the drive, one will see the Dining Hall clearly marked straight ahead.  Park in the parking lot.


Forbush School Update

Water Pipe Project Update – George Boden/ Joe Culotta Baltimore County Public Works

Glyndon Traffic Enforcement – Baltimore County Police Dept (Tentative)

Meet the new County Councilman Elect, Todd Huff ,

Committee Reports

Holiday Tree Lighting, Sunday December 5, 6:30


Final Battle of Glyndon Station Park (for 2010)

  • October 9, 2010 10:49 am

The Final Battle of Glyndon Station Park was held this morning. Your valiant soldiers assembled for one last skirmish with the “dreaded” weeds under the leadership of Generals Barbara Whitman and Elise Armacost.

The soldiers included Rebel Boykin, Karen Cervino, John Morris, Diane and Bill Flayhart, Bob Grover, Jean Wroe, Barbara Ricks, Lynne Maher, Per Karlsen and plus “super chef Leo Ottey and yours truly. Thanks to Jay Wroe for the electric hook up for the coffee pot!

Fortified with Chef Leo’s famous breakfast sandwiches, the soldiers made quick work of the weeds and our Park is now ready for a peaceful Fall and Winter.

50th Independence Day Parade

  • July 9, 2010 12:37 pm
Post by Glyndon Community Association President Gary Lenz:
“There’s a moment for each of us in childhood, when we first sat along the curb and waved a little flag and saw our first parade.  Enhanced by the bracing sounds of snare drums, awed by marching bands and someone named John Phillips Sousa, for the first time we became aware that we were part of something bigger than us and our little world—something called community, and that we were at the birthday party of that community called our Country, and it was an important thing.  So we waved our little flag, and we clapped, and we ooooo’d at the fireworks and we were happy.”

“When we grew up a little, we learned that community meant more.  It was school, driver’s license, Scout troops, movie theaters, the moon over our back yard, and high school games. It was not the next county over’s place; it was our place.  Ours.”

“It is a geographical place, but it is more.  Something that is ours comes with deep roots of feelings, memories, and beliefs.  We will work for the things we enjoy.  We love our children and our community…and we will break our backs for them, put ourselves in danger for them, with barely a second thought.  July 4th is the day we celebrate the core stuff of achieving and protecting something special that is ours from sea to shining sea; it is the birthday of American patriotism, the day we celebrate the love we have for our country.”

Paraphrased from The Zone Magazine, July 2010.

Dear Glyndon Neighbors,

I know the above was long, but I believe it sums up what the 50th Glyndon Independence Day Parade was all about.  It was a glorious day to spend with our friends and neighbors.  Special meaning was added to our 50th with the return of our “First Marchers”, Theresa O’Meara Prevosto, Kevin O’Meara, Bucky Edgett and Pete Edgett.  Reminiscing ran rampant all day!

Thank-you to the Glyndon Volunteer Fire Department, Santoni’s Markets, Village Sound, and Battery Warehousefor their support.  Thank you to GCA’s  Past President’s, the flag bearers:  Judy Wroe, Charlie Wells, Vernene Lenz, John Morris, Nevitt Steele, Mark Laken, and Lee Wroe.  Special thanks to Nan Kaestner and her team, Katherine Giancola, Eleanor Taylor, Marti Clements, and Meredith Wells.

These neighbors spent hours putting together the displayed story of our Parade.  More special thanks to the Wroe Clan:  George, Don, Jay ,Lee, et. al.  who once again gave us our parade music and sound system.  Thank-you to Chuck Welsh and his “balloon blowing” team for the 200 balloons. The outstanding flier that invited you to the Parade was designed by Richard Stanley.
Thanks to Sandy Laken for the use of her vehicle.  Pastor Norman Obenshain gave a stellar, heartfelt Benediction to conclude the festivities. Also, Lori Hans, who chaired the cookie table, plus all contributors for the sweets, deserve a big hand!  Mr. and Mrs. James O’Meara make  this event possible each year  by allowing everyone the use of their large and beautiful field — and yes, they were there!
Last, but not least, I applaud all ofyou for coming to the parade, either to participate or watch, and also to join the Glyndonites in the Pledge, singing of the National Anthem, and heartfelt camaraderie.   This was truly a Glyndon community celebration provided by your friends and neighbors, sponsored by Glyndon Community Association.

July 4, 2011 will mark the 50th Anniversary of our Parade.  We will attempt to get as many of the “First Marchers” to return as possible.  Mark your calendars now for this phenomenal upcoming event!

Gary W. Lenz
Glyndon Community Association, Inc.

“We are all volunteers. We can agree to disagree. In the end, we are all neighbors who should exercise care and consideration.”

In Memory of Emma Romaine Belt

  • July 9, 2010 12:32 pm

It is with sadness that we note the passing of long time Glyndon resident Emma Romaine Belt, age 97 yesterday, Wednesday, July 7,2010.  Visitation is at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel  from 3 -5 and 7 – 9 today, Thursday.  Services will be held at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel at 11 AM tomorrow, Friday, July 9, 2010.  For more information go to