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Welcome to “Benstorming.” As many of you
may know or maybe don’t care,
I'm Ben Boehl and was a reporter at the East County Times for the past
four years. I’ve lived in eastern Baltimore County my whole life. Born
and raised in Dundalk, I’m now a resident of Perry Hall. I'm honored
and humbled every time someone reads my column. Keeping this column
with a local angle is my goal. I love writing about the local schools,
politicians and train gardens because those personal stories can rarely
be found in the Baltimore Sun or the local TV/radio stations. I like to
focus on the citizens in our community.
Firefighter Dies in Four-Alarm Blaze in Lutherville
Baltimore County fire community today mourns the loss of Mark G.
Falkenhan, the Lutherville volunteer firefighter and Middle River who
died in the Jan. 19 four-alarm blaze at a Hillendale apartment complex.
In addition to his affiliation with Lutherville VFC, Falkenhan, 43, was
a member of Baltimore County’s career fire department for 16 years,
from 1990 to 2006. He was a paramedic/firefighter whose assignments
included the Fire-Rescue Academy, where he was an instructor. He
served at many stations, including Woodlawn, Dundalk, Golden Ring,
Essex, Eastview and Fullerton.
Falkenhan resigned in 2006 and was most recently employed with the U.S.
In addition to his membership at Lutherville, he was a life member and
past chief of the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Co.
| Perry Hall and Patapsco Students Earn
National Recognition for Fine Arts
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Eighty Baltimore County
Public Schools students have earned the highest achievement offered by
the 2011 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the most students of any
school system in Maryland.
This year's Gold Key winners include students from the Patapsco
High School and Center for the Arts and one from Perry Hall High School.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which began in 1923, are among
the oldest and most prestigious awards presented to talented high
school writers and artists in the nation.
This year, more than 185,000 works were reviewed as part of the awards,
which are sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
"It is no surprise that our Baltimore County students have once again
distinguished themselves and their talents as national leaders," said
Hall High School
Alumni Association Inducts its 2010 Hall of Fame Members
Perry Hall High School Alumni Association is proud to announce five new
inductees into the Perry Hall High School Hall of Fame, a registry that
honors the most outstanding graduates of Perry Hall High School. The
2010 class was honored at the Alumni Association’s bull roast on Jan.
31 at Columbus Gardens.
The inductees are:
Charles “Bud” Heil, Jr., Class of 1966; Steven John Melewski, Class of
1978; Dara Ann Lawrence, Class of 1986 and Scott Kennell, Class of 1994
|Perry Hall/White Marsh
Town Fair Moves to New Location
of the Perry Hall/White Marsh Town Fair have confirmed that the 2010
festival will move to a new, and hopefully permanent, location at the
Honeygo Village Center.
The Honeygo Village Center is located near the intersection of Honeygo
Boulevard and East Joppa Road. Built in 2003, the shopping center is
the heart of Perry Hall’s fastest-growing Honeygo neighborhood.
|PHIA, Business Association Unveil
On Saturday, Jan. 2, Perry Hall’s
civic and business leaders have unveiled the long-awaited banners for
Perry Hall’s streetscape project, the last phase of a plan to improve
and beautify a key stretch of Belair Road.
The banners will be attached to five poles along a part of Belair Road
between Ebenezer and Joppa Roads, near Perry Hall Elementary School.
There will be two banners on each pole. One banner, which features the
words “Celebrate Perry Hall” on a gold background, will remain
Its New Library
County Executive Jim Smith and area elected officials “cut the ribbon”
at the Perry Hall Library - officially opening the new facility
on Honeygo Boulevard. This new larger “green” building replaces the
original 1963 Belair Road library. The modern structure, the first new
library built in the County in 21 years, encompasses a total of 25,000
square feet and is ADA accessible.
“I often say that libraries are the soul of a community. They serve as
important gathering places - places where people from every part of the
community can come together to grow, to learn, and to connect with both
the wider world and with their closest neighbors,” said Smith. “That is
why Baltimore County invests so much in ensuring that our libraries are
among the finest in the world.”
Perform Heroically In Perry Hall House Fire Injuring Six
intense one-alarm house fire in
Perry Hall seriously injured an extended family of six and
involved several heroic rescues by neighbors.
One of the injured, Yan Chen, the grandfather, suffered serious burns
after he went back into the house to try to help other family members;
medic crews transported him to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview
Medical Center where he later died.
other injured family members included
Colin Chen, reportedly 5, and
Jade Chen, reportedly 7, both sentto Johns
the children’s mother, name unknown, who went to the Bayview burn
center; and the children’s father, Liang "John" Chen, and
Yu Chen, transported to the hyperbaric chamber at the R. Adams Cowley
Shock Trauma Center.
Honors Perry Hall Founder
PHIA Receives Grant to Erect Third Historical Marker