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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.

Middle River Firefighter Dies in Four-Alarm Blaze in Lutherville



The 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. Secret Service.
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 



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 Baltimore County




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Perry Hall High School Alumni Association Inducts its 2010 Hall of Fame Members


The 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

Organizers 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 Streetscape Banners

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 permanent.


Perry Hall Opens Its New Library

Baltimore 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.”


Neighbors Perform Heroically In Perry Hall House Fire Injuring Six

An 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.

The other injured family members included Colin Chen, reportedly 5, and Jade Chen, reportedly 7, both sentto Johns HopkinsChildren’s Center; the children’s mother, name unknown, who went to the Bayview burn center; and the children’s father, Liang "John" Chen, and grandmother, Yu Chen, transported to the hyperbaric chamber at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Other News
Historic Marker Honors Perry Hall Founder
PHIA Receives Grant to Erect Third Historical Marker