We Might Have to Thank BGE

I never thought the day would come that we would praise BGE for lowering their rates, but it is about to happen.
BGE explained that as a result of President Donald Trump’s new tax plan (that lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent) they have the ability to lower rates up to five percent for customers.
Much like a rate hike, BGE still has to meet with the Maryland Public Service Commission before rates can be lowered. Although I don’t think anyone is going to oppose this request.
We always fairly criticize BGE for increases but we should give them kudos if our BGE bill does decrease.
This also shows that maybe corporations are not so evil and they can actually give back to their employees/the public if their taxes are reduced.

Avenue News Profiles Local Train Gardens

Wise Avenue Train Garden -courtesy of Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company.

In this week’s Avenue News, Lisa Harlow wrote an article On Track for Christmas about the local train gardens in the area. As someone who loves trains, I  enjoy learning about all the local train gardens in the area. There are actually five in the region.

The granddaddy of train gardens in Baltimore County is the Wise Ave Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden in Dundalk. It is now in its 37th year and it is located at the fire house on 214 Wise Ave. I remember writing an article about that train garden when I was in college in the early 2000s. It was amazing that the garden was around 20 years old at that time. It is still going strong on its way to 40 years.

The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum Train Garden, located at 4 Center Place in Old Dundalk, always gets overlooked with the Wise Avenue garden, but it is still worth a trip inside the museum. It is not as big as the other trains but the garden has more historical landmarks.

I knew about the two trains in Dundalk, but I was not aware of the Martinville  Train Garden at Martin State Airport, the Highlandtown Train Garden in eastern Baltimore City or the Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden in Lutherville. I enjoyed learning about those spots in Lisa’s article.

I do remember that a Perry Hall resident had a train garden in his basement and he opened it up to the public. It was a nice in home train garden, but it has been over five years since he has publicized the event.

It is always fun to find train gardens for the kids. One great website that I love for finding train gardens is Grandpa’s Holiday Train Garden.

Perry Hall Football and CCBC Soccer Continue to Win

Everyone thinks of my blog as news and politics, but I’m also a big fan of local sports.

As a resident of Perry Hall, I follow some of Perry Hall High School’s football games. The Gators have the highest population in the county, which means they are able to field a deep football team along with a state championship soccer team in 2015. The down side is that Perry Hall High’s population puts them in the 4A classification with all of the top teams in the state.

The Gators are usually good enough to get to the playoffs, but have lost in the first or second rounds. This year’s team got off to a slow start at 2-2, but they have been on fire with five straight wins. Those wins include Franklin (a state semifinalist in 2016), Dundalk  (a state semifinalist in 2015) and a 49-0 win over a decent Parkville team. Patrick Taylor of the East County Times said he “was slightly disappointed that it turned into a route.” and I agree. Parkville was 6-2 going into that game, but Perry Hall was too strong.

Maybe this is the year where Perry Hall football gets to the state finals and perhaps brings home a state title?

On the college level, Bill Gates of The Avenue News reports that CCBC Essex soccer will play Schoolcraft College in Detroit this Saturday for the NJCAA North Central District Title. According to The Avenue, CCBC Essex got there after beating Frederick Community College in penalty kicks to win their sixth consecutive Region XX title.

CCBC Essex Soccer has made some deep runs too, but has not brought home the national title. Could this be their year?

Another Oak Crest Resident Stays Fit

There must be a fountain of youth located at Oak Crest Retirement Community in Parkville. Last week, I found a Baltimore County profile on an 100-year old Oak Crest resident Evelyn Schroedl who still plays tennis.

Over the weekend, I came across an Avenue News article that another Oak Crest resident is young beyond his years. Bob Gralley is a 91-year old Oak Crest resident that competed in a half marathon during the Baltimore Running Festival back on Oct. 21.

The article stated that Mr. Gralley competed in 42 marathons and competes with his two sons. He also trainings for his races at Oak Crest.


Avenue News Profiles Dean Crawford

The Avenue’s Lisa Harlow, who is one of the most underrated reporters in the area, wrote a great feature about Maryland country music star Dean Crawford. In 2016, he was named by the Maryland Music Awards as their Country Entertainer of the Year.

Dean Crawford and I are pictured at his summer concert in Carroll County.

Dean is a big star in the Baltimore area, but is a local celebrity here on the eastside. Dean plays monthly at Pops Tavern in Dundalk and the Crazy Tuna in Essex. He also plays every year at the Dundalk Heritage Fair and he has played at Essex Day.

Lisa’s article was actually a preview of his Oct. 14 performance at Sunset in the Country, another eastside event in Middle River. Many people believe that Dean is a resident of the east side, but he is actually from Reisterstown.

Dean Crawford is so well-known on the east side that there were rumors in 2014 that he was going to run for public office in the Dundalk/Essex area. Even though he lives in northwest Baltimore County.

I have known Dean for over 10 years now and he is a true class act.

I encourage everyone to read The Avenue News article.