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Highland Community Association, Inc.

November/December
2017

Highland Today
Haunts at Highland
Haunts at Highland, a free community event, was a huge success with over
200 attendees on the evening of October 20th. The attendees traveled from
York County, Baltimore County, and from all of Harford County to take part.
This event was organized by Mason-Dixon Country and Highland Community
Association, with the help of the Highland Commons tenants. The Harford
Center staff and clients did an incredible job decorating the second floor for
the haunted hallway, which local teens volunteered to staff the night of the
event as live actors to add spookiness. The Childrens Center of North Har-
ford planned a trunk-or-treat on the parking lot, and also provided games for
the children during the event. Mason Dixon Community Services distributed
candy and volunteered their help during and after the event. Highland Sen-
ior Activity Centers members spent many hours decorating to prepare for
event and also dressed in costumes and volunteered all evening long.
The ghost of Ms. Wright (a.k.a. Sammy
The DJ had the crowd up and dancing, and Buon Gustos hot pizzas were a Tharpe) even made an appearance at
treat to all in attendance. Children and adults also competed in costume con- Haunts at Highland.
tests in several divisions (birth5yoa, 6 10yoa, and 11 and older). Judges
awarded prizes to two participants in each category. A local family also re-
ceived a trophy for having the best decorated trunk from the trunk or treat.
The feedback was just incredible, so we plan on making this an annual event! Inside this issue

Jungle John.2
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Local Delegates Visit..2
Susan Bowen, MDCS New Execu-
tive Direc-
tor.3
HCA Needs Your Help...3
Amos Scholarship3
Kimberly Williams, Program Dir.
For Mason-Dixon Country..4
New Tourism Map...5
Seniors Halloween Party5

Are you on Facebook? So


are we!
Be sure to like Highland Commu-
nity Association, Highland Senior
Activity Center, and Mason-Dixon
Country!

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Jungle John Visited CCNH
The Childrens Center of North Harford invited Jungle
John Entertainment to perform 2 shows for the little ones
on November 14 and 15. Jungle John entertained the chil-
dren with comedy, magic, and ventriloquism. The shows
were engaging and several of the children got to act as
helpers to perform magic tricks with Jungle Jack.

Jungle John received a degree in zookeeping from Santa


Fe College in Florida , then he became a supervisor at Bran-
dywine Zoo in Delaware. During his time at Brandywine he
was part of the traveling shows for the zoo. In 1988, Jungle
Jack was born and he has been an edutrainer since that
time. He is a regular at state fairs, parties,, and everywhere
in between. Jungle John is also a two-time Guinness World
Record Holder, and has appeared on numerous television
Jungle John with his Thanksgiving friend, Drumstick. shows.

Local Delegates Visit Highland Commons


Local delegates Teresa Reilly and Andrew Cassilly stopped by the Highland Commons Thursday to
tour the building, meet with tenants, and have lunch with clients of Mason-Dixon Community Services,
The Harford Center, and members of Highland Senior Activity Center. Mason-Dixon Community Ser-
vices offers a Lunch and Learn once a month. MDCS invites guest speakers to come and share im-
portant information (i.e. health, insurance, mental wellness) and then the members socialize and en-
joy a free hot lunch that is prepared by clients of The Harford Center.

With Thanksgiving only a week away, the choir at North Harford High School also came to the Cen-
ter to sing a few songs for all in attendance. Members enjoyed having the choir there and even sang
along on numerous songs songs. The choir will also be returning next month to sing Christmas songs.

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Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile
Highland Senior
- Albert Einstein
Activity Center
Are you 50+, and looking for some-
thing new to do? Look no further, as
Highland Senior Activity Center is
the place for you.

The Center is open Monday-Friday


from 8:30am3:30pm. Member-
ships is FREE and so are many of the
classes offered. Stain-glass, line
dancing, yoga, woodworking, etc. are
a few of the other classes offered for
a small fee. There are also holiday
parties and special events through-
out the year.

Stop in and try the center or a class


to see if you like it. We are positive
Highland Community Association Tourism Program Director, Kimberly Williams you will love the open, welcoming
environment and people.

Our Tourism Initiative Program Director Come join the fun!

Meet the HCAs Program Director, Kimberly Williams. Kim joined the Highland team
in August of this year and spends most of her time running HCAs grant-funded tour-
ism initiative, Mason-Dixon Country. She is a lifelong resident of the area, and has a
strong family connection to the Highland Commons. Her grandfather, William Lewis
Turner, graduated from Highland in 1925 when it was the area high school. Kim,
her sisters, and parents are all graduates of North Harford High School.
Kim and her husband, Doug, are the proud parents of 3 daughters: Amanda, 22,
Leandra, 20, and Tiffany, 13. Amanda is a senior at Kutztown University in PA, Lean-
dra and her husband, Andrew, live in Spokane where Andrew is in the Air Force, and
Tiffany is in the 8th grade at North Harford Middle School. The Williams family also
are animal lovers and have 4 pets who were all rescued from area shelters: Tug their
10 year old Lab, and their cats, Deana, Bella, and recent addition, Jax.
Kim had spent most of her 25+ year professional career in the mental health/non-
profit field. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Forensic Mental Health/
Human Services. This was a complete career change for Kim to move into the tour-
ism/marketing field but her vast knowledge of the North Harford area and its busi-
nesses has been helpful.
Kim and her extended family all live in the northern Harford County area, so she was
excited to be able to promote others to come experience all the natural beauty, at-
tractions, restaurants, and shops in the area. Kim said, People often think of this
part of Harford County as where all the farms are...out in the middle of nowhere. We
do have farms, still only have a few traffic lights, no street lights or fast food restau-
rants but the area has so many other things to see or do for someone staying for a
week or just on a daytrip. The love the idea of helping others see this area the way I
see it! That was one of the reasons I decided to take this leap of faith to a new career
to promote tourism in northern Harford County.

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Mason-Dixon Community Services
Did You Know...
New Executive Director
That Highland had a station
stop on the Ma & Pa Rail-
While Susan Bowen is new to the posi-
road, at mile marker 38.6, tion of Executive Director of Mason-
until passenger serviced Dixon Community Services, she may
ceased in 1954 and freight be a familiar face to many. Susan has
serviced ended in 1958 been at MDCS for over 7 years as the
center director of the Delta office prior
The bridge abutments from to her accepting the executive director
the Ma & Pa Railroad are still
position over the summer. The Execu-
in place on Old Pylesville
tive Director position requires unwa-
Road near Ridge Road
vering dedication and passion for the
That nearby Pylesville was clients and mission...Susan is an ideal
named after Nathan Pyle, fit.
who opened a mill on Broad
Susan is honored to be a part of MDCS
Creek in the small town in
1815 as the organization enters its 30th year
of operation. With their small staff and
two unassuming offices, Susan and her
staff serve over 25,000 people annual- Susan Bowen, Mason-Dixon Community Services
Executive Director
ly in northern Harford County and
southern York County.

HCA Needs Your Help


The Highland Community Association / Senior Center is in need of a commercial
full-size insulated heated holding/proofing cabinet or a four pan open well electric
steam table with an undershelf. Our goal is to obtain the required equipment so
that Highland Senior Center can offer hot healthy lunches four days a week to its
members at a small cost. If you or
someone you know may be willing to
donate this equipment to us, please
contact Debbie at Highland Commu-
nity Association, at 410-452-9071. All
donations are tax-deductible!

Station in Rocks (top photo), and


the view coming in on the train just
south of Pylesville (bottom photo).

Photos from maandparailroad.com

Amos Scholarship
After Highland was the area high school, it became the local elementary school
until the early 1980s. To honor the rich history, HCA established a college schol-
arship in the name of former Highland Elementary School principal, Marie Amos.
The Amos scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $2000 ($500 per/yr,
for 4 years) to a senior at North Harford High School. The scholarship is made
possible by donations. For more information contact HCA at 410-452-9071.

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Mason-Dixon Country
Tourism Map
It has been a busy few months for Mason-Dixon County, Highland
Community Associations grant-funded tourism initiative. Mason-
Dixon country now has a new program director, Kim Williams, and
her goal is to utilize social media to keep spreading the word about
tourism in northern Harford County. Mason-Dixon Country has so
many attractions, great restaurants, historical sites, wineries, and
breweries. There is something for everyone to enjoy, said Williams.
To get the world out even more, Williams designed and developed a
new Mason-Dixon Country tourism map with coupons inside to busi-
nesses and attractions in the area. The first batch of maps delivered
to locations in the country have received a great deal of positive
feedback. Locals are thrilled to see their community shown in such a
unique way, and those not familiar with the area have been sur-
prised by all the hidden treasures the Mason-Dixon Country area has
The new Mason-Dixon County tourism map is now available!
to offer.
The tourism maps are free, so make sure you get your copy. Please
send an e-mail hcatourism@gmail.com if you would like to know
more.

Every moment is a fresh beginning.

- T. S. Eliot

Halloween Party at Highland Senior Activity Center


The Highland Senior Activity Centers annu-
al Halloween party was held on Monday,
October 30 at Highland Commons. As al-
ways it was a huge event for the Center,
with over 50 people in attendance, many in
costume.
The seniors were visited by some adorable
little trick-or-treaters from the Childrens
Center of North Harford that stopped by for
small bags of goodies. Students from NHHS
D.U.C.K.S. program, decked out in costumes,
also joined the seniors. One of the students
said the Halloween party at Highland with
the members is her favorite day all year.
After a costume contests, and tons of line-
dancing led by member/instructor, Ms. Na-
talie, the crowd enjoyed a delicious lunch of
fresh subs from Buon Gusto with an assort-
ment of yummy homemade desserts.

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HCA Members Still Needed!

Highland Community Associ- Please help Highland Community Association continue to be an area
ation, Inc. resource center. Annual membership is only $10. And you may also
elect to -contribute to other specific funds, and that is where you money
708 Highland Road
will go.
P.O. Box 23
I would like to help build Highlands future! Enclosed is my check.
Street, MD 21154 $ 10.00 Highland Community Association Membership Dues
Our mission is to oversee the $_____ ____ Donation for Marie Amos College Scholarship Fund
operation of the Highland
$_____ ____ Donation for Building Maintenance
$_____ ____ Donation for the Archives
Commons as a community
$_____ ____ Donation for the Highland Activity Center
resource center, advocate for
$_____ ____ Total
better neighborhood services,
to provide a local college
Name: ____________________________________________________________________________
scholarship, and seek to pro-
tect the rural legacy of north- E-mail:____________________________________________________________________________
ern Harford County. Address:__________________________________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________

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