Independence Day Parade returns
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:57

The 78th Annual Dundalk Independence Day Parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 8:15 a.m.  photo by Roland Dorsey

A wedding in the parade

by Nicole Rodman

    Longtime Dundalk resident Gina Chaney hasn’t missed a 4th of July parade in 46 years.
    Each year, Gina and her family gather at the home of her grandmother to watch the parade together.
    So when Gina got engaged earlier this year, she knew just how she wanted to tie the knot — during the Dundalk Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, July 4.
    Though her groom-to-be, Al Caldwell, was a bit taken aback at the suggestions, he quickly agreed.
    “He’s not from Dundalk ... so he didn’t quite understand,” Gina laughed during a phone interview last week.
    With her groom onboard, Gina contacted parade coordinator Pat Herman for permission.
    After discussing their plans with the parade committee, Gina and Al were given the go-ahead.
    “Pat has been awesome,” Gina said of working with Herman, noting that the parade committee has been extremely accomodating of the couple’s request.
     For Gina and Al, next Wednesday’s wedding will mark the next chapter in a four-year long story.
    The couple first met through their involvement with the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Abundant Life Church in Glen Burnie.
    A Celebrate Recovery minister at other churches around the area, Gina brought her expertise to the Glen Burnie church four years ago. It was there that she met Al Caldwell.
    The couple became fast friends, spending much of their free time together.
    Finally, the two were at  a concert together in January when Al turned to Gina and popped the question.
    Well, sort of.
    “He looked over at me and said ‘Why don’t we get married?’” Gina recalled.
    Accepting his proposal, Gina began planning.                                                                     
    On the day of the parade, Gina and Al will ride atop an eight-foot-wide, seven-foot-tall wedding cake float.
    The three-tiered cake will be almost entirely homemade, constructed mainly of wood and styrofoam.
    According to Gina, the cake will be adorned with a variety of patriotic decor and a sign reading “Welcome Home Troops,” a reference to the theme of the 2012 parade.
    During the parade, Gina and Al will be perched on the top of the cake float, while minister Marc Bartholomew, best man Bill Reem and maid of honor Jaime Butler (all active in the Celebrate Recovery ministry) will ride on the cake’s second tier.
    According to Gina, as the wedding float pulls out of Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue on July 4, wedding music will begin to play.
    As the float approaches Belclare Road, the minister will begin the ceremony.
    By the time the wedding party reaches Liberty Parkway, Gina and Al plan to exchange their vows.
    As they roll through the Dundalk Village Shopping Center, the couple plans to symbolize their union through the pouring of unity sand.
    Finally, as the float reaches the judges station at the end of the parade route, Al and Gina will be officially declared man and wife.
    As Gina noted, she is planning to throw her bouquet to the judges stand or “however far I can make it.”
    Set up right near the final judging stand will be a set of bleachers, rented by Gina and Al so that their closest family and friends can witness the grand finale of their wedding.
    Though she is nervous as the day finally nears, Gina is also excited to share her special day with her hometown.
    Following the wedding, Gina and Al will retire to a nearby hotel, though they will be back in time for the evening fireworks display at Grange Elementary School, near the North Point Government Center at Merritt Boulevard and Wise Avenue.
    Following the July 4th festivities, the newlyweds will enjoy a quiet honeymoon at a campground in Frederick, Md.
    In addition to the wedding of Gina Chaney and Al Caldwell, this year’s 78th Annual Dundalk Independence Day Parade will feature a wide variety of groups from far and near.
    Beginning at Logan Shopping Center at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, the event will begin, as usual, with a convoy of fire engines from across the area.
    Following the traditional route through the streets of Dundalk, the parade will feature a number of national, state and local politicians, including U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County 7th District Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
    Providing music for parade-goers will be The Baltimore Marching Ravens Band, Calvert Hall College Marching Band and Patapsco High School’s Great Expectations chorus, among others.
    In recognition of the parade’s theme — Welcome Home Our Troops — the event will also feature soldiers of the 1st Battalion 175th Infantry, stationed at Grollman Armory on North Point Road.
    Members of the 175th returned home in March after a year-long deployment to Egypt.
    As usual, the parade will conclude with appearances by the Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee, chaired by longtime coordinator Pat Herman.
    The 78th Annual Dundalk Independence Day Parade will begin at Logan Village Shopping Center at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4.
    Following the parade, the annual Dundalk fireworks display will be held, as always, around 9:15 p.m. on the grounds of Grange Elementary School, near the North Point Government Center.
    For more information, visit the web at


Honorary Parade Marshals support veterans, families

Marshals include Legion Riders, Gold Star Mothers 

by Bill Gates

    See if you can spot the theme for the Honorary Grand Marshals at this year’s Dundalk Heritage July 4 Parade.
    There’s the Gold Star Mothers; the Families of Fallen Heroes; and the American Legion Riders.
    Irene Spatafore, the Baltimore County’s 2012 Woman of the Year, is also an Honorary Grand Marshal.
    The official Grand Marshal of the parade, of course, is the reigning Dundalk Citizen of the Year, Joe Falbo.
    Sandra Kurtinitis, CCBC president and the current Humanitarian of the Year, rounds out the honorary Grand Marshals.
    Spatafore has been involved in a number of community service programs in Dundalk and is a member of the Greater Dundalk Alliance.
    But her most prominent recent action has been that of co-founding Angels Supporting Your Troops Inc. in 2008.
    The organization collects basic supplies — snacks, toiletries and other necessities — to send to U.S. soldiers serving overseas.
    She was inspired by her grandson, then serving in Iraq with the U.S. Army, who told her most troops were lacking the most basic items.
    The American Gold Star Mothers were formed after World War I to support women who lost sons and daughters in the war.
    Membership is open to any woman who lost a child while in service to the United States.
    The organization gets its name from the gold star that families put on their service flags to represent a family member who died in the service.
    Families with members serving in the U.S. military received a flag to hang from their window, with a blue star for each member in the service.
    If they died while in the service, a gold star was placed over the blue star.
    Among the objects and purposes in the organization’s charter are: assist veterans and their dependents in the presentation of claims to the Veteran’s Administration; perpetuate the memory of those whose lives were sacrificed in wars; inspire respect for the United States flag in the youth of America and extend needful assistance to all Gold Star mothers and their descendants.
    Families of Fallen Heroes Inc. is a charity which raises money to help the families who have lost members due to war or natural disasters and are facing financial hardship as a result.
    It also supports discharged veterans who are struggling financially or with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    The American Legion Riders are a group of motorcyclists who are members, or spouses of members, of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion.
    There are 24 chapters of the American Legion Riders in Maryland, including one based at Dundalk Post 38 on Dundalk Avenue.
     The Riders engage in charitable works, raising money for children’s hospitals, schools, veteran’s homes and severly-wounded servicemen.
    They also help collect donations for the American Legion’s Scholarship Fund, which helps to provide educational resources for the children of American military personnel killed during the War on Terror.
    Falbo, the longtime president of the Dundalk Heritage Association, was honored due mainly to his work with the Dundalk Heritage Fair.
    That started in 1980, when Falbo answered an ad looking for volunteers to help erect the fence around the fair’s perimeter.
    He became the association president in 2008 after then-president Bruce Mills fell ill.
    Falbo was also a coach for the Dundalk Soccer Club, and helps organize the annual Dundalk Christmas Parade.
    Kurtinitis received the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Optimist Club of Dundalk due to her efforts to connect CCBC Dundalk with the community.
    (The Humanitarian of the Year award is given to people who do not live in Dundalk-Edgemere, but have done something to help the community.)
    In selecting Kurtinitis, the Optimist Club noted that CCBC Dundalk has had a float in every Dundalk July 4th parade, and that she often attends meetings, events and award ceremonies throughout Dundalk.
    Kurtinitis also works closely with several community organizations such as the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce.
    She has also, since becoming CCBC president, worked to strengthen CCBC Dundalk’s standing in the community after many years of rumors suggesting the Dundalk campus would be closed.
    It doesn’t tie in to assisting servicemen, veterans and their families, but it’s just as important.


78th Annual Dundalk Heritage Parade lineup

Wednesday, JULY 4

Kickoff Division starts 8:15 a.m.
Logan Village Shopping Center

“Welcome Home Our Troops”

Baltimore County Fire Department
Dundalk  Engine 6
Dundalk Engine 61
Dundalk Medic 6
Dundalk Brush 6
Eastview Engine 15
Eastview Truck 15
Sparrows Point Engine 57
Sparrows Point Decon 54
Sparrows Point Battalion Chief 3
Sparrows Point EMS Lieutenant 3
Sparrows Point Battalion Chief 31

Volunteer fire companies
Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department        
Engine 271, Engine 272,  Ambulance
    275, Utility Unit 277
North Point/Edgemere Volunteer Fire
    Department Engine 261, Engine 263,
    Squad 262, Brush 266, Marine Unit 269
Middleborough Volunteer Fire
    Department Engine 231
Baltimore County Central Alarmers
    Rehab Unit 155
Antique fire equipment
Glenn Spacek - 1988 Pierce Fire Engine
Sean Spacek - 1966 C-95 Mack
The Schweigman Family - 1951 Ward LaFrance Pumper
Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc. - 1966 Ford F950 Fire Truck 
Judging for all Antique Fire Truck entries
     will be performed by: Captain Joe
    Griebel of the Dundalk Fire Station
    and his designated Fire Department

 Advance Group
Dundalk Eagle mascot and decorated truck
distributing copies of The Dundalk Eagle
Baltimore County Police Honor Guard
Masters of Ceremony Barney Wilson, Heritage Parade
     Committee, Jennifer Harris, Heritage Parade
    Committee, escorted by Irv Becker - ‘76 Cadillac
Masters of Ceremony Bill Barry, Heritage Parade
    Committee, Jackie Crandell, Heritage Parade
    Committee, escorted by Paul Ringling - ’64 Buick
Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Sponsored by Pepsi

U.S. Government
Senator Benjamin Cardin
Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Maryland State Government
Comptroller Peter Franchot
Senator Norman R. Stone, Jr.
Delegate Joseph “Sonny” Minnick
Delegate Michael Weir
Delegate John Olszewski, Jr.
Baltimore County Government
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger
Councilman John Olszewski, Sr.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
Sheriff R. Jay Fisher

Red Division

Section 1

Parade Judge Chairman Roy Moreland
Heritage Parade Committee, escorted by Jack D’Angelo
    ‘62 Dodge Polaris
Parade Judge John E. Huber IV, Asst. Prin., Holabird
    Middle School, escorted by Bob & Linda Barr - ‘70

Parade Judges
Jeanne L. Fialkowski, CCBC/Dundalk, Deacon Charles
    Anthony, Merritt Park Baptist Church, escorted by
    Tyler & Jacob Kramer - ‘69 Cadillac
Linda Bryan, Director, Dundalk Youth Service Center,
    John Vontran, Yorkway Properties, LLC, escorted by
    Reggie Brasnears - ‘70 Plymouth Fury

Baltimore Marching Ravens Band
Baltimore, Maryland
Sponsored by M&T Bank

M & T Bank
Ravens Car - Owned & Driven by Greg Hudnet
Orioles Car - Owned by Greg Hudnet
Ravens Roost #52
Maryland State Police
Maryland Transportation Authority Honor Guard
Baltimore County Police, 12th Precinct Lieutenant Jan
    Brown, escorted by Buster & Michael Boyd - ‘63 Ford
Dundalk Heritage Parade Grand Marshal and Citizen
    of the Year - Joe Falbo, escorted by Sam & Hazel
    Caravello - ‘68 Cadillac Convertible
Dundalk Heritage Parade Honorary Grand Marshal
    and Humanitarian of the Year Sandra Kurtinitis,
    CCBC President, escorted by Bob & Marliese
    Stallings - ‘70 Cadillac
Dundalk Heritage Parade Honorary Grand Marshal
    Irene Spatafore, Baltimore County 2012 Woman of
    the Year
Dundalk Heritage Parade Honorary Grand Marshals
    Gold Star Mothers and Families of Fallen Heroes
    and the American Legion Riders

Calvert Hall College Marching Band
Towson, Maryland
Sponsored by Winner Distributing

Dundalk American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard
World War II and Korean War Veterans of Dundalk
Rosie the Riveters
Patapsco High School U.S. Army JROTC
Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee’s “Bucket
    Brigade”  Chairman Don Kellner,  volunteers Driver:
    Dale Roberts, Joe Cristy, Bob Buttions, Arthur
    Seybrecht, John Weber & grandsons, Adele
    Conway, Richard Conway, Scott Holupka, Jack
    Wright, John Kirschner, escorted by Patricia
    Leonard - ‘09 Dodge Challenger, Ed & Lisa Fromm
     ‘63 Ford Falcon, Rusty Coale - ‘61 Rambler American
    Pat & Bob Collins - ‘67 Chevy Camaro

Red Division

Section 2

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 451 Honor
In Memory of Specialist Michael Potocki, Maryland
    Army National Guard
1st Battalion 175th Infantry Color Guard
1st Battalion 175th Infantry Marching Unit
HEMIT Wrecker
Radio Soldiers Detail
Family members of the deployed Soldiers from 1st
    Battalion, 175th

Reading Buccaneers
Drum & Bugle Corps
Reading, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Walmart

Miss Maryland 2012 Joanne Guy, escorted by Scott
    Kirschner - ‘98 Corvette Pace Car
4th Degree MD Knights of Columbus
Freestate Clown Alley #30
WCBM Radio
Bill’s Music
Mustang Club of Maryland

Red Division

Section 3

Northeastern American Legion Post 285 Color Guard
Boy Scout Troop 239

White Sabers Drum & Bugle Corps
Dansville, New York
 Sponsored by Winner Distributing

Boumi Shepherds Van
Nancy Jacobs for Congress
Miller Brother’s ‘26 Ford Model TT Truck
Tony Gatta, Jr.’s ‘32 Chevy Coupe
Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
McDonald’s of Dundalk
The Patapsco Bank
Mr. & Miss Patapsco High School
Patapsco HS & Center for the Arts 50th Anniversary
Atwater Cab
Walmart #2435
Girl Scout Troop 353/St. Rita Church
Independent Order of Oddfellows of Maryland
North Point Lodge 4
Chesapeake Corvette Club

White Division

Section 1

Casimir Pulaski Post 209 Polish Legion of American
Center Place High Rise Senior Citizens on Wheels
 The Community College of Baltimore County/Dundalk Michael Proctor
Dan Bongino for U.S. Senate

Shenandoah Sound
Drum and Bugle Corp
Manassas, Virginia
Sponsored by Mars

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Nurses
Dundalk Knights Football
Dundalk Dragons Lacrosse
Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society
Aisquith’s Sharpshooters/Explorer Post #438
PNN Recreation Council
Deutschamerikanischer Burgerverein von MD,
    German-American Citizens Association of MD
Greater Dundalk Alliance
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, escorted by Paul
    Myers - ’71 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible
Lil Tirschman’s St. Patrick’s Day Cadre
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, escorted by James
    Pappas - ‘62 Ford Thunderbird

Harmony Coronet Band
Middleton, Maryland
Sponsored by Dundalk Florist

Debrick & Stulich Group of Remax Signature
Bel Air Corvette Club

White Division

Section 2

Civil Air Patrol Osprey Composite Squadron (Dundalk)
Ken’s Hot Diggity Dogs, Inc.
Michael Mioduszewski
Eric Washington
Team Expo Car Club

Philippine Heritage Band
Ontario, Canada
Sponsored by Mars

The Move On . Org Council
Fan Man and the Raven Bus Boys
Bob Long for House of Delegates 2014
East County Republican Club of Baltimore County
Friends of Ric Metzgar
Watersedge Rec Council
Baltimore County Library Bookmobile
Girl Scout Community 97

Great Expectations
Patapsco High School
& Center for the Arts
Dundalk, Maryland
Sponsored by Walmart

Papa Johns Pizza
Dees Vision USA
Cub Scout & Boy Scout Pack #304 & Troop #304
Expensive Habits Car Club

Blue Division

Section 1

Calvary Baptist Church Floats
Dundalk Rec Soccer Program “Dundalk Strikers”
Dundalk Ducks 7-8 & 9-10 Baseball and Angry
    Birds Tee Ball
Dangerously Delicious Pie Truck
Blaze Char and Baltimore’s Favorite Hons
Lazy 8’s Cruisers Antique Car Club
Lancers Drum & Bugle Corp Alumni
Littletown, Pennsylvania
Sponsored by Mars

Libertarian Party of Maryland
MedStar NRH Rehab Network at Dundalk
Shirley Darling Dancers
Cub Scout Pack and Troop #409
ESP Rec Council - Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons
Icy Delights
Sparrows Point - Dundalk Moose Lodge 1228
    & Women of the Moose Dundalk Chapter 97
Dundalk Moose Youth Council 1228
410 Street Scene Car Club
Blue Fins
Turkey Hill Ice Cream Float
Blue Division

Section 2

Eastern Assembly of God Remedy Student Ministries
Oh the Places you can go…like Dundalk, you know!
Priority Partners, MCO
Ground Zero Motorsports Club
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Team
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Rising Starz Dancers
Beanie’s Ice Cream & Candy Parlor

Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts Marching Band
Dundalk, Maryland
Sponsored by The Heritage
Parade Committee

Kim’s Krypt
Freedom Jams Mobile DJ
Tre Fratelli Italian Deli
Street Obsessions Motorcycle Club
Prime and The Suspects
Baltimore Towing
The Wedding of Gina Chaney and Al Caldwell

Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee: 
    Chairperson: Patricia Herman.
    Michael Andy, Bob Crandell, Bill Hartlove, Carol
    Hartlove, Joe Herman, Don Kellner, Bob Lyden,
    Roy Moreland, Lil Tirschman, Jack Wright.

Parade Support Team:
    Bill Barry, Jackie Crandell, Joe Falbo, Capt. Joe
    Griebel, Jennifer Harris, Betty Kellner, Michael
    Lyden, Daniel Lyden, Charlie Martin, Mike
    Mioduszewski, Shirley Panuska, Eric Washington,
    Barney Wilson, George Wischhusen, escorted by:    
    Chris Reinthaler & Family - ‘54 Willie Jeep
    Dave Stinchcomb - ‘70 Chevy, C. Dean Marino - ‘02
    Chevy Camaro, Victor Marino - ‘06 Chevy Corvette



Starts at Logan Village Shopping Center. Turns right onto Belclare Road, left onto Liberty Parkway and left onto Dunglow Road. Makes left onto Dunmanway, then right onto Shipping Place in front of the Dundalk Village Shopping Center and first reviewing stand. Turns right onto Shipway, then left onto Admiral Boulevard. Makes right at Liberty Parkway, passes second reviewing stand, ends at Dunmanway.

Parade lineup changes
The lineup is as accurate as possible up until press time. Check our Web site for last-minute changes: