Let’s Get Irish! It’s almost time for St. Patrick’s Day! I’m excited for my first Dundalk St. Patrick’s Day parade this weekend. Stay tuned next week for photos and a round-up. We will be putting pictures and videos online, too!

Oldtimers will know this, but newcomers — take note! Dundalk, Maryland is named after Dundalk, Ireland. A 19th century Irish immigrant named Henry McShane established the McShane Bell Foundry on the banks of the Patapsco River. The facility manufactured bronze bells, cast iron pipes and furnace fittings.

When he was questioned by Baltimore and Sparrows Point Railroad Company for the name of a depot on their rail line, McShane — a native of Dundalk, Ireland — wrote simply “Dundalk.”

Dr. Seuss Day. Last week, I was asked to take part in a story time for students at Our Lady of Hope School, the only Catholic school in Dundalk. The students were celebrating Dr. Seuss Day, and had crafts and stories for the occasion. Children and teachers were all dressed up, and even Father Greg Rapisarda came and read to students dressed at the Cat in the Hat! I’m so grateful for the invitation — it was a super special Seussical time!

Reading has always been one of my favorite past times. I’m a voracious reader and love our public library system. I always delight at hearing book reviews and recommendations and knowing what you’re reading. We just had a lively discussion on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy in the office last week! (We even tried to get Siri to read some Vogon poetry.)

Speaking of teachers... We will be writing profiles in the coming weeks of this year’s Outstanding Teachers as recognized by the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Do you have a teacher that you love? We’d love to hear about them! Send me a letter to editor@dundalkeagle.com!

And don’t forget, The Eagle is turning 50 in May! We’re going to be rolling out some events throughout the year, including an exclusive cocktail reception, a timeline legacy project, fun Eagle swag and some special issues! Stay tuned.

And another big thank you... to everyone for their input, feedback and genuine love of this newspaper. I absolutely love hearing from you, and want to feature your project, story or business in our pages! We love our advertisers, our reader approved favorites, our community partners and our readers. You really make every day worth it, and we couldn’t do it without you. Thanks so much for your commitment to our community and to quality hometown journalism.

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