Over the last 11 months, I’ve learned a lot about our area’s deep heritage, its history, and the strong community connection that keeps Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county so unique.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's reflect on a few things that we all can appreciate, including the unique characteristics of our town and what’s occurred throughout the year.
New Eateries – When it comes to food, residents around town can’t seem to get enough dessert. New restaurants have come and gone, but the most consistent addition to the lunchtime landscape this past year has been after-meal treats. Whether it’s Sweet Frog frozen yogurt, LilyRose Cupcakes, people around here sure do have a sweet tooth to satisfy. Additionally, some new lunch spots have become increasingly popular, such Fisher’s Famous Hot Dogs. As someone who eats out quite often for lunch, Edgewater is a great area to try a different meal every day for months.
Solid Schools – After a rough start to the year—focusing on health concerns at Edgewater Elementary—school news got better and better for people in Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county. Southern High kicked off a new signature program and got a new principal that everyone seems to love. South River gained another blue ribbon feeder school in Crofton Meadows Elementary, and local educators got news of a 1.25 percent pay hike coming their way in January 2013.
Great Local Sports Teams – The year 2012 has brought a lot of success for local sports teams in the area. Ranging from South River’s boys lacrosse team’s dramatic come-from-behind victory in the state championship to the Seahawks’ girls soccer team winning a state title on penalties, it’s been all good for local fans. Even South River Youth Athletics’ teams are getting in on the action—ranging from soccer to youth field hockey.
‘Avoiding’ Superstorm Sandy- I think most people will admit, the damage from Superstorm Sandy could have been a lot worse. While millions of people lost power up and down the East Coast, homes in Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county were without power for only a few days at most. Strong winds and torrential rain made for some pretty unruly weather conditions, but flooding throughout the area did more damage to front yards and didn’t cause much structural damage for the most part.
Our Service Members - This can't be repeated often enough. In this area, we are fortunate to have many men and women of the Armed Forces living among us, as well as leaving us to serve around the world. They set a great example for our community and are a source of strength on so many levels.
What are you most thankful for this holiday season? Tell me in the comments.
Odenton-Severn Patch editor Tim Lemke contributed to this article.