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OPINION: Perry Hall a Community To Be Thankful For

Let's review some of the positive developments that our community has seen over the past year.

As my family and I prepare to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, I can't help but think about the many positive developments that have occurred in Perry Hall this past year. We have witnessed the continued excellence of our local schools, important improvements to our local infrastructure and fun events that have helped bring us all together.

As has been the case for some time, our local schools have been some of the —both academically and in sports and community outreach—within all of Baltimore County. For example, students at helped in support of education, while maintained their tradition as a Maryland "Green School" by .

Of course, academics have remained paramount, and there have been in 2011 of the hard work and dedication of both and throughout Perry Hall. But during the past few months, sports fans have also sat along the sidelines and watched the superior skills and camaraderie of Perry Hall High School's powerhouse , and teams.

Throughout 2011, our community has also been the recipient of a series of sensible investments in our local infrastructure. of major streets have been upgraded. In addition, a number of in the that connect individual Perry Hall neighborhoods have been addressed. We have also seen needed at Perry Hall High School, including to beautify important community gateways. 

Local leaders have also recognized the importance of seeking out ways to lessen our negative impact on our environment and adopt more sustainable practices in general. For instance, the that have been made to , which will certainly expand opportunities for outdoor exercise, will also make it easier for people to , rather than driving. Also, key local businesses have made a commitment to utilize in their daily operations.

Lastly, the residents of Perry Hall have continued to stay connected to each other in a number of essential ways. Once again, a number of gave us all a chance to come together for . Perhaps even more importantly, we have all continued to and our , all in the name of .

Giving of yourself is the best way that I know of to give thanks for all of the blessing we have received here in Perry Hall during 2011. Let's hope 2012 is another great year!

mike gardiner November 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Thank you for the positive comments. I am so tired of reading nothing but negative ones.
David Marks November 24, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Mike - agreed. We live in a wonderful community. Perry Hall has grown so much in the past three decades, and we have our share of challenges--but this is still a safe, accessible, and comfortable place to live, with a "small town" feel and a neighborly spirit. I am very thankful for my family and the community where I have lived since I was five years old. Happy Thanksgiving.
John Doe November 25, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I am not originally from this state, but heard great things about Perry Hall before I bought a house here. It IS a great community and we should preserve it every day. I voted for David Marks and would do so again. Remember, if we don't define our community, somebody else will.

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