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2014 Greater Lauraville Fair

September 27th

Stay up to date @ http://www.greaterlauravillefair.com/

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New Historic Lauraville Walking Tours Released

The Lauraville Walking Tours are a production of the Lauraville Heritage Project.  These tours were designed to highlight our rich history and educate current and future residents of our community.  New walking tours will be posted as they become available.

In 2013, with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Montebello Park, the Lauraville Heritage Project was conceived with the goals of recording and sharing Lauraville oral history, articles and artifacts, educating the community, and encouraging local heritage tours and participation.  In 2014, the Lauraville Heritage Project became sponsored by the Northeast History Roundtable.

You can even get a free cup of coffee from Zekes for taking part in one of the Walking Tours.

Everything you need is available on the “Historic Lauraville” section of our website!

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We need your help!

The Lauraville Improvement Association has some great opportunities available for neighbors to get involved with. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and neighbors and work on issues that directly affect your family and our community. If you have ideas for new programs or changes you’d recommend for how the association operates–here is the way to turn those ideas into reality.

Here’s where we need help:

  • Editing and managing the Lauraville News neighborhood newsletter–if you enjoy writing or graphic design this would be perfect for you!
  • Managing the LIA facebook page and website

We also have the following Board members positions open:

  • Vice President (coordinates monthly meetings, supports committee chairs, represents association at community meetings under the President’s guidance)
  • Secretary (drafts correspondence on behalf of the association, invites speakers for meetings, drafts and updates minutes for the association)
  • Communications Committee Chair (oversees newsletter, website, and social platforms for the association, maintains association’s branding materials, develops and executes ideas for events that promote community, helps support the association’s presence at the Lauraville fair)
  • Housing & Community Issues Chair (serves as a point  of contact for community concerns, communicates issues with local authorities and legislators for handling, helps educate community members on policies and procedures, attends zoning hearings and other meetings)
  • Public Safety Chair (serves as liaison with north east police department, educates community on crime prevention, maintains tracking system for community complaints, helps organize safety walks, supports COP coordinator)

Interested in any of these positions? 

  • Contact any current board members, listed here
  • Voting will take place during the May 13th meeting.
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BGE Offers New Budget Billing Plan Options to Help Customers with High Bills in Response to Significant Increases in Energy Usage Resulting from Consecutive Weeks of Extremely Cold Temperatures

BGE is offering customers immediate enrollment into its Budget Billing program, which spreads payments out over a 12 month period and reduces seasonal increases in energy usage. Customers can also find tips on saving energy and money at BGE.com/WinterReady and BGESmartEnergy.com

BALTIMORE, (Jan. 28, 2014) – As another wave of frigid temperatures impacts central Maryland this week, BGE is providing enhanced billing options to help customers with current and future energy bills, in response to a significant increase in customer usage. According to the WSI Weather Service, this winter has been 11 percent colder than last winter to date, and as a result customer energy usage has increased, on average, by 10 percent in the month of January alone, compared to last year. Starting Jan. 29, customers may contact BGE to discuss their Budget Billing and other special payment options.

“To assist customers with high winter heating bills, we are offering customers immediate enrollment into our Budget Billing program, which spreads payments out over a 12 month period so customers aren’t as affected by seasonal increases in usage,” said Carol Dodson, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “Typically, the enrollment process takes a full billing cycle. Customers who wish to enroll in Budget Billing should call BGE at 800.685.0123 and we will incorporate their current winter bills, thus spreading
out their utility costs over a full-year average. ”

In direct response to spikes in customer usage from extreme temperatures, BGE is now offering customers an opportunity to enroll in a retroactive Budget Billing program to assist customers with higher-than-normal energy bills. For customers who have up to $500 in arrearages, the company is allowing those customers to enroll in the new retroactive Budget Billing program as well to help alleviate the increase from the current colder-than-normal winter season.

Customers who may have more than $500 in arrearages are encouraged to call BGE to discuss their payment options as well. Limited income customers are strongly encouraged to apply for energy assistance before they are in crisis. For more information, call BGE or contact the Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) at 800.352.1446. Residents of Baltimore City should call 410.396.5555. Grants can help address past-due amounts as well as future payments. Learn more at http://bge.com/financialassistance.

Get more info on this and see energy saving tips here.

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150 years ago: Civil War in Lauraville

150 years ago the nation was divided by a terrible conflict that killed and maimed more Americans than all other wars that the country has been involved in since. The peaceful green farms and the mills in the Herring Run Valley, which was then part of Baltimore County, was a rural countryside. It must have seemed far away from the cruel war fought over intractable sectional differences about slavery. Although Maryland was a slave state, strong differences of opinion divided Marylanders even among neighbors and family members.

Then as now Baltimore County was a mix of people. Even then, as seen in census records, the Lauraville area had some diversity with many recently naturalized German families perhaps fleeing political wars.  Some names sounding of the British Isles and at least two free African Americans are listed in the September 1863 Civil War Draft Records kept by Provost Marshall Robert Cathcart.  John List from Germany was a 41 year-old shoemaker listed on Ancestry.com and his family remained here up to the 1940 census when their trade was a pickle factory on Grindon Avenue.  Not far from the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery where the List family is buried is a street named for them which crossed the List farm.

For John List as for Joshua Johnson, a 43 year-old African American Lauraville farmer, being drafted might mean service in a nearby state militia guarding trains or the Capitol or might  mean service in a distant area of combat.

The draft in the North was passed by Congress in the Enrollment Act of 1863 on March 3, 1863 (one year after the Confederacy had done so) and met fierce resistance including acts of violence, attempts to run away and self-mutilation. The fact that a wealthy family could purchase for $300 a substitute draftee further aggravated controversy and is said to have harmed the morale of volunteer forces.

What past Lauravillians felt is not known but it is interesting to note that, unlike areas of Baltimore City or elsewhere in Baltimore County, all listed for Lauraville seemed to be very near the age of 40 or older. One can guess that this is because the younger men had already volunteered for the Union cause as many German farmers had done.  Or it is possible that a fair share of younger men had gone South to join one of the Maryland Confederate units as occurred in other parts of the state. Perhaps the resistance to the draft caused some to run away and skewed the age of the Lauraville draftees. Less likely is that the population was somehow older or had a tendency to have female children.

Still, it must have been an anxious time to be called for a military duty with the possibility of family at home trying to live and run a farm in your absence. Maryland had been invaded by a large Confederate Army in September of 1862 during the Antietam Campaign. The Emancipation Proclamation was issued soon after that battle. Gettysburg was invaded via Maryland in July 1863 and then the Draft was instituted in response to dwindling volunteers. What awaited ahead for those who were here before us was not yet known.

Lauraville Civil War Draftees, July 1863
2nd Congressional District
Name Age Year of Birth Where Born Occupation
Henry Bosh 36 1827 Germany Laborer
Herman Black 37 1826 Maryland Farmer
John Carmrod 37 1825 Germany Confectionary
John Fry 44 1819 Germany Laborer
Eli Gambrill 42 1821 Maryland Farmer
Joseph Hofsletter 41 1822 Germany Gardener
Upton Hammond (AA) 44 1819 Maryland Farmhand
John List1 41 1822 Germany Shoemaker
Henry Mohr 41 1822 Germany Teamster
William Magleable 43 1820 Maryland Laborer
George Phinfcase 44 1819 Germany Farmer
John Snyder 44 1819 Germany Locksmith
John Snyder Jr. 37 1826 Germany Farmer
Joseph Snyder 40 1823 Germany Farmer
Schaeffer Sunn 43 1820 Germany Laborer
John Shutman 40 1823 Germany Gardener
John T Thompson 43 1820 Maryland Tailor
Thomas Ware 41 1822 Maryland Storekeeper
Christian Willich 44 1819 Germany Laborer
Joshua Johnson (AA) 43 1820 Pennsylvania Farmer
Notes:  1John List is buried in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery

If anyone has information about or can assist in researching any of these names please contact LIA Historians.

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January 14th: Lauraville Potluck

Join us for the annual Lauraville Improvement Association Potluck this Tuesday, January 14th!

Where: Garrett Heights Elementary & Middle Cafeteria

When: Starts at 6:30

What to bring: Your favorite dish

We’ll have music, some stuff for kids to do, plus plenty of good food and company.  It’s a great time to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

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NEXT LAURAVILLE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING – TUESDAY NOV 12th @ 6:30 PM

at Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle School

Entrance on Rueckert Avenue
Plenty of Easy Parking!

This Month: Home Improvement & Lauraville Development Discussion

We will have a guest speaker discussing how to reduce your energy cost by utilizing green energy solutions and there will be a discussion on the development of 4500 Harford Road.

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