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.

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.

150 years ago Civil War in Lauraville

150 years ago the nation was divided in a terrible conflict that killed and maimed more Americans that all other wars that the country has been involved in its entire history. The peaceful green farms and mills in the Herring Run Valley, which was then part of Baltimore County, was a rural countryside then. It must have seemed far away from the cruel war fought over intractable sectional differences about slavery. Maryland was a slave state with divided opinion with area differences even within. http://www.prattlibrary.org/uploadedFiles/www/locations/central/maryland/md_cw_complete.pdf

But as now Baltimore County was a mix of other regions. Even then, the Lauraville area had some diversity seen in census records  with many German families recently naturalized perhaps fleeing political wars, some  names sounding of the British Isles and at least 2 free African Americans are listed in the September 1863 Civil War Draft Records recorded by Provost Marshall Robert Cathcart. John List from Germany was a 41 yr. old Shoemaker listed on anscestry.com* and his family settled here up to the 1940 census when their trade was a pickle factory on Grindon Ave not far from the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery where the List Family burial plot is a few blocks from the street named for them as it crossed the List farm.

Like Joshua Johnson, an African American a 43 year old Lauraville Farmer, being drafted might have meant service in a nearby State Militia guarding trains or the Capital or might have drafted you into a  MD Regiment sent to a further 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 for $300 a substitute draftee could be purchased for those who could afford this further aggravated the controversy and is said to have harmed the morale of volunteer forces.**

What were the feelings of the past Lauravillians 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- not young in that time. One can guess if this is because younger men had volunteered for the Union cause as many German farmers already since often they were known to be pro-Union. Or, it is possible that a fair share of younger men had gone South to join one of the Confederate MD units as occurred in other parts of the State. Perhaps the resistance for many reasons to the draft caused some to run away and skewed the age of the Lauraville draftees. It is less possible 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. Again the north was invaded via MD to Gettysburg in July 1863 and then the Draft in response to dwindling volunteers. What waited ahead for those who were here before us they did not yet know.


Lauraville List of Civil War Draftees July 1863 2nd Congressional District



Name                             Age        Yr. of Birth       Where Born      Occupation

Henry Bosh                    36           1827               Germany          Laborer

Herman Black                 37           1826              MD                    Farmer

John Carmrod                 37           1825             Germany           Confectionary

John Fry                          44         1819                Germany          Laborer

Eli Gambrill                      42           1821              MD                   Farmer

Joseph Hofsletter             41           1822             Germany          Gardener

Upton Hammond(AA)       44           1819             MD                    Farmhand

John List                          41           1822             Germany           Shoemaker     

Buried in Imm.Cem.

Henry Mohr                      41           1822             Germany           Teamster

William Magleable            43           1820             MD                    Laborer

George Phinfcase            44           1819             Germany          Farmer

John Snyder                     44           1819             Germany          Locksmith

John Snyder Jr.                37           1826             Germany          Farmer

Joseph Snyder                 40           1823             “                       “

Schaeffer Sunn                43           1820             Germany          Laborer

John Shutman                  40           1823              Germany         Gardener

John T Thompson            43           1820              MD                  Tailor

Thomas Ware                  41           1822              MD                  Storekeeper

Christian Willich               44          1819               Germany         Laborer

Joshua Johnson (AA)      43           1820              Pennsylvania   Farmer

If anyone has information about that can help research about any of these names please contact LIA Historians.

* http://interactive.ancestry.com/1666/32178_620305173_0061-00742/2477074?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3frank%3d1%26new%3d1%26MSAV%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dangs-c%26gsfn%3dJohn%26gsln%3dLis

** http://www.examiner.com/article/new-books-the-civil-war-draft-maryland-lists-of-drafted-men-1


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.



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.

Tis the Season for Bagged Leaf Collection


Bagged leaf collection season starts Monday, October 28, 2013 and continues through Monday, January 6, 2014.  The Bureau of Solid Waste will collect bagged leaves every Monday throughout the season.

Solid Waste crews will collect 20 bags of leaves from each address every Monday.  Residents must call 311 before Sunday at 10 p.m. for the following Monday collection to schedule a pickup. Residents may make multiple appointments for up to two months prior to the pick up date.

The Bureau of Solid Waste will also continue to collect bagged leaves on the regularly scheduled trash collection day.  Solid Waste crews will collect 5 bags of leaves from each address every week.  Residents need to put leaves in clear or labeled bags and place them at their regular mixed refuse collection location and not in the public right-of-way. With Monday collections and regular mixed refuse collections, the Bureau of Solid Waste will collect, in total, 25 bags of leaves per week per resident.

Residents can also drop off bagged leaves at five Bureau of Solid Waste locations. More info and locations can be found at:




Leaves, rain and storm drains are a bad mix. Baltimore City has over 52,000 such storm drain inlets and keeping them clear of leaves, trash and other debris is crucial in preventing localized flooding. Sweep along your sidewalks, curbs, gutters and alleys. Report blocked storm drains that you cannot clear to 311 so that DPW crews can address them. The Bureau of Solid Waste collects bagged leaves every Monday throughout the leaf season with the exception of Holidays. Residents must call 311 before Sunday at 10 p.m. for the following Monday collection to schedule a pickup.

St. Francis of Assisi – HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL


St. Francis of Assisi - HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Featuring a 20-Room Haunted House on Saturday, October 26 at St. Francis of Assisi • 3615 Harford Road, Baltimore

Food & Drink • Games & Prizes • Moon Bounce

Ages 12 and under: 12 noon-4:00 pm • haunted house $3

Ages 13 and over: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm • haunted house $5

Handicapped accessible.

Proceeds to benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Athletic Assn. and St. Francis of Assisi School