It's hard to believe its September, summer is gone and the kids are back to school and some are off to college. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be here and Christmas will follow soon after. Then we will start a brand new year.

Mark your calendars to visit the Perryville Farmer's Market every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. until Oct 25. The Farmer's Market is at Broad Street and Roundhouse Drive. Local produce including mushrooms and honey as well as hot and fresh homemade potato chips area there. Chips are made while you wait! Candles and homemade scented soaps are also available.

All aboard the Perryville Railroad Museum in the MARC train station. The museum is open on Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. There is no admission.

Now that summer is almost over, Harmony Lodge 53 AF&AM will start with their monthly all you can eat breakfasts. The first will be on Saturday, Sept., 14 from 7 to 10 a.m. The breakfast is held at the Lodge on Tome Highway in Port Deposit.

Hot off the grill on Saturday, Sept, 7, is the flapjack fundraiser to support the St. Paul's Lutheran Church 2015 National Youth Gathering. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee's, 991 Beards Hill Road, Aberdeen. Cost $7 per adult and $3 per child. Call the St. Paul's office for more information and tickets at 410-272-3111.

Calling all crafters: St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen will hold a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you are interested in selling your crafts, call the St. Paul's office at 410-272-3111.

Condolences are extended to Billy and Margaret Lawder and their family on the passing of Billy's mother, Polly Lawder. I can't help but to think of the devoted friend Polly and her husband Bill were to my husband's grandparents Bill and Reba Ross. Lots of good memories.

The new year for the Grand Chapter of Maryland Order of the Eastern Star has begun after the installation of all the Grand Officers at the Grand Sessions held in Ocean City. The newly installed Worthy Grand Matron Sister Better Bowen and Worthy Grand Patron Brother Bill Gunn and their corps of officers were installed in grand fashion during the open Installation held at the Clarion Hotel in Ocean City. I must note that our Worthy Grand Patron is a member of Victory Chapter 40 in Aberdeen. It is quite an honor to have a Grand Officer from our area Brother Bill and his wife Jeannie are residents of Havre de Grace.

Elected and installed were Sister Claudia Eaton as Associate Grand Matron, Brother Edsal Crouse was elected and installed Associate Grand Patron. Brother Edsal is another local member from Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air where Brother Edsal resides with his wife Ellen. The Grand Secretary is Sister Donna Almony with the Grand Treasurer Brother Kevin Hribar (Past Grand Patron), The Grand Conductress is Sister Nancy L. Ford and the newly elected Associate Grand Conductress is Sister Diane Smith, another Havre de Grace resident and a member of Havre de Grace Chapter 27. Grand Trustees are Sister Leslie R. Gilliam, PGM, Sister Joan E. Morris, PGM, and newly elected Brother G. Phil Beeman, PGP.

Also installed were the appointed officers by Sister Bette and Brother Bill they include: Brother William Dula as Grand Chaplain and also a member of Victory Chapter 40 and a resident of Havre de Grace; Sister Kay C. Bond, PGM as Grand Lecturer; Sister Deborah L. Raynovich as Grand Marshal, Sister Nancy Natkin as Grand Organist; Sister Judith T. Stone as Grand Adah; Sister Rachel K. Sunderland as Grand Ruth; Sister Brenda H. Aliff as Grand Esther; Sister Linda H. Quillen as Grand Martha; Sister Susan D. Schupfer as Grand Electa; Brother James B. Bachtell as Grand Warder and Brother Ernest R. Birckhead as Grand Sentinel.

After installation the newly installed 2013-2014 Grand Officers began the year of traveling all over our great state of Maryland and to some of our local states. So their first trip they traveled to the District of Columbia to attend the formal opening of the Grand Chapter Session.

Next the Grand Officers held a school of instruction at Odenton Chapter 29. The Worthy Grand Matron Sister Bette Bowen was received in her Chapter, Oakland 67. Then on tap was a trip back to Ocean City where they attended the International Order of Jobs Daughters formal opening.

Another school of instruction was held in Wicomico Chapter 91 in Salisbury. Another out of state trip was to Delaware where they attended the formal opening of the Grand Chapter of Delaware held at the Dover Downs Hotel in Dover. Now it was the Worthy Grand Patron Brother Bills turn to be received in his home Chapter Victory 40 in Aberdeen.

Then it was the Junior Past Grand Matron Sister Debbie Hribar's turn to be received in her Chapter, Harford Chapter 83 in Bel Air. Another out of state trip was on the agenda was to the Virginia Grand Session Formal Opening held in Roanoke Virginia. The first Grand Visitation of the year was held at Ruth Chapter 7.

Another school of instruction was held for the Western Maryland members in Frederick Chapter 79 they had a lovely luncheon for all in attendance. They really do it up in Frederick.

New next Grand Visitation was held in Ionic Chapter 74. The Worthy Grand Matron is also a member of Marlboro Chapter 61 and they received her back to their Chapter. Highland Chapter 33 was the next Grand Visitation. Brother David Hall, Junior Past Grand Patron was received in his Chapter, McKinley 12.

Then they had four Grand Visitations in a row visiting Julia Halla 107, Daughters of Job 75, Trinity 99 and Victory 40. Now they went over the border to the Pennsylvania Grand Session Formal Opening held in York, Pa. Another four Grand Visitations were held the first at Mountain 15, followed by Martha Washington 10, then Oakland 67,and the last of four at McKinley 12.

The time honored tradition going to the church of Sister Mildred Martin, PGP was a very special day for the Grand Officers. The Grand Line Reception honoring the elected Grand Line Officers was held at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club in Cumberland. A Grand Visitation at Grace 21 then Marlboro 61 was up next. Several members then attended the Multi-State Exchange Visit held in Atlanta, Ga. The Maryland - Pennsylvania Exchange was held at the Myersdale Masonic Temple in Myersdale, Pa.

Next up was the Grand Masters Ball held at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville.

Some of the members went to the DeMoley Conclave held in Salisbury. The Grand Officers and many members of the Eastern Star sailed on the Royal Caribbean Gradeur of the Seas where they visited Port Canaveral in Florida, the Bahamas and the Royal Caribbean island of Coco Cay. After a short hiatus for the summer the Grand Officers are now gearing up for the September to January Grand Visitations then the highlight of their year will be the "Face in the Mirror" the 116th annual Grand Session to be held at Hunt Valley Inn.