The Jarrettsville Federal Blog

by Gary Barnoff

Spring and summer are the times of year when everyone wants to get outside after a long winter.  We see each other in the community, we catch up with acquaintances and marvel at how much children have grown over the past year.  Many people also see this “awakening” to the outside world as an opportunity to “awaken” their community spirit – Jarrettsville Federal included. 

Indeed, the outdoors beckons and there are many activities throughout the Jarrettsville area and in Harford County to keep us busy.  Jarrettsville Federal began our outdoor awakening with the sponsorship of the Romancing the Chrome car show in May.  It was a glorious day of festivities, with customers and potential customers joining us at our booth to see what goodies we had to share and what nuggets of information we could impart.   We had conversations ranging from home mortgages to home runs.  Benefitting the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club, Romancing the Chrome gave us an opportunity to give the residents of Jarrettsville and surrounding towns the entertainment of classic cars and the camaraderie of old friends.  What better conversation starter than what’s under the hood of a ’55 Chevy?  Yes, tradition does start here.

We also helped the library to kick off its annual Summer Reading Challenge.  As the elementary school sponsor, Jarrettsville Federal not only provides goodies in the initial bags distributed to the grade schoolers who sign up for the program, but we welcome the opportunity to talk with children about the books they select and the stories they read with their parents.  Elementary school is the ideal time to hone reading skills and support literacy.  It’s imperative that children continue to read throughout the summer, and the Library’s program helps parents to support that effort.  It makes reading fun and challenges young readers to reach for new heights.

For the second consecutive year, Jarrettsville Federal sponsored the Ladew Gardens Concert Series.  A fun evening was had by all at the Great Bowl on July 2, where attendees enjoyed the Caribbean beat of the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra. It was one of the most entertaining bands I’ve seen in an outdoor setting.  Thanks to those who joined us!  

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