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Reporter, Community Leaders Among Marks' Citizens of the Year

Three residents were recognized, including one from Towson, one from Loch Raven and one from Perry Hall.

County Councilman David Marks honored three of his constituents with "Citizen of the Year" awards, he announced Monday.

Former Towson Times reporter Loni Ingraham of Knollwood, Ridgeleigh Community Association president Bill Deysher and outgoing planning board member of Perry Hall received the awards.

Ingraham after 24 years at the Times. Bill Deysher leads what Marks called a "resurgent community association." Hoover, who spent a decade on the Baltimore County Planning Board, advocated for the and a .

All three will receive a County Council resolution.

Suzanne Boellner December 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM
As a long standing community resident and activist in Ridgeleigh I was wondering by what criteria was Mr Deysher picked as citizen of the year. Ridgeleigh is still plagued with the same problems....Nothing in this community has changed so why would you pick someone in which the same problems are still at hand. I have not seen a decrease in crime nor any programs started to help those in need. With such a diverse community and so many in this community who need help and support what has this community president done to help the residents of Ridgeleigh.
David Marks December 29, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Suzanne, your comments are very unfortunate. He has been a very engaged president who followed through with my office on a code enforcement sweep; who led a successful Dumpster Day the morning Hurricane Irene was getting ready to strike; whose Board has replaced the welcome sign with an attractive new gateway and greatly improved the Ridgeleigh newsletter. You have been a very positive force for the community, and so has Bill Deysher.
Suzanne Boellner December 29, 2011 at 02:44 PM
I guess when I think of citizen of the year I look at people who have gone above and beyond the call....Come any day and see the volunteers at ACTC that give of there time and heart for years and no one even notices....Cathy Burges and Maria Weatherington go far beyond there job description to help countless people stay in there homes have food and bge and other services sometimes beyond the norm..And without the out pouring of love and volunteers ACTC would not be able to help the 12,000 or more people each year....So I guess we all have our own idea;s to what makes an outstanding citizen of the year!
Bart December 29, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Wow, Suzanne. Did Santa miss your chimney this year, or leave a lump of coal? I don't know Ridgeleigh, Mr. Deysher or you, but for you to make the comments you made tells more about you than anything. To publicly demean a person, any person who voluntarily gives of their time and energy for their nieghbors is the height of crudeness. Sure there are a lot of people who give of their time for others, and I'm sure Mr Marks would like to acknowledge them, also. I sure wouldn't want to be in your shoes the next time you come face to face with Mr. Deysher, or Mr Marks. You should be embassassed.
Killi Macklin December 29, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Ugh. Loni Ingraham.
Bart December 29, 2011 at 04:29 PM
People just gotta' hate.
Tim December 29, 2011 at 04:52 PM
It's pretty sad.
Suzanne Boellner December 29, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Maybe you should come live here for a week then tell me how you feel. I have been in this community for over 20 years. My point was that there are plenty of community presidents who are doing as much if not more then the president of Ridgeleigh so to only pick one is senseless when there are so many out there wondering what makes this man stand out. As I said above someone who is citizen of the year should be doing outstanding community work and leadership....not picked simply because they are a president of 1100 home.....not when there is on going crime and other major issues at hand in our community. S0 say what you want we are all entitled to our opinions....how about recognizing the entire board instead of just one person for it takes all of those people to make the community board successful !!
David Marks December 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Suzanne, you know how to reach me; I don't think this board was the appropriate venue for airing your complaints. I stand by my praise of the good work going on in Ridgeleigh, which Mr. Deysher has helped advance. I won't say any more here except that it's amazing how even the simple act of recognizing a community leader can be criticized by someone.
Diane Blackwood December 29, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Thank you, David, for recognizing the hard work and dedication of Bill Deysher, our neighborhood association president. He has diligently worked to help improve our neighborhood by remaining positive. The job of board president can be quite thankless at times, but Bill has proven that he is worthy of praise.
Scott December 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Wow!!! Someone seems a little bitter!! A good CHRISTIAN should be happy for Mr. Deysher. Don't worry!! God recognizes all that you do Suzanne!! You are not being very Christian-like, right now!!
Scott December 30, 2011 at 12:13 AM
I know!!!!
Bart December 30, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Wow, Suzanne is showing the Christian way of things? Shocking.
Bill December 30, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Suzanne, I am very aware that there are many others in the community who deserve an award more than myself. However, I am grateful that David Marks has chosen to recognize someone in our community, not because it is good for me, but because it helps us to let people know what a great neighborhood we have. While Ridgeleigh is not immune from the problems that we share with other neighborhoods in the Baltimore metropolitan area, we are very fortunate to have kind, generous, and talented neighbors who are willing to volunteer their time in order to help solve these problems. I feel that I personally owe all of these volunteers a debt of gratitude. If you would like to find out more about what our Association is working on or if you would like share your ideas about how to improve our neighborhood, then you are more than welcome to visit us at any of our meetings. Also, please feel free to contact me or anyone on our board directly. Our contact information and meeting schedules are available online at www.ridgeleigh.net.
Carol Monfredo December 30, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I want to congratulate Lonnie and thank her for all she has done. We in the Cromwood Coventry Community will miss her enthusiasm and efforts to cover all views in her writings. We wish you luck and joy in your next endeavors.

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