Yes, there have been changes. The new committee is presently a commission under the City of Havre de Grace until they achieve their 501(c)3 status. (The old committee closed their organization and donated the remaining funds to the new commission.) The industrious new members are working diligently to create an event that offers the same fun and excitement for residents and visitors alike while meeting some of the new criteria required by the City of Havre de Grace.
They’ve done an excellent job to this point. Meet these persevering members:
Christy Silverstein: Christy is married to Dr. Louis Silverstein and together they own and operate his medical practice as well as their family business, Joseph’s Department Store, in downtown HdG. Christy worked as a Director of Nursing for 30 years and brings a lifetime of time management, process improvement, and leadership skills to the Commission. She chose to take an active role in t he City and represent the community as the President of the HdG Business Alliance; member of HdG’s Tourism Advisory Board and Arts Commission; and a member of the St. Johns Tower and St. Johns Commons Board of Directors.
Christy’s reason for joining the Commission, “I was excited to be appointed to the commission and want to assist HdG in continuing the tradition of the best Independence Day Celebration in the area while making sure that safety and tradition go hand in hand.”
Jason Robertson: Jason has been married to Tracy for 6 years and they have a 3 year old son, Colt Henry. Jason is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and still continues to serve our country in the Army Reserves. He works as an analyst of the Dept. of Health and Human Services and has worked for many non-profit and government organizations. Born and raised in Baltimore, Jason fell in love with Havre de Grace and he and his wife agreed it would be the perfect place to raise their son.
Jason’s reason for joining the Commission: “The traditions and events like the Independence Day Celebration are among the many reasons my wife and I chose to live in Havre de Grace; they are part of the fabric that holds communities together and I want them to continue.”
Scott “Scotty” Hurst: Scotty has lived in Havre de Grace all 44 years of his life. During that time, he has accomplished much including being Chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company for the past 10 of his 26 year membership. Scotty’s work history includes 14 years as a career firefighter with the Prince Georges County Fire Dept. He has his Associates Degree in Fire Science, and his Bachelor’s in Fire Science Administration. Scotty enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 kids and 2 grandchildren; working out; and is a die-hard Ravens’ fan.
Scotty’s reason for joining the Commission: “I have spent the last 10 years assisting with the fireworks process; I love serving my City and want to make sure the tradition continues.”
Taryn Martin: Taryn is married to Mayor Bill Martin and they have 3 children, on each in elementary, http://nygoodhealth.com middle, and high school. Devon, Molly, and Will keep Taryn busy with their involvements in HHS Boys Soccer team, HdG Rec soccer and basketball, and HdG Little League. When she is not cheering her kids at the sport’s field or serving on the Board of Trustees for the Harford County Library, Taryn is teaching Language Arts for 8th graders at Aberdeen Middle School.
Taryn’s reason for joining the Commission: “I want to preserve and continue the tradition of community and patriotism that has long been so special to the citizens of Havre de Grace.”
Keri Kateley: Keri has been married for 8 years to Ethan they have 2 children, Cambria (6yo) and Wilder (3yo). Havre de Grace is where she grew up and where she will remain as she and her husband purchased their forever home in the area. Keri worked as a pharmacy technician in HdG and then bartended for many years in Aberdeen while attending College of Notre Dame of MD. Since 2008, she has worked as a DoD contractor supporting behavioral health surveillance for the U.S. Army at the Public Health Center.
Keri’s reason for joining the Commission: “I was heartbroken at the thought of all the kids that may not be able to experience the same HdG Fourth as I did as a child. And considering my husband is a third generation carny family, I thought I would have something unique to offer the Commission.”
Diana Saulsbury: Diana has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two children, Ryan and Taylor. originally from a small town in Western Pennsylvania, she and her husband reluctantly moved to Towson to begin their careers. Realizing Towson was not for them, they soon moved to Abingdon and in 1992 happened upon The Crazy Swede Restaurant in HdG. Diana says, “It was love at first sight” as the toured HdG that Mother’s Day and soon they found themselves to be residents of HdG where they immediately felt right at home. Diana and her family feel as though the Fourth of July celebration in HdG is the pinnacle of the year and are thankful they were able to raise their children in this small town where neighbors become family.
Diana’s reason for joining the Commission: “It is a special event that I cherish, and I strongly feel it needs to be preserved for our children’s children to enjoy.”
Nicky Fournier: Nicky and her husband have been residents of HdG since 2008. She works as an Integrated Logistics Support Specialist for a DoD contractor and is currently pursuing her MBA at UMUC. In Nicky’s free time, she enjoys baking, reading, crocheting, and working on her car. She has a particular fondness for fireworks, rides, and funnel cake; so the Commission seemed to be the perfect fit for her.
Nicky’s reason for joining the Commission: “I joined the Independence Day Commission in order to become more involved in my local community by helping to continue as a meaningful tradition.”