Dundalk Renaissance Holds Milestone Awards

The Dundalk Renaissance Milestone Awards are presented by Dundalk Renaissance to community and non-profit leaders for their roles in nurturing Dundalk’s healthy and vibrant future.

The awards ceremony was held at Flagship Cinemas Eastpoint on May 25.

The DRC presented four Milestone Awards to members community and business leaders for their roles in nurturing Dundalk’s healthy and vibrant future. Here are the list of winners:

Ms. Mary Branch for her 50+ years of service to the Boy Scouts of America, Turner Station Conservation Teams and countless meal and clothing drives.

“If you’ve worked with the Scouts in Turner Station, you’ve probably met Ms. Mary Branch. Ms. Mary has been vital to the troops success for over 50 years when she first got involved with the pack through her son. Since then, she’s seen her grandchildren go through the pack too,” said a statement from the DRC.

“Ms. Mary’s deep belief in community service is a pillar in her life. When she’s not volunteering with the Scouts, she can be found teaching catechism at her local church, delivering meals and affecting change in her community through Turner Station Conservation Teams.”

La Michoacana Ice Cream Shop as a Milestone winner for opening a new (delicious) business in the Historic Dundalk Town Center and taking on eca. xtensive renovations in order to make La Michoacana the place to be to for a delicious treat in the HDTC.

“We’re honoring the HDTC’s newest hot spot- La Michoacana Ice cream shop. Husband and wife duo Fausto and Maria Jose Penaranda are Dundalk residents who recently invested in an ice cream shop at the heart of the Town Center,” said a statement from the DRC.

“With 50+ popsicle flavors and homemade ice cream, this business adds a bit of summery sweetness to the HDTC. Pro tip: try their tres leches ice cream; you won’t be sorry!”

Dundalk High School NJROTC as a Milestone winner for their community including participating in Wreaths Across America, Community Road Cleanups, Naval Academy visits, Vietnam Veterans Memorial visit, Drone Competitions, Continued Color Guard Ceremonies at the school and many community events. The students in leadership positions are team players, hardworking and dedicated cadets.

Ashley Rogers received the Janice Evans award for her extensive volunteer work with Dundalk Renaissance.

“We’re kicking off Milestone Week with Ashley Rogers, our Janice Evans Award winner. Ashley has been instrumental in Dundalk Renaissance’s volunteer work. We are so grateful for her knowledge and help diversifying our Little Free Library program and orchestrating Dundalk Cares sign and magnet delivery. Ashley has been involved with our organization for over 10+ and was on our board for 6 years.

Thank you, Ashley, for all the work you do!

The Janice Evans Award is given to individuals who have committed themselves to making Dundalk a better place and who have volunteered extensively with our organization.”

B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later Eastcountytimes.com in 2022.