Patch is wrapping up its first full calendar year of covering all the news, events and topics in Havre de Grace. So now we'll take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was.
Here are the stories that grabbed headlines in November 2011:
- New toll rates went into effect on the two bridges over the Susquehanna River.
- A man allegedly attacked his girlfriend through a dog door.
- F.W. Haxel Flag Co. began selling commemorative flags circa 1812. Patch captured video of the banner's unveiling.
- A Havre de Grace blog was in the running for a regional award.
- The Warriors boys volleyball team won the county title, capping a perfect season.
- A man was hospitalized after he was assaulted on Deaver Street.
- The Warriors boys soccer team made a deep playoff run, advacing to the region final on a Bobby Smith goal. Meanwhile, Coach Sean Smith and his wife, Jen, were expecting the couple's first child. The Warriors needed penalty kicks to advance to the state tournament. Brad Davidson scored the clinching goal to advance, and the Warriors celebrated. Goalie James Antonoplous came up big for the Warriors. Mountain Ridge defeated the Warriors, 2-1, in the state semifinal.
- The UCBAC was well represented in the region football playoffs.
- Ed Rybczynski's sunrise photos were turned into a calendar.
- City Council introduced a new rental ordinance, much to the chagrin of landlords. They continued their angst toward the proposal at a public hearing. Council ultimately went back to the drawing board.
- Havre de Grace's downtown businesses created a reward program for holiday shoppers.
- Royal Farms reopened.
- A new sign was installed on Route 155 to direct visitors to the city's downtown district.
- A Havre de Grace girl turned 11 on Nov. 11, 2011—that would be 11/11/11.
- The Warriors football team was bounced from the first round of the playoffs by Perryville.
- The Havre de Grace Rite Aid was robbed at gunpoint.
- A second 7-Eleven is bound for downtown Havre de Grace. Patch had the initial story, plus the site plan and images of the proposed sign. Comments flew on Patch and on Facebook.
- The curious squirrel returned to Kirkendall's.
- Occupy Wall Street protestors marched toward Havre de Grace. They encountered a hurdle at Hatem Bridge. They stayed in Havre de Grace overnight and chatted with Patch. Marchers left town the following morning, bound for Washington, D.C. Taking Hatem Bridge was nearly a breaking point for the marchers.
- David Beck and Katie Bubb were named Havre de Grace High School's top Fall athletes.
- Ben Sollee performed at the SUN Stage at Biller's Bikes.
- Havre de Grace Main Street was named a finalist for a national award.
- The Turkey Trot 5K took over Bulle Rock. Results are here.
- The Sustainable Maryland Certified resolution was introduced.
- The city's tree was put into place.
- Main Street called "Small Business Saturday" a "smashing success."
Check back with Patch Saturday for the top stories of December 2011. Have a suggestion or want to blog for Patch? Email editor Sean Welsh or leave a comment below.