Fourth of July at the West Arundel Swim Club became a tradition of family fun for many families over the past 47 years, and Monday was no exception.

The beautiful day found more than 400 members and guests enjoying the pool, and many games and activities offered for the day. Lifeguards served up sno-cones with a smile, and delivered and lit grills for the delightful Fourth of July barbecues.

The staff also organized volleyball, adult and kids horseshoe tournaments as well as pool games such as Duck Splash, Dive Bomber, the 3-legged swim race, Tied Together and the Family T-Shirt and Socks Relay race. Kids enjoyed a treasure hunt in the pool diving for extra snack bar money and spectators received quite a show in the diving and belly flop contests.

Near the day's end, the swim team raffled off more than $700 worth of donated prizes, and the diehards enjoyed a couple of games of watermelon football.


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Winners of the various activities included: Volleyball, Team Billy Has an Itch comprised of Dustin Pierce, Tim Maher, Luke Weiss and Jule Venit; adult horseshoes, Team The Shamrocks, comprised of Dan Jeffers and Bob Jeffers; kid's horseshoes, Team Delta Falls, comprised of Caleb Norsworthy and Keaton Sadoski; Duck Splash, Michael Venit and Olivia Clark; Dive Bomber, Rachel Borczuch and Jason Schneck; Tied Together, Kellianne Venit and Billy Rodgers; Miss West Arundel, Mikayla Norsworthy; Mascot, Evan Stewart; 12 and under diving contest, Colette Pierce and tie between Kyle Nagle and Camden Ward; 13 and over diving contest, Emilee Torres and Jake Harkcom; 12 and under belly flop contest, Emily Wise and Micha Norsworthy; 13 and over belly flop contest, Joanie Noland and Chris Nagle; and family T-shirt and socks relay, Sturgis Family.

The West Arundel Swim Team provided towels and crab feast tickets for the raffle and the following sponsors made donations in support of the swim team: Don Pablos; Red, Hot and Blue; Famous Dave's; Silver Diner; Outback Steakhouse; Rita's Italian Ice; Hooters; T.G.I. Friday's; Shopper's Food Warehouse; Home Depot; Fandango; Chick-fil-A; Monster Mini Golf; and Potbelly's.

The pool reminds everyone that the second session of swim lessons begins Monday, July 11. The cost is $35 for members and $75 for nonmembers. A Water Babies class for parents and their children, ages 2 and younger, is offered as well.

Registration begins Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the pool. Please bring your child in a swimsuit for evaluations that begin at 6 p.m.

Classes run Monday-Thursdays, July 11–21 in the evening.

Don't forget the next Youth Night for members and their guests ages 11-17 Friday, July 8 from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for their guests. The next weekend includes a Kid's Night July 15 from 6-9 p.m. and an adult Steak Night party July 16 from 6-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy Kid's Night and time with your friends along with an ice cream and drink costing only $2 for members and $4 for their guests. For the adults, bring your favorite steak for grilling and enjoy all the extras provided by the swim club.

Adult Steak Night tickets can be purchased at the pool up until 5:30 p.m. the day of the party. Contact Suzanne at the pool at 301-725-9831 for more information.

In other sports news, the Maryland City Recreation Council announces registration for fall soccer will take place on Tuesdays, July 19 and July 26 from 7-8 p.m. in front of Brock Bridge Elementary School. Forms can be downloaded from the web site, http://www.mcrcsoccer.venitsports.com, and filled out ahead of time. The registration fee is $50 for players ages 3-6 as of Aug. 1 and $95 for players ages 7-17 as of Aug. 1.

MCRC also announces a tentative date for the Spring Soccer and Baseball Banquet.

It has been a rough summer finding a location to hold the banquet. So, please mark your calendar for Sunday afternoon/evening, July 17. More information regarding the times and location will be sent out via email.

Finally, welcome once again to the Rev. Michelle Thorne, the new pastor at Maryland City Community United Methodist Church. Join the church in a welcoming reception Sunday, July 10, immediately following the 10 a.m. church service. Welcome to the community!