Arnold resident celebrates 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake

Olga Blades celebrates her 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake in Arnold on April 26.
Olga Blades celebrates her 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake in Arnold on April 26. (Maureen Thomas / Correspondent)

Olga Blades celebrated her 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake in Arnold on April 26.

Pauline Blades, her daughter, grandchildren Molly Meneely, Patrick Blades, Kathleen Lee, Susan Golubovic, and Leroy Blades Jr. were present, as were residents and staff of the center. Olga enjoyed flowers, balloons, cake, and music that celebrated her Russian heritage.


Olga is originally from South Baltimore. Her father, Alexander Markov, was a native of Russia, who, according to the family, was on a Russian freighter when he jumped ship, and landed in Baltimore, joining the other 8,000 or so Russian and Ukrainian immigrants who populated the city at the turn-of-the-century.

Olga was born in 1918, during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic, which killed between and 500,000 to 675,000 in the United States. She has seen members of her family fight in all the modern wars, from World War I, through Vietnam and some of the modern conflicts of recent history.


Olga grew up in South Baltimore, and was employed in a hat factory. She married Leroy Blades Sr. and settled in Glen Burnie, where she lived for 70 years. Leroy Blades passed away in 1999, after a marriage of more than 60 years. In addition to her daughter Pauline and her five grandchildren, she has 10 grandchildren.

Growth Action Network

The Growth Action Network of Anne Arundel County Inc. elected a new board of directors at its annual meeting, April 18.The directors elected for a two-year term are:

Richard Falk, Kate Fox, Pat Lynch, Elizabeth Rosborg, Mel Bender, Paul Christensen, Susan Cochran, Mike Lofton, Tim Reyburn, Russ Stevenson, and Ann Wolfe.

A highlight of the meeting was the announcement of the first Growth Action Network "Superstars" who spoke about their notable accomplishments for their communities. The Superstars are:

  • Elizabeth Rosborg, who, according to the organization, “Brought attention and change to the excessive number of modifications granted during the development process”;
  • Richard Bolton, who stopped the up zoning of 71 acres of land near his community;
  • Kate Fox, who organized several hearings before the Administrative Hearing Officer to stop up zoning in South County; Richard Collins for son Steven Collins, who opposed special exception to locate a large self-storage facility on a small, environmentally sensitive parcel. The younger Collins was deployed out of the country at the time of the meeting.
  • Patricia Lynch, who identified serious problems in the storm water remediation process that relied on homeowners’ associations to maintain sometimes-inadequate systems; and;
  • Mike Shay who led a 10 -year battle to stop the transfer of density into a waterfront parcel called Turtle Run.

Spokeswoman Ann Fligsten said "the audience and speakers had a lively conversation about these accomplishments and the challenges involved."

"Lessons learned were that even one person could make a huge difference by participating in the process. Also, when people tell you that you cannot succeed because it is … 'a done deal' do not give up. It's only a 'done deal' if you do nothing."

Maureen Thomas can be reached at aroundbroadneck@gmail.com.

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