I LOVE A PARADE -- EVEN WHEN I COME SO UNPREPARED

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Parades can be a lot of fun for the entire family.

As the children are being entertained, the adults can socialize while trying not tonotice that everyone is sitting on identical lawn furniture purchased at the Price Club.

There are usually two types of parade-goers. The first group -- Professional Parade People -- always bring enough lawn chairs for the entire family, a blanket for the children to sit on and a cooler withjuice, fresh fruit and assorted aged cheeses. The PPPs always have sunscreen, film for their cameras and zoom lenses on their camcorders.

The second group -- my family -- has been going to parades since V-E day and still hasn't gotten it right. We're the family with one lawn chair for six people, a couple of beach towels laid out to resemble a blanket and a camera with either film or batteries, but never both. We usually miss most of the parade because we're standing in lineto purchase a can of soda for $1.27 or a plastic blow-up toy of the television character Steve Urkle waving a flag.

But as ill-prepared as we always are, it never manages to daunt our parade spirit. We still stand for the first American flag, cheer for the veterans, chasethe clowns for candy and pretend we know all the politicians personally. We're thrilled when the bands start to play just before they getto us and even more thrilled when they play John Philip Sousa and not a Bee Gees song.

Like the song says, "I love a parade."

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Glen Burnie celebrated Memorial Day with a combination parade and fire muster Sunday. Antique and contemporary fire equipment went throughtown along with marchers, floats and

majorettes. Vintage automobiles, community groups and equestrians traveled the parade route to the reviewing stand in front of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. The G.B.I.A. and the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Co. sponsored the event.

The day's activities started with the presentation of the first Richard Carter Memorial Award to Patricia Kasuda. Kasuda was honored for her service to the community as a nurse at North Arundel Hospital and her outstanding civic endeavors with the Church of Good Shepherd, the American Heart Association and Damascus House, a halfway house for substance abusers. She has worked in drug abuse rehabilitation and is an adviser to the county Drug and Alcohol Abuse program.

Kasuda was presented with a plaque and her name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall.

Judges issued several prizes to the participants in the parade. Fire equipment came from as far away as Level and Stevensville.

In the antique fire equipment category, awards were given for the following: Best Appearance (pumper), Friendship Fire Company; Best Appearance(non-pumper), Washington chief's car; Ambulance, Dana Ziegenhein; Hand-Drawn Equipment, Mike Brown; Oldest Equipment, Dana Hilliard.

The Kent Island Fire Department won several honors in the contemporaryequipment category, including Best Appearance (pumper), Ambulance and Best Overall Appearance. Best Appearance for a Support Unit went tothe Anne Arundel Alarmers.

The Elkridge Fire Department won for its brush unit, and the Landsdown company sent the greatest number of uniformed par

ticipants.

Traci Austin, Miss Anne Arundel CountyFire Prevention, won first place for the "Best Appearance by a Fire Prevention Queen."

The Disabled American Veterans Post 13 was honored for the greatest number of uniformed participants and for the Best Appearance by its Ladies Auxiliary. Veterans of Foreign War Post 434 of Marley won first place for its color guard.

A special judges'award was given to the Young Republicans for their presentation of the flag. This patriotic salute was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Jamie Love and Sgt. Ronald Randazzo, two county residents killed in the Persian Gulf war.

This was the first year that equestrians were part of the parade. The group from P.A.T.H. (Protect Arundel Trails for Horses) won two awards for Best Overall and costumes. Carl Files III, with his pony, Crackerjack, won Best Individual, and Nancy Andrews, Little Miss Ferndale, rode in the carriage that won first prize.

Apparently, Edgemere is a fun place to live because the Edgemere Moose Clowns won first prize.

Community award winners included Boy Scout Pack 672 of Severn, Anne Arundel Young Democrats and Cub Pack 725of

Glen Burnie. St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School won first place for the Best Float.

Glen Burnie Senior High band won first prize and $200 for its performance, and the GBSH Pom Squad also placed first.

The Pasadena Kadettes twirled to two awards for Best Overall Majorettes, Color Guard and Drum Corps.

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Last year, someone asked Tammy Price if she wanted to be Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention, and that was that.

This year, she decided that there should be a little more to the process and organized the first Miss Glen BurnieFire Prevention contest. The competition will start at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall. The contestants must arrive by 2 p.m. for individual interviews.

Tammy coordinated the pageant with the help of volunteer firefighter Dawn Franklin and Traci Austin, Miss Anne Arundel Fire Prevention.

The girls will bejudged on their poise and knowledge of fire prevention. Each has been given a packet with information about fire safety to prepare them for the questions presented by the judges, Ruth Briggs, Ron Grafs and Steve Sugg.

Two girls will be selected to represent the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company. Six contestants will compete in the junior division and four girls will vie for the senior title.

The junior contestants are Rachel Ciurca, Khristina Forsyth, Allison Grupski, Statia Mauler, Theresa Meyers and Chrissy Weedon. Senior contestants are Christine Barton, Angie Kusick, Jenny Schumake and Kathy Vachman.

"We've gotten a lot of support from businesses in the area," said

Price. "Dawn and I went all through Glen Burnie looking for donations. The winners will get special prizes, and we'll be able to give each of the girls gift bags for being in the pageant."

Flowers for the pageant have been donated by John Allen Florist, BWI Florist, Aurora Florist and Penny Lane Florist. Other prizes include movie passes from the Glen Burnie Loews Movie Theater, Jazzercise lessons from Jill Audina, Mary Kay cosmetics from Jill Kelly, haircuts from Hair Channel and free video rentals from Blockbuster Video.

The pageant is open to the public. For information, call Tammy Price, 760-3915.

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Family members and friends of Sgt. Ronald Randazzo will conduct abenefit dance to raise money for a scholarship created in his name. The scholarship will benefit Glen Burnie High School graduates who enroll in the law enforcement and criminal justice program at Anne Arundel Community College.

Randazzo, a 1985 alumnus of Glen Burnie Senior High, had already applied to the criminal justice program at the college when the gulf war escalated and his tour of duty with the Army 3rd Armored Division was extended. He was killed Feb. 20 near the Iraqi-Saudi border.

The dance is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet, sodas and beer. A cash bar will also be set up. Music is by the band Skyline.

For ticket information, call 760-6446 or 766-8959. Call BarryWeinberg, director of financial aid and veteran's affairs at AACC, 541-2203, for scholarship information.

It's almost time to think green(s) for the 4th Annual Rotary Club of Glen Burnie's Golf Tournament. Tee off is 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Eisenhower Golf Course. Players and their guests will be invited to a luncheon following the game.

The Rotarians have raised more than $18,000 in the past three years and expect to raise another $6,000 to $7,000 this year, says Ed DeGrange, vice president-elect of the organization. The proceeds will be dispersed to North Arundel Hospital, the Arundel Hospice and other community projects.

Registration is $260 for a foursome and $65 for an individual. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

A 1991 Oldsmobile, courtesy of Lee Oldsmobile, will be awarded to the first person to get a hole-in-one on a designated hole.

For registration information, call Ed DeGrange, 766-7200, or Ray Streib, 647-2727.

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The curtain rises at 7 tonight and tomorrow night at Corkran Middle School for the drama club's presentation of "Help, I'm Trapped in a High School."

Andrea Whitley, faculty sponsor, will direct this comedy about students, principals and the halls of academia.

Jessica Bounelis, Scott Jordan, Tim Rodey and Mary Wjanco will lead a cast of 20 student

actors.

Tickets are $3 per person andmay be purchased during school or at the door. Students will not be admitted without an adult. For ticket information, call the school office 760-4414.

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Alumni of Faith Baptist Church's nursery school program are invited to the celebration of the 10th graduating classat 7 p.m. Friday in the church, 7378 Furnace Branch Road.

Director Rona Cramer will present 29 4-year-olds ready for kindergarten and promote 26 4-year-olds to the four-year program at the school.

Theclasses are already full for the fall semester.

For information, call 761-5346.

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