In a vain attempt to keep the green, green grass of home green, the staccato twirl of lawn sprinklers has replaced the hum of air conditioners as the park background-noise-du-jour.

If you've been enjoying the beautiful weather from the vantage point of the B&A; Trail, remember that at 9 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, trail Superintendent Dave Dionne will provide a walking history of the trail.

Plus, the Trail Walkers club, co-sponsored by the YMCA and North Arundel Hospital, invites seniors to walk at 9 a.m. and moms -- with or without strollers -- at 10 a.m.

All the walks begin in front ofthe YMCA.


Every graduate in the Class of 1991 deserves congratulations, but the accomplishments of certain ones really knock yoursocks off.

At the University of Maryland graduation ceremonies, Sara Gilmour, 26, received her doctorate in medicine, magna cum laude.

Very impressive, but wait.

She also received the Faculty Gold Medal, the Department of Family Medicines Award for Excellence, the Dr. Jacob E. Finesinger Award for Excellence in Psychiatry and became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honorary Medical Society.

Leading the applause was her husband, John Gilmour, an electrical engineer with Westinghouse, whom she married just after graduation from Cornell University.

The two have set up housekeeping in Pittsburg, where Dr. Gilmour will take her residency at St. Margaret Hospital.

George and Jan Gilmour of Severna park are the proud parents-in-law.


Broadneck Elementary School reading resource teacher Cheryl Sayman surprised her students by issuing this challenge to the children in kindergarten through fifth grade: Can you read

for 1 million minutes?

Sure, they said, proceeding to amaze their teacher by reading for 1,471,845 minutes during a five-month period.

In case you're wondering, that translates into 24,530 hours, 1,022 days ortwo years and nine months.

Winners in the marathon were: kindergartner Craig Martin, with 6,064 minutes; first-grader Kendra Witmer, with 9,706; second-grader Jacob Senkel, with

15,319; third-grader Alison Walley-Morrow, with 14,823, fourth-grader Anne Snipes, with 21,400; and the grand prize winner, fifth-grader Jaime Barholy, who readfor 26,985 minutes.

Prizes were contributed by Pizza Hut.


Some people never grow up! (And more power to them.)

At the fifthannual Paper Airplane Contest at Anne Arundel Community College two weeks ago, eight adults took home ribbons.

But the Top Gun awards went to the kids. The prize for contestants under 12 went to Folger McKinsey Elementary student John Tooles; the over-12 trophy was won byHirsh Nanda, who attends Severn River Junior High.

Tooles narrowly upset two-time winner David Hughes, of Magothy River Middle, by winning firsts for aesthetics and smallest airplane. Hughes was second in distance, third in time aloft (5.46 seconds), second in largest airplane and fourth in smallest plane.

Nada edged out his older brother, Vikas, in the older age group.

The Anne Arundel chapter of JETS and the AACC Engineering and Technologies department sponsored the contest. Individual builders could enter only one plane per category.Paper, tape, glue and two standard-size paper clips could be used. Paint, crayon or colored pencils provided decoration.

Other Category I (under 12) winners were Laura Gison, Daniel Luxenburg, Nate Sobolff and Aaron Stewart.

Other Category II (over 12) winners were Warren Bowen and Bill Shank.

For information on next year's contest or other JETS activities, call 541-2433.


The annual Fourth of July Parade is less than a month away.

Sponsored by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, this year's theme is "It's a Grand Old Flag."

Hoping to make this the biggest parade ever, the chamber is looking for community entries, floats, walking units, antique cars, scout troops, bands and children's entries: decorated bikes, walking units and floats.

The chamber is interested in honoring any local hero who served in Desert Storm. If you know of someone, please call 987-6625.

Jean Zemo, manager of Teetertotter, is in charge of the festival at Park Plaza, which follows the parade. Contact her at 647-1094.

For parade information, call 647-6625.


Nothing caps off a perfect summer day like an evening under the stars enjoying aperformance at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre.

But what's even better is that you will be able to watch some talented Severna Park kids in action in the fourth-annual production of "Talent Machine."

Todd Brusnighan, Danielle DeVito (you'll remember that name from her swimming successes as a member of the YMCA Swim Team), Laurie Frank, Bradley Soroka and Heather Soroka are all appearing in this show for the entire family.

"Talent Machine," by Annapolitans Stephen Evans and Michael Gilles, features 7- to 14-year-olds. Director and choreographer Bobbi Smith serves up some lively songs and production numbers in telling the story of a group of young people who find talents they didn't know they had.

Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 25 through July 17. at the CompromiseStreet theater.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children 12 andunder.

Reservations are strongly suggested. Call the box office at 268-0809 between 7 and 9 p.m. or leave a message.


Have yourchildren caught the love-of-history bug by living so close to our state's historic capital, Annapolis?

If so, you'll want to enroll them in the Living History day camp at London Town Publik House and Gardens in Edgewater, for youngsters in grades 3 through 6.

Operated by the county Recreation and Parks Department, six one-week sessions are offered from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. daily, June 24-Aug. 2.

Children will experience the tasks of the 18th century: wool carding, candle dipping, soap making and spinning and weaving. They also will bake yeast bread, prepare a hearth-cooked meal, see demonstrations of

lighting devices, learn about herbs and enjoy a guided tour of the historic London Town property.

For further information, call 222-1919.


We don't have to travel all the way to Virginia's Wolf Trapfor an evening of music under the stars.

We just have to drive over to Downs Park in Pasadena to enjoy a 7 p.m. sunset concert by Bay Winds on Sunday, June 23. And this one is free, though there is a charge for parking.

The performance, under the direction of Rinaldo Massimino, will feature classical, martial and popular music.

Lawn chairs and a picnic supper will make the evening complete.

For further information, call 987-5488.

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