Old-time Fourth is in the works Crofton gets ready for a grand old Independence Day celebration


Crofton, what did you do this weekend? Whatever your activity, I hope you had fun. The weather was great.

Let's hope this weekend is just as nice. We don't want any rain on our Fourth of July celebration at Crofton Elementary School on Duke of Kent Drive.

The day begins at noon with the opening ceremonies, during which the winner of the Crofton Citizen of the Year award will be announced. Melodie Smith will sing "America the Beautiful."

The midway will open at 2:30 p.m. with food and kiddie games to keep all of us happy. On stage, you'll find performances by local bands, dance groups and members of the popular Arundel Volunteer Fire Company, who will demonstrate rescue techniques.

The celebration concludes at 4 p.m., so get there early and spend the day. Enjoy an old-fashioned Independence Day. I'll see you there.

* The Crofton Athletic Council is looking for volunteers to run the food stands and kiddie games at the midway. If you can give an hour for an organization that gives so much to your kids, please call Sue Haller at 721-4734.


The Mid-Anne Arundel unit of the American Cancer Society is holding a Swim-A-Thon at the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20. Swimmers of all ages are encouraged to participate and donate time to a good cause. Volunteer swimmers are pledged money for every completed lap. Proceeds will benefit the ACS.

Swimmers, lap counters and sponsors are needed. Participants and volunteers do not have to be club members. Event chairwoman Joyce Maloney is looking for community support. Call 721-1189 for more information.


Representatives from the six neighborhood election districts will meet to devise a plan to re-divide the community into five neighborhood districts, as required by the new bylaws.

Committee chairwoman Kathy Puhak, the District 3 representative, must have all recommendations by the Aug. 10 board meeting. The recently passed bylaws call for a decision within 90 days (Aug. 16).

Other neighborhood representatives are Arlo "Pete" Peterson, District 1; Cathy Trebelhorn, District 2; Dennis Stackhouse, District 4; Mary Freeley, District 5; and Ed Ganning, District 6.

* The Crofton Athletic Council is looking for people to become members of its board of directors. The board seats will become vacant in September; elections are planned for the Sept. 8 general membership meeting.

People are needed to fill a one-year term and four three-year terms. A secretary -- one-year term -- also is needed. The secretary puts out the newsletter and is a member the board can't live without. If you're interested, call CAC President Rick Silverman, at 858-1583.


The Greater Crofton Council is beginning work this summer on a small area plan for the greater Crofton area. The group has been researching the status of roads, highways and developments and will also consider planned sewer and school growth.

Board members are interested in hearing opinions and concerns from residents about what they want and don't want in the area. Call your homeowners association or your GCC representative.


The Bowie-Crofton Garden Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bowie City Hall, on Ken Hill Drive. Harold Moline, a plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will discuss "Viruses: The Invisible Garden Pests."

Visitors are welcome to attend the monthly meetings, held the last Tuesday of each month. A plant exchange and door prizes follow each meeting. For information, call Art Auer, 262-4517.


Now is the time to save those things stored in your attic or garage. The Crofton Kiwanis Club will hold its annual garage/yard sale Sept. 19. The rain date is Sept. 26. Proceeds will be used for community programs.

Donations are needed, although club members will not accept tires, clothing, heavy furniture and textbooks. For more information, call Pat Wilson at 261-0364.


The Bowie-Crofton Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Redeemer, 7300 Race Track Road in Bowie. A contractor who specializes in accessible housing will be the guest speaker. Meetings are open to the public. For information, call 793-3896 or 721-1537.


Crofton, this column is for you. Give me call if there's something you'd like me write about. If you give me a hand, I can give you the coverage you need.

Have a great week and a safe and fun Fourth of July.

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