As we celebrate Independence Day, let's remember the link between our community and the national anthem.
Congressman John Charles Linthicum -- a descendant of Abner Linthicum Sr., for whom Linthicum Heights is named -- introduced a bill to Congress making "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem. Congress passed the bill in 1931.
A plaque posted on Camp Meade Road near Maple Road serves as a reminder of that event.
Last Sunday, the congregation of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church sponsored a retirement dinner party for its pastor, the Rev. Donald Llewellyn. The party's theme was nautical, "Preparing to Come About," a clever reference to Mr. Llewellyn's new direction.
Sailing is one of Mr. Llewellyn's hobbies. He has been director of the Baltimore Washington Conference Camping Sailing Program for the past 17 years.
After dinner, several of the pastor's friends and former parishioners thanked him for his service. Letters were read from Dr. Gerald Weiss, district superintendent of the Baltimore Southwest District of the United Methodist Church, and Bishop Joseph Yeakel, of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, thanking Mr. Llewellyn for his 40 years of service to the ministry.
Mr. Llewellyn is joining his wife, Millie, in retirement. She retired as principal of Westport Elementary School in January.
Beat the heat with a delicious cold snowball from the St. Philip Neri Church snowball stand on the parking lot behind the rectory at Orchard and Marben roads.
Several homemade flavors are available, including chocolate and four diet flavors. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. daily.
Proceeds will benefit the religious education program and the parish school.
The North Linthicum Improvement Association has elected officers for the 1993-94 year. Pam Thompson was elected president; Donna Miller, vice president; Lorraine Griffin, recording secretary; Helen Del Brocco, corresponding secretary; and Terri Clements, treasurer.
Thompson is only the second woman to be elected president of the association, which was founded in 1951. The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Overlook Elementary School.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church news: Church members will help prepare and serve the noon meal at St. Paul's Place Soup Kitchen on Saturday, July 10. Paul's Place is an Episcopal Diocese outreach ministry at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in the Pigtown section of Baltimore.
* St. Christopher's Youth Group will sponsor a carwash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Maryland National Bank at the corner of Crain Highway and Hospital Drive. The cost is $5 for cars, $10 for trucks and vans.
* Vacation Bible School will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from July 12 through July 16. Bible stories, arts and crafts, plays and games will make up the daily program. Preschoolers through sixth-graders are welcome.
For information or registration, call 644-2940.
The Friendship Church of the Brethren will sponsor a Vacation Bible School from 9:30 a.m. to noon, July 12 to July 16.
Registration is planned for 8:45 a.m. July 12.
There will be a $3 registration fee per child.
For additional information, call the church office at 789-2422.
One of the area's top blue-grass groups, Paradise Club, will open this year's Concerts in the Park series. The concert, sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 11 at Linthicum Park on Benton Avenue.
The Paradise Club plays traditional and contemporary songs with intricate harmonies and unique arrangements of popular tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. They perform throughout the East Coast at carnivals, ocean resorts and college campuses. Their New Year's Eve performance at the Annapolis "First Night" celebration received television coverage from WJZ-TV. Their first album will be released this fall.
Take a picnic supper and a lawn chair and enjoy the music. The concert will be canceled if it rains.
For information, please call 789-7546 or 859-3308.