The news is out. . . . The skies over Downs Park will be dark this July 4th for the first time in 11 years.
While the costly daylong party has succumbed to a lean county budget, park employees and volunteers have planned activities to entice families to spend an enjoyable Fourth at Downs Park.
The park will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk July 4th. The regular $4 daily parking fee for county residents ($6 for nonresidents) will be charged.
Picnic areas and sports facilities, scattered throughout the park, will be available on a first-come basis.
Special events will include: a sand castle building contest on the beach from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and face painting by the bay from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. near the Information Center.
Members of the Downs Park Quilters Guild will sell raffle tickets on their latest creation, "Sailing the Chesapeake," for $1. The multi-colored, queen-size quilt features a tall ship design. The drawing will be held at 8 p.m.
Music won't be eliminated from this year's celebration, either. The country and Western sounds of Coyote will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bayside Amphitheatre
For everyone's safety and enjoyment, please don't bring fireworks, sparklers, pets or alcoholic beverages.
4( For more information, call 222-6230.
Don't forget to pack your camera if you plan to attend the park's July Fourth celebration. Who knows, maybe you'll take the winning snapshot in the county Department of Recreation and Parks' 1993 photography contest.
Amateur photos must be taken at Downs Park, the Arundel Swim Center, the B&A; Trail, the Eisenhower Golf Course, Joe Cannon Stadium, Jug Bay Wetlands, Lake Waterford, Londontown Publik House and Gardens or Quiet Waters Park. Contest categories include people, nature, scenic, events and patterns.
Entries will be accepted until July 15.
Contest brochures listing rules and entry details are available at recreation and parks facilities, or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Downs Park, c/o Photography
Contest, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena 21122.
Join in a patriotic event in Pasadena at 11 a.m. Sunday at the unveiling of the new war memorial on Mountain Road at Route 100.
Sam Kemp, a Brooklyn Park florist and World War II veteran, will be joined by county officials for the dedication of the memorial he donated to the county.
The monument will feature a 70-foot flag pole flying a 600-square-foot flag and an engraved stone.
Spotlights will illuminate the flag at night.
This memorial is the third that Kemp has built -- at an average cost of $15,000 each -- and donated to the county.*
A dance to benefit the Anne Arundel Food Bank, sponsored by employees of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., is planned from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 24 at the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company hall on Solley Road.
Tickets are $7.50 each and include beer, setups and a disc jockey.
The Anne Arundel Food Bank is a one-man collection center operated by Bruce Michalec. The bank distributes food, through Operation Food Sharing, to 50 county church and nonprofit pantries serving 30,000 people, explained event organizer Barbara Weeks.
"All money raised at the dance will be used to purchase food items for Anne Arundel Food Bank," she said.
To order tickets, contact Weeks, 787-5354 (days) or 255-2080 (evenings), or Barbara Shortridge, 787-3704 (days) or 437-3704 (evenings).
Lady Luck is guaranteed a seat on next month's Atlantic City trip to the Sands Casino sponsored by the Rockview Beach Improvement Association.
The bus will leave the association hall on Edna Road at 7:45 a.m. Aug. 19 and return at 8:45 p.m. Tickets are $14 per person with a $5 coin rebate.
Seating is limited.
@4 To reserve your spot, call Sue Pearce, 255-1105.
The Northeast High School PTSA has scheduled a presidential run-off election at 7 p.m. July 25 in the school media center.
Voting is limited to PTSA members.
C7 For more details, call Carlene Heilman at 437-5400.
Scouts, parents, local schools, businesses and community leaders received awards at the Cub Scout Pack 478 Bridge Crossing and last Awards Ceremony in May.
Webelos Paul Enstrasser, Chris Michael and Jason Ellison became Boy Scouts.
These boys advanced to Cub Scouts: Nicholas Courtney, Ryan Delayo, Andrew Fowler, Tom Hauf, Kenny Johnston, Jonathan Schmidt, C.J. Twombley, Brock Dulko and Nick Sarchiapone.
Parents and other adults who served the pack throughout the year were presented certificates. Those adults are Al Hupka, Carol Leisner, Andy Mosier, Debbie McKenzie, George Michael, Devin Massey, Charlotte Poole, Sandy Massey, Susan Hupka, Julie Bender, Anita Krakowski, Diane Harkum, Sandy Twombley, Don Trigger and Beverly and Walter Kinder.
These Cub awards were presented: Adam Cole, Jessie Harkum, Ryan Schmidt, Scott Holub and Devin Veal, one-year pins; Ryan Drager, Kevin Lesniewski and Joshua Trigger, two- year pins; Steven Bender, wolf silver arrow and soccer sports and one-year pins; Danny Crunk, bear badge and fishing sports and two-year pins; Kenny Crunk, wolf badge and baseball sports, fishing sports and one-year pins; William Crunk, baseball sports, fishing sports and three-year pins; Brian Massey, bear silver arrow and fishing sports and three-year pins; Adam Owens, skating sports and two-year pins; and Danny Stickles, wolf badge and baseball sports, soccer sports and one-year pins.
Webelos awards were presented to James Hart, Webelos badge, fitness, handyman, compass point and two-year pin; David Johnson, Webelos badge, fitness, artist, forester, naturalist, compass patch and one-year pin; Justin Leisner, Webelos badge, fitness, family member, compass patch, fishing sports pin and three-year pin; David Fields, Jeremy Halley, Matt McKenzie, Jason Murphy, Leo Hylan, Jay Pulsifer, three-year pins; Brian Meola, scientist, geologist and one-year pin; Ryan Poole, sportsman, artist, communicator, outdoorsman, compass patch and three-year pin; Ben Mosier, scholar, traveler and three-year pin; Kevin Hupka, traveler, family member, compass point and three-year pin; Paul Enstrasser, artist, scholar, communicator, geologist, compass point and three-year pin; Chris Michael, four-year pin; and Jason Ellison, arrow of light and four-year pin.
Receiving appreciation certificates for supporting the pack were Lauer's Super Thrift, Ben Franklin's, Mars Supermarket, Jamesway, Safeway, Roy Rogers, Mannie Trophy Shop, Hobby World, Pepsi Cola, Northeast High School, Sunset Elementary School and Community United Methodist Church.