Police and firefighters. They're in our community every day protecting our lives, our homes and our safety. The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce yesterday honored three of these public servants -- Officer Samuel Sweet, Firefighter II Mark Heiss and volunteer Firefighter Richard Briggs -- for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in our county.
A six-year veteran of the county police force, Officer Sweet is a patrol officer in the Brooklyn Park area. In the past year, his work within the community has resulted in the capture of numerous offenders, including two of the county's most wanted fugitives.
Last July, Sweet heard a rumor that several teen-agers repeatedly were robbing, assaulting and terrorizing an elderly woman in the community. Living alone with no family close by, the woman had been warned by the boys not to contact the police. Through his contacts within the community, Sweet identified, tracked down and arrested the boys.
Heiss was commended for saving several trapped victims at a fire at the Rainbow View Apartments. Fighting heavy smoke, Heiss and his fellow firefighters from Glen Burnie Station 33 removed the five residents from the upper floors to safety.
A water rescue call to the Riviera Beach Fire Company in September 1992 ended with volunteer firefighter Briggs saving a man from drowning. Six people, including several minors, were in the water outside Fort Smallwood Park after a boating accident. When fire and rescue boats arrived, they discovered that one man had separated from the group. They found him floating alone in the choppy waters, too weak to hold onto the overturned boat. Briggs jumped into the water to save him.
Harlow Fullwood Jr., president of Fullwood Foods, presented the awards. He served 23 years on the Baltimore Police Department and was The Evening Sun's Policeman of the Year for 1979.
The mens' names will be engraved on a plaque displayed at the
fire and police district buildings.
More than 100 artisans will offer their crafts for sale when Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School presents CRAFToberfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The school is at 120 Dorsey Road.
The fair will showcase a variety of gift ideas and home and holiday decorations.
"We have someone who is making goat's milk soap, several people who make furniture and a woman who makes flags with both Halloween and Christmas designs," fair Chairwoman Sandy Costa said. "We also are expecting someone who makes doll clothes for Barbie and American Dolls."
Country music dance fans might want to two-step on over to a booth selling western wear t-shirts and boot bracelets. Other crafts will include jewelry, decorative wood shelves and furniture.
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Handcrafted Christmas and seasonal decorations will be the highlight of an indoor-outdoor craft fair sponsored by VFW Post 160 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the post home, 2597 Dorsey Road.
In addition to crafts, home-baked cakes, cookies and desserts will be sold. The gentlemen of Post 160 will serve an affordable luncheon menu.
:. For additional information, call 437-1099.
The Glen Burnie Park Civic Association is having a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Rec Area I, Everett and Baylor avenues.
While mom and dad are busy bargain hunting, kids can paint a pumpkin or make a scarecrow with the free hay provided by the GBPCA. Old clothes for the scarecrow must be brought from home.
Several spaces are still available for vendors to rent. The cost is $5 for association members and $10 for non-members.
To reserve a space, call 768-2937.
The Rotary Club of Glen Burnie will host its 32nd annual Lobster Feast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kurtz's Pleasure Beach in Pasadena.
The proceeds from this feast will be used to support the club's scholarship fund. Every year, four local students are given $1,000 scholarships to help finance their college education.
Tickets are $29 each. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted free.
The menu includes two lobsters, fried clams, barbecue, hot dogs, a salad bar, beer and soft drinks. A cash bar will be open throughout the afternoon.
Several opportunities to test your luck will be available, including video horse racing, a big-six wheel, plant wheel, whiskey wheel and a raffle for a new television.
For tickets or further information, call Ed Degrange at 766-7200 or Carl Hein III at 787-1370.
The Glen Burnie chapter of Parents Without Partners is holding a Halloween Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the Ferndale Community Center on 5th Ave. The community is welcome to attend.
Tickets are $9 and include beer and setups, snacks and all the music you can dance to for four hours.
An orientation meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 27 to acquaint prospective members with all that PWP has to offer single, divorced or widowed parents.
For information on the dance or orientation, call Tom Bitzer at 437-4636 or Joyce Weisner at 969-2169.