Jason Benedict's 3-month effort makes walk to park more pleasant


A walk to a neighboring park is more beautiful and safer for visitors to the Pascal Senior Center thanks to the efforts of Jason Benedict.

Jason, who coordinated the efforts of Boy Scout Troop 672 from Severn, put in more than three months of planning and preparation, building a bridge and walkway between the center and nearby Sawmill Park for his Eagle project.

Ed Thomas, chairman of the center's advisory board, praised Jason's efforts.

"He's done a great job laying out the design, clearing the area and then working with three different county departments to get this finished," he said.

Jason, 16, has been active in the Boy Scouts since he was in second grade. The landscaping project will help him win his Eagle badge next fall.

The bridge was dedicated last month with a plaque in memory of center members who have passed away.


"Solve Mysteries -- Read" is the theme of this year's summer reading program at North County Library. Fun, mysteries and adventure await your child as the library kicks off the program at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on June 21.

Children entering kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to register for the free seven-week program. Participants will get a starter kit that includes a detective badge, an activity sheet and a logbook to keep track of books they read. Each child who registers will get a free pass to the Baltimore Zoo, while supplies last.

Readers earn coupons for treats from Wendy's, Friendly's, 7-Eleven and McDonald's. Children also can win free passes to Adventure World, the Anne Arundel County Fair, the Babe Ruth Museum, the Chesapeake Children's Museum, the State Fair, the Arundel Olympic Swim Center, the Renaissance Festival and the Apex Cinemas.

The summer reading program includes:

July 12 -- 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Chemistry With Fizz, Foam and Flash presented by the Maryland Science Center.

July 20 -- 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Stories and Songs with Greg Cooney.

July 25 -- 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Jamal Koram, the Storyman shares stories and song of ancient and modern Africa.

August 1 -- 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Michael the Magician and his new comedy magic tricks.

E9 For information on the summer program, call 222-6270.

Runners, take your marks for the the Father's Day and Baltimore-Annapolis Trail 10K race, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday at North Arundel Hospital.

The 6.2 mile course begins at the hospital, picks up the B & A trail to Harundale Mall, then returns to the hospital for the finish.

The first five men and women in the open category and the first place finishers in each age group will win a crystal train. Additional prizes will be presented to second and third place finishers. The age groups are: 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 and older.

Participants can register by mail for $5. You can also register beginning at 6:30 a.m. on race day for $8.

The race is sponsored by the Annapolis Striders and North Arundel Hospital. Proceeds will benefit the hospital's Oncology center.

Sunday's race will be run in memory of Pat O'Brien, a nurse and educator at the hospital. Mr. O'Brien, an avid runner who was an active volunteer with the Annapolis Striders, died in 1992.

I= For information call the 24-hour race hot line, 268-1165.


Celebrate the end of school at a pool party from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Country Club Estates Recreation Association on Paul Marr Drive. Students ages 10 to 14 are welcome.

Admission is $5 and includes a hot dog, soft drink and a bag of chips. Additional refreshments will be sold.

=1 For information, call Sue Martin at 761-0317.


Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will be the guest of honor at a meeting of the District 32 Democratic Club at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Sulin's Farm, 85 Burns Crossing Road in Severn.

A cookout dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The dinner and meeting are open to anyone interested in joining the club.

For information, call 969-9325 or 850-0470.


Harundale Presbyterian Church will be host to a vacation Bible school program from Monday to June 23. Classes for children ages 3 through grade 6 will meet daily from 9 a.m. until noon.

Registration is $5 per family.

For information, call Bill Champagne at 987-9303.


Members of the Glen Burnie Chapter of Another Baltimore Computer Users Group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the North County library, 1010 Eastway.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in the C64, Amiga, MS-DOS, Windows or MacIntosh computer.

For information, call Pat Anthony at 760-2047.

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