OSAKA, Japan -- Maryland's goodwill ambassador, Pride...


OSAKA, Japan -- Maryland's goodwill ambassador, Pride of Baltimore II, is scheduled to arrive here today, making its first visit to Japan.

The Pride -- the only existing replica of an 1812-era "Baltimore Clipper" topsail schooner -- is touring Asia on its longest voyage, with stops that have included ports in China.

The crew includes Leslie Ann Bridgett, a Charles County teacher who will be visiting schools in Japan during stops here and in Nagoya, Yokohama, Kawasaki and Tokyo. The Pride will turn homeward July 31, calling on ports along the West Coast before an expected arrival in Baltimore in late November.

In a nationally televised broadcast last night, the Walt Disney Co. recognized Roland Park Country School biology teacher David Brock as one of America's best teachers. He was one of 36 teachers in 12 subject categories to be honored.

Brock was recognized as the top teacher in the science category. The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award went to Ray E. Chelewski, a vocational-technical education teacher from Presque Isle, Maine.

The Disney honor was the second national award this year for Brock, 34. He also was named a Tandy Technology Scholar Award winner, one of 100 math, science and computer teachers chosen for their depth of knowledge, ability to communicate what they know, and involvement in school activities related to math and science.

Firefighters hospitalized in cleanup after blaze

Four city firefighters were hospitalized briefly yesterday after being overcome by fumes during a cleanup operation at a house fire in the 3000 block of Pinewood Ave. in Northeast Baltimore.

"The firefighters were in the basement of the home when they were overcome by fumes from household chemicals," said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres, a Fire Department spokesman. "There were apparently some cans of paint and household chemicals that got overturned. It's possible the chemicals may have been mixed together."

An elderly woman escaped uninjured from the house when the blaze broke out about 2 p.m., according to Torres. He said the cause of the fire, which caused about $30,000 in damage, remained under investigation.

Pub Date: 6/21/98

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