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Knights' track meet aims to foster sportsmanship


SPRING, for a Glen Burnie Catholic service organization, is synonymous with a single event. On Saturday, Father McGivney Knights of Columbus Council 7025 will carry on that tradition in sponsoring its 22nd annual youth track-and-field meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Mill High School stadium.

"One of the major goals of the Knights of Columbus is to work with the youth of our community," said event co-chairman Jeff Kubik. "This track-and-field meet is set up to instill a sense of teamwork and competitive spirit amongst the competing schools. However, the kids take a pledge at the beginning of the meet that they will first and foremost demonstrate good sportsmanship toward their fellow athletes."

When the event was begun more than two decades ago, six schools participated. This year's meet will feature students from a dozen Catholic schools - from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Charles and Howard counties. The Arundel schools are Arthur Slade Regional School in Glen Burnie and St. John the Evangelist School in Severna Park.

Each school can select up to 52 athletes, ages 11-14. First- , second- and third-place prizes in both team and individual standings are awarded.

A variety of events will be staged. Races will include relays of 440 yards and one mile, and a one-mile cross-country run. Other events will be a high jump, long jump, shot put, football throw and soccer kick.

"We see this as a positive environment that challenges the kids to achieve their fullest potential while still exercising respect for each other," Kubik said. "The responses from the coaches and parents have been very positive."

Paul Tolle is the other co-chairman for the event.

In addition to members of the Knights council, volunteers include students from Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn and members of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Church in Pasadena.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free. Refreshments will be sold by the Father McGivney's Ladies Guild.

Information: Kubik at 410-519-4904 or Tolle at 410-360-1334.

Retirees meeting

Ever wonder about what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurant?

Charles Stinchcomb, a county Health Department sanitarian in housing and food protection, will provide details on restaurant inspections as speaker at Tuesday's meeting of Glen Burnie's chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, at 1 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church hall.

It's not a luncheon meeting, but there will be one next month, and tickets for it will be on sale.

The chapter will also elect officers for the 2001-2002 year.

Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests are invited.

The church hall is at 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie. Information: Stan Jacobs at 410-969-5980.

Rummage sale

The Women's Association of Harundale Presbyterian Church will sponsor a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Shoppers will find a variety of "gently used" merchandise, including furniture and household items, at bargain prices. Baked goods and a light lunch will also be available.

Proceeds benefit local and global missions work.

The church is adjacent to the North County Area Library.

Information: 410-766-4338

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