Annapolis * Edgewater

SOUTH COUNTY *

October 01, 1992

Naval Academy seeks money for visitors center

The Naval Academy is seeking $5.3 million from the federal government to replace its cramped, outdated reception area with a shipshape visitors center.

Academy officials also have requested $7.6 million in the fiscal 1994 defense bill now before Congress to redesign and renovate its physical therapy and weight-training facilities.

Superintendent Rear Adm. Thomas C. Lynch briefed the Naval Academy Board of Visitors on the proposed projects Monday.

The academy wants to build a modern visitors center with a theater, displays and souvenir shop next to Halsey Field House, near the main gates. Tourists now have to walk several blocks to reach the visitors area, a small section in Ricketts Hall.

"We certainly want to put our best foot forward," said academy spokesman Cmdr. Mike John, who described the existing visitors center as "woefully inadequate."

More than 2 million visitors tour the Naval Academy each year. Most simply walk through the main gates off King George Street and take a self-guided tour, he said.

POLICE BEAT

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Man charged with theft of USDA computer gear

A Prince George's County man was charged with breaking into the USDA Soil Conservation Center in Annapolis on Tuesday.

Lawrence Mark Fearon, 26, of the 10000 block of Philmont Lane in Bowie, also was charged with felony theft.

Investigators said they were called to the center at 5 a.m. and caught a man putting computer equipment in his car. When police found the man, he already had packed $70,000 of equipment.

Woman thwarts robber with kick to groin

An Arnold woman thwarted a robbery in the parking lot of Annapolis Mall on Monday when she kicked a man between the legs and he ran, county police reported.

Kathleen McKernan, 25, of the 100 block of Dividing Court, told police she was getting into her car at 9:20 p.m. when a man walked up and tried to grab her shopping bags. She kicked him between the legs, got into her car and drove home to call police.

She described her attacker as a white man in his late 20s with shoulder-length brown hair, 5 feet 10 inches tall and wearing a white shirt and white jeans.

He was with another man described as black, in his late 20s, with a medium build and wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans.

AROUND TOWN

Mayor Hopkins returns to work after surgery

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins returned to work yesterday and walked down Main Street to the City Dock, one month after undergoing triple bypass heart surgery.

The 67-year-old mayor is recuperating well and will ease himself back into a full-time schedule over the next three weeks, said Tom Roskelly, the city's director of public information and tourism.

Mr. Hopkins underwent the operation Sept. 1 after a fainting spell led doctors to discover he had a blocked coronary artery. Alderman John Hammond, R-Ward 1, has served as acting mayor.

The mayor, who has been active in sports throughout his life and enjoys walking around the city, has been encouraged by his surgeon to "become even more active," Mr. Roskelly said.

Salvation Army bazaar set for Saturday

The Annapolis Salvation Army's Fall Family Bazaar is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the organization's Corps Community Center, 351 Hilltop Lane.

Special events include a noon auction, featuring such items as a 1977 240 diesel Mercedes, Oriental rugs and a yacht cruise. There is music too, including the Salvation Army Arlington Songsters and Brass Ensemble, the Sally Students string band, German vocalist Haidi Zech and the Polka Kids.

Organizers hope the bazaar becomes an annual event. Admission is $1. Children under 16 are free. Information: 263-4091.

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