Jim Sartwell of OdentonVolunteer work: A member of the B&A...

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

February 27, 1994|By Kevin Harrison

Jim Sartwell of Odenton

Volunteer work: A member of the B&A Trail Blazers for more than two and a half years, Mr. Sartwell helps the park rangers patrol the Baltimore and Annapolis Bike Trail, carrying first aid and repair kits to assist bikers and hikers.

About the organization: The Trail Blazers is an all-volunteer group, sponsored in part by North Arundel Hospital and Marley Station mall and formed with the help of Ranger Bruce Miller.

In addition to patrolling, the 25-member group carries out beautification projects and fund-raisers to purchase items for the trail. It also participated in a safety fair in Glen Burnie.

Volunteer's comments: "I enjoy talking to people and being around people. I like to find out why people are on the trail. I ride the trail and volunteer as much as I can, helping the rangers. I do close to 1,000 miles in the course of a year."

The volunteers, he said, keep an eye on the competition. "Sometimes we'll see something on other trails that would be a good idea for the B&A, then we try to duplicate it."

"We're changing our name to the Anne Arundel Trail Blazers, since we're going to be patrolling the new BWI trail as well. As the county adds to it, we hope to expand."

About the volunteer: An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Sartwell has lived in Odenton for more than seven years and works at Hawkins Electric Service in Beltsville.

Mr. Sartwell also belongs to the C&O Canal Association, which helps maintain the C&O Canal Trail. He has participated in the CAM-Tour (Cycling Across Maryland) twice and plans to go again this summer.

About the program: For more information, call 222-6244.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, 21122.

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