World War I vet joins another for holiday parade

May 13, 1994

A second World War I veteran -- a 97-year-old Navy man -- will serve as an additional grand marshal of the Glen Burnie Memorial Day Parade.

James Martin Rice, who enlisted in the Navy at age 21, will share the May 22 honor with Alfredo Angelo Appetito, 96, an Army veteran, parade chairman Joseph Corcoran said yesterday.

Mr. Corcoran, who had been seeking an elderly veteran to lead the parade, already knew of Mr. Appetito, and named him grand marshal in March. Mr. Rice, who lives in Severna Park, was brought to his attention last month, he said.

Mr. Rice was born in South Baltimore in 1897. In the early 1900s, he started spending summers with relatives who lived in a log cabin on Cattail Creek. In 1918, he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a seaman second class on the battleship USS Florida and spent time in the British West Indies and Cuba. He was given an honorable discharge after 2 1/2 years, according to information his family gave Mr. Corcoran. He did not marry.

He had learned glass-blowing and worked as a carpenter and kept working until he was 72.

He is an honorary life member of American Legion Post No. 175 in Severna Park and is also a member of the Glen Burnie Elks Lodge No. 2266.

Construction to divert traffic from Route 100

Motorists who use the interchange at southbound Interstate 97 and eastbound Route 100 will have to use alternate exits for the next three days, the State Highway Administration reports.

Construction will close the eastbound Route 100 ramp after the evening rush hour today. Motorists are advised to use Route 10 or Route 174 as alternate routes.

Double lane closures are expected during construction, and flag people and signs will be posted to help motorists.

When construction concludes before the evening rush hour Monday, the eastbound Route 100 ramp will be a left-exit ramp.

POLICE LOG

* Glen Gardens: Someone used a BB gun to shoot out the window of a truck parked in the 400 block of New Jersey Ave. N.E. between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

* Glen Burnie: Someone smashed open the driver's side window of a car parked in the 200 block of Kent Road Wednesday morning, causing $85 worth of damage.

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