Trailblazers stop and shop at Severna Park boutiques

NEIGHBORS

September 22, 1994|By JONI GUHNE

Judging from the activity in and around Old B & A Boulevard and McKinsey Road, business is alive and well in Olde Severna Park.

Why? Because of a 14-foot-wide artery through which flows a steady stream of potential customers, the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail Park.

Folks leave the trail at McKinsey Road to browse in the newly-opened Memory Post Antiques Boutique where Lynn Harrison-Wisniewski and five associates have joined long-established Antiques Marketplace and Antiques in the Park on the boulevard.

Customers interested in recycling classic clothes for women and children shop at Bears Repeating, Mary's Consignments and the expanded 2nd Thoughts Antiques and Ambiance, where new owner Lois Banscher has taken over for long-time Park businesswoman Diane Martin-Gaillet.

De rigueur for a day in the park is brunch at Garry's Grill, followed by calorie burning of varying degrees. (Serious trail exercisers stop by Peddle Pushers to rent bikes and roller blades.)

When feet wear out, shoppers drive to the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society's Browse and Buy Shoppe at Jones Station Road or the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop in the DiDonato Shopping Center on Ritchie Highway.

The day's final destinations? That's an easy one -- Baskin-Robbins for a cone or a quart and Doug Deihl's outdoor market for an armful of melons and Silver Queen corn.

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Pat Troy, a well-known community activist, has been chosen by County Executive Robert R. Neall to head the new Advisory Task Force on Cancer Control, a countywide committee created to investigate this area's alarmingly high cancer rate.

The former president of the Greater Severna Park Council will be joined by cancer experts, including Dr. Katherine Farrell, county deputy health officer.

The committee's goal is to find explanations for the county's high death rate from cancer, as well as improving the health department's delivery of service.

Spurred to action by her mother's illness and death from lung cancer, Troy anticipates that the committee's findings will be followed-up by a professional research firm.

* A countywide town meeting to involve more residents in improved cancer control has been called by the American Cancer Society from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Magic Dish restaurant on Ritchie Highway.

After light refreshments, the group will hear from Dr. Courtney Palmer, past chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society, Maryland Division; Dr. Robert Graw, children's oncologist and pediatric hematologist; cancer survivor Sue Jaeger; and Dr. Farrell. Questions will be answered.

There is no cost for the meeting, but donations will be accepted. Deadline for reservations is tomorrow.

Information: 721-4304. Reach the restaurant by calling 647-1100.

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Another organization that regularly saves county lives and property is having its annual open house.

The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company will conduct Public Safety Day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2, rain or shine.

In addition to appearances by McGruff the crime dog, Sparky the fire dog and 50-year-old Smokey Bear, visitors will see firefighting demonstrations, automobile and paramedic rescues, K-9 search dogs, the Maryland State Police MedEvac helicopter, the county fire marshal and police crime prevention units, and presentations by the state Department of Environment and the state Forestry Service.

Information: 647-3119.

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Lucky for us, the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association has extended its membership drive.

This long-established, nonprofit series, a bargain at $30 for adults and $10 for students, presents five shows at Severna Park High School during the year. "An Evening of Porter and Berlin" begins the season on Oct. 24.

For information, contact Shirley Young, 544-2416.

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