How Annapolis High Got Its New Gym FloorAnyone who...


September 25, 1994

How Annapolis High Got Its New Gym Floor

Anyone who attended an athletic event of Annapolis High School the past few years was aware of the extremely poor condition of the gymnasium floor. It had become a maintenance and safety nightmare. As the 1994-95 school year begins, I am happy to say that the students of our school will be participating in classes and extracurricular activities on a new gym surface.

On behalf of the students and staff of Annapolis High School, I would like to thank the community leaders who initiated this renovation. Motivated by their concern for the safety and welfare of our students, Barry Booth, a parent and alumnus; Del. Mike Busch, and Alderman Carl Snowden provided the impetus for the project. We are very appreciative of their efforts.

I would also like to thank Board of Education officials Ron Beckett, Ed Almos, Randy Cullers and Ken Nichols for their receptiveness and cooperation. Their willingness to work with the community and school expedited the process. The school and community are looking forward to enjoying the physical and aesthetic improvement of our gymnasium.

John Brady


The writer is a teacher and coach at Annapolis High School.

Amber's Bright Future

A few months ago, Amber Coffman, a candidate for Miss Pre-Teen America, came into my office and asked for a donation for her participation in this contest. As the father of two daughters, both college graduates, I was more than happy to oblige because the emphasis of this contest is primarily academic.

Yesterday, Amber came into the shop proudly displaying her sash and pins. I also received from Amber a "thank you" letter.

The public is constantly bombarded with stories of teen-agers who are not involved in positive activities. Amber Coffman is an intelligent, caring young lady who will grow into an adult with these same qualities.

We should applaud Amber and others for their positive contributions to society.

Marvin Keyser

Glen Burnie

Defending Sheriff's Office

Why are you always trying to belittle the hard-working deputies of the sheriff's office of Anne Arundel County? In the last four years, they have arrested 5,000 felons and 2,000 deadbeat parents.

The last two bank robbers caught in this county were apprehended by Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputies. The last county law enforcement officer shot and the last county law enforcement officer killed by a criminal were deputy sheriffs.

Let's show these hard-working men and women a little respect.

. Patrick Ogle


The writer is an undersheriff in the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office.

Annapolis' Fireworks

I was very pleased to see the "Star-Spangled Thank You" ad recognizing those who contributed funds for this year's Fourth of July fireworks display. It is gratifying to know so many people feel so strongly about this traditional celebration.

As I understand, in excess of $40,000 was raised literally within the two weeks immediately preceding the holiday, which ensured that Annapolis, Maryland's capital city, would not go without fireworks this year no matter how tight was the municipal budget.

I felt strongly the city should not cancel this display and led the fight to allocate $20,000 of city funds to make sure we could do something about the previously announced cancellation. Thankfully, my colleagues on the City Council agreed and city funding was made available to stage some sort of pyrotechnics spectacular again this year.

I was fortunate to have two extremely active volunteers who went virtually door to door to raise money for the fireworks. Gaye Meekins and Dr. Paul Elder deserve a great deal of credit for this year's fund-raising success. I would like to thank them publicly for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the citizens and visitors to Annapolis who enjoyed the show.

ayne C. Turner


The writer is an alderman in Ward Six.

Rose Haven Dispute

John Rivera's article in The Sun (Aug. 24), "Primary in 7th District features familiar names," was excellent.

However, I would like to clarify one sentence: "[E. Steuart] Chaney is embroiled in a zoning dispute with the Rose Haven Civic Association, which is opposing his application for a special exception to build three houses on a lot next to his marina that is within the buffer protected by the county's Critical Areas law."

For the record, a group of people have formed a special committee, the Rose Haven/Holland Point Citizens Action Committee, which is raising money to be used for the legal fund to preserve the lots along Walnut Avenue in their natural state. Mr. Chaney is really embroiled in a zoning dispute with these people, not the entire civic association.

Tom Gill

North Beach

Swim Leagues

As a member of Andover Recreation for 15 seasons, I would like to thank you for your coverage of Andover as well as other family, summer pools over the past summer. However, as president of the Central Maryland Swim League, I would like to correct an impression in your Sept. 4 article.

The 42 pools which are mentioned are those that belong to the CMSL with their 4,300 swimmers and these pools participate in our summer swim league. However, there are many other pools in the Baltimore area as well as other swim leagues.

Summer swimming is a great activity for children and swim meets involve the whole family. All facilities which support such activities deserve recognition.

David M. Rave


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