Olympic flame greeted warmly in Severna Park


June 27, 1996|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A HARDY CREW of Greater Severna Park residents braved the humidity last Thursday morning to greet the Olympic flame as it traveled along Ritchie Highway on its 15,000-mile trip to Atlanta for the July 19 kickoff of the 1996 Summer Games.

Keith Hicks carried the torch proudly as he climbed the long incline toward the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company and on to Severna Park.

The Olympic entourage included sponsor vehicles, Maryland state and county police, and featured a lone Georgia state trooper whose job was obviously to get the flame to Atlanta still burning brightly.

The appearance of the Olympic flame was an appropriate prelude to the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce's Fourth of July Parade.

This year's grand marshal is retired Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, a 1935 graduate of the Naval Academy and one of the country's most decorated naval officers.

Fluckey is the author of "Thunder Below," an account of the most successful U.S. submarine during World War II. He will meet the public and sign his book at the family festival in Park Plaza after the parade.

On the morning of the Fourth, marchers and floats will line up at St. Martins-in-the-Field Episcopal Church and Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road.

Meanwhile, registration for the decorated bike contest sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Civic Association will take place from 9: 15 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Winkelmeyer Building on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

Marchers will step off at 10 a.m.

The best spots for watching the parade are along Old Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and the entrance to Park Plaza.

Awards for the best floats, communities and individuals will be announced at the festival.

After the parade, go to the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church community center for free swimming in its refurbished pool from 1: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For details on the parade and festival, call 647-3900, and for more on the swim, call 647-5843.

Pub Date: 6/27/96

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