Historian honored for work in Eastport

Neighbors

April 05, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MIKE MIRON was honored Thursday at the Chart House Restaurant for his stellar community service since he moved here in 1980.

Miron is an Eastport historian, former president of the Eastport Business Association and former owner of the Eastport Shell Station, in addition to his role as vice premier of the Maritime Republic of Eastport.

More than 100 of Miron's friends and neighbors gathered to offer him a toast. Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson read from an official proclamation: "Your interest in Eastport's history continues to pay dividends for all of us. Now, therefore, we are pleased to bestow upon you this certificate of distinguished citizenship."

Josh Cohen, coordinator of constituent services for Anne Arundel County, read another flattering proclamation from County Executive Janet S. Owens. Others were issued by Shelly Row, president of the Eastport Civic Association, and Andie McCullars, president of the Eastport Business Association.

"I was so surprised," Miron said afterward. "Only in Eastport."

Miron sold the Shell station last winter and will concentrate on research and writing about the history of Eastport boats and boatyards.

Reading incentive

Peggy Andrews, the reading resource teacher at Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, has come up with a creative incentive to read more books. She arranged for kids who read at least six books to go for a boat ride last week aboard the Harbor Queen.

About 170 Eastport pupils took the 40-minute waterside tour of Annapolis Harbor. Lena Sutch, 7, the daughter of Christopher and Carolyn Sutch, was one of them.

"My favorite book was `Miss Rumphius,' " the second-grader said after the cruise. "It's about a lady that told her grandfather that she would do three things to make the world better. She would travel across the world, and she would have a house by the sea, and the third one was she found some more of the flowers that she loved that she had around her house and she planted them all around the world."

Lena's grandfather, Ed Hartman, was on hand to greet the kids. He's owner of Chesapeake Marine Tours and Charters.

With 170 kids reading six books each, that's more than a thousand books read by the Eastport pupils.

Student artists

It seems as if everybody's getting into history these days. Cynthia McBride, owner of McBride Gallery on Main Street in Annapolis, says the Annapolis Gallery Association is looking for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to create pictures of Annapolis as it might have looked 350 years ago.

The artists' work will be on display from May 12 to 27 in one of the association's galleries in Annapolis. It must be submitted to the Cardinal Gallery at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts by May 8.

Everyone who submits work will receive a certificate of participation, and first-place entries in each grade will be awarded a ribbon and $30 gift certificate from Art Things in West Annapolis.

Second- and third-place entries in each grade will be awarded a ribbon.

Additional prizes include the Mayor's Choice Award, plus $50 savings bonds from Farmer's Bank, Annapolis Bank & Trust and Crestar Bank.

Winners in each category will have their work displayed in a participating gallery.

Artists can obtain an entry form for the sixth annual Picture Annapolis exhibit from Annapolis Gallery Association members. Information: Cynthia McBride, 410-267-7077.

Pub Date: 4/05/99

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