Merchant Marine Academy head to speak at Severn School


June 03, 1999|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF YOU think teaching young children is hard, you're right. And the end of the school year is probably the most difficult time for teachers.

Fifty percent of the kids left their concentration at the beach last weekend, and what brain power they have left is focused on after-school swim-team practice and end-of-year recitals.

Thank goodness there were no snow days last winter.

Rear Adm. Joseph D. Stewart, superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, will be returning to his alma mater when he speaks at the commencement ceremonies this Saturday at Severn School.

After graduating from Severn in 1960, Stewart went through the Naval Academy, then spent 34 years in the Marine Corps.

During a military career that took him around the world, he served as an instructor and athletic coach at the academy.

Stewart was appointed superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy in August of 1998, where he oversees a student body of about 920 midshipmen and a campus of more than 80 acres in Kings Point, N.Y.

Goodbye, Rev. Ennis

The Rev. George Ennis and his wife, Susan, will bid the congregation at Severna Park United Methodist Church goodbye at the evening service June 12 and at the morning services June 13. They are taking a new post at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church in Wheaton.

While the congregation at SPUMC wishes Godspeed to its departing pastor, it is anticipating the July 4 arrival of its new senior pastor, the Rev. Jeanne Klauda.

Happy anniversary

Congratulations to the Rev. Robert Hein and his wife, Mildred, of Severna Park, who celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary today.

Three openings

Greater Severna Park is celebrating with ribbon-cutting ceremonies the opening of three businesses.

Barbara Houart is opening the Travel Office at 5: 30 p.m. today at 517 Benfield Road.

Caryle Staley celebrates the grand opening of her new store, The Learning Years, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 90C Ritchie Highway.

Also on Saturday, a celebration at noon will open the expansion of the Moulin De Paris restaurant and bakery by owners Chan and Amyna Tsin in the Benfield Shopping Center.

The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the three events.

Information: 410-647-3900.

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