Knights councils to honor 11 for community service


March 24, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KNIGHTS OF Columbus Councils 10966 and 10881, from the greater Pasadena area, have announced 11 winners who will receive plaques at the third annual Community Service Awards bull-and-oyster roast at Kurtz's Beach on Sunday.

"These men and women were nominated by their peers for outstanding service to the community, above and beyond their regular duties," said Len Switala, KC past grand knight. "We are happy to announce this year's honorees."

Those to be honored are:

Timothy Utzig, Eastern District police officer of the year. "He is a three-year veteran and, quite frankly, he is the consummate community police officer," said police Lt. Tom Michalowicz. "He never hesitates to take time with students in school, owners of area businesses and the local citizenry."

David Cox, Armiger Company 30's volunteer firefighter of the year. He was nominated for maintaining a thorough and professional attitude with peers and the public and for helping to save a fellow firefighter during a blaze in December.

Kevin Weigman, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the year from Armiger. "Kevin truly has the best interest of the fire company and the community at heart," said Capt. Michael Lahner of Armiger. "He is the most active of the volunteers at Company 30 and is an extremely proficient care provider."

Assistant Chief Milton J. Mekins Sr., Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company firefighter of the year.

Allen F. Nicholson, Lake Shore's EMT of the year.

James Evans, firefighter of the year from Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Company. "James' performance in his duties is top grade, and he is always ready to do more to help the department," said Chief Walt Snyder.

Jason Shreves, Orchard Beach EMT. "Jason excels in what is asked of him and in the duties he performs; he makes the best of all situations, mainly for the family, friends or others involved in the call," Snyder said.

Capt. Ronald Graf, Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company's firefighter of the year. He was nominated for his more than 35 years of service and his efforts for smoke detectors for the hearing-impaired. He was inducted into the Maryland State Fireman's Association Hall of Fame for his efforts to improve fire service.

Ronald Lippy, EMT of the year from Riviera Beach. As a top responder during his eight years as a member of the company, Lippy has answered more than 2,000 calls. Recently, he was instrumental in reviving an elderly Riviera Beach resident experiencing a near-fatal heart attack.

For the first time, the Knights are including awards for paid personnel from the Jacobsville Fire Station on Mountain Road: Wade Raynor, Jacobsville firefighter of the year. Raynor spearheaded several design projects at the station. "His efforts, on and off duty, saved our department and county thousands of dollars," said Capt. Lawrence Parks.

Jeannie Jerns, Jacobsville EMT of the year. "Jeannie is an excellent, aggressive paramedic, and has a great attitude and sense of teamwork," said Lt. Debbie Schueler.

The awards roast will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Information: 410-255-5941, 410-255-9561, 410-360-4599, or 410-437-4755.

Learn to eat better

Trying to eat foods that are more healthy? Confused about the number of "healthy" products lining grocery store shelves? This weekend, the county Department of Health and Lauer's IGA Supermarket will sponsor "Good Food for Good Health" weekend at the Edwin Raynor Boulevard store.

The promotional weekend will feature tasting samples of healthy recipes and handouts, as well as the opportunity to ask a registered dietitian questions.

Nutrition booths will be staffed by dietitians from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

Healthy eating kits featuring low-fat recipes, brochures and manufacturer coupons will be available.

The weekend event is part of the Heath Department's Learn to Live cancer prevention program. Consumers can call the Learn to Live hot line to request free information on quitting smoking, healthy eating, women's cancer screenings and keeping young people tobacco-free.

Information: 410-222-7979.

Riviera Beach events

With the arrival of spring, members of the Riviera Beach Community Improvement Association are planning several events.

An Easter party, coordinated by Ruth Ann Thuman, is scheduled at the community park at 3 p.m. April 15. It will include an egg hunt. Rain date is April 16.

RCIA's annual Old Fashioned Family Day will take place at the park June 3, with a flea market starting at 7 a.m. and activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, games, shopping and entertainment will be featured.

New this year will be a scavenger hunt for community children. A list of items to be collected through Father's Day will be published in the group's April newsletter.

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