Hundreds of volunteer hours, funds lead to new grade school playground

June 08, 2000

A new playground at Severna Park's Folger McKinsey Elementary School - the result of more than 1,800 volunteer hours and about $60,000 in donations - will be dedicated in a celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

School pupils helped in the fund raising with a "Penny Drive" that brought in $900.

Area civic groups, businesses, neighbors, families and school staff also made donations to furnish the playground with modern equipment that will facilitate physical development and imaginative play.

The opening festivities will include a donated performance of "Kids Education Rock," by Jim Hossick.

Boy Scout Troop 994 will present the flag, and Folger McKinsey band students will play the national anthem.

The area's County Council representative, Republican Cathleen Vitale, and Folger McKinsey Principal Charlene Pryseski will give opening remarks.

The faculty will serve refreshments and Severna Park Middle School Girl Scouts will offer face painting.

Roadwork begins Sunday at community college

Students may have to use different entrances to the Anne Arundel Community College campus while work on interior roads is under way Sunday through June 20, the college announced.

The Route 2 entrance at West Campus Drive will be closed Sunday and June 16. The main entrance off College Parkway to Ring Road will be closed Wednesday and next Thursday.

The east college entrance off College Parkway near Isaac Cox House and the Barn will be closed June 20.

The schedule could change if inclement weather delays the roadwork. Information: 410-647-7100.

Severna Park photographs sought for chamber contest

The Greater Severna Park Chamber is sponsoring an amateur print photography contest, with a deadline of June 15 for submission of black-and-white and color entries.

Photos must be 5-by-7 inches or larger, and mounted - and they must have been taken in greater Severna Park within the past 24 months.

Entries must be submitted to the chamber office at 1 Holly Ave.

Winners will be announced at Festival at Park Plaza immediately following the Severna Park Fourth of July Parade, with prizes for first, second and third place in two categories: children up to age 12, and Open Class for those 12 and older.

Information: 410-647-3900.

Organizers still aim to get lacrosse event in Guinness

Organizers say 180 players have registered for Saturday's Kevin E. Reichardt Foundation lacrosse fund-raiser, and they hope to recruit more for an attempt at a record for most participants in a giant, daylong game.

Dubbed "All Lacrosse the Ages," the event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

Players will be grouped by age and gender for scheduled times on adjoining fields, with the youngest, players 6 to 8, in the morning, and the oldest, ages 21 and older, from 6 p.m. to the end of the game.

Registration is $20, which also provides each player with a commemorative T-shirt and bag.

For each additional $10 raised for the Reichardt scholar-athlete fund, participants receive a $1 credit toward merchandise at the on-site Lax World of Annapolis store.

Reichardt, a Riva resident, was killed in a random shooting at the University of North Carolina in 1995.

The foundation established in his name provides several scholar-athlete scholarships annually.

Information: 410-741-0381.

Trail `Friends' offer safe-boating class

The Maryland Basic Boating Safety Course is being offered by Friends of the B&A Trail in July at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department.

The three-part course will provide an overview of the rules and fundamentals of safe boating and familiarize students with required safety equipment.

Maryland's Boating Safety Education Act requires anyone born on or after July 1, 1972, to obtain a certificate of Boating Safety Education before he or she operates a numbered or documented vessel in state waters.

The course will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 17, 21 and 24, in the top-floor meeting room of the fire station on Ritchie Highway. Participants must attend all three days in order to receive certification.

Registration is required and must be made in person at the B&A Trail Park Office on Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park.

Cost is $15. Information: 410-222-6244.

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