Academy alumni honor 21 midshipmen for volunteer efforts...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 26, 2001

Academy alumni honor 21 midshipmen for volunteer efforts

The Naval Academy Alumni Association awarded plaques to 21 midshipmen yesterday for their sustained volunteer efforts.

Projects in which they have engaged range from tutoring in schools to running book drives for poor communities in the United States and abroad.

Four of the students - seniors Bill Major, Ethan Haines, Jennie Hill and Jeff Greene - were singled out for contributing almost weekly for more than three years and holding leadership positions in the academy's student-run volunteer organization, the Midshipmen Action Group.

The other recipients are: seniors James Tanyi, Cameron Collier and Christine McCuthen; juniors Allison Rodge, Danielle Fournier, Jennifer Moore, Justin Nassiri, Brian Ray, Andrew Winberry, George Messner and Corey Doney; and sophomores Nicholas Keller, Adam Pegues, Kurt Tyler, Nadia Sheik, Adam Madsen and Erin McKenzie.

Woman crashes car into lobby of bank

A Crownsville woman drove her car into the lobby of an Annapolis bank yesterday morning, county police reported.

No injury resulted from the accident, in which a 1991 Volvo crashed through the front of the bank building at Annapolis Mall, according to county authorities.

The bank was expected to be closed until tomorrow.

Police said the 66-year-old driver, Barbara J. Boone, apparently was trying to park in front of the bank. Instead of pressing the brake pedal, she hit the accelerator and the car jumped the curb and crashed into the front lobby area.

Owens hires Diehl as her spokesman

County Executive Janet S. Owens has hired WNAV-AM radio news director Matt Diehl as a spokesman.

Diehl, 31, will start as public information officer May 7, filling a vacancy created by the resignation last fall of Andrew C. Carpenter.

For nearly six months, John Morris has been acting public information officer. He has also kept his other duties as county land-use and environmental affairs manager.

Owens introduced Diehl to her top aides Monday, but a public announcement is not expected until tomorrow. A radio reporter for nearly 10 years, Diehl is morning news anchor at WNAV (1430) and has frequently interviewed Owens for the Annapolis station.

Morris is expected to return to his regular duties. Neither he nor Diehl would comment on the changes.

Police invite public to see new animal control facility

The county police department is, quite literally, putting on a dog and pony show Sunday for the public at the new Anne Arundel Animal Control facility in Millersville.

Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature pony rides and police dog demonstrations. There will also be a show of exotic reptiles, face painting and safety workshops.

Information: 410-222-8050.

Camp Blaze sponsors fair at athletic club

Camp Blaze, a local nonprofit organization that runs family-oriented educational programs, will hold its annual Children's Fair and Town Meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Big Vanilla Athletic Club, 1209 Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

Businesses and agencies will have booths and displays with information on family health, education and other topics. The free event also will feature a town meeting at 9:30 a.m. with state Sen. John C. Astle, a District 30 Democrat, and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., 2nd District Republican, on family issues.

Adrian Branch, a former National Basketball Association player and University of Maryland hoops star, will speak.

Children's activities will include a rock-climbing wall, moon bounce and the county's Fire Safety House exhibit. Mascots of the Baltimore Ravens and Bowie Baysox are scheduled to attend.

There will also be prizes, and a silent auction.

Information: 410-974-0026.

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