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March 02, 2006|By LORI SEARS


Welcome home Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner at a grand parade in her honor tomorrow in Bel Air. The parade, which kicks off at 4 p.m. from the corner of Churchville and Main streets and travels north on Main Street, honors the 16-year-old skater, who finished in sixth place at this year's Olympic Games in Turin. In addition to Meissner and her family, others participating in the parade will include members of the Bel Air police department and Bel Air fire department, the Fallston High School Band, Bel Air town commissioners, Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding, Harford County state delegates, representatives from Meissner's training site, Ice World, and a Bel Air public works department employee steering a snow plow along the parade route.

The parade ends at the Bel Air Armory, where a brief ceremony will take place with Bel Air Town Commissioner James McMahan Jr. After the ceremony, Meissner will sign autographs for fans.

Parade watchers may stand along Main Street, from Churchville Road to the Bel Air Armory. Traffic will be closed along Main Street from Route 1 to Lee Street. Parking is recommended at the Town Garage on Hickory Avenue. For information, call 410-638-4550.

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