County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 02, 2008

Leopold to lead Caring and Sharing Parade

County Executive John R. Leopold will be Grand Marshall of the 13th annual Pasadena Caring and Sharing Parade at 2 p.m. today.

The parade, sponsored by the Pasadena Business Association, will feature several community groups that work to provide hot meals for families during Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Leopold will march with Boy Scout Troop 870 and other Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from the Four Rivers district.

"This is a great event that focuses on helping our neighbors in need," Leopold said. "The holidays are a time to celebrate with our families without forgetting the families that are struggling through hard times."

Spectators are encouraged to take food or checks to donate at the parade.

The parade route is from Tick Neck Park south on Tick Neck Road to Mountain Road, to East Shore Road, to George Fox Middle School.

Information: 410-360-4722.

Annapolis run scheduled

The Annapolis Striders and City of Annapolis are sponsoring the first Jogging Joe Shafran Memorial Run at 9 a.m. today at Truxton Park.

The event features a 5-kilometer run and 1-mile fun run for all ages and abilities. Almost 100 runners are signed up, but race day participants are welcome. Other activities include fire engine displays.

The entry fee is $15 per person or $40 for an immediate family.

The race is a fundraiser for the "Rock for Youth" scholarship program and is held in memory of Jogging Joe Shafran, a local fitness icon who died earlier this year.

Information: 410-562-8970.

Veterans job fair slated

A veterans job fair will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fort George G. Meade's Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road.

The job fair is open to the public. More than 80 employers from the private, public and government sectors are expected to offer a variety of positions in numerous fields.

Job seekers should take their resume and dress to meet with prospective employers.

Information: 410-674-5240.

Christmas Craft bus trip

The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighter's Association Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a bus trip to the Pennsylvania Christmas Craft in Harrisburg Show Dec. 6.

The bus will leave at 7 a.m. from the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department on Route 424 in Davidsonville, with a second pick-up about 7:15 a.m. at the old Wal-Mart on Crain Highway, Glen Burnie.

The cost is $27. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 22.

Information: 301-261-0061.

Alliance honors Gilchrest

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will present retiring Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest with the Champion of the Chesapeake Bay award during the Alliance's annual "Taste of the Chesapeake" fundraiser Friday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Gilchrest's First District covers all nine Eastern Shore counties, part of Anne Arundel, and parts of Harford and Baltimore counties. Since being elected in 1990, he has become known for pursuing environmental issues to the point of being called the greenest Republican in the House.

His record includes wetlands preservation, expansion of habitat for wildlife and farm preservation on the Delmarva Peninsula. He is a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and chairs the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force and co-chairs the House Climate Change Caucus.

Earles gets service award

John Earles, director of the Morale, Well-Being and Recreation (MWR) Program of the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, recently received the 2008 Roy C. Olson Award for outstanding contributions to the military MWR profession.

The award is sponsored by the International Military Community Executives Association for MWR managers. The Coast Guard's MWR is designed to uplift the spirits of the Coast Guard family through diverse activities and programs.

Earles, of Riviera Beach, has been MWR director since 2000, after serving in the same position in Alaska, California and Virginia Beach. In Baltimore, he had headed up several major projects for Coast Guard members and their families.

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