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July 17, 2014
Nature blessed the Catonsville Fourth of July parade with an exquisite, blue sky and, as always, an enthusiastic, patriotic crowd. I want to thank the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for granting me the privilege of being this year's grand marshal. Thanks also to the people of Catonsville for watching, cheering, and waving United States flags along the two-mile parade route. What a good time it was — smiling and waving to family, friends, business buddies and the crowd while riding in a sleek, classic 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible!
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NEWS
July 17, 2014
Nature blessed the Catonsville Fourth of July parade with an exquisite, blue sky and, as always, an enthusiastic, patriotic crowd. I want to thank the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for granting me the privilege of being this year's grand marshal. Thanks also to the people of Catonsville for watching, cheering, and waving United States flags along the two-mile parade route. What a good time it was — smiling and waving to family, friends, business buddies and the crowd while riding in a sleek, classic 1975 Cadillac Eldorado convertible!
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SPORTS
By From Sun staff reports | April 13, 2011
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will be the honorary grand marshal for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix on Sept. 4, race organizers announced late Tuesday night. Powell will give the command to "start your engines" to the field of IndyCar drivers at the start of the 80-lap event. He also will be given the opportunity to take a 180-mph tour of the 2.0-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Baltimore from the passenger seat of an IndyCar two-seater. "The opportunity to be grand marshal for the inaugural Grand Prix is an honor, as it will showcase the city of Baltimore and the beautiful Inner Harbor to a worldwide audience, and I'm very happy to be a part of that," he said.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when nobody knew what HIV was or how it was spread, few people in Baltimore were willing to go out of their way to help those dying of the disease. Tom Patrick was one of the willing -- still is, in fact -- and will be honored for that commitment this weekend, as grand marshal of the Baltimore Pride parade. "It's going to be a hoot," said Patrick, 65, who for the last 24 years has worked to deliver free meals and other services to the sick and dying of Baltimore with the nonprofit Moveable Feast . The group is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Patrick -- its longtime volunteer manager -- is about to retire, said Ted Blankenship, the group's development director.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Organizers of this year's Baltimore Pride celebration have chosen Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve as grand marshal in recognition of her support for the gay community. The GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland is hosting the annual parade and block party in Mount Vernon and the festival at Druid Hill Park - the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gathering in the state - on June 15 and 16. "Mayor Rawlings-Blake's commitment to the LGBT community has been undoubtedly one of the best records in Maryland and for the City of Baltimore," the center said Tuesday in a statement.
NEWS
By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | June 13, 1994
Samuel Merson has firefighting in his blood. At the age of 15, he joined his father and two older brothers at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, where he often raced to emergency calls on his bicycle.Eventually, more of Mr. Merson's family took up the calling, including three other brothers, Mr. Merson's four children and assorted other relatives."We have a long legacy," Mr. Merson said.And, starting tonight, the 65-year-old volunteer firefighter and Sunday school teacher will preside over the seventh annual Elkridge Days Carnival and Parade as grand marshal.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when nobody knew what HIV was or how it was spread, few people in Baltimore were willing to go out of their way to help those dying of the disease. Tom Patrick was one of the willing -- still is, in fact -- and will be honored for that commitment this weekend, as grand marshal of the Baltimore Pride parade. "It's going to be a hoot," said Patrick, 65, who for the last 24 years has worked to deliver free meals and other services to the sick and dying of Baltimore with the nonprofit Moveable Feast . The group is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Patrick -- its longtime volunteer manager -- is about to retire, said Ted Blankenship, the group's development director.
NEWS
May 12, 1993
Former state Sen. Al Lipin will serve as grand marshal for th sixth annual Glen Burnie Memorial Day parade.Parade chairman Joseph Corcoran said Senator Lipin, who is recuperating at his Glen Burnie home from heart bypass surgery, will ride in a vintage convertible supplied by one of the area's antique car clubs.Senator Lipin is a World War II Army veteran who received a Silver Star.Two television newscasters also will ride in the May 30 parade, Mr. Corcoran said.WJZ noon newscasters Sandra Pinckney and Don Scott will ride as guests of Vintage Tin and Lost in the '50s.
NEWS
By Baltimoresun.com Staff | October 7, 2004
Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long will serve as grand marshal for the Towson University homecoming parade on Saturday, Baltimore County officials announced today. The parade is scheduled to begin at noon, kicking off a day of celebration dubbed "Revelry and Rivalry." The procession will begin at Bosley and Allegheny avenues in downtown Towson, travel south on Washington Avenue, then west on Towsontown Boulevard to Towson University's Burdick Field. Admission to Burdick Field is free, and Towson Tiger fans are invited to enjoy food, music, live entertainment and games, officials said.
NEWS
By Jamal E. Watson and Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF | June 4, 1999
More than a century ago two Germans, a father and his son, boarded a boat to the United States to escape religious persecution and to launch a thriving farming business in the town now known as Savage.Their legacy survives. In this Howard County community of 2,850, street signs and a bridge bear the name Vollmerhausen in memory of Conrad and Seiber Vollmerhausen, the two early settlers. Generations of their offspring stayed in Savage, refusing to relocate to other portions of the county, even after they sold the family's two farms to developers.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
Back in November, we reported that Baltimore was among just 25 cities across the country to receive top marks for LGBT equality in municipal policies, according to an analysis by the Human Rights Campaign. The organization's Municipality Equality Index rated 291 cities nationwide on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, from whether same-sex marriage was allowed to whether employment protections were in place. Tonight, HRC officials will be honoring Baltimore's achievement -- scoring a 100, the most possible -- at a 6 p.m. event at Birroteca , located at 1520 Clipper Road.
NEWS
July 17, 2013
What a great honor for the Woman's Club of Catonsville to be chosen as the grand marshals of this year's Fourth of July Parade. It was so exciting to ride through our beloved Catonsville, seeing the enthusiasm and patriotism of all those along the route. Although it was sad to end our club after 80 years, we feel encouraged that the donation of our clubhouse to the Catonsville Community Foundation will ensure that the community will benefit for many years to come. We would like to thank all of those who made this such a memorable experience, especially Maureen Sweeney Smith, executive director of CCF; Craig Witzke, who provided our float; and WCC member Tina Pritchard and husband, Jim, who provided the truck to pull it. The following anonymous quote sums up our feelings well: "The best things in life are: The people we love, The places we've been, And the memories we've made along the way. " Anne Kaufman, president, 2010-2012 Woman's Club of Catonsville                                                                   
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Organizers of this year's Baltimore Pride celebration have chosen Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to serve as grand marshal in recognition of her support for the gay community. The GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland is hosting the annual parade and block party in Mount Vernon and the festival at Druid Hill Park - the largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender gathering in the state - on June 15 and 16. "Mayor Rawlings-Blake's commitment to the LGBT community has been undoubtedly one of the best records in Maryland and for the City of Baltimore," the center said Tuesday in a statement.
EXPLORE
May 22, 2012
My niece, Natalie Barton, is an extra in the movie "The Avengers. " She is the daughter of Linda Southall-Barton and grand-daughter of Herb and Mary Lou Southall. Natalie and her mother traveled to Ohio to go on the "extras" red carpet on opening night. The CGR Relentless 5K and Fun Walk will benefit the Cody G Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund. It will be held on June 2 in Perryville. The run/walk will start and end at Perryville Middle School, proceed down Aiken Avenue, turn right on Broad Street, right on Susquehanna Avenue, left on Frenchtown Road, left on Broad Street and left on Aiken Avenue.
EXPLORE
February 12, 2012
On Jan. 29, more than 100 family members and friends gathered at the St. Agnes Council Knights of Columbus to celebrate Betty Nolan's 90th birthday. The guest of honor was surprised and teary-eyed as tributes in the form of songs, pictures and poetry were sung, shown and read. Along with her family, this longtime Catonsville resident served as grand marshal of the 2010 Fourth of July parade.
NEWS
April 21, 2011
84th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival What: A springtime ritual in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the festival is a 10-day celebration that offers a variety of events, including golf tournament, wine fest, arts and crafts, carnival, circus, 10K race, musical performances, dances, pie-baking contest and the crowning of Queen Shenandoah. The festival also includes the Grand Feature Parade in Old Town Winchester on Saturday at 1 p.m. with floats, marching bands and actress Debbie Reynolds as grand marshal.
NEWS
By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 4, 2004
Former Severna Park High School athletic director Andy Borland, as familiar to residents as the towering oak trees that define the local landscape, will take on a new duty tomorrow -- grand marshal of the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce's Independence Day parade. The 30th annual event, whose theme is "America's Volunteers," begins at 10 a.m. "Andy has rolled up his sleeves and done so many projects for his church, the high school," said Linda Zahn, executive director of the Severna Park Chamber, "and because of his work for the new community center, we thought he'd be the right person to be grand marshal."
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2004
A stand-up comic and Frank Sinatra impersonator who is mulling a run for New Jersey governor is booked for another gig next week: grand marshal of Baltimore's Columbus Day parade. Joe Piscopo will take part in the Oct. 10 parade from Mount Vernon to Little Italy and perform his big-band Sinatra tribute that night under a tent at Baltimore International College. Details of the Columbus Day events were outlined yesterday at a City Hall news conference with Mayor Martin O'Malley and former Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III. Begun in 1890, the parade is the longest-running Columbus Day celebration in the nation - and an important tie to a time when Baltimore was a city of immigrants, D'Alesandro said.
SPORTS
By From Sun staff reports | April 13, 2011
Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will be the honorary grand marshal for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix on Sept. 4, race organizers announced late Tuesday night. Powell will give the command to "start your engines" to the field of IndyCar drivers at the start of the 80-lap event. He also will be given the opportunity to take a 180-mph tour of the 2.0-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Baltimore from the passenger seat of an IndyCar two-seater. "The opportunity to be grand marshal for the inaugural Grand Prix is an honor, as it will showcase the city of Baltimore and the beautiful Inner Harbor to a worldwide audience, and I'm very happy to be a part of that," he said.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 11, 2010
Sarah E. "Sally" Murphy, the first woman to serve as grand marshal of Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day parade and a retired city government worker, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at ManorCare in Ruxton. The Rodgers Forge resident was 77. "She was one of the greatest workers at City Hall," said former Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III. "She practically ran her department and was its main cog. " Miss Murphy was born in Baltimore and raised on Cecil Avenue. She was the daughter of Jerome Murphy, a Hynson, Wescott and Dunning pharmacist.
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