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    • The American LaFrance fire engine was the first official fire engine Earleigh Heights owned.Photo Provided
      The American LaFrance fire engine was the first official fire engine Earleigh Heights owned.
    • The original firehouse was on Truck House Road and had a 396-pound bell. It was thought that the elevated height of the tower would allow the sound of the bell to reach a further distance.Photo Provided
      The original firehouse was on Truck House Road and had a 396-pound bell. It was thought that the elevated height of the tower would allow the sound of the bell to reach a further distance.
    • The Earleigh Heights Fire Department had the first two-way radio in the county. It changed the way the fire department functioned.Photo Provided
      The Earleigh Heights Fire Department had the first two-way radio in the county. It changed the way the fire department functioned.
    • The Diamond T fire engine was the second type of fire engine Earleigh Heights owned. It was more technologically advanced and eventually held more water.Photo Provided
      The Diamond T fire engine was the second type of fire engine Earleigh Heights owned. It was more technologically advanced and eventually held more water.
    • The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1939, and it is still active today.Photo Provided
      The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1939, and it is still active today.

    Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

    By Maya Pottiger
    Part 1: The Department’s First 50 Years
    On April 18, 1918, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company opened on Truck House Road in Severna Park.
    This year is the department’s 100th anniversary.
    To commemorate the occasion, 76-year-old Joe Angyelof has spent the last year compiling...
    • The General Assembly will get underway on Wednesday, January 10, at noon and conclude on April 9.
      The General Assembly will get underway on Wednesday, January 10, at noon and conclude on April 9.
    • Paid sick leave has widespread support across the state, but in District 33, it remains a polarizing issue because of the large small-business population.
      Paid sick leave has widespread support across the state, but in District 33, it remains a polarizing issue because of the large small-business population.
    • Currently, for a new bridge crossing to be built above the Chesapeake Bay, the nine counties on the Eastern Shore would have to approve the plans.
      Currently, for a new bridge crossing to be built above the Chesapeake Bay, the nine counties on the Eastern Shore would have to approve the plans.
    • Senator Ed Reilly and Delegate Michael Malone are both working on legislation determining the monetary assets left to a person following the death of a spouse.
      Senator Ed Reilly and Delegate Michael Malone are both working on legislation determining the monetary assets left to a person following the death of a spouse.

    With Elections Looming, General Assembly Promises Fireworks

    By Zach Sparks
    District 33 Legislators Weigh In On The 2018 Session
    Reconvening nine days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Republicans and Democrats alike expected partisan bickering during the 2017 session of the General Assembly. There were some squabbles — especially with discussions...
    • One of the key concerns the Chartridge community has raised about development has been stormwater. As the forested land around Chartridge has been developed over the years, silt and sediment have built up in the Chartridge common area, causing the neighborhood’s recreational field to flood every time there is a heavy rainfall.
      One of the key concerns the Chartridge community has raised about development has been stormwater. As the forested land around Chartridge has been developed over the years, silt and sediment have built up in the Chartridge common area, causing the neighborhood’s recreational field to flood every time there is a heavy rainfall.

    Community Awaits Formal Decision From Board Of Appeals Regarding Cluster Development

    By Dylan Roche
    Those familiar with opera might know the expression “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” In the case of Sabrina Park Phase 3 — the controversial development proposed by Ameri-Star Homes that would add 28 homes to 7.89 acres of land on Jumpers Hole Road behind the...
    • Linda Zahn retired from her role as CEO of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce at the end of 2017. She is staying on in a part-time capacity to help train incoming CEO Liz League.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Linda Zahn retired from her role as CEO of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce at the end of 2017. She is staying on in a part-time capacity to help train incoming CEO Liz League.
    • HEADSHOT, Liz LeaguePhoto Provided
      HEADSHOT, Liz League

    Linda Zahn Retires From Longtime Leadership With GSPACC Liz League Steps In As New CEO

    By Dylan Roche
    It might come as a surprise to anyone who has been involved in the local business scene over the last two and a half decades, but Linda Zahn, CEO of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, did not particularly want the position when it first became available. Twenty-seven years...
  • Longtime Volunteers Becker And Larkin Keep Green Hornets Thriving

    By Colin Murphy
    Youth sports are so much a part of life in Severna Park that it can be easy to overlook how much goes into running an organization like the Greater Severna Park Athletic Association.
    The GSPAA, more commonly referred to as the Green Hornets, operates year-round and provides opportunities in 12...
  • We Want To Hear Your Love Stories

    By Voice Media
    Announcing Our Valentine’s Contest 2018
    There are as many kinds of love stories as there are couples in the world — some are funny, some are sad, some are uplifting, some are unorthodox, but each is unique unto itself. Because we know there are so many couples in Severna Park who have...

    Get Ready To Vote — The Best Of Severna Park Contest Starts Next Month

    By Voice Media
    Are you ready to select your favorite businesses, practices, clubs and other organizations? Our annual Best of Severna Park contest returns in February, and we want your vote! Every year since 2010, we have surveyed our readers to find out the community’s top picks in categories such as...
    • Severna Park United Methodist youth lit the first Sunday of Advent candle. A basket on the altar held envelopes with $100 bills for the Act of Kindness Project.Photo by Leslie Dolsak
      Severna Park United Methodist youth lit the first Sunday of Advent candle. A basket on the altar held envelopes with $100 bills for the Act of Kindness Project.

    100 Acts Of Kindness

    By Leslie Dolsak
    Choosing Kindness As An Everyday Habit
    If you were given $100 to produce an act of kindness, what would you do? Members of Severna Park United Methodist Church (SPUMC) were tasked with this question when an anonymous donor delivered $10,000 in the form of crisp $100 bills to 100 parishioners....
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    When I think of January, the cynic in me is always complaining about how it’s cold and dark. I’m really not a fan of having only about nine hours of daylight, and after the first snowfall of the season, I’m counting down the days until it’s beach weather.
    That said, I still...
    • Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer Gayle Bremer received her Volunteer of the Month certificate from Inside Sales Support Megan Shenton.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteer Gayle Bremer received her Volunteer of the Month certificate from Inside Sales Support Megan Shenton.

    Gayle Bremer Comes Full Circle With Hospice Of The Chesapeake

    By Maya Pottiger
    Gayle Bremer had been searching for somewhere to volunteer when she stumbled upon Hospice of the Chesapeake.
    She loaded the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center website and saw a page about the Honor Salute program.
    “I had been looking for a while, and when that page opened with Honor...
  • Chartwell: Where Neighbors Are Family

    By Judy Tacyn
    Wrapped around a pristine golf and country club, Chartwell is a quiet community of approximately 600 homes. Residents can enjoy the St. Andrew’s pool and tennis courts, with swim and tennis teams, and they are within walking distance of Kinder Farm Park.
    There is always something to do...
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  • UM BWMC To Host Heartbeat For Health On Feb.10

    By Voice Media
    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is sponsoring Heartbeat for Health on Saturday, February 10, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Y in Arnold. This free, informative and fun-filled event will celebrate the benefits of dance and exercise in the prevention of heart...
  • Ike Haertel Brings Worldly Experiences To Kogen Dojo

    By Robert Van Valkenburgh -- Kogen Dojo
    Wrestler, Navy deep-sea diver, helicopter pilot, firefighter, jiu-jitsu instructor, husband and father — these sound like the credentials of a Hollywood action hero or the most interesting man in the world, but this is just a small slice of Anne Arundel County resident Isaac “Ike...
    • James Massey sat at the foot of his cot at Temple Beth Shalom.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      James Massey sat at the foot of his cot at Temple Beth Shalom.
    • (Left to right) Carlester “Barbershop” Allen, Bernard Tyler Jr., Christina Church, Jodi Meisenberg, Steven Lileks and Erich Lerner socialized at Temple Beth Shalom before dinner.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      (Left to right) Carlester “Barbershop” Allen, Bernard Tyler Jr., Christina Church, Jodi Meisenberg, Steven Lileks and Erich Lerner socialized at Temple Beth Shalom before dinner.

    Temple Beth Shalom Hosts Winter Relief Every Christmas

    By Maya Pottiger
    In Its Sixth Year Participating, Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold Hosted 30 Guests In December
    Since 1992, the Arundel House of Hope, through its Winter Relief program, has provided shelter for those stuck outside in the cold.
    The program runs for 26 weeks from October to April. Every week, different...
    • Mark and Heather Jeweler assisted in banding osprey chicks at Severna Park High School in 2016.Photo Provided
      Mark and Heather Jeweler assisted in banding osprey chicks at Severna Park High School in 2016.

    What Is A Raptor?

    By Mark and Heather Jeweler
    Maryland Raptor Rescue
    The term “raptor” is not a scientific classification or taxonomy, but rather an informal designation. There is some scientific debate over whether all birds of prey should be considered raptors or not, but since it’s not a scientific classification, we...
  • The Most Popular New Year’s Resolution

    By Ellen Kinsella
    According to a recent Marist College poll, “being a better person” is the most popular New Year’s resolution for 2018. This could run the gamut from smiling at strangers, to adopting a homeless pet, to being a philanthropist. The really good news is that studies have shown that...
  • AACC’s Annual Dr. King Memorial Breakfast Honors Six Community Members

    By Maya Pottiger
    Six People From The Annapolis Area Recognized For Their Community Activism
    Each year during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, local residents are recognized for carrying on the mission of King and other community activists for whom the awards are named. The 2018 ceremony, to be...
    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.

    Marylanders, Get Ready To Freeze Your Fur Off: Polar Bear Plunge Is Set For January 27

    By Dylan Roche
    If you think nothing exciting happens between New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday — well, you’re wrong. One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy...
    • Be sure to bring towels and dry clothes for after you get out of the water, but remember that you leave your bags unattended at your own risk.
      Be sure to bring towels and dry clothes for after you get out of the water, but remember that you leave your bags unattended at your own risk.
    • Don’t forget your towel! Packing a bag with a few must-have items will ensure that you’re comfortable before and after the Plunge.
      Don’t forget your towel! Packing a bag with a few must-have items will ensure that you’re comfortable before and after the Plunge.

    Plunge Prep

    By Dylan Roche
    What You Need To Do, Bring And Consider
    Even if you’re only warming up to the prospect of plunging right now, you can show up to Sandy Point State Park looking like a seasoned professional polar bear. Here are our tips:
     
    Choose Your Plunge Attire
    It might be a cold day, but you...
    • You could be a champion too — just like this guy! All it takes is raising $75 for Special Olympics Maryland and you earn the privilege of plunging.
      You could be a champion too — just like this guy! All it takes is raising $75 for Special Olympics Maryland and you earn the privilege of plunging.

    Fundraising Tips And Tricks

    By Maya Pottiger
    The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge is right around the corner. In order to participate, every individual has to raise a minimum of $75, according to Special Olympics Maryland Digital Media Coordinator Adam Hays.
    “We always encourage people to raise as much as they can for our organization,”...
    • Davidsonville native Michael Heup is both a Special Olympics Maryland athlete and a Super Plunger.
      Davidsonville native Michael Heup is both a Special Olympics Maryland athlete and a Super Plunger.
    • The Super Plunge is a family affair for the Chadwick’s of Shipley’s Choice. In 2005, Zach Chadwick proved that even kids could brave the Chesapeake Bay.
      The Super Plunge is a family affair for the Chadwick’s of Shipley’s Choice. In 2005, Zach Chadwick proved that even kids could brave the Chesapeake Bay.
    • McKenna Chadwick has grown up with the Super Plunge.
      McKenna Chadwick has grown up with the Super Plunge.
    • The Super Plunge started with three people in 2004, and by 2006, the team had around 20 members.
      The Super Plunge started with three people in 2004, and by 2006, the team had around 20 members.

    Super Plungers Have Different Inspirations But Common Goals

    By Zach Sparks
    When Arnold resident Donna Taylor did the Super Plunge — charging into the frigid Chesapeake Bay 24 times in 24 hours — for her 11th time in 2017, she was armed with a cane.
    “I had hip replacement surgery almost immediately after the Plunge,” Taylor said. “It’s...

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