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    • Sandy Dixon showed a Jones kindergarten class all of her school pictures and told the attentive 5-year-olds that many of her friends from elementary school are still her friends today.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Sandy Dixon showed a Jones kindergarten class all of her school pictures and told the attentive 5-year-olds that many of her friends from elementary school are still her friends today.
    • Several former Jones Elementary teachers and students were invited to speak during a history day on October 18.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      Several former Jones Elementary teachers and students were invited to speak during a history day on October 18.
    • “My father and grandfather always stressed education and told us that education was powerful,” said Mary Coates, a former kindergarten teacher at Jones Elementary.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      “My father and grandfather always stressed education and told us that education was powerful,” said Mary Coates, a former kindergarten teacher at Jones Elementary.
    • During a weeklong 60th anniversary celebration in October, the Jones Elementary auditorium was filled with displays of artifacts, a running slideshow and numerous photo albums.Photo by Judy Tacyn
      During a weeklong 60th anniversary celebration in October, the Jones Elementary auditorium was filled with displays of artifacts, a running slideshow and numerous photo albums.

    Jones Elementary Celebrates 60 Years Of Excellence

    By Judy Tacyn
    It was standing room only as more than 500 former and current students, teachers, parents, friends and community members packed the Jones Elementary School auditorium for the school’s 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 21. The spirited event was the culmination of a joyous week...
    • At recent listening sessions, attendees were surveyed on what they would prioritize in the General Development Plan regarding development, the environment, the economy and community health. The General Development Plan will guide the county’s use of land, capitalization of assets and conservation of critical resources for the next 20 years.
      At recent listening sessions, attendees were surveyed on what they would prioritize in the General Development Plan regarding development, the environment, the economy and community health. The General Development Plan will guide the county’s use of land, capitalization of assets and conservation of critical resources for the next 20 years.
    • At recent listening sessions, attendees were surveyed on what they would prioritize in the General Development Plan regarding development, the environment, the economy and community health. The General Development Plan will guide the county’s use of land, capitalization of assets and conservation of critical resources for the next 20 years.
      At recent listening sessions, attendees were surveyed on what they would prioritize in the General Development Plan regarding development, the environment, the economy and community health. The General Development Plan will guide the county’s use of land, capitalization of assets and conservation of critical resources for the next 20 years.

    Listening Sessions Solicit Citizen Input For General Development Plan

    By Dylan Roche
    How Do Anne Arundel’s Residents Envision The County 20 Years From Now?
    When people think about planning for the future, they might think about career goals, health goals or family goals. They might consider how they could retire earlier, quit smoking or have another baby.
    But what about...
    • Although Jon Korin (right) is not a Trailblazer, Ranger Susan Payne (left) described him as “a big asset” to the volunteer group.
      Although Jon Korin (right) is not a Trailblazer, Ranger Susan Payne (left) described him as “a big asset” to the volunteer group.
    • Neal Smith still manages to do about 38,000 miles on his recumbent trike despite his back problems.
      Neal Smith still manages to do about 38,000 miles on his recumbent trike despite his back problems.

    Trailblazer Awards Recognize Volunteers Who Make Recreation Better, Safer And More Accessible

    By Shane Jacobus and Dylan Roche
    Trailblazer: (noun) a person who makes a new track through wild country; a pioneer; an innovator.
    For the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, the idea of a trailblazer has another meaning — it’s a goodwill ambassador, or somebody who is there to help.
    At its annual meeting every...
    • Bill Ridenhour has helped construct biomedical labs in Abuja, Nigeria and several areas in Africa.
      Bill Ridenhour has helped construct biomedical labs in Abuja, Nigeria and several areas in Africa.
    • Realizing that insect repellents were doing long-term harm to his skin, Bill Ridenhour created the IR Bracelet by super-infusing plant oils into the cotton.
      Realizing that insect repellents were doing long-term harm to his skin, Bill Ridenhour created the IR Bracelet by super-infusing plant oils into the cotton.

    Arnold Inventor Is Over The Moon About Lifesaving Inventions

    By Zach Sparks
    Bill Ridenhour Discusses New Insect-Repelling Bracelet
    Before his mom died of cancer in the 1980s, Bill Ridenhour made her two promises: that he would finish college with at least a master’s degree and that he would work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The...
    • Betty Winkelmeyer Wells addressed the crowd at the first informational gathering to solicit ideas and recruit volunteers for the Severna Park Museum.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Betty Winkelmeyer Wells addressed the crowd at the first informational gathering to solicit ideas and recruit volunteers for the Severna Park Museum.

    First Informational Meeting Shares Plans For Severna Park Museum

    By Dylan Roche
    Betty Winkelmeyer Wells was looking through what she described as “all this old stuff” — trinkets, equipment and tools that her parents had acquired over the years since opening their coal and feed store in 1947 — when she realized how much each item told about the way...
    • Karen Petro accepts her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Creative Director Will Nauman in recognition of her work with Orphan Grain Train.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Karen Petro accepts her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Creative Director Will Nauman in recognition of her work with Orphan Grain Train.

    Petro Takes Part In Hands-On Mission At Orphan Grain Train

    By Dylan Roche
    As a Shipley’s Choice resident, Karen Petro was a frequent passerby of the Orphan Grain Train warehouse as it was being built along East West Boulevard. When the facility officially opened in spring 2016, she stopped by to learn about the Maryland chapter of the national nonprofit, which...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    Do you ever feel as if Thanksgiving gets forgotten about between Halloween and Christmas? Maybe it’s because it’s not as easily commercialized, but for whatever reason, some people seem to just skip right over it. On November 1, it’s time to put away all the jack-o’-lanterns, fake cobwebs and plastic skeletons and put up twinkling lights, giant candy canes and synthetic snow. Santa even seems to make his appearance at the mall earlier and earlier every year. What about Thanksgiving?

    One might be able to argue it’s because Thanksgiving is part of the “holiday season,” that general stretch that begins in November and doesn’t end until New...
    • As is tradition, the SPHS vocal ensemble will return to entertain the crowd at this year’s Taste and Sip event put on by the chamber of commerce.
      As is tradition, the SPHS vocal ensemble will return to entertain the crowd at this year’s Taste and Sip event put on by the chamber of commerce.
    • The community tree lighting ceremony never fails to delight young and old.
      The community tree lighting ceremony never fails to delight young and old.

    Chamber Drums Up Community Merriment With Holiday Events

    By Dylan Roche
    If you’re not in the holiday spirit just yet — and why would you be, with Halloween barely over — get ready to segue into the season of gifting, carousing and celebrating with the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, which has its traditional lineup of community...
    • Roberta Pardo
      Roberta Pardo

    Blast From The Past

    By Zach Sparks
    Have you ever read a great novel, only to be dismayed at the discovery of a cliffhanger? Have you ever glanced over a news article, only to wonder what happened to the child prodigy with Broadway aspirations or the old lady who lived in a shoe? (OK, maybe that last example wasn’t from a news...
  • Paying Your Respects Respectfully On Social MediaExclusive

    By Sarah Montgomery and Joy McCrady
    In the telephone era, there was an implicit understanding of the hierarchy of grief. Those closest to the loss would call a loved one or close friend to share the news of a death and receive comfort. Unlike social media, with telephones, no one else was listening in on the conversation.
    Today, the...
    • Although he is humble about his service in the Navy, World War II veteran James Bonti shares some stories with his wife, Nina.
      Although he is humble about his service in the Navy, World War II veteran James Bonti shares some stories with his wife, Nina.

    Like Most Veterans, James Bonti Put Country First

    By Judy Tacyn
    When I called World War II Army veteran James Bonti to schedule an appointment to talk with him for this story, I had barely introduced myself when he sternly declared, “I’m no hero!” I’ve had difficult interviews before, so I wasn’t deterred by his apparently gruff...
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    • The annual Stride For Span Turkey Trot draws participants of all ages for a family-friendly race to raise money for local residents going through temporary hardship.
      The annual Stride For Span Turkey Trot draws participants of all ages for a family-friendly race to raise money for local residents going through temporary hardship.

    Stride For Span Aims To Make Thanksgiving A Happy Holiday For All

    By Voice Media
    Why did the turkey cross the park? We’re not sure, but we hope we just might find out at the highly anticipated Stride For Span Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 12, at Kinder Farm Park. The family-friendly 5K run/1-mile walk won’t have any actual turkeys participating, but it will bring...
    • April Saba
      April Saba

    SPCC Welcomes April Saba

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    The Severna Park Community Center is pleased to announce that it has brought on April Saba to be the director of relationship building, marketing and events. Saba and her family have been residents of Severna Park for more than 25 years. She holds a degree from Southern Illinois University and has...




    Manhattan Beach: A Unique Hidden Gem On The Magothy

    By Judy Tacyn
    Massive trees line quiet streets of Manhattan Beach and lead to relaxing beaches. This coveted waterfront community occupies the entire peninsula between Dividing Creek, Cypress Creek and the Magothy River in Severna Park, and includes multiple water access areas. The community features a boat ramp...
    • Lights on the Bay is a winter tradition for many families in Anne Arundel County.
      Lights on the Bay is a winter tradition for many families in Anne Arundel County.

    SPCA Takes The Leash For Annual Lights On The Bay

    By Diane Lewis
    The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring this year’s Lights on the Bay for the first time, continuing the 22-year holiday tradition long supported by Anne Arundel Medical Center.
    “The medical center reached out to us to do this event, and the transition process has been very...

    Hospice Of The Chesapeake Honors The Gift Of Time By Thanking Its Volunteers

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    Hospice of the Chesapeake held its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on October 15 at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis.
    Among the approximately 100 volunteers in attendance were this year’s recipients of the Joseph P. and Elizabeth Earley Award: Bill Vincek of Severna Park and Russ Stewart...
    • During an October groundbreaking ceremony, more than 125 guests celebrated a new YWCA facility that will double the capacity of the existing shelter and allow for 32 clients to reside onsite with 24-hour staff coverage.
      During an October groundbreaking ceremony, more than 125 guests celebrated a new YWCA facility that will double the capacity of the existing shelter and allow for 32 clients to reside onsite with 24-hour staff coverage.
    • During an October groundbreaking ceremony, more than 125 guests celebrated a new YWCA facility that will double the capacity of the existing shelter and allow for 32 clients to reside onsite with 24-hour staff coverage.
      During an October groundbreaking ceremony, more than 125 guests celebrated a new YWCA facility that will double the capacity of the existing shelter and allow for 32 clients to reside onsite with 24-hour staff coverage.

    YWCA Of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Breaks Ground On New Domestic Violence Safe House

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    More than 125 guests joined the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County on October 5 to support a future 10,000-square-foot residence that will provide emergency respite to adults and children fleeing abusive homes.
    In attendance were First Lady Yumi Hogan, Senator John Astle, Maryland House...

    Live! Hotel Gets Topped Off

    By Voice Media
    On October 17, the Cordish Companies held a “topping off” ceremony to observe the final steel beam as it was hoisted onto the tallest building in Anne Arundel County — the Live! Hotel, now being built in Hanover and slated to open in 2018. The hotel is 17 stories high and will...

    Houses Of Worship Open Their Doors For Winter Relief

    By Sharon Mager
    As the weather gradually transitions and cold winds blow through Anne Arundel County, homeless men and women scramble to find shelter or fortify their tents. The Winter Relief temporary shelter program, offered through the Arundel House of Hope (AHOH), in partnership with houses of worship around...
    • Lifelong friends Edith Ramsay (left) and Sue Ford recently celebrated milestone birthdays together.
      Lifelong friends Edith Ramsay (left) and Sue Ford recently celebrated milestone birthdays together.

    Centenarians Celebrate Birthdays And 80 Years Of FriendshipExclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    The United Nations estimates that the world has roughly 316,000 centenarians — people aged 100 or more years. Two members of this exclusive group not only hail from Pasadena, but have also been best friends for eight decades.
    Sue Ford turned 100 on September 27 and celebrated with a...
    • Leonard and Jean Berkoski recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
      Leonard and Jean Berkoski recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    Berkoskis Celebrate Golden AnniversaryExclusive

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    Leonard and Jean Berkoski of Arnold celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 23. They were married in St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia, by Monsignor Ralph Kuehner. Albert Berkoski, brother of the groom, was best man and Andreau Simpson was the maid of honor.
    Jean...

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