July 22, 2014
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    • Chartridge Rockin’ Band practically performed a mobile concert of hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Chartridge Rockin’ Band practically performed a mobile concert of hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.
    • opened in 2013, combined patriotism with cow appreciation by bringing out several versions of its bovine mascot.Photo by Brian Lancione
      opened in 2013, combined patriotism with cow appreciation by bringing out several versions of its bovine mascot.
    • The Round Bay community recreated a splendid portrait of history with a tribute to the neighborhood’s longstanding carnival tradition.Photo by Brian Lancione
      The Round Bay community recreated a splendid portrait of history with a tribute to the neighborhood’s longstanding carnival tradition.
    • The Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans came marching through, dressed in authentic-looking antebellum clothing and playing patriotic tunes straight from the land of cotton.Photo by Brian Lancione
      The Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans came marching through, dressed in authentic-looking antebellum clothing and playing patriotic tunes straight from the land of cotton.
    • The Severna Park Elks club embraced its Annapolitan pride by celebrating the Naval Academy with its float – a detailed replica of a Blue Angels jet mounted above cotton clouds.Photo by Brian Lancione
      The Severna Park Elks club embraced its Annapolitan pride by celebrating the Naval Academy with its float – a detailed replica of a Blue Angels jet mounted above cotton clouds.

    Severna Park Paints The Town Red, White And Blue At 40th-Annual Parade

    By Dylan Roche
    To view more photos from the Fourth of July Parade, click here.
    American icons, martial arts demonstrations, 1970s tributes, costumed mascots and much, much more – it was all part of the 40th-annual Severna Park Fourth of July Parade. This year, thousands of community members from throughout...
    • For decades, spectators of all ages have lined the streets in the Park with chairs, blankets and American flags on the Fourth.Photo by Zach Sparks
      For decades, spectators of all ages have lined the streets in the Park with chairs, blankets and American flags on the Fourth.
    • Grace Yearwood, left, and business partner Cara Vandemeulebroecke sold lemonade along Evergreen Road during Severna Park’s 40th annual Fourth of July Parade.Photo by Jake Linger
      Grace Yearwood, left, and business partner Cara Vandemeulebroecke sold lemonade along Evergreen Road during Severna Park’s 40th annual Fourth of July Parade.
    • Nicki Wagner enjoyed the parade with her daughters Hope, Sara and Mary.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Nicki Wagner enjoyed the parade with her daughters Hope, Sara and Mary.
    • Mark Crooks and his daughters Finley (front) and Hadly (behind) cheered on their country and community.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Mark Crooks and his daughters Finley (front) and Hadly (behind) cheered on their country and community.
    • (L-R) Marcy Malanowski, Katie Ventrudo and her two kids Mia and Angelina were entertained by the parade for the most part, with the exception of the loud sirens. Photo by Brian Lancione
      (L-R) Marcy Malanowski, Katie Ventrudo and her two kids Mia and Angelina were entertained by the parade for the most part, with the exception of the loud sirens.

    Thousands Of Severna Park Area Residents Gather Along Parade Route

    By Jake Linger
    To view more photos from the Fourth of July Parade, click here.
    Scott Schaner and his wife, Mary, have invited friends and family to the front lawn of their home on Benfield Road for each of the past 14 years. Their house, situated across the street from the football field at Severna Park High...
    • A five-person team consisting of Randy and Patti Smith, Scott Danko, Dale McDonald and Debbie Bragg worked tirelessly to build American Legion Post 175’s float on the sweltering afternoon of July 3.Photos by Peter Crispino
      A five-person team consisting of Randy and Patti Smith, Scott Danko, Dale McDonald and Debbie Bragg worked tirelessly to build American Legion Post 175’s float on the sweltering afternoon of July 3.
    • Randy Smith of American Legion Post 175 drilled holes along the exterior of the group’s patriotic float during the sweltering afternoon of July 3.
      Randy Smith of American Legion Post 175 drilled holes along the exterior of the group’s patriotic float during the sweltering afternoon of July 3.
    • Lauren Lohff, John Dawson and Valerie Wesner helped put together the massive sign reading "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord – Psalm 33:12," that would be affixed to the back of the truck.
      Lauren Lohff, John Dawson and Valerie Wesner helped put together the massive sign reading "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord – Psalm 33:12," that would be affixed to the back of the truck.
    • (L-R) Tina McDowell, Joyce Dawson and Valerie Wesner joked as they hung decorations along the Woods Church Praise Band’s Fourth of July Float.
      (L-R) Tina McDowell, Joyce Dawson and Valerie Wesner joked as they hung decorations along the Woods Church Praise Band’s Fourth of July Float.

    Float Preparations Pit Uncle Sam Against Mother Nature

    By Peter Crispino
    To view more photos from the Fourth of July Parade, click here.
    Neither scorching heat nor torrential downpours could keep local groups from preparing their patriotic floats in the final days – and in some cases, hours – leading up to Severna Park’s 40th-annual Fourth of July...
    • This year's sponsors included Maryland Live! Casino.Photos by Brian Lancione
      This year's sponsors included Maryland Live! Casino.
    • This year's sponsors included First National Bank.
      This year's sponsors included First National Bank.
    • This year's sponsors included New Era Martial Arts
      This year's sponsors included New Era Martial Arts

    Sponsors Make Fourth Of July Festivities Possible

    By Darrell Mak
    To view more photos from the Fourth of July Parade, click here.
    This year’s Fourth of July Parade was made possible through the generous support of the event’s sponsors, one of which was First National Bank, a well-established but relatively new name to Severna Park. First National...
    • For the third consecutive year, Abby Popp took home a first-place prize during the decorated bike contest. This time, her Cinderella carriage masterpiece scored the title of most beautiful.Photos by Zach Sparks
      For the third consecutive year, Abby Popp took home a first-place prize during the decorated bike contest. This time, her Cinderella carriage masterpiece scored the title of most beautiful.
    • Dylan Hansen (left) tied with his brother, Garrett, for third place as Most Patriotic.
      Dylan Hansen (left) tied with his brother, Garrett, for third place as Most Patriotic.
    • William Roys won most original for his cannon wagon and John Paul Jones attire.
      William Roys won most original for his cannon wagon and John Paul Jones attire.
    • Anticipating the fierce competition, Folger McKinsey student Aidan McCaughey dressed his bike and his upper body in patriotic garb.
      Anticipating the fierce competition, Folger McKinsey student Aidan McCaughey dressed his bike and his upper body in patriotic garb.

    Youth Flaunt Their Patriotism, Ingenuity At Decorated Bike Contest

    By Zach Sparks
    To view more photos from the Fourth of July Parade, click here.
    For the boys and girls of Severna Park, there are three occasions to look forward to each year – Christmas, their birthdays and the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce’s Decorated Bike Contest. This year,...
  • Dedicated Volunteers Make The Parade PossibleExclusive

    By Darrell Mak
    Severna Park’s annual Fourth of July Parade has been a community tradition for the past 40 years, but many who attend the parade don’t realize how much work is involved in planning, coordinating and putting on the show. As usual, this year’s event could not have been possible without the countless hours of dedicated support from the event’s volunteers.

    “We value our volunteers and they are a part of the business community that provides this parade,” said Linda Zahn, CEO of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. “They are happy to be involved and we absolutely could not hold this event without their valued support.”

    Many of...
  • Fun Facts About Independence DayExclusive

    By Zach Sparks
    Most Americans recognize July Fourth as Independence Day, when the 13 colonies separated from England, setting the foundation for what would become the United States. Aside from its history, civilians also associate the holiday with elaborate parades, grilled foods and triumphant fireworks displays. But there is more to July Fourth than our beloved pastimes and traditions. Here are some interesting facts about the date that we know as Independence Day:

    The Real Independence Day

    July 2, not July 4, was the day the Continental Congress voted for independence. It was two days later that Jefferson’s Declaration was accepted. Historians also can make a case that we celebrate the holiday...
    • Now used as a museum that depicts early-20th-century farm life, the Kinder house formerly served as a home and later, a headquarters for park rangers.Photos by Zach Sparks
      Now used as a museum that depicts early-20th-century farm life, the Kinder house formerly served as a home and later, a headquarters for park rangers.
    • The refurbished Kinder farmhouse is full of old relics that portray 1930s farm life. A 1925 Oriole gas stove is one of the kitchen’s main highlights.
      The refurbished Kinder farmhouse is full of old relics that portray 1930s farm life. A 1925 Oriole gas stove is one of the kitchen’s main highlights.
    • Some generous donations included everyday items such as hair clippers, a jaw harp and medicine.
      Some generous donations included everyday items such as hair clippers, a jaw harp and medicine.
    • Friends of Kinder Farm Park Historical Society chairman Mike Lowman helped restore the 1925 farmhouse and sort items such as this RCA Victrola.
      Friends of Kinder Farm Park Historical Society chairman Mike Lowman helped restore the 1925 farmhouse and sort items such as this RCA Victrola.
    • Even though they had eight children, Henry and Hilda Kinder designated this bedroom for guests. The quilt made by the Kinder Farm Park Quilters’ Guild covers the bed.
      Even though they had eight children, Henry and Hilda Kinder designated this bedroom for guests. The quilt made by the Kinder Farm Park Quilters’ Guild covers the bed.

    Guests Explore Agrarian Culture At Renovated Kinder Farmhouse

    By Zach Sparks
    Kinder Farm Park is revered for its family-oriented events and its collection of loveable residents, like Vivian the pig. Now there is another feature to get excited about - the recently refurbished farmhouse, which serves as a museum and a window into the early 20th century.
    Built in 1925 by...
    • Alongside a large contingent of friends, family, politicians and supporters, Schuh and his team (pictured with campaign manager Diane Croghan) celebrated his Primary Election win against Laura Neuman late into the night at the Greene Turtle in Pasadena on June 24.Photos by Peter Crispino
      Alongside a large contingent of friends, family, politicians and supporters, Schuh and his team (pictured with campaign manager Diane Croghan) celebrated his Primary Election win against Laura Neuman late into the night at the Greene Turtle in Pasadena on June 24.

    County Republicans Select Schuh Over Neuman

    By Peter Crispino
    Vitale, McConkey Re-elected
    When the dust settled following one of the most antagonistic campaign battles on record in Anne Arundel County, 54.4 percent of Republican voters selected Steve Schuh for county executive over incumbent Laura Neuman in the June 24 primary. The two contenders were...
    • The above image depicts what a 110-foot cellphone tower would look like at Magothy River and Severn River middle schools. The proposal has faced opposition from parents, students and homeowners around the schools.Graphic courtesy of Milestone Communications
      The above image depicts what a 110-foot cellphone tower would look like at Magothy River and Severn River middle schools. The proposal has faced opposition from parents, students and homeowners around the schools.

    Cell Towers At Schools Debated By Parents, Neighboring Communities

    By Peter Crispino and Shane Jacobus
    Plans In Place For 110-Foot Tower At Magothy And Severn River Middle Schools
    Earlier this year, the county school system began receiving monthly payments from Milestone Communications for a cell tower the company constructed at Broadneck High School, the first of its kind at a county public school...
    • Longtime volunteer Wayne Gerst (right), who has consistently donated resources and time to the Fourth of July Parade throughout the years, received his Volunteer of the Month award from Editorial Assistant Dylan Roche.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Longtime volunteer Wayne Gerst (right), who has consistently donated resources and time to the Fourth of July Parade throughout the years, received his Volunteer of the Month award from Editorial Assistant Dylan Roche.

    Wayne Gerst Brings A Vigor For Vehicles To Fourth Of July Parade

    By Dylan Roche
    When the annual Severna Park Fourth of July Parade makes its way through town each year, regular attendees and spectators of the time-honored event always know they can expect certain traditions, including decorated floats, patriotic costumes and celebratory music. At the intersection of Riggs...
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  • Editor’s Voice

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    Happy summer, Severna Park! Break out those American flags and lawn chairs, because the 40th-annual Severna Park Fourth of July Parade will pass through town on Friday, July 4, beginning at 10:00am. Whether you have a front-row seat or will have to miss out on this year’s event, be sure to...
  • Take The Voice On Vacation!

    By Voice Staff
    Are you packing up the suitcase and heading on vacation this summer? Take the Voice with you and you could be in the next edition!
    This summer, we want to see all of our readers’ unique and exciting vacation destinations. Send us a photo from your travels of you with either a copy of the...
    • At the Severn River Association’s annual banquet, Speaker of the House Mike Busch urged anyone interested in helping save the Chesapeake Bay to make his or her voice heard in support of the new stormwater management plan.Photos by Dylan Roche
      At the Severn River Association’s annual banquet, Speaker of the House Mike Busch urged anyone interested in helping save the Chesapeake Bay to make his or her voice heard in support of the new stormwater management plan.
    • SRA President Lee Meadows (right) presented Speaker of the House Mike Busch with the Blue Heron Award, the association’s highest lifetime award, in recognition of Busch’s continued support of the Severn River.
      SRA President Lee Meadows (right) presented Speaker of the House Mike Busch with the Blue Heron Award, the association’s highest lifetime award, in recognition of Busch’s continued support of the Severn River.
    • The Severn River Association has led oyster restoration efforts on the Severn for the last five years, primarily through the Marylanders Grow Oysters program sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Part of the goal of this year’s banquet was to expand oyster growth.
      The Severn River Association has led oyster restoration efforts on the Severn for the last five years, primarily through the Marylanders Grow Oysters program sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Part of the goal of this year’s banquet was to expand oyster growth.
    • The Severn River Association has led oyster restoration efforts on the Severn for the last five years, primarily through the Marylanders Grow Oysters program sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Part of the goal of this year’s banquet was to expand oyster growth.
      The Severn River Association has led oyster restoration efforts on the Severn for the last five years, primarily through the Marylanders Grow Oysters program sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. Part of the goal of this year’s banquet was to expand oyster growth.

    Severn River Association’s Annual Banquet Raises Awareness For Important Watershed Issues

    By Dylan Roche
    Oyster growing, stormwater management and bay restoration were the major topics of the evening on June 18, when the Severn River Association (SRA) held its annual banquet at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The evening celebrated the SRA’s voluntary oyster growing program – the largest...
    • Steve Patten (left) and Jeff Potter (right) have a passion for baseball and teaching youth the importance of community service.Photos by Zach Sparks
      Steve Patten (left) and Jeff Potter (right) have a passion for baseball and teaching youth the importance of community service.
    • On June 24, Potter Baseball player Evan Kalinski (right) cut apples for his team during the Arnold Park cook-off to benefit Harbour School.
      On June 24, Potter Baseball player Evan Kalinski (right) cut apples for his team during the Arnold Park cook-off to benefit Harbour School.

    Potter Baseball Players Dive Headfirst Into Civic Service

    By Zach Sparks
    For athletes on the Potter Baseball Tour, the most rewarding moments don’t occur when they steal a base or drive in a run; those gratifying occasions surface when they serve the homeless at a soup kitchen or teach underprivileged children how to field a ground ball. Jeff Potter started the...
  • Millerville’s Randy Morris Reflects On His PGA Tour Experience

    By Jane Seiss
    Today, local businessman and entrepreneur Randy Morris is busy working for a local food company and helping run the spring water bottling enterprise in which he has invested. Before he began working in the food and beverage industries, however, Morris was a professional golfer who spent time on the...
    • Senator Ed DeGrange (right) and Marley Station Mall General Manager John Hess held the ribbon while Ira Miller, owner of Horizon Cinemas, performed the cutting to officially open the new theaters at Marley Station. Approximately 250 eager fans and dignitaries attended the grand opening on June 20.Photo by Jake Linger
      Senator Ed DeGrange (right) and Marley Station Mall General Manager John Hess held the ribbon while Ira Miller, owner of Horizon Cinemas, performed the cutting to officially open the new theaters at Marley Station. Approximately 250 eager fans and dignitaries attended the grand opening on June 20.

    Horizon Cinemas Opens At Marley Station Mall

    By Jake Linger
    Arrival Ends Four-Month Vacancy Following Regal Departure
    Hundreds of fans clambered and jostled for position, dignitaries moved about behind steel gates, and the energy inside the building was akin to that of a movie premiere. And in a way, it was.
    Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie held the...
  • Ready For Some Fun? Try These Barbecuing Tips

    By Lou Manfredini- Rommel’s Ace Hardware
    Today, barbecue grilling isn't merely a trend, but a way of life for many Americans. So, fire up the barbie with these tips for buying an outdoor grill:
    Fuel Source

    Charcoal: Choosing to grill the old-fashioned way means you'll enjoy the aroma of food cooking over coals and the...

  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    Our Junior Junction campers are already taking trips and starting off the summer with great new friends. Nicolle Tulley has returned as our camp director, and she does a great job of making sure the kids have fun by doing and learning. If your child is not registered yet, we still have openings and...
    • Each year, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company’s fundraiser carnival, a staple of the Anne Arundel community since 1945, offers tons of family fun with thrilling rides for all ages. This year, the carnival comes to town July 7-12.
      Each year, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company’s fundraiser carnival, a staple of the Anne Arundel community since 1945, offers tons of family fun with thrilling rides for all ages. This year, the carnival comes to town July 7-12.

    Summer Means It’s Carnival Time At Earleigh Heights VFC

    By Jake Linger
    Arguably, there is no one true factor that makes a carnival fun. Is it the rides, the cotton candy or the funnel cake? Or maybe the myriad games that challenge carnival-goers to toss a ring around a bottle neck or make a few long free throws to bring home an eerily large stuffed animal?
    The...
    • MRA President Paul Spadaro has led the organization’s floating garden project, done in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College.
      MRA President Paul Spadaro has led the organization’s floating garden project, done in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College.
    • Plants grown as part of the Magothy River Association’s floating gardens project are nurtured by volunteers on land before being placed in the river to help restore the watershed’s declining health.
      Plants grown as part of the Magothy River Association’s floating gardens project are nurtured by volunteers on land before being placed in the river to help restore the watershed’s declining health.

    MRA’s Floating Gardens Bring Vegetation Back To The Magothy RiverExclusive

    By Lindsay Seong
    The year was 1998, and underwater vegetation in the Magothy River was becoming scarce. Its near extinction posed a threat to the river’s ecosystem, so the Magothy River Association (MRA) decided to give Mother Nature a push in the right direction by growing underwater grasses in floating...

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