Law Enforcement Torch Run to depart from Carney on Thursday

Special Olymics 2017 MDThe annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 10:15 a.m. This marks 31 years of Baltimore County Police participation in the event.

BCoPD is dedicated to raising money for and awareness of the Maryland Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics torch will be carried by both officers and Special Olympics athletes.

More than 50 runners will line up for the three-mile run that starts at Harford Hills Elementary School and ends at the Public Safety Building in Towson. The runners and other participants will then enjoy a cookout.

Baltimore County Police have raised thousands of dollars over the years to support the Maryland Special Olympics.

Zumbathon for ALS to be held at The Avenue in June

Zumbathon 4 ALS 2017A special event to benefit the Brigance Brigade is coming to White Marsh next month.

Merrit Clubs as will lead a Zumbathon to help get Baltimore residents moving to support people battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The event will feature an exhilarating, 90-minute Zumba class led by Merritt Clubs’ top Zumba instructors, where participants will enjoy a live DJ, awesome ambiance, and an appearance from some special Baltimore Ravens guests.

The event will be held on the new main plaza at The Avenue in White Marsh.

Proceeds from this event support the Brigance Brigade Foundation which equips, encourages and empowers people living with ALS.

This year, the event honors Brigance Brigade Foundation co-founders, O.J. and Chanda Brigance, their ten-year battle with this terrible disease, and their decade of service to the ALS community since being diagnosed.

DETAILS:
When: Wednesday, June 14th (RAIN DATE: Wednesday, June 21st)
– Registration begins at 5:30PM or register online here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2937742
– Zumba begins at 6:15PM
Where: The newly renovated main plaza at THE AVENUE in White Marsh: 8125 Honeygo Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21236

Notes:
1. This is an outdoor event, please dress according to the weather forecast.
2. Tickets are non-refundable.
3. All children under age 14 and under must have an adult present.

Parkville High AD honored by Maryland State Athletic Directors Association

Markle MarstonTowson, MD – Jeff Markle, Parkville High School athletic director, has received the BCPS District VI Athletic Director of the Year Award, and Patricia Marston, administrative secretary in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Athletics, has received the Distinguished Service Award, both from the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA).

Markle has been a member of the BCPS Athletic Department for the past nine years and has worked for BCPS for 24 years. In addition to the work he does at Parkville High, Markle has served on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) baseball committee and as the BCPS baseball director and a regional tournament director. He was recognized in 2007 with the Outstanding Teacher Award from Parkville High’s PTSA and in 2006 with the District VI Baseball Coach of the Year from BCPS. Markle also teaches the coaching competencies portion of the BCPS care and prevention of athletic injuries course. He took on this responsibility to have a greater impact on BCPS coaches.

“I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Jeff Markle represents everything positive about Baltimore County athletics,” said Michael Sye, BCPS coordinator of athletics. “His drive, determination, and commitment to the student athletes at his school and across our state show his passion and the intrinsic values that athletics teach all of us. I take great pleasure in knowing that I have Jeff Markle as a part of the BPCS Athletic Department team. He continuously raises the bar for not only his coaches but his student athletes as well.”

Marston has been a BCPS employee for 27 years, having spent 22 of those years in the Office of Athletics. She handles the numerous functions of the Office of Athletics as well as assisting with the state championships for cross country, lacrosse, and wrestling. She also has volunteered at numerous MPSSAA tournament events. Although it is not a part of her responsibilities, she frequently attends the MSADA conference as it provides her an opportunity to stay connected to the state association as well as athletic directors across the state.

“Seldom have I been able to recommend someone without reservation,” said Sye. “It is a pleasure to do so in the case of Patricia Marston. She is more than an administrative secretary, she is an important part of the success of the BCPS athletic program. She continues to go above and beyond her duties in the Office of Athletics as well as the state. She has handled all of her responsibilities with professionalism and class. She has earned others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions. Her willingness to handle the daily duties of the Office of Athletics, while assisting with the administration of our building management makes her a true team player and consummate professional. Patricia Marston is a valuable member of our team and a deserving person for this award.”

The honors were presented in late April at the association’s annual awards banquet.

State record white perch caught at Loch Raven Reservoir

George Venker PerchThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a new white perch non-tidal state fishing record was set on Friday, April 7th.

George Venker of Baltimore caught a white perch weighing 1.9 pounds at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County.

The retired Bethlehem Steel worker said he fishes at the reservoir regularly and used a bottom rig and a nightcrawler to bring in his record catch, which measured 14.75 inches in length.

“At first I thought it was a catfish,” Venker said. “I’m really proud. I’m going back to see if I can an even bigger one.”

His historic catch broke the previous record of 1.6 pounds held by James Stiars of Bel Air since August 2016.

Venker’s record perch was weighed on a certified scale at seafood wholesaler Mr. Fish Inc. in Baltimore. Natural Resources biologist Erik Zlokovitz officially confirmed the species.

The department maintains state records for sport fish in four divisions – Atlantic, Chesapeake, Nontidal and Invasive – and awards plaques to anglers who achieve record catches. Fish caught from privately-owned, fee-fishing waters are not eligible for record consideration.

Anglers reporting a potential record catch should call 443-569-1381 or 410-260-8325. The fish should be immersed in ice water to preserve its weight until it can be checked, confirmed and certified.