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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 6, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Rockfish index reportedly down Bl Red Sox hope for comeback vs. Tribe vs. 8 p.m. channels 7 Special boat show pullout SEE ENTERTAINMENT OCTD APCHIVFB 313 LAUREL AVE A U F-' F L 1D d 0 7 0 OCTOBER MD Insurer won't reduce pensions By BART JANSEN Staff Writer The company managing the county's lucrative pension program has refused to reduce benefits for retirees even if the County Council approves a pending re- form officials said yesterday. Aetna Life Casualty Co. guaranteed pension investments as an annuity and threatened not to stop payments to for- mer top officials already receiving bene- said County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe. An unanswered question is whether the Conn.-based Aetna would Aetna promises retirees regardless of reform cut benefits and possibly lower the county's premiums for future Mr. Scheibe said. A spokesman for Aetna didn't return a call for comment. The which came during a council briefing on the reform cast doubts on the county's expectation of saving million by revoking lucrative benefits in the Retirement Plan for Ap- pointed and Elected Officials. County Executive John G. Gary Jr. proposed to repeal parts of a 1989 law that raised payments for each year of county service from 2 percent of salary to 2.5 percent and lowered the retirement age from 60 to 50 years old. The 1989 law contributed to a million deficit in the plan for 93 top officials. Taxpayers are bailing out the which closed in 1994. A council hearing and possible vote on Mr. Gary's reform bill are scheduled for Oct. 16. The county projected a savings of million from lowered benefits and from a raised retirement age. Twelve officials in their 50s would have benefits suspended until they reach the higher retirement and 44 would be paid smaller said Personnel Director E. Hilton Wade. The rest of the plan's members either receive minimum benefits of per or they retired before 1989 with the lower 2 percent benefits for each year of service. Legal challenges were expected to the reform measure. But Mr. Scheibe said one retiree already called and taunted him with the news that Aetna guaran- teed his benefits. The company invested county pension contributions in annuities that it haS refused to Mr. Scheibe said. Aetna set up a coded account for each with investments and payments geared for a lifetime of benefits that the won't Mr. Scheibe said. When a county attorney's opinion last Page Residents have role in pope's Md. visit By KAREN CARSTENS and THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writers Dining at a Baltimore soup kitchen may not sound but Tom and Judy Mulrenin of Pendennis Mount are ecstatic at the prospect. One of their luncheon companions will be Pope John Paul U. absolutely Mr. Mulrenin said. was raised a Catholic and have always seen the pope as this mystical and to be able to meet him is a wonderful The Mulrenins are not the only county residents who will play a part in the pope's historic visit Sunday. Many local Catholics will fill the stands at Camden Yards and march with banners in the papal parade. Others will get to greet the pope as he arrives at BWI attend an invitation-only prayer or sing in the papal choir. In a handful of area high school students will be among a group of about 80 that will sound trumpet fanfares for the pontiff. Local clergy also will have special including dealing with Page By George N Lundskow The Capital The from and In the Hvmg room of their Pendwmto Mount They wIN among 19 pMtpto dmlng wtth Pope John Paul II Sunday it Our Dally the largest soup kitchen hi Maryland. They wHI represent the International Children's Services which helped the couple adopt their children. Architect helps design Mass altar By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Many years Annapolis landscape architect Jay Graham visited the Mall in Washington and saw the altar the pope was to use for Mass there. wondered what it took to be asked to do he thinking back. Just a phone call from a apparently. In two days Pope John Paul II will say Mass for some people from an altar Mr. Graham helped design. His work included choosing the altar platform's location in the the placement of seats and and the types of surrounding trees and flowers. Mr. Graham is working for free. an Irish Catholic. That didn't he said. Other area stand to earn sizable earthly rewards. State officials said they expect the pope's visit to bring at least million to the regional economy. His weeklong visit to Denver in 1993 brought in million in retail sales from the Baltimore archdiocese said. The archdiocese expects to parishioners to attend a Mass at Oriole Park at Camden which cost church officials roughly to rent. Most of the revenue will go to restaurants and retailers in the Baltimore area. Many area hotels are already the city's tourism agency said. So with no room at the Baltimore some of the to visitors are turning to Annapolis hotels already jammed from the U.S. Sailboat Show and a home Navy football game. Page buses to clog area roads By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer A Navy football game and the third day of the U.S. Sailboat Show will fill Annapolis area roadways tomorrow with marching midshipmen and shuttle buses. downtown as far as said Sgt. Phillip special events coordinator for city police. The Brigade of Midshipmen will march from Gate 4 to the Corps Memorial starting at Navy's game against Virginia Tech starts at p.m. The brigade's route will follow King George Street to College College Avenue to Bladen Bladen Street to Rowe Boulevard and then out to the stadium. Those streets will be closed as the midshipmen march to the Sgt. Herman said. At around 11 city police will make Farragut Road and Taylor Avenue two lanes in and one lane to ease traffic flow from Rowe Boulevard to the stadium. At around 4 p.m the patterns will be reversed to give fans an easier with all three lanes of Taylor switched one way outbound to Rowe Boulevard. Tomorrow is also the third day of the sailboat show. Boat show General Manager Jim Barthold said show traffic will be routed to Germantown Elemen- tary School off Route 50 tomorrow. Eastbound Route 50 traffic will see variable message signs at Aris T. Allen with more signs leading motorists to West Street. Westbound Route 50 traffic will exit off Route 2 and make a left onto West and also follow the signs. Shuttle buses will then ferry show-goers frorn the school to City Dock. Parking for the show will resume at the Navy stadium on Sunday and Mr. Barthold said.- Saturday's traffic for the boat show will come apd go throughout the not in one big he said. Sgt. Herman also cautioned motorists against breaking the two-hour time limit at the park-ing meters downtown. People inclined to accept a parking ticket will find their cars which brings a much higher Sgt. Herman said. i will be towed rather than just he said. Three-alarm fire causes mass evacuation at Marriott hotel INSIDE county and Naval Academy Hiengtiters BBM tmm n DM MMUpOM to By J The Capital to a fro today at 6 By CHRISTOPHER MUNSEY Staff Writer Hundreds of boat show guests at the Annapolis Marriott Water- front hotel got a wakeup call early this morning in the form of a three-alarm city Fire Depart- ment officials said. No one was injured in the blaze that started just before 6 apparently in a deep fryer vat in the kitchen of the Pusser's Land- ing restaurant shortly after the morning crew of employees turned on the equipment. The hotel had some 300 and all were evacuated safely. Police opened up the Annapolis Recreation Center across the street for the and everyone was allowed back into their rooms around a.m. hotel is back and nothing's said Pusser's Limited Chairman Charles To- whose company- owns the hotel restaurant. The blaze sent guests and em- ployees streaming into the pred- awn darkness outside the six- story located on Compro- mise Street near City Dock. Boat show attendee Kerry Madgett said she and her husband Denny Manrique awoke to the sound of a fire alarm. Their fifth-flcof room overlooks the roof of the said Ms. draped in a blue blazer and barefoot on the street outside. opened the drapes and I saw solid white smoke. I said 'the buildings on get out she said. Fellow guests were milling about in the and seemed unsure about whether to the Minneapolis resident said. Smelling more of the she barked at her fellow guests to get moving down the stairs and outside. said 'leave' and then I said 'take the Ms. Madgett said. Guests Bill and Judy Wren of reported an orderly evacuation after waking up to the blaring claxon of a fire alarm. Vandals frustrate towif town residents. Cl Virginia Tech expects smooth sailing at Navy. Dl Annapolis........... Cl Arundel Bl Calendar....... 84 OMuartes..........' Jff Classified........... C2 Police Beat........... Club Notes........ A6 Sports ...........OK Comics...... 62 S3 Crossword...... C9 Tides............... ft Portions of me Capital are printed each-day on recycled paper The newspaper also. recyclable ClaMMad. Circulation 268-7000 .2684800   

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