State emphasizes new rules for recreational...

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May 03, 1999

State emphasizes new rules for recreational crabbers

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin reminds recreational crabbers of new regulations effective this year. The changes involve the use of trotlines, collapsible crab traps, crab net rings, and catch limits for noncommercial crabbers, and require shorefront property owners to install devices to keep turtles out of their crab pots.

Legislation passed by the General Assembly last year created a $5 noncommercial crabbing license, which allows recreational crabbers to use additional gear and increases their daily landing limit. Recreational crabbers using hand lines and dip nets are not affected by the changes.

Under the new regulations, recreational crabbers can use up to 600 feet of trotline without a noncommercial crabbing license. With a noncommercial crab license, recreational crabbers are permitted to use 1,200 feet of trotline.

Recreational crabbers without a noncommercial crab license are limited to the use of a combination of no more than 10 collapsible crab traps or crab net rings. Recreational crabbers with a noncommercial license may use no more than a combination of 30 collapsible traps or net rings.

Information: 410-260-8008.

Soil conservation office sponsors coloring contest

The Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District is sponsoring a coloring contest for children in kindergarten and first grade in Anne Arundel County.

A copy of the artwork to be colored can be obtained from Chris Maex at the soil conservation office. The pupil's name, grade, age, address, phone number, school or organization and Social Security number should be on the back of the artwork.

Deadline for submissions is May 14. The first-place winner will receive a $50 savings bond, and each second-place winner will receive $10. The first-place winner's artwork will be forwarded to the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation District's Auxiliary statewide competition in July. State winners will receive a $50 savings bond.

Information: 410-222-7822.

Red Cross seeks volunteers to teach health, safety

The Central Maryland chapter of the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to teach health and safety.

Classes include standard first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, baby-sitting, child care and lifeguard training. Responsibilities include preparing records and reports, communicating with volunteer coordinators and promoting Red Cross programs.

Volunteers must be at least age 17, hold Red Cross certification and complete an instructor course. They also must pass a skills screening and written test in first aid, CPR, baby-sitting, child care and lifeguard training.

Information: 410-764-4602 or 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

County seeks applicants for summer jobs at camps

The Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department is accepting applications for employment for its summer activity centers and day camps. Applicants must be at least age 16 by June 14.

Positions include specialists in arts and crafts, music, drama and sports; program directors; and counselors.

In addition to the activity centers at many public schools, camps are held at county parks. There are also day camps for children with special needs in Mayo and at Lake Waterford Park.

Hours for jobs at summer activity centers are 8 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. from June 28 to Aug. 6. Day camp working hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 21 to Aug. 6.

Youths completing the eighth grade by June may take part in the counselor-in-training program. Those selected will serve as volunteers at an activity center or day camp.

Information: 410-222-7313 or 301-261-8036.


Seeking sponsors: Chesapeake Bay Events, a nonprofit organization, is seeking sponsors for its second Blues on the Bay Festival, May 15 and 19, at Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. The festival will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. Since its inception in 1983, the foundation has fulfilled wishes of more than 2,600 children. For program or corporate sponsorship: Chesapeake Bay Events, 301-794- 5720.

Food drive: Oriole Branch No. 176, National Association of Letter Carriers Baltimore Postal District 176, will conduct a one-day food drive Saturday in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, the AFL-CIO and Saturn car dealerships. Letter carriers will pick up nonperishable food items in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. All items collected will be distributed to local food banks in areas where collected. Information: 410-525-2444 or 2445.

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