County firefighters to collect for charity Anne Arundel...

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August 27, 2006

County firefighters to collect for charity

Anne Arundel County firefighters will be out in the community collecting money on Labor Day weekend to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

From Friday to Sept. 3, firefighters will be at intersections, shopping centers and locations throughout the county to collect donations from drivers and other passersby.

The Annapolis Fire Department collected $18,000 during its recent "Fill the Boot" campaign and has challenged the county Fire Department to beat it.

Information: 410-987-1180.

ASO raffle raises more than $11,000

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra raised more than $11,000 through its 2006 "Symphony Sweeps" raffle.

Volunteers from the ASO board of trustees, the Friends of the ASO Board of Directors, symphony staff, local merchants and other volunteers sold 447 raffle tickets totaling $22,350.

The grand prize winner was Margaret Templeton of Annapolis, who was awarded 40 percent of the proceeds.

Tyler Hecht, also of Annapolis, won first prize, which was 10 percent of the proceeds.

Art Lewis, George Samaras and Vienna Laurendi were third-prize winners, and each received a pair of season tickets to the 2006-2007 ASO Classic Series at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The remaining 50 percent of the proceeds was contributed to the orchestra's Annual Fund.

Information: 410-269-1132.

Canine blood bank seeks new donors

Facing a serious blood shortage, the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank in Severna Park is seeking healthy dogs to join its blood-donor program.

The bank's inventory of packed red blood cells has dropped to a one- to two-day supply. It is having difficulty stocking local emergency animal hospitals, said donor coordinator Brandee Stout.

Owners of healthy dogs ages 9 months to 7 years old that weigh at least 35 pounds are encouraged to schedule an appointment at the bank, 844 Ritchie Highway, Suite 204.

Information: 1-800-949-3822 or www.evbb.com.

Historical society re-elects officers

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society has re-elected all of its current officers for the 2006-2007 year.

June Hall was elected to serve her sixth term as chair of the board of trustees. Other officers elected were Mavis Daly as vice chair, Roberta Dorn as recording secretary and Loretta Garte as corresponding secretary.

The society sponsors educational and social activities, lecture series and other events. Its purpose is to preserve the social history of Anne Arundel County.

Information: 301-261-5234.

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