Digest

August 08, 2007

Firefighters collect food, school items

Firefighters from around the county will kick off a food drive and school supply collection today.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighters Association and Professional Firefighters Local 1563 are asking for donations of nonperishable and canned food items, as well as pencils, crayons, notebooks, paper and other school supplies to benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and county public schools.

Donations may be dropped off daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Aug. 22 at any county fire station.

Free nasal flu spray offered schoolkids

For the second year in a row, Anne Arundel County elementary school children can get nasal flu spray for free.

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced Monday that he was setting aside $250,000 to cover the vaccinations. He also said he was providing an additional $90,000 to preserve bus service in the Fort Meade area.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will make FluMist nasal spray vaccinations available at public elementary schools this fall.

"The widespread access and availability of FluMist through county elementary schools will only improve overall county public health during the flu season," Leopold said.

Last year, the state and MedImmune, the manufacturer of FluMist, covered the cost of administering the vaccines. This year, the county will pay for it, said Marina Harrison, a county spokeswoman.

She said $150,000 was coming from the chief administrator's officer's contingency fund, with another $100,000 being redirected from a state public health grant.

Leopold is also taking steps to support transit needs of north and west County residents by providing $90,000, also from the contingency fund, to supplement Corridor Transportation Corp.'s commuter bus budget.

Leopold said it will preserve much of the service in the Odenton, Severn and Glen Burnie areas, amid rising costs resulting from a new labor contract and fuel price increases.

The county is awaiting a decision from the federal government on r its application for a match grant for three additional 30-foot buses to improve mass transit service.

Truxtun Park Pool to change hours

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department will change the hours at the Truxtun Park Pool when county schools reopen later this month.

The new schedule is as follows:

Aug. 27 to 31 - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sept. 1 to 3 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The pool will close for the season Sept. 4.

Questions can be directed to the pool manager at 410-263-7928.

Heritage Society holds $10,000 raffle

The annual $10,000 raffle conducted by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is under way.

The winning ticket will be drawn at the society's West River Heritage Oyster Festival at the Capt. Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 EW Shady Side Road, at 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold at $10 each, and the winner need not be present at the drawing. Proceeds from the raffle will be earmarked for structural needs of the museum building.

Tickets may be purchased from merchants including Trim`s Barber Shop, Joanne's Touch, Wheeler's Hardware, Shady Side Market and Renno's Market. To purchase tickets by mail, send a check payable to the Society to P.O. Box 89, Shady Side 20764. To order by phone, call 410-867-4486.

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