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ARUNDEL DIGEST

June 25, 2008

Youth bus, trolley passes available

Annapolis Transit announced two programs last week to help students get around this summer: the Summer Youth Pass, which lets young riders take an unlimited number of bus or trolley trips, and a Summer School Express for students taking classes at South River High School in Edgewater.

The youth pass is for 12- to 18-year-olds and can be used from Tuesday through Aug. 31. Students can obtain a pass by bringing an application form signed by a parent or guardian and $25 in cash or a check or money order made payable to the City of Annapolis, to the Annapolis Department of Transportation at 308 Chinquapin Round Road. Students with a county school photo I.D. can come any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to get a sticker that will be their pass. Students without school I.D. will need to bring a passport-size photo (1.5 by 1.5 inches) on Wednesdays.

The pass covers the Summer School Express, which will run from the Spa Road Transfer Point at 932 Spa Road to South River High School before and after both class sessions. Students must be dropped off at Spa Road because there is no parking at the stop.

Karen Shih

Radio clubs test emergency plans

Local radio clubs will participate in a national emergency preparedness test Saturday to demonstrate and hone their communication skills in case of a real emergency when other methods of communication fail.

The Anne Arundel Radio Club will set up its annual field day at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center at the corner of Queen Anne Bridge and Wayson roads, where members will be among thousands of ham radio enthusiasts nationwide who will set up temporary radio stations using alternate antennas and alternate power sources. 410-867-8022 or 410-923-0229.

Officials seek help identifying arsonists

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is seeking the public's help in identifying whoever set a fire last month in Severn.

The one-alarm fire at 1848 Montreal Road on May 17 was controlled quickly, but the home sustained over $70,000 in damage. Witnesses told fire officials that five or six unknown individuals ran from the house just before the fire was discovered.

The Fire Department is asking anyone with information about the case to call 410-222-TIPS (8477). Callers do not need to leave their name or any contact information.

Fire officials in Calif. to help fight blaze

Two Anne Arundel County fire officials have been dispatched to California to participate in the management of a serious wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest.

Deputy Chief John M. Scholz and Division Chief Ross Dinkel are completing a mentoring program to prepare for disasters.

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