July 06, 2008

Trust awards funds to preserve land

The Crownsville Conservancy Inc. has been awarded $44,870 to help preserve undeveloped lots in the Herald Harbor community, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced.

The money from the recently revived county Conservation Trust Fund will supplement preservation activities within the Severn River watershed and add to the Severn Run Greenway.

The Conservation Trust Fund provided $219,490 to several local land trusts, including the Severn River Land Trust, the South County Conservation Trust, the Bay Ridge Trust and the Anne Arundel Conservation Trust, until it went dormant three years ago.

The program has now reopened. The next deadline for applications for grant money from the fund is July 31. For more information, visit www.aacounty.org under "news flash."

Farmers' market opens at mall

Anne Arundel County's newest farmers' market opens today at Westfield Annapolis Mall.

The market will be open every Sunday through Sept. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. in the parking area next to Sears Automotive.

"Westfield Annapolis is a wonderful location for our farmers to offer fresh produce to Anne Arundel County residents," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "As consumer demand for local products continues to increase, farmers' markets are becoming popular sites for purchasing locally grown produce."

Each week, the Westfield Annapolis Farmers' Market will feature vendors selling a variety of products grown or produced in Maryland including produce, seafood, poultry, eggs, pork, beef, baked goods, herbal and body care products, ice cream, coffee and canned goods.

During a grand opening event on July 13, activities will include live music, exhibits from local agricultural agencies, and a Williams-Sonoma cooking demonstration using ingredients from the market.

Guardsman wins deck for service

A National Guardsman serving in Iraq and his family received a new deck on their Glen Burnie home last week from the Maryland Chapter of the North American Deck and Railing Association.

Staff Sgt. Brian Daughters of the 290th Military Police Company of the Maryland National Guard and his wife, Jill, both work full-time for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

He was deployed to the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attacks, then to Fort Stewart, Ga., to provide force protection.

Nine months after that deployment, he was sent to Afghanistan for six months, and now he is in Iraq.

Between his deployments overseas, he served on state active duty during a massive snowstorm in Maryland and in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

A selection committee from the Deck and Railing Association reviewed applications for its offer to build a deck for a deserving soldier and chose Daughters based on his dedication to community service.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Daughters' home in Glen Burnie on Thursday.

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