County Digest

COUNTY DIGEST

December 04, 2008

Volunteers inducted into Hall of Fame

Seven volunteer projects that were judged to have a significant impact on Annapolis and Anne Arundel County were recently inducted into the Volunteer Project Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees include: Assistance League of the Chesapeake for "Georgetown East Elementary Project;" YWCA for "Sexual Assault Crisis Center Project;" Arundel Habitat's "100th House Project;" Teens in Partnership and Local Management Board's "Teen Summit Project;" Varuna Aveda for the "Salon Project for Annapolis Area Ministries."

A Special Recognition Award went to the U.S. Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen for four projects, and the Innovation Award was presented to County Executive John R. Leopold for "Anne Arundel County's First Homeless Resource Day."

The various organizations provide assistance programs to children, families, seniors and the homeless in need; youth at risk; crime victims; homeowners who need help with improvements; educational and leadership programs.

The induction ceremony was sponsored by the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County.

Annual Giving Tree

Midshipmen, faculty and staff at the U.S. Naval Academy are holding their 18th annual Giving Tree in the Bancroft Hall Rotunda through Dec. 12 to help children in greater Annapolis.

In conjunction with the Salvation Army, midshipmen decorate the tree with angel ornaments that represent a child in need.

The Naval Academy community as well as the public select the angels and buy toys and clothing for each child named on the angel tag.

The deadline for gift collection is the morning of Dec. 13. Gifts can be dropped off at the tree. The Salvation Army will deliver the gifts near Dec. 25, after the midshipmen have gone home for the holidays.

Academy visitors are reminded that vehicles without Department of Defense decals are not permitted on Naval Academy grounds. Visitors may park in town and enter through Gates 1 and 3. All visitors must show a photo ID.

Information: 410-293-2292.

Crop sustainability

Maryland Cooperative Extension will hold a Global Crop Sustainability & IPM Workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road.

The workshop will focus on advanced crop production practices used worldwide, with emphasis on sustainability, food security and integrated pest management methods.

Topics will include crop selection, integrated crop management, soil fertility, weed control, insect control and disease control for field crops, fruits and vegetables.

Private pesticide applicator recertification and nutrient management voucher recertification will be awarded for full participation in the workshop.

Registration is required through the Anne Arundel County Extension Office at 410-222-6759.

Charity fruit sale

The Severn River Lions Club is holding a citrus fruit sale to support community projects.

Available fruits are: seedless ruby red grapefruit, 2/5 bushel $17, 4/5 bushel $30; seedless navel oranges, 2/5 bushel $16, 4/5 bushel $28; or mixed oranges and grapefruit, 2/5 bushel $18.

Deadline for orders is Dec. 13. Pick-up is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Severna Park High School. Any remaining fruit will be sold until 2 p.m. Future sales will be held Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21.

Information: 410-439-5770.

MLK Memorial Breakfast

Anne Arundel Community College is selling tickets to its 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 19 in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium on the Arnold campus.

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler will be the keynote speaker. The event honors local residents and civic leaders who best emulate King's spirit. The winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest will also be recognized. Tickets are $35 per person or $350 for a table of 10. Tickets are limited. Deadline for tickets is Jan. 13.

Information: 443-871-5656.

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