County Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 15, 2009

Meade to get funds for road access

Fort Meade will receive $3 million in federal funding to improve access to it and relieve area traffic congestion arising from the base closings and realignment program, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski announced.

The money is part of the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act that provides $22 million to four Maryland transportation projects related to impacted communities.

The 2009 bill also provides for Army Corps of Engineers projects for two county water-related ventures: $483,000 for maintenance dredging of Herring Bay and Rockhold Creek serving commercial fishermen seafood operations in Deal; and $1.1 million to complete engineering and design for maintenance dredging for Parrish Creek, which serves area marinas.

Crops workshop

The Anne Arundel County Extension Office will hold a Field Crops & Pasture Workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center, 3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road, Davidsonville.

The workshop will explore advanced concepts of pasture and field crop production in Southern Maryland, from establishment to harvest, including animal utilization.

Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification and Nutrient Applicator Voucher Recertification will be awarded upon completion.

Information: 410 222-6759 or 301-970-8250, ext. 6759.

Garden classes

Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners will hold free vegetable gardening classes for beginning gardeners. All classes are held at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret's Church, 1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis.

"Vegetable Garden Basics" will be held March 24 and 31.

This program will get new gardeners started in planting and growing fresh vegetables.

"Pests and Diseases of the Vegetable Garden" will be offered July 21; and "Harvesting and Storing Vegetables" on July 28.

Registration is requested at 410-222-6757.

Cherry blossoms trip

The Friends of Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden Inc. will sponsor a van trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 28.

Participants can take the Cherry Blossom Walk, check out other events or take a self-guided walk around the Tidal Basin.

Travelers can take a bag lunch or purchase food from vendors.

The cost is $5, $4 for garden volunteers. The van will leave from the Tawes Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis.

Information: 410-260-8189.

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