County Digest


April 05, 2009

Annapolis, county receive $4.6M grant

Anne Arundel County and Annapolis will be the recipient of $4.6 million in federal funds from the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, announced U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin.

The grants are part of more than $52 million in funds statewide.

Anne Arundel County will receive $4,463,400, and the city of Annapolis will get $171,700.

Laurel, which is partly in Anne Arundel County, will receive $93,000.

The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Environmental classes

Annapolis Recreation & Parks is offering environmental educational programs at Back Creek Nature Park at 1314 Edgewood Road.

Programs are geared for children ages 3 to 10 for $5 per class. Registration is required by phone at 410-263-7958 or online at

* Is This Water Dirty? at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-6 and 3:45 p.m. for ages 6 and up April 13: Samples are taken of Back Creek water to check for pollution and to learn about population problems of the bay.

* Raingardens and Runoff at 3 p.m. April 26: A nature hike to learn the basics of rain gardens, how they work and how to install one. Also at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-6, and 3:45 p.m. for ages 6 and up April 27.

Family activities

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department offers activities for children and families at the rec center, 9 St. Mary's St.

Activities include: Tee Ball League for ages 3-5 starting Tuesday; tennis lessons for ages 8-15 and adults for six weeks Tuesdays starting April 7; cardio tennis for ages 14 and up starting April 11; IronCrabs Triathlon Training for ages 7-14 for the Truxtun Youth Triathlon starting April 12; UK Petite Soccer for ages 3-5 starting April 14; Maryland Boating Safety Course for ages 10 and up, April 14 and 16; dance fitness classes with Bio Aerobics, starting April 14 at various locations; Disc Dog disc play, April 18 at Collison Field, Truxtun Park; May Basket Flower Arranging April 28.

Also: "On the Go," an open gym program for 1-3 year-olds, starting April 21; Disc Doggin Class for dogs 6 months and older starting April 22 at Bates Athletic Complex; "Zoom, Zoom, Away We Go," for ages 2-4, starting April 23. Summer camp registration is being taken. Visit, or call 410-263-7958.

Defense Dept. facility

Fort George G. Meade will hold a groundbreaking for the consolidated Department of Defense field activity at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of Mapes and Taylor roads.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, awarded a $56,195,000 contract to build facility, which will include administration, technical and production centers.

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