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High school junior wins Anne Arundel County’s William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award

       Mackenzie Boughey stands out in a crowd.           That’s how I first saw her: Leading her peers and thousands of demonstrators at the Annapolis March For Our Lives rally as I reported my first story for Bay Weekly in 2018.          This is why I want to be a reporter, I thought, to see influencers like Boughey fire up their community and make real changes.

College now runs community matching service

        For 18 years, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center connected would-be volunteers with local causes and helped nonprofits fill a myriad of needs.          Now it is closing its doors.          Due to a lack of sustainable funding, the Volunteer Center could no longer operate as a standalone nonprofit.          Not that the job is finished. Far from it.

Find a home for local history treasures

      Are you seeking a place to show off museum-worthy relics? If you have historic documents, photos or memorabilia connected to St. Clement’s Island or the Colton’s Point area, your treasure may have found its future.

A Dutch Solution?

       With climate change at the door like the big bad wolf, who are you gonna call? Down in Hampton, Va., they may have figured it out: Hello, the Dutch.          Who better to help coastal communities cope than the Netherlands, a land that was covered by swamps 2,000 years ago? Fine minds and industriousness have enabled this densely populated nation to flourish as a result of dikes, dams, floodgates and pumping stations. Oh, and windmills.

Conservation groups combine powers

      Just two weeks after the South River Federation and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper began their unified partnership as the Arundel Rivers Federation, two more regional watershed groups have tied the knot.          The Severn River Association and the Back Creek Conservancy have merged their operations into one watershed organization. Both will operate under the Severn River Association masthead.

Project Opportunity helps entrepreneurs get started

      Ideas may have the power to change the world, but they don’t become reality through wishful thinking. They take hard work.          Joe Giordano knows just how much work.          He’s the founder of Project Opportunity, a program to help veterans turn their ideas into reality. Giordano isn’t just an idea veteran; he’s a military veteran, too.

Separated from Earth by four billion miles, the ­New ­Horizons spacecraft explores the outer limits

     Stakes were high and tension palpable New Year’s Day at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, as Sarah Hamilton and her colleagues waited for a long-distance radio transmission confirming either a successful mission or a failure.

Bay Trust honors local Irish restaurateurs

       When Irish natives Michael Galway and Anthony Clarke aren’t serving authentic Irish fare, they’re helping keep Chesapeake Country green.          Every year, the Chesapeake Bay Trust — a nonprofit grant-making organization — honors local environmental stewards with awards or scholarships. Galway and Clarke won this year’s Commercial Stewards Award for their outstanding environmental work throughout Chesapeake Country.

Join AACo Plan2040

      Seeking to be more engaged in your community and to help shape your county’s future? You can do both by serving on Anne Arundel County’s Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee.          The committee is now accepting applications from county residents who want to commit to helping shape the next draft of Anne Arundel’s General Development Plan. The committee meets twice a month in Annapolis.

Magothy River Association teaches its ­ecosystem on placemats

     “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” –Winston Churchill         It’s a scientific fact: If learning isn’t fun, it won’t be effective.          The creative folks of the Magothy River Association believe fun has a permanent place in environmental education.