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Board of Public Works approves Rural Legacy Program grants
      It’s been 20 years since Maryland acquired its first property to become a conservation easement as part of Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program.        Last week that program was approved for over $18.8 million in grant money for more easements in 18 counties thanks to the Board of Public Works.       Easements are voluntary, legal agreements that permanently limit land use for conservation.

 

Research uncovers impact of freed slaves 

     A good book is a treasure. Thanks to author Mary Rockefeller, a new treasure that tells the story of Calvert County schools now adorns book shelves.       Early Schools of Calvert County Maryland, Rockefeller’s first book, details the history of schools from the era of one-room schoolhouses to a century after the Civil War.

Older adults filling the desks at colleges

     I recently lunched with my oldest friend, whom I’ve known since the first grade. The meeting brought up many memories, mostly of high school and college. I enjoyed the learning, but those days were punctuated by the stress of succeeding so I could have a “good future” and the anxiety of paying for it.

Volunteer on MLK Day of Service to reap mental health rewards

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.            While an extra Monday off work or school may feel like a chance to relax and veg out, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was actually put in place for you to follow his example—making it a day “on,” not a day off.
      When its doors reopen in the spring, visitors to the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Eastport will find state-of-the-art, high tech exhibits that encourage them to reach out and touch things.        “It’s been more than a decade since Annapolis Maritime Museum opened with new exhibits after Hurricane Isabel,” says Alice Estrada, president of the museum. “The lifespan of exhibits is eight to ten years, so we are overdue.”

Anne Arundel Libraries erase more than $754,000 in old fines and fees

      Got a stack of overdue young adult novels or children’s picture books that didn’t quite make it back on time over the holidays? There’s nothing to fear if they were checked out from an Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)– your fines have been erased.
     When I wrote my first story for Bay Weekly in the beginning of my senior year in high school, the Gingras name had already been mentioned in the paper’s pages.

Annapolis goes greener — with your help

      Add the City of Annapolis to the list of localities working to reduce their plastic footprint. Mayor Gavin Buckley signed a pledge encouraging all Annapolitans to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastics.          “We all know that there is far too much plastic waste. It’s in our landfills, in our waterways, polluting our oceans. We all have a responsibility to make the effort to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastics,” Buckley said.

AACo Lifeline 100 donates $33,250

       Seven local non-profits will start the year with a little something extra in their pockets, thanks to proceeds from the sixth annual Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Bicycle event last fall.          More than 800 cyclists of all ages and abilities pedaled around B&A and BWI Loop trails to help raise money for area charities.

Even small patches do heavy lifting

        A little green can go a long way.                Researchers at the University of Maryland have found that even small patches of urban forest are effective for managing and infiltrating stormwater.