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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.
      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.”

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.

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.

In the glow along Chesapeake Bay

      In these deflating times, holiday lights offer a sure-fire pick-me-up, explosions of brightness that dazzle the senses and trigger images from a peaceful past.          We’ve seen no more compelling light presentation this season than the 25th annual Lights on the Bay holiday show at Sandy Point State Park, sponsored by SPCA of Anne Arundel County.

New fee aligns with other national parks

       Heading to the seashore is going to cost you a few more sand dollars.          The National Park Service plans to increase entrance fees across the board at all 112 parks that charge fees. Effective January 1, Assateague Island National Seashore bumps to a seven-day $25 per car or $10 per person fee. The annual pass climbs to $45.          The fee includes entrance to the National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia.

Third World artisans to Davidsonville Church Women to survivors of domestic violence

       To spread Christmas cheer while making a positive impact globally and locally, the women of Davidsonville United Methodist Church teamed with Ten Thousand Villages for the church’s third annual Alternative Christmas Market. The Pennsylvania-based non-profit helps artisans in developing countries sell their crafts world-wide.

 

Clear your calendar for these ­holiday traditions and annual favorites

     You’ve got your copy of Season’s Bounty, so which of the hundreds of listings will you pick to attend? I’m offering you some help. This week, we highlight a dozen or so Christmas classics that check my boxes: accessibility, affordability, ambience and amazement. Keep an eye out for our reviews of several holiday theatre productions in upcoming issues.   What: Lights on the Bay

USPS is big-footing our place names into oblivion

     Bristol is a town barely in Anne Arundel County. It’s also barely clinging to an identity as a town, if the U.S. Postal Service has its way.     The name Bristol is recognized as authoritative in the county’s southwestern corner by most maps, by the U.S. and Maryland Geological Surveys, by the Maryland Department of Planning, by countless county databases and by the Maryland State Highway Administration’s maps and big green highway signs.