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Severna Park man wins regional Emmy

Ben Pierce of Severna Park, a graphic designer at Anne Arundel Community College, won a regional Emmy award for his part in creating an animated video.

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Pierce, who joined the college's public relations and marketing office last year, worked on the concept and created the graphics for the video, "Financing a George Washington Education," a piece he worked on while serving as a graphic designer at George Washington University.

The video won in the graphics-animation category in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' National Capital Chesapeake Bay chapter. The video can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=yfU2Qac73xE.

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Pool open through Labor Day

The outdoor pool at Truxtun Park is open daily for the summer season through Labor Day at 251 Pump House Road in Annapolis. Hours are 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and holidays. In addition, there will be lap swimming from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Daily pool rates and season pass information can be found at annapolis.gov/recreation. Commercially made bathing suits are required. Swim diapers, plus eco-suits, are required for non toilet-trained children. Beginner, intermediate and advanced swimming lessons are offered. The Penguins Swim Team will have its final home swim meet on July 18, the pool will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The pool can also be rented for private events. Information: 410-263-7958 or email sagilmore@annapolis.gov.

Historical research available

The Kuethe Library Historical & Genealogical Research Center, 5 Crain Highway, SE, Glen Burnie, operated jointly by the historical society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays year-round. Information: 410-760-9679.

Watershed stewards class

The Watershed Stewards Academy is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class of Master Watershed Stewards. The Watershed Stewards Academy certification course trains and supports citizens to become Master Watershed Stewards, who take action with their neighbors to address stormwater pollution and restore local waterways. Stewards may choose to serve within the community in which they live, work or worship. Attendance at any of four free informational orientations is required before submitting an application. Sessions are scheduled for noon Aug. 17 at Annapolis Regional Library, 1410 West St.; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Deale Community Library, 5940 Deale Churchton Road; 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at 503 Maple Road East, Linthicum and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Road in Millersville. To register for orientation sessions, go to aawsa.org. Applications are due no later than Sept. 11. Those who are unable to attend any of the sessions should contact Suzanne Etgen, executive director, at setgen@aacps.org or 410-222-3831 to schedule a meeting.

Genealogical society

Anne Arundel Genealogical Society is holding the following events in September: For rain date information, call Tina Simmons at 410-978-7167.

A meeting will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Severna Park United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall at the back of the church, 731 Benfield Road in Severna Park. The meeting is a discussion of the "ABC's of Genealogy" and participants can ask questions and discuss issues with experts. For information, go to aagensoc.org or call the Kuethe Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays at 410-760-9679.
A cemetery inscription day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, 100 West St. During this event participants can help transcribe information from old tombstones for use by genealogy researchers.

Craft vendors sought

Vendors are needed for a craft and vendor show slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, 1425 Annapolis Road. The cost is $20 for one table or $35 for two tables. All jewelry slots are filled. Information: Patti Kidwell at 301-776-9372.

Youth resource guide

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Center has released a youth resource guide, with information about nonprofit and faith-based organizations in the county. A free copy is at volunteerannearundel.org. Printed copies can be purchased at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, for $5 each. Information: 410-897-9207.

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Operation Paperback

This nonprofit collects used books nationwide and sends them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, more than 1 million books have been shipped to military personnel around the world. Organizing the effort in this area is Sandy Marron of Annapolis. She can be contacted at slmmuscles1@aol.com. Put "books" in the subject line. Information: operationpaperback.org.

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