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Volunteer work: Mr. Buttrum, who is retired from the county fire department, recently received Maryland's Sixth Annual Boating Safety Award for Volunteerism for his work with area youth in the "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" program.

The award recognized his donation of time and material for several outings on the Chesapeake Bay.

About the program: "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" is a part of the county police department's Drug Awareness Resistance and Education program (DARE).

The program is designed to introduce children to recreational alternatives and to reinforce the anti-drug message.

About the volunteer: Mr. Buttrum, a charter boat captain and lifelong resident of Cape St. Claire, began working on the water at the age of 12. By 17, he had his own boat.

On designated days, Mr. Buttrum would ready his boat, which is docked in Calvert County, and then drive the nearly two hours to Sandy Point State Park to pick up youngsters for a day of instruction and fishing aboard the Carol Ann.

Volunteer's comment: "We took two groups every Friday for five weeks. About 20 kids each time. And each Friday it would be a different group of kids.

"We'd take them out and show them how to fish. Most of them had never been on a boat before. Some were pretty young, 7-, 8-, 9-year-olds to teen-agers. It worked out real well."

"It's starting the last week in July all over again, for five weeks."

Organization's comments: The Department of Natural Resources public communications office said Mr. Buttrum donated "more than 48 hours of his time and well over $6,000 in lost revenue" from his charter business to help make the program a success.

"Volunteer Spotlight" is compiled by Kevin Harrison. To recommend someone, call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911, any time or fax information to 315-8916 or mail it to: The Sun for Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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