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Department offering information on kids and water...


Department offering information on kids and water safety

With the pool and the beach being two of the most popular summer destinations and Anne Arundel having hundreds of miles of shoreline, the county Department of Health is offering a free water-and-sun safety kit focusing on children and the danger of drowning.

A study conducted for the Health Department found drowning to be the leading cause of accidental death in the county for children ages 1 to 9 -- ahead of motor-vehicle accidents, suffocation and falls.

The study by Elissa Malkin, a public health specialist, covered a period from 1995 to 1997. It determined through death-certificate information that seven children in the age grouping had drowned, compared with four who died from suffocation and two each who died from vehicle accidents and falls.

Dr. Kathleen Farrell, Anne Arundel's deputy health officer, said the finding was consistent with other jurisdictions, although children may be at greater risk here because of the large number of waterfront homes and backyard pools.

The department said most drownings occur in private and residential pools that lack a life-guard but that children also drown in bathtubs, sinks, toilets -- even pails of water.

To request a safety kit, call 410-222-7979. Information is also posted on the Health Department's Web site at www.aahealth.org.

Two marinas awarded for environmental actions

Two Anne Arundel County marinas -- Herrington Harbour North in Tracys Landing and Magothy Marina in Severna Park --were recognized last week for their efforts to reduce pollution and restore the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Along with nine from other counties, they were honored at the Department of Natural Resources' second annual Clean Marina Awards presentation. Owners were joined at the ceremony by Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Sarah Taylor-Rogers, Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and local elected officials. They received a gubernatorial citation.

Herrington Harbour was recognized for its creation of healthy marshland on 2 acres, and Magothy was recognized for its cleanliness.

Cemetery preservation to be topic of workshop

A workshop on cemetery preservation will be held July 29 at the Louis L. Goldstein Building in Annapolis for those interested in that aspect of preserving the state's history.

Participants in the daylong program -- part of the Save Maryland's Treasures Program -- will be given information on identifying historic cemeteries, preserving monuments and markers, and restoring historic landscapes. They will also tour St. Anne's Cemetery.

Space is limited to 50 people. The $25 cost includes lunch. Registration deadline is Friday. Information: 410-260-6351.

Bereavement center offers weekend camp for kids

Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Center is accepting applications for Camp Nabe, a weekend bereavement camp for children ages 6 to 14.

The camp will be held at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville from Aug. 18-20.

The camp is free for Anne Arundel County children, but a $15 application fee is charged. Applications: 410-987-2129.

YWCA seeks volunteers for mentoring program

Volunteers are being sought to work with children in a mentoring program operated by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, beginning Aug. 1.

Mentors will provide services to children ages 8 to 16 who are receiving services from the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency. Each mentor will work individually with a client and will join the child in recreational and social activities.

Mentoring times will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, with monthly field trips Friday evenings or Saturdays.

A short training program will be held for mentors before the start of the program.

Information: 410-626-7065.

Deadline is Wednesday to apply for arts grants

Not-for-profit organizations that run art programs are invited to apply by Wednesday for an Arts in Community grant of up to $1,000 from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Grants are awarded four times a year and are designed to help organizations produce and present arts activities in their communities. The July grant will be given to organizations with activities taking place Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.

Applications may be obtained by calling the council at 410-767-6555 or by visiting its Web site at www.msac.org.

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