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Auction co. to use $1 million loan for rare doll collection

BankAnnapolis will provide a $1 million business loan to Theriault's, an Annapolis antique doll auction company.

The loan will fund the acquisition of a rare collection of automatons, movable mechanical dolls produced between 1850 and 1920. The private collection of 130 automatons comes from a French collector who accumulated them during several decades.

Theriault's will offer the automatons at its annual auction in Las Vegas in May. Theriault holds several dozen auctions a year across the United States and on its Web site at

The Annapolis auction company has 25 employees and is one of the largest specialty collection houses in the world. BankAnnapolis serves small businesses, professional concerns and individuals through six community banking offices in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties.

Beverly A. Alig wins kitchen design award

Beverly A. Alig, a certified kitchen designer with Kitchen Encounters of Annapolis, won first place in the mid-sized kitchen category of the design competition sponsored by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Kitchen Encounters specializes in the design and planning of kitchens and other rooms. Its showrooms are at 202 Legion Ave.



Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corp., a nonprofit organization, offers help to job seekers and employers throughout Anne Arundel County through its One-Stop Career Center in Severna Park, and through satellite offices throughout the county.

AAWDC helps job seekers with job acquisition, career change and employment re-entry, and employers with their work-force needs in hiring and downsizing. AAWDC is funded by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and Anne Arundel County.

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