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Arc recognizes Howard Bank

Howard Bank, a locally owned and managed bank in Howard County, has been awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Arc of Maryland for its support of the Arc's Adopt A House initiative, a program to improve living conditions for those served by the organization's residential services program.

The bank adopted its first house last year, renovating and refurbishing a residence in Elkridge; this year, the bank renovated a townhouse in Owen Brown.

Bank volunteers painted, made repairs, did landscaping and redecorated the houses, purchasing items for the homes and supplies for renovations. The residences will be used by clients with developmental disabilities served by the Arc.

Howard Bank has entered into a partnership with Rep Stage, Howard Community College's theater-in-residence, for the 2007-2008 season. In addition to making a donation to the theater, the bank will continue to offer support in advertising, audience development and sponsorships.

Rep Stage will provide the bank with opportunities to attend post-show discussions with cast members and behind-the-scenes tours.

Howard Bank has branches in Hickory Ridge village, Ellicott City and Maple Lawn. A fourth branch is planned in Ellicott City.

Giant Food launches aid-the-hungry drive

The Giant Food supermarket chain has launched its annual public appeal to customers to help feed the hungry.

The company's "Checkout Hunger" program offers its customers two ways to participate: by donating cash at checkout registers or with donations of nonperishable foods at any Giant store.

Giant's program runs from Aug. 1 through Sept. 1. Five food banks in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Maryland Food Bank, will benefit from the 15-year-old program.

According to an announcement by the company, Giant Food LLC, with headquarters in Landover, contributes more than $4 million each year in products, cash and services to support hunger-relief efforts.

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