AACC to test emergency alarm

The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel Community College will test its new emergency siren and campuswide public-address system at noon tomorrow on the Arnold campus.

The new system was installed to give officials an additional way of connecting with people on campus in an emergency. The system is a single siren that is mounted on the roof of the Truxal Library and is 100 decibels at the source and 70 decibels at the perimeter of the campus.

After sounding, the public-address system will announce it was a test.

Davidsonville traffic pattern changes

Beginning in early May, the State Highway Administration will restrict traffic at a busy intersection in Davidsonville to right turns only during peak hours.

The permanent restrictions will prohibit left turns from Riva Road onto Route 214 eastbound and through traffic from Riva Road to the Amoco gas station from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The restrictions aim to improve safety and reduce congestion by eliminating unsafe turning movements at the intersection during peak commuter times. Average daily traffic on this section of Route 214 exceeds 19,000 vehicles.

An SHA traffic analysis determined that the flashing light in place is sufficient for traffic operations. The SHA will install signs at the intersection indicating the restrictions, and Anne Arundel County will install a sign along Riva Road directing traffic to Beards Point Road, where a traffic signal regulates access to Route 214 east of Riva Road.

Residents with questions may call the SHA's District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or 800-331-5603.

First farmers' mar ket opens in Annapolis

The Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market has opened for the 2008 season from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays at its home at the corner of Riva Road and Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis.

The market will run to Dec. 20 and, beginning June 10, also be open on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Special events will include an annual Farm Day in June, a harvest festival in October and a holiday/Christmas festival in early December. This is the first of six markets to open in Anne Arundel County this year.

"We are listening to our customers and have chosen to extend our season to allow consumers additional time to buy early-season products," said Martin Zehner, president of the Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market.

Forty-four vendors will supply this farmers' market with a variety of local products including early season bedding plants, potted plants, hanging baskets, herbs, spring vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, cut flowers, flavored vinegars, fresh eggs, soaps and craft items. A wider variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants will be available as the growing season progresses.

The next of the county's farmers' markets to open will be in Severna Park.

It will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays from April 28 to Oct. 27 at the intersection of Route 2 and Jones Station Road.

Four Rivers awards five mini-grants

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County has awarded five new mini-grants resulting from its spring grant round.

Made possible for the fifth year through financial support from Anne Arundel County, the city of Annapolis and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, Four Rivers' mini-grants assist local nonprofits in developing new heritage and preservation-related programs, activities, products and events. The winners are:

The Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation/Lost Towns Project in cooperation with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will receive $2,500 to support the development of a kayak tour, "Paddle Through History: A Cultural and Natural History Tour of the Rhode River." The program will also result in a template that can be used for paddling tours of other Four Rivers locations.

The Annapolis Maritime Museum, also in cooperation with the Trust and Lost Towns Project, will receive $2,500 to support the development of a guided kayak tour, with an additional self-guided version, exploring the Back Creek shoreline.

The Galesville Heritage Society will receive $2,168 to create a brochure that highlights recent additions to the Galesville Heritage Museum, including six interpretive panels and native plant and wetland gardens, and items recently added to the museum collection.

The Historic Annapolis Foundation will receive $2,500 to update its "Architecture in Annapolis" brochure that describes each of the styles and periods featured in the HAF Historic Marker Program.

The London Town Foundation will receive $2,500 to redesign its Web site, historiclondon town.org, to highlight some of Historic London Town and Gardens' major recent improvements, including the new visitor center that encompasses a museum, classroom, archaeology lab and horticultural center, the expansion of the historic area and new elements of the park's woodland and ornamental gardens.

Four Rivers, one of Maryland's 11 certified heritage areas, is a partnership among the state, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, the town of Highland Beach and local historic sites and heritage organizations.

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