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Church, conservancy to aid Spa Creek

The Spa Creek Conservancy and Heritage Baptist Church have joined forces to improve the health of the headwaters of the creek in Annapolis.

The two organizations will build seven rain gardens and two planters, and will plant 25 trees to filter stormwater runoff from Forest Drive, near the creek's origin. The public is invited to help plant the more than 1,300 native plants on June 14.

The initiative, which includes more than $100,000 in materials and labor on church property, is being funded by a grant awarded to the conservancy by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

The rain gardens will catch stormwater runoff from the parking lots at the church, situated near the headwaters of Spa Creek at 1740 Forest Drive. The shrubs and trees in the rain gardens will help slow and cool the flow of water into the creek, filter its contaminants by infiltration into the soil and generally improve the creek's health.

"Stewardship of the Earth is one of our most sacred missions," said the Rev. Henry Green of Heritage Baptist. "This effort will allow us to make a positive difference in our own backyard, literally, while teaching our youngest members the importance of environmental work."

Mel Wilkins, the conservancy project manager, said the project is a step forward in the nonprofit's goal of making Spa Creek suitable for swimming and fishing.

Information on volunteering next month:

Flooded Davidsonsville road to reopen

A Davidsonville road that was flooded by heavy rains this month is scheduled to reopen June 2, county officials say.

Rutland Road between Lavalle Drive and Route 450 is being repaired after sustaining serious damage two weeks ago. A significant portion of the northbound lane is not safe for travel.

Event for older residents planned

County Executive John R. Leopold will mark Older Americans Month with a celebration Wednesday.

"Forever Young" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts in Arnold. The event for residents older than 55 will be set in a carnival-like atmosphere with light refreshments available. Leopold will also honor more than a dozen county centenarians.Free van transportation is available from the seven senior centers at 9:15 a.m.

Information: Barbara Buchlietner, 410-222-4464.

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