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$186,000 in grants offered to four groups in Four Rivers

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority has approved more than $186,000 for four grant project proposals within Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County.

The grant money totalling $186,916 will support regional heritage-related projects totaling more than $397,000. All grants are matched at the local level.

In addition to receiving $100,000 for operating and program assistance, Four Rivers helped the following local heritage-related organizations in obtaining MHAA funding:

* The Annapolis Maritime Museum will receive $50,000 to support an interactive exhibit entitled Oysters on the Half Shell, the first component of its new Bay Experience Center in the reconstructed McNasby Oyster Company building in Eastport.

* Historic Annapolis Foundation was awarded $17,500 for repair and painting of damaged exterior wood elements of the William Paca House, an outstanding example of Georgian architecture that serves as the key interpretive site of the Historic Annapolis Foundation.

* Historic London Town and Gardens was awarded $19,416 to research, produce, and distribute an eight-minute video that will introduce visitors to the site, reflecting new improvements and programming that includes a $5.1 million visitors' center.

Shady Side heritage society selling donated houseboat

Generous donors have given the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society a houseboat, which it will sell to support its cultural and educational programs.

The Fantastic, a 41-foot Gibson built in 1988, has twin Crusader 279-HP engines, two driving stations and sleeps eight with two private cabins. It has two Carrier heat pumps, a 100-gallon holding tank, electronics including a depth sounder and VHF radio, a fly bridge that seats five and a Bimini top.

The book value of the houseboat is $26,000, and it is being offered at $12,000, or best offer. The boat needs some repairs.

It is docked at the Chesapeake Yacht Club in Shady Side.

Information: Andy Garte, 410-553-0042 or gartefam@comcast.net.

DUI checks on Muddy Creek Road tomorrow, Saturday

Anne Arundel County police will set up DUI checkpoints and increased patrols tomorrow and Saturday in Edgewater.

Officers will be in the area along Muddy Creek Road, a corridor that police said has accounted for about 6 percent of all DUI arrests in the county.

Police said checkpoints and saturation patrols are an effective way of ensuring safety by "increasing the perception of risk for detection and arrest."

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