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Delegate Costa to hold three town meetings

Republican Del. Robert A. Costa from Legislative District 33B, Anne Arundel County, will hold three town meetings this week in the district.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Deale Library, Tuesday at the Edgewater Library, and Thursday at Rolling Knolls Elementary School. Residents can talk one-on-one with Costa about concerns and issues in the district.

Costa is serving his second term in the General Assembly. He is a member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee, which considers legislation related to health occupations, insurance, facilities, public health, long-term care, government operations, and minority health disparities.

District 33B includes the communities of Sherwood Forest south through Davidsonville to the Anne Arundel County/Calvert County border. He is the former chairman of the Republican State Central Committee for Anne Arundel County, former deputy whip for the Republican Caucus and is a professional firefighter/emergency medical technician for Anne Arundel County.

Information: 410-841-3551.

ASO announces new executive director

The executive director of the Charlottesville, Va., and University Symphony Orchestra, William H. Martin, will become the new executive director of the Annapolis Symphony orchestras as of Feb. 15, ASO officials announced.

During the past five years at Charlottesville, Martin has increased that orchestra's annual fund by 85 percent and expanded the yearly concert offerings. He also helped create a five-year strategic plan and complete a $3 million campaign to support new initiatives.

A graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in music, Martin has also worked for the Roanoke, Va., Symphony Orchestra and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras in Fairfax, Va.

ASO music director Jose-Luis Novo said, "Bill Martin comes with impressive fundraising credentials and a wealth of professional experience, which will be most beneficial in further developing and achieving the ASO's artistic goals."

The ASO presents 14 concerts annually, including classic, pops, education and family performances. The ASO board picked Martin "after an extensive search," said board chairwoman Patricia Edwards.

$6,000 donation supports river protection

West/Rhode Riverkeeper recently received a $6,000 donation from the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association board of trustees for restoration work in the West River Watershed.

The Riverkeeper had received a grant earlier in the year for restoration projects, including a comprehensive watershed assessment and two storm water retention areas intended to treat runoff.

The most recent donation will help the Riverkeeper in its efforts to reduce pollution going into the West River, said Riverkeeper Chris Trumbauer. The group's goal is to provide healthy, safe rivers and streams for all citizens.

CEPA received the grant funds from the dissolution of the West River Federation, a group formed in the 1980s to oppose inappropriate development around West River.

Rural Heritage Society unveils luncheon topics

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will hold a winter luncheon speaker series on Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road.

Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature a speaker on historical and cultural topics.

Scheduled speakers are: Jan. 14, mystery writer Marcia Talley, "Scenes of the Crime: Maryland can be Murder"; Jan. 21, J.T. Crawford, "The Bay and Beyond"; Jan. 28, Julie Erickson, "Conservation - Go Green"; Feb. 4, Patricia N. Gross, "My Life in Shady Side"; Feb. 11, Chris Judy, "Oyster Buffet - Assorted Topics on our Beloved Bivalve"; Feb. 18, Barry Kessler, "Fishing, Family and Fun: Behind the Scenes of our Project."

The cost is $15 per session or $75 for all six luncheons. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-267-0654.

Maritime Seminar Series speakers announced

The Annapolis Maritime Museum has announced the speakers for its 2009 Maritime Seminar Series, scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 15 to April 2, at the McNasby Oyster Company Building, 723 Second St., Eastport.

Seminars include a presentation and a discussion. Cost is $60 for the series or $10 per seminar for museum members, $95 for the series or $15 per seminar for nonmembers. To register: 410-295-0104.

James Cheevers, associate director and senior curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, will open the series Jan. 15 with a talk on "The History of the U.S. Naval Academy."

Other topics are: Jan. 22, "History of Sailboat Racing in Annapolis Since 1950" by Stuart Walker; Jan. 29, "Over the Bridge: The History of Eastport at Annapolis" by Ginger Doyel; Feb. 5, "Sermons at Sea -- The Story of Navy Admiral & Chaplain Barry Black" by Jim Jackson; Feb. 12, "Chesapeake Wildlife: Stories of Survival and Loss" by Pat Vojtech; Feb. 19, "Smugglers, Pirates and Nelson's Blood: A History of the Rum Trade" by Cliff Long; Feb. 26, "Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay (2000)" by Christopher George.

Also, March 5, "Ospreys on the Rebound" by Melanie Lynch; March 12, "Deadrise and Cross-planked: The History of the Wooden Deadrise Boat Building" by Larry Chowning; March 19, "Chesapeake Songs & Stories" by Janie Meneely; March 26, "Oyster Wars of the Chesapeake Bay" by John R. Wennersten; April 2, "Beat the Heat! Chesapeake Bay Excursion Parks" by Heather Ersts.

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