COUNTY DIGEST

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Public comment on general development extended

The public comment period for the General Development Plan draft has been extended until Feb. 27, according to the county government.

Although the final public hearing for the plan, which serves as the county's guide for growth and development for the next 10 to 20 years, was held Wednesday, residents can provide feedback through e-mail at GDP2008@aacounty.org.

Comments submitted will be posted on the site.

Residents can view the draft online at www.aacounty.org or pick up a hard copy at the Annapolis Area, North County Area, West County area and South County branch libraries.

Tyeesha Dixon

Griffith family honored for generations of farming

The Griffith Family of Lothian was recently inducted into the Governor's Agriculture Hall of Fame during the annual Maryland Agriculture Dinner, headed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Earl Griffith and his wife, Lillian, who own the farm, and his son, Jeffrey Griffith, are third- and fourth-generation farmers operating the family farm, which has been in the family more than 63 years.

The farm includes 390 acres, plus 400 rented acres, of grain, hay, fruits, vegetables and mums.

The family has received numerous awards for their conservation efforts. In 1992, they developed one of the first nutrient management plans in the county and have installed various conservation practices.

The family is active in local, state and national agricultural organizations and a leader in sharing knowledge of farming and conservation practices.

Arundel House of Hope gets $21,000 grant

United Way of Central Maryland recently gave $21,000 in emergency funds to Arundel House of Hope to assist 180 residents with case management and other supportive services to help them prepare for permanent housing.

Twelve Maryland nonprofit agencies received a total of $244,408 in emergency funds based on need and budget.

Funds must be spent by June 30.

United Way launched its Emergency Response Fund to assist frontline agencies struggling to help those in need during these difficult economic times.

County government offices closed tomorrow

Anne Arundel County Government offices will be closed for Presidents Day tomorrow.

Landfill and convenience centers are closed, but curbside trash pick-up will be held.

Public schools and central offices are closed. Senior centers are closed. Courts are closed.

Public libraries and county parks are open.

The Annapolis Department of Transportation offices are closed, but Annapolis Transit buses will operate on their normal schedule.

Soil core samples to be taken along Reece Road

Fort George G. Meade is asking motorists to use caution in the area of Reece Road just north of the Route 175 intersection where portions of Reece Road will be closed periodically while soil core samples are drilled in multiple locations Tuesday and Wednesday.

Flaggers will stagger traffic around the work while one lane is closed during drilling. Delays should be expected both days.

Taking core samples is an initial step to determine soil, crushed rock and paving in the area for planning of future road improvements in connection with the Enhanced Use Lease projects at Fort Meade.

Improvements along the road between Meade Heights Elementary School and Route 175 are planned in conjunction with the projects.

For updates on road closures around Fort Meade, visit www.ftmeade.army.mil, or the MeadeTV blog at www.meadetv.wordpress.com.

Happy Wanderers hosts 5K and 11K walk event

The Freestate Happy Wanderers will hold a 5-kilometer and 11-kilometer Black Heritage Walk Event Saturday, starting at the Maryland Disabled American Veterans Post at 8205 Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie.

In conjunction with Black History Month, the walk will go through the Bowie State University campus, where a Black Heritage collection will be exhibited at the checkpoint in the Wiseman Student Center.

Collector Don Conway will be available to discuss the sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, jackets, hats and historical photos on display.

Participants can begin the walk any time between 9 a.m. and noon and must finish by 3 p.m.

Information: 301-572-5574 or 301-742-3547.

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