North Beach Erosion Study Funded

North Beach town officials received word last week that the state Board of Public Works approved funding for a study of shoreline erosion and flooding in the Chesapeake Bay community.

The study will be conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers and paid for with federal, state and county funds. The Board of Public Works approved a $56,110 state grant. That is in addition to a $61,110 federal grant and $5,000 from Calvert County. The state money was awarded through the Department of the Environment.

The project will evaluate and provide cost estimates for alternatives to control shoreline erosion, flooding, storm-water runoff and wetlands degradation.

Walk to Help Fund Leukemia Research

The Leukemia Society of America, Maryland Chapter, has scheduled its first fund-raising "Light the Night" Southern Maryland Community Walk for 6 p.m. Saturday at Annmarie Garden in Solomons.

Walkers will gather to call attention to the nationwide fight against leukemia and related cancers and commemorate lives touched by cancer. Participants gathered contributions in advance.

Several local groups are participating. The Knights of Columbus and students from St. Mary's College will provide volunteer support. Riverside Restaurant and Ledo's Pizza will serve refreshments. Businesses, including BG & E's Calvert Cliffs plant and Allfirst Bank, will field teams of walkers.

Additional information is available from Barbara Smith, campaign manager at 800-242-4572.

Rte. 205 Commuter Lot Recommended

The Charles County sheriff's office is urging Park and Ride commuters to use the parking lot on Mattawoman-Beantown Road in Waldorf, rather than the crowded lot at Smallwood Drive and Route 301.

Cars parked at the Smallwood lot adjacent to the St. Charles Towne Center shopping mall regularly exceed the 383 spaces available, the sheriff's office said in a statement. That has led to the issuance of many citations for illegal parking.

The alternative lot on Route 205 (Mattawoman-Beantown Road) is usually only half full, the sheriff's office said. The statement urged commuters using the Park and Ride bus service to check a bus schedule to see if the Route 205 lot or one at Laurel Springs Park in La Plata would work just as well for them as the Smallwood lot.

Sheriff's officers and the Maryland State Police regularly patrol the commuter parking lots to deter vandalism and theft, as well as illegal parking.

Calvert Offers History, Heritage Grants

The Calvert County Heritage Committee is seeking applicants for two grants that support awareness and understanding of the county's history and cultural heritage.

The grants, worth $500 each, will be awarded to projects that relate directly to Calvert County history. In a statement, the committee outlined the following project categories: historical research, historical education; and the presentation of historical or cultural programs.

Applications are available from the Calvert County Planning and Zoning Office or from any public library branch. They also can be obtained by writing the planning office at 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md. 20678.

Activities that benefit clubs or organizations, or that involve deficit financing,commercial ventures or political subjects will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 30. The grants will be announced Jan. 31. Additional information is available by calling Harry E. Wedewer, a member of the heritage committee, at 301-757-5666.

Be Counted in St. Mary's Business Guide

The St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce is seeking listings for its 2000 Business and Community Service Directory. The guide to businesses and services is distributed to newcomers, county residents and businesses throughout Southern Maryland.

In addition to information on businesses, schools, churches, clubs and organizations, the directory includes phone numbers for elected officials and county agencies. Chamber officials said the largest and most used section is the listing of business services by category.

Additional information about the 2000 directory is available by calling the chamber office at 301-884-5555.

How to Handle Loss During Holidays

The Calvert Hospice is sponsoring a program to help people confronting personal loss during the holidays.

"Coping With Grief at Holiday Time: An Evening of Information and Support" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the hospice office on Merrimac Court in Prince Frederick.

The program is free, but reservations are requested. They can be made by calling Calvert Hospice at 301-855-1226, 410-535-0892 or 1-800-MD-RELAY for the hearing impaired.

Atlantic City Trip to Benefit NAACP

The Four Seasons of St. Mary's County is sponsoring a bus trip Nov. 13 to the Trump Casino in Atlantic City. Proceeds will benefit the St. Mary's County branch of the NAACP.

The bus will leave at 6 a.m. from the Super Fresh parking lot in Lexington Park and will stop at the Charlotte Hall Park and Ride lot. Advance reservations are required. A reservation fee of $30 will hold a seat. The fee covers transportation to and from Trump Casino, $5 toward lunch and a rebate of $15.

For more information, call Elsie Lawrence at 301-994-2656 or Martha Carter at 301-769-2179.

Charles Hiring Snow Removal Help

The road division of the Charles County Department of Public Facilities still needs contractors with dump trucks for snow removal during the coming winter. There is an increased pay scale this year.

Vehicles needed include tandem axle dump trucks, six-wheel dump trucks and four-wheel-drive pickup trucks.

For more information, call 301-932-3450 before Nov. 15.