Sister Schools for the Severn Initiative, an organization founded by Annapolis resident Bill Moulden to work with students in Anne Arundel and other counties in the Baltimore-Washington region, received a $5,000 grant Feb. 11 from ExxonMobil. The grant will support the initiative's environmental education programs and help the organization purchase science equipment for local schools.

Moulden received the 2002 Tawes Award for a Clean Environment from the Maryland Petroleum Council and the Maryland Department of the Environment for his work in developing student ecology and environmental programs.

ExxonMobil is a member of the Maryland Petroleum Council.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William W. Warner received the Chesapeake Bay Heritage Award from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for his "significant contributions to the preservation of the cultural and maritime heritage of the Chesapeake Bay." Warner, originally from New York, wrote "Beautiful Swimmer: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay" in 1976 and is the fifth person to receive the Heritage Award since the museum was founded in 1965.

Annapolis resident Megan Cogal McVea was honored by the Maryland Association of Community Services for Persons With Developmental Disabilities during a January ceremony.

McVea was one of 30 people honored during the banquet held at the BWI Sheraton Hotel in Linthicum. The program highlighted exemplary people "whose day-to-day challenges exceed those faced by most people."

McVea, 32, has been using a wheelchair since she was hit by a car at age 17. She is a receptionist at the Arc of Anne Arundel County.

-- Compiled by

Eileen Rivers