The following people and programs have been honored recently for achievements or contributions to their community or workplace.
* Annmarie Garden has received a Certificate of Affiliation from the Smithsonian Institution board of regents and the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, recognizing the Calvert County sculpture garden's full implementation as an affiliate with the national museum. Annmarie Garden also received an Impact Award at the Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference for its role in the 2003 River Concert Series in St. Mary's City.
* Tom Easterly of North Beach has committed to one year of service with Volunteer Maryland, an AmeriCorps program, agreeing to coordinate the Volunteer Maryland program at Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard. Easterly will work to enhance the volunteer base for the education program and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
* Kay Yowaiski Crawford of O'Brien Realty in Solomons Island has been designated a "Relo Certified Coordinator" after having met the educational requirements of a relocation coordinator. Crawford assists people with moving in the United States or abroad.
* Donna Bennett, licensed clinical social worker and clinical director for Alternatives for Youth, was recognized for 10 years of service with the agency. She was honored for her knowledge of Southern Maryland and her depth of experience in the services available to troubled children and their families.
* Howard Haft, a physician with Maryland Health Care Associates in Waldorf, has received a star on the Delmarva Foundation's "Walk of Quality Improvement." The award recognizes his success in arranging for his Medicare patients with diabetes to undergo eye examinations. The Delmarva Foundation rewards physicians for improving the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland.
* The Charles County Sheriff's Office Corrections Pistol Team recently competed in the Prince George's County Regional Law Enforcement Pistol Match. Results included a second place finish for the team consisting of Sgt. Harry Bowling, Cpl. Sean Craig and Officers Matthew Irby and Mike Kruchesky. The team of Officers Amy Stine, Butch Keirsey, Brian Marko and Jeff Merchant placed eighth, with Stine taking second in the women's individual division. The Corrections Team also competed in the annual Charles County Sheriff's Office Pistol Match held in April. In that competition, a team comprised of Bowling, Craig, Merchant and Irby placed fourth, with Bowling and Irby placing first in separate competing classes.
* The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office received a K-9 patrol dog from Pet Paradise Kennel in Leonardtown. Named Frigo, the German shepherd takes over the duties of K-9 Beni, who died this year. The gift from Scott and Brandi Earhart saves the county about $6,500 -- the estimated cost of training and preparing a dog for patrol duty.
* The Marketing and Public Relations Department of St. Mary's Hospital received three Aster Awards, which annually recognize health publications for creativity, layout/design, typography, production, knowledge transfer and overall quality. The publications, "The Cancer Experience," "We Have the Talent" and "Health Styles for Women," were designed by Martha Beavers, Nicole Strickland and Holly Meyer. More than 1,700 entries from across the nation vied for the awards.
-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON