The Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, 2380 Davidsonville Rd., Gambrills, recently received a $23,039 federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The department will use the money to purchase thermal imaging cameras and gas detectors.

The Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 E. W. Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, recently received a $7,890 Conservation Assessment Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and from Heritage Preservation. The museum was awarded the grant, one of 119 given nationwide, for its detailed historical collections and meticulous care and preservation of artifacts and historical materials.

Xanthematic band members Stephan Kaplan, Nick Bender and Bryan Percivall recently received scholarships to attend the Berklee College of Music's Summer Songwriting Workshop. The South River High School students were given the scholarships for winning the countywide Battle of the Bands competition, held at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The three-day workshop in August will include song writing and other music classes and clinics taught by faculty members at Berklee, which is in Boston.

For his contributions to child psychology and psychotherapy, Anne Arundel Community College psychology professor Louis Aymard of Stevensville recently received the International Play Therapy Award from the International Society for Child and Play Therapy. Aymard is a licensed child psychologist and the founding director of Anne Arundel Community College's Family Outreach Network.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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