Another week, another sewage spill in Anne Arundel County.

This month three sewage spills have occurred in the county. On Sunday, more than 10,000 gallons overflowed, forcing officials to close Granville Creek and the Sylvan Shores section of the South River to public access.

"The area will remain closed until water quality conditions are found to be acceptable by the Department of Health," the county said in a statement. "The department advises people coming into contact with the affected water to wash well with soap and warm water immediately. Clothing should also be washed."

Then, on Monday, about 1,000 gallons spilled into the Severn River near the Villages of Chesapeake Harbor in Annapolis. On Sept. 4, more than 10,000 gallons spilled in Pasadena from a privately owned pumping station.

So far this year, there have been 20 spills from the county's sewer lines, though most have them have been relatively small. But in April, 75,000 gallons spilled in Mayo, and in June almost 100,000 gallons overflowed there.

Helping Russian Children

The community at Central Elementary School will begin collecting teddy bears next week for the children and families affected by the terrorist attack on a school in southern Russia earlier this month.

Principal Rocco Ferretti said he is hopeful that local businesses will contribute to the cause, but he added that the ideal gesture would be for children from the Edgewater school to donate their own teddy bears.

"It's a really tough line to walk so you're not scaring youngsters," he said, "but the idea of children helping children is a pretty noble cause and that's the ultimate goal."

The attack on the Russian school, in the town of Beslan, killed at least 328 people.

The teddy bear drive begins Monday and will continue for two weeks. The school is asking anyone interested in contributing to contact parent Katie O'Dell, who originated the idea, at 410-798-7424, or to drop the bears off at the school, at 130 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater.

Democrats Elect Officers

Just in time for election season, the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee has elected new officers for the coming year. The new chairman will be Kathleen Shatt of Glen Burnie. She replaces Bill D. Burlison, who also serves on the County Council. Also elected to the Central Committee were Earl Barnes of Linthicum, Alvin Tilghman of Severn and Gerald Loren of Annapolis.