Grants for Heritage Work

The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium announced that three local projects were chosen for funding by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. The authority funds capital and non-capital projects for sites that will support heritage cultural activities.

The grants for fiscal 2006 are the first round of funding to come to the Southern Maryland Heritage Area. The awards are:

* The Chesapeake Bay Field Lab will receive $20,000 to support the opening of the Discovery Lab Project in the Sea-Fruit Oyster Houses on St. George's Island. The funds will enable the lab to catalogue holdings, plan and design exhibits, and open the facility to the public.

* The Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park Enhancement Project will receive $25,000 to help fund the implementation of the next phase of its master plan. The work includes completing the interior of the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit and additional exhibits that illustrate the history and use of the Potomac River and oystering vessels on the Chesapeake Bay. The Lighthouse Museum recently opened two renovated buildings.

* The Old Wallville School, an early black one-room schoolhouse in Calvert County, will receive $3,950 for the continued restoration and reuse of the building as a historical learning laboratory. The grant will support the creation of exterior and interior signage and other interpretive materials. In addition, the grant will help pay for representative furniture, fixtures and educational materials.

The next round of project grants will be awarded next spring in a new schedule designed to better coincide with the state fiscal year and with other funding initiatives. Any people or groups wanting to learn more about available grants should contact the consortium at 301-274-4083 or somdheritage@tccsmd.org.

St. Mary's Flu Vaccines

The St. Mary's County Health Department will conduct a walk-in flu vaccine clinic from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the department's offices at 21580 Peabody St. in Leonardtown.

The clinic will be open to St. Mary's County residents ages 3 and older. A recommended donation of $10 will be accepted, but no one will be denied service because of an inability to pay. Health Department staff members will bill Medicare for those eligible. Pneumonia vaccines will also be available.

For more information, call the department at 201-475-4330.

Appointment at Civista

Cathy Delligatti was recently appointed vice president for patient services/nurse executive at Civista Medical Center, a position in which she has executive responsibility for all clinical and nursing services.

During more than 32 years working in health care, she has served as director of quality management at the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center, vice president of Southern Maryland Hospital Center and vice president for nursing at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

She received a nursing degree from the Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Virginia and a master's from the University of Maryland.

Coaches Sought

Special Olympics basketball teams in St. Mary's County need coaches, the group said.

The organization holds practices at schools on Saturdays from January through March. Local and state competitions take place in March. Anyone interested in coaching should call MaryLu Bucci, the area director, at 301-373-3469.

Ski coaching positions are also available. On-snow training is scheduled for Jan. 5 and 6 and Feb. 11 and 12, with the state competition Feb. 26-28.

Special Olympics St. Mary's County provides sports training programs for people with intellectual disabilities and other closely related disabilities.