Nominations to honor top businesses accepted until April 1
Southern Maryland’s leading businesses and executives will be honored at the 16th Annual Leading Edge Awards ceremony, 6 p.m., June 8, at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.
The annual event celebrates forward-thinking individuals and businesses that spur economic growth with efforts and decisions that make real impacts.
Awards will be presented for CEO of the Year, Charles County Technology Company of the Year, Calvert County Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and CSM Partnership in Education.
Nominations for CEOs that deserve recognition for their contribution to the economic vitality of Southern Maryland — CEOs who inspire their organizations, exude success and make a difference in our community — may be submitted to the Corporate Center at the College of Southern Maryland through April 1.
The 2015 CEO was Don Smolinski, president and CEO of All American Harley-Davidson. Other CEOs who have been recognized previously include Austin J. “Joe” Slater Jr., Kevin Poole, William F. Childs IV, Eric W. Franklin, Brianna Bowling, Christine Wray, Kimberly Oliver, Gore Bolton, Wayne Swann, Luther Grainger, Christine Stefanides, Greg Billups, Joe Yearta and Lloyd Harrison III.
To qualify, nominees must be with a business located within Charles, Calvert or St. Mary’s counties, be in a position of leadership in a Southern Maryland business (private sector), and be available to attend the ceremony, June 8, at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.
Sponsorship levels are available in Platinum, Gold and Silver and include table for eight for awards dinner and reception. Additional seats are available for $75. For information about sponsorship opportunities or to attend, go to www. csmd.edu/LEA or call 301-934-7837 or email email@example.com.
Drive in theatre event to support Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Southern Maryland is getting its first drive-in movie theater since 1983, for one day only. On May 13, The Promise Resource Center (PRC) will host a Drive-In Family Movie Event at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, with a 40’ movie screen and drive-in style parking. The Promise Center wants to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of children’s mental health concerns. The evening will also include dinner and dessert concessions, as well as pre-movie entertainment from local bands including The Piranhas, Latrice Carr, GTO Band, and DJ Mean Gene. Crafts, games, bounce houses, live animals, and face painting will be made available by other local organizations who hold a special interest in children’s mental health.
In honor of the event, the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners will be declaring May 13 to be Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in St. Mary’s County. The Promise Center staff hope the proclamation will help people in the community connect with local early childhood mental health resources. One in five children ages birth to 18 years has a diagnosable mental disorder; and 75 to 80 percent of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.
Funds raised above expenses for the event will support Project First Choice, a grant-funded program that helps families in Southern Maryland who have young children that are experiencing social and emotional or behavior concerns. Often these are children who have special needs, who speak English as a second language, or are living in low-income households.
For more information or to buy tickets to PRC’s Drive-In Family Movie Event, go to PRC’s website at thepromisecenter.org/ drivein.
U.S. Senate candidate debate cancelled
The U.S. Senate candidate debate that was scheduled 7-9 p.m. March 30 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf is cancelled due to candidates’ scheduling conflicts. For more information, contact Janet Beck at 240-682-0364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Before You Cut program helps homeowners maintain woodlands
Maryland has more than 2.5 million acres of woodlands, and the majority are owned and managed by private landowners.
Many understand that successfully managing their property occasionally means cutting some trees for the overall health of the woods, but may have little knowledge about how best to do so. Now, a free program can help landowners make informed decisions about the timber harvesting process. The “Call Before You Cut” program offers professional assistance to landowners considering timber sales. Landowners can receive complimentary information by going to the website www.callb4ucut.com/maryland and selecting “Request Info,” or by calling 301-4322767, extension 315.
Call Before You Cut began in Ohio in 2006, and has since grown to include states as far west as Missouri and as far north as Minnesota. In Maryland, the program is coordinated by the University of Maryland Extension, with support from a dozen conservation and land management partners across the state.
Call Before You Cut encourages sustainable harvesting of timber, supports the use of professional foresters, facilitates the development of forest stewardship plans, and promotes the use of Master Loggers to minimize the impacts of timber harvests on forests and the state’s valuable soil and water resources.
National Park Service launches geocaching challenges
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) announce a six-week collaboration designed to introduce geocaching participants to national parks and public lands in Maryland.
Geocaching is an outdoor game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache container hidden at that location.
Each year, MGS creates a themed challenge called “Cache Across Maryland” (CAM) in which 10 geocaches are placed at 10 sites linked by a common theme across the state. The theme is kept secret until the geocache coordinates go “live” on the Maryland Geocaching Society website.
The Cache Across Maryland challenge launched this past Saturday at four early morning kick-off events across the state.
For 2016, the Maryland Geocaching Society chose to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a literal interpretation of the National Park Foundation’s “Find Your Park” campaign, with locations across the state.
Staff from the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail helped the Maryland Geocaching Society organize the challenge.
The National Park Service permits geocaching when the activity is directed by park management and has the approval of park leadership. In NPS parlance, “ParkCaching”