Nom­i­na­tions to honor top busi­nesses ac­cepted un­til April 1

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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. or call 301-934-7837 or email blah­

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 the­p­romise­cen­ 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 beck­e­

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 web­site­b4u­­land 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”

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