Paint-In event fea­tures lo­cal artist paint­ing land­mark bridge

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Vicki Mar­ckel, a lo­cal artist and art teacher, will per­form a “paint-in” event 2 p.m. April 30 at Cap­tain Billy’s Crab House restau­rant, 11495 Popes Creek Road, New­burg. Mar­ckel will be­gin work­ing on­site to cre­ate a paint­ing of the Gov. Harry W. Nice Me­mo­rial Bridge, a no­table Charles County land­mark.

The oil with mixed medium paint­ing will be on stretched can­vas and use gri­saille tech­nique, a type of paint­ing ex­e­cuted en­tirely in shades of grey or neu­tral col­ors. The fi­nal paint­ing will be ini­tially dis­played at the Crain Me­mo­rial Wel­come Cen­ter, 12480 Crain High­way, New­burg.

A fine arts teacher at Lackey High School for more than 10 years, Mar­ckel’s work is in pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions, has won sev­eral awards, and is on per­ma­nent dis­play at the Jar­rett Thor Art Gallery. In 2015, she was com­mis­sioned by the Catholic Coali­tion of the Arch­bish­ops to paint “Saints of God, Come to Our Aid.” This paint­ing, which fea­tured the saints of the Amer­i­cas, was gifted to Pope Fran­cis dur­ing his visit to the United States, and is hang­ing in the Vat­i­can. Another of Mar­ckel’s projects will be fea­tured at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Rome dur­ing the exhibition, “Tran­scend­ing Bound­aries,” which will be on dis­play in May and fea­tures 20 artists.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the event, con­tact

Re­port card dis­tri­bu­tion date changed to April 15

Charles County Pub­lic Schools changed the re­port card dis­tri­bu­tion date for next week. Re­port cards will be dis­trib­uted to el­e­men­tary school stu­dents on Fri­day, April 15. Re­port cards will be mailed to mid­dle and high school par­ents on April 15.

The orig­i­nal dis­tri­bu­tion date of Tues­day, April 12 was changed due to tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties the school sys­tem has ex­pe­ri­enced with Ed­line, the sys­tem’s grade­book provider. The change will pro­vide teach­ers with ad­di­tional time to fi­nal­ize third-quar­ter grades. Ed­line is work­ing to re­solve the tech­ni­cal is­sues, which are af­fect­ing clients na­tion­wide.

United Way to host 19th an­nual golf tour­na­ment

United Way of Charles County will hold its 19th An­nual Golf Tour­na­ment April 20 at Swan Point Yacht and Coun­try Club. Back-to-back tour­na­ments with shot­gun start times of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will take place. Spon­sor­ship and reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able at www.unit­ed­way­­tour­na­ment.

For the first time ever, United Way of Charles County will host a hole-in­one con­test with the prize of a 2016 Ford Mus­tang. Ad­di­tion­ally, all other par 3 holes will fea­ture pre­mium prizes.

In­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies can spon­sor the tour­na­ment with ma­jor, tour­na­ment or hole spon­sor­ship lev­els and/or tour­na­ment sign spon­sor­ships and be pub­licly rec­og­nized as a sup­porter of United Way of Charles County.

There will be con­tests, a com­pli­men­tary light break­fast, on-course bev­er­ages and snacks, a full meal in the club­house fol­low­ing play and prizes for the top three teams in each tour­na­ment.

County Trea­surer’s Of­fice ren­o­va­tions be­gin April 9

The Trea­surer’s Of­fice lo­cated in the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more St., La Plata, is sched­uled to be­gin ren­o­va­tions on Satur­day, April 9. The of­fice will be op­er­a­tional, but there may be de­lays for pa­trons.

Pay­ments of taxes and wa­ter bills will be ac­cepted at the satel­lite of­fice lo­cated at 3670 Leonard­town Road, Suite 105, Wal­dorf. The hours of op­er­a­tion are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Con­struc- tion is ex­pected to last 30 to 60 days.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Of­fice of the Trea­sury at 301-645-0685 or Trea­surer@CharlesCoun­

Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

2016 an­nual spring ‘Fishin’ Bud­dies’ Derby sched­uled May 7

The Charles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Parks Di­vi­sion, will spon­sor the 2016 an­nual Spring Fishin’ Bud­dies Derby at Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Satur­day, May 7.

An­glers will com­pete by teams, which must in­clude one adult at least 21 years of age and one child be­tween the ages of 6 and 15. Each team must sup­ply their own rods and bait. Tro­phies will be awarded in the two age di­vi­sions. Bank an­glers will com­pete sep­a­rately from those who fish from a boat.

Lo­cal busi­nesses have do­nated nu­mer­ous fish­ing-re­lated door prizes. All teams are el­i­gi­ble for the door prize draw­ings. Lunch will be pro­vided to all par­tic­i­pants.

The en­try fee is $7 per team. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired since par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­ited.

En­try forms are avail­able at Gil­bert Run Park or the main of­fice of the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works on Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata, Mary­land.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are due in the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works’ main of­fice by noon on Wed­nes­day, May 4.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­ceive an en­try form, call the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Parks Di­vi­sion, at 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 week­days be­tween 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Sher­iff’s of­fice joins DEA for pre­scrip­tion drug take back ini­tia­tive

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will join the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the Na­tional Medications-Take-Back ini­tia­tive, a pro­gram held an­nu­ally to en­cour­age peo­ple with un­wanted pre­scrip­tion medications to dis­pose of them safely and in a way that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Satur­day, April 30.

Although the CCSO of­fers res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of un­wanted medications at any time, the agency is pro­mot­ing this na­tional event to high­light the im­por­tance of rid­ding homes of medicines that are no longer needed.

Rates of pre­scrip­tion drug abuse are alarm­ingly high, par­tic­u­larly among teens and young adults who of­ten get the drugs from a fam­ily mem­ber or friend, in­clud­ing the home medicine cab­i­net, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Pre­scrip­tion drugs, such as Oxy­codone and Per­co­cet, are pop­u­lar among ad­dicts who of­ten turn to steal­ing or rob­bing to feed their habits. Dur­ing the most re­cent med­i­ca­tion take-back event in Septem-

ber of 2015, more than 350 tons of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sub­stances and medications were col­lected na­tion­wide. Agen­cies in Mary­land alone col­lected more than 8,300 pounds.

To drop off un­wanted medications, bring the medicines to ei­ther the Wal­dorf sta­tion at 3670 Leonard­town Road or the La Plata sta­tion at 6855 Crain High­way; medications can be turned in at the Dis­trict II sta­tion in Bryans Road dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours.

In­tra­venous so­lu­tions, in­jectibles, and sy­ringes are not ac­cepted. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, go to

USDA an­nounces $260 mil­lion avail­able for con­ser­va­tion pro­gram

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Tom Vil­sack re­cently an­nounced the avail­abil­ity of up to $260 mil­lion for part­ner pro­pos­als to im­prove the na­tion’s wa­ter qual­ity, com­bat drought, en­hance soil health, sup­port wildlife habi­tat and pro­tect agri­cul­tural vi­a­bil­ity. The fund­ing is be­ing made avail­able through the Re­gional Con­ser­va­tion Part- ner­ship Pro­gram (RCPP) ad­min­is­tered by the USDA Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice (NRCS).

RCPP en­cour­ages lo­cal lead­er­ship to es­tab­lish part­ner­ships to work with farm­ers and for­est landowners on land­scape- and water­shed-scale con­ser­va­tion so­lu­tions that work best for their re­gion.

Part­ners in Delaware and Mary­land are en­cour­aged to sub­mit their project pro­pos­als on­line at by May 10 for avail­able fund­ing.

This will be the third round of fund­ing for RCPP.

In the last two years, RCPP projects have left a large conser- va­tion foot­print across state lines that have and will have ben­e­fi­cial im­pacts on Delaware and Mary­land farm­ers, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

As an ex­am­ple, NRCS se­lected eight RCPP projects within the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Water­shed in 2015, in­clud­ing Meet­ing Water­shed Im­ple­men­ta­tion Plan (WIP) Goals in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. This project brings to­gether 15 part­ners to ac­cel­er­ate con­ser­va­tion and help Mary­land and Delaware farm­ers to meet the nu­tri­ent and sed­i­ment wa­ter qual­ity goals set forth in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay To­tal Max­i­mum Daily Load (TMDL).

Meet­ing WIP Goals in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay in­cludes a $4.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment from NRCS and $5.4 mil­lion from lo­cal part­ners, bring­ing more than $10 mil­lion for this lo­cally-led ap­proach to help pro­duc­ers sup­port their on­go­ing busi­ness oper­a­tions and ad­dress nat­u­ral re­source chal­lenges in Mary­land and Delaware.

NRCS is now ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als for Fis­cal Year 2017 RCPP fund­ing.

Pre-pro­pos­als are due May 10 through For more in­for­ma­tion on ap­ply­ing, go to the RCPP web­site, at­tal/nrcs/main/na­tional/pro­grams/farm­bill/rcpp/.

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