Household hazardous waste collection scheduled May 7
The Charles County Department of Public Works has announced that the next household hazardous waste collection will be held on Saturday, May 7. The household hazardous waste collection site is located in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works building, 10430 Audie Lane, off of Radio Station Road in La Plata. Collection hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Items accepted free of charge include: pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, oil-based paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, fluorescent lights, mercur y thermometers, and other poisons found in the home. Remember to mark any container that does not have a readable, original label.
Unacceptable materials include bio-medical waste (sharps, needles, anything with bodily fluids), latex paint, prescription drugs, and ammunition. Used motor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and batteries are accepted on a regular basis at various collection sites. Latex paint is not considered hazardous waste and can be placed in your household trash as long as it is solidified. This can be accomplished by adding kitty litter, shredded paper, paint hardener, or sawdust to aid in drying it out.
Household hazardous waste collection will occur on the first Saturday of each month through December. Upcoming 2016 collection dates are: May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3.
For more information, call the Charles County Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778, or the landfill and recycling information line at 301-932-5656. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
ArtsFest returns for 24th year
The Charles County Arts Alliance announced the 24th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the grounds of the La Plata Town Hall in La Plata. ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland. This is its fifth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.
ArtsFest is a free annual outdoor celebration of all the arts and artists — visual, literary and performing.
Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations.
More information and registration forms are available at www.charlescountyarts. org, or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at email@example.com.
Troopers to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs
The Mar yland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mar yland State Police Barrack H, 9500 Mitchell Road, La Plata.
State police barracks throughout Mar yland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day. Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’s medicine cabinet.
Locally during the last initiative in September 2015, troopers collected more than 2,400 pounds of prescription drugs, according to a press release. Nationally, 700,000 pounds (350 tons) of prescription medications were collected from members of the public. When added to the collections from the previous events, more than 5.5 million pounds (2,761 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.
For more information, contact Lt. J.D. Meurrens or Cpl. Davaughn Parker at 410-653-4236 or 301-3921200.
Charles County government announces May schedule
The Charles County commissioners wish to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of May. All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours.
On Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), all Charles County government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed. The Charles County Landfill and Recycling Center on Billingsley Road in Waldorf, and the Pisgah Recycling Center on Route 425 in Pisgah will be closed. Curbside recycling and yard waste collection will be delayed one day for the entire week, Tuesday, May 31 through Saturday, June 4. VanGO services will not be operating. The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, Port Tobacco Recreation Center, and all school based community centers are closed. Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
All branches of the Charles County Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, and the Charles County Health Department will be closed.
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301885-2779 or PressRoom@ CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Bar association to host Law Day celebration
The Charles County Bar Association will host its annual Law Day Celebration May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Circuit Court House in La Plata. The public is welcome to attend. This year the topic of our celebration is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Miranda v. Arizona. Keynote speaker on the topic will be the Honorable Michele Hotton, of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
HR professionals to meet, discuss issues
The Human Resources Association of Southern Mar yland (HRASM) will meet on May 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Southern Mar yland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, Md. Christine Walters will present the latest legislative (federal and state), regulatory and legal news impacting HR administration. Walters, of FiveL Company, is licensed to practice law in the State of Mar yland and has more than 25 years combined experience in management, HR administration, employment law practice, and teaching. The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in human resources issues. The cost is $40 for HRASM and active SHRM members and $45 for nonmembers, which includes both breakfast and lunch. Deadline for registering is noon on May 16. To register, go to http://hrasmonline. shrm.org/. Once registered, payment is required if a cancellation is made after the deadline date. This meeting has been approved for 3.5 HR (General) recertification credits toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. As a SHRM preferred provider, this meeting is pre-approved for 3.5 recertification credits for our recertifying professionals of the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP credential. More information about HRASM can be found at http://hrasmonline.shrm. org.