Ru­ral Mary­land Coun­cil an­nounces $550K avail­able for grant pro­gram

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The Ru­ral Mary­land Coun­cil re­cently an­nounced the open­ing of the Fis­cal Year 2017 Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance Fund for ap­pli­ca­tions. The MAERDAF pro­gram has helped many ru­ral-serv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions es­tab­lish or main­tain pro­grams and projects that have had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on ru­ral Mary­land. The fund pro­vides grants to ru­ral-serv­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions that pro­mote statewide and re­gional plan­ning, eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, and agri­cul­tural and forestry ed­u­ca­tion. Also el­i­gi­ble are ru­ral com­mu­nity col­leges that sup­port small and agri­cul­tural busi­nesses through en­hanced train­ing and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance. MAERDAF’s goal is to in­crease the over­all ca­pac­ity of ru­ral-serv­ing non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­nity col­leges to help them es­tab­lish new pub­lic/ pri­vate part­ner­ships for lev­er­ag­ing non-state sources of fund­ing.

Be­tween Fis­cal Year 2001 and Fis­cal Year 2016, the MAERDAF pro­gram awarded $3.25 mil­lion in grants to more than 75 or­ga­ni­za­tions. The Ru­ral Mary­land Coun­cil ad­min­is­ters MAERDAF in part­ner­ship with sev­eral state of Mary­land De­part­ments in­clud­ing the Mar yland Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and the Mary­land Depart­ment of Com­merce. This will be the largest grant year on record for the fund, with more than triple the re­sources avail­able just last year.

For fis­cal year 2017, the RMC is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in pro­pos­als that ad­dress: agri­cul­ture, en­ergy, ru­ral broad­band, health­care, youth en­gage­ment and work­force/eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The dead­line to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, July 15. In­struc­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on the RMC’s web­site at www.ru­ral.mary­land.gov/maerdaf/.

SMECO board can­di­dates nom­i­nated

The 2016 nom­i­nat­ing com­mit­tee for South­ern Mar yland Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) chose can­di­dates for the five seats up for elec­tion on SMECO’s Board of Di­rec­tors.

The nom­i­na­tions are: Calvert County (one seat avail­able) — W. Michael Phipps; Charles County (two seats avail­able) — Gil­bert O. Bowl­ing, Verne­cia C. Smith, Richard A. Win­kler; Prince Ge­orge’s County (one seat avail­able) — James A. Richards; St. Mary’s County (one seat avail­able) — P. Scott White.

In ad­di­tion to nom­i­na­tions made by the com­mit­tee, any 15 or more SMECO mem­bers act­ing to­gether may make other nom­i­na­tions by pe­ti­tion. SMECO cus­tomer-mem­bers run­ning by pe­ti­tion should also com­plete and sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion. To ob­tain an ap­pli­ca­tion and pe­ti­tion, con­tact Ter­rie Krupitzer at 240-5289747 or Ter­rie.Krupitzer@ smeco.coop. SMECO must re­ceive com­pleted can­di­date ap­pli­ca­tions and pe­ti­tions by Fri­day, June 24. Ap­pli­ca­tions and pe­ti­tions may be mailed to SMECO, At­ten­tion: Joseph Dens­ford, Board At­tor­ney, P.O. Box 1937, Hugh­esville, MD 20637, or de­liv­ered to Krupitzer at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hugh­esville. Nom­i­na­tions will be posted in each SMECO of­fice and avail­able on­line.

SMECO cus­tomer-mem­bers will elect five di­rec­tors to serve three-year terms by vot­ing for one board seat in Calvert County, two seats in Charles County, one seat in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and one seat in St. Mary’s County.

Mem­bers may vote in per­son at SMECO’s 2016 An­nual Mem­bers’ Meet­ing on Tues­day, Aug. 23, at the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

Ab­sen­tee mail-in bal­lots will also be avail­able to mem­bers who wish to vote but can­not at­tend the meet­ing. To re­quest an ab­sen­tee mail-in bal­lot, call 1-888-440-3311, ext. 4722, be­tween July 18 and Aug. 5, or com­plete an on­line form on the co-op’s web­site, www.smeco.coop. Cus­tomer-mem­bers may also mail a re­quest for an ab­sen­tee mail-in bal­lot to SMECO An­nual Meet­ing, P.O. Box 670, Hugh­esville, MD 20637. The fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion must be in­cluded in the re­quest: ac­count num­ber, phone num­ber, ser­vice ad­dress, and mail­ing ad­dress.

SMECO will mail mem­ber iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards with in­for­ma­tion about the meet­ing to cus­tomer-mem­bers in late July.

La­dles of Love Soup Kitchen helps those in need every Wed­nes­day

The Arnold House and Metropoli­tan United Methodist Church have part­nered up to start La­dles of Love Soup Kitchen, lo­cated at the church, 3385 Metropoli­tan Church Road, In­dian Head. The kitchen is open 5-7 p.m. every Wed­nes­day. Vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to “eat one; feed one,” by tak­ing a meal to some­one in the com­mu­nity who may be homeless, dis­abled, a se­nior cit­i­zen, shut-in or without trans­porta­tion. Spon­sor­ship and vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able. Con­tact Ar­line Arnold at 202-494-7556 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Nom­i­na­tions open for Hero­ines of Washington awards

The March of Dimes is ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions for the 16th an­nual Hero­ines of Washington awards pro­gram. The event will honor women in the D.C. re­gion for their ded­i­ca­tion to com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Awards will be pre­sented for the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Health­care Hero­ine Award spon­sored by Op­tum; Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices Hero­ine Award; Pub­lic Sec­tor Hero­ine Award; Real Es­tate Hero­ine Award; Tech­nol­ogy Hero­ine Award; Ris­ing Hero­ine Award; Life­time Hero­ine Award.

To nom­i­nate a hero­ine and learn more about the event and past win­ners, go to mar­chofdimes.org/ hero­ines. Nom­i­nees must live in Mary­land, North­ern Vir­ginia, or Washington, D.C. Self-nom­i­na­tions will be ac­cepted. The dead­line to sub­mit a nom­i­nee will be July 15.

The black-tie awards gala will be held Tues­day, Nov. 15, at the Ritz-Carl­ton Tysons Corner. Guests will in­clude di­rec­tors, CEOs and other high-level in­di­vid­u­als from lo­cal cor­po­ra­tions and govern­ment agen­cies. Pro­ceeds will sup­port March of Dimes pro­grams of re­search, com­mu­nity ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, and ad­vo­cacy.

Since 2001 the March of Dimes has honored 94 “Hero­ines” and raised more than $2.3 mil­lion to sup­port the March of Dimes mis­sion.

Vol­un­teers needed for Mis­sion of Mercy free den­tal ser­vice event

South­ern Mary­land Mis­sion of Mercy will hold a den­tal clinic 6 a.m.-4 p.m. July 29–30 at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf.

The Mis­sion of Mercy is a free adult den­tal clinic pro­vided by vol­un­teer den­tal pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teer staff of over four hun­dred peo­ple. Vol­un­teers are needed for this to be a suc­cess­ful event. Den­tal pro­fes­sion­als (den­tists, hy­gien­ists, and den­tal as­sis­tants) are needed. Par­tic­i­pants do not need any spe­cial den­tal or med­i­cal train­ing to be a vol­un­teer for many other po­si­tions that need to be filled.

Vol­un­teers are needed for se­cu­rity, park­ing, pa­tient regis­tra­tion, meals, es­cort­ing pa­tients through­out the clinic and more. Morn­ing and af­ter­noon shifts are needed through­out the two­day event.

Those in­ter­ested can vol­un­teer on­line at www. south­ern­md­mom.org and click on the ‘Vol­un­teer’ tab to reg­is­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to the web­site or call 301-884-4438.

CSM ‘Code Green’ sum­mer pro­gram be­gins May 27

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will im­ple­ment its an­nual “Code Green” pro­gram dur­ing the sum­mer as part of its en­ergy sav­ings ini­tia­tives. From May 27-July 29, ex­clud­ing July 8, CSM will close most build­ings on Fri­days at 1:30 p.m. The early closings will not af­fect classes, CSM’s St. Charles Chil­dren’s

Learn­ing Cen­ter, Kids’ and Teen Col­lege pro­grams, WFA (well­ness, fit­ness and aquatic) cen­ters or the Wal­dorf Cen­ter. Pub­lic safety and pre­pared­ness per­son­nel will also re­main on cam­pus.

Em­ploy­ees will work longer days the rest of the week to com­pen­sate for the early clos­ing on Fri­days.

CSM will close all cam­puses

for the Memo­rial Day hol­i­day week­end, May 28-30, and will close all cam­puses for In­de­pen­dence Day, July 4.

Classes for the Sum­mer I six- and 12-week ses­sions be­gin May 23, Sum­mer II nine-week ses­sion be­gins June 13, and Sum­mer III six-week ses­sion be­gins July 5.

Ac­cess to on­line ser­vices, in­clud­ing regis­tra­tion, is avail­able at www.csmd.edu and through my.CSMD ser­vices.

For spe­cific in­for­ma­tion

about Wal­dorf Cen­ter’s sched­ule, call 301-632-2900.

For com­plete sum­mer aca­demic cal­en­dar, visit http://www.csmd.edu/cal­en­dar/in­dex.html.

Of­fi­cial open­ing set for new Patux­ent River Naval Air Mu­seum

The Patux­ent River Naval Air Mu­seum will of­fi­cially open its doors to the pub­lic dur­ing a cel­e­bra­tion this Memo­rial Day week­end.

Be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. Satur­day, May 28, the mu­seum com­plex will open to all ages in­ter­ested in dis­cov­er­ing the her­itage of naval avi­a­tion’s re­search, de­vel­op­ment, test and eval­u­a­tion at Patux­ent River.

The 20,000 square-foot new ex­hibit hall is lo­cated next to the main en­trance to the Naval Air Sta­tion (NAS) Patux­ent River.

First opened in 1978, the Patux­ent River Naval Air Mu­seum (PRNAM) now spans three build­ings and in­cludes a flight line of14

dif­fer­ent one-of-a-kind air­craft and air­craft con­fig­u­ra­tions unique to the Naval Test Cen­ter here at NAS Patux­ent River.

Vis­i­tors to the mu­seum will wit­ness a range of test and eval­u­a­tion-cen­tric ar­ti­facts in­clud­ing a replica A-1 Triad, the U. S. Navy’s first air­craft; the X-35 pro­to­type of the Navy lat­est air­craft; gal­leries of air­craft en­gines and ejec­tion seats; flight sim­u­la­tors; and more.

Start­ing Memo­rial Day week­end, the mu­seum com­plex will be open six days a week.

Hours of op­er­a­tion are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues­day through Satur­day and noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum com­plex is $5 for adults and $3 for chil­dren, se­niors and ac­tive duty per­son­nel.

The PRNAM is op­er­ated by the Patux­ent River Naval Air Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, email as­so­ci­a­tion@pax­mu­seum.com or call 301-8631900.

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