New lo­ca­tion for eighth an­nual Touch-A-Truck event

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The Cen­ter for Chil­dren is pre­sent­ing its eighth an­nual Touch-a-Truck at a new lo­ca­tion: the Gov­ern­ment Build­ing park­ing lot next to the court house be­tween Bal­ti­more and Tal­bot streets in La Plata. The event will take place June 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $7 for adults, $3 for chil­dren, and free for chil­dren younger than 1.

Touch-a-Truck is a unique and in­ter­ac­tive com­mu­nity event that pro­vides fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to touch, learn and ex­plore trucks, con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles, cars, pub­lic safety equip­ment while meet­ing those who pro­tect, serve and build our South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity. This event also fea­tures spe­cial per­for­mances, lo­cal food ven­dors, face paint­ing, games and more.

Com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to show­case prod­ucts or ser­vices, cre­ate brand aware­ness, pro­vide hands-on demon­stra­tions or dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion. Con­tact Bill Steven­son at steven­son@cen­ter-for-chil­ or 301-609-9887, ext 129. The ex­hibitor and ven­dor dead­line is June 20.

Sui­cide Aware­ness and Preven­tion Train­ing to iden­tify warn­ing signs

Life­styles of Mary­land Inc. at Springs of the Liv­ing Wa­ter Church of Restora­tion, 101 Catalpa Drive, La Plata, will host Sui­cide Aware­ness and Preven­tion Train­ing 1-5 p.m. Thurs­day, June 23.

There is no charge for this pro­gram.

A pre­sen­ta­tion of Liv­ing-Works — SafeTALK will be held. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to iden­tify per­sons who may be think­ing of sui­cide.

To reg­is­ter, go to https://afsp.wu­ or con­tact John Sta­ples at john@stresshelp­ or 703283-5177.

Swim, bike and run at Youth Triathlon

Young ath­letes are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter for the sev­enth an­nual Youth Triathlon at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf, on Satur­day, Aug. 6. This event is open to all youth 15 years old and younger. Each child will swim, bike and run spec­i­fied dis­tances de­ter­mined by their age group. Check-in and reg­is­tra­tion time is 7 a.m. The event starts at 8 a.m.

New this year, the Charles County Youth Triathlon will be fea­tured as the fourth race of the five-part Mary­land Youth Triathlon Se­ries. Now in its sixth sea­son, the Mary­land Youth Triathlon Se­ries is the first youth triathlon se­ries of its kind in the state. Awards will be given to over­all se­ries win­ners across the four age groups for girls and boys. Triath­letes must par­tic­i­pate in at least two races to be se­ries eli­gi­ble. Go to­cowtri­ for more in­for­ma­tion about the 2016 Mary­land Youth Triathlon Se­ries.

Also new this year, all par­tic­i­pants will wear a chip to track their time through­out the event. The Re­cre­ation Di­vi­sion has part­nered with the Race Works Grup­petto, the of­fi­cial scor­ing and tim­ing com­pany of the Fair­fax 2016 Po­lice and Fire World Games, to time the event.

Reg­is­ter by Satur­day, July 16, to qual­ify for the early bird reg­is­tra­tion fee of $35. Reg­is­tra­tion from Sunday, July 17, to Fri­day, Aug. 5 is $40. All par­tic­i­pants reg­is­tered be­fore Satur­day, July 16, will be guar­an­teed a T-shirt. On­site reg­is­tra­tion will be avail­able the day of the event with a fee of $45. On­line reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at www.CharlesCoun­

To train for the event, a four-week Youth Triathlon Clinic is avail­able for youth be­tween the ages of 6 and 14 years old at North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf, from 9-10:30 a.m. This clinic cov­ers swim tech­nique,

Train to per­form at the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum pavil­ion

en­durance build­ing drills, tran­si­tion area tips, race day prep, bik­ing and run­ning point­ers, as well as gen­eral health and fit­ness in­for­ma­tion. Classes start Satur­day, July 2. The fee is $25 for those par­tic­i­pat­ing all four weeks, or $10 per visit. Visit www. CharlesCoun­ to learn more.

For more in­for­ma­tion on these events or other ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered by the Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, go to www. CharlesCoun­ and www.face­ CharlesCoun­tyPark­sRe­cre­ation, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Eight-time Grammy nom­i­nee Train will ap­pear live at the PNC Water­side Pavil­ion in Solomons Fri­day, Aug. 19. Open­ing up the show is plat­inum-sell­ing record­ing artist Andy Gram­mer. Tick­ets are $56 for re­served seats and $68 for premium seats (ad­di­tional fees ap­ply) and go on sale to mu­seum mem­bers on Tues­day, June 21 at 10 a.m., and on sale to the gen­eral pub­lic Tues­day, June 28 at 10 a.m.

Those who are not a mem­ber of the mu­seum and would like an op­por­tu­nity to buy the best seats in the house, go to www. calvert­marine­mu­ or call 410-326-2042, ext. 16, to sign up be­fore tick­ets go on sale.

Pro­ceeds from the Water­side Mu­sic Se­ries sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion and preser­va­tion ef­forts of the Calvert Ma­rine Mu­seum.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with food and drinks avail­able on the grounds. Chairs and cool­ers are not per­mit­ted. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets, go to www.calvert­marine­mu­ To reach a staff mem­ber, call 410-326-2042, ext. 16, 17 or 18.

Coast Guard re­calls brand of ma­rine flare

The Coast Guard has with­drawn the Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­proval for NAMMO LIAB AB Or­ange Hand Smoke Dis­tress Sig­nal, and the ap­proval sta­tus of this cer­tifi­cate is now marked as “For­mer- Do Not Use.” This ac­tion was taken be­cause the chem­i­cal makeup of the sig­nal was changed in Oc­to­ber 2013 without Coast Guard ap­proval and the sig­nal that was man­u­fac­tured is at risk of spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion when dropped.

These smoke sig­nals may be la­beled and mar­keted as “Po­lar MK 4” by NAMMO LIAB AB or as “IKAROS” by Hans­son Py­rotech. “IKAROS” Hans­son Py­rotech is the more cur­rent man­u­fac­tur­ing name. Da­trex Inc., of Kinder, La., is the only dis­trib­u­tor for these prod­ucts in the United States. There are ap­prox­i­mately 2,790 sig­nals with the po­ten­tial de­fect in the U.S. mar­ket.

Da­trex has re­moved all of its re­main­ing stock from sale and is work­ing with cus­tomers to re­place these po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sig­nals. Any sig­nal man­u­fac­tured af­ter Oc­to­ber 2013 must be prop­erly dis­posed of and re­placed with a prod­uct that sat­is­fies the ves­sel’s car­riage re­quire­ments. For ques­tions or con­cerns, con­tact Da­trex at 337-738-4511 or via email at da­trex@da­

This safety alert was de­vel­oped by the Coast Guard Of­fice of De­sign and En­gi­neer­ing Stan­dards and dis­trib­uted by the Of­fice of In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Ca­su­alty Anal­y­sis. Any ques­tions, com­ments or in­ci­dences of ac­ci­den­tal ig­ni­tion in­volv­ing these sig­nals un­der this Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­proval should be sent to sent to: HQS-PF-fldr-CG-INV@

PSC adopts reg­u­la­tions for so­lar pi­lot pro­gram

The Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) has ap­proved fi­nal reg­u­la­tions to es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity so­lar pi­lot pro­gram in Mary­land, with an em­pha­sis on pro­vid­ing re­new­able en­ergy ben­e­fits for low and mod­er­ate in­come cus­tomers. The reg­u­la­tions are ex­pected to be pub­lished on July 8 in the Mary­land Reg­is­ter and will be­come fi­nal 10 days later (July 18).

The reg­u­la­tions ini­ti­ated from leg­is­la­tion (HB 1087) passed in the 2015 Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly ses­sion and signed by Gov. Larry Ho­gan, and were con­sid­ered in a rule mak­ing process dock­eted by the Com­mis­sion as RM56.

Un­der the pro­posed reg­u­la­tions, the three-year com­mu­nity so­lar pi­lot pro­gram will:

• Pro­vide ac­cess to so­lar-gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity — in a man­ner sim­i­lar to rooftop so­lar and net me­ter­ing — for all Mary­land cus­tomers without re­quir­ing prop­erty own­er­ship;

• In­cen­tivize so­lar com­pa­nies to pro­vide ser­vice to low- and mod­er­ate-in­come cus­tomers;

• At­tract new in­vest­ment in Mary­land’s re­new­able in­fra­struc­ture and green econ­omy;

• Al­low renters to con­tract for so­lar en­ergy with the same ben­e­fits as rooftop own­ers;

• Set aside pro­gram ca­pac­ity for each area of the state with a statewide cap of over 200MW. About 60MW is set aside for projects fo­cused on low and mod­er­ate in­come cus­tomers;

• Cre­ate sep­a­rate pro­gram ca­pac­ity for small sys­tems and sys­tems built on brown­fields, park­ing lots, or in­dus­trial ar­eas;

• Al­low smaller and ru­ral ser­vice ter­ri­to­ries to make use of ex­ist­ing so­lar fa­cil­i­ties while en­cour­ag­ing con­struc­tion of new sys­tems in the ur­ban and sub­ur­ban ar­eas of Mary­land;

• In­clude sig­nif­i­cant con­sumer pro­tec­tions, in­clud­ing pro­hi­bi­tion against un­rea­son­able fees and clear con­tract dis­clo­sure re­quire­ments; and

• Al­low the com­mis­sion staff to col­lect data nec­es­sary data and study the im­pact on Mary­land’s elec­tric­ity grid over the three-year pi­lot pro­gram.

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