New location for eighth annual Touch-A-Truck event
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 email@example.com 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.wufoo.com/forms/s90cu1s1pqpvkv/ or contact John Staples at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 to www.minicowtriclub.com/myts 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.CharlesCountyParks.com.
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. CharlesCountyParks.com to learn more.
For more information on these events or other activities offered by the Department of Community Services, go to www. CharlesCountyParks.com and www.facebook.com/ 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. calvertmarinemuseum.com 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.calvertmarinemuseum.com. 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 email@example.com.
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@ uscg.mil
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.