La Plata weather sirens will ac­ti­vate for con­firmed tor­na­does

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Sum­mer brings se­vere weather, such as hur­ri­canes, ex­treme heat, thun­der­storms and tor­na­does. The Charles County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices and the Town of La Plata re­mind res­i­dents that the Town of La Plata tor­nado sirens will ac­ti­vate if there is a con­firmed tor­nado on the ground, spot­ted in or head­ing to­ward La Plata. This is a three-minute cy­cling of the siren, in ad­di­tion to a voice an­nounce­ment at the end of the cy­cle.

La Plata sirens are “outdoor warn­ing sirens” in­tended to warn res­i­dents who are out­side of an im­mi­nent tor­nado threat. The sirens are not in­tended nor guar­an­teed to warn res­i­dents who are in­doors. Res­i­dents in­doors should rely on weather ra­dios, tele­vi­sion and ra­dio mes­sages, or phone no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tems for up­dates on tor­nado threats.

Res­i­dents are urged to reg­is­ter/re­view their pro­files for the lat­est Cit­i­zen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (CNS) up­dates and alerts from Charles County Gov­ern­ment, and the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. To reg­is­ter for CNS, man­age your mes­sage set­tings, pro­vide pre­ferred con­tact in­for­ma­tion, and se­lect cat­e­gories, visit www.CharlesCoun­

When you hear the siren go­ing off, please do not de­lay in seek­ing shel­ter. Get in­doors to an in­te­rior small room or base­ment, and get low. For tor­nado pre­pared­ness tips, visit the Na­tional Weather Ser vice’s web­site at­nado/safety.html.

The sirens are in­stalled at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions:

• On Charles Street in front of the Charles County Court­house;

• On Cur­ley Hall Road at the Town’s Waste­water Treat­ment Plant (near Quail­wood Sub­di­vi­sion);

• In Clarks Run Sub­di­vi­sion;

• In King’s Grant Sub­di­vi­sion;

• On Shin­ing Wil­low Way next to the La Plata Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment;

• Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land.

Se­vere weather no­tices are posted on­line at www. CharlesCoun­, on CCGTV ca­ble tele­vi­sion (Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10 and Com­cast chan­nel 95), on Face­book and on Twit­ter. Sign up for the CNS at www.CharlesCoun­ to re­ceive in­clement weather, tor­nado watch, and tor­nado warn­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions by email or text mes­sage. For up­dated in­for­ma­tion on power out­ages, view the SMECO out­age map at storm­cen­ter. Call 877-7476326 to re­port a power out­age. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emer­gency.

Depart­ment re­cruits young adults for con­ser­va­tion corps

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is re­cruit­ing 17-25 year olds for the Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps, an award-win­ning Amer­iCorps pro­gram that en­gages young adults in ex­ten­sive nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and park con­ser­va­tion projects across the state.

The pro­gram seeks to hire 35 full-time crew mem­bers for an 11-month pe­riod, be­gin­ning in Oc­to­ber.

In an av­er­age year, Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps mem­bers will:

• Con­duct in­ter­pre­tive pro­grams;

• Help pre­serve rich his­tor­i­cal her­itage sites;

• Im­prove park na­ture cen­ters;

• Main­tain hun­dreds of miles of trails;

• Plant thou­sands of trees;

• Pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram­ming for stu­dents;

• Re­store wildlife habi­tat;

• Sup­port the im­prove­ment of the Ch­e­sa­peake and coastal bays;

• Work with schools to plant bay grasses.

To be con­sid­ered, in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als must sub­mit an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion along with a writ­ing sam­ple. Depart­ment staff will re­view each ap­pli­ca­tion and, if ap­pro­pri­ate, in­vite the ap­pli­cant to an in­ter­view, con­duct ref­er­ence checks and pro­vide a match­ing op­por­tu­nity at one of the ser­vice sites. Place­ment will be on a first­come, first-served ba­sis.

The Mary­land Con­ser­va­tion Corps pro­gram is funded — in part — by the Cor­po­ra­tion for Na­tional and Com­mu­nity Ser­vice, the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice on Ser­vice and Vol­un­teerism, the Corps Net­work and the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources.

Health depart­ment to of­fer day­time quit smok­ing pro­gram

A day­time smok­ing ces­sa­tion pro­gram (eight weeks) will be of­fered 10 a.m.-noon Thurs­days from Sept. 8-Nov. 1, at the Charles County Depart­ment of Health in White Plains. Par­tic­i­pants must pre-reg­is­ter be­fore Aug. 26 by call­ing Mary Beth at 301-609-6932.

At­tor­ney gen­eral warns con­sumers about scam email

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh is alert­ing Mary­lan­ders about scam­mers’ lat­est ef­forts to hack into con­sumers’ per­sonal com­put­ers to steal per­sonal iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion that can then be used for il­licit pur­poses.

The scam­mers use an email ad­dress that looks like it might be from the Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral, with a sub­ject line: “The Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Com­plaint.” The email then con­tains a note that claims a com­plaint has been filed against the con­sumers’ busi­ness and they must click on a link that al­legedly sends them to a PDF doc­u­ment in or­der for them to file a re­sponse, but ac­tu­ally sends them to a link with a zip file that installs mal­ware. This prac­tice is known as click-bait.

“This scam is par­tic­u­larly de­ceit­ful and hits too close to home as our of­fice would never send com­plaints by email,” Frosh said in a press re­lease. “It’s al­ways a good rule of thumb never to open emails that claim to be from an of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment agency, if the email ad­dress does not end in .gov or .us. Con­sumers should al­ways be vig­i­lant with per­sonal in­for­ma­tion so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

Mary­lan­ders who re­ceive an un­so­licited email from any in­di­vid­ual or busi­ness should ex­er­cise cau­tion and should not click on links or pro­vide any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion un­less the email sender is known and rep­utable. Con­sumers should delete emails re­ceived from un­known par­ties.

Con­sumers with ques­tions about how to han­dle such in­quiries or those who think they have been the vic­tim of a scam should con­tact the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion at 410528-8662 or toll free at 888742-0023. Con­sumers can file a com­plaint at­sumer/com­plaint.htm or by mail­ing a hard copy of the com­plaint form found on­line, along with any sup­port­ing doc­u­ments, to 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Bal­ti­more, MD 21202.

For more in­for­ma­tion on email scams and hoaxes, con­sumers may find ad­di­tional help­ful in­for­ma­tion by vis­it­ing the fol­low­ing web­sites: In­ter­net ScamBusters at, the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion at, or the U.S. Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion at­vestor/pubs/cy­ber­fraud.htm.

Veter­ans home opens new pub­lic art ex­hibit

In part­ner­ship with the Charles County Arts Al­liance, Char­lotte Hall Veter­ans Home an­nounces a new pub­lic art ex­hibit show­cas­ing 27 artists and 44 works of art on dis­play from June 16 to Oct. 19.

The gallery is lo­cated at 29449 Char­lotte Hall Road, Char­lotte Hall. Fol­low the signs for the “D-Wing/ State Of­fice” en­trance around back. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon­day through Sun­day.

The show’s theme is “Artist’s Choice” and in­cludes work from: Theresa Alo, Shirley An­drews (a res­i­dent), Anne Buff­in­g­ton,

Sue Cas­sidy, Bill Cas­sidy, Tr­ish Clark, Fanny Cramer, Dorothy Crown, Cecelia Du­nay, Greg Ford, Rita Fox, Penny Gold, Rox­ana Gon­za­les, Gor­don John­son, Alie Koroma, Ur­sula Lawrence, Ad­di­son Likins, Wil­lie Lowry (a res­i­dent), Bill Meck (a res­i­dent), Kathy Noel, Jonathan Nordtrom, Nadira Nunez, Joshua Owen, Nancy Owens, Ash­ley Radano (CHVH Vol­un­teer Di­rec­tor), Ernest Sinnes, Ge­orge Skypeck, and Nancy Wal­cutt. Most art­work is avail­able for pur­chase; the E-Wing Se­cu­rity desk has a copy of the price list and artists bi­ogra­phies.

On Satur­day, Sept. 24, the Veter­ans Home will host a “Meet the Artists” Pub­lic Re­cep­tion in the E-Wing Mul­ti­pur­pose Room, 2-4 p.m., to honor all the artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in this show. The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend and meet the artists while view­ing their work on dis­play.

Photos of the gallery can be viewed on both the Veter­ans Home ( and Arts Al­liance (www.charle­scount­ web­sites.

Vol­un­teers needed to staff film fes­ti­val

Vol­un­teers are needed to staff the South­ern Mary­land Film Fes­ti­val com­ing to Leonard­town July 15-16. There is one Fri­day evening shift from 5-10 p.m., and sev­eral shifts and po­si­tions through­out the day Satur­day, from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. In­ter­ested par­ties should send an email to smd­film­ to sign up. Vol­un­teer ori­en­ta­tion will be con­ducted on­line in prepa­ra­tion of the event. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Theresa Wood at 240-298-0183 or email smd­film­

House­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled

The Charles County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works an­nounced this week that the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion will be held on Satur­day, July 2. The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the parking lot of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works build­ing, lo­cated at 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: 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: 800735-2258.

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