Church to host cel­e­bra­tory Blue Mass for law en­force­ment

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A Blue Mass cel­e­bra­tion for the law en­force­ment of­fi­cers of Charles County will be held at Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, at 201 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata. The parish asks that com­mu­nity members “please join state and lo­cal politi­cians along with Sher­iff Troy Berry and com­mand staff and deputies/of­fi­cers from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Mary­land State Po­lice, the Town of La Plata Po­lice De­part­ment, the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice, and the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity Po­lice De­part­ment (Nice Bridge Com­mand) as we honor their ser­vice and pray for their safety.” A re­cep­tion will fol­low im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing.

County named one of the na­tion’s most dig­i­tally ad­vanced

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers announced last week that the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment (CDG) and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties (NACo) have se­lected Charles County as one of the na­tion’s most dig­i­tally ad­vanced county in the 150,000-249,999 pop­u­la­tion category, plac­ing sec­ond. This is the De­part­ment of Fis­cal and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices’ In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Di­vi­sion’s 14th con­sec­u­tive year as a re­cip­i­ent of this award, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The 2016 an­nual sur­vey rec­og­nizes lead­ing ex­am­ples of coun­ties us­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove ser­vices and boost ef­fi­cien­cies. The sur­vey, con­ducted by CDG and its Dig­i­tal Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram, in part­ner­ship with NACo, iden­ti­fies best tech­nol­ogy practices among U.S. coun­ties, the re­lease states. To be el­i­gi­ble for the award, a county must be a mem­ber of NACo. There are 3,069 NACo county members.

The Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment is a na­tional re­search and ad­vi­sory in­sti­tute fo­cused on tech­nol­ogy pol­icy and best practices in state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment. CDG is a di­vi­sion of e.Repub­lic, the na­tion’s only me­dia and re­search com­pany fo­cused ex­clu­sively on state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment, and to view the full list of win­ners, go to http://­ dc/dig­i­tal-coun­ties/ Dig­i­tal-Coun­ties-Sur­vey-2016-Win­ners-Announced.html.

Nom­i­na­tions sought for farm ser­vice agency com­mit­tee

From now through Aug. 1, nom­i­na­tions will be ac­cepted for can­di­dates to run for a po­si­tion on a lo­cal USDA Farm Ser­vice Agency county com­mit­tee. Al­most any­one par­tic­i­pat­ing or co­op­er­at­ing in an FSA pro­gram and of le­gal vot­ing age can be a can­di­date.

FSA county com­mit­tees play a vi­tal and rel­e­vant role in de­liv­er­ing im­por­tant farm pro­grams.

Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able at www.fsa.­tions or from a lo­cal FSA county of­fice. Forms must be post­marked or de­liv­ered to a lo­cal of­fice by Aug. 1. Vot­ing takes place this fall.

Haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion sched­uled for Aug. 6

The Charles County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works will hold the next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion on Satur­day, Aug. 6. 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, mer­cury 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 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: 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 301-8702778, 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.

County lead­ers to learn tech ad­vances, cy­ber-re­lated trends at MACo con­fer­ence

The Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties sum­mer con­fer­ence is an an­nual event where county elected officials, county staff, state and fed­eral officials, and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­vene to study best practices in lo­cal gover­nance and ex­plore part­ner­ships through which to bet­ter serve the peo­ple of Mar yland.

The 2016 MACo Sum­mer Con­fer­ence will be held Aug. 17-20 at the Roland Pow­ell Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Ocean City. The con­fer­ence is themed “Cy­ber Solutions: Coun­ties in the Dig­i­tal Age.” The fo­cus of the con­fer­ence is on dig­i­tal trends, cy­ber threats, and tech­no­log­i­cal solutions for county officials and pro­fes­sion­als. Among many top­ics of­fered, par­tic­i­pants can ex­pect to see demon­stra­tions of drones, hear from ex­perts about au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles and talk about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of tex­ting 911.

Also on the agenda, among many other top­ics, are so­cial me­dia use and telecom­mut­ing for county em­ploy­ees, en­vi­ron­men­tal up­dates, pro­tect­ing chil­dren from cy­ber­crime, con­cus­sions, fund­ing meth­ods for tech­nol­ogy, and a Q&A ses­sion on med­i­cal cannabis. Par­tic­i­pants will have two op­por­tu­ni­ties to be cer­ti­fied to ad­min­is­ter Nalox­one, the opi­oid over­dose treat­ment drug.

Up­dates will be given by the De­part­ments of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and the En­vi­ron­ment. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (DMd.) will host a town

hall fo­rum and U.S. Rep. Dutch Rup­pers­berger (D-Md., 2nd) will mod­er­ate a gen­eral ses­sion on cy­ber­se­cu­rity bud­get­ing. Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) will de­liver the clos­ing ad­dress of the con­fer­ence.

Com­mis­sioner Amanda M. Ste­wart (D) will be in at­ten­dance with County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael D. Malli­noff. County At­tor­ney Rhonda Weaver will be a speaker on a panel en­ti­tled “Beam Me Up — Telecom­mut­ing and County Gov­ern­ment,” and Chief of 911 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tony Rose will be a speaker on a panel en­ti­tled “911: The Next Gen­er­a­tion — Ev­ery­thing Will Change, Ex­cept the Num­bers.”

Shreve ap­pointed to state board for fourth term

On Wed­nes­day, July 20, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Works Bill Shreve took the oath of of­fice for his fourth four-year term as a mem­ber of the state Board of Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Water­works and Waste Sys­tems Op­er­a­tors, a gover­nor-ap­pointed and Se­nate-con­firmed com­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. Shreve be­came a li­ai­son mem­ber of the board in 1983, and served in that ca­pac­ity un­til 2002 when he re­ceived his first com­mis­sion. He has served as the chair of this board since his first ap­point­ment in 2002, and looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to sup­port the ef­forts of the state to en­sure all en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems are op­er­ated by duly cer­ti­fied in­di­vid­u­als.

The Mary­land De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment board es­tab­lishes the ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence, and ex­am­i­na­tion stan­dards for wa­ter and waste­water treat­ment sys­tem op­er­a­tors and su­per­in­ten­dents, and is­sues and re­news cer­ti­fi­ca­tions based on th­ese stan­dards.

Train­ing to teach in­di­ca­tors of a per­son think­ing about sui­cide

Sui­cide aware­ness and pre­ven­tion train­ing will take place Monday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Br yans Road.

A pre­sen­ta­tion of Liv­ingWorks — safeTALK will be held. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to iden­tify per­sons who may be think­ing of sui­cide and four ba­sic steps to be­gin the help­ing process and how to ac­ti­vate a sui­cide alert that con­nects the per­son who is think­ing about sui­cide with re­sources who can com­plete the help­ing process.

Call 703-283-5177 for the ad­dress for the pro­gram, or email John Sta­ples

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