Cobb Is­land to host fifth an­nual but­ter­fly fes­ti­val

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Cobb Is­land’s fifth an­nual Monarch Ma­nia, cel­e­brat­ing the Monarch but­ter­fly’s mi­gra­tion to Mex­ico, will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. It will host the Mex­i­can Em­bassy and the Mex­i­can Cul­tural In­sti­tute. This year’s fes­ti­val will high­light the Cit­i­zen Sci­ence Pro­ject, Monarch Watch from the Univer­sity of Kansas and the im­por­tance of plant­ing milk­weed.

The Con­sulate Al­berto Fierro of the Mex­i­can Em­bassy and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mex­i­can Cul­tural In­sti­tute will open the fes­ti­val and share the role of Mex­ico in Monarch conser va­tion.

Guest speak­ers have been added to this year’s pro­gram. Sean McGuinn, out­door ed­u­ca­tor at Ar­ling­ton Echo Out­door Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter, will present “Mi­gra­tion To­wards Ex­tinc­tion,” a talk about the ob­sta­cles for Mon­archs as they mi­grate from Canada and the USA to Mex­ico and the role hu­mans can play in their mi­gra­tion and sur vi­val.

Kerry Wixted, wildlife bi­ol­o­gist with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will present, Pol­li­na­tors: Per­ils and Pos­si­bil­i­ties, a pro­gram that will talk about the prob­lems pre­sented to pol­li­na­tors and what we can do to help them.

The past few sea­sons have been some of the low­est num­bers in his­tory for Monarch on mi­gra­tion to and from their over win­ter­ing in Mex­ico and sum­mer pop­u­la­tions in the United States. Learn why they are strug­gling to sur­vive and what peo­ple can do in their own yard and neigh­bor­hood to help them now and in the fu­ture. Due to the dra­matic drop in num­bers, the theme for this year’s event is: “Sav­ing the Monarch But­ter­fly from Ex­tinc­tion: How You Can Help.”

Na­ture re­lated ed­u­ca­tional ex­hibitors and craft ven­dors will be on Old Fish­er­man’s Field and will in­clude Charles County Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, make and take craft sta­tions for chil­dren.

CSM to host Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Open House Oct. 12

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land is able to part­ner with two ma­jor Mary­land teacher prepa­ra­tion programs — Tow­son Univer­sity and Notre Dame of Mary­land Univer­sity — to of­fer lo­cal ac­cess to all state re­quire­ments for teacher cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Prospec­tive teach­ers can learn about op­tions avail­able to them at CSM. The col­lege will host a teacher ed­u­ca­tion open house 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at its Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus.

The open house will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to learn about teacher ed­u­ca­tion at CSM as well as cer­ti­fi­ca­tion path­ways avail­able in South­ern Mary­land. Stu­dents who are cur­rently in and who have grad­u­ated from part­ner­ship programs will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions, as will rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CSM, Calvert County Pub­lic Schools and other CSM part­ner in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing Notre Dame of Mary­land and Tow­son.

The 2+2 part­ner­ship programs al­low stu­dents to com­plete the first two years of their teacher prepa­ra­tion pro­gram at CSM. They then ap­ply to one of the part­ner in­sti­tu­tions and com­plete the re­main­der of their pro­gram through that univer­sity but on a CSM cam­pus, earn­ing their bach­e­lor’s de­gree and Mary­land state cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The programs are of­fered in early child­hood and ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion.

A key el­e­ment of the 2+2 pro­gram is Tow­son’s re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal schools. The Mary­land State Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion iden­ti­fies lo­cal schools as Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Schools (PDS). Tow­son col­lab­o­rates with these schools for the aca­demic and clin­i­cal prepa­ra­tion of teacher can­di­dates. Tow­son has PDS sites in Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties. Notre Dame of Mary­land also works with the three lo­cal school sys­tems to place stu­dents for their in­tern­ship ex­pe­ri­ences.

CSM of­fers three teacher ed­u­ca­tion de­grees in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion (birth to Grade 3), ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion (Grades 1-6) and se­condary ed­u­ca­tion (Grades 7-12).

The open house at the Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus will be held in Build­ing B, Mul­ti­pur­pose Rooms 103, 104 and 105. To reg­is­ter, go to

For more in­for­ma­tion, call El­iz­a­beth Set­tle at 301-934-2251 or el­iz­a­beth.set­

County an­nounces Colum­bus Day clos­ings

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers wish to re­mind res­i­dents of changes to nor­mal op­er­at­ing sched­ules for the month of Oc­to­ber. All of­fices, fa­cil­i­ties, and ser­vices not listed will be op­er­at­ing their nor­mal hours.

Mon­day, Oct. 10 (Colum­bus Day) — All Charles County Gov­ern­ment of­fices and the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville will be closed. The Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, se­nior cen­ters, Port To­bacco Recre­ation Cen­ter, and all school based com­mu­nity cen­ters are closed. All in­door pools will be open 1 to 9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter, and North Point). The Charles County Health Depart­ment will be closed.

For ques­tions about County Gov­ern­ment hol­i­day clo­sures, con­tact the Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at 301-8852779 or PressRoom@ CharlesCoun­ Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

School nam­ing com­mit­tee to host pub­lic hear­ing

The Charles County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s School Nam­ing Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee is hold­ing a pub­lic hear­ing to ac­cept in­for­ma­tion or com­ment on names sub­mit­ted and to ac­cept ad­di­tional school nam­ing sug­ges­tions from the pub­lic. The hear­ing is set for 6:30 p.m. Mon­day, Oct. 17, in the board­room at the Jesse L. Starkey Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing at 5980 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata.

The com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing names for the new ele­men­tary school to be built off Billings­ley Road in White Plains. The school is sched­uled to open at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

Board pol­icy re­quires names of new schools to be of per­sons or places of sig­nif­i­cance to Charles County res­i­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers. A per­son must be de­ceased to be el­i­gi­ble for con­sid­er­a­tion as a school name.

Res­i­dents may be­gin to sign up to speak at 6 p.m. The com­mit­tee will be­gin hear­ing tes­ti­mony at 6:30 p.m. but will al­low speak­ers to sign up un­til 7 p.m. Speak­ers will have three min­utes to present, and com­mit­tee mem­bers may ask ques­tions about their nom­i­nee. The com­mit­tee asks that speak­ers leave a copy of their writ­ten tes­ti­mony for the record.

The hear­ing will be aired live on the system web­site at and tele­vised on Com­cast Chan­nel 96 and Ver­i­zon FiOS Chan­nel 12.

A com­plete list of nam­ing sug­ges­tions sub­mit­ted to the com­mit­tee will be posted on the Charles County Pub­lic Schools web­site prior to the hear­ing.

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