Say thanks to vet­er­ans through Hero to Hero Project

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Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home is seek­ing short 10- to 20-sec­ond videos from ac­tive duty ser­vice mem­bers, wish­ing a happy Vet­er­ans Day to the vet­er­ans who call the lo­ca­tion their home.

The ob­jec­tive of the project, called the Hero to Hero Project, is to con­nect U.S. ser­vice­men and women, past and present. Sub­mis­sions will be com­piled and shown at the home’s an­nual Vet­er­ans Day Cer­e­mony.

Videos must in­clude the par­tic­i­pant’s name, branch of ser­vice, area they are serv­ing (if able), and a per­sonal mes­sage to the Char­lotte Hall vet­er­ans. Group videos are wel­come.

Videos may be sub­mit­ted via email to Ash­ley Radano at aradano@hm­rmd.com no later than Oct. 31. Please in­clude your name and con­tact in­for­ma­tion in the body of the email.

County an­nounces Novem­ber hol­i­day sched­ule

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

Tues­day, Nov. 8 (Elec­tion Day)

• All Charles County Gov­ern­ment of­fices and the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville will be closed

• The Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, se­nior cen­ters, and all school based com­mu­nity cen­ters are closed

• All in­door pools will be open 1 p.m. — 9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter, and North Point).

• Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (All branches)

Fri­day, Nov. 11 (Vet­er­ans 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 p.m. — 9 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter, and North Point)

• VanGO Brand­wine Con­nec­tor will not op­er­ate.

• VanGO last de­par­tures from the Wal­dorf trans­fer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the 301 Con­nec­tor, Busi­ness A, Busi­ness B, and Char­lotte Hall routes. Last de­par­tures from the Wal­dorf trans­fer point will be at 6 p.m. on the Berry Road, In­dian Head, Pine­field, St. Charles A, St. Charles B, and St. Charles C routes. Last de­par­tures from the La Plata trans­fer point will be at 5:30 p.m. on the 301 Con­nec­tor, Bryans Road, and Nan­je­moy routes. Last de­par­tures from the La Plata trans­fer point for New­burg will be at 4:30 p.m., and for La Plata will be at 6 p.m.

• Charles County Health Depart­ment is closed.

• Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (All branches)

Thurs­day, Nov. 24 (Thanks­giv­ing 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, Elite Gym­nas­tics, in­door pools, and all school based com­mu­nity cen­ters are closed

• VanGO ser­vices will not be op­er­at­ing

• The Charles County Land­fill and Re­cy­cling Cen­ter on Billings­ley Road in Wal­dorf, and the Pis­gah Re­cy­cling Cen­ter on Route 425 in Pis­gah will be closed

• Curb­side re­cy­cling will be de­layed one day, Thurs­day pick­ups will take place on Fri­day and Fri­day pick­ups on Satur­day

• The Crain Memo­rial Wel­come Cen­ter will be closed

• Charles County Skate Park will be closed

• Charles County Health Depart­ment is closed

• Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (All branches)

Fri­day, Nov. 25 (Day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing)

• 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 p.m.-8 p.m. for open swim (Lackey, Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter, and North Point)

• Curb­side re­cy­cling will be de­layed one day. Thurs­day pick­ups will take place on Fri­day and Fri­day pick­ups on Satur­day

• Charles County Health Depart­ment is closed

• Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary (All branches)

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

County em­ploy­ees de­velop cost sav­ings in­cen­tive pro­gram

The Charles County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources is in­tro­duc­ing a new Em­ployee Cost Sav­ings In­cen­tive Pro­gram. The Hu­man Re­sources Em­ployee Com­mit­tee, a group of em­ploy­ees rep­re­sent­ing all county de­part­ments, ini­ti­ated the pro­gram. The pro­gram’s goal is to en­cour­age em­ployee in­volve­ment in im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery to res­i­dents while iden­ti­fy­ing cost sav­ings mea­sures.

“The Cost Sav­ings In­cen­tive Pro­gram was de­vel­oped with em­ploy­ees in mind,” said Billy Walker, a depart­ment of hu­man re­sources em­ployee com­mit­tee mem­ber and depart­ment of pub­lic works em­ployee. “I be­lieve some of the great­est process im­prove­ments and cost-sav­ing ideas come from em­ploy­ees that are per­form­ing the work ev­ery day.”

County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael D. Malli­noff said, “This pro­gram is an ex­am­ple of county gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees think­ing out­side the box to pro­vide ser­vices to county res­i­dents at a lower cost. I am ex­cited to see what we come up with.”

In­di­vid­u­als or groups of em­ploy­ees may sub­mit cost-sav­ing sug­ges­tions and ideas to the Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources Em­ployee Com­mit­tee. Each sug­ges­tion will be re­viewed for fea­si­bil­ity and cost-sav­ing anal­y­sis. If an em­ployee’s cost-sav­ing idea is ap­proved for use, em­ployee(s) will re­ceive a mone­tary award of five per­cent of the pro­jected cost sav­ings, up to $5,000.

Preser­va­tion Mat­ters News­let­ter now avail­able

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Growth Man­age­ment’s an­nual on­line pub­li­ca­tion, “Preser­va­tion Mat­ters: Cel­e­brat­ing Charles County’s His­toric Places,” is now avail­able for view­ing on­line. To view the news­let­ter, go to www.charlescoun­tymd.gov/sites/de­fault/files/ pgm/plan­ning/Preser­va­tionMat­ter­sNewslet­ter_2016_web.pdf.

This edi­tion fea­tures “Doc­u­ment­ing a Com­mu­nity’s Re­cent Past.” Read about the tight knit com­mu­nity of Pomon­key and its com­ing to­gether to high­light its sig­nif­i­cance to Charles County’s past and fu­ture. Learn about the sto­ries, struc­tures and peo­ple of this area, as well as the doc­u­men­ta­tion ef­forts to help pre­serve the com­mu­nity’s her­itage.

Also fea­tured are ar­ti­cles on pri­vate ceme­ter­ies, re­cov­ered ar­ti­facts near Bene­dict, restora­tion of Rich Hill, 2016 preser­va­tion awards, and news from the county ar­chae­ol­o­gist Es­ter Doyle Read.

A lim­ited num­ber of printed copies of the news­let­ter are avail­able upon re­quest. To ob­tain a printed copy of the news­let­ter, or for more in­for­ma­tion about the “Preser­va­tion Mat­ters” pub­li­ca­tion, con­tact Beth Groth at GrothB@CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov or 301-645-0684.

So. Md. HR pro­fes­sion­als to meet for sixth con­fer­ence

The Hu­man Re­sources As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Mary­land (HRASM) is pre­sent­ing its sixth con­fer­ence on 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at CSM, Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus, 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road, Build­ing B, Prince Fred­er­ick. Con­fer­ence ses­sions will fo­cus on work­place com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the fu­ture of Hu­man Re­sources, tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion strate­gies, and lead­er­ship.

The cost is $100 for mem­bers and $125 for non-mem­bers, which in­cludes both con­ti­nen­tal break­fast and lunch. To reg­is­ter, go to http://hras­mon­line.shrm.org. Once reg­is­tered, pay­ment is re­quired if a can­cel­la­tion is made af­ter the dead­line date.

HRASM has over 190 mem­bers from the tri-county area who have a spe­cial in­ter­est in the hu­man re­sources field. Its mis­sion is to pro­vide net­work­ing, ed­u­ca­tional, ad­vi­sory and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to HR pro­fes­sion­als in South­ern Mary­land. HRASM is an af­fil­i­ated chap­ter of the na­tional So­ci­ety of Hu­man Re­sources Pro­fes­sion­als (SHRM).

La Plata li­brary to close for park­ing lot repaving

Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary an­nounces that its La Plata Branch will be closed Oct. 26, 27 and 28 for park­ing lot repaving, weather per­mit­ting. Call 301-934-9001 or visit www.cc­plon­line.org for the most up to date sta­tus. The li­brary will re­open 9 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 29.

Dur­ing this time pe­riod no items will be due and no fines ac­crued. The book drop of the La Plata branch will be locked and there will be no pub­lic ac­cess to the build­ing.

While the branch is closed, visit or call other Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary branches:

• P.D. Brown Memo­rial Branch, 301-645-2864

Po­tomac Branch, 301375-7375

• Wal­dorf West Branch, 301-645-1395

Shanks to par­tic­i­pate in Fam­ily, Health and Home Expo on Oct. 29

Phys­i­cal fit­ness co­or­di­na­tor Debi Shanks and var­i­ous se­nior cit­i­zens around the county will be en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to stay fit at the Fam­ily, Health, and Home Expo. This expo will be held on Satur­day, Oct. 29 and Sun­day, Oct. 30 at the Charles County Fair­grounds, 8440 Fair­ground Road, La Plata, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. Shanks will lead the older adult fit­ness demo on Satur­day, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. on the Au­tumn stage and 1 p.m. on the Pink Ex­pe­ri­ence stage with sev­eral lo­cal se­niors sup­port­ing Shanks. Come

and sup­port our lo­cal se­nior cit­i­zens as they demon­strate their fit­ness ex­er­cises.

The goal of this event is to en­cour­age the fam­i­lies in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to take con­trol of their health and to learn the facts they need to make smart health choices, and to make time for reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. This is an op­por­tu­nity to pick up healthy-liv­ing tips, and meet with health­care pro­fes­sion­als.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Fam­ily, Health, and Home Expo, go to www.fam­i­ly­healthand­home­expo.com, or call Debi Shanks at 301-609-5711.

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