Arts Al­liance to host fundrais­ing ‘Paint Party’

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The Charles County Arts Al­liance (CCAA) will host a “Paint Party,” 7-9:30 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 9 at Bos­ton’s Restau­rant, 10440 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf, to ben­e­fit the CCAA Arts Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. The reg­is­tra­tion fee is $35 and is due by Fri­day, Jan. 6. The snow date for the event will be Mon­day, Jan. 23.

Ev­ery year, the CCAA of­fers a $1,000 schol­ar­ship to a tal­ented, high-achiev­ing stu­dent at each of the county’s seven high schools, to be ap­plied to tuition at a fouryear col­lege or univer­sity for stud­ies to­ward a ca­reer in the per­form­ing, visual and lit­er­ary arts.

Lo­rina Har­ris of ArtS­mart Stu­dio in Bryans Road will lead the paint party. All sup­plies are pro­vided and 100 per­cent of pay­ment goes to the CCAA Arts Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram.

Bos­ton’s has also agreed to do­nate a per­cent­age of food and bev­er­age (non-al­co­holic) pur­chases made dur­ing the party.

Reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able through PayPal, by send­ing a check to CCAA, P.O. Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695, or pay in per­son at the CCAA Of­fice, Mon­day-Fri­day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata.

CSM re­ceives $133,000 from SMECO pro­gram

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land re­ceived a $133,000 re­bate from South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive’s (SME- CO’s) Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram Dec. 6. CSM earned the in­cen­tive by com­plet­ing retro­fit light­ing projects in nine dif­fer­ent build­ings at the La Plata, Leonard­town and Prince Fred­er­ick cam­puses.

Be­fore the retro­fit project, CSM’s ex­ist­ing light­ing fix­tures were three-lamp, 32-watt T-8 flu­o­res­cent tubes. Each fix­ture was re­placed by a 42-watt LED fix­ture. Nearly 2,300 fix­tures were re­placed. An­nual en­ergy sav­ings for the col­lege are ex­pected to to­tal 318,958 kilo­watt-hours. In ad­di­tion, the LED tubes that will be used in the new fix­tures are go­ing to last at least 60,000 hours, said Se­nior As­so­ciate Nick Lourinia of ICF In­ter­na­tional, which ad­min­is­ters and de­liv­ers SMECO’s Em­POWER Mar yland pro­grams, in­clud­ing the Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram, for SMECO. In con­trast, the lights for the old fix­tures only lasted between 10,000 and 15,000 hours, Lourinia said.

The co­op­er­a­tive’s Em­POWER Mar yland pro­grams pro­vide in­cen­tives for com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial cus­tomers to save en­ergy and money by in­stalling en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, con­struct­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient new homes, im­prov­ing the en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency of ex­ist­ing homes and busi­nesses, and pur­chas­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the Busi­ness So­lu­tions pro­gram, SMECO op­er­ates the Home Per­for­mance with EN­ERGY STAR pro­gram for ex­ist­ing homes, the EN­ERGY STAR New Home pro­gram, the Light­ing pro­gram, the Ap­pli­ance pro­gram and more. Over the eight years of the Em­POWER Mary­land pro­grams’ ex­is­tence, ap­prox­i­mately $7 mil­lion in re­bates and in­cen­tives have been awarded SMECO cus­tomers. For more about SMECO’s sav­ings pro­grams, see https://­ergy-and-money.

CSM was re­cently pre­sented the 2016 Lead­er­ship Award by the Mar yland Green Reg­istry for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble and sus­tain­able busi­ness practices.

Pre­pare for win­ter storms

Win­ter storms can range from a mod­er­ate snow over a few hours to a bliz­zard with blind­ing, wind-driven snow last­ing sev­eral days. Many win­ter storms are ac­com­pa­nied by dan­ger­ously low tem­per­a­tures and some­times by strong winds, ic­ing, sleet, and freez­ing rain. Re­gard­less of the sever­ity of a win­ter storm, it is im­por­tant to be pre­pared for win­ter weather be­fore it strikes. Wed­nes­day, Dec. 21 marks the first day of win­ter, the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser vices en­cour­ages res­i­dents to take steps to en­sure a safe sea­son.

In the home:

Win­ter­ize the home by in­su­lat­ing walls and at­tics, caulk­ing and weather-strip­ping doors and win­dows. This in­cludes struc­tures for live­stock and pets.

Clear rain gut­ters. Re­pair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other struc­ture dur­ing a storm.

In­su­late pipes with in­su­la­tion or news­pa­pers and plas­tic and al­low faucets to drip a lit­tle dur­ing cold weather to avoid freez­ing.

Main­tain heat­ing equip­ment and chim­neys by hav­ing them cleaned and in­spected ev­ery year. Have suf­fi­cient heat­ing fuel. Cit­i­zens may be­come iso­lated in their home and reg­u­lar fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good sup­ply of dry, sea­soned wood for your fire­place or wood-burn­ing stove. All fuel-burn­ing equip­ment should be vented to the out­side and kept clear.

Keep fire ex­tin­guish­ers on hand, and make sure ev­ery­one in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an ad­di­tional risk, as more peo­ple turn to al­ter­nate heat­ing sources with­out tak­ing the nec­es­sary safety pre­cau­tions.

Learn how to shut off wa­ter valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Check ve­hi­cles:

En­sure an­tifreeze lev­els are suf­fi­cient to avoid freez­ing.

Check bat­tery and ig­ni­tion sys­tem. It should be in top con­di­tion and bat­tery ter­mi­nals should be clean.

Keep a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freez­ing.

En­sure heater and de­froster work prop­erly.

Check oil for level and weight. Heav­ier oils con­geal faster at low tem­per­a­tures and do not lu­bri­cate as well.

Re­pair any prob­lems with wiper equip­ment and main­tain proper washer fluid level.

Make sure tires have ad­e­quate tread. All-weather ra­di­als are usu­ally ad­e­quate for most win­ter con­di­tions.

Pre­pare an emer­gency kit in­clud­ing: shovel, wind­shield scraper, flash­light, blan­ket, tow rope, booster ca­bles, emer­gency flares, and rock salt.

Win­ter weather ter­mi­nol­ogy:

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice urges res­i­dents to keep abreast of lo­cal fore­casts and warn­ings and fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with key weather ter­mi­nol­ogy.

Frost/Freeze warn­ing — Be­low freez­ing tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected.

Freez­ing rain — Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, cre­at­ing a coat­ing of ice.

Sleet — Rain that turns to ice pel­lets be­fore reach­ing the ground caus­ing roads to freeze and be­come slip­pery.

Win­ter Weather Ad­vi­sory — Win­ter weather con­di­tions are ex­pected to cause sig­nif­i­cant in­con­ve­niences and may be haz­ardous.

Win­ter Storm Watch — A win­ter storm is pos­si­ble in the area.

Win­ter Storm Warn­ing — A win­ter storm is oc­cur­ring or will soon oc­cur in the area.

Bliz­zard Warn­ing — Sus­tained winds or fre­quent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and con­sid­er­able amounts of fall­ing or blow­ing snow (re­duc­ing vis­i­bil­ity to less than a quar­ter mile) are ex­pected to pre­vail for a pe­riod of three hours or longer.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on win­ter weather and safety tips, go to­ter-weather.

Se­vere weather no­tices are posted on the Charles County Gov­ern­ment web­site, on Facebook, and on Twit­ter. Weather up­dates are also aired on CCGTV, which broad­casts on Com­cast chan­nel 95 and Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10. Sign up for the Citizen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (CNS) to re­ceive in­clement weather and traf­fic alerts by text mes­sage, email, or phone.

For in­for­ma­tion on power out­ages, view the SMECO out­age map. Call 877-747-6326 to re­port a power out­age. Call 911 in the event of an emer­gency.

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