Rec dept. pro­vides new sports no­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem

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The Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks, and Tourism en­cour­ages pro­gram par­tic­i­pants and fre­quent fa­cil­ity guest to go to and sign up to re­ceive free text mes­sages or emails re­gard­ing pro­gram or fa­cil­ity can­ce­la­tions and clo­sures due to in­clement weather. The on­line por­tal is now open for reg­is­tra­tion at, (key­word: Charles County Re­cre­ation) or by tex­ting RPT01 to 84483. In the event of in­clement weather, the Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks, and Tourism staff will use RainedOut to send im­por­tant no­ti­fi­ca­tions in- clud­ing can­celled events, fa­cil­ity clo­sures, changed plans, and re­minders.

Dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion process, in­di­vid­u­als can man­age their mes­sage set­tings, and pro­vide pre­ferred con­tact in­forma- tion. Mes­sage op­tions in­clude no­ti­fi­ca­tions via text mes­sage, email, or both. No­ti­fi­ca­tions will also be up­loaded onto the De­part- ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks, and Tourism Face­book and Twit­ter feeds.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Depart­ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks, and Tourism at 301-932-3470.

Pub­lic in­put sought on Hugh­esville Vil­lage draft zon­ing

The Depart­ment of Plan­ning and Growth Man­age­ment is de­vel­op­ing new zon­ing reg­u­la­tions for the Vil­lage of Hugh­esville. The pub­lic is in­vited to pro­vide com­ments and in­put on the draft zon­ing text and map, posted at www. CharlesCoun­tyMD. gov/pgm/plan­ning/ hugh­esville-vil­lage-re­vi­tal­iza­tion-plan-and-im­ple­men­ta­tion. The county is of­fer­ing this ad­di­tional op­por­tu­nity for pub­lic in­put in ad­vance of the re­quired pub­lic hear­ings be­fore the plan­ning com­mis­sion and board of com­mis­sion­ers.

The new zon­ing is a key com­po­nent in im­ple­ment- ing the 2007 Hugh­esville Vil­lage Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Plan, which calls for pro­mot­ing in­fill de­vel­op­ment and re­vi­tal­iza­tion while pre­serv­ing and en­hanc­ing the vil­lage char­ac­ter. The project area con­tains land cur­rently in the Vil­lage Res­i­den­tial (RV), Vil­lage Com­mer­cial (CV), and Light In­dus­trial (IG) zon­ing dis­tricts.

Com­ments may be sent to Amy Blessinger at Bless­ingA@ CharlesCoun­ or by mail to Charles County Gov­ern­ment, Attn: Plan­ning Di­vi­sion, P.O. Box 2150, 200 Bal­ti­more Street, La Plata, MD 20646. Send com­ments by Jan. 13. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

Tri-County shel­ter an­nounces events, re­minders

Adop­tion fees will be waived on Free Fe­line Fri­days dur­ing the month of Jan­uary for adult cats who are 1 years old and older at the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville.

Re­mem­ber out­door furry friends this win­ter by be­ing mind­ful of the tem­per­a­ture. Even with a fur coat, pets should be kept in­side dur­ing ex­treme tem­per­a­tures. Al­ways check un­der the car hood. Be­cause cats like the warmth of a car en­gine, bang on the hood or honk the horn be­fore start­ing the car. Also, re­mem­ber to wipe off paws: paws can pick up toxic chem­i­cals from out­side and need to be checked for cracked or bleed­ing paws. For more pet safety tips, go to www.

Low-in­come res­i­dents who re­side in spe­cific places in the county may qual­ify for free al­ter­ing of their pets. Call the Paw Prints An­i­mal Hospi­tal at 301-885-0263, or the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County at 301-645-8181 for qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion.

The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter is lo­cated at 6707 An­i­mal Shel­ter Road in Hugh­esville. Shel­ter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-9031992. Adop­tion hours are Mon­day-Fri­day, noon to 5 p.m. and Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion, go to www. CharlesCoun­tyMD. gov/es/an­i­mal­shel­ter/ tri-county-an­i­mal-shel­ter or shel­ters/MD112.html. Fol­low the Tri-County

CSM to sponsor Mil­i­tary Night at An­n­marie Gar­den

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land was hon­ored this month by Vic­tory Me­dia as a Gold award win­ner for be­ing a com­mu­nity col­lege with out­stand­ing pro­grams and sup­port for the na­tion’s veter­ans and their fam­i­lies. Last month, CSM was awarded the 2017 Mil­i­tary Friendly® School des­ig­na­tion from Vic­tory Me­dia, a des­ig­na­tion that CSM has earned now for three con­sec­u­tive years. This month, Vic­tory Me­dia fol­lowed up that des­ig­na­tion with the Gold award, which in­di­cates how CSM is rated com­pared to other Mil­i­tary Friendly col­leges. Top 10, Silver and Bronze awards were also an­nounced.

A sea­sonal ex­pres­sion of CSM’s com­mit­ment to veter­ans will take place as part of An­n­marie Gar­den’s an­nual Gar­den in Lights event when for the fourth year CSM will sponsor Mil­i­tary Night on Dec. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m., al­low­ing free ad­mis­sion for veter­ans and ac­tive duty ser­vice mem­bers (with valid ID) and two guests. The Gar­den in Lights event takes place at An­n­marie Sculp­ture Gar­den & Arts Cen­ter, 13480 Dow­ell Road, Dow­ell, MD 20629.

CSM is one of the largest providers of ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices for cur­rent and former ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies in Mary­land. Mil­i­tary/vet­eran stu­dents rep­re­sent 10 per­cent of CSM’s to­tal en­roll­ment.

For in­for­ma­tion on CSM’s Vet­eran and Mil­i­tary Sup­port Ser­vices, visit http://www.csmd. edu/stu­dent-ser­vices/ vet­eran-mil­i­tary-sup­port-ser­vices/.

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