Rec dept. provides new sports notification system
The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism encourages program participants and frequent facility guest to go to www.RainedOut.com 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 www.RainedOut.com, (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@ CharlesCountyMD.gov 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. Ready.gov.
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 www.petfinder.com/ 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/.