Mal­lows Bay pub­lic scop­ing meet­ing set for March 7

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The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NOAA) will hold the first of two pub­lic scop­ing meet­ings 6-9 p.m. Tues­day, March 7, at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing, 200 Bal­ti­more St., La Plata. NOAA is seek­ing in­put on four al­ter­na­tive map pro­pos­als for Mal­lows Bay. In a first for the state of Mary­land and the Ch­e­sa­peake water­shed, NOAA de­clared its in­tent to des­ig­nate Mal­lows Bay as a Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary in Oc­to­ber 2015.

This meet­ing is an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic, part­ners and other stake­hold­ers to re­view and com­ment on the sanc­tu­ary pro­posal. Pub­lic in­put will as­sist NOAA in mov­ing for­ward with the des­ig­na­tion process. To sub­mit for­mal writ­ten com­ment re­gard­ing the nom­i­na­tion, visit sanc­tu­ar­ies.noaa.gov/ mal­lows-bay. Elec­tronic and mailed com­ments must be re­ceived by March 31. The sec­ond Mal­lows Bay pub­lic meet­ing will be held 6-9 p.m. at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege Cen­ter in the Ap­plied Learn­ing and Tech­nol­ogy Build­ing, 101 Col­lege Park­way, Arnold, Room 100.

In Novem­ber 2016, art stu­dents from the county’s seven pub­lic high schools and Robert D. Stetham Ed- uca­tional Cen­ter par­tic­i­pat- ed in the Mal­lows Bay Art project. Stu­dents cap­tured Mal­lows Bay on var­i­ous medi­ums, in­clud­ing sketch­ing, paint­ing, video, and pho­tog­ra­phy. Sam­ples of the art­work will be show­cased at the Mal­lows Bay pub­lic meet­ing on March 7.

Mal­lows Bay, lo­cated near the Po­tomac River, is home to the largest ship grave­yard in the Western Hemi­sphere. The area of­fers unique ar­chae­o­log­i­cal, recre­ational, his­tor­i­cal, cul­tural, ed­u­ca­tional and en­vi­ron­men­tal op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents and tourists. The site in­cludes his­toric ves­sels dat­ing back to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War, re­mains of the largest ‘Ghost Fleet’ of the World War I steamships, wildlife view­ing ar­eas, fish­ing, boat­ing ac­cess and a hik­ing trail.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Na­tional Marine Sanc­tu­ary Sys­tem, visit sanc­tu­ar­ies.noaa.gov. To learn more about Mal­lows Bay, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyParks.com/parks/mal­lows-bay­park. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM to host Dual En­roll­ment Par­ent Nights

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) in­vites area par­ents of high school stu­dents to at­tend Dual En­roll­ment Par­ent Night at one of the col­lege’s three cam­puses, Feb. 16, March 1 and 2.

Dual en­roll­ment al­lows high school stu­dents to take classes at CSM for col­lege credit while sat­is­fy­ing high school grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments. Ben­e­fits of dual en­roll­ment in­clude a sav­ings on tu­ition and a way for col­lege-bound stu­dents to get a head start on earn­ing cred­its to­ward their de­gree. Dual-en­rolled stu­dents pay half of CSM’s reg­u­lar tu­ition rate for their cour­ses, and col­lege cred­its earned at CSM can be trans­ferred to most col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties around the coun­try.

This is a com­pet­i­tive ad­mis­sions pro­gram, and stu­dents must de­mon- strate col­lege-readi­ness to be du­ally en­rolled. Par­tic­i­pants in dual en­roll­ment must com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion, com­plete col­lege level place­ment op­tions and sub­mit a signed form by May 15 for the sum­mer se­mes­ter, July 15 for the fall se­mes­ter and Dec. 15 for the spring se­mes­ter.

The La Plata Cam­pus Dual En­roll­ment Par­ent Night will be 6 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI) Build­ing, Room 113/113E, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

The Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus event will be 6 p.m. March 1 in Build­ing B, Mul­ti­pur­pose Room, 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road, Prince Fred­er­ick.

The St. Mary’s Cam­pus event will be 6 p.m. March 2 in Build­ing A, Room 206, 22950 Hol­ly­wood Road, Leonard­town.

To RSVP or for more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. csmd.edu/dualen­roll­ment or call 301-934-2251, op­tion 0.

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