An­nual Spring Fishin’ Bud­dies Derby set for May 6

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The Charles County De- part­ment of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will spon­sor the 2017 an­nual Spring Fishin’ Bud­dies Derby at Gil­bert Run Park in Dentsville, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Satur­day, May 6.

An­glers will com­pete by teams, which must in­clude one adult at least 21 years of age and one child be­tween the ages of 6 and 15. Each team must sup­ply their own rods and bait. Tro­phies will be awarded in the two age di­vi­sions. Bank an­glers will com­pete sep­a­rately from those who fish from a boat. Lo­cal busi­nesses have do­nated nu­mer­ous fish­ing-re­lated door prizes. All teams are el­i­gi­ble for the door prize draw­ings. Lunch will be provided to all par­tic­i­pants.

The en­try fee is $7 per team. Pre­reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired since par­tic­i­pa­tion is lim­ited.

En­try forms are avail­able at Gil­bert Run Park or the main of­fice of the De­part­ment of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, 8190 Port To­bacco Road, Port To­bacco.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are due to the De­part­ment of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism main of­fice by noon Wed­nes­day, May 3.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­ceive an en­try form, call the De­part­ment of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, at 301-932-3470 or 301-870-3388 week­days be­tween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Nom­i­nate a La Plata teacher as best in town

The flo­ral de­part­ment in Gi­ant of La Plata will be hon­or­ing teach­ers for Teacher Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day by hav­ing stu­dents vote for their fa­vorite teacher. Vot­ing will be­gin on Wed­nes­day, April 26 and end Thurs­day, May 4. Stu­dents may drop off the name of their fa­vorite pub­lic or private school teacher in the ap­pro­pri­ate box for their school at the Gi­ant’s flo­ral de­part­ment. The win­ning teacher will be an­nounced Fri­day, May 5. McGruff the Crime Dog from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will be there to congratulate the win­ning teacher. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Dawn Good­win at 240-416-8324.

So. Md. Meats Jr. pro­mo­tion dead­line is ap­proach­ing

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the South­ern Mary­land Meats (SMM) mar­ket­ing pro­gram launched a new Ju­nior Mem­ber­ship Pro­gram for youth this past Jan­uary. The SMM Ju­nior Pro­gram was de­vel­oped to en­gage young peo­ple in rais­ing live­stock for qual­ity meat pro­duc­tion and to raise aware­ness for the South­ern Mary­land Meats brand and SMM pro­ducer farms.

The SMM Ju­nior Mem­ber­ship is open to any youth (age 8 to 21 years) res­i­dent in the five South­ern Mary­land coun­ties (Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s) who is rais­ing an­i­mals for meat pro­duc­tion. El­i­gi­ble live­stock in­clude beef, sheep, hogs, goats, poul­try and rab­bits. All South­ern Mary­land youth in­clud­ing 4-H mem­bers and Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica (FFA) live­stock projects are en­cour­aged to ap­ply.

Youth par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram will be ac­knowl­edged and pro­moted for their ef­forts to pro­duce high qual­ity meat an­i­mals ad­her­ing to re­quired SMM stan­dards for feed, hu­mane and re­spon­si­ble rais­ing prac­tices. Par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive free pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als (stall card, fly­ers, T-shirt) to help pro­mote their an­i­mals dur­ing the county fair show sea­son and live­stock auc­tions. A com­ple­tion award ($100 per par­tic­i­pant as fund­ing al­lows) will be pre­sented to youth who suc­cess­fully com­plete the SMM Ju­nior Mem­ber­ship Pro­gram re­quire­ments.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the Ju­nior Mem­ber­ship Pro­gram must be re­ceived by May 1 for live­stock that in­cludes sheep, goats, hogs, poul­try and rab­bits. (Please note, the beef ap­pli­ca­tions were due Feb. 1).

For ques­tions about the SMM Ju­nior Mem­ber­ship Pro­gram con­tact Rachel Man­ning, SMM mar­ket­ing and live­stock spe­cial­ist 301-274-1922, ext. 1, or email rman­ning@smadc. com.

So­cial Ser­vices an­nounces new fam­ily pro­gram

The Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices is in­tro­duc­ing its “Launch­ing Fam­i­lies” pro­gram 6-8 p.m. May 15 at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land La Plata cam­pus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, in the Cen­ter for Busi­ness and In­dus­try (BI) Room 113.

The agency is seek­ing com­mit­ted adults and/ or fam­i­lies to be­come per­ma­nent sup­port re­sources for older youth in fos­ter care. Youth “age out” of fos­ter when they turn 21 and within the first few years of leav­ing care, one in five youth be­come home­less. Charles County De­part­ment of So­cial Ser­vices is so­lic­it­ing the com­mu­nity’s help to re­verse this trend. The “Launch­ing Fam­i­lies” event is an op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this pro­gram and learn how you can help.

The event is free and will be open to the pub­lic. Din­ner will be served to all reg­is­trants. Reg­is­tra­tion via Eventbrite is re­quired at https://www. eventbrite.com/e/launch­ing-fam­i­lies-pro­gram-tick­ets-33500237111. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nikkia Jck­son at nikkia. jack­son@mary­land.gov.

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