SMECO’s an­nual bike ride to be held June 3

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South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) em­ploy­ees will host their sixth an­nual bike ride on June 3. Prof­its from the bike ride will go to four dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions that fo­cus on the en­vi­ron­ment: the Amer­i­can Chest­nut Land Trust in Calvert County, the Port Tobacco River Con­ser­vancy in Charles County, the Alice Fer­gu­son Foun­da­tion in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and the St. Mary’s River Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion in St. Mary’s County.

Last year, SMECO do­nated more than $53,000, which was raised by the bike ride and the co­op­er­a­tive’s An­nual Char­ity Golf Out­ing. The events are sup­ported by a group of vol­un­teers, ven­dors, and the SMECO ex­ec­u­tive team.

Three bike routes of 29, 47 and 75 miles will start at the Coop’s head­quar­ters in Hugh­esville and go as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County. Cy­clists can reg­is­ter for the SMECO 75 Bike Ride on Ac­tive.com.

The date of the SMECO 75 Bike Ride, June 3, is also Na­tional Trails Day. A por­tion of the bike route uses the Three Notch Trail, a pedes­trian and bi­cy­cle trail on the old St. Mary’s County rail­road right-of-way. The trail in the north­ern area of the county be­gins at Deb­o­rah Drive in Char­lotte Hall and runs south to John V. Baggett Park in Lau­rel Grove for a dis­tance of about 11 miles. The trail in this area pro­vides con­nec­tions to the North­ern Se­nior Cen­ter, Char­lotte Hall Veter­ans Home, Char­lotte Hall Li­brary, St. Mary’s County Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, the St. Mary’s County Wel­come Cen­ter, Me­chan­icsville Ele­men­tary School and Baggett Park.

SMILE live­stock expo set for June

The an­nual South­ern Mary­land In­vi­ta­tional Live­stock Expo (SMILE) will take place on June 23 through June 25 at the St. Mary’s County Fair­grounds in Leonard­town. The three-day youth event in­cludes fit­ting and show­ing and mar­ket and breed­ing com­pe­ti­tions for do­mes­tic live­stock species of beef and dairy cows, pigs, sheep, goats, rab­bits and guinea pigs.

The SMILE Expo is open youth ages 8 to 21 years, res­i­dent in the five-county re­gion of South­ern Mary­land (Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s) and other Mary­land coun­ties by in­vi­ta­tion. New this year, the show of­fers a spe­cial Novice Show­man­ship Class for chil­dren ages 6 to 7 years. Com­menc­ing May 5, the SMILE sched­ule and reg­is­tra­tion forms for all breeds and classes will be avail­able to down­load from the SMILE Face­book page. The dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion is May 25.

The an­nual SMILE Expo cel­e­brates the show­man­ship tal­ents of young peo­ple with an in­ter­est in rais­ing live­stock and is a unique mix of com­pe­ti­tion, learn­ing and fun. Fea­tured events in­clude an ex­cit­ing demon­stra­tion by Bar­rel Rac­ing Cham­pion Bran­don Cullins and the Mar yland Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (MAEF) trailer will be on the grounds with ed­u­ca­tional ex­hibits and fun ac­tiv­i­ties that high­light the im­por­tance of Mary­land’s agri­cul­ture in our daily lives.

Ad­mis­sion is free to the gen­eral pub­lic to watch the live­stock com­pe­ti­tions and visit the an­i­mal barns, agri­cul­tural themed dis­plays, demon­stra­tions and ven­dors. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the SMILE web­site at: www.SMILE-INC.org, or con­tact Su­san McQuilkin at 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

SMILE is or­ga­nized by SMILE board mem­bers and the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, and is spon­sored by the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Commission (SMADC) and others.

Be pre­pared for hur­ri­cane sea­son

Mary­land Hur­ri­cane Pre­pared­ness Week is May 7-13 this year. Pre­pare for the At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son that be­gins June 1 and lasts un­til Nov. 30. Hur­ri­cane haz­ards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tor­na­does, and flood­ing. Prepa­ra­tion is the best pro­tec­tion against the dan­gers of a hur­ri­cane. Take the time to­day to en­sure ever yone is ready for all hur­ri­cane and se­vere storm dis­as­ters.

Watch vs. warn­ing: What’s the dif­fer­ence?

• Hur­ri­cane watch — A hur­ri­cane watch means hur­ri­cane con­di­tions are a threat within 48 hours. Re­view your hur­ri­cane plans, keep in­formed, and be ready to act if a warn­ing is is­sued;

• Hur­ri­cane warn­ing — A hur­ri­cane warn­ing means hur­ri­cane con­di­tions are ex­pected within 36 hours. Com­plete storm prepa­ra­tions and leave the area if di­rected by author­i­ties.

How to pre­pare for a hur­ri­cane:

• Pre­pare an emer­gency kit that con­tains: a three-day sup­ply of wa­ter (one gal­lon per per­son per day); a three-day sup­ply of non-per­ish­able food; a bat­tery-pow­ered ra­dio and bat­ter­ies; flash­light with ex­tra bat­ter­ies; first aid kit; med­i­ca­tions and med­i­cal items; toi­letries and per­sonal hy­giene items; cell phone and charg­ers, fam­ily and emer­gency con­tact in­for­ma­tion; ex­tra cash; and baby/pet sup­plies;

• De­velop a fam­ily com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan. Know how to con­tact one an­other and re­con­nect if sep­a­rated;

• Trim trees and shrubs around the home so they are more wind re­sis­tant;

• Clear loose and clogged rain gut­ters and drain spouts;

• Con­sider in­stalling a gen­er­a­tor for emer­gen­cies;

What to do when a hur­ri­cane is ap­proach­ing the area:

• Check emer­gency kit and re­place or re­stock as needed;

• Bring in loose items that can be picked up by the wind (bi­cy­cles, lawn fur­ni­ture, etc.);

• Close win­dows and doors;

• Turn off propane tank; • Fill car’s gas tank; • Lis­ten to a NOAA weather ra­dio for crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice;

• Obey evac­u­a­tion or­ders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Visit the fol­low­ing web­sites for more in­for­ma­tion on hur­ri­cane and se­vere storm safety tips:

• Are You Ready?: www.Ready.gov

• Turn Around; Don’t Drown: www.weather. gov/os/wa­ter/tadd/

• Tor­nado facts and safety tips: www.spc.noaa. gov/faq/tor­nado/safety. html

• Se­vere Storm Facts and Safety Tips: www. weather.gov/om/sev­ereweather/in­dex.shtml

Res­i­dents are urged to reg­is­ter /re­view their pro­files for the lat­est CNS up­dates and alerts from Charles County Gov­ern­ment, Charles County Pub­lic Schools, Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. To reg­is­ter for CNS, man­age mes­sage set­tings, pro­vide pre­ferred con­tact in­for­ma­tion, and se­lect cat­e­gories, got to www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/ CNS.

Get the lat­est Charles County se­vere weather up­dates:

Charles County Gov­ern­ment web­site: www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov

Face­book: www.Face­book.com/CharlesCounty;

Twit­ter: www.Twit­ter. com/CharlesCoMD;

Charles County Gov­ern­ment Tele­vi­sion (CCGTV): Com­cast chan­nel 95 or Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10;

SMECO Power Out­age Map: storm­cen­ter.smeco. coop (Call 877-747-6326 to re­port an out­age).

Free ra­bies clinic avail­able on June 4

The Charles County An­i­mal Con­trol and Charles County De­part­ment of Health are spon­sor­ing a free ra­bies clinic on 1-3 p.m. Sun­day, June 4, at the Bel Al­ton Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, 9765 Bel Al­ton New­town Road. Pro­tect the ones you love by en­sur­ing your pets have the proper vac­ci­na­tions. Mary­land law re­quires all dogs, cats, and fer­rets to be vac­ci­nated for ra­bies

Dog and cat li­censes will be avail­able for pur­chase at the clinic. The fee for a pet li­cense is $5 if your an­i­mal is al­tered and $25 if your an­i­mal is not al­tered. All pets over 4 months old must be li­censed to com­ply with the Charles County Or­di­nance. If your pet be­comes lost, a li­cense will im­prove the chances of iden­ti­fy­ing the an­i­mal and re­turn­ing it to you. A li­cense also lets others know your pet is up-to­date with its vac­ci­na­tions.

At the clinic, all dogs must be leashed, and all cats and fer­rets must be con­tained in a car­rier.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the clinic, con­tact the Charles County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices’ Di­vi­sion of An­i­mal Con­trol at 301-609-3425 or email Deb­bie Yost at YostD@ CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM an­nounces sum­mer scheule

In ob­ser­vance of Me­mo­rial Day, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) will be closed Satur­day, May 27, through Mon­day, May 29. The col­lege will re­sume nor­mal op­er­a­tions on Tues­day, May 30.

In ad­di­tion, start­ing May 26 and con­tin­u­ing ev­ery Fri­day in July ex­cept for July 7, all CSM cam­puses will ob­serve early clos­ing for the col­lege’s Code Green Fri­day ini­tia­tive. To de­crease en­ergy costs dur­ing sum­mer months, CSM will close most build­ings on Fri­days at 1:30 p.m. How­ever, the Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter and Kids’ and Teen Col­lege and Pub­lic Safety hours and ser­vices will not be af­fected, with these ser­vices and classes to be held ac­cord­ing to their nor­mal sched­ules.

Dur­ing Code Green Fri­days, the fit­ness cen­ters and pools re­main open un­til 5 p.m. at the La Plata and Leonard­town cam­puses. The Prince Fred­er­ick Cam­pus op­er­at­ing hours stay the same over the sum­mer. For Me­mo­rial Day week­end, all fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties fol­low the col­lege sched­ule and are closed.

Ac­cess to on­line ser­vices, in­clud­ing reg­is­tra­tion, is avail­able at www.csmd.edu through myCSMD ser­vices. For a com­plete sum­mer aca­demic calendar for the col­lege, visit www.csmd. edu/pro­grams-cour­ses/ credit/aca­demic-calendar/.

St. Mary’s County gov­ern­ment launches an­i­mal shel­ter sur­vey

St. Mary’s County Gov­ern­ment is seek­ing in­put from cit­i­zens in Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties to de­ter­mine op­tions re­gard­ing a pro­posed an­i­mal shel­ter.

Cit­i­zens and in­ter­ested stake­hold­ers can go to www.stmarysmd.com/ shel­ter to take part in a spe­cial on­line an­i­mal shel­ter sur­vey. Re­sponses will be used to de­velop plans and de­cide next steps in the process.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sur­vey is vol­un­tary and no iden­ti­fi­able par­tic­i­pant in­for­ma­tion (i.e. name, ad­dress, phone num­ber, etc.) will be col­lected.

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