SMECO board can­di­dates nom­i­nated

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The 2017 Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mit­tee for South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) met on Satur­day, May 13, and chose can­di­dates for the five seats up for elec­tion on SMECO’s Board of Direc­tors.

The list of nom­i­na­tions fol­lows: Calvert County (one can­di­date to be elected)

Nancy W. Zinn Charles County (one can­di­date to be elected)

Vic­tor B. Allen Ken­neth W. Cross Wil­liam L. Pur­nell Craig Ren­ner Prince Ge­orge’s County (one can­di­date to be elected)

Daniel W. Dyer St. Mary’s County (two can­di­dates to be elected)

J. Dou­glas Fred­er­ick Joseph V. Stone In ad­di­tion to nom­i­na­tions made by the Nom­i­nat­ing Com­mit­tee, any 15 or more SMECO mem­bers act­ing to­gether may make other nom­i­na­tions by pe­ti­tion. SMECO cus­tomer-mem­bers run­ning by pe­ti­tion should also com­plete and sub­mit a Board of Direc­tors Can­di­date Ap­pli­ca­tion. To ob­tain a can­di­date ap­pli­ca­tion and pe­ti­tion, con­tact Ter­rie Bar­ringer at 240-528-9747 or


Ter­rie. Bar ringer@ sm eco. coop. SMECO must re­ceive com­pleted can­di­date ap­pli­ca­tions and pe­ti­tions by Fri­day, June 23. To be in­cluded in the An­nual Meet­ing No­tice, can­di­dates must sub­mit their bi­og­ra­phy and photo by June 12. Ap­pli­ca­tions and pe­ti­tions may be mailed to SMECO, Attn: Joseph Dens­ford, Board At­tor­ney, P.O. Box 1937, Hugh­esville, MD 20637, or de­liv­ered to Ter­rie Bar­ringer at 15035 Burnt Store Road in Hugh­esville. Nom­i­na­tions will be posted in each SMECO of­fice and avail­able on­line.

SMECO cus­tomer-mem­bers will elect five direc­tors to serve three-year terms by vot­ing for one board seat in Calvert County, one seat in Charles County, one seat in Prince Ge­orge’s County, and two seats in St. Mary’s County.

Bal­lots will be mailed to all cus­tomer-mem­bers on or around July 21. All vot­ing will be con­ducted by mail. The re­sults of the elec­tion will be an­nounced at SMECO’s 2017 An­nual Mem­bers’ Meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 23, at Mid­dle­ton Hall on Ren­ner Road in Wal­dorf.

Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge to cel­e­brate 10 years

In July 2007, the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Commission (SMADC) launched the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge (BLC), a pro­mo­tion dur­ing the last full week of July that en­cour­ages con­sumers to buy Mary­land farm foods. Each year, the BLC has grown in size and pop­u­lar­ity en­gag­ing con­sumers around the state to “pledge to eat lo­cal” and sup­port their lo­cal farms.

To mark the 10th An­niver­sary of the BLC, SMADC will host a cel­e­bra­tion event of farms, food and fun “South­ern Mary­land Style,” to show­case pro­duc­ers from the land and wa­ter that rep­re­sent Mary­land’s vi­brant agri­cul­ture. Open to the pub­lic, the event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mon­day, July 31, at Robin Hill Farm and Vine­yards in Brandy­wine.

The 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures tast­ings of lo­cal farm prod­ucts from vendors of fruits, veg­eta­bles, meats, wine and other lo­cally pro­duced bev­er­ages, ice cream, baked goods, and more. Event high­lights in­clude, a lo­cally-sourced South­ern Mary­land style buf­fet din­ner, live mu­sic, the Sut­tler Post Farm Cly­des­dales, a raf­fle and lawn games, and the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase from Mary­land farm­ers, pro­duc­ers, ar­ti­sans, and crafters. Tick­eted guests will also re­ceive a ‘Buy Lo­cal’ in­su­lated tote bag for their farm food pur­chases.

Event tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance and are avail­able now on a first come first serve ba­sis un­til sold out. To pur­chase a ticket and for full event de­tails go to the ‘What’s New Page’ at

The Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge 10th An­niver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion event is spon­sored by the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Commission and in part by Grow & For­tify, Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, MARBIDCO, Mary­land’s Best, Mary­land Farm Bu­reau, R&D Cross, Inc. and the Ru­ral Mary­land Coun­cil.

Lead­er­ship work­shops dead­line ex­tended

Regis­tra­tion for Mary­land’s premier lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­gram for mid­dle and high school stu­dents now closes Mon­day, June 5

Mary­land Lead­er­ship Work­shops, a di­vi­sion of Lead­er­ship Mary­land, is ex­tend­ing the dead­line to reg­is­ter for its Sum­mer 2017 pro­grams. Regis­tra­tion for all pro­grams is avail­able on­line at and will close Mon­day, June 5.

The Mary­land Lead­er­ship Work­shops sum­mer cur­ricu­lum of­fers five peer-led, week­long res­i­den­tial pro­grams that em­power and in­spire mid­dle and high school stu­dents to suc­ceed and be more en­gaged in their schools and com­mu­ni­ties. All pro­grams are held on the cam­pus of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Ch­ester­town.

Each pro­gram of­fers a sup­port­ive and fun en­vi­ron­ment to fos­ter in­creased in­de­pen­dence, self-es­teem and con­fi­dence for a di­verse com­po­si­tion of stu­dents from around Mary­land and the coun­try. Pro­gram par­tic­i­pants, known as del­e­gates, de­velop con­cepts and skills dur­ing work­shops, group projects, com­mit­tee re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and small group dis­cus­sion ses­sions. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude games, va­ri­ety shows, dances, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for del­e­gates to lead ac­tiv­i­ties for their peers.

To reg­is­ter for a Mary­land Lead­er­ship Work­shops Sum­mer 2017 pro­gram, go to www.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Anita An­der­son at 301-4448623.

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