In­au­gu­ral Se­nior Expo to high­light lo­cal re­sources

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The Se­nior Expo, pre­sented by South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers and spon­sored by Net­work of Care, the Charleston Se­nior Com­mu­nity, Re­gent Health­care, Travel Lead­ers Wal­dorf and Dr. Mullin’s Hear­ing Cen­ter will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wed­nes­day, June 14, at Mid­dle­ton Hall, 4505 Ren­ner Road, Wal­dorf. This event is free and open to the pub­lic.

The Se­nior Expo show­cases 25 ven­dors rep­re­sent­ing re­sources in­clud­ing life­style, well­ness, hous­ing, ag­ing in place, fi­nance, real es­tate, le­gal, med­i­cal and many oth­ers.

“This event is a live ex­ten­sion of The Se­nior Re­source Guide, an an­nual directory pub­lished in co­or­di­na­tion with the county of­fices of ag­ing and Mary­land Ac­cess Point (MAP) of­fices,” said Betsy Grif­fin, se­nior expo di­rec­tor. “At­ten­dees will have the opportunity to have face time with each ven­dor to ask per­son­al­ized ques­tions to the ex­perts fea­tured in the re­source guide.”

A speaker break out sched­ule has ses­sions

The GUIDE sum­mer edi­tion avail­able on June 7

The sum­mer edi­tion of The GUIDE will be avail­able on­line Wed­nes­day, June 7, at www. CharlesCoun­ The GUIDE is a re­source list­ing cur­rent ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing of­fered in Charles County. The GUIDE fea­tures classes, youth camps, sports pro­grams, aquatic pro­grams, amuse­ment park dis­count tick­ets, his­toric sites and places to visit within the county, along with op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the out­doors.

On­line regis­tra­tion for most pro­grams is avail­able. Go to www.face­­tyPark­sRe­cre­ation, www. charle­scoun­ rpt/recre­ation-parks-tourism or call 301-932-3470 for more in­for­ma­tion. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 866-269-9006.

‘Chas­ing the Dragon’ screen­ing set for June 21

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend a free screen­ing of “Chas­ing the Dragon,” a 45-minute doc­u­men­tary about opi­oid and heroin ad­dic­tion, 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, June 21 in the Charles County Gov­ern­ment Build­ing Com­mis­sion­ers Meet­ing Room, 200 Bal­ti­more St., La Plata. This film chron­i­cles how drug abuse dev­as­tates lives and draws at­ten­tion to the pre­scrip­tion drug and heroin epi­demic in the United States.

“Chas­ing the Dragon,” a joint pro­duc­tion of the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion and the Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, was cre­ated to raise aware­ness about heroin and opi­oid abuse. The doc­u­men­tary con­tains sev­eral case stud­ies of peo­ple who be­came ad­dicted to opi­ates them­selves or had fam­ily mem­bers who were ad­dicted. This movie in­cludes adult con­tent and is not rec­om­mended for chil­dren younger than 12.

Fol­low­ing the screen­ing, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Univer­sity of Mar yland Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and the Charles County De­part­ment of Health will ad­dress the topic of opi­oid abuse in Charles County and how their agen­cies are ad­dress­ing this cri­sis.

The Charles County De­part­ment of Health will of­fer an over­dose re­sponse train­ing, to in­clude in­struc­tions on how to ad­min­is­ter Nar­can (nalox­one). Nalox­one is a drug used to treat nar­cotic over­dose in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. Each at­tendee will re­ceive a free Nar­canTM (nalox­one) kit; ac­cess to nalox­one could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

Go to to reg­is­ter for the free screen­ing of “Chas­ing the Dragon” and for the Nalox­one train­ing. Regis­tra­tion is pre­ferred but walk-ins will be ac­cepted if space al­lows.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or ques­tions, con­tact Erica Ri­zor at Ri­zorE@Charle­sCoun­ or 301-645-0553. Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

Army vet­eran or­ga­ni­za­tion to hold re­union

The Sec­ond (In­di­an­head) Di­vi­sion As­so­ci­a­tion is search­ing for any­one who served in the Army’s 2nd In­fantry Di­vi­sion at any time. This year the as­so­ci­a­tion will com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the di­vi­sion which was formed in France dur­ing World War I. For in­for­ma­tion about the as­so­ci­a­tion and the an­nual re­union in Ar­ling­ton, Va., from Sept. 13-17, con­tact Sec­re­tary-trea­surer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@com­, call 224-225-1202, or go to

SMECO ap­plies for rate re­duc­tion

South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) sub­mit­ted a fil­ing to the Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion on May 31 to re­duce its base en­ergy charges by more than 10 per­cent for res­i­den­tial cus­tomers. If ap­proved, the lower rates will go into ef­fect with Au­gust 2017 bills.

Austin J. Slater Jr., SMECO pres­i­dent and CEO, said in a press re­lease, “Our res­i­den­tial base rate for Au­gust will be the low­est it has been in 12 years. Base rates for all cus­tomers — com­mer­cial ac­counts, schools, gov­ern­ment build­ings, and churches — will be re­duced across the board. The base rate for an av­er­age res­i­den­tial cus­tomer with 1,300 kilo­watt-hours (kWh) of monthly us­age will be nearly $9 less in Au­gust than in July.”

SMECO’s Stan­dard Of­fer Ser­vice (SOS) rate is made up of the en­ergy charge and the Power Cost Ad­just­ment (PCA). On SMECO’s monthly elec­tric bills, lower power sup­ply costs have con­sis­tently been re­flected in the PCA, which has been a credit for 30 of the last 34 months.

“We work dili­gently to man­age SMECO’s power port­fo­lio. We pur­chase en­ergy us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of long-term and short-term con­tracts, as well as base load and peak load con­tracts. Lower rates can make a huge im­pact, es­pe­cially on fa­cil­i­ties that use a lot of en­ergy,” Slater added. “When SMECO re­duces en­ergy costs, those sav­ings are passed on to cus­tomers — that’s the value of a co­op­er­a­tive.”

SMECO’s base res­i­den­tial en­ergy charges for sum­mer will de­crease by 8.76 per­cent, from 7.53 cents per kWh to 6.87 cents per kWh. Sum­mer en­ergy charges ap­pear on bills ren­dered May through Septem­ber. Base res­i­den­tial win­ter en­ergy charges will be re­duced from 8.13 cents per kWh to7.2 cents per kWh, an 11.44 per­cent re­duc­tion. The re­duc­tion for win­ter and sum­mer months com­bined to­tal about 10 per­cent on av­er­age.

The PCA, which changes monthly, is a credit of 0.4727 cents per kWh for June. The com­bi­na­tion of the base en­ergy charge and the PCA credit ef­fec­tively re­duces the SOS rate from 7.53 cents per kWh to 7.0573 cents per kWh.

Ex­hibitors sought for 2017 Cel­e­brate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth

The Charles County Of­fice of Tourism in­vites lo­cal busi­nesses, ar­ti­sans, and food es­tab­lish­ments to par­tic­i­pate in the “Best of Charles County” show­case at the 2017 Cel­e­brate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth. A Fun-Filled Fourth will be 4:30-9:30 p.m. on Tues­day, July 4, at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf.

Ar­ti­sans, crafters, and food ven­dors are in­vited to sell goods, and show­case their tal­ents. Spaces are avail­able for $10. Space in­cludes one 10 feet by 10 feet area, one 8-foot ta­ble, and two fold­ing chairs. Reg­is­ter to­day to se­cure a spot. Regis­tra­tion is avail­able on­line at

www.Charle­sCoun­tyMD. gov/Cel­e­brateCharles. Non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should con­tact Rachel Am­mer­man at Am­mer­maR@Charle­sCoun­ or 301-6450601.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.Charle­sCoun­, or con­tact Rachel Am­mer­man, Pro­mo­tions Spe­cial­ist, at 301-645-0601 or Am­mer­maR@Charle­sCoun­ Ci­ti­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

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