Mar­bury to host Fish­ing League World­wide Tour

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The sev­enth and fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son event of the 22nd sea­son of the Fish­ing League World­wide Tour, FLW, the most com­pet­i­tive cir­cuit in pro­fes­sional bass fish­ing, is com­ing to Mar­bury June 15-18 for the FLW Tour at the Po­tomac River, pre­sented by Costa Del Mar. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, the tour­na­ment will fea­ture 320 pros and co-an­glers cast­ing for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Di­vi­sion and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-an­gler Di­vi­sion.

The FLW Tour last vis­ited the Po­tomac River in 2015, when pro Clark Wend­landt of Le­an­der, Texas, took top hon­ors with a four-day cu­mu­la­tive weight of 60 pounds even. This year, lo­cal pro Bryan Sch­mitt of Deale, said he ex­pects a lot more weight to come from the tidal fish­ery.

Sch­mitt said ar­eas like Chi­ca­muxen Creek, Wades Bay, Aquia Creek and Nan­je­moy Creek will be pop­u­lar be­cause they tend to har­bor the clean­est wa­ter.

Sch­mitt said an as­sort­ment of baits in­clud­ing soft-plas­tic worms, jigs, frogs, stick­baits and swim­baits will be fea­tured in this event. The Mary­land veteran pre­dicted the win­ner will need as much as 80 pounds of bass over four days to se­cure the win, a ma­jor in­crease in weight from just two years ago.

An­glers will take off at 6:30 a.m. each day from Small­wood State Park, lo­cated at 2750 Swe­den Point Road, in Mar­bury. Thurs­day and Fri­day’s weigh-ins will be held at Small­wood State Park begin­ning at 3 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day’s weigh­ins will also be held at Small­wood State Park, but will be­gin at 4 p.m.

Prior to the weigh-ins Satur­day and Sun­day, fans are in­vited to come out and ex­pe­ri­ence the free FLW Expo at Small­wood State Park from noon to 4 p.m. The FLW Expo is a great op­por­tu­nity for fish­ing fans of all ages to mee­tand-greet with top FLW Tour an­glers, en­joy games, ac­tiv­i­ties and give­aways pro­vided by FLW spon­sors, and learn more about the sport of fish­ing and other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

Youth are also in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the free FLW Foun­da­tion Uni­fied Fish­ing Derby at Small­wood State Park, lo­cated at 2750 Swe­den Point Road in Mar­bury, on Satur­day, June 17, from 9-11 a.m. The event, hosted by FLW Foun­da­tion pro Cody Kel­ley along with other FLW Tour an­glers, is free and open to area youth (18 years of age and younger) and Spe­cial Olympics ath­letes (all ages). Rods and reels are avail­able for the first 50 par­tic­i­pants to use, but youth are en­cour­aged to bring their own if they own one.

In FLW Tour com­pe­ti­tion, pros and co-an­glers are ran­domly paired each day, with pros sup­ply­ing the boat, con­trol­ling boat move­ment and com­pet­ing against other pros. Co-an­glers fish from the back deck against other co-an­glers. The full field com­petes in the two-day open­ing round. Co-an­gler com­pe­ti­tion con­cludes fol­low­ing Fri­day’s weighin, while the top 20 pros based on their two-day ac­cu­mu­lated weight ad­vance to Satur­day. Only the top 10 pros con­tinue com­pe­ti­tion Sun­day, with the win­ner de­ter­mined by the heav­i­est ac­cu­mu­lated weight from the four days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Through­out the sea­son, an­glers are also vy­ing for valu­able points in hopes of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2017 For­rest Wood Cup, the world-cham­pi­onship of pro­fes­sional bass fish­ing. The 2017 For­rest Wood Cup will be on Lake Mur­ray in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 11-13.

The to­tal purse for the FLW Tour at the Po­tomac River pre­sented by Costa Del Mar is more than $800,000, in­clud­ing $10,000 through 50th place in the Pro Di­vi­sion.

Tele­vi­sion cover­age of the FLW Tour at the Po­tomac River pre­sented by Costa Del Mar will pre­miere on NBC Sports Net­work (NBCSN) Sept. 20 at noon.

For com­plete de­tails and up­dated in­for­ma­tion, go to FLWFish­

AVIAN, CSM part­ner to pro­vide work­force train­ing

Avian LLC and the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land marked a new part­ner­ship at a cer­e­mo­nial sign­ing at the CSM Leonard­town Cam­pus May 22.

CSM signed a col­lab­o­ra­tive train­ing agree­ment with AVIAN’s com­mer­cial train­ing group, AVIAN In­sti­tute, to of­fer three new work­force de­vel­op­ment and train­ing cour­ses at CSM’s Leonard­town Cam­pus begin­ning fall 2017.

The cour­ses were de­vel­oped to bring im­me­di­ate value to the South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity, cor­po­rate peers and service mem­bers in the fleet. The three course of­fer­ings avail­able at CSM this fall in­clude “NAVAIR, Sim­pli­fied;” and “Cy­ber Awak­en­ing and Flight Test: The Dis­ci­pline.” Th­ese cour­ses pro­vide the “so-what” and “why” of naval avi­a­tion ac­qui­si­tion, a look at the re­al­i­ties of the mod­ern cy­ber­crim­i­nal and the ba­sics tenets of flight test.

All course de­vel­op­ers and in­struc­tors are re­tired U.S. Navy test pi­lots, flight-test en­gi­neers, con­tract­ing of­fi­cers, and NAVAIR pro­gram man­agers and team leads.

AVIAN has of­fered Work­force De­vel­op­ment and Train­ing ser­vices to the De­part­ment of De­fense and com­mer­cial clients since 2009. Since then, AVIAN has cre­ated more than 60 cus­tomer unique train­ing cour­ses and in­structed over 200 classes to over 10,000 stu­dents at 16 client sites through­out the United States.

Md. Hu­man­i­ties re­ceives $25K from Old Line Bank

In sup­port of its pro­grams Chau­tauqua and Mary­land His­tory Day, Mary­land Hu­man­i­ties has re­cently been awarded a $25,000 spon­sor­ship from a new cor­po­rate part­ner, Old Line Bank. The spon­sor­ship will sup­port up­com­ing Chau­tauqua per­for­mances in Bal­ti­more and Charles coun­ties, and next year’s Mary­land His­tory Day pro­gram.

Mary­land His­tory Day, co­or­di­nated since 1999 by Mary­land Hu­man­i­ties, is an en­gag­ing, year­long ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram in which stu­dents show­case their his­tor­i­cal re­search through re­search pa­pers, per­for­mances, ex­hibits, doc­u­men­taries, and web­sites. More than 27,000 mid­dle and high school stu­dents from 18 coun­ties and Bal­ti­more City par­tic­i­pate in the His­tory Day pro­gram each year. Mary­land His­tory Day is open to Mary­land pub­lic, pri­vate, parochial, and home­school stu­dents in grades 6 through 12.

Chau­tauqua is an an­nual liv­ing his­tory per­for­mance se­ries tak­ing place this year from July 5 through July 14 in seven coun­ties through­out Mary­land. For its 23rd sea­son of Chau­tauqua, Mary­land Hu­man­i­ties is ob­serv­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the United States’ en­try into World War One. Free and open to the pub­lic, each show be­gins with live lo­cal mu­si­cal and the­atri­cal acts. Ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions fol­low liv­ing his­tory per­for­mances by ac­tors/schol­ars, which spark spir­ited con­ver­sa­tion and pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional fam­ily fun. This sum­mer au­di­ences will meet W.E.B. Du Bois, Gen­eral John Per­sh­ing, and Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son.

County board, com­mit­tee, com­mis­sion va­can­cies open

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers are seek­ing county res­i­dents to fill va­can­cies on sev­eral boards, com­mit­tees, and com­mis­sions.

The Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mit­tee re­views the salaries of elected judges of the Or­phans’ Court and elected county com­mis­sion­ers and rec­om­mends mod­i­fi­ca­tions to com­pen­sa­tion, if any, to the com­mis­sion­ers on or be­fore Dec. 1.

The Prop­erty Tax As­sess­ment Ap­peal Board hears ap­peals from Charles County prop­erty own­ers, who dis­agree with the val­ues as­sessed by the State De­part­ment of As­sess­ments and Tax­a­tion and ap­peals con­cern­ing lo­cal tax cred­its, lo­cal taxes and other lo­cal tax mat­ters. This is a gov­er­nor-ap­pointed board, which the com­mis­sion­ers nom­i­nate cit­i­zens for the gov­er­nor’s con­sid­er­a­tion.

The Board of Li­censed Com­mis­sion­ers (Liquor Board) re­views and ap­proves the is­suance and re­newal of liquor li­censes in Charles County and es­tab­lishes penal­ties for vi­o­la­tions. Seek­ing District 2 res­i­dents only at this time.

The Area Coun­cil on Ag­ing pro­motes the wel­fare and bet­ter­ment of Charles County se­nior cit­i­zens by work­ing ac­tively and co­op­er­a­tively within the com­mu­nity, de­vel­ops aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of con­cerns and de­vel­ops com­mu­nity sup­port for pro­grams that ben­e­fit and sup­port the se­nior cit­i­zen pop­u­la­tion.

The Drug and Al­co­hol Abuse Coun­cil es­tab­lishes and im­ple­ments plans, strate­gies and priorities for al­co­hol and drug abuse eval­u­a­tion, preven­tion and treat­ment ser­vices.

Ad­di­tional va­can­cies in­clude: Adult Pub­lic Guardian­ship Re­view Board; Alarm Re­view Board; An­i­mal Mat­ters Hear­ing Board; Board of So­cial Ser­vices; and Her­itage Com­mis­sion.

Po­si­tions will re­main open un­til filled. A sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion must be sub­mit­ted for each va­cancy. Go to www. CharlesCoun­ for ap­pli­ca­tions and a de­tailed list of all cur­rent va­can­cies, or con­tact Carol De­Soto, Se­nior Com­mis­sioner Spe­cial­ist, at 301-645-0691 or De­so­toC@CharlesCoun­

In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion to be held at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium

Spend In­de­pen­dence Day with fam­ily and friends at the 2017 Cel­e­brate Charles: A Fun-Filled Fourth 4:309:30 p.m., Tues­day, July 4, at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium, 11765 St. Li­nus Drive, Wal­dorf. Event sched­ule: 4:30 p.m.

Best of Charles County Mar­ket­place opens

Cel­e­brate Charles Fam­ily Fun Zone opens

Mu­sic by No Green Jelly­beenz 6:35 p.m.

South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs base­ball game vs. Su­gar Land Skeeters 8 p.m.

Mu­sic by Sam Grow 9:30 p.m.

Fire­works Dis­play Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free. Fam­ily Fun Zone wrist­bands are $5 each. There are ad­di­tional fees for mar­ket­place, food, and drink pur­chases.

Ad­di­tional park­ing will be avail­able at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road. Seat­ing out­side the sta­dium is lim­ited. Guests are en­cour­aged to bring blan­kets and chairs.

Guests who pur­chase game tick­ets will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary

wrist­band for the Fam­ily Fun Zone. To pur­chase tick­ets, call 301-638-9788, or go to

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.CharlesCoun­­e­brateCharles, or call the Crain Me­mo­rial Wel­come Cen­ter at 1-800-766-3386. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Service at 711, or Re­lay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

In­au­gu­ral Se­nior Expo to in­form lo­cal ag­ing pop­u­la­tion

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 that in­clude top­ics such as es­tate liq­ui­da­tion, healthy hear­ing, poor cir­cu­la­tion, af­ford­able housing and rental as­sis­tance, and as­sisted liv­ing.

Com­pli­men­tary hear­ing tests, brain games and a raf­fle to win a seven-day cruise to Florida and the Ba­hamas will be avail­able on site. For the full sched­ule of speak­ers, top­ics and pre­sen­ta­tion times, go to www.somd­ and click on the Se­nior Expo icon. For in­for­ma­tion on be­ing an ex­hibitor at the Se­nior Expo, con­tact Brook Ash at 240-5611390. For gen­eral in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tim Matis at 410-770-4157 or email tma­tis@ches­

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

WTTG FOX 5 Zip Trip re­turns to Wal­dorf July 7

WTTG FOX 5 Zip Trip will broad­cast live at O’Don­nell Lake, 10400 O’Don­nell Lake, Wal­dorf, be­side Wal­dorf West Li­brary and St. Charles Com­pa­nies in Wal­dorf be­tween 6 and 11 a.m. on Fri­day, July 7.

This is a “drop in” event; au­di­ence mem­bers may come at any time and are not re­quired to stay for a spe­cific du­ra­tion.

WTTG FOX 5 Zip Trip is part of the weekly Fri­day se­ries that high­lights the best spots to visit around the D.C. re­gion. This event will in­clude on-air per­son­al­i­ties and crew who will broad­cast live at O’Don­nell Lake.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fice at 301885-2779, ext. 2779, or FuquaD@CharlesCoun­ Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Service at 711, or Re­lay Service TDD: 800735-2258.

‘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 Mary­land 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 2siqYpe 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 Mary­land Re­lay Service at 711, or Re­lay Service TDD: 800735-2258.

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