Fish­ing class avail­able to youth at Gil­bert Run Park

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The Charles County De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation, Parks, and Tourism is of­fer­ing a four-day fish­ing pro­gram called Fish­ing Fun­da­men­tals at Gil­bert Run Park, 13140 Charles Street, Char­lotte Hall, for chil­dren be­tween the ages of 10-15. Class is Mon­day, July 17, to Thurs­day, July 20, from 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Gil­bert Run Park staff will teach fish­ing fun­da­men­tals, in­clud­ing how to fish with live bait, ar­ti­fi­cial lures and fly fish­ing. Par­tic­i­pants will have a chance to fish from the shore­line and by boat, test­ing the skills they have learned. The chil­dren will also learn about the fish within the lake and have an op­por­tu­nity to build a fish habi­tat. Equip­ment will be pro­vided, but chil­dren are encouraged to bring their own fish­ing gear.

Chil­dren should have some prior fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The cost is $40.

Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired and class size is lim­ited. To reg­is­ter, call the Gil­bert Run Park of­fice at 301-932-1083. Ci­ti­zens with special needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War re-en­ac­tors to cel­e­brate July 4

“The Sable Sol­diers of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion,” a “liv­ing his­to­rian” re-en­act­ment group, will par­tic­i­pate in the July 4 cel­e­bra­tion of the na­tion’s birth­day at 7 p.m. Tues­day, July 4, in Build­ing A at the Charles County Fair­grounds. In pe­riod cos­tumes, “The Sable Sol­diers of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion,” will present a “time travel jour­ney” to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War era, with a talk and liv­ing his­tory demon­stra­tion. An ex­hibit com­prised of Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War pe­riod props and ar­ti­facts will be in­stalled on dis­play for public in­ter­ac­tion be­fore and after the pre­sen­ta­tion in­side Build­ing A at the Charles County Fair­grounds.

Hospice seeks vol­un­teers for up­com­ing events

Hospice of Charles County is re­cruit­ing event vol­un­teers for up­com­ing events through­out the year. Vol­un­teers will be as­sist­ing in reg­is­tra­tion, silent auc­tions and over­all set up for events such as the Luau, 5K Run/Walk, Quar­ter and silent auc­tions, Dine and Do­nates, etc. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Michelle John­son, as­sis­tant events co­or­di­na­tor, at 301-861-5315 or msjohn­son@hos­pice­ofcharle­scounty.org.

New pro­gram to spur agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) an­nounced its new Re­gional Agri­cul­tural Project (RAP), a one-time bonus grant to enhance the eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of agri­cul­ture in the five-county re­gion.

South­ern Mary­land agri­cul­ture has un­der­gone ma­jor trans­for­ma­tions in the past two decades. Across the re­gion, farm­ers have tran­si­tioned away from the 300 year old tra­di­tion of grow­ing to­bacco into new agri­cul­tural ven­tures. With that change has come new needs; one of them be­ing new in­fra­struc­ture.

On June 28, the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) an­nounced a new pro­gram called the Re­gional Agri­cul­tural Project (RAP), which is poised to meet that need.

“We’ve lis­tened to the feed­back from the agri­cul­ture com­mu­nity and un­der­stand that one of the things they need is new in­fra­struc­ture,” said Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton, di­rec­tor of SMADC, which is a di­vi­sion of the Tri-County Coun­cil for South­ern Mary­land. “As farm­ing has changed in South­ern Mary­land, so have the re­quire­ments to sup­port the growth of the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.”

RAP is de­signed to fur­ther SMADC’s mis­sion to sup­port farms, farm­ers and the fu­ture of agri­cul­ture in South­ern Mary­land.

The in­tended purpose of this project is to cre­ate eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity for farm­ers and to fos­ter re­gion-wide col­lab­o­ra­tion in or­der to enhance and sus­tain South­ern Mary­land’s agri­cul­tural econ­omy. SMADC en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to work to­gether on this grant on mul­ti­ple lev­els — within the county farm bureau, soil con­ser­va­tion dis­trict, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment/ county gov­ern­ment and Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion, and also with area farm­ers so that to­gether, funds can be used to strengthen cross county relationships and to bol­ster the en­tire farm­ing com­mu­nity.

The project ap­pli­ca­tion is open to all five coun­ties of South­ern Mary­land: Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mary’s. Project funds are in­tended to ben­e­fit the ex­ist­ing agri­cul­ture com­mu­nity and cre­ate seed money for agri­cul­ture-re­lated pro­jects needed in those coun­ties. Each county may re­quest be­tween $20,000 to $25,000 for a spe­cific project. Ex­am­ples of pro­jects may in­clude a com­mer­cial kitchen, farm­ers mar­ket, meat lock­ers, cold stor­age, etc. In­el­i­gi­ble project ex­am­ples in­clude, but are not lim­ited to: one-time events, mar­ket­ing and promotion, plant stock, live­stock, etc.

Only one ap­pli­ca­tion per county may be sub­mit­ted with one of the fol­low­ing en­ti­ties tak­ing the lead: a county farm bureau, soil con­ser­va­tion dis­trict, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment or county gov­ern­ment of­fice, or Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be ac­com­pa­nied by let­ters of sup­port from the other county or­ga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies as ev­i­dence of con­sen­sus and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Coun­ties may also choose to com­bine their ap­pli­ca­tions and fund­ing re­quests for a col­lab­o­ra­tive project.

“I be­lieve the re­gion has a co­he­sive­ness that will lend it­self well to a project of this na­ture. The farm­ers in South­ern Mary­land have a strong tra­di­tion of work­ing to­gether. Whether it was in the fields and auc­tion barns of the to­bacco era, dur­ing the buy-out, or in re­build­ing our agri­cul­tural in­dus­try, we’ve pro­gressed as a com­mu­nity. I look for­ward to see­ing what re­gional farm­ers, agri-busi­nesses, and agri­cul­tural sup­port agen­cies will cre­ate with this op­por­tu­nity,” Wat­son-Hamp­ton said.

SMADC will hold a pre­dead­line meet­ing for el­i­gi­ble en­ti­ties in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the RAP on July 21 at 9 a.m. at the SMECO Au­di­to­rium in Hugh­esville. The dead­line to ap­ply for the RAP is Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. No­ti­fi­ca­tion of grant re­cip­i­ents will be made by Oct. 31 and funds will be dis­persed by Dec. 1.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about SMADC’s Re­gional Agri­cul­ture Project is avail­able on the Farm Re­sources/Grants page at www.smadc.com or by calling 301-274 -1922, ext. 1.

July 4 fire­works at the Charles County Fair­grounds

The Charles County Fair has planned a new and im­proved Fourth of July Fire­works demon­stra­tion in the county. Come and en­joy the open fair­grounds prior to the fire­works dis­play with food and fun for all. The evening show will be a dig­i­tal pyro tech­niques dis­play shot off and thun­der­ing to a mul­ti­cul­tural mu­si­cal blast. To see a sam­ple of the up­com­ing event check out our web­site for a Fourth Of July Blast.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Live will be en­ter­tain­ment from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will fea­ture The Bucket List, a clas­sic rock band, and the Port To­bacco Pick­ers, a blue­grass band, The Sable Sol­diers of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion at 7 p.m. and “Join or Die, the Plight of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War Farmer” at 8:30 p.m. Tours are from 4 to 7 p.m. at the His­toric McConchie School and Farm Mu­seum. Hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, pizza, ket­tle corn and ice cream, will be avail­able on­site.

Cool­ing cen­ters avail­able dur­ing sum­mer months

As the sum­mer heat be­gins, it is im­por­tant to stay cool and hy­drated. When the Na­tional Weather is­sues a Heat Ad­vi­sory, Ex­ces­sive Heat Watch, Ex­ces­sive Heat Warn­ing, or Air Qual­ity Alert of Or­ange or greater, the fol­low­ing public build­ings are open dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours for use by res­i­dents:

Cap­i­tal Club­house: (Mon­day through Sun­day, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.), 3033 Wal­dorf Mar­ket Place, Wal­dorf; Richard R. Clark Se­nior Cen­ter: (Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.), 1210 Charles St., La Plata; Nan­je­moy Com­mu­nity Cen­ter: (Mon­day through Fri­day, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.), 4375 Port To­bacco Road, Nan­je­moy;

Charles County Public

Li­braries: (All branches: Mon­day through Thurs­day, 9 a.m.-8 p.m; Fri­day 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; and Satur­day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), La Plata Branch, 2 Gar­rett Av­enue, La Plata; P.D. Brown Memo­rial Branch, 50 Vil­lage Street, Wal­dorf; Po­tomac Branch, 3225 Ruth B. Swan Drive, In­dian Head; Wal­dorf West Li­brary, 10405 O’Donnell Place, Wal­dorf;

Out­door pools: (Mon­day through Fri­day, noon8 p.m.; Satur­day and Sun­day, noon-6 p.m.), La Plata High School, 6035 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road, La Plata; Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf; McDonough High School, 7165 Mar­shall Cor­ner Road, Pomfret;

In­door pools: (Mon­day through Sun­day, noon-5 p.m.), Don­ald M. Wade Aquatic Cen­ter at St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Wal­dorf; North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Wal­dorf; (Mon­day through Fri­day, noon–8 p.m.; Satur­day and Sun­day, noon-5 p.m.), Lackey High School, 3000 Chi­ca­muxen Road, In­dian Head.

To avoid heat-re­lated is­sues, take ad­di­tional pre­cau­tions if you work or spend time out­side dur­ing ex­treme heat. Wear light weight and loose fit­ting cloth­ing when pos­si­ble and drink plenty of wa­ter. Go to www.charle­scoun­tymd.gov/es/em/emer­gency-man­age­ment for the lat­est list of cool­ing cen­ters.

Ci­ti­zens should call 911 in the event of any emer­gency, heat-re­lated or oth­er­wise.

For ad­di­tional pre­pared­ness in­for­ma­tion, go to Pre­pared­ness Tips for Ex­treme Heat: www. ready.gov/heat or www. nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/ in­dex.shtml; Heat safety re­sources: www.nws. noaa.gov/om/heat/ ww.shtml; Air Qual­ity Safety in­for­ma­tion: www. nws.noaa.gov/airqual­ity/; Heat ill­ness In­for­ma­tion: health.mary­land. gov/ex­treme­heat/facts/ Pages/home.aspx

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