Early Child­hood Day set, of­fers great start for kids

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The 2017 Charles Coun- ty Early Child­hood Day is a free event that pro­vides par­ents, care­givers and early child­hood pro­fes­sion­als with re­sources to help chil­dren get a jump start on ed­u­ca­tion. En­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for young chil­dren will be pro­vided by the ven­dors in at­ten­dance. The rain or shine event will take place on Satur­day, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Cap­i­tal Club­house, 3033 Wal­dorf Mar­ket­place in Wal­dorf.

With a “back-to-school” theme, Early Child­hood Day brings child care providers, early learn­ing ex­perts, and or­ga­ni­za­tions that work with chil­dren and fam­i­lies to­gether in Charles County. The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice will teach kids about safety with McGruff the Crime Dog, Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary will fea­ture the new Mo­bile Li­brary and is­sue li­brary cards, Mary­land Kids In Safety Seats will pro­vide car seat safety demon­stra­tions, and the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to cud­dle and learn about an­i­mals. Face paint­ing, bal­loons, music, games, rock climb­ing, tot­si­cles, phys­i­cal fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties, back­packs, door prizes, sto­ry­tellers and sto­ry­book char­ac­ters are just a few of the kid-friendly op­tions that will be avail­able.

The Early Child­hood Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil’s mis­sion is that all Charles County chil­dren, age new­born through 5, en­ter school ready to learn.

Ex­hibitor and spon­sor reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov.

Li­brary opens doors to home­less with ‘My Fresh Start’

The Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary is part­ner­ing with Life­styles Inc. to of­fer free show­ers for the home­less each month on the third Fri­day of the month.

“Our part­ner­ship with Life­styles of Mar yland is ex­tremely im­por­tant and is very much in line with our strate­gic plan. One of our goals is to po­si­tion the li­brary as an in­dis­pens­able com­mu­nity as­set,” said Janet Salazar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary, in a press re­lease. “We de­ter­mined that by in­creas­ing our com­mu­nity part­ner­ships, we can make a real dif­fer­ence in the lives of res­i­dents in our com­mu­nity.”

Pro­vid­ing this type of resource for the Charles County com­mu­nity is vi­tal to the CCPL mis­sion: to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our com­mu­nity to en­gage, dis­cover and learn, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease. With in­put from the com­mu­nity the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary is work­ing dili­gently to con­tinue to be an in­dis­pens­able as­set to the com­mu­nity that val­ues in­no­va­tion while pro­vid­ing tra­di­tional li­brary ser­vices.

“This part­ner­ship al­lows us to pro­vide a much-needed resource to those who are with­out ac­cess to reg­u­lar shower fa­cil­i­ties, said Co­rae Young, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Life­styles Inc. “We know that with­out such ba­sic needs, it makes it much more chal­leng­ing for per­sons to gain em­ploy­ment and be­come self-suf­fi­cient. We ap­pre­ci­ate the Charles County Pub­lic Li­brary for their sup­port of those that are less for­tu­nate.”

In­di­vid­u­als who come into the Wal­dorf West branch of the li­brary on the third Fri­day of each month be­tween 9:30 a.m. and noon (the li­brary will be closed to the pub­lic) will be per­mit­ted to take a shower and con­nect with Life­styles staff/ vol­un­teers to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about ad­di­tional re­sources that may be avail­able to them. Prior reg­is­tra­tion is not needed.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Charles County Pub­lic Li­brar y at 301934-9001, ext. 132, or Life­styles Inc. at 301-6099900.

Nom­i­na­tions for 2017 Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame open

Res­i­dents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s coun­ties are in­vited to rec­og­nize in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, and busi­nesses that have given back to their com­mu­ni­ties in ex­tra­or­di­nary ways by nom­i­nat­ing them for in­duc­tion into the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land’s Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame. Be­tween now and the end of Septem­ber, res­i­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge and honor those whom they be­lieve deser ve to be widely rec­og­nized for their com­mit­ment to mak­ing South­ern Mary­land the best place to live and give.

Es­tab­lished in 2008, the Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame com­mem­o­rates in­di­vid­u­als and groups who have given self­lessly of their time, en­er­gies and funds to im­prove the well-be­ing of their com­mu­ni­ties. Hall of Fame in­ductees are hon­ored at the foun­da­tion’s an­nual Phi­lan­thropy Day Lun­cheon, the foun­da­tion’s con­tri­bu­tion to Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day cel­e­bra­tions across the coun­try. This year’s Phi­lan­thropy Day Lun­cheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Fri­day, Nov. 3, at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3090 Crain High­way in Wal­dorf.

Com­mem­o­rat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, the theme of this year’s Phi­lan­thropy Day Lun­cheon is “Look­ing For­ward, Giv­ing Back.” This year’s key­note speaker will be veteran devel­op­ment di­rec­tor and speaker Linda Got­tfried, whose ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes rais­ing funds for the MedS­tar South­ern Mary­land Hospi­tal Cen­ter Foun­da­tion, Calvert Hospice, and the South­ern Mary­land Re­gional Of­fice of the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion Na­tional Cap­i­tal Area Chap­ter.

Nom­i­na­tion forms may be down­loaded from the foun­da­tion’s web­site at www.cf­somd.org/phi­lan­thropy-day-lun­cheon/, or re­quested by call­ing 240-670-GIVE (4483). Com­pleted nom­i­na­tions must be re­turned to the foun­da­tion by Satur­day, Sept. 30. All nom­i­nees are based solely on nom­i­na­tions re­ceived. An awards se­lec­tion com­mit­tee with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from South­ern Mary­land non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses and govern­ment agen­cies will re­view each nom­i­na­tion. To sub­mit a com­pleted nom­i­na­tion form, mail it to: Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land, P.O. Box 716, Char­lotte Hall, MD 20622.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Na­tional Phi­lan­thropy Day, go to www. npdlove.com. To learn about pre­vi­ous Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­ern Mary­land Phi­lan­thropy Hall of Fame in­ductees, go to www.cf­somd.org/phi­lan­thropy-hall-of-fame/.

SMECO, Origis En­ergy an­nounce new so­lar project

South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) and Origis En­ergy USA an­nounced this week the par­ties have en­tered into a Power Pur­chase Agree­ment (PPA) to de­velop the new Ri­p­ley So­lar 27.5 MWAC fa­cil­ity to be con­structed on Ri­p­ley Road in La Plata. The so­lar fa­cil­ity, de­vel­oped by Origis En­ergy, is ex­pected to reach full com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion by mid-2019. SMECO will pur­chase all gen­er­ated en­ergy, ca­pac­ity and So­lar Re­new­able En­ergy Cred­its (SRECs) for the next 25 years, help­ing the elec­tric co-op to ful­fill its state man­dated re­new­able port­fo­lio obli­ga­tion at the low­est cost to its mem­bers.

Pend­ing ap­proval from the Mary­land Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and lo­cal per­mit­ting, the so­lar fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated on 300 acres in Charles County. The Origis En­ergy pre­lim­i­nary de­sign calls for the use of sin­gle axis track­ing tech­nol­ogy and ap­prox­i­mately 86,000 thin film so­lar panel mod­ules. Con­struc­tion will in­clude the build­ing of a short trans­mis­sion line from the so­lar power site to the near­est sub­sta­tion. The project will cre­ate ap­prox­i­mately 150 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion, which is an­tic­i­pated to start in early 2019.

SMECO worked with the Na­tional Re­new­ables Co­op­er­a­tive Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NRCO) to de­velop a re­quest for pro­pos­als and eval­u­ated ap­prox­i­mately 20 sub­mis­sions be­fore se­lect­ing Origis En­ergy. In a press re­lease, Austin J. Slater Jr., SMECO’s pres­i­dent and CEO, said, “Ri­p­ley So­lar is the third so­lar project that NRCO has fa­cil­i­tated for SMECO, and their ex­per­tise has been in­valu­able. Devel­op­ing so­lar projects right here in our ser­vice area gives us a cou­ple of ad­van­tages. Not only are we able to pro­cure re­new­able en­ergy to help meet state re­quire­ments, but we are also able to avoid costly trans­mis­sion fees.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to part­ner­ing with Origis En­ergy on Ri­p­ley So­lar. The amount of so­lar en­ergy this project will pro­duce nearly dou­bles SMECO’s cur­rent so­lar ca­pac­ity,” Slater said in the re­lease.

Ri­p­ley So­lar is ex­pected to gen­er­ate roughly 56,500 megawatt-hours (MWh) dur­ing its first year of op­er­a­tion, enough to power about 3,600 homes an­nu­ally. An av­er­age SMECO house­hold uses 1,300 kilowatt-hours (kWh) a month and 15,600 kWh per year.

“By pur­chas­ing more re­new­able en­ergy, SMECO is demon­strat­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship, sus­tain­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion re­spon­si­bil­ity and fa­cil­i­tat­ing grid re­li­a­bil­ity,” said Guy Van­der­hae­gen, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of Origis En­ergy. “We are most pleased to help SMECO pro­vide its cus­tomers with clean, so­lar gen­er­ated en­ergy for many years to come.”

Pur­chas­ing so­lar en­ergy is one way SMECO works to ful­fill its re­new­able port­fo­lio obli­ga­tion, as re­quired by the state, at the low­est costs to its mem­bers. Util­i­ties are ob­li­gated to pur­chase 1.15 per­cent of their load from so­lar en­ergy re­sources in 2017; that per­cent­age in­creases each year un­til reach­ing 2.5 per­cent by 2020. Util­i­ties that don’t pur­chase the re­quired amount of so­lar en­ergy must pay a penalty.

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