CSM foun­da­tion pre­pares for 26th Golf Clas­sic

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The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) Foun­da­tion in­vites area golfers and CSM sup­port­ers to par­tic­i­pate in its 26th An­nual Golf Clas­sic. The tour­na­ment will take place Aug. 10 at Swan Point Yacht and Coun­try Club in Is­sue. This an­nual event has raised more than $770,000 for CSM schol­ar­ships and col­lege pro­grams and fea­tures prizes, raf­fles and three meals.

“The Golf Clas­sic is one of those sig­na­ture tra­di­tions in South­ern Mary­land that con­tin­ues through the years be­cause of the gen­eros­ity of so many part­ners,” said CSM Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor Gary Simp­son, chair of the golf com­mit­tee. “These part­ners are in­di­vid­u­als, or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses — peo­ple who re­al­ize that the funds gen­er­ated through this tour­na­ment are go­ing to sup­port a great cause, our stu­dents and their ed­u­ca­tion.”

A chance to be coached on the game and en­joy a four-course food and wine tast­ing, while still sup­port­ing the col­lege, is avail­able through the Sip and Swing for an Im­pact. The Sip and Swing event, spon­sored this year by the South­ern Mary­land Women’s League (SMWL) and pre­sented by the CSM Alumni and Friends Con­nec­tion, will run si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the 26th An­nual Golf Clas­sic. The event fea­tures a later start than the tour­na­ment and will in­clude sev­eral in­ter­ac­tive clin­ics about putting, chip­ping and full-swing tech­niques and will end with an awards cer­e­mony.

Econ. de­vel­op­ment to hold Busi­ness Roundtable July 26

The Charles County Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment is host­ing a Quar­terly Busi­ness Roundtable on Wed­nes­day, July 26, at the Wal­dorf West Li­brary, 10405 O’Don­nell Place, Wal­dorf, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Come to learn more about Charles County eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and what is hap­pen­ing in the county, as well as net­work with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

A progress up­date and rec­om­men­da­tions to the five-year strate­gic plan will be cov­ered, as well as top­ics on busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, in­fra­struc­ture, and mar­ket­ing. The event will con­clude with a Q&A ses­sion. The agenda: 8-8:30 a.m. — Net­work­ing and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast; 8:30-9 a.m. — Pre­sen­ta­tion; 9-9:30 a.m. — Q&A

ses­sion.

This event is free, but space is lim­ited. Reg­is­ter to­day at www. MeetCharlesCounty.com/Quar­terly-Busi­ness-Roundtable, or email the depart­ment at info@ MeetCharlesCounty.com.

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.

Girls on the Run seeks vol­un­teer coaches

Girls on the Run South­ern Mary­land is look­ing for two coaches for the new­est Charles County site at C. Paul Barn­hart Ele­men­tary. Meet­ings will be Mon­days and Wed­nes­days from 4-5:15pm. Go to www.gotr­somd.org to sign up to be a coach. Vol­un­tary, but very strongly en­cour­aged, free CPR/ AED/First Aid train­ing is on Satur­day, Aug. 5, at the Char­lotte Hall li­brary from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Manda­tory coach train­ing is on Satur­day, Aug. 19 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Char­lotte Hall li­brary. Al­ready signed-up coaches will re­ceive a sep­a­rate and more de­tailed email mid-July.

Haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion ex­pands to 12 months

The Charles County Depart­ment of Public Works has an­nounced that the House­hold Haz­ardous Waste Col­lec­tion Pro­gram has been ex­panded to in­clude the first Satur­day of the month for Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March.

The house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion site is lo­cated in the park­ing lot of the Depart­ment of Public Works build­ing, lo­cated at 10430 Audie Lane, off of Ra­dio Sta­tion Road in La Plata. Col­lec­tion hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This ser­vice is free of charge. The next house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion is sched­uled for Satur­day, Aug. 5.

Items ac­cepted free of charge in­clude: pes­ti­cides, her­bi­cides, fer­til­izer, gaso­line, oil-based paint, clean­ing sup­plies, pool chem­i­cals, flu­o­res­cent lights, mer­cury ther­mome­ters, and other poi­sons found in the home. Re­mem­ber to mark any con­tainer that does not have a read­able, orig­i­nal la­bel.

Un­ac­cept­able ma­te­ri­als in­clude bio-med­i­cal waste (sharps, nee­dles, any­thing with bod­ily flu­ids), la­tex paint, pre­scrip­tion drugs, and am­mu­ni­tion. Used mo­tor oil, anti-freeze, propane tanks, and bat­ter­ies are ac­cepted on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at var­i­ous col­lec­tion sites. Go to www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/ HHW for a list of pre­scrip­tion and non-pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion dropped off lo­ca­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Charles County Depart­ment of Public Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion at 301-932-3599 or 301-8702778, or the land­fill and re­cy­cling in­for­ma­tion line at 301-932-5656. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

SMADC an­nounces three new grants for farm­ers

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) has an­nounced three new pro­grams specif­i­cally tar­geted to in­di­vid­ual farm­ers.

SMADC’s Agri­cul­tural Mini-Grant Pro­gram is open to ap­pli­cants age 16 and older, re­sid­ing and farm­ing in Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles, Prince Ge­orge’s or St. Mary’s coun­ties.

Grant awards will be made up to $2,000 per ap­pli­cant, as a one-to-one match and can be used for a va­ri­ety of projects. Ex­am­ples in­clude the pur­chase of foun­da­tion live­stock, pur­chase of plant stock, mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, fenc­ing, hoop house, and on-farm up­grades to en­hance food safety. Ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­penses and events are not el­i­gi­ble for pro­gram fund­ing.

“The mini-grants pro­gram is great for young or be­gin­ning farm­ers that need some as­sis­tance get­ting started and also for more ex­pe­ri­enced farm­ers who would like a lit­tle cap­i­tal to try out new ideas on the farm, or di­ver­sify their ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions. We’re ex­cited about this pro­gram and we hope that many farm­ers will be able to take ad­van­tage of it,” said Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton, di­rec­tor of SMADC, in a press re­lease.

Along with the min­i­grant pro­gram, SMADC an­nounced two ad­di­tional pro­grams, of­fered in part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Agri­cul­tural and Re­source-Based In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MARBIDCO).

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Eq­uity In­cen­tive Match­ing Fund was es­tab­lished to in­cen­tivize loan re­quests from South­ern Mary­land farms and aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­ers and to help them meet cer­tain down-pay­ment (eq­uity) re­quire­ments.

“Com­mer­cial lenders typ­i­cally re­quire bor­row­ers to con­trib­ute some of their own money to­wards the fund­ing of a busi­ness project,” said Steve McHenry, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of MARBIDCO, in a press re­lease. “The eq­uity in­cen­tive match­ing money is go­ing to be a sig­nif­i­cant help to South­ern Mary­land farm­ers, es­pe­cially young and be­gin­ning farm­ers.”

Un­der this pro­gram, the farmer ap­plies di­rectly to one of MARBIDCO’s ex­ist­ing loan pro­grams. SMADC will con­trib­ute up to a max­i­mum of $20,000 to­wards a Mary­land Re­source-Based In­dus­try Fi­nanc­ing Fund Loan (MRBIFF) ap­pli­ca­tion and up to $5,000 to­wards the other loan pro­grams to be used as a down pay­ment (per ap­pli­cant), not to ex­ceed 5 per­cent of the project costs.

SMADC and MARBIDCO also es­tab­lished the South­ern Mary­land Re­volv­ing Loan Fund to as­sist South­ern Mary­land farm­ers with smaller agri­cul­tural projects that may not typ­i­cally be fi­nanced by a com­mer­cial lender. “This loan fund is in­tended to stim­u­late the agri­cul­tural econ­omy in South­ern Mary­land and en­hance the vi­a­bil­ity of ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions,” said Wat­son-Hamp­ton.

Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $20,000, tar­geted to three spe­cific ar­eas: live­stock, small fruits, and Good Agri­cul­tural Prac­tices (GAP) and food safety up­grades.

Un­der the live­stock sec­tion of the loan, el­i­gi­ble uses in­clude the pur­chase of live­stock or artificial in­sem­i­na­tion to im­prove herd ge­net­ics, re­frig­er­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties, fenc­ing and an­i­mal shel­ters, etc.

The loan’s small fruit sec­tion is in­tended to in­cu­bate the pro­duc­tion of small fruits and in­crease acreage of ex­ist­ing small fruit op­er­a­tions. Pro­duc­ers may ap­ply loan funds to­wards peren­nial, vine and root stock for blue­ber­ries, rasp­ber­ries and black­ber­ries and/or trel­lis­ing and net­ting for small fruits.

The third sec­tion of the re­volv­ing loan pro­gram is for GAP and food safety up­grades such as drip ir­ri­ga­tion, wa­ter treat­ment, ir­ri­ga­tion wells, com­post struc­tures and equip­ment, har­vest­ing sup­plies and pack­ing house struc­tures.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Re­volv­ing Loan Pro­gram in­cludes an in­cen­tive for bor­row­ers in good stand­ing, for­giv­ing 20 to 25 per­cent of the loan amount due at the end of the loan term (by fore­go­ing the fi­nal one-quar­ter of amor­tiz­ing loan pay­ments).

Wat­son-Hamp­ton said the three new pro­grams, along with the Re­gional Agri­cul­tural Pro­gram (RAP) grant an­nounced last week, com­ple­ment SMADC’s mis­sion to pro­mote mar­ket-driven and prof­itable agri­cul­ture busi­nesses in South­ern Mary­land.

“Farm­ers in South­ern Mary­land have al­ready over­come pro­duc­tion chal­lenges while tran­si­tion­ing away from to­bacco. Our fo­cus now is to help them to en­hance, ex­pand and di­ver­sify their op­er­a­tions, so that we can pro­mote a thriv­ing re­gional agri­cul­tural econ­omy,” said Wat­son-Hamp­ton.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the Mini-Grant Pro­gram open and must be sub­mit­ted on­line on the “Farm Grants” page un­der “Farmer Re­sources” at www.smadc.com. Min­i­grant ap­pli­ca­tions are ac­cepted year round, but only re­viewed on a quar­terly ba­sis in Jan­uary, April, July and Oc­to­ber.

To qual­ify for the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Eq­uity In­cen­tive Match­ing Fund, pro­duc­ers should fol­low MARBIDCO’s reg­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion process for the pro­gram of in­ter­est. Match­ing funds will be con­sid­ered in the ap­pli­ca­tion process and ap­plied to ap­proved loans for farm­ers re­sid­ing and do­ing busi­ness in the five-county South­ern Mary­land Re­gion. Pro­duc­ers in­ter­ested in the South­ern Mary­land Re­volv­ing Loan Fund should ap­ply di­rectly through MARBIDCO at marbidco.org.

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