An­nual Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge sup­ports lo­cal farm­ers

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The an­nual statewide Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge (BLC) en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to eat some­thing from a lo­cal farm every day dur­ing Buy Lo­cal Week, July 22–30.

In­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions can take the chal­lenge, which is a vol­un­tary pledge to eat Mary­land farm prod­ucts (pro­duce, dairy, seafood, meats and fruit) for one week. Lo­cally pro­duced bev­er­ages; wines, beers and spir­its count too. “Tak­ing the Chal­lenge is a win, win,” said Shelby Wat­son-Hamp­ton, direc­tor of The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) and cre­ator of the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge. “When you take the pledge to buy lo­cal not only do you get great tast­ing food, you’re also sup­port­ing lo­cal farm­ers as well as lo­cal busi­nesses that of­fer farm prod­ucts.”

This year SMADC is adding an ex­tra in­cen­tive to en­gage con­sumers dur­ing BLC week. The gen­eral pub­lic is in­vited to share their BLC ex­pe­ri­ences for a chance to win prizes by reg­is­ter­ing their BLC pledge, or by post­ing their ‘buy lo­cal’ shop­ping spree pho­tos to Face­book or In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #buy­lo­calchal­lenge.

“It’s easy and fun to do,” said Wat­son-Hamp­ton. “We hope ev­ery­one will par­tic­i­pate, as we have so many op­tions to buy lo­cal now; at farm­ers’ mar­kets, restau­rants, stores, winer­ies, brew­eries and even dis­til­leries. The list is end­less.”For in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge Week and find BLC com­pe­ti­tion de­tails, ex­ten­sive statewide links to farm­ers’ mar­ket di­rec­to­ries, down­load­able BLC lo­gos and more, go to the BLC web­site­lo­calchal­ Go to the BLC Face­book page for the lat­est Buy Lo­cal Week hap­pen­ings around the state and view or down­load BLC week recipes from the Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture Buy Lo­cal Cook­book se­ries at mda.mary­ The Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge was ini­ti­ated in 2007 by the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (SMADC) and is jointly pro­moted with Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture.

Port To­bacco to wel­come cy­clists, trees

The So­ci­ety for the Restora­tion of Port To­bacco will wel­come close to 100 cy­clists, Sun­day July 30. The Port To­bacco Court­house and His­toric Vil­lage are pleased to share pas­sion and aware­ness to tree plant­ing, con­ser­va­tion and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has part­nered with STIHL Tours de Trees, Lib­erty Tree and Tree Fund. A Revo­lu­tion­ary War era tulip po­plar tree will be ded­i­cated. This tree is grafted from a downed tree from An­napo­lis.

The pub­lic is in­vited to the event from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Port To­bacco Court­house, 8430 Com­merce Street, Port To­bacco. Bi­cy­clists start ar­riv­ing at 10:15 a.m. and the tree ded­i­ca­tion pro­gram starts at 10:30 a.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Joyce Ede­len at 301-934-9056 or email

Charles schools plan stu­dent, par­ent ori­en­ta­tion

Charles County Pub­lic Schools has re­leased its stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion sched­ule for the 2017-18 school year. Listed be­low are ori­en­ta­tion dates and times, and other ac­tiv­i­ties for schools. Spe­cific ques­tions can be di­rected to in­di­vid­ual schools.

C. Paul Barn­hart, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.;

Berry, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.;

Dr. Gus­tavus Brown, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.;

Dr. James Craik, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

Wil­liam A. Diggs, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.;

Gale-Bai­ley, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.;

Dr. Thomas L. Hig­don, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 1:30 to 3 p.m.;

In­dian Head, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.;

Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.;

Mal­colm, kinder­garten ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and meet and greet, grades 1-5, Aug. 30, 1 to 2 p.m.;

T.C. Martin, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.;

Mary H. Mat­ula, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.;

Arthur Mid­dle­ton, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.;

Wal­ter J. Mitchell, meet and greet for prekinder­garten through grade 2, Aug. 30, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; meet and greet for grades 3-5, Aug. 30, 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.;

Mt. Hope/Nan­je­moy, com­mu­nity drop-in, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.;

Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.;

Mary B. Neal, meet and greet, all grades, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.;

J.C. Parks, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2:30 to 4 p.m.;

J.P. Ryon, com­mu­nity drop-in, Aug. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.;

Eva Turner, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 1 to 2 p.m.; and

Wil­liam B. Wade, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 1:30 to 2 p.m.; kinder­garten ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and Greet your Seat for grades 1-5, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.

Theodore G. Davis, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 2 to 4 p.m.;

John Han­son, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.;

Matthew Hen­son, sixth grade ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.;

Mat­ta­woman, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.;

Pic­cow­axen, sixth grade and new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.;

Gen­eral Small­wood, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.;

Milton M. Somers, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and

Ben­jamin Stod­dert, sixth grade and new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 3:30 to 6 p.m. High schools

Henry E. Lackey, new stu­dent drop-in, Aug. 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m.;

La Plata, new stu­dents and fresh­men, Aug. 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m.;

Mau­rice J. McDonough, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.;

North Point, fresh­men wel­come, Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.;

St. Charles, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m.;

Thomas Stone, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 31, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; and

West­lake, new stu­dent ori­en­ta­tion, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

F.B. Gwynn Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter, meet and greet, Aug. 30, 2 to 3 p.m.

Sher­iff’s of­fice in­vites cit­i­zens to par­tic­i­pate in acad­emy

The Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its 2017 Cit­i­zens Po­lice Acad­emy (CPA) class, set to be­gin in Septem­ber. This 12-week pro­gram will be­gin on Sept. 20 and will be held on Wed­nes­day evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 13, with the ex­cep­tion of Wed­nes­day, Nov. 22. The classes will be held in the first-floor class­room of the CCSO District 3 Sta­tion lo­cated at 3670 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf.

“Last year we hosted the In­au­gu­ral Class of the Cit­i­zens Po­lice Acad­emy, and it was an awe­some suc­cess,” said Sher­iff Troy Berry (D). “A group of cit­i­zens had the op­por­tu­nity to learn about what our job is like, and we got to hear their per­spec­tives on our role in pub­lic safety. Through this pro­gram, we have de­vel­oped strong com­mu­nity part­ners in our CPA alumni and we plan to con­tinue to build those strong re­la­tion­ships.”

Par­tic­i­pants will learn about a wide range of top­ics in­clud­ing: pa­trol pro­ce­dures, nar­cotics in­ves­ti­ga­tions, foren­sic ev­i­dence, crim­i­nal law, ju­ve­nile is­sues, use of force, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and search and seizure.

Par­tic­i­pants will also get a be­hind-the-scenes look at the CCSO Head­quar­ters, Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, South­ern Mary­land Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Acad­emy, and Crime Lab. Hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences will in­clude a Firearms Train­ing Sim­u­la­tor (FATS) and crime scene pro­cess­ing. Par­tic­i­pants will have the op­por­tu­nity to ride with a po­lice of­fi­cer and to ex­pe­ri­ence polic­ing from an of­fi­cer’s per­spec­tive. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ride-along Pro­gram is not re­quired but is strongly en­cour­aged.

The Cit­i­zens Po­lice Acad­emy is a valu­able op­por­tu­nity for any­one who is in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the re­al­i­ties of polic­ing. In­di­vid­u­als who wish to ap­ply will be sub­ject to a back­ground check. This pro­gram is free of charge. There are a lim­ited num­ber of seats avail­able, so any­one in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the CPA should sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tion as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tions for the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Cit­i­zens Po­lice Acad­emy can be found at­i­zens-po­lice-acad­emy. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due no later than Aug. 31 and should be mailed to:

Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Attn: Hu­man Re­sources, 6915 Crain High­way, P.O. Box 189, La Plata, MD 20646

Ad­di­tional ques­tions about the pro­gram or ap­pli­ca­tion process should be di­rected to Lt. David Kelly or Lt. Charly Baker at 301-609-6487.

Girls on the Run in search of ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor

Girls on the Run South­ern Mary­land is look­ing for a new vol­un­teer ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor. Its mis­sion is to in­spire girls to be joy­ful, healthy and con­fi­dent us­ing a fun, ex­pe­ri­ence-based cur­ricu­lum, which cre­atively in­te­grates run­ning. Girls on the Run en­vi­sions a world where every girl knows and ac­ti­vates her lim­it­less po­ten­tial and is free to boldly pur­sue her dreams. This is an op­por­tu­nity to lead a new and grow­ing 501(c)(3) that di­rectly im­pacts the com­mu­nity with the help of an ac­tively en­gaged board of di­rec­tors.

The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor is a highly skilled non­profit pro­fes­sional that pro­vides lead­er­ship, vi­sion and di­rec­tion to the coun­cil and the broader Girls on the Run or­ga­ni­za­tion. The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor rep­re­sents the coun­cil to the pub­lic, leads or­ga­ni­za­tional de­vel­op­ment and strate­gic plan­ning, op­ti­mizes fi­nan­cial per­for­mance, over­sees pro­gram de­liv­ery in the des­ig­nated ter­ri­tory, builds donor re­la­tion­ships and over­sees per­son­nel. The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor works closely with the coun­cil Board of Di­rec­tors, Girls on the Run In­ter­na­tional Head­quar­ters and is re­spon­si­ble for ex­pand­ing sys­tems and pro­ce­dures to ac­com­plish the mis­sion and reach the strate­gic goals set forth by the board.

All in­ter­ested peo­ple should email a cover let­ter and re­sume to Emily Over­man at emily.over­man@girl­son­ The board of di­rec­tors will be re­view­ing all cover let­ters and re­sumes and reach­ing out to ap­pli­cants over the next few weeks. In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants should be able to at­tend New Coun­cil Direc­tor and Na­tional Coach Trainthe-Trainer train­ing in Char­lotte, N.C., the last week of Septem­ber.

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@

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