Household hazardous waste collection scheduled for Sept. 2
The Charles County Department of Public Works would like to remind residents that the next household hazardous waste collection for this year will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2. 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.
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. Household hazardous waste collection occurs on the first Saturday of each month. Upcoming 2017 collection dates are: Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2.
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 Mar yland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800735-2258.
NAACP to host community conversation
The Charles County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will present a town hall meeting, “A Community Conversation: We Are One,” 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at True Gospel Church Ministry, 132 Smallwood Village Center, Waldorf. For more information, contact Janice Wilson, president, at 240-427-5131 or go to ccnaacp.org.
Auxiliary seeks support for Wreaths Across America
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 82, La Plata, has joined with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans by placing wreaths on the graves of veterans. The project began in 1992 and has grown every year. The unit will sponsor wreath sales in the “3 for 2 program.” For every two wreaths sponsored, a third will be placed at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.
The unit is seeking $15 donations for each wreath (one free for ever y two $15 donations). Checks can be made payable to Wreaths Across America, and can be mailed to: American Legion Post 82, P.O. Box 1035, La Plata, MD 20646, Attention: Linda Rollins. Donations may also be made at the legion booth at the Charles County Fair on Sept. 16.
The wreath-laying ser vice at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery will be noon Saturday, Dec. 16. All are invited to attend and participate.
This effort is only possible because of individual and corporate donations, the donations of trucking and shipping companies and thousands of volunteers offering helping hands. Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning donations are tax deductible and qualify for matching gifts from many companies. For more information about the organization, go to www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Animal shelter announces Sept. promotions
The Tri-County Animal Shelter has announced the following September monthly promotions and reminders: Somebody to Love Adoption Event, Saturday, Sept. 9
— On this day, the shelter is reducing adoption fees for cats to $50 and dogs to $100. World Rabies Day, Thursday, Sept. 28 — Rabies is one of the most serious contagious diseases, but it is 100 percent preventable. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are required to have current rabies vaccines. Call a veterinarian today to vaccinate pets. Lowcost vaccinations are available. Call the Humane Society of Charles County at 301-645-8181 or Paw Prints Animal Hospital at 301-885-0263 for more information
about low-cost options.
Coming to an Area near You, Saturdays, Sept. 2 and
9 — The shelter will be in your neighborhood with animals available for adoption. Come to the Tractor Supply Company, 10795 Wawa Lane, White Plains, on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or the St. Charles Town Center, 11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf, on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volunteers needed — The shelter is in need of volunteers, ages 14 and older, to assist with caring for the many animals at our facility. There are several volunteer duties offered, including walking shelter dogs, spending time with the cats, taking photos of adoptable pets, general housekeeping, washing dishes and toys, cleaning kennels, and assisting with laundry. Volunteer as little or as much as you would like. Call the shelter at 301-932-1713 for additional information and volunteer paper work.
The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-9321713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To view animals available for adoption, go to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/ES/AnimalShelter/TriCountyAnimal-Shelter or www.petfinder.com/shelters/MD112.html.
Center for Children offering Stewards of Children Training
The Center for Children is now offering Stewards of Children Training to community organizations.
The program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals concerned about the safety of children. The program is the only nationally distributed, evidence based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child protective behaviors. The cost is $125 for an organization plus $10 per person for a training book.
For more information and to bring this training to an organization, contact Sarah Ortiz at 301-609-9887, ext. 134.