St. Mary’s gas price spike on par with most of state

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The sud­den jump in gaso­line prices in St. Mary’s at the end of last week may have left some mo­torists feel­ing like the county took a big­ger hit than the rest of Mary­land, but AAA says it isn’t so.

The Amer­i­can Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors gaso­line prices na­tion­wide, pro­vid­ing com­par­isons of at-the-pump prices be­fore and af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey’s dev­as­ta­tion in eastern Texas, in­clud­ing its oil re­finer­ies.

The Colo­nial Pipe­line that be­gins in Texas serves much of the south­east­ern United States and the Eastern Se­aboard, ac­cord­ing to John Townsend, the pub­lic af­fairs man­ager for AAA Mid-At­lantic. Gas prices in Mary­land have jumped 41 cents, the third-high­est statewide in­crease in the coun­try, Townsend said Wed­nes­day, and St. Mary’s ex­pe­ri­enced a com­pa­ra­ble spike.

“The Lex­ing­ton Park area saw a 41-cent jump,” Townsend said, and AAA’s web­site listed per-gal­lon av­er­ages at mid­week of $2.71 in Lex­ing­ton Park and Cal­i­for­nia, a penny more than Wal­dorf and Prince Fred­er­ick, but still con­sid­er­ably less than the price now in the re­gion’s two big cities. The web­site listed the price of gas in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., at $2.83 a gal­lon, and at $2.76 in Bal­ti­more.

“Prices can vary, even in the same lo­ca­tion,” Townsend said. Gas could be found a cou­ple weeks ago in cen­tral St. Mary’s for less than the $2.35 av­er­age price listed for Au­gust on AAA’s web­site for that area, while Townsend noted this week that the price at one St. Mary’s lo­ca­tion was $2.76.

“Shop with your steer­ing wheel,” Townsend sug­gested. “Pay at­ten­tion to the prices and scope out the cheap­est gas.”

Driv­ers might hold on to those steer­ing wheels, and their wal­lets, even more tightly in the days ahead.

“We’ll get a dou­ble whammy,” Townsend warned. “[Hur­ri­cane] Irma likely will im­pact gas prices. There are re­finer­ies lo­cated off the coast. Those re­finer­ies are shut­ting down in ad­vance of the storm.”

In the mean­time, Dahlgren, Va., still beck­ons South­ern Mary­land mo­torists, just past a toll-bridge ride, to gas prices listed this week on AAA’s web­site at an av­er­age $2.54 per gal­lon.

Archery hunt­ing for deer starts to­day

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources has an­nounced that the archery hunt­ing sea­son for white-tailed and sika deer opens statewide to­day, Friday, and will con­tinue through Jan. 31, 2018.

Archery hunt­ing con­tin­ues to be an ef­fec­tive part of the Mary­land’s com- pre­hen­sive deer man­age­ment plan, ac­cord­ing to the state’s Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice, and it’s of­ten the most ef­fec­tive con­trol method avail­able in densely pop­u­lated sub­ur­ban area.

For the 2017-18 sea­son, the bag limit for white-tailed bucks is one per weapon sea­son, but Mary­land hunters in Re­gion B, in­clud­ing South­ern Mary­land, have the op­tion to take one ad­di­tional bonus buck af­ter pur­chas­ing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and tak­ing two antler­less deer.

An antler-point re­stric­tion re­mains in ef­fect. Deer hunters may har­vest up to two antlered white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that do not have at least three points on one antler. Any ad­di­tional antlered deer taken within the es­tab­lished bag limit must meet the min­i­mum point re­stric­tion. Li­censed ju­nior hunters and ap­pren­tice li­cense hold­ers, 16 years of age or younger, are ex­empt from this re­stric­tion.

The sika deer archery sea­son bag limit is three, with no more than one be­ing antlered.

Hunters should care­fully in­spect all tree­stands and al­ways wear a full-body safety har­ness while climb­ing in or out and while in the stand.

Mary­land hunters are en­cour­aged to do­nate any ex­tra deer they may har­vest to Farm­ers and Hunters Feed­ing the Hun­gry. Last year, the pro­gram pro­vided more than 650,000 veni­son meals to com­mu­nity food banks and other ef­forts.

Join the danc­ing Saturday in Chap­tico

South­ern Mary­land Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance is spon­sor­ing a con­tra dance this Saturday, Sept. 9, fea­tur­ing caller Su­san Tay­lor and the South­ern Mary­land Open Band, at Christ Epis­co­pal Church’s par­ish hall, lo­cated at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chap­tico.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the danc­ing will be­gin at 7:30. Be­gin­ners are en­cour­aged to ar­rive at 7 for a dance work­shop.

Con­tra is a tra­di­tional Amer­i­can style of so­cial dance for the whole fam­ily, some­what akin to a Vir­ginia reel or square dance. No spe­cial cloth­ing is re­quired.

There will be an ice cream so­cial dur­ing the dance. For more in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions, go on­line to www.smtmd.org.

Trace Mary­land’s im­mi­gra­tion his­tory

The his­tory of South­ern Mary­land is a his­tory of new­com­ers, one that will be ex­plored at 4:45 p.m. next Thurs­day, Sept. 14, at Cole Cinema in the Cam­pus Cen­ter of St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land.

From colo­nial times to the present, set­tlers and mi­grants have rep­re­sented dif­fer­ent races, cul­tures and eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial back­grounds. St Mary’s County is home to more than 600 new im­mi­grants who rep­re­sent a num­ber of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, and next week’s pro­gram will fo­cus in part on where they came from and how well have they in­te­grated into South­ern Mary­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Ju­lia A. King, pro­fes­sor of an­thro­pol­ogy at the col­lege, will take the pro­gram’s par­tic­i­pants to the past with her pre­sen­ta­tion ti­tled “Im­mi­gra­tion and the Found­ing of Mary­land.” Ju­dith Frei­den­berg, a pro­fes­sor of an­thro­pol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, will fo­cus on more re­cent im­mi­gra­tion with her talk on “Con­tem­po­rary Con­ver­sa­tions on Im­mi­gra­tion in the United States: The View from Prince George’s County, Mary­land.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to www.smcm.edu/democ­racy/.

Be sure to give with­out be­ing taken

Mary­lan­ders feel­ing com­pelled to make do­na­tions as­sist­ing sur­vivors of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey have been urged by state of­fi­cials to be wary of schemes that profit scam artists in­stead of help­ing the in­tended re­cip­i­ents.

Dur­ing the af­ter­math of un­for­tu­nate events, in­di­vid­u­als will at­tempt to prey on donors’ gen­eros­ity and in­tro­duce all types of scams, frauds or de­cep­tive acts to line their own pock­ets, ac­cord­ing to Sec­re­tary of State John C. Woben­smith and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh.

The Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of State reg­is­ters and reg­u­lates char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions that so­licit char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions in Mary­land. To­gether with the At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Of­fice, the Sec­re­tary of State’s Of­fice works to en­sure that char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions go to qual­i­fied char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions and are used for their in­tended pur­pose.

Re­search a char­ity first be­fore do­nat­ing, the of­fi­cials ad­vise, and avoid any char­ity or fundraiser that is re­luc­tant to give in­for­ma­tion on how do­na­tions are used.

For more tips on how to give wisely, go on­line to www.mary­lan­dat­tor­ney­gen­eral.gov/CPD%20 Doc­u­ments/Tips-Pub­li­ca­tions/147.pdf. To find out whether a par­tic­u­lar char­ity is au­tho­rized to so­licit in Mary­land, search the state’s reg­istry, at http:// sos.mary­land.gov/Char­ity/Pages/SearchChar­ity. aspx. Those who think they may have been the vic­tim of a scam should call 410-974-5521 or 800825-4510.

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