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