Mulch load­ing ends Oct. 27 at Piney Church Road fa­cil­ity

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Satur­day, Oct. 27, will be the last day res­i­dents can have mulch loaded at the Piney Church Road Mulch Fa­cil­ity for the sea­son. Res­i­dents can con­tinue to self-load mulch while sup­plies last:

• Breeze Farm Re­cy­cling Cen­ter, 15950 Cobb Is­land Road, Cobb Is­land: Wed­nes­days, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Satur­days, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Pis­gah Re­cy­cling Cen­ter, 6645 Ma­son Springs Road, La Plata: Mon­day through Satur­day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Piney Church Road Mulch Fa­cil­ity, 5370 Piney Church Road: Mon­day through Satur­day, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources Di­vi­sion, at 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-7352258.

Health de­part­ment an­nounces flu im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics

The Charles County De­part­ment of Health has re­leased its sched­ule for free flu im­mu­niza­tion clin­ics. Flu Mist will not be avail­able, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Ad­di­tional evening clin­ics in schools through­out the county have been sched­uled in order to ac­com­mo­date those par­ents that wish to have their chil­dren im­mu­nized.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion rec­om­mends a yearly flu vac­cine as the first and most im­por­tant step in pro­tect­ing against flu viruses. Flu vac­ci­na­tion can re­duce flu ill­nesses, doc­tors’ vis­its and missed work and school due to flu, as well as pre­vent flu-re­lated hos­pi­tal­iza­tions. The CDC rec­om­mends that ev­ery­one 6 months of age and older should get a flu vac­cine by the end of Oc­to­ber, if pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The re­main­ing clin­ics are as fol­lows:

• Satur­day, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School, 2040 St. Thomas Drive, Wal­dorf.

• Thurs­day, Oct. 18, 3 to 7 p.m., La Plata High School, 6035 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road, La Plata.

• Thurs­day, Nov. 1, 3 to 7 p.m., Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School, 12834 Rock Point Road, New­burg.

• Satur­day, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charles County Dept. of Health, 4545 Crain High­way, White Plains.

• Thurs­day, Nov. 8, 4 to 7 p.m., Small­wood Mid­dle School, 4990 In­dian Head High­way, In­dian Head.

• Tues­day, Nov. 13, 3 to 7 p.m., Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf.

• Thurs­day, Dec. 13, 3 to 7 p.m., Charles County Dept. of Health, 4545 Crain High­way, White Plains.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about flu clin­ics, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyHealth.org, or call the Charles County De­part­ment of Health at 301-609-6900.

Colo­nial Faire planned to cel­e­brate 250 years of Maxwell Hall

The Cross­roads of Hugh­esville Gar­den Club has an­nounced a Colo­nial Faire to cel­e­brate the 250th an­niver­sary of the his­toric Maxwell Hall prop­erty in Charles County at 17388 Teagues Point Road in Hugh­esville on Satur­day, Oct. 13, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The cel­e­bra­tion will be­gin with fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. Day­time events are free to the pub­lic. The evening event, Tav­ern Night, be­gins at 5 p.m. and is for adults only. The Tav­ern Night is a fundraiser for the Hugh­esville Gar­den Club. Tick­ets for the Tav­ern Night must be pur­chased by Sept. 28.

The sched­ule of events in­cludes a his­tory of Maxwell Hall at 11 a.m.; colo­nial pe­riod mu­sic at 11:30; First Mary­land Reg­i­ment of the Con­ti­nen­tal Line demon­stra­tion, noon; a Hes­sian reen­act­ment, 12:30; Calvert Arun­del Swords­men demon­stra­tion, 1 p.m.; and Na­tive Amer­i­can sto­ry­telling, 1:30. There will be other on­go­ing demon­stra­tions as well as food and a mar­ket­place.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Rose Gazarek at rosegazarek@gmail.com, or phone 585-233-6265. Checks for Tav­ern Night at $60 per per­son can be mailed to Hugh­esville Gar­den Club, P.O. Box 403, Hugh­esville, MD 20637.

The Cross­roads of Hugh­esville Gar­den Club sup­ports home gar­den­ing, flo­ral de­sign, civic beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, con­ser­va­tion, and the en­vi­ron­ment in the South­ern Mary­land re­gion in­clud­ing Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Prince Ge­orge’s coun­ties. Among the projects sup­ported are Meals on Wheels, Char­lotte Hall Veter­ans Home, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, Gar­dens of Maxwell Hall, and many more through­out the re­gion. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http:// www.hugh­esvil­le­gar­den­club.org.

Busi­ness net­work brings Speed to fundraiser

The South­ern Mary­land Busi­ness Net­work is host­ing High En­ergy and Com­edy with Speed to raise money for Charles County Crime Solvers.

Speed, the orig­i­nal “high en­ergy ma­gi­cian and il­lu­sion­ist,” is known for his hy­per­ac­tive and fun mod­ern per­for­mance style. He has per­formed over 4,200 live shows up and down the East Coast and Canada over the past 23 years.

The event will in­clude heavy hors d’oeu­vres by Ap­ple Spice Junc­tion, desserts by Spring Dell Cen­ter and a cash bar.

The fundrais­ing show is Oct. 20 at the Fam­ily Life Cen­ter, Grace Lutheran Church/School, at 1200 Charles St. in La Plata. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $30 and can be pur­chased at smbn.org or by call­ing Cindy at 301-3749059.

Vol­un­teers needed for Christ­mas Con­nec­tion pro­gram

Christ­mas Con­nec­tion is a vol­un­teer and in­ter­a­gency part­ner­ship pro­vid­ing hol­i­day cheer to se­niors and fam­i­lies in need. The Charles County De­part­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices leads the “Adopt-a-Se­nior” por­tion of the project and is seek­ing vol­un­teers to pre­pare and de­liver hol­i­day food bas­kets to se­niors who have been de­ter­mined to be fi­nan­cially needy and with­out sup­port of fam­ily at the hol­i­day time, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

In­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to vol­un­teer should call the De­part­ment of Ag­ing at 1-855-843-9725 or 301-9349305 ext. 5737 by Fri­day, Nov. 2. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

CSM gets $33K from trust for Project SUC­CESS

The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust re­cently awarded the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land (CSM) $33,112 to ex­pand CSM’s Project SUC­CESS — a read­ing, writ­ing and math tu­tor­ing pro­gram for stu­dents who need to im­prove their skills to con­tinue en­roll­ment to col­lege-level cour­ses, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. CSM’s Project SUC­CESS also ad­dresses aca­demic prepa­ra­tion by help­ing those stu­dents in CSM’s devel­op­men­tal cour­ses achieve suc­cess through aca­demic and stu­dent sup­port ser­vices.

The Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust fund­ing will be used to pur­chase hard­ware and soft­ware for the Project SUC­CESS re­source room and en­able at least 250 stu­dents en­ter­ing the col­lege at the re­me­dial level im­prove their read­ing, writ­ing and math skills through the use of 20 new com­put­ers, equipped with scan­ners and as­sis­tive read­ing, writ­ing and math soft­ware.

“This Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust grant gives us a tremen­dous boost for our Project SUC­CESS pro­gram which is aimed at help­ing our stu­dents who are strug­gling aca­dem­i­cally,” said Robert Farinelli, as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent of aca­demic af­fairs.

Ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary re­port pub­lished in July by the Man­power Demon­stra­tion Re­search Cor­po­ra­tion, a City Univer­sity of New York ini­tia­tive that pro­vides a se­mes­ter of in­tense re­me­dial in­struc­tion be­fore stu­dents en­roll in a de­gree pro­gram is key to help­ing stu­dents over­come aca­demic short­com­ings, and ul­ti­mately fin­ish their col­lege pur­suits.

To learn more about Project SUC­CESS, talk to a CSM aca­demic ad­vi­sor, or to en­roll at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu. Learn more about the Charles County Char­i­ta­ble Trust on­line at www.charlesnon­prof­its.org/grants.

Charles Re­gional’s Hunt earns mas­ter PIO des­ig­na­tion

In Septem­ber, Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter (UM CRMC) Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Crys­tal N. Hunt earned the U.S. De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s high­est pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer cer­ti­fi­ca­tion — Mas­ter Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer (MPIO). Hunt is now one of just 60 pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers na­tion­wide who have com­pleted the MPIO Pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The MPIO pro­gram pre­pares pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers for an ex­panded role in de­liv­er­ing pub­lic in­for­ma­tion and warn­ings us­ing a strate­gic, whole com­mu­nity ap­proach. Hunt com­pleted the three­week course of study at the Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment In­sti­tute in Em­mits­burg.

The MPIO pro­gram re­quire­ments in­clude de­sign­ing and de­vel­op­ing a nine-month cap­stone re­search project that con­trib­utes to the body

of knowl­edge for emer­gency man­age­ment-re­lated pub­lic in­for­ma­tion. Hunt’s pa­per, “PIOs Net­work­ing To­gether: An Anal­y­sis of Peer-to-Peer Pro­fes­sional In­ter­per­sonal En­gage­ment and Its Im­pact on Emer­gency Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion,” along with those of her fel­low grad­u­ates, will be pub­lished in the U.S. Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Na­tional Emer­gency Train­ing Cen­ter li­brary. The li­brary houses more than 200,000 re­sources on fire, emer­gency man­age­ment and other all-haz­ards sub­jects.

Hunt, who serves as UM CRMC’s pri­mar y spokesper­son and pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, was cho­sen af­ter a rig­or­ous ap­pli­ca­tion process, re­quir­ing an es­say and rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters from peers.

Com­mis­sion­ers to re­view leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als Nov. 14

The Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will re­view leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted by county govern­ment de­part­ments and af­fil­i­ated agen­cies (Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, and Health De­part­ment) on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14, at 2:30 p.m.

The fi­nal 2019 leg­isla­tive pack­age will be sub­mit­ted to the Charles County Del­e­ga­tion in De­cem­ber or Jan­uary by the in­com­ing Board of Com­mis­sion­ers. The cur­rent board will not vote on any leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als.

Cit­i­zens that de­sire to sub­mit leg­isla­tive pro­pos­als should send their pro­pos­als di­rectly to the Charles County Del­e­ga­tion at the fol­low­ing ad­dress: The Honor­able Edith J. Pat­ter­son, Mary­land State Del­e­gate, 221 House Of­fice Build­ing, 6 Bladen St., An­napo­lis, MD 20646.

Any ci­ti­zen pro­pos­als re­ceived by the county will be for­warded di­rectly to the del­e­ga­tion. Ci­ti­zen pro­pos­als will not be con­sid­ered on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call the Of­fice of the County At­tor­ney at 301-645-0555. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mar yland Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800735-2258.

Sal­va­tion Army seeks vol­un­teers for Red Ket­tles

The Sal­va­tion Army’s Red Ket­tle sea­son kicks off Nov. 11, and the group is look­ing for foot sol­diers, aka Red Ket­tle Bell Ringers, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. In­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, groups and teams are wel­come.

This is the Sal­va­tion Army’s big­gest fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive ev­ery year. When peo­ple vol­un­teer and do­nate at a Red Ket­tle they should ex­pect change. Their change makes it pos­si­ble to pro­vide pro­grams and ser­vices that change lives in the com­mu­nity.

Each of Red Ket­tle lo­ca­tion needs a warm heart to ring the bell, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. The hands may be cold, but be­ing a Red Ket­tle Ringer can be a heart­warm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

How many warm hearts and cold hands are needed? It takes 3,475, two hour shifts to be able cover all of the 19 Red Ket­tle lo­ca­tions in the South­ern Mary­land area.

Each two-hour times­lot gen­er­ates ap­prox­i­mately $80 — that pro­vides 80 meals, a month of heat for a fam­ily, three days of camp for an un­der­priv­i­leged child and a whole lot of hope dur­ing chal­leng­ing times, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Funds do­nated at a Red Ket­tle stay in South­ern Mary­land.

Sign up for a cou­ple of hours, a morn­ing or adopt a Red Ket­tle for the day. Reg­is­ter now and make some joy­ful noise. Call 301-638-9532, or email Christo­pher.Pachik@uss. sal­va­tion­army.org.

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