Colo­nial Faire to cel­e­brate 250 years of Maxwell Hall

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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

SMECO holds 80th An­nual Meet­ing

South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) held its 80th An­nual Meet­ing on Aug. 29 at its head­quar­ters in Hugh­esville. The board of di­rec­tors elec­tion was con­ducted by mail prior to the meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The fol­low­ing SMECO mem­bers were elected to serve on SMECO’s board for three years: Sa­muel “Jack” Hammett of Calvert County; Fern G. Brown and Ken­neth L. Dyson of Charles County; and W. Rayner Blair III and Wil­liam R. Cullins III of St. Mary’s County. Sev­eral by­law amend­ments were also in­cluded on this year’s bal­lot, and all of them were passed, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

To al­low more time for print­ing an­nual meet­ing no­tices and bal­lots, one of the by­law amend­ments ad­justs the dead­line for nom­i­na­tions for board of di­rec­tor can­di­dates. Ad­di­tional amend­ments pro­vide guide­lines for any fu­ture on­line vot­ing that the board may con­sider for SMECO’s an­nual meet­ing. Be­cause of a mis­print on the bal­lot, votes for one of the pro­posed amend­ments to the by­laws were not counted. If ap­proved by the board of di­rec­tors, that pro­posed amend­ment will ap­pear on the bal­lot next year.

In 2016, SMECO mem­bers voted to amend the by­law that out­lines re­quire­ments for meet­ings and vot­ing, and this is the sec­ond year the elec­tion was con­ducted en­tirely by mail. Bal­lots were mailed on July 26, and cus­tomer-mem­bers were in­structed to re­turn their bal­lots by Aug. 22. Mem­bers who re­turned their bal­lots were el­i­gi­ble to win one of 36 elec­tric bill cred­its of $50 each. More than 6,000 mem­bers voted, and elec­tion results were an­nounced at the meet­ing.

Richard A. Win­kler, chair­man of the SMECO board of di­rec­tors, wel­comed SMECO’s mem­bers to the event and called the meet­ing to or­der, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. SMECO’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Austin J. Slater Jr., ex­plained that an elec­tric co­op­er­a­tive’s mem­bers have the abil­ity to vote each year for their rep­re­sen­ta­tives who serve on the board. While SMECO has ap­prox­i­mately 138,000 cus­tomer-mem­bers, in 2016 only 882 mem­bers reg­is­tered to vote, and 16 per­cent of those voted by ab­sen­tee bal­lot.

In other mat­ters, Slater said that SMECO com­pleted in­stalling 167,000 smart me­ters at homes and busi­nesses through­out South­ern Mary­land last year. SMECO ex­pects the new me­ters to im­prove out­age re­sponse times, in­crease ef­fi­ciency and save money.

A cap­i­tal credit gen­eral re­fund of $3.7 mil­lion was is­sued to mem­bers last month. Slater ex­plained that SMECO’s mar­gins for 2017 to­taled $23.4 mil­lion, and all of those funds were al­lo­cated to mem­bers’ cap­i­tal credit ac­counts.

Ac­cord­ing to Slater, “We con­tinue to fo­cus heav­ily on cost re­duc­tion and per­for­mance im­prove­ment, and we have racked up some sig­nif­i­cant cost re­duc­tions of $4.2 mil­lion since we be­gan a con­certed ef­fort in 2017.” Ear­lier this year, SMECO was able to re­fi­nance $135 mil­lion at a ver y fa­vor­able in­ter­est rate of 4 per­cent through the pri­vate place­ment mar­ket. “Es­tab­lish­ing this source in the cap­i­tal mar­kets al­lows the co­op­er­a­tive to ob­tain fi­nanc­ing with­out oner­ous and costly gov­ern­ment re­quire­ments,” Slater said.

More than 5,400 SMECO cus­tomer-mem­bers have had so­lar pan­els in­stalled. SMECO con­tin­ues to re­ceive about 12 ap­pli­ca­tions per week from cus­tomer-mem­bers who want to in­stall so­lar power at their home or busi­ness.

Below are the results of the vot­ing:

• Calvert County (one seat avail­able): Sa­muel “Jack” Hammett, 5,022 votes.

• Charles County (two seats avail­able): Fern G. Brown, 3,660 votes; Ken­neth W. Cross, 3,207; and Ken­neth L. Dyson, 3,686.

• St. Mary’s County (two seats avail­able): W. Rayner Blair III, 4,868 votes and Wil­liam R. Cullins III, 4,928.

SMECO was in­cor­po­rated in 1937 and is one of the 15 largest elec­tric co­op­er­a­tives in the United States with more than 165,000 mem­ber ac­counts in Charles, St. Mary’s, south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s and most of Calvert coun­ties.

Lead­er­ship Mary­land ap­pli­ca­tions due Oct. 31

Lead­er­ship Mary­land, the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment pro­gram ded­i­cated to build­ing a bet­ter state by har­ness­ing the strength of its lo­cal busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers, re­minds po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants that all ap­pli­ca­tions for the Class of 2019 must be sub­mit­ted on­line at www. Lead­er­shipMD.org by 5 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Lead­er­ship Mary­land’s se­lec­tion com­mit­tee will choose 52 ap­pli­cants to com­plete an eight­month hands-on learn­ing pro­gram fo­cused on the state’s most vi­tal so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues. The Class of 2019 will be an­nounced in early Fe­bru­ary.

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open to se­nior-level ex­ec­u­tives with sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in their ca­reers or their com­mu­ni­ties. Ideal ap­pli­cants will have a de­sire to learn more about Mary­land’s most crit­i­cal is­sues and a per­sonal com­mit­ment to be a force for pos­i­tive change in their or­ga­ni­za­tions, their com­mu­ni­ties and their state. The cho­sen class will re­flect a cross-sec­tion of the state by in­clud­ing di­ver­sity of geo­graphic lo­ca­tion, pro­fes­sion, age, eth­nic­ity and gen­der.

To be con­sid­ered, ap­pli­ca­tion pack­ages must in­clude:

• com­pleted ap­pli­ca­tion, avail­able on­line only at www.Lead­er­shipMD. org;

• paid ap­pli­ca­tion fee of $250; • two ref­er­ences; • one let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion;

• au­tho­riz­ing of­fi­cial state­ment from ap­pli­cant’s su­per­vi­sor or CEO (un­less ap­pli­cant is self-em­ployed or are their own su­per­vi­sor); and

• pro­fes­sional color photo.

Any­one with ques­tions may con­tact Lead­er­ship Mary­land at 410-841-2101 or email Info@Lead­er­shipMD.org.

Mulch load­ing ends Oct. 27 at Piney Church Road fa­cil­ity

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: 800735-2258.

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.

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 301-374-9059.

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 “Adopta-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.

Hin­kle hired as chief of tourism

Charles County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Michael D. Malli­noff an­nounced Kel­lie S. Hin­kle as the chief of tourism. Hin­kle will be­gin her em­ploy­ment with Charles County Gov­ern­ment on Mon­day, Sept. 24, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

As chief of tourism, Hin­kle will be re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing mar­ket­ing pro­grams de­signed to in­crease the eco­nomic im­pact of tourism in Charles County. She will pro­mote county tourism events and sites, fa­cil­i­tate spe­cial events de­signed to at­tract vis­i­tors, and main­tain con­tact with area at­trac­tions and tourist/vis­i­tor ser­vices.

Hin­kle has ex­per­tise in as­sist­ing agri­cul­tural and ru­ral busi­nesses with the de­vel­op­ment of busi­ness plans and se­cur­ing fi­nanc­ing to start or ex­pand op­er­a­tions. She most re­cently served as the act­ing as­sis­tant di­rec­tor for the Loudoun County (Va.) De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment. She pre­vi­ously served as an agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for that de­part­ment and the Jef­fer­son County (Va.) De­vel­op­ment Author­ity. She has a back­ground in mar­ket­ing and teach­ing.

Hin­kle holds a master of science de­gree in agri­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion from West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity and a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in plant and soil science from West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity.

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