Tech­nol­ogy helps deputies of­fer aid to those who need it

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The suc­cess­ful hunt for and re­cov­ery of a miss­ing 62-year-old Alzheimer’s pa­tient last month in south­ern St. Mary’s un­der­scored the ben­e­fits of a more ad­vanced and less time-con­sum­ing method of track­ing the where­abouts of peo­ple who prob­a­bly shouldn’t be wan­der­ing off on their own.

Pro­ject Life­saver, pro­vided with­out charge by the St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice, is a ra­dio-trans­mis­sion sys­tem de­signed to as­sist law of­fi­cers in lo­cat­ing lost or miss­ing peo­ple who have been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s, autism or other con­di­tions that may im­pair their com­mu­ni­ca­tion with oth­ers. Cit­i­zens en­rolled in Pro­ject Life­saver wear a small watch-size trans­mit­ter on their wrist or an­kle that emits a track­ing signal, and if a par­tic­i­pant in the pro­gram goes miss­ing, the trans­mit­ter pro­vides law en­force­ment with the lo­ca­tion of the miss­ing per­son.

But the trans­mit­ter is only one method of pro­vid­ing an alert to get help to a per­son who’s gen­er­ally be­ing su­per­vised or ac­com­pa­nied, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior sher­iff’s deputy, also not­ing the value of more tra­di­tional means of look­ing out for the well­be­ing of oth­ers.

“The first ring of se­cu­rity is the fam­ily mem­bers and the care­givers,” Capt. Steven Hall said this week, along with neigh­bors and friends who also can ap­proach and as­sist the per­son who has strayed from home, or con­tact author­i­ties to promptly help re­solve the is­sue.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult for one per­son to do that,” Hall said of the role of watch­ing over a per­son 24 hours a day, and other peo­ple may be equally fa­mil­iar with that per­son’s habits, in­clud­ing “the par­tic­u­lar places they like to go.”

As a “sec­ond ring of se­cu­rity,” the cap­tain said, “Pro­ject Life­saver is a per­fect so­lu­tion.”

The sher­iff’s of­fice en­cour­ages any­one who has a friend or fam­ily mem­ber di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s, autism, or any con­di­tion ren­der­ing them un­able to com­mu­ni­cate or pro­vide ba­sic in­for­ma­tion on their ad­dress or iden­tity, to con­tact Cpl. Wil­liam Rishel by call­ing 301-475-4200, ext. *8097, or by send­ing email to Wil­liam.Rishel@stmarysmd.com.

Go dance Satur­day at church hall

South­ern Mary­land Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance will hold its monthly con­tra dance this Satur­day, May 12, at Christ Epis­co­pal Church’s parish hall in Chap­tico.

This month’s dance fea­tures call­ers Ja­son Lit­tle, Lois Stephen­son and Elaine Szymkowiak, with live acous­tic string band mu­sic by the South­ern Mary­land Open Band. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and danc­ing will be­gin at 7:30. Be­gin­ners are wel­come and en­cour­aged to at­tend a dance work­shop at 7. There will be an ice cream so­cial dur­ing the in­ter­mis­sion.

Con­tra is a tra­di­tional Amer­i­can style of so­cial dance, sim­i­lar in some ways to square danc­ing, that one can at­tend with­out a part­ner. En­joy an evening of laugh­ing, meet­ing new folks, and lis­ten­ing and danc­ing to great live mu­sic. Come out to swing, prom­e­nade, and do-si-do to lively jigs, reels and waltzes on the dance floor. Band mem­bers will be admitted at no charge.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to www.smtmd.org.

Sot­ter­ley to pro­vide free tours on May 19 to ser­vice mem­bers

Armed Forces Day, on May 19, will be rec­og­nized at Sot­ter­ley Plan­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood with free admission for ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.

Sot­ter­ley res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­enced ma­jor con­flict in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and present-day vis­i­tors to the his­toric land­mark can hear a retelling of their sto­ries.

Sot­ter­ley will salute ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary and de­pen­dents on May

19 by invit­ing them to en­joy the grounds with com­pli­men­tary site and house tour admission. The hon­ored guests will be asked to show their mil­i­tary iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the visi­tor cen­ter.

Break­fast to be served May 20 at church hall

A spring break­fast with the Knights of Colum­bus will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sun­day, May 20, at St. Fran­cis Xavier Church Hall, lo­cated at 21370 New­towne Neck Road in Leonard­town. The menu will in­clude plain and blue­berry pan­cakes, scram­bled eggs, ba­con, sausage, and sausage gravy with bis­cuits. A free-will do­na­tion will ben­e­fit the pas­toral coun­sel­ing cen­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Dale Re­barchick at 240-538-3562.

Water­front own­ers’ dibs on blind li­censes ends soon

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources is now ac­cept­ing offshore wa­ter­fowl blind and shore­line li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions for ri­par­ian, or water­front, prop­erty own­ers.

The landown­ers, or any­one who has the owner’s per­mis­sion, may li­cense their shore­line to es­tab­lish offshore sta­tion­ary blinds or blind sites for hunt­ing wa­ter­fowl. A li­cense al­lows the shore­line owner to hunt wa­ter­fowl from their own blind in state wa­ters, or to pre­vent other wa­ter­fowl hunters from li­cens­ing the shore­line at a later date.

Prop­erty own­ers may li­cense their shore­line for one year for $20 or three years for $60, and if they choose to par­tic­i­pate, they must sub­mit all pa­per­work and re­spec­tive fees to the Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wildlife and Her­itage Ser­vice in per­son by May 31, or by mail with a post­mark of no later than May 31 to the agency’s mail­ing and phys­i­cal ad­dress at 580 Tay­lor Ave., E-1, An­napo­lis, MD 21401.

Landown­ers who miss the May 31 dead­line may par­tic­i­pate in the “open” li­cens­ing process that begins Aug. 7.

Ap­pli­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion on laws re­lated to shore­line li­cens­ing for ri­par­ian prop­erty own­ers are avail­able on­line, or by call­ing 410-260-8540 or 877-620-8367.

Pad­dle June 9 for a good cause

Leonard­town Ro­tary, the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land and Warfighter Ad­vance will hold a Pad­dle for He­roes kayak, pad­dle­board and ca­noe fundrais­ing race on June 9 at Leonard­town wharf.

Reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin at 8 a.m. for the races be­gin­ning at 10. Rac­ers may have time de­ducted for ev­ery do­na­tion, so any­one might win. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit lo­cal first re­spon­ders and mil­i­tary post-com­bat rein­te­gra­tion pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to pad­dle­forheroes.org. The rain date for the event is June 23.

Reg­is­ter to learn facts about pi­rates

Reg­is­tra­tion is un­der­way for the Pi­rates: Fact vs. Fic­tion day camp to be of­fered on June 16 at His­toric St. Mary’s City.

Chil­dren will learn the truth be­hind the myths and leg­ends of piracy in the 1600s and 1700s, and the camp-work­shop will be filled with hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties that will ex­plain pi­rate life, pun­ish­ments and weaponry. The pro­gram, de­signed for chil­dren age 11 to 14, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Space is limited, and the pe­riod for re­quired reg­is­tra­tion ends on June 9.

For more in­for­ma­tion or reg­is­tra­tion, call 240895-4980, or send email to info@HSMCdigshis­tory.org.

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