Bay Dis­trict VFD’s rat­ing could lower prop­erty own­ers’ costs

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A stel­lar rat­ing from an out­side re­view of the Bay Dis­trict Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment brings pride in the fire­fight­ers’ per­for­mance, and could bring lower in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums for homes and busi­nesses in that area.

The In­sur­ance Ser­vices Of­fice’s Class 2 pub­lic pro­tec­tion clas­si­fi­ca­tion, go­ing into ef­fect in March, puts Bay Dis­trict in the top 2 per­cent in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to the fire de­part­ment’s re­lease, as only four other com­mu­ni­ties in the state have that rat­ing.

“It’s a very thor­ough look at how our de­part­ment is run,” Robert Wahren­brock, the fire de­part­ment’s chief, said. “It’s how we do busi­ness is what has got­ten us to that level.”

In ad­di­tion to the area’s fire de­part­ment, the eval­u­a­tion also in­cluded find­ings about the wa­ter util­i­ties and emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions in that area of St. Mary’s County, in­clud­ing Lex­ing­ton Park, Great Mills and Cal­i­for­nia.

“It looks good on the county,” the fire chief said, and “it looks good on us.”

The ben­e­fits of the high score come in part from the grad­ing sched­ule’s im­por­tant role, the fire de­part­ment’s re­lease states, in the un­der­writ­ing process of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, and what they charge their cus­tomers for cov­er­age.

“It helps re­duce the cost of the per­son’s in­sur­ance,” the chief said, par­tic­u­larly for the busi­nesses within the area of Bay Dis­trict’s two sta­tions in Lex­ing­ton Park and Cal­i­for­nia.

Leonard­town gets ready for 2019’s first First Fri­day

Monthly First Fri­day ac­tiv­i­ties re­sume from

5 to 8 p.m. to­day in and around the square in Leonard­town, of­fer­ing a fun evening out on the town with fam­ily and friends, a work­out at one of the lo­cal fit­ness stu­dios, and even an op­por­tu­nity to learn a new skill at a work­shop.

One-evening-only spe­cials will be avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing shops and res­tau­rants, and there will be open­ing re­cep­tions at the lo­cal art gal­leries.

There will be no drum cir­cle tonight, but that event will re­turn in Fe­bru­ary.

Check the Leonard­town First Fri­days Face­book page for de­tails about spe­cific events in down­town, and be­yond.

Book high­lights lo­cal meat mar­keters

The South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion re­cently an­nounced the re­lease of Tak­ing Stock, a qual­ity bound cof­fee ta­ble book that fea­tures pho­to­graphic por­traits and con­ver­sa­tional in­sights on the farm­ing fam­i­lies as­so­ci­ated with the com­mis­sion’s Mary­land Meats mar­ket­ing pro­gram.

“As the ti­tle of the book sug­gests, ‘tak­ing stock’ can have many mean­ings,” the com­mis­sion’s re­lease states, as “in the lit­eral sense of ‘be­ing aware’ as a per­son, or in ‘mak­ing an in­ven­tory’ as a busi­ness, and as a ‘shep­herd and stew­ard’ of live­stock and the land.”

The book is au­thored by Craig Sewell, South­ern Mary­land Meats’ new live­stock and mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist, who set him­self an am­bi­tious sched­ule to “take stock” of the 52 live­stock pro­duc­ers in the pro­gram by per­son­ally vis­it­ing ev­ery farm. Dur­ing his vis­its, Sewell was in­vited to “sit a spell” and lis­ten to their sto­ries.

“Some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary hap­pened when they spoke and re­vealed their hopes and hard­ships,” Sewell said in the re­lease, not­ing that from that point for­ward, he was in­spired to cap­ture each con­ver­sa­tion and share his ex­pe­ri­ences.

The “South­ern Mary­land Meats” logo and stan­dards were co-cre­ated by the com­mis­sion and re­gional live­stock pro­duc­ers to as­sure trans­parency and prod­uct au­then­tic­ity in the mar­ket place, so that con­sumers know ex­actly how their meat is raised and where to buy it. Par­tic­i­pat­ing farms’ rais­ing prac­tices are ver­i­fied to main­tain the in­tegrity of the SMM brand.

Sewell noted through the re­lease that “We are es­pe­cially pleased that from cover to cover, Tak­ing Stock is an all-lo­cal pro­ject. The live­stock pro­duc­ers, our de­signer Jamie Ti­ralla of All Ag Me­dia, and the book’s print­ers, Line­mark Inc., are all lo­cated right here in South­ern Mary­land.”

The book’s 152 pages are il­lus­trated with vi­brant full color photo-bi­ogra­phies, by ac­com­plished agri­cul­ture pho­tog­ra­pher Lena McBean, of Rems­berg Inc.

Shelby Hamp­ton-Wat­son, the com­mis­sion’s di­rec­tor, de­scribed the pub­li­ca­tion of the photo-doc­u­men­tary cof­fee ta­ble book in the re­lease as “an ex­cit­ing new pro­ject” for the com­mis­sion, and that “we rec­og­nized the dy­namic po­ten­tial of this book to re-en­er­gize and in­vig­o­rate our live­stock pro­ject, and also as a unique way to in­tro­duce the gen­eral pub­lic to the re­mark­able farms and fam­i­lies that pro­vide us with our food.”

Books may be pur­chased on­line, at or South­ern­mary­land­

In ad­di­tion, the com­mis­sion will con­tinue ac­cept­ing pro­pos­als for one more week, un­til Jan. 11, for two pro­gram­matic web­site de­vel­op­ment projects that in­clude web­site re-de­sign, and on­go­ing main­te­nance, data­base man­age­ment and as­so­ci­ated printed pro­mo­tional pieces.

Cor­po­rate de­sign con­ti­nu­ity, de­liv­er­ing a con­sis­tent im­age, is a pri­or­ity across the com­mis­sion’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms. The des­ig­nated projects in­clude its Mary­land Far­mLINK pro­gram web­site, which is de­signed to help farm­ers lo­cate farm­land for lease and pur­chase, ex­change ag-re­lated in­for­ma­tion, find men­tors and busi­ness part­ners, and lo­cate equip­ment for rent, work­shops and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties oc­cur­ring through­out the state.

An­other web­site, the South­ern Mary­land Oys­ter Trail, seeks to raise con­sumer aware­ness for the re­gional oys­ter in­dus­try in­clud­ing aqua­cul­ture and wild har­vest pro­duc­ers, and to in­crease eco­nomic po­ten­tial for pro­duc­ers and oys­ter-re­lated re­tail shops, her­itage sites and or­ga­ni­za­tions con­nected with oys­ter pro­duc­tion.

Prospec­tive bid­ders may sub­mit pro­pos­als for one or both projects, and the con­tracts’ pe­riod will be for one year, com­menc­ing Feb. 1. The agree­ments may be ex­tended at the re­quest of both par­ties an­nu­ally, for up to three years.

Pro­pos­als must be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally by 4 p.m. on Jan. 11, to Cia Morey at [email protected] Sam­ples also may be sub­mit­ted to the com­mis­sion’s of­fice at 15045 Burnt Store Road, P.O. Box 745, Hugh­esville, MD 20637, ei­ther hand car­ried or re­ceived in the mail by the same dead­line.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to www.smadc. com, send email to Cia Morey at [email protected], or call her at 301-274-1922, ext. 1.

Church to hold sweet­heart din­ner on Satur­day, Feb. 16

The an­nual Sweet­heart Din­ner at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will be held on Satur­day, Feb. 16, fea­tur­ing prime rib, tur­key ten­der­loin and a trib­ute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

Doors will open at 6 p.m., one hour be­fore the din­ner at the church lo­cated at 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road in Me­chan­icsville, to be fol­lowed by the en­ter­tain­ment pre­sented by Jim God­bold, “The Rockin’ Elvis” from Calvert County.

Also on the menu will be gar­lic red roasted po­ta­toes, maple glazed car­rots, parme­san crusted creamed spinach, din­ner rolls, but­ter, cof­fee, tea, le­mon­ade and dessert.

Reser­va­tions are re­quired, and can be made un­til Feb. 10 by call­ing Tom Keller at 301-4816388.

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