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Welcome

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A barred owl perches atop a newspaper box in St. Inigoes after a January snowfall. In the cover photo by Reid Silverman, Janie McKay, left, and Addie McKay, both of Callaway, get into the sand at Elms Beach Park, as their great-aunt, Jane Bicknell of Callaway, watches in the distance.

There was a time when this region’s economy was based on tobacco, crabs and oysters. But life in the early 21st century is quite different for most St. Mary’s County residents. Advanced technology is now the county’s chief economic engine. Patuxent River Naval Air Station is a premier site of military aviation, drawing defense contractors and associated businesses to the area. Because of this, people from all over the world now call St. Mary’s County home. They live side by side with families who have been here for generations. Both groups have much in common. They require local government services. Their children go to school. They may want to get involved in community activities. They want to relax and enjoy life. This guide is intended to point people in the right direction for all of this and more.

Special events 4 Local government 12 Gov’t services 16 Senior services 21 Schools 23 Higher education 25 Clubs, organizations 28 Libraries 47 Navy 48 Hospital 52 Fire, rescue squads 54 Solid waste 57 Museums 58 County parks 62 State parks 65 Chamber of commerce 66 Child Care 68 Counseling 70

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Special events

County hosts annual festivals, fairs and more The following is a listing of some of the events already scheduled for 2014 in St. Mary’s County. Most of the following information was compiled by the St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism. See VisitStmarysMd.com for the most up-to-date information. Event dates and times are subject to change, and it is suggested that people call ahead or check online about an event’s status and admission fees before attending.

Brittnea Wise approves of her wedding proposal by future husband, Eric Hagen, both of Woodbridge, Va., at the picture stage of the Warrior Dash, which is held in May at Budds Creek Raceway. Hagen hid the ring in tissue in a ziplock bag while running the course.

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Guide to St. Mary’s March 2014 Page 5 Earth Day on the Square will be held April 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown Square. There will be information on organic gardening, land/sea/bay conservation and recycling, as well as live animals, children’s activities, nature walks, kayaking and yoga. No admission charge. For more information, call 301-4759791 or see www.leonardtown.somd. com. The Spring Fling XXIX Car Show will be held April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Leonardtown Square. The event will feature more than 300 cars. There will be trophies, music, shops, vendors, restaurants, trivia, kids games. Proceeds benefit Hospice of St. Mary’s. Rain date is May 4. Donation. For additional information, call 301994-9666 or see Stmarysrodandclassic.com.

May

Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

While awaiting the results of the mens’ finals competition at the National Oyster Shucking Championships, held in October during the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival, William “Chopper” Young, left, throws his son, Eli, 4, in the air, as fellow competitors George Hastings, Ben Wolven and Scotty O’Lear look on.

May Day will be celebrated May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City. Visitors can celebrate with a maypole, games and crafts to make. Admission cost. For more, call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

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The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners Front Row: Todd Morgan, Francis Jack Russell, President Back Row, L to R: Daniel Morris, Cynthia Jones and Lawrence Jarboe

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Page 6 Guide to St. Mary’s March 2014 The Eighth Annual Potomac River Waterfowl Festival will be held May 23

and 24 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This decoy festival showcases wildlife and waterfowl art and features a working decoy competition, retriever field demos, food, live decoy auction, sportsman pavilion and more. See www.cfsomd.org.

June Raiders and Invaders First Friday will be celebrated June 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Leonardtown. Highlights include “1812: Tide of War,” a blend of music and narrative that brings the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake to life. There will be gallery openings and a variety of 1812-themed activities. A Raiders and Invaders Festival and concert will be held June 7 from noon

to 10 p.m. in Leonardtown. There will be live music in a range of styles on multiple stages, as well as storytelling, old-fashioned circus arts, street theater, plus 1812-related exhibits, lectures and demonstrations. Free waterside evening British invasion tribute rock concert at the site of the 1814 British invasion.

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James and Tammy Williams, from right, watch the fireworks light up the sky along with their children Evan, and Olivia, during the grand finale as the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department celebrates Independence Day. The River Concert Series also features fireworks near the Fourth of July.

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Brothers Corey and Jacob Nichalson, both of Hollywood, react as they ride the scrambler at the St. Mary’s County Fair with their aunt, Ashley Nichalson of Callaway.

Blue and Gray Days will be cele-

brated June 7 and 8 at Fort Lincoln at Point Lookout State Park in Scotland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be Civil War living history demonstrations, live archery demonstrations and Civil War soldier’s drills. Admission cost. Call 301-8725688. Raiders and Invaders will be celebrated countywide on June 8, when people are encouraged to visit participating historic sites and get their Raiders and Invaders Sweepstakes Passport stamped. For more, see www.RaidersandInvaders.com. IHRA Nitro Jam, the President’s

Cup Nationals, will be held June 13 and 14 at Maryland International Raceway, located at 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville. The event will feature Nitro funny cars, top fuel Harleys, fuel-altered jet cars and hundreds of sportsman racers. For more, call 301-884-9833 or see

Mirdrag.com. St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day

will be celebrated June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point. There will be Blackistone Lighthouse tours, presenters and demonstrations related to island history. For more, call 301-769-2222 or see stmarysmd. com/recreate/museums. The St. Mary’s County Crab Festival

will be held June 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. There will be seafood, a car and bike show, regional crafters, live music and children’s activities. Admission cost. For additional information, call 301-4758384 or visit www.stmaryscrabfestival.com. The CSM Summer Twilight Performance Series kicks off June 17 at

6:45 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown campus. These free, family-friendly, outdoor concerts featuring local artists will start with a performance by Deanna Bogart. Subsequent concerts will be held the following Tuesdays, July 24 and July 15 and 22, at 6:45 p.m. and will feature the Reggae Band, Sara Gray and No Green Jelly Beanz. Artists also performing will include the Fabulous Bel Airs, Airmen of Note, Amanda Daugherty, Jennifer Cooper and Sam Grow. For a complete schedule of arts presentations at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.

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A War of 1812 living history event

will be presented June 7 at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. “The Choice,” a living history event and interactive experience, takes visitors on a journey from the perspective of African-Americans during the summer of 1814. There will be timed presentations throughout the day. Admission cost; advance reservations needed. Purchase tickets online at Sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280.


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Nate Bean of Hollywood plays at the 4-H championship photo booth at the fairgrounds in Leonardtown during the annual St. Mary’s County Fair. The River Concert Series, featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra, will run on Friday evenings from June 20 through July 25 at 7 p.m. on the townhouse green at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Music Director Jeff Silberschlag will lead the orchestra in six free, family-friendly concerts. For more, see chesapeakeorchestra.org.

Lisa E. Polko, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Nnamdi A. Davis, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Adedoyin Shonekan, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Danielah A. Gautier, M.D. Tia W. Bennett, R.N.C., W.H.N.P. - B.C. Reana K. Barnes, M.S., W.H.N.P. Jill Collier, F.N.P. - C. Brooke A. Bucci, M.S.N., C.N.M. Morgan M. Walker, M.S.N., C.N.M.

BeerFest will be held at Historic St. Mary’s City on June 21 from noon to 6 p.m. Visitors can try select craft brews and local cuisine, and there will be artisans, crafters and live music. This event is a fundraiser for Historic St. Mary’s City. Admission cost. For more, call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org. An annual Juneteenth Celebration

will be held June 21 from noon to 8 p.m. at Freedom Park in Lexington Park, at Route 235 and Tulagi Place. Juneteenth commemorates AfricanAmerican freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. There will be gospel music, children’s entertainment, food and cultural information. Free. For more, call 301-862-4868 or see ucaconline.org.

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to 9 p.m. at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point. There will be live jazz artists and an array of seafood delicacies on the riverside lawn. Advance ticket sale required. Admission cost. Call 301-769-2222 or visit stmarysmd.com/recreate/

museums. Tidewater Archaeology Days will be celebrated July 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City. Visitors can get work with the pros at one of the nation’s bestpreserved colonial archaeology sites. Admission cost. For more, call 240895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

August The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Governor’s Cup Yacht Race will be held

Aug. 1 and 2 at the St. Mary’s College waterfront in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5. Shoreside activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. On Friday, the race begins in Annapolis and ends at the college. It is the oldest and longest overnight race on the Chesapeake. Free. Call 240-895-3246 or see smcm.edu/govcup/raceinfo/events.html.

The 10th annual St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Races will be

held Aug. 1 and 2 at Bowles Farms in Clements, on Budds Creek Road. On Friday, gates open at 5 p.m.; racing starts at 6 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m.; racing starts at 6 p.m. Racers from across the country will compete. Other family activities are included. Proceeds will benefit the Seventh District Rescue Squad and the Seventh District Optimist Club. Admission fee. For more, call 301475-2139 or see Bowlesfarms.com. See EVENTS, Page 10


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Events Continued from Page 8 Beach Party on the Square will be held Aug. 2 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Wharf Park. There will be fun in the sun, including sand volleyball, fire truck hose downs, live music, food and contests. Free. For more, call 301475-9791 or see www.leonardtown. somd.com. Lil’ Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival will be held Aug. 7 to 9

at the Goddard family farm, located at 21810 Clay Hill Road in Leonardtown. Hours are 3 to 10:25 p.m. on Thursday, 1:10 to 10:15 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. on Saturday. The festival is three days of bluegrass music and home-cooked food. There are 30 amp camping hookups available. Admission cost. Call 301-4758191 or see lilmargaretsbluegrass. com.

September Beer, Bands and BBQ will be held

Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Summerseat Farm at 26655 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville. There will be live music, great barbecue and an afternoon at Summerseat Farm. Call 301-373-6607 or see www.summerseat.org Indian Discovery Day will be cele-

brated Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5. Visitors can explore and celebrate the life ways and culture of Maryland’s first people through hands-on activities. Admission cost. Call 240-895-4990 or see hsmcdigshistory.org. A Taste of St. Mary’s will be held

Sept. 14 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Leonardtown Square. Participants can sample menu items from some of St. Mary’s County’s finest restaurants. Free admission. Fee charged for samples. Call 301-737-3001 or see smcchamber.com. The St. Mary’s County Fair will be held Sept. 18 to 21 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, located off of Route 5. Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The fair features livestock, home arts, flowers, field crops, 4-H and school exhibits, horse pulls and carnival. Admission cost. Call 301-475-8434 or see smcfair.somd. com.

The Forrest Hall Farm on Avie Lane in Mechanicsville will operate its Crazy Corn Maze from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31 on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays by appointment. In addition to a corn maze, there will be hayrides, farm animals, play area and picnic area. A free apple or small pumpkin is included with admission ticket. Group discounts available. Farm shop open July through November. Admission cost. Call 301-8843086 or see forresthallfarm.com. Bowles Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm will be open at Bowles Farms

A Maze n Place Farm in Clements, on Budds Creek Road, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 26. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and weekdays by appointment (for school groups, etc.) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the corn maze, there will be a petting zoo, wagon rides, mini straw maze, corn box, pumpkins and food, as well as the Cupcake Shop. Admission cost. Call 301-475-2139 or see bowlesfarms. com. RiverFest will be held Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5. Visitors can learn about 101 ways to protect and enjoy the local rivers and bays. Free. Call 240-895-4990 or see http://smrwa.org.

October The Blessing of the Fleet will be held

Oct. 4 to 5 at St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, off Route 242. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Participants can tour St. Clement’s Island and visit Blackistone Lighthouse and St. Clement’s Island Museum. There will be live entertainment, Southern Maryland food and children’s activities. Admission cost. Call 301-481-2801 or see blessingofthefleetmd.com. Riverside WineFest at Sotterley Plantation will be held Oct. 4 and 5 from

noon to 6 p.m. at Sotterley in Hollywood, off Route 245. More than 20 Maryland wineries will be represented and there will be live music, local food, kid’s “Stomping Grounds” and an artisan marketplace. Admission cost. Call 301-373-2280 or see sotterley.org. An antique tractor parade will be held Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Leonardtown Square. The parade will feature an exhibit of historic tractors from Southern Maryland’s farming community. Proceeds benefit Christmas in April St. Mary’s County. Free.

Call 301-904-3491 or visit somdapa. com. Ghosts of Sotterley Tours will be offered Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, off Route 245. Reservations are required for these spooky dramatic outdoor walking tours. Reservations required. Not suitable for young children. Admission cost. Call 301-3732280 or see sotterley.org. The St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at the

St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown, off Route 5. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival includes the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and National Oyster Cookoff. There will music, food, carnival rides, arts, crafts and family fun. Admission cost. Call 301-863-5015 or see usoysterfest.com. The Gates of Summerseat Ghost Walk

will be offered Oct. 23 to 25 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Summerseat Farm in Mechanicsville. This is a theatrical ghost walk outside on the grounds of Summerseat Farm. Reservations are required. Admission cost. Held rain or shine. Call 301-373-2069 or see summerseat.org.

November World Cup Finals of Import vs. Domestic will be held Nov. 7 and 8 at Mary-

land International Raceway, 27861 Budds Creek Road in Mechanicsville. The largest motorsports event in Maryland, this event features outlaw drag racing, a car show and more. Call 301-884-9833 or see Mirdrag.com. The annual Veterans Day parade will be held around the Leonardtown Square on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. There will be marching bands, military units, Scouts, floats and local organizations honoring veterans. A memorial ceremony follows. Call 301-475-9791 or see Leonardtown.somd.com. An Amish quilt auction will be held Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grove Farm Lane in Mechanicsville, off Route 235/Thompson’s Corner Road. Visitors can bid on Amish quilts and other hand-stitched items at this traditional Amish auction. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1404, or see VisitStMarysMd.com. Christmas on the Square and the annual Christmas tree lighting will be

held Nov. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Leonardtown Square. There will be sleigh and fire truck rides, holiday music,

live Nativity, tree lighting and a visit from Santa. Rain date is Nov. 29. Free. Call 301-475-9791 or see Leonardtown.somd.com. Hearth and Home in Early Maryland

will be observed at Historic St. Mary’s City in St. Mary’s City, off Route 5, on Nov. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can explore the colonial table and discover how Maryland’s first citizens celebrated the harvest. Admission cost. Call 240-895-4990 or see www.hsmcdigshistory.org.

December The Christmas Doll and Train Exhibit

will be on display from Dec. 1 to 31 at the St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, off Route 242. Call for days and times. There will be displays of vintage dolls, toys and working miniature trains throughout the museum. Admission cost. Call 301-769-2222 or see stmarysmd.com/ recreate/museums. The Piney Point Lighthouse Holiday Exhibit will be on display from Dec.

1 to 31 at Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park, off Route 249. Call for days and times. This thematic holiday exhibit fills the lighthouse keeper’s quarters and museum. Admission cost. Call 301-994-1471 or see stmarysmd.com/recreate/museums. Holiday Candlelight Tours will be offered at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, off Route 245, on Dec. 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. This interactive, living history performance features live seasonal music and light refreshments. Reservations required. Admission cost. Call 301-373-2280 or see sotterley.org. Family Plantation Christmas will be held Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, off Route 245. There will be visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts and activities, Santa’s Secret Shop, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, carol sing, 12 days of Christmas holiday hunt, greens and gifts sale, craft vendors and live seasonal music. Admission cost. Call 301-373-2280 or see sotterley.org. Colonial Christmas will be held at Historic St. Mary’s City, off Route 5, on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate Christmas with the first Marylanders. There will be crafts, entertainment, a walking tour of holiday traditions and games. Admission cost. Call 240-895-4990 or see hsmcdigshistory.org.


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Local government

How to get in touch with elected officials

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Democrats. There are 12,586 unaffiliated voters. St. Mary’s County is one of the seven rural counties in Maryland operating under the county commissioner form of government. One of them, Frederick County, is moving to charter home rule after the 2014 election, according to the Maryland Association of Counties. The commissioner form of government in St. Mary’s has been in place since the October election of 1841. The commissioners’ duties range from setting tax rates, maintaining county roads, designating areas of growth or preservation, to determining how local

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community development. At the Patuxent Building is the county treasurer, department of recreation and parks, the department of land use and growth management and the sheriff’s office. The Joseph D. Carter State Office Building houses the district court. The St. Mary’s County Detention Center, or county jail, is located at 41880 Baldridge St., behind the Carter building. The following is an overview of the officials now holding the top positions.

County commissioners Main line, 301-475-4200, ext. 1300. Jack Russell (D), president; Cindy Jones (R), Dist. 1 (southern county); Dan Morris (R), Dist. 2 (Leonardtown/Hollywood); Larry Jarboe (R), Dist. 3 (northern county); Todd Morgan (R), Dist. 4 (Lexington Park, Great Mills) See LOCAL, Page 14

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St. Mary’s County government is headed by five elected county commissioners. While all them represent St. Mary’s, four represent specific areas of the county and one serves as president. There is a county administrator and department directors and approximately 695 employees. There is an election for many local offices this year. The primary election this year is Tuesday, June 24, though early voting starts on Thursday, June 12, at the Potomac Building at the governmental center campus in Leonardtown. All five county commissioner seats are up for election this year, as well as two school board seats, the state’s attorney’s, the sheriff’s and the treasurer’s. The county’s three state delegate and state senate seat are also up for election this year. The general election will be Nov. 4. Democrats long dominated local politics during the 20th century, but Republicans tipped the scales in 2012 after decades of growth. There are now 25,570 active registered Republicans, 461 more than the 25,109


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Circuit court Judge Karen Abrams,

301-475-7844, ext. 4130

Del. John F. Wood Jr. (D-St. Mary’s,

Judge Michael Stamm,

301-475-7844, ext. 4140 Judge David Densford,

301-475-7844, ext. 4151

Master F. Michael Harris,

301-475-7844, ext. 4120 St. Mary’s County Courthouse is at 41605 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 859, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Clerk of the Circuit Court is Joanie Williams at the St. Mary’s County Courthouse, P.O. Box 676, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-7844, ext. 4.

District court Judge Christy Holt Chesser is at the Carter State Office Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Drive, P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Call 301880-2700.

State’s attorney Richard Fritz (R) is at the St. Mary’s County Courthouse, 41605 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 1755, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-7844, ext. 3. District Court Office, call 301880-2700; Child Support Division, call 301-475-7844, ext. 4500.

Sheriff Tim Cameron (R) can be reached at P.O. Box 1559, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-4200, ext. 1911.

Treasurer Jannette Norris is at the Patuxent Building, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, P.O. Box 642, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-4472.

Board of education Superintendent Michael Martirano,

301-475-5511, ext. 32178. School board main line, 301-4755511, ext. 32177, Sal Raspa, chairman and Dist. 1 representative; William Brooke Matthews (vice chair) Dist. 3; Cathy Allen, Dist. 2; Marilyn Crosby, at large; Mary M. Washington, Dist. 4; Peter Widmayer, student member.

Register of wills Lois Duke is at the St. Mary’s County

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Circuit Courthouse, 41605 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 602, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-5566.

Leonardtown Leonardtown is St. Mary’s County’s only municipality and is the oldest incorporated town in Maryland, incorporated in 1858. Leonardtown is governed by a mayor and five-member town council. The town council meets the second Monday of each month at 4 p.m. at the town hall. Leonardtown also has a business association, which meets the second Wednesday of each month at alternating business locations. Contact the commissioners of Leonardtown at 41660 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 1, Leonardtown, MD 20650; call 301-475-9791. The Leonardtown council is made up of Mayor Daniel W. Burris; and council members, Leslie E. Roberts, Thomas Collier, Roger L. Mattingly, Hayden Hammett and Jay Mattingly.

State legislators Sen. Roy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles) Annapolis office: 102 James Senate Office Building 11 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 800-492-7122, ext. 3673 Roy.dyson@senate.state.md.us District office: P.O. Box 229 Great Mills, MD 20634 301-994-2826 Dyson represents all of St. Mary’s

County, Calvert County south of Prince Frederick, and a southern sliver of Charles County. Dyson was first elected as a state delegate to the General Assembly in 1974, and served in Congress for five consecutive terms after the 1980 election. He was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1994 and re-elected in 1998-2010. He is running for reelection this year. Del. Anthony O’Donnell (R-Calvert, St.

Mary’s) House Office Building, Room 212 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 800-492-7122, ext. 3314 Anthony.odonnell@house.state.md.us District office: 11840 H.G. Trueman Drive P.O. Box 865 Solomons, MD 20688 410-326-0081 In 1994, O’Donnell was first elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, representing Calvert County from Huntingtown to Solomons and a small sliver of St. Mary’s County, including Hollywood and parts of the California area. He was last re-elected in 2010. He is running for re-election this year.

Del. John Bohanan (D-St. Mary’s)

House Office Building, Room 350 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 800-492-7122, ext. 3227 John.bohanan@house.state.md.us Bohanan was appointed in 1999 to fill a vacancy in the legislature. His

Charles) Annapolis office: House Office Building, Room 422 6 Bladen St. Annapolis, MD 21401 800-492-7122, ext. 3170 District office: 28231 Three Notch Road P.O. Box 406 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 301-884-2345 Wood is stepping down as delegate after the 2014 election. Wood was elected to his first term in 1986 and most recently re-elected in 2010. His district covers northern St. Mary’s County — Mechanicsville, Charlotte Hall, Chaptico, Avenue, Sandgates, Compton and Leonardtown.

Representative in Congress St. Mary’s County’s congressman is Steny Hoyer, a Democrat who lives in Mechanicsville. Serving in his 17th term, he also became the longestserving Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland in history on June 4, 2007. Hoyer was elected as House majority leader in November 2006 by his peers and served from 2007 to 2011. He is now the House Democratic whip. Correspondence to Hoyer can be mailed to 1705 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515. The telephone number is 202225-4131. His website is www.hoyer.house. gov.

U.S. senators Maryland’s senators are Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, both Democrats. Correspondence to the senators can be mailed to:

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Government services

Where to get licenses, information, other help St. Mary’s County government can be reached at 301-475-4200 or visit www.stmarysmd.com.

Paying taxes • Assessments for residential and commercial properties are handled out of

the second floor of the Carter office building by the department of assessments and taxation. Call 301-880-2900. • Property taxes are paid to the treasurer located in the Patuxent Building at the governmental center. The treasurer’s number is 301-475-4472 or 4473.

Licenses • The Loveville branch of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration offers a

range of services, offering both driver licensing and vehicle registration services, title work and driver tests. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on weekends. Driver road tests are by appointment only, visit https://

mvascheduling.mdot.state.md.us/. • Alcohol beverage licenses can be applied for at 41650 Tudor Hall Road, first floor. Call 301-475-7844, opt. 6. • Boat tags and commercial watermen’s licenses for Maryland can be obtained at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources office in Calvert County, along Route 231 by the Benedict bridge at 6904 Hallowing Lane. Call 410-535-3382 or 866-688-3823. • Building permits are initially requested through the St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use and Growth Management at the Patuxent Building, 23150 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. This will be the first of a number of approvals needed from different governmental agencies. The permits office number is 301-4754200, ext. 1500, and its counter opens for business at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays, closing at 2 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and is open until 4:30 p.m. the rest of the week. • Business licenses for some occupations, such as construction, restaurants

and traders, can be obtained on the first floor of the county circuit courthouse in the office of land, licenses and records. Call 301-475-7844, ext. 4576. • Some home-occupation licenses can be obtained at the department of land use and growth management. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1500. • Marriage licenses are issued by the clerk of the court in St. Mary’s County courthouse. Clerk of the court can be reached at 301-475-7844, ext. 4.

Law and order • Animal wardens work out of the emergency communications building in Leonardtown and can be reached at 301-475-8018, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 301-475-8016 after hours. • Dead animal removal on county roads

is handled by the county’s department of public works and transportation, which is located on St. Andrew’s Church Road. The number is 301-8638400. For removal of dead animals on

state roadways, call the State Highway Administration at 301-475-8035. • The county’s circuit courthouse is in downtown Leonardtown at 41605 Courthouse Drive. The clerk of the court can be reached at 301-475-7844, ext. 4. • District court is on the second floor of the Carter office building. The number is 301-880-2700. • Domestic-relations master is in the county circuit courthouse. Call 301475-7844, ext. 4120. • Traffic tickets can be paid at district court in the second floor of the Carter office building. The district court’s number in Leonardtown is 301-880-2700.

Information and services • St. Mary’s County Health Department is located at 21580 Peabody St. in

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Senior Activity Center are located at 41780 Baldridge St. in Leonardtown; call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. The Loffler Senior Activity Center is at 21905 Chancellor’s Run Road, call 301-737-5670. The Northern Senior Activity Center is at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road; call 301475-4002, ext. 1001.

Continued from Page 16 • St. Mary’s County Department of Human Services addresses health, mental

health, housing, training, employment and transportation needs across all segments of the population. It is housed in the Potomac Building in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1681. • 4-H can be contacted through the University of Maryland Extension Service. Call 301-475-4477. • Economic and community development services are handled from the

second floor of the Potomac Building at the governmental center. Call 301475-4200, ext. 1400. • Free employment services for job seekers are provided by Jobs Connec-

tions at the St. Mary’s County Community Development Corporation at 46940 South Shangri-La Drive in Lexington Park. Call 301-863-7707. • Tourism information is available at 301-475-4200, ext. 1401, and at www. visitstmarysmd.com. • Agriculture extension educators

from the University of Maryland work in the Dr. William Marek Building on

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Peabody Street in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-4484. • Bus service information is available by calling the St. Mary’s Transit System at 301-863-8400, ext. 1120 or 1121.

• County agriculture and seafood information can be obtained by calling

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• County government information

in general can be obtained from the public information office on the first floor of the Chesapeake Building at 41770 Baldridge St., or by calling 301475-4200, ext. 1340, or visiting www. stmarysmd.com.

Potomac Building at the governmental center. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1100. • The Housing Authority of St. Mary’s County is in Lexington Park off Lexwood Drive, at The Gateways, at 21155 Lexwood Drive. Call 301-866-6590. • Land records can be located on the first floor of the county circuit courthouse. Call 301-475-7844, ext. 4580. They can also be found online at mdlandrec.net and plats.net. • Passports can be applied for at the Lexington Park Post Office. Call 301862-2380. • Social services is located on the first floor of the Carter office building in Leonardtown and can be reached at 240-895-7000. A satellite office is at 21775 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park and can be reached with the same number.

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Senior services

Programs designed to support healthy aging The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services provides a variety of programs and services to the county’s senior residents, as well as other segments of the population in need of services. Aging programs include home and community-based services, such as home-delivered and congregate meals; in-home services; ombudsman services and caregiver support; information and assistance; social and recreational programs; community outreach; and volunteer opportunities.

Senior Rides For county residents 60 years and older who meet income requirements, the Senior Rides program provides door-to-door transportation to medical and social appointments, shopping and basic errands. The program relies on volunteer drivers from the community. The department is seeking volunteer drivers for this program. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1066.

Center information The Garvey Senior Activity Center is at 41780 Baldridge St. in Leonardtown; call 301-475-4200, ext. 1050. The Loffler Senior Activity Center is at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park on Great Mills Road; call 301-737-5670, ext. 1658. The Northern Senior Activity Center is at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road in Charlotte Hall; call 301-475-4002, ext. 1001. Current information about upcoming programs, classes and events are at www.stmarysmd. com/aging or by calling 301-475-4200, ext.1050, to receive a copy of the department’s newsletter by mail.

Senior activity centers Activities and programs take place at the department’s senior activity centers and nutrition sites Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Lunch is served between 11:30

a.m. and noon every weekday. For a listing of upcoming events call 301475-4200, ext. 1050, or visit www. stmarysmd.com/aging.

Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels is a home-delivered meals program to help homebound seniors 60 years and older who need nutritionally balanced meals. The program provides healthy meals for seniors who are unable to prepare meals. The program provides hot or frozen meals to those who qualify, depending on the location and needs of each client. Meals are delivered by staff and volunteers. The program ensures eligible seniors receive a balanced meal and a visit from a friendly face on a daily or weekly basis. For information or to volunteer, call 301475-4200, ext. 1060.

Other services Home and community-based ser-

vices includes programs and activities that support older adults living independently in the community, including the Medicaid Waiver for Older Adults, caregiver support, respite assistance, the Senior Care Program, public guardianship for those 65 and older and the long-term care ombudsman program. For more information, call 301-475-4200, ext. 1055. Senior Information and Assistance staff members provide seniors and their families guidance and referrals to services and resources. Call 301475-4200, ext. 1064.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program manages a large corps of senior volunteers. Annually, RSVP provides volunteer opportunities for some 300 seniors who give the community more than 28,000 hours of service. For more information, call 301-737-5670, ext. 1653.

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Schools

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Public elementary schools Benjamin Banneker Elementary School

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G.W. Carver Elementary School

46155 Carver School Blvd. Great Mills, 301-863-4076 Principal Annette Wood

Green Holly Elementary School

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Loveville, 301-475-0260 Principal Debra Bowling Chesapeake Public Charter School

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23510 Bushwood Road Chaptico, 301-769-4804 Principal Andrea Owens

46060 Millstone Landing Road Lexington Park, 301-863-4064 Principal Wauchilue Adams Greenview Knolls Elementary School

45711 Military Lane Great Mills, 301-863-4095 Principal Elizabeth Servello

Hollywood Elementary School

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St. Mary’s County offers parochial and public school education. The public schools are governed by the St. Mary’s County Board of Education, based in Leonardtown on Moakley Street. The school superintendent is Michael Martirano and the elected school board members are Sal Raspa, chair; Brooke Matthews, vice chair; Cathy Allen, Marilyn Crosby and Mary Washington.The school system’s website is www.smcps.org. To register a child in public school, parents should call or visit the school the child will be attending to make arrangements. For information on which school a child would attend, call the school’s department of transportation at 301-475-4256, ext. 2. Parents interested in parochial schools should contact the principal of the school for admission information.


Page 24 Guide to St. Mary’s March 2014 Principal Linda Maloney

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Grades K through 12th 20738 Point Lookout Road Callaway, 301-994-3080 Administrator Kevin Fry

Continued from Page 23 Leonardtown Elementary School

22885 Duke St. Leonardtown, 301-475-0250 Principal Denise Eichel

Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy

Grades sixth through 12th 41740 Baldridge St. Leonardtown, 301-475-8029 Headmaster Suzanne Wisnieski

Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School

37840 New Market Turner Road Mechanicsville, 301-472-4500 Principal Kelly Courtney

Little Flower School

Grades pre-K through eighth 20410 Point Lookout Road Great Mills, 301-994-0404 Principal Caitlin Keeton

Lexington Park Elementary School

46763 Shangri-La Drive Lexington Park, 301-863-4085 Principal Curtis Alston

Mother Catherine Spalding School

Mechanicsville Elementary School

28585 Three Notch Road Mechanicsville, 301-472-4800 Principal Jeffrey DiRenzo

Above, Andrew Grant, a senior at Chopticon High School, demonstrates a paint job on a Chrysler 300m inside the automotive refinishing and repair section during a Tech Expo at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center. Left, third grader Kyhia Milline seeks out Assistant Principal Barbara Eddy as Eddy welcomes her back to Evergreen Elementary School on the first day of classes.

Oakville Elementary School

26410 Three Notch Road Oakville, 301-373-4365 Principal Bo Carpenter

Park Hall Elementary School

20343 Hermanville Road Park Hall, 301-863-4054 Principal Katherine Norton Piney Point Elementary School

44550 Tall Timbers Road Tall Timbers, 301-994-2205 Principal Audrey Ellis

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Ridge Elementary School

49430 Airedale Road Ridge, 301-872-0200 Principal Sandra Kerner Town Creek Elementary School

45805 Dent Drive Lexington Park, 301-863-4044 Principal Marie Hankinson White Marsh Elementary School

29090 Thompson Corner Road Mechanicsville, 301-472-4600 Principal Beth Ramsey

Public middle schools Esperanza Middle School

22790 Maple Road Lexington Park, 301-863-4016 Principal Jill Snyder-Mills Leonardtown Middle School

24015 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, 301-475-0230 Principal Lisa Bachner Margaret Brent Middle School

29675 Point Lookout Road Helen, 301-884-4635

Principal Janet Fowler Spring Ridge Middle School

19856 Three Notch Road Lexington Park, 301-863-4031 Principal Angela Fulp

Public high schools Chopticon High School

24005 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, 301-475-0242 Principal Theo Cramer Fairlead Academy

20833 Great Mills Road Great Mills, 301-863-4090 Academic Dean Rebecca Cline Fairlead Academy II

25390 Colton Point Road Morganza, 301-475-0215 Principal Garth Bowling

24005 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, 301-475-0242 Academic Dean Wendy Zimmerman

Great Mills High School

Private/parochial

21130 Great Mills Road Great Mills, 301-863-4001 Principal Jake Heibel Leonardtown High School

23995 Point Lookout Road Leonardtown, 301-475-0200 Principal Maureen Montgomery Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center

Bay Montessori School

Age 2 through sixth grade 20525 Willows Road Lexington Park, 301-737-2421 Administrator James Pool Father Andrew White School

Grades pre-K through eighth 22850 Washington St. Leonardtown, 301-475-9795

Grades pre-K through eighth 38833 Chaptico Road Helen, 301-884-3165 Principal Linda Miedzinski St. John’s School

Grades pre-K through eighth 43927 St. John’s Road Hollywood, 301-373-2142 Principal Susan McDonough St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Grades ninth through 12th 22600 Camp Calvert Road Leonardtown, 301-475-2814 Principal Rick Wood St. Michael’s School

Grades pre-K to eighth 16560 Three Notch Road Ridge, 301-872-5454 Principal Lila Hofmeister Starmaker Learning Center

Age 6 weeks to third-grade 23443 Cottonwood Parkway California, 301-863-7740 Admin. Florence and Rycourt Freeman Victory Baptist Academy

Grades K through 12th 29855 Eldorado Farm Lane Charlotte Hall, 301-884-8503 Administrator John Tignor

Adult education St. Mary’s public schools’ adult education program offers adult basic education/GED prep classes and English as a Second Language classes. Classes are open to anyone 16 or older who has officially withdrawn from high school. Classes are held at various locations. For additional information about adult education classes, call 301-4750213 or visit www.smcps.org/ccr/ adult-education.


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Higher education

Multiple outlets available for continued learning

College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus

Orientation leaders Yi Xu, left, Katelyn Kean and Francis Rodenzo cheer on passerbyers and those entering Queen Anne’s Hall dorms in celebration of the first day for first-year students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

The College of Southern Maryland is a regional community college serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. CSM serves more than 27,600 credit and continuing education students at its campuses located in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick, as well as a higher education center and a center for trades and energy training in Waldorf and a center for transportation training in La Plata. Approval for a fourth campus in Hughesville to centrally locate specialized, high-cost programs has been granted, with construction to relocate the center for trades and energy training to begin in 2014. With its tuition and fees about half the cost of that of a state four-year public university, CSM offers a range of associate degree programs, certificate programs, letters of recognition

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Page 26 Guide to St. Mary’s March 2014 The community is invited to campus lectures, concerts and athletic events throughout the year. In January, the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast is held in the Campus Center Great Room. In the summer, the River Concert Series is held outdoors on Friday evenings from the middle of June through the end of July. The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is a twoday event held in early August. To find out more about events, lectures and sports, go to www.smcm.edu/calendar. The college library also extends privileges to county residents. Community members may purchase access to the college’s pool and exercise facilities. The college’s athletic facility includes an Olympicsized pool, rock-climbing wall, workout center and basketball/volleyball arena. During the summer, the college’s coaches run a variety of sports camps for children. Call the center desk at 240-895-2136.

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and continuing education courses for professional and career development. CSM students successfully transferred to 110 different bachelor-degree colleges and universities in 31 states and the District of Columbia last year. CSM is also a leader in the state for its online learning methods and enrollments. The Leonardtown campus has four facilities as well as a spacious lawn for student picnics, movies in the evening and the summer Twilight Performance Series. The campus hosts authors and poets as part of its Connections series as well as challenging performances that address social and health issues through CSM’s Cause Theatre. The wellness and aquatics center features a fitness room, two wellness studios, a competition pool and a zero-depth entry therapy pool. The nonprofit institute at CSM encourages the growth and development of the region’s nonprofit sector. It seeks to aid nonprofits through information, training, networking and consultation services designed to help board members, staff and volunteers. The Leonardtown campus offers CSM Kids’ and Teen College for children ages 5 to 17, and has expanded offerings of home school and yearround kids’ Saturday classes and conferences, in addition to driver’s education training. CSM’s partners include St. Mary’s public schools, with programs such as CSM’s dual enrollment, in which students earn college credit while still attending high school. CSM partners with other higher education and naval organizations such as the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to establish aerospace and mechanical engineering bachelor of science degree programs in Southern Maryland. To address workforce needs in Southern Maryland for scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians, the college works with partners to develop a pipeline for students to advance from academic studies to employment. In addition to entrepreneurial guidance, leadership and supervisor development programs, the corporate center at the Leonardtown campus offers training and consulting for organizations seeking to increase productivity and organizational efficiency. CSM’s Career Starters short-term

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center

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Billy Kimmel and Alyson Thompson, math club members at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, form the Greek letter symbolizing the mathematical constant of pi.

training gets students on the path to a career quickly. For information, visit www.csmd. edu.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Mary’s College of Maryland is ranked in the top five public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. St. Mary’s is committed to providing a residential, liberal arts education in the public trust — available to students of superior potential, regardless of their backgrounds and personal circumstances. St. Mary’s awards a bachelor of arts

degree in 22 disciplines and a studentdesigned major, as well as a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information about undergraduate applications, call the college’s admissions office at 240-895-5000 or visit www.smcm.edu. Located along the St. Mary’s River, next to Historic St. Mary’s City, the campus is about 10 minutes southwest of Lexington Park on Route 5. Approximately 1,800 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, and the college has an average student-tofaculty ratio of 10:1. More than 98 percent of the regular, full-time faculty holds a doctorate or other terminal degree.

The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center offers more than 90 academic programs delivered on site at the center’s campus in California. Included are 52 master’s, six doctorates, 13 baccalaureate completion degrees and about 30 graduate certificates and education certification programs. Among the academic programs are 37 engineering and technology programs and 44 education programs. Also included are business degrees, health and criminal justice degrees and social work and nursing degrees. All courses are presented live in their entirety at the center’s 35-classroom facility by SMHEC’s 14 university partner’s faculty. Seminars are held during evening hours and on weekends to accommodate the area’s professional workforce. This high technology, multi-university institution houses academic programs presented by the following partner universities: Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland University College, George Washington University, The Catholic University of America, Towson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Gratz College, Capitol College, Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Webster University and Washington Adventist University. The center’s dedication to economic development for the region also extends to approximately 260 See HIGHER, Page 27


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training and conference programs annually, career fairs, public service forums, business showcases and more than 300 community service programs. The Southern Maryland Higher Education Center is located at 44219 Airport Road in the Wildewood Professional Park in California. For more information, visit www. smhec.org.

University of Maryland Extension University of Maryland Extension office, located in Leonardtown, helps families with issues concerning diet, nutrition, parenting skills, consumer education and food safety education. Also, 4-H youth development programs are offered through clubs, school enrichment, healthy lifestyles, camping and leadership development. Farmers can find information about raising crops and livestock,

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protecting the environment, animal and crop diagnostics, marketing farm products, farm and business management, pest management and alternative agriculture. The home horticulture hosts a Master Gardener volunteer program and provides information about the home landscape and gardens. St. Mary’s County UME is located on Peabody Street in Leonardtown. Office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 301475-4482 or visit stmarys.umd.edu.

University of Maryland University College University of Maryland University College offers undergraduate, graduate and distance education course opportunities in Southern Maryland. The Waldorf Center for Higher Education, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center and Patuxent River Naval Air Station offer a variety of face-to-face classes in several different degree programs. The College of Southern Maryland and UMUC have a long-standing alliance, allowing an easy transfer from the associate’s degree to the

bachelor’s degree. UMUC offers Maryland community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at a reduced cost with the UMUC Completion Scholarship. Award recipients can complete a bachelor’s degree program for about $12,000 — an average of just $199 per credit — well below the typical tuition cost for in-state students. Call the Waldorf Center for Higher Education at 301-632-2900 or visit www.umuc.edu.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, nonprofit university. The Patuxent River office is outside of Gate 2 on ShangriLa Drive in Lexington Park. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs with five modes of delivery — classroom, online, Eagle-Vision Home (Skyping) and blended learning. Some of the areas covered include aviation, maintenance, logistics, management, safety, transportation, fire science, leadership, project management and occupational safety management.

In addition, the university offers a certificate in information assurance (NSA) information systems. Also, the aviation maintenance technology certificate can lead to an A&P license for successful students. For more information about Embry-Riddle’s programs, contact the office during business hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 301-863-8776 or email patuxentriver@ erau.edu.

Florida Inst. of Technology The Florida Institute of Technology at the Patuxent site offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas, including acquisition and contract management, aerospace engineering, computer information systems, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering management, management, mechanical engineering, project management and business administration. Visit es.fit.edu/off-campus/patuxent, or call 301-862-1004. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located at 21803 Three Notch Road, Suite B, in Lexington Park.


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Clubs and organizations

Whatever the interest, St. Mary’s has a group For those who would like to get involved in activities in St. Mary’s County, below is a partial list of the community groups and clubs available in the area. Groups that would like to be included in next year’s edition are invited to contact The Enterprise at 301-862-2111.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, located off Chancellor’s Run

Road in California, is a national fraternal organization that supports veterans and a variety of charities, including many youth activities such as Special Olympics, scholarships and drug awareness. Locally, the group supports the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home as well as other service-based organizations within St. Mary’s County. The lodge has a swimming pool on site as well as an active youth group for children of all ages. To join, a current Elk must sponsor an application for membership. Call 301-863-7800 or visit www.elks.org.

A Community That Shares, ACTS, is a nonprofit organization providing St. Mary’s County residents with the temporary use of convalescent equipment at no charge. ACTS distributes the convalescent equipment on an asrequired basis. Equipment is normally loaned to individuals for a 90-day period. If the need persists, this time may be extended. Call 301-769-4199 and leave a message or go to www. acts-smc.org.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of The Greater Chesapeake matches children, ages 7 to 14, with a trusted adult friend with the goal of impacting youth development. Call 301-290-0501, see www.biglittle.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors several weekly meetings in Southern Maryland, call 800-492-0209 or visit www.somdaa.org.

The Black-Eyed Susan Doll Club meets the first Monday of each month (except for January and February) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall library. Members either bring a bag lunch to the meeting or sometimes meet at restaurants.

American Association of University Women, Patuxent River Branch, meets

monthly from September through June. College and university graduates are welcome. For meeting times and location, call Paula Willoughby at 301862-9631 or see http://aauw-paxriv. org.

Scouting programs in the Boy Scouts of America are offered for a variety of

American Legion Post 255 and Auxiliary in Ridge meet at 6:30 p.m. on

the first Thursday of every month at 13390 Point Lookout Road. Call 301872-5349. Post 221 in Avenue meets on the first Thursday of the month at 8 p.m. at 21690 Colton Point Road. Call 301-884-4071. Post 298 in Charlotte Hall meets the third Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call Carole Lewis at 301-8848171, ext. 483.

The Arc of Southern Maryland is a nonprofit organization serving the residents of Southern Maryland. Arc promotes community involvement, independence and personal success for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Call 301-475-5652 or visit www.arcsomd.org. The Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers meets every other month

at the Charlotte Hall library. Call Tom Williams at 301-884-5230 or see http:// gworrell.freeyellow.com/asmb.html.

Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

Owen Jungblut of Mechanicsville concentrates on completing the monkey bridge of the obstacle course as more than 200 St. Mary’s County Scouts coverged to the fairgrounds for a week-long “Wild Wild West” themed Cub Scout day camp. Basketball 4 Lyfe conducts workshops for children and adults, and participates in healthy living campaigns in St. Mary’s County with the help of its volunteers. For information, contact Jeff Burrell at 202-3294233 or Jeffburrell24@gmail.com or visit www.basketball4lyfe.com. Bay Community Support Services is a full-service agency that provides support services for people with dis-

abilities and their families, including residential support provided in agency group homes and also in privately-owned homes, employment services, nursing care, transportation and more. Volunteers are needed for fundraising, marketing, yard care, office assistance and maintenance of agency group homes. For additional information, visit www.baycss.org/ volunteer.html or call Brandy Blackistone at 443-336-7588.

ages. Your son can be a Cub Scout if he is in the first through fifth grade or is 7 to 10 years old. Your son can be a Boy Scout if he has completed the fifth grade and is at least 10 years old, or is 11 years old, or has earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old but has not reached age 18. Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. The program revolves around a special avocation or hobby interest. For more about Scouting in St. Mary’s County, contact Don Durbin at don.durbin@scouting.org. CABS (Companions and Buddies for Singles) group has a casual informational meeting at 6 p.m. every Monday except holidays at the Garvey Center in Leonardtown. Group activities include potluck dinners, picnics, cards, board games, movies, trips, walks and dancing. Most are in the 50-plus age group. Call 240-538-8367.

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Clubs Continued from Page 28 A free cancer support group is

offered by the American Cancer Society and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for cancer patients and their families on the ďŹ rst and third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the outpatient pavilion on second oor. Call 240-434-7247. The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland, COSMIC, rehearses Tues-

days at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. The orchestra is a community group open to accomplished professional, semi-professional, amateur and student musicians. For more, call Laura TheoďŹ lis at 301-994-0221. The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society

was formed in 1996 to provide an opportunity for residents of Southern Maryland to sing and perform complex choral compositions. Membership is by audition and is open to adults and college and high school students. New voices are welcome. Visit www.chesapeakechoral.com or

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The Chesapeake Spinners and Weavers, a group of ďŹ ber craft enthusiasts

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with members from the tri-county area, meets at 1 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel Grove. Persons interested in spinning, weaving, knitting, sheep raising and related crafts are invited. Call Sara Burbage at 301-475-3248.

Children of the American Revolution, the Mistress Margaret Brent

Society, meets periodically. The CAR is a national organization of young people who are especially proud of their heritage. To join, a person must be younger than 18 and able to trace their ancestry to a man or woman who rendered aid to the cause of American independence. Call Cathy Lacer at 301-882-3786. Christmas in April-St. Mary’s County is a local chapter of Rebuilding Together, a national volunteer organization that rehabilitates the houses of lowincome homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. The group is always looking for volunteers. To donate money or volunteer time, call 301-863-2905 or visit www.christmas-

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is a cooperative of local handcrafters and artisans. It organizes various craft shows held at the annual crab and oyster festivals and other events. The mission of the guild is to promote the appreciation of handcrafted items and original artwork in an atmosphere that fosters professional growth. For more, call 301-997-1644 or see www.craftguildshop.com. Daughters of the American Revolution, Major William Thomas Chapter,

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Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

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Clubs Continued from Page 31 The Fleet and Family Support Center

is a multi-service organization that meets the challenges and improves the quality of military life. Call 301342-4911.

Fleet Reserve-Unit 93, Ladies Auxiliary meets the first Monday of every month. Board of directors meeting is at 5:30 p.m. and the general meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve building, located on Route 235 south of Gate 2 to Patuxent River Naval Air Station. All Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, retirees and their dependents are eligible to become members of the Fleet Reserve or the ladies auxiliary. Call 301-863-6117 or 301-863-8291. 4-H Clubs are organized by the Uni-

versity of Maryland Extension. Numerous 4-H Clubs meet in St. Mary’s County. Volunteers are needed to help lead clubs and support the program in a variety of activities. Contact Barbara Dobbins at 301-475-4478 or bdobbins@umd.edu for a list of local clubs, or visit stmarys.umd.edu.

The Friends of St. Mary’s County Library is an organization of persons

interested in libraries who advocate for and support the library as a group and individually. Call Marilyn Lash, 301-475-2846, ext. 1007, or visit www. stmalib.org (see link to “Friends of the Library”) for meeting times and locations. The Friends of Myrtle Point Park

meet every other month. Contact Bob Boxwell at 443-404-5549 or visit www.myrtlepoint.org. The GFWC Woman’s Club of St. Mary’s County is part of an interna-

tional organization dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Call Joan Springer at 301-994-1228 or Noreen Neel at 301-994-1038. Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital can refer St. Mary’s County

residents to local troops. Call 800532-7898 or 800-834-1702.

Girl Scout Mariners for ages 11 through 17 meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels hall in Avenue. Youth and adults interested in sailing and water activities are invited. Call Doug Yeckley at 410-326-4291 or visit www.seascoutship548.com.

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profit rescue group, serving Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. The group’s mission is to find permanent homes for golden retrievers in need. Volunteers to assist with the group’s free foster care services are welcome. Volunteers are needed to staff educational tables, do home visits for prospective adopters, provide temporary, loving homes until adoption and to help with fundraising. Group members gather at local dog parks monthly for play dates, host beach blasts, agility/training classes, picnics and other events for goldens and their humans. Call 1-844-477-3728 or visit goldenretrieverrescueofsouthernmaryland.org. The Greenwell Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing accessible and inclusive programs, services and facilities at Greenwell State Park, a 600-acre property located along the lower Patuxent River in Hollywood. The foundation offers therapeutic and recreational horseback riding, summer camps, veterans programs and accessible site rentals. All programs are designed to be inclusive, allowing people with disabilities to fully participate. For more, see www.greenwell-

foundation.org. Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue

assists greyhounds, putting about 100 of these retired racers in good homes each year. Visit www.greytexpectations.org or call George Nussberger of Mechanicsville at 866-975-4347 or 301-373-4820.

Health Share of St. Mary’s is a nonprofit program that provides access to primary health care for low-income adults. Health Share provides access to a primary care physician, co-pay on generic drugs and outpatient services at St. Mary’s Hospital. Health Share is a joint effort of local physicians, pharmacies, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s County Health Department and the St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services. Health Share is a member of the United Way of St. Mary’s County. Call 240-895-7000. Helping Hands in Hollywood offers

a food pantry Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-373-6990. HOPE of Southern Maryland (Help-

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is an incorporated nonprofit charitable organization supported by local churches, community organizations, United Way and private donations, giving food and other help year round to those needing emergency assistance. Volunteers are needed for the food pantry on Fridays. If interested in receiving assistance or becoming a volunteer, call 301-737-2870. Hospice of St. Mary’s helps terminally ill people live more comfortably during their final phases of life. The organization provides a wide variety of services to the terminally ill and their families. Call 301-994-3023 or visit www.hospiceofstmarys.org. An adult grief support group offered by Hospice of St. Mary’s meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital pavilion, and eightweek long groups for children, teens, men and surviving spouses are also available. Call 301-994-3078. An Interscholastic Equestrian Association team is based at A Moment in

Time farm in Leonardtown. The team is open to riders in both middle and high school. For more, visit the farm’s website at www.amitfarm.net. For

more about IEA, see www.rideiea.org. The IC Angels, Ladies Auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus 8159, Immaculate Conception Council in Mechanicsville, supports the Knights in their goals and activities. Members share prayer, fraternity, fellowship and good works. In addition, the women donate, through various fundraising activities, to worthwhile charities, such as Care Net, St. Vincent de Paul and the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Call 301-884-5697. St. Vincent de Paul at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church offers a food pan-

try Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. To donate, volunteer or receive assistance, call 301-863-8193.

Julia Halla Chapter No. 107, Order of the Eastern Star, meets at 7:30 p.m.

on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month in the Thomas Shyrock Masonic Lodge on 24410 Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood. Call Barbara Miller at 301-862-3683.

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Basketball 4Lyfe founder Jeff Burrell, center, has fun guarding Cedric Long of Great Mills during a pick-up game along with Trayvon Harris, far left, and Sebastian Torres, far left, of Lexington Park at the end of a session at Great Mills High School. Burrell founded BB4Lyfe in 2010 with the mission to teach boys life lessons through the game of basketball. The Knights of St. John International Commandery 386 is affiliated with

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. This is a fraternal organization of Catholic men who must be recommended by their pastor. Knights of Columbus are also welcome to join. Call 301884-3123.

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The Knights of St. Jerome is the oldest Catholic fraternal organization in the Archdiocese of Washington. Membership is open to Catholics, 16 or older. The group contributes to charitable causes and works for the church, the community and other members. The Knights of St. Jerome in Dameron can be reached at 301872-5619 or 301-872-5460.

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The League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County meets monthly at vari-

ous locations. Formed in 1977, the nonpartisan group works to educate the community on local, state and national issues. For more information, call 301-994-3994 or visit www. smc.lwvmd.org.

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Leah’s House provides single women and children (including victims of domestic violence) safe housing at a minimal fee. Volunteers can help with a variety of community outreach programs. For additional information, call 301-994-9580, 866-293-0623 or visit www.leahshousemd.org.

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work to make a difference in the community via service and charity. For the Knights of Columbus St. Mary’s Council 1470, established in 1910, call Mike Campieggio at 301475-9060. Other Knights of Columbus councils in St. Mary’s include St. Michael’s Council 2065 in Ridge, which meets at its council home on the third Monday at 7:30 p.m.; call James Biscoe at 301-872-5140. The St. John Francis Regis Council 7914 in Hollywood meets at St. John’s in the basement of the rectory on the first and third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The first Wednesday meeting is for members. The third Wednesday meeting is for officers. Call 301373-2281. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council 9968 in Lexington Park meets holds a council meeting on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. and officers meet the Thursday before that meeting; call Jim McFillin at 301-863-3887. St. Francis Xavier, the Missionary, Council 10957 in Newtowne/Compton, meets at the St. Francis Xavier parish hall on the second and fourth Tuesday; call 301-769-2269 or visit www.stfrancisxavierchurch.org. Holy Face Council 3849 meets in the Holy Face Church parish hall in Great Mills the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; call the Rev. Joseph Calis at 301-9940525. The Father Sebastian DeRose Council 13091 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station meets at the religious program center, Building 401, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.; call 301-342-3811.

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Clubs Continued from Page 35 Look Good, Feel Better is a free program for cancer patients in any stage of diagnosis or treatment. Offered by MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the American Cancer Society, the seminar helps female cancer patients improve their appearance and self-image by learning hands-on beauty techniques to overcome side effects of chemotherapy. The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Pavilion in the Cancer Care Infusion Service Center. Call 301-475-6070. The Marine Corps Aviation Association (MCAA) John Glenn Squadron is a

nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and recognize professional excellence in Marine Corps aviation, support the fraternal bond of its membership, preserve Marine Corps aviation heritage and safeguard the future of Marine Corps aviation through awards programs, events and publications. MCAA was formed in November 1971 as a reorganization of the First Marine Aviation Force Veterans’ Association. The local squadron, a 501(c)(19) veterans organization, was chartered by MCAA national in January 2005 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station to foster and encourage the relationship between Marine Corps aviation, the naval aviation acquisition and test communities, industry partners and the local community. For information on activities, events and membership, see www.mcaa-jgs.org. The Maryland Educational Chess Association is headquartered in Lex-

ington Park and offers lessons on chess and organizes tournaments. For additional information, call 240718-4657 or visit www.mecachess. org. The Maryland Saltwater Sport Fishing Association meets once a month at

Solomons fire hall every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Guest speakers discuss boating, fishing and conservation issues. For more, call Tom Kemp at 301-373-3071.

The Minority Business Alliance of St. Mary’s County meets on the third

Thursday of each month at 22603 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park at 7 p.m. A nonprofit organization, the alliance is a network of business owners and other professionals. The

group’s goal is to exchange information and develop economically, and to encourage and inspire youth toward entrepreneurship. Call 301863-0552 or email mba@aimg1.com. The MOMS Club is a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home mothers. There are three chapters active in St. Mary’s County. For the southern end of the county, see http://momsclubofstmaryscounty.weebly.com or call Tina Stroh 602-885-2213. For more information on the California and central section of the county, call Pamela Bradley at 253-267-3680. For more information on the Mechanicsville chapter, call Greta Houser at 301-884-2927. For general information on the organization go to www. momsclub.org.

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NUTTS, is a nonprofit that delegates volunteers to pick up and deliver food to other groups that help underprivileged persons, elderly and shut-ins. Also the group provides clothes and for other needs mostly to single parents with children. Volunteers and a storage site are needed. Email Est1001spirit@ hotmail.com or call Eve Taylor, president, at 240-431-0710. See CLUBS, Page 41

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Clubs Continued from Page 39 The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Southern Maryland meets the third

Wednesday of the month (September through May) at 10:30 a.m. for a program followed by lunch at The Ruddy Duck in Solomons. Nonmembers are welcome. For additional information, call Bonnie Baca at 410-394-0511 or visit www.newcomersofsomd.org. The Newtowne Players is a community acting troupe that works out of Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park. For more about upcoming performances and volunteer opportunities, see www.newtowneplayers.org. On Our Own of St. Mary’s, a wellness and recovery center, is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 41660 Park Ave. in Leonardtown. On Our Own

offers advocacy, education, social and peer support and works to fight stigma for people with a mental illness. Call the center at 301-997-1066. The Optimist Clubs, nonprofit community service organizations, sponsor various youth programs throughout St. Mary’s County. Chaptico/4th District Optimists meet every second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 301-884-5637. Mechanicsville Optimists meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Parlett farm social room off Route 6 in Mechanicsville. Call 301-884-2358 or visit www.mechanicsvilleoptimist.org. The Seventh District Optimist Club meets on the first, second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.7thdistrictoptimist.org. The St. Maries Optimist Club meets on the first and the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Lexington on Great Mills Road. Call Patrick Dale at 301-737-0707.

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can be contacted at 301-475-4200, ext. 1802, or by email christina.bishop@ stmarysmd.com. The Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s has offices in St. Mary’s and in

Calvert counties. For more, see www. pccstmary.org or call 301-863-9333.

The Patuxent Aeromodelers radio control club meets at Helwig Field in

Hollywood. See www.paxaero.com.

Patuxent Friends, a religious society,

meets Sundays at 10 a.m. monthly at 12175 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby. Call 410-394-1233 or go to Patuxentfriends.org.

Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity that works in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties,

has various volunteer opportunities that include participating in the construction of homes for disadvantaged families or working at its ReStore assisting with pickups and deliveries, cashier work or merchandising. Habitat’s headquarter office and ReStore are located just outside Gate 2 of Patuxent River Naval Air Station and are open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5

p.m. Call Laurie Walker at 301-863-6227 or 410-326-9050. The Patuxent River Rugby Club practices at the Clarke’s Landing field, located at 24580 Clarke’s Landing Lane in Hollywood. Practices for men’s and women’s teams are at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. New players are always welcome and no experience is necessary. For more, call 410-474-9148 or visit www.paxrugby.com. The Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, a Southern Maryland boat-

ing club, is a nonprofit organization for boaters of sailboats and powerboats. To become a member, boaters must complete a boating safety course. Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron meet the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The goal of the organization is to promote safe boating through public education. Call 301-475-3883. The Pax River Quilt Guild meets the

second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church in Lexington Park. Guest and new members are welcome. For additional information, email caroljevans@erols.com.

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The Patuxent Writers Group meets the third Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Leonardtown library to share writing, study elements of writing and the publishing process and participate in a critiquing process. The Potomac River Association meets on the third Tuesday of every month. For the location and time of meeting call 301-475-1858 or e-mail dlindsley@ verizon.net. PRISM (Public Relations Individuals in Southern Maryland) is an organization of public relations and marketing professionals in Southern Maryland. PRISM holds bimonthly luncheon meetings. Lunch speakers and annual workshops foster professional development and networking opportunities. To join, download an application from www.prismonline.info. The Republican Club of St. Mary’s County meets the third Thursday

of each month at 6:30 p.m. at D.B. McMillan’s in California. Contact Deb Rey at 301-997-4183 or deborah.rey@ jeffndeb.com. The Republican Central Committee holds an open meeting the first

Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at

the FOP Lodge in the general meeting room on Chancellor’s Run Road in Lexington Park. Call Mary Burke-Russell, chairman, at 240-925-1278. Republican Women of St. Mary’s

meets the fourth Monday of each month at 11 a.m. at The Front Porch in Leonardtown. New members and guests are welcome. For more, contact Deb Rey at 301-997-4183 or deborah.rey@jeffndeb.com. The Rotary Club of Leonardtown

meets each Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the atrium of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown. Call 301-4756999. The Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall meets at St. Mary’s Landing at 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Call Carrie Wood at 240-427-8533. The Rotary Club of Lexington Park meets on nonholiday Mondays at noon at the Elks Lodge 2092 in Great Mills. For more, call 301-863-7800. The Second District Kids and Community Club meets the third Tuesday of

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and promote the well-being of the St. Mary’s River Watershed through the collaborative efforts of economic, agricultural, environmental, social, cultural and political stakeholders in the community. For more information call 301-737-2903, go to www. smrwa.org to like them on Facebook. The Scottish Rite Valley of Southern Maryland meets the ďŹ rst and third

Wednesday of each month at the Masonic lodge on Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood at 7 p.m. There are no meetings during the summer. Call Alfred Girard at 301-373-4765. Sea Scout Ship 548 (a division of Boy Scouts of America) meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church hall in Avenue. This is a coed group of young adults ages 11 to 21 with interests in advancing their boating skills, seamanship and leadership abilities. Call Doug Yeckley at 410-326-4291. Second Hope Rescue Inc. is a regional animal rescue group that seeks to give “second hope� to hard-to-place animals. The group has animals available for adoption that can be viewed at www.secondhoperescue.org. Foster homes are needed. Call 240-9250628. Southern Maryland Secular Humanists is a group focused on building a

free-thought community through discussion groups, lectures, social activities and family-friendly events, as well as promoting a spirit of volunteerism and giving back to the community. For more information, see www. somdsh.org. The Shawl Ministry of St. Mary’s creates handmade shawls and lap blankets for hospice patients and those undergoing treatment at the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital cancer care and infusion services. The group meets the ďŹ rst Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Leonardtown library. Call Marianna Nystrom at 301-863-7484. The Sierra Club of Southern Maryland

maintains an executive committee.

The Sotterley Garden Guild maintains the gardens of Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood. The group meets each Wednesday and Saturday starting at 9 a.m. to noon. Call 301-373-2280 or email coordinator@sotterley.org. The Southern Maryland Audubon Society meets on the ďŹ rst Wednes-

day of each month at 7 p.m. except June-August. Call Ernest Willoughby at 301-862-9631 or see http://somdaudubon.org.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters, the local chapter of the National

Society of Tole and Decorative Painters, meets on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte Hall library. Previous painting experience is necessary. Call 301-884-2835 or visit www.smdpaint.org. The Southern Maryland Doll Club

holds monthly meetings and sponsors an annual doll show and sale as a fundraiser to support local charitable donations. Call Lynn Buonviri at 301475-3466. The Southern Maryland Sailing Association is a Solomons-based sailing

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organization dedicated to the promotion of sailing in Southern Maryland. SMSA has organized sailboat racing and cruising, as well as an active junior program. Visit www.smsa.com. The Southern Maryland Sound Barbershop Chorus rehearses each Thurs-

day at 7 p.m. at College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown campus, Bldg. B, Room 214. Men who enjoy singing in close harmony are invited to participate. Call Tommy Chedester at 301-373-2781. The Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance is a nonprofit entity that spon-

sors HomeSpun CoffeeHouse open mics, concerts and contra dances throughout the year, except July and August. The society of local residents is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of regional traditional and contemporary folk music and dance. The events are normally conducted at the Christ Church Social Hall on Zack Fowler Road in Chaptico and start at 7:30 p.m. The group welcomes new members whether as spectator, performer or volunteer. See www.smtmd.org or email smtmd2@ gmail.com.

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is launching its inaugural season in August 2014 and is open to singers in the tri-county area entering grades 2-8. Younger musicians may be accepted at the discretion of the director. No prior training is required to audition. See www.smychoir.org or call Julia Nichols at 301-997-0079. The Southern Maryland Vegan and Vegetarian Group meets every other

month and alternating sites. For more, see smvavg.webs.com.

SMAWL, the St. Mary’s Animal Wel-

fare League, is an animal rescue and welfare organization serving St. Mary’s County. SMAWL provides a low-cost rabies clinic monthly, March through November, at the fairgrounds; animal rescue and adoptions; operation of a center for adoption of rescued cats and kittens in Callaway; educational programs at the annual Animal Fair. SMAWL is operated by 100 percent volunteer power. See www.smawl.org. The St. George Island Improvement Association meets every other month

on the second Friday at 7 p.m. in the association building on Thomas Road. Call Sam Jarboe at 301-994-0412. St. Mary’s Bosom Pals, a breast cancer support group, holds educational meetings at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at various restaurants. Call 301-475-6760. St. Mary’s Caring serves breakfast and lunch to those in need Monday to Saturday from its facility next to Good Samaritan Lutheran Church on Langley Road, just off Great Mills Road. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 301-863-5700. The St. Mary’s County Camera Club

meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California. Visit www.smccc.org. The St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers Inc. is a nonprofit organization com-

prised of volunteers that assist the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department in helping to solve crimes commit-

ted in St. Mary’s County by providing rewards for information that leads to the arrest of criminals. People can assist by anonymously reporting any crime they witness and/or report any tips of information they have on a crime by calling the Crime Solvers tip line 301-475-3333, or by texting information to CRIMES (274637) and entering “TIP239” (847239) before the tip. For more, call 301-884-5417. The St. Mary’s County Garden Club

sponsors an annual flower arrangement and horticulture show at the county fair, holds green therapy workshops at a local school, sponsors a student scholarship and provides holiday decorations for several sites. The group meets the third Monday of each month. To join, a current member must sponsor an application for membership. See www.stmaryscountygardenclub.com. The St. Mary’s Day Care Association meets on the fourth Tuesday of

every month at Leonardtown library at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Day care provider certification courses are offered. Call 301-290-1575. The St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society meets on the fourth Monday

of each month, September through June, at 7 p.m. at the Leonardtown library. Call Sarah Fitzgerald at 301994-1036 or Eve Love at 301-373-9722. Activities include workshops, classes and periodic bus trip to research centers in Washington, D.C. Membership is not limited to St. Mary’s County. The society maintains a genealogy collection at the Leonardtown library. See http://smcg.ens-2.com. The St. Mary’s County Lions Clubs

are known for sight-related charities, collecting used eyeglasses and providing new glasses for low-income residents. They also assist with medical bills, offer scholarships and support, aid local charities and youth sports leagues. The Mechanicsville chapter meets at St. Mary’s Landing on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.; call Clarence Bowles 301-7692630. Leonardtown Lions meet at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Old Breton Inn in Leonardtown. Call Michael Payne 240-2987179. Ridge Lions meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Ridge; call 301-872-5924. Hollywood Lions meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at D.B. McMillan’s in California; call Jim Hodges at 301-373-2540. Lexington Park Lions meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the dining hall of the Church of the

Ascension in Lexington Park; call Tami Gary at 301-475-5559. St. Mary’s County Right to Life meets

monthly. Call 301-475-5433.

The St. Mary’s Ski Club meets the second Thursday of the month (except during the summer) at 7 p.m. at the Leonardtown Grill. Call Jeff Homewood at 301-904-9574. Special Olympics St. Mary’s County

offers comprehensive year-round sports training and competition to Special Olympics athletes. Call Mary Lou Bucci at 301-373-3469 or visit stmarysso.org.

skills in a mutually supportive, positive environment. Talk of the Town Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Lexington Park library. Call Sussie Larson at 301-757-2441. The Patuxent River Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:40 a.m. at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, South Engineering Building 2187. Call Eugene Gonzales at 301-342-6089 or eugenegonzales@ navy.mil. The Interesting People Talking Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the IPT Building at 11:30 a.m. Email morrisde2@navair.navy.mil.

The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy focuses on legal assis-

The Tri-County Animal Shelter, located on Route 231 in Hughesville, supports and houses domestic stray animals for the tri-county area. The shelter offers pet adoptions. Call 800-903-1992 or see www.charlescounty.gov.

Summerseat Farm has volunteer opportunities including general farm and household maintenance; gardening, landscaping and grounds maintenance; historical research and documentation; publicity; grant writing and assistance with special events. Call 301-373-6607, write info@summerseat. org or visit www.summerseat.org.

The Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland serves as an advocate for the

tance to victims of domestic violence and to low-income individuals in the area of family law. Call 301-373-4141 or visit www.smcfa.net.

TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, groups are active in the county. Members discuss sensible eating habits, exercise and other aids to weight loss and maintenance at the meetings. The Wildewood Chapter meets at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Wildewood Community Center No. 1. Call Mary Clark at 301-373-5832. The MD-184 Chapter meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s School in Hollywood. Call 301-884-2952. The Great Mills Chapter meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For more, call Carol Coombs at 301-862-1339. The Ridge Chapter meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at First Friendship United Methodist Church in Ridge. Call Jacqie Cooper at 301872-5047. The MD-327 Chapter in Leonardtown, meets Wednesdays in the Garvey center in Leonardtown. Weigh-in starts at 6:15 p.m. Call Fran at 301-994-0529. Three Oaks Center offers emergency transitional and permanent supportive housing services, which includes shelter, stabilization, assessment and referral to individuals and families in St. Mary’s County. Call 301-863-9535 or visit www.threeoakscenter.org. Toastmasters is an international organization that teaches members speaking, listening and thinking

region’s interests and priorities at the federal and state level. Visit www.tccsmd.org. Call 301-870-2777. Tri-County Youth Services Bureau

provides a variety of services for area youth and their families. Call 301-6451837 or visit www.tcysb.org. The United Way of St. Mary’s County

is a locally controlled fundraising organization with members of the community serving as the all-volunteer board of directors. Call 301-8625577 or see www.unitedwaysmc.org. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2632

NAS Patuxent River supports veterans, active duty military and their families. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at 23282 Three Notch Road in California. For more information, call 301-862-3247 or see http://vfw2632.com. Vintage Values is a thrift shop operating as a training center by the Center for Life Enrichment Inc., a nonprofit organization, for adults with developmental disabilities. Donations of clothing and household items are accepted. Vintage Value I is at 25995 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-8545. Vintage Value II is at 21779 Tulagi Place in Lexington Park. Call 301-737-4884. Young Life is a nonprofit, international and interdenominational mission community of Christ-centered adult volunteers and staff who work with teens. Email smc.younglife@gmail.com or visit www.smc.younglife.org.


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Libraries

Books and more offered at three branches The St. Mary’s County Library provides county residents with library services at the following locations: Charlotte Hall library

37600 New Market Road Intersection of routes 5 and 6 301-884-2211 Leonardtown library

23250 Hollywood Road On Route 245 next to the Maryland Police Barrack, half mile from Route 5 301-475-2846 Lexington Park library and art gallery

21677 FDR Blvd., off Shangri-La Drive 301-863-8188 Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday (at the Lexington Park branch only) from 1 to 5 p.m. For more on the local library system, contact Kathleen Reif, library director, at 301-475-2846, ext. 1013, or email kreif@stmalib.org. Follow the library on Facebook and Flickr.

Left, Makenna Nelson of Avenue reacts as her grandmother, Barbara Sue Nelson, also of Avenue, checks out one of Makenna’s 15 children’s books at the Leonardtown branch. Above, babies Leo Hanson, bottom left, and Patricia Davis, both of California, meet while showing off their crawling skills as their moms Hannah Hanson and Julie Davis look on during toddler story time at the Leonardtown branch. Staff photos by REID SILVERMAN

Internet services The Internet branch, www.stmalib. org, allows customers to use their library any time. Cardholders can access the library catalog, online resources, HelpNow homework help, AskUsNow virtual reference service and downloadable audio books, e-books and magazines. They can request items, check their accounts, pay fines and renew items. Residents can apply for library cards or renew current cards online.

WoW! van service The WoW! van service, Words on Wheels, visits child care providers and centers providing age-appropriate materials and story times. For additional information, call 301-475-2846, ext. 1011, or stma.outreach@stmalib.org.

Technology All branches provide public-access computers and laptops, high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi, plus childfriendly computers equipped with educational software. Each branch has e-readers that cardholders can check out to use within the libraries.

Materials to check out The library maintains a wide collection of items, including largeprint editions, audio books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, musical recordings and Playaways. Books not found in a branch can be borrowed from other libraries across the state through an interlibrary loan service. The library offers free downloadable e-books, audiobooks and magazines.

Programs The library provides story times

and children’s programs throughout the year. During the summer, reading programs and a series of professional performances are also offered. Teen and adult programs, including monthly book discussions, are available. More information can be found by calling the library or by visiting www.stmalib.org.

Staff Courteous, informed and committed staff provide customer service in person, by phone or by email. Friends of the Library is a support organization for the

library system and sponsors book sales annually to raise money for the libraries. Donations toward these sales are welcome.

Meeting rooms All three branches have meeting rooms that can be used by nonprofits for free or can be rented by businesses. The Lexington Park branch has audio/video teleconferencing capabilities. The Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown branches have LCD and laptops to use in the meeting rooms.


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Navy

Pax River serves as region’s economic engine Fighter and V-22 Osprey. Other operations include the Manned Flight Simulator, the Aircraft Anechoic Test Facility, the Aircraft and Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation facilities and the Aviation Physiology Training Department. The commanding officer of Patuxent River Naval Air Station is Capt. Ben Shevchuk. The executive officer is Capt. Heidi Fleming. Pax River’s civilian executive director is Michael Quigley.

St. Nicholas Chapel The NAS Patuxent River St. Nicholas Chapel is located off Cedar Point Road, less than one mile from Gate 2. Chaplain office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Catholic services are Sundays at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Daily Mass is weekdays at 11:35 a.m. Protestant services are Sundays at 11 a.m. The Religious Programming Center, in Building 401, adjacent to the chapel, offers See NAVY, Page 50

Patuxent River Naval Air Station stats Including Webster Field and Bloodsworth Island, the Pax River facility covers 40,502 acres and has 18.7 miles of shoreline. •There are more than 753 buildings at Pax River, including 10 hangars. •Pax River has five runways, the longest 11,800 feet. •There are nearly 80 miles of roads on the base. •Pax River is located 65 miles south of Washington, D.C., and 90 miles north of Norfolk, Va. •Operationally, Pax River has 4,000 square miles of restricted airspace and 5,000 square miles of controlled airspace. •More than 148,500 air operations are performed annually, using about 220 different aircraft. •With a total workforce at about 20,000 — military, civil service and contract employees — it is the largest employer in Southern Maryland. •In addition to the daily workforce, Pax River supports 4,500 family members and about the same number of retired military personnel. •Nearly 300,000 people visit Pax River every year. •More than a dozen major contractors provide services to the base, employing nearly 6,500.

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The Fleet and Family Support Center is an on-base social service agency whose goal is to improve the quality of life for the military member and family through counseling and assistance. The FFSC is the first stop for active-duty and retired military singles and families seeking counseling or assistance with a personal or family matter. FFSC’s many free classes and seminars are also a great resource for self-improvement and Navy lifestyle education. For more information, call 301-342-4911.

Sunday school, CCD, nursery, Bible studies, prayer breakfasts and other special events. For additional information, call 301-342-3811.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Located in Building 401, next to the base chapel, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to assist active-duty and retired service members, their family members and survivors with emergency financial assistance, education or other services in times of need. Staffed primarily by trained volunteers, it is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 301342-4739 for an appointment. Afterhours chiefs are also on call via the duty office at 301-342-1095.

The Patuxent Partnership The Patuxent Partnership works with government, industry and academia on initiatives in science and technology, hosts programs of interest to NAVAIR and the broader DoD community, supports workforce development including education initiatives and professional development. For more information, call 301-866-1739 or visit www.paxpartnership.org.

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Hospital

Several sites allow for close-by medical care MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is located in Leonardtown. It is a fullservice facility delivering emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care. MedStar St. Mary’s is recognized nationally and locally for its delivery of care and business practices with such accolades as the 2013 Excellence Award for Quality Improvement (for excellence in patient safety) and the Maryland Performance Excellence Gold Award (for demonstrating high quality in all aspects of business). As a member of MedStar Health, the region’s largest healthcare system, MedStar St. Mary’s has recruited new physicians and specialists and has expanded services in radiology, orthopaedics, endocrinology, urology and pediatrics, among other areas. MedStar St. Mary’s remains focused on bringing physicians to the Southern Maryland area to provide community members close-to-home access to primary and specialty health care. In addition, as a member of the MedStar Heart Institute, the hospital has the benefit of being aligned with the Cleveland Clinic for heart care. The hospital engages the services of Center Radiology, PC, comprised of subspecialty and fellowship trained radiologists staffing MedStar Health’s Washington Hospital Center’s Department of Imaging Services/ Radiology. The group brings expertise in interventional radiology and nuclear medicine and has expanded the hospital’s services. The hospital offers state-of-the-art imaging and all modalities at the hospital are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. MedStar St. Mary’s follows the Image Gently guidelines for both pediatric and adult imaging. A range of cancer treatment is also available at the hospital. Cancer Care and Infusion Services is an ambulatory clinic providing biotherapy and chemotherapy administration, transfusions, venous access device management and intravenous hydration and antibiotics. The hospital employs a tumor registrar, whose role is to identify, register and maintain records for county cancer patients, as well as a navigator to guide patients through cancer care. The hospital’s cancer program is accredited from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital’s outpatient pavilion provides a comfortable and accessible space for outpatient services,

Satellite locations St. Mary’s Medical Center is located at 37767 Market Drive (beside Golden Beach Road) in Charlotte Hall. The facility offers MedStar St. Mary’s Express Care, Eye Physicians of St. Mary’s and a laboratory center. At Express Care, the health-care team offers treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. It is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Call 301-290-1499 for an appointment. Walk-in care is also available. Eye Physicians of St. Mary’s offers comprehensive vision care services and houses Whitten Laser Eye. Open Monday to Friday with late-night hours available. Call 301-290-5915. The laboratory center is open Monday through Friday with late-night hours available (closed from 12:15 to 1 p.m. daily). Call 301-290-0184. Hospice House of St. Mary’s is located at 44724 Hospice Lane in Callaway. The facility includes six private bedrooms and communal areas, where physical, psychological, spiritual care and comfort are provided to the terminally ill. See www.medstarhealth.org/st-marys/hospiceofstmarys. MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s three laboratory centers offer outpatient collection services for all standard laboratory testing (blood work, urinalysis, etc.). In Leonardtown, a center is in the Belmont Building at 23000 Moakley St., Suite 103. It is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily) and Friday from 7 a.m. to noon. Call 301475-2494. The Lexington Park location is in the Chesapeake Charter School building located at 20945 Great Mills Rd., Suite 202 and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily). Call 301-866-1464. The Charlotte Hall location is in the St. Mary’s Medical Center at 37767 Market Drive and is open Monday through Friday with late night hours available (closed from 12:15 to 1 p.m. daily). Call 301-290-0184.

including imaging and Cancer Care and Infusion Services. Within the imaging suite is women’s health services, offering a private changing and waiting area, mammography, bone densitometry and ultrasound for female patients. Also housed in the outpatient pavilion is Specialty Physicians at St. Mary’s, a space dedicated to specialists such as the pediatric cardiologists, endocrinologists and pulmonologists from Children’s National Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the hospital’s own orthopaedic specialist and spine surgeon, who is a member of the MedStar Georgetown Orthopaedic Institute. The MedStar Health Wound Healing Center opened in 2013 at MedStar St. Mary’s. The center houses two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and offers the latest technologies to help care for people with chronic nonhealing wounds like venous stasis, diabetes, pressure sores, burns and post-surgical wounds. MedStar St. Mary’s opened The Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in 2010 with a gift from Dorney’s husband, news broadcaster Ted Koppel. The center provides trained staff and workout equipment to help those with chronic heart and lung conditions expand their respiratory func-

tions. The center also offers MedFit, a health and wellness program for individuals who want to lower health risk factors. A TeenFit program and personal trainer are also available at the center. The women’s health and family birthing center at the hospital features five birthing rooms, along with a Jacuzzi room and 12 private single-patient postpartum suites and an anti-partum testing room. The facility offers skilled, high-risk prenatal care with a direct telemedicine link to specialists at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Newborns requiring a neonatal consultation can receive an immediate diagnosis via a second link to Children’s National Medical Center. Health Connections is the community health and education department of MedStar St. Mary’s. Free and low-cost programs are offered in the outpatient pavilion and in the community. Health Connections offers workplace wellness programming and community leadership in health focused coalitions aimed at improving the overall health of the community. Health Connections is also home to an American Diabetes Associationrecognized diabetes self-management education program, where educators provide diabetes education and guidance by one-on-one counseling sessions or in group settings. Individual

medical nutrition counseling is also available. Health Connections is also home to the breast-feeding resource center and parents-to-be classes and support groups. Health Link is a series of programs designed to help individuals manage chronic health conditions. It focuses on several programs, including Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Stroke Survivors, Seven Healthy Habits of People Living with Diabetes, Living Well with Cardiovascular Disease and many other support groups and informational sessions. Classes are listed on the hospital’s website at MedStarStMarys.org and in the hospital’s quarterly Healthy Living magazine. Call 301-475-6019 to register for any offerings. Health care providers are available on the Dr. J. Patrick Jarboe Mobile Health Center five days a week to address the primary care needs of the uninsured and underinsured residents of St. Mary’s. The charge for each patient visit is $15, and some Medicaid insurances are accepted. The van offers basic primary care services such as health checkups, physicals, limited laboratory testing and medication management. To schedule an appointment, call 301-475-6019. MedStar St. Mary’s serves as the lead for one of the state’s first Health Enterprise Zones in greater Lexington Park. The community coalition receives a range of incentives, benefits and grants to address unacceptable and persistent health disparities. The care is supplemented with transportation via a van service along a 16-mile healthcare route, translator services and neighborhood wellness advocates. Call 301-4756019 to learn more. As one of three members of the Chesapeake Potomac Healthcare Alliance, MedStar St. Mary’s also supports the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Cancer Center. This center has offices in Charlotte Hall and Waldorf. In the intensive care center, the hospital also provides Maryland eCare, an electronic monitoring technology that complements local care by utilizing critical care physicians and nurses based at the University of Maryland Medical Center, linked through a monitoring center. MedStar St. Mary’s is located at 25500 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown. For more information, call 301-475-8981. For a physician referral, visit MedStarStMarys.org or call 301475-6088.


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Fire/rescue squads

Volunteers needed to protect lives and property The volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services in St. Mary’s provide fire and ambulance service to the St. Mary’s community day and night for no pay.

Backed up by firefighter Jackie Norris, firefighter Brice Trossbach, both of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, keeps moist a nearby tree at the conclusion of a firetraining exercise in Leonardtown, where the LVFD, Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Valley Lee Volunteer Fire Department participated.

Rescue squads There are six independent rescue squads strategically located throughout St. Mary’s County, and one that is combined with its community’s fire department. In addition, there is a countywide Advanced Life Support Unit that responds to life-threatening emergencies. The rescue squads’ minimum requirements for volunteers include being 16 years of age, in good physical health and of good moral character. Some squads have a cadet program for younger teenagers, beginning at 14 years of age. Trained members include emergency medical technicians, who can perform basic life support measures such as bandaging wounds and per-

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forming cardiopulmonary resuscitation and are certified IV technicians. Emergency medical technicians receive 165 hours of training, followed by the successful completion of written and practical examinations monitored by the state of Maryland. Most rescue squads require members

to become EMTs or First Responders. Training is free of charge to the member. An in-house, pre-basic course and CPR certification are minimum requirements to begin riding as an observer on the ambulances. Some rescue squads that have driver-only status must have minimum CPR

training. Medics come from all walks of life — health care providers, nurses, engineers, pilots and paid medics from other counties who also volunteer. ALS members have to complete 72 hours of continuing education every two years, plus duty requirements and local training, to stay current and certified. The initial training alone takes almost three years before a new member can function as an independent ALS provider. The ALS units run about 5,200 calls a year. With the county’s population expanding, the requests for service from its residents and visitors have also increased. Responding to calls during weekdays has its challenges, as most volunteers have jobs during those hours. Vigorous recruitment efforts are continuing throughout the county. The rescue squads receive a portion of their operating expenses See PROTECT, Page 56

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from the county government through revenues from an emergency medical services tax, and the additional funding needed comes from fundraising and donations.

Fire departments There are seven volunteer fire departments in St. Mary’s, using about 1,000 volunteers within their ranks. In addition to fighting all kinds of fires — including house fires, vehicle fires, chimney fires and commercial building fires — fire department personnel extricate people from car accidents and handle floods, water rescues, hazardous material spills, gas leaks and searches for people. Fire departments also perform other functions, such as standing by at community events, fire prevention activities at schools and open houses throughout the year. To respond on emergency calls, fire departments require new members to be 16 years old, in good physical health and of good moral character. Some fire departments have a cadet program that allows for a teenager to begin training at

14 years of age. All operational members must complete an in-house, pre-basic fire course that covers such topics as the department’s organization and structure, location of small tools on the fire trucks, how to use the Hurst tool “jaws of life,” how to efficiently use the self-contained breathing apparatus and how to follow basic safety precautions on fire scenes. Within the probationary period, which varies from department to department, firefighters must complete the 102-hour Firefighter I course offered by the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, which includes instruction on proper use of hose lines, ropes and knots, search and ventilation. After that, firefighters can take a Firefighter II course, and then a Fire Officer Course that teaches incident command at emergency situations. Firefighters and their command staffs are required to maintain annual recertification as established by current state standards. All training is free of charge to the member. The fire departments receive funding from the county’s fire tax. Fundraising efforts such as breakfasts, dinners, bingos and hall rentals all are important parts of the continuing survival of each fire department in the county.

It is not necessary to be an operational member to serve with one of the county’s fire departments or rescue squads. Administrative membership is important as well, and vital duties include clerical work, maintenance to the buildings, general cleanup and fundraising. To find specific programs in a community, contact any fire department or rescue squad directly. More information on volunteering also is available by sending email to the St. Mary’s emergency services recruiter at emergency.services@stmarysmd.com, or by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 2114.

Colton’s Point Road (Route 242), Avenue, 301-769-2287.

Rescue squad locations

Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville, 301884-4709. Station 22, Therese Circle, Golden Beach, 301-290-0930.

If there is an emergency, do not call the numbers below. Call 911.

Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad

Lawrence Avenue, Leonardtown, 301475-8509. Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad

Old Flora Corner Road, Mechanicsville, 301-884-2900.

Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad

Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, 301862-3331. Substation 38, Buck Hewitt Road, California, 301-863-9118. Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad

Route 235, Ridge, 301-872-5970.

Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad

Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad

Drayden Road, Valley Lee, 301-9940751. Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad

Route 235, Hollywood, 301-373-3131.

Firehouse locations If there is an emergency, do not call the numbers below. Call 911.

Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department

Lawrence Avenue, Leonardtown, 301475-8996. Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department

Bay District Volunteer Fire Department

Company 3 at South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, 301-737-0654. Company 9 at Chancellor’s Run Road in California, 301-863-8790. Ridge Volunteer Fire Department

Route 5, Ridge, 301-872-5571.

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Solid waste

St. Mary’s encourages residents to recycle Landfill, located off of St. Andrew’s Church Road. The charge for dumping at the landfill is $10 per pickup truck or $65 per ton for loads greater than that of a standard pickup truck. Also in effect is a new discounted green waste fee rate of $40 per ton for oversized loads of yard waste. Solid waste originating from commercial activities is not permitted at the convenience centers or the St. Andrew’s Landfill but can be taken to the Appeal Transfer Station located in Calvert County. The St. Andrew’s Landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. In addition, the landfill is closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. To dump solid waste at the convenience centers or the landfill, a vehicle sticker is required. Stickers can be obtained at the previously mentioned

locations at no charge; however, proof of county residency must be provided during application. A sticker is not required when dumping recyclable materials at the convenience centers or landfill. In 2012, St. Mary’s County’s waste diversion rate was 38 percent, including a recycling rate of 34 percent, for a total of 26,974 tons of recycled materials that year. The six convenience centers accept household rubbish and recyclables. The recyclables include single-stream recycling (newspapers, magazines, mixed paper, phone books, old corrugated cardboard, clear, green and brown glass, aluminum, tin, steel and plastics). Textiles, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, electronics, used cooking oil/ grease, fluorescent bulbs and Christmas trees (from Dec. 26 through January) are also accepted at the convenience centers.

The following items will be accepted at the St. Andrew’s Landfill: household rubbish, construction and demolition debris, clean brick, block, concrete and asphalt, yard waste, scrap metal, appliances, old propane cylinders, automotive and rechargeable batteries, scrap tires, large bulky plastic and cardboard/paper products for recycling. Appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers, air conditioning units and heat pumps will be accepted at the landfill free of charge. Additional county-sponsored events such as the household hazardous waste collection event, the Clean Community and Neighborhood Litter programs, the Adopt-a-Road program and the free mulch program are held annually with information on the county’s website. To find out more, call 301-8638400 or visit www.stmarysmd.com.

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Museums

Multiple sites protect, display county’s history St. Mary’s County boasts a rich culture and heritage illustrated in a number of museums — sites that take visitors back to 1634 when the first adventurers stepped ashore, that share the contributions of AfricanAmericans in the early years and, on to more recent decades, that explain the aviation advances performed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Aaron Meisinger plays the part of a judge before court proceedings inside the State House during the Hearth and Home festivities at Historic St. Mary’s City. Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

Drayden African-American Schoolhouse The Drayden African-American Schoolhouse is located on its original site on Cherryfield Road in Drayden. The schoolhouse is a frame building with its foundation resting on tree trunks. Built in 1890, it was in use until 1944. The structure marks the era of segregated schools in St. Mary’s County. Acquired by St. Mary’s County government in 2000, this site is preserved and interpreted within the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. This site is only open with a prearranged tour. To schedule a tour, call the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum site supervisor at 301-994-1471.

Historic St. Mary’s City Situated on the land where Maryland’s colonists established their first permanent community and the state’s first capital, Historic St. Mary’s City is an outdoor living history museum and one of the finest 17th-century archaeology sites in the United States. Costumed interpreters in recreated settings tell the stories of Maryland’s first years. Outdoor exhibits include Town Center, where visitors can tour Smith’s Ordinary and learn to operate a reproduction press at the Print House. The Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation, a working colonial farm where it’s always 1661, features gardens and livestock. At the Woodland Indian Hamlet, visitors discover how Maryland’s native population interacted with English colonists. Sailors’ stories of the tobacco trade and immigration are told across the deck of the Maryland Dove, a replica square-rigged ship. At the St. John’s Site Museum, visitors discover how archaeologists and historians uncover the past. The reconstructed State House of 1676 is a popular venue for

weddings and corporate events. Hands-on activities are offered at most sites. Special events held throughout the year offer visitors opportunities to work alongside professional archaeologists, discover the culture of the American Indians that lived in this area and explore different aspects of the colonial experience in Tidewater Maryland. General admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and free for those five years and younger. Members visit free. Call 240-895-4990 or visit www. hsmcdigshistory.org.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, a member supported museum, is charged with the preservation and presentation of the Navy’s achievements in aviation research, development, testing and evaluation at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The museum also honors the men and women who pioneered naval aviation and the many NASA astronaut graduates of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. The museum is the repository of artifacts, photographs and film, documents and related heritage memora-

bilia from Patuxent River and other naval stations, such as Warminster, Pa., and Trenton, N.J., that have been consolidated at Patuxent River. The museum’s indoor exhibition spaces present a wide range of flight-test related artifacts and content that includes: the A-1 Triad, the Navy’s first aircraft, an unmanned aerial vehicle gallery, a T-45 cockpit that guests can sit in, a jet and propeller engine gallery as well as hundreds of scale and desktop models. The museum hosts a mach combat facility, where visitors can conduct sophisticated computer-simulated flights for a fee. The outdoor exhibits are sponsored by the U.S. Navy and contain aircraft from the Navy’s past, present and future. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is the only museum flightline in the world with both Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft, X-32 and X-35. The museum includes the Flightline Gift Shop, which has aviation-themed gifts and souvenirs. The new Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and Visitors Center project continues to advance, with an anticipated operational date sometime in 2015. The museum is located at 22156 Three Notch Road in Lexington

Park, adjacent to Pax River Gate 1. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Guided tours are available with advance appointment. An admission fee structure is in work, please contact the museum association office at 301-863-1900 or email association@paxmuseum.com.

Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park Located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Piney Point is the Piney Point Lighthouse. Built in 1836, it stands as one of the four remaining lighthouses on the Potomac River. The 35-foot lighthouse was operated for 128 years until it was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1964. During its history, many notable Americans came to the Piney Point area for summer vacations. The museum, destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Isabel in 2003, has been relocated on the north campus area of the site and offers exhibits, visitor services and a See MUSEUMS, Page 61


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Guide to St. Mary’s March 2014 Page 61 apply and include admission to the museum. The museum, which operates under the supervision of the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, first opened in 1975. It offers visitors the story of English persecution and the opportunities the New World would bring. A 13-minute video presentation provides visitors a visual orientation of St. Clement’s Island history and the reconstruction of the Blackistone Lighthouse. Also on the grounds of the museum are a circa-1820, oneroom schoolhouse, a 1919 Potomac River dory boat exhibit, a riverside picnic area and pier facilities for boaters. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible. The St. Clement’s Island Museum is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between March 25 and Sept. 30. Call for winter hours and special holiday exhibit times in December. Admission fee is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6 to 18. Children 5 and younger receive free admission. Adult group and student tours are welcome and available by pre-arrangement. Call 301-769-2222 or visit www.co.saint-marys.md.us/ recreate. Winter hours are January to March 24, when the museum is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

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museum store. The museum exhibits trace the history of the lighthouse and its keepers and offers exhibits depicting the construction and operation of the lighthouse and the role of the U.S. Coast Guard. Another highlight is the story of a German submarine, the U-1105 Black Panther, a “wonder weapon” of World War II discovered to have ingenious stealth characteristics, the first of its kind. The museum also offers a children’s education area and rotating exhibits. Also located on the north campus is the Potomac River Maritime Exhibit that houses the museum’s historic wooden boat collection on permanent loan from the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park also offers picnic and pier facilities with panoramic views of the Potomac River and a natural landscape. Boaters are welcome. Recent site enhancements include new sidewalks, boardwalk and a kayak launch for the recreational visitor. The museum is open daily March 25 through September 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the museum at 301-9941471 or visit www.stmarysmd.com/ recreate/museums for days and times of operation, special event information, holiday exhibit hours, and admission prices. The admission fee includes guided tours of the museum, Potomac River Maritime Exhibit and the lighthouse tower, which is available for climbing. The grounds are open and free to the public daily from sunrise to sunset year round and are handicap accessible. Adult group and student tours are welcome and available by prearrangement. The Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park is operated by the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Sotterley Plantation Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States, with a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century. Many people have called Sotterley home over these many years. Some came here to prosper; others worked the land, either for wages or under bondage.

St. Mary’s County Historical Society Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

Playing the role of a pirate, Kim Cullins urges Shirley Hoot of Tall Timbers (who has the pirate name “Shirley Doesn’t Giveahoot”) to walk the boardwalk to the pirates quarters to spend her gold booty during Pirate Day at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum.

Sotterley today consists of almost 100 acres of breathtaking beauty on the Patuxent River that includes more than six miles of nature trails, colonial revival gardens and more than 20 historic buildings. The plantation house had its beginnings in 1703 and has undergone many changes and additions over time. Sotterley’s only surviving original slave cabin illustrates the life conditions of many St. Mary’s County people from the mid-1800s into the early 20th century. Sotterley offers a wide variety of public programming throughout the year. People are encouraged to consider becoming a member. For the most up-to-date information about Sotterley’s special events and programming schedule, visit www.sotterley.org.

St. Clement’s Island Museum The St. Clement’s Island Museum is located at Colton’s Point and within view of the island where Maryland’s first settlers landed in 1634. The museum focuses on this early colonial history as well as history of life on the Potomac River. St. Clement’s Island is a Maryland state park that offers hiking trails, interpretive panels that describe the natural history, events that took place there and picnic and pier facilities. A replica of the Blackistone Lighthouse sits on the south end of the island and is open for guided tours on occasion during summer months. St. Clement’s Island, located in the Potomac River, is accessible by boat, or the museum’s weekend water-taxi service to the island, June through September, weather permitting. Water-taxi fees

Established in 1951 as a private, nonprofit organization, the St. Mary’s County Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve, research and interpret the history of St. Mary’s County. Housed in Tudor Hall, which was originally erected in the 1760s, the society maintains a research center, archives, bookstore and exhibit areas. The society also provides tours of the home and runs the Old Jail Museum and tourism information center in the old jail, which was originally built in 1858. The museum contains artifacts that typify day-to-day life in St. Mary’s County, including a recreation of Dr. Philip J. Bean’s medical office. Admission to Tudor Hall and the old jail is free, although donations are accepted. Researchers are welcome Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tudor Hall. The old jail is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Group tours are available with prior arrangement. For hours, call 301-475-2467 or visit www.stmaryshistory.org.


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The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks provides a variety of facilities and activities for residents. The department, with headquarters at the St. Mary’s County Patuxent Building in Leonardtown, develops and maintains the local park system, consisting of more than 1,700 acres of open space dedicated to public use. This includes 20 parks, 15 public landings, various athletic facility sites, the Wicomico Shores Golf Course and its clubhouse featuring The Riverview restaurant, the St. Clement’s Island Museum and the Piney Point Museum and Park. The Three Notch Trail for hiking and biking is built in Charlotte Hall and in Laurel Grove to Mechanicsville, for a length of six miles. Five miles of the trail through Mechanicsville should be under construction later this year. The department also manages a historic shipwreck preserve in Piney Point, the African-American schoolhouse in Drayden, the Leonard Hall, Margaret Brent, Hollywood and Carver recreation centers, gymnastics center, skate park and sprayground at Nicolet Park and the Great Mills Swimming Pool. The pool is covered in cold weather with an airinflated “bubble” for year-round use. Program offerings at the pool include open swim times, lessons, swim team use, water aerobics, party rentals, senior swimming and therapeutic recreation. Call the pool at 301-866-6560. More than 100 youth and adult programs are offered in the county, encompassing a range of educational, therapeutic, leisure and sports activities. The department also operates before- and after-school programs, summer day camps and sports camps. For more about facilities, programs and registration, call 301-4754200, ext. 1800.

Picnic pavilions There are eight picnic pavilions available for rental in county parks. Each pavilion accommodates about 100 people, with additional picnic tables nearby for larger groups, with the exception of the pavilions

at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove, Dorsey Park 2, Nicolet Park and Chancellor’s Run Regional Park, which each accommodate about 60. Reservations are required to ensure exclusive use for a group and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a pavilion with a credit card, call on weekdays at 301475-4200, ext. 1800. Pavilions are available at the following parks: John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove on Route 235 south of Mechanicsville has ballfields, a playground, trails, tennis and basketball courts and restrooms; Fifth District Park on Route 6 in New Market has ballfields, a hiking trail, tennis and basketball courts, horseshoe pits and restrooms; Dorsey Park on Route 245 in Hollywood contains the same amenities as Fifth District, with a playground. Dorsey Park now has two pavilions for rental. Cecil Park on St. George’s Church Road in Valley Lee has ballfields, a playground, tennis courts, horseshoe pits and restrooms; and Elms Beach on Bay Forest Road south of Lexington Park offers a view of the Chesapeake Bay, a saltwater pond, playground, hiking trails and portable toilets. Also, a pavilion at Nicolet Park is available for rental; Nicolet Park includes a ballfield, basketball court, playground, restrooms and a skate park and water sprayground. A pavilion was added at Chancellor’s Run Park, which also has ballfields, a new playground, tennis and basketball courts and restrooms. Rental fee is $150 for large pavilions (5th District, Dorsey 1, Elms, Cecil), and $100 for small (Nicolet, Dorsey 2, Chancellor’s Run and Baggett). A mandatory park attendant staffing fee for groups of more than 150 is $10 per number of event hours. An alcohol consumption permit is $100, but is not available for Nicolet Park, Elms Beach Park, Chancellor’s Run. Fees will be returned if a reservation is canceled in writing at least two weeks before the event. Inclement weather is not a reason for refund. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance. See COUNTY, Page 64


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Rules to know Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in county parks without a permit. Violators are subject to a fine and expulsion from the park. This permit must be in applicant’s possession at the park. Park use is at your own risk. No staff or lifeguards are on duty at waterfront areas and medical insurance is not provided. Parks close at sunset unless special permission is granted in writing by the recreation and parks department. Open campfires are not allowed. Grills are available at some parks. Organized youth and adult leagues have priority for ballfields. If you anticipate using a ballfield, obtain a field permit.

Boat landings St. Mary’s County’s Department of Recreation and Parks maintains a number of public waterfront landings in the county. Eight of these locations have boat ramps and another seven have no motorized boat launching

Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

facilities; some are suitable for canoe/ kayak launching. The department’s rules and regulations apply to all the facilities. All landings are closed between sunset and sunrise with the exception of loading and unloading boats. Call 301-475-4200, ext. 1800 Also: • Ramps, parked vehicles, bulkhead and pier access are not to be blocked; • No overnight parking, camping, night fishing or open fires allowed; • Posted “No Fishing or Crabbing” signs are to be obeyed; • Boats and equipment are not to be left at the landings; • Do not leave residential trash in trash cans at the landings;

• No alcohol consumption is allowed at the landings; • Glass bottles and containers are prohibited; • No littering allowed.

Locations with boat ramps Abell’s Wharf, off Route 244, Leonardtown, has a boat ramp, pier and ample parking; Bushwood Wharf, end of Route 239, Bushwood, has a boat ramp, a pier and ample parking; Chaptico Wharf, Chaptico Wharf Road, Maddox, has a boat ramp, a pier and ample parking; Clarke’s Landing, Clarke’s Landing Road, Hollywood, has a boat ramp and

minimal parking; Forest Landing, Forest Landing Road, Hollywood, has a boat ramp, a pier and ample parking; Piney Point Landing, Route 5 to Route 249, just before the St. George Island Bridge, Piney Point, has a boat ramp, a pier and ample parking; St. Inigoes Landing, at the end of Beachville Road, St. Inigoes, has a boat ramp, a pier and ample parking; and Wicomico Shores Landing, off Route 234 in Chaptico, has a boat ramp, a pier, small playground and parking.

Parks with water access Elms Beach Park, off Route 235 and Bay Forest Road, Dameron; and Myrtle Point Park, off Route 4 and Patuxent Boulevard, California have beach access. Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Park, off Route 249 and Lighthouse Road, Piney Point has a public pier and no beach access. Elms and Myrtle Point waterfront parks have entrance fees on weekends and holidays; daily pass is $5 for county residents and $10 for out-of-county visitors; see the R&P website for more information on entrance fees. For more on parks, facilities or programs, see www.stmarysmd.com/recreate or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1800 or 1801.

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David Strickland, a runner from Great Mills High School, rounds a corner on his way to be the first to finish from St. Mary’s County during a boys Class 4A East Region cross country championship meet, which was held at Chaptico Park.


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State parks

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Greenwell State Park Greenwell is a 600-acre day-use park on the Patuxent River with 15 miles of hiking, cycling and equestrian trails, all marked with degrees of difficulty. The park offers year-round fishing from the pier or from the park’s revetment wall. A state sportfishing license is required for anyone 16 or older. Park guests can launch their own canoes and kayaks from a launch dock and can swim in the beach area; no lifeguards are posted. Visitors are welcome to picnic on the grounds. A pavilion is available for large groups, by reservation. A small primitive camping area at the park is now available for use, but the site can only be reached by water. On the grounds is the Francis Knott Lodge, which can sleep up to 24 people with advance reservations. The Rosedale Manor House, rose gardens and lawn can be reserved for events. Greenwell’s programs include recreational and therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults, kayak lessons, veterans’ programs and inclusive summer camps. Call the Greenwell Foundation at 301-3739775 or visit www.greenwellfoundation.org. There is a park service charge of $3 per vehicle collected by the Greenwell Foundation. Greenwell State Park is located on Rosedale Manor Lane in Hollywood.

Point Lookout State Park Camping, fishing, swimming, boating and hiking are available to visitors to Point Lookout State Park,

located on the point of land where the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River meet at the southern end of Route 5. During the Civil War, Point Lookout was used by the federal government as a prisoner of war camp for captured Confederate troops. The Point Lookout Civil War Museum and Marshland Nature Center at Point Lookout is operated seasonally. The Point Lookout campground has 143 wooded sites, including 26 with full hook-up and 27 with electricity at the site. There is also an area for youth group camping, available by reservation, and five fourperson camping cabins available for overnight stays. There is a pavilion available by reservation for groups up to 100 near the park beach. Reservations for camping, cabins and the pavilion can be made by calling 888-432-CAMP or by email to reservations@dnr.state.md.us. Visitors can swim in the Potomac River at the park’s designated swimming beach. The beach area also has grills, picnic benches, a playground and restroom/shower facilities. There are three fishing areas in the park, including a 710-foot pier that juts into the Chesapeake Bay. A valid Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing License and appropriate stamps are required. Two hundred acres of Point Lookout have been set aside for deer hunting, open in all seasons except early muzzleloader, with a valid license. Boaters can use the park’s boatlaunching facility or rent a boat for the day. Supplies, including bait and tackle, are available at the camp store seasonally. Boat rentals are also seasonal. Day use is $3 per vehicle with Maryland tags, $5 per vehicle for outof-state residents. May through September on weekends and holidays, the contact station will be manned and fees are $5 per person for state residents, $7 per person for out-ofstate visitors. Fees for night fishing or boat launch are $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents, $5 for out-ofstate residents. All-season passes are available for purchase. See STATE, Page 66

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There’s something for everyone looking to enjoy the outdoors with several state parks in St. Mary’s County. They include Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, St. Clement’s Island State Park in Colton’s Point, St. Mary’s River State Park north of Great Mills and Newtowne Neck State Park in Compton. For information about state parks in St. Mary’s, call 301-872-5688 or visit dnr. maryland.gov/publiclands/southern_maryland.asp.


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St. Clement’s Island State Park The place where Maryland’s first settlers stopped before eventually establishing a community in St. Mary’s City, St. Clement’s Island is now a historic landmark in the county. On the island is a memorial cross, dedicated to the memory of Maryland’s first settlers, and the recreated Blackistone Lighthouse. Accessible only by boat, visitors to St. Clement’s Island can enjoy hiking, picnicking, fishing and rabbit hunting in the 40-acre, day-use park. Boats tours to the island are offered on a weekend schedule by the St. Clement’s Island Museum, located in Colton’s Point. The tour boat is also available for private charter trips and visitors can also visit the island in private vessels. For additional information about the museum or its programs, call 301769-2222.

Staff photo by REID SILVERMAN

Kelly Smith of Hollywood cheers on her horse, Nick of Time, after successfully going the noodle ring during a “bomb-proofing” session as the local chapter of the Old Peoples Riding Club held a retreat at Greenwell State Park.

St. Mary’s River State Park Located at the northern end of the St. Mary’s River watershed, the park is divided into two areas. In Site 1 is the 250-acre St. Mary’s Lake, a popular freshwater fishing

spot. Several species of fish can be found in the lake, including largemouth bass, chain pickerel, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. The lake has been designated a trophy bass lake and as such, special fishing regulations may be in effect. Site 1 has a

boat launch, but only electric motors are permitted for powered boats on the lake. St. Mary’s Lake is also ideal for flat-water canoeing and kayaking. A 7.5-mile hiking/biking trail circles the lake. Site 1 also has a modern comfort station, picnic tables, a playground and a large gravel parking lot. There is a $3 per vehicle day-use charge for Maryland residents, $5 per vehicle for out-of-state residents. Site 2 is approximately 2,200 acres and is largely undeveloped. It is a wildlands area and managed hunting area. Small game, such as rabbit and squirrel, along with white-tailed deer can be found here. In-season hunting with a firearm is permitted, as well as bow hunting during deer archery season. St. Mary’s River State Park is located at the end of Camp Cosoma Road off Route 5 north of Callaway.

Newtowne Neck State Park Due to the discovery of World War II-era ordnance in early 2012, the park has been temporarily closed until the area is deemed safe for public use. Visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/ southern/newtowne.asp for more information.

Chamber of commerce

Chamber promotes county’s business concerns The St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, “where business and community meet,” is a nonprofit association of businesses and has been dedicated to community progress for 40 years. The chamber’s membership represents a diverse cross section of businesses, organizations and industries in St. Mary’s County and the entire Southern Maryland region, including more than 25,000 employees. Since 1974, the chamber has supported education, promoted tourism and worked to bring new jobs to the county. It is often the first point of contact for visitors and persons relocating to the county as well as a continuing resource for existing businesses and residents. The St. Mary’s County Welcome Center, located at 37575 Charlotte Hall School Road in Charlotte Hall, is managed by the chamber through a contract with the St. Mary’s County government. The chamber speaks for its members as new legislation is proposed and implemented. It takes an active stance in local affairs, helping its members meet the challenges of

To learn more The chamber’s offices are located at the Captain Walter Francis Duke Terminal of the St. Mary’s County Airport, 44200 Airport Road, Suite B, in California. For more information, call 301-737-3001. The St. Mary’s satellite office of Maryland’s Southern Region Small Business & Technology Development Center is located at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown. For an appointment with a counselor, call 301-934-7583 or 301-475-4200, ext. 1687. The center offers free counseling and fee-based courses and seminars for residents wanting to start their own small business or improve it, including help with business plans, financing, certification, legal and management issues, contracting and accounting.

doing business in the county. The chamber also seeks communitybased solutions to address issues like infrastructure, economic development, workforce housing and preservation of the rural landscape through the use of transferable development rights. The chamber works with agencies such as Maryland’s Southern Region Small Business & Technology Development Center, Community Development Corporation, the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland

and Southern Maryland JobSource (the regional workforce investment board.) The chamber sponsors many events throughout the year. The Business Showcase, which provides local businesses with an opportunity to promote their goods and services in a professional setting, is held each May and a Chamber Golf Outing is held annually as well. A Taste of St. Mary’s, which lets visitors to Leonardtown sample local restaurant fare, is held each September. An

annual meeting with Southern Maryland legislators provides an opportunity to update chamber members on proposed legislation. Monthly business after-hours events are informal evenings for members to meet and greet each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The chamber also supports programs such as the Business, Education and Community Alliance. The chamber’s ambassadors committee arranges ribbon cuttings for new businesses in the county, as well as for relocations of existing businesses, changes in ownership or other significant happenings in the life of a business. Training and education opportunities through seminars and information forums are offered to members by the chamber, which provides assistance in addressing current business and community issues. Calls and emails requesting information for local products and services are received by the chamber on a frequent basis, and these inquiries are referred to chamber member businesses who meet those needs.


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