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Coal Plants In Maryland, Pennsylvania And Ohio To Shut Down

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The owner of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio says that it will shut them down.
 
Houston-based GenOn Holdings LLC said Thursday that it will shut down a generating unit at both Avon Lake station on Lake Erie near Cleveland and Cheswick station on the Allegheny River outside Pittsburgh by Sept. 15.
 
It says it will shut down two generating units at the much larger Morgantown station on Maryland’s Cobb Neck peninsula by next June 1.
 
Coal has fallen out of favor in the climate change era and it’s been buffeted by a flood of cheaper natural gas from shale formations.

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Identities Needed for Assault Suspects

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of three individuals in an assault investigation. On Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 7:32 pm, the suspects assaulted the victim inside the Patuxent River Inn in Lexington Park, stole the victim’s red Apple iPhone 11 and air pods and assaulted the victim’s 13-year-old child with a Taser. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic female armed with a Taser. Suspect #2 was described as a black male wearing a black jacket and a purple skull cap. Suspect #3 was described as a white female with red-dyed hair and wearing all-black clothing.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identities of the suspects or this incident is asked to call Deputy Casey Hill at 301-475-4200, ext. 78112 or email casey.hill@stmarysmd.com. Case # 28525-21
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Striping of Parking Spaces to Take Place at Convenience Centers and Landfill

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Public Works and Transportation will have contractors working to restripe parking spaces at the convenience centers and at the St. Andrews Landfill Wednesday, June 23, 2021. In the event of inclement weather, the work will take place Thursday, June 24. The painting should last approximately one hour per site.
 
Contractors will perform striping at locations in the following order and at the approximate times listed:
 
     St. Andrews Landfill – work tentatively set to begin at 6 a.m.
 
     St. Andrews Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 7 a.m.
 
     Charlotte Hall   Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 8 a.m.
 
     Oakville Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 9 a.m.
 
     Clements Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 10 a.m.
 
     Valley Lee Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at 11 a.m.
 
     Ridge Convenience Center – work tentatively set to begin at noon.
 
While there will be attendants on-site to help, it is recommended to call 301-475-4200, ext. 3550, for an update on operations before heading to the landfill or any convenience centers Wednesday, June 23.
 
We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

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Calvert County Board of County Commissioners Approves FY 2022 Budget

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved a $328 million fiscal year (FY) 2022 general fund operating budget. FY 2022 begins July 1, 2021.
 
The general fund budget for FY 2022 is a balanced budget with a $31,076 surplus. The budget reflects an increase of approximately $9.4 million compared to the FY 2021 adopted general fund budget of $319 million. The increase is primarily due to income tax revenue. FY 2021 included the expected peak revenues of the county’s payment in lieu of tax, or PILOT, agreement with Dominion Energy Cove Point; FY 2022 reflects a $550,000 decrease.
 
“This budget reflects continued investment in programs and services that provide a high quality of life for our citizens,” said BOCC President Earl F. “Buddy” Hance. “Despite concerns over the impact of the pandemic, Calvert County remains on sound financial footing. This budget takes steps to address fiscal and operational sustainability to keep us in a strong financial position, while supporting access to educational, recreational and other life-enriching opportunities for all citizens.”
 
The budget includes nearly $135 million in funding to Calvert County Public Schools, which makes up 41% of the general fund operating budget and 28% of the six-year capital projects budget. The current funding is $2.3 million more than the state required maintenance of effort amount.
 
The FY 2022 operating budget also includes:
 
·         A $0.005 reduction to the property tax rate, from $0.932 to $0.927 per $100 of assessed value.
 
·         A step increase, or salary increase, for county employees.
 
·         An Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) contribution of $7.3 million, the full Actuarial Determined Contribution (ADC), has been provided for in this budget. As the county continues to make significant progress funding this $243 million liability for the public schools and government employees, the annual ADC has been reduced by two-thirds over OPEB’s funding history.
 
·         $6 million is provided to the Highway Maintenance Division to fund the road paving program.
 
·         $10.6 million will be transferred to the Capital Projects Fund.
 
The FY 2022 budget continues to address public safety as a priority. Of 46.6 total positions, 31.55 new positions will be added to support Career Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Communications, the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center, and the State’s Attorney’s office.
 
The six-year, $368 million Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) lays out the county’s capital program for FY 2022-2027. School construction and renovation account for the largest category, totaling $102 million, with significant resources going toward Beach Elementary School, Northern Middle School and Northern High School. Public Works Enterprise Funds is the next largest category of the CIP budget, totaling $75 million.
 
Residents are encouraged to review the approved budget online. For more information about the FY 2022 budget, contact the Calvert County Department of Finance & Budget at 410-525-1600.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

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Emergency Broadband Benefits Program Online Enrollment

LEONARDTOWN, MD – A $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program has been launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. The program also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
 
More than 2.3 million households in the United States have enrolled, including more than 46,000 households in Maryland. St. Mary's County residents can enroll in the program by choosing their internet service provider on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers web page located at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-providers#Maryland. Approved Cable Franchise providers operating within St. Mary's County include: Atlantic Broadband and Comcast.
 
Additionally, online applications can be filed at GetEmergencyBroadband.org . Or, by telephone, call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center P.O. Box 7081 London, KY 40742
 
For additional information on St. Mary's County Broadband efforts, visit the county website www.stmarysmd.combroadband.

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Missing Person-Austin Wade George

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts of Austin Wade George, age 22 of Leonardtown. George is a white male, 5’11” with brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 180 pounds.
 
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Austin Wade George is asked to contact Detective Trevor Teague at (301) 475-4200 extension 78128 or by email at Trevor.Teague@stmarysmd.com. For immediate assistance contact the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008.
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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St. Mary's Transit System Summer Pricing Special

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) is running a summer special on Monthly Transit Passes. During June, July and August monthly passes will cost $20 instead of $40 and can be used in an unlimited capacity for the month of purchase.
 
Monthly passes can be purchased directly from drivers on buses or at the STS office located at 44829 St. Andrews Church Rd in California.
 
These special rate passes are good from the first of a month until the last day of the month and are good for all fixed-route transportation, excluding paratransit. John Deatrick, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, said, “This is an excellent opportunity for riders to make use of STS buses this summer. It’s good for our roads, it’s good for our environment, and it’s good for our community.”
 
For more information, please contact the STS Dispatch Office, Monday-Saturday from 5:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at 301-475-4200, ext. 1120.

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CCPS Offering Parent Support Over The Summer

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is providing a parent/guardian support clinic to families this summer. Starting June 21, parents of children enrolled in CCPS can make an appointment for a one-hour consultation to discuss the social, emotional and behavioral needs of their child.  

 

Consultations will be virtual with a CCPS school psychologist, school counselor, and/or a pupil personnel worker. In-person meetings will be offered on a limited basis.  

 

Appointments will be scheduled between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, from June 21 through Aug. 13. To make an appointment, call 301-392-7507 or email Beila Lugo, CCPS mental health coordinator, at blugo@ccboe.com.  

 

The clinic is supported by staff in the CCPS student services department. The goal of the clinic is to provide additional resources to families as the community continues to transition from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

Additional supports may be offered to families after the consultation. Services are limited to situations for children that have an educational focus, such as concerns with school attendance, behavior during virtual learning, lack of social interactions with peers, etc. Parents with questions should contact Beila Lugo at blugo@ccboe.com.  

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Calvert County Sheriff's Office Incident Report

During the week of May 31 – June 6, deputies of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1,494 calls for service throughout the community.
 
Damaged Property: 21-29455
On June 1, 2021, Deputy Buckler responded to the area of the CVS in Dunkirk, MD for a report of damaged property. The complainant advised an unknown suspect stabbed his tire with a knife while the vehicle was parked in a parking spot outside the Market Place Wine and Spirits located at 10294 Southern Maryland Blvd. Deputy Buckler observed a large gash on the side wall of the tire and was able to retrieve the knife. The estimated damaged property is $120.
 
Theft: 21-30475
 
On June 6, 2021, Deputy Boerum responded to the 12600 block of Catalina Drive in Lusby, MD for a theft from vehicle complaint. The complainant advised sometime between 9 p.m. on June 5th and 8 a.m. on June 6th, unknown suspects entered her unlocked vehicle parked in her driveway and stole her debit card. The estimated value of stolen property is unknown at this time. 
Theft: 21-29434
 
On June 1, 2021, Deputy Contic responded to report of a theft at a business located in the 200 block of Bugeye Square in Prince Frederick, MD. The complainant advised unknown suspects had cut a hole in the fencing and stole construction material. The estimated value of stolen property is $1000.00.
 
 
Theft: 21-29786
 
On June 3, 2021, Deputy Mitchell responded to the 400 block of Gunsmoke Trail in Lusby, MD for report of a theft. The complainant advised unknown suspects stole his handicap placard from his unlocked vehicle. The value of stolen property is unknown at this time.
 
Theft: 21-29544
 
On June 2, 2021, Deputy Wilson responded to the 5200 block of Cutter Ct. in Prince Frederick, MD for the report of a theft. The complainant advised unknown suspect(s) had cut the catalytic converter to one of his work trucks. The estimated value of stolen/damaged property is $500.00.
 
Theft: 21-29163
 
On May 31, 2021, Deputy Aley responded to 13800 block of HG Trueman Road in Solomons, MD to assist with a traffic stop. While one scene, Deputy Aley observed a piece of paper on the back of a vehicle stating the tag was stolen. The victim advised his Michigan registration plate was stolen sometime between May 6 and May 7. The estimated value of stolen property is $100.00.
 
ARRESTS
 
On June 5, 2021, Deputy Anderson conducted a traffic stop in the area SB Rt. 4 and HG Trueman Road in Lusby, MD for a vehicle travelling 88 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. While making contact with the driver, David Hassan Peyton, 33 of Washington D.C., Deputy Anderson noticed a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle and observed a bag of marijuana in plain view. A search of the vehicle revealed numerous small packages of marijuana and a large package of Molly (MDMA). A search of Peyton’s person revealed several Suboxone strips for which Peyton did not have a prescription for. Peyton was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with two counts of CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana and CDS: Possession of Marijuana 10GM+.
 
On June 6, 2021, Deputy T. Buckler was dispatched to a traffic complaint for a possible intoxicated driver. Deputy Buckler located the mentioned vehicle and conducted a traffic stop along Rt. 4 in the area of Cove Point Road in Lusby, MD. Upon making contact with the driver, Kelley Ann Bowles, 31 of Lexington Park, MD, empty ‘airplane’ bottles of liquor were observed in the passenger seat. A search of the vehicle revealed a Ziploc bag with 4 green/white capsules of Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride (a schedule IV controlled substance). Bowles was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where she was charged with CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana, Driving/Attempting to Drive Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol, Negligent Driving and other traffic related offenses. 
 
On June 3, 2021, Cpl. Norton was traveling on Prince Frederick Boulevard at Market Square Drive in Prince Frederick, MD and observed a subject was urinating by the roadway. The subject, John Bartholomew Noone, 58 of no fixed address, was in plain view of the public passing by on Prince Frederick Blvd. Noone was detained for indecent exposure. A search of Noone was conducted and a grinder with suspected marijuana was located. Cpl. Norton advised Noone he had a criminal summons issued against him for failure to comply with a peace order and Noone attempted to flee. Noone was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center and charged with Indecent Exposure, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Intoxication.
 
On June 2, 2021, Deputy Huy responded to the area of Hallowing Point Rd and Prince Frederick Blvd. in Prince Frederick, MD for a report of a stolen vehicle. Wentworth Nursery in St. Mary’s County advised one of their company trucks with GPS on it was being driven in Calvert County. The vehicle lookout was for a white Ford-F450 with the Wentworth Nursery written on both doors, towing a trailer. The vehicle was valued at $40,000 and the trailer was valued at $6,000.00. Deputy Huy located the vehicle in the Prince Frederick area and a traffic stop was conducted. The driver, Donald Earl Walker, 33 of Prince Frederick, MD was transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft: $25,000 to Under $100,000.00 and Motor Vehicle Theft. 

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Maryland State Police Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Calvert County

(Prince Frederick, Maryland) – Maryland State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash
that occurred early this morning in Calvert County.
At about 1:20 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack
responded to a report of a motorcycle crash on Hallowing Point Road in the area of Jibsail Drive.
According to a preliminary investigation, Francis Paul Jenifer Jr., 34, of Prince Frederick, was
operating a 2001 Suzuki GSXR Motorcycle that traveled off the roadway and struck a guardrail.
Jenifer was pronounced deceased on the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed or who has information regarding this collision is asked to
contact the Prince Frederick Barrack Duty Officer at (410) 535-1400. This investigation is being
continued by Trooper First Class Rutkowski.

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June 8th Charles County Commissioners Meeting Update

On Tuesday, June 8, County Administrator Mark Belton and the County Attorney’s Office staff provided the Board of County Commissioners with a presentation on Charles County Community Drainage and Stormwater Management. The County Commissioners approved the County Community Drainage and Stormwater Management Program and directed staff to present a recommendation regarding the development of a residential subdivision prioritization list, with consideration given to requesting the Resilience Authority of Charles County as the contracting entity.

 

County Administrator Mark Belton and Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services Director Jenifer Ellin provided an update on the American Rescue Plan Act proposed spending plan. The county plans to allocate more than $11.2 million towards stormwater management; more than $11.2 million to broadband; $2 million towards grants to businesses; $2 million for training and business outreach; $540,000 to non-profit grants including administrative fees; $298,500 for a new county ambulance; $424,500 towards radios for fire service; and $4 million for reclaimed water filtration upgrades to improve reliability and reduce draw down from aquifer.

 

Open Session Briefings  

 

Charles County Health Officer Dr. Dianna E. Abney provided an update on COVID-19 in Charles County. There are a variety of vaccination clinics in the community, which include mobile pop-up clinics, the College of Southern Maryland, Bryans Road Shopping Center, schools, congregate living facilities, churches, and vaccines for the homebound. Residents can make their own vaccination appointments and walk-ins are accepted. Appointments are available for those 12 and older who would like to receive the Pfizer vaccine through the Department of Health. For a list of county vaccination clinics, visit the Department of Health’s website. For a list of pharmacies and other vaccination clinics available, visit the State of Maryland’s website. Masks are still required in Charles County indoors at schools, on public transportation, and in health care settings. The University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center provided an update on the hospital COVID-19 statistics and operations. Chief of Media Services Jennifer Harris provided an update on the county’s communications efforts, which are focused on informing residents about the upcoming COVID-19 vaccinations and answers to their frequently asked questions. Charles County Public Schools Director of School Safety and Security Jason Stoddard provided an update, which included 2021 graduations, school COVID-19 statistics, and June 15 as the last day of school.
Planning Director James Campbell and Planner III Amy Blessinger provided an update on the Waldorf Urban Redevelopment Corridor zoning revisions. Proposed revisions include revising transitional provisions section to include additional transitional provisions, mostly for existing nonconforming uses and buildings and creating a new Transitional Period, which would end 5 years from time of adoption of additional transitional provisions. County Commissioners provided consensus on staff moving forward.
 

Approval Items

Commissioners also approved:

A fiscal 2021 budget amendment increase of $131,500 to account for expenses greater than usual due to late tax payments.
A fiscal 2021 budget amendment increase of $50,000 to cover the current overrun and fund the Central Services Bank Expenses account to year end estimate.
A fiscal 2021 contingency transfer request of $66,500 to reimburse the General Fund for cost to run fiber optics to the Cobb Island VFD, from Benedict VFD to Animal Shelter, and to reimburse the Capital Project Fund to replace fiber cables at the Detention Center.
A budget amendment increase of $492,380 to cover overages in the Storm Event budget. 
A Sheriff’s Office request to apply to the COPS Hiring Program grant and if grant application is approved, that Commissioners commit to approving four new pins for the agency and providing county General Fund match funds to support the grant.
A petition from the College of Southern Maryland for the Maryland Higher Education Grant, which the Department of General Services would encumber State funds in the amount of $1,629,000 for design and the first portion of construction of the HT Renovation to Student Resource Center project, as authorized by the 2021 Maryland General Assembly.
Appointing Commissioner Thomasina O. Coates, M.S. (District 2) to the College of Southern Maryland Mediation Center Local Advisory Council.
Discussion

County Commissioners, County Attorney’s Office, and the County Board of Elections discussed Maryland State House Bill 655 on district voting. Associate County Attorney II Danielle Mitchell explained that Bill 655 did not pass in the Senate, but could be reconsidered in the 2022 General Assembly. County Commissioners requested Mitchell to provide the available options moving forward to garner input from the public on possible amendments to the county code that address Commissioner elections.

 

Employee Recognitions

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Public Hearing

County Commissioners also provided a public hearing for Bill 2021-02 Zoning Text Amendment 19-154 Single Family Attached Residential and Multi-Family. The County Commissioners left the record open until July 2, 2021.

 

Following this hearing, there was a public hearing for Zoning Map Amendment 20-01 Wintergreen, Rural Conservation to Commercial Village.  The County Commissioners left the record open until July 23, 2021.

 

Next Commissioners Session: June 22, 2021 (held virtually) 

 

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258. 

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Commissioners Authorize County Staff To Begin the Process of Accepting Responsibility for Repair and Maintenance Of Residential Subdivision Stormwater Management Systems

On Tuesday, June 8, the Charles County Board of Commissioners approved a policy that authorizes Charles County Government to gradually begin maintaining privately-owned stormwater management. The county has identified approximately 100 neighborhoods where the stormwater management systems are privately owned. County staff will prioritize these neighborhoods based on urgency of need, available funding, the potential for dual benefits, and to ensure equity throughout the county.
 
“Residential Stormwater Management is one of the most pressing issues that Charles County faces in the long-term, as the infrastructure is aging and there is a lack of maintenance by some private entities such as HOAs,” said County Administrator Mark Belton. “It is an accelerating concern as well because of the more frequent and intense storms events we are realizing due to climate change. This necessitated the county becoming proactive to directly address adaptation issues for pollution abatement, emergency services, health, and other vital community imperatives.”
 
In order for Charles County Government to take responsibility to repair and maintain residential subdivision stormwater drainage systems, property owners would donate the necessary easements to the county. This would ensure both compliance with the Charles County Storm Drainage Ordinance and the willingness of impacted property owners to participate.
 
Belton also presented a spending plan for federal funding that the county received from the American Rescue Plan. The plan includes an allocation of $11.2 million to jumpstart this program. Other potential funding sources include the county’s watershed protection and restoration fund; federal, state, and private grants; annual budget surpluses; potentially the American Jobs Plan Act; and Congressional earmarks.
 
Belton concluded by stating, “This proposal provides a win-win solution for the community. It’s a fiscally responsible approach for taxpayers and provides a sustainable solution for those who are affected by the impacts of aging, privately-owned stormwater management systems.”

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Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine At The 2021 Juneteenth Festival

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 9, 2021) – The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will be offering free COVID-19 vaccinations at the 2021 Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at John G. Lancaster Park, located at 21550 Willows Rd in Lexington Park. 
 
Pfizer vaccine will be available at this event for anyone age 12 and older (parental consent required for those under age 18). Walk-ups are welcome, as supply allows. Advance registration, while not required, is available online at smchd.org/covid-19-vaccine or by calling SMCHD at (301) 475-4330. Appointments for 2nd doses will be scheduled onsite. 
 
“On June 19th, as we are celebrating the end of one America’s darkest periods, tell your friends and family members to come out and get vaccinated. They can just walk up or preregister. Let’s all work together and make St Mary’s County one of the safest counties in the state,” said Michael Brown, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions President.
 
“I urge all people of color, especially our youth, to monitor the disparities facing our communities and join with UCAC and our community partners in setting the course to elimination of all disparities,” said Nathaniel Scroggins, Minority Outreach Director. “We must all remember the words of Martin Luther King Jr.; ‘If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.’” 
 
“How appropriate that on this historic day, as we commemorate the emancipation of those who had been enslaved, we advance our work to address health equity and the racial/ethnic disparities we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. 
 
Learn more about the 2021 Juneteenth Festival at ucaconline.org/juneteenth.html.
 
Would you like to offer COVID-19 vaccine at your event? The St. Mary’s County Health Department is scheduling vaccine clinics for local events, businesses, faith-based organizations and other groups! Contact SMCHD at (301) 475-4330 for more information. 

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Charles County Resident Claims $40,000 VaxCash Prize

(Baltimore) – The Maryland Lottery has awarded a $40,000 prize in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion to Charles County resident Tabatha Duckett, who visited Lottery Headquarters on June 8 to claim her prize.
 
Duckett, the winner in the June 6 drawing, explained that after her initial surprise she was happy to have won a prize just for getting her COVID-19 vaccine. The 54-year-old school custodian said she was unaware of the Vax Cash Promotion until she received a phone call from the Maryland Department of Health while cleaning the administrative offices at La Plata High School.
 
"I don’t even play the Lottery, so this was a huge surprise,” said Duckett.
 
But the $40,000 incentive wasn’t the reason Duckett signed up to get her COVID-19 vaccination back in March. Throughout the pandemic she and her fellow custodians have kept the school and administrative offices functioning. With the return to in-person education, the school is now bustling with activity.
 
“Throughout it all we were sanitizing areas, and taking care of the folks that would be in the school, so the virus was always on our minds,” said Duckett.
 
Those fears hit even closer to home when her husband contracted COVID-19 earlier this year and rode out severe symptoms at home.
 
“I didn’t want to get sick, and I wanted to protect my grandkids, my mother and my sisters too,” Duckett said, adding that she plans to use a portion of the prize with family.
 
The VaxCash Promotion, announced by Governor Larry Hogan on May 20, is a collaboration of the Maryland Lottery and the Maryland Department of Health, aimed at incentivizing Marylanders who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccinations while rewarding those who have. All Maryland residents 18 and older who have received a COVID-19 shot at a non-Federal facility in Maryland at any time are automatically entered into daily drawings being held from May 25 through July 4.
 
Each day through July 3, one winner will receive a $40,000 prize, and the promotion culminates on the Fourth of July when one winner will receive a $400,000 prize.
 
Since its inception in 1973, Maryland Lottery and Gaming has awarded more than $28.2 billion in prizes to Lottery players and more than $17.3 billion in Lottery revenue to the State of Maryland. One of Maryland’s largest revenue sources, the Lottery supports important state programs and services including education, public safety and health, human resources and the environment. For more information, go to mdlottery.com. Please remember to play responsibly and within your budget. For confidential help or information about gambling problems, visit mdgamblinghelp.org or call 1-800-426-2537.

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Department of Recreation and Parks to Host Job Fair at Wellness and Aquatics Center at the College of Southern Maryland's Leonardtown Campus

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Recreation and Parks will host a Job Fair at the Wellness and Aquatics Center at the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus. The community is invited to attend and gain insight on programs and apply to join the Recreation and Parks team.
 
The Job Fair will take place Tuesday, July 6, and Thursday, July 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Aquatics Center.  Qualified fitness and therapeutic program instructors, lifeguards and facility managers are encouraged to attend. County staff will be available to provide resources for applicants, answer questions, and provide facility tours. Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of resumes, qualifications and certifications.
 
The Department of Recreation continues to work with the College leadership to develop a proposed Wellness Center lease agreement for approval. Discussions regarding the feasibility of partnering to open the warm water therapy pool in the near future are ongoing.
 
The Wellness and Aquatics Center is located at 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown.  If you are unable to attend the Job Fair, but interested in employment with Recreation & Parks, please contact Marva Kumpf, Leisure and Wellness Coordinator, at marva.kumpf@stmarysmd.com or (301) 475-4200 ext. 1803. You may also visit our website www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/recreationjobs to complete an application.

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"Town of Chesapeake Beach Pleased to Announce 97% of Town Residents Report Quality of Life as Excellent or Good"

During the June 7, 2021 Town Council Work
Session, Patrick Gonzales of Gonzales Media & Research presented the findings of a recent
poll conducted of Town residents.
Key findings from the report show:
• 91% of Town residents believe the Town should emphasize the peace and quiet
enjoyment of its residents.
• 93% of Town residents disagree with the statement, “Chesapeake Beach should be
primarily a tourist destination first and residential community second”.
• 69% of Town residents agree with the statement, “I would prefer that homes
surrounding me remain in residential use and not be used as a short-term vacation
rental housing.”
• By a greater than 2-to-1 margin, 66% of Chesapeake Beach residents believe that
vacation stays by tourists to the Town are best suited to take place at a local hotel or
inn, compared to 31% who think tourist stays are best suited to occur at residential
dwellings such as a Airbnb.
• Three-quarters of the Town (76%) prefer to live in a residential community where
homes are occupied by families or individuals that are not transient, contrasted with
24% who state that it would not bother them if their neighbors rented their home to
transient vacationers with different guest every couple of days.

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Thomas E. Hutchins Announces Resignation as District 2 Representative; Cites Personal Challenges

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 8, 2021 – Calvert County, Maryland, Commissioner Thomas E. “Tim” Hutchins (R, District 2) today announced his resignation from the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) effective June 28, 2021. Commissioner Hutchins also submitted his resignation to the Calvert County Republican Central Committee, which begins the process to appoint a successor for the District 2 position.
 
“Having spent my early youth in the quietness of the crossroads of Barstow, I went on to serve in many organizations and capacities both here and abroad. Thus, it was a particular honor to come back to Calvert and serve you in my home district,” said Commissioner Hutchins, while announcing his resignation to the public during the BOCC open session meeting on June 8.
 
The governor must appoint a replacement to serve out the remainder of the term, which ends the third Tuesday in December 2022. The Calvert County Republican Central Committee will submit a written nomination to the governor, who may either appoint the recommended individual or make an alternate nomination within 15 days of the submission. 
 
When a vacancy occurs during a recess of the Maryland Senate, the governor will appoint an individual during the recess. After the next meeting of the Maryland General Assembly begins, the governor will have 30 days to submit to the senate the nomination of either the individual appointed or another individual. The Maryland Senate votes to confirm or reject the appointment.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov

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June 8th St. Mary's County Commissioner Meeting Rollup

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Commissioners of St. Mary's County held their regular business meeting Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.
 
First on the Commissioners agenda was a presentation for Years of Service Awards for county employees with more than ten years of service. Catherine Pratson, Director, Human Resources, presented the awards.
 
The Commissioners then approved a request from the Department of Public Works & Transportation to reorganize St. Mary's Transit System (STS) staffing.
 
The Commissioners adjourned and reconvened as the St. Mary's County Board of Health to hear their biweekly COVID-19 update from County Health Officer Dr. Meenakshi Brewster. The update included information on COVID-19 statistics and vaccinations.
 
The Commissioners approved a request by the Department of Land Use & Growth Management to amend the St. Mary's County Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to allow private piers in subdivisions platted before Dec. 31, 1994, that have a community pier.
 
The Commissioners entered into a closed session to discuss personnel issues. Upon reconvening in an open session, the Commissioners approved market increases for the Chief Information Officer and the Communications Director. Additionally, the Commissioners approved Acting Capacity Pay for the County Attorney and the Director of Human Resources for the duration of the County Administrator's absence.
 
The Commissioners will host a Ribbon Cutting at 2 p.m. for the St. Mary's County Adult Detention and Rehabilitation Center expansion project.
 
The next regularly scheduled business meeting of the Commissioners of St. Mary's County is Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 9 a.m. Commissioner decisions and related public documents are available on the county government website in BoardDocs. In addition, St. Mary's County Commissioner Meetings may be viewed live Tuesday mornings on SMCG Channel 95 or as a replay Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are also available for on-demand viewing on the St. Mary's County Government YouTube Channel.

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Youth Gun Violence Task Force Arrest Lexington Park Man

Date: June 8, 2021
 
On June 4, 2021, members of the Youth Gun Violence Task Force conducted a vehicle stop in the 21600 block of Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. The vehicle was approached by Task Force members and the odor of marijuana was detected emitting from the vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle, Tyquan Samuel Wills, age 21 of Lexington Park, was observed attempting to conceal an unknown item between the seat and center console of the vehicle. Wills exited the vehicle, and a large bulge was observed in his pants pocket. Wills assaulted a deputy on scene and attempted to evade apprehension by resisting arrest. Wills was ultimately taken into custody and located on his person was a substantial amount of cocaine and marijuana. Located inside the vehicle where Wills was observed hiding an item was a loaded handgun. 
 
Wills was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, and charged with the following:
 
Loaded Handgun on Person
Loaded Handgun in Vehicle
Handgun on Person
Handgun in Vehicle
Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime
CDS: Distribute with a Firearm
CDS: Possession-Not Marijuana (two counts)
CDS: Possession-Marijuana more than 10 Grams
CDS: Possession with Intent to Distribute (three counts)
Assault Second Degree-Law Enforcement Officer
Resisting Arrest
 
Wills remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center on a no-bond status. 
 
Anyone with information on this incident or information pertaining to gun violence in St. Mary’s County is asked to contact the Youth Gun Violence Task Force at (301) 475-4200 extension 78087 or by email at stopgunviolence@stmarysmd.com. 
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff. 

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Identity Needed for Counterfeit Suspect (Photo)

June 8, 2021:
 
The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is seeking the identity of the person pictured in a counterfeit money investigation. On Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm, the suspect passed four counterfeit $100 bills to the cashier at the Tractor Supply Company in Charlotte Hall. When the clerk tested the bills for authenticity with a marker, the ink on the bills smeared and turned dark. The suspect then grabbed the fake currency from the cashier and fled the store.
 
 
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Raymond Allebach at 301-475-4200, ext. 78092 or email raymond.allebach@stmarysmd.com. Case # 28839-21
 
Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.
 
For official news and information, follow the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter @firstsheriff.

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Celebrate Local Parks & Recreation by Sharing Your Calvert County Park Story

In celebrating the role local parks serve in the community, the Calvert County Department of Parks & Recreation (CCPR) invites residents to share their park and recreation story, to be featured during National Park and Recreation Month in July.
 
Residents are invited to record a video, up to one minute long, about what parks and recreation means to them. Residents may submit their videos using the online form at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/SubmitVideo. CCPR will feature the videos during Park and Recreation Month to celebrate how parks and recreation helps keep communities strong, vibrant and resilient.
 
“Local parks may mean something different to everyone, but almost everyone has a park story,” said Parks & Recreation Director Shannon Nazzal. “Parks and recreation are often at the center of memorable experiences for people of all ages and walks of life. They serve as places to gather, to celebrate, to play, to retreat, to connect with nature and with each other. We see these stories take shape every day and now we invite residents to join us in celebrating the essential role of parks in our community and in our lives by telling their own stories.”
 
Learn more about Calvert County parks, recreation programs and facilities at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/CCPR. For updates on Parks & Recreation services, park availability, field closures and more visit Parks & Recreation at www.Facebook.com/CalvertCountyParks and follow @CalvertCountyParks on Instagram.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

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Community Resources Introduces Nonprofit Grant Program

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – June 7, 2021 – The Calvert County Department of Community Resources announces the American Rescue Plan Nonprofit Grant Program will offer grant funding to local nonprofit organizations that have experienced adverse financial impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits may begin the application process on Wednesday, June 21, 2021 online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/NonProfitGrant.
 
Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive an email detailing next steps in the grant submission process. Nonprofits who receive an award from the program will be notified and granted funds no later than Sept. 1, 2021 and must use those funds no later than Dec. 31, 2021. 
 
To be considered eligible to receive a grant, nonprofit organizations must
 
·         Be in good standing with the State of Maryland
 
·         Be current on all county tax liabilities;
 
·         Have a physical address in Calvert County;
 
·         Demonstrate fiscal accountability;
 
·         Demonstrate economic impacts or increased expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic for the period of March 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021, which are currently not supported by other COVID-19 relief funding.
 
Calvert County received $306,086 in funding from the Department of Housing & Community Development to distribute funds to local nonprofits that can demonstrate need with priority given to subgrantees that have not received assistance through the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Now Initiative. For more information about the grant, call 410-535-1600, ext. 2460, or email grant@calvertcountymd.gov.
 
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov. Stay up to date with Calvert County Government on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CalvertCountyMd and YouTube at www.youtube.com/CalvertCountyGov.

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Sheriff's Office Conducts Alcohol Enforcement Operation

June 7, 2021: 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Alcohol Enforcement Unit recently conducted random undercover compliance checks on 14 local businesses with 11 of them successfully passing. 
 
On Saturday, May 29, 2021, the Alcohol Enforcement Unit conducted covert compliance checks utilizing an underage 19-year-old Sheriff’s Office Cadet. The cadet carried no identification and entered each business to retrieve or ask for an alcoholic beverage. The cadet placed the alcohol on the counter in an effort to complete a purchase. If the clerk asked for identification, the cadet replied no ID was on the person and exited the store. If the clerk failed to ask the cadet for identification, the cadet purchased the alcoholic beverage and exited the store and met with alcohol enforcement officers. 
 
Of the 14 businesses checked, clerks asked for identification at 11 of them, which prevented an underage purchase. At three businesses, the underage cadet was able to purchase alcohol. 
 
The following businesses successfully passed their compliance checks: 
 
- Pal Liquors and Gas: 25965 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown 
- Third Base Store: 28085 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown 
- St. Mary’s Gas Station: 23950 Colton Point Road in Clements 
- Village Liquors: 25731 Budds Creek Road in Chaptico 
- Fred’s Liquor: 30075 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall 
- New Market Exxon: 29290 Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall 
- New Market Service Center: 29233 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville 
- Big Dogs’ Paradise Bar and Liquor: 28765 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville 
- DJ’s One Stop: 28035 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville 
- Korner Karryout: 27350 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville 
- Cooks Liquor: 25765 Three Notch Road in Hollywood 
 
The following businesses did not ask the underage cadet for identification: 
 
- Race-N In: 26755 Stone Corner Lane in Mechanicsville 
- A & B Liquors: 28260 Three Notch Road in Mechanicsville 
- Early Bird Liquor Store: 23791 Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood 
 
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office thanks and congratulates the 11 businesses that passed the compliance sting operation.  

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Fire Destroys Community Building At Apartment Complex

32 firefighters from the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department were called to Spring Valley Apartments in Lexington Park for a report of a fire in their community Building Saturday night. The fire was the result of improperly discarded ground-based sparkling devices in an outside trashcan next to the Spring Valley Community Building.  The building was unoccupied at the time of the incident.  There were no injuries nor were any residents displaced as a result of the fire. The estimated loss in the fire was $100,000. 

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Healthy St.Mary's Partnership Seeks Public Comments on Draft Community Health Improvement Plan

LEONARDTOWN, MD (June 7, 2021) – The Healthy St. Mary’s Partnership (HSMP) is seeking public comments on the draft community health improvement plan for St. Mary’s County (Healthy St. Mary’s 2026). Community members can read the draft plan and provide feedback to HSMP for consideration before the plan is finalized at: 
 
healthystmarys.com/Healthy-St-Marys-2026
 
Healthy St. Mary’s 2026 provides a community blueprint for improving the health of local residents from 2021-2026. It provides insight into health solutions for the long-term and presents a road map for achieving optimal health for all.
 
Written comments will be accepted until Friday, June 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Comments may be submitted via the online public comment form or by email to stmaryspartnership@gmail.com. 

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