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Blue Catfish Are Spreading in Maryland Waters, State Officials and Fishing Community Are Working to Contain the Spread

Blue Catfish Are Spreading in Maryland Waters, State Officials and Fishing Community Are Working to Contain the Spread

The first catch of the afternoon was a white catfish—saved by its wider head and a few less anal fin rays, and tossed back into the water. The blue catfish came next—two in quick succession. “It only takes a few minutes for them to start biting,” said Capt. Marcus Wilson, whose Rock-N-Robin Charter Fishing, operated...
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Maryland Casinos Generate $178.1 Million in Gaming Revenue During March 2024

Maryland Casinos Generate $178.1 Million in Gaming Revenue During March 2024

Maryland’s six casinos combined to generate $178,137,823 in revenue from slot machines and table games during March 2024, the fifth-best single-month total in the history of the state’s casino program. The March 2024 revenue figure represented an increase of $1,613,239 (0.9%) compared to March 2023. Casino gaming contributions to the state in March 2024...
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Leadership Maryland Announces Emerging Leader Program Inaugural Class

Leadership Maryland Announces Emerging Leader Program Inaugural Class

Leadership Maryland, the statewide nonprofit offering professional development programs dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its business and community leaders, announces the 40 individuals selected to participate in the first class of the Emerging Leader Program. The Emerging Leader Program’s Class of 2024 consists of 40 rising stars and...
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CSM Hosts 19th Annual Jazz Festival April 5th and 6th, 2024

CSM Hosts 19th Annual Jazz Festival April 5th and 6th, 2024

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 19th Annual Jazz Festival, April 5-6, will give area public school jazz bands a chance to sharpen their skills—and area music lovers a chance to hear some of the finest local jazz artists from our region and beyond. Jazz band students from area middle and high schools will...
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Southern Maryland College Fair on April 18, 2024

Southern Maryland College Fair on April 18, 2024

Parents and students are encouraged to virtually tour colleges through Naviance. Additionally, please look for notices of scheduled zoom opportunities with college representatives to be scheduled through Naviance. The Southern Maryland College Fair, sponsored by Calvert County and St. Mary’s County Public Schools, will take place on April 18, 2024 at the Hollywood Firehouse. 
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Historic Sotterley Regrets to Announce AeroPark Farmer’s Market Will Not Be Hosted Until End of 2024

Historic Sotterley Regrets to Announce AeroPark Farmer’s Market Will Not Be Hosted Until End of 2024

Historic Sotterley has taken great pride in sponsoring the AeroPark Farmer’s Market for the past several years. Regrettably, we are unable to continue to host the market every month in 2024. However, we are pleased to announce that our traditional end-of-year markets will take place in November and December, ensuring our community continues to...
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4th Annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival in Partnership with St. Mary’s County Wineries on Saturday, April 13, 2024

4th Annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival in Partnership with St. Mary’s County Wineries on Saturday, April 13, 2024

On Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Clement’s Island Museum will host all three St. Mary’s County wineries, as well as local crafters and artisans for the 4th annual First Landing Wine & Arts Festival. For the fourth year, community members and visitors are invited to enjoy this full...
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Calvert County Farmers Markets Return with Local Food, Products

Calvert County Farmers Markets Return with Local Food, Products

Buying local is easy with an abundance of fresh food from Calvert County’s farmers, agri-businesses and watermen. Patrons can find local produce, meat, bedding plants (vegetables and herbs) and a bounty of other offerings. The Calvert County Farmers Market Association is seeking vendors for its Prince Frederick, Dunkirk and Lusby markets. These are “producers...
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All Three Shoppers Grocery Stores in St. Mary’s County to Close

All Three Shoppers Grocery Stores in St. Mary’s County to Close

In a letter from VP General Manager, Jeff Bleichner employees of Shoppers Grocery Store were told three stores in St. Mary’s County would be closing their doors for good. The letter went on to say, the locations are expected to close to the public approximately April 27, 2024, and the last day for employees...
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Thomas Stone High School Senior Dejah Bishop Receives Maryland Emerging Scholars Award

Thomas Stone High School Senior Dejah Bishop Receives Maryland Emerging Scholars Award

Dejah Bishop, a senior at Thomas Stone High School, was recently named a Maryland Emerging Scholar by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) in collaboration with The Daily Record, a news media company in Maryland. MBRT recognizes 24 high school students out of nearly 300 applicants across the state to represent their school...
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NAVAIR Leadership, Programs to Present at Annual Sea-Air-Space Expo on April 8, 2024

NAVAIR Leadership, Programs to Present at Annual Sea-Air-Space Expo on April 8, 2024

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, MD – A discussion panel featuring Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) leaders Adm. Carl Chebi, Rear Adm. John Dougherty, Rear Adm. Joseph Hornbuckle, and Dan Carreño highlight this year’s Sea-Air-Space Conference and Exposition 2024, hosted by the Navy League of the United States. The event kicks off Monday,...
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St. Mary’s County Native Rachel LaBatt Returning as Finalist for Miss Maryland USA 2024 as Miss St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County Native Rachel LaBatt Returning as Finalist for Miss Maryland USA 2024 as Miss St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County native, Rachel LaBatt is excited to announce she is returning as a finalist for Miss Maryland USA 2024, as Miss St Mary’s County USA 2024. Former Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel 2022 announced last year that the organization will no longer restrict contestants based on their age or marriage status. The competition...
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Celebrating Maryland Day – March 25th, 2024

Celebrating Maryland Day – March 25th, 2024

What is Maryland Day? On March 25, 1634, the Ark and the Dove, carrying 150 European settlers, landed on St. Clements Island. In 1916, the General Assembly passed legislation officially making Maryland Day a state holiday. Maryland Day commemorates the first landing of English colonists on St. Clement’s Island on March 25, 1634 –...
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SMECO Nominating Committee to Meet in May 2024

SMECO Nominating Committee to Meet in May 2024

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) Board of Directors has appointed 10 members to the 2024 Nominating Committee scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at SMECO’s headquarters in Hughesville. The committee will review candidate applications for the five Board positions to be elected this year. Elections will be held to fill one position...
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St. Mary’s County Board of Elections Announces Public Logic & Accuracy Demonstration and 2024 Primary Canvassing Dates

St. Mary’s County Board of Elections Announces Public Logic & Accuracy Demonstration and 2024 Primary Canvassing Dates

The St. Mary’s County Board of Elections will conduct a public logic and accuracy demonstration on the DS200 ballot scanner unit on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 10 a.m. for the 2024 presidential primary election. This public demonstration will be held at the Board of Elections office, located at 23250 Hollywood Road in Leonardtown....
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2024 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $236,276

2024 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $236,276

Maryland Environmental Trust has approved 18 grants totaling $236,276 to be awarded for environmental education, community cleanup, and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. Grants through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program are awarded to volunteer-based and nonprofit groups, communities, schools, and land trusts in Maryland. The grants are designed to support environmental education projects, litter removal,...
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St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – March 19, 2024

St. Mary’s County Commissioner Meeting Rollup – March 19, 2024

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County (CSMC) began their business meeting with an invocation and the pledge, followed by approval of the consent agenda. The CSMC then presented proclamations celebrating National Agriculture Day and Focus Elite Sports & Mentoring, whose 8U flag football team won the 2023 Division 1 World Championship! For their main...
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Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Celebrates 6 Billion Oysters Added To The Bay Since 2017

Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Celebrates 6 Billion Oysters Added To The Bay Since 2017

Following a banner year for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration and aquaculture, the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance (COA) this week announced it has recorded a new total of 6 billion oysters directly added to the Bay since 2017. COA’s count aims to include all oysters directly added to the Bay and its tributaries through restoration and aquaculture. These...
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Historic St. Mary’s City Observes Maryland Day March 23, 2024

Historic St. Mary’s City Observes Maryland Day March 23, 2024

Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) invites the community to celebrate Maryland Day by offering free admission to the outdoor exhibits on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Living history sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Plan to visit the Woodland Indian Hamlet and learn about the people and culture that were here...
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Rita’s Celebrates the First Day of Spring with Free Italian Ice and New Flavor: SOUR PATCH KIDS® Watermelon Ice

Rita’s Celebrates the First Day of Spring with Free Italian Ice and New Flavor: SOUR PATCH KIDS® Watermelon Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, the iconic frozen treats destination and, for many, the brand that is synonymous with the first day of spring, invites guests to celebrate the arrival of the new season with a FREE Rita’s Italian Ice giveaway on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Guests who visit a Rita’s location on the first...
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Southern Maryland Produce Announce New Location, Opening April 3, 2024

Southern Maryland Produce Announce New Location, Opening April 3, 2024

It is very bittersweet for us to announce that at the end of March, the Farmers Market where our stand is currently located will be shut down and we will be moving our stand! Beginning Wednesday, April 3rd, our stand will be located directly across the highway from where it currently is, to in...
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Collentro Horticultural Growers New Location is Now Open in Lexington Park!

Collentro Horticultural Growers New Location is Now Open in Lexington Park!

Collentro Horticultural Growers LLC., announced on Friday, March 15th, 2024. “Today’s the day!!!!! Opening day of the season!! Come in and check out our early bloomers and annual flowers. We will have more inventory as they start to bloom in the green houses. We are excited to start off our family legacy today with...
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April 2024 Events at the Calvert Marine Museum

April 2024 Events at the Calvert Marine Museum

Spring is in full bloom at the Calvert Marine Museum! Join us as we celebrate the season with guided bird walks, an exclusive Jewelry Trunk Show, live music, and more! Visit us at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com for all your springtime fun! Monday, April 1 – Guided Bird Walks With fields, woodlots, thickets, a saltmarsh, and Back...
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Maryland State Police to Bolster Patrol Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Maryland State Police to Bolster Patrol Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Maryland State Police beginning Friday will increase patrols and enforcement efforts on impaired, aggressive and distracted driving through St. Patrick’s Day weekend. State troopers from all 23 barracks will conduct saturation patrols on roads with high DUI incidents from Friday through Sunday. Enforcement efforts are bolstered by funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation...
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Sports Wagering Contributes $4.2 Million to the State of Maryland During February 2024

Sports Wagering Contributes $4.2 Million to the State of Maryland During February 2024

Maryland’s sports wagering market generated $4,210,511 in contributions to the state from a handle of $442,557,658 during February 2024. Sports wagering contributions go to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Fund, which supports public education programs. The $4.2 million contribution to the state last month was a 50.5% increase compared to the $2.8 million total...
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