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Lightning Strikes Steeple of Church in Waldorf

Lightning Strikes Steeple of Church in Waldorf

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, thirty three fire and EMS personnel responded to the Calvary Gospel Church, on Berry Road in Waldorf, just after 2:00 P.M. Firefighters arrived on scene in minutes, and reported fire showing from the roof, they stretched a line to the attic area and extinguished all fire. There were no...
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Fox Tests Positive for Rabies in Lexington Park

Fox Tests Positive for Rabies in Lexington Park

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) reports that a fox captured near Hilton Drive in the Lexington Park area has tested positive for rabies. The test results were confirmed by the State’s laboratory at the Maryland Department of Health in Baltimore. The fox may have exposed a feral cat population in the area...
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Remembering Retired St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Smolarsky

Remembering Retired St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Smolarsky

It is with profound grief and sadness that we announce the passing of retired Corporal Margaret “Peggy” Ann Smolarsky, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, who passed away on July 20, 2021 after a hard-fought battle against cancer. Peggy was born in March of 1958, in Cheverly, Maryland and grew up in Prince...
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Maryland Emergency Management Agency Awards $4 Million to Fire, EMS, and Rescue Departments

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Awards $4 Million to Fire, EMS, and Rescue Departments

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced awards of $4 million in federal funding made available through the Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF) of 2021. MEMA will distribute these funds to 181 volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue departments throughout the State of Maryland to assist with hardship relief...
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Traffic on Maryland Roads and Highways Begins to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels

Traffic on Maryland Roads and Highways Begins to Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels

According to new data from state transportation officials, traffic on Maryland roads and highways has begun to approach and exceed pre-pandemic levels. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic...
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Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Governor Hogan Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Broadband Infrastructure

Governor Larry Hogan today announced awards to expand broadband internet access to more than 12,000 households in 18 counties. Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Office of Statewide Broadband (OSB), $29,472,131 in grant funding will support network infrastructure projects by local internet service providers that will provide connectivity to unserved...
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A Reminder to Marylanders: Keep Wildlife in the Wild

A Reminder to Marylanders: Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Each year during the spring and summer months, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) receive reports of captive wildlife situations in which residents attempt to care for or possess wild animals. These attempts are often made with good intentions but pose serious risks to both the...
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Letter to the Editor from the Interim Executive Director, of Calvert Hospice

Letter to the Editor from the Interim Executive Director, of Calvert Hospice

Letter to the editor from Interim Executive Director Sarah Simmons. As most members of our community know, in September 2020 Calvert Hospice made the difficult decision to suspend operations at our Burnett Calvert Hospice House.  This was a decision that came after months of struggling with workforce shortages largely related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...
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Department of Recreation and Parks Park Announces Temporary Closure at Elms Beach Park

Department of Recreation and Parks Park Announces Temporary Closure at Elms Beach Park

The Department of Recreation and Parks announces that Elms Beach Park will be closed during the weekdays beginning Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The park’s closure is to remove grasses that have accumulated on the shoreline due to recent storms. Elms Beach Park will be open on weekends from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. for...
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Heat Advisory in Effect for Saturday, July 17, 2021

Heat Advisory in Effect for Saturday, July 17, 2021

A Heat Advisory Alert in effect from noon to 8pm on Saturday July 17th. Heat index values up to 107 expected, in Calvert, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young...
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Gentle Hands Wildlife Services Rescues a Blue Heron After Being Struck by a Vehicle

Gentle Hands Wildlife Services Rescues a Blue Heron After Being Struck by a Vehicle

Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office happened upon a blue heron on Friday morning on St. John’s Road shortly after it was struck by a vehicle. Our friends at Gentle Hands Wildlife Services were contacted and Dave and Shannon Edwards came out to recover and rehab the bird. If you...
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United States Naval Test Pilot School Welcomes 50th Commander

United States Naval Test Pilot School Welcomes 50th Commander

Cmdr. Jeremy “Silas” DeBons took command of United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) from Lt. Col. Rory “Pikey” Feely during an airborne change of command ceremony at Pax River, July 15, 2021. Col. Richard E. Marigliano, Commodore of Naval Test Wing Atlantic, presided over the ceremony. “USNTPS is the foundation of all we...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Invites County Residents to Participate in 2021 Citizens Police Academy

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Invites County Residents to Participate in 2021 Citizens Police Academy

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2021 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, set to begin in September. This 12-week program will begin on September 15, 2021, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 8, 2021, with the exception of Wednesday, November...
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Scammers Imitating St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Center Staff

Scammers Imitating St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Center Staff

The Department of Aging & Human Services has been alerted to a scam involving individuals claiming to represent St. Mary’s County Senior Activity Center Staff. These callers ask seniors if they want to join a senior club and tell the seniors they need a verbal “yes” before they can move forward in registering them....
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U.S. Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov

U.S. Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov

As part of the ongoing response, agencies across the U.S. government announced new resources and initiatives to protect American businesses and communities from ransomware attacks. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware....
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Navy Names New Executive Director of Aviation Warfare Center at its Pax River Headquarters

Navy Names New Executive Director of Aviation Warfare Center at its Pax River Headquarters

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) welcomed Stephen E. Cricchi as the new civilian executive director at its Pax River headquarters, July 14. “Our warfare centers ensure our Navy and Marine Corps aviators remain equipped with the world’s most technically advanced and lethal capability,” said NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. John S. Lemmon....
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30 Days Left to Renew Driver’s Licenses, Permits & ID Cards that Expired During the State of Emergency

30 Days Left to Renew Driver’s Licenses, Permits & ID Cards that Expired During the State of Emergency

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is reminding Marylanders that under Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order issued on May 12, 2021, driver’s licenses – both non-commercial and commercial (CDLs) – learner’s permits and identification cards that expired during the COVID-19 State of Emergency must be renewed by August 15, 2021....
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NAS Patuxent River UAS Airspace Coordinators Collaborate with Local Archaeologists in St. Mary’s City

NAS Patuxent River UAS Airspace Coordinators Collaborate with Local Archaeologists in St. Mary’s City

Although the discovery of St. Mary’s Fort in Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) was made using technology not involving an unmanned aerial system (UAS), a drone was part of the HSMC researchers’ archaeological toolkit, and that meant seeking approval to fly from the NAS Patuxent River UAS Airspace Coordinator. In 2018, Director of Research...
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Calvert County Man Wins $50,000 Top Prize on Deluxe Crossword Scratch-Off

Calvert County Man Wins $50,000 Top Prize on Deluxe Crossword Scratch-Off

A Calvert County master painter who usually beautifies yachts put down his roller and brush recently to visit Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore. Wilford Brown is a man of few words but the big winner was all smiles while claiming his $50,000 top prize on a Deluxe Crossword 6th Edition scratch-off. “I began playing...
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Wild Birds Unlimited of La Plata Receives Prestigious Recognition

Wild Birds Unlimited of La Plata Receives Prestigious Recognition

Barbara and Chip Whipkey, owners of the local Wild Birds Unlimited, were recognized at the company’s annual Enterprise Leadership Conference for their hard work with the Highest Flying Fledgling award. This award recognizes new franchise store owners with the highest sales volume during their first full year of business. “We are truly honored to...
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MDOT SHA to Work Overnight Next Week on MD RT.4 (Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge)

MDOT SHA to Work Overnight Next Week on MD RT.4 (Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge)

Work to include Bridge Joint Repairs Using a Flagging Operation The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will perform bridge joint repairs to the MD 4 (Thomas Johnson Bridge) over the Patuxent River in southern Maryland starting next week. Crews will work overnight 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning...
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White Plains Man Wins $150,000 Keno Prize at Westlake Liquors

White Plains Man  Wins $150,000 Keno Prize at Westlake Liquors

A White Plains grandfather who works for the city government in Washington, D.C. says he buys Lottery games in the district once in a while. However, most of his Lottery play takes place in Maryland and that’s unlikely to change, especially after he won a $150,000 prize from the Maryland Lottery! The 70-year-old reports...
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St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to Conducting Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday Evening

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office to Conducting Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday Evening

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maryland State Police, will be conducting a roadside sobriety checkpoint on Saturday evening, July 10, 2021. The sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on Three Notch Road/Route 235 in the Lexington Park area where law enforcement officers will evaluate drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs...
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Using a Generator Safely During a Power Outage

Using a Generator Safely During a Power Outage

Using alternative sources of power, such as a generator, can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. Never use a generator inside an enclosed space, inside your home, basement or an attached garage, as carbon monoxide fumes can build up. Every year, at least...
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St. Mary’s County Has Declared a State of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Elsa

St. Mary’s County Has Declared a State  of Emergency in Advance of Tropical Storm Elsa

Due to the potential effects of Tropical Storm Elsa, St. Mary’s County Commissioner President James R. Guy has declared a local State of Emergency effective at noon, Thursday, July, 8, 2021, for seven days to expire July 13, 2021. The State of Emergency declaration authorizes the Commissioner President “to take such measures as necessary...
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