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What is Veterans Day?

What is Veterans Day?

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors...
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NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing from November 9 to November 10, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing from November 9 to November 10, 2020

Communities surrounding NAS Patuxent River and the Webster Outlying Field are advised that nighttime helicopter test events are scheduled to take place November 9 and November 10, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For...
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Maryland Reports 155,371 COVID-19 Cases and 4,072 Deaths. An Increase of 5,230 Cases in 5 Days

Maryland Reports 155,371 COVID-19 Cases and 4,072 Deaths. An Increase of 5,230 Cases in 5 Days

As of Monday, November 9, 2020, Maryland reports 153,996 COVID-19 cases and 4,072 deaths. An increase of 5,230 cases in 5 days. COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland Number of confirmed cases : 155,371 Number of persons tested negative : 1,882,274 Total testing volume : 3,678,109 Number of confirmed deaths : 4,072 Number of probable deaths...
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St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Cancels all in-Person Instruction for this week

St. Mary’s County Superintendent of Schools Cancels all in-Person Instruction for this week

On November 8, 2020, J. Scott Smith, Ed.D., the Superintendent of Schools for St. Mary’s County sent the following letter out to parents of School children. Dear St. Mary’s County Public Schools Staff and Families: I regret to inform you that as a result of community spread of COVID 19 in St. Mary’s County,...
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Charles County Public Schools Youth Donate Supplies to F.B. Gwynn Center

Charles County Public Schools Youth Donate Supplies to F.B. Gwynn Center

Earlier this fall, 7-year-old Martin “MJ” Gusky Jr. came up with an idea to help other kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gusky is homeschooled, but has several friends who attend public school. He wanted to make sure they had supplies to stay healthy while learning. To accomplish this, Gusky launched Project Good Shepherd. Using...
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NSWC Indian Head Division JEOD Unit Recognized with Gears of Government Nomination

NSWC Indian Head Division JEOD Unit Recognized with Gears of Government Nomination

Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD) isn’t known for their expansive runways; this Navy command that sits on the banks of the Potomac River does not even have a single aircraft. But that doesn’t mean the United States Air Force contingent connected to the command isn’t getting things done. In fact,...
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Governor Hogan Says, “Just Wear The Damn Masks”: Statewide Masking Order and Travel Advisory Remain in Full Effect

Governor Hogan Says, “Just Wear The Damn Masks”: Statewide Masking Order and Travel Advisory Remain in Full Effect

In response to the nationwide fall COVID-19 surge and rising positivity rates, case rates, and hospitalizations in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan today provided a detailed update on the state’s preparedness and urged Marylanders to follow all public health protocols. “Thanks to the heroic efforts of so many state employees working around the clock, and...
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NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field November 4, to November 6, 2020

NAS Patuxent River Sets Noise Advisory for Nighttime Helicopter Testing at Webster Outlying Field November 4, to November 6, 2020

Communities surrounding the Webster Outlying Field are advised that nighttime helicopter test events are scheduled to take place November 4 to November 6, 2020 from 4:00 p.m., to 11:00 p.m. As with all operations, NAS Patuxent River takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing activities on the community. For more information call the...
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Search Underway For Shooting Suspect(s) In Calvert County

Search Underway For Shooting Suspect(s) In Calvert County

On October 31, 2020, at approximately 11:49 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack and deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the CalvertHealth Medical Center Emergency Room in Prince Frederick for the report of a shooting victim who had arrived in a civilian vehicle. Troopers learned that the...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Armed Robbery 7-Eleven on Billingsley Road in Waldorf

Charles County Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Armed Robbery 7-Eleven on Billingsley Road in Waldorf

Can you identify these people? Charles County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating an armed robbery which took place on October 12 at the 7-Eleven on Billingsley Road in Waldorf. Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest of these suspects. Details of the case...
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Federal and Maryland State Partners Working Together to Protect the 2020 Election

Federal and Maryland State Partners Working Together to Protect the 2020 Election

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur, FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow W. Jones III, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Baltimore field office John Eisert and Inspector in Charge, US Postal Inspection Service, Washington Division Peter R. Rendina are...
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Charles County Public Schools Meal Service Changes Begin on November 9, 2020

Charles County Public Schools Meal Service Changes Begin on November 9, 2020

In order to accommodate the start of Phase 2 on Nov. 9, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) has made some changes to its meal distribution service. The following changes are effective Monday, Nov. 9. Meal sites are open for curbside distribution Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the exception of...
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St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department Food and Nutrition Services Announces Changes to Meal Distribution Services

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department Food and Nutrition Services Announces Changes to Meal Distribution Services

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition Services announces changes in the schedule of curbside meal distribution beginning the month of November. Meals are available for students ages 18 years and younger.  Meals can be picked up from any school site even if your student attends a different school. Week of...
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Student Life Team Distributes 800 Pounds of Food to College of Southern Maryland Students During Fourth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event

Student Life Team Distributes 800 Pounds of Food to College of Southern Maryland Students During Fourth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Student Life team recently held a drive-thru food distribution event at CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus to help CSM students who are struggling financially and experiencing food insecurities. Approximately 800 pounds of food were given to students who pre-registered to come to the campus, and deliveries were made to...
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MDOT SHA and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archeologists Unearth 300-Year Old Slave Quarters Site in Leonardtown

MDOT SHA and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Archeologists Unearth 300-Year Old Slave Quarters Site in Leonardtown

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland archeologists are working to unearth a 300-year-old slave quarters site at a historic Jesuit plantation in Southern Maryland. Many of the archaeological remains lay buried in farm fields within Newtowne Neck State Park, which is managed by the...
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Longtime St. Mary’s County 911 Dispatcher Norman Pilkerton Passes Away

Longtime St. Mary’s County 911 Dispatcher Norman Pilkerton Passes Away

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office regrets to share the news that Norman Alexander Pilkerton Jr. passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at the age of 81. Pilkerton worked for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office as a 911 emergency dispatcher for 34 years when he retired in 2001. During his tenure, Sheriff...
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St. Mary’s College Board Approves New Neuroscience Major/Announces Spring Semester Schedule with Commencement Date

St. Mary’s College Board Approves New Neuroscience Major/Announces Spring Semester Schedule with Commencement Date

St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Board of Trustees met virtually Friday, October 16, beginning at 4:50 p.m. The Board acted on several items including approving the curriculum for the College’s 25th major in neuroscience. The Academic Affairs Committee endorsed the new major at the suggestion of faculty and staff challenged with recommending new college...
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NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Open for High Volume Traffic Only on Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27

NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Open for High Volume Traffic Only on Thursday, October 22, to Tuesday, October 27

NAS Patuxent River’s Gate 2 will be open during the hours of high-volume traffic only (5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Thursday, Oct. 22 – Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The NAS Patuxent River Gate 2 Pass and ID office remains open during normal business hours Monday through Friday from...
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NAS Patuxent River Drill Hall Closed for Cleaning After Two Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

NAS Patuxent River Drill Hall Closed for Cleaning After Two Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

The Naval Air Station Patuxent River Drill Hall will be closed for cleaning from Tuesday, October 20, to Sunday, October 25, following a report that two staff members who have since tested positive for COVID were in the Drill Hall in the days prior to exhibiting symptoms. While there is no indication that infection...
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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Conducting Testing Monday Through Friday, October 19-23, 2020

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division Conducting Testing Monday Through Friday, October 19-23, 2020

NSWCDD Range Noise Advisory: NSWCDD plans to conduct range testing Monday through Friday, October 19-23, that could produce very loud noise in communities surrounding Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Testing is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access to the Potomac River Middle Danger Zone – as described in 33 CFR 334.230 – will...
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Charles County Public Schools Phase 2 Planning: Bus Routes and Enhanced Transportation Safety Guidelines

Charles County Public Schools Phase 2 Planning: Bus Routes and Enhanced Transportation Safety Guidelines

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will begin Phase 2 of its reopening plan on Monday, Nov. 9. The school system is preparing to welcome more than 3,200 students back to schools across the county. Part of Phase 2 planning includes enhanced safety guidelines for students using bus transportation. Safety is a top priority for...
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St. Mary’s County Health Department Offering Free Flu Vaccine to Children at COVID-19 Testing Sites Starting October 26, 2020

St. Mary’s County Health Department Offering Free Flu Vaccine to Children at COVID-19 Testing Sites Starting October 26, 2020

Beginning October 26, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will offer free flu vaccine to children (ages 3 – 18 years) at its SMCHD COVID-19 Testing Sites, during testing hours listed below: SMCHD Main Office:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown For assistance or accommodations,...
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Registration Now Open for CSM’s Full Course Four Week Winter Session

Registration Now Open for CSM’s Full Course Four Week Winter Session

Registration for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Winter Session opened on Monday, October 19, 2020 offering students the opportunity to take a full course in four weeks. The Winter Session begins December 21, 2020. It is an opportunity for students to get ahead or explore an area of interest, catch up on general...
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Killer of 7-Eleven Employee in Waldorf Armed Robbery Apprehended in Georgia

Killer of 7-Eleven Employee in Waldorf Armed Robbery Apprehended in Georgia

UPDATE: Through an extensive investigation and coordination with the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Gregory DeShawn Collins, Jr., 22, of Waldorf, was located and apprehended in Georgia on Monday, October 19, 2020. Collins is currently awaiting extradition in Georgia and will be served an arrest warrant upon his return to Maryland for this incident. Charles...
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Elevated Levels of COVID-19 Viral Shedding Detected in Local Wastewater

Elevated Levels of COVID-19 Viral Shedding Detected in Local Wastewater

Local wastewater monitoring for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has detected elevated levels of viral particles in the sewer systems serving several locations in St. Mary’s County. “These viral particles are shed by individuals who have COVID-19 and can be detected in sewage,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County Health Officer. “Rising...
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