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Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Brings Home the Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Award from the MSFA 130th Annual Convention and Parade

Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department Brings Home the Chief A. Marvin Gibbons Award from the MSFA 130th Annual Convention and Parade

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, after two (2) months of prepping the apparatus and aligning personnel to attend, sixty (60) Mechanicsville Volunteers and their families loaded up on the apparatus and made the three hour drive to Ocean City, Maryland. The department participated in the 130th Annual Maryland State Firemen’s Association Parade. Once arriving...
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Calvert Advanced Life Support Member Takes Charge of D.C. National Guard Medevac Unit

Calvert Advanced Life Support Member Takes Charge of D.C. National Guard Medevac Unit

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Calvert Advanced Life Support member Robert Schapiro (a Captain in the US Army Reserve) took command of the DC National Guard Unit “D Co 1-224th” a Medevac Unit. Rob has been a paramedic with CALS for the last decade and is a man of many traits. Rob has not...
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Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pilots License Plate Reading Cameras To Solve Crime

Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Pilots License Plate Reading Cameras To Solve Crime

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be installing automated license plate reading (ALPR) cameras in strategic areas around the county to solve and prevent crime. The cameras are built by Flock Safety, a public safety technology company that helps neighborhoods, communities, and law enforcement work together to fight crime. Flock...
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Calvert County First Responder & Maryland State Trooper Recognized As EMS Clinician of the Year

Calvert County First Responder & Maryland State Trooper Recognized As EMS Clinician of the Year

A 24-year-veteran of the Maryland State Police is recognized as the emergency medical service Clinician of the Year by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Lt. Nathan Wheelock was honored during a ceremony on June 6, 2022. The prestigious award was presented by Dr. Ted Delbridge, Executive Director of MIEMSS. Each...
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Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million for FY2023

Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million for FY2023

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state. This funding is awarded to 45 applicants statewide, supporting efforts that include new public boating access, amenities, and facilities; dredging of navigable waterways; emergency vessels and equipment for...
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Charles County Detention Center Receives Perfect Score During Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards Audit

Charles County Detention Center Receives Perfect Score During Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards Audit

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is proud to announce the Charles County Detention Center (CCDC) achieved a 100 percent compliance rating, marked with excellence, during an audit conducted by the Maryland Commission on Correctional Standards (MCCS) in January. The MCCS created standards to ensure correctional facilities in Maryland operate as safely, efficiently and...
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Three La Plata Police Officers Receive Community Engagement Awards

Three La Plata Police Officers Receive Community Engagement Awards

Lieutenant Payne was honored for leading LPPD’s efforts in collecting over 1,000 toys for residents of Calvert City, Kentucky, after its historic and devastating tornado. On December 15, 2021, the agency determined it would conduct a toy drive for the tornado victims. After agency employees collected over 1,000 toys, games, and pieces of sports...
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Charles County Class of 2022 Includes Over 2,000 Graduates with Over $166 Million Offered in Scholarships

Charles County Class of 2022 Includes Over 2,000 Graduates with Over $166 Million Offered in Scholarships

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Class of 2022 will be honored during outdoor graduation ceremonies set for May 31 through June 3, 2022, at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf. CCPS has partnered once again with Regency Furniture Stadium and the Charles County Government to provide nearly 2,100 seniors with graduation ceremonies. The Class...
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Charles County Sheriff’s Office Visits Girl Scout Troop from La Plata Church of Christ

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Visits Girl Scout Troop from La Plata Church of Christ

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank a local Girl Scout Troop from La Plata Church of Christ for inviting them to be a part of their day this weekend! They wanted to learn more about police work and so Officers M. Neel, B. Aber, and H. Ptack responded! The scouts were...
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SMECO Awards Four Scholarships to High School Seniors

SMECO Awards Four Scholarships to High School Seniors

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has awarded four scholarships for 2022 to high school seniors who live in the Cooperative’s service area. Scholarships are based on the applicants’ scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. SMECO has awarded scholarships to 120 students in the 30 years since beginning the program in 1993....
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Address Numbers Lead to $25,000 Pick 5 Win for Mechanicsville Woman

Address Numbers Lead to $25,000 Pick 5 Win for Mechanicsville Woman

A series of lucky numbers and a lucky feeling were all it took to win big, according to a retired healthcare worker from St. Mary’s County. She followed her lucky feelings all the way to a $25,000 prize playing the Lottery’s Pick 5 game. Since the game launched in February, the 60-year-old says she...
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Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees for Dogs through May, 2022

Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter Waives Adoption Fees for Dogs through May, 2022

The Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees for dogs through Tuesday, May 31. Dogs of all ages and personalities are available for adoption. Regular adoption procedures still apply. “Today is National Rescue Dog Day, and it’s a great time for citizens to observe the day by visiting our shelter to find...
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CSM Announces 2022 Spring Commencement Candidates for Graduation

CSM Announces 2022 Spring Commencement Candidates for Graduation

The following students were recognized as candidates for associate degrees, certificates or letters of recognition at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 63rd Spring Commencement ceremony held Friday, May 13, 2022, at the La Plata Campus. The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 432 candidates for 438 degrees and 136 certificates during its 63rd...
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CSM Commemorates 63rd Spring Commencement with 432 Candidates Receiving 438 Degrees, 136 Certificates

CSM Commemorates 63rd Spring Commencement with 432 Candidates Receiving 438 Degrees, 136 Certificates

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 432 candidates for 438 degrees and 136 certificates during its 63rd Spring Commencement May 13 at the college’s La Plata Campus. The event marked the return of in-person festivities for the time-honored tradition since the beginning of the global pandemic in 2020. Of the students celebrated, 160 are...
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Berry’s D’Ambrosio Named 2022 Principal of the Year for Charles County Public Schools

Berry’s D’Ambrosio Named 2022 Principal of the Year for Charles County Public Schools

Every time he uses chopsticks, Louis D’Ambrosio silently thanks his first-grade teacher, Rose Eckmann. During a weeklong unit studying Japan, Eckman tasked her students with practicing using chopsticks to pick up pink erasers from their desks. At the end of the week, Eckmann brought in a hot plate and made the class a meal...
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MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Nurse Polly Hansen Named the 2022 Nurse of the Year

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Nurse Polly Hansen Named the 2022 Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Polly Hansen, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, recently named the 2022 Nurse of the Year at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital! Polly was surprised with the news during her shift in the Women’s Health & Family Birthing Center on the first day of #NursesWeek. Polly is known for her compassionate, calm, and supportive approach to...
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Maryland Permanently Preserves 22 Working Farms, 3,339 Acres of Farmland in Caroline, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Worcester Counties

Maryland Permanently Preserves 22 Working Farms, 3,339 Acres of Farmland in Caroline, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Worcester Counties

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved 22 new Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation (MALPF) easements at their meeting on May 11, 2022. These easements will permanently preserve an additional 3,339 acres of prime farmland in Caroline, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Worcester counties for an investment of more than...
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Police Officer First Class Jonathan Kelly Named Sons of the American Legion First Responder of the Year

Police Officer First Class Jonathan Kelly Named  Sons of the American Legion First Responder of the Year

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) is pleased to announce PFC Jonathan Kelly was named the Sons of the American Legion First Responder of the Year for 2021. PFC Kelly began his career at the CCSO in 2005. In his 16-year career, he has served in the Patrol Division, Special Services Division and the...
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VIDEO: Governor Hogan Announces Donation of Medical Supplies and Body Armor to Ukraine

VIDEO: Governor Hogan Announces Donation of Medical Supplies and Body Armor to Ukraine

Governor Larry Hogan announced the shipment of a multimillion dollar aid package, including medical supplies and body armor, to support the people of Odesa, Ukraine—a sister city of Baltimore. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is donating more than 485,000 bandages and wound care supplies, 95 Eternity mechanical ventilators for hospital intensive care units,...
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Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

Students are introduced to the world of aviation technology with the St. Mary’s Ryken Flight Academy opening

With a generous endowment from The Patuxent Partnership (TPP), St. Mary’s Ryken (SMR) has installed a STEM lab flight program. The donated National Flight Academy program was funded by a grant from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD). SMR Flight Academy is an interactive classroom space that provides students with the opportunity to...
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The Port of Leonardtown Winery Claims Maryland Comptroller’s Cup for their 2021 Vintner’s Select White

The Port of Leonardtown Winery Claims Maryland Comptroller’s Cup for their 2021 Vintner’s Select White

05/05/2022 Written/published by MarylandWine Jim Bauckman (ANNAPOLIS, MD) – The Port of Leonardtown Winery (POL Winery) claimed the Maryland Comptroller’s Cup for their 2021 Vintner’s Select White at the 2022 Winemasters Choice Competition held in late April at Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy. The Vintner’s Select White earned double gold by unanimous decision from...
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NAVAIR Engineer Helps Maryland Youth Discover Career Paths Through Robotics

NAVAIR Engineer Helps Maryland Youth Discover Career Paths Through Robotics

By Lisa Rendzio, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) communications The Airborne Electronic Attack Systems Program Office (PMA-234) Test and Evaluation Lead escorted a team of students, known as the Bot Brigade Quartic, to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Chesapeake Regional Championships, in Hampton, Virginia, where they won first place...
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Governor Hogan and Department of Natural Resources Approve Funds to Acquire and Preserve Historic Annapolis Waterfront Park

Governor Hogan and Department of Natural Resources Approve Funds to Acquire and Preserve Historic Annapolis Waterfront Park

Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the State of Maryland will provide more than $4.8 million toward the purchase of a historically significant waterfront property for the development of a new Annapolis public park. The land has been identified as part of the property once owned by...
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Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park Receives Generous Donation from Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry

Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park Receives Generous Donation from Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry

Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry was honored to give back to the Maryland Veterans Museum at Patriot Park! Representing this wonderful organization were Lawrence Abell, President of the Board, and Dr. Karla Kornegay, a retired Air Force veteran and Charles County community advocate who collaborates with Board Members to provide assistance to veterans. Sheriff...
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FREE EVENT: The 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo Returns on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

FREE EVENT: The 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo Returns on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Calvert County Commission for Women, Calvert County Health Department and CalvertHealth Medical Center are teaming up for the 7th Annual Women’s Health Expo, to be held on the medical center campus on May 10 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Many women have put off or delayed annual screenings and wellness exams due to the pandemic. According...
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