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Get Reeled into the 2013 Annual Spring "Fishin' Buddies" Derby

The Charles County Department of Public Works, Parks Division will sponsor the 2013 annual Spring "Fishin' Buddies" Fishing Derby at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, on Saturday, May 4, from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Anglers will compete by teams, which must include one adult at least 21 years of age and one child between the ages of 6 and 15. Each team must supply their own rods and bait. Trophies will be awarded in the two age divisions. Bank anglers will compete separately from those who fish from a boat. Local businesses have donated numerous fishing-related door prizes. All teams are eligible for the door prize drawings.

The entry fee is $7 per team. Pre-registration is required since participation is limited.

Entry forms are available at Gilbert Run Park or the main office of the Department of Public Works on Radio Station Road in La Plata, Maryland.

Registration forms are due in the Department of Public Works' main office by noon on Wednesday, May 1.

For more information or to receive an entry form, call the Department of Public Works, Parks & Grounds Division, at 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

County Offers Assistance for Waldorf Community Cleanups

The Department of Public Facilities, Environmental Resources Division is offering assistance to Waldorf homeowners' associations and neighborhoods planning community cleanups. Supplies and disposal services are being provided as part of the Waldorf Beautification Project, an ongoing initiative designed to give businesses, homeowners' associations, civic and charitable organizations, students, and caring neighbors an opportunity to join together to make a difference in Waldorf.

Residents interested in scheduling a community cleanup during April or May should call 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Depending on community needs, Environmental Resources Division will supply the following:

-- Bulk trash removal
-- Trashbags
-- Disposal Service
-- Gloves
-- Mulch and/or compost

The deadline to request community cleanup assistance is Tuesday, April 30.

Volunteers interested in participating should contact their homeowners' association or the Environmental Resources Division to sign up for a local community cleanup.

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

May SCOOP Publication Available April 22

The May 2013 Charles County Department of Community Services issue of The SCOOP will be available online on Monday, April 22. Printed copies of the SCOOP will also be available at your local senior center starting on Monday, April 22.

The SCOOP contains news, special events, and trips. This issue also features the annual senior citizen art competition and celebrations for Older Americans Month.

The Clark Senior Center will be hosting the annual senior citizen art competition on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. The artists will receive a complimentary lunch. Guests (age 60 and older) are invited to enjoy lunch by donation. For guests age 59 and younger, the lunch fee is $5.60. Reservations are required. Artwork will be collected Monday, April 29 - Tuesday, April 30.

On Tuesday, May 28, the Clark Senior Center will celebrate Older Americans Month with "Peace & Freedom." A concert to honor the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the brave soldiers of the Republic of South Korea and the United Nations. The musicians, dancers, and chorus of the Korean Waldorf Calvary Church will perform. This event is free to the public, and all ages.

The Indian Head Senior Center will feature a "Hot Buttered Nuggets Party" on Tuesday, May 28 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Older Americans Month. The audience can look forward to a robust selection of music, including traditional Swing, vintage Rockabilly, New Orleans Dixieland Jazz, Ragtime and Delta Blues. The fee is $8 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, May 21.

For Older Americans Month, the Waldorf Senior Center will feature, "Get on Board the Soul Train" on Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. The Winston's Duo will get you groovin' to Motown and soul music and onto the dance floor with well-known classics. The fee is $8 and the registration deadline is Thursday, May 16.

For information on events offered by the Department of Community Services, visit, or call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Route 301 Resurfacing Project Began April 11

Beginning Thursday, April 11 the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will resurface more than two miles of northbound US Route 301 (Crain Highway). The work will take place from Fairgrounds Road to MD Route 6 (Charles Street) in Charles County. Weather permitting, the work is expected to last up to three weeks.

Work includes milling, resurfacing and restriping the roadway. Crews are permitted to close a single lane Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Access to business entrances and side streets will be maintained during the work. Motorists traveling through the work zone are urged to reduce speed and be alert for vehicles entering and exiting the highway. An average of 24,000 vehicles travels this section of US Route 301 each day so drivers are encouraged to plan for extra travel time.

This project is funded under a $5 million "area wide" resurfacing contract awarded to Bardon/Aggregate Industries of Greenbelt.

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