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Recreation and Parks to Present "Hairspray" Summerstock Production

The St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks, in association with the Board of County Commissioners, are pleased to announce this year's Summerstock Musical performance will be "Hairspray" by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman.

Show dates are Friday July 19 - Sunday July 21 and Friday July 26 - Sunday July 28.

Friday and Saturday evening shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. while Sunday evening performances will start at 3:00 p.m. Matinees will be on Saturdays (July 20 & 27) at 1:00 p.m. All shows will take place at the Great Mills High School auditorium.

Tickets are priced at $14 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 years and older and $6 for children 10 years and under. Matinee tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased online at http://www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/summerstock or in person at the Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. Patrons purchasing ticket(s) online must print their ticket(s) and bring to the show for admittance. Online ticket purchases are highly encouraged due to the possibility of shows selling out. Tickets must be purchased no later than 10:00 p.m. the day before the show you plan on attending.

Doors to the School will open one hour before each performance for ticket sales and patrons will enter the auditorium for general seating thirty minutes before each show time. Cash only will be accepted for ticket sales at the door. For more information please call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800.

Open House Scheduled to Discuss Lexington Park Master Plan

A draft of the updated master plan for the Lexington Park Development District has been released be the St. Mary's County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners.

The Department of Land Use and Growth Management will host an open house on Wednesday, July 24 to discuss the draft plan. The public is invited to attend the open house, to be held at the Lexington Park Library from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A copy of the draft plan is now available online at
http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/LPDDstaffdraft0713.pdf. A video summary of the plan is available on the county's YouTube channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_yu6TgZp-0&feature=share&list=UUcDK2_siSdnSnxDKWVtU7JQ

The draft plan is also available for viewing at the three St. Mary's County libraries and at the St. Mary's County Public Information Office, located inside the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.

For further information on the draft plan or the open house, please call 301-475-4200, ext. 1541 or 1500.

The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing during its September 9, 2013 meeting at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to prepare for and attend the hearing.

Please watch for additional open houses to be held in Lexington Park prior to the hearing.

County Leaders Scheduled to Take Part in Annual MACo Summer Conference

Meeting to focus on Maryland tourism & economic growth

Each year, county elected officials, Senators, Delegates, and other representatives of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City gather in Ocean City, Maryland for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference. St. Mary's County government officials make attending the MACo Summer Conference a priority because they gain knowledge and understanding of the most important issues facing local governments. At the conference, they share ideas and find solutions to challenges at home.

The 2013 MACo Summer Conference takes place August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. The theme of the conference is "Bringing it All Back Home," focusing on tourism as an economic driver, ways to plan for and encourage economic growth and how cooperation among different levels of government and the private sector can result in bringing new business to Maryland.

St. Mary's County Commissioner President Jack Russell, a member of MACo's Board of Directors, will moderate a discussion entitled "County Financial Management." Chief Financial Officer Elaine Kramer will make the formal presentation.

"This summer's MACo conference will put St. Mary's County in the spotlight with regard to our fiscal management policies," says Commissioner President Russell. "St. Mary's has weathered the economic storm quite well and we get to share our story with the rest of the state."

Other representatives from St. Mary's County scheduled to attend the conference include Commissioners Cindy Jones, Todd Morgan and County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett.

Fire/Rescue Cadet Positions Now Available

The Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center's Fire/Rescue Program is now accepting applicants for the coming 2013-2014 school year. High School juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll through their respective high school guidance counselors.

The program, in conjunction with the University of Maryland's Fire/Rescue Institute (MFRI), provides the necessary training needed to certify students as "Nationally Certified" Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians in Maryland.

Students in the program earn 17 college credits upon satisfactory completion of all courses. Other program benefits include:

-- Availability of college scholarships

-- Priority employment opportunities in other jurisdictions (for those certified)

-- State Income Tax Credit for three years' service as a volunteer

-- Length of Service Award (retirement) after 25 years' service as a volunteer

-- Chance to become part of an exciting opportunity in your community

For more information about the program, students and parents are asked to contact their high school guidance counselor.

Alcohol Beverage Board to Offer Responsible Alcohol Service Training

Final quarterly training for 2013 coming in August

August will mark the final opportunity for individuals to attend a Responsible Alcohol Service Training (R.A.S.T.) session in 2013.

The program allows individuals to learn how to develop responsible alcohol policies, review issues identified by enforcement agencies and to network among peers, county and state officials.

The final session for the year will take place on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, on the Governmental Center campus in Leonardtown. The session will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The class is free but seating is limited. RSVPs are required. If attendance is mandated, a letter of completion will not be issued if a registrant arrives more than 30 minutes late.

For more information, or to sign up for the class, contact Tamara Hildebrand at 301-475-7844, ext. 1600, via fax to 301-475-3364 or refer to attached flyer.

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