St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

Lexington Park Business and Community Association Meeting

The next meeting of the Lexington Park Business and Community Association will be held on Wednesday, November 13th at Compass Systems located at 21471 Great Mills Road in the Pax River Office Park directly across MD Rt. 246 from the Southern Maryland Golf Center. The business meeting will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and anyone and everyone who supports the betterment of Lexington Park is invited to attend.

Topics for discussion include:

-- Special thanks to Barbara Saylor and PNC Bank and recap of the October Discover Lexington Park event

-- Premier of Channel 10's Discover Lexington Park interviews with local celebrities

-- Status of COPS initiative

-- Status of FDR Blvd. and Patuxent Park reconstruction projects

-- Planning for the Discover Lexington Park for the Holidays initiative

County Government Remembers Former Commissioner Dement

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners joins county employees in remembering Kenneth R. "Kenny" Dement. The former two term commissioner passed away on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Prior to serving on the Board of County Commissioners Mr. Dement worked for the St. Mary's County Public School system as a school bus driver and bus driver trainer for 20 years. He retired from the school system in in 1997.

Mr. Dement had been involved in various local civic activities over the years. A lifelong sportsman, he received numerous awards for his contributions to St. Mary's County softball leagues. A founder of the SMC Slow Pitch Softball League, Mr. Dement served as League President for over 30 years. In addition, he is one of the founders and former President of the SMC Softball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Dement was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2065 and was previously a board member of the St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks Board.

"I am saddened to hear of Ken's passing," said Commissioner President Jack Russell. "He was a loyal servant to the people of St. Mary's County. I enjoyed working with him and his presence will truly be missed."

Dement's final term as Commissioner expired in November 2010.

Commissioner President Jack Russell has ordered all county flags lowered for a period of five business days effective immediately in remembrance of former Commissioner Dement. This order expires at sunset on Tuesday, November 19.

Recreation and Parks to Bring the Spirit of the Season with Santa's Workshop

The St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks is set to bring the North Pole to Southern Maryland.

Santa's Workshop will come to the Hollywood Recreation Center on Saturday December 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children between the ages of 3 and 14 are invited. Recreation and Parks staff will transform the recreation center into a Winter Wonderland, providing a unique experience for parents and children alike.

Santa's Workshop will give parents a kid-free shopping day. Children will participate in holiday themed crafts, gift making, games and activities. A pancake brunch will be provided. The big man himself, Santa, will make an appearance and every child will have their picture taken with him.

The cost for this event is $35 per child and $25 for each additional sibling. All children must pre-register and space will be limited.

Registration is available online at, at the Recreation & Parks office in Leonardtown or via mail to P.O. Box 653 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

For more information call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800 or 1801.

Recreation and Parks to Offer Adult Drop-In Basketball

Calling all adults ages 18 & up. Join us for pick up basketball in an informal setting at a great price.

Come for a workout, meet some new friends and just enjoy playing. No refs, no uniform costs. We will incorporate a short court play and provide a gym supervisor. You just need to bring yourself and some friends.

Location: Margaret Brent Recreation Center
Fee: $5 per night
When: Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00pm
Dates: 12/04/2013 - 3/26/2014

For more information contact Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 ext. 1830 or via email to

St. Mary's County Awarded Program Open Space Funding For Recreation and Parks Upgrades

Governor Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Board of Public Works have approved $185,000 in Program Open Space funding for two Recreation and Parks projects in St. Mary's County.

$125,000 will be used to build a five mile section of the Three Notch Trail from Mechanicsville to New Market. This addition will allow hikers and cyclists to enjoy a continuous 11-mile section of trail, from beyond the county line in Charlotte Hall to Baggett Park in Laurel Grove.

"This comes as very good news for those who use the trail in the northern part of the county," said Commissioner President Jack Russell. "Adding the additional miles makes the trail an even more attractive recreational asset for citizens and visitors to St. Mary's County."

St. Mary's County was also awarded an additional $60,000 to replace rundown flooring in the gymnasium and wellness/recreation room inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown.

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