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Commission on Aging to Meet

The Commission on Aging will hold a meeting on Monday, February 10 at 1 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center. The meeting is for planning purposes and is not a regularly scheduled meeting of the commission.

Citizens Should be On Alert for One Ring Phone Scam

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office wants to alert all citizens of a phone scam now taking place. If you receive a call on your cellphone, preceded by just one or two rings, chances are its part of a new One Ring phone scam now spreading across the U.S.

International scammers have programmed computers to place millions of calls to cellphone numbers. The phones will ring once or twice, then disconnect. The objective is to make you curious enough to dial that number back.

The "gotcha" happens when you return the call. Callers will be charged $19.95 for the international call fee itself and $9 per minute thereafter. Most times consumers say they hear music and then advertising, so they think nothing of staying on the phone.

If you think you've been a victim of the One Ring scam, you should immediately alert your phone carrier and keep an eye on your cellphone bill. If you have not already done so, opt out of all third-party billing to your phone.

Sheriff's Vehicles Now Equipped with AEDs

The Department of Emergency Services & Technology, along with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, is pleased to announce the completion of its Law Enforcement Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program.

The county has outfitted Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles with AEDs for some time. Following a recommendation from Emergency Medical Service Medical Director, Dr. Michael Somers, the Department of Emergency Services and Technology obtained grant money to equip all patrol vehicles with AEDs.

This week the sheriff's office received 30 new AEDs.

Law enforcement is a vital link in the chain of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Tickets Now Available for 2014 Women's History Month Banquet

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, Oliver Group, Inc. President and CEO, to deliver keynote

The St. Mary's County Commission for Women will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center in Leonardtown. Tickets are now on sale.

This year's theme is "Celebrating Women of Courage, Character, and Commitment." The Commission will also recognize outstanding charitable and civic service to the community by awarding the 2014 Woman of the Year and 2014 Woman of Tomorrow awards. Loretta Anne Dove, a retired Logistic Program Analyst, will be the recipient of the Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Dove has also coordinated Blood Pressure Screenings and Stroke Prevention Programs and volunteered extensively for the Cancer Society and St. Mary's County Schools.

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow, President and CEO of The Oliver Group, Inc., a public policy and communications company based in Washington, DC, will deliver the keynote address. Oliver-Farrow is a recognized leader in the Hispanic community and served for six years on the board of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She has over 40 years of public relations, marketing and production experience and is a media consultant to CEOs and senior executives regarding corporate initiatives.

Tickets for the banquet are $20 each and are sold in advance only. Tickets will not be available at the door. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. To reserve a seat to the banquet, complete a ticket reservation form available on the Commission for Women's webpage at or call the Department of Aging and Human Services, Division of Human Services at 301-475-4200, extension 1849.

Completed reservation forms, along with payment for each ticket, can be mailed to: Commission for Women, c/o Amber Norris, Division of Human Services, P. O. Box 653, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Checks should be made payable to "The St. Mary's County Commission for Women." Proceeds from the banquet will go to the Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland in Leonardtown.

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