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Third Annual Pride in the Park Parade Set to Roll Through Lexington Park This Saturday

The 3rd annual Lexington Park Pride in the Park Parade steps off this on Saturday at 10 a.m. This year's march will honor the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Tim Cameron will serve as the parade's Honorary Grand Marshal. Among those joining this year's march include the Leonardtown High School Raider band, the Pax River Naval Air Station color guard, the Lexington Park Rotary Club's King Oyster, Great Mills H.S. Navy JROTC, Patuxent River Sail and Power Squadron, SMECO, Taylor Gas Company and many more. Dignitaries scheduled to appear include the St. Mary's County Commissioners, Delegate John Bohanan and several candidates for county and state elected offices.

Due to construction delays the planned ceremonial ribbon cutting, marking the completion of construction of FDR Blvd, between Great Mills Road and South Shangri-La Drive, has been canceled. This will have no impact any other aspect of the parade.

The parade begins at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department parking lot, along South Shangri-La Drive. The route continues along South Shangri-La to South Essex to Great Mills Road. The march then makes its way back to the fire department via the alley adjacent to Raley's Home Furnishings.

Candidates Forum Scheduled for Rebroadcast

This week's League of Women Voters of St. Mary's County's candidates forum, featuring candidates running for state delegate and state senate, will re-air over St. Mary's County Government TV 95 (SMCG TV 95), on Metrocast Cable, Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.

The forum will air on May 3 at 8 p.m. and again on May 4 at 7 p.m.

The April 22 candidate forum, featuring Board of Education and County Commissioner candidates, is currently available on the SMCG TV webpage on the county's website at Go to the Special Programs section and select 4/22/14pm to view.

Volunteers Sought for Boards, Commissions and Committees

Have you been searching for an opportunity to play a more active role in your community? Now here's your chance.

The St. Mary's Board of County Commissioners is calling all citizens interested in volunteering their time to the community by serving on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership application are available on the County's website at All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than June 2, 2014.

Some of the board which currently have vacancies are:

-- Board of Code Appeals

-- Commission for Women

-- Commission on the Environment

-- Human Relations Commission

-- Recreation & Parks Board

-- Transportation Advisory Commission

-- Tri County Community Action

-- Wicomico Scenic River Commission

Citizens interested in applying to become a member of one of the boards can download an application from the county's website or contact Diane Gleissner at (301) 475-4200 ext. 1700 for more information.

County Agencies to Team Up with Partner Agencies to Present Youth Drug Summit

On the heels of the Southern Maryland's first Drug Summit for Parents on March 7, the St. Mary's County Department of Aging and Human Services, along with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, St. Mary's County Health Department and St. Mary's County Public Schools, will again partner with Walden Sierra for a Youth Drug Summit.

The summit will be held Monday, May 19 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road in California from 6 - 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is targeted to youth between the ages of 12 and 18 and their parents.

Attendees will have an opportunity to:

-- Hear directly from a young person in recovery

-- Play Generation Rx, an interactive game about young people facing real-life decisions about opiate abuse

-- See and discuss the video Falling, made by and for youth about opiate abuse

-- Parents can participate ion breakout session

Youth and parents will have their chance to have a say about opiate abuse in St. Mary's County and help others. Youth are highly encouraged to attend this important event with or without their parents. Food will be available and prizes given away.

For more information call 301-997-1300 ext. 804 or email lauraw @

Commission for People with Disabilities to Present Awards Program

The Commission for People with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, presents its annual Awards program. The program celebrates contributions made by individuals and businesses in our community, and to raise awareness regarding persons with disabilities.

Award categories include: Volunteer, Notable Employer, Care Partner, Innovative Program and Vicki Brown Award (Student Award and Adult Award). Descriptions and applications can be found on the Commission for People with Disabilities website at

Applications will be accepted through June 1 and should be submitted to: Cynthia Brown, Department of Human Services, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

For additional information, please contact Christina Bishop at (301) 475-4200 extension 1802 or Rebecca Kessler at (301) 475-4200 extension 1061.

Adults Can Experience the Days of Their Youth with Kickball

The St. Mary's County Department of Recreation & Parks is again bringing back the popular childhood game of kickball. That's right, the very same game you played as a child … kickball!

Registration for the Co-Ed Adult Kickball League is now open. This great playground pastime is back for adults 18 and older to enjoy. Rivalries, cheering, and general fun are highly encouraged; but if you are an individual looking for an extremely competitive sport, well, our leagues may not be for you. The idea behind kickball - past and present - is to have fun first, win second. Win or lose, what's better than being out there having fun with friends?

Games are played Saturday afternoons at Dorsey Park in Hollywood, MD. Teams will play 1-2 games each day with each game taking 60 minutes. Registration is $200 per team.

Go to to register your team or stop by our main office in Leonardtown.

For more information contact Kyle Kebaugh at 301-4754200 ext. 1803 or kyle.kebaugh @

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