Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Commissioner Robinson’s May 17 Town Hall Meeting Canceled

Citizens are advised that Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1) is canceling his “Coffee with the Commissioner” town hall meeting event scheduled for Saturday, May 17 because he will be attending a meeting of the Southern Maryland Homeowners Association Federation during that time.

The Southern Maryland Homeowners Association Federation meeting will be held Saturday, May 17 at the Colonial Charles Homeowners Association (3235 Shadow Park Lane, Waldorf). The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m., and is open to the public. Any citizen wishing to discuss county matters with Commissioner Robinson are invited to speak with him following this event.

Future town hall meeting dates are available at

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-645-0580 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

June is Adopt-a-Cat Month

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is offering a reduced-fee cat adoption event in June to help find loving homes for cats. The shelter will take in more than 400 cats in June. Many are loving and friendly house cats looking for a new home.

View available cats in the free-roaming cat room on the cat cam at

Preview the cats before coming to adopt. Watch the beautiful calico cat, Dot, who was brought in as a stray, and Sebastian, a Maine Coon cat with long flowing hair who was turned in because the owners were moving. These two cats, and many others, are desperately searching for a new home.

These are just a couple of the many cats available for adoption, so if you've thought of adding a feline to your family, adopt a cat for just $5 and join the Tri-County Animal Shelter as we celebrate national Adopt-a-Cat-Month in June.

The Tri-County Animal Shelter is located at 6707 Animal Shelter Road in Hughesville. Shelter staff can be reached at 301-932-1713 or 800-903-1992. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To view animals available for adoption, visit or to find your “purrfect” pet.

Dr. Ralph Eshelman to Speak on Battles, Raids and Graves

Speech to follow tribute to War of 1812 veterans and groundbreaking ceremony

Join Dr. Ralph Eshelman at St. Francis de Sales Church Hall (7185 Benedict Ave, Benedict) on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. to learn about the War of 1812 and its impact on Benedict.

Dr. Ralph Eshelman has more than 30 years of cultural resource management experience, and served as a consultant for the National Park Service Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Comprehensive Management Plan. He has visited every known War of 1812 site in the Chesapeake Bay region, and is considered a leading expert. Dr. Eshelman is a former board member of the Maryland Humanities Council and author of several books on the War of 1812.

Prior to Dr. Eshelman’s presentation, the public is invited to join the U.S. Daughters of 1812 for a waterside memorial tribute to war of 1812 veterans at 2 p.m. A groundbreaking ceremony for Benedict waterfront enhancements and a procession along Benedict Avenue will take place following the memorial tribute.

Celebrate Charles: March from Benedict is hosting additional upcoming events. To learn more about the War of 1812, mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27 as Dr. Julie Schablitsky and Carol Cowherd give an update on recent archeology, and on Sunday, Aug. 31 as Howard Post leads a historical walk through Benedict.

For more information, contact Sheila Geisert at 301-645-0682 or GeisertS @ Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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