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Magnificent Minds Learning Center Now Accepting Students at Tutoring Facility

GREAT MILLS, Md.—Locally owned Magnificent Minds Learning Center has opened a new tutoring facility in St. Mary's County serving grades K-12 in the Southern Maryland area. Magnificent Minds is a state-of-the-art supplemental teaching provider offering personalized, focused and differentiated learning opportunities.

Magnificent Minds Learning Center officials say the opening of their new location will improve understanding of the Common Core strategies, academic achievement and parent-teacher communication in the community. In addition to tutoring, Magnificent Minds also offers specialized summer programs, group sessions and SAT prep.

The new location will permit Magnificent Minds to help parents and children who would otherwise commute up to 60 minutes to the next closest tutoring facility.

In addition to assisting students, Magnificent Minds Learning Center is creating new jobs for local teachers.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Announces Support for Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

WALDORF, Md.—Community Bank of the Chesapeake is proud to support Rappahannock Goodwill Industries with a donation made through its annual Casual for a Cause program. Casual for a Cause is an annual initiative created by Community Bank to help support local organizations while allowing employees to dress casually for the summer. The Bank selects deserving organizations that serve the local community to be recipients of Casual for a Cause funds each year.

"In the ten years since the Casual for a Cause program began, Community Bank has been able to support many wonderful organizations, like Rappahannock Goodwill Industries," said Michael Middleton, Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank. "This campaign truly underscores the generosity of our employees and their commitment to giving back to the communities where they live and work."

Community Bank employees participate in Casual for a Cause by making a donation, which entitles them to "casual dress" from May 1 through Labor Day. This year, contributions to Casual for a Cause totaled $6,500. In addition to Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, the Bank will donate to three other organizations within its service area: the Calvert Library Foundation, St. Mary's Nursing Center and Charles County Dive & Rescue.

"We at Rappahannock Goodwill salute your workforce for their passion to be OF the community, not just IN the community. This unexpected contribution will help Rappahannock Goodwill fulfill its mission, to help persons with barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities, benefit from the power of work," said Donnie Tolson, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Chief Financial Officer.

Rappahannock Goodwill Industries' mission is to provide people with barriers to employment—particularly those with disabilities—an array of quality vocational and educational services so that they can work most independently. They provide direct employment to over 550 individuals, including full time staff and workers in assembly, laundry, retail, custodial and other services, and have assisted countless others find new jobs in the community.

Headquartered in Waldorf, Maryland, Community Bank of the Chesapeake is a full-service commercial bank, with assets over $1 billion. Community Bank has served the communities from Southern Maryland to Fredericksburg, Virginia for over 65 years, making it the oldest independent community bank headquartered in this region. Through its 11 banking centers and three dedicated commercial lending centers, Community Bank of the Chesapeake offers a broad range of financial products and services to individuals and businesses. Community Bank of the Chesapeake is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Community Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: TCFC). More information about Community Bank of the Chesapeake can be found at

New Businesses in Calvert County

Anglers Seafood Bar & Grill
275 Lore Road
Solomons, MD 20688

Express Liquors
3180 Solomons Island Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

FRESH Premium Frozen Yogurt
10072 Southern Maryland Blvd.
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Judy Lee Collectibles
4985 St. Leonard Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Lavender and Lace
2440 Hallowing Point Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

10735 Town Center Blvd., Suite 7
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Pleasant Vapes
135 W. Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sleepy’s, The Mattress Professionals
Fox Run Shopping Center
625 Solomons Island Road North
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

F-35 Achieves Three Major Flight Test Milestones On Same Day

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. and NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, Md.—In three separate flight tests on May 27th, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.

In the Point Mugu Sea Test Range airspace off the Central California coast, an F-35B demonstrated the jet's air-to-air combat capability when it sequentially engaged two aerial targets with two AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) during a Weapon Delivery Accuracy mission.

Test pilot Lt. Col. Andrew 'Growler' Allen tracked two maneuvering drone targets, making the very first dual AMRAAM shot from any F-35 variant, and the first live AMRAAM shot from the F-35B Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant.

"The U.S. Marine Corps, which operates F-35Bs, will be the first military service branch to attain combat-ready Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2015," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin's vice president for F-35 Test & Verification. "This Weapon Delivery Accuracy test highlighted the air combat capability that will give Marine aviators a decisive combat edge in contested airspace."

The F-35's internally-carried AIM-120 AMRAAMs are a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile capable of all-weather day-and-night operations and considered a "fire-and-forget" missile using active target radar guidance.

Flying from Edwards Air Force Base, an F-35A flew a 1.9 hour mission with the first-ever load of Block 3i hardware and software. Block 3i is the next level of capability and is planned to support U.S. Air Force F-35A IOC in 2016.

The F-35C, designed for aircraft carrier operations, completed a landing at its maximum sink speed to test the aircraft's landing gear, airframe and arrestment system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. "Five sorties were conducted, building up the maximum sink rate test condition of 21.4 feet per second, which represents the maximum sink speed planned for this test," McFarlan said. During the tests, the F-35C did three arrestments, several touch and goes and one bolter. The landings were to demonstrate structural readiness for arrested landings on an aircraft carrier at sea.

Fleet-wide, the F-35 has, to date, amassed more than 17,000 flight hours. All three variant aircraft at the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB, Florida, surpassed the 5,000 sorties milestone this week.

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries. Following the U.S. Marine Corps' planned 2015 IOC, the U.S. Air Force and Navy intend to attain IOC in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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