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Free Mulch Available to Charles County Residents

The Department of Public Works Environmental Resources Division is pleased to announce that mulch is available to residents while supplies last. Commercial entities are prohibited.

Mulch locations and hours:

-- Breeze Farm Recycling Center (15950 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island): Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Residents must load mulch themselves)

-- Pisgah Recycling Center (6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata): Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Residents must load mulch themselves)

-- Piney Church Road (5370 Piney Church Road): Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Residents must load themselves). Saturdays Only: Trucks and Trailers will be loaded between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Sept. 27.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works, Environmental Resources Division, 301-932-3599 or 301-870-2778. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Declare July 19–27 as “Buy Local Week”

Pictured, left to right: Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly; Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Dr. Christine L. Bergmark (Executive Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission); Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1); Susan McQuilkin, (Marketing Exec., Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission); Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).
Pictured, left to right: Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly; Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Dr. Christine L. Bergmark (Executive Director, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission); Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1); Susan McQuilkin, (Marketing Exec., Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission); Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Commissioner Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3).

On Tuesday, July 8 the County Commissioners declared July 19–27 as Maryland Buy Local Week in Charles County. The Commissioners encourage all citizens to participate and buy local by pledging to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during “Buy Local Week.” The support for farms in Charles County is found through its citizens’ involvement by consuming fresh locally grown produce offering higher nutrition and better taste while protecting and supporting community agriculture.

Charles County Selected Nation’s Most Digitally Advanced County

The County Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Center for Digital Government has selected Charles County as the nation’s most digitally advanced county in the 150,000 – 249,999 population category. This is the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Information Technology Division’s 12th consecutive year as a recipient of this award and their first year winning in the higher population category.

The 2014 Digital Counties Survey recognizes leading examples of counties using information and communications technology to improve services and boost efficiencies. To be eligible for the award, a county must be a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo). There are 3,069 NACo county members.

Dave Eicholtz, director of the department of Fiscal and Administrative Services said, "To be recognized as one of the most technologically advanced counties in America validates the hard work our Information Technology Division staff achieves annually."

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Through its diverse and dynamic programs and services, the Center provides public and private sector leaders with decision support, knowledge, and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

For more information about the Center for Digital Government, and to view the full list of winners, visit http://www.govtech.com/cdg/.

Fall Coed Adult Kickball League Registration Available

The Charles County Department of Public Works will hold team registration for the upcoming fall coed adult kickball league from Monday, July 14 through Friday, Aug. 1. Games will be played at White Plains Regional Park. Two leagues will be offered, one on Tuesday nights and the other on Wednesday nights. Franchise fee is $450.00 per team.

Teams may register at the Department of Public Works (1001 Radio Station Road, La Plata) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, interested teams should call 301-932-3470 or 301-870-2778 weekdays between 7:30 am and 4 p.m., or visit our website at http://www.charlescountyparks.com.

County Earns Financial Reporting Excellence Award for 12th Year

Pictured, left to right: Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Commissioner Reuben Collins (District 3); Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Dave Eicholtz and Jacqueline Garland (Dept. of Fiscal and Administrative Services); Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1); Holly Sun (GFOA State Representative); William DeAtley (Dept. of Fiscal and Administrative Services) and Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.
Pictured, left to right: Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Commissioner Reuben Collins (District 3); Commissioner Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District 2); Dave Eicholtz and Jacqueline Garland (Dept. of Fiscal and Administrative Services); Commissioner Ken Robinson (District 1); Holly Sun (GFOA State Representative); William DeAtley (Dept. of Fiscal and Administrative Services) and Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly.

On Tuesday, July 8, the Charles County Commissioners recognized the Department of Fiscal and Administrative Services’ Accounting Division for their 12th consecutive year earning a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) selected Charles County Government for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Attend Early Childhood Day and Offer Kids a Great Start

The 2014 Charles County Early Childhood Day event connects parents, caregivers, and early childhood professionals to resources and activities to help children get a jump start on education. The rain or shine event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Capital Clubhouse (3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf).

With a “back-to-school” theme, Early Childhood Day brings child care providers, early learning experts, and organizations that work with children and families together in Charles County. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office will teach kids about safety, My Gym’s Children’s Center will offer physical fitness activities, Charles County Public Library will have reading activities, and the Center for Children will offer developmental screenings. Face painting, balloons, music, games, rock climbing, backpacks, door prizes, storytellers, and storybook characters are just a few of the kid-friendly options available.

Early childhood matters in Charles County. The Early Childhood Advisory Council's mission is that all Charles County children, age newborn through five, enter school ready to learn.

Exhibitor and sponsor registration information is available online at http://www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.

For more information, contact Ms. D. Mia Gray, chair of the Charles County Early Childhood Advisory Council, at 240-299-9978 or DGrayContracting [at] gmail.com.

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