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Commissioners Celebrate Constitution Week

LEONARDTOWN—The Commissioners for St. Mary's County paid honor to the U.S. Constitution during a proclamation ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Public Law 915 guarantees the issuance of a Proclamation recognizing the week of September 17 - 23 as Constitution Week. 2014 marks the 227th anniversary of the framing of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention.

In the proclamation the commissioners acknowledged the Constitution as the cornerstone of democracy stating "the Constitution of the United States of America, the guardian of our liberties, embodies the principles of government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law."

Members of the Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution were on hand to accept the proclamation.

Free Mulch Still Available

LEONARDTOWN—The St. Mary's County Department of Public Works & Transportation says it has a supply of free mulch remaining at the St. Andrew's Landfill while supplies last. All St. Mary's County residents are welcome to pick up the mulch (at no charge) at the landfill.

Mulch will be available between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday (the St. Andrew's Landfill is closed on Sundays) until all supplies have been depleted.

Citizens are responsible for the loading and transportation of the mulch and are asked to bring a shovel, pitchfork or similar hand tool to load the mulch. Also, a tarp should be used to cover the load prior to transporting to minimize material from blowing off the vehicle.

If assistance is required, special needs exist or additional information is requested, please contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at (301) 863-8400. Additional Recycling/Solid Waste Program information is available on the web at www.co.saint-marys.md.us/dpw/.

County Accepting Youth Volunteer Coaching Applications

LA PLATA—The Charles County Department of Community Services is accepting applications for qualified volunteer coaches for the 2014-2015 youth indoor sports season. The ideal Charles County youth coach values life lessons like teamwork, sportsmanship, and work ethic. The indoor sports season runs from November through March and includes volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Qualified volunteer coaches are required to hold a minimum of one practice a week, and be available for games on Friday nights and Saturdays.

Volunteer coaches are required to pass a criminal background check. First time volunteer coaches’ application can be found at www.charlescountyparks.com. For more information call 301-934-9305 ext. 5123.

Autumn Colors of Waldorf Photo Contest Begins Sept. 22

LA PLATA—Show the beauty of Waldorf during the autumn season by entering your photo in the 2014 “Autumn Colors of Waldorf: With Pride, We Prosper” photo contest. Photo entries will be accepted starting Monday, Sept.22. To enter the contest, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/autumncolors and upload your photo for consideration. One winner will be selected in each of the three categories: Residential, Business, and Open Space/Recreational Area. Each winner will receive a gift certificate to a local nursery.

The contest runs from Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Nov. 15. Citizens are encouraged to capture images showing places in Waldorf, Md. with an autumn theme. One entry per person. Entries must be submitted by Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Official contest rules will be available online at www.charlescountymd.gov.

Commissioner Vice President Reuben B. Collins, II (District 3) said, “The Autumn Colors of Waldorf photo contest is a continuing segment of the Waldorf Beautification Project. Residents of our county are aware of the importance the hub of Waldorf has in our past and our future. Join together to make Waldorf the best it can be so it will benefit all of Charles County."

For more information, contact the Public Information Office, at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom [at] CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Calvert County Crime Solvers' Case of the Week

PRINCE FREDERICK—Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for two recent burglaries. On September 2, someone burglarized a home on Paulowina Lane in Prince Frederick during the daytime hours, stealing a PlayStation gaming system, controllers, and games. Unknown suspect(s) stole $200 worth of copper pipe and twelve electric motors worth $1,000 from a barn in the 1900 block of Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown between September 2 and 5.

Citizens with information on this crime or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link at www.CalvertCountySheriff.us or by calling 410-535-2880.

If the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Calvert County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners Media Statement: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant Security

PRINCE FREDERICK—Recent media reports have highlighted changes in security measures at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) in Lusby, Md. The Calvert County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) issued the following statement:

"Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is required to meet the security requirements set forth by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). We are satisfied that the NRC has conducted due diligence regarding plant safety and security. We remain fully engaged with senior plant management and are confident that the security measures have been designed to protect the facility, their employees and the public.”

In April 2014 Exelon (formerly Constellation Energy) notified the Board of County Commissioners that enhanced security measures were put in place, resulting in redeployment of gate security guards. All security changes were approved by the NRC. The NRC requires all nuclear power plants to employ a physical protection program that includes intrusion detection and alarm systems, armed response to defend the facilities and other measures that are not shared with the general public.

For further information the public can contact the NRC at 1-800-368-5642 or CCNPP Community Relations at 410-495-5221.

Calvert to Receive $30,000 Safe Routes to School Grant

BALTIMORE—Working to help local jurisdictions across the State ensure children arrive to and from school safely, Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced $3.4 million in grants for the Safe Routes to School Program. The funding will go to 16 projects across Maryland to improve the safety of children, kindergarten through eighth grade, who walk or bike to elementary or middle schools. The Safe Routes to School Program is managed by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) using federal Transportation Alternatives Program funds.

In southern Maryland, Calvert County Department of Public Works will receive $30,000 for an ADA compliant connection from the crosswalk at MD 765 to Appeal Elementary on Appeal Lane.

New MVA Service Allows Customers To Track Centrally Issued Products

Tracking System Now Available to Monitor Status of Products as They are Processed

GLEN BURNIE—To better serve customers, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has launched an on-line product tracking system to track the status of centrally issued learner's permits, driver's licenses, and identification cards (ID).

For the more than 1.4 million Marylanders who receive a learner’s permit, driver’s license, or ID card each year, the product tracking system will provide an easy, fast and free way to monitor the status of their product as it is processed by the MVA.

Learner’s permits, driver’s licenses and ID cards are mailed using standard, first class mail and should arrive within 10 business days. An expedited service is available for customers who wish to receive their product overnight for delivery the next business day, at the current U.S. Postage rate.

Customers can track the progress of their product at www.mva.maryland.gov/product-tracking. To track a product, enter the Soundex number located at the top of the interim document (receipt received from the MVA). The tracking system will display one of the following statuses along with the date the status was completed.

-- New Print Job

-- Queued For Printing

-- Sent To Printing

-- Printed

-- Mailed (US postal tracking number included for expedited items)

“This new service offers a level of transparency to customers, allowing them to monitor their products as they are processed. As we move more transactions to the web, kiosk and mail, the ability to track the processing and mailing it a great customer service tool,” said MVA Administrator Milt Chaffee.

Customers can begin checking their product status approximately 24 hours after completing their initial transaction. Status information is updated by the MVA every 30 minutes. Customers are advised to check their product status periodically before contacting the MVA.

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