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Commission for Women Announces Meeting Date Change

The date St. Mary's County Commission for Women' October meeting has been changed due to the Columbus Day holiday.

The Commission will now meet Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 14 of the Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

Free Document Shredding to be Offered at Community Health Fair

Are you looking for a secure way of discarding those once important documents which are no longer needed? Just come to the annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness, and you can do that for free!

A commercial shredder truck will be available on Friday, October 24, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to safely and securely shred your unwanted documents. Simply bring all of the paperwork you no longer want to the shredder truck. Uniformed personnel will then shred your sensitive documents in their state of the art mobile shredding truck. You can witness the destruction and they will even provide a certificate of destruction for your records. No need to remove paper clips, binder clips or staples!

The shredder truck is being offered as part of the Annual Health Fair: The Way to Wellness at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road in Hollywood. The fair will run from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Health Fair is an exciting event which hosts activities, screenings and exhibits aimed at promoting health and wellness-for all ages. No pre-registration is required and admission is free.

For more information about the Health Fair, contact Jennifer Stone at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073.

2014 State of the County Video Now Available for Viewing

Citizens seeking a unique way of reviewing the work of county departments during fiscal year 2014 can view the 2014 St. Mary's State of the County Video Report.

The video report details activities, events and projects ongoing and completed since September, 2013. Highlights of the video include an overview of the FY15 county budget, construction projects currently underway and a review of significant events which have taken place over the past year.

"This year's video is even more extensive than last year's debut production," said Tony Jones, St. Mary's County Public Information Officer and anchor of the video program. "I believe the video will be a real eye opener for anyone wanting to learn more about all of the work being done by the county."

The 2014 video takes on more of a traditional newscast format, with department directors playing the role of reporters as they explain their programs and projects for the year. The video took nearly four months to produce. This is the second year a video report has been produced by the St. Mary's County Public Information Office.

The 2014 State of the County Video Report can be viewed online on the Public Information Office webpage at Simply scroll down the page to the "View current and past State of the County reports" section. The 2014 video can be selected from the drop down menu in the right column one next line down. Those seeking an abbreviated Executive Summary can choose to view (or download) that document in the drop down column next to the video column.

Volunteers Sought for Veterans Day Parade

If you've enjoyed viewing Maryland's largest Veterans Day parade each year, why not be part of the behind the scenes team which makes the annual event go?

Volunteers are now being recruited for the 39th Annual Veterans Day Parade, to take place in the Town of Leonardtown on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. and concludes with a memorial wreath-laying ceremony in the Town Square.

Volunteers are needed for parade setup and tear down. Set up begins at 7 a.m. and tear down generally ends by 2 p.m.

Parking for volunteers is available in the Town public lots on Park Avenue and Courthouse Drive, as well as side streets and the lot behind Olde Towne Insurance on Washington Street.

Those interested in volunteering should check in with Maria Fleming or Laschelle McKay by 7 a.m. to be briefed and assigned to one of the following duties by personnel in Leonardtown:

-- Closing off the streets into Town

-- Manning road blocks

-- Directing traffic

-- Facilitating communication with shuttle drivers

-- Manning satellite parking lots (directing parking and shuttles) at:

--- St. Mary's County Fairgrounds (for spectator parking)

--- College of Southern Maryland (for spectator parking)

--- Leonardtown Middle School )for parade participant drop off)

-- Escorting VIP's

-- Set up and tear down of tables, chairs and stage

-- Other duties as assigned

Volunteer activities available from the Parade Coordinator:

-- Directing traffic at St. Mary's Ryken High School staging area

-- Assisting with parade line up at Ryken High School

-- Set up and tear down of signs

-- Site Clean up

Volunteers should dress appropriately as all activities will be outdoors. For set up and tear down, work gloves are recommended but not necessary. Bottled water is generally provided and volunteers may bring their own food and drinks. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities for the Veterans Day Parade, please contact Maria Fleming at 301-475-9791 (office), 240-421-9089 (cell) or via email at maria.fleming2 [at]

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