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State Provides additional $125,000 for community park on the 120-acre Hayden Farm

St. Mary’s County will receive $125,000 of additional state Program Open Space funding to go toward the design and construction of a new community park on the 120-acre Hayden Farm property in Leonardtown. Plans for the park include multi-purpose athletic fields, baseball/softball fields, a playground, an off-leash dog park, restroom facilities and parking.

Historic St. Mary’s City CWMA to Open to Deer Hunting

Two deer standing in high grass in front of a forest Starting January 24, there will be a new public hunting opportunity available in St. Mary’s County. The 170-acre Historic St. Mary’s City Cooperative Wildlife Management Area (CWMA) will be open to regulated deer hunting only. The site will follow the season dates and bag limits in the 2014-2015 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in Maryland.

To access the area, hunters must possess a seasonal permit (free) and schedule their reservation in advance through the Myrtle Grove WMA office. Hunters must park in the designated parking area. For more information, to reserve access, or to apply for the DNR Southern Region Public Hunting Permit, click here or call the office at 301-743-5161.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Historic St. Mary’s City created this new opportunity to provide managed public hunting access to the site. Historic St. Mary’s City is a Maryland State agency and living history museum. Learn more at

Tickets Now Available for 2015 Women's History Month Banquet

St. Mary's College of Maryland President Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan to deliver keynote

The St. Mary's County Commission for Women will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland.

This year's theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." The Commission will present the 2015 Woman of the Year and 2015 Woman of Tomorrow awards in recognition of outstanding charitable and civic service to the community.

Lynn Fitrell has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Fitrell has been a champion of women's causes for more than thirty years. She was the founder and director of the Women's Center for Southern Maryland. Ms. Fitrell saw a need to provide resources and legal assistance to persons experiencing domestic violence. Armed with pure determination, she wrote grants, hired staff and negotiated pro bono services while at the same time jumping through hoops to begin to meet that need. Her services to the women of St. Mary's County and the State of Maryland are astounding. She has been on the forefront of important legislation for women and continues to educate, advocate and strengthen our community through unselfish giving of her time and talent.

Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan is the seventh President of St. Mary's College of Maryland. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the college. Dr. Jordan has served as an administrator for more than a decade, having been Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Science Education Alliance of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland. She has also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Jordan holds a B.S. in chemistry from Fisk University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University. She has been recognized for her contributions in education with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and as a Purdue University Distinguished Alumni.

Tickets for the banquet cost $25 each and will be sold in advance only. Tickets will not be available at the door. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, March 11, 2015. To reserve a seat at the banquet, complete a ticket reservation form available on the Commission for Women's webpage at or call the Department of Aging and Human Services, Division of Human Services at 301-475-4200 extension 1680.

Completed reservation forms, along with payment for each ticket, can be mailed to: Commission for Women, c/o Amber Hebert, Division of Human Services, P. O. Box 653, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. Checks should be made payable to "The St. Mary's County Commission for Women."

Proceeds from the banquet will go to the Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown, Maryland.

Museum Board of Trustees to Hold Special Meeting

The Museum Board of Trustees, St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks, will hold a special meeting to discuss budgetary matters on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will take place in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building, 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown.

Museum Board of Trustees meetings are generally held every other month, on the second Monday of the month, beginning in January, in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building.

For more information, please contact the St. Mary's County Museum Division at (301) 769-3235.

Notice of Public Meeting: Patuxent Park Water and Sewer Replacement Phase 3: Capital Improvement Project Nos. 8122WR & 8124SR

In accordance with Section 113-5 of the Code of St. Mary's County, the St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) will hold a Public Meeting to notify and inform the community regarding the proposed Patuxent Park Water Main Replacement Phase 3 Project No. 8122WR and Patuxent Park Sewer Replacement Phase 3 Project No. 8124SR. These projects are MetCom's third phase of Patuxent Park's water & sewer replacement and rehabilitation efforts that include systems on Saratoga Drive (from Great Mills Road to Franklin Road), Midway Drive (from Saratoga Drive to Bunker Hill Road), Card Road, Wasp Road, Yorktown Road, St. Lo Place, Cabot Place, Suwanee Place, and Kearsage Place, located in the Patuxent Park subdivision. The infrastructure within the Patuxent Park subdivision was constructed by the U. S. Navy in the mid 1940's and the water & sewer systems require replacement and/or rehabilitation.

The project will include replacement of approximately 7,500 linear feet of water line, 170 water services, fifteen (15) fire hydrants, appurtenances and associated restoration. Project construction will also include rehabilitation and/or replacement of approximately 7,500 linear feet of sewer line, 170 sewer services, and installation of three (3) new manholes, appurtenances and associated restoration. Project construction is anticipated to start approximately June 2015. The estimated total Phase 3 cost for this water and sewer system rehabilitation is $4,576,000.

The Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, Station 3 - Social Hall, 46900 South Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, Maryland. The proposed contract documents, which include plans and specifications, can be inspected at the time of the meeting or at MetCom's Engineering Department office located at 23121 Camden Way, California, MD, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.

All interested persons are invited to attend this Public Meeting to ask questions or present their comments and suggestions regarding this project. Please contact the Metropolitan Commission offices at 301-737-4700 Ext. 301 for more information, or if you cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit questions or provide comments.

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