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St. Mary's Co. Gov. News Briefs

St. Clement's Island Museum to Host Children's Day

The St. Clement's Island Museum will hold its Children's Day event on Saturday, August 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free balloons, face painting, games, crafts, activities, snow cones and goody bags. The first 200 kids will receive a reusable water bottle.

Community heroes from the Seventh District Fire Department, Seventh District Rescue Squad and Med-Star Hospital will offer activities promoting health and safety. Leslie Corbin will introduce Zumba exercise fun and Hometown Karaoke & DJ Services will have everyone dancing to kid-friendly tunes.

The Seventh District Optimist Club will provide a 50 cent meal menu and a free bike raffle.

Children 12 years and younger may enjoy free boat rides to St. Clement's Island State Park. The last boat ride to the island will depart from the museum pier at 2 p.m. and the last boat to return from the island will be at 3 p.m.

The Crab Claw Museum Store will offer a selection of souvenirs, books, games, and more. Children can participate in a puzzle challenge and win a small prize.

The St. Clement's Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Rd. in Colton's Point, MD. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible but the water taxi and island are not. For more information please call the St. Mary's county Museum Division at 301-769-2222 or visit In the event of rain or high winds boat service will be cancelled and elements of the program will be moved inside the museum.

Deadline Extended for Exhibitors and Sponsors to Take Part in the 2015 Community Health Fair: The Way to Wellness

Several opportunities remain for companies and non-profit organizations to participate as exhibitors, presenters or sponsors at the annual Department of Aging and Human Services Community Health Fair: The Way to Wellness.

This year's event takes place on Friday, October 30, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619. Attendance at this community event has increased each year; the 2014 event drew more than 800 visitors and even more are expected this year. A variety of comprehensive health screenings and wellness information will be featured.

Sponsors may choose participate by making a monetary donation or offering door prizes. All sponsors will be recognized in marketing releases if a commitment is received by fax or mail prior to August 8. Sponsorships are still needed after that date, but recognition opportunities will be limited.

For more information, call Jennifer Stone at 301-475-4200, ext. 1073 or visit the Aging and Human Services website at and look for the Health Fair tab.

County Leaders Will Discuss Strategies and Economic Growth Opportunities at MACo Summer Conference

MACo's Summer Conference is an annual event which brings together county elected officials, county staff, state and federal officials, and business representatives to study best practices in local governance and explore partnerships which go to better serve the people of Maryland. Local government officials make attending the MACo Summer Conference a priority because they gain knowledge and understanding of the most important local government issues and they are able to share ideas and find solutions to challenges at home.

The 2015 Summer Conference takes place August 12-15 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year's conference theme is "Energize. Capitalize. Mobilize," with a focus on being proactive about today's economy. This conference will focus on the challenges county governments can address, actions they can take, and strengths they can leverage to achieve the best gains for Maryland's counties and citizens. Participants will learn about the current economy from the local government perspective, how they can foster economic growth and improve the business climate, and strategic partners available at all levels of government so they can work together to make significant strides towards a healthier economic outlook for Maryland.

Commissioner President Randy Guy, a MACo Legislative Committee member, will attend the conference. Commissioners Tom Jarboe, Mike Hewitt and Todd Morgan will also be in attendance. Chief Financial Officer Jeannett Cudmore and Public Information Officer Tony Jones are attending as well.

Participants will have access to 35 educational sessions, covering issues on infrastructure, public safety, budget, education, planning, management, development, and more. The conference offers attendees the chance to hear from experts to learn from their experiences and insights.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days Coming This Summer and Fall

The time for citizens to clean out barns, basements, sheds, garages, storage areas under kitchen sinks, etc. has arrived. Residents will have two opportunities to properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials and household hazardous waste.

The St. Andrew's Landfill will host Hazardous Waste Collection days on Saturday, August 22 and Saturday, November 21. Both events will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Hazardous waste items which will be accepted for collection include Acids, Ammonia, Bleach, Cleaners, Fuels, Gas/Oil Mixtures, Gasoline, Household and Lawn Pesticides, Mercury Thermometers, Photography Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Wood Preservatives, Paint Thinners, and Alkyd (oil-based) Paint. Since Latex Paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust, or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. If, however citizens are unable to do so, Latex Paint will also be accepted.

Items which will not be accepted include Ammunition, Asbestos, Explosive Materials, Medical Waste, Pharmaceuticals, Radioactive Materials, and Picric Acid.

Almost 35 tons of materials were collected during last year's event. Help us collect even more this year and dispose of it through safe, environmentally responsible practices.

For more information please contact the St. Mary's Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-863-8400. You can also log on to their website at

Parents Reminded of Back-To-School Immunizations

The St. Mary’s County Health Department reminds parents that now is the time to review their child’s immunizations records to make sure they are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Parents are encouraged to contact their primary health care provider as soon as possible if they have questions about their child’s vaccination status or to make an appointment for required immunizations.

Proof of complete primary immunizations against certain childhood communicable diseases is required for all students in preschool through the 12th grade. Maryland law requires that students who do not provide proof of vaccination within 20 days of entrance be excluded from school. For students entering kindergarten and 7th grade, immunization regulations require the following:

• Proof of a second dose of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination is required for students entering kindergarten.

• Proof of Tdap vaccination, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), is required for students entering 7th grade.

• Proof of one dose of MCV4 (meningitis) vaccination, is required for students entering 7th grade.

For more information about back-to-school school vaccination requirements in Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) website

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