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Recreation and Parks Board Meeting Canceled

The St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Board meeting, originally scheduled for tonight, Thursday, March 3, has been canceled.

Recreation and Parks Board meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of each month. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, at 5:30 p.m., in the commissioners meeting room of the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown.

For more information, please contact the St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-475-4200, ext. *1811.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Compensation Review Commission

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are currently seeking three (3) interested applicants to serve on the 2016 Compensation Review Committee.

Pursuant to Chapter 23 of the St. Mary’s County Code, the St. Mary’s County Compensation Review Commission convenes every four years to review salaries and benefits of St. Mary’s County officials and members of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. The commission also makes recommendations to the St. Mary’s County Commissioners.

Appointees will be expected to attend all schedule 2016 Compensation Review Committee meetings from June–December 2016.

Citizens interested in volunteering their time should complete the application available on the County’s website and attach resume at Applications will be accepted until June 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200 ext. *1700.

Commissioners Promote Awareness of Developmental Disabilities

With the theme “Inclusion is within Everyone’s Ability” as a backdrop the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County proclaimed March 2016 Developmental Disability Awareness Month. The event is held to remind everyone that everyone’s lives are made much richer when individuals open their minds and hearts to those who have different perspectives and experiences.

“We want to highlight the many ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution and focus on the abilities of all people,” said Commissioner John O’Connor (3rd District).

Commissioners pledged to offer full support to efforts that assist people with developmental disabilities to make choices which enable them to live successful lives and realize their potential. They also urged all citizens to get to know someone with a disability and ask ‘What’s Your Story?’ and to remember that every person’s story holds a promise to educate and inspire others.

Commissioners Proclaim Financial Literacy Month

With financial literacy an essential component to ensuring citizens are prepared to manage money, credit, investments and debt, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County proclaimed April 2016 as Financial Literacy month in the county.

Students from Chopticon High School’s National Academy of Finance were on hand to receive the proclamation. The group appears before the commissioners annually to highlight the importance of financial literacy across the entire community.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to take charge of money, to control debt, and to realize the importance of saving,” said Commissioner John O’Connor (3rd District). “Local organizations and schools, provide support for financial literacy education in order to encourage members of the community to make effective decisions regarding the use and management of money.”

According to the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, nearly half of all adults are concerned they have not paid enough attention to managing their finances and 48 percent are concerned they don't know enough about financial planning.

The commissioners invited citizen support for financial education and promote events centering on effective handling of money and dealing with debt. The also encouraged students graduating from St. Mary’s County high schools to take individual responsibility for their personal economic well-being.

Volunteers Encouraged to Apply for Boards, Commissions and Committees

If you’ve been wondering how you can play a more active role in your community, St. Mary’s County has the answer for you.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County seeks citizens interested in volunteering on various Boards, Committees and Commissions. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership application can be found on the county’s website at All applications must include a resume and be submitted not later than May 27, 2016.

• Airport Advisory Committee

• Ethics Commission

• Ag, Seafood & Forestry Commission

• Economic Development Commission

• Building Code of Appeals Board

• Social Services Board

• Commission for Women

• Transportation Advisory Commission

• Commission on Aging

• Tri-County Animal Shelter Advisory Board

• Commission on the Environment

The following vacancies have special requirements:

• Adult Public Guardianship Board—Registered Nurse

• Family Violence Coordinating Council—Family or Survivor of Violence, Member of the Clergy, and Advocate Member

• Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board—Must complete a biographical information form and Disclosure form found at

• Metropolitan Commission Board—Must live in the First, Second or Ninth District

• Plumbing Gas Fuel Board—Must be a licensed plumber

• Sheriff’s Office Retirement Plan Board—Must have financial experience

For more information contact Diane Gleissner at 301-475-4200, ext. *1700.

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