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Meeting Location Change for Commission on Aging Meeting

The May 23 Commission on Aging meeting will be held at the Northern Senior Activity Center. The center is located at 29655 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. The Meeting will take place from 1–3 p.m.

For more information, please call the Department of Aging & Human Services at 301-475-4200, ext. *1051.

May 15-21 is Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Week

St. Mary's County Government asks residents to take action now to prepare

May 15–21 is Hurricane Preparedness Week in Maryland. The St. Mary's County Department of Emergency Services & Technology is teaming up with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to promote citizen awareness and preparedness. The Atlantic Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Most hurricane-like weather is seen mid-August and late October. St. Mary's County is most at risk for strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding, and other severe weather.

"Residents should prepare for flooding, since that is a high risk in our area during a hurricane," said Commissioner President Randy Guy. "Determine if you live or work in a flood prone zone and know how to evacuate. If there is a hurricane in the forecast, listen to emergency officials and keep lines of communication open with your friends, family, and neighbors." In addition, residents can take the following actions now in order to prepare for hurricane season:

• Clear out rain gutters so water doesn't back up and end up in your house.

• Around the dinner table, talk to your family about where you would meet in the event of an emergency.

• If you have pets, identify some pet-friendly hotels in case you have to evacuate.

• Program "In Case of Emergency" contacts into your phone.

• Teach friends and family members to text on their cell-phones, text messages can often get through when phone calls can't.

• Make copies of important documents for your emergency kit. (medications, medical information, proof of address, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.) Consider putting them on a secure flash drive, as well.

• Get an extra set of house and car keys made for your emergency kit.

• Download the free MARYLAND Prepares mobile app, which includes weather and emergency alerts at

• Teach everyone how to turn off the utilities in your house (electricity, gas, water, etc.) so they can do it in case of an evacuation.

• Pick up canned goods when your store has a sale, they will last a long time and ensure you will have something to eat if you can't go out to the store.

More information can be found on the web at and

Public Invited to Flag Day Ceremony

Event start time moved to 4:30 p.m.

Flag Day 2016 festivities, co-sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary's County and the Leonardtown Commissioners, will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Due to a scheduling conflict, the start time for this year's event is being moved up to 4:30 p.m.

The event will be held on the Governmental Center Lawn in Leonardtown. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center, adjacent to the lawn.

Musical entertainment is scheduled followed by a procession by various color guards and veterans groups from around the county. A formal ceremony and Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance follows the procession.

The Seventh District Optimist Club will provide refreshments and free hand-held American Flags will be distributed to all in attendance.

For more information, contact the St. Mary's County Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext. *1340.

Leonard Hall Recreation Center to Host Open Skate Events

Skaters of all ages are invited to strap on their skates, grab family and friends and come out to Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown for a fun afternoon or evening of roller skating.

Open Skate sessions are held on Friday afternoons during the summer months and Saturday evenings throughout the year.

Summer Open Skate

Ages: All ages

Days: Fridays

Dates: June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12

Time: 1–3 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. Skaters can bring their own skates or rent a pair for $2.50 per person

Yearly Open Skate

Ages: All ages

Days: Saturdays, year round

Time: 6–9 p.m.

Cost: $5 per person. Skaters can bring their own skates or rent a pair for $2.50 per person

For more information call (301) 475-4200, ext. *1800.

Recreation and Parks Offering Bus Trip to Upcoming Baltimore Orioles - New York Yankees Game

Looking for a great Father's Day gift? Why not enjoy his special day by taking him on a trip to watch the Orioles take on the New York Yankees! Save money on parking and avoid the hassle of driving by taking a relaxing, comfortable ride on a coach bus to Baltimore.

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016

Depart: 10:30 a.m. from 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown

Game Time: 1:35 p.m.

Return: 7 p.m.

Cost: $85 per person. Cost includes round trip charter bus transportation and game day ticket (seat location: Left Field, Lower Box, Section 66)

If you prefer tickets can be purchased without the bus ride for just $43 each (holders of these tickets would have to drive themselves to the game). All tickets are available on a first come first serve basis. Ticket only sales (no bus ride) can only be purchased by walking in the Recreation and Parks main office in Leonardtown.

To register online, go to this page.

For more information call 301-475-4200 *1800 or *1801.

Evaluations Upcoming for Nationally Ranked Cougars Elite Competitive Cheerleading Program

Cougars Elite Competitive Cheerleading (CEC) is set to begin year seven as a competitive cheerleading program in St. Mary's County. The program boasts numerous accomplishments and national titles.

This past season Cougars' teams have seen great success and growth in their program earning multiple national titles and 1st Place finishes at:

• The US Finals

• Mid-Atlantic Championship

• Maryland Cup Nationals

• Maryland Madness

• Battle at the Capital

• Maryland State Cheerstarz

Five teams, PROWL, FIERCE, CLAWS, PRIDE and SPARKLE KATZ, make up the program. CEC's primary focus is not only to prepare and compete in state and national competitions, but to teach athletes self-confidence, athleticism and sportsmanship. During the year, squads concentrate on all components of cheerleading, including tumbling, dance, stunting, jumps and showmanship. Coaches have extensive backgrounds in cheerleading/tumbling and are certified through the NYSCA (National Youth Sports Coaches Association), as well as CPR and AACCA Safety Certified.

Ages: 6-18, must be no younger than 6 or no older than 18 by August 31, 2016


• May 17 - 19, 6–8 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center

• May 17, 6–8 p.m. Evaluation Night

• May 18, 6–8 p.m. Level 1 Call Backs

• May 19, 6–8 p.m. Level 2/3 Call Backs

Practices: Practice for the 2016-2017 Season begin June 7

Cost: $200 R & P Registration Fee + additional team costs (uniform, competition fees, lodging, personal items and other costs associated with the program

Tryouts and Practices located at:

Carver Recreation Center
47382 Lincoln Ave
Lexington Park, MD 20653

For more information please contact

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