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The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival is set for its 16th year on Saturday, July 9. Jazz artist lineup includes, from left to right, Selina Albright at 3 p.m., Matt Marshak at 4:45 p.m., and Eric Darius at 6:45 p.m.
The Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival is set for its 16th year on Saturday, July 9. Jazz artist lineup includes, from left to right, Selina Albright at 3 p.m., Matt Marshak at 4:45 p.m., and Eric Darius at 6:45 p.m.

Irresistible Combo of Jazz and Seafood to Highlight Museum Fundraiser

Long considered the most unique and intimate jazz experiences in Southern Maryland, the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival is set for its 16th year. The 2016 event is slated for Saturday, July 9 at the St. Clement's Island Museum in Colton's Point.

Jazz artist lineup includes Selina Albright at 3 p.m., Matt Marshak at 4:45 p.m., and Eric Darius at 6:45 p.m.

Newcomers Chief's Neighborhood Bar and New Orleans by Myra highlight onsite food vendor offerings. Bear Creek Open Pit BBQ, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Calvert County Kettle Corn, and the Seventh District Optimist Club will also return to serve up favorites to festival goers.

Tickets are on sale now. Costs are $65 for general public, and $60 for museum members. Ticket price includes free parking, admission to the museum and an optional boat cruise around St. Clements Island State Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance (no tickets will be available at the gate). Note: only 800 tickets are available for the event and all sales are final. The Jazz Festival will go on rain or shine and there will be no refunds or exchanges. To purchase tickets, call the St. Clement' Island Museum at 301-769-2222 or go to and click the event link.

This riverside concert event is presented by the Friends of the St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums and the St. Mary's County Museum Division. It takes place on the museum's lawn, overlooking historic St. Clement's Island, birthplace of Maryland. Proceeds benefit museum education programs, preservation projects, exhibits, matching grants, and more.

The St. Clement's Island Museum is located at 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible.

Commissioners Commit to Preventing Elder Abuse

The population of older adults continues to grow in St. Mary's County. As such, the community benefits from the collective experience and continued contribution of these individuals. However, abuse of older adults continues to be a problem in our society. The Commissioners of St. Mary's County have taken a stand against elder abuse.

"It is the responsibility of the community to ensure that older adults are treated with respect and dignity as they continue to serve as leaders, mentors, and volunteers," said Commissioner President Randy Guy. "Not all older adults enjoy a safe living situation and it is incumbent upon the public to improve the quality of life for all."

President Guy also read a proclamation from Governor Larry Hogan marking World Elder Abuse week in Maryland.

In declaring June 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day , the commissioners pledged their commitment to preventing elder abuse from occurring and encourage all citizens to do the same.

Commissioners Laud Work of Nursing Assistants

In recognizing the "Caring, Nurturing and Awesome" work of Nursing Assistants, the Commissioners of St. Mary's County have proclaimed the week of June 9 - 16 National Nursing Assistants Week.

Nursing Assistants in St. Mary's County have made significant and lasting contributions to the quality of life in the county, to their families, friends, and acquaintances. Their work inspires and guides all citizens.

"Their selfless dedication, diligent service and concern for others has earned them the respect, admiration and gratitude of the residents of the St. Mary's Nursing Center, the citizens of St. Mary's County, and the State of Maryland," said Commissioner Tom Jarboe (1st District).

The commissioners urge all citizens to become more involved with activities, issues, and the continued need for Nursing Assistants.

Young Eagles Day Youth Flights Rescheduled

Youths, ages 8–17, unable to participate in the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) airplane rides on June 4 and 5 will have another opportunity.

The flights will now take place on Saturday, June 18, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport. The flights are free, safe and flown by FAA licensed and experienced volunteer pilots. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis, by 9 a.m., at the Captain Walter F. Duke Terminal Building. Flights are subject to weather conditions and the availability of volunteer pilots.

The EAA Aviation Foundation's Young Eagles program has introduced young people to the world of flight. The volunteer effort has now reached over 1.7 million youth in 90 countries since its introduction in July 1992.

EAA Chapter 478 based in St. Mary's County sponsors the program with support from the Commissioners of St. Mary's County, the St. Mary's County Department of Public Works & Transportation, and the St. Mary's County Airport Advisory Committee.

For more information about Chapter 478 and the Young Eagles rally, please visit

Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Board Meeting Date Changed

The Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Board meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2016 has been changed to Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Golf Course Clubhouse.

Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Board meetings are generally held quarterly, on the third Wednesday of the month, at 6:00 p.m. at the Wicomico Shores Golf Course.

For more information, please contact the St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks at 301-475-4200, ext. *1811 or call the Wicomico Shores Golf Course at 301-884-4601.

Commissioners Recognize Father Andrew White School's Destination Imagination Hidden Six Team

Leonardtown's Father Andrew White, S.J. School recently competed in the Destination Imagination (DI) program. Destination Imagination is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization which has developed a highly successful educational program encouraging students from kindergarten through university to develop and use creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills in the arts, science, engineering, social science and math. The program's goals are to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The Commissioners of St. Mary's County honored the student group's accomplishments during a proclamation ceremony at their weekly business meeting.

150,000 students have participated in tournaments throughout the United States and 30 countries around the worlds with the hope of earning a spot at the DI Global Finals competition. The Hidden Six team was one of two teams from Father Andrew White, S.J. School to qualify at a regional competition for the State of Maryland DI competition back on April 9, 2016.

"With the support of Mrs. Linda Maloney, Principal, and the guidance and leadership of Mr. Barry Freese, Team Manager, and Mrs. Jody Cacko, School DI Coordinator, Father Andrew White's team Hidden Six placed first in the State in its Division's Challenge, In Plain Sight, and was invited to the DI Global Competition," said Commissioner Todd Morgan, (4th District).

The Hidden Six have competed with other teams in the In Plain Sight Challenge. They have presented their solutions at tournaments where they are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the challenges.

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County commended team members Anthony Cacko, Abby Cosgrove, Katelyn Freese, Kaitlyn Lamb, Elizabeth Norris and Katie Richardson for their outstanding work and dedication to create a stronger and better community.

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