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Compensation Review Commission Will Meet

The Compensation Review Commission will hold its quadrennial meeting on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. in Building C, Room 216 at the College of Southern Maryland's Leonardtown Campus.

Public Works and Transportation to Join Lions Club in Recycle for Sight Program

Lions Club International changes lives one pair of glasses at a time through

its Recycle for Sight program. The public can donate old eyeglasses and hearing aids to the humanitarian group at official collection points across the United States.

The St. Mary's County Department Public Works & Transportation has worked with the local Lions Club to add the six convenience centers and St. Andrews Landfill as additional collection points. Lions Club donation boxes can now be found in the attendant's shelters with signage to help promote this program. The Lions Clubs will now collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids at over 35 locations around the county.

Lions Club volunteers collect used eyeglasses from official donation locations and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people and organizations in need around the world free of charge. The Recycle for Sight program accepts donated prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses, as well as plastic and metal eyeglass frames. As a part of the program, hearing aids are also collected and refurbished, if possible.

Imagine helping a child to read, an adult succeed at his/her job, a senior maintain their independence, and provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

For more information regarding the Lions eyeglass and hearing aid recycling program visit: or

Commissioners Celebrate the Spirit of Aviation

It was President Franklin Roosevelt who first proclaimed August 19 National Aviation Day in the United States. Since then the day has been recognized annually to celebrate our nation's great history and development of the aviation industry. In carrying on the tradition the Commissioners of St. Mary's County held a ceremony to recognize the importance of aviation in the county. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station has been at the forefront of cutting edge aviation growth and continues to provide readiness for research, development, testing and evaluation, acquisition, engineering and fleet support to the entire range of manned and unmanned naval aircraft, engines, avionics, aircraft support systems and ship/shore/air operations.

Specifically noting the county's contribution to the aviation industry, Commissioner President Randy Guy noted "St. Mary's County Regional Airport serves as the base of operations for the Maryland State Police Medevac, Washington Hospital Center MedStar, Civil Air Patrol, Navy Annapolis Flight Center, Experimental Aircraft Association, several other general aviation service providers and has expanded to include the construction of new hangar space and a University of Maryland research and development facility for Unmanned Aircraft Systems."

The Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program hosted another successful Young Eagle's rally on June 18. The event gave local youth an opportunity to experience the thrill of flight free of charge.

The county has welcomed the new Naval Air Museum & Visitors Center in Lexington Park. The museum provides educational opportunities for visitors to experience the evolution of U.S. Naval Aviation history and includes exhibits of naval aviation's technology history, simulators, vital hands-on and interactive demonstrations of the aeronautical sciences.

The commissioners thanked the Airport Advisory Committee for its volunteer efforts over the past year and encouraged citizens to take advantage of the opportunities in aviation and aviation-related activities available in the county.

Maryland Senator Steve Waugh also presented a citation from the General Assembly to the Commissioners of St. Mary's County for their continuing efforts in attracting and promoting aviation in the county.

Recreation and Parks to Hold a Meeting for Adult Co-Ed Recreational Volleyball League

St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold informational meetings for the Adult Co-Ed Recreational Volleyball League.

Would you like to form a team with a group of friends, get together a group of co-workers, or have the family put a team together? If you want to have a fun time, get a break from the kids, and get a little work out at the same time come out to one of the meetings to get more information and play the great sport of volleyball! Teams as well as individuals are welcome to attend. Both Competitive and Recreational Leagues are available.

Co-Ed Recreational

• Ages 18 and up

• Informational meeting will be held at Leonard Hall Recreation Center on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m.

• Game days are on Monday's and Tuesday's beginning September 26 through March 14 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Margaret Brent Recreation Center. Cost is $375 per team without referee or $475 with referee.

Women's Team

• Ages 18 and up

• Informational meeting will be held at Leonard Hall Recreation Center on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.

• Game days are on Thursday's beginning September 29 through March 16 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Margaret Brent Recreation Center. Cost is $475 per team.

Co-Ed Competitive

• No informational meeting. Coaches please call Kenny Sothoron for more information.

If you do not have your team roster at the time of registration it is due to Kenny Sothoron prior to the first game. Please contact Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 extension *1830 for more information.

Health Department Seeking Contractor to Assist with Agency Strategic Planning Development

The St. Mary's County Health Department is seeking an experienced contractor to assist with development of a new agency strategic plan according to Public Health Accreditation standards. Project activity will take place between September 1 through December 31, 2016. For more information about this request for proposals, please visit the health department's website at

2016 Fall Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy

Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron announces open enrollment for the 2016 Fall Citizens Academy. The academy is designed to give an inside look into our day-to-day operations. Sessions are held on Thursday nights from 6:00–9:00 p.m. for an eight week period. The 2016 Fall Session of Citizens Academy will begin on August 25th, 2016 and end on October 13th, 2016.

Persons interested must be over the age of 18 and submit an application. To register for the academy, contact Ms. Kelly Castle at (301) 475-4200 ext. *1910, or apply online at

Citizens Academy classes fill up quickly, so reserve your seat today.

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