Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Commissioners Proclaim April as Archaeology Month

On Tuesday, April 12, the Charles County Commissioner proclaimed the month of April as Archaeology Month in Charles County. Charles County has a rich history and heritage, exemplified by historic buildings, cultural landmarks, natural features, and local rituals. The county is enhanced by historic preservation associations, groups, and professionals who donate countless hours and dollars to preserve our history.

In attendance were Carol Cowherd, Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc.; Ken Robinson (District 1); Elsie Picyk, Charles County Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc.; Commissioner Bobby Rucci (District 4); Commissioner Vice President Debra M. Davis, Esq. (District2); Commissioner Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed. (District 3); and President Peter F. Murphy.

2016 Charles County Pay It Forward Week Scheduled for April 22-28

Mark your calendar for Charles County Pay It Forward Week, the week of April 22-28. The County Commissioners would like to encourage all citizens to show random acts of kindness and inspire others through their actions. The receiver of the kind deed is encouraged to "pay it forward," creating a ripple effect that is visible, motivating, and energizing.

During Pay It Forward Week, citizens are invited to report random acts of kindness. The Commissioners will highlight some of these actions during their meeting on Tuesday, May 3. Send random acts of kindness reports via email to, send us a message on Twitter @CharlesCoMD or Facebook at Use the hashtag #SpeakOutCharles.

Check our social media throughout the week to see what positives things are taking place in Charles County. Pay It Forward Week demonstrates the power of a single kind act. Help turn April 22-28 into a kindness movement in Charles County, culminating in national Pay It Forward Day on Thursday, April 28.

Everyone can make a difference regardless of age, ethnicity, economic or social status, or background. There is always a way to help others. You can pay for someone's cup of coffee, mow a neighbor's lawn, give up your seat on the bus, donate to a local food pantry, or return someone's shopping cart. Teachers can help their classes participate by illustrating a picture book for hospitalized children, or doing a community cleanup project. Even businesses can get involved by encouraging staff members to participate or donating to a charity.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Historic Preservation Commission to Host Awards Ceremony on May 7

The Charles County Historic Preservation Commission will host a Preservation Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at St. Pauls' Episcopal Church (4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf). The winner(s) of the Charles County Preservation Award for 2015 will be announced at this time.

The Historic Preservation Award is presented annually to an eligible individual, business, organization, or project that deserves recognition for outstanding achievements in historic preservation. Awards are presented in two categories: Preservation Projects and Preservation Service.

Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., the current chairman of the Charles County Historic Preservation Commission will be the guest speaker for this event. Robinson has served on numerous task forces and commissions throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. He has been a leader in historic preservation efforts in Southern Maryland for more than a decade. His recent accomplishments include appointment to the board of the Maryland Historical Trust by Governor Hogan, and the publication of Faith & Tobacco, A History of St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish, Prince George's County Maryland. Robinson is the recipient of the St. George's Day Award, and the Preservation Service Award. Mr. Robinson is employed as an Archivist with the Archives Center in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and resides at the Robinson family farm, Serenity Farm, in Benedict.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event. A donation of $5 per person to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church is encouraged.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, please contact Beth Groth at 301-645-0684 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Commissioners Proclaim Charles County Saves and Money Smart Week as April 23-30

On Tuesday, April 12, the Charles County Commissioner proclaimed April 23-30 as Charles County Saves and Money Smart Week. Personal and household savings is fundamental to the stability and vitality of Charles County residents. On April 30, the Assets for Financial Independence Foundation, Inc. (AFFIF) in partnership with the other community organizations will offer a Money Matters Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Waldorf West Library (10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf). The fair will offer free financial planning sessions, information on estate planning and credit repair, activities for children and teenagers, and free tax preparation for those with a household income of $54,000 or less.

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