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Public Hearing on Proposed Airport Rules Ordinance Cancelled

The St. Mary's County Public Hearing on the proposed Airport Rules Ordinance, scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, was cancelled.

Transportation Advisory Committee Changes Meeting Location

The location for the January 17, 2019 Transportation Advisory Committee meeting has been changes.

The meeting will now take place in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building in Leonardtown and begin at 1 p.m.

Upcoming Commission for Women Meetings Rescheduled

To accommodate upcoming holidays, the January and February Commission for Women meetings have been rescheduled.

The Monday, January 21, 2019 meeting will now be held on Monday, January 14. The Monday, February 18, 2019 meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, February 11.

All meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 14 inside the Potomac Building For more information, visit www.stmarysmd.com/boards/groups/default.aspx?board=14.

St. Mary's County Government Operations Schedule for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All St. Mary's County Government administrative and Metropolitan Commission offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 22.

The St. Andrews Landfill and six (6) Convenience Centers will be open normal hours on Monday, January 21, 2019. Additionally, the St. Mary's Transit System (STS) and ADA will operate on a normal schedule. However, the Statewide Special Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will not operate on January 21.

All three St. Mary's County Library branches (Charlotte Hall, Leonardtown and Lexington Park) will be closed on January 21.

All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler and Northern) will be closed and no Home Delivered Meals deliveries will be made.

The St. Clement's Island and Piney Point Museums will be open on January 21 from noon until 4 p.m.

Health Department Seeks Feedback on New Online Opioid Education Course for Parents

The St. Mary's County Health Department (SMCHD) put out a call today for parents and guardians of children of all ages to test their new free online opioid education course. The organization is seeking feedback on how this resource can be improved before its official launch in February 2019.

There are now over 100 deaths per day in the U.S. from unintentional drug overdose and the opioid epidemic has been declared a national Public Health Emergency. The SMCHD designed and funded this course as part of the local response to the larger crisis.

The course consists of six modules:

• Understanding teen drug use and addiction

• Prevention conversations (for children of all ages)

• Preventing teen drug use: spot warning signs

• What to do if you think your child is using drugs

• Navigating treatment & recovery

• Responding to overdose

Each module corresponds to a response goal, which include preventing new cases of opioid misuse, improving early identification and intervention, and expanding access to services that promote recovery and prevent disease progression/death.

"Letting our community know how to prevent and address youth drug use is incredibly important in addressing our current drug epidemic," said St. Mary's County Health Officer, Dr. Meena Brewster. "This course helps parents and guardians understand the disease of substance use better. It also provides tools to help reduce the risk of their child developing an addiction or to improve the outcome for a child who may already be affected."

The course is self-paced, free, and available online. The design allows participants to jump between modules and sub-sections as they like, so they can quickly access the ones most relevant to their circumstances. The SMCHD plans to officially launch the course in February 2019 and is currently seeking feedback from parents on how to improve the material and the overall course experience. Parents and guardians who want to participate and share their thoughts can visit: tinyurl.com/ParentOpioidCourse or www.smchd.org/opioid.

Town of Leonardtown Town Council Monday, January 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Town of Leonardtown will hold the Town Council meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. with a Workshop on Wednesday, January 14, 2019.

You can also find the agenda and supporting documents on BoardDocs at www.boarddocs.com/md/tolmd/Board.nsf/ . The link to BoardDocs can also be found on the Town's website on the front page left side under Quick Links.

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