Area Residents Encouraged to Participate
In Charles County, nestled between the Potomac River, the Mattawoman Creek, and the Town of Indian Head, is one of the Navy’s key research and development facilities, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head. Since its commissioning in 1890, NSF Indian Head operations and mission have transformed and the surrounding community has continued to change and grow. To ease growing pains and encourage cooperative planning between surrounding communities and the naval base, Charles County is sponsoring a year-long Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).
“Charles County is supporting the JLUS effort to ensure we have a solid growth plan that meets both our residents and Navy’s needs,” says Charles County Commissioner President Candice Quinn Kelly. “It is my hope that the JLUS will provide a forum for open communication among residents, town and county officials, and the Navy.”
The Charles County Board of Education was finally able to display the crown jewel of their new St. Charles High School Tuesday, July 29 when they cut the ribbon on the long-awaited James E. Richmond Science Center at the Waldorf school as part of their annual Science Foundation luncheon.
The Science Foundation, based out of Colorado Springs, CO, established a partnership with Charles County Public Schools during the 2006-07 school year.
Former space shuttle astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao was the guest speaker at this year’s event, telling firsthand of his experiences of being blasted into space by five million pounds of thrust at a staggering 17,500 miles per hour.
PPL Corporation PPL -0.21% announced Thursday (7/31) that its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, is proposing to build a major new regional transmission line that would make electric service more reliable and enhance the security of the electric grid while reducing the cost of electricity for consumers.
PPL Electric Utilities submitted the project to PJM Interconnection as part of the competitive solicitation process under FERC Order 1000. As currently proposed, the 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland.
By delivering lower-cost electricity into the region, and by enabling the development of new power plants fueled by lower-cost and cleaner-burning natural gas, the project is expected to create savings for millions of electric customers in several states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and New York, according to the PPL Electric Utilities analysis submitted to PJM.
Enjoy a walking tour while envisioning the past
Learn more about our county’s history and how Benedict has been impacted as George Howard Post discusses the history of Benedict and what it has become today. This event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the at St. Francis de Sales Church Hall (7185 Benedict Ave, Benedict).
George Howard Post is a local historian who recently published Benedict on the Patuxent: From Beginnings to its Tercentenary, just in time for the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland. Based on his extensive research, Mr. Post will be providing visitors an in-depth tour of Benedict that will bring to life this historic village along the scenic Patuxent River.
Union and teacher unrest is climbing due to dissatisfaction with current contract negotiations and no salary increases, and Calvert County Public Schools teachers are being encouraged to express their feelings publicly at the beginning of the school year.
The Spring Calvert Education Association Representative Assembly, held in March, voted to boycott this year’s open houses, and last week, a letter was sent to all CCPS employees, current members and candidates for the Calvert County Board of Education, Calvert County commissioners and state delegates, among others detailing what teachers cannot expect to receive this school year and what they can do about it.
The National Transportation Safety Board says a broken rail caused a coal train derailment in 2012 that killed two teens who were sitting on a railroad bridge in Ellicott City.
The NTSB on Thursday released a 19-page report on the results of its investigation. The derailment of the CSX train on Aug. 20, 2012 killed Rose Mayr and Elizabeth Nass, both 19. They were buried in coal when the train derailed.
Scientists from Fort Detrick say the number of Ebola cases in West Africa is much larger than official estimates indicate.
Researchers from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, who have worked in Sierra Leone and Liberia, say the current outbreak reaches beyond the 1,200 confirmed, suspected or probable cases and 670 deaths that the World Health Organization has identified in West Africa as of July 23.
“You can’t get a very real idea of how extensive the number of cases out there actually are,” said Randal Schoepp, a USAMRIID researcher working in the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research. “Here in Liberia, at least, we’re only seeing and identifying a small number of cases.”
Environmental Commentary by Carrie Madren
Anyone who’s walked along a quiet Bay shore or felt miles away from others while on a deep forest hike or long river kayak paddle knows the subtle thrill of feeling far from civilization. These tiny glimpses of wilderness in the Bay region may be rare and fleeting, but for the hiker or kayaker, they’re treasured moments.
We mid-Atlantic dwellers have few true wilderness areas to explore. There are 16 wildernesses in Virginia, with the largest being 80,000 acres of Shenandoah Wilderness, and nearly 9,000 acres in two Pennsylvania wildernesses. But these are fragmented drops in the bucket compared to the mind-boggling, million-acre wilderness expanses of the Plains and the West.
Southern Maryland Oil, Inc. (SMO) today announced the purchase of Hein Bros., Inc. of Glen Burnie, Md. The acquisition will be complete on July 31 at which time SMO will assume Hein Bros.’s heating oil delivery and HVAC services. The acquisition allows SMO to expand its fuels account base in Anne Arundel County.
“SMO and Hein Bros. have been delivering fuel oil to this area for about 90 years, so this acquisition was a logical fit,” said John Combs, president of SMO. “Beyond our similar product offerings, our deep dedication to taking care of our clients who depend upon us every day permeates our organizations.”
... in Jeopardy
Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report today finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “not consistently conducting two key oversight and enforcement activities for class II programs” for underground fluid injection wells associated with oil and gas production. The report shows that the EPA’s program to protect drinking water sources from underground injection of fracking waste needs improvement.
According to the report, “The U.S. EPA does not consistently conduct annual on-site state program evaluations as directed in guidance because, according to some EPA officials, the agency does not have the resources to do so.” The report also found that “to enforce state class II requirements, under current agency regulations, EPA must approve and incorporate state program requirements and any changes to them into federal regulations through a rulemaking.”
A key approval was given Tuesday by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners for a shopping center at the county’s busiest intersection. The commissioners, after delaying the decision for a week, approved two crossings of the county-owned railroad right-of-way to allow an entrance and exit on Route 235 near the Route 4 (St. Andrews Church Road) intersection.
The commissioners last week denied a portion of the original request from the Office of Land Use and Growth Management (LUGM) for a portion of the Three Notch Trail to use the railroad right-of-way in front of the shopping center. The commissioners were concerned about the safety of persons using the trail because of its closeness to Route 235 and because they would have to cross those shopping center driveways. Instead the commissioners called for the relocation of the trail along FDR Boulevard which will be to the rear of the shopping center.
A representative of the shopping center developer Klein Enterprises of Baltimore expressed concern about the relocation of the trail only because it may force the planning commission to have to reevaluate their approval and perhaps cause another public hearing, delaying the project. But Phillip Shire, LUGM director, told the Bay Net on Wednesday that it still has not been determined if the project will have to go back to the planning commission. Shire said it would take about three to four weeks for his office to get everything resolved.
Board Docs - August 4, 2014, Charles County Planning Commission
A. CHARLES COUNTY SCHOOL ADEQUATE PUBLIC FACILITIES (APF), Presenters: Jason Groth & John Mudd
St. Mary’s County Health Department will distribute Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets to residents living or working within the 10 mile emergency protection zone (EPZ) of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant who have never received, lost or have expired KI tablets. The Health Department will collect previously distributed KI tablets that have expired. Distribution will be: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, from 4 to 7 PM at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department. Residents will need to show proof of residence and/or employment within the 10 mile zone. There is no fee for the KI. Tablets will be distributed with an information sheet about KI and instructions on how and when to take the medication. KI is pre-distributed to prepare the public for the possibility of an emergency radiation event. Instructions for KI use will be provided again if an emergency radiological event ever occurs. The St. Mary’s County Health Department last distributed KI tablets to St. Mary’s County residents living within a 10 mile radius of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in June of 2010.
Potassium Iodide (KI) tablets may help prevent thyroid cancer in people exposed to radioactive gases released during atomic reactor accidents. They do not prevent any other radiation-related cancers. Because radiation induced thyroid cancers are slow growing, sometimes taking years to develop, KI tablets may be most effective for children and young adults.
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