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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free Anti-Radiation Pills

Free potassium iodide tablets will be distributed Saturday to anyone living or working within 10 miles of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.

Distribution is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Patuxent High School, 12485 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby. There will be a drive-through line so that those participating will not have to get out of their vehicles. One person will be allowed to pick up enough tablets for an entire household or workplace, according to the Calvert County Health Department, which is organizing the distribution.

Potassium iodide is a dietary supplement that can protect the thyroid gland from harmful effects of radiation that could be released during an emergency at the nuclear plant.

The boundaries of the 10-mile zone are described on the Health Department's Web site, http://www.calverthealth.org. For more information, call the department at 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 434.

In 2002, the department distributed 35,857 tablets. The expiration date for those tablets is March 2009.

Pesticide Container Drive

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is sponsoring a summer collection program for empty plastic pesticide containers from licensed applicators.

There will be a collection trailer for the Southern Maryland region at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center on Powder Mill Road in Prince George's County. The trailer will be outside the visitors center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 19, July 17, Aug. 21 and Sept. 18.

The recycled containers will be hauled away to be made into plastic lumber and other recycled products. Only triple-rinsed, clean pesticide containers will be accepted. Information on rinsing the containers is available at http://www.mda.state.md.us or by calling 410-841-5710.

Former CSM Dean Honored

Ann Smith, former dean of career and technical education at the College of Southern Maryland, recently received the postsecondary Distinguished Service Award presented by the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Career Technology and Adult Learning.

The award recognized Smith's more than 30 years of service to the college's career and technical education division, where she oversaw the creation of dozens of programs including nursing. Previously she worked as a nurse and nurse educator for 15 years.

Smith retired from the college last June but has continued to work on developing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives.

Lectures on War of 1812

Tomorrow, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum will host the first lecture in a five-part series on the War of 1812 titled "War Comes to the Chesapeake."


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