In Brief

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, 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 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."

William Dudley, former director of the U.S. Naval Historical Center, will speak at the annual meeting of the Friends of JPPM. His lecture, "The Onset of War on the Chesapeake: 1812-1813," will highlight events leading to what is often called America's Second War of Independence; what happened in the war's first year; and the struggle between U.S. and British forces in the Chesapeake Bay region during this period.

The lecture will follow a brief business meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the visitor center, 10115 Mackall Rd., St. Leonard. Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

The speaker series is co-hosted by the Calvert Marine Museum. For information regarding this and upcoming lectures, call 410-586-8501, visit (click on "Visitor's Guide") or e-mail

Maritime Heritage Festival

All things nautical will be celebrated on the banks of the St. Mary's River on June 14 as Historic St. Mary's City hosts the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, the festival will be followed by "An Evening on Aldermanbury Street." After hours, visitors can enjoy a casual dinner and music under the stars on the State House green.

During the day, there will be a variety of hands-on activities and entertainment. Visitors will be able to sing a chantey, knot a line, smile at a jollyboat or sit on a sloop, and learn about underwater archaeology and boating safety.

Music will be performed by the Ship's Company Chanteymen and Charlie Zahm, with fiddler Tad Marks. Skipjack Dee of St. Mary's will depart at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. for one-hour river cruises.

There is a surcharge for the boat ride, and reservations are recommended.

Admission to the museum is free for Friends members. Otherwise, tickets for adults are $10; seniors, $8; students, $6; and ages 6-12, $3.50. The charge for the skipjack cruise is $15; children, $10.

To make a reservation for the cruise or the evening activities, call 240-895-4960 or e-mail

-- Compiled by TOM LANSWORTH

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