Thursday, February 19, 2009

Autism Expert to Speak On Work and Social Issues

Peter Gerhardt, president of the Organization for Autism Research, will speak today at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick. The event, sponsored by the college and the Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County, is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m.

Gerhardt has more than 25 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with autism. He will speak about the skills that teenagers and young adults need in the workplace, how they can advocate for themselves and how they can best participate in social events. He will take questions from the audience.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but those interested should contact Careen Wallace at or 301-855-8333. The Prince Frederick campus is at 115 J.W. Williams Road. For more information, visit Information about autism resources in Southern Maryland is available at

Deer Hunt Surpasses 100,000 in Single Season

Hunters in Maryland killed more than 100,000 deer in a single season for the first time since modern deer management began in the early 1900s, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The record 100,437 deer taken during the 2008-09 season eclipsed the previous record of 94,114 deer set in 2002-03 and is 9 percent higher than last year's count of 92,208 deer.

Agency officials said the number represents good news for families during tough economic times and for the state's efforts to reduce the deer population.

"Hunting license sales increased slightly this year, but we believe the major factor for the record harvest was that hunters increased their efforts to put more venison in the freezer during these lean economic times," said deer project leader Brian Eyler. "The 10 percent increase in the antlerless harvest is great news and will aid us in managing deer numbers across the state."

Calvert County Buys Up Farmland for Preservation

The Calvert Board of County Commissioners recently approved the purchase of more than 200 acres of farmland, costing $863,000. The purchase is part of the county's effort to save farmland from development.

For the past 30 years, Calvert has been preserving the countryside through transferable development rights. Under that program, parcels are bought by the county and sold to developers, who in turn get the right to build more densely in town centers and subdivisions where infrastructure exists rather than develop the farmland.

The county also purchases land and immediately retires it from development, giving the property owner a one-time payment. In the most recent transaction, the property owners agreed to receive tax-free interest payments over 10 years, followed by a lump sum for their transferable development rights.

Through state and county programs, Calvert has preserved more than 26,300 acres. The county's 2004 comprehensive plan calls for ultimately preserving 40,000 acres.

Calvert Leader Appointed To State Military Panel

Alonzo Barber III, a Dunkirk resident and member of the Calvert County Economic Development Commission, was recently appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to the Maryland Military Installation Council. The council serves as a forum on issues associated with Maryland's military installations.

Barber, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, is counsel for BET Networks and a registered patent agent. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and has a master's degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

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