Southern Maryland News Briefs

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sixteen Girls Receive Scouting's Highest Award

Sixteen girls received the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, at this year's Southern Maryland Girl Scouts meeting last Sunday at the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville.

Each girl was required to demonstrate commitment to the community in a project that spanned at least 50 hours. The recipients:

Laura J. Durne, who hosted a free pet first aid and CPR class; Victoria A. Weiss, who produced a book of stories and pictures describing the 2002 La Plata tornado; Tierney Guido, who conducted a three-day camp for children to learn about health and fitness; Laura E. Belkofer, who produced a booklet for new Calvert County residents about finding barns, riding stables and horse-related businesses; Emily S. Coney, who taught piano to four day-care providers to help them offer music opportunities for preschoolers; Karlene M. Happell, who built a wildlife observation blind at Kings Landing Park; and Elisa M. Basile, who hosted a youth health and fitness day.

Other recipients: Katherine F. Norwood, who designed leaflets and posters for a second-grade science program; Rebecca B. Willis, who conducted a litter cleanup project in Calvert; Amanda H. Brown, who focused on fine arts classes for home-schooled teens; Morgan H. Miller, who planted a native garden at the entrance of the American Chestnut Land Trust; Tara B. Ruiz, who taught a Spanish class for third- through fifth-graders; Stephanie M. Ligon, who replaced old decking, a ramp, climbing wall and picnic bench in a neighborhood park; Stacey L. Tilghman, who created a resource booklet to help low-income families prepare their children for kindergarten; Stephanie A. Hay, who led an educational program about hunger around the world and at home; and Samantha Ellis, who organized a bike safety rodeo for young children.

Gospel Fest, Food Drive To Help Charles Children

Frank Shelton, host of "Frankly Speaking," a weekly show on American Family Radio, will co-host a gospel festival and food drive Saturday at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.

The gates will open at noon and close at 6 p.m. The event will feature performances by jazz musicians, church groups and bands.

Money raised and food collected will be used to feed Charles County children who would typically receive free breakfasts and lunches at school.

A Maryland Department of Education Food Service Department report last year said that 25 percent of the county's school population, or more than 6,700 students, receives a free or reduced-price lunch.

The event is sponsored by Reaching Out Now, an organization that assists families in need. For more information, call 301-743-9907.

St. Mary's College Wins U.S. Dinghy Championship

St. Mary's College of Maryland won the Intercollegiate Sailing Association's co-ed National Dinghy Sailing Championship in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The competition featured 36 races over three days with 123 sailors from 18 colleges and universities. It marked the third time that the school has won the event. Yale University came in second, followed by Georgetown University.

In 2007, the Lady Seahawks' Sailing Team won the ICSA's Women's National Championship. Since 1991, the college has won 11 national sailing championships and produced more than 100 ICSA All-American sailors.

The school, which enrolls 2,000 students, is located along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.

Children Encouraged to Explore St. Mary's in Passport Program

Children ages 5 to 12 can pick up an Adventure Passport at any St. Mary's County Library and explore the county this summer in celebration of its 375th birthday.

The program kicked off Monday in the three St. Mary's libraries.

Children can get their passports "stamped" at designated sites. Completed passports, which must have five stamps, must be returned to one of the libraries by Aug. 31 to be eligible for prizes.

The sites include: the St. Mary's County welcome center, St. Clement's Island Museum, Tudor Hall, Piney Point Lighthouse, Point Lookout State Park, Historic St. Mary's City, Sotterley Plantation, Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, Cecil's Mill historic district and the Leonardtown library.

The program is funded by the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and the St. Mary's government and library system.

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