Funding Comes Through for Boys and Girls Club

The Patuxent Boys and Girls Club will open this fall in Lusby after organizers last week secured a commitment of $50,000 in federal grants. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) will present the grant check at 1 p.m. Wednesday at United Way House in Prince Frederick.

The club will operate out of temporary quarters in the Lusby area until a permanent facility is built in the Lusby town center.

The grants are being provided by the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance. Other funds will come from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, according to a statement from the organization, which itself receives federal funding.

Such a club has been a goal of community leaders in the Lusby area, home to Calvert County's greatest concentration of households with children.

Boater Charged With Alcohol, Drug Offenses

A Baltimore City man was released from the St. Mary's County Detention Center on Wednesday after being charged with alcohol and drug offenses.

Bruce A. MacFarlane, 45, faces charges that include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vessel while intoxicated.

The charges, reported by the Maryland Natural Resources Police, stem from an incident on Tuesday. A charter boat on the Chesapeake Bay east of Point Lookout reported sighting a nude, unresponsive individual aboard a vessel that was circling in the water.

A Coast Guard vessel dispatched to the scene confirmed the sighting and summoned Natural Resources Police. A Coast Guardsman observed the man, later identified as MacFarlane, according to police reports, awaken and throw a plastic bag overboard. It was later recovered.

Resources police towed MacFarlane's 16-foot catamaran to the Lake Conoy area of Point Lookout State Park. Police said that he failed a sobriety test and that a field test of the bag's contents revealed it contained marijuana.

Officers arrested MacFarlane, who told police he was on vacation and had sailed down the bay from a marina near Baltimore, according to the officers' report.

Local NAACP to Have Monthly Meeting

The St. Mary's County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lexington Park.

The meeting will be in Room F at 21815 Three Notch Rd., in the organization's new headquarters. The building is just south of the Mister Donut store.

Chamber Orchestra Seeks Key Musicians

The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert (COSMIC) is seeking applications for the position of concertmaster.

Skilled violinists are invited to send resumes by Friday to COSMIC, P.O. Box 1323, California, Md. 20619. Applicants will be contacted for an interview and an audition, according to an announcement from the group.

The orchestra also is inviting community musicians to audition for other positions for the 1999-2000 season. Rehearsals for an Oct. 29 orchestra concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on Tuesdays at the Loffler Activity Center on Chancellors Run Road in California.

For more information on the openings, as well as season tickets, call Laura Theofilis at 301-994-0221 or Lynn Keates at 301-373-5277.

Thrift Shop Changes Location

The Thrift Shop of SMILE Ecumenical Service Inc. has moved to a new location on Route 765 in Lusby.

Clothing for men, women and children, designer fashions and household items and collectibles are available at affordable prices. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

To reach the shop, turn east off Route 765 into the first driveway north of Calvert Cliffs State Park.