Trash Fire Kills Charlotte Hall

Man A Charlotte Hall man died last week from injuries suffered in a trash-burning accident at his home.

Ivan H. Cantrell was burning trash just after 6 p.m. last Thursday, the state fire marshal's office said. Flammable liquid he was using to start the fire erupted and caught him in a fireball.

Cantrell initially was taken by ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital. From there, because of the severity of his injuries, he was transported to the burn unit at Medstar, Washington Hospital Center. However, his condition worsened en route, and the ambulance stopped at Fort Washington Hospital.

Efforts there to save Cantrell, who had third-degree burns over 25 percent of his body, were unsuccessful.

He was pronounced dead just after midnight Friday morning.

Northern High to Host Band Tournament

The Patriot Classic Tournament of Bands is scheduled at Northern High School in Owings.

Coming from as far away as Pennsylvania, 15 bands will compete in the tournament, which over the last seven years has become a regular event on the mid-Atlantic competition circuit.

The tournament will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 on the football field. Each band is allotted a total of 14 minutes to set up, give its precision marching performance and then remove any props from the field.

The performances are judged on musical and visual criteria.

The Northern Band Boosters produce the event, which will involve more than 700 band members accompanied by about 1,000 parents and friends. Additional information is available from Ned Tyler at 410-257-9012 or Vic Guido at 301-855-6032.

Parading Public Safety in Waldorf

On Oct. 2, the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a parade and party.

Registration for the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Charles Towne Center food court parking lot. The public is invited to take part in the parade, as well as other fire departments, law enforcement agencies and commercial vehicles such as wrecker trucks and tractor-trailers.

Additional information is available from Phil Stevens at 301-645-2415 during the day or 301-645-3000 at night.

Sierra Club to Honor Preservationist

The Sierra Club Bernie Fowler Preservation Award will be presented today at the Charles County Fair.

The identity of the winner and information on the award will be available at the club's information and issues exhibit.

Each year the honor is presented to someone whose efforts best reflect the preservation and environmental protection goals of the Sierra Club of Southern Maryland.

Oktoberfest in September Traditional Alpine music and dance, homemade German food, hay wagon rides and fall scenery will all be part of the 19th annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 25 at the Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center in Accokeek.

Admission is $3 per person for the event, scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Food, beverages and some activities cost extra. Proceeds from the day help support Hard Bargain Farm's outdoor education program. Additional information is available by calling the farm at 301-292-5665.

Hard Bargain Farm is on the Potomac River just north of Charles County. From Route 228, take Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) north to Accokeek. Turn left at Livingston Road, then right immediately on Biddle Road. Then turn left on Bryan Point Road and follow it about 2.7 miles to Hard Bargain Farm on the right at 2301.

Y2Worry About Y2K?

The director of the Charles County Emergency Services office will discuss the year 2000 technology problem and why anyone should worry about it during two presentations later this month.

The free programs led by Don McGuire will be at the Mattawoman Community Center, at Mattawoman Middle School just west of Waldorf, on Sept. 22 and at the Somers Community Center at Somers Middle School in La Plata on Sept. 29. Both presentations are scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets on Sale for Chamber Orchestra The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland in Concert is selling tickets for its 1999-2000 season.

Season tickets, at $30 for individuals and $60 for families, offer a significant discount over tickets of $7.50 and $15 for each of the group's five concerts. The season opener is scheduled Oct. 29.

Tickets may be ordered from COSMIC at P.O. Box 1323, California, Md. 20619 or purchased at the first concert. Additional information is available from Laura Theofilis at 301-994-0221 or Lynn Keates at 301-373-5277.

In Search of the Best

'Great Summer' Children 7 to 12 years old are invited to enter the "Why I Had A Great Summer" writing contest being sponsored by the Calvert County Parks and Recreation Department.

Essays must be 200 words or less. The deadline is Sept. 24. All entries will be displayed at the Northeast Community Center.

Additional information is available by calling 410-257-2554.

Md. Plant Society Sets Fall Conference

The fall conference and annual meeting of the Maryland Native Plant Society is scheduled for Oct. 2 at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg.

This year's conference theme is "New Directions in Land Preservation: Thinking Big So Nature Can Work," with various speakers and programs addressing aspects of the topic.