A Parade and Salute for Firefighters

The Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department marks its 50th anniversary of operation this weekend with events on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, a parade beginning at 1 p.m. will honor the department. The parade route will wind down Smallwood Drive West from the St. Charles Towne Center mall, past Wade Elementary School, and end at the Westlake Station on St. Florian Drive across from Westlake High School. Registration and lineup for the parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the mall.

After the parade on Saturday afternoon, there will be firefighting demonstrations, games and other activities at the Westlake Station, with awards and trophies to be presented about 5 p.m.

On Sunday, a formal recognition ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Company 3 station at 3245 Old Washington Rd. in Waldorf, following a social hour starting at 1 p.m. Charles County commissioners and U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), as well as other officials, have said they will attend.

The program will include remarks by some of the officials attending and a presentation on the history of the department. For more information on the weekend's events, call the fire department at 301-645-3000.

Opening the Phones to Tips in St. Mary's

The Maryland State Police in Leonardtown have established a "TIPS" line for St. Mary's County. Citizens can use the line to report information about criminal activity or other issues.

Reports on the line can be kept anonymous. The number is 301-475-2936; it will operate 24 hours a day.

Third Village Opens at St. Charles

Developers of the St. Charles planned community have invited the public to the grand opening celebration this weekend of Fairway Village, the third village in the development.

American Community Properties Trust, the developer of St. Charles, is hosting events on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., along with three home builders working in Fairway Village. The village is off of St. Charles Parkway near the White Plains Regional Golf Course.

Public Invited to St. Mary's Ryken Groundbreaking

St. Mary's Ryken High School has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for its new fine arts and media center at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

The public is invited to attend the event, which also will dedicate Alumni Hall and rededicate Paschal and Xavier halls. The school is on Camp Calvert Road, just south of Leonardtown. For more information on the event, call Gretchen M. Bare at 301-455-2814, Ext. 419.

Cleaning Up After Floyd

Workers from the Roads Division of the Charles County Department of Public Facilities will be on Cobb Island from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to collect tree branches and yard waste left by Hurricane Floyd.

Debris should be brought to Main Avenue across from the Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad. The material will be chipped and hauled away.

Additional information is available from the Roads Division office at 301-932-3450.

Clinics Take Aim at Flu and Pneumonia

The St. Mary's County Health Department will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations on Tuesdays in November. Walk-in clinics are scheduled Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Peabody Street office in Leonardtown.

The hours are 8 a.m. to noon except on Nov. 9, when the clinic will be open from 2 to 7 p.m.

A donation of $10 is requested for an immunization. Medicare will be billed for individuals who are eligible.

According to the Health Department, people at risk include those 65 or older, residents of long-term care facilities and anyone with a serious long-term health problem such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, diabetes, anemia or another blood disorder.

This year's flu vaccine will protect against two Beijing viruses and a Sydney virus. Because the influenza viruses change each year, people need to be immunized annually, health officials said. Viruses used in the vaccine are killed, so recipients cannot get the flu from the immunization.

People at risk of pneumonia include some of the same groups as those affected by influenza, as well as people with sickle cell disease, alcoholism, cirrhosis and leaks of cerebrospinal fluid.