State Police Warn of Telephone Credit Card Scam

The Maryland State Police in Prince Frederick issued a warning to Calvert County residents on Thursday about a telephone credit card scam.

Authorities said residents have reported receiving calls from individuals who say they represent the Baltimore County Police Department collections unit. The callers say they are inquiring about an overdue speeding fine and advise those being called that they can pay the fine by credit card, according to a statement from the state police. The callers then attempt to get account numbers or other information about the credit card.

The state police said that Baltimore law enforcement officials have confirmed that they are not operating such a collection effort. Police are asking anyone receiving such a call to report it to the state police at the Prince Frederick Barrack, 410-535-1400.

Family Endows Scholarship at CCCC

The family of the late Leo K. Farrall has endowed a scholarship in his name for Charles County Community College students.

The scholarship honoring Farrall, a longtime real estate executive in Southern Maryland, will be awarded to a student from a single-parent home. Since her husband's death, Judy Farrell said, "I have learned how difficult it is to be a single parent."

Leo Farrall, who attended the community college, founded L.K. Farrall Ltd. Realtors in Waldorf in 1979. He served as chairman of the Charles County Economic Development Commission and as president of various real estate organizations. He also was honored as Realtor of the Year by the Maryland Association of Realtors.

Farrall family members, including Judy Farrall, daughters Kimmel Farrall Konka and Britt Farrall, and granddaughter Mackenzie Konka, presented a donation to the college's foundation on Dec. 7.

Civista Health Foundation Director Appointed

Susan M. Vogel of La Plata has been appointed executive director of the Civista Health Foundation. The not-for-profit, volunteer-based foundation raises funds for equipment and services to enhance care at Civista Medical Center.

Vogel had been director of development for the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation for six years. Before that, she was special events director for the Maryland chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Applicants Sought for Calvert Committee Vacancies

The Calvert County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications to fill vacancies on a number of local government commissions and committees.

The deadline for applying is Dec. 31. Generally, any registered voter is eligible except where the rules of the particular panel require representation of particular community constituencies.

Application forms are available at public libraries and the commissioners' office at the Courthouse. Completed applications should be sent to Connie Clark at the Board of County Commissioners, Calvert County Courthouse, 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, Md. 20678, or faxed to 410-535-5594.

The boards seeking new members and information numbers where available are:

Agriculture Commission, three vacancies for the 1st and 3rd election districts, 410-535-1600, Ext. 485.

Commission for Women, five vacancies, call Sharon Litten at 410-257-3100 or 301-855-4822.

Gambling Permit Review Committee, clergy member vacancy.

Human Relations Commission, six vacancies; the commission assists with compliance with state discrimination laws.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, three vacancies.

Social Services Advisory Board, two vacancies.

Tourism Advisory Committee, one vacancy, 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, Ext. 481.

St. Mary's Urges Christmas Tree Recycling

St. Mary's County is urging residents to recycle Christmas trees. All of the county's convenience centers/transfer stations, as well as the St. Andrews Landfill, will accept the trees for recycling through Feb. 12.

The stations are at Charlotte Hall, Clements, Oakville, Ridge, Valley Lee and on St. Andrews Church Road. For more information, call 301-867-8400.