Y2K Babies Welcomed in 3 Counties

Southern Maryland's first baby of 2000 arrived at 12:48 a.m. Jan. 1 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata.

Stephanie Michelle Lewis, daughter of Steven and Yvonne Lewis of Mechanicsville, weighed 7 pounds 15.3 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

In Calvert County, Hope Rhoads, daughter of Dawn and Roger Rhoads of Huntingtown, wasn't far behind, arriving at 5:26 a.m. at Calvert Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

Taking a more leisurely pace was Andrew Scott Mattingly, son of Linda Mattingly of Lexington Park. He was born at St. Mary's Hospital at 12:09 p.m., weighing 7 pounds 3.2 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

In each county, the first baby of the year received gifts from the hospital and local businesses.

Theater Group to Present Comedy

The Port Tobacco Players production of "Social Security," a comedy by Andrew Bergman, opens Friday at the theater in La Plata. Performances will be held through Jan. 23 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sunday afternoons at 3.

The play takes the audience into the lives of an East Side Manhattan couple and their suburban counterparts. David and Barbara Kahn, played by David Standish and Amy Wathen-Cooksey, have spent the past few years enjoying the high life as New York art dealers. Martin and Trudy Heyman, played by David Thomas and Sally Maxwell, have exiled themselves to the suburbs to care for Barbara and Trudy's aging and ornery mother, Sophie Greengrass, played by Bridget O'Neill.

Suzanne Fehl is directing the production; Andrea Sine is assistant director. Suzanne Wible-Rundenza is the producer.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and youths. Reservations are recommended; call 301-932-6819.

Student Wins VFW Youth Essay Contest

Jonathan Reid, 13, of Lusby, a student at Southern Middle School, is the winner of the 1999-2000 Youth Essay Contest sponsored by the Calvert County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8133 and the post's Ladies' Auxiliary.

His essay on the theme "How Should We Honor America's Veterans?" has advanced to the district competition, for which awards will be presented Jan. 29.

High School Art Students to Show Work

Mattawoman Creek Art Center's second annual High School Art Exhibition opens today.

Art students from Charles County high schools and the Accokeek area will present two- and three-dimensional works in an exhibition that is designed to give them the experience of a gallery show, said Mary Agnes Swann, coordinator of this year's event.

The exhibit will continue through Jan. 30. The Art Center is south of Marbury in Smallwood State Park. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Madrigal Group Seeks Male Singers

St. Maries Musica, a madrigal singing group from Southern Maryland, is seeking male singers in the tenor and baritone voice ranges.

The group of about 21 singers performs traditional madrigal music, major choral works and contemporary pieces. The ensemble performs in costume each Christmas season for the Madrigal Dinners at St. Mary's City.

Organized in 1971, the group has been known as St. Maries Musica since 1981. Most members have had some professional training.

Singers are asked to prepare one solo number and to do a group music sight reading piece for the audition committee, said member Barb Lorton. Anyone interested should call Lorton at 301-373-8181.

Charter Boat Captain Must Pay Fines

A Calvert County charter boat captain has been ordered to pay fines and restitution totaling $15,000 under a plea agreement that resolved charges of several conservation law violations.

Chris Lopynski, 37, of Port Republic, agreed to plead guilty in Calvert County District Court to 18 counts of exceeding the catch limit of striped bass and six counts of failure to submit reports to the Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the fines, he was placed on probation for one year.

The case stemmed from a five-year investigation by the Natural Resources Police, the agency that enforces conservation and boating laws. In announcing the plea agreement last week, the agency said the case had begun during the summer in 1994 after resources police officers received complaints.

In return for Lopynski's guilty plea, other charges were dropped and Lopynski's boat, the Aggie Rose, was released from police custody.

Bay Critical Area Update on Agenda

A proposed update of Charles County's Chesapeake Bay Critical Area program and related amendments to the county's zoning ordinance will be the subject of a Planning Commission hearing at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The local regulations are an outgrowth of the state law governing uses of property within the Bay Critical Area--basically land that is within 1,000 feet of the Bay's tidal waters.

Copies of the proposals before the Planning Commission will be available beginning tomorrow at the Department of Planning and Growth Management.

The Jan. 24 session will be in the commissioners' meeting room. Additional information is available from Kevin Vienneau, a county planner, at 301-645-0689 or 301-870-3896.

Plumbing Inspection Program Planned

A free seminar on the plumbing inspection process in Charles County is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 26 in the commissioners meeting room at the County Government Building in La Plata.

The program is being presented by the county Department of Planning and Growth Management. Additional information is available by calling Cheryl Wedding at the department at 301-645-0681.

Fruits and Vegetables on Meeting Menu

The 2000 Southern Maryland Vegetable and Fruit Production Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Ruritan Club in Davidsonville.

Speakers will present talks on several topics, including "Trendy Veggies," pest control, financial planning, blueberry and strawberry production, getting started in organic growing of vegetables, and secrets of roadside stand and market presentation.

Anyone interested in attending should register by Feb. 1. There is a $15 fee. For information and registration, contact a local Maryland Cooperative Extension office or call 410-222-6759.