Kenney to Address Graduates

Judge James A. Kenney III of Maryland's Court of Special Appeals will address graduates at the College of Southern Maryland's 45th spring commencement at the La Plata campus May 23.

Before being named to the court in 1997, Kenney practiced law in St. Mary's County. A 1963 graduate of George Washington University's law School, Kenney opened the firm of Briscoe and Kenney in 1966 with John Hanson Briscoe, who went on to become a Maryland Circuit Court judge.

During his career, Kenney served as St. Mary's County assistant state's attorney from 1964 to 1967; as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland from 1964 to present; as president of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Foundation from 1993 to 1999; and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center from 1993 to 1999.

College of Southern Maryland officials said approximately 330 students are expected to receive degrees and certificates this spring. Other graduation activities include a pinning ceremony for graduating nursing students at 5 p.m. May 20 and an honors convocation at 6 p.m. May 21.

The spring commencement ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. May 23. All activities will be on the front lawn of the Administration Building on the La Plata campus, off Mitchell Road.

In the event of rain, the graduates will move to the Physical Education Center for the ceremony, and others will be able to watch a closed-circuit telecast in the theater in the Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call 301-934-7766; 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7766, or visit

Juried Art Show at College

College of Southern Maryland art students' works are displayed in the Juried Art Show through May 25 in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata campus.

The juried show winners were announced during a recent gallery talk. Suzanne Denton of La Plata received the $250 first prize for her large stoneware, "High Risk." Accokeek resident Nikolas Jonkman received the $150 second prize for his photo, "Untitled 2," which shows a detail from a footbridge near his home. Rachel Camann of Waldorf received the $100 third prize for a mixed-media painting, "Untitled."

Honorable mentions were given to Sharon and Karen Powell of Hughesville and Eun Jung Mattingly of Mechanicsville.

The gallery is free and open to the public during regular business hours. For information, contact the Fine Arts Center box office at 301-934-7828, 301-870-3008 or 301-884-8131, Ext. 7828, or e-mail

Sheriff's Office Gets Donation

The Charles County Sheriff's Office has received a $4,200 donation from the Greater Waldorf Jaycees to support its homeland security training program "Meet the Challenge."

The program is a two-hour training session covering topics related to terrorism and how a community can use resources at hand to respond to an attack.

Groups and civic clubs interested in participating in a Meet the Challenge session may contact Margie Meek of the Sheriff's Office at 301-932-3080.

Girl Scouts Help K-9s

Girl Scout Brownie Troop No. 530 recently raised enough money through yard work and a yard sale to purchase a $705 protective vest for the K-9 unit of the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

The troop presented the vest to Sheriff Frederick E. Davis, K-9 supervisor Sgt. Vincent Weaver, patrol dog Duuk and his handler, Cpl. Ronald Leukhardt.

The vest, ordered through International Armor in California, will be used to help protect the 10-dog unit against weapons while on patrol in the county with their fellow-vested sheriff handlers.

Soap Box Derby Coming

The Lexington Park Lions Club is seeking boys and girls ages 8 to 17 to participate in the 2004 Southern Maryland Soap Box Derby on June 12 in Leonardtown.

Two Southern Maryland champions will advance to the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, in July.

Individuals, groups, clubs or organizations interested in learning more about the event or how to obtain racer kits should call 301-863-4314 or 301-934-3659.

Lackey Summer Camp

An indoor swimming pool highlights this year's Henry E. Lackey Summer Youth Camp June 21 through July 16.

Besides swimming, campers -- rising second-graders through age 13 -- can also choose to participate in soccer, touch football, basketball, floor hockey, kickball, arts and crafts, Wiffle ball and tennis.

Lackey's aquatics coordinator, Rob Chamberlain, will be the camp supervisor. Marty Margolis will be camp director, a position she also held last year.

Sponsored by Charles County Public Schools, Lackey Summer Youth Camp offers two pricing options: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $400; or 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., $475. Registration forms are available at or by calling 301-932-6610 or 301-870-3814.

St. Mary's Looking for Help

The St. Mary's County commissioners are seeking volunteers for appointments to a variety of boards, committees and commissions.

Applications are available at the St. Mary's County Public Information Office on the first floor of the Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr. in Leonardtown, or at the county's Web site: All applications must also have a resume attached.

Panels with current vacancies include: Adult Public Guardianship Review Board; Commission for Women; Electrical Examiners Board; Human Relations Commission; Plumbing Board; Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board; Social Service Board; Teen Center Advisory Board; and the Wicomico River Commission.

For more information, call 301-475-4200, Ext. 1341.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON