The following individuals and programs have been honored recently for personal achievements or contributions to their community or workplace.
* Eric Smith, of Captured Moments Photography in Port Tobacco, has been recertified as a Certified Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America. Fewer than 2,500 photographers worldwide hold the certification.
* Michael P. O'Brien, of O'Brien Realty, has been named honorary chairman of the 2004 Conservation Banquet of the Southern Maryland Chapter of Quail Unlimited.
* Don P. Brenneman, deputy state fire marshal for the Southern Maryland region, was recognized at the 2004 Respect for Law Enforcement award ceremonies for his arson investigation closure rate of nearly 47 percent. The national average closure rate is 14 percent to 18 percent, according to the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
* Gary Pendleton of Elder Source Insurance was named the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce's Home Based Business of the Year. Pendleton's firm specializes in marketing long-term care, Medicare supplement insurance and annuities. He is also a commercial illustrator and member of the North Beach Town Council.
* The Rev. Lynn Glassbrook and the congregation at Emmanuel United Methodist Church recently donated $500 to the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Inc. The donation supported Project Graduation, an alcohol- and drug-free celebration held annually for the graduating seniors of Calvert County high schools.
* Hospice of Charles County received a $10,000 donation from the Julius Fleischman Foundation in memory of Christine Louise Waldvogel. Hospice also recently received a $1,515 donation from proceeds of the Spring Fashion Show, hosted by The Salon -- Hair Color by Design in Waldorf. Hospice of Charles County recently honored more than 50 of its volunteers at an appreciation dinner held at First Baptist Church in La Plata. Special recognition was given to the Girl Scouts of Charles County, who have partnered with Hospice in Share A Bear, a program to collect teddy bears for hospice patients in the county. Barbara Carpentier of La Plata was elected chair of the board of directors for 2004; Nina Voehl of Newburg has become a member of the Board; and Talmage "Tom" Sexton, director of finance, has announced his retirement from Hospice.
* Jeff Williams, a captain with the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, was honored with the National Volunteer Fire Council Fire Prevention Award for his efforts to educate the public on fire safety and prevention.
Compiled by SUSAN BARTON