News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post, June 28 to July 3

Sunday | 27

Drive to Boost Ehrlich

Memos from the governor's office to the public information officers at dozens of state agencies call on them to "help deliver a coordinated message" and bring "maximum exposure" to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). The effort, political analysts said, indicates the Maryland governor is starting to make use of his office to build the foundation for a 2006 reelection campaign.

Monday | 28

Eastern Shore Boom Towns

On Maryland's Eastern Shore, many quiet small towns are bracing for a sudden real estate boom and growth that will flood their streets and neighborhoods with thousands of new residents. Developers and demographers say the trend will be driven over the next decade by retiring baby boomers seeking the quiet and slower pace of rural and waterfront communities.

Monday | 28

Charles Fisherman Drowns

Clarence Thomas Underwood, 57, of Accokeek drowned in the Wicomico River near Chaptico in St. Mary's County. Officials said he fell overboard while trying to remove fishing line tangled in a boat propeller.

Wednesday | 30

Snakehead Likely to Stay

Now that anglers and others have caught at least nine northern snakehead fish in the Potomac River and its tributaries, fisheries officials in Maryland and Virginia say it is time to concede that the Asian species, which can breathe air and scoot slowly over land, has established a naturally reproducing population in open water that can neither be poisoned nor drained to eliminate it. Some scientists have said the snakehead, which feeds on other fish, could throw the Potomac ecosystem out of balance.

Wednesday | 30

Student Performance Up in Md.

New results from the Maryland School Assessment examinations showed that the state's schools generally had improved over last year in making adequate yearly progress in students' math and reading proficiencies as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. This year nearly 200 schools statewide failed to meet performance standards, compared with more than 500 last year.

Wednesday | 30

Seahorse Statue Stolen

One of the 25 seahorse statues painted by Calvert County schoolchildren and displayed around the county as part of a public art project was stolen from its site in Prince Frederick.

Thursday | 1

Calvert Man Sings on Mall

Elmer Mackall, 80, has been singing since he was a child, mostly at small churches in Calvert County. This week he performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall, a setting far removed from his nephew's church in Prince Frederick. "In his voice, you hear years of joy and hardship," said Rory Turner of the Maryland State Arts Council, who added: "He makes you feel happy."

Thursday | 1

Higher State Vehicle Fees

Higher motor vehicle registration fees took effect Thursday in Maryland. Car owners will pay $128 every two years, up from $81.

Thursday | 1

CSM Professor on Md. Board

Lelia T. Allen, a professor at the College of Southern Maryland, was named to the Maryland State Board of Education by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). Allen, who lives in Waldorf and teaches in the college's Social Sciences, Human Services and Teacher Education Department, will fill a vacancy on the board, serving the remainder of a term that ends in 2006.

Friday | 2

Maryland's Historical Sites

Southern Maryland's historical sites offer visitors chances to see and experience nearly 400 years of life and events in the area -- from the Native Americans who were here when the first colonists landed in 1634 to the traditions of the tobacco growers and watermen.