Storm Waste Disposal

Yard waste collected by homeowners after last week's storms in St. Mary's County can be taken to the St. Andrews Landfill at no charge through Saturday. All other materials will require the normal landfill tipping fee of $10 per quarter-ton pickup truck and $52 per ton for oversized loads. The landfill is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Panels Cancel Meetings

The St. Mary's County government announced that three public commissions will not hold their regularly scheduled meetings this month and next. The next meetings for each will be:

* Commission for Women -- 5:15 p.m. Sept. 20, Russell Room of the Carter State Office Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown.

* Human Relations Commission -- 5 p.m. Sept. 1, Room 14 of the Governmental Center, 23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown.

* Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council -- 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Room 12 of the St. Mary's County Health Department, 21580 Peabody St., Leonardtown.

For further information, call 301-475-4632.

VanGo Fares Increase

The Charles County Department of Community Services has announced a $1 increase in the cost of the all-day pass for the VanGo bus service.

Effective Aug. 1, the all-day pass -- used for general public transportation on all public routes -- will cost $2. In announcing the increase, the department cited increased operating costs. This will be the first fare increase since VanGo began offering the passes in 2001.

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities will pay $1 for the all-day pass, a 40-cent increase.

For information, call 301-934-9305 or 301-870-3388, or visit The TDD number is 800-735-2258.

National Night Out

The Charles County Sheriff's Office is planning for the Aug. 3 celebration of the 21st Annual National Night Out and is asking organizations to sign up to participate.

More than 100 county neighborhoods have registered as participants in the event, which was initiated as a demonstration of community commitment in the fight against crime.

The sheriff's office is asking neighborhoods, businesses and groups that are interested in participating in countywide events from 6 to 9 p.m. to call Margie Meek, community organizer, at 301-932-3080.

-- Compiled by SUSAN BARTON