SMECO Absentee Ballots

The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative will offer absentee mail-in voting to qualifying members for the annual meeting Aug. 31.

To qualify, members must certify that one or more of the following situations exist at the time of the meeting:

* They may be absent from SMECO's service area.

* They are unable to attend the meeting because of age, accident or disability.

* They are attending to a death or serious illness in their family.

Applications for absentee voting may be obtained from any SMECO office, at or by calling SMECO's Public Affairs Division at 301-274-4480.

Completed and signed applications must be returned by Aug. 15. Qualifying applicants will receive their ballot packets and voting instructions in the mail. Once a ballot is completed, it must be returned to the Annual Meeting Credentials and Election Committee no later than Aug. 30 in the pre-printed envelope provided in the packet. The committee will process the ballots.

Absentee ballots will count toward a quorum and are handled in accordance with SMECO's bylaws, which require the cooperative to hold a meeting annually.

An annual meeting notice and information about candidates for SMECO's board of directors will be mailed to members starting in mid-July.

Calvert Men's Health Fair

Calvert Memorial Hospital will hold its first Men's Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the hospital's KeepWell Center.

The event, co-sponsored by Pfizer, will feature free or low-cost health screenings, talks by doctors and exhibits. At 9:30 a.m., Wayne Zurowski, a gastroenterologist, will give a talk titled "What Every Guy Needs to Know." At 10:15 a.m., Harry Kerasidis, medical director of Calvert Memorial's Sleep Lab, will give an address called "Snore Wars."

Free prostate and blood pressure screenings, body composition testing and nutrition consultations will be available. Participants also can receive a cholesterol screening (10-hour fasting required) or vascular screening, each for $25. For these two screenings, registration is required.

Every man who participates will have a chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift certificate. Women will receive a prize and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Annapolis Mall, the hospital said.

To register, call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

Aging-Council Vacancies

Charles County is seeking county residents to fill three vacancies on the Area Council on Aging.

The 16-member council advises the county commissioners on the needs and concerns of senior citizens and assists in the development and review of the Area Aging Plan.

Members serve four-year terms. The three vacancies are for full terms, which end June 30, 2009.

Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month in La Plata. Meetings are not scheduled in July or August; they resume in September.

Anyone interested in serving should contact Linda Rollins, clerk to the county commissioners, at 301-645-0554 or 301-870-3000 or by e-mail at to obtain an application form. Applications may be downloaded from the county government Web site at Applications will be accepted until the vacancies are filled.