'Surviving Cancer' Exhibit

"Surviving Cancer: A Photographic Exhibit" will be on display Oct. 1-11 at the St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf.

The 11th annual exhibit features portrait photos and quotes from local residents who have experienced breast, colon and/or prostate cancer.

In the weeks after the exhibit at the mall, the display will move to the Richard Clark Senior Center and the Charles County Government Building in La Plata and the Hughesville Jazzercise site.

Civista Health initiated the annual exhibit in 1995 to increase awareness that many cancers can be treated successfully when they are diagnosed early. Other than skin cancer, cancers of the breast, colon and/or prostate "are the cancers which are most common and offer the greatest opportunity for successful treatment through early detection," Darlene Fairfax, exhibit founder and Civista public relations specialist, said in a statement announcing the exhibit schedule.

More than 280 men and women have been featured in the exhibit since it began.

Anyone who has experienced any of these three cancers and would like to be profiled for this year's exhibit may call Michele Santiago at Civista Health, 301-609-4415.

5 Students Check Out Engineering

Five St. Mary's County public school students explored engineering as a career at the College of Southern Maryland's Kids' College this summer through scholarships provided by Navmar Applied Science Corp.

"Often the best way to learn something is with hands-on experience," Kimberly Flynn, public relations analyst with Navmar, said in a statement about the grants. "By fostering education in science to our youth, we are enlightening a new generation of scientists, engineers and chemists."

Scholarship recipients for the camp, which was held from June 27 to Friday at the Leonardtown campus, were Dominique Lopez of Lexington Park Elementary School, Kimberly Abromaitis and Tyler Gatton of Green Holly Elementary School, and Thomas Dietrich and Davante Clark of George Washington Carver Elementary School. The St. Mary's County public schools' gifted and talented program coordinated selection of the students.

Team Raises $8,700 at Cancer Walk

Lynn Smithburger, JoAnn Beck, Charli Beck and Rhonda Crafton, a team from Home Builders Inc. in Leonardtown, walked more than 20 miles to raise $8,700 for the recent Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Washington.

The four women were among more than 2,200 participants who helped the event raise more than $5.2 million for efforts to fight breast cancer.

Funds donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer are managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation. The group provides grant funding for breast cancer awareness, education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support services and scientific research. Beneficiaries include leading cancer centers as well as community-based nonprofit breast health programs.

This year, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer in the United States and in excess of 40,000 deaths attributed to the disease. According to the society, there is a 97 percent survival rate when breast cancer is caught before it spreads to other parts of the body.

Home Builders Inc. develops communities throughout Southern Maryland.

'Passages' Art Project

Area residents and visitors looking for something unusual and free to do this summer can be a part of Calvert art history, officials at Annmarie Garden in Solomons announced.

The public may participate in Passages, a new community art project that began Friday and was inspired by a recent outdoor exhibit in New York's Central Park. People of all ages and abilities are invited to stop by Annmarie Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to help paint several large fabric panels. No previous art experience is necessary, and officials said the goal is to have as many members of the community participate in the project as possible.

At the end of the summer, these panels will be cut and sewn into a series of swags, which will be hung above Annmarie Garden's wooded pathway. The swags will be on exhibit from September through November.

The activity is free, and no registration is required -- participants can just stop at the garden's office.

$30,000 Raised for Special Olympics

Two recent Southern Maryland events have raised more than $30,000 to support Special Olympics Maryland.

Dozens of Charles County Sheriff's Office employees and members of the community put on their running shoes to carry the Flame of Hope and raise more than $7,500 at the Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 15.

Participants raised money by selling and purchasing Torch Run T-shirts. Runners carried the Flame of Hope as part of a 600-mile, one-week torch relay that passes the Flame of Hope across Maryland. The Torch Run culminated in the lighting of the cauldron June 17 during the 2005 Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games opening ceremonies at Towson University.

On April 17 the Southern Maryland Blessing of the Bikes attracted nearly 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to the Charles County Fairgrounds, where they raised $25,000. The effort was organized by Art Jolliffe, the owner of Gilligan's Pier Restaurant and Apehanger's Bar & Grill, and supported by the Charles County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police.

The 13-year-old event moved to Charles County in April after being held at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds for a number of years.

Special Olympics Maryland is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland's children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities. About 10,000 athletes statewide are involved. The program offers 24 sports at no cost to the athletes or their families.

Charles Corporal Wins Award

The Maryland Correctional Administrators Association named Cpl. Robert Bernier the Correctional Officer of the Year for Charles County at the organization's annual awards banquet last month in Ocean City.

In nominating Bernier, the Charles County Sheriff's Office cited his dedication as the security maintenance officer at the Charles County Detention Center. In this role, Bernier is responsible for the upkeep of mechanical doors, electronic control panels and security camera systems. He also maintains an inventory of all keys in the detention center and ensures that Maryland Occupational Safety and Health requirements are met.