Area College Fair to Include

More Than 120 Schools

Education officials in St. Mary's County are planning what they anticipate will be the largest college fair ever held in the tri-county area.

The 14th annual Southern Maryland College Fair, scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the Hollywood Volunteer Firehouse, is a collaboration of St. Mary's public schools, St. Mary's Ryken High School, the College of Southern Maryland, Calvert County public schools, the St. Mary's County Library and the St. Mary's Transit System.

More than 120 colleges and universities in Maryland and throughout the East Coast will participate with exhibits and admissions officers. A complete listing of all institutions that will be present is available online at www.somd.com/psa/collegefair.

College and university officials will answer questions from students and parents about their schools. Financial aid workshops will be presented throughout the evening.

Admission is free, and information is available from all high school counselors in the tri-county area. Free shuttle service will be available from the St. Mary's County Airport to the Hollywood firehouse. The shuttle is handicap accessible and will begin at 5 p.m. and run continuously until 9 p.m. Call 301-475-5100 for more information about public transportation services.

St. Mary's Hospital Names

New Chief of Radiology

St. Mary's Hospital recently named Estelle Cooke-Sampson its new chief of radiology.

A graduate of Georgetown University Medical Center, Cooke-Sampson completed her diagnostic radiology residency program and a fellowship in ultrasound/CT at Howard University.

She is a veteran of more than 20 years of military service and is the state surgeon for the D.C. National Guard as well as an assistant clinical professor at Howard. For the past three years, she has assisted radiologists at St. Mary's Hospital.

User Fees Increase

For Health Services

User fees for several environmental health services recently increased, the St. Mary's County Health Department announced.

The increases, the first since 1994, were prompted by rising costs, the department said.

Under the new fee structure, food service permits have been divided into three categories, based on the level of risk the operation entails. Fees for the high-risk permit will increase, and the other two categories will stay the same or drop.

Other fees in the new schedule include:

* Well permits, $160.

* Individual water sample request, $55.

* Water sampler certification course, $30.

* Food service plan review (for new construction), $200.

* Food service plan review (remodel), $100.

* Temporary food service permits (commercial vendors for special events), $40.

More information is available from the Environmental Health Services Division, St. Mary's County Health Department at 301-475-4321.

State Arts Grant Deadline For Fiscal 2007 Nears

Oct. 6 is the application deadline for Maryland State Arts Council grants for fiscal 2007.

The program is designed for arts organizations that produce and present the arts through public programs and services, as well as for non-arts organizations whose primary purpose is something other than producing or presenting arts activities, but have ongoing arts programs or plan an arts event.

Applications are available on the Maryland State Arts Council offices Web site at www.msac.org. All applications must be submitted electronically through the council's eGRANTsm system, which allows organizations to apply for grants and submit applications and forms online.

The grant program offers general operating funding to groups whose programming is recognized to have a substantial impact on their communities and have a record of offering quality programs and service annually. Grants are available in the following categories: children's events, dance, folk and traditional arts, literature, media, multi-discipline, music, theater and visual arts. The category in which an organization applies must be the category that most closely characterizes the organization's predominant activities.

Grants to non-arts organizations are available to nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is other than producing or presenting arts activities. Organizations such as schools, churches, libraries and community centers can obtain funding for a variety of arts activities.

The council also awards arts project grants for activities produced or presented for general audiences that are not necessarily part of an organization's ongoing programming.

Arts Council grants are open to organizations that have been incorporated in Maryland as tax exempt and nonprofit before March 31 and operate primarily in Maryland. Units of government, colleges and universities may also apply. All applicants must have operated for one full fiscal year at the time of application.

New applicants are encouraged to contact the council at 410-767-6555 or TDD/TTY 410-333-4519 before an application is submitted to ensure that they are applying for the appropriate grant and category.

In conjunction with the grant programs, the Arts Council offers information sessions to Maryland nonprofit organizations interested in applying.

The sessions are free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Doreen Harmon at 410-767-6555. For special accommodations, contact Pamela Dunne at 410-767-6484 or msac@msac.org at least one week before the scheduled date of the session you plan to attend.

The two remaining information sessions are:

* Sept. 13 -- 6:30-8:30 p.m., Dorchester Arts Center, Cambridge.

* Sept. 17 -- 10 a.m.-noon, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.

Humane Society Clinic

Includes Rabies Shot

The Humane Society of Charles County will conduct a rabies and distemper vaccine and micro-chipping clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at its facility at 71 Industrial Park Dr. in Waldorf.

Charges are $7 for a rabies shot, $12 for distemper and $20 for micro-chipping.

County dog licenses also will be available for $2 each for spayed and neutered dogs; $15 for non-spayed/non-neutered dogs. Dogs must be on leashes, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers, with no more than two cats per carrier.

For more information about the clinic or any of the organization's programs, call the Humane Society shelter at 301-645-8181 or visit www.humanesocietycc.org.