Manufacturing in Charles

This month's edition of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce's newsletter, Business, examines manufacturing in the county.

Manufacturing employed 1,238 people in Charles in 2003, or about 3.2 percent of all workers in the county, according to the most recent state data. The average weekly wage in the county's manufacturing sector was $741, the fourth-highest among all private sector jobs in the county and higher than the overall average weekly wage of $621.

The newsletter profiles several member manufacturers, including MSI, which makes wooden staircases and railings, and Waldorf Marble Inc., which produces kitchen sink countertops and bathroom vanities.

An online version of the newsletter can be found at

Cycling Tour Is Scheduled

The 16th annual Amish 100 Cycling Tour, sponsored by the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's basketball team, Patuxent Velo and Patuxent Area Cycling Enthusiasts, is scheduled for Sept. 24, with rolling starts from 7 to 10 a.m. Riders taking the 100-mile tour start at 9 a.m.

Advance registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger. Registration on the day of the ride will be $30 for adults and $20 for children.

"We're incredibly excited to be able to bring this event to St. Mary's campus, and judging from last year's turnout, we're anticipating 500 riders to take part," said Nan Hambrose, head women's basketball coach.

The race begins at the St. Mary's College waterfront, and the route includes areas north and south of the campus, with historic and scenic locations along the way.

Riders will be able to choose from four course distances: 100 miles, 72 miles, 48 miles and 28 miles. To register, visit

Safety Class for Women

The College of Southern Maryland will present a new class, "Personal Safety for Women," developed by the Charles County Sheriff's Office, beginning next month at the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses.

"Our goal is to provide women with tools to prevent them from becoming victims of robbery, sexual assault or abduction by raising their awareness and providing them with personal safety tips and simple self-defense techniques to minimize their chances of becoming a victim," said Dennis Burks, a Charles sheriff's caption and director of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy.

Participants will learn actions they can take to protect themselves and their belongings as well as methods to increase their awareness of potential threats.

The cost is $44. The one-day class will be Oct. 8 at the Leonardtown campus; Nov. 12 at the Prince Frederick campus; and Dec. 10 at the La Plata campus. Each class will meet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and be limited to 20 participants.

To register for this class, LAW-5050, visit or visit any CSM campus location.

Applicants Sought

The Charles County commissioners are seeking applications for the 2006 Nursing/Allied Health Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are available for Charles residents in the following fields: imaging technicians (including X-ray, MRI and nuclear medicine technicians), physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, medical coding specialists, social workers, nurses, dental technicians and speech therapists, among others.

Applicants are judged on aptitude, interest, ability, financial need, cumulative grade point average and the community's projected need for the requested field of training.

Awarded funds may be used for books, tuition, lab fees and registration fees. The course of study must be completed at an accredited institution within Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Applicants must be enrolled in the clinical portion of their studies. Priority is given to applicants who have received this scholarship in the previous year. Scholarship amounts are from $500 to $1,000.

Upon completion of study, recipients will be required to practice at least two years in Charles County at Civista Medical Center, Charles County Health Department, Charles County public schools, any Charles County long-term care facility, community social service agencies, Hospice of Charles County, home health care in Charles County or private practitioners offices in Charles.

Applications can be picked up in the county commissioners' office, at the College of Southern Maryland, from the guidance office of each high school and at Civista Medical Center. Applications for scholarships for the spring 2006 semester are due Oct. 15.

For more information or to have an application mailed, call Carolyn Schoonover at 301-645-0553 or 301-870-3000, Ext. 2553, or visit to download the information and an application.

New Programs at SMHEC

Johns Hopkins University plans to start master's degree programs in school counseling and clinical community counseling at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in the spring semester.

Hopkins also will offer a post-master's certificate in clinical community counseling with five courses and preparation for licensure included. All classes required to complete the degrees and certificate program will be held at the Southern Maryland center, 44219 Airport Rd. in California.

For more information, call Cynthia Shoemaker of the center at 301-737-2500, Ext. 204, or visit the center's Web site,