"Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns," a 50-minute documentary video that examines the impact of sprawl development, will be shown Wednesday at the St. Mary's County Library in Leonardtown during a program sponsored by the Sierra Club and Southern Maryland Greens.
The video, based on the book of the same title by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Hylton, was filmed in Pennsylvania, England, Oregon and North Carolina. It has been shown on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide.
This showing in Southern Maryland has been arranged, the sponsoring groups say, to spark discussion of alternative policies to control growth. Sprawl that consumes the area's farmland is not the only option, they said.
"Proven alternatives exist," Frank Fox, conservation chairman of the Sierra Club Southern Maryland Group, said in a statement announcing the program. "Growth can be focused with innovative policies and incentives. Traditional towns such as Hughesville and Leonardtown can be restored."
The showing at the library will begin at 7 p.m. An audience discussion will follow.
St. Mary's City Concert
Historic St. Mary's City will welcome the holiday season Dec. 7 with a free concert.
The program will feature traditional Christmas songs and contemporary favorites performed by St. Maries Musica, a local troupe of colorfully costumed musicians. The group is well known for its annual performances at the museum's madrigal dinners.
The concert will take place in the State House of 1676. Continuing a decades-long tradition, the Mistress Brent Garden Club has decked the halls with lush greens embellished with less traditional ornamentation, illuminated by firelight.
Doors to the State House will open at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be avalable before the performance. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.
CSM Soccer Team No. 10
The College of Southern Maryland men's soccer team finished its season as conference and region champion with a 16-2-1 record -- and ranked 10th nationally.
Several College of Southern Maryland players were named to the All-Region XX team. Those picked for the first team are: Jorge Lopez, Cullen McKenzie and Dario Paul; second team: Mike Shifflett, Mike Mitchell and Dan Heaney; and honorable mention: Juele Lawrence and David Mongey.
Coach Tony Galeano was selected the region's coach of the year. Galeano, who played for the Hawks when he attended the college, is in his fourth season as head coach, and he has been selected as coach of the year during three seasons.
Search Is Deferred
The Charles County Board of Commissioners made it official this month that Roy E. Hancock, interim county administrator, will remain in that position at least until December 2006.
The commissioners also deferred their search for a permanent county administrator until the next fiscal year -- which begins next summer -- when they will hire a consultant to recruit candidates for the position. Final selection of a permanent county administrator will be determined by the county commissioners who are elected or reelected in the November 2006 general election.
Hancock was director of the county Department of Planning and Growth Management when he was appointed to his new role Oct. 1. He worked with County Administrator Eugene T. Lauer until Lauer retired Oct. 31.
"We felt that there was no need to make a change at this time. Having been with county government for more than 30 years, Mr. Hancock's knowledge and experience is a valuable asset to help maintain the daily operation of county government until a permanent county administrator is selected by the next elected board of commissioners," the commissioners said in a statement announcing their decision.
Hancock began his career with county government in 1973 as assistant county engineer. He has been director of planning and growth management since 1990.
Melvin C. Beall Jr., chief of development and capital services, is serving as the acting director of planning and growth management.
The Southern Maryland Travel and Tourism Committee received the Cooperative Promotion Award at the annual Maryland Governor's Tourism Industry Conference banquet last month in Ocean City.
The award recognized the group for its publication of the Southern Maryland Bicycle Routes map, which covers Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties.
Accepting the award were the tourism directors for each of the counties: Herman Schieke of Calvert, Joanne Roland of Charles and Carolyn Laray of St. Mary's. The committee vice chair, Maggie Schwartz, also attended the Ocean City event.
In addition to the bicycle routes map, the committee also produced the Southern Maryland Heritage Driving Tours brochure, maintains a Web site, www.southernmdisfun.com, and recently secured certified heritage area status from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority that provides grants to eligible Southern Maryland sites and projects.
Charles District 1 Meeting
Charles County Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly (R-La Plata) will conduct a town meeting for District 1 residents who live in Forrest Park and the surrounding area at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Middleton Hall, 4045 Renner Rd. in Waldorf.
After a brief welcome, Kelly will accept questions or comments from the audience. There will be no agenda or recording of testimony.
Residents with special needs who want to attend should call public information officer Nina Voehl at 301-645-0580, 301-870-3000, or via the Maryland Relay Service TTY/TDD at 711 or 800-735-2258, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Hospice Honored
To mark November as National Hospice Month, the Charles County commissioners recently adopted a proclamation recognizing Hospice of Charles County.
Dixie Poe, president and chief executive of Hospice of Charles County, accepted the proclamation.
The commissioners praised the local organization for being "ready and able to help our citizens facing end-of-life issues . . . when they need us . . . where they need us . . . for as long as they need us."
Poe said the hospice has hired a company to begin planning for a hospice house.
Charles Chamber Directors
The Charles County Chamber of Commerce recently elected seven local business people to its board of directors.
The new directors are:
* John Flatley, owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant at St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf.
* David Hruda, a lawyer with Somerset Development Co. in Bel Alton.
* Brenda Lowe, an executive assistant for Maryland Bank & Trust Co. in Waldorf.
* Mark MacFarland, executive director of land development for American Community Properties Trust in St. Charles.
* Diana Rucci, loan office with Accubanc Mortgage in Waldorf.
* Chris Stefanides, president and chief executive of Civista Health in La Plata.
* Terry Wright, owner of Wright International in Waldorf.