Nursing Scholarships

Four Charles County residents received scholarships totaling $4,000 in the 2006 Nursing/Allied Health Scholarship Program.

Jennifer Ledford of Indian Head, Dara Schwartz of La Plata, Brandi Tanner of Marbury and Katrina Tucker of Waldorf received the scholarships.

The awards are given each year by the county commissioners to nursing students who agree to practice in Charles County for at least two years after completion of their studies.

Grant for Oakville

Oakville Elementary School in St. Mary's County received a $3,000 grant from the Target Corp. to provide early reading intervention for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students.

The funds will be used to pay for teacher training and to purchase materials for the school's reader intervention program, Debra Bowling, Oakville's principal, said in a statement announcing the grant.

Happy Anniversary

Three Notch Theatre, home of the Newtowne Players, will celebrate its first anniversary with a ribbon-cutting and public reception at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The celebration will include live music and refreshments. After the ribbon-cutting, there will be a concert beginning at 7 p.m. to benefit the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau. Alatte Xpressions, the coffee shop in the lobby of the theater, will be open and will share in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"This is a way to celebrate this past year, and show our appreciation to the volunteers and community members that have made Three Notch Theatre a success," Wendy Heidrich, artistic director and founder of the Newtowne Players, said in a statement announcing the events.

The Newtowne Players signed a lease with St. Mary's County on Nov. 16, 2004, that allowed the group to use the old library building for its theater. After five months spent renovating the former library and building a revolving stage and risers, the players opened their first show there April 1.

Three Notch Theatre is at 21744 South Coral Dr. in Lexington Park.

Radio Equipment Donated

Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis (R) recently donated radio equipment from his agency's old system to the Charles County chapter of the American Red Cross and the Charles public schools as part of a partnership to enhance homeland security and emergency preparedness efforts.

Mike Zabko, chief executive of the Charles chapter of the Red Cross, and Keith Grier, director of pupil services for the public school system, accepted the donations Nov. 22.

The sheriff's office donated 35 hand-held portable radios and 35 mobile vehicle-mounted radios to the Red Cross. Charles County public schools received 40 hand-held radios and 50 vehicle radios. The sheriff's office recently replaced its emergency radios with a digital system, but by activating a patch, the old and new systems can operate simultaneously, allowing multiple agencies to communicate by radio during an emergency response.

The radios were provided to the Red Cross and the school system as part of a formal agreement about communication during emergencies, the sheriff's office said in a statement announcing the donations.

Art Show in Baltimore

The students of Carol Morris, an evening librarian at St. Mary's College of Maryland and part-time art teacher at St. Michael's School in Ridge, are featured in an exhibition of icon paintings titled "Child's View to Heaven: Sacred Icons" at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Morris, who has taught at the school as a volunteer for 10 years, organized the exhibit. It also includes artwork by her sister's students at Summit Academy in Woodstock, Md., and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Baltimore.

The exhibit includes some of the roughly 1,000 religious icons that have been produced by art students in the fifth through eighth grades. Also featured are metal-worked crosses from St. Michael's younger students and icons from the students at Summit Academy and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

An icon is a painting on a wooden slab of a saint or other religious figure. The images were originally used to teach illiterate churchgoers the stories of the Bible.

Final Waste Collection

Charles County's last household hazardous waste collection and gas can exchange until the spring will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Charles County Sanitary Landfill, on Billingsley Road East between Piney Church Road and Route 5.

Items accepted free of charge include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer, gasoline, motor oil, antifreeze, paint, cleaning supplies, pool chemicals, batteries, prescription drugs and other poisons found around the home. Materials should be kept in their original containers whenever possible and brought to the collection site in cardboard boxes to ease unloading.

Residents may also trade in their old plastic or metal gas cans for a free new spill-resistant two-gallon gas can on Saturday. These containers automatically shut off and seal tightly after fueling, reducing harmful emissions by up to 75 percent.

Household hazardous waste collection will resume in April at the landfill.

Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis (R) donated radio equipment to the Red Cross and county schools.