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Balcom Selected to Represent TEAM USA at London Marathon

LEONARDTOWN—St. Mary's County Department of Recreation and Parks is excited to announce that Paralympic Sport- Southern Maryland's own Board member and athlete; Don Balcom has been selected by the International Paralympic Committee to represent TEAM USA at the London Marathon in April. He recently competed in the 2015 Boston Marathon placing 1670th overall with a personal best time of 2:55:45 and won the 2015 Boston Marathon Blind/Visually-Impaired Division.

To learn more about Don's achievements and future goals, see his profile at: www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/athlete-profiles

Paralympic Sport—Southern Maryland is a not for profit, community-based sports club managed by St. Mary's County Recreation and Parks. This program was developed to expand the availability of quality sport and physical activity programs for physically and visually impaired youth and adults. The primary emphasis is to involve permanently injured veterans.

To learn more about Paralympic Sport Southern MD go to www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/paralympics.asp or contact Christina Bishop 301-475-4200 x1802 christina.bishop@stmarysmd.com

2016 Agricultural Tire Recycling Collection Program is Jan. 2 through Jan. 16

PRINCE FREDERICK—The Calvert County Department of Public Works, Solid Waste Division, will accept agricultural tires at the Appeal Landfill at no charge Jan. 2 through Jan. 16. There is no limit to the number of tires per vehicle; passenger, light truck and agricultural tires, on or off rims, are accepted. Tires from commercial businesses will not be accepted.

The Appeal Landfill is located at 401 Sweetwater Road in Lusby. Farmers who plan to participate in the 2016 Agricultural Tire Recycling Collection Program must bring a signed copy of the letter found at the link provided below. For additional information, please call Recycling Coordinator Bill Teter at 410-326-0210.

Agricultural Recycling Collection Program letter: http://www.calvertag.com/2016%20Farm%20Tire%20Collection-Ltrhead_SolidWaste.pdf

Charles Co. Commissioners’ January Town Hall Meeting Schedule

LA PLATA—Residents are invited to attend the Commissioners’ January town hall meeting as scheduled below:

Board of County Commissioners' Quarterly Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.
County Government Building in the Commissioners Meeting Room (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata)

Future town hall meeting dates are available online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or PressRoom@CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Charles Co. Commissioners Recognize Tourism Office for Receiving State Award

LA PLATA—On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Charles County Commissioners recognized the Charles County Office of Tourism for the 2015 Maryland Office of Tourism Development Award in the “Cultural Heritage Tourism” category for the Lincoln 150 Commemoration: On the Trail of the Assassin event. The Cultural Heritage Tourism award recognizes outstanding investments and contributions in stewardship and/or development of Maryland's cultural heritage product and engagement in regional and statewide tourism initiatives.

The Office of Tourism would like to thank the following organizations for their assistance during the Lincoln 150 event: Historical Society of Charles County, African American Heritage Society, Charles County Archaeology Society, Charles County Maryland Genealogical Society, Port Tobacco Courthouse, Maryland Division of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans’, Surratt House Musuem, The Dr. Mudd Society, Board of Education, Rich Hill Farm, and the College of Southern Maryland. For more information about the Charles County Government Office of Tourism, visit www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/Tourism.

Shop with a Cop

PRINCE FREDERICK—On December 12, 2015, Troopers from the Prince Frederick participated in the Calvert County Shop with a Cop Program. The Prince Frederick has been participating in this worthwhile program since 2007. Trooper First Class Christopher Esnes, Trooper First Class Sean Barlow, Trooper First Class Brian Wiesemann along with 4 local children selected by the Department of Social Services went to the Prince Frederick Walmart. The children were allowed to shop with donations obtained from county residents and businesses. The Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack appreciates the chance to spread goodwill during the holiday season.

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