Sunday, October 16, 2011
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Charles County Public Access Studio

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.02 [10:30 - 11:30 a.m.] Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Charles County Public Access Studio (College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD)

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Clark Senior Center Expansion Dedication Ceremony

Board Docs - Oct 18, 2011 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting

1.01 [9:00 - 10:00 a.m.] Clark Senior Center Expansion Dedication Ceremony (Richard R. Clark Center, La Plata, MD)

ClarkSeniorCtr_RibbonCutting_Program.pdf (885 KB)

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Comprehensive Plan Open House

Open House Packet

Comprehensive Plan Scenario 1 (Large File)

Comprehensive Plan Scenario 2 (Large File)

Comprehensive Plan Scenario Evaluations

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Breast Cancer Awareness


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Md. asks for chicken litter energy plants

Maryland’s new initiative to turn animal waste into power could present a two-fold benefit.

Governor Martin O’Malley announced the state is now seeking proposals for the purchase of electricity generated from waste as part of the “Clean Bay Power” project, which was put in place to promote the use of clean and renewable energy.

By using animal waste to generate positive energy, the amount of nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients found in the manure that enters the Chesapeake Bay will decrease. Those nutrients are partially responsible for the declining health of the bay, according to O’Malley’s office.

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Thousands of protesters fill NYC’s Times Square
CHRIS HAWLEY ― Houston Chronicle

Thousands of demonstrators protesting corporate greed filled New York City’s Times Square, mixing with gawkers, Broadway showgoers, tourists and police to create a chaotic scene in the midst of Manhattan.

“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!” protesters chanted Saturday from within police barricades. Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square and onto the sidewalks in an attempt to funnel the crowds away.

Beard-cutting group has history of conflict
Michael A. Fuoco and Torsten Ove ― Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This village, 30 miles northwest of Steubenville, has a population of about 700, one traffic light and no cell phone service.

Signs at either end of town welcome visitors to the village of “Wooded Hills, Warm Hearts,” founded in 1883.

The town has a few shops, a funeral home, a restaurant and a post office.

This bucolic place has something else, too: It’s the home of Sam Mullet, 66, a man described by some locals as a cult leader of a splinter sect of Amish whose feuds with other Amish have required the intervention of law enforcement and focused the glare of national media on this quiet farm country.

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Automotive ‘black boxes’ raise privacy issues

If you’re involved in a traffic accident with no witnesses except you and the other driver, it’s just your word against his, right?


Your own car just might tattle on you if you’re at fault.

So-called event data recorders that function much like the “black boxes” on airplanes, and which are now installed on virtually all new vehicles, can give investigators incriminating details about your driving behavior in the final seconds before a crash.

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AP: U.S. drops keeping troops in Iraq

The U.S. is abandoning plans to keep U.S. troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, The Associated Press has learned. The decision to pull out fully by January will effectively end more than eight years of U.S. involvement in the Iraq war, despite ongoing concerns about its security forces and the potential for instability.

The decision ends months of hand-wringing by U.S. officials over whether to stick to a Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline that was set in 2008 or negotiate a new security agreement to ensure that gains made and more than 4,400 American military lives lost since March 2003 do not go to waste.

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Mexico’s newest export to US may be water

Mexico ships televisions, cars, sugar and medical equipment to the United States. Soon, it may be sending water north.

Western states are looking south of the border for water to fill drinking glasses, flush toilets and sprinkle lawns, as four major U.S. water districts help plan one of two huge desalination plant proposals in Playas de Rosarito, about 15 miles south of San Diego. Combined, they would produce 150 million gallons a day, enough to supply more than 300,000 homes on both sides of the border.

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3 D.C. area communities honored as best for young people

Looking for a great place for kids? Three communities in the D.C. area are being honored for being among the 100 best for young people.

Alexandria and Prince William County in Virginia and Maryland’s Calvert County have all been honored by Colin Powell’s group America’s Promise Alliance.

Calvert County takes one of the top spots for the second time for arranging a system of alternative programs for kids - such as twilight school, 9th grade academy and algebra enrichment and one hour lunches in high schools, where students have access to extra help and social skills training.

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After 3 disasters, no federal help for Va. town

LOUISA, Va. (AP) - Residents of this rural community just outside Richmond know they may be lucky, seeing as how no one died in the earthquake, hurricane and tornado that have hit back-to-back-to-back in the past few months. That doesn’t mean they aren’t bitter: “Louisa cares: Because the feds don’t,” read Friday’s headline atop the local newspaper.

The federal government has refused to help foot the $18 million tab for the damage from the disaster trifecta, most of which was caused by the earthquake, leaving people to host fundraisers and help out neighbors because few homes and businesses had insurance. But they say they can’t do it alone.

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Leonardtown chef sweeps National Oyster Cook-Off
Steve Kilar ― Baltimore Sun

A Southern Maryland chef swept the National Oyster Cook-Off on Saturday at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, a festival organizer said.

Chef Loic Francois Jaffres, who owns and operates Café des Artistes in Leonardtown, took the contest’s three top prizes with his white wine-sautéed appetizer, oysters casino wrapped in spinach. Jaffres’ oysters were poached in seafood stock, dusted with panko breadcrumbs and served in shot glasses.

There were contestants from more than 10 states.

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Fire Departments Host Fire Prevention Open House
Andy Marquis ― The Bay Net

Fire departments in Bryans Road and Indian Head hosted open houses during fire prevention week to show what they do to keep people safe in their respective communities.  The events, held Saturday morning in to the afternoon, included demonstrations of equipment and other activities for children.

Bryans Road had a large turnout as they simulated an automobile accident in the parking lot, and demonstrated an appropriate response.  They had ambulances and fire engines open for children to go inside and look at first hand.

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Open Thread - October 16, 2011


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