Noise Hotline’s new email address

The NAS Patuxent River Noise Hotline has a new email address. Citizens wishing to email the Pax Noise Hotline can now do so at paxnoise@us.navy.mil . Calls can still be made to the hotline at 1-866-819-9028. Representatives investigate all phone and written inquiries related to a noise event within one business day, and will follow-up with the person reporting the disturbance.

Civilian Employee Assistance Program

The Department of the Navy Civilian Employee Assistance Program (DON CEAP) provides a wide range of free, confidential services to employees and their families. Employees can access services 24/7 through the DONCEAP by phone 1-844-DONCEAP (1-844-366-2327), TTY 1-800-635-2883, or https://magellanascend.com/.

Suicide Prevention Note

Noticed a friend posting thoughts about suicide on social media? Take the post seriously. Reach out to your friend and ask if he or she is considering suicide. Share contact information for resources such as a chaplain, trusted leader, or Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1; text 838255 from a mobile device; or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.)

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

If you are a victim or know of someone who may be suffering in silence, reach out to NAS Pax River SAPR VA Watch Bill for confidential assistance: 24/7 at 301- 481-1057. You may also contact the DoD Safe Helpline for assistance: www.safehelpline.org. Call: 877- 995-5247, Text: 5-5247 inside the U.S.; 202- 470-5546 outside the U.S.


Temporary Closure at Elms Beach Park

Park closed weekdays; open on weekends

The Department of Recreation and Parks announces that Elms Beach Park will be closed during the weekdays beginning July 20 to remove grasses that have accumulated on the shoreline due to recent storms. Elms Beach Park will be open on weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for citizen enjoyment. The grass removal project may take up to two weeks.

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Identified in County

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) has been notified of the first identified Delta variant case of the COVID-19 virus in St. Mary’s County. This variant appears to be highly transmissible and may be more likely to cause severe illness, including among unvaccinated youth. The Delta variant is predicted to become the dominant strain in the U.S. SMCHD urges all community members age 12 and older to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Free Assistance with VA Claims

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays

Habitat for Humanity Building

St. Mary’s Square Shopping Center

Did you receive an injury while on active duty or do you have a service-connected disability? Are you filing a disability claim through the Veterans Administration (VA)? The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is here to assist you with filing these claims at no cost to you. The men and women of DAV, disabled veterans themselves, are trained volunteers who can help ensure you are using the proper forms, have the proper documents you will need, and can advise you on common mistakes to avoid when filing a claim. Our space is located toward the rear of the Habitat for Humanity building on the left side. Stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. any Wednesday to see if we can be of assistance to you. No appointment necessary.

Annual Summerstock Theater

July 23-25, various times

Great Mills High School

The Department of Recreation & Parks announces the 39th production of Summerstock Theater this July at Great Mills High School. This year’s production will be Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance: A Live Concert Reading. Showtimes for the production are Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and available online or at the Department of Recreation & Parks main office in Leonardtown. If tickets remain, they will also be available for purchase one hour before showtime at Great Mills High School. For online ticket sales and show information, please visit www.stmarysmd.com/recreate/summerstock. The Recreation & Parks main office is in the Patuxent Building at 23150 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown. For additional information, please call 301-475-4200 ext. 1800.

Insectival: Celebrate & Investigate Insects

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24

Annmarie Garden

Socially-distanced, family-group based nature experience with activities spread out across our 30-acre park. Buzz on by as we celebrate and investigate insects through self-guided challenges, nature activities, bug hunts, and show & tell investigations. Find your way through various activities with fun photo opps and a take home activity kit. Masks required. Advance tickets required, visit www.annmariegarden.org

Harry Potter Trivia Party

Noon to 1 p.m. July 31

St Mary’s Libraries

Calling all muggles, witches, and wizards. Join us for a good time, and test your knowledge of all-thing Harry Potter and the Wizarding World (books & movies) in our Special Trivia event to celebrate Harry’s birthday. This will be a virtual individual trivia experience, featuring easy to hard questions. The winner will win a special Harry Potter prize pack. For teens. Register on www.stmalib.org.

Craft and Flea Market

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 7

Annmarie Garden

Join us as we bring together a talented mix of arts and crafts people, fresh produce and home décor — along with collectibles and vintage items, upcycled, refurbished, salvaged and more. Well-behaved pets on a short leash are welcome; rain or shine event; no smoking or vaping; masks and social distancing required. Details: www.annmariegarden.org

National Lighthouse Weekend

at Piney Point

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7-8

Piney Point Lighthouse

Free open house weekend. Enjoy tours of the museum, lighthouse tower and grounds.

St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy

Application deadline Aug. 20

The 2021 St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for participation in the nine-week overview of county government operations. The academy will meet on consecutive Tuesday evenings, between Sept. 7 and Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at various county locations. It is open to St. Mary’s County residents, 18 years of age and older and limited to 30 applicants. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion. Citizens interested in learning more about the academy can go to https://www.stmarysmd.com/pio/citizensacademy/ to download a brochure and/or application. For more information, please contact the Public Information Office at 301-475-4200, ext. 1340.

Free Document Shredding Event

8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 28

St. Andrews Landfill

44837 St. Andrews Church Rd., California

This community event will provide residents with the opportunity to have their confidential, private, and important documents destroyed by a professional shredding service at no cost, turning sensitive documents into confetti-sized pieces. All paper material shredded during the event will be recycled.Please refrain from bringing materials that are not confidential in nature, such as newspapers and magazines. The shredder can handle simple staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks and thin metal prongs; however, it cannot accept 3 ring binders. Please limit the number of boxes you bring to 3 standard bankers’ boxes (10”H x 12” W x 15” D) per person so we are able to serve as many residents as possible. For more information or details on this event, please contact the Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. 3550.

Chesapeake DolphinWatch

& Reporting

Members of the public are asked to report dolphin sightings in the Chesapeake Bay. This information is being used by researchers at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory to learn more about where and when dolphins occur in the Bay. Visit https://chesapeakedolphinwatch.org or download the app Chesapeake DolphinWatch to participate.

Be Prepared for Storms – Know Your Zone

Know Your Zone is an easy tool from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to help you determine the storm evacuation zone you live in based on your street address. Knowing your zone will help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters and boosting public safety. Visit the MEMA website at https://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/know-your-zone-md.aspx, click the ‘Find Your Zone’ button, enter your address on the map and see your search results. For more information on being prepared, visit the Department of Emergency Services website at https://www.stmarysmd.com/es/beprepared/.

Local COVID-19 Testing

and Information

Information on local COVID-19 testing is available at: www.smchd.org/covid-19-testing. For local COVID-19 updates, information and data, please visit www.smchd.org/coronavirus or call the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.

County Text-to-911 Messaging

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services Text-to-911 emergency notification system is available statewide, and provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond and gather additional information as needed and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.