August 12, 2020

Art & Lifestyle:

Road Closure Update in St. Mary’s

Road Closures

Last week’s Tropical Storm Isaias damaged multiple St. Mary’s County roadways, causing closures, and necessitating detours. The county has provided a list of closures with tentative reopening timelines.

Piney Point Shoreline Project Among DNR Gateway Grant Awards

War Invention Exhibit at Piney Point Lighthouse

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources awards $26.2 million to improve water quality, increase flood resiliency, and help grow the next generation of Maryland’s environmental stewards. Among the 120 statewide projects is the Piney Point Lighthouse & Museum Shoreline Resiliency Project.

YMCA Feasibility Study Set to Begin

Feasibility Study YMCA

The St. Mary’s County commissioners have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the YMCA of Chesapeake to conduct a feasibility study for a YMCA in St. Mary’s County. In addition, they approved a fundraising study.

Jail Museum to Open During Town’s First Fridays

Jail Museum

The Old Jail Museum, a popular landmark in downtown Leonardtown, will be open during Leonardtown First Friday from 5 to 7 pm Friday, August 7, 2020.

Honoring Lex Park Rescue Squad Members

Rescue Squad

The Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad presented awards to its members at a ceremony on July 21.

St. Mary’s Celebrates Census Response Rate

Census Response Rate

As of July 27, the 2020 US Census self-response rate for St. Mary’s County was 66.2%. The nationwide self-response rate was 62.6%, while the state of Maryland’s rate was 66.6%, according to figures at 2020census.gov.

Gallery-V Opens First Exhibit: ‘Quarantine Dreams’

St. Mary’s County Community Development Corp. opened its virtual Gallery-V with “Quarantine Dreams,” an exhibit that drew submissions from around the globe. The exhibit can be viewed here. St. Mary’s County Arts Council is a sponsor of the exhibit.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Delivers 100th Bed

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

St. Mary’s County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace reached a milestone as they delivered their 100th bed!

Reminder: Document Shred Event Aug. 1

shred event

The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging & Human Services will hold Identity Protection Day from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, August 1, at the Department of Aging & Human Services administrative building at 41780 Baldridge St. in Leonardtown. Shredding services and medication collection will be offered.

Japan Takes Delivery of Its 1st V-22 Osprey

Japan V-22

The first international variant of the V-22 Osprey aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni to the Kisarazu Air Field on July 10, where the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force will now operate, train with, and maintain the aircraft.