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The Charles County Department of Economic Development is asking local businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

Any county business that had damage as the result of the recent storm should contact the economic development department at 301-885-1340 or

During the next several days, Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assessment teams, along with U.S. Small Business Administration representatives and state and local officials, will be assessing storm damage.

Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson has asked county economic development officials to compile a list of businesses that sustained storm damage.

This will help the teams in making as complete an assessment as possible, which will in turn help businesses receive the assistance they need.

Senior choir sets holiday concert

Southern Maryland Encore Chorale and Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorale will perform a holiday concert 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Patuxent Presbyterian Church at 23421 Kingston Creek Road in California. Admission is free, no tickets are needed.

Encore Chorale, 90 singers 55 and older, will perform a concert consisting mainly of secular holiday tunes, including “Jingle Bells Hallelujah,” a new and creative take on the “Hallelujah Chorus;” “Alleluia Brasileira” by Ralph Manuel and other holiday favorites.

Cellist Barbara Lorton and the College of Southern Maryland Chorale will be featured.

The free concert will be conducted by Krystal Rickard McCoy, conductor of Southern Maryland Encore Chorale and St. Maries Musica.

Call 301-261-5747 or go to

Groups plan law enforcement tribute

A community partnership between the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center and Encounter Christian Center will honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in Maryland Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office, St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties’ sheriff’s offices and jails, Maryland State Police and MSP’s Trooper 7 medevac helicopter at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Encounter Christian Center at 30080 Henry Lane in Charlotte Hall.

There will be a brief look inside of law enforcement through pictures of law enforcement at work. Charles and St. Mary’s sheriffs’ honor guards will perform. There will be readings, music and a dessert reception.

Call Gwen Bankins at 301-904-1056.

‘Schoolhouse Rock Live’ auditions set

Port Tobacco Players announced that auditions for the upcoming production of “Schoolhouse Rock Live” will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29 for adults and at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 for children 10 to 14 at the troupe’s theater at 508 Charles St. in La Plata.

The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs is making a comeback, instructing a whole new generation.

Auditioners should come prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars of a song and must have sheet music or CD accompaniment with music only. No a cappella auditions. There may be cold readings from the script for adults.

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Route 4 named for Stephanie Roper

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) issued a proclamation renaming part of Route 4 in honor of murder victim Stephanie Roper and the efforts of her parents, Roberta and Vincent Roper, to bolster crime victims’ rights.

Five miles of Route 4 in Upper Marlboro will be known as Stephanie Roper Highway.

The Stephanie Roper Highway will begin at Water Street in Upper Marlboro and end at Bay Front Road in Bristol.

“Roberta and Vince Roper put crime victims’ rights and services on the Maryland and national map in memory of their daughter Stephanie, who was murdered in 1982,” Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Centers’ Executive Director Russell P. Butler said in a news release. “The state of Maryland has appropriately recognized the efforts of the Ropers by renaming part of Maryland Route 4 and placed Stephanie Roper’s name on the Maryland State Highway Map.”

The center was formerly the Stephanie Roper Foundation.

A little autumn twang

The Sons of the American Legion and Jay Armsworthy are gearing up for the next season of bluegrass at the Legion post in Hughesville.

The first show will be Larry Stephenson at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the post at 6265 Brandywine Road. Doors open at noon.

Tickets for each show are $15. Food will be available for sale before the shows.

Stephenson is regarded as one of bluegrass music’s finest high lead and tenor vocalists.

A native of King George, Va., Stephenson has toured with bands, including Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris, Bill Harrell & the Virginians and the famed Bluegrass Cardinals, before forming his own band in 1989.

Other shows at the Legion will be the Boxcars on Jan. 27; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Feb. 10; and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers on March 24.

For tickets, go to or call 301-737-3004.

Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the Helping Hands Food Bank in Southern Maryland.

Annapolis during Civil War is topic of lecture

Anne Arundel County Historical Society’s Rebecca Morris will discuss the role of Annapolis in the Civil War at the next meeting of the Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Business and Industry on the La Plata campus at 8730 Mirtchell Road.

The roundtable is open to anyone interested in the Civil War.

Morris, a resident of Annapolis, is the author of “A Low, Dirty Place: The Parole Campus of Annapolis, Md., 1862-1865,” which describes the men who came to Annapolis from the southern prisons and whose last, best hope of freedom was Camp Parole.

The Southern Maryland Civil War Roundtable hosts monthly meetings, the second Tuesday of every month from September through May. Meetings are free and open to the public, but membership to the roundtable is highly encouraged. Annual membership is $30.

For information, contact Gottfried at or 301-934-7625.