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With losing weight being one of the most common New Year’s resolutions out there, a local fitness company is offering a program to offer an incentive and extra guidance.

For the second year in a row, Ignite Fitness Concepts of Prince Frederick is holding a Biggest Loser Competition, starting in mid January.

The organization’s CEO and head trainer Christian Simpson, who is also a certified nutritionist, said the program will run for eight weeks with participants being asked to sign up in teams of two.

He said the teams could be friends, couples, coworkers, family members any type of relationship between two people who “need help with their fitness and nutrition.”

Simpson said while participants don’t have to be considered obese or extremely overweight, the competition is meant for people considered “new” to physical fitness.

“It’s kind of fitness-beginner oriented. ... Anyone who wants to lose weight is welcome to jump on board,” he said.

He said the competition will consist of two to three workouts a week at the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, nutritional consultations and Simpson and one of his fitness coaches being available for fitness and nutrition advice around the clock.

For instance, Simpson said if a participant was eating at a restaurant and unsure of what to order, he or she could call Simpson for a recommendation.

The winning team who will receive 6 months of free training and consultation from Ignite Fitness and Simpson said the contest itself will likely cost $200 or $250 per team.

“Last year we had people get phenomenal results; really amazing stuff,” said Simpson, who estimated that more than half of last year’s 12 participants stayed on with him for personal training.

To participate, call 410-474-0900, or email

Book-making workshop for Girl Scouts

All Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to explore the art of bookbinding and learn several book artist techniques at a Book Artist Badge Workshop. According to a press release, at the workshop Girl Scouts will create their own books and complete the requirements for the Book Artist Badge. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick.

To participate, register online at Girl Scouts can attend individually or as a troop, but each girl participating must register separately and should be between the ages of 11 and 14. For more information, call Linda Buckley at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

New canoe and kayak launch in Broomes Island

The Calvert County Natural Resources Division and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services recently launched a new canoe/kayak launch at Nan’s Cove in Broomes Island.

According to a press release from DNR, the canoe/kayak launch features an EZ Port, a simple paddle-on, push-off method of dry-docking, and an aluminum gangway. The total cost of the project was $9,984 paid for through two Waterway Improvement Grants, the press release said.

Volunteers needed for Maryland Defense Force

The Maryland Defense Force, or MDDF, is currently looking for volunteers. According to an email from MDDF, the organization is the volunteer arm of the Maryland Military Department and is establishing a presence in Southern Maryland to support Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Army National Guard and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. The email said the Southern Maryland volunteers could include former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, physicians, nurses, paramedics and EMTs, engineers, lawyers, legal assistants, chaplains and any qualified Marylanders between the ages of 17 and 65.

An informational recruiting session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the La Plata National Guard Armory at 14 W. Hawthorne Drive in La Plata. For more information and to learn more, go to or email

Become a Master Gardener

The Calvert County office of the University of Maryland Extension will be offering Master Gardener training in February and March. According to a press release from the organization, trainees are screened, interviewed and accepted into the program. Once they complete the course and final exam with a passing score, they must provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the program within 12 months to be certified as a Master Gardener.

Classes will be held from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 12 through March 21 at the Community Resources Building at 30 Duke St., Room 105, in Prince Frederick. One Saturday field trip is planned and the cost of the program is $175, which includes a Maryland Master Gardener Handbook and other materials needed to teach the course. For more information, call University of Maryland Extension at 410-535-3662 or 301-855-1150. Class size is limited and the deadline to register is Jan. 25.