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The Calvert High School Navy JROTC program is looking to the community for financial help after being honored with an invitation to represent the state of Maryland and the USS Maryland in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade on Dec. 7.

“Our cadets received the invitation through their excellent reputation,” said Stephen Eldred, naval science instructor. This year, the class was honored with the title of “Best Unit” in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Only one high school is invited to represent Maryland in the parade.

The Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade commemorates those who died in the attack in 1941. More than 2,300 Americans were killed in the attack and nearly 1,200 were injured. A total of nine ships were sunk, including the USS Arizona, and 21 ships were severely damaged, according to the memorial’s website. The USS Maryland was one of seven ships that were on battleship row during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The ship was damaged by Japanese bombs and returned to service to play a pivotal role in seven key battles in the Pacific as a flag ship during World War II, according to Eldred.

“To see the real devastation that actually happened, to see the Pacific memorial cemetery, to see Hawaii — it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They’re getting to go to Hawaii and see history and participate in the national parade,” Eldred said.

Unfortunately, the trip comes with a steep price tag that some families are unable to meet, Eldred said. The NJROTC was approved to take 50 cadets on the trip, which would cost approximately $75,000. However, they would like to take all 115 cadets on the trip. With the required chaperones, the total cost will be approximately $195,000. The class is asking for help sponsoring a cadet or part of their experience, and has raised just more than $12,000 so far for the four-day and three-night trip.

Sponsorship donations can be made payable to CHS NJROTC and are fully tax deductible. Donors will receive a thank you letter and receipt, plus an appreciation plaque for donations of $500 or more. For tax purposes, the federal tax identification number is 526000897. For more information, call 410-535-7349, or email kletterd@calvertnet.k12.md.us or eldreds@calvertnet.k12.md.us.

Solid waste fees set to increase July 1

As part of the fiscal 2014 budget, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners has approved incremental increases in solid waste fees for all solid waste from commercial customers, Calvert County residents and out-of-county customers. New tip fees apply to chargeable loads of solid waste brought to the Appeal Landfill. The following tip fees (the cost per ton of solid waste disposed of at the transfer station or in the landfill) will become effective July 1:

• All out-of-county and commercial customers: $76.37 per ton (up from $74.70);

• Calvert County residents with chargeable loads: $68.74 per ton (up from $67.23)

County residents are charged for disposal of the following items at the Appeal Landfill:

• Construction and demolition debris: doors, windows, cabinets, sinks, tubs, toilets, carpet, drywall, wood, fencing, sheds, siding, shutters, shingles, etc.;

• Yard debris: leaves, branches, trees, etc.;

• Mixed loads: construction and demolition debris and/or yard debris mixed with household trash.

Calvert County residents are not charged for bagged household waste, metal or other items separated for recycling.

According to a press release, the tip fee increase is tied to changes in the Consumer Price Index under an agreement between the county and Waste Management Inc. The agreement includes the provision for annual disposal fee adjustments, with a maximum annual adjustment of 3 percent.

The solid waste fee, charged per household or business and billed annually on property tax bills, will increase from $115 to $117. The fee funds county solid waste handling and disposal operations, including the county’s seven solid waste convenience centers and the Appeal Landfill.

For more information, contact the Calvert County Department of Public Works Solid Waste Division at 410-326-0210, email division chief Michael Thomas at thomasma@co.cal.md.us, or go to www.co.cal.md.us.

Johnson Bridge wind sensor repair set for Saturday

The Maryland State Highway Administration will perform another wind sensor repair on the Gov. Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge at 7 a.m. this Saturday, June 29, weather permitting. SHA expects this work to take about 90 minutes. A single-lane closure and flagging operation will be in place to guide motorists around the work zone. On June 15, crews installed a new wind sensor on the bridge’s center span. This weekend’s work will focus on the solar panel and batteries used to power the wind sensor.

Powerboat racing comes to marine museum

The Calvert Marine Museum opened a new exhibit recently highlighting the history of powerboat racing in Southern Maryland. “Thrills and Spills: The Golden Era of Powerboat Racing in Southern Maryland” traces the development, heyday and eventual decline of the sport in the region. The exhibit includes three examples of powerboats that span the era of local racing. The story is told through photographs showing races in progress, drivers posing with their boats and trophies, the accidents and the large crowds of spectators cheering on the shores. Artifacts of the era are also on display, including trophies, racing engines, helmets and custom-embroidered shirts and jackets typically worn by individual racers, and programs from races.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum’s Patuxent Small Craft Guild is constructing a wooden runabout based on William D. Jackson designs. The 14-foot utility racer is a hybrid using Jackson’s Mustang hull plan and his Meteor deck plan. It will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall and sold later to raise funds for the small craft preservation program.

The exhibit will be open through 2014.

Fowler steps up as honorary chair for CMH ball

Former state senator Bernie Fowler has stepped forward to serve as honorary chair for the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. The 2013 CMH ball will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

Proceeds from this year’s ball will go toward the purchase of an interactive patient education system at the hospital. CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis explained in the release that the bedside system provides the personalized teaching tools and videos “they need to better understand their specific condition and — even more importantly — to take an active role in staying well once they get home.”

Fowler credits the hospital’s board made up of volunteers from the community with having the dedication and vision to transform Calvert Memorial from its humble beginnings into Southern Maryland’s premier health care provider, the release states. For more information, go to www.calverthospital.org.

Military heroes attend summer camp for inaugural Veteran’s Day

Military heroes from Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), alongside Maj. General “Spider” Marks, will attend MDA’s summer camp for the first annual Veteran’s Day on Friday, June 28.

MDA summer camp is a free, fully-accessible camp for kids between the ages 6 and 17 living with neuromuscular disease. Camp is often described as a “magical place,” a press release states, offering a wide variety of activities, land sports, swimming, fishing, boating, arts and crafts, and is specifically designed for young people who have mobility challenges. It’s long been described as the “best week of the year” by both campers and volunteers who have attended, the release states. The event will take place at Camp Maria, 41290 Camp Maria Road in Leonardtown.

Team Red, White & Blue is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. Team Red, White & Blue’s goal is to transform the way America supports its veterans when they leave the military by bringing veterans, their families and American citizens together through authentic social interaction and shared experiences in communities all over America, the release states. The community includes 10,000 members and 38 chapters. To learn more about Team Red, White & Blue, go to www.teamrwb.org.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area, according to the release.