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Wealth Management Partners, a financial planning firm in Waldorf, was among the top offices in 2013 with its broker dealer, WRP Investments. Among the approximately 330 independent offices affiliated with WRP Investments, Wealth Management Partners ranked 21st, up one notch from its 2012 listing.

“We are very proud of our affiliation with WRP and the success we have had partnering with them,” Joyce Cool, who along with Robert Ramos operates the firm, said in a statement. “Ranking among their best offices is a great tribute to the business we founded in 2005. We provide a high level of personal financial planning and service to our clients. Our focus on the client has been so well received, the vast majority of new clients come to us via a personal referral.”

Vendors sought for April wedding show

Applications are now available for vendors at a wedding show at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood, to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, under two large wedding tents on the grounds of historic Rosedale Manor.

The wedding show’s grand prize will be a free rental of the Historic Manor House, donated by the Greenwell Foundation. The free-admission event also will feature cake and food tastings, Natural Looks by Victoria’s “Creating a Beautiful Bridal Look” beauty demonstration, self-guided tours of Rosedale Manor and the rose garden, live entertainment provided by Elite Beatz, a complimentary photo booth provided by Hold That Pose and giveaways and raffle prizes. For more information, go online to or call 301-373-9775.

Realtors helps seniors for holidays

The Southern Maryland Association of Realtors held its fourth annual Secret Santa for Seniors in December to benefit elderly residents. Realtors and affiliate members provided gifts for 209 nursing home residents. The event was spearheaded by the Community Action and Realtor Excellence Committee of SMAR. Items were purchased, donated and wrapped by committee members and other volunteers.

Southern States selling FFA emblems

From Feb. 19 to March 24, Southern States is supporting Future Farmers of America by selling FFA emblems for $1.

“We are deeply appreciative of Southern States and their assistance to raise financial support for FFA and heighten community awareness about our organization,” said Molly Ball, president of the National FFA Foundation. “Funds raised through the sale of the FFA emblem at Southern States stores will support FFA at the local, state and national level and ensure that we’re able to continue to develop students’ leadership, growth and career success potential.”

The emblems, signed by purchasers, will be displayed in the store. Proceeds are split between the local FFA chapter, the state FFA association and the National FFA Foundation.

SMADC gets sustainable growth award

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission received the 2014 Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission Award for Leadership and Service at a reception in Annapolis on Feb. 5.

The award, presented by MSGC Chairman John Laria, recognized SMADC’s “demonstrated commitment to connecting farms and food to residents, creating healthy communities and helping transition former tobacco farmers to prosperous alternatives.” Members of SMADC were present to receive the award and a citation from the Maryland General Assembly presented by Del Sally Y. Jameson (D-Charles). For information on SMADC’s programs visit

Credit union helps warm hearts, hands

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union employees and volunteers have donated more than 200 items, including gloves, scarves, hats and hygiene kits, to help homeless students in St. Mary’s, Charles, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. School student service coordinators in each county facilitated the distribution of items as needed to students and their families.

“We are happy to offer help in any way that we can to members of our education community,” Chris Conway, president/CEO of Educational Systems FCU, said in a statement. “Our employees and volunteers came together for one cause, to warm the hearts and hands of students during this very cold winter.”

Financial adviser added

Edward Jones financial adviser John Walters announced that Jane Loughran has joined his office in Leonardtown.

“I’m very impressed with Jane, and I’m sure our clients will be, too,” Walters said in a statement. “Jane will help provide the high level of service investors in Leonardtown have come to expect from us as well as extend our services to new investors.”

Artificial turf dealer opens in Leonardtown

ForeverLawn has a new dealership in Leonardtown. Richard Curry and Will Phillips, co-owners of ForeverLawn by the Bay, are bringing the same artificial grass products and installation services chosen by Disney World and Universal Studios.

ForeverLawn by the Bay offers specialized synthetic grass solutions for landscaping, playgrounds, dog runs and pet facilities, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and custom golf greens.

Scholarship program accepting nominees

Nominations for the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will be accepted until March 14 at Kohl’s department stores encourage adults to nominate outstanding young people 6 to 18 who have made positive impacts in their communities for $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and nearly 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward higher education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education, and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.

PSC addresses rates for energy suppliers

The Maryland Public Service Commission has alerted Maryland energy customers who have contracted with retail energy suppliers that the recent spate of extremely cold temperatures may affect their rates if they have variable rate contracts with retail energy suppliers.

Current retail customers are advised to review their existing contracts and contact their suppliers with questions and concerns. More information on retail supply choice can be found at, and at

Wedding officiant awarded

WeddingWire, an online wedding marketplace, named the Rev. Joe Orlando of Creative Weddings of Southern Maryland as a winner of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2014 as top wedding officiant in Leonardtown.

The awards recognize the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. To learn more about the awards, see