Household hazardous waste collection event rescheduled

The fall household hazardous waste collection day event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Andrews Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The event was postponed due to potential impacts of Hurricane Florence.

The program allows residents to clean out their barns, basements, sheds, garages and storage areas under kitchen sinks and take advantage of the opportunity to properly discard of potentially toxic/dangerous materials. Residents who miss this opportunity to safely dispose of household hazardous waste materials will have another opportunity in spring 2019.Hazardous waste items which will be accepted for collection include acids, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, fuels, gas/oil mixtures, gasoline, household and lawn pesticides, mercury thermometers, photography chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents, wood preservatives, paint thinners, and alkyd (oil-based) paint. Since latex paint is not considered hazardous, it can be disposed with your regular trash collection as long as the mixture is harden by adding absorbents (cat litter, sand, sawdust or paint drying crystals) prior to disposal. If, however you are unable to do so, latex paint will also be accepted.

Items which will not be accepted include ammunition, asbestos, explosive materials, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, and picric acid.For more information please contact the St. Mary’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 301-475-4200, ext. *3517. You can also log on to their website at

County urges residents to be aware of deer

Citizens are being reminded to be extra vigilant as we enter the fall and deer breeding season. Collisions between deer and automobiles result in substantial cost, including damage to vehicles, the loss of a valuable wildlife resource and human injuries or fatalities. Most of these accidents occur at night. Watch for deer where roads pass through wooded or rural areas. Driving the speed limit is the most important thing drivers can do to reduce the chances of an accident with a deer. At night, reduce speeds below the limit, especially in rain, snow or fog. Here are some other tips to keep in mind as a driver.

Never "veer" for deer. Slow down and avoid hitting deer, but do not swerve. This can cause you to lose control and strike another vehicle, or to leave the highway and strike a tree or other object. Injuries to drivers and passengers increase when the vehicle swerves.

Deer usually travel in groups and generally maintain a home range of about one square mile. If you see a deer cross the road, slow down and use caution. Additional deer may be out of view and more are likely to follow.

A deer standing calmly in a field may suddenly jump into the road. Anticipate the potential for this rapid change in posture.

Pay particular attention in areas with deer crossing signs. Deer crossing signs indicate areas where heavily used deer trails cross roadways. Slow down and watch for the eye shine of deer near the roadway edges.

Be especially aware during the morning and afternoon. Deer tend to be more active during the early morning hours and late afternoon hours year round. They are moving between evening feeding areas and daytime bedding sites.

In the unfortunate event of striking a deer, never approach an injured animal. Pull to a safe location with hazard lights on and call the police.

If you notice an animal carcass lying along or in the roadside, please report it by using the County Highways online Maintenance Request Form at The icon is located on the upper right corner of the website and can be identified as an oval symbol with “311” in the center. You may also contact the Department of Public Works & Transportation at 301-475-4200 ext. *3517.

St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park begin operating on winter hours Oct. 1

Beginning Oct. 1, the St. Clement’s Island Museum and Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park will switch to winter hours. From Oct. 1 through March 24, 2019, the museums will be open daily, from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information regarding the museums hours of operation, programs, admission prices and more, visit the St. Mary’s County Museum Division’s Facebook pages at or or on Twitter at @StClemIsMuseum or @PineyPtLHMuseum.

Veterans Day parade entries now being accepted

Registration is open for those who want to participate in the county's 43rd annual Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown. In a press release, the county listed floats, bands, schools, scouts, clubs, cheerleaders, bikes, vintage cars and horses as entries that would be permitted for participation. For more information or to request a 2018 Veterans Day parade entry form, visit the Town of Leonardtown’s website at Information about parade guidelines are included with the form. Entries should be addressed to parade organizer Connie Pennington, Parade Organizer, by Friday, Oct. 19.

Recreation and Parks now accepting applications for teachers and teaching assistants

Applications are now being accepted for lead teachers and teacher assistants positions (salary range: $10.20 - $13.80/hour depending on qualifications) in the Recreation and Parks’ school age care program. The positions require enthusiastic candidates with experience working with school-aged children. Lead teachers plan and implement activities for children in our school age care program. Teacher assistants help in the implementation of activities for children. Staff members are responsible for interacting with children and parents as well as participating in activities with the children. Positions are located throughout St. Mary’s County. Open positions will be available until filled. For further information on job opportunities with our school age care programs, please call 301-373-5410 or visit to view job descriptions and the application process.

Free mulch available at landfill

The department of public works and transportation is continuing to sponsor its free mulch program at St. Andrews landfill. County residents who wish to pick up mulch before the supply runs out can find it at the landfill between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. To transport mulch, residents are asked to bring a shovel, pitchfork or other similar tool to load the mulch. Customers are required to cover mulch they transport with a tarp, to minimize material blowing off the vehicle.

Residents are invited to submit legislative proposals

County citizens and organizations that wish to submit legislative proposals for the General Assembly’s next session in 2019 are being asked to submit their proposals through an online form on the St. Mary’s government website. The St. Mary’s commissioners will hold a joint meeting with the St. Mary’s legislative delegation Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown to consider legislative requests. Proponents will have an opportunity to address the commissioners and delegation at the meeting. The 2019 General Assembly session begins Jan. 9, and the deadline for submission is today, Sept. 12. The form to submit a legislative proposal can be found online at, or can be emailed to or Del. Deb Rey (R) at Proposals can also be mailed to the commissioners at P.O. Box 653, Leonardtown, Md. 20650, or to Rey at District 29B, St. Mary’s County, 323 House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401.