Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative is offering college scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Four high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 each. Students are eligible to apply if they live with parents or guardians who are SMECO members. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university or trade school. The deadline for students to apply for college scholarships is April 12. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to

To be eligible for SMECO scholarships, students must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Four $1,500 scholarships will be awarded based on scholastic achievement, financial need and community and school involvement. As part of the application process, students must submit an essay on “Why is a College Education Important to Completing My Lifetime Goals?” Scholarship finalists will be interviewed on Saturday, April 27.

Students may obtain an application from their school’s career counselor or by calling SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, ext. 4340. Applications are also available online at and at the customer service desk in SMECO’s Leonardtown and Hughesville offices. Completed application packages with all items submitted together may be taken to a SMECO office or mailed to the attention of Bernadette Lewis, SMECO, P.O. Box 1937, Hughesville, MD 20637.

Comptroller offers assistance to federal retirees in debt

The Maryland Comptroller’s Office will offer assistance to Maryland federal retirees who owe Maryland taxes and were subject to an offset of their federal pension by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

On Feb. 1, the Treasury Department mailed notices to approximately 7,500 federal retirees in Maryland owing Maryland taxes as part of its Treasury Offset Program. The notice states that the Department of Treasury could withhold up to 25 percent from a retiree’s pension until the debt is resolved.

The Maryland Comptroller’s Office’s Compliance Division will work with federal retirees and the Department of Treasury on a case by case basis, but the Comptroller’s Office will not offset federal retirees’ pensions for state tax obligations.

Federal retirees in Maryland with a state tax obligation are encouraged to make a payment arrangement with the Comptroller Office’s Compliance Division’s Collections Section by calling 410-974-2432.

Bay Community Support Services receives grant

Bay Community Support Services received a $24,000 grant from CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield to support the implementation of a new electronic medical records system. It is currently seeking grant funding to support the training of its 200 employees on its new software.

The EMR system will allow Bay-CSS to access the medical records of the individuals it services in real time at any location, including medical charts, behavior plans, personal care plans and specific goals, interests and preferences.

Bay-CSS is a nonprofit organization that provides personalized care to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It currently operates 13 residential homes in St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles and Anne Arundel counties, in addition to partnering with local business to provide vocational support and training.

Tri-County Job Fair at The Arc Southern Md.

The Arc Southern Maryland will hold its Tri-County Job Fair on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at its St. Mary’s County office, located in Breton Market Place, 25470 Point Lookout Road, Unit H, in Leonardtown.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters who can find the best position for them. There will also be hiring managers available and some chances to interview on site.

The Arc Southern Maryland is now hiring full time and part time in St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties. A variety of positions are available — from entry level to management. Some opportunities are available to get paid med tech, first aid and CPR training, tuition reimbursement and more. Walk-ins are welcome, but an appointment saves time.

Bring resume copies and save time by filling out an application in advance at Contact Kelly Ashby for appointments at

Lifestyles of Md. seeks sponsors for Big Hair Ball

The LifeStyles of Southern Maryland Big Hair Ball will take place March 29 at the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf. Tickets are sold out. Local businesses and individuals who want to support LifeStyles’ work with women and children in crisis can choose from many sponsorship levels.

This is the second year of the Big Hair Ball. LifeStyles hopes to raise $100,000 each year, with a goal of reaching $500,000 after five years.

The recent cold snap that brought frigid temperatures to Southern Maryland proves how important LifeStyles’ work is for the homeless and women and children in crisis, Sandy Washington, director of Lifestyles, said. “Funds raised by the Big Hair Ball allow LifeStyles to continue our Safe Nights program for homeless citizens as well as services and programs for women and children in crisis,” she said.

For more information about LifeStyles and the Big Hair Ball visit the LifeStyles website at You can watch videos from Big Hair Ball sponsors on the Big Hair Ball Facebook page at