Calvert County Spelling Bee set March 2

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Calvert County's middle school students will be strutting their stuff on March 2 at the Huntingtown High School auditorium during the Calvert County Spelling Bee.

Students in grades 6 through 8 have been competing in their school bees for a chance to stand up and spell at the county level. The winner of the county bee will be going on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee's Bee Week in Washington, D.C., May 29 through June 4.

The night of the local bee, the winner will receive a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate donated by Jay Sugarman; Webster's Third New International Dictionary; and a one-year subscription of Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Going to Bee Week also is sponsored by The Calvert Recorder, Chaney Enterprises, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative and College of Southern Maryland.

Every speller at the local bee also gets a special prize as a token of his participation. The gift is given by The Calvert Recorder and College of Southern Maryland with help from Educate & Celebrate in Prince Frederick.

The local bee starts at 7 p.m. on March 2. Spellers should be at the auditorium by 6:30 p.m.

Legislative reception set for Feb. 24

The Southern Maryland Legislative Reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at Loews Annapolis Hotel at 126 West Street in Annapolis, with the cooperation of the members of Southern Maryland Economic Development Association and the Southern Maryland Delegation, and the Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's county chambers of commerce. It is an opportunity to meet with elected officials throughout Maryland while enjoying good fellowship, food, beverages and music. Participate by becoming a benefactor ($1,000 donation will include exhibit booth and 12 reservations); a sponsor ($500 includes reservations); individual reservations are $35. Indicate on check "Southern Maryland Reception." Make checks payable to the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland and mail to: Helen Fassel Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 745, Hughesville, MD 20637, no later than Feb. 10.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Fassel at 301-274-1922 or 301-870-2520.

AAUW announces ‘Dare to Dream'

The Patuxent River Branch of the American Association of University Women has announced that its "Dare to Dream" program applications are being accepted now through April 15.

The grants are designed to enhance a woman's personal growth, artistic skills, educational enrichment or community service. The grants can be used for a large variety of creative ideas and projects. Past grants include establishing a website for a nonprofit, paying for supplies for community projects and providing fees for further professional certifications.

Women 18 or older and living in Calvert, Charles and St Mary's counties are eligible for grants. They may request up to $300 to help them reach their goals. After applications are reviewed, the recipients will be notified by early May and will be honored at the annual AAUW meeting in Solomons on May 12.

To apply, request the application by calling 410-394-3733, or e-mail, or write to Dare to Dream Selection Committee, 206 E. Hawthorne Drive, La Plata, MD 20646. The application information is also on the branch website at

Deadline approaching for electric co-op scholarships

High school seniors in the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative service area may be eligible to apply for scholarships available from SMECO and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) Educational Scholarship Foundation.

SMECO offers $1,500 scholarships to four high school seniors who live with parents or guardians who are SMECO customers. To be eligible for SMECO scholarships, students must have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Seniors must be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university.

Students may obtain an application from their school career counselor by calling SMECO at 1-888-440-3311, ext. 4340, by visiting any SMECO office or by going online. The deadline for students to apply for SMECO college scholarships is March 4. For more information, or to obtain an application, go to