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Calvert High School’s 113 NJROTC members have been invited to represent the state in the 2013 Pearl Harbor Day Parade in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but need the public’s help for all cadets to attend.

Calvert High School naval science instructor Chief Stephen M. Eldred, a retired gunner’s mate chief petty officer with the U.S. Navy, explained that the director of the parade was originally from Calvert County and selected the school from what he had heard about its NJROTC.

“It was the reputation of our cadets that earned them that selection,” Eldred said.

In next year’s parade, Eldred said the students will represent the USS Maryland, which was one of the battle ships on battle ship row during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Eldred said 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.

Eldred said he would expect the cadets to be in Hawaii for three days and four nights, during which time they would tour the USS Missouri.

“We’ll be able to see a lot of things and have a great respect for military history and the things that were done,” he said. “... [The cadets] are very excited. This is an extreme honor to not only represent the state of Maryland, but to honor those who were in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7.”

Eldred said it will cost roughly $1,500 for each cadet to attend the parade, and the organization is currently accepting donations and may hold additional fundraisers. Donations can be sent to Calvert NJROTC Unit 46268, 520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. For additional questions, contact Commander Dan Kletter or Eldred at 410-535-7349.

Solomons Christmas Walk starts Friday

The 28th annual Solomons Christmas Walk will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8. A press release said the event will include a lighted boat parade on Saturday and several events at the Calvert Marine Museum. There will also be several local performers and Santa Claus will be there both days.

On Saturday, Santa’s Coffee House will be open with complimentary coffee, hot cocoa and holiday cookies, the press release said. For more information, go to www.solomonschristmaswalk.com.

Volunteers needed for National Weather Service

The National Weather Service is looking for a volunteer cooperative observer for Calvert County in the Dunkirk area, according to a press release from Calvert County Government, which said NWS provides the needed equipment and training is planned for spring of 2013.

The release said volunteers are expected to take daily maximum and minimum temperatures and measurements of snowfall or rainfall. The data are used to help measure long-term climate changes and define the climate of the U.S., the release said.

Anyone who is interested in being a volunteer cooperative observer can call the Calvert County Department of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, or email gottkr@co.cal.md.us.

Library to host discussion on local eating novel

A discussion will be held on the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. A press release from the library said the book is based on Kingsolver moving with her family to rural Virginia and spending a year trying to only eat locally-sourced food.

The release said a large turnout for the book discussion led to the formation of Calvert Eats Local, a grassroots organization that meets monthly at Calvert Library. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

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