Franchot to Visit Higher Education Center, Market and Museum in Southern Maryland

WHO:             Comptroller Peter Franchot

WHAT:          Comptroller Franchot will tour the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) Thursday morning. SMHEC was established in 1994 in response to the expanded role of Naval Air Systems and Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station to provide on-site and complete access to quality graduate education degree programs. It also provides professional development opportunities in support of the local workforce.

The Comptroller then will visit Chaptico Market and Deli to present a proclamation to Ronald Tennyson and his family, who have owned and operated the business for more than 50 years. James and Virginia Tennyson ran the store until their son, Ronald, and his wife, Gwendolyn, recently took over the business. A general store for the community, Chaptico Market also is known for its homemade fried chicken, stuffed ham and ice cream.

The Comptroller’s final stop will be at St. Clement’s Island Museum to attend the 2016 Maryland Day Celebration. English colonists first landed in Maryland at St. Clement’s Island in 1634. Maryland Day celebrates the founding of Maryland with guest speakers, dignitaries and a wreath-laying ceremony.

WHEN           Thursday, March 24, 2016

WHERE:       10 a.m.                                                                       11:30 a.m.

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center               Chaptico Market and Deli
44219 Airport Road                                                   25466 Maddox Road

California, MD 20619                                                Chaptico, MD 20621

2 p.m.

St. Clement’s Island Museum

38370 Point Breeze Road

Coltons Point, MD 20626

CONTACT:  Vicki Fisher 410-260-7816 (office), 443-534-6259 (cell)