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This year’s Chairman’s Challenge is scheduled for Monday September 28th.

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Eld Inlet with Ralph Munro

Watch this great video by Ralph Munro

Wildfires Proclamation
The Governor for the State of Washington has signed a proclamation (20-68) and proclaimed a State of Emergency for Abnormally Dry Weather and Wildland Fire Risk. The Squaxin Island Tribe has activated in conjunction with Washington State on August 19, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.


Don’t miss this Native Wellness Power Hour with our own Will Penn

Attention Squaxin Families!

Squaxin Island Tribe Education Survey

Please complete at your earliest convenience!

We want to hear from you! Covid 19 has disrupted all of our lives, including our beloved children. We want to work with Squaxin families to support your educational needs. Please complete this survey, adding any additional information on how we can work together to make the upcoming school year positive and productive. Let’s explore all options and opportunities for our families. Let’s find the opportunities in this time to work together to support our young people more than ever.

Call For Artists


I am contacting you on behalf of the Elisabeth Jones Art Center, an art gallery and exhibition space dedicated to showcasing artwork that addresses humanitarian and ecological issues. We are extremely interested in diversifying our pool of artists for a project we are currently working on and were hoping that you could be of some assistance. We are currently partnering with Briana Goodwin of Surfrider Oregon to celebrate Oregon’s five Marine Reserves through a painting project that is offering ten $250 stipends to Surfrider or non-Surfrider artists who qualify. We are also holding a fundraiser for Surfrider Portland.

The project is a showcase of a one-mile panoramic mural of the Washington, Oregon and California coast comprised of hundreds of individual paintings, each measuring 2 x 4 feet and depicting a different mile of the western coastline. The purpose of this project is an appreciation for the beauty of our unique coastline as well as advocacy for healthy oceans for the benefit of generations to come. The project is presented in two forms: curated gallery show at the Art Center annually, with our next installation scheduled for October 1st. We also display the entirety of the completed panels at an outdoor event where they are hung end-to-end in geographic order, giving viewers an opportunity to walk the west coast. Although the outdoor event has been postponed due to Covid19, we are still exhibiting new work in our gallery space.

Every panel is available for purchase and one-third of the overall sales price is donated to an ocean protection organization. This year, we have partnered with the Portland Chapter of Surfrider. The gallery exhibition will serve as a fundraiser for this amazing organization!

If you are able to share this information with your community/network or know of anyone who might be interested in participating, please let me know!

Need more information?

· A detailed explanation of the project along with examples of previously completed panels can be found on our website:

· We made a short, 3 minute documentary of last year’s outdoor exhibition, which you can view here:

I’ve also attached the application for the project to this email that includes all the requirements for submissions. Applications are due by September 10th (although early application is preferred) and completed panels will need to be delivered no later than September 20th.

We are always accepting new participants and encourage everyone who is interested to apply. Realism is not a requirement! We would love to see diverse perspectives and stylistic representations of the coast. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Thank you!

John Teply

Grants for Native Artists

Greetings; The Evergreen Longhouse is offering grants to individual Native artists for 2020 under the Native Creative Development Program.

The Native Creative Development Program awarded by the Evergreen Longhouse helps Native artists purchase the resources they need for individual artistic development.

As artists, YOU decide what you need.

Artists working in all forms of visual arts may apply. Literary, performance, and media arts will also be considered.

Native is defined as American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. Documentation of ancestry is required.

Awards are offered up to $5,000 and typically are at least $2,500. The awards go to creative Natives who are just starting out, mid-career, and master level.

The applications can be found at

NCDP Grant Application 2020

Dear Shelton School District Families and Community,

The district has been hard at work planning for the fall of 2020.  This important task has been the focus of seven sub-committees comprised of over two hundred staff and community members.

The sub-committees have taken into account the complexity and uncertainty that currently exists at this time with the understanding that the plan must be flexible and adjustable to any challenges that may arise in the future.

The health and safety of our students, families, and staff have been and will continue to be the primary focus as we move forward.  Based on current data trends and discussions with our local health jurisdiction, we have made the decision to start school 100% online in the fall.

Through this plan, we will continue to be diligent to ensure equity, accountability, health and safety, and overall meet the needs of students, families, and staff. As with most efforts, we will not satisfy everyone but I must say that our hearts and intent have been genuine in all respects, and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to provide the best educational environment for our students, families, and staff.

Thank you for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Please visit the 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR webpage for more information about our re-opening plan, and to access the Re-Opening of Schools Subcommittee reports.


Alex P. Apostle

Free masks for low income people at Mason County United Way
Come to the office at 536 W. Railroad Ave in Shelton & they will provide one. No paperwork or documentation needed.

Questions? 360.426.4999

Current Response Rates 
Keep up the good work everyone, still time to self respond. All but five tribal areas have exceeded their 2010 rate!

Sign up for Squaxin Island R.O.O.T.S. Day Camp at Home or On Your Phone!

I’m a survivor and riding for the kids!!!


This is my 3rd year riding my MTB and taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge and pedaling throughout September 2029 to kick cancer’s butt! Why? Because cancer is the largest killer of kids in the U.S. – on average, 38 kids die of cancer every week. This is horrible. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it! Cancer has taken too many lives and robbed too many kids of their childhood… And frankly, cancer needs to be dealt with once and for all. So I’m pedaling a minimum of 200 miles to give cancer a good old-fashioned butt-kicking to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve. I’m a cancer survivor and now I am riding to help find a cure to end childhood cancer and any other form!!! My goal is to raise $500 through my challenge… But I need your support, please!!! Can you sponsor me to help me kick cancer’s butt? Simply click the link to view my profile page and make a donation: ( all funds for directly to GCC) All funds raised will support Children’s Cancer Research Fund to continue their work in developing innovative treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer. When we’re done, cancer will have nightmares… about us. And when you donate, you can also leave a message on my page about how badly you also want to kick cancer’s butt.
Thanks so much for your support!!!!
Kimi J

Washington Democrats Tribal Organizer website
Washington Democrats Tribal Organizer website is a place tribal members can check their voter registration status, register to vote, and volunteer .

It is important that every Native Voice is heard

State and Federal Elections Dates and Deadlines 2020

General Election

October 16th – Ballots Drop.

October 26th – Deadline – Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before election day.  Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8pm on Election Day.

November 3rd – Deadline – for Washington State voter registration or updates (in person only).

November 3rd – Election Day!! – Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8pm.

COVID 19 web page

Treaty Fisher Unemployment

Squaxin Island Transit has Route Deviation available to our passengers throughout the day on our fixed routes. This allows the routes to deviate in order to accommodate the needs of more passengers and to ensure all individuals have access to public transportation service that best meet their needs. In order to take advantage of a route deviation, the passenger must arrange it in advance in order for us to fit it into the schedule.

Requesting a Route Deviation
Anyone can request a route deviation. You can schedule a pick up deviation request by calling dispatch at (360) 432-3970 or (360) 280-7612 in advance of your requested pickup. Riders who need a deviation when dropped off can request a deviation from the driver when boarding the bus. All attempts will be made to meet the needs of the passenger as long as it is within 2-3 miles off the route, does not jeopardize the needs of other passengers and we are able to make route connections.

Deviation requests will be denied if the driver determines it will compromise the safety of the driver, other passengers, or damage to equipment.

Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve: The Next step
It has been 10 years since Capitol Land Trust purchased Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve.  During that time, Capitol Land Trust has been active in restoring the ecological health of the property. And that work continues!

We are excited to share the next step in Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve’s journey—the failing bridge crossing Cranberry Creek will be removed this year! If you’ve ever been to the Preserve, you may remember holding your breath as you drove across it.

In partnership with the Squaxin Island Tribe, Mason Conservation District, and support from the Department of Ecology’s Terry Husseman Account, the removal of the bridge and nearby streambank armoring will allow the salmon-bearing creek to flow naturally and make space for native re-vegetation.

Twin Rivers Ranch Preserve is just north of Shelton and spans the entire northern shoreline of Oakland Bay. Its 133 acres protects the lower reaches of two salmon-bearing creeks (Cranberry Creek and Deer Creek) and their estuaries; 3,200 feet of Puget Sound shoreline; plus, wetlands, forest, and grassland. And its adjacent mudflats support aquaculture for local shellfish companies and the Squaxin Island Tribe.

Click here for Drone Aerial Video

The Preserve lies within the traditional territory of the Sa-He-Wa-Mish, who were sustained by the rich natural resources in the area. Native ownership of the property and Oakland Bay was lost in 1854 when the Medicine Creek Treaty went into effect.

Shortly thereafter (possibly as early as 1856), the land was homesteaded by the Jacob Ooley Eckler family.  As logging operations expanded in the Shelton area in the late 1800s, a short railroad line was built diagonally across the property by the Shelton Logging Company for transporting logs.

Read more about Twin Rivers Ranch

Aerial overview of failing log bridge over Cranberry Creek.

Environmental restoration grants reach across state including Mason County

Allison Springs Transformed Truly Amazing!

Tribal Lifeline

Customers living on federally recognized tribal lands can receive up to $34.25 off phone or internet service

Tribal Lifeline

According to Indian Country Today, Tribes lose at least $3,000 a year for every citizen not counted, adding up to $30,000 in lost funds until the next census in 2030.

Thanks to all who have responded. If you haven’t yet . . . please . . .

Respond to the Census


2020 CENSUS AND THE COVID-19 CRISIS: The 2020 Census remains committed to ensuring that we conduct the operation in the safest way possible while still meeting our Constitutional mission. The Census Bureau field operations remain suspended until 1 June 2020, and we are currently putting plans in place to resume them as soon as safely possible.

For those who have received their Census IDs, Self-Response remains the best way to complete the 2020 Census and to stay safe by avoiding the need for Census enumerators to visit homes later in the year. For those who have not, please be patient–we will be getting the Census IDs to you as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you for working with us during this crisis. We remain committed to helping you get a complete and accurate count for your communities.

Your data is protected and it’s confidential. Federal law protects your responses, which cannot be shared with law enforcement, immigration agencies, or housing authorities.

The 2020 Census is underway and the most important and safe thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up with households.

The Census Bureau looks at household data by the race of the householder—the person who owns or rents the home. If you would like your household to be counted as AIAN, be sure to list an adult who identifies as AIAN and who owns or rents the home as the first person.

Recruiting Alert: We are expecting to re-start field operations on June 1st, but we want to make sure we have people familiar with their communities to help them get a complete count. Now more than ever, we are STRONGLY encouraging tribal members to apply for Census enumerator jobs to help their communities! If you know of anyone, please have them go to and apply today. They should list their tribal language. We will be looking for on-reservation zipcodes and tribal language to make selections.


Indian Country says ‘We’re here’ in 2020 Census

By Bridget Ray, Ojibwe/Michif

Native people of the Pacific Northwest are using the 2020 census to send a clear message: “We’re still here.”

Every 10 years, the United States government conducts the census to count each person living in the country. That count determines how federal resources are distributed for things like affordable housing, public transportation, schools and hospitals.

All told, more than $1 billion in resources will be allocated across Indian Country based on the census count.

“Despite the huge impact of the US Census, Native Americans have historically been under counted,” said Colleen Jollie (Turtle Mtn. Chippewa), senior advisor to the PNW Native Census 2020 Initiative. “Undercounts mean less federal funding for tribes, and lack of representation in congress. The Census is also a way for us to assert our sovereignty and citizenship as the first people.”

“It’s important that all our members are counted for our community to receive what is rightly and fairly ours,” Chairman Cooper said. “Our Elders and our young people are counting on us—let’s be counted for them.”

In 2020, the Census Bureau is asking people to complete the census online at Residents can also complete it over the phone, or request a paper copy. People who do no complete the census by summer will be visited by a census worker to help complete it.

With people staying home to stop the spread of novel coronavirus, it’s a good time to complete the census. Self-completing it, if possible, also means fewer census workers out and about when people are being asked to stay in.

The form asks questions about each household, including name and age of each resident. Replies cannot be shared with anyone, including landlords and law enforcement. A census worker who shares information can be punished by fines and jail time.

“Historic mistrust of the federal government might make some Native people hesitant to take part in the census—but undercounts hurt Indian Country,” said Samantha K’_alaag’aa Jaat Biasca (Kaigani Haida, Tlingit, Inupiat). Biasca is Community Engagement Coordinator at the Na’ah Illahee Fund, which develops leadership among Native women and girls.

“If we’re left out of the census data, we’re left out in the cold,” Biasca said. “An accurate count in Indian Country means our people get the funding we need and deserve.”

The census also asks about heritage and identity. There is no proof required by the form to identify as Native. All people have to do is choose the “American Indian or Alaska Native” race box on the census form and make sure “Person 1” is a Native person in order to count your household as a Native household.

Additionally, there is no question about United States citizenship on the census.

Two-spirit, gender queer, and non-binary relatives might find the form limiting. Activists recommend they choose one of the sex options listed, male or female, in order to be counted. That choice does not have to match with how people answer questions elsewhere.

Residents are asked to count all immediate family members, including those who might not be counted elsewhere.

In addition to funding, the census also determines how many representatives each state has in the United States Congress.

“We only get this chance to be counted once a decade,” Biasca said. “It’s critical that we stand up and say we’re still here. We matter. No one else can say it for us.”

Additional information can be found at


More Useful Information
COVID-19 and Census Social Graphics

How to Count as Native

Native Communities Know Your Rights Flyer

Natives Count Census Video

You still have time to respond. It only takes a few minutes to help our Tribal membership be counted!

Respond to the Census

Alaina Capoeman (Quinault)
2020 Census Tribal Partnership Specialist WA Lead Los Angeles Regional Office,
U.S. Census Bureau
Cell: 360.862.3108 Connect with us on Social Media

Here are some links you can go to for artist grant opportunities to aid with loss of work due to Covid-19

Salish Sea love letter (and a call to action)

A new book, “We Are Puget Sound | Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea,” provides a roadmap to recovering the health of these waters off the coast of inland Washington state and British Columbia, with inspirational stories of what individuals are doing – and essays and photographs that remind the reader of what’s at stake. “Through exploitation and innocent neglect, we have made a mess, and together we have to clean it up,” Suquamish Tribe Chairman Leonard Forsman and People for Puget Sound director Mindy Roberts wrote in a chapter of the book.

“We Are Puget Sound | Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea,” was published on Oct. 1, 2019 by Braided River, an imprint of Mountaineers Books, in partnership with the Washington Environmental Council. (The companion website is located at

Article in Indian Country Today

Have you seen this yet?

Washington Tribes

Statewide Community Resources Help Information

Squaxin Island Sea Level Rise

Come check out the sea level rise video on this site. You will be amazed to see Squaxin Island may become Squaxin Island(s) by 2200 if we don’t stop climate change now.  Look under the Squaxin SLR tab.  But there is also tons of other great information here!

Candace Penn presenting to the City of Olympia

Native American Heritage Month, Department of Corrections
Near the end tribal member Jay Powell shares some insight

Andrea-Wilbur Sigo, Celebrated Squaxin Carver, Tells Stories Through Wood, Stone and Shell

WA Assistance programs

How to get state assistance in WA

Shelton Assistance Programs

Visit for more information.

Please contact Lisa Peters at (360) 432-3871 for help with applications.

Squaxin Photos

Tulalip Tribes on Missing Indigenous Women
🎶 Every day and every night
I pray, pray for you
I love and miss you
Sister, come home 🎶

Our Outdoor Preschool in U.S. News and World Report

‘We Are Puget Sound’: Sally Brownfield / The People of the Water
Seattle Times, Pacific Northwest Magazine

Oregon State University Master in Natural Resources

Tribal Business Owners: Island Enterprises, Inc. is updating their list of businesses for potential future projects. If you own a business would you please send your Business Name, Type of Business, and Contact Information to Kristen Davis .

Squaxin Protocol at Lummi

First Peoples Fund One-Year Artist Fellowships

Q & A With Lois Boome by Puyallup Tribal News
* Lois is the daughter of Darlene Krise

New Friends Helping Friends Facebook page for Squaxin Island and Skokomish Tribes

The communities of Squaxin and Skokomish have some of the most caring, generous people around.

The purpose of this page is for us to help each other with the little things in life.

If you have something you no longer need, see if someone needs it.

Need something? Ask.

Need to borrow something? Ask.

Need advice, directions, recipes? Ask.

Car in the shop, need a ride to work? Ask.

Need a last minute babysitter? Ask.

Decorations for a party? Ask.

Cup of sugar, lawn mowing, milk from the store, extra chairs for a party, ride to the doctor? Ask

Kid too old for toys and clothes? Don’t throw them out, someone can use them.

Maybe you just want someone to go to the movies with. Ask.

Please invite others to join.

Facebook page

Ecology, Squaxin Island Tribe secure more than $1.5 million in conservation grants

A new video on Dale Croes and Ed Carriere’s work that features the Squaxin Island displays in the Suquamish Museum has just come out.

New (5-6-19) Woodlanders Video:

New laws move up Washington’s presidential primary and improve voting access for tribes

Corinna English, Quinault Tribal Member and daughter of Bonnie Sanchez

Facebook Island Tribes Child Care Development Center Takes Preschool Outside

Adam Beach Film Institute, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development

Teachings of the Tree People: The Work of Bruce Miller

Legal community education survey

Feeling down and need someone to talk to?
Did you know that if you text HOME to 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal, a crisis worker will text you back immediately and will continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger ones, don’t like talking over the phone and would feel more comfortable texting. This is a FREE service for anyone.

Mason County Lip Sync Challenge – There is a glimpse of Alex Ehler : ).

Have you seen this?

Washington State Tribes

The Trust for Public Lands
In the Puget Sound, welcoming the return of the salmon

Kiana Henry on King 5 News speaking at Paddle to Puyallup

Squaxin Island Child Development Center

We are establishing an Outdoor Nature Preschool Classroom/Program as part of a pilot program in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. We would like to extend an invitation to you and your child to be a part of this new opportunity. This classroom and program will be developed and implemented in the wooded area down our nature trail. The program is set to start first week in September.

This is voluntary program and must have parent approval and an new enrollment application must be completed and submitted to enroll your child. The program is will initially be designed for a half-day four hour program. Children will be outside regardless of the weather for the entire day. The teacher to child ratio will be 1:6.

The program will be offered in the morning, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 P.M. Children will be required to be in attendance for the entire program to participate. If you child is enrolled in the center they return to their classrooms at 12:00 p.m., have lunch and be in the main building for the remainder of the day. There is no additional cost for your child to be in the program if they are already enrolled at the center and their tuition is paid for.

Some of the requirements for enrollment include:
1) Parent agreement that their child will be outside during the program time in all weather from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2) Children will be required to be dressed for the weather. Daily clothing checks will be conducted before going out. Any child not appropriately dressed for the day will not be allowed to participate.

3) All children in the program must be toilet trained.

4) Complete details and registration requirements will be included in the enrollment packet.

5) Child must be 3 years old on or before August 31, 2018
If you think you would like to have your child enrolled in this program, please stop by the office and let them know as enrollment is limited to 12 children at this time.

Water Quality Report

Squaxin Island Tribal Elder/Council Member Encourages Kids at Olympic Middle School to Avoid Drugs
On March 7th, Squaxin Island Tribal Elder Vicki Kruger, visited 610 kids at Olympic Middle School to talk about the drug epidemic and the importance of avoiding drugs.

She conducted her presentation after an assembly honoring the late Billy Frank, Jr. (a Nisqually Tribal Member with family ties at Squaxin), who was a well-known and long-time advocate for tribal rights and the environment.

After the students did a presentation on Billy, Vicki spoke about him briefly, then spoke to the youth about the drug epidemic happening in our community and across the United States.

She shared that every 20 minutes a person dies from a drug overdose and stated that some states have experienced a 60% increase.

In an attempt to do some suicide prevention, Vicki shared that sometimes she feels sad. She told the kids that sometimes they, too, will be sad, but promised them that good things will come to them. She told them that being there with them was one of the good things happening to her.

Vicki shared a story about a song her and several youth in her community made encouraging kids to not do drugs. She asked them to call her “Granny” like many of the youth in her tribal community.

Vicki distributed $1 bills to all the classrooms prior to the assembly. After learning the song, all 610 kids sang with Vicki, held up their $1 bills, and promised not to do drugs.

In a conversation with one of the teachers afterwards, Vicki stated “We have a drug epidemic. Doing nothing is not working for me, and this is my small attempt to encourage children, our future, to not do drugs. If all of us do something to fight the problem, together we can make a difference.”

Vicki thanked the Squaxin Island Tribe, the teachers and all the 6th and 7th graders at OMS, and the drummers and singers who accompanied her from the Squaxin Island Tribe, Jill Kenyon and Michael S. Henderson.

Watch the video here

Cool Story Map of Washington Lidar by WaDNR

Thanks Brian McTeaugue! : )

Kimberly James Finds her Roots in Raging Nature

Thank you, David Lopeman

So many years of service as Squaxin Island Tribal Chairman!

David Lopeman – Seattle Times


Squaxin Island Tribe Job Opportunities

Current WA State DNR Job Opportunities
This listing includes links to job announcements which have more detail on the specifics of the job and application process. For more frequent notification, you can sign up to receive email job alerts at .

Please contact DNR recruitment, Melody Wolf or Marika Barto via e-mail at .

Current DNR Job Opportunities

WA State Department of Natural Resources Job Opportunities

Jobs at The Evergreen State College

Native America Cowlitz County News

Other Useful Links

Suicide Prevention Help

Please be aware of the death by suicide of a prominent musician, Chester Bennington. Chester Bennington was the lead singer of the band Linkin Park. He died by hanging on July 20, 2017.With suicide, there is a social contagion factor. When Robin Williams died by suicide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received an uptick in the number of calls. Chester Bennington’s death follows on the heels of Chris Cornell, another musician who died by suicide.

Below is an info statement on available suicide prevention and crisis response resources.

For confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat or text the Crisis Text Line (text START to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., and a trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly).

The Trevor Project offers crisis services that create a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ), by phone at 1-866-488-7386, and through text (text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, available on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 to 8 PM Eastern, and 1 to 5 PM Pacific).

The following resources are available on
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention v is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide

Crisis Text Line  a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.

JED Foundation aims to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.

Samaritans USA provides hotlines, public education programs, support groups and other crisis response, outreach and advocacy programs to communities throughout the U.S.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education works to prevent suicide through public awareness, education, stigma reduction, and by serving as a resource to those touched by suicide.

The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

Veterans Crisis Line is a free, 24/7 confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends.

Pamela End of Horn, MSW, LICSW (Oglala Lakota)
National Suicide Prevention Consultant
Indian Health Service Headquarters
OCPS/Division of Behavioral Health
Mail Stop: 08N34-A
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
301-443-8028 (Office)
240-406-6924 (Cell)
301-594-6213 (Fax)