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What Happens To These Ospreys?

Visit the businesses listed below for the best in local products and services: A curious pair of ospreys looks down on crews from BGE as they prepare to relocate their nest. The happy ending to a story we told you about last issue begins on page 12…

New Auditorium Unveiled

Principal Dr. Susan Johnson says Calvert High School is the oldest high school in the county, but now it is home to the newest facility – a 1,000 seat auditorium which was unveiled on Sun. Mar. 30. After three and a half years of phased construction, Interim Superintendent Nancy Highsmith thanked the citizens for underwriting its $50 million upgrade at the ceremony. Photo by Donna Wallmark.

Something to Cheer About

The Northern Middle School Cheerleading Squad placed 1st in the Calvert County Cheer and Dance Championships on Sun., Feb. 23 at Huntingtown High School. It was an all day event, and the dedicated girls were even practicing outside before HHS doors opened. They also placed first last year as well.

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CSM Continues Growing The College of Southern Maryland is moving full steam ahead with expansion plans. CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried announced at the Board of Calvert County Commissioner (BOCC) meeting April 1 that the college has officially purchased 73 acres of land on just off MD Route 231 on MD Rt. 5 across from All American Harley Davidson where a new fifth campus will be built. Gottfried said a sign should be erected soon at the site and they expect to have a 40,000 square foot building constructed there within a year and a half. The plan is to consolidate the Center for Trades and Industry and the Health Sciences department at this new location, which is being called the Hughesville Regional Campus. Gottfried said the cost of the land was about $15,000 an acre, and the college could buy an additional 20 acres there as well. When asked by Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt (R-District 3) if the Hughesville location would be large enough so that CSM could expand and have a four-year institution there, Gottfried replied yes. “There are discussions going on, I wish I could say they were moving rapidly, but there are very powerful forces in the state that would prefer that we not…” Sources tell us that officials at the University of Maryland are apparently not fully supportive of CSM becoming a four-year degree granting college. As for expansion plans for the Prince Frederick Campus, Gottfried noted that the second building that opened last September has been well-received. He told the commissioners that the master plan for Prince Frederick calls for a total of five buildings at the site, and that ideas for a third building are being tossed around. Gottfried said that internal discussions are underway on where the college needs to be in Calvert County and what additional programs are needed and not in Prince Frederick currently because of space limitations. “We’re thinking about the timing and what might go into a 3rd building,” Gottfried added. “We have a perfect location for it on the

campus.” In fiscal year 2013, Gottfried said CSM served over 26,000 citizens at its four current campuses. At the Prince Frederick CSM campus alone, the headcount of students taking for-credit classes was over 3,700 and the non-credit population was over 2,200 for a total unduplicated headcount of 5,721.They’ve seen a steady climb of about 200 students each year since fiscal year 2011. Gottfried added that just 9% of students in the Class of 2012 at CSM had student loan debt, compared to 71% nationwide with an average of $29,400 of debt per student, making it a great option for students to complete their first two years of college close to home. One program Gottfried said CSM is currently working to establish is a reverse transfer program to help more students get degrees. Gottfried explained how this would work and who might benefit: “They start at a community college, they transfer to a four-year institution, they amass maybe 60 or more credits, they don’t graduate. They have no credential, but they have student loans. So this is a new program in which they are able to transfer back credits to the college if they started with us. If they have at least 30 credits, they will receive an Associate’s Degree. We don’t change them for it. And again, we need to increase the number of people in Southern Maryland who have a college degree.”

County Lowers Fees For Residents In the past, when Anne Arundel County residents opted to pay bills online, they were assessed a significant fee for paying by check or credit card as a result of a requirement in the County Code that dictated that fees be passed on to customers. At the direction of Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, those fees have been renegotiated, along with other changes, to make doing business with Anne Arundel County simpler and less costly for residents. “I asked each of our department directors to examine every process and every fee assessed our residents and find ways to make those processes less cumbersome to save our residents time and money,” said County Executive Neuman. “We have announced several cost-cutting and cost-saving measures over the past several months, with more to follow.” Several other improvements are being announced in the County’s Office of Finance. The office will no longer be printing duplicate checks, instead the checks will be electronically stored, which will ultimately save money on printing and offsite storage costs. This change to storing checks electronically also will improve customer service because check retrieval will be faster. Additionally, the Office of Finance has

successfully negotiated several changes to online payment options through the County’s website. These negotiations have resulted in a reduction of online check fees from $3.00 to $1.50, saving customers money and making the online payment system more efficient. While the Office of Finance has always accepted Visa for property taxes, that fee has been reduced from 2.75 percent to 2.6 percent. For the first time since September 2004, the Office of Finance will now be accepting online Visa payments for utilities with a charge of only $2.75 per transaction. Visa was dropped as a method of payment in 2004 because of high per-transaction fees ($5.95) and a stipulation in the contract with the credit card company requiring a $5.95 fee be charged on ALL other credit card payments. Earlier, the Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits announced “Direct Pick-Up” service for customers picking-up approved plans and permits from the Permit Application Center. That followed an earlier announcement by the same department to reinstate the Trade Desk to allow staff to serve the specific needs of customers who are not applying for building or grading permits. Taking certain individuals out of the first come, first served pool ultimately reduces wait times.

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Snow Days Still Up in the Air Calvert County School Board member Joe Chenelly tells the Chesapeake Current that Calvert County Public Schools' (CCPS) request for a waiver of five instructional days was denied by the state on Tuesday. “As a result, CCPS is reapplying with a proposal to hold classes on April 21 and May 26. Both are Mondays. April 21 was scheduled to be the final day of spring break and is the day after Easter Sunday. May 26 is the Memorial Day Holiday,” Chenelly adds. “This proposed use of holidays would have to be approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. If this proposal is


not approved, the last day for students would be June 19, 2014.” Chenelly says, “With that proposal, CCPS would request a modified waiver for three days. If this waiver is approved with the modified school calendar (including the two requested holidays), this would enable CCPS to end school on June 12, 2014 for students. If the modified waiver is not approved, the last day of school for students would be June 17, 2014.” He adds that he voted against using Memorial Day. “My children will be with me honoring our nation's fallen heroes,” he says.

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County May Get New Boardwalk The Board of Calvert County Commissioners (BOCC) has agreed to move forward with an application for a $50,000 grant from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay FY2014 Financial Assistance Award. If approved, the money would be used to construct Cathole Trail and Battle Creek Boardwalk and Platform at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm on Grays Road in Prince Frederick. In December 2013, the BOCC applied for a Star-Spangled 200 grant to design and construct a trail and boardwalk at the park property, but that grant was denied. This alternative funding source would keep the project alive – if the county is awarded the grant. In December 2010, the BOCC adopted a master plan for the property and in 2011 an equestrian access road and parking area were constructed. The entrance drive for public access is to be completed later this year. The County has received several grants to implement the master plan; a $50,000 grant from the African American Heritage Preservation Program to rehabilitate the George E. Rice House and outbuildings and $30,000 from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to improve public access. The new boardwalk would be the only way to provide direct access to Battle Creek, which flows through the property, where there was a strategy played out to defeat the British during the War of 1812. The proposed boardwalk would also be adjacent to a Native American shell midden, and would give visitors to the park an opportunity to interpret the Indian culture and their use of the creeks and rivers for food and transportation. There is currently no public landing on Battle Creek, however, a proposed new landing platform approximately 20 feet by 40 feet would allow canoes and kayaks to approach the site by water. The proposed platform would include a covered shelter for interpretive programs. Because of the distance from parking, it would not be a canoe launch. However, the Boardwalk and platform would provide a rest stop for paddlers and offer an opportunity to explore on land before reentering the water. A

The proposed new trail and boardwalk at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm in Prince Frederick would give park visitors access to Battle Creek (pictured), which played an important role in the War of 1812.

small campsite could also be created in later phases of the project. If the county would get the grant, it would require a 50% match, which Commissioner Susan Shaw said would come from the recreation excise tax, which is money collected for this purpose from new home construction. Battle Creek is identified in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Water Trail. Downstream from the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm and the proposed landing site is the spot where the British forces landed to stage their march on Prince Frederick. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is located on the Patuxent River, which Battle Creek flows into.

Courthouse Renovation Plans Advance By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner

What Do You Prefer: Tradition or Change? The recent past has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we Calvert Countians want change and on the other hand, we do not. Tonight I proudly attended a Boy Scout Eagle Award Ceremony for Francis McGarvey, Jr. The Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts represent a fine example of traditional values flavored with both historic and modern merit badges that challenge youngsters to develop tenacity and leadership skills. Earlier in the week, the Calvert County Board of County of Commissioners (BOCC) honored the four high schoolers (Tyler Latvala, Nigeria Jones, Dion Jones, and Lawrence Moats) and their bus driver (Steve Gladhill) who stopped to save a man’s life who was in cardiac arrest, representing the best of traditional values. Tyler Latvala and Lawrence Moats are fire and rescue volunteers who used their training. Our all volunteer Fire and EMS services are an amazing example of a community that cares in an old-fashioned way, but with modern techniques and equipment. On Friday, I visited the Shoppe for Hospice at 4130 Old Town Road in Huntingtown where I found a Hospice Volunteer who was steaming and arranging beautiful clothes for bargain prices to benefit Hospice, another example of Calvert’s giving tradition. (Please visit so they can keep their doors open!) On Tuesday evening, the Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building (CP&B) hosted a public informational meeting on a proposed text amendment regarding the wooded buffer parallel to southbound Route 4 that begins approximately 60 feet west of the Route 4 travel lanes. The resounding message from the Huntingtown residents in attendance was that they weren’t comfortable with a lot of change in Huntingtown. At the Eagle Scout reception, some folks were asking when we were getting name-brand or chain stores at various locations in Calvert County. I remember the excitement at the opening of the Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store in Prince Frederick. When asked, most people say they want to buy local, but do they? What does progress look like? At the Charrette for Prince Frederick, those people in attendance favored a mixed use, walkable community. The Armory area would look like a traditional town with sidewalks, but contain a

Calvert County Commissioner Steve Weems reads a proclamation honoring four students and a substitute bus driver who broke the rules by stopping on the way to Huntingtown High School one cold morning in March to help a man who was face down in a snow bank. Pictured are (L to R) Weems, Lawrence Moats, Nigeria Jones, Tyler Latvala, Dion Jones and bus driver Ronald “Steve” Gladhill. It turns out the man had been in the snow since 3:00 a.m. when he took his dog for a walk. Tyler and Lawrence, who are both training as volunteer firefighters, assessed the patient and found he was not breathing and did not have a pulse; they began CPR, while Nigeria and Dion called 911. When he recovered, the man invited all of them to his home to shake their hands and thank them.

Costs continue mounting as the county plans to vacate space to allow for a new Circuit Court Courtroom in the current chambers where the Calvert County Board of Commissioners meet. The latest cost estimate is nearly $493,000. Of that amount, over $196,000 would be to renovate the commissioners’ hearing room to be a full-time courtroom. More than $296,000 would be to relocate the commissioners’ hearing room to the first floor of the courthouse to an area presently occupied by Finance and Budget. Commissioner Susan Shaw (R) said she wanted to emphasize that this is “not

something we’re doing to benefit ourselves.” This is required because the state has determined that to handle more cases, one and a half judges additional are needed. At this time, they appointed just one. County Administrator Terry Shannon said if the commissioners’ offices and staff are moved to another location, there would be additional cost. Commissioner Jerry Clark (R) commented that he expected this “to be closer to a million when this is done.” The BOCC voted 5-0 to direct staff to determine a source of funds for the project and schedule a public hearing to receive public comment.

Candidate Decides Not To Run Calvert County Commissioner Candidate At-Large, Nance Pretto Simmons, has announced that she’s withdrawing from the race just weeks after filing papers with the Board of Elections. In a statement, Simmons, who lives in Chesapeake Beach and has a business in Lusby, said, “It is with extreme

sadness and reservation that I am withdrawing my candidacy for county commissioner due to a sudden personal development. I wish my fellow candidates (many of whom I have told personally) the very best of luck! May you always run the good race and keep the people of Calvert first!”

mixture of somewhat disguised box stores, town houses, and apartments, like a smaller version of the Parole area in Annapolis, but with defined community spaces, that would attract seniors wanting to downsize and young people starting out. Does this idea intrigue you? (Go to, under Services, Community Planning & Building, then Town Centers, then Prince Frederick Town Center, then Prince Frederick Charrette Report, begin at page 30, to see conceptual drawings. Remember that conceptual drawings just give an idea, and will change). Meanwhile, the State of Maryland passed the Sustainable Growth and Agriculture Preservation Act of 2012, often called the “Septic Bill”, which can be found on the County website (, Services, Community Planning and Building, Growth Tier Act). This law severely limits residential growth outside the Town Centers and on septic. The State of MD wants new residents to live in a Town Center on sewer. When I recently heard a Commissioner candidate propose limited growth, there was a clear lack of awareness that the State already did that, except in Town Centers. Which brings me full circle to our Town Centers and what the future may look like in Huntingtown or Prince Frederick. Are you straddling the traditional and the new?

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At 3:35 p.m. on Mar. 28, Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle on MD Rt. 4 and Parran Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations. A strong odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A search revealed no contraband. The driver was Thefts from Vehicles asked to exit the vehicle and as he did, two clear Sometime between Mar. 16 and Mar. 18, someone baggies fell out of his pant leg. Alonzo T. Chew, 20 of Huntingtown, to be in possession of drug stole a wallet out of an unlocked vehicle parked 33 of Lusby, was arrested for possession of crack paraphernalia. She was cited with possession with outside a home in the 8200 block of Sycamore Rd. cocaine and marijuana. He was incarcerated at the intent to use drug paraphernalia; a metal grinder. in Lusby. Dep. S. Moran is investigating. Calvert County Detention Center.

Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: Theft, CDS Violation DFC P. Wood responded to the Prince Frederick Giant on Mar. 18 at 5:00 p.m. for the report of a man attempting to pass counterfeit money. The man had left the store and gotten into a vehicle and left the scene. DFC J. Denton observed the vehicle leaving the McDonald’s parking lot and conducted a stop. He made contact with the driver, identified as Freddie Odeil Commodore, 49 of Port Republic and asked what had happened at the Giant store. Commodore advised that the store clerk told him the money he handed her was fake and that he advised her it was not and he then got frustrated with the clerk and left the store. Two passengers in the vehicle were both causing a disturbance and refused to follow police orders. All three subjects were found to be in possession of suspected drugs and were arrested. Sgt. R. Selkirk made contact with the Giant employees who advised that Commodore had attempted to conceal packaged meat products in his pants but had dropped them in one of the aisles. Commodore, Varonica Gray, 51 of Owings, and Daniel Corie Jones, 32 of Prince Frederick, were each charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a digital scale. Commodore was also charged with theft less than $100. CDS Violations On Mar. 15 at 5:09 p.m. Sheriff Mike Evans observed a vehicle weaving on the roadway and operating at a very slow speed near Main St. and Church St. in Prince Frederick. He followed the vehicle and performed a traffic stop at MD Rt. 4 and Westlake Blvd. He made contact with the driver, identified as Lisa Renee Brooks, 29 of Chesapeake Beach. Evans observed there to be four minor children in the back seat. Dep. P. Mosely and DFC J. Hardesty responded to assist and found Brooks to be under the influence of suspected drugs and to be in possession of suspected drugs. Brooks was arrested and charged with driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol and possession of a schedule II drug: Phencyclidine. DFC Y. Bortchevsky responded to the scene of an accident in the 6200 block of Stephen Reid Rd. in Huntingtown at 10:25 p.m. on Mar. 19. Upon arrival he observed a vehicle crashed into a tree. The driver, identified as Larisa Katerina Gallagher, 27 of Owings, advised she lost control and went off the roadway, first striking a mailbox, and then the tree. Gallagher had a strong odor of alcohol. Gallagher refused medical attention. She was found to be driving while under the influence and was charged. Suspected marijuana was found inside the vehicle. Gallagher was also charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia; a wooden container. Dep. D. Naughton assisted Sgt. V. Bortchevsky with a traffic stop on Mar. 22 at 2:42 p.m. on a vehicle at the Dunkirk Wawa. The driver, identified as Christina Marie Maier, 24 of Great Mills, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. She was charged with possession of controlled paraphernalia; a hypodermic syringe.

On Mar. 23 at 2:33 a.m., Dep. A. Curtin responded to a home in the 1000 block of Horse Pen Run in Huntingtown for the report of a verbal dispute. Upon arrival, he determined no physical assault had taken place. Dep. Curtin then observed three smoking devices. Charles Edward Moreland, III, 36, was cited for possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a glass smoking device.

A wallet and Garmin Nuvi GPS were stolen from the cab of a delivery truck that had parked behind the Petco in Prince Frederick on Mar. 28. The owner left the vehicle to make deliveries from 7:20 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. and found the items missing when he returned. DFC Y. Bortchevsky is investigating.

Dep. B. Schaefer assisted Sgt. M. Bomgardner on Md. Rt. 4 northbound near Western Shores Blvd. with a traffic stop at 1:26 p.m. on Mar. 25. The driver, identified as Philip Anthony D’Agostino, 37 of Huntingtown, was found to have an outstanding warrant through Calvert County. D’Agostino was observed moving objects around in the vehicle and was taken into custody on the warrant and searched. He was found to be in possession of suspected drugs. D’Agostino was served with the warrant and also charged with possession of a schedule III drug; Buprenorphine.

Theft A theft complaint was handled by Trooper First Class Saucerman on Mar. 26 at 7:05 a.m. The victim reported that her purse was stolen when she left it unattended in a restroom area outside her physician’s office. The area was searched A homeowner in the 400 block of Dogwood Dr. extensively and the purse was not located. in Lusby advised DFC J. Hardesty that during the Investigation continues. daytime hours on Mar. 20, someone burglarized his home and stole $950 worth of property. The Disorderly Conduct investigation continues. Trooper First Class Esnes responded at 6:44 p.m. on Mar. 21 to a residence on Armory Rd. in Prince Dep. W. Beisel is investigating the burglary of a Frederick for a reported disorderly person. Nona home in the 1600 block of Coster Rd. in Lusby Wynne, 73 of Prince Frederick, was located and sometime between Mar. 3 and Mar. 19. A found to be very argumentative and yelling neighbor reported seeing two men enter the home profanities. During her contact with Troopers, she and then come out with two toilets and two struck the Trooper’s vehicle with a metal object vanities and load them into a vehicle and drive causing damage. She was placed under arrest and away. The investigation is continuing. incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Dep. C. Ward is investigating a burglary to a home in the 11500 block of Big Sandy Run Rd. in Lusby Trooper First Class Logsdon responded to the that occurred during the daytime hours on Mar. 3700 block of Chesapeake Beach Rd. in 25. An Xbox 360, some games and money was Chesapeake Beach at 10:30 p.m. on Mar. 17 for a stolen. The investigation continues. reported disorderly person. Angel J. Hammaker, 37 of Chesapeake Beach, was located and found to Fraud be acting disorderly and refusing to cooperate. It The victim of a fraud advised DFC P. Wood that was also learned that she had assaulted another he recently received a letter in the mail from a law person in the home. She was arrested and firm in New York. He called the telephone incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention number and was told he had won money but that Center. he needed to go get a money card, put $225 on it and call back. He did this and they asked him for On Mar. 24 at 11:17 a.m., Corporal Van the number on the back of the money card, which Bennekum was approached at the WAWA in he gave them. He was then told it would be a few Prince Frederick because the complainant advised days to process paperwork but then he would she had asked Erica V. Brooks, 28 of Lexington receive his winnings. He did not receive anything. Park, to get out of her vehicle and she was refusing The victim was advised this was most likely a fraud. to do so. Brooks refused to exit the vehicle and He was advised by DFC Wood not to give began to act in a disorderly manner causing a information to anyone he did not recognize or disturbance. She was arrested and incarcerated at could not verify as a legitimate business. the Calvert County Detention Center.

DFC R. Kampf observed a vehicle cross over the center line on HG Trueman Rd. in Lusby at 1:39 a.m. on Mar. 24. He conducted a traffic stop and found the driver, Crystal Marie White-Peterson, 32 of Lexington Park, to be driving under the influence and to be in possession of suspected drugs. She was charged with Driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a schedule IV drug: Clonazepam. Disorderly Conduct On Mar. 14 at 10:25 p.m. DFC R. Weems observed a person lying in the roadway in the 3900 block of Gordon Stinnett Ave. in Chesapeake Beach. He attempted to speak with the person, later identified as Desmond Curtis Freeland, 24 of Chesapeake Beach, but Freeland only exhibited shallow breathing, drooling and garbled speech. Weems suspected Freeland had possibly ingested drugs. Freeland was transported by ambulance to Calvert Memorial Hospital where he was assessed and released. Weems charged Freeland with disorderly conduct.

Burglaries The shed behind a home o,n Sheckells Rd. in Huntingtown was burglarized between Mar. 23 and 27 and over $1,500 in property was stolen. Toro, Poulan and Stihl chain saws and blowers were taken. Cpl. B. Gray is continuing the investigation.

Destruction of Property Dep. W. Beisel is investigating damage caused to a business in the 14500 block of Solomons Island Rd. South in Solomons Island when unknown suspect(s) shot a projectile through a front window causing $300 in damage. The incident occurred Maryland State Police sometime between Mar. 9 and 16. Anyone with Barrack U Reports: information is asked to contact Dep. Beisel at (410) 535-2800. CDS Violations On Mar. 22 at 11:13 p.m., Trooper First Class Unknown suspect(s) damaged the rear brake light Esnes stopped a vehicle at MD Rt. 231 and Mason and driver side rear window on a vehicle parked in Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. A the driveway of a home in the 3100 block of search of the vehicle revealed Methadone and Queensberry Dr. in Huntingtown. Dep. W. Suboxone. Elizabeth A. Tayman, 32 of St. Rector is investigating the incident that happened Leonard, was arrested and incarcerated at the overnight between Mar. 17 and 18. Calvert County Detention Center.

Thefts Dep. T. Roberts responded to a home on Hoile Lane in Huntingtown for the report of stolen mail from mailboxes that occurred during the daytime on Mar. 18. The treasurer of the Twin Lakes Homeowners Association reported that the envelopes from several pieces of mail were found in DFC R. Kampf conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle the roadway and had been torn open. Separate on Mar. 23 at 1:00 a.m. at Broomes Island Rd. and checks that had been inside three of the envelopes Mills Pond Rd. in Port Republic. He found a of the outgoing mail were missing. The passenger in the vehicle, Haley Nicole Bergendahl, investigation is continuing.


Unknown suspect(s) stole approximately 50 feet of copper piping from a home on Webb’s Lane in Dunkirk overnight between Mar. 24 and 25. Dep. A. Curtin is investigating.

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Trooper First Class Sorenson stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 north of Hospital Dr. in Prince Frederick for traffic violation sat 3:33 p.m. on Mar. 28. A strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A search revealed suspected marijuana in the ashtray. Additional marijuana was located in the suspect’s purse along with a large sum of money. Jennifer A. Quinn, 33 of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Trooper First Class Casarella stopped a vehicle on Mar. 27 at 2:47 p.m. on MD Rt. 4 south of Nursery Rd. in Lusby for traffic violations. An odor of marijuana was detected emitting from inside the vehicle. A search revealed marijuana on the driver side floorboard. A handgun was also found in the vehicle. Stanley C. Boyce, 27 of Ellicott City, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Trespassing Trooper First Class Esnes responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a reported disorderly person on Mar. 24 at 3:06 p.m. Investigation revealed that Marvin W. Thomas, 47 of Prince Frederick, was previously issued a no-trespass warning for the Walmart which prohibited him from being inside the store. He was found to be extremely intoxicated. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Fugitive At 11:34 p.m. on Mar. 28, Trooper First Class Esnes responded to the 300 block of Laurel Dr. in Lusby for a check welfare complaint. Upon arrival, TFC Esnes found a domestic assault in progress. One of the involved parties had an outstanding warrant from the State of Louisiana. Chester T. Jones, 34 of North Beach, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center where a fugitive warrant was filed with the District Court Commissioner.

Rt. 301 Closes For Repairs The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and CSX Transportation are making repairs to the railroad crossing at US 301 (Crain Highway) between Chew Road and the Marlboro Crossroads area just south of MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue). As part of the $400,000 maintenance work, SHA will temporarily close the four-lane highway on Friday evening, Apr. 11 and reopen it no later than Monday morning, Apr. 14. This work is necessary to replace deteriorated rubber panels at the crossing. To ensure the safety of work crews and travelers, SHA will close both the northbound and southbound lanes of US 301. SHA appreciates the patience and cooperation of those who work and live in the area. The goal is to reopen this section of US 301 to traffic once repairs are complete.

SHA is providing signed regional and local detours for area residents and businesses. Local traffic will be directed to use MD 4 (Pennsylvania Avenue), US 301, MD 223 (Woodyard Road) and Rosaryville Road. Regional traffic, especially motor carrier and long hauler vehicles, will be directed to use US 301, MD 5, I-495 (Capital Beltway) and MD 4. All travelers are reminded to plan their routes and prepare for extra travel time. While this weekend work is underway, SHA encourages area patrons to continue to support local businesses in the area. If inclement weather occurs, this work will be rescheduled for the weekend of Apr. 25-27, 2014. More information is available at or by contacting the SHA District 3 Office at (301) 513-7300.

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By Brian McDaniel This week in the Chesapeake Current, we are catching up with Bonita Thomas, former owner of Embroidme in Dunkirk that specialized in screen printing and embroidery. She’s now bringing her experience to a different venture called Blueprint Wear in Upper Marlboro, where she’s an independent sales and business development representative. Embroidme was her passion for many years, but Blueprint Wear has been serving clients for more than 16 years as a full service shop for custom apparel embellishment and promotional products. The facility is located in the Trade Zone in Upper Marlboro and is owned by Christina and Jake Yang. With a combined total of 40+ years of experience in custom screen printing, embroidery and specialty/unique embellishments, they are veterans in the industry and frequently turning out 25,000 prints daily. From retail outlets to boutiques, schools to sports teams, leagues and clubs, large corporations to small businesses and family gatherings, they can do it all. Their pricing is very competitive, turnaround time is quick and quality is always held to the highest standards. They will accept your small orders, too. In fact, have just a minimum of one item for embroidery. Bonita is from a military family and moved around a lot when she was very young. She says she’s from a family of nine, which


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meant that her mother used to make all the family’s clothing as an economic necessity, including suits and shirts for her father. She started teaching Bonita to sew at the age of just six, so of course, she has become quite a pro at it. Bonita says she learned practically everything there is to know about sewing, embroidery, repurposing clothing, buttons and coats to make more and different things to wear. For Bonita, there wasn’t a pattern she couldn’t memorize and manipulate into something completely new and original.

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In fact, at age 86, her mom still sews and makes clothing, quilts and other items. Now she donates what she makes to charitable organizations. Bonita says she remembers learning how to use a sewing machine. But not just using it she would also take the machine apart and put it back together so she knew how it worked! In 1996, she bought a commercial embroidery machine and started creating stitches that were not only artistic and fan, but as a source of income. Prior to running Embroidme, Bonita held a position for 30+ years as a contracts and bid/proposal manager/director in Defense Contracting where she was in charge of multimillion dollar contracts. During that tenure she consistently made strong connections (a strong suit she would later use in her own business) within the engineering sector, building new business, securing customer loyalty and forging strong relationships with all levels of government procurement officers. When it came time to slow down from the fast-paced government world, Bonita acquired EmbroidMe in 2008, building five years of local relationships in Calvert County. You could say that the rest is history. Bonita joined the Bay Business Group (BBG) as the owner of Embroidme and

brought Blueprint Wear to the BBG as well. “Being involved will help increase awareness of your business and open doors to networking opportunities,” Bonita tells us. If you have an idea for a design or you need promotional items for your business, give Bonita a call. Blueprint Wear has so much to offer. 685A Commerce Drive Upper Marlboro, MD P 301.850.3362 F 301.755.9890 About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC and a resident of North Beach. He is a Ministry Leader at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay Business Group.

New Source For Local Cheese Members of Southern Maryland's Amish community have the go-ahead from Maryland Center for Milk and Dairy Product Safety to begin cheese production at their new dairy facility in St. Mary's county. A project of over four years in the making, Clover Hill Dairy is the first cheese house in Southern Maryland to receive a Manufacture Grade permit from the state for pasteurized cheese and is the culmination of the resourcefulness of a group of seven Amish farmers who were determined to add value to their dairy herd operations to make cheese using their own milk production. Initially, Clover Hill owners worked to overcome many hurdles to obtain approval to use non-standard electric current to operate the dairy equipment and assure state inspectors that the pasteurization system would comply with the rigorous safety, sanitation and performance standards mandated by the Food and Drug Administration. In 2011, dairy members asked the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) to assist with the complex permitting requirements and facilitate day to day communication with the Center for Milk and Dairy Product Safety. In the early spring of 2012 SMADC, with the assistance of Senator 'Mac' Middleton, arranged a meeting with the Clover Hill Dairy board and Maryland Center for Milk and Dairy Product Safety to review the dairy systems and facility plans. In the ensuing months, all parties worked closely together to insure that all the operating systems would perform to industry standards and assure successful outcome of the dairy project. Located in Mechanicsville, the 5000-square foot dairy was funded, designed and built entirely by members of the Amish community. The production room houses two large stainless steel

cheese vats; each with the capacity to hold 2,000 gallons of milk, producing more than 1,000 pounds of cheese. The miles of piping, sanitation and pasteurization equipment was designed and installed by dairy engineering consultants Rowlands Sales Company, Inc. of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The cheese house complex also includes a milk off-loading bay, walk-in refrigerated storage, packing areas, office, changing and restrooms, a retail store and a separate carriage house for the community’s horse-drawn transportation. At full production, the milk supply for Clover Hill will be sourced from over 11 local dairy farms. Three types of cheese have been approved for production; Cheddar, Jack, and Latin American curd cheese. Currently, dairy owners are working with St. Mary’s County Health Department to permit the on-site retail shop that will sell their packaged cheeses. Daniel Esh, Clover Hill Chairman says operating hours will be Wednesday through Saturday during daylight hours. The dairy continues to work with the Center for Milk and Dairy Product Safety on all areas of cheese production and will receive routine inspections required by the state for water, milk testing and operational procedures. To contact the dairy, visit during store hours, or write to: Clover Hill Dairy, 27925 Woodburn Hill Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

County May Change Farm’s Course Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has announced decisions on the farmland the County leases in Gambrills, MD, from the U.S. Naval Academy, known as the Naval Academy Dairy Farm. After advice and counsel from State and local agriculture experts, the County will offer the current tenant farmer, dba Maryland Sunrise Farm, a short-term lease that will extend through December 31, 2014, to conventionally farm the land. In addition, a Letter of Intent (similar to Request for Proposal) will soon be issued in which the County will seek farmers interested in farming the land using organic protocols. If the County is unable to identify a farmer interested in farming organic, the current tenant farmer will be given a long-term lease to impose measures that will restore the land to make organic farming, once again, a viable option. “We’ve heard from residents in Gambrills about the future of the Dairy Farm and we know that preserving the farm is important to them, as well as the county,” said County Executive Neuman. “Our primary goal is to make sure the land is farmed in a responsible way. As a result, we are doing our due diligence by working with the current tenant, who has been a good steward of the land for more than a decade, and the community by seeking a farmer who might be able to embrace organic farming.” If there is a new farmer in 2015, the lease will stipulate the multi-species cover crops planted by the current tenant farmer cannot be disturbed until after March 1, 2015, and MDA Cover Crop guidelines must be followed. If such cover crop is disturbed, the County will reimburse the current tenant farmer the appropriate cost. The current tenant farmer has agreed to share information related to soil test results and its Nutrient Management Plan to qualified Letter of Intent respondents, as identified by the County. The new, negotiated lease for the current tenant farmer through December 31, 2014 will have no stipulation for

organic farming, with the exception of the continuation of the Organic CSA Garden. BACKGROUND Anne Arundel County held a town hall meeting on February 11 with interested parties to discuss the Dairy Farm. The meeting was prompted by a decision by the tenant farmer who indicated a need to discontinue farming a portion of the land using organic protocols and, instead, farm the cropland (feed product) employing conventional agriculture methods. The tenant farmer has cited in his decision to change course in methods after 15 years of organic farming that the cropland has developed a significant weed bank and high phosphorus levels. Organic practices, he contends, rely heavily upon cultivation for weed control and several areas of the farm are highly erodible, making frequent cultivation a less-desirable option. Because of this, exacerbated by the pressure of a large wild deer herd (estimated at 250+ head) feeding on these lands, crop yields have been decreasing annually. Since the town hall meeting, Anne Arundel County officials have been in negotiations with the tenant farmer to gauge his interest in continuing to farm organically. A team has now been assembled, and is developing the scope of work for a Letter of Intent that will allow the County to solicit bids from other stakeholders interested in farming organically. Maryland Sunrise Farm is the only Maryland Department of Agriculturecertified organic farm in Anne Arundel County out of 377 farms located here. Maryland Sunrise Farms operates on 680 acres of 857 acres of farmland leased by the County. The County pays $240,000 annually for the lease of the Dairy Farm land. The tenant farmer pays close to $50,000 per year, which includes taxes, building maintenance and ancillary costs associated with Maryland Sunrise Farms. The County holds a 30-year lease on the property, which commenced in 2007.

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By Lyn Striegel

Think Beyond Your IRA

Your Money Matter$ With the April 15 tax deadline approaching, many people are probably scrambling to make deposits to their IRAs to get that deduction. But in the longer-term, you should seek out professional assistance in developing a smart retirement plan strategy. Why? For the same reason you would want the best brain surgeon if you had a brain tumor or a specialist to treat cancer or any other disease or condition. There is no way most of us can understand all of the investment options that are available or how those options might be put to good use in your retirement plan. Here is the good news - your investigation of professionals will not cost you money, only time. Creating a retirement plan can be done at any age and at no cost. What is required is your commitment to doing it and your time and energy. Problems have solutions. You may not like the solutions you come up with as you create your retirement plan, but at least you will have solutions

to review. We note that 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day for the next 19 years. And, many of those have no retirement plans in place. The time to begin is now and that is true whether you are a baby boomer or in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s or wherever. Planning is not rocket science - it begins with a willingness to take a hard and honest look at your own financial situation. Use all available resources to educate yourself. Today, the number and variety of free online investment education services is staggering. Every brokerage firm, insurance company and bank has a website full of learning tools, including retirement calculators, that will help you understand where you are and where you need to be. Or, if you prefer, your local library has hundreds of books available to you free of charge. Your goal is to spend the time to learn the basics of financial planning, includ-

ing retirement planning. Once you have learned the language of investing, then seek out the professionals to help you. Get a second opinion. If you have already been working with an investment professional and are not happy with the results, call them. Meet with them. Discuss your concerns. If you are still not satisfied, seek a second opinion. Take your lists of investments to another professional. Keep doing that until you find an expert who relates to you. Do not become obsessed with the daily financial news. You are thinking and planning for long-term success. You do not need to get sidetracked by the daily ups and downs of the market. It’s fine to watch the financial news but keep in mind this is entertainment, nothing more. Remember liquidity - your comfort zone. Plan for that cash cushion that feels right to you. Discuss this with your professional. Take some investment risk. Why? Because taking some risk will help you to ride out inflation. We haven’t had much of that recently but you can be assured it is coming. That means your portfolio cannot be restricted only to fixed income investments. You need something in that portfolio to help you keep up with inflation. Again, your investment professional will help you select what you need, but you need to know that some investment risk is required to achieve the rewards you want.

Plan for your loved ones. Get a will or a living trust. Make sure you have a current power of attorney, both medical and financial, so if something happens to you, someone you love will be able to take care of you. Make it easy on your loved ones. Get all your documentation together in one place including insurance policies, car and boat titles, etc. Check all of your beneficiary designations to ensure they are up to date. There is nothing worse for your family than finding out after you die that your 401(k) plan proceeds have been paid to some relative you designated when you were single. Remember - “it’s not an if, it’s a when.” When you die, leave behind a plan for your loved ones, not a mess. Finally, retirement should be a joyous time for you and your loved ones. The most powerful predictor of satisfaction after retirement is the extent of a person’s social network, not health or wealth. Having a plan helps, if course, but maintaining your social networks, giving of yourself to others, these are the predictors of retirement happiness. This is your retirement. To get the most out of it, you need to make it work for you. Good luck with your retirement! About the Author: Lyn Striegel is an attorney in private practice in Chesapeake Beach and Annapolis. Lyn has over thirty years experience in the fields of estate and financial planning and is the author of “Live Secure: Estate and Financial Planning for Women and the Men Who Love Them” (2013 ebook download available at Day Wealth Management offers securities through LPL Financial, Member FINRA and SIPC. Nothing in this article constitutes specific legal or financial advice and readers are advised to consult their own counsel.

"Millennials" Must Plan for Short-and Long-term Goals If you’re one of the “millennials” - the generation that began in the early 1980s - you are still in the early stages of your career. Retirement must seem like a long way off - yet, it’s never too soon to start planning for it. At the same time, though, you may also have shorter-term goals. Can you make progress toward your near-term and longterm objectives at the same time? Yes, you can - but you’ll need to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate savings and investment vehicles. For example, one of your most important short-term goals may be purchasing a house, so you’ll need to accumulate a certain amount of money by a certain time perhaps in three to five years. Therefore, you won’t want to risk your down payment on an investment whose price will fluctuate - and whose value may be down just when you need the money. Consequently, you may want to look for a shorter-term investment whose objective is preservation of principal. Typically, with these types of vehicles, the shorter the term, the lower the interest rate but since your goal is basically to have a certain

amount of money available at a certain time, you might be less interested in what return you’ll get on this particular investment, as opposed to the return you might hope for from other, longerterm vehicles. In fact, while you are saving for your down payment on your home, or for other short-term goals, you also need to be thinking long term that is, you need to save as much as you can for your eventual retirement. Since you are still in the early stages of your working life, you have an enormous asset going for you: time. By starting to save for retirement now, you have more time to save than you would if you waited another decade or so. Plus, since you have so many years to go until you retire, you can afford to put a reasonable percentage of your investment dollars into growth-oriented instruments, such as stocks or stock-based investments. They may carry more risk, including the risk of losing principal, but they also offer greater reward potential than, say, fixed-income vehicles such as bonds. And holding growth investments for the long term can

help you look beyond short-term volatility. You can start a long-term investment program by investing in your 401(k) or other retirement plan offered by your employer. These plans usually offer a variety of investment options, including several growth-oriented accounts. Plus, any earnings are typically tax-deferred, which means your money could grow faster than if it were placed in an investment on which you paid taxes every year. So try to take full advantage of your employer’s plan - at a minimum, contribute enough to earn a match, if one is offered. Then, every time your salary goes up, boost your contributions. With discipline and perseverance, you can move toward both your distant and imminent goals. And that’s the long and the short of it.

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Garden Dirt By Ray Greenstreet

Garden Whimsy

Let’s imagine that your garden is planted, perennials are blooming, shrubs are thriving. But… it’s not complete. Something’s missing, something special to reflect your personality. Maybe a vintage garden bench, a colorful ceramic birdbath, or an old mossy statue? Whatever you choose, a man-made element will add another dimension - and a personal touch. Even the most traditional landscapes benefit from simple ornamentation. A pair of antique-styled urns flanking the front entry will up the welcome factor. A sundial set in a planting bed compliments even the most formal design. An arbor, covered by a flowering vine, transforms an ordinary walkway into a beckoning path. Most gardening styles can handle a bit of whimsy. I’m not advocating a flock of plastic pink flamingos in every yard, although if pink birds are your cup of tea, go for it (just make sure that your neighborhood association, if you have one, will enjoy your humor).

Whimsy can be as simple as a worn pair of boots, planted with succulents, and set on a back porch. Or geraniums growing in a rusty watering can as if they took root on their own. You’ve probably seen at least one old iron bed relocated from the house to the garden and planted with colorful flowers to create – a flowerbed. In our Chesapeake Bay neighborhoods I’ve seen wooden boats beached and converted into vegetable gardens with tomato plants growing out of old crab pots. About that traditional arbor? Add whimsy by trading in the expected flowering vine for an unexpected grape vine – bunches of ripening fruit will dangle overhead. Even those formal urns can be a bit whimsical – place a little, mossy bunny statue next to one as if it’s peeking out to spy on your visitors. Laughing Buddha statues are popular, especially tucked into a shady nook. Herons crafted from iron and stones are right at home in most any garden. Our garden

center staff loves to see a pair of brightlycolored Adirondack chairs placed at the edge of a planting bed, inviting both gardener and visitors to sit and take in the view. If you enjoy backyard birds, a birdbath is a practical addition; while concrete is a traditional choice, a cobalt blue birdbath says WOW. It doesn’t take much. Just a little something tucked between hostas or under a rose bush can make a big statement. Now - if you really want to have some fun - invite in the fairies with a fairy garden. Fairies? Well, to be honest I’ve never actually seen one, but some of our customers – and their children – swear they exist. A fairy garden can be created indoors in containers or outside as a part of your garden. The base is live plants, with miniature houses, furniture, and accessories as added components. At first glance, these tiny additions to your landscape may not be so obvious. But with a second glance, the garden elements are revealed. A fairy garden fires up the imagination, is a great conversation starter, and is a fun and engaging gardening experience to share with children. One of my favorite fairy gardens sprawled under and around a Japanese maple growing next to a pond. At first glance, the stone fairy houses and walls appeared to be just pond rocks that had been scattered about, but a closer look revealed a miniature village, the dwellings all connected by mini stone paths. Hidden in the branches was a tiny rope swing, tiny twig Adirondack chairs, and a tiny rusty metal watering can – I would think any respectable fairy would find this quaint village irresistible. Containers make great fairy gardens. Get creative – use galvanized metal tubs, whiskey barrels, old birdbaths, or a grouping of colorful ceramic pots in different shapes and sizes. Last spring, our nursery staff

created a fairy garden estate - in an old rusty wheelbarrow. It was a big hit with our customers. Indoors, grow fairy gardens in pots, window boxes or glass terrariums. Use a series of small pots in a row that you can easily rearrange or add an extra pot to expand your fairy's world. Placed in a sunny location, succulents and herbs are good plant choices. And as a bonus, herbs are handy to have around in the kitchen. There are fairy garden accessories that run the gamut from gypsy villages to barnyards to manor homes. You can purchase garden sets or build your own. You can include miniature resin fairy statues in your fairy garden, if you want, or leave the inhabitants to the imagination. Part of the fun of making a fairy garden is finding the pieces to create the perfect scene. Of course, this is all about your imagination. A rock from the park becomes the perfect piece to finish your fairy garden

border. A bit of sea glass will add some dimension to a tiny pathway. It becomes whatever you choose. Whimsy in the garden – be it a crowing rooster statue or a smirking garden troll or an enchanted fairy village – is all about creative thinking outside of the box - and having fun. Enjoy! About the Author: Ray Greenstreet began his career when he was just 13, as a “yard boy” at a garden center. In 2000, Ray and his wife Stacy, began Greenstreet Growers, a wholesale growing operation on their 65-acre Lothian farm. In 2005, they opened Greenstreet Gardens, a retail nursery and gift store. Last year Greenstreet Gardens grew to include a second retail store in Alexandria, VA.

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Happy Ending For Osprey Pair

On The


ur story begins with a letter to the Chesapeake Current about a male osprey who came back to nest last month across from Herrington Harbour in Tracy’s Landing/Deale - only to find that Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) had put a shield on the pole he and his mate built a nest raised their family on last year. The frustrated male circled and fussed for days, and when his angry female returned, they crawled underneath and built their nest on the power pole, anyway. BGE had promised the previous year to erect a nesting platform for them, but it fell through the cracks and didn’t happen. We promised we’d follow up and we did. After exchanging several emails, BGE crews came through. And what we learned was so interesting that we thought it was worth sharing with our readers.

The platform is huge, giving the osprey family a secure place to nest.

BGE Distribution Technician Sean Fitzpatrick discusses the installation with Hamilton Chaney, who owns the property.

had to move over a few feet. That forced them to call Miss Utility again to come out and make sure they wouldn’t disrupt any services. That took a while, so the platform they hoped would be installed that morning didn’t get done until the afternoon. Sean Fitzpatrick, a Distribution Tech who came down for the Deale relocation says he’s been doing this sort of thing for 15 years. “What we do is remove the nesting material and put up deterrents before the eggs and there are young, or after the birds have fledged and left in the fall. You wouldn’t believe the things we find in the nests – I’ve even seen rubber hoses and blankets! These birds will pick up just about anything to build their nests. If it’s in the spring – like now – what we do is simply take the sticks from their nest and move them over to the platform for them.� How does that work? Do the ospreys move, too or do they try to rebuild again where they shouldn’t?

BGE has erected 30 of these nesting platforms for ospreys in our service area to date. The reason there aren’t more is because each one costs $12,500 to put up! Three trucks and several crews spent an entire day on-site erecting this one. First up was a scout in a BGE cherry picker to take photos with a zoom lens to make certain there are no eggs. “We can’t move a nest if there are eggs,� he told us. “If there are eggs, we pack up and go on. We have to come back in the fall after they’re gone if there are any eggs or young in the nest.� Fortunately, there were neither yet in this nest so the operation proceeded. But soon they ran into a hitch. Miss Utility crews marked the area before the BGE crews came. However, when they started digging where they planned to put the nesting platform, they ran into concrete. They BGE crews installing the new osprey nesting platform at Herrington Harbor North.

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“Yes – they will move right over to the new platform and start building their nest again the way they like it,� Fitzpatrick says. “And they actually like these platforms a lot better. For one thing, they’re taller than the light poles, so they have a better view and feel safer the higher up they are. They’re now higher than the trees so they have a panoramic view. And they have a much bigger, sturdy surface with the platform.� He says electric poles are 45 feet tall, and they bury them six-and-a –half feet in the ground. By comparison, the nesting platform poles are 60 feet tall and are buried eight feet deep. And the platforms are huge – three to four feet square with sturdy chicken wire in the bottom that gives the nests good air circulation. Tina Kuczinski of the Customer Reliability Unit was also on the scene and told us, “Now’s the time to do it. And every year we do have a lot of outages as a direct result of birds nesting on our poles. It’s dangerous for them as well.� Hamilton Chaney came out to watch as well as several neighbors. The Chaneys own the parking lot across the street from Calypso Bay where the platform was being placed. Rachael Lighty, BGE’s Media Relations executive came down from Baltimore to watch, too. “We want to be safe and reliable. BGE is focused on aesthetics. In fact we put up the first Bald Eagle nesting platform and performed the

Dear Chesapeake Current readers, (The following letter was published in our last issue of the Chesapeake Current, Mar. 20, 2014). I/we totally enjoyed Mike Roane's recent article on the Ospreys in the Chesapeake Current. We have a situation here in Deale where BG&E's sub-contractor took down two nests, for whatever reason, last November after the birds left for the winter. Long story short, about four years ago, they took down the two original nests that were sitting directly on top of the pole's top crossbars, which we could understand as a hazard. But after we contacted BG&E about it, back then, they put two new extension poles back up on the tops, with whole nest platforms, within a weeks’ time. We contacted BG&E last November about these last nests being taken down again, and they said if we got the land owners’ permission, Herrington Harbor North Marina, Hamilton Chaney, they said they would put two new extra, "dummy" poles up, with nests in the same general area. Hamilton Chaney did contact BG&E, gave permission, and they even came out to survey the situation and where to put the new poles, but nothing's been done, as of yesterday, so we all called again. Needless to say the ospreys are back now, and they have no place to build nests. My friend Beth Dadisman has made calls to BG&E along with Hamilton Chaney. Can you help the cause or recommend anything to get these nests up ASAP? The osprey was there yesterday trying to put sticks on the dome they put up on the pole to keep them from building a nest and he was squawking at me BIG time - like what the heck happened? It's sad to see it. Thanks, Jim Fonfara, Sr.

The power company puts a plaque on the pole of each nesting platform that reads: A key element of BGE’s commitment to the environment is protecting the wildlife, forests, plants and waterways in our communities. Ospreys occasionally nest on, or near, BGE’s electric distribution equipment which could cause power outages and endanger the birds. For that reason, BGE may erect Osprey nest platforms to provide a safe place for these birds to nest, while also protecting the integrity of BGE’s overhead power lines.

first eagle nest relocation in the U.S. We have a robust environmental group that does a lot of things to invest back in our communities. We protect meadowlands, and we have the largest urban forest wetland in Baltimore.� She adds, “Over 100 rare and endangered species exist on BGE property. One is the Sundial Lupine. These flowers that were just about extinct As crews predicted, the osprey pair followed after were found growing in a BGE right-of-way. We their sticks were relocated to the new platform and have four areas of them now and they’re immediately started rebuilding their nest. thriving.�

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Councilman Defends Position On Park

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Dear Chesapeake Current readers, This letter was written in response to article titled “Town Seeks Bids for Park” and North Beach Town Council member Greg McNeill’s letter, “Councilman Challenges Park Opponents,” both published in the March 20 edition of The Chesapeake Current. The Mayor denies he’s building a $2 million dollar park, but the numbers indicate otherwise. The article stated that the Council unanimously approved the RFPs for the sidewalk and water features, but that is not correct as I voted no. There are many things being stated about the park, but, let’s get to what this is really all about, the cost of the park. First, let’s review what I have stated via my “Councilman Gregg Dotson” Facebook page: “Did you know that North Beach is planning to develop a park at the corner of Bay Avenue and 3rd Street? Did you know that this park will cost approximately $2 million dollars? So, ask yourself how did what was supposed to be a passive park with a few benches and trees turn into such a costly project? It’s interesting that there seems to be a push now to start developing this park before there’s much public input whether it be of support or opposition. Oh and it’s now being called Bay Front Park and Sculpture Garden ... can you see the direction this is heading? Ladies and gentlemen, you should keep an eye on how your tax dollars are being spent!” Mayor Mark Frazer prepared a bond bill fact sheet for the Maryland Senate to request funding in the amount of $100,000. Now, let’s review what Mayor Frazer submitted on that sheet as his estimated cost of the park under the heading “Estimated Capital Cost”: • Acquisition — $1,020,000 • Design — $35,000 • Construction — $968,000 • Total — $2,023,000 Now, let’s review Mayor Frazer’s bond bill hearing packet that he prepared and presented before a Maryland Senate Committee on March 8. It contained, the under the heading “Construction Budget”: “The estimated construction budget is $878,384. Some earlier projections of construction costs were in excess of $1.0 million. The Town has been working with CPH [Inc.] to find ways that some of the improvements can be completed by the Town’s Public Works Department and this has resulted in the lower estimate reported above. Attached is a copy of the construction cost estimate from January 2014. The Town is now seeking

funding for the park and developing a phasing plan so the construction can be staged as funding becomes available. We expect to break ground this spring. The plans for the park can be viewed on the town’s web site.” So, you do the math and ask yourself, “Is there a $2 million park?” Who’s telling the truth? I used the same number the Mayor presented during his bond bill hearing — $878,384. Or, should I have used the number from his bond bill fact sheet — $968,000? When either figure is added to the property’s purchase price of $1.2 million (includes $180,000 water taps refund), the cost still exceeds $2 million. It’s your hard-earned money, and the town officials have a responsibility to not waste it, especially when the personal economics of so many are still fragile. Let the record reflect: I have never been against buying the lot with the intentions of it being a simple, passive park — i.e., a few shade trees, benches and maybe a few tables — or even as a good investment. However, I have never been in support of this extravagant and costly design that is not intended for the everyday use of the North Beach residents. I have stated that repeatedly from the onset. I asked the following question at the council meeting March 7: “Can someone please tell me when the council voted on a final design plan?” No one could answer the question. I assure you that no motion has been made, seconded and voted on by the council about a final design. As for what else happened at that same council meeting, I don’t mind being verbally attacked by the mayor and council, especially when it comes to protecting “all of us and our futures.” But for the mayor and council to show such total disrespect to taxpaying residents was beyond reproach. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I believe North Beach is the best place to live in America and to call home. I want everyone who lives here to feel that way, and I am committed to ensuring that happens. If anyone would like to have copies of any of the information I have referenced, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to provide a copy. Gregg Dotson Vice President, North Beach Town Council

Don’t Miss Les Miserables Dear Chesapeake Current readers, If you do nothing else, rush to get tickets to Huntingtown High School’s incredible performance of Les Miserables - remaining performances at 7:00 p.m. on April 3, 4 and 5. Buy tickets ($15/adults, $10 senior citizens and students) on Huntingtown High School’s website. Those who saw Phantom of the Opera three years ago know that Huntingtown has a genius in Director Derek Anderson, and he and the many participating Huntingtown students have truly outdone themselves with the wonderful performance of Les Miserables that Nancy and I saw. By the way, the school’s Eye of the Storm Productions unit was recognized

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as being the best theatre program in the Southeast United States. The voices of the several male and female leads are beyond excellent and student Noah Donahue’s singing performance as Jean Valjean brought back memories of Colm Wilkenson, regarded as THE Valjean from his performances in the early London and Broadway versions of Les Miserables. The professionalism demonstrated in every aspect of this performance illustrates why we are so fortunate that Calvert County schools are among the very best in Maryland. Frank McCabe Solomons

Speaking Out About BGCSM Dear Chesapeake Current readers, Please allow me the opportunity to clear up recent confusion about the status of the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland. In the recently released Calvert County Maryland Progress Report 2013 (page 10) it states “Through a cooperative agreement between the commissioners and the Town of North Beach, the former Boys and Girls Club is now the North Beach Community Center housing both Parks and Recreation and the Boys and Girls Club. The agreement allowed Parks and Recreation to expand programs beyond what was previously offered at the former North Beach Community Center, now the Bayside History Museum.� The wording seems to have caused confusion, so I would like to provide clarification. The cooperative agreement was between Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, the Town of North Beach and the Commissioners. Mayor Mark Frazer asked BGCSM to share space with not only Parks and Recreation but with the Twin Beach Players so as to utilize the Boys & Girls Club building more and at the same time free up the building now used for the newly expanded Bayside History Museum. The BGCSM Board was agreeable to this request because the BGCSM building was underutilized - as our youth are in school in the daytime - and the building was only really needed in the after-school hours. It was designed to be a win-win situation as the Town of North Beach got its museum, Parks and Recreation gets to hold various classes and activities in the day and/or evening, Boys & Girls Clubs continues to provide much needed services for youth in the after-school hours and

The Twin Beach Players get to have a stable home where the community can see quality theatre come to life. Many people have asked and some believe that Calvert County Parks and Recreation is now funding the Boys & Girls Club. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THE CASE! The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland must continue to raise funding to provide needed services to youth and families who entrust us with their children on a daily basis. The Staff and Board are committed to making a difference in the lives of children living in both the North Beach and Chesapeake Beach communities. We are asking the community to please continue its support for BGCSM in the way of donations and volunteer hours and to feel free drop by and take a tour of the Club. In return, our promise is that we will do everything in our power to provide a safe and secure learning environment where every child experiences life-changing opportunities far beyond anything they had ever imagined! If you have any questions about programming, please call the Club at (410) 286-9880. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland is here to partner with the community in any way that makes life better for the citizens of the Twin Beaches. I hope I have cleared up any lingering confusion. After all, we are all here to serve both the youth and the families of the community. Joy Hill Whitaker Chief Professional Officer Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland

State Action On Animal Issues Dear Chesapeake Current readers, Last year during the Maryland legislative session, a spay/neuter law was passed. This law will add a very small tax on to dog food and that tax will go towards providing spay/neuter surgeries for Maryland animals. The tax is super small and will likely not even be noticed by the average consumer. This program was based off of a program in New Hampshire. Thanks in part to this program, New Hampshire is now considered a "no kill" state, meaning that no healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized in shelters in New Hampshire. In fact, as there are so few animals in New Hampshire animal shelters, they have actually started importing animals from other states to give them a better chance at finding a home. Maryland has a few bills that are being discussed currently, such as HB73. A few years back, the Maryland Court of appeals ruled all "pit bull dogs" inherently dangerous and ruled that landlords are responsible for the actions of a tenants dog, but only if it is a dog labeled "pit bull." So, basically, if someone breaks into your home and hurts your family and your pit bull defends you, it is your fault, as you have a pit bull in your home. However, if someone breaks in and hurts your family and your shepherd defends you, it is their fault for breaking in. This law

has been detrimental to landlords, tenants and pit bull owners, not to mention shelters. Families have been torn apart due to this ruling. Fortunately, HB73 was introduced to reverse this ruling and hold dog owners, and not landlords, responsible for the actions of their dog regardless of breed. HB422 has also been introduced. This bill will make any breed specific legislation in the state of Maryland illegal. All dogs will be judged as individuals and no dog can be banned by breed, only by actions. In addition to what is going on during the Maryland Legislative Session, BARCS in Baltimore recently received a $3 million grant to spay and neuter free roaming cats. This should help reduce the feral cat population in and around Baltimore, but in a healthy, compassionate and responsible way. This is all very good for the animals of Maryland. If these bills pass and with these programs in place, Maryland could quite possible become a "no kill" state as well. We still have a very long road ahead of us, but this is a really good start! Thank you. Kirstyn Northrop Cobb Owings Board Member, Humane Society of Calvert County

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Estelle Arleo, 89 Estelle Mae Arleo, age 89 of Solomons passed peacefully on March 16, 2014. She was born August 28, 1924 in Norfolk, VA to William Christian and Stella Mae Wolfe residing in Norfolk, VA and Washington Metropolitan Area. Estelle’s happy and gratifying life was a result of her love for family and friends. She was most happy near water, Patuxent River, Virginia Beach, Mediterranean Sea and the Intercostal Waterway. She is survived by her three loving children and their spouses, Russell and Pat Hall of LaPlata MD, Rennie and Frank Toskey of Chantilly VA, and Edward Lauman and Dee Peters of Solomons MD. Also surviving are her grandchildren Melissa Hawkins and Bethany Lauman, four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Dominick. Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

Hazel Chase, 101 Hazel Chase, lovingly known as “Mumma,” was born January 9, 1913, to the late Will Fostion and Mary Jones. On Mar. 1, 2014, at John and Arloine Mandrin Impatient Care Center in Harwood, the Lord peacefully called her home to her eternal rest. Hazel spent her entire life - 101 years - in Calvert County, where she also received her childhood education. Hazel accepted Christ and was

baptized in her early years at Bethel Way of the Cross Church in Huntingtown, and later became a faithful member (until her health began to fail) of Wards United Methodist Memorial Church in Owings. On May 19, 1932, she was united in marriage to the late Joseph Henry Chase, Sr. Hazel and Joseph were married for 64 years, until the Lord called him home in August 1998. From this union, they had five children. Hazel leaves to cherish her memories, her loving and devoted daughter; Josephine Elizabeth Chase (Teen); one son, Calvin Chase (Alice) and one son-inlaw, Howard Chase. She also leaves 12 grandchildren - five that were very dear and special to her heart and of whom she has special nicknames - James Mackall “Jim;” Leroy Chase “ReRoy” (her #1, special Grandson); Pamela Buck “Pink” (William Buck); Carl Jones “Dumplings or P-Jerbs” and Sonja “Sign.” She also leaves 21 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren - with special love and affection to her great great-granddaughter, Toni Mackall. She also leaves one “adopted” daughter, Doris Jones; one “adopted” granddaughter, Brenda Holland; and a special cousin Dashonna Jones. Hazel also leaves to cherish her memories to Sewell Griffith, Marlon Griffith, Mercury Griffith, James Griffith, Carline Harrell, Velma Tolson, Alise Griffith, and Allison Conon. She took great pride in assisting in their upbringing, and the Griffith family loved her and to this day they regarded her as a mother. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Henry Chase, Sr.; two sons: Joseph Henry Chase, Jr. and Thomas Henry Chase; one daughter Elsie Marie Chase; and her parents Will Fostion and Mary Jones. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

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George Coleman, 70 Richard Lee Coleman, known as “George”, age 70, of North Beach, passed away March 20, 2014 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born July 4, 1943 in Charleston, WV to Chester Richard and Lillian H. (Kalsberg) Coleman. He was raised and received his education in West Virginia. He joined the United States Navy on June 27, 1961 and served until being discharged July 2, 1964. George moved to Forestville and went to work for Western Electric which later became Lucent Technology and retired in 1999 with 35 years of service. He moved to Chesapeake Beach in 1969 and North Beach in 2013. George became a Charter Boat Captain in 1974 and was a member of the Maryland Charter Boat Association operating out of the Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina. In his leisure time, George enjoyed reading and watching Washington Redskins football, Washington Senators Baseball and Washington Nationals Baseball and most recently NASCAR. Surviving are his sons Christopher P. Coleman and his wife Karla of Bedford, VA and Andrew L. Coleman of Bristol, TN, a grandson Andrew J. Coleman, Jr. and a sister Mary Coleman of Pittsburg, PA. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Alfred Crawford, 85 Alfred Bryan Crawford, age 85, of Chesapeake Beach, passed away March 25, 2014 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was born December 10, 1928 in Elkins, WV to Emmett Bryan and Jemima Mae (Phares) Crawford. Alfred was raised in West Virginia until joining the United States Air Force in 1948. He retired and was honorably discharged at the rank of Master Sergeant in 1968. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Alfred was then employed as a policeman for the U.S. Supreme Court. Alfred married Joyce Ramsey on Mar. 12, 1959 and they lived in Alexandria, VA, and Oxon Hill, MD and he was also stationed in Japan. He and Joyce moved to Chesapeake Beach in 1985. He was a member of the StallingsWilliams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking and attending family reunions in West Virginia

every summer. He is survived by a daughter Rhonda L. Smith and husband James of Chesapeake Beach, and grandsons James Douglas Smith and wife Amanda of Shady Side, and Andrew Bryan Smith of Chesapeake Beach, along with one great-grandson, Cayden James Smith. Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers and his wife, Joyce, who passed away in 1989. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to: Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belford Road Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Dick Davy, 90 Richard W. Davy, Sr., known as “Dick,” age 90, of Deale passed away Wed., Mar. 26, 2014. He was born Dec. 23, 1923 in Watertown, NY to the late William and Elizabeth (Thompson) Davy. He married the late Ada Strobel of Booneville, NY on November 11, 1945. Dick was beloved by his neighbors and co-workers and was a long-time resident of Deale. He retired from the U. S. Navy after 20 years of honorable service. During WWII, Dick served in the Pacific. He is survived by four children; Victor W. Davy of Thurmont, MD; Stephen W. Davy of Laguna Beach, CA; Elaine Strong of Huntingtown; and Richard W. Davy, Jr. of Rockville. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings handled arrangements.

Sam Gobble, 76 James “Sam” Gobble, age 76, of Deale, passed away Mar. 14, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was born Oct. 5, 1937 in Abington, VA. Sam joined the United States Air Force when he was 16. He later lived in Washington, D.C., and settled in Deale in the late 1970’s. He was employed as a union ironworker, retiring early due to disability. In his youth, he enjoyed scuba diving, owning and flying planes, fishing and traveling in his RV. He also enjoyed carpentry, and

socializing at the local 7-11 every morning, but most of all ,spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his youngest son Steven Gobble of Long Beach, CA, fiancée Peggy June Catterton of Shady Side, and a vast family of friends, all of whom will treasure the memory of the finest man we have known. Sam was preceded in death by his wife Sandra Gobble and his son Keith Gobble. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of the Chesapeake, 455 Defense Highway, Annapolis MD 21401. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Jean Glaubitz, 88 Jean L. Glaubitz of Morningside, MD passed away Mar. 19, 2014, at the age of 88. She was born May 19, 1925, in Lincoln, NE to William John and Anna Fredrica (Siefert) Quapp. Jean was the beloved wife of the late Gerald A. Glaubitz and the loving mother of Carol Lee, Larry Glaubitz and the late Gerald Glaubitz. She was the devoted grandmother of James Lee, Dawn LaBar, Robert Lee, III and Michael Glaubitz. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings handled arrangements.

Mildred Gray, 70 Mildred Olene (Peyton) Gray, age 70, of Calvert County, departed this life on Mar. 10, 2014 at her home after an illness. She was born April 29, 1943 in King George County, VA to parents Herman Peyton & Frances Washington. In 2002, Mildred married Kenneth William Gray Sr. and became Mildred Gray. She received her education in the District of Columbia School System and graduated from Terrell Jr. High School. She later obtained her GED and continued her education at the University of District of Columbia where she studied nursing. Mildred was employed at Independence Court Nursing Facility in Hyattsville for several years. After relocating with her

husband Kenneth, Mildred worked at Fast Stop in Chesapeake Beach, and was a caregiver for several families in the community. Mildred joined St. Edmonds United Methodist Church on Jan. 12, 2003. She loved her church. Most Sundays you would find her in the morning worship experience and traveling with the Pastor to various services in the afternoon. She was active in many ministries until her health became an issue. Mildred was a Communion Steward, a Lay Reader for scripture and the Psalter. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Lay Leadership Ministry. During the week when the church hosted the homeless clients for the Safe Nights of Calvert County, you could find Mildred volunteering with the meals. Whenever or wherever there was a need, Mildred was there. Mildred leaves her husband Kenneth Gray Sr.; five children: Bobby Douglas Jr., Sharon Douglas, Brenda Hawkins, Francine Harris, and Daphne Braxton; two brothers: John and Preston Washington; one sister, Ethal Mae Howard; 11 grandchildren: Amilia, Frances, Erica, LaTasha, Antoinette, Lorenzo, Isaac, Angel, Angelo, Donald, and Donnell; 13 great grandchildren, 10 step children: Kenneth Gray Jr., LaVart Jones, Kirk Pressly, Rodney Gray, Winfield Gray, Wendy Gray, Debra Gray, Kenneth Gray, Maurice Gray, and Siobahn Scott, 17 step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Elaine Hennessy, 78 Elaine H. Hennessy, age 78, of Solomons and formerly of Plymouth, PA passed away on Mar. 19, 2014 at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. Elaine was born on Dec. 9, 1935 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to the late Anthony Joseph Rovinski and Helen Legus Rovinski. Elaine graduated from Hanover Township High School, Hanover, PA in 1953. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1955 and was an Air Traffic Control Operator. Elaine was stationed at NAS, Jacksonville, FL until her separation from the Navy in 1957. She was employed by the Civil Service for 30 years as an Airfield Manager until her retirement in 2001. During her career she worked 13 years with the United States Navy as a flight Planner and for 15 years with the United States Air Force as an Airfield Manager.

As Elaine said “I’ve had enough travel, adventure and seen enough stupid human tricks to reflect and reminisce upon for my lifetime … I’ve ran with giraffes in Namibia, riding camels in the Sahara, sailing 28 days from California to Hawaii in a 38-foot sail boat, providing ground support to NATO Aircraft in Kosovo, lunching with Uruguayan Coast Guard officers, to proving airfield support to our troops in Afghanistan.” As Jerry Garcia said “What a long strange trip it’s been.” Elaine is survived by her three loving children, Wayne Hennessy of Kittery, ME; Gary Hennessy of St. Thomas, VI and Erin Hennessy of Lusby; brother, Tom Rovinski and his wife Sharon of Millersville, MD and her grandson Keagan Hennessy of Kittery, ME. Inurnment will be held a date to be determined at Arlington National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the U.S. Navy. The family requests that donations in Elaine’s memory be made to the U. S. O., Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby.

Bob Hermann, 47 Robert Allen “Bob” Hermann, age 47, of St. Leonard, passed away peacefully at his residence on Mar. 23, 2014. He was born on May 31, 1966 in Decatur, IL to Lynnette and Ronald Hermann. He married Melinda Kristie “Mindy" Parks on August 29, 2009 in Westminster, MD. Bob graduated from Sullivan High School in 1985 and went on to join the US Navy. He served his country honor-

ably from November 12, 1985 until his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer on November 30, 2009. While in the Navy he received the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Navy / MC Commendation Medal (2), Navy / MC Achievement Medal (5), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation (2), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Navy “E” Ribbon (3), Navy Good Conduct Medal (7), National Defense Service Medal (2), Kosovo Campaign Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, Navy Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon, Naval Air Crewman, and Master Training Specialist. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012 and was a Logistics Management Specialist with Naval Air Systems Command / Air 6.7, NAS Patuxent River, MD. He moved to Calvert Co. from Norfolk, VA in 2006 and enjoyed spending time with his family and woodworking. Bob's greatest joy in life was his daughter Haley. Bob is survived by his wife, Melinda “Mindy” Hermann of St. Leonard; daughter, Haley Lynn Hermann of St. Leonard; parents, Lynnette and Ronald Hermann of Sullivan, IL; and siblings, Douglas Hermann (Missy) and Michael Hermann (Kim) both of Decatur, IL. Memorial donations may be made to either: Calvert Hospice P.O. Box 838, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick MD 20678 or the Haley Hermann College Fund, Edward Jones (Acct# 623-14923-1-2), 25 D Main Street, Reisterstown MD 21136 - phone: (410) 833-3360. Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

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Frances Hupci, 91 Frances May Hupci, age 91, of Owings was born in Culpepper, VA to the late Caleb and Gertrude Embrey on Nov. 18, 1922. She passed away March

29, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late George Hupci for 55 years and the beloved mother of Mary Purdy. Frances was a skilled Registered Nurse and specialized in the surgical department. She loved creating and painting ceramics and even managed a ceramic shop. In her early years, she enjoyed playing a game of tennis, dancing, boating and riding horseback. Frances was a hostess at the Oakland Inn Restaurant in District Heights for 18 years. She will be missed by many. Frances is survived by her daughter, Mary Purdy; grandchildren; Tina M. Mooney and James D. Purdy, Jr., greatgrandchildren, Jessica M. and Matthew R. Mooney; and siblings, Mary Saunders and Bettie Burns. Memorial contributions may be made to Adult Day Care of Calvert County, P.O. Box 1659, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

James Jones, 73 James Edward “Jim” or “Jimmy” Jones, age 73, of Lusby, passed away at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, on March 27, 2014. He was born April 21, 1940 in Moline, IL to the late Lawrence Orville Jones and

Mamie Jepson Jones. He married Judith Ann Jones on June 15, 1963 in Aurora, CO. Jim served his country honorably in the United States Navy for four years from 1962 – 1966. He worked in Naval Intelligence as an Analyst for the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Intelligence for thirty years until his retirement in 1996. Jimmy was a past member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He enjoyed boating, fishing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. He built model boats and loved helping his neighbors. James is survived by his beloved wife, Judith Ann Jones of Lusby, and his sisters, Darlene and her husband Paul Johnson of Milan, IL and Mary Alyce Jones of Maryville, TN. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the Rausch Funeral Home Chapel, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD on Fri., Apr. 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Father David Showers from Middleham Chapel Episcopal Parrish officiating. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers to be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 - or to Calvert Hospice, P. O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Donations are encouraged online at Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

Raymond King, 79 Raymond John King, age 79, of Prince Frederick, was born May 26, 1934 and passed away Mar. 17, 2014. He was the beloved life partner of the late C. Monica Foy. He was the loving father of Kathy Knight and her husband, the late Bill Knight; Kenneth King, Kristine Wood and her husband Mitch; Patricia King; Laura Young and her husband Dave; and

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Elizabeth Nolan and her husband Jay. He was the devoted grandfather of Jason McCormick, Clint and Natalie Wood, Tyler Lee, Jaclyn and Ryan Knight, Josephine, Elise and Quinn Nolan. He was the brother of Barbara Connington and the late Dorothy Daulton. Mr. King lived in the Prince Frederick area since 2005 and retired from Lyon and Conklin Company as a HVAC sales representative. He enjoyed playing Wii Bowling and calling Bingo with his friends at the Chapline Place. He was known by many as being very patriotic, but spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, was always the most important thing in his life. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Jacqueline Page, 80 Jacqueline Marlene Page peacefully transitioned from earth to glory on Mar. 6, 2014 at her home in St. Leonard after a brief struggle with

cancer. Jacqueline was born Feb. 17, 1934 in Baltimore, and was the daughter of Elizabeth Bell and George Rice. Jacqueline was raised by her aunt and uncle, Eva and Archie Wallace. She was educated in Calvert County schools and upon graduation from high school relocated to New York. She was trained to be a hair stylist, but she held various other positions such as babysitter, factory worker, and a staff member of Bellevue Hospital before finally settling at the United States Post Office where she retired as a Supervisor. In 1960, Jacqueline married the late Philip W. Page and from that union they had two sons, Philip Andre and Michael Clinton. While residing in New York, Jacqueline was baptized and became a member of King of Glory Tabernacle Church. After retiring from the Post Office, she returned to her home in St. Leonard, MD where she attended Brooks United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Sanctuary Choir and Chairperson of the Senior Ministry and Senior Circle. She also volunteered at the Southern Maryland Head Start Center, the Brooks United Methodist Church Food Pantry and the Calvert County Department of Social Services. Jacqueline loved to laugh, listen to music, shop, be with her family and have fun with friends. She was also proud of obtaining her driver’s license after the age of 65. She was an accomplished cook and baker; she will always be remembered for her gingerbread. Jacqueline touched the lives of many people

with her smile and spirit. Jacqueline will forever be remembered by her devoted sons Philip Andre Page (New City, NY) and Michael Clinton Page (St. Leonard), her daughter-in-law Patricia Page, her treasured grandchildren Michael Jr., Lauren, Sean, Dennis, Natera, Tamasia, Philip Jr., Delina, Alexis, Tierra, Jorel and Julian. Her cherished great- grandchildren: Michael III, Shimel, Jhazelle, Rhamel, Jahmir and Ethan; her loving sister, Renee Bell; her niece and nephew, Beverly and Wayne Brooks; her dear friend, Ephonia Wills and unfortunately too many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews to list or even count. She was preceded in death by her oldest granddaughter Latoya Page and her older sister Jean Gustus. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Joe Pratt, 74 Alfred "Joe" Joseph Pratt, age 74, a 10-year resident of Lothian and previously of Huntingtown, died at Anne Arundel Medical Center on Mar. 16, 2014 after a nine month battle with cancer. Born Aug. 7, 1939 to the late Alfred and Bernice Pratt in Washington, DC, Joe graduated from Bell High School. He was President and CEO of ANA Painting and Decorating for over 40 years. He was a professional football player, golden gloves boxer and was the recipient of numerous diving and swimming medals. Joe was a member of the Old South Country Club, enjoyed golfing, boating and was an extraordinary chef and artist. He is survived by his wife Beverly Ingraham; two sons, Josh Pratt of Crofton and James Pratt of Silver Spring; one daughter, KeLee Norris of Woodbine; one step-son, Alby Ingraham of Lothian; two step-daughters, Bonnie Gunnell of Huntingtown and Cheryl Ryon of La Plata; one brother, James Pratt of West River; two sisters, Justine Pratt of Waldorf and Joyce Wood of Hughesville; five grandsons, Christopher and Corey Norris of Rockville, Joseph and Jameson Pratt of Crofton and James Gunnell of Huntingtown; and one granddaughter, Jamie Gunnell of Huntingtown. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403 or the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society, 100 Painters Mill Rd., Ste. 800, Owings Mills, MD 21117. George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater handled arrangements.

Brigitte Ruth Saager, age 78, of Lusby, passed away suddenly at her residence on March 25, 2014, after a long struggle with heart disease. Brigitte was born on July 6, 1935 in West Berlin, Germany to the late Gerhard Hopp and Erika Ehling Hopp Brigitte is survived by her loving daughter, Christine and her husband Ken Moore of Mechanicsville; two grandsons, Ryan W. Baldwin of California, MD and Eric A. Baldwin of St. Leonard; sister, Inge H. and her husband Horst Rosenthal and her niece, Gabriele E. and her husband Doug Walker both of Ottawa, Canada. A memorial service will be held Sat., April 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Harvest Fellowship, 9905 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD 20657 with Pastor Rich Good officiating. Interment will be private. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or to Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, 13150 H. G. Trueman Rd., P. O. Box 189, Solomons, MD 20688 - Arrangements were provided by the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby.

Drug Administration from 1965-1993. Dr. Sanders also held several teaching and consulting positions in Maryland from 1993 until recently, including as an instructor of medicine at the Medical Center of Georgetown University in Washington, DC from 1968-1990. He published two significant medical papers; in 1963 he co-authored, "A Case of Acquired Ichthyosis and Anhydrosis in Hodgkin's Disease" in the Annals of Internal Medicine; and in 1965 co-authored "Fibrous Papule of the Nose" in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. His hobbies included, boating, sailing, and telling jokes. He had a passion for Dermatology and caring for others. Dr. Sanders was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River for 47 years. Surviving are his wife, Karen Sullivan Sanders, whom he married Dec. 27, 1966; his son, Douglass Sanders of San Francisco, CA; daughters, Lara Kleinhelter of Denver, CO and Jennifer Pekarek of Lakewood, CO; a sister, Nancy Nield of Stuart, FL; and seven grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Thomas Sanders. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Hardesty Funeral Home in Galesville handled arrangements.

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John Burnham Sanders, M.D., a resident of West River for 47 years, died Mar. 25, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness. Dr. Sanders was born in Philadelphia, PA on Aug. 9, 1929. He attended Temple University from 1947-1951 where he received his Bachelor's degree in Biology. He joined the Navy in 1951 where he attained the rank of Hospital Corpsman First Class, and finished his Navy enlistment in 1954. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1955 -1956 where he enrolled at Hahnemann Medical College from 1956-1960, receiving his medical degree. Dr. Sanders was a resident in Dermatology at Hahnemann Medical College and also at the Skin and Cancer Hospital at Temple University until 1964. Dr. Sanders was in private practice in Maryland from 1964-1974. He was also the Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and

Jonathan Frederick Smith, Sr., age 51, made his final journey on Mon., Mar. 17, 2014, to eternal rest. Jonathan was born Feb. 26, 1963 in Calvert County, to John Smith and Dorothy Jefferson Smith. He was raised and educated in Calvert County. In his younger days, Jonathan enjoyed running track (resulting in the nickname of “Smitlash� because of his flash-of-lightning speed). Jonathan was an avid fan of football and loved the Dallas Cowboys. He was a lifelong lover of fishing, crabbing, and biking. He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending family gatherings. Jonathan worked in shipyards throughout the area doing fiberglass restoration of the hulls of boats. He is is survived by his mother, Dorothy Smith, and his children, LaTonya Smith, LaToya Louis, LaTisha

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Smith, and Jonathan Smith, Jr. Jonathan also leaves behind siblings; Marcus Smith, Toby Smith, Maureen Holliday, Avan Smith, and Wayne Smith. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Jonathan was preceded in death by his late father, John Smith, and his late brother, Gene Smith. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Rena Smith, 59 Rena Mae Smith, age 59 of Lusby, passed away suddenly on March 16, 2014 at her residence. She was born on Sept. 4, 1954 in Dover, DE to Rev. Dr. Rudy C. Brooks and the late Lou Ella Brooks. Rena graduated from Great Mills High School in 1974 and continued her education at the College of Southern Maryland, Calvert County Campus.

She was a Medical Technician, and worked at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. Rena was a block captain and President of the Youth Committee in the White Sands Community. She is survived by her father, Rev. Dr. Rudy C. Brooks of Lexington Park; her children, Kimberly R. Smith of Lexington Park; and Donald M. Burns Jr. of Lusby; her siblings, Ruby L. Thompson and her husband Francis of Waldorf; Pearl L. Brooks, Mary H. Brooks and Sarah L. Brooks all of Lexington Park; Jimmie L. Brooks of Prince Frederick; Johnnie L. Brooks and his wife Lillie of Park Hall, MD and Osie M. Shade of Ridge, MD; a granddaughter Zoranna R. Smith of Lexington Park, and her Godson, Johnnie L. Brooks Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lou Ella Brooks, her son, John C. Smith Jr. and her grandson, Kane Smith. Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

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Cora Thomas, 67 Cora Elizabeth (Butler) Thomas was born on August 11, 1946, in Hurry, MD to the late Richard Paul Butler and the late Mary Catherine (Shade) Butler. She was the third of eleven children and the oldest of eight daughters born to the Butlers. She passed away Mar. 9, 2014 at the age of 67. Cora grew up in Chaptico, MD where she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was most fond of the time she spent with her mother whom she spoke of frequently and reminisced about. Cora began her early schooling at Benjamin Banneker School in Loveville, MD. Upon moving to Calvert County, she took up residence with the late Shirley Spriggs Randall and her children who became like siblings to her as well. Cora and the late Samuel Lemuel Wrightson Thomas were united in Holy Matrimony on April 5, 1975 in Owings. From that union, four children were born. She was a homemaker and babysat many children until she began her early career at

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Randall (Jennifer), Charles Randall (Brenda), Rausch Funeral Home in Owings and Nathaniel Randall (Karla); one former handled arrangements. son-in-law, Craig Norton, and a whole host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and Doris Young, 85 special friends and loved ones too numerous to name. Doris Jeannette Also preceding her in death were her two Young, age 85, of brothers, William Butler and James “Jimmy” Lusby, formerly of Annapolis, passed Butler. away at her residence Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick on Mar. 27, 2014. handled arrangements. Doris was born Sept. 16, 1928 in Eastport, MD to the Joyce Wilson, 80 late James Winslow Joyce Ann Wilson, age 80, of Upper Daniels and Mattie Jeannette Hopkins Marlboro passed away Mar. 25, 2014 at Daniels. Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Doris married her first husband William Glen Burnie. Thomas Williams on Sept. 4, 1948 in She was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Marion, Annapolis. He preceded her in death on Nov. IN to Francis and Faye (Christian) Clyde. 7, 1964. On Oct. 14, 1967 she married her After graduation from high school, Joyce second husband, George L. Young in attended St. Vincent School of Nursing in Annapolis. He preceded her in death on Nov. Indianapolis, IN. She then traveled to Wash- 7, 1999. On April 30, 2013, George “Bud” ington, D.C. with her dearest friend and Belt, Doris’s companion, preceded her in classmate, Justine, where they both found death. employment at Providence Hospital. Joyce Doris graduated from Annapolis High Ann and Justine shared an apartment for two School in 1946. She loved to crochet, tending years in Washington, D.C., where upon to her garden, traveling and camping. graduation from Catholic University, Justine She is survived by her daughter Winnie returned to Indianapolis, and Joyce Ann W. and her husband Pete Karis of Lusby; son remained in D.C. William Wendell and his wife Raj Williams Joyce Ann then met Francis Wilson at a of Annapolis; grandchildren, William Jay Tall Club dance, and they were married on Williams and Devan Thomas Williams both September 9, 1961. She and Francis had two of Annapolis, and her sisters, Viola Jeannette sons and after ten years of being a home- and her husband Joe Alton of Baltimore, and maker, Joyce Ann began working for an Darlene and her husband Bob Hopkins of OBGYN office. She later worked for Kaiser FL. Permanente, and eventually found her Doris was preceded in death by her passion of natural healing through organic parents, her two husbands, her companion; foods. She was divorced from Francis in her two children, Thomas Benjamin 1989. After suffering from a stroke, she was Williams, III on April 28, 1956 and Tomett forced to retire. For the last year and a half, Lee Williams on October 22, 1957 and her Joyce Ann has resided in an assisted living sister Mary June Bowen. home. Should friends desire, memorial contriShe was preceded in death by her butions may be made in her memory to the parents, and a brother Patrick Clyde. Joyce Maryland SPCA, Development Office, 3300 Ann is survived by sons Steven Josiah Wilson Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211 or call and wife Brenda of Sunderland, and Patrick (410) 235-8826, ext. 135 to make a credit Joseph Wilson of Upper Marlboro, a sister- card gift over the phone, or online at in-law Sally Clyde of Valrico, FL, and a nephew Shannon Clyde of Round Rock, TX. A memorial service will be held in the Memorial donations may be made to: Rausch Funeral Home Chapel, 20 American Hospice of the Chesapeake, 455 Defense Lane, Lusby, on Sat., April 5, at 11:00 a.m. Highway, Annapolis MD 21401. Interment will be private.

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Road Work To Start at Cove Point Officials at the Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal in Lusby say they expect construction to begin as early as Mon. April 7 at two intersections close to the facility. The work, which will take place only between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays, will bring long-term safety and efficiency improvements to local traffic conditions. The construction in support of the Cove Point export project is expected to take approximately two to three months, based on normal weather conditions. The road improvement work will be scheduled to minimize impacts on the public, but lane closures and traffic delays are possible. The Maryland State Highway Administration has approved the following work: • Installing a traffic signal at the intersection of Maryland Routes 2/4 and Cove Point Road; • Adding a right-turn lane and extending the existing left-turn lane on Routes 2/4 southbound at the Cove

Point Road intersection; • Widening Cove Point Road at the intersection with Routes 2/4 to create four lanes, including westbound lanes that go left only, straight only and right only; and • Adding a right-turn lane on Cove Point Road eastbound at the intersection with Little Cove Point Road. Additional work plans for the area include completing work for underground utilities and extending county water and sewer pipelines to Dominion Cove Point. The work construction location is considered a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) non-jurisdictional facility and is not contingent upon approvals of the Dominion Cove Point export project by the FERC and Maryland Public Service Commission. Those approvals are still pending. Dominion Cove Point provides additional information on their web site at:

Opponents Turn In Comments Wed. Apr. 2 was the final deadline for public input before Maryland regulators rule on Dominion’s proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point. Bearing a large prop of a rising heating bill, and boxes containing a record 35,000 or more public comments, health, faith, community and environmental leaders came together in downtown Baltimore to mark the occasion and present the comments to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). Recently, hundreds of people showed up for a PSC hearing at Patuxent High School in Lusby. Both sides

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CLASSIFIEDS The Chesapeake Current, Bay Tripper and Cuisine are the only locally-owned and operated newspapers in our area and we’re entering our 5th year serving YOU! We’re not owned by a mega-billionaire in Seattle. The Chesapeake Current supports local businesses and our communities in so many ways. And don’t be confused by counterfeits that “claim” they’re everything Calvert County when all they’re doing is showing you their advertisers in St. Mary’s County to get you across the bridge to spend your money. The Current instead encourages you to patronize our advertisers, all of whom are right here in OUR area that provide jobs and keep our economy going strong! The Current keeps it local. Nothing is syndicated, nothing is canned content, and we have no fillers to take up space. Every issue of the Current is packed with exclusive news and information that matters to you, your family and friends. There’s no other publication like us. Ads in the Current, and our sister publications, Chesapeake Current Cuisine and Chesapeake Bay Tripper, are very affordable and really work to help you grow your business or promote your event. For more info, email or call our office at (410) 231-0140.

Classified Ads Help Wanted Now Hiring: Snack Stand Workers for Hallowing Point Park & Dunkirk Park. Must pass fingerprinting to work in a daycare atmosphere as you will be working around children at the local sports parks. MUST be able to work nights and weekends!!! Job duties include: running a cash register, basic grill cook duties (grilling burgers and hot dogs, using a fryer); must be able to lift 50 lbs and coolers of sodas. For an application come in between 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at: Lunch Box Cafe & Catering, 132 Main Street Suite 100, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Sales Executives Wanted! The Chesapeake Current, our area’s only locally-owned and operated newspaper, is searching for professional sales executives. . Must have reliable transportation; perfect for moms, retirees, etc. Good money for an exciting, fun job working with great people! Email resume to:

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Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County invites you to Volunteer Speed Matching! Prospective volunteers are invited to this event being held from 2:30–5:00 pm, Tues., Apr. 29 at Room 219, CADE Building, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD 21012. Organizations that are seeking volunteers will be represented, and the event is designed to allow individuals to find out more information about local organizations and their volunteer opportunities. This new event will have all the characteristics of speed dating with score sheets, a stopwatch, "daters" moving from table to table, and the bell sounding every three minutes. For more info and to sign up, go to the website at volunteerannearundel org and click on the date in the Opportunity Calendar or contact (410) 897-9207 or

Pets Humane Society News

On March 26, the Humane Society of Calvert County assisted the Humane Society of the United States by accepting 14 dogs from a puppy mill situation. The dogs range from poodles and Italian greyhounds to collies and German shepherds. These dogs are now available for adoption through the Humane Society of Calvert County. We are looking forward to placing them in loving forever homes where they will never be mistreated or bred for profit again! For more info, visit them online at or come see all the animals at the Humane Society of Calvert County, 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Phone: (410) 257-4908. Be sure to say you read about these pets in the Chesapeake Current!

Anne Arundel County Animal Control Oreo Cookie Oreo Cookie is a black and white, domestic short hair cat that was given up for adoption by her family. She’s an altered female, estimated to be about 17 years old.

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Anne Arundel County Animal Control is located at 411 Maxwell Frye Road Millersville, MD 21108. They offer a low cost rabies shot clinic for county residents every Thurs. from noon to 3:00 p.m. except on major holidays. The cost is $5.00 per animal vaccinated. Cash or checks only are accepted. Call Anne Arundel Animal Control at (410) 222-8900 with any questions.

CURRENT EVENTS Calvert County Government Facility Closures for Good Friday, Easter Sunday · All Calvert County government offices will be closed Fri., Apr. 18 in observance of Good Friday. · The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Apr. 18. Meals on Wheels will be delivered to clients. · All Calvert Library locations will be closed Fri., Apr. 18 and will be open Sat., Apr. 19. · There will be no public transportation services Apr. 18. Regular schedules will resume on Sat., Apr. 19. · All solid waste facilities will be open and operating on normal business hours Fri., Apr. 18. Sites with Sunday hours will be open Easter Sunday, Apr. 20. · The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be open to visitors on Apr. 18 and closed Apr. 20. · The Northeast Community Center will be open Fri., Apr. 18, and closed Sun., April 20. · Southern and Mt. Hope community centers and the North Beach Recreation Center will be closed Apr. 18 and 20. · Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will be closed Apr. 18 and 20. · Kings Landing Park will be closed Apr. 18 and open Apr. 20. · Flag Ponds Nature Park will be open Apr. 18 and 20. For more information, call (410) 535-4583, visit the Calvert County website at or like us on Facebook.


three-year vaccine. Eligible pets include cats, dogs and ferrets in carriers or on leashes and muzzled if necessary. Feral or stray animals cannot be accommodated. Calvert County pet licenses will also be available at the rabies clinics. Pet licenses are $7 for spayed or neutered pets (proof required) and $20 for those not spayed or neutered. For more information, call the Calvert County Health Department at (410) 535-5400 or (410)535-3922. Visit online at "Sister Act" ArtWorks@7th will be featuring the works of Pat Blackerby and Selena Daughtrey-Andersen. Pat works in acrylics and oils; Selena will be presenting works in various media. The show runs through Apr. 27 with an opening reception Apr. 5 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Artworks @7th, 9100 Bay Avenue in North Beach.

“All Over the Map” at CalvART Enjoy the world interpreted in images by two CalvART artists: Lonnie Harkins in his photographs and Pamela Callen in her paintings. From Austria to Uganda, they have captured the beauty and allure of these exotic locales in their respective media. “All Over the Map" runs from Apr. 9 to May 4, with artists’ opening reception on Apr. 12 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Center at Rt. 231 and Rt. 4, between Sakura and Dreamweaver Cafe. Gallery hours are Wed. through Sun. from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free Rabies Vaccinations for Pets More info, call the gallery (410) The Calvert County Health 535-9252, or Department is sponsoring rabies clinics contact, in the coming weeks, offering free (301) 872-5296 rabies vaccinations for county pets. - Free clinics will be held at BIKE! To End Hunger in Calvert Northern High School, 2950 County Chaneyville Rd., Owings, on Sat., Apr. Register now and on April 26 enjoy a 5; day of biking along the Chesapeake - Huntingtown High School, 4125 Bay. Pedal along the bay, marinas, Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown, farmland and wineries while you enjoy on Sat., Apr. 12; and the company of friends who share your Patuxent High School, 12485 same passion for biking. Early Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, on registration: $39 per rider ($37 for Sat., May 3. team members). After April 14: $59 - Clinics will be open from 10;00 per rider ($57 for team members). a.m. to noon. Proof of prior Email or call vaccination is required to receive the (410) 257-5672.

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CURRENT EVENTS Fri., Apr. 4 and Sat., Apr. 5 Hairspray Jr.: Northern Middle School presents this uplifting and hysterical musical that takes place in Baltimore in the 1960s. This is the first time any school in Calvert County has performed this musical. In the end the cast sings and dances to “You Can’t Stop the Beat!” Tickets are $8 at the door, or can be pre-purchased in the school office. Age 4 and under free. 7:00 p.m. at the Mary Harrison Center in Owings.

Friday, April 4 Shrimp Dinner: Informal dinner from 5:30 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room. Master Chef Jack will be whipping up this luscious entrée with all the trimmings. The cost is $10, Including salad, roll, and beverage. Public invited. Info: (301) 855-6466 or visit

Saturday, April 5 Treasures Sale: Find great buys, gently used items and an antique or two at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Treasures Sale from 8:00 a.m. till noon inside Parish Hall. We're at the intersection of Rts. 2 and 4, Sunderland. Free

admission; free parking. For info, call (301) Spring Clean Up: From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail 855-7570. head to clean up Fishing Creek and the Railway Patuxent River Cleanup: Hill’s Bridge at Trail. Volunteers are needed to spruce up the Route 4 is a popular location for fishing and trail area as well as Kellam's Field for the spring paddlers to put-in. It is also full of trash from and summer seasons. Wear comfortable, work misuse. Help send a positive message to users of type clothing and good walking shoes or waders the area by cleaning up the riverfront. Wear if you plan to clean around the marsh. Work shoes that can get muddy. Bring thick work gloves and trash bags furnished. Bring the gloves if you have them. All ages welcome. Free whole family and stay an hour or all morning. volunteer event. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet Rain date is Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Patuxent Wetland Park on the north side of the bridge. Directions at To Annual Empty Bowl Supper: Enjoy good food, wonderful fellowship, great entertainregister, call (410) 741-9330. ment, and celebrate the philanthropic spirit of Heritage Hike: Hike through time and walk supporting the homeless shelter of Calvert on sections of the old Chesapeake Beach County, Project ECHO. The 14th Annual Railway train bed. Railway history experts will Empty Bowl Supper will be at St. John narrate the trip. Wear good walking shoes, Vianney's Family Life Center in Prince Frederbring a bag lunch. Meet at the Chesapeake ick from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Contact Trisha at (410) 535-0044 or Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave, Gipson Chesapeake Beach at 9:30 a.m. Free. Public welcome. Call the museum (410) 257-3892 for CSM Jazz Festival: CSM concludes the 11th details. Annual Jazz Festival with world-renowned Garden Smarter - Companion and Succes- trumpeter Bobby Shew performing with the sion Planting: Learn about mutually beneficial Charles County Public School All-County Jazz crop relationships, keep insects at bay, attract Band, Solid Brass Big Band Jazz Ensemble and beneficial insects, enhance the health of garden the Randy Runyon Trio. Admission is $5. soil and have great tasting veggies. 10:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, 11:30 a.m. Calvert Library Prince Frederick, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, 8730 850 Costley Way. Info: (410) 535-0291 or Mitchell Road, La Plata. For information call (301) 934-7828 or visit visit

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Sunday, April 6 Turkey Shoots: The Shady Side Community Center will host its spring Sunday Turkey Shoots starting at noon at 1431 Snug Harbor Road, Shady Side. A portion of the proceeds will benefit South County Assistance Network food bank. For more information, call Wes at (410) 507-5295. Free Children’s Easter Party: From 1:00 3:00 p.m. in the upper level hall of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Hosted by the Auxiliary, Chair Janice Marcellas. All are Welcome. The Easter Bunny may be there! Info: (301) 855-6466 or visit Merry-Go-Round Detective: See full-size replica merry-go-round animals! Learn some cool details to impress your friends with the next time you hop on a horse. Hear a story and do a craft! $1/child. Recommended age 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Drop-in, 2:00 p.m., Bayside History Museum, 4025 4th St., North Beach. Info: or call (301) 855-4028. CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Violinist Bernard Vallandingham, will perform at 3:00 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland,

CURRENT EVENTS Sunday, April 6 (con’t) Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. Info: (443) 550-6011,, or Chesapeake Community Chorus: This all-volunteer chorus performs concerts to benefit charities in Calvert County and is looking to add new singers. No auditions are required. A practice session will be held 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Northeast Community Center, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. For more info contact Larry Brown, Director, at (301) 855-7477, or email

Tuesday, April 8 Tri-County Job and Career Fair: Job seekers can meet with employers in areas ranging from IT and healthcare to hospitality and government. Attendees are encouraged to wear professional interview attire and have plenty of resumes. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Physical Education (PE) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Free. For information, visit or call (301) 934-7569 or Casual Tuesday Tex-Mex Dinner: Informal dinner from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Auxiliary Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room. The menu for “Casual Tuesday Dinner” will be Tex-Mex with all the trimmings. The cost is $10, including beverage. Info: (301) 855-6466. Public invited.

Wednesday, April 9 Memoirs & Creative Writing Workshop: Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring eight double-spaced copies of your piece of memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. CSM Open House: Meet CSM faculty and staff, financial aid advisors and academic advisors to learn about various academic programs, student life and athletics. Attend to win door prizes and giveaways. 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, PFB Bldg., Room 103/104, 115 J.W. Williams Rd, Prince Frederick. Free. (443) 550-6000 or visit Seeking Captains And Crew: Have you ever wanted to captain or crew an iconic skipjack? Come and join the crew of the Dee of St. Mary’s at the Calvert Marine Museum! Learn more at an information session on at 5:00 p.m. in the boat basin. If you are interested, email Mindy Quinn at or call (410) 326-2042, ext. 23. Understanding Social Security: Learn about the basis of Social Security decisions, spousal benefits and strategies on when and how to take benefits. Taught by Edward Jones Advisor and Chesapeake Current financial columnist Lee

Ritter. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Calvert Library, Prince Chess Saturdays at the Library: Chess enthusiFrederick. asts or wannabe enthusiasts-please join us (with or without your own chess set) at the library the second Saturday of each month. All ages and Thursday, April 10 levels welcome! 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Calvert Library, Twin Beaches Branch, Chesapeake Spring Card Party: Calvert County Nursing Beach. For more information call (410) Center Auxiliary hosts its annual fundraiser on 535-0291 or visit April 17. $12/person includes lunch. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post Natural Egg Dying: Did you know you can 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Please contact make blue dye from purple cabbage and orange Terri Justin at (410) 535-3672 for reservations dye from paprika? Learn more recipes for natural by Apr. 10. egg dying at this hands-on class and create beautiful eggs using only natural ingredients. Town Hall Meeting: Taxes... Which? How Bring one dozen hard boiled eggs. All dyes will much? How should the county spend them? A be provided. Dye recipes will be provided for cost/benefit analysis. Co-sponsored by LWV you to try at home. Call (410) 741-9330 to and Commission for Women. 7:00 - 8:30 register. All ages. Fee: $5 per dozen eggs. Max: p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince 20 participants. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Jug Bay Frederick campus, new Building B. wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. Visit for directions and info.

Friday, April 11

Poultry and Rabbit Producers Workshop: Maryland Department of Agriculture and other groups will host a workshop for regional poultry/rabbit producers on processing . 9:00 a.m. in the Calvert County Economic Development building meeting room at 205 Main St., Prince Frederick. RSVP by emailing or call (301) 274-1922 ext. 1. Can You Spot a Fairy in the Garden? Take a magical tour of the woods around Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center during the fifth annual Fairies in the Garden Exhibit and try to spy more than 50 fairy and gnome homes created by members of the community. A special “Annmarie After Hours” from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. will celebrate the exhibit indoors, before the homes are taken out into the woods and hidden in the trees to be found by curious visitors. Live music, a magical mystery raffle, dress-up opportunities, a silent auction and more will mark the occasion. Info: (410) 326-4640, email or visit online.

Spaghetti Dinner and Auction: Fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics of Calvert County. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, green beans, Italian bread and dessert. Silent auction and raffles. $10 Adults; $5 for children under 12; under 3 free. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Church by the Chesapeake, 3255 Broomes Island Rd. Port Republic. For more information contact Anne Harmon at or call (410) 535-2857. Country Dance: Time to boogie in the upper level ballroom at the American Legion StallingsWilliams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. If you can't dance, teachers will be

available to give instruction. One hour lessons start at 7:00 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. $15 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies. Info: (301) 855-6466. Public warmly invited.

Sunday, April 13 All U Can Eat Breakfast: On a “Spring is in the Air” morning, start off with a hearty breakfast including hot cakes, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits, fruit, and chip beef. Hosted by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the upper level Dining Room in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Adults $10; kids 6-12 $5; kids under 6 free. Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal charge. For information call (301)855-6466. Public warmly invited. Farewell Ceremony: Commemoration of the day and time the last train left Chesapeake Beach forever. Join us for a short presentation. The public is encouraged to wear 1930s period clothing for a unique tribute. Light refreshments to follow. 11:46 a.m. SHARP, Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Free. Rude Ranch Basket and Bags Bingo: Get your bingo daubers out! If you’ve never “bingoed” at a Basket and Bags Bingo before, here’s how it works: for the low admission price of $20 you play 20 rounds of bingo, and are eligible for

Saturday, April 12 Spring Craft and Vendor Show: From 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., First Baptist Church of Calvert County located on German Chapel Rd. (across from Wentworth Nursery), Prince Frederick. Phone (410) 535-1669 for more information or visit Community Shred Event: Destroy unwanted paper and documents to help prevent identity theft at this free event. Paper will be accepted from Calvert County residents only. Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Rd., Owings. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. Questions? Call (410) 326-0210 or visit Huge Yard Sale: At the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Have stuff to sell? To reserve a table, please contact Diana (410) 231-1775. Tables are available for $15 ea./$25 for two (must be reserved in advance, for additional tables check with Diana). Garden Smarter: Bees, Butterflies, & Beneficial Insects: Butterflies are beautiful, bees are essential, and beneficials control pests. You can have them all in your garden by choosing the right plants. Free session. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way. Info: (410) 535-0291 or visit

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CURRENT EVENTS Sunday, April 13 (con’t) many door prizes. Proceeds benefit Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook. Rude Ranch Animal Rescue is a volunteer based, 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. Doors open at noon; games begin at 1:00 p.m. Roland Terrace Democratic Club, 619 Matthews Ave., Brooklyn Park. For more info or to purchase tickets go to, stop by the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook or email Rude Ranch at Turkey Shoot: The Shady Side Community Center will host a spring Turkey Shoot starting at noon. 1431 Snug Harbor Rd., Shady Side. A portion of the proceeds will benefit South County Assistance Network Food Bank. Info: call Wes at (410) 507-5295.

More information, including online registration, is available at Bluegrass Show: The final American Legion Bluegrass Show of the season features Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Fried chicken will be available for purchase. Doors open at noon, music starts at 2:00 p.m. American Legion Post 238, Hughesville, at the intersection of Rt. 381 & Rt. 231. For tickets and directions, go to or call (301) 737-3004.

age children in the state of Maryland. Kids can send their original play entry to: TBP P.O. Box 600 Chesapeake Beach, MD. 20732 or email at Entries must be postmarked or e-mail by Apr. 15. For more info visit us at

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a pair of waterproof boots or footwear that can get wet. Ages: 8 to 12. Fee: $15 per child. Max: 15 participants. Call (410) 741-9330 to register. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jug Bay wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. Visit for directions and info. Vestiges of the War of 1812: Dr. Ralph Eshelman will give an illustrated talk exploring the role that Maryland played in this little understood war and examining the vast resource base that survives, including actual battlefield and raid sites, monuments, and even graves of war veterans. Sponsored by NARFE, Calvert Library and Calvert Historical Society. Funded by the Maryland Humanities Council. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library, Prince Frederick,

Spring Break in the Park: Spend a day exploring Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary with naturalist Heather Baden. Hike to a vernal pool to search for amphibian eggs, tadpoles, and salamander larvae. A Tuesday, April 15 scavenger hunt, nature craft, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire will Steak Dinner: Picky about your steak? complete the fun. Bring a bag lunch and Order your steak direct from the grill-master and get what you ordered. The $15 price tag includes all the Be more successful! Let the Chesapeake Current help you trimmings and a beverage. From 5:30 promote your non-profit group’s event! 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206, on Route Email complete details along with contact info at least three 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lowerLevel dining room. Public welcome. For weeks in advance to more information, call (301)855-6466 or visit We also give non-profits deep discounts on sharp, colorful

Kayak Event at Kings Landing Feature War of 1812: Ben Krause, a military history scholar will discuss the effects of the War of 1812 on the Calvert County riverfront. After a brief lecture, enjoy a casual paddle in nearby creeks. Bring your own kayak or rent one - ages 16 years to adult; , 12:00-4:00 p.m. Wisner Hall, Kids Playwriting Festival: Twin Beach Players competition, open to all school Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown.

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display ads to attract even more attention! Call for details! (410) 231-0140.

Prescription Drug Abuse Community Forum/Workshop Thursday, April 3, 2014 College of Southern Maryland,

Prince Frederick Campus, Building B

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

You Don’t Want to Miss:

‡ An update on prescription drug abuse and increase in heroin use in Calvert County. ‡ The opportunity to talk with families who are dealing with substance abuse issues and/or someone in recovery to learn how they have been successful. ‡ Participating in breakout sessions focusing on early diagnosis of substance abuse, how to support someone who has an addiction issue, and treatment and rehabilitation programs. ‡ NEW - POP Positivity - NOT Pills - Prevention Education breakout session for children ages 11 to 14. ‡ Question and Answer Period. Xanax Valium Adderall Ritalin

We need your help. Join us and be part of the solution.

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Ruritans Give Scholarships

The Lothian Ruritan Club has awarded ten $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Southern Anne Arundel County during their monthly March meeting at the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Lothian. From left to right: front row; Melanie William of Lothian, Jamie Mahshie of Churchton, Karen Furr of Harwood, Brian Goncalves of Crofton, Joshua Julian of Shady Side and Lothian Ruritan president Dan Pflum of Lothian; second row Cameron Boyd of Lothian, Brian Thames of Tracy's Landing, Benjamin

Hayden of Gambrills and Edward Town of Huntington. Eric Meyers of Harwood could not be present. All of the recipients were selected based on their scholarly achievements and their outstanding service to their community. The recipients and their families were treated to a buffet dinner prior to the awards. This is one of the many programs sponsored by the Lothian Ruritan Club. For additional information contact F.R. Gouin (301) 789-3295 or see their web site at

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Over 3,000 jobs and $40 million in new annual county revenue are building on a 40-year legacy of delivering economic benefits to the community. Dominion’s Cove Point project will have a very positive impact on the local economy. Thousands of construction jobs, 75 high-paying permanent positions and tens of millions in annual county revenue will add to what’s already been a four-decade commitment to Calvert County and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. With the nation’s commitment to natural gas exports, it’s nice to know that the people who live and work here will enjoy its economic benefits. Cove Point—another great solution for Southern Maryland.

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