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Barn Owls Make a Local Comeback 6 1 e g a P Story Photo by Peter Trimming.


Who’s Back? Believe It or Not, Barn Owls!

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After an absence of 17 years in our area, naturalists are pleased to report that Barn Owls are now nesting again in Calvert County. Get the scoop from Lisa Garret in this issue of the Chesapeake Current, the story on page 16. Here’s one of the adorable fuzzy baby owlets, shown above! Photo credit: Mary Hollinger. Cover photo of Barn Owl by Peter Trimming/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.

Name that Crab

Last year, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation held a contest to name the heron on the Maryland “Treasure the Chesapeake” license plates. The winning name was “Wade.” This year, they want to give a name to the Maryland Blue Crab that’s nestled in the bottom right corner. What do you think it should be called? Find out how you can participate in the contest on page 15 in our In the Wild section of the Chesapeake Current!

Clarification In our last edition, we left out Dawn Balinski’s name among those who were June primary election winners in the Calvert Board of Education race. We apologize and want to be certain that everyone knows Dawn will advance to the general election in November along with fellow candidates Eugene “Gene” Karol, William “Bill” Phalen, and Pamela Cousins.

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Surprising Stats On Local Teens Revealed There’s good news - and bad news to report on the local health front from Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County’s Health Officer. Here’s some of the good news: - Calvert boasts the 3rd highest rate of residents with health insurance in the state - The number of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases in Calvert County has dropped significantly. Last year, there was a high of 18 cases. But this year, there have only been four cases reported. - Calvert has the second highest influenza vaccination rate for senior citizens in Maryland; 7% higher than the state average, and 10% higher than the national average. - Air quality in Calvert is among the best in the state, making this a great place to live for those with asthma and other respiratory ailments. - Calvert has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the state, because of the exceptionally high rate of women seeking early prenatal care. Calvert also has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in Maryland. - Drug overdose rates in Calvert are down from 2007 to 2013. While overdose rates during that period were up statewide, they were down here, and in all of Southern Maryland. Although most kids in Calvert do get the required childhood vaccinations, Polsky says the state of Maryland does have some new requirements for school kids for the fall. New school vaccination requirements are that Kindergartners have two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, and 7th graders have one additional dose of Tdap and one of the meningococcal vaccine. Polsky encouraged parents to check with their family doctors this summer to make sure their kids are ready before school starts. He added that the Calvert County Healthy Department will host one Vaccine Clinic on August 14. Call (410) 535-5400 ext. 334 for more information. Now, for the bad news. Dr. Polsky told the Board of Calvert County Commissioners (BOCC) at their meeting July 8 that an alarming number of local teenagers admit they are involved in unhealthy and risky behaviors. According to an anonymous 2013 Youth Risk Behavior study conducted by the Maryland Dept. of Health conducted in high schools throughout the state, tobacco use among teens in Calvert County is among the highest in the state. Polsky said the findings revealed that overall, statewide about 15% of high school students use tobacco – however, 23% of

Dr. Larry Polsky, Calvert County’s Health Officer.

behind the state as a whole trying to curb tobacco use.” He added that there are lots of efforts within the schools to educate children about the dangers of tobacco use, and also resources to help those who are already hooked. One of those is the web site or or call 1-800QUIT NOW which is a free service for those 13 and over who smoke and want to stop. The free services include nicotine patches, counseling, educational information, and even positive text messages to help smokers kick the habit. Polsky also noted that Calvert Schools have partnered with the Calvert Library for a “Kick Butts” campaign and contest in which high school students created anti-smoking video public service announcements. The winning video was

produced by Sydney Bailey, a Patuxent High School student. Polsky told the BOCC that the survey also revealed that close to 20% of high school students admitted they had gotten into a car driven by someone who had been drinking in the past 30 days. Polsky says kids need to realize the dangers in drinking and driving. “So we ask parents to remind their teenagers that it’s not only what they’re doing, but what their friends are doing as well.” And Polsky said among 12th graders in Calvert County, “a little over half of them admitted to either texting or emailing while driving, while they were behind the wheel. This is concerning because the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that more teens now die in accidents related to texting than die from alcohol-related crashes.”

teens in Calvert either smoke or use chewing tobacco. Every year of high school, the number rises, and Polsky told the BOCC, “By 12th grade, one in three male students are using tobacco and close to one in four females. So if you think about your average high school class, with about 25 students in a class… in Calvert County by the time they’re seniors, eight in that class use tobacco.” Polsky added, “It’s mostly cigarette smoking, followed by chewing tobacco, and we’re seeing an increase also in those small cigars, which can be sold individually and in flavors that are popular among younger people who don’t have the money to buy a full pack of cigarettes.” He said they’re trying to figure out why there’s such a high rate of tobacco use among teens here. He joked, “It could be because we have a tobacco leaf on our county flag, but that’s probably not the major reason.” The survey found that it’s probably because these kids are exposed to tobacco use at home, by relatives. “Twenty-five percent of children across the state live with somebody who smokes. That could be a parent, a grandparent, that could be an older brother or sister. But in Calvert County, over 40% of high school students live in a household where somebody smokes. In middle school, the same exact numbers, about 42%,” Dr. Polsky stated. “For children, for adolescents, they look at behaviors. So when we look back at these rates for high school students, we have about a 50% higher rate of households where someone smokes and close to a 50% higher rate of tobacco use among adolescents.” “We certainly hope that parents who live with adolescents have one more reason to consider stopping smoking,” he added. He said that Calvert’s smoking rates compare to statewide rates from about 2003, meaning “we’re about a generation

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Busy Road to Temporarily Close A portion of Mt. Harmony Road in Owings will be closed to through traffic for approximately two weeks beginning on or about Mon., July 14, as a segment of the road is resurfaced. Nearly 700 feet of the roadway between Valley View Court and Rue Court will be improved by repaving and the replacement of guardrails. The $140,000 project will improve safety through the curved segment of the roadway.

During the project, access to residences on Mt. Harmony Road will not be affected though delays can be expected. Detour routes will be established for motorists traveling along the east/west axis in the Owings area. For more information, contact Frank Schlotter with the Calvert County Department of Public Works at (410) 535-2204, ext. 2568, or email

Local Man Charged With Abducting Girl On Sat. July 5 at 3:09 p.m. officers from Annapolis Police Department responded to the area of Skippers Lane and South Cherry Grove Avenue in Annapolis for a 12-year-old girl reporting she had been abducted. The crying girl told police that she was walking in the area when a man pulled her into his vehicle, drove her to a nearby street, and attempted to assault her. The girl was able to exit the vehicle and run away, and was not hurt. The girl guided officers to the 1100 block of Belle Drive, where the vehicle was parked when she jumped out. The man’s vehicle was still parked there, but was unoccupied. Detectives identified the registered owner of the vehicle, Cordell Salisbury, age 52, who lives on Shady Side Road in Churchton, as the suspect in the abduction. The girl did not know Salisbury prior to the incident and Salisbury is not a registered sex offender. Just after midnight on July 6, detectives arrested Salisbury in a home in the 100 block of Brightwater Dr.

Cordell Salisbury.

Salisbury was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, second degree assault, fourth degree sex offense, attempted third degree sex offense, sexual solicitation of a minor, indecent exposure, and kidnapping a child under 16. Salisbury is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. Bail was denied at a court hearing on Monday. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Charles Bealefeld at (410) 268-9000 ext. 7299 or

Chaney, Others Named to Board The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) Foundation is pleased to announce the arrival of five new members to its Board of Directors. The following new Board members will serve three-year terms spanning from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017: Samuel J. Brown has practiced law in Annapolis for more than 30 years at the firm of Hillman, Brown & Darrow. A graduate of Annapolis High School and Anne Arundel Community College, Mr. Brown later earned degrees in political science, history and English from the University of Virginia before attending the Washington College Law School at American University, where he was class president. S. Hamilton Chaney is the owner and operator of the Herrington Harbour Marina Resort in South County, where he has worked as an administrator for the past 15 years. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in engineering, Mr. Chaney worked as an engineering consultant in Annapolis before assuming a position at Herrington Harbour. Mr. Chaney has also helped to preserve and restore numerous historic structures in Maryland, many of which have been moved to the historic village and museum he co-owns. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, and is a past president of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Dolores Duncan-White is a retired U.S. Naval commander who earned numerous military decorations over her 23-year career. Cdr. Duncan-White was


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born and raised in Louisiana, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University in Baton Rouge before receiving her commission through the school’s Naval Reserves Officer Training Corps. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College. William J. Hufnell has been the founder and principal at Annapolis-based Bay Point Wealth Management for 14 years. Earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Hufnell went on to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner. He worked for a Fortune 100 corporation for a decade before founding his own financial planning company. Janet S. Owens served as the first female County Executive for Anne Arundel County from 1998 to 2006. Born in Annapolis, she graduated from Southern High School before earning her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University. Ms. Owens went on to obtain a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has a long history of service to Anne Arundel County, including leadership roles with the county’s Housing Authority, Department of Aging, and Orphan’s Court. The mission of the Library Foundation is to develop sustainable support for a model library system with enhanced library resources and services otherwise unsupported by county, state, and federal funds.

Local Group Takes In Puppy Mill Victims On July 3, 2014, the Humane Society of Calvert County assisted the Animal Rescue Corps with the removal of dogs from a puppy mill situation just outside of Luray, VA. Humane Society spokeswoman Kirstyn Northrop Cobb tells the Chesapeake Current that 132 dogs and four birds were found living in deplorable conditions and were brought into the custody of Animal Rescue Corps. As of July 8, 45 of these dogs, including Yorkshire terriers, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinschers and poodles as well as the four birds are being transported to the Humane Society of Calvert County. The Humane Society of Calvert County will tend to all medical behavioral needs and will then make these animals available for adoption. Throughout the next few weeks, the Humane Society will rely heavily on volunteer help. If you are

One of the dogs being cared for in Calvert County after being rescued from a puppy mill.

interested in volunteering, please contact our shelter at (410) 257-4908. If you are interested in viewing these dogs for possible adoption, or if you would like more information, please contact Kirstyn Northrop Cobb at

Woman Charged In Death of Pet Anne Arundel County Police Southern District officers report a tragic case of animal cruelty. On July 1 at 2:32 p.m. officers responded to the Petco located at 2319 Forest Drive, Annapolis for a report of a sick/injured domestic animal. Witnesses advised a woman ran into the store with a sick dog. The woman, later identified as Monifa Pendelton, told employees that she had left her dog "Chloe" inside her vehicle and it became ill. Employees believed the dog was in critical condition and immediately called for police assistance. Upon arrival officers met with employees who advised the dog needed help as soon as possible and appeared to be suffering from heat stroke. Anne Arundel County Animal Control was called to the scene. Officers spoke to Pendelton who advised that she had forgotten and left her Yorkie dog, Chloe, inside of her vehicle for approximately two hours. When she realized Chloe was still inside the vehicle she exited the store where she was shopping. When she found Chloe, she was lethargic. She then advised that’s when she ran into the Petco to seek help. It was apparent that Chloe was in significant distress. An officer took custody of Chloe and transported her to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic (AAVEC) to get help as quick as possible. Upon arrival, doctors began immediately treating and evaluating Chloe. After triage, the doctor advised her condition was not well and she was suffering from extreme heat exhaustion/stroke. Chloe's internal organs were shutting down and her

quality of life was poor. The doctor advised that the best medical opinion was to euthanize Chloe due to her condition. While Chloe was being treated, Animal Control responded and began assisting with the investigation. Chloe was ultimately euthanized. Animal Control took custody of Chloe after completion of the euthanasia for the purposes of a necropsy. The air temperature on July 1 was 88.8 degree Fahrenheit. An application for the following charges was submitted for the suspect, Monifa Ayadelle Pendelton, 44, of New York, NY: Abuse or neglect of an animal, depriving an animal of necessary sustenance, inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal, and unnecessarily failing to provide the animal with nutritious food sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter, or protection from the weather. Each count is a misdemeanor penalty on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both. As a condition of sentencing the court may order a defendant convicted to participate in and pay for psychological counseling. Chloe was a 15-year-old female Yorkshire Terrier. The Anne Arundel County Police Department wants to remind people to “Take Them With You or Leave Them Home” in reference to your pets and/or children. This time of year is critical to vulnerable people and pets. They also ask everyone to pay attention and if you see a child, vulnerable adult, or an animal in a closed vehicle on a hot day, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: Thefts On Jun. 23 at 7:07 p.m. Dep. S. Moran stopped two people for questioning in an area known for trespassers and CDS activity on Calvert Ave. near the beach in St. Leonard. One of the subjects, later identified as Kenneth Edward Gregory, 54 of St. Leonard, kept putting his hands in his pockets. He consented to a search but while being searched he kept his left hand in his pocket. He took an item from his pocket and placed it in his mouth. Moran ordered Gregory to spit the item out but he would not. Moran had his hand near Gregory’s mouth and at that time, Gregory bit down on the deputy’s hand and would not release it. Moran took Gregory down and was able to get his hand out of Gregory’s clenched teeth. A small wrapper containing three pills came out of Gregory’s mouth. Gregory was arrested and charged with possession of Oxycodone, resisting arrest, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and second degree assault. Charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics are pending against the second individual and a third subject found in the vehicle all three had arrived in. DFC C. Fox arrested Walter Durell Robinson, 33 of White Plains at Abner’s Crab House in Chesapeake Beach on Jun. 26 at 6:03 p.m. after Dep. D. Naughton noticed the strong odor of marijuana emitting from Robinson while he played the slot machine. On Jul. 5 at 2:16 a.m. while conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle on Brickhouse Rd. near Oakwood Dr. in Dunkirk, DFC Y. Bortchevsky detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver, identified as Brian Thomas Henderson, 21 of Dunkirk, advised there was a loaded rifle in the back seat. Additionally, several Ziploc baggies containing suspected marijuana were found inside the vehicle along with drug paraphernalia. A black pellet gun was also found. Henderson was charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, possession of an assault weapon and two counts of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia; a digital scale and a Ziploc baggie.

North Beach Fire Department. Anderson appeared to be intoxicated. Anderson was found to be wanted through Maryland State Police for failure to appear in court. F/Sgt. K. Hicks responded to assist. Anderson refused further medical treatment and was arrested and secured in the passenger seat of the patrol vehicle. He immediately started screaming and put his feet on the dashboard and windshield of the vehicle and became combative. He attempted to bite F/Sgt. Hicks on the forearm. Anderson was finally secured, however, he continued to kick and yell and used his head to slam shut the vehicle’s mobile computer. Anderson remained disorderly until he was relinquished to staff at the Calvert County Detention Center. He was formally charged with resisting arrest, second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and intoxication. Resisting Arrest DFC P. Wood observed a vehicle driving in the oncoming traffic lane on Md. Rt. 231 near Benedict Bridge on Jun. 28 at 1:33 a.m. He made a traffic stop and contacted the driver, identified as Stacy Lynn Clifton, 34 of Aquasco. Clifton stated that a rear seat passenger had been injured on a dirt bike and she was driving him to the hospital. Wood called for emergency medical services but the injured male declined medical attention. Clifton was found to be under the influence after a series of field sobriety tests. While attempting to handcuff her, Clifton pulled away and ran across the roadway into some bushes. She was apprehended, arrested, and charged with resisting arrest and hindering law enforcement. Thefts Unknown suspect(s) stole a small, blue 4-wheeler, a yellow dirt bike, a metal chain and a Master lock, totaling over $4,000, from the yard of a residence in the 100 block of Calvert Towne Road in Prince Frederick. The theft occurred between Jun. 25 and 27. Dep. N. Lenharr is investigating. Overnight between Jun. 26 and 27, someone stole over $1,600 worth of angle iron from a business on Investment Court in Owings. Dep. W. Rector is investigating.

Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Bay Ave. and 5th St. in North Beach for traffic violations on Jun. 23 at 3:45 p.m. The odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed raw marijuana in the driver’s side door pocket and the passenger’s A home in the 2000 block of Day Lily Dr. in Port side door pocket. Brandon L. Simonds, 23 of Republic was burglarized sometime between Jun. North Beach, was arrested and transported to the 7 and 27. A Sears weed whacker and Kenmore MSP Barrack for processing. white, front-loading clothes dryer were stolen. Dep. N. Lenharr is continuing the investigation. At 2:07 p.m. on Jun. 25, Trooper First Class Costello stopped a vehicle on Rt. 4 in Prince Cash was stolen after someone burglarized a home Frederick for traffic violations. The odor of in the 200 block of Thunderbird Dr. in Lusby marijuana was emitting from the passenger sometime between Jul. 1 and 2. DFC J. Bell is compartment of the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle and marijuana was found in investigating. the trunk of the vehicle. Neil R. Anderson, 21 of St. Leonard, was arrested and transported to the Thefts from Vehicles Someone stole a briefcase filled with paperwork MSP Barrack for processing. from the inside of an unlocked vehicle parked outside a home on Lake View Dr. in Lusby On Jun. 26, Trooper First Class Barlow stopped a overnight between Jun. 30 and Jul. 1. A second vehicle on HG Trueman Rd. and Town Square theft happened on the same street in the same Dr. in Lusby at 2:58 p.m. for traffic violations. timeframe. Money was stolen from inside that Because of the driver’s behavior, a K-9 scan was vehicle. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating both requested and reflected positive results near the rear of the driver’s side door. A search revealed thefts. 2,678 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Three unlocked vehicles on Wades Way in Port Thomas D. Foley, 29 of Lusby was arrested for Republic were rummaged through and one had possession with intent to distribute marijuana. items stolen from it between midnight and 2:30 He was incarcerated at the Calvert County a.m. on Jul. 5. A phone charger, gray Ray Ban Detention Center. sunglasses and a lime green Streamlight Stinger flashlight were taken. Dep. B. Schaefer is Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle at Rt. 4 and Cedar Wood Ln. in Dunkirk for traffic investigating. violations at 12:48 p.m. on Jun. 28. A strong Someone stole a pair of Oakley sunglasses from an odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the unlocked vehicle parked outside a home in the vehicle. The driver, Alaina Baber, 28 of Arlington, 7600 block of B St. in Chesapeake Beach. After was driving under the influence. She was arrested taking that report, DFC A. Woodford was for DUI. A probable cause search found she was walking through the neighborhood to see if any also in possession of marijuana. A passenger, other vehicles had been entered and found a bag Victor A. Evans, 32 of Washington, DC, was lying in the street along with a wallet and arrested for being in possession of marijuana and identification cards. Woodford gathered all the drug paraphernalia. They were transported to the items and made contact with the owner on 17th MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for processing. St. to return the items. The owner advised that it appeared a credit card had been stolen. Both On Jun. 29 at 7:01 p.m., Trooper First Class victims were advised to lock their vehicles. Esnes responded to assist a Sheriff’s Deputy in the Woodford is continuing the investigation of the 300 block of Chesapeake Ave. in Prince Frederick thefts that occurred sometime overnight between with a subject reported as suffering from cardiac arrest. It was determined that the person was not Jun. 24 and 25. having a medical emergency, but was exhibiting difficulty in maintaining his balance due to his Destruction of Property Someone broke the glass on an entry door and a level of impairment. While assisting, Tracie E. separate window at Patuxent United Methodist Butler 33, of Prince Frederick responded to the Church in Huntingtown. The damage was scene and Oxycodone was sitting in plain view in discovered on Jul. 2 at 1:00 p.m. and is estimated her vehicle. She was arrested and transported to at $400. DFC R. Kreps is continuing the the Calvert County Detention Center for processing. investigation. Owings was burglarized sometime between Jul. 2 and 4. Approximately $2,000 in copper piping was stolen. A door and other personal property were damaged. DFC Y. Bortchevsky is investigating.

A large, green air compressor and the gray, heavy-duty industrial trailer it sat on were both stolen from where they were parked on Bugeye Square in Prince Frederick sometime between Unknown suspect(s) threw eggs at a home and Jun. 29 and 30. Anyone with information is asked two vehicles in the 8000 block of Cardinal Circle Assaults Deputies responded to the parking lot of the Prince to contact Dep. A. Ostazeski at (410) 535-2800. in Lusby overnight between Jun. 29 and 30. Dep. Frederick Kmart store on Jun. 30 at 4:45 p.m. for S. Moran is investigating. the report of a subject with a handgun. The Unknown suspect(s) stole two green golf hats and complainant stated she had observed a male subject a 6-iron golf club from an unlocked vehicle point a gun at two men. She further advised that parked at a home in the 12800 block of Lake View Maryland State Police one of the men had started to run and the subject Drive in Lusby between Jun. 30 and Jul. 1. Dep. Barrack U Reports: then pointed the gun at the other man and that she D. Naughton is investigating. CDS Violations also saw a woman with the two men. Cpl. M. Naecker arrived and made contact with the three Dep. L. Kelly responded to the Cato Fashions On Jun. 23 at 10:53 a.m., Trooper Riddle men. The subject who had been reported to have store in Prince Frederick on Jul. 4 at 4:57 p.m. for stopped a vehicle on Rt. 260 west of Uncle been in possession of the weapon, later identified as the report of a theft in progress. Upon arrival, Charlies Spur in Owings for traffic violations. Justin Alexander Kent, 22 of Huntingtown, was Kelly made contact with a store employee who While speaking with the driver, the odor of arrested and charged with two counts of first degree advised that a woman was in the store cutting and marijuana was detected. A search revealed assault, two counts of second degree assault, and removing tags from clothing. Kelly spoke with marijuana in the glove compartment. Sean A. several weapon violation charges. No one was the woman, identified as Belinda Jean Windsor, Scanlon, 22 of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested injured and the gun was recovered by Naecker. The 55 of Prince Frederick. Windsor had a pile of and transported to the MSP Barrack for woman subject was identified as Lindsay Ryan clothing and a pair of scissors in her possession. processing. Randall, 28 also of Huntingtown. Randall was The clothing had the tags cut off. Windsor was ultimately arrested after she started yelling and arrested and charged with theft less than $1,000 Trooper First Class Evans stopped a vehicle at 3:23 p.m. on Jun. 23 on Rt. 4 near Whispering refused to cooperate with deputies. She was charged and destruction of property less than $1,000. Dr. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. The with disorderly conduct and being intoxicated in a A brown and white Mongoose bicycle was stolen driver, Ami B. Zimmerman, 29 of Lusby, was public place. from the bike rack at the Northeast Community found to have an open warrant through the On Jul. 5 at 5:57 a.m. DFC M. Quinn responded Center in Chesapeake Beach on Jun. 24 between Calvert County Sheriff’s Officer. Zimmerman to the 8900 block of Dayton Ave. in North Beach 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. DFC J. Hardesty is was placed under arrest. A search of her person revealed marijuana. A probable cause search of for the report of an unconscious male on the investigating. the vehicle revealed CDS paraphernalia. Ms. sidewalk. Upon arrival, Quinn saw a white male, Zimmerman was incarcerated at the Calvert later identified as Mathew Earl Anderson, 23 of Burglaries A home in the 100 block of Honeysuckle Lane in County Detention Center. North Beach, being treated by members of the


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Trooper Riddle stopped a vehicle at 7:41 p.m. on Jun. 30 for traffic violations on Rt. 4 in Sunderland. An overwhelming odor of marijuana was emitting from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 47 grams of marijuana. Devon T. Totaram, 20 of Huntingtown, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. While conducting a patrol check of the 7-11 in Sunderland on Jul. 1 at 2:43 a.m., Trooper Newcomer checked a vehicle at the pump that an NCIC/MVA check revealed the owner’s license was valid but only for employment and medical purposes. Trooper Newcomer made contact with the driver and a strong odor of burnt marijuana was emitting from the vehicle and drug paraphernalia was observed. The driver was a juvenile. A probable cause search revealed 57 grams of marijuana. The juvenile was arrested. An appearance before the Commissioner resulted in the juvenile being transported to Cheltenham Youth Facility in Cheltenham. On Jul. 3 at 1:25 a.m., Trooper Newcomer stopped a vehicle on Main St. north of Armory Rd. in Prince Frederick for traffic violations. Upon contact with the driver, the strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected. A probable cause search revealed marijuana. Zachary R. Smith, 21 of Huntingtown, was arrested and transported to

Police Blotter (Con’t) the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for Round Up Rd. in Lusby for a malicious destruction of property complaint at 6:05 p.m. on processing. Jun. 25. The victim reported that numerous On Jul. 3, a vehicle matching a lookout items in the home had been stolen or destroyed description was located by Trooper First Class while she was out of town. Investigation revealed Lewis at 7:42 p.m. on Boyds Turn Rd. and Rt. a family member had been responsible. A 260. A passenger in the vehicle, Timothy A. juvenile has been charged with theft and Knukle, 25 of Huntingtown, was to have an open malicious destruction of property. warrant through the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. He was found to be in possession of Theft Suboxone which he did not have a prescription On Jul. 4 at 7:08 p.m., Trooper First Class for. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Barlow responded to the Walmart in Prince Frederick for a theft complaint. Unknown Calvert County Detention Center. suspect(s) had removed a Bostitch Cordless Drill, Trooper First Class Matthews responded to the a Bostitch socket set and a laundry detergent 14000 block of Pennington Ct. at 7:12 a.m. on from the store. Investigation continues. Jul. 4 for a report of found CDS and drug paraphernalia in the residence. Investigation Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle revealed the marijuana belonged to a juvenile that After observing it being operated recklessly all was currently being processed at the MSP Barrack over the roadway, Trooper Rucker stopped a in Prince Frederick. The juvenile was additionally vehicle at Rt. 4 and Commerce Lane at 4:50 a.m. charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug on Jul 14. The driver and passenger were found to Paraphernalia. After processing of both cases, the be juveniles. Both appeared to be intoxicated. They were transported to the MSP Barrack in juvenile was released to her parents. Prince Frederick for processing. One juvenile Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle at was charged with Motor Vehicle/Unlawful 6:05 p.m. on Jul. 4 for traffic violations on Rt. Taking and driving without a license. The other 231 near Williams Dr. in Prince Frederick. was charged with giving a False Statement to When making contact with the driver, a strong Police Officer and was subsequently released to a odor of raw marijuana was emitting from inside parent. the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed 17 grams of marijuana in eleven separate individual Open Warrant/Concealed Deadly Weapon baggies showing intent to distribute. Markko D. An anonymous report of a wanted subject in the Morsell, 24 of Prince Frederick, was arrested and area of Cummins Ave. in Prince Frederick was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention received at 8:24 p.m. on Jun. 28 by Trooper First Class Esnes. Center. Timothy A. Kunkle, 25 of Prince Frederick, was On Jul. 6 at 12:02 a.m., Trooper First Class arrested on the Open Warrant through Anne Barlow responded to Rt. 4 near Stoakley Rd. in Arundel County. A search incident to the Prince Frederick to assist with a traffic stop. A arrested revealed a set of brass knuckles was in his He was additionally charged for probable cause was initiated based on the odor of pocket. marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle. possessing a concealed deadly weapon. He was Marijuana was recovered. Jesse J. Herberson, 22 transported to the Calvert County Detention of Prince Frederick, was arrested and transported Center. to the MSP Barrack in Prince Frederick for Public Intoxication/Disorderly Conduct processing. On Jul. 3 at 11:49 p.m., Trooper First Class A report of destruction of property in the area of Costello responded to Hospital Rd. in Prince the Tiki Bar in Solomons was responded to by Frederick for a reported person in the roadway. Trooper First Class Oles at 2:29 a.m. on Jul. 6. Tanisha A. Wynne, 42, was found sitting in the Daniel B. Garris, 26 of California, Md, was road. Wynne was extremely intoxicated and located with his right hand bleeding from where became disorderly. She was subsequently arrested he was observed punching out a vehicle window. and incarcerated at the Calvert County While speaking with Garris, drug paraphernalia Detention Center. was observed sitting on the trunk of the vehicle containing marijuana residue. Garris made Trooper First Class Barlow responded to the several suicidal statements and was transported to Prince Frederick Shopping Center at 4:30 p.m. the hospital for observation. Application of on Jul 5 for a check welfare of a person sleeping Statement of Charges has been requested on the sidewalk. Upon awakening, Joseph L. charging Garris with Possession of Marijuana, Cranford 3rd, 41 of Baltimore, being extremely Possession of CDS Paraphernalia, and intoxicated and became disorderly yelling obscenities and drawing the attention of Disorderly. Case remain open pending arrest. numerous people in the area. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Destruction of Property Trooper Rucker responded to the 400 block of Detention Center.

Can You Help Solve This Crime? Calvert County Crime Solvers and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible for the burglary at a home on Sachem Drive in Lusby on July 6 at around 4:30 p.m. The victim states that four black men kicked open the front door of his residence while he was upstairs. The victim ran down and found the men in his living room but they exited the residence and fled on foot. The victim advised that they appeared to be juveniles, ages 14 to about 17. The victim stated that he heard knocking on his door and then his doorbell rang immediately prior to the door breaking open. Nothing appears to

have been taken. An immediate lookout turned up five juveniles but the victim stated they were not the ones who were in his living room. A neighbor reports seeing a group of young men running down the street yelling in the same time frame. Citizens with information on this crime or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link at or by calling (410) 535-2880. If the information leads to an arrest and conviction, the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

Two Hurt in Local Bike Accidents Authorities are asking motorists to be especially aware of cyclists this summer. Between Thursday, June 26 and Sunday, June 29, there were five accidents involving cars hitting people on bicycles in Anne Arundel County. Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman Lt. T.J. Smith said at a press conference that drivers and cyclists both need to know the rules and share the road. In four of the five crashes, the cyclists were cited. In four of the five crashes, the cyclists were not wearing helmets. Two of these riders were under the age of 13. For riders 16 and younger, not wearing a helmet is a violation of Maryland law. Two of the crashes took place in South County, including one in North Beach on Friday and one in Tracy’s Landing on Saturday. On Fri. June 27, just before 7:00 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was hurt after police say he did not stop at a stop sign and was hit by a car traveling on Walnut Avenue.

Smith said that the boy lost consciousness and was taken by helicopter to Children’s Medical Center in Washington as a precaution, where he was treated for abrasions to his right shin and road rash on his leg. The boy was not wearing a bicycle helmet according to the police report. The next accident happened on Sat. June 28 at approximately 2:00 p.m. in Tracy’s Landing on Franklin Gibson Road. There, a 41-year-old male bicyclist was traveling northbound behind a car that was also traveling northbound, when the driver of the car slowed to make a left turn. The cyclist noticed too late that the vehicle was turning and he was unable to slow down at a safe rate of speed. The cyclist applied both brakes, and the front tire of the bike locked under the heavy braking and the cyclist slid into the vehicle. Fortunately, the bike rider was hearing his helmet. The cyclist suffered minor injuries, and was cited by police for improper passing and failure to give full time and attention.

How To Thwart Would-Be Thieves This summer, Anne Arundel Police offer these valuable tips to help prevent the most common crimes in our local neighborhoods: Secure all your lawn and household power equipment and tools at all times. Don’t leave anything in your yard unattended, even for a short period of time. Keep ATV’s, bikes, and cycles in locked sheds or garages. Also consider running a chain through the tires of these items and lock them, which is a deterrent to thieves trying to act quickly. Engrave your valuables with your name and record all model and serial numbers for your items so they can be returned to you if stolen, then recovered. This is also a deterrent for thieves because engraved items stand out as stolen, are more difficult and risky for them to sell at pawnshops, scrap yards, or to others for quick cash.

While working in your yard, remember to lock your home, shed and/or garage and keep the keys with you. Opportunistic thieves often slip in and take things while homeowners are working outside and distracted. Keep your windows and patio doors locked at all times. Consider installing motion detector lights and/or security cameras. Report any suspicious activity, including vehicles or individuals who may seem out of place or casing your neighborhood. Be a good witness by giving police detailed descriptions of suspicious activities, including vehicle makes, models, colors, tag numbers and direction of travel, if possible. Also remember as many details as possible about suspicious people, such as what they’re wearing, ages, heights, etc.

How Not To Be a Victim Anne Arundel County Police say thefts from vehicles continue to be a problem across our area. The same is true in Calvert County. Did you know that in most cases vehicles were left unlocked when the crime occurred? Did you know that many thefts from vehicles occur overnight while your car is parked in your driveway or in front of your house? Anne Arundel County Police say the biggest way to help prevent becoming a victim is to always lock your and remove all valuables. Items frequently taken from cars include: - Cell Phones - Loose Change - Computers/Tablets - GPS Units - Purses - Wallets - Tools

- Credit Cards/Gift Cards - Headphones - Prescription Medication Spread the word to family and friends. Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 911.

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Councilman Announces Mayoral Bid Candidacy for Mayor of North Beach I am excited to formally announce my candidacy for Mayor of North Beach! Over the past few months many citizens have encouraged me to run. The decision to run wasn’t made in haste as I spent time discussing this with my wife Chris and our family, consulting friends, mentors, neighbors and citizens of North Beach. After taking a period of time to reflect, I believe I am the best candidate for the position of Mayor. In the coming months you’ll learn more about me and my vision for North Beach, but please allow me to take a moment to provide a brief biography and policy sketch. I believe in public service, having served North Beach as a Councilmember for nearly eight years. In addition, I’ve spent the past 35 years as a public servant employed by the federal government, 22 of those years serving honorably in the Air Force until retirement in August 2001. My record of service on the council is distinguished by my focus on reducing our debt and my dedication to our town and you, my fellow North Beach residents. Through many conversations with fellow residents, it’s become clear that we share a deep concern about the direction our town is headed. Together we have called for fiscal restraint, but we’ve been ignored! Instead, our town has continued spending our hard earned tax dollars in a wasteful manner, which has pushed us deeper and deeper into debt to the tune of more than $10 million; an increase of more than $4 million in less than 4 years. With all of the wasteful spending, we still have needs that have been ignored. We have streets that haven’t been paved since 1998, the scourge of drugs, which threaten our children, families, and economic opportunities. We need to prioritize attracting new businesses, while provide greater support for the existing ones. It was my initiative that allowed us to hire Dr. Anirban Basu, one of the Mid-Atlantic regions most recognizable and respected economists to help us do just that. Over the next few months I will suggest

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specific proposals that will make North Beach an even better place to live. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have a proven track record. To those I haven’t met yet, I look forward to meeting and speaking to you regarding these items as well as other issues you may want to discuss. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to contact me at or via my cell phone at 202-550-8562. I can also be reached via my Facebook page at “Councilman Gregg Dotson.” My wife and I believe North Beach is the best place in America to live and I am committed to preserving this beautiful small place we call “home” and making it safer for all of our North Beach residents. To do what’s best for all the citizens of North Beach! Respectfully, Gregg Gregory Dotson North Beach Council Vice President and Candidate for Mayor of North Beach Honest – Open – Approachable – Someone that Cares and Listens!

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Dear Friends, In the past week, so many of you have reached out with kind words and support. I want to take this opportunity to thank you as well. I am sincerely grateful to every single volunteer and supporter who believes in my vision and put in the time in hopes that we could continue to serve the community. The countless hours volunteers have put in to make it all possible are beyond what anyone can ask. That you believed in me and support my vision is deeply humbling. Having never run in an election before, I truly did not expect I would have the opportunity to meet so many great Anne Arundel residents throughout this process. I met so many new people who have never been involved in politics before, yet enthusiastically volunteered their time to advance Anne Arundel. If you stay involved and support our candidates in the General Election, it is you who will bring new life to the

Republican Party in Maryland. Steve Schuh is a strong candidate and ran a hard race. The fact that we were able to do so well speaks to your dedication and hard work along with so many others. We reached out to Republicans from the Baltimore City line to South County, and made a strong case for conservative leadership. That could have never happened without you. I am so proud of what my administration has accomplished in 16 months, and I am so proud of what our campaign has accomplished in just 5. Last Tuesday, over 14,000 Anne Arundel Republicans voted to keep my administration leading our county. While we did not win, we still have a lot to be proud of, and I thank you for making it all happen. Sincerely, Laura Neuman [R] Anne Arundel County Executive

By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner

What Happened to Independence Day? We just passed the 4th of July. Independence Day. When I wished folks a Happy Independence Day, there was a pause, followed by an acknowledgement that, indeed, it was Independence Day. No one used to wish people a Happy 4th of July. What happened? I seldom watch television. I just do not make time. However, I do like to turn on the television when I am getting ready for bed at night. I turn it off when I crawl under the covers. A few nights ago, I turned it on, and I could not turn it off. Megan Kelly was interviewing Dinesh D'Sousa about his new movie, "America," which I have not yet seen. He was explaining that the movie is about American exceptionalism. D'Sousa is an immigrant from India and a naturalized U.S. citizen. That was all interesting, but when Megan Kelly announced a debate between Bill Ayers of Weather Underground fame, a mentor to President Obama, and a retired University of IL professor, I was hooked despite the late hour. Dinesh D'Sousa strongly sees and believes in American exceptionalism from his experience of growing up in India. He is exceedingly articulate about why, beginning with the earliest settlers and the founding fathers. On the other hand, Bill Ayers believes in American mediocrity. One example: Bill Ayers believes the Ameri-

can settlers decimated the Native Americans. Dinesh D'Sousa responded that the Europeans brought diseases that decimated the Native Americans, who had no immunity. He pointed out that Africans brought the Black Plague to Europe, which decimated the Europeans. Neither was by design. While studying American history for his movie, D'Sousa commissioned a poll. Respondents self-identified themselves as leaning conservative or leaning liberal. Of those who leaned conservative, 70% believed in American exceptionalism while 30% either did not or weren't sure. Of those who leaned liberal, 42% believed in American exceptionalism, while 58% did not or weren't sure. What does any of this have to do with Independence Day 窶天S- the 4th of July? I believe it has a lot to do with patriotism and with how we see our country. When we wish someone a Happy Independence Day, we are re-affirming our view of America as a country of freedom and individual rights. When we wish someone a 4th of July, it's all about fireworks and picnics and a day off work. Do you believe in American exceptionalism? I am interested to know why - or why not? Please send your comments to and we will be sure to pass them on to Commissioner Shaw.

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By Brian McDaniel Young and in charge - that is the impression you get when you are in front of one of the most important ladies in my life - my daughter. She’s started her own new babysitting business called Kylie’s Kid “Kare.” She even created her own business cards. She’s quite the entrepreneur for being so young. Kylie, or “Bird” as we call her, is a fantastic babysitter and a serious one at that. She set her mind to taking care of children and took the initiative to pursue it as a real business about a year ago. At 13-years-old, she has established a few regular clients who call upon her to keep their toddlers occupied and for some clients, their infants. Kylie is very confident at what she does and thanks to the good people like Fire Chief Jonathan Riffe from the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, she is certified in C.P.R. and has been trained for emergencies. I invited Kylie to a recent Bay Business Group (BBG) after hours function where I introduced her to a few people. That’s all it took. She was all

over the room networking and making connections. What was inspiring to see is that she took the time to talk to people and carried most of the conversation. One comment that I received from people was that for a moment they felt like they were talking to an adult. My daughter is thorough and very social. BBG President Diane Burr noticed and encouraged Kylie, and together with the group, we agreed that having younger business owners in the group was not only educational for them, but also inspiring for the rest of our members. In fact, it was Kylie who changed the game of the BBG by being the youngest member of the group in its history. New procedures for younger members who joined had to be decided on by the Board. This was a new adventure for the BBG and one that is sure to catch on. And now the BBG is reaching out to other young people in our area who are running their own businesses – or want to some day – by offering a BBG Student Membership. For just $25, any local students – pre-college or in college

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– can join, meet other business leaders in our community, network, find mentors, and perhaps even get an internship. Being a Student Member of the BBG is what you want to make it! For Kylie, making history was “pretty cool,” said this honors student who will be attending Northern High School in the fall. She is excited about High School and intends to be involved in various academic activities as well as continue her babysitting service. Though children are the primary focus with her business, she also offers pet sitting. She loves animals and has no problem taking care of them while the pet owners take vacations. She makes sure the pets are fed and that their food dishes are clean. She also makes sure the area where the pets are is clean and that they get adequately walked and/or some playtime. She has supportive parents and we will drive her where she needs to go. However, she’s very resourceful and is never late to an appointment. Membership in the BBG is important as it affects the community in a positive way. However, if you take into consideration the involvement of students and young entrepreneurs in the group, it is a wide open door for young people to learn from some of the best people in business. The goal is to support these students in their endeavors while at the same time bring a new approach to the needs of the community. Any organization requires energy. We believe that this is a very good step for the BBG. This is a chance to nourish those young people who have a dream while feeding them the necessary information that will help them build their business. The more they know, the better off they are. It’s easy to see that when you consider the company the BBG is surrounded by; everyone from doctors to lawyers and various tradespeople are some of what makes up the group of almost 100 businesses. Like sponges, young business owners will absorb the positive energy the group produces. How does Kylie see all of this? She is focused on building her business as a one-person operation. She feels this will keep it simple for now. Kylie, who pays for her own cell phone and is learning to be independent, knows the importance of a good work ethic. She’s quick witted and very serious about her business. For people with kids, Kylie is an excellent sitter. Her clients see her as dependable and always up to the task. I am very proud of this young entrepreneur and not because she’s my blood, but because she is taking life by storm by not wasting it. She has incorporated the selflessness of serving with the responsi-

Brian McDaniel and daughter, Kylie, a budding young entrepreneur.

bility of operating an organized business. Though she is a business owner, she still has chores at home and must make sure that the Crow Entertainment castle is taken care of. She does just fine and we are so very proud of her. Though all inquiries about her babysitting services go through my wife and I, we leave it to her to work directly with approved clients on pricing and availability. I asked her to give me a quote that I could use for this article and rather than saying something clever she says, “let’s keep it simple and tell everyone that I'm economical, professional, and certified in both babysitting and CPR.” That’s my girl. She is good at what she does and very to the point. Kylie’s contact info is below should you need her services. She would be thrilled to help. Welcome to the BBG Kylie! Contact Kylie at: Kylie’s Kid “Kare” (301) 873-4367 If you have a business or organization and are interested about membership or what the BBG is all about, please come to one of the monthly meetings. To find out more about the BBG go to 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.

CREP Accepting Applications Local soil conservation districts are now accepting applications for the newly reauthorized Maryland Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Farmers interested in earning extra farm income by taking environmentally sensitive cropland out of production for 10 to 15 years and planting streamside buffers, establishing wetlands, protecting highly erodible land or creating wildlife habitat should call or visit their local soil conservation district to take advantage of this popular environmental incentive program. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30. CREP is a federal-state partnership program that was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. This voluntary program offers a one-time signing bonus, now up to $250 an acre, attractive annual rental and incentive payments, and cost-share to install streamside buffers, wetlands, livestock fencing, watering facilities and other stream protection practices. CREP buffers meet all Maryland Nutrient Management Program setback requirements. In addition, CREP offers easy reenrollment for current participants with expiring contracts. “The good news is that CREP is back and available to help farmers protect local waterways, enhance their farming operations and comply with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations,” said Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance of Calvert County. “It’s worth checking into. I’ve never met a farmer who regretted installing a stream crossing or watering facility. Livestock farmers report that these practices can help improve hoof health for cattle and reduce mastitis problems in dairy cows. I urge farmers to visit their local soil conservation district to

find out how this program can benefit their farms." Maryland’s Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share Program and USDA’s Farm Service Agency provide landowners with financial assistance to install best management practices (BMPs) on lands enrolled in CREP. Incentive payments worth up to 40 percent of the cost-share allocation are available for certain BMPs. Free technical assistance to install BMPs is provided by local soil conservation districts. In some instances, landowners have the option of selling a permanent easement on their land to the state. In 1997, Maryland became the first state to participate in the CREP program. Since then, CREP has helped hundreds of landowners plant streamside buffers of grasses and trees, establish wetlands, protect highly erodible land and create wildlife habitat on roughly 70,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land. When fully implemented, CREP will help Maryland achieve its water quality goals by: - Reducing an estimated 11.5 million pounds of nitrogen and 1.1 million pounds of phosphorus from entering Maryland waterways each year. - Reducing the amount of sediment entering streams by approximately 200,000 tons annually. - Establishing and enhancing 77,000 acres of riparian buffers and 5,000 acres of wetland habitat and 2,000 acres of habitat for declining, threatened or endangered species, including the bald eagle and Eastern bog turtle. - Stabilizing and protecting up to 16,000 acres of highly erodible land.

Farmers: Learn About New Farm Bill The 2014 Farm Bill will bring changes for dairy and grain farmers in Maryland, so producers are encouraged to participate in a series of workshops to be held across the state in August. These workshops are sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), USDA - Risk Management Agency, and USDA-Farm Service Agency. The 2014 Farm Bill is complex and details of how the bill will be implemented are not expected to be available until early August. The purpose of the workshops is to provide farmers with a better understanding of the new programs in the farm bill and

how these programs could potentially affect their operations. The workshops will also provide grain and dairy producers with details about the decisions they will need to make and provide them with decision tools. Each workshop costs $10 and covers the cost of lunch. The meeting for farmers in Southern Maryland will be held August 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Agricultural Service Center, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and cover commodity programs. For information on dairy program workshops, contact the local University of Maryland Extension office in Anne Arundel County at (410) 222-3900 and in Calvert County at (410) 535-3662.

Job Fair Coming Up Calvert County businesses have the opportunity to appeal to local job seekers at the 2014 Calvert County Job Fair. This annual event will be held Wed., Aug. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, Building B, in Prince Frederick. The Job Fair is cosponsored by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and Southern Maryland Job Source. Registration for the event is free and limited to the Calvert County business community. To participate,

businesses should be actively seeking employees for full- or part-time work. Multi-level marketing organizations and businesses are not permitted. Registration includes a six-foot table and two chairs, company listing in the event brochure and two tickets for light refreshments. Registration deadline is Aug. 6. For more information, or to register for this event, please contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at (410) 535-4583, via email at or visit online at

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By Lyn Striegel

Financial Planning 101

Your Money Matter$ If you are reading this, you’re interested and concerned about financial education. But why? Are you looking for financial protection, or is your goal to buy a house, a boat, finance your child’s college education? Your answer matters. While there is nothing magic about financial planning, it takes time to implement a strategy. If your motivation is to satisfy a short-term goal of making a major purchase, how patient will you be? If your motivation is to improve your financial health, then you’ll have and get the stamina necessary to make a plan work for you. So, forget about the short-term goals. Focus instead on your motivations for reading this column and being interested in your own financial health. What is important to you? Let’s assume that what you want is self-sufficiency. What does self-sufficiency mean to you? Does it mean owning your own home, being able to retire and live at about the same level as if you were still working? What would make you most satisfied with your financial life? Where is your comfort level? Are you realistic enough to understand it is unlikely you will have as much money with the best and most perfectly executed financial plan as Bill Gates? You need some ingredients here - the motivation


Make a list of your motivators - what you really want to achieve from your lifetime of financial planning. Get pretty specific about what you want. Identify your comfort level. Of course, this will likely change over the years, but to start, figure out what your list is today and we’ll use that list as something to work towards. Here is an example of a motivations list prepared by Sue, age 33. Here’s what she says about her reasons for wanting a sensible, lifetime financial plan: • I don’t want to have to worry about money all the time. I want to know I’ve done the best that can be done to minimize money worries so that I am not and do not become a burden to my family or loved ones. I want to know enough of the basics to be able to create a money strategy and to execute it. • When I retire, I want to be independent. I don’t want my husband/ children/family to have to care for me. I want to pay my own way. • I want to be able to help my loved ones financially—like paying for a college education for my children. I want my plan to help me do that. • I want my plan to help me pay off my house so that when I am older, I won’t have mortgage payments to worry about and I won’t have to place any burden for my mortgage payments on someone else.

What do you see in Sue’s list? Clearly, she’s concerned about having and keeping money. It seems to Sue that money worries upset her - she fears lack of money. OK, that’s fine as a motivator. But why? What’s going on in Sue’s life that causes such worry? What Sue needs to do is delve deeper into her list. Like the following: • I worry about money all the time. About having enough to pay off my bills. They seem to come at me from nowhere and pile up. I lose sleep at night worrying about where I will find the money to pay all the bills. • I cannot seem to control myself or this situation. I feel I am a burden on my loved ones, my family since they often loan me money - I know they can’t afford it. Why can’t I learn to control this thing with money? Whoa! Sue’s deeper list contains something important. Control. Sue’s relationship with money is out of control. She feels she cannot control the relationship she has with money. Now we get to a real motivator for Sue. Suppose she got control? Suppose she learned enough to manage her relationship with money? Feeling that control, exercising a newfound power over money and its relationship to her, now that’s a true motivator for a lifetime of financial planning. Sue can do it and so can you. See what I mean about the motivations list? Start with a list, then read and re-read it and try to get to a deeper list. Be cruelly honest with your feelings. Identify why you want a lifetime financial plan. Getting to the why is half the battle. Learning how to plan and executing the plan are easy compared to identifying why you want the plan. Remember Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With The Wind? To paraphrase, her famous quote: “As God is my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!” Freedom from hunger is a true motivator. No one who has felt real hunger ever wants to be hungry again. But, is it fear of hunger pangs that is the motivator, or is it really the

powerlessness of being unable to feed yourself? Lack of power over your circumstances - that control thing again, that appears to be the true motivator. Maybe that’s why the generation of the 1930’s, the Great Depression, were better savers than later generations. Because many of them went hungry, lost control over their life situations, they tended to set aside a portion of their income in savings to provide a cushion against similar experiences. If you think you’ll never be able to achieve your financial plan because of a lack of education about finance, think again. You can learn about finance. But you will only stick with a financial plan if you learn first what it is that motivates you. It all begins with motivation. Why is having a financial plan important to you? Your motivations must be honest to you. Find out what motivates you. Complete this list, re-read and refine it until you are satisfied that you understand what truly motivates you to create and follow a lifetime financial plan. Write down five factors that motivate you to create a financial plan. Now, review your list. Is there any common denominator to the items on your list? Is there something else going on here? Like Sue, is gaining control a primary factor that will motivate you to create and follow a lifetime plan? Remember—we want to identify your motivating factors in your relationship with money. What causes you stress about money? What would make you feel more secure? If you can answer those questions, you will be able to commit yourself to creating and following a lifetime financial plan. Next issue of the Chesapeake Current: How to get started planning. 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 (2011 ed.).” Nothing in this article constitutes specific legal or financial advice and readers are advised to consult their own counsel.

What Can Investors Learn from the All Stars? Baseball’s best players gathered in Minneapolis this week to participate in the All-Star Game. If you’re a fan or even a “weekend athlete,” you can admire these players for their abilities, even if you — like the vast majority of humanity — can’t hope to duplicate them. But if you’re an investor, you may be able to learn some practical lessons from the All Stars. So let’s look at a few common All Star traits to see how they might apply to investors: Consistency — All Stars typically don’t just have a few good weeks or months — they tend to be consistently excellent, year after year. As an investor, you, too, need to strive for consistency. Instead of periodically chasing after “hot” stocks, try to follow a long-term strategy by staying invested in the financial markets, through both “up” and “down” periods, and by rebalancing your holdings, as needed, to reflect changes in your life. Ability to avoid errors — Everyone makes mistakes, but All Stars seem to make fewer of them. Whether it’s fielding balls cleanly, successfully executing a sacrifice bunt or not walking a player with the bases loaded, All Stars seem to avoid errors

while making the right moves at the right time. When you invest, you need to avoid common “errors,” such as investing either too conservatively or too aggressively. Instead of going to either of these extremes, build a portfolio appropriate for your risk tolerance but still capable of helping you reach your goals. Preparedness — All Stars keep themselves in great shape and often develop additional skills as the years go by, such as developing a new pitch or learning to hit the ball to different parts of the field. By preparing themselves in this way, they can take advantage of opportunities as they arise. As you invest, you will also need to be prepared to take advantage of new opportunities. One such way to prepare is to have enough liquidity in your portfolio to make appropriate investment moves. In addition to preparing for opportunities, you’ll need to prepare for challenges that could jeopardize your investment strategy. So, for example, you may want to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses. With such a fund in place, you may not have to dip into your long-term investments to pay for short-term needs, such as a major car

repair, a new furnace or a big bill from the dentist. Awareness of limits — Not even the best All Stars can do everything well. A good “singles hitter,” for instance, won’t waste a lot of effort in trying to hit home runs, while a powerful, but slow, slugger might not attempt to steal a base. Investors have limits, too, based on their sophistication and their financial resources. To illustrate: Some wealthy and highly experienced investors may embark on complex or risky strategies, or purchase hard-to-understand investments. But these risky techniques and complex investments are not for everyone — and smart, “everyday” investors know this and stick with proven strategies and comprehensible investments. You may never step foot on a baseball diamond. But as an investor, you can still pick up some “gems” of wisdom from the All Stars.

Edward Jones Investments Lee Ritter, Financial Advisor 410-257-6827

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Seeking Shade

It’s as hot as Hades. Time to seek out relief. Time to seek out a shade garden. Like their solar opposite – sun gardens - shade gardens have special appeal, even more so on blazing hot summer days. Lush and lazy greens have a way of cooling us from the inside out. A stroll through a shade garden can relieve stress. Shade gardens can also be places of calm meditation. Growing an attractive shade garden may appear challenging, as the roots of these gardens are found in contrasting foliage, unlike sunny gardens where we tend to choose plants for their bold blooms. Most of the color found in shade gardens doesn’t come from flowers; many shade perennial’s blooms are abundant, but they are small and delicate. Instead get color from foliage, like that found with coral bells. These hardy shade lovers have leaves that range from deep burgundy to copper to chartreuse. They pair well with big hostas, which themselves come in a wide range of colors – blue, green, and variegated. Texture plays a major role in shade gardens. The pale, soft almost fuzzy leaves of Lady’s Mantle, topped off with yellow flowers is a great choice, a bonus of both texture and color. Astilbe is another shade workhorse, providing both texture and color – its flowers range from white to peach to raspberry. Like sunny gardens, shade gardens need anchors, too. Evergreen shrubs like acuba, pieris and leucothoe give a garden bones – and year round interest. And their variegated foliage adds texture and color. No self-respecting shade garden would be without ferns. Their natural texture is synonymous with shady woodlands. But they also add a touch of color: Chinese Painted ferns are almost silvery, and the Autumn fern has a reddish-orange tint, hence its name – the colors of autumn. Shade lovers are perfect for mass plantings. Those delicate flowers particular to shade plants can get lost when planted alone, but a mass of tiny blooms make a big statement. One white astilbe is pretty and adds brightness, but plant five or more and a shady nook will almost glow. Something as simple as a hosta garden can be a show-stopper. Planted in masses, these basic shade

Gardening in the shade should be a pleasure, rather than a challenge. Don’t let the lack of sun stop you. A shade garden is an opportunity to grow a lot of great plants that will wilt under the hot sun. A lot like us.

Hydrangea provides "romance" in a shady nook.


About the Author: Ray Greenstreet began his career plants are anything but basic. when he was just 13, as a “yard boyâ€? at a garden center. Another shade favorite is early In 2000, Ray and his wife Stacy, began Greenstreet blooming hellebore, some varieties Growers, a wholesale growing operation on their 65-acre Lothian farm. In 2005, they opened Greenstreet blooming while winter lingers. These Gardens, a retail nursery and gift store. Last year, lovely perennials are treasured for the Greenstreet Gardens grew to include a second retail store ivory pink or deep rose colored flowon Braddock Road in Alexandria, VA. In 2014, they’ve ers. Hellebore’s dark green leaves Leucothoe is an evergreen shrub that added a third location in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. with their leather-like texture gives a woodland garden "bones." anchors a shade garden well after the stunning blooms have past. c h e s a pe a ke b e ac h re s o rt & s pa Planting under a grove of trees presents a challenge, though nothing to do with light. Tree roots are heavy drinkers and smaller plants have to fight for their share of water. If you have dry shade, simply choose plants that require less moisture. Epimedium is lovely choice with delicate flowers on tall stems above heart shaped leaves. Lots of bang for the buck. Shade is not a place for little plant soldiers in straight lines. Plant to create natural, curving shapes. If you have the room, create a path through the garden. It can be as easy as mulch or stepping stones. More than one couple has been inspired to hold hands and stroll down a hostalined path. Every 5WVLIa6QOP\ÂŒXŬKTW[M Speaking of romance, don’t Served with choice of French Fries or Cole forget hydrangeas. Big blue mopSlaw. Add additional toppings for $1 each. tops or pale pink lace-caps, hydranDINE - IN ONLY . geas can be the bones of a shade garden. A bench nestled among these summer bloomers calls out to sit down and relax, banishing calls, texts or e-mails, if just for a few minutes. Then of course there is the cooling sensation we get from water. A shade garden calls out for a water Served with Fries and Coleslaw feature – even if just from a small Single $13.99 | Double $21.99 birdbath. If electricity is within reasonable reach, consider adding a small fountain that can mimic the sound of a bubbling brook. Cool -EARS!VEs#HESAPEAKE"EACH -$sWWW#"2ESORT3PACOMs enough now?




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New Crab Report Raises Concerns

More Local Lands Preserved The State of Maryland has permanently preserved 206 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 12 developmental rights in Anne Arundel County through the Rural Legacy Program. “By committing to permanent conservation practices on their land, these Maryland landowners are significantly contributing to the protection of our State’s natural resources for our children and theirs,� said Governor O’Malley. The newly preserved 104-acre Arthur Easement is now part of a large block more than 1,600 acres - of permanently protected farmland and forestland in the Anne Arundel County Rural Legacy Area. The easement will eliminate an additional six developmental rights. Through the easement, DNR and the property owners will establish and maintain 100 feet of vegetative buffers that will work to improve water quality along the 5,700 feet on Galloway Creek. The mature woodland will provide an

expansive amount of habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The newly preserved 102-acre Tucker Easement is now part of a large block - more than 990 acres - of permanently protected farmland and forestland in the Anne Arundel County Rural Legacy Area. The easement will eliminate an additional six developmental rights. Through the easement, DNR and the property owners will establish and maintain 100 feet of vegetative buffers that will work to improve water quality along the 4,500 feet on Muddy Creek in south county. The mature woodland will provide an expansive amount of habitat for a variety of wildlife species. With the addition of these two easements, more than 44 percent of the 14,401-acre Anne Arundel South Rural Legacy Area is now preserved through Rural Legacy, the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation, and the County’s agricultural preservation program.

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The newly released 2014 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report encourages fishery managers around the Chesapeake Bay to take a risk-averse approach to blue crab management this year, due primarily to a decrease in the number of female crabs in the Bay. This advice is one of several scientifically developed suggestions in this annual assessment, developed by the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC), a fisheries management group that includes scientists and representatives from federal and state government as well as academic institutions. Among other recommendations, CBSACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2014 report suggests that: â&#x20AC;˘ Agencies managing blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay should minimize the risks to crab populations, focusing on protecting juvenile female blue crabs as they consider any changes to regulation. This will rebuild the numbers of females and ensure that the juveniles can contribute to a more robust overall population. â&#x20AC;˘ Jurisdictions should consider establishing sanctuariesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;based on where females spend their time and blue crab biologyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in different parts of the Bay over the course of the year in order to further protect female blue crabs. â&#x20AC;˘ Accountability and reporting be improved for both commercial and recreational crabbing so managers can better track harvest levels throughout the season. The report discusses several ways to achieve this. â&#x20AC;˘ Estimates of overwintering mortality need to be more precise and further investigation of whether sperm limitation may affect reproductive capability is needed. This would improve management through better data and analysis, including evaluation of gear efficiency estimates. â&#x20AC;˘ Managers consider moving to an annual July-to-July cycle for reviewing regulations thereby enabling timelier use of the Winter Dredge Survey and the Blue Crab Advisory Report results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The poor performance of the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2013 blue crab fishery - the lowest reported harvest in the last 25 years combined with the winter dredge survey results that indicate a depleted female population, warrants management actions to conserve both females and juveniles,â&#x20AC;? said Joe Grist, current chair of the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cold winter and other environmental factors affected the crab population, and we expect that conservative regulations will help females and juveniles - the future of the blue crab

Photo by Toni Quigley.

population - rebound.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to protect the crab population in ways that will create a sustainable future for this publicly and commercially valuable fishery so we can maintain the harvesting traditions and enjoy eating crabs today - and for years to come,â&#x20AC;? said Peyton Robertson, director of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and chair of the Chesapeake Bay Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Science is helping us more fully understand factors affecting the crab population, including overwinter mortality, cannibalism, and changes in ocean circulation.â&#x20AC;? The Chesapeake Executive Council recently signed a new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement that outlines a number of goals for Chesapeake Bay Program partners. Work under way by the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team and the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like the development of the Blue Crab Advisory Reportâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;supports work toward the Sustainable Fisheries goal, using science to maintain a stable and productive blue crab fishery. The 2014 Blue Crab Advisory Report is based on data collected in the Bay-wide winter dredge survey (a cooperative effort between Maryland, Virginia, and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission) and on annual estimates of blue crab harvest. Results of the Winter Dredge Survey were released earlier in the spring; CBSAC scientists then analyzed the data to produce the Blue Crab Advisory Report. It was formally approved by the jurisdictional managers who serve on the Executive Committee of the Chesapeake Bay Programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. This team provides a forum for discussion of fishery management issues across state and other jurisdictional boundaries, better connecting sound science to management decision-making.

Photos Sought for Directory The Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce in Churchton is looking for photos for its 2015 South County Business and Community Directory. Photos by the first, second and third place winners will be published in the directory. Photographers should provide digital copies of up to 20 photos in these categories: Seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter), Chesapeake Bay, Animals, Boats, Fishing or Crabbing, and Local Farms/ Barns. All must be taken in Have some great photos, like this one taken at Pirate’s Cove in Galesville, that you’d like to submit Southern Anne Arundel County. to the South County Chamber Contest? The contest ends Sept. 30. Winners will be selected by the South County For more info, call (410) 867-3129 community. or email

Help Name the Crab No doubt you’ve seen the Maryland Chesapeake Bay license plates – perhaps you even have them on your vehicles. Now the Chesapeake Bay Trust is holding a “Name our Crab” competition. There are many creatures that call the Chesapeake Bay their home, but there are a few that stand out more than Maryland's famous blue crab. Last year the Chesapeake Bay Trust received thousands of suggestions and votes to help name the iconic blue heron featured on the Maryland Treasure the Chesapeake license plate. In the end, Wade was born! This years’ “Name the Crab” contest runs through July 21 at 5:00 p.m.Three names will be selected as finalists for the voting round, which will take place from July 23 to July 30. The winning name is to be announced on Aug. 4. There will be two grand prize winners: one for the contestant whose name is chosen to represent the blue crab and the other will be a randomly selected voter who chooses the winning name. Prizes include a $100 Southwest airlines flight voucher, a

free Bay plate, and two tickets to the Trust’s Treasure the Chesapeake Celebration gala. There are also giveaways for the runners-up and randomly chosen participants daily throughout the contest, including gift certificates, festival tickets, and more free Bay plates. Visit the web site, to see the official rules and enter your suggested crab name. All submissions must be made through the web site submission form and will not be counted if submitted via email, social media, etc. For questions about the contest please contact Kristin Foringer at (410) 974-2941, ext. 113.

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Barn Owls Make Local Comeback By Lisa Bierer-Garrett

It’s been an interesting year for Calvert County Naturalist Andy Brown. Brown, who calls Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary his home base, was one of the first folks to learn of the Snowy Owl that glided in and perched upon a blue tractor on a winter visit to Calvert County late last year. Andy was the contact point for all of the bird watchers that bright day when the Snowy visited for more than eight hours. In case you missed it, I wrote about that encounter in the Dec. 12, 2013 issue of the Chesapeake Current; go to to find the article. That owl was a Calvert County record for the first documented sighting of a Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) and it was a great moment for naturalists and birdwatchers. Numerous sightings of many visiting large white Snowy Owls made the papers and news. But after a few months, the weather started to warm, and all the Arctic owls started the long migration back to Canada, and the owl frenzy died down. But now we have a new record to report. Barn Owls have come back and nested successfully after a 17-year disappearance from Calvert County. Back in the late 1980’s, Brown learned how to band owls and other birds for scientific tracking. In the early 1990’s, he and the staff of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division also started an extensive program of installing nest boxes for Barn Owls, bluebirds, and other cavity nesting birds including wrens, tufted titmouse, tree swallows, and chickadees. While the bluebird box program was a success, the Barn Owl boxes did not fare as well. There was much nesting activity the first few years, but by 1997, not one barn-mounted nest box housed any Barn Owls. Volunteers and NRD staff stopped checking them on a regular basis, but annually maintained the 15 boxes and put wood shavings in the box bottoms, hoping one day a Barn Owl might move in. Their prayers and hard work finally paid off. This Memorial Day, Barbara Mogel, a volunteer with the Calvert County Natural Resources Division, spotted a Barn Owls in nesting in a box that had not been used for many years. They discovered that after 17 long years, this pair had eggs! The word went out; naturalists began celebrating and making plans to band the baby owlets. Melissa Boyle and Mike Callahan of the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, of which Mike is the president and Melissa is a Board member, started planning a trip to coincide with when the baby owlets would be almost ready to fledge (that is, leave the nest). Late June is the perfect time to band owlets since they can’t fly because they are still covered in downy fluff. Mike is a master bander and a teacher at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center in Charles County. Melissa Boyle

works at Point Lookout State Park and actively bands Barn Owls in St Mary’s County. They have worked with Andy Brown on nest box projects for many years. They have a great program, “Adopt A Raptor,” which allows people to “adopt” Osprey chicks and Barn Owlets. The money raised goes to further bird of prey research and conservation efforts in our area. (Visit for more info on field trips, owl prowls and more.)

Barn Owls can be found on every continent except Antarctica. According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Barn Owl is one of the most celebrated species in literature, especially in folk tales. Its habit of nesting in the belfries of churches and hunting at night over graveyards has made the Barn Owl somewhat of a superstitious legend in Europe. Their ghostly appearance, with a golden-tan back and white underside, and their vocal series of shrieks, snarls and hisses add to the birds' mystique. Local names for the Barn Owl include the "ghost owl" and the "monkey-faced owl" because of its expressive, heart-shaped face and dark eyes. Unlike most bird species, females tend to be a bit showier than the males, sporting more spots on their chests.

Mike Callahan and Andy Brown getting Barn Owlets out of nest box for banding. Photo courtesy of Barbara Mogel.

Armed with a long net and a tall ladder, the crew climbed up, put a net over the box hole to prevent scared owlets jumping to their doom, and proceeded to remove three long-legged youngsters from the side opening of the nest box.

Nest Box with the net. Photo credit: Mary Hollinger.

After many photos were taken and the three owlets were banded with individual aluminum identifying anklets, they were gently put back in the box. Hopefully they will grow their flight feathers in the next few weeks and then take off silently with their parents to hunt voles in the fields surrounding the barn.

Banding anklet on an owlet. Photo credit: Mary Hollinger.

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Face of one of the fuzzy baby Calvert owlets. Photo credit: Mary Hollinger

So could we see numbers like that in Calvert County? Probably not, but each person and each nest box could make a difference. How can you help bring more Barn Owls back to our area? Maybe through this article, we can enlist some of local farmers and vineyards to put up Barn Owl boxes. It might help. If you have a farm property with at least 25 contiguous acres of hay fields you would be a candidate. Also waterfront properties are excellent nest sites. For many years, the Patuxent River hosted several pairs of Barn Owls nesting inside old reed-covered duck blinds. In fact, Andy recalls Ospreys nesting on top of a blind and the Barn Owls nesting inside in the same season.

Mike Callahan and Andy Brown band a Barn Owlet. Photo courtesy of Barbara Mogel.

Barn Owls (Tyto alba) are considered a rare or uncommon species around here according to the DNR. Local populations have plummeted in the past 50 years because of changes in agriculture, less open space to hunt, and development. Homeowners who put out bait blocks for mice and rats also can cause secondary poisoning in the nocturnal predators that eat them as their main diet, and many species of owls die from this unintentional poisoning. Barn Owls hunting on farm properties suffer the most. But now the Calvert County Natural Resources Division is hoping that more nest boxes and better awareness will benefit both farmers and owls, and take care of rodent problems at the same time. In the news recently was a pilot project in a California vineyard that used Barn Owls as the sole biocontrol of the gopher and mouse problems that the vineyard was having. Students from U.C. Davis put up 25 Barn Owl boxes on tall posts, and 18 breeding pairs of owls took up residence on the 100-acre farm. They produced 66 offspring, which totaled to 102 owls living on the property in 2012, which successfully reduced the rodent population on the vineyard. It was an unusual study that really surprised the researchers, since previously it was believed that Barn Owls need 25 acres per pair to nest successfully. This project blew that notion to bits.

Two of the three long-legged owlets. Photo credit: Mary Hollinger.

If you’d like to help, please reach out to Andy and get involved in the Barn Owl Nest Box Project. Contact him at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center at (410) 535-5327, or Email us as well if you decide to do this: About the Author: Lisa Bierer-Garrett of North Beach is a local naturalist who works at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in Upper Marlboro.

If you and your family want to learn more about owls up close, join Lisa Garrett at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary in nearby Prince George’s County for some great owl programs. On Sat. July 12, she will host the Scales & Tales Live Bird of Prey Display from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. In the evening July 12, she will lead a Full Moon Owl Prowl from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Be prepared to spot Barred, Great Horned or Barn Owls on the walk. Meet at the Merkle Visitor Center, 11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

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Dear Chesapeake Current readers, The Lusby Business Association (LBA) hosted its 5th Shop Local Block Party, on Sat., June 14, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The community event was filled with lots of family fun activities including: live music/DJ, moonbounce, kids fitness challenge, face painting, scavenger hunt, free raffle give-away, sidewalk sales and more. The LBA would like to thank the following community partners for their continued participation and support of shopping local: Solomons Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department; Calvert County Sheriffs Department, Community Action Team, D.A.R.E; DJ Dave; Mister Tom & His Critters; and Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet. “We were so happy to be able to host this block party with the help of our wonderful community partners. It is an event that is both an opportunity to tell our customers that we appreciate their business, and promote the importance of shopping local,” said Nance

Pretto Simmons, president of the Lusby Business Association. The Lusby Business Association is the newest of business associations in the county. It was founded in 2009 for the purposes to be an advocate for Lusby businesses and to providing a local forum for businesses in Lusby, Maryland to strategize and partner with fellow local businesses to improve and stabilize the local economy by participating in collaborative endeavors. The LBA seeks to promote public awareness on the importance and value of buying local to improve the profitability and vitality of businesses in Lusby. For more information on the Lusby Business Association’s website at or email

More: Don’t Fear the Turtle! Dear editor, Kindly help me get this little tidbit of info to Mr. Allen Delaney of Prince Frederick who wrote in to the Chesapeake Current in reference to the turtle article in the May 29 issue. (See online for our “In the Wild” columns). Last Labor Day, a box turtle began showing up at my deck for a.m. and p.m. tomato feedings. He stayed around ‘til it got

cold, and has come back again within this past week! He isn’t yet doing the twice a day visits, but he’s here sporadically. Just thought Mr. Delaney and your readers would enjoy hearing of him. I’ve done turtle rescue for many years! Sincerely, Janice Lee Riker Dowell

Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax Will Hurt Dear Chesapeake Current readers, The State of Maryland is talking new taxes – again! Maryland is considering a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax or “VMT.” In other words, Marylanders who own a car or truck would be charged a tax on every mile that you drive. What is remarkable about this proposed tax is that it does not replace the gas tax. Rather, it is in addition to it! Why would anyone suggest this VMT tax when we’re already paying some of the highest gas taxes in the Nation? How will the State of Maryland monitor the number of miles that you drive? Will they install a GPS on every car and truck? As I researched this issue, I learned the Vehicle Miles Traveled tax is borne out of House Bill 315, the so-called Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Reduction Act of 2009. As a result of this legislation, Maryland is proposing new and additional methods of taxing energy usage like electricity and

gasoline. Sue Kullen voted for this legislation. Sue Kullen’s vote resulted in a proposed Vehicle Miles Traveled tax, which could monitor where we drive, how much we drive, and how much electricity we use. Today, working families continue to struggle in this state with burdensome taxes, fees and regulations. Isn’t enough – well, enough? These out of control “tax and spend” policies and the politicians who promote them are wrecking the budgets of hardworking families, wreaking havoc on our personal freedoms and pushing us further into debt. Calvert residents deserve a representative in Annapolis who will fight against more taxes, fees, and government intrusion. Nick Bowen Chesapeake Beach

Speaking Out On Smoking Dear Chesapeake Current readers, There has been much media coverage about the death of Wayne Curry, the former Prince George’s County Executive and many politicians have been lauding him in their campaign speeches. Although Mr. Curry had many outstanding accomplishments, there is one area where he failed. He was a smoker who publicly acknowledged that smoking caused his lung cancer. In his last years he frequently lamented the fact that the tobacco industry heavily targeted the African American community and he vowed to do something about it. He died before he could achieve this goal. Unfortunately, when Curry was in a position of power he opposed tobacco control legislation. It is ironic that the industry he defended caused his premature death.. Curry’s death and the recent death

of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer due to his use of chewing tobacco shows that no form of tobacco use is safe. I hope that current smokers will reflect on Curry’s death and stop smoking immediately. I hope that our young people realize that tobacco is a deadly addictive drug in any form and never-ever try the stuff. I hope the politicians who are lauding Curry with words will also honor him with actions by passing tobacco control legislation to make it harder for our kids to become addicted and to make it easier for current smokers to quit. John O’ Hara, Ph. D President Maryland Group Against Smoker’s Pollution Bowie

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and nephews. He will be met in heaven by angels and his son Daniel Robert, who passed away on Oct. 28 1978. Services were held Sat., June 28, 2014 at Church by the Chesapeake, Port Republic. Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic handled arrangements.

Michael Patrick Cannon succumbed to his battle with lung cancer at his home in Huntingtown on Tues., June 24, 2014. He was 64 years old. Malvenia Cranford, 85 Mike was born on Dec. 9, 1949 to Malvenia Vincent Patrick and Colmus Cranford, age Margaret Aileen Cannon. He joined the 85, of Huntingtown military after graduating from Robert E. passed away July 3, Perry High School in Rockville, MD in 2014 at Charlotte 1966. He served two tours as Specialist First Hall Veteran’s Home. Class in Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol She was born June 26, of the 1st Calvary Division, Airborne 1929 in Baltimore, Rangers. He was honorably discharged as a Maryland to first private in 1970, and received the followFerdinand and Ethel ing decorations, medals, and commenda- Colmus and resided in Maryland Park, MD. tions: National Defense Service Medal, She married Mark Lyles Cranford in Parachute Badge, Air Medal, three Bronze 1948 and they moved to the family property in Star Medals (two with “V” device for acts of Huntingtown in 1962. She was employed at valor), AFHM (2nd class), a Gallantry Cross Huntingtown Elementary School as a secretary Ribbon with Palm, a Vietnam Campaign for 27 years until her retirement. Medal, and two Purple Hearts. His exposure Her son Mark Jr. and his wife Theresa, to Agent Orange during Vietnam caused a son John and his wife Cleta, and daughter heart condition and the cancer that Laura and son Matthew and wife Cindy ultimately took his life. survive her. She is also survived by grandchilHe went on to get his bachelor of arts in dren Erica, Melissa, Matthew Jr., Rebecca, English and Physical Education from Taylor, Mark III “Buddy”, Kyle and Grant, Towson University in 1972. He taught from and great grandchildren Morgan, Shawn, the time he graduated until the late 1970’s, Ryan, Lauren, Aubrey, and Madalee, who all when he went to work for his father-in-law at knew her as “Mom Mom”. Chopp and Company, Inc. (now Probuild) She was preceded in death by her in Waldorf, where he worked for over 30 husband Mark “Buddy”, her brothers Roland years. Colmus and Jack Colmus, and sister Margaret In 1970, Mike met Dana Marlene (Colmus) Steiner. Chopp on a blind date, and they fell in love. She enjoyed holiday and cookouts with They surprised both of their families by her family and friends presiding over “Mom eloping just 10 months after they met. They Mom’s” Store. She enjoyed shopping at local celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in stores and lunch at McDonald’s. 2013. Family and friends will be received Sat., Mike was a compassionate and gregari- July 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and ous person who went out of his way to make 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Rausch Funeral friends with everyone he met. His loss will be Home, 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. deeply felt by his family, his friends, and the Services and a celebration of Malvenia’s life whole southern Maryland community. will be held on Mon., July 14, at 11:00 a.m. at In addition to his wife, Dana, Mike is Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 survived by daughter Mae Elise and son-in- Emmanuel Church Road, Huntingtown with law Richard Roby Fisk, Jr.; daughter Sara interment following in the church cemetery. Elizabeth and grandson Daniel Lee; daughter Memorial contributions may be made to Josie Mae and son-in-law Edward Rigney; The Disabled American Veterans. and son Jeffrey Patrick. He is also survived by Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangeall 12 of his brothers and sisters and 49 nieces ments.

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Robert Lloyd Curtis of Dunkirk, formerly of Prince Georges County, passed away on Wed., June 25, 2014 at the age of 89. He was born in Khedive, PA on May 16, 1925 to Daniel Ralph and Retha Winona (Dugan) Curtis. Robert lived in Prince Georges County from 1955 until his move to Calvert in 2010. He retired after 35 years of service with the Department of Navy Aircraft Programming Department. He had a number of hobbies which included: reading, working crossword puzzles, watching football games, especially the Baltimore Ravens and in his younger years, bowling. He was an active member of the Elks, VFW and Grace Brethren of Calvert County. Robert was the beloved husband of Phyllis Jean (Silcott) Curtis. He was the loving father of Lois Franks and her husband Jerry, Winona Lagana and her husband Ronald and Deborah Curtis. He was the devoted grandfather of Tracy Case, Kelley Solsman, Joyce Harrison, Jesiah and Michael Huckstep; great-grandfather of Kayla and Marina Griffiths, Jeremy and Rachel Solsman, and Brittani and Christian Harrison; and greatgreat-grandfather of Carli Pemleton. He is also survived by numerous other family and friends. Funeral Services were held at Grace Brethren of Calvert County, 9870 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings handled arrangements.

Audrey Evelyn Dove, age 80, a 48-year resident of Davidsonville, died Fri., June 20 at the Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood of cancer after a two-year illness. Born Jan. 7, 1934 in Rose Hill, VA to the late Henry and Della Oaks, Evelyn was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a member of Community Bible Baptist Church and enjoyed bowling, walking and reading the bible. Evelyn is survived by her husband, Everett Dove, whom she married on Dec. 24, 1951; four children, James Dove of Chesapeake Beach, Danny Dove of Edgewater, Dennis Dove of Westminster and Michelle Tapp-Dove of Davidsonville; a brother, Donnie Oaks; seven grandchildren, James, Justin, Danny, Sean, Luke, Natalie and Christina Dove and two great-grandchildren. George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater handled arrangements.

Nettie Dorsey, 70 Nettie Lucille Dorsey, age 70, quietly slipped away into her eternal rest on Sat. June 21, 2014 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, MD. She was born on Oct. 8, 1943, to the late Carrie Holland and Gilbert Jenkins. She attended and graduated from Wiley Bates High School, in Annapolis. She later met and married the love of her life, Clarence V. Dorsey, who preceded her in death. Nettie, as she was so affectionately called, worked at the Edge Meade School, and Millenium Leland of Southern Maryland. She was a devoted member of Union United Methodist Church, and proudly served as an usher, and member of the Bell Singers. She leaves to cherish her memory: Raymond Rawlings (step-brother), Joyce Davis (sister), Mary Lee, Phillip Pollard, Lawrence Pollard, Dorothy Rawlings (sisterinlaw), John Davis (brother-in-law), Nieces Cecilia and Letisia Rawlings, great niece Tatyona Better, Catherine Blanchard (devoted friend), Mary Lou Lee (devoted friend and caretaker), Tim Dorsey (devoted friend), Nakeia (Gray) Smith (God-daughter), and a host of other relatives and friends. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Marge Firmani, 94 Margaret “Marge” Firmani of Huntingtown passed away July 4, 2014 at the age of 94. Marge was born in Washington DC on Jan. 8, 1920. She was the beloved wife to the late Domenic Firmani and loving mother of Ronald “Ronnie” Firmani and Nick Firmani. She was the sister of Dolly Bernardon. Margaret is survived by grandchildren: Tania Firmani, Ronnie Lynn Lippy, Tim Pullen and Kim Pullen and greatgrandchildren; Taylor Wise, G. Wise, Mary Katherine Lippy, Anna Marie Lippy, Jimmy Lippy, David Pullen, Nate Pullen and Tommy Pullen and great great-grandson; David, Jr. Margaret lived in Huntingtown for the past 12 years after moving from Coral Hills, MD. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus in Forestville. She enjoyed cooking for the Italian Club, watching TV and indulging in sweets. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Carole Franklin, 70 Carole Eileen Franklin, age 70, a 35-year resident of Deale, died June 24, 2014 at her residence after a two-year battle with cancer. She was born Dec. 19, 1943 in London, England. Carole was a self-employed accountant as well as serving in many positions to benefit the local community. Her strong character impacted everyone who met her. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by three children, Vanessa (Joe) Cullen of Deale, Stuart Brown of New Market, VA and Jeffrey Brown of London, England; a brother, Robert Franklin of Friend-

ship, and a sister, Maureen Ward of Suffolk, England. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Parish, Lothian, MD. George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater handled arrangements.

John Harris, 96 John Irving Harris Sr., age 96, passed away on July 1, 2014. He was born on October 18, 1917. Services were held Tues., July 8 at Chews Memorial United Methodist Church in Harwood, followed by interment at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lothian. Arrangements were handled by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick.

Robert Harris, 66 Elder Robert Leroy Harris was born Sept. 4, 1947 to the late Isaac Leroy Harris and Sylvia Elizabeth Harris in Prince Frederick. He was the oldest of nine children, and passed away June 2, 2014. Robert attended Brooks High School and completed the 10th grade. In April 1970, Robert Harris enlisted in the US Army and fought in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran and a Retired Sergeant in U.S. National Guard. Robert trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Company D, Sixth Battalion, and Second Brigade. He received the following medals: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge. On Nov. 4, 1971, Robert confirmed his love to the late Maddie Harris by entering into holy matrimony. They were married for 43 years. Out of this union were born three children. On Feb. 13, 1973, Robert gave his life to Christ and was saved at Greater Bible Way at the age of 25. His wife, the late Maddie Harris, received the Holy Ghost on Feb. 15, 1973. They did everything, including getting saved, together. He served faithfully at Solid Rock Church, Port Republic, for many years becoming a Deacon, Minister and ordained Elder in August 2001. Elder Harris attended services at Greater Mt. Gethsemane with Bishop Watts. He preached all over Calvert County, Washington DC, St. Mary's County; Philadelphia, PA, and New Jersey. He loved the Lord and he loved to preach. Even when he wasn't in the pulpit, he had encouraging words, a testimony or a praise for God. In 1996, Elder Harris's wife, Sister Maddie joined Greater Love Temple, in Milford, DE and shortly after, Elder Harris followed and was immediately accepted and loved by the saints. He was the Sunday School Superintendent and one of the adult Sunday school teachers. Elder Harris faithfully worked and served at the State Highway Administration in Prince Frederick from 1977 to 2012. After 35 years of service, he retired as a Facility Maintenance Equipment Operator 3. He was one of the few people who loved when it snowed. He was eager

and happy to clear his assigned roadways. He drove his truck with pride and took care of his crew like family. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He favorite past time was to spend hours on the local waterways fishing. He won many fishing tournaments, collecting several prizes and titles over the years. He also loved to hunt! A few of his victims were squirrels, rabbit, wild turkeys and boars, buffalo and deer, just to name a few. One of his prize prey was a 2,000 pound buffalo! He loved to share his catch with his family, church family, neighbors, and friends. Elder Harris had a lot of wisdom and he was a patient, loving man. He was admired and respected by everyone, not just his church family. He lived his life with pride. He was a wise Elder, a loving husband for 43 years, a great father and grandfather for 42 years, a great teacher, provider, and loyal servant to the U.S Armed Forces, the State of Maryland and was loved and respected by everyone. Elder Harris leaves to cherish all the wonderful memories, one daughter, Roxanne Harris; two sons, Robert L. Harris, Jr. (Kimberly), Rayfield Harris (Kecia); three grandsons, Michael Harris, Damon Swann, and Robert Harris III, two granddaughters; Monica Swann and Tristan Harris, one godson, Jabari Penn, six brothers, Isaac Harris, Floyd Harris (Mary), Maurice Harris (Juanita), John Harris (Geraldine) Charles Harris (Deborah) Leonard Harris (Marsha), two sisters, Darlene Harris, Doris Mackall (deceased) and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and his loving church family. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Jeff Hoffman, 52 Jeffery Roger Hoffman, age 52, of Lusby passed away June 28, 2014 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was born Oct. 6, 1961 in Washington, D.C. to Harold Jerome and Frances Beatrice (Cohen) Hoffman. Jeff was raised in Brentwood, MD and attended Northwestern High School. After high school, Jeff was employed as an auto truck mechanic and most recently worked for Carl B. Seeds in Owings. He married Norma Jean Saulter on May 7, 1994 in Brentwood and they made their home in Lusby. Jeff was a lifetime member of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, NHRA, and was a Washington Redskins Fan. Jeff was also a car enthusiast. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Norma Jean Hoffman, his parents Harold, Sr. and Frances Hoffman of Riverdale, children Paige and Zackary Hoffman of Lusby, and Kristen and Jeffrey Hoffman of Martinsburg, WV. Also surviving are siblings Harold Hoffman, Jr. of Laurel, Christopher Hoffman of Lusby, Laurie Pletsch of North Beach, Jody Hoffman of Florida, and Michael Hoffman of Riverdale, and two grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Mary Holland, 84 Mary Lillian (Tyler) Holland was born May 2, 1929 in Huntingtown (Plum Point) to the late Enoch Tyler and Martha Freeland and passed away April 21, 2014. She was the oldest of three children; one sister, Evelyn (deceased) and one brother Enoch Jr. She was married to the late Carroll Thomas Holland (Smitty) and seven children were born from this union. Mary was educated through the Calvert County Public School system. After graduating high school, she attended nursing school in Baltimore, Maryland for one year. Mary worked for the Federal Government for 31 years, to include: Andrews Air Force Base, the Census Bureau and the Pentagon. She retired in 1991, but continued to work at the Twin Beaches Library and finally as a bailiff for the Calvert County Circuit Court for 11 years, retiring for the second time in 2008. After retiring in 2008, Mary kept busy working at home; helping anyone she could, whenever she could. She especially enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She also enjoyed dancing, playing cards, reading, traveling to casinos, watching game shows on television, word puzzles and taking care of her flower garden. She also spent time visiting the senior centers of North Beach and Calvert Pines. Mary joined the church at an early age. Starting at Young's United Methodist Church (the Tyler family church) and from there she joined Patuxent United Methodist Church, where she continued until her death. She was a Communion Steward, and a member of the Finance Committee, the Usher Board, the Senior Choir, and the Kitchen Committee, as well as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mary leaves to cherish her memories: seven children, Douglas Oliver, Mary Ann Yarbrough (Timothy), Carroll Holland (Doris), Michael Holland (Donna), Leroy Holland (Elaine), Dean Holland (Natalie) and Brenda Jacks; one brother, Enoch Tyler, Jr.; three sisters-in-law, Sophonia Holland, Lovelette Reid and Betty Watts; two brothers-in-law, Wilford Jones and Bishop Robert Watts (Sunny Boy); twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Mary also leaves her special friends Doris Jones, Irene Wallace, Alice Sewell, Pauline Jones, Mazie Holland, Yvonne Wills,

Catherine Long and Eleanor Hicks. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Michael Lauermann, 68 M i c h a e l Matthew Lauermann, 68, of Huntingtown passed away July 5, 2014 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was born May 9, 1946 in Waseca, Minnesota to Jerome B. and Bernice M. (Omann) Lauermann. Mike was raised in La Crosse, WI, and graduated from Aquinas High School in 1964. He then attended the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in math and chemistry. Mike enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968. A career Naval Aviator, Mike retired Jan. 1, 1994 at the rank of Commander. While serving in the Navy, Mike received the Navy Expeditionary, Vietnam Service, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Navy Commendation, National Defense Service, and Meritorious Service Medals, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. He married Patricia Gail Murphy on Feb.28, 1981, and they lived in California, Hawaii, and Silver Spring. They moved to Calvert County in 1995, and have lived in Huntingtown since 1996. Mike was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, the Association of Naval Aviation and attended Jesus the Divine Word Parish in Huntingtown. Michael also coached his childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth soccer and basketball teams. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family, especially his children. Mike is survived by his loving wife Patti Lauermann, a son Kyle M. Lauermann, and a daughter Keri M. Lauermann, all of Huntingtown. He is also survived by three sisters, Lucy Springer of Bangor, WI, Alice Kendall of Bartlett, TN, and Mary Lauermann of Prince Frederick. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lee Lauermann. A mass of Christian burial service will be held Tues., July 15 at Jesus the Divine World Catholic Church in Huntingtown, followed by interment at the MD Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Cheltenham. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home.

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Gayhart Kent, 99 Gayhart Kent was born at home on Sept. 26, 1914 in Huntingtown, to Daniel Kent and Augusta Brooks Kent. At birth he was named Daniel Webster Gayhart Kent, but later shortened his name to just Gayhart. He peacefully departed this life on Wed., June 25, 2014 at his family home in Huntingtown, about 200 yards from where he was born. Gayhart began his education in a one-room school house in Huntingtown and completed it at Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore. He was a lifelong member of Young's United Methodist Church and attended Patuxent Church when Young's changed to limited service. He was a trustee at Young's and continued to give financial support to both churches even when he was unable to attend. In Nov. 1953 he was united in holy matrimony to Viola Blanche Kent, which led to 60 years of marriage. Their combined family consisted of six children. Gayhart worked his whole life on the land where he was born. After receiving 40 acres of land from his father, he was able to purchase an additional 125 acres to increase the size of his farm. He worked very hard on the farm even building the barns himself. He joined the Laborers Local Union in the late 1940's to supplement the farm income. Although he retired in 1990 from Local 657 he was honored in 2011 for sustaining his membership for 50 consecutive years. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel Kent and Augusta Brooks Kent; sisters Carlotta Carter, Madore Carroll, and Gretchen Gross, Brothers; Phillip Hammond, Thomas Pinkney, Maurice Kent, and one adopted brother, Elasker Ennis. He leaves to cherish his memory his sister; Carrie Bertha Jones (Clyde), Daughters-Myrtle Harvey, Gayle Reid (Vaughn), Sons - Howard Kent (Cheryl), Michael Kent and Gary Kent and stepson; Clifton "Billy" Russell (Denise), grandchildren Dianne, David, Dellarease, Denise (Robert), Debra, Darlicia, Detoria (Garland) Dovena, Dakota, Greg (Kesa), Douglas, Vaughn Jr.(Laichelle), Jeanine (Randy), Dytalis (David), Dichina, Shadawn (Sean), Kendall and Camden; 32

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great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Louise Russell. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. As the oldest surviving member of the family and a lover of history, Gayhart was able to share facts about the family that we can carry on from generation to generation. He obtained the family history from his grandfather, Benjamin who was born in 1839. He had a wonderful memory and in 2010 placed a marker on his grandparents’ grave so that spot would not be lost. He was an avid reader, reading three newspapers a day when he was at his peak, in order to get all of the news especially about baseball. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting coins, both historical and international. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

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Walt Kozlowski, 90 Walter S. Kozlowski, age 90, passed away Thurs., June 26, 2014 at his home in Bowie, MD. Walt was born in Wilmington, DE to Augustyn and Anilda (Nellie) Llafanklas Kozlowski of Poland on Sept. 30, 1923. He worked for NASA, W.T. Weaver and Sons Hardware, and Lowe’s. He enjoyed square dancing, traveling in the Winnie, gardening, and woodworking. Walt is preceded in death by his parents, Augustyn and Nellie; two brothers Stanley and Joseph; stepsons Neil and Kevin Armour; and grandson Walter S. Kozlowski, III. Walt is survived by his wife Lucille Radabaugh Armour Kozlowski; grandchildren Cynthia D. and Dawn Kozlowski; step grandchildren Kelli Armour, Sean Armour, Kerry MacWilliams, Susan Curtis, Barbara Turner, Kyle Armour, Emily Dillard, John Armour, Timothy Armour, and Cody Armour. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Daniel Siegel, 63 Daniel James Siegel, age 63, of Chesapeake Beach, passed away Wed., June 25, 2014 at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Steven Ducham and loving father of Jason Daniel Siegel and Melissa Patrick and her husband Joseph. He was the stepfather of Steven Ducham, Jr. and Matthew Ducham. He was the grandfather of Justin Patrick, Natalie Patrick, Matilda Siegel, Shaelyn Cooper and great-grandfather of Kennedi Patrick. He is also survived by his brother Bob Siegel and his wife Ann and sister Wendy Greenblatt and her husband Mark and numerous nieces and nephews. Also he leaves behind his two faithful companions; Sasha and Beyonce. Mr. Siegel moved to Chesapeake Beach in 2004 and retired from the Bureau of Engraving in 2013. He was a member of the American Cancer Society since June 2013 and an active member of American Legion Post 206, Chesapeake Beach. Daniel enjoyed reading, especially books of historical nature, and was known as a regular at the Calvert County Library. When he was not at the library, you could find him reading his Kindle. His other great passions were cooking and spending time with his grandchildren and all his family. Mr. Siegel retired from the U.S. Navy as a deep sea diver and was also trained and served as a saturation diver. He was an avid golf fan and loved rooting for the New England Patriots. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Carlos Kreider Ralon, age 86, of Lusby, passed away July 1, 2014 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Born in Washington DC on Sept. 28, 1927, to Arsenio Ralon and Ethel Marie Kreider, he was predeceased by his sister Valerie Stoughton and brother Victor Ralon. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Edith Coon Ralon, and four children, Vicki Presnell and husband Patrick of Lusby, Don Ralon and wife Bettye of Aiken, South Carolina, Carlton Ralon and wife Deborah of Houston, TX, and Joel Ralon and wife Cheryl of Lusby, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. During World War II, Carlos joined the Merchant Marine and sailed on 3 Liberty Ships. In 1997, he joined Project Liberty Ship. He Capt. Tom Rials, 71 Jerry stood watch as an oiler on many of the SS John W. Brown’s Living History Cruises. Captain Tom Carlos had a long career as a piano techni“Hooker” Rials Jr., cian and member of the Piano Technicians of Chesapeake Guild. He and Edith owned and operated three Beach, passed away music stores and a Hallmark store in Southern on Mon., June 30, Maryland. 2014 at the age of Carlos was a founding member of Calvary 71. He was born Bible Church, Lusby, where he faithfully served July 9, 1942. as a board member, organist, and Sunday school Lee Funeral teacher. He attended Washington Bible College Home in Owings in Lanham, MD. handled arrangements. George W. Stake.

Stake, 66 Gerald Wilmot Stake, known as "Jerry," age 66, of St. Leonard, passed away on July 6, 2014 in Prince Frederick. He was born on Jan. 19, 1948 in Chambersburg, PA to the late Edna Mae and

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Jerry had been a businessman in the area since 1983 owning and operating several paint stores, most recently the Benjamin Moore/McCormick Paint store in Sunderland. Jerry had many interest, he was an avid car buff, a great mechanic, enjoyed NACAR, and he loved boating and fishing. He was a hard worker and a wonderful father and grandfather, who will be missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his long time girlfriend, Michelle Hutchinson. He was the father of Traci Whitfield and her husband Gary, and Alyssa Hall and her husband Michael, Logan Stake, Tyler Stake, Grant Stake, and Sumner Hutchinson. He is also survived by grandchildren Shauna Thomas, Skyler Whitfield, Aysha Whitfield, Riley Hall and Brady Hall and one great granddaughter Ciani Thomas. The family will receive friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, on Thurs. July 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A Memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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worked for the State of Maryland, retiring as a Fiscal Clerk and also worked as a longtime daycare provider. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family especially the children. Mary is survived by her children, Robert "Rocky" Louis Turner Jr. and his wife, Mitzi, of Deale, Tammy Sheetenhelm and her husband, Chuck, of Churchton, Sherri Anderson and her husband, Rob, of Grasonville and Mary Lou Fletcher and her husband, Dennis, of Ridgely; a brother, Paul "Butch" Frank Maxwell of Chester; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Louie" Louis Turner Sr.; her parents, Orrie Gay Maxwell and Mary Loretta; her brothers, Jack, Richard M., Essel and Billy Maxwell. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1041 MD Route 3 N, Bldg A, Gambrills, MD 21054. George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater handled arrangements.

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Lisa A. Viens, Joyce A. Stutts, 46, of Stevensville, age 52, a resident of St. MD passed away on Leonard since 1985, June 23, 2014 in Anne passed away July 3, Arundel Medical 2014 at Mercy HospiCenter. tal Center in She was born on Baltimore. She was June 25, 1967 in born on Jan. 18, 1962 Prince Frederick, to in Anacortes, WA to the late John O. and the late William M. Lucille Rainey. Lisa was a homemaker, and a George Sanford and Ruby Carol Edwards very thorough one at that. She kept her home Sanford. and her gardens in perfect condition. When not She graduated from Anacortes H.S. She tending to home, Lisa enjoyed the beach, received a BA from Central Washington especially Ocean City. University in Ellensburg, WA. She is survived by her loving husband and She is survived by her husband, John Stutts best friend, Norman K. Viens, sister of Linda of St. Leonard, her daughter Kathleen Stutts of Walton and her husband John, Kathy Walton St. Leonard, her sister Diane Zieman of Jackson- and her husband Eugene, Bonnie Rainey and ville, Fl., her brother Jack Sanford of Princess Patricia Hall and her husband Joseph. She is also Anne, niece Sandy Yetter and her husband Tim, survived by many other family members and son Jayden and daughter Bailey of California, friends. MD niece Jennifer Drum of Tacoma, WA; step Memorial contributions may be made to nieces Julie Bishop and Allison Zieman, and her the University of Maryland Hepatology Dept., daughters Ana, Michaela, Briana, Cami and 22 S. Greene Street N3W50, Baltimore, MD Joey. 21201-1595. A funeral service celebrating her life will be Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic held on Thurs., July 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary handled arrangements. Bible Church, 8300 Nursery Rd., Lusby with Pastor Dan Simmons officiating. Interment will Elizabeth Wills, 92 follow in the church cemetery. The pallbearers are: Robert Caudill, Ida Elizabeth Stephen Dodson, Glenn Heaney, Dudley Wills was born on McCready, Bill Silva and Tim Yetter. Honorary June 19, 1921. She pallbearers are Pastor Albert Brockman and was the daughter of Vernon Garner. the late Ada Morsell Contributions may be made in her and Lloyd Rawlings. memory to the National Ovarian Cancer She quietly departed Coalition, 2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 435, this life on Mon., Dallas, TX 75219 ( June 16, 2014 at Arrangements were handled by Rausch Calvert Memorial Funeral Home in Lusby. Hospital, Prince Frederick, three days before her 93rd birthday. Elizabeth (as she was affectionately Mary Turner, 80 known by family and friends) was educated Mary "Mickey" in Calvert County. She attended Mt. Hope Margaret Turner, age Elementary School in Sunderland, Maryland, 80, a 19-year resident and graduated from the 7th grade. She loved of Chester and school and playing sports. In her senior years, previously of Annapo- she could be seen playing ball with her grand lis, died on July 1, and great-grandchildren. On Jan. 14, 1939, at the early age of 17, 2014 of cancer. Born April 21, 1934 in Elizabeth married Syrelius Wills, Sr. From this union eleven children were Seabrook, Mary

born (two died at young ages). On June 10, 1989, Elizabeth and Syrelius, Sr. celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Growing up, Elizabeth was a member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Sunderland. Later, she joined Wards Memorial United Methodist Church in Owings. She was very active in church and faithfully participated in various capacities including the following: Choir Member, President of the Choir, Women Society Christian Service (formerly Ladies Aide), President of the United Methodist Women Society, Communion Steward, Member of Nurture Outreach of Wards Methodist Women, Member of Outreach Exercise, and Bible Study No. 1 and No. 2. Elizabeth would also go to church with her 9 children and see that they participated in children programs. She often expressed that she felt the most joy in her life when she saw her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren graduate from high school and further their life dreams and goals. She especially enjoyed her yearly birthday celebrations given by her family. She attended the Senior Citizens Center in North Beach three days a week, Bible Study, enjoyed reading, exercising, traveling, cooking and baking, and playing checkers and Scrabble. Elizabeth's first job was babysitting for the Donavans in Chesapeake Beach. Afterwards, she worked at Sea Breeze Restaurant (now Traders) in North Beach. She left Sea Breeze and became a domestic worker in District Heights, MD. Later, she became a cafeteria worker for the Calvert County School Board of Education and retired after serving many meals to many children for many years. Her last and enjoyable part-time employment was as a Museum housekeeper with the Chesapeake Beach Railroad Museum. She retired from the Museum in June 2009. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Elizabeth leaves to treasure her memories, her loving and devoted children; three sons, Syrelius, Jr. (Elizabeth), Isaac (Ellen), and Woodrow; four daughters, Barbara Williams, Helen Wills, Alice Davis and Faye Hinton; 32 grandchildren, 40 greatgrandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Mae Hurley; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends: Amelia Stepney, Alberta Jones, Catherine Stewart, Carolyn Jenkins, Cozette Gray, Timothy Hinton and special nephew, John Henry Gray.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Syrelius, Sr. ; sons, Charles and Anthony; daughters, Myrna and Claudette; granddaughters, Tammy Brooks, Dana Wills, and Debbra Wills; greatgranddaughter, Ashley Taylor; grandson in-law, Herman Lucas; sons-in-law, James Davis and George Roberts. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Betty Lou Willoughby, 79 Betty Lou Willoughby, age 79, of Brandywine, MD, formerly of Lothian, MD, passed away with her family by her side. Born on April 8, 1935, she was one of 12 children born and raised in Washington, DC to Norman and Mary Roselee (Moran) Cornwell. In 1956, she went on a blind date and met the love of her life, Moses Earl Willoughby. In August 1957, they were married. Moses was in the United States Air Force, so Betty Lou became the wife of a career military man. Being in the military enabled them to see a lot of the world, being stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC, Maine, the Philippine Islands, Japan, Albuquerque, New Mexico and finally back at Andrews where he retired in 1975. The family lived in Lothian until the passing of Moses in 2008. At that time, Betty Lou moved to Brandywine with her son. Betty Lou was a devoted member of her church, a Sunday School teacher and a daycare provider, but her children and grandchildren were her life. Her family was always her heart. She was the beloved wife of the late Moses Earl Willoughby, Sr. and loving mother to Moses Earl Willoughby, Jr., Laurie Ann Callahan, Dwayne Edward Willoughby and Joseph Eugene Willoughby. She was the grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of four. She is also survived by her brothers Wallace, William, Charles and Donald Cornwell, sisters Gloria Palmer-Madden and Norma Jean Keyser. She was predeceased by her parents and six siblings. Lee Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Cemetery Announces New Section Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens in Port Republic has broken ground on “The Oasis,” a new and innovative garden section. The meandering paths within the garden will compliment a gazebo, a tranquil waterfall and winding stream, all surrounded by lush landscaping. This new development will be filled with a variety of distinctive choices for cremation memorials. Sites for personalized granite pedestals or benches are available throughout the OASIS and large granite fountains, walls, and trellis’ features provide impressive niche sites as well. For more information, please contact Marci Kreamer, General Manager at (410) 257-0544.

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The Chesapeake Current, Bay Tripper and Cuisine are the only locally-owned and operated newspapers in our area. We’re not owned by a mega-billionaire investor in Seattle. And don’t be confused by counterfeits that “claim” they’re everything Calvert County when they’re really nothing but St. Mary’s County and their goal is to get you across the bridge to spend your money over there with their advertisers. 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 Chesapeake Current supports local businesses and our communities in so many ways. And now we’re bigger and better than ever before to better serve YOU! Nothing in the Current is syndicated, nothing is canned or boring junk content, and we have no fillers just 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.

Pets Calvert County Humane Society Meet Steve! Quiet Steve is a bit shy at first, but once he warms up, he is yours forever! This two-year-old poodle mix does well with other dogs and can often be seen in play groups with the other dogs. Steve is very much house trained. Steve would probably prefer a quiet home, as he is a bit shy at times, but if he just has someone to cuddle up with, he'll be super happy! For more information, please visit or come in and see all the animals available at the Humane Society of Calvert County, 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Phone: (410) 257-4908. Be sure to mention that you read this in the Chesapeake Current!

Anne Arundel County Animal Control The shelter is now overflowing with LOTS of adorable kittens that need forever homes! Here are just a few that have come in recently, and although some of these may have already been adopted, please stop by and check out the others. They are all super sweet and cuddly – and Animal Control really needs to empty some cages so now’s the time for you to take home one of these adorable, playful kittens.

Classified Ads Help Wanted Sneade’s Ace Home Center is hiring both part-time and full-time positions at our Lusby location. Applicants should have knowledge of lumber, electrical and lawn and garden. Also searching for a driver with a clean driving record. Complete the application online at, print it, then place it in a sealed envelope and drop it off at the lumber counter at Lusby.

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Anne Arundel County Public Library branches have differing needs for both on-going projects and short-term volunteer activities. Some examples include cleaning and re-casing books, CD and DVD collections, assembly of Story Time projects, copying, data processing or other computer projects, and file maintenance. Ongoing tasks for daily morning shifts include helping with unloading and processing delivery and looking on the shelves for requested items. Volunteer shifts are flexible and may include some evenings or weekends in addition to day-time hours. Some Branches can work with volunteers as young as 14 and may keep applications on file to call prospective volunteers when needs arise. Training is provided. Check with the Branches at about their current and up-coming volunteer opportunities or ask at the branch you’d like to help.

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.

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Pride & Joy Soldiers Pursue New Careers Are you ready to shift gears? Transportation training programs at the College of Southern Maryland are helping vets do just that as they move out of the Army, Navy Air Force and Marines. Transitioning from military to civilian life allowed Tavares Jefferson to move from protecting his country to a focus on protecting his family. By building on the skills and qualifications he gained in training with the Army, then at the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Transportation Training, Jefferson, 32, of Chaptico, is positioning himself for greater

Of the eight students attending CSM’s CDL training this spring, six are veterans, including, from left, Ray Benson who served in the Air Force, Ryan Purvis and Tavares Jefferson who served in the Army, Craig Davies who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Ken Ackley and Pete Waters of Lusby, who served in the Navy.

employment opportunities, higher paying jobs and a better life for his children. “My main emphasis is on my kids. I have so much support from my friends and family because they see me bettering myself,” said Jefferson. Jefferson is not alone in his pursuit of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) following military service. In this spring’s CDL class, six of eight students are veterans. One factor veterans cite when choosing CSM for CDL training is that the program is approved by the Veterans Administration for the use of veterans benefits through the GI Bill. “From service assignments around the globe, local veterans have converged at CSM for training they can use as they transition to civilian life whether recently separated from service or are decades away from their days in uniform,” said CSM Continuing Education and Workforce Development Vice President Dr. Dan Mosser. “There is a push to provide training and jobs to returning veterans, and CSM is in a great position to provide help to our servicemen and women.” With more than 30 years of instruction, CSM’s Commercial Truck Driver Training Program has helped more than 1,800 individuals get their licenses. “Almost 95 percent of our students graduate from the program and approximately 75 percent remain employed in the transportation industry,” said Lead CDL Instructor Eric “Mac” McCollum. McCollum understands what his veteran

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students are facing when transitioning from military to civilian life because he retired from the Navy in 1990. “I got out on May the 8th, went fishing on the 9th and started back to work on the 10th,” he said. When that company folded a few years later McCollum wasn’t sure what would be next. At the unemployment office, a veterans representative asked McCollum if he wanted to drive a truck. A few weeks after completing the course, McCollum was hired by CSM as a range monitor assisting with setting up training courses at the Center for Transportation Training. “I started in August 1993 and the job was supposed to be temporary - but I stayed.” There are more than 500,000 trucking companies of various sizes from the largest with thousands of vehicles to the smallest with only one truck. One out of every seven jobs is transportation related, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The trucking industry is huge and employs more than 20 million people as drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and fleet management. Pete Waters, 52, of Lusby, retired as a commander from the Navy in 2009. A pilot with 21 years of service, Waters was looking for career options when he signed up for CDL training. “I might be considered a professional student or someone who collects degrees,” said Waters of his associate, bachelor's and master's degrees and vehicle licenses. “Driving a truck is hard work and driving a truck over the Solomons [TJ Johnson] Bridge will be the highlight of my year,” he said. Waters said that in giving flying lessons there were two sets of controls so that the instructor can take over if the student falters - but instructors in the CDL class solely give vocal commands to guide students in the right direction. “It takes nerves and patience to be a truck driving instructor,” he said. Craig Davies, 27, who served in Marine Corps motor vehicle operations for more than six years felt he had a head start in the program.

Pete Waters of Lusby checks the air and electrical connections as part of the pre-inspection required in the commercial driver’s license (CDL) training through the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Transportation Training in La Plata.

Although he had driven large vehicles at bases in the U.S. and Afghanistan, they did not require shifting or double-clutching 10 gears, he said. “I don’t think people realize how much skill goes into driving a [tractor trailer],” said Davies. Ray Bensen, a former military police officer for the U.S. Air Force, has been out of the military for 10 years. Now, working as a mechanic for the auto industry, Bensen, 36, of La Plata, wanted to add a CDL to his resume so he will be ready to implement his plan to drive fan apparel for the NASCAR circuit in a few years with his wife who is currently completing her military service obligation. “Our goal is for her to get a CDL, too, and we can travel together—maybe have our own rig,” said Bensen. CSM’s CDL instruction begins with four 10-hour days that prepare students to earn a learner’s permit before the start of behind-thewheel training. Students also need to pass a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and a drug screening test. For more information on the CDL Program, visit

CSM To Raise Tuition The College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees set tuition for the upcoming 2014-15 academic year, with a 1.8 percent increase, which translates to a $2 per credit increase, for Southern Maryland students effective fall 2014. This means that residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will now pay $115 per credit. Tuition for Maryland residents outside of the tri-county region will increase by $3 per credit and for out-of-state residents by $4 per credit. The comprehensive fee remains at 23 percent of tuition. CSM’s operating budget is supported by funding from the state, the three counties of Southern Maryland, and tuition and fees. The Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget of $63,351,753 reflects an overall increase of 2.03 percent over the previous year and is based on anticipated funding to be provided at the state and county levels. Of the total revenues, tuition and fees constitute 48 percent, county appropriations 28 percent and state funding 21 percent and 3 percent from other. “This budget, while based on a lean enrollment projection, allows us to move forward on major initiatives,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried as he noted flattening trends with high school-age populations. “Unlike many colleges, that in the face of flattening enrollments pull back and cut programs, we are able to continue to provide the best quality college education for

our students.” Acknowledging a 9.7 percent increase in state aid with an additional $1.18 million, coupled with funding support by the three boards of county commissioners in Charles and St. Mary’s and flat funding in Calvert, Gottfried added, “With this support, we are able to hold to a modest increase on tuition.” To enhance and provide a greater level of direct support for students, included within the budget are new services and programs including enhancements to enrollment services, the math lab, the nursing program, driver education, new cybersecurity initiatives, and operating funds to open the new Community Education Building at the La Plata Campus. In presenting the recommended budget to the Board of Trustees, CSM Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services Tony Jernigan, CPA advised the college’s FY15 operating budget reflects realistic enrollment projections and the use of fund balance to complete the college’s web redesign, continuity of operations planning and Regional Campus well and septic. “It is important that students be able to attend CSM, receive an excellent education and earn a degree without taking on massive student loan debt,” said Gottfried. “With CSM’s growing number of articulations, our graduates as transfer students can stay on track and be successful doing so at a much more manageable cost for their baccalaureate

degrees.” CSM’s tuition and fees may be paid over a four-month period through CSM’s Tuition Payment Plan which is available to students enrolled with six or more credits. Since the plan is not a loan program, there is no debt, no credit search and no interest or finance charge assessed on the unpaid balance. The cost is a $50 per semester non-refundable enrollment fee. The college also offers an online program that helps students to easily identify and apply for potential scholarships. The

CSM Scholarship Finder is a quick, easy and free service that helps Southern Maryland students match their backgrounds and financial needs to dozens of local scholarships in a wide variety of academic programs. To learn about the payment plan, contact the Bursar’s Office at (301) 934-7712 or (301) 870-2309, ext. 7712 or visit CSM’s Scholarship Finder is also on their web site. For info on scholarships and financial aid assistance at CSM, call (301) 934-7531 or (240) 725-5499, Ext. 7531.

Kids College Supports Younger Students Parents watch their children run through the hula hoop section of an obstacle course at the Kids College Open House that took place at the Leonardtown Campus on last month as part of the War of 1812 Raiders & Invaders Weekend. The obstacle course, which was created for the younger siblings of children previewing the Kids College offerings, represented one of the various survival camps to be offered this summer by the College of Southern Maryland. Some of the offerings include Hunger Games survivor camp, Lord of the Rings survivor camp and Star Wars survivor camp. For more information, visit or email

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CURRENT EVENTS Get Tickets for Upcoming Concerts Celebrate Summer at the Under the Sun Tour featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Gin Blossoms at the Calvert Marine Museum’s PNC Waterside Pavilion on Sun., July 27. Tickets are on sale now and are $39 for reserved and $49 premium, and can be purchased by phone at 1-800-787-9454, in person at Prince Frederick Ford/Dodge (cash or check only), or online at The gates open early at 4:00 p.m. with food and drink available on site; show time is 5:30 p.m. All four bands will be in Solomons together to perform four hours of live music! This is a show the whole family can enjoy with hits from the Shrek movie, including: I'm a Believer and All-Star. Sing along to Smile, Hey Jealousy, Fly, Follow You Down, When it's Over, Can't Get Enough of You Baby, In A Little While and Every Morning. There will be hit after hit throughout the show, so get a group together and enjoy the

JUST ANNOUNCED: JOURNEY Sun. Aug. 24 @ 7:30 p.m. In a career spanning five decades, Journey is blazing hotter than ever with the line-up of Neal Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals), Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Arnel Pineda (lead vocals). The band has reached heights that likely no artist can hit these days. It is not luck; it is persistent, hard work over the years and Southern Maryland, they will be right here performing at the PNC Waterside Pavilion! Since the group's formation in 1973, the band has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 Gold and Platinum albums. “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Schon said, “has become this national anthem, world anthem. It’s really wild. If somebody plays it, no matter where, everybody sings it.” With songs like "Open Arms", "Faithfully", "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" and "Anyway You Want It", Journey holds a special place in the hearts and memories of so many people. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see their live performance in Solomons on Sun. Aug. 24.

Thompson Square Fri., July 18 - 7:30 P.M. Special Guest Appearances: Sam Grow & Clark Manson The two-time reigning ACM "Country Duo" of the year Thompson Square will perform live on the PNC Waterside Pavilion Fri., July 18. Their latest single "Everything I Shouldn't be Thinking About" is rising in the top 10 and is the follow up to their #1 smash hits "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You." It’s the “Just Feels Good” tour!

music of four bands for the price of one! Tickets are going fast- so don't wait! Proceeds from the Waterside Concert Series support the education and preservation efforts of the Calvert Marine Museum. Chairs and coolers are not permitted. For additional information or to reach a staff member, please call (410) 326-2042, ext. 16 or 18.

Southern Maryland's own Sam Grow will open the show on July 18! Sam has single-handedly built a core collowing, playing 250 dates a year all over the U.S. His first two independent releases have sold over 30,000 copies and his most recent record charted in the top 20 on iTunes. In late 2013, Sam made the move to Nashville and has inked his first publishing deal with "ole." Sam will be recording his next record with Grammy-nominated producers, Matt McClure and Kyle Jacobs, with a scheduled release in Summer 2014.

After Sam takes the stage, fans will get a chance to check out Clark Manson. He released his debut album in Nov. 2013, Running with The Night, which quickly climbed in the iTunes chart, peaking at number 30. Running with the Night also checked in at number five on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart in 2013, and has received much recognition all around the world by Manson’s 33,000 Twitter followers and fans. Since the album release, Manson has swamped the ticket-booths, selling out a number of shows and quickly becomTickets go on sale to members of the ing a notable country vision in states Calvert Marine Museum on Tues., ranging from Wisconsin all the way to July 22 at 10:00 a.m. If you are not a member, consider joining now to become a year-round supporter of More Current Events More Current Events the museum. After tickets are offered to museum members, any remaining Warrior Fun Run & Sail! tickets will go on sale to the general Register now for this fun-filled event public on Tues., July 29 at 10:00 honoring local veterans that takes place on Aug. 23 at Solomons Island! The a.m.

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Warrior Fun Run begins at 8:00 a.m. The Boat Parade is at 10:00 a.m. and the Fouled Anchor Regatta starts at 11:00 a.m. Benefits Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. Registration is $30.00 per person; kids under 13 run free; fees vary for boats. Skippers are encouraged to invite Veterans to join their crew for the Regatta. Visit to learn more about this event and pre-register!

Texas. Now Clark will take on Southern Maryland and warm up the stage for Thompson Square. Tickets to see all three acts are on sale now at $38 for reserved seats and $48 for premium seats. Bluegrass for Hospice 2014 This year will feature The Seldom Scene as the headlining act. Get your tickets now! The event will be held on Sat. Oct. 25 at the Flat Iron Farm in Great Mills, starting at noon. All proceeds will go toward the Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House. Bluegrass for Hospice will also feature local talent by Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek, Recycled Bluegrass, and many, many more. There will be raffles, silent auction, and door prizes. For more info, to be a sponsor, or to reserve a vendor space, contact Jay Armsworthy at (301) 737-3004 and check the website as well,

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CURRENT EVENTS Senior Trip to Branson Sign up now for a fun trip for senior citizens to Branson, MO. Leaves Nov. 8 and returns Nov. 14, attending a number of the Branson holiday shows. Four nights will be spent at one of Branson’s first class destination resorts, the Welk Resort Hotel nestled in the breathtaking Ozark Mountains. Prices range from $985 per person for double occupancy to $885 per person for triple occupancy. A full itinerary for the trip is available at the Southern Anne Arundel County Senior Center’s trip desk on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Fridays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Membership, which is free and available for persons age 55 and older, is required. The South County Senior Center is located at 27 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater; the phone number is (410) 222- 1927.

Thursday, July 10 Town Hall Meeting: The League of Women Voters of Calvert County will hold a Town Hall meeting from 7:00 9:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library, 850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick. The topic is: Water & Sewer Issues in the County. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more info on the

League, visit or call Welcome Center at 5th and Bay Ave. (410) 586-2176. Moonlight Dance on the Bay: A swing dance will be held at 8:00 Fri., July 11 & Sat., July 12 benefit p.m. at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach to support Ruth’s Annapolis Irish Festival: Three stages Miracle Group Home, a transitional of traditional Irish entertainment, home for women located in Southern authentic Irish food and crafts, Maryland. Your tax-deductible donachildren's activities and more. At the tion will help support the programs and Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, services of Ruth’s Miracle Group Crownsville. 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Fri.; home. For tickets and more informa11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sat. Tickets tion please visit are $10 - $20. or call (410) 326-9170 (office) or (443) Visit: 623-5469 (cell).

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Christmas in July: The year is half over already! Get a jumpstart on the holiday season now! A variety of items including decorations, crafts, and gifts will be available. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. At the Southern Anne Arundel County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys La., Edgewater. Call (410) 222-1927 or (410) 798-4802 or visit for more information.

Lighthouse Adventure Cruise Southern Bay: Lighthouse lovers are invited for an unforgettable experience exploring lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay with an expert guide aboard a private charter. Cruises leave from the Drum Point Lighthouse at 7:45 a.m. and return at approximately 4:00 p.m. The cost is $130; $120 for members of the Calvert marine Museum. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Campfire on the Beach: Stories, Call (410) 326-2042, ext. 41. games and s’mores! A free kids event in Huge Yard Sale: At the North Beach North Beach. 7:00 p.m. Near the Volunteer Fire Department. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Lots of great stuff – come check it out! 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).

Mania. Perfect for families with pre-school and elementary age children, this day invites the kids to play like an otter, dance the Swim with our otter mascots, discover where otters live everywhere in the Calvert Marine world, and learn what makes them so special. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Regular admission applies. Visit for details. Scales & Tales Photography Day! Bring your cameras and curiosity to meet some of the fantastic Birds of Prey from Maryland Park Service's Soldier's Delight "Scales & Tales Program." Snap pictures of owls, hawks and maybe a live Raven! Free program but donations accepted for Scales & Tales. 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. To register call (301) 888-1377 or e-mail Directions: From MD Rt. 301 take Croom Rd., turn left onto St. Thomas Church Rd., which will turn into Fenno Rd. Follow sign for Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary on your left. For more information visit: Shady Side Live Open-Mic Night: For South County teen performers: music, stories, poetry, comedy, art work, short videos. Public welcome; donations accepted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Shady Side Community Center, 1431 Snug Harbor Rd.

Full Moon Walk: Explore owls, bats, fireflies and other night creatures on this easy walk guided by moonlight! Family program. A naturalist will provide red film for safe night viewing so bring your own flashlights. Sat. July 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. At Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Please register in Otter Mania! Bubbles and Squeak are advance for this free event by calling CMM star attractions, and they will be (301) 888-1377 or emailing cavorting in the spotlight during Otter Community Day on the Water: Open house at Patuxent Wetland Park. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, crafts and more. All ages. Children must be 13 or older for kayaking. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. Directions: Free event.

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CURRENT EVENTS Concert on the Pavilion: The U.S. Army Band: Downrange beginning at 6:00 p.m. Town of North Beach. Free. For more information call (410) 2579618. Country Dance: For a fun time, come to the Country Dance at the American Legion 206. 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. The modest price of $15.00 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies. Hosted by the American Legion 206 in the upper level ballroom in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Public warmly welcomed. For info call (301) 8556466.

Sunday, July 13 Teddy Bear Family Picnic: Many countries celebrate the summer with Teddy Bear Picnics. Come celebrate this annual family tradition of enjoying a picnic outdoors with cherished teddy bears and other fluffy friends. There will be a real (stuffed) Black Bear for photos, learn what a real bear would eat and how honeybees play a big part in their diet. Bring a teddy and your picnic to enjoy at decorated tables by the meadow. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro. Suggested donation $2.00 per family. Preregistration is required by calling (301) 888-1377 or e-mailing Directions: From MD Rt. 301 take Croom Rd., turn left onto St. Thomas Church Rd., which will turn into Fenno Rd. Follow sign for Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary on your left. For more information visit: Art in the Garden: Bring the entire family and get in touch with your creative side by painting a canvas or flowerpot with an image from the rain scape, or the waterfront view. The event includes canvas or flowerpot, paint, and paintbrush, with homemade sugar cookies and lemonade served to you while you paint. For children and adults of all ages. A few painters from the Muddy Creek Artist's Guild will be on hand to join the fun. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E. West Shady Side Rd., Shady Side. For details and registration go to

fun, snacks, music, learning & crafts. For Senior Center, 27 Stepneys La., Edgemore info visit: Thu., Jul. 17 thru Sun., Jul. 20 water. Call (410) 222-1927 or (410) for online registration; email: 798-4802 or visit or call: Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge: for more information. With their bright and billowing Third Thursday Thrillers: Caught in a (301) 855-3555. spinnakers, sailors from around the case of mistaken identity, a man must country will converge on Solomons. elude the authorities and a group of Monday, July 14 Up to 120 boats (and their boisterous spies if he is to find a missing CIA agent crews) will vie for awards and bragging Rightsizing Your Life: Kater Leather- rights in this event featuring three days to help clear himself of murder. Call man returns to present a one hour work- of round-the-buoys racing. Calvert the branch for movie title information. shop which includes looking at life transi- Marine Museum. For more informa- 6:30 p.m., Deale Community Library, (410) tions, signs and symptoms of being stuck, tion, visit 5940 Deale-Churchton Rd. 222-1925. and learning how to shift with the tides of change in order to move forward. 10:00 Thursday, July 17 a.m. Southern Anne Arundel County Friday, July 18 Senior Center, 27 Stepneys La., Edgewater. Call (410) 222-1927 or (410) Do I Really Need a Hearing Aid? Dr. 798-4802 or visit for Kristin A. Krotz, Audiologist, of Food Distribution: Free to those who Advanced Hearing Group, will speak need it. No identification required. more information. on the basics of hearing loss and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Adult Learning Expo: The College of hearing aides, and how to get started in Church, 25 Church St., Prince FrederSouthern Maryland is teaming up with the process of figuring it all out. 1:00 ick. For more info call (410) 535University of Maryland University p.m. Southern Anne Arundel County 2897. College to present the Waldorf Adult Be more successful! Let the Chesapeake Current help you Learning Expo at the Waldorf Center for promote your non-profit group’s event! Higher Education. The Expo is from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will offer Email complete details along with contact info at least three opportunities for potential students to weeks in advance to talk with advisors and administrators about financial aid, Veterans Affairs (VA) We also give non-profits deep discounts on sharp, colorful benefits and scholarships as well as display ads to attract even more attention! Call for details! transfer options. Prospective students can (410) 231-0140. enroll and register the day of the Expo and be ready to start classes in September. The Waldorf Center is located at 3261 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf. Pre-registration for event is requested, visit For information on CSM, visit

Tuesday, July 15 Medicare Minutes Series Presentation: A representative from Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be here to do a short presentation on Medicare and will take questions at the end. Individual appointments are also available twice each month. 11:00 a.m. Southern Anne Arundel County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys La., Edgewater. Call (410) 222-1927 or (410) 798-4802 or visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 16

Ice Cream Sundae Social: Bring $2.00 at noon for a delicious ice cream sundae treat and at 1:00 p.m., Magician Brandon Freeman will present a special magic show. Children and grandchildren are welcome! Southern Anne Arundel County Senior Center, July 14-18 27 Stepneys La., Edgewater. Call (410) Vacation Bible School: Annual event at 222-1927 or (410) 798-4802 or visit Dunkirk Baptist Church from 6:00 p.m. - for more informa8:30 p.m. for K-5th Grades. Free summer tion.

Bring the whole family! Water slides, fun attractions for all ages - young children to adults!

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WE’RE HARD AT WORK HERE EVERY DAY. Southern Maryland’s dedication to safety, security and pulling together is bringing even more jobs to the area.

Some of us pull nets from the Bay. Some pull food and feed from the ground. And some pull the promise of an entire community behind them. But we all pull together to build our future—because we’re Marylanders. Nearly 6 million strong, we’re the muscle and brainpower of a sturdy, hardworking region that’s proudly diverse and proudly united, with communities inspired by the past and excited for the future. And our dedication to hard work, safety and security is bringing even more jobs and economic opportunities to Southern Maryland. Like the ones at Dominion’s Cove Point LNG project.

In fact, during the three-year period when it will be built, Dominion’s Cove Point project will produce thousands of construction jobs. And once in operation, it will create 75 high-paying permanent positions, as well as provide a long-term revenue stream. Calvert County will receive, on average, an additional $40 million a year in the first five years the project is in operation. So take a look around. Because when you do, you’ll see people taking care of our environment, taking care of our country and taking care of each other. We call it Maryland pride.

@Dom_CovePoint Photo from left: Joe Stuck and Steve Hickmann, A Journeymen Inside Wiremen, IBEW Local Union 26

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