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Local Businesses Recognized

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Council Moves Forward With Park Assessment The tone was much different at the November Chesapeake Beach Town Council meeting than the previous month when Councilman Stewart Cumbo and scores of angry vets stormed out. On Thurs. Nov. 21, council voted 4-1 to hire Cowie Associates PC, an architectural design firm, a park design firm, to assess problems and recommend repairs and upgrades to Veterans Park at the bottom of the hill at MD Rts. 260 and 261 in Chesapeake Beach. The contract will not exceed $25,500. Councilman Jeffrey Krahling cast the no vote. Councilman Eric Reinhardt was absent. The budget approved for FY 2014 included up to $350,000 in funding for repairs. However, after push back from several council members on the amount and a failure of the ordinance in October, Mayor Bruce Wahl noted that the work may be done for less, and this is not a guarantee that all $350,000 will be spent. The approval of the first step contract came following impassioned please from several veterans – including former Mayor Gerald Donovan - who said it was the town’s duty to keep the park, which was built 12 years ago, pristine. Donovan also blasted the members who previously voted against the contract, saying, “ You are a loser if you don’t reinvest in to keep Veterans Park up.” Donovan added that he felt the work could be done for far less than $350,000. “I am 100% in favor of maintaining all of the town assets, especially Veterans Park. I’m also 110% in favor of keeping the vista,” Donovan said. “It’s not just a wonderful place, it’s a very, very special place and what I envisioned,” he added, crediting his sister, Joanie Donovan Kilmon for the inspiration. “When I came over the hill, I wanted to see the flag and the Bay, in part because of what happened at Windward Key and the blockade where you couldn’t see the Bay.” He also noted that the Veterans Park – and the Water Park was made possible because of OPM – “other people’s money” from those who visit Chesapeake Beach. David Coull, a retired Air Force

2975 Plaza Dr Dunkirk, MD 20754 Former Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald Donovan made an impassioned plea for council members to move forward with assessing what repairs and upgrades need to be made to Veterans Park.

veteran with 21 years of service, said, “Last month I stood here quite angry – more than I have been in quite a while about what had happened with the vote. I’ll say that I was here during the budget hearings when the budget was put together for 2014 and I know the vote for that expenditure was passed 4 to 2. We expected progress on that…. It was quite disheartening to see that money that was allocated to get the project started (was not passed). and I did make a comment that the public – your constituents – want this project completed. They want the park in working order.” Could continued, “It’s not only the residents of this town that visit this park. We have general officers, state legislators, Congressman, people from all over the state and out od state come to pay tribute to our veterans and to those who have fallen. And I think that it’s only right – it’s the right thing to do – to take care of that park to honor those who have given their lives and to celebrate those who have served or are still serving. Whether it’s a police officer, fireman, EMT, military member – all of them. I think it’s the responsibility this council to get their act together and to pass this first funding so we can see exactly what it is going to cost us. So let’s get this done. Please. It’s what the people want.” “The Nam Knights of America Old Line chapter respectfully requests your favorable consideration to the upgrades to your park – our park,” said Ray Neives, President of the group, who was applauded. The Nam Knights is also planning to install a new Vietnam Veterans Memorial for the park next year.

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LWV Hosts Forum On State issues

Del. Tony O’Donnell addresses the crowd at the League of Women Voters forum. Seated to his left are Del. Mark Fisher and Sen. Mike Miller.

It was a full house for the League of Women Voters’ (LWV) “legislative evening” on Tues., Nov. 19 at Calvert Pines Senior Center in Prince Frederick. Three members of the Calvert County Delegation: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. [D-District 27], Delegate Mark N. Fisher [R-District 27B] and Anthony J. “Tony” O’Donnell [R-District 29C] heard comments from several groups asking for support from Annapolis in the next legislative session. The expansion of Dominion Cove Point was the hot topic of the evening, with residents again calling for an environmental impact study. Several residents also said they felt the county had ignored their voices when they said they were concerned about noise, pollution, and the dangers of being so close to the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant. The Dominion gas export facility is only about three miles from Calvert Cliffs. Fisher said he felt the bigger threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay was not an expanded LNG plant but the many government-run wastewater treatment plants that were dumping


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nitrogen and phosphorus into the waterways. “And those come from our governments,” Fisher added. O’Donnell noted, “There’s a lot of misinformation out there” and joined with the other two lawmakers voicing their support for the project. Miller pointed out that it means $40 million dollars a year in additional taxes for Calvert County, if it gets federal and state approval. See the last issue of the Chesapeake Current online at for details on millions in recent tax cuts granted to Dominion. The Calvert delegation to the Maryland statehouse is scheduled to meet with the Board of Calvert Commissioners (BOCC) on Dec. 3 to review the BOCC’s 2014 legislative wish list. More than a dozen changes to local laws are being proposed by the county.

By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner

Inside the Department of Social Services Besides our own responsibilities, the Board of County Commissioners interacts with community partners. One important community partner is the Calvert Department of Social Services or DSS. Despite the name, DSS is a state agency. However, the Calvert County government provides some small subsidies to DSS to hire and maintain proficient staff members. I attended a synopsis of all the DSS functions recently, and I think that you might find them of interest. Foster Care/Adoption is a traditional role of DSS. Sarah Utz is the contact person. DSS has 99 children in foster care. Most are under 5 years old and most are in kin-care with relatives. 82% of those children are in care due to parental problems with drugs and/or alcohol. 5 babies have been born addicted in Calvert County in 2013. The goal of this division is re-unification with the family of origin. There are 6 caseworkers with 18 cases each. Optimally, there should be 10. 78% of the drugs abused by the parents are prescription drugs. 30% are cocaine or crack. The children are birth to 21. Re-unification should be completed in 15 to 22 months. Foster parents are now called resource parents. Family Preservation or Child Protective Services (CPS)’s contact person is Kelly Small. CPS has 24 hours to respond to an abuse complaint with 5 investigators and one in-take worker. They respond 24/7 with 5 calendar days allowed to investigate a neglect complaint. They must reach a finding within 60 days of indicated, which triggers a permanent concern; unsubstantiated, which is followed for 5 years; or ruled-out, which is gone from the computer records in 120 days. Parental drug abuse triggers most of the complaints. There is an in-home level of care that can be provided with the goal of preserving the family unit. Two workers are available for case management of 12 families each and one is available for intensive case management of 6 families. In-home services are voluntary unless court-ordered. The case managers evaluate what services are needed to preserve the family unit, assess what is available, and refer for

additional family supports, as needed. The goals should be reached in 6 months, but can extend to one year in extreme circumstances. The Adult Services Division has 7.5 employees to keep adults in their homes. (DSS is down two social workers, currently.) Adults are over 18 years old. Adult Protective Services is responsible for vulnerable adults who can not take care of their daily needs. Unlike CPS, Adult Protective Services does not have placements. The first attempt is to find a relative or community member with Adult Public Guardianship a last resort. Where possible, resources are found to keep the vulnerable adult in his/her home, perhaps with in-home aide services depending on what constitutes an adequate level of support. Project Home is based on the adult foster care model for adults who are over 18 with a physical or medical disability. There are 4 certified homes in Calvert County with 9 residents overseen by case managers. As long as funding exists, DSS can provide 164 hours of respite care per year, or approximately one week per year for adults with a functional disability, that is needing help with the activities of daily living. Tina Vann oversees 230 cases of long-term care per year. The first 1 to 20 days are 100% covered by Medicare. 20 to 100 days are covered at the 80% level by Medicare. If there are less than $2500 in assets, excluding pre-paid burial needs, Medical Assistance eligibility can be achieved. The average cost of long-term care is $7000 per month. Michelle spoke for the Child Support Division (CSD), which establishes paternity within 2 weeks at a cost of $96 for a DNA test, or by an affidavit of parentage executed at birth and recorded on the birth certificate. This division enforces support quite successfully with the best recovery record in the state and is in the top 10 in the entire nation. The priority is the child. CSD can attach wages, retirement, estates, tax returns and place home liens. They will pursue criminal charges in court when required. Tammy Baker was the speaker regarding Purchase of Care for

daycare, which can be either formally licensed daycare or informal care provided by a relative. This benefit is household-income based. The applicant has to be working or in school and have a child support order. There are 264 open cases handled by one caseworker. The Temporary Disability Assistance Program or T-DAP is available to those without children waiting for a Social Security determination of disability. Families with children may be eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance, a different program. Application is made through SAIL at with one caseworker processing cash assistance for 115 cases while 6 caseworkers handle 890 cases of Family Investment. An applicant who is blind, disabled, or elderly can automatically receive $16 per month in benefits. Emergency Assistance is available to families and children for eviction and utility cut-off notices. The maximum one-time grant is $400. Singles adults may also be eligible for emergency medical assistance provided through a Salvation Army grant whereas the Primary Adult Care Program can provide emergency medical assistance to the homeless and others in dire need. Cheryl Harms spoke about Purchase of Care. Huntingtown High School can be opened as a shelter in a disaster. “The shelter is a life boat, not a cruise ship.” Tim Pillard handles Temporary Cash Assistance along with jobs. A rigorous career readiness course is held 6 hours a day for 4 weeks. Each participant must prepare an “elevator” speech (job and career goals in 2 minutes); must enumerate their three best qualities for an employer, have goals, prepare a work history that includes work experience, even if they must obtain volunteer work experience. One class developed a business model called Helping Hands. They collected paper products for Project ECHO and popsicles and juice boxes for Barstow Acres Children’s Center,

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in the process creating 100 paid internships. Businesses who agree to hire the job training graduates are reimbursed for the first 16 weeks of employment during which required training may occur. Calvert County DSS has a 70% success rate with job placements following completion of the exacting job training program because efforts are made to remove a lot of barriers to employment, such as transportation, relationships with the non-custodial parent, who receives mentoring. 2 out of 10 applicants complete the entire program, but the long-term success rate with those 2 is very high. In order to receive Temporary Cash Assistance, the applicant must have children and must pay child support. They must submit to drug testing, must demonstrate workseeking activities. The availability of jobs is increasing as the economy improves. This program is oriented to small businesses. Applications for the SNAP Program (food stamps), Housing and Emergency Services, and Energy Assistance are available at DSS. Finally, Mike Shaw of Calvert Healthcare Solutions discussed how to obtain health insurance. There is open enrollment (through the Affordable Care Act) until March 2014. An Assister is available (through Calvert Healthcare Solutions) to enroll applicants in Medical Assistance. A Navigator is certified to deal with Qualified Health Plans or QHP, which are the health plans an applicant must use in order to obtain a subsidy to help pay for the QHP, previously known as insurance plan. The Assisters and Navigators are located at DSS. Whew! As you can see, Calvert DSS is the primary provider of the safety net for Calvert residents. I am pleased to report that Calvert DSS can be commended on their dedication to provision of that safety net. Any questions can be directed to Calvert DSS at 200 Duke Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Phone numbers are (443) 550-6900 or (800) 332-6347.

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observed in the vehicle and a search revealed marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. The driver Erin N. Stahl, 25 of Lusby, and passenger, Jack D. Garner, 27 of Lusby, were arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County another vehicle was in front of her at the Detention Center. pumps. The other vehicle, an Isuzu Rodeo, backed into her vehicle and At 2:33 a.m. on Nov. 10, Trooper First subsequently left the scene. A witness Class Merkelson stopped a vehicle for was able to obtain the offending vehicle traffic violations on Boyds Turn Rd. at tag number and DFC Wilson traveled to MD Rt. 260 in Owings. The driver, the address. There he encountered a Christopher Rathbone, 23 of Owings, woman, later identified as Iris Delenthia was arrested for DUI. A search of the Jones, 51 of Lusby, who denied that she vehicle revealed marijuana and drug knew who had been driving the Isuzu, paraphernalia. The passenger, Tyler which was parked in her driveway. A Niland 22 of Chesapeake Beach, was check of the home revealed a male also arrested and both were charged with hiding in a bathroom. He was later possession of marijuana and drug identified as Jeffrey John Jones, 33 of paraphernalia. Lusby. Jones refused to comply with demands but was subdued and Trooper Rowe stopped a vehicle on handcuffed. A strong odor of alcohol Nov. 11 at 1:55 a.m. for traffic was on Jones’ breath. Jones was arrested violations on Rt. 4 at Bowie Shop Road Marijuana was and charged with numerous traffic in Huntingtown. violations as well as DUI of Alcohol and observed in the vehicle and a search Marijuana and drug resisting arrest. Charges of hindering are revealed paraphernalia. The driver, Brandon pending against Iris Jones. Kinder, 19 of Huntingtown, was arrested and transported to the Prince State Police Barracks U reports: Frederick Barrack for processing. Prince Frederick Barrack on Thefts TWITTER: The Maryland State Police, Barrack “U” Trooper First Class Costello responded Twitter account following is growing. on Nov. 6 to the 5700 block of Oakcrest Follow @MSP_Prince_Fred to be a part Dr. in St. Leonard at 10:32 a.m. for a theft of prescription of important Maryland State Police reported A large amount of activity and information affecting the medication. citizens of southern Maryland. You can prescription pills were stolen from the also contact us any time with questions or information about crime and other police activity.

Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: Thefts A black Bravo XR motor and propeller, valued at $8,500, were stolen from a boat parked outside a home on Llewelyn Lane in Huntingtown between Nov. 12 and 14. DFC R. Kreps is investigating. Someone stole a five-speed transmission to a Toyota truck from the rear of a residence in the 900 block of Augustus Drive in Prince Frederick between Nov. 14 and 15. The part is valued at 4500. DFC J. Denton is investigating. DFC P. Wood is investigating the theft of a glass box, valued at $500, which contained $50 in donations, stolen from the Calvert Historical House located at 70 Church Street in Prince Frederick on Nov. 14 between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact Wood at 410-535-2800 or Calvert County Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880. Someone stole a red and black five-ton log splitter valued at $1500 from outside a home in the 4800 block of Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach between Nov. 16 and 17. DFC Kreps is investigating. Burglary Sometime between 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, unknown suspect(s) broke into a home in the 11500 block of H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby and stole prescription drugs and caused $500 in damage. Dep. S. Moran is continuing to investigate.

At 10:51 a.m. on Nov. 8, Trooper First Class Esnes stopped a vehicle missing the rear registration plate. Upon contact with the driver/owner, it was discovered that the plate had been stolen. The Maryland Registration 8BD9754 has been entered into NCIC as stolen. Investigation continues. On Nov. 9 at 12:30 pm, Trooper Follin responded to the 300 block of Skinners Turn Rd. in Owings for a report of a stolen vehicle. A 1993 Plymouth Voyager was stolen from the residence. The vehicle was later located unoccupied in a parking lot in Upper Marlboro. Investigation continues. Trooper Barlow responded to Bullwhip Trail in Lusby on Nov. 12 at 9:49 a.m. for a reported theft. Investigation revealed that Gary Wommack, 30 of Lusby, was in the victim’s residence and stole numerous pieces of jewelry. A warrant has been issued for Wommack’s arrest. Investigation continues. Destruction of Property On Nov. 15 at 11:35 a.m., Trooper First Class Logsdon responded to the 300 block of Lancer Ct. in Dunkirk, for a reported destruction of property. Unknown suspect(s) damaged the victim’s vehicle window. Investigation continues.

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CDS Violations Trooper First Class Moore from the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division stopped a vehicle at 2:22 p.m. on Nov. 6 on MD Rt. 4 and Patuxent Point Parkway in Solomons after several citizens advised that the vehicle was being operated in a reckless manner. Trooper First Class Wiesemann responded to assist. During the stop, drug paraphernalia and Percocet were found in the vehicle. Richard A. Best, 50 of St. Leonard was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Counterfeit Bills Three counterfeit bills were used to make two purchases together totaling $24 from the Pet Valu Store in Dunkirk on Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m. The suspects were given change and left the store and then the store clerks realized the bills were counterfeit. Dep. T. Holt is continuing the investigation. On Nov. 8 at 4:23 p.m., Trooper First Class Casarella stopped a vehicle on Someone attempted to pay for a meal at Dares Beach Rd. near Clay Hammond the Taco Bell drive-through with a phony Rd. in Prince Frederick, for traffic $20 dollar bill on Nov. 15 at 7:00 p.m. violations. A strong odor of burnt The store clerk determined the bill was marijuana was emitting from inside the not legitimate but the suspect drove off vehicle. A probable cause search was before paying with legal tender or conducted. The driver, Brandon T. receiving their food order. DFC R. Johnson, 23 of Prince Frederick, was Kampf is investigating. found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested Resisting Arrest and taken to the MSP Barrack in Prince On Nov. 15 at 5:20 p.m. DFC R. Wilson Frederick for processing. responded to Mimi’s Market on Rousby Hall Road in Lusby for the report of a hit Trooper Rowe stopped a vehicle on and run auto accident. Wilson was Nov. 9 at 2:13 a.m. at Mohican Lane advised by the victim and several witnesses and Thunderbird Rd. in Lusby for traffic that while the victim was getting gas, violations. Drug paraphernalia was


residence. Investigation continues.

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The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and to help save lives on our roadways, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will be teaming with other state and local law enforcement officers across the country to crack down on seat belt violations. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday period, 249 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide. Fifty percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts. “You will see us out in force during the long weekend, and we’ll be showing zero tolerance for anyone who is not wearing a seatbelt. Our goal is simple: to strictly enforce the law in order to save more lives,” said Sheriff Mike Evans “If you are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. In fact, research shows that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. Yet, too many people are still not getting the message. In 2011, 52 percent of the 21,253 passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes did NOT

wear seat belts at the time of the crash. “Whether you’re traveling across the country or just across town, one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to always buckle up. Yet too many motorists still need a tough reminder to buckle up,” said Sheriff Evans “It’s a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones, but if you break the law and are caught not wearing your seat belt, you will face the consequences.” Numerous unbelted fatalities occur at night, and especially at busier travel times, such as Thanksgiving. Nationally in 2011, 62 percent of the 10,135 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in nighttime crashes were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 43 percent during the daytime hours. During the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday, 57 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in nighttime crashes were unbelted, while only 40 percent of daytime fatalities were unbelted. With the help of highway safety advocates and local law enforcement officers across the country, we can increase seat belt use and save lives on our roadways. Don’t risk it on the road this Thanksgiving. Wear your seat belt so you can spend the holidays celebrating with your loved ones and not worrying about the cost of a ticket. Remember: Click It or Ticket.

Police Blotter (Con’t) Suspect Faces Numerous Charges Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 13 of this year, two burglaries were reported at the 231 Farm Center located in the 231 Industrial Park in Prince Frederick. On Nov. 10 two suspects fled with six motorized golf carts with a total value exceeding $35,000 and caused significant damage to two other items on the property totaling $6,911 in damage. On Nov.13, the co-owner of the business observed two suspects on the 231 Farm Center lot via security footage and immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police responded to the location in minutes and immediately established a sustained perimeter. It was believed that the suspects observed by the co-owner had been attempting to steal two additional carts that caused approximately $3,000 in damage. The quick response of police caused the suspects to flee the scene on foot. During the established perimeter the investigation and search was aided by Maryland State Police Aviation and Calvert County Sheriff’s Office K-9. The scene and surrounding area was secured as members of the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team responded to the area to conduct additional canvases of the business and residential area to insure safety of the citizens in the area. One suspect had been developed by investigators after the initial theft and shortly after the Nov. 13 attempt, as units remained on the scene; this same suspect was observed in the area of the 231 Industrial Park traveling in a motor vehicle. Units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, and Prince George’s

County Police made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, one identified as Daniel Matthew Proctor, age 46, of Upper Marlboro. During that contact Proctor was found to be in possession in synthetic marijuana, a golf cart/recreational cart key, and other items. Investigation of the second suspect is ongoing. Based on events related to the investigation Proctor was arrested regarding the burglary and destruction of property at the 231 Farm Center on Nov. 13. Leads have also been developed with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office regarding the burglary that occurred at the 231 Farm Center on Nov. 10. Charles County was able to recover a motorized cart which was determined to be stolen from the 231 Farm Center on that date. Proctor has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree burglary, two counts of 4th degree burglary, two counts of theft $10,000 to under $100,000, one count of theft scheme, two counts of malicious destruction of property above $1,000 and one count of drug possession. Calvert Investigators are requesting the public to contact Det. N. DeFelice if they recently bought a golf cart that they believe could be related to this theft. Anyone with further information is asked to contact Det. DeFelice at (410) 535-2800 on ext. 2669. You can also provide information anonymously through the Calvert County Crime Solvers Tip Line by calling (410) 535-2880. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip online. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward.

Fundraiser Set For Wounded Officer The following account has been set up at for an Owings man who was a Washington DC Police Officer injured at Navy Yard during the tragic shooting. As of press time, over $2,500 has been donated to help him and his family: On Mon., Sept. 16, 2013 Officer Scott Williams, a 23 year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, was shot in the line of duty while searching for the Navy Yard Active-Shooter. Scott was one of the first police officers on the scene and as soon as Scott arrived he assembled a team that immediately made entry into building 197 to save the innocent lives being threatened by the active-shooter. During their search the team came under fire from the suspect. Scott was shot in both legs causing his left leg femur bone to crack and the right leg femur bone to shatter. Although Scott has made great strides since being shot, the recovery process will take time and

there are m a n y unforeseen expenses on the horizon. The love and support that has been shown to Scott has b e e n tremendous. So many people have DC Police Officer reached out Scott Williams of Owings. to help Scott and thank him for the heroic actions he displayed at the Navy Yard. This page has been created by Scott's friends and co-workers who love him very much and want to do everything they can to help him. Although it took a little convincing, Scott has agreed to allow us to create this page. Please help us raise money for Scott so he can focus on getting better.

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Residents Signing Up For Dental Autism Project Comes to Beach The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners is working with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to offer a dental discount card, making dental care more affordable for residents. The NACo Dental Discount Card allows families to save money on dental care, orthodontic treatment and other dental care services through a network of participating private practice dentists. Only dentists who participate in Careington and Aetna managed care plans participate in the NACo Dental Discount Program. Enrolling in the program costs $6.95 a month or $59 a year for an individual; and $8.95 a month or $69 a year for a family. The program offers discounts of up to 50 percent on dental procedures including routine oral exams, unlimited cleanings and major work like dentures, root canals and crowns. Since the program is not insurance, anyone can join and there is no limit on use. There are also no age or income restrictions. Prince Frederick resident John Sasiadek is the first Calvert County resident to sign up for the discount card and said he is excited about the money he expects to save by using it. The 71-year-old said he was previously

using another discount program to help with his dental bills, but the NACo program will save him an additional 38 percent. Sasiadek said he and his wife spent about $2,000 each in the last year on dental care and he expects that the new discount program will save them about $400 in the next year. “It pays a little more and it costs a little less” than his previous discount program, Sasiadek said. “I’m just tickled to death with it.” Some dentists do not contract with Careington and Aetna. To confirm whether a particular dentist is participating, check the list of eligible dentists on the NACo website at or ask your dentist. If you use a dentist in another county, you can also check whether he or she participates through the same link. If you don’t currently have a dentist, the link will provide you with the names of at least five participating dentists closest to your ZIP code. More information about the NACo Dental Discount Card Program is available at Call (877) 354-NACo and mention marketing code “NACo” to take advantage of special rates.



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By Norma Jean Smith The Autism Project of Calvert County is planning a new facility in the beaches. At the November North Beach Council meeting, the group announced that it has selected North Beach to be the home for four autistic young men who are transitioning to independent living. The group says it has purchased property at 10th Street and Dayton Avenue to construct a house to be completed by Spring of next year. Charles Gaither, President of this 501(c)3 organization, brought three of the young men along with their parents and some of his staff to introduce themselves to the community at the meeting. Gaither said North Beach was selected for ease of transportation, its recreation opportunities and job potential. According to its web site, The Autism Project is a nonprofit organization serving students in Southern Maryland with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis and those who are additionally diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), Bipolar, ODD

(Oppositional Defiant Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Anxiety Disorder, Executive Function Disorder, or Sensory Integration Dysfunction> These students do not have a history of severe conduct disorders to include behaviors such as theft, assault, drug/alcohol addiction and sex crimes and do not have a history of severe physical, emotional, mental, and sexual abuse. It currently operates a 1,700 square foot learning center at 9439 Old Solomon's Island Road in Owings, a half mile from the Anne Arundel County line. In other business, the North Beach Town Council: - Voted unanimously on an ordinance transferring the duties, responsibilities and obligations of the North Beach Historic Preservation Commission to the Calvert County Historic District Commission; - And on a 4-2 vote, council changed the town’s purchasing ordinance, raising the amount that can be contracted without competitive bidding from $7,500 to $15,000. The two members voting against the change were Councilmen Gregg Dotson and Greg McNeill.

Anne Arundel Revamps Permit Process The Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits says a new technology enhancement will allow permit application comment letters to be sent electronically; this move is designed to shorten agency response time. “We continue to implement changes throughout the County to improve how we serve the community,” said County Executive Laura Neuman. “Having the ability to electronically send comment letters to applicants improves the timeliness of the process with the ultimate goal of issuing permits faster." The Department of Inspections and Permits and the Office of Information Technology worked together to upgrade and implement technology to allow

comment letters to be emailed immediately upon completion of review by all agencies. The upgrade means that applicants will get comment letters one to two weeks faster than the antiquated practice of printing and mailing the letters. “I commend the departments for coordinating their efforts to make this happen expeditiously, and for the leadership of Dan Kane, Director of the Permit Application Center, who spearheaded this upgrade,” Executive Neuman added. “This is a long-overdue enhancement for the department; the real winners here are Anne Arundel County residents and businesses who rely on us for permitting assistance.”

County Seeks Donors For Needy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is something that many of us come to expect, but for some in our community, Thanksgiving Day is just another day. The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services is looking for donors to participate in Holiday Sharing, a campaign to help families and senior citizens in Anne Arundel County this holiday season. Holiday Sharing will match donors

with a family or senior citizen in Anne Arundel County who needs help. Participants can purchase and personally deliver food the week of Thanksgiving. To participate, visit . You can find the Holiday Sharing link below “Community Initiatives,” or call or email the Holiday Sharing organizer, Tanya Steele at (410) 269-4462

Garden Dirt By Ray Greenstreet

Oh Tannenbaum: All ABout Christmas Trees

One of the most beloved holiday family traditions is choosing and decorating a Christmas tree. The tradition dates back to the 7th century when, legend has it, an English monk traveled to German to teach the Word of God. The story goes that the monk used the triangular shape of a fir tree to illustrate the Holy Trinity. Converts began to revere the tree as God’s tree and by the 12th century it was being hung - upside down - from ceilings over Christmas in Central Europe.

Fraser Fir Close-Up The first decorated tree was in Riga, Latvia, when, in the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorate a small fir with candles to show his children how stars twinkled. Today’s Christmas trees are an eclectic bunch, with decorations reflecting family tradition and style. But firs still reign as the number one tree choice. The Fraser fir is the most popular. This fir has dark green needles with excellent retention and fragrance. It was named for Scot botanist John Fraser who explored the southern Appalachians in the late 1700's. Another favorite is Noble fir. It grows in a more open pattern than the Fraser, but it too has a long shelf life and a nice fragrance. Its stiff branches can support heavy ornaments. Turkish firs, which have long been popular in Europe, are gaining favor here. This tree has lovely two-tone needles with a dark silvery-green underside and is very fragrant. Its strong branches will hold heavy ornaments and good needle retention. These tips from the National Christmas Tree Association will help you buy and care for your cut Christmas tree:

- When you find a tree that you like, do a freshness test by gently grasping a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward you. Very few needles should come off in your hand if the tree is fresh. Shake or bounce the tree on its stump. You shouldn’t see an excessive amount of green needles fall to the ground. Some loss of interior brown needles is normal and will occur over the lifetime of the tree. - After you've chosen your tree, place it in a bucket full of water in a sheltered, unheated area, such as a porch or garage, protected from wind and sun until you are ready to decorate it. Remember to refill the water bucket as needed. - When you’re ready to bring the tree inside, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the trunk (about 1/2 inch up from the original cut) and place the tree in a tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. That fresh cut is essential, as this lets the tree absorb water. - Make sure your tree stand will hold enough water for the size of your tree. Measure the diameter of your tree trunk inches — that's how many quarts of water your tree stand should be able to hold. (For example, if it measures 6 inches across, then you need 6 quarts of water.)

thereafter. Water is important because it prevents the needles from drying and dropping off and the boughs from drooping. Water also keeps the tree fragrant. - Keep your tree away from all heat sources, such as fireplaces, radiators, baseboard heat, portable heaters, television sets, and heat vents. Not only can all of these can make the tree dry out faster, but can also contribute to setting a tree on fire. Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace. A fresh tree properly cared for should last in the house for several weeks. When the holidays have ended and it’s time to take it down, locate a Christmas tree recycling center in your area. In Calvert County, most trash compactor sites and Appeal landfill have tree recycling. In Anne Arundel

County find a recycling program at: yardWaste.cfm About the Author: Ray Greenstreet began his career when he was just 13, as a “yard boy” at a garden center. In 2000, Ray and his wife Stacy, began Greentstreet Growers, a wholesale growing operation on their 65-acre Lothian farm. In 2005, they opened Greenstreet Gardens, a retail nursery and gift store. Last year Greenstreet Gardens grew to include a second retail store in Alexandria, VA.

Noble Fir branches - Keep the tree stand filled with water. A seal of dried sap will form over the cut stump in four to six hours if the water drops below the base of the tree. If a seal does form, you’ll have to make another fresh cut, which is much harder to do when the tree’s decorated. - A tree will absorb as much as a gallon of water or more in the first 24 hours and one or more quarts a day

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Pride & Joy National Recognition for Huntingtown Huntingtown High School's Theatre Program gets recognition it deserves in the new issue of “Stage Directions Magazine.” Theatre teacher and director Derek Anderson proudly tells the Chesapeake Current that Huntingtown has been named the Top High School Theatre Program in the Southeast United States. It’s a great honor and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished,” he adds. The article states, “The progressive vision of theatre teacher and director Derek Anderson has propelled Huntingtown High School’s Eye of the Storm Productions to acclaim since 2004, garnering awards from the Folger Theatre and the Maryland Thespian Festival. The article continues, “One of the main reasons our program works is that our students are continually learning and exploring the art form in new ways,” says Anderson. “This spring we’ll be doing Les Mis, and incorporating projections into the production, allowing our students to stretch by mastering a new technical process. I also want my acting students to do both comedy and tragedy by the time they graduate.” And Stage Directions Magazine notes how Anderson inspires the students to shine. “We boasted a cast of 93 for

Phantom of the Opera!” he recalls with pride. Senior Megan Bunn has participated in the theatre program for four years, and finds it literally life- changing. “I’ve become more aware of myself—I’m now planning on majoring in theatre in college, which I wasn’t even thinking of before. I’ve been given the opportunity to built and designed sets for two or three shows, been a hair designer, run the sound board—these experiences have taught me how every aspect of a production has to work together.”

Re-Do Of Discovery Room Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum is launching a campaign to remodel its Children’s Discovery Room, which is looking pretty dated and - boring. The Discovery Room is just inside the main entrance of the Visitor Center on the left. If you have been there recently, you'll see that it's a monochromatic space with adult-sized furniture and lots of breakable stuff. There's not much about the room that shouts "Kids!" or "Discovery!" but they are hoping that the Discovery Room Redo project will change that. PNC Foundation through their PNC Grow UP Great Initiative ($8,500), and additional grants from the Southern Maryland Heritage Areas Consortium and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority ($1,000) and the Chaney Foundation ($1,000). To help come up with additional money for the upgrade, a crowd funding campaign is underway. You can give at:

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In addition to this awesome new room, JPPM is adding new programs and activities geared towards young children to take place in the room and throughout the community with a pilot program called Time Traveling Kids. The Time Traveling Kids Pilot Program is a set of short programs geared towards an early childhood audience (3-5 year olds) and their parents. Children and parents read a piece of children’s literature depicting a certain time period or event in history and engage in interactive crafts and games to encourage children to build connections between history and their own personal experiences. During this pilot phase, the program will be offered five times over the spring and early summer of 2014. Each child will leave the program with their own copy of the book read that day as well as their creations from the activity portion of the program. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum welcomes 60,000 guests in all shapes, sizes and ages each year.

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The New Chili & BBQ Guys



By Brian McDaniel Writing about food is easy because who doesn’t love a good meal? The Bay Business Group was happy to meet Chris Lee and Dick Ruest, owners of Captain Cook’s Bayside Foods early one morning when they showed up at a BBG meeting with a big vat of pulled pork BBQ and a crock pot of chili for breakfast! It was a big hit and everyone agreed they had to become BBG members and they were welcome to come bearing food for us again anytime! They soon did become members of the BBG and we are all fatter because of it. Just kidding! Lee and Ruest use high quality ingredients in their chili and BBQ to create a delicious and lean meal fit for a king. Their signature BBQ sauce was created over 30 years ago and since then has been used in the hot sauces these guys have created. It’s evident that they have a good sense of humor based on their names for their hot sauces including the hottest sauce called “Ba-Bam.� The one under that is called “Boo-Yah.� The names should be intriguing enough for hot sauce connoisseurs to check out for themselves. Lee and Ruest provide BBQ from their mobile kitchen and produce specialties like pulled pork, pulled chicken, big, meaty baby back ribs, chili, Sloppy Joes,

Captain Cooks Bayside Foods’ mobile trailer is available for your event.

and baked beans. They launched Captain Cook’s on July 14, 2012 providing pulled pork only at Breezy Point Marina on a trial basis to see what response they would get. Since then they’ve expanded and now have two locations so you can stop and get your BBQ fix anytime. Tuesday through Thursday you can find them at Marco's Quality Storage Buildings, off of MD Rt. 4 North (across from German Chapel Rd.) in Prince Frederick. Friday through Sunday their mobile kitchen is located on Route 260 in Owings Town Center, across from Lyon's Produce and the Dash-In and next to the old Bank of America. People come from all over and often ask for their sauces. In the future, they say they would like to have their sauces bottled and sold in local retail stores. Once bottled these sauces would make great gifts. Take the BBG “Taste of the Beaches� Cookbook and combine it with their sauce, and you’ve got a nice Christmas gift for someone. Chris and Dick enjoy being a part of the BBG and have made some great connections. These two are passionate

about their work which makes them a perfect fit in the organization. “We think the BBG is a great organization for all business. It provides a means for business owners to get together and discuss what they do and how they can serve the community, says Chris. Some pretty exciting things are happening for these two founders – a couple of local guys who love to grill. On Nov.17, Captain Cook’s won 1st place for the best named chili with their “Black Forrest.� They came in 2nd place for the best chili. Their participation in the chili cook off was part of a community effort to help raise funds for a local charity called “Celebrate8� during the 1st annual chili cook off and kickball tournament held at Marly Run Park in Huntingtown. On Dec 7, they will be a vendor for the Christmas Fair & BBG/Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade in North Beach. They will also be a vendor for the Polar Bear Plunge in North Beach on New Year’s Day 2014. The Maryland Wineries Association booked Captain Cook’s for every one of their events through the end of 2014 throughout the state as one of their premier vendors. One of the major events for them in 2014 is Preakness in April, 2014. They are definitely looking forward to that. The events page on Captain Cook’s website has all of their upcoming events and is updated regularly. These guys are very happy with how things are going now but still remember how hard it was before they went into business together, when both were having a hard time maintaining work and supporting their families. So Chris and Dick are examples of perseverance. They are no strangers to struggling and hard work, but they have hearts of gold. They are very dedicated and very serious about great BBQ and chili. Through their community involvement and connection to the BBG, they have

Dick Ruest, the grill master!

met a lot of great people and other businesses. It’s an honor to have these passionate cooks in the BBG. “Stay connected with other businesses and find ways to work together so that all businesses can be successful,� explains Chris. Chris Lee & Dick Ruest Captain Cook's Bayside Foods 52, LLC 765 Ox Bow Lane, Lusby, MD 20657 (443) 624-9675

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.

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Chamber Honors Members

- Longevity Awards were Congratulations to all of the recipients who were recognized at the Calvert presented to Sewell Funeral Home Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards PA in Prince Frederick for 75 years service to the community, and Lord dinner on Nov. 13. Calvert Bowling Center in Hunting- The Chamber Member of the Year town for 25 years. - Committee Excellence Awards Award went to Wayne Shoemaker, of State Farm Insurance Company, Prince were presented to Leadshare member Michael Freeburger, Early Bird Frederick. Home Services LLC of Prince Frederick for passing nearly 10,000 in referral business along and to Women to Women committee leader Victoria Ronan, Servpro of St. Mary's & Calvert. Committee Appreciation Awards were given to Patricia Marple, Smoothie King, Prince Frederick for the Ambassadors committee; Dave Weigel, Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty LLC, Prince Frederick for Government Affairs; Clif Bridegum, Your Digital Salesman, Saint Leonard for Leadshare Chamber Member of the Year Award went to and Victoria Ronan, Servpro of St. Wayne Shoemaker, of State Farm Insurance Mary's & Calvert for Women to Women. - Spirit of Small Business Award was presented to Saquane Johnson, owner of SJ Johnson Inc. of Owings. They provide fuel oil, propane, pool water and numerous other services.

Saquane Johnson of SJ Johnson based in Owings was presented with the Spirit of Small Business Award by Chamber CEO Carolyn Hart and Andrew Aplegate of Asbury-Solomon's, the outgoing President of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Committee Appreciation Awards were presented by Chamber Board of Directors President Andrew Applegate and CEO Carolyn Hart to Ambassadors committee leader Patricia Marple, Smoothie King, Prince Frederick; Government Affairs committee leader Dave Weigel, Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty LLC, Prince Frederick; Women to Women –committee leader Victoria Ronan, Servpro of St. Mary's & Calvert and Leadsharec ommittee leader Clif Bridegum, Your Digital Salesman, Saint Leonard.

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Check Out New Fitness Center Just in time for your holiday resolutions, come check out a new fitness center in Dunkirk that’s opening. Poston's Fitness at 10735 Town Center Blvd Ste. 3 behind Giant will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tues., Dec. 3 at 4:00 p.m. They will then have their official grand opening on Sat. Dec. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Poston’s Fitness for Life will showcase its brand new Indoor Training Facility. This additional 2,500 sq. ft. of training

space will house their Sports Performance Training and Group Training programs. It will feature a combination of the latest technology in synthetic turf and rubber flooring. Come meet certified personal trainers and sports conditioning specialists as you walk through demonstrations of exercises including speed and agility, TRX Rip Stick, and the impact challenge. They will also offer free group training sessions. For more information and to sign-up visit:

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In the days and hours after the Thanksgiving holiday, Calvert County residents are expected to flood local retailers and the internet, looking for great deals on gifts for their loved ones. United Way of Calvert County asks shoppers to consider adding books for children and teens to their list. Their annual Angel Tree Book Drive collects new or gently used books, unwrapped, as holiday gifts for families identified by the Calvert County Department of Social Services who are in need, benefitting an estimated 900 children, ages birth through 16. The book drive is part of Tree of Angels, an over 20 year program that has made holidays a little brighter for disadvantaged children and families in Calvert County by providing them with gifts on their wish list. The books collected are not

only additions to each child’s home library, but remind families in this new digital how magical and enriching the experience of reading a good book can be. The Angel Tree Book Drive is accepting donations from now until Thurs., Dec. 5 at receptacle locations throughout Calvert County, including: all Calvert Library branches, Calvert County Senior and Community Centers, all SMECO locations, Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert County Courthouse and Community Resources Building, St. Paul United Methodist Preschool, Prime Time Children's Center, Grover Place Children’s Center, the Calverton School and the United Way House in Prince Frederick. For more information, call (410) 286-0100 or e-mail

South County Views Giving The Most Precious Gift: Your Time By Bea Poulin Every week, the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County publishes a list of non-profit organizations that are seeking volunteers to help with a diverse collection of activities in Anne Arundel County. When it comes to the Holiday Season in November and December, they publish a Holiday Volunteer Guide. It is on line at If you have a listing for their guide, send it to the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130, Annapolis, MD 21401 Phone: (410) 897-9207, Fax: (410) 222-4589 E-Mail: Website: The Volunteer Center has become the go-to-place for non-profits to recruit volunteers and to explain their mission. It is the place for citizens to learn about the incredible variety of organizations that exist to help our fellow citizens. The Volunteer Center really reflects the depth of need in this county, and its pretty sobering. In some of my earlier columns this year, I have written about some of these organizations. Please consider how you can do more to help this time of year. Here is a sampling of the organizations listed in the Holiday Guide:

If you are interested in becoming a donor please visit the website at php. Please feel free to contact the Holiday Sharing office at (410) 269- 4462 or with questions or concerns. Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank Founded in 1988 their mission is to fight hunger by assuring that all county citizens in need have access to food and other necessities. Especially needed: volunteers with pick-up trucks to pick up food donations during the day and help with phones, copying, other office duties (8:30 am – 2:30 pm), data base, computers, webmaster. Call Bruce at (410) 923-4255 or

Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region The Arc advocates for and supports County citizens with developmental disabilities/mental retardation. During the holidays, donations of food, clothing, gift and household items and gift cards makes a huge difference in the life of the children and families the Arc supports. For more information, please call the Arc at (410) Anne Arundel County Animal Control Animal control provides a variety of 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883. See web site: services to the community, including adoption and foster programs for the benefit of domestic animals and offers a variety of Arundel Lodge This nonprofit has residential and day volunteer opportunities that are available to assist the agency in carrying out its mission. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for Volunteers may perform many helpful tasks approximately 160 individuals with mental including, but not limited to, hands on illness. Volunteers are needed year round to interaction with the animals, showing assist the staff with clerical duties and to animals to prospective adopters, assisting teach life skills, play board or card games at customers, answering phones, filing, the drop-in center, go for walks with photography and multi-media tasks. Appli- members and help with social or cants must be 18 years of age or older, be recreational events. Volunteers are also able to meet the 16 hour per month require- needed for the 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., ment of volunteer service hours and be Thurs., Nov. 28, 2013, Thanksgiving prepared to comply with all volunteer Dinner: Volunteers are needed to help in policies at Animal Control. County the kitchen and with set up, serving, residents often donate and inquire if there cleanup for Thanksgiving dinner for our are specific needs at the shelter. Please visit members. Contact Dawn Padon on her the Animal Control Accepted Donations Video Phone at (443) 569-7132. page: any time of the year, but especially during the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian At the Sanctuary, children and adults Christmas Season. Items may be dropped off during shelter viewing hours: Tues., collect water samples, clear trails, weigh Thurs. and Fri. Please contact turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw or call (410) maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, seine 222-8900 if you have questions about for fish, host the Visitor Center on weekends, and more. For more information volunteering. and for specific opportunities unless Anne Arundel County Department of otherwise noted below, contact Lindsay Social Services Holiday Sharing Program Hollister at (410) 741- 9330, or send e-mail Now until end of Dec., this program to Check the matches donors with recipients, making it website at: Sat., Nov. 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 possible to serve families/seniors during the holidays each year. Become a donor for a.m., Plummer House, Glendening Nature seniors and families in need; make a cash Preserve, 5702 Plummer Lane, 20711: The donation which is used to purchase Jug Bay Post Turkey 5K Race! Enjoy the food/clothing/toy gift certificates; sort toys beautiful, scenic trails of Jug Bay Wetlands or match donors with needy families and Sanctuary in Lothian. The trail is all off road seniors. Donors contribute Thanksgiving with some single track areas. The Jug Bay and/or Christmas dinner, plus toys or Post Turkey Trail 5K Race is part of our clothing. Delivery is made in person. new race series designed to give Anne Families, clubs, businesses, schools and Arundel County residents and visitors individuals can help the needy and celebrate opportunities to Move More! All proceeds the holidays in the true spirit of the season. from the race go to Recreation Deeds for

Special Needs, a local non- profit organization dedicated to making recreational activities accessible to all Anne Arundel County residents. Registration is at 8:00am, the day of the race. The race begins at 9:30am. For more information, or to register online, visit Operation Welcome Home This nonprofit organization provides a hero’s welcome every week at BWI Airport to military personnel returning home from the War on Terror. Volunteers are needed to attend welcome home events to greet by cheering, clapping, shaking hands to say thanks. Groups such as community organizations, schools, scouts , church groups are also welcome to host an event, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops. Volunteer team leaders, two for each event, also are needed to arrive an hour early to stage supplies and to make an announcement when the event begins. Training for team leaders is required along with a commitment to two events per month. For more information call (410) 757-0982, e-mail, or visit web site at A number of flights are due in during the Holidays. Companies, schools, church groups and other organizations: We invite you to come out and support our welcome home events, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops Visit the website calendar for schedules and other details. Rude Ranch Animal Rescue Rude Ranch animal rescue is located just outside of Annapolis, Maryland. The mission of Rude Ranch is to find loving, permanent homes for any adoptable placed under their care; to provide a safe haven and rehabilitation to feral and neglected cats rescued from abusive situations and to put an end to needless euthanasia because of pet overpopulation. During the holidays volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, being Santa’s helper and helping with photos with Santa at their Harwood location. They also need help with gift wrapping. They accept group and youth volunteers (minimum age 16) and family volunteers (as long as parent is present). They need donated canned cat food and dog food. For more info contact Katherine Rude at (410) 798-9559 or email Website: South County Assistance Network (SoCan) SoCan and area churches help persons in their community with emergency needs, food pantry or other services SoCan needs volunteers at their facility at St. James’ Church in Lothian on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 am to Noon, to stock shelves, bag food and donate food and other items for the pantry. Call Dottie Fender at

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(301) 261-5265. Wreaths Across America On Sat., Dec. 14 at 12:00 noon, Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed as an extension of the Arlington Wreath Project in 1992. Last year, Annapolis National Cemetery received over 800 donated wreaths from individuals, organizations and businesses. There are approximately 3000 graves at Annapolis National Cemetery and the goal this year is to have a wreath for each gravesite. The Annapolis community can make this happen. Wreath donations are being sought: Visit web site: to sponsor a wreath for $15; designate the wreath to the Annapolis National Cemetery by entering location ID code MDANCM (no Group ID needed). The deadline for wreath donation is Monday, November 25, 2013. Also, Volunteers are needed the day of the ceremony to lay wreaths on the graves. Contact Kristina Seidel at for any questions/concerns. YMCA Camp Letts This Edgewater camp needs volunteers for ongoing upkeep of buildings grounds, trail clearing and general office support at the Retreat Center and Camp office. Special event volunteer opportunities are also available for several annual events. Contact Andrew Mason at (410) 919-1411 or email Web Site: On Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 28, 7:30 a.m. - YMCA Camp Letts 14th Annual Turkey Chase: Volunteer help is needed for this annual 10K Run/5K Fun Walk fundraising event. Students can also receive volunteer hours for school. The morning of the race help is needed with registration, on course directions, water stops, and general encouragement. A volunteer form is available on the web site. Contact Chessa Ormond at (410) 919-1410 or with any questions. Find time during these remaining weeks of 2013 to give your time and if possible your contribution to any of these worthy organizations. Its good for the heart and good for the soul, and it means a lot to the person or animal on the receiving end.

About the author: Bea Poulin is on the Customer Relations staff for the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works where she is the point persons for many public works issues. She was previously with the County Executive’s Office of Community & Constituent Services for 13 years. Friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @BeaPoulin1.

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he Republican Women Leaders of Calvert (RWLC) present their annual Christmas Tour of Decorated Homes on Sat. Dec. 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Please contact Carolyn Rice (410) 610-0257 or or Robin Cavallaro or (443) 771-3362 to get your tickets today! Home Tour proceeds are used for community projects. The homes and businesses on the tour for 2013 “span the ages” from the historic to the transitional and new construction. Each home will be beautifully decorated to get you in the holiday mood – and give you plenty of ideas for making your holidays lovelier as well. Here’s what you will see:

The Beers Home

A home created and designed by the current owners for what they truly wanted in a home, raised ceilings, spiral staircase, entry foyer and decorated with charm for the holidays.

This home was built in 2003 for a large family with entertaining in mind. The Christmas holiday is most certainly their favorite time to entertain and is the inspiration for the holiday decorations.

Prince Frederick

The Zemlin Home

The Hoffer Home

The Radovesic Home

Kaine Homes Community of College Station



The Cornell Home Owings

Also on the 2013 RWLC Tour of Decorated Homes are:

Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Dougherty, LLC Prince Frederick

The building was built in 1900 as a personal residence and in 1980 was converted into office space. The square footage is 11,500 and it’s decorated beautifully for the holidays.

Curtis Builders Oak Tree Landing Model Home



This is a custom built home with three fully finished levels that have been professionally decorated. Please come visit during the Christmas House Tour for Christmas decorating ideas.

Prince Frederick

A model home decorated for the holidays. This home includes featuring 3 bedrooms, an exercise room off of the master bedroom, with a morning room, and a unique masonry fireplace.

This charming home was built in 2005 and is a brick and stone two-story colonial with an open floor plan. An eclectic mixture of old world and traditional decor with high ceilings and an open view of the second floor. Garland and lights adorn the railings during this season and add to the warmth of the rooms.

A charming two-story farm house sits on 2 1/2 acres of landscaped property. You will find the home decorated in a style that blends with the age of the home. The barn, guest cottage and meat house date back to the Civil War.

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This family built the house of their dreams. The house design is from Southern Living and is the "Sulpher Springs" plan. Many personal touches have been added such as Italian marble fluted pilasters, stained glass window from Scotland, and the floor plan to provide views of the outdoors.

The additional businesses on the tour include Dickinson Jewelers, Dunkirk Florist and Gifts, and Friday's Creek Winery, which all will provide a free gift the day of the tour if you present your ticket/booklet. The Calvert County Republican Headquarters in Prince Frederick will also be decorated for the holiday and is a stop on the tour. Refreshments will be provided at all of the homes and the Republican Headquarters in Prince Frederick.

Light Up The Town

By Connie O’Dell A Chesapeake Current Exclusive Join special guests Mr. & Mrs. Claus on Sun. Dec. 1 at 6:00 p.m. when the Town of Chesapeake Beach “Lights Up The Town” This annual event kicks off the beach holiday season with carolers, treats from Santa and great photo opportunities! This also marks the kick-off of the annual “Brightest Beacon on the Bay” contest. Chesapeake Beach residents are invites to decorate their home, business or boat to be judged in the annual contest. Call Town Hall at (410) 2572230 or email to enter the contest. Judging will take place Mon. Dec. 16 after 6:00 p.m. please file entries with Town Hall and have your lights on and shining brightly that night! Remember, you can enter your friends and neighbors, too. Chesapeake Beach has grown so much over the past few years so the judges may not visit every street, so please call Town Hall with addresses of the best decorated homes, so if you see something you really like, please let Town Hall know. They’d prefer to get a lot of calls about beautiful displays than miss a display or not know about them so it’s too late.

The winners will be announced on Thurs. Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. immediately before the December Town Council meeting. Please invite your friends and family to visit and take a self-guided tour to see the “Brightest Beacon on the Bay” winners as well as the beautiful town displays. A list of winners of the “Brightest Beacon on the Bay” contest will be available at Town Hall or on the tonw’s web site at on Fri. Dec. 20. The Chesapeake Beach Christmas light display will be burning brightly thru Jan. 5 2014.

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Dear Chesapeake Current readers, A recent letter to the editor in several local papers made note of Sue Kullen’s campaign announcement to represent Calvert County as our next delegate. As someone deeply concerned about the future of our environment for my four grandchildren, I can’t imagine anyone better suited for the job. Sue Kullen and her husband Steve have been residents of Calvert County for over 30 years. She is a small business owner and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She has advocated locally for mental health through her work with the ARC of Southern Maryland. Sue Kullen is the definition of a local candidate. As for the bill mentioned in the recent letter, the author likened it to the so-called “rain tax.” Not only is Calvert County exempt from the “rain tax,” it was our current Delegate, Mark Fisher, that was in office for that vote. Mr. Fisher has introduced no legislation in this last session to protect our Bay or our environment. There is far too much at stake, and we

cannot afford to let that continue. As the letter mentioned, Sue Kullen is dedicated to the environment. After becoming the first woman to represent Calvert County, Sue sponsored the “Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund.” With it, she helped to fight unemployment, to protect family farms, and to support nonprofits and higher education in developing rural entrepreneurship here in Calvert County. Time and time again, Sue Kullen has fought for Calvert County’s environment, its rural economy, and its top-tier education. Sue Kullen is putting Calvert County first, and it’s time we have a local candidate again who will continue that fight. Sincerely, Mary B. Hollinger Huntingtown

Thanks From CAASA Dear Chesapeake Current readers, A bright, sunny day greeted participants of the 13th annual “Step by Step” Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc. CAASA. Over 130 participants enjoyed an absolutely stellar day for a race around Solomon’s Island. The “Step by Step” Fun Run/Walk is held in memory of Mike Blackwell, a jogger who was killed while running on Broome’s Island Road. Bonnie Blackwell, Mike’s wife, provided opening remarks for this year’s event. CAASA sincerely appreciates the Blackwell family’s continued support and involvement with this important fund-raising event. Since its inception, CAASA has been fortunate to hold the “Step by Step” race at the Calvert marine Museum. The CAASA Board of Directors greatly appreciates the professionalism and support of the museum staff. Of course, volunteers are vital to our success. We are grateful to the CAASA Board members who volunteered their time and the Sheriff’s office Explorers and officers who assisted with monitoring the course. A special thank you to Maggie Hallstead,

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our Zumba instructor, for helping the racers warm up with some great dancing and to Stormi Heibel for designing this year’s race t-shirt. In addition, CAASA would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s event: A.H. Hatcher, Inc.; American Legion Post 206; Atlantic Coast Title, Inc.; Bob Hall LLC; Calvert County Family Day Care Association; Calvert Elks Lodge #2620; Century 21 – Bare Enterprises; Chesapeake Grille & Deli; Chesapeake Pharmacy; Giant Food – Lusby; Holiday Inn Solomons; Loch less Farm; PNC Bank; Rausch Funeral Home; Sheriff Mike Evans; SMECO; Smith Printing, Inc.; Smoothie King; Sneade’s Ace Home Center; and World Gym. CAASA’s alcohol and other drug abuse prevention activities and programs benefit from the funds raised so thanks so much to all our participants and volunteers. Results of the Nov. 2 race can be found on CAASA’s events page at Sincerely, Candice M. D’Agostino Coordinator

More Support For Smoking Ban Dear Chesapeake Current readers, We have lived in Calvert County for over 10 years and have five children who have been and currently are involved in a variety of sports in the County, including Dunkirk Warriors football, New Wave Swim Club, CSA travel soccer, Calvert County Little League and CYO basketball. We definitely spend a lot of time at various sporting facilities and parks which are not smoke-free… in particular Dunkirk Park. We are kindly asking for a ban on smoking in all county parks, including parking lots, especially Dunkirk Park, so families and children will not be exposed to secondhand smoke or see adults smoking. At Mt. Harmony Elementary School, students are taught

that smoking is a drug that should be avoided. Let’s follow through with our county parks to make them smoke free and support their education. We did notice the signs posted, “requesting” people to smoke in the parking lots, but that defeats the purpose as my family, and other families, will still be exposed to secondhand smoke, which is harmful to people who do not smoke. We appreciate your efforts; however, we are asking you to take it one step further, and ban smoking entirely from all county parks, including parking lots, especially Dunkirk Park. Regards, Bob and Jenn Colosi Owings

Where Kids Learn Good Social Skills Dear Chesapeake Current readers, I would like to introduce you to the Jon D. Williams Cotillion program and make our school aware of the upcoming program offered at the Old South Country Club in Lothian. The 17th Annual Tidewater North Cotillion will be held on most Saturday evenings from January 25th through March 1st. Two programs are offered, one for children in 3rd – 5th grade and another for children in 6th -8th grade. Many Cardinal Hickey families have participated in this program over the years that it has been offered and have found it to be a wonderful compliment to the instruction provided at local schools. My daughter, Eden and son, Will, who are students at Cardinal Hickey Academy in Owings have previously attended Cotillion (see photos).

The Jon D. Williams Cotillion program is a national organization founded in 1949 and established to instruct young people in social skills and dance education. The Company conducts classes across the United States at primary, secondary and high school levels – in addition to conducting programs at college, business and corporate levels. They instruct approximately 10,000 students annually. The objective of the their program is to convince students that social skills

are instrumental to their education and essential in developing successful relationships – whoever they meet, wherever they go, and whatever they do. Based in annual surveys – over 94% of JDWC students believe the classes have better prepared them for their future, and over 97% of their parents believe the skills learned will have a positive impact on their child’s future social relationships and career. It should be noted that JDWC programs are not exclusive or elitist. Enrollment is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, limited only by class size to maintain the quality of instruction. The Company annually contributes over $80,000 in service, scholarships, charitable donations, school auctions, and member discounts. In fact, JDWC has generously donated two certificates for auction at CHA’s upcoming Gala so be sure to check them out! For more information and to register, please visit their website at Sincerely, KellyBradshaw North Beach Tidewater North Cotillion Committee Member

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Dick Bailey, 84

Kenneth Bowen, 82

Joyce Brewer, 80

Charles “Dick” Richards Bailey, Sr., age 84, of Dunkirk, passed away peacefully on Mon., Nov. 11, 2013. Dick was born in Washington, DC on Oct. 19, 1929 to Charles A. and Helen B. (Richards) Bailey. For over 64 years, Dick was married to the love of his life, Kathleen “Kay” Scheibel. Together they raised two sons, and worked and ran J. A. Scheibel Construction, originally located in Camp Springs, MD, now in Calvert County. Retirement brought lots of enjoyment, allowing Dick and Kay to travel and spend more time with their family. Dick was a member of St. James’ Parish in Lothian, the former South Gate Lion’s Club and the Ocean City Light and Tackle Club, where he served as President from 1991 – 1993. In 1968, he won the Ocean City Light Tackle Tournament. Dick has an avid bill fisherman and fished the waters around the world. Another hobby of Dick’s was hunting water fowl in Chestertown, MD. This was a special time for him, his sons and grandsons. Those times will always be treasured moments shared together. Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Kathleen “Kay” Bailey, sons, Charles R. “Rick” Bailey, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, “Kath” and John R. Bailey and his wife, Jerrie Lynn. He was the devoted Grandfather of Eric A. Bailey, Marianne E. Bailey, Kristen B. Doty, Kaitlin G. Pecina, Robert M. Bailey. He was the proud great-grandfather of Wyatt, Ellis and Grant Bailey. He is pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Dale N. Bailey. Memorial contributions may be made to: St. James’ Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, MD 20711, or to Calvert Hospice, P O Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Lee Funeral Home Calvert handled arrangements.

Kenneth Hugh Bowen, age 82, of Prince Frederick, died Nov. 19, 2013 at Calvert Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving children. He was born Feb. 22, 1931 in Prince Frederick to the late Leroy Hilton Bowen Sr. and Nellie Mae Dalrymple Bowen. He was raised by his loving parents, along with his two brothers and one sister on Stoakley Farms. Affectionately known as Dad, Granddad Pop Pop, and Mr. Kenny, he was well known for his big heart and kind soul. Kenneth enlisted in the Army Reserves and served for two years. After his years of service, Kenneth worked as an electrician and plumber. Kenneth had a passion for gardening, hunting, fishing, as well as, his dogs. He is survived by his two children: Melissa Kay Haines and her husband Kevin A. Haines of Lusby; Scott Lee Bowen of St. Leonard; his grandchildren: Kenneth James Frank and his wife Elizabeth of Romney, WV; Kristen Elizabeth Page of Romney, WV; Kevin Patrick Haines and his wife Jennifer of Lusby, Md; Jordan Allen Haines of Solomons, Md; Kayleigh Ann Haines of Lusby, Md; Christopher Scott Bowen of St. Leonard, Md; Joshua Warren Bowen of St. Leonard, Md; his great grandchildren: Lilly, Lucas, and Austin Frank; Ryan Patrick Haines; Alexia Marie Bowen and Landon Christopher Bowen. Also surviving is his brother Raymond D. Bowen of Barstow, his sister Katherine R. Nicht of Timonium, Md; and Kenneth’s former spouse Wanda Lee Lilly. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Linda Ann Page, his brother Leroy Hilton Bowen Jr, and former spouse Patricia Catherine Bowen. Pallbearers are Kenneth James Frank, Kevin Patrick Haines, Jordan Allen Haines, Larry Bowen, David Bowen, and Milburn Buckler. Interment will be at Central Cemetery Barstow. Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic handled arrangements.

Joyce Evelyn Crawford Brewer was born October 15, 1933 in Lancaster County, South Carolina to the late Freeman Crawford and Leona F u n d e r b u r k Crawford. She was one of 13 children. She passed away Nov. 13, 2013. Joyce was baptized at an early age at Oak Hill Baptist Church in Pageland, South Carolina. Upon her mother's death in March 1939, she and several of her younger sisters moved to Charlotte, NC to be cared for by her oldest sister, Eunice. She continued to do so until her father remarried and reconstituted the family in Kanapolis, NC. Joyce attended grammar school in Kanapolis, and after moving to Washington, D.C., where she again lived with her oldest sister and family, she attended the DC Public Schools. While attending Garnett Patterson School, Joyce met Howell Brewer, Jr., who was totally smitten with her. Howell continued to pursue her until they were married in Jan. 1950. This union lasted until his death on Aug. 25, 2002. Joyce had many talents and became accomplished at reupholstering furniture. She loved to search for antiques in Baltimore and North and South Carolina. She was an avid collector of many antiques, including an expansive collection of clowns. Joyce loved spending time with family, travelling to wherever they lived; Baltimore, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington D.C. and the Carolinas. She also was a caring person who helped many, often strangers who somehow were blessed by her presence in their life. Approximately 35 years ago, Joyce and Howell met Michael Spriggs whom they fondly called their "adopted son." The bond they developed was inconceivable. In her final years, Joyce was confined under the care of Michael, his wife Helen and family. She became a well-loved patient who was appreciative of the professional care and attention she received from this family. Joyce was preceded in death by all of her siblings, but leaves a very large family clan to mourn her loss. Sewell Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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Nate Call, 78 Nathan Perry “Nate” Call, age 78, of Prince Frederick passed away Nov. 20, 2013 at his residence. He was born July 17, 1935 in Contoocook, NH to Everett and Helen Call. Nate was raised in New Hampshire and attended public schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 8, 1954 and completed his reserve obligation on July 7, 1962.

Nate married Pauline Ann Fitzsimmons on August 13, 1958 and they lived in New Hampshire until moving to Calvert County in 1977, living in Chesapeake Beach, and in Prince Frederick since 2005. He attended the IBM Computer School, and also attended Charles County. Nate was employed as a Systems Analyst with the U.S. Census Bureau for thirty years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Nate was an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and in his leisure time, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family, especially going to his grandson’s baseball games. Nate was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Joanne Allen and Roderick Call. He is survived by his wife Pauline Ann Call, and children Alan Call and wife Merri of Albany, GA; David Call and wife Shelley of Owings, and Linda Call and husband Matt Slatalla of Winchester, MA. Also surviving are grandchildren Alyson, Samantha, Brandon, Zachary, Abigail, Emma, Jocelyn and Jaelyn, and a sister Barbara Goodhue of West Palm Beach, FL. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Shirl Fitzwater, 44 Shirl Ann Fitzwater, age 44 of Prince Frederick passed away November 13, 2013. Shirl was born on April 27, 1969 to Walter, Sr. and Betty Fitzwater. She was the loving sister of Walter Price (Stephani) Fitzwater, Jr., Margaret Alice (Steve) Walthall and Cindy Lou (Dave) Parker, devoted aunt of Allison, Peyton and Kendall Parker, Melodey Fitzwater and Kristin and Troy Walthall. Lee Funeral Home in Owings is handling arrangements. Visitation will be held Sat., Dec. 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736.

Brian Grachik, 63 Brian Allan Grachik, age 63, of Huntingtown, departed this earth on Nov. 12, 2013 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He was born in Baltimore April 15, 1950 to the late Frank and Catherine (Nadine) Grachik. He loved his family and was a fantastic husband, father, brother and uncle. Brian was a retired welder and model maker from the David Taylor Research Center and Model Basin. He was a loyal and dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 25 years and loved to make others laugh. Brian had a kindness and gentle love in his heart that is known to all who knew him and he cared very much for all of God’s creatures great and small. The Saint Francis’ of Assisi prayer was his favorite. Brian was the wonderful husband to

Jacqueline Potter Grachik and a very caring stepfather to John, Thomas and Joseph Guidotti. He is survived by three brothers: Frank, Ed and Chris Grachik and two sisters: Rose Chaffman and Beth Ward. He is also survived by nine nieces, nine nephews, nine grand nieces and four grand nephews all of whom loved him very much. Memorial contributions may be made to: Action to Cure Kidney Cancer, 150 West 7th Street, Suite 4, New York NY 10023. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Sandra Helms, 71 Sandra Faye Helms, age 71, of Huntingtown, passed away Nov. 11, 2013 at Burnett Calvert Hospice House with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Frank “Wendell” Helms; loving mother of Robert Helms and his wife, Trish; grandmother of Robbie and Lauren Helms; sister of Izelle Kemp of Lamont, FL, June Wroton of Denver, Co, and Joy Marshall of Naples, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Elmer and Ola Bolt, and her siblings, William Elmer Bolt, Jr., Winston Bolt, Austin Bolt, Oscar Bolt, Eula Brown, Inda Foust and Ava Dowd. Mrs. Helms was married to her husband for 52 years. They had lived in Huntingtown since 1972. She was an avid Redskins fan who enjoyed eating crabs, traveling and shopping or as Pop Pop would say “Turning over rags.” Memorial Contributions may be made in Sandra’s memory to Calvert Hospice: P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Lee Funeral Home Calvert handled arrangements.

Neto Javier, 54 Neftalis Ramon Javier , age 54, of Lusby and formerly of Dominican Republic was born July 2, 1959 and passed away Nov. 16, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Noemi Compres Ramon, loving father of Lizbeth Compres Gutierrez, grandfather of Keiden Gutierrez and Daniel Esteban Mendez, devoted son of Bienvenida Javier Ramon, brother of Rosa Acosta of Washington, D.C and several siblings in the Dominican Republic. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Javier served as a deacon and was in the process of being ordained as a minister at The Hispanic Church of Lusby. Neto enjoyed traveling, grilling and skiing, but most of all he loved being surrounded by his family. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings handled arrangements. Interment in the Dominican Republic will take place at a later date.

Ron Johnson, 66

Gertrude Jones, 91

Jane Kiernan, 77

Ronald “Ron” Gordon Johnson, Sr., age 66, a resident of Harwood, died at his home on Mon., Nov. 18, 2013. Ron was born on May 20, 1947 in Riverdale, MD to Paula Myers and the late John W. Johnson. He was a 1965 graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, where he was a member of the Track and Field Team and competed in the events of shot put, discus and javelin. After graduation he attended Montgomery College where he lettered in Track and Field. He also set a Tri-State Conference and regional record with a javelin throw of 184’ 5”. Ron retired from C.I. Design of Beltsville as a Construction Superintendent. His interests included, golf, hunting, and fishing. He was also an avid Washington Senator/Nationals, and Redskins fan and also enjoyed University of Maryland football and basketball. He enjoyed tenpin and duckpin bowling, and was a member at one time of both the Men’s Tenpin Pro Tour as well as the Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association. He was a DPBA Pro Tour winner at “T” Bowl, two-time winner of the Rebel Open, winner of the Presidential Open, Winner of the Severna Park Open Doubles, Champion of the GWDA City Singles and co-holder of the 4 game Mixed Doubles World record with his wife Theresa Vermillion Johnson. His highest duckpin ranking was 16th and he was a winner of 16 other tournaments. Ron was an assistant coach for UYC baseball in 1994, and also coached youth duckpin bowling as well as mentoring numerous young men and women in the sport. He also played semi-pro softball and was a member of the Pollack Johnny’s softball team. Ron was preceded in death by his father, John W. Johnson and his daughter, Shelly Lynn Johnson. He is survived by his wife and soul mate Theresa Vermillion Johnson, whom he married at the home of her parents in Harwood in February of 2009. The couple met while duckpin bowling. Also survived by one son, Ronald Gordon Johnson, Jr. “RJ” of Crownsville, two step-sons; Tommy Pearson and his wife Lucy of Deale, and Travis Pearson and his wife Lindsay of Edgewater, his mother Paula Myers and sister Sandra Johnson, both of of Lake Havasu City, AZ, seven grandchildren; Tyler, Colten Colton and Tara Raines of Cash, Arkansas, Devin Keller of Edgewater, Maggie Pearson of Deale and Isabella Pearson of Edgewater and several aunts and uncles. Friends are invited to Ron’s Celebration of Life on Tues., Nov. 26 at 11:00 a.m. until a memorial service begins at noon at George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater. Memorial contributions may be made to SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403 or to the American Cancer Society at 1041 Route 3 North, Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054.

Gertrude Jessie Jones, age 91 was born Jan. 20, 1922 to the late Warren Jones and Blanche E. Jones of Hunting Creek, MD. She departed this life on Mon., Nov. 11, 2013 at FutureCare Chesapeake in Arnold, MD. Gertrude was educated in the public schools of Calvert County. She attended Young's United Methodist Church at an early age. She later moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked as a domestic technician for many years until her retirement. She loved to socialize and enjoyed being with family and friends. She had a very good sense of humor and would often travel back to Huntingtown to visit family and to reminisce about old times. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, crabbing and going to church. The memory of Gertrude Jessie Jones will live forever in the hearts and minds of: one brother, Samuel Jones of Huntingtown; two sisters, Maude Jones of Lusby, and Alice Jones of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren, Jacqueline Jones of Las Vegas, NV and Jeffrey Jones (Cynthia) of Gilbert, AZ; two great grandchildren, Brandon and Donovan Jones; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Jones of Prince Frederick, Maryland and Eva Jones of Huntingtown, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gertrude was preceded in death by her son, James "Jimmy" Jones (Rita Langford); brothers, Warren, Wallace, Wesley and Joseph; sisters, Mary and Janie Jones and Marian Fauntleroy. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Jane L. Kiernan, age 77, of St. Leonard passed away on Nov. 12, 2013 in Prince Frederick. She was born on June 23, 1936 in Washington D.C. to the late John and Gladys Tarman. For most of her life, Jane didn’t hold a job outside of the home because her home, husband, children and grandchildren were her job and she loved them, and spoiling them more than anything else in the world. She was the beloved mother of Debra Mister of Huntington, Raymond Joseph Kiernan of Arlington, TX and Kim Kiernan-Pitcher of Broomes Island. She was the devoted grandmother of Mercedes Kiernan, Joshua Kiernan, Amanda Pitcher and Anthony Pitcher, she is also survived by her sisters Becky Bowers and Dinah Cord, both of Brandywine, MD. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Joseph Kiernan, granddaughter, Angela Mister, sister Marianne Blaew, and a brother John Tarman. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice. Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic handled arrangements.

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Kay Murray, 80 Kathryn Marian Murray, known as Kay, of Huntingtown was born Aug. 14, 1933 to George and Marion Gray of Spokane, WA. Kay passed away on November 15, 2013. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Conway Murray; loving mother of Jeff Murray and Christine Fullom; devoted grandmother of April Lambatos and Sandy Goldstein; proud great grandmother of Kaylee and Keira Goldstein; sister of Jack Gray and the late Betty Hay. She is also survived by her “Grand Doggie” Griffin Murray. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

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Jean Milazzo, 88 Jean Marie Milazzo, age 88, of Port Republic, passed away on Nov. 17, 2013 at the Burnett Calvert Hospice House in Prince Frederick. She was born on Dec. 13, 1924 in Wicomico County, MD to the late Roxy and George Smullen. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Milazzo, children, Margaret Ann Davis, Robert Davis, Benson Davis, Bruce Wilkinson and David Gifford, and six brothers and sisters. Jean was a loving mother to Traci Daily (Tim) of Huntingtown, MD, grandmother of Shalene Harper, Tamera Campbell, Tristine Fletcher, Robin Greene, Robert T. Gifford, Wendy Davis, Matthew Daily and Samantha Daily. She is also survived by 19 great grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home Port Republic handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Burnett Calvert Hospice House.

Mike Pickeral, 51 Joseph Michael “Mike” Pickeral, age 51 of Lusby, formerly of Waldorf, passed away suddenly on Nov. 9, 2013 at his residence. He was born on Dec. 7, 1961 in LaPlata to Alice Louise Collins and the late Joseph Walter Pickeral. He was engaged to the love of his life, Merrie Reading. Mike graduated from Thomas Stone High School in 1978 and went on to join the US Marines. He served his country honorably from 1978 until 1984. He enjoyed participating in civil war reenactments whenever possible and painting miniature Union and Confederate soldiers, but the thing he loved most was just being at home with his family. He loved watching the little ones play, laugh, and

enjoy life and commonly referred to it as the best part of his life. He met Merrie in 2010 and has been with here ever since. He would tell everyone that would listen that she was the love of his life. Mike is survived by his mother, Alice Louise Collins of Portland, TN; fiancé, Merrie D. Reading of Lusby; son, Luther Nevin Pickeral of Lusby; stepchildren, Tim Marr and wife Katie of Great Mills; Jackie Reading of St. Leonard; Charles “CJ” Reading, Haley, and Lee Lee all of Lusby: former stepchildren, Joey, James, and Kimberly Pyles; siblings, Tim Pickeral of Glen Burnie, MD, Terry Lubenski of Greenbelt, MD, and James Kenneth Collins of Harpers Ferry, WV. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Jeri Louise Collins. Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

Danny Pike, 63 Danny Anthony Pike, age 63, of Huntingtown, was born March 3, 1950 and passed away Nov. 18, 2013. He was the beloved husband to wife Sherri for 30 years and father to three children: Sean, Danielle and David. Danny was born in Greensboro, N.C. and raised in Northern Virginia. After attending Northern Virginia Community College, he practiced carpentry for many years until he started Pike Window Treatments in 1984. Danny volunteered at the Calvert County Democratic Headquarters where he enjoyed helping with computer related duties. Danny was passionate about several things including researching the Civil War, tending to his garden, and the Washington Redskins. He also loved the Chesapeake Bay, the mountains, and was very devoted to his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave, 7th Fl, New York, NY 10001 Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

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Alberta Sewell, 79

Pamela Stalnaker, 49

Alberta Louise Sewell was born on May 18, 1934 to late Daniel and Alberta Sewell. She departed this life on November 12, 2013 at the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick. Alberta attended St. Edmonds United Methodist Church at a young age. She was educated in the Calvert County Public Schools. Alberta was a homemaker. Alberta enjoyed spending time with family and preparing gourmet meals. Alberta leaves to cherish her memory: Children, Sylvia Mason (Brad), Donald T. Brown, Larry Brown, Philander Holland, Sherman Holland, Andrew Scott (Gail) and Juanita Scott; Grandchildren, Daysonya Holland, Jayden Holland, Iman Holland, Lakia Brown, Patrice Brown, leshia Scott, Makayia Jones, Demetrius Holland, Dion Mason and Nakia Mason; One Great-grandchild; Nakia Mason, Jr.; Sisters; Ella Mae Sewell, Marthalene Holland (Leroy), Eleanor Harris (Albert), and Virginia Thomas (Mark), and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Pamela Kay Stalnaker, age 49, of Huntingtown, passed away at her residence on Nov. 11, 2013. She was born June 19, 1964 at Patuxent River Naval Base in Lexington Park to Jerry Lee and Eunice (Cornelison) Wigley. Pamela was raised in Georgia. She married Steven Michael Stalnaker on July 10, 1989 and they lived in the Baltimore area, Georgia, and settled in Calvert County in 1995. Pamela was a registered nurse, and she later owned and operated Professional Audit Management, a medical billing company. She is survived by her loving husband Steven M. Stalnaker, a daughter Maegan L. Stalnaker, a son Jared M. Stalnaker and a grandson Joseph M. Stalnaker, all of Huntingtown. Also surviving are her mother Eunice Wigley of Calhoun, GA, a sister Traci Morgan, and brothers Dwayne and Joel Wigley, all of Georgia. Pamela was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Wigley. Memorial contributions may be made to: Chesapeake Church, P.O. Box 936, Huntingtown, MD 20639. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.




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It’s Turkey Day! By Bob Munro


s you sit around the Thanksgiving table savoring all the sights, sounds and aromas of the day, it's difficult to think about fishing or other water sports. With water temperatures hovering just over 50 degrees at the Gooses Reef, the fall movement of big Rockfish is definitely underway but less than anticipated. The smaller resident Rockfish, those less than 10 years of age or less than 36 inches total length, remain in the Bay all year but the older (wiser?) fish constitute the migratory component of the population that move to the ocean. Some smaller Rockfish do leave the Bay with the big fish, but rarely do we catch a Rockfish over 35 inches in the Bay except during spring and fall. Unfortunately, the return of the big Rockfish is delayed again this year. Some of the largest Rockfish of the entire season are "normally" caught during mid-November. But any day now the big fish will be here, so it's time to get some big parachute lures overboard. The 3-ounce, black-headed parachute shown here with a green sparkle 9 inch shad and trailer hook is representative of a lure designed to catch big Rockfish. With many more smaller fish out there, consider deploying a tandem rig with a large parachute on a 15 foot leader paired with a smaller bucktail trimmed with a 6 inch shad on a 20 foot leader. This rig will catch Rockfish of both size classes and would be a good choice for stern corner rods. If you run two more rods, keep them closer to the boat and weighed heavier (deeper) than the corner rods. These heavier, closer (to the boat) components of your spread would be great locations for full-size umbrella rigs with small bucktails and 6-inch shad. Normally I'd stress the use of planer boards to help you catch big Rockfish, but we're running out of time. With a little more than two weeks left in this year's

Rockfish season that concludes December 15, do drag a few big parachutes but concentrate on the smaller fish with smaller lures. But pick your days because cold weather and cold water make for potentially dangerous conditions. For the last week or so there have been huge flocks of small gulls and terns working over schools of breaking Rockfish in the general area of the Choptank River mouth. Stingsilvers, Bass Assassins, grub tails and other plastics are very effective when cast into and around these schools of breaking fish. Because fish similar in size often make up the majority of a school, you may need to move around until you find a school of legal size fish. Check out the happy anglers with their catch of nice Rockfish to 30 inches from a week ago. "Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced that the 2013 Striped Bass juvenile index - a measure of Striped Bass spawning success in Chesapeake Bay - is 5.8, a substantial increase over last year's results of 0.9, but below the 60-year average of 11.7. The survey is conducted to track the reproductive success of Maryland's State Fish, which is known to be highly variable from year to year." As the holiday season approaches, don't forget that a gift certificate from a local tackle shop or charter boat captain is a great stocking stuffer...

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is calling on marina customers, staff, marine contractors and the general public to help them choose the Clean Marina of the Year

for 2013. Now in its third year, the annual contest recognizes Maryland Clean Marinas that excel in their efforts to run a clean facility. Nominations will be grouped into four categories based on marina size and services provided. Submissions are being accepted now through January 3, 2014. Winner(s) will be chosen by the Clean Marina Program based on demonstrated excellence in: - Overall cleanliness of the facility (indoors and outdoors); - Environmental services offered (recycling liquid and/or solid waste, pumpouts, vacuum sanders, pet waste pick-up bags, absorbent pads at the fuel dock, etc.); and - Communicating and enforcing clean marina practices and goals to customers and contractors through rules, signs and services. To nominate a Clean Marina for the award, citizens must send an email to Donna Morrow at explaining in 500 words or less how the candidate excels in the areas outlined above. For complete contest rules and a current list of Maryland Clean Marinas, visit

anmarina_contest.pdf. Previous Clean marina designations locally have gone to: Herrington Harbour Marinas in Deale and Rose Haven Paradise Marina, Deale Rockhold Creek Marina, Deale KB Derr & Son, an independent marina and boatyard in Lusby DNR launched the first Clean Marina Program in the United States in 1998 and to date has certified 152 facilities as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners. The contest was created to celebrate the outstanding work of these small businesses to protect the State’s natural resources and comply with complex regulations. DNR is currently accepting contributions, in keeping with the environmental ethics and goals of the Clean Marina Program, as prizes for the contest winners. Businesses interested in donating should contact Morrow at or (410) 260-8773.

Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to "" and we'll do our best to get you an answer. Don't catch 'em all, Bob Munro About the Author: Bob Munro of Chesapeake Beach has been a career research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he's fished the mid-Chesapeake since the mid-1980s.

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Green Light For Nice Bridge

Governor Martin O'Malley has announced that the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board has approved an additional $50 million in its final six-year capital program (fiscal 2014 - fiscal 2019) to fund initial design and right-ofway acquisition for the project to replace the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), which connects Charles County, MD. and King George County, VA across the Potomac River. The bridge is 72-years-old, and has frequent traffic issues because it’s only two-lanes. Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson, who represents District 1, where the Nice Bridge is located, said, "This is extremely exciting news not only for Charles County but the entire region. This is a serious funding commitment, and I am confident for the first time that motorists will be crossing the Potomac River on a modern, safe, new bridge within the next decade. I want to thank Governor O'Malley and every other official that has made this happen. This action once again highlights how vital our relationships are with our state and federal partners." The new four-lane bridge will be built parallel to, and north of, the existing bridge. The new bridge also will have a two-way bicycle / pedestrian path. The existing bridge will be removed upon completion of the new bridge. A designated path on

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each shore will guide bicyclists and pedestrians to the appropriate outside shoulder along US 301. Currently, 17,900 vehicles cross the bridge each day, with traffic projected to increase to 37,000 vehicles per day by 2030. The planning phase of the project was completed in fall 2012. MDTA plans to spend $56.1 million between fiscal years 20142019 for initial design and the purchase of right of way needed in both Maryland and Virginia for a new Nice Bridge. The initial design work will determine the type of bridge structure and where the bridge's support piers would be placed in the Potomac River, among other design elements. Construction of the new bridge is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion. The project is not currently funded for construction. In October, state officials announced that $10 million will be spent on engineering for eventual replacement of the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge across the Patuxent River linking Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. Just the study will cost $20 million. Although a timeline for actual replacement of the bridge has not been determined, Transportation Deputy Wilson Parran tells the Chesapeake Current, “This is the first step – to do all the engineering and gather data.”

All Invited To Christmas Walk Start your holiday celebrations off right at the annual Solomons Christmas Walk on Fri., Dec. 6, and Sat., Dec. 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to all of the attractions on the island, from Annmarie Garden in Lights to the ever-popular lighted boat parade, the Calvert Marine Museum is offering its own holiday delights for visitors of all ages – and admission is free! Shop locally for unique, high-quality, “Made in America” gifts at the Museum Store to please everyone on your holiday list. The store will be open both nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and is stocked with jewelry, home décor, clothing, toys, books, and more. On both Friday and Saturday, the museum will host local musical acts beginning at 6:00 p.m. Performances this year include Cosmic Flute Choir, Patuxent Voices, and Southern Maryland Sound on Friday and Bruce Rider & Friends and Patuxent High Orchestra on Saturday. Santa will be

Even the museum otter gets his chance to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas during the Solomons Christmas Walk.

on hand both nights and watch for an appearance from the museum otter to join in on the holiday cheer. Children can create a holiday craft to take home. Enjoy punch and cookies on Friday and Santa’s Coffee House on Saturday offering complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, and holiday cookies. To learn more about the Solomons Christmas Walk, visit their Website here:

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CURRENT EVENTS Garden In Lights: Garden In Lights is a magical tour that takes visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods. As you walk along the protected path, you will be transported to a fantastical place of spectacular lights and amazing "light sculpture." Guests will be surrounded by superheroes, wild animals, airplanes, pirates, princesses, dinosaurs, fantasy land and outer space to name a few. All of the "light sculptures" are designed and made at Annmarie Garden; nothing in this show is commercially available. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. weekends in December 6-8, 12-15, 19-23, 26-31. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Twin Beach Players (TBP) present this hilarious Christmas classic. A couple

Calvert County Government Facility Closures for the Thanksgiving Holiday The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners announces the following office and facility closures for Thanksgiving: - All Calvert County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of Thanksgiving. - The Calvert Pines, Southern Pines and North Beach senior centers will be closed Nov. 28 and 29. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on Nov. 28 but will resume service on Nov. 29. - All Calvert Library locations will be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29. Libraries will resume normal hours Saturday, Nov. 30. - There will be no public transportation services Nov. 28 and 29. Regular Saturday service will resume Nov. 30. - All Solid Waste facilities will be closed on Nov. 28 and will resume normal hours Friday, Nov. 29. - County parks, the Calvert Marine Museum and the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center will be closed Nov. 28 and resume normal hours Nov. 29. - All community centers will be closed Nov. 28. The Northeast Community Center will be open regular hours on Nov. 29. Mount Hope and Southern community centers and North Beach

struggles to put on a church Christmas pageant, and tries to cast the most inventively awful kids you can imagine. You won't believe the mayhem and the fun when they collide with the Christmas story head on! Features plenty of great actors and actresses, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs! Doors open 30 minutes before performances. North Beach Boys & Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Ave., North Beach. Weekends Nov. 20 through Dec. 15 (7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m.) Free parking at the Senior Center. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets now on sale: $10 for TBP members, students and $12 for adults.

Gift-Wrapping: Junior League of Annapolis will be hosting its annual fundraising event, offering gift-wrapping services at the Westfield Annapolis Mall on December 7-24 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m

Recreational Center will be closed Nov. 29 and reopen for regular hours Nov. 30. Davidsonville Dance Club: Beginning For more information, visit the Calvert Wed., Dec. 4, for 8 weeks: 7:00 p.m. Hustle Basic I, 8:00 p.m. - Cha Cha Basic County website at Anne Arundel County will operate on the following schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday: - Wed. Nov. 23- Service Reduction Day: County offices are closed. Landfill and Convenience Centers are closed. Curbside trash collection will not occur. Libraries close at 5:00 p.m. Senior Centers are closed. Regional parks are closed. - Thurs., Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Holiday: County offices are closed. Landfill and Convenience Centers are closed. Curbside trash collection will not occur. Libraries are closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Senior Centers are closed. Regional parks are closed. - Fri., Nov. 25: County offices are closed. Convenience Centers are closed. Curbside collections normally scheduled for Thurs., Nov. 24, will occur on Friday, November 25, and collections normally scheduled for Fri. will occur on Sat., Nov. 26. - All County facilities will reopen on Sat., Nov. 26. However, libraries are closed Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun. - Senior Centers are closed. - Regional parks are closed.

Be more successful! Let the Chesapeake Current help you promote your non-profit group’s event! Email complete details along with contact info at least three weeks in advance to We also give non-profits deep discounts on sharp, colorful display ads to attract even more attention! Call for details! (410) 231-0140. 30 Thursday, November 28, 2013 Chesapeake Current

The 14th Annual Holiday Highlights Contest: North Beach on Sun., Dec. 15, after 6:00 p.m. decorate your North Beach home or business for the holidays for your chance to win! There will be TWO categories. The first category is houses, apartments and townhouses. The second category is businesses. Gift bags will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories. Decorate, decorate, and decorate!!! For more information, call Sally Donaldson at (410) 286.3988.

II. Professional Instructor. $65 plus $10 membership fee for the year 2014. For more info call (301) 775-0666.

Thurs. Nov. 28 - Thanksgiving Day 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner: The Spiritist Society of North Beach and the Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet are hosting their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner from12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Abigail Francisco Classical Ballet Studio, North Beach. If you would like to attend the dinner or give a donation, please call (301) 855-0282 or email: Thanksgiving Worship in Friendship: Carter's and Friendship United Methodist Churches cordially invite you to their annual joint Thanksgiving worship service, 7:30 p.m. at Carter's UMC. The church is at 6715 Old Solomons Island Road, Friendship. or call (301) 855-2500.

Fri. Nov. 29, Sat. Nov. 30 & Sun. Dec .1 Calvert Hospice Festival of Trees: Calvert County’s premier holiday celebration and a fundraiser for Calvert Hospice. Teams of decorators from church, community and civic groups weave their holiday magic into an enchanting parade of uniquely decorated trees for visitors to enjoy. Children will love the model train display and visiting Santa in his workshop. All proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit Calvert Hospice. At St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Family Life Center, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick. Fri.,

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Sunday, December 1 (con’t)

Calvert County Fair Board as they herald in the holiday season with the 22nd Annual 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 Prince Frederick Holiday Parade. Parade p.m.; and Sun., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. participants include school marching bands, For info call (410)535-0892 or visit ROTC groups, scouts, soccer and baseball teams, 4H clubs, fire engines and, of course, the main attraction – Santa Claus. (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick. More info: (410) 586-3664 Friday, November 29 Chesapeake Critter Highlights: Come and meet some of the animals in the Estuarium and Discovery Room and learn more about them. Scheduled throughout the day. Calvert Marie Museum, 14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. For more info call (410) 326-2042 or visit

Saturday, November 30 2013 Christmas Bazaar: Crafters, artists and commercial – also vintage/estate/re-sale. Indoor spaces (6x8) $35 wall w/electric, $30 center aisle. Outdoor spaces (10x10) $25, Table rentals (limited) $5. Food, beverages, raffles, baked goods and more. Rain or Shine. 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Deale Elks Lodge, 6022 Drum Point Rd., Deale. Benefits Deale Elks Lodge and their support of Operation Paws For Homes. Square Dance & Potluck Dinner: LIVE Traditional Appalachian music by Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), & Friends. Squares, long ways set, and circle dances called by Janine Smith. No partner, experience, or lessons necessary. Yes, YOU can do it! Potluck Dinner (Optional) 5:45-7:00 p.m.; Family-Friendly Dancing 7:00 p.m.; and More Challenging Dancing 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. ALL AGES WELCOME! Adults: $10, Ages 5-17 years: $5, Under 5 years: FREE. Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Galesville Road, Galesville. Call (301) 926-9142 for more info/questions or visit Holiday Musical Cabaret! The famous Voices in Praise (VIP) Youth Choir from Friendship UMC presents a festive Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. The excitement takes place in the Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian. Optional free will offering. For more information call (410) 25-7133 or visit

Sunday, December 1 Free Children’s Christmas Party: From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the upper level hall of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. Hosted by the Auxiliary, Chair Janice Marcellas. All are Welcome. For information call (301)855-6466 or visit Prince Frederick Holiday Parade: Join the Optimist Club of Calvert County and the

Holiday Lighting Ceremony: Oohs and aahs as Mayor Bruce Wahl flips the switch to light up the town for the holidays. Special guests include Mr. and Mrs. Claus. There will be treats for the kids. Everyone is invited! Chesapeake Beach Town Hall, 8200 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach. (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) Info: (410) 257-2230 or

Tuesday, December 3 Greening at Court House Square: Please join the Calvert Garden Club for the annual Christmas Greening of the Courthouse Square. We will gather at 8:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall at Christ's Church in Port Republic to create a variety of evergreen decorations. Lunch will be served at noon. At 1:00 p.m. we will transport the greens to the Court House in Prince Frederick on Main Street where Garden Club members and County personnel will install the decorations. We would be delighted to have you join us for lunch and all our activities. Contact Mary Berkley at if you have any questions or would like more information. Steak Dinner: Particular about your steak? At the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach, you order it directly from the GrillMaster. Serving from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the $15.00 price tag includes sides, salad, beverage, and roll. Public welcome.

Thursday, December 5 29th Annual Solomons Christmas Walk Gala Dinner Kick-Off: All are welcome to the Solomons Christmas Walk Gala Dinner kick-off event at the Back Creek Bistro. The evening features heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, dancing, one complimentary adult eggnog, cash bar, plus a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. (6:30 – 9:00 p.m.) Back Creek Bistro, 14415 Dowell Road, Solomons. Call (410) 326-9900 for more information.

Friday, December 6 Tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory: Enjoy a free behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than eight million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. Visitors can get up close and personal with conservators and collections. Group tours are offered year round for a small fee. Call or email for more information. 1:00 p.m. Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard.

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Sat. Dec. 7 & Sun. Dec. 8

Informal dinner: from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by the American Legion Stallings Williams Post 206, on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach, in the lower-level dining room. Commander Jack will be whipping up his World-Famous Jambalaya Dinner as only he can and, with all the trimmings. The cost is $10, including salad and beverage. Public Welcome. Call for more information (301) 855-6466 or visit

A Gingerbread House Christmas: The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, Inc. invites the public to attend the 28th Holiday Open House at the Benson-Hammond Historic House Museum, 7101 Aviation Boulevard at Andover Road in Linthicum. The theme this year is “A Gingerbread House Christmas.” A hand made gingerbread house to be raffled off. Docents dressed in costume will welcome visitors for self-guided tours of the house which will be decorated for the holidays with live greens from the property and using antique Christmas ornaments from the museum collection. More than 300 historic dolls will be on display for the delight of children of every age. The newly refurbished Museum Shop will be open. Punch and home-made cookies will be served. The holiday gathering will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The event is free. More info on the Society’s website:

Light Up the Town: North Beach begins the festive holiday season by lighting up the town. Onlookers gather on the pavilion as we flip the switch to light up the town Christmas tree and holiday displays. Don’t forget to stop by Tan’s Cycles & Parts to view the holiday train display. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. For more info call (301) 855-6681 or visit

Fri. Dec. 6 & Sat. Dec. 7 29th Annual Solomons Christmas Walk: Various locations around Solomons. Visit Solomons for the 29th annual Christmas Walk. Events abound for all ages. It's a fun-filled weekend of special children's activities, a live puppet show, open houses at many businesses and the lighted boat parade. The Solomons Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 7 at 6:15 p.m., leaves from Solomons Yachting Center, heads up Back Creek and then travels back down the creek for judging at Zahniser's Yachting Center. The parade will proceed up the Patuxent River along the boardwalk before returning to Solomons Harbor. Watch the parade from many of the restaurants and establishments on Back Creek or the Patuxent River Boardwalk. The Calvert Marine Museum is free and open to the public from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. both nights. Visit for more information.

4th Annual Holiday Photos With Horses! 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come support your local community and get professional portraits taken of you and your family with our horses at beautiful Hampton Plantation located at 7940 Flint Hill Rd. Owings, MD 20736. Horses and barn will be decorated in holiday finery. Hot chocolate, apple cider and baked goods available as well as local vendors at the Holiday Market. Santa will be visiting Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m! Call (410) 474-7662 or (301) 466-5613 for more info or go to One photo for $10 or three photos for $15. Fundraiser for Freedom Hill Horse Rescue.

Saturday, December 7

Thrift Store: The Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has opened a thrift store in Dunkirk. New winter items are on display. All proceeds benefit the Sheldon Goldberg Center for Breast Care. CMH Thrift Store Saturday, December 7 Dunkirk Market Place at 10366 Southern Md. Blvd. Dunkirk, will be open from 9:00 ACLT Greens Sale and Beach Hayride: a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions, Purchase fresh cut evergreens for holiday please feel free to contact Sandy Shearer at decorations, drink hot cider and take a (410) 535-7612. hayride to the beach. Greens sale benefits Warrior's Rest Sanctuary. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 Sunday, December 8 p.m. Warrior’s Rest Sanctuary, American Chestnut Land Trust, Scientists’ Cliffs Beach Railway Museum Road, Port Republic. Call (410) 414-3400 Chesapeake Holiday Open House: Come and see the train or visit for more information. depot dressed up for the holidays! (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.) 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach. Bay Business Group/Pat Carpenter Call (410) 257-3892 or visit Holiday Parade & Santa on the Beach: The Annual Parade, sponsored by Bay A "Blue Christmas" Service: The Holidays Business Group, draws spectators from afar. aren’t joyful for many of us, so the caring The best part is when the jolly old fat man Stephen Ministers of Friendship United arrives by fire truck. After the parade, join Methodist Church invite you to a "Blue ChristSanta and Mrs. Claus on the beach as they mas" service at 5:00 p.m. in the church. visit with the children and give them a Anyone who is having or has had a sa d, dark, or special treat. Warm up around the campfire difficult Christmas is welcome. Come as you as you enjoy refreshments! The Santa meet- are – no strings. Contact us at (410) 257-7133, and-greet is sponsored by North Beach, or visit House & Garden Club and Town of North Don't mind Beach. Along the Boardwalk in North all the construction mayhem – we're open! Beach the Parade begins at noon, Santa on Friendship UMC is 1 block east of Friendship the Beach begins at 1:00 p.m. Call (301) Circle on Rt. 2, 1-1/4 miles north of the stop 855-6681 or visit for light at the Route 2 / Route 260 junction in Owings. more information.

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