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Armed with trucks, wood splitters and cutters, axes and willing hands and spirit, more than 150 Summit Men’s Group members from Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown cut and loaded 45 truck loads of wood to deliver to 22 less fortunate families. The men delivered between a half cord to three cords of firewood at each stop. For many, the firewood will be their only source of heat during the winter months. This year brought the largest number of volunteers and more than doubled the amount of deliveries, 90 percent of the deliveries were Calvert County residents. The majority of the families who received the firewood utilize the church’s Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry and others came from referrals. The food pantry serves more than 700 families every week. For more information on volunteer opportunities or learn about Chesapeake Church visit or call (410) 257-0700.

Ho – Ho – Ho

Santa Claus visited the Calvert County Commissioners at their last meeting of the year, and also brought big smiles to the faces of about a dozen children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by the Arc of Southern Maryland who were in attendance. Executive Director Harriet Yaffe (pictured), who has led the organization since 1998 and is retiring at the end of the year, told Santa all she wanted for Christmas is “peace of mind.” Clarification: In the last Chesapeake Current, we mistakenly said in our story about the Chesapeake Beach water and sewer rates that October bills reflected the new rate structure of $15.56 per gallon used. The new rate was not charged in that billing cycle – it was the old rate of $9 per gallon.

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BOCC Debates Tap Fees When a business is built in a Town Center with access to water and sewer, connection or tap fees are charged to tie into the public system. When a new business opens in an existing building, the amount of water and/or sewer service needed for that new business use is calculated by the county and connection or tap fees may be charged. For example, the Striped Rock Restaurant recently moved into an existing building in Solomons. The use was the same - a restaurant. If the number of seats were the same, there would be no new tap fees. Another example is the Lighthouse Inn in Solomon's. Prior to burning down, the restaurant seated 200 and owned nine taps. The new restaurant will seat 400 people, so additional water and sewer service will be needed for the extra 200 sears. Those Capital Connection or tap fees have to be purchased prior to business opening and become part of the capital costs of the project. The amount of those Capital Connection or tap fees is based on a measurement called Equivalent Dwelling Units or EDUs. An EDU is equivalent usage for an average house. So, the EDU calculation is how many houses to which the business is equivalent. This EDU calculation in Calvert County is currently based on the practices of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission or WSSC. However, careful examination of usage data in Calvert County indicates that the WSSC tables require more EDU's than are actually needed based on actual water and/or sewer usage data here. At a public hearing on Dec. 17, the Board of Calvert County Commissioners (BOCC) heard the Department of Public Works' recommendations for decreasing the required number of EDU's on new commercial construction by repealing the WSSC table and instituting a new chart for EDUs for businesses based on historical data of actual usage. Local business owner Geoff Wanamaker, who recently purchased the Jasper's building in Prince Frederick where Plaza Azteca is now located, is also a partner in the newly rebuilt Lighthouse Inn in Solomons. He testified at the public hearing that he felt the county’s current policies are not business-friendly. Specifically, he noted that when Plaza Azteca opened, he had to pay $130,000 for Capital Connection Fees left unpaid by the previous owner, and that this large sum was a complete surprise. He is also upset that the former Lighthouse Inn owned nine taps, but he was required to buy more for the additional 200 seats. He challenged the number that were estimated. He said that he did not want to have to get an additional loan to pay the extra tap fees after he had already taken out a $2.5 million loan to rebuild the restaurant. He wanted Calvert County to let him open with the existing nine tap fees, monitor the actual water and sewer usage over two years, then be assessed any additional tap fees that the actual usage showed were required. The Calvert County Department of Public Works' recommendation to the Commissioners was to assess the cost of

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the additional tap fees upfront before allowing the business to open using the new Calvert County EDU chart that is considerably less onerous than the current WSSC EDU chart. Actual usage would be monitored over two years, at the end of which the number of taps actually required would be adjusted with the business either being required to buy additional taps or credited the cost of taps that were purchased, but they did not need based on actual usage. A vigorous debate ensued among the Commissioners on whether taps should be paid for upfront with an adjustment after two years based on actual usage date, or whether the cost of the taps should be deferred until the two years of actual usage could be accurately calculated. A third alternative was to buy one tap upfront for $8,400 and defer the rest for a determination of the actual need for taps based on a one year study of the data on actual usage. Commissioner Jerry Clark leaned toward deferring the tap payment until two years of actual usage could be quantified, arguing that to do so would be more business-friendly. Commissioner Susan Shaw pointed out that doing so caused the situation in which Mr. Wanamaker found himself with regard to the Plaza Azteca building where he had to pay for deferred tap fees that were never paid by the previous owner. Shaw also said she was opposed to deferring the tap fees for two reasons: she feared the fees might never be paid and secondly, she opposes the deferment of the tap fees for two years since insufficient capital to open a business often leads to a business failing. At the end of the debate, the BOCC voted to ease the Capital Connection fees charged for hooking to the county’s water and sewer systems, and instructed staff to come back with additional ways to make the county more “business friendly.” The vote was Commissioners Jerry Clark, Susan Shaw and Evan Slaughenhoupt voting for the initial change, with Pat Nutter and Steve Weems opposed. At the recommendation of County Administrator Terry Shannon, the Public Works staff was instructed to look at other possible ways of improving the policy and fees schedule. Commissioner Jerry Clark said he realizes the financial burden it places on businesses, and that financing the costs may not be the answer. Clark said he knows what it’s like to lay awake at night thinking about financial matters and “$1,000 a month can make a big difference.” Clark also noted that the county’s fees are low compared to the $20,000 or so per tap charged in the Twin Beaches.

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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: CDS Violations Two sixteen-year-old males, both of Huntingtown, were charged with possession of marijuana less than 10 grams on Dec. 13 at 9:24 p.m. after the vehicle they were in was stopped for a traffic violation. DFC A. Mohler conducted the stop on Dares Beach and Armory Roads in Prince Frederick. The juveniles were charged on youth reports and released to parents. Assault On Dec. 15 at 3:53 a.m. DFC R. Wilson responded to the 4000 block of Broomes Island Road in Port Republic for the report of an assault. A woman advised Cpl. G. Shrawder that she had been riding in a vehicle with two males when they reportedly ingested a controlled dangerous substance and asked her if she wanted some. She declined and told them she wanted to get out of the vehicle but they did not stop the vehicle. One of the men then pointed an impact wrench at the woman and threatened her. The woman then opened the car door and jumped from the vehicle, running to a house where the homeowners contacted police. A lookout for the suspect vehicle was conducted and DFC Wilson made the traffic stop and contacted the two occupants. Jacob Ryan Ferris, 27 of Sunderland, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drug; Percocet, possession of a schedule I drug; marijuana less than 10 grams, and second degree assault. Jonathon Leeds Campbell, 25 of Upper Marlboro, was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II drug; Percocet and possession of a schedule I drug; Marijuana less than 10 grams. The victim was not injured.

worth of jewelry. Dep. W. Beisel is investigating.

Destruction of Property The canvas top of a vehicle was ripped resulting in $3,000 worth of damage while the car was parked in the lot of Buckets Sports Bar on Rousby Hall Road in Lusby State Police Barrack U Reports: between 11:30 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. on Dec. 15. DFC R. Wilson On Dec. 18 at approximately 5:43 p.m., Trooper Barlow arrived at is investigating. Sunflower Cleaners located at Someone broke the door on a barn Central Square Drive in Prince at the Bennett Hughes Tree Farm Frederick in reference to a 911 call on Clay Hammond Road in Prince for an armed robbery. The victim Frederick sometime between Nov. advised an African American male 22 and 27. It did not appear that approximately 5’8” tall with a slim entry was made and nothing was build entered Sunflower Cleaners. taken. Dep. N. Lenharr is The suspect was wearing a dark in color jacket with a white mask or investigating. t-shirt covering the lower portion Unknown suspect(s) caused $340 of his face. The suspect displayed a to a vehicle when they apparently handgun and demanded money. pried open the door of a vehicle The suspect then fled the business parked outside a residence in the with an undisclosed amount of Troopers and Calvert 4000 block of 8th Street in North money. County Deputies canvassed the Beach overnight between Dec. 3 and 4. Nothing was taken. DFC area. A Calvert County Sheriff’s Office K-9 also responded to the Y. Bortchevsky is investigating. scene. Crime Scene Technician G. Someone threw a rock through the Crump responded to the scene for window of a medical office at 1005 Prince Frederick Boulevard in Prince Frederick. The damage was discovered on Dec. 13. It does not appear that anyone entered the office and nothing is missing. DFC J. Livingston is investigating.

processing. Troopers and Deputies from the Calvert Investigative Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Maryland State Police (410) 535-1400 or the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office (410) 535-2800. CDS Violations On Dec. 15 at 12:05 p.m., Senior Trooper Gill was patrolling near the Solomons Island boat ramp when he observed a vehicle parked in a no parking area. Contact was made with the vehicle’s driver. The driver attempted to hide drugs from the Trooper and a search revealed PCP, cocaine, and marijuana. Marrio R. Williams, 42 of Bowie, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. At 8:56 p.m. on Dec. 15, Trooper First Class West responded to the Super 8 Motel in Prince Frederick in reference to suspected drug activity. There was an odor of burnt Marijuana in the hallway. Investigation revealed that James E. Sayegh, 43 of Linwood, NJ, was in possession of marijuana. He was taken to the MSP Barrack for processing and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Theft A woman advised Dep. W. Beisel that on Dec. 2 she sent a money order in the amount of $220 for the sale of a puppy she found online at The “seller” contacted the woman and advised that another $525 was needed for a crate to ship the dog. The woman tried repeatedly to contact the “seller” to no avail. No puppy was sent. The investigation is continuing. Attempted Theft Dep. W. Durner took a report of an attempted theft when a victim advised that sometime overnight between Dec. 9 and 10, someone entered his vehicle and rummaged through it, although nothing was taken. It occurred in the 11000 block of Prince Street in Dunkirk. The investigation continues.

Burglary Property worth $7,500 was stolen from a home in the 6800 block of Hallowing Lane in Prince Frederick when it was burglarized sometime on Dec. 15. The victim advised DFC J. Denton that a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, controllers, chargers and games were taken. The investigation is Theft from Vehicle continuing. Someone entered a vehicle in the Someone entered a home in the 1300 block of Jewell Road in 3500 block of Cassell Boulevard in Dunkirk overnight between Dec. 9 Prince Frederick during the daytime and 10 and stole a brief case containing a book of checks. hours on Dec. 3 and stole $1,600


Dep. W. Durner is investigating the theft of a security badge from a vehicle parked outside a home in the 12000 block of Cavalier Drive in Dunkirk overnight between Dec. 9 and 10. A second vehicle was entered in the 1300 block of Squire Lane in Dunkirk during the same timeframe and a red Fuji camera and cash was stolen. Anyone with information regarding either of these thefts is asked to contact Dep. Durner at (410) 535-2800.

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The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies around the state have received numerous complaints over the last few days involving sexually explicit photographs of juveniles being posted on social networking websites, specifically Instagram. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has been seeking technical assistance with these investigations from the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the State Police Computer Crimes Section. These latest images and videos have been posted on several different pages on the Instagram website. At this point, the images do not rise to the level of child pornography under Maryland law, however the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office would like to urge the public to be aware of these issues and to report occurrences to Instagram’s Help Center at or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tip Line at Additionally, the Calvert

County Sheriff’s Office suggests parents talk with their children and explain to them the possible repercussions and dangers of taking photographs of themselves in a sexually explicit manner and posting on the Internet. The following websites are a good resource for parents in steps to take to help protect children from being exploited on the Internet: or The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of 35 law enforcement agencies from around the state focused on preventing and investigating incidents of sexual child exploitation. A major part of the Task Force’s program is community outreach. Investigators travel around the state providing Internet Safety presentations to children, parents, schools, and community or church groups. If you would like to schedule such a presentation for your group or would like further information, you may email the State Police investigative unit at

Police Blotter (Con’t) Sheriff’s Office Gets Award The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement (CALEA) voted on Nov. 16 of this year to award the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office its national re-accreditation award at a ceremony in WinstonSalem, North Carolina. This is the highest recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Lieutenants Craig Bowen and Bill Soper were there to represent the Sheriff’s Office and receive the award. To achieve this most prestigious award, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office went through a rigorous three day, on-site assessment process in June 2013, to demonstrate that the agency met the professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. The Sheriff’s Office must comply with 481 standards (best practices) to maintain accreditation status. Law enforcement

(L to R) Lt. Craig Bowen, Lt. Bill Soper, Debra Nevin, Office Aide, Sheriff Mike Evans, and Major Dave McDowell.

accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time agencies must submit annual reports, proving continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The Sheriff’s Office initial accreditation was achieved in 2010.

Officers Support Local Kids For the 5th year in a row, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has participated in the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program. Founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, and adopted by the United States Marine Corps in 1948, the mission of the Toys For Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. The primary goal of the Toys For Tots Program is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. With the full support of Sheriff Mike Evans, Cpl. Michael Naecker spearheaded the participation of the Sheriff’s Office with the Toys For Tots Program. Cpl. Naecker served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for six years. Since the Sheriff’s Office’s

Beach Man Electrocuted A 34-year-old North Beach, Anne Arundel County man died on Mon. Dec. 16 when he was electrocuted while helping a neighbor hang Christmas lights on his house. Keith Swindle, Division Chief for the Anne Arundel County Fire Dept. tells the Chesapeake Current that it happened shortly after 4:00 p.m. in the 1000 block of Walnut Avenue, very close to the line between Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. Jason Byrnes, 34, was using an aluminum ladder that apparently came in contact with the electrical service going into the home. Swindle says it’s not clear if it was a

power line or the actual connection to the house that caused him to be electrocuted. Swindle says two units –an ambulance and a fire truck - from the nearby North Beach Volunteer Fire Dept. in Calvert County responded along with three units from Anne Arundel County and found Byrnes unconscious with serious, life-threatening injuries. He was transported by Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince Georges Shock Trauma, where he was pronounced dead. Anne Arundel County Police conducted an investigation and determined his death was accidental.

Young Man Dies in Collision On Dec. 13 shortly after 8:00 a.m. members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Chesapeake Beach Road (MD Rt. 260) and St. Andrews Drive in Chesapeake Beach for a report of a serious vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Jeep Wrangler being operated by April Lea Wooden, a 38-year-old female of Chesapeake Beach, was traveling westbound on Chesapeake Beach Road in the area. As her vehicle approached the intersection of Rt. 260 and St. Andrews Drive, a black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse, operated by Steven Ray Sargent, a 24-year-old male of Chesapeake Beach, entered the westbound lanes

of 260 in an attempt to make a left turn and continue eastbound. The Eclipse was struck in the side and both vehicles came to rest in the grass median about 15 feet from the point of impact. Officers say Sargent was not wearing a seatbelt and was found unresponsive, lying in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. North Beach Volunteer EMS responded to the scene and found Sargent dead. Mrs. Wooden was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Cpl. Tom Phelps at (410) 535-2800 or via e-mail at

Subway Robber Sought Sheriff Mike Evans, Cpl. Mike Naecker and Major Dave McDowell.

initial participation, the Calvert County Detention Center and the Circuit Court of Calvert County have been added to increase the number of toys going to kids in Calvert County. “This is a great program. There is no better feeling than to put a smile on the face of a child during the Christmas holiday season” Sheriff Evans said.

On Dec. 12, shortly after 9:00 a.m., the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls from the Sunderland Subway located at 40 Dalrymple Rd, Sunderland in reference to an armed robbery. Deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office arrived on location, established a perimeter and initiated an investigation into the event. Quickly they determined the suspect had fled the location, but one of the victims had been injured by the suspect. The suspect entered the business at approximately 9:00 through the front door. The suspect's face was covered with a mask. The person was wearing a black cap, black

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jacket, black pants and dark colored athletic shoes. The suspect is believed to be a male. The suspect announced the robbery, displayed a firearm and proceeded to steal cash from the register. The suspect and one of the employees struggled during the robbery. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and kicked him several times in the face and body. The suspect fled the store on foot. The victim was transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with injuries to the right side of his face, chest, back, and left leg. Anyone with information is asked to call the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office at (410) 535-2800.

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South County Views Heading Home for the Holidays How many of us travel home over the holidays? In the past month, millions of Americans have traveled thousands of miles to celebrate family and traditions. Friends of mine have driven solo to reach home in time for Thanksgiving and then two days later get back in the car to return to the town where they work. In spite of our traditional preparations for Chanukah, Christmas and the New Year celebrations, the plan to head home creates panic and anxiety for those traveling and those waiting for the travelers to arrive. We worry about every facet of a short but important trip to reacquaint ourselves with our distant families. Why do we feel the need to do this end of year migration that is so very temporary? For some it's all about the family we left behind when we took off to find fame and fortune. Going back home is about sharing our story of making it somewhere else, and making the folks proud. We bring the proof in photos and gifts, and other embellishments. We want our children to know that distant

By Bea Poulin place we still refer to as home. We need to make the connection for them to our childhood traditions and the people who influenced us. For others, going home is all about memories - many long buried in our subconscious. The memory of the way the family gathered in grandmother's house waiting for the holiday meal to make its way to the table surfaces when a special dish is served. It's the dish that everyone loves, but only a couple in the next generation know how to make. It's how the kids were seated at the kids' table, picking up new bad habits from their cousins. It is remembering that somebody always came by later for dessert only and brought you the coolest gift. It is how everyone dressed up in their best clothes and men wore ties, for a while. These are the wonderful memories. The high-drama ones are also part of the mix and often are the ones that everyone shares. Time and weather are big factors after financing the holiday rituals. It takes a lot of time to take care of all the details of traveling during the holidays.


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Weather is key to how your holiday traveling turns out. It impacts your safety, your family time, and your wallet. Going home can be a real challenge. Do you drive, fly or take the train? Driving over hill and dale can be treacherous. If it's windy and snowing, your trip may be delayed for hours or even a day or two while you wait it out in a little motel in the middle of no where. My parents once were stranded miles from home in the middle of Iowa where there were no motels. State troopers drove them in town and they stayed in the private home of a stranger who took them in! Imagine that happening today! With the advantages of today's online weather alerts we can plan our trips with more weather knowledge ad nauseam. Flying home on a direct flight is best when you have to get there fast. But what to do about the extra luggage needed for all the presents and winter clothing unless the Deep South or Hawaii is your family home. Ship those gifts before you leave, and even if your flight is delayed the presents will be there. Delayed flight? It happens more often than reported and is often associated with bad weather. What about taking a train? Our family traveled by train to Quebec one Christmas and had a wonderful experience. Taking the train is a relaxing way to go home, Watching the miles go by from a comfortable seat and seeing the scenery that is missed driving on a super highway makes train travel my favorite mode of transportation unless time is limited. From the train you see grand vistas of old mountains and winding rivers, and when it stops to pick up more passengers at many more stops than you realized you get a quick peek of a well-preserved depot and a view of the village. You can walk down through the cars to the snack car and play cards or ride In the domed car with spectacular 180 degree views. A train ride is elegant, rich in sounds and colors, and adds a dimension to the holiday experience that will be cherished far more than any other. Living far from your home adds burdens to the holidays that those with family all in one place do not face -

having presents chosen, bought, boxed and shipped in time to arrive just before the requisite day of opening. Every year it does become easier to shop online and ship direct in days if not hours, but it seems so impersonal. There’s no inspecting the gift or touching it, wrapping it and finding the right box to ship it in. And no chance to drop in a few baked goods or candies or little notes to the loved ones. Just a quick easy click and a credit card and your gift will arrive in time. The worst thing about traveling home for the holidays is the trip back. There's time to think about all that you did, said and experienced. Did all your memories stand up to the reality? Did you do all that you planned? Did everyone behave? Yes, living away from home can be a burden during the holidays. But distance makes the holiday that much sweeter when you finally arrive. Everyone is so happy that you have made the effort to come home. Next year it’s their turn to come to your new home town, and see how you have transplanted all that you carried with you. Wherever you are this holiday season I hope it a joyous and special time for you and your family! Peace and good tidings to one and all. 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.

By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner

My close friends and my children were unequivocal. It was time to make more space in my life for me, for my new grandson, for them, for a new relationship, and to work less and smell the gardenias in my garden more. I came to endorse that viewpoint. The last month has been extremely flattering. Everywhere I go I feel appreciated and constituents

seem genuinely pleased with the work we are doing and disappointed in my decision, but accepting of the reasoning behind it. As we approach Christmas and the New Year, let’s rejoice in gratitude for all that we have been given. My pledge to you is to work hard over this coming year to leave the Commissioner’s seat with the County in the best position possible. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Moving Forward Into 2014 As I write this last Commissioner column for the 2013 calendar year, I find myself wanting to reflect on the end of the year and the coming Christmas season from a more personal perspective. You may have heard that calendar year 2014 will be my last year as a Calvert County Commissioner. I am voluntarily term-limiting myself. In my case, 12 years will be enough. I love this job. It is a demanding job if done well. I do not have a spouse or significant other to carry some of the weight of maintaining a home environment and family life while I serve the citizens of Calvert County. I am doing it all. My daughter came into my custody unexpectedly when she was 12 years old and when I had been a Commissioner for about two months. Her only parent was terminally ill. A widow, I ran for County Commissioner after my son was a competent adult and when I believed I could make the commitment to being a local citizen-legislator. I was a new Commissioner with the steep learning curve that entailed, had a private psychotherapy practice in Prince Frederick and a “temporary” tween who went to school in Deale. By August of that year, I was getting tired when Linzi’s parent decided that his permanent plan for her was to live with her biological aunt, her husband, and toddler in WVA, providing Linzi an intact family. My then fiancée and I were able to settle into a more normal routine. Linzi’s parent died one month later in Sept. and the whole custody arrangement in WVA began to deteriorate rapidly. By Christmas, I found myself taking the pressure off the aunt’s family in WVA by retrieving Linzi often. By Spring, I was hauling Linzi back and forth every weekend while she and I were just trying to make it until school let out in May, when I did not return Linzi from a visit. In July, her aunt called to request that Linzi accompany her on a summer vacation. Convinced that the arrangement in WVA could work out, Linzi decided to

return in August for the beginning of her school year. On Sept. 4, on the first anniversary of her parent’s death, Linzi’s aunt deposited her on my doorstep for good to my then fiancee’s great dismay. Fast forward: Linzi had health problems, emotional problems, learning problems, spiritual problems, self-esteem problems, mental health problems, and relationship problems with my fiancée who simply did not wish to accept the challenges that Linzi presented. I had two jobs. Choices had to be made. I kept Linzi and my role as a County Commissioner. Clearly, through the grace of God, it worked out because after a couple of very trying years that tested my very soul, Linzi began to emerge from all the history and baggage that shackled us both into her healthier self. Meanwhile, I was part of a Board of County Commissioners that was made up of a combination of difficult and dysfunctional individuals and some true heroes who put the citizens above self. Linzi and I were trying to negotiate the developmental tightrope of bonding as mother and daughter while simultaneously encouraging Linzi to separate and individuate, the developmental role of a teenager. Sometimes it felt as though I was living a schizophrenic life. I almost decided against running for Commissioner again four years ago, but I thought I was seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It turned out that I was. Linzi moved to the Baltimore area to continue her post high school education. A new Board of County Commissioners got elected that are all very diverse personalities, but ones who can remember that the citizens are paramount and navigate our different perspectives in a civil and respectful manner. Because I love both Calvert County and the job so much, and because I am convinced that I am doing a good job, I initially had a hard time deciding what path was best: run again for Commissioner or not.

BOCC Leaders Stay Same The Calvert Board of County Commissioners held their annual election at their meeting on Tues. Dec. 17. Instead of rotating leadership roles, as they have in the past, the same leaders will stay in place for 2014, which is an election year. Commissioner Pat Nutter was re-elected BOCC President and Steve Weems was again voted the BOCC Vice President. Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt, who was the BOCC’s alternate to the Maryland Associated of Counties (MACO) will be the full

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BOCC President Pat Nutter and BOCC Vice President Steve Weems.

representative after being elected to a MACO board position. Susan Shaw, who was the previous MACO representative, becomes the alternate.

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By Lyn Striegel

Top 10 Personal Finance Resolutions

Your Money Matter$ It’s time to make out those 2014 resolutions. The holidays are great for reflection and many of us create resolutions for losing weight or quitting smoking. Those are great resolutions, but how about creating some finance resolutions that have a specific goal: putting you in a better financial situation at the end of 2014 than now. So how do you do that? 1. SAVE MORE MONEY. How about joining lots of others in the 2014 SAVINGS CHALLENGE. This is so easy. Here’s how it works: every week for 52 weeks, you put a little money aside in a savings or money market account. The first week, put $1 into your savings; the second week save $2; week three—save $3 and so on. By the end of 52 weeks, you will have saved a grand total of $1,378! It’s a great and simple way to save. Just pick the institution you want to use and get started. Once you do this, keep it going. Finan-


cial experts say you need to save at least 6 months of income as a hedge against difficult times. 2. CONSOLIDATE YOUR FINANCES. Check out your accounts. Do you have multiple IRA accounts, multiple 401(k) accounts, multiple Certificate of Deposit or bank savings accounts? Why? Yes, I know you shop around for the best rates, but this can lead to so many different accounts you end up not knowing how much money you have saved. Instead, pick an institution you like and consolidate all of your accounts with one institution or money manager. Your goal is to be able to see at a glance where your money and savings are. That way, you can use your knowledge to help you choose where to put your money. 3. MAKE YOUR ACCOUNTS “PAYABLE ON DEATH.” Why? Accounts that are designated “payable on death” do not have to go through probate to get to the beneficiaries. It’s a

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simple way to avoid probate for some of your assets. Just talk to your bank manager or broker, tell him or her you want the accounts made “POD” and they will give you a form. You designate the beneficiaries who will take the money when you die and that’s it. 4. GET YOUR WILL OR TRUST PREPARED IN 2014. Just this morning I spoke to a client whose daughter’s mother-in-law had suffered a catastrophic stroke and was expected to die - without a will or a trust. According to the client, the family members were already arguing about who would get the estate. Don’t leave your loved ones in chaos. Make out your estate documents in 2014 and take the burden off your loved ones. 5. PAY OFF YOUR HIGH INTEREST CREDIT CARDS. Or if you can’t pay them off, at least pay them down. You will be surprised how great you will feel when you make a plan to pay off those high interest credit cards. Make this your priority for 2014. To make a plan to pay debts, you have to figure out how much you take in, how much you spend and what you have left over. If you don’t have anything left over to pay credit card debt, think again. Can you take the bus instead of your car and free up some money to pay on the credit cards? Get creative and once you have a plan, stick to it. 6. MAKE MORE MONEY. This is easy to say but hard to do without a specific plan of action. If you have been working in a dead-end job and want to make more money, you may have to change jobs to do that. Or, you may have to show your boss that you are so valuable, you deserve a raise. If you are going to look for a new job, networking is absolutely the only way to go. Remember—it isn’t who you know, it’s who they know. So, network with everyone you know and everyone they know to find an opportunity that is better for you. That means updating your “elevator” speech about yourself, updating your resume, signing up for a class or two to get yourself more marketable and, again, sticking to a plan of action. If you have your own business, making more money means growing your revenues and cutting your costs, not one or the other. The old saying is “volume is vanity; profits are prosperity.” What specific actions will you take with your business in 2014 to increase your profits? 7. PUT SOME OF YOUR INVESTMENTS INTO STOCKS. I have been reviewing the end of the year analyses produced by various brokerage firms and all seem to have the same outlook and advice for 2014. On the outlook, it appears U.S. economic growth will continue at about a 2.5% annual rate for 2014. That compares to 2% growth over the past four years. Consumer spending is also expected to increase by about 2%, with confidence in the economy rising. Globally, the International Monetary Fund predicts economic growth will accelerate in 2014 to 3.6%. On the U.S. corporate side, the predictions are that earnings will grow

stronger in 2014. In 2013, a lot of money on the sidelines or parked in bonds has flowed into stocks. Investors have added for than $20 billion into equity funds in the first 10 months of 2013 according to the Investment Company Institute. Predictions are that stocks will continue to be attractive to investors in 2014. Remember, however, that while the stock market is forging ahead, the experts warn that a pull-back of as much as 10% can be expected to occur simply due to ordinary market volatility. To counter this, focus on the quality of your investments and prepare to buy when prices drop on a downturn. 8. DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF LONG-TERM BONDS IN YOUR PORTFOLIO. Given the predicted growth in the economy, it is likely that long-term interest rates will rise. That means that the value of your long-term bonds will decrease. So, the experts advise you to put your bond holdings into short-term and intermediate–term bonds, not long-term bonds. 9. ALLOCATE YOUR INVESTMENTS. If you have not already done so, make sure your investment portfolio is allocated across a broad spectrum of investments. Your success as an investor is directly related to whether you have allocated your investments across a broad enough spectrum to reduce your risk and maximize your returns. If you have not followed this path, do so. Putting all your investment eggs in one basket simply is not a winning strategy, nor is counting on your ability to pick the next hot stock. Go with the Nobel prize winners and pick allocation as your approach. Once you have done that, find yourself an investment advisor who can help you implement your plan. 10. DIETING DOESN’T WORK; CHANGING YOUR EATING HABITS DOES. The same principle applies to managing your personal finances. First, take a look at where you are by creating a personal income statement and balance sheet. Next, focus on what you can do to change your financial situation. Make a plan of action and stick to it. Reward yourself for meeting your financial goals. You do not have to do this alone. There are many qualified money managers out there to help you. Educate yourself by using all the tools available on the internet before you sit down with a money manager. Interview that manager. Walk away from anyone who is condescending to you or who promises you great returns on your investments. Find someone who can relate to you and who offers the best they can do to help you improve your personal financial condition. And, stick to the plan. Wishing all of you the best of luck in 2014! About the Author: Lyn Striegel is an attorney in private practice in Chesapeake Beach and Annapolis. Lyn has over thirty years experience in the fields of estate and financial planning and is the author of “Live Secure: Estate and Financial Planning for Women and the Men Who Love Them” (2013 ebook download available at Nothing in this article constitutes specific legal or financial advice and readers are advised to consult their own counsel.

"Winter Shows" in the Chesapeake Bay Area, 2014 Dates Jan. 17 - 19

Winter Fishing Shows Coming Up

Jan. 18 Jan. 17 - 19 Jan. 23 - 26 Jan. 25 - 26 Jan. 25 - 26

By Bob Munro


or most of us, fishing ended in our area with the close of the Rockfish season on Dec. 15. Some diehard anglers will move down to the ocean near the Bay's mouth where most of the big Rockfish will gather and slowly continue their southward migration along the Virginia coast until they reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina. From now until sometime in midFebruary the entire population of big Stripers will be along that stretch of coastline. Depending on food and weather conditions and other factors we don't understand, the fish may be found within three miles of the beach, which is inshore of Federal waters that are closed to Striper fishing. A number of charter boats from our area (Deale, Chesapeake Beach, Solomons) relocate to Virginia Beach or Ocean City for the winter to take advantage of this fishing opportunity. If you want a chance to catch a big Rockfish this winter, gather up some friends and schedule a winter charter for some fantastic fishing. Check with your favorite charter captain first, because if the Rockfish have moved offshore into Federal waters, expect to go bottom fishing for Tog and Black Sea Bass instead. Starting next month we can look forward to quite a variety of Winter fishing and boat shows within a couple hours of our location. Check out list of shows in the accompanying table. One of the best small shows in our area is the Fisherman's Flea Market on Feb. 8 at Tri-State Marine in Deale. There you'll find a mixture of new and used fishing tackle, a number of local Charter Captains, and of course boats. Admission is free. The "Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show" has been replaced by the "Great American Outdoors Show at the State Farm Complex in Harrisburg (PA). From the list of exhibitors, the show is still mostly hunting-oriented. There you'll find outfitters, fishing lodges, hunting and fishing guides literally from all over the world. Having been to the former Harrisburg show, wear your walking shoes and be prepared to spend

Feb. 1 - 9

the day or even a couple days -- this is one of the largest outdoor show facilities in North America. The show runs Feb. 1 - 9. My favorite show in the area is the Pasadena Sportfishing Group's Fishing & Boating Flea Market / Show which this year has moved to a new, larger location at the Glen Burnie Moose Lodge (1911 Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie,MD) The show, which runs Feb. 15 - 16, is absolutely packed with new and used fishing tackle, marine equipment, and fishing charter operators . We'll see what this show looks like in the new location, but I expect it to be wall-to-wall vendors as usual because they'll all be inside this year. Show attendees at the two prior firehouse locations used to line up outside at least an hour before opening just to have a better chance at the merchandise within. I hope they'll have the stacked roast beef or ham sandwiches at the new location those alone are worth the drive. If you’re in the market for a boat, whether a dingy or a 60-foot trawler, it will be on display in Baltimore, Chantilly, Ocean City, Stevensville (Kent Island), and Richmond. For an online version of the "Winter Shows" table that contains imbedded links to the shows when available, point your smart phone to this QR Code.

Feb. 8 Feb. 14 - 16 Feb. 14 - 16 Feb. 15 - 16 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Mar. 1-2 Mar. 7 - 9 Mar. 15 - 16 Mar. 29 - 30 Apr. 11 - 13

Event Location East Coast Commercial Fishermen's Ocean City Convention Center, & Aquaculture Trade Expo Ocean City, MD 5th Annual Saltwater Frederick Fair Grounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD Fishing Expo The Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA Richmond Fishing Expo Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore Boat Show Monaghan Twp. VFD, 245 W. Siddonsburg 21st Annual Fishing Show & Rd., Dillsburg, PA Flea Market Kent Island Fishermen's 3rd Annual Kent Island American Legion Post 278, 800 Romancoke Rd., Stevensville, MD Fishing Flea Market Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Great American Harrisburg, PA Outdoor Show Tri-State Marine, Rt. 256, Deale, MD Fisherman's Flea Market Richmond Raceway Complex, 26th Annual Richmond Richmond, VA Boat Show Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City Seaside Ocean City, MD Boat Show Glen Burnie Moose Hall Pasadena Sportfishing Fishing & 1911 Crain Hwy Glen Burnie, MD Boating Flea Market/Show Annapolis Elks Lodge 622, 2517 MSSA Annual Saltwater Solomons Is. Rd., Edgewater, MD Fishing Expo American Legion Hall, Rt. 50 Bridge, MSSA Dorchester Fishing Cambridge, MD Flea Market MSSA Susquehanna Fisherman's & York New Salem Fire Co., 65 E. George St., York New Salem, PA Sportsmen's Flea Market Dulles Expo Center 19th Annual National Capital Chantilly, VA Boat Show Commodore Hall, 1909 Old Eastern Ave., Fishing Flea Market, Essex, MD MSSA Essex Chapter Solomons Fire Hall, Rt. 2/4, Solomons, MD 21st Annual Fishing Fair, Bay Bridge Marina, MSSA So. MD Chapter Kent Island, MD Bay Bridge Boat Show

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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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Thursday, December 26, 2013


More Than A Museum


By Diane Burr

When you run your own small business, especially if you’re a sole proprietor, you don’t always get to enjoy your own Christmas party. This is why the Bay Business Group (BBG) throws a big holiday bash each year for our members so they can relax, enjoy and network. It’s a big event, catered by our members, and we had the biggest turnout this year that I think we’ve ever had. If you’re a BBG member, you can come to this wonderful Christmas party for free. This year, I had an idea. I approached Grace Mary Brady, President of the Bayside History Museum in North Beach and asked her if we could have our BBG Christmas Party there. The museum, which is a BBG member, had moved to its bigger, better handicap-accessible digs earlier in the year. At first she wasn’t sure… but I talked her into it. And I’m so glad we did because through our party, we were able to introduce this tremendous community asset to so many new movers and shakers in the area who had not seen it yet. Bayside History Museum’s mission is to provide an understanding of how the Chesapeake Bay has shapes the cultures of bayside communities from Fairhaven through the Twin Beaches to Plum Point, from prehistoric times to the present. Through well-researched exhibits, displays and a wide variety of educational programs, it strives to promote stewardship of our local heritage and preserve it for future generations. Back in 2001, Grace Mary, as a member of the North Beach Historic Preservation Commission, was working with the County Tourism office by participating in a Speaker's Series and creating exhibits for Calvert County's 350th Anniversary Celebration.

The Bayside History Museum’s new location is 4025 4th Street, North Beach. Now through April 30, the museum is open every Sat. and Sun. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. From May through Oct., it’s open every Wed. through Sun. from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit them online at Phone: (410) 610-5970 daily number or (301) 855-4028 during the open hours.

Grace Mary Brady, President of the Bayside History Museum at the dedication of the expanded museum last May.

tee member Kim Breedlove, and mapped out where we should set up the tables. It worked out perfectly! What really worked so well is that so many local business owners – who had never before been inside – were able to see what a fabulous gem of a museum has been created here to showcase our locally history. They were amazed at the high-quality interactive exhibits, from an extensive paleontology artifacts and fossils collected from local beaches to amusements and gambling. There are exhibits on Camp Roosevelt, the first permanent Boy Scout Camp in the United States and the War of 1812 in our area. There’s so much to see and learn here. I sincerely hope that local businesses will financially support Grace Mary as she envisions new exhibits and programs in the future. You can also do your part as an individual to help this amazing museum by becoming a member. Simply go to their website, for info. Also, they always need volunteers and donations. If you have photos and postcards, they would love to scan them for their archives. And please let them know about any other historic items you may have – including signs or items from long-gone businesses and landmarks - that could be shared in exhibits or during special programs. Hilary Dailey, long-time BBG member who is responsible for our weekly BBG e-News and is also President of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum is developing many educational programs for children. To find



Mark your calendars! On Sun. Jan. 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., the Bayside History Museum, Calvert Library, and Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum present Chris Haley, Director of the Study of Slavery at the Maryland State Archives Research Center at North Beach Town Hall. The nephew of Alex Haley (“Roots: The Saga of an American Family”) will tell about slaves who escaped from plantations on Plumb (Plum) Point Road in Calvert County. Discover unknown local “heroes” of slave flight and resistance. Watch the Chesapeake Current for more info!

Through this, she amassed quite a collection of North Beach memorabilia in addition to historic photos, but she needed a place to exhibit all these cool things. Meantime, Mayor Mark Frazer and the North Beach Town Council out about all the cool things they have acquired the historic "Charlie Mead" coming up in 2014, simply “like” the House on Dayton Ave. where the first Bayside History Museum on Facebook museum was located. and also watch the Current Events In 2003, the Bayside History section of the Chesapeake Current next Museum was incorporated as a nonyear. profit 501(c)3. The museum officially This museum is a treasure. If you’ve opened in Oct. 2004. The issues with not been there yet, I encourage you to that first building included its small check it out. You’ll learn a lot – and be square footage spread out over two so glad you did! floors, and the many stairs that some visitors and volunteers had difficulty navigating. About the Author: Diane Burr is President of the Bay When Calvert Parks & Recs moved Business Group, and also the Founder/Owner of the into the Bayside Boys & Girls Club Chesapeake Current, our area’s only locally owned and operated newspaper. across the street, Grace Mary began eyeing the elevator-quipped, two-story brick building next door. She pushed and pushed her idea of moving the museum into the bigger, better space. Mayor Mark Frazer, with support from the Town Council, negotiated with the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners to lease that Community Center Building for the museum. The building itself was historic: it happened to be the site of the first firehouse in the county, Company 1 of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, incorporated in 1926, and it had also previously been Twin Beach Library until it was moved to Chesapeake Beach. So in 2012, the Town of North Beach and the Bayside History Museum were able to lease the building located at 4025 4th Street from the county for $1 a year. The grand opening was held May 4 of this year. I told Grace Mary I thought this would be a perfect venue for events like Hilary Dailey hosts numerous educational programs for children at the Bayside History Note in the background that one of the main attractions at the museum is the the BBG Christmas party. We walked Museum. beautiful reproduction merry-go-round from the amusement park in Chesapeake Beach. through with our BBG Events Commit-

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Want To Buy Or Sell Local Farm Products? The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host a wholesale local food trade show on Wed., Jan. 22, 2014. The purpose of this Expo is to provide an opportunity for Maryland growers, producers, and processors to connect with buyers from grocery retailers, restaurants, schools, institutions, and other venues. In 2013, there were more than 300 registrants, including produce farmers, artisan cheese and ice cream producers, beef and bison farmers, grocery store representatives, chefs, school nutrition directors, distributors, economic development officials, Maryland Cooperative Extension and regional agricultural marketing officials. This year the event will again be held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium - “N” Room in Annapolis. This venue allows for the event to continue growing in attendance, while still giving each exhibitor enough privacy to conduct their business. Maryland growers, producers, and processors will be charged an exhibitor’s fee to help offset costs of the event, which is $40. There is no fee for buyers to attend. Rising consumer demand for locally-grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, and specialty items is

sparking more interest in Maryland products from commercial purchasing agents. Maryland’s farmers play an important role in providing local, healthy food, saving open farmland, and expanding rural economies. MDA’s marketing division has several on-going programs to link farmers with regional buyers and local consumers: the Maryland’s Best branding program, farmers’ market development, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs, and the Farm to School Program. You should attend this event if you are: - A Maryland grower, producer, or processor interested in finding new markets for your products - A buyer from a grocery store, restaurant, hospital, school, or other venue looking to purchase Maryland grown or produced products - A service provider in agriculture or local food (such as a county extension agent, food writer, etc.) The types of local products that buyers will typically find at this meeting are: - Fruits and vegetables - Meats (such as beef, poultry, and bison) - Cheeses (both cow’s and goat’s

milk) - Seafood (such as crabmeat and oysters) - Specialty products (including locally made ice cream, soups, flour, wine and more) To register or for more information please visit The Registration deadline to be included in the 2014 Directory is Jan. 7, 2014. For questions or help registering contact Stone Slade at (410) 841-5779 or

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On The

How To Teach Your Children Well


ric Franklin of Owings is known as one of the most successful businessmen in our area. His company ERIMAX, founded in 2001, provides IT solutions to help government agencies and other clients become more efficient and productive. He’s Chairman of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board and he’s on the Board of Directors of Calvert Memorial Hospital. Now he’s written a book that aims to empower parents and children with a new set of knowledge and skills to help them live better lives. “Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids” is not about setting “rules.” Instead, it’s full of simple, basic “principles” that Eric says, “Should stick to a kid with the same clinginess as a gooey mouthful of peanut butter. Spoon-feed them the wisdom you want them to have, one bite at a

time. And do it with flavor!” “Peanut Butter Principles” are written to fill you up and keep you nourished – just the way a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can do. It’s not about “controlling” your kids, but helping parents to “teach” them well. Franklin’s guidebook is divided into five sections: The Super Self, Making Wishes Come True, The School of Life, Relationships and Good Choices.

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The book is organized by sub-topics under those main headings. One of them is: Life is not fair. Get over it! Another is: Be thankful you don't get everything you ask for. Yet another is: The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline. More advice: Your accomplishments should speak for themselves, so don't interrupt and if you don’t make your own decision, someone else will make it for you. Count your blessings, not your problems. And don’t try to be like someone else. Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken! He also advises, “When you take on a challenge, approach it with the belief that ‘I will’ and not ‘I will try.’” And, “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” One by one, Eric says, you can serve up spoonfuls of Peanut Butter Principles to the young people in your life. He predicts these nuggets of knowledge will have a profound impact helping them grow into confident, intelligent, and successful adults and leaders who make good choices, build healthy relationships, and cultivate another generation of leaders. Franklin says it’s not about flooding your child’s mind with all 47 Principles all at once. Instead, the book is broken down into bite-size morsels that parents can share with children over a period of time. He’s also offering an audio book version, and he says each sub-section is short, three or four pages long, so an audio book chapter is “probably about the length of time it takes to drive your kids to and from school.” Then, right there in the mini-van, parents can discuss the “principle” with their kids. It’s a great way to get dialogue going. As Eric explained at his book-signing party at Jazzy’s, a jazz nightclub in Bowie that he partly owns, the inspiration to write this book comes out of love for his wife Rané, and their own children. “The reason I wrote this is to protect my kids, with principles to benefit them when I’m not around – in those times when my son or daughters are too proud to come to

me, seek my help. This will hopefully help them to make the right decisions,” he adds. As he explains in the book, “The children we are raising today face a much broader spectrum of challenges and opportunities than we ever had. Technology has changed the way we communicate, and with whom.” For example, we probably worry much less today about someone lurking around the bus stop than who’s in the shadows of the World Wide Web. That wonderful smartphone that keeps us connected to our kids could also lead to all kinds of things - from heartbreak to felony crimes. And there are not just bullies on the playground any more, but everywhere kids turn today. All these factors make it so much more difficult for parents to protect their children. So what Franklin says parents need to do is focus substantial energy on empowering kids so they can have the confidence to make good decisions – when you’re not there. The goal is to encourage kids to be leaders, not followers. As he puts it, “Great leaders aren't born. They're nurtured.” So why 47 principles every child needs to know? Franklin says 47 is not a magic number. At first, he had 35 principles but then more came to him, so that’s why there are 47. And every word in the book he wrote himself. These tidbits of knowledge were gleaned from his parents, his extended family, and the many other influential people in his life. Eric praises his father, McDonald Franklin of Richmond, who was at his side as he unveiled this first book, for being his inspiration. “Eric was always an intellectual child,” McDonald told the Chesapeake Current. “He’s always been the ideal son. Eric was clearly focused all his life. He’s always been real creative and a deep thinker. He likes to talk and debate issues.” As for inspiring his son’s book, McDonald told us, “I tried to bring him up in the church and support him education-wise. And I never thought of the things I told him in those terms - principles. These are just the things you should live by. I


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Dear Chesapeake Current readers, The weather on Wed., Nov. 27th was questionable but on Thanksgiving Day, the rising sun was spectacular, the temperature was LOW and the crowd’s spirits were high as the 2nd Annual “Strut Your Stuffing” 5K Turkey Trot kicked off at the break of dawn! Ice patches in the road were dodged by the turkeys, pilgrims and the cooks alike! On behalf of Project EHCO, The Turkey Trot Committee and those we serve, we thank the community for the event’s success. Between the runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers a good time was had by all. We had participants in town from Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, and Virginia. In 2013, the homeless shelter will have provided over 12,500 warm bed nights and served nearly 27,000 warm meals to those in need. Project ECHO is truly a “project” for our community. There are endless donors who donate their various services, talents, as well as funds to help us keep the lights on. One entity is not more important than another. ECHO relies on all of you. It truly takes a village

Trisha Gipson Executive Director, Project ECHO 484 Main Street, P.O. Box 2764 Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Thanks To CSM Supporters Dear Chesapeake Current readers, I want to thank everyone who came out, supported and contributed in any way to the College of Southern Maryland’s “Electrifying Evening with the Arts and Sciences on Oct. 19. It was a wonderful evening! CSM’s Latin Dance Ensemble “Ritmo Cache” welcomed everyone into the foyer of the building, There, CSM President Dr. Gottfried and CSM staff were on hand to greet guests as they arrived. The robotics team took great pride in showing off their skills and had the guests working with them like they were video games. The dance music, provided by Jennifer Cooper and Groovespan, and the food sumptuously prepared by Maryland Country Caterers was just the beginning. The lighted dance floor provided by Fantasy World Entertainment was soon covered by the dancing feet of the participants. Most unique was the opportunity to actually paint on a canvas that, stroke of yellow or green was your personal contribution to the beauty of the building! A special thank you to our wonderful sponsors including: Maryland Country Caterers, Inc., MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and Miles & Stockbridge P.C., BAE Systems, Calvert Memorial Hospital, Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLC (CENG), Dominion Foundation, Fantasy World Entertainment, Dr. Brad and Linda Gottfried, Rene Cunningham and Gerry Van De Velde, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Automated Graphics Systems, Inc., Coldwell Banker Jay Lilly Real Estate, Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, Evie and Vince Hungerford, G.S. Proctor and Associates, Inc., Quality Built Homes, ServPro of St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, University of Maryland University College, Walter and Jane Grove, William R. Chambers, Al and Lisa Leandre, The Calverton School, Carrie

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to keep us operating! You, the community of Calvert County, are our motivation, support and inspiration to continue our mission and we thank you. We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving morning again on Nov. 27, 2014!

Polk Nationwide Insurance, Chaney Enterprises, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, Dave Benson, Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Dougherty, LLC, Drs. Richard and Jean Fleming, Dr. Sue Subocz, George and Dorothea Smith, George Mason Mortgage, LLC, Hometown Realty, SMECO, Southern Maryland Chain Chapter of The Links, Inc., Southern Solutions, The Honorable Thomas Hutchins, and Waldorf Glass Company. This event was planned as an opportunity for the community to tour the new building on our Prince Frederick Campus. But, it turned into much more than that! As I watched the building rise and take shape, the need for scholarships became even more apparent. Many of the students who will walk the halls of this beautiful, state-of-the-art building will need financial help to attend and finish their classes here. Many cannot afford to come and get the instruction they need to be able to attain their goals. Last year, there were 900 applicants for financial aid but only 300 actually received that aid due to lack of funds. Although fundraising for scholarships is ongoing, the need continues to rise. The money that we raised that night will help many more students to get the quality education that they deserve. So now the building is open and serving the students, faculty and the community. But, the need for scholarships continues. We look forward to having the support of our sponsors at the next event for this great cause. Our children are our greatest asset and our greatest hope. I see hope for our future in the eyes of CSM students! Sincerely, E. Rane Franklin CSM Foundation Board Director Gala Event Chair

More On Smoking At Parks Dear Chesapeake Current readers, As Sheriff of Calvert County, one of my responsibilities is to oversee the D.A.R.E. program, Drug Awareness and Resistance Education. I have an officer specially assigned to this duty. The D.A.R.E. program has been around since the ‘80’s and its purpose is to educate students on good decision-making skills and resist peer pressure when it comes

to cigarettes, second-hand smoke, alcohol and illicit drug use. The County spends a lot of money on this worthy program. We need to be consistent with our messages. Preventing smoking in Calvert County Parks would be in line with the D.A.R.E. program. Mike Evans Calvert County Sheriff

Young Marines Honor Vets Dear Chesapeake Current readers, I am writing to inform you that on Sat. Dec. 14, 2013 the Calvert County Young Marines traveled to Arlington, VA to participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. Cpl Terrell Gross, LCpl Draven Marlowe, Pfc Gauge Penner, and Pfc Dominic Johnson paid their respects to our fallen soldiers by helping to place About 143,000 Christmas wreaths on the Veterans graves at Arlington National Cemetery. With the help of several thousand volunteers Wreaths Across America is able to carry out a week long "Veterans Parade" from Maine to Virginia. The Calvert County Young Marines were humbled by the opportunity to assist in the Wreath placing ceremony and continue to honor our Veterans with countless community service activities. Tomorrow they will be headed to Prince Frederick to participate in the Toys for Tots distribution. The grave the boys are saluting is a

family member of one of our Young Marines and the Calvert Young Marine Commander. Theresa Marlowe Drug Demand Reduction Officer for the Calvert County Young Marines Huntingtown

Xena’s Happy and Healthy Here’s an update on one of our most talked about stories of the year – Xena, the kitty being shot by someone with an arrow in Davidsonville. Although the shooter was never caught, this story does have a very happy ending! Dear Chesapeake Current readers, A few months ago, Rude Ranch Animal Rescue took in Xena, the little cat that had been shot with a deer hunting arrow. Fortunately she survived her injuries and was adopted. I just wanted to give you an update on how she is doing in her new home...I thought it would be a nice story for the holidays. I've included a couple of pictures of her in her new home. Xena, the arrow kitty recovered completely from her physical injuries. It did take a little longer for her to learn to trust humans again. She was adopted by a young couple (both lawyers) and she now lives with them in a beautiful condo in Towson. She was very scared and shy at first. It was several weeks before she worked up the nerve to go from the master bedroom to the kitchen. However, once she realized she was safe and there were lots of toys, there was no stopping her. A sleepy and frustrated kitty dad called in August saying that she was playing so much she woke them up at 3:00 a.m. every night for a week! She has since settled into a routine and now waits ‘til almost 5:00 a.m. before waking her humans for her breakfast. She is looking forward to her first Christmas as a "spoiled" feline and was also very interested in playing in all the ribbons and wrapping paper!

Xena six months ago when she was brought to Rude Ranch Animal Rescue after running around for at least two days with an arrow piercing her shoulder.

Xena was adopted by a young couple in Anne Arundel County who report she is very content.

Thanks, Katherine Rude Rude Ranch Animal Rescue Spay Spa & Neuter Nook Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 45379 Maryland Charity Campaign # 4650 National Capital United Way # 9664

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Ernie Andrews, 46 William E. “Ernie” Andrews, Jr., 46, a 13-year resident of Tracys Landing and formerly of Davidsonville, died Dec. 12, 2013. Born on Sept. 6, 1967 in Annapolis to Laura Jane and William E. Andrews, Sr., Ernie graduated from South River High School in 1985. He was the owner-operator of Diversified Welding Service, Inc. in Tracys Landing. Ernie enjoyed working, relaxing on his farm and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, Ernie is survived by his wife, Kelli Andrews; children, Jack and Kaylin Andrews, both of Tracys Landing; and brother, Matt Andrews of Lothian. George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater handled arrangements. Interment is at St. James Church Cemetery in Lothian. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, 110 South Paca Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Maryann Arena, 71 Maryann J. Arena of Dunkirk, died Dec. 9, 2013 at the age of 71. She was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on June 25, 1942 to Andrew and Mary Costa. Maryann was the loving mother of sons Erik J. Arena (Ivonne) and Kenneth M. Arena, and she was the devoted grandmother to Christina Marie Arena. Maryann graduated from Tewksbury High School, MA in 1960. Upon graduating, she served as a secretary at the U.S. Air Force installation at Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA and later married Lt. Joseph A. Arena in June 1965. She took time off to raise a family, but returned to work at Mount Calvary Catholic School in Forestville, MD in 1975 as a secretary and later as an administrative assistant where she held that position for over 38 years.

Maryann was a lifelong member of Mt. Calvary Catholic Church, a weekly participant and served as a Eucharistic minister. Maryann was able to enjoy her love of reading, friends, family and granddaughter. Always happy, she knew how to appreciate what is most important in life. She lived her life to the fullest and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her sons Erik Arena and Ken Arena. Also survived by her brother Charles Costa and nieces Elizabeth and Suzie. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Joseph Arena. Memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Maryland Chapter, 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III – Suite 100, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Mary Bourne, 88 Mary Frances Johnson Bourne, affectionately known to all as "Granny" was born to the late Sarah Elizabeth Egins and Hezzie Johnson on November 21, 1925. In later years, she was raised by John Tyler. She passed away Dec. 7, 2013 at the age of 88. Granny received her education in Calvert County Public Schools. One of her greatest accomplishments was attending Calvert Adult Education where she proudly received her diploma in 1985. She worked as a housekeeper/babysitter for many families until she retired. Then you found her helping to take care of her grandchildren, great & great-great grands. Granny developed a strong following of God from a young age where she attended Mt. Olive United Methodist church. She was one of the first Sunday school teachers who was loved and admired by many students, who in their adult years often stopped her to share cherished memories. She was one of the last surviving members of the Old Calvary Chorus. She was a very active member of the church holding many

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Max Buff, 76 Colonel Max LaDon Buff, age 76, of Prince Frederick, was born Dec. 7, 1937 and passed away at his home with his loving family surrounding him on Dec. 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife of fifty seven years Margaret Schultz Buff, sons Max LaDon II (Linda), Geoffrey Delane Buff (Maria), Kevin Rene Buff (Jaimie); daughters Lisa Margaret Brown (Craig), Stacy Maria Petropol (Steve) all of Prince Frederick, Maryland; fourteen grandchildren Max LaDon Buff III, Allison Buff Chin, Sarah Buff Edwards, Nicholas Brown, Ryan Buff, Christina Buff, Melissa Buff, Amanda Brown, Jesse Buff, Elena Buff, Samantha Brown, William Buff, Lilia Petropol, Lucia Petropol; four great grandchildren Tabatha Buff, Samantha Buff, Brandon Chin, Noah Edwards. Prior to receiving his commission into the Army, Colonel Buff earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Florence

State College in 1959. He later earned two Masters Degrees. Colonel Buff served his country honorably for 30 years, spending more than 10 years at the Pentagon. Colonel Buff was awarded more than 20 medals including four Bronze Stars, Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart. At the time of his retirement, he was the Army's first Manpower Guru working in a facility next to Fort Belvoir. Following his retirement he worked 10 years at the Orkand Corporation and served the DC area as a licensed real estate agent. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in Colonel Buff's name. Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A. handled arrangements.

Bill Burgan, 94 Wilfred George Burgan, Jr. (Bill) was born in Washington D.C. on Flag Day, June 14, 1919, a member of America’s Greatest Generation. Bill Burgan attended Sacred Heart School, St. Johns College High School and Catholic University of America (CUA), all in Washington D.C. At CUA (1937-41), he was known as “Hard-wurgin Burgan,” due to his studious habits. He was the founder of the famous intramural campus club named for his locker, “Locker 209.” Legend says they won many intramural sporting contests and were both feared end envied by many. He graduated from CUA obtaining a BA in Aeronautical Engineering in 1941. Following graduation, he began work immediately for the Glenn L. Martin Company of Baltimore, initially working on design of military aircraft. Bill married Ann Virginia Zinn, in Washington D.C. on Oct. 5, 1943. Their seven children, all surviving are, Katherine Gamache (NY, NY), John Burgan (Lusby, MD), Robert Burgan (Portland, OR), Stephen Burgan (Orlando, FL), Michael Burgan (California, MD), William Burgan (Palm Harbor, FL) and Richard Burgan (Orlando, FL). Bill Burgan had 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. While employed for Martin, he was involved with engineering and design of many aircraft between 1941 and 1959, including the P6M Seamaster, the last Martin Aircraft. A crash investigation of the P6M Seamaster following a testing accident on the Patuxtent River in 1955 required a stay near Solomon’s, a place he would live during his retirement years. In Sept. of 1959, the Burgan family moved from Towson, MD to Dommerich Estates in Maitland, FL. At Martin Orlando, he was involved in development of missiles and guided weapons. Bill was involved in the development of the Bullpup, Walleye, Patriot, Copperhead and Pershing missile programs among others. In the Maitland community, Bill helped organize and start the Maitland Little League, serving as its first President from 1963 to 65. He also served as the first Recreation Director (volunteer) for the City of Maitland in 1964-65. Bill was also a member of the men’s

Henning on May 14, 1966 in Arbutus, MD. Carla loved to do puzzles, make flower arrangements for her family and friends. She always enjoyed a cold pop with foam on top while she played Scrabble, Yahtzee and her beloved scratch off tickets. She was employed as a deli clerk by Giant Food until her retirement in 2003. She is survived by her children, John and his wife Mary Ann Henning of Lusby, MD, Tina and her husband Billy Tisdel of Nanjemoy, MD, Frank Miles of Pasadena, MD, Terry Miles and her partner Max Schinminger of Baltimore, and John and his wife Cathy Jones of Pasadena, MD; brothers, John and his wife Phyllis Warner of Albuquerque, NM and Dave Warner of York, PA; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her father and her devoted husband John Walter Henning who passed away on Sept. 23, 2013. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Carla’s memory to Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, 9463 H. G. Trueman Road, Lusby, MD. Carlton Dooms, 71 Arrangements were handled by the C a r l t o n Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby. Glenwood Dooms, Sr., age 71, of Waldorf, formerly of Arthur Hicks, 69 Chesapeake Beach, Arthur Frank died in La Plata on Hicks, Sr., age 69, of Dec. 4, 2013. He was born in Lothian, passed away Washington, DC to on Nov. 11, 2013 at the late Carmon and Mandrin Inpatient Katherine Lucas Dooms. He lived his entire Care Center, life in the Southern Maryland area and had Harwood. worked as a roofer. His most recent employer Arthur was was Boone’s Roofing Company. born on Aug. 4, Carlton is survived by his daughter, Dianna Dooms and her husband Sean 1944 to the late Williams Frank Hicks and Gilkerson of Charlotte Hall, MD and sons, Evelene Holland Hicks in Prince Frederick. Frank W. Dooms of Forestville, MD, Carlton Arthur was the third of 14 children. G. Dooms. Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth of Arthur received his education in the Pasadena, MD, Steven J. Dooms of Pasadena public schools in Calvert County. He and John H. Dooms of Forestville, MD; one received Christ as his personal savior at an sister, Sharon Dooms of Alum Bank, PA and early age and attended various churches to seven grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Dec. 10, keep his faith. Arthur learned the brick trade at an 2013 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Dennis officiated. Interment early age and went to master it and become followed at Southern Memorial Gardens in of the finest bricklayers in the County and Dunkirk. Carlton, Jr., Frank, Steven and was well spoken of by many of his John Dooms, Sean Gilkerson and David coworkers. Boone served as pallbearers. Arthur loved the outdoor life. He loved Arrangements were provided by gardening. He always enjoyed sharing his Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk. produce with family and friends. He was kind, generous, and compassionate. He just loved helping people. He also loved fishing Carla Henning, 71 with family and friends. In his last days he Carla Henning, was talking about going on a fishing trip age 71, of Lusby, with a friend, but it never happened. He leaves to cherish his memory wife, passed away Dec. 6, 2013, in Burnett Edna Hicks; son, Paul W. Hicks; three Calvert Hospice grandchildren, Brandon, Avery, Chara; four House, Prince brothers, Lee, Donald, Ronald, Oliver Frederick. Carla was Hicks; eight sisters, Mary Simms, Theresa born in Carbondale, Jones, Lorraine Simms, Ethel Jenkins, PA, on Nov. 24, Nioma Jackson, Sally Jones, Emma Hicks, 1942 to Ernestine Gallinot Warner and the Fay Rollins; four brothers-in-law, Willie late John Warner. She married John Walter Jones, John Jones, Garry Simms, Michael

choir of the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs from 1960 to 1974 where the family attended. Bill was an accomplished golfer and won many awards competing in the Martin Orlando Golf Association (MOGA). He retired from the company known today as Lockheed Martin following 42 years of service in 1983. Bill and Ann Burgan moved to Sugar Mill Golf Community, New Smyrna Beach, FL in 1983. Ann Burgan received a diagnosis of cancer and passed on June 14, 1984. Bill scored his age at Sugar Mill C.C., several times in his 70’s. In 1998 Bill moved to the Solomon’s area to be near his then-retired son John and weekender son, Mike. In 1999, the extended Burgan family celebrated Bill’s 80th birthday with a grand party including all members of the family and other invited guest at the clubhouse on Drum Point. Sadly, Bill Burgan’s long and well-lived journey came to a peaceful end on Dec. 14, 2013, while resting comfortably at the Solomons Nursing Center, Dowell. Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby handled arrangements.

Harris; nine sisters-in-law, Rosa Hicks, Elizabeth Osbourn, 81 Sonja Hicks, Wendy Hicks, Catherine Hicks, Ruth Ann Hicks, Venus Stevens, Elizabeth Ann Joyce Kings, Dorothymae White, Evelyn Osbourn, age 81, a Harris; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins resident of and friends. Solomons Nursing Arthur was preceded in death by his Center and a former father, William Frank Hicks; brother, James longtime resident of Hicks; daughter, Roxanne Hicks; and son, Lower Marlboro, Arthur Hicks, Jr. passed away Dec. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince 17, 2013 at the Frederick handled arrangements. nursing center. She was born January 6, 1932 in Bill Jones, 62 Washington, D.C. to Sydney and Ella William Joseph (Beatty) Davies. She was raised in the Jones, Jr., age 62, of District where she attended public H u n t i n g t o w n , schools, and graduated from Roosevelt passed away High School. Elizabeth married Frank Owings suddenly Dec. 9, Osbourn on June 13, 1953 and they lived 2013 at his residence. He was in Lower Marlboro, where she raised her born July 29, 1951 family. She was employed as a secretary for in Washington, DC Maryland Tobacco Growers in to William J. and Dolores (Clement) Jones. Bill was raised in Burtonsville, MD and Huntingtown and later worked as a clerk received his education in Montgomery at the Calvert County Treasurer’s Office, County Schools. He later attended Catholic retiring April 24, 1998 after nearly 30 years of service. University. Elizabeth was a member of the Bill was employed as a salesman at Calvert Elks Lodge 2620 in Prince Goldie’s Bakery in Suitland and most and the Huntingtown recently with David Hockstein’s, Inc. Frederick Volunteer Fire Department. She enjoyed Wholesale Floor Coverings in Capitol socializing with friends, gardening and Heights, MD. He was a collector of Roseville Pottery cooking, and was known for her and antiques and enjoyed oriental décor. homemade tomato juice. Elizabeth also loved life on the family farm. Bill also enjoyed traveling and cooking. She is survived by a son Bobby Surviving are his sister Kathleen M. “Ozzie” Osbourn and wife Kelley of Fritz of Cape Coral, FL; nephews Paul Cabada and his wife Chrissy and Craig Fritz Huntingtown, a daughter Patricia Dize of and his wife Ingrid, a great-niece Katie Thomasville, North Carolina, and a son Cabada and great-nephews Hayden and Ricky Osbourn of Huntingtown. Also Nick Cabada and Christian Fritz. Bill is also surviving are five grandchildren and five survived by his companion of 29 years great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was preceded in death by William “Skip” King of Owings, and his beloved Yorkshire Terrier Bear and Beagle her parents and her husband, Frank. Memorial contributions may be made Bubba. He was preceded in death by his to: Huntingtown V.F.D., P.O. Box 482, Huntingtown MD 20369. parents. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. handled arrangements.

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Albert McGraw, 64 Albert Kenton McGraw, age 64, of Leonardtown, passed away Dec. 7, 2013 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born July 10, 1949 in Oakland, CA to Kent Albert and Neva Anna (Crookshank) McGraw. A child of a Navy father, the family lived all over the world. Albert was a graduate of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, MD. He worked with his father as a printer and eventually opened his own printing company, Clinton Press. He was a resident of Leonardtown for the past 15 years. Albert enjoyed camping, fishing and crabbing and spending time on the Chesapeake Bay, especially Point Lookout and Piney Point. Surviving are a son Adam K. McGraw of Galena, MD, grandsons Richard Morrison, Jr. of Annapolis, MD and Nicholas Morrison of Prince Frederick; sisters Belinda G. Hooker of Hughesville, MD and Carol A. Bain of Leonardtown, MD and five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Ali Christine Morrison who passed away on December 30, 2011. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Sandy Palmer, 66 Sandra “Sandy” Louise Wallace Palmer, age 66, of Sunderland passed away suddenly Dec. 10, 2013 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick.

She was born Sept. 4, 1947 in Dayton, OH to Elmer and Almeda (Griggs) Wallace. She was raised in Ohio and moved to Maryland in 1964. She was a respiratory therapist at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton and later at Civista in La Plata. She remained there until she became an amputee. She was no longer able to remain in that position and she returned to work at Walmart, where she was employed for ten years. Sandy loved her cats, playing bingo, Saturday night dinners out, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Sandy is survived by her companion of 33 years, Gary Raum of Sunderland, and her father Elmer Wallace of La Plata. She is also survived by her son Robert Palmer and wife Jo Anne of Mechanicsville, a sister Linda Hitchcock of La Plata, granddaughters Ashleigh and Haley Palmer, a nephew Charles “Charlie” Trotter and his fiancée Amanda Atwood, and her daughter Jaidynn Paugh. She was preceded in death by her mother. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Betty Rawlings, 78 Betty “Nana” Rawlings, age 78, of Prince Frederick passed away Dec. 11, 2013. Betty, daughter of the late Howard and Margret Peterson, wife to the late Joseph Rawlings, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her daughters. Betty was loved, respected, and

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admired by her family. She was an amazing mother and grandmother and will be missed at every family gathering. Betty worked as a crossing guard and school bus driver for the Prince George’s County Board of Education for 14 years. She loved spending time with her family, playing Bingo and Wii with her friends, and taking long drives. Betty was actively involved in her church, Waters Memorial United Methodist Church of St. Leonard. Betty is survived by her four daughters, Debra and husband William “Bubba” Windsor, Theresa Baum, Darlene Breck, and Lisa and husband David Smith. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren with one on the way. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Richardson and Darlene’s husband, Blaine Lessard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago IL 60611. Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic handled arrangements.

Steven Sargent, 24 On Fri., Dec. 13, 2013 Steven Ray Sargent, age 24, of Chesapeake Beach tragically passed away in a car accident. Steven was a f o u r - t i m e all-American high school wrestler who worked for W.E Bowers as a Local 5 union plumber preparing for his graduation and his journeyman's license. Steven was a devoted brother, son, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He is survived by his father, David R. Sargent and Darlene White; mother, Deborah J. Sargent and Matt Ryan; brother Joseph D. Sargent, wife Corbett, niece Cooper, and nephew Beckett; grandmother, Mae I. Adams; girlfriend, Clare Shultz; beloved dog; Revly. He is survived by many loyal friends and family who will miss his smile, antics, and his heart of gold. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers; Oliver R. Adams, Ray Sargent and grandmother; Barbara J. Sargent. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

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Volunteers Needed Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: The Anne Arundel Department of Aging and Disabilities needs volunteers to help seniors and low-income adults complete their 2013 tax returns. Volunteers will be trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. Volunteers only help prepare simple 2013 income tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not prepare tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons, or rental properties. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background in order to help with the tax returns, but CPAs, attorneys, bookkeepers and those with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at one of Anne Arundel County’s seven Senior Activity Centers and will be available by appointment between Feb. 3 and Apr. 7. VITA is part of the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. Please call RSVP at (410) 222-6717 for more info.

Pets Meet Jungle Joe! Hi there! I'm Jungle Joe, named so because of my strong resemblance to a gorilla. I have to be totally honest with you here, guys, I'm flatulent, I drool and I snort! I may not do well at a black-tie ball, but I would do very well hanging out on the couch with you and your family, maybe watching some football, drinking some beer, eating some chili. OK, maybe not, as beer isn't good for dogs and chili, well, as I said, I'm already pretty flatulent, so maybe not in your best interest... I'm a nice boy and I'm fine with kids. I like pretty much everyone. I like all of the dogs. Actually, I haven't been neutered yet, and I tend to like all of them a lot, if you know what I mean! I make my advances right away. But, I hear that I'm going to be neutered soon and that may take away those urges. Bummer for me, but probably a good thing for my forever home! So, if you're looking for someone to just hang out and be one of the guys, I'm your dog! For more info on all the lovable animals available for adoption, visit them online at or come see all the animals at the Humane Society of Calvert County, 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Phone: (410) 257-4908. Be sure to say you read about this pet in the Chesapeake Current!

Anne Arundel County Pets Raja Raja is a domestic short hair mixed breed cat, a male, brought in as a stray by a citizen. He’s estimated to be about two years old and is gray, tan and white. Adorable Kittens! At Anne Arundel County Animal Control, you can have your pick of the litter! Which one would you like to cuddle with this winter – and forever?

Garden Dirt By Ray Greenstreet

Caring For Your Winter Landscape

During the holidays, most of you are probably not thinking about your landscape – unless you’re sitting snug and warm with your nose buried in the gardening book Santa left under your tree! ‘Tis the season to give the heavy lifting a rest, but Maryland’s unpredictable winter weather - it’s not uncommon for spring-like days to be followed by sub-freezing temperatures - can do a number on plants. Evergreen trees and shrubs suffer when weather is both cold and dry for extended periods. The lack of water coupled with cold wind will suck the moisture from the plants. It’s common for colors to fade in evergreens, some may even take on a bronze hue. What you don’t want to see is brown. That almost always means the plant is a goner. Apply a fresh layer of mulch several inches deep around the plants to help retain ground moisture. Both Maggie Wiles, our Nursery Manager, and her nursery elf, Margaret Tearman, put their discarded Christmas tree to good use in their gardens. “Cut off large branches from the trunk and just lay the boughs in the flower beds,� says Maggie. “They give added protection to the plants. And it looks nice, too.� Deciduous trees and shrubs usually handle the winter pretty well on their own, but they still appreciate some winter TLC. This is a good time to remove any deadwood to open the plant that will promote good air circulation when the plant leafs out in the spring, which in turn helps to minimize fungal disease. Winter is also the time use the pruners to re-shape plants. But use a light touch, don’t get carried away; removing more than a third of

the growth can stress the plant so that it cannot recover. Warm snaps followed by freezing temperatures can damage swelling or emerging buds on plants, causing them to shrivel up or fall off. It’s Mother Nature at work and there’s nothing you can do to reverse the damage, but at least you’ll know why a particular plant failed to bloom later in the season. And many plants will produce a secondary set of buds to replace frozen primary buds.

If you had a problem with scale, mites and other insects on deciduous trees and shrubs last summer, a shot of horticultural oil while the plants are still dormant will smother any pests that have overwintered on the plants. Customers in the nursery often ask us about the number of brown leaves that remain on some shrubs and trees, concerned it means the plant has died. Brown needles on evergreens are bad, but brown leaves hanging on to deciduous trees and shrubs are common, especially hydrangeas, Japanese maples and Pin oaks. The plants are likely just fine, and come spring, new green growth will take over the leftover crunchy brown. Perennials can be left alone until you spot new green growth. Many gardeners find the brown stems and seed heads attractive, and the old foliage provides food and shelter for birds. When the new growth begins, just cut off the old. The timing of this is Mother Nature’s call, but it usually begins in March and April. Ornamental grasses should be left alone through winter; they provide excellent winter

interest in the landscape and also provide shelter for wildlife. A sign that it’s time to cut them back is blooming forsythia. For mass plantings of liriope and most other dwarf grasses, a weedwhacker or mower is an easy way to remove the tattered winter growth. These are tough plants; they can take it. If you have just a few plants, simply use pruners to remove the old growth. And don’t forget your potted plants. They need water all year long; give them a drink every couple of those lingering holiday love handles! The Greenstreet Family wishes you weeks, umping the amount as the and your family a healthy, happy - and weather warms and the potting soil dirty New Year. See you in 2014! thaws. So grab a coat, a hat, and a pair of pruners and take regular winter walks About the Author: Ray Greenstreet began his career when was just 13, as a “yard boy� at a garden center. In in your yard. And here is an added he 2000, Ray and his wife Stacy, began Greentstreet benefit to winter gardening: Our bodies Growers, a wholesale growing operation on their 65-acre have to work harder to stay warm in Lothian farm. In 2005, they opened Greenstreet Gardens, a retail nursery and gift store. Last year Greenstreet cold temps. So all that extra heating Gardens grew to include a second retail store in chesapeake b each resort VA. & spa burns off calories, helping you lose Alexandria,


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CURRENT EVENTS Youth Conference Scheduled SharperMinds Consultants will host a Youth Conference on Dating and Domestic Violence. Calvert County will be impacted on Jan. 25 at this unprecedented conference, when teens, families and professionals will share the same room to discuss relationship violence. States Attorney Laura Martin has been confirmed as a speaker, Commissioner Pat Nutter will bring greetings and several other stakeholders will be in attendance; as well as, Baltimore City Police Detective Caprice Smith, who founded the non-profit that will host the conference. Smith just released her own personal story about surviving domestic violence at the hand of another cop in a chilling novel called “Uncuffed – Behind My Smile.” The conference is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Online registration is required:

registration fee includes a high quality Tech shirt, food, drinks, and entertainment. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in BOTH the men and women categories this year! There will also be a one-mile fun run for the kids. Call for Artists The Battle Creek Nature Education Society is seeking artwork inspired by the natural world of Southern Maryland for an exhibition titled "Nature's ARTcade." The show is scheduled for June 7-29, 2014, at Flag Ponds Nature Education Center. Prize monies will total $2,000. Artist entry forms and show info at

“Lineage” The Artworks @ 7th January show will feature works from renowned American artist Michael Bell; jeweler Amanda Hagerman; photographer Caroline Van Sicklin and ceramic artists Marlene Kramer and Libby Kozlowski. 9100 Bay Ave., North Run for the Bay 5K Beach. The show will run Jan. 3 through Happy Holidays! Want to get a headstart on Jan. 27. For more info (410) 271-6381 or your New Year's Resolution of a healthier visit you? Sign up for the Run for the Bay 5K, to be held May 3, 2014! The registration link is Voter Registration: Sign up to vote every at – search for Run for the Bay Tues. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Calvert 5K. This is the 2nd annual event and will be Republican Headquarters, 424 Solomons held in Chesapeake Beach, on the Chesa- Island Rd. Prince Frederick (Radio Shack peake Beach Railway Trail behind the Water bldg., SB Rt. 4, one block before Dares Park. Last year, over $7,600 was raised for Beach Rd.). (410) 535-9100, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation! Your

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Wednesday, January 1

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at Friendship United Methodist Church beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joint service with Carter's UMC and both children's choirs, 8:30 p.m. - Featuring the Voices in Praise (VIP) Youth Choir, and11:00 p.m. Communion and the VIP Alumni and Chamber Choirs. Friendship UMC is located at 22 W. Friendship Rd., Friendship. Phone (410) 257-7133 for more info.

Polar Bear Plunge: Town of North Beach at 1:00 p.m. Rain, snow or shine. Start 2014 with a quick dip in the icy Chesapeake Bay. To register for the plunge, go to to pre-register and pay $25 registration fee through Paypal to receive a t-shirt and a certificate. You can plunge for free, but you won’t get the t-shirt or certificate. All participants must sign a waiver.

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Saturday, January 4

New Year’s Eve Party: The Sons of the American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260 are hosting the New Year’s Party you’ll want to attend. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and festivities commence with hot hors d’oeuvres and an open bar (rail and beer/sodas), followed by dancing to the tunes of the band Snakebite, a champagne toast to bring in the New Year, and finally a continental breakfast. Cost is $45 per person. Tickets may be purchased from the bartender. Public warmly welcomed. For more info, call (301) 855-6466.

“Lineage”: Opening reception from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Artworks @ 7th featuring works from renowned American artist Michael Bell; jeweler Amanda Hagerman; photographer Caroline Van Sicklin and ceramic artists Marlene Kramer and Libby Kozlowski. At 9100 Bay Ave., North Beach. The show will run Jan. 3 through Jan. 27. For more information phone (410) 271-6381 or visit

Wed. Jan. 1, Fri., Jan. 3 & Sun. Jan. 5 Garden In Lights: These are the last evenings for this magical tour for visitors of all ages on a beautiful journey through the glittering woods of Annemarie Garden. 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Regular admission is $6 for ages 5 years and older. Fri. Jan. 3 is Military Night at Annmarie Garden in Lights sponsored by the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. weather-permitting. Free admission for active duty military with ID and immediate family. Event features live entertainment, lighted exhibits, holiday food and gifts. At Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Dowell. For info on the Garden in Lights, visit

Sunday, January 5 Aqua-thon: Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, 130 Auto Drive, Prince Frederick. For information please call (410) 414-8350

Mon. Jan. 6, Tues. Jan. 7, & Wed. Jan. 7 Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Announces Spring 2014 Season Auditions: The Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra (SMYOrch) is pleased to announce auditions for its Spring 2014 season from 3:00 -500 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at Chopticon High School. Interested musicians should go to to complete an audition registration form and request an audition date. For more information, please contact Julia Nichols, President, 20469 Deer Wood Park Drive, Leonardtown, MD 20650, phone (301) 997-0079 email:

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Saturday, January 11

Poetry Open Mic Happy Hour: At the CalvArt Gallery in Prince Frederick from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Open Mic event will feature Rocky Jones: poet, musician and conceptual writer who will read his original works after social time with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Jones has co-produced and hosted poetry readings in Annapolis since 2005, including the Poet Experience and Evil Grin at popular coffeehouses. He has performed his poetry and music at multimedia events including the Concert in the Woods in Accokeek, the Maryland Faerie Festival in Upper Marlboro and the 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis. His work has appeared in the Poet’s Feast, Poet’s Ink and Gargoyle Magazine. All local poets are welcome to share their poems or prose in the open mic session afterwards. The CalvArt Gallery is in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center adjacent to Sakura and Dreamweaver restaurants. For more information visit

FAFSA Line by Line Workshop: Discussion of the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) will be offered at Huntingtown High School Auditorium by Southern Maryland College Access Network (SoMD CAN). This is an excellent opportunity for parents to get answers to any questions you may have regarding the FAFSA, as well as gain an understanding of why certain questions are asked. SoMD CAN is a nonprofit organization that provides direct services to junior and senior high school students regarding the selection, application, and financing of higher education options. SoMD CAN also provides financial aid seminars to parents/guardians of high school students throughout Calvert County. This is a free event. All county high school senior parents/guardians are encouraged to attend. Please visit or call Shelby Potts at (410) 474-0742 for further information.

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