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Food Bank Wins Big
Rev. Robert Hahn, shown with daughter Jacqueline, picks up a check for $5,000 for Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry from the State of Maryland. Rev. Hahn, pastor of Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, won this $5,000 Compassionate Marylander grant for the local bank based on an essay written by his daughter, and online voting in he statewide contest. The Governor’s Ofﬁce and CareFirst chose ﬁve winners from the top ten ﬁnalists then gave each $5,000 for the charity of their choice.
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The Bayside Boys & Girls Club in North Beach is sponsoring a Spring Break Camp for boys and girls ages six and up Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 and Monday, April 9 from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day. The Club will be closed Good Friday, April 6. The cost is $100 for Boys & Girls Club members and $115 for non-members, which includes membership. Contact Ms. Hill at (301) 379-4876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Big Stink Over Septics, Bay Health Tempers flared as the Calvert County Board of Commissioners (CCBOC) held a heated two-hour work session on proposals aimed at helping the county comply with strict reductions in nitrogen, phosphorus and sediments polluting the Chesapeake Bay. The US Environmental Protection Agency requires that 60% of the target reductions be met by 2017 and 100% met by 2025, but the price tag for Calvert alone is estimated at about $1.25 billion dollars. One of the suggestions from Dr. David Brownlee, the County’s Principal Planner, is to require any county resident selling their home with a septic system be required to upgrade it to at least a 69% nutrient reduction system at the time of the sale. He also said the county would need to hire six additional full-time people to meet the requirements of achieving 7% upgrades of systems per year to meet the 2025 goals. Commissioner Susan Shaw responded, “I am not willing to implement these recommendations. They’re outrageous! It’s not reasonable to expect people to spend $12,000 to $18,000 in order to sell their home without regard to the economy. There are already people who are underwater and have to take $30,000 to $50,000 to the table just to get out from under it…. And this for a 1% improvement in the Bay in 20 years?” Brownlee suggested that perhaps the fee could be imposed on the purchaser instead. Shaw responded, “And buyers will look at this and say – I’m going to Virginia or another county to buy a house. Why would I want to buy here?” “Susan is 100% right,” Commissioners President Jerry Clark said. “And we don’t even have the money to hire one part-time person! Calvert County has spent thousands, millions already in programs addressing these issues (Bay pollution) in the past and we’ve not gotten credit for it.” All the commissioners then began questioning Maryland State formulas used to calculate the requirements being imposed on Calvert County compared to very little impact on Charles and Montgomery Counties, which are much more heavily developed. Charles County, for example, is required to make just an 18% reduction while Calvert is required to make a 29% reduction. In response to a letter that the commissioners recently sent to the state questioning their numbers, Dr. Richard Eskin, Director of the Science Services Administration with the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) came before the board to defend state formulas used. And did he ever get an earful. “We’re not in Washington DC – we can’t print money,” Clark told him. “It’s extortion!” “No it’s not,” Eskin retorted, “it’s called obeying the law!” Eskin added, “Nobody’s going to be taken out and shot. It’s not the end of the world. And we anticipated a certain amount of delay.” He added that what the state and EPA are pushing for is progress. He reiterated that the state’s formula was not arbitrary and they didn’t “pick on anybody. We used the same formula across the board.” Shaw added, “There’s something very wrong with these numbers. We’ve done considerably more and we’re not as large a land mass.” She also noted that Anne Arundel County likely has more older, failing septic systems near the water than Calvert. “And why would we only require a 69% reduction when people upgrade their septics, when they could go to 93% reductions and
County Executive Faces Indictment
Dr. Richard Eskin, Director of the Science Services Administration with the Maryland Department of the Environment was on the hot seat before the Calvert Commissioners, explaining state formulas used to require counties to reduce nutrients polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
immediately we’d get 24% more nitrogen out and make an immediate impact?” she asked. Shaw suggested, “Let’s look at where we can get the most bang for our buck and show some real improvement. I want to know - what are the costs of connecting some of these older communities to public systems, such as Randle Cliff and Summer City to the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant? They have old septics, up on a hill with water draining right down into the Bay. Let’s figure it out and do what’s most effective.” Other ideas the commissioners suggested looking into was putting Dare’s Beach, Long Beach and the Hallowing Point trailer park on public systems. Clark added, “We need to figure out the costs to the citizens. What about Cove Point? What would it cost to connect them to the Solomons plant? I know it will be more than just running a line down Cove Point Road. And the at the Cove Point power plant – they recently spent millions down there. Was that taken into account? Did the state give us ‘credit’ for this?” Clark also asked about shore erosion components, adding that the LNG plant recently spent $5 million on a long area of bayfront. “At Huntingtown High School, they just finished a major septic upgrade. Were we ‘credited’ for that? And what would it take to hook Marley Run into it?” Shaw questioned. “Let’s look at alternative ideas that are most cost effective and that will have an immediate impact – and by that I mean the next couple of years.” Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt asked for more data, and said, “This report is helpful academically…. (but) it is a planning model and it’s very sterile. What we want is for you to go back and make this a realistic model. And think of the real world impact.” Slaughenhoupt told Brownlee, “If you’re wanting to impose $15,000, $16,000 on each person living here, I suggest you first make all EPA employees living here pay first, then MDE employees, then the you pay this for each member of your family.” “We want more than a cost-benefit analysis. We want a reality check,” Clark added. Commissioner Pat Nutter suggested that the commissioners take another two hours and sit down with the staff and go through their report paragraph by paragraph and make suggestions on projects they would like to see investigated as alternatives, which was how the matter was left.
Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been indicted by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury. Leopold is charged with four counts of misconduct in office, and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary. The indictment announced by Maryland State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt alleges that Mr. Leopold regularly misused his executive protection squad for his own political and personal benefit. Specifically, he's accused of misusing his protection squad to take him to parking lots for sex with another county employee, requiring them to work on his election campaign, and perform numerous other personal tasks on his behalf. The indictment details a systematic use of on-duty sworn Anne Arundel County officers as political campaign workers regularly requiring them to place, distribute and check on political campaign signs, often for several hours a day, throughout the 20I0 campaign. On several occasions, it is also alleged that officers were instructed to pick up and/or deposit campaign contribution checks. On other occasions, officers were allegedly instructed to drive Mr. Leopold to specific locations where he removed and discarded the signs of his political opponent. According to the indictment, the police officers were also instructed to create and maintain dossiers on several of Mr. Leopold's political opponents. The indictment further alleges that County Executive Leopold regularly misused his executive protection staff and other county employees for his own personal benefit. According to the indictment, Mr. Leopold frequently, often two or three times a week during the second half of 2010, instructed these same officers to drive him to local commercial parking lots and wait for him while he entered another vehicle and engaged in sexual activity with another county employee. The indictment also recounts two hospital stays for back surgery during which the County Executive required an additional police officer to work overtime to prevent one girlfriend from meeting up with his live-in partner. (Leopold is not married). The cost to Anne Arundel County for police overtime pay during these hospital stays exceeded $10,000. The indictment further alleges that he required his executive protection officers and his administrative aide to perform numerous other personal tasks on his behalf. In connection with the pending charges, State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said, "Public officials criminally
AA County Executive John Leopold.
abuse their public trust when they treat public resources as their personal property and public personnel as their personal servants. These abuses will not be tolerated." No trial date has been set. Although charged, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted. The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which represents the sergeants and lieutenants of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, is calling on Leopold and Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare, Sr., to resign following Leopold's indictment. "Our members thought the county executive made unsafe decisions about public safety before the indictment," said Paul J. Birks, IBPO national vice president, referring to the vote of no confidence the sergeants and lieutenants took in Leopold’s performance a week before the release of the indictment. "We're even more concerned now that Mr. Leopold will have the distraction of such serious legal troubles." "If Mr. Leopold truly cares about the safety of the people of Anne Arundel County, as he claims, he'll do the right thing and hand the helm over to someone who can make wiser public safety decisions without conflict," said Birks. The IBPO is also calling on Chief Teare to step down. Included in the indictment against Leopold is a charge that officers approached the chief with their concerns about Leopold's alleged misuse of officers for campaign and personal purposes, but that the chief did nothing in response. "If officers cannot trust their chief to protect them from the alleged abuse by a public official, then how can citizens trust the chief to protect them?" asked Birks.
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Chesapeake Beach Plans Memorial Day Extravaganza Make plans to be in the beaches for Memorial Day weekend for the Town of Chesapeake Beach’s celebration to honor fallen heroes at their first annual Stars & Stripes festival. Event coordinator Connie O’Dell and committee members Stephanie Zanelotti and Kirsten O’Neill gave the Chesapeake Current this overview of the upcoming Festival. The entire Planning Committee of volunteers has been working together for the past year to plan this huge event that will feature something for everyone. The festival will kick off on Saturday, May 26 with a ceremony at Veteran’s Park in Chesapeake Beach. Mayor Bruce Wahl will welcome Major General James A. Adkins, Adjutant General for the State of Maryland as the keynote speaker, with music provided by the Annapolis Naval Academy Brass Quartet. Everywhere you turn, something will be going on. Kristen O’Neill of Silent Rank Sisterhood is organizing a non-profit fair at the North East Community Center featuring groups that support veterans and active military members and their families. There will be no charge for vendors, just fill out an application form in advance. During the day, there will be a care package drive for deployed service members, activities for kids, and an amazing World War II military memorabilia display. The events at the North East Community Center are from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
both Saturday and Sunday. The day will also feature a mini “Rolling Thunder” with hundreds of bikes expected for the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club ‘s 20th anniversary. The cyclists will stage a parade from Boyd’s Turn Road in Owings down 5th street in North Beach to Chesapeake Avenue and Rt. 260 to the American Legion beginning at about 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Everyone’s invited to the family activities, carnival games, bowling, and watch a children’s theatre group performance at Kellam’s Field. The American Legion Post 206 on Route 260 will also be hosting an-all-you-can eat breakfast on Sunday morning as well as the closing ceremony on Memorial Day. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park will be offering discounts to military families that weekend. Organizers are hoping to get another Beach Trolley to help move people from location to location. In addition, the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be home to displays and demonstrations of military and rescue equipment with a USO-type show Saturday night presented by the Twin Beach Players. On Sunday night, a parade of war veterans will open the Navy’s Country Current Band concert at Kellams field from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. followed by a Movie on the Beach at North Beach. The Town will also host a decorating contest the week prior to the festival. Home,
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boat and business owners are encouraged to show their pride and respect with patriotic decorations. The winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony. O’Dell says she came up with the idea for the Stars & Stripes Festival about a year ago. The goal is to raise awareness of veterans’ issues, educate our youth and community, and to Honor Our Fallen Heroes ultimately bringing back the true meaning of Memorial Day. Watch the Chesapeake Current for much more information in the coming weeks leading up to the event.
Military memorabilia and antiques, such as this military Jeep owned by Vic Peruzzi, will be featured at the Stars & Stripes Festival. Organizer Connie O’Dell is shown riding in this vehicle in a previous parade.
Beach Development Changes Course Developer Ron Russo, owner of RAR Associates and prime lots in North Beach, confirms to the Chesapeake Current that his plans for a hotel complex on the south side of Bay Avenue at 5th Street are under revision. “I will present the new plans to the (North Beach) Planning Commission at their May meeting,” he told us from his winter home in Key West, FL. “I think everyone will be very pleased with the concept plan, and I’m working with engineers on it now.” “I want public feedback. I want people’s comments. I want people to come to that meeting and let me know what they think,” he added. When asked if it’s the on the same scale as what was proposed previously, Russo told us, “Everything has been revised downward. It’s much more in keeping with the texture, character and mass of the town.” Russo said building the parking garage before the hotel was not a viable option. “The town explored it and we got appraisals. It was too expensive. We just couldn’t make it work. So I’m looking at other options for parking for maximizing it,. But the parking issue will be resolved.” Russo also said that El Cerro Grande, a Mexican restaurant will be moving into the building he owns where Thursdays Bar & Grill is now located at 7th and Bay Avenue. Although North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer said at the last Town Council meeting that it was an expansion of the El Cerro Grande restaurant in Leonardtown, Russo says they are not related. “They’re from North Carolina,” Russo clarified. “They already have 17 restaurants, but it’s not a franchise. Each restaurant is owned and operated by an individual in the same family. The newest one they just opened is in Richmond.” He adds that they hope to be open by May 1 and that five different restaurateurs were interested in the space. Thursdays Bar & Grill is relocating to the shopping center on Rt. 260 across from Sneade’s Ace Home Center in Owings.
Parking Changes Proposed Plans for the proposed parking garage in North Beach at the site of the Chesapeake Manor Hotel (on Chesapeake Avenue, across from the senior center) are being scrapped. However, that structure will be razed to with the hotel project to make way for additional surface parking. North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer said at the March Town Council meeting that the town is entering into discussions with developer Ron Russo, owner of RAR Associates, to also improve surface parking at 5th and Chesapeake, and also behind the former Lighthouse Marketplace (the old laundromat). The improved parking lots would have striping and signage, he said. At the same time, the town has introduced an ordinance eliminating commercial parking restrictions in North Beach. The current zoning ordinance requires each business to have at least two off-street parking spaces, but under the change, they would not have to have any. Town Attorney John Shay said that the council and planning commission will have a joint public hearing, and then following that, the council could take immediate action to repeal the parking requirements. At the council work session a week before, Phillip McCormick, an architect and professional planner from Bel Air, MD told stories of other communities, such as Fort Lauderdale and Seaside, FL that successfully scrapped parking requirements to achieve revitalization. When asked about resident parking concerns, McCormick said, “That’s just part of living there. It’s one of those things you trade-off.” He added that that there might be times when residents have to walk a couple of blocks to their homes. And he predicted visitors will find a parking place and walk to the beach and businesses if they’re attracted to the town. One alternative discussed was turning some streets, such as 3rd and 5th near the beach into one-way streets with diagonal spaces to increase the number of available parking spots. McCormick said angled parking and one-way streets could increase the number of spaces by up to 40%.
Cause of Deaths: Flu Initial testing of two of four family members in Lusby, three of whom have died, suggests that that the serious lung infection suffered by all four recently was a complication of seasonal flu. A fourth family member remains hospitalized at Washington Hospital Center and is improving. Samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further testing. These cases of serious lung infection were isolated to a single family and there are currently no other affected individuals. Local healthcare providers are not reporting any significant increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. The illnesses in these family members began with an 81-year-old Lusby woman who developed respiratory symptoms at her home beginning on or about February 23, 2012. She was cared for at home by three of her children,
a son and two daughters. The caregivers developed similar respiratory symptoms on or about February 28, 2012. The mother died at home on March 1, 2012. Following her death the three children were hospitalized. Subsequently the 58-year-old son and a 56-year-old daughter died. As always, the health department recommends that everyone take routine precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections including hand washing and limiting contact with sick individuals. Those with flu-like symptoms, who develop cough, fever or sore throat, should be evaluated by their healthcare provider. Residents who have not received a seasonal flu vaccine are urged to get one from their healthcare provider or by calling Calvert County Health Department at (410) 535-5400, ext. 349.
Hospital Advice on Flu Following Deaths Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH) has responded to a number of phone calls from concerned residents following recent reports of a cluster of serious flu illnesses. Hospital officials are encouraging area families to follow basic guidelines recommended during flu season – get vaccinated, wash hands frequently and limit contact with sick people. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should check with a healthcare provider. State officials said Wednesday that lab tests confirm that two of the members of the Blake family who died of a severe respiratory illness had a strain of the seasonal flu. “We understand that many in the community are nervous about the flu after reading media reports about this family’s tragedy,” said Dr. Paul Pomilla, medical director for infectious diseases at CMH, “but we want to reassure the public that we are not aware of any other cases of serious influenza-like illness that have a confirmed link to the original patients.” He went on to add, “We are continuing to monitor the influenza-like illness that is seen in the ER, urgent care centers and the hospital and will share this information with the health department.” This year’s flu season has gotten off to a late start and is expected to stretch into late May. “That is why we are recommending people who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one,” said Pomilla. He said flu shots are available locally at some doctor’s offices, pharmacies, grocery stores and the health department, which offers them on a walk-in basis on weekdays from
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $20. Pomilla explained that influenza (flu) comes in different strains and each year the flu vaccine is developed to cover the strains that are expected to circulate. “It is believed that this year’s flu vaccine covers the strain of seasonal flu that began the respiratory illness process for the patients who died earlier this week.” He cautioned that even with the flu shot, it takes two weeks for antibodies to form and provide you with protection. While the severity of illness due to flu varies from season to season, in general the very young, adults older than 65 and individuals with certain medical conditions are at higher risk for developing flu-related complications. In addition to the flu vaccine, the health department is asking residents to take standard precautions to prevent the spread of illness, including hand washing and limiting contact with sick people. “Good hand hygiene is something we practice all the time,” said Linda O’Brien, director of infection control at CMH. She said the hospital has initiated other measures to protect its patients and staff during the flu season. “We’re asking that people with flu-like symptoms not visit friends or relatives in the hospital.” She went on to add, “Visitors are encouraged to use the hand-sanitizing stations that are installed around the campus. We’re also using extra caution with anyone sneezing or coughing. They will be asked to put on a mask as soon as they come in.”
Community Shaken By Flu Deaths Claims Three In One Family Lou Blake, 81 Lou Ruth Blake, age 81, was born October 12, 1930 and passed away March 01, 2012. Visitation and funeral services were held at Dunkirk Baptist Church, 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk. Cemetery: Her final resting place is the Eastern United Methodist Church, 975 Eastern Church Road, Lusby. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.
Lowell Blake, 58 Lowell Frederick Blake was born March 08, 1953 and died March 05, 2012. Visitation and services were held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk. His final resting place is Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens, 3270 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.
Venessa Blake, 56 Venessa Marie Blake, age 56 was born September 7, 1955 and passed away March 05, 2012. Visitation and services were held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard, Dunkirk MD. Her final resting place is the cemetery at Greater Bible Way Church, 2300 Sixes Road, Prince Frederick. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
By Lyn Striegel
Your Money Matter$ Concepts for Living Secure By now, you have created a plan for yourself. As our Live Secure approach demonstrates, the trick to planning is to make your plan simple enough so that you can keep track of it and update it easily. It is critical to monitor your plan. Life events have a way of happening to us when we least expect them. Plan for the unexpected, by ensuring you always have cash on hand. Here are some basic financial planning concepts that will help you build and monitor your Live Secure financial plans: Mum’s Cookie Jar The cookie jar concept is a good one, taken one step further. The idea that you have a stash of cash somewhere for
emergency purposes is a basic in financial planning. But, the amount cannot be the $20 (Canadian!) that my mother put away. This amount is something you’ll need to figure out. Estimate that you will be laid off from your job and it will take six months to find another. Having set aside six months of earnings to cover this contingency gives you the emotional breathing room you need to survive a bad period. So, the first step is to figure out from your personal balance sheet the amount you will need to put away to cover six months’ living expenses. Jane figures she will need at least $3,400 per month for six months to cover her living expenses if she loses her job. This means her cookie jar must contain $20,400. This seems like a lot of money, but Jane knows that if any emergency occurs, she will not have sufficient income
to continue living the way she does without this amount in savings. Jane revises her plan. Her first step is to ensure she is protected in the event of an emergency. Jane will take her disposable income and put it away in a money market mutual fund until she reaches her cookie jar goal. She decides that paying off her credit cards and saving in an emergency fund are the two goals she has over the next year. Where are your savings when they’re in this cookie jar? Well, you want available cash for emergencies. This means you want maximum “liquidity.” Liquid investments are those that can be sold quickly for cash. You will trade off interest for liquidity, meaning that liquid investments of high quality will pay lower interest rates. In this case, it is the freedom that comes with liquidity that you want for your stash of cash. Liquidity doesn’t come with certificates of deposit since they require that you make your loan of cash to a bank over time — three months to several years, and that you pay a penalty for early withdrawal of the cash. Instead,
consider putting your cash into a money market mutual fund. This type of fund is composed of high quality investments (by law) and these investments are liquid, meaning you will have access to your cash. You will never get rich putting all your money in money market funds since the interest they pay is related to the high quality and liquidity of the investments in the portfolios. However, because they are easily accessible, money market funds are a desired ingredient in your cookie jar. Remember you can access the entire series of Live Secure articles online at ChesapeakeCurrent.com. Look under columnists for Lynda Striegel.
Next Issue: How To Pay Yourself First About the Author: Lyn Striegel is an attorney in private practice in Chesapeake Beach and Annapolis. Lyn has over thirty years experience in the fields of estate and financial planning and is the author of “Live Secure: Estate and Financial Planning for Women and the Men Who Love Them (2011 ed.).” Nothing in this article constitutes specific legal or financial advice and readers are advised to consult their own counsel.
Church Offers Handmade Easter Eggs The very popular – and scrumptious handmade Easter eggs created by members of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side are now in production, and anyone desiring to purchase them may call (410) 867 9567. They will also be on sale after March 17 at Shady Side Market, and Renno’s Market in Shady Side; Christopher’s in Churchton; and Grauel’s Office Supply in Deale. The quarter-pound chocolate covered Easter eggs are available in four cream flavors: butter cream, chocolate, coconut, and peanut butter, and sell for $2.50 each when preordered at the church. They have been produced by members of the Centenary UM Church for 12 consecutive years using a family recipe handed down through generations. Church members
Camille Vogts and Nancy Bryant, with Leslie Dean and Elizabeth Ogden in background, are on a team creating the specialty eggs.
have been working on the eggs since February 28, and will spend almost three weeks to achieve their goal of 3,500 eggs. To view pictures of the eggs and obtain further information, please go to the website of the Church: www.centenary-umc.com. It takes four days of different steps to produce each chocolate egg. A total group of about 30 church members work at various times to produce 3,500 Easter eggs. Photos by Darlene Beitzel.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Chesapeake Current
By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner
Boy Saves Choking Classmate
Counties Decry State’s Tax Plans Spring is coming after the mildest winter I can remember. I know that I will be relieved if we don’t get a late snow or two that wipes out some of the savings on heating bills, especially at this time of rising gasoline prices. I am hearing rumors that the MD General Assembly (Legislature) in Annapolis may be backing away from their ill-advised plan to raise gasoline taxes. Perhaps they did not think we would notice when our budgets became impossible to balance due to their unwise plans. Perhaps they do not realize that those of us who live in the real world know that with rising gasoline prices, the price of all commodities goes up, and the overall cost of living and doing business becomes untenable. If I sound annoyed, it is because I am. Who on earth do they think they are fooling? Either seven or nine (depending on who’s counting and how they are counting) counties in MD were not able to make Maintenance of Effort (MOE), which is to say that they were unable to fund their schools at the same level as the previous year. Of course not! Counties get their income primarily from real estate taxes, and secondarily, from the piggy back tax (a portion of the income tax). The Legislature must not have noticed that we have been in a deep recession and that house prices have fallen (her and nationwide) more than they did in the Great Depression, greatly reducing the real estate taxes to Counties. So what kinds of help is the Legislature proposing to provide? Their proposal is to penalize the Counties who couldn’t make MOE and make ALL the Counties pay more with the threat of siphoning off the income tax revenues if the Counties fail to magically conjure this extra money out of thin air. (This proposal was authored by Del. John Bohanan.) Better yet, why not reduce the exemption on interest paid on real estate for those individuals and businesses still getting by? I did not make this up! Or even better yet, in addition to making the Counties commit to additional education spending that they do not have, why not also make them pay for Teacher’s Pensions? Especially since the Legislature has refused to move to a modern pension plan, and instead, has gouged the teachers, who must pay an additional 2% of their income toward a decreased pension benefit. Oh, but you haven’t heard the best part yet. The 2% extra went into the General Fund, not the Teachers’ Pension fund, which is short by $19 billion dollars! That’s the beauty of shifting the Teachers’ Pensions to the Counties: the Counties will also get the underfunding on their books, which they will then get to explain to Wall Street when they go for bond ratings. And, in case your head is not spinning yet, this brilliant plan will force the Counties to pay more in interest on all their borrowing, making the Counties even more desperate for income. The final blow is that the Counties won’t be able to “fix” these cooked books from the state, because the pension liability is rising so fast, at just under 8% per year, that they will never be able to catch up. Just as the state wasn’t, which is why the Legislature wanted to shift the Teacher’s Pensions in the first place. (More info is available at www.StopTheShiftMD.com) Oh, dear, I don’t have enough space to share the good news about tax increases on Internet purchases, Internet downloads, automobile repairs, tobacco products, boat registrations, hunting licenses, death certificates, and more! Stay tuned for next time for all the amazing details…
Calvert County Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt presents ten-year-old Clayton Wargo, a 4th grader at Huntingtown Elementary School, with a proclamation honoring him for brave and heroic actions. Wargo is credited with saving the life of a classmate who was choking on a hot dog in the school cafeteria in February. Wargo’s grandmother said he comes from a long line of volunteer firemen, and was taught at an early age how to help someone who is choking. She said she was so proud of him for acting as he did when he recognized an emergency.
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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: CDS Violations Dep. C. Fox responded to the Huntingtown 7-11 Store for the report of a man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. Upon arrival, he contacted two men in the vehicle. Both were conscious but appeared confused. The male in the driver’s seat, later identified as Nicholas Andrew Gegor, 24, of Chesapeake Beach, was found to be in possession of suspected drugs. Gegor was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of Alprazolam, possession of Oxycodone, possession of Suboxone, possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a plastic baggie, possession of crack cocaine in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, possession of cocaine in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, possession of Alprazolam in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, possession of Oxycodone in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute. The passenger in the initially gave a false name and after learning his true name, Adam Shane Coursey, 34, of Rehoboth, DE., it was discovered there was an active warrant for his arrest through the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office for possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances and a handgun possession charge. Coursey was served with the warrant and arrested on additional charges of possession of cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of Alprazolam, possession of Oxycodone, unlawful distribution of crack cocaine, unlawful distribution of cocaine, unlawful distribution of Alprazolam, unlawful distribution of Oxycodone, and false statement to a police officer. Cpl. G. Shrawder responded to a call for a vehicle with a suspected drunk driver on northbound MD Rt. 4 near Parran Road in St. Leonard on March 5 at 3:15 p.m. Cpl. Shrawder observed the vehicle cross the shoulder line several times and conducted a traffic stop near Old Field Lane in Prince Frederick. The driver, Gary Wayne Spalding, Jr., 21, of Lexington Park, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a metal grinder, plus driving on a suspended license. Prescription Fraud DFC M. Velasquez arrested two people on March 9 at 2:49 p.m. at the Friendly Pharmacy in Lusby after they attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription for Oxycodone. The pharmacist became suspicious after trying to call the doctor’s office for verification. Doris Ramona Stern, 47, and Mark Keith Stern, 49, both of Baltimore were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges. Disorderly Conduct A 52-year-old St. Leonard man was arrested for disorderly conduct on March 9 at 9:16 p.m. after neighbors called the fire department to report a fire close to homes on Calvert Beach Road. Firefighters responded and the homeowner, who started the fire in order to burn down an old shed, became infuriated that they were putting out the fire. The homeowner, identified as William Neil Ogle, threatened to fight them. Cpl. R. Cox made contact with Ogle and advised him to quiet down and watch his language but Ogle continued to use
profanity, running around and shouting. Ogle was finally arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Burglary A home under construction on Broomes Island Road in St. Leonard was burglarized between March 4 and 5 and $2,300 in tools was stolen including Milwaukee drills, nail guns and two Port-A-Cable pneumatic staplers. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. C. McDonough at (410) 535-2800. Garner and Duff Florist in Prince Frederick was burglarized sometime between March 9 and 10. Nothing appears to have been taken but damage to a door is estimated at $100. Thefts A victim advised DFC P. Wood that sometime between March 5 and 6 someone stole $1,550 worth of tires that had been sitting outside his garage on Ward Road in Dunkirk. Unknown suspect(s) stole a GS Wagner 45 generator valued at $800 from a trailer on Warbonnet Trail in Lusby. DFC J. Hardesty is investigating. Thefts from Vehicles Unknown suspect(s) entered a locked vehicle by breaking out the rear passenger window while it was parked on Hill Road in St. Leonard sometime overnight between March 9 and 10. A silver iPod Nano, Garmin GPS and other assorted items, altogether valued at $400, were stolen. Someone entered a locked van parked on Gunsmoke Trail in Lusby overnight between February 29 and March 1 and stole a tool bag with a large number of small tools and a drill together valued at $700. Destruction of Property Both passenger side windows of a vehicle were broken out overnight between February 28 and 29 while the vehicle was parked outside the victim’s home on Knight Avenue in Dunkirk. Nothing was taken but damage is estimated at $400.
Homelite chainsaw, and garden tools were stolen along with various aluminum and scrap metal items. All items were stolen from three sheds. Trooper Smith responded to the 8200 block of Broomes Island Rd. in Broomes Island for a reported theft on March 11 at 1:07 p.m. Hedge trimmers, a Stihl Chain saw and Stihl backpack leaf blower were stolen from the victim’s garage. Destruction of Property Trooper First Class Sorenson responded to the 900 block of Dalrymple Rd. in Sunderland for a destruction of property on March 1 at 7:21 a.m. Graffiti was spray painted on trees, the “Sunderleigh” neighborhood sign and a house on Dalrymple Road. Investigation continues. Trooper First Class Landis responded to Calvert High School in Prince Frederick for a destruction of property complaint on March 3 at 11:00 a.m. A chain-link gate leading to the football field was damaged. Theft from Vehicles Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the 600 block of Folly Lane in Prince Frederick for a reported theft from vehicle on March 6 at 10:01 a.m. Cash and two Apple iPods were stolen from two unsecured vehicles in the victim’s driveway. Theft and Destruction of Property Trooper First Class Parker responded to the 500 block of Keith Lane in Owings for a reported theft on March 4 at 8:51 a.m. Suspects broke into three vehicles and stole the car stereos. Shoplifting/Theft Trooper Esnes responded to the Fastop convenience store in St. Leonard a shoplifting complaint on March 1 at 10:44 p.m. The investigation revealed that Evan T. Jenkins, 23, of St. Leonard, removed an energy drink from the store without paying for it. He was located and issued a Criminal Citation.
Anne Arundel Reports:
Over the past several weeks, the Anne Arundel County Police Southern District has received several reports of shed and garage burglaries in the southern portion of the District. Most of these crimes take place during the daytime hours. Most of the buildings were left unlocked, giving thieves easy access. In most cases, suspects are making off with lawn equipment and tools. Police remind everyone to remember to please keep all sheds, outbuildings, barns and State Police Barrack U Reports: garages locked at all times. Please watch your Possession of Marijuana neighborhood report any suspicious activity Trooper Barlow stopped a vehicle for traffic immediately to police by calling 911. Get violations at Main St. at Wilson Ct. in Prince vehicle descriptions and license numbers, if Frederick on March 5 at 8:41 p.m. During the possible. stop, Arthur L. Harrod, 60, of Huntingtown, tossed a bag of marijuana on the side of the road. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Trooper First Class Donaldson stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Cassell Blvd. at Dares Beach Rd. in Prince Frederick on March Maryland Natural Resources Police 7 at 11:56 a.m. Amber M. Drake, 19, of are investigating the unattended death of a Huntingtown, was arrested for possession of person found on a small boat at Solomons marijuana. Island. At 10:00 am, Saturday, March 10, Warrant Service/Possession of Pills Trooper Williams stopped a vehicle for traffic Conrad H. Neuf Jr., 85 from Leesburg, violations at Rousby Hall Rd. at Barreda Blvd. Virginia was found deceased in a small in Lusby on March 5 at 11:37 a.m. A passen- boat next to his sailboat in Zahniser’s ger, Adelina Garza, 31, of Lusby, was arrested Marina, Solomons Island. Neuf was found on an open warrant. She was arrested after a by marina employees during the morning’s search revealed she was in possession of Oxyco- inspection of the marina. Foul play is not done for which she did not have a prescription. suspected in the case. Neuf’s body was transported to the Thefts Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Trooper S. Lewis responded to the 10400 block Baltimore for autopsy. NRP’s Special of Ward Rd. in Dunkirk for a reported theft on Operations Division is continuing the March 8 at 4:21 p.m. Various tools, including a investigation.
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Body Found At Local Marina
Pedestrian Killed in South County Anne Arundel County Police are trying to piece together what happened in the 5500 block of Muddy Creek Road in Churchton on the evening on Monday, March 12. At approximately 8:53 p.m., members of the Traffic Safety Section were called to investigate an accident involving a 2005 Chevy Tahoe driven by 64-year-old James Turner of Deale. Police say Turner and his wife, Helen, were traveling south on Muddy Creek when their vehicle accidently struck a woman who had run into the roadway in front of them. Paramedics pronounced Cheryl Ann Howes, 55, of the 5700 block of Blaine Road, Churchton dead at the scene. Neither of the Turners was hurt in the accident. Additionally, at about the same time, a call was received for a report of a camper trailer fire at 5502 Muddy Creek Road. Witnesses told authorities that they saw the same woman running from the area of the camper trailer where she was staying out into the roadway before being struck. Detectives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division are working in conjunction with Fire Investigators from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department to determine any possible connection between the two incidents and if foul play might have been involved.
Police Investigate Death of Infant Members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5400 block of Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick on Thursday, March 8, at approximately 6:39 p.m., for a report of a body that was located in the trunk of a car. Upon arrival by law enforcement it was discovered that it was a fetus or newborn. The baby was found by the parents of the vehicle owner. The vehicle owner, a 32-year-old mother of three, has been interviewed by detectives and no charges have been filed. The other children are currently being cared for by relatives. The body is currently at the Medical Examiner’s Office and Detectives are waiting for a final report. Due to the decomposed state of the fetus or newborn, the final report may not be available until mid-April. At this time, it is not known if the child was stillborn or born alive or what happened. Calvert law enforcement officials say their prayers go out to the family members who made this find and they will do everything that we can to resolve this matter. Members of the Calvert Investigative Team comprised of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office are actively investigating this case. If you have any information to assist in this investigation, please contact Detective Mike Mudd at (410) 535-1600 EXT: 2469
Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory By Bob Munro Every year during early January, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and State Natural Resources personnel up and down the Flyways survey ducks, geese and swans. They conduct the survey in early January when waterfowl migration within the Flyways is essentially complete - i.e., they've reached wherever they were going to spend the winter. In this manner, birds observed in New Jersey, for example, are unlikely to move farther south to Virginia and be counted twice. Many surveys reflect natural variation in animal populations. Variations in numbers observed from one year to the next are relatively unimportant and take on significance only when viewed across a number of years. Maryland surveys counted about 633,000 waterfowl, a slight drop in total numbers from the previous year. The weather, however, can make quite a difference in the winter distribution of waterfowl. Back in the late 1960s I was fortunate to be at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge near Chestertown (MD) on a cool mid-November day with a stiff northwesterly breeze blowing when all of a sudden the sky seemed to open up. Literally thousands of Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) were landing everywhere
around the Island, having been forced out of the upper Midwest due to a severe drop in temperature that froze most of the open water. During "average" fall weather conditions, if there are such things any more, many species of waterfowl and other birds move in waves and not all at once. During this winter, one of the warmest on record, many of "our" waterfowl were farther north when the surveys were conducted. Still, about 16,000 Tundra Swans were recorded here in Maryland. Rewind four decades or so, survey personnel recorded closer to 50,000 Swans. The difference? The decline of submerged aquatic vegetation, favored food items by many species of waterfowl, made wintering areas farther south more suitable. The other waterfowl species I'd like to mention is the American Black Duck (Anas rubripes). Very similar in size and shape to the Mallard, the plumage of the male and female Black Duck is identical. Black Ducks used to be the most common surface-feeding duck in the Atlantic Flyway. Behaviorally, they don't adapt as well to civilization as the ubiquitous Mallard. Unfortunately, those of us living along the Western Shore of the Bay will hardly ever see a Black Duck. Move straight across the Bay from northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties and you'll find plenty of Black Ducks and fewer people!
One of the better fishing flea markets is scheduled for this weekend north of Baltimore. The Essex Fishing Flea Market (an MSSA chapter) will be held March 17-18 from 9:00 a.m. â€“ 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. â€“ 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Commodore Hall (1909 Old Eastern Ave., Essex MD 21221). Admission is $3. Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to "email@example.com" 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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Back Paddling On Raising Boater Fees After meeting with and listening to the concerns of stakeholders, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says it will propose amendments to House Bill 1307 to substantially reduce the proposed cost of registering a boat in Maryland. DNR first introduced the proposed legislation to address the State’s critical boating infrastructure needs. Since 1965, the State’s 5% excise tax on vessels has served as the major source of funding for the Waterway Improvement Fund, the State’s program for financing projects and activities that promote, develop and maintain Maryland’s waterways for the boating public. DNR needs $41 million annually to maintain boating services and operations. This includes dredging and maintaining 265 channels, more than 400 public boating facilities, 3,600 buoys and marine police operations. DNR is also responsible for removing hazardous abandoned boats and debris, funding marine sewage pumpout stations, local fire and rescue boats and providing icebreaking services for boaters when necessary. Due to the dramatic decrease in boat sales, fund revenues have declined by 50 percent to only $15 million, leaving Maryland unable to fund these critical projects. The agency was only able to fund 11 percent of State and local grant requests for FY 2012. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently indicated that they can no longer
provide the estimated $6 million in annual federal funds needed to maintain more than 60 shallow water boating channels used by recreational boaters, commercial watermen and other marine-related businesses. Because the cost of registering a boat in Maryland has not been increased since 1983, DNR has been working with boaters, the marine industry and legislators to address these funding needs. In response to public input, DNR will propose to substantially reduce the amount of the proposed cost structure, which is based on the size of the boat. Boat registration currently costs $24 every two years. Under the proposed changes, boats under 16 feet would cost $25 every two years to register in Maryland. Boats between 16 to less than 21 feet would cost $50 every two years, 21 to less than 32 feet would cost $75 every two years, 32 to less than 45 feet would cost $100 every two years, 45 to 65 feet would cost $200 every two years and boats more than 65 feet would cost $300 every two years. The bill also includes a voluntary non-motorized decal for boats such as kayaks and canoes for $12 every two years. The proposal eliminates the second tier of phased-in registration increases, meaning the new costs would start in 2013. In addition, amendments will increase the one-time boat title price to $35 as well as some other costs to boat dealer.
Green Expo Seeks Participants Looking for a great way to show your green products and services to local consumers? The Calvert County Citizens Green Team invites regional businesses, non-profits, government agencies, experts, entertainers and performers to submit an application to participate in Calvert County’s 4th Annual Green Expo. It will be held Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons. The Green Expo is a free annual event that will feature the latest eco-friendly, green, and environmentally-friendly products, services, information, activities, demonstrations, and entertainment. If you have something to share about going green, you’re invited to submit an application. The cost for a booth is $50 for businesses, and $10 for non-profits. The public is invited to attend the expo for free. Major themes of this year’s Green Expo include: greening your home, greening your garden, green building and sustainable development, energy, conservation and recycling, food and agriculture, sustainable education, transportation, community action and involvement, green lifestyles, and more. Mark Willis, who chairs the Team, says for the first time this year, there will also be a focus on sustainability education
aimed at locally producing vegetables, fruits and meats. And for the first time, you will be able to sample locally produced wines and beers. Willis says there will also be informational sessions about bicycle safety to encourage more people to ride bikes rather than drive. To receive a vendor application form or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To receieve an entertainer application or a food vendor application, email email@example.com. For general Green Expo information, visit www.calvertgreenexpo.org.
Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Monthly Meeting: The next Bay Business Group (BBG) Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check the BBG web site at baybusinessgroup.org for more info.
Employer Registration is now open for Tri County Job Fair which will be held- Tuesday, April 10 - 8:30 to 10:00 am - College of Southern Maryland, La Plata. For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/JobFair, call (301) 934-7574 or email CareerServices@csmd.edu. You are invited to directly recruit students and residents of the community to fill your current and future job openings. There’s a change in the Chamber’s Women to Women lunch meetings. They will still be held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. The new location will be the Spring Hill Suites in Prince Frederick. Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch. There is an Open House this month for Women to Women., so members are encouraged to bring a guest or two. Call the Chamber to place your reservation. Business After Hours (BAH): hosted by BankAnnapolis will be held March 20 at 120 E. Central Avenue, Edgewater, MD 21037. Call (410) 867-3129 for details. Crab Soup Cook-Off: The Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) will host its 1st Annual “Crab Soup Cook-Off” during the South County Festival on Saturday, June 23 at Herrington Harbour North Marina. They’re also accepting vendors and sponsors for the festival. For more information visit www.southcounty.org or call (410) 867-3129.
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Celebrate Maryland Day By Clare O’Shea It was her big, soft brown eyes and her centered demeanor that first struck me about Elizabeth Ramirez of Wimsey Cove Framing & Art. Then, as I stood at her ‘framing table’ waiting to talk with her about The Current, another color, pink that caught my eye. There’s a whole corner filled with pink things, artwork, pink pillows on the floor and on one of them, a little pink girl, looking exactly like her mom, laying there watching a little TV. I found out that she is Elizabeth’s daughter, Bella, (Spanish for ‘beautiful’) home from school with the flu. When beautiful Bella tuned 7, Elizabeth later told me, she asked her, “Do you feel any different or older?” and Bella responded,” Yes! I feel taller!!” Thus began my relationship with Wimsey Cove Framing & Art, so named after the cove where Elizabeth’s grandmother had lived. There is a lot of action going on all the time at Wimsey Cove. Every conceivable size and type of frame you could imagine lines the walls. It’s a highly functioning workshop, and there’s a steady stream of folks who meander in and hang out, getting their photos and other artwork set up for display. It’s so comfortable to be there. She makes it all look easy and fun! Maybe it’s partly “Bella’s Corner,” with all that pink! It’s a fun and accommodating, relaxed atmosphere. People come in with their kids and don’t have to worry if they touch something. The kids hang out in Bella’ Corner and time goes by with grace. Elizabeth is an artist. She majored in “studio art” at Rivier College in New Hampshire. She calls it her ‘starving artist degree’. Watercolors! Now her life is a broader definition of her art, including
support of local artists with regular showings, being a board member of Muddy Creek Artists Guild and Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce, as well as, a Girl Scout leader…cause Bella is a ‘Daisy’. Elizabeth’s life is art. “I use my art in everything. Someone comes in and I start to learn about them and their home. I capture what they tell me in my head and give ‘em what I call out on a limb input. What makes me different from other framers is that I am an artist first. Say, you have an extravagant idea, and that is worth something, but maybe a little less extravagant budget. That doesn’t deter me at all. I suggest this and that and you walk out of here satisfied,” she says. “Enter as strangers, leave as friends!” She adds, “Also we have historic maps. They are great conversation starters and welcome additions to a home or office. Beautiful reproductions of some of the world’s and this area’s greatest maps, including bird’s eye views of Annapolis and the whole Chesapeake Bay area.” Scan the Current Code with your smart phone for more info. Elizabeth Ramirez loves what she does and shares it openly and willingly. That is a recipe for success, Folks! Her life is filled with love. It’s apparent and she shares that with all of us who are fortunate enough to meet her at her Wimsey Cove (with ‘Bella’s Corner’). Wimsey Cove Framing & Art is open now Tuesdays through Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit www.marylandframing.com or call (410) 956-7278. It’s located just south of Annapolis on MD Route 2 at 3141 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037, across from the old Giant.
About the Author: Clare O’Shea is an Account Executive with the Chesapeake Current. For advertising information, call her directly at (301) 873-5885.
Come to Wimsey Cove Framing & Art in Edgewater on Saturday, March 24 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and explore Maryland through historic maps in honor of Maryland Day. See the world through the eyes of Capt. John Smith, travel through Anne Arundel County in 1860 and see how Annapolis looked in 1878. A speaker will be on hand to guide you through historic Maryland
and explain how maps, and bird’s eye views, were made and used. A reproduction of a compass rose, or cartouche with information about these map features, will be available for each visitor. Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to browse Wimsey Cove’s digital gallery of historic maps.
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Leadership, Excellence, Legacy: Pat Carpenter By Brian McDaniel The Bay Business Group has lost one of the greatest leaders our twin towns have ever known. Our dear friend and leader, Pat Giardina Carpenter, passed away on March 2. Dictionary.com defines leadership as a function including guiding and directing a group. I’m certain that the person who wrote that didn’t know Pat Carpenter. Pat Carpenter redefined the role of leader as well as the behaviors. This was a selfless servant to the people who never wanted to miss anything. People who knew Pat also knew that she was on the front lines of progress for anything she was involved in. Though she chaired many committees, I don’t recall ever seeing her spend much time in a chair! I define her as a woman on the move who had a tremendous love for her country and her towns. She was, in fact, a people person and kept her finger on the pulse of the community. She wasn’t someone you simply met – she was someone you got to know. One of Pat’s personal and proudest moments was when she created the BBG Holiday Parade in North Beach. Families and businesses come together every year to show
their creativity and promote their business in this festive occasion shared with the North Beach House & Garden Club that ends with an authentic Santa Claus riding in on a fire truck. This year, you can bet that we will be honoring Pat at that event. It has been said that nobody knows how Pat did it all, but we know she did it with all her heart. Pat wanted to make a difference
Pat was active in the Bay Business Group for years and served on the BBG Cookbook Committee. Shown are committee members (L to R) Linda Woods, Lyn Striegel, Norma Robertson, Diane Burr, Pat Carpenter, and behind, Leanne Githens, and Bob Munro.
and not be just a spectator. Everything she did was with her own personal touch. When I think of a leader, I think of someone who gives it all and asks for nothing in return. I think of someone who never looks back in regret. Pat clearly raised the bar in all aspects of her involvement in the community as well as her own business as a florist and event designer. Pat’s level of excellence certainly leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered. She was the voice of many and especially women who are strong and independent. This is why the BBG is sponsoring and managing the Pat Giardina Carpenter Women in Business Fund that is dedicated to helping women help themselves by providing funding for vocational training, college courses, and projects for women-owned businesses. Donations to this fund can be made through the BBG and sent to P.O. Box 858, North Beach, MD 20714. Though Pat cannot chair this committee, we know she is proud of this legacy. She always had an awesome smile, and her energy and love for a job well done will never be forgotten.
Pat Carpenter, shown with Santa (Guy Stone) loved organizing the BBG Holiday Parade in conjunction with the North Beach House & Garden Club.
About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC and a resident of North Beach. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is the communications director for the Bay Business Group.
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Pat Carpenter, 68 Patricia Giardina Carpenter, 68, Chesapeake Beach, MD died March 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. She was born Patricia Susan Lane, June 24, 1943, in Hoisington, KS to Grant and Virginia Lane. She was a graduate of Hoisington High School. Pat lived in Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, California and Virginia before settling in her beloved Chesapeake Beach. Her career spanned politics, community service, and the arts. While living in Lake Oswego, OR in the 1970s and ‘80s, she worked for U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield (R-OR), Governor Victor Atiyeh, and State Representative Ted Achilles. She served as chair of the Oregon Women s Commission, was president of River Ridge Republican Women, and was president of the Dorchester Conference in 1987. She was formerly married to Tony Giardina, West Linn, OR. They have two sons. Pat moved to Washington, DC in 1989, where she worked for the Republican National Committee, the Business Industry PAC, the Electronic Industries Alliance, and The WISH List (Women in the Senate and House.) Pat married Bob Carpenter in 1993, and they lived and worked in Washington, DC, before moving to Chesapeake Beach in 2002. Pat’s contributions to the Chesapeake Beach area are legendary. She most recently headed the Arts Council of Calvert County, and was president of the Bay Business Group. She also served as chair of the Calvert County Commission for Women, as vice-chair of the Calvert Marine Museum, as a member of the Tourism Advisory Committee of Calvert County, was a board member of the Beach Trolley Association, chair of the Town of Chesapeake Beach Special Events Committee, and edited the Town of Chesapeake Beach newsletter. She also founded the Christmas on the Beaches holiday parade, and was a member of the North Beach House and Garden Club. She owned and operated the event company, Celebrate! She is survived by her husband of 19 years, Bob, and sons Lane Giardina, of Alexandria, VA; and Matthew Giardina, wife Lori, two grandsons Declan and Colin, of West Linn, OR; sisters Nancy Lane of Russell, KS; and Mary Bea Littrell of Washington, DC; and brother Grant Kevin Lane of Washington, DC. A celebration of Pat’s life was held Sunday, March 11 at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant in Chesapeake Beach. See page 13 for details. Memorial contributions in Pat's memory may be made to the Patricia Giardina Carpenter Memorial Fund at PNC Bank, P.O. Box 655, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Remembering Our Friend, Pat Carpenter By Diane Burr Pat Carpenter was one of the best friends you could ever imagine, because she was genuine, and fun, a lot of fun. Everyone loved Pat. And they turned out by the hundreds at a celebration of her life organized by her husband, Bob, and sons Lane and Matt and other family and friends at the Rod ‘N’ Reel on Sunday, March 11. Bob Carpenter, a Chesapeake Beach Town Councilman, said of his wife of 19 years, “I’ve lost my best friend. I will miss her every day for the rest of my life.” Carpenter said he had just two wishes for her celebration of life, “That it be beach casual and that we keep it upbeat,” although there were quite a few tears through the smiles as friends reminisced. Both Pat and Bob were deep into politics and met at a function in California in 1987. They were married in 1993, and know to be inseparable. Pat’s first husband, Tony Giardina and his wife were even there. Bob said he and Pat’s ex have always been on good terms, and Tony has affectionately referred to him as, “his husband-in-law.”
The Chesapeake Beach Town Hall was draped in honor of Pat Carpenter.
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Hundreds packed the Rod ‘N’ Reel for a celebration of life for Pat Carpenter.
“She was truly a servant leader,” said Wahl. “She wanted nothing in return. And one of her few faults was that she couldn’t say no!” Friend Eleanor Nelson spoke at the service about the Sundays at Seven get-togethers at the Carpenters’ home in Windward Key that drew so many people together from near and far. “Pat and Bob, whom she called ‘Shugee’ had the kind of relationship we’d all like to have,” she added. Knowing that Pat suffered from ITP, Nelson said of the Carpenters, “They tried to celebrate all the time. Every moment to them was precious. All of us should follow their example.” Pat suffered for years from ITP, which stands for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. From a personal perspective, Pat was truly one of the most incredible women I have ever met, and I am so thankful that we were able to become close friends and work together on so many projects over the past ten years. Although we were born years apart, her birthday was June 24, and mine June 25, so we celebrated many birthdays together. I’ll always remember June 24, 2007, when a huge group of us went to see the Doobie Brothers at Calvert Marine Museum. Pat, of course, got us the tickets so we could all sit together. This was so typical of Pat: always planning and doing something special and fun. I still can’t believe she’s gone, and like so many others, I miss her already. Pat was a beautiful person who will live in our memories as a shining example for all of us who love our communities.
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Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl said, “When you met Pat for the first time was like greeting an old friend. Bob, your loss is our loss. We’re going to miss her forever. But I know she’s with God now, organizing things for him.” On the memorial cards given at the service, there were three of Pat’s favorite sayings: 1) I like my tuna in a can. 2) Remember when water was free? and 3) You can always catch up on your sleep. Wahl had the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall draped in black in honor of Pat, the first time he could remember that being done and he has lived in Chesapeake About the Author: Diane Burr is the owner and executive editor of the Chesapeake Current. Beach since 1985.
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Celebrating A Life Well-Lived
Elaine Armstrong Vall-Spinosa Cochran Dunkle, 96 Elaine Cochran Dunkle passed away peacefully at her home at Scientists’ Cliffs on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Until her final days, she was active and intellectually engaged–working the daily crossword puzzle, knowledgeably discussing current events with family and friends, and walking her dog Hershey on the beach as she also collected sea glass. In fact, she may have been the oldest volunteer delivering (not receiving) Meals on Wheels–a community service that she continued until early 2012. Early Life Elaine was born in 1915, the second of three children of Alice Blanche Wigley (1880-1954) and Arthur Vall-Spinosa (1880-1959). Her father was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of a Spanish Anglican missionary priest and his wife who emigrated to the United States in 1895 to make a better life for their children. Elaine’s mother was a native of Pittsburgh, PA.
College and Early Careers Elaine recalled her father, as an immigrant, strongly believing that realizing the American Dream required the best education possible. Elaine graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1937. She began her teaching career immediately after college, at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA. The following year, after her first year of teaching, she and two friends sailed to Europe for an 11-week excursion. Of her time in Germany in 1938, Elaine recalled: “The sheer quantity of swastika flags was unbelievable. Flags flew everywhere. German youth groups composed of virtually all the visible young people wore khaki uniforms and swastika armbands. We were greeted with ‘Heil Hitler’ in restaurants, stores and hotels.” She later learned, “Austria had been occupied just a few weeks before our visit and we stayed in Innsbruck at the same time that Hitler, Goebbels and Goering were in a chalet on a mountain nearby.” She returned
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to New York at the end of August of 1938, having not read a newspaper for eleven weeks, and “was greeted with relief by our families who were fully aware of the imminent danger of war. We were quite oblivious to all this.” In 1941, Elaine accepted a teaching position at The Kent School in Denver, CO. On December 7, 1941,she was on the ski slopes at Berthoud Pass, in the Rocky Mountains, when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was reported. The following summer, Elaine applied for a government position and was hired as a clerk in the war department. Marriage and Motherhood At war’s end, on October 6, 1945, Elaine married Harry Dean Cochran (1894-1986), whom she had met in Denver and who had recently moved to Washington, DC, in connection with his work for the U.S. Forest Service. Two sons, Peter Vall-Spinosa and Arthur Edmund, were born to the couple in 1947 and 1948 respectively. Moving with Dean’s work, the family lived in Wisconsin, Taiwan, and Ghana before settling in Calvert County. Dean and Elaine Cochran built their house at Scientists’ Cliffs in the mid-1950s. They were among the first full-time residents of the community, which had begun in 1937 as log vacation cottages for “scientists” on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The house sits high on a cliff with a panoramic view across the Bay. Elaine, always an early riser, especially cherished watching the sunrise over the Bay. In the mid 1960s, Elaine returned to teaching, first at Fairview Elementary School and then at Brooks Middle School in Calvert County. She always enjoyed sharing her knowledge and experience to mentor the new and younger teachers. Citizen Activism; Enlarged Family Elaine joined the Arlington, VA, League of Women Voters (LWV) in 1945. She helped organize the Calvert County League in 1967, serving as President from 1989 to 1991 and continuing to be an active, informed participant well into her 97th year. Later this month, the LWV of Calvert County is honoring Elaine with its 2012 Women of the World award. In retirement, Elaine spearheaded the successful Bicentennial effort of the Calvert Retired Teachers Association’s to restore Port Republic’s One-Room Schoolhouse so that it could continue to provide learning opportunities for adults and children alike. Every Calvert County Public School fourth grader participates in a day-long program experiencing what it would have been like to attend this rural one-room school, which
operated from 1870 to 1932 – a school with no computers or typewriters, no internet, no phones, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and no running water. Elaine was a founding member of the American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT). Created in 1986, ACLT was in the forefront of a new grassroots conservation movement. Today, ACLT manages almost 3,000 acres in the Parkers Creek and Governors Run watersheds on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. A life-long Episcopalian, Elaine had been a member of Christ Church, Port Republic, since the early 1950s, serving as a member of the Vestry, a lay reader, a sunday school teacher, and an active participant in the church’s annual jousting tournament. At age 78, on January 1, 1994, Elaine married retired Calvert County School Superintendent and widower Maurice Dunkle, 81, at Christ Church. The couple travelled extensively and participated in many community and civic activities until Maurice passed away in 2001. Elaine was an early member of the Calvert Daughters of Abraham, founded in 2002 after 9/11 to overcome stereotypes and to foster mutual respect and understanding among Muslim, Jewish and Christian women. She was also one of the first women to enroll in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, America’s longest-running scientific study of human aging, begun in 1958. Elaine was predeceased by her brother, the Reverend Arthur A. Vall-Spinosa; and her step-son, Dean Farrington Cochran. She is survived by her sister, Alice Ellsmore Vall-Spinosa Northrup, of Vienna, WV; son Peter Cochran of Frederick, MD; son Arthur Cochran of St. Leonard, and his wife Peggy; granddaughter Cathy Cochran Yestramski and her husband Mike of Baltimore; granddaughter Betsy Cochran Iampieri, her husband Chris, and their daughter Mia Leigh of Owings Mills; step-daughters Frances Dunkle Poling of Prince Frederick and Margaret Dunkle of Port Republic; step-grandsons Jon and Brian Poling; step-great-grandchildren, Nikolaus and Hannah Poling; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held at Christ Church, Port Republic, on March 9, 2012. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a donation in Elaine’s memory consider either: Christ Episcopal Church, 3100 Broome’s Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676 or Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Kathy Sorrels, 60 K a t h r y n Diane Sorrels, 60, of Prince Frederick, passed away on March 7, 2012 in Washington D.C. She was born on April 13, 1951 in Virginia to Jesse D. Harmon and Elsie G. Pruitt Harmon. Kathy had large passion for lighthouses which she loved to collect and visit. She also loved to spend all her time with family and friends. She is survived by her husband Richard B. Cameron, her son, Richard Sorrels and his wife, Pamela. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Crystal and Jessi McLaughlin, and Victoria Sorrels. She also leaves behind a brother, Donald Harmon. The family will receive friends at a later date at the Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic. For additional information please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.
Edith Vermillion, 85 Edith Joyce Vermillion, age 85 of Fairfax, VA and formerly of Prince Frederick, passed away March 10, 2012 at Capital Hospice in
Arlington, VA. She was born in Washington, DC to Julian Winfield and Ruby Virginia (Clatterbuck) Duty. She received her education in Washington, DC public schools. Edith moved to Mt. Rainer as a young woman where she met and later married Arthur E. Vermillion. She was employed as resident manager for JGB
Properties in apartments in Suitland and Beltsville. Upon her retirement she moved to Calvert Pines in Prince Frederick and to Fairfax, VA in 2005. Edith was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Juliette Hangliter, a brother Robert Edwards and her husband Arthur E. Vermillion on July 6, 1984 Surviving are one daughter Lana Lee Corrado of Broomes Island; five sons Arthur H. Vermillion of Aquia, VA, David M. Vermillion of Waldorf, Christopher E. Vermillion and his wife Maureen of Chesapeake Beach, John W. Vermillion and his wife Marlene of Dunkirk, and Gerald Vermillion and his wife Amy of Fairfax, VA; eight grandchildren Kenny, Karen, Kevin, William, Angela, Danielle, Joshua, Sr. and Matthew and seven great grandchildren Katelyn, Zachary, Mackenzie, Josh, Jr., Travis, Jr., Alex and Brystal; and her dog Maxx. Memorial contributions may be made to: Capital Hospice, 4715 15th Street, Arlington, VA 22205 or ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929.
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friends and neighbors. Survivors include his wife, Gloria D. Washington and stepson, Bryce D. Della, a play sister-Verian Guillory, a host of in-laws, other relatives and friends. Friends gathered for a memorial at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, P.A., in Owings for visitation and memorial services.
Lucille Wood, 93 Lucille Wood, 93, of St. Leonard passed away at her home February 27, 2012. She was born on June 5, 1918 in Prince Frederick to the late Alvin and Lilly Jones Buckler. Besides her parents, Lucille is predeceased by her husband, Carroll C. Wood, son Warren A. Wood and siblings, Marguerite Gettier, Grace Humphries, Thelma Trott, Stanley Buckler, Gorman Buckler, and Thomas Buckler. Lucille was a charter member of the Elks Club in Prince Frederick and an active member of Trinity United
Methodist Church in Prince Frederick. She taught Sunday school, worked all the church suppers, and was known for patting oysters for all the Ham and Oyster dinners at church. Lucille never met a stranger and never turned anyone away from a meal or if needed a place to stay. She is survived by her children, Douglas C. Wood of Prince Frederick, Ronnie C. Wood of Prince Frederick, Carole Jean Philyaw of St. Leonard, and V. Keith Wood of St. Leonard. She was the grandmother of Todd Wood, Ronnie Wood, Denise Sprouse, Burgess Wood, Shawn Wood, Ian Wood, Janice Moreland, Charity Wood, Torie Honig, Ashley Wilkerson, Shelley Philyaw and Josh Wood. She was the greatgrandmother of 23, she is also survived by her sisters, Doris Hall, Helen Phelps, and Betty Phelps. The family received friends at Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick where services were held. Interment followed in Wesley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Kelvin B. Washington, age 56, died at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Born July 9, 1955, in New York City, New York to the union of Mr. and Mrs. H. Washington. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Economics. He was a resident of Huntingtown, until his untimely death. He worked many years as a stockbroker after several years as a professional football player. Kelvin enjoyed cooking, shopping, sports, and taking time out with family,
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Hummel (Barry), Naomi J. Catania Betty Estep, 68 (John) and Barbara L. Parker (Jeb). He was the brother of the late Mary Chiaro, Francis John Betty Lou of David Hummel (Melissa), “Jack” Brazell, age grandfather Estep, age 68, of Hummel, Julie Catania, Jonathan 76, formerly of Daniel Lothian, passed Catania, Jessica Hernandez (JC) and H u n t i n g t o w n , Jacob Goings. Great-grandfather of away February 27, passed away March Ashley and Madison Hummel. 2012 at Anne 6, 2012 at the Arundel Medical Lee Funeral Home handled A n n a p o l i t a n arrangements. Center, Annapolis. Assisted Living in She was born Memorial contributions may be Annapolis. February 26, 1944 made to the Clinton Christian Assembly, He was born in Greenock, MD September 10, 1935 in Syracuse, NY to 10506 Thrift Road, Clinton, MD 20735. to Elmer and Margaret (Stallings) William F. and Anna (Lanty) Brazell. Moreland. Betty received her education Jack was raised and educated in Syracuse, in Anne Arundel County Schools and Ethel Cox, 88 NY. He served in the United States Army graduated from Southern High School in from 1955 to 1957, serving in Korea. Ethel H. Cox, 1961. She was married to James E. Estep After his discharge Jack relocated to the 88, of Prince in Forestville, MD in 1964. Betty was a Washington, D.C. area where he met and Frederick, passed school bus driver for Lane Bus Service married Monica E. Burgoyne. He was away on February transporting Anne Arundel Public School employed as a cable splicer for C & P 29, 2012 in Prince students. Telephone Company, retiring in 1986. She enjoyed traveling to Dover and Frederick. She was Jack was preceded in death by his born on June 14, playing the slots. Her grandchildren were wife and by two brothers and two sisters. 1923 in Stoakley, her pride and joy. He is survived by four daughters, She was preceded in death by her MD to William and Kathleen Morrone and her husband Pat Ethel M. Rawlings parents, a sister Sue Plumley and two of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Ann Myers Hodges. She was raised on the banks of brothers James and Elmer Moreland. and her husband Jim of Nashville, TN, the Patuxent River near Leitches Warf Surviving are her husband James E. Maggie Webb and her husband Ed of with her four brothers and two sisters. Estep of Lothian; three children Wendy Dunkirk, MD and Cindy Warren and her Owens of Edgewater, Joseph Estep and husband Mike of Fredericksburg, VA, She was a graduate of Calvert High his wife, Tina of Lothian and Jackie and three sons, Joseph LaPlaca and his School and was the Vice President of Cox Shartzer and her husband Buddy of wife Tina of Fredericksburg, VA, Mark Alarm Inc. Her hobbies were gardening, Lothian; six grandchildren; a sister LaPlaca and his wife Billie of Frederick, collecting antiques, traveling and Donna Moreland and brother Richard MD and John Brazell and his wife spending time with family and friends. Moreland both of Lothian. Ethel was predeceased by her Debbie of Stevensville, MD. He is also Rausch Funeral Home handled survived by eighteen grandchildren and husband, Charles Allen Cox. She was arrangements. also predeceased by her parents and her fifteen great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be Memorial contributions may be four brothers; Leon, Rawlings, Edward, made to the American Cancer Society, made to: Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Bill Hodges, and her sister Lee Vernon. 1041 Rt #3 North, Gambrills, MD She is survived by her son, Maurice 21054. Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD Cox and his wife Betty of Prince 21401. Frederick. She is also survived by her Corky Franklin, 64 granddaughter Ashleigh Cox of Prince James Caponiti, 89 Frederick, and her sister LaRue Bowen of Bernard S. James Guy Hollywood, MD. ‘Corky’ Franklin, Jr. The family received friends at the Caponiti of of Shady Side died Huntingtown, age Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic, December 30, 2011 89, who was born where services were held. Interment at the Anne Arundel July 21, 1922 died followed at the Huntingtown United Medical Center in Church Cemetery in on March 8, 2012, Methodist Annapolis from peacefully at home. Huntingtown. Memorial contributions complications from He was the may be made to Alzheimers Association, lung cancer. beloved husband of Southern Maryland Office, National Corky was born the late Lydia V. Capital Area Chapter, P.O. Box 1889, October 9, 1947 on Washington, DC, the Caponiti and loving father of Carol J. LaPlata, MD 20646. son of the late Gladys Elaine Mathieson and Bernard S. Franklin, Sr. He graduated from Oxon Hill High Where Life and Heritage are Celebrated School in 1966. Corky graduated from Central Michigan University in 1971 with a master’s degree in oral interpretation and theatre. He earned 28 credits beyond his During a difficult master of arts degree with special emphasis in time… still your best choice. oral interpretation, set, and costume design. In 1993, he received the Bowie Outstanding Educator Award and in 1994 he was awarded the Outstanding Educators Affordable Funerals, Caskets, Vaults, Cremation Services and Pre-Need Planning Award from Price George’s County Public Schools. He was a presenter and participant at Family Owned and Operated by NETWORK Conferences in both Chicago Barbara Rausch and Bill Gross and Miami with Creative and Performing Arts Schools from around the world. For www.RauschFuneralHomes.com several summers, he taught in the Goucher College teacher summer enrichment program. 8325 Mt. 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Maryland Chamber Singers and sang the part of Saint George in The Reluctant Dragon and Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors. Corky was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side where he participated in many activities. He served as church treasurer, auditor, and Adult choir member. He taught vacation Bible school, church summer camp. Corky designed and made numerous banners still used for worship throughout the church year. Corky was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Bernadine Phelps and Ethel Schlager. He is survived by his partner Barry H. Cornwall of Shady Side, one brother, Gary Franklin of Lothian, two nephews and four nieces. A celebration of Corky’s life took place at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 6248 Shady Side Rd. A time of fellowship at the church followed. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Centenary UMC Corky Franklin Fund; P.O. Box 529; Shady Side, MD 20764.
Marsha Jinnette, 57 Marsha Ann Jinnette, 57 of Lusby passed away on February 25, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. She was born on November 4, 1954 in Bellwood, WV to the late Alma Ruth and Ivan Merciful Jinnette. Marsha worked for Safeway as a Sales Associate. Marsha was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Mary. She is survived by her sons, David Fallin and his wife Tisha; Robert Fallin, III and his wife Lisa and Brian Greathouse all of Lusby, MD; grandchildren, Kevin, Brandon, Lisa, Ashley and Robert IV; sisters, Julia, Dora, Debra, Donna and Susan and her brother Edward. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. A service celebrating her life was officiated by Pastor Matt Hall. Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Marsha’s memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122, or online at www.ocrf.org.
Ethel Mauck, 90 Ethel Virginia (Simpson) Mauck, age 90, passed away March 5, 2012 at the Country Home assisted living in Harwood, where she had resided since 2008. Ethel was born October 21, 1921 in Dayton, MD to Roland L. and Emma E. (Hill) Simpson. She was raised in Dayton and attended Howard County public schools. She married Herman E. Mauck December 5, 1941 and they lived and raised their family in Mt. Rainier, MD until moving to Deale Beach in 1961. Ethel was a homemaker and enjoyed various needlecrafts including quilting, crocheting, and tatting. When living in Deale she had attended Cedar Grove U.M. Church in Deale where she participated in the Homemakers group. She was an avid
reader and also loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Herman and by a son Paul E. Mauck. She is survived by three children, John W. Mauck and wife Joanna of Churchton, Patricia M. Riley and husband Joseph of Deale Beach, and Michael H. Mauck and wife Donna of Tracy’s Landing,. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, thirteen greatgrandchildren, and by a brother, Willard Simpson of Dayton. Friends and family were received at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where funeral services and a celebration of Ethel’s life were held. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk. Memorial contributions in Ethel’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Chuck Klein, 86 Harry Owings “Chuck” Klein, 86, of Chesapeake Beach, passed away February 27, 2012 at his residence. Chuck was born March 16, 1925 in Owings, and raised in Chesapeake Beach where he attended the former Beach one-room school. Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served aboard the USS Thomas Stone, a troop transport vessel that was torpedoed one day out of Algiers in North Africa. He then served aboard the USS Baxter in the Pacific Theater and participated in three invasions of the Philippines and in the last battle of WWII in Okinawa. He was discharged March 23, 1946 as a Signalman Third Class, and was awarded the European, Pacific, Philippine Liberation, and American Theater Ribbons, and the WWII Victory Medal. Upon his discharge Chuck ran fishing charter boats on the Chesapeake Bay and in Florida. He also worked for 21 years as a manager at the Rod & Reel in Chesapeake Beach. He married Allene Anne Moreland in 1962 and they lived in Chesapeake Beach where they owned and operated Chuck’s Carry-Out and Laundromat until retiring in the mid-1980’s. He also captained his charter boat ‘Special Angel’ out of the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock. In retirement, Chuck and Anne wintered for 22 years at a home they owned in Port Charlotte, FL. In his leisure time Chuck enjoyed fishing, woodworking and re-finishing furniture, reading, and dining at good restaurants. Chuck was preceded in death by brothers, George and Herbert Klein and by a sister, Theresa Reid. He is survived by six children, Timothy Klein and wife Melissa of Chesapeake Beach, Wesley Gordon “Chuck” Klein of Tonopah, NV, Barbara Morton of Thomason, GA, Brenda Knopp and husband Ray of Deale, Carolyn Ward and husband, Smokey; and Bernard “Monty” King, Jr., all of Chesapeake Beach. Also surviving are ten grandchildren
and eight great-grandchildren and sisters Emily Dixon of Plum Point, and Evelyn Hardesty of Friendship. Friends and family were received on Friday March 2, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., in Owings, MD, where services and a celebration of Chuck’s life were also held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Phyllis Lazarus, 43 Phyllis A. Lazarus, age 43 of Prince Frederick, Maryland passed away Monday, February 27, 2012 at her home. She is the loving mother of Niki and J.J. and the daughter of Donald Escarraz and the late Barbara Escarraz. She is the grandmother of Destiney, Heaven Angel, and Autumn and the sister of Pam, Paul, Pete, Pat and Philip. She is also survived by her significant other, Randy Catterton. Phyllis was born in Athens, Georgia and has lived in Calvert County for five years and worked for PAE, a government contractor in the human resources’ department. While with PAE she served a year in Iraq. Children were very important to Phyllis and she enjoyed helping mentally ill and handicapped children. She loved cooking, baking, flower gardening and was known as an all around homemaker. Lee Funeral Home handled arrangements. Services and interment are private.
Robert Sugden, 94 Robert Louis Sugden, 94, of Owings, passed away February 26, 2012 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. He was born January 31, 1918 in Atlantic City, NJ to John and Irene (Martwick) Sugden. Robert was raised in New Jersey and attended Atlantic City public schools. He enlisted in the U.S Army on December 4, 1943, and served during WWII in the 29th Engineer Topographic Battalion earning the American and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the WWII Victory Medal. He was discharged as a Tech 4 on April 24, 1946. Robert married Anna Gertrude Waggett on June 29, 1946 and they made their home in Takoma Park. He was employed as a cartographer for the Federal Government in Washington, D.C. and in Rockville, retiring in 1973. Robert and Anna moved to North Beach in 2008, and following her death, he lived in assisted living for a year before moving to Calvert County Nursing Center, where he had resided for the last six months. In his leisure time, Robert enjoyed
gardening, woodworking, playing trombone, doing crossword puzzles and working on cars. He was also an accomplished handyman. He was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church, a former member of Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Adelphi, MD and Grace United Methodist Church in Takoma Park. Robert was also a former member of the Greenbelt Concert Band where he played the trombone. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Anna G. Sugden and by five brothers. Robert is survived by his daughters Laureen A. Pond of Goodyear, AZ and Joanne M. Chaney and her husband Larry of Owings. Also surviving are five granddaughters, Jackie and Natalie Pond, Elaine Webb, Karen Mbuu and Diane Chaney, and three great-grandchildren, Chantal, Koryn and Luke. Friends and family were received at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, and at Smithville United Methodist Church in Dunkirk. Services and a celebration of Robert’s life followed, with interment in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Robert's name may be made to Smithville U.M. Church, 3005 Ferry Landing Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754.
Yvonne Robinson, 84 Y v o n n e Margueritte “Sis” Robinson, age 84 of Huntingtown, passed away February 26, 2012 at LaCasa Assisted Living in Annapolis. She was born May 30, 1927 in Washington, DC to Carroll and Margaret (Soo) Mack and received her education in Washington, DC schools. Yvonne married Gerald H. Robinson in 1947 and they made their home in Adelphi before moving to Huntingtown in 1970. Sis worked briefly as a bookkeeper for the former McNay Motors in Prince George’s County, but was primarily a homemaker. She was a member of the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. Sis was preceded in death by her husband Gerald H. Robinson, a sister Sue Schellenberg and brother Albert Mack. Surviving are her son Terry Lee Robinson of Libertytown, MD and a daughter Deborah L. Martini and her husband Jeffrey of Churchton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvert County Humane Society, P.O. Box 3505, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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March Proclaimed Women's History Month The Calvert County Commissioners present a proclamation to Linda Bracey of the Calvert Commission on Women and Annette Funn of the League of Women Voters, declaring March Women's History Month. During this time, all citizens are called upon to plan and attend appropriate programs and events honoring women.
PRAD Grants Offered Patuxent River Appreciaton Day, Inc. (P.R.A.D, Inc.) has announced the opening of the 2012 grant round. Non-profit organizations that provide educational programs or conduct research activities about the importance of the Patuxent River or Patuxent River Basin are eligible to apply. The grant recipients for 2011 were the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum to assist in the annual Bernie Fowler Wade-In, Calvert Marine Museum for programming, Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society for on-going efforts and the Orphaned Wild Life Rescue Center. Awards are made on a competitive basis by the P.R.A.D., Inc. Board of up to $1,000 per organization in any one calendar year. The
P.R.A.D., Inc. Board includes members of the Calvert Marine Museum, Calvert Artist Guild, the Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club, SMILE, and the Calvert County Waterman’s Association. To request an application for a P.R.A.D., Inc. grant, please call Melissa McCormick at (410) 326-2042, ext. 41 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide the name of the non-profit organization, a contact person’s name, a complete mailing address and a daytime telephone number or email address. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 19. For more information, go to www.pradinc.org or to www.calvertmarinemuseum.com.
Bridge Repairs Begin Beginning Sunday night, March 18, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin a project to clean, paint and repair portions of the MD 4 (Patuxent Beach Road) Bridge over the Patuxent River. Work includes cleaning and painting steel girders, rehabilitating concrete girders and installing drainage troughs. The project will be performed on both the Calvert County and St. Mary’s County sides of the bridge. Work will be limited to bridge spans over land, Town Creek and the Patuxent River near shorelines. This work will not extend to the center spans over the Patuxent River channel. SHA’s contractors will first install a containment system under the bridge. This setup operation requires crews to temporarily remove the chain link fence atop the bridge parapets (walls). Work will take place from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights - weather permitting. To ensure the safety of motorists and workers, SHA will close one lane of the bridge during
these overnight operations. Crews will safely guide motorists across the bridge using a flagging operation. SHA placed portable variable message signs along MD 4 and MD 235 to provide motorists with advance notice of bridge work. SHA awarded the $3.2 million painting contract to Klicos Painting Company of Baltimore; the project is expected to be complete spring 2013. The concrete girder work will be performed under a separate contract beginning in April and is expected to be complete late 2012. SHA awarded this $2.3 million contract to SDR Construction of Tallahassee, FL. Nearly 30,000 vehicles cross the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge each day. As crews strive to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Highway officials ask everyone to please slow down and don’t follow too closely.
County Executive John R. Leopold has announced the premiere of a new cable television show called “The Department” that will take viewers out in the field with inspectors, animal control officers and more. “The Department is a great tool to show the public the excellent work that our employees do every day, and also educate people about some of the rules and regulations we enforce,” County Executive Leopold said. “We hope the
citizens enjoy this inside look at what we do.” The show will air on Anne Arundel Community Television daily at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The first episode features zoning and critical area inspectors from the Department of Inspections and Permits. Comcast viewers can view Community Television on Channel 98. Verizon broadcasts the programming on Channel 38.
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Rock-N-Roll For Rescues Features Hubcaps, Rockin’ Elvis Everyone’s favorite old hound dog himself, Jim Godbold of Sunderland, better known as “The Rockin’ Elvis,” will open for the Fabulous Hubcaps again this year at the Calvert Humane Society’s of Calvert County’s 3rd Annual Rock-N-Roll for Rescues fundraiser. It’s scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at the Holiday Inn, Solomons beginning at 7:30 p.m. But this year, Jim will not be performing alone. Instead, he will be backed up by flashy dancers from Calvert School of Dance in Huntingtown. “I can’t wait,” he told us. “I’ll be performing ‘Hound Dog,’ of course, and a lot of other classics from The King.” The night will be filled with music, dancing food and drinks, raffles and a silent auction, all to benefit the Humane Society of Calvert County (HSCC). This year, they will also have an old-time photo booth. For the rehearsal, Kelly St. Marie, the president of HSCC, brought one of their dogs, a lovable hound dog named “Frisco”. Tickets are going fast at $40 per person, so get yours ASAP. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Gail Prisel at (410)
286-2679. Tickets may also be purchased at Fishing Creek Kennel located at 2210 Dalrymple Road, Sunderland, MD or at Pepper's Pet Pantry in Solomons and Callaway, MD. They’re also looking sponsors to help with expenses so all ticket proceeds can go to benefit the animals in HSCC's care. If you can, show up in poodle skirts and crew cuts!
Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to watch a bit of their rehearsal for the Rock-N-Roll For Rescues show.
Empty Bowl Supper Benefits Shelter The Annual Empty Bowl Supper is a major fundraiser for supporting ECHO House in Prince Frederick, the transitional Homeless shelter for Calvert County. Almost all the food, music, utensils, etc. are donated so the money raised goes to supporting ECHO house. In the tradition of an old time soup kitchen, the menu consists of soup, bread, and water. But man, what soups! Local restaurants donate copious amounts of their signature soups and you can slurp down as much as you want. What's more, you get your very own hand-crafted soup bowl, made by a local crafter, to not only eat from but also to take home as a memento of your support of the homeless. The bowls are
all different, so it’s suggested you arrive early so you have a broad selection to choose from. The event is held Saturday, March 24. Doors open at 4:30 and the soup line is open from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. It’s held at Saint John Vianney Church, Family Life Center, 470 Main Street, Prince Frederick. In 2011, ECHO House recorded 12,125 bed nights (one bed, one person, one night), served 18,000 meals, and found stable employment for 86 residents and permanent housing for 40 men, women and families – all on an annual budget of $200,000. And Empty Bowlers helped make it possible!
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CLASSIFIEDS Don’t be confused – there’s only one Chesapeake Current. We are NOT associated in any way with the Calvert Gazette, so please don’t be misled or confused. We keep your customers HERE – we don’t try to send them over the bridge to St. Mary’s County like other papers published over there do! The Chesapeake Current is the ONLY locally-owned newspaper in our area. Ads in the Chesapeake Current, whether display ads, classifieds and on our new website, www.ChesapeakeCurrent.com are very affordable and truly work to get your message out to all of Calvert County and Southern Anne Arundel County as well! We live and breathe “buy local,” and support you and our communities in so many ways. You can tell the difference! For more info, email ads@ChesapeakeCurrent.com or call Account Executives Clare O’Shea today at (301) 873-5885 or Bill Nomikos at (410) 610-0510.
Local artists are wanted to display their work at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall atrium and at the Twin Beaches Library. Interested artists should call (301) 855-2283 for more information.
Beazus Hi there! I'm Miss Beazus and I am so ready for my forever home! I am a purebred St. Bernard and weigh about 105 lbs, and I still have some growing to do. I get along well with other dogs and love everyone that I meet. I'm still young, only a year, so I like to play. I especially love to play with toys. I don't rip them up, I just like carrying them around. Oh, and I may be a bit of a hoarder, because I will take all of my toys and place them in my bed! But, if you really want to play with them, that's OK, because I know how to share. So if you have room in your home and heart for a big girl like me, please come pick me now! For more information, please visit www.HumaneSocietyOfCalvertCounty.org or visit all the animals available in person at the Humane Society of Calvert County, 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Phone: (410) 257-4908. Be sure to say you saw Junior in the Chesapeake Current!
Account Executives Bayside Partners LLC, which owns and publishes the Chesapeake Current and has several new, exciting projects in the works, needs additional people-oriented account executives to work with a wide range of clients. Must have excellent communication skills, your own computer, and like to talk to great people! Perfect for retirees, real estate agents wanting additional income until the market comes back, or at-home parents who want flexible hours, etc. Work as many hours as you Take me home! want and earn as much as you want. Email resume to Clementine ads@ChesapeakeCurrent.com Clementine is a domestic short hair cat, an orange and white Menswear Models Needed tiger. He’s a six-year-old altered Good build required. No charge to applicants. male who weighs 13.2 pounds and $30 per hour. Call (410) 744-2678 for info. is ready to come home and be your favorite boy!
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For more information about these or any of the many other lovable animals currently needing homes, contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control at (410) 222-8900. Be sure to say you saw them in the Chesapeake Current! Adoption is first-come, first-served. Animals that come in as strays must be held for a five-day period, and no pets will be held based on phone calls. All pets are spayed and neutered before leaving Animal Control. Ages and breeds are based on the evaluation of kennel vet techs.
Pride & Joy
Local Teen Is Tri-County Saxophonist By Jenny Kellner Windy Hill Middle School had one band player selected to participate in this season’s Tri-County Band, Peter Addison. This 8th grader has been playing the alto-saxophone for six years. “I had a brief stint on the trumpet, but I’ve been on sax ever since.” At age 14, Peter says, “I think music is undervalued. It gives you a great skill for later in life. It’s fun, enjoyable and a good hobby.” Peter is a student of Robert Beason, a saxophone player for the U.S. Army Band. In addition to the Tri-County Band stint, Peter is a member of the school’s Festival Band and Calvert’s All-County Band. He was also a member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra. “Practicing and playing at the Tri-County level has been a nice, challenging step up,” commented the young musician. As a member of his school’s Festival Band, he will travel to Hershey, Pennsylvania in May where the band will
be judged on its performance. The afternoon will be spent enjoying Hershey Park. Peter serves his school community as the 8th grade Vice-President of WHMS’s Student Government Association. This young leader calls the experience informative in preparation for possibly getting involved in high school government. Next to music, Peter appears to be most enthusiastic about baseball. He plays over 50 games a year with the Calvert Cyclones select team. Beginning in t-ball with Northern Calvert Little League, this in-fielder started with the Cyclones at age 10. He plays basketball, too, primarily to keep in shape over the winter for the return of baseball in spring.
Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
The Calvert County Board of Commissioners has designated March 12, 2012 through March 12, 2013 “Girl Scout Year of the Girl” to mark the 100th anniversary of the organization, presenting a proclamation to a number of local girls and troupe leaders. Commissioner Susan Shaw said she started out as a Brownie, was a Girl Scout through high school, and then in college was an assistant troupe leader. “I learned leadership skills and learned so
Having the same coach and a core of three players that have moved along together has been an enjoyable sports experience. Peter plays second base, shortstop or pitcher, a versatility is known as being a utility player. Born in Hawaii as the son of an Air Force family, Peter has lived in Calvert County for the past ten years. His parents, Danny and Kim Addison, have decided to retire here in Owings. Mrs. Addison home-schooled all three of their children until 8th grade when they entered Windy Hill Middle. “I’ve always been impressed with WHMS,” she shared. Peter is the youngest, with older brother Timothy a junior at Northern High, and sister, Mary Margaret, a freshman at St. Mary’s College. Before entering WHMS, Peter played
for a band comprised of home-schooled children that would gather at Chesapeake Church in Sunderland. Though Peter feels that making the transition into the social setting of a public school was a bit challenging, the word on the street is that he is well-liked and respected by his peers. About the Author: Jenny Kellner is a mother, teacher and Girl Scout leader. She lives in North Beach with her husband, Joe, and their four children, and serves on the town’s Historic Preservation Commission.
much self-condence that some wish I hadn't,” she laughed. The group started in Savannah, Georgia with 18 members in 1912 and has grown to 3.3 million nationwide; 1,600 of them are in Calvert County. Statistics provided by the group claim that over 80% of women in business were once Girl Scouts, 68% of female legislators were Girl Scouts, and virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.
Nominate Champions For Children Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Inc, a non-profit, educational and advocacy United Way partner agency, seeks nominations of local “Champions for Children” to be recognized at a dinner on May 17. The awards honor exemplary child advocates in Calvert County, in the areas of Educational Opportunities, Healthy Children, and Strong Families, and also
recognize a Youth (person 21 years or younger). Details and the nomination form are available on the web site, www.calvertkids.org. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 20. If you have any questions, please contact the Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Inc. at (410) 286-8300 or email: email@example.com.
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Out&About Friday, March 16
Speed Dating: Get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day and celebrate the end of the workweek while helping to eradicate poverty across the globe. While seeking the perfect appetizer, you might find a future spouse, too! The evening begins at Whole Foods Annapolis Market’s Cafe, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This special, singles only, speed dating evening includes tapas, beverages and live music. 100% of ticket sales will directly benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Admission is $25 per person. Speed Daters will be grouped in three age groups: 35 and under, 36 to 55, and 56 and better! Registration is online only at https://www.acteva.com/go/annapolis.
Saturday, March 17 Second Annual Fishing Creek Clean-Up: Mark your calendar and celebrate St. Patrick's Day by helping the Town of Chesapeake Beach clean up Fishing Creek along the new Railway Trail. Meet at the head of the Trail (near the Tot Lot) at 10:00 am. The team plans to work until 1:00 pm. (Rain date is March 18...same time.) Last year, volunteers came, not only from Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, but also from Dunkirk, Owings, Huntingtown and Sunderland. They collected over a ton of glass, 500 pounds of recyclable metal and 1,500 pounds of non-recyclable debris!
A Very Green St. Patrick’s Day: At the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro (Prince George’s County) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Free. Come out to Merkle for a fun-filled day celebrating the beginning of spring and all things green! Activities available throughout the day will include a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and much more. All ages welcome. Please call (301) 888-1377 for more information. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance: Bring your appetite and wear your dancing shoes! Its once again time for the Chesapeake Beach Sons of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 to pull out all stops and celebrate St Pat’s Day. The traditional dinner at 6:30 p.m. will consist of corned beef (or ham) and cabbage, boiled potatoes, green beans, salad, and rolls (yum!). Dancing to the foot-tapping tunes of the 2-4-U Band starts at 8:00. The modest cost of $18 in advance $20 at the door includes dinner, draft beer, fountain sodas, coffee and tea. Carryout available for $10. Public welcome. Tickets may be purchased from the bartender. www.ALPost206.org.
Monday, March 19 Calvert Eats Local from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, good ideas, and great food?
Tuesday, March 20 De-Cluttering: You Can Do It! Professional organizer Mary Anne Joyce returns to the South Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Center at 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater at 1:00 p.m. to tell you how. She’ll discuss basic de-cluttering of your home and getting organized in a workshop that’s free. Following her advice results in increased productivity and reduced stress.
Thursday, March 22 Are You Ready for Retirement? The Calvert County Office on Aging along with WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement) is presenting A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Retirement “Catch Up” Strategies on Thursday, March 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Calvert Pines Senior Center. The seminar is free and for informational purposes only. You will not hear a sales pitch. Learn ways to catch up on your savings and improve your retirement prospects. To register call Calvert County Office on Aging at (410) 535-4606 or (301) 855-1170.
Friday, March 23 Big Spring Flea Market from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the South Anne Arundel County Senior Activity Center at 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. The public can attend the event and shop ‘til you drop! Poetry Reading: As part of the College of Southern Maryland’s Spring Connections Series, Maryland Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly will read from his works beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119. Named Poet Laureate of Maryland in 2009, Plumly founded the master of fine arts program in creative writing at the University of Maryland. He is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including “Old Heart,” a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is authored “Posthumous Keats,” a biography of English romantic poet John Keats.
Saturday, March 24 Relay For Life Yard Sale & Craft Fair at Calvert Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Clean out your closets and sell your treasures or buy some other treasures to take home with you! Tables are still available for $15.00 but you better hurry and reserve your spot. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 535-7355. Calvert Middle School is located at 655 Chesapeake Boulevard in Prince Frederick behind Giant. Keep Your Colon Rollin’! The Calvert County Health Department’s Seventh Annual Keep Your Colon Rollin’! 5k Walk/Run will be held Saturday, March 24, at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, Saint Leonard. Entry Fee is $25.00 before March 19, and $30.00 on race day. You can register by mail, online at www.active.com or in person at the health department until March 19, 2011. Race-day registration/packet pick-up starts at 8:00am. Race starts at 9:00am, rain or shine. Winners in various categories get trophies. The first 250 registrants will receive a t-shirt. 13th Annual Empty Bowl Supper: See page 19 for more information. Held at Saint John
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Vianney Church, Family Life Center, 470 Main Street in Prince Frederick to benefit Echo House, Calvert’s homeless shelter. 4:30 7:00 p.m. Cost: $20 per person. Oyster Roast: At the Deale Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. $35 per person. Menu: Oysters raw, steamed, fried, puffs and stew; ham, baked beans, home-made potato salad and cole slaw; iced tea, lemonade and beer. Carryout dinner: $20. Games of chance and Deale Downs Horse races. At the Deale Volunteer Fire department, 6007 Drum Point Road, Deale. www.deale42.com. Family Night Bingo: Saturday, March 24, at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Road, Owings. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Early bird games begin at 5:30 p.m. Regular games begin at 6:00 p.m. Gather family and friends for an evening of fun playing B-I-N-G-O! Themed gift baskets valued at least $100 will be given as prizes for all regular games. Grand Finale themed basket valued at least $300Admission: Over 10 yrs. $20.00 for 20 regular games, 10 yrs. and under $10.00 for 20 regular games. Proceeds benefit the Northern High School instrumental music program.
Sunday, March 25 Bayside Chat: Learn more about Ospreys at Holland Point at 2:00 p.m. This lecture will feature Janie Suss, noted author of the awardwinning book Oscar & Olive Osprey: A Family Takes Flight. The story follows the lives of the ospreys that built a nest at the end of a pier outside her home. She will also speak about her research on ospreys and the continuing story of Oscar. Sponsored by the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. Event held at the Northeast Community Center, Meeting Room 1, 4075 Gordon Stinnett Ave, Chesapeake Beach. Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale by local author, Jennifer Keats Curtis on Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) at Solomons. The infamous CMM river otter will be the subject of this final Sunday Conversations event. Meet both Curtis and Linda Hanna, the CMM aquarist who appears in the story. A perfect addition to your book collection, “Saving Squeak” may be purchased in the Museum Store along with other otter toys and puppets.
Monday, March 26 Summer Camp Fair from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Fredrick. The library expects dozens of camps, vacation Bible schools and many other fun summer providers to be present at the Fair. If you are looking for enriching activities for your child this summer, this event is for you!
Wednesday, March 28 Lenten Lunch: at Friendship United Methodist Church. Devotional at 11:45 a.m., lunch at noon. Ham, crispy fried chicken, parsley potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, rolls, cottage pudding, and beverages. Adults $12, children $6. Carryout also available. Served by the Dorcas-Lydia Circle of United Methodist Women. Friendship Methodist is one block east of Friendship Circle on Route 2; 1.3 miles north of the traffic light at Routes 2 and 260 in Owings. www.friendshipmethodistchurch.org.
Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Thursday, March 15 Kevin Sullivan is a singer/songwriter/guitarist hailing from the tobacco fields of Southern Maryland. With simple, melodic guitar parts he uses his alluring voice to tell you stories of life, love and the world around us. Kevin couldn’t play a lick when he first began attending Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church in 2000, but he could sing. By 2002 he was a fixture with the church’s sing and rejoice choir, becoming a staple singer and guitarist for their contemporary service. His new album, “Propeller EP,” just debuted a few weeks ago. See Kevin Sullivan at Calvert Library Prince Frederick on March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 25 Music For Spring: Join the Chesapeake Community Chorus for this special concert at 5:00 pm at Saint Nicholas Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Road, Huntingtown. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical Christian and secular music by John Rutter, Mary McDonald, Samuel Ward, Phillip Bliss, Peter Choplin, and others. The concert's special guest will be Mother Goose, who will introduce five of her nursery rhymes for the chorus to sing as well as the famous story of 'The Tortoise and the Hare.' Other songs will include: 'America the Beautiful, and 'Down to the River to Pray.' A free-will offering will be taken to support the Calvert Hospice House. The Chorus is a volunteer group of thirty singers in its 9th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County. The chorus has raised over $51,000 for these charities. Contact: Larry W. Brown, Director, at (301) 855-7477 email: email@example.com.
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Tuesday, March 27 Spanish Brass: at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Rd. (MD Rt. 2), Harwood. Presented by the South County Concert Association. From classical to contemporary - and from Hong Kong to Brazil to New York - Spanish Brass has spanned the globe, performing eclectic musical programs from an elegant repertoire to the delight of audiences everywhere. Since capturing first prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, this brilliant quintet (two trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba) has enthralled audiences in such prestigious venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea) and Kalavrita Festival (Greece). With impeccable phrasing and collaborative chemistry, Spanish Brass offers selections ranging from Bach and Mozart to flamboyant Hispanic works by Albeniz and Turina. Listeners marvel at the dynamic range and rhythmic intensity of this award-winning quintet. Their eclectic musical programs and elegant repertoire make Spanish Brass an audience favorite around the world. The concert is free to subscribers of the South County Concert Association and the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, and $20 per non-subscriber. For additional information contact F. R. Gouin at (301) 261-5802 or www.southcountyconcerts.org. Thursday, March 29 2-4-U Band is an energetic husband and wife team performing oldies, rock-n-roll, swing, and classic country hits. The 2-4-U band hails from Calvert County and has been performing for the past 20 years. Bring your dancing shoes because we are clearing space and expecting a Macarena and more! See the “2-4-U Band” at Calvert Library Prince Frederick at 7:00 p.m. Free. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at (410) 535-0291.
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