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A Boat Parade On The Bay

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Seniors: Save With Local Coupons

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Visit South County: Where To Go, What To Do

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Visit the businesses listed below for the best in local products and services:

The overnight Relay For Life is scheduled for Friday, June 15 through Saturday, June 16. This year, organizers are hoping for a record turnout to help raise money to fight cancer now that the Cancer Gala/Celebration of Life is ending after 30 years. The story on page 12…

Catch Him If You Can!

The Pat Giardina Carpenter Women in Business Fund Dedicated to helping women achieve their dreams. Providing funding for vocational training, college courses, and projects for women-owned businesses. Now accepting tax-deductible donations. Bay Business Group P.O. Box 858 North Beach, MD 20714

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The State of Maryland’s prize fish are now tagged and swimming in the Bay, so get your fishing pole and try to catch them for big bucks! Story page 7…

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1) Visit: 2) On your phone, text BBG to 22828 3) Scan this QR Code with your smart phone and enter your email!

Young people who love to sing are invited to compete in this year’s Calvert Idol contest. Could you be the next winner? Story page 21…

Also Inside 3 Community 7 On The Water 10 Taking Care of Business 12 Cover Story 14 Letters 16 Remembering Family & Friends 19 Pride and Joy 20 Business Directory 21 Music Calendar/Notes 22 Out & About


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Watch Ship Parade On the Bay In the coming days, those of us living on or near the Chesapeake Bay will likely notice some very interesting and unusual ships heading north to Baltimore. On Wednesday, June 13, ships from around the world will be traveling north to arrive in Baltimore for The Star-Spangled Sailabration. The event, which runs June 14 through June 18, is an international parade of more than 40 spectacular tall ships and naval vessels. And if you can get to a waterfront vantage point on Tuesday, June 19, you’re likely to see a parade of them going south as they depart. “It should be pretty spectacular… good views from all along the Bay,” says Roz Racanello, Executive Director of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium.

Cuauhtemoc, Mexico

“Connor’s Law” To Protect Kids At Pools

Cisne Branco, Brazil Some of the majestic tall ships scheduled to come in for the event include the Cisne Branco from Brazil, Cuauhtemoc from Mexico, Dewaruci from Indonesia Gloria from Colombia, and Guyas from Ecuador. A dozen other beautiful tall ships from around the US will also be visiting. Gray hull Naval vessels are expected from Denmark, Norway, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Canada. Of course, American warships will be there in force as well, including the USS Fort McHenry, USS Donald Cook, USS Monsoon and the USS San Antonio. Four US research vessels are also scheduled along with the US Coast Guard’s tall sailing ship, the Barque Eagle. Racanello adds, “You may already know about the big week of events, but the Parade of Ships has a schedule and should result in a pretty regular procession that anyone with access to a view of the Bay should really enjoy. Spread the word!” So watch for our bird-s eye view of the Parade of Ships up the Bay on Wednesday, June 13. The Navy battleships are scheduled to leave Baltimore and sail south in the Chesapeake Bay on the morning on June 19, followed by the tall ships in the afternoon.

These ships are traveling to Baltimore for the national launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the celebration of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore Harbor. Star-Spangled Sailabration will feature free tours of the ships, waterside festivities, an air show featuring the Blue Angels on Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m., and the world-premiere of “Overture for 2012,” composed by Philip Glass. Visit their web site at for a complete list of all the events, locations, Dewaruci, Indonesia days and times. Scan the Current Code to see photos of all the amazing ships scheduled to sail into Baltimore for the Star-Spangled Sailabration so you can identify them as they sail by on the Bay.

Gloria, Colombia

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has introduced legislation before the County Council known as “Connor’s Law,” which requires that defibrillators are present at all public and semi-public pools. “The most important job of government is to protect public health and safety, and this legislation is a common-sense solution to save lives,” County Executive Leopold said. “Lifeguards are already trained to perform resuscitation and use defibrillators. We need to make sure that public pools have the equipment needed.” In 2006, 5-year-old Connor John-James Freed drowned in a local pool in Crofton. He died on the way to the hospital. A lifeguard can be heard on the 911 tape stating that the pool had an automatic external defibrillator (AED), but she was not allowed to use it because she was not trained. The Red Cross now requires training

on how to use the devices. Statistics show that defibrillators increase drowning survival rate to 85 percent. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 5 years old and younger. County law already requires facemasks, latex gloves, a pathogen control kit, a light, a rescue pole, a rescue tube and other life-saving equipment. “Statistics prove that the use of defibrillators increases your chance of survival,” said Debbie Neagle-Freed, Connor’s mother and founder of the Connor Cares Foundation. “My child would be alive today if this law was in effect.” The Connor Cares Foundation raises money to provide AEDs to facilities in need of financial support, and already sponsors 500 kids at Arlington Echo who are receiving drownproofing training. For more information, go to

Regular Council Meeting Moved Up To June 7 North Beach Town Council will hold its June meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. rather than the following Thursday at its regularly scheduled time. Usually, the council meets the second Thursday of each month and reserves the first Thursday as its work session. At the June 7 meeting, council members will vote on a $2.258 million budget. The first budget discussed at a public hearing in May proposed 2.5% raise for town employees. However, later in the meeting, Councilman Gregg Dotson proposed giving town employees an even greater raise of 2.9%. He suggested also providing employees with, “A longevity increase amounting to an Preliminary artist renderings of the additional 1% for year five years” of proposed North Beach Fine Arts Center. service. Also on the agenda is a council vote on an ordinance to amend the code of The Town of North Beach to prohibit dangerous animals. Two other controversial ordinances will also be introduced. One would repeal most of the onsite parking requirements for commercial establishments within North Beach, and the other would amend the rental housing process to reduce the frequency of property inspections. Also, it’s expected that council will discuss the proposed Fine Arts Center at the corner of 7th and Bay Avenue in North Beach where the Nice & Fleazy Antiques complex of buildings now stand. According to Twin Beach Players involved with the performing arts.” President Sid Curl, “Phil McCormick Curl says a non-profit organization to AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Architect and run the operation of the building is also Professional Planner will be presenting a needed. Two groups involved along with PowerPoint presentation of the present individual committee members are Abigail drawings of the three-story complex. Also Francisco School of Classical Ballet and in attendance will be several of the experts the Twin Beach Players. in theatre interior design that have been The meeting is scheduled to begin at involved in the feasibility study of making 7:00 p.m. at North Beach Town Hall. the plan a reality. The committee has also Everyone is invited. previously heard presentations Check our breaking news web site, representing theatre, music, dance, art, after the meeting photography, wedding design, reception to find out what happened. planning and various other enterprises

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Seniors Save With Coupons The Calvert County Office on Aging (OOA) has a new coupon book full of incentives for residents age 50 and over to choose among more than 750 courses, workshops, trips and programs. Available for a limited time, the coupon book offers chances for free program sessions, fee waivers, giveaways and even a $300 shopping spree. The coupons work like punch passes so that residents attending OOA programs and events earn chances for additional rewards. Three top-prize $300 shopping sprees are available, one at each of the county's three senior centers. Other giveaways include a free October trip on Delaware's Wilmington & Western Railroad, a Nintendo Wii Fit game, books, class fee waivers and free attendance at other OOA program sessions. The coupon book program is sponsored by the senior councils at each Senior Center. Books are available at Calvert Library branches and other community locations, limit one book per person. Residents must be age 50 and over to redeem coupons. Other terms and conditions may apply. For more information, call the Office on Aging at (410) 535-4606 or (301) 855-1170. Visit online to learn more about OOA programs.

By Susan Shaw Calvert County Commissioner

Senior coupon offerings vary at each of the senior centers, so residents are encouraged to visit them all. The county centers are: Calvert Pines Senior Center 450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick 410-535-4606, 301-855-1170 North Beach Senior Center 9010 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach 410-257-2549 Southern Pines Senior Center 20 Appeal Lane, Lusby 410-586-2748 They’re also available at Calvert County Library branches.

Times are changing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up. I know that generations before have said the same thing. We are experiencing this rapid change, though, in a way that I do not remember my parents or grandparents enduring. We talk about the computer age and the information age and how to manage data. My parents even had to decide whether to use a CrockPot or not. I remember giving them a Crock Pot for Christmas a generation ago. My mother said that they did not need it and returned it. After all, they could cook just fine without it. A year later, I noted that they had a Crock Pot and were using it. They had to see the utility of it and determine if they “needed” it. I find myself wondering about what I “need” and what our county “needs.” Even young adults find themselves in this position. A couple, both 25-years-old, recently told me that they felt that they were getting behind on technology because they did not own smart phones. Another 33-year-old adult recently purchased his first smart phone because he “needed” to communicate on an equal basis with others with the technology. He went from cursing in frustration when he didn’t know how to make it complete a task, to whipping it out to check on the weather, driving directions, or some other instantly available data. How quickly we come to rely on the new technology! Then we “need” it. A recent example from Economic Development involved a marketing seminar. One participant explained how hard it would be to market to her 20 something son and his wife, because they don’t read local newspapers, they shop on the Internet. They even schedule deliveries of basic household items like TP from Amazon that arrive at their door on schedule. They listen to satellite radio. They don’t watch broadcast TV channels. They don’t go to the bank and they don’t go to the Post Office. They lead an Internet-connected life. Meanwhile, another participant talked about how returning to traditional marketing methods, like this newspaper, the Chesapeake Current, is working well for some businesses. I know that there is a significant, consistent readership from the compliments I get on this column when I am out and about. The County, by legal mandate, continues to advertise bids and public hearings in “a local newspaper of general circulation.” Yet, we also advertise and distribute our bids on For example, a recent bid announcement in the Calvert County Legal Notices section of the newspaper said that the County will accept sealed bids and “specifications may be downloaded on eMaryland Marketplace.” The County offers assistance in signing onto and using eMaryland Marketplace, which has many advantages over the old system. The old way vs. the new way is juxtaposed in these examples. The problem for me, as an individual, and for the County, as an entity, is that we are constantly striving to hang on to the old, tried and true ways, as well as adopt and adapt to the new realities, whether they be technological or financial, both at the same time. Do we “need” to pay for smart phones and i-Pads? Some departments “need” smart phones to work effectively. I do, as an individual, who pays for her own. Recently, there was a split vote by the Board of County Commissioners on whether to use a grant to buy i-Pads for Sheriff’s detectives. I ended up getting a lesson on how being able to send a search warrant to a judge from a detective’s or State’s Attorney’s i-Pad in a car using specialty I-apps (applications) for law enforcement facilitates arrests and seals cases. Both personally, and as a County, we are being stretched trying to do both the old and the new. For instance, I am trying to read all the local papers as they come out. I am also trying to keep up with articles on Internet news sites for Calvert County. I am trying to keep up with email and not lose any or fail to respond. I was trying to stay current on Facebook. After all, I still have a lot of other responsibilities, and so does County government, and there is a limited amount of time, energy, and money. Trying to keep up with rapidly changing economic times is a topic I will save for another day.

BOCC Approves Budget The Calvert County Board of Commissioners passed a nearly $225 million dollar budget for fiscal year 2013, which is just $7 million or 3.1% less than last year. The reason is because property tax revenues are lower because assessments are down, income tax revenue is leveling out, there were increased demands for Board of Education pension obligations, and less state funding. The budget passed on a vote of 4 to 1,


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with Commissioner Evan Slaughenhaupt dissenting. The reason, he said was, “We need a different process; one with goals of reducing tax rates, identifying and eliminating duplication, ensuring greater transparency for the citizens, and our increased interaction throughout the entire build.” In other words, he suggests hiring a consultant to determine the county’s needs, then build the budget around them.

Pat Nutter: What You See Is What You Get By Nick Garrett For the next five issues of the Chesapeake Current, we will be offering a biographical look at each of our five Calvert County commissioners. It strikes me that there are not a lot of resources available that give us much insight into what they do, who they are, and how his or her decisions affect our daily lives. No doubt that running a county like Calvert, which consistently ranks at the top nationally and locally for schools, and one of the best places in the country to live, is a highly daunting job. We hope this series will give our readers a glimpse into the passions and personalities of these local elected leaders. After only a few minutes with Patrick H. “Pat” Nutter, you have a down-home feeling, like you’re sitting on the porch of a farmhouse with your grandpa. Well, with respect to his still spry demeanor and demanding schedule, let’s instead picture him as your much older, wiser uncle having a beer with you instead. Born in 1943, Patrick H. Nutter grew up in Calvert County and has lived here since 1950. The quintessential all-American boy went to Calvert High and admittedly was more concerned back then with the pursuits of the fairer sex and when the next school dance would be. This being said, Pat says he knew by the age of 14 that he wanted to be in law enforcement. So clear was this goal that he worked odd jobs from the age of 16 to 21 while waiting for the legal age to enter the police force. Here we get our first glimpse into the down-to-earth yet driven and goal-oriented would-be leader we see in Pat Nutter today. After serving in law enforcement in the Town of Chesapeake Beach and as an officer in St. Mary’s County, Nutter accepted a role as a Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputy. This law enforcement background through the years would form much of the man we know today. He wore many hats in the Sheriff’s Department, gaining and using experience in crisis management, defensive tactics, criminal investigation, and hostage negotiation. Pat Nutter is a man of firsts. He was one of the first to study at the Municipal Police Academy, and after his retirement from law enforcement was the first Chief Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer for Calvert County’s Department of Planning and Zoning, which was formed largely as a result of the construction of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He later worked for the Town of North Beach as well. You do not get a strong sense of partisanship with Pat Nutter, even though he’s a republican. So often has he put friendships above politics that he curbed his desire to run for office for several election cycles, simply because his friends were serving in the elective offices that he found interesting. He certainly is principled and has ideals that align with aspects of the Republican Party, but he seems to govern more based on common sense than a small set of bullet points in a platform. Perhaps the fact that his wife is a Democrat, and that they have both agreed and disagreed on a variety of

issues for decades has kept him more of a centrist. The bigger reason for his moderate demeanor is apparent after speaking to him. His experience as a deputy sheriff and zoning officer, were an excellent background. But did you know that Nutter was also a karate instructor, accomplished musician, and magician? All these talents have helped to keep him uniquely attuned to the voices of the people in the most sincere of ways. Admittedly, Commissioner Pat Nutter ran for office and serves on the principle of citizens’ input. He considers issues and talks to constituents and is always seeking what he thinks is the sentiment of the citizen. Much like Lincoln’s “team of rivals,” he seeks the advice of those who have come before and even one man whom he indirectly beat in the election. Nutter says he has a lot of respect for both former Senator Bernie Fowler, and former Commissioner Board President Wilson Parran. Anyone living in Calvert County can conclude a great deal by the fact that Mr. Nutter seeks the advice of these two men, who are well loved as timeless stalwarts, and whose mark on the county is indelible, and in the case of the latter, perhaps not finished. Commissioner Nutter also has a great deal of respect for his colleagues. He excitedly comments on the leadership style of each of the four other county commissioners and his observations of their approach, given with keen detail, allude to respect, camaraderie, and not combativeness. Words like “thoughtful, intelligent, down-to-earth,” are just a few descriptors that vividly outline how Nutter observes his colleagues at work during their toughest moments. “It is a lot easier looking in, than looking out,” Nutter told me when I asked him to share one thing he has learned as a new commissioner. He is frustrated by how slow government can be sometimes and the fact that some regulations could appear to be redundant or useless. This makes sense coming from a man whose career involved action on the ground and making instant impact on people’s lives. The part of the job he most likes is getting to give out awards to Eagle Scouts, Girl Scouts, and students alike. He also says one of his priorities is to help public servants, including fire and rescue and law enforcement in securing what they need to get their jobs done. In his personal life, Nutter is admittedly not a big reader, although he says a favorite is, “The Magic Paintbrush,” which is about teaching young people life lessons. He enjoys TV series like “Veep,” “Justified,” and “Game of Thrones.” In thinking about the future, Nutter tells us his priorities include returning funding for education to above Maintenance of Effort Requirements, and raising the morale of qualified staff in light of cuts. When staff charged with operating our government see surpluses, it is hard for them to respect the idea that there is not enough money to fulfill obligations to them. In a time when inspirational leaders like Newark, NJ Mayor Corey Booker is succeeding by turning the establishment

Calvert County Commissioner Pat Nutter, Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl, Congressman Steny Hoyer, and former Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald Donovan. (Chesapeake Current file photo).

upside down, it’s refreshing to encounter a commissioner like Pat Nutter who is accomplishing the same end with even tempered common sense. We are in good hands with such a leader. Supporters will say, “We know he is trustworthy.” Critics may say, “He doesn’t want to make the tough decisions.” However, in reality nothing could be farther from the truth. His voting record up to now reflects his personality, his experience, and his leadership style quite well. As a journalist, fellow musician,

business owner, jaded skeptic of “old politics” and maybe, future candidate for public office, (not his though), I find Mr. Nutter to be affable, sincere, and honest. You cannot ask for more in a commissioner. Like him or not, you do know what you are getting with Pat Nutter. About the Author: Nick Garrett of {Prince Frederick is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, a published author, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County. He is also a State Senate legislative aide for District 29.

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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: Citizens with information on the following crimes or any criminal activity in Calvert County who wish to report it anonymously can now access the Calvert County Crime Solvers link through the Sheriff’s Office website. Go to and click on the Crime Solvers link to leave an anonymous tip on-line. Information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect could result in a $1,000 reward. Home Invasion A victim on Cassell Boulevard in Prince Frederick reported to police that on June 2 at 2:30 a.m. three masked, armed black men entered his residence, stole items and tied up several persons who were there. The victim said the men brandished firearms but no one was injured. Det. N. DeFelice of C.I.T. is investigating. CDS Violations On May 26 at 5:16 p.m. DFC J. Norton conducted a traffic stop at MD Rt. 261 and 17th Street in Chesapeake Beach and arrested the driver, Bridget Rae Cram, 30, of Huntingtown, and charged her with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a law enforcement officer, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, a hypodermic needle, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, two baggies. After stopping a driver for not wearing a seatbelt during a seatbelt enforcement check on May 25 at 6:52 p.m. in Chesapeake Beach, Dep. C. Fox found the driver to be in possession of suspected drugs. He arrested Steven Keith Northern, 27, of Chesapeake Beach, and charged him with


trespass, disorderly intoxication.




Destruction of Property Several mailboxes and light fixtures were damaged overnight between May 26 and 27 on Shields Drive and Uncle Charlie’s Spur in Dunkirk amounting to possession of marijuana and possession of at least $1,900 in damage. Dep. J. Migliaccio is marijuana in sufficient quantity to indicate intent investigating. to distribute. Three victims on Wildflower Lane in Dep. J. Migliaccio responded to the area of MD Rt. Huntingtown advised Dep. G. Gott that someone 4 at Parran Road for the report of a motor vehicle had damaged their mailboxes overnight between crash on May 22 at 4:54 p.m. A motorist advised May 30 and 31. The mailboxes’ posts were pulled that a white van had hit the rear of her vehicle and out and were then thrown to the ground. then took off at a high rate of speed. Multiple calls from citizens came in reporting that a white van Theft was seen driving all over the roadway. Dep. J. A woman’s purse was stolen from her shopping cart Hardesty located the suspect van and conducted a at the Prince Frederick K-Mart on May 31 at 9:50 traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Mark a.m. The suspect was observed by store personnel Alan Robb, 33, of Hughesville, was arrested and and can be seen on store videotape. DFC C. charged with two counts of possession of drug Johnson is investigating. paraphernalia, folded paper with drug residue. Someone stole nine green metal flowerpots with On May 30 at 10:34 p.m. DFC J. Smith arrested “Primetime Daycare” painted on them from the Kimberlie Nichole Thomas, 25 of Lusby for DUI center on Donald’s Way in Owings May 22. The and DWI. Thomas was released to her husband, pots are valued at $200. Anyone with information but was found driving her vehicle a second time is asked to contact DFC D. Deakins at (410) within an hour of her initial arrest. Cpl. A. 535-2800. Moschetto informed Ms. Thomas she was under arrest a second time for DUI. At that time, Theft from Vehicle Moschetto observed Thomas put something in the A victim reported to Dep. M. Quinn that on May pocket of her husband. The recovered item was 23 at around noon, she parked her vehicle at the suspected drugs. Thomas was also charged with Dunkirk Park, next to the playground. When she returned to her vehicle, the passenger window was possession of marijuana. broken out and her purse had been stolen. The victim’s bank advised that two of her credit cards Disorderly On June 1 at around noon, Dep. M. Quinn had been used at the Dunkirk CVS. The suspects responded to the outside of Calvert Orthopedics on were videotaped using the cards at the CVS. Dep. Town Center Boulevard in Dunkirk for the report Quinn is continuing the investigation. of a drunken man trespassing and harassing patients. Quinn made contact with the man and Someone stole a wallet from a locked vehicle parked advised him he was not allowed on the property outside a home on Cox Road in Chesapeake Beach and sent on his way. Dep. Quinn was called back a between May 29 and 30. The wallet and contents second time for the same complaint and arrested are valued at $30, however, a credit card was used the man, identified as Harry Jackson Young, 55, of four times by the unknown suspect(s). DFC Kreps no fixed address. Young has been charged with is continuing the investigation.

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State Police Barrack U Reports: Assault

Trooper First Class Evans responded to the 200 block of Sun Park Lane in Huntingtown for a report of an assault on May 22 at 11:50 p.m. James D. Wilkinson 3rd, age 26, of Huntingtown, was extremely intoxicated and became involved in a physical altercation with his father, James D. Wilkinson, Jr., 52, of Huntingtown. The father struck the son in the head two times with a baseball bat causing a laceration to the top of his head. Wilkinson 3rd was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital for treatment. Both subjects were later charged with various assault charges. Disorderly Conduct and Assault Trooper First Class Wiersma responded to a call for a disorderly subject near the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick on May 24 at 5:37 p.m. Aaron M. Ballard, 28, of Chesapeake Beach, was placed under arrest. During the arrest, the Ballard assaulted TFC Wiersma. Ballard was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Disorderly Conduct Trooper Oles responded to Boyles Tavern in St. Leonard for a disorderly subject on May 24 at 11:51 a.m. Phyllis O. Stewart, age 46, of North Beach, was intoxicated and causing a disturbance. She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Theft Trooper First Class Wiersma responded to the 4900 block of Storeplace Lane in Prince Frederick for a reported theft on May 22 at 8:12 p.m. A Sony Playstation 3 gaming console, game controllers, several Playstation games and a diamond ring were stolen from the residence. Investigation continues.

"Diamond Jim" is Out There... By Bob Munro


very year the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a number of programs under the umbrella of the Maryland Fishing Challenge, which is designed to promote recreational fishing in Maryland. On May 24, 2012, DNR biologists marked a number of Striped Bass or Rockfish with special chartreuse "spaghetti" tags. Only one of those fish tagged is the real "Diamond Jim," worth $10,000 if caught and reported under the tournament rules (legally caught by a recreational angler on rod and reel, etc.). Other conservation organizations tag fish in the Bay but none are using chartreuse tags. If you catch such a tagged fish, DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG. You may need to carefully scrape any algae or stains from the tag to reveal the phone number. Call the phone number and report your catch. Then either ice down or freeze the fish until a DNR biologist can inspect it and certify the catch. It may take a few days for DNR personnel to respond, but have patience. Your fish could be worth as much as $25,000! Over the course of the summer, as many as 600 "imposter" Rockfish will be tagged, each of which will be worth $500. It gets complicated because each month a new "Diamond Jim" will be tagged. If "Diamond Jim" from a previous month or months remains on the loose, "Diamond Jim's" value increases each month until Labor Day weekend when the contest ends. If "Diamond Jim" eludes capture, $25,000 will be split equally among those who submitted tags from the "imposters." The Maryland Angler Award Program recognizes anglers who catch and report one of 80 species of fish that swim in our waters. In the table shown below, I've included only the species we are likely to encounter in the mid-Bay area. If you catch a fish that meets or exceeds the length shown, stop by a local tackle shop and complete the citation form to register your catch. At that time you'll also pick up your official entry to the Grand Celebration at the Maryland Seafood Festival (Sandy Point State Park on September 8, 2012). Prize winners will be randomly selected from celebration attendees to receive great prizes from tournament sponsors. For more information on these and other components of the Maryland Fishing Challenge, use your smart phone to capture the QR Code. Black Drum arrived right on time across the Bay near the Stone Rock and northeast around Buoy 80A. The one shown in the accompanying photo weighed about 50 pounds, average for our area. Rest assured -- they won't be here long, so if you're interested in catching one of these behemoths you better make plans

fishing elsewhere, try spoons or surgical hose lures to keep from getting bitten off. Try as they may, it's almost impossible for Bluefish to destroy a surgical hose. Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to onthewater@chesapeake and we'll do our best to get you an answer. Don't catch 'em all, Bob Munro

soon. White Perch are being caught over hard bottom areas around Holland Point, the West River mouth, and near Thomas Point Light. Spot should be here any day now. Rockfish of mixed sizes are being caught across a wide area on both sides of the Bay from the West River south to the Gas Dock. Umbrellas with 2 oz. bucktails and 6-inch shad have been productive, as well as 6 inch Storm Shad. A few Bluefish have been caught primarily along the eastern edge of the main shipping channel. That's good news and bad, because Bluefish love 6-inch plastic shad - at least that part of the shad behind the hook... Other than

Species Black Drum Bluefish Croaker Flounder Red Drum Spanish Mackerel Spot Spotted Seatrout Striped Bass Weakfish White Perch Yellow Perch *Released Only

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.

Length (in.) 48 34 18 24 any size* 22 12 24 40 24 13 14

Go Fish – For Free Everyone is invited to grab a rod, get outside and enjoy Maryland’s excellent fishing opportunities through free-fishing days on Saturday June 9 and Wednesday, July 4. No fishing license, stamp or registration is required to fish in State waters on these days. As always, free-fishing anglers must adhere to fishing rules such as size and creel limits. For these rules, or to download a copy of the 2012 Maryland Fishing Guide,

anglers can visit or any of the seven DNR Service Centers, listed on the website. “Our free-fishing days are the perfect time for everyone to experience Maryland’s exceptional fishing opportunities,” said Governor O’Malley. “I encourage you to take your family and friends to our abundant streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, bays and ocean to enjoy quality time with one another and our natural world.”

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On the Move? There’s An App For That! By Brian McDaniel One of our newest Bay Business Group (BBG) members, Karen Stone, never dreamed she would go digital. Karen’s family couldn’t believe she was working in the technology industry since she was the one who knows how to cook over an open fire and could actually survive quite easily without electricity. Originally from Connecticut, this lady didn’t have any intentions of creating applications (apps) for smart phones until a call came in one day from a friend and colleague who knew she was looking for a job. Having heard Karen was out of work after a recent restructuring at her former job, friend Wil Delamater, president and founder of AppCreatorPro, offered her a career in the digital world. Having no fear, Karen climbed aboard. Karen spent time with the company organizing and Karen Stone.

performing management duties. While doing this, she learned all about app building and quickly began designing them. It wasn’t long after that she began selling the apps, too. Karen had an idea that towns should have apps to help people discover an area. This, of course, could stimulate the local economy since people could refer to the town App and visit various businesses. It was then that “OurTownMobile” was born. Our Town Mobile is a network of mobile web apps that makes exploring cool destination towns easy, through the power of mobile! Their goal is to spotlight all of the positive things about a particular town, for both its residents and its visitors by listing things to see and do. Now, with this app, you can find out instantly if certain businesses are open or get information about the local government. Naturally, I had to try it first hand. I chose the app for Calvert County from a list of five; there’s already one for Chesapeake Beach and Solomons Island. So far, I’ve used it for finding restaurants. In my search I found two restaurants that I didn’t know were here. I found that rather exciting because I was imagining how cool this app would be

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for new people in town. I’m an avid user of this app now. The business listings are free, but can be upgraded to either an enhanced listing or a banner ad, which help pay for the service. They have had great cooperation from business associations and tourism agencies everywhere. My thoughts are that if you have a business or organization in Calvert County, you will want to get listed. Of course, that’s just the Calvert County aspect of it. I’m sure you would want to be listed in your town as well. More and more, people are using their smart phones to conduct their business. The customers are evolving and finding new and convenient ways to shop, dine and procure services. The website that will break all of this down for you is It’s there that you can get listed and take a peak at the work Karen and her team have done over the years to help make doing business in the 21st century even easier. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that if you can’t do business from the palm of your hand, it won’t get done fast or done at all. Karen Stone would be happy to talk to you about your business or organization. Visit the website at for more information.

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About the Author: Brian McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC and a resident of Owings. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is part of the communications team for the Bay Business Group.

By Lyn Striegel

Your Money Matter$ Articles, Operating Agreements and By-Laws How hard is to learn the language of business? Not hard. What you need to have is a willingness to learn. Just because you have built and now want to market your better mousetrap doesn’t mean you should jump right in without thinking about the legal structure of your business, capitalization, liability protection, taxes, financial statements and business plans, employee issues and all of the rest of what makes up a business. These days, we are lucky — you can find numerous online articles and books dealing with business. Read everything you can get your hands on. I have found that even the worst business book usually contains a tip or two that I can use in my business. Articles of Organization or Incorporation make up your initial filing with the State of Maryland. There are forms online for you to fill out to file your articles. But, be aware of the following: setting up a business requires far more than filing articles. A good tip instead of detailing exactly what the purpose of your business will be, refer to “any purpose authorized by law in Maryland.” That way, when you decide down the road to change the focus of your business to something that may be unrelated to how you began, you will not need to amend your articles. Once you file your articles with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), they will be accepted. That date of acceptance can be used as the commencement of the business. With that acceptance and an Employee Identification Number (EIN) for your business, you can go to the bank and open a business account. The Articles will set forth the name of your business, its address, the purpose of the business, the registered agent for accepting service of process in Maryland and other matters. Any change in these items will require you to file an amendment. Every year after your business filing is accepted, the business must pay $300 and file a Personal Property Tax Return. If you do not file this return, your charter to do business in Maryland will be forfeited. You can go to the SDAT website and find out about the status of your business and even obtain business filings online. Once the Articles are accepted, you need to focus on the Operating Agreements (for an LLC) and the By-Laws (for a corporation). These are the documents that provide roadmaps for the business. Who owns what, how shares or interests are voted, who has authority to run the business, sign contracts, open bank accounts, etc. The important thing to know about these documents is that one size doesn’t fit all. Your Operating Agreement or By-Laws must reflect your business. If you have a partner, or several, you will need to address what happens if someone dies or is disabled. The time to have this

discussion with your partners is right up front when everyone is on excellent terms. Let’s face it - unless you decide important issues and reduce your agreements with your partners to writing, you may easily get stuck in a difficult positionespecially if you don’t control the vote. Take a look at XYZ Corp. Five friends came up with a great idea for a business. In a frenzy of euphoria about how much money they were all going to make, all the friends signed an Operating Agreement prepared by an attorney for one of them. That agreement specified that all corporate decisions would be made by unanimous vote. Therefore, all five of the friends would have to agree on all corporate decisions. That worked for a short time, then tragedy struck. One friend died. The operating agreement automatically put the deceased’s beneficiary in place of the deceased and four of the friends had a new partner. The new partner did not get along with the other four. No more unanimous votes. The business came to a complete standstill. But, doesn’t Maryland law say some votes only have to be majority vote, not unanimous? Yes, it does but it also says that the Operating Agreement can override that. The moral is, be careful. Think about the consequences of what you are signing and under no circumstances sign anything without a review by an attorney who represents your interests. Here’s another one. A corporation adopts By-Laws that provide for the removal of a director “with cause.” That is defined as circumstances where the Director is convicted of a crime. ABC Corporation was in a sensitive business dealing with government contracts. A Director of ABC was indicted for fraud. The optics of having a Director under indictment hurt the Corporation’s business. The indictment and trial lasted many months—ABC could not remove the Director since the Director until the Director was formally convicted of the crime since that was the language used in the By-Laws. Language matters. You do not need to be a corporate attorney. However, to be safe, you need to hire one when setting up your business. A good accountant is also necessary to set up the chart of accounts for your particular business and make sure all tax filings and employee withholding filings and payments are done in the proper way. You will pay money to get the expertise, but the time to do that is right up front, not later when you are in a mess. If you do your due diligence, read everything you can about business, hire the experts up front and set up your business the right way, you will be well on the way to success.

Next Issue: The Business Plan 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.

Save The Dates: Upcoming BBG Events The Bay Business Group invites local businesses to a special Moonlight Networking Cruise aboard the beautiful head boat, Miss Chesapeake Beach on Saturday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. This is a "bring a business buddy" networking event organized by BBG Networking/Events co-chairs Victorian Ronan and Kim Breedlove. The goal is to network and build new business relationships! So, if you’re a local business person, maybe a member of another business group, please make plans to come and find out what the BBG is all about! Reserve your spot now on the cruise: - $25 per person for BBG Members reserving by July 15 - $30 for non-members reserving by July 15 - $35 per person after July 15 Ticket price includes: Moonlight Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, scrumptious light fare and OPEN BAR (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)! E m a i l : to reserve your ticket(s). Limited space is available so don't delay, reserve today!

Do you want more customers for your business? Want to turn your previous customers into repeat buyers? Then you'll want to attend the BBG Facebook Timeline for Business training event held at the Rod N' Reel, Wednesday June 27, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Learn how to use Facebook to grow your business and build customer relationships that drive sales and BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE. Also learn how the new Facebook Timeline worlks. Seminar by BBG Member Clif Bridegum of Your Digital Salesman. Networking begins at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7:00 p.m. Free to BBG members, so email to join the BBG today. Watch for info about the next BBG BBG members can attend a free seminar this month: “Facebook Timeline Tech Savvy Seminar Series: “Taking Your for Business,” part of our BBG Tech Savvy Business Mobile” by BBG Member Brian Raines of Envidient, coming soon! Seminar Series.

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n one way or another, everyone is touched by cancer. The American Cancer Society says about 1,640,000 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012. This estimate does not include basal and squamous cell skin cancers, which are not required to be reported to cancer registries, so the actual number is even greater. And this does not count the 12 million or so survivors in the US, or those diagnosed in the previous year. When you ask cancer survivors or their caregivers what helped them get through their treatments, or even the loss of a loved one, most

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answer in one word: hope. Cancer patients may hope for strength during treatment or for a lifesaving cure. When faced with the loss of a loved one, families and friends hope that others won’t face the same cancer and that they can find emotional healing as they grieve. Hope is what the Relay For Life is all about. And because there will be no Cancer Gala Celebration of Life at the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach this year for the first time in 30 years, there’s an increased focus on trying to keep donations to the American Cancer Society from Calvert County consistent. So corporate sponsors especially are being asked to move their support to the Relay efforts this year. Sneade’s Ace Home Centers in Owings and Lusby are long-time supporters. Lynne Sneade and Tricia Willis chair the annual Survivor Celebration Dinner, which serves and honors some 200 cancer survivors. Says Paula Rosnage, Chair of the Calvert County Relay For Life, “This dinner is funded 100% by generous donations from our community.” That generosity makes the Relay For Life of Calvert County the largest cancer fundraiser in the state of Maryland. Rosnage says, “With the generous support of our community, we were able to raise $478,000 Breast cancer survivor Vickie Anderson, with her last year with expenses of .05%. This money is husband and two children at last year’s Relay for Life. used to fund programs such as Look Good, Feel She is the Volunteer of the Year for Calvert Elementary Better, Ride to Recovery and many others. The School, and one of the biggest Relay fundraisers. 2011 Relay For Life of Calvert County was one of

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the top 10 events in the South Atlantic Division with nearly $50,000 raised by the Southern Anne and this just proves the generous and caring Arundel County team. community in which we live.” The culminating Relay For Life event this year begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at Hallowing Point Park in Prince Frederick and continues through 6:00 a.m. Saturday. “We are looking forward to a night of celebrating, remembering and honoring the many survivors and warriors,” she adds. Although there are activities for all ages, “You do need to pre-register. This is a family event and once you come and see how inspiring it is, you will want to join this cause. The ceremonial first lap is made by cancer survivors. The Luminaria Ceremony is at 9:00 where we light up the night to reflect on our Calvert Relay For Life Date: Friday, June 15 loved ones.” “When I first lost my mother to lung cancer, Location: Hallowing Point Park, I struggled to cope with overwhelming grief,” Prince Frederick Rosnage says. “I was sure that no one else could understand my loss and was searching for ways to Opening Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. enjoy life without her,” and the Relay for Life Fight Back: Midnight helped. Closing Ceremony: 6:00 a.m. Rosnage adds, “I am touched daily with the spirit of giving from our community. But it still Southern Anne Arundel Relay For Life breaks my heart every time I hear another person Date: June 22 share their story that they have cancer. We need to Location: South River High School find a cure and you can help.” JV Field Visit where you can sign up to attend a local Relay, and also make an Opening Ceremony: 6:00 p.m. online donation. As of press time, over $188,700 had been Closing Ceremony: 4:00 a.m. raised by the Calvert County Team compared Sunrise Service: 5:00 a.m.

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County Employees Need Raises Dear Chesapeake Current readers, My name is Thomas Phelps, I am the President of the Calvert Fraternal Order of Police, and as such I represent Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies who are members. I was hired as a Calvert County Deputy in 2001, fulfilling a lifelong dream to serve the citizens of the place I am proud to call home, as do my brothers and sisters at the Sheriff’s Office. When hired, as is true with all Deputies, I was given a pay scale indicating merit steps for the first 19 years of employment. This has turned out to be a false promise. The personnel code states that employees SHALL receive a merit step each year with a satisfactory performance evaluation. The only other condition set forth is “subject to the availability of funds.” A merit step is not a pay raise. It is earned through longevity and a satisfactory job performance. Calvert County recently received another triple A bond rating and has been cited as the 13th wealthiest county in the nation. I understand being careful with fiscal matters, but I find it hard to believe there is no money to give the employees of Calvert County an earned merit step increase. It is no secret that the US is having difficult financial times, and if Calvert County were short on funds, I would not be writing this letter. However, in each of the past two years there has been an over $6 million dollar surplus at the end of each budget year. The County continues to spend on projects that would not be funded if we were truly short of money. The County has chosen to spend millions of dollars to renovate a former grocery store into a library. Consideration is being given to an $800,000 project to water grass at a local golf course. A skate park was just renovated at a cost of thousands of dollars. These are just a few examples of how our County is spending money. For five years the County has foregone merit steps for all employees. The excuse given is that there is no money. If this is truly the case, then where did the money come from for the aforementioned projects? By my calculations, a merit step for deputy sheriffs for one year would cost the county around $280,000. Is building a library so a citizen has to drive fewer miles worth forgoing steps for your employees? Is watering grass at a local golf course worth forgoing steps for your employees? Is having a renovated skate park worth forgoing steps for your county employees?

My family, along with the families of all our deputies, is living on the same income we were receiving five years ago, yet gasoline alone has doubled. Health care costs continue to rise. Groceries and the costs of daily life get higher every day. Many deputies must work secondary employment in order to make ends meet. This along with working night shifts, weekends, and holidays, means we spend many hours away from our families. When we chose this career path, we knew we wouldn’t be rich, and it would require long hours and time away from our families. However, we did believe we would be compensated according to the agreement we signed when we were hired. Morale among deputies, teachers, and county government employees is low. These are the very people that allow the Commissioners to speak about how great our County is and the reason many citizens choose to live in Calvert County. The county administrator just sent out an email to all county employees praising us for the work we do and for making Calvert County the best place on earth. Even with the low morale this email makes it evident that we continue to uphold our part of the contract we signed when we were hired. It is time Calvert County upheld its end of agreement that was made to its employees when they were hired. You cannot continue to balance a budget on the backs of employees. I ask all citizens to email, call or write a letter to the board of County Commissioners, as these are the people who we all voted in to represent the county employees and citizens. I respectfully implore the County Commissioners to approve a merit step for the 2012-2013 budget and to develop a plan for restoring all the back steps earned by and owed to County employees. Thank you, Thomas Phelps President of FOP Lodge #109-Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 109 P.O. Box 851 Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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In The Middle of the Road Dear Editor, There is small white building between Route 260 and Mount Harmony Road in Owings. On a daily basis, it is a bustling place run by volunteers who transform donations into salable items. The origins of HELP began many years past in the Twin Beaches by several compassionate individuals who recognized two needs in their community. This was years before “garage or yard sale” fever, and people had no place to take things they didn’t want. At the same time, many families in the beaches could not afford to buy everyday items like clothing, linens, housewares, etc. and there were few local stores where people could easily buy things they needed. Thus, the birth of HELP Association. These caring individuals provided a place accepting donations of good items and recycled them in nominal sales to people in need. Initially this took place out of their homes and market baskets through the streets. Eventually HELP Association became incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization in November1972, and moved into a rented building that was a closed store. Throughout the years, HELP transformed with the times. Their volunteer membership grew, the building was renovated, upgraded and eventually purchased. Their donations quadrupled as the population grew and the need for assistance to the community became greater. And, the work became more difficult for the aged volunteers since people started leaving large furniture items, old appliances, home renovation fixtures and often their garbage. The purpose of donating good, reusable commodities is often ignored and HELP is viewed as a dumping place for anything. Conversely, some individuals consider anything on the property as a “free” (even though it’s not). It is not uncommon to see people taking items from HELP's property or “exchanging “ their old junk for something left at HELP. HELP's volunteers would like the community to know they truly appreciate all of the fabulous resalable items donated to the store. Were it not for these items, people would stop shopping with us. However, realizing the store is manned solely by volunteers at an average age of fifty, and many are older, moving around furniture, building material and boxes of wet clothing is becoming more strenuous on a daily basis. Also, before you leave something on Help property, pay heed to the signs posted on the property and the impending weather. The store closes at 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon and does not open again until Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Volunteers usually do not come to the store over the weekend and the NO DONATION sign is very visible. Yet each Monday morning, everything imaginable is left on our doorstep. (One note: toys are not accepted due to the ban on toys imported from China made of questionable materials.) All of the money HELP acquires from the store sales is given out to the 501 (c)(3) agencies by written request. Only a small percentage of HELP's income is retained for maintenance, mortgage, insurance and supplies. Everything else is used for their grants. HELP needs volunteers, and students looking for community service credit this summer. HELP will provide a written record of each participation. Please contact the store during our hours of operation 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday. Tax deductible receipts are provided to donors as well. If you witness vandalism or theft of HELP property when the store is not opened, as a concerned citizen, please identify and report any wrongdoing to the Calvert County Sheriff Department. Be prepared to provide a description of vehicle and individuals, tag number, date and time. HELP Association is very appreciative of the community's quality and quantity of salable items and patronage of their store. Through hard work by volunteers, HELP grants almost all of their proceeds to hundreds of worthwhile organizations in Calvert County and endeavor to service the community for many more years. Donna Blanton Chesapeake Beach VP, HELP Association

Many Cannot Rest In Peace Dear Editor, Longtime friends Carol and Buddy are among several retired couples who live in our middle class neighborhood called Day’s End, in Northern Calvert County. In fact, several of even reside on Easy Street. In our daily business transactions people ask us if we really do live on Easy Street and we regularly respond that it’s only a name and the “easy” part isn’t always so easy. This is one instance. You see, like many retired couples, our friends Carol and Buddy live on fixed incomes and have planned for their autumn years and even decided on their final resting places. In fact, Carol and Buddy went together and purchased lots in our local cemetery, Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk. The couple even picked out and paid for their caskets and headstones, and pre-arranged all their funeral desires rather than burden their family with these decisions and expenses. Buddy recently passed away suddenly during the night. Carol called her daughter, Cindy, and they proceeded to the funeral home to put in place Buddy’s plans for his funeral and burial. While already dealing with Buddy’s sudden death and Carol’s sister’s grave illness, they received this further heart-wrenching news: their plans were in jeopardy because Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (no assets) in December 2011. In fact, in August 2011, the Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight (OCO) took administrative, civil and criminal action against the owners and employees for failing to comply with required licenses, registrations, and permits. Yes, Carol and Buddy’s lots still belonged to them, but Calvert County’s Circuit Court had issued an order to the cemetery in August 2011 that prohibits cemetery owners and employees from performing or assisting with any new burials. The Court even ordered that only independent contractors would be allowed to assist families who already owned burial lots. It didn’t matter that Carol and Buddy already had planned and paid for Southern Memorial Gardens to provide these services. And, the other funeral items purchased like their caskets and headstones were included in the cemetery’s bankruptcy filing. Carol and her family are now starting from scratch to make Buddy’s arrangements during a time that they had planned on celebrating his life. Buddy’s plans to make things easy on his family cannot be kept. Carol’s arrangements for herself no longer exist. In fact, Carol is now facing renting a casket and cremating Buddy’s remains to forego further costs for in-ground internment next to their son, who passed away in May 2011. This is just one story of real people in our community. But what about all the others who purchased lots and services from Southern Memorial Gardens? We understand from an article posted online by NBC News that the cemetery was going on the auction block. And an article on dated March 8, 2012 states that: “A local funeral home owner and an officer from the previous ownership of Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk spoke at a citizens meeting March 6, 2012, expressing their hope of taking over operations of the cemetery. “ The Baynet article went on: “The Office (OCO) has received over one hundred calls regarding Southern Memorial Gardens. A number of the calls have been related to maintenance issues. With so much rain recently, the grass has grown at an accelerated rate. There is a section of statute that would allow the county (Calvert) to cut the grass at the cemetery. There is a county commissioner looking for a way to get that done. The mechanics are there to get the situation handled. The county has a number of options to correct the problems and then place a lien against the property.” “During the March 6 meeting, organizer Susan Ballenger told the gathering that the citizens needed to stop cutting the grass and doing other maintenance chores,” the Baynet article continued. And, rumors have it that some families have even gone in and dug their own family members’ graves! In many respects, Calvert County is a great place to live but apparently not always a great place to make plans to rest for

eternity or to receive quick resolution. The time is well overdue where our community businesses, local, state, and federal leaders support all those families who thought they had spent their earnings wisely and made their final plans in good faith. These families’ memories are forever scarred. And, there must be some form of financial restitution for those who have spent their life’s savings to prepare their final resting places. Equally important, together we need to prevent our other Calvert County friends and neighbors from having their celebrations of life destroyed. If you have purchased lots and/or services from Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dunkirk, please share your voices and concerns to all those who can help us get these issues resolved in our beloved community. Please don’t delay. Together we can make a difference for our friends and families in need. Joanne Dickinson Owings If you made funeral arrangements with Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk, here’s how you can add your name to the impending class action lawsuit. Contact Paul J. Doughtery, III, Esq., Davis, Upton, Palumbo, and Doughtery, Attorneys at Law, 132 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD. Telephone: (410) 535-1780 (Local Line), Fax: (410) 535-3403. In order to help others in our community affected by this, readers are also encouraged to phone, write or email our elected officials and ask for action. Calvert County Commissioners Gerald "Jerry" W. Clark, President; Pat Nutter, Susan Shaw, Evan Slaughenhoupt, Steve Weems, Board Members Calvert County Courthouse, 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (410) 535-1600 (301) 855-1243. State Lawmakers Maryland Senate President Thomas “V” Mike Miller; State House, H-107, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1991 (410) 841-3700, (301) 858-3700 or 1-800-492-7122, ext. 3700 (toll free) e-mail: District 29C - Sen. Roy Dyson ; District 27B - Sen. Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Senate Office Building. Annapolis, Maryland 21401, Phone: (800) 492-7122. e-mail: District 27B – Del. Mark Fisher. House Office Building, Room 217, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401. (410) 841-3231, (301) 858-3231 e-mail: State of Maryland Governor - Hon. Martin O'Malley; Lt. Governor-Hon. Anthony G. Brown; Comptroller-Peter Franchot; Attorney General-Douglas F. Gansler: 1 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21404 Phone: (410) 974-5521. US Congress Senator Barbara Mikulski: 709 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4654; Senator Ben Cardin: 309 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4524; Congressman Steny Hoyer: 1702 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-4131 - Local Office: 21-A Industrial Park Drive, Suite 101, Waldorf, MD 20602 Phone: (301) 705-9633

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Mary Baker, 93 On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Mary Edna Baker passed away at home in Myrtle Beach, SC. She was born Sept. 30, 1918, to Thomas F. and Dora (Crouch) Allred of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mary attended the R.J. Reynolds High School where she was the Valedictorian for the Class of 1938. In 1940, she attended training at the Gallingier Hospital, in Washington, D.C. to become a "Candy Striper" in the medical field. While in Washington, D.C., she met Marshall H. Baker whom she married on November 29, 1941. Marshall worked for the Army Map Service located in Montgomery, County, just outside of Washington, D.C., while Mary was a domestic engineer taking care of their growing family. After 24 years of marriage, Marshall passed away on April 13, 1965, leaving Mary with 5 children from the union. At that time, Mary needed to find work and was employed by the Hecht Co., then Duvall High School, and finally the Prince George's County Health Department. Mary retired from the health department in 1985, but not from life, she continued to burn the candle at both ends. Mary enjoyed traveling, swimming, ceramics, helping to build an A-Frame (from scratch), playing cards, nightlife, laughing, meeting, greeting and making many new friends. She loves all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, always treating them equally and was always there to help them. She enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers; Thomas F. Allred, Jr. (Mutt) and Paul Allred. She leaves behind her children; Harry Baker (Yeda) of Upper Marlboro, Beverly Anderson (Kenneth) of Myrtle Beach, SC, Paul Baker of Huntingtown, Richard Baker (Cindy) of Lakeland, FL. and Mary Galemore (Fred) of Chesapeake Beach, thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

David Bickers, 90 David “Pete” Burtson Bickers, age 90, of Huntingtown passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. He was born March 23, 1922 and was the beloved husband of Mary Rebecca Bickers and a loving father of David Bickers, Jr., Debbie Thomas, Pam Hager, Phil and Dave Jester and the late Tina Bickers. Pete was a devoted grandfather of Kim Wert, Keith Jester, Sue Churchill, Melissa Biasi, Fallon Burgess, Mallory Lagana, David Burgess, Jennifer Mutchler, Chad Mutchler, Kyle Burgess and Taylor Mutchler. He was the great-grandfather of Bittany, Kelsi and Jacob Murphy, Emily, Alyssa and Oliva Jester, Brayden Churchill, Preston and Lila Biasi and Lucy Lagana. To all these “Pooker-dooker’s,” he was their “Pee Paw.” Pete was a graduate of Bladensburg High School and a veteran of World War II, during which he received the Purple Heart. After the military he worked for NASA as a draftsman.

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Pete had many hobbies, including collecting Betty Boop memorabilia, coins, stamps and crafting model airplanes and cars. He enjoyed playing golf, going bowling and never missed Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune. He was an animal lover and especially loved his cat, Freckles. He was an adventurer and loved to travel. In his retirement, he visited Australia, Switzerland, Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. Lee Funeral Home handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pete’s name to the: Calvert Animal Welfare League (CAWS), P O Box 1660, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Anne Croissette, 69 Anne Marie Croissette, 69, of Chester, MD formerly of Dunkirk, passed away May 22, 2012 at Hospice of Queen Anne’s in Centreville, MD. She was born March 12, 1943 in Philadelphia, PA to Henry and Mary (Smith) Montgomery. She was raised in Langhorne, PA and attended Our Lady of Grace grammar school in Penndel, PA and Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA, graduating in 1961. Anne then attended Adelphi Business School in Philadelphia, PA. She married Ronald T. Croissette on September 25, 1965 and they lived in Beverly, NJ and Fairless Hills, PA, later moving to Columbia, MD in 1971 and to Dunkirk in 1978. They had resided to in Chester, MD for the past year. In addition to being a homemaker, Anne was a bookkeeper, administrative secretary and treasurer for Croissette, Inc., her husband Ron’s independent Washington Post newspaper distribution business. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach where she was active in the Ladies of Charity, serving as Treasurer. Anne enjoyed watching football and was an avid Redskins fan. She also enjoyed baseball, reading and animals, having raised several pet dogs. Anne was preceded in death by her parents and by a son, Kevin Croissette. She is survived by her loving husband Ronald T. Croissette and sons Jeffrey Croissette and wife Rebecca of Stevensville, MD and Tim Croissette of Washington, D.C. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Shawn Croissette, Molly Croissette and Kelly Liang Croissette. Family and friends were received at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, May 30 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Beach, MD. Interment will be at a later date in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne’s name may be made to Hospice of Queen Anne’s, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617, or online at

Tina Dorman, 44 Tina L. Dorman, age 44, of Lothian, passed away in Bentonville, VA. She was born August 30, 1967 in Washington, DC to Joseph Anthony and Linda Messina. Tina graduated from Northern High School in 1985. She attended Goucher College and graduated from Towson University in 1990. She married Robert Dorman in Lothian on May 29, 2010. Tina operated her own interior design company called Interior Ideas. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Anthony Messina, and a half brother, Tony Glenn Messina. Surviving are her husband, Bob of Lothian, her mother and step-father Linda Messina Copp and Harry Copp of Bentonville, VA, a son Brian Richard Osbourn of Huntingtown, step-son Matthew Collin Dorman of Lothian, MD, a half-brother Michael Messina of PA and half sister Karen Messina of College Park. A memorial service and celebration of Tina’s life were held at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, which handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1041 Rt. 3 North, Gambrills, MD 21054.

Donald Johnson, 22 D o n a l d Washington Johnson, Jr. was born September 28, 1989 and passed away May 27, 2012. Visitation and funeral services were held on Friday, June 1, 2012 at Dunkirk Baptist Church 11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard in Dunkirk. His final resting place is Moses Cemetery, 5445 Sands Road, in Lothian. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.

Elizabeth Jurney, 90 Elizabeth Marie Jurney of Dunkirk was born March 04, 1922 and passed away at age 90 on Monday, May 14, 2012 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband John C. Jurney, a sister, Flora Frederick, and two brothers, Earl and Harry Harbin.


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She is survived by one sister, Doris Rayle, and a brother, Preston Thomas Harbin, many nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a member of Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority serving as President in 1958-59. She was a member of Epsilon Province, Delta Chi Chapter for 64 years. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

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and Girls Club. He also enjoyed his vegetable garden, doing yard work and flowers, especially roses. For the past sixteen years he has devoted himself and his time and energy to his grandson Michael, who was the “apple of his eye.” James was preceded in death by his parents, a son James F. King, Jr.; a sister, Jeannette Lemke; and a brother, Wallace J. King. He is survived by his wife Carol Ann King, a daughter Cindy J. King and a son Joseph M. King, all of Owings. Also surviving are grandchildren Jaime King, Chelsie and Michael Salvagni and Cheyenne Hook, a sister Dorothy Altman of Temple Hills, MD and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends were received at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings, where services and a celebration of James' life was also held. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Autism Project, Inc., P.O. Box 1518, North Beach, MD 20714 or to Chesapeake Church, P.O. Box 936, Huntingtown, MD 20639.

Tyrone Anthony Jones was born October 6, 1967 to the late Mervin Jones, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Mae Jones. Tyrone graduated from the Calvert County Public School System. He later joined the Navy. He was employed with Pete Lowe, 58 American Chemistry Council as an Emergency Service Specialist. He loved Ernest "Pete" his two dogs, Blanket and Prince. Tyrone enjoyed Clyde Lowe, II age 58, of singing, planting his flowers, Wal-Mart, the Green Owings, was born April Bay Packers and being with his family and friends. 9, 1954 and passed away Tyrone leaves to cherish his four brothers: Thursday, May 31, 2012 George (Delore), Donald (Lavata), Carlton (Marcel) in the early morning at and Preston (Tucksandra); four sisters: Velma his home with his family (Howard), Mable (Preston), Barbara (William) and by his side. He lost his Josephine (Kenneth). He also leaves a very special battle with liver cancer friend, dear to his heart, Armanda Long, a host of and will be missed by uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. everyone whose lives he Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick touched. handled arrangements. He was the beloved husband of 25 years of Pamela, and father of Beverly, Carol, Crystal, and James King, 72 Philip. He was the brother of Walter Lowe, Eloise Cantafio, Darlene Belshe, and Beverly A. Lowe, the James Floyd King, late Lyn Cousins and Carol Lowe. He is also survived Sr., age 72, a resident of by three grandchildren and several nieces and Owings, passed away nephews. May 23, 2012 at Calvert He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Memorial Hospital, Clyde Lowe and Georgette Washburn Kesselberg. Prince Frederick. Those who knew him well knew of his great He was born love for his family, the water, fishing and his February 28, 1940 in dedication to work as a Director of Engineering in the Van Lear Kentucky to hospitality industry. Pete was a caring husband, a Estill J. and Ruth loving father and brother, fishing buddy and friend to (Sprinkle) King. He was many. raised in Van Lear until moving with his family to A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, June Washington, D.C. in his early teens. He lived in S.E. 5, 2012 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Washington and attended public schools, and Marlboro Road, Sunderland, with the Reverend Ken married Carol Ann Benjamin January 14, 1961. They Phelps and Mark Lowe officiating. resided in District Heights and in 1987 moved to Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled Owings. arrangements. James worked for the Bureau of Engraving as a shrink wrap machine operator, retiring in 1995. He Evan Maynard, 67 enjoyed playing lead guitar and listening to country music. James loved all sports including football, Evan Preston Maynard, Jr., of North Beach, basketball, baseball and softball. He especially enjoyed formerly of Edgewater, passed away on May 27, 2012 coaching his children with the District Heights Boys at home at the age of 67.

He was born on December 19, 1944 in Raleigh until moving with his family Williamsburg, VA County, WV to Evan Preston, Sr. and Emma when he was a teenager. He attended public (Maycaster) Maynard. Evan grew up in Beckley, WV schools and served in the United States Army from and attended Mark Twain High School. In 1964, he 1951 to 1953. He completed his Army Reserve obligation in 1956 and in 1962 he relocated to married Mary Testerman. Evan’s work career was with C & P Telephone Upper Marlboro and married Margaret “Peggy” Company. During his 40 years in the Jones on April 2, 1964. They lived in Forestville, telecommunications industry, he worked in every MD and later moved to Richmond, VA due to his employment, and in the early 1970’s moved to aspect of the telephone service. Evan was the beloved husband of the late Mary southern Anne Arundel County in Owings. Buddy was employed as a heavy construction Maynard and the loving father of Evan P. Maynard, III and Andrea Daniels. He was the devoted superintendent for Wright Contracting and R.E. grandfather of Evan P. Maynard, IV, Holly Daniels Pierson Construction, building highway overpasses and Marialana Maynard. He is also survived by a soon and bridges. He had been retired for the last ten to be great-grandson, Evan Preston Maynard, V. years. In addition to his construction work Buddy Evan was the brother of Barbara Sombati, Mary raised tobacco on his farm. He enjoyed working on Minton, Julie Morris, the late Rose Shupe, Peggy farm equipment and tractors, and was a fan of NASCAR. Pollock and Richard Maynard. Evan enjoyed spending time in his garden and Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, and was always landscaping his yard. He was a big fan of sisters Myrtle Bishop, Nancy McAllister, Margaret the Washington Redskins and the West Virginia Jones and Aileen Irvin. He is survived by his wife, Mountaineers Basketball team. Although these were Margaret Jones “Peggy” McAllister, son Terry B. his hobbies, his family was first and foremost in his life. McAllister, Jr. and wife Julie of Fairhaven, and Lee Funeral Home Calvert, in Owings handled daughter Sharon L. McAllister and partner Dani of arrangements. Internment was at Lakemont Owings. He is also survived by grandchildren Terry B. III, Casey L. and Desiree N. McAllister, a Memorial Gardens, in Davidsonville, MD. great-granddaughter Hartley G. McAllister, and siblings Robert McAllister of Huntingtown, Elsie Buddy McAllister, 81 Hall, Kathryn Larsen and William McAllister, all Terry Bentley of Williamsburg, VA. A memorial celebration of Buddy’s life will be “Buddy” McAllister, Sr., 81, of Owings passed held at 4:00 p.m. on June 30, 2012 at the family’s away May 24, 2012 at residence, 6929 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings. his residence. He was born Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled October 9, 1930 in arrangements. Memorial contributions and expressions of Speedwell, Virginia to James R. and Sarah sympathy in Buddy's name may be made to (Crouse) McAllister. He Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, was raised in Speedwell Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Robert King, 67

Louise Odom, 80

Robert Clifton King, 67, a lifelong resident of Shady Side, died May 8 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Robert was born June 13, 1944 in Washington, DC to the late Theodore L. and Mildred Delores Ralph King. He retired after 35 years of service as a Steamfitter of Local 602. He enjoyed fishing and boating. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Taylor King. He is survived by his wife, Patsy L. King; son, Michael King; daughter, Christina King and husband Rob; sister Katherine Gott (Ted); sister-in-law, Patricia L. King; and three grandchildren, Amber and Amanda Kline and Michael King Jr. Hardesty Funeral Home in Galesville handled arrangements.

Mary “Louise” Odom of Dunkirk, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at the age of 80. She was born on May 27, 1931 in Washington, DC to Spencer and Margaret Ruth (McDaniel Gregan) Carrico. She attended Eastern High School. Following graduation, she worked at Andrews Air Force Base where she met William Raymond Odom, whom she married in 1950. All five of their children were born in Washington, DC. In 1975, the family moved to the Dunkirk area in Calvert County. In 1983, William passed away and Mary lost the love of her life. A loss she would feel until the end. Louise was the loving mother of Beverly Davis and her husband, Mark; Patrick Odom and his wife, Kathy; Jeffrey and Charles Odom and the late Linda Odom. She was a devoted grandmother to Amanda Wilkins and her husband, Jeremy; Cara Odom, Mathew Odom-Stewart; James Davis; Nicole Odom; Victoria McDowell and her husband, Marcus. She was the great-grandmother of Nevaeh McDowell and Madison Wilkins. Louise loved children. Her passion for children was so great, she and William became foster parents to over 50 children. Louise was known for her baking, especially cakes and cookies. She loved cooking and doing crafts with her kids and all her grandchildren. Being with her family was the highlight of her day. Her friends were important and she enjoyed going out to eat with them. Lee Funeral Home Calvert in Owings handled arrangements. Internment will be at Washington National Cemetery in Suitland, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to one of the following: The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Forest United Methodist Church, 3111 Forestville Road, Forestville, MD 20747.

Jerry McGrath, 48 Gerald Robert “Jerry” McGrath, age 48, of Dunkirk, formerly of Silver Spring, passed away suddenly on May 25, 2012 at his residence. He was born on August 2, 1963 in Washington, D.C. to Paul L. McGrath and the late Jean F. Lumsden McGrath. He was the beloved husband of Susan K. McGrath whom he married on August 4, 1995 in Orlando, FL. Jerry graduated from Kennedy High School in 1981 and from the Marine Mechanics Institute, Orlando, FL in 1995. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and was a member of the Titians Motorcycle Club. Jerry is survived by his father, Paul L. McGrath and his wife Phyllis J. McGrath of Sun City Center, FL; wife, Susan K. McGrath of Dunkirk; sons, Gerald R. Hall of Brandywine, MD, Anthony C. Murillo of Lusby, MD and Barry D. Williams of Las Vegas, NV; brothers, Steven W. McGrath of Tulsa, OK, William B. McGrath of Hagerstown, MD and James L. McGrath of Lakeland, FL and two grandchildren, Lily and Ethan. A memorial service celebrating Jerry’s life was held on Thursday, May 31, at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby officiated by Charlie Bernhard. Interment was to be private. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Jerry’s memory to the Calvert Animal Welfare League, (C. A. W. L.), 1040 Prince Frederick Blvd., P. O. Box 1660, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at

Virginia O’Neill, 99

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Virginia O’Neill, who was a resident of Calvert County for 65 years, died May 23 in her home at Scientists’ Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay. She lived 99 years and had an extraordinary life, full of great adventure and wonderful memories. Born in Kansas

City, Missouri on September 24, 1912, her family moved to the Washington D.C. area in the late 1920’s. She was well known in the county for her stained glass lamps and braided rugs, most being sold at the annual Scientists’ Cliffs Art & Craft Show. Many of the homes in Scientists’ Cliffs and throughout the county are decorated with her lamps and hanging stained glass pieces, which was a source of great pride to her. She was active in the local garden club and other organizations and was one of the founding members of American Chestnut Land Trust and loved the organization’s work to preserve the Parkers Creek Watershed. Virginia, affectionately known to the family as Mimi, is survived by her son Alan and his wife Barbara; daughter-in-law Marti; grandchildren Kevin, Ryan, Brent, Kim, and Stacey; and great grandchildren Sean, Kieran, Cameron, Breana, Chelsey, and Alyssa. She became a great-great-grandmother with the recent birth of Hadley Davis, born to her great granddaughter, Alyssa in Mansfield, TX. Virginia had a passion for conservation and the American West, and took almost annual pilgrimages west to visit the national parks and other protected landscapes. She loved nature and instilled this love to her twin sons Alan and Brian, who both spent distinguished careers in conservation, mostly with the National Park Service. One of the things that distinguished Virginia was her love of adventure and positive attitude. In her mind, there never was a bad day. She believed we are blessed to be alive and that one should fill their memory bank each and every day. She was a wonderful storyteller and loved to share her stories with friends and family. She had beautiful blue eyes and an infectious smile. Her family saw her as a wonderful role model for how to live on this planet of ours with grace and dignity. She was not only a living legacy to her family but to the community and all those who had the benefit to know her or to cross her path. She was a way-shower on how to live a full life of meaning and how humankind can live in harmony with each other and with the earth. She was a simple but great person. She was a demonstration that you don’t have to be a world leader to touch and positively influence thousands of people. The family will always remember her as one who brought a special “light” to the planet. She was clearly the grand Matriarch of the O’Neill family. An event to celebrate her life was planned for Saturday, June 2 at 11:00a.m. at the Scientists’ Cliffs Community Building. Those who wish to make a donation, please make one in her name to the American Chestnut Land Trust; P.O. Box 2363; Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic handled arrangements.

Patricia Owens, 76 Patricia Ann Owens, age 76, passed away on February 28, 2012 at the home of her niece in Columbia Falls, MT. She was born in Lexington, KY on February 21, 1936 to Houston and Stella (Reynolds) Edger. The family moved to Oxon Hill, MD when she was a child and Patricia received her education in Prince George's County Schools. She married Roland Lee Owens February 21, 1951. They resided in Prince George's County until moving to Huntingtown in 1984. Her husband, Roland preceded her in death on September 5, 1988. Patricia was the manager of the lunch counter at Lord Calvert Lanes in Huntingtown until her retirement. She resided in LaPlata for ten years before moving to Montana in 2011 to be cared for by her niece, Nancy Burns and her husband, Donald.

Surviving are three sons, James Robert Owens of Annapolis, Ronald Lee Owens of Gettysburg, PA and Scott Allen Owens of Columbia Falls, MT. Patricia is also survived by seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A service and celebration of Patricia’s life will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 15, 2012 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk. Memorial contributions may be made to any Hospice organization.

Albert Robinson, 70 Albert L. Robinson, 70, of Prince Frederick passed away at his home on May 20, 2012. Albert was born in Prince Frederick, MD to the late James Briscoe and Della Gatton Robinson. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his siblings, James B. Robinson and Nellie Mae Carpenter. Albert was a typical, old-time Calvert County man, he was born here, lived here all his life, farmed during the season and worked as a carpenter when not farming. He was also the first Chief of Huntingtown Vol. Fire Dept. Co#6. Albert is survived by his wife, Linda Lou Robinson of Prince Frederick, father of David D. Robinson and his wife Cathy of Sunderland, and Tania D. Milstead and her husband Roy of Prince Frederick. Grandfather of Nathan and Kelsi Robinson, Justine, Allison, and Kacie Milstead, he is also survived by sister Marion Puntigan and brother Charles O. Robinson. The family received friends at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A in Port Republic, where services were also held. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Marie Snider, 86 Marie "Granny" Snider, 86, a 54-year resident of Shady Side, died May 13, 2012 at home of lung cancer. Born on February 11, 1926 in Washington, DC, she worked for Chesapeake Instrument, Gould, and Martin Marietta. The oldest of five generations, Marie was always helping with various charities. She loved to watch Walker, Texas Ranger and anything with Chuck Norris. Of her many interests, she enjoyed crocheting, sewing, collecting shark teeth and shells along the beach, and especially loved her family and pets. Marie was preceded in death on December 21, 1990 by her husband of 58 years, Julian "Waldo" Walter Snider; and a brother, Michael. She is survived by her sons, John Stuart Snider of Daytona Beach, FL and Michael David Snider of Churchton; a daughter, Paulette Marie Totten of Shady Side; a brother, Vincent of Colonial Beach, VA; a sister, Victoria of Washington, DC; six grandchildren, Mary, Angie, Annette, Debbie, David and Katie; five great-grandchildren, Kandi, Chelsea, Natasha, Cassidy and Michael; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jaida Marie and Jaxon. Funeral services were held at Hardesty Funeral Home in Galesville. Interment Woodfield Cemetery in Galesville.

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The Support Person of the Year By Jenny Kellner Calvert County’s 2012 Educational Support Person of the Year is Deborah Xinis of Windy Hill Elementary School in Owings. Mrs. Xinis was awarded this distinction for the many ways in which she assists the school’s children. She is an assistant in the Media Center and works with children individually and in small groups to improve their reading abilities. After being nominated by her peers at the school level, she attended the county awards dinner at the Rod N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach. The accolades and accomplishments of each nominee were shared and Mrs. Xinis said, “It was very impressive. There are amazing things people are doing.” She was then overwhelming surprised at the announcement of her selection as the top nominee. She says, “I was thrilled just to be nominated. I am truly honored to represent so many dedicated and caring people.” At school, Mrs. Xinis enjoys being a part of the WHES team. She formerly worked solely in the library, but now greatly enjoys helping implement reading intervention programs with at risk students. She says she helps the children improve their fluency and comprehension so that they can become better readers. She believes that “…books are powerful. Reading empowers children.” Mrs. Xinis also heads up the school’s Relay for Life team, raising funds throughout the year. The culminating event was held this month as the school hosted a Mini-Relay for Life. Debbie Xinis is a Marylander who moved to Calvert County 23 years ago. She lives in Owings and all of her own children attended Windy Hill Elementary and Middle Schools, and Northern High School.

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With a Master’s Degree in Nursing, Mrs. Xinis took a break from that profession after having children, and began volunteering at the school. Eventually a position was available as an Instructional Assistant, and she then became an official staff member. According to the CCBOE website, “Mrs. Xinis is often recognized by her peers for being kind, patient and flexible. She is the type to just go with the flow and is committed to meeting each student’s individual needs.” She says her favorite book to read aloud to the students is “Thank You, Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco. This is an autobiographical story of a student who continually struggled to read and then was graced by the patience and caring of a concerned teacher. Undoubtedly an inspiring story to all educators, it is dear to Mrs. Xinis’ heart. As the county has recognized her enthusiastic spirit and accomplishments, many students at WHES are saying “Thank YOU, Mrs. Xinis.”

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Pets Mellow Yellow Meet Mellow Yellow! This four-yearold American Eskimo Spitz is a fun and playful little guy! He is house trained and would be a wonderful companion for most households. He likes other dogs and plays very well with them. He loves people and bonds very quickly. He walks well on a leash and rides well in the car. Come and meet Mellow today and give him the forever home he deserves! 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 read about this pet in the Chesapeake Current!

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MUSIC NOTES R U Ready For Calvert’s Next Idol? Young people: sharpen your talent and tune up your vocal chords! RU Calvert’s Next Idol is coming up this month, so register now to compete for your chance to win a professional recording session. For the past three years, Calvert Library and Garrett Music Academy (GMA) have teamed up to produce Calvert’s Next Idol, a competition for the talented youth of our county. Some very talented vocalists have taken the mic and wowed the judges. GMA awards one winner in each age category a free demo recording in a state of the art recording studio. There will be three categories: ages 9-11, ages 12-14, and ages 15-17. Last year’s winners were: in the 8-10 year old category, Georgia Gillett took the prize singing Hallelujah. Kaitlin Harbin belted out a version of Don’t Rain on My Parade that Barbara Streisand would have been impressed by to win for the 11-14 year old group. Niki Elliott sang Dog Days Are Over and won in the 15-17 year old category. This year’s audition will be held Friday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Registration can be done online through the library website ( or by requesting a printed application. If you plan to compete and are using a CD, please bring the music you will be singing. Make sure that the original artist’s vocals are not on the recording by getting the karaoke track for the song you will be singing. You will sing the shorter of up to one minute of the song or the first verse through the first chorus. Background harmonies may remain in the song. Several competitors will be selected that evening to continue to the Final Competition the next night, Saturday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. each night and the public are welcome to attend. Seats fill quickly. Contestants must be Calvert County residents and previous first-place winners are not eligible to compete. Participants’ parents/legal guardians will be asked to sign a media release consent form at registration so a parent must attend with their child or sign a form prior to the event. Winners are selected based on a variety of criteria that span the quality of the live performance, technique, pitch, rhythm and intonation, and entertainment value. The judges will comment on the performance and may interact with the contestant by asking questions and making comments. After the last contestant of each

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Rock the Dock: Enjoy live music at the Boardwalk Café at the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day. - Roger McDuffy every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. - The KGB Band with Shellie – Sunday, June 10 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - The Wanderers – Sunday, June 17 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Appaloosa – Sunday, June 24 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock Camps in July: at Sacchetti Music in Huntingtown from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon for ages pre-teen and teen. Call for complete schedule and more info: (410)-257-7620 or visit online: Sign up now; space is limited and advance registration required. Thursday, June 14 Two For You: The Bay Breeze Summer Concert Series by the Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (CBRM) continues with a concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring “Two for You,” returning to the Museum by popular demand. Ralph and Janet are an energetic duo performing a wide variety of musical styles from the 40’s through today. Family-friendly and free!

MC Nick Garrett congratulates Kaitlin Harbin, last year’s RU Calvert’s Next Idol winner in the 11-14 year old group.

age group has auditioned, the judges will go into a closed-door session to decide those winners that will go on to Finals. They will re-emerge that Friday night with the list of finalists. For the Finals the following Saturday, contestants will sing up to two minutes and be judged using the same criteria as the first night. Finalists do not have to use the same song but may do so, if they wish. Decisions of the judges are final. While the winners may not necessarily be signed by a record label, they will win the opportunity to create a professional demo recording at The Garrett Music Academy’s studio in Owings and have a professional photo shoot. This year, the judges are Charles Harris, Tom Dahrens and Jen Armstrong. Nashville producer Tom Dahrens is also a music writer and has produced dozens of artists in Nashville and worked in the area’s most prestigious studios. Music videographer, Charles Harris from Southern Maryland has worked with many nationally known rap artists such as P. Diddy and Lil’ Kim. Jen Armstrong is co-owner of Heavenly Chicken and Ribs in Dunkirk, a singer and pianist, who rounds out the panel. She has been the choir director at Jesus the Good Shepherd and was selected to perform for the Papal Mass in Washington DC. For more information on competing in RU Calvert’s Next Idol, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862 or check the library website at Need some inspiration? Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to hear a performance by the winner in the 15-17 year old category, Niki Elliott, singing “Dog Days Are Over.”

Friday, June 15 Yankee Frolics at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the Calvert Marine Museum at Solomons. Admission is $5 at the door; no advance sales. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and wine, beer, and water will be available for purchase. Yankee Frolics: Songs and Tunes from the War of 1812 Era features Judy Cook, Peter Brice, and Lisa Null who are accomplished musicians and singers of traditional songs. Peter Brice, a ballad singer and button accordionist from Annapolis holds a B.A. in Irish Traditional Music and Dance from the University of Limerick and is the director of the New Century American Irish-Arts Company. Lisa Null has an extensive performing background at venues ranging from Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” to museums, nightclubs, festivals, and coffee houses. Judy Cook tours throughout England and the United Sates singing the traditional songs of America and the British Isles. Together, they create an exceptional blend of musical styles and traditions with an historical bent. Saturday, June 16 17th Annual African American Family Community Day: Come and hear Gospel recording artist Isaiah Thomas, Obsession Go-Go Band, 410 South Boyz, I Am Nezzy, and other local entertainers. From 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685. Sponsored by the NAACP Calvert County Chapter and other community organizations. Free admission. For more information call (410) 535-2730. Friday, June 22 Pint & Dale: At the Calvert Marine Museum at Solomons at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $5 and sold only at the door, cash or check. Seattle duo William Pint and Felicia Dale have boundless enthusiasm for creating music and sharing it with their audience. With guitar, hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, violin, whistles, harmony, joy and pure energy Pint and Dale bring listeners an insight into another age, offering both humor and drama in equal measure. They have produced ten recordings together, as well as recording with other artists. In performance, William Pint’s emotionally expressive singing is complemented by his powerful guitar and mandola work with which he can supply settings of great delicacy or wild, driving rhythms. Felicia’s striking vocal harmonies are matched by her creative use of the hurdy-gurdy and Irish pennywhistles, taking these traditional instruments far beyond their usual roles. Drawing on several cultures, Pint and Dale perform traditional and modern music and songs reflecting the immense vitality of those who live and work on the sea. Weekly Events (ongoing): Wednesdays Wolf's Blues Jam featuring Tom Maxwell (guitar & vocals), Andy Hamburger (drums) and Wolf Crescenze (bass) as the host band, every Wednesday at Emerald Cove Restaurant, 3800 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. 8:30 p.m., no cover. This is an open blues jam so it's like an open mic, but it's just blues. All styles of electric blues welcome. Every Friday Night Garrett Music Academy students perform on the bandstand and boardwalk during the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market. Watch the kids play, and get mini-music lessons. Garrett Music Academy in Owings is also offering a series of fun summer camps for all ages. Contact them at (410) 286-5505 or visit online for information:

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Out&About Saturday, June 9

Huge Yard Sale: At the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. To reserve a table, contact Diana at (410) 231-1775. Tables are $15 each or two for $25 (must be reserved in advance; for additional table space, please contact Diana. Everyone’s invited to come and check out the wide range of great stuff at this mega yard sale event! Red Cross Blood Drive: St. Paul's Prince Frederick will be having a blood drive for the Red Cross on Saturday, June 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. North Beach 5K Walk-A-Thon: Come walk the North Beach waterfront with friends, get some fresh air, exercise, and benefit the kids a Calvert Country School a public school for mentally and or physically handicapped children grades K-12 located in Prince Frederick, Maryland. All proceeds will go the school. The event will be held on June 9th from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon in North Beach. For more detailed information and registration forms email Nancy at or call (410) 991-5619. Founder's Day and Opening Day for Summer Exhibit: At the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Call (410) 257-3892 for more info. Fourth Annual PFVFD Car Show: In the Fox Run Shopping Center in Prince Frederick, parking lot closest to K-Mart. Registration 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. $15.00 per entry benefits the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department. Spectators free. Rain date: Sunday, June 10. Contact: (410) 535-9875 or visit their web site: Strawberry Festival: The Ann Arrundell (correct spelling) County Historical Society, Inc. will hold its 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the historic Benson-Hammond House, an interpretive truck farm museum, at 7101 Aviation Boulevard in Linthicum. Enjoy Berrywine Plantations’ Strawberry Wine by Linganore Winecellars, made exclusively from the fruit of strawberries. Strawberries will also be available by the pint, in Strawberry Shortcakes, jams and hand-dipped in chocolate. Local crafts including needlework, jewelry, honey and woodwork will be for sale, as will books, baked goods and flea market collectibles. Ronnie Dove performs at noon. Experience Horn's Punch and Judy Show, America’s oldest children’s entertainment founded in Baltimore in 1897, (shows at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m). There is no admission charge. Rain date: Sunday, June 10. For more info, call (410) 859-0298. Wonderful World of Butterflies: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Free at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro (Prince Georges County). Learn about the various butterfly species that inhabit Merkle. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking. Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat or sunglasses are suggested, as well as plenty of drinking water. Call (301) 888-1377 or email with any questions. Country Dance: For a fun time, come to the Country Dance at the American Legion 206 in Chesapeake Beach. If you can't dance, teachers will be available to give instruction. One hour

lessons commence at 7:00 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The Modest price of $15.00 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies. Hosted by the American Legion 206 in the upper level Ballroom in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Public warmly welcomed. Owl Prowl: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; $5 per vehicle at Calvert Cliffs State Park, 9500 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby. Participants will join a naturalist to learn about creatures of the night and attend an owl prowl, where they may have the opportunity to observe an owl in its natural habitat. Guests will become educated on their biology, diet and digestion, and learn how they are able to be the amazing birds that they are! Meet at the parking lot in front of the Calvert Cliffs Pond. To register call (301) 888-1377 or (301) 888-1410. Movie on the Beach: “Cars” at dusk in North Beach.

Sunday, June 10 Bernie Fowler's Patuxent River Wade In: Test the waters at Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685. Call (410) 586-8501 for more info. Senator Bernie Fowler started this event in 1986 to bring attention to the declining health of a natural resource near and dear to him. Growing up in Calvert County, Fowler waded in the Patuxent River searching for crabs. Using a net he could scoop up crabs in the clear water while it lapped past his waist. Senator Fowler was moved to action and public service when pollution began to muddy the waters and he could no longer see the bottom when only knee deep. The event, running from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., will feature speakers, displays and environmental activities. Wear your overalls and white sneakers!

Monday, June 11 “Sky” Vacation Bible School at Friendship United Methodist Church. Cost of $10 per child if registered by June 11. The sky is the limit at the fun Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Friendship Methodist Church! Sky VBS takes place 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, June 18 through June 22. Children preschool thru 5th grade, as well as teen helpers, can come. VBS costs $10 per child if registration is complete by June 11, $15 after, and includes a free Sky VBS t-shirt. Friendship United Methodist Church is on Friendship Road (Route 261), one block east of Friendship Circle on Route 2, just one and a quarter miles north of the traffic light at Route 260 and Route 2 in Owings. Call (410) 257-7133, email or go to for more info.

Wed., June 13 - Sat., June 16 Solomons Plein Air Festival: Hosted by the Solomons Business Association. See artists in action painting the beautiful surroundings. Call (410) 326-2549.

Thursday, June 14 Children's Summer Fun Program: from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, 4155 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Call (410) 257-3892 for more info. Flag Day Ceremony: Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach

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will conduct it Annual Flag Day Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Post. All members and the general public are invited to attend. For information visit Bay Breeze Summer Concert Series: The Friends of the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (CBRM) invite you and your family to a free concert at 7:30 p.m. “Two for You” will be returning to the Museum by popular demand. Ralph and Janet are an energetic duo performing a wide variety of musical styles from the 40’s through today.

Friday, June 15 Campfire on the Beach: For elementary-age kids and their families. 7:00 p.m. at North Beach.

Saturday, June 16 Patuxent Rural Legacy Bike Ride from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; $15 (pre-registration), $20 (late registration), $30 (the day of the event). At the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center, 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD (Prince Georges County) This is the Oxon Hill Bicycle and Trail Club's annual ride to showcase Prince George’s County’s Patuxent River Rural Legacy Area, 13, 27, 45 and 62 miles from the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, with rest stops at the Jug Bay Natural Area in Lothian at Patuxent River Park, at a beach-park where Magruder’s Ferry once crossed the Patuxent, and at Eagle Harbor in a shady yard overlooking the Patuxent. After the ride, enjoy a picnic at the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. The registration fee includes marked routes, SAG support, map and cue sheet, food and drinks at rest stops and the after-ride picnic. To register, follow this link: Fossil Field Experience: Discover the fossils of Calvert Cliffs on a local beach. Tour the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Hall with a trained guide from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; then go with the group to find your own. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Call (410) 326-2042 ext. 41. African American Family Community Day: from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Jefferson Patterson Park, 10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685. Call for more info: (410) 535-2730. The 17th annual event features Gospel recording artist Isaiah Thomas, comedian Sean Sarvis, Obsession Go-Go Band, 410 South Boyz, I Am Nezzy, and other local entertainers. Participate in children’s activities including art, storytelling, moon bounce, face painting, etc. View displays and exhibits from community organizations. Qualify for door prizes and enjoy scrumptious food. Sponsored by the NAACP Calvert County Chapter and other community organizations. Free admission. For more information call (410) 535-2730 Father's Day Fling and Car Show: Take Dad out for a fun day of bonding. Build your own catapults and use them to hurl paint at a large canvas. Payment and registration are required in advance ($65 for members; $75 for non-members). Payment includes admission to the Arts Building, art supplies, and admission to the 37th Annual Tobacco Trail Antique & Classic Car Show at Annmarie Gardens in Dowell/Solomons, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call (410) 326-4640 for

more info and to register. Guided Canoe Trip: from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. American Chestnut Land Trust, 676 Double Oak Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Call (410) 414-3400 for more info. Eat-Drink-Go Local North Beach: This "go local" movement brings together farmers, chefs and wine in a casual, open-air farmers market feel. Visit North Beach on Saturday, June 16, from noon until 6:00 p.m. for the best of what Southern Maryland has to offer. Browse local produce from regional farmers and enjoy cooking demonstrations, all while learning which local wines to pair with local fare. Swirl, sip and stroll as you browse local produce from regional farmers and enjoy cooking demonstrations. Entry is free; tasting passes may be purchased. Waterman for a Day: At the Lore Oyster House. Experience life as a waterman and work in an oyster packing house, use oyster tongs, work in the shucking room and sing work songs from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn about oyster biology and how to help restore Crassostrea Virginica from the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society. FREE. PAX River Excursions: Special one-hour Patuxent rides aboard the Roughwater, a working waterman’s boat with Captain Rachel Dean. $20 per person, pre-registration required. The boat departs from the Lore Oyster House at 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. and is limited to six passengers per outing. Call the Calvert Marine Museum for more info: (410) 326-2042 ext. 41. Beachcomb Treasures: Portals to Our Past talk by author and world-wide beachcomber, Deacon Ritterbush at 3:00 p.m. in the Calvert Marine Museum auditorium. Bring your best beach find to share or for identification. Free. Installation of Officers: Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 officers for the upcoming year will be installed commencing at 4:00 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. For information visit

Sunday, June 17 Father’s Day Breakfast: Honor Dad by starting off the day with a special breakfast featuring Charlotte’s waffles with strawberries and cream, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits, fruit, and chipped beef. Drawings for gifts for Dad. Hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the upper level Dining Hall in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Open to the Public. Adults $12; kids 6-12 $6; kids under 6 free. Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal charge. For information, visit Fishing Program: from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $5 per vehicle at Calvert Cliffs State Park 9500 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby. Want to learn how to fish? Then come participate in one of several fishing workshops throughout Southern Maryland. Regardless of age, come learn how to tie a rig, bait a hook, and cast a line. All prospective participants should bring a valid Maryland non-tidal fishing license which can be purchased

at outdoor sporting stores. Individuals 16 years or younger are not required to bring a fishing license. Poles and bait are available; though participants may bring their own. To register please call (301) 888-1377 or e-mail Fossil Program: from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 per vehicle at Calvert Cliffs State Park 9500 H.G. Trueman Road, Lusby. Calvert Cliffs are home to fossils of the Miocene era, nearly 15 million years ago. Shark teeth, stingray plates, scallop shells and many other fossils can be found here. Join a naturalist to learn more about the fossils of Calvert Cliffs and how they were formed. Fun for all ages!! Meet at the beach. Please be aware that there is a 1.8 mile (aprox. 45 min) scenic hike to the beach and plan accordingly. Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat or sunglasses are suggested. Father’s Day Paddling Program: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Free. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center 11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD (Prince Georges County). Come participate in the Father's Day paddle on the Mattaponi. No experience necessary! Boats and equipment are available though participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. This event has limited space for people who desire to borrow equipment. To register call (301) 888-1377 or e-mail Please bring sunglasses/hat, sunscreen, water, a snack or lunch, and shoes/clothes that can get wet. Cruise With Dad: At the Calvert Marine Museum. Two fun Fathers’s Day Cruises. 1) Brunch Cruise Dad’s love being out on the water-a perfect way to say ‘You’re the best!’ with a cruise aboard the Wm. B. Tennison from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Preregistration required. Call (410) 326-2042 ext. 41. 2) Fathers’s Day Evening Cruise What dad wouldn’t feel special with this treat? Heavy hors d’ oeuvres served aboard the Wm. B. Tennison from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Preregistration required. Call (410) 326-2042 ext. 41.

Tuesday, June 19 Summer Fun features Mad Science exploring the world of dreams and the amazing scientists who dared to dream big. For kids ages five and up. 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. at the Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch at the Northeast Community Center, (410) 257-2411 or 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library Fairview Branch at Dunkirk Fire Department, (410) 257-2101.

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Chesapeake Beach Stars and Stripes Festival “THANK YOU” to sponsors, contributors, volunteers and participants for making our first Stars & Stripes Festival a huge success over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 – 28, 2012.

The “Stars and Stripes Festival Committee” A special thanks goes out to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:

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