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September 22, 2011



Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties

Bringing Back the Band Shell

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Spat Now In The Creek

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How to Get A County Job

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Another Beach Business Closes

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On The Cover

A century ago, a beautiful band shell graced the shores of Chesapeake Beach. Now, a replica is back, delighting concert-goers, just like before. Cover Story page 12.


Everyone loves the Fair! Find out what’s in store for the entire family at the 125th Calvert County Fair. See pages 6 and 21.


He once was a student at the Corcoran School, but unfortunately had to drop out. Yet a local man keeps his love of painting alive through what he loves best, close to home. Story on page 7.

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Local News Community On The Water Taking Care of Business Cover Story Letters In Remembrance Community Education Music Notes Business Directory Out & About


Interested in helping the Town of Chesapeake Beach with its oyster restoration project in Fishing Creek? Even if you’re not a waterfront property owner, you can help by taking responsibility for caring for some of the boxes. The Chesapeake Current has adopted four cages of oysters which we will tend each week – and you, your family and/or your business can, too! Call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall and volunteer: (410) 257-2230.

Chesapeake Beach First in MD To Grow Oysters

Spat Now In Fishing Creek Another Chesapeake Current Exclusive By Diane Burr

From the Railway Trail above, volunteers Wayne and Theresa Montgomery help pull the oyster cages into place. CBOCS Team Leader Keith Pardiek and his son, Michael in the dark canoe help Eunice Lin in the red kayak steady them in the currents. Jon Farrington of Lusby directs the operation.

CBOCS Volunteer John Bacon of Chesapeake Beach hands off cages of oysters to Helen Downey and Jim Taylor of Dare’s Beach to take home and tend.

Chesapeake Beach is now officially the first municipality in the State of Maryland to grow oysters. The first cages were placed in Fishing Creek on Saturday, September 17 as dozens of area residents came help – and to pick up their own cages to begin cultivating oysters at home. The project started last fall when Mayor Bruce Wahl contacted the Southern Maryland Oyster Cultivation Society (known as SMOCS) in Lusby when he heard about oyster restoration projects they were sponsoring. They’ve established more than 150,000 oysters in Mill Creek, Back Creek, and St. John’s Creek to date, and Wahl thought – why not Fishing Creek, which runs through the center of Chesapeake Beach? The town is placing the cages under the new Railway Trail to protect them from the elements as they grow and filter the water. Keith Pardieck, a biologist with the Federal government who lives in Chesapeake Beach, immediately stepped up to the plate to be the project leader. He and his son, Michael were in a canoe that Saturday morning, ready to help. Jon Farrington, owner of Johnny Oyster Seed in Lusby, is a former aerospace engineer who has designed a unique spat on shell cage that eliminates the need to constantly cultivate the oysters. He was enlisted to help put the first of them in place in Fishing Creek. “We’re putting in twelve of the cages I designed today, and I’m waiting on some parts, so we hope to put in another ten or twelve next weekend (Saturday morning, September 24). I’ve installed six pairs of poles – enough to hold 24 cages,” Farrington says. A weight filled with sand causes his cage to rotate very slowly with tides so that sediment and waste from the spat on shells rinses out naturally. With these cages, volunteers only have to touch them four times a year. Old-fashioned oyster cages from the State of Maryland require manual tending, but they are free. Dozens of area residents signed up to take responsibility for them in Fishing Creek by promising to swish them up and down several times once a week until next year when the oysters will be moved to a bed. Many others who live on the waterfront came to take theirs home. John Bacon, who chairs the Water Monitoring Committee was pulling up the cages and handing them over to residents along with volunteers Terry Klazer and Steve LoVecchio that morning. Bacon tests water quality in Fishing Creek to make sure that conditions are right for the oysters, and now has ten members of his committee. “Since people have been reading about this, hearing about it, it’s exploded. We have more than 60 volunteers and more people calling with questions and getting involved all the time,” Bacon says.

Helen Downey and Jim Taylor of Dare’s Beach volunteered to take several cages and tend to them at their home on the Bay. “There’s nowhere else around here doing this. When we heard about it, we volunteered to take some right away,” Downey says. Another area resident, Amada Brown, came and took home four cages of oysters as well along with many others. Lauren Butz, a fourth grader at Beach Elementary School, rode her bike down the down the Railway Trail to watch the oysters put in place. She and her parents helped prepare the spat for the cages. Mom Mary Butz is a 5th grade teacher at Beach Elementary and will teach a unit on oysters this fall. Her dad, Paul Butz, is a second grade teacher in PG County. Lauren became quite an expert on oysters and proudly spouted off from memory some impressive facts and figures. “There was an average of 120 oyster shells in each bag… so we figured we put about 344 in each big cage. We counted the spat – which looks like little brown seashells carved on the oyster shells – and the highest number was 12 on one but we even had a dud without any on it. The average was five to six spat per shell.” Beach Elementary Principal Michael Shisler also came by, and told us that the nearby school is sponsoring two of the cages, which students will learn more about and visit. Mayor Wahl says, “The State of Maryland offers $500 tax breaks residents who grow oysters… so what you can do is buy the cage, and donate it to the town, and we’ll install it and take care of it for you. Then, you take the tax break. It’s win-win for everyone.” About the Author: Diane Burr is the publisher and executive editor of the Chesapeake Current, which was named the Bay Business Group’s Best New Business in 2010.

Scan the Current Code to watch a video of a barge taking four of the oyster cages up Fishing Creek.

Lauren Butz, a fourth grader at Beach Elementary School, helped to prepare the oysters for the cages. She and her family also came to watch them moved into place.

Scan this Current Code to watch a video of Jon Farrington explaining how he installs the cages under the Railway Trail in Fishing Creek.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011



Storm Clean-Up Extended The Calvert County Department of Public Works is extending its collection of storm debris from roadways and removing residential tree/green debris from county road rights-of way through Friday, September 30. As a result of Hurricane Irene and the heavy rains the following weekend from Tropical Storm Lee, tree/green storm-related debris is limited to un-bagged leaves, trees, limbs, branches, bushes, shrubs, etc. Calvert County residents who live on any county-maintained roadway may place debris in front of their private property, in the county right-of-way only, through September 30 for free removal. Please ensure that debris is placed at least two feet from the road edge to ensure it does not interfere with vehicle or pedestrian traffic. County trucks will canvas neighborhoods to remove this vegetative debris. Residents may also dispose of tree/green debris at the Appeal and Barstow landfills through Friday, September 30 as well, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., free of charge. After that, tree/green debris must be taken to Appeal Landfill and a fee of $65.27 per ton will apply. All other storm debris including construction and demolition debris (like carpeting, sheetrock, wood, roofing or


By Susan Shaw President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners

How To Get A County Job Last weekend, while attending a fundraiser at Jefferson Patterson Park, I was approached by a friend asking me to consider the individual’s spouse for a County job. Other Commissioners were also asked “to put in a good word.” Is this how an employee gets hired by Calvert County government? NO! If you or someone you know is seeking employment, please go to the Calvert County website at: On the left side of the home page is a link for Employment Opportunities. That link will take you to the CORE page that looks like this: Welcome to CORE, the online recruitment and employment system for Calvert County Government.

insulation) and wind-blown garbage will be accepted at the Appeal and Barstow landfills for free through September 30. Demolition debris must be taken to Appeal Landfill and a fee of $65.27 per ton will apply. Tree/green debris and construction debris brought to either site in commercial vehicles will be charged the commercial rate. For more information on the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Public Works, call (410) 535-0905; send an email to, or visit online at Calvert County.

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CORE will help you find the job that you are looking for, faster and easier. The page is self-explanatory. There is a listing of open jobs. As I am writing this column, only one full-time job is open to the public: Project Engineer II in Public Works. Some jobs are listed as in-house jobs to allow current employees to apply first. This is the method by which promotions occur. An opening is posted. If a current employee applies and is hired, that person’s former job may well become a job advertised to the public. If no current employees apply, or if none are hired, the job can be posted for public applications. Some jobs are posted both in-house and to the public simultaneously. The decision about how the job is posted is made in consultation with Personnel and is based on whether there are a number of qualified applicants in-house or not. So, how does a qualified applicant for a publicly posted position get hired? In order to make the hiring process as fair as possible, and to remove undue influence, there is a grading system. Each application is screened to see if it meets the qualifications. Those that qualify are assigned a numerical score based on the information provided by the applicant. This step is the one that is critical to getting an interview. The more detailed information provided that meets the qualification requirements, the higher the score is likely to be. Once scored, the qualified applications are sent to the hiring employee, who again screens the applications. Interviews are scheduled with the highest scoring applicants. Depending on the level of the job, a manager may interview and hire. For higher-level jobs, an interview panel is assembled. For example, Calvert County recently hired a new County Attorney. The interview panel consisted of the County Administrator, 2 other department heads and a State’s Attorney. The interview panel selected, using a numerical scoring grid, the top three applicants for the Board of County Commissioners to interview. We hired one of those top three. Had we not been satisfied with the top three, we could have interviewed more applicants, or we could have re-advertised the position. Some positions are difficult to fill. Others result in an abundance of very highly-qualified applicants. Several years ago, a job for a receptionist/ telephone answerer/clerk was posted. 800 applicants applied. Those applicants that listed the equipment used to answer the main courthouse telephone number scored highest and were interviewed. An applicant called me, irate that she did not get an interview. However, she had not listed the equipment on her application, and thus, scored too low to get an interview. Of course, references and all the normal processes for getting a job are important also. There is very little turnover in most County jobs. However, retirements occur regularly. There are seasonal and part-time positions. Keep checking the Calvert County website if you are job-hunting.

By Lyn Striegel

Your Money Matter$ Getting Started on a Financial Plan We already know that you will need investment income to see you through your retirement years. And the amounts you have in your investments may be needed for other goals such as educating children or purchasing a home. But, how much should you put towards your investment goals, where should the investments be made, how do you get started on your lifetime financial plan? Got your motivations list from last issue in front of you? Let’s start with some basics about financial planning. Begin with where you are now—financially. To figure that out, you need to organize your paperwork. I know, this is something no one loves to do. But, it absolutely is the first step towards taking control of your financial situation. You have to know where you are to get to where you want to be. So, get to the local office supply store and buy some file folders—lots of them. I like the ones that are like pockets, since paper tends to fall out and get lost in open file folders.

ORGANIZING THE PAPERWORK Got your folders? OK, let’s get to it. Make the following labels on the files:

“Pay Stubs” “Bank Account Statements” “401(k) Plan statements” “Brokerage Statements”—if you have more than one brokerage account, make a separate file for each one “Insurance”—put it all in this file—home, auto, life, and disability “Home Maintenance” —this file is for repairs, appliances “Mortgage Payments” “Property Taxes” “Car Payments”—this file is for expenses, whether car loans or lease payments

“Credit Card/Loan Payments”—if you have more than one credit card or loan, make a separate file for each one “Child Care Expenses” “Clothing” “Entertainment”—this is a tricky file since it is difficult to estimate your expenditures if you entertain friends in your home. But, insert your receipts for food and beverages for guests every time you entertain. Also add tickets stubs, magazine subscriptions, rental movie stubs and anything else relating to your own entertainment. You will probably be surprised at your monthly expenditures on this category. “Medical/Dental/Vision/Prescription Drug Expenses” - This is for unreimbursed medical expenses that your insurance company doesn’t cover. “Alimony” “Food”—this is for normal food expenditures for your family, and should not include food expenditures related to entertaining guests. “College Education Expenses” - including tuition, books, car insurance, health insurance, apartment rental, anything you are spending for the child at college. “Income Taxes” “Utility Payments”—gas/oil, water, electric, sewer, Internet “Telephone Payments”- home, cell “TV Programming”—use this one if you have cable or satellite TV services.

LOCAL NEWS (a large one) and put in every receipt, pay stub and invoice stub you have every month. Once a month, clean out the envelope and put all receipts into their proper folders. Check and revise your tally sheets on top of the folders. If you see that you are continually spending money for something for which you don’t have a file folder, make a new one. Keep your tally sheets on top of the folders up to date. That way, you will always be current and will always know by referring to each folder what you are spending or taking into income for each category. Make sure your filing system works for you. If you have a better way of approaching your bills, do it. But, create something so comfortable for you that you will stick with it.

Guess what? Just by sorting your monthly expenditures and reviewing them, you have taken more control over your finances. OK, now what? We will start to analyze what we have. Our next article: Cash flow and net worth. About the Author: Lyn Striegel is an attorney in private practice in North 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.

County Water/Sewer Hearing Scheduled The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Calvert County Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. to consider the proposed update to the Calvert County Water and Sewerage Plan. The hearing will be held in the Planning Commission Hearing Room at Courthouse Square, 205 Main Street in Prince Frederick. The plan includes updated statistics, demographics and water and sewer data. Also included are updated county policies and actions to match the 2010 Comprehensive Plan that includes the water resources element. Accompanying the changes to the body of the plan are changes to the water and sewer maps and service categories requested by the county and by individual property owners. Those interested may view the actual changes in their entirety by contacting the Calvert County Department of Planning and Zoning at (410) 535-1600 or (301) 855-1243, ext. 2356 or by visiting online at and clicking on Planning and Zoning.

Take all the receipts you have and sort them into each one of these file folders. Get a sheet of paper for each folder. On the sheet, put down the average amount of money you spend on a monthly basis. Just take 12 months receipts, add them up and divide by 12 to get your monthly average expenditure for the category. Staple your tally page to the top of the folder so you can refer to it later. You don’t have to file every bill away in a folder every time you pay it. Instead, one good method is to keep a “current receipts” envelope

Aquatic Center’s New Hours The Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick is open after temporary closure for annual maintenance and cleaning with the following revised operational hours: • Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Sundays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. As usual, the pool closes 15 minutes prior to facility closing time. In addition, revised holiday hours are as follows: • New Year's Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Memorial Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Independence Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Christmas Eve 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • New Year's Eve, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pool will be closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. To learn more about Calvert County Parks & Recreation, visit the county web site.

Chesapeake Current

Thursday, September 22, 2011



Calvert County Fair

Everyone Loves The County Fair An All-American Experience

At the end of September, we have the privilege of attending the 125th Anniversary event of the Calvert County Fair. It’s tremendous what the county fair contributes to our community, our county, our families and our lives. County fairs are an American an institution – with memories of the sweet and simple life from years gone by. The Calvert County Fair offers an unbelievable array of real reality, unlike the “reality” that TV tries to dish out to us. Carol Lee, the president of the Calvert County Fair and Dotty Greene, the second VP, along with a ton of other volunteers have learned what works and have used that to grow the fair year by year. To that, Dottie says, “We haven’t been here the whole 125 years!” and Carol retorts, “But it feels like it sometimes.” Especially now, when it’s crunch time.” The Calvert County Fair opens on Wednesday, September 28 at the Calvert County Fairgrounds on Rt 231, just a mile or so from Rt 4. It runs for five days, ending on Sunday, October 2. On Wednesday, the Opening Night, people come from all over the tri-county area, many to see friends they only see annually at the Fair. The Fair runs the gamut from old-fashioned, home-grown events, as in the obligatory livestock and baked goods competitions to contests for canned goods, needlework, arts and crafts, vegetables, tobacco, honey, hay and grains, and flowers. Monday, September 26 is Entry Day. So show up between 12:00 Noon and 8:00 p.m. with your jar of tomatoes to be judged. All winners receive ‘premiums’ (money awards) and gorgeous ribbons, with the Champions placed in honor displays. All of these historic competitions are conducted right alongside the more modern innovations to the fair, such as, the distinctly All American “Calvert County Fair Idol” contest. Special local talent performances include Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Band, starring our own Mike Phipps from Calvert County. Also, there are the “Miss Tranquility” and “Lord Calvert” Contests, on Sunday, for young women and men (ages 16-19). These competitions focus on public speaking abilities, poise, scholastic achievement along with school and community activities participation. The Grand Prize winners get a $1,250 college scholarship. And if you want good food, you’ll find it at the fair. Food vendors range from BBQ to fried chicken, gourmet French fries, Italian sausages and smoothies. All the food you could ever want, some even healthy! The Midway accommodates a carnival providing rides, games and more food concessions. Ready for some cotton candy? The kids are sure to enjoy a day at the Fair, but the experience is most profound for those who participate in the creative competitive events. Step outside your comfort zone, if you have ever had the inclination to share something you have made or nurtured to grow. Kids are encouraged to participate also. In the 4H/Youth Building, there will be the same categories of competition available for those between the ages of six and 19. Imagine the feelings of pride in achievement, in winning or just or just putting themselves out there. It’s so American! Hope to see you at the County Fair!

Spirit By Suzanne Shelden

"Country Fairs...Interpreted by CalvART Artists" runs through October 2. Art show at the Calvart Gallery, Prince Frederick Center, 110 S. Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. The gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call (410) 535-9252 for more information.

When: Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2 Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: Calvert County Fairgrounds, Route 231, Barstow. Admission: $5 for adults, Children under age 11 are free. Opening day, bring a can of food to donate and get in for $1. Parking: At the fairgrounds except for weekends when no left turns will be allowed from Route 231. Once the lot fills Saturday and Sunday, take a shuttle from the parking area at Hallowing Point Park. Entertainment: Check the Music Notes Section (page 21) for a calendar of music and entertainment at this year’s Calvert County Fair.

Talk to the animals! Get up close and personal at the Calvert County Fair.

They’re Of f !

Talk about taking home the bacon! One of the main attractions at the Bay Harvestfest in North Beach on Saturday, September 10 was this pig race. Photo by Cheryl Emery.


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In The Eye of the Beholder Another Chesapeake Current Exclusive By William Poe Very few may recognize him, but those that do refer to him as the Roadside Painter. He may very well be one of Calvert County's best-kept secrets in the art world. Born in Calvert County to farming parents in 1944, William Brown has practiced his craft since elementary school, taking a more serious approach to it as he got older. He says while in high school, "The teacher, at the end of the year, all of the material, before he would throw it away, he gave it to me, the used material, all the boards and everything. I would come back home and repaint them white again, take the paint and open the tubes up and add softening chemicals, loosen them up and do paintings from them." While still in his teens, he was contracted by Mt. Hope Church in Sunderland to display his talents. "They had me paint over the entry into church and into the vestibule a picture of Jesus and as you go in (the words) 'Enter to Worship.' Also, I painted a picture of Jesus and his disciples,

then going back out of the church. On the other side of the wall over the door was, 'Depart to Serve' and it was Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead." After high school, Brown went to work for a construction firm as a laborer eventually moving up the ladder to various administrative positions. While employed, he says, "I went to Corcoran School of Art. They gave me a scholarship seeing the potential of work I was developing." While there, Brown worked on developing his portrait skills and understanding the importance of proportion. After studying for a year at the Corcoran, Brown began raising a family. Unable to complete his art education, Brown continued to paint whenever time allowed. Today, Brown can sometimes be spotted on the side of the road, sitting in a field, sketching out his next masterpiece. He favors landscapes to other types of paintings. "It's challenging yet rewarding at the same time."

Brown seems to have a sixth sense about what to do next, often painting pictures of buildings and landscapes in the county that are now no longer in existence. "What I paint is what the people are exposed to, but completely don't appreciate what exists." He maintains an art collection of over 200 paintings of landscapes throughout the county. Due to a disability, Brown is unable to get out as much as he would like to these days but says, "I would love to go all over the country, all over the world and paint various scenes." Asked about how he sees himself as a painter, he replied, "I think it's something

that all artists have. They feel that they have a level of performance and it's maybe somewhat unique in the way that they display it, because the more you're involved in it the more you learn about it and the more you learn about how it's observed and measured. It's measured in the stroke of a brush and the lighting, the design and a number of different approaches to evaluate the quality of the work. And it has to be expression, it has to relate in expression of the time and the people will enjoy and they won’t fail to remember." He adds, "God has given us the blessings and if we fail to develop them then it's a sin because we haven't shared what he's given us and so he doesn't benefit and neither do we benefit." About the Author: William “Billy” Poe is a home-improvement contractor who lives in Dunkirk and is a published author, poet, essayist, and documentary photographer. Among his credits is the book, “AfricanAmericans of Calvert County.” William Brown was in his teens when he first painted inspirational murals of Jesus at Mt. Hope Church in Sunderland.

William Brown developed artistic talent at an early age, and continues painting landscapes of our area today.

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Chesapeake Current

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports:

Human Remains Found A citizen contacted the Calvert County Sheriff's Office and advised that he had located a possible human skull in a wooded area off of Tate Road in Prince Frederick on September 16. Patrol Units and Detectives from the Calvert County Sheriff's Office along with Maryland State Police responded to the location. Investigators determined that it was the skull of a human. An extensive grid search was conducted of the area, however yielded no Authorities confirm that it was a human skull found off further evidence. The crime scene was Tate Road in Prince Frederick. The remains were sent processed and the skull is being sent to the to the medical examiner’s office for tests. medical examiners office for further processing and possible identification. At press time, it’s unclear as to the identity of the skull or the cause of death. The Chesapeake Current asked Commander Steven Jones of the Criminal Investigative Bureau if there was any indication if it was adult or child, male or female. His response: “This does not appear to be a young skull. Further testing will be done in an attempt to determine an age, etc.” Anyone with possible information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Sarah Jernigan of the Calvert Investigative Team at (410) 535-1600 Ext. 2595.

Yet Another Bank Hold-Up In Dunkirk Units from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police responded to the BB&T Bank branch at 10264 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk for a hold up / panic alarm on September 12 at 12:38 p.m. Dfc. Vaughn Evans arrived on scene as did off-duty Officer B. Dowell from the United States Capital Police. The initial investigation revealed that a white male suspect had entered the bank and presented a teller with a note demanding money. The suspect fled the bank on foot and was spotted by Dfc. Evans and Officer Dowell. The suspect, 54-year-old George Wright of Brandywine, MD was apprehended by Dfc. Evans in front of the Hallmark Store a short distance from the bank. The suspect was charged with armed robbery and robbery in this case by Sgt. R. McCourt. Wright is currently being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond. Contact Sergeant R. McCourt at (410) 535-1600 ext: 2457 if you have any additional information. Any anonymous tips can be made at the Sheriff’s Office home page through the Calvert County Crime Solvers link.

Explorers Receive Thank-You Gifts The Calvert Garden Club has donated "High Visibility Traffic Control” T-shirts for members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Explorers Post #91 as a thank you for providing traffic control for the Maryland Home and Garden Tour at Scientists Cliffs on May 7. The Explorers can wear the shirts during future traffic direction assignments. The shirts were designed and provided at a reduced rate through local business owner Tim Manley of Huntingtown. Shown are top row, left to right: Sheriff Mike Evans, Joyce Fletcher and Alice Galligan (Calvert Garden Club), Explorers Katlyn Everly, Jason Mulhearn, Matthew Phillips, Deputy Megan Quinn and Deputy First Class Vaughn Evans Jr. Bottom row, left to right: Deputy First Class Thomas Rickard Jr., Explorers Olivia Turner, Kara McMurray, Vincent Turner, Dwayne Ayres, and Nola Formy-Duval.


Thursday, September 22, 2011 Chesapeake Current

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.

Theft from Vehicle

A victim on St. Andrews Drive in Chesapeake Beach reported to DFC A. Woodford that sometime overnight between September 3 and 4 someone entered her vehicle and stole an i-Pod Touch, two i-Pod chargers and a pair of Coach prescription sunglasses, total value $940. The victim does not recall if the vehicle had been locked. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC Woodford at (410) 535-2800.

Attempted Theft

A woman caught sleeping inside a parked car on 1st Street in North Beach on the morning of September 10 at 8:00 a.m. was arrested and charged with intent to commit theft of the vehicle or property within. The vehicle owner advised DFC J. Bell that when she came out to her car that morning, she observed the suspect, later identified as Sarah Louise Smith, 30, of Dunkirk, sleeping inside the vehicle. The owner advised that she does not know Smith. Smith was then arrested by Bell.


A home on Bella Vista Drive in Owings was burglarized during the day between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on August 24. The culprit(s) stole a Kawasaki cordless drill, a 12 volt DeWalt cordless drill and 18-volt DeWalt cordless drill, a Bosch pneumatic nail gun, one Northern Tools circular saw, a Porta Cable orbital sander, five red-handled Husky pliers, together valued at over $1,000 from the home. Dep. N. Funchion is investigating.

State Police Barrack U Reports: Thefts

Trooper Esnes responded to the 300 block of West Chesapeake Beach Road in Owings for a reported theft on September 1 at 11:55 a.m. A mailbox was reported stolen. The investigation continues. Trooper First Class Hunt responded to the 1900 block of 5th Street in Owings for a reported theft on September 1 at 1:19 p.m. A generator was stolen from the front yard. The investigation continues.

Possession of Marijuana

Trooper First Class Evans stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Emmanuel Church Road at Wilson Road in Huntingtown on August 30 at 3:35 p.m. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Christopher D. Hiner, 20, of Huntingtown, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

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Look for Clear Water... By Bob Munro

Tropical Storms Irene and Lee continue to leave their marks on the northern and mid-Chesapeake Bay areas as chocolate brown murky waters from the Susquehanna River flow south. Of immediate concern to fishermen and boaters in general is the huge amount of debris floating around out there, from large mats of aquatic vegetation to large trees to plastic of all sorts. Just navigating around out there can be treacherous to any watercraft with a propeller, not to mention the damage an encounter with a large tree trunk can do to a boat's hull. The Washington Post reports that more than 500 million gallons of diluted sewage was released into the Bay as well. The suspended sediments will eventually drop out of the water column and the debris will wash ashore or farther down the Bay (and to the bottom) and fishing conditions will return to "normal." Until then, look for clearer water, where fishing should be better. Days after Tropical Storm Lee the plume of brown water extended from Susquehanna Flats to the mouth of the

Patuxent River. The Choptank River, however, appeared to be relatively clear according to satellite photos and personal observations. Bottom fishing for Spot has been difficult at best. There have been some very small Spot caught recently, like those that were everywhere last year, mixed in with the larger Spot. The Choptank River mouth around Buoys 7 and 9 has produced some Spot but in deeper water, so expand your search accordingly. Live liners continue to target the False Channel area around Buoy 4. Trolling with Drone Spoons and in-line planers has been productive for Stripers in the mouth of Eastern Bay and below Parker's Creek west of the main channel. There are plenty of small Bluefish around and some Spanish Mackerel as well. And a few Red Drum have been caught. Of all the fish species we catch in our part of the Bay, the Red Drum is least affected by muddy water. Another productive rig for Rockfish trolling is the full size umbrella equipped with two small 1-2 oz bucktails, tied with 18 inch leaders to opposite corners of the umbrella arms. Trim the bucktails with strips of pork rind (red or yellow are good colors) rather than plastic shad because of all the Bluefish around. And "Diamond Jim," among 600 Rockfish that were specially tagged this summer by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is alive and well, or at least remained uncaught earlier this month when the deadline passed.

Eleven anglers caught some of the tagged fish, but not the one and only "Diamond Jim." The lucky anglers were awarded equal shares of the $25,000 award, according to tournament rules. Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to "" and we'll do our best to get you an answer. Don't catch 'em all, Bob Munro About the Author: Bob Munro of Chesapeake Beach has been a career research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he's fished the mid-Chesapeake since the mid-1980s.

NASA Earth Data photo of sediments deposited into the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna River and others following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee (credit: NASA/GSFC, Rapid Response).

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Thursday, September 22, 2011


An Eye On Their Future By Brian McDaniel “The only wealth in the world is children.” Brenda Tyrell is the owner of Prime Time Children’s Learning Center in Owings, MD. For more than 23 years she and her staff have been caring for a lot of kids in Calvert County. Both of my children have spent a good part of what Brenda calls “their prime time” at the center. During the younger years of a child’s life, they are typically sponges for information. Prime Time takes full advantage of that by tapping into the total learning process. From speech to motor skills, Prime Time is completely full service and not just a “babysitter.” Over the years, Brenda has been personally involved in many changes in the childcare industry. Brenda assisted the State in writing regulations for infant childcare, which wasn’t available when the center first opened in 1988. It also helped to shape the after school child care programs for Prime Time. However, Brenda helped other centers in the

area as well. Being the first to need these regulations, she shared her experience with fellow childcare centers. Prime Time was the first in the county to be awarded both National and State accreditations. Accreditation is a big win-win situation for child care centers, the children and their parents because it requires Centers to meet standards that go far beyond just State licensing and safety concerns and requires that the highest possible level of professional child services are provided. For these reasons, Prime Time has a waiting list that sometimes stretches to two years. Prime Time is located at the Calvert Arundel Business Park in Owings. The Children and Youth Activity Centers offer over 12,000 square feet of building space and over an acre of outdoor play space, with lots of door to door parking for parents on the go. There is great leadership at the center. The staff, management and ownership understand what it takes to run a center that is completely and without a doubt, dedicated to children and their future. Children at Prime Time are encouraged, motivated and taught to be fair. Manners are extremely important as well as being respectful. Some of the children who grew up in the center have become employees. My kids are proof that Prime Time’s curriculum and foundations provide quality head start for a child. On a personal note, my kids came home one day from prime Time and as we sat down for dinner I heard them

say, “We fold our hands and softly say, thank you for our food today.” That was several years ago. My kids are eight and 11 now and they still do that on their own and without us asking. We think that is awesome. For this story, Brenda sent me several pages of information about the history of the center, the struggles and red tape. Her story is amazing. I couldn’t fit everything in one article. I would encourage any reader who may be interested in a childcare solution that truly focuses on development to check out Prime Time, and ask Brenda to send you her story. Prime Time is Brenda’s passion. But she’s the first to admit that she can’t do it alone, and rather than taking credit, she gives the glory to her staff. Her husband, Mr. Ron is instrumental in keeping up with technology and keeping confidential information at Prime Time safe and under lock and key-codes! Prime Time is a fun place where kids really learn. The children play games and participate in events held at the center year-round. The secret is that they are learning and they don’t even know it. It all started with Brenda, her team and a clear vision. I like to refer to Prime Time as “Calvert County’s Little College for kids.” Yep, it’s that good. To reach Prime Time and get the full story, contact Brenda. About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC. 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 (BBG).

Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Monthly Meeting: The Bay Business Group meets Wednesday, October 19 at 8:30 a.m. at the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach. For more information, email or visit the BBG web site at

A New Member Orientation will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office. New and Existing Chamber members are encouraged to attend to get acquainted with the benefits of Chamber membership. RSVP to (410) 535-2577. Business After Hours is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 13242 Rousby Hall Rd. Lusby. Sponsored by First Home Mortgage, Darren Rickwood & The McNelis Group, LLC - This is an opportunity to see a waterfront historic home. Stroll the grounds of Rousby Hall and enjoy the beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay. An Oktoberfest theme will get you in the mood for all and don't forget to stop by the oyster tent! Mark your Calendar for the Annual Awards Dinner on October 26. Comedian Taylor Mason will be back again this year. Taylor has a stand up comedy act that incorporates ventriloquism and music. He is quick witted and has a flawless delivery. This is one event you don't want to miss. Call the Chamber office at (410) 535-2577 for details. A Bridal Affaire - Wedding Expo hosted by the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce is set for Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the West River United Methodist Center, 5100 Chalk Point Road, West River, MD 20778. It’s an exclusive bridal show in a beautiful waterfront setting overlooking the West River in South County, showcasing local businesses providing products and services for the discerning ‘Brides-To-Be’ and their guests. To register, become a sponsor or vendor, visit the SAACC web site at or call (410) 867-3129 for more info. Legislative Breakfast: Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Council of Chambers (Greater Crofton, Greater Severna Park, Northern Anne Arundel County, Southern Anne Arundel County and West County.) The Chambers invites you to attend a Legislative Breakfast on Friday, September 30 from 8:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. at Hella's Restaurant in Millersville, MD. A Special Session of the Maryland General Assembly is planned for October. Potential issues involved: - Congressional Redistricting - Transportation Funding - Consideration of Tax Increases Business owners are encouraged to attend, and bring questions for your elected officials. Call SAACC at (410) 867-3129 for more info. Membership Challenge! Help grow the Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber’s membership to 500 members and receive your 2012 Membership Investment for FREE! This Chamber's success depends on the dedication of our members and thrives on your continuing support, ideas and suggestions. In order to receive your FREE 2012 Membership, bring in five (5) new members on or before September 30.

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SeaScapes: Suffering a Sea Change By Lisa Payne Fall is coming, leaves are falling, seasons are changing. So goes life. I’ve been blessed to have my own store for the past five plus years. I can go into many homes in the community and see things from SeaScapes “bought” just for my customers. SeaScapes has had people rave about their gifts, their décor and more. It is the highest complement a shop owner can receive. North Beach, the community, the business owners, my artisan and customers have become family. Much has changed, much has stayed the same. I wouldn’t change any of it. I grew up wanting to own my own store. I worked in the industry managing, merchandising, and marketing department stores and off price retailers. Towns like Annapolis, St. Michaels and Solomons Island were my models. Then, I found North Beach, which is truly the Jewel of the Chesapeake. North Beach is more than a “beach.” It’s the sum of the parts that make this community unique. The Town government, the citizens, the businesses and the Bay work in tandem to bring the best of Calvert County to the tourists and community alike. Look around and you see shops, restaurants and services to rival any others in the County. Much of the charm of North Beach is that much like Cheers “everyone knows your name.” We have created a business Loop Group that advertises together and strives to work with the Town and Community to make our events the best they can be. SeaScapes has been a part of all of that. We’ve shared festivals and the farmers’ market and advertising with the Town. We have ladies nights, and Halloween and holiday events at our local businesses. Along the way SeaScapes has received accolades such as “Best New Business” as well as been featured in Southern Maryland Trails for carrying local artists and photographers. SeaScapes has hosted art shows, hospice groups, Red Hatters, book

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It looks as though it hovers just above the water, creating a beautiful reflection. It’s our area’s newest and unique music venue – a close replica of the band shell that was located near that spot a hundred years ago. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa (CBRS) has undertaken this major project to recreate that band shell in all its glory, and take their Rock the Dock concerts to a new high.

The original band shell at Chesapeake Beach in a photo taken between 1900-1910.

CBRS Manager Wes Donovan tells the Chesapeake Current, “It’s awesome, isn’t it? We’re so happy with how it turned out.” “It’s a real asset to our community,” says Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl. So how did they get it to look like it’s floating? “To get it out over the water, we cut off two pilings from two boat slips and put the stage platform there. It’s about 30 feet wide, 20 feet deep and 15 feet high,” he explains. “We got it from a Canadian company, and it’s completely portable,” Donovan adds. “There was a bit of a learning curve the first time we set it up – so it took four guys about four hours to figure it out, but they were able to take it down in just a few minutes. So the set-up should be a lot easier the next time. The stage breaks down completely, too. We can keep it in storage all winter.” The original Band Shell was constructed as part of the grand opening of the Boardwalk in June 1900. It is rumored that John Phillip Sousa’s Band traveled to Chesapeake Beach between 1900 and 1910 and played while marching from the railway station to the Band Shell. The original Chesapeake Beach Railway Station still stands adjacent to the Resort and serves as a museum of times gone by. Because it’s so late in the season, just two concert performances were held at the new Band Shell this year.

Scan the Current Code with your smart phones to see a concert clip from the new band shell of Johnny Rogers playing “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The new band shell is very similar to the original, and was even draped in American flags, just like in the classic photo.

The first was a concert was Sunday, September 11 by world-renowned impersonator Johnny Rogers who did memorable versions of classics by Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Elvis Presley. The following weekend, the Hank Williams Sr. tribute band, Hankerin’ 4 Hank performed. Click the Current Code to watch a clip on your smart phone. “We’ll have a complete Band Shell Concert Series next year,” Donovan promises. “We had about 200 people for the first show, which was a good crowd, but we can handle up to 400 people here.” “We can use this for so many things, maybe even weddings in the future,” Donovan adds. There are dozens of tables and great vantage points where you can see the band shell from the Boardwalk Café and two adjacent small beaches. To continue the nostalgic theme, the waiters and waitresses all wore straw hats with red bands, similar to those in the historic photo. Their uniforms were complete with white, long sleeve shirts with black armbands and black pants. Some even sported cute fake moustaches. Concert goers were also offered picture postcards featuring the original band shell.

The Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa is celebrating its 65th year in business this year. During that time, the original restaurant and marina have evolved to include a luxury hotel and full service Salon and Spa located right on the Bay, two more waterfront restaurants, meeting rooms, waterfront ballrooms, beautiful Bay views and beach front. Famous for being the Charter Fishing Capital of Maryland since 1946, the Resort also boasts two Marinas, the Rod ‘N’ Impersonator Johnny Rogers was the first to perform at the new Reel Dock and Rod ‘N’ Reel band shell at Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. “I’ve been all over Marina West. the world, but it’s the first time I’ve been to Maryland. This is beautiful! I can’t wait to come back!” he told us.

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Several State Roads Suffer Severe Damage The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has completed dozens of bridge inspections and is working to open washed out roads following the recent severe weather. In the recent days after the storms, divers were unable to perform underwater inspections due to dangerous water currents in streams, brooks and rivers. As water receded to safe levels, underwater bridge inspections resumed and SHA was able to open most roads. Southern Prince George’s, Charles and Anne Arundel counties received a range of rainfall between 10-15 inches during Irene and Lee. “Maryland received as much rain as it did during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, when dozens of roads and bridges were damaged or destroyed,” said Acting SHA Administrator Darrell B. Mobley. “These recent storms did cause damage along critical routes and we are working to get them open as soon as possible. We regret the inconvenience caused to drivers who use these roads.” Here’s a list of roads and bridges that are still closed and their current status of repair: • MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) over Allens Fresh Run (east of US 301, south of La Plata, Charles County) – Temporary bridge to open by mid-November. Roadway is closed at the bridge and a posted detour is in effect. The detour is:

MD 234 to MD 236 (Thompsons Corner Road) lot of time and mileage for commuters,” said Mobley. “We are doing everything we can to get to MD 6 (Charles Street) to US 301. the road open as soon as possible.” • MD 2 (Ritchie Highway) ramp to westbound MD 100 (Anne Arundel County) – Ramp to re-open mid-fall for replacement of 180 feet of underground drainage pipe. This will entail excavation of the damaged culvert pipe, replacement, backfill, paving and re-striping. The ramp will be closed until mid-fall. A temporary detour is in place using southbound MD 2 to MD 177 (Mountain road) to the first right and then onto westbound MD 100. The estimated cost of the repair is $500,000. MD 234 (Budds Creek Road) over Allens Fresh Run

MD 234 over Allens Fresh Run is a bridge structure (greater than 40 feet) that has been compromised. SHA is procuring a temporary bridge to expedite opening the road to traffic. SHA is working with local utility companies to relocate extensive exposed utilities. The temporary bridge and approach roadways should be open to traffic by mid-November, weather permitting. A design is underway for a permanent replacement of the bridge, which will cost approximately $3 million and be complete MD 2 ramp to westbound MD 100 • US 301 (Crain Highway) north of MD 6 by late-2012. “We know the detour for MD 234 adds a (Port Tobacco Road) – (La Plata, Charles County) – Re-opened Friday, September 16. The damaged section of roadway is mostly contained to the shoulder and side of the road. The estimated cost of the repair ranges between $250,000-$300,000. • US 301 south of MD 6 - (La Plata, Charles County) – To open early October -This section of US 301 is more extensively damaged than the section north of MD 6. The estimated cost for the repair is between MD 381 over Timothy Branch

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$600,000 and $700,000. SHA constructed a temporary southbound lane in the median to allow one lane to pass. SHA traffic engineers evaluated traffic flows and there have been no significant back ups using a single southbound lane on US 301. All repairs should be complete by early October, weather permitting. SHA reduced the width of the single southbound lane from 12 feet to 10 feet 6 inches to slow down traffic that was passing at a high rate of speed. • MD 381(Brandywine Road) over Timothy Branch in (Prince George’s County) Re-opened now with temporary road repair replacing a small section (less than 20 feet) of drainage pipe under the road, backfilling and paving. The cost of the repair will range between $125,000-$150,000. The long-term project to repair the road is still being developed. Drivers who experience any issues with SHA-maintained roadway (Numbered, non-tolled roads) can log onto and click on “Contact us.” Here, customers can complete an online service request form that is electronically routed to the appropriate SHA facility. Photos in this article provided by the Maryland State Highway Administration.

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Several Roads Remain Closed in Anne Arundel County Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Highway (BOH) officials say they are expected to reopen several roads currently closed due to roadway wash outs resulting from flash floods associated with Tropical Storm Lee by the time you read this article. They say making repairs and opening closed roads is a priority, and the BOH is expected to reopen the majority of the current 13 closures within the next month. However, they say several roads will take longer to repair. Chesterfield Road at Hawkins Road and Old Herald Harbor Road at H Diggs Lane in Crownsville, Harwood Road at Waysons Road in Harwood and Patuxent River Road in Davidsonville at Queen Anne Bridge Road will remain closed beyond 30 days due to the extensive damage and extremely complex nature of repairs. Repairs also continue on the twelve storm damaged roads reduced to one lane. Officials anticipate that the majority of these partially closed road segments will be reopened within the next 30 days. Governor Bridge Road in Davidsonville between Patuxent River Road and the Bridge is one of the areas that will continue with a needed lane reduction beyond 30 days. Officials say the current estimated repair cost total associated with these storm-related repairs is between $1.25 and $1.5 million. The road closures and road segment lane reduction lists and detour maps are on the County’s website at and will be consistently updated. Road closure and detour signs have been posted at all locations. Citizens are urged to respect barriers placed for the safety of the traveling public.


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Disaster Round-Up: What’s Next?


By Diane Burr The natural disasters we’ve experienced over the last few weeks should make each and every one of us stop and think. Susan Shaw, President of the Calvert County Board of Commissioners shared with me with some very interesting figures after I asked for her take on FEMA on September 16 declaring Calvert and twelve other Maryland Counties Major Disasters because of Hurricane Irene. (Source: eventcounties.fema?id=15772). She says, “The declaration means FEMA will provide assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.” “The website clearly says that individuals are not eligible,” Shaw notes. “If you click on the categories, like Category A, B, etc., it tells you which categories are eligible for reimbursement. Category A is debris removal. St. Mary's County approved $3 million for debris removal. We (Calvert County) get the receipts then determine where the funding will come from. We are still removing debris, so we do not have a final figure,” she says. Debris pick-up curbside throughout Calvert County and acceptance of “green” (trees, etc.) will continue at county landfills through September 30. Shaw adds, “We do not have final figures on anything for the county, except SMECO has final figures for power restoration. The SMECO contact person is Dina Moyers, who provided this information.” SMECO FEMA estimate for IRENE: CALVERT Contractors, Labor and Equipment: $1,855,000.00 Meals and Lodging: $60,950.00 Materials: $129,197.00 TOTAL: $2,045,147.00 Shaw adds, “The County provided 408 showers, and 183 individuals sought shelter at the three emergency shelters.” I’ve been looking for similar figures for Anne Arundel County, but apparently they do not have them available yet. In Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties, life is good. I’ve never lived anywhere I love so much. Our communities, our friends, our neighbors are fabulous. And out of this love for my community, I am both heartened and very concerned by what I’ve seen, and what those I know have experienced over the past few weeks. Most recently, I was one of those frustrated people trying to commute north on Route 4 both Thursday and Friday mornings following flooding from Tropical Storm Lee. Against my better judgment, I followed cars in the dark Thursday morning, squeezing by on the far right shoulder to get through the shallowest of the rising water. I heard on WTOP that only a few minutes after that, the floodwaters broke loose and authorities shut down Route 4 at that exact spot - just past Wayson’s Corner at the Jug Bay Wetlands. I’ve been around this area for more than ten years and I don’t recall flooding like that ever closing the highway. That Thursday morning, my normal 35-minute commute took over two hours. Coming home that afternoon, from the southbound Route 4 overpass, I was shocked to see a raging river flowing down Route 301. At Ron Bortnick Ford on Route 301, floodwaters

covered the hoods of many of their new cars. The northbound lanes of Route 4 remained closed Thursday afternoon. Friday morning, Route 4 northbound was still closed and traffic was diverted to Route 2 through Southern Anne Arundel County. What a nightmare! That morning, Jonathan Pugh and I both left before 6:00 a.m. because we figured it would be rough. We had no idea what we were in for! It took Jonathan more than five hours to get to Crystal City. It took me four hours to travel just 27 miles. Most of the people I was chatting with on my cell phone that morning did u-turns and went back home. I finally was able to bail out of the parking lot on Route 2 to Route 424 and I drove over a bridge in Davidsonville with the water raging and splashing over the sides. Again, shortly after that, I heard on WTOP that authorities closed it. Bottom line is, we’re in serious trouble if we ever have a serious emergency and everyone needs to evacuate quickly. There are two roads in and out – Routes 2 and 4 – just one to the south because they merge. The bridges leaving southern Calvert are one lane in each direction, and inevitably in an emergency, somebody wrecks and that grinds everything to a halt both ways. The bridges are not in the great shape, either. And we have the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear plant down there! What we’ve seen and experienced over the past few weeks should be a wake-up call. Our safe and comfortable way of life is suddenly pretty scary. There are too many people living here now and not enough solid infrastructure to safely handle us. A few days after this, I was surprised to get a letter from my insurance company changing the terms of my home policy. Probably many of you have received something similar – or don’t be surprised if yours comes sometime soon. They just wanted to let me know that they specifically will not cover “earth movement,” water damage (flood, surface water, waves, etc.), power failure, war, and nuclear hazard. Hmmm… this is not good. But they’re giving me new identity theft coverage and raising my insurance more a $100 a year. Gee thanks, but no thanks! I already know how it feels to get screwed over. We lost both of our cars in a flood a couple of years ago and lost thousands of dollars out of pocket because the North Beach government neglected to make it right. This happened even though the town ordered us to park there – in writing - with a threat of being towed if we left our cars in front of our safe home during a festival.

And the Town of North Beach did not provide an emergency shelter for residents during Hurricane Irene, even though the new Town Hall is equipped with a generator, showers, a full kitchen and plenty of space with air conditioning. In the last Chesapeake Current, we published a letter by very frustrated, long-time North Beach resident, Norma Jean Smith, who raised lots of good questions, including, “Where were our council members?” After that letter, we heard that Councilmen Mike Benton, Greg McNeill, and Randy Hummel did go out into the community to help residents following the storm, and we want to commend them for that. We also want to praise Public Works Manager Donnie Bowen and Waterfront Manager Richard Ball and their staffs for being out in full force, helping with the cleanup. Still, the fact remains that the North Beach Town Hall was locked up tight over that weekend. I checked several times myself, and heard the same thing from others. I even posted on numerous local Facebook sites reaching thousands of people, saying – I beg you to prove me wrong – that you were able to go to Town Hall and charge your cell phone or check email or take a shower. Send me photos of residents staying in the shelter, or their names and phone numbers. Please! They proved me right. No one else could get in, either. I also heard the story of at least one poor guy who camped out in the North Beach Post Office to charge his cell phone and laptop, which is a sad commentary.

So what should we make of this? Norma Jean believes it’s not up to the town staff to open Town Hall. Council Member Benton said he was at Town Hall for a while, but is it up to the council members to take it upon themselves to open Town Hall? The buck stops with the North Beach Mayor. Taxpayers and voters clearly expected the new Town Hall to be freely open to them during this emergency and it was not. The fact remains it was not open during the worst of Irene or overnight that Saturday. There are several families whose homes were very severely damaged or destroyed, and power outages were widespread with some lasting nearly a week. Others, including elderly residents and/or those who live alone have said they simply wanted to feel safe and have companionship. Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties had numerous shelters open before and after. Calvert even opened a pet-friendly shelter! But these were many miles away and roads were closed for days because of downed trees and power lines. Plus, a number of people in need didn’t have transportation, because their vehicles were crushed by falling trees. Like Norma Jean, many North Beach residents feel very let down. About the Author: Diane Burr is the founder of the Chesapeake Current.

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Frank J. DeLuca, Sr., 96 Frank J. DeLuca, Sr. of Fairhaven, known as "Mr. D," passed away on September 14, 2011. He was born April 13, 1915. He was the loving father of Salvatore (Catherine) DeLuca, Maria (David) Cunningham and Frank, Jr. (Virginia) DeLuca; grandfather of ten, and great-grandfather of twelve. He was the loving long-time companion of Josephine Weschitz. Frank was preceded in death by his loving, devoted wife, Tina Giuffrida DeLuca. Frank was an avid hunter and fisherman. In his free time he enjoyed dancing and playing cards. Arrangements were handled by Lee Funeral Home in Owings.

Lee Morgan of Prince Frederick; parents William E. “Dickie” Hance of Huntingtown and Gladys A. Jenkins of Port Republic. He is also survived by a brother William E. “Billy” Hance, Jr. and wife Sandra of Huntingtown and a sister E. Carol Masciantonio of Huntingtown; grandchildren Quaid Irving, Ian Stewart, and Sydney Hance; a step daughter Robin L. Davis and husband William of Huntingtown; and step-grandchildren Alyssa, William and Lacy Davis. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Calvert County Unit, P.O. Box 752, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Tommy Hance

Norris Hanson, 91

Thomas Lloyd “Tommy” Hance, age 57, of Huntingtown passed away September 14, 2011. Tommy was born October 26, 1953 in Prince Frederick, MD to William Everett “Dickie” and Gladys Alberta (Catterton) Hance. He was raised in Huntingtown, attended Huntingtown Elementary and graduated from Calvert High School, class of 1971. Tommy attended the Diesel Institute of America in Prince George’s County and was employed by the Prince George’s County Board of Education for 32 years as a school bus mechanic, rising to head mechanic. He had lived in Prince Frederick, and for the past 25 years resided in Huntingtown. In his leisure Tommy enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, camping, tubing, and fishing, and was fond of working on and repairing cars. Tommy is survived by his wife Lois A. Hance, a son Thomas L. Hance, Jr. “TJ” and his wife Jennifer of Baltimore; a daughter Christen

Norris M. Hanson, 91, of Dunkirk and formerly of Annapolis, died September 15 at his home. H e was born December 8, 1919, in Baltimore, to Norris and Marie (Parr) Hanson. He attended elementary school and the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion. Prior to his military service, he worked for the Glen L. Martin Company of Baltimore, constructing seaplanes for the U. S. military. After the war, he began a career as a life insurance agent for several companies. He retired from the Prudential Insurance Company in 1977. He also owned and operated the Bonnie Lynn Gift Shops in Annapolis. He was a lifelong musician who played the accordion, the guitar, the piano and the banjo. He played with several bands, especially Dixieland bands, in both Baltimore and Annapolis. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Katherine E. Hickman, whom he married Oct. 25, 1941 and who died in May 1999; and son, Gary M. Hanson, who died in April 1997. He is survived by four daughters, Katherine E. Howard and husband Jack of Dunkirk, Bonnie Lynn Sears and husband Frank of Port Republic, Pamela D. Lauer and husband Jeff of Annapolis, and Dawn Hanson Dougan of Annapolis; son, Lee N. Hanson of Gambrills; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. Hardesty Funeral Home in Annapolis

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handled arrangements. Interment followed a memorial service at Lakemont Memorial Gardens, 900 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1300 West St., Annapolis, or the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Franz Sommer, 84 Evelyn Sommer, 66

Franz and Evelyn Isabelle Sommer of Benedict were tragically killed in an automobile accident on September 9, 2011. Franz was born February 20, 1927 in Etyek, Hungary to Martin and Katalin (Szabo) Sommer. Franz was raised and educated in Hungary. He came to the United States in 1950 and settled in Capitol Heights. Evelyn was born November 15, 1944 in Washington, DC to Norris Theodore and Evelyn Jean (Dove) Dean. Evelyn was raised in Capitol Heights, MD and attended Prince George’s County Schools. She was married to Sidney Ruben Kolbe April 8, 1961 in Lanham. Mr. Kolbe died May 17, 1964. Evelyn and Franz were married August 13, 1966 in Capitol Heights and they made their home in Lothian. Franz was a self-employed bricklayer for many years. He later became a grounds keeper for the German Embassy in Washington retiring in 1988. The couple moved to Benedict after Franz’s retirement. Evelyn enjoyed baking and she and Franz both enjoyed gardening and their grandchildren. They frequently attended the social events held at Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Surviving are their children Sidney R. Kolbe and his wife Sarah of Lusby, Denise McDonald and her husband Bryan of Kennedyville, MD, and Heidi Stearlings and her husband David of Benedict; grandchildren Sophia Franzak, Seth Kolbe, Allison McDonald, Jonathan and Zachary Stearlings; Franz's sister Katharina Friedrich of Germany and Evelyn's devoted aunt, Alice Sweeney of Chestertown, MD. A grandson Brad McDonald preceded them in death. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Bill Stallings, 68 William Green “Bill” Stallings, 68, of Mc Comb, MI and formerly a resident of Denton, MD passed away September 8, 2011 in Jackson, MI. Bill was born in Kinston, NC on March

18, 1943 to Mamie Lee (Marshburn) and Wesley Madison “Reds” Stallings. He moved with his family to Franklin Manor in Churchton in 1958 and graduated from Southern Senior High in Lothian in 1962. Bill served on active duty in the US Army from 1963 to 1966 in both Okinawa and Vietnam, and was discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Specialist 5 on February 28, 1969. He entered the Maryland Natural Resources Marine Police in 1968 and later retired with over 20 years of service. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Stallings and by his father Wesley “Reds” Stallings. He is survived by a son William Madison Stallings, Sr. and wife Crystol of Holland Point, North Beach; a daughter Karen Lynn Ainsworth and husband Darrell of Kentwood, Louisiana; his mother Mamie Lee Stallings of Lusby; sisters Phyllis Baker and Marsha Walker, both of St. Leonard, and Donna Sealy of Solomons; and a brother Randall Stallings of Lusby. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Frank Williams, 72 Richard Franklin Williams “Frank”, age 72, of Upper Marlboro passed away on September1, 2011 in Prince Frederick. Frank was born in Washington, D.C. to Richard and Ethelyn Williams. As a professional, his career was in the field of electronics and also the Federal government, working in the Food and Drug Administration. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Cox, of Upper Marlboro; and his daughter Vanessa DeVries and her husband, Kevin of Port Republic. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alan Ridgely and Ashtyn DeVries; and by his sister, Betty Riley and brother, John Williams and his wife, Rita. A memorial service will be held at the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department, 4030 Old Town Rd, Huntingtown, MD 20639, on Friday, September 23, 2011, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A.

Geraldine Wozney, 94 Geraldine Kelly Wozney of Beltsville, MD., died peacefully of natural causes at her daughter's residence in Tracy's Landing on September 2 at the age of 94. She was born in Northumberland, PA on Oct. 22, 1916, the daughter of Harry and Esther Kelly. She married John Wozney in 1933, and in 1941 they moved to Washington D.C. She was a gifted and talented homemaker who had learned very early in life that if she wanted to have something nice, she would make it herself, as she was able to sew and knit her own clothing including robes, suits and dresses. She made beautiful Afghans for her grandchildren and baby sweaters for her greatgrandchildren. She donated over 450 'preemie' caps for newborns and made lap robes for nursing homes. Her hands were always busy, even when she watched 'Jeopardy' and 'The Wheel of

Fortune' or Redskins football, her knitting needles on the move. She did a crossword puzzle every day and kept active all her life. She will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends. She is survived by her daughter, Carol J. Cifizzari, of Tracy's Landing, and her sisters, Eleanor Williamson and Julia Kane, of Northumberland, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband John Wozney who died in 2007, by her son J. Craig Wozney in 1993, and an infant daughter in 1944. She is also predeceased by a sister and four brothers. She is also survived by ten grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 6 great-greatgrandchildren, a daughter in law and many nieces and nephews. Hardesty Funeral Home in Galesville handled arrangements.

Pat Yost, 73

Patricia “Pat” Anne Farthing Yost died on September 4, 2011, peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Pat was born on July 25, 1938, in Washington, DC, as the only child to Dock Reams Farthing, Jr., and the late Pearl Elizabeth Farthing. She attended grade school at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Washington, DC, and graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in 1956. Upon graduation, she attended Washington School for Secretaries and obtained a government position with the General Accounting Office. Pat continued working until she was blessed with and began raising her four children. When time permitted, she helped with the family insurance business. Pat was known by her family and friends as a fun-loving person with a great sense of

humor. She enjoyed a variety of activities that always centered around her family. Pat loved traveling with her husband and family to yearly national bowling tournaments across the country. When she wasn’t in the bowling alley supporting her family, Pat could be found staying up all night looking for the big jackpot from the slot machines. Pat and her husband enjoyed playing golf, which they passed on to both of their sons. Another of Pat’s favorite things to do was spend time at the family condo in Ocean City, where there and everywhere she could be found reading a Harlequin Romance novel. Everyone could see the happiness on her face whenever she danced the jitterbug with her husband. Christmas was Pat’s favorite holiday because it meant even more time with family. She loved it so much that she would begin planning the day after Christmas for the next year. She took the time to hand write over 200 cards each year that included a personal note in each one. When it came to decorating, she went all out to make sure the reason for the season was felt by all who visited their home. Pat stayed busy keeping up with the activities of her ten grandchildren. It was important to her to keep track of their schedules and attend as many sporting events as she could. She also loved playing games like Sequence, Pass the Pigs, and Yahtzee with her friends and grandkids. Originally from Washington, DC, it was quite an adjustment for Pat when she and her husband moved to their farm in Prince Frederick, in the late 1970’s. She made the transition from city-dweller to gentleman farmer’s wife look effortless and quickly got involved in the community. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and supported the Jaycee’s and Lion’s Club activities with her husband. She was proud of the fact that in her forties she completed training as a certified EMT with the Prince Frederick Volunteer Rescue Squad in Prince Frederick. She was preceded in death by her mother. Pat is survived by her father, Dock R. Farthing, Jr. who will turn 100 on his next birthday; her beloved husband of 50 years Paul L. Yost, Jr.; her children, Sharon A. “Sherrie” (John) Thompson of Port Republic; Paul L. “Scott” (Carolyn) Yost, III, of Huntingtown; Martin E. (Lisa) Yost of Huntingtown; Michele L. (Michael) Nastasi of Owings; and by her grandchildren Tiffany (Michael) Heamstead,

Brittany Yost, Kaitlyn Thompson, Joshua Yost, Rachel Yost, Alexander Thompson, Alyssa Yost, Brooke Nastasi, Jessica Yost and Gabriella Nastasi. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Calvert Hospice,, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Eva Young, 66

Eva Jeanne Walton Young, age 66, of Dunkirk passed away September 2, 2011 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Eva was born December 6, 1944 in Washington D.C. to Charles A. and Frances (Stewart) “Frankie” Walton. She attended Colmar Manor Elementary, Bladensburg Jr. and Sr. High Schools, Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy in Seymour, TN and

graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was a homemaker while raising her two sons, and was employed with the telephone company and worked in Washington, D.C. as an assistant to the President of A.F.S.C.M.E. In 1997 Eva started a communications business installing and servicing professional telephone systems. In 2002, she began a software company known as “Adavi” to detect misuse of privately owned business and educational computers. This business was world-renowned and highly regarded by government and educational facilities, and was seen on prominent programs on CNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS television. In her leisure time, Eva enjoyed the beach, boating, travel, gardening, decorating, and shopping. Eva was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband Roy M. Young whom she married October 24, 1998; sons Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant and wife Heather of Murrells Inlet, SC and Christopher M. Bryant and wife Karen of Pauley’s Island, SC; a sister Claudette McLaughlin and husband Bill of Dunkirk; grandchildren Addison, Landon, Carson, CJ and Jillian Bryant; a niece Jennifer Morgan; a nephew Seth McLaughlin; and three cousins. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. Interment was at Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Eva’s name may be made to: Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, 9870 Old Solomons Is. Rd., Owings, MD 20736 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 752, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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When the planes came crashing down on 9/11/01, the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Chesapeake Beach was still just a vision to then Mayor Gerald Donovan and others. Construction had only just begun. “We had more than a thousand people come to a candlelight memorial on September 15, 2001, right here,” Donovan told the standing room only crowd that turned out for a ceremony at the same spot ten years later. “Like most good things, it took a lot of people working on it to make it reality,” Donovan added, as he recounted the history of how the park came about. “As I come over that hill, I consider myself very fortunate to be here. And our flag represents honor Clare O’Shea belts out “God Bless America” as a hundred white and dignity, and it’s perfect there. And after 9/11 birds are released during the 9/11 ceremony marking the tenth there was such a sense of unity. We need to get that anniversary at Chesapeake Beach Veteran’s Memorial Park. sense of unity back first and foremost for all Americans. It’s time we thought about how we all got here – our families were all immigrants.” The park features a fountain and benches designed for ceremonies, like this one. At one side of the Veteran’s Memorial is a brick garden “honor roll” recreated from a photo of an earlier honor roll memorial for veterans created nearby. Donovan said 9/11 should be a time of not only remembering the victims, but also remembering people who have personally touched you. “Each one of us has our own ‘honor roll’ – people in your life who have been special to you. And each of us can be on someone else’s honor roll,” he added. Current Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl led the ceremony, which was well-attended by local elected officials. The quartet, “Fathers & Sons,” with members from Owings and Prince Frederick sang a stirring a cappella barbershop rendition of the “National Anthem.” Even though the sun continued shining, a light rain began to fall on the crowd as US House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said a few words, then remembered the 9/11 victims with a moment of silence. State Senate President Mike Miller said Maryland lost more people in the 9/11 terrorist attacks than any other state. Dancers from Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet in North Beach performed a graceful “peace dance” to the John Lennon song, “Imagine.” Clare O’Shea of Chesapeake Beach, our Chesapeake Current Account Executive, closed the ceremony with a rousing rendition “God Bless America,” reminiscent of Kate Smith. “When Pat Carpenter asked me to sing “God Bless America” at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, I was so honored and felt privileged and grateful and terrified. I have sung for most of my life, and I think I am good. But I had goose bumps,” O’Shea says. “This assignment represented the most challenging one of my whole life, as a performer,” O’Shea adds. “This song….what it means to us. I refer to my 9/11 moment - ten years ago, at the last minute, the day before, I changed my reservation from American Airlines Flight 77, that was supposed to fly out of Dulles to Los Angeles, at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11th. That was the flight that hit the Pentagon. I am so grateful to be here today! It’s by the grace of God that I am alive. I asked the audience to help, to please sing along with this song and pray for me.” At just the right moment, a flock of beautiful white birds was released from behind the fountain (see related article). Photographer Nancy Feuerle perfectly captured the moment as Dancers from Abigail Francisco School of Clare belted out her finale…. ‘God Bless America, My Home Classical Ballet perofmed to John Lennon’s Sweet Home.’ “Imagine.”

Girls Give Sunflowers Emily and Caitlyn Tolomei of Chesapeake Beach set up a lemonade stand to raise money before 9/11 and wanted to do something nice for those affected. “They couldn’t think of much, so I suggested maybe they should buy sunflowers and hand them out at the Memorial Service in Chesapeake Beach, which they did.”

The Wind Beneath My Wings One of the people attending the 9/11 Ceremony at Chesapeake Beach Veteran’s Memorial Park said, “At first I thought it was seagulls. I thought – wow, that was perfect timing! How’d they manage to get them to do that?” No, it wasn’t a flock of gulls. It was Walter Kuklane crouched behind the fountain with his basket of 50 homing hybrids, specially bred and trained for events just like this. He’s owned and operated a Maryland business called Dove Tales for the past three years. “I actually got the first birds from Roy Disney – the son of the famous Walt Disney – at Disney World in Florida,” he says. So how does this work? “When they’re four to five weeks old, you begin training them two-and-a-half hours a day, showing them one-way doors in their loft. It only takes them three to four days to learn that – they catch on very quickly. And then we start with 20 feet, and a little more each day so they can find their way home for short distances. Now these return home from long distances.” Walter Kuklane carries the basket he uses to He predicted they’d be home to Kingsville, MD from transport his homing hybrids to their jobs. He says Chesapeake Beach later that evening. the birds return home in a matter of hours. “For some reason it takes them about twice as long if it’s cloudy, so they must use the sun, and if there’s an easterly wind. And I have lost some because hawks will sometimes attack them, so that can be a problem,” Kuklane adds. “They can work until they’re about ten years old, and I have a mix in this flock of all ages. Most are three-year-olds. They’re not doves and they’re not pigeons but a hybrid. They’re smaller than both and look more like doves, but doves don’t have the muscle for flying long distances,” he says. “I select the most reliable ones for breeding, and I have about 20 pairs of my best ‘retired’ homers now and about 15 young ones in training. I go on the Internet every day in search of more. Quality birds like these are around $100 each, so that was about $5,000 worth of birds I just released.” “When they get back to their roost, they immediately want some water. So I treat them like athletes. I often spike their water with GatorAde to help them get re-hydrated,” Kuklane chuckles. “They like it after they get back from working. Then they usually sit quietly on their perch for a few minutes, then get a couple bites to eat, not a lot of food right away. Then they head to their own individual nesting area to rest.” If you’d like to hire Dove Tales for your special event, rates start at $220 to $500 depending on the number of birds and your location. “We do a lot of weddings, funerals, MHIC 41770 corporate events, ribbon cuttings, birthday parties, and 990 s Est. 1 e h rc things around DC,” o P • s o ecks • Gazeb Kuklane says. “The ustom Sund farthest my flock has C rovements gone so far was the Home Imp Lancaster, PA area for a wedding, and they made it home just Dunkirk, MD fine.” Fore more information, visit their web site at Cell: 703-819-1808

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Pride & Joy Flooded Families Receive Help From Near and Far By Jenny Kellner Like many of you, I sat for hours trying to travel up Route 4 during “the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.” Like some of you, I ended up at Trader’s for breakfast instead. My unexpected four-day weekend lent itself to much closet cleaning, plenty of paper grading, and a ridiculous amount of Weather Channel watching. I began to see images of flooding, both close to home and far from home. There were reporters in WilkesBarre, PA. Now I was really captivated. Though I enjoy calling North Beach “home,” my true homeland is not too far west of WilkesBarre. My ancestors settled in Sullivan County, PA in 1803. I have spent the past six years of weekends driving the back roads and exploring the forests of this enchanted wilderness. Sullivan County calls itself the Gem of the Endless Mountains. Rural is an understatement for this farming and logging area that has a grand total of two schools, one elementary and one secondary. Further weather reports and Internet photos began to reveal that this area was experiencing record flooding. Two beloved creeks were now raging rivers. Homes were underwater or washed downstream. Roads were broken up beyond being passable. One entire bridge near my parents’ home had collapsed. I wanted to help. I contacted the local Girl Scout coordinator. I simply asked what we, the girls and moms of Calvert County, could do. I expected a reply that they may need clothing or toys or school supplies. At that point, I hadn’t fully understood the gravity of the situation. Her response was warm, but frank. In addition to the expected need for clothing, she said that the people need bleach. They need gloves and face masks. They need water and food. After reading her response, I was rattled and even more determined to help. That afternoon, a Tuesday, I sent an email to 25 friends and family here in northern Calvert, mostly the mothers of our Girl Scouts. My plea was simple, “Our Girl Scout Sisters need our help.” I went on to list the items needed. I also let everyone know that I would be departing only

three days later to make the five-hour trek to Lycoming and Sullivan Counties. There wasn’t much time to gather supplies, but I would take the donated items along and deliver them to the local GS field office in Montoursville, PA. By the next evening, my living room was as impassable as Route 4 had been only days earlier. A mountain of boxes and bags filled the area. Dozens of bottles of bleach, cases of antibacterial wipes and cases of water, bag upon bag of clothing, multiple packages of face masks all had made their way to 7th Street in North Beach and were bound for homes 250 miles away. In addition to the supplies, within six hours of the email, people had donated $120.00. I plan to stop and purchase new shoes and socks and underwear with the monetary donations, since these items aren’t typically included in donation bags. I was overwhelmed with the generosity of our local families. I couldn’t wait for the folks “up home” to know that people from a distance away had cared enough to help them. Then, I found out that I was in for a similar surprise myself. A third of what was in the living room had come from an unexpected source. Rather than a local group of girls, these items had in fact come from Boy Scout Troop 417 in Waldorf. Rebecca Chaney had received my email and forwarded it to her list of friends. Valerie Watson read it and immediately sent it out to her son’s Boy Scout troop. Between Tuesday afternoon and Troop 417’s meeting Tuesday night, the children and families of the troop had amassed boys clothing, shoes, soup, gloves, Gatorade, sponges, bleach, etc. Valerie brought the many, many bags and boxes to Rebecca who then brought the things to my home the next evening. Help from farther away than expected was a moving experience. About the Author: Jenny Kellner is a mother, teacher and Girl Scout leader. She lives in North Beach with her husband, Joe, and their four children, and serves on the town’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Bridge over the Loyalsock Creek on Route 973 in Loyalsockville, PA.

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What’s Happening At the Calvert County Fair Looking for a great fun for all ages? Everyone can enjoy a wide variety of music, entertainment and special events at the 125th Calvert County Fair, Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2. For additional information, visit their web site at Entertainment at various times throughout each day includes: A.m.azing Rain Forest Experience, Flying Pages High Wire Trapeze, Granpa Cratchet Puppet Mobile/Show, Southern Maryland Barnyard Runners, Big T’S DJ, Mary Go-Round Pony Rides, Dennis Beach Chainsaw Woodcarver.

Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Jim Godbold of Sunderland, better known as “The Rockin’ Elvis” delights fans at last year’s Calvert County Fair. This year, catch our area’s beloved ‘Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love’ on Friday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Main Hall.

Here are selected daily highlights: Thursday, September 29 - Senior Citizens and Handicapped get in free (free lunch, too!) 9:00 a.m. Fair Main Gates Open 9:30 a.m. Calvert High School Chorus (Pavilion) 10:00–12:00 Carnival is open and free for Seniors and Handicapped persons 10:00 a.m. “Elvis” Jim Godbold (Main Hall) 12:00 p.m. Lunch for Seniors and Handicapped persons (free) 1:30 p.m. Bingo (Main Hall) 5:00 p.m. Carnival Opens for Everyone 6:00 p.m. 4-H and Open Goat Show (Show Ring) 6:30 p.m. Little Miss & Little Prince Show (Main Hall) MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED 7:00 p.m. Calvert County Idol Top 12 Contestants (Pavilion) 10:00 p.m. Exhibit Buildings Close Friday, September 30 - Youth Day (Calvert County Public Schools Closed) Under age 18 admitted free until 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Fair Main Gates Open 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. Youth Day Activities 9:00 a.m. 4-H and Open Swine Show (Show Ring) 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Bike Drawing Registration (Open to all Youth) 11:00 a.m. 4-H and Open Sheep Show (Show Ring) 4:00 p.m. Bike Drawing (Need not be present to win) Youth Day 2011 officially ends with Regular Gate Admission and Carnival Prices Beginning at 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Autograph Signing with Baltimore Ravens 6:00 p.m. Chesapeake Country Cruizers (Pavilion) 7:00 p.m. Calvert County Idol Top 6 Contestants (Pavilion) 8:00 p.m. Full Stea.m. Band & Show (Pavilion) 10:00 p.m. Exhibit Buildings Close

Have an upcoming music event you’d like listed here? Email details to CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Brian Ganz. 3:00 p.m., Oct. 9, College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. The Ward Virts Concert Series will kick off the 2011 season with Brian Ganz, classical pianist. The concert will commence with a performance by Job Smoot, winner of the 2011 Southern Maryland Piano Competition. Open seating. Free. (443) 550-6011, or The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie, Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham and CSM.

Weekly Events (ongoing):

Open Mic every Friday night at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reserve your time in the spotlight by calling ahead! (410) 286-9660. Every Wednesday: Bluegrass Jam at Happy Harbor Restaurant, 533 Deale Road, in Deale. Get ready for some old-time fun, whether you come to play or just to listen and enjoy. The Bluegrass Jam starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1 9:00 a.m. Fair Main Gates Open 9:00 a.m. 4-H and Open Cattle Show 9:30 a.m. Baby Contest: Classes A thru F (Main Hall) MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED 10:00 a.m. Carnival Opens 12:00 p.m. BADD Company-Dance tea.m. (Pavilion) 1:00 p.m. Jenny’s Gymnastics (Pavilion) 2:00 p.m. Diane Herbert Dancers (Pavilion) 4:00 p.m. Autograph Signing with Washington Redskins (See website, for specific players and times.) 5:00 p.m. 4-H Livestock Auction Registration 6:00 p.m. 4-H Livestock Auction (Show Ring) 6:00 p.m. Southern Maryland Boot Scooters (Pavilion) 7:00 p.m. Horse Pull (Track) 7:00 p.m. Calvert County Idol Top 3 Finalists (Pavilion) 8:00 p.m. TBA Band and show (Pavilion) 10:00 p.m. Exhibit Buildings Close Sunday, October 2, 2011 10:00 a.m. Fair Main Gates Open 10:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pull 12:00 p.m. Carnival Opens 12:00 p.m. TBA (Pavilion) 1:00 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Contest (Tobacco Barn) 1:00 p.m. TOTS Contest (Ages 2 - 4) (Main Hall) MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED 1:30 p.m. Patuxent Pearls (Pavilion) 2:00 p.m. Woodcarver Auction Registration 2:00 p.m. TBA (Pavilion) 3:00 p.m. Woodcarver Auction 3:00 p.m. 4-H and Livestock Awards Progra.m. 3:00-6:00 p.m. Music Fest: Bill Yates & Country Gentlemen Tribute Band and the 2011 Calvert Idol Winner 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Buildings Close 6:00 p.m. Fair Officially Closes

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Pets Adopt Me! Meet Judy! Judy is a one-year-old pure bred Bull Terrier. Judy was part of a family who lost their home and Judy found her way to the HSCC for a second chance. She was a bit confused at first, but is ready to give her heart again. Judy loves people and really wants to be around them. Judy is full of energy and most of it goes to keeping that tail wagging! Judy knows sit, down and stay and is house trained and crate trained. She is in a foster home with other dogs and plays well with them. Judy has a sweet disposition and loves to give kisses, and is looking for a forever family to give them to. For more information, please visit or visit all the animals avaialble in person at the Humane Society of Calvert County, 2210 Dalrymple Road in Sunderland. Phone: (410) 257-4908 and online at: Be sure to say you saw Judy in the Chesapeake Current!

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Precious Me is a ten-week-old female, one of many kittens found by someone and brought to the Anne Arundel County Animal Shelter. She is a playful kitten that has been searching for her new home for over two weeks. For more information about Precious Me or any of the many other animals currently needing homes, contact Anne Arundel County Animal Control at (410) 222-8900.



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Out&About Every Wednesday in September Resume and Cover Letter Workshop - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Need help with your resume? Join job counselor Sandra Holler in a small group to learn what makes a strong resume and cover letter. Please Register at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick in advance.

Through October 2 "Country Fairs... Interpreted by CalvART Artists" Calvart Gallery, Prince Frederick Center, 110 S. Solomons Island Road,Prince Frederick, MD 20678 (410) 535-9252. Show runs through October 2. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday September 24 1st Annual Fit 4 a Queen Women's Expo – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Wilson Ennis Clubhouse in Huntingtown. This event gives mothers, daughters and girlfriends a chance to relax and reconnect during this ultimate day for women. For more information visit or call Bernadette at (410) 414-8048.

Wednesday, September 28 United Way Campaign Kickoff and Awards Ceremony - 5:30 p.m. Avian Society Reception, 6:00 pm Kickoff Celebration at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center Patuxent Ballroom, 155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, MD. There will be special entertainment by Super Magic Man. contact for details.

Friday, September 30 Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail Dedication Ceremony: join Mayor Bruce Wahl and other local dignitaries for the official ribbon-cutting and dedication @ 4:00 p.m. at the trail entrance behind the Water Park. Free parking at Kellams Field.

Saturday, October 1 Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Donation Drive -10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Nichols Lutheran Church, 1450 Plum Point Rd. Huntingtown. Donations of home improvement goods, like furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances will be accepted. This drive is in recognition of World Habitat Day.

Saturday, October 10 Huge Yard Sale: The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a giant yard sale in their parking lot on Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Tables are available for $15 each and $25 for two. To reserve a table please contact Diana (410) 231-1775 (must be reserved in advance; for additional tables, check with Diana).

Saturday, October 15 Hymn Sing: The Lothian Ruritan Club will be sponsoring its annual Hymn Sing with the Good Times Gospel Quartet from Harrisonsburg, VA on October 15 at the Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, 9870 Old Solomons Island Rd., Owings, MD 20736. The church is located east of the intersection of Rt. 2, Solomons Island Rd. and Rt. 260. There will be community Gospel signing during the intermission and home made light refreshments will be served immediately following the hymn sing. A collection place will be passed to support the Lothian Ruritan scholarship fund, Snacks for Heroes Project, and other community service activities. For additional contact John Batluck at (301) 855-7507 or visit

West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival Entertainers, artists, authors, craftsmen, and food vendors will be on hand at the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival from 12:30p.n. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, at the Captain Salem Avery Museum, operated by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. Popular musicians Tim and Savannah Finch, along with the Eastmann String Band will entertain with high-energy instrumentals and soaring harmonies. The duo of Janie Meneely and Paul Di Blasi, "Calico Jack", will play songs about Bay traditions and nautical lore and crowd favorites, the Sour Notes, will also be playing throughout the day. Craftsmen, authors and the Museum Shop will have displays and items for purchase. A pirate theme will highlight the children's activity corner including hidden

treasures, pirate maps, games, face painting and Chris Judy will present a program on Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay and Pirate Wars. Mrs. Avery's Tea tours will bring visitors to the kitchen where samples of the cakes and cookies typical of the 1870's will be served. Homemade desserts will be for sale on the porch where guests are invited to "sit a spell" and enjoy the view of the West River and festivities on the grounds. Topping off the afternoon will be the drawing of the winner of the $5,000 raffle sponsored by the Society. Tickets, which are $5, will be for sale at the Festival or from local merchants. Purchasers need not be present to

win. They may also be purchased by mail by sending a check payable to the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, to P.O. Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764 Admission to the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking will be available at the nearby Shady Side ballfields with free shuttle service. There will be handicapped parking at the Museum. For more information, call the Museum at (410) 867-4486, or visit the web site,

Illinois Jane and the Pyramid of Peril Everyone’s invited to Huntingtown United Methodist Church when the children’s drama group presents the delightful comedy-adventure Illinois Jane and the Pyramid of Peril. When a map to a long-lost pyramid is discovered, only the greatest adventure hero of all time can unlock its mysteries - Illinois Jane, cartographer extraordinaire! Illinois and her reluctant sidekick, Sid, will face the French villain, Pierre LeMalodeur, and a number of dangers in order to discover the secret of the Tomb of Hatshepsut. Meeting every challenge with style, panache and a bit of light-hearted French bashing, Illinois Jane rushes to the rescue in a harrowing climax as she matches wits with LeMalodeur in the heart of the Pyramid of Peril! This adventure comedy is suitable for all ages. A cast of eight talented youngsters invites you to join them for an afternoon or evening performance on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday September 25 at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the performance, but donations are graciously accepted. The church is located at 4020 Hunting Creek Road in Huntingtown. Call (410) 257-3020 for more information.

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