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November 4, 2010

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Why Our Area Is So Great for Young People

National Award for Best 100 in the US Page 12

#@!& Hits the Fan in the Wastewater Plant Controversy Story Pages 3 and 15

Prescription Drug Abuse Reaches “Epidemic” Proportions Story Page 4

Area Singer Belts It Out for America’s Got Talent Story Page 21


LOCAL NEWS

NBC4 Launches New News Channel

On T he Cover

AA County News on ‘Pier Review’ NBC4 Washington has launched NBC Washington Nonstop, a unique roundthe-clock local information and lifestyle channel. NBC4 is Washington’s #1 news station and #1 television website in the DC area. Shows and segments will focus on food, culture, entertainment and lifestyle content that have interest to those living in the Washington region. Reporter Wendy Rieger, who lives in Anne Arundel County, will be conducting a series of interviews recorded at her home on the West River. They are called “Pier Review” reports, and one of the first featured

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local yoga guru Satyam, owner of Renaissance Yoga. You can watch the interview through a link on his web site: www.renyoga.com or on the NBC4 web site and new channel. To get background footage, Wendy and her crew went to the Galesville Memorial Hall for one of Satyam’s yoga classes. As Satyam explains, “True to form – the universe had something else brewing. Local yoga instructor Satyam on ‘Pier Review,’ a feature segment While all 21 class participants with NBC4’s Wendy Rieger. These interviews are recorded on the began to arrive and get set up, dock at her home in Anne Arundel County. one of them heard a crying sound from underneath the hall – it was a tiny kitty. The fire deTo make a long story short, the abanpartment next door was notified, and they doned little kitten, estimated to be only wanted permission to remove a metal grate about two and a half weeks old, was taken to to get access to the kitty. We called the pow- a foster home where she could be fed every ers that be in Galesville and permission was two hours with a bottle. Since then, she has granted. Next thing – kitty was out – and been adopted and is reported to be healthy she was the size of 1/2 stick of butter.” and growing!

Calvert County is being honored by the America’s Promise Alliance as one of the Best 100 Communities in the US for Young People. How and why is our area such a great place for children and families? Story page 12.

Beach Elementary, Calvert Middle Receive Arts Grants As a part of their Arts in Education Grant Program, the Arts Council of Calvert County recently presented a $500.00 check to Beach Elementary School in Chesapeake Beach. Over the next several months, the Arts Council will be presenting Grant checks to fund 53 arts programs at 21 Calvert County schools. These Grants are made possible through the support of the Maryland State Arts Council. Beach Elementary School Teacher Gretchen Jankovitz requested a grant for a performance by the Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. The Black Cherry Puppet Theater of Baltimore is an association of artists and performers blending decades of craft with innovation to breathe life into the art of puppetry. Their mission is to excel at the art of puppetry; to make this cultural tradition accessible to the widest audience; and to use it as an educational tool for young people. This Beach Elementary School program will be seen by 560 children…Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first through fifth grades at Beach Elementary. “These Grants to the schools provide wonderful artistic opportunities for our County’s children,” said Arts Council President Bill Chambers. “These Pictured (left to right) are: Pat Carpenter of Chesapeake Beach, Executive Director, Arts Council are opportunities that they may not have experienced of Calvert County; Peter Hooper of Holland Point, Board Member, Arts Council of Calvert Counwithout this kind of outside support. The Arts Coun- ty; Gretchen Jankovitz, Beach Elementary School Teacher; and Linda Woods of Chesapeake cil is pleased to be able to offer these experiences to Beach, Board Member and Grants Chair, Arts Council of Calvert County. the children of Calvert County.” er Ransom Denk. Touching over 650 middle school students, As a part of their Arts in Education Grant Program, the Arts Council of Calvert County also recently presented the programs include a presentation and performance by a lyric six Grant checks to Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick. coloratura soprano, an African drumming workshop, an African Over the next several months, the Arts Council will be present- stories session and an interactive jazz musical theatre concert. “The variety of experiences Ransom Denk is bringing to ing grant checks to fund 53 arts programs at 21 Calvert County schools. These grants, totaling over $25,000, are made possible the students at Calvert Middle School is phenomenal,” said Arts Council President Bill Chambers. “The Arts Council is excited through the support of the Maryland State Arts Council. Four of the Grants to Calvert Middle School were awarded to and pleased to assist in producing these wonderful opportunities musical programs planned by Calvert Middle School music teach- for the students of Calvert Middle.”

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green living How sustainable are you? Several area farms and businesses are making significant progress toward going green. Get details on pages 10 and 18.

Also Inside

3 Local News 7 Community 8 History 9 On the Water 10 Taking Care of Business 12 Cover Story 14 Education 15 Letters 16 In Remembrance 18 Green Living 21 Music Notes 22 Business Directory 23 Out & About

Correction

In the 10/21 edition of the Chesapeake Current, we inadvertently ran an ad for area attorney and North Beach Town Council candidate Ken Wilcox that misspelled the word “Council.” We sincerely apologize for this error.


LOCAL NEWS

*&%$ Hits the Fan Over Wastewater Treatment Plant

For a heated Point/ Counterpoint between Chesapeake Beach Councilman Bob Carpenter and Commissioner Susan Shaw, see page 15.

By Diane Burr

says a few years ago, the rates for water and sewer for all parties were restructured and maybe a change was made at that time. He adds, “This only came up this year. Up to this year, there were no questions about the administrative fees.” What prompted even more controversy was a letter that four Chesapeake Beach council members: Pat Mahoney, Valerie Beaudin, Ingrid Lamb, and Julie Spano sent a letter to the county commissioners, questioning Wahl’s authority to take over the plant. A debate was held at the June council meeting and those four voted against terminating the contract for cause. They maintained that they did not have all the pertinent information they needed to make a decision. Carpenter says, on October 25 he filed a complaint with Open Meeting Compliance Board of the State of Maryland, alleging that the four violated the Maryland Open Meetings Act. The issue is that the four council members’ decision to send the letter constitutes an “action” of the Town Council, and the council has no authority to take any action without holding a public Town Council meeting. Wahl says, “In my role as Mayor, I am the President of the Town Council. There

Calvert County Takes Chesapeake Beach to Court The dispute between the Town of Chesapeake Beach and the Calvert County Commissioners is coming to a head with the commissioners taking the town and other owners of the plant to court as the mayor tries to take it over. The complaint filed in Calvert County Circuit Court asks for a legal decision on whether the contract made between the county and the town in 1990 remains valid, and whether Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl has the authority to take over the plant’s operation from the county without a majority vote by the town council. In addition to the Town of Chesapeake Beach, the Town of North Beach and Anne Arundel County are listed as defendants. This prompted a flurry of heated emails just before the November 2 General Election, accusing on all sides. Board of Commissioners President Wilson Parran says, “I was disappointed with the emails flying around generating more misunderstanding about what we are trying to do.” Parran told the Chesapeake Current, “The county does not resist turning it over. There are two issues here. One question is about whether it’s a valid contract. The other is a question the Board of County Commissioners needs answered, who has the authority to end the contract – the mayor, council or combination of both. That’s where the standoff is here. If we turn it over, we want to be sure we do it legally.” Town attorney Elissa Levan had advised Mayor Wahl that he does have the authority as the town’s Chief Executive Officer to take over the plant without a vote from council. That prompted him to notify the county that the town planned to take over the plant as of November 1. Board of Commissoners President Parran says both he and Wahl later agreed to move the hand-off date from November 1 to January 1 due to the county’s contractual obligations. Parran adds, “We have two roles, operating plant and also we’re a partner because we have customers using the plant. I am hoping to get a judge to rule on the request within 30-60 days. Hopefully it will be out of court by January 1, and whatever action is necessary can be taken due to the ruling. “ County officials say the reason they took the action because the county’s attorney and a 3rd party lawyer they asked for an opinion did not agree with Atty. Levan. In 1990, the town signed an agreement with the county to operate the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment plant that also serves the Town of North Beach, Calvert County residents on upper 5th Street outside the North Beach town limits, and residents of Rose Haven in southern Anne Arundel County. Chesapeake Beach owns half the plant, with the rest of the ownership split among the other jurisdictions.

Wahl says that original contract was fixed for three years only, so it has long since expired. He says there is no automatic renewal clause. Wahl adds, “I acknowledged to Wilson that the agreement between the County and the Town has the contradiction in it regarding the term of the agreement, and back in March I proposed to him that we just negotiate the end date. At the time, he seemed to agree to that, but since he is one of five Commissioners, I suspect that he was overruled by a majority of the others. His position changed from March to April, when they sent their letter to me.” Councilman Bob Carpenter was furious about the court case, saying, “If you live in Calvert County, you will pay the costs of the County’s suit against the Towns. If you live in Chesapeake Beach or North Beach, you get to pay double. You will pay the costs of the County suing you and the costs of the Towns defending you.” The stink surrounding the plant has been growing for months between the Town and the County. Wahl said at the October council meeting that he asked Town Administrator Jim Parent recently to get actively involved in what was going on at the plant and what they’ve discovered was “appalling.” Wahl admitted that for “13 months, it was out of sight and out of mind.” But that changed when there were two large spills of raw effluent (untreated sewage) into the Chesapeake Bay in December 2009. One spill was about 200,000 gallons and the other was 467,000 gallons. Wahl blamed the county, saying that purchase orders to repair and replace failing pumps were ignored in Prince Frederick, leading to the accident, which he says, “Just makes me sick. I’m so upset and angry.” The State of Maryland threatened to fine Chesapeake Beach as the owner $10,000 a day, but instead said they would accept a $16,000 “contribution” to the Maryland Clean Water Fund, which was paid in August. Wahl said he sent a letter to the county, asking them to pay back the town “because it was not our fault.” Commissioners President Parran says they did get that request from Wahl, but a decision on whether to pay it has not been made. Wahl says the workers at the plant are in agreement with the Town taking over operations from the county and he feels that he can save the ratepayers money. “Since 2004, the county started adding on ‘administrative fees’ with no explanation and these are over and above regular costs. They are not explained in the budget,” Wahl says. Councilman Bob Carpenter says these fees amounted to over $25,500 for Chesapeake Beach ratepayers between July 1 and November 1, and that the other jurisdictions are paying them as well. As for the administrative fees, Parran

was no public meeting in which a vote was taken to send that letter. That is what is in violation of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act.” Councilman Stewart Cumbo stresses that he was not involved in the letter that the other council members sent to the commissioners, and has sided with Mayor Wahl and Carpenter in the dispute. Parran says, “I’m surprised at how exercised at least one of the town councilmen got over this. I would think they would want to know these answers as well. We’ve been accused of suing everyone in Chesapeake Beach and that’s not true. The answers to these questions are valuable in clarifying any transactions regarding this and anything else that the Chesapeake Beach may get into in the future. “We have a good relationship with Chesapeake Beach and this is a bump in the road but once we get clarification, we will move forward,” Parran concludes. North Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles says, “North Beach did not have a dog in this fight. As the mayor, I know all the details, I have from the very beginning, and we’re waiting to see how the county and Chesapeake Beach iron this out.”

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LOCAL NEWS

Prescription Drug Abuse Now Rampant

Residents Urged to Dispose of Medicines Properly

By Corrin Howe

Prescription and over the counter drug (OTC) abuse has reached “epidemic” proportions and heroin use is back in Calvert County, according to community leaders at a recent community forum at Huntington High School. “In the last four years, the request for treatment has increased by 368 percent. The statewide average in the same four years increased 103 percent,” said John Mitchell, Director of Substance Abuse through Calvert County Health Department, the largest drug treatment program offered in the county. The community forum was held to educate parents and teens about the national rise in prescription and OTC drug abuse in young people ages 12 to 17. These legal medications are now the second leading drug of choice behind marijuana. “Teens are turning away from street drugs and using prescription medications to get high. New users of prescription medications has caught up with new users of marijuana,” said Larry Titus, Calvert County Public School Community Resource and Safety Specialist and former CCPS Police Liaison Officer. Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin agrees, “We’ve had a tremendous rise in prescription pill cases, and along with that came a corresponding jump in heroine cases. In fact prescription pill and heroin use has eclipsed cocaine as the drug of choice among our young people.” Teens are apparently swiping the drugs from family medicine cabinets and homes they visit. Others are turning to break-ins in search of drugs.

Residents are urged to take heed of this trend by being more careful about prescription drugs in their homes. Officials suggest keeping medications under lock and key, and disposing of old prescriptions properly. That does not mean flushing them. A study by the United States Geological Survey shows that 80 percent of streams contained detectable levels of compounds found in common medications. Septic tank professionals also note that antibiotics and other medications in a septic system can destroy beneficial bacteria necessary for the system to operate. Progressive Pharmacies in the Roland’s Plaza in Chesapeake Beach and Calvert-Arundel Pharmacy at the corner of Rts. 2 and 260 in Owings can safely get rid of any prescription and OTC medication brought to them. They send them off Beverly Dillon of Chesapeake Pharmacy in Chesapeake Beach, talks to guests at the Prescription to an organization that incinerates Drug Abuse Community Forum at Huntingtown High School on October 20. unused medication to keep it from chored down out front where people can dispose of their unending up in our drinking water, or wanted medications. Sheriff Mike Evan’s said 150 pounds the Chesapeake Bay. The Calvert County Sheriff’s office on Church Street of legal and illegal drugs have been deposited since the box in Prince Frederick also has an old Post Office mailbox an- was installed in January. About the Author: Corrin Howe is a freelance writer who lives in Calvert County.

Huntingtown to Host Hunger Summit Governor O'Malley and the group Share Our Strength, in collaboration with the Local Management Boards of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties are hosting a Partnership to End Childhood Hunger Summit: Outreach to Faith-based Leaders on Monday, November 8. Local leaders are invited to attend to learn more about the Partnership's efforts and how churches and faith-based organizations can help the Governor ensure that no family or child in Maryland has to worry about where they will get their next meal. The summit will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Church, 6201 Solomon's Island Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639.

Every day children in our neighborhoods and communities go to bed hungry and wake up hungry. Similar numbers of families and their children do not have ready or reliable access to the food they need to learn and lead healthy lives. In November of 2008, Governor Martin O'Malley joined with Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger organization, to launch the Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland. The Partnership includes a strong coalition of organizations and agencies on the national and local level, representing the public and private sectors, with the Governor's Office for Children serving as the lead agency. The goal is to end childhood hunger in Maryland by making nutritious food available to children where they live, learn, play, and pray. Too often, a child's last http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/fire/firewise.asp meal of the day is one served at www.firewise.org school. In many cases, children who rely on the school meal programs worry if they will have a meal to eat after school, and where their meals will come from when school closes for summer, weekends, and holidays. The Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland is working to ensure that communities have the capacity to deliver food and nutrition services on a regular basis to children and families in need. For more information, Most wildfires occur during the Spring and Fall seasons in Maryland contact vwoodward@goc.state. 98% are caused by people md.us. Maryland has an average of 660 wildfires that burn approximately 3,600 acres annually

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Broadband Coming to South County Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold says that Anne Arundel County has received a $12 million federal grant to expand broadband connectivity throughout the South County area. "This needed infrastructure will bring our rural areas the tools needed to compete in the marketplace," County Executive Leopold said. "This grant program, in partnership with State of Maryland, will provide jobs and opportunity for our residents." Starting in six months, the County will construct middle-mile and last-mile fiber optic infrastructure to underserved areas in South County. The grant also allows crews to accelerate fiber deployment to anchor institutions - primarily elementary schools and libraries - and provide statewide fiber interconnection construction to other counties and regions in the state. The County began deployment of its robust fiber optic network in 1995. When completed, fiber optic connections will be in place in all county schools, libraries, county buildings and other anchor institutions. As a partner in the One Maryland Broadband Network Consortium, the Anne Arundel County Office of Information Technology has played a major role in this effort to expand Broadband statewide. They will administer Anne Arundel County’s portion of the grant and expand Broadband deployment according to plans outlined for the Federal National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).


Catch the Twin Beach Players in the Act It’s a busy fall for the Twin Beach Players (TBP) as they present “Keeping Faith” and an all-kids musical version of “A Christmas Carol” this month and next. The award-winning play “Keeping Faith” by Baltimore playwright Mark Scharf runs for the first two weekends in November. Catch performances November 5 through 14, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays nights at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and a half price show for senior citizens on Thursday, November 11 at 8:00 p.m. Here’s the storyline: 18-year-old Faith is about to marry 45-year-old Hartsell (Hart) Edward Thomas Williams IV, owner of Hartsell’s Patio Furniture. On the day before the wedding, her parents, Ed and Jane, kidnap Faith and decide to hide out until things cool down or Faith changes her mind. TBP President Sid Curl tells us this is a must-see production. “Hilarious is how I have to describe the play and I really think Mark out-did himself when he wrote this one.” “My friendship with Mark Scharf extends back into the 80's. This will be the 8th production I have worked with Mark on. We first met at The Source Theatre in Washington DC,” Curl says. “We stayed in touch over the years and I have attended many of his plays when they have been pre-

sented in development or what is termed readings.” “This play, Keeping Faith, really wowed me as it is his first real comedy. Mark’s genre has been a more dramatic style. There would be comic moments but his themes are usually more serious with an undercurrent of impending violence, sometimes with the violence taking you completely by surprise,” Curl adds. “Keeping Faith almost lends itself to violence, but then through the course of the first act, it’s clear that the parents think they have kidnapped their daughter for her own good. And the fun of watching it is, the two parents begin to realize that they may have taken this action too far. When in the second act the groom-to-be appears, it erupts into a tug-of-war over the father and groom's machismo, while the mother begins to realize she may of destroyed her mother/daughter relationship,” Curl explains. “All of this taking place in a rundown motel in Arkansas. Even the set lends itself to the plot for laughs, as it is such a disgusting setting.” Scharf says the play is based on a true story, although he did stretch the facts and added some dark humor. He told the Maryland Theatre Guide, “I got the idea from reading a newspaper article about a couple in Utah who actually kidnapped their own daughter to prevent her from getting married to someone they disapproved of. That

Jeanne Louise as Jane and Tom Wines as Ed; Lindsay Haas plays Faith and Luke Woods plays Hart in the Twin Beach Players production of “Keeping Faith.”

struck me as funny. So many questions like, how did the parents expect that situation to end? I later read the girl did indeed marry her intended.” Twin Beach Players also present a musical version of Charles Dickens' classic “A Christmas Carol” from November 26 through December 12. What makes this special is that all the actors and actresses are children. Here are the show dates and times: November 26 and 27; December 3, 4, and 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Matinees on November

Festival of Trees Seeks Your Help Calvert Hospice is gearing up for its annual Festival of Trees event to be held Thanksgiving weekend at Huntingtown High School, November 26-28. It is run by at least 1,000 volunteers and attended by thousands of people, and they’re looking for more sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Burnett-Calvert Hospice, a six-bed facility in Prince Frederick for terminally ill patients. Individuals, businesses, and organizations can sponsor a tree as a financial contribution to Calvert Hospice. Decorator teams from church, community and civic groups weave their holiday magic into an enchanting parade of uniquely decorated trees. Tree sponsors may then keep their trees or donate them to a hospice family or community organization of their choice. Multi-tiered poinsettia trees greet visitors as they enter the festival. A benefit concert featuring the Sojourner Band will be held at Huntingtown High School on Saturday, November 27 from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Music will feature favorites from the 1940’s through today. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $7.50 for children ages 4 through 12. Tickets include one Festival of Trees admission. General admission to the Festival of Trees is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for senior citizens, $1.00 for children ages 4-12, with children three and under admitted free. To volunteer or learn more, call (410) 535-0892 or visit their web site at www.CalvertHospice.org.

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Get Involved in Calvert Hospice’s Festival of Trees Be a Vendor at the Festival Shoppes. A wonderful world of shopping is available to the thousands attending the Festival of Trees. Contact Tina Roeder (410) 257-3777. Decorate a Festival Tree. Create a unique and stunning work of art! Contact Sherry Scott (410) 586-8868. Purchase a Poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one. Contact Sandra Outman at (410) 535-2478. Be a Sponsor and purchase a Festival Tree. Contact Michael Parrish (410) 610-7879 or email CHFestival@hotmail.com. Advertise in the Festival Program. Contact Janie Stutzman at (443) 550-3438. Be Creative! Donate a craft to the sold during the Festival. Proceeds benefit Calvert Hospice. Contact Patty Schartner at (301) 812-1028. Have Breakfast and Lunch with Santa! A memorable treat for little ones ages 3-8 on Saturday, November 27. Reservations required. Call Deanna Neill at (301) 751-4158.

28 and Dec. 5, 11 and 12 at 2:00 p.m. For both shows, tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for senior citizens, students, children under 13, military personnel and members of the Twin Beach Players. For more information and to reserve tickets in advance, contact Regan Cashman at www.twinbeachplayers.com or (410) 474-4214. The venue for both shows is the Holland Point Civic Center, 919 Walnut Ave., North Beach, Maryland.

Major Road Improvements For Mayo Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold says the long-awaited construction of additional lanes at Routes 214 and 468 to decrease traffic on the Mayo Peninsula began the week of October 18 and will continue through 2012. “The people of South County have been waiting since 2002 for this project,” said Leopold. “This project will help decrease the duration of the daily rush-hour backups as commuters try to get onto or leave the Mayo Peninsula.” The $5.7 million project will be done in two phases. Phase I includes: ● Construction of an additional lane along northbound Route 468, Muddy Creek Road, to provide for a double left turning area with adequate receiving lanes along westbound Route 214, Central Avenue.

● Construction of an additional lane along westbound Route 214. Phase II includes: ● Construction of two lanes eastbound through the intersection, including one through lane and a combination through lane, plus a right turn lane. A dedicated right turn lane will be constructed on northbound Route 468 to eastbound Route 214. ●Shoulders will be provided in both directions and can accommodate bicycles. Phase I construction will take approximately one year to complete. No lane closures will be in effect before 9:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. Phase II is expected to begin immediately upon Phase I completion and last approximately eight months. The overall completion date is scheduled for July of 2012.

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LOCAL NEWS Halloween Happenings Halloween Haunts the American Legion Scores of children and their families turned out for a Halloween party at the StallingsWilliams American Legion

Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. Photo credit: Cheryl Emery.

Frightful Fun at Fright Night What a scream! Hundreds of children and their families turned out for Fright Night in North Beach, sponsored by the businesses in The Loop and the Town of North Beach. Prizes were awarded to the most creative costumes during a Halloween Parade. Photo credit: Cheryl Emery.

Tick-or-Treat at the Haunted Waterpark The Town of Chesapeake Beach transformed its waterpark into a frightening maze, enjoyed by hundreds of children and their fami-

lies. Local businesses and politicians handed out candy to youngsters at this annual event.

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Police Blotter

Rewards Offered in Huntingtown Crime Property Destruction: More than $6,500 in damage was done on October 7 between 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to a Gradall excavator near a playground on Queensberry Drive in Huntingtown. The windows, mirrors, turn signals and head and taillights were smashed on the Gradall excavator owned by a private contractor doing work for the county. A street lamp pole had been knocked over and broken in two as well. A $500 reward is being offered by the company and an additional $200 is being offered by the Calvert County Crime Solvers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Call Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880 to anonymously leave information. You can also contact Lt. Steve Jones of the Calvert Investigative Team at (410) 535-2800. Robbery: On October 30 at about 2:03 p.m. Cpl. J. McCarroll responded to the Gamestop Store on Plaza Drive in Dunkirk for the report of a robbery. An employee of the store advised that a white male, 18-20 years old, approximately 5’10”, about 160 pounds with a scruffy beard came into the store inquiring about a game system. When the employee showed the box to the suspect, the suspect grabbed it and ran out of the store. The employee saw the male leave the area in a black older model Ford Ranger pick-up truck. The game system, a PS3 Playstation, is valued at $400. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. R. Naughton of C.I.T. at (410) 535-2800. CDS Violations : On October 30 at 4:35 p.m. DFC D. Denton conducted a traffic stop on southbound Md. Rt. 4 at Sheckells Road in Huntingtown. The driver, Michael Stephen Montgomery, 25 of Tracys Landing, was arrested and charged with possession of Oxycodone in sufficient quantity to indicate an intent to distribute, possession of Oxycodone, possession of Xanax, possession of Suboxone, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a red pill container and a cellophane bag. Theft from Vehicle: An unlocked vehicle on Duchess Lane in Huntingtown was entered overnight between October 28 and 29 and change was stolen. DFC Phelps is investigating. Burglary: A Stihl pole saw, orange and white, valued at $650 was stolen from a shed behind a home

on Stinnett Road in Huntingtown between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on October 26. Dep. C. Waldron is investigating. State Police Barracks U Reports: Attempted Burglary: On October 24 at 10:34 p.m., Trooper First Class Donaldson responded to Chip’s Towing in Huntingtown for a report of an attempted burglary. An employee observed a masked man attempting to get into a trailer on the lot. The suspect ran off when the employee yelled at him. Theft from Vehicle: On October 22 at 2:22 p.m., Trooper Stewart responded to the Sunderland commuter parking lot for a reported theft from a vehicle. The driver’s side window of a vehicle was broken and a Garmin GPS unit was stolen. Possession of Cocaine and Marijuana: On October 20, Trooper Smith stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Route 4 at Stoakley Road in Prince Frederick. The driver, Travis T. Wills, 31, of Huntingtown, was arrested for driving under the influence. A search revealed that he was in possession of Marijuana and Cocaine. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Possession of Marijuana: On October 13 at 3:27 a.m., Trooper First Class Dawson stopped a vehicle for traffic violations at Rt. 4 at Plum Point Rd. in Huntingtown. During the stop, Joshua K. Jones, 18 of Port Republic, was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Destruction of Property: On October 16 at 5:16 a.m., Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the BP/Amoco in Dunkirk for a reported destruction of property. Unknown suspect(s) destroyed the car wash cash box while attempting to steal money from it. From Anne Arundel County Police: Drug Busts: On October 21 at approximately 8:00 p.m., detectives from Southern District’s P.A.C.T. Unit concluded an investigation into drug activity in the Churchton area in South County. P.A.C.T detectives along with officers from the Special Operations Section conducted a narcotics search warrant at 5611

W. Carvell Road in Churchton. As a result, a small amount of suspected marijuana was recovered. The suspect, Chase Michael Gallagher, 21, who lived at that address in Churchton was arrested and charged with CDS possession: Marijuana. On October 22 at approximately 7:30 p.m., detectives from the P.A.C.T Unit concluded an investigation into drug activity in the Edgewater area in South County. P.A.C.T detectives along with officers from the Special Operations Section conducted two simultaneous narcotics search warrants at 188 Mayo Road and 186 Mayo Road in Edgewater. As a result, inside of 188 Mayo Road, detectives recovered three suspected Buprenorphine pills, one suspected Alprazolam pill and suspected cocaine paraphernalia. Additionally, baggies of suspected crushed Buprenorphine pills, several syringes and paraphernalia were located inside of the residence. Inside of 186 Mayo Road, detectives recovered drug paraphernalia used to smoke crack cocaine. Consequently, John David Bowers, 28, of 188 Mayo Road in Edgewater, Jenny Michelle Bowers, 18, of 188 Mayo Road in Edgewater, Gregory Joseph Kerr, 21, of 188 Mayo Road in Edgewater and Robert Wayne Miss Jr., 23, of 186 Mayo Road in Edgewater were arrested and charged with several drug possession charges. On October 26 at 10:30 a.m., detectives from Southern District’s P.A.C.T. Unit concluded an investigation into drug activity in the Edgewater area in South County. Detectives from the P.A.C.T Unit conducted a narcotics search warrant at 308 Lakeview Road in Edgewater. As a result of this incident, detectives seized the following: a stun gun, .6 grams of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of $100, 36 suspected Amphetamine pills with an estimated street value of $180, nine suspected Oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $360, eight suspected Buprenorphine pills with an estimated street value of $80 and four suspected Methadone Hydrochloride pills with an estimated street value of $40. The suspects, Cheryl Lynn Tate, 42, of 308 Lakeview Road in Edgewater and Amanda Tate, 22, of 308 Lakeview Road in Edgewater, were charged with drug possession. Cheryl Tate was also charged with possession of an electronic controlled device.


Artists With Pizzazz! Pizzazz! is an art show that is bound to dazzle. This two-woman show is now open at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick and continues through the month of November. Mimi Little and Abbey Griffin show their love of color in paintings that will brighten your world and

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add a little Pizzazz! Join the artists at their reception, Saturday, November 6 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the gallery as well. It will be a fun Nite Out where you can meet and chat with the artists, enjoying good company, food and drink in a magical environment. Mimi Little continues her exploration of the series with paintings inspired by her travels to Maine. Working boats, dinghies, fishing shacks and the landscape of the harbor are her subjects for this show. Exciting boat colors, reflections and texture help the viewer in sensing the moment and place. Mimi’s work represents her passion to produce paintings that relate to her life, where she lives, her travels and what is socially important. Abbey Griffin demonstrates in her new work her fearless experimentation with color, texture and shape. “Drips, scrapes, splashes” is how she characterizes her current obsession. While some paintings are purely abstract manipulations of color on canvas, others are inspired by continuing thoughts about human interactions with their environment. Abbey and Mimi are members of the cooperative gallery created under the auspices of the Arts Council of Calvert County, The CalvART Gallery. Known for its standards of high quality art, the Gallery and the Council are deeply involved in partnering with schools and community organizations to open the art world to the broader community. CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center at the intersection of Rts. 2/4 and 231. Its hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday Blue Boat on Dock – through Sunday.

Local Spiritist Group Reaches Out

Abigail Francisco is branching out with a Spiritist Society of North Beach (SSNB). Francisco was born and raised in a large Spiritist family in Brazil, where charity and kindness to others was always stressed. She’s now focused on the local community. The owner of Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet in North Beach explains, “Many who dance feel they are moved by the spirits to communicate and express their emotions through their talent. The beauty and energy of their movements shares their conviction and enthu- Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet’s Performance siasm with the audience. Through Ensemble includes her most experienced dancers, who their dance, their work, they inspire frequently visit hospitals and senior centers, veterans and retirement homes, dancing and visiting with the audience. their viewers.” Such a group can be found in the benefit luncheon in October at the SSNB Abigail Francisco School of Classical Bal- in North Beach to raise money for a Hunlet Performance Ensemble. It’s composed tingtown man suffering from porphyrias, of the more experienced dancers, and has which have affected his ability to work and a repertoire that includes classics in the resulted in high medical expenses for his Vaganova style of classical ballet in addi- family. tion to original jazz, tap, and Broadway Porphyrias are a group of rare disnumbers. The Ensemble has performed at orders passed down through families, in various Spiritist events, including the Spir- which an important part of hemoglobin is itist Society in Baltimore, and the Dancing not made properly. Major symptoms infor Peace program at the Reflecting Pool clude severe abdominal pain or cramping, in front of the Capital in Washington, DC. light sensitivity causing rashes and scarThe group also has an invitation to perform ring of the skin, and nervous system and in San Francisco on May 7 at the 5th US muscle disorders, including seizures. Spirirtist Symposium, and is beginning Francisco said, “Most of the people fundraising to finance their trip. who contributed don’t even know him perThe most recent event was a charity sonally, but were moved to help when they heard his story.” The next event by the Spiritist Society of North Beach (SSNB) will be a free lecAbigail Francisco School of Classical ture on the healing magic of the spiritual Ballet is planning several perforpath by Tom Cratsley of Fellowships of mances, including in-house producthe Spirit School in Lily Dale, New York. tions on November 8 and November It will be held at Abigail’s Ballet studio at 20. Another performance is planned 4110 3rd Street in North Beach on Friday, for the Twin Beaches Library on November 12 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Thursday, December 9. A limited Donations of non-perishable food items number of tickets are available for will be collected for local food banks. Call each. Call (301) 855-0282 for details. (301) 855-0282 for more information.

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Collecting artifacts from the shorelines around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries has become quite a popular hobby in this area. Scores of people showed

Be glad there aren’t sharks like this still in the Chesapeake Bay! Steve Kortie shows off his prizewinning largest shark tooth at the annual Bayside History Museum Block Party.

up with their treasures at the recent Fossil Road Show hosted by the Bayside History Museum in North Beach at its annual block

party and open house. Algonquians, who lived in this area Wayne Clark, Ar- for thousands of years because of the cheologist and Historian plentiful fishing and wildlife,” Clark and Executive Director said. “People find all kinds of interestof the Tri-County Coun- ing things all the time along the Bay, the cil wahs on hand to help Patuxent and the Potomac. There have identify objects for free. As he explained, “I also been Native American settlements like playing with things older than I am!” found in the Wayson’s Corner area. ” John Nance, Paleontology Collections Eli Kalp of North Beach brought Manager of the Calvert Marine Museum what Clark identified as a patella blade, also was on hand to identify fossils. which was the first stage of a knife that Among the oldest huIndians would craft. Kalp man-made artifacts were also brought two other eight arrowheads brought pieces that he found along by Dolores Simonds of the Potomac River for Eli Kalp of North Beach tells Wayne Clark, Archeologist Historian, about how he frequently finds artifacts North Beach. Clark dated identification. Clark said and while fishing. One of Kalp’s prizes is the ceramic pipe her oldest to 7,000 B.C. both were from the 17th that Clark is holding, which he identified as being from “I’d find arrowheads century; one was a large the 17th century and made in Germany. all the time on the shoreline Colonial silver spoon/lawhere we used to live in dle andhh pouches, and bags had about 300 teeth,” Nance says. “They lived in the Bay about 10-20 million years Fairhaven, right on the wato be measured for prizes. ter,” Dolores told us. Steve Kortie won a cash ago, and the fossils that are sometimes James Berry and his prize for bringing the largest. found around Brownie’s Beach are in the son, James, of Chesapeake Donovan Terrell had the sec- 18-20 million year old range.” Nance says about two years ago, a Beach showed up with a ond largest. number of artifacts, includOne boy even showed prehistoric dolphin’s skull was found on ing two arrowheads they up with a very cool prehis- Brownie’s Beach that consisted of a partial found at Brownie’s Beach toric skull he had found. He skull, lower jaw, post-cranial vertebrae and in Chesapeake Beach. Clark won the cash prize for “most some ribs behind. It’s now at the Calvert Marine Museum. told them their artifacts unusual.” dated to around 1400-1500 “The prehistoric dolThis boy won the cash prize for phins that lived in the Bay B.C. ‘most unusual’ for the prehistoric “There were scores of skull he found. had very long noses, were Native Americans, mainly about three feet in length, and

Nature’s Calling at Camp Roosevelt This is the seventh in a series of exclusive articles in honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Camp Theodore Roosevelt, located south of Chesapeake Beach, which was the first permanent Boy Scout Camp in the State of Maryland.

By Grace Mary Brady

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Camp Roosevelt’s unique location on the Chesapeake Bay afforded boys from the area 1934 photograph by Clifton Adams with numerous experiences to learn about and On your mark for the world's slowest race! Boy experience the wonders of nature. Scouts held this exciting Turtle Derby at Camp RooHiking through the woods was one of the sevelt to celebrate a July 4th Holiday. treasured adventures associated with the Boy Scouts, which helped to further develop the normal, wholesome “gang instinct” in boys. Small patrols, each under its own boy leader, would set forth alone for bird-study, bridgebuilding, path-finding, or other projects. Later, meeting with adult Scoutmasters, they report upon or demonstrate their findings. “On Your Mark for the World’s Slowest Race” Along with the crabs, fish, deer, and whatever else a Boy Scout might come across at Camp Roosevelt were the fascinating turtles. In 1934, a Turtle Derby was staged during a Fourth of July celebration at Camp Roosevelt in Willows, Maryland. In addition to such old favorites as the treasure hunt and prisoners’ base, scores of other camp games - slap-jack, canoe tilting, “antelope” racing - always found enthusiastic 1934 photograph by Clifton Adams participants. To learn more about the history of scouting Hayfoot! Strawfoot! Keep in step! Boy Scout patrols, each under its own young and Camp Roosevelt, stop by the Bayside History leader, set out to study birds and wildlife, Museum any Wednesday through Sunday from build bridges, and discover paths in the 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to see a wonderful collecwoods. Later, they would meet with adult tion of scouting artifacts. Scoutmasters, report on what they found About the Author: Grace Mary Brady is President of the that day. Bayside History Museum in North Beach.


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Big Stripers Are on Their Way... By Bob Munro By the time you read this, the fall movement of big Stripers or Rockfish into our area will have begun. A quick review of their annual cycle may be helpful. Rockfish are anadramous, meaning that they spawn in fresh water and migrate to the ocean. The Chesapeake Bay is responsible for nearly 80% of the entire East Coast population of Stripers. During midMarch the big females arrive in their natal Bay rivers where spawning will occur when the water temperature reaches 60 degrees thereabouts. Sometime in early-to mid-April the big fish leave the rivers and start down the Bay toward the Atlantic. From midApril to mid-May they move through our area when we have a chance to catch a real trophy-size Rockfish. By June, the big fish hit the ocean and head north for the summer, perhaps as far as southern Canada but most likely the cool waters off New England where they’ll remain until summer’s end. By late October they leave their summer haunts and migrate south

ocean, it is rare to find a 10-year old Striper (generally 36 inches or longer) in the mid-Bay area during the summer. So essentially all the older fish are migratory, some mature younger fish migrate, but those left behind are resident summer fish that we enjoy from mid-May until Fall. For much of November, we’ll have smaller Rockfish chasing bait to the surface, and a growing number of trophy class Rockfish over deeper parts of the Bay. Striper fishing doesn’t get much better than this time of the season. From the helm of the charter boat Worm, Captain Drew Payne offers the following: “The Choptank River mouth is busting loose with smaller Rockfish right now. Just look for the birds -- at times there are huge flocks of small gulls and terns diving for baitfish driven to the surface by hungry fish. Some Bluefish are mixed in, but they are becoming few and far between. Light tackle anglers and trollers are having little trouble catching their limits of 18 to 22 inch Stripers (you’re allowed two per person over 18 inches, only one of which can be over 28 inches). And the big ones will be here soon as well.”

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along the coast until they reach the Chesapeake Bay mouth, where a good portion of the big fish turn west About the Author: Bob Munro and then north up the Bay to our back yard. of Chesapeake Beach has been a caFall fishing for big Rockfish can be awesome like reer research biologist for the US it was in 2009 when these photos were taken. De- Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time pending on food and water temperatures and factors or another, he has visited every river we don’t understand, the big fish will remain here of- entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Flats to Hampton Roads. ten until mid-December, and then they’ll move back Susquehanna An avid fisherman, he’s fished the midto the ocean and join the rest of the migratory stock Chesapeake since the mid-1980s. by early January in front of Virginia Beach. From there, the entire population of big fish will gradually move south until they reach the Outer Banks of North Carolina in February. Not long thereafter, they’re on the move again up the Captain Marty SiMounet Bay to reach their spawning rivers, Breezy Point Marina thus completing PO Box 609 • North Beach, MD 20714 the cycle. Although smaller Rockfish charterfishing@aol.com • www.fishharder.com may migrate to the

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County’s First Sustainable Business of the Year

Sneade’s Ace Home Center Honored The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, on behalf of the Calvert County Citizens Green Team, honored Sneade’s Ace Home Centers at its October meeting as the county’s Sustainable Business of the Year in appreciation of its contributions toward a more sustainable community. The award, the first of an annual recognition program, highlights local businesses that have installed a significant energy-saving project within the last two years and/or are selling or providing a certified green product. Sneade’s Ace Home Center, a hardware and building supply business with locations in on Boyd’s Turn Road in Owings and also in Lusby, is celebrating its 35th year as a Calvert County business. The Sustainable Business of the Year award went to Sneade’s for its consistent and visible dedication to the sale of green products. Sneade’s promotes the use of energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and leads by example by using only CFL bulbs in

its indoor lighting displays. Customers find green cleaning products prominently displayed at the end of aisles and informational brochures for energy efficient windows, doors, siding, roofing and other products. Employees also provide assistance to customers seeking guidance on using insulation materials such as caulk and weather stripping. In keeping with the “green” theme, Sneade’s sells low-odor water-based paints while promoting environmentally safe paint disposal. Other Sustainable Business of the Year award nominees were Ice Vending of MD, LLC of Huntingtown and Fresh Meadows in Huntingtown. Ice Vending, an ice supply company run by Chris and Julie Gadway, was nominated for its innovative approach as an authorized distributor of Kooler Ice energyefficient vending machines. The machines automatically make, store and bag fresh ice 24 hours a day. Acting as a large cooler, the ice vending machines hold 500 pounds of loose ice that is bagged auto-

matically as it is purchased. This vending method saves in the cost of transporting ice to stores and in the electricity needed for ice storage. The machines can also provide filtered water. Fresh Meadows, home of Bay Equine Service, is noted for its use of solar power. Owned by veterinarian Linda Molesworth, Fresh Meadows is an agricultural preservation site that includes a veterinary clinic, stables and an office. The site’s solar panel system supplies enough electricity to power the facility. The paddock and grazing areas are even protected by solar-powered electric fences. Fresh Meadows also employs sustainable management practices with fields managed using the rotational grazing method. Sponsor of the Sustainable Business of the Year awards, the Calvert County Citizens Green Team, is a group of county residents and business owners working to promote sustainable practices in the community. The team coordinates the annual Calvert County Green Expo.

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The Westlawn Inn: Fine Dining and Live Jazz By Jan Travers

The Westlawn Inn, located on the corner of 7th and Chesapeake Avenue, is one of the many members of the North Beach Loop business group. This award-winning, fine dining restaurant is one of contrasts graceful dining with a friendly atmosphere, exquisite and delicious food with affordable prices, a family owned business within an historic building. The Westlawn Inn has served the public since the early 1920’s. It was a boarding house and a Bed and Breakfast for most of its 90 years. It is one of the longest standing wooden structures in North Beach. The present owner, Lee Travers, restored the building and created an elegant restaurant that enhances the integrity of the historic building. Diners delight in the charming dining rooms (upstairs and down) and enjoy exquisite and delicious fare created by Executive Chef Christopher Higgs. The menu changes seasonally, offering interesting starters, fresh salads and soups, a variety of entrées and fabulous desserts. The bar is a fun and friendly place, any night of the week. Bar goers

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can order from the full menu or from the bar menu. Step into the Westlawn on a Saturday night and you will feel that the “Jazz Age” is still alive as you are transformed back to the time when North Beach was in its heyday as a popular hot spot for music and fun. The Westlawn Inn is the only live jazz venue in Southern Maryland. Renown professional jazz musicians entertain the diners in the intimate setting, as a courtesy of the house. Reservations are recommended since the tables fill up quickly. The Westlawn Jazz line-up consists primarily of four groups. The Redwine Jazz Trio performs "popular" music from the early part of the twentieth century. The core of the band is renown clarinetist Ben RedRitter and the Creole Gumbo Jazz Band are regulars at the Westlawn Inn, wine, world famous guitarist Tom Mitchell, and Jim delighting diners with Dixieland favorites. the amazingly accomplished bassist John Previti.

The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet features local fa- features the renown Jim Ritter on the cornet, Ben Redwine vorite Bill Rowe on drums and clarinetist Mike Ritter with on clarinet, Rick Rowe on banjo and guitar, and Tom Holtz other top-notch musicians. on tuba. Their style is a contagious, toe-tapping Dixieland The music of Benny Good- sound. Gretchen Richie presents a delightful cabaret sound, man, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller are centerpiec- performing elegant, romantic tunes as well as up-tempo es of the combo's reper- pop favorites. Randy Richie accompanies on keyboard. For more information or reservations, visit their toire along with the Great website at www.westlawninn.com. Find the restaurant on American song books. by searching The Westlawn Inn. Jim Ritter and the Facebook About the Author: Jan Travers and her husband Lee Travers of OwCreole Gumbo Jazz Band ings own the Westlawn Inn in North Beach. learn about the joys and challenges of marketing farm products and get practical guidance on readying goods to offer at farm stands and farmers markets next season. Shannon Dill, a county extension director and agriculture educator with the University of Maryland Extension of Talbot County, will lead the session. She offers a variety of agriculture production and farm ONLY 1000 TICKETS SOLD management workshops across the state and holds a bachelor of science degree in agriculture business and a master’s of science in November 13, 2010 agriculture economics from the University 1pm To 7pm - Doors Open At 11:30 of Wyoming. Must Have Photo Id. - Must Be 18 Years Old To Participate For information call Denise Cherry at 21 To Consume Alcohol (410) 535-2348 or e-mail CherryDM@co.cal.md.us.

Farm Marketing Workshop This Month The Calvert County Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup is sponsoring a Farm Marketing Workshop in an effort to help local producers take advantage of the growing “buy local” trend. Consumers are increasingly looking to their own communities for the staples of everyday life. To help farmers tap into this movement, the Calvert County Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup is sponsoring the Successful Marketing Strategies for Farmers workshop on November 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Prince Frederick branch of the Calvert Library. The workshop will help position farmers to take advantage of a growing market for local produce and meat. Farmers can

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Build your business through networking at these local business events: The Bay Business Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. The BBG’s next meeting is set for Wednesday, November 17 at 8:30 p.m. at Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven. For more information, email sb.cosby@comcast.net or visit the BBG web site at www.baybusinessgroup.org. The Calvert Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours (BAH) on November 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. hosted by Fantasy World Entertainment, 124 Jibsail Drive, Prince Frederick. Leave all your cares and worries behind and be prepared to let loose with lots of fun and games. Please note that this event will be held on the first Thursday instead of the normal second Thursday. Another Business After Hours will be held December 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the College of Southern Maryland, 115 Williams Road, Prince Frederick, MD. Get in the holiday mood and join the festivities with fellow Chamber members. There will be great appetizers and beverages and lots of door prizes. Come join us for the last Business After Hours of the Year! For more information, call the Chamber at (410) 535-2577. The next Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) Business After Hours will be November 16 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. It will be hosted by Sandy Spring Bank, 116 Mitchell’s Chance Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. The cost is $10 for members with an RSVP, $15 for members at the door, and $20 Non-Members. For information, call the SAACC at (410) 867-3129.

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County Honored at Washington DC Ceremony Calvert County is glowing with accolades from a national group lauding it as one of the best places in the US for children, youth and families. The efforts of local civic and community leaders were honored when America’s Promise Alliance (the Alliance), the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, announced the county had been named a winner of the Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People (100 Best) competition presented by ING, a global financial services company and leading provider of retirement plans and

programs for teachers. Its 2010 recognition, based on an application initiated and coordinated by the Calvert Crusade for Children, Inc., marks the first win for Calvert County in the competition. The 100 Best is part of the Alliance’s Grad Nation campaign, a 10-year initiative to mobilize all Americans to end the dropout crisis. More than 7,000 students drop out each school day in the U.S., resulting in 1.3 million young people a year. To help decrease these numbers, the Alliance is recognizing communities – regardless of size, location or history – that are taking significant steps to help more young people stay in school and graduate. The 100 Best also honors communities that implement programs that also help prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. The entire 2010 list of 100 Best Communities for Young People and their accomplishments can be found at www.americaspromise.org/100Best. “Through its innovative and far-reaching programs, Calvert County is taking bold and effective steps to help their young

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Our Lady Star of the Sea School Faces Difficult Times

Calvert County Catholic School Struggles to Stay Open As a result of the economy, many Catholic schools throughout Southern Maryland are facing challenging financial times. At Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons and St. John’s School in Hollywood, MD, a merger consideration is on the table that could potentially join the two Catholic schools, according to meeting documents from both schools. “Forming a regional school with St. John’s is just one of the options we are discussing,” said Father Richard Gardiner, OLSS Pastor, “our goal is to find a solution that meets the needs of our parish and school families, while ensuring the future financial stability of the Catholic schools in our

community.” In order to confidently discontinue merger discussions, Our Lady Star of the Sea needs to raise $165,000 by January 1. Parents at Our Lady Star of the Sea are determined to keep the school independent. They have organized task forces to help address the immediate financial challenge and preserve the school for future generations. “We really want to see the school stay independent,” says Brendan Sweeney, father of an OLSS graduate “It (OLSS) provided such a great foundation in both faith and academics for my daughter. I am looking forward to sending her younger sister and brother there in the years to come.” Parents agree, however, they need the support of others in the parish and the community to reach the ambitious fundraising goal. “A school that has a history of such academic success, deserves a chance to restructure fundraising efforts and marketing strategies,” said Tony Pucciarella, chair of the marketing task force. “Our immediate charge,” he reiterates, “is to raise the money needed to keep the school independent.” Pucciarella, who has led marketing efforts in the business community (and has two children attending OLSS) will lead the school’s revitalized marketing efforts, and plans to partner with local organizations to Our Lady Star of the Sea School at Solomons Island bring new academic opportunities to the stuhas students from around the area attending. dents in future years. educaKNOW SOMEONE WHO WOULD LOVE THIS tion Actual costs are apMONTGOMERY COUNTY HORSE FARM? proximately $8,000 per student, the school documents state, while the tuition assistance available from the Catholic ArchdioNorma Robertson Your Beach Realtor cese varies accordOffice: 301-855-8108 ing to need. Last Cell: 301-518-8930 10 acres with 7 acres fenced year, the school 100’ riding ring in second field ended with a deficit RE/MAX 100 Real Estate 10425 Southern Maryland Blvd. 5 bedrooms - 3 ½ baths of $181,745 and the Dunkirk, MD 20754

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administration expects a current year deficit of about $120,000 in spite of a teacher salary freeze and tuition increase. “The deficit is greater than our parish reserves,” the documents from Our Lady Star of the Sea state. “We will not be able to pay our bills without special fundraising or taking on additional loans.” Parishioners from St. John Vianney Catholic Church are also being asked to help. “It seems Catholic churches should help each other succeed and that is the purpose of continuing our faith for generations to come.” said Suzanne Pucciarella, proud parent of two children at OLSS School. The preschool at St. John Vianney, Christian Beginnings, is where several children in the OLSS Kindergarten program got their start. “Our children attended preschool there,” she says “and we personally knew where we wanted the next step of their Christian education to be.”

open and improve efforts to educate the community about the school’s valuable attributes and success. Mary Collins, owner of the Lusby Town Square shopping center, says, “It’s the oldest Catholic school around and it’s such a fixture on Solomons Island. Of course, as an alumni myself, it means a whole lot to me.” Collins has two children at the school now. Terri Yates has been involved with the school for 24 years, and had her five children go through there, with her youngest in eighth

Our Lady Star of the Sea School (OLSS) in Solomons has a Candy Canes and Cocktails Gala and Fundraising Auction scheduled for December 11, and a 5K Run Walk and Christmas Bazaar on Dec 18th also on the Island. For more info, email Pucciarella@comcast.net.

Diane Allen, mother of three OLSS students who have attended since kindergarten says she will do whatever is necessary to help the school remain open. She’s leading the efforts on a Christmas Bazaar and holiday gift sale. The Bazaar will be held in conjunction with a 5K Run/Walk on December 18. “Solomons is a beautiful place for a run/walk – even in chilly weather!” says Run/Walk Chairperson, Carmen Gerber. “So come out and join us because it is going to be a great time.” Rumor has it that Santa Claus may even make a personal appearance. A “Candy Canes and Cocktails” Gala event is also planned for December 11. For more information or to offer a donation, please call the OLSS School at (410) 326-3171. With 77 years of history in Solomons Island, parents and alumni are confident that money can be raised to keep their school

grade now. She also taught there for seven years. “I think it (OLSS) provides such a service to the community and the parish,” she said. “I’ve seen how my kids have benefited from their education, and how great it’s been for the community. It’s a family, and I feel its part of my family.” A Facebook page has been created to help find alumni. “A school that’s been open for 77 years has quite an alumni base, and really raising $165,000 by January 1 is not out of the question in this day and age of social networking,” Yates says. Recent Alumni Outreach efforts have updated the records of over 300 alumni. The total is approximately 800. The school has already reached 52 percent of its fundraising goal and ongoing fundraising efforts will help the school to continue its mission.


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Sparks Fly in Dispute Over Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Not since the debate over the North Beach Town Hall has such a firestorm of opinions erupted over an issue as they have with the Chesapeake Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, which also serves North Beach and parts of Southern Anne Arundel County. Although no court date has been set, the Calvert County Commissioners have ordered Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl to appear in court for trying to take over operations from the County. The commissioners call it a “complaint” filed in Circuit Court; Wahl and Chesapeake Beach Councilman Bob Carpenter call it a “lawsuit.” They say will cost residents twice: once to represent the County and again for Chesapeake Beach to defend itself in court. For more background, see the article on page 3. The weekend before the election, Carpenter and County Commissioner Susan Shaw traded heated barbs in emails that were forwarded widely. Here’s how each side characterized their positions in the dispute:

One Chesapeake Beach One County Commissioner’s Point of View In response, Second District Calvert County Commissioner Susan Shaw accused Carpenter of Councilman’s Side launching a “slur” campaign, adding, “Needless to say, the “ facts” as given are not correct.” Chesapeake Beach Councilman Bob Carpenter says, “Many people have asked what the lawsuit the County filed again the Towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach is all about.”

Here’s her side of the story: - There is an internal dispute between the majority of the Chesapeake Beach Town Council and the Mayor and two Council Members, including Bob Carpenter, over whether the Town of Chesapeake Beach wishes to take over operations of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) for areas of Calvert County, areas of Anne Arundel County, and North Beach and Chesapeake Beach. Mayor Wahl along with Council Members Carpenter and Stewart Cumbo voted to take over the plant on a motion made by Carpenter. The other 4 Council Members: Ingrid Lamb, Valerie Beaudin, Pat Mahoney, and Julie Spano voted no. - The Mayor and his attorney claim that the Mayor does not need the assent of the Town Council to take over the plant. - The Mayor claims that the contract that named Calvert County as the WWTP Operator is invalid 17 years later. - The County attorney, and other attorneys consulted state that after reading the Chesapeake Beach Town Charter, they believe the Town Council must agree to a takeover

Here’s his side of the story: - For the past 20 years, Calvert County has operated the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) under an agreement with the Towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. This agreement expired 17 years ago. - The Town of Chesapeake Beach would like to take over operation of the WWTP. Mayor Wahl desires to take this action to protect the citizens of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach from an unnecessary and ever rising Administrative Fee and to protect the Chesapeake Bay from untreated sewage spills. - Seven years ago, the County began charging an Administrative Fee to the various partners of the WWTP. This year, the Town of Chesapeake Beach will pay over $66,000 while the Town of North Beach will pay over $26,000. This is above and beyond all ordinary costs such as salaries, benefits, maintenance, etc. - In December 2009, two spills occurred. The first spill resulted in approximately 200,000 gallons of untreated effluent (raw sewage) going into the Chesapeake Bay. The second spill resulted in approximately 400,000 gallons of untreated effluent going into the Chesapeake Bay. These spills were the result of a broken pump that the staff of the WWTP had asked the County to replace. Unfortunately, this request was ignored by the County, resulting in these two spills. - Mayor Wahl has met with Commissioners President Wilson Parran numerous times over the past eight months and came to agreement on the Town of Chesapeake Beach taking over operation of the WWTP. However, the other members of the County Commission refused to go along with the agreement between Mayor Wahl and Commissioner Parran. - Mayor Wahl has repeatedly tried to get the County to move forward on the Town taking over the plant with little if any response from the County. Finally, out of desperation, the Mayor sent a letter (September 30, 2010) to the County indicating the Town would take over operation of the plant on November 1, 2010 and any County employee that tried to enter the plant would be arrested for trespassing. This got the County's attention. - At the request of Commissioner Parran, Mayor Wahl moved the November 1, 2010 take over date back to January 1, 2011. The Commissioner’s response to this action was to file suit against the Mayor, the Town of Chesapeake Beach, the Town of North Beach and Anne Arundel County. Commissioner Barbara Stinnett opposed filing the suit. - The Mayor acting as the Chief Executive Officer of the Town is seeking to operate Town property. The County does not believe he has that authority and they do not want to relinquish control of the WWTP or the Administrative Fee. - If you live in Calvert County, you will pay the costs of the County’s suit against the Towns. If you live in Chesapeake Beach or North Beach, you get to pay double. You will pay the costs of the County suing you and the costs of the Towns defending you.

of the WWTP operations by the Town. - Mayor Wahl threatened to lock the County employees out of the WWTP on October 31st if the County did not turn over operation of the WWTP to him, despite the lack of agreement to that action by the Town Council. - Caught between the warring factions in Chesapeake Beach, the County asked the Circuit Court to render two decisions based upon agreed upon facts: 1) Is the original contract valid? 2) Who has the right to make the determination about operation of the WWTP—is it the Mayor and the Town Council or just the Mayor? This request for a legal interpretation of an existing contract and of the Chesapeake Beach Town Charter can be handled expeditiously by the County attorney and the town attorney for very little cost over the normal cost of doing business and will avoid future lawsuits. - While the official minutes of the vote have not yet been approved, my memory is that the vote was 5 to 0 in favor of getting the legal interpretation since there was no other logical way to settle the internal dispute. A no vote would have been irresponsible.

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Alice Carter, 85 A l i c e Christine Morsell Carter, daughter of the late Charles W. Morsell and Blanche R. Morsell, was born on December 26, 1924 in Sunderland Maryland. Alice was called home on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital- Prince Frederick, Maryland in the company of her daughter, Claudette. Alice was educated in the public schools of Calvert County Maryland. She attended Mt. Hope United Methodist Church at an early age where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Alice married Clyde Roosevelt Carter in 1947. From this union one child was born-Claudette Carol Carter Brown. Alice resided in Huntingtown until 1970 with her family. One of Alice’s favorite words was “industrious,” and Alice was very industrious throughout several careers. She worked at the Pentagon in the records department. She was also an elevator operator from 1945 to 1948; a health aid in the DC Public Schools; and a Certified Nursing Assistant at Kensington Gardens, and the Calvert County Nursing Center, before retiring in the mid 1980’s. Alice was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Gray Ray Post #220 for 55 years, and was the Acting President for two years. She was a caregiver to many, and was always available to help those in need. She could often be seen tearing up and down the road on her

way to assist others. She leaves to cherish her memories a daughter, Claudette Brown; granddaughter, Chelsa Brown; grandson, Shelton Brown; great-granddaughter, Hailey Jones; brother, Clifton Ray Morsell Sr; nieces, nephews, and their spouses: Crystal Chase; Linda and Dennis Wallace; Delores and Thomas Hicks; Judy Mackall; Sharlyn Briscoe; Angela Morsell; Allison and Marco Offord; Craig and Francine Morsell; Thomas E. and Veronica Morsell; Ronnie Morsell; Lionel and Celeste Morsell; Kelvin (Kellie) Morsell; Mae Morsell; Oreal Morsell; Thomas Herbert; Ricky Morsell; Michael Morsell; Dale and Timothy Morsell Sr.; Selena and Clifton Morsell Jr.; Victor and Gwen Green; Judy Williams; Marsha Knapper; Sherman Carter, Gregory Carter; brother -in-Law, Irving Long; sister -in-Law, Shirley Long; special friend, Mary Claggett Downs; and a host of great nieces and nephews, other family members, and friends. Preceding her in death are one sister, Gladys Morsell Herbert; and three brothers Charles (Dunbar), Thomas (Tom) and Benjamin. Arrangements were handled by Sewell Funeral Home.

William Duffy, 81 William LeRoy Duffy, age 81, of Owings, died October 22, 2010 at his residence. He was born September 12, 1929 in Washington, DC to Charles Wray and Avis

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Adena (Lambert) Duffy. Bill attended schools in Washington, DC as well as Fishburne Military Academy in Charlottesville, VA. He joined the United States Marine Corps September 17, 1946 and was discharged August 10, 1951 as a Sergeant. Bill was married on November 19, 1955 to Mary C. Garrity in St. Gabriel’s Church in NW Washington, DC. Duffy joined the Washington DC police force in 1957 and retired due to medical conditions in 1970. He later worked for the Prince George’s County School Board as an auxiliary bus driver. They resided in Berwyn Heights before moving to Owings in 2004. Bill attended Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, was a member of the American Legion Post #136 in Greenbelt, Elks Lodge # 1778 in Riverdale and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #3700 in College Park. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Gilbert Duffy. Surviving are his wife, Mary C. Duffy; daughter, Linda M. Dodson of Owings; sons, Stephen C Duffy of Chesapeake Beach, Robert W Duffy and his wife Denise of Lothian, James M. Duffy of St. Leonard, MD and Edward J. Duffy and his wife Nina of Port Republic, MD. Bill is also survived by eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, www.calverthospice.org

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Amanda Virginia Hall “Peggy” Hu m p h r ie s , age 90, of C he s a p e a ke B e a c h , passed away October 27, 2010 at the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick. She was born March 6, 1920 in Prince Frederick to Charles W. and Bessie (Bowen) Hall. She graduated from Calvert High School in 1937 and later met Norman W. “Tommy” Sweeney. They were married on March 24, 1940 and made their home and raised their family in Calvert County and Prince George’s County. Mr. Sweeney

passed away in 1983 and Amanda later married William Humphries. Amanda had resided in Chesapeake Beach and Florida and for the past for two years at Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick where she made many friends, both residents and staff. Amanda was employed for many years as a teller at Riggs Bank and had finished her working career at the Maryland National Bank in Prince Frederick. In her leisure time Amanda loved flowers and gardening. She was fond of visiting friends and family, going to yard sales and playing Bingo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Sweeney, and second husband William Humphries, and by her brothers Dorman, Edward and Reverdy Hall. She is survived by two devoted sons, Ronald “Yogi” Sweeney and wife Donna of Chesapeake Beach, and Michael O. “Mike” Sweeney and wife Marie of Jacksonville, FL. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Donelle Pettitt, Dawn Fitzgerald, Christian Sweeney, Jennifer Niquette, Kelley Moody, Michael Sweeney and Michelle Roberts; and by eighteen great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in Amanda’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Memorials & Honor Program, P.O. Box 11537, Alexandria, VA 22312

Wayne Johnson, 63 Way ne Johnson was born May 04, 1947 and passed away October 08, 2010. Way ne liked fishing, playing the lottery, watching the Wa s h i n g t o n Redskins and the Baltimore Orioles, and wrestling. Even though, he liked all of those things, family came first. Wayne was a dedicated worker and was employed as a deli clerk at the Safeway in Dunkirk, MD. He is survived by his sister, Vivian Fultz, brothers-in-law and sistersin-law, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his companion of 40 years, Sonja Page and her daughter, Tammie Page. He was preceded in death by his


siblings, Gary, Bruce “Moose�, Melvin, and Shirley. Services were provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Cloe Jones, 89 Cloe Louise Jones, age 89, of Dunkirk, M a r yland, died peacefully at home on October 21, 2010. Cloe was born in North Carolina on August 24, 1921 to Thomas and Rebecca Ragan. For 38 years, she was the beloved wife of the late John P. Jones. Cloe was the loving mother of Ken and Mark Jones, and a devoted grandmother of John, Jennifer, Stephen, Rachel, Daniel and Alice. She is also survived one brother, Claude Ragan, and one sister, Margaret Stanbury. Being with family and friends brought great joy to her. She loved to travel and experience new places. Cloe was a mother, grandmother and friend to many. She will be greatly missed. Interment took placer at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, Maryland. Arrangements were provided by Lee Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial contributions can be made to Calvert Hospice, P O Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Irma Mitchell, 53 Irma Virginia Ann M it ch el l , age 53, of North Beach, died suddenly October 27, 2010 at her home. Ann was born January 23, 1957 in Baltimore to Ralph Chester and Irma Adelaide (Hale) Mitchell. She grew up

in Sykesville and attended high school in Baltimore. Ann was employed by the Carpenters Local 1110, which has since become Local 491, as a trade show technician until being injured in 1998. Ann enjoyed ceramics, Christmas decorating and collecting angels. During the summertime she enjoyed working in her yard and was especially fond of tending to her roses. Ann was a very giving person who was very willing to help others. She dearly loved and enjoyed her sons and grandsons. Surviving are her two sons, John E. Piner and his wife Leighann of Lusby, MD and Kenneth W. Piner of Lothian, MD; three grandsons, John E. Jr., Ryan A. and Jacob R. Piner; and two sisters, Linda Pennifill and her husband Charles of Lothian, MD and Barbara A. Mitchell of Prince Frederick, MD. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Edward Mitchell and Ralph Chester Mitchell. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 752, Calvert County Unit, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Melvin Norris Jr., 85

1953. Melvin was a tobacco farmer and also worked for many years as a milk deliveryman for the former Billandale Dairy in Owings. He was a beekeeper for many years, was an expert gardener, and enjoyed carving figurines and animals and other objects from wood. He also had learned needlepoint during his convalescence from his injuries sustained while in the Navy. Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Dora in 1981. He is survived by four children: Melvin A. Norris III and wife Linda of Owings, Hazel E. Norris of Owings, Anita M. Givans and husband William of Salisbury, MD and John E. Norris of Owings. He is also survived by a grandson, Eric M. Givans of Salisbury, MD. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements, with interment at Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk.

Vera Shaffer, 86 Ve r a Ozelle Shaf fer, age 86, of Dun kirk, died on October 21, 2010. She had

been a resident of the Citizens Car and Rehab Center in Frederick, Maryland since October, 2008. Vera was born in South Carolina on June 14, 1924, to Lonnie and Grace Watford. She was married to the late Floyd Shaffer who passed away in 1995. She is survived by two sons, Lonnie and Norman Taylor and one daughter, Sandra Sonia-Arismendi. Arrangements were provided by Lee Funeral Home in Owings.

William Thomas, 55 Will i a m Joseph Thomas, age 55, of North Beach, died at his home on October 21, 2010. H e was born in Missouri on January 2, 1955 to the late Leonard and Mary Louise Adams Thomas. He had lived in this area for three years. Thomas was a retired concrete superintendent who had been involved in several major projects, including construction of Virginia Tech, Annapolis Stadi-

ums and the Pentagon. He was a devoted grandfather and an avid deep-sea fisherman. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly and her husband Michael Kurtz of Hollywood, MD; brother, Robert Thomas and his wife Elizabeth; and sister, Patricia, and her husband Michael Beck, all of Manassas, VA; also four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Anna polis, MD 21403 or www.cbf.org.

Blanche Ward, 78 Blanche Doris Ward, age 78, of Sunderland, died on October 29, 2010. She was born on July 9, 1932. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Melvin Anderson Norris, Jr., age 85, of Owings, MD passed away October 30, 2010 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Norris was born November 13, 1924 in Millgreen, MD to Melvin A. Sr. and Helen (Mitchell) Norris. He was raised in Cardiff, MD, graduated from Slate Ridge High School in 1941 and entered the U.S. Navy in December that year. He served during WWII as a Storekeeper Third Class and was discharged October 17, 1944 after serving aboard the U.S.S. Bellatrix and receiving the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. He married Dora Mae Mitchell on February 7, 1952 and they lived in Hyattsville, MD until moving to their farm in Owings in

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Sustainable Farm and Business Awards Presented Local Businesses Among Winners To recognize the contributions that local agriculture makes toward a more sustainable community, the Calvert County Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup presented the first annual Sustainable Agriculture Awards at the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners October meeting. The Sustainable Agriculture Awards were presented in three categories. The Sus-

Joe-Sam Swann is one of the regulars at the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, bringing locally-grown strawberries, sweet corn, and peaches.

tainable Farmer of the Year award went to Swann Farm in Owings, owned and operated by Allen “Sambo” Swann along with his son Joe-Sam and nephew, Jody. The nearly 400-acre farm is an active supplier of local grocers and restaurants with crops including corn, wheat, soybeans, pumpkins, tomatoes, fruit and flowers. Joe-Sam Swann told us that they also grow some small grains including wheat, rye, and soybeans Joe-Sam Swann told the Chesapeake Current, “We are very honored to be have received the Calvert County 2010 Sustainable Farmer award. The farm is located in Lower Marlboro on the shores of the Patuxent River. The farm has been family owned for six generations. We are wholesale fruit and vegetable growers supplying local fresh markets, road side stands and some locally-owned grocers.” The farm has a protected chemical mixing area and a Soil Conservation Plan in place. Joe-Sam Swann and his wife, Kelly, are regular vendors at the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, selling sweet corn, peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and melons. Other nominees for Sustainable Farmer of the Year were Spider Hall Farm in Prince Frederick, The Lamb’s Quarter in Owings and American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) in Prince Frederick. Spider Hall Farm, run by

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David and Susan Cox, was once a traditional tobacco farm that has diversified and now produces grain and produce. The farm has hosted the Calvert Farm Bureau Agriculture Awareness event and has been a stop on the annual Calvert County Farm Tour for the past several years. The Lamb’s Quarter, a 145-acre farm owned by James and Patrice Bourne on Bourne Road in Owings, produces healthy, organically managed food. The farm operates a very successful community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. In a CSA, shareholders buy in to a type of farm subscription service for weekly allotments of vegetables, eggs and meats derived from the farm. The farm has been in the Bourne family since 1690 and offers CSA members the opportunity to tour and work on the site. The American Chestnut Land Trust of Prince Frederick was nominated for operations on its Double Oak Farm, which features a crop variety including everything from arugula to zinnias. ACLT has worked with the Calvert County Soil Conservation District to provide a cover crop program on the farm that is integrated with its crop rotation plan. Managers plant crops to attract beneficial insects and minimize the application of pesticides. In addition to the farmland, the trust protects wetlands and forest for a total of over 3,000 acres in preserved land. Bowen’s Grocery of Huntingtown was named the Green Grocer of the Year for buying, selling and promoting local products when in season. Proprietors Gordon and Grace Bowen sell very little nonlocal produce and prominently advertise locally sourced items in the store. Bowen’s recycles, supports local livestock sales and regularly features hard-to-find items alongside a full deli and meat market. Chesapeake’s Bounty, a family-run farm stand and nursery in St. Leonard, was also a nominee in the category. Owned by William Kreamer, Chesapeake’s Bounty offers a wide selection of local products including seasonal produce, plants, local seafood and other products like firewood, straw, local canned goods and free-range chicken eggs. Additionally, local crops such as rye and kale are grown on the property. The Buy Local Restaurant of the Year award was presented to Dream Weaver Events and Catering of Prince Frederick. Owner Trish Weaver was lauded for using local eggs, beef and produce in her dishes and

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Photo by Kelly Donovan Swannh Rainbow over Swann Farm in Owings. It recently won the Sustainable Farmer of the Year award from Calvert County.

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Photo by Kelly Donovan Swann Peach blossoms in spring at Swann’s Farm in Owings.

for adjusting the menu to accommodate the supply of local goods. Menus regularly feature locally grown squash, onions, tomatoes, herbs, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peaches and salad greens, along with locally raised meat when possible. Famous for her fresh-baked goods, Trish uses locally grown blueberries and pumpkins for muffins, cakes and pies. She has even found a supplier for local shiitake mushrooms. The business is a member of Calvert Eats Local and donates leftover food to Project ECHO, an agency providing homeless assistance, and the Safe Harbor shelter for abused persons. Other nominees in the Buy Local Restaurant of the Year category were Bilvil, a Beaches Café of North Beach and Saphron, a Prince Frederick restaurant. Bil and Sandi Shockley, owners of Bilvil, a Beaches Café on 7th Street in North Beach, purchase produce regularly from Swann’s Farm. The café’s appetizer, entrée and dessert menus are changed according to local crops that are in season and the menu also features Calvert County wines. Owned by Charleen Obal, Saphron recently moved to the former Old Field Inn location on Main Street in Prince Frederick. After renovating and decorating the building, Obal adapted her low country menu to include the many offerings of Calvert County farmers markets. The restaurant also utilizes the region’s steady supply of seafood, features rockfish when in season and pairs dishes with local wine selections. Nominees in all three categories were judged by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Calvert Eats Local, the Calvert County Agriculture Commission and the University of Maryland Extension. Established in 2008, the Calvert County Sustainable Agriculture Workgroup includes members from the county departments of Planning & Zoning, Economic Development and General Services along with representatives from the Calvert County Health Department, the Calvert County Soil Conservation District, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and Maryland Cooperative Extension. The group’s purpose is to facilitate revenue opportunities for farmers; facilitate market opportunities for farmers and consumers; help the community understand the importance of farming; and build a more sustainable community that is better insulated from price fluctuations and unsafe foods.


Interested in Becoming a Shellfish Farmer? State Encourages Shellfish Aquaculture Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced a shellfish aquaculture loan program, with the State of Maryland directing $10.6 million to support oyster restoration, aquaculture and green jobs in fiscal year 2011. The governor’s office says the new program to provide affordable financing to watermen and others interested in launching or expanding commercial shellfish aquaculture operations in Maryland. Of the State’s $10.6 million oyster restoration budget for fiscal year 2011, $2.2 million in subsidized loans will be available for aquaculture projects through a partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO). “When we announced our visionary plan to restore our native oyster last December, we promised to support our watermen and other working Marylanders interested in transitioning to aquaculture – the major source of shellfish production around the world,” said Governor O’Malley. “With the help of Senator Barbara Mikulski and our Congressional delegation, we are making good on that promise, with a loan program that will help new businesses get off the ground, help existing businesses expand, and create new green jobs.” Maryland now offers a mix of State and Federal funding to support a revolving loan fund administered by MARBIDCO. The University of Maryland Extension (UME) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) are also contributing to this effort, providing training and business planning assistance to current and prospective shellfish growers. More than two-thirds of the funding for this program comes from a $15 million federal blue crab fishery disaster allocation to Maryland. The National Marine Fisheries Service award, which was requested by Governor O’Malley and advocated for by Senator Mikulski and Maryland’s Congressional delegation in 2008, has supported a variety of watermen work programs as well as a program to retire inactive commercial limited crab catcher licenses. Enacted in September, Maryland’s Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development plan increases Maryland’s network of oyster sanctuaries from nine percent to 24 percent of remaining quality habitat; increases areas open to leasing for oyster aquaculture and streamlines the permitting process; and maintains 76 percent of the Bay’s remaining quality oyster habitat for a more targeted, sustainable, and scientifically managed public oyster fishery. “The wide-scale development of shellfish aquaculture in Maryland's Chesapeake and Coastal Bays is a fundamental component of our Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan and will be a key contributor to rebuilding the region's seafood industry,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “This loan program is another in a suite of programs created to lessen the impact of new

sanctuaries on our watermen and help them transition into new business ventures.” Shellfish aquaculture startup expenses can run from $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending on the scope of the enterprise. Obtaining a loan from traditional commercial lenders for aquaculture business projects can be challenging for small enterprises and individuals considering the two-to three-year growing period between oyster planting and growth to market size, as well as frequently the lack of available business equity and collateral security. “This is a good start and I am glad the Governor has dedicated this initial funding to help watermen and others who are interested in pursuing aquaculture and a new business venture,” said Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association. “We have a lot to learn in this phase of the oyster arena and it appears we have men and their families who may be willing to try to make a go of it. Any financial help from the State will make it that much more doable.” Maryland’s new aquaculture loan program is a subsidized program with all principal payments returning to a revolving fund to support an additional round of future funding. The loan program also offers a partial loan forgiveness element for borrowers meeting certain performance conditions. MARBIDCO is pricing the loans at a fixed annual interest rate not to exceed 4.5 percent. "MARBIDCO is truly delighted to be able to partner with DNR, MDA and UME to make financial and other business planning assistance available to existing and new shellfish farmers in Maryland," said MARBIDCO's Executive Director Stephen McHenry. "We encourage watermen and others interested in commercial oyster aquaculture to take advantage of this great opportunity." The State is establishing a Shellfish Aquaculture Financing Committee ― including representatives from DNR, MDA, UME, a Maryland farm credit association and MARBIDCO ― to evaluate applications and proposed business plans. Because the demand for funding is expected to exceed short-term financial resources, MARBIDCO and DNR intend to give priority to applicants who will begin shellfish production operations in 2011. Those who plan shellfish production operations next year must hold a DNR shellfish aquaculture lease, or must have applied to DNR for a shellfish aquaculture lease by no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 15, 2010. Applications for financial assistance are now being accepted by MARBIDCO, and the deadline for applications to be submitted is Tuesday, November 30, 2010. Maryland’s FY 2011 oyster restoration budget of $10.6 million will be allocated as follows: • $2.48 million for aquaculture development -- training, technical support, loan program; $3.72 million for sanctuary program/ ecological restoration - habitat rehabilitation, hhhhhhhatchery seed oysters, MGO

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Are You a Super Pooper Scooper? of our nation’s waterways during the last weather can kill fish and aquatic plant life. decade, results have shown that pet waste Here are the results of a survey concan contribute up to 25% of a waterways’ ducted in the Chesapeake Bay Region of dog pollutants. Pet waste carries microbes that owners and their habits: include a wide range of microscopic living organisms. Bacteria, pathogens, and Chesapeake Bay (Swann, 1999) protozoa are some of the microbes that are • Dog ownership: 41%. By Anna Chaney Willman present in pet waste. Bacteria, such as fecal • 44% of dog owners do not walk their dogs. Do you pick up your dog’s waste? And, coliforms and E. coli are commonly found in • Dog walkers who clean up most/all of the if you do, how do you dispose of it? Gross the waterways, which are indicators of a po- time: 59%. topic? Maybe, but, it’s actually quite impor- tential health risk. Pathogens such as Salmo- • Dog walkers who never or rarely cleanup: tant to the health of our tributaries and the nella and Pseudonomas auerognosa (simmers 41%. Chesapeake Bay. Pet waste is transported itch) are frequently found in the storm water • Of those who never or rarely clean up, 44% through stormwater runoff directly to our runoff and can be linked to human and non- would not cleanup even if there are fines, waterways, and this causes more contamina- human waste. Lastly, Protozoa are single- complaints, or improved sanitary collection celled organisms that are shed in feces in a or disposal methods. tion than you might realize. cyst form. Once a host is found, the protozoa • 63% agreed that pet wastes contribute to Here’s the pet poop scoop: Throughout a series of water quality tests emerges from the hard casing and infects the water quality problems. host. Any of these microbes can be transmitted to our streams, rivers, and bays via pet And, if you’d like more detailed inforwaste. mation on a local Southern Anne Arundel IF YOU THINK Also, pet waste, just like human waste, County waterway, check out the studies doccontains nutrients that encourage excess weed umented in this link: http://www.mde.state. PICKING UP and algae growth. md.us and search for DOG POOP IS Water containing this Total Maximum South UNPLEASANT, becomes cloudy and River. TRY SWIMMING IN IT. green. Additionally, The bottom line In 2001, there were an estimated when waste decays is this: pet waste does Pet Waste Pollutes Our Rivers, in the water, it uses 6.5 million dogs in the United States. contribute significantly Lakes & Streams up oxygen and can That’s 6.3 billion pounds of poop per to the poor health of sometimes release year!! our waterways. Every WWW.CLEANWATERCAMPAIGN.COM * Source: U.S. Pet Ownership and ammonia. Low oxypet owner should be Demographics Source Book by the gen levels, and the educated as to the efThe Clean Water Campaign (CWC) is out with presence of ammonia American Veterinary Medical Association. fects of improper waste posters, brochures and refrigerator magnets with QBH Forest Times Half combined 1with11/1/10 warm 3:14 PM Page 1 disposal and the best slogans like this toKnolls make petCounty owners more aware of Ad:Layout TCEQ | EPA

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methods of disposal as follows: 1) Pet waste is NOT an acceptable fertilizer. It should be picked up from one’s own yard. 2) Carry disposable bags while walking your dog to pick up and dispose of waste properly. 3) Flush your pet’s waste down the toilet, so it can be treated as sewage. 4) When disposing of waste in the trash, wrap tightly to prevent leakage. 5) Pet waste can be buried safely at least 12 inches into the ground away from stormwater drains and gardens. 6) Post signage as a reminder to other pet owners, like the sign above. Taking a few minutes to clean up after our pets, will allow our kids and future generations to enjoy exploring and swimming in our rivers, streams, and bays for years and years to come. About the Author: Anna Chaney Willman is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD, which has achieved the first level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association.

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Local Singer to Audition for “America’s Got Talent” Clare O’Shea Hopes to Serve as Inspiration for Others

By Jonathan Pugh

I’m always amazed to learn about people living in our area who possess tremendous musical talents. My most recent discovery came in the person of Clare O’Shea, a self-described “torch singer” from Chesapeake Beach. I first heard Clare perform in September at the New Ed F. Sullivan Show at Huntingtown Jonathan Pugh

Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Fridays, November 5, 12, and 19: There will be a weekly Open Mic Night at the Turnabout Café in Owings on Friday nights this fall beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come on out and show your talent! Sunday, November 14: Chesapeake Community Chorus’ next concert “Joy to the World” is at Solomons United Methodist Church, 14454 Solmons Island Road, Solmons, MD, at 5:00 p.m. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, and classical Christian and Christmas favorites by John Rutter, Tom Fettke, Moses Hogan, G. F. Handel and others. A free-will offering will be taken to support the maintenance of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. The Chorus is a volunteer group of thirty singers in its 8th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County. Friday, November 19: Teen Benefit Concert at All Saints Episcopal Church at Rts. 2/4 in Sunderland beginning at 7:00 p.m. Regular mix of local student bands and a few bigger acts. Cover charge of $5.00 goes to local charitable causes. Saturday, November 27: Sojourner Band (Music from the 1940’s – present) will perform at a concert at the Huntingtown High School auditorium from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This concert is in conjunction with the Calvert Hospice ‘Festival of Trees.’ Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.50 for children ages four – 12. Your ticket includes one admission to the ‘Festival of Trees’ November 26-28. For more information, visit www.calverthospice.org or call (410) 535-0892.

High School and was notably impressed. Who would have guessed that she actually performed during the last year of the original Ed Sullivan Show on TV, singing “What’s It All About, Alfie” at a special overseas show at Kadena AFB in Okinawa? Just recently, I was treated again to a longer show at Fridays Creek Winery in Owings, where she performed on behalf of the Safeway Foundation to support the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. In between, it was my pleasure to sit down with Clare and learn more about her fascinating career and upcoming plans to audition in November for Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent” in New York City. At 65 years of age, I was naturally curious as to why she would want to do this? “Well,” she said, “my sister first suggested it to me, and then after considering it, I thought it would be a great self-challenge to help me remain creatively alive and continue to grow.” Clare also hopes she can serve as an inspiration for young people and late bloomers everywhere. As she puts it, “’Cause I still got my 1946 Baby Boomin’ Mojo workin’.” And, indeed, she does to anyone who has the pleasure of listening! Although Clare has been living in Chesapeake Beach since 2002, her career as a professional actor, singer, writer and producer has spanned both coasts. A Washington, DC, native, Clare attended Immaculata High School before moving to Los Angeles. Her father, Jim Castiglia, was a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins. While living in L.A, she had acting roles on many well-known TV shows, including Charley’s Angels, Murphy Brown, the ATeam, Falcon Crest, LA Law, and NYPD Blue. Her movie credits include “Splash” (directed by Ron Howard), “Teen Wolf” with Michael J. Fox, and Disney’s “My Science Project.” Clare supplemented her acting work in L.A. by singing with various musical groups. At one performance, she suddenly lost her voice and found out later that nodules had formed on her vocal chords. Surgery would be required to correct the problem and she wouldn’t be able to speak for six weeks. This unfortunate incident actually turned out to be a stroke of luck because someone in the audience had recognized her singing ability and said he would recommend her to a famous voice teacher once her vocal chords had healed. Clare was thus able to study for two years under Judy Davis, the voice teacher of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. At the Fridays Creek cancer benefit,

Clare’s selection of songs included ‘Chasin’ Rainbows,’ ‘Some People’ from the Broadway musical, Gypsy, ‘Empire State of Mind’ by Alicia Keys, ‘If I Had My Way,’ and the K. D. Lang-inspired version of ‘Hallelujah’ among others. The diversity of these songs was a perfect showcase for the range of Clare’s voice. I was also very impressed by the way she took on the persona associated with each song. This was an especially fun event because Clare solicited audience feedback on which song(s) she should choose for her “America’s Got Talent” audition. Clare O’Shea performs at Fridays Creek Winery to Benefit the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, wearing the red hot diva shoes she bought for the America’s Got Talent audition. Thank goodness I only have to sing for 90 seconds because that’s about all I can bear wearing these!” she joked.

While in L.A., Clare was also able to take acting lessons for eight years from Joan Darling, a well-known Shakespearean actress on Broadway. In 1994, Clare decided to move to New York City and try her own hand on Broadway. Her most successful role was starring in the one-woman interactive comedy hit, “Late Night Catechism,” where she played a pre-Vatican II nun teaching an adult catechism class. Clare’s awards include the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for Best Actress and the Los Angeles Ovations Awards for Best One Person Show for “Loving Out Loud.” She and her husband, David, say they are very happy now to be living in our area. Please join the Current in wishing Clare O’Shea the best of luck in the competition for “America’s Got Talent!” Building up to the audition, she’s also trying to assemble a following on YouTube, so you can find some of her performances there as well.

About the Author: Jonathan Pugh is an independent management consultant who enjoys many styles of music and has played guitar since high school. He looks forward to the time when he can quit his day job and bang on a guitar all day!

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Thursday, November 4 When the Liver’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy: Your liver is a busy organ, with at least 500 jobs, all different and important. Learn how to keep your liver healthy at a lunch and learn session hosted by Calvert Memorial Hospital (CMH) from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the hospital in Prince Frederick. The cost is $10 per person and includes lunch. Dr. Renee Bright, Gastroenterologist, is the guest speaker. To register, call (410) 535–8233.

Saturday, November 6 Pizzazz: Art Show and Artists Reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Calvart Gallery, Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Mimi Little and Abbey Griffin display their paintings; their unique style of bold colors and textures are bound to dazzle! Texas Hold’em Tournament: Sponsored by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. $100 buy-in with 80% payout to winners. Sign in from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., start at 4:00. Pre-register in person at the Post or call Karen Miller (301) 855-0188 or (301) 855-6466 for more information.

Sunday, November 7 Blessing of the Animals: Friendship United Methodist Church invites you to bring your pet to their blessing service at 1:30 p.m. It will be held across the street from the church in the auxiliary parking lot. All pets are welcome! (There is no rain date for this event). The church is located at 22 W. Friendship Road in Friendship, MD in southern Anne Arundel County just north of the Calvert County border. For more information, contact the church office at (410) 257-7133. Veterans Ceremony: Commemorate Solomons’ role in World War II at the annual On Watch Memorial Service for Veterans at 2:00 p.m. at the WWII Veterans Plaza. The service will be led by the American Legion Post 274; the program is sponsored by Northrop Grumman. The WWII Veteran’s Plaza is located at the end of Dowell Road on the Dowell Peninsula. Refreshments will follow the service.

Thursday, November 11 Veterans’ Day Services: Ceremonies will be held to honor veterans at the Prince Frederick Courthouse on the Veterans Green at 10:30 a.m. and in Chesapeake Beach at 1:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park (at the traffic light at Rts. 260 and 261).

Saturday, November 13 Spirit of the Horse: An Art Show and Artists Reception will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artworks at 7th North Beach Maryland, featuring magnificent horses in the works of Selena Anderson of Canaan Farms and Suzanne Shelden. The show runs through November 21. Gun Bash: at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Must be 18 years old to participate. 30 guns, two all-terrain vehicles, and cash along with additional raffles and prizes will be offered throughout the day. Admission is a $45 donation, which includes food, beer and sodas (must be 21 to drink alcohol). Only 1,000 tickets sold and are available at Ron’s Bay Pro Shop or the Fire Department. For more information, email nbvfdgunbash@ hotmail.com or call (410) 257-6564. Mad Hatter Ball: Mark your calendars now for Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation’s event from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro. This event benefits the Endoscopy Center at Calvert Memo-

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Sunday, November 14 Breakfast Feast Fundraiser: The American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring an all-u-can-eat breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., boasting hot cakes, sausage, bacon, scrapple, scrambled eggs, chipped beef, and more. $10.00 for adults. Main Hall, American Legion 206 In Chesapeake Beach on Rt. 260. (301) 855-6466. Art Teachers’ Show and Reception: The CalvArt Gallery welcomes art teachers of Calvert County from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Their works will be displayed in the student art gallery for the entire month of November at the CalvArt Gallery in the Prince Frederick Shopping Center. Chesapeake Community Chorus: Their next concert, “Joy to the World” is at Solomons United Methodist Church, 14454 Solmons Island Road, Solmons, MD, on November 14 at 5:00 pm. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, and classical Christian and Christmas favorites by John Rutter, Tom Fettke, Moses Hogan, G. F. Handel and others. A free-will offering will be taken to support the maintenance of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. The Chorus is a volunteer group of thirty singers in its 8th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County.

Saturday, November 20 Craft Bazaar: The Dorcas-Lydia Circle will be hosting a Craft Bazaar from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Friendship United Methodist Church. The Circle ladies will provide lunch and hold a bake sale. If you are a crafty person and would like to rent a table for only $20.00, contact Becky at (410) 867-6297 or email beckylare@hughes.net. The church is located at 22 W. Friendship Road in Friendship, MD in southern Anne Arundel County just north of the Calvert County border.

Friday, November 26 Festival of Trees: this year will be held Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28 at Huntingtown High School, 4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown. The Festival of Trees features more than 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and the Festival Shoppes with over 70 East Coast vendors offering merchandise, art and unique crafts. Children can come along and enjoy breakfast and lunch with Santa, which includes food, photo with Santa, crafts and a whole lot of fun! Hours: Friday 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Holiday Train Garden: at Tan’s Cycles, 9032A Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach from Friday, November 26 through Saturday, January 15, 2011. Visit this wonderful holiday display of trains. The train garden is on a 20’ x 20’ platform with five levels. There are 25 trains, seven super streets, a carnival, waterfall, construction site, disappearing trains, tunnels, bridges and much more. The display is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 27 Annual Xmas Bazaar: The American Legion Auxiliary hosts its everpopular annual bazaar from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring pictures with Santa, face painting, crafts and gifts galore, Chinese raffle, and lunches and a bake table. Tables are still available for $25 & up. Main Hall, American Legion 206 in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Call Becky Tippett at (301) 855-2571.

Sunday, November 28 Light Up the Town: The Town of Chesapeake Beach will “Light up the Town” and become the “Brightest Beacon on the Bay” at 6:00 p.m. Gather at Town Hall and enjoy music, treats, and a very special guest from a very special person as “Mother Christmas” once again lights the official Town Christmas Tree! Thousands of lights and displays twinkle and delight! Ride through town at night to enjoy the holiday sights anytime from November 28 through January 2 to get into the holiday spirit!

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Honoring Vets at the Library Veterans will be honored at Calvert Library at a special event this month. The library this year has enlisted students from each of the high schools to interview a veteran of their choice and share the highlights of their conversation at a special presentation on Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. The theme of the presentation is “Land of the Free = Home of the Brave.” Everyone is invited to come learn why these special Americans have been willing to make such personal sacrifices for our country and freedom. There will be time for questions and answers from the interviewers as well as the interviewees. A musical celebration of patriotism in song featuring the Patuxent Pearls will precede the program at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Café. Please come early and enjoy a wonderful evening with your family. Calvert Library Prince Frederick is also showing a series of documentaries about World War II at 2:00 p.m. the Monday, Tuesday and Friday of Veterans’ Day week. On Monday, November 8, come see a documentary about D-Day with a tour through modern-day Normandy. Tuesday’s documentary is about Hell’s Highway and Friday’s is about the Battle of the Bulge. Residents can also honor the brave veterans who keep our freedom alive is by posting a picture of your favorite U.S. Military Veterans on a white star on Calvert Library’s Tree of Honor through Veteran’s Day, November 10, 2010. Take this special time to learn of the contributions your family and friends have made to the security of our country. For more information call Robyn Truslow at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

Lothian Ruritan Club Fundraiser The Lothian Ruritan Club is sponsoring a Citrus Fruit Sale as one of its fund raising activities. All proceeds benefit Lothian Ruritan projects, including the five $1,000 scholarships they sponsor each year as well as supporting many other community projects. For more information, visit their website at www.lothianruritans.org. All orders for oranges and grapefruit must be placed by November 15.

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