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February 24, 2011



Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties

Delegate Hits a Home Run

Plans to Preserve Historic Ball Field in Owings

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Popular Breakfast/Lunch CafĂŠ Now Serves Dinner See Page 6

Coming Soon: New Market/Deli See Page 7

Picking and Grinning Bluegrass Jam in Deale See Page 21

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CalvArt Gallery Celebrates Black History Month CalvArt Gallery and the Arts Council of Calvert County highlight Black History Month with guest artist Tim Hinton and his exhibit, “The Legends: A Tribute to Historic Black Jockeys.” The show continued through February 27, and Mr. Hinton himself will be in the Gallery on February 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The CalvART Gallery is located in the Prince Frederick Center, Rt. 4 & Rt. 231, in Prince Frederick. In the first Kentucky Derby, 13 of the 15 jockeys were black. However, jockeys in general have been overlooked or forgotten. For this reason, Hinton has created this moving artistic tribute to these sports legends. Since 1973, Tim Hinton has been professionally recognized nationwide. His works have been exhibited extensively including: the Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Kennedy Center, US Naval Museum, Frederick Douglas Home, Howard University, University of Maryland, the Pentagon, and the Naval Annex. Scan the Current Code for additional images and to learn more info about his show.

On T he Cover

In honor of Black History Month, the Chesapeake Current is proud to break a story about our new Maryland State Delegate Mark Fisher (R-27B) and his plans to preserve an historic baseball field in Owings where African-Americans played for decades. Get the scoop on page 12.

Rotary Gives Grant The Northern Calvert Rotary and Rotary District 7620 have awarded a $3,000 grant for Career Puppy, Inc. of North Beach to provide services to girls at the Waxler Detention Center. Northern Calvert Rotary President Phil Pfanschmidt says, “The District grants are matching grants. Each club can apply for a $3,000 matching grant. In other words, the District will match up to $1,500. Our club put up $1,500 and the District puts up $1,500 for a total of $3,000.” The Waxter Center is a detention program for up to fifty minor girls, and a secure commitment program for up to ten girls. It serves Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City. The Department of Juvenile Services ensures the safety of the community and the well-being and safety of the youths under DJS care, holds juvenile offenders accountable to victims and communities, and assists youths in developing competency and character to aid them in becoming successful members of society. Career Puppy, Inc. was co-founded by Rotarians Gwen Schiada, also a North Beach Council Member, and Stepha-

nie Cosby. They say they plan to work closely with the Waxter Center to help youth develop competencies by delivering a career exploration initiative for girls in both the secure and non-secure units. Having an expanded view of career options and the resources to help guide decisions is linked to a strengthening of self-confidence, and future goal setting, which have been shown to provide youth with positive decision-making skills to avoid risky behaviors, including drug and alcohol use and repeat offenses. Schiada says she is especially passionate about this project as it resonates with her own life story. Her passion stems from her own experience as a struggling, high-risk adolescent with dormant dreams who went from a GED to a Ph.D. level education. She says, “I recognize, from both a clinical and personal perspective, the power that exposure to opportunity, connection to mentors and having the tools to get from here to there can have in changing the trajectory of one’s life. The mission of Career Puppy, Inc. is to provide those same resources to others.”

North Beach Raises Beach Fees Fees to spend a day at North Beach will be higher this summer for out-of-county visitors. Council has voted to raise the fees from $8 to $10 per person. Council member Ken Wilcox said the increased fees bring North Beach more in line with what other area beaches charge. He also suggested the town also look at charging parking fees sometime in the future. The money raised through beach fees goes into the town’s general fund. The council also established new citizen advisory committees while eliminating the Neighbor to Neighbor Committee, whose duties will be absorbed into the others. The four remaining committees are Economic Development, Environmental Matters, Public Safety, and Special Events. The committees are to be appointed by Frazer, but the


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ordinance allows the committees to pick their own chairmen and develop their own operating guidelines. Each committee is to prepare a mission statement within 60 days, which will be forwarded to Frazer and council for approval. Just after the November election, the new mayor and town council eliminated the guidelines for citizen committees put in place by the previous administration which according to Frazer were, "overly complicated and technical and may discourage volunteers for the committees." No specific details on were given. The actions were taken despite the fact that North Beach Mayor Mark Frazer, Vice Mayor Greg Dotson and Council Member Gwen Schiada were not in attendance at the February meeting.

green living

We’ve all heard that over-fishing and pollution have led to declines in the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. But now scientists are blaming a third cause, which may be the most serious. The complete story is on page 19.

on the water

Quack-quack! How much do you know about the ducks native to our area? Learn more about our web-footed friends on page 9.

Also Inside

3 Local News 7 Community 9 On the Water 10 Taking Care of Business 12 Cover Story 15 Letters 16 In Remembrance 19 Green Living 21 Music Notes 22 Business Directory 23 Out & About

Casino Night Fundraiser Set Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation will host a Casino Night benefit on Saturday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church Family Life Center in Prince Frederick to raise funds for the purchase of pediatric IV equipment to enhance medication safety. These ‘smart pumps’ only let you deliver a small, pre-determined amount that is safe for children,” said Kara Harrer, clinical pharmacist at CMH. “They are equipped with sophisticated software that prevents accidental overdoses.” Last year, 244 children were admitted to the local hospital. “If you’re like me, nothing is more important to you than your family’s health,” said Kathy Dickinson, foundation president, and director of operations at Dickinson Jewelers in Dunkirk and Prince Frederick. “Please join me for a fun-filled evening with great entertainment – all in support of a great cause.” Southern Maryland native John Lus-

key of Huntingtown, who has appeared with Kenny Chesney, Brooks-n-Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Toby Keith, will be performing live. The Southern Maryland native is best known for his straight-ahead, goodtime country and pop music. “No worries if you don’t know how to gamble,” said Dickinson. “With ‘funny money’ and professional croupiers who will teach you the rules of the game – all you need is a little luck.” Leave the frosty winter behind and enter the exciting atmosphere of a Vegas-style casino. Last year’s inaugural event drew some 185 attendees and raised over $11,000 to purchase high-definition cameras for the new endoscopy center set to open this spring. With the purchase of a $75 ticket, participants 21 years and older can try their luck at classic games such as blackjack, Texas Hold’em, roulette and craps provided by Fantasy World Entertainment while en-

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joying lite fare by Maryland Country Caterers, a special dessert from Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop of North Beach, beer and wine. Guests will receive a stash of “funny money” and can purchase extra if they run out of betting dough. Many casino tables will be offering special prizes donated by sponsors from the community. There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities for businesses, community and civic organizations as well as community members who want to be a part of Casino Night. Packages are available at levels ranging from $350 to $2,500. At the end of the evening, guests will be able to use their winnings to buy tickets for an exciting prize raffle. Guests will be able to put their tickets in as many or as few basket drawings as they want; increas-

ing their chances to win the one they want the most. Each prize basket is worth at least $150. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling the foundation office at (410) 535-8178 or by downloading an order form at Everyone is welcome and attire for the evening is casual.

Benefits Calvert Adult Daycare Noreen Stedman spends two to three days a week with her caretakers at the Adult Day Care of Calvert County (ADC). When she came to the agency for day care in November 2008, she thought perhaps she was there to volunteer. Today, Alzheimer’s has taken its toll on the one time owner of Calvert Fitness and at the age of 62, Noreen no longer speaks. Noreen remains loved by many, and it is because of her dedication to countless men, women and children across this county over the years that the first ForgetMe-Not Fitness Hop will be held March 26 at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At one time, Noreen put on a fitness hop to raise money for the hospital. This time, her former students and co-workers are putting their muscle behind this fundraiser to help ADC, in honor of Noreen. The half-day event promises to be a great opportunity for the novice or experienced fitness guru to exercise in a whole new way. The Forget-Me-Not Fitness Hop will offer a variety of continuous programs throughout the morning including stretches, high and low impact aerobics, zumba, yoga and Pilates. Participants can expect a fun-filled day listening to new and retro music while professionals teach the latest in group fitness. Come for an hour, or come for the whole four hours because door prizes and freebies will be given out throughout the day. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go to the Adult Day

Care of Calvert County,” explained Nancy Haley, of Sunderland, who is organizing the event. “That agency offers a valuable and important service in our community, and now knowing that Noreen is there and being taken care of so well, we are just moved to do what we can to help.” This event is proudly sponsored by Calvert Financial Advisory, Inc. You can register for the Forget-Me-Not Fitness Hop by March 10 for $15 (or $20 at the door) by sending your check to ADC, P.O. Box 1650, Prince Frederick, Maryland, 20678, or by going online to and following the Forget-MeNot Fitness Hop link. Children under 10 will not be allowed to attend as there will be no childcare provided. All youth 10 -16 participating must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older and must be registered for the event. It is the sole responsibility of that adult to accompany that child during the event. Youth taking a break from the group instruction for any time period must be with their adult sponsor. Located on the lower level of the county’s health department in Prince Frederick, the Adult Day Care of Calvert County (ADC) is the only non-profit agency in Calvert County offering day services to our adult neighbors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as well as other ailments. For more information about this fundraiser or Adult Day Care of Calvert County, please call Ed Sullivan at (410) 535-0133.

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Expect Delays: Huntingtown Road Project Begins Road work at Allday Road and Wilson Road in Huntingtown is now underway in an effort to increase motorist safety by improving sightlines at the intersection. Work will stretch for approximately 1,000 feet along Wilson Road from Allday Road north toward Emmanuel Church Road. Motorists may experience traffic delays between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during construction hours and are encouraged to take alternative routes if possible. The project is expected to be completed by November. The improvements will address a sight distance problem along the roadway. Crews will perform extensive earthwork related to cutting and lowering the road profiles. The project includes drainage improvements, new paving, striping and signs. The total cost of approximately $1 million was allocated in the county’s fiscal 2011 budget and covers engineering, rights-ofway acquisition, the relocation of utilities, construction and inspection.

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Assessments and Taxes

By Susan Shaw President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners In the last issue of the Chesapeake Current, I wrote about property assessments. These comprise 65% of Calvert County’s tax revenue, are declining, and therefore, there would be less and less money for County government to spend each year of this term. Here is a question I am getting a lot lately: The assessed value of my primary residence went down, but my property taxes went up. Why and how could this happen? Or will my property taxes go down now that my assessment on my primary residence went down? Your property taxes are based on the assessed value of your home. Using myself as an example, my assessment (assessed value) went down 17% last year, but my taxes went up. Why? Because of the Homestead Tax Credit on my primary residence, each year my tax increase was held to 10% no matter how much my assessment increased. My tax bill never caught up to my assessed value. Even with a 17% decrease in my assessment, my assessment was still more than my tax bill had been. So, I am paying slightly more taxes. Had my assessment been less than my previous tax bill, I would be paying less.





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While the Homestead credit limits the tax increase to 10% annually no matter how much the assessment increases, it does not work in reverse, where the assessment is decreasing. Please remember that you can contest your tax assessment if you believe it is more than your house is worth on the open market. Information is on the back of your assessment notice explaining how to do that. However, for the challenge to be successful, you must be prepared to prove that your house is over-assessed by bringing in sales information on comparable properties that have sold for less than your assessed value. A realtor can help you with the comparables. Also, if you make less than $60,000 per year, and your net worth not counting the value of your primary residence and not counting any retirement accounts is $200,000 or less, you may be eligible for the Homeowner’s Tax Credit on your primary residence. ( If you are 70 years old or older, you can receive the credit for up to 3 years retroactively. A friend told me recently that his 73-year-old father got over $4,000 back retroactively. However, you must apply for the Homeowner’s credit. The tax rate in Calvert County has remained the same since 1987 at .0892 per $100 of assessed value.

Calvert County Employee of the Year Wayne Gross, a highway maintenance crew leader with Public Works/Highway Maintenance Division, was named Employee of the Year at Calvert County's annual Employee Recognition Program in February. An Employee of the Month for June 2010, Wayne was recognized for the outstanding work he did in learning and maintaining the Highway Maintenance customer service database during the medical absence of the employee normally charged with this task. He then simultaneously served as customer service coordinator while ensuring that his own crew continued to effectively carry out its duties. He not only learned an entirely new database, he maintained a high level of personal commitment to both the crews performing the work and the citizens calling the county. In presenting the award, Would they (or YOU) like a short-term rental – county officials praised Gross, furnished and in tip top shape – only 3 blocks to saying he emthe beach? 3 BR’s and 2 Full Baths available for bodies the proweekly rentals starting in April. fessionalism and Enjoy the front porch swing, and dedication that relax on the rear deck, stroll to shop & dine. is the hallmark of the county’s Send an inquiry today! workforce.


Accidents Hitting Too Close to Home By Nick Garrett “Dad… my trombone is still in the trunk.” It’s all she could muster as her father arrived at the scene of the accident and began sorting through the range of emotions any parent would encounter as they get nearer to the crushed metal and broken glass. As the fog lifted from the scene of the accident, it revealed mangled cars, and as the shock wore off, broken bones, bruises, bumps, and pain, both emotional and physical. It’s an experience no young driver on his or her way to school ever forgets. That morning, like many others, cars passed the intersection at Ponds Wood Road in Huntingtown and hit their brakes. Perhaps you looked over just long enough to get a sense of what was going on as the accident scene interrupted your thoughts of morning coffee, what you’re listening to on the radio, and the days’ priorities ahead. This is a true story involving a family I know, a story that we can all relate to with similar experiences. Some of us have had our own, and others have likely had loved ones involved in a brutal car accident. Unfortunately, this is a common story in our area because of several dangerous intersections along high-speed Route 4. I don’t have numbers. But I feel that the frequency of accidents on Route 4 has increased by leaps and bounds since 2004. My classroom at the Music Academy faces this highway, and the number of sirens that we hear go by on a daily basis is enough proof to convince me that we have a big problem. The intersection of Route 4 and Ponds Wood Road has become public enemy number one to many families, who from now on will pass by it every day of their lives cringing at the memories that day holds. The numbers of accidents there are continuing to grow for several reasons. It is easy to misjudge the time you have to turn northbound. It is also a game of “who’s going first” Russian-Roulette when it comes to determining whether the north bound driver merging south, or the south bound driver turning onto Ponds Wood will go first. Many in our community may recall the danger of the intersection at Brickhouse Road and Route 4 in Northern Calvert County. As a result of three fatal accidents and decades of other near fatal encounters, our board of commissioner working with the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), experimented with closing off the southbound turn onto Brickhouse from Route 4 to improve traffic safety. SHA did eventually close off the crossover and kept track of accidents after having done so. They compiled a report and in March of 2010, sent a letter to our county commis-

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Now Serving: Dinner! Turnabout Café Expands With DC Chef The atmosphere is cozy at Turnabout him to bring his talents to the Turnabout Café in Owings is. In fact, it’s the closest Café. to a coffee shop/bookstore that we have in “I’m very excited about expanding our area. Along the front counter, there’s a to offer dinner and so is he,” Pam tells the shelf lined with books you’re encouraged to Chesapeake Current. “So far, it’s been great flip through while sipping your latte. They and we want to keep the business steadily offer free WI-FI, so if you bring your PC, all growing so he’ll stay. Friday night, we were you have to do is ask at the counter for the so busy that people had to sit at the bar.” access code so you can catch up on email or From entrees featuring beef, chicken work there as well. and fish to specialty burgers and a variety of Now, the Turnabout Café, which has fresh salads, the Turnabout Café now offers been a breakfast and lunch staple for the a new and delicious dining alternative. The past three years is expanding to offer a com- standard menu includes New York Strip plete dinner menu five evenings a week, and Ribeye Steaks, Seared Salmon, PecanTuesday through Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. Crusted Trout, Blackened Mahi, Beer Can – 10:00 p.m. And with a famed Washington Chicken, and two pasta dishes. There’s also DC chef now in the kitchen, you can count a Crab Cake Sandwich and specialty Angus on scrumptious food. burgers. Owner Pam Klink Appetizers include says her husband, Rob Maryland Crab Dip, The Turnabout Café Klink, who has been Shrimp in Garlic Sauce, is located at 7922 Executive Chef at OceaStuffed Oysters, Crab Hush naire Seafood Room Southern Maryland Blvd. Puppies, and Fried Green in DC’s Penn Quarter Tomatoes. in Owings (near Route 4 section for eleven years, The menu for children decided he needed a age 12 and under is just and Chaneyville Road) change. She convinced $5.00 for Mac and Cheese,

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two mini Nathan’s All-Beef Hot Dogs, or Chicken Tenders. “We have specials every night,” Pam says, “Including a pasta dish and a great burger. For example, the other evening we had what Rob named a ‘Barn Burner Burger’ which had pulled pork on top along with finelysliced tobacco onions. We also hand cut our fries from fresh potatoes so they are crispier than most – like boardwalk fries. People love them.” All menu items are available for carryout and curbside pick-up as well as dining in. Check page 9 of the Chesapeake Current for a coupon for a free dessert with the purchase of each dinner entrée. Turnabout Café also now serves a wide variety of fine beer and wine as well with their new dinner menu. But most of all, they continue their mission of helping our community, and have expanded the staff from six to 12, with no more volunteers. All are paid. Pam Klink is a professional pastry chef with an A.A. in Baking & Pastry from Baltimore Culinary College, a B.S. in Social Science from University of Maryland University College, and certificates of completion from Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and The Confectionary Arts Institute. Pam has worked in the pastry departments of several admired venues in Baltimore, Maryland including Polo Grill, Harbor Court Hotel, and The Belmont Conference Center and The Summerhouse in Siesta Key, Florida. Klink says, “We started Turnabout as a non-profit with a mission of offering training and employment opportunities to

the developmentally disabled, the Autistic, and those who needed a fresh start to get back on their feet.” Pam says, “We recently split the nonprofit – Turnabout, Inc. - from the restaurant Turnabout Café, LLC. So the restaurant is now a ‘for profit’ business. All this has allowed us to do is pay everyone, pay them more and hire additional people for the restaurant operation.” She adds, ”We are continuing with our original mission with the staff we employ during the day because it’s not a hectic pace. The dinner staff is more experienced and suited to heavier demands, and many of the new people we hired to help us with that that came in off the street and filled out applications.” They continue working with Calvert Social Services, the ARC of Southern Maryland, and the Tri-County Council. The Turnabout Café is closed to the public on Sundays and Monday nights, and continues supporting local churches All Saints Episcopal in Sunderland and Broadview Baptist Church in Owings frequently use the facility for their purposes, such as holding a spiritual series on Monday nights.

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Honey’s Harvest to Open By June

Honey’s Harvest will be located in more, including seasonal produce and lothe strip shopping center at 7150 Lake cal items. They’ll have everything from Shore Drive in Rose Haven, across milk and bread (including home-made from the main Herrington building, breads) to canned goods and toilet paper – and will replace the old convenience including the special type boaters use that store called Lake Shore Deli. Honey’s decomposes easily. Honey’s Harvest will Harvest will occupy three bays in that also have a nice wine and beer section, building, with 3,600 square feet of plus, all-natural, organic and gluten-free products. space. Not only does Willman hope it will “We’ll have the deli on the left side and the new convenience store/ be a local favorite, but it will also be market on the right. The deli will have convenient for the boaters and wedding a country market décor, and I have so guests they host at Herrington on the Bay. many ideas for making it a favorite for She says Honey’s Harvest is planning for the local community,” Willman says. its grand opening in June. “One goal is to have the best sandwiches in the area. EveryCalvert Co. - Southern County – thing will be delicious with Coming soon! Honey’s Harvest deli/market will be THIS locatedWEEK directly across from Herrington on lots of healthy JUST LISTED - 3 BR, 1-1/2 Baths the Bay in the space previous occupied by Lake options, too.” Updated RamblerShore withDeli. NEW Carpet, NEW Kitchen, NEW HVAC, The conNEW Hot Water Heater, NEW Bathrooms and NEW Fresh Paint! venience store, Just Listed – Immediately available. $174,900 according to Call NORMA today! Willman, will carry a good Norma Robertson selection of all Your Beach Realtor the basics, but Office: 301-855-8108 • Cell: 301-518-8930 much, much RE/MAX 100 Real Estate • 10425 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, MD 20754

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The newest business to come to Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven will be Honey’s Harvest, which plans its grand opening this spring. But unlike most fast food places and convenience stores, this one will be very different. “Everything we offer will be extremely fresh, the best quality, and a good value,” says Anna Chaney Willman, owner of Herrington on the Bay Catering, who will also own and operate Honey’s Harvest. Her professional catering staff is now developing the menu. Executive Pastry Chef Tom McReynolds, who has been with Herrington since 1998, says, “We’re going to carve a niche right down the middle. We want a wellthought out, well-rounded menu that will appeal to everyone. We live in a world of

sophisticated and savvy shoppers, and I enjoy pleasing them with freshly baked breads, desserts, and pastries." “Our plan is to initially focus on breakfast and lunch. We’ll have homemade breads, breakfast sandwiches and pastries. For lunch, we’ll offer Boar’s Head meats for sandwiches, and have fresh fruits and salads. Everyone will find something they like,” Willman adds. At Honey’s Harvest, you’ll of course, find lots of sweet, delicious honey. “I’m working with several beekeepers now to get fresh, local honey. We’ll offer THE BEST honey buns – regular and jumbo – that you’ll ever taste! We’ll also have honey for sale in jars, and also offer it to customers as a natural sweetener for their coffee and tea,” Willman says.

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Police Blotter Drug Bust in Churchton On February 9 at approximately 5:00 p.m. members of Southern District’s PACT unit concluded an investigation into CDS drug activity at 1107 Gwynne Avenue in Churchton. Southern Detectives and Patrol units executed a search and seizure warrant at that address. Detectives seized approximately six grams of suspected marijuana with a street value of $120.00 and various types of CDS drug paraphernalia. One adult male was arrested at the scene with other charges pending further investigation. He was identified as Samuel Edward Snowden 5th , 27, who lived at that address. Snowden was charged with Possession of CDS –Marijuana and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia.

Alleged ‘Carjacking’ Solved Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies reported a carjacking in the parking lot of the Rod ‘N’ Reel on Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach on January 13, at 1:10 a.m. They even released a video surveillance still photo of a suspect. However, the subsequent investigation determined it was not a carjacking at all. Deputy Wahlgren has informed Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl and Town Council members it turned out to be a drunken misunderstanding. Apparently, a vanload of people had come to the Rod ‘N’ Reel for dinner and a bit of gambling, and had a designated driver. Two of the inebriated patrons in the party later came out to the parking lot and tried to get into what they thought was their van, which was similar. They scared the daylights out of that van driver who thought he was being carjacked. He drove away and called police, who later pieced together the rest of the story. Wahlgren says it was an honest mistake caused by alcohol because they thought they were getting into their van, and there was no intent to commit a carjacking. Apologies were made, and the case is now closed with no charges being filed.


Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Reports:

Way in Huntingtown sometime prior to February 12 when it was discovered that some had stolen a gray colored ECHO leaf blower valued at $500. Dep. M. Economes is investigating.

On February 9 at 6:30 p.m. DFC J. Livingston conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on MD. Rt. 4 at Main Street in Huntingtown. He found the driver of the vehicle, Sean Patrick Riley, 23, of Dunkirk, to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, a straw. He was arrested and charged with traffic violations and possession of drug paraphernalia. A single passenger in the vehicle failed to give DFC Livingston his correct name and turned and fled on foot. DFC Livingston gave chase on foot. The suspect jumped a fence and fell into a swimming pool but climbed out and ran toward a wooded area. DFC Livingston was able to apprehend him. Livingston arrested the suspect, identified as Wayne Michael Pelle, 31, of Shady Side, and charged him with obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties, failure to obey a lawful order, disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property, making a false statement to a peace officer, and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, an empty pen with suspected controlled dangerous substance inside. Pelle caused $1,000 in damage to the swimming pool when he fell in it, breaking a piece of plastic off the side.

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On February 10 at 9:00 p.m. DFC J. Livingston conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of External Buzz Tattoo on MD. Rt. 4 in Huntingtown. He found the driver, identified as Jonathan N. Bowen, 25, of Huntingtown, to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, a metal spoon, and charged him with that offense. On February 11 at 10:40 p.m. Cpl. V. Bortchevsky conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Costley Way in Prince Frederick and arrested the driver, Holly Marie Noyes, 24, of Chesapeake Beach, and charged her with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a smoking device. After conducting a traffic stop on February 12 at 5:50 p.m. at MD. Rt. 4 and MD. Rt. 260 in Dunkirk, DFC T. Rickard found the driver and lone passenger of the vehicle to both be in possession of suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia. He arrested the driver, Craig Gregory Emerson, 44, of Owings and charged him with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and possession of cocaine and possession of Hydrocodone. The passenger, Anthony J. Pessagno, Sr., 44 , of Owings, was charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a glass pipe.


Unknown suspect(s) stole a remote controlled Motorguide Troll motor from a sport fishing boat parked at a residence on Abington Manor Drive in Huntingtown between February 7 and 8. The motor is valued at $900. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. M. Quinn at (410) 535-2800.


A victim on South Cabin Drive in Huntingtown advised DFC T. Rickard that at about 9:00 p.m. on February 9 she heard an unknown suspect climbing through her window. The victim hollered for the unknown suspect to leave and the suspect turned and ran. Nothing was taken. The house next door to the victim was also broken into. It is unknown if anything was taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact DFC Rickard at (410) 535-2800. A shed was burglarized behind a home on Lady Anne’s

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Unknown suspect(s) caused $300 in damage to the windshield of a vehicle parked outside a home on 4th Street in North Beach at about 6:30 p.m. on February 10. DFC Jeff Elliott is investigating.

State Police Barrack U Reports: Possession of Heroin

On February 9 at 1:12 p.m., Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Route 260, west of Route 261 in Chesapeake Beach. During the traffic stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted and the driver, Sarah Ward, 21, of Owings, was found to be in possession of heroin. She was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Motor Vehicle Theft

On February 10 at 8:53 a.m., Trooper First Class Lewis responded to the 7100 block of Decoy Drive in Owings, for a reported vehicle theft. A 2001 silver Volkswagon Cabrio was stolen from the victim’s driveway. The investigation continues.

Possession of PCP, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest

On February 4 at 12:35 a.m., Corporal Koch responded to the area of Harrison Blvd and Deerfield Lane in Chesapeake Beach to check the welfare of a person reportedly lying on the ground and screaming. Troopers questioned the subject who began screaming profanities and refused to comply with the officers. Steven C. Marlowe, 24, of Prince Frederick, was arrested for disorderly conduct. During the arrest, he resisted and had to be wrestled to the ground. A search, after the arrest, revealed that he was in possession of PCP (Phencyclidine). He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Possession of Marijuana

On February 6 at 11:16 a.m., Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Rt. 260 at E Street in Chesapeake Beach. The driver was observed attempting to hide something in the vehicle and an odor of marijuana was also detected. A search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Daniel J. Jenkins, 20, of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. On February 7 at 07:50 a.m., Trooper First Class Evans stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on D Street and 27th Street in Chesapeake Beach. An odor of marijuana was coming from inside the vehicle. A search revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. E’Von K. Giles, 21, of Chesapeake Beach, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Property Theft

On February 5 at 11:40 a.m., Trooper First Class Saucerman responded to the 11700 block of Rivershore Drive in Dunkirk in reference to stolen jet skis and trailer. Two 2010 Kawasaki white and gray colored jet skis and a gray Loadbolt trailer were stolen from the victim’s front yard. Investigation continues.

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Duckology 101

By Bob Munro

ing under waMore duck talk next time... ter where they feed, but makes The Rockfish gill net season remains closed followtakeoff more ing the discovery of even more illegal nets since our last difficult, causissue. The reward offered by Maryland DNR and the varing them to ious stakeholder groups is now $22,500 for information run across the leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible water surface for the netting incident near Bloody Point Light during to become airlate January. Information on this crime and others against borne. Diving Maryland’s natural resources may be called anonymously ducks are excelinto the NRP Catch-a-Poacher Hotline at (800) 635-6124. lent underwater Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? swimmers fa- The Canvasback voring a more diverse variety of food items, although Send your questions to onthewater@chesapeakecurrent. submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) is at the top of their com and we’ll do our best to get you an answer. list. Small clams and crustaceans are also probed from Don’t catch ‘em all, the Bay bottom. Interestingly, the scientific name of the Canvasback Bob Munro was taken from the name of their favorite species of Bay About the Author: Bob Munro of Chesapeake Beach has been a career grass called Wild Celery (Vallisneria americana) - the research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, spelling is admittedly different but the relationship is he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he’s fished the mid-Chesapeake clear. You’ll often see diving ducks close to shore any- since the mid-1980s. where along the Chesapeake Bay, with plenty of open water upwind. In the photo of the male Canvasback, note the sloping head profile and bright red eye. And then there are seaducks, or ducks of big water such as the open Chesapeake and along the Atlantic Ocean coast. Seaducks include the Scoters (Black, Surf, White-Winged) and Long-tailed Ducks (formerly called Oldsquaw Ducks) and other species like Eiders that are not found in the mid-Bay area. These ducks are Olympic divers, reportedly able to reach the bottom in 180 feet of water. However, seaducks in our area much prefer shallower waters such as those around Sharps Island Light and along both shores of the Bay down to Avoid the main cause 25-30 ft., wherever they of early tire replacement. can find mussels and other small mollusks (clams). Wheel Alignment Specials: The male Scoters in par2 wheels - Only $39.95 ticular are easy to iden4 wheels - Only $59.95 tify -- they are somewhat Additional charges may apply to some vehicles. Not valid with other coupons or offers. larger than a Mallard and No cash value. Expires: jet black in plumage, with 2/28/2011 some coloration on the bill and with white wing patches on - you guessed 10379 Southern Maryland Blvd - Dunkirk MD 20754 it - the White-winged Scoter.

The Chesapeake Bay used to be the most important waterfowl wintering area in all of North America, that is, until relatively recently. The term “waterfowl” is a collective term referring to ducks, geese and swans. Still, upwards of 30 species of waterfowl can be found on the open Bay and in protected creeks and small ponds in our area. Most of us will not see most of these species, even though the Bay area is winter home to hundreds of thousands of waterfowl. This is because all ducks are not created equal. Some species like the Mallard live here year round, nesting in the spring, raising their young to flight stage and wintering here or farther south in the Atlantic Flyway. Mallards are very adaptable and ubiquitous -- they are the duck you’ll most often see around marinas, in park ponds, practically anywhere there is food and water. They live here all year and they’re very common. But that is not so with the majority of our species. The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is a perfect example of what are called “puddle ducks” or “dabbling ducks” or ducks that frequent small or large bodies of water, including creeks, marshes The Mallard and swamps (standing trees). All puddle ducks are very adept on land because their legs and feet are set close to the middle of their body lengthwise, which facilitates walking on the shore or dry land, and also launching themselves virtually straight up to take flight. Puddle ducks typically “tip up” with their tails pointed straight to the sky with their head under water searching for food. The Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) is representative of a different group of ducks called “bay ducks” or “diving ducks.” The legs and feet of diving ducks are set farther back along their body, which facilitates div-



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Making Magical Memories

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ing that kind of a background gave her what she needed to be the “calm” that a nervous bride may need on their big day. Not everyone can achieve that when under pressure. After planning her own wedding in 2004, Meet our newest member of the Bay Business she was inspired to pursue a career in event Group (BBG): Kim Breed- planning. She had no idea where it would take her. Lucky enough for the Bay love of Magical Business Group, it brought her Memories Event here. Planning, LLC. People expect perfection There was a time when the when hiring a service. Profesthought of an event planner was just sionals, like Kim, who have about someone that tells everyone an excellent work ethic, underwhat to do during an event. At the stand that expectation. She protime, it made sense. Then, one day, vides solutions when everyone I met Kim Breedlove who changed else is still figuring out the probmy whole perspective. lem. It’s that kind of dedication Working with Kim on many that takes an event where it has events I learned about how much the potential to go. She can even time and effort she puts into everyhelp you plan your honeymoon thing she does for a client. since she is a Sandals Certified She is a “turn key” event speSpecialist. cialist and bridal consultant. While Kim lives in Chesapeake working with clients, she takes on Kim Breedlove, owner, Magical Beach and has been an event the role of advisor, coordinator, su- Memories Event Planning. planner for 7 years. During that pervisor, financial planner and mediator. Clients have asked Kim how she manages time she has been involved in more than just to stay so calm, collected and organized during weddings. She is often volunteering her serthe stress of putting events together. She ex- vices for fundraisers, charities and other nonplains that prior to deciding to go into business, profit organizations. Giving back to the comshe studied to become a nurse and endured the munity was one of her original goals while she pressures and the challenges of that field. Hav- was earning her certificate in bridal consulting back in 2005. Since then she has become a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and is a member of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce. While she continues to grow in

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Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Build your business through networking at these local business events: The Bay Business Group will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven. For more information, email sb.cosby@ or visit the BBG web site at

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The first BBG Networking event for 2011 is scheduled for Monday, February 28 at Fridays Creek Winery, 3485 Chaneyville Rd, Owings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. It’s co-sponsored by BNI (Business Networking International) with a panel of business coaches who will discuss various types of networking, tips for successful networking, and how their clients have networked to build their businesses. The panelists are: Eleanor Nelson, Coach on Call; Mike Benton, Life Success Consultants; Kim Gosnell, Powerful Coaching Integrity; and Chris Daniel, Regroup Partners. Register with John Stutzman: or call (240) 344-5080.

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The March Business After Hours (BAH) will be held Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Project Echo, 484 Main Street, Prince Frederick. Green is optional for this St. Patrick’s Day themed evening. Mix and mingle with fellow Chamber members at an outdoor wine-beer garden. The April Business After Hours will be Thursday, April 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The ARC of Southern MD, 355 West Dares Beach Rd. Tour the facility and bring plenty of business cards for a chance to win a great door prize. For more information on any of these topics, call the Chamber at (410) 535-2577. The South County Festival is back! The Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber event that was held 16 years in a row (but skipping last year) will return Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Herrington Harbour North Marina, 389 Deale Road (Route 256), Tracys Landing MD, 20779. Vendor Applications, terms and conditions and sponsorship forms are available online at For more information call (410) 867-3129. The SAACC is now scheduling 2011 Networking Events, which include Business After-Hours (BAH) Mixers, Breakfast Mixers and Educational Seminars. If you are a business interested in hosting an event, please contact the Chamber at (410) 867-3129 for available dates. (BAH Mixers have already been booked for April, May & June 2011).

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North Beach After Dark By Lisa Payne

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North Beach is more than a beach town. After the sun goes down you can find good food, fun and entertainment. Bay Wine & Spirits’ idyllic setting with views of the Chesapeake Bay located just off the boardwalk in North Beach offers a relaxing atmosphere to develop friendships and explore ideas all the while trying a new wine or enjoying an old favorite. Sharon Hall, a resident of Chesapeake Beach since 2006 and once part-time employee of this local wine store, is now the proud proprietor of this favorite “wine by the glass” establishment. In a relatively short period of time, Sharon has taken Bay Wine and Spirits and given it new life. In addition to retail sales, Bay Wine & Spirits is the place to be after a walk on the

boardwalk, or shopping at the local stores or even after dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants just around the corner. It won’t take long from the time you walk in the door before you have a glass of wine in your hand and you are engaged in the banter amongst locals and visitors alike. It is a warm, friendly neighborhood place. Originally built in 1926, The Westlawn Inn served as a guesthouse for bayside vacationers for the last century. Now, they welcome you as their guest into this newly refurbished establishment. The Westlawn Inn features upscale dining in a classically appealing American atmosphere. Their two-level dining room offers comfortable

Grape Grower Grants The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering grants to farms in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties to aid in the purchase of wine grape vines to support the development of a competitive wine industry in Southern Maryland. The grant program requires matching funds supplied by the farm owner for the purchase of grape vines of recommended grape varieties compatible with the region. The Grapes for Wine Program is offered together with the University of Maryland Extension, which will provide ongoing training and production expertise. To be eligible an applicant must own or be co-applicant with the owner of at least five acres of land currently in agricultural use. Existing grape growers and new growers may apply, unless the farmer is a prior recipient of a SMADC Farm Viability Grant awarded specifically for vineyard enhancement. Past participants of the Growing Grapes for Wine cost-share program are also eligible. Awards for this spring will be contingent upon farms having suitable soils that have already been tested for nematodes. Grant applications are due to SMADC by March 4, 2011. Download the grant application and guidelines, visit or contact SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922, Ext. 1.


surroundings that will take you back to the era when this small bayside community was a lavish resort town for tourists and clientele from the DC Metropolitan area. This quintessential North Beach dining experience is sure to delight the palate while providing a friendly gathering place for all. If it’s just a drink and a quick bite stop in to Westlawn Inn’s beautiful bar. Friendly people and great service abound. On Saturday Nights Westlawn is the place to be for live Jazz music. If you are looking for family dining in a casual atmosphere grab the kids and come on down to Thursdays located on the corner of Seventh and Bay Ave. There is a great bar with a lively crowd. It’s the

Farm Implements Available for Rent New conservation tillage equipment and specialty farm implements are now available to farmers throughout Southern Maryland region thanks to grants from the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). SMADC worked with each county to develop a list of needs, with particular emphasis given to equipment that promotes long term environmental benefits to the Chesapeake Bay and/or supports new and emerging enterprises such as grape growing and produce. Based on each county’s priorities, SMADC awarded $248,997 to the Soil Conservation Districts of Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties, and to the St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau to purchase the equipment. “The equipment rental program is set up to help the small farmer (in Southern Maryland) to be able to install conservation practices on their land,” said William Clark district manager for Calvert Soil Conservation District. “It is not cost-effective for small farming operations to purchase notill planters which can cost from $25,000 to $30,000; through the rental programs of the Southern Maryland Soil Conservation Districts and some Farm Bureaus, farmers are able to apply best management practices which will help improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.” “Farm equipment can be very expensive and inhibiting for farmers, especially new farmers or farmers trying ne”w things”, said Christine Bergmark, SMADC Executive Director. Thanks to the Southern Maryland Delegation, we are now able to help reduce farmers’ costs on the ground, and help the State meets its environmental goals for saving the Bay.” SMADC has compiled the first-ever complete inventory of new and existing equipment available throughout the five Southern Maryland counties hosted at . The inventory details the contact information for the managing entities responsible for the storage and maintenance of the equipment and a brief description of the equipment specifications, appropriate uses, and current rental rates. County agencies are planning training days to demonstrate the operation of the rental equipment in the upcoming weeks. Visit for schedules and equipment updates or call the local agency listed on the website.

place to catch the game or wind down with friends and family alike. Food is moderately priced and the menu includes sandwiches and burgers as well as seafood and steak. Located on the corner of 1st and Chesapeake Avenue Neptune’s Seafood Pub serves original culinary creations as well as the best in hamburgers, steaks and salads. Conveniently located, Neptune’s offers the best in town if you are looking for a quick lunch or a full sit-down dinner. People keep coming back for the food and the atmosphere. Watch the game on three big-screens and throw back a few with some friends. Remember North Beach~ more than a Beach! About the author: Lisa Payne is the owner of SeaScapes Home Accents, Gifts & Inspiration at 4105 7th Street in North Beach.

Poultry and Rabbit Processing Workshops Scheduled

To help farmers meet growing consumer demand for local meats, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the University of Maryland and Washington County Agriculture Marketing Department will conduct training workshops in March for on-farm poultry and rabbit slaughter and processing. This is part of a voluntary certification program to assist small poultry and rabbit operations to meet the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s approved source requirements to sell poultry and/or rabbit (off-farm) at farmers’ markets or to restaurants and retailers in the state. Trainings will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Two sessions are scheduled within driving distance of our readership area: • Saturday, March 12, MDA, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis. • Wednesday, March 16, Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 5262 Woods Rd., Cambridge. The training fee is $20, which includes lunch and materials. To download a copy of the registration form, visit: www.mda. Workshop participants will learn to recognize diseases of public health concern, take basic biosecurity measures, write and implement basic standard sanitary operating procedures, develop good manufacturing practices, hazard analysis and critical control point plans, and properly dispose of offal and waste water. To become certified for off-farm sales, producers must: • complete the training; • pass a brief test at the training; • submit an application for certification along with a $75 annual fee; and • be inspected by MDA; MDA inspectors will conduct an inspection at least once per year to verify that producers are following food safety requirements. For questions, call Karen Fedor at (410) 841-5773 or email: . Space is limited, so anyone interested is advised to register early.

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Local African-American Baseball Field to Be Restored

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By William Poe Imagine hearing the jeers and cheers of baseball fans as they root for their favorite local heroes, the Owings Eagles. Eagle’s player, George Gray, Sr. warms up in the batter’s box at his home turf of Gray’s Field. The unmistakable echo of Son Smith’s cracking bat sends the baseball soaring high over the heads of the opposing team’s outfielders on a sweltering summer night on Fowler Road, just off Mt. Harmony Road. Of course, those sounds are only memories. Although not quite so long ago, if you happened to travel slightly off the beaten path in Northern Calvert County, this is what you’d find at Gray’s Field in Owings. Surrounding cornfields and cow pastures of yesteryear have given way to paved roads and housing sub-divisions. But progress has yet to trample underfoot this

field of dreams that brought hope and joy to so many African-Americans for decades during the past century. If one prominent local man has his way, Gray’s Field will remain intact and preserved as a tribute to those men who toiled in the fields by day, playing baseball at night on this very different type of field to the delight of the families that continually came out to support them. This unlikely player stepping up to plate today at Gray’s Field does not wield a baseball bat nor wear an Eagles jersey. Instead, he wears neatly-pressed black trousers, a suit jacket and tie, and wields a pen as his weapon of choice. Newly elected Maryland Delegate, Mark Fisher (R-27B), a Baltimore native with blue-collar roots, has taken up the cause to help preserve Gray’s Field. Moving to Calvert County in 1989, Fisher almost literally stumbled upon the field one afternoon when he heard commotion in his new backyard. “One day my wife and I heard all of this yelling and screaming and we were looking at each other wondering where was that coming from. It sounded like it was coming from the property behind us. So

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The Owings Eagles are posing for an early-1950’s team photograph at Gray's Field in Owings. From left to right are: (First row) unidentified, Bernard Rawlings, Judy Evans, Frances Wallace, Billy Spriggs, Taberius Reid, and John Jones. (Second row) George Gray Sr., Marion Holland, Son Smith, Ellsworth Conte, William Jones, Bob Jones, Lawrence Gray, Hammy Wallace, Albert Gray Jr., and owner Albert Gray Sr.,holding the baseball. (Oscar Gray family photo, from William Poe’s book, African-Americans of Calvert County.)

we walked through our backyard, and saw about 150 African- Americans, only AfricanAmericans, playing baseball, in literally our backyard! We thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of odd, you know, here we are, in the end of the twentieth century and this just seems like a real throwback. So we walked through and I introduced myself and that’s when I found out my backyard abutted Gray’s Field.” According to Fisher, “Albert Gray, the original owner of Gray’s Field, created

Albert Gray Sr. purchased four acres of land in 1935 where he built his home (above) and Gray’s Field, where the Owings Eagles played baseball in the Negro League. Gray’s Field was the first ball field in Calvert County to have lights installed for night-time play.

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Delegate Mark Fisher (R-27B) who now owns Gray’s Field, wants to restore Albert Gray’s house and create a museum to memorialize the site and the African-Americans who enjoyed baseball there for many decades.

the field because there was a huge desire in the African-American community to play baseball. They were not allowed to play baseball because of the Jim Crow laws (any state laws discriminating against blacks) in Calvert County, which basically enforced defacto segregation, so the family decided ‘we want to play baseball, so let’s create our own field,’ and so they did, and my understanding was that this was in the 1930’s.” As Fisher’s family grew and his children became involved in local sports, he saw a need for a location for his children and their teammates to practice. “We decided to approach the Gray family because simultaneous with the growing soccer interests, the actual field it-

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Thursday, February 24, 2011


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By Sid Curl So, let the mystery begin! These words start a fun and fascinating performance of mystery theatre for an audience filled with anticipation. You have already been read your Miranda Rights or rather a very special set of “rights” as presented by Twin Beach Players, in association with Do Or Die Productions. You have been offered a lawyer joke and the right to remain vocal as this is encouraged in order to fully enjoy this interactive type of theatre. Twin Beach Players has formed a partnership with Do Or Die Productions to present these murder mysteries locally. I have been doing this type of improv theatre for 8 years and I love it. The audience is fully involved from the beginning and I, as an actor, at once become actor, director and writer from my first entrance, encouraging the audience to get fully caught up in the action. A murder is going to happen right in front of you as the actors are not on a stage but all through the audience creating a format that has the audience thinking that they are in the middle of a fiasco of outrageous, funny personalities enveloping them into a plot that will end with someone’s demise. First the audience is introduced to the characters through a series of scenes that get you acquainted with who the characters are as well as what the setting is. In the latest one performed at Beach Cove in Chesapeake Beach, the scenario was a TV studio and the audiences were guest for a very special live show.

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self by then was falling into disrepair. The team, the Owings Eagles, decided to start playing somewhere else, and the stands were falling apart. So I approached the family, and said ‘hey look, what if we came and we used your field, could we do a lot of cleaning up, I mean, literally the field had to be reclaimed.’ The family agreed and that started the relationship.” As Fisher took to shaping up the field for recreational new uses he was approached by Albert Gray’s last surviving son, Oscar. “He said ‘I have a quarter interest in the property and I would like to sell it. I see what you guys are doing, I think it’s kind of

For the one to be presented at The Senior Center in Prince Frederick the audience are all members of the secretive Murphy Society (wear your green) and it is time for the official passing of the Shillelagh. From there, it is all out fun as the plot is laid out by the performers skirting in and out of scenes and tables; enlisting audience help or spilling venomous tales of why Conroy Murphy has vile feelings towards Dorian Murphy and then; a noise is heard, a spate of action and suddenly, a character is dead at your feet. Now the action takes on a new tone as a law officer is summoned and suspects are rounded up as suggested by the audience. Be careful what you say, as you may cause yourself to be a partner in crime and find yourself along with the suspected wrong doers on the “Hot Seat” to be interrogated by the audience. Never is it known where the scope of questions will take this part of the performance, but through it all the officer will preside and get to the bottom of the despicable episode by allowing the audience to vote their feeling as to “whodunit” and getting a confession from someone to haul their dreadful carcass off to the hoosegow. And it’s all in great fun. Plus, at The Senior Center, a wonderful Irish Dinner will be served, provided by local Maryland Country Caters at 12Noon Saturday, March 12th and all for a reasonable cost of $30 per person with coffee and tea. This is a fine chance to have a wonderful experience of interactive live theatre and after you’ve seen one, it’s no telling how addictive it will be to see and solve another. For reservations call The Calvert Pines Senior Center at (410) 5354606. The menu includes Mulligatawny Soup, Ham & Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Steamed Carrots, Irish Soda Bread, Dinner rolls and Assorted Deserts.

About the Author: Sid Curl of North Beach is President of the Twin Beach Players theatre


cool that you want to continue the tradition of using it for sports and I really appreciate that. I have to ask you to give me your word, that you will not ever build houses or use the property for something other than for the community and make it available to the Gray Family and so that’s what I did,” Fisher says. Albert Gray’s grandson had been in charge of the field, Fisher stated. “Oscar Gray’s family decided that they wanted to sell their interest as well but they wanted to remain involved and so they did. We bought the rest of the field minus a small portion.” With the building boom that took place in Calvert County in the 1990’s, the Gray’s may have had legitimate cause for alarm when initially approached by Fisher.

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Solve the mystery! The Twin Beach Players, in association with the Calvert County Office on Aging and Do Or Die Productions, presents Murphy’s Law by Ceej Crowe. This St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery with a bit of blarney will be held Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 noon at Calvert Pines Senior Center. A catered Irish meal features Mulligatawny soup, ham and cabbage, parsley potatoes, steamed carrots, Irish soda bread/dinner rolls, and assorted desserts. The event is $30 per person, and all proceeds help enhance the programs for senior citizens in Calvert County. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Call Keri Lipperini, (410) 535-4606 or (301) 855-1170 for ticket info.

Today, numerous local soccer teams use Gray’s Field on Fowler Road in Owings to practice.

“A portion of the Gray family was highly skeptical of my intentions because here I am, this young white guy in the late 1990’s who had only been in the county at that time for maybe 12 years who is saying to them, ‘trust me, I’m not going to develop your property’ and then I start buying pieces of their land. I promised I’m going to let you stay involved and stay connected to your heritage,’ and of course I followed through.” Fisher adds, “Trust is something that is earned.” Gray’s Field was the first baseball field in Calvert County to have lights. “The Gray family called it ‘Twilight Baseball’,” says Fisher, “Because they, of course, couldn’t play baseball during the day, they were too busy working and so it has that unique distinction as well.” Fisher has set long-term goals for Gray’s Field. “I want to keep the property available to the family and to the community. The house that exists, which was Albert Gray’s house, I’ve promised the family that one day when we raise sufficient funds, we would renovate and turn the house into

a museum and it would essentially be a pictorial history of Gray’s Field. Not just the past, but also the present, with the goal of showing how things have come full circle and clearly that’s something we’re going to need a lot of help with.” Fisher adds, “I would love to reach out to the community and say, if you have pictures that you’re willing to allow us to make copies of or if you have stories that you would like to send us of your times at Gray’s Field, please send us those stories so that we can memorialize them because memories fade and valuable history could be lost.” Finally, if you would like to donate to a building fund for the museum, which is priority number one, then please contact Mark Fisher. As Fisher said: “Once the house is rebuilt and the museum established, the rest comes easily...namely, that a promise made will be a promise kept.”

About the Author: William “Billy” Poe is a published author, poet, essayist, and documentary photographer. Among his credits is the book, “African-Americans of Calvert County.” He lives in Dunkirk and makes his living as a home improvement contractor.

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Birth Announcement Erin Stinnett and Wayne Ward of Huntingtown are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aidan Tucker Ward, on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Aidan weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Joyce and Jon Baki of Lusby and Tony Neenan of Baltimore. Paternal grandparents are Wayne and Dawn Ward of North Beach. Maternal great-grandparents are Barbara A. Stinnett of Owings and JoEllen Mingilino of Grand Prairie, TX. Paternal great-grandparents are Claudia and Dennis Leiphart of Owings and Cathy and Morgan “Poo” King of Chesapeake Beach.

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Thurman Adams, 81 Thurman Adams, age 81, of Owings, MD passed away on February 13, 2011. He was born on July 7, 1929. Interment took place at Apostolic Faith Church, 8800 Adams Church Road in Owings. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Claudia Buck, 64 Claudia E. Buck, age 64, of Huntingtown, MD died on February 4, 2011. She was born on December 12, 1946. Interment took place at Holland Cemetery, Stinnett Road in Huntingtown. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Brenda Catlett, 53 Brenda J. Catlett, age 53, of Huntingtown, MD passed away February 16, 2011 at her residence after a brief illness. Brenda was born June 24, 1957 in Washington, D.C. to Patrick and Elizabeth (Corcoran) Judge. She was raised in Cheverly, MD, attended St. Ambrose Catholic School and graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD, class of 1975. She received an Associates Degree from Prince George’s Community College and worked at the Agriculture Association in Washington. For many years she was Director of Operations for the Automotive Repair and Service Association in Lanham, MD and more recently the Director of Finance for the Tire Industry Association in Bowie, MD. In her leisure time Brenda loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. S he enjoyed motorcycle trips, travel, reading and vacationing at the beach. She was also very proud of her Irish heritage. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by Al Catlett, her devoted

husband of 22 years, and by her loving children, Brian C. Catlett and his wife, Nicole, and Breezy Q. Cornio and husband, Timothy, all of Huntingtown. She is also survived by four grandchildren; a sister, Joan M. Patterson and husband, Bob, of Beltsville, MD; and brothers Thomas P. Judge and wife, Cindy, of Fairfax, VA and Michael J. Judge of College Park, MD; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in Brenda’s name may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at www.

Lillian Creek, 74 Lillian Louise Creek, age 74, of Lothian, MD passed away on February 3, 2011. She was born on February 23, 1936. Interment took place at Union UM Church, 274 West Bay Front Road in Lothian. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Shayne Gottschalk, 29 Shayne Anthony O’Neil Gottschalk, age 29, of Shady Side, MD passed away February 13, 2011 at his residence. Shayne was born May 11, 1981 at Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly, MD to Edward W. Gottschalk and Lori Jean O’Neil Zeller. He lived in Lothian and attended Tracey’s and Shady Side Elementary Schools and Southern Jr. and Sr. High Schools. In his youth he was a carrier for The Capital newspaper and was awarded carrier of the month. He was active in sports and played football with the Deale Elks and Shady Side Seahawks, and also played lacrosse with the United Youth Club. Shayne loved being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, bow hunting, camping and snowboarding. He was a fan of the Washington Redskins, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

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He married Rebecca Marie Tomé on September 19, 2009 and resided in Shady Side. He was an electrician in the construction trades and a member of the First Baptist Church in Deale, MD. Shayne is survived by his wife, Becky Gottschalk; his father and step-mother, Edward W. Gottschalk, Sr. and Mary Pat Ashe of Chesapeake Beach, MD; his mother and step-father, Lori Jean and Matthew Zeller of Abingdon, MD; his grandmother, Phyllis O’Neil of Lanham, MD; sisters Misty L. Robeson of North Beach, MD, and Fawn Cross of Port Hueneme, CA; brothers Edward W. Gottschalk, Jr. of Shady Side, MD, and T. Devlin Ashe of Chesapeake Beach; and four nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by grandparents, James O. O’Neil and Mary Ann and Robert Salmon. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Shayne’s name may be made to the National Wildlife Foundation at or to The RiderDown Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping responsible off road motorcyclists and ATV racers who have been injured while riding. To donate visit www.

Ellery Haynes, Jr., 79 Ellery Cleary Haynes, Jr., age 79, of North Beach, MD passed away February 14, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born July 18, 1931 in Washington, D.C. to Ellery Sr. and Marguerite (Zenns) Haynes and was raised in Mt. Rainier, MD. He enlisted in the U.S. Army January 15, 1952 and served during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the United Nations and Good Conduct Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was discharged as Tech Sergeant on October 19, 1953. Ellery married Patricia Jane Hussey on September 17, 1955 and they lived and raised their family in North Beach, MD. He was employed as a plumber in the construction trades, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach, MD. In his leisure time, Ellery enjoyed collectables, including coins and baseball cards. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and was a Washington Redskins fan, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia J. “Pat” Haynes, on April 4, 2007 and by his parents and brothers, Loring, Robert and Roger Haynes. He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Sharon K. and Gary Denis of Lusby, MD, and Janet E. and Bill Thomas of North Beach; four sons, John E. Haynes of North Beach, George A. Haynes of Chesapeake Beach, Donald C. and wife, Aimee Haynes, also of Chesapeake Beach, and Ellery C. Haynes III of North Beach. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Haynes, of Woodbridge, VA, and sisters Janet Gray of North Beach and Nancy Clock of Milford, OH. Interment took place in the cemetery columbarium at Maryland Veterans Cemetery,

Cheltenham, MD. Expressions of sympathy in Ellery’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Emma Jefferies, 86 Emma Jerman Jeffries, age 86, of Dunkirk, MD passed away on February 17, 2011. She was born on May 30, 1924. Interment took place at Southern Memorial Gardens, 10155 Ward Road in Dunkirk. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Emma J. Jeffries Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 336, Owings, MD 20736, Attn: Amelia Jeffries.

Brenda Knight, 60 Brenda Hill Knight, age 60, of Lothian, died January 17 at her home after a five-year battle with cancer. She was born February 19, 1950, in Winston-Salem, NC and graduated from East Surry High School in 1967 before receiving her Associate's degree from Durham Business College in 1969. She had previously worked for the Internal Revenue Service before her retirement. Brenda enjoyed gardening, decorating her home and reading. She is survived by her husband, George H. Knight Jr., whom she married July 10, 1971; son, Christopher G. Knight and wife, Asheley, of Lawton, OK.; and brother, Johnny Hill, of Pilot Mt., NC. Arrangements were handled by Hardesty Funeral Home in Galesville.

Patricia Marquess, 71 Patricia Lee “Patsy” Marquess, age 71, of Owings, MD died February 18, 2011 at Burnett Calvert Hospice House. She was born May 21, 1939 in Washington, DC to Milton and Florence Alta (West) Gordon. Patsy was educated in Calvert County School and graduated from Calvert High School in 1957. She was married to Arthur Donald Marquess December 22, 1957 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Beach. Patsy enjoyed the farm, gardening, and the family, especially her grandchildren. She was also an avid Washington Redskin fan. Surviving are her husband, Arthur Donald; three children, Sandra Lynn Marquess of California, MD, Dawn Marquess Harrison and her husband, Bryan, of Salisbury, MD, and Timothy Donald Marquess of Owings, MD; three grandchildren, Tucker Philip Harrison, Tolan Aaron Harrison and Timothy D. “TJ” Marquess, Jr.; one sister, Dorothy Gordon, of Sunderland, MD, and Michael Gordon and his wife, Carol, of Lothian, MD; and a special sister in law, Hilda Mae Buckmaster, of Owings, MD. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements.

Edna Moore, 81 Edna J. “Sissy” Moore, age 81, of Solomons, MD, formerly of Deale, MD, passed away on February 17, 2011 at Solomons Nursing Center. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Washington, DC to the late Clayton Linkins and Pauline Kruter. Sissy was a Film Inspector and retired after 30 years of service in 1995. She moved to Solomons, MD in 1997 from Deale, MD. She loved bowling and playing bingo. Sissy will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She will always be loved and missed dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer Moore; siblings, Jaime Linkins, Joe Linkins, Angela Brooks, and Helen Linkins. Sissy is survived by her children, Norma Woodburn and husband, Woody, and Mary Sullivan and husband, Patrick; siblings, Mary Linkins, Thomas Linkins, and Pete Linkins; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements.

Robin Oliver, 58 Robin M. Oliver, age 58, of Bowie, MD passed away peacefully the morning of February 16, 2011, in Baltimore from an extended illness. She was born in Washington, DC on October 4, 1952. Robin was the Daughter of Barbara M. Bowles and Otto M. Neilson III of Sunderland, MD, and the late June Oliver, formerly of LaPlata, MD. She was the sister of Sam Oliver, Debbi McGuigan, Bill Neilson, Mary Martines, Hope Benson, John Neilson, Roberta Kolb and Judy Gray; and the sister-inlaw of David Benson and Kaye Oliver. Robin was the Godmother of Grace Falcone, David and Michael Benson. Lee Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements.

William Ritter, 86 William O. “Tex” Ritter, age 86, of Lothian, MD, and a former longtime resident of Bethesda, MD, passed away February 14, 2011 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. Tex was born January 17, 1925 in Nashville, Tennessee to Herman S. and Nona L. (Marles) Ritter. He was raised in Nashville and graduated from Hillsboro High School. Tex attended the Georgia School of Technology (now known as the Georgia Institute of Technology or Georgia Tech) where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. While at Georgia Tech he was a quarterback for the Yellow Jackets and played in the Orange and Sugar Bowls. He also played basketball and golf at Tech. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy while at Tech

and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1946. He was qualified in naval aircraft catapult and arresting gear equipment, and received the American Area WWII Victory Medal. Upon his graduation from Tech and discharge from the Navy, Tex was drafted by the Washington Redskins and played one year with the Philadelphia Eagles. He later worked in insurance sales and was a sales manager for an Oldsmobile dealership in Washington, D.C. He worked as an aeronautical engineer with Lockheed from 1956-1961 at various locations throughout the U.S., and later worked in aircraft sales at North American Aviation in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1971 Tex opened Ritter Datsun automobile dealership in Waldorf, MD, which he operated for several years and owned for over 20 years. He later owned Ritter Chevrolet in Mechanicsville, MD. In the mid 1970’s Tex began a successful career as a well known lobbyist in the defense industry in Washington, D.C. Tex was a member of numerous clubs and organizations, including Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD, Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD, Burning Tree Country Club in Bethesda, the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Capitol Hill Club. He was one of the original Old Masters, a member of the Gridiron Club in Washington, D.C., and the Military Order of the Carabao, a social club consisting of members of the U.S. military. Tex had a lifelong love of singing and had performed for seven different Presidents of the United States. In his leisure time he enjoyed playing golf, riding his lawn tractor cutting grass, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and ocean cruises. Tex was preceded in death by his wife, Betty B., and brother, Gerald Ritter. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, William E. and Betty Ritter of Mechanicsville, MD, Rodney B. and Lisa Ritter of Port Republic, MD, Robert D. and Kristy Ritter of Orlando, FL, and Deborah C. and Alan Fluke of Raleigh, NC. He is also survived by his devoted companion of 25 years, Deloras Ward, and by her daughters Wanda W. DeBord and her husband, Michael, and Wendy A. Cator and her husband, Larry, all of Lothian, MD; and by 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Helen enjoyed life. Weekends she could be found fishing or crabbing. For years she was an active gardener and in particular loved growing flowers. She had a natural gift for the arts. She loved singing, dancing and dabbling in the visual arts as well. She painted posters, pictures and loved making arts and crafts. She loved reading and would collect old newspapers. Often when asked if she wanted "today's" paper, she would hold up an old newspaper and say "this is still news to me". Helen loved God and her family. Prayers at departure would at times be hard for her. She loved being around her children and grandchildren. The annual family picnic was organized in her honor to give her an opportunity to visit with as many members of the extended family as possible. She was extremely engaging, entertaining and at times very comical. She possessed a sharp mind and was quick witted. She was extremely generous and courteous. She taught all of us good manners. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Raymond Davis, Addie Fax (John), John Davis ( Brenda), Carolyn Jones (Dana) and Brenda Short. She was preceded in death by a son, Vernon Davis, and a daughter in law, Julia Davis. Her 13 grandchildren are Rosetta, Raymond and Hope Davis, Kenneth, Denise and Rhovonda Fax, Mark and Michael Davis, Rondell and Gregory Jones, Danielle Jones Giese, Tiffanee Curtis and Tykara Short. Helen has 15 great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren. Her siblings are Margaret Maddox, Mae Dorsey, George Thomas Joynes and Alverta Shaw. She is survived by a sister in law, Evelyn Joynes. Siblings who preceded her in death are Oscar, Herschel and Marion Joynes. There is also a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends she leaves to mourn. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Leon Stallings, 76 Leon Thomas Stallings, age 76, a resident of Wayson’s Corner in Lothian, MD for the past 15 years, passed away February 17, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD after a lengthy illness. Leon was born May

5, 1934 in Randle Cliff, Chesapeake Beach, MD to George and Pearl (Fowler) Stallings. He was raised in Calvert County and attended the former Fairview Elementary School. He enlisted in the US Army February 24, 1955 and served until being honorably discharged on June 30, 1956 due to medical reasons after being severely injured in an automobile accident. Leon worked as a painter and carpenter in general construction. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, crabbing and fishing. He liked playing the lottery and horseracing, was known for his good sense of humor, and was fond of socializing with family and friends. He was formerly married to the late Margaret Henderson and Mildred Willard of Chesapeake Beach, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Norman, James and Chester Stallings; four sisters, Virginia Henderson, Roberta Hall, Thelma Stallings and Betty Grierson; a step-son, David Jordan; and by a stepgrandchild. He is survived by his daughter, Norma Jean Stallings, of Eure, NC,; granddaughters Ariel, India and Asia; stepchildren Christine and husband, Gary Hall, of Chesapeake Beach, Cynthia Deeck of Orlando, FL, Margie Horton of Eure, NC, Helen “Dee Dee” Webb of Murfreesboro, NC, and Mike and wife, Cindy Henderson, of Ahoskie, NC; ten step-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; a nephew and numerous nieces. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings provided the arrangements. Expressions of sympathy in Leon’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, Calvert County Unit, P. O. Box 752, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Myrtle Thomas, 87 Myrtle E. Thomas, age 87, of Huntingtown, MD passed away on February 15, 2011. She was born on March 5, 1923. Interment took place at Plum Point UM Church, 1800 Stinnett Road in Huntingtown. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided the arrangements.

Helen Short, 88 Helen Beatrice Short, age 88, of Sunderland, MD passed away on January 31, 2011 at her home. She was born June 6, 1922 in Manokin, MD, and was the second of eight children born to the late Beulah Maddox Joynes and the late George Joynes. As a child, Helen attended the Somerset County Public Schools. She spent much of her adult life as a factory and agricultural worker in the food industry. She often supplemented her family's income performing domestic work as well. She joined Samuel Wesley UMC at a very young age and was an active member of its choir.

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Meet Bark Danger Barking Up the Right Tree To set the record straight up front, his real name is not Bark Danger. “My first name is really Mark. But I tried things that rhyme with Mark, and liked Bark. I chose the last name Danger because it’s completely the opposite of who I really am,” he says. “So Bark Danger is the name I use as an artist. It separates me from my personal views, biased opinions, and I think it creates a "persona" that makes me feel and see things more freely and open.” This 20-year-old budding photographer who’s lived in North Beach for the past three years has an amazing portfolio and is thrilled about the first exhibit of his work at the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall during March. Last summer, he entered seven of his photos in a photo contest at the Calvert County Fair, and four of them – a portrait, a still life, and two abstracts – won first place. All of these are included in the Chesapeake Beach exhibit. “My style is a little dark, but not every one has a dark element. But in many of my photos there is some sadness. They’re often somber. Some people get disturbed when they see it but that, I think, it’s the more interesting side of the human mind,” he says. So how does he achieve these amazing effects? “I use inexpensive and non-traditional means to get a great picture. An example of this would be I've used a simple hardware shop light to get impressive shadows and contrast,” he adds. So what are the strangest things he’s ever photographed? “I have done many portraits, and most of those are ‘normal’ But I’m not your typical JC Penney portrait photographer – that’s not what I do. I’ve done some burlesque scenes and people portraits that are more romantic. Hey, if you want it, I’ll shoot it!” he adds. “For instance, there’s the black and white portrait I took of the girl with a big bow with tears coming down her face, smearing her mascara. That’s one of my favorites,” Bark Scan this Current Code to see says. His submore of Bark Danger’s work!

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jects include friends, relatives, and especially his girlfriend but he also loves nature and photographing things in his surroundings in unusual ways. “Back to the weirdest thing I ever did for a shoot question, I thought about it more and I realized I should have said it would have had to be the time I wrapped a girl up in plastic and then wrapped Christmas lights around the plastic. There is a picture of it on my Facebook page!” And he invites you to see more photos on his web site, www. He’s been taking pictures for just two years, and is self-taught, although he hopes to be formally studying photography soon. “I check books out of the library every week and read everything online I can find about photography,” he says. “I now use a Canon Rebel and have a couple different lenses and filters. Some of my early work was done with point and shoot cameras from Wal-Mart and then a simple Nikon L-22.” He does not have a darkroom; all his photos are digital and enhanced by PhotoShop. He prints them at home. So who does he want to be? Where does he want to go? “Bark Danger is here to stay! My goal is within three years to have my work featured in some magazine. In 20 years, I want people to know my name,” he adds. He’s currently pursuing some DC galleries and hopes to have his work displayed there in the future. “If someone sees a photo at Chesapeake Beach Town Hall they like, sure, they’re for sale. There will be a little paper there so they can write down their contact info and I’ll get it to them… most will be just $15,” he adds. He will also have some of his poetry on display as well. His favorite subjects are his friends, who rave about his work. “Bark Danger has taken my picture on different occasions and does wonderful work. He is not afraid to step out of the box, and is a one of a kind photographer.“ Friend Lindsay Haas adds, “Bark Danger is an incredibly talented photographer. This guy really has a gift. The vision that he has for his photography is very unique and as I always tell him, it is a sort of vision that high fashion magazines look for just because of the types of pictures he enjoys taking. He doesn't settle for average pictures. He wants to make the best out of every photo shoot he has and he wants to ensure that his client is satisfied with the work they accomplished that day. Never have I met someone who was so determined and so set on becoming something in this world. He knows what he wants and he is going for it. He is definitely going to be something big one day and I surely hope that that day comes soon.”

What Really Happened to Chesapeake Bay Oysters? New Research Shows Another Reason for Decline By Anna Chaney Willman My birthstone is a pearl. I can remember watching my grandfather shuck oyster after Chesapeake Bay oyster, staring at the inside of the shell as he gently and swiftly shucked the oyster into a stainless steel bowl or bucket awaiting a thorough rinsing by my grandmother. If there were a little imperfection, a small pebble, I would say, “Pop, is that a pearl?”

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Their driveway was covered with crushed oyster shells; my grandmother fried up the best oysters every Sunday for lunch, and oysters were so abundant and plentiful, just like the perch, Rockfish, and crabs that were constantly served at their kitchen table. I have to say that my grandmother, Agnes Dixon, now 106 years old and a lifelong resident of Galesville, MD is certainly that pearl in her own right! Annapolis Green hosted its first Film Fest on February 5 at Maryland Hall where I enjoyed four locally produced films on the Chesapeake Bay. The most compelling, I thought, was one titled, “Who Killed Crassostrea Virginica? The Fall and Rise of Chesapeake Bay Oysters.” I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It is common knowledge that the oyster population has diminished greatly over the years. The overall assumption has been that pollution and over-harvesting were the two main culprits. As a native of the Chesapeake Bay region and the granddaughter of a professional waterman, I was surprised to learn about a third cause. What’s so fascinating about this documentary to me is the missing link to the absolute decimation of the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. After World War II, Herbert Hoover proudly announced the opening of trade and

importing/exporting between Japan and the United States. In the spring of 1946, Thurlow C. Nelson, bivalve expert and scientist, announced at the Annual Shellfisheries Association annual convention that it was time to try planting oysters from Japan in East Coast waters like Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Nelson was a well-respected biologist/ scientist who spent his lifetime studying oysters. His message was powerful and the West Coast had experienced great success in importing, planting, and harvesting a Japanese oyster called Crassotrea gigas. Nelson extolled its fast growth in highsalinity waters and passed along reports of four-foot oysters once found in Japan. “If it were possible to obtain in our Eastern oyster the rapid growth of the Japanese Oyster,” he argued, “It would revolutionize our industry.” He called for Japanese oysters to be “promptly shipped” to shellfish laboratories on the East Coast. To an audience of oyster growers he also suggested that, “test plantings be made on a small commercial scale under natural conditions.” Some key information may not have been shared with this influential and powerful group of oyster professionals. In the 1930’s Thurlow Nelson attempted to grow some of these Japanese Oysters in Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. At first, the oysters grew very quickly, but after two weeks the oysters stopped growing and eventually died out, perhaps from low salinity and low oxygen. However, Nelson felt that perhaps under better conditions, this Crassostrea gigas could potentially revive the struggling oyster industry in Barnegat Bay and along the East Coast as well. Slowly, starting in the late 1940’s the gigas oyster was introduced in a variety of areas from Maine to Virginia, including, Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. Commercial oystermen as well as seafood enthusiasts participated in the experimental breeding/growing of the Japanese Oyster with no regulation whatsoever. The hope was to compete with the West Coast oyster markets and to raise plump, juicy oysters. And, fortuitously, our native oyster species, Crassostrea Virginica began a quick decline. Fast forward to the 1990’s. The oyster population was measured at maybe 5% of the historical population on the Chesapeake Bay. With this rapid and unprecendented death rate of our Crassostrea Virginica, the Virginia Seafood Council, in hopes of saving a declining seafood industry, was asking scientists to find an alternative oyster to replace the rapidly disappearing native oyster. The first strong candidate that scientists put forward for planting in the Chesapeake was, ironically enough, the Japanese oyster, Crassostrea gigas. And one of the scientists who went to work researching the potential for gigas in Chesapeake waters was Gene Burreson. Burreson began studying the gigas

oyster and through intense research tracked the historical process of the importation of the gigas oyster over the last 50 years. He also studied the gigas oyster itself and drew blood samples to make determinations about the viability of this oyster in our native waters. His studies led him to several key conclusions: 1) Our Chesapeake Bay oysters (Crassostrea virginica) Spat on shell was not only decimated by (baby oysters growing on over harvesting and pollution, an old shell) but, also by the parasite named and a bag of spat on shells, MSX. 2) The Crassostrea gigas ready to be put into a subbrought the deadly MSX para- merged cage site to our East Coast waters. to grow. 3) A third potential carrier of this deadly disease was the retired fleet of military vessels that were anchored in the James River after the end of World War II. The theory being that the parasite could have travelled on the hulls of these massive steel ships and/or in the ballast water, which was emptied in the James River upon arrival. The Japanese Oyster had immunities to this parasite. However, our oysters did not. As Burreson studied our sickly oysters, he discovered the DNA of this foreign parasite, and thus one of the primary killers was definitively identified. The film was impressively enlightening in telling this story about our beloved oysters. And, as good fortune would have it, just days after I saw this film, the annual oyster report was released by the University of Maryland. The two-month survey by the Department of Natural Resources found an average of nearly 80 baby oysters, called spat, in every bushel of shells dredged up from 260 locations checked throughout the bay and its rivers. That’s the highest tally recorded since 1997. Additionally, when the oysters are dredged up, a death count is taken and DNR biologists found the lowest percentage of dead oysters last fall that they’ve seen since 1985 before the parasitic outbreak began! State Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell said the fall survey results show “some evidence that the native oyster may be establishing some disease resistance.” He said the young bivalves that were produced last year will help seed the sanctuaries the state set up last year in an attempt to rebuild the bay’s population. Since last fall, 26 people have applied for 35 new leases to raise oysters, officials said. The state plans to distribute more than $2 million in startup assistance for such aquaculture ventures. Per the Baltimore Sun, O’Connell said the fall survey results show “some evidence that the native oyster may be establishing some disease resistance.” He said the young bivalves that were produced last year will

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help seed the sanctuaries the state set up last year in an attempt to rebuild the bay’s population. Since last fall, 26 people have applied for 35 new leases to raise oysters, officials said. The state plans to distribute more than $2 million in startup assistance for such aquaculture ventures. The parasitic diseases that kill off our oysters are harmless to humans who consume the infected oysters. Therefore, when I enjoyed dinner last evening at Skippers Pier in Deale, we indulged in their featured Chesapeake Bay oysters prepared three different ways: on the half-shell, baked with jumbo lump crabmeat, and of course, fried. Chef John Kozik graciously stopped by our table to confirm our satisfaction and we were no less than delighted! So, go on out there and support our oystermen. We are on a positive path toward health and abundance. Enjoy! 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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Chesapeake Beach Foresees Shortfall, Moves Forward on Water Park Concession Stand Chesapeake Beach is like other governments during these difficult economic times – expecting less revenue to work with. Mayor Bruce Wahl told council members at the February town meeting that the Constant Yield Tax Rate for 2011-12 could be considerably less. “What we anticipate for 2010-2011 is $3.1 million – but the potential revenue for 2011-2-11 is expected to be around $2.8 million. That’s $300,000 less, which is quite a decrease,” Wahl said. The Mayor added that he intends to do his best to hold property taxes where they are, but acknowledged that somewhere the rubber meets the road. “We’ll do the best we can to maintain town services without raising taxes.” As Councilman Bob Carpenter put it, “We’ll be going over the budget with very sharp pencils.” A meeting to discuss the budget is scheduled for Monday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Chesapeake Beach Town Hall. Council Member Stu Cumbo outlined plans for a new concession stand at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, a facility owned by the town. He said four bids came in ranging from

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$249,897 to $390,000 – considerably more than expected. Based on estimates from their architect, they had expected the low bid to be about $50,000 less, even though the scope of the project had changed to include more storage space. The Water Park does have $155,000 in reserve, and Wahl suggested that $60,000 from these funds be used to cover the additional expense, with $10,000 as a cushion. The Park also made considerably more money - $73,000 more last year. Water Park Manager Marilyn Van Wagner added that with the new food offerings, it’s expected that the park will gain even greater profits once the new concession stand is in operation with an improved product mix and better pricing. Wahl said this is the most pressing need at the Water Park, and unless construction begins March 1, the new concession stand would not be completed in time for the season, which would cause a huge revenue loss. The current concession stand cannot be reopened because it does not meet requirements from the county Health Department. Council approved allocating an additional $60,000, with the final concession stand project estimated at $259,000.


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Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Every Saturday Night: Open Mic Night at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, Dunkirk Gateway Shopping Center, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. Starts at 7:00 p.m. Every Wednesday Night: Open Blues Jam at Beach Cove Restaurant, 8416 Bayside Road in Chesapeake Beach every Wednesday night, 8 pm, no cover charge. Hot Rods & Old Gas is the host band and features a variety of blues talent such as Lisa Lim (lead/slide guitar/lead vocals), Tom Maxwell (lead/slide guitar/lead vocals), Bart Balderson (drums), Andy Hamburger (drums) and Steve “Wolf” Crescenze (bass), along with occasional special guests. The host band usually opens the night, playing from 8:00 p.m. - 9:20 p.m., and then band members fill in with local blues musicians to make up “bands” which usually play three songs. It’s just like open mic, but it’s the blues! Monday, February 28 Quartetto Gelato: Presented by the South County Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Southern High School in Harwood. Come and enjoy classical show pieces, romantic tenor arias, fiery gypsy music and the virtuosity of a World Accordian Champion. This classicallytrained ensemble, including clarinet, cello and violin, has thrilled international audiences for over a decade with their blend of musical skills, artictic passion and intimate audience rapport. Admission is free to subscribers of the South County Concert Association and the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association. Admission for non-subscribers is $20 per person. For additional information contact F. R. Gouin at (301) 261-5802 or visit Sunday, March 6 “The Water Around Us” is the next concert by Chesapeake Community Chorus. It will be held at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, H G Trueman Road and Cove Point Road, Lusby, MD, Sunday, March 6, at 5:00 p.m. The concert will feature contemporary, gospel, classical Christian and secular music by John Rutter, Julie Ward Howe, Peter Wilhousky, Moses Hogan, Phillip Bliss, Andy Beck, Peter Choplin, and others. A free-will offering will be taken to support the maintenance of the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House. Chesapeake Community Chorus is a volunteer group of over thirty singers in its 8th season giving concerts for the benefit of charities in Calvert County. The chorus has raised over $44,000 for these worthwhile non-profit groups. Thursday, March 10 All Music Open Mic at 6:30 p.m., Calvert Library Prince Frederick will host you and your song. Whether you have a song in your heart or just want to share the beat, sign up for a slot of up to 10 minutes. Last year, there was a wide variety of music with its roots in the blues, gospel, folk, old time and much more. All musical genres are welcome. For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862. Have an upcoming music event you’d like listed here? Email details to

Bring your guitar, banjo, dobro or fiddle each Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. to the “Bluegrass Jam” at Happy Harbor Restaurant, 533 Deale Road, in Deale.

Bluegrass Music Live in Deale Restaurant Hosts Weekly Jam By Jonathan Pugh

Pictured front left: Joe Dickey (banjo); rear left to right: Lee Argent (banjo), Dan “the man” Mann (acoustic guitar), Pete Jones (acoustic guitar), Ellie Duttweiler (acoustic guitar), Janet Argent (vocals), and Althea Sears (electric bass). Not pictured: Dale Woods (dobro).

“I always enjoyed bluegrass music,” he told me, “but didn’t start to learn to play until I was 40 years old. I was getting a haircut late one Friday night and learned that my barber was a picker who hosted a bluegrass jam at his barbershop in Bowie on Friday nights. I went home and told my wife how much I had enjoyed hearing the banjo player. The next Christmas she bought me a banjo and instruction book.” Argent’s wife, Janet, also participates in the jams. She doesn’t play anymore, but has a lovely voice that was developed early on by singing in church choirs. Not surprisingly, she has a fondness for gospels and sang several. Althea Sears emphasized that the bluegrass jam at Happy Harbor is open to anyone and the group would love to have some new people join in – or just come and listen. This is a great group of people who offer a supportive environment for playing. It would be nice to see this event continue to grow in popularity and attendance. These folks all play in a variety of bands that perform all over the area. For example, retired Ellie Duttweiler performs with the Chesapeake Pickers, New River Band and Singing Cowboys that play at nursing homes, senior centers, festivals and car shows. Why does she do it, I asked? “I just get a blessing from playing and singing. And, it’s a real stress reliever,” she says.

Deale has a fine reputation for bluegrass music. First, Tim Finch had opened up a music store called the Good Deale Bluegrass Shoppe some years ago and was a licensed Martin guitar dealer—a favorite brand among bluegrass players. He also made space available in the store on Friday nights for a bluegrass jam and invited pickers and players of all stripes to come and join in. Ownership of the music store passed to Mark Sullivan, and then Claire O’Neil-Pryor in May 2008. Unfortunately, Claire became ill and died just seven months later. The store closed with her passing in January 2009—a tragic loss for area bluegrass players and the Deale community. For many years, the Deale Merchant’s Association also sponsored an annual Bluegrass Festival held at the end of the summer. This event booked big name acts to attract audiences from afar and drew attention to Deale as a bluegrass haven. But the economic downturn led to this event being cancelled in 2008. The good news is that bluegrass is back in Deale at the Happy Harbor Restaurant located on 533 Deale Road. Lee Argent and Ken FortAbout the Author: Jonathan Pugh is an independent management consultant who enner—two of the regulars who participated in the old jams at the Good joys many styles of music and has played guitar since high school. He looks forward to the Deale Bluegrass Shoppe—approached restaurant owner Barry Morrissey time when he can quit his day job and bang on a guitar all day! last October and said they wanted to play in Deale again. Morrissey was immediately supportive and agreed to host a weekly jam on Wednesday nights. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF CALVERT COUNTY PRESENTS: In the five months since, most of the old players have enthusiastically come back to play at this new Deale location. I had a wonderful time with some friends on a recent Wednesday night at Happy Harbor. After dining on the restaurant’s excellent prime rib special that evening, we moved down to the room where the bluegrass jam is held. The music was wonderful and all the people were so friendly—just a really special feeling. I felt like I made some new friends as I talked to several of the players and their spouses between songs. Bluegrass is a unique form of American music inspired by immigrants from the United Kingdom and Ireland, particularly the Scotch-Irish immigrants settling in Appalachia. Its mixed roots are SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 found in the traditional music of these countries, along with African-American and gospel influSHOW BEGINS AT 7:30 PM ences. Althea Sears, the bass player for the group who now organizes the weekly jams at Happy Harbor, described bluegrass music to me in the followHOLIDAY INN SOLOMONS ing categories: gospel, country, and patriotic. Ellie 155 HOLIDAY DRIVE | SOLOMONS, MD 20688 Duttweiler, an acoustic guitar player, adds Celtic music as another category, although her clear preference is for country gospel or “stained glass blueCome enjoy a night full of music, food and drinks, grass” as she calls it. to purchase, raffles, and a silent auction! All Songs performed that evening were drawn from most of these bluegrass categories, with voproceeds go to the HSCC. cals shared across the group. Each singer was given the opportunity to perform two songs of their own choosing. I found pleasure in recognizing many TICKETS: $40/PERSON songs that I had not heard in a long time and hearing some new ones. The inspiration for learning to play bluegrass Formore information or to purchase tickets, call gail at music comes to people in many ways and at differ410-286-2679 or visit ent times in life. While Ellie Duttweiler grew up on bluegrass music in a musical family and learned Custom dog breed poodle skirts and meet and greet passes are available for purchase. to play guitar and sing at an early age, banjo player Discounted room rates are also available through the Holiday Inn Solomons. Lee Argent was a relative latecomer.

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Out&About Saturday, February 26 Aim for Healthy Living/Black History Month 2011 Celebration: The Southern Maryland Chapter of Jack & Jill Incorporated invites you to come enjoy cooking demonstrations, food tastings, a tea party, games, recipes, meal planning, nutritional information, and lots of fun at this event! There will also be a Grand Raffle with proceeds benefiting the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau and Jack & Jill Foundation. At The Victorian Candle, 25065 Peregrine Way, Hollywood, MD on Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner: Our Lady Star of the Sea School (OLSS) invites you to come and tour this private Catholic school located in beautiful Solomons Island from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Meet the principal and teachers who help their K-8 students shine! Small classes provide your student an atmosphere for success, while building character for a lifetime. And, so you won’t have to cook, please enjoy a delicious Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the OLSS Knights of Columbus. Dinner is by donation and includes a choice of sausage or meatballs. Please call (410) 326-3171 with any questions. You may also visit our website at www.olsss. org. 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, MD. Calvert Marine Museum’s, 2011 Bugeye Ball: enjoy an evening of dining, dancing, and adventure. Scrumptious Mediterranean cuisine and specialty cocktails prepared by Ken Upton of Ken’s Creative Kitchen will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. See the museum transformed into an exotic Monte Carlo casino, and dance the night away to live music. There will also be a raffle for a seven-night vacation in Monaco! Tickets are $150 each and are 100% tax deductible. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s preservation efforts. Visit or call (410) 326-2042 x16, x17, or x18 for more information and to buy tickets.

Monday, February 28 Calvert Eats Local: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick. Encourage local agriculture, discover ways to eat locally, and share resources, energy, good ideas and great food!

Thursday, March 3 Become a Naturalist at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: Spring is the busiest time for education programs, so here’s your chance to learn how you can assist staff naturalists. Become a co-leader for students on a field trip, or take our Reptile and Amphibian Conservation outreach display to the students at their school. For new and experienced volunteers, this session will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. It will also be held again Wednesday, March 9 at the same times. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary on the Patuxent River is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. Call (410) 741-9330.

Saturday, March 5 Lothian Ruritan Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Bake Sale: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Road, Lothian. The dinner will include all you can eat salad bar, with spaghetti served with vegetarian, beef, beef-Italian sausage or beef-pepperoni sauces and homemade garlic bread. Gingerbread with lemon sauce will be served for desert. Coffee, tea, fruit drinks and water will also be available. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12. The bake sale

will include home baked goods by members and spouses of the Lothian Ruritan club. Bluebird nesting boxes, built by members of the Lothian Ruritan Club, will also be on sale. All proceeds will be donated to the South County Assistance Network (SCAN) Food Bank. For additional information call (301) 261-5802 or visit NHS 4th Annual Family Night Bingo: at Northern High School, 2950 Chaneyville Road, in Owings to benefit the Northern Music Boosters on Saturday, March 5. A fun family evening of bingo with gift themed basket prizes valued at $50-$100. Early bird, special and regular games will be played. Doors open at 4:30PM. Regular games begin at 6:00PM. Cost: $20.00 for 20 regular games. Children 10 and under are $10.00 for 20 regular games. Themed gift baskets worth $100 and a grand finale basket worth $300 are given as prizes for all regular games. It is a great evening of family fun. All proceeds from the event benefit the Northern High School instrumental program. Contact: Barbara McGinnis (410) 257-5984.

Sunday, March 6 Woodcock Watch: Witness the mating display of the American Woodcock: the repeated cry of the male as darkness falls, followed by the whistle of his feathers as he descends in a zig-zag fashion. Meet in the parking lot/ meadow of the Jug Bay Wetlands Center for this special experience from 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. Call (410) 741-9330.

Thursday March 10 Resume 101: Eric Hernandez, Client Services Manager for Southern Maryland Workforce Services will be offering a basic resume writing and tips class from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Calvert Library Prince Frederick, 850 Costley Way. If you are in the job market - or thinking of looking for a better job, don’t miss this free class. There will be an opportunity for one-on-one help as well so bring your current resume, if you have one.

Saturday, March 12 Murder Mystery for Senior Citizens: The Twin Beach Players, in association with the Calvert County Office on Aging and Do Or Die Productions, presents Murphy’s Law by Ceej Crowe. This St. Patrick’s Day Murder Mystery with a bit of blarney will be held Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 noon at Calvert Pines Senior Center. A catered Irish meal by Maryland Country Caterers features Mulligatawny soup, ham and cabbage, parsley potatoes, steamed carrots, Irish soda bread/dinner rolls, and assorted desserts. This fundraising event is $30 per person, and all proceeds help enhance the programs for senior citizens in Calvert County. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Call Keri Lipperini, (410) 535-4606 or (301) 855-1170 for ticket info. Red Cross Blood Drive: March 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Church Street, Prince Frederick. Contact 1-800REDCROSS to schedule a donation, although walk-ins are welcome. Volunteer Workshop at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (CBRM), 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. The CBRM volunteer workshop is for new and existing volunteers interested in helping out with the many museum operations. An informative presentation along with a meet and greet is planned. Open to all. Phone (410) 257-3892 for more information.

Through the dark and weary winter months, local artists Suzanne Shelden and Mary Blumberg have been finding inspiration. They say they’ve devoted hours to producing new images for their show, Finding Beauty: Land and Sea, which opens March 5 with a reception from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick. The artists have produced some beautiful artwork they’ve been holding back on showing until now. Mary Blumberg has produced watercolors that highlight her talent for capturing light, and that possess the gorgeous washes and textures of pure water, color and brushwork. Mary will be showing views of the Chesapeake Bay, and of the Maine coast, and of forests, and snowy fields at sunset, with handcrafted framing by Ed Blumberg. Suzanne Shelden will be showing acrylic landscapes with titles such as Red Barn at Six p.m. 2010, The Last Stand (a barn along Parran Road, just prior to its collapse), Dunkirk Beans, Dawn at Talbott Road, Primary Colors, Weems, and more. The CalvArt Gallery is located at 110 Solomons Island Road (Routes 4 and 231) in Prince Frederick. It’s open Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Interpreting the Past Lecture Series Historic London Town and Gardens presents its Winter Lecture Series 2011 called “Interpreting the Past.” • Tuesday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. - Bly Straube, Senior Curator at Jamestown Rediscovery, Digging Up Dirt on Jamestown: 16 Years of Archaeological Investigation. • Wednesday, March 9, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - Susan McLellan Plaisted, Director of Foodways, Pennsbury Manor and Rittenhouse Towne, Chocolate: From Cacao to Chocolate. • Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. - Dr. Sarah Hand Meacham, Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Were They Always a Little Bit Drunk? Alcohol in Colonial Chesapeake. • Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 a.m. - Jennifer Legates, Deputy Director at Historic St. Mary’s City, Civil War Interpretation: Stories from Harpers Ferry and Beyond. • Tuesday, March 29, 10:00 a.m. - Sharon Cotner, Colonial Williamsburg Apothecary, The Colonial Apothecary. All Lectures will be held at the Visitor Center at Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, in Edgewater. Call (410) 222-1919 for information or visit

Spring Fling With Dance Classes It’s been a long, cold winter but spring is coming! So kick up your heels with the non-profit Davidsonville Dance Club’s new series of March dance classes! Beginning Friday, March 11 for eight weeks, the club offers two new Friday Night Ballroom Dance Classes: - From 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Waltz - From 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: Jive Classes are taught in International Style by a professional instructor and are for students at all dance levels. No partner is required. Fees are $50 per person (plus $10 membership fee for the year in the Davidsonville Dance Club). For more information, call (410) 257-0631 or visit their web site at

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MHBR No. 103

Thursday, February 24, 2011

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