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March 10, 2011

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Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties

The Wedding Business It’s Booming For the Beaches

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Beer and Wine Would Skyrocket With Tax Increases Story Page 7

Get All Your Ducks in a Row Story Page 9

The Phantom Haunts Huntingtown Story Page 21


On T he Cover

Many small businesses have found an amazing niche in our area: offering products and services to brides-to-be. Find out about the booming wedding business in this issue! Cover Story on page 12.

local news

A French company with Nazi ties wants to operate passenger trains in Maryland. But Maryland lawmakers are putting on the brakes by considering a bill that would require companies to make full disclosure before being awarded state contracts. Story page 5.

music notes

An area high school is taking on one of the most difficult plays of all to the stage. Find out who is tackling The Phantom of the Opera, and all about their amazing show that you won’t want to miss! Story page 21.

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Boys and Girls Club Putt-Putt Mini-Golf Event Is Coming Get ready to tee up for the ever-popular Indoor Miniature Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northern Calvert to benefit the Bayside Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland (BGCSM). This is the 14th year this event, and due to the economy, the financial challenges being faced are substantial. Tournament tickets are $25 for an adult, and $15 for youths. Not only does this event provide a fun, family-friendly outing, but it helps support the Boys and Girls Club in North Beach at the same time. “Your contribution is critical to our success,” says Rotary President Phil Pfanschmidt. “I hope everyone will make plans to join us. Alternately, you can sponsor a “Hole” -- a tee and green on the Miniature Golf Course for $300 or either a “tee” or

Beach Girls Support Animals Girl Scout Brownie Troop 339 is conducting a supply drive for the Rude Ranch Animal Rescue (www.ruderanch.org) located in Harwood through March 25. The Rude Ranch is dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of homeless animals. Troop 339 will be collecting the following items to donate to the Rude Ranch: aluminum bowls (any size), collars, grooming equipment, kitty carriers, clumping kitty litter, laundry detergent, leashes, office supplies, paper plates, paper towels, blankets, towels, jumbo size litter boxes, pooper scoopers, canned cat food, and canned dog food. If you wish to contribute, drop off your items in the convenient collection boxes located in the lobbies of Beach and

LOCAL NEWS The Rotary Club of Northern Calvert’s 14th Annual Indoor Miniature Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, March 26 6:00 p.m. at the Bayside Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Avenue North Beach. Adult tickets are $25; $15 for youths.

“green” for $150. You can also purchase advertising space in the event program or give a direct monetary donation for recognition in the event program and Donor Board. We’re also accepting donations of a “gift” or “service” for inclusion in the Silent Auction or as a prize for golfing winners. All donations are tax deductible.” Pfanschmidt adds, “Since we are a volunteer organization, 100% of all profits go to our projects. If you have any questions, please contact me at 301-855-2380, or e-mail: info@northcalvertrotary.com. Be sure to visit our website to learn more about our activities at www.northcalvertrotary.com.” “What really matters in life is the small part we have played in making the lives of others better. Rotary’s motto: “Service above Self” mirrors our Club’s commitment to making a difference in our community, our nation and our world,” he adds. Aside from supporting the Bayside Club, the club annually participates in Project Dictionary, presenting

Call (301) 855-2380, or e-mail: info@northcalvertrotary.com for tickets. a combined dictionary/reference book to each 3rd grade student in Northern Calvert. Additional community support includes the awarding of scholarships to graduating high school seniors, the donating to food banks, hospice and various other youth advocacy groups as well as the providing of direct financial assistance to those in the community with special needs. Presently the Northern Calvert Rotary is also partnered with an Afghan cooperative to provide a market for their handmade silk scarves and organic body care items.

Windy Hill Elementary Schools and the North Beach Community Center. For questions or to make arrangements for a pickup, please email gstroop339@ gmail.com.

So You Think You Can Write?

Enter Senior Writing Contest If you’re over 50, join in the fun and try some creative writing! The Scribblers group at the North Beach Senior Center is sponsoring a writing contest; they look forward to reading your stories and poems. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Calvert County, age 50 or over, and a nonprofessional writer. Categories are fiction, non-fiction and poetry. One writing per category is permitted. Entries must be 1,000 words or less, typed and double-spaced. Please submit hard copies only (no electronic copies accepted). The official entry form (available at the Senior Center) must be attached to each submission. Entry form must be attached to writing and turned in before the deadline, which is Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

The following prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st Place - $25.00 2nd Place - $15.00 3rd Place - $10.00 Scribblers’ 2nd Annual Creative Writing Contest Sponsored by the Scribblers Creative Writing Group at the North Beach Senior Center P.O. Box 85 9010 Chesapeake Ave. North Beach, MD 20714 (410) 257-2549 Contact person: Kathy Shannon

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Ag Secretary Supports Farm Estate Tax Reform Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance of Calvert County has testified in support of an estate tax reform legislation that would protect the generational transfer of farmland. The bill (HB721) was discussed before the House Ways and Means Committee in Annapolis. “No Marylander should be forced to sell a farm that has been in their family for generations because they cannot afford the tax bill,” said Governor O’Malley. “This important legislation protects our heritage and strengthens our agricultural economy to keep Maryland smart, green and growing.” The bill would raise the exemption for agricultural properties (land, machinery and livestock) from the calcula-

tion of the estate value up to $5 million the same level allowed for federal taxes. The state currently has that level capped at $1 million. The bill would also reduce the Maryland estate tax rate to 5 percent for qualified agricultural property values over $5 million, down from the current 16 percent. “This legislation aims to make it easier for farmers to pass down farmland through generations by decreasing the estate tax burden on the owner’s death,” said Agriculture Secretary Hance. “When our farm businesses are sustainable, the next generation will see farming as a viable career opportunity, and Maryland will preserve its open space and locally-grown food industry.”

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By Susan Shaw President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners

When the Calvert County Public School System (CCPS) was still dealing with too-rapid residential growth, the school superintendent would request additional County funding for CCPS each year to accommodate growth, new programs, teacher pay raises. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) would respond with an arbitrary figure based on revenues and other demands on the general fund budget. This scenario was unsatisfactory to both parties. Discussions to find a better way resulted in the creation of the school funding formula. The purpose was to bring rationality to the budget process, allow both parties to know what budget amount to expect, and to be able to plan accordingly. Prior to the establishment of the formula, the BOE was left to scramble at the last minute to make the educational programs fit the available budget, with no real planning ability, and no certainty of adequately meeting educational needs. The funding formula for school operations is based on the maintenance of effort (the amount funded per pupil in the prior year), enrollment, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and an additional factor of

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1.25% for growth and/ or new programs. (And an increment to open a new school in those years when a new school comes on line.) Other Post Employment Benefits (retiree health and life insurance) and capital (construction) costs are not included in the school funding formula and are paid for separately. The current state legal requirement is that the BOCC fund the CCPS at the maintenance of effort. Since the adoption of the school funding formula, Calvert County has given the CCPS millions of dollars over the required maintenance of effort. However, in these hard budget times, many counties are seeking a waiver of the maintenance of effort because they cannot afford to spend the same amount on the schools this year as they spent last year. Calvert County will honor its contractual obligation to meet the school funding formula. Has Calvert ever exceeded the school funding formula since its adoption? Yes, the last time that gas prices were $4.00 per gallon, the BOCC voluntarily increased the CCPS fuel budget one time by about $500,000 due to the extraordinary circumstances. Because enrollment is declining and the CPI is relatively flat, the school funding formula END UNIT HAS will result in OPEN SPACIOUS an increase of FLOORPLAN a p p r ox i m at ely with a step down Kitchen/ $1.5M for operfamily room ations over last combination & year’s county large LR & DR. contribution to Very near the BOE, depublic beach. spite the Coun3 BR/2-1/2 Baths. ty’s declining Available tax revenues. immediately. Low $200’s.


French Train Controversy Grips MD Lawmakers A French company that apparently helped kill 76,000 Jews is now seeking Maryland taxpayer contracts! A fascinating issue that could add post scripts to our written history about World War II is unfolding in the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in Annapolis. With over $58 billion written into the Federal Transportation budget for high speed and light rail projects, contractors from all over the world are coming to the US to bid on these projects. One company that has come to Maryland with dollar signs in their eyes is the Frenchowned and operated SNCF. They have expressed interest in and have even tried to bid on large jobs in Maryland, California and other states. Now, the CEO of SNCF finds himself in front of a Maryland Senate Committee answering questions about his company’s actions during World War II. From 1942 to 1944, during the time France was occupied by the Germans, the French government-run SNCF train company, its equipment, employees, and resources, were contracted by the Nazis to transport over 76,000 Jews, plus American and Canadian POWs, from France to death camps like Auschwitz and Dachau. On one such trip, over 2,100 Jews were crammed into cattle cars for a trip of several days with only room to stand and use the bucket placed in the center of the cattle car to relieve themselves. When the train arrived at its location, over 500 were already dead. SNCF employees disposed of the bodies. Interestingly, our French allies continued to bill the Nazi government for “services rendered” up to four months after the liberation of France by the allies. Enter Maryland resident and Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz. Mr. Bretholz is author of “Leap into Darkness,” a book that highlights his seven different successful escapes from the Nazi’s during the war Leo Bretholz and his recent quest, working with other holocaust survivors, to make sure that SNCF is held accountable for its actions during the war. According to his publisher, Random House, Leo Bretholz arrived in the United States in 1947 and settled in Baltimore, where he worked in the textile business and then as a bookseller for many years. He continues to lecture extensively about his Holocaust memories. SNCF did not issue a

formal apology for its actions during the war until 2010. That’s ironically close to the time that they began traveling to the United States to bid on rail contracts. They assert that they are heartily sorry, but they are one of the few remaining wartime participants that have refused to pay into reparation funds such as the “German Foundation,” a private pool of money for holocaust survivors whose contributors include BMW in Germany and several other companies from all around the world that participated in heinous acts. Senator Joan Carter Conway, chair of the Education Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee introduced a bill in the Senate that would require full disclosure of war time events, documents, etc., etc., from any company bidding on a MARC train service contract in the state of Maryland. SB 479 obtained many co-sponsors including our very own Senator Roy Dyson, vice chair of the committee. The bill does not have anything to do with whether or not the company should provide reparations but simply protects Maryland’s tax dollars from going to contracts with companies such as SNCF, who seem to be dancing around their involvement and broad brushing information that requires a detailed quill. For example, SNCF has argued in French Courts that it was an arm of the government and should not be held liable for the government’s actions, and then argued in American courts that it is a private company free of the scrutiny of the government’s actions. On Thursday, March 3, gripping testimony from Leo Bretholtz was given before the Senate Committee hearing the bill. Denis Doute, the CEO of the American division of SNCF was also present. Bretholz tells of how the Nazis took his stamp collection and backpack before funneling him onto the train. Once on board, he and another little boy soaked their sweaters in the bucket filled with urine and then twisted their sweaters around the bars on the cattle cars enough to squeeze out and jump off the train into freedom. The Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee did approve the bill March 3. Next, it will be taken up by the full state Senate. To learn more about this issue, receive an excerpt of Leo Bretholtz’s book about his experiences on SNCF trains, or follow the status of the bill, please email citizensfornickgarrett@ yahoo.com.

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Austin Comes to Visit The Great Big Home & Leisure Show: Friday, March 25: 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 26: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 27: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

It’s held at the Capital Clubhouse, 3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and those with military ID. For more information, go to www.greatbighomeshow.com

Meet Soap Stars at Home Show By Clare O’Shea Years ago, I lived in Los Angeles as a single mom. I was very busy pursuing a TV/ film acting career and when I would leave for auditions, I would say to my 4-year-old son, Austin, as I hugged him goodbye, “I love you to pieces!” As I drove away, often he would run out the front door and yell: “I LOVE YOU MORE THAN TWO PIECES!!! I LOVE YOU THREE PIECES!! I LOVE YOU FOUR PIECES!!!” And I would think, “What the heck is he saying?” Years later it finally dawned on me. He thought I was saying I loved him “TWO pieces” and he was saying that he loved me so much more than just two! Awwww! How adorable! My son, Austin Peck, is now 6’3” and a well-known soap star. Recently, this wonderful newspaper graciously covered my own local cabaret act in preparation for my audition for the hit TV Show, “America’s Got Talent,” sort of a ‘local singer who might make good” kind of story. I have to say, part of my incentive to

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go to NY for that audition was another chance to see Austin, who had just come off of the soap opera, “As The World Turns.” Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him on that trip to NY because he was in LA. He is a busy guy. Bummer. Austin started his soap career as “Austin Reed” on Days of Our Lives, staying there for 9 years. He was Brad on “As The World Turns” for three years, where he incidentally fell in love with his co-star, Terri Conn (Katie). They both are now on One Life To Live, she as ‘Aubrey’ and he starting mid-March as Rick. They are planning a real-life summer wedding for themselves! The bottom line is, I don’t get to see Austin and Terri enough these days. But just as it does in the soaps, the plot thickens… Recently I met Karen Berry and her business partner, Eddie Kloiber of Ultimate Consumer Tradeshows, who are producing a fantastic event: The Great Big Home & Leisure Show in Waldorf on March 25, 26 and 27. This is the third year for this very successful trade show, the biggest in the Southern Maryland Tri-County area. I had a bright idea: “We could work together! You bring Austin and Terri, the cute Soap Couple of Life, here to make an appearance! A no brainer!” (Oh, and of course, they get to spend the weekend with me!)

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Meet “One Life to Live” stars Austin Peck and Terri Conn at the Great Big Home & Leisure Show on March 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Austin’s mom, Clare O’Shea, lives in Chesapeake Beach.

So, we worked it out and Austin and Terri will be meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs at the show on Saturday, March 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. What a mother has to do to see her kid! Shameless! Shameless! Shameless! If soaps are not your thing, come to the show, anyway. Perhaps you are a Redskins fan. Come Saturday afternoon and visit with Redskin stars Gary Clark, Dexter Manley and Mike Sellers. All in all, the Great Big Home & Leisure Show happens to be a special and dynamic weekend, where over 100 local businesses, each with a focus on some aspect of home &/or recreation and leisure provide vivid examples of their work. They have professionals on hand that you can brainstorm your heart out with to plan the home of your dreams. For example, Pete Merski of Greener Horizons Landscaping, Inc. in Dunkirk last year presented a fountain/waterfall and an outside fire pit. This year he plans on showing a built-in outdoor grill and kitchen environment. I will be there taking notes on that display! And I get to see my kids! Yes, yes, Austin is adorable, handsome, charming, funny, etc. He can also be a big brat! He teases and taunts me relentlessly, says things like, “You better be nice to me, Momma! I am the one who puts you in ‘the home’ (nursing home)! And I say, “Oh, yeah! You gotta catch me first!” So when you go to The Great Big Home & Leisure Show, please do me a favor. Walk up to Austin Peck and tell him his mother sent you! About the Author: Clare O’Shea of Chesapeake Beach is a local singer who is also an account representative for the Chesapeake Current, focusing on building strong relationships within our community.


Economy Takes Toll on Businesses After 18 years as a cornerstone of the business community at Solomons Island, Woodburn’s Market is falling victim to hard economic times. As co-owner Tommy McKay tells the Chesapeake Current, “First, it was the Food Lion that went in up the street. Then, the new Giant was built on the way to Chesapeake Ranch Estates. And our venture with Spyro’s didn’t work out as we had planned. With rising costs, and higher gas prices for trucking in the goods,

Woodburns Food Market, Inc. of Solomons intends to re-open as a new Fresh Foods and Café Marketplace.

Fabulous Brew Café, the cozy and quaint neighborhood hangout in Friendship has closed. The owners left only a simple note on the front door thanking customers for their business. The property is now on the market.

we found we just couldn’t make it. There comes a time when you just have to say it’s not worth it any more.” The plan is to re-open another store with a different business model this month. Here’s the text of a letter that was given to customers during their last few days: A Message To Our Customers: The entire staff here at Woodburn's has worked very hard over the past 18 years to bring you a fresh market that meets the changing needs of our community. It has come time for us to make yet another major change in the way we do business in order to allow us to successfully operate into the future. With the opening of many new grocery stores and restaurants in the Solomon's/Lusby area over the past few years, our business model has become less and less sustainable. The relationship we hoped to develop with Spyro’s turned out to be a disaster. And because of the way it ended, the rumor of our closing has caused our sales to drop 50% over the past month. Effective immediately we will begin liquidating our existing inventory and close Woodburn's as you have come to know the store. We will re-open in March as a new Fresh Foods and Cafe Marketplace. Our plan is for a vibrant, fresh and full marketplace that will be uniquely designed with great food in a fun, friendly atmosphere. We are excited about the change, and are confident our customers will be pleased. For our alternative food customers, those who desire organic, natural, gluten-free, and other dietary driven food choices, we will be offering only limited choices in our new format. We realize that many of you have come to depend upon Woodburn's for these special needs, and there are limited choices otherwise in the marketplace. Therefore, we are currently exploring the concept of forming a consumer food cooperative to meet those needs. If you have interest in knowing more about this community based project, please sign up with our cashiers. You will be contacted as organizational meetings are held to explore what may be a great way to better serve our community's special food needs. On behalf of all the associates here at Woodburn's we thank you for your loyal patronage over the years and we look forward to serving you even better in the future. Southern Maryland Publishing, also owned by Tommy McKay, is publisher of the Chesapeake Current.

Customers Urged to Protest Proposed Liquor Tax Hikes

Wondering how much it will cost if lawmakers in Annapolis go through with plans to raises taxes on liquor? Here’s a look at exactly how much more it will cost to have a glass of wine with dinner or throw back a beer with your buddies on the weekend. According to tax math by Roland’s of Chesapeake Beach, the increases are substantial. Current MD and Proposed Federal tax you Increase Amount pay per unit Liquor 1.75 L $5.68 $9.62 $3.94 Wine 1.5 L $.58 $1.59 $1.01 Beer Case $1.51 $3.92 $2.41 Roland’s is handing out flyers to customers, urging them to speak out against Maryland House Bill 121 and Senate Bill 158 that would substantially increase liquor costs. This comes on the heels of the state sales tax being increased to 6%. Here’s how this translates to some of the most popular liquor items consumers buy: Current Price After Final Cost Size and Increase Retail Proposed to You After Type Amount Price Increase 6% Sales Tax Smirnoff $20.99 $26.29 $5.30 $27.87 Vodka Bud Light $17.69 $20.79 $3.10 $22.04 24-pack cans Size and Type

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Roland’s is encouraging customers to protest these proposed tax hikes to their elected state officials.

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Blockbuster is now pulling out of Calvert County altogether. After closing their Chesapeake Beach location January 14 and transferring employees to Prince Frederick comes the bad news that it is also going out of business. Employees say April 10 will be last day for the Prince Frederick Blockbuster in the Fox Run Shopping Center.

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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Reports:

Anne Arundel County Sees Crime Drop The Anne Arundel County Police Department says the county realized an overall reduction of total crime last year, with 14% fewer robberies, 11% decrease in burglaries, and 9% fewer thefts. With support from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP), the police department has incorporated the latest techniques in intelligence-led policing and targeted deployment, along with traditional community-oriented policing philosophy, to more effectively analyze and respond to crime, reduce unnecessary calls and provide better police service to the public. In 2010, the department continued its utilization of the Police Response Organized to Eliminate Crime Trends (PROTECT) philosophy, which relies on: accurate and timely data, effective police tactics, rapid deployment to address crime and comprehensive follow-up and assessment. PROTECT is an approach that incorporates weekly crime control and strategy meetings that focus on tracking and exchanging information on quality of life issues and crime trends throughout the county. Utilizing the PROTECT model, the department placed special emphasis on short and long-term problems, repeat calls for service addresses and known repeat offenders. The model further concentrated on five (5) specific crimes: theft from automobiles, residential burglaries, commercial burglaries, street robberies and commercial robberies. The police department’s false alarm program aims at reducing the number of false calls responded to by patrol officers, enabling them to remain available for higher priority calls and crime reduction efforts. In 2010, officers responded to over 3,300 fewer alarms calls for service, a 13% reduction, compared to 2009.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department‘s statistical highlights fro 2010 include: • Total Crime decreased 4%, with total crime over the past 5 years down 11%. • Total Crime decreased from 59,211 in 2009 to 57,108 in 2010. • Of those crimes targeted as part of the PROTECT model, the department realized these 2010 reductions; theft from automobiles were reduced 12% from 4,191 to 3,676; residential burglaries dropped 14% from 1,502 to 1,286; commercial burglaries were down 18% from 346 to 284; street robberies dropped 9% from 370 to 335; and commercial robberies were reduced 39% from 142 to 86. • Total reactive calls for service was reduced from 222,278 in 2009 compared to 208,685 in 2010. • In 2010, there were 14 homicide cases with four of those, or 28%, determined to be gang-related. • The total number of fatal traffic crashes on Anne Arundel County roads in 2010 was 25 resulting in 27 deaths as compared to 40 crashes in 2009 resulting in 41 deaths. This is a 52% reduction in traffic-related fatalities. In 2011, the Anne Arundel County Police Department will continue to focus on its mission with a significant technological enhancement of a new CAD RMS system. This state-of-the-art computer-aided dispatch and record management system will be user-friendly and provide intelligence to employees in the most efficient manner possible. Aside from the new technology, the department plans to re-align the post and district beats in an effort to increase overall effectiveness to the citizens of the county.

Shady Side Drug Bust On February 25, 2011 at approximately 1:57 p.m., members of Southern District’s PACT unit concluded a month long investigation into CDS drug activity at 6005 Shady Side Road in Shady Side. Anne Arundel County Police Southern District Narcotic Detectives, Special Operations personnel, and Patrol units executed a search and seizure warrant at that address and filed charges against two people in connection. Detectives seized multiple glass vials that contained trace amounts of suspected Phencyclidine (PCP) and various types of CDS drug paraphernalia. Detectives also seized 9.5 grams of fake CDS-crack cocaine packaged for street sale, which would have had the street value of $950. Two people were arrested at the scene. Lamar Terrell Edwards, 31, of 6005 Shadyside Rd., and Jessica Saulnier, 23, of 1243 Mayo Rd., Edgewater were each charged with Possession of CDS-not marijuana (PCP), Possession of Counterfeit CDS (Crack Cocaine), and Possession of CDS paraphernalia.

Fleeing Suspect Involved in Crash A Huntingtown man was arrested after reportedly fleeing from a police officer who was attempting to serve a warrant on him, but not until after he ended up in an accident. It happened on Feb. 25 at about 1:19 p.m., when Dfc. Traas of the Calvert County Sheriff's Department was on his way to serve a warrant for failure to pay child support to Nathaniel E. Randall, 44, of Huntingtown. Authorities say Dfc. Traas was driving on Lower Pindell Road in Lothian to serve the warrant when he reportedly spotted Randall in the passenger seat of a vehicle, heading toward him. The vehicle allegedly sped up in an attempt to elude Dfc. Traas. The driver, Andre

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White, 43, of Prince Frederick then apparently lost control of the black Chevy truck he was driving and ran into a tree at Lower Pindell Road and Mallard Lane. Anne Arundel County Police Department says one person was trapped in the wreckage of the truck accident and needed to be extricated. Both people in the truck were hurt, but their injuries were not life threatening. A criminal warrant was issued for Randall in December 2010 accusing him of not paying court-ordered child support. In 2003, Randall pleaded guilty in court to two counts of non-support of a minor child and all but 18 months of his jail term was suspended.

CDS Violations

On February 26 at 1:35 a.m. DFC T. Rickard investigated a vehicle parked at the Wendy’s Restaurant while it was closed. He found a passenger in the vehicle to be in possession of suspected drugs. He arrested Shawna A. Spring, 29, of Huntingtown, and charged her with possession of marijuana. DFC J. Livingston conducted a traffic stop on February 26 at 11:50 p.m. at Chapline Place and Prince Frederick Blvd. The driver, Nicholas A. Higgins, 19, of Prince Frederick, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a rolled up dollar bill and willfully inhaling oxycodone. Two passengers were also arrested. Christian Z. Stallings, 19, of Waldorf, was charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, a plastic pen tube and metal hose clamp. Chazze L. Hall, 20, of Huntingtown, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of oxycodone.

Disturbing the Peace

Dep. N. Funchion arrested a man on February 16 at about 1:30 a.m. for disturbing the peace on Drury Lane in Dunkirk. Several neighbors reported that an unknown male either banged, knocked or rang their door bells. The suspect, later identified as Douglas Grande, 27, of unknown address, was identified and arrested. Grande was charged with disturbing the peace.

Destruction of Property

Someone broke the back window of a vehicle causing $500 in damage in a parking lot on Gordon Stinnett Ave in Chesapeake Beach. The damage occurred around 6:45 a.m. on February 16. F/Sgt. C. Bowen is investigating. Unknown suspect(s) broke a basement window on a home on Tobacco Road in Huntingtown sometime between February 19 and 21. It does not appear that entry into the home was made. DFC P. Aurich is investigating.

State Police Barrack U Reports: Burglary

On Feburary 22 at 8:45 a.m., Trooper First Class Merkelson responded to the 100 block of Walton Road in Huntingtown for a reported burglary. The victim discovered that a barn on the property had been entered and a Stihl pole saw, Stihl hedge trimmers and a five-gallon diesel fuel can had been stolen. The investigation continues.

Possession of Pills

On February 15 at 8:58 p.m., Trooper First Class Lewis stopped a vehicle for traffic violations on Route 261 north of Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. The officer observed the driver appeared to be attempting to hide something in the vehicle. A search revealed pills and drug paraphernalia. William T. Scott, Jr., 18, of North Beach, was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Thefts

On February 28 at 10:30 a.m., Trooper West received a report of a theft from a vehicle. A vehicle was left unlocked while parked at the All Saints Parish Church in Sunderland. A Garmin GPS unit was stolen from the vehicle. Investigation continues. On February 21 at 9:11 pm, Trooper First Class Merkelson responded to the 3400 block of Hill Gail Drive in Chesapeake Beach for a reported theft. A Generac 8,000 watt generator was removed from the residence. The investigation continues. On February 18 at 12:40 p.m., Sergeant Coppage received a report of theft from a vehicle. A handicap placard was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in front of the Giant food store in Dunkirk.

NRP Crackdown on Gill Nets In Anne Arundel County, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged John Robert Abner with failure to remain in his boat and within two miles of his attended drift gill net. On February 26 at 8:56 a.m., officers observed Abner set a gill net for perch in the South River and then leave the area. The unattended net remained out all night and Abner returned the following morning to retrieve it. A trial is set for March 18 in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County. In Calvert County, NRP charged Steven Allen Reynolds, 54, of Chesapeake Beach, on February 25 with failing to attend his drift gill net during the commercial rockfish season. Officers observed Reynolds set a rockfish gill net in the area of Breezy Point, near Chesapeake Beach, and then return to the dock. Reynolds then drove to Anne Arundel County and set a perch net in the South River, over twenty miles away. A trial has been set for March 7 in the District Court of Maryland for Calvert County.


Duckology 102 Take a Quiz

By Bob Munro

Turn to page 20 for answers!

Recently we touched on some of the similarities and differences among our local tribes of waterfowl. On this page, you’ll find images taken from duck stamp photos of ten ducks common to our area. Hopefully you’ll remember that some ducks are found on open waters of the Chesapeake Bay while other species prefer marshes or even flooded woodlands. To make your identification task a little easier, I’ll give you a list of their names arranged alphabetically and perhaps a hint or two on some of them. American Black Duck Black Scoter Bufflehead Canvasback Greater Scaup Hooded Merganser Long-tailed Duck Northern Pintail Redhead Wood Duck Try your luck guessing these ducks! The answers can be found on page 20. Of the ten species represented here, males and females have different plumage in all but one case, which is rather uncommon in birds. Most males are brightly colored during winter and the breeding season, while the females are generally a shade of dull brown other than some wing patches or splotches of color on the head or bill. All ducks, geese and swans go through a molt of their feathers including their primaries, which renders them flightless for a few weeks every year. So during the summer molt, the males drop the bright plumage and look much like dull, drab females, no doubt one of Nature’s protective mechanisms. The species with virtually identical males and females is much more common on Maryland’s

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Eastern Shore where marshland is quite common; the adults have reddish legs. Two of the species shown have red heads, but only one of them includes Redheads. The adult male of one of these has a bright red eye. Those of you who read our last issue know the answer to one, and therefore also the other species with the red head. Two of the photos include species with large “buff-colored” patches on the adult male’s head. One of them nests in trees and feeds primarily on small fish and is a merganser. The males of two of these critters have “long tails” that end in a point. You will almost never see these two species together -- one is a duck of the marshes and the other prefers large bodies of water, even along the Atlantic Coast. One of the species prefers flooded woodlands. Two other photos show males with black heads, but “Blackhead” is a common name for only one of them, and in reality it’s more of a green iridescence than it is black; this species also has a “lesser” relative. The reward offered by Maryland DNR and the various stakeholder groups continues to increase and is now $30,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the illegal netting incidents near Bloody Point Light during late January. Information on this crime and others against Maryland’s natural resources may be called in anonymously to the NRP North Catch-a-Poach-

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Coach on Call Matches Jobs – and More

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BUSINESS Learn About Procurement Want to do business with government agencies? The Calvert County Department of Economic Development, in conjunction with the Calvert Library, will present a training workshop and procurement fair on state and local procurement programs on Friday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick. Howard McLain, outreach and training coordinator with the Maryland Department of General Services, will conduct a hands-on workshop on eMaryland Marketplace from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during which he will instruct attendees in the process of navigating the program. eMaryland Marketplace is Maryland’s online procurement portal which allows state agencies and other authorized procuring entities to purchase goods and services from vendors registered in the eMary-

land Marketplace vendor community. In addition to the training, procurement fair activities will provide attendees with information on upcoming bid opportunities and the purchasing process for local, state and federal organizations. Representatives and procurement officials from SMECO, Calvert County Government, Calvert County Public Schools, College of Southern Maryland, the Maryland Department of General Services, the Small Business Development Center and the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance will be available for informal networking and discussion. The event is free and preregistration is not required; however, seating is limited for the hands-on eMaryland Marketplace workshop. For more information, call (410) 535-4583, send an e-mail to info@ecalvert.com or visit online at www.ecalvert.com.

By Brian McDaniel Every business has its struggles and success. Along the way, business owners either figure it out themselves or seek an outside perspective. If they’re lucky, they’ll meet Eleanor Nelson of Chesapeake Beach. She is a “Coach on Call” and has made a successful business out of it. Eleanor is one of those motivators that examine all aspects of your business and even you. You might say she’s looking to see if you and your business are a good fit. Her calm demeanor and patience could easily be described as magical. In the end, you’ll have a clear understanding, confidence and the fire to tackle anything. I’ve had many opportunities to be on the receiving end of great advice from Eleanor. We once played what’s called “The 30-Second Meeting.” Eleanor had a group of us participate in an exercise that demonstrates what it takes

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to get to know someone in a short period of time, such as the time you spend together in an elevator. She says it’s critical to get your “elevator speech” honed and use it every chance you get. When I asked Eleanor about herself, she replied that she draws circles around in-the-box thinking. In the competitive world you have to distinguish yourself beyond your boundaries. She helps you find ways to use knowledge you may already have to better your current situation. Along the way, it’s very likely that you will learn new techniques and become a better manager, employee or business owner. Her methods work, and the benefits are priceless. For more than 18 months, Eleanor has been managing the Job Match Re-Employment Project for the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. She has been diligent about making connections and networking so that people that are out of work can be re-employed not just in jobs, but rewarding careers. As Eleanor puts it, “There are as many potential success stories as there are participants in the project.” She believes that the most effective career coaching stems from the fact that the best coaches are not in the game.

They assess talent, consider the challenges, develop the winning plays and set goals to win. With over three decades of experience in the marketplace as well as business ownership, she explores Innovative approaches to support sustained excellence in each client, both individuals and organizations. Eleanor wears many other hats as well. She serves as a court appointed Mediator for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Calvert Arts Council, and is a Commissioner for the Chesapeake Beach Planning and Zoning Commission. Eleanor finds success, happiness and peace because of her strong passion to help people. It is fantastic to have someone like Eleanor in our community. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play! Eleanor would be happy to discuss your business and your passion. She can be reached at Eleanor.R.Nelson@comcast.net. About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is part of the communications team for the Bay Business Group (BBG).

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Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Build your business through networking at these local business events:

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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@ comcast.net or visit the BBG web site at www.baybusinessgroup.org. 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. Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, 15th Annual Golf Classic, Friday, May 20, 2011 at Chesapeake Hills Golf Club. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., Shotgun Start at 9:00 a.m., Awards Luncheon at 2:30 p.m. For more information on these events, call the Chamber at (410) 535-2577.

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You’re cordially invited to join us the SAACC for a Business After-Hours Mixer on Tuesday, March 15 hosted by Anchor Insurance Agency and the Law Office of Allen T. Day, located at 1 Anchor Business Center, 5851 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale, MD 20751. Enjoy an evening of networking with fellow Chamber members and guests, refreshments, 50/50 raffle, door prize drawings and much, much more! The cost is $10 for members w/RSVP, $15 for members at the door, and $20 for non-members. It’s back! The Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber’s South County Festival 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 www.southcounty.org. 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).


Spring Is In The Air (Almost!)

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North Beach Loop

By Lisa Payne

It’s certainly been a long cold winter. We missed the blizzards of last year, but there was no shortage of wind and frigid temperatures keeping us housebound. So here are some ideas to bring Spring into your home until it’s warm enough to get out. March is time for Spring cleaning. Time to throw open the windows and let the fresh air in. While you clean, turn on your computer and sing along to Island Girl Radio, a new online radio station owned and operated by our own Deanna Dove. Not only can she sing, but she has a great ear for new artists and music. If you’re looking for items to feather your nest, the North Beach Loop is the place to

start. With just a few dollars you can go so far. Stop into SeaScapes for the latest in coastal colors and designs for indoors and out. Pop into Coffee Tea & Whimsey for a touch of whimsical flare, or gourmet and wine for your pantry. Visit Sisters Corner for a hand-crafted touch and take home jams and herbs to spice up your menu. Maybe antiques strike your fancy. Be sure to visit Chesapeake Antiques, Willetta’s or Nice N’ Fleazy. Whether it’s French, Country, or Classical designs you’re looking for, you

Farmers: Learn to Can Foods Scholarships Offered

If you’re a farmer, you know that ripe produce doesn’t last long. If you’d like to add canned goods to your product line, here’s how you can do it. The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is offering matching scholarships of $100 to Southern Maryland producers/farmers who attend and complete the two-day University of Maryland's acidified foods training program "Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop for Small Food Processors" to be held at the Maryland Department of Agriculture headquarters in Annapolis on April 7 and 8. The full cost of the training program is $200. The acidified foods training scholarship is offered to farmers/producers resident in the five county area of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties). Specialized instruction is required for canning acidified foods to ensure that food products will not spoil or be potentially harmful to consumers. The two-day "Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop" provides the mandatory training for producers to obtain the Maryland Department of Health

and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) On-Farm Processor License for acidified foods, and is also a requirement of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The scholarship award is integral to SMADC's on-going initiatives to identify new and emerging agricultural enterprises that offer potential for profit and increased sustainability for the region's farms. In the past two years, SMADC has been working closely with state DHMH and other federal and local regulatory agencies to help farms navigate successfully through the certification and filing requirements for acidified foods recipes. As a result, there are now eight certified farms in Southern Maryland manufacturing acidified foods products such as pickled beets and pepper relishes that can be sold to consumers at farm stands, farmers' markets and grocery stores. SMADC staff is available to help farm processors get started with certification and recipe filing procedures. Visit www.smadc.com to download the scholarship application forms and registration information for the acidified foods training workshop, or call SMADC staff at (301) 274-1922, Ext. 1.

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will be sure to find a piece of furniture or a treasure to help feather your nest. If you want to deck your walls with art or photography, you will find the works of local artists at ArtWorks@7th as well as At the Bay Healing Arts Center and SeaScapes Home Accents and Gifts. No home is complete without flowers, whether they are lit by fiber optics or in silk from SeaScapes, or are fresh floral creations from from Richard’s Bayside Florist. Keep your eyes out for the reopening of Beach Traders, offering an array of collectibles, plants and

pots for your enjoyment as well. If sprucing up your closet is on the agenda, pop into BayView Boutique for great bargains with their ever-changing consignments including clothes, handbags and jewelry. Chez Elle Boutique is teasing us with bathing suits and summer blouses with some sundresses thrown in, so warm weather must be on the horizon. Show your civic pride with North Beach shirts and hats from Lighthouse Marketplace as well as Sisters Corner. Put a little spring into your step ... warmer weather is just around the corner! About the author: Lisa Payne is the owner of SeaScapes Home Accents, Gifts & Inspiration at 4105 7th Street in North Beach.

Non-Profit Fundraising Workshop Need to learn how to raise money for your group, church or community project? Calvert Library in Prince Frederick will host a free 90-minute workshop on the essentials of creating a fundraising plan for your non-profit organization in April. Caroline Herbert of the Foundation Center in Washington, D.C., will introduce you to strategies for devising a fundraising plan that best reflects your nonprofit organization’s needs and resources.

Learn how to assess your organization’s strengths, develop a case for support, formulate fundraising goals, look at diverse sources of support, and put this together in a plan. The workshop will be held on Friday, April 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact Cathey Moffatt-Bush or Robbie McGaughran at (410) 535-0291.

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The Wedding Business

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Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa’s Bridal Show Saturday, March 12 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. $8 in Advance • $10 at the door Experience a magnificent afternoon on the waterfront at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa’s Bridal Show! Come tour this spectacular total destination wedding venue and luxury hotel located on the Chesapeake Bay just minutes from Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC. Consult with the area’s leading wedding vendors, view the latest in bridal fashion and enjoy complimentary tastings champagne, prizes and samples. For more information, visit www. cbresortspa.com/WEDDINGS or call (410) 257-2735, X 137 Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa 4160 Mears Avenue Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

It’s Booming For the Beaches

From waterfront venues to reception halls, event planners and floral designers, wedding cakes and caterers to limos, spas and salons, the beaches are now on the map among couples planning to get married. “We did 142 weddings in 2010,” says Anna Chaney Willman, owner of Herrington on the Bay Catering. “When I first started Herrington on the Bay in late Fall 1992, the only other wedding event locations in our area were The Holiday Inn at Solomons Island and Rod ‘N’ Reel. We quickly evolved into a hot spot for weddings as we created the landscaped waterfront ceremony venues.” Herrington on the Bay is a waterfront, Eco-Lifestyle event venue with full service catering located at Herrington Harbour Resort in

Noah Weaver and Maria St. Pierre of Dream Weaver Catering in Prince Frederick.

Rose Haven. The waterfront bridal lawns feaChesapeake Beach Resort and Spa is one of ture an extraordinary blend of natural and extwo popular waterfront wedding venues in the otic landscaping emphasizing the pristine and beaches offering memorable backdrops for wedding photos. The other hot spot is Herrington expansive water views. on the Bay, two miles away in Rose Haven. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, along with Herrington on the Bay have become two of the most sought-after waterfront venues in the Baltimore/Washington area in recent years. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa is hosting its annual Bridal Show March 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to give brides and grooms a personal tour of what this area has to offer them. More than 450 people attended the recent Calvert Bridal Expo at the Hall at Huntingtown, with more than 125 of them brides looking at our area. The third annual event is co-sponsored by Party Creations in Dunkirk, owned by Renee O’Neill. Nearly 40 vendors wowed the attendees with the services they have to offer, ranging from DJs, photographers and professional videographers to formal wear rentals, jewelry, and gifts for the wedding party. Also there were make-up and hair salons, tanning parlors, and and many summer homes travel agents ready to plan honeyhave been offered for moons. There was even a booth for overnight lodging in the teeth whitening and cosmetic denRose Haven and North tistry. Whatever it takes to make the Beach areas. Several bed big day perfect! and breakfasts have also The Hall at Huntingtown itself, popped up in the last 20 with its soaring cathedral ceilings years as well,” Willman and glistening chandeliers, has notes. become a popular venue for “The local attracreceptions. Facilities Manager tions and amenities have Carole Fonfara says, “We’re greatly improved making booked every Friday, Saturour area more attractive Brides can get that sun-kissed day and Sunday with wed- glow at A Perfect Tan. Owner Jes- to out-of-town guests. dings, which is great because sica Souder manned the booth We have all been able to the facility raises funds for the with her staff at the Calvert Bridal maintain our southern Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Expo at The Hall at Huntingtown. hospitality and charm Department.” while offering better more sophisticated ser“Being on the Washington DC side of vices to please the folks from D.C., VA, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is a great bene- Baltimore who are looking for gorgeous venues fit for the guests especially from May to Oc- and great service,” Willman says. “Wedding tober when the beach traffic is unbearable,” clients are much more food, wine, and service Willman adds. savvy than they were 20 years ago. They push “ L o c a l us all to offer newer, better products and serviclodging was non- es to compete with the Annapolis and Eastern existent back Shore venues and caterers.” then other than “From the local wineries to the towns the Holiday Inn. of North Beach, Dunkirk, Huntingtown, and Since 1992, the Deale, every area has improved in the tourist Inn at Herrington attractions and retail services needed to supHarbour has port a better environment for special event been renovated guests. From restaurants, shops, salons, lodgand rebuilt to ing, transportation, music, florists, bakeries, modern day stan- officiates; we have it all right here in our vicindards, the Chesa- ity!” Willman adds. John Alvey and Stewart Beach Hess, owners of Dunkirk peake Florist and Gifts, design Hotel and Spa beautiful floral arrange- has been built ments for weddings.

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Local Pastor On Free Speech and Westboro Baptist Church By Rev. Byron E. Brought

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I’d like to put some distance between our community of faith and the Westboro Baptist Church, the small-minded little cult who can be found protesting at military funerals. I think that 1,200 miles is not enough. We shouldn’t even know about this malignant little hate club. They don’t deserve a moment of our thoughts and attention. But unfortunately the Supreme Court has validated their brutality by calling it free speech, protected by the First Amendment. Westboro represents the extreme element within our culture. So far removed are their views that they cannot really be considered a Christian denomination; there is nothing Christian about them. They are a dangerous cult – a cancerous pestilence on the ‘Body of Christ.’ Their interpretation of the Bible is a disgusting twist of all that is sacred to what we believe, and they are an embarrassment to every person of faith, and now to every American. I don’t understand why the Supreme Court was so confused on the issue of free speech. It seems very clear to me. While free speech is rightly protected in our country, that right ENDS when it impinges upon someone else’s rights – in this case the right of a family to bury their deceased soldier in peace. It’s really not even a matter of free speech; it’s a matter of targeted harassment. So offensive is their practice of protesting at funerals, that it goes against the grain of every good person of faith, and every good civil right. And yet, somehow, common sense is struggling to prevail. Many thanks to Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., the only Supreme Court justice with an ounce of sense on this matter, who wrote, “Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.” [The Washington Post, Justices Allow Funeral Protests, Thursday, March 3, 2011] Does the Bible ever speak of God’s punishment? Yes, but not in the same spirit as the Westboro cult. In the Bible, punishment is a means toward restoration. In other words, God punishes in order to restore – not for punishment’s sake. That is one ma-

jor theological difference. A second major theological difference is that throughout the Bible, the prophets, those messengers who delivered the news of God’s punishment, took no delight in their job nor the message. It devastated them to deliver a word of condemnation to the point that they often resisted their calling. Conversely, the Westboro cult seems to thrive on their hatred, and take a certain amount of satisfaction and joy in their mission; they relish the spotlight. It’s sick, really. A third major theological difference is the sin. The Westboro cult is singling out homosexuality to an incredibly bizarre degree. In the Bible, the sin during the time of the prophets was idolatry and neglect of care for the poor, the widows, the orphans, the aliens, and the sick and suffering. Christian denominations may not agree on the sinfulness of homosexuality, but hopefully we agree on our duty to extend compassion toward every human being. This brings me to my final point: I don’t see, hear, or feel love in anything that Westboro is doing. That to me is the final litmus test of what is just, in the Biblical sense of justice, and what is right and good. Where is the forgiveness? Where is the compassion? Where is the unconditional love? Where is the kindness toward strangers? Where is the love your neighbor as you love yourself? Where’s the God who sacrifices all for the ones who are lost? Westboro cult presents a difficult challenge for our community of faith, because they hate us. And for that reason, the easy thing to do would be to hate them right back. However, the moment we start to hate, we start to become just like them. So we pray to be better than them. We don’t have to listen to their ugliness, either. We pray for their transformation and healing. We pray for our men and women in the military. And we pray for the families who have lost loved ones in battle that they might have the peace that they deserve, and freedom from this oppression. Grace and peace, Byron E. Brought, Pastor Friendship United Methodist Church Friendship

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By Michael Roane You have, no doubt, already formed an opinion about what the “Jewel of North Beach” must be, based on your own experience. Perhaps the new town hall came to mind or the boardwalk, the beach or the fishing pier. The jewel I have in mind is none of these. My vote for the jewel of North Beach would be the marsh found just outside the town proper as you travel north on 261. It astounds me every time I realize how unusual it is to find such an impressive variety of birds in such numbers within easy walking distance of a town. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Or, in my case, photographic heaven. I wonder how many readers have considered what a jewel it is and what a loss it would be if anything ever happened to it. The tidal marsh habitat found there is a specialized habitat. Certain species attracted to marshes need that specific habitat and would never consider landing just a few feet away over on the bay side of the road. For that reason alone, it deserves protection. But, there is more. While the marsh is local, many of the birds that populate it are not. Protection of such an area has more than local repercussions. Many people are unaware that migration is dependent on birds finding needed way points to rest and refuel along their flight corridors. For a bird migrating from northern Canada to South America, for example, it is paramount they have places to safely stop and replenish their energy. In other cases, this region is the end point of migration (for species such as the tundra swans, scaups, buffleheads, scoters and other ducks that come down from the arctic and winter here). Because birds use migration corridors, the demise of one marsh area, while it may seem like a insignificant local issue, can spell disaster for a species, and have a ripple effect over the entire continent.

The marsh also has an economic benefit of which you may be unaware. A report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (in 2009) showed one of every five Americans watches birds, and in so doing, helped the bird watching community contribute $36 billion to the U.S. economy in 2006 (the most recent year for which data is available.) Bird watchers outnumber hunters and fishermen combined! The report identifies who birders are, where they live, how avid they are, and what kinds of birds they watch. In addition to demographic information, this report also provides an estimate of how much birders spend on their hobby and the economic impact of these expenditures. (The report can be downloaded here: http://library.fws.gov/Pubs/birding. natsurvey06.pdf ) It is this economic aspect that may be of most interest to the citizenry and businesses of the area. One fact from the report I found surprising was the higher the education and income level, the more likely the individual was interested in birding. Here is a largely untapped revenue stream that has the potential to draw people from throughout the region. Combine people’s natural fascination with birds with the relatively uncommon species that summer in the marsh, and you have a destination that would attract birders - well, like the marsh attracts birds. Birders, like any tourist or out-of-towner buy meals, gas, souvenirs, lodging and many other amenities the town offers. What would it take to tap into this revenue stream? For the answer, one need look no further than Chesapeake Beach where the town has been installing a comparatively inexpensive, low-impact walkway (relative to the expected return) along Fishing Creek. A similar walkway following the treeline on the backside of the North Beach marsh would make viewing the birds both more accessible and safer. There are other benefits also. As one Internet enthusiast perceptively stated:

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“The great thing about bird watching is that it exerts an overall positive rather than a negative impact on our world. One writer calls it ‘a non-consumptive use of renewable resources.’ Its very existence, in fact, depends upon the protection of wetlands and wilderness. Bird watching thrives on conservation and its growth depends upon the preservation of biodiversity. It is very unique in that it thrives on conservation

while almost everything else we do seems to depend upon destruction.” Development of a boardwalk would actually serve to preserve this important tract of marsh. Perhaps it is time to polish this diamond in the rough. Michael Roane Dunkirk, MD

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Mary B. Franklin, age 89, of Lothian, passed away on February 18, 2011. She was born on September 14, 1921. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided arrangements. Services were held at Sollers United Methodist Church, 1219 Wrighton Road, Lothian on February 26. She was laid to rest at Moses Cemetery, 5445 Sands Road in Lothian.

Paul Louis Greenwell, Sr., age 68, of North Beach died at his home February 22, 2011. He was born August 31, 1942 in Prince Frederick to Alfred H. and Delaware A. (Hall) Greenwell. He attended Calvert County schools and enlisted in the United States Army December 6, 1963. He served with the 121st Engineer Battalion until being discharged as a Specialist E5 on December 5, 1969. Paul was employed by Thomas Somerville Plumbing for 25 years before becoming an engineer for the Federal Government. He retired after being injured. Paul was a gracious host and always en-

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joyed having people over to eat crabs, swim in the pool and overall, just have a good time. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Paul was very mechanical and could fix anything. He enjoyed rebuilding his “Lil Jewel” Firebird Trans Am. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Alfred Greenwell and a son Paul L. Greenwell, Jr. on August 17, 2008. Surviving are a daughter, Tammy L. Marlowe and her husband Rick of Huntingtown; four grandchildren Kristen, Caitlyn and Joshua Marlowe and Zachary Greenwell; two sisters: Betty Gibson and her husband Jim of Drum Point, MD and Dale Cusick of North Beach, and a brother Bernard Greenwell, Sr. and his wife Dorothy of Brandywine, MD. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, Calvert County Unit, P.O. Box 752, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

George Hardesty, 94 George J. Hardesty, age 94, of Lothian, MD passed away March 3, 2011 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. He was born March 11, 1916 in Harwood, MD to Daniel and Mollie (Drury) Hardesty. He lived with his family in Anne Arundel County, Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County where he attended public school. He married Miriam E. Tucker on September 10, 1938 and they lived and raised their family on their Security Farm in Lothian. Mr. Hardesty was a lifelong farmer, primarily raising tobacco. He also worked as a timber agent with the former Hawkins and Connor timber companies in Calvert County. He was an active member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lothian where he served as an usher, and was also a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau. He also enjoyed acquiring and repairing farm equipment, implements and trailers. Mr. Hardesty was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Miriam, a grandson Scott Schoenfeldt, sisters Hazel Muse, Betty Booth and Eva Cox, and brothers Daniel, William, Lee and Lawrence Hardesty. He is survived by two daughters, Miriam Jane Cook and husband Bill of Stafford, VA and Joyce Hardesty Schoenfeldt and husband

Chuck of Lothian; a son Gary Hamilton Hardesty and wife Pam of Roanoke, VA; grandchildren Mason Schoenfeldt and wife Tara of Elkridge, MD and Kelly Imhoff and husband Greg of Great Mills, MD; great-grandchildren Tiffany Schoenfeldt, Frank Cobb and Annie, Emily and Peter Imhoff; sisters Emma Eicholtz of Riverdale, MD and Kathleen Jenkins of Dunkirk, MD, and by a brother Eugene Hardesty of Upper Marlboro, MD. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial Contributions and expressions of sympathy may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1010 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711.

Henry Hennen, 83 Henry R. “Happy” Hennen, age 83, of Churchton died February 12, 2011 at his home. He was born December 27, 1927 in Fairfax County, VA to John and Bessie May (Cox) Hennen. Henry served in the United States Army, entering service March 28, 1946 and being discharged, as a PFC, on March 31, 1947. He married Mary Elizabeth Manyette in Prince Georges’s County on October 23, 1950. They resided in Cottage City, MD before moving to Churchton in 1960. Happy was employed as a plumber for Simpson Plumbing before retiring in the early 1980’s. After retirement, Happy became a commercial crabber and also cut lawns. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Franklin Manor Citizens Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Elizabeth Hennen, on September 27, 2003, and siblings Randolph William, John William and Gilbert Franklin Hennen, Hughie Vogel, Mamie Madeline Mosier and Opal Wavelene McDonald. Surviving are his daughter, Karen M. Lundy of Lusby, MD and a son John R. Hennen and his wife Mary of Sunderland; four grandchildren Richard W. Hennen and his wife Allyson of Bowie, MD, Tina M. Sinclair and her husband Kenny of Sunderland, MD, Tiffany M. Hennen of Sunderland, MD and Ralph G. Lundy, Jr. of Morgantown, WV; four sisters Carrie Elizabeth Jordon of Georgia, Bessie Christine Dennis, Cynthia Eleanor Nahrwold, and Gloria Maxine Phillips, and a brother George Leslie Hennen, all of Florida. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.

Tracy Hylton, 47 Tracy Denise Hylton, 47, of Owings, Md. died at her home on February 28, 2011. She was born on March 12, 1963 in Asheville, NC t to Benjamin and Jackie Huscusson Hylton. She moved to this area in 2000. She was a homemaker who enjoyed the sun, beach and shopping. She was described as a free spirit with a very big heart. She is survived by her parents, Benjamin Hylton of Candler, NC and Jackie Lee of Davidson, NC; her partner of 30 years, Alan Thrift; sons, Jesse McCelvey of Dunkirk, and Larry Davis of Owings; daughters, Caroline


Davis and Taylor Thrift, both of Owings; brothers, Joseph and Benjamin Hylton, III, both of Candler, NC; sisters Gina and husband Delbert Lamp of Lake Norman, NC and Donna Hylton of Davidson, NC and one granddaughter, Hailey M. Thrift of Owings. Funeral services were held on March 4, 2011 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home. Rev. Marshall Coffman of Christian Fellowship of Calvert officiated. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Gardens. Benjamin Hylton, Jesse McCelvey, Richard Thrift, Joseph Hylton, Benjamin Hylton III, Brad Jones and William Moran served as pallbearers. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or at www.cancer.org. Arrangements provided by RaymondWood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

Alice Plater, 86 Alice G. Plater, age 86, of Huntingtown, passed away on March 1, 2011. She was born on December 14, 1924. Services were held at Bethel Way of the Cross Church, 5445 Cherry Hill Road, Huntingtown, MD where she was also laid to rest. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick provided arrangements.

Ivyl Rowland, 86 Ivyl Virginia Rowland, age 86, of Harwood passed away February 20, 2011 at the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House. She was born Oct. 10, 1924 at the former Emergency Hospital in An-

napolis, MD to Harvey Fenton Sr. and Myrtle Virginia (Carr) Myers. She was raised in the Hillsmere and Parole communities in Annapolis and attended Germantown Elementary and Annapolis High School. She was a devoted homemaker, wife and grandmother, and also was employed as a school bus driver for the Jones Bus Company in Annapolis. She had also worked at the Hickory Farms store in the former Parole Plaza shopping center. She was a member of the Annapolis V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the former Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church in Parole, where she was active in the Women’s Society. In her leisure time, Ivyl enjoyed gardening and canning, collectables, crocheting and playing bingo. She married Arthur Martin Rowland on July 29, 1950 and they lived and raised their family in Loretta Heights in Annapolis from 1960 until moving to Harwood in 1988. Ivyl was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, who died Oct. 15, 1996; a son, Stanley M. “Stan” Rowland; her parents, Harvey Sr. and Myrtle Myers; a brother, Harvey Fenton Myers Jr.; and a sister, Shirley A. Myers. She is survived by three sons, Richard D. “Rick” and wife Pat Rowland of Galesville, Donald K. “Don” and wife Kay Rowland of Mayo, and Wayne C. and wife Barbara Rowland of Galesville; her late son Stan’s best friend and companion Kathie Sulick of Annapolis; six grandchildren: Heather Lamb, Jennifer Rowland, Elizabeth Johnson, Stephanie Legacy, Kelly Pearce and Carly Waple; eight great-grandchildren Justin, Emily, Abby, Emma, Ben, Grace, Nick and Drew; two brothers, John A. “Buck” Myers of Satellite Beach, Fla. and Martin H. “Marty” Myers of Aiken, S.C.; and four sisters, Irene E. White of Annapolis, Myrtle M. Rausch of Owings, Beverly L. Ames of Annapolis and Joan C. Myers of Baltimore. Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where funeral services and a celebration of her life were held. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Annapolis. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Ivyl’s name may be made to benefit the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House, c/o Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Scholarship Deadline: March 15 Thousands of dollars in Calvert Local Scholarships for college-bound students are available this year, including a new one from the Bay Business Group, representing about 100 businesses in Northern Calvert County. Others in our area granting scholarships are the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206, and the Northern Calvert Rotary Club. Here’s a list of all 26 scholarship providers for 2011. Students can apply for the scholarships using one convenient form: - SoMD CAN/College Access Network - Alpha Beta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma – Frances Lancaster Grant for Teacher Education - Austin H. Stanley Scholarship/American Legion Post 206 - Bay Business Group Scholarship - Calvert Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA) - Calvert County Women’s Democratic Club - Calvert High School PTSA Scholarship #1 - Calvert High School PTSA Scholarship #2 - Calvert Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship - Cedar Point Federal Credit Union – Frank E. Gorely Scholarship - Cedar Point Federal Credit Union – GEICO Scholarship

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Southern High School student Louis Fratino is this year’s 2011 National Art Education Association’s National Rising Star award winner. This prestigious award is given to just one student in the entire US. Last year’s recipient was Southern High’s Katie Emmitt, who went on to win ArtQuest 2010. She is now a freshman at Louis Fratino, shown painting with art teacher Michael Bell. This is the MICA in Baltimore on second year in a row one of Mr. Bell’s Southern High student artists has a $97,000 art scholar- won the National Art Education Association’s “Rising Star” award. ship and is thriving. “Nominating Louis was an easy choice, given his current accolades, portfolio and work ethic in and out of class. Plus, Louis was returning from an amazing year last year, scoring a perfect 5 on his AP Drawing Portfolio as a junior. My only concern was: even if Louis is one of the “best of the best” in the country, will the NAEA give it to someone from the same state twice, let alone someone from the same school?” Mr. Bell said. But they did! Louis will be heading to Seattle, WA to receive his award along with Mr. Bell on Friday, March 18. Mr. Bell will also be giving a National Presentation on Visual Journaling in the 21st Century while in Seattle. “I’m so happy for Louis. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving kid,” Mr. Bell adds. “I’ve actually taught Louis since the 7th grade, first as his visual arts instructor with the AACPS Gifted Visual Arts Program, which is comprised of the “best of the best” 36 student artists (grades 6 – 12) from throughout the entire county, then from his freshman year at Southern as a Studio I student – AP. Louis has always been talented, but it didn’t happen overnight. His dedication to grow as an artist is thoroughly documented in his sketchbook visual journals and in his community service through the NAHS as this year’s President.” Louis has won numerous awards over the years at Southern, including having a U.S. Department of Education show under his belt, a Muddy Creek Artist Guild Show and numerous awards at ArtQuest, the annual professionally juried student art show at Southern High, winning: $275 last year, including 1st Place “Drawing”, 2nd Place “Painting” and “Best Conceptual Achievement Award.”

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Homeschooled children are invited to the Calvert Marine Museum on Wednesday, April 6 for The Museum Sampler with on-going activities and scheduled programs throughout the day. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., students of all ages will enjoy a day of interactive fun and hands-on learning with a $4.00 admission. Scheduled programs include, “I’m All Mixed Up” which focuses on animal adaptation; “What Floats” invites participants to experiment with flotation and then build their own boat; “Life of the Native Americans” explores how the native people used natural resources to survive; “Fins and Tails,” a shadow puppet show in the auditorium will introduce the various animals in the marsh; and “Then and Now” a special child-oriented, interactive tour of the Drum

Point Lighthouse. At each scheduled stop, participants will have the opportunity to play a game or make something to take home. In addition, there will be on-going interpretive and interactive programs in the Fossil Hall, Skates and Rays Exhibit, the Discovery Room Touch Tank, and in the Maritime History Hall. Onsite registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby. The fee is $4 for all participants, with the exception of infants. This includes admission to the museum and entrance into all scheduled programs throughout the day. Strollers are not allowed in the museum; a secure stroller lot will be available. Papa John’s Pizza will be for sale on the grounds or bring a picnic lunch. Covered picnic tables are available. For the full schedule of events, visit the website at http://www. calvertmarinemuseum.com.


Hungry? Help End It Now By Anna Chaney Willman There are many who are very hungry right here in our own communities. As a sponsor of the End Hunger of Calvert County Bike Ride Fundraiser, I became interested in learning more about where the proceeds of this event go. Since the Ride’s inception in 2009, Herrington on the Bay has provided a rest stop where riders can enjoy a waterfront view, fine hospitality, cold beverages and snacks. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to ride in this event, and I plan to ride again this year on April 30, 2011. So, in the past few days, I had the pleasure of interviewing both Robin Brungard and Rita Bergendahl about the ride and this successful organization. I spoke with each of these interviewees separately and learned their message is the same. End Hunger’s goal is to wipe out hunger in Calvert County by coordinating the goodwill, efforts, and skills of local businesses, individuals, faith-based organizations and governmental initiatives. Together, they: 1) work with individual families to help them create permanent solutions to move them from dependency to self sufficiency 2) provide high quality food to hungry families (in the meantime) through local food pantries in an effective and efficient manner. End Hunger in Calvert County (EHIC) was the inspiration of Reverend Robert Hahn of Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown. When he learned that Calvert is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, yet it still suffers from rising poverty and hunger rates, he felt that much good could be done by coordinating efforts of local organizations. His mission is to not only feed people but to get to the root causes of local hunger and help equip people to self-sufficiency. Four years ago, EHIC was created. Today, seven volunteer board members operate this growing organization and have received accolades from surrounding counties and the Governor of Maryland. Currently, according to Robin Brungard, Director of Programs for EHIC, they are now working with Anne Arundel County to assist them in forming their own model of End Hunger. Additionally, Governor Mar-

tin O’Malley selected EHIC to host the End Hunger summit for all of Maryland in November of 2010. EHIC was also recently selected by the Maryland Food Bank to be the “mover” of more food into Calvert County. Brungard notes, “We have so much local support from the farmers and restaurants who provide high quality protein and vegetables for the food pantries. EHIC collects all donated foods and redistributes everything to the ten local food pantries in Calvert County. Additionally, local businesses including Calvert Memorial Hospital have offered job training for some of the families, and CSM has provided classes for some of EHIC’s clients.” She also proudly announced that the Governor has declared October to be End Hunger month in Calvert County. During this time, a food drive is initiated and everyone from churches to schools, local clubs, boy scouts, and more all donate food products. Kelly Generator donates warehouse space for EHIC for storage of donated foods during this busy food drive time. EHIC’s website says over 268,500 pounds of food have been donated to date. This organization has created a ton of synergy between many organizations and people of Calvert County. Please check out their website at http://www.endhungercalvert.org/ Become part of this synergy! Please join me in a fabulously organized bike ride along the gorgeous roads of Northern Calvert and Southern A.A. Counties. The ride is only $39/rider in advance and participants receive a re-usable bag filled with a water bottle, t-shirt, and coupons to local stores. The rest stops include Fridays Creek Winery, Herrington Harbour South, and a third stop sponsored by Chesapeake Grille! Rita Bergendahl explains, “ EHIC receives 100% of the proceeds directly. We are so fortunate because almost all of the costs are absorbed by our partners”. So, get those old wheels turning for a day of fun, camaraderie, and goodwill! Register today at http:// endhungercalvert.org/bike/. 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 Current Music Calendar Every Saturday Night: Open Mic Night at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, Dunkirk Gateway Shopping Center, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. Come show your talent! Starts at 7:00 p.m. Every Wednesday: Bluegrass Jam at Happy Harbor Restaurant, 533 Deale Road, in Deale. Pick and grin with your fiddle, banjo, dobro or acoustic guitar or just come to listen and enjoy great old-time music favorites. The Bluegrass Jam 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. It’s just like an open mic, but it’s the blues! 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. Thursday, March 10 All Music Open Mic at 6:30 p.m. The Calvert Library Prince Frederick will host you and your song. Whether you sing the blues, have a song in your heart or just want to share the beat, sign up for a slot of up to 10 minutes. All musical genres are welcome. For more information, call the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862. Sunday, March 13 CSM Ward Virts Free Concert Series presents Pianist Dr. Linda Apple Monson on March 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the CSM, Prince Frederick Campus. Room 119. At the concert Dr. Monson will be performing the world premier of composer Daniel Perttu’s “Piano Sonata.” Saturday, March 19 The Lothian Ruritan Club presents a concert by ‘Them Easport Oyster Boys” at Southern Middle School, 5235 Solomons Island Road, Lothian at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Come and enjoy an evening of fun, humor and whimsy, celebrating the Bay, boating and life on the water. They play island music, salsa, Dicie-swing, waltzes, and even rock and roll. They will introduce you to the three basic necessities of life: “a good hat, a good dog and a good boat.” They have educated, amused and delighted thousands with their wit, wisdom and special messages of stewardship and appreciation of the great Chesapeake Bay. Proceeds will support the Lothian Ruritan Scholarship fund and community projects. Home-made refreshments will be available at intermission. For additional information contact Bob Hruby at (410) 867-0744 or visit www. lothianruritans.org Sunday, March 27 Celebrate Spring With A Community Hymn Sing! The members, friends, and sanctuary choirs of Carter’s and Friendship United Methodist Churches invite you to join them for their annual Hymn Sing, Sunday March 27, 2:00 p.m., at Friendship UMC. Raise the rafters with your favorite music and enjoy light refreshments afterward. It’s all free - donations are welcome to benefit the SCAN food bank in Lothian. For details, email bob.snider@hotmail. com or call (301) 855-7636. Friendship Methodist is one block east of Friendship Circle on Route 2, which is 1.3 miles north of the traffic light at Routes 2 and 260 in Owings. www.friendshipmethodistchurch.org. Have an upcoming music event you’d like listed here? Email details to MusicNotes@ChesapeakeCurrent.com.


Catch the magic of the phantom! Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera will be presented at Huntingtown High School: March 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling (410) 535-2337 or purchased at the door.

Big In Every Way

Phantom of the Opera at Huntingtown High By Jenny Boyles Driving on Route 4 at five o’clock in the evening, a glance toward Huntingtown High School shows a quiet facade. This is an illusion. There’s so much more happening behind the scenes. Entering the glass doors of HHS by the gymnasium, athletes can be seen lounging on benches, perhaps waiting for their ride. A few children stroll with backpacks. The auditorium doors are closed, and there is no sound from that side of the hall. It leads you to think it must be empty. However, open the doors, a pocket of energy and activity comes out of the darkness and takes your breath away. What had appeared silent now rings out with the voices of All-State Choral members. Scenery whirs across the stage on wheels. The pit orchestra underscores the choreographed frenzy. A chandelier hangs where only stage lighting had been a few weeks ago. Balcony seats suddenly grace the wings of the stage. Little do area residents know what is in store at Huntingtown this spring. Since May of 2010, Derek Anderson, various teachers, theatrical professionals and over 100 students have been preparing for a tremendous undertaking... The Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom is not your everyday high school musical. It is one of musical theatre’s most challenging pieces, considered pop-operatic. ”It’s enormous,” explains Anderson, director and theatre teacher at HHS. This is the biggest production in the school’s seven-year history. Joshua Grzywacz portrays Raul de Chagny. The HHS Production features a full pit orchestra.

Even for an award-winning theatre program like Huntingtown’s, “The Phantom of the Opera seemed like a crazy idea. We were scared. Then we decided that’s why we would do it, because it was scary and enormous,” Anderson shared. At a recent rehearsal, signs of apprehension were gone, and the polishing touches were all that remained undone. The voices alone were cause for a dropped jaw in amazement. A peek backstage confirmed the claim of enormity. Stage sets were pushed into all possible areas. Props were on every surface that wasn’t moving. With sawdust on the floor and a table saw buzzing, Mr. Wisnewski, a parent, and students worked at creating even more set pieces in the adjacent woodshop. Dancers, actors and actresses dressed in an astounding array of costumes moved in various directions on cue. Back on stage, the Phantom (played by Paul America), Christine Daae (Heather Robbins), and Raul de Chagny (Joshua Grzywacz) were mesmerizing as the rehearsal neared the crescendo of the scene. Mr. Boyer, the choral teacher at HHS, was in the pit below with Huntingtown High’s finest musicians. Boyer has worked with Anderson and Julie Rogers, choreographer, on theatrical productions for 16 years. In addition to over 75 cast members, 6 technical and stage assistants, 20 musicians, 300 costumes (designed by Brandi Pick), professional make-up artist Skip Smith, and multiple set pieces, Derek Anderson also needed a pyrotechnics permit. As luck would have it, he found David Glen, a doctor at Calvert Memorial, who is a professional pyrotechnician. With his assistance, another feat will be accomplished. Returning from backstage, a dark and nearly empty auditorium is before you. Mr. Anderson is seated in the center and shouts a correction, “Open the curtain! Open the curtain now! Let’s go!” Only one other person is in the auditorium today. Someone’s younger brother is asleep in the back row. With a look at his sleeping figure, you remember that these are all children, albeit high school students. This isn’t Broadway; it’s Huntingtown quite a shock after having been carried away to the grand environs of the Opera Populaire in Paris. “This show is full of magic,” says Anderson. You’ll have the opportunity to see for yourself. Weekend performances of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera will run March 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. Although over 1,500 tickets have already been sold, many more are still available. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. On March 18, a fundraising dinner will be held before the show. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Money raised by this event will go to replacing equipment used in the production of their shows. All tickets can be reserved in advance by calling (410) 535-2337 or purchased at the door.

The Phantom (played by Paul America) has taken a young chorus girl, Christine Daae (Heather Robbins), under his wings and trained her to become a star. His hopes and dreams are challenged when Raul de Chagny (played by Joshua Grzywacz) re-enters Christine’s life and steals her devotion and her heart. The ensuing battle is at the center of this pop-operatic musical.

Lush costumes and sets highlight this production of Phantom. Pictured: Emileigh Shoemaker.

About the Author: Jenny Boyles is a mother, reading teacher and Girl Scout leader. She lives in North Beach with her fiancé, their four children and a rowdy guinea pig.

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Upcoming Events at Historic London Town

Historic London Town and Gardens presents its Winter Lecture Series 2011 called “Interpreting the Past.” March 15, Tuesday, 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. Dr. Hand-Meacham, will be discussing her latest book, Every Home a Distillery: Alcohol, Gender, and Technology in the Colonial Chesapeake. March 22, Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - Jennifer Legates, Deputy Director at Historic St. Mary's City, Civil War Interpretation: Stories from Harpers Ferry and Beyond. Legates will offer up her insights on Civil War Interpretation: Stories from Harpers Ferry and Beyond. This lecture stems from her many years as an interpreter and museum professional in various Civil War-related museums. Saturday, March 27, 12:00 noon - 04:00 p.m. Maryland Day activities and celebrations at Historic London Town. Free. March 29, Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - The series will conclude on March 29 with a presentation by Sharon Cotner, one of the experienced apothecaries at Colonial Williamsburg’s Pasteur & Galt Apothecary. Her presentation will discuss colonial apothecaries and include information on the American plants ‘discovered’ by London Town’s own Dr. Richard Hill. All Lectures will be held at the Visitor Center at Historic London Town and Gardens 839 Londontown Road Edgewater, MD 21037 Each lecture is $10 for the general public; free for London Town members and volunteers. Call (410) 222-1919 for information or visit www.historiclondontown.org. Historic London Town and Gardens is also planning a fun, educational workshop entitled, “What is That? (And What Does it Mean?): Decorative Arts in the Chesapeake, c. 1610-1800.” Learn how to apply the history of style, craftsmanship, and historical context to glass, ceramic, and furniture objects commonly found in historic houses and history museums. Touching allowed and encouraged! Leading experts in the field will be your guides through this workshop: -Rosemary Krill from Winterthur -Scott Scholz from Dumbarton House -Suzanne Findlen Hood from Colonial Williamsburg -Gay LeCleire Taylor from Museum of American Glass at the Wheaton Arts Cultural Centers The workshop is scheduled for April 4 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Registration fee is $40, and$25 for Members & volunteers of HLT, and staff of sponsoring & supporting organizations. Lunch and 10% discount at the London Town Museum Store included in cost. Special discounts on two decorative arts books will also be offered. Register early because space is limited. Contact Rod Cofield at (410) 222-1919 x 206.

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Out&About

Maryland Day in Anne Arundel County "Maryland Day" is coming up this month, a collaborative event sponsored by Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County. Whether you like historic sites, cultural activities, natural resources and conservation, or all of the above, the Four Rivers Heritage Area has it all, not to mention world-class dining and shopping! There is something for every member of the family to enjoy during this annual celebration of all things "Maryland." Make plans to come out on March 25 through March 27 for the Fourth An-

nual Maryland Day Celebration Weekend in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, to say goodbye to winter and discover what is waiting for you - right here in your own backyard! It takes place at numerous sites throughout the heritage area on the first weekend of the spring! We have a great slate of new sites and new activities this year, as well as a make-your-own-cookbook activity with contributions from participating sites that will be a treat! The Inn at Herrington Harbour: An eco-lifestyle resort located in Rose Haven

is offering special discounted rates for March 25 and 26. Call (800) 213-9438 for information and reservations. To see the current listing of all activities planned for the weekend, visit www. marylandday.org. Call (410) 222-1805 or email heritage_area@aacounty.org.

East Meets West in North Beach Ceramics from the Far East and paintings from the American Southwest will be displayed at ArtWorks at Seventh during March. Ceramics from the Far East by Mike Martin will be featured along with paintings from the American Southwest by Nevin Bossart. And because March is the month of the rainbow, the Leprechaun, and the shamrock, it's

‘Eirrin Go Brach’ (Ireland Forever) on Saturday, March 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Remember to wear your green, mind you, or there's sure to be mischief! ArtWorks is located at 9128 Bay Avenue in North Beach. Hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Finding Beauty at CalvART Gallery Through April 3, catch Finding Beauty: Land and Sea at the CalvART Gallery in Prince Frederick. Through the dark and dreary winter months, local artists Suzanne Shelden and Mary Blumberg have been finding inspiration that they’re now ready to share. 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. 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.

In the Student Art Gallery at CalvART Gallery through April 1, the Art of the Students of Lynn Gauthier of Plum Point Middle School are featured. A reception is scheduled for Friday, March 18 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 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.

Quiet Waters Park Presents South County Artists The Muddy Creek Artists Guild commands the two-story Willow Gallery at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis through April 10. The exhibition will highlight painting, mixed media and sculpture from this Southern Anne Arundel County art guild. All artwork is for sale. Normally there are only a few days available to catch this traveling show of artwork from South County artists, but this is an unusual exhibit that lasts for several weeks. The highly successful organization began two years ago as a means of promoting the original artwork of South County Artists and to fill vacant businesses failed by the economic downturn. Deals would be made to occupy a building for a long weekend event to sell art. Shows sprung up in Deale, Galesville, and Edgewater. The guild currently consists of about 120 local artists in mediums including photography, painting, textiles, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork and more. In the Garden Gallery at Quiet Waters Park, Frances Borchardt, Rosanne Colvard, and Carol Donahue focus on the creative use of light and shadow,

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shades and color through a variety of Printmaking Techniques, Multiple Image Montage, and Alternative Photographic Processes. Frances Borchardt incorporates photographs into the compartments of Printer’s Type Cases to create scenes or panoramas that don’t exist in reality, yet still convey the spirit of a place. Rosanne Colvard explores the visual sentiments of life as well as the symbiosis of both nature, ancient and contemporary forms. Utilizing multiple printmaking processes [such as, etching, lithography, monotypes, and collagraphs] she creates expressive monochrome and full-color images. Carol Donahue utilizes the alternative photographic processes of Cyanotype, Kallitype, and Van Dyke resulting in expressive monochrome imagery that run the range of black, blue, sepia, and beautiful rich browns. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Visitors Center hours are 9 :00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on weekends. The park is closed on Tuesdays). Quiet Waters Park charges a daily vehicle entry fee of $5.00 per car. For more information, visit their web site at http://friendsofquietwaterspark.org. Contact: feborchard@aol.com; phone: (410) 867-0078.


Out&About

Murder-Mystery at Calvert Pines

Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12

Friday, March 18

The Sound of Music is Southern High School’s spring musical for 2011, and will be presented at 7:00 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, with a matinee at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Based on the true story of the Austrian Von Trapp family singers, it features the familiar musical favorites “The Sound of Music”, “Do Re Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Sixteen Going on Seventeen.” Southern High School’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is a treat for all ages! At Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Road, Harwood, MD 20776. Phone: (410) 867-7100

Vernal Pool Walk: Come explore the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary after dark. The Spring Peepers will be singing, and spotted salamanders are likely to be seen, among many other amphibians. Admission is free. Adults and children 10 and older welcome. No experience is necessary, but be prepared to walk two miles on natural surface trails in the dark. Bring a flashlight or head lamp, wear rubber boots or waterproof footwear and clothing appropriate for the conditions (we go regardless of weather). Contact the Sanctuary in Lothian at least 24 hours in advance to say you will attend. (410) 741-9330.

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 with questions. 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 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation, although walk-ins are welcome. Volunteer Workshop at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum (CBRM), 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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. Viva Las Vegas Casino Night: The Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation hosts a casual evening of Vegas-style games including Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em, Roulette, and a 50/50 drawing. Music by John Luskey. Tickets are $75 per person and include light fare, beer, wine and prizes. Proceeds benefit Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for the purchase of pediatric IV equipment to enhance medication. The event will be held Saturday, March 12 from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church Family Life Center in Prince Frederick. Purchase tickets and find out more about sponsorship opportunities online at http://www.calverthospital.com.

Sunday, March 13 All U Can Eat Breakfast: Treat your family & friends to a sumptuous spread featuring hot cakes, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, fruit, biscuits, chipped beef, pastries, and more from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Adults $10; children ages six to 12, $5; under 6 eat free! Good food and plenty of it. Hosted by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary in the Main Hall of the Post on Route 260 in Chesapeake Beach. For more info call (301) 855-6466.

Saturday, March 19 1st Annual Fishing Creek Clean-Up: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Meet at the Rear Range Marker (Off Gordon Stinnett Avenue, behind the Water Park in Chesapeake Beach). Parking available at Kellams Field. Join us on foot or come by boat! Help clean up the debris & trash along the new Railway Trailand on the shores of Fishing Creek. Supplies and refreshments provided to all volunteers! Questions? Call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at (301) 855-8398 or (410) 257-2230. Rain Date is Sunday, March 20 at the same time. Gun Bash: The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department holds its second Gun Bash event from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Fewer than 200 tickets are left. Doors open at 11:00a.m. Each $45 ticket (donation) gives you a chance to win 27 guns, two all-terrain vehicles and cash and includes food and beverages. For more info, email nbvfdgunbash@ hotmail.com or call (410) 257-6564.

Sunday, March 20 Bowling for Ta-Tas: Julian’s Hair Designers of Dunkirk’s ‘Style Me Pink Team’ sponsors this annual event to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Join them at Lord Calvert Bowl in Huntingtown from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to help raise money for cancer research. There will be prizes for pledges, strikes on pink/ red headpins, raffles, gifts, a silent auction and lots of fun. Contact Joan Cook at (301) 812-0800 for more info.

Thursday March 24 Resume 101: Does your resume need a lift to help you get noticed? 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-onone help as well so if you have a resume, bring it with you.

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Back to Kindergarten Day When was the last time you finger painted or made macaroni art? Has your mom put any of your projects on the fridge lately? If it feels like forever since you’ve done anything fun, come to Calvert Library Prince Frederick on Saturday, March 19 for “Back to Kindergarten Art Day”! Come channel your inner child by doing fantabulous and creative art projects. TACOS (Teen Advisory Council of Students) will be here from 2:00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. to help you make projects such as marble paintings, finger paintings, and paper bag puppets. All ages are welcome; teens especially are encouraged to attend! For more information about this event, call Rachel Hummel at (410) 535-0291 or the Calvert Library Prince Frederick at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

Who did it? Area senior citizens are invited to enjoy a Murder-Mystery St. Patrick’s Day luncheon with a bit o’ blarney at the Calvert Pines Senior Center. 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 on Saturday, March 12 at 12:00 noon at Calvert Pines. 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. It’s a fundraising event with tickets at $30 per person. 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 with questions.

Oysters, Watermen and Rain Gardens The Carrie Weedon Science Center in Galesville presents two very interesting upcoming public lectures. On Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., enjoy an interactive, family-friendly presentation, Oysters, Watermen & You!, featuring South County waterman John Van Alstine. John will encourage audience participation as he talks about how oysters affect all of us living near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. His talk will include a show & tell with oyster tongs, one of the tools watermen use to catch oysters, and other activities. John is a past winner of a Legacy Award, from the Four Rivers Heritage Association, for his community-minded efforts to educate children about the importance and heritage of Chesapeake Bay

Watermen. On Sunday, April 10, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., ecoconscience folks will enjoy Rain Gardens, One Way We Can Help Restore Our Creeks and Rivers with Anne Pearson, Director of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities, www.beinginplace.org. Anne will talk about the environmental problems caused by storm water runoff and rain gardens as one potential solution to those problems. Anne’s presentation will include slides showing examples of beautiful and effective rain gardens. Both lectures are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Refreshments served. The Carrie Weedon Science Center is located at 911 Galesville Road, Galesville.

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