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Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties
Homes With Heart, Gardens With Soul Story Page 9
Come On Inside… Some of our area’s most intriguing homes! Page 12
WWII Pilot Recalls ‘To Hell’s Angels And Back’ Story Page 10
New Power Poles Cause Neighborhood Blight Story Page 15
On T he Cover
Dale Thomas, left, and Harley Cupp Jr. at one of the very unique featured homes in this year’s North Beach House and Garden Tour. PAGE 12
New Summer Hours Monday Thru Saturday 6:00am to 9:00pm Sunday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Firefighters place white roses in a fireman’s boot to honor those who died during the first-ever Fallen Fighters Memorial Service. SEE PAGE 7
At a fundraiser in Chesapeake Beach, George Owings introduced members of the “Class of ‘63” that he went to school with at Beach Junior High, where the firehouse is now located. SEE PAGE 6
Pages From The Past
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Taking Care of Business On The Water
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Out & About
FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA, CHECK PAGE 23 IN OUT AND ABOUT
By North Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles
In local government, a city or town hall is the chief administrative building. It usually houses the council, associated departments, and their administrative staffs. It also functions as the base of the mayor. In many cases, town halls serve not only as buildings for government functions, but also have facilities for various civic and cultural activities. The local government may use the town hall building to promote and enhance the quality of life of the community. For over four years, the Town of North Beach has been without a town hall. The administrative staff has been working out of a doublewide trailer along the waterfront on Bay Avenue. Due to an environmentally unsafe toxic mold the former town hall had to be razed in October of 2007. After two years of architectural design and consulting, a plan for a new town hall was ready for the competitive bid process. In January of this year, ground was broken for a new town hall on the site of the original building on Chesapeake Avenue. Scheibel Construction of Huntingtown, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council was chosen as the contractor to build our town hall. Having a local contractor means local jobs and a boost to the local economy. As we look forward to a completion date later this year, we will be celebrating a milestone on June 15. Join us at 2:00 p.m. as we welcome the Masons from the Grand Lodge of Maryland as they lay the cornerstone in the foundation of the new North Beach Town Hall. Masons have performed cornerstone ceremonies throughout the ages, dating back centuries. On September 18, 1793 George Washington officiated at the laying of the cornerstone for the United States Capitol building. The Masonic cornerstone ceremony, like most customs, has evolved over the years. In Freemasonry, which grew from the practice of stonemasons, the cornerstone is placed in the northeast corner of a public building. The ceremony will involve the placing of offerings of grain, wine and oil on or under the stone, symbols of the produce and the people of the land and the means of their subsistence. We invite you to mark your calendars for June 15 at 2:00 p.m. and plan to attend this beautiful and meaningful event.
Photo by Jonathan Pugh Trolley board members cut the ribbon of a third trolley to launch service to Dunkirk.Â
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June 11- June 13 2010 Day
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F 11 High 3:29 AM 1.9 5:41 AM Rise 4:37 AM 11 Low 10:55 AM 0.5 8:31 PM Set 8:05 PM 11 High 3:43 PM 1.0 11 Low 9:04 PM 0.3
Sa 12 High 4:13 AM 1.9 5:41 AM Rise 5:34 AM 12 Low 11:38 AM 0.4 8:31 PM Set 9:04 PM 12 High 4:35 PM 1.0 12 Low 9:57 PM 0.3
Su 13 High 5:00 AM 1.9 5:41 AM Rise 6:40 AM 13 Low 12:20 PM 0.4 8:32 PM Set 9:56 PM 13 High 5:27 PM 1.1 13 Low 10:53 PM 0.3
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By Commissioner Susan Shaw
On June 8th the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center at 130 Auto Drive (behind Bayside Toyota) in Prince Frederick opens to the public at 3:00 p.m. (Go to www. co.cal.md.us and click on Parks and Recreation for details.) Like many in Calvert County, I can hardly wait! I have been working toward this goal for the last 16 years straight. Others have waited even longer. I just kept trying to find a way or make a way. It took years to come to consensus, find the money, and get it built.
Like most major projects, challenges (and rumors) have abounded. However, the readyto-swim Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center is breathtaking! It is a veritable cornucopia of water activities. It consists of a 50-meter competition pool, with a movable bulkhead that can divide it into two pools, a therapy pool that will be heated to 92 degrees, a spa with a handicapped lift, and a leisure pool with slides, palm trees and squirting fountains. Some who do not believe that they will use the pool see it as a hugely expensive, unnecessary project. I see it as a lifesaving and a life-enhancing amenity for my County. Life-saving? Yes! Every resident of Calvert County, which is a peninsula surrounded by water, should know how to swim and have drown-proofing skills. Life-enhancing? Yes! When you, or your loved one, are suffering from pain that is relieved by healing warm water exercises, you will be grateful that you do not have to travel outside Calvert County for that relief, as many do now, or forego
it altogether. Our swim teams will not have to travel such long distances to practice and to compete. An observation deck overlooks all the pools, for those who wish to stay dry. There is a party room, a workout room, and a conference room. Edward T. Hall was a longtime, respected and admired,
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he Tri‑County Council for Southern Maryland is announcing that there $238,414 in funding available in Southern Maryland for training through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. A key provision of the ARRA is increasing the availability of training for workforce system customers and expanding the availability of existing training courses and curricula to meet local needs in Southern Maryland. The ARRA allows the local Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board (SMWIB) to contract with institutions of higher education, such as community and technical colleges or other eligible training providers. Direct contracts with institutions of higher education and other eligible training providers also allow SMWIB to quickly design training to fit the needs of the job seekers and employers in the Southern Maryland region. Funds will support short‑term training activities that result in a certificate or recognized credential. This program is designed to assist local employers who are currently recruiting for positions within their companies better align the skills of their applicants with the needs of the job. As a result of the economy, many highly‑skilled workers who are ready to transition to new industries and careers will benefit as applicants.
“The success of this program will be measured by our ability to turn more job applicant’s resumes into suitable new hires,” Ellen Flowers‑Fields, Director of Regional Economic Development at the Tri‑County Council said in a press release. “Employers are seeing highly qualified applicants who lack direct experience in their industries. This disconnect often results in the application not being considered.” The SMWIB’s contract training program will pay for the cost to train that new hire in the specific areas needed to help the individual secure that job. This program can help an individual that has been an insurance agent for most of their career, enhance and translate those highly developed analytical skills to the needs of an employer who might be looking for an accountant. “This type of occupational matching addresses both the needs of the job seeker and the employer, aiding in helping local people secure local jobs and in business growth and sustainability,” said Gerald W. Clark, Chairman Tri‑County Council. Employers and HR directors interested in finding out how to access these recruitment services can contact their county business services representative. In Calvert County, contact Barbara DeHenzel 443‑550‑6753.
Events for Senior Citizens
Red Hat She Gulls
Tri-Forces Triathlon Aims at Veterans
All programs and events are through the North Beach Senior Citizen’s Center at 9010 Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach. For questions and more information, call (410) 2572549. • Acting 101 Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. Do you have an interest in acting? The Acting 101 group meets each Wednesday. Experience is not necessary, just a desire to have fun and learn how to put on a simple production. • Girls Night Out - Jewels on the Bay Thursday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. It is Jewels on the Bay time! Enjoy an evening with girlfriends while participating in the jewelry swap and various girlfriend games. Bring two gently used pieces of jewelry to swap. Refreshments will be served. • Basic Computer Skills Class Friday, June 4, 10:00 a.m. The North Beach Senior Center is now offering a free basic computer class, to teach users basic terms, practice using the mouse, learn the ins and outs of websites, and how to access various programs. This class is limited to 5 participants, so please register early. Pre-registration is required. • Summer Fun Fest Friday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. Music and fun for everyone! Enjoy sounds from 2-4-U, silly antics from Mama, Little Louise, and the rest of the gang. Seating is limited so sign up early. • Ice Cream Sundae Showdown Tuesday, June 22, 12:30 p.m. It’s lip-smacking good! Stop by the center for a delicious ice cream sundae with all the toppings. • Summer Beach Blanket Bingo Thursday, June 24, 10:45 a.m. Celebrate summer with a day of bingo, food, and music. Wear your favorite summer outfits and cool shades. Winners take home prizes.
The North Beach Red Hat She Gulls, a group of 20 vibrant ladies, met Thursday, May 13 at the Senior Center for a fun-filled craft session. Each Red Hatter made place mats out of recycled greeting cards, featuring flowers, birds, seagulls, and personal photos. A delicious lunch was served in the dining room, followed by a jam-packed meeting to discuss upcoming events.
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The first Tri-Forces Triathlon to support veterans, service members and their families is coming up this month in North Beach. Co-founded by Charles Eggleston, US Army (Ret.) OIF wounded warrior, and Elizabeth Lawton, US Navy (Ret.), the Tri-Forces Triathlon will be an eco-friendly event to raise visibility for non-profit organizations that support uniformed personnel and their families. By focusing on our warriors and our environment, the Tri-Forces Team hopes to raise awareness and funding for groups involved in progressive and proven holistic Integrative Medical solutions to heal Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Eggleston says he hopes this event will help erase stigmas. As he puts it, “I have seen how these ‘invisible wounds’ of war can tear apart the soldier and the family. I have experienced it first-hand.” The event will be held in North Beach in conjunction with its own Well-Weekend and Fitness Exposition on June 19th and 20th. Participants on Saturday, June 19 will swim a half a mile (750 m) in the Chesapeake Bay, bike more than 12 and a half miles, and run over three miles in the area. The registration deadline is June 15. Costs are $85 for an individual, or $85 for a relay team with a maximum of six people. For those who would like to help the cause but have a less strenuous workout, there will be a 5K (3.12 mile) Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, June to raise money. Adults and youth ages 11-17 are encouraged to attend. Registration is $35.00 per person. For more information and to register, please contact the TriForces Team at email@example.com or visit their web site at www.triforcestirathlon.org.
Corporal James Wahlgren, Calvert County Sheriff’s Officer in the Beaches, says NIXLE.com is a new notification system being offered to area residents through Special Operations and Homeland Security funding. It’s free and does not have any advertising. Wahlgren says the idea is to create a force of involved citizens helping law enforcement. As he explains, “If we have a small child who wandered away, or an Alzhimer’s patient is missing, Since 1968 citizens can be on the lookout and help us find them Celebrating over 40 years of serving your art and framing needs! faster. If there’s a serious crash on 260 or Route 4, and you’re a commuter, we’ll let you know through Original Oil Paintings • Custom Picture Framing NIXLE and you can avoid delays by taking an alterLimited Edition Prints nate route”. Residents who sign up on NIXLE.com can select what geographic areas they’re interested in. They will then receive updates either by text messages on their cell phones or emails, whichever they prefer.
CodeRED System Enhanced The Calvert County Department of Public Safety is implementing upgrades to the county’s CodeRED emergency notification system that will allow residents to receive urgent messages by e-mail and text message in addition to the telephone calls that have been the primary method of notification. The CodeRED system allows public safety officials to directly contact residents in the event of emergency situations such as weather threats and water/ sewer service disruptions. CodeRED call notifications by phone may include up to a five-second delay before messages begin. Do not hang up until the message has played. If you have caller ID, the CodeRED phone number will come up as 410-535-1600. To register for the CodeRED emergency notification system or to update contact information, go to the Calvert County Web site and click on the CodeRED Emergency Notification System link.
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Owings Outlines Gubernatorial Campaign
Take Steps to Prevent Crime Following a rash of thefts in Huntingtown, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens to be more conscious of keeping their homes and vehicles less accessible to thieves. Deputies ask that you make sure that all doors and windows of your homes and garages are always kept locked, and to lock all vehicles, secure the keys, and put i-Pods, GPS systems, cameras and cell phones out of sight or take them with you. Being more aware and less trusting will help to prevent theft and damage to personal property. Deputies say there’s been a rash of thefts from vehicles in Huntingtown, and in almost every case, the vehicle had been left unlocked. In addition, a vehicle was stolen after being left unlocked with the keys inside. At the same time, officers ask residents to be on the lookout for crime. Anyone observing any suspicious activity is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately by dialing 911 or 410-535-2800.
A Toast to Pets with Disabilities On Friday, June 4, join Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick, as they raise “A Toast to Pets with Disabilities.” The fundraiser will be held in their new events facility from 6 to 10 p.m. All the animals at “Pets with Disabilities” have special needs; some were abandoned, rejected or are somehow no longer able to fit in, but these animals need our help to transition to a new life. Tickets are $65 per person and must be purchased in advance. All proceeds raised will go to much-needed operational funds. Enjoy a great evening with wine tastings, silent auctions, music, food and drink. For more information, visit www.petswithdisabilities.org.
eorge Owings of Calvert County kicked off his campaign for Maryland Governor by telling supporters that one of his top priorities is to look for ways to save taxpayers money. One of the first things that Owings, who lives in the town of Owings, promised to do if elected is merge the Maryland Departments of Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources. He told supporters that those departments currently duplicate efforts in many ways. Surrounded by friends, the fundraiser at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department on May 22 included fellow members of the “Class of ‘63” which attended Beach Junior High School at a four-room schoolhouse where the firehouse now stands. Owings is a former Maryland Veterans’ Affairs Secretary and Delegate representing District 27B, the northern part of Calvert County. He admitted his campaign is a long shot, but feels he has a fighting chance given the political sentiment currently sweeping the U.S. As he told supporters, “It’s like Mighty Dogs and Underdog in the same race. Don’t think I can’t win because just look what’s happening around the country. It can happen!” Owings criticized Governor Martin O’Malley for excessive taxation and over-regulation. He told the story of one local businessman who
was hounded by the state over expansion plans that included removing a few trees and brush. Unlike Republican gubernatorial contender and former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, Owings told supporters he would not repeal the 20% increase in the state’s sales tax. He said if he’s elected, he does not intend to raise state taxes any more but instead look for efficiencies to save money. He also criticized O’Malley for playing up to the media, saying, “He has more videos on YouTube than Michael Jackson,” claiming that O’Malley sometimes adds four or more new videos a day to the online site. Owings admits he does not know how to run the state, but says he knows good people with experience who can. On May 30, Owings opened a campaign headquarters in College Park. He tells the Chesapeake Current that he next plans to go on a bus tour starting in early June to meet voters outside his familiar territory. The first place he’ll visit is western Maryland, and plans to eventually work his way through every county leading up to the primary.
At a fundraiser in Chesapeake Beach, George Owings introduced members of the “Class of ‘63” that he went to school with at Beach Junior High, where the firehouse is now located.
SMECO Purchases Wind Energy
outhern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO) has agreed to purchase a portion of the energy and associated environmental attributes from the Stony Creek Wind Project located near Somerset, Pennsylvania – just 150 miles north of SMECO’s service area. The project began commercial operation in the fall of 2009 and is owned and operated by a subsidiary of E.On Climate and Renewables. SMECO began taking power from Stony Creek on May 5, 2010. SMECO and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), which provides wholesale power to 11 electric cooperatives and their 500,000 customer-members, have completed separate agreements to purchase the renewable energy generated by the wind turbines for the
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next 18 years. The 35 Stony Creek wind turbines have a total possible output of 52.5 megawatts (MW). SMECO’s share of the energy produced will provide about 1.6 percent of the Co-op’s total energy load. All utilities in Maryland are required to produce or purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. “We are very excited about the Stony Creek project. We are always working to be good stewards of the environment and to keep our electric rates competitive,” Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO president and CEO, said in a press release. “Our customers want us to be involved with renewable and environmentally friendly energy products that don’t add significant costs to our power portfolio or their electric rates. This project helps us to accomplish those goals.”
Local Children Win Playwriting Contest
he Twin Beach Players say they received 28 submissions for their Fifth Annual Kids Playwriting Festival. Here are this year’s six winners: -GOSSIP! by Brittney Collins of Chesapeake Beach (7th grade). -A HISTORY MYSTERY: DEATH AT THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL by Matthew Konerth of Huntingtown (11th grade; two-time winner). -THE NOT-SO-GRAND OPENING by Kayla Thomas of Owings (10th grade; our-time winner). -THE RICH, BUT POOR GIRL by Katie Miller of Huntingtown (4th grade). -SNEAK PEEK by Tawny Cashman of Chesapeake Beach (9th grade; two-time winner). -HOME by Michael Cashman of Chesapeake Beach(4th grade). are:
The six honorable mentions
-THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD by Camden Raines of Huntingtown (8th grade). -THE ABSOLUTE WORST DRESS REHEARSAL EVER by Kita Konerth of Huntingtown (6th grade). -THERAPY 101 by Kayla Thomas of Owings (10th grade; four-time winner). The contest judges are: -Mark Scharf, local Maryland playwright. -Sid Curl, President of the Twin Beach Players, local actor, director, set/sound designer. -Joanne McDonald, local actress and director. -Bess Wilkens, local actress and director. -Stephanie Zanelotti, local actress and director.
Beach Firefighter Remembered
alvert County’s volunteer fire companies and EMS squads, along with local elected officials attended the first-ever Fallen Fighters Memorial Service at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens in Port Republic last month, the home of the soon-to-be-completed Fallen Firefighters Memorial, honoring the three firefighters who have died in the line of duty in Calvert County to date. Michael Bowen of Prince Frederick, a ca-
Aspiring local actors and actresses are invited to attend auditions for the six winning plays June 8-10 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach.
-BREAK THE SPELL by Ana Collins of Chesapeake Beach (6th grade-one of the winners of last year’s contest). -PLAYWRITING by Jeffrey The Winning plays will be perThompson of Dunkirk (8th grade). formed August 6-15. For more infor-GRADE A JOCK by Donald mation, call (410) 474-4214. QBH Jr. Cal C Ches Cur Ad:Layout 1 5/24/10 9:28 AM Page 1 Dismuke, of Baltimore (8thHalf grade).
reer firefighter for Anne Arundel County, and a Prince Frederick volunteer emceed the event. In the photograph, firefighters place white roses in a fireman’s boot to honor those who died. The first firefighter to lose his life in the line of duty was Larry Cox who died in North Beach on April 7, 1970. Of the other two, one was Donald Bowen, who was Michael Bowen’s cousin, who died in 1980, and the other was his good friend, W. David Gott in 1988, both of Prince Frederick. The service also recognized rescue volunteers who died of natural causes last year. Organizers say this will become an annual event, and a stone memorial scheduled to be completed in advance of next year’s ceremony. Bowen says the monument is going to be made of black polished marble. The left side has the Maltese Cross and fireman’s prayer and the right side will have the EMT’s prayer.
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BUSINESS By Lynda Striegel, President, BBG
YOUR LOCAL PHARMACIST…. LEO MALLARD
eo Mallard has been our local pharmacist since 1977 when he opened Calvert Arundel Pharmacy in Owings, the longest-operating pharmacy in Calvert County and 1986 when he opened Chesapeake Pharmacy in Chesapeake Beach. At Calvert-Arundel and Chesapeake Pharmacies, the focus is on providing exceptional customer service and taking the time to assure medications are used properly. With a staff of six pharmacists and eight certified technicians, along with pharmacy robotics and safety systems, these community-based pharmacies deliver state-of-the-art technology and the highest standard for personal healthcare services. The latest innovation is a new “Medication Take-Back Program.” Under this program, customers may bring in unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines or supplements and be assured of environmentally friendly disposal to protect the Chesapeake Bay. By coordinating with
Meet Your Local Bay Business Group Members CAASA (Calvert Alliance against Substance Abuse) and other local agencies, a private-public partnership created a program which leads the State in pushing for a comprehensive solution to help keep our community environmentally safe. Leo is a graduate of Northeastern University College of Pharmacy in Boston and is active in many professional organizations, serving on several local and national advisory committees. As a proud member of the BBG, Leo enjoys giving back to his community and the level of service he and his staff provide to customers remains the hallmark of his business story.
YOUR HEAVENLY CHICKEN PEOPLE… Gary and Jennifer Armstrong.
ooking for a restaurant that has a little bit of everything? Something for you, something for the kids, a little entertainment, good for the family yet a neat place to hang out as adults? Gary and Jennifer Armstong’s Heavenly Chicken & Ribs in the Giant/Walmart shopping center in Dunkirk is the place for you. Fresh food, smoked ribs that melt in your mouth and fall off the bone, wings with many different homemade sauces, jumbo chicken tenders and great fried chicken. As Gary puts it: “It’s all about providing good food in a place that the whole community can enjoy.” Owners Gary and Jennifer Armstrong have been Calvert County citizens for almost 25 years. Almost 8 years ago, the Armstrongs had a life changing experience. Their house was struck by lightening during a fierce thunderstorm. “Three in the morning we had to escape our house, sending the kids to the neighbors as we watched from the backyard as the roof burned off the house” explains Jen. Many local firefighters battled the flames, finally extinguishing everything after an agonizing three hours. As Gary says “When something like that hap-
pens to you personally, you realize how hard our firefighters work and we have never forgotten them for all their help.” As a result, Heavenly’s colors are red, white and blue, in honor of the firefighters, police and medical personnel who give back to their community. Gary and Jen proudly support and give back to the BBG, their church, boy scouts, local sports and the schools. Gary and Jen have met great people in Calvert County that they want to celebrate. That’s why Heavenly offers family events, including Thursday’s family karaoke night where the kids can be stars and sing along with the family. Saturday nights often have live entertainment. Gary and Jen live here, work here and patronize their colleagues’ businesses. For them, buying local is not just a slogan. Gary tells the story of talking to Frank Cleary of Friday’s Creek Winery on Chaneyville Road about the strawberries Frank was growing. Buying local not only meant buying Frank’s strawberries and selling them in Gary’s restaurant, but, because strawberries have a short lifespan, Gary proposed to quick freeze any excess crops to use in frozen drinks he could then sell on the boardwalk in North Beach, with whipped cream. The experiment has worked so well, Frank is now growing other crops Gary and Jen can use in their restaurant. Have a taste of heaven at Heavenly Chicken & Ribs and say hi to your neighbors, Jen and Gary. About the Author: Lynda Striegel is a partner with the law firm Striegel & Buchheister in North Beach and is President of the Bay Business Group, composed of over 100 small businesses in North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Owings and Deale. For more information, visit www.BayBusinessGroup.org.
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Friday, June 4 Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) Networking Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Location: Herrington on the Bay Catering 7149 Lake Shore Drive Rose Haven, MD 20714 Are you aware of the tax breaks, benefits and incentives for small businesses resulting from recent legislation? Probably not! IRS Stakeholder Division Representative Rhonda Brown will share vital information about several new business provisions enacted by Congress recently that are aimed at helping small businesses during this time of economic hardship. Taking advantage of these provisions can cut taxes and save money for many small business owners. Ms. Brown will discuss the tax cuts you can receive from hiring new workers, raising wages, paying employee healthcare premiums and more. Additionally, she will discuss several valuable small business resources and provide an array of beneficial small business products for attendees. Cost: $10.00 for SAACC members; $15.00 for non-members. Please RSVP by May 28th to attend. Call (410) 867-3129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, June 14 Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) Business After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Galesville Heritage Society Location: 988 Main Street Galesville, MD 20765 Cost: $10.00 for SAACC members; $20.00 for non-members.
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“In the Loop” BUSINESS
Homes With Heart, Gardens With Soul, Businesses With Character
By Lisa Payne
he “North Beach House & Garden Tour” on Sunday, June 6th from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., will attract hundreds of people to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to explore homes & gardens alike - many with a Bay view, each with its own intriguing story. This is a big event, so everyone in town gets in on the act. The Bay Healing Arts Center located at 9129 Bay Ave. in North Beach is having a Photo Exhibit and Sale on June 6 from 12-6. A portion of the sales will be donated to Relay For Life. Sisters’ Corner at 2nd Street and Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach has decked out their window with a charming Victorian streetscape. One
block over on 3rd street is Heron’s Rest Guest Cottage, a little piece of paradise by the Chesapeake Bay. It looks like it belongs in a children’s storybook. It’s an adorable tiny “dollhouse” owned by artist and Atty. Lynda Striegel who used to have her law office there that visitors are flocking to rent. Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? Take a walk with us as and explore some of these area residents who do. This year’s tour includes the homes and gardens of some of the “North Beach Loop” businesses, including Dale Thomas, long-time owner of Nice N Fleazy Antique Shop in North Beach. Wander the boardwalk on your way to the next stops on the Tour. Take a break at “Rest Stops” located at BilVil, a Beaches Café with its edible garden, and Coffee Tea & Whimsey with its selection of wine, gourmet & gifts for you and your garden. Also a tour stop, The Westlawn Inn has been transformed from a 1920’s inn into a fine dining establishment with its elegant bar and live music most weekends. It
has served as a guesthouse for many vacationers and still exudes the charm of the long ago. Located nearby on 7th Street in North Beach is SeaScapes, home to both a Home Accents & Gift Shop and its proprietor’s residence. Originally a one floor beach cottage built in the 20’s, SeaScapes has had a number of renovations. It has been home to proprietors of shops through the years. Sit in the garden, peek into its cozy upstairs apartment with its Coastal Charm, and visit its shop for the latest in home décor and gifts. Visitors are also invited to spend the weekend at the new “greenly” renovated Herrington Harbour Inn. Take a ride on
the Trolley and don’t miss North Beach’s other charming shops. home décor, fashions, crafts, wine, gourmet, art, bakery, candy, ice cream, flowers, salons and spa services are just a few of the items you will find in our “Business Loop”. Our “Passport” can be picked up at the businesses as well as the NB Welcome Center. Y’all come back now ya hear? About the Author: Proud owner of SeaScapes Home Accents & Gifts in North Beach, Lisa Payne is also the coordinator of the North Beach Business Loop as well as a member of the BBG, the North Beach Economic Advisory Committtee and the Beach Trolley Board of Directors.
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eale pilot Rich32 combat missions. ard Johnson was flying a He kept his war diary not in B-17 bomber over Germany, dropping a book (which wasn’t allowed, in case the 1,000-pound bombs during World War II, be- enemy got a hold of it) but on bomb tags that fore he even knew how to drive a car. came attached to the bombs brought on mis“Here I was, almost 23 years old with sions. The crew would remove the tag and arm 32 missions and I was a combat instructor. I the bomb, and when Johnson landed back on drove a 60,000-pound bomber through thick base, he would jot down a paragraph about the and thin without once getting off the taxiway mission. … I was nervous as I had ever been during my A few years ago, Johnson, who is now worst combat missions. I had never driven a 88 years old, used the notes on his bomb car in my life!” Johnson recalls when a higher tags to write his memoir “Twenty Five Milk officer asked him to pull a car around in July Runs (And a few others).” It chronicles his life 1945 at MacDill through his youth as a shareField in Tampa, cropper with his family livFla. ing in abandoned houses and Sixty-sixyears shacks and tents in the Midwest ago, in 1944, Johnthrough his combat missions son was co-piloting and after. a B-17 on his fourth His plane was never shot bombing run, over down, but he did see many Mannheim, Gerplanes go down, and lost a lot of many, flying in good friends. On one mission, formation in the his B-17 landed back on base position known as with 263 holes from enemy flak “Purple Heart Corgrenades. ner.” That position “I flew my first mission got its name for on May the 15th and my last on being the most vulAugust the 8th,” Johnson said nerable position to during an interview at his home enemy anti-aircraft in Solomons Island. He spends guns, at the lowest most of his time at his house in right hand corner Deale. of the formation. “I flew all 32 missions in On that misless than three months, and By Sean Rice sion, 35 B-17s from Johnson kept all the Photo came back home and instructed of the bomb tags Johnson’s 303rd from each of this 32 missions, and jot- for a year.” Bomb Group of ted down notes about each mission. The His tour may seem short the Army’s Eight tags would become the foundation for his for a war, but tours for pilots “25 Milk Runs,” which is available are determined by the required Air Force dropped book on Amazon.com 350 bombs on the number of missions, not length target, a supply yard, with good results. The of time spent. bombers flew through heavy “flak”, which “The skies over Europe were the most was the name pilots gave German anti-aircraft dangerous place you can be when you look at grenades, with only one plane receiving heavy percentages,” he said. damage and none lost. “In my three months, 20 bombers went In his diary, Johnson jotted down: “A down from my base alone. The 8th Air Force Milk Run to flak city!” altogether was losing 30 to 40 bombers a day If the bomber made through a mission sometimes, and there’s nine, ten men on each with being hit or threatened by anti-aircraft one.” fire, it was dubbed a “milk run”, because it was On Johnson’s final mission, he again flew no more dangerous that running out for some in “Purple Heart Corner” and said it “scared milk. Johnson flew 25 “milk runs” out of his the [stuff] out of me.”
But most of the time, he was so preoccupied with trying to conduct the missions, there was little time for being scared. “We were so busy trying to get out of our air base without running into people from the other air base, which was only six miles away, and here we are going up through clouds.” “During actual combat, when your guy’s getting shot down, you’re google-eyed. ‘My God that could have been me’,” he says. “That was my first reaction, ‘thank God I wasn’t over there.’” Back on base, the sight of an empty bunk made the war a reality for him. “As I look back on those days, it was practically all flown by young men barely out of childhood,” Johnson wrote in his book. “In retrospect, I decided that World War II was fought mostly by children.” One of those children was an 18-year-old German soldier named Helmut Shade. Johnson said: “That man was a perfect gentleman … He shot down my wingman in Europe.” He was talking about the man who later became his neighbor on Solomons Island, living two houses down until he died three years ago. One day Shade was mowing his lawn in Solomons Island, when his mower stopped running and Johnson walked over to help his neighbor out. “It’s a small world, you know,” Johnson said. “My son was here, so we walked over and fixed his tractor, and we became friends from that point.” It took a while for Shade to open up about what his part was in the war, but Johnson soon learned he was a flak gunner and had been part of a crew that shot down an American B-17 during one of Johnson’s missions. “He used to come help me work on my plane up in Deale. He would drive all the way up there from down here every Saturday like clockwork,” Johnson said of their friendship. “He died about three years ago and I scattered his ashes on the runway, we had about 15 people help out, everybody liked him.” These days, Johnson spends his time reading and speaking in front of groups at schools, boy scout troops and other places, about the war and his life-long hobby, archeology. He is giving a talk this week at the Test
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Summer Fishing Opportunities
s we flip the calendar from May to June, our fishing opportunities continue to diversify. Big Black Drum arrived at the Stone Rock a few days early, on or about May 20, when the first few were caught. Drum fishing has been steady since then, with most boats reporting catches of 2-4 large fish. Fresh soft crabs are very important to a successful catch, with an occasional Rockfish mixed in. “Summer” Rockfish, the smaller non-migratory fish, will be pursued from mid-May until Fall. As discussed last time, smaller bucktails with 6 inch shad or Storm Shad behind umbrella rigs are very effective on rockfish. For the next few weeks most boats will continue to troll for rockfish until spot arrive. Croaker, another tasty bottom fish, return during late May but are more easily caught after sundown on hard bottom areas. June brings Norfolk Spot back to our part of the Chesapeake. Spot are often caught by the hundreds on bloodworms and other baits. The larger Spot can be filleted for the table, and the smaller Spot can be used as live bait for Rockfish. Put the Spot in a livewell with plenty of circulating Bay water and find a school of Rockfish and anchor up. Sometimes it takes a while for the Rockfish to gather under the boat, but once they do the action can be awesome. Later in June Bluefish will be back, for better or worse. These will be the 2-5 pound variety and lots of fun on light tackle. Blues are caught sometimes by having a hook in the water! They’ll take a variety of artificial lures from jigs to surface plugs to surgical hose -- you name it. They’ll eat practically anything that may have been alive or is still alive like Spot, which is the problem while livelining Spot for Rockfish. You can catch them trolling, bottom fishing, casting, pier fishing, etc. Black Drum arrived in numbers and right on time. Tammy Martin and Murray Easter are shown here trying to hold up a huge drum that Tammy caught while on the charter boat Worm on May 24. Other crew members included the Mike Tomasik fam-
ily, some of whom are shown here with one of four that were caught by the family. That’s young Noah with his brother Jake and their dad Mike. From the helm of the charter boat Rock-N-Robin, Captain Robin Payne offers the following: “Looking ahead to July, Cobia will be moving into the middle part of the Bay below the Potomac River. Last year, we landed a good number of quality Cobia and based on reports so far from the coastal Carolinas, the run is predicted to be good again this year. We target them on medium spinning tackle while at anchor. Strong swimmers, Cobia put up a hearty fight often circling the boat several times. Their fillets consist of a tasty, firm white meat. There’s always plenty of action while fishing for Cobia due to the likelihood of also hooking up to Sand Sharks, Red Drum, Sting Rays and Bluefish.”
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ne of the highlights of this year’s North Beach House and Garden Tour is the magnificent and eclectic Chesapeake Bay cliff dwelling of Dale Thomas, owner of Nice N’ Fleazy Antiques at 7th and Bay Avenue in North Beach, and his partner, Harley Cupp, Jr. It was 40 years ago that Thomas built his dream home on five large lots in The Willows, south of Chesapeake Beach. Shortly thereafter, he gave up his job as a Senate staffer on Capitol Hill to live here and run the antique store full-time. Thomas calls his secluded hideaway “Paran”, which is a Biblical word from the book of Deuteronomy that translates into “digging and searching.” It’s a home that blends well into the sprawling and rugged hillside overlooking the Bay. They know the countryside so well that Thomas and Cupp sprint around like mountain goats. Trying to keep up with them was a challenge and I asked them if they ever fell down. Dale answered, “Oh, yeah, all the time!” They have a swing on long ropes on the branch of a tall, old tree that flies high out over Calvert Cliffs, giving you the feel-
ing of what it The 25th Annual North Beach House and must be like to Garden Tour will be held on Sunday, June 6 soar like a gull from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 over the Bay. per person and can be purchased in advance Cupp is curat Nice & Fleazy Antiques, Richard’s Bayside rently building Florist, Sisters’ Corner and at Coffee, Tea and a new encloWhimsey, all in North Beach. They can also sure for their be purchased the day of the event at the St. Lionhead rabAnthony’s Catholic Church parking lot at 8816 bit in the huge, Chesapeake Ave., North Beach, between 1st hollow trunk of and 2nd Streets. Parking is free and an air-conanother ancient ditioned shuttle (also included) will be availtree that fell able for transportation between various homes during a storm featured on the tour. The annual Art Show will some time ago. also be held the same date and time at the SeThe house nior Center. itself was designed for Thomas by Fine the woods and the hillsides offer magArts Commisnificent vistas of the bay, including sion architect Breezy Point Beach to the south. Donald BeackNot only is it a sanctuary for the man Meyer and soul, but Paran is a safe place for wildincludes two Dale Thomas and Harley Cupp Jr. are reassembling the magnificent calendar and plan to life as well. In between some of the historic out- unveil it during the North Beach House and Garden Tour. most beautiful – and bizarre – statuary buildings. One anywhere, you could catch a glimpse is the renovatof a peacock and a peahen roaming Rothe, who lived in DC’s exclusive Foxhall ed 1870 the grounds along with Belgian Mille cookhouse of Owen Soper and the neighborhood. Thomas and Cupp were Fleur Bantams, a pair of graceful swans, During the House and Garden Tour, stop by the North lower is the corncrib of Owen Jones. working feverishly the days before the plus foxes, raccoons, vultures, hawks, Beach Senior Center for the annual Art Show from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All of the hand-hewn timbers were House and Garden Tour to reassemble it for snakes, and so much more. Barbara Bowman, Art Show Coordinator who works salvaged from a cabin occupied by House & Garden Tour visitors. with artists and the Town of North Beach, says the Senior “You’ll never see anything else Stonewall Jackson and owned by Center is on one of the stops the House Tour mini-buses make, Robert E. Lee. The large Thermopane like this anywhere,” says Thomas. so everyone is invited to come in for a rest stop and enjoy light windows in the carport once shielded When asked how he’d describe that refreshments as well as local art. No matter your taste, Bowman says something will likeJimmy Hoffa, the still-missing former it’s made of, Thomas said, “I’d say, ly catch your eye. president of the International Brother- it’s cement, tiles and moon dust!” “We always have pastels, oils, watercolors, and photoghood of Teamsters, because he wanted The large mosaic tiles remind you raphy in a wide range of styles,” Bowman says. a bulletproof office. There’s a Civil- of something from ancient Rome Bowman says the participating artists are never finalized until the last minute, but there are usually average about War era lamppost, whaling stone from and are designed to fit into a masa dozen artists who bring from four to five to several hundred Connecticut, and antique garden or- sive frame that will be the focal pieces each. naments inside this fenced compound point of a new garden they’re creatAmong the artists who have participated in the past are ing on one part of the hillside. acquired from all over the U.S. Nick Gerachis of Washington DC, who has a studio in ChesaIn the 1940’s, the League of Their latest acquisition is a huge peake Beach. He’s well known for his depictions of historic landmarks in the area, many of which are long-gone. outdoor calendar from the 1940’s that Nations sought to have a new naFeatured prints and original works range in price from Thomas acquired “through friends of tional calendar developed. This $35 to several hundred dollars for original masterpieces. This friends” from the estate of a George- magnificent entry, called the “Soyear, there may also be an artisan quilt-maker. town University professor, Dr. Walter laris Calederium” was the runnerup. It features 13 months, each with 28 days, with an extra month called “Solarious” inserted between June and July. “Who doesn’t like the idea of an extra month of summer?” Asks Your Premier Party Supply Store Thomas. As for why it was not Congrats to all Calvert/Anne widely accepted, Thomas says, “It Arundel County Grads! was metric, and the U.S. wasn’t.” There’s a story behind every Celebrate this once in a lifetime milestone with an all out Graduation Party! other artifact that makes up Paran Dale Thomas, left, and Harley Cupp Jr. at one of the New this year, and only available in our store, tableware and decorations printed to match the Calvert/ as well. 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Jim and Betty Ritter The Willows
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House and Garden Tour Highlights
Jane Hagen, Councilwoman Town of North Beach
he 25th or “silver” anniversary of the North Beach House and Garden Tour this year coincides with the centennial (100th) anniversary of the Town of North Beach. According to North Beach House and Garden Club president Sally Donaldson, Francis Phipps started the tour in 1985 as part of a revitalize the town, mainly as a way to get people excited about their cottages. Two years later, Dale Thomas and Jean Hatch started the garden club out of his Nice ‘N’ Fleazy Antiques Shop with a tour once a year, always on the first Sunday in June. “I want to give a BIG THANKS to all the garden club members for working so very hard at making our program and all we do a success. We spend our money back into the town all year and have fun in our Club. Our guests come from as far away as Pennsylvania and all of them have a great time. I love this town!” Sally says. This year’s tour opens area homes that are large and small, old and new. Here are some of the featured residences. Jim and Betty Ritter The Willows In addition to Paran, another unique bayside home in The Willows featured on this year’s House and Garden Tour is a contemporary perched high on a cliff, with walls of windows. Built by architect Jim Ritter of Alexandria, VA and his business partner wife, Betty, this home is a testament to what can be accomplished on a prime piece of property. The original house, circa 1952, had been long-neglected and most of it had to be torn down to make way for the new abode. The Ritters researched, built and furnished their new home to be as authentic as possible to the 50’s. The new design is perfection. The terraced landscape helps the home to blend harmoniously into the hillside. Jim’s office has inspiring window walls, which explains why he finds himself escaping from the hustle and bustle of the city to work from his second home as much these days as possible. When you see inside, you’ll understand why! Jane Hagen, Councilwoman Town of North Beach
Believe it or not, Councilwoman Jane Hagen’s home is actually three houses in one! There were once two cottages that have been tastefully joined with a modular unit in the center, creating Bob and Ada Hellyer together an interesting multi-level home with rooms to step up and step down into. In fact, the entire mas“Hell Yer Home” ter suite was once one cottage! This home was once owned by long-time Thomas and Susan Aaron North Beach Mayor, the late Buck Gott and wife, Barbara, and now is the comfort“The Cottage” his able living quarters of former Navy wife and current Town Council Member Jane Hagen. Outside is just as beautiful as inside, with the beautifully landscaped yard featuring a babbling waterfall and one of the greatest decks you can imagine for enjoying the great outdoors. Bob and Ada Hellyer “Hell Yer Home”
If this whimsical sign outside this home on the North Beach boardwalk brings a smile
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Jeff and Deborah Noyes “All-American House”
to your face, you’ll love the inside, where fun is clearly a way of life. Bob and Ada bought the house along with son, Matt in 1990 as a second home. They did substantial renovations after the purchase, and even more following Hurricane Isabel. It has amazing views, including a third-story balcony, and is filled with beach-style furnishings and a global feel, since the Hellyers have traveled extensively and lived in several countries in Central America and Africa. Hazel Cristaldi San Francisco by the Bay Undaunted by a three level townhome with four baths, Hazel moved into the San Francisco development in North Beach a year ago and says she loves the location and her friendly neighbors. As for what she thought visitors to her home might enjoy the most, Hazel said she didn’t know. Trust us, this spunky octogenarian’s home offers plenty of surprises! Jeff and Deborah Noyes “All-American House” With a wide, wrap-around porch affording views of the Chesapeake Bay and the crisp, white picket fence, the Noyes home looks like it came out of a Norman Rockwell painting. It’s their second home, and they home to make it their permanent one when their daughter, Hannah, goes off to college this fall. Deborah says she fell in love with North Beach during Bayfest 2008. She’s an avid gardener and has grand plans for the future! Thomas and Susan Aaron “The Cottage” This 1930’s cottage in North Beach caught the eye of Washington DC architects Tom and Susan Via Aaron after they explored both the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland. They say they liked it best because it reminded them of their favorite vacation spot, Bethany Beach, but it’s much closer. They’ve jumped into renovations, but chose sustainable materials and methods wherever possible, used “green” products, installed an energyefficient tankless water heater, and re-used appliances, fixtures and cabinets. The result is just right for carefree weekend getaways!
A reader of the last issue of the Chesapeake Current who is a respected area physician brought to our attention a situation that has residents of a quiet neighborhood in Huntingtown up in arms because SMECO is installing over-size power poles on Bowie Shop Road. Dr. A. Howland Hartley who lives here and has these towering new poles in front of his home shared with us the following letter he has sent to the Maryland Public Service Commission, protesting the SMECO action.
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May 23, 2010 Dear Commissioner, I write to ask your help in halting a project that is ruining my neighborhood and destroying our property values in Huntingtown, MD. SMECO is installing huge power poles that are 80 feet tall with a base that is 6 feet in diameter located directly in front of our homes along a quiet country road. There is no precedent for poles of this size in a residential area in this county or any other part of Maryland. This project was managed badly from the start: - NO PUBLIC MEETINGS to announce the project - MISLEADING LETTER to homeowners stating only new poles would be ‘taller’ - INCOMPLETE INFORMATION on the SMECO website - INCOMPLETE INFORMATION given to the County Board of Commissioners. I attach a newspaper article which shows these gigantic structures. The house pictured is my own, Gargaphia Savannah, built in 1704. It is just one of several eighteenth century homes on our formerly bucolic country road. Certainly power can be upgraded without sacrificing an entire neighborhood and ruining the property values of innocent homeowners. Please halt this project immediately and consider the negative impact it has on our once beautiful neighborhood. SMECO should find another route or buy our properties.
The sign says it all. One Bowie Shop Road resident put a "no trespassing" sign on the six-foot diameter base on his property in hopes of discouraging SMECO from erecting another over-size power pole.
Sincerely, Dr. A. Howland Hartley, MD Huntingtown, MD
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Seventeen of these heavyduty power poles installed by SMECO dwarf normal power poles along a short stretch of Bowie Shop Road in Huntingtown.
After looking into the situation ourselves and taking these photos, it is the sincere hope of the Chesapeake Current that SMECO and local officials realize the negative impact on this neighborhood, and take action to work in good faith with residents affected.
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Eileen Sullivan Collins, 58 Eileen Sullivan Collins, age 58, of Chesapeake Beach passed away May 24, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. Eileen was born January 31, 1952 in Brooklyn, NY to Edward P. and Kathleen Goode Sullivan. She was raised on Long Island, NY where she attended Catholic schools and graduated from Molloy College in Rockville Center, NY with a nursing degree. She married William A. Collins on March 4, 1983 and they lived in Chesapeake Beach, where they raised their family and owned and operated “Scoops by the Bay” ice cream store. Eileen was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Calvert Memorial Hospital and Calvert County Nursing Center, both in Prince Frederick, and at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She had been retired for ten years due to health issues. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Church in North Beach. In her leisure time, Eileen enjoyed flower gardening, spending time with family and helping others in need. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and by her beloved son William E. “Billy” Collins. She is survived by her devoted husband William A. “Bill” Collins of Chesapeake Beach, stepdaughters Carrie Scheuer and Stacy Warren, both of Bristol, TN; a grand-
daughter Brittany Scheuer of Bristol, TN and a special and devoted family friend Thomas Guidotti of Huntingtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, North Beach, MD, officiated by Reverend David Russell. Entombment is at Pinelawn Garden Mausoleum in Farmingdale, NY. Arrangements were with Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Expressions of sympathy in Eileen’s memory may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, P.O. Box 660, North Beach, MD 20714.
Dora Anna Curtin, 89 Dora Anna “Duddy” Curtin, 89, of Churchton died May 16, 2010, at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. She was born May 28, 1920, in Cambridge to Ernest O. and Anna M. Diskau Wieland. She graduated from Hyattsville High School, class of 1937. After high school, she attended Strayer College and graduated from
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there in 1939. Upon finishing her college education, she proceeded to work for the U.S. government in a secretarial position for a lifelong career. During this time, she married George W. Curtin and raised a family with three children. Even with her busy schedule of family and career, she would always find time to support troops by joining the local USO during WWII. Gardening in the flower beds and the vegetable garden were a way for her to relax. She loved bowling and every April, because that meant the crack of the bats of her favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles. She could not get enough of dancing, fishing and ceramics. These activities kept her young and her spirits high, but most of all she had a large soft spot in her heart for animals of all kinds, especially her dog. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest O. and Anna M. Diskau Wieland; brother, Erich Wieland; and sister, Marie C. Curtin. She is survived by her sons, Bill E. Curtin and his wife, Debbie, of Churchton, and Robert Curtin of Tennessee; daughter, Donna M. Lyons and her husband, Joe, of New Castle, Va.; grandchildren, Brian Smith of Hyattsville, David Baysden of New Castle, Va., Matthew Curtin of Prince Frederick, Jamie Curtin of Tennessee, Nick Lyons of Newcastle, Va., Chris Curtin of Churchton; and two greatgrandchildren. Arrangements were with Rausch Funeral Home, Owings. Pallbearers were be William DeToto, Joe Lyons, Nick Lyons, Matthew Curtin, John Curtin, Joshua Vermillion and Chris Curtin. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 11240 Waples Mill Rd., Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030; or to Maryland SPCA Development Office, 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211.
Throughout his life, Gary always displayed a great capacity to love. He looked after his family, his siblings, and his Marines. He always put their well-being before his own. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband and father. Gary is survived by his treasured wife, Christy, and beautiful daughters Haven and Zoë; step-parents Carolyn and Rey Johnson; siblings Gwen Wells (Dean), Wanda Holder (Kevin), Nila Elliott, Jared Himmighoefer (Evin), Ryan Himmighoefer (Asha), Caitlyn Himmighoefer, Erin Herche (Doug), Ashley Johnson (Julie), Hyrum Johnson (Sarah), Merinda Johnson-Schaff (Jörg), Janessa Campbell (Evan), Jonathan Johnson (Polly) and brotherin-law John Garcia; 47 nieces and nephews and 19 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gary Otto Himmighoefer Sr. and Grace Janet Moreland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for Haven & Zoe in care of Christy Himmighoefer, at Alaska USA Bank, P.O. Box 196613, Anchorage, AK 99519-6613. Arrangements were with Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.
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Gladys Florence Paddy, 96
Loving husband, father, son and brother, Gary Otto Himmighoefer, Jr., 32 passed away in Anchorage, Alaska on May 17, 2010. The world became a brighter and better place on September 26th, 1977 when Gary was born in Fulton, Georgia to Gary O. and Grace Janet Himmighoefer. He grew up in this area, graduating from Great Mills High School in 1995. Gary served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, deploying twice to Iraq. Most recently, he was pursuing a degree in elementary education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Wayne Paul Oswald, 52 Wayne “Oz” Oswald, 52, of Owings, Maryland, formerly of Shaler Township, Pennsylvania died on Monday, May 24, 2010. Wayne was an adoring and devoted father to his daughter, Anna Oswald and a loving brother to Mark C. Oswald of Alexandria, Virginia. Wayne was a resident of Calvert County for the last 14 years. He was an Electrical Technician for Pepco in the metering department and a member of Local 26 IBEW. Wayne enjoyed working around the house and attending his daughter’s activities. He enjoyed spending time with his two dogs and tinkering with his Camero ‘muscle car.’ Arrangements were with Lee Funeral Home in Owings.
Gladys F. Paddy, 96, of Huntingtown, MD, passed away on May 23, 2010 in Prince Frederick, MD. She was born January 28, 1914 in Alabama to the late Crawford and Florence Tyler. Gladys worked as a telephone operator for many years. She had great homemaking skills including cooking, sewing and crocheting. She made many beautiful afghans in her days. She also enjoyed traveling, writing poems, and collecting nick-knacks of all sorts, angels, bells, dolls, plates and rocks, many of which she would pick up during her travels. Beloved wife of Thomas E. Paddy of Huntingtown, MD, mother of Richard Wayne
Gordy of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Russell Warren Gordy of Huntingtown, MD, and Mary Ellen Paddy of Deale, MD. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great grandchildren. The family received friends at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Interment followed at Wesley Cemetery, Prince Frederick, MD. Memorial contributions may be made in to Calvert County Nursing Center, 85 Hospital Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Judy Skinner, 60 Judy M Skinner, 60, of North Beach, passed away May 14, 2010 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD after a lengthy illness. Judy was born July 12, 1949 in Odenton, MD to Clarence J. “Smokey” and Helen Hetterly Weaver. She was raised in Seat Pleasant, MD and graduated from Central High School, class of 1967. After high school she worked as a clerk at the G.S.A. in Washington, D.C., and was also a homemaker. Upon moving to Calvert County, she worked as a billing clerk at Calvert Memorial Hospital from 1985 until 1988 when she became a Communications Officer at the Calvert County Control Center in Prince Frederick, retiring in 2007 due to illness. Judy married Dennis C. Skinner on September 28, 1985 and they made their home in Chesapeake Beach and later in North Beach. She was an active member of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department and their Auxiliary, and was a member of North Beach Union Church. Judy was also a longtime advocate against domestic abuse and violence. She enjoyed reading her Bible, was fond of crafts and flower arranging, working crossword puzzles and travel, and loved and doing things for her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Judy is survived by her husband Dennis C. Skinner, a son Timothy J. Newman and his wife Stacy of Prince Frederick, daughters Joy A. Dalrymple and her husband Timothy of St. Leonard and Angela H. Cowan of Windham, CT. She is also survived by grandchildren Ashley Newman, Cody and Tiffany Dalrymple, Zachary Longfellow and Miranda and Hunter Cowan, and by a sister Sylvia Gordon of TN. Memorial Contributions may be made to the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 86, North Beach, MD 20714.
car and Mary Dorothy (Dix) Stickell. He was raised in Suitland, MD and graduated from Suitland High School, class of 1957. He married Rita Lee Olsen on August 27, 1966 and they lived and raised their family in Owings. Rita passed away in 1984, and Reece married Ursola Leeper in 1988, residing in Mechanicsville, MD until relocating to Florence, SC in 2005. Reece was a member of Local 24, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Washington-Baltimore area, and was employed as an insulator until his retirement in 1999 due to health concerns. In his leisure time Reece was involved in drag racing top fuel dragsters, restoring classic cars and street rods, coaching youth football, and serving as commissioner with the Dunkirk Warriors youth football program. Preceded in death by his parents and by his first wife Rita, Reece is survived by his wife Ursola Stickell of Florence, SC; daughters Kimberly A. Whittington and husband Andrew of Owings and Mary M. Stickell of Chesapeake Beach; sons Walter M. Stickell, Jr. and wife Noelle of Huntingtown, and William L. “Les” Stickell and wife Angie of Chesapeake, Beach; grandchildren Andrew and wife Lisa, Bobby, Nicholas, Jenna and Meghan Whittington, Stephen, Taylor, Patrick, Zachary, Abbigale, Haylee and Savannah Stickell, and great-grandchildren Gavin, Brody and Brooke Whittington; and by a brother, Chuck Stickell and wife Louise of Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial Contributions: Expressions of sympathy in Mr. Stickell’s name may be made to the Burnett Calvert Hospice House, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at www.CalvertHospice.org.
Joseph Wander, 83 Joseph Wander, age 83, of Edgewater, MD died May 22, 2010 at South River Health and Rehab Center. He was born July 6, 1926 in Washington, DC to Joseph Wander, Sr. and Jane Barkley Wander. Joe was educated in Washington DC schools and was a World War II Navy Veteran. He was a sign maker for the DC Government until his retirement. Surviving is his wife Shirley Wander of Edgewater. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.
Everett Windsor, 78 Everett F. Windsor, age 78, of North Beach, died May 16, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born July 5, 1931 in Largo, MD to John Everette and Clara Estelle (Fergerson) Windsor. He was educated in Prince George’s County schools and graduated from Bladensburg High School. Everett entered the U.S. Army on January 26, 1954 and served in the 7th Transportation Command Company in Korea before being discharged on November 29, 1955 as a Specialist 3rd Class. He was married to Muriel Redmond in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Upper Marlboro on October 27, 1957. They resided in Oxon Hill, Forestville and Mechanicsville before moving to North Beach. Everett was employed as an elevator mechanic with the U.S. Government until retiring in 1995.
He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church of Upper Marlboro, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, most recently in Mechanicsville, MD. He was a former member of the District Heights Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed gardening and raising tropical fish. Everett was an avid bowler for over forty years and more recently enjoyed playing the lottery as well as the slots. He was preceded in death by his wife Muriel on March 28, 1993 and by a brother Lawrence Windsor and a grandson Jacob Hunter Tiede. He is survived by nine children, Carol Norris and her husband Dean of Dowell, MD, Darlene Russell and her husband Daniel of Mechanicsville, MD, Bonnie Marshall and her husband Donald of Accokeek, MD, Janet Bowen and her husband George of Port Republic, MD, Larry Windsor and his wife Jennifer of Dunkirk, MD, Barry Windsor and his partner Linda Maslow of Mechanicsville, MD, Donald Windsor and his partner Patti Clifton of Colonial Beach, VA, Donna Tiede and her partner Jason Tucker of North Beach, MD and Randall Windsor of Mechanicsville, MD; two brothers, Gerald Windsor and his wife Barbara of Upper Marlboro, MD and Albert Windsor and his wife Mary of Forestville, MD and three sisters, Clara Shaver and her husband Kenneth and Lorraine Cook, both of Huntingtown, MD and Cecil Buzzard and her husband Lee of Frederick, MD. He is also survived by his grandchildren James R. Quade, Jr., Jennifer Norris, Kimberly Russell, Daniel Russell, Darryl Windsor, Eric Windsor, Donnie Marshall, Jr., Christina Marshall, Natalie Marshall, Amanda Marshall, Gregory Marshall, Nathen Marshall, Ashley Marshall, George Bowen Jr., Brandy Thorne, Nickolas Bowen, Melissa Windsor, Heather Gordon, Katina Windsor, Ricky Clark, Shawna Clark, Kayle Windsor, Brooke Tiede, Alexis Tiede, and Jordan Windsor. Funeral arrangements were with Rausch Funeral Home in Owings.
Walter Maurice Stickell, 71 Walter Maurice “Reece” Stickell, Sr., 71, of Florence, SC, formerly of Owings, MD passed away May 20, 2010 at the Florence Hospice. Reece was born October 29, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Os-
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Future Farmers: Our Heritage and Our Future
uture Farmers of America (FFA) was a thriving educational program offered at local high schools for many years. Now, FFA is working on establishing new roots in our area. Congress granted this organization a federal charter back in 1950, recognizing the importance of the FFA as an integral to vocational agriculture. On the national level, FFA continues its dedication to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through
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agricultural education. Unfortunately, the number of students involved in FAA in our area began to decline in the 80’s. At Southern High School (SHS), the program was eventually discontinued, even though the school educates children in a farming community. This area’s history is that of watermen and farmers. Our families relied on the Chesapeake Bay and farms to provide for themselves. The farms are still an integral part of the economy as well as the environment in Southern Anne Arundel and Northern Calvert Counties. Today, it is more important than ever to educate our future business leaders on current best practices in the agricultural field. Just think about the various governmental farm preservation programs that exist, the demand for natural and organic foods, buy local programs, eco-lifestyle movements, and imminent need to promote the health of the Bay and its tributaries. Lisa Barge, Agricultural Marketing and Development Manager of the Economic Development Corporation of Anne Arundel County, understands what’s at stake. With the support of SHS, she and a diverse board have set a goal to reinstitute the FFA program at the school by September 2010. Working alongside the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation are representatives from the Anne Arundel County Government, Board of Education, Farm Bureau, and Soil Conservation District.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Cooperative Extension are also supporting this effort. Private companies involved are Homestead Gardens, Greenstreet Growers, and others. Once instituted, the new agriculture program at Southern High will be based on a national model called the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). This is a special project of the National Council for Agriculture Education and provides a structured sequence of courses for elevating rigor and relevance in agriculture education. As the first step in introducing the new agriculture curriculum, SHS would receive an Introduction to Agriculture course. To its credit, the CASE model also acknowledges the value that integral learning experiences outside of the classroom provide to students. Programs like FAA, Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE), and Life Knowledge contribute to the future growth of students. Want to get involved? Join the Advisory Board on Thursday June 10 for their first fundraiser to support the reinstatement of the FFA at Southern High School. Enjoy a Sunset Cruise aboard the Richard Lee Tour Boat, leaving out of Discovery Village in Shady Side, with hors d’oeuvres by Herrington on the Bay Catering. Tickets are $65/person and fully support the FFA program at SHS. Contact Dawn Merson, 410222-7410, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 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.
Local Salon Helps With Gulf Oil Spill By Lisa Bierer-Garrett
ast issue, I wrote about how folks could donate hair and pet fur clippings to www.MatterOfTrust. org to help soak up the oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico. The group makes hair booms out of the clippings and nylon stockings, made by volunteers. I ran into Annie Blackwell, the owner of Shear Perfection in Chesapeake Beach, and she promised to come through, which she did. Annie has donated a large bag of hair for me to send to the Gulf! Another way folks can help wildlife is to go to www.Audubon.org to learn about other ways to help or to volunteer. Especially needed are those who have any experience with wildlife rehabilitation or oiled wildlife rescue. Please let me know if you plan to help, have helped in any way, or want more
information. About the Author: Lisa BiererGarrett of North Beach is a naturalist and outdoor photographer who is currently manager of the Bookstore at Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. Folks know her locally from “The Great Outdoors Store,” and the Haunted Boardwalk she helped organize over the past few years in North Beach.
Want Green Eggs & Ham? Local Farmers Offer Colorful Eggs
hat a surprise when you open an egg carton from J & T Chickens & Eggs of Owings. Inside are green, blue and tan colored eggs that look like pastel Easter eggs. However, these are not dyed – the colors come naturally. These special eggs are laid by fowl owned by Teresa Morris of Owings, who says, “Chicken eggs from various breeds emerge in different shades because of pigments, which are deposited as the eggs move through the hen’s oviduct. The pigment depositions are determined by the chicken’s genetics, with some breeds producing rich dark brown eggs, for example, while others lay snow-white eggs. The eggs inside are essentially identical; there are no major flavor differences between chicken eggs from different birds, as the flavor is determined by the chicken’s diet.” She adds, “There are three main colors. Most eggs you’ll find in the grocery come in white or shades of brown. It is also possible to find blue to green chicken eggs, which come from the Aracuana, a breed of chicken developed in Chile. Araucanas have also been crossed with other breeds to produce the Americauna, sometimes called the “Easter Egg Chicken” in a reference to its multicolored eggs. Americaunas come in varieties of colors. The name is even spelled differently between different hatcheries and on the Internet.” Morris says she, daughter, Jessi (pictured) and son, Steven started raising Bantams and Fancy Bantams about two and a half years ago in their backyard, and later started raising larger breeds, Americaunas, for their unique, multi-colored eggs. “The blue/green eggs are not something you
usually see around here,” she adds. “We ended up having more eggs than we could eat. It was my idea to apply for the North Beach Farmer’s Market this year. We usually sell out within a half hour.” Maryland requires a license to have poultry on your property and another to sell the eggs, and the chickens must be tested every year, which the Morris family does. “This has turned into a double bonus, as the sale of the eggs help pay for the chicken feed, and teaches both my children about sales and marketing, which is part of their 4-H projects,” Morris says. She adds, “If a customer returns a box, they get 50 cents off their purchase, which is a great way to recycle.” Raising baby chicks, hatching the eggs naturally, cleaning and care, and recognizing potential health issues are among Jessi’s many 4-H projects. She currently has five Partridge Silkies, which are considered Fancies and lay light brown eggs. Other chickens in their coops include a brown egg-layer, Snowball, who is a White Plymouth Rock. They also have two Polish Fancies, one female, that lays white eggs. The three older Silkies lay the lighter brown, medium-size eggs. “I do not call our eggs organic, as you must be certified for that title,” Teresa says. “We feed them typical feed, and treats such as cracked corn, vegetables, oats, marigolds, seeds, worms, and sometimes beans to balance their natural diet. We even have our own chicken garden, since chickens will eat just about anything. Some of ours have names, and all have different personalities.” They purposely do not wash the eggs, so purchasers should do that at home just before cracking the shells. “All chickens produce what is called a “bloom” as the last step of laying their egg. This ensures that the bacteria does not enter through the shell, as an egg shell is very porous. By washing the shell, or constant handling of the shell, this will remove the bloom and possibly allow bacteria to enter. Also, by not washing, the eggs can last 4-5 months in a refrigerator (the average grocery store egg can be 3-4 weeks old),” Morris adds. “Since I work from home, we usually collect eggs three times a day so they stay clean, and refrigerate them immediately.” At the 2009 Calvert Fair, Jessi Morris entered six of her fancy chickens and one large, and took With a dozen of their natural, multi-colored eggs are (left to right): Teresa Morris, 4-H volunteer; her daughter, Jessi Morris, who is treasurer of the 4-H Patuxent Young Farmers (PYF) of Calvert County; and on her lap is 4-H member Carrie Jones.
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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Celebrating 28 Years of By Jonathan Pugh
“All That Jazz”
f you’re like me, you have probably known someone who learned to play a musical instrument at some point in their life and continued playing it as a casual hobby—time permitting. Depending on the type of instrument involved, a lifelong interest in a particular style(s) of music may even have developed. But how many people have you known whose musical interest turned into genuine devotion to an art form Jonathan Pugh spanning several decades? This Music Notes column is the story of the Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet (Plus) and its past and present musicians, who have contributed to Sunday, June 6: Daryl Davis (Boogie the band’s continuity and Woogie), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock regular performances since the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake 1983. Playing jazz music Beach (free). in the club venue of the 20s, 30s and 40s, the quarSaturday, June 12: Rock Holiday tet faithfully reproduces a (Rock/Oldies) – Free concert at the North large book of traditional Beach Bandstand, Bay Avenue between 3rd Dixieland and Swing era th & 5 Streets from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.. tunes. The music of Benny Goodman, Duke EllingSunday, June 13: Joe Martone Trio ton and Fats Waller are all (Oldies), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock centerpieces in their reperthe Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake toire, along with the Great Beach (free). American song books. The basic quartet is Sunday, June 20: The Wanderers made up of clarinet, bass, (Oldies), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock piano and drums. When the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake a piano is unavailable, Beach (free). the quartet substitutes a rhythm guitar. As is cusSunday, June 27: Out of Order (Clastomary, the musicians rely sic Hits), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock heavily on their improvisathe Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free).
Chesapeake Current Music Calendar
Saturday, July 3: Old School Band & DJ Paul Grace (Oldies/Motown) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Sunday, July 4: Jimmie & Rocky Simon (Founders of the Fabulous Hubcaps) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Have an upcoming gig you’d like listed here? Email details to MusicNotes@
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tion skills. The “plus” in the name of the band was added because one or more top local musicians often join the quartet, particularly when Dixieland jazz is played. Bill Rowe of Chesapeake Beach is the bandleader and one of its founding members. A long time fan of jazz, Bill always wanted to be a musician but thought it impossible because he’s tone deaf. But one night in a conversation some 30 years ago, he was advised that playing drums did not require a fine tonal ear. He immediately started practicing and was fortunate to receive some excellent tutorage from active drummers in the area. His skills were additionally honed by attending jam sessions and playing with various jazz bands that would occasionally let him sit in. Believe it or not, Bill was 50 years old when he began playing drums! The beginnings of the NotSo-Modern Jazz Quartet are directly related to a fire that burned down the local nightly jazz hangout known as the Bratwursthaus in Arlington, Virginia. Bill subsequently suggested that some of the musicians meet weekly at his house to get their licks in. The band played many gigs in the early years, but in 1985 started an 11year stint at Jacques Cafe in Arlington until it closed. Although some of the original members of the quartet have passed away, the lineup since 2006 includes: Ernie Buck – bass viol and tuba; Mike Ritter – clarinet,
cornet, soprano sax and bass; and Herb Greenlee – piano. As “You can hear the Not-So-Modnoted earlier, an established ern Jazz Quartet+ play at the Westlawn group of associate musicians Inn, 9200 Chesapeake Ave., in North become regulars with the group Beach on Saturday nights, June 12th at any given time. For the past and July 10th, starting at 8:00 p.m.” 13 years, the Not-So-Modern Jazz Quartet+ has played regularly at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in thing worthwhile, especially when Alexandria each Thursday night. the audience catches on, too. With the summer months Always playing to a packed house, their “groupies” include the young now upon us, we can take several and old, with the latter often sit- important lessons from the story ting in wheelchairs and breathing of the Not-So-Modern Jazz Quarthrough oxygen canisters, and tet+. First, if you’ve ever had an interest in learning to play a musihaving a great time. Besides a busy schedule cal instrument, it’s never too late of gigs for private parties, wed- to get started. Summer might be dings, jazz funerals and public an excellent time to take this leap. concerts, the band also plays lo- And second, if you have a musically at the Westlawn Inn in North cal instrument that hasn’t seen the Beach on the second Saturday of light of day in years, dust it off and each month. In 2004, the quartet start playing again. If possible, released a CD of 13 memorable find some others like you and get tracks under the title: Memories together to jam. You’ll be glad on a Rainy Afternoon. For details you did! about purchasing, send an e-mail Jonathan Pugh is an to: email@example.com. When I sat down with Bill independent management Rowe, I asked him what motivates consultant who enjoys many the band members to keep playing styles of music and has played together. “Several things,” he said. “We are all certainly committed guitar since high school. He to keeping jazz music alive and looks forward to the time educating young people about this when he can quit his day job uniquely American musical genre. and bang on a guitar all day! But to use a sports metaphor, we also get a rush from chasing the “zone.” Bill describes the zone as those special moments when band members are all on the same wavelength and truly swinging together. It’s what makes every-
Sheriff’s Open House
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Open House on Church Street in Prince Frederick is scheduled for June 12 form 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Activities include: -Bicycle Rodeo -K-9 Demonstrations -Moon Bounce -Gator Aid Alcohol Aware ness Program -Fire Training Smoke House -Train Rides -Fast Pitch -Hearing and Eye Tests -Child I.D. Kits Participants will include the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, CAASA, D.A.R.E., Maryland Search and Rescue dogs, the Lions Club, the Masons, Calvert County Government offices, fire and rescue units and many more. Food, drink and Sheriff’s Office novelty items will also be available for purchase. Call (410) 535-2800 ext. 2575 for more information.
Got Drama? Get a Part in a Play The Twin Beach Players are gearing up to perform the winning plays in their 5th annual Kids Playwriting Festival. Auditions for parts will be held June 8-10, 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach. The plays will be performed for the public in August. For more info, call (410) 474-4214 or email Regan Cashman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Everyone’s invited to support this great family theatre program!
Friday, June 4 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car Cruise-Ins. Here’s the best spot to get locally grown, healthy foods. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is held on 5th
Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Ample parking. Free.
Saturday, June 5 Bird Walk. 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Learn the skills of identifying birds by sight and sound. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Not appropriate for children younger than 12. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. (410) 741-9330. www.
Building a Nature Play Area. Become a child for a day and give your creative streak chance to run free. Working with natural materials and your imagination, create a space where children can play freely. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. For more information, see www.jugbay.org Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. (410) 741-9330. Beach Buccaneers signup will be held at the Northeast Community Center (NECC) in
Chesapeake Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact Jim Niland at (301) 812-0234 for more information. Marsh Ecology by Canoe at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Discover the abundance of wildlife in the Patuxent River wetlands. We’ll paddle up some of the smaller branches of the river to look for beavers, birds, and f lowering wetland plants. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a lunch, and shoes that can get wet. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by an adult. To reserve a space, mail your payment of $10 per person in advance to the Sanctuary. www.jugbay.org Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. (410) 741-9330. Movie on the Beach: Star Trek (2009) Rescheduled rain date from May. Bring your own chair or blanket! The Town of North Beach’s summer movie series begins with the newest Stark Trek movie shown on a 40-foot big screen with sand between your toes and the Chesapeake Bay gently lapping at the shoreline. Free. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. All Movies on the Beach begin at dusk. Call North Beach Town Hall at (301) 855-6681 with questions.
Sunday, June 6 North Beach House & Garden Club Tour. Here’s your chance to get a glimpse inside some of the most beautiful bayside mansions and lovingly renovated summer cottages in the North Beach area. Get tickets and catch mini-busesto all the tour stops at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church parking lot on Chesapeake Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets throughout the afternoon. Reservations recommended. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (301) 855-6681 or (410) 2579618.
North Beach Art Show. A showcase of incredible talent as area artists as display their works for sale. Original watercolors, oils, and decorative crafts. Free admission. 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. North Beach Senior Center at 9010 Chesapeake Avenue. Call (301) 8556681 or (410) 257-9618.
Monday, June 7 South County Girls Lacrosse Camp. From June 7-10 for girls between the ages of 8 and 18. To be held at the Deale-Tracey’s Park MultiPurpose Field at Tracey’s Elementary School in Tracey’s Landing, MD. Space is limited, so registration in advance is recommended. You may be able to register on-site from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Contact coach Lyndsey Boswell of Friendship at (240) 299-1617 for costs, required equipment, and more information.
Thursday, June 10 Summer Kickoff of Evening Story Time. Come celebrate summer reading at an evening story time for kids with stories, songs, and finger plays. Choose the library location closest to you. Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch, 3819 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach, 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. For more information call (410) 257-2411. Also at the Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 & Chaneyville Road, Owings, 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. To register there, call (410) 257-2101.
Friday, June 11 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car Cruise-Ins. Ev-
eryone’s favorite farmers’ market features wine-tastings with Calvert County wineries! Cruisers come from far and wide to park along the boardwalk and socialize as the sun sets on the Chesapeake Bay. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is on 5th Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free.
Saturday, June 12 Yard Sale at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 8536 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach beginning at 8:00 a.m. Beach Buccaneers signup will be held at the Northeast Community Center (NECC) in Chesapeake Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact Jim Niland at (301) 8120234 for more information. Boardwalk Concert Series Presents “Rock Holiday,” Classic rock and dance hits brought to you by the Town of North Beach. Free concert at the bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd & 5th Streets, North Beach. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.
Wednesday, June 16 Fairview Library Branch Book Group. Discuss the book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fiction). A budding social activist in 1962 Mississippi, Eugenia begins collecting stories from the black women who work in a country club. Her stories bring hope and pride to the black community. 2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Calvert Library Fairview Branch, Rt. 4 and Chaneyville Road, Owings, (410) 257-2101.
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Join us at Broomes Island for some fun under the sun (and stars)!
Seafood Buffet Every Friday at 5 PM Beginning May 7th $32.95 per person Crab Legs~Steamed Shrimp, Mussels & Clams~Fried Fish, Clam Strips, Oysters Stoney始s Crab Balls Salads & Veggies
Snow Crab Clusters Includes Side Salad & Hush Puppies
$23.95 THURSDAY ONLY
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