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North Beach Developer Ron Russo (far right) discusses laying the foundation of the North Beach Professional Center at 9120 Chesapeake Avenue with concrete supervisor Tim Pinkett. SEE PAGE 6.

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Massive SMECO power poles dwarf historic homes on Bowie Shop Road in Huntingtown. Resident Richard Swann sent a letter to the Calvert County Board of Commissioners asking the board to take action to halt any further construction of the project immediately. SEE PAGE 15.

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New Chesapeake Beach Welcome Sign

As you enter Chesapeake Beach on Route 260, you may have noticed the new “sign” created on a hillside. Town Administrator Jim Parent says, “Mayor Bruce Wahl and Les King (of Homes by Les) were out driving around one day and Bruce saw that empty bank long the road and said ‘wouldn’t it be nice to put an emblem there like the CB bumper stickers?’ and Les agreed. The next day, Les had a crew create it for us.” The new ‘sign’ consists of small hedges planted to create the design, surrounded by white gravel. Parent adds that a light has been installed so it’s illuminated at night. “We think it looks great, and everyone seems to really like it,” he adds.


Calvert’s Primary Ballots Are Set


ll five incumbent County Commissioners are running tims (Commissioners Linda Kelley and Gerald Clark). for re-election. Wilson Parran (D), of Huntingtown, who Meantime, Evans, a Republican, is running for re-election is the President, has filed papers as have Barbara Stin- as Calvert County Sheriff and facing challenger Brian Smith of nett (D) of Owings, Linda Kelley (R) of Prince Frederick, and Owings and Democrat Don Brenneman. Two unaffiliated canSusan Shaw (R) and Gerald Clark (R), both of Lusby. didates are former Sheriff Vonzell Ward of North Beach and In the GOP primary race for County Commissioner, new- John “Rodney” Bartlett of Huntingtown. comers are Pat Nutter of Owings, Jackie Potter of HuntingJudge Warren Krug of Dunkirk is running for re-election town, Timothy Hardesty of Sunderland, Evan Slaughenhopt of unopposed for Judge of the Circuit Court, District 07. Dunkirk, Steve Weems of St. Leonard, and Patrick Flaherty of No Democrats have filed for the office of State’s Attorney Prince Frederick. but GOP candidate Linda Martin of Huntingtown is running for New Democrats hoping for a seat as County Commission- re-election. Margaret Phipps (D) of Owings is running unoper include Christy Burch of North Beach, Kelly McConkey of posed for register of wills. Dunkirk, William Phalen of Huntingtown and Kimberly MackCandidates for Board of Election (At Large) include David all of Solomons. Nick Garrett of Prince Frederick filed papers Cole of Huntingtown, of Lusby, Gene Karol of Port Republic, earlier in the year, but decided recently not to run. and Dawn Balinski, Culver S. Coe Ladd, and Clifton Savoy, In a bizarre twist, Curtis Litten of Dunkirk, and his son, all of Lusby. Russell Litten, of Broomes Island, both filed papers to run for county commissioner. The elder Litten filed as a Democrat and his son’s papers andidate aces ew nvestigations state he is unaffiliated with any party. In 2008, Curtis Litten was charged with The Chesapeake Current has learned that an arrest warrant has been istrying to mail the head and feet of a dead buzsued for Litten in connection with new dumping at the post office property on zard along with a threatening note to CommisJune 11, just days after the county stepped in and cleaned it up. It’s for a comsioner Gerry Clark and dumping trash in Commercial violation of Maryland’s littering code that addresses illegal dumping, missioner Linda Kelley’s driveway. He entered a misdemeanor, which carries penalties of five years in prison, a $30,000 fine an Alford Plea, which means that there was evior both. Sources tell the Chesapeake Current that a roll-off container comdence but he did not admit guilt. Recently, the pany identified Litten as instructing them to dump at the Sunderland post County moved in to clean up the old Sunderland office property so as to avoid paying fees at a dump. Post Office property that he owns, which had The Chesapeake Current has learned that Curtis Litten is the subject of been a point of contention for years with Litten. another new investigation by Calvert County Sheriff’s Deputies for an inciHe remains on five years probation, which allows dent at the Board of Elections. Shortly after filing his papers to run for county him to attend county functions and hearings for commissioner, Board of Elections officials told deputies they found stickers the purpose of that read, “God’s Love Never Fails; Stop the Pig; Un-Elect Linda Kelley.” expressing his Sheriff Mike Evans confirms that deputies are investigating and said, Russo, President views, but he “These are small printed stickers, less than two inches long, about the size of may not person301-855-6600 a return address label. We have several as evidence, and we’re talking to the ally approach or FAX 301-855-6907 State’s Attorney’s Office to determine what charges might be appropriate.” address the vic-

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North Beach Elections Heat Up


n the Town of North Beach, the Mayor and all Town Council members are up for election this year. Former Mayor Mark Frazer, a dentist with his office in Dunkirk, has filed papers to run to challenge current North Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles to get his old job back. Although candidates in North Beach elections are not designated with party affiliations on the ballot, Frazer has made no secret of his recent switch from the Democratic to Republican Party. The only candidate for town council who

has filed papers to date is Greg McNeill, who is leader of the town’s Economic Development Committee. The deadline for filing papers to run for office in the town is August 23. Packets are available at the Town Hall trailer. Town Clerk Stacy Wilkerson says there’s no primary for North Beach, so all candidates’ names will appear on the November 2 ballot. In neighboring Chesapeake Beach, this is an off election year. That town’s mayor and council members will be up for election in 2012.

Incumbents Face Challenges in State Races


ong-time Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. of District 27 has no challenger in the Democratic primary but will face Republican Vernon R. Hayes, Jr. of Brandywine in the general election. Ron Miller, a Dunkirk Republican, had filed papers but drew in April after losing his job. Democrat Sue Kullen of District 27 B has filed papers to run for reelection, and will face one of three GOP candidates in the fall. They are Mark Fisher and Bob Schaefer, both of Owings and Mike Blasey of Prince Frederick. Schaefer punched Fisher in the stomach following a Young Republican event recently,

but has decided to stay in the race. The race is also heating up in District 27 A where long-time Democrat incumbent Joseph F. Vallario (D) of Accokeek is running for re-election. Eleven candidates have filed papers to run for that seat. They are Russell Butler (D) of Dunkirk, Barry Adams (D) of Aquasco, Theron Green (D) of Accokeek, Jeffrey Brockington (D) of Clinton, plus Percel Alston (D), Sheri Beach (D), Joe Harris (D), Mike Hethmon (R), Antoinette “Toni” Jarboe-Duley (R), James Woods (D) and Percel Alston (D), all of Upper Marlboro.

Why Calvert’s Election Districts Are the Way They Are By Nick Garrett


e cannot help but notice the recent appearance of signs beside our roads and people standing on the northbound side of Route 4, waving at cars. This can mean only one thing: it’s election time. From candidates handing out bottled water at the ballparks with his or her name on the label, to bananas and coffee for everyone at Park-and-Rides each morning, tactics for name recognition seem to get more and more creative. Discussions around the kitchen table begin to include two words that are seldom spoken between bites of bacon and sips of coffee, “County Commissioner.” Perhaps at no other time during our year do we think that much about them; much less know what their names are. We think of “Commissioner” as Commissioner Gordon from “Batman,” shining his spotlight into the night sky to alert the winged avenger that there is a serious problem and he needs help. With no industrial strength spotlights or imaginary superheroes here, the job of a commissioner in Calvert County is tough. Every four years, individuals vie for the job by campaigning diligently. Incumbents and new candidates alike make efforts to share his or her experience, knowledge of the job, and echo three catch words like “courage, honesty, and integrity” in the hopes that their words will inspire us enough to vote for them. Since only ten to sixteen thousand votes separate the candidate from the office, we should be thankful that our system for electing commissioners is built on the ideal that equal representation is vital to successful government. For decades, new Calvert residents preparing to vote have asked the natives in their communities, “What’s up with the way we elect commissioners?” The answer typically compels us to cordially nod while receiving fragments of information from what has become a multi-generational oral tradition about how the election districts really work. Some have recently called it downright confusing, while others speculate about the origin of what they term a “convoluted” system. In the 1960s, families in Calvert were having kitchen table discussions much like ours today. By the end of that decade, the county was mostly farms and bayside communities; however, with a growing population of over 18,000, the government began to explore the issue of Charter Government as their neighbors in surrounding counties had done. Essentially, Charter Government would give Calvert more authority to enact its own local laws without having to petition the State Legislature as it had up to that point, and currently does. By the mid to late seventies, successive commissions had compiled studies and provided recommendations on the issue to the Board of County Commissioners, at that time three commissioners strong. In 1974, the question of Charter Government had failed as a ballot question before voters. At that time, Delegate Tom Rymer and State Senator Ed Hall reviewed several of the findings from the Commissions’ studies. Of particular note was the suggestion that Calvert County raise its number of Commissioners from three to five based on population. Senator Hall, for whom Calvert County’s new aquatic center is aptly named, introduced a bill in the State Senate that provided for a five commissioner election system that would allow candidates to run county-wide for President of the Board, Vice President of the Board, and then other candidates would run for one district seat for each of the three districts. At the same time, Delegate Rymer introduced a bill in the House that would create a five commissioner system as well. In his bill, of the five available seats, the top vote getters in each of the three election districts would win the district seat, with the other two candidates winning at large (county-wide) seats. As the two leaders exchanged ideas and presented their

positions to the residents back home, several questions arose. How would either of the bills apply if passed? As Calvert County’s population grew, it did not grow evenly and population centers sprouted only in certain areas. How could they create the system to accommodate five commissioners instead of three while still making sure that each district had equal representation? In other words, how could voters ensure that each commissioner, once elected, would represent the entire county and not just his or her district? If one Commissioner is from Huntingtown and wants resources to benefit that area, how could that Commissioner remain motivated to support the interests of Solomons? The ideas presented in Senator Hall’s bill were popular with some constituents, but left three challenges unresolved. If a candidate can run for President of the Board and the other candidates that win do not get along with the new President, it would be difficult to accomplish the work of the public. Delegate Rymer could recall situations in other parts of the Country where this had occurred. Further, how do you prevent the most popular candidates from all running for President and Vice President of the Board and no one for the other seats? Delegate Rymer’s bill provided that the Board President and Vice President would be selected from the new commissioners once the voters had elected the five, much like is done today with a Board of Trustees or Board of Directors in private enterprise. Choosing their own President and Vice President gave them the opportunity to best choose how they would work together. If it didn’t work out, they could simply change Presidents. The bill also made it so that each of the county’s three districts would be represented. By the end of the 1977 legislative session, a letter of support from The Chamber of Commerce for Delegate Rymer’s bill led Senator Hall to pass it in the Senate. There are some who like the current system, many who don’t understand it, and some who believe it is time to change it. Regardless of our opinions on the matter, it is clear that this story highlights a process that is missing and is sorely needed in today’s politics. Senator Hall and Delegate Rymer, a Republican and a Democrat, began this journey with different ideas about the issue. They discussed amongst themselves, presented their views to constituents, solicited input from local community groups, and finally came together to do what was in the long-term best interest of the county. 1) As the population continues to grow, our system ensures that each candidate has to run countywide, 2) each candidate has two chances to win and, 3) each of the three election districts ends up with an advocate on the Board of Commissioners. It seems to me that as the fall primary approaches, we should not only look at who is running, but we should continue to have the timeless kitchen table discussions within our family about which candidates will protect the traditions, heritage, and history that has made Calvert County one of the best places in the Country to live.


George Owings Gives Up Campaign for Governor “It’s something I didn’t want to do, and I held off as long as I could,” says George Owings of Dunkirk. “Now it goes against common sense to try to continue.”


n January 6th, Owings announced he was taking on incumbent Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley. Since then, former Governor Robert Ehrlich also announced his candidacy. The former Calvert County Delegate (D-27B) from 19882004 and Maryland Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs after that admits his candidacy was a long shot and that he was ‘taking on the machine.’ He says his campaign was always “under the radar,” but believes he was making gains. On the morning of May 25, just three days after a successful fundraiser at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Owings was under the knife at Baltimore/Washington Medical Center for a serious emergency surgical procedure. “Fifteen years ago, I was watching TV with my mother and heard a pop. Her aortic aneurism burst, and she could not be saved. Doctors told me it was hereditary and I found out that I had one. I’ve had it checked every six months ever since finding out.” “If it’s five centimeters or greater, doctors get concerned. For four years, mine was holding at 4.71 centimeters. During the campaign, my doctor said it grew at an alarming rate - more in three months than in three years. They told me I had no choice but to have the surgery, and quickly. Seeing my mother die of this, I knew it was very serious,” Owings said. “I’m now under what I call ‘house arrest’ and that’s not sitting well with me because I’m a mover and a shaker,” Owings laughs. Following the surgery, he must take it easy for at least three months – no driving, no stairs, limited walking, and he can’t lift or carry anything more than five pounds. His doctors advised him that staying on the campaign trail would be impossible. He says he’s on the mend and doing well, but this has ended his aspirations of being governor. “I’m 65 years old. If I had won, I’d have been 69 at the end of my first term. I just don’t see trying to run again in four years when I’m that old.”

About the Author: Nick Garrett is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, published author, former candidate for commissioner, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County. Nick wrote this article with background from his grandfather, Judge Thomas A. Rymer ret., former States Attorney, Delegate from 1970-1987, and Circuit Court Judge from 1987 through the early 2000’s, who was the author of the Election District Law that we now follow.

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The Right Time for North Beach?

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on Russo owner of RAR Associates, holds several prime lots in North Beach that he’s been sitting on for years. Some have incredible Chesapeake Bay and beach views. Many of these parcels are either undeveloped or underdeveloped. Yet he thinks about and works every day on new ideas for these properties, visualizing the future of North Beach. Now, he may be ready to actually make those dreams come true. He’s been rebuilding this town for 35 years, and has reshaped its landscape considerably. However, Russo has torn up many sets of blueprints, and his office is strewn with dusty models of planned developments that have fallen by the wayside. He admits he’s a perfectionist and wants to do it right, the first time, and he expresses pride in what he has accomplished to date. “We started with a single family house on Bay Avenue, then did the Post Office Project, and the Thursday’s Project which we previously had as Bay Country Store, then the Baywalk Condominiums, which as I recall, has 27 commercial and residential condominiums. Then, I did Pop Brown’s historic restoration (at 3rd and Chesapeake Avenue), a 90-year-old building which houses offices and apartments, and the Town Center Apartments across the

street, which has 49 units for the elderly with a two-year waiting list,” Russo says. “Another project was the Nova Care Facility beside the Twin Beach Health Care Building, and then the house at 9113 Bay Avenue to provide the example and model for what we envision for the North Beach Resort Project where the temporary Town Hall is located.” Russo says the large-scale Van Metre plans from several years ago for a towering resort on 5th Street at the waterfront are dead, and he has decided to bring on a new planner for a fresh start. He’s looking at a lower-scale development that will blend in well with the rest of the town, and he says he wants to get plenty of citizen input. “Where the Town Hall Trailer sits now, and the parking lot behind it, I envision this looking a lot like developments I’ve already built in Key West, which are very successful, all sold out. They’re very nice, done in pastels, have large porches, and open living spaces with modern amenities,” Russo says. “I’d build there in phases, of course, and I think the key to success here is to have retail shops on the bottom where there’s the most traffic and noise, with the residential units above and in the back.” For the South side of 5th Street, in plan under consideration, he’s mapped out 15 com-

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mercial spaces and 30 high-end residential townhome units. “They’d have three bedrooms, garages, and at least 2,200 square feet. Many would have a view of the Bay, or be clustered around a very beautiful private pool, just for that townhouse community.” Russo acknowledges that this is a project that will take years to complete. “I know this would stimulate the town in terms of the economy, and I really want to see this one happen. Let’s just say I am well over 60 with a passion for baseball, playing over 100 games a year both domestically and abroad - three times in Cuba and once in Russia. I’m in good health, have a good family and Ron Russo envisions many of the same concepts used in the will to just keep going like the ‘En- Key West developments, such as this one called “Tranquility Bay,” being incorporated into his future projects in ergizer Bunny’.” North Beach. And moving forward he is. He’s broken ground on one new project at foot establishment along with six retail shops 9120 Chesapeake Avenue close to 7th Street, on the street level. Twenty-five, one and two three short blocks to the Bay. bedroom condos would be built above. “That’s the North Beach Professional “That would also have a Key West flaBuilding – eight offices, an elevator, 8,892 vor,” Russo says, and mirror the pastel strucsquare feet, and plenty of parking on-site. The tures he’s already constructed in other develoffices will range from 400-500 square feet to opments on that famed Florida Key, where 1,300 square feet each,” he says. he spends half of the year. A parking garage Although the foundation is being put in would be built in the vacant area to the back of place this summer, Russo says he has no time- the Post Office on property Russo owns, with table for finishing this building. He’s wait- a new walkway between. ing to be certain that the economy is strong He recently leveled a small cottage next enough to support it. door to Thursday’s that the restaurant will use Around the corner, another project he for a new and expanded “crab deck” in the has his eye on is redeveloping of the corner meantime, with more picnic tables and a water of 7th and Rt. 261 where Thursday’s Bar and view, probably this summer. Grill now stands. He’s bought up several In another interim move, Russo has properties around the current restaurant, and leased his property at 3rd and Chesapeake to is working on getting them re-zoned for a Heavenly Chicken and Ribs of Dunkirk so greater development. that owner Gary Armstrong can “get a feel for At the last North Beach Council meet- the area and perhaps open a location here pering, the process for the zoning change was manently.” Plans for a Town Center Plaza on outlined. Joint council and planning commis- that property have previously been approved sion meetings would be held and Russo would by the North Beach Planning Commission, be required to make a full presentation about but that project remains on hold until the time the project. Nearby property owners will be is right. notified and a public hearing is required. All “That development would have 12,000 this is expected to get rolling in August and square feet of retail on the first floor and sixSeptember. teen, one and two-bedroom condos above,” “That’s been four to five years in the Russo says. “It would be very nice, with a works, and I hope to break ground in a year or landscaped courtyard in the center.” He estitwo on that one,” he says. The new plan calls mates it would cost about $4 million to build, for Thursday’s to expand into a 6,000 square and that’s why he’s taking his time.

Calvert Hospice Names New Executive Director


ete Briguglio is the new executive director of Calvert Hospice, replacing Lynn Bonde, who retired after 12 years. The new St. Leonard resident comes to Calvert County from Hospice of Hilo, Hawaii. He has worked in hospice for 25 years with positions in Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona. “A lot of people think hospice is the same everywhere, but it’s not identical. Ev-

erywhere it’s a little different,” he says. His vision for the agency is to start a new program to offer services sooner. “I want us to reach out to people who may not have support because they do not qualify for hospice yet, which is six months or less with a terminal illness diagnosis.” He plans to launch a new program called Transitions to help those with a prognosis of possibly one year. Briguglio says the average daily census of people being helped through Calvert Hospice is currently 55 to 60 a month. This number will be going up to about 75 to 80 per month as they begin to reach out sooner to the larger population. “What we’ll be doing is connecting those patients with community services, helping them make decisions, and offering then offering hospice support once there’s nothing more that treatment can do,” he says. “So many people just don’t know what’s available, and we want to be able to help them sooner.” He adds, “We have a great staff that’s very dedicated, and so many employees who have been here a long time. I look forward to working with them and the, board toward our mission to support people in the hospice Peter Briguglio, new Executive Director of Calvert Hospice. category.” QBH Farms at HC Ches Cur Half Ad:BASE


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bout 60 people attended the recent Calvert Arts Council annual meeting. One of the main decisions announced is that matching grant requirements are being lifted this year. Linda Patton, Supervisor for Cultural Arts, for Calvert County Public Schools applauded the move, saying that students themselves and PTA’s would have to scramble to raise the money in the money in the past to match the arts grants. This year, the Arts Council can give grants without requiring matching funds. This was the first annual meeting for new Executive Director Pat Carpenter of Chesapeake Beach. Four new members of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council were also named. They are: • Peter Hooper of North Beach Park, Managing Director and Chief Economist at Deutche Bank in Washington and New York, a former Federal Reserve official. Hooper and his wife, Nancy have been long-time supporters of the CalvArts Center;

• Joanie Kilmon of Huntingtown, Branch Manager of the Twin Beach Branch of the Calvert County Library; • Colleen Sabo of Friendship, an artist and former member of the CalvArt Gallery; and • Linda Patton. They join current members, Bill Chambers of Lusby, who is President; and members Eleanor Nelson of Chesapeake Beach, Linda Woods of Chesapeake Beach, and Judy MacWilliams of Owings. This year’s Mary D. Harrison award honoring an individual or organization that has made a major contribution to the arts was given to the College of Southern Maryland. The award was accepted by Rich Fleming, Vice President and Dean of the CSM Campus in Prince Frederick. Harrison, who lived in Owings, was the first woman in Calvert County to be elected a county commissioner. She first was elected at age 61 and served two terms.

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t’s no news to anyone living within a few hundred miles of us that record-breaking air temperatures are having an impact above and below the water surface. It feels like the “dog days” of August have arrived early, pushing water temperatures into the low 80s. Fishing for Norfolk Spot, normally wide open by late June, has been very inconsistent. Some days it can’t get much better, and other days all you can catch are the smallest Spot you can imagine -- 3-4 inches! Normally by now most fishermen have put away their trolling rods (except for Bluefish) and moved on to live lining Spot for Rockfish, but if you can’t enough Spot then you better keep on trolling. You can try live lining with White Perch and Croakers (9 inch Above: Brian and minimum) but it’s just not the same Brodie Glanden with without an adequate number of mid- their very first Rockfish, assisted by mate size Spot. Speaking of trolling, a very pop- Josh Beall (right). ular rig right now is an in-line planer in front of a leader that’s attached to a small Drone spoon. The in-line planer is designed to dive down perhaps 10 feet (depending on planer size, boat speed, etc.) and remain at that depth until a fish hits, which causes the planer to “trip” and rise to the surface. This same rig, equipped with an even smaller spoon, is very effective on Spanish Mackerel once they arrive, and they should be here in a few weeks with all this hot weather. Rather than take up more space here on the subject of planers and spoons, I’ll defer to the experts at www.dronespoons. com -- check out their description under “resources”, but here’s a photo of an in-line planer. Early evening until well after dark is the best time to catch Croakers, another very popular bottom fish visiting our area. Although some are caught Above: Captain Robin during the day, most are caught as the Payne with a nice nighttime sun meets the Western Shore horizon Croaker. or later. Croakers will take a variety of baits from bloodworms and squid to shrimp and razor clams; they can stretch the tape to more than 18 inches and outfight a Rockfish of similar size. Here’s a photo of Captain Robin Payne with a nice nighttime Croaker, and here are Brian and Brodie Glanden with their very first Rockfish, assisted by mate Josh Beall (right). From the helm of the charter boat Kyran Lynn, Captain Marty Simounet offers the following: “Just as July is heating up, so is the Croaker fishing at night with some nice catches in the last week. Bottom fishing for Norfolk Spot has been sporadic but there have been some nice catches of big Perch at Holland Point & West River areas in recent days. Trolling small Drone spoons for Rock and Blues continues to produce decent numbers of fish in the Sharps Island vicinity.” A very popular rig right now is an in-line planer in Don’t catch ‘em all, Bob Munro

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e all know that “buy local” is the way to go to keep our small businesses alive. To help you, I thought you might like to have a Buy Local Checklist, so here it is: Looking for a lovely place to stay at the beaches? How about Chesapeake Beach Resort Hotel & Spa? Great spa and those rooms with whirlpool tubs just spell relaxation! Or, try the newly renovated Inn at Herrington Harbour with hot tubs as well and say hi to Ann Mulder, the innkeeper. What fantastic settings both offer! On a much smaller scale, try the new and private Heron’s Rest Guest Cottage in North Beach. How about some treats to eat? Yummy! Rita’s in Dunkirk and on the beach in North Beach has delicious Italian ices. If you haven’t tried one yet, look for their free coupon in this issue of The Chesapeake Current. Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop and Coffee Bar in North Beach has everything for breakfast and lunch, plus desserts and sweet treats. Rod ‘N’ Reel has full fare, with lovely waterside dining in Chesapeake Beach. Is there a better Crab Imperial? Smoky Joe’s next door has great burgers. Tyler’s is the place for fresh seafood—on the corner of Routes 260


By Lynda Striegel, President, Bay Business Group

and 261. Try Heavenly Chicken in Dunkirk for the best ribs and chicken – and their new location in the beaches. Heavenly has a coupon in this issue of The Current, too. Wanna shop till you drop? Chesapeake Pharmacy in Chesapeake Beach has just about everything you need, including thoughtful keepsakes. Drop by Sister’s Corner Craft and Gift Shop in North Beach for handmade crafts and let the sisters, Kathy and Carol, show you their wares. Go next door to the Sand Dollar Store for excellent bargains and check out the beach toys and gifts at Lighthouse Market Place on Bay Avenue between 5th and 7th Streets. Lisa Payne’s lovely SeaScapes on 7th is a great place to find wonderful housewares, local art and beach furniture. And, after you go to Lisa’s for something beautiful for your home, don’t forget Sneades Ace Home Center for everything you need to spruce up your living space. Did you know we had a local clock expert? Try Pieces-N-Time and owner Bert Ruggles will help you find or repair the perfect clock. How about antiques? Dale and Harley at Nice N Fleazy have absolutely everything—a visit to their shop is magical and don’t forget to check out Willetta’s next door. Having a party? Call Renee ONeill at Party Creations in Dunkirk—she has everything you need to make your party beautiful. Need music? Crow Entertainment and DJ Brian does it all for your party, wedding, any kind of event. And Bill Rowe plays for you with the Not so Modern Jazz Quartet throughout our area. But, for lessons, see Nick Garrett at the Garrett MusicAcademy. For flowers, Pat Carpenter of Celebrate is your florist and event planner. What about museums? The Bayside History Museum in North Beach has an original John Smith journal and wonderful displays of the way it used to be at the beaches. The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, also the main stop for the Beach Trolleys, offers a great look at the way folks used to arrive, by train, to the beaches area. What if you want to get out on the Bay? Chesapeake Beach offers the largest charter fishing fleet on the Bay. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.- Weather Permitting Capt. Russ Mogel on the Mary Lou Too offers charter fishing, lighthouse tours and just plain fun. Rod N Reel has a fleet of charter boats from which to choose and Capt. Drew from the Worm will take you sportfishing to the best spots on the Bay. To follow the fish, be sure to read Bob Munro’s column in every issue of the Chesapeake Current. Your Beach Trolley and Beach Front Limo Taxi Service will take you anywhere you need Located at 4079 to go. How about your loGordon Stinnett Ave. cal service businesses? Chesapeake Beach For business systems


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and accounting services, see Dale Lyons of Annapolis Business Systems. Pat Blackford, CPA or Tony DeStefano will handle your taxes. Bayview Financial Consulting, Edward Jones, John Day of Day Financial or Eric Gay of Legacy Financial will help you figure out how to invest and save enough money to pay taxes. Want a website? Call Bob at Bay Shore Webs. What about a video of your business? Career Puppy can handle that and they offer an exciting a new career oriented web product. If your business needs trinkets, call Dan at Business Direct Inc. Colonial Printing and Promotions will make your business look good. What if you want to find great stuff for your business? Call Joe Creech at Asset Logistics or check out Need printers? Call Printer Green and John Stutzman—they handle all your printing needs in a green way. Too hot or cold? Try Real Chill Heating and Air Conditioning or Jiffy Plumbing and Heating. Plumbing got you down? Magnolia Plumbing is the place to go. What’s up with the car? Sisk Auto Body can do anything and Troy Gross at Troy’s Automotive is a master mechanic. Phone problems—call Craig at My Phone Man. Suppose you just want to send something. Beth at the UPS Store will handle it. Need insurance? Wayne Shoemaker at State Farm is here to help you. Or try Aflac Supplemental Benefits and ask Danny for advice. Want to remodel your home? Try Van Wie Enterprises, Cave to Castle Remodeling or Campbell Improvements. Glenn Leach of Coats of Color is your painter. Need a coach? For your business or personal life, Eleanor Nelson is the Coach on Call. Mike Benton offers Life Success Consulting. And, Elizabeth Lawton combines consulting with holistic health and wellness. Just want to kick it? How about Mile High Karate? Or, Friday’s Creek Winery or the Running Hare Vineyard. Are you legal? I do a bit of that myself. Steve Oberg at Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan offers you legal help for your business and Elizabeth Gannon at Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Keffler offers a variety of legal services for you. Or, John can help at Pre-Paid Legal Services. Moving to the area and looking for a home or a mortgage? Marilyn at Your Mortgage Matters can help, along with Penny at 1st Metropolitan Mortgage. Norma Robertson from REMax 100 can find you some beach real estate. With Kitty Lusby at Discount Realty and April Finotti from Century 21, you can find anything you want. What about coupons? Call Amy at Great Coupons! Of course, our own Diane Burr offers you this great new local paper, the Chesapeake Current. Terri DeStefano makes it beautiful in Southern Living at Home. Where can you find all these businesses and more? Check out You will find all of these businesses, along with contact names and phone numbers and websites. Buy local every chance you get, and give these good folks a try. Keep your dollars where you live. Buying local makes a big difference for our communities! 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

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“In the Loop” BUSINESS The Business of Feeling Wonderful and Looking Great By Joy Baker


ou have spent a beautiful summer day in North Beach, Maryland visiting the shops and restaurants of the North Beach Loop. It’s time to unwind, renew and relax. You walk into At The Bay Healing Arts Center at 9129 Bay Avenue to find photographs and cards by local photographers, as well as gift items and holistic products. From their list of services you choose either a facial toning massage, a deep tissue massage, Reiki energy work, holistic actualization coaching, and intuitive energy healing. You feel refreshed and cleared of physical, mental and spiritual obstacles that interfere with your body’s natural ability to heal. Across the street is Beauty by the Bay. This is the perfect place to build on your inner beauty by improv-

ing your outer appearance. It is hard to decide which of their services to choose. They offer manicures and pedicures; facials, waxing and, hair services such as styling and coloring. You leave with a renewed outlook and looking your best for the week ahead. Next door, Bay Wine and Spirits at 9100 Bay Avenue has a wine tasting in progress. You sample featured goods from a local winery, snacks provided by the owner and buy a bottle of wine while noting the wide variety of other liquors for sale, too. Keep in mind that wine, when consumed in moderation, can help to reduce stress and even improve your health! Feeling relaxed, healthy, beautiful, and satiated, you walk south on the boardwalk encountering many people walking their dogs and exercising. You look for The Palms Salon and Day Spa at 2nd Street and Chesapeake Avenue, which provides bridal party hair and makeup preparation, ear piercing, facial and body massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures, as well as hair treatment services. What a difference in how you feel when you leave The Palms with your wedding party, having your hair and makeup professionally prepared! A short distance away, Carrie Hansen L.C.S.W.C. of Kairos Counseling and Education Center on 7th

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Street teaches helpful skills to improve relationships at home and in the workplace as well as for individual’s concerns. You may decide to make an appointment with her before marriage to help prepare for the best life together with the one you love. This important service helps us to relieve tension and conflict in our personal and professional relationships, and dramatically alters our quality of life, health, how we view ourselves; and our success in life. Now you see that North Beach offers great shopping therapy, plus so much more for your body, mind and soul! About the Author: Joy Baker is a holistic Usui Reiki practitioner with ART level training who practices at At The Bay Healing Arts Center in North Beach. She is planning to expand her practice to include working with animals.

North Beach Loop

The North Beach Loop, Herrington Harbour Inn, and Herrington on the Bay (Herrington Harbour Marina South) are partnering to offer two boat trips from the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay to the eastern shore this summer. The boats will travel round trip from Rose Haven to Tilgman Island and St. Michaels. The two “Cross the Bay for a Day” boat trips will be offered July 28 and August 18. They leave Herrington South 10:30 a.m. and leave Tilgman at 4:00 p.m. The cost is $38.00 round trip. Tickets available at Herrington Harbour Inn in Rose Haven, and SeaScapes and Coffee, Tea & Whimsey in North Beach. Seating is limited, so tickets should be purchased early.

Great American Wine Festival Coming Up Mark your calendars for the first Great American Wine Festival to be held in North Beach on Saturday, September 18 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. The event will be held on Bay Avenue between 5th and 7th Streets, and along th 7 between Chesapeake and Bay Avenues. Businesses wishing to participate or those wishing more information about the festival should contact Lisa Payne at SeaScapes or Ann Ashcrat at Coffee, Tea & Whimsey in North Beach.

Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Build your business through networking at these local business events: The Bay Business Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 21 at 8:30 a.m. Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven. For more information, contact Stephanie Crosby at or visit their web site at The Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) invites to their SAACC Business After-Hours Business Mixer Cruise aboard the “Richard Lee” hosted by the West River Cruises and BB&T Bank on Tuesday, July 20th. Enjoy an evening cruising the West and Rhode Rivers, Networking with fellow Chamber members and guests, refreshments, 50/50 raffle, door prize drawings, and much, much more! The cost is $15.00 per person for Chamber members and $20.00 per person for non-members. RSVP by email to Carla Catterton, Executive Director at or call (410) 867-3129.

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hat if you could make one simple change every day for a week that would have a positive impact on your health, your local economy and the health of the planet? Join the thousands across Maryland who will take the Buy Local Challenge (“I pledge to eat at least one

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item from a local farm every day during Buy Local Week”) from July 17 - 25 and enjoy food that’s fresh and nutritious while you support local farmers. The Buy Local Challenge (always the last full week in July) will celebrate its fourth anniversary in 2010. One of several SMADC programs geared to boost the local farm economy the Challenge was designed to Michael Cox, White Oak Point Farm, Prince highlight the Frederick. environmental, health and economic benefits farm food and wine in their farms provide. Participants are menus. “The Buy Local Chalencouraged to shop at farms, farm stands, farmers’ markets lenge is gaining incredible and grocers that offer locally momentum,” said Christine grown food and wine, and dine Bergmark, executive direcat restaurants that include local tor of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). “It’s easy for anyone to make this simple commitment; individuals, families, even businesses and institutions”, Bill Harris, Harris Orchard, Lothian. she commented. “But our goal is also to remind people that local farms need consumer support to thrive and ensure they survive for future generations. We see this Buy Local Challenge concept spreading beyond Maryland and continuing to fuel the growing trend toward healthy choices for ourselves and our planet.” The Buy Local Challenge Web site G Street, Chesapeake Beach includes an interactive feature that allows participants to make a more official commitment to ‘take the challenge and be counted’ by adding their name to the up-to-the-minute tally of people who have pledged to eat local during the 2010 Buy Local Week. Those who take the official pledge receive a personalized, downloadable certificate. There are many ways to get involved in the Buy Local Challenge beyond taking the pledge and shopping for locally grown food during Buy Local Week. Many restaurants Sea Breeze Ct, North Beach and stores are featuring ‘local’ menus and locally grown foods and wines, and businesses and organizations are encouraging John Prouty, Wise Acres, Huntingtown. members to take the challenge as a group. The Southern Maryland Agricultural keeping the region’s farmland productive Development Commission (SMADC) was and the agricultural economy vibrant. To established to promote diverse, market- learn more about additional programs and driven agricultural enterprises, which resources, contact SMADC, P. O. Box 745, coupled with agricultural land preservation, Hughesville, MD 20637; phone: 301-274will preserve Southern Maryland’s environ- 1922; fax: 301-274-1924; email cbergmark@ Windward Key Drive mental resources and rural character while; or visit

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Visit the businesses listed below for the best in local products and services: 21st NewMillennium Millennium 21stCentury Century New ABS Accounting American Legion Post 206 American (Post 206) AndreLegion & Associates Andre Business & Associates Annapolis Systems Arts of Calvert CalvertCounty County ArtsCouncil Council of Artworks @ Artworks @7th 7th Asset Logistics, Logistics, LLC Asset LLC theBay Bay Healing Healing Arts AtAtthe ArtsCenter Center BarstowAcres Acres Counseling Counseling &&Children's Barstow Children's Center Center Bayside History History Museum Bayside Museum Bayside Partners, Partners, LLC Bayside LLC Beach Combers Hair Salon BeachFront Combers HairService Salon Beach Limo Taxi Beauty BayBeauty BeautySalon Salon Beautyby by the the Bay Business Direct,Inc. Inc. Business Direct, Calvert Calvert-Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Pharmacy Calvert of Social Services CalvertCounty County Dept. Chamber of Commerce CalvertCounty CountyDept. Economic Calvert of Econ.Development Development Calvert LibraryDept. TwinofBeaches Branch Calvert County Social Services Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch Campbell Improvements Campbell Career Improvements Puppy, Inc. Career Puppy, Inc. Living Caribbean Breeze Assisted Caribbean Breeze Assisted Living Celebrate! Celebrate! Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Chesapeake Railway ChesapeakeBeach Beach ResortMuseum & Spa Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Chesapeake Drug - Owings Chesapeake Current Chesapeake Highlands Mem. Gardens Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens Chesapeake Pharmacy Chesapeake Pharmacy Coach onCall Call Coach on Council, Kosmerl&&Nolan, Nolan, Council,Baradel, Baradel, Kosmerl PAPA Crow Crow Entertainment Entertainment Davis, Kefler, LLC Davis,Upton, Upton, Palumbo Palumbo &&Kefler, LLC Day Group Day Financial Financial Group Design Expo Expo Flooring Design Flooring Erimax Inc. Erimax Inc. Friday's Creek Creek Winery Friday's Winery Garrett Music Music Academy Garrett Academy Heavenly Chicken Chicken &&Ribs Heavenly Ribs Heron's Rest Rest Guest Heron's GuestCottage Cottage Herrington on the Bay Catering Herrington on the Bay Catering Integrity Yacht Sales Sales Inc. Jiffy Integrity Plumbing Yacht and Heating Kaine Homes Kaine Homes Kairos ofMaryland Maryland Kairos Center Center of Kelly's & Lawn LawnService Service Kelly'sTree Tree & Legacy Group Legacy Financial Financial Group Life Consulting LifeSuccess Success Consulting Magnolia Plumbing Magnolia Plumbing Mary Kay Kay Cosmetics Mary Cosmetics MaryLou Lou Too Charter Mary CharterFishing Fishing Northern Calvert Calvert Lions Northern LionsClub Club Not-So-Modern-Jazz-Quartet Not-So-Modern-Jazz-Quartet Nutritious Harmony, Nutritious Harmony,LLC LLC Paddle or Paddle or Peddle Peddle Party Creations Party Creations Pieces-N-Time Antique Clocks Pieces-N-Time Printer Antique Green Clocks Pre-Paid Legal Services Pre-Paid Legal Services / Identity Theft RAR AssociatesShield Development Corp. Rausch Funeral HomeCorp. RAR Associates Development ReMax 100 Beach Realty Rausch Funeral Home Rita's Dunkirk ReMax 100- Beach Realty Rita'sArchitects Dunkirk Ritter RitterofArchitects Rotary Club Northern Calvert Rotary of Northern Calvert RoyalleClub Dining Services, Inc. Royalle Dining Services, Inc. Running Hare Vineyard Running Hare Vineyard Sisk Auto Body S. Anne Arundel of Commerce Sisters Chamber Corner, LLC SiskAce Auto Body Center Sneade's Home Sisters Corner, LLC Southern AnneAce Arundel Chamber of Sneade's Home Center StateCommerce Farm Insurance State Farm Insurance Striegel & Buchheister Striegel & Buchheister The Inn at Herrington Harbour The Inn The at Herrington UPS Store Harbour UPS StoreBeach Town The of Chesapeake Town of North Beach Town of Chesapeake Beach Tyler's Seafood Town of North Beach Van Wie Enterprises, Inc. Your Mortgage Matters Your Mortgage Matters

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New Meaning for ‘Family Day’ LOCAL NEWS At the Water Park Employees of the Chesapeake Beach Water Park had a surprise the Monday morning after the Independence Day holiday weekend: a mama duck and her four babies moved in! Little did they know that the lovely area they found would soon be teeming with people. “We opened for the morning and the visitors came up and told us that there ducks

swimming around,” says Water Park Manager Marilyn VanWagner. “We couldn’t believe it! No one could recall anything like this ever happening before! We assume they probably just walked in because the fence has wide slats.“ “At first, they were swimming in the tube river, then we got them into the kiddie pool area, and they all huddled at the bottom

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The Town of Chesapeake Beach invites you to take a moonlight cruise aboard the Lady Hooker on the Chesapeake Bay! Join your friends on Saturday, July 24 for a delightful 2-hour cruise.

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of a slide. We assigned life guards to guard their little lives!” Marilyn says. “They were really scared of all the people, and everyone was crowding around to see them and trying to take pictures. We called Animal Control and they sent a Sheriff’s Deputy! He said he didn’t handle this sort of thing, so he called back (to Animal Control) and said, look, there are a lot of people here in a public place, and little kids, and everyone’s upset because the ducks are upset, so you have to do something about

this,” Marilyn adds. A short time later, Animal Control did come. “The mama duck was quacking really loud by that time; they said that was her distress call and wild animals in situations like this can actually be ‘scared to death.’ When the guy went in the water to catch them, she flew out of the park, which really worried us. He had a net and quickly caught the babies, and put them in a cage to get them out,” Marilyn says. The Animal Control officer took the baby ducks to nearby Fishing Creek, and the mama duck did follow. Water Park employees went along to make sure there was a happy ending, and reported back to the visitors that they were all reunited and quickly swam away in the creek.


he Chesapeake Current received the following letter from reader Richard Swann, which he says he has sent to the Calvert County Board of Commissioners. Here are key excerpts: Re: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) Transmission Line Project I am a property owner and taxpayer who resides on Bowie Shop Road in Huntingtown. There is a project being worked on our road that consists of the installation of transmission power lines running right up the center of our subdivision, the Lowery Reserve, to a new substation under construction. I wish to file this formal complaint in reference to the project and I base it on the following issues. 1) First and foremost are the health and safety issues. Though it has been represented to the residents of Bowie Shop Road and Hunting Creek Road as transmission lines to carry 69 kV, they are overbuilding to the capacity of 230 kV. If the lines don’t operate at full capacity at first, the intent has been made obvious. It has been brought to my attention that the original route was to have the line run down Huntingtown Road to Holland Cliffs. A determination was made by someone to reroute, taking into consideration that Huntingtown Elementary School and Bowen’s Grocery were affected by this. The concern over the safety of the children and the preservation of the area is easily noted. What is difficult to understand is that the roads chosen as an alternate also consist of farms, small business, and most importantly, families with children. How can anyone prioritize and make a conscious decision that the safety and health concerns, along with the panoramic destruction of our landscape, of one neighborhood with families is less valued than another? How do the children of Bowie Shop Road and Hunting Creek Road deserve less consideration than children that reside a few short miles away? Geographically, Huntingtown Road is more than likely the shortest, and most cost efficient route. Though I strongly challenge the ethics of that decision, the fact of the matter is that this is a project that shouldn’t run through any residential

neighborhood above ground. During my 41 years as a Maryland resident, I can’t recall going through any residential neighborhood that had transmission power lines running right down through the MIDDLE of it. They have always been in open fields away from family dwellings. And no one can blame any residents for not wanting this in front of their homes. I am not convinced at all of the safety of the project and feel the quality of life for the residents involved has been compromised greatly. The decision to proceed with the project in this manner with no regard to the families is deplorable. None had any say in the decision; it was forced upon all. 2) SMECO claims to have conducted a door-to-door campaign, but in reality they only mailed a letter dated December 1, 2009. When reviewing this, please note the vagueness and deceit contained within. It states; “This will include removing the current poles and replacing with taller structures.” I fail to see it noted they are nearly five times the diameter and will at some point be able to carry 230 kV of electricity right past our doorsteps. This letter is nothing more than a token to be able to say we were notified. It is a formality that they hope will suffice if any legal challenges arise. It is my belief that this is only a very small sample of the manipulation and deception that this project has been represented with from the onset. I mean this in reference to obtaining the approval of the project, as it pertains to Huntingtown. I find it extremely difficult to believe that this phase of an enormous project as such was presented in detail and depth to truly reveal what impact it would have on our neighborhoods. Furthermore, I hesitate to believe that any elected county official would approve of the desecration of a community where its constituents reside, had they been fully aware of the scope of the work. One of the main reasons many reside in Calvert County is because of their values of preservation. This project could be conducted without compromise to that value, as in regards to our residential communities. Our property values are eroding with the decision as well. Power lines generate noise, omitting a humming sound. The scarring of our landscape is inexcus-

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able and difficult to put into words that will do it justice. SMECO is quick to sound off about the economic reasons for running these through the center of our neighborhood yet has already applied for a rate hike to finance the project. The economic consideration of their customers is virtually non-existent. An increase in our utility bills is just another injustice suffered by the homeowners involved. Attached are pictures so you can visualize what a travesty this issue is to residents. In closing, I respectfully ask that the Calvert County Board of Commissioners take all actions necessary to halt any further construction of the project immediately as it pertains to the Huntingtown residents aforementioned. Reconsideration in regard to running transmission lines underground in residential neighborhoods anywhere in our county is warranted. These lines should not be overhead and be that close to our homes. To re-route the lines altogether away from our communities is a more desirable resolve and the safest. If not agreeable, have SMECO purchase the properties and homes they are pushing us out of. Their total disregard for this community should be criminal. Furthermore, I ask that that the proper action be taken to terminate the management of SMECO and the Board of Directors associated with this phase of the project. Their brand of “democracy” inflicted upon the citizens involved warrants reprimand. I believe they have misled and misrepresented the project, pertaining to Huntingtown, to county officials and residents. The lack of ethical substance and the betrayal of public trust by those involved in this decision are appalling. Sincerely, Richard Swann Huntingtown, MD

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The Chesapeake Current is a bi-weekly news magazine providing news and information for residents of Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties. We focus exclusively on these communities: Chesapeake Beach, Deale, Dunkirk, Friendship, Huntingtown, Lothian, North Beach, Owings, Rose Haven, Plum Point, Sunderland, Tracy’s Landing, and Wayson’s Corner. The Chesapeake Current is available every other Thursday of the month in high-traffic locations throughout our target area, including post offices and libraries. The Chesapeake Current is owned by Bayside Partners, LLC and is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, which is responsible for the form, content, and policies of the newspaper. We are a sister publication to the Southern Calvert Current (serving Solomons Island and Lusby) and the County Times of St. Mary’s County.

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Douglas Brady, 85

Charles Gavai, 76

Douglas Leroy “Dubby” Brady, age 85, of Friendship, MD died July 4, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. He was born April 29, 1925 in Chaney, MD to Mordie L. and Rosa E. (Trott) Brady. He was educated in Calvert County schools and entered the United States Navy in June 13, 1944 and was discharged as a Motor Machinist Mate 3C on May 23, 1946. Douglas was married to Jeanette Lovelace on June 18, 1948 in Forestville, MD. Known as Dubby, he was a farmer and was the representative of the Marlboro Tobacco Market until retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Izak Walton League and the Stallings-Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach. He was an avid hunter and a Baltimore Orioles fan. Surviving are his wife Jeanette Brady, two sisters Virginia E. Whittington of Dunkirk, MD and Barbara Louivere and her husband Larry of Macon, NC, a sister-in-law Mattie E. Phipps of Friendship, MD and several nieces and nephews including Robert A. Parks, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Friendship, MD. Active pallbearers were Eldridge Wilkerson, Mark Wooldridge, Michael Wooldridge, Robert Gibson, Gary Ward and Danny Ward. Honorary pallbearers were June Bug King, Jo Jo Catterton, Clifton Whittington, Callie Whittington and Lance Dobson. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Charles Gavai, 76, of Dunkirk, Mar yland, died peacefully at home on June 26, 2010, following a brief but brave battle with

lung cancer. He was born Karyoli Gavai, April 28, 1934 to Maria and Miklos Gavai in Rakamaz, Hungary. The only son of five children, he grew up in a small farming village against the backdrop of World War II. He completed primary school and then attended trade school where he trained as a steam fitter. He was drafted into the Hungarian Army, where he trained dogs for use in border patrol. In the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian revolt against Soviet control, 22-year old Charlie joined thousands of other Hungarian refugees in fleeing to neighboring Austria. He immigrated to the United States with little other than the clothes he was wearing. He eventually came to Maryland, where he was sponsored by a Hungarian businessman in Oxon Hill. He worked hard doing whatever work he could get and taught himself to speak English. Eventually he saved enough money to buy Capitol Heights Welding and Ornamental Iron Works in 1961, which he successfully owned and operated until his retirement in 1999. His son continues the business today. Charlie’s artistry can be seen all over the city of Washington DC, including work at the Pentagon and Treasury Building.

In 1964 Charlie married Janis M. Jacobs. They lived together in Capitol Heights until purchasing a piece of cornfield on Ferry Landing Road, building their home and relocating to Dunkirk in 1968. Together they raised four children and transformed the cornfield into a beautiful garden filled with vegetables, flowering trees and shrubs and perennials of every color. Charlie was happiest in his garden. He built himself a greenhouse. He planted seeds before the snows melted, and learned to grow and propagate every type of plant imaginable. He provided tomatoes and peppers, and lots of other vegetables to friends and family around the area. In addition to being an avid gardener, Charlie liked fishing, hunting, soccer and tinkering with old cars and tractors. He loved his family, and especially reveled in being a grandfather. He is survived by his wife Janis M. Gavai, and his children: son Charles Gavai (and wife Susan) of Port Republic, MD, daughters Jessie L. Gratch (and husband Charles) of Dunkirk, MD, Anne Marie Hale (and husband David) of Owings, MD, and Janis K. Gavai (and fiancé Glenn Hillis) of Riva, MD. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Charles M. and Lisa Gratch, Sean and Lauren Hale, Charles R. and Curtis Gavai; and 4 sisters, Maria Virag, Elizabeth Vad, Anna Brego and Katalin Csordas, all of whom reside in his native Hungary.

Lucy Koop, 92 Lucy G. Koop, age 92 of Rose Haven, MD died July 1, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. Lucy was born June 28, 1918 in Westwood, MD to George and

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Frances ( Wa t s o n) Goldsmith She att e n d e d schools in Baden, MD and graduated from Baden High School. She was married to Donald R. “Bud” Koop in Washington on October 15, 1941.Lucy was employed by the former Suburban Trust Bank in Langley Park and later in Lanham until retiring in 1978. She and her husband moved to Rose Haven in 1970 where she enjoyed boating with her husband until Bud’s death April 18, 2007. Then her enjoyment focused on her yard and the back porch. Lucy is survived by a daughter Janet L. Graves of Gaithersburg, MD; two grandchildren Jeffrey L. Stecklein and his wife Patricia of Edgewater, MD and Jennifer L. Stecklein of Olney, MD; two great-grandchildren Jeffrey L. Jr. and Andrew J. Stecklein; a sister Eunice Profili of Baltimore, MD and a brother Mason Goldsmith and his wife Josephine of Brandywine, MD. She was also preceded in death by a brother Roland Goldsmith and a sister, Evelyn Meier.

James Lacombe, Jr., 35 James “Jim my” Michael Lacombe, 35, died on July 9, 2010 at his residence in Huntingtown, MD. He was born on November 15, 1974 in Silver Spring, Maryland to the late James and Carole Lacombe. Jimmy grew up in Owings, Maryland where he graduated from Northern High School in 1992. In 1998 he received his BA Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. On June 17, 2000, Jimmy married Julie Oursler at the Huntingtown United Methodist Church. He a very devoted father to Tyler James, age 6 and Lia Christine, age 3. He enjoyed doing everything and anything with his family. Jimmy spent time working as a Bank Manager with BB&T, and

as a Loan Officer with Patuxent Mortgage. In 2006, Jimmy found his true calling, becoming a Police Officer with the Prince George’s County Police Department, District V. At the time of his death, he was working as a Detective in the Investigations Unit. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoyed working in his yard, landscaping around his pond, lifting weights and especially playing softball. He was an avid player for the Prince George’s County District V Softball League. In addition to Julie, Tyler and Lea, he is survived by his grandmother Syrene and the late Edmund Shamleffer. He was the grandson of the late John and Marion Lacombe and the son-in-law of Marvin and Christine Oursler. He was the brother of Kevin Wells Lacombe (Specialist USA) serving in Afghanistan and Michelle Renee Lacombe. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other family and friends. It is courteously requested that memorial contributions for the Lacombe children be made to: Memorial Fund for James Michael Lacombe, c/o Community Bank of Tri County, P O Box 373, Dunkirk, Maryland 20754. Friends are welcome to visit the Lee Funeral Home Website at to sign Mr. Lacombe’s memorial register book under the obituary section of our home page.

Betty Ann Leisner, 73 Betty Ann “Betsy” Leisner, 73, passed away June 28, 2010 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in A n napolis, MD. Betty was born April 11, 1937 in Washington, D.C. to Gordon C. and Hilda Catherine (Davis) Cox. She graduated from Suitland High School, class of 1955, and was employed as a secretary with the Federal Government for thirty years. During her career Betty worked at the Naval Oceanographic Office from 1955 until 1975, at Andrews Air Force Base from 1975 until 1979, and at the E.P.A. from 1979 until her retirement in 1985.

She married Richard K. “Dick” Leisner on February 15, 1985 and they made their home on the waterfront in Deale, MD. Betty was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Deale and served on the baking committee. She was also a volunteer at Anne Arundel Medical Center for many years. In her leisure time, Betty was fond of line dancing, and she also enjoyed being helpful to her family, friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her husband Dick who died January 14, 2005. She is survived by two sons, George Patrick “Pat” Halfpap and Thomas Richard “Rick” Halfpap, both of Woodbridge, VA, by a step-son Richard K. “Rick” Leisner II of Groveland, FL, and by brothers Gordon R. Cox of Pass Christian, Mississippi, Jack F. Cox of Tall Timbers, MD and Larry R. Cox of Dowell, MD. Friends were received at Cedar Grove Untied Methodist Church in Deale, MD for a celebration of Betty’s life. Interment was in at St. James’ Episcopal Parish Cemetery in Lothian. Pallbearers were Aaron Cox, Greg Cox, Rick Leisner, Jeff Cox, Andrew Cox and Paul Petro. Expressions of sympathy in Betty’s name may be made to Cedar Grove UM Church Office, 710 Masons Beach Road, Deale, MD 20751.

Betty J. Maske, 80 Betty J. Maske, age 80, passed away June 24, 2010 at her residence in Lothian, MD. Betty was born January 14, 1930 in Branchville, MD (now part of College Park) to Alfred and Josephine (Michael) Wachter. She attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School before changing to public school, and graduated from Hyattsville High School, class of 1947. She was employed as a sales clerk for Woodward and Lothrop Department Store in Washington, D.C., and later worked as a clerk at the National Geographic and as a secretary at the General Accounting Office in the District and at the University of Maryland Animal

Disease Station in Beltsville, MD. Betty married William C. Maske on February 25, 1950, and they built their homes and operated their farms in Riverdale, MD and later in Lothian, MD where they moved to permanently in 1976. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, and assisted her husband in boarding horses, bee keeping, raising German Shepherds, tobacco, hay and boxwoods, as well as many other tasks. Betty was a former member of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club in Prince George’s County and was a current member of St. James Episcopal Parish in Lothian, MD where she was active in helping at church suppers. She was also a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau. In her leisure time Betty enjoyed yard work, flower and vegetable gardening and cooking. Betty is survived by her husband William C. “Bill” Maske, a son Kerry W. Maske of Lothian and a daughter S. Renee Maske (Adam Cardinale) of Prince Frederick, MD. She is survived by grandchildren Shelley R. Bailey (Kyle Stoneman) of Lusby, MD and Jesse W. Bailey (Rachael Broach) of St. Leonard, MD, a great-granddaughter Diamond R. Stoneman of Lusby, MD and nephews Ronnie, Donnie and David Wachter and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother Alfred Wachter and his wife Florene. A funeral service and celebration of Betty’s life was held Friday July 2, 2010 at St. James Parish in Lothian, followed by interment in the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers were Renee Maske, Shelly Bailey, Jesse Bailey, David Wachter, Donnie Wachter and Adam Cardinale. Expressions of sympathy in Betty’s name may be made to St. James Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, MD 20711 or to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD.

s c h o o l s in Calvert County. As a youth, working alongside her father and older siblings, Louise was exposed to entrepreneurship, farming, hard work, and a good work ethic early in life all of which had a positive impact on her life and provided tools to withstand any situation she encountered. As a mother/ homemaker you would often find Louise working in the fields and gardening to provide for her family. Once her children grew older, she entered the workforce holding many jobs during her lifetime, including those of custodian, cook, maid, and private caregiver. In 1987, she retired from the Pentagon after 15 years of federal government service. After retiring, Louise continued to work in her community, church and home for another 15 years. Louise was very active in her church, Mt. Hope United Methodist, for more than 65 years until her health began to fail. She held many positions, including those of custodian, treasurer, and trustee. Also, she served as a working and dedicated member of the finance committee, usher board, senior choir, United Methodist Women, and as a member of the Board of Child Care. At the annual Board of Child Care salad fest and fashion show, you could always count on Louise to strut down the runway as she loved to model and was highly favored by all in attendance. She would often tell her grandchildren “Make sure you make time for the Lord.”

Audrey M. Vito, 91 Audrey M. Vito, 91, who was a resident of North Beach for seven years, and formerly of Hillcrest Heights, MD for 42 years, died suddenly on June 26, after a brief illness. She was born October 11, 1918 in Washington, DC to the late Christine and Laurence Money. Audrey worked for the C&P

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Louise loved to pick kale, visit/ talk with family and friends, and travel. She had the ability to make anyone laugh. There was nothing shy about her at all. She could befriend any stranger. Shopping and patronizing yard sales was two hobbies she loved. In March 2009, Louise was honored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Gray Ray Post #220, Sixes Road, Prince Frederick, MD, in recognition and sincere appreciation for 27 years of outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of the American Legion Auxiliary programs. In 1946, Louise married Thomas Harding Morsell. From this blessed union, 13 children were born. Louise leaves to cherish her memory, five daughters: Sharlyn Briscoe, Judy O. Mackall, and Linda Wallace (Dennis), Angela Morsell, and Allison Offord (Marco); and six sons: Thomas E. Morsell (Veronica), Ronnie Morsell, Rickie Morsell, Lionel Morsell (Celeste), Kelvin (Kellie) Morsell, Craig Morsell (Francine); one sister: Dorothy Pinkney; two sister-in-laws: Ms. Alice Carter and Mrs. Laura Holland; one brotherin-law: Mr. Clifton Morsell Sr. She had 15 grandchildren and 13 great grand children.

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he first establishment in Calvert County to gain certification in the Maryland Green Travel (MGT) program is Open Gates Farm Bed & Breakfast in Huntingtown, which is owned and operated by Jenna and Bob Licurgo. MGT is a voluntary initiative that designates lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect natural resources. To join MGT, participants must first self-certify that they are practicing certain basic environmental activities relative to their industry. Additionally, they must commit to improving their environmental practices over time and report annually on their progress. The Licurgos jumped at the opportunity to certify their facility. “There are a number of core requirements that we were required to meet before we could be certified,” Jenna says. “These requirements included things like recycling waste, using water efficiently, having an environmental policy statement and opting for energy-efficient alternatives. “We take our conservation initiatives a step further by ‘living in the past’, so to speak,” Jenna says. “Plus, I believe our guests feel good knowing that the place they are staying strives to protect, Jenna Licurgo, owner and preserve, and be respectful of the environment that operator of Open Gates B&B, we all share.” pets her two Billy goat brothJenna says their commitment to reusing, recyers, Oliver and Ernest T. cling and reducing started 13 years ago when they

brought their 1940’s farmhouse. It was originally a 65-acre tobacco farm, but it was pared down to three acres and the barns when they purchased it. They immediately began remodeling. “We restored the woodwork instead of replacing it. The wainscoting came from a cottage in North Beach that was being remodeled. All our light fixtures are antiques, and we even re-used an old claw foot tub rather than buying a new one.” “We recycle everything: plastic, paper, glass, cans, cardboard. We never use disposable plates or plastic tableware. Everything is re-usable: china, silverware and linen napkins. I only change the bed linens every other day unless the guests request it more often. To save electricity, we also line dry the sheets and towels rather than tossing them in the dryer.” They feed their food scraps to their two Billy goat brothers, Oliver and Ernest T. and their six chickens., which supply fresh eggs for guests They also compost, including the waste from the farm animals, to limit their use of fertilizers. They also stay away from pesticides. “We sometimes have an ant problem and I give them corn meal to take back to their nest, which always does the trick,” Jenna says. There’s just one cozy suite available at Open Gates B&B, but it’s lovely and efficient. When you enter, there’s a small library filled with interesting titles. The kitchenette is adorable as is the sitting room with French doors that opens to its own private deck. In the bedroom is a charming antique bed and dresser. There’s a full, private bath. It’s a perfect little apartment with a lovely view across the green lawn to the barns. As for breakfast, Jenna says, “You will not leave here hungry Fabulous Hors D’oeuvres • Bountiful Buffets – guaranteed!” Extravagant Desserts She serves guests a ‘full country gourmet breakfast,” which she Music • Dancing • Open Bar says is always something indulgent. It could be raspberry and cream The Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala is a benefit to raise funds for the fight cheese stuffed French toast, baked against cancer. It is sponsored by the Calvert County Unit of the American Cancer apple French toast, or a frittata (Italian baked omelet) with broccoli, Society, Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, and many other generous sponsors. The support peppers, and cheese served with of every individual and business is important to our fundraising effort. sides of sausage, bacon or ham. There will be fresh fruit, coffee, TICKETS tea and juice as well. Jenna says she is always happy to accommodate $125 – Advanced Sales guests’ dietary needs and always $150 – Day of the Event asks in advance if there’s anything (no admittance without a ticket) they don’t like. Birthdays and anniversaries Tickets are on sale at any Calvert County Community Bank of are special days at Open Gates Tri-County branch, at Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, and online at B&B as well. “We had one couple here celebrating their 22nd ding anniversary so I looked it up online and found it was the copper anniversary. Keeping with my commitment to re-using and recycling, I found an antique copper tea kettle and gave them a flower arrangement in it,” Jenna says. Sometimes, in the evenings, ROUND-TRIP BUS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE they build a bonfire for their visiPlease call Reid’s Bus Service at 410-535-3415 for schedule. tors. “One of our guests had never For more information, please call 410-257-2735 ext. 108, 109, or 171 toasted marshmallows over an open or visit us at fire before so that was a real treat for


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them!” Hospitality runs in Jenna’s blood. “My greatgrandparents used to run Trotter’s Hotel in Waldorf, which some people might remember, even though it was torn down years ago. And our sons, when they were younger were always bringing friends home. One time we took in a couple whose car broke down and they’ve become lifelong friends!” Her husband, Bob runs a business that refinishes furniture and antiques. “One thing guys like when their wives bring them here is that my husband restores “muscle” cars,” Jenna says. “Bob has a 1969 Hurst Olds 442 convertible, a ’69 Cutlass station wagon, and a ’72 Cutlass modified street rod. But my favorite is his ’53 Buick in periwinkle blue with a white top and matching interior. We’re always at a local cruise-ins.” For more information about Open Gates Farm Bed & Breakfast, visit online at or e-mail Be sure to check out Jenna’s fun blog, which includes home and garden tips, recipes, and 1940’s trivia. For more information about Maryland Green Travel, visit The one comfortable guest suite at Open Gates B&B features a sitting room with French doors to a private deck, library, a kitchenette, full bath, and a comfortable bedroom, all furnished with antiques.

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grasses and other plants. Otters are very robust aniFolks have asked me: do we have otters around mals with long strong tails and lustrous brown fur covering here? It does depend where you are looking, but yes, we them from head to tail tip. Otters are in the weasel do have an active River Otter (Lontra canadensis) popufamily, related to mink, spring and may be joined by their fasea otters, and ferrets. The ther during the tougher winter months. typical otter is considerHere in Maryland, otter family ably larger than a muskgroups tend to be small but some places rat, weighs 15 to 30 lbs and can live 10-20 years. Muskrats, which are common in marshes in our have otters in groups up to 17 individuThey are active hunt- area, are much smaller than otters and have hair- als where there is much food and open water to explore. They communicate ers and use their aquatic less tails like rodents. by chirps, purrs and chuckling sounds talents and adaptations and are very playful with each other. to hunt crustaceans, meGood ways to spot an otter are by kayaking into dium sized fish, frogs and occasionally a duck or two. They are not known to eat eggs enjoyed by their coves and the mouths of creeks and rivers like Parker’s weasel cousins. Otter have been trapped for many Creek. Be on the look out for otter clues like footprints, years for their thick waterproof fur and made into scat piles and muddy sliding areas into the water. Otters have been spotted at Jug Bay Wetlands Sancluxury coats and hats. Their numbers were reduced by years of trap- tuary, Rose Haven, and in the creek and ponds that run ping and in some areas like Southern Maryland, along the border of North Beach and Anne Arundel sightings were few and far between. More sightings County. If you ask at Herrington Harbour Inn, they may give have been made in the past few years and it is a treat to see the round brown head and long whiskers star- you an Eco-Walk Trail map that I helped create. Perhaps one day you will spy one of the otters swimming under ing up from the water at you. Folks have reported seeing otters at Herrington the boardwalks or piers. Harbour North and South marinas as they walk on About the Author: Lisa Bierer-Garrett of North Beach is a the boardwalks surrounding the yachts. One lucky naturalist and outdoor photographer who is currently manager boater got a video of an otter sunning on his boat’s of the Bookstore at Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, step. To watch this clip, simply go to www.YouTube. MD. Folks know her locally from “The Great Outdoors Store,” com and search for Otter at Herrington Harbour and the Haunted Boardwalk she helped organize over the past few years in North Beach. South. Other signs that otters are nearby are piles of crayfish or crab shells crushed in small scat or scat including many fish scales on the dock or near a muddy area of the wetlands. The muddy area would be a slide where these aquatic mammals glide into the water to hunt for dinner. 60 West end BouLeVard st. Leonard, Md I personally saw otters behind my house in Mid-County LandsCaper’s dreaM on 2 aCres! North Beach during the big snowstorms. At first, we thought we saw a cat walking Norma Robertson over the ice covered marsh and realized with Your Beach Realtor binoculars that we were spying a big River Office: 301-855-8108 Want to see a real otter? The Calvert Marine Museum maintains a live otter Otter! We saw one, and then two walking Cell: 301-518-8930 exhibit that delights all ages, even when they’re playfully napping. RE/MAX 100 Real Estate around and ducking into an old snow covered 10425 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, MD 20754 muskrat lodge a few times while the weather Quiet, Secluded 2 Acre Lot, but so close to shopping and other conveniences! MLs # Ca7130775 was cold. lation in the Chesapeake Bay. Folks often see muskrats • Three bedrooms hardwood floors • Expansive picture windows During the spring season, female otters move •• Gleaming along the shorelines and think they might be seeing an • Three and a half baths Living room fireplace throughout showcase beautiful views up to a den, usually an old beaver or fox den near • Large formal dining room • Spacious master bedroom • Walk-out basement with otter. You can tell the two apart by size and tail. suite with sitting area with crystal chandelier office nook and bonus room The muskrat, a rodent, is a smallish, dark brown ani- the water and have one to three kits. The young • Spacious table-space kitchen • Deck overlooking mature woods • Over-sized one car garage otters will stay with their mal with a hairless tail it moves from side to side when swimming. It is often seen sitting near wetlands eating mom till the following This otter was spotting swimming in the Patuxent River.

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n our midst is a true wine connoisseur: Dick Rosano, who splits his time between homes in North Beach and Potomac. He writes for a number of national publications about wine and food, including The Washington Post and the American Wine Society (AWS) Journal. Rosano’s latest book is “Wine Heritage - The Story of Italian American Vintners.” It’s the fascinating true story of the saga of Italian immigrants in developing the American wine industry. Robert Mondavi wrote the foreword. Rosano has another book on California wine due out later this year. The Chesapeake Current caught up with Rosano at a recent wine tasting and lecture at SeaScapes in North Beach. “Beer might be the beverage everyone thinks about pairing with summer barbeques, but there are so many other more elegant options,” he says. “One of my favorites is an Italian wine, Castello di Gabbiano 2008 Pinot Grigio (Venezia, $10) that fits the bill perfectly. It’s even great with salads and most people tend to jump to the conclusion that wine and salad aren’t a good mix. Not so with this one.” “My answer for a summer wine is citrus lemon/lime because the acidity in alcoholic drinks cools you off. So when you’re having a picnic, and you’re outside where it’s hot, choose a wine that cuts through the heat. Starmont 2008 Savignon Blanc (Napa Valley, $18) is a bright, flavorful summery wine that pairs perfectly with oyster stuffed pork or grilled salmon.” “Starmont has a very nice 2006 Merlot (Napa Valley, $20) that is great with pork roast, even burgers and grilled veggies,” Rosano adds. A third Starmont, its 2007 Chardonnay (Napa Valley, $20) would work well with the Westlawn Inn’s Cream of Crab Soup, which Rosano raves about. Lee Travers, owner of the North Beach establishment, describes it on the menu as having “a hint of sherry and Tabasco oil,” letting you in advance that it is a little spicy. Rosano says the Westlawn’s wine list conveniently includes two other wines that

pair perfectly with this famous soup. The zest of the dish brings out the lemon in the Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand, retail price $11), a nicely balanced wine and acidic enough to complement the cream of crab. If you’re a red wine lover, steer toward the Gnarly Head Zinfandel (Lodi, retail price $12). This wine has the prototypical Zinfandel

Author and wine expert Dick Rosano at a recent lecture and wine-tasting event at SeaScapes in North Beach.

spice, an aspect that helps to tame the Tabasco in the soup without detracting from its flavor. “A ‘not serious’ wine I also enjoy for the summer is Barefoot Bubbly, a light, sparkling wine from California,” Rosano says. Their Web site describes Barefoot Bubbly as “having delightful aromas of Chardonnay and flavors of green apples, jasmine with hints of kiwi and peach with a crisp, lingering finish. With fruit-filled aromas and flavors, this most traditional, great tasting bubbly will be an instant favorite for any occasion without breaking your budget.” “Another nice wine to try this summer is a blush, Robert Oatlay 2009 Rose of Sangioevese (Australia, $16). It goes exceptionally well with grilled foods, such as chicken or pork, since the bulk of blush or rose wines come from red grapes. When chilled, it’s very refreshing with a summer meal,” Rosano says. Reds he suggests for grilled dark red meats are Colores del Sol 2009 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina, $15) and Frei Brothers 2006 Cabernet Savignon Reserve (Alexander Valley, $24), which is a traditional spicy Cab. If you love red wines and want to splurge a little, Rosano says you’ll likely enjoy Sequana 2008 Pinot Noir Sarmento Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands, $32).

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2009 RU Calvert’s Next Idol Winners (L to R) Andre Jones (Tween category), Delaney Guldseth (Youth category), and Jacqueline Pleasant (Teen category).

n the nine seasons since American Idol began in 2002, the number of people auditioning around the country for a spot in the annual group of contestants has risen to over 100,000. The longest serving judges — meanie Simon Cowell, Randy Jonathan Pugh Jackson and Paula Abdul — have become household names. All contestants receive national attention via the TV show and many of the winners have gone on to successful music careers. It’s no wonder this contest has encouraged many young people to explore their vocal talents and start singing. If you think that young audiences are the predominant viewers of the Idol shows, however, you’re wrong. In fact, the largest age demographic (at 29%) of those tuning in is between 35 and 49 years

of age. This is one reason why the show has become such a cultural phenomena—Americans love music and witnessing the birth of new musical stars! And this love of rising (or shooting) stars has trickled down to the local level. Community talent shows also draw big crowds who enjoy seeing young people perform and sing. Fortunately, in Calvert County, we have two wonderful events this summer that provide just this type of opportunity. In this edition of Music Notes, I’m pleased to highlight these contests where beautiful voices can be heard. About the Author: Jonathan Pugh is an independent management consultant who enjoys many styles of music and has played guitar since high school. He looks forward to the time when he can quit his day job and bang on a guitar all day!

R U Calvert’s Next Idol? (July 30-31st) Registration deadline: July 23rd


ponsored by the Calvert Library and Garrett Music Academy, this vocal contest is a follow-on to last year’s very successful inaugural event that drew over 50 contestants. The event takes place this year on two successive nights (Friday and Saturday) at the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick. First round judging takes place on Friday, with final judging of the semi-finalists on Saturday. The winners will receive a free demo recording in a state-of-the-art recording studio and a professional photo shoot to accompany the recording session. There are three age groups in the competition: Youth (ages 7-10), Tween (ages 11-14), and Teen (ages 15-17). All contestants must be Calvert County residents. Singers can perform on an instrument or bring a CD with the karaoke track of the song they will be performing. Once again, Nick Garrett will serve as emcee for this exciting event. A panel of four judges, all with strong music backgrounds, will select the winner in each category. They are: Tom Dahrens – Nashville producer and writer. Tom has produced dozens of artists in Nashville and worked in that city’s most prestigious studios. Paul Christensen – Professor of Music, acclaimed songwriter and Grammy nominee. Paul has over 35 years in the music industry and has written musical scores for movies, commercials and documentaries. Charles Harris – Sixes Production. Charles is a film producer and has worked on shoots for P Diddy, Dennis Rodman and Wil-e.

ponsored by Sacchetti Music in Huntingtown, this event returns after a hiatus of several years. New for 2010, the talent show will take place in North Beach at the Friday night Farmers’ market beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the boardwalk bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets. Pete Sacchetti says this event is not so much a contest as it is just an opportunity to have fun. Contestants are not limited to singing; they can also showcase their talents by playing a musical instrument. There’s also no age restriction, so it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to perform in a fun public forum. Both individual and group performances are encouraged to ensure there will be something for everyone. The first place talent winner will receive a $100 Sacchetti Music gift certificate. Second and third place winners will receive $50 and $25 gift certificates respectively. Judges for the talent show are in the process of being finalized and will be announced in the near future. For registration and more information, contact: Sacchetti Music 410-257-7620

Hundreds of spectators jammed the Calvert Library in Prince Frederick for the 2009 RU Calvert’s Next Idol contest.

Lori Pellock – Chorus Director. Lori serves as Chorus Director at Plum Point Middle School Music. Last year’s talented winners of the R U Calvert’s Next Idol contest were: Delaney Guldseth (Youth category), Andre Jones (Tween category), and Jacqueline Pleasant (Teen category). The Current had an opportunity to speak recently with Mrs. Gladys Jones, mother of Andre Jones, and ask about the impact of her son’s win at the 2009 Idol contest. First she said, “It was a tremendous boost to his confidence.” “Music remains his love, and Andre says he always has a beat in his head.” After his win last summer, Andre performed in October at the “End Hunger” concert at the Calvert County fairgrounds singing, “It’s a Wonderful World.” This year, he has sung at Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro for the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Tournament, and at the annual

Louis Goldstein dinner at the Rod-N-Reel restaurant in Chesapeake Beach—singing a very moving version of our National Anthem. Andre is finishing up an original composition for a song called “Time for the World to Come Together and Change.” He plans to record this in the near future as part of his prize for winning the Calvert Idol contest. Now 11 years old and entering 7th Grade, Andre says his future plans are to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice and become a singing FBI Agent who cracks down on crimes in the music industry. Register online at For more information, contact: Calvert Library Garrett Music Academy 410-535-0291 410-286-5505 301-855-1862

Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Sunday, July 18: Out of Order (Classic Hits), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Sunday, July 25: Daryl Davis (Boogie Woogie) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Sunday, August 1: The KGB Band plus Kurt & Shelley (60’s & 70’s) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Thursday, August 5: The KGB Band plus Kurt & Shelley (60’s & 70’s) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cancer Gala @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach. Call 1-877-ROD N REEL for ticket information.

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Out&About Thursday, July 15 Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Children’s Summer Program. 10:00 a.m. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. Phone: (410) 257-3892. Deale Farmers’ Market at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd. Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October 29 Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

Friday, July 16 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, & Classic Car Cruise-Ins. Everyone’s favorite Friday night event! Come early because vendors sell out fast! You’ll love the cruisers who come from all over to line up along the boardwalk. Elementary age children and their parents will love the campfire on the beach from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mom and dad can taste delicious Calvert County wines, and even take home a bottle or two! 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. Many vendors accept WIC and Senior FMNP checks. Campfire on the Beach. At North Beach from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – across the street from the farmers’ market. Enjoy roasted marshmallows and stories for elementary age children and their families. Campfires are held at 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the beach near the Welcome Center in North Beach. For more information, call (301) 855-6681 or (410) 257-9618. Flicks on the Field. At Kellam’s Field (actually the parking Kellams Field is under construction right now) at dusk. Free. See the family favorite, “Rudy,” the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. In 2005, the movie was named one of the top 25 sports movies by

ESPN. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join the fun.

Saturday, July 17 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.

Thursday, July 22 Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Children’s Summer Program. 10:00 a.m. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. Phone: (410) 257-3892. Deale Farmers’ Market at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd. every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October 29. Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

Friday, July 23 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car Cruise-Ins & Wine-Tasting. Now you’ll know where your food really comes from – it’s grown locally. You’ll love the quality of the foods at our producer-only market! Classic car owners say this cruise-in along the Chesapeake Bay beats a boring parking lot. 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. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted by many of the vendors.

Saturday, July 24 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.

Movie on the Beach: Twilight. Enjoy a free screening of the first installment of the vampire cult classic on the huge 40-foot screen! Bring your own chair or blanket! Enjoy this blockbuster hit 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 will begin at dusk. Moonlight Cruise on the Chesapeake Bay Aboard the Lady Hooker. Departs from the Rod ‘N’ Reel dock at 7:30 p.m. and return by moonlight (a full moon!) at about 9:30 pm. $25 per person. Appetizers provided, and beverages available for purchase. Tickets are limited to 70, so reserve your spot now! Tickets available at Chesapeake Beach Town Hall.

Wednesday, July 28 Annual Senior Citizen’s Summer Picnic at Friendship United Methodist Church @ 12:00 noon. Join the lively seniors of Friendship United Methodist Church for a delicious free indoor summer picnic with fried chicken, potato salad, and other summer delights. You’ll love our annual “Full Contact” Trivial Pursuit Contest! All this is at noon on Wednesday July 28 at Friendship United Methodist Church. Learn more by calling (410) 257-7133, visit the church web site at, or email the church office: bsuedean@ Friendship UMC is one block east of the “new” traffic circle on Route 2, just 1-1/4 miles north of the stoplight at the junction of Route 2 and Route 260. “Cross the Bay for a Day” Boat Trip organized by the North Beach Loop businesses leaves from Rose Haven and goes to the land you see on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay, Tilgman Island and St. Michael’s, on both July 28 and August 18. Leave Herrington on the Bay (Herrington South) 10:30 a.m. then leave Tilgman Island to return back to the beaches at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $38.00 round trip and may be purchased at Herrington Harbour Inn, SeaScapes & Coffee, Tea & Whimsey.

History Camp At Shady Side Museum “Remembering When,” an active exploration of early life in Annapolis and South Anne Arundel County, is the subject of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s Summer Camp. This hands-on history camp for children ages 8 to 13 will be held at the Captain Salem Avery Museum, 1418 E.W. Shady Side Road, July 26 to 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Among the adventures that camp explorers will discover are the Jefferson Patterson “trunk,” a treasure trove of early Native American artifacts; whether money really did grow on trees or plants, revealing how tobacco was used as currency and grown in Anne Arundel County; what the Peggy Stewart was and who burned it; the wealthiest man in Annapolis during its “Golden Age,” William Paca, will take the group on a tour of his home and even introduce the group to his cook. This is just a sampling of the educational, entertaining activities campers will have at this history camp. Georgia Ladd, the Director of the camp, was the Preserve America Gilder Lehrman Maryland History Teacher of the Year award winner for 2009. Registration is $140 for members of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, and $150 for non-members. There is a $10 discount for additional siblings. Those interested are urged to register early because this is a very popular, day long, well planned and taught summer camp. For more information and to register, visit the Museum’s website at, or call the office at (410) 867-4486.

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Job search specialists from the Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corporation under SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program) are available every week at the South County Library. They can provide information about their services and help people with job searches, completing employment applications, and resume writing. They’re available: - Mondays from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The South County Library is located at 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale. For more information, call (410) 222-1925 or (410) 867-4164.

Get on the Merry-GoRound Enjoy two local carnivals this month! The Deale Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival runs through July 17 at 6007 Drum Point Road. There will be a parade at 6:30 p.m. on the last night, Saturday, July 17. For more info, call (410) 867-1350. The other is the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival, Tuesday-Saturday, July 27-31 at 5th Street in North Beach. Call (410) 2576564 for more information.

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