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Snakeheads Invade Our Area Story Page 3

The Buzz About Local Beekeepers Story Page 18

New Band Shell at Chesapeake Beach Story Page 20

A Community Salute Honoring Wounded Warriors

Photo by Jacqueline Malonson, JAX

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Local residents go all out to give a hero’s welcome to wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center as they come to the beaches for a weekend. Only the Chesapeake Current captures the spirit of patriotism in touching photos – and videos – you can watch on your smart phone! Cover Story on page 12 …

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It’s THE event of the summer, and it’s for a very good cause. Where else can you hob-nob while enjoying allyou-can-eat gourmet food, an open bar, and fabulous entertainment? At the Rod ‘N’ Reel Cancer Gala, coming up Aug. 4! Story page 4 …

community At the turn of the century, a beautiful band shell beckoned visitors to Chesapeake Beach from the cruise ships and trains. This fall, that historic band shell comes back in all its glory! Read about our area’s newest performance venue on page 20…

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Photos by Jacqueline Malonson/, Cheryl Emery, and Yvonne Oliver.


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Snakeheads on the Move In the Pax, at Muddy Creek, and in the Bay! The 23-inch long female Snakehead pulled from the Rhode River near Muddy Creek in Southern Anne Arundel County.

By Diane Burr

Another Chesapeake Current Exclusive In the murky waters of the Rhode River in Southern Anne Arundel County, at its headwaters near Muddy Creek, a team from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Annapolis made a startling discovery. “We go out with seine nets multiple times each summer in certain places and do wildlife surveys,” says Stacey Havard, Biological Research Technician. “That day, we caught something quite large, and it was really fighting in the net. At first we thought it was a big bottom-feeder, maybe a carp. Then one of the interns managed to get close and identified it as a Snakehead.” This was the first Northern Snakehead (Channa argus) ever pulled from the Rhode River. Researchers are very concerned about the recent range expansion of the Snakehead population they’ve seen, which Havard says is due to the low salinity in brackish waters because of heavy rains this spring, including the Chesapeake Bay. “We took it back to the Smithsonian and dissected it,” Havard says. “We’re doing genetic testing to be certain it’s related to the Snakeheads in the Potomac. The results won’t be available for several weeks, but that’s probably where it came from.” Senior Scientist Greg Ruiz performed the dissection and tells the Chesapeake Current, “It was a 23-inch-long female, and I could not believe how many eggs she was carrying.” He did some research while we were talking and found that Snakeheads can carry 150,000 – 200,000 eggs. “So even though there are about 170 invasive species of plants and animals in our area, you can see why we’re so concerned about the Snakeheads migrating,” Ruiz says. Native to China, the first Northern Snakehead in Maryland was reported in 2002 in a Crofton pond, approximately 20 miles east of Washington, D.C. That population was eradicated, but the SERC says a separate introduction occurred in the Potomac River in 2004, which led to the establishment of the Northern Snakehead in creeks and waterways in both Maryland and Virginia. The Northern Snakehead is typically found in freshwater, although it can tolerate low salinity waters. It was thought that higher salinity at the mouth of the Potomac might act as a natural barrier, serving to limit or reduce the fish’s spread to other tributaries. However, due to extremely high levels of spring runoff in the Upper Chesapeake Bay this year, salinity levels in Chesapeake tributaries are at some of their lowest levels in the last 30 years. This has allowed the fish to move out of the Potomac and travel to other rivers via the Bay. That’s likely how this Snakehead reached the Rhode River. And now they’re in Calvert County, in the Patuxent River as well. The Chesapeake Current has learned that a Snakehead was caught recently in Mill Creek in Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, not far from Lake Lariot. “A fisherman caught that Snakehead in June and re-

Any movement or possession of a live Northern Snakehead fish is a violation of state law. If you catch one, please do up, and they can breed three times or more in a season. The male and female then stay together and care not release it. Anglers are for their fry. They keep a tight school when they’re asked to kill the fish and contact ¼ to ½ inch – it looks like a patch of rain on the wathe Maryland Department of ter because they stay close to the surface, just a huge swarm of them. The adults are very protective and Natural Resources at fight any predators that come near their fry.” (410) 260-8320, or toll-free Cosden says also this year two adult Snakeheads at (877) 520-8DNR, have been caught at St. Jerome’s Creek in St. Mary’s County, halfway between the Potomac and the Patuxent. In the ext. 8230. second case, the owner of a small marina couldn’t catch the Snakehead, so he got his gun and shot it. “They’re also now in the Anacostia River and we’re hearing that some sport fishermen are hunting the Snakeheads there with bows and arrows,” Cosden adds.

ported it to us, so it was a positive Snakehead ID” says Don Cosden, Assistant Fisheries Director for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis. “We don’t know if it was a male or female, but it was a mature adult Snakehead. Another guy reported to us that he’s sure he saw another one in the area and almost caught it, but it got away.” “Mill Creek is a tributary of the Patuxent River, so yes, I believe they have now moved into the Patuxent,” Cosden says. “And they’re obviously in the Chesapeake Bay, too. We have three confirmations of Snakeheads caught this summer in the Nanticoke River on the Eastern Shore, and another unconfirmed. If you look at a map, it’s right across from where the Potomac empties into the Bay. So there’s little doubt they have migrated into the Bay and went into the Nanticoke in search of fresh water.” “That one they pulled out of the Rhode River… I would not be the least bit surprised if Snakeheads go into The Smithsonian sampling team that caught the Snakehead in the Rhode Muddy Creek because that’s the exact kind of habitat they River (from left to right): Intern Diana Sisson, visiting student Alison Everett, biologist Eric Bah, biologist Stacey Havard, intern Philip Choy. like: a lot of grasses, lily pads, fresh water,” Cosden says. “We’ve found them well up into small woodland streams off the Potomac, doing quite well. These are tough fish. They are survivors.” The SERC says the Northern Snakehead can live up to four days out of water if kept moist. This ability comes from air chambers above their gills that act as a primitive lung. Wikipedia says a Snakehead can travel on wet land for up to a quarter of a mile by wiggling its body and “crawling” with its fins. They are top-level predators with the ability to consume other fish and animals up to one-third of their own body size. Northern Snakeheads typically cause declines in local fish and other organisms, causing potential changes to the food web. One of the reasons they take hold so quickly is because they’re such “good” parents. “We’re hoping the ones in Calvert and Anne Arundel were loners,” Cosden says. “But during breeding time, they pair

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LOCAL NEWS Get ready to be wowed at the 30th Annual Gala, which coincides this year with the Rod ‘N’ Reel’s 65th anniversary. Over $4 million has been raised to date through event tickets sales and corporate sponsorships to help fight the disease. This year, organizers promise an even greater night of food, en-

Cancer Gala Celebrates Life

tertainment and surprises. Expect scrumptious local Chesapeake Bay seafood, and other inspired cuisine, desserts, open bars, live music and dancing inside and out under the stars on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay waterfront. Host Gerald Donovan says, “This is a spectacular, giant cocktail

party which we strive to improve upon in every aspect each year. Our goals are to exceed everyone’s expectations at each event and to eventually see cancer cured.” Having lost their father to cancer, Gerald, the former Mayor of Chesapeake Beach, and his brother, Fred, owners of the Resort, began

the Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala in 1982 to celebrate life and raise money for cancer research and patient programs. That first event raised $5,300, and since then over $4 million has been raised for the cause. The Donovans, including Gerald’s wife, Mary, host about 2,000 people each year at the Cancer Gala. Nearly The Donovan family hosts about 2,000 guests anhalf of the money raised nually at the Cancer Gala, and has raised more for the event is gener- than $4 million to benefit the American Cancer ated through corporate Society over 30 years. sponsorships, and their The 30th Annual Gala is scheduled for efforts to keep the event Thursday, Aug. 4 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at a financial success have the Chesapeake Beach Resort/Rod ‘N’ Reel. also resulted in an inTickets in advance are $125 per person and creased awareness for $150 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the American Cancer any Calvert County Community Bank of TriSociety’s initiatives in County branch, the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, cancer prevention, early or online at detection, research, and patient programs and experience. services. Gerald Donovan adds, Recently, the Donovan’s “Having the 30th Gala during were honored with the American our landmark Anniversary year Cancer Society’s Award of Excellence for Income Development makes this event that much more of a celebration for us and our for the South Atlantic Division. The 30th Annual Cancer guests.” Honorary Co-Chairmen for Crusade Celebration of Life Gala is taking place during the Chesa- this year’s event are Doug Hill, peake Beach Resort & Spa’s 65th “Washington’s most accurate year of business, something the and entertaining TV Weather Resort has been celebrating all Forecaster” who lives in Huntingyear long with special events, new town, and Monumental Sports restaurant menus and unique ho- & Entertainment Founder and Chairman, Ted Leonsis. tel and Marina packages. Advance tickets are $125 per Starting in 1946 as the Rod person and $150 per person at the ‘N’ Reel Restaurant and Marina, the Resort has grown to become door. Tickets may be purchased at a premier waterfront destina- any Calvert County branch of the tion location for both land lovers Community Bank of Tri-County, and boaters who want to have a the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, or quintessential Chesapeake Bay online at

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Following numerous complaints, the speed limit is being lowered on a section of 5th Street in Owings, just above the Town of North Beach. Susan Shaw, President, Calvert County Commissioners says county officials have decided to reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph because of residents concerned about speeding cars. She confirms that new signs are now in place on 5th street just north of the town going east toward the Chesapeake Bay from about Madison Street going down the hill and coming up the hill going west. County officials say that they believe this is an effective method for reinforcing speed awareness in order to deter speeders. The decision was made after data was collected using a SMART Radar Trailer and rubber traffic counters, confirming what residents already knew about speeds through the area and traffic volume. Shaw says she was contacted by North Beach Town Councilman Ken Wilcox about the problem, which was also a heated topic of discussion on local Facebook pages. County officials add that they have not had any major complaints since the speed limited was increased and the new signs posted along the road.



I Now Proclaim You… By Susan Shaw President, Calvert County Board of Commissioners

One of the roles of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is to issue proclamations. The purpose of a proclamation is to recognize a cause, an achievement, a milestone, or as a tribute. Usually, a few are presented each BOCC meeting on camera to further a cause or to recognize a major achievement. Many more are picked up for events. Some are presented by Commissioners at various venues. For example, a proclamation is prepared and given to every young man who achieves the rank of Eagle Scout and every young woman who earns her Girl Scout Gold Award. These are presented at the award ceremony by a Commissioner because they represent a major milestone for the awardees as well as requiring stamina, dedication, planning, organization and leadership to achieve. Each Scout awardee has completed a community service project that enhances our community for years to come. They include making handicapped accessible trails, building stairs and ramps, making tables for Hospice, creating an animal viewing shelter, creating a sports camp, teaching children a skill, and many more. Virtually every non-profit in Calvert County has benefitted from the largess of an Eagle or Gold project. The proclamations also mark change in the lives of the young men and women who earn them, a turning point. Speaking of change, I have recently presented proclamations that represent major milestones. Two of us delivered one in honor of the 66th wedding anniversary of Raymond and Elizabeth Lankford, long-time community builders in Solomons. Commissioners Weems, Nutter, and I presented one to Douglas Weems upon his retirement from the Health Department after 36 years of government service to some of the most vulnerable among us. I just presented one to Gary Anderson marking his retirement as Director of the Calvert County Department of Social Services for 46 years as a professional social worker serving first a military family population then a community population needing vital services. His retirement represents a change to teaching and writing more. Donna Millar’s retirement from the Department of Juvenile Justice will be recognized soon. What a change agent she has been in the lives of many, many young persons and their families over a long career! All of the Commissioners participate in these ceremonies that recognize transitions. Each of these opportunities to honor causes, with the Relay for Life standing out as a recent example; achievements of both a personal nature or an organizational nature, such as the Leading Edge Awards that recognized a number of Calvert County businesses this year as the best in the region; milestones like retirements and 100 year birthdays: or tributes, such as the one to Ethan Jacob McComb of Chesapeake Beach for being the first student in Maryland in 38 years to win the National History Fair signal a change. The transitions are often bittersweet as familiarity and friends are left for hoped-for unknowns. Change, even good change, is challenging. While it is a joy for we Commissioners to recognize our local heroes, some change comes with controversy, apprehension, and conflict. More on that kind of change will be in my next Chesapeake Current column on Aug. 11.

Live Secure!

Your Money Matter$ By Lyn Striegel


do-it-yourself works well, but this is not one of them. Using an online service to prepare one of the most important legal documents you will ever create is like agreeing to have your heart surgery done by your plumber! There is a reason why online sites must state that they are not giving legal advice— they can’t. What they can do is supply you with some cookie-cutter language and you can hope you fit into the mold. So, how do you know your loved ones will get what you intend? If you use the wrong language in creating a will, you may end up doing exactly what you did not intend, like our hypothetical couple, Sue and Robert. Sue and Robert thought they could protect their children and grandchildren by having a will. However, their version of a will came from an online service. They filled out a form, checked off the boxes, signed the documents and forgot about them. Two years later, Sue and Robert were killed in a car accident and the family discovered that five of the grandchildren were disinherited. Sue and Robert had filled out an online form that said “our estate should go in equal shares to our two children.” Sounds right. But, Sue and Robert did not specify that the share of any deceased child would go to the children of that child. When Sue and Robert died in a car accident with their son, his children were left without any inheritance.

The horrors of poor drafting are legendary. Don’t contribute to this by trying to This is the first in a do it yourself. series of columns dediGo to a professional for drafting the cated to helping you undocuments. You will spend time with this derstand, create and manage your estate and professional, so choose someone who will financial plans based on the lessons I have spend time listening to you and someone learned over thirty years working in law and who will teach you what you need to know finance. I hope you enjoy this column in the to make the right decisions for your loved Chesapeake Current and, please, send me ones. your questions so that I can respond. Start by networking. Talk to friends Estate planning and financial planning and advisors to obtain recommendations. go hand in hand, but to start at the beginInterview the professionals. If the profesning, we need to start with estate planning. sional is rude, unresponsive, or condescendEstate planning is not just for the wealthy. ing, cross them off your list. Do not accept It’s for you and me. It’s for everyone. merely a will. You need to have a power What does estate planning give you? of attorney or other document that covers A structure, so that when you die (it’s a medical and financial care, and a living will. “when” not an “if”), your loved ones will Do not sign anything unless you unbe protected. It’s simple. With a plan you derstand it. Even technical language in a will protect your loved ones; without a plan, will can and must be explained so that you, you won’t. What does this mean? It means the client, has a full understanding of what you need a will, a power of attorney or other you are doing. document that protects you with medical In our next column, we will talk about and financial issues if you cannot help yourprobate. self, and a living will. Also, many people these days are choosing to have a living About the Author: Lyn Striegel is an attorney in trust to avoid probate. private practice in North Beach and Annapolis. Lyn has had over 30 years experience in the fields of estate and If we know it’s important, why do financial planning and is the author of “Live Secure: Esso many of us avoid thinking about estate tate and Financial Planning for Women and the Men Who planning? The number one reason is denial: Love Them (2011 ed.).” Nothing in this article constitutes I just won’t die; that’s what happens to the specific legal or financial advice and readers are advised to consult their own counsel. other guy. Or, I’ll die, of course, but not for years and years. I’m busy right now and I’ll get to it - some day. Or, I don’t have to worry because my spouse and I put everything in joint names so that if one of us dies, the survivor gets everything. Of course, we travel a lot and if both of us die together, we do not have a plan for the children, but… Or, I do not have an “estate.” I only have a house, some life insurance, an older car, a small bank account, and a small 401(k) in my name—that’s not an “estate”—is it? (Yes, it is an “estate” Less than subject to the probate process). Per month for the Or, I don’t have the money to pay first 3 months for an estate plan. It’s true, I do have minor-aged children and have not appointed a guardian or trustee to care for For a Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, them in the event my spouse and I die Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Bell or (but I did buy a big screen TV for them Drum Kit. Alto Saxophone, Cello to enjoy! Just know that the cost of an estate plan is about the same….) and others available at higher rate. Or, I’ll be dead, what do I care? Well, if you have loved ones, you should care very much. There is simply no excuse not to have a will, no matter what your age or financial circumstances. Dying without a will means the government decides who gets what, perhaps including who will take care of your minor-aged children. Dying and leaving a mess for the Authorized Rental Location Since 1993 family to unravel is the worst kind of irresponsibility. Dunkirk Market Place OK, how do you go about prepar10366 Southern Maryland Blvd. • Dunkirk, MD 20754 ing a will, power of attorney, living will and perhaps a trust? I personally don’t 410-257-6616 301-855-4515 recommend doing it with an online Monday Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm • Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm form. There are certainly times when

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Boats Burnt at Beach

Fire destroyed three boats at the Windward Key Marina on Wednesday, July 20 but fortunately no one was hurt. “Damage is estimated at $80,00 to $100,000,” says Chief Donald Gibson of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department. “We were on our way to a fire at the McDonald’s in Dunkirk when we got the call about 9:30 a.m., so we had to redirect units there.” He says units from North Beach, Huntingtown, and from Deale, Lothian and Harwood in Anne Arundel County assisted. The simultaneous fire in Dunkirk at McDonald’s turned out to be in a refrigeration unit and was caused by an equipment malfunction. No one was hurt. Pat Healy of Chesapeake Beach lives at Windward Key and owns the classic, 38-foot 1968 Hatteras. He tells the Chesapeake Current, “My friend Ron Draper and I had been out in the creek (Fishing Creek) checking the depths after the recent dredging. Ron has a slip up the creek and had not been able to get his boat in because of the silt, so we were seeing if the dredging was deep enough. We had not even been

out in the Bay, had not even gotten it up to speed. We had been around the creek for about 40 minutes then came back and just backed into the slip.” “We may never know what happened,” Draper tells the Chesapeake Current. “I assume there must have been some gas fumes in the bilge because that’s where we first saw smoke and then some flames.” “We were tying up the boat when it exploded. Our friend Jenn Herrmann, who was watching us from her deck said a big ball of fire came up.” Healy says, “But we didn’t see it.” Herrmann called 911 and then ran out to help. (Scan the Current Code with your smart phone to see a video by neighbor Fred Rider, who grabbed his camcorder after hearing the explosion). “It blew the plates off the engine and then fire started spreading fast. We couldn’t get into the cabin to get the fire extinguishers - we were afraid we’d go in and get trapped. Another neighbor brought a fire extinguisher out to us, but that didn’t do much. And we got garden hoses from the houses, but it just kept burning and spreading,” Healy says. “We’re lucky because there were probably a hundred gallons left in the fuel tank, but that did not ignite.” In the past ten years, Healy says he had completely restored the sailboat and everything was in excellent condition. As for the loss, Healy says he’s still waiting on his insurance company. “I have $80,000 to $100,000 in it, but it’s an old boat, so I don’t know what they’ll give me on it. But they did say it was a total loss.” Chesapeake Beach Town Councilman Bob Carpenter and wife Pat also lost their 27-foot Catalina sailboat in the fire It was in the slip next to Healey’s boat, and Pat says, “Our insurance

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company totaled it. The sails, the canvases, the windows just bubbled… everything was destroyed. They set the loss on our boat at $15,000.” The boat in the slip on the other side of Healy’s is owned by Suzanne Haynes, and the Carpenters say damage to hers was worse than theirs. Following the fire, Draper says their next concern was about Healy’s boat sinking, so they contacted Freddy Donovan at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina who authorized them to use his equipment. They managed to tow the burnt boat across the creek to Marina West where they used the lift to get it out of the water and put it up on blocks.

Watch dramatic videos of the boat fire shot by neighbor Fred Rider by scanning the Current Codes with your smart phone!

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Fire Destroys Home

Chris Lockwood (white t-shirt) watches as workers board up his house at 3844 6th Street in North Beach, which was scorched when a fire broke out in the cottage next door at 3842 about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23. “It melted the siding off my house and broke all the windows,” Lockwood says. “A guy down the street got up in the night and saw an orange glow, and realized the house was on fire. He called 911 and came over and woke us up.” Lockwood adds, “When I saw it first, the back porch was on fire, so that’s where it started. The neighbor also woke up the man who lives there, and he got out, but was burned when he went back in to try to get something.” North Beach Fire Chief Donald Gibson says the cause was determined to be cigarette disposal on the back porch. Volunteers from North Beach, Dunkirk, Huntingtown, Prince Frederick, Bowie/ Mitchellville and staff from the Lothian and Deale Fire Departments responded. Gibson says all occupants were out upon arrival, with one subject suffered second-degree burns over 40% of his body. He was airlifted to the University of Maryland Burn Unit in Baltimore. The home is a total loss.

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Police Blotter Calvert County Sheriff’s Department Reports: CDS Violations

Dep. J. Denton responded to a home on Smith Way in Dunkirk on July 15 to take a report of a hit and run incident. The victim advised that at 11:10 a.m. that same day she was traveling north bound on MD Rt. 4 at Fox Run Blvd. in Prince Frederick when a Toyota passenger car crossed the center line and side swiped the victim’s vehicle but did not stop. The victim observed the tag number of the offending vehicle, which Dep. Denton located on Calvert Towne Way in Prince Frederick. He made contact with the driver who appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Denton arrested the driver, Angela Marie Fricia, 24, of Owings. Fricia was charged with possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia a smoking device, failure to stop after an accident involving damage, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, negligent driving, driving while impaired, and driving on revoked license. DFC D. Deakins conucted a traffic stop on a vehicle on MD Rt. 4 and Ward Road in Dunkirk on July 18 at 9:09 p.m. He found the driver, identified as Patricia Margarita Renderos-Alvarez, 24, of Brentwood, MD, to be in possession of suspected marijuana. She was charged with possession of marijuana. DFC V. Evans arrested Antwan Javar Ware, 24, of Dunkirk for possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, baggies and scales, after he investigated a suspicious activity call on Carter Avenue in Dunkirk. It happened on July 24 at 4:30 p.m. After conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle on MD Rt. 261 near 1st Street in Chesapeake Beach on July 14 at 11:02 p.m. DFC R. Kreps arrested the driver for suspected drug possession. Mark Edward Taylor, 24, of Nottingham, MD, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. DFC M. Robshaw conducted a traffic stop on July 15 at 11:20 p.m. on MD Rt. 260 and Thomas Avenue in Owings. He charged the passenger of the vehicle, Zarin Ray Lynch, 19, of Upper Marlboro, with possession of marijuana.


A bronze-colored seat to a Yamaha jet ski and the battery together valued at $600 were stolen while the jet ski was stored at the Breezy Point Marina in Chesapeake Beach sometime between July 15 and 23. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. T. Phelps at (410) 535-2800. Overnight between July 18 and 19 unknown suspect(s) stole a pink colored i-Pod in a red case worth about $100 and spare change from two unlocked vehicles outside a home on Wesley Stinnett Blvd. in Chesapeake Beach. F/Sgt. C. Bowen is investigating.

Destruction of Property

A victim advised DFC R. Burggraff that he observed unknown suspect(s) shoot his boat and pier on I Street in Chesapeake Beach with a paintball gun on July 16 at around 8:20 p.m. DFC Burggraff attempted to locate the suspects. The damage is estimated at $200.

A victim on South View Drive in Huntingtown advised Dep. C. Fox that sometime between 8:30 a.m. on July 16 and 7:30 p.m. on July 17, someone shot a paintball gun at his residence.

State Police Barrack U Reports: Possession of Marijuana

Trooper Oles stopped a vehicle on Dares Beach Road in Prince Frederick for traffic violations on July 13 at 11:23 a.m. A prescription bottle containing marijuana was observed when the driver was retrieving the registration. The owner reported that several others had recently been in the vehicle with her daughter. Investigation revealed the marijuana belonged to Robert L. Morgart, 46, of Chesapeake Beach. He was incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. Trooper First Class R. Lewis investigated a suspicious vehicle parked at the Lower Marlboro Pier at the end of Chaneyville Road in Owings on July 14 at 11:47 p.m. When approaching the vehicle, the odor of marijuana was emitting from within the vehicle. Edwin Alexander, 36, of Clinton, MD was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was arrested and incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center.

Lothian Woman Killed in Crash A Lothian woman died in a single-vehicle crash at Mullen Lane and Bounty’s View Lane on July 19 at 3:46 a.m. Southern Anne Arundel County Police say 40-year-old Clarisa Renzi of 5602 Bounty’s View Lane, Lothian was driving a 2006 Volvo S40 early that morning. She was unable to negotiate the turn from Bounty’s View Lane onto Mullen Lane and subsequently struck a tree. At this time, alcohol is believed to be a possible contributing factor to the deadly crash, police say, and the investigation is ongoing.

Man Dies in Industrial Accident Officers from the Anne Arundel County Police’s Southern District were called to the 400 block of W. Bayfront Road in Lothian for a report of an industrial accident on July 20 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witness on scene, who advised that the victim, identified as Brian David Gillis, 39, of Virginia Beach, VA, climbed an electrical pole with his pole climbing gear and began working on a portion of the pole near the wires when he came into contact with the live portion of the pole. Nearby workers began rescue protocols and retrieved the victim from the pole. Fire department personnel arrived on scene and began resuscitation efforts, which were eventually discontinued. The victim was later pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is being treated as an accident. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to be conducted to determine the final cause and manner of death. An investigation will be continued by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH).

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Owings Group Reaches Out to Vets tions at their tiny white building, few likely know what this group does and how much money they raise. Houston says, “In 2010, we gave back about $97,000 So many in our community gave so much to assure to the community. In 2009, it was $101,000. In the past five that the seriously wounded warriors from Walter Reed had a years, we’ve given back more than a half a million dollars.” memorable experience while at the beaches. One of the largShe says she’d have to look up the exact figures, but this est donations - $5,000 – came from the small HELP Associa- gives you a good idea of the tremendous contribution to our tion, Inc. Thrift Store at Route 260 and Mt. Harmony Road community that this tiny, non-profit thrift store has made over in Owings. the past 30 years since it was founded by a group of women HELP Association, Inc. President Norma Houston of from Chesapeake Beach. Davidsonville has been volunteering there for 21 years. She “Operation Second Chance was not our biggest donation says members consider grant requests every month, and this year,” Houston adds. “We gave $10,000 to Project Echo they unanimously agreed to give Operation Second Chance in Prince Frederick.” $5,000 to help offset expenses. Project Echo is Calvert County’s homeless shelter that Although most of us have probably dropped off dona- also helps people get back on their feet in many ways. “HELP Association is an all-volunteer, memberrun organization. We’re independent, no ties to the Salvation Army or a church. Certified Public Accountant We decide who we want to give our profits to. Every single penny goes back to the community, except for our expenses. We can’t give to individuals, but we give Individual Tax and Planning Accounting/Bookkeeping/Payroll to another non-profit after an assessment of what the Small Business Tax and Consulting Divorce Planning needs might be,” Houston New Business Startup Estate Tax & Administration says. “We give to all the senior centers, a lot of the 410.257.5514 • 301.855.5514 schools for their reading 3140 West Ward Rd, Suite 108, Dunkirk, MD and sports programs, Little


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League, veterans, End Hunger Calvert, the Food Bank and so many others,” Houston adds. Behind the scenes, the there are 20 very active volunteers but 50 volunteers on the books. Houston says: “People don’t realize the amount of work required to process everything we take in. And our prices are so low, $2 for a blouse or $3 for a pair of jeans, think about how much we have to sell to raise the amount of money we do! The HELP Association needs help!” “Our oldest volunteer is 91-years-old, and our youngest is in her 30’s. Most are in their 60’s, and we have to mow our own grass, and do everything. We get heavy bags and furniture we need to move around, so we’d like to have some guys help,” Houston laughs. “We need some help with painting and repairs, too. So that’s something the community could do to help us!” For more information or to volunteer, call (410) 257-6669.

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Dickinson Jewelers in Dunkirk and Prince Frederick now carry From Soldier to Soldier bracelets, an awareness and fundraising campaign in support of wounded veterans and their families. The bracelet is based on the survival and friendship bracelets made and worn by many US and allied soldiers in Iraq a n d Afghanistan. For every bracelet sold in Calvert County, $25 will be donated to Homes For Our Troops and other organizations s up p or t i ng ret ur ning wou nded veterans and their families. The campaign is part of a national effort to raise significant funds for veterans’ aid organizations and bring attention to the special needs of returning heroes. “We are very pleased to partner with Dickinson Jewelers in support of this unifying cause,” stated Niels Christiansen, CEO of LovelinksAmerica, the Massachusetts company behind the national campaign. “From Soldier to Soldier is neither pro nor anti war. It is pro our young men and women who put their lives on the line for our country and make horrific sacrifices. It is about the survival, friendship and commitment, symbolized by these bracelets.”

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“We were contacted by From Soldier to Soldier this spring about adding the collection in our stores. I decided to ask our customers and friends on Facebook what they thought about the bracelets. The response was overwhelmingly in support of From Soldier to Soldier. We were very excited to add the line,” says Kathy Dickinson, owner of Dickinson Jewelers. The bracelets in the field are braided by the soldiers with parachute cord. They are known as survival bracelets, because they can be unraveled and the paracord can be used for many purposes in a pinch. They are also exchanged among the soldiers as friendship bracelets. Often a uniform button is sewn on and used as the clasp. The designer version has a sterling silver clasp shaped like a uniform button and is extremely tightly braided. Sterling silver and gold plated sterling silver heart clasps with and without a small diamond are also available. The button clasp symbolizes the uniform. The clasped bracelet symbolizes the bond among the soldiers that can never be broken. To some, each knot in the bracelet symbolizes a fallen hero. The bracelets are handcrafted in the USA.

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By Bob Munro With daytime highs pushing well into the 90s and 100’s, heat indexes well into the 100’s, it’s just hot everywhere, even out on the Bay. Water temperatures are up as well, but so far the jellyfish have been few and far between. And the fishing has been quite good, too. Bottom fishing for Spot and White Perch has been very good around Holland Point Bar and also on both sides of the Choptank River mouth in the vicinity of Buoy 10. Most boats fishing Holland Point have been doing very well on White Perch over oyster bottom, while the Choptank has been the best place for Spot, including some large fish pushing ten inches in length. Last summer tiny Spot, some barely three inches long, were very numerous, but this season they’ve been essentially absent. If you fish water over 25 ft. in depth, you’re liable to catch a few Croakers mixed in. Bloodworms and Fish Bites (artificial bloodworm strips) are the baits of choice. Remember, Spot have small mouths so you only need a piece of bait less than one-half inch in length. Live liners have been finding Rockfish on Stone Rock, near Buoy 4 in the False Channel area, and north of Poplar Island. Not very many years ago, many boats were chumming for Rockfish with razor clams or ground Menhaden. With these baits, you often caught a good number of undersize Rockfish, sometimes more than those of legal size (18 inches pinched tail measurement). You therefore wanted to use a single hook to make returning an undersize fish easier. When you’re using a live Spot, it’s more difficult for sublegal Rockfish to tackle a Spot so most of the Rockfish are keepers. Consequently, Number 2 treble hooks will give you a better chance of getting a successful hookup, allowing you to catch your Rockfish limit more easily. Then you can go fishing for something else! If you have three or four rods ready for live lining, put a small egg sinker on at least one of them above the leader, maybe a small pinch-on sinker on another, and leave a couple rods without weights to better cover the water column. Sometimes the fish want a bait close to the bottom, while at other times it’s just the opposite. Some days just putting a Spot overboard is enough to catch a nice Rockfish. As I’ve said many times before, fishing can be very easy when the fish are biting fast and furious. It’s your ability to make adjustments when fishing is tough that characterizes the better fishermen. Some boats are trolling for Rockfish. The best lures right now are surgical hose eels in a variety of colors and Number 2 Drone spoons with flash scale. At last count there are about 15 base spoon colors and 16 flash scale patterns. Some of the more productive combinations

have been black with gold, green with mirror gold, and red with silver. Use a leader of at least 20 ft. length with a ball bearing swivel in the middle, because hoses especially can put quite a twist in your line. With Spanish Mackerel moving up the Bay, it’s time to get out the in-line planers. There’s a good description of how to use planers and spoons on the Huntington Drone website ( In general, Spanish Mackerel prefer a smaller spoon, such as a size ½ or 1. Other than spoon size, boat speed is the main factor that determines what species you’ll catch – 3 knots and slower for Rockfish, 5 knots for Bluefish and “pick a number” for Spanish Mackerel – they are real speed demons. And remember, mackerel have a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth. Don’t forget the 30th Annual Rod ‘N’ Reel Celebration of Life Cancer Gala August 4 in Chesapeake Beach, right “on the water.” This is one of the largest fund raisers in the State that supports the fight against cancer, and it’s right in our back yard. Treat yourself to a fantastic night out with more food than you can imagine, multiple bands and open bar, kind of reminds me of Las Vegas… For more information, visit the Gala’s website at http:// Have a question about Chesapeake Bay fishing? Send your questions to “onthewater@” and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

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showed me how dedicated he is to doing a great job for every customer. Jim isn’t just a construction expert; he also offers window replacements, awnings for your home or office, home improvement, property manageBy Brian McDaniel ment and inspections. The way Jim puts it, “If it has to do When I first saw his truck, I thought, with your home, property or building, call me.” Jim has a wonderful team and continues to expand his OK, another construction guy. But the more I spoke with Jim Wilson of Chesapeake services. A lot of the subcontractors in the area also work Services, Inc. for this article, I found out he for Jim and share his same philosophy. Jim is a great leader who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He sometimes shows is so much more. For one thing, his truck is clean. My up on his job sites and rather than overseeing, he picks up wife told me once that if a contractor has a hammer and goes to work. Jim admits that he enjoys the a clean truck it means they’ll probably do work and needs to do it. He won’t sleep until the job is done a good job. I figured this would be a great right. Jim seems to be such an ethical guy. And his labor and way to start Jim’s story. Jim has been in the construction trade materials charges are very reasonable, especially in this for most of his life. For more than 25 years economy. “If you treat people fair and make sure they are he has built commercial properties, homes happy, you will be busy,” Jim explains. A few years back, his company had the misfortune of and is often on the front lines of bigger projects with critical deadlines. He knows his hiring someone who, unfortunately, didn’t share his work ethic. Jim’s company was scheduled to replace a set of winstuff. He is adamant about a job well done. In our half-hour conversation, Jim dows in a home and hadn’t yet ordered the materials. The customer called Jim and wanted to change the order. Naturally, Jim had hesapeake urrent usiness alendar the client speak directly to Build your business through networking at these local business events: his chief installer to make sure everything would be The next monthly meeting of the Bay Business Group is Wednesday Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. at OK. Unfortunately, the the Rod ‘N’ Reel in Chesapeake Beach. For more information, email installer told the customer or visit the BBG web site at that they had to re-order the materials and would





BBG Networking Events are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12 and Monday, Nov. 14 at Fridays Creek Winery, 3485 Chaneyville Rd. in Owings. Register with John Stutzman by calling (240) 344-5080. Each of Networking Mondays will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A Business After Hours is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Asbury-Solomons Island. Plan to attend this Hawaiian themed event and enjoy a special luau buffet. Each attendee will receive a gift. Mark your calendar and make your reservation now! The Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and the West River Center Present “A Bridal Affaire” – Wedding Expo . It’s a Bridal Show at a beautiful waterfront setting overlooking the West River. We are now accepting registration forms from vendors, and sponsorships are also available. Brides-to-be and their guests are invited to attend this exclusive event! The first 50 brides to register will receive a special gift bag! Door prizes & grand prize drawings, too! For more information visit www. or call (410) 867-3129. Want to host a Business After Hours (BAH) Mixer? Sign up to Host our Aug. or November BAH Mixers by calling Carla at (410) 867-3129. Membership Challenge! Help grow the Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber’s membership to 500 members and receive your 2012 Membership Investment for FREE! As a Member of the SAACC, we encourage you to participate in growing the Chamber by inviting local businesses and organizations to join the SAACC. This Chamber’s success depends on the dedication of our members and thrives on your continuing support, ideas and suggestions. “We Can Accomplish Collectively What No One Of Us Can Accomplish On His Or Her Own.” In order to receive your FREE 2012 Membership, bring in (5) new members on or before Sept. 30.

have to charge them a significant fee to make this happen. The installer thought Jim would be happy that he found a loophole and was able to make the company some extra money. Of course this meant that the installer would get a bigger paycheck. Jim was furious. He knew that this was not a problem and couldn’t understand why his guy would do this. It went Jim Wilson against Jim’s philosophy of relationships with all of his clients. Jim made his installer go back to the customer and inform them that they wouldn’t have to worry about the extra charge. Not long after that, Jim and that installer parted ways. Looking back, Jim says, “You just cannot treat people like that.” Jim’s customers are often his neighbors, and he’s adamant about building his business on trust. Over the years he has made a great name for himself, but admits it’s not about him. He works locally, and hires locally. Jim’s company is based in Chesapeake Beach, so he represents what it is to be full circle in the pursuit and support of home-grown businesses. His best workers are right here in our area and are your neighbors as well. There’s a lot to be said about Jim Wilson and you can visit his web site at to find out more. You may be surprised to learn what Jim does and how he can help you. The old saying is that, “If you want something done right do it yourself.” I think that got changed to say “If you want something done with excellence, let Chesapeake Services, Inc. do it.” About the Author: Brian “Crow” McDaniel is the owner of Crow Entertainment, LLC. He serves as one of three Ethics Commissioners for the Town of North Beach and is part of the communications team for the Bay Business Group (BBG).

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Looking for a great breakfast or fresh sand- made hoagie. Or, try the Festive Turkey sandwich wich? Then you must try the new Honey’s Har- with applewood bacon and cranberry mayo. Honvest in the small shopping center across from the ey’s offers 13 signature sandwiches in all, along main Herrington building in Rose Haven. with a Design Your Own Sandwich menu featurAnna Chaney, owner ing their entire menu of fresh ingredients so you of Honey’s Harvest, says can choose whatever you like. the market/deli is now They also offer five different salads, made open seven days a week fresh to order. from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. SunIn addition to delicious breakfasts and day through Thursday, hearty sandwiches and salads, Herrington on the and 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays Bay’s Pastry Chef Tom McReynolds bakes fresh and Saturdays. every day scrumptious, homemade pecan sticky Chaney says, “We buns, cinnamon rolls, gluten-free carrot muffins are serving breakfast with cream cheese icing. “Those Gluten Free carsandwiches, homemade rot muffins fly out of the case,” Chaney says. “Evpastries, and fresh, hot eryone loves them!” coffee until 3 p.m. every For larger groups, they offer breakfast and Anna Chaney day. We offer our lunch lunch platters in addition to gourmet boxed sandwiches daily until 3 p.m. as lunches. well, which includes signature The new Honey’s Harvest is The convenience store located at 7150 Lake Shore sandwiches, daily specials, and at Honey’s Harvest carries Drive in Rose Haven. design your own sandwiches, nearly anything you’ll need at side salads, freshly baked cookhome or on the boat. Call (410) 257-7757 to ies and hand-dipped ice cream. order ahead. Their web site is: “We have everything After 3, we make up some ‘grab from dog food to diapers!” and go’ sandwiches and have Chaney adds. them in the cooler for those The market stocks a coming in later. And if you variety of beers, wines, liknow you’ll be coming by later, quor and sodas, along with or going out on your boat, you grocery staples such as milk, can always call ahead and place bread, eggs, butter, Heran order, and we’ll have it ready shey’s Ice Cream in handfor you whenever you want to dipped cones or packaged pick it up.” bars, and much, much more. “One of the most popu“We like to stock lolar is Honey’s All-American cal natural products and are Beef BBQ Sandwich served always looking for new venon a freshly baked sandwich dors to consider,” Chaney roll (regular or gluten-free), served with home- adds. made coleslaw and a bag of UTZ gourmet chips,” They carry local produce, including seasonChaney says. al items from Swann Farm in Owings, and grassHoney’s Harvest is the only supplier in fed beef patties from Ivy Neck Farm in Harwood. Maryland to offer many of Boar’s Head’s brand Honey’s Harvest also stocks local honey. new All-Natural deli meats. “Our featured honey is from beekeeper Bob “Our All-Natural favorites include the Tus- Greenwell of Owensville,” Chaney says. “We can Turkey and Roasted Beef ,” Chaney adds. also carry a delicious granola with honey made “Recently there was news that pregnant women by James Barrett, a part-time beekeeper who is should not eat deli meats because of the nitrates the Executive Chef at the Westin Park Place Hotel and other chemicals, but these Boar’s Heads in Annapolis.” meats are all-natural and safe – they have none They also have gluten-free items on their of that.” menu, and gluten-free baking and cooking prodThey also offer Muffaletta, a specialty sand- ucts on their shelves. wich created in New Orleans in 1906 at Central And for the locals, Honey’s Harvest hosts Grocery in the French Quarter with Genoa sala- wine tastings on Monday evenings. Beginning at mi, Boar’s Head deli ham, provolone cheese, olive 5 p.m., you can sample featured wines and enjoy salad mix, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, a touch of discount prices on certain bottles, along with spemayo and a sprinkle of Cajun spices on a home- cialty cheeses, breads and crackers.

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Eat, Drink Go Local North Beach By Lisa Payne

Be sure to put Aug. 13 from noon until 6 p.m. on your calendar for a new kind of wine and food event. The North Beach Business Loop, the Town of North Beach and Calvert County Department of Economic Development are honored to be selected to host one of three open-air, marketstyle events taking place in downtown venues across the state, with a goal of featuring agriculture and the pairing of local wine, seasonal ingredients and regional chefs. “Eat~ Drink~ Go Local North Beach” is sponsored by the Maryland Wine Association with grant monies donated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. In collaboration with Maryland farmers, chefs, and wineries, the event will encourage people to buy locally grown goods through food pairings, demonstrations and wine tastings with a backdrop of the Chesapeake Bay. In addition, local businesses will encourage attendees to “buy local” with special events and sales. Award winning photographer and artist Bob Tinari and Colleen Sabo will be featuring their art in front of SeaScapes. Bay Wine & Spirits will be sampling food and wine, and live music will be featured on the porch at Westlawn, as well in front of Wheel Clothing & Gifts while a DJ will entertain at Sweet Sues and Chez Elle Boutique. This is just a sample of what the businesses will on display that day. Entry into the Eat~ Drink~ Go Local event is free of charge, and attendees can shop the market and enjoy cooking demonstrations by local chefs and watermen throughout the day. For $15, event attendees can

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Operation Hope on the Chesapeake fell on the hottest day of the year (so far). Temperatures were already into the 90’s by 7:00 a.m. And fewer first responders showed up because they were up half the night battling a serious house fire in North Beach (see story on page 6). So many still braved the heat and waited patiently along Routes 260 and 261 on the morning of July 23 to honor the busload of seriously wounded American soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is the 4th year for Operation Hope on the Chesapeake organized by Mary Mathis of Huntingtown.

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“We had 46 visitors this year, and we kept asking them if there was anything they needed, and all said ‘we need nothing, this community has given us everything!’ They had a great time,” Mathis adds. The vets were escorted to the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa by the Nam Knights motorcycle club of Viet Nam veterans. It was a bittersweet tribute to the younger vets from the older ones who did not receive such a patriotic reception when they returned from duty so many years ago. Most of the vets injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with their families went out on the Chesapeake Bay in seven charter boats, trips graciously donated by the captains. After their day of fishing on Sat-


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urday, the vets were treated to a BBQ and hospitality at American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach, and many attended the Hubcaps concert in North Beach later that evening. They spent the night at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa. After breakfast on Sunday at the Rod ‘N’ Reel buffet, they could ride the Beach Trolley, splash around at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park, or go to North Beach to relax on the sand or fish from the end of the pier. Tyler’s Tackle offered the vets complimentary fishing licenses and many businesses offered free lunches. Some of the vets went to Abner’s, including one in a wheelchair, where they enjoyed a special feast of donated blue crabs. A local woman even volunteered to baby-sit, and one of the wives said she really appreciated that because it was the first time in six years that she had had a few hours of fun without the kids. Mathis says, “The community generosity was overwhelming, and we could not have done it without everyone’s help. We even had donations for five additional getaway packages, which we raffled off as the vets were leaving on Sunday. So five families will be coming back – two for overnight stays and three for charter fishing trips.” “I can’t thank everyone enough for the kindness and support they showed these wounded vets,” Mathis adds. “They will always remember.” This event has traditionally been held

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I rarely write editorials in the Chesapeake Current for a reason: this publication is not about me, or what I personally think. It’s about YOU and our community. So although I am writing an editorial rather than a news report on the North Beach Council meeting on July 14, I’m doing this because I am seriously concerned. Everyone who lives in North Beach, owns property in the town, or visits the boardwalk, beach or events needs to wake up. Once the bulldozers move in, it will be too late. Actually, they’re already rolling over us. I was appalled at this meeting. Roy Barnett, representative from Van Metre Corporation of Burke, VA got up and presented a much different project than what he took before the Planning Commission and gained approval for in May. And no one was allowed to say a word about it, until the very end, after the council’s vote, approving it. The Rest of the Story I had to LOL when I read this first line of the report in the Calvert Recorder (Friday, July 22, page A-3, “The proposal for construction of two new townhouses on Bay Avenue made it a step further when the North Beach Town Council approved the concept at its town council meeting on July 14.” This is truly one of the most misleading lead sentences - ever! It’s NOT just “two townhouses!” Fact is, we’re talking about 50+ new dwellings in four residential developments (three townhouse communities, and the fourth now changed to a condo building), a new hotel, restaurant row, and a large parking garage on the last remaining parcels in the waterfront blocks between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues. What the Recorder didn’t even mention in their article was that the development plans have changed significantly since May. The townhouses are growing from 38 feet to nearly 60 feet, and some of these ‘luxury’ townhouses are morphing into small condos, with all moving right up to the sidewalks. Give Me Liberty… Van Metre’s ‘concept’ was approved by North Beach Town Council without any public input whatsoever – no public hearings, no opportunity for residents to even address council or ask questions before the vote was taken. At this very meeting, Mayor Frazer admitted that the town has, “Argued for years over the definition of a recreational vehicle” on behalf of one resident before they voted on an ordinance prohibiting boats and RV’s from being parked on streets. And by the way, two councilmen voted against this! Councilwoman Gwen Schiada also informed council that her Environmental Committee was gathering public input and doing a lot of talking with residents living near a lot proposed for a dog park.

But after a short presentation by a smoothtalking, mega-developer from out-of-state, who wants to forever change our town and cash out big time, Mayor Frazer asked if council approved the plans - and the vote was ‘yes.’ It was unanimous. Did he mean they were voting on the Planning Commission recommendations or bypassing their recommendations in favor of the whole new concrete world Mr. Barnett outlined that night? I wasn’t sure. Neither were the people sitting around me, because I asked them and they were all confused as well. All this was done with NO OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT OR QUESTIONS. At least half of the people in the audience got up and left after the vote. I don’t blame them. Has everyone forgotten the bru-ha-ha over Town Hall? Folks, this project has a heck of a lot more impact on our future than that. So where are you now? Where’s Democracy? The Recorder did get it correct that I did wait until the very end of the meeting so I could ask, what happened to the Democratic process? How is it that council can seek so much public input on a dog park and spend years arguing over the definition of an RV (hello?) and yet approve this massive development project in a matter of minutes without even letting the public ask one question? Mayor Frazer informed me that even though I had it in my paper, no one had called him or said anything at all about the development to him. So according to Mayor Frazer, I’m the only one in town who seems to care. He did say, “This goes back to the planning commission.” So if you were on vacation when all this was rushed through, and you really do care about our town and want to know what’s going on, I suggest you show up at their next meetings until all of this is explained fully and better resolved. I hear lots of people wondering what will happen to the character of our town, the farmers’ market, events, the convenient commuter parking lots, and so much more. But you need to make your voices heard “officially.” It’s not just coming sometime down the road. Folks, it’s here and they’re moving way too fast, if you ask me. Please, mark your calendars and don’t miss a council meeting or planning commission meeting from now on or we could all be very, very sorry. Changes In 3rd Street Plans Mr. Barnett asked for a variance on height at the 3rd Street townhouse development, which he now wants to tower 57 feet above the boardwalk. Translation: the 38 foot tall buildings proposed to the Planning Commission in May (continued next page)

As of The Chesapeake Current’s deadline this week, there has not been not one mention of the North Beach projects, and no development plans have been made available to the public, on either the official Town of North Beach or Van Metre web sites. If you search for Van Metre on the North Beach site, all you get are planning commission agendas from 2009!

have grown another full floor – or more - and are now nearly 60 feet tall! Am I the only person who caught this? In May, Mr. Barnett said they had learned from the Southwinds mistake across the street, where only a handful of units have been sold, but obviously in a few weeks, he must have forgotten and is now seeing dollar signs. Mr. Barnett also kept saying “the building is 52 feet tall” but Councilman Randy Hummel asked, isn’t it elevated? Well, yes, it’s elevated five feet, but the building above the elevation is only 52 feet, Mr. Barnett answered. Come on, Mr. Barnett. Please level with us. You must think we’re really rural out here, but 52+ 5 = 57. You want to build a behemoth that’s 57 feet tall. Please be honest! Mr. Barnett also asked for a setback variance, stating that the townhouses at 3rd Street would have a 10-foot setback, but they’re putting five-foot-deep porches on them. I really wanted to ask about that, but the mayor and council provided no opportunity whatsoever for public questions or comments. So I waited it out, and when public comment was allowed, long after the vote, I asked, is that five-foot setback from the street or the sidewalk or the curb or what? Mr. Frazer repeated that there was a 10-foot setback. I said wait, a minute, if you put a five-foot porch on a building with a 10-foot setback, that becomes a five foot setback. I may not be an architect or a mathematician, but let’s be honest here. There never was a straight answer on exactly where that five-foot setback is measured from. Regardless, you can bet those towering townhouses will be right in our faces. Van Metre better hope they can sell these before they build, because I really doubt that rich folks who plunk down a large chunk of change for these will be all that thrilled when they realize that 1 their porch is just five feet from the boom car full of loud teenagers partying by the boardwalk half the night. That is, unless they want to reach out and personally whack them upside their heads, which they probably could do from those porches. I know because I live right there at ground zero and have 911 on speed dial. Also, Van Metre has decided to move two of the units from Bay Avenue to behind the first row, so those two townhouses would face 3rd Street. That means that just two, 57-foot tall, 16feet wide (32 feet total) townhomes will be stuck together. How 2 attractive is that going to look, considering that most of the other houses on 3rd Street - and in town - are one or two stories at the most? Weird, out of place, and ugly, if you ask me. But no one wants my opinion – that’s pretty clear. Changes in 5th Street Plans But wait! There’s much, much more! For Van Metre’s development on the north side of 5th Street at Bay Avenue, Mr. Barnett asked that the setback from the side of the existing Bay Walk development be reduced from the standard 10 feet to 3 feet. Unfortunately, no one from Bay Walk was there to say, ‘uh, wait a minute!’ Barnett announced that they would put 3,000 square feet of commercial space into their four-story building that would face the boardwalk on Bay Avenue at 5th Street. One would be a 1,300 SF commercial space and the other a 1,700 SF business. However, due to this change, Barnett said they would put 12 condos above those two new businesses instead of the eight “two over two” townhouses previously planned. The graphic he put up on the screen indicated that not all of the condos would have balconies. Obviously, these condos will be considerably smaller dwellings than townhouses previously proposed for that site, and add to overall high density and parking concerns. There would be no additional parking to accommodate customers for those two new businesses, either. Mr. Barnett also said that construction on this mixed-use building facing Bay Avenue at 5th would be moved to last, and ground would not be broken, “until the economy recovers completely, which will be at least two years.” Does this mean they will leave an ugly patch of gravel at that prime lot right across from the beach until further notice? Well, I guess we can use the parking.

Behind that, facing 5th Street, will be nine (down from ten) townhouses which Mr. Barnett said would be identical to the ones at 3rd Street. So although no one really said it, read between the lines, they will likely be a lot taller, too. I assume this also means they are growing to 57 feet… or 60 feet or more because they must be elevated even higher because of the flooding so common there. Translation: if you live west of Chesapeake Avenue and have a Bay view, you can kiss that goodbye. One councilman asked about the lack of green space. Mr. Barnett said that the three-foot deep yards for those townhouses will be an improvement to what’s already there! That should also be really lovely; these townhouses will be just three feet from busy 5th Street. By comparison, this makes those fivefoot-deep front yards proposed for 3rd Street look like acreage! If you wanted to add on to your house or build elsewhere in North Beach, cut down all the trees, have a three-foot front yard, and build right up next to the neighbors, do you think the Town would let you do it? So why are big developers allowed? Good questions, huh? What’s Coming Up? Ron Russo, President of RAR Associates, who plans to develop the other commuter lot on the south side of Bay and 5th was not at this meeting. He told me he plans to present his blueprints for a 30-room boutique hotel, 18 townhomes, and a 212-space parking garage where the old motel/apartment building is to town council in August or September, so watch for that. If you care at all about any of this, I encourage you to watch the town web site and/or sign up for the town’s email alerts so you can find out about upcoming meetings. I will also begin posting them on the Chesapeake Current Facebook site, so please “friend” or “like” us so you get these reminders through an additional method. The future is in our hands. Speak now, or forever hold your peace.


Snapshots of images shown by Van Metre on the AV screen during the North Beach Town Council Meeting July 14. 1) Van Metre site plans for 3rd and Bay Avenue. If you look closely, you can see two sets of five townhouses would face Bay Avenue, with two townhouses moved to the back, facing 3rd Street. 2) Van Metre drawing of how the proposed townhouses at 3rd and Bay, and the north side of 5th Street could look. 3) Drawing of the proposed Van Metre condo building with two commercial spaces at the bottom, which would be built facing Bay Avenue at 5th Street, next to Bay Walk.

Diane Burr of North Beach is the founder and executive editor of the Chesapeake Current.




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Adelaide Abel, 91 Adelaide Isabelle Abel, 91, of Breezy Point, Chesapeake Beach died July 20, 2011 at Calvert County Nursing Center. She was born December 14, 1919 in Washington, DC to James R. and Catherine (Thompson) Waple. She was raised in Washington, DC and attended schools there. Adelaide married Alfred M. Abel December 15, 1979 in St. John’s Episcopal Church, Berwyn Heights, MD. After their marriage they resided in Breezy Point. Adelaide was a homemaker who enjoyed ceramics and was active at the North Beach Senior Center. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach. Adelaide and Alfred renewed the wedding vows at Calvert County Nursing Center’s Chapel on June 13, 2011, officiated by Reverend David Russell. She is survived by her husband, of 31 years, Alfred M. Abel and an adopted daughter, Marian Hambrick and her husband Charles of Aurora, CO. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. A private service and celebration of her life will be held by the family. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to: St. Anthony's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 660, North Beach, MD 20714.

William Allen, 76 William Watson Allen, 76, formerly of Sunderland, died July 12, 2011 at Hermitage Center at Solomons. He was born September 5, 1934 in Washington, DC to Charles Watson and Mary Frances (Dean) Allen. He was raised in Washington and attended Northwestern High School. He Married Carolyn Johnson on January 21, 1956. William served in the United States Army Signal Corps stationed in Germany from 1957 and was discharged in 1959. He was a member of the Plumber and Pipe fitters Local # 5. William was a member of Mt. Calvary Anglican Church in Lothian a former member of Trinity Episcopal Church and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He enjoyed making stained glass windows, vacationing at the beach and spending time with

family and friends. Surviving are his wife of 55 years Carolyn Johnson Allen of Hermitage Center at Solomons, a son William A. Allen and his wife Kathy Long of North Beach, a grandson Wyatt Allen of North Beach, a sister Mary Frances Shreve and her husband Jim of Durham, NC and a brother Kenneth Allen and his wife Penny of Martinsburg, WV, three nieces and two nephews. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Dottie Brown, 66 Dorothy Lee “Dottie” Brown, 66, of Chesapeake Beach, MD passed away July 7, 2011 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dottie was born September 28, 1944 in Norfolk, VA to Henry Joseph and Geraldine Vera (Stapleford) Kijewski. She graduated from Chamberlain Vocational High School in Washington, D.C. and worked her entire career on Capitol Hill, retiring as an Executive Assistant for Senator Jim Inhofe in 1997 after thirty years of service. A former resident of Clinton, MD, Dottie had lived in Chesapeake Beach with her husband Joe since 2005. Dottie enjoyed the simple things in life. She was fond of travel and spending time with family and friends, and was known for celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of others. In her leisure time she also enjoyed scrap-booking. Dottie is survived by her husband Joseph F. Brown of Chesapeake Beach; a daughter Kimberly Dawn Cutter and her husband Rob of Owings; a son Mark Jason Brown of New Orleans, LA; and a grandson Remington J. Cutter of Owings. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, 1601 West Mt. Harmony Road, Owings. Interment was private. Expressions of sympathy in Dottie’s name may be made to the St. Anthony’s Church-Ladies of Charity, P.O. Box 660, North Beach, MD 20714.

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Dick Catterton, 66 Robert C. “Dick” Catterton, 66, of Lothian died July 14, 2011 at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick. He was born March 27, 1945 in Baltimore, MD to Doris Catterton. Dick was raised by Josephine Smith Chaney. He attended Fairview Elementary School and Calvert High School. Dick was a farmer for most of his life working the Dowell Farm in Owings. Later in life he worked as a carpenter with Hopkins and Wayson Construction Company. Dick was preceded in death by Doris Catterton, Josephine Smith Chaney, Joyce McCarthy and a special friend and companion Alice Stallings. Surviving are Pearl J. Dowell of Upper Marlboro, Gloria A. King of Chesapeake Beach, Toni King of Lothian, Rhonda Chaney and her husband Lesley of Chesapeake Beach, Mark King and his wife Laura of St. Leonard and Angie Dowell and her husband Jeff of Hollywood, MD. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions: American Diabetes Association, Washington DC-MD Office, 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1005, Washington, DC 20036-4104.

Michael Chick, 57 Michael Joseph Chick, 57, of Dunkirk died July 13, 2011 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. Michael was born January 26, 1954 in Washington, D.C. to Clyde A. and Patricia Ann (Smith) Chick. He was raised in Prince George’s County and attended Hillcrest Heights Special Center. He moved with his family to Dunkirk in 1977, Lake Ridge, VA in 1987 and returned to Dunkirk in 1993. Michael enjoyed watching I Love Lucy, eating M&M’s, and cheering on the Washington Redskins. Most of all, Michael enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Clyde and Patricia Chick, a sister Debra Ann Gray and her husband Gary of The Villages, FL; nephews Thomas and Steven Arnold, and cousins John and Betty Ellis. Rausch Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions made to the: ARC of Southern Maryland, P.O. Box 1860, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Isabelle Forest, 89 Isabelle Ann Forest, 89, was born January 2, 1922 and passed away at her home on July 13, 2011 surrounded by her family after a long illness. Isabelle was the loving mother of Sandra Graner, Judy Cumbo,

Kathy Baron and Rick Forrest. She was the grandmother of James W. Graner, Jr., Richard L. Foster, Deidre Bell, Nicole Maldonado, Albee Baron, and Sondra Graner; great-grandmother of nine and great-great-grandmother of one. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard B. Forrest, Jr. Arrangements were handled by Lee Funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Alfonzo Jones, 30 Alfonzo Lamont Jones was born to the late Maria Gross and Alvin Jones in Annapolis on August 23, 1980. He suddenly departed this life on July 15, 2011. He attended Tracy's Elementary school and graduated from Southern High School in Harwood in May 1998. He is survived by his father, Alvin Jones of Clinton, and two sisters, Shirley Jones of Glen Burnie, and DeVonya Jones of Millersville; with whom he resided. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own, Trevon Jones, Imani, Dashawn, and Saniya Clark, all of Glen Burnie. Funeral arrangements and services were by Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick. His final resting place is Holland Cemetery, Stinnett Road, in Huntingtown.

Debra Lancaster, 58 Debra Ann Lancaster, 58, of Prince Frederick died at her home on July 9, 2011. She was born on September 11, 1953 in Cumberland, MD to the late Allan and Reatha Leona Bridges. She had lived in this area since 1986 and had been employed by the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). She enjoyed reading (especially Stephen King novels), watching Jeopardy, playing Farkle and Scrabble and cheering for her beloved Redskins. She is survived by her son, Russell Lancaster III and his wife, Becky of Churchton; daughters, Dayna Lancaster of Prince Frederick and Jaci Sheckells and her husband, Kenneth of Owings, former husband, Russell Lancaster Sr. of Lothian, seven grandchildren and many friends. Her sister, Juanita Hill and brothers Terry and Vance “Buddy” Bridges predeceased her. Funeral services were held on July 15, 2011 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home. Rev. Marshall Coffman of Calvert Christian Community Church officiated. John Tarpley, Chip Ewing, Chris Gascon, Eddie Lumpkin, Billy Krug and Matt Huddle served as pallbearers. Delanta Brown and Kenny Sheckells were the honorary pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to Safe Harbor, PO Box 980, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements provided by RaymondWood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

Angelina Mockabee, 80

Les Simmons, 93

Rick Tranmer, 50

Angelina “Bootsie” Mockabee, age 80, passed away Friday, July 15, 2011, at her residence in North Beach. She was born on October 17, 1930 in Washington, DC to Louis and Innocense DeGeorge. She was the beloved wife of the late William Joseph Mockabee and a loving mother of William Joseph, Jr. and his wife Abigail Francisco; Paul; Christine Dotson and her husband Gregg; Robert and his wife Debbie, and the late Ann McGowan. She was a devoted grandmother of 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Dugan Residence, 4200 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Thomas Lester “Les” Simmons, 93, a lifelong resident of Churchton, passed away July 19, 2011 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. Les was born March 19, 1918 in Churchton to Thomas Clayson and Laura J. (Howes) Simmons. He was raised in Churchton and attended the former Churchton Elementary School. He was a quality-conscious carpenter and along with his father, built more than sixty homes in Franklin Manor in Churchton and Avalon Shores in Shady Side. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 earning the WWII Victory, American and European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbons while participating in the Northern France, Rhineland, and Central European campaigns. Les married Evelyn L. Phipps in 1938, a marriage that ended in divorce. He later married Shirley King who preceded him in death, and on June 11, 1984 married Frances Dawson Seidman, who survives him. He was employed as a master carpenter and home building contractor, and after retiring from general contracting, operated a successful home-based business building picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shady Side and the Mayo American Legion Post 226. In addition to woodworking, Les enjoyed watching television, bowling, and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his first two wives, Evelyn and Shirley Simmons; a son Kenneth G. Simmons, a brother Elmer Simmons and a grandson Robert M. Lane. He is survived by his wife Frances of Churchton; four children, Peggy J. Lane of Severn, Thomas E. Simmons of Stevensville, Kelly C. Simmons and wife Marie of Churchton and Carol C. Crosby and husband Steve of Ashburn, VA.; grandchildren William, Jennifer, Ashley, and Sarah; a great-granddaughter Kayla; a brother Paul E. Simmons of Churchton; and his devoted friend Bobby Bast of Mayo. He is also survived by a step-son Jerry Seidman and wife Penny of Salem, VA, a step-daughter Linda White and husband Al of Conway, SC, four step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and three step-great-great-grandchildren. Rausch Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements.

Richard William “Rick” Tranmer, 50, of North Beach passed away July 21, 2011 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Rick was born September 17, 1960 at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. He lived with his family in the Washington area and also in Prince George’s County, and then moved with them to Huntingtown in 1974. He attended Northern Middle School and graduated from Northern High School in 1977. Rick attended Prince George’s Community College where he received his Associates Degree. Rick was employed for 34 years as a sales executive with S. Freedman & Sons, Inc. in Landover, a commercial supplier of paper, maintenance and restaurant products. Rick was a season ticket holder and avid fan of the Washington Redskins. He loved bowling and participated in numerous leagues with his friends at Lord Calvert Bowling in Huntingtown. Rick also enjoyed time with his dog, Max. Rick is survived by two sons, Richard W. Tranmer, Jr. of Lusby and Ryan Cecil Tranmer of North Beach. He is also survived by his parents Judith A. and Preston E. “Joe” Tranmer of Huntingtown; a brother Brett Tranmer and wife Laurie of Prince Frederick; a sister Paige Curran and

Jesse Roach, Jr., 69 Jesse T. Roach, Jr. (Sgt. Ret. MD Satet Police), died July 21, 2011, at his residence in Huntingtown at the age of 69. He was born on June 11, 1942 in Lake Village, AK to Jesse and Ollie Roach, Sr. For 46 years, Jesse was the beloved husband of Ethel Roach and the loving father of Gregory, Daren and the late Rebecca Roach. He was a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren, Justin, Ryan, Kristin, Lucie, Ethan and Gabriel Roach. Jesse was a resident of Huntingtown since 1979 and a member of the Maryland Troopers Association and Huntingtown United Methodist Church. Retirement allowed him to spend lots of quality time with all his grandchildren and adding to his collection of baseball cards. Lee Funeral Home in Owings handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Huntingtown United Methodist Church, P O Box 550, Huntingtown, MD 20639.

husband John of Reston, VA; a step-brother Joseph Tranmer and wife Terri of Prince Frederick; a step-sister Sherry Hancock and husband Ted of Chicago, IL; and his fiancé Jennifer Dooley of St. Mary’s County. Friends and family were received at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where a celebration of Rick’s life took place.

Kent Woomer, 69 Kent Emory Woomer of Chesapeake Beach was born September 7, 1941. He passed away peacefully at Washington Hospital Center July 18, 2011. Kent enjoyed sailing, horseback riding, doing arts and crafts, and working on his prized ‘69 Chevy Street machine. Spending time with his children and grandchildren was his greatest enjoyment. His loving wife, Sharon Jenkins Woomer preceded him in death. He is survived by children Demian Woomer of Broomes Island, Deanna Woomer of Washington, DC, Jennifer and Eric Woomer of Chesapeake Beach. He will be missed by all his friends who called him “Sunshine,” and “PawPaw” will be especially missed by his grandchildren, Deegan Woomer, Jordan and Kylee Guariglia of Broomes Island and Natalie and Nathan Roach of Washington, D.C.

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Bob Greenwell is an unassuming building contractor with an eye for design, attention to detail, and an appreciation for the values of the client. I have had the pleasure of working with Bob on several building projects from historic home restoration to the renovation of Honey’s Harvest, a market and deli in Rose Haven. One of the inspirations of the name of the new store was Bob. “Honey” of course, is the iconic Queen Bee who ensures the population of the hive’s worker bees to produce the golden honey from which the drink of the gods (Mead) is produced! Bob Greenwell, beekeeper, is the President of BUMBA, the Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeeping Association, the organization which offers beginning and continuing beekeeping classes and support for member beekeepers. Membership is only $15/year and more information about classes, membership, and bees can be found at www. In an interview with Bob, I asked him what inspired him to beekeeping. He recounted his experience as an elementary school student in 1968 when he became, “Absolutely enthralled with the observation of a beehive at the Anne Arundel County Fair.” As a bonus, Retired Commander, E.R. Mumford, US Navy, a Master Beekeeper lived next to Bob’s elementary school, allowing Bob to learn beekeeping techniques and skills from a true master. Shortly thereafter, the beekeeping Merit Badge was a natural accomplishment for Bob in Boy Scouts. Then, Bob took a long hiatus from beekeeping. Not until almost 40 years later did Bob become re-inspired to adopt bees as a serious hobby. Mr. Greenwell recalls reading a newspaper article in 2005 entitled, “Where are all the Honey Bees?” Upon a little further research, Bob discovered that honeybees have contracted parasitic diseases in endemic proportions over the last 40 years. After learning that, he says, “I had a strong desire to do my part in saving the species.” He adds that his interest in bees has proven to be an ongoing life lesson that instills an incredible sense of humility, “When you think you know it all about bees, they teach you a brand new lesson. This is one interest that I will probably never master as long as I live.” However, many of Bob’s beekeeping peers view him as a “master.” I spoke with Phil Hazen, beekeeper who lives in Tracy’s Landing, who recounts a recent beekeeping lesson. “I have been supplied with three new queens this year from a well-versed bee-

keeper (Bob Greenwell), and each time I was taught something new. Bob reassured me that this is the way of the bees. They will teach us over and over,” Hazen adds. Bob began with two beehives in 2006 and by the end of 2011, he will run 40 hives in five different locations. Recently, Bob began working on a pollination project with Joe-Sam Swann at Swann Farms in Owings. Bob plans to start with 10 hives on Swann’s 350-acre farm that is dedicated to fruit and vegetable crops. The ultimate goal over time is to have four times as many thriving honeybee hives located at Swann Farms for the purpose of pollinating the fruits and vegetables from peaches to pumpkins! I asked Bob what advice he would offer to aspiring beekeepers. Bob responded, “Get a good book, such as Backyard Beekeeping or Beekeeping for Dummies. Then, most definitely join a local beekeeping club and take their classes.“ He suggests you focus on learning about these topics: hive management, honey and pollen harvesting, pollination benefits, diseases, pest control, bee handling, and humans and bees co-existing. Bee colonies in Maryland are required to be registered with the State of Maryland Department of Agriculture (no fee). Jerry Fischer, our region’s beekeeper inspector is a great resource as is the Maryland State Bee Association website. Mr. Greenwell’s future in beekeeping sounds exciting as he branches out into yet another phase. His pursuit of maintaining a sustainable honeybee population in our area has lead him to the pursuit of breeding and producing queens that will be regionally pest and disease resistant. In listening to the intricacy of the pests and diseases that bees deal with, it occurred to me that the genetic plant bioengineering and systemic agricultural pesticides so widely used across the world have impacted the honey bees tremendously. It then became evident that Bob’s next phase will prove to be a challenging one with all of the environmental elements inherent to the co-existence of humans and nature. Honey connoisseurs have pronounced Bob’s Wildflower Honey, produced under the label, West River Apiary, as “Magnificent, incredible, and the best I’ve ever had.” If you it, we bet you’ll like it! Bob’s Wildflower Honey is available at Honey’s Harvest, 7150 Lake Shore Drive, in Rose Haven. About the Author: Anna Chaney is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD, which has achieved the first level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association. She recently opened Honey’s Harvest across the street, featuring healthy foods, including honey and other products grown locally, along with a scrumptious breakfast and lunch counter.

Butterfly Fields B&B Get Away From It All Tucked away down a quiet, quartermile country road is a gem of a bed and breakfast in Lothian, just off Route 408 between Routes 2 and 4. Butterfly Fields B&B is the home - and farm - that Dan and Lynda Ells built for their family of eight children. Ten years under construction, this hand-crafted home is truly a work of love with attention to detail. After all the kids grew up and left, they opened their home as a charming B&B. “We call it Butterfly Fields because of the beautiful butterflies we attract in the gardens.” Dan Ells says. “Back in 1983, we moved out here because we wanted an organic farm. And we still love it here today.” With the gardens, decks, pastures, and friendly livestock, Butterfly Fields offers discerning adult guests an opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of country living at the doorsteps of our nation’s capital and the surrounding Chesapeake Bay region. This B&B is just 15 minutes from the

Goose at the Door Pottery is on the premises, offering quality keepsakes and gifts for guests to take home.

All guest rooms have private baths and serene pasture views.

To learn more about Butterfly Fields B&B and see more photos, visit their web site: Phone (410) 271-1433.

The horses at Butterfly Fields B&B out for their morning gallop.

beaches and charter boats, and 20 minutes to historic sites and shopping in Annapolis. They’re also convenient to both BWI and National Airports. Butterfly Fields offers three warm and spacious guest suites, all with private baths and pasture views of their six gently rolling acres of land. All rooms are on ground level, accessible without climbing stairs, and the house has central air. Outside your window, horses graze in several pastures, including two foals, the youngest just a couple of weeks old. Ells says it’s a quiet place to get away from all the worries you may have elsewhere. “We’re in a great location for exploring the area,” he points out. “And while you’re here, we have board games to play, books to read, a piano, and wrap-around decks.” They offer fabulous farm breakfasts as well. “We change the menu around, but always we have eggs, some sort of meat, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, fruits and Danishes, just to name of few.” Dan also invites visitors to “stroll and graze” through their edible gardens filled with raspberries, blackberries, grapes, peaches and apples. “You can stop and watch a butterfly, and pick a berry, or two or three straight from the vine and eat it right there!” he adds. Professionally educated and skilled in the art of self-sufficiency founded upon a common sense approach to life, Dan and Lynda bring to their guests an experience and exposure to a way of life that is fast disappearing from the American landscape. “We were ‘green’ long before green

was fashionable.” He started building Butterfly Fields in 1983 as an energy-efficient, passive-heated solar home warmed by both the sun and wood stoves, super-insulated custom home. It’s 6,000 square feet. They’re very much into composting, use no chemical fertilizers, and recycle rainwater. Lynda’s creative skills as a potter have been the catalyst for creating Goose at the Door Pottery, a studio on the premises where guests can choose a beautiful gift or keepsake to take home. Lynda is also a licensed massage therapist. Pre-arranged appointments are preferred, but short notice requests are welcomed and every attempt will be made to honor them. Gift Certificates are available and make wonderful gifts. This is a place where there really are geese at the door – and butterflies everywhere!

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Dan Ells with one of his geese at Butterfly Fields B&B.

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Chesapeake Beach Gets Band Shell Over a hundred years ago, one of the main attractions at Chesapeake Beach for visitors by steamship and train was the beautiful band shell at the waterfront. Today, the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa is undertaking a major project to bring back that band shell in all its glory. A portable replica of the original boardwalk’s Band Shell will be completed this fall to provide a new and unique outdoor waterfront entertainment venue for our area. The original Band Shell was constructed as part of the grand opening of the Boardwalk in June 1900. It is rumored that John Phillip Sousa’s Band traveled to Chesapeake Beach between 1900 and 1910 and played while marching from the railway station to the Band Shell. The original Chesapeake Beach Railway Station still stands adjacent to the Resort and serves as a museum of times gone by. The replica Band Shell will consist of a stage, the shell and the beautiful architectural façade, but will utilize today’s technology for portability and storage. To officially kick off the venue, two concert performances are planned for September. On Sunday, September 11, music legend impersonator Johnny Rogers from Chicago, will present a tribute to the great Johnny Cash. Johnny transports his audience back in time when you could go to your favorite malt shops with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands. His show

A replica of this original Chesapeake Beach Band Shell is now under construction and will unveiled in September.

will start with his portrayal of country legend Johnny Cash, followed by his performance of Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty and his uncanny portrayal of the late great Buddy Holly. By his side is the legendary Tommy Allsup (2 time Grammy winning Producer and Artist). Tommy played on more than 6,500 sessions and was Buddy Holly’s friend and lead guitarist from 19581959. He escaped death when flipping a coin with Ritchie Valens. Ritchie called heads and the rest is Rock N Roll history. Continuing the Country Music and blast from the past theme, on Sunday, September 18, music legend Hank Williams, Sr. tribute band, Hankerin’ 4 Hank from Oklahoma will take the stage. Hankerin' 4 Hank holds true to the original arrangements and style of Hank Williams Sr. These incredibly talented musicians Johnny Rodgers will perform at the new Chesapeake Beach Band Shell on Septemtake a step back in time to ber 11. present these tunes in the style that Hank wrote them. Fans Reel Restaurant or online at www. will experience the look and the sound of Hank Williams The Chesapeake Beach Resort as he performed in the 1950’s. & Spa is celebrating its 65th year in Hankerin' 4 Hank provides business this year. During that time, the "Drifting Cowboy" sound the original restaurant and marina that backed Hank, complete have evolved to include a luxury hotel with the doghouse bass, hon- and full service Salon and Spa located ky-tonk guitar and steel that right on the Bay, two more waterfront so much defined the music of restaurants, meeting rooms, waterthat era. front ballrooms, beautiful Bay views Doors open for both and beach front. Amusements today Johnny Rogers on September at the Resort are many with bingo and 11 and Hankerin’ 4 Hank on gaming, charter fishing and other waSeptember 18 at 1:00 p.m. and ter sports, special weekend packages show times are 3:00 p.m. for all ages and beach side Rock The Tickets are $25 in ad- Dock music entertainment series. Favance and $30 at the door. mous for being the Charter Fishing Special daily and overnight Capital of Maryland since 1946, the packages are available on Resort also boasts two Marinas, the performance weekends. Pur- Rod ‘N’ Reel Dock and Rod ‘N’ Reel Hank Williams Sr. tribute band Hankerin’ 4 Hank will chase tickets at the Rod ‘N’ Marina West. perform at the new Band Shell on September 18.


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Thursday, July 28 “Another Level” will be performing at the College of Southern Maryland’s series of Twilight Performances, at CSM, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick at 6:45 pm. This group covers your favorite Motown, hip-hop, classic rock and 70s music. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or blanket. Call (301) 9347703 for more info.

RU Calvert’s Next Idol? Girl power dominated this year’s third annual RU Calvert’s Next Idol competition, and there were so many great performances by 62 talented Calvert County kids that choosing just one winner in each age group was a difficult task for the judges. Not only can these young people sing, they can play, too. This year’s flock tinkled the keyboard supplied for the event, and many brought their own instruments ranging from guitars, a ukulele to even a harp! The winners will not necessarily be signed by a record label, but they did win the opportunity to create a professional demo recording at Garrett Music Academy’s studio in Owings and have a professional photo shoot. This year’s Idols performed a range of music. In the 8 to 10-year-old category, Georgia Gillett of Huntingtown took the prize singing ‘Hallelujah.’ Kaitlin Harbin of Port Republic belted out a version of ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ that Barbara Streisand would have been impressed by to win the 11 to 14-year-old age group. Niki Elliott of Broome’s Island, who is on her way to audition for American Idol, sang ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and won in the 15 to 17-year-old-category.

RU Calvert’s Next idol winners for 2011 are (l to r) Niki Ellioot of Broome’s Island (15 to 17-year-old category), Kaitlin Harbin of Port Republic (11 to 14-year-old category) and Georgia Gillett of Huntingtown (8 to 10-year-old category). Behind the winners is organizer Nick Garrett.

Friday’s judges were Cindy Voshell, Charles Harris and Tom Dahrens. Nashville producer Tom Dahrens is also a music writer and has produced dozens of artists in Nashville and worked in the area’s most prestigious studios. Music videographer, Charles Harris from Southern Maryland has worked with many nationally known rap artists such as P. Diddy and Lil’ Kim. Recording artist, choir/theater director, and long-time voice and choral music teacher, Cindy Voshell completed the Friday panel. On Saturday, the judges were Dahrens, as well as Deanna Dove of North Beach and Jerry McGaughran. McGaughran, lifelong vocalist and brass musician, plays with the Calvert Brass Consortium, Calvert Dance Band and directs two choirs. Dove is a local singer/songwriter gone big. She performs from New Jersey to the Caribbean and with four albums, gets radio playtime around the world. All the judges repeatedly Want to see video clips of the winning performances? commented on how impressed Scan the Current Codes with your smart phone and enjoy! they were by the bravery and talent the young people of Calvert displayed. If you missed the event, you can more performances of all the competitors on Calvert Library’s Flickr site, accessible through

Niki Elliott, Broomes Island

Georgia Gillett, Huntingtown

Kaitlin Harbin, Port Republic

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Saturday, July 30 “Set The Stage” is a Broadway musical revue featuring musical favorites and a great show at 7:30 p.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church (FUMC). FUMC’s popular Voices in Praise youth choir entertains along with the exciting Praise Team and the always mellow Sanctuary Choir. Free will donations benefit the church renovation fund. For details, go to or call the church at (410) 257-7133. Thursday, August 11 Bay Breeze Concert at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, featuring “Two for You.” Ralph and Janet are an energetic duo performing a wide variety of musical styles from the 40’s thru today. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach. Call (410) 257-3892 for more info. Concerts are outdoors on the museum porch starting and are free to the public. Saturday, August 27 Jazz at the Beach: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the North Beach Bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets. Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 1st Annual “Smokin’ on the Bay” BBQ Competition: With four live bands over two days! The Deale Elks Lodge 2528 invites you to its 1st Annual BBQ Competition at Herrington Harbour North Marina in Tracy’s Landing on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. both days, rain or shine! Live bands, food and beverage vendors. Bring your own chair or blanket but no coolers, please. Here’s the schedule of live music: Saturday from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. – On Tap and from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Denny Martin Band. Sunday from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. – Old School Band (Motown, 60’s/70’s and Oldies) and from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Snake Bite (Heavy Metal, Rock Oldies). For more information, visit: Thursday, September 8 Bay Breeze Concert: The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum presents “The Dixie Power Trio.” Augmented with “The New Line Brass” will entertain with authentic New Orleans jazz and original compositions. This is a return performance including their rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach. Call (410) 257-3892 for more info. Concerts are outdoors on the museum porch starting and are free to the public. Weekly Events (ongoing): Open Mic every Friday night at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Reserve your time in the spotlight by calling ahead! (410) 286-9660. Another Open Mic every Friday night at the North Beach Farmers’ Market at 7th Street and Bay Avenue. Begins at 6:00 p.m. Every Wednesday: Bluegrass Jam at Happy Harbor Restaurant, 533 Deale Road, in Deale. Get ready for some old-time fun, whether you come to play or just to listen and enjoy. The Bluegrass Jam starts at 7:00 p.m. Every Thursday Night: Family-Friendly Karaoke all summer at Heavenly Chicken and Ribs, Dunkirk Gateway Shopping Center, 10812 Town Center Blvd., Dunkirk. Show your talent by playing, singing and/or doing karaoke to your favorite songs! The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m.

Great seats are still available for the Martina McBride open the show at 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday, July 30 at the Calvert Marine Museum! Proceeds from the auction support the education proAnd now you can experience a CMM concert like never begrams and activities at the Calvert Marine Museum. Since fore by bidding on the online auction to be the Ultimate Fan. 1985, our concerts have been cultivated and refined to beThe winner will sit in the front row, meet Martina Mccome the most popular performing arts venue in Southern Bride, get an autographed poster, park in a premier Maryland. Many nationally known performers have hit the spot, get early admission on the grounds, and enjoy concert stage over the past 26 years, including BB King, dinner for two at one of the on-site food vendors. Chicago, Sara Evans, Steve Miller Band, ZZ Top, and Visit to get more. Martina McBride more details and to bid on the Ultimate Fan Experience. Bids for the auction may be submitted online at www.calvertBest known for hits such as “Independence Day,” “Concrete An- Bidding will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, July gel,” and her most recent “Teenage Daughters,” Grammy and four- 29. Tickets that have already been purchased for Martina McBride time CMA Vocalist of the Year winner, Martina McBride returns to may be redeemed for this package by the winner. For additional inthe outdoor concert stage on Saturday, July 30 at the Calvert Marine formation and to reach a staff person, please call (410) 326-2042, ext. Museum. Local singer/songwriter Courtlyn Carr from Owings, will 16, 17, or 18.

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Out&About Saturday, July 30

"Just Desserts": The Calvert League of Women Voters’ Summer Bistro Event will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. RSVP and get directions by calling (410) 586-2364 or emailing robertasafer@comcast. net. Bring a friend, an appetizer or wine and take time to enjoy! Set the Stage: Don't miss a night of musical favorites and a great show at 7:30 p.m. on July 30 at Friendship United Methodist Church (FUMC). "Set The Stage" is a Broadway musical revue featuring FUMC's popular Voices in Praise youth choir plus the exciting Praise Team and the always mellow Sanctuary Choir. Free will donations benefit the church renovation fund. For details, go to www. or call the church at (410) 257-7133. Movies on Main Street - Saturday, July 30 – 8 p.m. until? Toy Story will be shown at the lot across from the County Courthouse at Duke and Main Street. Free movie under the stars in the heart of Prince Frederick - just bring something to sit on. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soda, water and even candy are provided. Live music by Rockfish begins at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome and everything is free!

Monday, August 1

"Merge/Emerge" Opens at Artworks @7th Gallery in North Beach the week of August 1. Join the artists for a reception on Saturday, August 6 from 1- 5 p.m. The show features seven Southern Maryland artists, including: Rose Beitzell, Mary Ida Rolape, Linda Rosenthal, Joan Humphreys, Deb McClure, Tammy Vitale, and Conni Leigh James.

Tuesday, August 2 – Saturday, August 6 NBVFD Carnival: Beginning at 6 p.m. each evening, enjoy the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival. At the commuter parking lot at 5th and Bay Avenue.

Tuesday, August 2

Thank a First Responder! National Night Out (NNO) has proven to be an effective and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and

police-community partnerships in the fight for a safer nation. Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Over 37 million people participated. For more information, see http://

Here are this year’s local NNO events:

- National Night Out – Northern Calvert County: In North Beach, 6 – 8 p.m. along the boardwalk at the beach, 5th and Bay Avenue. Come on out on this special night to show appreciation for those who protect our communities. Kids get to explore real fire trucks and ambulances and meet police officers and firefighters. National Night Out – Southern Anne Arundel County: In Shady Side, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Lula G. Scott Community Center in Shady Side. The Anne Arundel County Police helicopter and SWAT vehicles will be there with other law enforcement representatives. There will be plenty of food and activities for all. Free refreshments. Contact Mohan Grover at (410) 867-3034 for more information.

Thursday, August 11 Bay Breeze Concert: The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum presents “Two for You.” Ralph and Janet are an energetic duo performing a wide variety of musical styles from the 40’s thru today. Concerts are outdoors on the museum porch starting and are free to the public. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach. Call (410) 257-3892 for more info.

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Saturday, August 13

Yard Sale: The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a giant yard sale in their parking lot on Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tables are available for $15 each and $25 for two. To reserve a table please contact Diana (410) 231-1775 (must be reserved in advance; for additional tables, check with Diana). Crab and Shrimp Feast: A fundraiser for the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, with food served until 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and may be purchased at the firehouse on Bayside Road, Ron’s Bay Pro Shop in Dunkirk or Tyler’s Tackle in Chesapeake Beach. Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours now! Menu: steamed crabs and shrimp, pulled pork BBQ, hot dogs, cole slaw, baked beans, corn on the cob plus Miller Light and Yuengling on tap. For info, call (410) 257-6564. Eat, Drink, Go Local: 12 - 6 p.m. in North Beach. See article on page 11 for more information.

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Thursday, August 4

Cancer Gala: 30th Annual Event at the Rod ‘N’ Reel begins at 7 p.m. See story on Page 4 for complete details.

Friday, August 5

First Free Friday: at the Calvert Marine Museum at Solomons. The first Friday of every month, the museum is open free to the public from 5- 8 p.m. with special entertainment and activities each month. The Drum Point Lighthouse will be open and 30-minute cruises are available on the “Wm. B. Tennison.” Deanna Dove of North Beach will perform at 6:30 p.m.

American Legion Events Here are some of upcoming events at American Legion Post 206 on Rt. 260 in Chesapeake Beach: SATURDAY AUGUST 13 Put on your dancing shoes and trip the light fantastic at the American Legion 206. Can't dance? No problem! Teachers will be available to show you how. One-hour lessons begin at 7 p.m. followed by dancing from 8 p.m. until midnight. The modest price of $15 per person includes soft drinks or draft beer and light munchies. Hosted by the American Legion 206 in the upper level ballroom. For information call Jim Henricks at (301) 855-6466. SUNDAY AUGUST 14 Conquer the summer doldrums with a sumptuous breakfast including hot cakes, sausage, scrapple, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits, fresh fruit, and chipped beef. Hosted by the American Legion 206 Auxiliary

from 8 to 11 a.m. in the upper level Dining Hall in Chesapeake Beach on Route 260. Adults $10; kids ages 6-12 $5; kids under 6 free. Bloody Marys will be available for a nominal charge. For information call (301) 855-6466. TUESDAY AUGUST 16 Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard at the regular American Legion 206 Auxiliary meeting. President Choux's agenda will be of interest to all members, including volunteer committee assignments for the upcoming months. The meeting starts promptly at 7 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. FRIDAY AUGUST 19 If you want to volunteer for a good cause and you are a member of the American Legion 206, this is your chance. President Custis will conduct his first meeting as president. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome.

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