August 12, 2010
Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties
Eight Arrests in Dunkirk Arson Story Page 3
Arachnophobia! Huntingtown Woman Bitten by Black Widow Spider Story Page 5
John Luskey: Picking & Grinning Hometown Favorite Story Page 21
Bayfest Cancelled After 25 Years The Inside Scoop On Why Itâ€™s Overge 12 Pa
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Let’s Go Shopping and Save
arylanders will get a break from state sales tax on clothing and footwear items priced $100 or less from through August 14 during Shop Maryland Week. Qualifying clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less will be exempt from Maryland’s six percent sales tax to help families prepare for back-to-school. From jeans and dresses to sweaters, shirts, tennis shoes and coats, nearly every item of clothing is tax-exempt during this event. Here’s how it works: Some clothes are still taxable during Shop Maryland week, such as items that cost more than $100. Accessories, including jewelry, watches, watchbands, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles, and backpacks
will be taxable. Special clothing or footwear designed primarily for protective use and not for normal wear, such as football pads, will be taxable also. If your total purchase of several items is more than $100, it is still tax-free. In other words, each qualifying article of clothing or footwear selling for $100 or less will be exempt, regardless of how many items are sold at the same time. For example, two $60 sweaters or coats sold at the same time are both exempt, even though the total purchase price is more than $100. However, if you buy a suit that costs $110, sales tax is due on the entire $110. And, there are no tax breaks for items you might buy to make or repair clothes, such as fabrics, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, and zippers. These items remain taxable.
It’s been a North Beach tradition for 25 years, drawing thousands of people from miles around. But this year, there will be no Bayfest. Find out why on page 12.
Happy shopping through August 14!!
Calvert Job Fair Upcoming
ooking for a few good hires? Calvert County businesses will have the opportunity to meet with local job seekers at the 2010 Calvert County Job Fair next month. This annual event will be held Thursday, September 2, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Calvert County Fairgrounds in Barstow. Nearly 21 businesses participated in last year’s Job Fair and more than 640 job seekers visited the event. “Since all the exhibitors represented local businesses, it was a great draw for our local workforce and very appealing
to those who were seeking full- or parttime employment,” said Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Carolyn McHugh. Registration is free and limited to those doing business in Calvert County. Businesses should be actively seeking employees for full- or part-time work and multi-level marketing organizations and businesses are not permitted. Registration includes a six-foot table and two chairs, company listing in the event brochure and two tickets for light refreshments. Registration deadline is
North Beach Zoning Hearing Scheduled
joint public hearing between the North Beach Council and the Planning Commission is scheduled for Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the North Beach Community Center. The subject is a planned redevelopment project by RAR Associates at the corner of 7th and Rt. 261, where Thursday’s Bar and Grill is now located. The development would require rezoning several lots from residential to commercial. The plan includes Thursday’s expanding into a 6,000 square foot establishment along with six retail shops on the street level, and 25, one and two bedroom condos above. A parking garage would be built in the vacant area to the back of the Post Office on property Russo owns, with a new walkway between so pedestrians can cross 7th street to get to it. Russo says, “That’s been four to five years in the works, and I hope to break ground in a year or two.” The development would have a Key West flavor. In the meantime, Thursday’s is planning to construct an expanded “crab deck” adjacent to its current outdoor eating space on the 7th street side, adding picnic tables with a water view.
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August 20. For more information, or to register for this event, please contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410.535.4583, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.ecalvert.com. The Job Fair is co-sponsored by the Calvert County Department of Economic Development and the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce with support from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.
Checkpoints Crack Down on DUI’s
he Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is participating in a statewide initiative to reduce traffic fatalities on Maryland roadways during August. A review of Maryland accident data shows that August typically has a higher number of crashes, injuries and fatalities. In an effort to increase public awareness of the need to drive sober will be supported by Maryland’s “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign, which kicks off August 20. Residents and motorists can anticipate increased public awareness and enforcement efforts, especially during late afternoon or early
evening hours, and on weekends. Roadways that will see increased enforcement efforts include Maryland Routes 260 and 261 along with adjoining roadways. Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans says, “Our goal is zero fatalities for the month of August. We will be looking for all impaired drivers and motorcyclists during the crackdown and will arrest anyone we find impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day.” This effort is supported by $13,000 in grant funding from the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Highway Safety Office.
community Emma Raphael belts out an Etta James classic to become one of three winners at the RU Calvert’s Next Idol Contest. See page 20 for details.
On The Water
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Out & About
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Eight Arrests in Dunkirk Arson
heriff Mike Evans Some of the businesses damaged in this tells the Chesaspring’s fire at the Country Plaza Shopping peake Current to Center in Dunkirk have now re-opened. expect more charges in Authorities recently made eight arrests connection with the fire in connection with the arson, which they have linked to a dispute between Just Tan earlier this year at the It and the Dunkirk Paint Store. Country Plaza Shopping Center in Dunkirk that damaged or destroyed a number of businesses. Several local people have been arrested in connection with the March 27 fire that caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage to the strip shopping center at 10086 Southern Maryland Boulevard (Route ducted by the Office of the State Fire Mar4). They are: Kimberly Lynn Bellosi and shal, Maryland State Police, Calvert InClay Daniel Powers, both 42, and both of vestigative Team and The Calvert County Chesapeake Beach, 43-year-old Grace Ma- Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team, rie Bellosi Mitchell and 41-year old Rich- the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Ofard Michael Kendall, both of Dunkirk, fice and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Ofand 46-year-old Richard Sheil Kulle, 46 of fice in Seminole County, Florida. Fifty firefighters battled the two-alarm Lothian, and 42-year old Yvonne Labrador fire reported at 5:56 a.m. on Sunday, March Bellosi, of Fort Washington, MD. Two others from Florida, 47-year-old 27. It damaged an M&T Bank branch, Todd Douglas Watters of Winter Park, FL, Dunkirk Paints, Martial Arts Academy, and Enrick Amerigo Bellosi, of Casselbury, H&R Block, Sassy Seamstress Gifts, Country Cleaners, Dunkirk Barbershop, FL have also been arrested. They are initially charged with twelve Just Tan It, and three vacant units. Curtis counts related to the fire. The charges in- Investments owns the property. Investigators have determined the clude six counts of Arson 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Arson 2nd Degree, Bur- fire was the result of arson and found that glary 2nd Degree, two counts Malicious it started in the rear of the Dunkirk Paint Burning 1st Degree, Malicious Destruction store. Officials allege that the operators of the Just Tan It salon had a financial conflict of Property and Accessory after the Fact. Authorities say these arrests follow with the owner of Dunkirk Paints and conan extensive four-month investigation con- spired to set the fire.
Ballet School Expands Classes to Solomons Area
bigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet, a favorite in Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties since 1986, is expanding to Annmarie Garden to offer a series of classes this fall in the Solomons/Lusby/ St. Mary’s County area. Prospective students and their parents are invited to stop by the Arts Building at Annmarie Garden on Solomons/ Dowell Road on Saturday, August 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to learn more. New classes for ages three and up include Intro to Ballet, Pre Ballet, and Vaganova 1. Girls can also try on a real tutu and get their photos taken with a ballerina. Visit www.abigailsclassicalballet. com online for more information and a complete schedule of classes at Annmarie Garden and the original North Beach studio. Abigail Francisco, founder of her own classical ballet studio in North Beach, explains about intricate costumes. Abigail is expanding her classes to Annmarie Garden in Solomons this fall.
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LOCAL NEWS Two More Candidates for North Beach Council Two more men have filed papers to run for North Beach Town Council, bringing the total number to three to date. The two new candidates are Junior Lubbes and Mike Benton. The only other person who has filed is Greg McNeill. The deadline for filing papers to run for office in North Beach is August 23. Packets are available at the Town Hall trailer. Since there’s no primary for North Beach, so all names will appear on the November 2 ballot. The next election year in neighboring Chesapeake Beach, the only other incorporated town in Calvert County, is 2012.
Former North Beach Mayor Seeks Old Job
ark Frazer, a dentist whose office is in Dunkirk, announced on the steps of the Boys & Girls Club in North Beach his intention to get his old job back as Mayor of North Beach. He was introduced by George Owings, who has lost 25 pounds and continues to recover from emergency surgery for an aortic aneurism, which forced him to abandon his run for governor. Frazer said he has launched a web site for his campaign and was not going to repeat the issues listed there. However, in his opening remarks, he was critical of the size of the new Town Hall being built, saying that if he had held his event there, people would have had to stand in the street. He said that one of his campaign issues is to make living in North Beach more affordable. He said the likelihood of federal and state taxes going down is unlikely, so if elected, he would focus on further cutting town taxes. He acknowledged, however, that the current town council did cut taxes twice in the last four years. He added that if elected, he would be sensitive to residents “outside” the town, such as those living in the Burnt Oaks and San Francisco developments. Frazer said that small businesses in North Beach in the best of times are struggling. He added that he felt new businesses at or near the waterfront do not constitute business development and his “absolute priority would be brick and mortar establishments that operate year-round instead of allowing seasonal businesses.” He also criticized town events and tourism efforts, saying that, “Just bringing in
large crowds does not automatically supplement the income of businesses.” He also said parking is an issue and that he has been in discussions with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department to enforce parking “the way it should be.” Frazer also said that as mayor he would hire one full-time resident police officer for North Beach, and would be willing to return the Mayor’s salary to help offset the cost of the new salary. Currently, the town contracts with the county for protection through sheriff’s Mark Frazer deputies. Frazer said that he felt leadership was a serious issue in North Beach, but did not elaborate. The mayor’s race in North Beach is considered non-partisan with no political party affiliations listed on the ballot. However, Frazer, 69, was a Republican when he served as County Commissioner for two terms in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He then changed his affiliation to the Democratic Party. He was first elected Mayor of North Beach in 1998 and again in 2002. This year, he switched back and is a Republican again. Frazer is running against current Mayor Michael Bojokles, a Democrat, who is presently finishing his first fouryear term.
Slate Narrows for November Election Former Sheriff Vonzell Ward of North Beach, who resigned in 2001 citing health reasons, is again abandoning hopes of getting the job back. Board of elections officials say Ward did not turn in the required signatures, even though he had announced he was going to seek the job as Sheriff as an Independent candidate. Another Independent, Russell Litten, who declared intent as a county commissioner candidate under a Broome’s Island address, is out of the running after failing to submit the required nominating petition to the board of elections as well.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Arachnophobia: Watch Out for Black Widows
Huntingtown Woman Recovering From Spider Bite
and Black Widows would crawl up into the sleeves or t was a typical Saturday morning when pant legs or sheets. So if you ever leave clothes outside, Pamela Owens was setting up the horse exercise arena at her ‘farmette’ in Hunbe sure to shake them out and check them before putting tingtown when she experienced the shock of them on or bringing them back her life. in the house,” Joe advises. “We have letters and cones that have Joe says technically, all to be set up precisely in the arena before spider bites are poisonous, but we bring the horses in, and sometimes the in humans, most of them are no wind blows them over or they get moved, so more serious than a mosquito I was just setting them up properly, which I bite. do all the time. The last two letters I picked But Lyons says even up were stuck together, and when I pulled worse than the Black Widow is them apart, I disrupted a spider’s nest.” the Brown Recluse. “I’ve been “I looked down and she was on my called out and found them thumb and I felt the bite. Of course, it in two homes in this area. In scared me so I swatted her off and when both cases, they had moved I did, I saw the red markings on her belly. here from the West, and the Her body was pretty big, maybe the size Brown Recluse Spiders were of a dime, and the legs another inch long. The Black Widow Spider has a shiny black body, and they’re small, with in things they had brought I was shocked and told my husband, ‘I was adults usual measuring 1.5 cm or less, not including the legs. from their garages and sheds. just bitten by that spider!” So although they are not native Pam’s husband, Chris Manion, a local to this area, watch out, because Spider venom is 15 times more dangerous than building contractor, came over quickly, saw it in the sand a rattlesnake. Black Widow bites are especially they are around here, too.” By in the arena, and killed it. Pam commented then that she toxic to children under the age of 16 and those Black Widow Spiders can be identified Diane Burr (CC) editor@chesathought it was a Black Widow. over 60. The spider’s bite can paralyze victims, by the distinctive red “hourglass” shape peakecurrent.com on their underside. “We went inside and Googled ‘Maryland spiders��� and in some cases kill. and the first one that came up was the Black Widow, so “A lot of people don’t we knew definitely that’s what it was. Chris said, I’m tak- know it, but Black Widows Ron Russo, President ing you to the hospital! By then, my hand was stinging are everywhere around 301-855-6600 really bad,” Pam says. here,” says Joe Lyons of FAX 301-855-6907 Within five minutes, her chest was beginning to Arrow American Pest Contighten. “I told Chris I thought I was just nervous and trol of Dunkirk (A.A.P). email@example.com scared, but he was sure it was the spider bite.” “They’re called Black By the time they reached Calvert Memorial Hospital, Widows because they kill which is only a few minutes from their home on Lower the males after they mate. North Beach’s Top Developer Marlboro Road in Huntingtown, Pam says her back mus- They’re nocturnal and like cles were beginning to spasm and she was in excruciating dark, damp places like pain. your basement, garage, “I couldn’t walk when we got to the emergency room. sheds, and barns. They P.O. Box 39 I was really having spasms. The only way I can describe also like to live in crawl 9132 Bay Avenue it is that I could not control my legs and I felt like I had spaces, attics, woodpiles, North Beach, MD 20714 sharp glass on the bottoms of my feet,” Pam says. and mulch flowerbeds, so She spent 10 hours in E.R. “I had a pretty wicked beware.” reaction, was incoherent most of the time, so I don’t reOne thing Lyons says member a lot of it. They did not have any anti-venom at you should never do is the hospital and they didn’t want to fly me anywhere, so leave your shoes outside. Bay Avenue Elevation for the proposed they put me on IV’s, morphine and other drugs until I sta- “A lot of people will be Thursday’s North Beach Development. bilized. Apparently there can also be serious side effects working out in the yard or to the anti-venom - that can be dangerous, too!” on the boat and get their “It was so bad for days. I felt like I was freezing cold, shoes wet and muddy. So, and I put on heavy shirts and pants and blankets, then I’d you take them off on the sweat through. I took a shower about once an hour for deck or porch or leave three days because the hot water was the only thing that them in the garage overmade me feel warm. As soon as I’d get out of the shower, night. That’s exactly what it would all start again.” a Black Widow will look A week later, Pam, who’s a stylist at Creations Salon for and will crawl inside. in Owings was still off work. “I’m afraid to drive and I When people slide their have not ridden my horse since, which is so unlike me into those shoes again, because I usually ride every day. I feel exhausted.” they get bitten. So never, Pam says the bite on her left thumb is now gone. “At ever do that!” first, it got a little red, then swelled up into a welt about “Years ago, there used the size of a nickel and turned black. Now it’s gone – you to be a lot of problems with can’t even see it.” But doctors tell her it could be a month people hanging their launIndigo Reef of the Keys: An example of or two before she’s back to normal. dry out on the line to dry what North Beach can look like in the future. Research on the Internet indicates that Black Widow
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Cancer Gala a Success
hunderstorms were looming, but hundreds of guests and VIPs turned out anyway on Thursday, August 5 for the 29th Annual Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala at the Rod ‘N’ Reel complex. “We have to wait until the checks clear, but I think we surpassed last year’s amount,” says Gala founder Gerald Donovan. To date, the event has raised more than $4 million for charities related to cancer research and patient support services.
Steve and Delegate Sue Kullen (D 27-B), Honorary Chairs with former Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald Donovan.
Serious Bacterial Infections Reported
Vibrio Linked to Calvert Waterways
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lower part of his leg had turned black. The man was hospitalized at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The fourth infection was July 15, when a man ate undercooked seafood that had been caught in the Broomes Island area. The man came down with a gastrointestinal disorder, but is recovering. Patuxent Riverkeeper says it has received other similar reports from time to time in previous years, nearly always during hot summer weather and in the same locales. The Riverkeeper says, “Public disclosure of this information of these facts is provided for the purpose of keeping the public informed and is not intended to be conclusive of the safety of swimming or consuming shellfish in this area. Our general understanding is that “vibrio” related bacteria, while naturally occurring in brackish waters under certain conditions, are generally not regarded as ominous by some public health officials simply because the source bacteria are naturally occurring. However we have been informed by qualified researchers that when these “natural” strains become exposed to high water temperatures, algae blooms and nutrients that often contaminate the Bay and its tributaries that the chemistry can turn decidedly toxic to human health. So we feel that people should exercise some caution when swimming in local waters this time of year if they have open cuts or suffer from weakened immune systems. Similarly, seafood should be thoroughly and properly cooked.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Workshops for Non-Profits
Beware of Industrious Thieves
Water Park Gets New Toys
he Calvert Library will host a free two-hour workshop in September on what non-profit organizations need to have in place before seeking a grant. Andrea Snyder, Grants Librarian at the State Library Resource Center, will introduce participants to the characteristics of successful nonprofit organizations, key elements of startup and operational issues, and available resources for nonprofit organizations. The presenter will review nonprofit lifecycles, start-up issues, financial issues, and alternative options. This workshop will be held on Monday, September 13, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Calvert Library, Prince Frederick. Preregistration is required. Contact Cathey Moffatt-Bush or Robbie McGaughran at (410) 535-0291 to sign up.
or the first time in 15 years, the Chesapeake Beach Water Park has updated its floating toys in the kiddie pool area. The new additions include tethered floating “toys” that include a big, orange snake, a bright blue turtle, and a green crocodile that children can climb up on. General Manager Marilyn Van Wagner says, “It was time. The new ones are really colorful. The little kids just love them.”
Calvert County Republican Candidate Open Forum
nne Arundel County Police say that business owners and residents should be aware of what thieves are now looking to steal. As we go through tough economic times, enterprising individuals have discovered precious metals are a ready source of income. Presently gold, copper, and platinum are the metals of choice. Anne Arundel County Police say they continue to receive reports of thefts of catalytic converters, which contain platinum, palladium, and rhodium, all considered precious metals. Additionally, there’s an uptick in copper thefts. Industrious thieves target wiring in vacant buildings and buildings under construction. They’ve also removed entire commercial air conditioning units, or removed the copper components from ground units. They have also had several incidents of window air conditioner units being taken. At a recent regional intelligence meeting, these crimes were discussed, and it’s not just a local problem. Baltimore County has recently even had reports of copper gutters being removed from churches. Businesses and commercial property management companies should take whatever precautions they can to mitigate these thefts. Additional lighting, security and locking devices are recommended. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous metal/ junk dealers, buy and sell operations, and pawn shops that make considerable profits in this market. Please contact Anne Arundel County Police with information from our business community regarding those who further these thefts.
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The Rough Riders of Camp Roosevelt Photos Courtest of Grace May Brady
By Grace Mary Brady This is the third in a series of exclusive articles in honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of Camp Theodore Roosevelt, located south of Chesapeake Beach, which was the first permanent Boy Scout Camp in the State of Maryland.
ast week, we took a look at boys building canoes at Camp Roosevelt. This week, we look at deeper into boating on the Chesapeake Bay, which was one of the most treasured learning experiences and pastimes for the thousands of boys who passed through Camp Roosevelt over the years. In the 1930’s and 40’s, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) published a newsletter called ‘Rough Rider.’ I have obtained these publications and offer this snippet published in the Camp Theodore Roosevelt BSA dated September 15, 1934. It gives us a glimpse into how important boating was at the camp: Under the direction of Thornton Hart, with his assistant, Richard Miller, the Boating Department had a very successful season. The aim of the Department this year was to allow as many boys as possible to have free use of the boats. Therefore, no restrictions were placed on the boys requiring them to pass specified tests in order to take out the rowboats. The old canoe captaincy tests were still kept, how-
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ever, because of the trickiness of the craft if not handled correctly. It is estimated that nearly five hundred different boys were taken out in the sailboats this season. As far as statistics go, there were 45 Canoe Captaincies, 70 Rowing Merit Badges and 17 Canoeing MeritBadges passed this season. Tests were also given by this Department to eight Scout Life-Guard Candidates. In the 1934 final edition of the ‘Rough Rider’, it was noted that boating really builds up an appetite. “Harry Cutler swears 39,708 meals were packed away in the Mess Hall this summer.” In 1934, the Boy Scouts enjoyed a very successful season at Camp Roosevelt. Including staff, there were 802 different campers, who spent a total of 1,956 weeks in camp. The average length of stay of Scouts in camp (not staff) was 2.2 weeks. These campers represented 97 different troops in the District of Columbia council, and there were also visitors from other cities including Detroit, Michigan; Columbia, Missouri; and several from Pennsylvania localities. The boating photos in this issue of the Chesapeake Nashville Recording Star Current were taken JohN LuSkey comes home at Camp Roosevelt in to play at the beach! 1934 and are owned by Grace Mary Saturday, August 14 Brady. 6:30 p.m. – 9: 30 p.m. To learn more about the history of Refreshments available for purchase. scouting and Camp Roosevelt, stop by the Bayside History Museum any Wednesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to see a wonderful collection of scouting artifacts.
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About the Author: Grace Mary Brady is President of the Bayside History Museum in North Beach. www.ci.north-beach.md.us
Red vs. Black... By Bob Munro
he American Roulette Wheel has 18 red and 18 black spots -- just kidding! While the odds of landing on red or black are equal, the chances of catching a Red Drum are far less in our part of the Chesapeake when compared to catching a
Black Drum. But first, here are some basics about the Drums. Both species are members of the family Sciaenidae, or Drum family, which includes not only Drum, but Atlantic Croaker, Norfolk Spot, and Weakfish, all of which are common (except for Weakfish but that’s a whole story in itself) in the mid-Bay at one time or another. Both species are primarily bottom feeders, preferring mollusks like clams and mussels, but their favorite food here in the Bay is the Blue Crab. Black Drum (Pogonias cromis) arrive in our part of the Bay during the latter part of May but quickly disperse up the Bay by mid-June. Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) are more of a summer visitor and are considered to be uncommon this far up the Bay. Also called Redfish, Red Drum are very common in the ocean surf especially along the Outer Banks of North Carolina and all along the coast to the Texas Gulf. Red Drum will often eat small fish, which explains why they are most often caught trolling medium-size
spoons like the Number 2 Drone Spoon. “Reds” are much more streamlined than their Black Drum cousins - compare the copper-colored Red Drum with the spot on its tail to the huge Black Drum (photo inset). Unfortunately, the creel limit here is one per person 18-27 inches in length, so fish like the one in the photo have to be released. Spanish Mackerel are here in numbers and often in schools mixed with Bluefish and Stripers. With recent water temperatures in the low 80s (see http://www.buoybay. org), “Spanish” should be here throughout September. Note the deeply forked tail and yellowish spots along the flanks of the fish in the photo. Like their cousins the tunas, fish with forked tails are fast and can easily catch up to a lure trolled at speeds over 6 knots. What you can’t see are the razor-sharp teeth, similar to those in the Bluefish. Speaking of Bluefish, they are now practically everywhere along both shores of the Bay and out over the deep as well. If you see “working birds,” you’ll most likely find Bluefish chasing bay anchovies. Small spoons will catch Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Rockfish - smaller and faster for “Spanish,” larger and slower for Rockfish, and Bluefish no matter what you do. Don’t catch ‘em all, Bob Munro About the Author: Bob Munro has been a career research biologist for the US Fish & Wildlife Service. At one time or another, he has visited every river entering the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna Flats to Hampton Roads. An avid fisherman, he’s fished the mid-Chesapeake since the mid-1980s.
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By Lynda Striegel, President, Bay Business Group is in favor of it. You will continue to receive your regular BGE bills—the only change is a reduced rate for “electric supply.” Everything else will stay the same. And, if you want to cancel the program for any reason, you can with no penalty. It gets better. The Viridian program offers you two prices for 20% green electric and 100% green from wind power. So, those of you wishing to support 100% environmentally sound usage can do so. Personally, I pay .1146-.1190 per kilowatt hour in the summer for my home. Currently, the BBG program through Viridian will probably save me 2 cents per kilowatt hour. Over the course of a year, I could save a couple of hundred dollars, maybe more, so why not do this? I can’t think of a reason not to. With this program, everybody wins: you (the customer), the BBG (a local nonprofit) and our environment. Have questions? Call BBG member George Mysior at (301) 980-1958.
“Coach On Call” NOW ALSO A JOB MATCH-MAKER So many good and talented people have lost their jobs in this economic recession. Many of them have great skills and had been in their jobs for years. Becoming jobless at any age is frightening, but even more so for those who are older. BBG member Eleanor Nelson of Chesapeake Beach, owner of Coach on Call, has developed a job match reemployment project to ensure that unemployed doesn’t mean unemployable. Her goal is to match people looking for work with the right careers. The project is through the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland. Residents of Calvert, Charles and St, Mary’s counties who have lost a job in the past year and have earned more than $40,000 a year may be eligible. It begins with an individual assessment. Eleanor suggests steps participants can take to
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change career building from a “daunting challenge into an interesting adventure exploring the world.” She focuses on storytelling, with each participant developing a script that tells a compelling story to distinguish them from the rest of the pack when competing for a job. The next step is networking. Eleanor says, “Ninetyseven percent of successful career searches can be traced to networking.” Each participant creates a networking plan involving prospecting by contacting business decision makers who have been successful in this tough economic environment and renewing contacts through previous work affiliations, professional associations, alumni groups and community activities. Participants are taught to focus on asking colleagues for information, not asking for a job. The goal of targeting one person per week for networking is “akin to depositing a check in the bank on a regular basis.” At the end of six weeks, if you ask for three referrals at the end of each networking session, the leads can add up to finding that job that is the perfect match. Coaching rounds out the program. As Eleanor explains, “Effective coaches are not in the game. They assess talent, consider the challenges, develop the winning plays and set necessary goals to win.” Eleanor encourages participants to think about their career paths in ways “outside of the box.” The program is working so well that over 44 job matches have been made in recent months. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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reating a healthy and sustainable world by “going green“ is something we can all do. We can start simply, one step at a time, by reusing both sides of paper, using compact fluorescent light bulbs, cleaning with non-toxic cleaners, replacing old appliances with those that are Energy Star rated, using fresh, local and organic foods for our meals, and by using local contractors who are conscientious about the environment. Our local businesses wholeheartedly agree with these ideas and do their part to enrich the quality of our lives. As our local, state, and federal governments make it easier for us to recycle, we save paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, and aluminum from lying in landfills. One local business, Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar, recycles three truck loads of materials every week, saving hundreds of pounds of materials from the landfill. Many of these items are then remade into decking products like those used on the North Beach Boardwalk; or into beautiful glass jewelry and aluminum decorative wall art as sold at SeaScapes Home Accents. An easy way to recycle is to reuse what you have, either by restoring or reviving the object. If you check out Chesapeake Antiques you will see that the entire store has made whatever’s old, new again, with no energy waste or increase in carbon emissions involved. In addition to selling organic candy and chocolates, Old Town Candy Company plants marigolds in the garden to repel insects and then uses the water collected by their dehumidifier to water them. Blondie’s Baking Company, recently opened on Chesapeake Avenue at Second Street by Sis-
ters’ Corner and The Sand Dollar Store, offers a seasonal menu using locally grown produce (as Bilvil has), thus reducing importing and transporting goods from afar. Some goods will be baked and sold in paper pans, reducing baking temperatures and saving on washing energy. Want to find green businesses in Maryland? Visit Maryland’s website http://visitmaryland.org, click on Maryland Green Travel, and then Maryland’s Green Registry. Recently, the Inn at Herrington Harbour along with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) became the first to be certified as Maryland Green Lodging Travel Partners. The process to become certified is not hard, but does require a commitment to the environment that can be quite challenging yet very rewarding. In just one year, we have saved 17 tons of trash from the landfill by recycling. We purchase paper products made of 100% recycled materials, including toilet paper, tissues, paper towels. Our guest lotions, shampoos, and soaps are domestically made using natural, organic and environmentally sensitive ingredients and packaged in post consumer recycled materials. One of our simplest “green” processes is to recycle all of our coffee grounds into our flowerbeds. If everyone were to incorporate this simple step into their lives, we would eliminate tons of coffee grounds from our trash every year, one step at a time!
2010 Minority Business Awards Know of a minority-owned business in our area that deserves recognition? The regional Minority Business Opportunities Task Force and its membership, the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance, the Charles County Minority Business Advisory Council and the Embassy Business Complex are accepting applications for the 2010 Minority Business Awards through August 27. Nomination categories include: Heritage Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, and County Business of the Year (one award per county). Self-nominations are accepted. Eligible nominees include ethnic minorities, women, veteran and disabled-owned businesses located in Calvert, Charles or St. Mary’s counties. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 22 during lunch at the 2010 Southern MD Regional Purchasing and Small Business Procurement Expo. Nomination forms and additional details regarding these awards may be obtained at www. calvertcountymba.org, or www.mbaccc.com , or by contacting Michelle Simonds at MSimonds@tccsmd.org . For vendor or sponsor information or additional information regarding the Regional Small Business Purchasing & Procurement Expo, please contact Ellen Flowers-Fields, Director, Regional Economic Development, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, at 301-274-1922 or EFlowers-Fields@tccsmd.org.
About the Author: Ann Mulder is the manager of The Inn at Herrington in Rose Haven, a Maryland Green Lodging Travel Partner.
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Build your business through networking at these local business events: Bay Business Group (BBG) Monthly Meeting: The BBG meets the third Wednesday of each month, but will take a hiatus during the month of August. Their next meeting is set for Wednesday, September 15 at 8:30 a.m. Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven. For more information, contact Stephanie Crosby at email@example.com or visit their web site at www.baybusinessgroup.org. Business After Hours (BAH): The Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce will hold a BAH Mixer Hosted by the Deale Area Historical Society at The Historic Village at Tracy’s Landing on August 17 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Contact Carla Catterton at the SAACC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Candidate’s Forum will be held September 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at St. John Vianney Family Life Center, 470 Main Street, Prince Frederick. If you don’t attend any other Commissioner’s Forum you should attend this one if you want to learn candidates’ positions on issues that directly affect your ability to do business in Calvert, you want to be an informed business person, or if you want to cast a ballot that matters. No reservations required. Annual Business Awards: The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations. You can nominate an outstanding individual or business for recognition of excellence in performance in one of four categories: Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, or Home-Based Business of the Year. Contact the Chamber at (410) 535-2577 for a nomination form, and return yours no later than August 27.
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Why Bayfest Is Cancelled
Chris Beres, North Beach: “I think it’s too bad. This is the one thing North Beach is famous for. I always invited people from Washington DC and work to come out here for Bayfest. Everyone always had a great time, you could bring the kids, and it’s something people always came back for every year. It’s something that was distinctive for our town.”
ove it or hate it, there will be no Bayfest this year. This would have been its 26th year. The cancellation announcement came from North Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles in a short written statement. “After long and difficult consideration the decision has been made to cancel the 2010 Bayfest. This decision was not made lightly or without taking into account the impact on the community, both North Beach and Calvert County, but current economic realities made this decision unavoidable.” The statement continues, “The current recession has impacted our Bayfest vendors to such an extent that less than one half of the normal 120 participants could commit to attend. In addition, some who had already committed to attend had subsequently withdrawn. As a result, Bayfest revenues were falling short of covering the cost of the event by more than $15,000. “ A severe thunderstorm and flash flood at Bayfest Bojokles adds, 2009 destroyed several vehicles, a beer stand, and numerous vendor booths, including this one for the “I did not feel that Calvert County GOP.
Bayfest drew thousands of people from miles around to North Beach for seven blocks of vendors, bands on at least two stages, and a waterman’s crab and shrimp feast at the end of the pier.
imposing the cost of Bayfest, which was designed to be self-supporting, on the taxpayers of North Beach was either fair or wise. I regret having to make this decision and did not want to present a Bayfest that did not meet previous standards or could not support itself. Therefore, I made this decision with the best interests of the Town and its taxpayers in mind.” The Mayor tells the Chesapeake Current that there have been lots of calls from people upset about the news. He says, “When I explain why we had to do it, people aren’t as upset,” he says. The two-day event with continuous entertainment on at least two stages recently drew upwards of 30,000 visitors. It had been held the last weekend of August for 25 years in a row. Many political candidates are upset because they saw Bayfest this year as a prime opportunity for them to press lots of sweaty flesh. It was also a quick and easy place for potential voters to pick up registration forms. Despite all the thousands who love Bayfest and had a great time every year, there have been plenty of complaints, especially from the locals. Residents complained about the crowds, noise, traffic, lack of parking and being downwind from banks of stinky Windward Key Waterfront port-a-potties. Many businesses complained that Bayfest did little for them, since the majority of the vendors came from out of town. Some storefronts were blocked by vendor booths, which caused ire, because potential customers had difficulty getting in and out of the brick and mortar facilities that operate year-round. Crafters themselves had gripes about Richfield Station Bayfest as well. As one former vendor put it, “The rates are high, ‘buy & resell’ vendors were allowed, and we have to pack up at the end of the day and re-set up the next because there is no security of any kind.” Last year, a severe thunderstorm and flash flood at 5th and Bay Avenue during Bayfest caused considerable angst. Numerous cars and vehicles were either damaged or destroyed, along with a beer G Street, Chesapeake Beach stand and some vendor booths.
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Willetta Zaffaroni, Davidsonville: “I’m stunned. I’ve had a business in this town for 24 years. There’s something to be said for the event that brings different things to the town. Bayfest was always such a happy day. We didn’t make a lot of money from it. But I don’t see it as a tragedy that it’s cancelled.” Dale Thomas, Breezy Point: “I don’t think Bayfest is a community-building event. It’s fun to have the energy of a lot of people in town. But I’d support a festival that honors and includes local people as opposed to out-of-towners who show up for the day.” Merle Blair, North Beach: “Last year was the first time I’d been to Bayfest, and actually, I was a little disappointed. I would like to see it rejuvenated with more of a juried show with nicer artists and crafters, fewer ‘manufactured’ items. I’d like to see more original things for sale. Southern Maryland has a plethora of wonderful artists that could come.” Jimmy Dixon, Plum Point: “I haven’t been up to Bayfest in years, so I guess it’s sad. But it’s so good to see all the improvements recently in this town, like the new boardwalk, and sidewalks. It’s now so nice. It’s good to see so many people out and around.”
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School Board Considers Student Transfer Policy
he Calvert County Board of Education will conduct its regular review of its Student Transfer Policy this fall. As part of this review, the Board may make changes to the existing policy or it may determine that no changes are necessary. In order for the Board to have as much community input as possible, a committee of community members has been established to solicit public input and it’s asking parents and community members to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns. Citizens can send written comments to the committee or they can speak during public hearings. Currently, parents can request that their child attend a school other than the one they are normally assigned. Requests are granted if they meet specific criteria, including course of study, childcare needs for elementary and middle school students, and health-related needs. The criteria and process for requesting a student transfer are explained in the Student Transfer Policy and Student Transfer Procedure.
The committee will hold six public hearings: • • • • • •
September 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Northern Middle School September 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvert Middle School September 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Southern Middle School September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Plum Point Middle School October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Windy Hill Middle School October 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Mill Creek Middle School
Individuals must sign-up at the door prior to the hearing if they wish to speak. Individuals may speak for 2 minutes. If they are speaking for a group, individuals are allotted 5 minutes. Each group may only have one speaker. The committee will accept written comments at the public hearings, by mail and by email. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than Friday, October 8, 2010.
Please submit your written comments to: Ad Hoc Transfer Committee c/o Gail Bennett Board of Education 1305 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 For more information, contact Gail Bennett at 410-535-7620.Email: email@example.com After gathering broad community input, the committee will write a report to the Board identifying as many issues and perspectives as possible, including the impact of student transfers on families, schools and communities.
Congressman Steny Hoyer with Chris Junghans (left) and Conor O’Brien (right), both of Calvert County, who have received prestigious academy appointments. Alexander Carros of Southern Anne Arundel County was unable to attend the reception.
ongressman Steny Hoyer says six students he nominated to attend one of four U.S. Service Academies have received appointment offers for the next school year. The students are from Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and areas of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties), which Hoyer represents. Three are from our area. Chris Junghans, a student at Northern High School, received an appointment offer to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Conor O’Brien, a student at Huntingtown High School, received an appointment offer to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Alexander Carros of Anne Arundel County, a student at Southern High School, also received an offer to attend West Point. Hoyer held a reception for the students and their families at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. “Once again we have an outstanding group of students receiving appointment offers to our nation’s prestigious Service Academies,” Congressman Hoyer said. “An offer to attend one of these institutions is recognition of their achievements both inside and outside the classroom. I am proud to have the opportunity to nominate these talented future leaders from Maryland, and I thank them for answering the call of service to country and choosing to pursue a future of leadership.”
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How Are We Really Doing? By Nick Garrett
he unique things we love about Calvert County are the result of an ever-evolving set of visions, and each board of commissioners has left its mark. For decades, citizens have collaborated with government officials to pinpoint these utopian, yet attainable, visions. The duties of the commissioners and department heads include making sure that we stay on track by working to protect what makes Calvert the place we love, and change what puts our quality of life at risk. So how are we doing? Here are excerpts of a strategic planning document called “Calvert County in 2010” which was put together before 1992. It outlines what people then thought Calvert County
would be like in 2010 if zoning ordinances were adopted to pursue these visions. If researched, one will likely find that in the nearly twenty years since, there has been progress on all fronts, but perhaps not to the extent of the dogmatic and lofty ideals. The agreement between residents and government about what these visions should be is, for the most part, strong. So what about the commissioners, and our future? On September 14, we will vote in the primaries, and about six weeks later, the general election. Most of us want to vote for candidates that will continue or pursue the visions outlined here. This document gives us a scorecard of sorts you can use to analyze the work of the current commissioners, and ask questions of the new candidates seeking our votes.
ence these visions? Excerpts from the 1992 Vision Document “Calvert County in 2010” Vision I: Routes 2 and 4 “Routes 2 and 4 look like parkways with limited access and landscaping along the sides except through Dunkirk and Prince Frederick. There are still areas of real farmland and forest visible, and all new development is clustered and buffered from Routes 2 and 4. Signage is strictly controlled and uniform. There are alternative “main streets” going east and west from the town centers lined with shops, restaurants, and offices. “
Vision II: Open Space “Calvert County’s open space consists of large tracts of farm land and forest land joined by a lattice of greenways which preserve stream valleys and forest 1) How do you feel about these vi- land. Historical and geological features sions? Will you continue them and fix have been protected from development. areas that are off track? Communities are surrounded by open 2) What has he or she done to influ- space with fields and trees. Access to environmentally sensitive areas is limited.
Get Involved in Neighborhood Watch By Elizabeth Lanton
he Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) Program is about caring for each other and our community. It’s a relaxing way for us to get to know neighbors and strengthen communication lines to create friendlier, better prepared, safer and ultimately healthier neighborhoods. In the summer of 2007, North Left, Aly Ivy, 6, and her sister, Haley Ivy, 3, enjoy Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles and being in the driver’s seat of a fire truck at National Out (NNO) August 3 in North Beach. One of Councilwoman Jane Hagen sup- Night the goals of NNO is to strengthen support for citizen ported implementing this project. watch groups. Since then, it has slowly gained momentum with several initiatives. One important goal of the N2N The Town’s National Night Out (NNO) Project is creating a Community Calling is one example. Hundreds of people have Guide. This is a telephone tree system turned out for NNO each year for the last which gives each block many mechathree years to learn about the many pro- nisms for preventing crime, distributing grams and services available, and show disaster and terrorism alerts, and offersupport for first responders, including ing emergency assistance to help save law officers and firefighters. the lives of people and pets alike. This One aspect of N2N is Neighborhood will also help neighbors assist each other Watch (NW), a community-based crime if someone is alone or in need of some prevention program where neighbors - extra help. including business owners, the clergy, If you live in within the Town of and town employees - look out for each North Beach, and would like to get inother’s safety, property and homes. Ad- volved, contact Councilwoman Jane ditionally, NW provides the means for Hagen through the Town Hall Trailer. emergency preparedness as members Those living elsewhere in Calvert Counbecome trained on proper survival meth- ty can get more information from Canods, including what to do, where to go, dice D’Agostino of the Calvert Alliance and how to best secure their homes. Against Substance Abuse by emailing: The Calvert Alliance Against Sub- DAgostCM@co.cal.md.us. stance Abuse is instrumental in supportAbout the Author: Elizabeth Lawton has ing NW as well. worked with the Town of North Beach to establish the Neighbor to Neighbor program.
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Vision III: Recreation “Active recreational facilities are available in the town centers and adjacent to large developments. A system of trails links the open space and greenways with town centers and the water.”
Vision IV: Residential Communities “Our Town Centers have better infrastructure and public facilities and are very attractive to prospective residents. There is sufficient affordable housing in the town centers. The town centers feel like real communities because the residents can walk from their homes to shop and churches and recreational facilities on the tree lined sidewalks.” Vision V: Farm Communities “The farm communities consist of large expanses of actively farmed fields dotted with tobacco barns and forests. Only clustered subdivisions, which preserve 80% of the land in open space have been threatened with development.” Much more detail is available in the original document, which we would be happy to send you, on request. Simply email the Chesapeake Current at editor@ chesapeakecurrent.com and we’ll send you the attachment. About the Author: Nick Garrett is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, published author, former candidate for commissioner, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County.
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The Chesapeake Current is a bi-weekly news magazine providing news and information for residents of Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties. We do NOT authorize any political inserts, so if you find any in your copy, please report them immediately to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 231-0140. We intend to prosecute those who steal our advertising space for personal gain or in an attempt to tarnish our good reputation. We focus exclusively on these communities: Chesapeake Beach, Deale, Dunkirk, Friendship, Huntingtown, Lothian, North Beach, Owings, Rose Haven, Plum Point, Sunderland, Tracey’s Landing, and Wayson’s Corner. The Chesapeake Current is available every other Thursday of the month in high-traffic locations throughout our target area, including post offices and libraries. The Chesapeake Current is owned by Bayside Partners, LLC and is published by Southern Maryland Publishing Company, which is responsible for the form, content, and policies of the newspaper. We are a sister publication to the Southern Calvert Current (serving Solomons Island and Lusby) and the County Times of St. Mary’s County. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. No content or images may be used for any reason without express permission.
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Gaye Brodigan, 66 Gaye Marie Brodigan, 66, of Sunderland, died peacefully at her home on August 2, 2010, after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born August 7, 1943, in Bowie, to the late James Brown, Sr. and Lucille Nalley Brown. She married John Francis Brodigan, where they shared a home in Clinton for over 20 years. In the late 1980’s, they relocated their family to Sunderland. She was employed as an Insurance Manager for Dr. Lillian Vlalukin and Dr. Robyn James in Fort Washington, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Brodigan; children Kelly Erpenbach, Kristine Carroll and husband Jeff, Jill Howell and husband Scott, Angela Figueiras and husband Richard; grandchildren Amber Erpenbach; Jenna, Andrew, and Lucy Carroll; Jillian and Jonathan Howell; Brianna, Ryan, Riley, and Elisabeth Figueiras; sister of Elizabeth Tippett, James Brown, Jr and Helen Harris; as well as several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were handled by Lee Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, PO Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
David Gale, 56 David Donoghue Gale, 56, of Sunderland, MD passed away August 6, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born July 29, 1954 in Bethesda, MD to John C. and
Frances Donoghue Gale. He was raised in Turkey Point, MD and later lived in Smithsburg, MD. He graduated from DuVal High School in Lanham, MD, class of 1972. He later attended Lincoln Technical School in Washington D.C., training in automobile repair. He was employed as a Washington D.C. Metro-bus mechanic with the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union Local 689, retiring in 1984. He then was employed as an auto mechanic at Town Square Auto Repair in Dunkirk, MD, retiring in 2008 due to disability. In his leisure time, David loved fishing, hunting and boating. He enjoyed dining, and was also known for being a practical joker with his family, friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his mother, and is survived by his fiancé Lizet Rivera of Sunderland; a daughter Sarah J. Gale and son Justin D. Gale, both of North Beach, MD; his father John C. Gale and wife Anne of Chambersburg, PA; and by a sister Dana Gale. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 11, 2010 at Jesus the Good Shepherd Parish in Owings, MD. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in David’s name may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at www.CalvertHospice.org.
Loretta Grace Garner, 82 Loretta Grace Garner, 82, of Chesapeake Beach went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at her home with her family by her side. She was the wife of 54 years of the late Ray Garner and loving mother of John Gar-
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ner, Judy Sealey, Christine Davidson, Karen Pearson and the late Patty Garner. She is also survived by a sister May Frederick and 11 grandchildren. Born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Ernest and Emma Beech Kraepel, she lived in the Greencastle PA area and in Lanham, MD before moving to Chesapeake Beach six years ago. She was a member of Riverdale Baptist Church and was involved in the senior ministry program. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting but was known by all as loving her God and her family. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 4, 2010, 10 AM at the Lee Funeral Home Calvert with her Son Pastor John Garner officiating. Interment was at the Riverdale Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Providence Bible Baptist Church, 494 Bunker Hill Road, Everett, PA 15537.
Alice Jane Greenwell, 84 Alice Jane Greenwell, 84, a longtime resident of Pig Point in Lothian, MD passed away July 27, 2010 at the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House in Harwood, MD. Alice Jane was born November 5, 1925 in Lower Marlboro, MD to Everett W. and Bess McFarland Armiger. She moved with her family at age six to Fairhaven, MD and attended Tracey’s School and graduated from Southern Sr. High School in Lothian, MD, class of 1943. She was employed as an editorial and cartographic clerk with the US Census Bureau in Suitland, MD. She married James Luther Greenwell on July 6, 1946 and they lived in Pig Point, Lothian. Upon the birth of her daughter in 1952, she became a homemaker until later working as a bookkeeper for her brother’s commercial appliance company. Alice Jane was a lifelong faithful member of Friendship United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, was active in the Women’s Society, and assisted at church suppers and functions. She crocheted Bible bookmarks in the shape of a cross for all the Sunday school students when they reached the age of eight. She enjoyed flowers, cooking and traveling with the Galesville seniors group. She was known for baking and decorating cakes for her family and friends for their birthdays and at other times of celebration. Alice Jane was preceded in death by her husband Luther Greenwell on August 6, 1975, and by her brother Everett W. Armiger, Jr. She is survived by her daughter
Debra G. Chaney and husband Richard of Lothian; granddaughter Jillian E. “Jill” Chaney of Lothian; and by a sister Florence June Catterton of Annapolis, MD. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Alice Jane’s name may be made to the Voices in Praise Choir at Friendship Church, P.O. Box 72, Friendship, MD 20758.
Mark Hewlett, Sr., 60 Mark Edward Hewlett, Sr., age 60, of Lusby, MD died July 31, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. He was born March 16, 1950 in Washington, DC to Robert Winslow and Mary Catherine (Fisher) Hewlett. Mark was a 1969 graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville, MD. He was employed as a truck driver for S. Freedman and Sons, Inc. in Landover for over 20 years. Mark was a member of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department # 31/41, was a founding member of the Asphalt Angels Car Club and a member of the Anne Arundel Power Boat Squadron. He is survived by his wife Paula Hewlett; two sons Mark E. Hewlett, Jr. and his wife Nicole of Owings, MD and Robert C. Hewlett of Lusby, MD; two stepdaughters, Jessica Ryder who is stationed in the US Army at Ft. Hood, Texas and Cheryl Ryder who is aboard ship in the U.S. Navy; four grandchildren, Mark E. III, Hailey and Ashton Hewlett and Matthew Jenkins; one sister Carol. He is also survived by aunts Theresa Fisher of Frederick, MD and Gail Fisher of Charles County, MD and by several cousins. A Memorial Service was held at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings on August 6, 2010. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the Angleman Syndrome Foundation, Inc., 4255 Westbrook Drive, Suite # 219, Aurora, IL 60504.
John Phillip Hill, 76 J o h n P h i l l i p Hill, 76, of Chu rchton, MD passed away August 3, 2010. He was the beloved husband of Rosemary
Hill and loving father to John Hill, Jr. (Terry), Michael Hill, Janeen Armstrong (Harry), Kevin Hill (Janet) and Cathy Parker (Rob). Also survived by brothers Ed, Gene, Frank and Paul; one sister, Mary. Grandfather of 12 and greatgrandfather of one. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lt. Thomas Joseph Hill Foundation, c/o Stoy Malone and Company, 705 York Road, Towson, MD 21204.
Jeannie Perkins, 64 W. Jean Perkins, age 64, of Owings, MD died August 3, 2010 at Georgetown University Hospital, Wa s h i n g t o n , DC. Jeannie was born August 20, 1945 in Washington, DC to William and Louise (Shalcross) Sonneman. She was raised in Forestville, MD and attended Suitland High School. She was married to Robert L. Perkins in Arlington, VA on June 2, 1969. The couple resided in Forestville until moving to Owings in 1983. Jeannie enjoyed driving school bus for over 21 years. Surviving are her husband Robert L. Perkins. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home, Owings.
Raymond Poore, 64 Raymond Lewis Poore, 64, of Dunkirk passed away July 29, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Lynda, and children, Charles, Malynda, Ronald and Rebecca, along with nine grandchildren. He was born October 13, 1945, son to the late Roland and Grace Poore. Lee Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship UMC Building Fund, 22 West Friendship Road, Friendship, MD 20758.
Martha Robinson, 57 Martha Pauline Robinson, 57, of Owings, MD died in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 2010. She was born in Amarillo, Texas on April 19, 1953 to the late Charles and Gavin Norment Robinson. She moved to the Southern Maryland area 22 years ago. She was a homemaker who enjoyed fishing and cared deeply for all animals. She is survived by her son, Kelley Robinson of Owings; brother Charles (Nancy) Robinson of Crofton, MD and sister Mary (Brion) Fitzgerald of Fairfield, PA. A Celebration of Life is planned at a date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Animal Welfare League (CAWL), PO Box 1660, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or online at www.cawlrescue.org. Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.
Gladys Schmidt, 82 Gladys Leora Schmidt, 82, of Upper Marlboro, died at her home on July 19, 2010. She was born in Pennsylvania on December 6, 1927 to the late Arthur and Evelyn Sheats Spence. She moved to southern Maryland 40 years ago. She worked as the bookkeeper for Tab automotive supply company, her family business. She was a fan of crossword puzzles, traveling and fine dining. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Traugott Schmidt, Sr.; sons, Traugott, Jr (Kim) of Upper Marlboro; daughters, Theresa (Mike) Kelly of North Beach; Caryn (Bryan) Glenn of Upper Marlboro and Dina (Ray) Muenzer of Prince Frederick; sister, Marie Jacobs of Williamstown, NJ and five grandchildren. Her son, William Leach predeceased her. Funeral services were held on July 29, 2010 at Raymond-Wood Funeral Home. Pastor Robert W. Wagner of
Grace Brethren Church officiated. Interment followed at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery. Pallbearers were Traugott Schmidt, Jr., Mike Kelly, Ray and Trevor Muenzer, Bryan Glenn and Shane Welch. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Brethren Church of Calvert, Benevolent Fund, 9870 Old Solomons Island Road, Owings, MD 20736. Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.
Carrie Taylor, 82 C a r r i e V. Taylor, 82, passed away July 21, 2010. Visitation and services in her honor were held at Ward’s Memorial United Methodist Church in Owings, MD, where she was also buried. Sewell Funeral Home in Prince Frederick handled arrangements.
Helen Warner, 91 Helen Lois Warner, 91, passed away August 5, 2010 at the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House in Harwood, MD. Helen was born January 9, 1919 in Washington, D.C. to Irvin and Ruth Howard Steed. She was raised in Washington, attended public school and graduated from Eastern High School. She worked as a bank teller and married Robert P. Warner Jr. on August 17, 1940. Their marriage later ended in divorce. Helen was a homemaker raising her sons. She had lived in Forestville, MD until moving to Heritage Harbour in Annapolis in the 1980’s, and had resided at Sunrise Assisted Living in Annapolis until recently moving to the Mandrin Hospice House. Helen loved Bible study, had taught Sunday school while a resident of Washington and was a member of Riva Trace Baptist Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed crocheting, was very artistic and also enjoyed cooking. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Robert Warner Jr., a son Robert P. Warner III and a grandson Daniel B. Warner. She
is survived by two sons: Kenneth M. Warner and wife Judy of Summerland, Key, FL and Steven L. Warner and wife Christine of West Virginia; five grandchildren: David Warner (Antoinette), Bonnie Toffoli (Daniel) and Dean (Diana), Christopher and Christine Warner; and by five great-grandchildren: Laynie and Kaytlin Cox and Christopher, Noah and Shayne Warner. Friends were received August 7 at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, MD, followed by a celebration of her life. Interment was at Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy in Helen’s name may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Amy Weyforth, 69 Amelia “Amy” Eileen Weyforth, 69, of Crimora Virginia, formally of Huntingtown, MD, passed away on July 31, 2010 in Fishersville, Virginia. Amy was born in Washington DC on October 10, 1940 to the late Charles Immler and Alice Cocky Immler. Besides her father, Amy is predeceded in death by her son, Christopher Jason Dempsey, who passed away in 2003. Amy was a hard worker and dedicated Mom and grandmother who loved to cook and garden. She was an artist, who also enjoyed crafts and music. She worked for Calvert Orthopedic for 17 years. After she retired, she and her husband Stewart moved from Huntingtown to Crimora, Virginia. Amy is survived by her husband, Stewart Weyforth of Crimora, VA, and was mother of Christie Lynn Woodall of Dunkirk, MD and Mary Ellen Good of Huntingtown, MD. Daughter of Alice C. Immler of Sykesville, MD, grandmother of Jason and Tony Dempsey, Nicholas and Anthony Woodall, Lauren, Lindsay, and Carley Good. She is also survived by her siblings, Nancy Luscombe, Natalie Palmer, Julie Peterson, Robert Warfield, and Charles Immler, Jr. Arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MD Chapter 11403 Cronhill Drive Suite E, Owings, Mills MD 21117.
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Local Warming? We’re Not in Zone 6 Anymore By Anna Chaney Willman
longer growing seasons allow ticks, mosquitoes, aphids, and other pests to prosper. Poison ivy is actually becoming more ardeners in our area may not toxic due to an increase in be quick to complain about the the chemical that makes climate-change effects on their us itch as a result of the plants, because they see earlier flowers higher CO2 levels. and harvests. But it’s clear that our temI decided to check in peratures are changing. As clearly shown with local farmers to see in the map, adjacent, Southern Maryland what effects they have has moved into Zone 7a from Zone 6 on seen over the years, if the US Department of Agriculture’s Plant any. Hardiness map. Steve Hopkins, who Researchers found in one study by has farmed over 1200 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of acres in Southern Anne Natural History that Washington D.C.’s Arundel County for more cherry trees bloomed about a week earthan 25 years says, “We lier in the year 2000 versus 1970. That’s are two weeks ahead on more than 48 hours of warming per decade! At the Chicago Botanic Garden, Southern Maryland used to be in Zone 6 on the US Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness map. Now, we’re in Zone everything this year. I never start cutting the forsythia bloomed on April 1 in 2009 7a, which is several degrees warmer. barley or wheat until July versus May 1st in the 1950’s. 1. This year, I was finIn a 2009 report titled ‘Global Cli- increase an additional four to 11 degrees severe. It is predicted that New Hampshire will have summers similar to what ished with all of the barley and wheat mate Change Impacts in the United F by 2100. The same processes that push we experience currently weather-wise by June 20! “ States’, the U.S. Global Change Retemperatures also affect weather pat- in Virginia and North Carolina by the Hopkins says, “It seems like the search Program notes changes that have weather trends are more extreme. The already occurred and provides predic- terns. We may see wetter winters and end of the century. Increased temperatures have the summers are hotter and drier and the tions for the future. Average tempera- drier summers. The precipitation could tures have risen more than two degrees be more extreme with heavy rains and potential to create intensified plant and winter was harsher and certainly more in the past 50 years and are expected to strong winds. Weather patterns and pest responses as well. Plant response wet”. individual storms will likely be more to climate change includes blooming So, what’s a person to do? What earlier, which in turn provides for more does this mean? pollen release. For example, increased We can interpret this as we choose. CO2 in the atmosphere causes more It’s a part of the evolution of the Earth. ragweed pollen with higher levels of an We can see it as a wake-up call to motiallergy-causing protein. Additionally, vate us to do our parts to afford the most natural evolution Certified Public Accountant possible; meaning lowering our 9106 DAYTON AVENUE NORTH BEACH, MD Carbon Footprint as individuals, a community, Norma Robertson society, counYour Beach Realtor try, and world. Office: 301-855-8108 Or, we can igCell: 301-518-8930 RE/MAX 100 Real Estate nore the signs 10425 Southern Maryland Blvd. Dunkirk, MD 20754 and just say that Perfect For 1...Or, Maybe 2 this is the way it’s meant to be. Rebuilt 10 years ago, this is pristine & perfect! Comes The choice is up with a sunroom, 2 BR's, workshop and is just 2 blocks to the beach! to you. You have to see this! Call Norma today!
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Police Blotter Owings Woman Charged With Disorderly Conduct On July 30 at 9:48 a.m. at the District Court on Duke Street, Dep. A. Mitchell was on the second floor of the building when he heard a woman hollering, “He hit me”. Mitchell contacted the woman, later identified as Brenda Lee Bosmans-McAuliffe, 50, of Owings, to discover what the problem was. Mitchell did not see any individuals around to whom Bosmans-McAuliffe might be referring. She was immediately evasive and rude and started yelling at the deputy. Bosmans-McAuliffe was asked numerous times to quiet down. By this time a small crowd of on-lookers had gathered. The suspect began calling Dep. Mitchell names and spitting on him while she was screaming at him. While attempting an arrest, Dep. Mitchell was assisted by Dep. J. Dean, who was kicked by the suspect. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest.
Property Destruction at Abner’s The window of a Northwest 28B crane was broken out while it was parked near Abner’s Crab House on Harbor Road in Chesapeake Beach sometime on July 29th. Two tong hooks were thrown into the water. The damaged items are valued at $700. DFC J. Elliott is investigating.
Huntingtown Burglary Cpl. T. Smith responded to a home for a burglary that occurred sometime between July 29 and 31. Unknown suspect(s) broke into the home on Hardesty Road in Huntingtown and stole $1390 worth of property. A Dell desktop computer and a sterling silver Oneida silverware set were among the stolen items. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 410-535-2800.
Three kayaks valued at $1850 were stolen from behind a home on Soper Road in Huntingtown. All three kayaks are made by Oldtown, one is green, one a multicolor blue and the third is tan. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dep. R. Kreps at (410) 535-2800.
Drug Arrests on Route 4 in Dunkirk DFC C. Fischer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on August 7 at 7:33 p.m. at MD Rt. 4 and Dunleigh Drive in Dunkirk. The driver turned onto Dunleigh Drive, threw items out the window, and then pulled to a stop at Dunleigh Drive and Dunleigh Court. The driver, later identified as Halleem Delray Stewart, 31 of Kennesaw, GA, was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia, E-Z Wider and Top rolling papers. DFC T. Rickard conducted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on July 31 at 1:10 a.m. in the area of Md. Rt. 4 and Lyons Creek Road in Dunkirk. The driver, later identified as Goldie Louraine Kerrick, 52, of Washington, D.C., was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. Kerrick was cited with traffic violations and arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. After conducting a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on August 1 at 12:35 a.m. on MD. Rt. 4 at Mt. Harmony Road in Dunkirk, Dep. J. Norton found the driver to be in possession of suspected drugs. He arrested Donald Vernon Stewart, Jr., 28, of Upper Marlboro, and charged him with possession of marijuana.
Theft From Vehicle An unlocked vehicle was entered sometime on August 6 on Bourne Road in Owings and a DVD player was stolen. DFC J. Livingston is investigating.
Taking Their Show on the Road
-Bone and Heather, hosts of the popular morning show on WSMD, Star 98.3 FM broadcasted live from the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department in Chesapeake Beach on July 30. The show was part of their Firehouse Fridays campaign to broadcast from fire stations throughout Southern Maryland this summer. Coming up, they will be at the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, August 13 to broadcast their show live from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Listeners are encouraged to stop by and say hello. Heather explains how this began, “We started it, but it was our boss’s idea to give back to the local first responders. He served with the VFD and RS in North Beach when he was a young lad. He just wanted to make sure the first responders were recognized in any way possible, even if it was just us talking about their carnivals, fried chicken dinners, bingo nights for just a few hours on a Friday morning.” She adds, “We have been at one local firehouse every Friday since Memorial Day weekend and our last one will be at the Bay District VFD Star 98.3 FM morning personalities T-Bone and Heather are shown on the Friday before Labor Day weekend.” edi- WSMD broadcasting their radio show live from the North Beach Volunteer Fire
Carefully Consider Telephone Solicitations
ased on reports regarding phone solicitations from questionable charities, the Calvert County Department of Community Resources offers these resources and tips to help avoid charity fraud. If you receive a call from a new or unrecognized charitable group, you can verify the status of an organization by visiting the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State Web site at www.sos.state. md.us/charity/searchcharity.aspx. The site offers a searchable database listing charities registered in Maryland. The site also includes a link allowing residents to view a copy of the organization’s IRS Form 990, a description of the organization’s charitable programs and other information about their administration and finances. Residents receiving phone solicitations from unfamiliar organizations should ask the following questions: • Is the charity registered with the Secretary of State? • What is the full name, address and phone number of the charity?
• Do you work for the charity or are you a paid fundraiser? • For what purpose will my contribution be used? Verify claims that the charity gives funds or goods to local agencies. • Is my contribution tax deductible? • What percentage of its total income does the charity spend on its charitable purpose? Beware of organizations that have large overhead, management or administrative costs. Residents should also be aware of the following deceptive practices: • Refusal of the organization to send written material or financial information; • Use of high-pressure tactics to secure a donation; • Offers to send a courier to collect your contribution; • Receipt of an invoice or statement indicating payment due for a contribution you never pledged, and/or; • A name or logo that closely resembles another charity with a
similar charitable purpose. When dealing with telephone solicitations, residents should not give out personal information such as Social Security numbers or credit card information over the phone. Donors have the right to ask as many questions as necessary to reach an informed decision. Additionally, donors have the right to change their minds after having agreed to make a donation. A pledge to make a contribution is not a legally enforceable agreement. Further guidelines to avoid charity fraud are available from the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc. gov/charityfraud and from the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State at www.sos.state. md.us/charity/Givewise.aspx. To register complaints or concerns, contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Charities/Legal Services Division, at www.sos.state.md.us/ Charity/Concern.aspx or call 410-974-5534.
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What’s Music Together Chesapeake? Music Together Chesapeake will be offering a free demonstration class at the NECC on Monday, August 30 at 6:00 PM. To RSVP or for more information on the program, please visit www.mtchesapeake.com or call 301.262.9538.
usic Together Chesapeake began in the spring of 1996. The center director, Jeanne Calderon, had been teaching music at her youngest son’s preschool when she had an opportunity to take a teacher training seminar for Music Together, a program that is now international. “It was a great fit. I loved the music and the research that supports the program, and thought it was something I would enjoy doing.” The following spring, Jeanne had her
Music Together Chesapeake Instructor Jeanne Calderon teaches classes at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach.
at getting the word out,” Jeanne says. Music Together offers parent/child classes in a mixed-age setting. Children from infants through kindergarten participate at their own level of development in activities including singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, dancing and exploring musical instruments. Any caregiver - parents, grandparents, and nannies – is welcome to bring children. Each semester a family attends, they receive a new song collection, nine in all, with compilation collections during the summer. Adults and children enjoy the gift of music at Music Together Chesapeake classes. Sessions are offered in the fall, winter and spring as well as in summer. This is a research-based program that provides children first class in Crofton. a rich musical environment, which they also explore at home MTC expanded to Annapolis and Severna Park, and with their own songbook and CD. many families from Northern Calvert County drove there MTC will give a free demonstration class at the Northfor classes. After a few semesters, Jeanne decided to bring east Community Center in Chesapeake Beach on Monday, Music Together closer to them. August 30 at 6:00 PM. To RSVP or for more information For the past few years, the program has been sharing the on the program, please visit www.mtchesapeake.com or gift of music with local families at the Northeast Community call (301) 262-9538. All Chesapeake Beach classes register Center in Chesapeake Beach. Classes are currently being through Calvert County Parks and Recreation. Fall regisoffered one evening and one morning a week. tration should begin around August 20, which is when the “We would love to have more offerings in Calvert brochure is due to go out in the mail. County, and hope to be able to do so once we are successful
Meet Calvert’s Next Idols Second Annual Event Draws Amazing Talent By Jonathan Pugh
hey may be young, but they certainly have talent! Following on the heels of last year’s inaugural “R U Calvert’s Next Idol” contest sponsored by the Calvert Library and Garrett Music Academy of Owings, the 2010 contest was another great success that drew hundreds of spectators. On Friday and Saturday, July 30-31st, family and friends packed the library in Prince Frederick to hear the latest crop of talent from Calvert County perform. The field was narrowed from 40 to 20 finalists on Friday night. They then had the opportunity to return on Saturday, when judges chose the winners. Contestants were grouped into three categories based on their ages: 7-10, tween (11-14), and teen (15-17). From among the six final-
ists in the 7-10 group, Aaron Fowler of Huntingtown was selected as this year’s winner with a moving performance of “Temporary Home.” This youngster has a winning smile, a charming personality, and displayed unusual poise and confidence in his singing. As I witnessed his connection with the audience, I couldn’t help but make a mental comparison to David Archuleta of American Idol fame. He has that same type of rare talent and innocent charisma. In the tween category, seven finalists competed. Emma Raphael of Port Republic was selected as the winner with a truly memorable performance of the Etta James classic, “At Last.” Stepping up to the microphone, looking like a classic jazz singer with a flower in her hair, this lithe young performer immediately surprised everyone with her big voice and commanding stage presence. I was taken aback listening to her smoothly boom out the
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wonderful phrases of this song, her arms gesturing in the air for added emphasis. What a musical talent she displayed, and you have to hear it to believe it that such a voice could come out of such a little girl! There were also seven finalists in the teen category, including several who had competed in last year’s contest. Summerlynn Mealing of Owings took top honors from among this group with a very strong, Alicia Keyes-inspired rendition of the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Playing an electric piano as she sang, Summerlynn belted out the lines with a soulful, resonant voice that was perfectly suited to her bluesy interpretation of this standard. It was a very impressive performance. What makes her win ironic is that Summerlynn told me that she did not even make the final cut last year. What a sweet victory for this talented young lady! Judging the contest were: Tom
Winners of the 2010 RU Calvert’s Next Idol Contest are (L to R) Aaron Fowler of Huntingtown (Ages 7-10), Emma Raphael of Port Republic (Tween Cateory), and Summerlynn Mealing of Owings (Teen Category). Standing behind the winners is contest organizer Nick Garrett.
Dahrens, Nashville producer and writer; Charles Harris, music videographer from Sixes Production in Southern Maryland; and Leah Maloney, a music education teacher whose career has been spent in Maryland. Ms. Maloney summed up the comments from all the judges when she said, “They are all so
talented, it is hard to choose just one.” You can see the performances of the 2010 Calvert Idol contestants on the Calvert Library’s Flickr site at www.calvert.lib.md.us. Congratulations to the winners and everyone who competed in this event. I personally can’t wait for the 2011 contest!
Catch him in the act! John Luskey performs locally every Tuesday at Calypso Bay in Deale and every other Thursday at Traders in Chesapeake Beach (solo). You can also see him perform at Mangos at Herrington Harbour South in Rose Haven on Friday, August 20.
John Luskey: Life Is My Soundtrack
Hometown Favorite A Big Hit With Fans By Jonathan Pugh
ohn Luskey is looking forward to recording his next album in Nashville sometime this fall, but he does not commute there every other week like he used to. He’s content living in Southern Maryland, playing mostly for people he knows here at home. He plays regularly in several local venues, and it’s always a Jonathan Pugh treat when this talented and versatile musician performs outside at the North Beach boardwalk as part of the town’s summer concert series. You won’t want to miss his return appearance on August 14 starting at 6:30 p.m. Scheduling conflicts precluded John from Thursday, August 12: Jimmy Payne performing last year, but his performance two (Show Tunes/Pop Hits) @ the Bay Breeze years ago drew one of the biggest crowds I’ve Concert series at the Chesapeake Beach ever seen on the town’s waterfront. Railway Museum, Mears Avenue by the With four CDs to his credit: Bear With Rod ‘N’ Reel at 7: 30 p.m. Brought to you Me (2009), My Country (2007), Anything’s by the Town of Chesapeake Beach. Possible (2002), and Suburban Poetry (1999), John finds himself in a good place these days. Friday, August 13: FINS (Beach He is able to pursue his music full-time and is Music). Free concert at the North Beach currently finishing work on his next CD that is Bandstand, Bay Avenue between 3rd & 5th scheduled for release sometime in Spring 2011. Streets from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. during Like his last three CDs, it will be recorded in the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Nashville with people he has worked with preMarket. viously. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with John to talk about how his career Saturday, August 14: John Luskey has developed over the years. (Country/Pop). Free concert at the North John grew up in Clinton, MD, and has Beach Bandstand, Bay Avenue between been playing guitar and performing in various 3rd & 5th Streets from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. bands since high school. He says his greatest early musical influences were ‘big hair’ bands Sunday, August 15: Daryl Davis like Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. (Boogie Woogie) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 In between work as an X-ray Technician at p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod ‘N’ Reel, Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC, he Chesapeake Beach (free). played Top 40 songs for six years with a band called Midnight Special. Some years later, Sunday, August 22: Snakebite and he connected with the two other members of Hawkeye (Hard Rock/Heavy Metal) at the his present band: Jack Bannister on bass, and Fall Bike Show @ Tans Cycles & Parts, Dwayne Taylor on drums. They’ve been to11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tans is located at gether now for over seven years and feel there the corner of 5th and Chesapeake Avenue, is real synergy in the music they create and North Beach (free). play. I was naturally curious to learn how Sunday, August 22: Out of Order John’s transition to country music came (Classic Hits), from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. about. Rock the Dock @ the Rod ‘N’ Reel, Ches“It’s an interesting story,” he said. “I apeake Beach (free). was beginning to write quite a few original songs and two of them took honors in the Friday, August 27: Slow Rush Re- annual Billboard Song Contest in the Counvival (60’s & 70’s Rock) @ Mangos at Her- try Category: When She Cries (2nd place in rington on the Bay in Rose Haven, 9:00 2004) and King of the World (3rd place in p.m. – 1:00 a.m. 2007). About this time, Dwayne Taylor’s wife, Maggie, who had professionally manHave an upcoming gig you’d like listed aged a number of artists, approached me with an offer. She said she would like to manage here? Email details to MusicNotes@ me if I would go country,” John said. “It was
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smaller, intimate listening environments. Called “Boxes and Brushes,” he says he plans to play acoustic guitar accompanied by just an acoustic bass and light percussion for private events and parties. The idea, he says, is to play music people can hear and enjoy in personal settings. To learn more, an easy decision.” see John’s website at www.JohnLuskey. Another of John’s compositions, com and his Facebook page. Honky Tonk Rhythm, received an award As we wound up our conversation, John from the John Lennon Songwriting Con- wanted people to know that 98.7 WMZQ, test. He has been the only unsigned artist 93.1 WPOC, 93.3 WFLS and WKIK 102.9 to play at WMZQ’s (Today’s Best Country) are all playing two of his songs: She’s in Music Fest for several years. Also helping Love and King of the World. He would love to boost his career have for everyone to been opportunities to please call or email open for some nationally them to request the known artists in recent songs. years, including Brooks “Also, I am so & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, lucky that music Rascal Flatts, Trace Athas been so giving kins, and Travis Tritt. to me,” he said. “I Later this month, the John have performed all Luskey Band will open around the USA, for Montgomery Gentry from Maine to as part of the Celebrate Florida, from LA Virginia Live concert to OC, even Maui, series in Fredericksburg, Hawaii and difVA. Then in September, ferent parts of the they’ll open for Toby world, like Rio de Keith at Jiffy Lube Live Janeiro, Brazil, (old Nissan Pavilion). Beijing, China and When I asked John Cairo, Egypt. But I where he gets his inalways come back spiration to write new home to Southsongs, he said, “Life is ern Maryland. I the soundtrack to my life. now live in a great I’m always hearing somehouse in Huntingthing. It’s real life events Luskey opens for Trace Adkins town that looks out that trigger my songs.” into a canopy of He told me that personal experiences and trees. I couldn’t live anywhere else!” relations with his extended family are a rich About the Author: Jonathan Pugh is an indesource of material, as are events associated with his many travels. “It’s all a matter of pendent management consultant who enjoys many styles of music and has played guitar since high what you tune in to,” he said. Fans will be excited to hear about school. He looks forward to the time when he can John’s newest idea for performing in more quit his day job and bang on a guitar all day!
Grab a mic, get up and sing or play at the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market. Both individuals and groups!
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1st place gets a $100 gift certificate, 2nd place $50 and 3rd place $25! Pre-register by calling Sacchetti Music (410) 257-7620. 7 Oxford Way • Huntingtown, MD 20639-3315
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Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Children’s Summer Program. 10:00 a.m. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. Phone (410) 257-3892. Deale Farmers’ Market at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 DealeChurchton Rd. Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.
from Walter Reed Army Medical Center who are being treated to a weekend of fishing and fun at the beaches. Well-wishers are asked to line Route 260 for their motorcade abut 6:30 a.m. or welcome them in Chesapeake Beach at one of two spots at 7:00 a.m.: at the Rod ‘N’ Reel parking lot, or at the Windward Key boardwalk along Fishing Creek. To donate to the charity responsible, Operation Second Chance, contact Mary Mathis of Huntingtown at (410) 610 - 2710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Breeze Concert. At the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum at 7: 30 p.m. featuring local favorite Jimmy Payne. Brought to you by the Town of Chesapeake Beach.
Friday, August 13 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car Cruise-Ins & Wine Tastings. There’s something for everyone! Meet the farmers who actually grow the food and taste home-grown Calvert County wines straight from the vintners. Get there early for the best selection and because vendors sell out quickly. Enjoy the amazing classic cars that line up along the boardwalk. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is held on 5th Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. Flicks on the Field: Town of Chesapeake Beach Movie. All you “Dancing Queens” out there – this is the final ‘Flick on the Field’ of the summer and it’s “Mamma Mia”! So come on out and sing and dance along to all those wonderful ABBA songs! Bring your own lawn chair. At Kellam’s Field in Chesapeake Beach; movie begins at dusk.
Saturday, August 14 Operation Hope on the Chesapeake: Bring your own flag and say “thank you” to wounded warriors
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Shells & Leaves Kayak Tour: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. At King’s landing Park in Huntingtown. Paddle out on the Patuxent River staying near the shoreline, identifying leaves. Stop at some sandy areas to look for shells and then head on down the river to see how far we can go. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring water, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Minimum age: 9 years. Cost: $10.00 per person. Space is limited so register early. Contact Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (410) 535-5327. Boardwalk Concert Series Presents “John Luskey,” the hometown favorite rising country star presented by the Town of North Beach. Free concert at the North Beach bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd & 5th Streets. 6:30p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Refreshments available for purchase.
Sunday, August 15 Park-Jam 2010 at the Dunkirk
SkatePark: Some 200 skateboarders are expected to show their stuff at the qualifying rounds of this first-ever skateboard competition, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The 64 top qualifiers will compete for cash and prizes at the finals on Sunday, August 22. The event is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Skateboarders Association, and registration is free. For more information, email: email@example.com.
Monday, August 16 South Anne Arundel Lions Club 2010 Golf Tournament will be held this year on August 16 at Twin Shields Golf Club. The Tournament is one of only two fundraisers that the Club holds annually to raise money for its important programs. In this time of economic hardship, many people need the help and support of the South County Lions. Sign up today to sponsor a hole or register to play. The Lions need your help to help others. If you have any questions, please call Lion George Turner at (410) 798-0150.
Thursday, August 19 Deale Farmers’ Market at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 DealeChurchton Rd. Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.
Friday, August 20 Show Off Your Talent: Fun talent show on Friday, August 20 at the North Beach Bandstand, Bay Avenue between 3rd & 5th Streets from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. during the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market. Singers are encouraged along with those who play instruments. This is a talent show for all ages - young and old, and everyone is invited to come listen and watch. Pre-register by calling Sacchetti Music in Huntingtown at (410) 257-7620. Gift certificates for $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00 will be awarded to the top three performers! (free).
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Movie on the Beach: Pirates of the Caribbean. Enjoy Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow engaging in fun plunder with Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom in the first movie of the Pirates series. The Town of North Beach presents classic family movies all summer on their 40-foot big screen – bring your own blanket or beach chairs. Enjoy the film with sand between your toes and the Chesapeake Bay gently lapping at the shoreline. Free. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. All Movies on the Beach begin at dusk.
Sunday, August 22 Eagles & Ospreys Tour by Kayak: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of King’s Landing Park in Huntingtown as you enjoy a leisurely tour of the Patuxent River and its nearby creeks. Kick back and enjoy the view as ospreys and eagles soar overhead. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided; however, you are welcome to bring your own life jacket. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring water, hat and sunscreen. Minimum age requirement: 9 years. Cost: $10.00 per person. Space is limited to register early; contact Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (410) 535-5327. Park-Jam 2010 Finals at Dunkirk SkatePark: The 64 top skateboarding qualifiers selected the previous Sunday will compete for cash and prizes at the finals, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Skateboarders Association. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Fall Bike Show @ Tans Cycles & Parts: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Music by Snakebite and Hawkeye. Trophies, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Tans is located at the corner of 5th and Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach.
Customer Appreciation Day In honor of the 10th season of the Deale Farmers’ Market, Thursday, August 19th is Customer Appreciation Day. There will be displays, giveaways, and an opportunity to enter a drawing for a free basket of goodies. Ask for free recipes also available throughout the season. The market is held every Thursday through October 28 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church parking lot, 5965 DealeChurchton Road. For more information on the Deale Farmers’ Market, contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993.
If You’re a Poet and You Know It… Do you find poetry to be the perfect way to express yourself? Do you like to hang out with other poets? Do you write lyrics? Calvert Library Prince Frederick hosts a monthly Poets’ Corner at 7:00 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. This series provides a casual opportunity for poets and lyricists to come together as a group to share, critique and enjoy each other’s creative works. The Poets’ Corner will be held every fourth Wednesday except for the month of November. Upcoming dates are August 25, September 22, and October 27. Select a few of your finest poems and bring six copies of each to share with the group. Each poet will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work with the group. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.
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