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This gorgeous photograph of the local fireworks was provided exclusively to the Chesapeake Current courtesy of Robert Tinari of Chesapeake Beach, whose amazing work can be seen at The Chesapeake Beach fireworks are steeped in tradition. To learn how they came about and find out how they are done, see our Cover Story on page 12.

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Members of the Grand Lodge of Maryland A.F.A.M. (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) conduct a symbolic cornerstone laying ceremony the new North Beach Town Hall building under construction on Bay Avenue. Here they are shown leveling the cornerstone at the north corner of the building. For the complete story, see page 5.

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alvert County’s 29th Annual Cancer Crusade Celebration of Life Gala will be held at the Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant, Thursday, Aug. 5, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $125 per person and are $150 on the day of the event. The Honorary Chairs this year are Delegate Sue Kullen and her husband, Steve, whose mother died of cancer at age 36 when he was just eight years old. Sue says she sees this as their personal crusade because, “No little boy should have to grow up without his mother.” The Kullens were also close friends of musician Tom Wisner, who died of lung cancer earlier this year. The Gala, first organized 28 years ago by former Chesapeake Beach Mayor Gerald Donovan and his brother Fred, co-owners of the Rod ‘N’ Reel, is a celebration of life with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society for research, education, and patient services. In 1982, the first Cancer Gala raised $5,300. Since then, combined contributions have reached nearly $4 million and continue (Left to right) Steve and Sue Kullen, Honorary Chairs of the 2010 Cancer Gala along with Mary to grow. and Gerald Donovan, who have been hosting the event at the Rod ‘N’ Reel for 29 years. Approximately 40 percent of the money raised stays right here in Calvert County to support such programs as the Road to Recovery, I Can Hope, Look Good...Feel Better, Man to Man, and Reach to Recovery. The American Cancer Society is also very active in Since 1968 educating the community about early Celebrating over 40 years of serving your art and framing needs! detection and prevention. Gerald Donovan says this has be• Original Oil come a premiere event honoring the Paintings memories of loved ones and to celebrate the lives of all cancer survivors. This year’s event promises to be • Custom Picture another fun-filled evening with an exFraming tensive menu that includes Maine lobsters, shrimp, oysters, clams, mussels, crabs, and fresh fish, as well as roasted • Limited Edition pig, filet mignon, barbeque ribs, grilled Prints chicken, steamship round, and gourmet desserts galore. Enjoy an open bar, live music, and dancing inside and out. Rays of Hope luminaries to honor cancer survivors and those who have lost their lives to cancer will be available at the event as well. Tickets may be purchased at any Calvert County Community Bank of Tri-County branch, at the Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant, and online at Monday - Friday 10-6 Hotel rooms are available for Gala patrons only (use promotional code Saturday 10-4:30 gala10 when making your reservation). For more information, please call "So Proudly We Hail" By Paul McGehee 301-855-8351 or 410-257-2735 ext. 108, 109, or 171 or visit

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How Commissioners Are Elected By Commissioner Susan Shaw


esides electing candidates for federal and state offices this year, all five Calvert County Commissioners will be selected via a little-understood method described by the Election Board ( government/elections/candidates/). Here’s a verbatim explanation on what happens: “ALL voters may vote for county commissioner candidates, regardless of election district. Five County Commissioners shall be elected by countywide vote. One shall be a resident of the first election district, one a resident of the second election district, and one a resident of the third election district. Of the remaining candidates, the two receiving the highest number of votes shall be selected.” So, all Commissioners run from the entire county. You can vote for five, how-

ever, the top five vote-getters may not get elected. Say what? Calvert County used to have three election districts and three Commissioners, which was increased to five Commissioners to avoid having a majority present if only two Commissioners were together at a meeting. However, the three election districts remained, along with the requirement that one Commissioner must reside in each of those three districts, and the other two can reside in any district. For example, eight years ago, Gerald Clark was the 7th highest overall vote-getter, but he won, because he received the most votes in the first district. To make it even more confusing, the ballot does not list in which district a candidate resides. Voters are evidently expected to know before you vote. Strategically, to make your vote count most, you may want to vote for a candidate from each of the three election districts. The most candidates that can come from one district is three. So, if you vote for four

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candidates from the same election district, one of those four can not get elected no matter how many votes they get. If you vote for five and do not vote for a resident of each of the three election districts, at least one of your candidates will automatically be excluded. After the Census, redistricting will occur along with the opportunity to make Calvert County into four election districts, with a Commissioner residing in each of the four and the Board President elected from any of the four separately. Or, there




could be five districts with a Commissioner from each, with the Commissioners voting amongst themselves for Board President, as is done now. My personal opinion is that the voting system for Commissioners should be changed after the Census to be more easily understood and to ensure the top five vote-getters actually get elected.

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fter just four weeks, the Beach Trolley is setting new ridership records. Bob Carpenter, President of the Beach Trolley Association, says in its first four weeks, 3, 085 people have ridden the three Beach Trolleys. This compares with just fewer than 6,000 riders in each of 2009 and 2008. This year, three trolleys are running instead of one. They travel from the Twin Beaches to Dunkirk, the Beaches to Deale, and Chesapeake Beach to Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven. Carpenter says, “By far, the most popular is the Beach Trolley, which runs from Chesapeake Beach through North Beach to Herrington on the Bay (Herrington South). That line alone had about 1800 riders in the first four weeks.” Fares on all trolleys are just 25 cents each way. For route maps and timetables, refer to their web site at or look for their map brochures at sponsoring businesses.

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SMECO Requests Rate Increase


outhern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SMECO) is filing a request with the Maryland Public Service Commission to restructure and increase its Distribution Service rates. SMECO hasn’t changed the Customer Charge on its customers’ monthly electric bills in 16 years and the Distribution Charge has not changed in three years, the co-op stated in a press release. Customer bills have two main components, the Standard Offer Service (SOS) and the Distribution Service. The SOS Energy Charge and Power Cost Adjustment together cover the cost of power. SMECO makes no profit on Standard Offer Service; the cost of power is simply a pass-through cost. The wholesale price that SMECO pays for power

is passed on to customers without any markup. The SOS portion of the customer bill has decreased over the past year as a result of SMECO’s management of its power portfolio and the decrease in wholesale power costs. SMECO’s proposal does not affect the SOS portion of the customer bill. SMECO proposes a change in the Distribution Service charges that will result in a modest increase of about five percent on the average customer’s overall bill, though that percentage will vary depending on individual usage. SMECO’s rate filing proposes a Customer Charge of $29.56 per month and a Distribution Charge of $0.02092 (2.092 cents) per kilowatt-hour, reduced from $0.0289 (2.89 cents) for electricity consumption.

The reduction in the Distribution Charge will save average-use residential customers over $10.00 a month on the portion of the bill determined by kilowatt-hour usage. The transition will bill many fixed costs at a fixed rate, and bill variable costs based on usage-splitting costs into demand-related and customer-related components. Aligning the fixed costs to a fixed Customer Charge will cover the minimum equipment necessary to connect each customer to the grid. These items include power poles, overhead conductors, underground conductors, and transformers—costs incurred by each customer regardless of the quantity of electricity purchased. “SMECO has worked hard not only to control these distribution costs, but to reduce

Town Hall Cornerstones Put In Place By Jonathan Pugh


large crowd was on hand on Tuesday, June 15 to witness an historic event in North Beach. The two cornerstones for the new Town Hall under construction on Chesapeake Avenue were unveiled and put in place during an ancient Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony. Officiating this event was the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Maryland, Thomas M. Velvin, Jr., and other senior officers of the Maryland Grand Lodge. Also in attendance were numerous being professionally set by the Masons, the cornerstone was then other Masons who are members of area Ma- After spread with the Corn of Nourishment and poured over by the Wine of sonic lodges. Refreshment and the Oil of Joy. Masonry’s commitment to public instiTown Hall building made its construction possible. tutions and its role in placing cornerstones dates back as far as the 1700s in Scotland. Cor- A special thanks went out to Mike O’Kelley, a lonerstones symbolize the firm foundation for solid cal Mason who was instrumental in arranging the building structures, helping to ensure their pres- ceremony with the Grand Lodge of Maryland in ervation and useful purpose for which designed. Cockeysville. The ceremony commenced as the Grand MasMany people know George Washington was a Mason, but are not aware that he laid the cornerstone ter spread the cement for the first cornerstone with of our nation’s capitol (its exact location remains a a commemorative trowel. Once in place, the other mystery). The ceremony that is conducted by Ma- senior officers applied their respective tools to the sons today is very much the same as that used by cornerstone: the Square, the Level, and the Plumb. After each measurement, they affirmed, “The Washington. Mayor Mi- craftsmen have done their duty.” The cornerstone chael Bojokles in- was then spread with the Corn of Nourishment and troduced the many poured over by the Wine of Refreshment and the dignitaries on Oil of Joy. The Grand Master concluded by seekhand for the cer- ing the blessing of Almighty God upon this underemony, including taking and its preservation. At the conclusion, the Masons presented MaySenator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller or Bojokles with the commemorative trowel used and Delegate Sue to put the cornerstones in place. Bojokles says it Kullen, who made will be a permanent town artifact displayed inside short remarks. the new building, which is expected to be completThe Mayor also ed this fall. Congressman Steny Hoyer’s office also prerecognized memsented an American flag that had flown over the US bers of the North North Beach Mayor Michael BoTown Capitol. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office gave the jokles was presented with the sym- Beach bolic trowel used by the Masons to Council whose town a certificate from the US Senate commemolay the cornerstone. He said it will support for a new rating the cornerstone laying event. be displayed in the new Town Hall, which is expected to be completed in the fall.


our wholesale power costs, as well,” Austin J. Slater, Jr., SMECO President and CEO said in a press release. “As a non-profit electric cooperative, revenue from our customers’ bills generates the working capital required to continue providing the most reliable service possible. Net profit margins not required for working capital are passed back to our customer-members in the form of capital credits.” The Co-op started 73 years ago with a loan of $165,000 to build 175 miles of line to serve 600 families in Southern Maryland. Slater added, “Since 1937, average electric use has increased by almost 2,000 percent, because customers require energy for things that were unimaginable 70 years ago,” Slater said.

Teams Swim, Bike and Run for Vets More than 80 teams participated in the first Tri-Forces Triathlon held in North Beach in June. To complete the event, participants swam a half a mile (750 m) in the Chesapeake Bay, biked more than 12 and a half miles, and completed a threemile run through the area. Co-founded by wounded warrior Charles Eggleston, US Army (Ret), and Elizabeth Lawton, US Navy (Ret.), the Tri-Forces Triathlon was an eco-friendly event designed to raise visibility for non-profit orga n i zat ions that support Photo By by Chip Photos Chip Norris Norris uniformed personnel and their families. The goal was to raise awareness and funding for groups involved in progressive and proven holistic Integrative Medical solutions to heal Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among veterans.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Huntingtown Students Create Indian Village Tour


atterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard is launching a new cell phone audio tour of its Indian Village after a year of work with Huntingtown High School students in teacher Jeff Cunningham’s Archaeology class. The tour, called ‘Walking in their Footsteps, A Patuxent Community,’ vividly describes how life was along the Patuxent River at the time European settlers arrived. Megan Williams, Marketing and Development Coordinator for Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum says the juniors and seniors

in two classes worked with staff from the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), which houses over 8 million artifacts at the park. The students did archaeological research, visited the park on field trips, and conducted interviews with members of Maryland’s Native American community to develop the oral history. That section of the tour, called ‘We’re Still Here’ features comments by Delores Currie. The students also narrate the tour, backed with music by Jan Seiden of Flute Journey Records. Williams says, “The students went to the

Huntingtown High School students spent a year conducting research and developing an audio walking tour of the Indian Village at Jefferson Patterson Park.

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in To experience the new audio Washington DC to experience tour ‘Walking in their Footsteps, their audio tours. They also had the opportunity to speak A Patuxent Community’ visit: with Native Americans who grew up in our area to underJefferson Patterson Park & Museum stand how they would like for 10515 Mackall Road their culture to be recognized St. Leonard, MD 20685 in the future.” (410) 586-8501 The park says its Indian Village was created in 2007 for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of John ing that explains how the Indians burned and Smith’s exploration of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. It provides a scraped the inside of large tree trunks to create glimpse into life as it might have been when their vessels. An important area of any settlement for John Smith visited the people who lived along the Patuxent River. Although it was built us- archaeologists is its midden, or trash pile. Exing modern hatchets, knives and saws, there is amining what the inhabitants threw away – nothing modern in the Indian Village. It was such as broken tools and arrowheads, oyster built in a forest on the shore of the Patuxent, shells, and animal bones - gives tremendous insight into how the people lived and the types and visitors can walk to a small beach. It is not an actual Indian village, but is of things they used every day. One of the Huntingtown students who based on actual archaeological sites of Algonquian, Patuxent and Piscataway Tribe participated in the project, Nicole Kmetz, settlements that have been unearthed nearby. found her experience so interesting that she is The village is also based on descriptions from continuing at the park this summer as an intern. Nicole told the Chesapeake Current, “Producwhite explorers in the 1500’s and 1600’s. Cunningham says, “People think of archaeology as digging in the dirt, but there’s so much more to the field itself, including recording facts from survivors. During our project we interviewed many experts, including the Piscataway Tribal Council Chair and Members of the Council of Elders who are in Waldorf.” “A cell phone audio tour may seem like a simple thing today, but 20 years ago, no one would have ever dreamed we’d have the technology to do something like this,” Cunningham says. “In addition to audio, the students did video as well so we have different types of archives that can be used in the future. Who knows what types of tours we might be able to produce in a few years!” Inside one of the reconstructed homes, HuntingThere are about a dozen stops and in- town High School students Anthony Fulginiti, Niterpretive signs along the tour, which takes cole Kmetz, and Kurtis Wilkerson learn more about Native Americans lived. Nicole is interning at about a half hour to walk through. One stop how Jefferson Patterson Park this summer to continue helps visitors understand how the native peo- learning about Native American cultures. ple lived on the land, growing corn, beans and squash along with fishing and hunting. There’s a another that explains smoking ing the audio tour in collaboration with Jefferracks and how they used fire pits to cook son Patterson Park and Museum was a rewardmeat, toast nuts, tan leather, and smoke deer ing experience that taught me not only the immeat so they could survive harsh winters and portance of Native American culture, but also the importance of keeping the traditions alive. food shortages. The village is surrounded with pali- My involvement with the tour gave me insight sades, or primitive fences made of poles from to the Native peoples’ lifestyle and allowed us small trees to protect the people from intrud- to construct a public-friendly tour that will aid ers and wild animal attacks. The homes were in educating the community and giving the wooden huts covered with tree bark and Patuxent people the respect they deserve.” Since the tour is designed for cell phones, constructed with a hole in the roof to allow smoke from campfires to escape. Animal it’s free, except for your usage of minutes. You skins covered the doorways to keep out cold can access it by calling (410) 246-1966. Once at the park, you will be given a tour card that in the winter. The village has an effigy pole, which provides the codes to dial in for each stop. For the coming school year, Cunningham served as their religious center. There’s a meeting area as well where the community says his archeology classes will continue doing could gather for meetings, celebrations, and projects at the park, with another tour related to enjoy each other’s company. In the center to the War of 1812 being planned. That projis a huge fire pit, and logs were placed around ect could include underwater archeology, since some sites have already been excavated and it for people to sit on. There’s a stop focusing on canoe build- more are in the works.

Dunkirk Golf Tournament Honors Husband, Father


ichael Schrodel met his wife, Teresa at college. She remembers, “We met at a house party thrown by one of his fraternity brothers. Another brother, introduced us and the

Michael wrote his own eulogy, filled with powerful messages of hope. “I want all of you to remember that life is short; you do not know what is going to happen to you tomorrow. Live every day like it is your last. Keep a positive outlook and enjoy the little things that make you happy. It is amazing how much you can change someone else’s life in a positive way just by keeping a positive attitude. It has a snowball effect. If you put someone in a good mood, that will put you in a good mood… That is where the snowball effect comes in. All the positive attitudes just keep building and building until everyone you meet has that great, positive attitude. I have met many people while going through treatment and some have been living years beyond what doctors had told them to expect to live. And all those people were the ones with the greatest, most positive attitudes. “ Michael Schrodel with his baby daughter, Teresa owns Medart Galleries Carmen. in the Safeway Shopping Center in rest is history.” Dunkirk, and is hosting the 9th Annual A few years after they married, Michael D. Schrodel Golf Classic in her Michael was diagnosed with testicular late husband’s honor. The event will be cancer. It spread to his back and spine. held at the Twin Shields Golf Course He was only 31 years old when he died in Dunkirk on Friday, July 9. Anyone in 2001. Michael Teresa’s touched5/24/10 by Michael9:29 or his AM story Page is urged QBH Farms at HCand Ches Cur daughter, Half Ad:BASE 1 Carmen, was just a baby. to participate. You can play golf, spon-

sor a hole, contribute to a goodie bag, volunteer your time, or simply make a contribution. Teresa says she will always remember Michael as a genuine, caring and loving person. “His positive nature and vibrant soul touched so many people throughout his life.” “During his 18-month struggle with cancer, he managed to greet every day with exuberance, strength and courage, and for these qualities, our memories of Michael will last forever.” Teresa says. “Michael left us at the young age of 31 years, but he lives on in our thoughts and through this tournament.” In keeping with Michael’s love of giving back to others, these yearly tournaments have been successful in helping raise over $45,000 for The Hospice of the Chesapeake, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, Calvert Hospice, The American Cancer Society: Hope Lodge-Indianapolis, and the Calvert County Unit. In addition, Teresa has established and continues to contribute annually to a Maryland College Savings Plan for Carmen. Most recently, an endowed scholarship fund has been established at Michael’s alma mater, Frostburg State.

From left to right are Douglas Schrodel (Michael’s older brother), David Schrodel (Michael’s father), Carmen Schrodel (Michael’s daughter), Dana Schrodel (Michael’s younger brother), and Justin Schrodel (Michael’s nephew, Douglas’ son).

The 9th Annual Michael D. Schrodel Golf Classic will be held at the Twin Shields Golf Course in Dunkirk on Friday, July 9. For more information, contact Teresa Schrodel at (410) 257-6616 or An entry form can be found on the Internet at (scroll to the bottom and click the “events” button). At the tournament, there’s also a hole in one chance at a 2010 Jaguar or a Land Rover!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010



Summer of Fun


alvert County’s public library system has the summer jammed packed with events for children all season long – aimed at keeping them entertained as well as keeping their reading skills sharp while out of school. Last week, Calvert Library’s “Summer Fun” programs began at all branches across the county, featuring special events that travel from library to library for children and teens for the next seven weeks. Summer Fun, which includes the highly popular Reptile World on July 27-28, is a program that supports the Library’s top priority during student’s off-season from school – the Summer Reading program. “It’s really a major function of the library to keep kids reading over the summer so that they don’t fall so far behind in school,” said Robyn Truslow, public relations coordinator for the library system. “We do know, as well as the school system, that over the summer kids sometimes have this reading gap if they don’t continue to read over the summer. They lose their skills if they’re not reading,” said Beverly Izzi, children’s coordinator for the library. “The school’s libraries are closed, but ours are open. So we become that library for all of our kids. And we want them to succeed, that’s our goal.” The library works with Calvert Public Schools to receive the required and suggested reading lists issued for the different grade levels. Library workers also go an visit certain grade levels before the year is out to teach about the summer reading program and the long list of other summer library events, like Summer Storytime and the Tween Summer Book Fest. “It’s all about making reading fun for them … Keeping the brain cells popping during the summer,” said Truslow. The reading lists for students were shared with the library, which is stocked up with the required books in a special section set up to display the books and the lists. The Summer Reading program follows a state-wide initiative, and this year’s program is the ocean-themed “Make Waves at Your Library.” Students that use the program will win prizes and incentives along the way as they progress with their personal goals, Izzi and Truslow explained. They also earn chances to win major prizes, such as an iPod Touch and tickets to see the Baltimore Orioles and a family pass to Port Discovery in Baltimore. To chart their reading progress, children are issued game board-type pages to keep track. “So we have these game boards, but the kids can also put their information in online. They basically create their own little Web site through our summer reading program,” said Truslow. “They can write reviews,’ said Izzi. “It comes up like ‘This is Wesley’s Summer reading page’ and he can enter whatever he wants. He can share it with other people if Mom allows, or he can

just keep it to himself.” Throw in the Summer Fun events and other scheduled activities such as Wii gaming nights and Monday morning movies and summertime makes a busy season for the county’s libraries. “Summertime is big for the library. We know how important it is over the summer to keep the kids active, and it’s a role that we’ve played for a long time,” said Truslow. The libraries experience no problem drawing residents to attend the Summer Fun programs. “It will be a busy summer,” said Truslow “It gets like a mad house here.” For more information on the library’s summer programming, see their Web site at By Sean Rice (SCG)

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he Calvert County Commission for Women is continuing its series of program called “New Year – New You” in support of its mission which includes developing opportunities for women, eliminating barriers, enhancing economic self-sufficiency and empowering women. All women are encouraged to take advantage of this ongoing series of seminars. They are free and open to everyone: · July 27 – Building a Better Career (Resume writing; interviewing techniques) · August 31 – We’ve Come a Long Way…But Not Far Enough. (Women in Politics and how to make a difference) · September 28 – Keeping Our Kids Safe (What our kids face in school & how to help; strengthening families & kids) · October 26 – Do I need an Attorney? (Civil & family law; mediation) · November 30 – If I Need Help, Where Do I Go? (County & State services available to help you) · December 28 – Am I Prepared? (Estate planning; Wills; Aging Parents; Understanding Medicare and Social Security) Sessions are held at the Prince Frederick Library located at 850 Costley Way in Prince Frederick, MD 20678 in Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 pm. All speakers are recognized professionals in the topics being discussed. For more information contact Tracy Palmer at or 301-367-7412.

Water Park Excels in Safety Audit


ifeguards at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park recently received their first unannounced audit by Ellis and Associates, a firm specializing in total risk management programs for water parks and received an “Exceeds Expectations” rating. It’s unusual for a facility to receive anything higher then a “Meets Expectations” before their third or fourth audit. General Manager Marilyn VanWagner says the local lifeguards underwent a very stringent training program this year, and she’s very proud of the staff’s performance. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is owned and operated by the Town of Chesapeake Beach.


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Bluefish Are Here and Gulf Oil Is Not By Bob Munro


s expected, sometime in mid-to-late, June small Bluefish arrive in numbers in our part of the Chesapeake. From two to five pounds, these toothy critters are well known for their aggressive feeding behavior and fighting ability, including aerial acrobatics that we don’t see with Rockfish. Fortunately, blues are not everywhere and fishermen who’ve been live lining Spot to catch Rockfish have been very successful in avoiding blues. One of the best ways to catch Bluefish is to troll surgical hose lures on 25-foot leaders (with a quality swivel in the middle of the leader). Keep your speed up to 4 knots, and if you drag a red hose in front of a Bluefish, they will attack. Check out Robbie and Dillon Mallard with some of the nice Bluefish they caught on

their annual Father’s Day trip aboard the charter boat Kyran Lynn. The mouth of the Choptank River has been the best place to catch Spot for live lining, although they have been inconsistent in their locations. You just have to move around and keep your eyes open for others who are catching. And Rockfish are widespread on both sides of the Bay, sometimes in breaking schools with some fish up to 30 inches. Whether you like to “cast and blast” to breaking fish or troll or live line, fishing for Rockfish has been outstanding and should re-

main so for the foreseeable future. Mate Marcus Wilson helps a young lady hold up a nice summertime Rockfish she caught recently. Although it’s been a few weeks since Governor Martin O’Malley released a press release on the prospects of Gulf oil reaching our coastal beaches and the Bay proper, I wanted to summarize what we know about the potential movement of that oil. Even if oil reaches the so-called “Loop Current” and then the Gulf Stream, for better or worse that Stream turns northeast and moves offshore once it flows past the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This doesn’t mean that offshore fishing opportunities for tuna and billfish won’t be impacted in the future. What it does mean is that, as the oil’s method of transport moves northeast away from our shores, the likelihood of impacts reaching the Bay is reduced. It also means that locally-caught seafood like Maryland Blue Crabs should be available and abundant all season long in our back yard. For more information on the Governor’s press release, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment web site: From the helm of the charter boat “Mary Lou II”, Captain Russ Mogel of Chesapeake Beach offers the following: “What is live-lining, you were wondering? It is a true fisherman’s challenge. Using light tackle you have to first catch the bait-fish (Spot). Then you use the baitfish you caught to catch the pride of the Bay - Striped Bass aka Rockfish on the same light tackle. Bring your own rod if you like. Now is the time to book a live-lining charter.” 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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ake a short trip on MD Route 4 just south of Dunkirk and go two miles west on Chaneyville Road and you’ll find Friday’s Creek Winery, one of Calvert County’s five wineries. There you will find a tasting room showcasing Friday’s Creek Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and (my personal favorite) Old Vine Zinfandel, get a tour of the winery and see local art displayed upstairs in a loft overlooking the wine vats. For Frank Cleary and the Cleary family, Friday’s Creek is the culmination of a dream begun when Frank and his wife visited a friend in California and toured local wineries ten years ago. At that time (and since 1956 when he started), Frank was in the booming home building business which made funding the winery easier. Now, Frank and the Cleary family all are involved in producing Friday’s Creek Wines, aged in American oak barrels. The vineyard was started on a 12-acre field overlooking the Patuxent River where colonists once grew tobacco. Over the years, the Clearys planted 7500 vines representing 15 varieties of grapes known to grow well in Southern Maryland, according to experts at the University of Maryland. After several years, Frank decided to look into building a winery and in 2006 opened the beautifully restored tobacco barn that houses it today. Calvert County Walnut trees have been milled and used in the custom remodeling that is the tasting room. One thing all the Clearys have learned is that running a winery is a lot of work. Frank’s primary job is daily care of the vines until the harvest. Then, the work be-


YOUR LOCAL WINERY & FLORIST By Lynda Striegel, President, Bay Business Group

gins anew with the expertise of the winemaker. Rich Cleary is the winemaker who doubles as an Anne Arundel firefighter. Tim Cleary is a graduate horticulturist and Frank Cleary Jr. is the Manager of Operations. They all work together to get the job done. You can visit Frank and his family at Friday’s Creek Winery, which is open Thursday through Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or phone (410) 286-WINE. Also look for them in the Friday’s Creek booth at the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market and at many of the festivals and wine tastings in this area. Frank grows strawberries and other produce in addition to grapes. As a businessman his entire life, Frank Cleary knows the value of hard work and business colleagues. He is a valuable member of the Bay Business Group and particularly credits Gary Armstrong, owner of Heavenly Chicken & Ribs, with finding marketing outlets for his farm products. Our area is rich in agricultural history. It is wonderful to see former tobacco land and barns being used to grow grapes and sell wine. We have entered into a new and exciting marketplace for Maryland and Frank Cleary and his family are in the forefront of making this happen.

YOUR LOCAL FLORIST AND EVENT PLANNER Pat Carpenter is a resident of Chesapeake Beach who wears so many hats there really should be more of her to handle it all. But, somehow, she combines her small business with myriad community activities with a grace and ease that is the envy of her friends. Pat owns CELEBRATE! which, as its name implies, creates the mood of celebration through flowers, table top decorations, event planning and more. Pat Carpenter has been a floral designer/florist for 49 years. A graduate of Cliff Mann Floral Design in Denver, Colorado, Pat worked as a floral designer in Kansas and then in Texas where she managed the Texas Medical Center Flower Shop. She interrupted her florist career when she married, had two children and moved to Oregon where she became involved in elective politics. Pat worked in politics for 38 years, running campaigns and fundraising for candidates and state and federal political parties. In 1989, she moved from Oregon to Washington, DC where she ran the meetings and convention office for a national political party and served a year as deputy chief of staff at the party. She also joined a Presidential campaign, serving as deputy political director, which included

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staging and executing the announcement rally for that presidential candidate. She also has served as president of a political action committee located in Alexandria, VA. Currently, Pat is serving as Executive Director of the Arts Council of Calvert County. Pat has coupled her floral design skills with her meeting/event planning talents to create her company Celebrate! She combines her organizational abilities with her finesse in handling any sort of activity, person or situation. She has created the flowers and handled the planning for a number of weddings in Calvert County and in Washington, DC. Whether you need a simple flower arrangement for a friend or you are holding a major event or wedding, Pat is your person and Celebrate! is your best resource. Check out the Celebrate! Web site at

About the Author: Lynda Striegel is a partner with the law firm Striegel & Buchheister in North Beach and is President of the Bay Business Group, composed of over 100 small businesses in North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Owings and Deale. For more information, visit

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“In the Loop” BUSINESS Day Tripping to the Beach By Sansy Shockley


veryone celebrates Independence Day in their own way. Looking back, we remember the trips we took with our family and friends. Some were day trips, others extended weekends. When asked “Where are you going on your trip?” or “What will you be doing for the 4th? “ we’d grin from ear to ear and reply, “We’re going to the beach!” Then, our minds started to wander into daydreams: La! La! La! … strolling the boardwalk… visiting the shops… getting hungry.. I see restaurants… head for the sand and listen to the waves… strolling the boardwalk again… getting hungry again … need sweets… back to shopping and antiquing. I’m buying that something I must have…hungry again… dining

out…. more boardwalk... fishing from the pier… and of course spreading a blanket on the beach to watch fireworks…then trolley back to the room for nighty-night. If you Google “the first fourth of July,” Wikopedia states that the first Independence Day celebration was held in the year of 1820 in Eastport, Maine, a small seaside community. I’m thinking North Beach, Maryland is a small seaside community as well. We have a beach, boardwalk, ducks (quack quack), and all those independent charming restaurants and unique shops I can walk to. North Beach reminds me of the small seaside towns you see in movies and have pictured in your mind. It’s a memorable, personable, community mix of residents and business owners

known by their first name. That’s it! I’m day-tripping to North Beach, where I’ll feel right at home! This Fourth of July, and all through the summer, why not enjoy a nostalgic stroll through our beach towns, visiting the mom and pop businesses, and embracing our nation’s independence? Day Tripper – Yeah!

About the Author: Sandy Shockely and her husband, Bill own and operate BilVil, a Beaches Café on 7th Street in North Beach.

North Beach Loop

YouTube Video Showcases Our Area


eanna Dove’s song ‘Chesapeake’ featuring familiar scenes of North Beach, her hometown, has received more than 900 viewings on YouTube. Filled with clips of people on the beach, white picket fences and little children playing, the video captures charming life in a small town can be. “It’s a promotional video we made for the town,” says Gwen Schiada, President of Career Puppy, or CP Solutions, the com-

pany that produced it for free. The goal of the video is to promote economic development and attract tourists to the area. To find and view the video, go to and search for this phrase: North Beach Jewel of the Chesapeake. It’s also on the official North Beach website and

FBI Offers Reward in Area Robberies

The Calvert Investigative Team, investigating the armed robberies this past November of the Lee Funeral Home in Owings and the Sun Trust Bank in Dunkirk, has been offered the support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. At approximately noon on November 30, 2009, two males wearing hooded jackets carried out armed robberies at each of the businesses. There was one injury to one employee at each place of business, and at least one shot was fired while the suspects were fleeing the scene of the Sun Trust Bank. No one was injured by the shot. The two suspects fled in a silver passenger vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Steve Jones, Commander of the Calvert Investigative Team. Lt. Jones can be reached at 410-535-1600, ext. 2462.

Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Build your business through networking at these local business events: The Bay Business Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Friday’s Creek Winery in Owings. For more information, contact Stephanie Crosby at or visit their web site at The Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) invites to their monthly Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, July 13th from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at Happy Harbor Restaurant in Deale. Enjoy a breakfast or a cup of coffee and Network with fellow Chamber members and guests! This is a “Speed Networking” Event, so bring plenty of business cards, brochures and flyers to pass around. RSVP by email to Carla Catterton, Executive Director or call (410) 867-3129.

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Creating Fireworks: Fireworks at Chesapeake How They Do It

Beach: A Long-Standing Tradition


n the early 1970s, the Lions Club was a co-sponsor with the Rod ‘N’ Reel for the fireworks. After a few years, the Optimist Club co-sponsored with the Rod ‘N’ Reel. The Optimist Club also sponsored a 4th of July Carnival where Windward Key is now located. In the mid-1980s Town Councilman Jeff Grant suggested that the town

Where The Fireworks Are Calvert County

Town of Chesapeake Beach Fireworks Saturday, July 3 At Dusk Just about any vantage point in Chesapeake Beach provides great viewing of the fireworks over the Bay, just off the Rod ‘N’ Reel. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park is open until 10:00 p.m. that night. If you have a boat and can dock off Fishing Creek, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the display. Thousands of people also gather at North Beach, along the boardwalk, and the fishing pier.

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Herrington on the Bay (Herrington Harbour South) Saturday, July 3 3:00 p.m. - Dusk Just three miles away, Herrington on the Bay in Rose Haven hosts its annual Independence Day community party. It begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Inn at Herrington Harbour in their beach/ lawn area. It’s open to the public and there will be food, beer, frozen drinks, sodas, and much more for sale, along with amusements, music, and of course the fireworks show at dark, also over the Chesapeake Bay. Incidentally, Herring Bay is also a great place to dock your boat for a fabulous fireworks view.

do the fireworks as a community project and that they put on a big display. Memorable fireworks from years gone by include 15 years ago when the Chesapeake Beach Water Park opened. For the grand finale, spectators were dazzled by fireworks being shot off simultaneously from the barges on the Bay, and from behind the new park at Kellams Field. There were also years when organizers coordinated music with the fireworks. One year, the 1812 Overture was played from the roof of the Rod ‘N’ Reel with a simulcast being played by WMJS radio station in Prince Frederick. Originally, the Chesapeake Beach fireworks were shot off from Windward Key’s jetty and the jetty at the Rod ‘N’ Reel. As the town grew, the crowds grew, and officials upgraded to using barges to shoot the fireworks from instead. The town contracted with a barge company called Edwin A. & John O. Crandall, Inc. of West River, Maryland. Crandall brings down a tug boat named “Big C Too” and two barges and moors them in Fishing Creek, between Windward Key and the Rod ‘N’ Reel. The professional company that sets off the displays is Fireworks Productions, Inc. of White Hall, Maryland. They spend the day loading the fireworks and then at dusk “Big C Too” moves the barges into place in the Bay. (See related story: How They Do It). The crowds that are drawn to the beaches because of these fireworks are phenomenal. Town officials consider it a very smart economic development move, as it brings a great deal of business to the Beaches in addition to providing a wonderful show for everyone. Lots of people gather at the Rod ‘N’ Reel and at Windward Key as well as other locations around the Beaches.

When the tug brings the barges back down Fishing Creek, spectators give them a big cheer for their great work. One year, there was a bit of a panic when one of the barges lost its anchor during the fireworks show and started floating toward the Rod ‘N’ Reel pier. Big C Too arrived just in time to keep it from banging into the pier. Another year, a private boat sank because in the rush to get into a good spot for viewing the fireworks, they apparently forgot to put the plug in their boat. All of the people on the boat were safely rescued by nearby boaters, but the vessel had to be salvaged some time later. Some years, Windward Key residents say they’ve seen a flock of Canadian Geese and their local geese friends actually swim out to watch the fireworks just before the barges move out. And then they say they see them return when the fireworks conclude.

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here’s a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes involved in creating the incredible fireworks show for the Town of Chesapeake Beach says Dennis Coster, President of Fireworks Productions, Inc. of White Hall, Maryland. Coster says his company brings out a crew of about a dozen people to split between the two barges. “We bring a large truck of fireworks out in the morning about 9:00 a.m., back it up to the barges at the pier and unload. Then we spend the entire day setting up.” They bring thousands of fireworks for the Chesapeake Beach show, which is a long one that runs about a half hour. Coster says the crews finish setting up the displays just before show time, which is around 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Coster says all his technicians are highly trained. As for the choreography, the barges are taken out into the Chesapeake Bay about a thousand feet or so offshore. Coster says that one of the reasons that the display is so cool is because the barges are about 500 feet apart. Coster says this allows them to “fill the sky with fireworks going off from each barge simultaneously.“ Coster says they still do much of this particular display through manual electronic firing rather than relying on a computer to assure the quality. “What we like about doing this one is the variety of different effects we can create,” Coster says. “Actually being on the water means beautiful reflections. The shells can break open and fall down onto the water which is something we often can’t do on land. So the falling effects we have are pretty neat.” Every year, Coster says his company goes to China to get the latest so they always have new types of fireworks to show off. “Smiley faces, hearts, rings, and stars are some of the most recent ones we’ve been able to get,” Coster says. “And this year there are some new colors, including an amazing ultra-violet effect.” Coster says there will be a surprise this year, so watch for something very different. “We’re now trying to decide where to place it. I promise this is something no one has ever seen in this area before, and I think everyone will really like it!”

Don’t Try This At Home


he American Pyrotechnics Association says it’s illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 16 in the State of Maryland. Retailers must also submit products for testing and approval to State Fire Marshall’s Office prior to their sale.Although you see roadside stands everywhere, what’s allowed in Maryland are non-aerial, nonexplosive sparklers that are labeled in accordance with the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). Also permitted are paper wrapped “snappers,” and “snakes” that contain no mercury. All other fireworks are prohibited. Sparklers may be beautiful, but the CPSC says that about 16% of all consumer fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of sparkler injuries among young children. Most could have been prevented with close adult supervision. The non-profit National Council on Fireworks Safety offers these safety tips: • Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without close adult supervision

• Always stand when using sparklers • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers • Never light more than one sparkler at a time • Sparklers and bare feet can be a painful combination. And always wear real shoes – not flip flops or sandals – to protect your skin. • Remember that sparkler wires and sticks remain hot long after the flame has gone out. • Be sure to drop the spent sparklers directly into a bucket of water • Never hand a lighted sparkler to another person. Give them the unlit sparkler and then light it. • Always stand at least six feet from another person while using sparklers • Never throw sparklers • Show children how to hold sparklers as far away from their body as possible and stress that they never should wave or run with them.


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State of Our Rivers By Anna Chaney Willman


How You Can Help


est Rhode Riverkeeper says everyone can make a difference by practicing environmentally friendly lawn care. This includes limiting the harmful fertilizers, herbicides, and other things we put on our lawns, which are a significant source of pollution in our rivers and the Bay. If your boat has a holding tank, have it pumped out. An EPA report showed that untreated sewage from two boaters in one weekend can pollute the water as much as the treated sewage of a city of 10,000 people. Also, if every septic system in the watershed was upgraded, the nitrogen load could be reduced by 14,000 lbs.

t our fingertips, we have access to the latest health reports of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science conducts one of the most comprehensive reports on the health of our beautiful Bay annually. One of the regions tested in this report is the Lower Western Shore, which is our readership area. The Lower Western Shore Tributary Basin drains approximately 270 miles of land, including portions of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties, on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake. Large water bodies in the basin include the Magothy, Severn, South, West, and Rhode Rivers. This basin is a varied landscape, and includes the highly developed areas of Annapolis, and the Route 2 corridor, along with miles of Bay shoreline and farmland stretching into Calvert County. The good news first: The Bay’s overall test results improved from 2008 to 2009 by 3%. This has been attributed to the fact that the total nitrogen and sediment loads coming to the Bay from the Susquehana River decreased. In 2009, Pennsylvania and New York received relatively low amounts of precipitation while tributaries adjacent to the Bay received unusually high levels of precipitation. Therefore, the overall health of the Upper Bay



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and Upper Western Shore areas improved, Although this report card is not one we and received some of the highest scores since should be happy with, it is based upon current these areas are greatly affected by the Susque- data. hana. The Lower Western Shore grade also We are fortunate to have a river keeper improved from an F to a D-. So, although the who conducts such studies and provides clear, results are encouraging, our scores leave much factual statistics on the rivers that directly afto be desired. fect our quality of life. What we as individuals To study our area a little more closely, I and communities decide to do with this inforspoke with Chris Trumbauer, West/Rhode mation is critical. Riverkeeper, who recently published the The facts are not debatable; however the West and Rhode Rivers Report Card. Data future health of our tributaries is completely State ofcompared Our Rivers to thresholds used by was dependent upon the choices we make as hothe Chesapeake Bay Program. Six leadmeowners, business owners, and community By Anna Chaney Willman ing indicators were least 36reports members. TheseBaychoices are completely deAt our fingertips, we have tested access toin theat latest health of the Chesapeake and different locations within the WestCenter andfor Environmental batable from storm water management, septic its tributaries. The University of Maryland’s Science conducts one of theRivers, most comprehensive reports on the health beautiful Bay Rhode and indicators were onlyof our systems, boatannually. sewageOne treatment and disposal, of the regions in this report is the Lower Western which is our readership used whentested a credible data source was Shore, to agricultural practices. The choices are ours. area. available. The six indicators are Water The West and Rhode Rivers Report Card The Lower Western Shore Tributary Basin drains approximately 270 miles of land, Clarity, Dissolved very specific to take as residents including portions of AnneOxygen, Arundel andNutrients, Calvert Counties,lists on the Western Shoremeasures of the Chlorophyll, andthe Magothy, of this beautiful area at www.westrhoderiverChesapeake. LargeUnderwater water bodies in Grasses, the basin include Severn, South, West, and RhodeHealth. Rivers. This basin is a varied landscape, and includes the highly Stream anddeveloped click Water Quality Monitorareas of Annapolis, and permission, the Route 2 corridor, of Bay andReport Card. With Chris’ herealong is awith miles ing on theshoreline left, then farmland stretching into Calvert County. chart outlining the results: The results of the latest Chesapeake Bay With Chris’ permission, here is a chart outlining the results: Health Report are available at WEST RHODE GRADE INDICATOR

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About the Author: Anna Chaney Willman is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD, which has achieved the first level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association.

Although this report card is not one we should be happy with, it is based upon current data. We are fortunate to have a river keeper who conducts such studies and provides clear, factual statistics on the rivers that directly affect our quality of life. What we as individuals and communities decide to do with this information is critical. The facts are not debatable; however the future health of our tributaries is completely dependent upon the choices we make as homeowners, business owners, and community members. These choices are completely debatable from storm water management, septic systems, boat sewage treatment and disposal, to agricultural practices. The choices are ours. The West and Rhode Rivers Report Card lists very specific measures to take as residents of this beautiful area at and click Water Quality Monitoring on the left, then Report Card. The results of the latest Chesapeake Bay Health Report are available at About the Author: Anna Chaney Willman is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD, which has achieved the first level of certification from the Green Restaurant Association.




Boo Hiss Starbucks

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The response has been overwhelmingly in support of our editorial in the last Chesapeake Current entitled “Banned from Starbucks.” In case you missed it, we went on a self-righteous rant about the Starbucks in Dunkirk telling us that their national contracts with the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today prohibit all local newspapers, including the Chesapeake Current. Their regional manager in Rockville indicated he didn’t give a hoot about our “priceless” little paper, and suggested we complain to corporate in Seattle. When we did, they sent us an auto responder message making it clear that they didn’t even read what we had to say and, oh, they won’t link to our web site (?) We’ve let it go and moved on, but still want to share this great letter we received from Sweet Sue’s in North Beach, which we are now endorsing as the Chesapeake Current’s coffee shop of choice. (By the way, Sweet Sue’s non-fat chai tea lattes are just as good, or better, than Starbucks. They’re great on ice for the summertime, too!) Dear Diane, I read with interest your “Banned From Starbucks” article in the June 17 edition of Chesapeake Current. As a local independent business owner (with my wife, Sue) of Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar in North Beach, I share your dismay. However, I am not at all surprised by Starbucks’ rigidity on this matter. A local retail outlet of a huge multinational corporation has its advantages and drawbacks. Corporate policy rules. One of the many benefits of owning your own business is the flexibility we exercise in making decisions. Our on-site involvement with day-to-day operations enables us to know what our customers want. I am “corporate” (in consultation with Sue) when it comes to policy. We can make decisions on the spot, and always with our local customers in mind.

Be The Match

Joy Janice developed Leukemia as a result of complications from treatments for breast cancer. She desperately needs a bone marrow transplant, which can be done through blood donation. She is an only child and has no relatives who match. The odds of finding a match are 10,000 to 1.

But it could be you. Please help! Friends of Joy have created a fund that will pay $10,000 to the person who is that 1 in 10,000 match. In these difficult times, we all know a lot of people who could use $10,000. At the same time, they would be doing a great deed in helping our dear friend Joy. Time

Offering our customers a new magazine like Chesapeake Current, which provides hyper-local news and supports local businesses, is certainly in our best interest. Our customers love Chesapeake Current -- it is an outstanding publication and you are to be congratulated. As a local, independently owned business, we display it with pride. Be assured that Sweet Sue’s is Chesapeake Current-friendly. Sincerely, Gary Dzurec, General Manager Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar North Beach Hello Diane, I just wanted to say thank you for putting my picture of the momma and baby ducks in Chesapeake Current. It is great to

is important right now, and she needs your help. To see if you could be a match, log onto After completing the questionnaire, enter JJ1605 in the field labeled “promo code.” When you complete this process, a donor testing kit will be mailed to you for free. At one point it indicates there’s a $50.00 cost but at the end, after you enter this code, the amount due is 0, so it’s free. Once it arrives, you simply swab your cheek and send it back to the donor matching center. If you are identified as a potential match, you will be further tested and ultimately asked to give blood (not bone marrow) for a few days in a row. It’s much like donating blood to the Red Cross. Please spread the word as we try to reach as many people as possible to save Joy’s life. For more information and to learn more about Joy Janice, visit

have people interested in my photography. Everyone at my job thought it was great and LOVED your publication! I was sorry to read about your situation with Starbucks. I don’t blame you for switching to another coffee shop. If I went there I would find another place to go also. I look forward to your next issue, as does my dad, who loves the fishing page. Thank you, Holly Williams Huntingtown

Survival of the Fittest We have a very sad follow-up to the story in our last issue about the other mama duck that built her nest in Roland’s back parking lot. Employees say they came in to work one day and the nest was empty; both she and her eggs were gone. They suspect aggressive sea gulls are responsible. Hopefully that dear duck and her mate will be able to find a safer spot next time.

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Judy Ann Hodges, 65

the beloved mother of Donald “Pete” (Angela) Hodges, Brenda (Scott) Poole, Art (Julie) Lopez, and the late Donna Lopez. She was the daughter of Bedford S. Roberson and the late Rosemary Roberson, and was a sister to Joan Bow, Barbara Walters and Terri Roberson. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; Robert, Patti (Tyler), Andrew, Ashley, Andrea, Kevin, Kristin, David and Katelynn. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,, American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Judy Ann Hodges, age 65 of Dunkirk, passed away June 21, 2010. She is survived by her loving husband, Don Hodges, and was

Donald Genoa King, 93 Donald Genoa King, age 93 years, died on May 10, 2010 at

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Care Center in Solomons, MD. Donald was employed by Bowman Brothers Milling Company, of Gaithersburg, MD as the sales manager for 32 years, until the company closed. He then worked for William Kendrick Co, a specialty advertising company as an associate, moving after a short while to William A. Lynch Associates, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. He also was an auctioneer and raised Holstein cattle. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and served as Lay Leader for 30+ years and Sunday School Superintendent. He served on the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. He also was an associate member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Huntingtown, MD where he preached several times. Mr. King appeared as Santa Claus for countless organizations and several generations of children throughout the State of Maryland, The District of Columbia & Virginia, including The Washington Redskins Children’s Christmas Party, The Maryland Legislature, The Maryland School for the Blind, The City of Gaithersburg, and many others. He played “Miss Donna” in a comedy skit for over 20 years raising hundreds of dollars for charity. He was a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Fair Board, where he chaired the Lion’s Club Ice Cream Bar for many years. He was a member of the Neeld Estate Citizen’s Association and raised thousands of dollars, over the years, in their Association Annual Auction. In 1996, he moved to Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg and in 2004 transferred to Asbury - Solomons Island at Solomons, MD. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Freas King, and two children, Sandra King Geest (Jay) of Huntingtown, MD and Donald Wayne King (Ginger) of Germantown, MD.; three grandchildren, Steven Geest, Patrick

King, and Katherine King Mangus, two step-grandchildren, Amy Savage and Jenny Savage, and two great grandchildren, Kyle King and Austin Mangus. Donations in his memory can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 3701 Pender Drive, #400, Fairfax, Va., 22030, or Montgomery Central (Derwood) Lions Club, P. O. Box 5602, Derwood, MD. 20855.

Lillian Marshall, 86

Lillian M. Marshall, age 86, of North Beach, MD died at her residence June 21, 2010. She was born October 22, 1923 in Washington, DC to Richard Scott and Fannie Amelia (Cauffman) Bayne. Lillian was a retired office clerk with the U.S. Government, and was preceded in death by her former husband Joseph J. Marshall. Surviving are her sons Joseph P. Marshall and his wife, Mercine of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Michael W. Marshall of FL and Jerry S. Marshall of Rocky Mount, VA, a sister Beulah Robertson of Springhill, FL and several grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to: Humane Society of Calvert County P.O. Box 3505 Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Doris Rider, 83

Doris “Peaches” Rider of Dunkirk, MD, age 83, passed away on June 13, 2010 at the Heritage Harbour Health & Rehabilitation Center, Annapolis, MD. She was the beloved mother of Keno Rider; loving aunt of Peggy DeCatur Bekavac, Linda DeCatur Hinkle and Raymond DeCaturIII; and loving sister of the late Raymond H. “Diddy” DeCatur. Ms. Rider lived in Dunkirk for over 35 years and retired as a real estate agent with over 30 years of experience. In her youth, she was an avid equestrian. Later in life, her hobbies turned to fast cars, like her BMW, and her adored Deck House, which she proudly built herself.

Thomas Irving Sweeney, 85

Thomas Irving Sweeney “Bingo,” age 85, of Deale, MD died June 17, 2010 at Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center, Annapolis, MD. Thomas was born in Upper Marlboro, MD on February 14, 1925 to Grover J. and Ada Ella (Smith) Sweeney. He received his education in Prince

George’s Schools and enlisted in the United States Army on July 25, 1944. He served as a Section Leader with the 94th Armored Field Artillery in the European Theater until being discharged as a Tec 4 on June 19, 1946. He was married to Theresa L. Kiefer in Forestville, MD on October 30, 1944. After service Thomas was employed as a carpenter for his fatherin-law and later as a union carpenter. Bingo lost his eyesight in 1972 and was forced to retire. In his retirement he took up gardening and still enjoyed woodworking, making many houses for the dogs that he loved. He enjoyed music; he was usually the first one on the dance floor and many times the last to leave. He had a smile that could light up a room. He was a member of Carpenter’s Local #132 and a proud veteran and member of VFW Post #9619 in Morningside. Surviving are his wife of 65 years Theresa L. “Honey” Sweeney; children Thomas E. and his wife Sharon Sweeney, George I. and his wife Patricia Sweeney and Patricia A. and her husband Skip Radtke all of Deale, MD; grandchildren Tammy Shea and her husband John of Mechanicsville, Carol Alfred and her husband Robert of Chesapeake, VA, Becky Crow of Mechanicsville, Jennifer Reburn and her husband Rich of Centreville, MD, Chris Sweeney and his wife Christina Sweeney of Centreville, MD Melissa Harting and her husband Steve of Port Re publ ic, MD and K i m b e rly Sweeney of Prince Frederick, MD eleven great grandchildren and a sister Nearia Cantor of Johnstown, PA.

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Area High Schools Among Best in US

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ll four Calvert County public high schools appear on Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s Best High Schools for 2010. Among Anne adhika Plakkot, a sciArundel County ence teacher at Hunpublic high schools, tingtown High School, Southern High has been named by President School in Hardwood Obama as one of the recipients and South River in of the Presidential Award for Edgewater also made Excellence in Mathematics and the list. Science Teaching. According to Only 103 teachers nationNewsweek’s website, wide received this honor. the magazine annualThe winners are selected ly “picks the best high by a panel of distinguished schools in the country based on how hard school staffs scientists, mathematicians, and work to challenge students with educators , following an initial advanced-placement collegeselection process at the state level courses and tests. Just over level. 1,600 schools—only 6 percent Winners of this Presidenof all the public schools in the tial honor receive a $10,000 U.S.—made the list.” award from the National SciEach school is ranked acence Foundation to be used at cording to the ratio of national their discretion. They also go to Washington, D.C. for an awards cercollege-level exams taken comemony and several days of educational and celebratory events, includpared to the number of graduating visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders. ing seniors. Only high schools The other winner this year from Maryland is a math teacher from with a ratio of one or greater apEssex. pear on the annual list. The list is based on the year The Town of Chesapeake Beach and Comcast present previous data, so 2009 information is used to prepare the 2010 list. Fridays: July 16, July 30 and According to the Maryland August 13 State Department of EduShow begins at dusk cation, 53% of at Kellams Field Maryland public high schools are Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and settle in for a on Newsweek’s 2010 list. fun family evening under the stars! “ O u r For more info on movie schedule, please see our website schools and at school system Click on “special events” or, work hard to

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give every student the opportunity to pursue a rigorous course of study,” said Calvert County Schools Superintendent Jack Smith. “If we help students succeed at each and every grade level, many of them are well-prepared to take AP courses in high school.” Calvert County Public Schools offers the Advanced

Placement (AP) program in all four of its high schools. Advanced Placement courses offer high school students the opportunity to do college level work and to possibly receive college credit by taking a national exam. Above are the rankings and data for each Calvert County public high school.

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Board of Education, Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement


he Calvert County Board of Education and the Calvert Education Association have reached a tentative agreement was reached on a labor agreement. The Calvert Education Association represents Calvert County public school teachers.

Highlights of the new contract include:

• A 0.5% salary adjustment for all teachers effective July 1, 2010; • A mid-year step increase for all eligible teachers; • Salary compression from Step 30 to Step 28; • An increase in personal leave days; • Enhancements to bereavement leave; • An adjustment in what employees pay for individual health insurance plans from 8% to 10% of their health insurance premiums and an adjustment in the drug co-pay to $10 (changes to the plan are closed for the three-year term of the agreement unless both sides agree to renegotiate this article) ; • Language that supports pay increases in the extra pay for extra duty pay scale; • Employees who experience or have a spouse, child or parent who experiences a medically documented incapacitat-


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ing or catastrophic illness, injury or quarantine may receive up to 70 transferred sick days each school year; and • A commitment to enhance technology in classrooms; Language was also added to the contract: • Providing flexibility for teachers on two-hour early dismissal days for students designated as teacher work time; • Specifying the order in which non- tenured, tenured, certified, and conditionally certified teachers are laid-off as the result of budgetary action or curriculum and/or administrative reorganization; and • Addressing how non-promotional vacancies are filled. If ratified by the Calvert Education Association and approved by the Board of Education, most of the articles in the contract will be in effect for three years. Negotiable articles for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 include those addressing salary and other compensation, and each party can select two additional articles for negotiation. The Calvert Education Association will be holding ratification meetings this week. If teachers ratify the contract, the proposed contract will be presented to the Board of Education later this month for consideration and approval.

Schools Enhance Building Security

alvert County Public Schools is expanding the use of KeepnTrack, a visitor and volunteer tracking system, designed to increase safety and security in all of its schools and facilities. KeepnTrack enables schools to produce visitor and volunteer badges, record and monitor volunteer hours, and electronically check all visitors against registered sexual offender databases. Based on the success of a pilot at seven schools, all school sites will begin using KeepnTrack in July 2010. Pilot sites included elementary, middle and high schools across the various regions of the county. The pilot sites are: Calvert Elementary, Plum Point Elementary, Sunderland Elementary, Mill Creek Middle, Plum Point Middle, Calvert High and Patuxent High.

When visitors and volunteers come to a school or school system facility, they must enter a valid driver’s license, military identification card, or other approved photo identification into the KeepnTrack system. This system will alert an administrator if a person who may jeopardize the safety of students and employees signs in. Even if known to the staff, visitors and volunteers will be required to complete the sign in and sign out verification process on every visit. Visitors and volunteers will also be required to wear a badge during their stay at the school site. In addition to the security features of this new system, it allows all volunteers to submit applications electronically and automatically tracks volunteer hours. New volunteer orientation conducted at

each school site is still mandatory prior to service.

Area Students Win National History Day Honors Calvert County students Christopher Crunkleton and Noah Donahue are receiving country-wide recognition for their outstanding performance at the National History Day contest. Northern Middle School student Christopher Crunkleton placed 6th in the nation in the category of Junior Website. Christopher’s project was entitled, The Interstate Highway System: Impact on Economies and Americans’ Quality of Life. Christopher’s teacher was Ms. Carli Griffin. Northern Middle School student Noah Donahue placed 10th in the nation in the category of Junior Historical Paper. Noah’s paper was entitled Radar: Tracking and Making Tracks in History. Noah’s teacher was Ms. Joyce Haines. Noah was also given the Outstanding State Project Award for Maryland.

Citizen Advisory Committee Members Sought The Calvert County Board of Education is accepting applications for its 20102011 Citizen Advisory Committee. Twenty-five members are appointed annually. The committee meets once a month on Monday evenings during the school year. It conducts studies in areas of concern to the Board of Education, provides community insight into pending policies and Board decisions, and discusses a variety of issues affecting school system operations. To obtain more information about the committee, the 2010-11 meeting dates, and the application, visit the Calvert County Public Schools website at or call Karen Maxey at 410-535-7220. Applicants must be residents of Calvert County. The Board will begin appointing members in August.

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The King is Dead – Long Live the King! By Jonathan Pugh

teenager in the 70’s, growing up in College Park. He was especially drawn to the music of Elvis and was fascinated by his lvis Presley would have celebrated his Las Vegas stage persona. Shortly after Elvis died in 1977, Jim 75th birthday on January 8th of this year. decided to grow out his sideburns, Elvis-style. He had always Everything from A to Z commemorates brushed his black hair back, but with the new sideburns, was this milestone, including an excellent four-CD surprised when people started calling him Elvis in public. In 1998, Jim heard about an Elvis lookalike contest at the Calvert boxed set of 100 remastered classics called County Fair. More curious than anything else, he decided to go to watch, Elvis 75: Good Rockin’ Tonight. The 33rd Jonathan Pugh not participate. People saw him in the audience and said, “You ought to anniversary of be up there!” Dressed in just a T-shirt and no costume, his death is also approaching on August he finally relented and went on stage. The other contes16th. Who can forget the day they heard tants were lip-synching Elvis songs, but somehow the that Elvis died at age 42? mic got turned on for Jim’s performance and his voice Elvis impersonators around the was heard over that of Elvis’. The crowd loved it and he country keep the legend alive, but did you won the contest! know that Calvert County can boast havAfter that, there was no turning back. Jim bought ing its own official Elvis? Yes, in August his first Elvis jumpsuit in preparation for the Calvert 2008, the Calvert County Commissioners County Fair contest the next year and polished up his bestowed this honor on Jim Godbold of vocals by practicing and learning more Elvis songs. Sunderland resident with an official procHe won again in 1999! Jim has been performing at the County Fair every year since as a free community service. He runs a successful drywall business by day and Rockin’ Elvis Jim Godbold and his grandsons, James and Kyle, show off some of his authentic Elvis accesso- says he has no intention of becoming an Elvis imperries, including this beaded cape and “owl” belt. The boys sonator full-time. “Nah,” Jim says. “Then it wouldn’t be sometimes perform Elvis songs onstage with grandpa. fun any more. People start hating their jobs, so I never want to look at this as being a job. Even my grandsons lamation. They recognized RU Calvert’s Next Idol? Sign up now Jim’s participation in many perform with me sometimes, and I just want it to stay fun.” for this talent show sponsored by the CalJim does a tremendous amount of charitable work that has included county and community acvert Library and Garrett Music Academy in tivities over the years, in- performances at the Rod ‘N’ Reel annual Cancer Gala in Chesapeake Owings. Auditions will be held at the Calcluding numerous charity Beach for the past six years, along with events that support the annual vert Library in Prince Frederick on July 30 events. If you have lived United Way of Calvert County Campaign such as the Mardi Gras. For @ 6:00 p.m. Call (410) 535-0291 for more in this area for some time, the past seven years he has open for the annual Spiggy & Friends annual information. you have probably had oc- Children’s Charity Benefit sponsored by Dave “Spiggy Hogette” Spigler casion to see our own Elvis at the American Legion hall in Lusby. In support of the Johns Hopkins Saturday, July 3: Old School Band & perform—even if you didn’t Children’s Center, he has performed at the “Night of 100 Elvises” charity DJ Paul Grace (Oldies/Motown) from 4:00 event in Baltimore six years running. Jim also participates in the North know Jim by name. p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod Elvis’ career is of- Beach annual Christmas Parade and makes regular appearances at hospiN Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). ten classified into several tals, nursing homes and hospice centers. As the years have gone by, Jim’s collection of Elvis jumpsuits has distinct periods. The last, Sunday, July 4: Jimmie & Rocky Sisoared to eight in various colors. He says he orders them from B&K Enknown as his “comeback” mon (Founders of the Fabulous Hubcaps) period, began with the fa- terprises, the same company that made them for Elvis. Prices range from from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock mous TV special that aired $1,500 up to $8,000! His collection sports @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach on December 3, 1968, and a red “Burning Love” model, a blue “Owl” (free). led to a multi-year contract model, a white “Aloha” model, and a black at the International Hotel in “King of Spades” model. All are exact repMonday, July 5: Daryl Davis (Boogie Las Vegas. Following his licas of the ones Elvis wore. Woogie) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock Those jumpsuits are put to good use at a very successful first perforthe Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake variety of private events and parties throughmance in Las Vegas on July Beach (free). 31,1969, Newsweek maga- out the year, including quite a few weddings. zine commented, “There In 2003, Jim says he was ordained as a minThursday, July 8: Bay Breeze Concert are several unbelievable ister in the Universal Life Church. Now, he featuring the Dixie Ramblers. The everthings about Elvis, but the not only performs at weddings, but is asked popular bluegrass band will be returning most incredible is his stay- to conduct wedding ceremonies, too! once again. At the Chesapeake Beach RailWhen I caught up with Jim recently, he had just performed the night ing power in a world where way Museum at 7:00 p.m. Brought to you meteoric careers fade like before at a charity event for On Our Own of Calvert County, a mental by the Town of Chesapeake Beach. Free. shooting stars.” Few would health consumer education and advocacy organization. When I asked argue against this statement him what keeps him going, he said he still enjoys performing and has Saturday, July 10: Fins (Beach Music) being just as true today as it never had a bad experience. “All I can say is that it’s good to be the King,” Free concert at the North Beach Bandstand, was then—a real testament he repeated several times. Bay Avenue between 3rd & 5th Streets from About the Author: Jonathan Pugh is an independent management to the “King” of rock-n-roll. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. So how does one be- consultant who enjoys many styles of music and has played guitar since come an Elvis imperson- high school. He looks forward to the time when he can quit his day job Have an upcoming gig you’d like listator? Jim Godbold was a and bang on a guitar all day! ed here? Email details to MusicNotes@


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Interesting Elvis Factoids: • Elvis is the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Over 1 billion albums by Elvis have been sold worldwide and there have been over 100 gold/platinum awards for his singles and albums within the US. • Elvis is by far the most popular artist ever. He holds the records for most songs charting in Billboard’s top 40 and top 100: 104 and 151 respectively. • Elvis is regarded as the founder of the rockabilly style of music; his early Sun Record recordings in Memphis fused black rhythm & blues with white music components (mainly country). This integrating influence opened the door for black music to a wider white audience and artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino. • Just as Elvis crystallized rockabilly music, his subsequent RCA recordings established the hallmarks of white rock-n-roll, a less hybrid style of music characterized by diminished country elements, strong drums and prominent piano. Later recordings, encompassing additional musical genres such as gospel, white pop ballads an other hits of the day, further showcased his extremely versatile voice and made his appeal all the more universal. • As an American icon, no one compares to Elvis. Not only was he central in defining rock-n-roll as a musical genre, he was a powerful cultural force that changed American language, clothes and pop culture. The ‘60s social revolution grew out of Presley’s vitality and spirit of rebelliousness. Some historians say the power of his legacy rests not just with his many achievements, but in his personal failings as well, making him uniquely American.

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Saturday, July 3

• Deale Farmers’ Market. At the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd. 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

• Town of Chesapeake Beach Fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day with one of the most beautiful displays anywhere, reflecting off the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. At dusk off the Rod ‘N’ Reel. For more information, call (410) 257-2230 or (301) 855-4265.

Friday, July 2 • North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car CruiseIns. Delicious, home grown vegetables and fruit, eggs and meats, herbs and cut flowers, crusty breads, pies, and jams/jellies. Come early because vendors sell out fast! Come enjoy one of the best classic car cruise-ins anywhere as owners line up along the boardwalk. Watch the soothing reflections as the sun sets on the Chesapeake Bay. Taste Calvert County wines, too! The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is on 5th Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. WIC and Senior FMNP Checks Accepted.

• Herrington on the Bay’s Community Party and Fireworks Display. The party will start at 3:00 p.m. at the Inn at the Herrington Harbour beach/ lawn area. It’s open to the public and there will be food, beer, frozen drinks, sodas, etc. for sale, amusements, music, and of course the fireworks show over the Chesapeake Bay at dark. Rt. 261 at Rose Haven.

Sunday, July 4 • Wine & Food Tasting & Lecture. SeaScapes in North Beach hosts wine writer and critic Dick Rosano with long-running columns in The Washington Post, Wine News, Wine Enthusiast and other national publications. His re-

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ementary age children and their parents are invited to walk across the street for the Campfire on the Beach from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Classic car owners line up along the boardwalk to socialize as the sun sets on the Chesapeake Bay. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is on 5th Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted.

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Saturday, July 10

• 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.

• Yard Sale: The North Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 8536 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach will hold a huge yard sale beginning at 8:00 a.m.

• Deale Farmers’ Market at the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Parking Lot, 5965 Deale-Churchton Rd. Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. through October 29 Contact Gail Wilkerson at (410) 867-4993. WIC and Senior FMNP checks accepted. • Bay Breeze Concert. At the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum at 7:00 p.m. Brought to you by the Town of Chesapeake Beach. The ever-popular bluegrass band, the “Dixie Ramblers,” will be returning once again. The group is under the direction of Mike Phipps and they never fail to arouse their many devoted fans. Free.

Friday, July 9 • North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car CruiseIns & Campfire on the Beach. Come early because vendors sell out fast! El-

• Beach Buccaneers sign-up will be held at the Northeast Community Center (NECC) in Chesapeake Beach from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact Jim Niland at (301) 812-0234 for more information. • Boardwalk Concert Series Presents “Fins,” a beach music band brought to you 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. • Picnic at the Beach! Artworks @ 7th features an all artists show celebrating North Beach’s 100th Anniversary. The artists coop in North invites you to join them for the grand opening reception on Saturday, July 10, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Artworks @ 7th is located at 9128 Bay Avenue in North Beach. For more information, call (410) 288-5278 or visit them online at

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For the holiday weekend, young and old alike are sure to enjoy the Teddy Bear Train display at Tan’s Cycles and Parts, 5th and Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach. Admission is free to view the amazing train town with a patriotic theme and teddy bears galore. Organizers say this year’s set-up is even bigger and better than previous years. Hours on Friday, July 2 are 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010


Join us at Broomes Island for some fun under the sun (and stars)!

Seafood Buffet Every Friday at 5 PM Beginning May 7th $32.95 per person Crab Legs~Steamed Shrimp, Mussels & Clams~Fried Fish, Clam Strips, Oysters Stoney始s Crab Balls Salads & Veggies


Snow Crab Clusters Includes Side Salad & Hush Puppies


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Weekly Entertainment FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS RELAX on The Point LISTEN to the Waterfall ENJOY the Scenic View Check Out Our Full Entertainment Calendar!

070110 Chesapeake Current  

Newspaper serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland.

070110 Chesapeake Current  

Newspaper serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties in Maryland.