May 20, 2010
Serving Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties
All Aboard the Trolley Expansion!
Resolution for Sunderland Post Office Drama
Now Three Routes Instead of One Page 12
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Spend an Evening in Paris Close-To-Home Story Page 6
Students Win Big with Plan to Stop Bay Erosion Story Page 20
Chesapeake Beach, Dunkirk, Friendship, Huntingtown, Lothian, North Beach, Owings, Rose Haven, Plum Point, Sunderland, Tracys Landing, and Wayson’s Corner
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Instead of one, you’ll see three Beach Trolleys tooling around Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties this summer. PAGE 12
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Members of the Plum Point Middle School Robotechs Team tell North Beach Town Council about their ideas to save the town’s eroding shoreline at the May council meeting. SEE PAGE 20
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At a dress rehearsal, Abigail Francisco (center, in red and white) poses with students who will appear in Café Parisien May 29 at the Mary D. Harrison Cultural Center in Owings. SEE PAGE 6
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EVENTS Shown with her proud grandma, 8-year-old Samantha Goldsmith of North Beach was the winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest, age 9 and under category.
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BGE Rates Decrease By 8.4 Percent
eginning June 1st, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) recently announced that customers will receive lower utility bills, with rates dropping about 8.4 percent. For a household using 1,000 kilowatt hours and paying $158 a month, the savings will be about $13 for each billing period, or $156 annually. BGE says the rate decrease was made possible because the price it pays for energy to distribute to its customers has gone down. Fuel costs have decreased, but lower usage is also a contributing factor. In responding to BGE’s announcement, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said, “Part of it also has to do with changes we made at the Public Service Commission to smooth out the sort of outrageous increases we saw in the past.” BGE customers have seen their bills skyrocket since rate caps for utilities were removed in 2006. The company says the new lower rates will remain in effect for at least a year.
Other Options for Utility Customers
ews of the BGE rate decrease comes as many people in the Beaches still grimace when they open their bills. The memory of what happened at a crowded meeting with BGE representatives on February 14, 2009 in the Chesapeake Beach Town Hall has not been forgotten. More than 250 angry BGE customers attended that meeting, with 116 taking to the podium to give BGE an earful. Some brought with them winter heating bills for more than $1,000 a month. Some senior citizens cried, saying they were making choices between food and heat. Others had turn-off notices and said they did not know what they were going to do to keep their power on. According to residents, more than a year later, their bills remain considerably higher compared with what friends and relatives in other areas pay. This spring, at a Town Hall meeting held by Delegate Sue Kullen (D-Calvert) at the North Beach Fire Station, she said residents continue to express concerns about their BGE bills. And, she said she is still upset over BGE’s condescending treatment of her constituents at that 2009 meeting. As Kullen puts it, “They sent a B-team with a PowerPoint presentation on ways to winterize your home and conserve energy, and we almost had a riot.” It’s not widely known, but residents do have other options, according to Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller’s office. You can actually choose your own residential electricity supplier and pur-
chase your own power. It takes some effort, but the savings can be substantial. Here’s how it works:
In most cases, your local utility company will still deliver electricity through their equipment to your home and bill you, but you can choose to buy your electricity from another company and compare rates. To evaluate the price being offered by an electricity supplier, you will want to compare the supplier’s rate to the current rate being charged by your electric company. Electric companies in Maryland post their rates for residential customers on their web sites. To find out about the rates offered by electricity suppliers in your area, you’ll need to contact those suppliers directly. The Maryland Public Service Commission maintains a list of licensed electricity suppliers at this web address: http:// webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/SupplierInfo/ searchSupplier.cfm. Advice for Evaluating Offers from Electricity Suppliers Take your time to check out offers. You may receive offers from electricity suppliers through direct mail, telemarketing, advertising, and over the Internet. Read offers carefully and ask the supplier questions. You may have to commit to a fixed-term contract when you sign up with an
Update on Old Sunderland Post Office Property Controversial Case May Soon Close
istrict Court officials in Prince Frederick say the owners of the property where the former Sunderland Post Office was located failed to show up in court earlier this month, opening the way for Calvert County officials to step in and clean up the lot. Owners Jonathon and Hannah Litton, whose current address is listed as Santa Barbara, California, were fined $500 and ordered to remove stockpiles and storage materials from their land at 6401 N. Southern Maryland Boulevard in Sunderland within 30 days of the court action, dated May 4, 2010. If they fail to do so, the order says the defendants will be fined $250 a day until they come into compliance. The fine may be reduced if the defendants show proof they’ve cleaned it up. If they don’t within the 30-day period, the County will give notice to the defendants, then clean it up for them. The court order also allows the County to inspect the property at any time. The Chesapeake Current uncovered these
new developments while following up on an inquiry from a reader of our first issue. The case has been lingering for years, and taken many bizarre twists and turns since the county started actions to force clean up the property after the post office closed in 2007. In 2008, Curtis Litton, whose address was listed as Dunkirk, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and entered an Alford plea (denying the charges, but admitting there is evidence for a conviction) for another charge. He was originally charged with stalking Calvert County Commissioner Linda Kelley (R) and sending a package with a dead vulture’s head and feet inside to County Commissioner Jerry Clark (R). The package was intercepted at the Huntingtown Post Office before it reached Clark., and officials say it had Litton’s fingerprints on it. Litton was suspected of putting trash and roofing nails in Kelley’s driveway. In one of the batches of garbage, a letter addressed to Litton was discovered, according to investigators. A threatening letter was also sent to the Board of Calvert County Commissioners with a newspaper story about an incident in February, 2008 in a city hall in Missouri in which a man shot and killed three city officials, two police officers, then himself. Litton was never charged with sending that letter, although official documents have suggested a possible link with this case.
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electricity supplier. Therefore, be sure you like the terms of the offer. Here are some suggested questions to ask a supplier: Is the energy price fixed or can it fluctuate month to month? Does it vary by amount used or time of use? What is the length of the contract? Is there an early termination fee or a switching fee if you switch to another supplier before the contract period is over? How much notice is required to switch suppliers? Will the contract automatically renew at the end of the term? How much notice must you give if you don’t wish to renew? How is the electricity generated - coal, gas, nuclear, hydro, etc.? What percentage of the fuel source is renewable, and what are the emissions levels? Is there a deposit or sign-on fee? A fee for late payments? Any other fees? Will you be billed by the supplier or by the electric company? Will you receive two separate bills or one combined bill? Although it requires considerable effort on your part, the savings can be significant, so officials say it is worthwhile for you to know your rights and investigate your options.
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Speak Your Mind on North Beach Flooding
Calvert Earns Strong Bond Ratings
hree independent credit rating agencies are giving Calvert County strong credit ratings. Moody’s Investor Service increased its rating for Calvert County from Aa2 to Aa1 and Fitch Ratings increased its rating from AA+ to AAA. The county’s rating from Standard and Poor’s Ratings Services remains at AA+ while the agency revised its outlook on the county’s outstanding debt from stable to positive. The ratings are assigned to Calvert County’s 2010 issue of consolidated public improvement bonds totaling $21.3 million. The ratings also follow presentations in April made to the rating agencies in New York City by several commissioners and county staffers. Strong bond ratings typically ensure lower interest rates
The Town of North Beach is seeking input from residents on a $120,000 Community Development Block Grant it’s applying for to deal with the on-going flooding problems at 5th and Bay Avenue. The basis of the grant is urgent need, with no displacement. Treasurer JoAnne Hunt is urging residents to write letters of support. They can be delivered to the Town Hall Trailer at 5th and Bay, or snail mailed to The Town of North Beach, P.O. Box 99, North Beach, MD 20714. The outfall project includes two phases to install a new, high-efficiency water pump, and higher berms to remedy flooding.
EPA Releases Strategy To Clean Up Chesapeake Bay
new strategy released by the federal government last week outlines stringent measures to help preserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed nearly one year after President Obama issued an executive order directing action to clean it up. The strategy issued by the Environmental Protection Agency calls for rigorous rules to reduce pollution and improve water quality by enforcing agricultural conservation practices on 4 million acres worth of farms. The plan also calls for federally pro-
Beach Attendants on the Watch
In an effort to cut down on graffiti, vandalism, and problems with loitering young people along the boardwalk, the Town of North Beach is adding a new shift and expanding the hours of its Beach Attendants. Beginning May 21, a late night weekend shift from 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. will be added with staff on duty throughout the month of June. Beach attendant shifts will be extended from 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. every night through July and August in response to resident complaints.
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on county bond issues, resulting in lower financing costs and substantial savings of taxpayer dollars. This held true on May 11 as the board of county commissioners voted to accept bids on the 2010 bond issue for a total true interest rate of 2.66 percent. A percentage of the bond proceeds will refund a portion of the county’s 2002 bonds and will result in the county saving more than $250,000 in interest. The remaining proceeds will fund the construction of the new Calvert Middle School and the Marley Run wastewater treatment plant, renovation of the county’s work release facility and transportation projects including work on Boyd’s Turn Road in Owings, Fairground Road, and the Prince Frederick Loop Road.
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tecting 2 million additional acres of watershed land and restoring native oyster populations in 20 tributaries of the Chesapeake. Federal agencies will also institute two-year “milestones” across the six-state region that surrounds the Chesapeake Bay, the plan states, to ensure continued efforts toward meeting strict goals. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said in a statement that his administration welcomed the federal strategy but said the state has already taken measures to clean up the bay by restricting crab harvests, pushing for expansion of oyster sanctuaries and passing more stringent requirements on storm water management systems for developments. “The next critical task is to integrate programming with federal, state, local and grassroots organizations, targeting resources and personnel to the same geographic levels,” O’Malley said. “Collectively, we can avoid creating new federal programs by enhancing existing state, local and grassroots actions that are well-suited to meet the goals of this ambitious strategy.” The announcement from the Obama Administration comes one day after the Chesapeake Bay Foundation won a lawsuit in federal court against the EPA, essentially forcing the agency to enforce provisions of the Clean Water Act. Officials with the foundation said that the EPA had the authority to enact strict pollution controls but had not done so in recent years. Sue Veith, environmental planner
for St. Mary’s County, said that the latest strategy shows a marked shift in the federal government’s level of involvement in turning around the situation for the bay. “They’ve gone from voluntary to regulatory,” Veith said, explaining that the EPA had traditionally gotten voluntary commitments from local jurisdictions to make improvements. Now the federal government was going to hold them to it. “The jurisdictions made these voluntary commitments and they didn’t meet them,” Veith said. “What the federal government is saying is ‘We are no longer going to allow you to slide on the commitments you’ve made.” Veith said that under the Clean Water Act, the EPA could take actions like stopping development, which has been linked to increased nutrients and sediment in local waterways, until water quality improved. While the EPA had never taken such action before, she said, they probably will now. According to the EPA, the federal government will now establish a maximum daily load for pollutants going into the bay and will expand rules governing storm water management flows. The plan also calls for closer controls on animal feeding operations that are believed to contribute to pollution in storm BY GUY LEONARD (CT) info@somdrunoff. publishing.net
No Breezy Point “Blast-Off”
he annual Breezy Point Beach “Blast-Off” event scheduled for May 22 and hosted by the Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation is being canceled this year due to ongoing construction work associated with upgrades to the campgrounds. The construction work to upgrade campground electric service and plumbing has impacted parking areas at the countyowned facility, hampering the ability to accommodate the crowds usually associated with the annual season-opening event. Breezy Point Beach and Campground
remains open to visitors daily from 6:00 a.m to dusk through October 31. The onehalf-mile long beach on the Chesapeake Bay features a netted swimming area along with a pier for fishing and crabbing. The campground offers seasonal and daily campsites. On Mondays and Fridays, admission fees for Calvert County residents are reduced to $1 each after 5:00 p.m. For more information on Breezy Point Beach and Campground, contact the Calvert County Division of Parks and Recreation at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2225.
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alvert County Sheriff Mike Evans confirmed that sexually explicit e-mails found in the county’s e-mail system more than two months ago were forwarded by a dozen of his deputies, and that the discipline they received ranged from being suspended to losing vacation time. “Sometimes things happen without us knowing about it but when we find out about it action is taken to discourage inappropriate behavior,” Evans told The Southern Calvert Gazette, adding that he considered the forwarding of the sexually explicit material a serious violation of agency policy. One deputy, who Evans declined to name, who was the first deputy to forward the inappropriate e-mails to other deputies, received a two-week suspension without pay. The other 11 deputies involved had 40 hours of leave taken from them, he said. Emanuel Demedis, county attorney, said that eight additional county employees were disciplined as a result of forwarding the e-mails, but he declined to say in which departments the illicit e-mails were found. County Administrator Terry Shannon said that the e-mail was found by
information technology specialists trying to get the county’s messaging system working again. “It caused the system to be very slow,” Shannon said, adding that it was a large e-mail file of inappropriate material. County spokesman Mark Volland said that the emails were found in early March and the subsequent investigation led to the employee discipline. County officials would not release information about when the discipline was initiated, sighting county policy regarding confidentiality of personnel information. The eight additional county employees each received one-week suspensions without pay, Shannon said. The incident occurred in one day, she said, and the illicit e-mail originated from outside the county government. Recently the county’s public safety director Robert Brady resigned, but county officials did not say whether his resignation resulted from the investigation over the inappropriate emails. “He just [tendered] his resignation; he didn’t say why,” said County Commissioner Jerry Clark (R-Lusby). BY
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have recently been asked if Calvert County is raising property taxes by 4.1%. The question arises from an ad that the commissioners had to publish in local newspapers. The quick answer is a resounding NO. Calvert County’s property tax rate remains at $ .892 per hundred dollars of valuation and has since 1987. Absent a tax rate reduction to achieve constant yield, the state mandates that we run the ad, as well as its size, wording and font is dictated by the State. The ad is misleading because it refers to the “constant yield” which is not a commonly used term, implying that taxes are about to be raised by 4.1 percent. This is not the case. Constant Yield: This term refers to the amount of tax collected in a fiscal year, comparing one year to the next. If the “yield” from tax collection (or the amount collected) is the same one-year to the next, then the amount collected (yield) is level or “constant.” The total value of property on which tax is collected normally increases from one year to the next. Even though the tax rate is unchanged, the total amount of tax collection will increase with new growth added to the tax base. This is not
“constant yield” because the amount collected is more than the previous year. The tax rate would have to be cut in order to achieve a “constant yield.” New houses, new businesses and new development, including business expansion, require county services including public safety, education, planning and zoning, recreation, general services, economic development, personnel, community development, public works, technology and finance. Additionally, there are increases in expenses that the County has little or no control over such as insurances and cost of utilities. Going to a constant yield scenario would result in a loss of services provided to County residents. If the value of a property increases, the tax increases. If the value of a property decreases, a commensurate decrease in property tax will occur; the timing of which could depend on the property owner’s homestead credit. The property values are determined by a State property assessment, which occurs every three years, on a rotating basis in each of the three Calvert County election Districts. Any statement that the Board of County Commissioners is raising taxes is inaccurate. Rather, we are continuing to practice sound fiscal management and making wise use of your tax dollars.
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Events for Senior Citizens All programs and events are through the North Beach Senior Citizen’s Center at 9010 Chesapeake Avenue in North Beach. For questions and more information, call (410) 257-2549.
Gourd Birdhouse Crafts
Thursday, May 20 @ 10:30 a.m.
Watch with delight as your feathered friends build their nest in your newly crafted gourd birdhouse. Gourds will be pre-cleaned and ready for your final touches. Payment is required at sign-up. Fee: $12 Pizza and A Movie
Friday, May 21 @ 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the morning with a movie on the big screen followed with Papa John’s Pizza for lunch. Accommodations have been made for better sound. Donations are encouraged.
Charles County Spring Show Troupe Monday, May 24 @ 11:00 a.m.
The Troupe is performing a spring variety show. This is a free event and seating will be limited, so please sign-up early.
Fishing Social at Kings Landing Wednesday, May 26 @ 9:00 a.m.
Bring your own bait and tackle. Must have a license to fish. There will be a $5.00 cost for lunch.
Dolly and Me Tea
Thursday, May 27 @ 4:00 p.m. Bring your favorite doll for an afternoon of tea and goodies with the girls from the Bayside Boys and Girls Club. Bring your granddaughters for this special event.
Fabulous As We Mature
Friday, May 28 @ 10:30 a.m. Learn how nutrition, exercise, stress and attitude can affect our aging processes.
Girls Night Out - Jewels on the Bay
Thursday, June 3 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
It is jewels on the bay time! Enjoy an evening with girlfriends while participating in the jewelry swap and various girlfriend games. Bring two gently used pieces of jewelry to swap. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Café Parisien: A Close-to-Home Evening In Paris
magine going back in time to Paris in the 1890’s through the 1930’s. It’s a lush and sultry time in the ominate a eautiful erson city. Now, step inside a quaint Calvert County is currently accepting nominations for this French cafe, where there’s year’s “You are Beautiful” volunteer awards. so much going on behind the This project recognizes individuals whose volunteer ser- scenes! vice improves the quality of life for Calvert County citizens and Abigail Francisco School visitors. Nomination forms are available online by visiting www. of Classical Ballet will take ecalvert.com or by calling the Department of Economic Develop- you to Café Parisien in all its ment at (410) 535-4583. glory on May 29 at 7:00 p.m. Completed nomination forms should be returned to “Calvert at the Mary M. Harrison CulYou Are Beautiful” c/o Tammy Loveless, Department of Eco- tural Center beside Northern nomic Development, Courthouse, Prince Frederick, Maryland High School on Chaneyville 20678. Road in Owings. It’s an auApplications must be postmarked or hand delivered to the thentic and lovely production Department of Economic Development by July 23, 2010. with something for everyone. All Calvert County nominees will be honored at a local What you’ll see are inawards ceremony sponsored by the Board of County Commis- tense jewel tones, bright passioners in fall 2010. One “special” nominee will be chosen as the tels, colorful backdrops, lots volunteer of the year. of feathers and amazingly professional performances, even elief for tlantic ve arking oes though most of the performers are the young daughters and Twelve waterfront homes along the North Beach boardwalk sons of your neighbors and are landlocked without off-street parking. North Beach Mayor MiAt a dress rehearsal, Abigail Francisco (center, in red and white) poses with students who will friends. appear in Café Parisien May 29 at the Mary D. Harrison Cultural Center in Owings. chael Bojokles and Town Council have been working on a solution “I’m most excited about with the residents for some time, and at May’s council meeting, anthe costumes and the finale,” also the owner and artistic director of Montgomery nounced a plan they say residents are pleased about. says David Reesman of Washington DC, an interior School of the Ballet in Silver Spring, MD. These homeowners would be issued special parking passes that designer whose work has been featured on HGTV and “Most people have no idea how much it costs to reserve parking spaces for them on 7th Street. The reserved resident is the creative director working with Abigail Francisco put on a production like this,” Abigail told a group of parking zone will be clearly marked on the curb and non-residents on this show. “It’s my interpretation of the classical core supporters at her studio earlier this month. “Just without the special passes can be ticketed and/or towed. Gaite Parisienne, a ballet set in a French café.” one show like this costs between $18,000 - $25,000, A first reading on the ordinance to modify the town’s parking Here’s the setting: Café Tortoni attracts all lev- which is why we need community support. There’s so plan to allow for this special parking zone was given on May 13. els of society, from upper-class much that goes into a production, and although we’re aristocrats, high-society ladies, so proud to bring professional ballet to this area, we as well as a lower-class flower girl need your help to keep making it possible.” and professional can-can dancers. Renting the Mary Harrison Cultural Center is the In comes a Peruvian carpetbag- primary expense. The facility cost alone is $5,000 ger, loaded with jewels, hoping to $7,000. A one million dollar insurance policy is remake his fortune in Paris. quired by Calvert County and lighting rental can cost “It’s a very different ballet up to $2,500 extra, with the image of the Eiffel Tower Since 1968 for me,” says Abigail Francisco, used in one scene at considerable expense. In addition Celebrating over 40 years of serving your art and framing needs! the grand dame who has owned to the sets, props and scenery, the technical crew rangOriginal Oil Paintings • Custom Picture Framing her own dance studio in North es from $3,500 - $4,500. And the costs for printing the Beach since 1986. Swan Lake, keepsake program are expensive as well. Limited Edition Prints Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker The authentic dresses used for the Can-Can num“I’m into the classical ballets - ber are about $400 each. Feathers and boas are not those are more my style. But I cheap, either, costing around $20 each. love what David has done with “It all adds up so fast when you’re doing a major Café Parisien. It’s very classy and production like this,” Abigail says. “But I’m all about I think everyone will love it.” the details.” Abigail Francisco was born “What we do is so over and above what you can in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil, which imagine for a local show and makes the experience explains her lingering accent. well worth it, “ Abigail adds. “And we’re always so She was the only girl in a fam- proud to do this for the community. All the students ily of five, and when she became and parents are so amazed. We just want everyone else pigeon-toed, her mother enrolled in the area to enjoy the experience as well. We know her in dance classes in hopes of you will enjoy it!” correcting the problem, which worked. Café Parisien features beautiful, professional ballet performances along with Her brother came to the lavish sets and costumes. U.S. and lured young Abigail to follow. Before finally settling in North Beach, she By Paul McGehee studied at the Washington “Old Ocean City, Boardwalk Memories” School of Ballet. She also danced and taught at the Contemporary Ballet Com10366 Southern Maryland Blvd. • Dunkirk, MD 20754 pany of Washington. Later, Abigail founded her own 410.257.6616 dance company in Calvert Chesapeake 301.855.4515 Monday - Friday 10 - 6 • Saturday 10 - 4:30 County—The Ballet Company. She was
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elected by Delegates and Senators, Democrats and Republicans. It was quite an honor for me. I was determined to create success for the caucus and put my planning and consulting knowledge to work. We voted on four top priorities: Woman’s Health, Domestic Violence, Marriage Brokerage, and the Developmental Disabilities Waiting List. We selected issues that are important to women and families in Maryland. We outlined our goals Delegate Sue Kullen at a fall retreat and strategized the entire year on how to accomplish our District 27B Northern Calvert four priorities. I worked a lot behind the scenes to meet with leadership aryland has the distinction of forming the first women’s cau- and advocacy groups to ensure that peocus in the nation. It was es- ple were clear on what we defined as suctablished in 1972 and at that time, three cess. I am happy to report that we were women served in the Maryland General successful in all four of our endeavors. Assembly. Today we are 58 strong and We were successful in passing six pieces represent 31% of the Maryland General of legislation achieving three of the priAssembly. We are ranked 10th in the orities and agreed on a clear way forward nation as the highest percentage of fe- with the administration in resolving the male representation in a State Legisla- waiting list issue. It will take our contive body. New Hampshire is the highest tinued involvement and several years of at 37%, South Carolina is the lowest at progress in order for families to feel relief but establishing a way forward was 10%. I am proud to be the first woman to the biggest hurdle. My reward was to be elected to represent Calvert County in Annapolis. When I was appointed in 2004, I hoisted serve an unprecedented second term as Maryland to the number one spot for the President! So I start the cycle again. highest percentage. At that time we were Our caucus already voted for our priori39%. After several deaths and several ties for next year and agreed that we will lost races we quietly slipped to 10th. I do be working on another Women’s Health not anticipate us taking over, but women issue, curbing unintended pregnancies, represent 52% of the population yet hold improving Mental Health Services, imless than 25% of elected offices. I visit proving Juvenile Services for girls, and a lot of schools and Girl Scout troops curbing infant mortality rates in Maryand am not shy in my encouragement land. We have our work cut out for us. It is a pleasure to serve with women for more women to consider getting into who are so outcome oriented and are politics. A lot of people ask me why I got into willing to tackle hard problems. When politics. I think my answer surprises we work together there is nothing that we many. I never imagined or aimed for a cannot do. I will end by encouraging any womcareer in politics. I just simply got mad. So when the Tea Party people convene an reading this to think about running and march on Washington I can relate to for elected office. We may not have been the anger. I, like many people, led a very raised to think that we could be good at busy life and never really paid attention politics but we have experience working to politics. My husband and I run a cot- together, balancing budgets, juggling a tage rental business in Port Republic and career, raising families, solving probI run a very successful consulting busi- lems, and getting along. This is more ness that had me traveling around the valuable than any degree in political country and Canada doing best practice science! consulting in the field of developmental For more information about the disabilities. Women Legislators of Maryland you can When I did pay attention, I was quite surprised by my choices for office. I was go to www.womenlegislatorsmd.org. disillusioned that not many women were It is a pleasure for me to represent running for public office, especially for Calvert County in the Maryland General higher offices. It is not that I think women do politics better, but I believe that Assembly! women do politics differently. It is more Sue Kullen of a “roll up the sleeves, common sense Delegate 27B problem solving” approach that sets us apart. Generally, women are not afraid to Please contact my Annapolis office ask questions or seek more information. This past year I had the honor of be- at 410.841.3231 or e-mail me at sue.kuling elected to serve as the President of the email@example.com if I can ever help Women Legislators of Maryland. I was or answer any questions.
Water Park Marks 15th Year Anniversary!
By Marilyn VanWagner
It’s hard to believe the Chesapeake Beach Water Park has been a splashing good time for 15 years! At the park, crews are getting it cleaned up and freshly painted for this landmark season. It remains one of the nicest facilities of its kind in the area where families can relax while floating around the lazy river, work out in the lap pool, or take an exciting ride down our High View Plunge. For younger children, playing in Buccaneer’s Beach area is great fun. Check out the snack bar, and the store for swim necessities and souvenirs. It’s a place where you can create fun and lasting memories with your family. Ever-popular swim lessons are being offered again this year for all ages. We even host birthday parties. For more information, call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at (410) 257-2230 or the Water
Park at (410) 257-1404. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park opens for weekends beginning May 29 for Memorial Day Weekend, and then is open daily beginning June 21st. The Water Park staff is looking forward to seeing you and your family this 2010 season! Marilyn VanWagner is General Manager of the Chesapeake Beach Water Park.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
“Click It or Ticket” Enforcement Underway
ot wearing a seat belt when you drive? Better think about buckling up or you could get a heft ticket. The Anne Arundel County Police Department is joining the Maryland Highway Safety Office and other law enforcement agencies in renewing a pledge to save lives through the 2010 “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. The campaign, which is being conducted through the month of May, intensifies seat belt enforcement around the clock. Despite Maryland having one of the highest safety belt use rates in the nation at 94 percent, it is estimated that more lives could be saved every year if all motorists buckled up on every single trip. In 2009, the Maryland Highway Safety Office reported that seatbelt use in Anne Arundel County was only 90 % for the operators of pick-up trucks and SUV’s as compared to 96 % for passenger vehicle operators. Crash data also indicates that seatbelt use drops during nighttime hours. And, a significant number of drivers and passengers who died in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seatbelts. In 2008, 41 % of drivers and 44 % of pas-
sengers killed in motor vehicle crashes in Maryland were not wearing seatbelts. In addition to the use of seatbelts, child safety seats and booster seats are required for a child under the age of eight unless the child is at least 4 feet 9 inches tall or weighs more than 65 pounds. A child under the age of 16 must be in a child safety seat or seatbelt. In 2008, children under the age of 16 accounted for 12.6 % of all passenger fatalities and were involved in approximately 17,000 crashes (31 % of all crashes) reinforcing the necessity of child restraint devices. In an effort to reduce the severity of injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Maryland Highway Safety Office have encouraged law enforcement agencies across the country to increase education and enforcement efforts during the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Officers will be stepping up enforcement efforts during the campaign, which will be conducted during the month of May with an emphasis on trucks/SUV’s, nighttime hours and child safety seat violations.
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The Town of North Beach’s annual National Night Out celebration includes scores of first responder vehicles. Residents and their children are invited to look inside and ask questions.
Calling All Communities For National Night Out
as your community or HOA ever participated in National Night Out? If not, now is your chance to register for this year’s event. National Night Out 2010 will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 3. As the agency coordinating the event, the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (CAASA) is extending an invitation to all Calvert County communities to participate. It’s estimated that more than 9,400 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world participate in this night of crime prevention. In 2009, 15 communities from Calvert County participated. North Beach has hosted one of the most active National Night Out events for three straight years. For more information or to participate, contact North Beach Council Person Jane Hagen at email@example.com. “National Night Out provides the opportunity for residents throughout Calvert County to meet their neighbors and local safety personnel,’ said CAASA Coordinator Candice D’Agostino, adding that the event sends “a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.” Registered communities receive an advertising banner, volunteer t-shirts, hats, and an assortment of giveaway items to make their event a success. Registration forms can be obtained from the CAASA Office. National Night Out is designed to: • Heighten crime and drug
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prevention awareness; • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; and • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Many Calvert County communities have participated in National Night Out over the years, D’Agostino said. They include: Apple Greene, Broomes Island, Calvertowne, Carroll Western Church, Chapline Place, Chesapeake Ranch Estate/Drum Point, Chesapeake Lighthouse, Dares Beach, Calvert Beach/Long Beach, Kenwood Beach, Lake Ridge, Oakmont Manor, Patuxent View, Prince Frederick Senior Apts., Prince Frederick Village Apts., Silverwood, St. Nicholas Lutheran Church (Plum Point Road), Town of North Beach, and White Sands. BY SEAN RICE (SCG) firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information or to obtain a registration form, please contact the CAASA office at 410-535-3733. (note: 2 great photos from North Beach’s previous NNO) Parents attending National Night Out in North Beach can have their children fingerprinted in an official kit recognized by police agencies. These fingerprinting kits are designed to help locate children more quickly in the event they would ever go missing.
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Big Rockfish Are Moving Out, Now What? without hooks. You can also rig the these areas at a fast trolling speed unBy Bob Munro same umbrella with two 6 inch Storm til you see them on your fishfinder -ost of the big rockfish or Shads instead of bucktails -- at least un- they’ll look like a mound right on the bottom. Then slowly and quietly posistripers are well on their way til the bluefish arrive next month. Bottom fishing will soon start tion your boat right on top of the fish down the Bay, headed for the ocean where they will spend the for Croakers, mostly at night, and later and drop your fresh crab baits down summer along the coast up as far as on for Spot. In the Maine. Regulations changed May 16 meantime, Big Black to two rockfish 18 inches total length Drum will be here in (squeezed tail) or more per person per a few days, if not alday, only one of which can be over 28 ready. Black Drum inches. While there will be some strip- are the largest gameers around all summer that are over fish to visit the mid30 inches, the majority caught will be Bay area, but they in the 18 to 30 inch range. Later on concentrate in just in June live lining Spot or chumming a few locations and will start as the preferred methods for for only a few weeks catching stripers, but until then most -- basically the last week of May and the boats will continue trolling. Now is the time to downsize troll- first two weeks of ing rigs. For the next few weeks we’ll June. These big fish, have fewer and fewer big fish in our some tipping the Pictured here is Dale Carpenter with a beautiful striper he area, so stow away most of your 9 inch scales upwards of 80 caught May 1. shad-equipped parachutes and buck- pounds, are bottom tails and replace them with smaller feeders that love soft bucktails and 6 inch shad. Two and crabs and peelers. Plan on cutting them among them. If you’re fortunate to get three ounce bucktails with 6 inch shad either in half or in quarters, depending hooked up, better hold on or plan on are good choices. One very popular on size. You’ll need a stout rod and reel swimming -- while they might not have rig is a 20 inch 4 arm umbrella with 2 or a hefty spinning rod and reel. Both much stamina, their initial runs can be bucktail lures on 18 inch leaders behind tackle types have their advantages, but impressive. Remember, many experiopposite “corners” of the umbrella. Re- use monofilament rated at 30 pounds enced anglers have never caught one minimum (I prefer of these bulldogs of the Bay, so release 40 or 50) as the run- any that you don’t plan to eat. ning line, with 50 From the helm of the charter boat pound leader per- Kyran Lynn, Captain Marty Simounet haps 3 feet in length offers the following: “With the troand a 3 ounce sinker phy striped bass season behind us we to get your crab bait are starting to see very good numbers down to the bottom of residential striped bass returning quickly. Some fish- to their summer patterns. We also exermen prefer to use a pect the return of the small baitfish fishfinder rig, which “Spot” to our region in the month of allows the sinker to June, which we will target to use for slide on the running live bait fishing for stripers. Black line. Drum and Croakers should also make Now on to the a showing any day now in the James / Bob Miller found out last May just how impressive these levia- hardest part of drum Sharps Island areas and the preferred thans can be --this one was over 60 pounds. fishing in our area bait would be softshell crabs fished on -- finding them! The the bottom.” two most popular areas are 1) near James Island buoy 2 Don’t catch ‘em all member that in Maryland you can have – Bob Munro only “two hooked lures” per rod, so along the edge up to buoy 4 in 16- 20 rig the umbrella arms with 6 inch shad feet of water, and 2) “Stone Rock” near Sharps Island Light. Navigate around
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BUSINESS By Lynda Striegel, President, Bay Business Group
ne of the great benefits of buying local is the ability we all have to get to know the local business and the local business owner. In this column and others to come, I want to introduce you to some great members of the Bay Business Group (BBG). Brian “Crow” McDaniel of Crow Entertainment has a passion for being a DJ that has translated into a thriving fulltime & fullservice entertainment company headquartered in Owings. Brian’s business combines a focus on ethical business practices with superb customer service. Just look at the many testimonials on www.CrowEntertainment.com. It’s clear that Crow Entertainment is doing something right. Crow Entertainment has won several awards, including 2010 Bride’s Choice Award, 2010
Buy Local – Buy BBG Knot of Best Weddings award, and the Calvert’s Best People’s Choice award. Crow Entertainment has become the preferred providers of Entertainment services at major local venues such as Herrington on the Bay, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, The Hall at Huntingtown, Running Hare Vineyard and others. Brian serves along side ten other talented DJs in his business. Brian is married, and has two children. He also gives back to his business colleagues at the BBG and his community where he was recently appointed an Ethics Commissioner in North Beach. Brian also enjoys serving in the entertainment ministry at Chesapeake Church. The next time you have a party, wedding, school or corporate event, we hope you will consider Crow Entertainment. After spending eleven years at home raising her children, Beth Guididas and her husband began a search for a business that would be the right fit for them. They looked for a family business, located close to home, that would provide a valuable service to the community and
found it in The UPS Store. As Beth puts it, “both my husband and I knew that going into business with UPS was going into business with a first rate organization and well-respected brand.” The match between expectations and reality has been an excellent one. Beth’s The UPS Store location at Town Center Blvd. in Dunkirk, has been the leader in customer service and satisfaction since her first year of operation. Of the 82 stores in Maryland, her store has surpassed them all in customer surveys and “secret shopper” visits, scoring an average of 98%. Beth has shipped everything from ancient Chinese furniture (to South Africa, actually) to vintage artwork and automobile exhaust systems. But, The UPS Store is more than shipping. Beth offers online printing and professional finish binding, private mailboxes, office supplies, in short everything to help the small business as well as the private customer. But, it’s her personal service that makes the difference. “My customers want personal attention from the person in charge” she says.
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By Gary Dzurec Member Calvert County Chamber of Commerce
“They know that they’ll get that at The UPS Store.” “Our promise to our customers is that they will get what they want at a fair price and without worry.” The UPS Store is your “get it all done in one place at one time and get it off your list” place. Next time you want anything copied, packaged or shipped, give look up Beth at the UPS Store. Brian and Beth are typical of the exciting and innovative members of the BBG. These are local businesses and business owners you can count on. Keep your money in your community by patronizing your local businesses. Look for the “Buy Local-Buy BBG” decals on the storefronts of your BBG partners for the best in personal service and quality products.
hat if three independently owned stores in a town like North Beach went out of business? What would people miss? Say one of these businesses was a restaurant like Thursday’s Bar & Grill or Neptune’s Seafood Pub. Where would local families looking for good food at reasonable prices go to eat out? What if Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar didn’t exist? Where would people strolling on the boardwalk get their favorite lattes? Where would brides having weddings at Herringtonon-the-Bay get their wedding cakes? What if Lighthouse Marketplace was out of business? Where would beachgoers get sunscreen, a pair of f lip-f lops or a beach towel? These a just a few of the 33 brick & mortar businesses in the Town of North Beach that have joined together to form the North Beach Loop, a merchant association dedicated to supporting local independently owned businesses. The Loop is active in a national program for saving local economies, called The 3/50 Project, founded by Cinda Baxter (the350project. net). Think about which three independently owned stores you would miss the most if they were gone. If just half the employed population spent $50 each month in independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,700,000 in revenue. Some other numbers to think about: For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and
other expenditures. In a national chain, only $43 stays local. With online purchases, nothing comes home to the local community. While national chains and web-based businesses are popular, communities certainly don’t experience from them the same benefits that local, independently owned businesses provide: convenience (less driving & traffic), location (businesses in the Loop are all within walking distance of the boardwalk), support for community groups (e. g., Bayside Boys & Girls Club, Hospice, House & Garden Club) and preservation of the unique character of the Town of North Beach. How many shoppers know personally the manager of the nearest Wal-Mart, Safeway or Starbucks? Patrons of the Loop businesses have that “part of the family” feeling due to the small town atmosphere, personable service and owner involvement. Drop into one of our businesses today and you too can be “part of the family.” Help keep our local businesses around for a long time. Check out the Loop businesses and events at www.northbeachloop.org. About the Author: Gary Dzurac and his wife, Sue, own Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop & Coffee Bar next to the Post Office in North Beach.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
New Executive Director at Arts Council
Pat Carpenter Photo by Robert Tinari
he Arts Council of Calvert Countyís new Executive Director is Pat Carpenter of Chesapeake Beach. What I bring is a solid fundraising background, so one of my goals is to expand funding to help even more artists in the future,î says Carpenter. ìOf course, I also want to continue to help build and grow the successful programs already in place.î Last year, the organization awarded a total of $7,000 in grants, and this year, the amount is increasing to over $25,000. There were 51 applications this year from 21 different schools and 34 different teachers. The Art Council of Calvert County sponsors summer art camps, including a new one being planned in Huntingtown. Its CalvART Gallery features 28 local artists, and also showcases budding talent from its Young Artist Program. An open house to meet Pat Carpenter will be held on Tuesday, May 25 from 3:00 p.m. ñ 7:00 p.m. at the CalvART Gallery, 110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick. For more information, call 41-257-7005.
Chesapeake Current Business Calendar Build your business through networking at these local business events: Calvert County Chamber of Commerce’s BOB (Business Over Breakfast) Wednesday, May 26 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Show Place Arena and held at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott in Prince Frederick Would you like to learn about Windows® 7? Join The Calvert County Chamber of Commerce for a special free presentation on Microsoft® Community Connections, a new national initiative powered by the Microsoft Local Engagement Team. It’s designed to help bring awareness of Windows® 7 to local non-profit business community organizations, business associations, and diversity groups. As an attendee of this event, you may be eligible to receive a special offer from Microsoft®. By connecting locally with businesses and technology partners, Microsoft® Community Connections is helping to stimulate local business growth. *This is a free event for chamber members, but reservations are required and no walk-ins will be accepted. Space is limited. RSVP ASAP to the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce at 410-535-2577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Continental breakfast provided by DuPaul’s Catering. Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) Networking Breakfast Friday, June 4 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Location: Herrington on the Bay Catering 7149 Lake Shore Drive Rose Haven, MD 20714 Are you aware of the tax breaks, benefits and incentives for small businesses resulting from recent legislation? Probably not! IRS Stakeholder Division Representative Rhonda Brown will share vital information about several new business provisions enacted by Congress recently that are aimed at helping small businesses during this time of economic hardship. Taking advantage of these provisions can cut taxes and save money for many small business owners. Ms. Brown will discuss the tax cuts you can receive from hiring new workers, raising wages, paying employee healthcare premiums and more. Additionally, she will discuss several valuable small business resources and provide an array of beneficial small business products for attendees. Cost: $10.00 for SAACC members; $15.00 for non-members. Please RSVP by May 28th to attend. Call (410) 867-3129 or email email@example.com Southern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce (SAACC) Business After Hours Mixer Monday, June 14 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Galesville Heritage Society Location: 988 Main Street Galesville, MD 20765 Cost: $10.00 for SAACC members; $20.00 for nonmembers. Please RSVP by June 11th to attend. Call (410) 867-3129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Bay Business Group Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 16 7:00 p.m. Friday’s Creek Winery, 3485 Chaneyville Road, Owings MD The Bay Business Group meets the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Stephanie Crosby at email@example.com or visit their web site at www.baybusinessgroup.org.
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BUSINESS SAACC Member Wins Award
nne Arundel County Public Schools has presented Reilly Benefits, Inc. of Churchton with its Business Partner of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes two businesses whose contributions to the public school system help enhance the educational experience for students and families. Reilly Benefits won the small business award (fewer than 50 employees) while Northrup Grumman was presented with the large business award. Reilly Benefits most recently completed a collaborative, fouryear project with the school system to design and build a Career and College Resource Center at Southern High School. Its goal is to provide students and families with opportunities to harness the power of technology as a tool to prepare paths for success after graduation. Reilly Benefits is committed to making a difference at their local high school, and the good they’ve done will influence student life choices for a a long time in the future, according to Marilyn Harmon, Signature Program Coordinator for Southern High School. This was the second consecutive year that Reilly Benefits was nominated for the award.
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Third Year, Three Trolleys Beach Trolley expands for tourist season
nstead of one, you’ll see three Beach Trolleys tooling around Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties this summer. “We’re excited about our expansion this year from one trolley to three and our expanded route, which will
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now service Dunkirk,” said Bob Carpenter of Chesapeake Beach, president of the Beach Trolley Association, or BTA. “Over the past two seasons, our riders have spoken and we are responding. In addition to our three trolleys, we have cut the loop time of each route to just one hour.” The Beach loop will operate from the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum to Herrington on the Bay (Herrington Harbour South), while the Anne Arundel loop will run from Herrington on the Bay to Skipper’s Pier in Deale. The new Dunkirk loop will run from the Chesapeake
Beach Railway Museum to Dunkirk, with stops at Walmart, Giant, and Safeway. The Beach loop will meet up with riders coming from both the Dunkirk area at the Railway Museum and those riders coming from Anne Arundel County. It will run a smaller trolley between Chesapeake Beach and North Beach than the other routes. In 2008 and 2009, there was only one trolley that made a two-hour loop from Chesapeake Beach to Deale. Around 6,000 people have ridden the trolley each year since its inception. The idea of expanding to Dunkirk shifted into higher gear last year when the Beach Business Group and the Calvert Business Alliance, representing Dunkirk-area businesses, merged to form the Bay Business Group. “Gary Armstrong (of Heavenly Chicken and Ribs) and Nick Garrett (of Garrett Music Academy) are the driving forces,” Carpenter says. “They were the ones who really pushed us to give the Dunkirk trolley a shot.” The turnkey trolley service is provided to the BTA by the Virginia Transit Authority, which provides a vehicle, driver, insurance, and a mailing service for a flat fee of around $30,000. The expansion to three trolleys triples the cost to about $90,000 this year. The fare of 25 cents each way per rider does not begin to cover the costs. The trolley relies on support from sponsors, advertisers, and contributions. “I hate to single out anyone because they are all important,” Carpenter says. “But we could not have gotten it off the ground without the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Herrington Harbor, and the Towns of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach. The business community wanted it and has supported it all along. And in spite of the economy, support is strong.” “Our goal is to keep the fare low to make it affordable and fun for everyone. A young person can ride the trolley to the beach or the water park. I’ve seen groups of senior citizens ride it to enjoy the scenery, go to the farmer’s market or the drug store, or to a restaurant for dinner. It beats driving, and it’s part of the small-town charm we have here,” says Carpenter. As for the future, Carpenter is taking a wait and see attitude. “The expansion is an experiment,” says Carpenter. “Each year we learn more, adjust
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more, and come up with improved routes. We’ll see how it goes.” As for what’s down the road for the Beach Trolley, Carpenter says, “We don’t want to get into mass transit and we don’t want to lose our small-town feel. For the future, what we are looking into is applying for transportation and tourism grants to help with funding.” You can access Beach Trolley routes online at www. beachtrolleyassociation.org. Contributions can be sent to the BTA, P.O. Box 714, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732. Look for copies of the Chesapeake Current this summer on the trolleys to find out what’s happening in the area.
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Visit the businesses listed below for the best in local products and services: 21st Century New Millennium ABS Accounting American Legion (Post 206) Andre & Associates Arts Council of Calvert County Artworks @ 7th Asset Logistics, LLC At the Bay Healing Arts Center Barstow Acres Counseling & Children's Center Bayside History Museum Bayside Partners, LLC Beach Combers Hair Salon Beauty by the Bay Beauty Salon Business Direct, Inc. Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Calvert County Dept. of Social Services Calvert County Economic Development Calvert Library Twin Beaches Branch Campbell Improvements Career Puppy, Inc. Caribbean Breeze Assisted Living Celebrate! Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa Chesapeake Drug - Owings Chesapeake Highlands Mem. Gardens Chesapeake Pharmacy Coach on Call Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, PA Crow Entertainment Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Kefler, LLC Day Financial Group Design Expo Flooring Erimax Inc. Friday's Creek Winery Garrett Music Academy Heavenly Chicken & Ribs Heron's Rest Guest Cottage Herrington on the Bay Catering Integrity Yacht Sales Kaine Homes Kairos Center of Maryland Kelly's Tree & Lawn Service Legacy Financial Group Life Success Consulting Magnolia Plumbing Mary Kay Cosmetics Mary Lou Too Charter Fishing Northern Calvert Lions Club Not-So-Modern-Jazz-Quartet Nutritious Harmony, LLC Paddle or Peddle Party Creations Pieces-N-Time Antique Clocks Pre-Paid Legal Services RAR Associates Development Corp. Rausch Funeral Home ReMax 100 Beach Realty Rita's - Dunkirk Ritter Architects Rotary Club of Northern Calvert Royalle Dining Services, Inc. Running Hare Vineyard Sisk Auto Body Sisters Corner, LLC Sneade's Ace Home Center Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce State Farm Insurance Striegel & Buchheister Stuff4SaleUSA.com The Inn at Herrington Harbour The UPS Store Town of Chesapeake Beach Town of North Beach Your Mortgage Matters
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What Happened to Summer City?
Here’s how it split from Chesapeake Beach
By Jim Parent
knew that at one time Randle Cliffs or Summer City was a part of the town of Chesapeake beach. What I did not know, until now, was why they are no longer in our jurisdiction. It seems that seventy years ago on May 25, 1940 at a meeting of the Commissioners of Chesapeake Beach, finance committee chairmen Mr. Rector and Commissioner Slaughter reported to the Commission that Randle Cliff had 123 properties with unpaid taxes for 1937 totaling $348.30. Mayor Bedell asked for an “individual expression of opinion on taking steps to eliminate Randle Cliffs from the town limits.” The Commis-
sioners were unanimous in their desire to find a way to rid the town of these freeloaders. In fact, Mr. Rector pointed out that before 1900 no one considered Randle Cliffs a part of the Town of Chesapeake Beach. He then outlined the procedure for cutting off Randle Cliff from the Town. First, secure permission of the bond holders and then hold a referendum of the voters. A motion was moved and passed to take the necessary steps to expel Randle Cliff. During the 1941 session of the Maryland State legislature a Bill was passed changing the boundaries of Chesapeake Beach and included a statement that the Southern limits of Chesapeake Beach are “contiguous with the Northern boundary of the
subdivision know as Randle Cliff beach.” They say that, “time heals all wounds”, and I am sure that holds true for present public opinion in the Town toward our esteemed neighbor to the South. We have open arms to welcome them back home but, of course, they would have to pay their back taxes, with interest.
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About the Author: Dr. James “Jim” Parent was recently named the permanent Chesapeake Beach Town Administrator. The long-time Town Council member and planning commission chair was also principal of Northern High School and later the Calvert Career Center.
Discovering Your Family Tree is a Passion By Joyce Baki
nyone that knows me knows I love family history. I have collected bits and pieces of history about my family for the last twenty years. It started with a school project that was assigned to my daughter, who was supposed to make a list of family members as far back as possible. Easy? Not as easy as you would think. After several calls to family members, we were able to list parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The project became a passion for me. How do you begin your family tree? Start with yourself. List everything you can about you, your parents, your grandparents, your siblings. List all milestones – birthdates, anniversaries, date of death - you may have. What records do you have that support this information? Do you have a family Bible where someone has listed family members? Many of us have a “box” somewhere that has old photos, school or military records, certificates, news clippings, marriage certificates, old wills and deeds. Go through these and make a list.
Talk with family members. Write down questions you want answered. Ask if you can record the conversation. As you talk with people, if someone gives you information that is different than that told to you by someone else, do not contradict. You do not want to close off future discussions. Ask if they have any records that they would be willing to share. My uncle had done a great deal of research which he shared with me. From his records I learned my great-great grandfather had been in the Civil War, and my close proximity to the National Archives allowed me to research military records from the Civil War to learn more about this man. Keep good records. There are basic forms to help you record your genealogy. A Family Group Sheet (FGS) allows you to list a father, mother and their children; with birth, death and marriage dates, the location of those milestones, and the name of a spouse for the children if they married. Where would you find more information? If your family is from the area, begin with your local historical society. You will
find information on local history and the families that have made an impact on that area. The Calvert County Historical Society is located in Prince Frederick, MD. To find more information on the group visit www.calverthistory.org. Visit your state archives. The Maryland Archives (www.msa.gov.us) is a repository for Maryland records including death certificates, court, probate, land and military records. You will also find a large inventory of local newspapers on microfilm, which gives you local news, obituaries, engagement and marriage announcements. Census records not only help you to locate where your ancestors lived, but yields other important information. A typical record will include the head of household, wife, children, age, sex, where they were born and where their parents were born, if they could read and write, their occupations, and if they owned or rented the land on which they were living. Beware, many people could not read or write, so names could be spelled wrong. And there are many stories of census takers that record-
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ed the information improperly. Church records will have lists of parishioners, baptismal, marriage and burial records. Graveyards will sometimes yield birth and death dates. Families were generally buried within a plot, so look to see who else is nearby. It may be a married daughter, or a grandchild. Keep records of when, where, what and why you were researching and if you found anything or not. Whenever possible, make a copy of the original record. There are many ways to store your information – my favorite is Family Tree Maker, however, you will find lots of great products out there. Find one that you like to use. My family tree now has more than 4200 names. We have traced my mom’s line to the 1500’s to a small town on the border of France and Germany. I still struggle with my dad’s line. His family has been in Calvert County for more than 200 years. Calvert County lost many records in fires that occurred at the courthouse around the turn of the century.
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Daisy Elizabeth Buckler, 86 Daisy Elizabeth Buckler, 86, of Huntingtown passed away May 11, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick. Daisy was born May 30, 1923 in Prince Fredrick to Joseph F. and Daisy Lusby Dodson. She was raised in Olivet, MD and attended Calvert County public schools. Daisy was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker, and also worked as a florist for many years. She was a bowler who struck fear in all the pins that stood before her, both locally and in her many tournaments across the country. She was also a “Powder Puff” stock car racer in her younger days, racing at all the local tracks. Most of all Mrs. Buckler loved getting lost in the far off lands of the many adventure and romance novels she read. Daisy was preceded in death by her husband Thomas A. Buckler, her daughter Sandra K. Nims (Leo), her parents Joseph F. and Daisy E. (Lusby) Dodson and brothers Robert, Spencer, Donald and Lusby Dodson. She is survived by her devoted son Thomas A. Buckler, Jr. and wife Judy of Huntingtown, MD; grandchildren Craig Bowen (Natalie), Scott Bowen (Mandy) and Trey and Nick Buckler, all of Huntingtown, great-grand children Ashley Bowen Flanders (Chad) of Virginia and Brody, Nicole and Lauren Bo-
wen, all of Huntingtown, and by a sister Laura Mae McNally of Edgewood, MD. Arrangements were with Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W. Evergreen Suite 303, Chicago, IL 60642 or online at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
Thomas Michael Chestlo, 68 Thomas Michael Chestlo, 68, of Chesapeake Beach, MD died at his home on May 6, 2010. He was born in Duquesne, PA December 19, 1941 to Charles and Anna (Pesta) Chestlo. After graduating from Duquesne High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 2, 1959 and served until being discharged July 1, 1963. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator, for a short time, working on the Washington Beltway. He then
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became a service technician for C & P Telephone Company and retired as a supervisor in 1995. Thomas was married to Louise Lloyd in Prince Frederick on August 6, 1990. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach, the Stallings – Williams American Legion Post 206 in Chesapeake Beach, and a former member of the Deale Elks Lodge # 2528 serving as the bar manager for many years. Tom enjoyed woodworking, dancing and playing pool. He is survived by his wife Louise, his children Thomas Chestlo and his wife Alicia of Laurel, MD and Sherri Lynn Chestlo of Beltsville, MD, step-children Edward G. Wilcox of Dunkirk, Robin M. Stone of Morgantown, WV and Robert W. Wilcox of Owings, grandchildren Trevor and Brooke Chestlo, Amber Leigh Wilcox, Josh Berkley, Steven and Nichole Stone, Kristina Wilcox and Edward Wilcox III. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Hazel Fleshman. Funeral arrangements were handled by Rausch Funeral home in Owings. Memorial contributions can be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. www.calverthospice.org.
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Charles William McCleary, 93, of Rose Haven, MD died at his residence in May, 2010. He was born November 30, 1916 in Baltimore to Charles W. and Florence (Owens) McCleary. Charlie was a metal lather with local union # 1590
retiring after 30 years. After his retirement, he moved to the beach area and became a charter boat captain. Charlie was a kind man with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed people, playing pool, fishing and woodworking, especially making replicas of boats. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach and a former Member and Grand Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge # 2528 of Deale. He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth McCleary, son Carroll William McCleary and his brothers. Surviving are his wife Nancy McCleary, whom he married in 2007, a granddaughter Carol Ann Larrson and her husband Richard of Thompson, CT, and triplet great-grandchildren Garrett, Dawson and Kaitlin Larrson. Friends were received at Rausch Funeral Home, in Owings. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church, Huntingtown, officiated by Reverend Daniel Leary. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk. Pallbearers were Gerald Snyder, Jake Posko,
John Etchison, Ronnie Muffley and Ed Worth. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Calvert Hospice or Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church.
Cyrus “Mac” McLaughlin, 72 Cyrus Grant “Mac” McLaughlin, 72, of Dunkirk, MD passed away suddenly May 10, 2010 while on a vacation cruise returning from China to the port in Whittier, Alaska. Mac was born June 10, 1937 in Sharon, PA to Joseph and Martha Laycock McLaughlin. He was raised in Sharon and graduated from Sharon High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force Air Police from 1958 to 1962, and was honorably discharged as an Airman First Class. He married Margaret Ann O’Connell on June 25, 1966 and they lived and raised their family in Lanham, MD until moving to Dunkirk in Calvert County in 1972. Mac worked as a Metropolitan Police Officer in the District of Columbia, retiring in 1981 as a sergeant. He was also a member of the Seafarers International Union, AFL-CIO Local 031, and worked as a security guard at the Seafarers International facility in Suitland, MD and occasionally at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, MD. In his leisure time Mac enjoyed camping, spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and with his pet black Labrador Retriever named Millie. Mac was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his devoted wife Margaret Ann McLaughlin. He is also survived by a son Michael G. McLaughlin (Susan) of Lothian, MD; daughters Mary Elizabeth “Marybeth” Hauhn (Philip) of St. Leonard, MD, Ann-Marie Jenkins (Michael) of Dunkirk and Kerri Ellen McLaughlin (Tim Keith) of Lusby, MD, and grandchildren Jordan and Philip Hauhn and Amanda, Darcy, Bradley and Cathleen Jenkins. Arrangements are being handled by Rausch Funeral Home in Owings. Memorial contributions in his honor should be made to the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, 3170 West Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754.
Robert “Bob” Novy, 75 Robert “Bob” Novy, 75 of Owings, Maryland died on Monday, May 10, 2010 at his residence with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Alice Harriman Novy
for over 50 years. Bob was a loving father to Michael Novy (Justine), Michelle Lewis (Edward), Gary Novy (Kimberly), Stephen Novy (Elizabeth) and Stephanie Bartee (Duane). Bob was survived by one sister, Evelyn Westlake. Bob was an adoring Grandfather of 12 grandchildren, Angela and David Novy, E.J., Michael and Matthew Lewis, Nicole, Samantha and Amanda Novy, Kelsey and Thomas Novy, Jason and Rachel Bartee. Prior to moving to Owings, Bob and his family lived in Clinton, Maryland. The Novy family attended the Covenant Community of Jesus the Good Shepherd, where Bob was very active. Arrangements were conducted by Lee Funeral Home in Owings.
Paul Eugene Quesenberry, 66 Paul Eugene Quesenberry, 66, of Dandridge, TN, formerly of Calvert County, MD, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center, St. Mary’s in
Knoxville, Tenn. Paul was born November 28, 1943 in Willis, VA to Walter E. and Virginia Cox Quesenberry. He was raised in Willis until the age of 15 when his family moved to Owings, MD. He attended Calvert High School in Prince Frederick and was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Morgan Russell Construction Company for 40 years, retiring in 2005. He married Nora Hammaker on June 20, 2002, and they lived in Huntingtown until moving to Tennessee in 2005. Paul loved working and had a lifelong passion for building custom street rods. He was a member of the National Street Rod Association since 1978 and built dozens of award winning cars for over four decades including his 1955 Chevy which was awarded the 2009-10 “Car of the Year” at the “Run to the Sun” Hot Rod Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition to his love of cars, he enjoyed nature and wildlife, mountain settings and family vacations. Paul was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Virginia Quesenberry and by brothers W. Moncue and Dale Quesenberry. He is survived by his wife Nora Quesenberry; sons Jeffery P. Quesenberry and wife Michele of Owings and Bruce A. Quesenberry and wife Nga of Rockville, MD; stepchildren Karen Hammaker of Prince Frederick, Angel Hammaker of Huntingtown, David Hammaker of Huntingtown, and Alfred Hammaker and Earl Hammaker, both of Homosassa, FL; grandchildren Justin, Lance, Ashley
and Nicole Quesenberry, Joey Tayman whom he raised as his son, Joshua, Megan, Conner, Amanda, Carissa and Ryan Hammaker, Melissa and Holly Dalrymple, Brian Scott and Serenity Carr; sisters Joann Harmen and Marlene Dickerson of Bassett, VA and Brenda Griffin of North Beach and brothers Vernon Quesenberry of Owings and Sammy Quesenberry of St. Leonard, MD. Paul is also survived by his former wife Nancy Embrey of Owings. Expressions of sympathy in Paul’s name may be directed to Orphaned Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., 12199 Bonanza Trail, Lusby, MD 20657 or made online at www.orphaned-wildlife-rescue-center. com.
Paul Calvin Quinn, 81 Paul Calvin Quinn of Shady Side passed away May 1, 2010. He was born July 4, 1928 and is survived by cousins Maureen Johnson and Kathleen White. He is also survived by his long time friends and families of Ed Robertson, Galen and Carol Kimble, and Elaine Cartwright. Arrangements were made by Lee Funeral Home in Owings. Funeral services were held at Jesus the Divine Word Church in Huntingtown.
Violet K. Stackhouse, 92 Mrs. Violet K. Stackhouse, 92 of Huntingtown passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at the Calvert Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She is
the wife of the late Norman Stackhouse. Arrangements were made by Lee Funeral Home in Owings. A memorial service was held at the Huntingtown United Methodist Church with Reverend Patricia Sebring officiating.
Charles “Mike” Team, 60 Charles E. “Mike” Team, 60, of North Beach, MD passed away May 1, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center. Mike was born March 6, 1950 in Washington, D.C. to Robert G. and Christie Laycock Team. He was raised in the District where he attended St. Peter’s Elementary School, and graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, MD, class of 1968. He was employed at the former C & P Telephone Company, and enlisted in the US Army on September 2, 1969. He served three tours of duty in Viet Nam and was discharged April 14, 1972 having received the National Defense Service
and Viet Nam Service Medals. Upon his discharge he attended Prince George’s Community College where he earned an Associates Degree. He was employed in law enforcement in Washington, D.C. until becoming a U.S. Secret Service Officer in the Presidential Protection Division, retiring October 30, 2002 after 32 years of combined service. In his leisure time, Mike enjoyed working around his home and taking care of his numerous dogs. Preceded in death by his father Robert G. Team, Mike is survived by his mother Christie Team, daughters Jennifer D. Team of Waldorf and Kristin M. Team with whom he lived in North Beach, his brother Robert Bruce Team of Prince Frederick and sister Kathryn T. Turner and husband Eddie of Chesapeake Beach, a nephew Michael B. Team and his wife Amanda of Richmond, VA, and by his former wife Anna Maria Team of California, MD. Friends and family were received at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., in Owings. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, North Beach, MD. Memorial Contributions in his honor can be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Maryland Chapter, 11350 McCormick Road, Executive Plaza III Suite 100, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Calvert Animal Welfare League, 1040 Theater Drive, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
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Dine Green! By Anna Chaney Willman
ow far will you travel for a good meal? The Green Restaurant Association notes that the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from source to table. Imagine the effects of such a journey on our eco-system from the burning of fossil fuels to the mass agricultural production that enlists the assistance of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, to the economic impact of the increased costs associated with such travel. The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) was founded in 1990 with the goal of working to create an environmentally sustainable restaurant/catering industry. The GRA offers a certification program for restaurants and catering companies and guides them in the process of creating sustainable operations. This association offers education, consulting, marketing, and research to empower their restaurateurs and caterers with clear solutions to combat the many environmental issues of the foodservice industry.
The GRA’s website (www.dinegreen. com) offers a plethora of information about the unsustainable consumption and waste elicited by the exponential growth of our human population (6.7 billion people and growing). Available solutions are offered to the foodservice industry to combat the potentially detrimental effects on our ecosystem caused by our food production and consumption. Americans spend 48% of their food budget on food consumed away from home ($1,078 per person annually) while dining at over 945,000 restaurants. The restaurant industry has a great opportunity to affect the type of change that’s needed to move our “on the go” society toward sustainability. So, what can we do as consumers to help ourselves and help the environment? An easy step is to support GRA Certified restaurants and caterers. These entities undergo a strict and intensive process of “greening” their facilities and operations. Because the certification program is fairly new and requires owners to have a high level of commitment to an eco-lifestyle, there are only a few certified restaurants and caterers in our area. So, you can also encourage
your favorite watering hole to become familiar with the GRA’s program and to consider certification. To achieve the first level of certification, a restaurant or caterer must earn 100 total points in seven different categories: (1) water efficiency, (2) waste reduction and recycling, (3) sustainable furnishings and building materials, (4) sustainable food, (5) energy, (6) disposables, and (7) chemical and pollution reduction. There are three levels of certification available to restaurants. The highest level requires 300 points total between all of these categories. My personal commitment to live and work in an eco-lifestyle fashion led to Herrington on the Bay accepting the challenge of meeting GRA’s sustainable operating standards 18 months ago. We are proud to say that the first level of certification was achieved in March of this year. To learn more about the GRA’s programs and the importance of such a commitment within the foodservice industry, visit this link: www.dinegreen. com. About the Author: Anna Chaney Willman is the founder of Herrington on the Bay Catering in Rose Haven, MD.
Save Your Hair and Save the Gulf
ou know how your hair absorbs oil and gets nasty if you don’t wash it often? It does the same thing with oil spills, like the terrible one in the Gulf of Mexico. Believe it or not, human and pet hair clippings are being used to soak up the oil and help with . A group called Matter of Trust (www.MatterofTrust.org) is collecting clippings and creating “hair mats” and “hair booms” of nylon stockings stuffed with clippings. They work really well to absorb oil and keep it from spreading to the shoreline where it could get on nesting pelicans and other birds. The booms are able to be recycled after doing their job, too. If you own a salon or are a pet groomer that might be able to collect clippings, you can help by going to the group’s website and getting folks involved. Right now, they are stockpiling hair booms in a donated warehouse in Florida and need more donations to help protect wildlife. I have been collecting hair from my dogs and I plan on asking my salon owner to help. It seems like a great way to reuse something that would just get thrown away usually. I hope to hear from folks that they are getting involved. Email me at froglipp@ gmail.com
Hummers Are Back Folks always ask me: when do the hummingbirds migrate back to this area? Remember that April 15 through September 15 is the time when Ruby Throated
Hummingbirds return from the tropics to nest in our Maryland backyards. You can enjoy watching them up close by putting out a nectar feeder. A red glass or plastic feeder with clear nectar is best. A simple formula of one part sugar to four parts water is a good nectar mix. Replace it after a hot spell or if the fluid gets cloudy. You can also plant red and orange tubular flowers in your garden to provide natural nectar. Feeding the tiny and fascinating hummers is a good way to introduce your family to birdwatching. To learn more, visit www. hummingbirds.net to see cool photos and maps.
Have fun! About the Author: Lisa Bierer-Garrett of North Beach is a naturalist and outdoor photographer who is currently manager of the Bookstore at Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. Folks know her from “The Great Outdoors Store,” and the Haunted Boardwalk she helped organize over Lisa Bierer-Garrett the past few years in North Beach.
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udges at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) said the Plum Point Middle School’s Robotechs team excelled in all categories of the recent robotics challenge competition. Their project won the Excellence Award in the Junior Division, which is the most prestigious honor a
Students Have Bright Ideas for Saving the Shoreline
Trevor Penix, J.T. Ottenwaelder, Joe Savage, and Austin causes the water to bounce off in different directions to difBean. Also, two former members from Huntingtown High fuse the waves.” School come each week to mentor; they are Alex Bee and The team found that Whispr Waves are used to protect Christina Malliakos. a floating airport in Japan, and as well as acting as a barrier During the competition, in which 130 teams from 70 to keep boaters from getting to close to the facility. They schools in Southern Maryland participated, students were also discovered coastal areas in California where they are given a “Save the Bay” project challenge to raise environ- being used successfully, including military facilities. mental awareness. They were asked to choose from several The only drawback the students found is that animals problems facing the Chesapeake Bay and apply math and can sometimes get caught in the Whispr Waves. engineering concepts to come up with solutions. Mayor Bojokles asked how much it would cost, and The 6th, 7th and 8th graders on the Plum Point Middle they promptly responded $724,300. He smiled and asked School team chose erosion, and contacted the Town of North them if they could next come up with a way for the town to Beach to see if they could meet with officials to gather facts. pay for it. Mayor Michael Bojokles and Town Engineer John Hoffman “We already did,” quipped a team member, who said agreed to meet with the students one afternoon to help them with their project and give them a tour of According to the WhisprWave.com web site, these devices are used extensively by private businesses, marinas, coastal towns, and the US Military. The US Department the trouble spots. of Homeland Security also uses them to protect maritime assets from potential terMembers of the Plum Point Middle School Robotechs Team tell North The boys and girls developed a three-part solu- rorist attacks. Beach Town Council about their ideas to save the town’s eroding tion that consisted of continuing to dredge—which shoreline at the May council meeting. carries with it another set of problems, creating a team can take home. What makes their win more interesting Living Beach protected by stone barriers, or installis that they focused on innovative ideas for shoring up the ing Whispr Waves to save the town’s 700 feet of eroding waterfront in North Beach. shoreline. Plum Point Robotechs awed the North Beach Town Hardenstine says in their extensive research Council and citizens in attendance at their council meeting on erosion solutions students were especially imon Thursday, May 13. Council members were so impressed pressed by the Whispr Wave, which is shaped like that they honored each team member with Citizen of the a giant child’s jack. It’s made of environmentally Month awards. safe plastic similar to that used for milk containers. The team is coached by two teachers at Plum Point The device acts to break up waves up to six feet tall Middle School, Mrs. Daisy Hardenstine and Mr. Richard into one-foot waves or less to prevent shore damBee. Members of the team are Alex Pfeiff, Shamus Gridley, age, they last for at least 20 years, and have survived Allison Shulman, Alysia Stroh, Nick Jarnot, Luke Carrico, 80-mile per hour hurricane-force winds. Countless Whispr Waves can be attached to each other to protect large areas. As one of the students told the Council, they had found Project Citizen grants offered by the Chesa“It’s much better than a peake Bay Foundation and low-interest loans of up to $1.5 traditional stone break- million through the Maryland State Department of Natural wall that causes more ero- Resources for such projects. star trek under the stars on the beach sion and bigger waves on Council members told the team they were very interEnjoy young Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew the other side because this ested in their solution and promised to look into it further.
Boldly go where everyone else is going...
to the Movie on the Beach in North Beach (2009)
in last year’s blockbuster!
Saturday, May 22 at dusk 5th & Bay Avenue, North Beach Bring your own beach chairs and blankets. Free admission, with refreshments available for sale.
And join us for the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market and Classic Car Cruise-Ins, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Superintendent Smith Recognized For Technology Education
he Maryland Department of Education selected Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools, as the 2010 Career and Technology Education Outstanding Secondary Change Agent. The state award recognizes groups and individuals who provide visionary leadership to prepare Maryland students for college and careers in the 21st century. According to a Maryland State Department of Education press release, “The change agent award recognizes leadership for innovative change in Career Technology Education programs and focuses on goals of change, the change process, and overall results.” Anthony Navarro, Principal of Calvert Career Center, said Smith challenged the school system staff to explore ways to improve career and technology education. Smith then “worked side-by-side with them to demonstrate his support and encouragement for risk-taking,” Navarro said. By analyzing data about current programming and student preparation, Smith worked with staff to identify the strengths of the current career technology programs and helped identify opportunities for improvement. One new program that grew out of this analysis was a pre-engineering curriculum for middle school students followed by an engineering program in high school. The specific goals of these programs are to increase the quantity and diversity of students who pursue math, technology, engineering, and science careers after graduating from high school. At the awards ceremony in Baltimore on April 26, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick, said “The people we are honoring tonight have made significant, positive contributions to the lives of students.” Smith said in the past students either went to college or started working after high school. “It is no longer an either/or proposition,” he said. “It is now all of the above. Every student must have options and choices in life, and career technology education is an essential part of offering those options.”
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BRUCE’S BEEF BARBEQUE From Chesapeake Beach Mayor Bruce Wahl
We’re kicking off the BBQ and picnic season this Memorial Day Weekend, so we looked up some beefy recipes for this issue! These two very different and delicious takes on beef BBQ are featured in the Bay Business Group‘s “Taste of the Beaches” cookbook, edited by Linda Woods of Chesapeake Beach. Enjoy!
2 ½ pound chuck roast 8 T, Dijon mustard 2 onions, chopped Cook chuck roast in crock3 tsp. crushed red pepper pot until you can shred the beef. 5 cloves garlic, crushed Add the rest of the ingredients 4 T. liquid smoke and continue cooking in crock2 bottles chili sauce pot for several hours. 1 c. ketchup ½ c. vinegar 2/3 c. brown sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine salt, pepper, chili powder, and bay leaves. Rub meat completely with Place meat, flat side up, in large 1 ½ tsp. salt roasting pan. Sprinkle the dry 2 T. liquid smoke seasoning mixture on top. Cov1 ½ tsp. pepper er tightly and bake for 3 hours. Scrape seasoning off the meat 4 lbs. beef brisket and shred or cut thinly across 2 T. chili powder the grain. You can either mix 12-15 large hard Kaiser rolls the beef and the sauce together, 1 tsp. crushed bay leaves or serve the sauce in a bowl on the side. Beef can also be kept warm in a crock-pot.
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HOME-MADE BBQ SAUCE 3 T. brown sugar dash pepper (to taste) 1 (14-ounce) bottle of ketchup 4 T. Worcestershire sauce ½ c. water 3 tsp. dry mustard 2 T. liquid smoke Combine all ingredients in a 2 tsp. celery seed large saucepan. Bring to a boil, dash salt (to taste) stirring occasionally. Cook for 10 5 T. butter minutes.
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The non-profit BBG contributes $1 from each cookbook sold to the Bayside Unit of the Boys & Girls Club. The rest of the proceeds are used to support other BBG programs and community initiatives. Have a great family recipe to share? The next issue of the Chesapeake Current will feature warm weather favorites, so please send in your best cookout recipes to share with our readers. Email your recipe to editor@chessapeakecurrent. com or fax it to us at (301) 298-5298. Please be sure to include your name, where you live, phone number and email address.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Tyler Moltz, Zachary Jackson, Parker King, and Stephen Jackson
Southern High Band on Solid “Ground”
haring news about the achievements of young musicians in our area is cerJonathan Pugh tainly at the top of the list of my priorities for this column. That’s why we’re happy to draw at-
Chesapeake Current Music Calendar Saturday & Sunday, May 22-23: Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival featuring Chuck Berry and Buddy Guy. At Sandy Point State Park. Other acts appearing are listed at www.bayblues.org along with ticket information.
Friday, May 28:
Ground (Rock) Anne Arundel County Battle of the Bands Winner from Southern High School plays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, at the bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets. (free).
Friday, May 28:
Unlimited DJ Productions (Variety) from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free).
Saturday, May 29: Sam ‘O & JFC Band (Reggae/Calypso) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Sunday, May 30: Out of Order (Classic Hits) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Monday, May 31: Old School Band (Oldies/Motown) from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rock the Dock @ the Rod N Reel, Chesapeake Beach (free). Have an upcoming gig you’d like listed here? Email details to MusicNotes@ chesapeakecurrent.com
tention to a group of rockers from Southern High School whose band, Ground, took top honors earlier this year at the 12th annual Anne Arundel County High School Battle of the Bands contest. It’s a great story, and these young men are certainly deserving of recognition. As their grand prize, Ground headlined the High School All Stars concert at the Whiskey in Annapolis earlier this month, where Battle of the Band contestants had a chance to play to a wider audience. I caught up with band members there to talk about their accomplishment and future plans. But first, a little background about the Anne Arundel High School Battle of the Bands. Begun in 1999 by Nancy Welch Almgren, a retired stockbroker and longtime Anne Arundel civic leader, the contest takes place each year in January at Maryland Hall in Annapolis. Competing bands must have previously won the right to represent their high school, as only one entry per school is permitted. Nancy continues to sponsor and organize this public event, which she believes is very important for the kids and fosters good relationships. Proceeds benefit school music programs, with over $70,000 being contributed to date. So where does Ground come from? The guys were practicing in Stephen and Zack’s garage and still didn’t have a name. The twins’ dad said, “Why don’t you just call yourselves Ground?” They thought about it, liked it, and the name stuck. For two previous years, Ground has represented Southern High School in the Battle of the Bands and came up empty handed, with the exception of an individual award to their bass player, Parker King. They’re all seniors now. Other members of the band are Tyler Moltz of West River on lead guitar and vocals, along with Stephen Jackson, rhythm guitar/keyboard and
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backup vocals, and Stephen’s twin broth- “Head Out of the Ground.” er, Zack of Friendship on drums. DescribAs much as their music and success ing their music as alternative rock with a has meant to them, these are smart young mix of funk and blues, including some men who are excellent students and will Kings of Leon and Jimi Hendrix numbers, be attending college in the fall. It’s kind the boys were confident that 2010 would of sad they admit, but after this summer finally be their year. we’ll probably never play together again. Why were they were so upbeat going I’m sure readers will agree with me into the 2010 contest? Moltz was quick that the values of persistence, adaptability to explain, “There was always a certain and determination collectively displayed amount of uneasy tension in our playing, by members of this band will bode well which made us feel nervous.” Everyone for their individual success in college and quickly agreed, before King went on to beyond. Here’s where they are headed: explain that one big change was when he Tyler: University of Maryland at Colrelinquished lead vocals to Tyler. They lege Park, Mechanical Engineering major also felt very good about an original number, “Head Come hear Anne Arundel Battle of Out of the Ground,” which the Bands Winner Ground play at a free would weigh heavily in concert on Friday, May 28 from 6:00 p.m. the competition. Tyler ex– 8:00 p.m. at the North Beach Friday plained that he came up Night Farmers’ Market at the boardwalk with the guitar riff before bandstand, Bay Avenue between 3rd and Parker set lyrics to it— 5th Streets. exactly the opposite of how most songs are written. “We knew we would do better than last year and were excited Parker Washington & Lee University, about performing,” said Stephen Jackson. International Relations major “We enjoyed it and weren’t nervous like Steve- Salisbury University, Liberal in the past.“ Arts major, and In a dream come true evening, the Zack- Salisbury University, Science third time was indeed a charm. Ground major. earned first place in the competition, with their second individual award going to TyThe Chesapeake Current wishes ler Moltz for best lead singer. To cap it off, these outstanding young men the best of the band also won best original song for luck in all their future endeavors!
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Muddy Creek Artists Guild
Through Thursday, May 27: The Muddy Creek Artists Guild features Painting an exhibit of local artists’ work on paper, canvas and Lucite. The event is free and open to the public. The Muddy Creek Artists Guild is a roving band of intrepid artists and supporters whose mission is to take responsibility for encouraging, supporting and promoting original art of southern Anne Arundel County artists. The focus of the Guild is to show and sell local artwork throughout the greater South County area in Maryland while also educating our members and the public about our art, and contributing to the quality of life in South County. The Guild hosts a show each season and a temporary “gallery” is installed at a South County location. Guild members have the option of participating in shows. Our various open, juried and thematic shows include original works from our members (over 100 artists) in a wide range of media: paintings, textiles, jewelry, clay works, sculpture, photography, pottery, wood and mixed media. Monthly membership meetings are held to encourage artists to share ideas/inspirations and their talents for upcoming shows and to network with other artists. They also host informal workshops, guest speakers and funfilled field trips. For more information, please visit their web site: http://muddycreekartistsguild.org.
Catch Birds of Prey Artist Colleen Sabo of Friendship and The River Gallery invite you to view “Birds of Prey” and other abstract paintings. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at The River Gallery located at 1000 Main Street, Galesville, MD 20765. The show runs through June 20. For more information, call (410) 8670954 or visit w w w. r ive rgallery.org
Friday, May 21 North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market and Classic Car Cruise-Ins. Become a locavore! Get locally grown healthy foods direct from area farmers at the hottest Friday night event on the Chesapeake Bay. The North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market is located on 5th
Street between Bay and Chesapeake Avenues in the Town of North Beach, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Plenty of free parking. Local businesses also have specials that night, so check out the shops and restaurants on The Loop along Bay Avenue, 7th Street, and Chesapeake Avenue. Campfire on the Beach at hosted by the Town of North Beach Events Committee from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. featuring author Janie Suss of Holland Point, who will read from her awardwinning ch i ld r e n’s book, “Oscar and Olive Osprey.” This event is designed for children ages 5 – 12 and their families. Also roast marshmallows over the campfire on the north side of North Beach, by the Welcome Center at 5th Street and Bay Avenue. Free.
local charity. For more information, email email@example.com. 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. Movie on the Beach: Star Trek (2009). Bring your own chair or blanket! The Town of North Beach’s summer movie series begins with the newest Stark Trek movie shown on their 40-foot big screen with sand between your toes and the Chesapeake Bay gently lapping at the shoreline. Free. Popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase. All Movies on the Beach begin at dusk. Call North Beach Town Hall at 301-855-6681 with questions.
Sunday, May 23 Turtle Conservation and Natural History at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Topics will include a discussion of Sanctuary turtle studies, turtle conservation, natural history, and turtle population health. Participants will have the opportunity to accompany staff naturalist Susan Matthews in the field to learn about the techniques used to monitor turtle movements. Participants will learn about animal care volunteer opportunities. For ages 16 and older. $15.00 per person. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is located at 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian. (410) 741-9330. www.jugbay.org Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum Family Fun Day with crafts, games and fun for families and kids from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Moonbounces, face painting, and Paul Hadfield, The Funny Guy!
Saturday, May 22 Consignment Sale: The Moms Club of Prince Frederick will hold its semi-annual event from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, rain or shine, at First Lutheran Church at the split of Routes 2 and 4 in Sunderland. Come check out seasonal children’s clothing, baby equipment, maternity items, and toys, toys, toys; 10% of the proceeds will be donated to a
Monday, May 24 Dance Contest sign-up deadline. So you think you can dance? Come show us your best moves! FREE snacks and drinks for all who participate. Bring your favorite CD’s and show us what you’ve go at the Calvert County Parks & Recreation Department’s Dance Contest on May 27 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Mt. Hope Community Center! 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. All ages are welcome. Free. Call (410) 257-6770 to pre-register. CPR with AED Skills Workshop: At the Anne Arundel South County Recreation Center from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. CPR-AED for the Community and Workplace provides individuals with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective basic life support in an emergency. Program participants will learn CPR and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to restart the heart of a cardiac arrest victim until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. This comprehensive course provides training for use with adult, infant and child victims in a variety of emergency situations. There is a cost to receive the training. Contact Carolyn Ryan (410) 222-7317 EXT 3555 for more information.
Tuesday, May 25 Tuesday Tunes at the Calvert County Library: Join Jimmy Payne of Chesapeake Beach for an evening of dancing tunes from rock and roll legends including Elvis, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Gene Pitney, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Carole King, Billy Joel and The Beatles. The concert takes place at Calvert Library Prince Frederick from 7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. and is open and free to the public. CDs are usually available for sale and signing. Pack up your friends, family, and a picnic dinner and join us in the air conditioning for a wonderful performance. For more information, call the Calvert County Public Library at (410) 535-0291 or visit them on the web at www. calvert.lib.md.us
Friday, May 28 It’s also Lego Day, with motorized Lego trains from the Washington DC Metropolitan Area Lego Train Club (wamaltc.org) on display. Lego train building contest winners announced at 3:20 p.m. The museum is located at 4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach. Phone: (410) 257-3892.
Beach Trolley opens for the season! It’s loads of fun and the best way to see the scenic Chesapeake Bay. Travel from Chesapeake Beach through North Beach and Rose Haven to Deale and now the third one to Dunkirk for only 25 cents each way! Watch for Trolley Stop signs all along the route.
North Beach Friday Night Farmers’ Market, Classic Car Cruise-Ins & Free Concert. Know where your food comes from – meet the farmers who grow it. See some of the coolest classic cars in the area at the most beautiful cruise-in location anywhere, along the boardwalk on the Chesapeake Bay. Anne Arundel County Battle of the Bands Winner Ground will play at the bandstand on Bay Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets. 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. (add photos)
Saturday, May 29 Chesapeake Beach Water Park opens for the season @ 11:00 a.m. Call Chesapeake Beach Town Hall at (410) 257-2230 or 301855-8398 for more information. Second Annual Faith Assembly of God Rod & Classic Car Show, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. No vehicles newer than 1984. Dash plaques for the first 75 to register. Spectator voting, trophies awarded. A $20.00 registration fee includes one meal ticket. All proceeds benefit Speed the Light Ministries. Free coffee and doughnuts until 10:00 a.m. Faith Assembly of God, 250 West Bay Front Road, Lothian. Contact Kevin Merkle at (410) 586-1677 or (443) 624-1393. Rain date is Saturday, June 5. Café Parisien, Abigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet of North Beach presents its beautiful Spring Production. Tickets are $25 and $30 for this beautiful, professional production. Call (301) 855-0282 for tickets. At the Mary Harrison Cultural Center at 2800 Chaneyville Road in Owings, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 4 A Toast to Pets with Disabilities: Have a heart and attend a fundraiser for animals with special needs that have been abandoned, rejected, or for some reason no longer fit in. Tickets for the fundraiser are $65.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. This great evening will be held at Running Hare Vineyard’s new events facility and includes wine tastings, silent auctions, music, food and fun. For more information, visit www.petswithdisabilities.org.
Thursday, May 20, 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
$23.95 THURSDAY ONLY
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