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Southern Calvert Everything Solomons, Lusby, Dowell, and St. Leonard

In Honor of THe fallen PaGe 12

New Law Promising For Cliff Erosion Area Homeowners Story Page 4

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Groundwater May Start To Dry Up In 20 Years Story Page 5

Library Is Alive With The Sound Of Music

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Your Paper... Your Thoughts What do you do for fun and recreation in Calvert County? “I always bring my kids down to Solomon’s Island and we walk the boardwalk,” said Sandy Estep of Lusby. “We love to stop for ice cream at the various parlors and just enjoy the water and the birds. My husband often comes with us as well.” Aside from enjoying the boardwalk, Estep added, “One thing we do every year, we go to the County Fair. My children really enjoy that.”

“I like to come over to Calvert County for the restaurants and bars,” said Mike Hoffman, of Leonardtown. “My friends and I spend a lot of time at the Tiki Bar for drinks, and Catamaran’s often has live music that we like to listen to. Other than that, I have a lot of friends who live in Calvert County, so we hang out at their houses.”

“We go everywhere in Calvert County,” said Christine Humphries, of St. Leonard. “We have a membership to the Marine Museum, so whenever there’s a special event there, I make sure to take the kids.” Humphries is also a fan of the Maryland park system. “We have been to all of the parks in Calvert,” she said. “They’re just wonderful. We love them all.”


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As many as 30,000 people are expected to attend the opening weekend for the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island, and hotels, restaurants and other shops are feeling the effects.

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Southern Maryland Blue Crabs player, Ben Harrison, lays down a bunt during a team workout. SEE PAGE 19

A group of fourth graders at Our Lady school plant an array of flowers outside the school on April 23. Up front in the blue shirt is Nathan Smith. SEE PAGE 10

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The Caiso Steel Band from Trinidad performs during the 30th annual opening of the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island last weekend. Owners estimated nearly 30,000 people visited the island over the weekend. SEE PAGE 4.

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Tiki Bar Jamming The Caiso Steel Band from Trinidad performs during the 30th annual opening of the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island last weekend. Owners estimated nearly 30,000 people visited the island over the weekend. From left is Michael George playing the kettle pan, Ted Island on bass, David Zephrine on melody pan and the Mystical rhythm specialist Franklin “Tiki” Harding on maracas.

Officials Hope State Law Will Get Feds to Take Action on Beetles A new law passed by the legislature this year compels the secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to issue permits to residents who want to shore up cliff sections that are quickly falling into the Chesapeake Bay due to erosion – measures that have been prevented thus far by the presence of the endangered Puritan tiger beetle. But the new state law, said its main sponsor House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist.29), still runs into resistance from the federal government, which has placed the beetle on the endangered species list. He said he hopes that the law will provide the impetus for some kind of change at the federal level. “This will hopefully gain the attention of our representatives at the federal level,” O’Donnell said. “We have work groups established and the Department of Natural Resources has taken the lead but the most important thing it to get the cooperation of the federal government. “They need to pick up and run with this.” John Eney, president of the Property Owners Association of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, said that current environmental law already supported the homeowners in their fight to shore up the cliff faces; their plight has gained national attention as homeowners there have been forced to watch the shoreline fall away because they could not touch the habitat of the tiger beetle. This newly modified state law, Eney said, was a good start but the real work still had to be done at the federal level. “The Endangered Species Act speaks only of protecting the endangered species,” Eney said. “It has no language, to my knowledge, of seeking a balance between preservation and human life and private property. “That’s the problem.” About 90 homes in the Chesapeake Ranch Club are in danger of falling off the cliff face into the bay as erosion steadily

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takes the shoreline out to sea and causes the cliffs to fall away. Environmental experts say the tiger beetle needs this type of habitat to survive. “Meanwhile we’re falling into the bay,” Eney said. By Guy Leonard (CT)

Hoyer Accepting Academy Applications Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced that his office is currently accepting U.S. Service Academy applications for the 2011-12 school year. For students’ convenience, Service Academy Application packets are available online on Congressman Hoyer’s website: Included in the packet are all information and materials needed to complete and submit the application, which must be postmarked for delivery to Hoyer’s office by October 15, 2010. Every year Congressman Hoyer nominates candidates from the 5th Congressional District for admission into one of four United States service academies: the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York (Army), the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. This year, Rep. Hoyer nominated 26 students for consideration. Accepted nominees for the 2010-11 school year will be announced later this spring. In order to pursue appointment to one of the academies, students between the ages of 17 and 22 must be nominated. To begin the nomination process, students can obtain the application packet online on Congressman Hoyer’s website at or can contact can contact Ms. Betty Rogers in Congressman Hoyer’s Greenbelt Office at (301) 474-0119.


Calling All Communities For National Night Out Has your community ever wanted to participate in National Night Out? Well, now is your chance to register to participate in 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 in National Night Out. It is estimated that more than 9,400 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world for this night of crime prevention. In 2009, 15 communities from Calvert County participated. “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 and must be returned by May 10. National Night Out is designed to: • Heighten crime and drug 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. For further information or to obtain a registration form, please contact the CAASA office at 410-535-3733. By Sean Rice (SCG)

Ranch Club Getting Rediscovered In Foreclosure Rush On Saturday a small group of people climbed aboard a limousine bus armed with information packets for what has become a monthly ritual for realtors Tim Murphy and Rick McNabb, two agents who specialize in foreclosures. This niche market has been seeing a huge resurgence since the housing crisis hit, and one of the best areas to look for good deals has been Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby. McNabb said that the large number of foreclosures in the Ranch Club are not the result of the neighborhood’s reputation, but rather nothing more than a statistical certainty, given that there are over 4,000 houses in the development, and the houses are moving fast. Right now the highest concentration of foreclosures is in Lusby, said McNabb, referring specifically to Chesapeake Ranch Estates, “but they’re going fast because they’re more on the cheaper side … people may think it’s because it’s not a great area, but that has nothing to do with it.” In the past year, McNabb said he and his colleague Tim Murphy have sold 17 or 18 homes in the development, and they’ll be expecting more foreclosures to hit the market in the next couple of months. “We have a delay in the number of foreclosures because the government is trying to initiate its modification program to help all the individuals who got into severe financial difficulty,” said Murphy on the bus tour, explaining that the current freeze on foreclosures will expire soon. “They’ve pushed the banks to hold off on the foreclosures, but lo and behold, the banks are coming back and saying there’s no incentive. The modifications that people want to do – some of them are so severe that they’d have to forgive too much money to help them recover,” said Murphy, explaining that this will probably lead to another rash of foreclosures in both St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. As far as housing trends, McNabb said he expects the rush on Ranch Club homes to continue, though there aren’t nearly

as many to choose from. “People are snatching them up … when we originally started doing our bus tours, there’d be 10 or more houses just in the Ranch Club,” said McNabb. “The other nine or ten would be in Great Mills or the Lexington Park area. Now it’s gotten to where we had two or three the other day. Ranch Club houses just aren’t staying on the market.” Combined with the rush to close on homes in time for the first time homebuyers tax credit, McNabb Photo By Andrea Shiell and Murphy said that it hasn’t been hard Sam Brown, a home inspector, makes his way to the back of the bus on SaturForeclosure Bus Tour, which took prospective buyers to see foreclosures to convince people day’s in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. to look in Lusby for good deals. In fact, ing over at the base started saying ‘well I many customers have been coming to them could live in Lexington Park or California, to inquire about the Ranch Club. or I could come out here where I have a little “This place was rediscovered,” said more land, a little more privacy.’” By AnMcNabb, “and even people who were work- drea Shiell (CT)

Sunday Fun Day Annmarie Garden and the United Way of Calvert County are partnering to bring healthy and creative programs for all ages take a walk, play with clay in the Ceramics Studio, and enjoy other fun, family-friendly programs. Site admission to Annmarie Garden will be FREE from 1pm-3pm on Sunday, May 2, 2010. Explore healthy habits, get moving and connect with art and nature. The Ceramic Studio and Studio School

will be hosting an open house with art demonstrations guided by amazing Annmarie Garden Studio School instructors. Try your hand at throwing clay, immerse yourself in creativity, enjoy the process and have fun. United Way of Calvert County will be taking the lead on the quarter mile sculpture path, with four activity stations to stimulate your brain development and encourage reading habits for the whole family.

Experts: Conservation Needed to Stretch Aquifer Supply Experts say that while the state may face fresh water shortages in the future, Southern Maryland’s aquifers – underground sources of fresh water that counties have been drawing on for years – are in good shape but elected officials need to come up with solutions now to ensure they last as long as possible. A panel of state and local officials talked about the possibility of a looming fresh water crisis at the Calvert Marine Museum on Solomons Island on April 23. Steve King, former executive director of the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, said that the aquifers that Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles County draw on will be excellent sources of fresh water for about the next 20 years but will begin to be pushed to its limits after that. If local jurisdictions take action now, he said, they might be able to increase the availability of that water supply. The water in the aquifers is of the highest quality, King said, and is not easily replaced. “I don’t believe there’s a crisis coming anytime soon,” King said. “The ground water in … Southern Maryland is some of the purest in the world. “The water you’re drinking is between 8,000 and 12,000 years old.” But, King said, with continued growth in Southern Maryland on the rise he expected more and more stress to be placed on aquifers, and he believes that current state projections for growth are actually less than what the area can actually expect to see in the coming two decades. He said that harvesting rain to offset the use of potable aquifer water was one option for conservation, while building a regional desalinization plant at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was another option to provide fresh water. Robert Summers, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Enviroment, told conference attendees that Maryland’s overall water usage was about 1.5 billion gallons a day, and if a drought hits by 2030 which breaks dryness records for the state, Marylanders would experience a water shortage. One of the keys to conserving fresh water, Summers said, was gathering the political will to pay for improved infrastructure to make that goal possible. “Good science has got to be the foundation of our decision making,” Summers said. “We are very wasteful of water.” By Guy Leonard (CT)

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Pax River Bids Farewell to Ed Greer

Almost 300 people recently took time out to say farewell to Ed Greer, the Executive Director for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and Naval Air Systems Com-

mand (NAVAIR) Deputy Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation (T&E). Greer accepted a new position at the Pentagon, and is now the director for Development, Test and Evaluation for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Greer resigned his career civil service position to accept this political appointee position. State and local elected officials, admirals, senior executive service members and members of the community attended the farewell dinner to honor the man with whom they had worked with for more than 30 years in various roles here at NAWCAD. “He is the genuine article,” said NAWCAD Commander Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis in his remarks during the presentations.

“You made NAWCAD home.” Maryland State Delegate John Bohanan commended Greer for his work in supporting the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives with students and schools in the area. Additionally, he lauded him for the programs like initiatives to work with Veterans and people with targeted disabilities that Greer promoted. NAVAIR Commander Vice Admiral David Venlet bid farewell to Greer, and recalled a fishing trip the two had made together. As Venlet compared Greer’s love for fly-fishing to his approach to his work, he said, “He’s a real worker. There’s a lot of work in casting — action is involved. A lot of thinking. You have to read

the river.” Then, Venlet recalled line for the movie “Hunt for Red October” as he described Greer’s ability to prioritize. “When it comes to filling a bucket, you have to put the big rocks in there first.” When Greer took the microphone, his pride in the people and their abilities was obvious as he talked about the importance of the work they perform. “The professionals at Patuxent River, the military, civilian and contractor team, are exceptional. I owe a lot to the United States Navy. I will be forever grateful for having had the opportunity to work in this world class organization, with you remarkable people,” he said.

Man Pleads Guilty After Craigslist Sting A Lusby man arrested last year on charges of soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet pleaded guilty in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court, according

By Sean riCe (SCG)

All of Lusby To Join in Block Party The Lusby Business Association will host its first collaborative customer appreciation event, Spring Fling Block

Party, on Saturday, May 1, from 1-5 p.m. The Lusby Town Center-wide event will include activities at each of the four par-

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ticipating Lusby shopping centers: Lusby Commons, Lusby Square, Lusby Center and the Shops at Lusby. The community event will be filled with lots of family fun activities including: live music, several moon bounces, face painting, basketball games, car show, raffle giveaways, free samples, sidewalk sales and a scavenger hunt. A special feature will be a trolley that will connect and transport people to and from the four participating shopping centers in the Lusby Town Center. “We’re so excited to do a town-centerwide block party. It’s the first of its kind in the county. Having a trolley for the event is a wonderful way to tie together all of the different shopping centers in Lusby,” said Nance Pretto Simmons, president of the Lusby Business Association. “This event is an opportunity to tell our customers that we appreciate their business, and promote the importance of shopping local.” The Lusby Business Association was founded in 2009 for the purposes of providing a local forum for businesses in Lusby, Maryland to strategize and partner with fellow local businesses to improve and stabilize the local economy by participating in collaborative endeavors. The LBA seeks to promote public awareness on the importance and value of buying local to improve the profitability and vitality of businesses in Lusby. The event is free and open to the public. Vendor tables are available. Vendors should contact For more information on the block party or the Lusby Business Association visit or contact Nance Pretto Simmons at 202-409-8844.

to a statement from the county’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s. Scott Gerard Hunter was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 10 years of incarceration in the Maryland Division of Corrections, the release stated. Hunter, 45, was arrested last May after detectives with the vice/narcotics unit of the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations set up a sting operation after investigating alleged money-for-sex schemes on the on-line social Web site Craigslist. Their investigation was sparked by a Dec. 2008 incident where a man who was allegedly responding to an on-line offer for sex was beaten and robbed after arriving at a predetermined apartment to complete the transaction, according to police reports. According to law enforcement information from the investigation at that time, detectives began an on-line conversation with a suspect on Craigslist that quickly turned to talk of soliciting a “young boy” for sex. The suspect, Hunter, was arrested after he arrived at a prearranged meeting site set up by a detective who had promised a fictitious 11-year-old boy for him. Scott was originally charged with an attempted second-degree sex offense and perverted practice. By Guy Leonard (CT)

Legislation Update 2010 owned land in Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties. Beyond expanding hunting opportunities the bill also helps control the deer population to more sustainable levels. It is hoped to help reduce expensive agricultural crop damage and improve public safety by helping to reduce the incidence of deer-automobile collisions. The bill is pending signature by the Governor. Bills Introduced as Co-Sponsor

The following is an update about the recently completed 427th legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly, on nine selected pieces of legislation that I either introduced or co-sponsored, were introduced by the Delegation at the request of the Calvert County Commissioners, and one other bill with intense local interest. The legislature considered over 2700 pieces of legislation this year with over 800 being passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor for consideration. The list below is neither exhaustive nor comprehensive, but is merely a sampling of some of the issues with high local interest. Information on all legislation before the legislature in this session or previous sessions can be viewed at www.mlis.state. Bills Introduced as Lead Sponsor HB-89: This bill requires that aquaculture operators who apply for a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to start aquaculture operations be exempted from the permitting fees of the Department. MDE was beginning to charge very large fees to start-up oyster aquaculture growers in many instances estimated to be in the multiple tens of thousands of dollars. These fees would have stopped our state efforts to encourage oyster aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The bill passed both houses of the legislature unanimously and is pending signature by the Governor. HB-295: This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to issue a permit for incidental taking of Puritan Tiger Beetle habitat if certain conditions are met. A town hall meeting on this and related issues was held in February with local, state, and federal officials and several hundreds of affected and interested residents and media in attendance. The bill passed both houses with a unanimous vote and was one of the first bills signed into law by the Governor on April 13, 2010. Work groups have been established with federal, state and local agencies and stakeholders with DNR acting as the lead agency for the state. Much work remains to be done in this area, especially obtaining the cooperation of the federal government agencies. I will continue to monitor progress on solving these problems and will give periodic updates going forward. HB-301: This bill extends Sunday hunting opportunities for whitetail deer only on privately

HB-269: Requires parents of children with disabilities be given copies of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) by the school administration both prior to formally scheduled planning meetings for the IEP as well as final copies of the IEP for their children. The bill passed and is pending signature by the Governor. HB-786: Requires consideration by the State Highway Administration (SHA) to construct and fund as system maintenance, sidewalks and bike pathways in priority funding areas such as our town centers here in Calvert County and elsewhere in the state. The bill passed and is pending signature by the Governor. Bills Introduced by Calvert County Delegation HB-601: Allows Calvert County government authority to regulate tattoo artists and piercing services operating in Calvert County by ordinance. The bill passed and is pending signature by the Governor. HB-1200: Allows Calvert County government to return unused portions of special tax district money or apply those monies to future special tax districts and provides allowance for appropriate reserve funding for special tax districts where they exist in Calvert County. The bill passed and is pending signature by the Governor. HB-1201: Allows Calvert County government authority to pass a county noise control ordinance. The bill passed and is pending signature by the Governor. Bill with High Local Interest HB-1257: Current law properly prohibits discharge from boats and vessels into waters of the state and requires all vessels to have temporary onboard facility holding tanks pumped into approved pumping station facilities. Many boaters opted to have very expensive and authorized on-board miniature treatment plants installed to make discharge environmentally friendly and have less of an impact on the environment from their vessels. HB-1257 would have outlawed use of these types of treatment plants in Maryland. The bill encountered strong opposition from many sectors and the public and it was not voted on in the legislative session. As always, feel free to contact my local legislative office at (410) 326-0081 or email at anthony. with questions, comments or concerns regarding these items or other matters.

Four Decades of Earth Days Show Little Bay Improvement In the 40 years since Earth Day was first declared, environmental protection has moved to the forefront of the nation’s issues -- recycling is the norm, hybrid cars and “green living” are the hottest trend, and governments have poured money and manhours into cleaning the Earth. Yet, after four decades of environmental consciousness, the pollution problems and poor water quality in the Chesapeake Bay persist. The major problem isn’t a lack of effort: There have been various state and federal environmental mandates, such as the Clean Water Act and President Obama’s Executive Order, hard work from environmental scientists and regulations placed on bay fisherman. The big problem, environmental scientists said, is that the region is growing too big for the bay. “So we’re better off probably by a long shot than if you didn’t have the Chesapeake Bay Program and if you didn’t have all citizen activists like the Bay Foundation, the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay and other organizations that have been pushing people to participate and take care of their environment,” said Kent Mountford, a former Bay Program environmental scientist. “All those things help, but the number of people coming in and the people coming in “unsaved” who have not heard the message about how important the bay is...the growth of residential economic development interests, the creation of impervious surfaces in the basin,” Mountford said. “All those things continued to increase and pretty much kept pace with the good works we were able to do.” Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the number of people living in the bay watershed has increased from 11.8 million to almost 17 million, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Bay Program. “That huge area now has 17 million people living in it, and it’s more than the estuary can stand. Simple as that,” Mountford said. Mountford is not the only one to hold this belief. Thomas Pheiffer, a retired Environmental Protection Agency scientist who worked on bay issues from 1972 to 2005 out of Annapolis, saw the urbanization hit the area in the mid-’70s and witnessed the impact it had on the bay. Public education, new water-testing technologies, as well as the money invested in bay restoration has helped fight the “population problem,” Pheiffer said. “We’re doing our best to break even with the increases in the population,” Pheiffer said. “And even though we’re doing more with the practices...(the pollution) all goes somewhere and it goes in the creeks.” Mountford pointed out that while the consensus about bay health in the 1960s was that it was “pretty good,” in the 1970s two major disasters hit the watershed that changed that way of thinking. Hurricane Agnes hit the south in 1972 and pummeled the Chesapeake Bay region as a tropical storm. Mountford said the result of the disaster was “a tremendous kick in the butt for the whole natural system.” Mountford said his friends were finding paintings from homes in Harrisburg, Pa., washing up on the beach in Calvert County. He also said that most of the grasses in the bay, “the great underwater meadows that had been so important,” died. Around the same time, the diseases MSX and Dermo attacked oyster populations, and they “really knocked oysters for a loop,” Mountford said. “So these numbers of insults to the ecosystem all came at once and this woke people up, that, ‘Whoa, this is not the Chesapeake Bay of our grandfathers,” Mountford said. By Morgan Gibson (Capital News Service)

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Murphy Seeks Adventure at Queens University Memory Of Robbie Still As Strong Today As Ten Years Ago This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Robbie Miles 5K, which was started by Kate Miles to honor and celebrate her son’s life. Robbie, who died at the age of 15, developed an uncontrolled seizure disorder that left him both mentally challenged and physically handicapped. Despite this disorder, Robbie was known for his bright smile and love for family, friends and life itself. Calvert Hospice helped care for Robbie and although the Miles family has moved from the County, the organization continues the race in Robbie’s memory. “I’m so glad that the race continues in memory of Robbie and this 10th anniversary is special because the Health Care Reform legislation has passed,” said Kate Miles. Miles and her family spent a lot of time advocating for reform. They testified before congress about insurance coverage for preexisting conditions and the difficulty of having to consider institutionalization due to not qualifying for assistance. “The Calvert Hospice team feels privileged to once again honor Robbie,” Jill Morris, Calvert Hospice event coordinator said


in a press release. “I’m new to the team, but I know what a special event the 5K is and this year we’re not only celebrating Robbie’s life; we’re also honoring the part he and his family took in improving healthcare coverage for families facing similar situations.” The public is invited to join Calvert Hospice this Saturday, May 1 for the Robbie Miles 5K Family Run and Walk. Registration is available online at www.calverthospice. org - just click the crab. Race day registration is also available. Strollers and dogs are welcome, so bring the whole family! For further information, call 410-535-0892. All proceeds benefit the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House, now open on Sixes Road in Prince Frederick. Hospice House is available on a first-come-first serve basis to anyone in Calvert County living their final days with a terminal illness for whom care at home is not an option. Calvert Hospice provides care, comfort and compassion to those with a life-limiting illness and those grieving the loss of someone close. Care is provided regardless of ability to pay and all bereavement services are available to Calvert County residents free of charge.

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St. Mary’s Ryken senior goaltender Owen Murphy isn’t nervous about going to college far away from his home in St. Leonard. In fact, he’s ready for the chance to see a new place when he continues his education – and lacrosse career- at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina this fall. “It’s in a nice part of the town, the coach emphasized you’ll never be bored,” Murphy said of the social positives of attending Queens. “I’m looking forward to having freedom to do whatever I want.” Murphy was also considering Sacred Heart and Farfield Universities in Connecticut, as well as Wheeling Jesuit University and Maryland-College Park before deciding on Queens’ offer. In spite of living his entire young life in the Southern Maryland area, Murphy wasn’t concerned about attending college more than seven hours away from home. “I’m always looking for adventure,” he said, “So I’m ready to try something new.” On the field, he admits that the speed of the game, especially the shots that he’ll be facing, will be an adjustment he has to make soon. “There’s a step up from our kids in terms of the speed of the shots,” Murphy said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do to keep up.” It’s work that Ryken head coach John Sothoron thinks Murphy is well prepared for.

Photo By Chris Stevens Accompanied by mother Julia, father Owen, Sr. and several St. Mary’s Ryken staff members, Owen Murphy signs his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.

“He’s paid his dues,” Sothoron said, noting that he was caught behind two goaltenders playing at the college level (Andrew Wascavage at Towson and Mason Cook at Wingate). “He’s done a great job, he works hard on his skills, and we think he’s got a great future ahead of him.” Murphy, who is currently undecided on a major, but leaning towards the sports medicine field, plans to bring many positive things to Charlotte with him. “I am a student who works hard and will be studying all the time, as well as trying my best on and off the field,” he said. By Chris stevens (Ct)

Patuxent Voices Performs A Spring Medley Enjoying the tight harmonies and energetic renditions of the a cappella group Patuxent Voices is a rare treat in Southern Maryland. Comprised of nine women from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, Patuxent Voices has been entertaining local audiences since 2004. The group performs two concerts a year, in December and May, as well as performing at local events throughout the year. The annual spring concert, A Spring Medley, offers an eclectic mix of spirituals, popular tunes, madrigals, sacred, and traditional music – something to please every ear. Where else can you be swept away by the powerful “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” one minute and laughing at the classic 1950s pop tune “Lollipop” the next? Other timeless favorites on the spring program include “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “When the Red, Red, Robin,” “Old Joe Clark” - complete with jug band, and “Boogie, Woogie Bugle Boy.” You can hear Patuxent Voices in concert at Middleham Chapel’s Parish Great

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Hall, Lusby, on Saturday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., and at Trinity Church, St. Mary’s City, on Sunday, May 16, at 3 p.m. The concerts are free; however a donation is encouraged. You can also hear Patuxent Voices at the Calvert Marine Museum on Friday, May 7, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. during the museum’s monthly First Free Friday event. Mark your calendar and celebrate spring with one of our local treasures, Patuxent Voices. Check for program, directions, and additional information.

Artists Await The Return of Quick Draw Create a masterpiece at Quick Draw on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to noon on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum. All artists are welcome at the second annual Quick Draw event as part of Solomons Paint the Town, a plein air event sponsored by the Solomons Business Association. Quick Draw collapses the artistic process into two intense hours of frenzied creativity. Artists who wish to participate should register between 9 – 10 a.m. at the museum. The only requirement is that the work be done within the time limit, and that it be done on museum property. At 10 a.m. sharp, the ship’s bell sounds the begin-

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ning of the contest. When it sounds again two hours later, all paint brushes must be sheathed. There is no fee to register, but artists must provide all materials. The works will be judged at 1:00 p.m. and a first, second, and third prize awarded. After judging, artists may sell their works to spectators on the spot. Younger artists are welcome to get in on the action as the Color and Light Society will oversee the painting of a mural on the museum grounds. There is no cost to be on the grounds during the Quick Draw, but access to the exhibition building and Drum Point Lighthouse require museum admission. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site: To learn about activities throughout the weekend, visit the Solomons Business Association Web site:

Just in time for Southern Maryland spring flower, shrub and vegetable planting, two local groups are hosting plant sales. The upcoming events offer gardeners an unusual assortment of healthy, reasonably priced plants while proceeds from the sales benefit local education and charitable works. Gardeners should mark their calendars for the second Saturday in May: both Calvert County Master Gardeners and Middleham Chapel are hosting plant sales. The Master Gardener plant sale is Saturday, May 8 from 8 am to noon at the Community Resources Building at 30 Duke Street in Prince Frederick, across the street from the Post Office. “The plant sale has blossomed into a fair this year,” says event coordinator and longtime Master Gardener Judy Kay. In preparation for the expanded sale, the local volunteer gardening group has been dividing and potting perennials (many native to the area), ferns, ornamental grasses and shrubs, raising vegetables and herbs from seed, building salad boxes and polishing presentations. A limited number of native shrubs and perennials will be available, including Sweet Pepperbush, Buttonbush, Virginia Sweetspire, and Sweetbay Magnolia. Along with fellow Master Gardeners Nancy Radcliffe has been nurturing vegetable and herb seedlings since the winter. “We will have red, purple, yellow, white, and black tomatoes as well as other heirloom and hybrid vegetables and herbs,” reports Radcliffe. Beyond an interesting variety of plants, reasonable prices are another reason to attend the local plant sales. Repeat customer and Lusby gardener Sandy Leitner says “You get a lot of bang for your buck at the Master Gardener plant sale.” The Master Gardeners have expanded

the annual plant sale into a Garden Fair this year with presentations, a raffle and other garden items for sale. There will be 9:00 am talk on Salad Boxes (a compact vegetable growing system), a 10:00 talk on Vegetable Gardening called “Grow It, Eat It” and a Backyard Composting Demonstration at 11:00. There will also be information on Woodland Stewardship, a raffle for a compost bin, and the Calvert Lion’s Club will sell rain barrels. Proceeds from the sale will go to further the educational outreach of the Master Gardener Program in Calvert County. Also on Saturday May 8th, Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish at10210 H.G. Trueman Road in Lusby (next to SMILE) is hosting its popular Mayfest from 6:30 am to noon. Mayfest includes sales plants, antiques, collectibles, books, sporting goods, baked goods plus breakfast and lunch. Mayfest Plant Sale Committee member Kay McClellan reports that Middleham volunteers started preparing plants for the sale last fall, dividing and potting healthy perennials and shrubs which have flourished under winter cover and close care into vibrant specimens.

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Students at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Solomons Island received some help with their annual Earth Day plantings last week from a crew of volunteers from the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in St. Mary’s County. Several crews from the “Cali Cares” team at the restaurant, led by General Manager Chuck Bates, stopped by on Earth Day to pull weeds and turn over earth in several areas around the school and church. The work prepared the ground for a school-wide event the next day in which all students had the opportunity to bring in flowers and plants to put in the ground. “It’s interesting, the kids will come in and some will bring geraniums, some will bring daises, and they’ll just put them in different places,” said Principal Sister Carolyn Marie Betsch. “So we might have snap dragons right next to daisies.” “The children bring bulbs sometimes, and whatever pops up pops up,” said Suzanne Pucciarella, a parent volunteer. The students cycled outside during their Earth Day planting, one grade level at a time. “If they bring in one flower, they finish in five minutes and go back to class. Photo By Suzanne Pucciarella So that’s an incentive for them to bring A group of fourth graders at Our Lady school plant an array of flowers outside the school on April 23. Up in more flowers,’ said Sister Carolyn Mafront in the blue shirt is Nathan Smith.

rie. “Some of the older kids, they bring in a whole flat, because they know.” The Ruby Tuesday crew selected Our Lady school as one of five schools to which the restaurant offered their volunteer services. They also reached out to Dowell and Appeal elementary schools in Calvert County. “We adopted five local schools and Our Lady Star of the Sea happens to be one o them,” Bates said. “They called us with a little landscaping project, so we got a crew together and came over and helped out.” Bates, who has been general manager for six years, said his restaurant has been

helping local schools for about a year, but this is the first time they got a volunteer crew together – and they decided to call themselves Cali Cares. “We’re going to do it every year,” Bates said, added they will do whatever the schools need. “We’ll clean playgrounds, build equipment. Depends on what their jobs is, if we can do it we’ll do it … We’ll keep a good relationship going and help out every year.” “It’s a wonderful day. Everybody really takes a lot of personal attention to the grounds and to the children.” Pucciarella said. By Sean Rice (ScG)

Photo By Sean Rice Members of the “Cali Cares” crew from the California Ruby Tuesday at Our Lady are, from left, Desire Thompson, Amy Norris, Denise Helm, Chuck Bates, Amanda Wedding, Laura Hoover, Andrew Kibler, and Joe Elmore.

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Guest Editorial: Health Reform Puts Maryland On The Hook By Marc Kilmer

Tucked into the newly enacted federal health care legislation is a mandate that states expand Medicaid, which will cost Maryland hundreds of millions of dollars. But Gov. Martin O’Malley declared in a recent speech that this bill will actually save the state money. Considering that in the same speech, he also bragged about the state’s health care programs - without noting their significant problems - perhaps his judgment isn’t all that reliable. Just as the state’s 2008 Medicaid expansion (championed by Mr. O’Malley) has been a burden on the state’s budget, so too will be this health care legislation. In hailing the passage of federal health care legislation, Governor O’Malley claimed it “will build on our progress” in Maryland. Of course, he defines “progress” in terms of legislation he has championed. Two of the initiatives he mentioned - Medicaid expansion and a health insurance partnership with small businesses - are good examples of why government should not be in the health care business. The governor commended an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Yes, more people are now enrolled in the state’s medical care program than when Governor O’Malley entered office. That is in large part why the governor requested $6.2 billion in this year’s budget for a program that cost $4.8 billion in 2007, a 29 percent increase in four years. The Medicaid expansion specifically championed by Governor O’Malley was already exceeding cost estimates by the end of its first year. The cost for all of the state’s medical care programs has been higher (usually far higher) than the amount budgeted for them in every year of Governor O’Malley’s term. This runaway spending is directly contributing to the state’s current budget woes. Governor O’Malley also said the Maryland Health Insurance Partnership is a model for the nation. This partnership gives subsidies to small businesses to help their employees obtain health insurance. When it was passed, it was estimat-

ed that it would cover 15,000 “newly insured adults.” The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene boasts of “over 10,000 covered.” However, the number of individuals covered by the program as of December 2009, according to the Maryland Health Care Commission, is only 1,050. Is this “progress,” as Governor O’Malley claims? Probably not. But the governor is likely correct in saying that the federal health care legislation will build on these programs’ results. Like the state Medicaid program, the new federal programs will cost more than anticipated. And like the state health insurance partnership, the federal programs will not cover as many people as projected or help businesses obtain more affordable health care coverage to any significant degree. The very legislation Governor O’Malley says will save the state money actually forces Maryland to expand its Medicaid program, something the Department of Legislative Services has estimated will cost upward of $200 million over the next 10 years. Policymakers are already projecting deep deficits over the coming decade, and this new federal mandate will only worsen them. Don’t expect Governor O’Malley’s new health care council to address these issues, however. In fact, don’t expect too much out of that panel at all. There really is no need for a council of this sort to make recommendations. There are plenty of analysts in the governor’s budget office or employed by the General Assembly who could do this. This council is just another way to spend taxpayers’ dollars and provide some press coverage for the governor in a tough election year. Unfortunately, very little of this coverage will note the dismal reality of the programs celebrated by the governor - or that the federal health care bill will make the state’s budget problems worse. Marc Kilmer is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute. He can be reached at

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Editorial: Legislators Lack Courage; What About Voters? Another 90 day annual session of the Maryland Legislature ended last week in Annapolis. For the most part, so has the current four-year term which the current Governor, Senators and Delegates were elected to serve. All are up for reelection this fall. There will be no more legislative sessions until next January, after the fall elections. So for the most part, their work of solving the state’s fiscal problems, solving the state’s unemployment problems, solving the state’s transportation problems, and providing the leadership to put Maryland back on the right track is done. They have now completed the four years which voters gave them to fix the things they promised during the election four years ago, like bringing down electrical rate hikes, bringing down the cost of higher education, cleaning up Maryland’s waters, building needed roads and bridges, funding for new schools and new libraries, and stopping the over-regulation of Marylander’s that continues to threaten our freedoms, to reduce spending, avoid new taxes, and find new revenue sources such as slot machines. Now our Senator and Delegates return home to begin their reelection campaigns, where they will give you their version of what has happened over the past four years, and once again promise to fix the same problems they promised to fix four years ago. They will tell you that they have not been part of the problem in Annapolis, but if you will send them back for another four years, they will

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Fallen Firefighter Service Will Christen Ground For New Monument


he first-ever Calvert County fallen firefighter memorial service next month in Port Republic will christen the land where the county’s first and only monument for firefighters and rescue responders killed in the line of duty will be located. The service at 10 a.m. May 22 will be held at Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens on Broomes Island Road, a day before the county’s annual volunteer appreciation day at the county fairgrounds. “Our goal is this year we’ll be having our first service, and everybody that comes will be able to see where it’s going to be placed. And our goal is this time next year when we have the second service to have the monument in place,” said Mike Bowen, chair of the county-wide committee of volunteer rescue personnel working to make the fallen heroes monument a reality. “Doing this memorial service it’s a way for us to be able to help the families with the grieving process, and also to let them know that their loved one hasn’t been forgotten,” Bowen said. “And that’s really the big reason that we wanted to do this.”

Bowen, of Prince Frederick, is a career firefighter for Anne Arundel County, and a volunteer with the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, where he began is lifetime of fire service in 1978 at 16 years old. “This is something that’s been in Mike’s mind for a very long time, it’s been something he’s wanted to do,” said Marci Kreamer, general manager of Chesapeake Highlands Memorial Gardens. After learning about Bowen’s desire to construct a permanent memorial for the fallen, Chesapeake Highlands stepped up to the plate. “Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens has been a Godsend,” Bowen said. “I just sort of pushed it along and said ‘why wait for the monument’,” Kreamer said about having the first memorial service this year. “We are donating the land that the monument will sit on, and also working with them on the cost.” Bowen said the county has been “very, very fortunate” to have only lost three people in the line of duty. “The first one was in North Beach in 1970 (Larry Cox), and the other two, one was a cousin of mine (Donald Bowen in 1980) and the other was a very good friend (W. David Gott in 1988), and they were both from if you would like to advertise Prince Frederick,” Bowen said. please contact the county times “Between the two of us we both really have at 301-373-4125 a passion for this, and the owners here as well,” win in cash prizes by Kreamer said. “My passion comes from when my mother was ill. The St. Leonard Fire Department, using these coupons they came and took care of her probably about five times … They were all extremely kind, so kind, four $25 winners and it was just awesome. use all 8 coupons and get 8 chances to win. “So in my heart I’ve always wanted to recipCustomer Must Present Original Coupon. Purchase Required. No Cash Back rocate somehow. So if I can reciprocate b helping them see this vision accomplished, then I feel like I’m doing something,” Kreamer said. Bowen has been doing his part to honor the fallen for more than 20 years, as a member of honor guard squads for the Southern Maryland Volunteer Fireman’s Association and Anne Arundel County Fire Department. He is also a purchase of member of Calvert County Fire & EMS Pipes and Drums. $25 or more off “Over the years we’ve done so many things, Expires 05/03/10. memorial services funeral services, after 9/11, I even went to New York,” Bowen said. “Over the years in doing all this stuff, you name: phone #: can do a lot of things at the funeral services, but address:


at the end of the service it’s still hard for the families to get through things,” he said. “What we’ll do (at the new memorial) is we will honor our line-of-duty people every year, and we’ll also honor those that have passed in the pervious year, or natural causes.”

Starting the 2007, Bowen helped organize a committee to begin planning the new monument, including members from all volunteer companies in the county. After holding a design competition, all the submissions were combined together to come up with the final de-

sign for the monument. He said the monument is going to be made of black polished marble. The left side has the Maltese Cross and fireman’s prayer and the right side will have the EMT’s prayer. Kreamer said has been working with their monument company, and the only thing left to do is raise money. Bowen said each department in the county is donating a minimum of $500, and they have been holding other fundraising events, such as their “boot drive” at the 2009 county fair. The committee is working on setting up a countywide boot drive soon, in which members across the county will plan to solicited donations on the same coordinated day. “Of course we’ll accept donations from any corporate sponsors, or anybody else,” Bowen said. “Right now we’re look at raising about $15,000.” Donations can be directed to Bowen through the Calvert County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, those interested can contact Marci Kreamer for more information on donating at 410-257-0544. “It’s very close to my heart to. I mean gosh, these guys don’t get paid,” Kreamer said. “Can you imagine that … It’s takes a special person to do that.” BY SEAN RICE (SCG)

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distance. “The seminar on Caregiving From a At home, Linda Harrington takes care Distance was very, very good,” said Thereof her dad, Bill Thesken, who turns 101 in sa Scott, one of Woodlands daughters who August. attended a recent seminar. “I also liked the “I need some clues about how to find Caregivers Quilt seminar.” time for doing the things that make up the Harrington and Scott were two of the rest of my life, while still taking care of my 240 participants at the 18th Annual Southdad at home,” Harrington said. ern Maryland Caregivers Conference, last Thelma Woodland of Bel Alton has week in La Plata. Along with seminars about 15 children, and suffers from diabetes and Senior Depression, the status of Healthcare takes multiple medications. Several of her reform and Long Term Care Financing, children have to manage her care from a several of the local Offices on Aging were present to let people know about their existing programs and pass on information about some of the newer ones. The Calvert County Office on Aging was proud of what they had to offer at the conference. Tonya Jackson and Anne Newtown, social services cocoordinators for the Calvert County of Aging, were getting the information out at the conference about how caregivers could be eligible for a $500 yearly reimbursement. The CCOA also provides information for seniors who may need help with their home energy bills. Photos by Joany Nazdin Jackson and Newtown both Anne Newtown, left, and Marcia Monett, from the Calvert said the most popular program County Office on Aging, talk during the conference. they have is the support group


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for caregivers, People Who Care. “We have the highest attendance with this group of any in the tri-county area,” Jackson said. “It is held during the day, so I know people really want to come because they have to adjust their schedules to be there. Caregivers have a need to share stories. We call it inhaling and exhaling, telling stories and sharing tips and resources.” Calvert County Office on Aging also provides mental health services to their residents. Marcia Monett, MS, PMHCNS-BC, provides free community- based mental health services to those 60 and above. “I go where needed to provide my services,” Monett said. “I will travel to nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and homes. I counsel patients and also their caregivers.” “We call her our secret resource,” Jackson said. “All the other area counties try to steal her services, she is that good.” Susan Hines, a registered nurse from Mechanicsville who works for Choice Professional Resources, came to check out what is new for the health care providers. “This was great,” Himes said. “I got some info I didn’t have and was able to add to the information that I did have. I liked the different varieties of new equipment that were available, and the new skin care products for geriatrics and bed-bound people.”

Kathy Goodpeed, who works at the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging, was excited about the new Senior Rides Program. The program is available to seniors who are unable to use public transportation and lack another reliable source for getting around. Volunteer drivers, who are reimbursed for mileage and have to complete a course in driver safety and CPR, are matched with seniors who need rides. The riders must be at least 60 years old and must be able to walk with a cane or a walker, as wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. The rides must be scheduled 3 days in advance for rides within the county, and 5 days in advance for out of county. Long distance trips must be made for medical reasons only. There is also a new prescription card being offered to the residents of Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, which offers an average savings of 22 percent off of the retail price. There is no cost for the card and it is available to anyone in St. Mary’s County. The card is presented to the pharmacy at time of purchase to receive the discount, and may be used for any medications that are not covered by insurance. Cards are available at county libraries, senior centers and the Department of Human Services, or by logging into By Joany Nazdin (SCG)

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By Joyce Baki In the United States we honor mothers and motherhood on the second Sunday of May. Many of us send flowers, cards or other gifts to our mothers. Restaurants are busy as we take our mothers out of the kitchen and treat her to dinner. What is the origin of this holiday? The answer will surprise many of you. Anna Jarvis was born in the small town of Webster, West Virginia on May 1, 1864. She was one of eleven children born to Granville and Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. Not long after she was born, her family moved to Grafton, West Virginia. It was here that she would grow up. In 1881 she enrolled in the Augusta Female Academy, Staunton, VA (now Mary Baldwin College). After finishing school, Anna returned to Grafton and taught school. Anna’s mother was very active in the church and civic affairs. Mrs. Ann Jarvis is credited with the development of Mothers Day Work Clubs. These clubs promoted health and safety to the workers throughout West Virginia, and worked to combat poor health and sanitation conditions that existed in neighborhoods contributing to the high mortality rate

Mother’s Day in America of children. During the Civil War, Mrs. Jarvis also organized groups of women to assist with the wounded on both sides of the conflict. She was well-spoken and became a renowned speaker during her time. After the death of her husband in 1902, Mrs. Jarvis and her daughters, Anna and Lillie, moved to Philadelphia to live with her son Claude. On May 9, 1905, Mrs. Jarvis died at the age of 72. She was laid to rest at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. On the day of her burial, the bell of St. Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, tolled seventy-two times in her honor. Two years after her mother’s death, Anna Jarvis returned to St. Andrews Church to hold a memorial for her mother. On May 12, 1907, Anna passed out white carnations to each mother in the congregation. She returned the following year to hold another memorial, an “official” service, which would be followed by a larger ceremony in the Wanamaker’s store in Philadelphia. She then began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. West Virginia declared Mother’s Day a holiday in 1910. The rest of the states would follow quickly. On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday

in May as Mother’s Day and requested a proclamation. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 9, 1914, declaring the first national Mother’s Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating the holiday. In May 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a resolution commemorating Mother’s Day showing support for the day. St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church, where the first celebration was held is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Surprisingly enough, Anna Jarvis became soured by the commercialization of Mother’s Day. According to her obituary in the New York Times, she became embittered because too many people sent their mothers a printed greeting card instead of calling on their mother and spending the day with her. She and her sister spent their family inheritance campaigning against the holiday, dying in poverty. Anna Marie Jarvis never married and never had children. She died on Novem-

Anyone who was out trolling for striped bass this past weekend doesn’t need to be reminded about the wind conditions. Those that caught their limits early and returned to ports on the western side of the bay were lucky in more ways than one. Many fishermen reported finishing up early before the wind picked up; especially those on charter boats. Trolling the shipping channel edges was the name of the game and planer boards were the winning strategy to keep lures up and away from the boat. The first two days of the season and the wind conditions that prevailed were just that and now that the winds have lain down, everyone will have a chance to catch a big fish; even small boat captains. Dustin Wimsatt was fishing with his dad, brother and friends on a Solomon’s charter boat when he reeled in a beautiful 44” striped bass while trolling between the Gas Docks and the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant. There has been a lot of spawning activity in the Choptank, Nanticoke, Potomac and Patuxent Rivers and these fish are entering the bay and heading south. They’re hungry so large parachutes, bucktails, spoons and Storms should do the trick. There are large menhaden in the bay so that will be on the menu for these fish as they head out into the ocean on their way north. There was also some spawning activity reported in the Elk River last week. Fishermen have been reporting slow catch and release fishing up in the Susquehanna Flats region for the last couple of

weeks. Fish are being caught on cut bait and lures but the action does not seem to be living up to what fishermen expected. The water is clear and flows from the Conowingo Dam have been minimal. The hickory shad run continues at Deer Creek and Octararo Creek and should continue till the end of the month. Fishing for hickory shad in the Susquehanna has been good and there are also plenty of white perch and channel catfish to be caught. Freshwater fishermen continue to focus on the excellent largemouth bass and trout fishing opportunities this week. The largemouth bass are feeding heavily near the mouths of feeder creeks in the tidal rivers, emerging grass beds, sunken wood and flats have also been good places to cast lipless or shallow running crankbaits and soft plastic craw baits. Impoundments ranging from the largest reservoirs to small farm ponds are all offering good fishing for largemouth bass. Emerging grass beds, steep edges and sunken wood such as fallen tree tops are good places to cast a variety of baits such as spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Western Region fisheries biologist Alan Klotz reports that they have been busy stocking trout recently and that the western streams are running low and clear due to the lack of rain. Fisheries biologist John Mullican reports the upper Potomac River is in beautiful shape and fishing well. Walleye have begun to go back on the feed and anglers have been catching them on jigs and crankbaits; the best action has been at dusk. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved as well. Jerkbaits, deep-diving crankbaits, and tubes have been effective. Fisheries biologist Jody Johnson re-

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ber 24, 1948 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Where did Anna Jarvis get her inspiration for Mother’s Day? When Anna was 12 years old, her mother taught a Sunday school class on “Mothers of the Bible.” Mrs. Jarvis ended the class with a small prayer which asked for someone to someday create a memorial to mothers to commemorate all that mothers did for their families, their communities and for humanity. Anna would never forget this request or her mother.

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Wimsatt Kevin Wimsatt reports that he and his two sons went out with Captain Shawn Pruitt last weekend, who directed them to some big fish between the Gas Dock and the Calvert Cliffs Power Plant. His son Dustin reeled in a 44” fish by himself – an exciting fight as the fish broke the surface three times and took about five minutes to bring her in.

ported that he officiated at a walleye tournament at Deep Creek Lake this past weekend. He mentioned that about 150 walleyes were checked in with 20” or so being the largest. Most fishermen reported trolling Rapalas as a favorite method of fishing during the tournament but drifting live minnows at dusk is a more successful way to fish for walleyes. Put and take trout fishermen continue to enjoy the fruits of a very generous stocking program by the Fisheries Service in selected trout stocked waters throughout the state. A lot of Fishing Challenge award sized trout are being submitted for certificates and the sizes of some of them are daunting. Several rain-

bow trout have approached state record size and fishermen are telling stories of catching the fish of a lifetime and getting wobbly in the knees at the sight of a 6lb rainbow trout on the end of their line. Fishermen should take note that any fish meeting the minimum size for an award certificate for the Maryland Fishing Challenge from last Septembers awards ceremony until this years awards ceremony will be eligible in this years contest and prizes. Keith Lockwood is a fisheries biologist at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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Apostle Joseph Nathan Brown, 67 Apostle Joseph Nathan Brown, 67, of Owings, MD passed away on March 31, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. Portrait of Life “Joseph: A Man of Many Colors” The Bible records in the book of Genesis, chapter 37, verse 3, that Joseph (whose name means “adding”, “dreamer”) was favored by his father Jacob. The love and admiration of his father led to Joseph receiving a coat of many colors. Not only did this coat express the father’s love, but it also expressed the son’s abilities. Joseph was a dreamer, an interpreter of dreams, as well as a masterful administrator. Likened unto Joseph, our beloved Shepherd, Pastor and Friend, Apostle Joseph Nathan Brown, DD was blessed by God with an array of talents that he used skillfully for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edifying of the

body of Christ. Young master Joseph Nathan Brown was born the fourth of five children on May 10, 1942 to the late Senior Bishop Henry H. Brown and Mother Minnie Lee Brown. From a very young age, his Father captivated his attention and went on to teach him life changing lessons that would forever shape the student into the masterful teacher that he would become. The Family In high school, Joe Nathan made up his mind that Pearlie Mae would be the one that he would share the rest of his life with. On June 1 1961, Apostle took the hand of Shepherd Mother Pearlie M. (Ushry) Brown in matrimony. Together they formed a team second to none. Apostle affectionately called Shepherd Mother, “Pumpkin”. Of this union, three children were born: Darryl Nathaniel, Cheryle Patriece (deceased), DeLethian LyVette, and one adopted daughter Dottie Mary Ann. Greater Bible Way Church, 2300 Sixes Road The place that became his home away from home, the place where he laid down his life for the members daily….. Apostle built upon the foundation laid by his father, Senior Bishop Henry H. Brown. He challenged the membership to strive for excellence with the understanding that “Eye hath

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not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. From the Twilights, to the Brotherhood, from the Brotherhood to the Mothers Board, Apostle Brown carefully watched over each ministry with the love and passion of a “Good Shepherd.” The indelible mark left by “POP” on the lives of the members of 2300 Sixes Road will never be forgotten. Diocese As a Diocesan, he served the state of Texas for over 13 years. Following his tenure in Texas, he went on to succeed our late Founding Chief Apostle as Diocesan of the Capital Area Diocese, later renamed the Maryland Washington Metropolitan Area Diocese. During his tenure as Diocesan, Apostle Brown visited each District and Church inspiring the saints to continue in the things of God. In his capacity as Diocesan, Apostle was afforded the pleasure to work with such great men of God as the late Bishop Arthur L. Pressley, Apostle James Silver, and Apostle Floyd Nelson, Sr. He implemented an annual Pastor’s and First Lady’s Luncheon. Forty-two churches were recorded at the apex of the Diocese’s growth. National Apostle Brown served in various auxiliaries throughout the Bible Way Organization since its inception. He began his service to the national body as the first national Chaplain of the Young People’s Department in 1957 and was later appointed to the Board of Evangelists in 1958. God granted our Apostle an extraordinary ability to manage and administer the affairs of the church. This God given ability was noticed by the late Founding Chief Apostle Bishop Smallwood E. Williams, DD who appointed him as the General Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of Bishops (1981). Along with the office of Treasurer, he occupied integral positions within the organization that included but were not limited to: Chairman of the Board of District Elders, Supervisor of the National Registration, Supervisor of the National Exhibits, and Vice Chairman of the Convention/Council Coordinating Committee. Apostle Brown was later elevated to the Office of First Vice Presiding Bishop of the Bible Way Churches World Wide. He was blessed to serve as First Vice Presider under the administration of Apostles Lawrence G. Campbell and Huie L. Rogers. In 2002, the Lord saw fit to elevate then Bishop Joseph N. Brown, DD to the Office of Apostle. Apostle Brown served in this capacity until his transition from this life into the presence of God. Community Throughout his ministry, our Apostle has been a driving force in the community both at the State and Local levels. His contributions toward the empowerment of the community include: Member of the Calvert County School Board, Member of the Maryland State Comptroller’s Committee, Advisor to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners, former Member of the Governor’s Task Force, and past

Chaplain of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department. The Remnant The Apostle leaves to cherish his memories: His darling wife Shepherd Mother Pearlie M. Brown; Children: Pastor Darryl Brown, Sr. (Greater Grace, Louisburg, NC), Co-Pastor Dottie Mary Ann Stewart (Stanley) (Tabernacle of Refuge Ministries, Annapolis, MD), Evangelist Selena Maxine Brown, and Co-Pastors Neil & DeLethian L. Gross; Grand Children: Tiara Terry (Cedric), Hans Brown, Darryl Brown, Jr., Diamond Brown, Catriece Brown, Josh Brown, Malique Gross, Jarid Brown, Johans Brown, Malaysia Johnson, Damian Parker, Cartier McKenzie, William Broome, Jr., Leonard Commodore, Jr.; Great Grandson: Caleb Terry; Sisters: Valerie Wallace, Lorraine Peaton; Cousins: Ethel Pratt, Crystal Pratt, Charlotte Pratt, Mandell Pratt, Benny Warren, and Faithlyn Hazel; Nieces: Khia Proctor, Brittney Danials, and Alexis Danials; Nephews: Ervin Brown, Craig Ushry, and Troy Young; In-Laws: Mother Ola Ushry, Theresa Brown, Sharon Daniels (Randall), Cody Ushry, Jr., Calvin Ushry (Louise), and Judy Ushry. Household Technicians: Rosemary Johnson, and Lillie Commodore. God Children: Pamela Moses, Yolanda Gantt, Desheia Claggett, Tyre Awkward & Semaj Wills. Caregivers: Leonard Commodore, Sr., Myrna Johnson, and Woodrow Wallace, Jr. and the entire Greater Bible Way Church, 2300 Sixes Road Family! Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at Greater Bible Way Church, Prince Frederick, MD with Apostle Huie L. Rogers eulogist and on Friday, April 9, 2010 at Bible Way Temple Church Apostle Franklin C. Showell eulogist. The interment was at Greater Bible Way Church, Prince Frederick, MD. The pallbearers were Hans Brown, Darryl Brown, Jr., Malique Gross, Cedric Terry, Damien Parker, Jarid Brown, Leonard Commodore, Jr., and Cartier McKenzie. The honorary pallbearers were The College of Bishops of the International Bible Way Church Inc. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

William Clayton, 76 William Wesley Clayton, 76, of Lusby, died at Calvert Memorial Hospital on April 15, 2010. Mr. Clayton was born on Aug. 26, 1933 in North Carolina. He had a distinguished career as a civil engineer for most of his life with the Veterans Administration. He is survived by his life-long companion Gregory Barcase of Lusby; other relatives and numerous friends Funeral services and interment were private. Should friends desire contributions may be made in his memory to the Charity of your choice. Arrangements were provided by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, Maryland.

Quamaine Shabazz Harris, 16 Quamaine Shabazz Harris, 16, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away on March 28, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. Quamaine was born in Calvert County. He was the fifth child of Amy Felicia Harris and Lorraine

“Bo” Johnson. Quamaine attended the Calvert County Public Schools. He attended St. Leonard Elementary, Calvert Middle, and Patuxent High School. Quamaine, also known as Quamie, Spanks, and Soldierboy, was a burst of fresh air to everyone he came in contact with. He made such an impact on so many people’s lives. He could make a positive situation out of a negative one, and had a smile that would light up the room like a ray of sunshine. Quamaine’s favorite pastimes included video games, pool, joking around with his brothers and friends, but most of all, riding a dirt bike, of which he became a tournament rider for Budds Creek Raceway. Quamaine leaves to cherish his memories: four brothers, Tray, Martel, Anthony, and Antoine; one niece, Journey Hurley; and one nephew, Machai Ball; eleven uncles, Maurice, Gary, Nathan Jr., Cornell, Tyrone, Clyde Jr., Vaughn, Leroy, Tony, and two who preceded him in death, Leonard “Sweet Pea” Harris Jr., and Jimmy; fourteen great uncles, Clarence, Levi, Melvin, Gerald, Mark, Robert, Charles, Floyd, John, Isaac, Maurice and three who preceded him in death, Willie, Raymond, and Woodrow; four aunts, Detrice, Excella, Laverne, Rosa Lee, and Mary who preceded him in death; twentytwo great aunts, Tammy, Rhoda, Margaret, Madeline, Geraldine, Sarah, Doris Ann, Clarice, Beverly, Sandra, Darlene, Janice, Patsy, Tina, Lisa, Celeste, Queenie, Virginia, Mary, Maggie, Keisha, Lenora, and three who preceded him in death, Evelyn, Ester, and Doris; three grandmothers, Irene Harris, Alice Sutton, and Alverta Mackall who preceded him in death; two great-grandmothers who preceded him in death, Carrie Johnson and Sylvia Harris; four grandfathers, Leonard Harris Sr., Sammy “Pop-Pop” Mackall, Kenneth Mackall, and Roy Johnson who preceded him in death; two great grandfathers, Clarence Johnson Sr., and Isaac Harris Sr., who preceded him in death; and a host of cousins and friends. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Great-

er Mt. Zion Church, Prince Frederick, MD with Pastor Donte’ King officiating. The interment was held at Chesapeake Highland Memorial Gardens in Port Republic. The pallbearers were Martel Ball, Tray Ball, Donald Chew, Brandon Harrod, Anthony Hurley, and Travis Johnson. The honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Brown, Clinton Gantt, Gary Harris, Clarence Johnson Jr., Melvin Johnson, and Terrence Johnson. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Edwin W. Hayes, 78 Edwin W. Hayes, 78, a retired Deputy Director of the Computer Assisted System Staff of the Veterans Administ ration, died April 7 of heart and kidney disease, at Asbury Solomons Island Health Care Center, Solomons, MD. After retiring he was a tax consultant for 21 years, primarily with the firm of Coble, Smith and Wade in Clinton, MD. Mr. Hayes was born in Norfolk, VA, attended schools in Hyattsville, MD and Washington, D.C. where he was a graduate of Anacostia High School and George Washington University. He received his MBA degree from Syracuse University. During the Korean War he served three years in the U.S. Army, two of them on Okinawa. Active in the Upper Marlboro community of Marlton, he was treasurer and president of the local Control Commission, and president of the Douglass High School Booster Club. Working with the Upper Marlboro Boys and Girls Club for over twelve years he helped coach in all sports and served terms as football and softball commissioner. He was Club treasurer for seven years. Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Margaret Faulds Hayes of Solomons, MD; a son, Steven Preston Hayes and his wife Linda of Southlake, TX; a daughter Susan Ellen Hayes of Nashville, TN; and three grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Molly Hayes. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD, immediately followed by an 11 a.m. service celebrating his

life. Inurnment at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD, will be at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Asbury~Solomons Benevolent Care Fund, 11100 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD, 20688. Arrangements by the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby.

Harold “Hal” Hebele, 87 Harold William “Hal” Hebele, 87, of Solomons, MD went home to be with the Lord after a long illness on April 16, 2010, with his family by his side. He was born on August 23, 1922 in Staunton, IL, which he always considered his home. He received his education and musical training in Chicago, IL where he received a full musical scholarship to Coe College. After serving his country during WWII in the Army Weather Squadron, he moved to Washington, DC where he continued his education and met his loving wife of almost 60 years Violet Summerville, whom he married on August 26, 1950. Harold and Violet raised their four daughters in Massachusetts, where while attending the Newton Presbyterian Church he was led to pursue his calling in full time ministry. He continued serving in the Presbyterian Church until his retirement in 1992. Throughout his life his loves were his Lord, his wife, his family and his music. Hal is survived by his wife Violet S. Hebele of Solomons, MD; children, Kathryn Hubley and husband Dan of Massachusetts, Sharon Danish and husband Stephen of Virginia, Janet Granitz and husband Don of Indiana, and Sandra Heacock and husband Gene of New England; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, California, MD with Rev. Michael R. Jones officiating. Interment was on Monday, April 26, 2010 in the MD Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. In lieu of flowers the family request contributions to be made in Hal’s memory to the Asbury Solomons Benevolent Care Fund, 11450 Asbury Circle, Solomons, MD 20688 and / or the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD 20619. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby.

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Linda Jenkins, 70 Linda Jenkins, 70, a 20-year resident of Solomons, Maryland died at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, Maryland on April 16th, 2010 following a long illness. Ms. Jenkins was born on Jan. 22, 1940 in Prince Frederick, to the late William F. Jenkins and Etta Mae Lusby Jenkins. She moved with her family to Staten Island, New York when she was 2 years old. She returned to Solomons in 1990 to live with her mother who had returned there several years earlier. She remained at the home place until her death. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Staten Island, New York and latter attended the University of Maryland. She was a Tourist Information Specialist and Co-coordinator at the Calvert County Information Center for many years as well as a bookkeeper for the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce. She retired in 2004. In her leisure time Linda enjoyed gardening, reading and socializing with family and friends. Linda belonged to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She is survived by her life-long companion Harry Robertson of Baltimore County, Maryland; two brothers, Robert Jenkins of Staten Island, New York and William Jenkins of Baltimore County, Maryland. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family received friends on Sunday, April 18th at the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, April 19, 2010 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Solomons. Interment followed at Solomons United Methodist Church Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers were Robert Morrison, Ryan Morrison, Leonard Lane, William Giles, Jim Sharkey and Vincent Lane. Should friends desire contributions may be made in her memory to Catholic Charities P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066, or to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Building Fund, 90 Alexander Lane P.O.Box 566, Solomons, MD 20688,


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Patuxent High School Sports Schedule Blue Crabs Thurs., Apr. 29

Tues., May 4

Baseball Patuxent at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Leonardtown, 5 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Northern, 6:30 p.m.

Track and Field La Plata at Patuxent, 4 p.m.

Softball Patxuent at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.

Wed., May 5

Fri., Apr. 30

Baseball Leonardtown at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse Northern at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m.

Softball Leonardtown at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m.

Mon., May 3

Tennis Patuxent at Leonardtown, 4 p.m.

Baseball Patuxent at North Point, 4:30 p.m.

Fri., May 7

Boys’ Lacrosse Leonardtown at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball Westlake at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m.

Softball Patuxent at North Point, 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse Calvert at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m.

Tennis North Point at Patuxent, 4 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Calvert, 4 p.m. Softball Westlake at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m.

Patuxent Scoreboard Fri., Apr. 16 Baseball Patuxent 6, Great Mills Boys’ Lacrosse Patuxent 16, Calvert 2 Softball Patuxent 10, Great Mills 0 (five innings)

Sat., Apr. 17 Boys’ Lacrosse Northern 16, Patuxent 6

Tues., Apr. 20 Boys’ Lacrosse Patuxent 13, Chopticon 5 Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent 12, Chopticon 1

Boys’ Track and Field Patuxent 80.5 Northern 48.5 Great Mills 38 Girls’ Track and Field Northern 88.5 Patuxent 47 Great Mills 35.5

Wed., Apr. 21 Baseball Northern 6, Patuxent 5 Softball Northern 5, Patuxent 3

Fri., Apr. 23 Baseball Patuxent 4, Thomas Stone 2

Ready to Play Ball It has been a full six months since the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs finished as the Atlantic League runner-up to the Somerset Patriots, and with the home opener just two weeks away, third-year manager Butch Hobson is ready to lead the Crabs back into battle this season. “Every year, your goal is to make it to the championship,” Hobson said during a team luncheon Wednesday afternoon. “Somebody’s got to go home the loser and that was us last year.” The Blue Crabs won 79 games and both halves of the Atlantic League’s Liberty Division in 2009. They defeated the Long Island Ducks three games to two in the semifinals before falling to the Patriots three games to one in the championship series. “We’ve reloaded pretty good. We have good leadership in our veteran core,” shortstop Travis Garcia said. “We have some new guys too, but everybody in the league has stocked up also.” Garcia and veteran pitcher John Halama returned to the Crabs after spending the latter part of the season in organized baseball. Both cited one major reason for their willingness to return and help the team in its quest to win the Atlantic League title. “Butch Hobson,” Garcia quickly said. “He’s the best manager I’ve ever played for. He’s very intense, and when you have a manager who wants to win as much as he does, you want to win for him.” “He makes it very comfortable to be here,” Halama, who pitched for seven major league teams from 1998 to 2005. “Butch and [former Seattle Mariners manager] Lou Piniella are both very feisty guys, and they like to get after it.” Garcia says Hobson’s managerial style makes Blue Crabs players the envy of their peers in the Atlantic League. “At least year’s All-Star game, talking to the other players, they all asked, ‘What’s it like to play for Butch? He looks like he’s fun to play for,’” he said. “I’m flattered that those guys feel that way,” Hobson said. “I’ve always tried to sign guys who actually care about this game and both of those guys [Garcia and Halama] love the game.” The key for the Blue Crabs this year will be pitching, and with 18 pitchers in camp and 14 scheduled to make the roster, depth shouldn’t be an issue for the Crabs as it was during last season’s stretch run. “Our pitching got depleted, but we were able to replace them with some viable options,” Hobson said, noting that Dave McKae will be a

pitcher to watch this coming season. “He’s pitched 530 1/3 innings and only walked 112 batters,” Hobson said. “He should be a second starter instead of our fifth starter.” The challenge of fielding a champion in Independent baseball is the fact that players are looking to move in

Major League systems. In fact, Hobson says that’s part of his job, ensuring that guys move up. “I tell the guys at the beginning of every year that my job is to get you out of here,” he said. “To move them up is what we’re here for.” By Chris stevens (Ct)

Photo By Frank Marquart Blue Crabs shortstop Travis Garcia takes a swing during batting practice.

Youth Hockey Tryouts Starting in May Tryouts for Southern Maryland Sabres travel ice hockey teams will be held at the Capital Clubhouse Tuesday May 4, Thursday May 6 and Saturday May 10. The club expects to field travel teams at all age groups for participation in the CBHL (Capital Beltway Hockey League). All age groups are encouraged to attend: Squirts (2000-2001), Peewees (1998-1999), Bantams (1996-1997), U16 (1994-1995) and U18 (1992-1993). Proof of age is required. Tryout Fees: $65. Visit for schedule and online registration.

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Out About By Joyce Baki With the warm weather and flowers blooming, it is time to get outdoors and enjoy all of the great things that Calvert County has to offer. Jon and I have already spent an evening at Stoney’s Solomons Pier watching the sun set over the bridge. There are so many events and things to do over the next two weeks I hope I can cover everything in this column! Celebrate Southern Maryland traditions at the Calvert Marine Museum’s Annual Maritime Festival on Saturday, May 1. Taste traditional foods, learn how to pick crabs and shuck oysters like the pros. Enjoy local gospel and old time music. See world-class water fowl carving and Chesapeake Bay retriever trials in action. Watch model boats skim the waters of the boat basin and talk with traditional crafts people as they demonstrate their skills. Kids will enjoy traditional games, races, toy boat building and more. (

play with clay in the Ceramics Studio, and enjoy other fun family-friendly programs! (

Join Sail Solomons at the Solomons Yachting Center as they open their season on Saturday, May 1. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy free seminars, exhibits, demonstrations and door prizes. Gather around the Solomons Yachting Center pool bar for a free BBQ lunch, happy hour and live music. Sunday, May 2, Sail Solomons offers 3-hour introductory and brush-up sailing courses for just $50 per person. (www.sailsi. com) Looking for great plants and herbs for those newly tilled flower beds? Battle Creek Cypress Swamp will hold their annual Herb & Wildflower Sale on Saturday May 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 30 types of herbs will be available along with cultivated native wild flowers from Lower Marlboro Nursery. (www.

The Lusby Business Association will host a Spring Fling on Saturday, May 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. All four shopping complexes will provide fun for the entire family, including a moon bounce, face painting, scavenger hunt, car show, live music, food samples, wine tasting, sidewalk sales, demonstrations and giveaways. For more information, visit and learn the importance of “shopping local.” Annmarie Garden will host their first Maker’s Market on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to noon. This unique market provides you the opportunity to shop from vendors selling fresh produce, handmade crafts and products. On Sunday, May 2, Annmarie Garden will team up with the United Way to present an afternoon of healthy and creative programs for all ages - take a walk,


Want to learn more about going green? Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum will host the Calvert County Green Expo on Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be speakers, displays, demonstrations, and various companies and agencies that will show you how to create a greener environment in Calvert County and save money at the same time. (www.calvertgreenexpo. org) New this year, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum will provide tours of Point Farm, the estate home and retreat of the late Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Patterson. Built in 1932, this Colonial Revival brick house was designed by noted female architect Gertrude Sawyer. Watch as they faithfully restore the gardens based on the original plans by landscape architect Rose Greely. The tours are scheduled throughout the summer, with the first on Wednesday, May 5 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required. For information on fees, call 410-586-8501 or visit

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Spring is Here! Friday, May 7, take advantage of the First Free Friday program at Calvert Marine Museum. The museum is open free to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with special entertainment and activities each month. This month enjoy the beautiful harmonies and upbeat pop tunes of Patuxent Voices, an a cappella women’s group, playing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the auditorium. ( Historic All Saints Church hosts the Calvert Wine & Arts Fest on Saturday, May 8. Featuring some of the best artisans from Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles counties, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sample wines from Calvert County’s five wineries: Cove Point, Solomons Island, Friday’s Creek, Perigeaux and Running Hare. Musicians, dancers, children’s activities, baked goods and other great food add to the festivities. Tours will be available of this historic 1692 church and its labyrinth. For more information call 410-257-6306 or visit www. Saturday, May 8, the Calvert County Master Gardeners will hold their Master Gardener Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to noon at the Calvert County Community Resources Building, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick. Buy from Master Gardeners who know and grow these vegetables, herbs, native plants and houseplants. Get answers to your questions about existing plants and problems, landscaping and soil requirements. This year features the new “Garden Fair” – learn “Grow It, Eat It,” composting, building rain barrels and salad boxes and more! (http://extension. Also on May 8, the Sotterley Garden Guild Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange will take place at Sotterley Plantation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Plant Sale runs the full extent of the day allowing you to purchase plants from Sotterley’s Colonial Revival Garden. The Free Plant Exchange runs from 10 a.m. to Noon only. Exchange your plants for other annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, bulbs and seeds! For more information, call 301-904-3439. (www. Don’t forget - Sunday, May 9 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate Mother’s Day with one of these great ideas. Choose from one of two special Mother’s Day cruises aboard the “Wm. B. Tennison” at the Calvert Marine Museum. A brunch cruise will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mother’s Day evening cruise runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, May 5. For fees and registration call 410-

326-2042, ext. 41. Isaac’s Restaurant & Pub in the Holiday Inn Solomons will serve its famous Mother’s Day Buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treat Mom to a feast of roast beef, turkey, steamed shrimp, scallops and shrimp scampi, rockfish, and all the fixings. The price is $24.95 per person, children ages 5-12 are $12.50 and children under 5 are free. ( Remember that Mother’s Day is a busy day at all of our local restaurants! Please make reservations and expect to wait. You might want to consider taking Mom out on Friday or Saturday. Jewelry is always a great gift for Mother’s Day. I visited Marteen’s Jewelers last week to add a piece to my wish list (hint, hint Jon!!). Heather and her staff will help you find that unique piece that lets your mother know how much you care. Consider Marteen’s special line of jewelry for animal lovers. The Puppy Love and Shelter Dog are two designs that not only will win your heart, but will benefit local organizations for animals. ( Beginning Thursday, May 13, Solomons will be the setting for Solomons – Paint the Town, a Plein Air Festival.

Plein air painting is painting that takes place outdoors, but what makes SolomonsPaint the Town truly exciting is that the event is a competition for the participating artists. In addition to the competition, there are programs and activities offered at various locations throughout Solomons, including a “Quick Draw” competition at the Calvert Marine Museum and artsy activities at Annmarie Garden. The highlight of Solomons-Paint the Town will be the Awards Reception on Sunday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at Annmarie Garden. The Exhibition & Sale of the artwork will begin on Sunday, May 16 and continue through Sunday, May 23. All the plein air works created during the prior three days of the festival will be on exhibit and available for purchase through May 23. It is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a work of art that you watched being created. (

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The Library is Alive With the Sound of Music Every Tuesday in May, the public is invited to join the Calvert Library for Tuesday Tunes. Now in its 5th year, Tuesday Tunes is a series of free library-sponsored concerts that bring some great musicians to our county, including fan-favorites Acoustic Eidolon, Fair Warning, Bill Marquess and the Swing Cats, and many more. All concerts take place at Calvert Library Prince Frederick from 7:00-8:30 pm and are 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 some wonderful performances.


daughters, 13-year-old mandolin player Halie and 12-year-old fiddle player Emma. Young, but already impressive, the girls are a big hit with the band’s grateful listeners.

f r ie nd and supporter, not to mention darn good bass player, Pat Nutter. Head down to the library on Tuesday, May 11, for a musical double feature: Stephen Wallace Goes Acoustic and Justabit Majestic.

Stephen Wallace Goes Acoustic is a local band featuring Huntingtown High School students Stephen Wallace on guitar and Cecilia Sanders on viola. Their act has been compared to Arcade Fire and they have played all over the county. Wallace learned to play the guitar in 7th grade and began writing songs this “It’s not unusual for women to blow past January. His influences include AC/ To kick off the series, Kappa DanDC, Van Halen, David Bowie, and Thom ielson & Silver Creek will be perform- kisses at them and grandmothers to feel the need to come and hug them,” says Kappa, Yorke, though he feels that “music is someing on Tuesday, May 4. thing you draw from inside yourself—muSilver Creek is a family band with “It’s really amazing how they’ve blossomed sic inspired by your own imagination is some very talented friends that feel like as musicians. I’m very proud of them and what draws people in.” family. The band highlights the pure vo- we all continue to expect great things from You can hear a sampling of Stephen cals and emotional songwriting talents of these girls.” Silver Creek has built a loyal Wallace Goes Acoustic on Facebook. Kappa Danielson, the fast moving blue- following and can be visited online at www. Cecilia Sanders is a sophomore at and grass mandolin of Mike Siegert and the Huntingtown High School. She played the soulful resophonic guitar of Frank Watt, They viola for six years before finally “figuring as well as the musical talent of Kappa’s will be joined on some numbers by library out how to make music interesting.” Now she performs with a string trio called “Ribbons and Bows,” which provides everything from Baroque chamber music to The Beatles for weddings, parties, and receptions; and with StePosition: Consider northphen Wallace. Sanders loves comic south positioning to maximize books, science fiction, techno, urban use of the sun’s energy and (like Lego) the system creates low- and zero-VOC (volatile legends, a cappella which she claims a solid, monolithic concrete organic compound) paints heat. all heavily influence her musical Generate: Install solar wall. This method (www. and sealants, plus high-perchoices and artistic tastes. panels and generator to offset has shown to formance windows, roofing Justabit Majestic features Hunpublic energy supply. Add a deliver energy savings of up and flooring. tingtown High School student Max to 70 percent and delivers a Landscaping: Design solar water heater. Robinson on house/drum & bass. Walls: Build with con- building envelope up to three your gardens for low use of Robinson plays a number of musical crete. An award-winning wall times more sound resistant, water and pesticides. Plan instruments, including bass guitar and system, advanced by Nudura, four times more fire resistant, with drought-resistant native synthesizer and his music is a mixplants, perennial groundcovbuilds with pre-assembled and nine times stronger. ture of original material and covers of Materials: Premium ers, plus flowers and shady forms, each one stacked, repopular club songs. He specializes in inforced, and then filled with green choices should include canopy trees. electronic music, which he produces concrete. Once locked together at home in his free time. Robinson says: “I’m currently experimenting with a lot of different genres of electronic music to see MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 5 PM • SATURDAY 9 AM – 1 PM where I fit in. I take influence from numerous bands and genres.” Some of Robinson’s favorite artists include Daft Punk, Mastodon, and Atmosphere, and when he gets older he would like to work as an audio engineer and producer. “I want to spread my love for music and inspire kids to Must Present Coupon get out, be creative, and most of all Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 5/15/10. make some noise!” Coupon Only Available for First Time Customers. All three musicians formally endorse the Calvert County Music Network (see them on Facebook) and its mission: to bring together progressive, experimental, and contemporary local artists for performances, parties, publicity and productivity. Their

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statement? “Yes, we are from Calvert County. Yes, we are cultured.” On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, we will be joined by Adrien and the Fine Print. Adrien and the Fine Print, an upand-coming band from the Back Bay of Boston have a rich sound and sharp focus, and their songs, according to them, “come from the broad spectrum of youth, incorporating tales of wanderlust, dance halls and debutantes, lost love, unrequited love, and a desire for something you just can’t quite put your finger on.” The group is composed of five members: songwriter Adrien Saporiti, guitarist Joey Bennett, Calvert County-raised violinist Renee Izzi, bassist Chris Mewhinney, and drummer Richard Trotter. They have received rave reviews for their tight and vivacious live shows, and their debut EP spent a month at number 2 on Radio Boston.

Says Wildy’s World about their sound, “Fans of bands/artists such as Wilco, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan will go ga-ga for Adrien And The Fine Print. The songwriting is very strong and the performance was outstanding.” You can find out more about Adrien and the Fine Print on their official website: Rounding out the month of Tuesday Tunes, on May 25 is: Jimmy Payne. Bring your dancing shoes and be ready for an evening of dancing tunes from the great Rock and Roll legends such as Elvis, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, Gene Pitney, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Carole King, Billy Joel and The Beatles. For more information, call Calvert Library at 410-535-0291 or visit them on the web at

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