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Md Returns To Single Party Rule term some Democrats are throwing around, “tax reform,” as nothing more than code for a tax hike. Others see the one-party set up After a four-year hiatus, the as a recipe for disaster. State of Maryland has re“Four years ago, when turned to single party rule Photo by Bryan Jaffe a two-party system was under the Democrats. This elected by the people of Del. Anthony O’Donnell, left, and outgoing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich stand together at the is the backdrop the 443rd Maryland, we inherited Calvert Marine Museum prior to the election following Ehrlich’s announcement that money General Assembly, which had been allocated to plan a new bridge over the Patuxent River. O’Donnell found himself a $4 billion deficit,” said the lone Republican in the Southern Maryland Delegation following the November elecopened yesterday, will be Thomas F. McKay, former tion, and Ehrlich lost to Gov. elect Martin O’Malley despite his 55 percent approval rating played against. President of the St. Mary’s at the time. With the election of Board of Commissionformer Baltimore Mayor ers who ran against Sen. Martin O’Malley, the ReRoy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, publicans are once again Calvert, Charles). “With a shut out, and Maryland will Republican governor we continue along the path that turned that deficit into a has dominated the state for $2 billion surplus. I hope nearly 100 years. that one-party rule does Republicans were hopenot lead to out-of-control ful heading into the 2006 spending and huge deficits election. With a popular once again.” Republican Governor, the Delegation, a position he does not One of McKay’s plat- By Bryan Jaffe stage looked to be set for find daunting in the least. forms in the campaign was Managing Editor gains in the legislature. By “For the last three terms, we’ve the need for more balance the morning of Nov. 8, howonly had two Republicans, now in Annapolis, and he ran ever, it became clear that the Nov. 7, 2006, will long be re- it’s down to one,” O’Donnell said. last four years have changed File Photo by Bryan Jaffe with the pledge to support membered by Republicans, especial- “It’s not like we lost a whole bunch nothing in Maryland’s po- Delegate Johnny Wood (D – 29A) sees potential gains for Southern Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich and ly in Maryland, as a black day. of numbers. We were hopeful we litical dynamic. Maryland in this Legislative Session because of the leadership roles his agenda. While Ehrlich From the top down, the party would pick up some seats, but that’s The last time the Re- held by Sen. Roy Dyson (D – St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles), Del. An- lost the election statewide, took a serious beating, losing con- not what happened.” he enjoyed strong support trol of the House of Representatives, publicans had control of thony O’Donnell (R – 29C) and Del. John Bohanan (D 29B). For all the talk of huge losses, locally, carrying St. Mary’s the Senate and on the state level, the O’Donnell is quick to provide pereither house of the General County with nearly 60 per governorship. Locally, Del. Anthony spective over the long term, and point Assembly was 1918, when able to hold these taxes off, but we they held the House of Delegates. are likely to see an increase in sales cent of the vote. O’Donnell (R – 29C) woke up Nov. out that as far as Maryland goes, The last time the Republican Party and income taxes.” 8 to find himself the last of the Reheld a majority in both houses was O’Donnell characterized the See Sole Survivor page A- See Single Party Rule page A- publicans in the Southern Maryland 1898. For Republicans, the window to change that trend has slammed shut, and some fear that return to one party rule will not benefit the state. House of Delegates Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-29C) has voiced concerns that the new Governor may ignore transportation concerns in rural areas like Southern Maryland in favor of mass transit in By Andrew Knowlton Staff Writer urban areas. Another issue Republicans are One week ago, Nancy Pelosi made history when she took office as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives – becoming the first female ever to hold that post. In Washington, D.C., Cathy Lanier became the city’s first female police chief in November, 16 years after joining the department as a foot patrolman. And on the first day of this new year, Carol Craig of Golden Beach became the first female fire chief in the 81-year history of volunteer fire departments in Southern Maryland. Blithe Spirit A-3 “I just think it’s a sign of times changing,” Craig said. “More and Photo by Andrew Knowlton more women now are deciding that Carol Craig of Golden Beach is the first female fire chief in the 81-year history of volunteer firefighting in Southern Maryland. they can do these jobs as well, and I think you’ll see it more and more.” “We’ll go along with what she Looking at the numbers, Craig wants to do and we’ll back her up is right. Women are projected to and support her,” added Deputy make up 47 percent of the total labor Chief Tom Kidwell. force in 2014. They will also account Craig has been a resident of St. for 51 percent of the increase in total Mary’s County since 1976. At the age labor force growth from 2004-2014, of 16, she joined the rescue squad, according to the U.S. Department of where her mother and father were alSports B-1 Labor. And while they still trail men, ready members. Ten years later, the women are also earning jobs of high- rescue squad and the fire department By Adam Ross Op.-Ed........Page A - 4 er rank and salary than ever before. were joined in the same station, and Staff Writer Obits...........Page A - 5 Craig has witnessed these social Craig had the opportunity to learn changes first-hand. When she joined more about the fire department. Police .........Page B - 4 The body of retired navy Sailor the fire department over ten years It was then – 17 years ago – that and Lexington Park resident, John ago, there were hardly any female she decided to give the department Dixon, 54, washed ashore and was By Adam Ross For Continual firefighters. They are still far from a shot. discovered early Jan. 4 in Point Staff Writer reaching parity in this traditionally “When I first joined the departNews Updates macho job, but women now com- ment, the only thing that I wanted to Lookout state park after he had been missing for 34 days. Visit: prise 10 percent of the department. The grandmother of James do was fight fire,” Craig said. According to Deputy Public Emerick Dean, the Army Ranger “The firefighting business has But as opportunities opened up, somd.com always been a predominantly male she slowly moved up the ladder. Be- Affairs Officer for Naval Criminal who died following a 14-hour stand career, and I think it’s just the time,” ing a volunteer company, the depart- Investigative Services (NCIS), Ed off that began late Christmas day in Craig said. “Jobs like sports and ment did not have enough drivers, so Buice, people walking along the his father’s home in Hollywood, said Local Weather things like that are not just one gen- Craig decided to start driving smaller beach discovered Dixon. a lawyer has placed the family “on Buice said there were “no signs a gag order.” This means the family der anymore.” trucks and Jeeps. Soon after, she got Friday In fact, Craig feels no added her license and moved-on to larger of foul play,” but added that au- could be pursuing a lawsuit. Cloudy pressure because she is a woman. trucks. She also became a Maryland thorities are waiting for an autopsy Mary Dean, of Leonardtown, and toxicology report to declare the said she could not comment further Her demeanor is incredibly calm and 59° Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) collected, and her tone is filled with instructor and taught Emergency cause of death. on the case without clearance from The autopsy report could take the lawyer. confidence. Perhaps it is the fact that Medical Techniques. She trained for Saturday she is so composed that makes her more than three years after earning a two to three weeks, and the toxicolSt. Mary’s County Sheriff Mostly Cloudy co-workers and the public convinced lieutenant position, and quickly pol- ogy report could take two to four Timothy K. Cameron said he has weeks to complete, Buice said. 65° she can get the job done. spoken with the family but could ished her leadership skills. In 2006, Sgt. Ken Turner of the Depart- not comment on the content of the “When she was captain here, at age 42, Craig was asked to run for ment of Natural Resources said conversation. she was an awesome captain,” said chief. Sunday they assisted NCIS with the recovMechanicsville volunteer firefighter Meanwhile, State’s Attorney “When they approached me ery of the body because “[Dixon] Few Showers Mike Stroud, who has known Craig this year to run for chief, I thought Richard Fritz has begun a full in68° for seven years. See Ranger Family page A- See Navy Officer page A-4 See Fire Chief page A- By Adam Ross and Bryan Jaffe Staff Writers

fretting over is taxes. “I think you are going to see a large increase in taxes,” O’Donnell said. “A governor like Ehrlich was

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In Your Community Little League St. Mary’s American Little League, a non-profit organization serving our youth atheltics in the community for more than 25 years, is looking for six volunteers for the 2007 season. Positions needing to be filled include Safety Officer, Player Agent, Vice President Minor League, Publicity

Coordinator (web-site), Fund Raising Chairman, and Sponsorship Chairman. Most positions require four-six hours a month for this worthwhile effort in shaping the future of our children. Please contact John Kolb, President at kolb@ gmpexpress.net or 301-5360214 for more information.

Fastpitch Softball The 2007 fastpitch softball season is just around the corner. Are you in search of better competition? Would you like high quality instruction to prepare for high school and college softball? If you are 11 or 12, come to the Bayside Blues, now celebrating their

15th anniversary. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Tryouts are still underway. Contact Barry at 443-763-0064 for more information.

Avenue Boy Scouts Troop 7 meets at the 7th District ball field every Thursday at 7 pm. We are looking

for boys ages 11 to 18 to join as well as adult leaders. If you enjoy camping, hiking and other outdoor activities please call for more information or join us Thursdays. Contact Mike Hearth, Scoutmaster 301-769-4890 in the evening, or Bob Bowles, Committee President 301-7692269 in the evening.

Wellness and Fitness Night Join Green Holly Elementary School for their Wellness and Fitness Night tonight from

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6 – 8 p.m., at the school site. The evening will include activities for the entire family. Get informed and get active with community organizations such as Health Connections, Good Earth Natural Food, Jazzercise, “The Body Shakers,”  Pro-Fitness, and local scouting troops.  Student activities will include physical fitness testing, a cup stacking relay, rock climbing, juggling, and jumping rope.  Active footwear is required for this event and all students must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, contact the main office of Green Holly Elementary at 301-863-4064.

HVRS Breakfast The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary is sponsoring an All-You-CanEat Breakfast Sunday from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Rescue Squad building on Route 235. The menu will be: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, Sausage Links, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Fried Potatoes, Pancakes, Fruit Cocktail, Escalloped Apples, assorted juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The cost will be $ 8 per adult, $4 per child agest 6 – 12 and free for children 5 and under.

Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad WE NEED MEMBERS!! The regular monthly meeting of the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Rescue Squad building on Route 235. Anyone wishing to become a member of the Auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 301-904-2095.

League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of Saint Mary’s County will have a luncheon meeting Jan. 18. The speaker will be Devon Snider of the Maryland citizens’ health initiative Health Care for All coalition.  The meeting will start at 11:45 a. m. and will be held in Saint Andrews Church on Route 4 in California.  It is open to the public.  For reservations, call 301-373-5691 by Monday.

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The Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. provides free legal counsel to persons age 60 and over. Appointments are available Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 at the Garvey Center in Leonardtown. Legal issues are limited to denial of public benefits, Living Wills, consumer problems, Social Security overpayments, and credit problems. To schedule an appointment call 301-475-4200, ext. 1064.

Income Tax Preparation Services St. Mary’s County residents age 60 and over may have simple income tax returns prepared free of charge. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Garvey Center beginning Feb. 13 from 1 - 4 p.m. Individuals who have business, farm, or rental income to report are not eligible for this service. For an appointment call 301-475-4200, ext. 1064.

Loans Available for Home Accessibility Upgrades The Accessible Homes for Seniors program is a zero percent interest, 30 year deferred loan program available to persons age 55 and older who wish to make accessibility improvements to their homes. Types of improvements include installation of handrails, wheelchair ramps, etc. For more information call 301-475-4200, ext. 1064 or 301-475-4002, ext. 1004.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Blithe Comedy

The Newtowne Players kick off the 2007 season tomorrow with Noel Coward’s sublime comedy “Blithe Spirit” in the Three Notch Theater. The three-act play begins with writer and society man Charles Condomine, played by Randy Geck, who finds himself in an unusual predicament. Following a whacky séance, he finds himself afflicted with a spirit that will not leave him alone, but only he can see or hear. But this is no garden-variety spirit, nor is it an evil spirit like those from horror movies. This spirit is far, far worse. It is the ghost of his first wife Elvira, played by

Sole Survivor Continued from page A - 1 nothing has really changed at all in the last decade and a half. “In 1994, there were 41 Republicans [in the House of Delegates],” O’Donnell said. “In 1998 there were 35. In 2002, there were 43 and in 2006, there are 37. As you can see, we have held steady at 39 seats, plus or minus four, for the last 16 years.” When asked about the staggering losses Republicans suffered locally and in Maryland, O’Donnell attributed a large part of it to the national mood. “There are always some local factors, but I think the overriding results statewide were the result of the national election,” O’Donnell said.

Single Party Rule Continued from page A - 1 “I don’t care what organization it is, whether it is in the private or the public sector, we need competition,” McKay said. “There has to be competition for ideas, for spending money; competition to lead to better ideas and to do a better job. Competition is healthy and necessary.” Not everyone feels the return to a one party system is bad, however. Del. John L Bohanan (D – 29B) expressed strong optimism that this is a good thing for Maryland and good for Southern Maryland. Bohanan was recently promoted to two leadership roles and will serve as Chairman of the Educational and Economic Development subcommittee operating under the House Appropriations Committee, and as Chairman of the Spending Affordability Committee. Del. John F. Wood Jr., (D29A) pointed to the appointment of Southern Maryland delegates to high ranking committee assignments as a step in the right direction for the region. Wood serves on the House Appropriations Committee. In addition to his post as Minority Leader, O’Donnell serves on the House Environmental Matters Committee. Sen. Roy Dyson (D-St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles) is

Fire Chief Continued from page A- it was an honor that there were enough peers that even wanted to nominate me and thought that I could do a good job,” she said. Craig will also have plenty of support from her family – her husband of two and half years, Gary, and her 14-month old son, Matthew. “I’m supportive,” Gary said as he took a pause from chasing little Matthew around a big empty room in the Mechanicsville station. “She’s been doing it a long time before we met.”

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Stacey Park. What ensues is an evening of laughs for the audience, usually at Charles’ expense, as they take in the outrageous antics of both Elvira, and current wife Ruth, played by Rebecca Delorme. As the play moves on, the tension grows between Charles and both wives, as well as the tension between the wives, even though they cannot interact directly. Charles spends a good deal of the play trying to figure out a way to rid himself of Elvira and send her back to the other side. The discord between the wives reaches a climax towards the end of Act II, setting the stage for the final act. Blithe Spirit runs through Jan. 21, and five more productions are planned through

the year. Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” has already been cast and will run March 2 – 18. “Annie” is scheduled to run May 11 – 27, Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is set for Aug. 10 – 26, George F. Walker’s Photo by Bryan Jaffe “Bedroom Farce” is slated From left, Charles Condomine (played by Randy Geck) Madame Arcati (Melissa Johnson) Elvira (Stacey Park) and Ruth Condomine for Oct. 12 – 28 (Rebecca Delorme) are stunned by the developments in this scene. Blithe Spirit opens tomorrow night and runs through Jan. 21. and the season while the cast of “The Odd competition as an actor last sonifying the characters, they will close with Ray Cooney’s Couple” is already work- year, is trying her hand at di- have a fast, energetic pace and “It Runs in the Family” Dec. ing together in another. And recting this year. With a cast a lot of action.” 7 – 16. while these two casts work on featuring Sarah Golden RaleyCell spoke on last year’s With all these plays their shows, another crew is Dale as May, Paul “PJ” Baker attempt to perform “Cheatscheduled, in addition to other fervently rehearsing the short as Horace, and Greg Rumpf, ers” by condensing it from events such as the Celtic Fes- David Ives play “Time Flies” “Time Flies is a quick look at two acts into one, and said it tival, which ran Saturday, the for this weekend’s Maryland the lives of two Mayflies who was a valuable learning expeThree Notch Theater is liter- Community Theatre Festival learn they only have until the rience and the troupe is better ally buzzing with activity. Association’s 22nd Annual next morning to live. prepared for what they will Actors prepare them- Short Play Competition. “It’s going really well,” face this year. Last year was selves for the opening of Morriah Cell, who com- Cell said of the production. Newtowne’s first time com“Blithe Spirit” in one room peted in the Theater Festival’s “The actors are really per- peting in the festival.

“The same thing happened in 1994, there was a nationalized election that caused a change in control of the House of Representatives and the same thing happened this year. People were frustrated with the War in Iraq and with the Congress in general for a lot of reasons. People wanted change.” While the rest of the Southern Maryland Delegation is Democratic, O’Donnell feels this will not present an overall problem for the region or his ability to serve those who elected him. “We’ve always worked close together for the best interests of Southern Maryland,” O’Donnell said. “I expect this to continue going forward.” One of the biggest priorities O’Donnell sees is for the Delegation to ensure that Governor Elect Martin O’Malley

holds up the commitments made by Governor Bob Ehrlich to the transportation needs of Southern Maryland. “The Hughesville Bypass will be completed, and we are going to find out if the new governor will keep the promises he has made,” O’Donnell said. “We took a big step forward last year on projects like Great Mills Road, Chancellors Run and Route 5 by Leonardtown. And we obtained $1.5 million for the planning phase to get a new bridge over the Patuxent River. Hopefully, the majority will be able to convince the new governor that he should keep his commitments to the rural areas of the state and not focus solely on mass transit in the urban centers.” While he finds himself the leader of a party that lost a small number of seats,

O’Donnell still has plans for the upcoming session to do what is necessary for the residents of Maryland. “I want to remove the parole provisions from the mandatory minimum sentences we passed last year for child sex offenders,” he says firmly. “And there is other legislation in that arena. We need to be stricter in tracking and monitoring these predators.” When asked about judicial discretion in whether a sex offender must register on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, O’Donnell feels it should be done away with and that all convicted child sex offenders should be required to be on the list. Del. Johnny Wood (D – 29A) expects O’Donnell to rise to his challenge and meet it head on. “He’s got his work cut out

for him,” Wood said, “But you know, as far as Tony is concerned, since he came to Annapolis he was pretty much the only Republican. I used to see the blood run up his neck and the hair stand on the top of his head on some things. I would tell him ‘Tony, the top of your head is going to blow right off!’” Wood said O’Donnell has really grown into himself in more recent years, and has learned to handle every situation he faces effectively. He sees O’Donnell as an excellent fit for his position as House Minority Leader. “I was glad for him that he got it,” Wood said. “He deserves to be Minority Leader and all, and he’ll do alright for them.” Much as O’Donnell was surprised by the election results in November, so too was

Wood, who said he did not expect to see Del. William Daniel Mayer (R-Dist. 28) lose his seat, nor did he expect former Calvert County Commissioner President David Hale (R) to lose his bid for a delegate seat as well. “The National sentiment helped, there is no question about that,” Wood said. “Everyone was down on George W. Bush, and it was very similar to [1994], when we had that big turnaround and the Republicans kind of just walked through. This here was almost the same thing, just with the Democrats taking over.” When asked his thoughts on this legislative session, and the challenges he will face against overwhelming odds, O’Donnell said “I am looking forward to it. It is a great honor to represent the citizens of Calvert and Saint Mary’s.

now vice chairman of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. “When you have 50 percent of our people in a leadership position one way or another it’s got to help,” Wood added. “I think it’s great because four years ago it was the other way, [House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch] stripped Southern Maryland as far as leadership. Everything was in the big three.” O’Donnell agreed with Wood’s sentiments and said “Anytime you are in a position of leadership, you are in a position to have more influence on the process.” Bohanan and Wood echoed sentiments by O’Donnell in regards to the transportation needs of Southern Maryland, and said they plan to push for completion of the Hughesville Bypass, a new span for the Gov. Thomas Johnson Memorial Bridge, and widening of Route 235 and Route 5. Regarding the budget, Bohanan said a $5 billion dollar deficit is projected in upcoming years and there will be no real estate surge this time to help balance it. “It was a one time blip that is over now and isn’t coming back anytime soon,” Bohanan said. According to Wood, the delegation will pursue several avenues to erase the deficit, but raising taxes was only a last resort.

“We have been looking at this knowing it’s coming for the last two or three years,” Wood said. “In order to give and provide the services and programs that the people in the state of Maryland want we need another source of revenue.” O’Donnell said he was “pleased to hear” Wood would not support raising taxes because it is something he has heard talked about amongst majority party leaders. According to O’Donnell, the source of revenue Wood discussed will either come from cutting down the size and scope of government, or raising taxes. He pointed to former governor Robert L. Ehrlich’s success in cutting the size of government by seven percent over his four years in office, in helping disband deficit issues. Another possibility for additional funding is the reintroduction of slots machine legislation. While Ehrlich was a strong supporter of slots, and had cooperation from the Senate, Busch repeatedly frustrated efforts to make slots a reality. O’Malley has expressed his own support for slots as well. Sizing up the situation, O’Donnell is uncertain as to the direction the budget will take. He knows that it will be necessary to introduce a new revenue source like slots, or to continue the Ehrlich administration of keeping govern-

ment small. But to do so will be difficult, because “I’m not

sure that political will-power is going to be with us going

forward,” O’Donnell said.

“Am I excited?” he laughed. “Sure!” “It’s going to be a challenge,” Craig sighed as she picked Matthew up into her arms. “It’s a big challenge to juggle everything. I think we’ll do a good job with it, though.” Her passion for firefighting, like the love she has put into her family, is plain to see. Being able, on top of that, to enjoy the camaraderie of working with her fellow firefighters and to know that she can help the people of the community is extremely satisfying, she said. The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department has

been successful over the years and Craig does not anticipate making many changes. She will work to keep up with current trends and with the sometimes complicated new equipment that can help firefighters when they are in the field.  And just as the equipment has changed, so have the faces of those working with it. Craig is living proof of that.  “I think most people are excited,” Craig said. “People that I’ve talked to think it’s exciting to see that there’s a female chief in the area. Everybody’s curious to see how things are going to run.”

Newtowne Players Knocking ‘Em Dead with ‘07 Opener By Bryan Jaffe Managing Editor

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Editorial & Opinion End of an Era As the current legislative session gears up, it is a good time to look at what the new dynamic in Annapolis will mean for our local area. For the last four years, we in Southern Maryland have enjoyed having a Republican governor who reached out to us and sent us the funding we

need for various projects such as the Hughesville bypass, the Chancellor’s Run project, and the planning money for the Thomas Johnson bridge expansion. As many altruistic reasons as we can assign to this, one fact can not be overlooked: Bob Ehrlich is no dummy, and

he knew that currying favor with areas like ours was key to his reelection bid. With the results of the last election clear, Martin O’Malley has no reason to think that we in St. Mary’s will have much to do with his electoral fortunes at all. We voted 60 percent for Ehrlich, returning the support to him that he gave to us. Our neigh-

Big City Boy, Small Town Heart Straight Answers By Adam Ross Staff Writer

commission and its presenters through their seemingly endless rhetoric that on the surAs we enter 2007, the face makes almost no sense, county is buzzing with ac- but after analyzed for two or tivity; some constructive so days leads to the inevitable and some disheartening to conclusion that the county is the people of St. Mary’s.   growing and nobody is going The planning commission to stop it. alone has scheduled two exWhether you’re dealing tra work sessions for January with Transferable Developand March due to a backlog ment Rights, the Rural Presof pending cases. These work ervation District, the Develsessions have two ugly heads.    opment District, or a new The first is usually hid- transfer station, the county den behind the head of Jeffrey keeps getting bigger and these Jackman, senior planner for people are responsible to see the Department of Land Use it through.    and Growth Management. Mr. The second head is that Jackman guides the planning of you, the citizen. I see a

number of you at the planning commission meetings, usually because: your property is slated for public water; you want to subdivide; a lumberyard is invading your three acre backyard; or your neighbor is in some way corrupting your view. Everyone who attends reiterates general themes, which are always met with a swift and bureaucratic answer from some department within St. Mary’s County. Director of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT), George Erichsen, and his team of engineers most recently displayed this behavior

bors across the bridge in Calvert supported Ehrlich over O’Malley as well. The problem is, despite the fact that Ehrlich clobbered O’Malley in 19 of the 24 voting jurisdictions in the state, O’Malley won big in places that matter most. He took Prince George’s County by 100,000 votes, and won Montgomery County and Baltimore City by 70,000 votes

each. The message is clear – We just don’t matter in Martin O’Malley’s world. We must rely on and hope our elected delegation is up to the task of making sure we are not left behind when all is said and done in the legislature, but even with the influence they may wield, this is easier said than done. The same areas that won O’Malley the governorship are heavily repre-

sented in the legislature, and often have the sheer numbers needed to get their way. So in the coming 90 days, it will be vital to keep an eye on Annapolis to see how our guys are doing and what will come down the pipe to our little corner of Maryland.

at a Board of Appeals meeting in December. Erichsen and his team gave a three-hour presentation on the proposed transfer center on St. Andrews Church Rd., backed with schematic designs and a lengthy booklet that addressed the facility inside and out. DPWT, from my experience covering county government, has always been a well-organized, synthetically lubricated running engine of a team. Erichsen is always well dressed, polite and prepared for his presentations, discussions with the Board of County Commissioners and likewise with other committees. The presentation last month was no different. And I suppose I would expect nothing less from a department asking for around $4 million to build such a station. Yet, by the end of the three hours, after a number of design issues had been forged and worked out with a scientific approach, citizen after citizen approached the board and begged for denial of station on the grounds that it looks bad, smells bad, is loud and creates traffic problems. Erichsen and his team did their best to convince the people – using scientific data

tracking wind patterns over the last generation – that the smell would be contained, and buffers would be in place to cut back on the sound and look of the facility. And the team assured the board there was no better place in the development district to build the transfer station.   At almost no point in time have I ever seen Mr. Erichsen or any member of his team concede a point. Yet, from my estimation after hearing out both sides, there is no way to reasonably conclude that hauling tons of trash through this type of station daily is not going to produce a terrible smell on some days.   However, in DPWT‘s defense, this is part of life, and certainly a part of growth. This is what running a city is all about, and more times than not, it affects someone negatively.  Now, I’m not saying the adjacent landowners don’t have the right to argue the station, especially if there is a better place to build it. But at the same time, they deserve a straight answer, and everyone at some point has to give some ground for responsible development to occur. Mr. Erichsen, DPWT, and other departments throughout

the county should be ashamed of the fact that they almost never sit back and say “you know what, you people are right, and that’s just going to be one of the negative impacts of this.” This job is almost always left up to the Board of Appeals, the Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission, the Liquor Board, and countless other boards. You have to give a lot of credit to them. And you have to give a lot of credit to the members of the planning commission (specifically Shelby P. Guazzo because of her adeptness for proper questioning) who decipher pages of governmental rigmarole, a great deal of public testimony and the nuances of the issues. Not every concerned citizen has a calculated and impartial opinion, but they all deserve to be heard. Most of our public figures hear their concerns. For that we thank them, and in some cases we elect them. But for those we do not elect, all we ask is a straight answer, less bureaucracy, and when you’re wrong, admit it!

Commissioner Turns Up Heat on Sprinkler Ordinance to a growing concern among volunteer and professional fire fighters who risk their lives battling the unpredictable nature of a fire. Charles County is set to implement the ordinance Jan. 18, 2007. According to the most recent information from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, residential fires caused nearly $7 billion in property damages in 2005. Mattingly said the first goal of the ordinance is to protect the lives of residents and fire fighters, but that sprinklers often save a home from thousands, and in some cases, millions of dollars in property damage. Each sprinkler head sprays 10 to 18 gallons of

water per minute and operates early in a fire to stop the burning. “I was on a case years ago where we actually removed the mattress and water from around the bed after a fire,” Mattingly said. “That unit was occupied the next day. A home with an active sprinkler system, we don’t think we’ve actually recorded any actual deaths in those homes.” According to Mattingly, one of the public’s misconceptions is that the entire sprinkler system will activate when a fire, smoke or an alarm is present. However, only a high level of heat can open a sprinkler, and in almost all cases only the sprinkler nearest the heat will open and disperse water. This is backed up by re-

search done by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) While it seems a simple approach, the system itself is complex. This gives it a greater chance of saving a person’s property and life than the high pressure hoses the fire department uses, which blast 250 gallons per minute, according to Mattingly. In a question and answer sheet from MSFA to the public, they blame the movie industry writers, who often show several sprinkler heads going off from smoky conditions for comic effect, for the public’s misconceptions. Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills) said he is familiar with the ordinance, but that the commissioners

had not reviewed it. “I would assume it’s going to get here,” he added. “An issue we have to address, that they did not in several jurisdictions, is the central water facilities. A lot of the county is not served by central water and [developers] have to come up with additional water supply for pressure and all that.” The majority of new developments over 25 lots will have central water, and in a proposal form the Emergency Services Committee not yet released a number of options were considered, including a tax credit to developers who install the sprinkler systems, Mattingly said, and added that while there has been some backlash from developers, he had spoken with two devel-

opers in the county, Marrick Properties Inc., and Quality Built Homes, Inc., and neither had objections to the ordinance if it was adopted on a level playing field; meaning all of the cities in the county enacted it. Mattingly originally pushed for Leonardtown to adopt the ordinance in lieu of a number of proposals that will change the look of Leonardtown dramatically, he said. The town denied the initiative, to avoid a “marketing disadvantage,” he said. The next step for the ordinance is a public hearing where residents and business owners can communicate with the commissioners and the fire department.

determines if the taking Ranger Family office of a life was justified or not.

troduced, although they did have recorded messages from family members at the scene, Cameron said. Police cut off Dean’s cell phone service and disconnected the home’s landline. Cameron said he would not “second guess the negotiators decision to try and make contact with [Dean].” Cameron added that it was the Sheriff’s Office negotiators who did the actual talking with Dean. He said because the officers did not know the relationship between the family and Dean, the sheriff’s negotiators could not take a chance on having them talk with Dean.

“Protocols are a recommendation and not a hard and first rule,” Cameron added. “There are some protocols we adhere to for a reason, because history repeats itself.” Instead, police attempted to shoot oleoresin capsicum, an ingredient used in pepper spray, and a combination of other gasses into the house to try and force Dean out, Cameron said. After Dean fired several shots including one that hit an occupied police car Cameron said “the situation escalated.” Dean spent a year in Afghanistan and had recently received notice that he was going to be redeployed to Iraq.

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on’s car parked at the Marina and the keys were in it, according to early reports from Naval District Washington. Local law enforcement agencies and teams from Patuxent River searched the marina and the air station’s shoreline on land, by air and by boat for four days before calling off the search Dec. 6. Teams utilized searchand-rescue dogs and sidescan sonar during the search effort.

By Adam Ross Staff Writer A new residential sprinkler ordinance for singlefamily homes and duplexes is sweeping across the state, and could be initiated in St. Mary’s despite the County’s limited central water supply. According to St. Mary’s Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly Sr., (D-Leonardtown), a volunteer firefighter for 41 years, and a strong proponent of the ordinance, the cost to developers would be roughly $2 to $2.25 per square foot; a $.50 increase per square foot over a pipe leading to a central water device. As of Dec. 4, 2006, the ordinance had been adopted in six counties in response

Continued from page A- vestigation on Dean’s death, which came about when a 46-year-old Maryland State Trooper with 13 years working with the special tactical assault team fired one shot. Cameron said a Bureau of Criminal Investigations case manager, First Sgt. Jack McCauley from the Maryland State Police, was assigned to the investigation. “All aspects of the case are put together with a timeline,” Cameron said. “And collaterally the State’s Attorney’s

All this is done at the same time and it’s a huge undertaking, every detail is included.” While discussing the investigation, Fritz expressed concerns over a police decision not to allow family members to speak with Dean during the standoff. According to Cameron, the protocol behind that decision was to establish dialog and a relationship between the negotiator and Dean. The County’s negotiators, assisted by negotiators from the state, decided it was not in the best interest of Dean to have family members in-

Continued from page A- was in the water and it was in a state park.” The family was notified and Dixon was positively identified, Buice said. Dixon went to check on his boat Dec. 1 at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s West Basin Marina and was never heard from again. Authorities found Dix-

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Obituaries George Richard Ameye, 73 George Richard Ameye, 73, of Lexington Park, Md.

died Jan. 2 in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. Born Jan. 5, 1933 in West Warren, Mass., he was the son of the late Edmund Ameye and Rose Lippens Ameye. He is survived by his two children, Cathy Tobin of Hanahan, S.C. and Michael Richard Ameye of Woodstock, Ga., three sisters, Helen Martin and Charlotte Corwin, both of Lakehurst, N.J., and Florence Kochuyt of Iowa, and four grandchildren. The family will receive friends Feb. 17, 2007 from 10 a.m. – noon. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md. with a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. A full obituary will appear at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Isaac Olay Armstrong, 96 Isaac Olay Armstrong, 96, of Washington, DC, formerly St. Mary’s County, died Jan. 1, in Washington, DC. Born July 16, 1910, in Ridge, Md., he was the son of the late Sandy and Mary Sewell Armstrong. He was the beloved husband of Annie Louise Armstrong whom he married July 23, 1930 in St. Mary’s County and who preceded him in death on May 30, 1985. He is survived by his children Lloyd Armstrong and Corrine Mercer both of Washington, DC and Joseph Armstrong of Rochester, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his children Mary Rita Bullock and Francis Armstrong.

The family received friends Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Mattapony Road, St. Mary’s City, Md. where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. with Fr. Damian Shadwell officiating. Interment followed in St. Peter Claver Catholic Cemetery, Ridge, Md. Pallbearers were Ronald Armstrong, Michael Bullock, LeVar Armstrong, Joseph Armstrong, II, Karl T. Armstrong and Isaac Armstrong. Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Carter, Anthony Beaty, George Fenwick and Ray Anthony Fenwick. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Bannister of Waldorf, Md., George Bannister, Jr. of Great Mills, Md., and Jerome Bannister of Tacoma, Wash. The family received friends yesterday from 5 -8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, Md. Father Keith Woods will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., 231 East Baltimore Street, Suite 800, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Margaret Louise “Lou-Lou” Bryant, 73 Margaret Louise “LouLou” Bryant, 73, of Avenue,

Md. died Jan. 1 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born Nov. 12, 1933 in Dynard, Md. she was the daughter of late Louis Marshall and Catherine Elenora Harris Thompson. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Lawrence Bryant, Sr. She is survived by her son: Joseph Lawrence Bryant Jr. of Hollywood, Md.; siblings: Louis Marshall Thompson, Jr. of Avenue, Md., Mary Ozella Lacey of Abell, Md., Gertrude Osborne of King George, Va. and Susan Vallandingham of Bushwood, Md.; 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister: Catherine Hall. Mrs. Bryant graduated from Margaret Brent High School Class of 1950. She was a life long St. Mary’s County resident where she worked as a cashier for Mattingly’s Finer Foods. The family received friends Jan. 4 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where Prayers were said at 7 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, Md. with Fr. John Barry officiating. Interment followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bushwood, Md. Pallbearers were: Scott Wursta, Kenneth McMasters, Alex Wilson, Shawn Wilson, Tony Wilson and Buddy Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers were: Donny Thompson and Kevin Bryant. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Norma Lorraine (Sheaffer) Copado, 80 Norma Lorraine (Sheaffer) Copado, 80, of St. George

Island, Md. died Jan. 8 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born Oct. 31, 1926 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late John Mitchell Sheaffer, Sr. and Lillian Adelia Smallwood Sheaffer.

Sharon Yvette Bannister, 38 Sharon Yvette Bannister, 38, of Mechanicville, Md.

died Jan. 6 in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Born Jan. 2, 1969 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of George Bannister and Agnes Genevieve Nelson Bannister. Sharon graduated from Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Md. in 1987. She worked for the State Department of Security until 1991 when she retired due to health reasons. She was also a member of the Karmel Divas Motorcycle Club. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Alexis Bannister of Mechanicville, Md. and four siblings, Patricia Beverly of Great Mills, Md., Manika

In June 1945, she graduated from Eastern High School, Washington, DC. In 1946, she married Pedro Copado, and moved to St. Mary’s County. She was employed with the St. Mary’s County Library on the Bookmobile. Later she went to work for her brother at Sheaffer’s Food Mart in Tall Timbers, Md. She also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a part-time Postmaster at the Tall Timbers Post Office until her retirement.

She was a member of the Julia Hall Chapter #107, Order of the Eastern Star, Hollywood, Md. from 1953 until her death. She served as Worthy Matron in 1973. She was a Secretary for many years and was given the honor of Secretary Emeritus. She served as Grand Representative to Canada. She was a member of the local NARFE Chapter. She was an active member of the St. George Island United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a great lady who loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and anybody else that needed attention. She is survived by her son, John Gregory Copado, Sr. and his wife Mary, daughter, Shirley Lorraine Copado, granddaughter, Michelle Lorraine Pederson, all of Leonardtown, Md., grandsons, Walter Copado of Pennsylvania, John Gregory Copado II and his wife, Dawn, great-grandchildren, Brandon Copado and Madison Copado of Fort Drum, N.Y., step-daughter, Carol Wheaton, step- grandchildren, Gretchen Simon and Christian Yops, all of Michigan, her step- granddaughter, Alison Sayers of Ridge, Md., and her Eastern Star family, church family and numerous relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Grace Sheaffer, Jr. The family will receive friends tomorrow from 5- 8 p.m. in Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md., with Eastern Star services at 6:30 p.m. and family prayers being recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. George United Methodist Church, St. George Island, Md. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Second District Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692.

Chandler Bailey Friedrich, 2 Chandler Bailey Friedrich, 2 years, 10 months old

of La Plata, Md. died Jan. 6 in Children’s Medical Center. Born March 17, 2004 in Civista Medical Center he was the son of Ronald James “Jamie” and Kellie Marie Garner Friedrich of La Plata, Md. He is survived by his grandparents: Ronald and Debbie Friedrich and Mary Beth and H. Brent Garner, Jr. all of La Plata, Md. and Margie Tomkiewicz of Waldorf, Md.; great grandparents: Shirley Garner and Reinhard Steinhauser both of La Plata, Md. and Eloise Friedrich of Newburg, Md. He was preceded in death by his great grandfathers: Harold Brent Garner, Sr. and Oscar Friedrich and great grandmother: Peggy Steinhauser. Chandler loved John Deere Tractors, playing outside, going to the park, McDonald’s Nuggets and spending time with all his friends and family. The family received friends yesterday from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where Prayers were said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Plata, Md. with Msgr. Karl Chimiak offici-

ating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, New Port, Md. Pallbearers will be: Christopher Friedrich, Christopher Perkins, Gilbert “B.J.” Bowling, III and H. Brent Garner, III. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jacob McGhee-Garner and Bobby Tomkiewicz. Contributions may be made to the Dentsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, 12135 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Jerome Albert “Jerry” Lepore, 61 Jerome Albert “Jerry” Lepore, 61, of Leonardtown,

Md. died Dec. 30 in Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Born August 16, 1945 in Baltimore, Md. he was the son of the late Saverio Lepore and Margaret Paesch Lepore.

He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann Farrow Lepore and the father of four wonderful children, John James Viland of Lusby, Md., Eric Eugene Viland, Jr. of North Beach, Md., Brenda Nussberger of Lexington Park, Md., and Michelle Starkey of Lexington Park, Md.. He has six beautiful grandchildren; Jason Nussberger, Rachel Nussberger, Kayla Viland, Erin Viland, Jr., Jonathan Starkey, and Ashley Starkey, and four siblings; Eugene Lepore of Brighton, CO, Adele Webb of Troy, NC, Robert Lepore of Chaddford, PA, and Carolyn Beach of Baltimore, Md.. All services will be private. Arrangements made by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Section A -  Vicki Sue enjoyed a special relationship with her oldest brother, Joseph, whom she was residing with at the time of her death. In addition to her parents, Vicki leaves to mourn her husband, Michael W. Proctor, Sr., daughter, Geneva Susan Proctor and son, Michael W. Proctor, Jr. all of Lexington Park, Md., grandmother, Rose Dent of Forestville, Md., four sisters, Thelma (Tony) Daye of Leonardtown, Md., Barbara Herbert of Clements, Md., Helen Herbert of California, Md., and Agnes Herbert of Callaway, Md., three brothers, Joseph Dent of Great Mills, Md., George (Ricky) Herbert of Clements, Md., and Aloysius (Jackie) Herbert of Valley Lee, Md., special niece, Shanene Herbert of California, Md., special nephew, Andre Dent of Great Mills, Md., and a very special friend, June Young of Great Mills, Md., and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Francis Dent, Nellie Herbert, and Joseph Herbert and sisters-inlaw, Mable Dent and Cynthia Herbert. The family will receive friends tomorrow from 8:30 -10 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md. with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Bushwood, Md. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Tyrone Bannister, Jerome Dent, Leo Dent, Louis Dent, Tony Dent, and Joe Lee Herbert. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be William Butler and Sonny Thompson.

John Francis Roche, 58 John Francis Roche, 58 of Mechanicsville, Md. passed away Jan. 6 in Va. Medical Center, Washington, DC. Born Dec. 7, 1948 in Takoma Park, Md., he was the son of the late Vincent L and Mable Chew Roche. He was devoted to his family and friends and was an Army Veteran who served with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam; where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Karen Lee Simmons, 42 Karen Lee Simmons, 42,

of Lexington Park, Md., died Jan 6 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born April 20, 1964 in La Plata, Md. She was the daughter of Mary L. Alvey Faries of California, Md. and the late George Clayton Morgan. She is survived by her children: Dennis W. Simmons, Jr., Shane N. Simmons and Travis E. Simmons; brothers: George C. Morgan, II and Wayne K. Davis; sisters: Debra L. Saiid and Mary A. Morgan. Ms. Simmons graduated from Thomas Stone High School Class of 1982. She was a life long St. Mary’s County resident. She loved her children, cats, painting, music, movies and her favorite artist was “Selena”.

The family will receive friends Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where a Funeral Service will be held at 7p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Steven Updegrade officiating. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Alexander Stephen Sventosky, 87

Susan Victoria Proctor, 43

Alexander Stephen Sventosky, 87, beloved father, of

Susan Victoria Proctor, 43, of Lexington Park, Md.

died Jan. 6 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born Dec. 31, 1963 in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of George Thomas and Helen Rebecca Herbert.

Vicki Sue obtained her education through St. Mary’s County Public Schools graduating from Chopticon High School, Morganza, Md. in 1982. Throughout high school, she was heavily involved in sports especially cross country, track and field, and softball. After high school, she continued her involvement in sports as a key player of the Club Paradise Warriors. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing Keno and numbers, and walking and dancing. Vicki Sue began working at Hardees in Leonardtown, Md. immediately after high school. In 1984, she began her career at St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, Md. as a dietary aide and worked there for over 14 years. She was currently employed at McDonald’s in Charlotte Hall, Md.

was celebrated yesterday at 11 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown, Md. with Rev. Donald Worch officiating, interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Those desiring, may send memorial donations in his memory to the Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or charity of your choice. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Mr. Roche was employed by Griffin Carpets. He retired in 2005 after a successful career as a carpet installer. John Roche was known as an avid drag racing fan. He spent many years in his youth racing at 75/80 Drag Strip. He was never happier than when he was able to race at Md. International Raceway with his son Karl. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars and playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by and will truly be missed by his son, Karl Roche and his wife Amy of Mechanicsville, Md., his daughters Tania Ramsey and her husband Kevin of Frederick, Md., Samantha Roche and Krystal Roche of Mechanicsville, Md.; his brothers Edward Griffin and his wife Ann of Bradenton, Fla., James Griffin of Bradenton, Fla., Vincent Roche and wife Pat, of Valley Lee, Md. and Lawrence Roche of Mt. Airy, Md.; his sisters Vivian Worch and her husband Chris Worch of Leonardtown, Md. and Ellen Libertine of Carmel, Ca. Grandchildren: Kayla, Amber, Jake, Dominic, Austin, Brucie, Brezzie and Destiny, as well as many nieces, nephews and special friends. The family received friends Tuesday in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown, Md. A Mass of Christian Burial

Charlotte Hall, Md. died Jan. 3 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. He was born Jan. 22, 1919 in New London, Conn. and resided in New London, Conn. most of his life. He most recently resided in Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, Charlotte Hall, Md. He was a devoted father and husband. He retired as a senior designing draftsman after 42 years of service from Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. In his younger days, he loved playing golf and bowling. More recently, he enjoyed doing word searches, reading Tom Clancey books, and watching Andy Griffin. He will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Andrea Hampton and her husband, Lynn, of Callaway, Md., Susan Guhl and her husband, John Calver, of Newport News, Va.; his granddaughters, Amanda Hampton of Callaway, Md. and Kristin Grafmuller and her husband Michael of Newport News, Va., his grandson, Matthew Guhl of Newport News, Va. and a great-granddaughter, Emily Grafmuller of Newport News, Va. He is also survived


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Section A -  by a sister, Olga Butchka and her husband, Michael, of Uncasville, Conn. and a brotherin-law, George Moutran, of New London, Conn. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Neonila Worobey Sventosky, and his sister, Zenaida Moutran. A Funeral Service was conducted Monday, at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Norwich, Conn. Interment followed in Jordan Cemetery, Waterford, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5216 and/or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements made by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Edward W. Trent, Sr., 70 Edward W. Trent, Sr., 70,

of St. Inigoes, Md. died Dec. 27 in Okeechobee, Fla. Born April 5, 1936 in Richmond, Va. he was the son of the late John Wesley Trent and Sadie F. Carter Trent. Mr. Trent was a crane operator for Valley Crane of Richmond, Va. until he retired in April of 2001, and moved to Maryland. He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers and Local Union147. He loved his bluegrass music and frequented the festival in surrounding states and Florida. Mr. Trent is survived by his fiancĂŠ of ten years, Shirley

Dean Epperson of St. Inigoes, Md., sister, Florence Pulley and her husband, Arnold of Powhattan, Va., four children, Edward W. Trent, Jr. and his wife, Andrea, Debra Smith and her husband, Rick, Dennis Trent, all of Hickory, N.C., and Kenny Trent and his wife, Tammy of Taylorsville, N.C. A Service Remembrance will be conducted Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in St. James Hall, Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, Md. with Reverend Monsignor Maurice O’Connell pastor of St. Michaels Catholic, Ridge, Md. officiating. Arrangements made by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com.

sons-in-law, Mark Welling and Sebastian Shakra, one daughter-in-law, Norma Ray Weckesser, twelve grandchildren; Joshua Burrell, Jeremiah Burton, Christopher Burton, Samantha Welling, Laura Leigh Welling, Mary April Terry, Rachael Weckesser, Bryan Weckesser, Roland Weckesser, Nicole Mankad, Zachary Shakra, and Jessica Ragsdale, eight great-grandchildren; Lauren Burrell, Roland William “Pop� Brandon Burton, Kyle Burton, Weckesser, 73 Nathan Burton, Mark BurRoland William “Pop� ton, Carson Weckesser, AnWeckesser, 73, of Great Mills, thony Merk, and Jamie Lee Md. died Dec. 21, 2006 peace- Sheriff, seven siblings; Kenny fully at home, surrounded by Weckesser, Louis Weckesser, his loving family after a coura- Champ Weckesser, Marie geous brief battle with cancer. Kindle, Thelma Abbey, ElizBorn April 20, 1933 in abeth Hartsock, and Patsy Baltimore, Md., he was the son Rosenburg, and a host of lovof the late Harry and Mathilda ing nieces, nephews, and a Weckesser. He was a beloved special young man whom he friend to many within the considered to be one of his community and affectionately own and a loving grandson, was known to one and all as Kevin Steckowski. Mr. Weckesser was pre“Pop Weckesser�. He enjoyed in death by the love of his ceded staying active and participatlife and mother of his children, ing in social activities within Gloria Lenick Weckesser Rethe community. He played on ese, and four siblings, George the St. Mary’s County Senior Weckesser, Robert Weckesser, Men’s softball league, the Senior Citizen Thursday bowling Midge Weckesser, and Tommy league, and the Saturday Texas Weckesser. The family will receive Hold’em tournaments to help friends for a Memorial Service support local causes. He was Saturday from 12- 2 p.m. in the an avid golfer and hit the links Brinsfield Funeral Home Chaat several of the local greens. Leonardtown, Md. There pel, He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, will be a gathering of family and camping with his children and friends after the services at and grandchildren during the Chancellors Run Park, Great summer months. He is survived by his three Mills, Md. In lieu of flowers, memoloving children, Terri Lynn contributions may be made rial Welling of Great Mills, Md., to hospice house c/o hospice of Thomas Arnold Weckesser st. Mary’s, inc., P.O. Box 625, of Acworth, Ga., and Michele leonardtown, md 20650. Shakra of Salisbury, Md., two

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