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Grant Applications Approved for Drug Courts The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve the FY09 federal grant application in the amount of $52,336 for the Adult Drug Court Program in St. Mary’s County. The board also approved the submission of the Juvenile Drug Court Grant Application from the Maryland Office of Problem Solving Courts in the amount of $132,503.

CSM to Get New Locks The Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of a one-time funding of $14,000 to address safety related door locking mechanisms at the College of Southern Maryland. The board also voted to sign a related letter of consent for the measure. Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe said, “The need for these locks is kind of a sad statement about the need for that added security.”

County to Save Money The Board of County Commissioners authorized the refunding of existing county bonds, which finance capitol improvements such as schools, roads, parks, and general county facilities. The new low rates reflect the current market as well as high credit ratings awarded to St. Mary’s County by bond rating agencies. Similar to refinancing, the savings are due to a new rate of 2.4 percent, which Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe commented on as being the lowest he had ever seen. The payment schedule will remain the same for the 1997 bonds, but the amount of the payments in 2008, 2009, and 2010 will be significantly less than the original, and will produce a savings of close to $400,000. “This action will result in real savings as we prepare careful budgets for our growing community,” said County Commissioner President Jack Russell.

INDIAN HEAD – A missed opportunity is an understatement. With the chance to win the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference championship outright, the Great Mills girls’ basketball team let the undisputed crown slip through their fingers, dropping a decision 55-38 to Lackey High in the Hornets’ regular season finale Tuesday night. “Of course you’re disappointed that you lost,” said Hornets head coach Brian Weisner afterwards. “If you’re not upset after a loss in which you played badly, you shouldn’t be playing sports.” The Hornets (21-1 overall 151 SMAC), who have already the number one seed in the 3A South Region tournament, will have to settle for a share of the conference championship for the second straight year as Lackey used a brilSee Hornets page A-10

Beef Recall Affects St. Mary’s County Public Schools Andrea Shiell Staff Writer The Department of Food and Nutrition Services of St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) was advised by the United States Department of

Agriculture (USDA) of the pending recall of beef products recently processed by Westland/Hallmark Meat Company. Westland/Hallmark Meat Company is under investigation for processing violations in addition to animal cruelty. Evidence, See Recall page A-

Man In Barricade Could Man Killed Be Charged With Assault In Route By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The 29-year-old man who had to be coaxed out of his barricaded position in his deceased grandmother’s Mechanicsville home by sheriff’s crisis negotiators could face two possible assault charges related to the incident, according to Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron. Cameron said the suspect assaulted his mother before the barricade on Pocahontas Drive and then a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital

while undergoing an emergency evaluation. “The whole thing started as an assault on his mother at another location,” Cameron reported. “He pushed a nurse at the hospital and tried to leave.” The incident began Feb. 22 at about 11a. m., when the suspect is alleged to have assaulted his mother and then fled to his deceased grandmother’s house. Family members, according to Cameron, helped the suspect get in touch with sheriff’s

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Friends, co-workers and family of Michael Joseph Young, Jr, 22, the man who was killed Feb. 22 in an automobile wreck on Route 235 in Hollywood, remember a man who was

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letter of consent approving the St. Mary’s County Board of Education’s request to increase their FY08 Restricted Fund budget by $36,845 for their Chesapeake Charter School enhancement. The money will go for media center materials and expanded outdoor activities for the school.

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full of life and who loved his young daughter dearly. Their fond memories, though, are joined with anger over his death at an intersection they say is fraught Photo by Guy Leonard

Deputies with the county sheriff’s office tell cars stopped on Golden Beach Road to leave the area as crisis negotiators worked to end a barricade situation on Pocahontas Drive last Friday.

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Southern Maryland Delegation Gives Gloomy Budget Forecast By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The four members of the Southern Maryland delegation to the state house in Annapolis told attendees at a county Chamber of Commerce breakfast Tuesday that despite the tax increases passed during the widely unpopular November special legislative session, the state is still looking at a deficit that continues to grow. They also said there appears to be little hope of repealing some of the specific measures, like a computer services and usage tax that could cut deep into the pockets of business owners. “We’re looking at being $300 million short because the economy is sliding down,” Del. John Wood (D - 29A) said. “We still have a structural deficit.” Wood told business owners and chamber

members that the special session where legislators worked for three weeks to find a revenue source to battle the state’s budget deficit last year was a mistake. “What we did in that special session is something we should not have done,” Wood said. “The biggest thing we did [was] the taxes… we got into every one of [your] pockets.” Wood called the tax increases that hit businesses an “injustice to the business community.” Wood told attendees that he had heard rumors in Annapolis of another kind of tax to help close the gap the state faces; a gasoline tax. “We don’t need a gas tax,” Wood said. Of the $1.5 billion in taxes raised during the November special session, about $400 million was spent on current projects that lacked funding, according to Wood. He said this accounts for the continuing deficit faced by this

Code Home Rule Rejected Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Voters will have one less decision to make in November. After a task force convened over the spring to study options for different forms of local government, they released their report. 12 of the 15 task force members recommended that St. Mary’s County move away from the county commis-

sioner form to either code home rule, or the charter form of government, but on Tuesday the Board of County Commissioners unanimously rejected a measure to place code home rule on the ballot. The report indicated that growth in the county would eventually render the commissioner form of government inefficient and obsolete, and nine of

the 12 members of the task force that recommended a change in form of government recommended charter home rule. As stated in their report, “we think, as compared to Charter, the commissioner form of government is likely less able to meet the future needs of St. Mary’s County citizens in an efficient and proactive manner.” Under a charter form,

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year’s general assembly. Del. John Bohanan (D – 29B) said the sales tax revenue the state hoped to collect has also not turned out to be as high as projected. He said the state hoped to collect as much as a 2.9 percent revenue increase from the 20 percent increase, but so far only a 1.9 percent increase has been realized. Still, there was some good news in the state budget for Southern Maryland, Bohanan said, including $6.8 million in building funds for St. Mary’s College, a fully funded wellness center for the College of Southern Maryland and 100 percent of public school construction requests to be funded. “It’s a good budget for us,” Bohanan said, adding that despite the current budget woes, Wall Street still looked favorably upon Maryland. “The experts still consider us to be one of the best financially managed states… one of the county government would be organized under a county council that would only have the power granted to it by the charter itself. There would be one of two forms of administrative arm to the charter. County voters would decide whether to separately elect a county executive to function as a policy maker and administrator of the government’s daily operations. The other permutation of this form would involve the appointment rather than the election of the county executive by the county council. The report described the benefits of such a system, touting it as being more able to limit government authority and provide checks and balances. According to the task force’s report, “the charter document is the roadmap for how the government will operate and what powers it will have.” Under the code home rule, county commissioner functions would be retained, with little operational change taking

only seven with a triple-A bond rating.” Sen. Roy Dyson (D - 29) said another bill that could affect both residents and developers is one that would change the critical area laws protecting the coastline of the Chesapeake Bay. The new law would require a 300-foot buffer instead of the 100-foot buffer, Dyson said, adding that the bill has just now come into committee and it will take a long time to understand all of its effects. Dyson said a summer study session might be necessary to examine the issue in more detail. Del. Anthony O’Donnell (R - 29C) said the critical area bill would have serious effects on current homeowners and not just on those who want to build new housing units near waterfront property. O’Donnell lamented the fact that the bill was introduced so late in the session – the number is H.B. 1253 – and that there has been little time for anyone to study the legislation. “There are a lot of people who live within that 300 hundred feet,” O’Donnell said. “It’s going to affect people who live there now.”

place, but the county commissioners would be able to pass local law on local matters without going to the Maryland General Assembly. The task force’s report noted that the change would be “purely legislative in nature,” but that there may be some risks concerning legal interpretation on the powers that the counties receive. Of the 12 task force members that recommended a different form of government for the county, three suggested this system. So with all the exhaustive work that was done to analyze the forms of government available to Maryland counties, the commissioners made different points about why they were opting to not take the recommendations of the task force. Commissioner Daniel Raley described the sparse attendance at the public hearings as indicative of the citizens’ satisfaction with the current system. “There are some on the task force that may be

angry that we didn’t adopt their recommendation,” said Commissioner Thomas Mattingly, who seemed confident that the task force itself was not a waste of time, and that the board should revisit the issue in the next few years. “It was healthy for our county to look at itself,” he said. “I completely respect their decision,” said The Forms of Government Task Force Chair Patrick Murphy, noting that no decision needed to be made right away. “We need to look strategically down the line though…I hope we can keep our eye on the ball and be prepared to make tough decisions in the future.” “Between all the public hearings,” said Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe, “I think it’s clear that people want several things to change, but our form of government is not one of them.”

Underage Alcohol Sales Costly for Local Businesses Last week, the St. Mary’s County Alcohol Beverage Board levied fines on businesses that sold alcohol to an underage informant. George Edward Bryant and Mukesh Kumar S. Patel of Canopy Liquors were fined $1,000 for selling a six-pack of beer to an 18 year-old female informant after checking her license. Other fines for the same amount were imposed on Michael Francis Herbert and Shambhubhai Keshavial Patel of Hal’s Foodmart,

and Sharon L. Hammett of Piney Point Market, who also had to pay $500 for a previous violation. Marilyn McKay Liquors was fined $500 for the same violation when a vote by the board acknowledged that McKay had been in business for 41 years with no previous violations. The Board also fined Kenneth Lamb of the Tackbox $600 for selling a can of beer to the informant.

Wet Season Monitoring Signals Variable Start For Perc Testing St. Mary’s County Health Department Press Release

Monitoring wells in the county, which signal the start date of ‘wet season’ each year, are delivering a slightly different message this year. Dryer than normal conditions in the water table monitoring wells of St. Mary’s County and the region are prompting St. Mary’s County Health Department to proceed with wet season testing, but only in certain areas of the county. In areas where the monitoring wells allow, the health department will move forward with scheduling and performing perc tests. In the remaining areas, the health department will continue to monitor for wet season conditions to determine suitability for testing. For perc testing conditions, county properties are categorized by soil type, topography and their correlation to the monitoring well network. Effective immediately, the health department will begin scheduling perc tests on a first come first serve basis for properties that meet wet season conditions. County residents, businesses and organizations interested in having properties tested for suitability for on-site sewage disposal systems may submit applications for perc tests for the 2008 wet season. A perc test is required for all new construction and new sewage disposal systems on properties outside public sewer system areas. Applications for perc testing four or more lots must include a Maryland registered surveyed concept plan. The health department checks water tables regularly but cannot control the duration of the wet season. The health department may not be able to schedule late applications due to unpredictable drops in water table levels that signal the end of the wet season. The health department will make a reasonable attempt to reschedule perc test dates cancelled by applicants, however rescheduling cannot be guaranteed. Weather related cancellations by the health department will be rescheduled during the 2008 wet season. Applications for perc tests are available at the St. Mary’s County Department of Land Use & Growth Management located at the Governmental Center in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-4200 for information about submitting an application. For information about perc testing, call St. Mary’s County Health Department Environmental Health Services at 301-475-4321.


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Editorial & Opinion Bohanan Computer Tax Fix No Fix At All There is an old saying about liberal politicians: if it moves they will tax it, if it stops moving they will subsidize it. Last November, Governor O’Malley called the state legislature into special session for the purpose of creating $1.4 Billion in new taxes; individuals and businesses are now paying these new taxes. After weeks of taxing this and taxing that, the special session was dragging on and legislators were looking for what else they could tax to reach the huge number the new Governor had asked for. Anything that moved could be a potential target. There must have been a computer geek running around the State Capitol late one evening working on some staff person’s computer when under the cover of darkness, the Maryland Legislature slapped the computer

industry with a 6% sales and use tax. When Maryland businesses woke the next morning, the tax had been passed, public input and comment was bypassed, and the legislature was obviously more interested in raising the taxes, not what the impact on Maryland’s economy might be. As the House Republican Leader, Anthony J. O’Donnell said: “The expansion of the sales and use tax to computer services was one of the more egregious examples of the get-it-donequick attitude that permeated the Special Session. It was pushed through in the dark of night, without any public input. The citizens most impacted were never given the opportunity to voice their concerns”. The Republicans in Annapolis have promised to fight to have this tax repealed. Many Demo-

crats are prepared to join the fight. The primary difference between the two parties is that the Republicans want to repeal the tax and cut spending by the $200 million the new tax would raise, where the Democrats want to find another new tax to replace the $200 million that repealing the computer tax would cost. Republicans make the argument that Maryland has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. They have identified ways to slow increases in spending to avoid another tax. Democrats are proposing many new and old tax ideas, including raising taxes on gasoline and alcohol. Nearly all in Annapolis admit the computer tax was probably a bad idea and something needs to be done. One Delegate from St. Mary’s County, Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr. apparently understands the damage the tax can do to busi-

nesses competing in the knowledge based industry that is not confined by geographic borders, and has proposed a bill to repeal the tax, but only for certain businesses. If you are a contractor doing business with the federal or state government, Bohanan feels you should not have to pay the sales and use tax. However, Bohanan wants all other businesses to pay the tax. In today’s world, practically every business relies on the computer technology industry to remain competitive. The cost of keeping up with the changing technology in every industry has become a burden so heavy that most small and medium sized businesses are being left at a competitive disadvantage. Twenty years ago, changes in technology might impact a business every 7 to 10 years. Today

Neither Rain, Sleet, Snow, Nor Dark Of Night Could Keep The American Red Cross Disaster Relief From A Needy Family Just after 1 AM with icing road conditions setting in Red Cross relief worker Gregory Jones Sr. left the warmth and safety of his bed, shook the sleep out of his eyes and began the 40 minute trip to a single family house fire in Chesapeake Beach that consumed the residence of a family of five.  “ I really didn’t have a choice since I felt it was too dangerous to have our volunteers out in the increasingly

treacherous conditions when the call came out that this family needed our support,” Mr. Gregory  Jones Sr., Director of Emergency Services said. “ It was a challenging trip but I made it safely and was able to be there for the family and provided some comfort and a positive influence that things would get better, after seeing that the family had only escaped the flames with the clothes on their backs,”  Greg-

ory continued,” with public contributions we were able to provided them with a warm place to stay at a local hotel and some funds to purchase some immediate needs like a coat, clothes, and shoes in the morning before they have to start restoring their lives back to normal. Luckily the family had insurance that will continue the recovery process.”  Mr. Jones is no stranger to helping people, “ said Mike Zabko,

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CEO of the Southern Maryland Chapter.  “ He is retired from the US Army, a volunteer Fireman, and a Teen Court Community Judge in Charles County, not enough can be said of his giving back to the community, especially on a night like tonight, making Southern Maryland a better place to live.” Zabko continued. The American Red Cross is continually looking for sup-

those changes are occurring so rapidly that business is being affected every 3 to 5 years at minimum. The cost of trying to keep up is now one of the primary reasons smaller businesses go out of business. Bohanan either doesn’t understand how businesses operate in today’s economy or is only concerned about businesses that do business with government. Keeping nongovernment jobs in his district should be just as important to Bohanan as government jobs. The computer services sales and use tax is a bad bill. Delegate Bohanan’s attempt to relieve a few businesses of a bad bill and not others is egregious.

port to provide emergency disaster relief to people in our Southern Community. Due to the constant request for assistance due to single-family fires, the chapter is in need of human and financial support. If you’re interested in finding how you can help, and make a difference in Southern Maryland, information is available on our WEB page Http://Southern Maryland. RedCross.org, or contact any of our offices in the Tri County area. You won’t know how good you’ll look in Red unless to try volunteering with the American Red Cross-Southern Maryland Chapter or make a financial contribution. The American Red Cross is the only non-governmental organization mandated by the

U.S. Congress to “alleviate human suffering” of victims of disasters such as fires, floods, hurricanes, and technological and transportation crises. To continue its humanitarian mission, the American Red Cross relies on donations of money, time, and blood from the public.   Your local Red Cross answers the call for help through the generosity and support of the citizens of Southern Maryland. Mike Zabko American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter

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Ramblings of a Country Girl

Fear and Confusion Terri Bartz Bowles

things that give me pause and reason to worry. I know change is a constant, but that doesn’t always mean change is good. Some say change is progress, but I say, not always. Change for the sake of change

I’ll admit to being in some amount of fear and confusion recently. There are things happening that are difficult to understand and other

isn’t good and sometimes change is just bad. I’m confused by people who want to allow slots in Maryland. I’m confused by the amount of legal gambling that already oc-

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curs in the county. There are many of these charitable slot machines in bars and liquor stores and restaurants. Somehow, I would feel bad raising money for my charity by asking people to gamble it away. These folks are not donating their money in a loving and kind spirit, they’re donating their money only because they have a chance to win money. My understanding of the Bible leads me to conclude that’s not what Jesus wants or intends for us, that’s not the spirit of giving that blesses us. I also find it amusing in a macabre sort of way that these foolish people think gambling doesn’t lead to more of a strain on the social services provided by county, state and federal governments and charitable organizations. Where do they think the money for these increased social services comes from? The revenue from gambling? If that’s the case, it’s just a round-robin cash flow. The real truth is somewhere closer to increased taxes for everyone.

Another thing I’m confused and frightened about is the whole national health care thing. Isn’t one of the oldest jokes in the world, “I’m from the government, I’m here to help you”? And aren’t people always complaining about the way government agencies handle their responsibilities? Are the people in favor of national health care the same ones who complain that FEMA can’t handle a crisis which is what FEMA is in business to do? And don’t these same people complain and worry that there won’t be any social security for them to collect when they retire? But these are the same people who want the government to make health care decisions for individuals? Surely you jest! This truly frightens me! I’m confused when I see a 40-something-yearold mother and her twelveyear-old daughter and they’re both dressed the same way. Tight, tight jeans, belly shirt and way too much make-up. What’s going on? Is there an

adult present or not? One of them is supposed to be a child, not a pseudo-adolescent being pushed too quickly towards adulthood. And one of them is supposed to be the adult, not someone trying inappropriately to recapture lost youth. There’s a huge difference between an adult looking and acting young and an adult making a fool of themselves trying to look like a teenager or something. The twelveyear-old needs to time to be a kid, the parent already had that opportunity, time to grow up. I ponder these things and shake my head and think, well, how much worse can it get? Then I get really scared because I know deep in my heart, it can get much worse. You can email the Country Girl at countrygirlramblings@gmail.com

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ing Road and 235 that would eliminate the crossover at Airport View Drive. Drivers could get to the industrial park via the new road for the Smartronix site being built, Welker said, more safely with the traffic light. “We’re looking to get the signal in there within the year.” According to reports from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office the victim was struck and severely injured when his 2000 GMC pickup truck attempted to cross over the south bound lanes of Route 235 back towards Airport View Drive when his vehicle lost traction and failed

Continued from page A- with danger without a traffic signal. “You take your life in your hands every time you enter that intersection,” said Milton V. Young, the crash victim’s grandfather, of the Airport View Drive intersection. “How many more gotta die? It’s just a shame.” There may be some relief coming soon, according to a state official. Greg Welker, district engineer with the State Highway Administration, said there are plans to put in a signal at the intersection of Clark’s Land-

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to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle. The striking vehicle, a 1997 GMC Yukon, was operated by Michael Joseph Reese, 61, of Hollywood police information stated. Young’s truck left the south bound shoulder, police reports stated, after being struck and hit a light pole. The victim was ejected from the passenger side of the vehicle, police reports stated, and was not secured by a seat belt. Young was set to be transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center but was diverted to Civista Hospital in La Plata after he went in to cardiac arrest, police reports state. He was later pronounced

dead at Civista. Poor weather conditions prevented a medical helicopter evacuation. Young is survived by his parents, grandparents, fiancé daughter, aunts, and uncles. Young worked at a local steel and hardware sales and delivery business in Hollywood for close to a year before he was killed and co-workers remembered him fondly. “He was starting out… he was just learning the ropes but he was picking it up quick,” said Bill Gagnon, an assistant manager at Posners Industries. “He was a great driver when we had him on the road; he picked up the routes quick. “We were devastated when we heard what happened.”

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The accident occurred just down the street from Young’s place of employment. “He was like a typical 22year-old, he still like to party and do his own thing but when it came to his daughter he was all father with her,” Gagnon said. Spending time with his daughter was one of Young’s favorite things to do, Gagnon said along with lifting weights, and modifying his truck. He also had a hearty appetite, according to another co-worker, and he was never afraid to try anything new “He’d eat anything you’d put in front of him,” said Jennifer Goff said with a smile. “It could be 10a.m. and he’d be asking what we were going to do for lunch that day.”

His easy nature plus his propensity for humor had a soothing affect at work, Goff said. “He was always happy,” Goff said of Young. “No matter what mood we were in he offset it. “He always put you in a good mood. He brought life to work.” Visitation with Young’s family will be held at Brinsfield Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall Thursday from 5p.m. to 8p.m. Services and life celebration will take place at 7p.m. at the funeral home. The family will have a private interment. The family asks that any memorial contributions may be made to the Mia Nicole Young Scholarship Fund.

When Is It Time to Change Tires? start to form between the treads, or running across the tires. Once the tread wear bars are flush with the tire’s tread, it’s time to replace the tire. 2. Grab a penny from your pocket and insert it into the tire tread, with Lincoln’s head facing down. A tire with ample tread will go up until at least Lincoln’s forehead. If his hair or any of the penny above his hair is showing, your tires are worn and must be replaced. 3. Pay attention to the performance of your vehicle. If you’ve been losing traction or having trouble stopping, your tires are probably worn. Do the above two tests to confirm.

Many drivers do not realize that good tire condition is essential to the performance and safety of a vehicle. Tires can also affect how much fuel is burned, and thus how much you have to pay at the pump. One set of tires is not designed to last the life of a vehicle. Daily wear and tear and general driving habits could cause tires to pass their prime faster. Here’s how to determine if it’s time to shop for new tires. 1. Take a look at the tread pattern on your tires. Tires have “tread wear bars,” which are small bridges that form between your treads. You will see the beginnings of these bars

Tire Maintenance You can help prolong the life of your tires by taking a few steps. First, it’s recommended to rotate your tires front to rear at regular intervals. This prevents uneven wear depending upon if your vehicle is front- or rear-wheel drive. Automotive experts say all-wheel or 4-wheel-drive vehicles should have all of the tires replaced at once, because differences in tire diameters can damage the differential. Keep your tires properly inflated for the season. Tires that are not properly inflated will wear more quickly and can compromise vehicle performance and gas mileage.

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Naval Air Museum Closer To Launch By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials overseeing the much anticipated construction of the new Naval Air Museum and visitor’s center just outside the Patuxent River Naval Air Station perimeter expect the federal government to give approval to bid out the main construction contract sometime in the next month. “This is it,” said retired Rear Adm. Gus Eggert, who heads the museum association. “This is what we’ve been looking for for the past 10 years. “It’s been a longer wait than some of us would have liked.” The county government, which will oversee the project’s construction for the federal government, has been working on getting the site prepped with new connec-

tions for utilities, a new parking lot and curb and gutters, said George Erichsen, director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation. “We had hoped to get [the approval to bid] by the first of the year,” Erichsen told The County Times. “Right now we’re on hold. “Let’s go, let’s get this thing bid out.” The current museum is one of the most popular draws in the county, but it has had to wait several times for its new permanent home to be built because of funding issues and other delays. By 2006, Erichsen said, the design had been approved for the museum, but it had not even been put through the entire zoning process, which included the planning commission and board of appeals and the development permit process.

The design has also had to suffer some cutbacks to make

affordable, Erichsen said, a process the county hopes to

Thursday, February 28, 2008 about $11.7 million, with under $2 million coming from the county. Tourism officials with the county believe the museum will provide a destination spot

A rendering of the planned Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

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avoid by getting the federal and state grant money as soon as possible. “The longer you wait the prices keep going up,” Erichsen said. “That’s what concerns us. “It can be value engineered, we’ve done it before and we can do it again.” The new building itself will be an “architectural feat,” Erichsen said, with much of the structure being made of glass with the roof resembling a large single wing. The new building will be right on Chancellors Run Road and the current museum facility will be attached to it. The projected cost is

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for Lexington Park that will greatly aid in slow revitalization efforts. “It’s really important… it’ll be a top notch key anchor for the Lexington Park area,” said Carolyn Laray, of the Department of Community and Economic Development. “It’ll make it much more attractive for folks coming [from] out of state… a few years ago it was hard to think of Lexington Park in terms of tourism.” The museum as it currently stands is the county’s second highest performing tourist draw in terms of number of visitors, according to county statistics. In fiscal year 2006 the

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office crisis negotiators who convinced him to leave the house peacefully. “The family was very cooperative,” Cameron said. Deputy Cindy Allen, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, told The County Times no official charges have been made against the suspect and that the office is not releasing his name until that time. Traffic was backed up on nearby roadways as members of the Emergency Services Team and deputies cordoned off and secured the area around the barricade. Some people exited there vehicles and looked to find a way to get to their homes on

ANNAPOLIS - Supporters of one of the most ambitious global warming bills in the country said Tuesday its implementation could motivate other states to follow suit, but opponents argued it would hurt Maryland’s economy while failing to significantly affect the environment. The Global Warming Solutions Act, which died in committee last year, had its first hearing before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday. The bill calls for a 25 percent reduction in 2006 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and a 90 percent reduction by 2050. It has broad support from Democrats, but not Republicans, in both the House and Senate. Gov. Martin O’Malley gave it his “strong, strong support” in a press conference prior to the hearing, “Our coastlines are eroding, our planet is warming, and we have to do a better job,” O’Malley said. He acknowledged concerns that Maryland would be unable to meet the goals or to adapt economically. “We really don’t have a choice,” he said. The governor created a task force last year to address ways that Maryland could combat climate change. In an interim report last month, the task force recommended legislation

visitors Karin Hill, who has been named as the museum’s new director and also heads education and public programs at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in the District, said the new museum would be unique in its dedication to the history of naval aviation. “What’s so unique about us is the one topic,” Hill said of the Pax River museum. “There’s no better example of a museum that is totally focused on the topic, the navy community and the community [in St. Mary’s] at large. “I feel very confident that we’re on the [right] road ahead.”

and around Pocahontas Drive to check on their families. Some said they had heard that shots had been fired during the incident, but Cameron said those reports were unfounded, though initial reports stated that the suspect may have been armed with a firearm. “There was no weapon found and there was no information gathered that he fired any shots,” Cameron said. This incident was the first barricade standoff in the county this year. But there were at least two barricade standoffs last year, one in which the suspect took his own life. Cameron said barricade situations had become an unforunate fact of life in St. Mary’s. “I’m sure it will [happen again,]” Cameron said. “That’s the reality - that another barricade will happen sometime.”

Global Warming By Kate Elizabeth Queram Capital News Service

museum had 61,969 visitors, while Historic St. Mary’s City only had 38,510. The biggest draw by far was Point Lookout State Park with a total of 367,008

reducing greenhouse gases. In the committee hearing Tuesday, most of the bill’s critics agreed that climate change needs to be addressed, but urged senators to consider the effects that its passage could have on the state’s economy. “The big thing I’m interested in is that the plant may not survive,” said Ernie Grecco, president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO Unions, speaking of Mittal Steel’s mill at Sparrows Point. “We’re talking about 2,500 jobs, we’re talking about 2,500 people?I don’t understand all the stuff that was talked about today, all’s I understand is 2,500 people?I’m asking you, please, we do support the concept, but we need some help in maintaining and keeping that plant here in the state of Maryland.” Sen. Paul Pinsky, DPrince George’s, one of the original sponsors, told the steel industry representatives that the bill doesn’t target specific industries. But the men argued that steel mills are large producers of carbon dioxide and would undoubtedly be forced to make reductions if the bill passes. Supporters touted its ability to lower utility bills for consumers and to create new, “green collar” jobs, including companies specializing in caulking homes for better insulation or the installation of programmable thermostats. They urged the committee to focus on the larger picture.

Terry Tamminen, one of the architects of the California legislation upon which the Maryland version is based, related an anecdote in which former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told him that countries like China and India won’t take steps to combat climate change until the United States does. Other countries even look at actions by individual American states. But opponents scoffed at the notion that implementing tough pollution standards in Maryland will motivate other states and nations to do the same thing, and instead favored legislation at the national level. “Let me tell you, there is nobody in Beijing sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to see what you’re going to do on this bill so they can copy you,” said Michael Powell, a lobbyist for the Maryland Industrial Technology Alliance. “If you want to urge Congress to pass a bill, we’ll support you. We think it’s a national issue, but don’t do harm here in Maryland.” Other opponents included the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, members of the brick-producing and supply industry, and utilities like Constellation Energy. The bill also has opponents in the General Assembly, including Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley. Despite the opposition, Pinsky remained optimistic. “I think the science and evidence is clear,” he said. “I think we can get it out of the Senate this year. It’s not going to be easy, but I think we can do it.”


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Better Ingredients, Better Managers Local Chopticon Graduate Becomes Manager of the Year Andrea Shiell Staff Writer John Kreuter smiles as he slaps pizza dough, tosses the dough from hand to hand and fluidly slaps it onto a cooking screen. From there he’s a make-line regular, dolling out toppings as he talks. His smile is appropriate, too. After four years of employment at Papa Johns Pizza, this Chopticon graduate from the class of 2004 has been named franchise manager of the year out of more than 580 general managers in the northeastern region. “Growth is probably the biggest reason I got the award,” he said, noting that continued development in the region has led to a steady increase in sales. Kreuter started out as a driver for the company while studying music at the College of Southern Maryland, and then became a manager-in-training for the Prince Frederick store.

Another feature of the Spirit Night is the company’s beloved mascot, Mr. Slice, though both Kreuter and his assistant manager, Jason Stone, agree that the mascot

“I just wanted to make more money,” he says. From there, he’s taken over his location at Leonardtown with enthusiasm and earned a fair amount of fame within his company. One of the ideals within the franchise that Kreuter takes to heart is PRIMSERV, an acronym for “Product, Image, Service” used companywide to emphasize priorities for each. “We have to be very proactive, and we work hard to make sure we deliver a topquality product,” Kreuter said. He also noted the expectation that Papa Johns give back to its community, which has fed into their “Spirit Nights” since he started working for the company. At such events, which are held monthly for elementary schools across the county, the company provides kids with stickers and flyers, and a portion of each sale is donated to the school.

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John Kreuter with the Papa Johns mascot, Mr. Slice.

has taken his fair share of abuse. “The kids beat him up and even try to eat him,” says Stone. “It gets pretty crazy.” And for all the people that love Mr. Slice, the county bus drivers are not big fans of the mascot. “We get the kids really hyped up, so the bus drivers don’t really like Mr. Slice that much,” he laughs. In light of his recent honor, Kreuter will be in Las Vegas from March 2 5 to meet with Papa Johns founder John Schnatter and others in the upper echelon of the industry, including CEO Nigel Travis. “I’m excited,” Kreuter says. “It’s going to be fun.” In Vegas, where all regional franchise managers will meet, the company will name their national manager of the year. Kreuter is hoping, of course, he’ll be named, which seems appropriate for a man with his level of gusto. Even a casual observer can tell he loves his job as much as he loves the product. “I believe 100 percent that the reason I became franchise manager of the year is my team,” he said, nodding to his co-workers as they, smiled back. “They are my backbone.”

Photo by Andrea Shiell

Why Cows Get Mad Police in Rogers, Ark. are investigating an allegation that a lieutenant used his stun gun on a cow and then distributed videos of the incident as a joke. Lt. David Mitchell allegedly filmed himself stunning the animal, sparking scorn from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who issued complaints to the police chief. City Attorney Ben Lipscomb said the alleged incident happened 2 and a half years ago, which would be beyond the statute of limitations for a misdemeanor, rendering a criminal investigation pointless. A captain in the department will lead the inquiry regardless, while Mitchell remains on regular duty.

Least Competent Criminal of the Week

Authorities from Anderson, S.C. report that a man drove a stolen car to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office to demand the return of $2,000, which officers seized from him during a drug arrest last June. 36 year-old Charles Chambers was spotted leaving the station in a car that matched the description of a vehicle stolen three hours before. Chambers stuck a screwdriver in the ignition to shut the car off when he was pulled over, because its key switch had been removed. Authorities say that Chambers was charged with possession of a stolen automobile, driving under suspicion of a tag violation.

Do What the Voices in Your Head Tell You To

According to an article on PHYORG.com, an unclassified report from 1998 has revealed a Pentagon investigation into using laser beams for potential methods of non-lethal torture. Some of the applications included putting voices in people’s heads, using lasers to trigger uncontrolled neuron firing, and slowly heating the human body to a point of feverish confusion, all of which can be done from hundreds of yards away. The report described successful experiments using ‘speech modulated’ microwave technology to transmit pulses of energy that were heard by the recipient and no one else. This technology could be used to communicate with individual hostages surrounded by captors, though the report stated that it would require “extreme directional specificity.” The report also conceded that putting voices in people’s heads could cause “psychologically devastating” effects, hence trumpeting its potential torture applications.

Fish in Space!

German researchers in Stockholm, Sweden have launched a rocket carrying 72 small fish to space in order to study motion sickness. Professor Roinhard Hilbig, who was in charge of the project, said that the thumbnail sized “cichlids” were filmed during a ten-minute space flight in an unmanned rocket. The research team will study the videos to see if any of the fish swam in circles, which is what fish do when they experience motion sickness. Since the mechanisms involved are similar for both fish and humans, scientists hope the experiment can shed some light on why some people experience motion sickness while others do not. Hilbig said that the fish landed safely after their space flight, and seem to be doing fine.

“What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage” by Amy Sutherland c.2008, Random House $18.00 / $21.00 Canada 168 pages By Terri Schlichenmeyer Some days, it seems like nobody listens any more. You nag your spouse yet again to pick up clothes that have been discarded on the floor. You holler at the kids to finish chores, but they’re suddenly hard-of-hearing. You remind your mother that she needs to make that doctor’s appointment she’s been putting off, and she ignores you. Some days, it seems like the only person who listens to you is the dog. So hold up a minute. Training worked for the dog. Why wouldn’t a modified version work with people? In the new book “What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage” by Amy Sutherland, you’ll learn some lessons that you can use with twolegged animals from the people who teach four-legged ones. When you go to the circus or to SeaWorld, you might see elephants that stand on their heads or dolphins that leap out of the water on command. Animals don’t just do those kinds of things. Somebody had to teach them. In a previous book, Amy Sutherland

wrote about an exotic-animal training college in California, and the work that students do with camels, cougars, kinkajous and other critters. Back at home and after realizing that she was nagging her husband again, Sutherland remembered the students she observed and the training they did with monkeys and tigers and others. If it worked with often-unpredictable animals, she mused, why wouldn’t the same kind of “training” work with human animals? She began to utilize the methods she picked up at the school. When her husband – who had an innate habit of losing things – ranted about his missing keys, Sutherland gave him an LRS or a Least-Reinforcing Scenario, which meant that she did nothing. By not flying to the rescue, she cut their stress-level down to zero. She reinforced behavior she wanted and ignored that which she didn’t want. She gave rewards quickly, appropriately, and often. By using what she calls “incompatible behaviors”, she made errant actions impossible. And she made her homelife and her marriage much better.

Okay, let’s face this first: yes, there are going to be lots of readers who will sputter about how people aren’t animals and “training” is demeaning. This book isn’t for them. I found “What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage” to be delightful. It doesn’t advocate “training”, although that’s what author Amy Sutherland calls it. Instead, it teaches readers to pay attention to what they say, how they say it, and why silence is sometimes best; how body language can be misconstrued; and why (sometimes wrong) assumptions are made by human communication. It explains how you can lower stress levels, create harmony at home, and have a better relationship with family, friends, strangers, and yes, even your pets. What’s not to love about that? If you’ve got an animal in your house, either of the two-legged or the four-legged kind, you’re going to want to read this wonderful, helpful book. “What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage” is a whale of a great read.

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History Behind the Leap Year Emily Finch Contributing Writer

ery four years results in about three extra days being added over a period of 400 years. For this reason, only one out of every four century years is considered a leap year. Century years are only considered leap years if they are evenly divisible by 400. Therefore, 1700, 1800, 1900 were not leap years, and 2100 will not be a leap year. But 1600 and 2000 were leap years, because those year numbers are evenly divisible by 400.

dar was not lunisolar, an intercalary (leap) month consisting of 22 extra days was inserted Tomorrow, Feb. 29, 2008 after Feb. 23 or 24. is a leap day, which falls When Julius Caesar dewithin the leap year. A leap veloped the Julian calendar in year, also called an intercalary 46 BC, in addition to distribyear, is a year containing one uting an extra ten days among or more extra days in order to the months of the Roman keep the calendar year synRepublican calendar, he rechronized with the astronomiplaced the intercalary month cal or seasonal year. by a single intercalary day, located where the intercalary Why the Extra Day? month used to be. This leap day, inserted between Feb. 23 Leap years are years with and 24, occurred every twelve 366 days instead of the usual The Calendars years. This was the first cal365 (called a common year). endar containing 365 comA leap year occurs every four The calendar used most mon days. years to help synchronize the commonly these days is The Julian calendar was calendar year with the solar called the Georgian calendar. revised in 1582 by Pope Gregyear, or the length of time it It was not the first calendar to ory XIII. The Revised Julian takes the earth to complete its be created, nor was it the first calendar adds an extra day to orbit about the sun, which is to be created considering leap February in years divisible by about 365.242 days. The length years. four, except for years divisible of the common year, however, The first calendar in the by 100 that do not leave a reis slightly less than 365.2425 Georgian calendars lineage mainder of 200 or 600 when days—by eleven minutes and is the Roman calendar, which divided by 900. fourteen seconds. was a lunisolar calendar and This rule agrees with the Basically, leap years oc- was used in Rome until 450 rule for the Gregorian calencur every fourth year in years B.C. when the Roman Re- dar until 2799. The first year divisible evenly by four. This publican calendar came into that dates in the Revised Julian extra day is added to the effect. calendar will not agree with Georgian calendar (which is The Roman Republican those in the Gregorian calennow most commonly used) calendar was not lunisolar dar will be 2800, because it Feb. 29. based, and their weeks con- will be a leap year in the GreHowever, there is one sisted of nine days. This cal- gorian calendar (since 2800 is exception to the leap year endar used a countdown sys- divisible by 400) but not in the rule involving century years. tem where days were named Revised Julian calendar. Since the common year is according to how far off they The Gregorian calenslightly less than 365.25 days were from a holiday. To make dar was designed to keep the long, adding an extra day ev- up for the fact that this calen- vernal equinox on or close to

Recall Continued from page A- including video footage of sick or maimed cows being slaughtered, sparked public outrage last week when the recall was initiated. 143 million pounds of the product were recalled, 26 percent of which were bound for public school systems offering free and reduced price lunches across the country. After asking each manager to account for the recalled products, SMCPS managers were instructed to place all of these products on hold, label

them and remove them from the menu immediately. This task is little more difficult than it sounds. On Monday, the schools were notified to recall additional products that had been processed by Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, including meatballs that were to be served that day. When asked how anyone could verify which processing plant the product had come from, Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements said, “We don’t know…they process the meat and then send it to the vendors.” Clements noted that the vendors do not identify the companies that process their product because every ingre-

dient would have to be accounted for separately. “If we get chili,” he said, “they don’t tell us who processed the tomatoes…so with this, we’re just looking at any beef product we have.” The majority of the product is centrally located at the SMCPS warehouse facility. Clements said that 300 cases of the product were in storage when the recall was first initiated, and that only 26 cases were delivered to the school locations. As products are identified, they are being picked up and will be maintained in a central location until further instructions are received from USDA. In the meantime,

winter solstice remains in the eleventh month. The Hindu lunisolar calendar also adds an extra month that coordinate with March 21, so the date of Eas- certain festivals. ter (celebrated on the Sunday The Hebrew calendar is after the 14th day of the Moon also lunisolar, but only adds that falls on or after March an extra month seven times 21st) remains correct with re- every nineteen years. The Hespect to the vernal equinox. brew calendar also has postThe vernal equinox year is ponement rules to delay the about 365.242374 days long beginning of the year by one (and increasing), whereas the or two days. This is to ensure average year length of the Gre- certain holidays do not fall on gorian calendar is 365.2425. certain days of the week. The Iranian calendar is Flaws of the Georgian similar to the Georgian calenLeap Year dar in that it has a single intercalated day once in every four The marginal difference years, but every 33 years or of 0.000125 days means that so the leap years will be five in around 8,000 years, the cal- years apart instead of four. endar will be about one day The system used is more acbehind where it should be. But curate and more complicated, in 8,000 years, the length of and is based on the time of the the vernal equinox year will March equinox as observed have changed by an amount, from Tehran. The 33-year pewhich cannot be accurately riod is not completely regular; predicted. Therefore, the cur- every so often the 33-year cyrent Gregorian calendar suf- cle will be broken by a cycle fices for practical purposes. of 29 or 37 years. However, this suggests In the Islamic calendar, that the calendar needs to be leap months are forbidden improved by another refine- altogether by Allah in the ment to the leap year rule. Qur’an. Calendars That Differ

ANNAPOLIS - A bill now in the Maryland Senate would allow the state’s Office of Financial Regulation to share data from financial institutions, including borrower information, with other federal and state agencies across the country in an effort to curb bad mortgage and lending practices. But opponents are concerned about privacy and wonder whether the legislation is really necessary. The House of Delegates

regulation, said information would not be passed on unless it were necessary for crime prevention, and then only to other financial regulators and law enforcement officials. Information would not be shared with the public, other companies or states that cannot send Maryland equivalent data. The bill is meant to prevent financial crimes by sharing information about offenders as it becomes available, Rooney said, but that information could also be used to protect consumers from national mortgage companies in non-criminal circumstances.

A person born on Feb. 29 may be called a “leapling.” In common years they usually celebrate their birthdays Feb. 28 or March 1. For legal purposes, their legal birthdays depend on how different laws count time intervals. For example, in Taiwan, the legal birthday of a leapling is Feb. 28 in common years, so a Taiwanese leapling born on Feb. 29, 1980 would have legally reached 18 years old Feb. 28, 1998. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a common year since it then is the day just after Feb. 28.

There is a tradition, said to go back to Saint Patrick and Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, but apparently not attested before the 19th century, whereby women may make marriage proposals

SMCPS is asking vendors to guarantee that their products are not processed by Westland/Hallmark. “We’ve told them…we want them to ensure that they are not using that plant,” said Clements. Due to the change in the availability of these products, substitutions are being made for affected menu items. “For the most part…we’re trying to keep the menu as close as we can, using other suppliers,” said Clements, who admitted that the recall itself would most likely not affect many of the lunch offerings at the affected schools. Clements said similar recalls have occurred in the

past, though none were of this scale, which is being described as the largest beef recall in history. Clements said the school system would work with the health department to dispose of the product. “The last time we did this it was with chicken,” he said, noting that officials had to treat the product with bleach before “we watched it get buried.” In the wake of increasing concern about the nutritional content of school lunches, Clements noted that SMCPS does not distribute fried foods or leave vending machines for sodas or snacks on between lunch periods, and sweets like cookies are made with whole

grain flour. “There was a time of Twinkies and Little Debbie snack cakes,” he admitted, “but a lot of society has changed.” “I understand the importance of the school lunch program on the well being and health of our students,” Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Martirano said. “I have been actively tracking the status of this recall through the Division of Supporting Services to ensure that the safety of our students and the integrity of the food and nutrition program are not compromised.”

information. Delegate Warren Miller of Howard County, who cast one of the dissenting votes, said a presentation by Rooney at a House Economic Matters Committee hearing did not explain enough about the information to be shared to make him comfortable. “When Delegate [Brian] Feldman [D-Montgomery] and myself tried to get to the heart of the matter - what data are we talking about - he didn’t answer our questions,” Miller said. The deputy commissioner only told the committee the information included confidential data that he oversees in his work, Miller said. Without a clearer reason for making available information the state has deemed confidential, he said he would be uncomfortable doing so.

“He didn’t give us sufficient cause to vote for the bill,” Miller said. Delegate James King, RAnne Arundel, said he also opposed the bill because the deputy commissioner’s presentation was not compelling enough to win his vote. King said committee members asked what information his office was looking for and why it was necessary, but Rooney did not sufficiently answer the questions. I’m hesitant to pass any legislation that deals with confidential information from Maryland residents, he said. King agreed that sharing financial information can be necessary to protect public safety, but said the hearing did not show a need that trumps privacy rights. If passed the law would take effect July 1.

Bill Would Allow Broader Sharing of Marylanders’ Financial Data With Other States passed the bill in a 126-8 vote last week. After the first reading in the Senate Monday it was assigned to the Finance Committee. If the bill becomes law the office of the commissioner of financial regulation would be able to distribute information from all the institutions it oversees, including credit unions, trust companies and mortgage lenders. The new bill is an expansion of the 2002 Money Transmission Act, which is limited to bank information. Joseph Rooney, deputy commissioner of financial

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only in leap years. Supposedly (but disputed), in a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), fines were levied if the proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. Because men felt that law put them at too great a risk, the tradition was in some places tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, Feb. 29, or to the medieval leap day, Feb. 24. In Greece, it is believed that getting married in a leap year is bad luck for the couple. Thus, many couples avoided setting a marriage date in a leap year.

For example, some national companies operate all their offices the same way, he said. If there were to be a mistake in the way an organization calculates interest that rate could be incorrect in every office. “With the cooperation agreement, if one state finds the violation they can stop it,” Rooney said. He said many states have a similar law in effect. Opposition in the House came entirely from Republicans, who said they were not convinced of the necessity of allowing the office to disseminate residents’ personal

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Obituaries Helen “Lorraine” Broome, 76 Helen “Lor raine” Broome, 76, of Avenue, and formerly of Rockville, Md., died Feb. 22 in her residence. Born July 2, 1931 in Rockville, Md. she was the daughter of the late Louis and Wilhelmina Kramer Federline. She was the loving wife of the late Milton Thomas Broome, whom she married Oct. 19, 1965 in Rockville, Md. and who preceded her in death July 16, 1998. She is survived by her children; Constance Crawford of Haymarket, Va., Steven Broome of Indian Head, Md., Steven Costin of Middletown, Md., Tim Costin of Clayton, N.C. and Valerie Canada of Virginia Beach, Va. She is also survived by her sister Eleanor Tennyson of Solomons Island, Md. as well as 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was a graduate of Richard Montgomery High School “Class of 1949” and was employed as a contractor for H.E.W/Federal Government for 30 years, retiring in 1981. She enjoyed golfing, quilting, boating, watching “Murder She Wrote” and was an advocate for the preservation of our National Parks. The family received friends Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, where Optimist prayers were said at 4 p.m. A Graveside Service was held Monday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Rockville, Md. with Fr. James Downs officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Crawford, Steve Costin, Steve Broome, Ted Tennyson, John Tennyson and Tim Costin. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Crawford, Steve Broome, Steve Costin and Tim Costin. Contributions may be made to National Park Service, www.nps.gov and/or National Wildlife Federation, www.nwf.org or 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5362. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

George Hoover Bussler, 78 George H o o v e r Bussler, 78, of Leonardtown, died Feb. 21 in Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton Md. Born March 5, 1929 in Compton, he was the son of the late George Edward Bussler and Violet Ching Bussler. He graduated from Margaret Brent High School and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his military service, Hoover was a police officer for the District of Columbia for two years and a Tidewater Fisheries Officer for the state of Maryland for two years before becoming a plumber. He remained in the plumbing field until his retirement. Hoover is survived by his wife, June Brown Bussler of Leonardtown; four sisters, Annie McCully of Leonardtown; Mary Tennyson of Clements; Katie Kozak of West Grove, Pa.; Claudia Mattingly of Compton; two brothers, Francis Abell of Loveville and C. Roger Bussler of Leonardtown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Abell and Frank T. Abell. The family received relatives and friends for Mr. Bussler’s Life Celebration

Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Life Celebration Chapel. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. by Reverend John Mattingly. Visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 – 11:00 a.m. in the Living Word Church, Mechanicsville. A Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jim Wickman officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be James M. Brown, George R. Bussler, Roger B. Bussler, John F. Mattingly, John H. Mattingly, and John Wallace. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

William Carson “Bill” Campbell, 84 William Carson “Bill” Campbell, 84, of Lusby, Md. died Feb. 19 in his residence. Born Sept. 15, 1923 in Raeford, N.C. he was the son of the late Malcom Arthur and Mary Eve Harrelson Campbell. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl Wiggin Campbell, whom he married July 10, 1971 in Prince Frederick, Md. He is survived by his brother Ben Campbell of Burlington, N.C. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Vera Owen, Sara Smith, Florida Wilson, Malcom Campbell and Carroll Campbell. Mr. Campbell moved to Calvert County in 1946 after he served as a United States Marine for six years. He was employed with Calvert County Government as a Zoning Inspector and Director of Inspections & Permits from 1968-1980 where he was then a Director of Community Resources from 1980-1985. He was a past commander of VFW Post 8133, a past member of the Lions Club, an active member of Prince Frederick Lodge 412 AF&AM, the PA-PO-Peake Shrine Club, VFW Post 274 Lusby, the Boumi Shrine Temple and 320 Mason. A Graveside Service was held Thursday, Feb. 21 at Middleham Parish Cemetery in Lusby, Md. at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Molly McCarty and Rev. Bob Stephenson officiating. Pallbearers were Stephen George Cornillaud and Prince Frederick Lodge #142 AF&AM.

Emma Brooke Davis, infant Emma Brooke Davis, infant, died Feb. 23 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown. Emma was the daughter of LeAna Marie Bell Davis and Austin Blake Davis. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving grandparents, Wayne and Carol Davis of Leonardtown, Mike and Charla Bell of Hollywood, Md., her great grandparents, Jim and Isabelle Raley and Dorothea Davis of Leonardtown, Jack and Alma Bell of Oklahoma City, Okla., Richard and Cathy Cunningham of Redding, Calif. and her great-great grandmother Evelyn Standring of Ventura, Calif. She was very loved by her aunts and uncles; Willie and Latosha Davis, Mike and Krissy Phelan, Deanna Davis and Christy Bell, Jimmy Bell, Andrea Bell, Derek Bell and Mike and Rayleen Johnson, cousins; Josh and Malynn Johnson and Kaylee Davis. She was also loved dearly by many great aunts and uncles and close friends. A Graveside Service was conducted Monday, Feb. 25 at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Pastor Leroy Finto conducted the service. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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Dorothy Elizabeth Knott, 80 Dorothy Elizabeth Knott, 80, of Clements died Feb. 22 in St. Mary’s Nursing Center. B o r n March 2, 1927 in Oraville, Md. she was the daughter of the late Philip Columbus and Elizabeth Ann Pilkerton Quade. She was the loving wife of the late Arthur Louis Knott, Sr. whom she married Dec. 26, 1945 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza and who preceded her in death Aug. 30, 2006. She is survived by her son; Arthur Louis Knott, Jr. of Clements; her grandchildren; Cheryl Jean Knott of Clements, Steven Louis Knott of Tall Timbers, Charles Alan Knott, Jr. of Avenue, and Nicole Lynn Knott of Lexington Park; great-grandchildren; Danielle Elizabeth Knott, Steven Gregory Knott, Louis Gene Knott, all of Clements, Curtice Matthew Knott, Dalanyee Jaiden Knott, both of Avenue, and Seth Richard Currie-Knott of Lexington Park. She is also survived by her siblings; Mary Esther Pilkerton, Charles Everett Quade, both of Avenue, John Cecil Quade of Wilsonville, Ala. and Thomas Floyd Quade of Charlotte Hall. She was preceded in death by her children Gene Carroll Knott, Charles Alan Knott and Lora Ann Knott, her great-grandson Joseph Louis Currie-Knott and her siblings; Philip Rhodie Quade, Richard Edward Quade, Calvin Edwin Quade and Benjamin Franklin Quade. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Dorothy was a graduate of Margaret Brent High School’s Class of 1944. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, cooking, watching baseball, especially the Orioles, and was always happy to see the grandchildren. The family received friends Monday, Feb. 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, where prayers were said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, with Fr. Keith Woods officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Philip Rhodie Quade, Jr., Steven L. Knott, Charles A. Knott, Jr., Richard W. “Dickie” Pilkerton, Timothy A. Quade and Louis Knott. Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 175, Morganza, MD 20660. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838 , Prince Frederick, MD 20678 and/or Middleham-St. Peter’s Parish, P.O. Box 277, Lusby, MD 20657. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Glenda Lu Nelson, 62 Glenda Lu Nelson, 62, of California died Feb. 20 in her residence. B o r n Nov. 30, 1945 in Estherville, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Ernest “Ernie” and Bonnie M. Athey Johnson. Glenda married her husband, Clifford Wayne Nelson May 26, 1963 in Armstrong, Iowa, and relocated to Maryland as a Navy wife. After twenty years in the Navy,

Clifford retired and the couple stayed in St. Mary’s County. Glenda was an employee at Mattingly’s Finer Foods from 1980 to 1989. She was one of the original employees of the Charlotte Hall True Value Store which opened in 1989. Glenda then moved to the Leonardtown True Value Store where she worked until January of this year. In addition to her husband, Glenda is survived by two daughters, Wendy Sue Wathen of California and Dawn Marie Nelson of Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren, Cory Michael Wathen and Jordon Matthew Wathen; sonin-law Donald Wathen, Jr., and one sister, Doraee Dahms of Armstrong, Iowa. The family received relatives and friends for Glenda’s Life Celebration Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Life Celebration Chapel. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. in the Brinsfield Life Celebration Chapel. The Reverend Dale Skurla will officiate. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers were Gene Burroughs, Al Levinard, Al Rudman, George Tatlow, Steve Loftis, and Dave Cullison. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Lee Heinz, Cory Wathen, and Jordon Wathen. Memorial contributions may be made to A Community That Shares (ACTS), P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD 20618 or Hospice of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Tommy Newton, Sr To m m y Newton, Sr. passed away Feb. 25 in his Holly wood , Md. Home. He was the son of Joseph D. Newton, Sr. and Ann Elizabeth Newton. He was loved and raised by John and Catherine Woodburn after the passing of his mother. Tommy, with his son Bill, owned and operated Newton’s Tree Service. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, William Rhett Newton. He is survived by his son Thomas L. Newton, Jr., his daughter-in-law Rachel and their daughters Caroline and Emma. He is also survived by his son Bill Soule as well as his siblings; Joseph D. Newton, Jr. and his wife Loretta, Walter Woodburn and his wife Beth, Susan Readmond and her husband Bucky, Janice Batts and her husband Phil and Sparky Woodburn and his wife Paula. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. With him when he passed was his fiancée Dolly McKay; who he called the love of his life. He often said that the past couple of years with her were the happiest of his life. Tommy was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and enjoyed meeting many people throughout the years while operating Newton’s Tree Service. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, hunting with Larry Scriber and the friendship of Craig Jarboe, which lasted over 55 years. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends, who he loved dearly. The family received friends Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, where prayers were said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, Md. with

Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bobby Garner, Billy Norris, John Delozier, Danny Greer, Craig Jarboe and Chris Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Freddie Norris, Bucky Readmond, Walter Woodburn, Donald Hill, Frannie Woodburn and Rodney Dean. Contributions may be made to OPIS (Out Patient Infusion Center), P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

William Douglas Wathen, Sr., 83 Wi l l ia m Douglas Wathen, Sr., 83, of Mechanicsville, died Feb. 18 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born Oct. 20, 1924 in Clements he was the son of the late William Ford and Catherine Harding Wathen. He was the beloved husband of Joan Marie Wathen whom he married in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville. He is survived by his children: William Douglas Wathen, Jr. of Leonardtown, Pamela Lynn Copsey, John William Wathen, Jr. and Michael Louis Wathen all of Mechanicsville; siblings: Susie Howe of Clements, and James A. Wathen of Helen; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and one greatgreat grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Loretta C. Wathen; daughter: Shirley Ann VanRyswick; siblings: John P. Wathen, Mitchell “Jigs” Wathen, Virginia Lusby, Wilmer Claude Wathen, Mary Harding, Agnes Copsey and James T. Wathen. Mr. Wathen was a lifelong St. Mary’s County resident where he graduated from St. Joseph’s School, Class of 1939. He worked as a lifetime farmer and a school bus driver until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Farm Credit Bureau. The family received friends Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, with Prayers being said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, with Fr. Keith Woods officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shawn Wathen, Wayne VanRyswick, Bernard Leroy Copsey, Jr., James Douglas Copsey, Leonard VanRyswick, Bernard Leroy “Roy” Copsey, Sr., Danny Wathen and Wilmer Wathen. Honorary Pallbearers were Robert Morgan, Sonny Ryce, Leonard Wathen, John Wathen and Scott Superior. Contributions may be made to the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

farmed with his parents. He later moved to Kensington to live with his brother, Thomas. While in Kensington he worked at a service station mostly pumping gas, changing oil and greasing cards. This is when he first met his wife Marian Josephine Ashley. Before they were married, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940 and stationed in Ft. Belvoir, Va. Two years later he was sent overseas to North Africa then back stateside and then to Hawaii. He was then sent to Okinawa and back to Hawaii until he was sent back to the states for discharge. After his discharge from the U.S. Army he and Marian returned to Round Hill, Va. where he drove a milk truck to provide for the family. After a few years without children, they adopted Sara Beth when she was 2 years old. Marian passed away when Sara Beth was a teenager and Guy raised her alone. Sara Beth and Guy moved to Purceville, Va. and the later to Berryville, Va. Guy started to work for the U.S. Government and was able to retire from the government. In 1973 Guy met and married Joyce Eaton and moved to Winchester where they lived until Joyce died in 1986. After Joyce passed away, Guy moved to Loveville, where he first lived in a trailer on Raymond Williams’ farm. He later built a house on the farm where he lived independently until his 90th birthday. He was a member of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge and loved gardening, hunting, woodworking and making furniture. He is survived by a sister, Mary Dyson of Leonardtown, two brothers, James Clark Williams of Callaway, Jack Williams of Brookville and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, his daughter, Sara Beth and two brothers, Stanley Williams and Thomas Williams. The family received friends for Guy’s Celebration of Life Sunday, Feb. 24 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Feb. 25 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza. The Reverend Keith Woods was the celebrant. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews Leroy Williams, Jimmy Williams, Jamie Dyson, Jimmy Williams and great nephews, Ronnie Williams and David Williams. Serving as honorary pallbearers were his nieces, Cheri Tessier, Shirley Gregg, great great nieces, Lindsey Williams, Allison Williams, and great nephews, Mark Williams, Roy Williams and Robert Williams, Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, c/o HOSPICE of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 37, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Bernard Guy Williams, 94 Be r n a rd Guy Williams, 94, of Loveville died Feb. 21 in the home his nephew Raymond C. Williams and his wife Linda in Loveville. Born July 7, 1913 at home in Mechanicsville, he was the forth of six children born to John Chunn Williams and Ada Mae Drury Williams. As a young boy he

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