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County Issues Warnings On Tornado Preparedness This weekend the county’s emergency communications staff, part of the Department of Public Safety, will test the county’s fire and rescue sirens for a simulated tornado warning. With the tropical storm season approaching in June, the county is also advising residents on what they can do themselves in the event of a tornado. They advise planning ahead where you will take shelter and gather emergency supplies in a kit ready to go in your shelter location. Storm cellars and basements provide the best protection in the event of these storms, according to county information. Vehicles and mobile homes are not ideal for protection, instead residents should quickly make their way to buildings with strong foundations. If a structure is not available for protection, find a ditch or other low-lying area. Avoid overpasses or bridges. Residents should also stay in their shelters until the storm has passed, county information stated.

From his office at the Three Oaks Shelter in Lexington Park, Executive Director Harry S. Lancaster leaned back in his chair on a warm Tuesday morning and smiled, relaxing as his cell phone buzzed and whirred at his hip. This was a rare moment in light of the last “furious three weeks,” in which he had enjoyed very few moments of rest. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the shelter, which provides emergency and transitional housing for men, as well as managing a 20-bed women’s shelter allied with the same program, he had spent much of his free time going door to door in Leonardtown to campaign for his bid for the mayoral election. In that time See Election page A-

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Leonardtown Mayor Harry “Chip” Norris cast his ballot with his wife Jan and their son J. Harry Norris, IV on Tuesday.

Judge: Electronic Gambling Machines Legal In St. Mary’s to a ruling Friday by Circuit Court Judge Karen Abrams. This decision effectively overturns a ruling issued by the State Attorney General’s Office in March that said the operations of the maElectronic gaming machines that outwardly resemble slot chines were unlawful and resulted in most of the machines being machines are legal to operate in St. Mary’s County according shut down or removed. See EGD Ruling page A- By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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Investigators and law enforcement officers with the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations cart off electronic gaming machines from ADF Bingo in Mechanicsville as part of a warrant service.

Gas Prices Putting Crunch On Charter Boat Business Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

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The start of this year’s rockfish season may have been windy and somewhat cold, but as the sun has shown and the weather has warmed, teams of fishers have been hitting the waters to lure impressive catches. Captain Butch Cornelius has nothing but good things to say about the fishing this year. “There are nice big fish, plenty of them,” he says, but when the subject of fuel costs comes up, his voice gets noticeably darker. “Fuel costs are definitely going to hurt the charter business…it makes it harder for people to operate the boats, and we’ve had to raise our

rates,” he says. Some captains are trying to moderate their rate increases, capping prices so as not to scare away potential customers. Such is the case for Captain Phil Langley, Jr., who drives the Chesapeake Charm. He says he has had to raise his rates by 10 percent since last year, but that he has tried to keep his increases minimal. “If you’re fishing close to home that’s acceptable,” Langley says, “but fish have tails and they move, and the further out you have to go, the more it’s going to cost. Langely added that See Fishing page A-

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Foster Parents In Short Supply

any number of mental disorders including At tentionAndrea Shiell vate profit or nonprofit agencies, caters to def icit / hyStaff Writer children with special needs. peractivity disorder (AD/HD) or bipolar Unlike traditional foster care, some disorder. The evolution of foster care is a popu- of these children have been kicked out “Some kids come in with long lists of lar topic of conversation at Alternatives by their birth parents, or left to the fos- problems,� said Coulby, explaining that for Youth and Families in Charlotte Hall. ter care system by abusive or neglectful for children to be placed in treatment fosStaff members at the office describe families. ter care settings, they must be diagnosed the system as one started in the 1900s, “Some of the children were the ones with a mental or behavioral disorder. during a time when society was changing abusing the parents,� said Janet Coulby at Treatment foster parents are described and families and extended families were the Alternatives for Youth and Families as part of a team that includes social no longer living under the same roof. office in Charlotte Hall. workers, teachers, therapists, doctors, Churches were trying to fill the gaps Whatever the situation for the chil- probation officers, caseworkers, and the and provide care and support for needy dren, the agencies responsible for plac- child’s family. “Our primary goal is to families, but conditions at most foster ing them with caring foster parents have set up smaller goals so that the family can homes, which were run by neighbors or noticed a lack of qualified applicants in eventually be reunited,� said Coulby, exchurches, became over-crowded. That’s recent years. That may be why the month plaining that the bulk of work with these when the state stepped in to make foster of May has been named Foster Parent kids revolves around teaching them accare what it is today, a public system avail- Awareness Month. ceptable social skills, and preparing them able in each state, placing children with “There’s always been a need for peo- for independence. parents selected, trained, and licensed by ple,� said Coulby, “but over the years Training and licensing procedures the state. we’ve seen an increase of children who are the same for both traditional and There are two types of foster care: are at risk.� therapeutic foster parents, staring with traditional and treatment or therapeutic. At risk children include those with the application process. Coulby said the Traditional foster care is run by the state physical handicaps or behavioral prob- ideal candidate would be at least 21 years and provides housing, food, clothing, and lems like pyromania or sexual offenses. old, financially independent, and have other basic needs for children, while ther- Some are children who have been abused, passed a series of physicals and financial apeutic foster care, which is run by pri- abandoned, or neglected and children with studies.


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Dr. William Icenhower, health officer for St. Mary’s County, says the county government should not purchase 7,000 doses of medication that treats influenza symptoms because they are largely ineffective in bringing relief and may even convince people erroneously that they do not need to get a flu shot. According to a letter from Icenhower to the county government, the cost of the 7,000 doses, meant for essential county personnel and their families, would sap $105,000 from county coffers. The purchase of the 7,000 doses of Tamiflu and Relenza would be in addition to stocks already handed out to local health departments and hospitals, Icenhower’s letter stated. The program is designed to ensure that essential county personnel can have access to the medication and still maintain critical services during a possible influenza pandemic, the letter went on to state. “It works only in the first few days of getting the symptoms,� Icenhower said. “If you don’t take it within the first two days you’re going to lose the maximum effectiveness of the drug.� Icenhower added that health officers from Charles, Calvert and Anne Arundel counties are all opting out of purchasing the medication.

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And while the medication purchased by a county for its own use was the primary aim of the program, Icenhower said, the federal government, which is underwriting the program, could come and take the medication to use it elsewhere if needed. “I don’t really have a problem with that, I’m for helping counties that need it,� Icenhower said. “But the state should buy it and keep it on hand.� Icenhower said the medication should not be considered a cure for the flu and he feared the presence of the drug might cause people to be complacent about getting flu shots to inoculate themselves. “It’s not a highly effective drug,� Icenhower said. “It maybe shortens it [the flu] a day but it doesn’t cure it.� The research showed in other countries in Asia that about six percent of the people who took the drug had already developed some resistance to its potency from taking it previously, Icenhower said. “That resistance is going to grow,� Icenhower said. “There may be total resistance in the long run.� He also said he was not sure who would decide who really qualified as essential personnel. “I don’t feel like anyone’s non-essential,� Icenhower said. “Why should county employees get it and not everyone else.�

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“Most of the ones that really work out are retired, or their jobs give them enough home time to spend with the child,� Coulby said. Candidates would then need to complete 30 hours of training to obtain their license, and a series of home tests. Coulby said not everyone is a good fit for treatment foster parenting, but social workers are adept at pinpointing the applicants who are best suited for providing that level of care. “I’m always happy to refer people to Social Services, Foundations, or mentoring programs. Treatment foster parenting isn’t for everyone,� she said, adding that those interested could contact the Department of Social Services, or Foundations Therapeutic Foster Care for more information. Coulby said for many of the foster parents she has worked with, the experience is a life-changing one. She added that one of the perks of her job was seeing the children come through the system successfully. “It’s so neat to have them come back years later and say ‘hey, I’m going to college,’ or ‘I’ve got a family of my own,’� Coulby said, smiling. “Those are the cases that make it all worthwhile.�

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Editorial & Opinion Loveville Produce Auction Houses Another St. Mary’s County Jewel It started three years ago as a risky business venture by the local Mennonite community and other local farmers. A wholesale produce auction house where local farmers could bring locally grown fruits, vegetables and plants to a central marketplace where commercial buyers would come to purchase those products. Now in its third year of selling local produce, this risky business venture is proving to be another jewel for our community. The auction house is open for its third season with product being plentiful and a strong and growing contingent of buyers. There has been great concern over the past several years about ways to preserve our agricultural industry. With the Maryland state buyout of tobacco, farmers have had difficulty finding alternative crops that are economically viable. While there is no one solution to preserving our agricultural industry, the Loveville Produce Auction is part of a very complex solution. The fact that the auction house is in its third year and

growing is a positive sign that at least this part of the solution is working. Many local restaurants and retail businesses are strong supporters of the produce auction. Those that display the So. Maryland, So Good logo buy local produce. Local produce purchased at the Loveville Auction House can be found in McKay’s Supermarkets throughout St. Mary’s County and other retail establishments. The Loveville Produce Auction currently has over 50 growers representing 125+ acres of land. The market is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday thru October and on Friday’s during November and December. Auctions begin at 11:00 am on Monday and 9:00 am on Wednesday and Friday. You can do your part to help preserve the agricultural industry in St. Mary’s by supporting those businesses that buy and sell local produce.

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To The Editor: Life Changing Experience A year ago I had a life changing experience and had to call on many to help me thru the recovery process. On April 23, 2007, I went to St Mary’s Hospital for what was later determined at Georgetown University Hospital as a GI bleed. In 3 weeks, I received 40 units of blood. I thought this was a huge amount of blood but according to hospital staff the number was not uncommon for a GI bleed. The American Red Cross held a blood drive last year in my honor to help replenish the blood supply that I had used from the Maryland bank. I want to thank everyone who came that day to offer support, try to give blood and those who were able to donate blood. I must say that I was overwhelmed with the amount of people who came that particular day. The Red Cross volunteers said that it was one of the largest turnouts. I urge you to take the time to go to a Blood Drive, such as May 16th at Hollywood Vol.

Rescue Squad or May 19th at Second District Vol. Fire Department and Rescue Squad, or in your community and see if you can donate. If you are not able, ask one of the volunteers what other ways you can be of help. I was once active donating blood but I am unable now because of a medical condition that I was diagnosed with 3 years ago. A good turnout is needed at every blood drive. You never know when you or someone in your family is going to need blood. I thought I was just feeling faint from planting 2 dogwood trees. Please support the American Red Cross in their efforts because someone somewhere will always have a need for the “THE GIFT OF LIFE”. Thank you for mine, Joe Titus Ridge, MD

Focus on Workforce Development Bob Schaller This month’s topic is a focus on workforce development. Much work has been done locally over the past year to better prepare the workforce to meet the increasingly technical needs of employers. Job creation is a statewide priority, especially in BRAC-affected areas in central and northern Maryland. While Southern Maryland isn’t part of the region most impacted by BRAC (Ft. Meade is in Anne Arundel County, Aberdeen Proving Grounds is in Harford County), we have fresh experience from the first BRAC rounds in the 1990s which ultimately brought 10,000 jobs to the area. NAS Patuxent River, its tenant commands including NAVAIR and NAWCAD, and outlying Webster Field in St. Inigoes combine to form the single largest employer in the County and tri-county region where some 22,000 work everyday. With this consolidation of skill, talent, and physical assets like the Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility (ACETEF), NAS Patuxent River is now a premier center of Naval Aviation excellence. Concentrating this capability here has allowed program growth to be steady and strong, which will only increase in the coming years with major programs such as the F-35 Lightning II, VH-71 Presidential Helicopter, and a variety of Unmanned Aviation Vehicles and Systems (UAV/UAS), among others. To fulfill future program requirements, there is a need for hundreds of specialized jobs in the engineering and related technical fields, along with those in business, economics, and finance to help

manage these programs. In preparation, several initiatives are underway. One common theme is for a homegrown approach to workforce creation. Key to this is the STEM Academies at elementary, middle, and high schools through an excellent collaboration between the St. Mary’s County Public Schools and NAS Patuxent River. A related effort is Starbase Academy. Yet another initiative is the local, regional, and now national Robotics Competitions and the deepening Engineering offerings by the Forrest Technology Center. Several Forrest Center students will work as interns this summer through a special arrangement with local employers. Collectively, these efforts will combine to produce more local talent to NAS Pax River and the supporting contractor community. At the higher education level, the College of Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Southern Maryland Higher Education Center are all expanding offerings in response to the needs of the technical management community. One area where there’s collective emphasis is an effort to bring the last two years of engineering programs in Aerospace and Engineering Mechanical offered by the University of Maryland. This effort would dovetail with CSM’s current engineering program and be delivered at SMHEC. NAS Pax River would provide labs, facilities, student internships, research appointments by faculty, and other support efforts to supplement the program. For the person just entering or re-entering the workforce who may lack essential skills, the Jobs Connection Program provided

by the Community Development Corporation in Lexington Park has assisted numerous job-seekers develop a resume, conduct a skills assessment, complete job readiness training, search for work, and in many cases secure a job. With the recent reinstatement of the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board (WIB), these services will be expanded to Leonardtown to enable more of the County to take advantage of these services. Finally, scholarships offered by several local organizations help increase access to college for more and more students. This is the case in traditional fields of study and more specialized fields like engineering, health care, and skilled trades. The Business, Education and Community Alliance (BECA) of which I am part, has developed a common scholarship application working with several local scholarship organizations. Through this process a record number of students have applied for scholarships. Also, Southern Maryland CAN (College Access Network) has assisted numerous students apply and receive acceptance to colleges, most as the first to attend from their families. These students will enter the workforce much better equipped with the benefit of a college education. These are but a few major initiatives. The point to emphasize is that there is a broad-based community approach to workforce development. We are grateful for all these efforts and encourage more to get involved in any way possible. Economic development and workforce development go hand-in-hand.

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Aphids and Caterpillars and Slugs, Oh My! Terri Bartz Bowles It’s begun. The invasion of the beasts who eat the garden plants and the war against them. The first thing I noticed was the aphids on the rose buds. The buds were barely set and they were covered with those darn aphids. They suck the life

out of the bud and the bloom ends up being ragged with holes in it and it only partially opens. Grr. It’s easy enough to just run your fingers over the bud and essentially squish them off. That gets tedious and time-consuming, though. I don’t like spraying chemicals but if you want pretty roses,

you have to go to the canned spray in my opinion. I try to garden organically but there are times that it just doesn’t do everything you need done. I use something that’s a combination pest killer and fungicide for black spot. Black spot is the bane of east coast rose gardeners. It thrives in humid cli-

With Food Prices Rising, Find Ways To Cut Costs Submitted by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Food Stamp Nutrition Education program, St. Mary’s County With gas prices reaching record highs, families everywhere are spending more and more of their income just to provide transportation. Unpleasant surprises await them at the grocery store, too—with higher fuel prices have come higher food costs because of the increased cost in bringing goods to the stores; other reasons for higher food prices include the increased cost of feed-grains that the animals eat (the price for corn and soybeans has gone up because of their expanded use as alternative fuels), changing practices by farmers for planting traditional feed-grains, plus higher electricity costs at the stores themselves.

“Everyone is feeling the pinch, but lowincome households or those who are on fixed incomes are likely feeling it more,” said Jane Kostenko, nutrition educator for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Food Stamp Nutrition Education program in St. Mary’s County. “Since people can’t stop eating, they might want to try to plan better. By following some simple tips, families can see small savings that add up over time.” Kostenko suggests trying these tips to keep food costs down: Plan your meals ahead of time. Look at what you have in your pantry and freezer and build a menu for the whole week around what you have on hand. Shop for only those ingredients you need to round out a healthy meal. Don’t forget to keep a grocery list. Wheth-

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mates. So, I sprayed the little varmints the other night. While I was spraying the roses for aphids, I saw them. The tent caterpillars. Oh, they are nasty things, crawling all over the roses, the house, the driveway – they were everywhere. They are gross and they will strip the leaves off bushes and trees in record time. You can stand in my yard and do a 360 and not see any trees with the caterpillar webs in them. So where are they coming from?! They’re driving me nuts! I don’t know how many I killed, but I’ll bet I spent a half hour just squishing caterpillars. I beg you, if you have a tree with tent caterpillars, do something to kill them! I read just the other day that authorities are expecting a major outbreak of gypsy moths this month. The caterpillars defoliate shade trees and cause a lot of damage. For more information, please visit the Maryland Home and Garden Information Center website at www.hgic. These nasty things must be stopped! The next nasty on our bug buffet is the slug. They are slimy, nocturnal, hungry little

and replace the beer, of course; how often depends on how many you trap. Easy, relatively cheap and environmentally friendly – what’s not to like? The hateful Japanese beetles will be here before you know it, eating roses and four o’clocks and a bunch of other stuff. I loathe them. Picking them off and dropping them into a coffee can with a little gas in it does give me a perverse pleasure. Gas is so expensive, though, I’ll have to find something else. You can always just squish them. I have to wear gloves to pick them off, something about Japanese beetles just really grosses me out. So the battles against the pests have begun and the war will last all summer. There are lots of good bugs like praying mantises, I never kill those. Spiders are good, too and of course birds eat all kinds of things. Who will win the bug war? Who knows – but I feel a small victory for every slug, Japanese beetle, aphid and caterpillar I annihilate. You can email the Country Girl at countrygirlramblings@

buggers. How do you know if you have slugs? Do you see silvery, shiny little trails of dried slime in the morning along walkways and steps? Slugs. Are there holes in the middle of the leaves of your plants? Not the edges, just nicely-formed holes in the center of the leaf. Slugs. Having deep mulch and dead plant material lying around is attractive to slugs. You can get a certain satisfaction out of going out in the evening and smooshing them. They goosh in a way that makes you say “take that, you little herbivore”. The easier and more effective way, though, involves beer. For the slugs, not for you. Get a disposable pie tin, put a rock in the center to hold it down and fill it with cheap beer. One can will fill a pie pan nicely. PBR or Natty Boh are good choices, my slugs seem to prefer PBR. Fill the pans in the evening and go out in the morning to admire your handiwork. You should find some slugs floating in the beer. They are attracted to the smell, crawl in and drown. Easy for you and I would think drowning in a pan of beer is relatively painless for the slug. You need to empty out the pan

er you have a magnetic shopping list on the ‘fridge or keep a list on the counter, encourage family members to add to it when they use the last of something. Remind everyone that “treats” might need to be bought less often, as you concentrate using your money on buying milk, vegetables, fruit, and meat. When the grocery store ads come out, sit down with your list and your menu for the week and see who is offering what on sale. (You might also use sale prices to help you decide what’s on the menu!) If you have a choice of stores, all nearby, you might find that you can buy different sale items from different stores. If you don’t live close to several stores, you’ll want to decide which store has the overall lowest prices for the things you want to buy and save money on gas. Use coupons when you’re buying brandname products, but consider trying some of the generic or store brands instead. These items are often cheaper but of the same quality. Even with a coupon discount, some brand names will still be more expensive. Compare prices whenever you shop! When you make meals from things you’ve

bought on sale, consider doubling your recipe and freezing half of it. When you’re running late, you can grab something out of the freezer cheaper than going to a fast-food place. Kostenko also suggested, “Make at least one meal each week without meat. What family doesn’t like spaghetti? Or make a tuna-mac meal on the stovetop.” Without the expense of meat, you’ll save even more money. “Experts all agree that we should never grocery shop when we’re hungry,” Kostenko said, “since that makes us more likely to buy foods that aren’t on our shopping list.” She continued, “If you bring your children along when you go shopping, have them help by giving them specific things to find on the shelves and add to the cart.” Above all, stick to your shopping list unless you see something that is unexpectedly on sale (in-store or manager’s specials do get offered). “We aren’t going to see food prices suddenly drop,” Kostenko concluded, “so we all should look for ways we can shop smarter with the money we have available.”

Adult Drug Court To Start This Summer By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Circuit Court Judge Karen H. Abrams says a project she has long hoped would come to fruition — a drug court for adults — will officially become a reality as of July 1. “That’s our hope,” Abrams told The County Times last week in a phone interview. The adult drug court is similar to the juvenile drug court already in existence in that eligible offenders who have a drug addiction and are on probation undergo stricter monitoring and supervision from the court than other offenders. The aim of the drug courts is not so much punishment, but rehabilitation through a therapeutic process. Judge Abrams was confident that the court would start on time, but she did not know just how much funding would come from the state to support the program. “We should know something in the next month or so,” Judge Abrams said. Pete Cucinotta, coordinator for the drug court, said state funding would include money for increased drug testing and even bus tokens for probationers to get back and forth for numerous visits to the court.

Cucinotta expressed hopes that the state would fund a case manager position aside from the ones already with the office of parole and probation who would help probationers find educational training and jobs. “That would be a big bonus,” Cucinotta said, adding that the court had also asked for a large sum of money for treatment for offenders. The adult drug court has the support of six different agencies, including the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender, Walden-Sierra addictions treatment center, the sheriff’s office and the Circuit Court. “We’re still waiting to hear about our state funding, but I think we’ll kick it off July 1 no matter what,” Cucinotta said. Members of the drug court partnership attended training for one week in Los Angeles, Calif. in March to work out how they would run the court preparation for the July 1 start date, Cucinotta said. State reports have shown that drug courts have been effective in reducing recidivism rates for people dealing with drug addictions. Judge Abrams said she hopes the adult drug court here will have similar results, but that participants will be carefully selected. “We’re going to find out who can benefit from it,” Judge Abrams said.

Child Molestation Continued from page A- molested a 3-year-old girl at least four times. Christopher Michael Holland, 31, was jailed on a $300,000 bond according to information from the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations. According to charging documents filed by Detective William E. Raddatz, investigators happened to see Holland in a vehicle March 29 allegedly watching animated images of child pornography on a laptop computer. Investigators obtained a search warrant soon after, charging documents state, and detectives found photographs of young nude girls in sexually explicit positions according to charging documents. Charging documents further allege that Holland was in one of the photos found on the laptop computer holding

the victim’s legs apart with his face near her thigh. Charging documents state that the victim was nude and her genitals were the focus of the photograph. Holland was interviewed, charging documents state, and investigators learned he had allegedly molested the victim during the months of November and December last year as well as in February and March of this year. “It was by chance [that detectives saw him viewing child pornography],” said BCI commander Lt. Rick Burris, who also explained why it took more than a month to make an arrest. “It takes a while to recover data from the computer,” Burris said. The FBI is currently handling the child pornography portion of the case, Burris said,

and federal charges could be pending. “Their investigation is ongoing,” Burris said, adding that BCI detectives got the search warrant for Holland’s computer with FBI assistance in mid-April. Charging documents state that Holland told investigators he rubbed the victim’s vagina while nude and that his sexual preference was for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. Holland was arrested May 1 and has a hearing scheduled on the charges against him May 29 in St. Mary’s County District Court. Holland had no criminal record and is not on a sex offender registry in Maryland, court records revealed. Charging documents state that Holland had close contact with the victim. In all, Holland faces four counts of child sexual molestation and four counts of sexual abuse of a child.

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New Mentoring Program To Start In St. Mary’s County Public Schools Andrea Shiell Staff Writer St. Mary’s County Public Schools is the recipient of a $556,865 grant from the United States Department of Education (USDE) that will be used to create a new mentoring program for local students. The funds will be used to fund Future Leaders of the World (FLOW), a mentoring program offered through the Department of Academic Support for the most at-risk students in the school system. The three-year program, run in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, seeks to increase academic and social skills, and reduce the likelihood of these students dropping out of school. “Mentoring is seen as one of the most effective ways of helping children,” said Mark Smith of the Department of Academic Support, adding that mentors had been difficult to find in years past because of the unique demands on their time. “You really need someone who will commit to spending one to two hours a week for an entire year.” FLOW will initially involve 168 students in grades 4 to 8, along with an equal number of mentors, and will take place after school at all SMCPS elementary and middle schools. FLOW will be part of the existing 21st century after-school program operated jointly by SMCPS and the Boys and Girls Clubs in five schools in

the southern part of the county, but will provide additional services for participants to increase the likelihood of their success. Plans are to expand the program to all three high schools as the students in the program progress to that level. Smith said the Department of Academic Support would recruit mentors from a number of sources, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, church groups, and high school students. He said a portion of the funding would be used for transportation and to hire teachers at each site, and the department was hoping to have recruited and trained 170 mentors by the start of the 2008-2009 school year. Smith mentioned that this mentoring program is unusual because it involves every school in the county, not just those classified as Title 1 schools or those with more at-risk students. “Most programs only focus on certain schools,” he said, “so this program is unique.” “By involving every school, this program provides a resource for the most at-risk students,” said Superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. “This program will be an essential component of eliminating the achievement gap, and we thank the United States Department of Education for this tremendous support.” “I think it’s going to be challenging,” Smith said. “We’ve never really had anything like this before, but I think it’ll be a great way of connecting with these kids and making a difference.”

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Gough Will Get Murder Retrial In July By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Stewart A. Gough, the man whose first degree murder and assault convictions stemming from a 2003 shooting outside the Brass Rail Bar in Great Mills were overturned last summer will have his trial in the county July 15. Gough was scheduled to have a criminal motions hearing May 7 but his lawyer, Public Defender John Getz, said his client has withdrawn all motions. A motions hearing for Gough took place late February, where he was expected to ask for his trial to be moved to a new location, but that hearing was postponed. The withdrawal of the motions means that Gough’s trial will take place here in St. Mary’s. Gough’s conviction on first-degree murder charges was overturned July of last year when the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled that Gough’s attorney should have been allowed to admit into evidence statements made by Gough that showed his surprise at the shots being fired by another defendant in the case that killed Keith C. Bonds back in October 2003. According to the Court of Special Appeals’ ruling, Gough asked one of the co-defendants in the case “Why you do that s­­­­—?, I ain’t goin down for this s—.” The statement was overheard by Gough’s girl-

friend when she made a cell phone call to Gough while he and other co-defendants were driving away from the Brass Rail after the shooting. Gough was originally found guilty of firstdegree murder as an aider and abettor to the one who actually fired the shots — Vincent Corneilus Gordon, Jr. Gordon was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, plus 35 years for other crimes including firing on an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was trying to help Bonds. That deputy wounded Gordon in a firefight outside the bar that day. The shooting was precipitated by a fight that ensued as the bar closed, the COSA decision said, in which three co-defendants that went to the bar with Gough, Nathan Schindler, Terrance Snyder and Gordon began to beat the victim, Bonds. Gough was present during the beating, the opinion stated, but accounts differed as to his level of involvement in the fight. When off-duty Deputy Earl Young attempted to stop the assailants from beating Bonds further and to get between them, he heard a shot fired. Young returned fire when Gordon shot at him, wounding Gordon. The assailants fled shortly thereafter, but Gough quickly returned driving the vehicle with a wounded Gordon inside, asking police to help his friend. Gough was never said to have had a gun during the shootout, nor was he accused of firing any shots.

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The county budget process is coming down to its final stages and the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners is making recommendations to pare down the public construction, or Capital Improvement Program (CIP), portion of the budget. One of the projects that had some of its funding removed is the emergency equipment shelter replacement for items like and hazardous material management equipment. Commissioners said that the project has continued to grow in cost while waiting to be constructed on the CIP schedule. Currently some of the equipment is being stored outdoors in trailers or other shelters. “We need to go back to the drawing board,” said Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills) “This project has taken on a life of its own.” Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George’s Island) said that the cost of building the new equipment shelter has risen from about $50 a square foot to between $90 to $100 a square foot. Russell told The County Times that about $750,000 in funding was removed from the 2009 scheduled for the project, though the county would retain some money for the projects planning and design phase. The county agreed last month to a lease of some property on Washington Street in Leon-

ardtown to house the critical equipment. The space was rented from the Bell Motor Company on a two-year agreement for their used car lot at a rate of $36,000 a year for rent and just over $27,000 a year for utilities. The leased lot is about 60,000 square feet in size and Raley said he hoped the two-year lease agreement would give the county time to shore up the planned project and make it more cost effective. “It’s gotten out of hand, this project,” Raley said. Russell agreed with Raley’s sentiment. “This will give us time to assess the needs of each agency to make sure we don’t overbuild or underbuild the project.” Russell said. Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said that the lease of the Bell Motor Co. property might not be the answer to the problem of finding a permanent home for the equipment. He argued that the equipment currently stored outdoors in trailers and other apparatus was still functional as the trailers were designed to operate under exposure to the elements. “What happens after two years is the challenge,” Jarboe said, who voted against the leasing of the property last month. “It’s a $60,000a-year expenditure that seems a bit much especially since the need is being accommodated.” The next county commissioners’ budget work session is scheduled for May 12.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Odd News When Beggars Become Choosers Michael Petro of Gulfport, Miss. may have just wanted a nicer home when he pleaded to a documentary filmmaker for help in recovering from his loss during Hurricane Katrina, in which his 115-year-old house was destroyed. Since then, he said on the video (reported by WLOXTV in April): “Church groups have not come through, the government has not come through, insurance has not come through like was promised,” and “[S]omebody has to fight to get these things back and going.” According to WLOX-TV, the house that stockbroker Petro lost was 2,500 square feet, and the replacement he’s pleading for help with is 6,000 square feet. Said Petro to the station, “I’m not too proud to ask.”

Little Debbie Debacle A judge in southern Ohio must decide whether to send a man to prison for sharing a Little Debbie snack cake. The case involves 21-year-old Timothy Caudill, who last year was held in a residential community corrections program in Nelsonville for breaking into a bar. While there, prosecutors said he bought an oatmeal crème pie from a vending machine and shared it with a fellow inmate who was on restriction and wasn’t allowed access to snacks. Prosecutors in Vinton County have asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey

20,000 yen ($190) monthly pay cut, Waki said.

Simmons to revoke Caudill’s probation and put him in prison for nine months. Caudill’s attorney Claire Ball said that was outrageous. Ball said keeping Caudill out of a state prison would leave cell space for a more serious offender.

Perhaps His Workload Was Too Light? A Japanese civil servant was demoted for logging more than 780,000 hits on pornographic Web sites on his office computer over nine months, an official said Friday. The man, a Kinokawa city government employee in western Japan, visited porn sites from June 2007 to February 2008, city official Tomiko Waki said. The man’s name was withheld. City officials said the number of hits discovered on his computer’s internal log was so high in part because one click on certain types of pornographic sites registers multiple hits. Despite his frequent porn viewing, none of his colleagues noticed his activities, which he apparently conducted throughout the workday. “Each desk is set apart from each other,” Waki said, adding that the man logged 170,000 hits on porn sites in July alone. The man’s supervisors discovered his extensive porn site visits after his computer became infected with a virus, prompting officials to examine his Web browser’s history. Along with the demotion, he received a

The Biggest Record Company Plan on Record A 21-year-old North Texas man was arrested last week for trying to cash a $360 billion check, saying he wanted to start a record business, authorities said. Tellers at the Fort Worth bank were immediately suspicious — perhaps the 10 zeros on a personal check tipped them off, according to investigators. Fuller, of suburban Crowley, was arrested on a forgery charge, police said. He was released after posting $3,750 bail. Fuller said his girlfriend’s mother gave him the check to start a record business, but bank employees who contacted the account’s owner said the woman told them she did not give him permission to take or cash the check, according to police. In addition to forgery, Fuller was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possessing marijuana, Fort Worth police Lt. Paul Henderson said. Officers reported finding less than 2 ounces of marijuana and a .25-caliber handgun and magazine in his pockets, police said. Fuller couldn’t be located for comment by The Associated Press on Friday because there were no phone listings for him in the Fort Worth area.

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Photogenic or Vinny Pulchritudinous. Some of his letters from federal prison, which are being intercepted and scrutinized by authorities, are full of such words as “thespian,” “flippant” and “sagacious,” his lawyer said Thursday. A new form of gangland slang, or a coded message to fellow wise guys? No, attorney Ephraim Savitt said, just vocabulary Basciano wants the recipient - his 7-year-old son - to learn. “He wants the kid to go to college and be a success,” Savitt said, claiming his client’s fatherly aims are being frustrated by authorities’ slow pace in reviewing the letters. Basciano “enjoys using $10 words and uses them correctly, I might add,” his attorney said. Basciano, 48, is serving a life sentence for the 2001 killing of a Mafia rival. A jury convicted him in 2006 of racketeering, attempted murder and gambling but deadlocked on a murder charge in the slaying of Frank Santoro. After a re-trial, Basciano was convicted of murder in July 2007. Basciano still faces trial on charges of plotting to kill a prosecutor. Authorities say Basciano became the acting leader of the Bonanno organized crime family after the arrest of Joseph Massino, who is serving a life sentence for murder, racketeering and other crimes.

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“People of the Weeping Eye” by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear c.2008, Forge $25.95 / $28.95 Canada 432 pages Did you ever hold an arrowhead in your hand? If you did, you understand the awe that an ancient artifact brings when it’s touched today, centuries later. Many years ago, someone sat in the dirt and chipped that rock until it was sharp. He notched a straight twig and fastened the rock to make a weapon. And he did it without power tools, a fancy workshop, or a trip to the hardware store. It kind of makes you humble, doesn’t it? In the new book “The People of the Weeping Eye” by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, you’ll read a grand story about arrows and art, war, politics, and lower Mississippi culture long gone. Old White, also called Seeker, didn’t know why he was looking for the woman. He wasn’t even sure where he was going to find her or what she looked like, but when he saw Two Petals, he knew she was the one. Tightlybound and bound for death, Two Petals was speaking nonsense when Old White used a fake hocus-pocus to rescue her, and they headed via canoe for Split Sky City. But traveling with Two Petals wasn’t easy. She was a Contrary, so everything she did was the opposite of what she was told to do and she said the opposite of what she meant. Somehow, though, Seeker knew it was she that he needed. Years before, Trader had fled his home after an unspeakable action. Known as a

man with no family and no home, Trader traveled the waters north and south to barter with village chiefs. But now that he had a fortune in copper in his canoe, it was of vital necessity that he quickly move south. When he met up with Old White and Two Petals, Trader tried to keep his secret, but it was as if the old man and the maiden saw into Trader’s souls. But none of them knew what awaited them at Split Sky City: a vicious war had broken out and the warrior Smoke Shield sought retaliation. Captives had been taken and tortured on both sides and Smoke Shield’s power was growing. While Old White wrestled with a best-forgotten past, Trader confronted his head-on. “People of the Weeping Eye” is an epic of grand scale, complete with ceremony and warfare, Clan lineage and Clan clashes, torture and love. Authorarchaeologists W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear make 13thcentury lower Mississippi life come alive in a story rich with detail and intrigue. At the end of this book, they admit that they’re planning a sequel, since this book is not really The End. I can see fans grinning from here. Be aware that if you’re new to the Gears’ style of writing, it’s going to take a little getting used to. You’ll spend a good amount of your reading time paging back to remind yourself about plot lines, but it’s worth doing. If you’re already a fan of these authors, though, “People of the Weeping Eye” will make you weep with joy.



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Technology Sharpens Fleet Reflexes Naval Air Station Press Release

was the first time TCTS was used off a carrier.    Six TCTS pods from NAS Key West were deployed to the Lincoln. As part of their predeployment workup, CVW-2 flew training exercises from the carrier during the Joint A new electronic tracking range man- track and score training exercises done by car- to Guam. Twenty-two were brand new pods Task Force exercise and also participated in aged by NAVAIR’s Aviation Training Sys- rier battle groups and Navy squadrons without that just came off the production line and the two “Green Flag” exercises at Nellis AFB, tems Program Office (PMA 205), helped the need for large, land based training ranges.     other eight pods (from Naval Air Station Key Nev. using TCTS. TCTS is a cooperative detwo carrier air wings sharpen their flying Recently, the Aviation Training Systems Pro- West, Fla.) were brought over by Fighter Com- velopment program with the Air Force P5 skills before their upcoming deployments.    gram Office (PMA 205) received two requests posite Squadron 12 (VFC-12), the Fighting Combat Training System. Flying at Green The Tactical Combat Training System (TCTS) from the Fleet for help with upcoming exer- Omars, a Naval Air Reserve adversary unit, Flag using the Air Force system demonstratcan be configured into several versions includ- cises. Carrier Air Wing 5, based out of Ja- flying from Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.    ed the interoperability between the services.    ing a portable system that can be sent almost pan and Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard the USS Over a four week period, CVW-5 flew more “I just wanted to say thank you for all the anywhere it’s needed. It uses electronics to Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), wanted TCTS than 500 missions using the TCTS sys- help and support in getting the TCTS pods to get them ready for deploy- tem and the Fleet was happy with the sys- cleared and to the boat for our joint exercise. ment. PMA 205 immediately tem and the team who deployed with it.    The training we got because of them was fanresponded, sending the request- “TCTS clearly enhanced our Strike Fighter tastic,” said Lt. John McGee, the Line Divied equipment, and a combined Advanced Readiness Program and Large sion Officer from Strike Fighter Squadron 2 government-contractor team, Force Exercise training from Andersen AFB. (VFA-2), the Bounty Hunters, based at Naval including Cubic Defense Sys- It was a significant improvement over the pre- Air Station Lemoore, Calif. “Again, I just tems and DRS Technologies.    vious workups and we will definitely want wanted to pass along my thanks for all the Carrier Air Wing 5 was de- to use it for future exercises,” said Capt. Mi- work you guys did to help put this together.”    ployed at Anderson Air Force chael White, Deputy Air Wing Command- Green Flag is the premier pre-deployment exBase, Guam for their exer- er, Carrier Air Wing 5. “I participated in a ercise for units who perform close-air support James C. Boyd, MD cise and Carrier Air Wing 2 number of events that used the system and I for ground forces. This multi-service exercise Board Certified Internal Medicine was aboard the USS Abraham can confirm that it was well received by all.”    mirrors many of the irregular warfare-condiLincoln (CVN 72) and was “We are excited to have the capability in Japan,” tions the aircrews will see while fighting the Christine Rawlings, CRNP Dhimitri Gross, MD conducting their exercises off added White. “Given the enthusiasm toward the war on terrorism. The aircrews learn better Certified Family Practice Board Certified the California coast and at system we had in Guam, I am confident it will be ways to employ airpower within an irregular Nurse Practitioner Family Practice Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.    used often and for great benefit here in Japan.” warfare environment. St. Mary’s Medical Associates is a primary care medical Thirty TCTS pods and the three Almost simultaneously, Carrier Air Wing 2 begroup serving patients of Southern Maryland since 1995. ground stations were shipped gan their workups off the California coast. This Our approach to delivering health care is that of being in a partnership with our patients. Together, the provider and patient make health care decisions, set goals and institute therapy. We offer services for well baby/child, well women issues, school physicals, routine physicals, DOT Pre-employment physicals, chain of custody drug collections, drug testing, medical review officer services, disease management and preventative care. The office is open from 8am until 5 pm Monday through Thursday and from 8am until 3pm on Friday. We look forward to meeting you in our new offices located adjacent to St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown.

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EGD Ruling Continued from page A- Judge Abrams’ May 2 decision awarded a motion for injunctive relief to a local liquor store owner and two charities who filed a lawsuit against the state of Maryland to have the gaming devices reactivated so that they could continue to reap the proceeds to fund their non-profit activities. The plaintiffs were The Center for Children, Alternatives for Youth and Families and Bob Sorrells, owner of Fred’s Liquors in Charlotte Hall where about 50 machines operated until mid-March in support of the charities. While the plaintiffs won

their victory it will be short lived; a law passed in the closing hours of the state legislative session in Annapolis outlawed the use of the machines as of July 1. The ruling also allows other establishments in the county who were operating the gaming devices to plug them back in. The machines differ from slots, Judge Abrams ruled, in that they use a computer cartridge with a pre-set number of wins in them and not a random number generator as slot machines do. Therefore, since they do not operate on random chance and a victory is eventually guaranteed, they were lawful. Gary Kuc, the lawyer from the State Attorney General’s Office said he was disappointed with the ruling but said there were still options open to the state. The state, which was the defendant in the civil case, called both Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron and State’s Attorney Richard Fritz to the stand to testify on their concerns about the operations of the gaming devices. Cameron testified that when the attorney general’s opinion came down, it fell to the Vice/Narcotics Unit of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to look into the legality of the operations to the point where the outfit’s limited resources were deeply strained. “It derailed their primary focus on narcotics,” Cameron testified, adding that his concerns were not as much over the legality of the machines but over the division of the

proceeds. Fritz testified that his office, which gave an opinion in December that the machines were not slot machines and were therefore legal to operate, had growing concerns about the division of proceeds as the machines began to proliferate. He was concerned about the “minimal, perhaps negligible, presence” of charity officials during the operation of the machines, which was required by law, Fritz said. “We became concerned as to whether or not these establishments were becoming integral to the gaming event,” Fritz said. “[Whether] they were collecting most of the money and then giving a pittance to the charities.” Donna Bennett, executive director for Alternatives for Youth and Families, testified that her organization reaped $30,000 from the machines and that their being shut down in March meant that several projects and programs had to be put on hold. Sorrells testified that his business got $172,000 in rent from the machines over the several months of their operation. The vendor, Impact Innovations, of Nevada, got 50 percent of the proceeds. Cameron said he was happy that the legality of the machines was clarified, but he said concerns still persisted about the division of the proceeds. “The law was designed for the greater portion [of the proceeds] to go to the charities… now case law shows that some reasonable fees can be charged for material and for rent,’ Cameron said. “But the hearing showed that the smallest percentage went to the charities while Impact [In-

novations] gets 50 percent.” Judge Abrams did not venture into business plans for the machines or how the proceeds would be divided, but she said that either Sorrells or Impact profiting from the machines did not “take away from the fact that the charities are the beneficiaries.” The ruling came after nearly six hours of court proceedings and one day after investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, with the FBI field office in Annapolis, raided the ADF Bingo hall in Mechanicsville and seized electronic gaming devices there. They had been operating since the sheriff’s office had sent out letters in March asking businesses to shut down the machines or risk prosecution. Lt. Daniel Alioto, head of the Vice/Narcotics Unit, said only that the raid was part of the ongoing investigation into the gaming devices and declined further comment. During his testimony April 2 on the electronic gaming devices, Cameron revealed further information about the ADF Bingo raid. “The reason for the raid was not so much the legality of the machines but for the records contained there in,” Cameron said. It was unclear as of Friday from Judge Abrams ruling whether the slot machines at Fred’s Liquors, of which there were more than 30, would all be allowed to operate throughout the week or just as part of a special one-day event. Tucker Clagett, attorney for the plaintiffs, said that the machines at the establishment may only be allowed to run five at a time for one charity at a time to comply with the law.

Public Involvement Meeting for Saint Mary’s County

Americans with Disabilities Act May 20, 2008


The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and the Saint Mary’s County Government, Commission For People With Disabilities, invite interested persons to attend an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Involvement Meeting. SHA is conducting a Self-Evaluation to identify features in the State’s public right-of-way (PROW), such as sidewalks, that do not meet ADA’s current guidelines. WHAT:

SHA is holding public meetings throughout the State to gather public input on challenges to accessibility. Your comments will help prioritize future ADA improvement projects. Starting at 6:00 p.m., a brief over view will be given, and displays showing individual ADA element compliance on sidewalks along State roads in St. Mary’s County will be available for viewing. SHA representatives will be available to discuss ADA compliance issues and answer questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. * Following regularly scheduled commission meeting at 4:30 p.m.


Joseph D. Carter Building – Russell Room 23110 Leonard Hall Drive Leonardtown, MD 20650 * No cell phones allowed in building


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Ms. Linda I. Singer, Title II Coordinator 410-545-0370 or toll-free 1-866-910-8866 Maryland Relay Service for Impaired Hearing or Speech can be reached at 1-800-735-2258. Persons needing special assistance to participate, please contact the Title II Coordinator by May 13, 2008.

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like information on upcoming meetings or how to provide input, please contact the Title II Coordinator. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! May 6, 2008 A-0514

Neil J. Pedersen State Highway Administrator

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Obituaries Janet E. (Arnold) Abell, 62 Janet E. (Arnold) Abell, 62 of St. Leonard and formerly of Hollywood, a retired Federal Government employee with the Administrative Offices of the United States Courts Administration, Washington DC, died Sunday, May 4 from chronic lung disease at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Stephen I. Abell of St. Leonard, Md., two brothers, Jack A. Arnold of Mt. Morris, Mich. and Rolland Arnold of Jacksonville, Fla., son Robert Wade Abell and grandson Robert Stephen Abell. Mrs. Abell was the daughter of the late Mr. Vivian and Mrs. Maxine Arnold of Mt. Morris, Mich. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews in Michigan, Florida and Maryland. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 8 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, with Prayers being said at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in

St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

James Douglas Butler, 70 James Douglas Butler, 70, of Lexington Park died May 4 in his residence. B o r n Feb. 3, 1938 in Laurinburg, N.C., he was the son of the late James Walter Butler and Winell Miller Butler. “Jimmy” enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955 and served aboard USS Intrepid and USS Enterprise as a Parachute Rigger. He then became an AntiSubmarine Warfare Operator and flew as aircrew in P-2 Neptune and P-3 Orion aircraft. He flew as aircrew from Bermuda Island, Brunswick, Maine, Sigonella, Sicily, Jacksonville, Fla. and Patuxent River. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978 and continued to serve his country as a Defense and Government Contractor. As a Senior Technical Training Instructor, he taught courses in Electronics, Radar, Communications and Computers. He served as Contractor to the U.S. Navy at Webster Field, U.S. State Department at Warrenton Station, and the Federal Avia-

Election Continued from page A- he said he had visited nearly 700 homes within the town limits, talking with citizens about their concerns. His reasons for running were akin to the reasons many have given for bidding for public office. “The reason I ran is because I

tion Administration in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve #93, Patuxent River, NRA, and the American Legion Post #255, Ridge. James is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay Butler, his children, Matthew Butler of Lexington Park, Steven Butler of California, Scott Keller of Naples, Fla., Kelly Keller of California, Christine Maher of Irvine, Calif. and James Butler of Herndon, Va. and six grandchildren. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by a sister, Shelby Jean Batton of Laurinburg, N.C. Family received friends for Mr. Butler’s Life Celebration Wednesday, May 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Life Celebration Chapel, Leonardtown. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, May 8 at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Ascension, Lexington Park. Reverend Robert Stephenson and Reverend Rona Harding will conduct the service. Interment will follow in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, St. Mary’s City. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s c/o Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or A Community That Shares (ACTS), P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, MD 20618. Condolences to the family may be made at www. Arrangements by the

his whole family could cast their ballots at the Town Office on Courthouse Drive in Leonardtown. When asked about his concern in the wake of having what was to be only his third challenger since taking office 13 years ago, Norris said, “I think you’ve got to be concerned. You certainly can’t take anything for granted.” He seemed both humble and confident as he discussed what was looking to be a record turnout for this year’s town election. He attributed the

Harry S. Lancaster cast his ballot in Tuesday’s mayoral elections in Leonardtown.

have a sense of an underlying discord among some of the residents in town who feel disconnected from those in charge,” he explained, adding that his first priority if elected would be to open up more lines of communication between the office of the mayor and the town. His first idea for this was to move town meetings to the evenings, making them more accessible for the working public. He said that his second priority would be to tighten up day-to-day administration processes, adding more training and opportunities for comment from government employees. He described his other priorities in terms of the concerns he had listened to while campaigning for the office, many of which were centered on rising tax rates. When speaking of elderly citizens in particular, he said “we’re turning our backs on them by pricing them out of the town they love.” Lancaster’s other concerns included what he classified as sparse access to recreation and activities for younger people in the town. “Kids play close to home,” he said, “and they’re playing in the streets in Leonardtown.” In Leonardtown, the polls opened at noon, and voters filed in as Ernie Bell greeted each person by their first and last names, without even having to see identification. “I’ve been doing this since 1980,” he said. “Some years we’ve had as little as 25 (voters), others we’ve had as many as 500,” Bell said, tallying the count and confirming that this year’s turnout had already far exceeded that of the 2006 election, during which sitting Mayor Harry “Chip” Norris had run unopposed. Norris had been about town much of Tuesday, waiting for his son to get off work so that

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Robert Lee Gandy, 76 Rober t Lee Gandy, 76, of Lexington Park died May 1 in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Born March 17, 1932 in Hazlehurst, Miss., he was the son of the late James David Gandy and Jessie Mae (Armstrong) Gandy. Robert is survived by his children, Mary Ann Coontz of Lexington Park, Frances C. Willis of Boone, N.C. and Robert Lee Gandy, Jr. of Lanham, Md., sisters, Linnie Gandy Shirley of Jackson, Miss., Minnie Gandy Meadows of Madison, Miss., brothers, Wallace Gandy and Walter Gandy of Hazlehurst, Miss., John Gandy of Clinton, Miss., and Marion Gandy of Baton Rouge, La. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Ann (Keiflin) Gandy, his grandson, Raymond Coontz, and brothers, C.A. Gandy, James Denver Gandy, Levan Gandy, and Luther Gandy. A graveside service was held Wednesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md. Condolences to the fam-

ily may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Barbara Knapp LeQuire, 74 Barbara Knapp LeQuire, 74, of Leonardtown died May 2 in Georgetown Un ive r sit y Hospital, Washington, D.C. Born Dec. 23, 1933 in Cooperstown, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles Knapp and Hazel Dingman Knapp. She was a school teacher. Barbara is survived by her daughter K LeQuire Hall of Leonardtown, three grandchildren, and sister Blanche Ringwood of Melbourne, Fla. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings, Albert Knapp and Vera Knapp. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the S.A.Y.S.F. Bible Church, Lexington Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the S.A.Y.S.F. Bible Church, 46544 Rue Purchase Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at www.

Fishing Continued from page A- his moderate rate increases have not kept up with the cost increases for fuel, so profits are still at risk for his and other charter businesses. “I think everybody’s feeling the impact,” he says, adding that mounting costs are causing a fair amount of concern for the future of his business. “I don’t know what the answer is, but if fuel costs stay as they are, our rates will have to go up more,” he says. While presidential candidates argue about gas tax holidays and increasing economic hardships in the wake of record gas prices, businesses in the area are also feeling the burn, and many in the area’s charter captains are less than optimistic. “Fuel costs are killing everybody,” says Captain Eddie Davis, who runs his charter from Ridge, and has had to raise his rates by $100 from last year. Davis admits that his profits have slumped as a result. “You’ve got to raise rates to cover your fuel costs…so now a lot of people just call now to find out rates, and then hang up,” he says. “There haven’t been as many frivolous trips,”

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Lewis Patrick “Pat” Thomas, 50 Lewis Patrick “Pat” Thomas, 50, of Ft. Washington, Md. and formerly of Chaptico, died May 3 in the Community Hospice Center of Washington. Born Oct. 30, 1957 in Baltimore, Md. he was the son of the late James Lewis and Agnes Evangeline Barnes Thomas. He is survived by his daughter Kia Monique Thomas of Washington, D.C. The family receive friends Wednesday, May 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, with Prayers being said at 7p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico with Fr. Timothy Baer officiating. Interment will follow in Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

says former charter captain Brady Bounds, who now works as a fishing guide in the area. Whereas before it was common for captains to venture out in search of fish without passengers, “they don’t have that luxury anymore.” He says that this has its downsides, including the charter captain tendency to “wolf-pack hunt,” collaborating with other captains about the most fruitful locations for fish. “This homogenizes captains because they all show up at the same place at the same time,” he says, adding that fuel costs have also caused many charter captains to venture out three or four times a week, as opposed to their usual five to six times a week in past years. Bounds did say that even though gas prices were putting an unfortunate pinch on charter captains, some others might benefit from warmer waters and fewer charter trips. He says that this year’s warmer water temperatures would cause larger spawning fish to move out faster, but as a result, smaller fish would be more evenly dispersed, luring predator fish closer to shore. This might spell bigger catches for shoreline fishers. Regardless of rising fuel costs, Bounds remains optimistic. “I’m looking forward to a good season,” he says.

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increase in voters to growth, citing new housing developments such as Singletree, Academy Hills, and Leonardtown Landings as sources of new citizens. Norris reflected on negative comments gleaned from the campaign trail that had fueled his interest in improving conditions in the town, but kept a comical perspective on his own role as a public servant. “Somebody told me once that if you’ve been there for 12 years and you haven’t made anyone mad, then you haven’t done anything,” he laughed. From there Norris segued to one of his top priorities if re-elected. “I think the single biggest issue in Leonardtown, in any town, is growth,” he said. “This is not a small town anymore. It’s a bigger town with bigger issues.” He added that if re-elected, he would approach the town council about lengthening the election process to allow for more thorough discussion and debate. Other top priorities included his plans for downtown revitalization and public access to the waterfront. When the polls closed at 7 pm, Norris prevailed, netting 190 votes to Lancaster’s 134. Dan Burris and Walter Wise were elected to the Town Council, both having run unopposed. In the wake of what turned out to be a closer race than some may have predicted, comments by both candidates rang out as the results were tallied. When asked if he would try running again, Lancaster said “I wouldn’t close the door on running…it’s in my blood. I love politics.” Norris’s words concerning both his job as mayor and the election conveyed a sense of delight in competition. “If it wasn’t a challenge,” he said, raising his eyebrows, “it wouldn’t be fun.”

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History of Mother’s Day Emily Finch Contributing Writer The majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s Day do so on the second Sunday of May. On this day, it is common for Mothers to be lavished with presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones, but it hasn’t always been this way. Only recently dubbed “Mother’s Day,” the highly traditional practice of honoring Motherhood is rooted in antiquity, and past rites typically had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones. Societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. In fact, the personal, human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new idea. The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop an actual human focus. Spiritual Origin One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs. As the story goes, after Isis’ brother and husband Osiris was slain and dismembered into 13 pieces by their jealous brother Seth, she re-assembled her husband’s body and used it to impregnate herself. She then gave birth to Horus, whom she was forced to hide from Seth. Horus grew up and defeated Seth, and then became the first ruler of a unified Egypt. Thus Isis earned her stature as the Mother of the pharaohs. The festival of Isis was also celebrated by the Romans, who used the event to commemorate an important battle and mark the beginning of Winter. Despite being an imported deity, Isis held a place at the Roman temple, and her three-day festival was regaled by mostlyfemale dancers, musicians and singers. However, the Roman root of Mother’s Day is perhaps more precisely found in the celebration of the Phrygian goddess Cybele, or Magna Mater (Great Mother). Cybele stems from the Greek Goddess Rhea, who was the Mother of Zeus. Rhea was therefore celebrated as a mother goddess. Today, many countries keep the religious aspect of Mother’s Day. In Spain Mother’s Day is tied to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8. The Virgin Mary is celebrated next to the mothers of the na-

tion. In Ethiopia, the holiday is tied to seasons and agriculture, while in Yugoslavia it leads up to Christmas, commemorating the Motherhood of Christ.

so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothAncient Festivals ers. June 2 was designated for the celebration. In Rome and Asia Minor, In 1873 women’s groups Cybele was the major Mother in 18 North American cities deity most similar to Rhea. observed this new Mother’s Other societies worshipped sim- holiday. Howe initially funded ilar deities including Gaia the many of these celebrations, but Earth Goddess and Meter Oreie most of them died out once she the Mountain Mother. In many stopped footing the bill. The aspects, this Mother goddess city of Boston, however, would was represented and celebrated continue celebrating Howe’s holiday for 10 more years. similarly across cultures. Despite the decided failure Most celebrations of Cybele and her equivalents included of her holiday, Howe nevertheeating honey cakes and shar- less planted a seed that would ing flowers in the morning. This blossom into what we know as was practiced throughout Asia Mother’s Day today. A West Minor and eventually in Rome. Virginia women’s group led The Roman celebration by Anna Reeves Jarvis began of Magna Mater fell between to celebrate an adaptation of March 15 and March 22, just Howe’s holiday. In order to rearound the same time as the unite families and neighbors Greek festival in honor of Rhea. that had been divided between Referred to as Hilaria, on this the Union and Confederate sides day, games were held in honor of the Civil War, the group held of the Mother of the gods. Also a Mother’s Friendship Day. customary was a procession Fighting for National through the streets with a statue of the goddess followed by a dis- Observance play of elaborate arts and crafts. After Anna Reeves Jarvis Mothering Day died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation A later incarnation of a of an official Mother’s Day in holiday to honor Motherhood remembrance of her mother and came from Europe. It fell on in honor of peace. In 1908, Anna the fourth Sunday Lent. Early petitioned the superintendent of Christians initially used the day the church where her Mother to honor the church in which had spent more than 20 years they were baptized, which they teaching Sunday School. Her knew as their “Mother Church.” request was honored, and May This place of worship would be 10, 1908 the first official Mothdecorated with jewels, flowers er’s Day celebrations took place and other offerings. at Andrew’s Methodist Church In the seventeenth century, in Grafton, W.V. and a church a clerical decree in England in Philadelphia, Pa. Andrew’s broadened the celebration to in- Methodist Church exists to this clude real Mothers, earning the day, and was incorporated into name Mothering Day, which be- the International Mother’s Day came an especially compassion- Shrine in 1962. ate holiday toward the working U.S. Government classes of England. During this Lenten Sunday, Adoption servants and trade workers were In 1908 a U.S. Senator allowed to travel back to their towns of origin to visit their from Nebraska, Elmer Burkett, families. Mothering Day also proposed making Mother’s Day provided a one-day reprieve a national holiday at the request from the fasting and penance of the Young Men’s Christian of Lent so that families across Association (YMCA). The proEngland could enjoy a whole- posal was defeated, but by 1909 some family feast. forty-six states were holding Mother’s Day services as well Mothers Day in America as parts of Canada and Mexico. Anna Jarvis quit workWhen the first English set- ing and devoted all of her time tlers came to America, they and energy into the creation of discontinued the tradition of Mother’s Day as an official govMothering Day. While the Brit- ernment holiday. In 1912 West ish holiday would live on, the Virginia became the first state American Mother’s Day would to officially recognize Mother’s be invented—with an entirely Day, and in 1914 Woodrow new history—centuries later. Wilson signed it into national The first North American observance, declaring the secMother’s Day was conceptual- ond Sunday in May as Mother’s ized with Julia Ward Howe’s Day. Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Howe had become

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