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On Monday, a group of Maryland teachers and administrators joined Representative Steny Hoyer for a roundtable discussion of educational issues in the state. Those invited to the event, which was a private lunch held at Mama Lucia’s Restaurant in Prince Frederick, were 2008 winners of either the County Teacher of the Year Award, the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, or the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. Three such honorees from this group were from St. Mary’s County. Ben Peterson was invited after winning of the 2008 Agnes Meyer Award. His career includes over 25 years of experience as a physi-

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Juvenile Drug Court Graduates Get A Second Chance

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School To End One Day Earlier

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Visitors to the World Vision Experience: AIDS exhibit coming to SAYSF Bible Church in June will see living conditions like these endured by African children living with impacts of the AIDS crisis.

Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Children in St. Mary’s County Public Schools will have cause to celebrate as the end of the school year draws near. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has issued a one-day waver to the county’s schools due to classes scheduled to end on Monday, June 9. Instead, the last day for students will now be Friday, June 6, and the last day for teachers will remain Tuesday, June 10. Parents are reminded that the last two days of school, June 5 and 6, are half days. June 4 is scheduled to be a regular day of school with all AM and PM prekindergarten students attending school on a normal schedule. June 4 will be the last day of school for all PM preSee School’s Out page A-10

AIDS,” allows visitors to take an interactive tour of the village and trace the lives of the four children; Babirye, Mathabo, Kombo and Emmanuel; in dealing with the impacts of the disease and the fear of whether or not they will survive. World Vision, an international Christian-based humanitarian group, has operated the interactive exhibit since 2005 and more than 30,000 people in 14 cities throughout the nation have experienced it. Lexington Park and the SAYSF Bible Church is the exhibit’s latest stop. World Vision partners with churches to help improve the life of those suffering from the im-

The graduates, only four of them, received their diplomas and soon enjoyed digging into cake and ice cream, just like many other graduates celebrating a well earned accomplishment. But this graduation was not from any school, except maybe the school of hard knocks. It was a graduation from the county’s Juvenile Drug Court; a place where young people who have problems with drug and alcohol addictions go to look for a second chance at life. The four graduates, their names kept confidential, stuck close to their families as they received their awards. Families are often credited with helping the young people stick

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Local Churches Band Together To Raise Awareness Of Aids In Africa By Guy Leonard Staff Writer At the SAYSF (Seek and Ye Shall Find) Bible Church in Lexington Park, the gymnasium is about to transform from a place where their youth and congregation play sports and experience fellowship to something with a much graver tone. Come June 7 a replica of an African village will spring up within its walls to give visitors a chance to look into the lives of four young children who live under the threat of the AIDS virus. The project, called “World Vision Experience:

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Thursday, May 15, 2008 County Attorney Christy Holt Chesser, who was observing the case, said the county had litigated in several previous cases involving cell phone antennae, but this particular case had gone before the Board of Appeals twice before. This was the cases first time in court, Chesser said. don’t have it. The petitioners also argued that “They can’t say because we wanted to make this decision we’re going to there was never structural analysis ignore the evidence,” Capristo argued. done of the water tower, which holds “You can’t conclude that [potential] some 200,000 gallons of water, to see buyers won’t care about [the cell phone whether the antennae posed a danger to neighbors. antennae.] But Judge Raley quickly dismissed Steven Resnick, attorney for Veany validity to those arguments, and rizon, argued that Verizon’s use of the MetCom easement through the Ca- stated that it was common practice to attach cell phone antennae to existing maioni’s property was lawful. Resnick used a 1987 plat that sturdy structures rather then get new showed the original owners of the prop- land to build an entirely new tower. Some residents in prior hearings erty in Wildewood had provided for said they were concerned that signals MetCom’s access. “MetCom has relied on it for radiating from the antennae might be access and we’re getting our ac- harmful. “It’s an emotional issue… when cess from MetCom,” Resnick said. But the court and the litigants quickly development comes up, [homeowners] found out that the document had not don’t like it,” Judge Raley said. “That’s been included in the administrative re- understandable. “But there’s not one iota of evicord and Judge Raley ordered the case remanded back to the Board of Appeals dence… that the antennae posed a to confirm whether the document was danger.” used by them to make their decision.

Homeowners Take Fight Against Cell Phone Antennas To Court By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Two California homeowners continue fighting the county Board of Appeals decision form last year allowing Verizon to install 12 cell phone antennae,

each six-feet-long, on a 128-foot water tower close to their property. This time they are asking the county Circuit Court to review and reverse the county’s decision to uphold the antennae installation. At issue is whether Verizon has

the right to use the Metropolitan Commission’s (MetCom) easement to install and maintain the antennae. Also, the homeowners, Henry and Michelle Camaioni, claim the installation of the antennae detracts from the value of their property. The Camaioni’s attorney, Joseph Capristo, argued that the report from the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management found the antennae did degrade the property’s value, as trees would have to be planted around the maintenance trailer to reduce their “unsightliness.” “There was a definite diminution of value,” Capristo argued before Circuit Court Judge C. Clarke Raley May 9, adding that the Board of Appeals ignored evidence showing the antennae would adversely affect the property owners and made their decision in favor of Verizon. “If there’s no easement, there’s no conditional use [adding the antennae to the water tower] and they

Citizens Get Together To “Stuff The Bus” Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

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“STS busses will arrive empty and leave full,” said Board of County Commissioners PresidentJack Russell. Indeed, busses arrived early to their destinations on Saturday, parking in front of the Giant at First Colony and McKay’s Food and Drug in Leonardtown, and staying from 10 am to 4 pm to collect nonperishable food items for this year’s drive. Saturday was the second day of donations, the first involving one bus that collected donations from government employees outside the governmental center in Leonardtown. Between the three collection sites, this year’s event saw an enormous collection of goods. “We ended up with 2,060 pounds of food,” said Cynthia Brown, Community Services Division Manager for St. Mary’s County. Brown said that this year’s event had been a collab-

orative effort, with active duty personnel from the Naval base manning the buses at each collection site, and county employees from the public works department and the department of supporting services routing deliveries. “We’re just really appreciative of the folks in the county contributing,” said Brown. Suggested items for the bus stuffing of course included canned goods, nonperishable food items, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, nuts, cookies and crackers, coffee and tea, and bottled water. Others contributed items like disposable diapers, baby formula, pet food, disposable plates, cups, and utensils. Still others contributed first aid supplies, masking and duct tape, matches, trash bags, and cleaning products. Brown said that the response was impressive, but the weekend’s wet weather may have kept some people away. “2,060 pounds is nothing to sneer at,” she said, “but the weather on Saturday might have been a deterrent for shoppers. We just thought it was good because it was spring and right before mother’s

day so we thought a lot of people would get extra stuff to contribute, and they did, but if we didn’t have such gloomy weather, we might have gotten more.” When asked about when the next drive would be held, Brown answered that nobody in the Community Services Division could say for sure. “So far, we’re not sure we’re going to be able to do it again this year,” she said, adding that it was not the department’s intention to put itself into competition with other food collecting services. “The most focused times for donation seem to be near Thanksgiving and Christmas, so we might not do one then,” Brown said, adding that the department may try to partner with these organizations in the future. Next spring’s Stuff the Bus event is scheduled to coincide with the county government’s annual wellness day in 2009. The main purpose of this year’s event was to get supplies to people before the hurricane season started. “We didn’t know of a lot of other food drives going on,” said Brown, “so the off season may be our calling.”

Affordable Housing Stock Projects Take Their Next Steps By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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The St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners authorized the next phases of two projects designed to provide affordable housing opportunities to low and middle income families Tuesday. The first project, completing renovations and rehabilitation of seven Lexington Park town homes, needed more money to finish the job to the tune of $285,000 in community development block grant money from the federal government. Commissioners authorized Dennis Nicholson, head of the county Housing Authority, to apply for those grant funds. The other project that commissioners approved to go to a public hearing was for the donation of county-owned land to the local Patuxent Habitat for Humanity for five lots for new homes for lower-income residents. Legislation passed last year allowed the county to donate publicly owned land that was not slated for county use to non-profit groups. “This will be the first time we’ve done this under the new legislation,” said Liz Passarelli, real property manager for the county, regarding what is now known as the Fenwick Ridge project. Nicholson was confident that the rehabilitation of the seven town houses on Colony Square, across from the Lexington Park Library and the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, would be completed by the end of the year if the county got the additional grant money.

The project had its beginnings back in 2005, Nicholson said, when the county took on 18 out of 95 town houses in the neighborhood for its improvement. Some aspects of the project became more pressing than the county first realized, he said. Three homes were found to have sunken foundation slabs and the interiors of others were in worse shape than previously thought. “The conditions ranged from minor renovations to substantial rehabilitation,” Nicholson told The County Times. “At the time it wasn’t a community everyone wanted to jump into and say we need to find private and public dollars to invest in it.” But the Housing Authority partnered with a local bank to get a little more than $1 million to acquire the property and start rehabilitating it. Once the properties are completed, Nicholson said, residents will be able to either rent or own one of the homes. The selling price will be under $200,000, he said. The remainder of the 18 town homes the county took over had been completed, Nicholson said, and some have been occupied already. Much of the external work to the seven town homes has been completed, Nicholson said, but what remains includes final electrical work, plumbing, patios and landscaping. If the county gets the award of the federal grant money then a total of about $675,000 in public money will have been spent for the Colony Square project.

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Editorial & Opinion Sheriff Cameron Continues To Keep His Campaign Promises This past weekend the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s department, assisted by numerous other law enforcement agencies, executed a three day law enforcement effort called Operation Spring Cleaning. The operation netted 39 arrests or indictments for crimes related to illegal drugs or prostitution. These large-scale sweeps to get criminals off the streets and help protect communities has become a hallmark of Sheriff Cameron’s administration. Cameron is well aware of the problems that illegal drugs, gang activities, and prostitution can create in a community and has pledged

to do his best to protect the citizens of St. Mary’s County from these activities. It is difficult to say if the problem is worse in St. Mary’s County than other areas of Southern Maryland or even other areas of the state. To parents or grandparents living in St. Mary’s, how good or bad we are doing compared to other jurisdictions is really not that important. They know there is a problem out there and any exposure their child or grandchild may have to drug or gang activity is too much. We should be able to expect that our families can live, work, be educated, and play in a community where they feel

safe and unthreatened by criminal influences. While a few arrests over this past weekend may seem minor compared to the problem, Cameron and his team have made many illegal drug related arrests over the past year along with numerous other “sweep” efforts. He is not only taking criminals off the street, he is sending a strong message to drug dealers that St. Mary’s is not a good place to do business. While drug dealers may not yet be running for the border, and the Sheriff’s office has much work yet to do, we believe that Cameron and his team are demonstrating the commitment

Helping New High School To The Editor: Grads Understand THANK YOU What Lies Ahead With graduation on the horizon, many high school seniors are anxiously anticipating their exodus from Mom and Dad’s house to the less restrictive dorms of their colleges of choice. Visions of parties, late school nights spent hanging out with friends, and no Mom and Dad to check in on them populate the dreams of many a high school senior as graduation draws closer and closer. But as exciting as beginning college can be, it can also prove difficult in a number of ways if soon-to-be freshmen aren’t prepared for what may lie ahead. Parents and college-bound kids alike should discuss the following topics before parting ways this fall.

temptation of spending the money too fast. Parents should also discuss credit cards with their children before the kids head off to school. College campuses are notorious breeding grounds for credit card solicitation. Kids who don’t fully understand the concept of credit can, and often do, find themselves in deep financial trouble because of credit cards. If a student has his or her own cell phone (and who doesn’t these days?), let your son or daughter begin paying for it in the months before he leaves for college. This should help get him or her acclimated to paying bills, and the importance of paying them on time, before heading off to school.



It seems that no matter how much money kids head off to college with, it’s never enough. This is especially true of entering freshmen, who have more than likely never faced living on a budget before. If a student will not be working and their parents will be sending them money during the semester, it’s best to work out a payment schedule (once per semester, once per month, bi-monthly, etc.) and stick to it. Parents should avoid the temptation of bailing kids out if they’ve spent their allotted money too quickly, just like students should avoid the

Understandably, most students start off struggling in the academic department. This often has nothing to do with the course load. Instead, it’s typically the product of students being overwhelmed by their newfound freedom, resulting in studies sliding down their priority list. Incoming freshmen should recognize that, while struggling to adapt to a new course load and new environment is to be expected, it’s not an excuse for a prolonged academic struggle. The point of going to college is an education first and foremost.

The Leonardtown election this past Tuesday drew a large turnout. I want to thank all those who supported me, and again appreciate representing you as Town Mayor. I love our town and take the position of Mayor very seriously. I am fortunate to work, an online resource for college-bound students, recommends developing a diligent and consistent system of study habits to avoid digging an early academic hole. This can involve study groups, brief study periods after each class to make sure you understand all materials, or a number of things that might work for each individual. But the main thing is to be consistent in your study approach, as once you get it down, you’ll be more efficient and able to enjoy more of that enticing free time.

to fight the war on drugs with their best resources. More important, we believe that Cameron has not only the determination to win the war, we believe his leadership will prove to be more than the drug lords can handle. While law enforcement continues to take these criminals off the streets, we face the ongoing problem of what to do with these folks. For the drug dealers, hard time in the State penitentiary is what they deserve. We would like to offer a thank you to Sheriff Cameron and all those who worked for months to build the cases against these men and women, and their strong effort to take them off the street. We encourage these efforts to continue and to reach far and wide to rid St. Mary’s County of all illegal drug activity no matter the race or income level of the criminals.

with a committed Town Council, informed and dedicated volunteer boards, and a well trained professional staff. The town office phone number is 301-4759791, but I can always be reached at 301-4810177. Thanks again for your support. J. Harry (Chip) Norris While social life should never take precedence over academics, balancing work and play is something students will have to do the rest of their lives, and part of college is preparing them to do just that. Parents should make students aware that academics are important, but that developing as a human being and not just as a student is important as well.

Social Life While education is the most important thing about college, developing socially is important as well. For some students, overfocusing on academics can make college a difficult period in their life. Particularly for entering freshmen, developing friendships is an important step in adapting to college. Students should embrace the chance to meet new people, many of whom might be from different parts of the country or even the world, which can be an educational process in and of itself.

Many new high school grads are understandably excited for what awaits them in the fall. But parents need to help ease that transition by discussing some important topics before a child leaves the nest.

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Crossword Puzzles Terri Bartz Bowles I enjoy working the daily crossword puzzle in the news-

paper. It’s supposed to be good for your brain, exercising it and all that, I guess. It’s one of those things that is fun

and challenging but can be quite frustrating! I generally eat lunch at my desk and work the puzzle then. A couple of

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my officemates sometimes participate but my “next door neighbor” in Cube City always does the puzzle. We do it individually, then compare notes when we’re done or stuck. I’ve found that different people work crossword puzzles in different ways. Some, like myself, do the Across, then the Down. I go through and answer everything I’m sure of, then go back and start trying to figure things out. Some do it in sections, not moving on to the next section until they’re finished the first one. Some use a pencil (me), some are more confident and use ink. But what a mess that makes when you’ve answered a clue wrong! Some write in lightly when they’re unsure to try and help the process along. Some print, some write in cursive which I think is weird when you’re dealing with individual blocks. Some will use the dictionary while oth-

Fun Facts About “Hollywood” Emily Finch Contributing Writer There are nine cities with the name Hollywood in the United States. They are located in Alabama (2), Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina, California and of course, Maryland. Hollywood, Md., was essentially named after a holly tree that was planted in front of Thompson’s General Store in 1867 when the post office inside the store needed a name.

Drug Court Continued from page A- with the program and get their lives back together. One graduate who completed the program two years ago came back to encourage them to keep making the right choices. “You’ve got to keep smiling,” said Tanya Bottorf to the four and to others who soon hope to graduate. “It’ll get better, that’s all you can do.” Bottorf knows a thing or two about pushing through the hard times and dealing with addiction to drugs and alcohol. She started to get involved with a boy who was three years older than her when she was just 13. He introduced her to the party scene where alcohol and marijuana were plentiful. Unfortunately for her, she said, she was also allegedly raped by her boyfriend’s relative. The shock of the event soon helped her slide into cocaine abuse. “I’ve been through a lot since I was 14,” Bottorf, who will turn 18 in July, told The County Times. “There were things I did that I wasn’t remorseful.” After getting into trouble, her probation officer introduced her to the Juvenile Drug Court program. It was tough going, but it beat having

The latitude of Hollywood, Md. is 38.345N. The longitude is -76.571W. The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department was organized in 1956 and officially incorporated in March of 1957. The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (HVRS) formed out of the 3rd and 6th District volunteer Rescue Squads (serving both Leonardtown and Hollywood). The HVRS officially went into operation in November of 1975. In relation to most other Fire Departments and Rescue Squads, the two Hollywood organizations are quite young.

a drug-related criminal record. She had to endure an ankle bracelet with access allowed only to school or work; going anywhere else she had to be under the supervision of her mother. After passing that phase, she said, she was put on informal house arrest and allowed just a little more freedom, but only if her probation officer and her mother knew where she was going. But soon she was allowed an open weekend where the drug court administrators took her to sporting events for fun. Wizards and Capitals games became a favorite outing, she said. During this time she underwent drug treatment from Walden-Sierra Inc. and received counseling for psychological issues, some of which stemmed from her rape episode, she said. Bottorf is not uncomfortable about opening up about her past; in fact she hopes people can use her experience to help overcome their own problems and see that recovery is possible. “The whole point of getting better is to tell your story,” Bottorf said, adding that the program was a major turning point in her life. “It gives you a second chance,” Bottorf said. “Even though some kids are trouble makers you still want to have a future.”

ers think that’s cheating. But if you get stuck, how are you going to figure it out? Plus, if you don’t look up some of these odd and archaic crossword puzzle words, you don’t learn anything. There are words and phrases you never see anywhere except a crossword puzzle. It’s always fun when we get a crossword virgin to take part in our daily ritual. They generally get frustrated and you hear a lot of “what does that mean?” and “that doesn’t make sense”. Neither the clues nor the answers may make good sense, but that’s part of the accepted crossword subculture. More often than not, the newbies don’t stick with it. My crossword buddy and I have kept it up for several years. It’s a nice break during the work day. There are a variety of puzzles in the daily paper, the Jumble and sodukos. The Jumble thing is pretty easy.

Joining a growing line of financial contributors that includes the federal and state governments, The Patuxent Partnership has donated $15,000 to St. Mary’s County Public Schools for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program. The money will be used specifically to fund this year’s Summer Space Camp developed by the school system’s STEM Consortium. Two sessions of the camp are designed for students in grades four through six, and they will run June 16-20. Two more sessions will be offered for students in grades seven through nine, and run from June 16-27. All sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day at Great Mills High School. “This is actually the second year in a row that we’ve been doing this camp,” said Laura Carpenter, supervisor of instruction for gifted and talented programs for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Carpenter described the program as an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge in areas of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. While many may daydream about antigravity chambers or sophisticated flying

equipment, the camp’s offerings are not quite as glamorous as what is depicted in the movies. “We don’t have that kind of equipment here,” said Carpenter, laughing, “but that would be really cool.” What will be offered are field exercises at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the Goddard Space Center, and the National Air and Space Museum. She said that last year’s challenge was for students to create rockets, with elementary school children focusing on basic models, and secondary level children creating advanced models. Carpenter said that this year’s challenge would be similar, but focused more on robotics and programming. All students will be centering their activities around five themes, including engineering, rocketry, Earth science, space science, and space citizenship, which she defined as an ethical study of space exploration, much akin to environmental studies. “It’s amazing how many kids think that space belongs to the United States of America,” said Carpenter, adding that space citizenship would model itself from the ethics of global citizenship. “Space citizenship has a lot to do with our responsibility to keep space clean, to treat it respectfully,” said Carpenter, adding that students would be taught the importance of

Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Stamm, who operates the juvenile drug court, said the St. Mary’s program is one of a kind. “If you make it through, you’ll have a clean record,” Judge Stamm told the graduates and their families at the 7th District Optimists Club pavilion in Avenue May 10. “We’re the only one that does that.” The court’s coordinator, Pete Cucinotta, said the program is a money saver as well as a life saver, with participants costing the county roughly half of what they would were they in regular court. The four who graduated last Saturday now bring the count of successful graduates up to 50 for the county juvenile drug court, he said, but many have failed as well under the extra court scrutiny and mandatory drug testing. “This isn’t a cake walk,” Cucinotta said of the program’s 68 percent graduation rate. “A lot of people don’t make it.” Two classmates were booted from the program just a few days before the graduation, he said. But for the ones who made it, Bottorf said, she was extremely proud of their accomplishments. “Anyone who has the strength to find their way through it, they deserve credit,” Bottorf said. It’s not easy to better yourself.”

collaboration and cooperation between space programs. Activities at this year’s camp will be taught by Cheryl Wight from Margaret Brent Middle School, Michele Hiles from Lexington Park Elementary School, and Nathan Swick from Spring Ridge Middle School, all of whom have actually attended space camp in the past. Joining them will be Allen Skinner, an AP physics teacher from Great Mills High School. Carpenter said that the camp itself costs about $40,000 to run each summer, so this gift from the Patuxent Partnership will contribute close to 40 percent of the camp’s budget this year. “This generous donation from The Patuxent Partnership will allow some qualified students who lack financial resources to participate in this worthwhile program,” said superintendent Michael Martirano. “We truly appreciate the continued support and commitment from The Patuxent Partership.” The deadline for applications has been extended, and they will be accepted for this program until all 96 slots have been filled. Those interested in participating can download the application from the St. Mary’s County Public Schools website at www.smcps. org by clicking on the “Summer Activities for Students” tab. Those

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St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church on St. John’s Road in Hollywood was first built in 1690. It is the oldest church in Hollywood, Md. The annual household income in Hollywood, Md., is $54,706 according to the 2000 census. This is higher than the national average of $48,201. The median home sale price in Hollywood, Md., is $449,000 and there are currently 101 homes for sale. This contrasts with the $90,900 median home sale price of Hollywood, Ala. Hollywood, Md., is the second most expensive Hollywood to live in behind Hollywood, Calif. The highest recorded temperature in Hollywood, Md., was 103° in July 1980. The lowest recorded temperature was -9° in February 1996. Hollywood, Md., has the mildest temperatures out of all the Hollywoods, with an equal amount of warm and cool days and wet and dry days.

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Soduko is really hot now and lots of people are addicted to it. I don’t care for it. Words interest me, but numbers definitely do not. Some might think of crossword puzzles as solitary pursuits but they can be quite a social activity. If someone you know sees you working on a crossword puzzle, more often than not, they’ll stop and look to see if they can figure out an answer that you haven’t gotten. When you grab the newspaper tomorrow morning, turn to the puzzle and give it a try. Exercise your brain. Challenge yourself. Do it for a couple of weeks and see how you enjoy it. Maybe you’ll turn into a crossword puzzle fiend, too.

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Hoyer Continued from page A- cal education teacher, starting in Iowa teaching fifth and sixth graders, and then joining St. Mary’s County Public Schools in 1987 where

The County Times he still teaches at Leonardtown Elementary School. He serves as assistant coach for football and softball at Leonardtown High School, and is actively involved in coaching throughout the community. Peterson stood with his colleagues after lunch and commented that, “it was a good roundtable discussion on educational issues and ideas…everybody put in their

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two cents.” Also from St. Mary’s County was Town Creek Elementary School Principal Kathryn Miluski, who won this year’s Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. “It was just a lot of open dialogue,” she said. “It was nice for someone in government to hear our ideas.” Spring Ridge Middle School mathematics teacher Bonnie Beavan was recently honored personally by Hoyer during a surprise celebration for her at her school, when it was announced that she had won the County Teacher of the Year Award for her outstanding work with her students, who have consistently exceeded quarterly benchmark assessments. “It

pushing mathematics and engineering programs at the federal level. “We’ve been retreating on NIH funding for science and research,” he said, adding that he thought more could be done to steer students towards those career choices. Sitting over half-eaten plates brimming over with pasta, he looked at each one of the teachers and administrators, and praised their hard work. “The reason I have these is that I really do believe that you can take Steny Hoyer out of everything…but our very democracy depends on the talent and dedication of people like you.” “I really do believe that teachers are the most important people in our society,” Hoyer

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Representative Steny Hoyer is pictured here with Spring Ridge Middle School mathematics teacher Bonnie Beaven, Town Creek Elementary School Principal Kathryn Miluski, and Leonardtown Elementary School physical education teacher Brad Peterson.

was just good to see what people think about what is going on in their schools,” Beavan said. Hoyer seemed personable at the event, talking a great deal about the importance of

said later, explaining that all who were present had been honored as some of the best in their profession. “I used to just call everybody…but then I said I wanted to do something more,” Hoyer said.

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Odd News

Another Reason for Women’s Groups to Get Mad

New Heights for Political Exaggeration Mayor Becky Miller of Carrollton, Texas, seems to have been caught fabricating many parts of her colorful past, including claims that she was once a backup singer for Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, engaged to singersongwriter Don Henley, and shocked and devastated by her brother’s death in Vietnam. Her web of exaggerations seems to have unraveled when spokesmen for the famous singers said they had never heard of her, and her father said she never had a brother who died in the war. Later, after her challenger Ron Branson expressed doubts about her brother’s death and her illustrious singing career, her attendance at Western Kentucky University was also called into question. Still, Miller maintains that she is telling the truth, that the singers knew her by a different name, that her father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is therefore not the best at recalling facts about his or her life.She later admitted that she had falsely identified an 18 year-old Army private first class as her brother, and she said she deliberately conveyed the name of that soldier because she hoped that Branson would press the issue and she could sue him for slander. Instead, Branson did his research and discovered that the soldier she named, Randolph Sampson, was listed as a negro, which Miller, who is white, claimed was

Africa Continued from page A- pact of AIDS in Africa, and elsewhere, so they can survive the disease longer and hopefully stem the tide of its spread. Projects like providing wells for clean water, helping the infected get access to lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs and sponsoring children who have been orphaned by the

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“obvious (sic) a mistake.” As far as her other deceits, Miller has said, “I get angry when people get into my personal life…my personal life does not have a thing to do with my job as mayor or being elected on the City Council for 10 years.”

Mayors Propose Two Floridas The City of North Lauderdale seems to be taking a very tough stance on home rule, spearheading an effort to split Florida into two states. In fact, they recently passed a resolution to split South Florida from the rest of the state, from the Palm Beach County line, and they want other counties in South Florida, such as Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe, to join them. Margate Mayor Pam Donovan and North Lauderdale Mayor Jack Brady say the divide is about money and political power, which they argue is sparsely allotted to the southern portion of the state. “Our residents and all of South Florida residents have had enough,” said Brady. “We want equal representation for everybody.” Experts say this effort will amount to little more than a cry for attention, and that Congress is not likely to support any measure that would encourage other states to follow suit, but the mayors are sticking to their guns. “This is South Florida’s Boston Tea Party,” said Donovan.

disease are among the efforts. SAYSF Pastor Rodney Spade said the suffering of the people in Africa, plus his own experience helping people in the foreign field, swayed his congregation to support the World Vision drive for help. It’s also a chance to preach the Christian Gospel. “I served among primitive people in New Guinea for 10 years,” Spade said. “To see the day-to-day going without… you begin to meet their

needs and they see you are genuinely helping them. “That leads to sharing the love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.” Steve Krentel, senior area director of World Vision, said AIDS is perhaps the single greatest humanitarian crisis facing Africa. The exhibit was designed to enlighten and embolden people who have much to help those who have nothing. “There are 6,000 children orphaned every day because of the HIV/AIDS virus,”

Authorities in Malaysia are defending a recent plan that would require women to obtain written consent from their families or employers to travel abroad. The proposal follows a review of criminal cases where women were jailed abroad, 90% of which involved drug charges. Foreign Minister Rais Yatim told newspaper reporters that obtaining written consent from their families would prevent them from being tricked by drug-smuggling gangs, and that this would enable authorities to determine the legitimacy of their travel plans. Women’s groups, of course, are outraged. The National Council for Women’s Organizations said the measure would restrict women’s rights, and another group, Sisters In Islam, said the proposal assumed that women were not capable of making their own decisions. Campaigners have also pointed out that letters of permission would be very easy to forge. Though the influence of radical Islamic groups has wielded increasing power in Malaysia, it is unclear whether this proposal had any religious motive.

Slum Tours Spark Controversy Imagine hopping a tour bus to the famed “City of God,” and having your photo taken with drug runners from the “Red Command.” Private Tours, a Rio de Janeiro tour company, could actually lose its license for offering tourists a chance to do just that, providing what some would call a too-intimate look at the lives

Krentel said. “[The exhibit] is not designed to manipulate but it will stir your emotions. “We want [children in Africa] to reach their fifth birthday.” According to World Vision, every 15 seconds someone dies from AIDS somewhere in the world. The exhibit offers not only a glimpse into the squalor and disease children must endure in an African village impacted by AIDS, but visitors will also be able to hear audio recordings detailing their plight. Visitors are asked the questions “Will I survive at a truck stop on the AIDS highway? Will you survive my journey?” Quotes from the young

of more than a million of the region’s residents, including drug dealers and gang leaders from the city’s most notorious slums. One reporter posed as a foreign tourist and participated in a 4-hour tour of Rochinha, the city’s largest slum, where traffickers sell drugs to Rio residents. Traffickers would talk with the tourists about their experiences in prison and pose for pictures with the tourists holding their guns, stipulating of course that their faces could not be photographed. Other tour companies have for years offered tours of the city’s 600+ “favelas,” or slums, but Rio tourism chief Rubem Medina says that “it’s not necessary to do this kind of tour in Rio; there are a lot of wonderful attractions.”

Gas Price Concert In Valparaiso, Indiana, 29 year-old Jay Weinberg climbed on top of his local Family Express Store to serenade customers with an impromptu protest ditty about high gas prices last week. The song he performed, called “Price Gouge’n,” lasted 15 minutes, during which time supporters including the man’s friends and family, and customers who just happened to be pumping gas a $3.78 per gallon, joined in chanting “I can’t afford it. I’m banging on the dashboard. I can’t believe they think I’m a fool.” Police officers arrived and arrested Weinberg on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct, but many of the people assembled kept on singing. His wife Danielle bailed him out that day, and when he left the station at 7:30 p.m., he was greeted with cheers.

children are written on the walls of the rooms in village. One says “Mother, do I have the big disease?” Colin Wilkinson, project coordinator and congregation member at SAYSF, said volunteers are still needed from among the seven churches involved in the project to get it completed. “We’re now into the final moments,” Wilkinson said. “We need 300 volunteers and we’ve about 35 percent signed up “We need to keep on telling people.” The six other local churches involved in the project are Faith Bible Church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, South Point Church,

Patuxent River Presbyterian Church, Patuxent River Assembly of God and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Chad Laird, associate pastor at SAYSF, said hopes were high that the exhibit would stir believers and non-believers alike to help ease the suffering of those in Africa so that souls might be saved. Church leadership hopes thousands will come to visit while the exhibit is open from June 8 to June 13. “Showing the love of Jesus in a practical way can open their hearts,” Laird said of those suffering. For more information about the project visit the Web site at

Photo by Guy Leonard

SAYSF Bible Church Rodney Spade, right, and church member Colin Wilkinson look out over their church’s gym which will be transformed in June by a exhibit of an African village detailing the scourge of AIDS in that continent, particularly for children. Below is Chad Laird, associate pastor.

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“I was tasked to buy aircraft, support equipment and anything else the ANAAC needed to help rebuild their capability,” said Petters. “The work the NAVAIR team did was incredible. From the initial phone call to getting two aircraft on the ramp in Afghanistan in 14 weeks was just unheard of. Others said it could not be done but they did it.”    The ANAAC have operated AN-32 effort was Air Force Lt. Col. Stephen aircraft without any logistical supPetters, who was deployed from the port since 1989. The ANAAC is curPentagon to Afghanistan. He was rently being trained by the Combined working to help rebuild the Afghan Airpower Task Force-Afghanistan National Army Air Corps logistical (CAPTF-A). Reestablishment of an capability so it could support itself effective air force is a national priorand the rest of the Afghan military.     ity for both the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.    

NAVAIR Helps Re-Build The Afghan National Army Air Corps Naval Air Command Press Release NAVAIR’s Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office, responding to a direct request from Afghanistan’s President and Minister of Defense via the Navy’s International Program Office, was directed to buy four Antonov AN-32 “Cline” aircraft for the Afghan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) through the Foreign Military Sales program.    The AN-32 is an all-weather transport aircraft that is ideally suited to flying missions in Afghanistan’s tough environment. It is widely used by commercial and military operators worldwide.     “This program was really unique,” said Capt. James G. Wallace, Program Manager for the Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office (PMA-207). “People can work in the acquisition world their entire careers and not see the final product. With this AN-32 buy, the team got to see the entire process happen in front of their eyes in a little more than 60 days. I’m very proud of what the team has accomplished.”   

The Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office, using an accelerated acquisition strategy, bought the AN-32s from commercial sources. An ANAAC acquisition team was assembled from members of the various NAVAIR organizations and deployed to Kiev, Ukraine to find the needed aircraft. The technical team inspected the aircraft for sale and found that they met the required specifications and were in excellent condition.    Mr. Richard Senkel (Deputy Program Manager) and members of NAVAIR’s contracting staff, including Lt. Cmdr. J. Sanchez, a Procurement Contracting Officer, entered into negotiations with the seller and delivered the first aircraft to the ANAAC within 65 days from receipt of original tasking from the Navy International Program Office.    “We understood the urgency of the requirement and the critical need for these aircraft. When the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan (CSTC-A) “Reached back” to NAVAIR and PMA-207, we re-

sponded. The entire Team was committed to delivering these aircraft as quickly as possible to the warfighters,” said Senkel. “The aircraft and logistics support that we have delivered have had a direct impact on operations in the Central Command Area of Responsibility. Through additional taskings, we will continue to support CSTC-A and the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC) for the near future.”    Mr. Roman Hnatyshyn, PMA-207’s C-26 and UC-35 Assistant Program Manager for Systems Engineering, was another key team member. “Being a first-generation U.S.-born citizen from Ukrainian parents, I’m fluent in the Ukrainian language and know the Cyrillic alphabet. I learned other Slavic languages such as Russian, Polish, Czech, and Slavic at college,” said Hnatyshyn. “The AN-32 acquisition was a unique opportunity to blend my language and technical skills with an in-depth knowledge of the local people, places, and customs.”    Antonov AN-32 Aircraft Another key team member in this

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NAVAIR Accepts 25,000th Arc-210 Radio Naval Air System Command Press Release NAVAIR’s Capt. Greg Silvernagel, the Air Combat Electronics program manager, accepted the 25,000th ARC-210 radio from Rockwell Collins, the manufacturer, on April 29, 2008.    The ARC-210 radio is currently installed on more than 180 different types of platforms worldwide, ranging from fighter aircraft, transports, unmanned aerial systems, ships, vehicles and in buildings. The Navy alone has more than 9,800 in-service.     In accepting the radio, Silvernagel, described how the ARC-210 plays a key role in allowing joint and coalition operations to communicate in the Global War on Terror.     “Contained in the many cockpit videos that

Clean Up Continued from page A- to the streets of St. Mary’s for a three day coordinated operation that netted dozens of arrests, money, drugs, cash and guns. The operation had its roots back in December of last year, said Vice/Narcotics unit commander Lt. Daniel Alioto, with its focus on making controlled buys of narcotics and carefully building cases to disrupt the local drug trade. “There were some pretty significant dealers arrested,” Alioto told The County Times, adding that some had yet to be arrested. “They would be considered major players, and also because they’ve been dealing for a while.” Alioto said investiga-

I have seen is the detailed information exchanged between our forces enabling them to conduct strike and tactical operations world-wide. This audio and digital information was made possible by the ARC-210.”    “The ARC-210 radio has set the standard for multi-mode communications throughout the Department of Defense. I’m proud to accept this latest addition and look forward to continuing to work with Rockwell Collins on the newest fifth generation ARC-210,” said Silvernagel.    “Another key to the ARC-210’s flexibility is its ability to communicate with public safety officials and first responders,” added Silvernagel. “In disaster situations, the

tors were able to arrest several suspected drug dealers in the 7th District due to critical information from concerned community members. “Down in Longview Beach, the citizens called us and gave us some really good information,” Alioto said. “For us to go into there and break it up is good.” Investigators arrested 31year-old Oscar Richard Tyler, of Leonardtown, in the 7th District on an open felony drug warrant, according to information obtained from the Vice/Narcotics unit. Tyler was indicted on three counts of allegedly distributing cocaine. Detectives seized about $650 in cash from his GMC Yukon vehicle, which was also impounded.

Law officers served a search and seizure warrant in the Longview Beach neighborhood that also netted an arrest for Julius Andre Redmond, 43, of Bushwood, for allegedly possessing cocaine. Two other search warrants in Longview Beach turned up $750 in crack cocaine, $300 in cash and two handguns. Investigators also seized a vehicle valued at $4,000 and additional property valued at $3,500. Investigators and members of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Team got into a foot chase at a basketball court on McIntosh Road which resulted in four arrests and searches of homes. Investigators arrested Ricardo Antoine Edgston, 23, of Hollywood and Jeffrey Neil Shade, 23, of Leonardtown on outstanding drug

military can coordinate rescue operations with the first responders on the ground.”    The ARC-210 provides two-way, multimode voice and data communications with the most recent variant supporting a 30 to 941 megahertz frequency range. This compact system is software reprogrammable. It also includes embedded Ultra High Frequency and Very High Frequency anti-jam waveforms and other data link and secure communication features, providing the user with total battlefield interoperability and high performance capabilities in the transfer of data, voice and imagery.     ARC-210

indictments. After Edgston was caught, according to information from Vice/Narcotics, and his home searched, detectives allegedly recovered about $3,200 worth

Oscar Tyler

of cocaine from Shade and about $250 worth of marijuana in small baggies. Alioto said the operation was an ambitious and sensi-

tive one that meant undercover investigators and detectives had to move slowly in some instances to build their cases carefully. “Sometimes it just takes time to get in somewhere,” Alioto said. “We weren’t going to be rushed, we weren’t going to jump the gun.” The State’s Attorney’s Office was instrumental in helping to advise investigators on building their cases, Alioto said. Some of the suspects were believed to be plying the narcotics trade in more than one area of the county, Alioto said. “It’s a case of have wheels, will travel,” he said, adding that the narcotics sweep helped fuel investigations into other narcotics operations. “This is not the final chapter, this is just another

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chapter,” Alioto said. “We’re not close to being done.” The sweep also brought in suspects charged with crimes such as sex offenders failing to register changes of address, assault, solicitation of prostitutes, vandalism, failure to pay child support, fraud and driving under the influence. The sex offender compliance checks were conducted by BCI detectives and agents from the FBI Innocent Images Task Force. A Great Mills Road operation netted four arrests for either performing sex acts for money or for soliciting an undercover female officer for sexual acts. “It’s an operation everyone who was involved in it was proud of,” Alioto said. “They made a huge impact down here.”

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Obituaries James Roscoe Curtis, 83 James Roscoe Curtis, 83, of Chaptico, died May 7 in the Charlotte Hall Veter a n s Home. Born April 20, 1925 in Helen, he was the son of the late Joseph Norman and Emily Nelson Curtis of Bushwood. James served two years in the Navy and during that time served in World War II.  In his early years he became a farmer, and later worked as a construction worker and in maintenance from which he later retired form Park Forrest Apartments.  James loved being with family and friends.  His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and watching television (especially channel 5).  He was just a fun and loving person.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Odessa Bush whom he married July 4, 1948, in Chaptico; two daughters, Mary T. Canada of Oxon Hill, Md., Sherry R. Miles (Mark) of Lexington Park;  Four sons, James R. Talbert and James R. Curtis Jr. both of Washington, D.C., Francis X. Curtis (Victoria) of Clements and Joseph W. Curtis (Pamela) of Chaptico. He also raised two grandsons, Kenneth and Anthony Curtis and a sister-in-law Mary Lorraine Gray.  He is also survived by 28 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 4 great greatgrandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary M. Young; one brother, Joseph C. Curtis; two grandchildren, James Bush and James Curtis Jr. III and one great grandchild, Tavon Thompson. Mr. Curtis’s Life Celebration at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, was held Wednesday, May 14 from 9 – 10:15 a.m. A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood. The Reverend Francis Early was the celebrant. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Rico Nelson, Tony Bush, Wayne Bush, David Bush, Francis Baker and John Barnes. Condolences to the family may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Richard Lee “Richie” Daye, 61 R ichard Lee “R ich ie” Daye, 61, of Holly wood , died May 7 in his residence. Born March 31, 1947 in Washington, D.C. he was the son of the late Walter Warren and Mary Elizabeth Ware Daye. He was the beloved husband of Tammy Lee Hall Daye who was the love of his life and whom he married Aug. 4, 2006 in Battle Creek on their boat. He is survived by his children; Jeffrey Richard Daye and his wife Tammy of California, Julie Renee Baden, Brandon Lee “Pud” Daye, and Chasity Lynne Buckler, all of Hollywood, Tony Buckler of Leonardtown, Jeffrey Allen Lacey of Baltimore, Md., son-in-law James Baden of Baden, Md. and Kenny Nicholson “The Red Headed Step-Son.” He is also survived by his grandchildren;

Zachery Allen Miles, Jared Michael Daye, Alexia Lynn Garrison, Emma Catherine Baden and Jacob Lee Daye, as well as his brothers and sisters; James Warren Daye of Springfield, Va., George Daye of Clinton, Md., Barbara Buttacavoli of Orlando, Fla., Mary E. Gerlach of Baltimore, Md., William H. Daye of Lakeland, Fla., Walter W. Daye, Jr. of Winchester, Va., John E. Daye of Mechanicsville and Patti Kryzminksi of Potomac, Md., and his father-in-law Ted Hall of Mechanicsville. Richie moved to St. Mary’s County in 1959 from Clinton, Md., and graduated from Chopticon High School’s “Class of 1966”. He served in U.S. Army for two years, from Jan. 3, 1967 to Dec. 14, 1968. He was employed as an engineering technician for the Department of Navy at NAS Patuxent River for 35 years, retiring Dec. 31, 2003. He enjoyed commercial crabbing, hunting and fishing. He loved his Harley Davidson and his beloved dog Tazz. The family received friends Monday, May 12 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, where a funeral service was held Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Contributions may be made to O.P.I.S., St. Mary’s Hospital, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Demetris Lamarr Hall “Fink”, 26 Demetris Lamarr Hall “Fink”, 26, of Lusby, Md., died May 5, 2008 in Lusby. Born Sept. 29, 1981 in Prince Frederick, Md., he was the son of Stuart Tate and Martha E. (Hall) Tate. Fink loved life and enjoyed being around his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his mom watching movies and talking “old school” with her. His greatest pleasure was teasing, joking around and talking about cars with his dad. He was very playful and always kept a big smile on his face. Fink enjoyed fishing, crabbing and playing cards. He was a very loving and kind person and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was educated in the St. Mary’s County Public School system. He was self employed and very skilled with his hands. He had many trades which included painting, flooring, brick laying and cooking. Fink held his aunts and uncles in high esteem. His aunt Jenny was like a second mom to him. His aunt Geraldine called him Fink when he was six months old. Fink enjoyed the holidays at his Aunt Becky’s home where he loved her soul food cooking. He would often say, “Aunt Becky, your chicken is better than KFC”. In addition to his parents, Demetris is survived by his children, Kandace Russell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Samaria Reich and Jadon Reich of Leesburg, Va., sisters, Tavia Tate of Lexington Park, Md., and Tamekia Tate of Oxon Hill, Md., nieces Shayla and Trinity and nephew, Jalil, a host of aunts and uncles, Rebecca (Oscar) Tyer, Valerie Tyer, Geraldine Hall-Miles, Jennifer Thomas (Tom), Wanda Woodland, Sonora and Tavia Tate, Charles (Linda) Hall Jr., Leroy (Margaret) Hall, Willie Hall, Robert Hall, Timothy (Crystal) Hall, and Stanley Tate, and a host of great uncles, great aunts, and cousins, close cousins Ryan Tyer and James Hall, Jr. (Munchie), special friends Megan Pitcher and

George Young who was like a brother to him. He was preceded in death by grandparents Charles Henry Hall, Sr., Edna Hall Johnson and Aunt Jackie Tyer. Family received friends Saturday, May 10 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home P.A., Leonardtown. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Thomas Hall of the Whole Heart Deliverance Church was the celebrant. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Condolences to the family may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Barbara Lou Knapp LeQuire, 74 Barbara Lou Knapp LeQuire, 74, of Leonardtown, died May 2 in Georgetown University 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. Barbara was raised in Edson Corners, N.Y. where she remained until she graduated college at Oneonta State Teachers College. She then moved to St. Mary’s County to help begin a Christian work that started off as a “kamp for kids” on the shores of the Patuxent River and ended at S.A.Y.S.F. Bible Church. She concurrently received a position with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools at what was then Margaret Brent High School, and occupied several positions within the school system over the next forty years. Barbara was a devout Christian serving at S.A.Y.S.F. Bible Church. She taught Sunday School for forty years and participated in other various church activities such as Operation Christian Child and Missions Committee. She loved her lord, her family, her church, and community. Barbara is survived by her daughter K LeQuire Hall of Leonardtown, three grandchildren, Fredrick, Michelle, and Bethany Hall of Leonardtown, and sister Blanche Knapp 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 was 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. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Myron “Mac” Franklin McCartney, 70 M y ron “Mac” Fr a n k l i n McCa r tney, 70, of Leonardtown, died May 10 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born May 18, 1937 in Storden Township, Cottonwood County, Minn., he was the son of the late Delbert Eugene McCartney and Eleanor Emma (Quade) McCartney. He graduated from Osakis High School in 1955, and two years later enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1960. Following his years in the U.S. Army, Mac worked in various professions and

spent the last 20 years working as a carpenter. He loved fishing and gardening, but most of all he loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Clara Jane (Washington) McCartney whom he married June 27, 1960. He is also survived by his beloved children Sherry Lee Quade, Debra Ann Kalnasy, Robert Carl McCartney, and Joann McCartney Wood, all of St. Mary’s County. Also survived by six grandchildren: Michael Andrew Kalnasy, Justin Tyler Kalnasy, Christopher Ryan Kalnasy, Katelyn Renee Kalnasy, Joshua David Wood, and Elizabeth Renee McCartney; Five brothers and sisters: Lois Schaefer, Norma Huwe, Rodney McCartney, Joan Merritt, and Larry McCartney, all residents of Minnesota. Family will receive friends Thursday, May 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Stephen D. Sigmon will officiate. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons Michael Kalnasy, Justin Kalnasy, Christopher Kalnasy; and his close friends Lawrence Pilkerton, Gary Callis and Lee Guy. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Nettie Edith Murphy, 88 Nettie Edith Mur phy of Ridge died Sunday, May 11 in her home, surrounded by family members. Born Jan. 6, 1920 in Ridge, she was the daughter of the late James Raub and Rose Somers Drury. She graduated from Great Mills High School in 1937. She retired in January 1980 with almost 30 years of Government service. She was the Head of the Accountant Branch of the NATC Comptroller’s Office. She received the Meritorious Civil Service Award. She had been an active and a dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary Ridge Unit 255 for 45 years. She held all of the unit offices and chairmanships and served as the Departmental Chapeau 8 et 40 for the State of Maryland. Nettie served as the liaison for the Wednesday Senior Citizens luncheon held at the Ridge Post for 25 years. She is survived by her children Rose M. Carroll and her husband Donald of Dameron, Warren G. Burke Jr. and his wife Helen of Ridge and Nettie L. Hall and her husband Thomas of Bushwood and her step-son Thomas M. Murphy and his wife Cathy of Glendale; her grandchildren: Thomas Hall Jr., Tammy Hall, James Hall, Stacy Burke, Michael Burke and Morgan Murphy; her great-grandchildren: Megan Bowen, Brittany Bowen, Justin Bowen, Madisyn Burke, Isabella Thompson, J.T. Thompson, Crystal Hall, Lauren Hall and Paul Klear. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands Warren G. Burke Sr. and John J. Murphy, her grandson Warren “Burch” Burke, her stepson Jack Murphy and two

siblings, James Raub Drury Jr. and Donald F. Drury Sr. She loved cooking for her family, especially holiday meals for her immediate family and many relatives. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to feed and watch the wild birds in her yard. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 15 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, where prayers will be said at 7 p.m. followed by Ridge American Legion Auxiliary prayers and 8 et 40 prayers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 16 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Fr. Maurice O’Connell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Hall Jr., James Hall, Michael Burke, Paul Klear, John Drury and Thomas Drury. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Mildred Louise Guy Norris, 83 Mildred Louise Guy Norris, 83, of Leona rdtow n died May 8 in her residence. S h e was born June 17, 1924 in Leonardtown, to the late George Franklin and Mary Ellen Turner Guy. She was the wife of the late Ernest Ignatius Norris, Sr., whom she married April 19, 1944. She is survived by her children, Thomas Merle Norris, Sr. and his wife Eleanor, Francis Ellen Quade, Mildred Anne Norris, all of Leonardtown, and Ernest Ignatius Norris, Jr. and daughter-in-law Dawn Marie Norris, of Lusby, Md. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Edward Guy of W.V. and sister, Grace Loretta Hebler of N.C. Mildred had 10 grandchildren: Eleanor Anne Mekus, Thomas Merle Norris Jr., Joseph Andrew Norris, James Michael Quade, Jacquelyn Michelle Greenwell, Jeanette Marie Hammon, Jennifer Lynne Cocagne, Joshua Shane Norris, Rachel Marie Norris and Erin Rochelle Norris; nine great-grandchildren: Ashley Nicole Vaniglio, Matthew Thomas Norris, Heater Marie Norris, Kacie Lynn Quade, Ashton Michael Quade, Connor James Greenwell, Timothy Wayne Abell, Michael Thomas Hammon and Trinity Jade Norris; and one great-great-grandchild, Jaylah Coryn Stephenson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Catherine Abell and Anna Mae Ruppel and brothers Joseph Franklin Guy, Raymond Aloysius Guy, Benedict Ishmael Guy and Holland Ignatius Guy. She was primarily a homemaker, but at times worked as a seamstress, childcare provider and a nurse’s aide. She was an extremely talented woman who could make just about anything. She made many wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses for people in the county, reupholstered furniture, made delicious stuffed hams and was an excellent cook. She crocheted beautiful afghans and special creations for family members and friends and made many bed dolls and crafts. She made beautiful and creative cakes and always made birthdays special for everyone. She was a devoted wife and mother, committed to loving and providing for her children, always

putting their needs first. She was a warm and compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by everyone. The family received friends Sunday, May 11 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, where prayers were said at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, May 12 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Medley’s Neck, Md. with Fr. Thomas LaHood officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Pallbearers were Thomas Merle Norris, Jr., Joseph Andrew Norris, James Michael Quade, James Todd Greenwell, Steven C. Mekus and Thomas D. Cocagne. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Scott Douglas Phillippi, 53 Scott Douglas Phillippi, 53, of Lexington Park, died May 6 in his residence. Born March 22, 1955 in Baltimore, he was the son of Doris Proffit Phillippi and the late John W. Phillippi, Sr. In addition to his mother, Scott is survived by his sister, Susan Beverlein of Murfreesborough, Tenn., and his brothers, John Phillippi, Jr. of Greensborough, N.C., and Robert Phillippi, Sr. of Lexington Park. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Reverend Mel Grover will conduct the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at www. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Ella Marie Raley, 43 Ella M a r i e Raley, 43, of Dameron, died May 10 in her residence. Born March 29, 1965, she was the daughter of Sara Muffley of N.C. and the late Ronald O. Weeks. She was the loving wife of Leo S. Raley. She is survived by her children: Ashley Blankenship, Samantha Blankenship, Robbie Lawson and Kenny Lawson; step-children: Kimberly Murray and Robert Raley; siblings: Margie Weeks and Bucky Weeks and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Ronnie Weeks. Marie graduated from Surratsville High School Class of 1983. She was not a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, however she was always in the area. She loved playing with her grandchildren, listening to Motown, reading and visiting the mountains. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 15 from 9 – 11:00 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. with Pastor Floyd Shelton officiating. Interment will be Private. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Marguerite Morris, founder and director of Leah’s House, a shelter for battered and homeless women, has asked the St. Mary’s County Board of County Commissioners to parcel out money for her organization in this year’s fiscal 2009 budget. Morris made the request to the commissioner by letter May 5. Morris’ organization has recently purchased a three-acre plot in Valley Lee, the site of the old, now demolished HappyLand Bar, to build a permanent women’s shelter to service what she has called a growing need that is outpacing her group’s current resources. “Without your help and recognition, many of our homeless who seek the aid from Leah’s House will continue to go without shelter,” Morris’ letter to the commissioners read. “We are at unfortunate and critical stages and time is of the essence. “With limited staff we are receiving countless calls on a daily basis.” Morris told The County Times that the money they requested from the county is $45,000 to help out mostly with day-to-day operating ex-

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