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4-H Raising Steers and Steering Youngsters Andrea Shiell Staff Writer A lot of buying and selling went on at the 62nd annual St. Mary’s County Fair, along with a fair amount of donating. During the 4H Livestock Auction held this year, McKay’s Food and Drug purchased the Reserved Champion steer from a local teenager that had raised the animal, promptly donating the steer back to the St. Mary’s County 4-H program. “Basically 4-H is a youth organization that’s been around for over 100 years,” explained Donna Sasscer, President of the 4-H “Ropes and Wranglers” club in Park Hall. There are dozens of clubs in each county, not all of which focus on livestock or farming. Some involve community service, sewing,

The World Is St. Mary’s Oyster

Forty-second Annual Oyster Festival a Great Success over the country flocked to the fairgrounds near Leonardtown for one of the county’s most beloved yearly events: the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival. Described as an event that could turn any corner of the fairgrounds into a virtual nirvana

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Sixteen-Year-Old Rape Suspect Will Be Tried As Adult

for lovers of the famed mollusks, this year’s event combined festive fall themes with the Rotary Club’s standard slogan, “oysters any way you like By Guy Leonard There was a chilly bite to the air and a touch ‘em.” Staff Writer of gray in the sky, but sweet, delicious smells Indeed, visitors could enjoy oysters any way warmed the air as residents and visitors from all Circuit Court Judge Marvin S. See Oyster Festival page A-10 Kaminetz ruled Monday that a 16year-old juvenile charged with forcibly raping a 12-year-old girl will not be tried in juvenile court, but will face the possibility of serving prison time if convicted. The ruling comes on the second day of a waiver hearing that sought to have John K. Edison, Jr. remanded back to juvenile court, which would Andrea Shiell not need to have their work approved or judged in have likely placed him a treatment Staff Writer order to participate. program. Well-known local artists including Patty ArProfessional analysts from the John Girolamo ambled through the Re- chuleta, Candace Cummings, Deb Daniels, ShirDepartment of Juvenile Services Store in Lexington Park, moving past rows of ap- ley Gromen, Joan Kocen, Joi Lowe, Larry Langtestified that Edison showed he was pliances and furniture in what looked a lot like a feld, Deborah McClure, and Joe Rizza, as well as a “moderate risk” to public safety, scaled-down version of Home Depot, only this one students from St. Mary’s Ryken High School, will but was amenable to treatment if reis stocked with surplus or donated items from all be donating one-of-a-kind pieces made from obmanded back to the juvenile system. over the county. He said much of the items had jects found at the ReStore. Judge Kaminetz said he weighed already been picked over by local artists in prepaGirolamo said that there are 21 artists submitvarying factors in the case and deration for Friday’s Recycled Art Show. ting a total of 30 pieces for the evening’s silent cided the seriousness of the charges “We sent a wide net out for local artists,” auction, all funds from which will be donated to against Edison, with an additional he said, explaining that he had pitched the idea Habitat for Humanity. “We’ll have a silent auction record of assaults and drug and alfor an art show over a year ago, bringing it to the for each piece, but the artists will also be selling Photo by Andriea Shiell cohol addiction, tipped the scales in forefront after being hired as the director for the their wares,” he explained. Habitat for Humanity ReStore Director John Girolamo favor of the state’s request to deny Patuxent chapter of Habitat for Humanity. “It’s not Girolamo has not yet seen any of the pieces that shows off some of the materials he will be using to craft the waiver. a jury show,” he said, explaining that artists did See Habitat page A- his artwork, which will be featured with others at the first See Edison page A- annual Recycled Art Show on Friday.

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As Fiscal Belt Tightens, Committee Considers Raising Salaries By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Members of a citizen commission tasked with reviewing salaries of some county elected officials, including the sheriff, orphan’s court judges and county commissioners, realize that the economic outlook for the county is strained, but that may not stop them from recommending raising salaries for positions they feel have been chronically underpaid compared to their counterparts in other counties. “For the sheriff we might consider more than just a cost of living increase,” commission member Ray Wernecke said when the group reviewed the salary allotted to the Office of the Sheriff. “Law enforcement might be an area of discussion.” The Elected Officials Compensation Review Commission held their first meeting Oct. 17, but came up with no firm recommendations as to amounts of money that could bolster the pay of elected officials who

take office in 2011. The compensation of elected officials currently serving would not be affected by any recommendations made in the next two months by the committee and would have to be approved by both the county commissioners and the state delegation by law. The commission will also review the compensation for the chairman and members of the county board of education, county treasurer, and state’s attorney. Benefits commensurate with those positions will also be up for review. When the members of the board were named in September, some county commissioners said the commission should adhere strictly to what the economic times forecast. A looming $1.4 billion state deficit plus the nationwide and even global economic crisis meant the possibility of raising salaries was likely not feasible, they said. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (RGolden Beach) said commission members should be prepared to “hold the line” and

not approve any raises, while Commissioner Kenneth R. Dement (R-Callaway) said the commission members should even be willing to keep salaries where they are or lower them. According to statistics shown to commission members from the Maryland Association of Counties, the sheriff here earns less than his counterpart in either Calvert or Charles counties. In Charles County, the sheriff earns $121,881; in Calvert he earns $84,000. Here the salary comes to $78,000. St. Mary’s county commissioners also make less than their Southern Maryland counterparts, while Board of Education members make more. The next scheduled meeting of the commission is set for Oct. 31 with their final report due by Dec. 1. The commission members include, Mary Ann Murray, Ray Wernecke, Joe Densford, Judith Hewitt Sterling, Beverly Bailey, Betty Currie and Douglas Ritchie.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A man convicted of first and second-degree rape at St. Mary’s College of Maryland more than a decade ago is trying again to get a new trial; he claims his public defender did not challenge evidence used by the prosecution to convict him, nor did his attorney adequately prepare him to testify at his own trial. Darren T. Carroll was convicted of a kidnapping charge as well in the 1996 incident. Carroll, who is now 50, has been in state prison since his conviction. He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for the crime. He has always maintained his innocence. In Circuit Court Monday, Carroll argued that Daun Weiers, who was then his attorney, did not adequately object to a state DNA report that was used in part to convict Carroll in 1997. Weiers was successful, however, in having a prior report of DNA taken from Carroll suppressed because it was inadequate to tell whether his client was a match for samples taken from the rape victim. The second DNA report, Carroll argued, showed the same results as the first. “He could’ve investigated the case a lot better than he did,” Carroll said. Carroll rejected a plea offer of 30 years in prison, according to court testimony, because the DNA report did not match his. Carroll also argued that the state acted improperly when it seized clothing from his residence and blood from a test screening at St. Mary’s Hospital without proper warrants when he was arrested more than a decade ago that were used as evidence to con-

vict him, according to courtroom statements by his lawyer, public defender Howard Margulies. “It was an arrest warrant, not a search and seizure warrant,” Margulies argued. “The issue was never developed [at trial] and it didn’t address probable cause. “His blood was taken without consent, without the presence of an attorney and without a warrant.” But when he testified, Weiers, who admitted he did not have a completely clear recollection of all of the events from 12 years ago, said he would have discussed the results of the DNA tests with Carroll as well as the fact that Carroll would face life imprisonment instead of just the 30-year sentence if he went to trial. Court dockets showed that Weiers informed his client of his post trial rights and had also put in a demand for post conviction relief with the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. According to court records, Carroll has applied to higher courts before and his efforts for post-trial relief have been denied. Deputy State’s Attorney Ted Weiner rebuffed the defense claims about the blood and clothing seized, arguing that Weiers had gotten a hearing to suppress the evidence but failed. “He was in the hands of good representation,” Weiner said. “He got on the stand and said ‘I wasn’t there, I didn’t do it.’ “Everything’s been litigated; Mr. Weiers did a terrific job. The fact is that his client is as guilty as hell.” Circuit Court Judge Karen H. Abrams said she would hand down an opinion shortly.

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You weren’t really looking for another pet, but something in the classifieds caught your eye. When you called the number, got directions and drove over to look, you were planning on just that: a look. Famous last words. Who could resist those little faces, those clumsy paws, those chubby little bellies? Not you. So the newest member of the family is settling in right nicely. Literary agent Nancy Ellis-Bell is also a sucker for a cute face, and in her new book “The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog”, you’ll read about an adoption that turned into avian adoration. Nancy Ellis-Bell had a “track record” with animals that had been abused or abandoned. Many of the critters she shared her life with were ones who needed a better home, and Ellis-Bell and her husband were eager to provide one. So when, at the end of Parrot Weekend Experience (a sort-of immersion class), she agreed to take a wild-caught blue-and-gold macaw, EllisBell was eager but reluctant. She had wanted an African Grey parrot. They’re smaller and easier to live with, calmer in temperament and with better lingual abilities. Still, the one-legged macaw needed a home. Renamed “Sarah”, the bird took residence in a corner of the cramped trailer-house in which already lived two dogs, two cats, and two humans. Because she was captured in the wild, Sarah had “issues”. She screamed often; so much so that a neighbor called the police with a domestic violence report. Sarah bit and drew blood and for that rea-

son, she couldn’t be touched. She “notched” furniture as she climbed, and she chewed possessions to destruction. Although she was somewhat tolerant with a pair of conures that eventually joined the family, she bullied the resident dogs and cats to flee, and the lack of harmony in the animal’s lives spilled over into the human’s lives. But a wild bird is a wild bird, and Ellis-Bell was eager to allow Sarah to spread her wings, literally. After checking with other bird-lovers, she allowed Sarah to freely explore the outdoors. Ellis-Bell says she knew the dangers: updrafts and predators could carry a bird away; food can be scarce but disease, rampant; and there is no way to fence a 50-foot tree. She just never thought her beloved macaw would tempt fate. Is your love for the birds? Then “The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog” is for birds of a feather like yours. Anyone who’s ever rescued an animal or tried to live with a “problem pet” will sympathize with the trials about which author Nancy Ellis-Bell writes. I couldn’t imagine loving an animal that much, yet not being able to pet, caress, and touch it. Without giving up the ending of this book, it will bring you to tears when Ellis-Bell finally gets to show Sarah some long-awaited tactile affection. If you love to nest with a good winter’s read, snatch up this book quick. “The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog” is for bird-brains and all animal lovers.


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There is a lot of discussion between the two Presidential candidates about tax policy. One candidate is proposing to increase the corporate tax, which would make it difficult for businesses in St. Mary’s County to modernize facilities, and create jobs. What is your feeling about federal tax policy going forward? Hoyer: What Sen. Barack Obama has said is that in the tax program that we adopted in 20012003 the majority of the cut went to those who were pretty well off, while a relatively small amount was cut from those making under $250,000. Obama’s plan is we have a huge deficit and this administration has been the most fiscally irresponsible administration in our history perhaps. We are going run up close to $2 trillion dollars in operating deficits under this administration. Someone has got to pay that bill. The people who are going broke can’t pay that bill. We can either have our kids pay it which is what we’re doing and as you know I’m pretty angry about that I think it’s an irresponsible, immoral policy that we’ve been pursuing. Republicans cut taxes deeply and doubled the percentage of increase in spending over the Clinton administration, 3 1/2 % increase on an annual basis 7% during the first six years when Democrats were not playing any roll, Republicans in the house, Republicans in the senate and Republican administrations. I’ve been there 28 years and this relates to the tax policy of paying for things we buy. I’m a big proponent of paying for things that you buy. If you don’t want to pay for them you shouldn’t buy them. So Obama is saying look we’ve got to pay our bills. Who do you look to too pay bills, those who are making more? They will be paying fewer taxes under Obama’s plan than they were paying under Ronald Reagan. Bailey: There is so much lack of information and miss information that has been put out rather on the national scene or in the media. In the last four fiscal years, which brings us under Democratic and Republican leadership in congress, we’ve got a 46% increase in federal revenues. Now we are having a bigger deficit than we had four years ago even with a 46% increase in federal revenues. We are worse off now than we were before, this issue has risen to level of threatening our national security because of deficit spending. Deficit spending makes us weaker world wide and at home. It drives the cost of our consumer goods up. I think that taxes are to high, spending is to high, you’ve got two types of taxes you’ve got direct taxes and inflation tax because your buying power doesn’t go as far. We have to start by balancing the budget so that you can put things on a solid basis. I would not raise any taxes I am for balancing the budget by cutting spending. They are talking about a trilliondollar deficit this year next year and the following year. That will have a devastating effect on our quality of life, on the purchasing power of a dollar and a whole lot of other things. Start by balancing the budget, cutting out waste and fraud and things that government should not be spending money on. Then take half that savings and apply it to the national debt and take the other half and apply it to tax relief by raising the personal exemption. We’ve got the second highest business tax in the world. Do you believe we can reach a balanced federal budget? Would getting there require tax increases, cuts in spending, or both? Should earmarks be eliminated and if there are cuts in federal spending, would that including cut in military spending, and how would that effect this district? Hoyer: John McCain talks about an earmark that is a distraction. $17 billion in a $ 2.7 trillion dollar budget, $17 billion are earmarks. Were we are spending a lot of money is social security, Medicare and Medicade that’s what we’re going to have to look at; yes we’re going to look at defense. The good news about what we do here in Southern Maryland is we do a lot of research, development, test and evaluation that has to be done no matter how big defense spending is or what weapon system your purchasing. Whether you’re in Indian Head, St. Inigoes or Pax we are advantaged by having a core responsibility. Bailey: Earmarks are unconstitutional. It’s a violation of the constitution. I would not vote for an unbalanced budget. I would balance it by cutting spending not by raising taxes. The deficit has exploded in the last four years. There are things we can do locally or individually that are

better than what the federal government can do for us. Yes, we can balance the budget the state of Maryland does it every year. Of course last time they did it by raising taxes but they increased the spending, they made new programs that cost $600 million. As far as the military, we need to be strong economically, militarily and look at national defense. Our military budget is equal to all the other countries in the world. We can balance the budget without touching the military spending. I think our economy and our bases would be well protected under Bailey representation. Looking back at the past several conflicts this nation has engaged in, troop occupation has played a large roll, with nations such as China and Iran emerging militarily, what types of conflicts must this nation prepare for in the future? Hoyer: The military is configured historically for a cold war confrontation between two super powers. We don’t find ourselves in that military context at this time we find ourselves in a context of urban warfare. Obviously the Navy is more critical in this world than it used to be because it operates on ships. We don’t have to ask anybody’s permission to put our ships in the Atlantic Ocean or the Pacific or the Indian Ocean. So nobody really perceives putting large land forces, millions of people, arrayed against another large military force. The only possible place that might exist and it’s hard to believe that we would mobilize sufficient is if China and North Korea did what they did in the 1950’s. Vietnam was large numbers of people there but it wasn’t like the European battlefield it was more of a guerilla warfare that the North Vietnamese fought. So I’m saying that it’s not the world of WWII, it’s not the world were we think the Soviet Union is going to attack us with nuclear weapons, although nuclear weapons continue to pose a threat, we have to provide for that threat, don’t miss understand what I’m saying I’ve been a very strong supporter of the Military establishment since 1981 when I went to congress long before I came down here contrary to the assertion of some. Bailey: We need to have a clear vision and an honest discussion before we go forward. One of the things that disappoint me about our congressional leaders is that the way things have been done is that they seem to be more focus on posturing for partisan advantage rather than doing what’s right for the American people. We need to be strong in multiple areas to protect our national security. China is holding a huge amount of our debt and we’ve seen times in our history where different military things were effected by who was holding our debt. We have approximately 40,000 troops in Korea, approximately 50,000 in Japan that are paid for by American taxpayer. The average cost per troop is about $100,000. I don’t know that we need to have troops in as many places as we do, paid for by American tax dollars in order to promote our national interest and give us security. If places feel that it’s to their advantage to have troops there then it’s the opportunity for them to pay to have them there. We can look at ways to do things in a better efficient way. I think there are things we can do to make us a smaller target. Foreign polices in the past have not served us well.

Do you support a pullout time frame in Iraq, and what should our military strategy be in Afghanistan? Hoyer: I supported the authority to remove Saddam Hussain. I thought removing Saddam Hussain was something that the world should have done. And the world should have done it because we imposed upon Saddam Hussain conditions in 1991 in order for him to stay in power or we’d remove him. The United Nations said over the next 12 years he hadn’t complied with those conditions. So I thought it was appropriate. I told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who was then the National Security Advisory that I thought they were using the wrong rational, they either lied or were extraordinarily incompetent asserting that Saddam Hussain had something to do with 9-11, no one other than the President believes that; report after report has said that they had no tie. The rational that I think the administration should have used and the would have had more creditability is, we imposed conditions on him, he’s violated those conditions after we imposed those conditions for the safety of the region in violations of those the safety of

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Regarding the upcoming Maryland Slot Machine Constitutional Amendment, you will vote on the following Ballot Question 2: “Authorizes the State to issue up to five video lottery licenses for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education of children in public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, public school construction and improvements, and construction of capital projects at community colleges and higher education institutions. No more than a total number of 15,000 video lottery terminals may be authorized in the State, and only one license may be issued for each specified location in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Worcester, and Allegany Counties, and Baltimore City. Any additional forms or expansion of commercial gaming in Maryland is prohibited, unless approved by a voter referendum.” This is a summary of the constitutional amendment. As a result of a lawsuit, the Maryland courts have already required adding the word “primary” in front of “purpose” in this summary to avoid misleading the public. There are other reasons for the slots amendment; one is supporting the horse racing industry. While many may support slots in Maryland, adding this as part of the Maryland State Constitution is out of bounds. Once you put something in the constitution, it is difficult to remove or change. What other state consti-

tution has gambling authorizations as part of the constitution? What other state constitution dictates the 5 almost specific locations for the casinos (see ballotpedia.org)? Did the Maryland Assembly take us for patsies when they passed 141 pages of supporting legislation last spring? If the voters approve this, will the legislature then throw other referendums at us as constitutional amendments on issues they do not have the guts to decide? It would be better to see direct legislative responsibility on this issue. If rejected by the public as a constitutional amendment, the legislature can take this up in January. If revenue and timing are critical, we only lose 2 to 4 months. The General Assembly has already worked out the details in 141 pages of supporting legislation. I say send this back to the legislature where it belongs. According to the League of Women Voters of Maryland analysis, 87% of money wagered is returned to the players and 7 groups share the anticipated 13% profit, including approximately 6.3% for education and 4.3% for the casino operators. Please respect our State Constitution, reject this amendment and give the responsibility of approving slot machine legislation back to our representatives in the General Assembly. Mike Thompson Hollywood, Md

Representative Of The People, Or The Bank? The letter below is in response to Steny Hoyer’s letter to his constituents “Main Street at Heart of Economic Stabilization Bill.”   It is not every day that voters have a real choice, and an opportunity to make a statement.  The American public opposed the $700+ billion dollar bailout, and many were left feeling confused and abandoned by their immediate representatives in Congress who sided with their big bank donors over the bailout.  Their despair only deepened with the realization that both presidential candidates McCain and Obama supported the bailout.  Our representative in Congress Steny Hoyer promoted the bailout and tried to explain why he felt it was necessary to do so his letter entitled “Main Street

at Heart of Economic Stabilization Bill.”  Walt Whitman said it eloquently, “All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.” It is a matter of public record that Congressman Hoyer’s number one donor is a large well known Wall Street bank (see www.opensecrets. a fact that Mr. Hoyer failed to mention in his letter.  Our other candidate for representative, Collins Bailey, nailed it when he said “The bailout is and was a slap in the face to all hard working Americans and a wink to billionaires who had already profited from past transactions.” Jeff B. Vockrodt University Park, MD

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the region is at risk so we went in. We sent far to few troops. We sent 550,000 troops to kick Saddam Hussain out of Kuwait, one mission only kick him out of Kuwait. We sent 180,000 troops in initially. It was an incompetent execution of a foreign policy that I initially supported but the question that generated this long answer was yes we ought to redeploy our troops. Afghanistan is going south on us, because the administration took their eye off the ball Osama Bin Laden is somewhere in a cave now luckily for us McCain knows where he is and how to get him I wish he’d tell the rest of us. It’s a shame he hasn’t told the Administration perhaps we would have gotten him. So yes I think we need to redeploy within a time frame. Only McCain thinks we don’t need to redeploy. Bailey: We don’t need 535 generals running our military. Congress has a part to play but they should have played that part with a full discussion at the front end with clear objectives. I think we need to have that discussion still. It’s a little late in the process but better late than never, a discussion about what is victory, what do we want to accomplish and how are we going to get there. I do not support permanent bases in Iraq that was not the understanding. I agree with what was said in the beginning that we shouldn’t be there one day longer than we need to be. I think we need to agree to what those objectives are. The problem is that it didn’t start out being well defined and it changed as time went on. At one point we as the American people were told that when the security forces reached a certain level that it would be time for us to come home, now we’ve reached that level they say when it’s stable. But we need to define what is stable. Congress needs to step up to the plate and support whatever it is they are going to support and then turn it over to the executive branch to execute. We do need to bring our troops home from Iraq and not have permanent bases and we need to discuss that publicly and make a decision and go with it. I would hate to see us have troops in Iraq like we did in Korea for 40 years. As for Afghanistan we need to decide what our strategy is there and decide that collectively.

Everyone has been affected by the economic down turn, we hear Obama blame President Bush, McCain seems to spread the blame. What should the Bush Administration have done differently? Or is the private sector to blame? Does Congress hold any responsibility for this crisis?

Hoyer: I think everyone has some responsibility private sector, public sector, administration, and congress. There is plenty to go around. Clinton was savaged for raising taxes, they said it was going to destroy the economy blow the deficit sky high and unemployment would have swollen. None of that happened, in fact you had the best economic times you’ve lived through in the 90’s in part as a result of the economic program that we adopted but in major part because of the information technology explosion which is really why we did so well but we created a concept where venture capitalist were pretty confident that their capital wasn’t going to be at risk. Federal government deficit went down four years in a row, surplus for the last four years of the Clinton administration, no administration in my lifetime had four surpluses years. So when you ask who’s responsible I say again we’ve been extraordinarily irresponsible. No worry about the debts we are incurring. We in effect took the referees off the field. That’s why McCain says Cox should be fired from SCC. Because McCain says as you know there was no oversight. We came in Jan 07 as head of congress, in 4 months we passed a regulatory bill on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in April 07, which put more regulations on Fannie Mae and more constraints on Fannie Mae it went to the Senate and unfortunately languished in the Senate for a year. We finally did pass it and the President signed it but not until Sept. 08. The Republicans passed a bill in 06, which upped the regulation on Fannie Mae, and the administration opposed it. The administration opposed it not because they were opposed to the regulation but because they didn’t want to privatize Fannie Mae. People thinking that debt didn’t’ matter is what led us to this whether it’s individual, business, or government. Bailey: Absolutely Congress creates a crisis and blames the other party and then they ask us to hire them for two more years to fix the problem they created. I think it’s unfortunate that the Bush administration in the first six years did not veto a single bill. The American people and myself included saw these things coming, those no money down mortgages. Congress took off the whole month of August with pay, cost the taxpayers $14,000 a piece, then come back and quickly pass something that punishes the American taxpayers and rewards those who are the guilty party. Then they go on vacation until next year. Is Congress to blame? Absolutely. The President signs or sometimes vetos a legislative bill passed by the Congress, the President doesn’t pass legislation, and there is way too much blame on both sides. Congress is so out of touch that they didn’t see this problem coming. Since all bills start with Congress they deserve a massive share of the responsibility. They should be in Washington right now fixing things.

Do you believe the mortgage lending practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, practices supported by groups such as Acorn and folks in Congress such as Barney Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, promoting home ownership for everyone, promoting the idea of the “American dream” for everyone, and lowering the lending standards so people who couldn’t afford these homes were able to get them anyway, fueled this economic crisis?

Hoyer, 69 Mechanicsville, MD

Edison Continued from page A- “There are a lot of emotions attached to this case and emotions are running high,” Judge Kaminetz said. “I do consider him a danger to the public.” Judge Kaminetz said Edison’s previous behavior was “more aggressive, anti-social and scary to the public.” Edison is accused of removing the clothing of his alleged victim and forcibly having sex with her back in July; he was also charged with assaulting the victim with a belt. In charging documents filed by detectives against Edison, the victim stated that she did not want to have sexual contact with him. Edison faces 20 years in prison for the second-degree rape charge against him as well as 20 years for the charge of second-degree sex offense. Kevin McDevitt, attorney for Edison, argued that his client would benefit the most from

Hoyer: Let me tell you you’ve got a lot of people giving loans to people and then either don’t securitize it or pass them

treatment at a state-run, secure facility and would suffer needlessly in prison at such a young age. McDevitt said Edison’s size, standing five-feet, seveninches tall and weighing just 160 pounds, could even put him at a disadvantage in a juvenile facility. “He might even be the smallest person there,” McDevitt said. Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Stanalonis argued that the recommendation of the professionals at the Department of Juvenile Services and the defense was faulty because of the seriousness of the alleged crime. “If that doesn’t constitute a high risk, I guess you have to kill someone to be considered a high risk,” Stanalonis argued. The mother of the victim testified that her daughter has not been the same since the alleged crime against her. Her daughter is still afraid of seeing her alleged assailant, she said. “She’s been nervous… she’s acting out against other boys,” the girl’s mother said. “She’s in-

off to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and they didn’t care. These weren’t Fannie Mae people, these were individual people who gave loans to people who couldn’t possible pay them back and they didn’t care. They would give a loan and not care if it got paid back because they would have it no more than a day. I’m either going to bundle it and sell it as a bond or sell it to Fannie Mae or somebody else and I’m not going to worry if that guy can pay it back. And I’m going to tell him I’ll give you zero percent interest for the next thirty days and you don’t need a down payment. They made their 2 or 3 points right up front and then were gone. It had nothing to do with Barney Frank, nothing to do with government, it had to do with people making big profits and getting a lot of money in their pockets. They were not worried about the risk because they would not hold the risk. Debt didn’t matter Bailey: When you drive the cost of a home up by government policy by meddling with the market, by strong arming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that doesn’t help. You are better off letting them do it themselves. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the government and they held congressional meetings after they took them over. And they asked the new executives running it if they were still making sub prime loans and they said yes, so if that was part of the problem we certainly haven’t learned from the problem. I think that the whole Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac thing is the prime example of Congress doing the wrong thing, at the wrong time, possibly for the right reason. The American dream is to be able to afford a house, a car, food in the cupboards and sound money will make that more available for all people. Artificial stimulation of our economy works in the opposite direction. The American people are a lot smarter than some centralized top down government buarcaracy that tries to make a one shoe fit all kind of approach. Shouldn’t there have been more Congressional oversight? Hoyer: Absolutely, when we came in we did it in the housing act that we passed. Not in 01,02,03,04,05. We were not in charge. The Bush administration was totally in charge of all the regulators. McCain says SEC Chairman Chris Coxs should have been fired. Why did he say that? Because he wasn’t overseeing what the stock market was doing, the debt that was incurring and the phony balance sheets they were reporting. Why did they do this? To keep the stock prices high because people were being paid not on the success of the company but on the price of the stock. That’s what happened to Enron. Bailey: That’s one of those questions that’s not a yes or no. You have to keep the scales level you have to realize that you have equilibrium you can’t have a government run something and have no controls. When you have people pushing them to make mortgages and you have CEO’s who are making money based on how many mortgages they are making no matter if they are going to last or not that’s not regulation that’s manipulation. The government has a purpose and that purpose is to make sure that one group or entity cannot abuse another and protect them from this. We have to use the authority Congress has wisely. Do you think the $700 billion bail out will work? Hoyer: I hope so, we all hope so

timidated and she shouldn’t be.” While one portion of the Edison case was decided Monday, more still remains since a hearing on habeas corpus, or whether there was action taken against Edison that was unconstitutional in holding him, will take place Nov. 3. The defense filed a motion for an emergency bond hearing in late August, arguing that there was evidence showing Edison could have had the charges against him thrown out, but that was denied. Edison’s parents and family picketed outside the Circuit Court in Leonardtown in August protesting the detention of their son when the rape charge against him was replaced with a criminal summons. A formal indictment now exists against Edison and he remains in custody at the St. Mary’s County Adult Detention Center. Edison was twice denied bond in county District Court, back in the summer as the judge there believed there was probable cause to hold him in detention.

but I don’t know. And I don’t think anybody knows. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson hopes so. We have a huge challenge. We are going to have to look at stimulus packages for individuals. $700 billion is to try to stabilize and give confidence not to the stock markets as much to the credit markets. The real problem today is the credit markets. Paulson asked for $700 billion to buy bad paper. We amended the bill substantially and said, no, we want the taxpayer to be able to take equity in these companies. So that your not just taking paper your saying to these companies if we give you dollars were going to take back preferred or equity interest. Hopefully these companies will recover and their values are going to increase over time and the taxpayer will take some of the profit as well as some of the risk. That is happening in Europe now. You have to put capital into these cash poor companies. There is panic in the stock market now and all over the world. Bailey: The $700 billion bail out is in my lifetime the absolute worst example of Congressional acts since I’ve been on this earth. On Sept. 29th they voted down the bail out and some said it’s a Wall Street bail out and it punishes the taxpayer and we can’t do that. So the Senate adds $150 billion of unnecessary pork to it to buy votes. The only thing that changed on the bail out is they raised FDIC insurance from $100,000 to $250,000, which was probably a good idea. But the insulting thing was they said now this is for Main Street, the first one was for Wall Street but this is for Main Street and they passed it. I don’t think anyone I know was fooled by that change in title. They even said when they debated it that they had to get it done because their calendar said they should be on break. What the bill did do is it privatized profits and penalized the taxpayers. The bail out bill was wrong. If they really felt something had to be done what they should have done was they should have come back into session. I’m a businessman I understand economics. I think the bail out rewarded a small group of people and punished the taxpayer.

Do you have concerns that this bailout plan will fuel inflation and what can we do to avoid that? Hoyer: I’m concerned about it because we have been pursuing a fiscally irresponsible policy that has piled debt upon debt. It’s the difference of a $62.9 billion net surplus after 8 years and a $1.6 to$ 2 trillion deficit after eight years that this administration has run up. Not with my support. The value of the dollar has gone down in this decade and has been stretched. Now in terms of inflation it’s hard to believe at this point in time that we could have stagflation but we could have stagflation now giving the down turn in the economy.

The House recently passed legislation that would take away peoples right to vote by secret ballot during labor organizing campaigns. This legislation would no longer protect the privacy of workers; instead workers would have to vote publicly so everyone would know how he or she voted. The legislation passed failed in the Senate where Democrats don’t have the 60% majority needed to get the bill passed. Senator Obama has promised to get this legislation passed if elected President, do you support this legislation? Hoyer: I voted for it. I’m a strong believer in the rights men and women who are working to organize and bargain collectively. We have now the greatest disparity between corporate leaders and workers. We have the greatest disparity in the world as a matter of fact. And as labors clout has diminished that disparity has increased to the extent that you destroy the middle class. The difference between workers and executives in Japan is about one-tenth of that here in the United States. One of the problems has been is that it’s very difficult to get a labor election in organizations now days. I believe the right of an employee to bargain collectively need to be protected. The National Labor Relations Board has not been functioning well, it has been somewhat lethargic. The result is a bill, which says, ok if you’ve got 51% of the employees sign up and say they want to be a union you got the cards there and you submit them to the NLRB and they could be certified absent an election, it’s sort of like an absentee ballot. Bailey: I think that the right of people to have secret ballot is a part of our society and should be strongly maintained and the government needs to quit pandering to special interest groups. Congressman Hoyer received the second most of any congressional candidate in this nation in the first two quarters almost 6 million dollars about 2.7 in the first quarter and over 3 million in the second. Almost 87% of that came from outside of the state. He’s also spent 6 million in the first two quarters of this year. Unfortunately sometimes in the past races have gone to the highest better. I think the American people with the help of the Internet; media are fed up with all these backroom deals I would have voted against that bill. I will support a persons right of association.

Bailey: I have had concerns about the devaluation of a dollar due to the deficit spending. But my bigger concern is that the actions of congress is pushing us towards is stagflation where you get the worst of both worlds. Congress needs to get their heads on straight. The purpose of the bailout was to return things to the way they were before the bubble. In other words to inflate the value of the dollar and inflate the economy. If everything work it would bring housing prices back to the level they were. They ask what if it doesn’t work. They said it’s got to work. Bailey,

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Housing Prices Down, But “Memories of Golden Beach” Getting A Home Still Tough

Wonderings of an Aimless Mind

By Shelby Oppermann Wonderful, golden, carefree memories flood my mind when I think of Golden Beach in Charlotte Hall. Days of walking a maze of tree-lined streets with very few houses, trying to find one of the three beaches. It was so exciting to make that 45 minute drive with my Father. I would put our hot dogs, buns, catsup, cans of coke, and a can of pork and beans in the green metal cooler. Daddy would bring out the also green two burner propane stove to check it. Then place it and some folding nylon webbed chairs and the rusted little three-legged round metal table with the big 70’s flower painted on it in the 30 foot long green Plymouth Fury, and off we would go. Sometimes we would make a stop in Waldorf at what Daddy called “Hoochville”, and our only other stop would be at the funny shaped red carry-out on the corner of Rt. 5 and Golden Beach Rd for little extras, or the days we would just buy our hot dogs there. It’s on the opposite corner from Fred’s Liquors. If anyone remembers the name please let me know, I’ve wondered for years. As we would make our turn, I would start t o get excited. In Clinton,

where I grew up there is no water, unless you count the man-made lake at Cosca Park, and that might not have been made yet at this time, so this was a big-deal. After driving down all the twists and turns on Golden Beach Road for what seemed like forever to a child in the big green boat, all of a sudden you would come around a slight bend and come over a rise. Just as we would hit the crest I would gasp because all you see was water. Most of the time Daddy would stop on the shoulder for me so I could just soak it all in. I don’t know if he had to do this for my two older brothers, Bobby and Billy and my Mother, years before. But, for me it was great. I get that same feeling driving into Chesapeake Beach. We would then find Dockser Drive and our little bit of heaven. My parents bought the property in the mid 50’s, but never could afford to put a house on it. By the time they could, other homes had gone up around them, and it wouldn’t perk. So over the years, my brothers before me, and then me put in a series of trails through the property. Daddy didn’t do much of that, he just liked to get “camp” set up and sit in his chair and read. He was the original laid-back man. I would get a coke out of the cooler, noticing immediately that Schlitz cans had magically appeared, and would set off on a great adventure. I would take a different road each time and visit with whomever happened to be in their yard or whatever dog was wandering around. It was great fun figuring out new ways to get to any of the beaches. I loved being alone and could entertain myself at the beach for quite awhile looking at crabs that washed ashore and poking at gooey jellyfish. On the different streets there were all sorts of fascinating things to find as well. One man told me about a graveyard right off the main road, and I went to explore there – that must have been the bad case of poison ivy time. I found an abandoned house that stayed abandoned for a couple of years where the toilet flushed. How long is the statute of limitations on trespassing. It wasn’t breaking and entering, the door was open. After a bit I would come back to “camp” and Daddy and I would eat our hot dogs and we would put our spoons right in the hot can of beans on the stove. Daddy would have me search for sassafras and we’d boil up a pot of sassafras tea as well. Nothing better. I hope some of the kids growing up there in the last twenty years have been able to experience the same wonderment I did. I do like simple pleasures. Simple pleasures for simple minds. After my Father died in 1980, my Mother sold the property. A few years later, I started having children, and when they were little took them by Dockser Drive and showed them the trace of our family’s paths through the woods. They never met Daddy, or Pappy to them, but I have tried to make his loving, gentle ways known to them. Even with my sons, when we would hit the crest, I could feel the catch in my heart and a little gasp would escape just for the simple beauty. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments to: shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The latest report from an independent task force trying to find options for more affordable, workforce housing in St. Mary’s shows that housing prices have dropped somewhat given the recent economic downturn, but it still doesn’t help many home seekers. The initial report from the Community Workforce Housing Taskforce report from the spring of 2007 showed that the median price of a house was about $330,000, which was well beyond the range of 60 percent of county families. The median housing price has dropped to about $300,000 but the updated report shows that credit has tightened up so much that prospective homebuyers can’t get a loan.

“Don’t let that be a safety net,” said Robert Schaller, director of the county Department of Economic and Community Development. “Because that’ll turn around as soon as the market picks back up.” Schaller and other members of the task force presented their update to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday. For the past seven years the gap between family income here and housing prices has continued to widen, the report showed. In 2000 the median price for a house was about $150,000, while the average family income was about $60,000. By 2007 housing prices had increased by 125 percent while family income increased by only about 18.4 percent, the report claimed. According to the report a full 62 percent of county homes are now at or below the median

Community Mourns Passing Of “Buddy” Loffler By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Family members and county officials who served with him are mourning the loss of Carl M. “Buddy” Loffler, a former county commissioner president. He died Monday at his residence. He was 66 and had battled cancer in his final days, his sister said. “He’d been sick for several years,” Louise Dean told The County Times Tuesday. Loffler served as commissioner for four years after taking office in 1990 and he was always active in one venture or another, Dean said. “He was always involved in different activities; he was a wheeler and dealer,” Dean said of her brother, who had sought ways to get ahead since he was very young. “He always wanted to find ways to make money, he would raise guinea pigs and sell vegetables from his vegetable garden.” During high school Loffler even formed a rock and roll band in the late 1950’s and even made it onto a tele-

vision program to showcase their talent. The band, which cut one album, was called Kenny Kenton and the Kats, Dean said. Dean said her family moved from Oxon Hill in Prince George’s County to St. Mary’s in 1959. Loffler’s father was active in the construction trade here and again invested in it when the family moved here, she said. Eventually, her brother went into business at Loffler Construction and took over the business. Loffler also operated Loffler Marine, she said. Loffler also received an appointment to the Maryland Department of Agriculture under the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich. “He was just a very community minded person,” his wife Jean Loffler said. “He felt he could make a difference at the local level. “He enjoyed helping people.” His daughter Diana Lynn Baumann, said her father loved the county. “St. Mary’s County meant a lot to him,” she said.

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price level, but it’s still not helping much. Task force member and realtor Jan Barnes said that some renters are paying as much as $2,000 to $2,500 a month, comparable to a house payment but simply didn’t have the cash for a down payment. “They could be homeowners, they’re making the payments,” she said. The report stated that a family must now make $97,951 in income just to buy a median priced house here. The taskforce recommended county government dedicate staff to helping revitalize neighborhood organizations in older communities as well as slashing developer impact fees and adequate public facility requirements to preserve and build new affordable homes.

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“It became a better place because of him. “He looked at the glass half full rather than half empty.” Loffler carried over his tenacity and energy to the political realm as well, where he made friends with officials from the other side of the political fence. Loffler was a Republican. “We didn’t see eye to eye politically,” said William Edward Bailey, who served on the commissioner board with Loffler. “But we got a lot done in four years. “Other than politics we were good friends.” Bailey said that he and Loffler would engage in debates over issues that were often magnified by the local media and sometimes when it came to a vote neither man liked the prospect of losing. “I didn’t dwell on the issues after the vote,” Bailey said. “But Buddy took some of those things to heart; he didn’t like to lose but neither did I.” Still, Loffler was still affable enough, Bailey said. “His family was real nice and so was he,” Bailey said. “He didn’t stay angry long.” Robert Jarboe, another democrat who served with Loffler, said that while some politicians might let a lost vote on an issue go, Loffler would often not. “If he lost and it was important to him he’d find a way to bring it back at a later date or he’d bring it up at a public forum to bring pressure to bear,” Jarboe said. One issue in particular Loffler and Jarboe dealt with was that of impact fees for construction. Jarboe said that Loffler favored a flat impact fee for developers while other commissioners wanted a fee that increased with the size of the building. “He won that battle,” Jarboe said. “The majority of the commissioners voted for that proposal.” More than the issues and the debates over policy, Bailey said, he remembered the strain that serving the community could sometimes take on both he and Loffler. “Both our businesses suffered from us spending too much time and the commissioners,” Bailey, who runs the Old Breton Inn in Leonardtown, said. Loffler is survived by his wife Barbara Jean Loffler, daughters Diana Lynn Baumann and Laura Loffler Fitchett and several grandchildren. Services for Loffler will be held Saturday at Hollywood United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Loffler will be buried at Joy Chapel Cemetery.


The County Times

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Board Of County Commissioners Meeting            

County Administrator Items                              Tuesday, October 21, 2008  

1.      Draft Agendas for October 28 and November 3, 2008     2.      MD Dept. of Agriculture (Mark Smith, Agronomist)   FY2009 Grant Agreement with the MD Dept. of Agriculture for the control and eradication of noxious weeds, and related BA Motion: To approve and authorize the Commissioner President to execute the FY2009 Grant Agreement with the Maryland Department of Agriculture for the control and eradication of noxious weeds, and to sign the related budget amendment, in the amount of $300, realigning the revenue source for this grant.    Motion By: Mattingly Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes 3.      St. Marys Co. Board of Elections (Cynthia Panos, Board of Elections Attorney; Brenda Burch, Elections Director)   BA ($31,641) to purchase ten additional electronic pollbooks (EpollBooks) needed to cover the growth of registered voters Motion: To approve and authorize the Commissioner President to sign the budget amendment, in the amount of $30,641, using BOCC Emergency Appropriations to provide funding for additional electronic pollbooks (Epollbooks) to accommodate the increase in election activity. Motion By: Dement Second: Raley Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   5.      Dept. of Economic and Community Development (Bob Schaller, Director)   Rental Allowance Program Grant Request in the amount of $30,000 (Dennis Nicholson, Exec. Dir., Cindy Phillips, Program Mgr., Housing Authority) Motion:   To approve the FY2009 Rental Allowance Program Grant Request in the amount of $30,000 and authorize the Commissioner President to sign the Rental Allowance Program Grant Application, Assurance of Compliance Certification and the Grant Agreement. Motion By: Raley Second: Jarboe Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   6.      Dept. of Aging (Lori Jennings-Harris, Dir.; Peggy Maio, Fiscal Specialist)   A.      Revised grant award, Older Americans Act Title III, increase of $1,034 (no change in Co. match) and the related BA Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to sign the revised Title III Notification of Grant Award in the total amount of $257,544 and the related budget amendment reflecting an overall increase of $1,034 in revenues and expenses. Motion By: Dement Second: Mattingly Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   B.     Grant award for the FY2009 Medicaid Waiver Program and BA ($8,134) increasing the grant revenues and expenses (Rebecca Kessler, Mgr., Home & Community Programs) Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to sign the Notification of Grant Award for the FY2009 Medicaid Waiver Program and the related budget amendment, in the amount of $8,134, increasing the grant revenues and expenses.

Motion By: Dement Second: Jarboe Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   7.      Dept. of Works and Transportation (George Erichsen, P.E., Dir.) A.      Modified Shore Erosion Control Project Agreement for the North Patuxent Beach Shoreline Improvement Project (increasing the loan amount to $418,000) and the related BA Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to execute the Modified Shore Erosion Control Project Agreement for the North Patuxent Beach Shoreline Improvement Project which increases the loan amount to $418,000; and   Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to sign the related budget amendment to realign accounts for the North Patuxent Beach Road Shoreline Improvement Project. Motion By: Mattingly Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   B.     Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Application to MEMA ($184,619) Dr. Johnson Road culvert/bridge project at S. Clements Creek Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to execute the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Project Grant Application to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) in the amount of $184,619 for the elevation/replacement of the Dr. Johnson Road culvert/ bridge project at St. Clements Creek. Motion By: Jarboe Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes   C.     SMECO Easement Agreement to allow converting overhead lines to underground service along Charlotte Hall Rd. (Liz Passarelli, Real Property Mgr.) Motion:  To approve and authorize Commissioner President Russell to sign the SMECO Easement Agreement to allow converting overhead lines that run through County property along Charlotte Hall Road to underground service. Motion By: Jarboe Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes     8.    County Administration Boards, Committees, and Commissions Appointments (John Savich, County Administrator)   Human Services Council appointments Motion:   To appoint Doris C. Bean, as a consumer representative, and Joe Trentacosta, representing the business community, to the Human Services Council, with no terms to expire. Motion By: Jarboe Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes Motion: To appoint Charles Pitts to the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for a term to expire Dec. 31, 2012. Motion By: Raley Second: Dement Action: Passed Voting Record: Francis Jack Russell Yes Thomas Mattingly Yes Daniel Raley Yes Lawrence Jarboe Yes Kenneth Dement Yes

The Play Is The Thing

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Local Professor Teaches Shakespeare To Inmates Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

characters on a very personal level. The inmate named Danny had claimed to feel a deep connection with the ghost of Hamlet’s father, and the character had reminded him of the man he had murdered. “One woman I taught compared Macbeth to a meth dealer who would say ‘come on baby, one more batch,’” she said. “They not only related, but they gained insight into their own troubled lives.” Wilcox said that she had found that teaching literature and drama, with its focus on characters and plots also fostered an understanding of cause and effect that many of her students had not learned before. Charlebois said that she had not encountered any violent or disrespectful students while working with PPA. “It’s something they try to stay out of trouble to keep being able to do,” she said, explaining too that the program taught her students a great deal of patience and tolerance. “There are people who struggle to read sentences of any kind, and there are people who are just as good as any college student I’ve had here…just their level of patience with each other is amazing,” she said. Charlebois said that another rewarding part of teaching Shakespeare to hardened criminals was seeing them break through the difficulties with the language. “When they finally understand it you can see the light come into their eyes...the sense of accomplishment and achievement they have for learning,” she said. “They were fascinated by the stories on lots of levels… they love the difficult language, and puzzling it out.” Wilcox said that one inmate had cornered her one time to explain to her the importance of the program. “He waved a finger in my face and said, ‘what’s important isn’t that we did Shakespeare. We’re criminals. We do it because it’s easy. Stealing things is easy. Dealing drugs is easy. But Shakespeare is hard.’” Charlebois said she wants to set up a similar program with inmates closer to home, but that she would need time to coordinate such a program with Sheriff Cameron. “A colleague of mine at

During a video presentation at the Cole cinema at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a very intense looking man with a gray beard named Danny flashed up on the screen, playing the part of the ghost of Halmet’s father with a conviction and knowledge that would make Kenneth Branagh proud. One would never guess it, but this man was a convicted murderer, and this had been his first part in a Shakespeare play. An hour before the presentation, Elizabeth Charlebois sat outside in the sunlight and smiled as she explained her experiences teaching inmates like Danny, describing it as “the most rewarding and challenging teaching experience of my life.” Charlebois recently completed her tenure sabbatical in St. Louis, where she participated in the Prison Performing Arts (PPA) program as their scholar-in-residence, teaching Shakespeare to violent offenders at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Bowling Green, a maximum security men’s prison, the Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Center in Vandalia, and the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center. When asked how she got involved with PPA, Charlebois said that she had approached Agnes Wilcox, Artistic Director for PPA, to ask about the program, which since its creation has generated a fair amount of attention. She said before she knew it, she was reading Richard the Third with convicted felons. What began in 1986 with the establishment of The New Theater in St. Louis, has grown into a multidiscipline literacy and performing arts program wherein participants perform plays by Shakespeare, and most r e c e nt ly, W i l cox has beg u n teachi n g

The most rewarding and challenging teaching experience of my life

-Elizabeth Charlebois

Local English professor Elizabeth Charlebois recently completed her tenure sabbatical helping to teach Shakespeare to inmates with the Prison Performing Arts program in St. Louis.

Sophocles with the “Oedipus Project.” It is clear that for Wilcox, this is a labor of love. She said she had encountered a great deal of skepticism when she first began the project, and many people would ask her why she would teach such sophisticated material to such a group. “Why should people who have been convicted of causing irreparable harm to other people have the joy of Shakespeare?” She said that teaching literature to inmates taught them empathy, commitment, patience, and teamwork, among other things. Wilcox described working with inmates who said they could relate to Shakespeare’s

Habitat Continued from page A- will be submitted, but he is in the process of constructing a fountain table made with basketball court flooring for his own piece, and he is expecting several other interesting sumissions. “We know we’re getting a steamer trunk that’s been redone somehow,” he said, raising his eyebrows as he spoke, adding that another artist would be making tables from bed frames and wood doors, while other artists were submitting paintings, chandeliers, and sculptures.

the college is friends with Sheriff Cameron, so we’re going to see about setting something up,” she said. In the meantime, Charlebois said she has come back to St. Mary’s College with a whole new appreciation for Shakespeare. She said that she gained “a deepened awareness of the power of Shakespeare to move and transform people, no matter who they are. There’s a power in possessing that language,” she said, adding a line that Wilcox also used when quoting one of her students; “If I can do Shakespeare, I can do anything.”

“We have an assemblageist,” he said, laughing and explaining that the word itself could very well be makeshift, but that assemblages were three-dimensional sculptures made from found objects. “He takes miscellaneous pieces and creates other miscellaneous pieces,” he explained. Girolamo said that this year’s art show would echo a shift in Habitat for Humanity’s practices as a whole. “Habitat as a whole is trying to become a green organization,” he said, “and one of the keys to that is reusing things.” The art show will be held at the ReStore on South Coral Drive on Friday from 6 to 9

pm. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the ReStore, the Brewing Grounds in Leonardtown, or Kim’s Key Lime Pies in Solomons. All proceeds will go to the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. As Girolamo shuffled through his own assembly of assemblages at the ReStore, it seemed fitting that in a room full of equipment, most of which would be put to strictly practical use, he would have found yet another way to keep those materials from going to waste, this time increasing each object’s utility from practical to beautiful.

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Furry Friends And Family Fall Festival Second Hope Rescue, a nonprofit, all breed, no-kill animal rescue foundation, will be hosting the Furry Friends and Family Fall Festival in support of National Pit-bull Awareness Day on October 25, from 10 am to 3 pm at the County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. All animals are welcome as long as they are fixed and have leashes. There will be a Blessing of the Pets, entertainment, food, local rescue groups, canine demonstrations, pet adoptions, a silent auction, and fun and educational events for the whole family. Admission is $5, and children under 10 are admitted free. For more information call 240-925-0628.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

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COSMIC To Open Shows This Weekend Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Laura Theofilis is not only the president and chairman of the board of directors for the Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland, also known as the COSMIC orchestra, she is also a member, playing flute with the group since its inception in 1995. She laughed as she explained the group’s upcoming concert, and said the demanding musical selections had been challenging, but no more so than finding venues where they could perform. “We really struggle with finding a venue this time of year,” Theofilis said, adding that most schools had dances or school events scheduled in the fall months leading up to the holiday break, and none of the high schools in the area could accommodate the group for their season opening. Theofilis said the group was lucky to book the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center for its opening night this year, but for future shows, she expects the group to change its rehearsal and performance schedule so booking performance venues will not be as difficult. As trying as venue hunting has been, Theofilis said the more challenging aspect of the opening show was the music itself. The Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland will be performing Dvořák’s “New World Symphony,” which was actually the first symphony ever written by a composer on American soil. Antonín Leopold Dvořák wrote his ninth symphony in 1893 during a threeyear visit to the United States, touring the country and drawing heavily on the influences of African American spirituals, folk music, and Native American themes. The symphony was first preformed at Carnegie Hall to wild cheering and critical fanfare, and has since been regarded as the most quintessentially

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American piece in classical music. The group will also perform with world-renowned bassoonist Bryan Young, who will stage a bassoon concerto by German composer Carl Maria von Weber, who wrote the piece in 1811 and revised it four years before his death. It was Weber’s only piece for the instrument. Young won third place in the Fernand Gillet International Bassoon Competition during the 20022003 season, and he was the only American semifinalist at the ARD Bassoon Concours in Munich, Germany. He currently plays as a soloist with the National Symphony and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras. He has also toured the globe playing with COSMIC Conductor Vladimir Lande. Rounding out the evening’s performance will be one of the most recognizable pieces in classical music; Rossini’s famous La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) overture, a piece Theofilis said is rarely performed by today’s ensembles, which she suspects is partly because of its demanding pace. “It requires a lot of energy and a lot of stamina,” she said, “but it’s really a lot of fun.” COSMIC symphony will host its opening night Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California Maryland. A second performance will take place at Huntingtown High School at 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the Allegro Music Service at the Hickory Hills Shopping Center, or online at the group’s website, http://www.cosmicmusic.org/.

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Flautist Guiseppe Nova To Perform With Maryland Youth Symphony Internationally renowned flautist Giuseppe Nova will perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major with Maestro Angelo Gatto and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) Oct. 25, in the Price Auditorium in Severn School (201 Water Street, Severna Park, Maryland, 21146) at 7:30 p.m. Other European classical selections include Mozart’s “Idomeneo” Overture, Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” and Bach’s Fugue in G minor. General admission is $12, with an $8 senior and student discount. For more information, visit www.myso.info or www.smcm. edu.

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Obituaries Mary Irma Hodges, 97 Alice Mildred Brown, 99

Patricia Ann (ReithmeyLuis Antonia Castillo, 70 er) Kalnasy, 74

Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, ValorieMD Anne Leonardtown, 20650. Henry, 48 Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Robert M. Perry, Jr. Squad. As a teenager, Fred conIn addition to his tracted tuberculosis inmother, his hip. Timothy is survived He was the first patientbyto his be wife Kay (Houtz) curedDebra of tuberculosis of Mcthe Grath, his son, Patrick bone using an Sean experimental McGrath of Lexington Park, treatment of streptomycin at his sister, Karen McGrath of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Told Mesa, Ariz. and walk his brother, he would never again, Michael McGrath and after four yearsofinIll.a body service will cast,Ahememorial persevered and sucbe held Saturday, Aug. 23 at ceeded in surpassing the doc10 a.m. at the Bay District tors’ expectations by walking. Volunteer Fire Department, Despite numerous surgeries Lexington Park. and medical procedures he Condolences thelife. famenjoyed a full and to busy ily may be made at www. During his convalescent brinsfieldfuneral.com. years, he was trained in radio by the and Arrangements television maintenance. Brinsfield Funeral He then worked for nineHome, years P.A., Leonardtown. at Wilkinson’s Radio and Television shop near Leonardtown. He continued his studPatrick Miller 2 ies and inConnor 1959 went to work as an electronics technician at the Flight Test Instrumentation section (now the Airborne Instruments and Calibration Laboratory) at Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center. He continued his work at Pax River until he retired in 1992, after 32 years of government service. Throughout his life he was an inveterate tinkerer and “fixer-upper” and continued to work on home repairs, appliances, lawn mowers, bicycles and cars for his family and friends. He took seriously his Patrick civic responsibilities and Connor Millserved on the Leonardtown er 2, of Avenue died Aug. Town for four 12 in Commission St. Mary’s Hospital, years, during one of which he Leonardtown. served as Mayor of LeonardConnor was born Oct. 11, town.inHeAnne was Arundel also a member 2005 Mediof the St. Mary’s County Plancal Center, Annapolis, Md., ningson and of Zoning Board. the James L. Miller memorial service will and AKrystal Kaldenbach of be held Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. in Avenue. OurHe Lady Star ofbythe is survived two Sea sisters, Lillian and KaylaAMiller, Church in Solomons. recepation brother Kyle Miller, pawill follow in the his church ternal hall. grandparents James L. and Memorial Darlene Oliver Miller of contributions Chaptico, maternal grandparmay be made to the American ents, Eugene Kaldenbach of Diabetes Association. Harrimon, Tenn., and Debra Adams Kaldenbach of WinWoodrow Wilson chester, Ky.; great-grandpar“Woody” North, 82Olients Francis and Audrey ver of Chaptico and G r e a t- g r a n d m o t h e r s Mary Lou Adams of Waldorf, Md. and Shirley Miller of Newburg, Md. The family received friends for Connor’s Life Celebration Sunday, Aug. 17 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, with a funeral service at 4 p.m. Interment was private. Condolences to the family may be made at www. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

of duty at NAAS Whitting Redmond, whom she Field, Fla., Quonset Pt., marR.I., ried March 4, 1945 at the ImHutchinson, Kan., Atlantic maculate Conception Catholic City, N.J., Hagerstown, Md. Church in Mechanicville. She (recruiter), Jacksonville, is survived by her beloved Fla., chilNaples, Italy,A.Patuxent River, dren Gayle Hancock and Md. and Oceana, Va. her husband William of Fairretiring in 1973 he fax, After Va., and James “Frank” worked forand a number Naval Redmond his wifeofWanda contractors, including Manof Fredericksburg, Va. She is tech, Dyncorp, Voightgrandand also survived by three Tracor. was aA. member of children,HeJeffery Hancock the Great Mills High School and his wife Jennifer of FairBooster’s Club inD.the 1970’s. fax, Va., Mark Redmond He member the andwas his also wifea Tanya of of FredLexington ParkJason Optimists ericksburg, Va., P. RedClub 1980’s. He enjoyed mondinoftheFredericksburg; and four great-grandchildren. fishing, hunting and bowling and She waswas an preceded avid faninofdeath the by her sisterOrioles, Agnes Rice. Baltimore WashingFamily received friends ton Redskins, Maryland TerWednesday, Aug. 20 from 9:30 rapins and local high school – 10:30 Survivors a.m. in theinclude Brinsfield teams. his Funeral Home, P.A., Leonarcompanion Norvell Mayo, his dtown. Robert A MassNorth of Christian brother of Front Burial was a.m., Royal, Va.,celebrated his sons 11 Joseph Wednesday, 20 atMd., St. R. North of Aug. Callaway, Aloysius Catholic Church, James C. North of Virginia Leonardtown, with John Beach, Va., Jeff A. Rev. North of Dakes officiating. Interment Dallas, Texas and his daughfollowed in Charles Memorial ters Debra A. Weingarten of Gardens, Leonardtown. Hillsboro, Ore. and Sue E. Serving, as pallbearers North of Pasadena, Calif.Jason were Mark Redmond, He is also survived by Redmond, Jeffery Hancock, nine grandchildren; Brad and Bill Hancock, Lawrence PilkKristy Palchinsky, Juserton, and Arthur Tara, Pilkerton. tin, Jason, Nicole and Shelby Honorary pallbearer was Earl North Dean. and Annie and Alex Weingarten. Memorial contribution family can The be made to thereceived Ridge friends 18 Squad, from 9:30 VolunteerOct. Rescue P.O. –Box 10:30 in MD the Matting456,a.m. Ridge, 20680. ley-Gardiner Funeral Condolences to theHome, famLeonardtown, whereata funerily may be made www. al service were held at 10:30 brinsfieldfuneral.com. by the a.m.Arrangements Interment followed in BrinsfieldMemorial Funeral Gardens, Home, Charles P.A., Leonardtown. Leonardtown. Contributions may be made to Hospice House, C/O Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Louis Marshall “Junior” Box Thompson, 625, Leonardtown, MD Jr., 84 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

ily may be made at www. Morganza, Donnie Thompson brinsfieldfuneral.com. and his wife Debbie of MeArrangements by the chanicsville and Rose Mary Brinsfield Funeral Home, George and her husband John P.A., Leonardtown. of Avenue; 16 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and his MaryMary Theresa “Mamie” sisters Ozella Lacey of Abell, Thompson, Gertrude Osborne of 82 King George, Va. and Susan Vallandingham of Bushwood. He was preceded in death by one great-grandchild and his sisters Catherine Hall and Louise Bryant. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Junior was a self-employed waterman. While enlisted in the U.S. Army from Oct. 19, 1944 to Nov. 19, 1945, he served as a rifleman, a light machine gunner and a cook. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed playing cards and being with his family and his two special buddies Maynard and Ringo. Mary Theresa “Mamie” The family received Thompson, 82, of Leonardfriends in the town died Oct.Mattingley-Gar15 in Georgediner University Funeral Home Thursday, town Hospital. Aug.Born 7 from 5 – 8 Feb. 24, p.m. 1926with in prayers being said at p.m. A Loveville she was the7daughMass Burial was ter of of theChristian late Henry J. and celebrated Friday, Aug. 8 at Sarah A. Bowles Guy. 9:30She a.m.was in Holy Angels Caththe beloved wife olic Church, Avenue, Fr. of Leonard Thompson,with whom William Gurnee officiating. she married Sept. 7, 1946 in St. Interment followed in Sacred Joseph’s Church, Morganza. Heart Cemetery, Bushwood. She is also survived by Pallbearers were Johnny her children Linda Long and George, Jereme George, Tina her J.F.Dave of LeonarFay husband Ferguson, Hodgdtown; DeniseThompson Guy and and her es, Matthew husband Ronnie of LeonarDonnie Thompson. Honorary dtown; J. Leonard pallbearers were hisThompgrandson, Jr. and his Angie of children, nieceswife and nephews. Loveville; David Thompson Contributions may be and histofiancée Terry LaScola made Holy Angels Sacred of Loveville Bonnie OliHeart School,and 21335 Colton’s ver and Road, her husband RandyMD of Point Avenue, Loveville. 20609, Seventh District VolShe Rescue is also survived by unteer Squad, P.O. her Woodrow Guy Box brother 7, Avenue, MD 20609 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s, of Silver Spring, Md. and P.O. sister Box 625, Leonardtown, her Marguerite Peck MD 20650. as well as eleven of Crofton Arrangements grandchildren and provided eleven by the Mattingley-Gardiner great-grandchildren. Joe Rizza, 92 Funeral She Home, was P.A. preceded in death by her siblings Mildred Johnson, Catherine Altemus, EvelynGladys Tillotson Iva Tippett, Krastel, Clyde Guy, Alvin 86 Guy, Julia Woods, Farr and Henry (Sonny) Guy. A lifelong residentWoods, of St. Evelyn Tillotson Mary’s County, Mamie grad86, of California died Aug. 14 in St. Mary’s Nursing Center, uated from Margaret Brent Leonardtown. High School “Class of 1942.” 18, aide 1921 for in She Born was a Dec. teacher’s LeMoyne, Pa., she was for the St. Mary’s County Schools daughter of the late C. Louis Marshall “Junior” 21 years, retiring in George 1986. She Tillotsoncake and decorating Eva (DowhowThompson, Jr., 84, of Avenue enjoyed and er) Tillotson. was an died Aug. 4 in his residence. gardening and Evelyn was devoted to avidhusband Pittsburgh He was born July 20, 1924 her andSteelers family. fan. Evelynfamily is survived by in Dynard to the late Louis The received her daughters, Christine Marshall and Catherine Elea- friends Oct. 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. W. the Moore of Chesapeake nor Harris Thompson Sr. in Mattingley-Gardiner Beach, Home, Md. and Deborah He was the loving hus- Funeral Leonardtown, 92, of Lexing- J. Standish of California, bandJoe of Rizza, Rose Lee Thompson where prayers were said at ton Parkhedied Oct. 14 in his grandchildren, and four whom married July 26, 7four p.m. A Mass of Christian residence. great-grandchildren. 1942 in Sacred Heart Church, Burial was celebrated Oct. Born Feb. 8, also 1916 surin All services are private. Bushwood. He is 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Wilder, Va. he was the son of Condolences to the famvived by his children, MarCatholic Church, Morganza, the Louieand Ritz Mary ily may be made at www. garetlate Taylor herand husband Fr. Keith Woods offiLagiudici Joe served as with brinsfieldfuneral.com. George of Ritz. Hollywood, Buddy ciating. Interment will aThompson radiomanand in the Arrangements by folthe his U.S. wife Navy Deblow in Queen of Peace Cemfrom untilBenny 1959. Thomp- Brinsfield Funeral Home, bie of1937 Avenue, Helen. Pallbearers were P.A., Leonardtown. son He andcoached his wife Mary of etery, youth baseRonnie Guy, Jr., D. Andrew ball and bowling, and was a Thompson, Jason Thompson, member of the VFW. Joe is survived by his son, Scott Long, Guy Tippett and J.M. Rizza and daughter-in- Jimmy Latham, Jr. Honorary law, Lisa Ann Knickmeyer Pallbearers were Amanda from Baltimore, Md., and Schiavoni, Shelley DeLucco, his sister, Pauline Ricketts of Heather Oliver, Theresa Mellies, Christy Price, Jenna Hagerstown, Md. He was preceded in death Payne and Brittany Oliver. Arrangements provided by his wife of sixty three years, Ruth Rizza March 6, by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. 2008. Services will be private. Condolences to the fam-

Luis Antonia Castillo, 70, of Leonardtown died Aug. 16 in St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown. Born Sept. 20, 1937 in Puerto Rico, he was the son of the late Luis Antonia and Elsa Carl M. “Buddy” Loffler, Monserrate Morales Castillo. Luis is survived by three Jr., 66 sisters, M. Elaine Ohler of Millsboro, Del., Evelyn CasCarl M. “Buddy” Loffler, tillo of Chestertown, Md. and Jr., 66 of Hollywood, Md. died Elsie Collins of Las Vegas, Oct. 20 in his residence. Nev. He is also survived by Born July 14, 1942, he several nieces and nephews. was the son of the late Carl M. Family received friends Loffler, Sr. and Grace (Wood) Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 11 Loffler. a.m. – noon in the Brinsfield “Buddy” is survived by Funeral Home, Leonardtown, his wife, Barbara Jean Loffwith prayers recited at noon. ler, daughters; Diana Lynn Mary Irma Hodges, 97, Deacon George L’Heureux Baumann of Hollywood, Md. Patricia Ann (Reithof Avenue died Oct. 13 in St. officiated. Graveside service and Laura Loffler Fitchett of meyer) Kalnasy, 74, of LeonMary’s Nursing Center. followed at 2 p.m. at Cedar Valorie Anne Henry, 48, Denver, N.C., grandchildren; ardtown, died Oct. 16 in St. Born March 6, 1911 in Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Md. Mechanicsville, formerly Douglas M. Baumann, OlHospital.Contributions of Abell, sheMildred was the daughter Alice Brown, 99 Mary’s Memorial Grandview, Mo.,and diedClaire Aug. ivia G. Baumann April 15,St.1934 in of the late William Lee and ofofLeonardtown died Aug. 16 may Born be made to the Mary’s Lexington Park. Louise A. in Baumann, siblings; Washington, D.C., she was 17, inCatherine her home.Dove Russell Ow- Nursing Center Foundation, Born Oct. 31, 1959 and in Dean of Lexington Park the daughter of the late Paul ens.Born She was the 9, beloved Nov. 1908wife in Inc., Lincoln, Neb. she was the Charles Loffler, II of Lusby. H. Reithmeyer and Martha E. 21585 Peabody Street, of the late Ernest Smith HodgBaltimore, Md., she was the daughter of James Ray Arrangements are Dickpend(Schilke) Reithmeyer. MD 20650. es whomof she Aug.and 25, Leonardtown, daughter themarried late James inson of Mouldrow, Okla. ing at this time. Please call Patricia was a 1952 gradCondolences to the fam1980Mae in Sacred Heart Church, Lilly Jackson Rebham. Brinsfield Funeral Home at uate of St. Mary’s Academy. and Hortense Anne Campbell ily may be made at www. Bushwood, and who preceded She was a member of St. (301) 475-5588. She was an operator for the Crawford of Grandview, Mo. her in death Jan. 20, 1998. George’s Episcopal Church, brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the She Condolences to the famTelephone Company was the loving wife of She wasand a loving de- C&P Valley Lee, Orderand of the Home, Earl ily may madewhom at www. for six yearsFuneral and an Accounts AllanbeHenry, she voted sister Lois O.107, Morris Eastern Star,to Chapter Ju- Brinsfield Leonardtown. brinsfieldfuneral.com. Payable Manager at St. Mary’s married July 16, 1986 in Warof Halla, Avenue and the late Wil- P.A., lia Hollywood. Arrangements by BrinsHospital for forty years. Patrirensburg, Mo. liamMrs. A. Brown Owens, isSr., Annie survived field Funeral Home, cia was the full time organist She is survived by P.A., her O. two Russell James I. Owby sons,and Lloyd E. (Jerry) Leonardtown. at St. Aloysius Gonzaga CathLloyd Raymond son Earl Ian Henry. ens. She was the sister-in-law Brown, Jr. of Leonardtown in Leonardtown Mrs. Henry graduand friend of Virginia Owens olic Church Harris, 97 and Willard Bruce Brown for 54 years. She was a memated from Grandview High Reynolds and Evelyn Welty Frederick Jerome Mcof Terra Alta, W. Va. She is ber of the Catholic Daughters School’s Class of 1977. Owens. also survived by six grandWilliams, 81 She She is survived by one of America as well as the re- moved to St. Mary’s County children, Julie Brown-Rund, niece,Brown, Catherine SylviaDeal, Ryce cipient of the Archdiocese of in October 1988 from WalJeff Nancy of Hollywood, and five neph- Washington Order of Merit dorf, Md. Wendy Jarda, Judy Graybill The family will receive ews,Pheobe James Brown, A. Russell his Award in 2003 presented by and andand eight His Imminence Theodore friends Saturday, Aug. 23 wife Judy of Scotts Valley, great-grandchildren Clay and Cardinal McCarrick. from 10 – 11 a.m. in PatuxCalif., Joseph Lee Russell of Will Rund, Kristen and Josh Patricia is survived by ent River Assembly of God Abell, James Michael Owens Brown, Shawn and Bruce her children, George KalChurch, California, where a and his friend Susan Spencer Deal, Audrey and Samantha nasy, Jr. (Dolores), Mary K. Funeral Service will be held of Chaptico, William A. OwJarda. Rhodes (John), Paul A. KalensShe Jr. andwas his wife Cathy of at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lanny predeceased Lewisburg, Tenn.Betty and James by a daughter Ruth nasy (Debra), Marta P. Bullis Clark officiating. Interment Lee Owens his wife Mary Brown and aand brother John B. (Ritch), all of Leonardtown; will be held Wednesday, Aug. Khristine A. Howard (James) 27 at 10 a.m. in Maryland of Aspen, Col.; as well as eight Fenwick. great nieces and nephews, Relatives and friends at- of Hughesville, Md. and Pa- Veteran’s Cemetery, Chelteneight nieces Life and tricia A. Dabbs (James) of ham, Md. tended great-great Mrs. Brown’s nephews and six greatgreat Contributions may be Celebration in the Brinsfield St. Mary’s City; 18 grandchildren, Matthew, Michelle, -great nieces and nephews. made to Hospice if St. Mary’s, Funeral Home, Leonardtown Kelley, Emily, Megan, Anna, Mary attended St. DomP.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 5 – Michael, Justin, Christopher, Lloyd Raymond Harinic’s grade school in WashMD 20650. 8 p.m. with prayers recited at ris, 97, died peacefully Katelyn, Connor, Haley, Aug. PresRiver Springs Arrangements provided 7ington, p.m. A D.C., funeral service will Frederick Jerome McWil12 the St. Mary’s ton,inChandler, Rusty,Nursing Randy, by the Grade School in Avenue, and Mattingley-Gardiner be held Thursday, Aug. 21 at Center. liams, 81, of Leonardtown Lindsay and JP. graduated from River Springs Funeral Home, P.A. 11 a.m. in St. George’s EpisMr. was a longtime SheHarris was preceded in death died Oct. 8 in Solomons NursHigh School of 1929.” copal Church,“Class Valley Lee. resident of St. Mary’s County. ing Center in Solomons. Born by her husband of 49 years, She worked for Syler, International Reverend Greg pastor He was born in Gallatin, Mo. Jan. 25, 1927 in Philadelphia, George Kalnasy, Sr. whom Brotherhood of Electrical Karen A.of the late of the church, will officiate. June 13, 1911 to the late How- Pa., he was the son she married Sept. 11, 1954 in Workers inwill Washington, Interment follow in D.C. the ard May Harris and Frankie Thomas McEntyre, 51 Grason McWilliams for thirty years and retired in Washington, D.C. church cemetery. Lee Jackson. He married and Dorothy Baughman Family received friends April 1971. After she retired, Karen A. McEntyre, 51 of Memorial Contributions his wifeLife of 59 years, Saunders, and the stepson for beloved Patricia’s Celebrashe made her home in AvLexington Park, Saunders formerly of may be made to The Mis- Mary Catherine “Sis” Nelson of Walter Alan of Oct. 19 from 2 – 5 p.m. enue. Endowment She was a member of attion Plano, Texas, died Aug. 13 in sions Fund or the Washington Cathedral Chaptico. He graduated from in the Brinsfield Funeral Sacred Heart inFund, Bush- in Hospital Cemetery and Church Grounds Washington D.C. Sept. 2, Washington Margaret Brent HighCenter. School Home, Leonardtown. Prayers wood and was a great reader She preceded him in Born Feb. 24, 1957 in c/o St. George’s Episcopal 1939. in 1945. were recited at 4 p.m. A who liked to crochet work death in 1998. He was also Sweetwater, Texas she was Church, P.O. Box 30,and Valley He is survived by his Mass of Christian Burial puzzles. preceded in death in 1998 by the daughter Carold and Lee, MD 20692. wife, Rayetta of S. McWilliams was celebrated Oct. 20 at 11 The familyto the received beloved sister Margaret Mary Aleese Benson PlaCondolences fam- his of Leonardtown; his of daugha.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic friends fromat 5 –www. 8 p.m. Harris. no, Texas. ily mayOct. be 16 made ters, Katharine M. Mitchell Leonardtown. Woodrow Wilson in the Mattingley-Gardiner Church, Mr. Harris served Reverin the and She also survived by brinsfieldfuneral.com. her is husband Randy; Paend John Dakes was the cel“Woody” North, 82, a retired Funeral Home, where Prayers States Army as an As- her Jeremy Monica Porter Navy Mary Arrangements by the United Aleathea triciachildren E. McWilliams; ebrant. Chaplain. Interment followed in (AMCS) Senior Chief were said at 7 p.m. A Mass sistant of Texas, Brinsfield Funeral Home, Charles MemorialFollowing M. Snyder, Ginese and her Jonathan husband Petty Officer, Redmond, Gardens, died84Oct. 15 of Christian Burial was Oct. his army service he was emPorter Plano,D.Texas, Angie P.A., Leonardtown. Gary; of Evelyn Leland and Leonardtown. 17 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart ployed in Washington, D.C. Porter, Sheila Horton and Ma- from cancer in his residence her husband Dennis; R. CharServing as pallbearers Catholic Church, Bushwood, by the Federal Government rissa Horton, all of Lexington in Valley Lee. were Matthew Mi- lotte McWilliams; R. Suzanne Born Feb. 21, 1930 in with Fr. Francis Early officiat- for many years Kalnasy, before retirPark as well as husband her brother Francis Joseph Griffiths and her Bill; chael Kalnasy, Justin KalFront Royal, Va. he was the ing. He then worked in the ing. Interment followed in the Benson of Plano, Texas his sons, Frederick “Rick” J. son of the late Richard and Brown, Sr., 66 nasy, Christopher Kalnasy, department for the State Victor Church Cemetery. Pallbear- tax three grandchildren. McWilliams, Jr. and his wife Annie Thompson North. Paul Barber and Howard. Maryland andJim retired in and ers were Mike Lacey, Mike of Karen was employed as a Florence; Michael S. McWilFrancis Joseph Brown, Honorary pallbearers were Dr. During his retirement, He joined the Navy on his Owens, Bill Owens, Kenneth 1971. registered nurse. liams and his wife Carrie; 13 18th birthday, and after a long Sr., 66, passed away in his John Rhodes, andRoache, his wifeKelley enjoyed travRyce, Lee Russell and Albert he All services seven are private. great- and distinguished Naval cahome in Indian Trail, N.C. eling United grandchildren; Meganthroughout Howard,theMichelle Russell. Arrangements provided grandchildren; his sister Flor- reer, he and his wife Lois, who Aug.Contributions 12. States. Kalnasy, Katelyn Kalnasy, may be by the Mattingley-Gardiner ence S. Parker; his brothers th was born July He enjoyed playing cards, Mr. Brown Connor Bullis, Haley Bullis, preceded him in death after made to the 7 District VolunFuneral Home, P.A. Thomas G. McWilliams, Jr., dancing and buying new cars. 1,teer 1942 in Leonardtown, son Preston Dabbs, and Chandler 45 years of marriage in 1998, Rescue Squad, P.O. Box and his wife Rosalinda; and Ray loved life and most of of the late Mary Edna Brown Dabbs. made their home in St. Mary’s 7, Avenue, MD 20609. Norris. lieu of helping flowers,others dona- Walter “Bo” S. Saunders, and County in 1969. Senior Chief Arrangements provided all heInenjoyed expecting nothing in his wife, Susanne. He was North had 13 tours of duty Timothy Brian is survived while tions may be made to the by Mr. the Brown Mattingley-Gardiner return. He was devoted in the preceded in death by by his wife Jacqueline Mer- Leonardtown Volunteer Fire McGrath, 50 his sis- aboard U.S. Naval aircraft Funeral Home, P.A. of his wifeP.O. and sister cer Brown; a son Francis J. care Department, Box un50, ter, Elizabeth G. McWilliams; carriers. He served during the their death. MD 20650 or his Timothy brother, Charles R. Mc- Korean and Vietnam Wars. He Brian McGrath, Leonardtown, Brown, Jr. and his wife Shelia til family Volunteer received 50, Williams; and his Park grandson of Lexington died and his family enjoyed tours Leonardtown of Stanfield, N.C.; a daughter the The Jennifer Lynn Brown of Indi- friends in the Mattingley- Aug. 11 in St. Mary’s HospiGardiner Funeral Home, P.A., tal, Leonardtown. Mary Aleathea Redmond, an Trail, N.C. and two grandLeonardtown, Friday, Aug. 15 84, of Leonardtown died Aug. Born June 14, 1958 in daughters Christianna Page from 9 – 10 a.m. with a funer16 in St. Mary’s Hospital. and Allyson Grace Brown. al service that followed at 10 Freeport, Ill., he was the son Born April 18, 1924 in Patricia Maryland (Chambers) Mc- Mechanicsville she was the theby College Southern The family received a.m. officiated Rev. Keithof of pursuing a degree in of nursing. Sheand the daughter of Clarence Leo EvGrath Mesa, Ariz. friends Sunday, Aug. 17 from Schukraft. Interment followed Continued from page A- enrolled in the county’s 4-HMcGrath. program late Charles 2 – 5 p.m. in the Matting- at Charles Memorial Gardens ans and Gertrude M. (Pilkerat the age of eight Timothy and joined the La- ton) Evans. attended ley-Gardiner Funeraland Home, Leonardtown. Pallbearers crafts, gardening, even incomputClub. High She is still in Lasalle-Peru School where Prayers were said at Nelson,Critter’s Donnie 4-H Aleathea graduated from ers. Sasscer said that the were clubs Frank are Crazy actively involved in 4-H. salle, Ill. where he graduated Margaret Brent High School 3open p.m. to A all Mass of Christian Fred Nelson, Harry children from allBowles, parts of Sasscer explained that year’s in 1976. Hethis served in the U.S. in 1941. She worked from Burial was celebrated Mon- Nelson, Jr., Michael Russell the county. donation back to 4-H would help Navy from 1976 until 1999. 1961 to 1971 as a secretary/reday, “The Aug. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in and Roy Copsey. steer was actually raised by fundraising efforts for the program After his service in the Navy, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Contributions may be ceptionist for St. Mary’s ColBrittany Cusic,” Sasscer said, “she a great deal. McKay’s and 4-H have Timothy was employed by a made to American Heart Church with Fr. John Matlege. She enjoyed cooking, raised the steer for about a year…this partnered to host a bull roast fundAssociation, 415 N. Charles Government Contractor and tingly officiating. Interment croqueting, playing cards, year McKay’s bought the steer and raising event, will be held on River gardening, and sewing; often Street, MD which worked at the Patuxent followed donated init Charles back toMemo4-H…this is the Baltimore, , 25Air 2008 at He thewas an making clothing for her and Naval Station. rial Gardens. first time they’ve donated 21201-4101. the steer Saturday, October Arrangements provided Charlotte Hall McKay’s and on SunElks Lodge member and a her daughter. Arrangements provided back.” th by the Mattingley-Gardiner She is preceded in death day, October 26 at the Leonardtown past member of the Lexingby the Mattingley-Gardiner Brittany, a former Miss Maryland Funeral Home, P.A. by husband James Franklin McKay’s from 10 am until 3 pm each ton Park Volunteer Rescue Funeral Home, P.A. Agriculture and an avid equestrian rider, raised her Angus Steer on her day, weather permitting. “It’s really a significant help to 4family’s 40-acre farm in Clements. H,” said Sasscer, “it’ll help give them Photo by Andriea Shiell She is 18 years old and graduated the opportunity to fund their banquet Billy Price of McKay’s Food & Drug and 4-H participant Brittany Cusic at this year’s 4-H livestock auction. from Chopticon High School in May 2008, and she is currently attending and other programs this year.”

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like most competitions, speed was but one crucial element; the U.S. Oyster Shucking Championships requires aesthetic presentation as well, and time penalties are added for broken shells, cut oysters and blood. U.S. National Oyster Shucking Champ, William “Chopper” Young, from Wellfleet Mass. was there to defend his crown. Young recently returned from the International Competition in Ireland where he placed first in the International Championship and was crowned World Champ. Shucking champions began their competition Saturday with several heats held for both men and women contestants. Also on this year’s menu were performances by Reggie Rice, “Super Magic Man,” who was voted DC’s Comedy Magician of the Year two times, the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Combo and Jazz Band, rock band Bellman Barker, and the Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus. Pony rides and carnival rides were also available. The idea for the oyster festival started in 1967 when the Lexington Park Rotary Club was looking for a project in which the entire club could involve itself for the good of all. The

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Oyster Festival Continued from page A- they preferred, steamed, grilled, raw, fried, or scalded, and in salads, stews, or sandwiches. Also available were other seafood favorites like scallops, clams, shrimp, and crab. For those who wanted to avoid seafood, there were also hot dogs, hamburgers, polish and Italian sausage, and Southern Maryland stuffed ham. Nine finalists competed in this year’s National Oyster Cook-Off, with recipes chosen from nearly 150 entries submitted by contestants from all over the country. The 2008 Main Dish category was “Manicotti Stuffed with Oysters in Lemon Caper Cream Sauce”, “Burrito-Style Ostiones Fritas” and “Oyster Pita Sandwiches with Lemon Tahini Sauce”.   In conjunction with the National Oyster Cook-off Contest, oyster-cooking demonstrations were held at the festival. On Saturday, Chef Rick Toth, local chef extraordinaire, prepared Southern Maryland oyster treats, and Sunday’s cooking demonstrations highlighted

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Visitors enjoying raw oysters at the annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival.

several talented and creative chefs as they prepared their favorite oyster dishes.  The U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championship Contest, held both days, once again featured the fastest male and female shuckers from around the country as well as the fastest local tidewater shuckers competing for cash prizes totaling $1,800 and a trip to Galway, Ireland to compete for the International Oyster Opening title.  Contestants were given 24 oysters, and

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festival was crafted to promote fun, food, and fellowship in this area’s rural atmosphere, promote local trade and quality of life in the county, and provide funds to benefit local charities. Starting from a one-day event with fewer than a thousand visitors in its first year, the idea grew, and in 1974 it became a two-day event moving from the second weekend in October to the third weekend in October where it remains today, distinguishing itself as one of the Eastern Seaboard’s leading folk festivals.

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