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Thursday, December 4, 2008

SMH Implements Infant, Child Security System St. Mary’s Hospital took another stride to increase safety on Oct. 30 with the implementation of an infant/child security system to avoid potential abductions. The computerbased “Safe Place” system tracks the whereabouts of infants in the Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center and children under 10 years old in the Pediatrics Department through the use of ankle bracelets to ensure no one leaves the area. “We’ve gone the next step in terms of security,” said Janet Evans, director of the Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center, noting the measure is precautionary since child abductions have never happened at St. Mary’s Hospital. The system uses radio frequency technology to monitor the ankle bracelets with antennas mounted throughout the departments. The nursing staff and operator receive notification if a patient leaves the designated area or if a bracelet is cut or removed without authorization from a nurse. The Women’s Health and Family Birthing Center became a locked unit in 2001 as another safety precaution. The “Safe Place” system from RF Technologies will improve the protection of patients through awareness of potential abductions, as a deterrent for abductions and by providing an increased sense of security for patients. St. Mary’s Hospital delivered 1,107 babies and cared for 203 inpatients in the Pediatrics Department in 2007.

A Holiday Tradition Continues at the St. Clement’s Island Museum The St. Clement’s Island Museum in Colton’s Point, MD will present the 23rd Annual Holiday Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit. Since those early years, children who once awed at the holiday dolls, toys, and trains, now bring their own children. The key to keeping folks coming back year after year is offering new themes and retaining favorite features that capture the imagination, offer educational value, and embrace the spirit of the holidays. According to Lydia Wood, the exhibit designer and coordinator, “This year, the exhibit will host dolls representing 14 different countries and include interesting information about that country’s holiday traditions. A 7-foot dollhouse will be converted into an old-fashioned post office dressed for the holiday, complete with a mailbox for children to drop off their letters to Santa. The Little Red Schoolhouse will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop with trains blowing their horns, toys galore, John Deere memorabilia and activities for kids.” The items included in this exhibit are generously shared by members of the Southern Maryland Doll Club, Black-eyed Susan Doll Club, and members of the community at large. This special exhibit is available from December 3 to January 4, 2009, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Admission is $3 per adult, $1.50 per child 6 to 18, and free for children 5 and under. A Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 13 will offer free admission to all to view the exhibit and enjoy music from the students of the King’s Christian Academy, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a free bike give-away, refreshments and more. The museum is managed by the Museum Division of the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Board of Commissioners for St. Mary’s County. The museum and grounds are handicap accessible. For more information, contact the St. Clement’s Island Museum at 301-769-2222.

Forrest Center Students Win SkillsUSA Maryland State Championship

School for Field Studies Awards SMCM Senior

St. Mary’s College of Maryland senior Justin Dohn

Two Graphic Communications program students from the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center earned medals in the 2009 SkillsUSA Maryland State Pin Design Competition. Melanie Dyson won third place and a bronze medal and Tiffany Rose won first place and a gold medal. Tiffany Rose’s first place pin design will be produced by the SkillsUSA Supply Service in a limited quantity for the 2009 conference. Tiffany Rose is now qualified to travel to Kansas City, MO and represent Maryland in the SkillsUSA National Pin Design Contest at the National Skills and Leadership Conference in June 2009 along with her advisor is Mrs. Kimberly Clements, Graphic Communications instructor. The Graphic Communications Program was the first program in Maryland

to be nationally accredited through the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation PrintED® program. In this two-year program, students are introduced to the graphic arts and printing industries, studying graphic design and digital layout, typography, digital photography and production planning. Graphic Communications program completers may receive up to 9 college credits at the College of Southern Maryland. For more information regarding the Forrest Center Graphic Communications program or any other Forrest Center program, please contact Diana Kraft or Sue Taylor, Guidance Counselors at (301) 475-0242. You may also visit the official state website:

Eric Bogosian’s SubUrbia

Photo Credit: Rowan Copley; courtesy of The Point News

Eric Bogosian’s youth-centered SubUrbia opens at the Bruce Davis Theater at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 1013, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $4 to $6. To make reservations, call the Theater Box Office at 240895-4243 or e-mail SubUrbia is directed by SMCM senior Josh Bristol and produced by the SMCM theater, film, and media studies department. Bogosian’s tragic play takes place in the town of Burnfield, where a trio of twentysomethings claim the parking lot of a local 7-Eleven: Jeff, an angst-ridden philosopher; Buff, an easy-going party animal and aspiring filmmaker; and Tim, an alcoholic Air Force vet. With nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no future prospects, they pass the

time harassing Nazeer, the Pakistani owner of the convenience store, and reveling in their high school glory days. However, the return of their former high school classmateturned-rock star causes this one night to forever change the lives of the young people as jealousies and passions flare. “Mine is a cynical generation,” said the 23-year-old director, Bristol. “SubUrbia captures the cynicism of a generation that had little to hope for and less to care about. It’s a generation that felt cheated of the promise of an American way of life, of a comfortable suburban life. Everything had been figured out for them, even going to college. But once they did everything they were told to do, what happens? Everything begins to unravel and to fall apart.” See SubUrbia page B-

The School for Field Studies (SFS), headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, has presented the Distinguished Student Researcher Award to Justin Dohn, a senior at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Dohn, of Wilton, Connecticut, was presented the award in recognition of his exceptional environmental research skills during the spring semester 2008 at the SFS Center for Rainforest Studies in Queensland, Australia. The award is given to outstanding SFS college students who have made an important contribution to an environmental field or discipline and to their respective SFS Center’s Five Year Research Plan. Recipients’ directed research projects provide results to SFS clients and partners in the field while the students demonstrate leadership in working with a team of students and faculty researchers. “This news is wonderful,” said Terry Leonard, SMCM librarian and Dohn’s academic advisor. “Justin exemplifies how at St. Mary’s College, students can combine their interests into a self-designed major. He arrived with an advanced placement course in environmental science and during the spring semester of his first year took an environmental independent study course. Justin quickly understood the value of experiences beyond the classroom. His interests have morphed into his student-designed environmental studies major with minors in philosophy and biology.” School for Field Studies President, Bonnie Clendenning, and program dean, Dr. Robin Sears, presented the award with a nomination from Dohn’s directed research advisor, Dr. Tim Curran. Dohn’s project is entitled The effectiveness of three weed control methods on the removal of Lantana camara in Forty Mile Scrub National Park. This species threatens the biodiversity of the semi-evergreen vine thicket at the National Park. By testing and evaluating three removal methods, Dohn was able to produce data and a management plan which will be of direct use to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services, which manages the National Park. “Justin’s directed research project exemplifies the SFS model of applying field-based research to an environmental problem to provide sound guidelines to natural resource management managers,” said Curran. “Justin’s project is an excellent example of the cross-disciplinary work upon which SFS prides itself. Not only did he use good science to tackle an important issue—that of weed control—but he used socio-economic principles to develop cost-effective and suitable weed management plan for his study area.” SFS centers have developed long-term research plans to help identify, address, and resolve critical environmental problems, providing information to assist local, regional, and national agencies in resource management decision-making. Since 1980, SFS, America’s oldest and largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, has combined hands-on environmental studies with scientific research to develop sustainable solutions to critical environmental problems. School for Field Studies students work with communities in developing nations to discover practical ways to manage their natural resources. In the process, SFS students undergo a transformational experience that helps them advance their careers as skilled professionals and to become globally aware citizens.

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LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS Libraries close for staff training

Leonardtown library will close Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff training. Charlotte Hall and Lexington Park will be open as usual. Charlotte Hall will be closed on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff training and the other two branches will be open.

Libraries offer evening storytimes

An evening storytime will be held tonight, Dec. 5, at Lexington Park and tomorrow night at Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown. All three storytimes will begin at 6:30 p.m. The fall session of weekly storytimes will end the week of Dec. 8. Storytimes will resume the week of January 16.

Teens invited to join advisory groups

Teens are invited to join the library’s TAGs (Teen Advisory Group). This is an opportunity for teens to meet other teens, play Wii, and help plan teen library programs. Charlotte Hall’s TAG meeting will be Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and Leonardtown’s will be Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Holiday parties planned for children Children of all ages are invited to an evening of holiday stories, crafts and fun at the libraries’ holiday parties. Charlotte Hall’s will be Dec. 11 at 6:30

p.m., Lexington Park’s on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Leonardtown’s on Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. Registration is required for these free programs.

Make your own computer game workshops scheduled

Children in grades 3-6 can sign up for a free workshop to learn to make their own computer game. The workshops taught by Deb Daniel will be Dec. 22 at Charlotte Hall, Dec. 23 at Lexington Park, and Dec. 30 at Leonardtown. The two-hour workshop will start at 1:30 p.m. at each branch. Discover U Children’s Museum is co-sponsoring these workshops. Space is limited.

Children can learn to draw

A free Learn to Draw workshop is being offered at Lexington Park for children ages 6-12 on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. Local artist John Busby will give a mini drawing less and then draw participants’ favorite characters. Space is limited and registration is required.

Raffle supports the Library’s Technology Fund

The Blackistone Lighthouse print is on display at Charlotte Hall library until the drawing on Dec. 16. The framed print valued at $250 is being raffled to benefit the Library’s Technology Fund. Raffle chances are $5 or three for $10.

Home Heating Assistance Available Residents are reminded that help is available through the Maryland Energy Assistance Program for those having difficulty paying for home heating costs.

To determine eligibility for a Maryland Office of Home Energy Program, St. Mary’s County residents should contact the offices of the Southern Maryland Tri-Coun-

ty Community Action Committee at 301-475-5574, x200. More information is available at

2008 Thoth Award in the Multicultural Public Relations Program

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Calendar of Events Annual Citrus Sale for St. John’s HSA To order call 301-475-7884 or email The last day to order is Dec 10th.

13th Annual Jones Thompson Concert Sunday Dec 7th at 6:30 p.m. Featuring All 4 Hym from Frond Royal Va and your host group The Bluegrass Gospel Express. At Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, Hollywood, MD. Free Admission. For more information call Jerry at 301-373-8370 or the Church at 201-373-2130.

Tree Lighting Bay District VFD’s 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Location: Station 3 in Lexington Park POC: Dec. 6th 5 to 10 p.m. The members of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department will host the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland at Bay District volunteer Fire Department, Station 3 in Lexington Park. 5:30 -10 p.m. Santa arrives at 6:15 p.m. Tree lighting 6:30 p.m. Fire truck rides 7 -8:30 p.m. Magic show, Christmas choir, and crafts for kids it is FREE of charge and EVERYONE is welcome! Melissa Gould 240-298-3305 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa at Station 3 in Lexington Park. On Sunday December 7, 2008 8-1 p.m. Adults $8.00 Kids 512 $5.00 4 and under free Melissa Gould 240-298-3305

Trip to New York City Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks Reserve your space now for a day trip to New York City, sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, on Saturday, December 6, 2008. Space is still available for a round-trip coach bus for this day trip. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from Leonardtown and returns at 1 a.m. Enjoy holiday shopping and sites in exciting New York City. The $88 cost includes a bus with heating and air conditioning, restroom and reclining seating. Passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Sandie Greene at 301-475-4200, x1800 or email

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau Tri-County Youth Services Bureau will hold a Basket Bingo fundraising event on Sunday, December 7, at the Moose Lodge on Mechanicsville Road in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and games start at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $20 per person for 20 games. Special deals available. For more information, please call 301-884-5669 or email

Community Breakfast Father Andrew White’s Home and School Association is sponsoring an ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pricing is: Ages 13 - up ($7), Ages 8 - 12 ($5), Ages 5 -7 ($3), and under 5 is FREE. Menu is: pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, home fries, applesauce, assorted danish, and beverages. For more information, call Regina Goldring 301-475-9096

Blood Drive The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the 2nd District VFD and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee on Monday, December 8th from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Donors may call 301-994-1038 to schedule an appointment or for information. Walk-ins are welcome.

Flea Market/ Yard Sale St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having a Flea Market / Yard Sale at the Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 13, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters are welcome. An 8 X 10 space may be rented for $15.00. For information or to reserve a space call 301-475-9543.

Christmas Musical Leonardtown Baptist Church extends a special invitation to the community to join us for our free children’s Christmas musical on Dec. 13th at 2PM and Dec. 14th at 7PM, “The Mystery of the Manger”. St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Marc Apter (third from left), APR, associate vice president for marketing and public relations, accepts the 2008 Thoth Award in the Multicultural Public Relations Program category from the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter at a gala in Washington also attended by (from left to right) Torre Meringolo, college vice president for development; Melvin “Mac” McClintock, current St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission chair; and Robin Kendall, formerly of the college’s Office of Public and Media Relations and now a freelance writer.

Oral Health Maintenance Important for Patients With Osteoporosis It has long been known that oral health and other ailments may go hand-in-hand. That is why routine oral health screenings are so important. Take for example, osteoporosis. Physicians and dentists should collaborate to improve early detection and treatment of patients who have or may develop osteoporosis, said researchers in the cover story of the May 2008 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The authors of the article, “Osteoporosis and Its Implications for Dental Patients,” reviewed the medical and dental literature to examine osteoporosis’ effect on public health in the United States. They also assessed the implications of providing dental care to people who have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis. According to the authors, the literature indicated that osteoporosis and related fractures are more common than coronary disease, stroke and breast cancer. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis can affect a patient’s quality of life, as well as result in functional impairment and increased health care

cost and mortality. Their literature search also revealed that medical management of osteoporosis includes diet control, weight-bearing exercise, discontinuation of tobacco and alcohol intake, and use of medications -- including selective estrogen receptor modulators, calcitonin, anabolic agents and bisphosphonates -that have been associated with the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw. The authors determined that oral health maintenance is important in patients with osteoporosis, and that changes to bisphosphonate therapy or other medical treatment should be made only after consultation with the patient’s physician. “Dentists need to understand osteoporosis, its treatments and its complications to provide adequate care,” wrote the authors. All health care professionals involved in the care of all dental patients, particularly patients who are taking oral bisphosphonates, should discuss patient care decisions with the patient’s physician, the authors concluded.


A Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright for his 1987 stage and cult hit, Talk Radio, Bogosian is a prolific playwright, novelist, solo stage performer, and television actor, who is probably most recognized by audiences for his current stint as Captain Danny Ross in the television program, Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Continued from page B- Both a dark comedy and a hard-hitting social critique, SubUrbia examines through the lens of a bunch of misfits what keeps people apart and what it means to move on and to leave youth behind.

Cookie Sale A Christmas cookie sale will be held on Saturday Dec. 13th from 9 a.m. until sold out. At Hollywood United Methodist Church. An assortment of homemade cookies can be purchased for $8 per container. These make nice gifts for friends and family. For more information call 301-373-2500.

Greenwell Holds Annual Holiday Open House Join the Greenwell Foundation on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1 – 4 p.m. for Greenwell’s Annual Holiday Open House at historic Rosedale Manor. Enjoy hot chocolate, cider, light refreshments, holiday music and tours of the manor house. Gift certificates for Greenwell’s programs will be available for sale. Small nature-related gift items will be available for sale too. This event is the December feature of Sundays in the Park, a monthly event held on the second Sunday of every month when historic Rosedale Manor House opens its doors to the public from 1pm - 4pm. Community members are invited to tour the manor and learn about all the programs, activities, and site rental opportunities at Greenwell. More information is available at or by calling 301-373-9775.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau Community members are invited to join the Family ACCESS Center and its partner agencies for a Winter Wonderland Family Fun Night on Tuesday, December 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Jarboe Family Education and Head Start Center (21161 Lexwood Drive in Lexington Park). Enjoy games, arts and crafts, puzzles, stories, snacks, and information on community resources as you spend time with your family. For more information, please call the Family ACCESS Center at 301-863-2254. There is no fee to participate.

Community Dinner The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Aloysius Church is sponsoring its 5th Community Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 25, 2008, Christmas Day from 2 – 6 p.m. at Father Andrew White School in Leonardtown, Maryland. This dinner is FREE and for anyone desiring a good meal and/or wanting to share the spirit of Christmas with others within our community. All are welcomed to attend. Anyone requesting a dinner delivery or transportation to and from dinner will need to contact us by Monday, December 15, 2008. For more information, call St. Vincent de Paul Society at 301-481-2942.

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Recipes Mini New Potato Bites

Velveeta Spicy Cheeseburger Dip





1-1/2 lb. new potatoes (about 15 potatoes) 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 2 Tbsp. BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream 2 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled 2 Tbsp. snipped fresh chives

1 lb. (16 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 can (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture PartSkim Mozzarella Cheese ½ lb. ground beef, cooked, drained 4 green onions, sliced

Directions 1. PLACE potatoes in large saucepan; add enough water to cover. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 15 min. or until potatoes are tender. 2. MEANWHILE, mix cream cheese, sour cream and Parmesan cheese; cover. Refrigerate until ready to use. 3. DRAIN potatoes. Cool slightly. Cut potatoes in half; cut small piece from bottom of each potato half so potato lies flat. Place on serving platter. Top each potato half with 1 tsp.

Directions 1. MIX all ingredients except onions in microwaveable bowl. 2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 5 min. or until VELVEETA is melted, stirring after 3 min. Stir in onions.

of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with bacon and chives.

3. SERVE with RITZ Crackers and assorted cut-up fresh vegetables.

Mix ‘n Match Party Cheese Ball From Ingredients

Mini Taco Bowls

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled 1 cup chopped PLANTERS Deluxe Mixed Nuts RITZ Crackers

From Ingredients 8 TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Flour Tortillas 1 lb. extra lean ground beef 1 cup TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Thick ‘N Chunky Salsa ½ cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese 2 cups chopped lettuce 1 cup chopped tomatoes ¼ cup KRAFT Ranch Dressing

Directions 1. MIX all ingredients except nuts and crackers; cover. 2. REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour.

Directions 1. HEAT oven to 350°F. Microwave tortillas on HIGH 30 sec. Press 1 tortilla into each of eight 2-1/2-inch muffin cups. Carefully fold back edges of tortillas, leaving opening in center of each for filling. Bake 10 min. 2. MEANWHILE, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in salsa; bring to boil. Reduce heat

3. SHAPE into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with the crackers.

Strawberry Jam Bars From to medium-low; simmer 10 min. Spoon into tortilla bowls; top with remaining ingredients.

Ingredients 1-1/4 cups flour 1-1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar, divided 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened 2 cups whole grain cereal flakes with pecans 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 egg ¾ cup strawberry jam

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu From Ingredients 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Lower Sodium Stuffing Mix for Chicken 6 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.) 6 slices OSCAR MAYER Thin Sliced Smoked Ham 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup 1 Tbsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard 6 KRAFT DELI FRESH Swiss Cheese Slices

Directions 1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Mix flour and 1 cup of the sugar in large bowl. Add butter; mix until crumbly. Stir in cereal. 2. PRESS about 3 cups of the cereal mixture firmly onto bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Mix cream cheese, remaining 1/4-cup

sugar and the egg in small bowl until blended; spread evenly over crust. Top with layers of jam and the remaining cereal mixture. 3. BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into triangles or bars.

Directions 1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside. 2. PLACE chicken in 13x9-inch baking dish; cover with ham. Mix soup and mustard; spoon over chicken. Top with prepared stuffing. 3. BAKE 25 min. or until chicken is cooked

through (165°F). Top with cheese. Bake an additional 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

Suspect in police chase charged with assault On Nov. 28, 2008 deputies responded to Indian Bridge Road in Great Mills for a report of a domestic assault. As deputies were responding, a lookout was broadcast for a Geoffrey Scott Welcome, 46, of Great Mills, the suspect in the domestic assault, operating a white Toyota Camry. Welcome had fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Deputy First Class K. Moritz observed the vehicle on Indian Bridge Road traveling at speeds in excess of 75 to 80 miles per hour. Moritz activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. Welcome fled and attempted to elude Moritz. During the pursuit Welcome is alleged to have committed numerous traffic violations. Welcome’s vehicle was stopped and he allegedly had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his breath and person. The domestic assault investigation revealed Welcome allegedly assaulted two

female victims by punching them in the face. Welcome was arrested and charged with two counts of assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and fleeing and eluding.

Assault, disorderly conduct charges on Black Friday On Nov. 28, 2008 at approximately 5:15 a.m. Kenneth Wayne Pulliam, 20, of Hollywood was in the electronics department of WalMart where a line was formed to assist shoppers in an orderly fashion. Pulliam is claimed to have attempted several times to walk to the front of the line past other shoppers who had been waiting their turn. Pulliman was asked several times by Deputy Scott Ruest to step back and get in line, where he allegedly refused to comply. According to police, Pulliam became belligerent with Ruest, cursing profanity, which gained the attention of the numerous shoppers in the store. Pulliam then allegedly

pushed Ruest in the chest. Ruest attempted to place Pulliam under arrest and a struggle ensued. Pulliam continued to attempt to evade arrest and pushed two other victims in the area, police claim. Other deputies responded and Pulliam was subdued. Pulliam was charged with assaulting a police officer, two additional counts of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Man arrested for allegedly slapping victim On Nov. 27, 2008 Senior Deputy First Class E. Trossbach responded to a domestic assault call in progress on Hilton Drive in Lexington Park,. Investigation revealed Joseph Robert Harrell, 26, of Lexington Park was intoxicated and began a verbal argument with the victim, which escalated into an assault when Mr. Harrell allegedly slapped the victim in the face causing a small laceration. Harrell was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

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Hornet Knights Rely on Boys Hit Experience, Depth the Ground Girls’ Hoops Team Looks Forward to Coming Year Running By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

HighFlying Hawks off to Perfect Start Men’s Hoops Win Two Tournaments By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Playing in two high-profile tournaments to start the season was just the recipe to let St. Mary’s College men’s basketball coach Chris Harney know what kind of team he has this season. “When I was planning this schedule, I thought it would really set the table for letting us know if we have problems to fix or if we had a special team,” Harney said between meetings Monday afternoon. “The results are that we do have a special team and we can continue building the

Photo By Chris Stevens

The St. Mary’s Ryken girls’ basketball team stretches during a recent practice.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Photo By Chris Stevens

Darnell Mason battles a Potomac player for the rebound.

In a game often dominated by the tallest teams, Frank Peck doesn’t view the lack of size on his Great Mills boys’ basketball team as a handicap. “We [the coaching staff] do a good job of analyzing what we have and how we can put the players in a position where they’ll be successful,” the Hornets head coach said of another season where Great Mills will field a virtually new team compared to last year’s 3A South Regional Semifinalists. “[The staff] doesn’t run plays because that’s what we want

LEONARDTOWN – One would think after losing an All-American basketball player to graduation and the University of North Carolina, the St. Mary’s Ryken girls’ basketball team would have trouble continuing last season’s improvement. Instead, the Knights and head coach Tara Everly are even more excited for 200809’s challenges, sans Laura Broomfield. “Laura was such a powerhouse down low,” said sophomore point guard Zakiya “Pumpkin” Hunter, “the other girls are going to have to step up in the paint, and we’re going to battle it out.” “We’re getting a lot of energy from the girls,” Everly said of the early mood of the Ryken practices. “They’re ready to play and we’re excited about this season.”

The Knights return several key pieces from last season, including Hunter, who believes the experience of being in charge of a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference team as a freshman will only make her and her teammates better in 2009. “It helped me take last year and use it this year, the fact that I was a starting point guard on varsity as a freshman,” she explained. “The fact that I need to be a leader as a sophomore will push me to make a bigger impact on the team in the coming years.” “Pumpkin has really grown and matured, she did a great job for us last season,” Everly raved. “She knows what it takes to work hard and stay focused.” Aside from Hunter, senior forwards Erin Leddy and Raven Manigault, along See Ryken Basketball page B-

From Eighth Grade Prodigy to Tar Heel Signee Ryken’s Feusahrens Picked Up Lacrosse Quickly

Photo By Chris Stevens

Point guard Tyler Sanders is excited to run Great Mills’ express train offense this season.

to see run, we run plays based on the chemistry the players have on the floor.” What Peck saw in a pre-Thanksgiving scrimmage with Potomac High School was a fast-paced offense and aggressive defense that will be hallmarks of the undersized Hornets during the 08-09 season. The team will have just one starter at 6feet-tall, junior center Basil Moye. “We were really pleased with where we are for our first scrimmage,” Peck said of a 40minute test against a bigger team that Great Mills passed with flying colors. “We were sloppy at some points, but I thought that some of the things we worked See Great Mills Hoops page B-

Photo By Chris Stevens

Accompanied by mother Lisa, father Carl, head coach Melissa Crispell, athletic director Mike Vosburgh and principal Rick Wood, Lauren Feusahrens signs her letter of intent to play lacrosse at the University of North Carolina.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer During her eighth grade days at the Calverton School in Huntingtown, Lauren Feusahrens, who played soccer at the time, was encouraged to try lacrosse. “I really liked [the sport] and it was a lot of fun,” said the Ryken senior who signed to

play women’s lacrosse at the University of North Carolina early last week. “It’s definitely a weird feeling to watch them on TV, and then you’re like ‘wow, that’s where I’m going to be next year.’” Before deciding on UNC this past February, Notre Dame, Princeton and Stanford were in the running to land the all-WCAC See Feusahrens page B-

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Along with guards Camontae Griffin and Alex Franz, St. Mary’s College center Alex Irmer was named to the Pride of Maryland all tournament team this past weekend.

program.” To date, the 5-0 Seahawks have captured tournament titles at Penn State – Behrens, as well as the Provident Bank Pride of Maryland tournament, which became a showcase for junior point guard Camontae Griffin. In Sunday’s championship game, the 5foot-9 Griffin lit up Johns Hopkins University to the tune of 28 points as the Hawks rallied for an 84-81 victory after trailing by nine points at intermission. “Tae is a special kid, he’s really come in and fit in with the guys,” Harney said of the Shaw University transfer who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 23 points per game in the three Seahawk victories. “It’s caught other teams by surprise that a kid like Tae can be that kind of a leader.” Griffin was aided in the Pride of Maryland title victory by 13-point performances from senior center Alex Irmer and sophomore guard Alex Franz, turning a 52-43 deficit into a three-point victory. Irmer and Franz joined Griffin on the all-tournament team for SMC. Before the Pride of Maryland triumph, St. Mary’s College traveled to Penn State – Behrens to participate in that university’s Tip-Off tournament. The Hawks defeated Nazareth College 90-75 in the semi-finals, and then knocked off the host Lions 69-52 to win that tournament. Griffin was named MVP of that tournament as well, averaging 16.5 points in both wins. With the Seahawks off to one of the best starts in the program’s 40-plus year history, Harney feels there is still room for improvement as the Hawks get down to business with their Capital Athletic Conference schedule (Wednesday evening’s match-up with Stevenson University was too late to be included in this edition of the County Times.). “As a coach, you’re never really satisfied,” See Seahawks Basketball page B-

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A View From The Bleachers Uno, Dos, Tres…Quatro? By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer It is a tall order to win three consecutive titles in any sport, at any level. Winning three straight professional sports championships is practically unheard of. To offer some perspective on the elusive three-peat, in the last forty years it has been done twice in Major League Baseball (Yankees ‘98-‘00, A’s ’7274), three times in the NBA (Lakers 00-02, Bulls ’91-’93, ’96-‘98) and twice in the NHL (New York Islanders of the early 80’s, Montreal Canadians of the late 70’s). We’re still waiting for the first NFL team to pull the trick. And until this year, NASCAR had had one lonely driver, Cale Yarborough (’76-’78), rattle off three straight Cup titles. That’s right; Cale finally got some company this year in one Jimmy Johnson. Johnson recently completed the threepeat with an anti-climatic, ho-hum 15th place finish in the final race of the NASCAR season at HomesteadMiami Speedway (because of his points lead, Johnson needed to finish only 36th or better in the final race to win the championship). Calling the finish anticlimactic isn’t meant to dismiss Johnson’s accomplishment. To the contrary, it’s complimentary of his humbling dominance of the sport. In fact, comparing a three-peat in NASCAR to one in MLB, the NBA or the NHL might not be giving it its due. In most sports, baseball, basketball and hockey included, you play against a single opponent. You only need to be better than the team in the other dugout or on the other sideline to claim victory. In NASCAR you compete against the entire field every week. A driver has to defeat 42 of his peers to visit victory lane. And another thing about NASCAR; drivers don’t show up to the same “field” every week. Basketball players always know the hoop will be 10 feet off the ground. Football players know the field is 100 yards long. Baseball players know 1st base is 90 feet from home. These are basic, unchanging tenants of these sports. NASCAR doesn’t work like that. You can count on a rubber tire meeting a hard surface and that’s about it. Different types of tracks, like speedways, super-speedways, short tracks and road courses present unique challenges for driver and crew every week. In these ways, NASCAR is similar to golf.

Golfers play against the field, not a single opponent, and no two golf courses are identical. So maybe we should be talking about Johnson in the same breath as Tiger Woods. Scratch the maybe, we should be. Johnson’s been that good. Johnson won 7 races this season; not an overwhelming total and not even the most won by a driver this year (Carl Edwards won 9). “Lurking”, as opposed to dominating, might be the best term to describe the first 2/3’s of Johnson’s season. He won a few races and consistently posted strong finishes. The domination came during NASCAR’s “Chase”; the last 10 races of the season that are formatted as a points-based playoff. It was almost as if Johnson was toying with the competition, like a superior boxer sparring for a few rounds just get in some work, until it was time to put the pedal down and win a title. Here are Johnson’s finishes in the “Chase” races: 2nd, 5th, 1st, 9th, 6th, 1st, 2nd, 15th, 1st and 15th. That is flawless. Once he grabbed control the other drivers seemed helpless to catch this unstoppable force. It was very much like watching golfers trying to catch Tiger Woods in the last round of a tournament. Every time another driver started to get some momentum, Johnson would answer with a strong run. Eventually the other drivers ran out of races and Johnson was the one soaked in champagne and standing on a podium near attractive women for the third consecutive year. Three-peats in professional sports are rare for a variety of reasons. Obviously it takes tremendous talent and a lot of good fortune to remain the best of the best over three seasons. But it also takes unbelievable focus. It is human nature to get a little complacent after a major accomplishment. After submitting a large proposal, giving a big presentation, taking a crucial mid-term exam or finishing a large construction project, do we go to work or school the next day with the same drive and focus? In all honesty, most us of would have to admit to occasional complacency in such situations. Professional athletes probably aren’t all that different, but there are a rare few whose competitive drive lacks an off switch. Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods immediately come to mind. And maybe it’s time to add Jimmy Johnson’s name to that rare list of athletes

Feusahrens Continued from page B- performer, as well her father Carl’s alma mater, the University of Wisconsin. “I wanted her to go there, but I realized they don’t have lacrosse,” Carl Feusahrens joked before agreeing with his wife Lisa that the decision was their daughter’s and hers only. “We wanted her to see as many schools as possible, but when you’re recruited at this level, I don’t think you can go wrong in any way.” Lisa Feusahrens was thrilled as well, recounting a conversation she had with her daughter after she fell in love with lacrosse. “She always said she was going to play Division I lacrosse, and in my mind I said ‘okay, but how,’” she said. “She’s always been a real good athlete and the Skywalkers taught her well and had the ability to get her in front of those college coaches.” The Skywalkers, a girls’ lacrosse club team based out of Baltimore (“Their focus is to get you on those college teams,” Lauren said) helped bring her talents to a national stage, and before long, she was being recruited by several different schools.

that demand excellence from themselves and absolutely despise losing to their very core. Johnson, while pursuing his third Cup championship, never showed a hint of complacency or lack of drive. He never appeared to be anything but the most prepared and focused driver on the track. It is impressive that after three long NASCAR seasons, Johnson clearly maintained the same hunger for his third title that he had for his first. For that he deserves our admiration. From that we should find inspiration. And here’s a daunting question for the other drivers: is there any doubt he’ll be as hungry for a fourth consecutive title next year? Extra point: Basking in the afterglow of another fabulous Thanksgiving holiday, it occurred to me that in the holiday rankings, Thanksgiving is woefully underrated. Thanksgiving lacks the intensity and commercialization of a more famous holiday occurring later in the year, but it’s what it has, not what it lacks, that makes it so special. First, it’s a holiday steeped in American history dating back to feasts shared between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in the early 17th century. At these early Thanksgiving celebrations, European settlers and Native Americans gave thanks for and celebrated the year’s harvest. And while traditional Thanksgiving fare is readily available today, 400 years hasn’t changed the importance of food to the holiday. And for the truly fortunate of Southern Maryland, the culinary celebration extends beyond the Thanksgiving Day meal to rare treats such as the leftover stuffed ham sandwich in the days that follow (seriously, is there anything better?). In modern times, football has become an integral part of the Thanksgiving celebration. From the traditional Thursday games, to critical late-season college games and the weekly NFL lineup on Sunday, the hurling pigskin is sprinkled throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. At the end of the day though, it’s about pushing pause on our frantic lives and spending time with family and friends. Food, football and family; what else could anyone possibly want from a holiday? I hope you had a chance to enjoy each during your Thanksgiving weekend…especially the latter. Send your comments to

Feusahrens isn’t worried about transitioning from high school to college, as she credits Ryken with preparing her for the next level athletically and academically. “Going to a school like Ryken where you have a lot of AP classes and with a lot of competition in the WCAC, it really helps you out in that way,” she explained. Feusahrens has one more high school season to go before she begins her journey at Chapel Hill, a season in which she’ll be counted on for a lot of the Knights’ offensive production, along with giving future Knights a star to reach for, according to second-year head coach Melissa Crispell. “Lauren is very important to the program,” Crispell said of her star pupil. “For me to come here and have this talent to work with and build a program with before she leaves, it’s exciting.” Feusahrens has shown leadership by volunteering her time at the Ryken summer camp with the incoming freshmen class to help them along, and with her heading to UNC, where she’s deciding whether to major in psychology or visual communications, she is already a great example to follow. “She shows that if you want it,” Crispell said, “you can achieve your goals.”

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Great Mills Hoops Continued from page B- on practiced worked well tonight,” Peck added. With Peck unleashing a team full of greyhounds, senior Tyler Sanders, one of only two Hornets who played on last season’s 16-9 team, is really looking forward to running for four quarters. “It’s great for me as a guard to run,” Sanders said, fresh off of driving past the Wolverine guards at will to get to the basket. “We are short, but we’re a fast team, and we’re quick to learn, so I think we’ll do well this season.” Sanders feels Great

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R.J. Williams of Great Mills eyes the basket during an earlier scrimmage with Potomac High School.

Mills will need to do three things well in order to compete with the top teams in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. “Defensively is where it starts,” he explained. “Then, because we’re smaller, we’re going to have to rebound well and push the tempo so we can get buckets out on the break.”

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The Hornets’ Tarez Jones takes a shot.

Great Mills coach Frank Peck looks forward to coaching a new group of Hornets this year.

Shenandoah Stings Seahawks Winchester, Va. – With three players in double figures, the Shenandoah University women’s basketball snapped its two-game losing streak with a 70-51 non-conference victory over St. Mary’s College of Maryland Sunday afternoon. Shenandoah’s junior guard Katherine Flint (Natural Bridge, Va./Rockbridge County) led all players with 16 points as Flint was 5-of-10 from the floor, including going 5-of-6 in the first half. She also dished out a gamehigh four assists. The Hornets (2-2) posted a 38-21 halftime advantage as the squad boasted a .469 field goal percentage and out-rebounded St. Mary’s, 23-14. Freshman guard Mandy Johnston (Herndon, Va./Oakton) contributed a dozen points to the Shenandoah cause, while freshman guard Ashleigh Council (Burtonsville, Md./

Paint Branch) added 10 points and a gamehigh five steals off the bench. Junior forward Alexis Hargbol (Manassas, Va./Osbourn) hauled in a team-best 11 boards, while chipping in eight points. A bright spot for the Seahawks (1-5), who are currently on a five-game-losing skid, was their 70.6 free throw percentage, which is a season-high for the team. Senior forward Allie Scott (Laurel, Md./ Atholton) paced SMCM with a double-double on a team-high 12 points and season-best 12 rebounds. Fellow classmate Kiely Murphy (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) and sophomore forward Tiara Hurte (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each tallied 10 points, while Murphy had seven caroms and a season-high four steals. Story Courtesy Of The St. Mary’s College Department of Sports Information




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The Hornets’ Joseph Queen challenges a Potomac player for possession of the ball.

The Hornets’ solid showing against a team that featured a lot more height than most SMAC schools was encouraging for the starting point guard as they begin their season for real next Monday evening vs. Urbana High School. “[Potomac] showed us more size than any team in the SMAC, so we know that we can play with anybody and compete with anybody,” Sanders said. Peck hopes Sanders’ attitude is contagious, just as he hopes the Hornets can focus on the task at hand – making another extended trip into the 3A South playoffs. “We just have to be concerned about our own team, we can’t be worried about records and what other teams are doing,” he said. “Hopefully we can gel together, analyze how we’re doing during

the season and make a run come playoff time.”

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Davonte Jordan of Great Mills races to the basket for two points.

Gretton Goalkeeping Indoor Futsal Clinic Series Gretton Goalkeeping, directed by Southern Maryland area Goalkeeper Trainer Andy Gretton, will hold weekly indoor futsal training sessions for all ages and skill levels every Monday from 5 – 6 p.m. at Margaret Brent

Middle School and 8 – 9 p.m. at Park Hall Elementary School; Tuesday from 8 – 9 p.m. at Park Hall Elementary School; and Thursday from 5 – 6 p.m. at Margaret Brent Middle School. Goalkeeper and field player training

will be provided. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot email or call 301-643-8992.

Gretton Goalkeeping to Offer Cardio Kickboxing Classes Gretton Goalkeeping LLC will conduct weekly Cardio Kickboxing classes for adults and children of all endurance levels every Monday from 5 – 6 p.m. at Margaret Brent Middle School and 8 – 9 p.m. at Park Hall Elementary School; Tuesday from 8 – 9 p.m. at Park Hall Elementary School; and Thursday from 5 – 6 p.m. at Margaret Brent Middle School. Classes will be taught by a certified personal trainer who special-

izes in Weight Loss Management and Exercise Rehabilitation. Courses will focus on plyometric and aerobic exercises, punching, kicking, and stretching. For location, price, and other information or to reserve your spot email or call 301-643-8992.

St. Mary’s Northern League Seeks Players Do you love playing soccer? Want to play soccer at a more competitive level? If you’re a U-9 to U-19 player, then Northern St. Mary’s Select Soccer Club has an opportunity for you - tryouts for Northern Lightning. New boys and girls’ teams are being formed and existing teams are filling openings.

Make plans to attend at least one of the tryouts. NSSSC is the select/travel soccer arm of St. Mary’s Northern Soccer League. The tryout sessions take place Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Fifth District Park (behind Lettie Dent Elementary). The rain date is Dec. 20.

For more information, contact Northern Lightning Select Soccer at 301-884-2010 or

Second Round of Jets Tryouts Coming Up The Jets (Southern Maryland’s Elite Girls Lacrosse Travel Team) will hold tryouts for the 2009 Middle School Team (current 5th, 6th, & 7th graders). Tryouts will be held Nov. 11, 1:30 – 5 p.m. and/or Dec. 7 noon – 4 p.m.,

at Dorsey Park’s lighted football field, Hollywood. Tryout fee $25. You can try out one or both days, best score counts. For more information, see

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Raiders Look to Run Past Competition By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Coming into a brand new season on the heels of another Southern Maryland Athletic Conference indoor track title, Leonardtown head coach Shawn Snyder thinks the Raiders have what it takes to return to the top, especially in the Distance Running Portion of most meets. “The girls and boys should be strong again in distance. The girls also have some strength in the jumps and depth in hurdles and look to be one of the top teams in SMAC,” Snyder said of his team’s hopes for another conference title. The boys will be led by Logan Wright and brothers Matt

and Brian Oeschel in distance, and Matt Snively in the long jump. The girls’ mid-distance team will be paced by Anna Sprout, Cara McLaughlin and Davi Clark, while Jessica Cooke (jumps) and Jessica Gass (distance) also will be counted on to continue the Raider’s streak of winning conference titles intact. “We’re very proud to have been successful in the past and will continue to work hard this year to hopefully continue our success,” Snyder said before adding that, “our main goal is to simply improve our times/distances throughout the year and qualify as many athletes as we can for the state meet.”

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Continued from page B- Boys’ Basketball Urbana at Great Mills, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Jericho Christian Academy, 7 p.m.

with sophomore center Molly Grund, will look to contend against WCAC powerhouses such as St. John’s College High School this season. “I think we’re going to surprise some people who thought we’re not going to be as good without Laura,” Leddy said. “Our talent is spread from freshman to seniors and we have a deeper bench that can replace the starters.” Even with Broomfield now a Tar Heel, the Knights actually gained a height advantage with 6’2 sophomore Cierra Darden transferring from the Calverton School for this season. “Cierra’s technically a freshman in WCAC play,” Everly

Girls’ Basketball Great Mills at St. Mary’s Ryken, 6:30 p.m. Ice Hockey Leonardtown vs. Thomas Stone at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m. Indoor Track Leonardtown at Charles County Invitational Tournament, P.G. County Sports Complex, 4 p.m. Swimming Chopticon vs. Great Mills at Great Mills Pool, 5 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Great Mills/St. Mary’s Ryken at Chopticon Wrestling Tournament

Dec. 6 Girls’ Basketball Bishop McNamara at St. Mary’s Ryken, 11:45 a.m. Great Mills at River Hill, 5:30 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Great Mills/St. Mary’s Ryken at Chopticon Wrestling Tournament Leonardtown/Tuscarora/Westminster at Westminster

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Sophomore Zakiya Hunter looks forward to being a leader for Ryken this season.

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The Knights’ Raven Manigault reaches back for a pass.

said of Darden’s inexperience with the rigors of conference action, “but we’ll get her up to speed.” Getting up to speed is something Ryken will have to do from the season’s opening game tomorrow night. They will host 3A State Semi-finalist Great Mills at 6:30 p.m., a game that promises to have a cozy feel to it. “It’s like one big family reunion,” Hunter says of playing against the Hornets, who have several players Hunter and Leddy have been teammates with in AAU ball. “We’re going to go back and forth up and down the court and it should be a good game.” “We’re all like childhood teammates and friends,” Leddy said. “I’m so amped for this game.” “It’s going to be fun because we’ve talked about playing each other for a long time,” Everly said of her friendship with Hornets coach Brian Weisner. “It’s a game that should bring the community together and bragging rights as well. It’s a big opportunity for us.”

Ice Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop Ireton, 5:45 p.m. Swimming Leonardtown/Calvert/La Plata at Lackey, 4:30 p.m. Wrestling Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 6 p.m.

Dec. 9 Boys’ Basketball Chopticon at Chesapeake, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Archbishop Carroll, 7 p.m. Surratsville at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 7 p.m. Ice Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Northern at Tucker Road (Ft. Washington), 5 p.m.

Seahawks Basketball

Wrestling Great Mills at Patuxent, 7 p.m. Huntingtown at Leonardtown, 7 p.m.

Continued from page B- Harney admitted, “but we need to work on defense and defensive rotations. “But that’s what we’re here for as coaches – to get the best out of the players and help them be the best they can be.” As the goal moves from becoming CAC contenders to becoming NCAA Division III national champs, Harney is also proud of the players for defending the name of the school as they compete. “We talk a lot about having pride in our jersey, and one of the things I like about this team is they come to play basketball, but they love the campus and the community,” he said. “They compete for the school’s image and the program’s image; they take pride in getting the school’s name out there, as well as Southern Maryland. Once we get national recognition, we’ll let everyone know we have a great school, a really nice area and a pretty good basketball team.”

Girls’ Basketball Chopticon at Resevoir, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Meade, 6:45 p.m.

Dec. 10 Boys’ Basketball Chopticon at La Plata, 7 p.m. Leonardtown at Calvert, 7 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Calvert at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m. Great Mills at Wise, 6:30 p.m. La Plata at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Swimming Great Mills vs. Westlake at Lackey, 5 p.m. Wrestling St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 4:30 p.m. Chopticon at Northern, 7 p.m.


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Mike Bowden pitched in 10 points in the Hawks’ 84-81 victory over Johns Hopkins Sunday.

All high school, recreational and youth league coaches, if you would like the scores, statistics and standings from your respective games and leagues to be published, contact Chris Stevens at 301-373-4125 or at

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CORNER By Theresa Morr Wow! Scope out this big guy. It’s a bull moose sporting an awesome set of antlers. But guess what? Those antlers will drop off after the breeding or rutting season is over in the fall. That way, these hardy animals conserve energy during the winter months. Come early spring, a new set of antlers will start growing back. During this rapid new growth period, the tender antlers are covered with a soft skin called velvet. The velvet contains thousands of tiny blood vessels, which supply the antlers with nutrients. As growth comes to an end, the velvet dries up and falls off. The moose helps the process along by scraping the hardened antlers against shrubs and trees. As a moose ages, his antlers get bigger and heavier; can span six feet from tip to tip; and weigh 60 or more pounds. So when two bulls compete for a cow to mate with during the rutting season, there’s some serious head-to-head wrangling going on. (Female moose don’t have antlers.)

Now take another peek at the picture. See that “thingie” hanging down from the moose’s throat? That’s called a dewlap or bell and both sexes have this pendulous flap of hairy skin. It looks odd but probably serves an important purpose, like attracting the opposite sex (“Hey, Maude, check out the bell on that dude!”). Moose are tall, averaging about six to seven feet at the humped shoulders. Males have long black faces, while female faces are brown. When full grown, a male moose can weigh more than 1,500 pounds, while females are about half the size. Despite their bulk, these guys can trot along at a steady pace of 20 miles per hour; however, when the need arises, moose can double that pace over short distances. Their eye-


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sight is poor, but that big nose gives them a keen sense of smell. A moose’s diet consists of yummy stuff like twigs, sedges, roots, grasses, buds, and leaves. When food is scarce in the winter, they’ll eat pine cones or strip bark from trees. But as soon as the ice melts, these adaptable creatures head for lakes and rivers where they swim and forage for aquatic plants. They can stay submerged for short periods, just enough time to gobble up a quick lunch of algae from the river bottom. In spring, females usually give birth to a single calf and occasionally, to twins. Newborns weigh about 30 pounds and in five days can outrun you! The youngsters are vulnerable to wolves, and the main threat for larger moose comes from grizzly bears and packs of wolves working together. Moose are found in the northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia, and are specially equipped for their role in nature. Their outer hair coat is long and hollow, while their undercoat is dense and soft, keeping them well-insulated from the cold. Deep snow is no big deal for these rugged, long-legged animals. In fact, a “warm” temperature of 23 deg. F. will make a moose pant, while your teeth would chatter! And in case Moose Jokes: you’re wondering, the word What do Alaskans celebrate in December? “moose” comes Answer: Chris-Moose! from the AlWhat holiday plant do gonquin word Alaskans kiss under? “ m o o s w a ,” Answer: Moosel-toe! meaning “eater Who is Alaska’s most faof twigs” and mous cartoon character? “animal that Answer: Mickey Moose! strips bark off of trees.” Here’s (Source: “The Alaska Joke another nugget Book for Kids” by Jeff Brown) of wisdom: The moose is the Now come up with some of your own moose jokes! largest species of deer. Other than Alaska, can you name some other northern states where moose live? For more moose stuff, check out Comments to

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Brand new two bedroom, above garage appartment. Private entrance, seperate electric meter, celing fans, hardwood floors. Non-smoker only. Convenient to Pax River and Indian Head. 10 minutes to Dalgren. If interested, please contact Tina at 301-751-4808 or 301392-3991 or email her at for more information. Price: $1000.

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Two bedrooms available 805-1103 Sq. ft. $938-$992 One 1 BR Available One 3 BR Available

Call For Current Specials! 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Brick Rambler, located in Golden Beach. Recently renovated. Within walking distance to main beach area.Utilities not included. No Section 8 or Housing Programs. References, credit report, security deposit required. $1,300.00 per month Call 301-884-5167. Wildewood 3 BR, 2.5 Bath, spacious, hardwood floors, dishwasher,washer, dryer, fireplace, 1800 sq ft, no smoking, 3 story house - basement occupied, no dogs, quiet neighborhood, great neighbors, convenient to shopping, base 10 minutes away. Cable & internet ready Please call 301-481-0171 if interested. Cat allowed. Price: $1150. Beautiful single story home with a wonderful view of, and access to, the water!! MUST SEE ! Located in St. Mary’s Co. just off Route 4 near the Solomon’s bridge. Small subdivision with no through traffic. Large lot. Newly added family room. No smokers please. Will allow spayed, declawed cat. Good credit only. Call Dave at 240538-5554 if interested. Price: $1295. 3 bedroom, 2 bath rambler - Recently renovated with newly finished hardwood floors. Large workshop with electric and heat and storage shed. No Section 8 or Housing Programs. Credit Report Required. $1,350.00 per month + Security Deposit. If interested, please call 301472-4310 for more information. Price: $1,350.

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Beautifully secluded one bedroom apartment situated on wooded lot with a pond view. Centrally located just three miles north of Callaway Village Center on Point Lookout Road (Rt. 5) only six miles from Pax River. Newly renovated second floor apartment great for the single professional. Laundry and dry cleaning just minutes away. Only $850 per month including utilities! Non-smoking and no pets. Call John today at 240.538.8777 for an immediate viewing! Furnished bedroom available in a waterfront home overlooking the Potomac River in the Valley Lee area. Quite neighborhood located approximately 20 minutes from the Navy Base. The bedroom is $500 payable in advance and suitable for one professional adult. Utilities are included. Refrigerator, cable TV and High Speed Internet are available. No pets and no smoking. Call Jeanne at 301-994-1557. Leave a message for a return call. Spacious apartment above detached garage. Two dedicated offstreet parking spaces. Stacked washer/dryer unit included. Upscale kitchen. Easy access to Route 4. Good credit and references will be checked. Call Peg at Leprechaun Realty. 410326-9100 or 443-5321414. Price: $950. Basement Apartment. Utilities included / cable / wood stove. $650 per month. If interested please call 410-326-7179, ask for Joe.



Tech Wizards, Inc., a software engineering company, has an immediate need for an entry to mid level Flash programmer to support WebBased training development in Dahlgren, VA. Candidate should have a working knowledge of Flash ActionScript 2.0 and be willing to work in a team environment. Candidate must be able to obtain a DOD secret clearance. Tech Wizards, Inc. is an employee oriented company and offers an excellent benefits package. All interested candidates should submit their resume to (

Are you sitting around waiting for Customers? We’ve got traffic!!!!!!! Toyota of Waldorf is looking to hire sales people for both New Cars and for Used Cars Dept. Experience preferred,but we will train the right people.Great working enviroment,Pay plans ,and Benefits. Closed on Sundays, For a Confidential Interview contact Ed Richardson 301-843-3700.

We are looking for an individual to help with daily construction duties that include all aspects of residential & light commercial construction. Experience is helpful but not necessary. We are willing to train the right individual. The successful candiate MUST BE DRUG FREE, honest, intelligent and have a professional attitude & appearance. A clean, valid drivers license with transportation is also required. Please follow the link to our website to download and an employment application. Email the completed application and resume(optional) to info@beldencontracting. com or fax it to 301-9940271. Partially completed applications without salary requirements and references will not be considered. We will be interviewing candidates beginning Thursday 12/4.

The Mixing Bowl is Hiring! We are seeking motivated workers to assist in various kitchen related duties. There are three main positions available. Seeking any who are trustworthy and reliable. If this sounds like you, please come down! On the job training available. Please stop by between 1pm and 3pm on weekdays to fill out an application. We are located adjacent to the Peking Restaurant, behind Domino’s Pizza on Great Mills Rd. The street address is 21797 N. Coral Dr, Lexington Park, MD, 20653.

Local community bank branch located in Dunkirk, MD is seeking a Customer Service/New Accounts Representative. Applicant must possess outstanding customer service skills and the ability to build customer relationships. Applicant must be able to multi task and be very flexible with schedule. Position requires previous banking experience. Saturdays are required. Call 301-627-3504. New dermatology practice in Waldorf, MD looking for an energetic, compassionate, levelheaded team player for a receptionist position. Experience with the medical field, insurances and being attentive to people will all be factored into the selection. Please email your resumes to Microsoft Word please. Animal Care Assistant: Small veterinary office looking for self motivated, reliable, hardworking, creative and flexible individual to fill immediate part-time position, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.and occasionally 1 p.m. - 6:30 pm, Mon-Fri. Duties include general cleaning, animal care and handling, assisting Veterinarian and veterinary technicians. Good phone manners and computer skills a plus. Send resume, Attention: Kathy J. Bennett, DVM,Manager -to 21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, Md. 20653 or e-mail to kbennett@

We are looking for a top notch ASE Certified tech for a very busy auto shop , great pay plan and very friendly working eviroment. Call Art or Dan at 410-257-9165.

Smart Start Daycare is now hiring for Senior Staff must be 19 years old, meet OCC requirements and have Orange Card. Also hiring for experienced Aide Staff. Salary is based on experience. Must be motivated, dependable, and reliable. For more information please call Melissa Fitzpatrick 301-373-7882. Patient Oriented Oral/ Maxillofacial Surgery practice searching for an experienced Dental Assistant with Oral Surgery or nursing experience a plus! We are looking for a professional, hard-working, energetic team player who loves what they do. We are a fee for service practice that focuses on quality patient care not quantity of patient care. Main Qualifications needed: MUST be X-ray certified, MUST have Anesthesia experience, Impression taking and dental labratory experience a plus. Hours are: Tuesday-Thursday 7:30-5:30, Friday 7:303:00. Benefits include: Employee Health Insurance, Vacation/Sick Pay, 401K, and Profit Sharing. If this sounds like you, come join our dynamic team and learn about state of the art Maxillofacial Surgery! Email your resume to Need to replace longtime employee due to relocation. Established full-service catering and meeting facility and offpremise catering. Person is responsible for hiring, scheduling and supervising waitstaff and bartenders for setup, service, etc., working closely with clients, coordinating staff and logistics for off-premise catering and more. FT management position WITH BENEFITS. Flexible Schedule Necessary. E-mail resume to kirk@

Pharmacist - Retail Positions are available at 2 of our locations. Current MD Pharmacist License required. Full or part time schedules are possible. Competitive salary and benefits. Send resume and salary requirements to: McKay’s Fine Food & Pharmacy P.O. Box 98 Hollywood, MD 20636

VEHICLES 1970 Pontiac Firebird for sale.No motor, No transmission - partially taken apart. Asking $1,500 Please call 443-624-4168. Needs transmission, nice body. 1995 Mercury Mystique. This car has ran great for me. I paid a little over $3000 for it. The motor is good, the windows work, and the sunroof works. Its a nice car but the transmission needs work. I think it needs a new one or it needs to be rebuilt. That is the ONLY reason why I am selling it. I was gonna put money in it myself, but my dad had already bought me another car. So there is no use in doing so. I will email photos to serious lookers only. Please call. 240-577-3185. Price: $600. CORVETTES WANTED! Any year, any condition. Cash buyer. 1-800-369-6148. 2004 Dodge Dodge Ram 1500. This is a well maintaned Dodge Ram with a BRAND NEW dealer installed engine. It only has 3000 miles on it. It has on the fly 4 wheel drive. drop in bed liner and soft tonnue cover. All four tires were replaced last year. It has a Infinity sound system. If interested, pleae call 301-994-9344. Price: $11,000. 2000 express van. Working TV, VCR, Rear AC/ heat, captain chairs in middle and power bench seat that convert to a bed in back. Rear mood lights and reading lights. You can stand in this van with the high top. Many new parts were added to this van in last year to pass MD inspection. Michelan tires, new water pump, drag link, ball joints and various steering parts inspection station made me change. Stainless steel exhaust. Gets 17-20mpg. This van has a towing package and class 3 hitch. Great for travel with kids. Price: $4000 obo. If interested, please call 301-994-0498. 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. Great for Winter for Family. Maryland Inspected Runs Great. Only Owner, Driven Lightly, Back and Forth to work Since Bought. Everything Works, Fresh Tune up, New Tires. Come Drive and Find out. Call 301904-5719. Price: $5600 obo. 1999 Chevrolet 1500. Truck is wrecked but fixable. Has a clear and clean title. Has a vortec 350 motor. New transmission. Four brand new wrangler tires on chrome rims. New shocks. Sliding back window. Power everything. Alarm system. Selling whole truck $2500. If interested, please call 301 627-2895 for more information.

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MOTORCYCLES 2007 Kawasaki NINJA ZX-6R,2007 Green Kawasaki ZX6R with 394X miles. The title is clean and clear for this bike. This is an absolutely amazing bike. I am only selling because I am no longer able to ride. The bike has been well maintained. The bike has been broken in as per the owners manual. It has always been kept in my shed. Bike had its oil changed at 600mi, 1,000mi and every 1,000 mi after. The bike has never been laid down or even seen rain. The bike is in excellent condition. Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions. 540-9039748. Price: $6800. 2006 Honda CRF450r lots of power and well maintained. This bike has very low hours and runs nothing less but perfect. Call 301-904-3851 serious inquires only please. Price: $3500 obo. 2000 Harley Davidson Super Glide recently serviced New Rear Tire 40,000 miles $6500 301-475-1659. 2006 Harley Davidson Super Glide Custon. Chrome Chrome Chrome, forward Controls, 5 speed, 2 seats, detactable sissy bar, pwr commander race tuner, python pipes, chrome alloyed wheels, custom pin striping, serviced every 5 thousand miles, clean bike, garage kept, selling due to never have time to ride, must sell, SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY please. Many extras to go with bike. Will sell open trailer with bike if wanted. Call 443-532-0737. Price: $16,500. 2004 Harley Davidson SOFTAIL. Looks and runs great! Lots of extras! Call 240-216-7855 if interested and for further information. Price: $9,500. 2006 Kawasaki KFX 400 real nice bike, hardly riden. Looks like brand new. If interested, please call Rick @ 301-8844700. Price: $3800 obo. 1985 Yamaha xj700. Runs, Drives and was drivin all summer. Call, come take a look and make an offer. 240-298-0161. 1981 Honda CB 900 Custom. Want lots of Power?? This is your bike!! New brakes, new front shocks,1000 miles on front tire. 10 speed transmission--LOTS of power!! Great everyday ride. If interested, please call 315-276-6239 for mroe information. Price: $1500.

CHILD CARE I will have an infant opening at the end of January 2009 and I currently have two toddler openings. I live in Leonardtown off of Route. 5, behind the College of Southern Maryland. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are included in your payment. Please call me to set up an appointment or call if you have any questions, 301-997-0597. My email address is Caring, compassionate, responsible certified teacher available for babysitting during hours to fit your needs. Need a babysitter during the holidays? Give me a buzz! Qualifications: Dual certified teacher in both early childhood and elementary education. I believe in trustworthy, understanding, quality childcare that provides activities that are developmentally appropriate for your child/children. Trained in first aid and CPR. Also great with pets, light house cleaning, and meal preparation! Experience: Kindergar ten /elementar y teacher for three years. I also have been caring for young children as a nanny/babysitter for many years. Flexible hours and rates! Don’t delay... my schedule is filling up quick for the holiday months! Please call: 240577-4662 or email: Excellent references provided upon request. Now accepting All Ages infants 0-12 months $160.00; age 3-6 $125.00; School age $100.00. Experience 27 yrs. A licensed day care Will provide 2 snacks daily, assist school aged children with home work. Toddlers 3-6 aid in developmental learning activities in a fun filled learning environment. Hours of operation 6:30a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Contact number 240607-2955/301-643-8349. Waldorf Christian Day Care.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE I have a glass top circle table with wrought iron base. It comes with 4 matching chairs with off white cushions. It is in GREAT shape - just trying to make room for new set. Call Sarah at 240538-3599 if interested. Price: $100. 2000 Coleman Coolage Hot Tub, Seats 5 people, works great. If interested, please contact Dave at 609-354-2991. Price: $1500 OBO.

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Section B - 10

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Living with Heart Failure: Not ‘Doom and Gloom’

Terri Verbic-Boggs, registered nurse and health educator at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Resisting the fried oysters, cured hams and many of the holiday favorites is something that even the most disciplined healthy eater struggles with, but for some, saying ‘no’ to these high-sodium dishes may prevent a visit to the emergency room. Heart failure is the number one hospital admission diagnosis for patients over 65 years old and about 4.8 million Americans of all ages have heart failure, according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Congestive Heart Failure is the number one reason for readmission at St. Mary’s Hospital. Heart failure is an acute or chronic disease that is caused by a weakness of the heart muscle. This weakness prevents effective pumping of the heart, which often precipitates shortness of breath and fluid build-up in the lungs or lower extremities, said Terri Verbic-Boggs, registered nurse and health edu-

County Fair Parade Featured Dancers from Bunny Bailey Studio of Dance Students from the Bunny Bailey Studio of Dance recently participated in the St. Mary’s County Fair Parade. They were awarded a 1st place trophy in the “Marching Division”. The students marched and danced to “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang, and “Birthday” by Paul McCartney, in keeping with the parade theme of “Happy 300th Birthday, Leonardtown”.

cator at St. Mary’s Hospital. She said heart failure is often caused by years of not controlling high blood pressure. Excessive sodium intake is a leading cause of high blood pressure. The hospital started a program in January where Verbic-Boggs meets with patients diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) while admitted at St. Mary’s Hospital. She contacts the patient by phone within 72 hours once he or she goes home and follows up with phone calls periodically to provide education and advice. She also invites them to attend quarterly meetings for CHF patients, family members and caregivers called, “Living Well with Congestive Heart Failure.” The next meeting is Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s Atrium.

“The whole goal for this program is to improve their quality of life and to prevent their readmission to the hospital,” said Verbic-Boggs. “It is not doom and gloom. You can live a very healthy life with heart failure.” Living a healthy life means patients should follow certain health guidelines. The event on Dec. 6 will touch on the causes, symptoms and treatments of CHF; tips on surviving the holiday eating frenzy; and an understanding of medications and therapeutic exercises patients can attempt. “Holiday time is a typical time where people who normally were managing their disease well quickly get in trouble because of what they eat,” Verbic-Boggs said. “Holiday time is crucial for these folks to really pay attention to what they are eat-

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ing because a lot of our holiday foods are really packed with sodium.” Patients with CHF are encouraged to weigh themselves every morning before they eat breakfast on the same scale with similar clothes on to see how much their weight has fluctuated. Even a one or two pound difference could mean a build-up of fluids and should be communicated with a physician. It is also crucial that patients comply with the medications prescribed to them and abide by a low-sodium diet. To pre-register for the Dec. 6 event or for more information on free blood pressure checks, contact St. Mary’s Hospital’s Health Connections at 301-475-6019. The event is free to the public and will feature a continental breakfast.

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