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ews Commissioners Say They Will Take Action On Elms Dispute

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

sible power plant on the site. She echoed many of Clements comments and said Stephen Riley, a citizen member who sits on the board and avid Is a local advisory board appointed by the county government hunter, was not accurate in his assessment of the issue. to safeguard nearly 500 acres of wilderness expanding safety zones “Mr. Riley has… misrepresented actions over the past around the Elms Environmental Education Center south of Lexingseveral years,” Patty said about claims of safety zones being ton Park to push hunters and other members of the public out? expanded. “We certainly don’t feel that’s the case at all.” A Republican county commissioner, a member of the Elms Hunters say that since they voiced their grievances Advisory Committee and two civic activists say yes. openly in 2006 nothing has been done and they can no longer They say that since the mid 1990’s, the advisory committee hunt or access the county property legally. has voted to extend the safety zone surrounding the center without Riley has said the issue comes down to the lease on the the authority of the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners. property. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. Georges’ “They can’t take it away from the public but… the comIsland) said the commissioners had, within the last two years, inmittee keeps voting this, and they’ve basically written huntstructed then-director of the Department of Land Use and Growth ing out of the lease,” Riley told The County Times. Management Denis Canavan to come up with a compromise soluThe entire track of Elms land was purchased by the tion between hunters, the public and the education center. state in 1974 to provide a place for a possible power plant Canavan, who was a member of the Elms Advisory Commitwith 476 acres leased by the county. Since that time, the tee, which oversees the management of the property, died suddenly zone of land surrounding the Elms Environmental Educalast year. tion Center (EEC) has steadily grown from about 20 acres to “The ball kind of got dropped in the system,” Russell said of 44 acres in 1993 and then doubled again in 1995, Riley said, the disputed land. “No decision was ever made [by commissioners] looking at state Department of Natural Resources maps. down there… if some decisions were made down there to move By 2003, he said, the 476 acres was split in half with Photo by Guy Leonard the EEC inside, and then by 2005 hunters were no longer safety zones, they’re doing it on their own accord.” Steve Thomas, a local hunter who lives right next to the Elms property, stands in front of a J. Bradley Clements, director of the Division of Supporting tree marked for a no-hunting safety zone. Hunters say they are being unfairly prohibited allowed on the acreage at all. Services for public schools and a member of the committee, said Anyone found back there now, Riley said, could be from using the county leased property the state Department of Natural Resources, from which the county charged with trespassing. Clements said the intent was for the county-leased portion to be portion is leased, has been responsible for moving the boundary lines. managed by the school system for the benefit of the EEC program and “They’ve come up with an enforcement plan to keep hunters out,” Clements said the advisory board had only recommended that the that the hunting factor had slowed that progress. Riley said. safety zone be expanded and the state did the rest. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said it He said a possible compromise was in the works for an additional “It’s all state property run by DNR but a portion leased to the 80 or so acres to be carved from the leased property for hunters. appeared hunters were being pushed out and that a compromise was county,” Clements said. “They’ve indicated that they’re not going to But the concerns of the school system in this case were purely for needed so hunters and the EEC could share the land. manage the county owned portion for hunting.” “We have to look back at the lease and we may have to make student safety. Aside from the county leased portion though, there is about a 540“We’re not going to have hunters where kids are,” Clements said. changes,” Jarboe said. “There’s not much left for the hunters to use… acre tract of the Elms that is state owned which has been managed as a “We’re anti-hunting where kids are.” somebody’s been acting like a shadow government.” hunting refuge by the state. Steven Thomas, who lives with his wife on a horse farm next to Sandra Patty, a DNR representative who sits on the com- the property, said riders and others seeking access are often turned mittee, said that the original use away. “The Amish have been turned away from going down there; the for which the Elms was intended horses aren’t hurting anything and neither are the hunters,” Thomas may come to pass. “We’ve certainly been in said. Russell said the commissioners would take up the issue in another discussions with several entities regarding the property this one to two months and work to come up with some kind of resolution. “Chances are that nobody’s going to be happy,” Russell said. year,” Patti said regarding a pos-

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Federal Suit Between County Government, Developer Moves Ahead Slowly By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A federal suit between a local developer and the county government claiming that the county landfill on St. Andrews Church Road is leaking methane gas that was responsible for negatively impacting a housing project is entering its second year in court. According to court records the documentation related to the case, much of it scientific and environmental in nature, is causing the case to move ahead only slowly. The latest filling in the civil case lodged in U.S. District Court of Maryland was on Feb. 12 by the county’s privately retained attorney. It asks for more time for discovery of facts in the case due to the sheer volume of information the county has to deliver to the plaintiffs, Marcas, LLC. “Good cause exists to extend the deadline because, despite its diligent efforts, defendant [St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners] will be unable to complete its necessary discovery in the time remaining under this scheduling order,” the filing states. Lawyers from the Baltimore firm of Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, LLP, on retainer for the county government, go on to state in the filing that Marcas, LLC has not responded in full to questions they have of the plaintiff. “Plaintiff [Marcas, LLC] provides no information in response to interrogatories requesting an

explanation for their claim of damages or for specific facts that would support a number of their legal claims. “[Marcas, LLC’s] unresponsiveness is greatly contrasted with the [county government’s] overwhelming production of over 90,000 documents before discovery began in this case as well as complete responses to [Marcas, LLC’s] requests.” At issue is a piece of land the developer owns near the First Colony development in California. The plaintiff claims that the land affected by the alleged leaks of methane gas and leachate near the First Colony planned unit development made it impossible to move ahead with a military housing project to support Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The plaintiff’s suit refers to an apparent letter sent to them from the county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation stating “landfill gas has migrated approximately 200 feet beyond the county property boundary” onto the plaintiff’s property. The letter, plaintiff claims, was only discovered by them in September of 2004 while the letter was written in January of that year. Marcas, LLC is claiming more than $24 million in damages in their lawsuit. Representatives with Beveridge and Diamond, PC, lawyers for the plaintiff’s, could not be reached for comment as of press time Wednesday afternoon.

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Will a disc golf course at Lancaster Is budget season heating up? Park affect Pax River flight operations? Budget submissions I don’t think the are coming in this Navy is going to have [Tuesday] morning. The a concern with this. reading can begin. Phil Rollins, director of County Administrator county Recreation and John Savich Parks department

County Awards Contract For Emergency Equipment Shelter By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners voted 4-to-1 to approve a contract for the construction of a shelter building for emergency equipment on the grounds of the governmental center in Leonardtown during their Feb. 17 meeting. The contract to construct the building will go to Dennis Anderson Construction, Inc., with a price just over $1 million. According to county approval documents regarding the project, the building will be hardened to withstand category-two strength storm winds. Emergency equipment has been housed in trailers pending the construction of the site, which some county commissioners believed was detrimental to their being able to function properly. “A lot of that equipment is sensitive to extreme cold and extreme heat,” Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown) said. “This is about $1 million in life saving equipment.” Mattingly said federal grant money allowed all three Southern Maryland Counties to develop their own sections of a regional hazardous materials response team that could respond together anywhere in the tri-county region. The St. Mary’s portion had radiological detection equipment and included monitors, special suits and power generators. The new building would provide not only a temperature-controlled environment to ensure the

equipment was not damaged, but also a place where the equipment could be tested and maintained. The space the building would afford, Mattingly added, meant the sheriff’s office and the county paramedic unit could have space to store special or critical equipment. Currently, the two trailers housing the county’s hazardous materials equipment are stationed at a former used car lot in Leonardtown owned by the Bell family that the county agreed to lease until the shelter was built. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R- Golden Beach) was the only opposition vote to the shelter project. He said the money spent would have been better used in another county program. “They could’ve housed 200 people with that money through the House Keys [for Employees] program,” Jarboe said of a program that offers housing assistance to county employees. “With the way things are going, there may not be many housing options left for folks.” But Mattingly criticized Jarboe’s vote of about two weeks ago that supported nearly $1 million for a shelter for county public transit buses. “This is far more important than keeping buses out of the weather,” Mattingly said. Jarboe said that the county only had to pay 10 percent of the bus shelter project with the aid of state funds, while it had to pay 100 percent of the cost for the emergency equipment shelter.

Detectives Charge Man With Handing Out Fraudulent Drivers Licenses

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Investigators with the county criminal investigations unit have charged a California man and former Motor Vehicle Administration worker with providing false drivers licenses to people who did not qualify over a three-month period last year. Detectives with the Bureau of Criminal Investigations have charged Felix A. Pinto, 21, with four counts of making false entries into public records. According to an application for a statement of charges filed against Pinto in county District Court by police, Pinto used his position as a customer service agent at the Loveville MVA office to people who had questionable citizenship status in the United States from

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A man who was involved in what has been called a stand off with local police back in 2006 is suing three separate news organizations; The Washington Post Co., which owns The Enterprise, as well as The Bay Net and St. Mary’s Today for their coverage of the incident in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit, filed by Kesiena Onoriobe Tani, formerly of Valley Lee, alleges that all three news organizations “with reckless disregard for the truth arbitrarily, maliciously, negligently, recklessly and willfully conspired and with total disregard for the truth and plaintiff’s privacy… published false information about the plaintiff.” Tani’s lawsuit, which was served by representatives of the U.S. Marshal’s Service last week, goes on to say that the news outlets insinuated that “the plaintiff was an alien terrorist from Nigeria or Egypt who shot at law enforcement officers.” Attempts made by The County Times to contact Tani, who was listed at an address and post office box in

Severn were unsuccessful. Calls to one of Tani’s listed phone number were received at the Days Inn in Frederick. Another was a cell phone number that said the user was unavailable. Tani was arrested in March of 2006 in a police standoff that lasted several hours at his home on St. George’s Church Road. While media reports at the time stated that Tani had allegedly fired at least two shotgun blasts at officers during the barricade incident, the 30 charges filed against Tani were all dismissed by prosecutors, including several first-degree assault charges, in 2007. Tani’s lawsuit states that he wants a whopping $50 million in damages for the alleged defamation of his character. Tani, 55, also filed a lawsuit in federal court in 2007 alleging that law officers violated his constitutional rights during the barricade incident the year before. In that suit he sought $250,000 in damages. Reps. from The Washington Post Co. and Bay Media Services declined to comment. Calls to St. Mary’s Today were unanswered.

May to July of 2008. Court papers state further that Pinto “took it upon himself and went out of his way” to help eight separate people obtain fraudulent drivers licenses or identification cards. Police allege in court papers that Pinto fraudulently entered in information into the MVA computer system such as foreign baptismal records, birth certificates and out-ofstate drivers licenses to hand out the false documents. Charging documents go on to state that the witnesses interviewed said they did not know a fraud had occurred and they identified Pinto as the suspect in the case. Court papers alleged further that Pinto had conducted the fraud on his own initiative as a kind of advocacy action for the Hispanic community.

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Town Could Borrow Money To Buy Out Small-Town Mayors Developer’s Land Have Big Needs

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Leonardtown Mayor J. Harry Norris says that the town could use a portion of its own construction project money as well as money it could borrow from local lenders or a bond sale to finance the purchase of two parcels of land at the town wharf. An ordinance to condemn the two parcels was introduced last week to the town council and would take away the land currently owned by developer Ron Russo whose commercial projects have stalled in recent months. Russo has said he would walk away from the projects if given fair market value for the land. Town representatives have concurred. “We will make sure Mr. Russo is compensated for the fair value according to the law,” said Philip H. Dorsey III, attorney for the town, in a previous interview. Norris said that the town would likely use both sources to pay for the property. “It would be a combination… if we had to we could borrow money to buy the land,” Norris told The County Times. “We know we can borrow locally, we know that.” But the cost of the land, which has yet to be determined, Norris said could mean that other

capital construction projects would have to be put off. Norris also said that since the town’s comprehensive plan was last updated more than five years ago, any development at the wharf area would be up for public hearing. “We could have to delay one or two projects and delay others,” Norris said. “We have met with Mr. Russo and the town is open to negotiation. “We’re still waiting for the appraisal.” Russo’s projects had stalled, town officials have said, because time had run out on the commercial site plan approval; also Russo had made several changes over the years that had not been reviewed. Community concerns also arose over traffic volume in the wharf area and parking space as well as the view shed for residents who lived nearby. Norris maintained that the condemnation exercise would still seek to keep the parcels open for future commercial development. In the ordinance, the condemnation was authorized on the grounds not only of commercial revitalization but also expanding public park access. Norris hoped that commercial development could begin quickly there. “I would hope it would be a year,” Norris said. “But the market has so much to do with it.”

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J. Harry Norris III is worried that Leonardtown’s boom may go bust. A new hotel opened six months ago. And in the 13 years that Norris has been mayor, specialty shops, cafes and restaurants have replaced vacant storefronts ringing the broad town square at the heart of the St. Mary’s County seat. But two of three residential developments planned along the town’s west end and waterfront have fallen victim to the flagging economy. One developer is waiting for an improved economy and the other filed for bankruptcy. “Slowing it down maybe wasn’t so bad,” said Norris, the town’s mayor. “But a halt is hard. Until you see it and see the trickle-down effect, you don’t really think about it.” Leonardtown, and other small towns in Maryland, are anticipating Congress’ approval of billions in federal aid to states for water and road projects. Those projects, the

mayors say, are the key to keeping the towns alive. The effect of Leonardtown’s stalled development is palpable. The owner of an excavating company recently said he would lay off 15 employees, Norris said. The slowdown also means finding another way to pay for the water main improvements that were part of the development agreements. Norris’ wish list includes a $683,000 project to install residential water meters for the town of 2,200 and $485,000 in improvements to two water towers. The town also owns two vacant buildings that a 20-farmer cooperative plans to use for a winemaking business. The project could benefit from business development funds, Norris said. And a new elementary school being considered by the county could be funded with school construction aid contained in the stimulus legislation, Norris said. “We have a great educational system down here, but we need more schools,” he said.

Planning Commission Approves Apartment, School Projects By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Plans to redevelop an apartment complex in Leonardtown’s center and renovate and expand a private school’s locker room got approval from the town’s planning and zoning commission Tuesday. Both plans can now go before the Leonardtown Town Council for final permission to proceed with construction. The first project slated is for the razing and rebuilding of an

apartment complex on Lawrence Avenue. In place of the current aging building the developer would build six new apartments with the intent of using them for workforce housing. The first vote by the town council to send the project plan to the planning and zoning commission passed by a 4-to-1 vote. Council member Tom Collier voted against sending the proposal because of his concern over the dearth of sewage treatment capacity at the town’s wastewater treatment plant. The second project approval was for St. Mary’s Ryken High School to renovate and ex-

pand locker room space over the Easter break. The project will add about 1,300 square feet to the athletic facilities at the school and will provide space for home team gatherings at games and locker room space. The project is part of a much larger athletic facilities expansion at the Catholic college preparatory school. That portion of the project may begin in several months, Town Administrator Laschelle Miller told The County Times. “They hope to get started on the larger project over the summer,” Miller said. The public hearings for the projects have been scheduled for March.

State Looking For Solutions To Leonardtown Street Project By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Officials with the Maryland State Highway Administration say that a portion of the $3.6 million streetscape project for Leonardtown has flaws that do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act because of a mistakes made during construction. The state agency is now looking for a way to make the project right without any repairs being prohibitively expensive. Charles Gischlar, spokesman for the state highway administration, said that a price tag for the repairs has yet to be calculated. “Upon inspection we caught it early,” Gischlar said. “We’re working with construction crews and the contractor to come up with a cost effective solution to remediate it and make it compliant.” The problem, Gischlar told The County Times, was that about 1,400 feet of the sidewalk project, which stretches along Washington Street into the center of downtown, was constructed of both concrete and brick pavers. To meet with ADA require-

ments, Gischlar said, the sidewalks had to be both five-feetwide and constructed of the same material. For months construction crews have been working on the project with the concurrent traffic slowdowns and redirections. Construction is set to recommence March 2, Gischlar said, since the wintry weather had made closing it down necessary. For the concrete to set properly after it was poured, he said, the temperature had to consistently be at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Last week’s warm weather not withstanding, the cold would not allow the concrete to set properly, Gischlar said. Leonardtown Mayor J. Harry Norris said that he had high hopes for the project to be completed sooner but that just didn’t look as if it would happen. “It’s way behind schedule,” Norris said of the project. “It’s been at least four to five months. “It’s unfortunate, I’m hoping they can expand it [the sidewalk] without taking it back up.” Norris said that the agreement between the town and state would be for the town government to get the deed to the renovated project once it was completed. “It has to meet all ADA compliance requirements before the town takes it over,” Norris said. “I knew it’d be a disruptive project but I just didn’t expect it to be this long.”

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Comptroller Warns Of Downward Revenue Revisions

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Comptroller Peter Franchot says a poor showing in the sales tax and estimated income tax collections are pointing to substantial downward revenue revisions next month in Maryland. Franchot said Tuesday that estimated payments for individual income tax are ``alarmingly weak’’ for the fourth quarter. He also says the sales tax continues to disappoint, even with the bar set very low because of the national recession. The Board of Revenue Estimates is scheduled to meet next month to revise revenue estimates that will play a role in the state’s budget process.

Panel To Consider Getting Tougher On Repeat DUIs ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ A panel of Maryland legislators will hear testimony about whether the state should increase penalties for people who repeatedly drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Gov. Martin O’Malley is sponsoring three bills this legislative session that seek to impose tougher sanctions on people who are convicted of repeatedly driving under the influence. One measure would impose a mandatory one-year driver’s license suspension for anybody convicted more than once in a five-year-period of drug and alcohol violations while driving. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will also hear on Tuesday testimony on O’Malley’s proposal to issue a six-month license suspension for anybody under 21 convicted of possessing or consuming alcohol.

Senate President Wants Slots at BWI Airport By Dylan Waugh Capital News Service Passengers at Maryland’s main airport would be able to gamble while munching on crab cakes from Phillips Seafood Restaurant if it was up to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert. BWI-Marshall is an “ideal” location for slots, Miller said following Tuesday’s Senate session, touting the money that could be generated from out-of-state passengers. “I think it’s an excellent site,” Miller said. “It’s a way for Maryland to keep money in the state from outsiders.” Delegate Eric Bromwell, DBaltimore County, has introduced a bill allowing for up to 3,000 slot machines at BWI -- more than twice the roughly 1,300 machines installed at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. If approved by the legislature, the measure would require passage by statewide referendum because it seeks to amend the state constitution. Miller downplayed a potential conflict between slots at BWI and the 4,750-machine parlor proposed by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. at nearby Arundel Mills Mall. That proposal is under consideration by the state slots commission.

“I think we can do both,” he said. Passengers often have hours to kill waiting for flights, Miller said, and slots would be a “wonderful opportunity for recreation, for enjoyment.”

Plus, many passengers are from out of state, meaning the proceeds going to the state coffers would not come at the expense of Marylanders’ wallets, he said. Miller’s feelings are not shared by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat.

“He’s not in favor of it,” said O’Malley Spokesman Shaun Adamec. House Speaker Michael Busch, D-Anne Arundel, prefers to “let the current process play out before amending the constitution,” said Busch Spokeswoman Alexandra Hughes. The bill is widely expected to face substantial opposition, Miller acknowledged. “I doubt if it’s going to pass the House this year, but if it does, we’ll certainly consider passing it in the Senate,” Miller said. Maryland voters approved slots in a referendum last year, but the state received only four qualified requests for fewer than half of the 15,000 terminals allowed. The state Video Lottery Facility Location Commission isn’t expected to vote on the bids for several months. The tepid response means the state will struggle to deliver the $600 million for public schools it hoped slots would generate by the 2012 fiscal year. In addition, the state received only $39.3 million of the $90 million it expected from the initial licensing fees. Miller has historically supported installing slot machines at racetracks, but said other options like BWI need to be considered in light of the state’s daunting budget shortfall. “Getting money from people in other states to help pay our bills,” Miller said, “that’s what it’s all about.”


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To The Editor:

Help Hold The Line On Maryland Taxes At a joint press conference this week, Maryland House and Senate GOP Caucuses announced the filing of a bill to require 60% vote of the legislature to pass future tax increases. The “Taxpayer’s Protection Act” will apply to increases to existing taxes, as well as levies of new taxes.  A recent poll by Gonzales Research showed that more than two out of every three Marylanders support the idea of providing an additional hurdle for increasing taxes.   This legislation is more important than ever, as the present levels of state spending

Labor Union Big Winners

President Barack Obama promised “change we can believe in” during his campaign and told us to end “the petty grievances…that for far too long have strangled our politics.” Yet despite these proclamations, the president who promised us change has given us more of the same. On Feb. 6, President Obama gave a major handout to one of his biggest political supporters – labor unions. When the president signed the Feb. 6 executive order encouraging federal agencies to award construction contracts to firms willing to agree to the costly and discriminatory union-friendly terms and conditions contained within project labor agreements (PLAs), he signaled that he cares more about politics than good policy.  With the federal government prepared to pay out more than $150 billion in construction spending and authorize nearly $50 billion in new and existing bonds to finance infrastructure projects, the president has

simply cannot be maintained. This bill is designed to impose the fiscal self-restraint that is currently lacking in Annapolis. I urge you to contact Senator Roy Dyson at (301) 858-3673, Delegate John Bohanon at (301) 858-3227 and Delegate John Wood at (301) 858-3170 and ask them to support “The Taxpayer’s Protection Act” (SB 747 and HB 684.) Cindy Jones Valley Lee, MD

made it nearly impossible for the 84 percent of America’s construction workers that decided not to join a union to help rebuild America. This political handout will limit competition and raise construction costs by as much as 20 percent. This means that up to $40 billion of the construction stimulus will not be used to build America or create jobs.  Unfortunately for the president, payback to union bosses doesn’t have a stimulative effect on the economy.        By issuing this order, President Obama exchanged the politics of change for business as usual.  This country is facing enormous challenges.  Now is the time for hope, not handouts.  L.J. Willson Chairman Associated Builders & Contractors Chesapeake Annapolis, MD 21401

Stimulus Bill Lacks Help For Housing Industry Now that the 2009 Stimulus Bill has passed both chambers, and President Obama is anxious to sign (or has signed as I am writing this on Saturday), will our economy improve? This bill had to be signed immediately to start the economy on the right track. Over 1,100 pages made up this bill, and I bet not one lawmaker read the entire document. So why the rush? Why not take an additional few weeks to make sure that this huge bill, which our future generations will be paying for, will get it right? According to the GAO, only 11% of the $787 billion will be spent in 2009. That doesn’t sound like a quick fix like Americans have been led to believe. Now as bad as the economy is, I will agree, the sooner the better, but let’s not have a knee-jerk reaction to something that deserves much attention and BIPARTISANSHIP for the benefit of ALL Americans, especially those who have lost their jobs and those who have lost their homes due to foreclosure. Bipartisanship seems to be a thing of the past, long before my time as I do not ever recall bipartisanship. And when I say bipartisanship, I mean reaching an agreement that both parties vote for, not agreeing to disagree. Not one Republican in the House voted for this bill and only three in the Senate did. President Obama’s hope for change stops in Washington, however I do give the president credit as he did include both parties in on the initial bill. The two chambers below him said change many times during the elections but I think since then they have “CHANGED” their mind.

According to USA Today, banks repossessed over 850,000 properties, and foreclosure filings surpassed three million in 2008. These are the folks who need the help the most as their credit is ruined. Will this stimulus bill do more then provide them assistance such as food stamps, welfare, and health insurance help? Will this stimulus bill erase or forgive their previous bad credit so that they can move on to the possibility of home ownership again? The housing market has seen much of the blame for this economic crisis we are in, along with the mortgage industry. The mortgage / banking industry has been given some help from the taxpayers. This leaves the housing industry needing the help. With banks having over 850,000 homes on their inventory and more occurring every day, and the home owners trying to get out of their homes before they are foreclosed on, along with the every day folks trying to move out of the area or move up to a better home, do you foresee an improvement in the housing market? We have just lost over three million possible homeowners because of their foreclosure filing. These three million people that had property foreclosed on is 3 million people that we can no longer sell a home to because their credit is ruined. I have not heard anything, nor have I read the entire 1100 pages to see that this stimulus bill will do to help these people, which are the ones that could really help the economy. Jimmy Hayden Leonardtown, MD

Editorial: St. Mary’s Ready To Celebrate 375 Years, Even If Others Aren’t The birthplace of Maryland has always been an obscure topic for Marylanders. Nestled neatly here on the southern tip of the state, the rest of Maryland actually knows very little about the Mother County, today or 375 years ago. When folks around Maryland think of the history of the 7th State in the Union, most draw visions of Annapolis. In fact, most would probably believe Annapolis was where Maryland was founded and it’s first Capital established. To be fair, by the time Maryland became the 7th State to join the Union, the capital of the State had been forcibly moved from St. Mary’s City to Annapolis. St. Mary’s City had been burned to the ground and burned from most people’s memory. Still the story of Maryland will always come through our county, and no matter how obscure to the rest of Maryland, it is a story rich in heritage and profuse with modern day notoriety. In the ongoing effort to tell the story of St. Mary’s County, this year a big birthday bash is being planned across our county, and to some degree across the state. The 375th Birthday Celebration of Maryland will begin with the annual Maryland Day Celebration on March 25th and continue throughout 2009. Much will be written and said over the coming months. The County Times will bring you the events and stories as they develop, and we will make certain our readers are well informed about what will be happening in your community. The 375th celebration is important not only because it continues and strengthens

our effort to tell the 375-year story of St. Mary’s County, it is also important to our second largest industry, tourism. The story of St. Mary’s County today is as prolific as the story of more than 300 years ago. Today our county is a leader in Maryland in education, technology, jobs, and quality of life. Blessed by a powerful industry of military and technology, tourism offers our community a practically perfect second industry, ripe for growth. What could be better than a low impact industry where folks from all over come to visit, stay in our hotels, dine in our restaurants, visit our shops, spend dollars and then leave to go back home? Many people have participated in the planning of the 375th celebration and many more will do the heavy lifting to make sure the yearlong celebration is carried out on all fronts. Yet one person continues to lead the growth of tourism with professional marketing and creative ideas. Carolyn Luray is St. Mary’s County’s tourism director. Ms. Luray has become the epitome of the legendary Arthur “Buck” Briscoe. While Ms. Luray may not have the 60’s style, charm and charisma of Mr. Briscoe who was responsible for, among many other things bringing Point Lookout State Park and the Oyster Festival to St. Mary’s County. And it may not be fair to compare the two, but Ms. Luray certainly can be credited with carrying on the great tradition of Mr. Briscoe in the quest to tell the story and create tourism opportunities for our county. We consider Ms. Luray one of our county’s many treasures.

Stimulus for Obama Political Supporters The construction industry has been hit hard by the recession. More than 1 million jobs were lost in our industry in the last year, with 110,000 industry jobs lost in January alone.  The huge infusion of money promised by the economic stimulus package was good news for the industry, but an executive order signed by President Obama on Feb. 6 will funnel those funds to his political supporters. The president’s executive order encourages federal agencies to award major federal construction contracts under what are known as project labor agreements (PLAs).  A PLA requires contractors and subcontractors on a given project to agree to: recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that jobsite; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers; pay union wages and benefits; obtain apprentices through union apprenticeship programs; and obey the union’s restrictive work rules, job clas-

sifications and arbitration procedures. Essentially, if you are not a unionized contractor, you need not apply. Those familiar with organized labor’s highly funded and stridently political voice might be surprised to learn unions only represent 16 percent of the construction industry, with non-union workers comprising 84 percent of the total construction workforce.  Per the Obama executive order, apparently the millions of construction workers who elect not to be represented by a union are not good enough to benefit from the potential boon of $150 billion in construction work included in the stimulus package. Jason Brown Annapolis Exteriors, Inc. 2009 Vice Chairman of Associated Builders & Contractors Chesapeake Annapolis, MD

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Legal Notice TRUSTEE’S SALE Case No. CA-08-1550

Of Valuable Improved Real Estate located in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, improved by premises located at 24271 McGlue Road Chaptico, Maryland 20621 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in a Deed Of Trust from Mark R. Pittman and Karin Mitchell Pittman to Stanley L. Merson and S. Lynne Pulford, Trustees, dated the 28th day of March, 2006, and duly recorded among the Land Records of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, in Liber 2744, at Folio 021, docketed for foreclosure in Civil No. CA-08-1550, the holder of the indebtedness secured by the Deed Of Trust having appointed Martin L. Goozman and Jeffrey W. Bernstein as Substitute Trustees by instrument duly executed, acknowledged and recorded among the Land Records of the said County, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the holder of the Note secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the front entrance of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Courthouse, 41605 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. all that property described in the said Deed Of Trust as follows: Lot Numbered Seven (7), In Block S In The Subdivision Known And Called “Mill Point Shores” As Per Plat Of Said Subdivision Recorded In CBG No 1, Folio 35 One Of The Plat Records Of St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Said property is improved by a single family residence. The property will be sold in “AS-IS” condition, subject to all conditions, restrictions, easements, covenants, rights-of-way and agreements of record affecting the property, and subject to whatever an accurate survey or inspection of the property would disclose, without any express or implied warranty of any kind. A deposit of $25,000.00 cash, certified or cashier’s check, payable to the undersigned Trustees, shall be required at the time and place of sale. The balance of the purchase price shall bear interest at the rate of 6.375% per annum from the date of sale to the date of delivery of payment to the Substitute Trustees. No deposit shall be required of the noteholder where the noteholder bids on the property at sale and payment of the purchase price by the

noteholder shall be made by crediting the purchase price against the foreclosure costs and expenses and the indebtedness secured by said Deed Of Trust. In the event that settlement is delayed for any reason, including, but not limited to, exceptions to the sale, bankruptcy filings by interested parties, court administration of the foreclosure sale or unknown title defects, there shall be no abatement of interest. Adjustment of all taxes, public charges and special or regular assessments, annual front foot benefit charges and deferred connection fees, if any, shall be made as of the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowner’s association fees, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. Title examination, conveyancing, transfer taxes, recordation tax and all other costs of conveyance and settlement shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser agrees to pay $295.00 at settlement to Seller’s attorney for review of the settlement documents. The property is sold subject to the right of any persons in possession of all or any part of the property under recorded or unrecorded leases or rights of occupancy, if any. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the property. Compliance with the terms of sale shall be made and the balance of the purchase price shall be paid within ten (10) days after final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland, unless said time is extended by the undersigned Trustees in their sole and absolute discretion for good cause shown, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit shall be forfeited and the property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. In the event of resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to any benefit, surplus proceeds or profits resulting from such resale. The Trustees are not liable, individually or otherwise, for any reason. If title to the property is not or cannot be transferred consistent with the terms hereof for any reason, the Trustee’s liability is limited, at its sole discretion, to return any deposit, without interest, thereby rescinding the sale, and there is no other right or remedy against the Trustee at law or in equity. Martin L. Goozman and Jeffrey W. Bernstein Substitute Trustees


Route 5 College Footbridge Axed

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

The Capital Design Advisory Committee (CDC) for St. Mary’s College of Maryland rejected a proposal to build a pedestrian footbridge over Route 5, with plans for “traffic calming” initiatives to take its place. The CDC held a public hearing Tuesday night to announce their suggestion, which came after a series of public hearings and consideration of public comments and surveys. Chip Jackson, Associate V.P. for Facilities, said safety of pedestrians has been the goal since the outset, and studies show that pedestrian bridges tend to increase vehicle speeds, as some drivers take a footbridge as a clue to go faster. College and Historic St. Mary’s City officials publicized five alternatives to solving the safety problem of people crossing along Route 5. Those options were: do nothing; install better crosswalks; traffic calming; a foot bridge or a tunnel. Officials collected 327 survey responses on the proposals, and a majority of responders also included written comments. A total of 93 written comments were received against the footbridge, the most for any single subject. The plans for traffic calming would encompass the entire stretch of Route 5 past the college, to achieve the goal of giving drivers a sense of arrival and of high pedestrian traffic in the area. Typically in a traffic calming area the road is slightly narrowed with landscaping to give an increased feel of narrowness. Traffic calming also happens to be the State

Highway Administration’s favorite idea, Jackson said. “It’s traffic calming that meets the objectives best,” Jackson said, sighting statistics that show the survivability rate for a person hit by a vehicle drops to 10 percent when a vehicle is moving at 40 mph. According to the same data, the survivability of a 30 mph crash is 60 percent. “That sunk home to us … we’re compelled by this information to proceed,” Jackson said. Jackson stressed that no part of the project is planned yet, and all possible design aspects are still on the table, except of course a traffic circle. The crowd in the auditorium at St. Mary’s City booed choruses of “oh no” and “no way” when a slide was shown depicting a traffic circle. Jackson said a “sidecar footbridge” next to Route 5 over Fisher’s Creek is a good possibility. That would solve a safety hazard now were the shoulders are very narrow as Route 5 goes over the creek inlet. Jackson said the process moving forward includes gaining approval from the college Board of Trustees and the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission. Next the State Highway Administration will be consulted about plans as actual designs are drawn. A $1.5 million allotment in the federal budget for a footbridge, secured by Congressman Steny Hoyer, is not in jeopardy with the alternative plan, Jackson said. “That money can be used for traffic calming or any pedestrian safety project here in St. Mary’s City,” he said.

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Stocks Drop On Worries About Economy, Car Makers (AP) _ Stocks are tumbling as investors grow more doubtful that the government can quickly turn around the still-weakening economy. A big worry on Wall Street is that General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC might not be able to prove that they can repay billions of dollars in loans and return to profitability. The market also got some grim econom-


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ic news. The New York Federal Reserve’s regional manufacturing index showed a much deeper contraction in activity than expected. All the major indexes are down more than 3 percent as the market nears its lows of mid-November. The Dow Jones industrials are down 259 at 7,591, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 is down 32 at 794 and the Nasdaq composite index is off 56 at 1,477.

The “uncharacteristically cold nature of January” explains why electricity customers in Southern Maryland received February bills that many say were alarmingly higher than previous months, according to one utility official. Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) spokesman Tom Dennison said complaints about high bills during winter are a recurring event, but a sharp drop in temperatures this January seems to have caused some alarm. Rates for SMECO customers have not increased since 2007, and while the actual cost of electricity acquisition is passed directly to customers, the “total energy rate” has actually dropped by a half a penny since winter began, Dennison explained to The County Times. “What we pay for energy is what we charge our customers,” Dennison said. In November, SMECO sold 267 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. Two months later, in January, SMECO sold 374 million kilowatt-hours of energy. That is a difference of more that 100 million kilowatthours used in January. Dennison also pointed out that the average temperature in December was 40 degrees, and the average dropped to 32 degrees in January. “That eight-degree drop really impacts a customer’s energy use,” Dennison said. “The primary driver for increased energy use is the weather,” in an area like Southern Maryland, where a majority of customers use electricity to heat and cool their homes, Dennison said. The Maryland Public Service Commission

(PSC) is looking into the state-wide increase in complaints from consumers about unusually high utility bills. Last week, the PSC directed the state’s gas and electric companies to submit explanations for the high winter bills, as well as provide the number of complaints they received and their responses to those complaints. “The complaints do not appear to correspond with any rate increases that have been accepted or approved by the Commission in the past several months,” the PSC wrote in the notice. The Commission did not give figures for the number of complaints it has received. The utilities must reply by Feb. 20, and the PSC has scheduled a hearing for Feb. 26. The order expands an earlier PSC inquiry into the utilities’ policies on collection and termination of service to delinquent customers and assistance to customers who are behind on their bills. Colder weather has caused customers to use more energy, utility officials and advocates say. However, utility bills have risen while energy prices have been falling and consumers are frustrated. The “majority of concerns about higher bills is due to the fact that customers are using more this winter,” said Mark Case, senior vice president of strategy and regulatory affairs for Baltimore Gas & Electric. According to Case, there have been twice as many days with temperatures below 30 degrees this winter compared with a year ago. He noted that usage usually doubles when temperatures fall that low. “We do believe that for the most part it’s a matter of usage,” agreed Clay Anderson, a spokesman for Pepco. “You’re going to have an increase ... with colder temperatures.”

Restaurant Row

Photo by Sean Rice Construction is underway on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park. A joint A&W Restaurant/ Long John Silver’s is nearing completion. Directly across the street, in the foreground, earth-work is happening to make room for a new McDonald’s. Its developers said the restaurant would be of the new class of McDonald’s, with flat-screen TVs, couches and Internet access.

Hollywood’s Bruster’s Ice Cream Is Top Seller

Over 250,000 Southern Marylanders can’t be wrong!

The Bruster’s Real Ice Cream store located in Hollywood was named the “Highest Sales Volume Store of the Year”. Owned by Ray and Debbie Bednarcik, their local Bruster’s franchise was also named “Rookie of the Year” in 2008, after achieving the highest gross sales for a new store opening in the company’s history. Based out of Bridgewater, Pa., Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is ranked as one of the Country’s leading franchise chains with more than 260 locations in 18 northeastern, mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. “Having the highest sales volume in the

chain requires a great deal of hard work and dedication”, Jim Sahene, CEO of Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, said in a press release. “At Bruster’s, our goal is to provide the best possible ice cream product and to scoop it with high quality service,” Sahene said. “Based on their active community involvement, we recognize that the Hollywood store does all of that and a whole lot more. We are very proud to have Debbie and Ray as part of our franchise family.” Ray and Debbie Benarcik could not be reached for comment this week.


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Defense & Military Opponents Of Navy Practice-Landing Strip Gear Up NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Residents of rural communities in southeast Virginia and northeastern North Carolina are building their case against the Navy’s plan to construct a jet landing strip in their backyard. The proposed $200 million outlying landing field (OLF) primarily would serve as a practice area for fighter pilots based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. The Navy is considering three Virginia sites for a new OLF, in Surry, Southampton and Sussex counties, one in Gates County, N.C., and another North Carolina site on the border of Camden and Currituck counties. Pilots of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets now prepare for night carrier landings at Oceana and Fentress Auxiliary Landing Field in Chesapeake, both of which have been encircled by suburban development. The Navy contends that it needs another strip to relieve the pressure on Oceana and Fentress. The Navy is expected to release results of its preliminary environmental studies of the sites this summer, but community residents aren’t waiting to make their opposition known. Tony Clark and Roland Evans, for example, are finishing an 18-minute documentary about life in the three Virginia counties. One of several stories the film highlights

is that of Cyndi Raiford, who owns 65 acres in Southampton and leases part of it to a horse-riding program for children with autism and other disabilities. Raiford says she used to work at a similar program near Oceana, and her lessons would come to a halt when Navy jets passed overhead. In Gates County, Citizens Against OLF also is gearing up. Group member Anita Earls is helping residents compile census data and other evidence of their long-standing connection to the community, which they say the Navy field would disrupt. Navy brass and Virginia officials who want to protect Oceana’s status as the East Coast’s master jet base are frustrated by the early and intense opposition. Rear Adm. David Anderson, vice commander of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, heads the Navy’s effort to have a landing field operational by 2013. He has said the Navy would work with local residents and governments. But landowners and residents not only question the Navy’s need for the landing field, but some doubt the future of Oceana itself. The debate isn’t about encroachment, Anderson says. Even if Oceana and Fentress were surrounded by a desert, the service would need an outlying landing field. The Navy ``is out of capacity to train pilots’’ on the East Coast, he said.

‘Solid Curtain’ Exercise Could Hinder Traffic Near Pax By Sean Rice Staff Writer Southern Maryland residents may see an increase in traffic backups in the vicinity of Patuxent River Naval Air Station next week, as Navy officials are conducting Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield 2009 nationwide. The exercise will be conducted from Feb. 23 to 29, and is designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to threats to installations. John Romer, public affairs officer for Patuxent NAS, said the training exercise is not in response to any specific threat, and it is an annual exercise. Naval District Washington officials sent out a media advisory announcing the operation Wednesday. Various scenarios have been devised to test

base security response to a number of simulated incidents, and people on station next week may see activities taking place, Romer confirmed. “We’re trying to keep it to a minimal,” Romer said of possible disruptions to normal base and station operations. “You might notice a little more traffic going on station.” Visitors and employees at Pax may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise. On February 23 and 24, all naval bases will increase their Force Protection Condition which will limit base access and may impact the local area traffic pattern, as it may take a little long to get through the gates. The exercise will include Patuxent NAS installations at Webster Field and the Navy Recreation Center, Solomon’s.

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Northrop Grumman Donates $1,500 to Greenwell The Greenwell Foundation’s Vacations for Vets program is the recipient of a $1,500 donation from Northrop Grumman Corp. This is the second consecutive year that Northrop Grumman contributed to the program. Vacations for Vets is a respite program for U.S. armed forces members offering disabled veterans and their families no-cost weekend stays at the fully accessible Knott Lodge. Their stay is free due to the generosity of volunteers and local businesses. ‘’Northrop Grumman is a longtime supporter of the Greenwell Foundation. We are grateful for the generous donation to the Vacations for Vets program. It will help ensure that we can provide more weekends this year for our veterans and their families,” Jolanda Campbell, executive director of the Greenwell Foundation, said in a press release. Greenwell anticipates serving service members and their families in 2009.


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Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy Celebrates Its Centennial Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Genevieve Hatcher, the school’s highest-ranking student, said she is already setting her own plans in motion before graduating this year, and like many of her classmates, she disagrees with the stigma attached to military academies. “We’re just normal everyday students going to school,” she said, “they see kids in military school and they say ‘well they must have done something bad’ because they’re being disciplined…but I wasn’t bad, I

college or the military, as the majority of graduates have done throughout the school’s history. “Most of our kids go on to college, some go on to the military, some go to It was a typical afternoon at Leonard Hall Junior trade schools…but we want to make sure that once they Naval Academy, and as Headmaster Suzanne Wisnieski leave here they have some sort of plan,” she said. eased into her chair in her office, down the hall students And in an uncertain economy that has been forcin dress uniform were standing before a panel of school ing other private schools in the area to raise tuition or officials to state their case for promotion. close their doors, Wiskieski said she expected that tu“Some of the students get so nervous, but it’s good ition at Leonard Hall would stay the same despite the for them to have that experience,” she economy. “Last year we did said, adding that a panel regularly exhave an increase of about 10 amined each students’ attendance and percent…but I don’t think tuacademic performance to establish ition is going to go up…we’re their ranks (from P.T. officers to Battrying to keep it as low as postalion Commanders), and it offered sible,” she said, adding that the them useful practice for job or college Board of Trustees would vote applications. on tuition rates and the budget Over the last 100 years, Leonin March. ard Hall has seen its fair share of In the meantime, Wischanges. nieski said she has been colThe Xaverian Brothers opened lecting information on Leonthe doors of Leonard Hall to paroard Hall’s alumni in preparachial students on September 19, 1909, tion for the school’s gala on purchasing the building and grounds September 19, during which in December, 1910 and opening it as the school will celebrate its an agricultural school. 100th birthday, and there will The agricultural program was be several events for students dropped in 1928 and the school was as well. reestablished with a college prepara As the final bell rang, Photo by Frank Marquart Wisnieski smiled as watched tory curriculum, adding its military th program in 1941 and staying open Students stand up for morning drill at Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy, which will celebrate its 100 the kids leave, commenting even after the Xaverian Brothers sold year on Sept. 19. that they had always amazed the school property to the county in her with their performance 1973. The school later expanded its curriculum and went to this school and I’m a straight-A student,” she and enthusiasm. “We used to give them regular medadded high school classes in 1994. said, adding that she felt her experience at the school als and bars,” she said, “but for the high school kids Since then the list of graduates has swelled to in- had been rewarding. it got weird because military personnel would salute clude both middle school and high school alumni, with “People look at the military and they think about them, since they looked like they were enlisted, so after most former students commending their alma mater for reform, but that’s not what we’re about. We’re about a while we switched to ROTC decorations,” she said, instilling academic and military discipline. providing a focused structured environment for stu- laughing. Leonard Hall hardly matches the dreaded “mili- dents,” said Wisnieski. “But this really is like a family here,” said Wistary reform school” image that has come to dominate That formula seems to be working, too, as last year nieski, “our students really want to be here…that’s what public opinion on institutions of its kind, however. 100 percent of the school’s graduates went on to either makes this place so great.”

Larry Hartwick, SMCPS Supervisor of Design and Construction, stands beside two large cedar towers which will collect 15,000 gallons of rainwater for flushing toilets and supporting other utilities at Evergreen Elementary.

Going Green With Evergreen

Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano looked positively giddy as he walked up to the county’s newest educational landmark, Evergreen Elementary School, its construction site resting comfortably near a landscape peppered with new houses in the Wildewood residential community and surrounded by a buffer of wetlands. School officials accompanied Martirano on Friday’s tour, including Chief Operating Officer Brad Clements, and Larry Hartwick, supervisor of design and construction for St. Mary’s Public Schools. “I am very excited,” Martirano said as he walked through the site, rubbing his hands together and smiling. “This is the first time I’ve been able to come out and walk around the site.” According to designers, this is a site to be enthused about, boasting the latest in green building technology, including clerestory windows to provide natural lighting throughout the school, a rainwater cistern to collect water for flushing toilets and reducing water consumption, duel flush toilets, low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy, a green vegetated roof to reduce storm water run-off and absorb carbon dioxide, and all manner of energy saving appliances to round out what may be the most green building as yet constructed in the area. What may be most striking about the school’s construction is the fact that the building itself is a science project, using half green energy solutions such as solar or geothermal

devices, with the other half being powered by more conventional means. All will be monitored by an interactive energy kiosk, which will track real-time data on energy consumption throughout different parts of the building to assess which features are providing the most efficient use of resources. “We’ll use this building as a prototype,” Martirano said. “We’ll replicate the model and use enhanced features in future models…so the next school could have a complete geothermal system, for example,” he said. The school is also being constructed with 100 percent recycled steel, and includes recycled carpet and tiling materials, with 40 percent of the construction materials having been made locally, and 88 percent of all waste materials being recycled. Martirano said the school system is aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy in Environmental Design) certification, a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, and for which SMCPS hopes to achieve at least a silver rating. “We originally designed for a silver rating,” Martirano said, “but all indications point so far that we’ll have a gold building…so we’re really proud and really pleased.” Evergreen Elementary is still scheduled to open in fall 2009 with a student capacity of 646. Construction is expected to be complete by June. In the meantime, Martirano said the school’s curriculum will focus heavily on environmental matters, but that designing a green building would only be the first of many steps. “These are just features, but we’re also changing behaviors,” he said, adding that students will be actively involved in reducing energy consumption as part of their curriculum. “The designs are a start…but all of that will fall of deaf ears if we don’t change behavior,” he said.


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Rotary Club Hands Out Dictionaries

The Lexington Park Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the entire third grade classes at Park Hall Elementary School. The dictionaries were delivered and distributed by Bill Taylor, owner of Taylor Gas. He and some of the representatives of the Lexington Park Rotary Club visited the third graders on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. They distributed the dictionaries and talked to the students about what the Rotarians do and why they have the Rotary Club. They also encouraged the students to not just utilize the dictionaries for word search, but to read the many other interesting additions included such as: Presidential biographies, statistics, longest word in the world, etc. The students were THRILLED to get a copy of their own to keep!

SMCM Makes Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service announced that St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) is being honored with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America’s communities in 2008. Students at SMCM donated a total of 14,265 hours of service to local community organizations, like Christmas in April, Bayside Center Nursing Home, and the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.  “We are so proud of the work our students have done in St. Mary’s County,” said Dr. Jane Margaret “Maggie” O’Brien, president of SMCM. “Half of the student body at St. Mary’s College has freely volunteered their time to better our community.” Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.



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Wal-Mart Evacuated For Fifth Bomb Threat In A Week

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Detectives with the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations are investigating the fifth in a string of bomb threats targeting the Wal-Mart Super Store on Miramar Way in California. The latest bomb threat occurred about 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, the fourth occurred 9 a.m. the same day. The five bomb threats have occurred in just over a week’s time. St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said concerns over the bomb threats had reached a new level after the third case reported on Monday. “BCI now has the case,” Cameron told The County Times. “It’s been a priority now it’s an imperative to find out who is making these calls.” Cameron said bomb threats in St. Mary’s were nothing new but not to this magnitude. “We’ve had bomb threats before but not like three in one week,” Cameron said after the third incident. Kelly Cheeseman, corporate spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, said that the store was cooperating fully with the

investigation. “The safety and security of our customers and employees is our top priority,” Cheeseman said. “We take every threat seriously. “We are working with local police in their investigation.” Employees working there were frustrated at the repeated evacuations and interruptions in their schedules, especially since they often had to wait outside in cold, sleeting weather for the all clear signal to return. “You all need to catch this crazy person,” said one Wal-Mart employee who was talking to Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives remaining at the store Wednesday morning after the fourth incident. “It’s just somebody with nothing better to do.” Cameron said that each time the threat was called in employees and customers were evacuated and managers then conducted a search with police for any suspicious items or packages. No packages were found after the first four threats were called in, according to police. Aside from the frustrations employees faced, there were losses in productivity one employee at the Subway sandwich shop there said. “I just hope they catch whoever it is,” the employee said. “Sales are down when this happens and it wastes a lot of food. “This is getting old, old, old.”

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Briefs Police: Man Flung Burning Jacket On Victim On February 16, 2009 deputies responded to a report of a domestic assault on Hermanville Road in Lexington Park. Investigation revealed Brandon Lee Tyree, Sr., 28, of Capitol Heights engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim. After the altercation, the victim went to bed with her four-year-old daughter. The victim and her daughter were awakened when Tyree allegedly threw a burning jacket on top of them. The assault was reportedwitnessed by an independent third party. Brandon Lee Tyree, Sr. was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and malicious burning. Man Charged With Assaulting Deputy With Car On February 13, 2009 at 12:10 a.m. Deputy J. Stone initiated a vehicle stop a 2009 Ford Windstar van for a traffic violation on Independence Drive at Barnes Court in Mechanicsville. Stone detected an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle and asked the driver, identified as David I. Butler, 36, to exit the vehicle at which time he refused. Butler then placed the vehicle in drive and fled the scene. Butler allegedly turned the vehicle around and drove directly toward Stone’s vehicle. Stone was able to take evasive action and avoid a collision. A vehicle pursuit ensued with the suspect vehicle alledgedly traveling in excess of 100 mph. The pursuit terminated after Butler pulled into the parking lot of a Mechanicsville business. A search incident to arrest revealed Butler was also in possession of suspected marijuana. Butler was charged with first-degree assault, fleeing and eluding police, possession of CDS and incarcerated in the detention center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Assault Second Degree

Photo by Guy Leonard Wal-Mart employees head back to work after the third bomb threat against their store Monday. On Wednesday detectives were investigating two more bomb threats there for a total of five.

Sheriff: Wife Of Mark Tippett A Person Of Interest

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The wife of Mark Tippett, the man who went missing more than two years ago and whose remains were found and positively identified there last week, is a person of interest in the case surrounding his death, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron told The County Times. Lisa Marie Tippett, who has been charged with another suspect in the arson of her and her husband’s former Cedar Cove home, has been charged with several offenses in the past year and remains incarcerated in the county detention center, Cameron confirmed Monday. Cameron said that authorities had not yet determined whether the cause of death was suicide, homicide or some other factor. “You can’t really rule out anything at this point,” Cameron said, adding that the case was still being handled as a homicide. Reports from the county Bureau of Criminal Investigations Feb. 13 stated that Mark Tippett’s remains had been identified after they had been found during a search of the woods near Willis Wharf Court in the Cedar Cove community of Lexington Park last week. Cameron said that the area had been searched two years before just after Tippett’s disappearance but detectives who had been working the case looked back and found that they weren’t satisfied with the extent of the previous search.

On Februrary 14, 2009 at 1:47 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in Lexington Park for the report of a domestic related assault. Investigating deputies determined Stacey G. Ray, 43, allegedly pushed the male victim causing him to strike his head during an argument. The male victim refused any medical treatment. Ray was arrested, charged with seconddegree assault and incarcerated in the detention center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Police: Lexington Park Man’s Death A Suicide

“We looked at the maps and that area was By Guy Leonard Police responded to the corner of Great part of the [previous] search but it was on the Staff Writer Mills Road and Saratoga Drive at about 3:10 that fringe,” Cameron said Monday. “This time afternoon and cordoned off an area around the we had almost 70 people and technology we Detectives with the county’s criminal in- PNC Bank. didn’t have before.” vestigations unit say that a 53-year-old man The body lay on the sidewalk in front of That technology included devices used the bank; first respondby Maryland State Police search teams that ers pronounced the man electronically tracked the progress of search dead on the scene. teams on a computerized map to show where Capt. Rick Burris, they had and hadn’t searched. commander of the BuThis time Mark Tippett’s remains were reau of Criminal Investifound in a thicket of woods that was difficult gations said that the man to access, Cameron said. shot himself in the head Had the search occurred in the summer in public. time, he said, when foliage had been even The suicide weapmore dense, finding the remains would have on was recovered, Burbeen more difficult. ris said, but he would not Cameron said that the skeletal remains comment on what kind were mostly intact when they were found — of weapon it was. only a few bones were missing — and DNA Burris revealed that was used to identify the remains. the man had a conversaSherry Tippett, the deceased’s sister, said tion with his girlfriend that she had walked the same ground in search just before he commitof her lost sibling those two years ago. ted suicide. “I’ve walked that area where he was “We believe his found,” she said. “It seems I would have walked right by it. Photo by Guy Leonard intent was to commit “It’s tough country to go through.” Police investigate the suicide of a Lexington Park man Tuesday afternoon after suicide that day and the Sherry Tippett has long suspected that the man shot himself in public at the corner of Great Mills Road and Saratoga conversation was not Drive the cause of that,” Burher brother was murdered. ris said. “I know they’ve been looking at her [Lisa found lying on the sidewalk along Great Mills Burris said that suicides are not a rising Marie Tippett] and I’ve been looking at her Road Tuesday died of a self inflicted gunshot problem in the county but they are a continual since day one.” wound. issue. Lisa Marie Tippett has been charged with Police did not identify the gunshot victim, “Throughout the year we investigate quite a first-degree arson and also pleaded guilty to a only revealing that he was from Lexington Park. few, Burris said.” fourth-degree sex offense last year.


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Christine Ann “Chrissy” Wible Brown, 50 Christine Ann “Chrissy” Wible Brown, 50, of Lexington Park died Feb. 10 in her residence. Born Jan. 22, 1959 in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of the late Alan Howard and Rita Florine Johnson Wible. She was the loving wife of Anthony Allen Brown whom she married July 12, 2006 in Leonardtown. She is survived by her siblings, Sandra Smith of McKays Beach, Parran Wible of Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Reeder of California, Md., Susan Combs of Leonardtown and Larry Wible of St. Mary’s City. She was preceded in death by her brother Gary Wible. Chrissy graduated from Great Mills High School’s Class of 1977 and she took some college courses in Software Technology. She worked as a Public Liaison Assistant for the Commander at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Patuxent River, where she retired January 1996 from the Office of Protocol. Her energetic spirit greeted many a visitor during the time she worked at Pax River. When both of her parents were ailing, she was the one called upon when everyone else was at work or busy with something. She herself had a debilitating back problem, but was always available when someone needed her. Chrissy loved gardening and watching old movies. She collected pottery especially sugar bowls and creamers. She also enjoyed shopping for bargains, being especially clever at finding unique jewelry and purses. Chrissy was a supportive and caring person throughout her whole life. Everyone appreciated her memory of things in detail of past events; she was very much like her Grandfather Johnson in that way. Chrissy will be missed by her family and many friends. The family received friends Feb. 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, where a Funeral Service was held Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Matthew Combs, Jonathan West and Shane Weasonforth. Honorary Pallbearers were Darren Smith, Tommy Wible, Corey Reeder and Glenn Johnson. Condolences to the family may be made at www. mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Della Louise “Mama Della” Buchanan, 101 Della Louise “Mama Della” Buchanan, 101, of Loveville, and formerly of Leonardtown, died Feb. 7 in her residence.

Born Dec. 24, 1907 in Leonardtown she was the daughter of the late Johnny and Anna Marshall Price. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Herbert Buchanan whom she married June 1, 1931 and who preceded her in death Oct. 12, 2001. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her siblings, Mae Thomas, Mary Dorsey, Alice Buchanan, Sarah Somerville, Rose Milburn, James Price, Edward Price, Henry Price and Francis Price. The family received friends Feb. 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, where Prayers were said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, with Fr. John Dakes officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were her nephews and cousins. Contributions may be made to Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be left for the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Raymond Matthew Carter, Sr., 69 Raymond Matthew Carter, Sr., 69, died in his home in Clements, Maryland Feb. 13 following a lengthy illness with throat cancer. Raymond was born Jan. 21, 1940 in Oakley, Md. to Mary Cornelia Green Carter and Francis Cornelius Carter. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Morganza. He married Gertrude Veronica Neale Nov. 5, 1960, and from that union came four children; Raymond Matthew Carter, Jr., Charles Samuel Carter, Sr., Robert Fitzgerald Carter, and Linda Renee (Carter) Price. He was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Matthew Carter, Jr.; both of his parents; two brothers, James “Jimmy” Carter and Aloysius Carter and his sister, Agnes Cecelia (Carter) Chesley. Raymond loved the country life, and he was a very successful farmer. During his early years, he worked as a Sharecropper on the Bailey’s Farm in Bushwood, in addition to working at the sawmill, Gordon Raygan bricklaying, and being a part-time waterman. In 1970, he moved his family to Clements, and for 25 years he worked on the Quade farm while raising his own crops of tobacco, corn and soybeans. He also enjoyed hunting. After retiring from farming, he worked on the Russell farm in Clements where he continued to display a joy of discing and plowing land in addition to working

with fruits and vegetables. He would also lend a hand to the late Joseph Vallandingham with his crops. Throughout his farm life, Raymond encountered many people that completely touched the core of his soul such as Charles B. Nelson, better known as “Manzie” or “Banjo;” the late “Teddy Bear” Lathroum; Jackie Tennyson; Jimmy Hurry; the Quade brothers, George Bernard and Ray; James “Squirrel” Price, and the Russell brothers, Walter, Leroy, Brian, Glen, Andy and the late Kevin; as well as so many other St. Mary’s Countians. Raymond also truly treasured the long-term friendships he held with his many brothers-in-law, especially those with the late Walter Chesley, Sr., Clarence T. Neale, and William “Willie” Neale. Other Brothers-in-law he leaves behind include Christopher Neale, Joseph “Chummy” Tyer and William A. Hebb, Sr. During his battle with cancer, Raymond was able to remain in his home and received daily care and attention from several of his family members, especially his sister, Geraldine, who catered to Raymond’s every need as if it were a full-time job. She was there for him each and every day, and even when she went home, she constantly called to make sure he was okay and had what he needed. Raymond was so fortunate to have such a strong support group, and he truly understood how blessed he was. He was even blessed by special angels such as Joyce and Billy Cusic and Walter and Betty Russell who constantly made sure he had lots of baked goods and produce to keep him going. He also had the most wonderful Hospice caregivers, Cathy Russell Humphries and Mary Ellen Hill. Raymond leaves to mourn his memory his three children, Charles S. Carter, Sr. (Tanji), Robert F. Carter (Leslie), and Linda Renee Carter Price (Windell/Benny); seven grandchildren, Charles S. Carter, Jr., Cyrus A. Carter, Dominique N. Carter, James W. “JW” Price, Jr., Kavan T. Small, Kerrin A. Small, and Brandon T. Quade. He also leaves his aunt Bernice Carter Barbour; ex-wife Gertrude Veronica Carter; four sisters, Mary Madeline “Sis” Davis, Helen Elizabeth “Betty” Davis, Anna Geraldine Tyer, and Alberta Jennifer, one brother, Thomas Theodore Carter, also his long time riding buddy Athena. Family received friends Feb. 18 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bushwood at noon with Fr. Timothy Baer officiating. Interment followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers were James “Mouse” Carter, Wayne Somerville, John Chesley, Charles Countiss, Donald Thomas, Robert Armstrong, Jr., Joseph T. Price, and Gary Hill, Sr.

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Honorary Pallbearers included William Chesley, Walter Chesley, Al Chesley, Francis Chesley, Martin Chesley, Del Mar Chesley, Winfred Countiss, Kevin Countiss, Christopher C. Neale, George Quade, and William A. Hebb, Sr. Alter servers were Gary Hill, Jr. and Raymond E. Quade, Jr. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Patrick Dale Edwards, 59 Patrick Dale Edwards, 59, of Lexington Park passed away peacefully in John’s Hopkins Hospital Feb. 10. Born July 16, 1949 in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of Hugh and Marsha Edwards of Marietta, Ga. He was much loved by those who knew him well as Pat, Dale or Ed. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked at Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a civil servant. Pat was a volunteer member of the Lexington Park Rescue Squad in his youthful years and was a longterm associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police. In addition to his parents, Pat is survived by loving family members; wife, Djuna Edwards; two daughters, Michell Edwards of Leonardtown, and Shavaun Tesareski of Dallas, Texas; son, Shawn Tesareski of Wilmington, Del.; sister, Cheryl Haynes of Newnan, Ga.: and brother, Mark Edwards of Austell, Ga. Family received friends Feb.14 from 6 - 7 p.m. in Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lexington Park Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Mary Lucille (Leathering) Elliott 84 Mary Lucille (Leathering) Elliott 84, of California, Md. passed away peacefully in her residence Feb. 5. Mary was born Dec .27, 1924 in Solomons, Md. and was the daughter of the late Everett G. Leathering and Mary Estelle Oberry Leathering. She was the beloved wife of Bernard Carlton Elliott whom she was married to from January of 1946 until his death in 1972.


She was a Navy wife for 23 years until Ben’s retirement in 1967. She is survived by two sons, Douglas Elliott, fiancée Valerie Wheeler and Jay Elliott, fiancée Tina Corson. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Sam Elliott, Luke Elliott, Vanessa Elliott, Heidi Elliott, Vanessa Elliott Burgan and Lindsey Elliott, as well as six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Robert Elliott in 2002. Mary moved to St. Mary’s county in the early 70’s and was a stay-at-home mom raising her three boys until the death of her husband. It was after his death that she decided to open up a hair salon. After selling her shop, she became a very active member at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church, running the food pantry. Mary was a dedicated grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren. She loved sewing, knitting, gardening, reading mystery novels and most of all doing her crossword puzzles. Her kind and uplifting spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Family received friends Feb. 13 from 4 – 5 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 5 p.m. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

James Lee “Jim” Johnson, 46 James Lee “Jim” Johnson, 46, of Leonardtown died Feb. 14 in his residence. Born Feb. 4, 1963 in Tacoma, Wash., he was the son of Betty Ann Johnson – Shegogue of Lexington Park and the late Ronald Lee Johnson. He is survived by his sisters, Linda Gardiner of Lexington Park, and Cheryl Coeyman of North Carolina as well as eight first cousins, ten second cousins and three aunts. Jim moved to St. Mary’s County in 1969 from Marlow Heights, Md. and graduated from Leonardtown High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force for one year. The family will receive friends Feb. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mark Roberson officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Pallbearers will be


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Steve Patterson, David Gardiner, Brian Cooksey, Kevin Akers, Lee Gardiner, Guy Latimer and John Svoboda. Condolences to the family may be left at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Lisa Davis “Pooh” Long, 50 Lisa Davis “Pooh” Long, 50, of Leonardtown, and formerly of Marion, Va., died Feb. 9 in Georgetown University Hospital. Born March 7, 1958 she was the daughter of Maxine Elledge Davis of Marion, Va. and the late Billy Russell Davis. She was the loving wife of Thomas Richard “Ricky” Long whom she married Sept. 26, 1997 in King George, Va. She is survived by her brothers, Gene Carlton Davis and his wife Carol of Heathsville, Va. and Philip Giles Davis and his wife Becky of Cape Girardeau, Mo. as well as several nieces and nephews. Lisa graduated from Spotsylvania High School’s Class of 1976 and was a deputy clerk for the Clerk of Circuit Court, Leonardtown, for fifteen years. She was a NASCAR and Redskins fan who loved her cats, gardening and eating crabs. The family received friends Feb. 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Funeral Service was held Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Pallbearers were Jack Curtis, Skip Stewart, Dave Koenig, Darryl Somerville, Joey Somerville and Johnnie Gray. Honorary Pallbearers were her nieces, nephews and colleges for the Circuit Court House. Contributions may be made to Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Attn: Office of Development, Research Building, Ste. E501, 3970 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, DC 20057. Condolences may be left for the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

James C. Raley, Jr., 76 James C. Raley, Jr., 76, of Leonardtown passed away Feb. 7 in the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. Jim was born in Maddox, Md. April 18, 1932 and remained a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He was the son of Elsie Swann Raley and James Carroll Raley, Sr.

Jim worked at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for thirtyfive years and was the Director of the Computer Science Directorate (CSD).Upon retirement, he received the highest award granted to a civilian by the Department of the Navy. After retirement, he remained very active serving as the Director of the Sotterley Mansion, Director of Hospice of St. Mary’s County, as well as serving as an instructor for the College of Southern Maryland. He served on numerous boards for his church and local community, and remained a very active member of the Leonardtown Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Isabelle Waring Raley, of Leon-

13 from 4 – 8 p.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown. Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Reverend John Dakes and Reverend Rory Conley were the concelebrants. Interment was private. Serving as pallbearers were J. MacGuire “Mock” Mattingly, George Kalnasy, Jr., Andy Pennisi, Rayner Blair, Mike Sullivan and Bobby Sterling. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the members of the Leonardtown Lions Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. Aloysius Catholic Church, P.O. Box 310, Leonard-

He is survived by his siblings, Israel Swarey, Ben C. Swarey, Jacob C. Swarey and Mary Kurtz, all of Charlotte Hall and Gertrude Byler of Addison, N.Y. He was a laborer at his family’s farm. A funeral service was held Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. in the family’s home. Interment followed in Fisher Cemetery, Mechanicsville. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Alvin Y. Swarey, 59 Alvin Y. Swarey, 59, of Charlotte Hall died Feb. 7 in his residence. Born Nov. 14, 1949 in Charlotte Hall he was the son of Lydia Stoltzfus Swarey of Charlotte Hall and the late Christian M. Swarey.

Ridge passed away Feb. 14 in St Mary’s Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Joey was born Jan. 2, 1951 in Leonardtown, son of the late Charles (Chuck) and Cecilia (Flip) Titus of Ridge. He was educated at St Michael’s Catholic School and graduated with Ryken High School’s (RHS) Class of 1968. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Frances Bean Titus, whom he married Oct. 2, 1976 in St. Cecilia’s Church; his daughters, Jessica and boyfriend Tim Snyder of St Inigoes, and Marsha

and husband Brian Evans of Leonardtown. He is also survived by his brother, Tom Titus and wife Cindy of Baltimore; mother-in-law, Edith Bean of Ridge; brother-inlaw, William Bean and wife Joyce of St Mary’s City and two special loved ones, Bethany and Christina Klobnock of St. Inigoes. Joey retired from the Naval Air Station Fire Department in January 2007 after 37 years of service, starting his career as a firefighter and retiring as Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention. He was President and Life Member, Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad and recently celebrated 40 years of service to the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department holding numerous positions over time including Engineer, Fire Marshal, Captain, Treasurer, member of the Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Fire Prevention Committee. One of his passions was teaching youth about fire safety and first aid. He received the “Maryland’s Most Beautiful” Award for St Mary’s County in 1989 for his years of instructing a Babysitter’s Safety Course throughout the county. He coached St Michael’s basketball teams and his baseball days started with Little League, coached by his father, RHS baseball, Charles-St Mary’s Sandlot League, and American Legion Slow-Pitch League. Joey was a St Mary’s County Slow-Pitch Hall of Fame inductee. He later phased into umpiring fast-pitch and slowpitch softball and scorekeeping basketball for the Tri-County Sports Officials Association. He was also a member of the Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Committee. Joey found pleasure in fishing, watching football and baseball on TV, running his Friday night ambulance duty night and responding 2nd call, sitting on his deck by the creek side watching the birds and squirrels and he was especially proud of watching his daughters grow up. Relatives and friends attended Joey’s Life Celebration in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, Feb. 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Church. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, Ridge Volunteer Fire Department or the squad / fire department in your community. Pallbearers will be Jim Titus, George Gatton, Mike Roberts, J. P. Caulder, Wesley Briscoe, Morgan Weber, Kee Abell and Ron Lord. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department and Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

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Conserving Water Is Easy and Effective

As the world grows more environmentally conscious, a common question keeps rolling off the tongues of concerned citizens: what can I do? One of the biggest problems is that the headline-grabbing issues, such as global warming and resource depletion, appear too intimidating and much too far along for regular people to make a difference. While it’s understandable for people to feel a sense of hopelessness, in reality there is much everyone can do to begin turning around the state of the environment. Consider the case of water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person uses 60 gallons of water per day. Seem high? That’s because it is. Experts note that the average individual could decrease his daily water use by 15 to 20 percent and barely notice it. In that light, the issue of water conservation doesn’t seem so daunting, does it? It shouldn’t. In fact, trimming water usage can be done in a number of easy and inexpensive ways - ways that will not only save more water, but end up saving individuals money as well. • Look for leaks: Leaky faucets and toilets are some of the biggest wasters of water today. And more often than not, these leaks are silent assassins, not even audible to those who are closely listening for them. A leaky toilet, for instance, can silently waste up to 200 gallons of per day. Discovering if a toilet is leaking can be as simple as a food coloring test. Simply add food coloring to the toilet’s tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, the toilet is leaking. Another method is to examine the meter while no water is being used. If the dial is moving, there’s a leak. Consult a plumber if either case is true. • Stop running the water: While this seems simple, many people keep their water running when they really don’t need to, such as when they’re brushing their teeth, shaving or washing their hands and face. According to Denver Water, a family of four that stops running the faucet while brushing their teeth can expect to save 800 gallons of water per month. Should the same family mandate that the washing machine be full in order to do a wash, they’ll save more than 2,000 gallons of water per month. While saying “stop running the water” sounds simple, the results are anything but minimal. • Flush toilets only when necessary: Many people flush a toilet more than once when using the bathroom. Unfortunately, each flush is six gallons of water. Flush only when necessary and do not use the toilet as a fancy garbage can. • Install water-friendly products: Thanks to the growing emphasis on conservation, numerous products exist to help conserve water. Low-flow faucet aerators, for example, can reduce water flow by as much as 50 percent, even though it will seem as though the water pressure has gotten stronger. There are also water-saving shower heads that are equipped with on/off valves, allowing the water to be stopped and restarted. Best of all, once restarted, the temperature has not changed and does not need to be readjusted.

Living Green Expo The St. Mary’s County Commission on the Environment’s “Living Green Expo” is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will feature display booths from environmental organizations and businesses. The expo will also feature several door prizes (each over a $75.00 value) and several speakers on environmental issues. Coffee and a small lunch will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information on the expo please visit greensomd. com and click on the St. Mary’s County Commission on the Environment link. The Commission on the Environment is comprised of nine St. Mary’s County citizens who meet monthly to promote environ-

mental awareness by research, by information gathering, and by public meetings; to involve citizens through a variety of means to effect improved community understanding; and to serve as county government’s official representation in matters related to the environment. The Commission serves as liaison with federal, state and other local governments and with civic organizations and the general public; and investigates, analyzes and makes recommendations on environmental matters as required by the Board of County Commissioners. For more information on the Commission on the Environment and its activities, log on to the county’s website at www.stmarysmd. click on Volunteer Boards under the Government tab.

Creating a Cleaner, Greener, and Safer Home for Your Children is Easier Than You Think The new book - Healthy Child Healthy a couple of recipes), Brooke Shields, Sheryl World - Offers Budget-Friendly Advice to Re- Crow, Michelle Obama, Erin Brockovich, duce Kids Exposure To Toxins in Everyday and Meryl Streep (who wrote the book’s Products (679 words, US) foreword). (PRNewswire/MS) -- Keeping a home “So much that’s out there now is about green not only helps the environment, but what you should not do,” Streep writes. may also help prevent chronic diseases and “Healthy Child Healthy World helps mothers ailments that can affect children, a new book and fathers connect the dots, to understand argues. cause and effect ... it tries to emphasize the Everything from the bubble bath your healthful solutions, the positive, easy-to-folkids soak in to that new toy all the mothers low steps you can take for your family, your raved about at the last playdate, may actually home, yourself.” contain toxins posing risks to our kids’ vulGavigan offers tips like these to help nerable, developing bodies, says Christopher make that happen: Gavigan, author of Healthy Child Healthy -- Keep cleaning simple. You don’t need World, and CEO of a non-profit organization a chemical arsenal to keep your house clean. by the same name Most messes are eas(Dutton, $25.95). ily erased using in“Luckgredients like baking ily, it’s easier soda, vinegar, and than you think lemon juice. They are to make simple, effective, inexpenwise choices to sive, and safer. create a healthy, -- Learn what non-toxic, and labels mean. A lot of environmentally claims made on prodsound home that uct labels are unreguallows your famlated or misleading. ily to flourish,” For example, you may Gavigan says. think a food label that G a v i g a n HEALTHY CHILD HEALTHY WORLD: Creating a Cleaner, says something is “all Safer Home is a groundbreaking eco-guide natural” would mean doesn’t imply we Greener, for parents and busy caretakers, featuring practical and all live in a tick- doable solutions for all stages of parenting, from preg- it gets a green light ing time bomb set nancy and beyond. Written by Christopher Gavigan, from the green poto unleash toxins CEO of the national non-profit organization Healthy lice. Not so fast. The Healthy World, this book is filled with safe and product could still be that can cause Child everyday tips, inexpensive strategies, product guides, autism, allergies, and contributions from some of the most acclaimed ex- contaminated with cancer and asth- perts and notable parents in America today. potentially harmful ma. However, the chemicals, hormones, book reminds us of a growing body of research or genetically modified organisms. Look for pointing to unseen threats from exposures to items that are “100% certified organic.” chemicals in everyday products like cleaning -- Buy toys that are good for kids and the supplies, cosmetics, furnishings, plastics, and planet. Those made with solid wood, nontoxic some foods and toys as contributing to these paints and natural finishes are not only free of aliments. Gavigan is confident that virtually harmful chemicals and toxins, but also look every home could be made safer, cleaner and good and last longer. While a little pricier, their greener with simple changes. durability allows them to be passed down to a “No one can do everything, but everyone younger child. can do something. Every little step you take -- Use fewer personal care products and at home helps your family live in a healthier select ones with safer ingredients. If your environment,” Gavigan says. baby has a diaper rash, avoid creams with peHealthy Child Healthy World’s efforts troleum products, fragrances or unnecessary are strengthened by well-known pediatricians chemicals. Zinc diaper cream usually does the and experts contributing to the book, as well trick. So do home remedies like corn starch the many parents and celebrities sharing per- and aloe vera gel. Never use talc baby powsonal stories and efforts to creating an envi- der. It can cause lung irritation and may have ronmentally safe lifestyles. Among them are traces of asbestos. Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow (who offers

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Bladensburg, Maryland Teacher Self-Publishes Obama Book (AP) _ A Clinton man who persevered through segregated schooling in rural Virginia to earn his doctorate in education and become a college dean is using the cultural magnetism that surrounds Obama to help students learn. Eugene Williams Sr., self published his 156-page ``Words, Cross and Across’’ book after he was trying to teach students at an alternative high school in Bladensburg about Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. But Williams quickly discovered many of them didn’t know what the words used by both men meant. ``Students,’’ Williams said that day, ``we have a problem.’’ But one of his students was quick to offer a solution _ teaching with word searches. Word searches are puzzles arranged horizontally, vertically and diagonally using letters to form grids. And he combined them with charts that defined the words and provided examples because he believed word searches didn’t challenge students enough. After the experiment worked and helped his students learn, Williams _ who has more than 40 years of experience in education including serving as dean of Sojourner Douglass College in the 1990s _ invested a few thousand dollars to publish a book with two dozen Obama-themed word searches and charts that include definitions and examples. ``I am really, really excited about this man,’’ he said. ``I am motivated by this man.’’ And he knows kids are too, which is why he believes studying Obama’s family members and the President’s personality and traits through word searches will help them learn. ``There’s not one child I’ve spoken to who does not like Barack Obama. Not one. I say to them, ‘If you like him, why don’t you emulate him? You run around speaking in monosyllables, nobody’s understanding you. This man is eloquent, he’s articulate. He’s a good role model for you.’’’ But he knows young people won’t just change on their own, as Obama has said before. ``I hear him saying often, ‘Parents, you have a big responsibility. You need to work with your children. You need to turn your television off and sit and work with the kids.’ This is just one piece of material that will help or support what he believes.’’

Taxes: New Tax Credit For Wind Power (AP) _ Did you put off getting those new double-pane thermal windows or an energy efficient hot water heater or furnace? From a tax perspective, your procrastination could save you money. Congress renewed the tax credit for energy improvements to homes, but skipped the 2008 tax year. The credit will reappear in 2009. However, if you installed a small windmill to generate energy for your home, you may qualify for a credit for up to $4,000 of the cost. Wind-produced energy was added for 2008 to the alternative energy sources under the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. The credit is for 30 percent of the cost, including labor and materials, up to a maximum of $2,000 for solar or geothermal installations, $4,000 for wind, and $500 for each one-half kilowatt of fuel cell capacity. The credits are designed to reduce the use of electricity or natural gas. They were added to the economic stimulus act signed by President Bush on Oct. 3. It’s not just energy efficiency in your home that can save you money on taxes. You also can still get a maximum tax credit of $3,000 if you buy a hybrid car or light truck. However, with their growing popularity, many of the available credits are smaller, if they’re there at all. Did you buy a 2008 Toyota Prius last year? No rebate there. The credit begins phasing out after the manufacturer sells 60,000 qualifying vehicles. You’ll have better luck if you bought a 2008 Honda Civic hybrid. If you made the purchase during the first half of 2008, you could be eligible for a $1,050 credit. That is cut in half if the car was bought from July through December. If you bought a two-wheel-drive hybrid Ford Escape any time during the year, you may be entitled to the full credit of $3,000. The credit is only available to original owners. If you lease the car, your leasing agency can claim it. For 2009, Congress has added a tax credit for plug-in electric cars, up to $7,500. Like the hybrid vehicle credit, these begin phasing out, but only after 250,000 vehicles are sold.


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Springtime Water Stains


Every year, wet winter weather, followed by the melting snow & ice during the warmer spring months cause a common problem in homes across America -- water stains on ceilings and walls. Thinking about covering water stains with a fresh coat of paint? Unfortunately, most stains will bleed right through your new paint job, no matter how many coats you apply. But, it’s easy to block stains and prevent them from coming back. Just follow these steps from the home improvement experts for Zinsser products: * Eliminate the source of the moisture or you’ll soon

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Wood You Know?

Side-by-side it’s hard to tell the difference between real wood mouldings and urethane woodgrain mouldings. However, long term the determination is easy: urethane products resist warping, rotting and insect infestations, so they hold up longer and better than real wood mouldings. “In our woodgrain pieces the mold is cast from pieces of real wood to achieve authentic wood grain patterns and the unique characteristics inherent to each piece,” says Crystal Rodriguez with Fypon. “Coupled with the product’s lowmaintenance aspects, these features make urethane woodgrain mouldings appealing to homeowners and building industry professionals.” In addition to mouldings, Fypon offers woodgrain products in frieze boards, louvers and decorative millwork, such as brackets and corbels. The woodgrain affords homeowners the look of real wood both inside and outside the home while eliminating the maintenance hassles of real wood. “Whether you’re adding a functional louver to the outside of a home or a miterless crown moulding system to the inside, woodgrain urethane products are ideally suited for all types of projects,” says Rodriguez. Woodgrain millwork generally come with a neutral colored primer coat that accepts both non-penetrating stain and paint in any color. Unlike wood, the urethane pieces require no sanding in between coats or sealing of the pieces when the final look is achieved. Most importantly, the products are not deteriorated by high temperatures or humidity levels, freezing temperatures or salt air. This makes them ideally suited for bathrooms and kitchens inside the home, and for all areas on the exterior of residential and commercial projects. For more information on woodgrain urethane millwork, visit

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Planning a Move?

By Patrick Dugan Contributing Writer If your plans this year include a major move, it is important that you plan ahead to save yourself frustration, time and money. Start planning your move at least six to eight weeks before your targeted moving date. As with most things, the earlier you can plan it, the better. Start your moving company search by asking friends or neighbors to recommend moving companies. Check with people who have moved recently. Your Realtor should also have a list of at least three local or national moving companies that their clients have been happy with for past moves. Contact these companies to ask about their charges and

the types of services they offer. After that compare movers to determine which one suits your needs and budget. Each company should have various plans to serve you. Some plans will include everything from packing to unpacking. Others will be more along the lines of pick up and drop off. You need to see what will fit your needs the best. If your move is being paid for by the company you work for it is very important that you understand the services they will pay for. Be sure to speak with your Human Resources contact before signing anything. Companies will offer estimates to help you approximate moving expenses. Such estimates can be binding (the mover guarantees the price prior to the move) or non-binding (the mover estimates the price and provides final charges after the shipment is weighed). To assist movers in calculating the cost of your move, show them every item to be moved, including the contents of your attic, basement, and garage.

Ask the mover to explain the estimate in detail and reach a clear understanding about the amount of packing and other services you’ll require. Also, be sure you receive a written and signed copy of the estimate. Before packing begins, the mover will take an inventory of your household goods to be shipped. Since the inventory record is one of your most important shipping documents, make sure all copies are legible, and that all items are numbered, listed and described correctly. To save on packing charges, you may want to pack part of your belongings yourself. But keep in mind movers usually will not accept liability for breakage to “owner-packed” items, or they may require that the driver inspect the cartons. Be sure to ask your moving company about its own policy, and ask for advice on packing materials and procedures. While we as Realtors are happy to pass on information about recommended movers,

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Wanderings of an Aimless



Camp Maria, Best in all the Land By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer The other morning I was outside with Tidbit, and noticed an unusual smell in the air. It smelled like chocolate doughnuts. I don’t normally crave doughnuts – this did seem a bit weird. No matter where I walked through the front yard, I could still smell doughnuts. Must be the change in the weather, I thought. It did lead my mind to wandering, and I was lead logically of course to Camp Maria. There are probably many former Camp

Maria girls in the area. I look back on my weeks at Camp Maria as some of the happiest times of my life. I was a camper in the early 70’s. Camp Maria had already been in existence well over 30 years before that. It was begun in 1937 near Abell’s Wharf by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky as a Catholic summer camp for girls. Nuns were in charge of Camp Maria from the administrative, nursing and cooking areas all the way to our camp counselors. What camper doesn’t remember Sister Ellen Paul or Sister Maria? If you were there when I was, then you remember Sister

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Carol (“I Imagine” her favorite phrase said with mean about it, but it was her way. I don’t think her sweet Kentucky drawl- she was also called she was as fond of kids as the other nuns were. I Mary Poppins) or Sister Joan Marie, a little gruff remember how to square dance though. I didn’t on the outside, but a heart of gold. The nuns also fare much better by her with swimming lessons, no longer had to wear habits. since I was terrified of water. I know readers All the girls lived in cabins for two week or might find this hard to believe, but I was a quiet, four week periods. Each cabin was named after relatively silent child. I was too scared to say I a bird, so you had chickadees, robins, bobolinks, was scared. I never learned to swim the first year. cuckoos, cardinals and the like. Guess what cab- My Mother made a special trip down year two in I was in the most. Yup, I was a cuckoo for at to speak to the Sister, so she would take extra least two of my years. The shower building was, special time with me. yes you guessed it called “The Bird Bath”. Camp Speaking of my Mother, this is where the Maria is a beautiful place located on a bluff above chocolate doughnuts come in. Most kids get Breton Bay, where the sunsets are vivid and un- homesick, not me. I loved Camp, and being obstructed. A large swimming pool sits at the away. My Mother got “daughter-sick”. She top of the hill overlooking the Bay. That’s why would come down on a Friday or Saturday and when you pull into the drive a sign greets you, take me into Leonardtown. If anyone rememwhich says “Camp Maria, The land of Pleasant bers this, Leonardtown had a Krispy Kreme doLiving.” It was another world for me. nut store, near the theatre I believe. Everything Each day began with the morning bugle smelled liked donuts around it. We would get a call. After that we had made our beds, made sure few boxes of donuts, and then go to the Leonardall the wooden window shutters (they were just town carnival. My Mother was a great aim, and one large piece of wood lifted by ropes from the she would win all these huge stuffed animals at inside) were all at the same level from the out- the games. We took them back to camp and used side, and made the cabin presentable. Then all the animals to win best-decorated cabin award. the girls assembled around the flagpole. The cab- Maybe that wasn’t fair – it sure was fun, and the ins were judged and you received awards. After- girls loved the donuts. I think my Mother knew I wards were the most wonderful breakfasts I’ve was painfully shy and was trying to help. ever had. Maybe it was being on the water and Since those wonderful camp years, I have doing archery, tennis, canoeing, and all sorts of attended one retreat there, and hosted one myactivities, but the nuns could really cook. self. It will always be a special place in my life. We also learned square dancing, which In times of question or trouble, Camp Maria has sometimes could be a bit painful. The nun, been a constant for me. I have been wondering who was in charge of this area, as well as swim- for years if anyone remembers all the words to ming, was named Sister Joseph Rita. Most of the camp song – e-mail if you do, please. Time us thought her name was one word Sister “Jo- to find a donut. To each new day’s adventure, Do Y saFrito”. The accents were different. Sister Joou Shelby saFrito would move you to your square dancing Fee Please comments or ideas to: shelbys. l Crsend abby positions by pulling you by your ear. She wasn’t W

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Hollywood Medical Center Stands Against Heart Disease

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

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All of us at Hollywood Medical Center joined the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of America women by wearing red and jeans to work on February 6th. Our hope is to help the American Heart Association raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and empower woman to reduce their risk.

Sarah Dudley Receives American Cancer Society 2008 Award Esperanza 6th grader, Miss Sarah Dudley, recently received a 2008 statewide American Cancer Society award. Sarah was selected as the Maryland Outstanding Student Leader for Grades K-12. The award was presented by Barbara Lafferty, American Cancer Society, and Abigail Seamans, St. Mary’s Relay For Life Chair, on January 30 at an Esperanza Middle School awards assembly. Sarah is the daughter of Susan and Robert Dudley of Hollywood, MD. Miss Dudley’s first experience with Relay For Life was in June 2006 when a friend of the family invited her and her family to attend the St. Mary’s County Relay For Life event. She loved the event and afterward, volunteered to join the 2007 St. Mary’s Planning Committee. Additionally, she also registered to become a team captain. She served on the Entertainment Committee and organized several of her friends to join her Relay team. Sarah knows about cancer at this young age because she was a caregiver to her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. In 2008, Sarah continued her efforts and her Relay team grew to a team of twenty-one, 7 to 14 year olds. With Sarah’s outstanding leadership she and her teammates were able to raise $5,281.35 for the fight against cancer. In 2008, Sarah was asked and agreed to be the Caregiver Speaker at the St. Mary’s Relay For Life Kick Off event. She did such a great job that she was asked to speak at the St. Mary’s / Charles Counties Volunteer Leadership Sum-

Maryland State Police officers are stepping up efforts to protect St. Mary’s County drivers from death or injury in vehicle crashes. Citizens have noticed a higher presence of troopers on the county’s major roadways, as vehicles pulled to the side of the road with red lights flashing are becoming a common sight in recent weeks. “One of our biggest things that we want to see is a reduction in trafficrelated fatalities,” assistant commander of the Leonardtown MSP barrack, 1st Sgt. Jack McCauley, told The County Times. Troopers are working with St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies to step up enforcement in areas around the county that statistically have higher numbers of crashes, alcohol-related crashes and speeding issues, McCauley said. More officers can be seen monitoring traffic on Route 235 near places like Airport View Drive, in front of Leonardtown High School and in front of Oakville Elementary School, McCauley confirmed. “We do have guys working overtime in those selective areas where we’ve had problems,” McCauley said. “And we do have some grant funding, specialized just for speed enforcement, that’s directed toward those areas.” McCauley said troopers, while working in their patrol sectors, are expected to conduct traffic enforcement when they are not actively involved in calls for service. “Our primary objective is the overall safety of citizens, and one of the ways of doing that is selective traffic enforcement,” McCauley said.

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The County Times Today in St. Mary’s County we have many wonderful options for dining out. Each week we will feature a local restaurant and give our readers an overview of what they can enjoy on the menu at each location. Bon Appétit! Artistes

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Picture fine French dining and authentic culinary masterpieces prepared by Chef/ owner Loic Jaffres all in your own backyard, Leonardtown square. In- ducted in 2004 into the Academie Culinaire de France, Chef Loic is nearing realization of his lifelong dream of becoming a master chef, an honor that is quite unique for a Chef outside the metropolitan areas. But one visit to this unique gem on Leonardtown square and you will soon understand why. You will be greeted by Loic’s charming wife, Karleen, and seated in the main dining room overlooking the square or the recently added Le Salon for private parties. While dining you are welcome to peruse the extensive camera collection displayed around the dining room. Once seated, a delectable menu of soups, salads and appetizers ranging in price from $7.95-$11.50 is available. Be sure to try the house specialty Oysters Café! A large array of entrees awaits your approval; beef, seafood, pork and lamb all served creatively by Chef Loic for prices ranging from $19.95-$28.95. Save room for some homemade desserts including luscious crème brulee or cafe apple tart. Dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon until 8:00 p.m. A separate lunch menu is available Tuesday- Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. A full bar and extensive wine menu is also available. Entertainment can be enjoyed on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. with special performances periodically throughout the year. Reservations are recommended. This year Café des Artistes celebrates their 10 year anniversary and will be offering specials all year long! Every week Karleen and Loic will offer an all inclusive lunch item for only $10. Visit their website to find out about all of their special offerings or stop by today to experience your own little piece of France. Bon jour!

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On The Vine Boordy Vineyards

Maryland’s oldest family-run winery, established in 1945, lies in the Baltimore countryside. Their premium varietals are grown in the estate vineyards which Boordy farms in the Long Green Valley and in the Catoctin Mountain region. Boordy’s award-winning offerings include oak-aged cabernets, crisp chardonnays and seyval blancs, methode champenoise sparkling wine, a Maryland port, and other specialties. Boordy’s wines are served in many fine restaurants throughout Maryland and can be purchased at local retail establishments for $13.50 and under depending on the varietal. Local best sellers include Boordy Blush, Pinot Noir, and Boordy’s Seyval Vidal Chardonnay Blend. Or try their Just for Fun flavors including Jazz Berry, Spiced Waffle, Sangria, Green Apple and Tangerine Peach. When tasting these fine locally produced wines you will find that they live up to Boordy’s adage. . . . . Sun, Soil and Soul.

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Warm Breakfast Biscuits Minus Much of the Fat By JIM ROMANOFF For The Associated Press

Tender, hot biscuits can be the crowning touch to a sumptuous breakfast, but they usually add regal amounts of fat. In classic recipes, lard or butter gives the biscuits their moist and flaky texture _ and as much as 9 grams of fat each. So how can the fat Servings: 4 be reduced without ruining the results? It’s easier than you Start to finish: 1 hour (25 minutes active) might expect. Using lowfat buttermilk and substituting some of the all3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk ually pour in the buttermilk purpose flour with cake 1 tablespoon canola oil and oil mixture, stirring with flour is all it takes. 1 cup all-purpose flour a fork, until just combined. Years ago buttermilk 1 cup cake flour Transfer the dough to a was a liquid byproduct of 1 tablespoon sugar floured surface and sprinkle the buttermaking pro1 1/2 teaspoons baking with flour. Lightly knead for cess. Today, it is made by powder 30 seconds, then pat or roll combining nonfat or low1/2 teaspoon baking soda out to an even 1/2 inch thickfat pasteurized milk with 1/2 teaspoon salt ness. Use a 2-inch round cutlactic acid bacteria, the 1 1/2 tablespoons cold but- ter to cut the dough. Transfer same healthful bacteria ter, cut into small pieces the biscuits to the prepared you find in yogurt. 1 tablespoon low-fat milk, baking sheet. The slight acidity of for brushing Gather any scraps of buttermilk acts as a tenHeat the oven to 425 dough, pat to 1/2 inch thickderizer to the flour in the F. Coat a baking sheet with ness and cut more rounds. biscuits and imparts a rich cooking spray. Brush the tops of the dairy flavor. In a measuring cup, biscuits with the milk. Bake Cake flour is a specombine the buttermilk and for 8 to 12 minutes, or until cialty wheat flour often oil. Set aside. the tops are golden brown. used for making cookies, In a large bowl, whisk Serve hot. cakes and other delicate together the all-purpose Nutrition informabaked items. flour, cake flour, sugar, bak- tion per serving (values It’s milled to an exing powder, baking soda and are rounded to the nearest tra-fine consistency and salt. whole number): 130 caloprocessed to have only Using 2 knives or your ries; 30 calories from fat; 3 about half the protein fingertips, cut the butter into g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans of all-purpose flour. As the dry ingredients until fats); 5 mg cholesterol; 22 g a result, it absorbs fat, crumbly. Make a well in the carbohydrate; 3 g protein; 0 such as butter, very well center and g fiber; 294 mg sodium. and helps to more evenly graddistribute it throughout a dough or batter. This means you can add less fat to a baked good and still get moist and tender results. This recipe for lower-fat buttermilk biscuits also substitutes canola oil for some of the butter to help reduce saturated fat even further. If you want to make these for strawberry shortcake, cut them a bit larger and sprinkle the tops with sugar before baking. Use any leftover buttermilk for making creamy low-fat and nonfat salad dressings.



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Young Artist Competition Winners Joining COSMIC for Annual Show By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer In the back room at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center musicians of all ages were wetting their reeds, tuning their strings, and setting up for their rehearsal for COSMIC’s 2009 Family Concert, which will be featuring three young winners of this year’s 5th Annual Young Artist’s Competition. “We’ve been doing the young perform-

er’s competition for the last three years,” said conductor Vladimir Lande, adding that two of the girls who won the competition, Jessica and Katlyn Lyons, are middle school students, and Jessica was one of the winners in 2007. The young musicians will be joining COSMIC for a program highlighting several world traditions, from Czech, German, Russian and Spanish, to American jazz. “Every piece of music I perform is my favorite…we always try to give a variety,”

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11 year-old Katlyn Lyons rehearses with COSMIC for this year’s annual Family Concert.

said Lande, explaining that this year’s program will indeed offer a wide variety of pieces from around the world. This year’s National Symphony Youth Fellow and competition winner Julia Henderson will perform Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor (Op. 104), one of the most frequently performed pieces for cello, written in 1894 when the composer was staying in New York. Rimksy-Korsakov’s “Cappriccio Espagnol” will offer a lively Russian interpretation of a Spanish theme, the very type of piece that helped establish the composer as a formidable member of “The Five,” also known as the “Mighty Handful” of Russian artists who revolutionized classical Russian music in the 1860s. Lande said that the most unusual selection for this year’s program is Darius MIlhaud’s “Creation of the World,” which the French composer wrote in 1922 after his first trip to Harlem, where he fell in love with jazz music. (Interestingly enough, Milhaud was a member of the “Groupe des Six” who were compared by then-music critic and composer Henri Collet to “The Five” Russians, as may seem fitting since Milhaud had been heavily influenced by American jazz.) The piece itself was first done as a ballet, though later groups would drop the choreography to perform the music alone. “It’s very jazzy, and it’s an interpretation of the beginning of the

world according to African traditions…it’s very unusual,” said Lande. The other two winners of this year’s competition, 13 year-old Jessica Lyons and her 11 year-old sister Katlyn, will perform Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins,” still considered one of the best and most popular Baroque pieces of its kind. Lynn Keates, Board of Directors Secretary for COSMIC, said she was excited about the show. “I love the Cappriccio Espagol,” she said, adding that she thinks children in particular should come see the show. “I think they’ll be impressed with the girls playing…they’re real treasures… it’s just incredible, their confidence and their love of music” she said, as the orchestra warmed up in the room behind her, filling the halls with the swell of strings and woodwinds. COSMIC will host its annual Family Concert on February 28 at Great Mills High School at 7 p.m., and at 4 p.m. on March 1 at Huntington High School. For more information or to reserve seats, call 301-373-5277 or visit the group online at

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Thursday, February 19 Ladies Night

Country Store Bar (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. ½ price drinks for ladies from 7-9 p.m.

Deep Stack No Limit Hold’Em

Donovan’s Irish Pub – 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go to Family First of Southern Maryland. Call 443-975-1591 for more information.

Maryland, My Maryland Exhibit

North End Gallery (Leonardtown) – 11 a.m. Showcasing artwork by local artists as part of Maryland’s 375th birthday. Call 301-475-3130 for more information.

Friday, February 20 Legends & Lore Tour

Sotterley Plantation – 5:30 p.m. An eerie tour of spirit sightings on site from past to present. Reservations required. For ages 16 and up. Call 301373-2280 for more information.

Cloud Nine band

Mechanicsville Moose Lodge – 8 p.m.

Fair Warning Irish Pub Band

Donovan’s Irish Pub – 5-7 p.m.


Do Dah Deli – 8 p.m. Admission $3. Bar open and snacks available during performance.

Saturday, February 21 DJ Katie

Patuxent Moose Lodge (Hollywood) – 8 p.m. For Moose members and their guests.

Idle Americans Blues Jam

Country Store (Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Dan Harbin & Richard Wagner

Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 8 p.m.

No Green JellyBeenz, DJ Rob & Sam Grow

Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m. No Green JellyBeenz with DJ Rob playing during intermissions. Sam Grow in the Front Bar. Cover charge. Call 301-274-4612 for more information.

“Mammy Reminiscence” at Sotterley

Sotterley Plantation (Customs Warehouse) – 12 noon In honor of Black History Month, Sotterley presents an extemporaneous storytelling experience featuring the tremendous talents of Sandy English and her daughter Liana in “Mammy Reminiscence.” Visitors will embark upon a significant journey from Slavery to Freedom (snow date February 28). Normal site admission/tour fees apply.

Free Dinner and Movie

Calloway Baptist Church – 4 p.m. “Fireproof” with Kirk Cameron. Dinner served at 4 p.m. with movie at 5 p.m. Free to everyone, with childcare services provided. Call 301-994-0655 for more information.

Great Mills High School Auditorium – 7 p.m. Free performance. Call 301-475-5511 ext. 137 for more information.

Tuesday, February 24 Republican Women Meeting

The Republican Women of St. Mary’s County monthly meeting will be held at the Tea Room Antique Restaurant in Leonardtown on Tuesday February 24 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Commissioner Larry Jarboe. For information call 301-863-1977

Pancake Dinner

Our Lady of the Wayside Church will have a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner on Tuesday, February 24th from 5 to 8 p.m. Prices are $8 for adults, $6- children ages 6-12 and children 5 and under free. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, fried po-

tatoes, bacon and sausage. Coffee and orange juice. Carryouts are available. For further information, contact Brenda Russell at 301247-1871 or rsbrssll@AOL.COM.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5 to 7 p.m. Valley Lee Fire House Valley Lee, MD Sponsored (and prepared) by the 2nd District Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad Auxiliary For more information contact: Darlene Johnson at 240-434-1095.


THE RED CROSS BLOOD DRAWING Friday, February 20th from 8:30 to 2:30 At St. Andrews Church Hall California, Maryland

Lenten Seafood Dinners Immaculate Heart of Mary Church located on Three Notch Road in Lexington Park will host its annual Lenten Seafood Dinners beginning Friday February 27th – April 3rd, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Carryout will be available. Prices will range form $7 - $14. Children meals available – children under three eat FREE. For more information call 301-863-8144.

Sunday, February 22 7th District Optimist Club Annual February Dinner

Mechanicsville Fire Department Social Hall – 12 noon All you can eat buffet. $23 for adults, kids ages 6-12 $8, kids 5 and under free. Drive-Through and carry-outs available for $21.

Pool Tournament

Country Store Bar (Leonardtown) – 1 p.m. Registration is at 1:00, cost is $10.

Monday, February 16 Theater Film and Media Studies Film Series

Cole Cinema (SMCM) – 8 p.m. Jennifer Hardacker’s 24; For Summers to Come; Ghost Stories; Nightgardener. For more information call Mark Rhoda at 240-895-4231.

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The Ben Carson Story

LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS Public invited to Ben Carson, M.D. play

The community is invited to Ben Carson, M.D. which will be performed Feb. 23 in the auditorium at Great Mills High School by The Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Inc. This inspiring play is about the life of Dr. Ben Carson who was raised in inner-city Detroit by a single mom with only a third grade education and overcame hurdles to become a world renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The play is free and will begin at 7 p.m. Students in the county’s after school programs will present performances and demonstrations as part of the Lights On After School Celebration from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The first 100 attending will receive dinner from Bear Creek Barbeque. The Library, St. Mary’s County Public Schools and The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland are sponsoring this event.

Teens invited to TAG (Teen Advisory Group) activities

Lexington Park’s TAG is sponsoring an afternoon of gaming fun for teens on Feb. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Registration is requested. Leonardtown’s TAG is sponsoring a teen movie matinee on Feb. 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for teens 13 years old and older. The movie is free and snacks will be provided.

Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

Children of all ages will enjoy stories, activities, and songs related to Dr. Seuss when

the libraries celebrate his 105th birthday. The free programs will be Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Lexington Park and on Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. at both Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown. Registration is required.

Opening reception to be held for artist

An opening reception is planned on Feb. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery for local artist Jan Gagnon. Gagnon’s artwork is on display through the end of March at the library.

Friends Annual Book Sale planned

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual book sale March 13-15 at the County Fairgrounds. Donations of good used books, audios and puzzles can be dropped off at the Leonardtown Library. Individuals donating boxes of items are asked to bring their donations directly to the fairgrounds the week of the sale. To volunteer to help before, during or after the sale, please contact Carol Moody at 240-725-0051.

Libraries offer book discussions

Each library offers a book discussion which is open to the public. The following books will be discussed: Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s book, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” on Feb. 19, 7 p.m. at Leonardtown, Ann Patchett’s book, “Bel Canto” on Mar. 2, 7 p.m. at Charlotte Hall, and Cokie Roberts’ book, “Ladies of Liberty” on Mar. 9, 6 p.m. at Lexington Park.

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Issued Marriage Applications

January 5, 2009

Thomas Aston Rio 21 Lexington Park, MD Jordan Michelle Kelly 17 Leonardtown, MD

Benjamin James Cooper 27 Valley Lee, MD Amanda Nicole Baylor 24 Great Mills, MD January 7, 2009

Rondale Montrell Faulkner 22 Mechanicsville, MD Amber Lee Timms 18 Mechanicsville, MD

Christopher Cote Johnson 21 Clements, MD Kristin Lyn Piaquadio 37 Clements, MD

January 6, 2009 Glenn Lee Menear, III 20 Great Mills, MD Brooke Dale Markley 19 Great Mills, MD

Brian Douglas Corbin 30 Lexington Park, MD Catherine Marie Clements 26 Lexington Park, MD

Steven Davis Henry, II 21 California, MD Jessica Lynn Mora 20 St. Inigoes, MD

Candice Joyce Foster 37 Edgewood, MD

Michael Warren Laney Jr. 27 Great Mills, MD Sheli Elizabeth Knott 28 Great Mills, MD

John Larry Pilkerton, Jr. Cobb Island, MD Kimberly Ann Aloupis 27 LaPlata MD

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Nicholaus Paul Buckler 28 Chaptico, MD Lisa Ann McGinnis 29 Chaptico, MD

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Carter Honored as Center for Life Question Enrichment’s Employee of the Year Interview By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

I’ll take one of them in,” she said. Carter said she was very surprised at her recent honor. “What happens is every month

“We’ve grown a lot over the years,” she said, adding that the number of clients has swelled to over 200 as the center has expanded their It was a busy day for the staff programs in both St. Mary’s and at the Center for Life Enrichment Calvert counties. “So we have on Wednesday, and as clients lots of clients…and at one point and staff members flooded the or another they all come through lobby of the building, Theresa here,” she said. Carter leaned back in her office Carter said her job with the chair and fanned herself, smilcenter was both challenging and ing whilst flanked by a plaque rewarding. “With all the people honoring her as the center’s 2008 coming in, I just try to keep it Employee of the Year. going and keep a level head, “It’s payroll week, so things keeping everything straight,” are a little crazy here,” said she said, adding that her favorite Carter, who works as the center’s part of the job was the clientele. bookkeeper. “Sometimes they just make A 20-year veteran of St. you want to laugh, even if you Mary’s County, Carter said she shouldn’t…but I love them, and was first attracted to the center the people I work with are great, when her sister-in-law became especially my boss.” a client. “She passed away “It was well deserved,” said some years ago, but at the time Photo By Andrea Shiell Karen White, the center’s fisI thought it might be fun to work Theresa Carter and Karen White at the Center for Life Enrichment. cal director, when asked about here,” she said, “and it’s a great Carter’s award. White said that place to work.” they have an employee of the month, so this though she had nominated Carter for employee Carter, who has worked for the center year they put in all the names and everybody of the month, it was her co-workers who voted for 17 years, also helps clients by providing voted…and I just wasn’t expecting it. I just her to be their employee of the year. space in her home for respites. “It’s for when come in and I do what I’m supposed to do.” “She’s a very hard worker and a very their parents or family members want to go Carter said her job as bookkeeper and dedicated employee,” said White, “and everyon vacation, or things like that…that’s when occasional host keeps her busy though. body loves her.”

Interviewing: Tim Boland

Tim Boland has been growing field flowers in Mechanicsville for the last ten years, selling them at local farmers markets and filling a largely overlooked market in the area for locally grown fresh, quality flowers. He recently shared some of his horticultural insights with the County Times. CT: Which is the easiest flower to grow here in Southern Maryland, and why? TB: Probably zinnias or sunflowers. It’s not so much for growing in your yard, but in large crops, which is what I grow. CT: How did you get into the flower growing business? TB: I’ve done horticulture for many, many years… [My wife and I] came over from Virginia because land was more available and it’s a more rural area. CT: How has the flower business changed over the years in the United States? TB: It’s been wiped out! Really, you can go to Kenya and Ecuador and places like that where labor is very cheap, and a lot of people do that now… the Dutch and the South Americans rule that industry.

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A Journey Through Time The

Columnist Linda Reno is a historian and genealogist specializing in Southern Maryland history. Mrs. Reno is a member of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society, the portrait was by the Charles County Genealogical Society, uniform he wore and with a little help from Maryland Historical Society, and the the Naval Academy. He Maryland Genealogical Society. She was George W. Hammerhas authored many books and sley, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. Now I knew articles on local history. We hope who he was, but how was you will enjoy these articles and he connected to Mrs. Riley? welcome your comments and I didn’t see anyone with that surname in her family. suggestions for future Finally, this time with a little subjects.


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second wife of Henry James Carroll who was Elizabeth Ann Pile of Charles County, daughter of William Henry Pile and Margaret Brent Neale. Henry and Elizabeth were married December 2, 1845 and lived at “Susquehanna.” This property is located aboard the Patuxent

Early in May 2002, I received an email from Brian Joffrion of Shreveport, Louisiana concerning an article I had done about Michael Brown Carroll of “Susquehanna.” His 82 year old mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Lee (Carroll) Riley, was one of Carroll’s descendants and he wanted to know if they could have a copy of the photo of the miniature of him to give to her as a Mother’s Day present. Several weeks later, I received a very nice note from Mrs. Riley who said “I am thrilled with the picture of Michael Brown Carroll. This is the most exciting Mother’s Day gift that I have ever received.” This began a series of correspondence by mail and phone. One day when I was talking with her, she told me that she had a miniature that had come down through the family. She didn’t know who he was, only that he was called Uncle Hammersley and there was a lock of red hair behind the picture. I made a deal with her. Send me a copy of the miniature and I’ll find out who he was. I did find out, but the search took some twists and turns. Mrs. Riley’s great-grandfather was Henry James Carroll who was born in 1818. He was the only child of Michael Brown Carroll and Mary Ann King. Henry James Carroll’s first wife was Lucretia Leeds Briscoe, daughter of Philip Briscoe and Maria Thompson, whom he married April 27, 1840. As Henry was Catholic and Lucretia was Protestant, he is said to have paid the Pope $1,000 for dispensation to marry her. Lucretia died in childbirth a year later. Mrs. Riley, however, descended from the

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Elizabeth (Carroll) Riley

Naval Air Station. The house itself was sold to Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company) in 1942. He had it dismantled and shipped to Dearborn, Michigan where it is still on display in Greenfield Village. By now I had found out who the man in

help from my friend Sister Miriam John of the Carmelite Nuns, the mystery was solved. Elizabeth Ann Pile’s father, William Henry Pile, had actually been born as William Henry Hammersley. He was the son of Francis Hammersley and Eleanor Pile. His uncle was Father Henry Pile, a Jesuit Priest who owned extensive property, including “Sarum” (patented to John Pile in 1662) and devised it to his nephew with the stipulation that he and his son change their surname to Pile. This was done in May 1813 by an act of the General Assembly. As for George W. Hammersley, he died of bilious fever aboard the ship “Fox” in October 1823 off the shores of Havana, Cuba. At that time, piracy was a real problem in the Caribbean and in April 1823 the Navy had dispatched a squadron under the command of Commodore David Porter to establish a depot in Key West (then called Thompson’s Island) to put an end to the problem. This included slave ships, also considered to be an act of piracy. The fleet, however, would have a third enemy--yellow fever and bilious fever. Commodore Porter reported to headquarters that “the squadron would have been no doubt in a

great measure saved from the deplorable consequences which have resulted, as the disease, in its commencement, was completely under the control of medicine; but I regret to say that several perished without receiving any medical aid whatever, and without even seeing a physician….with the exception of one case of yellow fever, only bilious fever prevailed until June 20th, and the cases yielded readily to the agency of medicine, at which time it assumed a highly malignant form.” Eleanora Hammersley, sister of William Henry (Hammersley) Pile was not affected by the name change. She did, however, change her name by becoming a Carmelite nun. She was known as Sister Juliana of the Blessed Sacrament. She died at the Carmelite monastery in Baltimore on February 1, 1834 at the age of 51. Sadly, I didn’t have much time to know Mrs. Riley as she died October 3, 2003 in Alexandria, Louisiana, just a little over a year later. During that time, however, we exchanged much information about her Southern Maryland connections and she sent me some wonderful pictures as well.

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By Sean Rice Staff Writer

Next month the former Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park’s Southampton neighborhood will take on new life as a center for positive youth development. Up until now, the building has been only lightly used for community activities, with a few adult sports leagues using the gym. St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation officials are making progress toward the goal of turning the building into a community center, confirms county recreation division manager Arthur Shepherd. “We have some new groups partnering up,” Shepherd told The County Times. “Strategically we have partners in place to begin the implementation.” In addition to county-owned equipment and money in the recreation budget, the Carver Recreation Center project is getting off the ground with help and input from several individuals and community organizations. Volunteers are continually being sought. Starting the week of March 16, the center will open to the public one day per week on Wednesdays as a computer lab/homework center with open gym night. Come April 1, a boxing program is set to start, and additional ideas are being developed. The center will open one day a week to start. “Then we’ll see because, again, it’s all based on what we can do as far as fundraising and things like that,” Shepherd said. The county’s Information Technology Department is currently installing a dozen computers at the center and the St. Mary’s County Library has signed on to help. “The library is going to work with us, and we’ll have an excellent computer lab there, fully accessible to the Internet that the community can use,” Shepherd said. “I think we’re going to grow from there … once that visual is there it can happen,” Shepherd said. “And this will be the engine that drives us and hopefully to bigger and better things.”

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Youth Boxing Gym Will Open

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

can do, that they have the capacity to do more than they thought they could, because I’m going to push them.” Nader said. Nader said his goal is have the program going by April 1, Boxing trainer Allan Nader has helped young fighters grow on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. The program will require into champions in the past. Now, starting a new boxing program academic performance as well. in Lexington Park, Nader is confident he can harvest a few more “I really want to run an integral homework and boxing prochamps from Southern Maryland’s crop of youth. gram” he said. “I’ve trained boxers that Nader is preparing a trainwent to the Pam American ing room at Carver, with mountGames, the Goodwill Games, ed equipment, and the gym will World Games … but I never be used for larger activities. An sent anybody to the Olymactual boxing ring will come pics,” Nader told The County later. Times. “So I got another 10 or “That’s down the road, 15 years left in me to try it.” first we need the kids,” Nader Nader, a local retiree with said. “When we get a group of 40 years experience in the boxa bunch that wants to do it, then ing and martial arts industries, we can talk about expanding.” is currently buying equipment To attract participants, and preparing space in the forNader is working with the commer Carver Elementary School munity groups that are assisting to start a rigorous boxing prothe county parks department gram, which he says will chalwith the redevelopment of the lenge local youths physically Carver Recreation Center. He and mentally. is also working with contacts in “We will compete. This Spring Ridge Middle School. is not just fun and games for “There still needs to be Photo Courtesy of Allan Nader recreation. The goal is to be Manager Allan Nader, bottom right, stands with part of his other things, other than boxing, the best gym in Maryland,” 2008 team that won at the USA Boxing National Champion- to get the kids in,” he said of the Nader said. Carver center. ships, in Colorado Springs. Nader’s boxing gym As with any highly strucplans come as a welcome contribution to efforts underway to tured, competitive sport, there is more to achieving success that redevelop the Carver building by St. Mary’s County Parks and just playing the game. Recreation, according to Arthur Shepherd, county recreation di”The life lessons are what’s good about it,” Nader said. “As vision manager. long as you’re operating on the elite level, where there’s demand “It’s not just about boxing but about themselves, what they made and prices to pay.”

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Armstrong’s 33 Silences Raiders

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN – The Leonardtown boys’ basketball team shouldn’t feel bad about the visitors from Chopticon High School chanting “you can’t stop him!” After all, no

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Derrell Armstrong, who scored 33 points to lead Chopticon to victory Friday night, guards Leonardtown’s Jeff Wettengel.

one has been able to stop Braves senior guard Derrell Armstrong all season long. “I have fun watching him play,” said fellow senior Devon Yates after Armstrong’s 33point effort lifted the Braves to a 57-46 victory over the Raiders Friday night, and a season series sweep of three games to none. “He can do just about anything out there.” Armstrong scored 10 of the Braves’ final

12 points after the Raiders closed to within four, darting by defenders to get to the basket and making clutch free throws as time wound down in the fourth quarter. “When people ask me about him,” Chopticon coach Terry Mumau said, “I tell them he’s strong, he’s great at getting to the basket, people don’t talk about enough his defense, and he’s a really, really good kid.” Armstrong, meanwhile, chooses to keep a low profile and cares more about how the Braves (15-4 overall, 10-4 in Southern Maryland Athletic Conference games) progress as a team rather than his individual accomplishments. “It was a big win for us to beat a county rival for the third time this year,” Armstrong said. “Definitely a great way for us to close out our senior year.” Chopticon bolted out of the gate to an 112 lead, led by two three-point shots from Joel Pease and an offensive rebound and lay-up by Armstrong. However, the Raiders (12-8 overall, 10-5 SMAC) rallied behind seniors Jeff Wettengel and Moe Stone, with a Wettengel three-point bomb cutting the Chopticon lead to 45-41 with 2:11 to go in the game. “I’m not disappointed in the effort, I’m disappointed in the result and that we didn’t give ourselves a better chance to win,” Leonardtown coach Jake Heibel said. “They won the game, but I think we made them earn it.” Just three seconds after Wettengel’s three seemed to give LHS momentum, Armstrong beat Shawn Miedzinski down the court, caught a full-length pass from Pease, and made a shot while drawing a foul. The free throw after

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The Braves’ Joel Pease looks to pass while the Raiders’ Ryan Vanderwest applies pressure.

the bucket pushed the lead back to seven and sparked a 12-5 scoring run down the stretch to preserve the Braves win. “That’s the mark of a good team,” Heibel said. “When the pressure’s on, a good team responds, and that’s what Chopticon did tonight.” For the Braves, who are a perfect 5-0 against Leonardtown and Great Mills this season, the main focus is preparing for the 3A South Regional playoffs, and Armstrong believes Chopticon has played well enough to earn a first-round bye. “We definitely want it because it gives a chance to rest up and scout some of the other teams in the region,” he said.

Free Throw Shooting Lifts Knights over St. John’s Girls

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

LEONARDTOWN – With an opponent starting a 6-foot-6 center and 6-foot-2 forward, St. Mary’s Ryken girls’ basketball coach Tara Everly had a feeling the Knights were going to be in for a rough time Tuesday night. “Our girls knew that the middle was closed off,” Everly said of St. John’s center Sydney Wilson patrolling the paint. “It was a very physical game, but our girls did what they had to do to win.” Ryken’s 59-55 upset of the WCAC powerhouse Cadets included the team shooting a blistering 86.1 percent (31-of-36) from the free throw line, led by sophomore guard Zakiya Chambers-Hunter knocking down 16 of her 20 attempts on the evening. “The free throws were Zakiya Chambers-Hunter huge for us tonight,” said made 16 of 20 free Chambers-Hunter, who led throw attempts as the all scorers with 23 points. Knights shocked St. “If we don’t make those, John’s 59-55 in girls’ we probably don’t win the basketball game.” action It didn’t look like Tuesday Chambers-Hunter’s night. heroics were going to be needed as the Cadets, led by the Georgetown University-bound Wilson and 6-foot2 junior forward Marissa Brock, powered their way to a 17-5 lead late Photo By Chris Stevens

in the first quarter. The Knights responded by ripping off a 35-13 scoring burst that saw them take a 10-point lead with one minute to go in the third, a 22-point swing in just 16 minutes of game action. “I felt like ‘oh no, here we go again,’” Everly said, noting that St. John’s started the previous game between the two teams with a similar lead and won by 13 points. “Our girls stayed poised and kept inching back into the game.” Photo By Chris Stevens Even with a double-digit St. Mary’s Ryken’s Katie McCormick deficit staring them in the face, dribbles against a St. John’s defender the Cadets fought back in the fourth quarter, and with 30 sec- Tuesday night. onds to play, Brock (St. John’s leading scorer with 15 points) deposited an offensive rebound to knot the score at 53. Undaunted, ChambersHunter took the inbound pass, raced the length of the floor and banked in the go-ahead basket while drawing Brock’s fifth and final foul. Ahead by two points, St. John’s had trouble getting the ball down the court, and freshman guard Katie McCormick (who added 19 points for Ryken) dove for a lose ball, tying up the Cadets’ Semi Williams. The hustle play proved to be huge as the possession arrow pointed the Knights’ way with just 5.3 seconds left. Chambers-Hunter was fouled before an inbounds pass could happen, and she calmly sunk both free throws to provide the final margin. Chambers-Hunter believes the Knights are coming together at the right time, with the conference tournament starting early next week. “We’re hearing that teams aren’t looking forward to playing us,” she said. “We couldn’t pull these close games out early in the year, now this type of win is good for morale.”

Tennis League Seeks Players

United States Tennis Association (USTA) is looking for 2.5 or 3.0 men and women to play in the 6.0 mixed adult USTA league. Matches begin in early March, run approximately 2 months and are held on weekends. If interested, contact Marisa Mansueti at or Karolyn Clarke at Four Mixed 7.0 teams have formed - captains are Ray Gagnon, Gary Richard, Doug Bellis & Jason Wynn. Contact these team captains or the St Mary’s USTA League Coordinator - Ms. Mai Liem Slade - mslade@ Matches are at Cecil Park Sundays (Mixed 7.0) and Saturdays (Mixed 6.0). Currently, there is no Mixed 8.0 league in St Mary’s County, but there is still time to form teams and create a league. Contact Mai Liem Slade, if interested.

Pax River Silver Stars Try-Outs Coming up The Pax River Silver Stars AAU basketball team will have try-outs for both 15 and Under and 16 and Under girls’ basketball teams March 8 in the Carver Recreation Center in Lexington Park. The tryouts will run from 2 – 4 p.m. and the try-out fee is $14, the price of an AAU membership. For More information, please contact Savannah Webb at 301737-1792 or via e-mail at

Andrews’ 17 Points Lifts Ryken to Victory LEONARDTOWN – Sophomore guard Deon Andrews led three St. Mary’s Ryken players in double figures with 17 points as the Knights outlasted KIMA of Washington, D.C. 69-56 in a non-conference boys’ basketball game Feb. 14. Joining Andrews with 10 or more points were center Gokhan Sirin and guard Kai Smith, who added 16 and 11 points respectively for the Knights, who are now 1015 on the season.

Box Score St. Mary’s Ryken 69, KIMA 56 K (11-11, 0-0) — Winns 18, Arledge 15, Roux 8, Macey 7, Curtis 4, Martin 4. Totals 21 1115 56. S (10-15, 5-11) — Andrews 17, Sirin 16, Smith 11, Barker 9, Buck 7, Matthews 6, Sonmez 3. Totals 26 10-14 69. Halftime: St. Mary’s Ryken, 37-28. Three-point goals: K 3 (Roux 2, Macey); S 7 (Andrews 2, Sirin 2, Smith, Barker, Buck).

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Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. didn’t miss a game in 16 years. He played in 2,632 consecutive games from April 30, 1982 to Sept. 19, 1998.


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SPORTS DESK A-Rod’s Admission Bad for Baseball Business

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Well, well, well. It looks as though Major League Baseball has a much more serious steroid problem than it anticipated. In case you’ve been rushing out to buy Valentine’s Day materials for your kids’ classrooms or just haven’t really cared, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez came clean a couple of weeks ago,

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admitting in an interview with ESPN’s Peter Gammons that he indeed used steroids during his torrid three seasons with the Texas Rangers, including the 2002 season that saw him belt 57 home runs, drive home 142 runs and finish second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. The player who beat Rodriguez out for the award, then-Oakland A’s shortstop Miguel Tejada, pled guilty last week to lying to Congress

about his knowledge of taking performance-enhancing drugs. It really is bad for the sport when the guy who comes closest to snatching the all-time home run record from another assumed cheat, Barry Bonds, is guilty of juicing up himself. However, maybe this will put to rest the silly notion that only a select few spent the last 10-15 years injecting them-

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selves to improve their stats and chances of making money – if A-Rod was doing it, EVERYBODY should be under suspicion. It’s unfortunate, but that is the monster baseball has created. When you look at a teenaged Rodriguez in his Seattle Mariner days, his 6 foot, 3 inch frame was lean (190 pounds) but solid enough to convince you that he wasn’t juicing, and even from the Rangers to Yankees, his weight jumping to 225-230 pounds appeared to be nothing more than weight gain that comes with age (he turns 34 July 27). Yet, he was taking the easy way out like so many other major leaguers such as Bonds, who went from a thin, speedy outfielder that could hit for power to a tight end that just creamed anything thrown in his general direction. It will be interesting to see how this bombshell affects A-Rod’s standing as one of the game’s top players, especially since he has an outside shot of cracking the 600-homerun club this season (he would need to hit 47 homers to join Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa). The war on steroids and other PEDs reminds me of a saying my mom once had when it comes to deception – what you do in the dark will come to light eventually, and right now, baseball is having a huge spotlight shone on its inconsistent treatment of PEDusers in the game. While folks like Bonds and the late Ken Caminiti are vilified and labeled villains of baseball, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte are granted passes, and Clemens is worse off than anybody because his former personal trainer Brian McNamee has apparently kept syringes with Clemens’ DNA on them, so the proof is, well, in the pudding. Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen suggested earlier this week that steroid users be banned from the game for a full year, which is a stiff and necessary punishment, but the message won’t be sent until Major League Baseball makes it clear that if you’re a superstar or the 25th man on the bench, there is no place in the game for drug use of any kind. When that happens, maybe baseball’s drug problem will fade like the users and cheaters of the game are more than likely to do. Any comments about this week’s From The Sports Desk? Contact Chris Stevens at chrisstevens@countytimes. net and share your thoughts about this week’s column.


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High School Sports Schedule 02/19/09-02/25/09 Thursday Feb. 19 Boys’ Basketball Chesapeake High School at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m.

Friday Feb. 20 Boys’ Basketball Good Counsel at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7:30 p.m. Great Mills at Chopticon, 7:30 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Chopticon at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Great Mills/Leonardtown at SMAC Wrestling Championships (hosted by Leonardtown High School), 5 p.m.

Saturday Feb. 21 Swimming State Championships at Prince George’s County Sports Complex, 9 a.m. Wrestling Chopticon/Great Mills/Leonardtown at SMAC Wrestling Championships (hosted by Leonardtown High School), 10 a.m.

Tuesday Feb. 24 Boys’ Basketball Chopticon at Northern, 7:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Westlake, 7:30 p.m. Great Mills at Lackey, 7:30 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Northern at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Lackey at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Westlake at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m.

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St. Mary’s College

SMC Men and Women Sweep Gallaudet in Hoops Action Seniors Alex Irmer (Alexandria, Va./Wakefield) and Calvin Wise (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) registered double-doubles in leading the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s basketball team to a dramatic 84-74 triumph over host Gallaudet University in Capital Athletic Conference action as the Seahawks notched their seventh consecutive victory. Gallaudet hung tight with the Seahawks (20-4, 13-2) through the second stanza until the 9:40-minute mark, when Wise’s lay-up sparked a 15-4 run that helped St. Mary’s put the game away with a 77-66 advantage at 5:13. The Bison trimmed it to 77-71 following a jumper by Sekoe White at 2:01, but St. Mary’s went on to close out the game going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe to

game with a 22-9 run as sophomore guard Jamie Roberts (Rockville, Md./Barrie) started the scoring with a jumper at 19:47, and freshman guard Bethany Townsend (Accokeek, Md./Gwynn Park) capped off the run with back-toback jumpers. St. Mary’s broke the contest wide open with a 28-

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Tiara Hurte scored 14 points in as the Seahawks finished a season sweep of the Bison Saturday.

10 run in the second half’s first 10:25 and the Bison never pulled closer than 54-37 at 7:31. The Seahawks connected on 44.4 percent of their shots from the floor for the game, while limiting Gallaudet to 29 percent. Townsend finished with season-highs of 13 points on Photo By Chris Stevens 6-of-10 shooting, six caroms, and five steals, while sophoAllie Scott’s 14 points and 10 rebounds sparked St. more guard Megan Seeman (Frederick, Md./Linganore) Mary’s College to a 64-43 win over Galluadet University added 10 points. Saturday. Photo By Chris Stevens

Camontae Griffin’s 27 points led the Seahawks to an 84-74 victory over Galluadet University Saturday.

seal the deal. Junior guard Camontae Griffin led all scorers with 27 points as he went 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Irmer notched a game and season-high 16 rebounds along with 10 points, while Wise matched his career-high with 14 boards and chipped in 11 points. Sophomore guard Alex Franz (Catonsville, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) added 17 points. White ended the evening with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting and swatted away two shots, while freshman Tony Tatum (Birmingham, Ala.) tallied 19 and six caroms. Junior Johnny Jackson, Jr. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) added 13 Calvin Wise scored 11 points, five rebounds, and three aspoints and grabbed 14 sists before fouling out. rebounds as St. Mary’s The Seahawks will return to acCollege defeated tion Feb. 21, when St. Mary’s hosts Galluadet University Wesley College in a key conference 84-74 Saturday clash at 4 p.m. on Seahawk Senior afternoon. Day. The winner will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming 2009 CAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, which begins Feb. 24. In the women’s game, SMC never trailed as the Seahawks notched a 64-43 victory over host Gallaudet University Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action. The Seahawks (8-15, 6-9 CAC) finished with four players in double digits, led by senior forward Allie Scott’s (Laurel, Md./Atholton) double-double on 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Tiara Hurte (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) also tallied 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. The visitors opened up the Photo By Chris Stevens

Seahawk Women Second, Men Third at CAC Swim Championships McDowell, Barbins Garner End-of-Year Awards

St. Mary’s City, Md. – Senior captain Brie McDowell (Doylestown, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) earned Capital Athletic Conference Female Swimmer-ofthe-Year honors for the second time in her three-year career as a member of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland women’s swim team. McDowell became the first swimmer in CAC history to win seven gold medals as the three-day 2009 CAC Men’s & Women’s Swimming Championships came to a close the evening of Feb. 15. St. Mary’s head coach Andre Barbins nabbed his third career CAC Women’s Swim Coach-of-theYear citation as he earned the honor in 2004 and last season. The University of Mary Washington has now won all 19 CAC championship titles since the inception of the conference in 1991, as the Eagles registered 904 points by capturing seven of 18 events. Along with her seven gold medals, McDowell established seven CAC meet records either individually or as part of a relay team. She notched nine conference records as well as nine St. Mary’s marks. Four of her record-setting performances were also NCAA automatic qualifying times. The Seahawks finished second in the team standings for the second year in a row with 631 points as SMCM won gold in 10 events. McDowell shattered her own two-year old CAC meet, conference, and school record of 2:04.61 in the

200 back as she shaved off nearly four seconds with her event winning time of 2:00.92. Her time also blew the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 2:04.38 out of the water. SMCM’s junior Rachel Hotchko (Yakima, Wash./ A.C. Davis) garnered a school record in the 200 fly as she captured the gold in 2:09.65, surpassing her year old mark of 2:10.16. In the final event of the night, the Seahawks tallied a CAC meet, a conference, and a school record as well as an NCAA provisional cut in the 400 free relay as the foursome of McDowell, Hotchko, junior Dominique Perez (Rockville, Md./Holy Child), and Koerner posted a winning time of 3:31.78. On the men’s side, the University of Mary Washington men’s swim team captured the program’s 15th Capital Athletic Conference championship title and ninth straight Sunday night as the three-day 2009 CAC Men’s & Women’s Swimming Championships came to a close. As the championship meet host, St. Mary’s College of Maryland finished third in the team standings with 470 points. This is the first time since the 1999 CAC Championships that the Seahawks have listed at the third spot and is a two-spot improvement from last year’s fifth-place finish. St. Mary’s sophomore Jackson Webb (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) registered a school record in the 200 fly as he finished fourth in 1:59.60, surpassing Chris Goodman’s mark of 1:59.74 set in 2004.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

The County Times

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Players Want To Send Heibel Out in Style By Chris Stevens Staff Writer After being promoted to his current position as ninth grade assistant principal at Leonardtown High School, Jake Heibel knew at some point he would have to step aside as head coach of the Raiders boys’ basketball team. With his final group of seniors, including his son Jeff Wettengel, winding down their LHS careers, this year proved to the be the right time, as Heibel will relinquish head coaching duties at the conclusion the season. A search for a replacement is expected to be conducted once the season ends. “This is a transition year that the superintendent granted me to coach these three seniors (Wettengel, Moe Stone and Gerell Shingles) and I’m appreciative of the opportunity,” Heibel said before adding that he is not retiring for good. “It’s something I’ve been contemplating with Jeff nearing graduating, and to see him through from second grade to his senior year is great.” “He knows more about basketball than anyone I know,” Wettengel, the team’s leading scorer, said Monday morning before practice. “It’s been a good experience.” The Raider seniors are looking to send Heibel out with a bang as they currently have 13 wins, two more than last season, and are looking to make some noise in a loaded 4A East Region playoff bracket that will include SMAC powerhouse Thomas Stone, who the Raiders played to

close out the conference schedule Wednesday night (the game result was too late to be included in this edition of the County Times). “It would be real big to top off his career going to states,” Stone said. “If we just go back to what he’s taught us, it’s a real possibility.” Heibel played basketball and graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken high school, and has been around the game for “as long I can remember.” He played four years at Division II Mercyhurst College and began coaching junior varsity at Great Mills in 1992. He credits several coaches, including Raiders Athletic Director Glenn Larnerd, Sr. and LHS girls’ coach Ed Carney, with molding his coaching style, which his players feel is second to none. “He’s a real personable guy, so he’s become friends with everybody on the team, which has fueled our success,” Wettengel said. “He’s strict and is about taking care business, but he’s also caring,” Stone added. “He has a lot of great qualities as a coach.” Shingles, who has been on the team for three seasons, echoed earlier sentiments of Heibel as a father figure and hopes he and his teammates can give their coach a going-away present although his impending departure isn’t talked about much. “Kids are great at focusing on the here and now,” Heibel said. “They’ve been competiPhoto By Chris Stevens tive in every game; they’ve been a lot of fun to work with and I couldn’t ask for a better group Jake Heibel, shown here drawing up a play in practice, will step aside as Leonardtown boys’ of guys to go out coaching.” basketball coach at the end of the season.


Jake takes a Break

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Electricity Customers Reeling Over High Bills Story Page 10

Officials Tour Evergreen School

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Young Musicians Tune up for Annual COSMIC Concert Story Page 28

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