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Commissioners Approve Budget With The Help Of Reserve Funds By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

For the first time in recent memory the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners have approved a draft operating budget that uses local reserve balance funds to offset deep funding cuts from the state. The general operating budget of just over $200 million in general funds will now go to a public hearing set for April 21 at Chopticon High School. The fiscal 2010 budget represents a reduction of 1.1 percent from last year’s budget and reflects withholdings from the state of critical tax revenues that local officials had hoped to get more of. Income tax revenues from the state have been reduced by $947,000, according to the county’s budget figures and recordation fees have dropped by $2.5 million. Highway user revenues from the state have also dropped by about $1.97 million, county budget figures estimate. Elaine Kramer, county chief financial officer, said that uncertainty over the draft budget is compounded by the as yet undetermined actions of the House and Senate in Annapolis, who have not finalized their spending bills. “We won’t really know until the middle of April” about the full affect of state action on the budget, Kramer told the commissioner board Tuesday, adding that the use of about $3 million in reserve fund balance money helped the county stave off harsh cuts in providing services. Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills) expressed his frustration with the current

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budget process much the same as Kramer. “Just tell us what you’re going to do to us so we can move on,” Raley said in reference to the state’s unfinished budget work. “I look at this budget process… as one being very frustrating.” The two largest beneficiaries of this year’s budget are the sheriff’s office and the county Board of Education, though the school system saw a cut of about $193,000 in county funding this year. Their total county funding stands at just over $79.9 million. The sheriff’s office budget increased by about $1.2 million over last year’s budget, county budget figures showed, to about $31.6 million. The total general fund including state funds for the board of education brings the budget to $337.8 million. County Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) praised the board of education for finding the money to cut in lean economic times. “”They’re bringing in a budget that is less than last year’s and they’re bringing on an another school,” Jarboe said. But Jarboe lamented the commissioners’ deciding not to implement the constant yield tax, which ensures that county homeowners continue to pay the same amount of property taxes though their assessments have increased. Jarboe has been a supporter of the constant yield tax in past budget cycles. “We need to give something back to the taxpayers and we didn’t do that,” Jarboe said. Jarboe’s was the lone vote against passing the fiscal 2010 budget.


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Master Plan Hearing For Hayden Property Set Next Week By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County officials will meet April 7 to discuss a master plan proposal for the Hayden Farm property just on the outskirts of Leonardtown. The master plan includes the possibility of two school sites and a new library for the 172-acre piece of property purchased by the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners. The proposed master plan also includes the potential for school sports fields and an early childhood center. The library site would likely be a replacement for the old Leonardtown library at the armory on Route 245. The new library site would be larger than the current site, however, at 40,000 square feet. Commissioners drew some fire for the purchase since the property had an assessed value of about $3 million but they paid $5.3 million. Key to any use of the property, though, is bringing water and sewer lines to service any public buildings place there. Leonardtown Mayor J. Harry Norris said that there have been discussions between the town and county about annexing the Hayden property into the town, which would allow water and sewer to be read-

ily extended. Norris said that he had no problems with a potential annexation. “The town would probably annex the property,” Norris said. “I think it’s an ideal site for a library or a school. “It’ll ensure that school, library and government uses stay in the town.” But the town council has had to marshal the treatment capacity at its Van Wert Lane wastewater facility since last year when it learned that it did not have enough money to complete an expansion project for the facility. But Norris said that since the town has had to restrict the doling out of equivalent dwelling units (EDUs) for water usage it has enough to support the Hayden property site if public buildings go there. “We certainly have enough capacity to serve a school, and the library service would just move to a new building,” Norris said. “We’ve been very careful with the allocation.” Copies of the proposed master plan for the Hayden property are available from the St. Mary’s County Public School System’s Office of Supporting Services. The meeting will start at 6:30p.m. at the commissioners hearing room.

First Colony Looking At Options For Pad Site By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Representatives from Pier 1 Imports say they have no plans to close their California store in the First Colony Shopping Center but center owners are considering plans for remodeling or demolishing the Pier 1 Imports store in case the store closes in the future. Pier 1 is closing stores around the country as part of a restructuring plan. Representatives from Edens and Avant, the owners of First Colony, had a pre-application meet-

which means that outfits like Pier 1 Imports have been closing stores across the country. According to corporate press releases, management plans to close “no more than 80 locations in fiscal 2010.” The company has also announced publicly that it has been working with property managers to reduce rents at their stores and has saved about $5 million through that effort. According to financial figures released by the company, Pier 1 suffered a $29 million loss in the fourth quarter of ending Feb. 28 as opposed to $14 22715 Washington St # 213 Leonardtown, MD.


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ing with staff at the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management to discuss options last week, according to department staff, but no final decisions have been made. The options include turning the site into either a bank or fast food establishment. Katie Bucklew, spokeswoman for Edens and Avant, said that her company had no knowledge of Pier 1 actually closing down and managers at the store also said they had no information about any closing. “Nationwide they’re (Pier 1 Imports) looking at what stores they want to keep and what they want to close,” Bucklew said. “We’re trying to determine what our flexibility should we get the site back. “We do this routinely. You try to get ahead of the curve.” In the economic recession consumers have cut back on amenities and other household luxuries,

million in profits for the same period last year. Recent stock quotes show that shares in the company have dropped about 16 percent to around $.50 cents. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development said that while stores like Pier 1 are having problems, those like Target are seeking to stay more active in the marketplace. “Target is expanding its grocery offering,” Schaller said. “They want to be competitive with Wal-Mart. “(Pier 1) is a specialty shop and those kind of stores get stuck in the economy.” Bucklew said that First Colony as a whole is still a strong money making property. “Historically that area is very good with retail,” Bucklew said.


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ews Today’s Newsmakers In Brief What kinds of crimes are law enforcement see more of in the region?

How bad are the state budget cuts to the county?

Criminal enterprises, that’s what we’re seeing a great deal of, especially cross border (crime); we’re paying more attention to that. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron

We’re talking millions of dollars they’re hitting us with. Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills)

Agreement May Come To Allow Hunting Again At Elms Beach By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

After years of tension over who can share in its use school system and state officials operating an environmental education center on county-leased property in Dameron seem to be willing to make a compromise with hunters who say they have been wrongly pushed off the land. “I support hunter’s rights,” said Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano when asked by county commissioners if he believed hunters could co-exist with students using the property for environmental education. “My first and foremost concern is children’s safety on the site.” Local hunters have complained that in the past several years they have been pushed off the 435 acres the county leases from the state where the board of education runs the Elms Environmental Education

Center. They say that the boundary around the school has slowly expanded to include the entire 476-acre tract of land. While it appears that the school system and state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), through the Elms Advisory Committee, have increased the safety zones around the environmental center in recent years, it was not done with the approval of the county government. DNR also manages hunting on the separate 540-acre state-owned portion of the Elms property. Deer-hunting season usually runs from September through January. “We’re trying to sort out who has responsibility for the property and what makes common sense down there,” said Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown). “We never formally approved the boundaries that are there now.

“We need some common sense applied, not what we’re getting from the bureaucracy right now.” Stake holders considered several provisions, including carving out 13 acres from the county-leased portion to allow hunting but some commissioners and hunters thought that was no compromise at all. Dave Heilmeier, the DNR representative at the meeting said 13 acres would not be considered for hunting management but a large tract of land might be worth the effort. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said that commissioners might consider simply carving the 476 acres in half with hunters able to use one portion and the education center the other. “Two hundred acres for an environmental center is excellent,” Jarboe said. “And the hunters would

be able to use their (portion.)” “Hunting, fishing and sportsmen’s rights are very important in rural areas,” he said. Rich Johnson an avid hunter and civic activist from Valley Lee, said that the commissioners had a clearer understanding of the situation at the Elms and that they would likely not let the interests of the school site completely overshadow those of hunters. “It looks like the Board of County Commissioners has an understanding of what’s going on and what’s not going on down there, Johnson said. Steve Riley, the lone member of the Elms Advisory Committee who has opposed moving hunters off the land, said he expected a resolution soon from the commissioners. “They want to put this to rest once and for all,” Riley said.

Sewer Overflow Contaminates Local

A sanitary sewer overflow of between 8,000 to 10,000 gallons has contaminated a stream along Copeland Lane in Lexington Park near the Carver Recreation Facility, according to information from the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom). The overflow occurred Tuesday when debris blocked the flow pipe, MetCom has stated. The stream has no name, MetCom has stated, but the fouled area has been vacu-

umed of debris and dusted with lime to reduce contamination. The debris has also been removed from the pipe. However, MetCom advises that residents avoid any contact with the stream for at least seven days. For more information about the leak or the contaminated land residents can contact MetCom at 301-373-5305.

County, Most Of State Faces Drought By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Unless it rains soon local farmers will face drought conditions going into the spring planting season, according to federal reports. Last week the U.S. Drought Monitor program reported that most of the state is classified as being in a moderated drought. “It could have a serious impact on crops,” said Amy Farrell executive director of the Farm Service Agency based in Leonardtown. “It’s going to be tough if it doesn’t hurry up and rain. “You don’t want to go into planting season dry.” Moisture in the earth is critical to crop growth. It could be another dose of bad news for local farmers if drought conditions persist since they weathered a sever drought in 2007 and just recently have had to take losses from falling commodities prices. Farrell said that local farmers are concerned going into the growing season with the land so dry, but do not think the situation is critical yet since they have not yet begun to plant. In spring farmers plant crops like corn and soybeans which are among the staples that bring

in much of their profits. Ben Beale, an educator with the University of Maryland’s Cooperative Extension, said that low moisture levels meant that the summer time could be particularly dry without much rain in the near future. “You’re going to see ponds going down, things like that,” Beale said. “Things start drying up and the plants take up more water, then there’s not a whole lot left.” Livestock can begin to suffer as result, he said, and if significant rain does not fall between now and the summer crops will suffer. “It’s not hurting us so much now, our small grain crops still look pretty good,” Beale said. “But it’s unnerving to come off the past couple of years with such a deficit of water. “We didn’t get a lot of rain during the fall, that’s what hurt us.” The drought two years ago was among the worst on record with some small local farms suffering near 100 percent crop loses, the federal government declared nearly all of the state an agricultural disaster zone. Beale said that droughts of varying severity have hit the region for the past two decades, with dry spells hitting most recently in 2007 going all the way back to 1993.

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around the Tough Economy Means More Darned Socks

ANNAPOLIS (AP) Perhaps not long ago, a fallen hem or a buttonhole tear was reason enough to buy new clothes, but as the recession continues to pull at shoppers’ purse strings, many consumers are likely to once again seek a cobbler or tailor. Some Maryland alteration and shoe-repair shops are gaining business now as people become thriftier about their wardrobes, Anne Arundel County business owners said. Simon Erdogan, a cobbler at Parole Shoe and Luggage Repair on Somerville Road, said his business has been succeeding despite a difficult economy. ``A lot of people are getting things fixed these days,’’ he said. ``Businesswise, things have been very good.’’ Erdogan said his shop has seen a 20 percent uptick in sales over what he usually expects this time of year. Pris Foust, one of Erdogan’s longtime customers, stopped by the store last week to have some work done. She brought three pairs of shoes with a cumulative age of 26 years. They have been good friends to Foust’s feet, so she didn’t mind footing the extra bill for new tips and stretching, she said. ``They were old shoes, but they were good shoes,’’ she said. The work will cost her $56. But because the shoes were high-end brands, fixing them instead of replacing them was a smart investment, she said. Customers usually bring expensive shoes and suitcases in for repairs. Erdogan said it’s rare for someone to bring in a pair of shoes worth less than $100. Tailors also are tapping in to the trend. At the Annapolis Tailoring Shop on Old Solomons Island Road, Elaine Kleanthous said her alteration services have been booming, with an increase of 30 percent to 40 percent in revenue over last year. Though her customers usually come in to have their suits custom-fitted, she’s noticing an increase in the number of clients bringing in old clothing. ``More people are coming in for taking in or letting out old clothes,’’ she said.

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Guilty Plea Hangs on Dead Boy Rising

BALTIMORE (AP) Prosecutors agreed to some unusual terms to win a guilty plea from a former religious cult member charged with starving her 1-year-old son to death: If the child is resurrected, her plea will be withdrawn. Ria Ramkissoon, 22, also agreed Monday to testify against four other members of the now-defunct religious group known as 1 Mind Ministries. All four are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Javon Thompson, whose body was kept in a suitcase packed with mothballs and fabric softener sheets long after he died. Ramkissoon’s lawyer said the resurrection clause Ramkissoon insisted on shows that she is still ``brainwashed’’ and needs the psychological treatment that is planned as part of her sentencing. According to a statement of facts, the cult members stopped feeding the boy when he refused to say ``Amen’’ after a meal. After Javon died, Ramkissoon sat next to his decomposing body and prayed for his resurrection. Ramkissoon’s attorney, Steven D. Silverman, said Ramkissoon believes the resurrection will occur. She agreed to plead guilty only after prosecutors said they would drop the charges if the child comes back to life, Silverman said. “This is something that she absolutely insisted upon, and this is indicative of the fact that she is still brainwashed, still a victim of this cult,’’ he said. ``Until she’s deprogrammed, she’s not going to think any differently.’’ Baltimore Circuit Judge Timothy J. Doory assured Ramkissoon that the plea would indeed be withdrawn if the child is resurrected. Ramkissoon pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in death. She will remain in custody until she testifies against her co-defen-

dants and will receive a suspended 20-year sentence and serve five years probation. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 11. By then, Ramkissoon would have spent about a year behind bars. As part of her probation, Ramkissoon must submit to treatment, including sessions with an expert on cult behavior. The maximum sentence for child abuse resulting in death is 30 years, and defendants typically receive between 12 and 20 years, according to Maryland sentencing guidelines. Ramkissoon will fare much better under the plea deal than if she had pursued an insanity defense, Silverman said. A court psychiatrist found that she was both competent to stand trial and could have been held criminally responsible for Javon’s death because she knew the difference between right and wrong. Ramkissoon’s mother and stepfather and Javon’s paternal grandmother wept in court as prosecutors described the boy’s death. The petite Ramkissoon, a native of Trinidad, was calm, answering the judge’s questions in a barely audible voice. When asked her address, she gave the location of the city jail. Asked later whether she had any other place she called home, she said, “No.” After the boy died, the cult members left his body inside the apartment where they lived until it began to decompose, according to police documents and the statement of facts. In early 2007, they stuffed the body inside a suitcase and filled it with mothballs and fabric softener sheets to mask the odor. The cult members relocated to Philadelphia, where they befriended an elderly man and stored the suitcase in a shed behind his home. It remained there for more than a year before police found it, the documents say.

WASHINGTON (AP) Special Olympics is kicking off a youthled campaign stretching from Florida to Alaska to end the derogatory use of the word ``retard.’’ Under the ``Spread the Word to End the Word’’ campaign beginning Tuesday, schools and universities plan to hold rallies and sign pledges to eliminate using the word that organizers say is hurtful to people with intellectual disabilities.

Kirsten Suto Seckler, director of global marketing and awareness for Special Olympics, says the group hopes the campaign sparks a national dialogue about the impact of the word on people with mental disabilities and their families. Youth with and without intellectual disabilities came up with the idea for the campaign last month during a summit. Their goal is to garner 100,000 pledges Tuesday on the organization’s Web site.

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Streetscape Project Turns Up Fuel Tank

Karleen Jaffres, co-owner of Café Des Artiste on the square in Leonardtown, hopes that the contractor assigned to complete the streetscape project will remove the barrier netting from the front of her restaurant soon. Just last week the contractor turned up an old, large fuel tank that extends from underneath the building to beneath the street just in front of her store. Jaffres said that emergency response personnel had to ensure that the old tank did not contain

any hazardous materials; it turned out to just be water. “I just hope they fix it up and get it back to the way it normally looks,” Jaffres said of the project that tore up the section of street. “It looks pretty rough.” The unsightly development hasn’t turned customers away so far, she said but she said she was anxious to ensure it didn’t. “They would’ve been further down the street (with their construction) if they hadn’t found this,” Jaffres told The County Times. According to Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown) the fuel tank was still in

Former Montgomery County Official To Head St. Mary’s Planning And Zoning By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Derick Berlage, a former Montgomery County public official and real estate attorney with 20 years of experience in land use matters has been selected to head the county’s Department of Land Use and Growth Management. Denis Canavan, the former director, died last year after a battle with cancer. Berlage will begin his tenure with St. Mary’s starting April 15 with his contract running until May of 2011. His salary will be $110,000 a year. Berlage has served on the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Planning Commission as its chair and also as chair of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Most of the county commissioners said that Berlage was the right person for the job after they looked at about 50 applicants for the position. “He clearly has the experience needed,” said Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown). “He comes with strong references about his ability to plan for the future.” Montgomery County is one of the highest and most densely developed counties in the state, but also has a prominent rural section. Berlage was noted in local media reports for advocating for the preservation of Montgomery County’s agricultural preservation zones. Berlage chose not to seek the chairmanship of the Montgomery County Planning Commission in 2006, however, after controversy sprang up over how a large development in Clarksburg would be built out. The Clarksburg Town Center project in Montgomery County had to be stopped because an advisory group found that hundreds of houses in the project had been built either too tall or too close to the roadway, according to The Gazette newspaper. The advisory committee also found, The Gazette reported, that Berlage’s signature as planning commission chair, along with those of planning staff,

were on the plats that allowed the houses to be built. “We learned a lot through that,” Berlage said. “Those are lessons that will help me to do the job better in St. Mary’s County.” Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) expressing the “minority opinion” among county commissioners, said that while Berlage was highly qualified to fill the position, there were staff members in the county who could also do the job. “This particular individual is highly qualified,” Jarboe said. “But we do have some true treasures in county government.” Jarboe praised Phile Shire, who has been acting director of planning and zoning, for his work after Canavan’s death. Berlage said he was looking for a home in the county right now; he added that preserving the county’s historical landscape, while balancing it with the many technological advances brought by the U.S. Navy would be a top priority. “St. Mary’s County is one of the most beautiful and best run counties in Maryland,” Berlage said. “We have to find a way to preserve the best of the past while taking advantage of the best opportunities of the future.”

Photo by Guy Leonard Karleen Jaffres looks out at the aftermath of the discovery of an old fuel tank in the town square that has taken away some of her restaurant’s parking spaces.

good condition. It was just one of the things that a project like this could turn up unexpectedly. “We know that it must have been old because the material it was made of was very heavy,” Mattingly said. The streetscape project resumed this month after a delay partly due to the weather but also to give the State Highway Administration time to figure out what to do with a mistakenly-laid por-

tion of sidewalk on Washington Street that did not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. State Highway Administration representatives have said that they failed to get the new regulations out to the contractor on time to ensure the sidewalk was laid properly. That portion of sidewalk will be taken out and replaced before the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street goes in, state officials have said.





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To The Editor: My husband and I bought a nice piece of property about a year ago in Oakville and had a house built on the property as close to the middle as the county would allow. We have gone into HUGE debt to have some peace and quiet. We have just moved in, ready to enjoy that peace and quiet, then I read in The County Times that a road racing park may be developed very close to us. The thought of having to listen to engines roar every weekend

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Hello Ms. Guy, thank you for your message. I am the Director of Economic & Community Development for St. Mary’s County. We are familiar with the proposed road-racing park and have been working with the developer to help locate a suitable site for the project. The need is great for a local recreational venue such as this one. As you can imagine this is not a simple process. It is a large undertaking and the acreage required, with the proper zoning, and of course the suitability among adjoining properties are all major considerations. You should know that the site mentioned in the news story is one of a few in considerations in the County. There has been no agreement struck yet. Should the project go forward at this and similarly zoned sites, the developer is required to bring the request before the Zoning Board of Appeals, as it is a conditional use. This involves a public hearing process where concerns like yours can be heard and entered into the record. I can tell you that the developer, Ashbourne De-

is very disturbing, to say the least! So, I’m writing this letter to lodge my alarm and disagreement over this ever happening here. This may be a “not in my back yard” complaint, but I am totally against a road racing park in Oakville. I’m sure if you ask other people in the Oakville area, they will tell you the same thing. Please inform me of any meetings pertaining to this “park”. Wendy Guy Mechanicsville, Md

velopments LLC www.ashbournedevelopments. com/ is very interested and sensitive to community concerns with respect to noise in particular. The owner continues to meet with the local community to better explain the road course concept and address concerns such as yours. I’m happy to put you in touch with the owner. Also know that our county zoning ordinance has regulations for noise. The developer is very familiar with these and has incorporated into the course design measures that meet these standards. I will share your concerns with the developer. Remember that there is more than one site under consideration. I’ll also make sure you are notified as this project moves forward. I’m happy to talk with you further on this. Thank you, Bob Schaller Director, Economic & Community Dev. St. Mary’s County

Look In The Mirror At Who Is Paying For This Here’s how the banking problems were explained to me: Our lending institutions say they can’t resume lending until they get all their bad loans (Toxic Assets) of their books. Nobody seems to want to agree to a price for the value of those assets. The banks want 60 cents-on-the-dollar, pricing the assets at their value prior to the real estate downturn. Potential private buyers of those Toxic Assets are offering 20 cents-on-thedollar. Questions: How do we resolve the issue? How do we get the toxic assets off the books and into the hands of willing private buyers who are ready to gamble that they can buy cheap, sell at a higher price than they paid, and make a profit? Remember the old song, “And Along Came Jones?” Well, Along Came Geitner. It seems our genius government employee came up with the answer. The government will loan potential buyers 97% of the amount they (the buyers) offer for the

bad loans. This “loan” does not have to be repaid. If the purchased toxic assets cannot be resold at a profit to the buyers, the government will cover the buyers’ losses. There is no incentive for the buyers to pay less than the bank asks for the toxic assets, so there is a high probability the purchase price will be around 60 cents-on-thedollar. That means the banks are winners. If toxic assets can be resold at a profit, the deal with the government allows the buyers (who are now seller) to retain their profits. If the assets are sold at a loss, or remain unsold, the buyers/ sellers lose (at most) three cents-on-the-dollar. How’s that for winning investment? One more questions: Who gives the government the money to loan to the buyers/sellers who buy the toxic assets? Please… Go look in the mirror. The stuckees are US. James Hilbert Mechanicsville, Md

Don’t Let a Choo Choo Replace a Great Community Asset As a resident of Charlotte Hall living on the Three Notch Trail I have witnessed many people enjoying the hiker/biker trail. These include walkers, bikers, many children learning to ride bikes and joggers. How surprising to read about the three commissioners who now want to sacrifice this unique facility for St. Mary’s County enjoyed by so many to create a light rail system which incidentally has been a



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long time dream of Senator Roy Dyson. I have posted this story on my fence hoping those who enjoy this trail so much will speak loud and clear about their thoughts of loosing this trail to a choo choo. Patricia Poffenbarger Charlotte Hall, Md

New Planning Director Has Storied Past, Strange Fit

It is difficult to tell whether the announcement this week by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners that Derick P. Berlage, a real estate attorney from Montgomery County, has been hired as the new Director of Land Use and Growth Management is a local decision or one driven by Maryland state politics. Mr. Berlage clearly is a political player at the state level. His political activism goes back many years and includes three terms on the Montgomery County Council. In 1992 he was a candidate for Delegate to the Democratic National Convention for presidential candidate Tom Harkins from Iowa. Harkins, a liberal U.S. senator, lost the Democratic nomination for president to the more conservative Bill Clinton. As a member of the Montgomery County Council, Mr. Berlage was a sponsor of legislation known as the “Domestic Partners Benefit Plan” making Montgomery County one of the first local governments in the nation to provide employment benefits to domestic partners of county employees. Currently St. Mary’s County does not offer these benefits; St. Mary’s still recognizes the institution of marriage as the qualifier for employment benefits. Mr. Berlage was also a supporter of legislation aimed at restricting gun rights while a member of the county council. He supported legislation that would cut off county funding of any group that allowed the display and sale of guns on its property, restricted where gun shows could be held and imposed new regulations on gun show promoters. As a result of Mr. Berlage’s efforts, a popular gun show that was held at the Montgomery County fairgrounds each year was no longer allowed to take place. This was a very controversial issue in Montgomery County, passing the council on a 5-to-4 vote, with Mr. Berlage acknowledging his desire to “make life more difficult for gun dealers”. Mr. Berlage was then appointed chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board where he served just one term.

Mr. Berlage found himself embroiled in controversy as chairman over building irregularities at Clarksburg Town Center. Concerns were raised about Mr. Berlage’s leadership and oversight, yet he vowed to fight to keep his job. Later he would announce he was stepping down to give his agency a “fresh start”. Mr. Berlage has been active in numerous Democratic election campaigns donating to several Congressional races as well as playing an active roll in the election of Gov. Martin O’Malley. Mr. Berlage was a player in the O’Malley transition team. Most recently Mr. Berlage has been employed as a partner in the Government Affairs Division of Venable, LLC in Rockville. Venable is a rather prestigious law firm that represents many high profile clients. Mr. Berlage was a registered Annapolis lobbyist with Venable. The question quickly becomes: Why is a guy like Berlage coming to St. Mary’s County? This guy plays with the big boys. He is politically well connected and certainly was earning a lot more money with Venable than he will be in his new job with St. Mary’s County. The Maryland Department of Planning has a long-standing policy of trying to take land use decisions away from local governments and give the state more and more control. This effort started with Gov. Glendening who was so upset that St. Mary’s was not following the state recommendations that he threatened sanctions against the mother county. Tensions went away under Gov. Ehrlich as he recognized the autonomy of local land use decisions. Recently Gov. O’Malley has been signaling a return to the Glendening days where the state knows better what is best for St. Mary’s. We have no way of knowing if Mr. Berlage is being sent to St. Mary’s by our big brother, state government, or if he has just decided to change his lifestyle and settle for less than he is used to in hopes of a slower, calmer life. One thing is for sure - he is not a natural fit.

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There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.

-Alice Thomas Ellis

Legal Ad: IN THE MATTER OF DAYNE DAVIDISON HIGDON FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO DAYNE DAVIDISON WILLIAMS, J.R. BY AND THROUGH HIS MOTHER/FATHER/GUARDIAN JANIE THERESA HIGDON AND RANDY LEE WILLIAMS In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Civil No.: 18-C-09-000392 NC The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which they seek to change the name of a minor child from Dayne Davidison Higdon to Dayne Davidison William, J.R. The Petitioner is seeking this name change for the child for the following reasons: We would like for the child’s name to match the child’s biological father’s last name. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 24th day of April, 2009. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this Notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to file an objection.


Care Net Will Lock Up Local Leaders By Sean Rice Staff Writer The Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland is teaming up with Sheriff Tim Cameron to hold their first-ever “Jail & Bail” fundraiser on April 20. Care Net will raise needed operational funds by “arresting” willing elected officials and business leaders, who will then post a “bail” of $1,500 to be released. Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., arrestees will be driven to the Old Jail in Leonardtown in a 1950s-style black and white police car, where they will go in front of a judge with a court-appointed attorney.

After the bail is paid to the bailiff, the “criminal” will be given a tour of the Old Jail museum and escorted to Tudor Hall for a luncheon with Sheriff Cameron, sponsored by Corbels Restaurant. Rick Tancreto, director of the local Care Net, said the $1,500 donation is equal to the funds needed by the agency to provide services to one pregnant mother. Care Net helps local women explore all their options when facing an unexpected pregnancy. Created in 1991, the agency assisted 3,700 women in 2008. For more information see, or contact Tancreto at 410-456-0572.

JOAN W. WILLIAMS, Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland 04-02-09

Submitted photo This 1950s black and white police car, owned by Billy and Joyce Cusic will “arrest” local business leaders and government officials.

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In this business climate, local companies need all the help they can get when trying to maximize profits and reduce financial losses. Askey, Askey & Associates may be a familiar name in Southern Maryland when talking

about accounting and auditing firms, but what’s not well known is the Askey firm offers services that go well beyond what one might expect to find at a local CPA office. While some seek out an accountant with the goal of reducing tax liability, the Askeys take a different view. “Our goal is to help our clients pay as much

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tax as possible,” Bob Askey said. “Because if we are helping you the way we should, you’re growing, and you’re paying more tax.” Bob Askey runs the firm with his wife, Cathy Askey. The couple, together with their qualified team of CPAs and bookkeepers, muster a slew of credentials that are nearly unrivaled among business advisors in Southern Maryland. “We help companies who’ve reached a plateau and don’t know how to grow anymore,” Cathy Askey said during a County Times interview with the couple. “I’ve always been keenly interested in what makes one business successful and another one fail. So, I’ve really studied it over the years.” Cathy Askey heads up the Business Growth Department with the firm, offering companies a frank and honest picture of their status and potential. “There are many reasons to do a business valuation. Some people can run a business for 30 years and not know what its worth,” Cathy Askey said. “We help them take a good look at themselves.” Taking a “good look” into a company could turn up some unexpected information, according to Bob Askey, whose credentials include Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and most recently


Certified Forensic Financial Analyst (CFFA). “With everything that’s going on and particularly because of the downturn in the economy, people are now more inclined to do something to supplement their income that is illegal,” Bob Askey said, Citing data from the FBI. “Businesses have to be on the watch now more than ever for people who are working for them who may be experiencing financial difficulty,” he said. “For the employer, you know there may be cash missing and they’re just thinking, ‘Well, it’s because it’s a down economy.’ And probably it’s the person that they would tell you would never steal from them.” Bob Askey said statistics show that about 93 percent of people who commit business fraud are doing it for the first time. “If a business does not do something to proactively defend its assets, somebody is going to be stealing something,” he said. “And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with an employer, a business, protecting their assets.” That philosophy of protecting and growing assets is what the Askeys are all about. “We are active members of this community, and we’re trying to make it a better place as we live our lives here,” said Cathy Askey, adding that increasing wealth through “mutually beneficial associations” is the name of the game. “We get the opportunity to work with a lot of great people in this community,” she said. “There are some great businesses here and they trust us to keep them straight and to keep them out of trouble, and they lean on us for advice, they trust our judgment.”

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Besche Sets Example of BusinessCommunity Involvement

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

An unusual thing happens when one rings the telephone of the president of Besche Oil … Mike Besche himself answers the phone. While the head of a local corporation answering his own telephone might not seem like a big deal, it’s a small symbol of Besche’s commitment to staying in touch with the community. A bigger symbol of that commitment is Besche’s nearly $30,000 donated annually to local charitable causes, and the thousands of volunteer hours put in by their employees annually. “We live in this community,” Besche told The County Times. “Part of living in this community is selling Christmas trees and being in the Optimist Club, it’s not staying home and watching television.” Of Besche’s 80 full-time employees, half of them have 20-plus years with the company, and they are active in local groups including Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Christmas in April and local volunteer fire departments. “I wouldn’t say we’re a family, but in cor-

porate America, this is about as close to a family as you can get,” Besche said. “Each year our employees contribute more than 4,400 hours – an average of more than 12 hours every day of the year.” Since the company got its start 61 years ago with a store in Ridge, it has grown with offices in Lexington Park, Waldorf and Clinton. “When my father started this company, communities were much smaller, and it was easier to get to know your neighbor,” Besche said. “Maybe we are old-fashioned, but we still feel strongly that you must give back to your friends and neighbors in order to be successful.” Already this year, Besche Oil, and its business partner CITGO Petroleum, have made a donation of $105,000 to the College of Southern Maryland. The donation will go towards expanding the Trade Training Center, which trains truck drivers, among other trades. “I can’t tell you how hard it is to get money out of a big company, but they’ve been very forthcoming and generous, so I’ve got to give them a pat on the back,” Besche said of Citgo’s contribution.


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Smartronix Wins Major IT Contract Award

Smartronix, Inc., of Hollywood, has been chosen for award of the long-anticipated General Services Administration’s Alliant government wide acquisition contract (GWAC). Alliant offers a five-year base with one, fiveyear option period, and has a $50 billion contract ceiling. Commonly referred to as the government’s premier Information Technology (IT) contract, Alliant will offer a broad range of IT products and services to federal and Department of Defense agencies. When asked about the Alliant award, David MacRae, Smartronix EVP, said, “This is a tremendous opportunity to show our community the value and expertise of a mid-tier company. We are honored to be named an Alliant prime and look forward to working with our industry partners to offer the best possible products and services available to our existing and future federal civilian and Department of Defense customers.” Smartronix is a global professional solutions provider specializing in NetOps, Cyber Se-

curity, Enterprise Software Solutions, Defense & Commercial Products, and Health IT. Smartronix is headquartered in Hollywood, Md., with operating offices in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, and Arizona with more than 550 employees throughout the United States and at strategic locations in Germany, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. The company has received numerous recognitions and awards including Vault’s 2009 “Best Firm to Work For” recognition, Northern Virginia Family Service’s CARE Employer of Choice award, as one of the 50 largest technology employers in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, and one of the top 500 and top 5000 nationally as ranked by the Washington Business Journal and Inc. 500/Inc. 5000 media, respectively. Smartronix’ new 17-acre corporate campus is located just south of Washington, D.C. and minutes from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

Webster Field Gate 1 to Get Fortifications

Two construction projects are getting underway soon at Patuxent River Naval Air Station and the Webster Field Annex to increase base protection at the main gates of the two facilities. The $750,000 Webster Field Gate 1 project will install a new sentry house, canopy, lighting, an undercarriage inspection system and dynamic barriers on the inbound and outbound lanes. Construction will begin in May, reports NAS public affairs specialist Rick Thompson. The main gate will be closed during construction and the Wolf Road gate will serve as the main entrance. Similar construction at Patuxent River NAS Gate 1 is scheduled to begin on the heels of the Webster Field project. The gate will be closed nights and weekends during construction. During that project, Gate Two will remain open 24 hours a day.

Quick Action by NAVAIR Garners Praise

Within six months of receiving an urgent requirement for the rapid deployment of improved Aircraft Survivability Equipment, NAVAIR fielded improved capabilities for the CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. The Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems program office (PMA-272) here, rapidly upgraded the detection capability of the AAR47(V)2 Missile Warning System, increased the number of flares carried by the ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System and fielded advanced Air Expendable Countermeasures common to all Marine Corps assault aircraft. “This suite of improvements offers better detection of incoming missiles and is capable of providing advanced active countermeasures to decoy missiles launched from Man-Portable Air Defense Systems,” said Matt Lehtonen, deputy integrated product team lead for Assault ASE. “All improvements were recently tested under fire during missions in Iraq with great success, saving lives on aircraft operating in harm’s way.” PMA-272 is currently fielding the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System (LAIRCM) for the Marines’ CH-53E Sea Stallion aircraft. “We continue to work on advanced ASE ca-

pabilities for several Type/Model/Series aircraft,” Capt. Paul Overstreet, PMA-272 program manager said in a press release. “Platforms that will benefit from future improvements include the CH-46E Sea Knight; CH-53D/E Sea Stallion; AH-1W Cobra; UH-1N/Y Huey; MV-22 Osprey; KC-130J/T Hercules; UC-12 Huron; MH-60R/S, SH-60B, and HH-60H Seahawk; and P-3 Orion Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program aircraft.” The PMA-272 team and the Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft were recently recognized by Brig. Gen. Robert Walsh, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) commanding officer, for the outstanding service provided to the Fleet. “I would like to extend my personal thanks to you, PEO(T) and the PMA-272 team for your efforts in once again keeping our Marines safe,” said Walsh. “Your team has once again proven the viability of our ASE systems in combat, the extraordinary team you have at NAVAIR and the tremendous personal relationships you have built with our industry partners. Enhancing our combat effectiveness while protecting our most precious assets -the pilots, crew and passengers of these aircraft -- is our number one priority, and you have confirmed over and over again that it is also yours.”

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Planting Today for a Greener Tomorrow Watershed Association Recruits Students to Plant 250 Trees Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Lindsay Tempinson from the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association raised her feet and settled her boots into the mud as she dug a hole for one of her saplings on a stretch of property just north of St. Mary’s College, where more than a dozen students joined the association along with members of the American Conservation Corps and others at a tree planting on Saturday. The group had intended to plant 250 trees at the site, but Tempinson laughed as she explained that the previous night’s rainfall would make some of the plantings too difficult. “We have some bigger trees that we’re not going to be able to plant today, just because the soil is wet, but we’re going to try get in all of the little saplings,” she said, nodding to some of the plants that included red oaks, pin oaks, hollies, maples, and white pines. Some of the trees were donated from Indian Bridge Farms in California, while others were purchased at a discount from the state Department of Natural Resources nursery. All were native species that were sorely needed at the site, where erosion

Rose Wins Maryland Student Award

Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Tiffany Rose, a secondyear graphic communications student at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, received the 2009 Maryland Student Award from the Printing and Graphics Association Mid Atlantic at the fourth annual Print Quality Awards Banquet held March 12, 2009, at Martin’s West in Baltimore. Rosehas no shortage of accolades, boasting a gold medal for this year’s S k i l l sUSA pin design competition, for which she is now eligible to travel to Kansas City, Mo., to represent Maryland. She is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society and is currently eligible for the Certificate of Excellence at the Forrest Center. She said she plans to attend Winthrop University in South Carolina next fall to study visual communications design. “I’ll probably go to a design firm and design things for famous people … I’d like to do weddings and invitations and

cards and billboards … a bit of everything,” she said, smiling as she talked about her experience with the Tech Center and SkillsUSA. “SkillsUSA is a great organization, and if you can get involved with it, you really should … it’s helped me be less shy and just show what I can do,” she said. Rose was nominated by her instructor, Kimberly Clements, who said that her performance and participation in the graphic design program at the Tech Center had been exemplary. “Tiffany was nominated for this award because of her varied interest in graphic communications,” said Clements, adding that her performance at this year’s SkillsUSA graphic communications competition had proven her ability to perform. “It’s a multi-faceted competition that includes everything from running the press to running the folder to some design work, too. Somebody has to be very astute in all the facets of design, and she is,” said Clements.

problems had persisted since an abandoned trailer was removed from the plot along with most of the trees. Tempinson said that the day’s planting would help prevent future erosion at the site. “All this soil is washing down the road, and it’ll end up in these ditches,” she said, “so by doing this it can reduce the erosion and provide a good wildlife habitat.” Tempinson added that the group will probably return to the site to water the trees for the next couple of years. “We want to make sure that they succeed,” she said. Of course, part of that success would depend on student and community involvement according to Tempinson, who said she had been recruiting students from St. Mary’s College to join in Saturday’s event for the last couple of weeks. Maureen Thompson, a senior economics major, had answered the call and smiled as she mucked in the mud, planting white pines along with several other students at the site. “I’ve always been taught you should plant trees in your community when you can,” said Thompson, “I think it was in fifth or sixth grade I started doing this, but it’s fun … so whenever they offer it you’ve got to come out.”

School System Working to Combat Crime By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer A new program done through a partnership with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers is offering students cash rewards for information on crimes in St. Mary’s County schools. This comes in addition to other efforts by the school system to curb crimes including theft, drug dealing and vandalism, for which the sheriff’s office receives frequent phone calls. The school system’s “Student Crime Solvers” initiative, which was launched in March, is now aiming to open up more lines of communication between students, administrators and the sheriff’s office. “It’s the same thing we do out in the community with our county crime solvers program,” said Capt. Edward Willenborg of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. “They decided it would be helpful to have it in the schools,” he said. The “Student Crime Solvers” initiative places tip boxes in each of the county’s high schools where students can fill out tip sheets anonymously, tearing off a number to keep that matches the number on the tip sheet.

If officials take action based on the tip, they will post the number on a “reward board” where the reporting student can see it and then collect cash rewards ranging from $10 to $1,000, provided by the local Crime Solvers organization. “The boxes are in place and we’re beginning to use them,” said Michael Wyant, Director of Safety and Security for SMCPS, explaining that school resource officers will check the boxes throughout the day. Wyant added that a new confidential hotline is being set up through the Department of Safety and Security as another way of collecting information. The number for the school reporting hotline is 301-475-4256, ext. 150 or 188. The police department will also begin using TipSoft, a software program that will allow informants to send anonymous tips as text messages. “There’s been a number of incidents of theft and other crimes in and around the schools,” said Sheriff Timothy Cameron, who said that his office receives frequent phone calls about incidents at the area’s schools, “but we’re hoping that this establishes an anonymous system of communication with the students.”


Forrest Center to Host Scrapbooking Workshop The Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center will host a “National Scrapbook Day” workshop on Saturday, April 25, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the school’s Dohrman Room. Early registration by April 20 is $35. Registration at the door is $40. The event includes a light breakfast, educational demos, door prizes and a light lunch. It is coordinated by Robin Pajak, a Creative Memories consultant. Please bring your scrapbooking materials with you. Beginners are welcome. New to this workshop is “Laptop Crop” from 1:00-3:00 p.m. During this session attendees will receive training and practice on the “Storybook Creator” software. The cost to attend this portion of the workshop only is $10. Proceeds from the event benefit the school’s SkillsUSA chapter. For more information or to register, call the school at 301-475-0242 or Robin Pajak at 301-481-3985.

Preschool Special Education Information Fair Scheduled

Benjamin Banneker Elementary School’s Early Childhood Center will host a Preschool Special Education Information Fair on Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of its Early Childhood Center located at 27180 Point Lookout Road, Loveville, MD. The fair will address communication, oral motor skills, basic concepts, reading, cooking, toilet training, social stories, and gross and fine motor skills. Special education teachers, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, special education para-educators, and administrators will be on hand to discuss innovative and fun ways to improve child development. For more details, contact Ms. Jessica Williams or Ms. Michelle Carroll at 301-475-0260, ext. 109.

Archaeology Symposium Scheduled

Researchers from across Maryland will describe recent discoveries and findings from some of the state’s most important archaeological sites at a symposium on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center. The symposium, sponsored by the Archaeological Society of Maryland (ASM), focuses on projects at St. Mary’s City, the Zekiah Swamp in Charles County, and the Eastern Shore. Lunch will be available at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Admission fee is $5 for ASM and HSMC members, $7 for non-members.



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Indictments Charge Two With Drug Dealing As the investigation into drug dealing at a Sandgates business continues, Dale William Poe Jr., 20, of Mechanicsville, was indicted for several drug related charges. Poe allegedly distributed cocaine and conspired to deal cocaine with a third party. Vice/Narcotics detectives reviewed the cases with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz and subsequently presented it to the St. Mary’s County Grand Jury. A warrant was issued and Poe is currently being held without bail. Sherry Ann Hutson was previously indicted by Vice/Narcotics detectives on charges of distribution of prescription medications at the same Sandgates location. She was arrested March 23by sheriff’s office patrol Cpl. John Logalbo. The new indictment charges that she dealt the prescription medication hydrocodone at a Hollywood business. Additional arrests are expected.

Mechanicsville Man Sentenced For Child Pornography (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a Mechanicsville man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for sharing child pornography. Thirty-seven-year-old Ronald Draper was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to possessing more than 600 images of children being sexually abused. Many of the children were under 12 years old and Draper said he e-mailed numerous images to others. The collection of images in his Mechanicsville home and at a Charlotte Hall storage unit he leased included video files. He was arrested in September 2007 for distributing and possessing child pornography.

Deputies Charge Man With Threatening Arson On March 30, 2009 at 12:27 a.m. Cpl. Joseph Somerville responded to a residence in Mechanicsville for the report of a domestic disturbance. Investigation by Somerville revealed Michael D. Walther, 22, of Mechanicsville, allegedly threatened to burn the victim’s grandmother’s house during the verbal altercation. Walther was placed under arrest without incident, charged with threat of arson and incarcerated in the detention center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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Man Convicted Of Rape Faces Deportation By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

ently locked in an attempt to help her when the defendant ran out of the room. Police found him hiding under a bed in the Alverio Dominguez, who pleaded guilty to adjacent home. second-degree rape last week The victim recountin county Circuit Court, will ed the crime in court and likely be deported to his how she had suffered sehome country of Guatemala verely in its aftermath. after he serves nine years in “Although I physiprison for the crime. cally was only raped Dominguez was arrestonce I’ve been raped ed and charged last year for emotionally ever since,” allegedly raping a woman at the victim said. “I was a party to which was invited never afraid of the in Lexington Park. dark… or of going to Dominguez was known bed.” to be an illegal alien with a The victim’s mothfederal warrant out for his er said that her daugharrest. ter would learn to work Judge Karen H. Abrams, through the pain she who presided over his plea had experienced and March 27, told Dominguez succeed in life; she said through a Spanish language she hoped Dominguez interpreter that his actions would “think about that cast a pall over the efforts of while you’re rotting in legal immigrants to make a prison.” new life here. Dominguez apoloAlverio Dominguez “Things like what gized through his atyou’ve done make it worse for torney Public Defender them,” Abrams said. “People John Getz, who said that point to this and say this is what happens.” his client’s consumption of alcohol at the party According to prosecutors Dominguez and contributed to his commission of the crime. another Hispanic man were invited over to a party “Had he not been under the influence of alconext door to their Lexington Park residence that hol this would not have happened,” Getz told the they had been observing. court. The victim in the case told the others that she Abrams told the victim that she believed she was feeling sick and went to lie down and sleep. would move on to make a better life and admonShe awoke to find Dominguez standing over ished Dominguez that alcohol was no excuse for her, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Robyn his actions. Riddle, who then proceeded to rape her. “He’s the one who has to serve a sentence, The victim fought back and drew the atten- he’s the one who has to be deported to Guatemation of her friends who were ready to break down la,” Abrams said. “Plenty of men get drunk and the door to her room that Dominguez had appar- don’t rape women.”

Mental Evaluation Ordered For Woman Accused Of Attempted Murder By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

deputy assisted the child but soon found that Ahearn had retrieved a handgun from a nearby closet and tracked him with it as he ran for A District Court judge has ordered that a cover. woman accused of trying Police allege to kill a sheriff’s deputy that Ahearn pulled last week undergo a menthe trigger more than tal evaluation through the once but the gun state’s department of corfailed to fire. The deprections but also allowed uty wrested the gun her to be released from from here, police recommitment. ports state, and placed Judge John F. Slade her under arrest. III also ordered that any According to firearms be removed charging documents, from the home of Nancy Ahearn admitted to Martha Ahearn, 35, of pointing a handgun at Leonardtown and that she Dep. Joseph Labrack. be placed under roundSheriff Timothy the-clock supervision of K. Cameron said that family or other respondeputies who respondsible adult. ed to the situation disAhearn was charged played experience and with attempted murder composure during and first-degree assault a potentially deadly last week for allegedly situation by not firing pointing a handgun in the at the suspect. direction of a deputy who Nancy Martha Ahearn “When you look was checking the welfare at it it’s a serious inciof her 18-month-old child dent,” Cameron said. March 20. “I commend the depAccording to police reports when the uties on using great restraint. child pulled a bookshelf over top of him, the “Their training and experience paid off.”


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Richard Summerville “Dick” Brown, 77 Richard Summerville “Dick” Brown, 77, of Lusby passed away March 26 in Calvert Memorial Hospital. He was born May 27, 1931 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Arthur N. Brown and Mary T. Summerville. Dick joined the Marine Corps in March 1951 and served his country honorably for 30 years before retiring Sept. 30, 1981. While in the military, he did two tours in the Korean War, and three tours in the Vietnam War. After retirement, he continued to work for the U.S. Government as a civil servant in Aviation Ordnance with NAVAIR, Patuxent River, and retired after 22 years of service in January 2000. Dick is survived by his soul mate, Bobbie Nethercutt of Lusby; children, Michelle L. Magana of Los Alamitos, Calif., Timothy R. Brown of Santa Ana, Calif., Thomas S. Brown of Sequim, Wash., William D. Brown of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Richard A. Brown of Los Alamitos, Calif. The family will receive friends April 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon and 2 – 4 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 3 p.m. in the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby with Rev. William Davis officiating. Interment will take place April 14 at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to be made in memory of Dick to the Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or by going to

George Wallace “Scribby” Burke, 80 George Wallace “Scribby” Burke, 80, of Tall Timbers died March 30 in his home, surrounded by his loving wife Barbara and family members. Born in Crisfield, Oct. 19, 1928, he was the son of the late William Godfrey Burke and Mary Rebecca Poe Burke. He retired with honors from the United States Air Force with more than 20 years of dedicated service to his Country. After his retirement from the Air Force he went to work for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. He retired from the EPA as a Budget and Grant Specialist. He ended his working career when he retired from LK Farrell in Waldorf as a Real Estate Broker. He was a graduate of Great Mills High School. He had been an active and dedicated member of the Air Force Sergeant Association and the VFW in California. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Barbara Burke; sisters-inlaw, Mary Emily Evans of Crisfield, Debbie Hills and her husband Larry of

Great Mills; brothers-in-law, Thomas Goddard and his wife Ragna of Connecticut, Leslie W. Goddard and his wife Betty Carol of Drayden, Roy E. Goddard of Tall Timbers, Curtis A. Goddard and his wife Cheryl of Lusby and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, William Chester Burke, Warren G. (Buddy) Burke, Sr., Richard Lee Evans and one sister Ruth Williams. He was an avid reader. He liked to play golf and he enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. The family received friends April 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. in St. George’s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, where Prayers were recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be held April 2 at 10 a.m. in St. George’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Gregory Syler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Hills, Warren Burke, Michael Burke, Matthew Miller, Curtis Goddard and Ben Goddard. Honorary pallbearer will be Roy Goddard. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church, Poplar Hill Parish, P.O. Box 30, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD 20692; Second District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

grandson were her love and passion in life. She enjoyed canning, houseplants, fishing, crabbing and also loved to cook. Most of all, she enjoyed caring for her husband. The family received friends April 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, where a service was held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made to Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. To send condolences to the family visit Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

John Faustin Callis, 88 John Faustin Callis, 88, of California, Md. died March 29 in Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home. Born Feb. 15, 1921 in Ventura, Calif., he was the son of the late John Joseph and Clara Maud Gardner Callis. A graveside service will be held April 7 at 10 a.m. in Maryland Veteran’s Cemetery, Cheltenham. To leave condolences for the family, visit Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Doris Lorraine Bussler, 80, of St. Clements Shores, died March 29 in her residence. Born June 19, 1928 in River Springs, she was the daughter of the late Phillip Dominick and Frances Louise Sweeney Gatton Jr. She was the loving wife of Joseph Elmer Bussler, whom she married July 14, 1946 in Mechanicsville and who preceded her in death Dec. 25, 2002. She is survived by her daughter Linda Mae Gatton and husband Elmer Gatton Jr. of Hollywood; siblings, Everette Gatton and wife Regina of St. Clements Shores, Alfred Gatton and wife Jeanne of Leonardtown, Ralph Gatton and his girlfriend Gloria of Gambrills, Frances Gatton Morehead of Sarasota, Fla., Ellen Gatton Hill and husband Bobby of Sarasota, Fla. and sister-in-law Betty Gatton of Leonardtown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jack Gatton of Mechanicsville, Terry Gatton and his fiancé Heather Sams of Hollywood, Susie Clements and her husband Denny of Hollywood and her great-grandson Joseph Gatton, Jr. of Hollywood. She was preceded in death by her brother Calvin Gatton. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, she was a graduate of Margaret Brent High School’s Class of 1945 and was a Clerk Typist at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station for 25 years. She loved her small community of Compton/St. Clements Shores and her family, grandchildren and great-

Raymond Wilfred DuFour, 83, of Mechanicsville died March 24 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born March 19, 1926 in Lowell, Mass., he was the son of the late John and Marie Jean LeVette Lessard. He was the loving husband of Doris May DuFour, whom he married Sept. 29, 1945 and who preceded him in death May 13, 1992. He is survived by his children, Raymond DuFour of Fort Polk, La., William DuFour of Westminster, James DuFour of Lexington Park, Ernest DuFour of Florence, Texas, Michael DuFour and Russell DuFour, both of Mechanicsville, Barbara DuFour of Leonardtown, and Glenda Mincey of Mechanicsville as well as his sister Doris Rangels of Virginia, 22 grandchildren and 43 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald DuFour; his siblings Richard and Robert DuFour and Diane Hunt. He was a sheet metal worker for the Local 100 for 60 years, retiring in 1991. The family received friends March 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, where prayers were said at 7 p.m. A funeral service was held March 28 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home at 10 a.m. with Fr. Peter Alliata officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens,

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Leonardtown. Pallbearers were James DuFour Jr., Michael DuFour, Russell DuFour, Ernest DuFour, Raymond DuFour and Chris DuFour. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Thomson, William Mincey, Brandon Mincey and David Becraft. To leave condolences for the family, visit Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Dr. James A. Forrest, 97 Dr. James A. Forrest, 97, was born in Ridge, April 15, 1911, and lived all but four years of his life in St. Mary’s County. He attended St. Peter Claver Church and graduated from Cardinal Gibbons Institute June 7, 1931. He attended Hampton Institute (now University) in Hampton, Va. His college education was quickly interrupted by the Great Depression and the fact that he needed to work and care for his ailing grandmother. He received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Mary’s College of Maryland May 13, 2000, in honor of his community service. In 1935, he married Harriett Swales of Leonardtown, in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church. That same year, he began working for Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company (a subsidiary of AT&T). He went from a line crew foreman to a senior level manager and retired in 1976. He and his wife of 74 years raised and educated five children, all of whom went on to post-secondary education. It was through his children that his involvement with schools and education became a passion in his life. He was a member of the Cardinal Gibbons Institute Foundation Board. He played a key role in the desegregation of St. Mary’s County public schools in the mid-60s. Because of his role in the constitutional action, he was appointed by then-governor Marvin Mandel to the St. Mary’s County Board of Education and later became the first African-American to serve as its president. Under his leadership, several new high schools, middle schools and elementary schools were constructed, including the Career and Technology Center, which now bears his name (Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center). For many years, he anonymously gave scholarships to African-American youth in St. Mary’s County. Dr. Forrest’s service to his community was not limited to the educational arena. He was active in his home parish, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, Leonardtown, as a Eucharistic Minister; Parish Council Education Committee and a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He was a charter member of the St. Mary’s County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Knights of St. Jerome. A widely respected figure in Southern Maryland for the better part of a century, Dr. For-


rest not only worked for the good of the African-American community but for peaceful relations and better understanding between the black and white communities. His leadership has been expressed on the executive boards of St. Mary’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Home for the Elderly, Office on Aging, Cedar Lane Apartments, St. Mary’s County Fair and in 1993 he was appointed to the St. Mary’s County Historic District Commission and served as a bailiff in the Juvenile Court of St. Mary’s County. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Susan Bennett; his mother, Helen Burrell; his father, Charles Forrest; and his son, James, Jr. He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife, Harriett, and four children, George (Chiquita); Lewis I (Eudora); Barbara (Nace); and Francis (Margaret). He is also survived by nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and very close friends. Family received friends for Dr. Forrest’s Life Celebration March 29 from 2 – 7 p.m. in St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, St. Inigoes, where prayers were recited at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 30 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Scott Wood officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Francis Forrest, Jr., Lewis Forrest, II, Christopher Forrest, Quincy Williams, Vernon Forrest, Patrick Forrest, Timothy Forrest and Kenneth Smith. Honorary Pallbearers were St. Mary’s NAACP, Steve Nolan, Wayne Scriber, Knights of St. Jerome, Phillip Scriber, Wayne Barnes, LaRue Gibson, William (Nace) Bowman and Larry Lorton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dr. Forrest’s name can be made to the Cardinal Gibbons Institute Scholarship Fund. Attn: Marvell Thornton, 8400 Autumn Way, Clinton MD 20735. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Annette Marie Gisoldi, 47 Annette Marie Gisoldi, 47, of California, Md., died March 28. Born in Leonardtown, Aug. 6, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Charles Stephen Kuehn, Sr. and Eliette Christina

Rossi Kuehn. Annette graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Leonardtown in 1979. She enjoyed a career as a paralegal after receiving a certification from Keys Business College in Virginia Beach, Va. Annette was the loving wife of Joseph Anthony Gisoldi for more than 27 years, and lived in Virginia Beach and Texas before settling back in St. Mary’s County. She was the proud and devoted mother of Phillip Joseph Gi-

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soldi and Jacquelyn Christina Gisoldi. She loved the theater, music, movies, and animals, especially her dogs. She will be remembered for her kindness and compassion, her willingness to help all people and animals in need, her generous spirit, her wonderful cooking and her love for her family. Annette is survived by her husband and children; her sister Miriam Louise Hafey of Germantown and her brother Charles Stephen Kuehn of Fairfax Station, Va. She was the devoted aunt of Hannah Christine Hafey, and her nephews, Anthony Gisoldi, Daniel Gisoldi, Timothy James Clousten, Stephen Clousten, Alexander Charles Hafey, and Charles Stephen Kuehn III. The family received friends for Annette’s Life Celebration April 1 from 9 – 9:30 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, with the Reverend John Dakes officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown. Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of the United States (, Dept. MEMIT9, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

Frank Lawrence, Jr., 97 Frank Lawrence, Jr., 97, of Hollywood, Md., died March 28 at home with his family. He was born in Capital Heights Nov. 6, 1911, the son of the late Frank Lawrence, Sr. and Sarah Ann Reynolds, originally from Scarborough England. He graduated from Maryland Park High school, Southeastern University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School with a personnel management major. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot during WWII, and then transferred to the Department of Navy as a Civilian Personnel officer, where he remained until his retirement in 1967. After his retirement, he served on the board of St. Mary’s Nursing center, was a member of Post 162 of the Maryland American Legion, was a member of The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, served on the board of The Church of the Ascension in Lexington Park, and was a member of the St Mary’s Power Squadron. In addition to his wife, Julia, he is survived by his niece and nephews, Patricia Suarez of Arlington Va., John Burkhead of Thousand Oaks Calif., and Lawrence Free of Tierra Verde Fla. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fay in 1999. Through his marriage to Julia, he enjoyed an extended family consisting of six children, Joseph Cusic of Oakborough, N.C., Jean Alvey of

Hollywood, Md., Gary Cusic, Elizabeth Dufour, and Linda Stewart, all of Mechanicsville, and John Cusic of Coltons Point; as well as 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Frank enjoyed traveling extensively through his retirement years, including multiple destinations in the States and the islands, as well as in Europe. The family received friends at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, March 29 from 2 – 5 p.m. A private interment will be held in May at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsifeldfuneral. com



an angel. Dexter leaves to cherish his memories his sisters, Hope Milburn of Lexington Park, Donna Milburn of Leonardtown and Lillian Beander of California, Md.; his brothers, William Milburn, Bruce Owens and Vernon Milburn of Lexington Park, Frederick Milburn of Leonardtown, Lord Milburn of Glen Burnie and Thomas Milburn of Avenue. He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Milburn and father, Frederick Milburn; great-grandmother Lucy Bennett; aunt, Catherine Hebb; sisters, Melody McRae, Lola Jean Dorsey, Mary Ann Young, Ladeane Smallwood and Frances Milburn, and

Great Mills passed away March 28 in his residence. Born Oct. 8 in Morristown, Tenn., he was the son of Chad M. and Melody E. Millican Nahrstedt. In addition to his parents, Corban is also survived by one brother, Chandler V. Nahrstedt. Family received friends April 1 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the SAYSF Bible Church, Lexington Park, where a Funeral Service was conducted at 7 p.m. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.



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a brother, Dennis Milburn. Family received friends March 31 from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, where a Funeral Service was held at 10 a.m. Reverend Roderick McClanahan officiated, and the Interment was private. Condolences to the family can be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

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James Vernon “Bub” Nelson, 62 James Vernon “Bub” Nelson, 62, of Avenue died March 27 in his residence. Born Sept. 11, 1946 in Avenue, he was the son of Mary Catherine Nelson of Avenue and the late James Phillip Nelson. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s

James Robert Newland, 76 of Lexington Park passed away March 22 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown. Born Jan. 17, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of the late Oscar and Angela Zakrajsek Newland. Mr. Newland joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school, and he retired in 1975 as a Lt. Cmdr. He was stationed at Patuxent Naval Air Station; James was very dedicated to his military career. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for Tracor Corporation as a Project Manager for more than 15 years. James retired from Tracor and spent the rest of his life at home with his beloved late wife Josie Newland. James enjoyed playing cards with his friends, reading books, e-mailing friends and working on his computer. He also enjoyed researching the genealogy of his ancestors. His favorite pastime was watching his family grow and being part of their lives. James is survived by his daughter Patricia A. Newland; sons, William J. Newland and Robert E. Newland, (Celeste), all of Lexington Park. He is also survived by three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents and grandparents Mr. Newland was preceded in death by two grandchildren. The family will receive friends April 4 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home with a Memorial Service held at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be held July 8 at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military honors. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown.

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-> NORTH END GALLERY - Fenwick Street: The North End Gallery is celebrating spring. April brings us longer days , flowers, the joy of a new season and the North End Gallery’s “April Fools” show. Please come and join us at our First Friday event and see the All Member Show that heralds the coming warmer weather. The show runs from March 31st to April 26th, 2009 and the First Friday reception is from 5 to 8 PM. Call (301) 475-3130 for information. At its First Friday Reception , April 3, 2009 the North End Gallery will host a New Orleans style Gypsy Jazz Band. The band will play (weather permitting ) on the sidewalk in front of the Gallery during the reception that is from 5 until 8 P.M. -> HERON'S WAY GALLERY -Washington Street: Artist George McWilliams is visiting from West Virginia and will be showing his newest works in an opening reception at Heron’s Way Gallery. Come join the fun! -> QUALITY STREET KITCHENS - Fenwick St: Quality Street Classes – Now Forming! Bringing you another great cooking class on First Friday – GAME NIGHT. Join Chef Jim Stewart as he provides a wonderful menu of Pecan Crusted Walleye, Moose Steak Diane, Stuffed Wild Turkey Breast. His selections are all dishes that he prepares at his lodge and hunting facility in Canada. This will be a night to remember and we still have a couple of openings. -> CAFE DES ARTISTES - Corner of Washington & Fenwick St: A seasonal spring delight: Bacon-wrapped Shad Roe. Randy Richie performs on the keyboard.

->THE WINE BAR & CAFE- Washington St: Stop in and sample some complimentary appetizers during First Friday in April. We will be introducing a new Rosé from Chateau Saint Michelle Vineyards in hopes of warm weather coming soon! Tasting samples will be available for $3. Be sure to visit our retail room and check out all our wines available for retail sales. Over 250 wines! -> THE BREWING GROUNDS- Fenwick St: St. Mary's Ryken Jazz Ensemble 6 PM to 8 PM. -> THE GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS COMPANYPark Ave: Come to The Good Earth for a sampling of quality beers and wines from 4 pm until 7 pm. Learn about our fine selection that promotes sustainability and organic practices. -> ART IN WIRE- Relocated on Park Avenue in the Drury Building (former democratic headquarters). -> ON A ROLL- (located on the Bank of America corner, Fenwick and Washington St) Serving Nathan's Famous hot dogs with an extensive variety of toppings to choose from. Favorites include the Coney Island, D.C., and the very popular Chicago, topped with diced onions, sweet relish, a pickle spear, two tomato wedges, banana peppers, yellow mustard and a dash of celery salt. Also available, Half Smokes from Baltimore, homemade Cajun bbq relish and chips and drinks to finish it off. Stop by for a classic dog with unique taste at a great price.

->DO DAH DELI- Route 5-TBA ->WHITE RABBIT CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORES- Route 5: Located in the Shops at Breton Bay. On First Friday we will have story telling at 7:00 PM. 10% off all purchases on First Friday! -> CREATIVE TOUCH SALON, SPA AND FITNESS. Route 5: 4th year Anniversary! 50% OFF Adult Shampoo, Cut & Style; 50% OFF 30 Minute Teeth Whitening; 25% OFF Hair Color Service; Free Manicure with Spa Pedicure (All Specials are by Appointment during Month of April, 2009)

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-> MARYLAND ANTIQUES CENTER- Route 5: The Maryland Antiques Center located on Rt 5 in uptown Leonardtown will be giving away a $25 gift certificate. Come out and browse through the Art Galleries, the Antiques and the many new items for sale. -> LEONARDTOWN GALLERIA-(located in the Maryland Antiques Center) Route 5. 10% off on everything but the Duck Stamp Pictures. Spring Blooms. -> FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC- Fenwick Street: We welcome back Ward Carroll, performing with Ed Gassie from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. We specialize in used (current and classic fiction, non-fiction and childrens/ young adult literature), rare and antiquarian books. We also have DVD's and vintage vinyl records. 10% off all purchases! -> THE TEA ROOM - In the MD Antiques Center, Rte 5 north: Free bottle of wine -> SHELBY'S CREATIVE FRAMING - Route 5: MD. Antique Center, Bldg. 2. "The Music of Spring" Art reflecting the sounds of Nature and Music. Call for Entries. 301-904-2532 for info. Throughout the year, my shop, The Tea Room, The Maryland Antique Center, Old Towne Crafters (now known as The Southern Maryland Artisan Center with the Weaver’s Guild) and most of Leonardtown are open from 5 to 8 p.m. This First Friday April 3rd 5 to 8 , through April 25th “The Music of Spring” May is Cinco D’ Mayo time again and the First Friday Show will be “Hot, Spicy Art” -> CREEK SIDE GALLERY - In the MD Antiques Ctr, Rte 5 north: Creek Side offers an eclectic display of artwork by our local artists and artisans. 10% discount for any First Friday purchase under $200 and a 5% discount for any First Friday purchase over $200. -> CORBEL'S - Washington St: In the original, historic Sterling House: Special Bar Appetizer Menu with 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials.

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-> COLLEEN'S DREAM - Fenwick Street: 25% off jewelry! ->ARIZONA PIZZA COMPANY- Rte 5 North: Karaoke 9 pm till ? Dollar Domestic Drafts from 9 pm to 10 pm.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

A House is a Home

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Real Estate Investing

By Patrick Dugan Contributing Writer The opportunity to buy real estate at low prices has brought out many people who think they would like to become landlords. But do not forget, the last time we

saw a large number of new investors get into real estate investing was just 4-5 years ago. These people were not looking to buy property, have the rent paid by the tenants for many years and then sell. No, these were the speculators who were trying to sell the property as soon as they had a contract to buy it, and at a highly inflated price. Many of these speculators are finding their properties in foreclosure as we speak. Now is the time for the investor to get back into the market. But be wise. Be an investor and not a speculator. An investor knows that they are not going to make a quick million. They are aware of the hard work and time commitment that truly dedicated investors must make. They are aware of the difference between “flipping” and investing for the long haul. There

is nothing wrong with “flipping” a property, as long as you do your homework and follow the law. Many investment groups have formed throughout the country. Much like the “little Old lady” stock investment groups from the 90’s, we are seeing various people join these groups. There are women investment groups, groups that only invest in foreclosures, or apartments, there are even groups who invest internationally. The key, if you decide to join one of these groups, is to be sure they have the same philosophy as you. It is also important to note, that by investing with a group you have the opportunity to buy larger properties than you would be able to on your own. The investment you will put in will be in proportion to your needs. We will have some investors who put in five or ten thousand dollars

and we will have investors who put in more. All income levels are welcome to join. Here in Southern Maryland I have a group that is forming now. We are setting up the group with a lender, both hard and soft money, a title company and I will be the Realtor who does the searching for the investment opportunities. We are currently allowing ten clients to join. We will expand the group, and add other groups as time and opportunity permit. The goal of this group will be to invest, and then grow our money. The opportunity to grow our money is fantastic at this point in time. Foreclosures, short sales, and the general building malaise that is affecting the country is an opportunity to buy low and eventually sell high. We will meet once a month. The group will be composed of both novice and experienced investor’s.

Our main area of focus will be the Southern Maryland area. We believe that with the proper investments we cannot only make money for ourselves but we will have the opportunity to increase activity in Southern Maryland and benefit all that live here as well. Our first meeting will be on April the 16th from 6p.m. until we are done. We will hold the meeting at the O’Brien realty office in California. The address is 22894 Three Notch Road. Everyone is invited to this first meeting. You will hear from our lender and I will speak on the different types of options we will have. I strongly encourage all who read this to think about investing as a way to save for the future. Contact me at to register or ask questions.

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Quality Built Homes: Sales Up in Down Market By Sean Rice Staff Writer Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing for Quality Built Homes that the media says the country is in a recession. If this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a â&#x20AC;&#x153;down mar-

ketâ&#x20AC;?, Quality Built wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to build homes fast enough. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quality Built, as of March 4, they sold a house for every day of the year,â&#x20AC;? said Jack Fegeley, sales manager for Quality Built at its Broad Creek subdivision in Hollywood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m selling out so fast, the builder got a permit to start building a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;specâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house in three weeks, and I sold it yesterday,â&#x20AC;? Fegeley told The County Times this week. At the 100-acre Broad Creek subdivision off St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, Fegeley says he has 19 contracts already signed this year for new homes.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you look here in December, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got 10 houses up. So all of a sudden now we have 25,â&#x20AC;? Fegeley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every week you come in here, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s springing up.â&#x20AC;? Fegeley says â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a combination of everythingâ&#x20AC;? that attracts buyers to Quality Built Homes; ranging from the reputation for quality to competitive pricing to tens of thousands of dollars in builder incentives. Quality Built also has out-of-pocket costs that are among the lowest in Southern Maryland. Upon signing a contract and credit approval, buyers are required to put down only $1,000 until settlement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall they make it easy for the buyer, and one of the ways is that low $1,000 deposit,â&#x20AC;? Fegeley said. At Broad Creek, Quality Built is currently offering buyers 50 percent off upgrades, up to a total of $20,000, or throwing in a free finished basement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which is kind of nice, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extra square footage and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space that you can use and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to pay anything to get it,â&#x20AC;? Fegeley said. On top of Quality Builtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation and incentive offers, Fegeley says the housing market is primed for new buyers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all-time low rates at 4.5 and 5 percent, an $8,000 credit for first time buyers,â&#x20AC;? Fegeley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time.â&#x20AC;? For more information on homes and sites available at Broad Creek, visit QBHI. com or call Fegeley at 301-373-4115.

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Min Searching Through the Years By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer Today turned out to be much different than we had planned, which is always fun. It was one of those mornings I was thinking about family history, and trying to tie threads together. I have a longer story that I am doing research for about my Mother and my sister Carla. In order to bring the story more richness, I thought it would be fun to visit some of the places my parents lived in the 1940’s and 50’s on the Prince George’s. County, Maryland,D.C. line and in D.C. So I asked my husband, “How well do you know Brentwood? Hearing this out of the blue, he looked at me strangely but normally when I bring up something of this sort, and said, “Pretty well.” Both of us grew

up in Prince Georges County and as a Hillside Fireman years ago, he knew the area. After church, I called my older brother, Bobby, in Utah asking what addresses he might remember from 1949 and 1950-51. He was only two in’49, and only recalled it being referred to as “…when we lived over in Brentwood, or Barnaby Terrace, or G Street.” I told him he was no help whatsoever. I didn’t come along until 1961 and we were in Clinton by then. But I did get an interesting story from him about taking his goldfish for a ride around the living room on his fire truck and then remembering crying when being led to the bathroom to unceremoniously wave goodbye to said goldfish. They had quite a send out. I obviously had to do my own research. I knew Brentwood was where Carla must have

Book Review

“The Long Fall” by Walter Mosley

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer The buzzword for today is “networking”. Networking is easy; you’ve probably been doing it all your life and barely realized it. You tell friends about a good hairdresser, a decent mechanic, a trustworthy housecleaner. They, in turn, give you names of a good accountant, a decent tutor, a trustworthy babysitter. You make connections. You put people in touch with others. That “six degrees of separation” stuff is no lie. It’s not what you know, but who you know that makes life turn. But in the new novel “The Long Fall” by Walter Mosely, who you knew could get you killed. When a man wants to turn a new leaf and “go from crooked to only slightly bent”, he tries to stay away from things that get him into trouble. But private eye Leonid (Father was a Communist) McGill (grandpa’s slave name) couldn’t seem to shake the bad that followed him. It was supposed to just be a job, nothing cloak-and-dagger. Straight-laced Ambrose Thurman, a man McGill only knew through phone calls, needed the real names of four boys who served time as juveniles more than a decade ago. Thurman’s anonymous client wanted the names, nothing else. Knowing a cop who owed him, McGill got the info. But something wasn’t right. After he handed the names over, he regretted finding those boys-now-men. He regretted it for good reason. First one, then another of those boys was beaten to death and Thurman was found dead in a bathtub. When a behemoth broke into McGill’s office

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sanctuary and tried to knock the life out of him, the cops arrested the giant man but they wanted to pin everything – including the murders - on McGill. It didn’t make sense. McGill didn’t know the giant man, and he had only met Thurman once. Maybe Tony the Suit, a small-time gangster who was pressing McGill to find a former nemesis, was angry that McGill wasn’t moving fast enough. Perhaps the most powerful man in New York City was behind the attempted assault. And as if trying to save your own life isn’t enough, McGill knew that his son, Twill, was about to do something dumb. McGill had to save his boy from a long fall, too. Fans of Easy Rawlins, author Walter Mosley’s most beloved, and possibly-killedoff character, can rest Easy: you will absolutely love Leonid McGill. I seriously can’t think of a better successor to Rawlins’ literary legacy than this new, very fine PI. However… “The Long Fall” starts out with a slambang. Its dark-toned noir-ness lets you know you’re in for something special. Unfortunately, the story gets off-track toward the end and was, I thought, rather implausible. Suffice it to say that there are some very odd, unbelievable characters that belong more in an old Bette Davis movie than in a modern-setting mystery. Excited Mosley fans will want to read “The Long Fall”, if for no other reason than to meet McGill. If you’ve never read Mosley’s stuff, though, this isn’t the best novel to start with. Find something easy instead.

been born. I found several pictures taken in April of 1949 on Easter Sunday in front of the apartment building door. My Mother was holding Bobby’s hand and he had an Easter basket. She had on maternity clothes. I gathered these photos along with the ones of G Street and thought I would take them with us. Maybe Carla’s birth certificate or some document would have the Brentwood address. I found her certificate. No address. I was so disappointed. All the other birth certificates, even the ones from the 1920’s had place of residence on them, except for Carla’s. I was putting everything back away in the envelopes my Mother had kept and there it was on the Bureau of Vital statistics envelope; 4012, 38 St, Brentwood. No zip codes back then. Why the search for Carla? Carla May was born with hydrocephalus (too much fluid on the brain and no place for it to go). She was a beautiful baby and my parents did try to keep her at home for a year and a half. For various reasons, the Doctors of that time encouraged my parents to place Carla in institutional care, and there she stayed until she died at aged 50 in 1999. A few years after Carla was born, a shunt was developed that is now routinely used to help hydrocephalic children. It was too late for Carla at that point. I didn’t find out I had a sister until I was a pre-teen from my other brother, and pestered my Mother until she finally took me to visit Carla at Forest Haven. No one ever spoke of her. I thought about her over the years, but my Mother had made me promise to never go visit. I wish I had now. As I get older, I think, wow, I had a sister who lived this completely differently life from me – in a crib with the mind of a new born. For some reason, I felt going to Brentwood would answer something. My Mother felt guilt

all those years for Carla’s retardation, she had told me that she was rushing to fix my Father something before he came home for lunch and tripped on a throw rug and landed on her stomach. She was convinced that was the cause of everything. As soon as my husband and I hit South Dakota Avenue I called my brother Bobby and we stayed talking all the way up Bladensburg Road. I took pictures of May’s Brake Service, where my Father worked for most of his life, which is now a Charter school. We drove a few blocks further and walked around Mt. Olivet Cemetery looking for my grandparents graves, and then back the opposite direction a few miles to 38th Street. I could immediately see the buildings hadn’t changed in 60 years and were very well kept. I was so excited and nearly jumped out of the car before it was stopped. I ran across the road to the apartments and found 4012, but it looked all wrong. They must have renumbered over the years – there were ½’s now. Robert suggested we go around to the other side of the building. As soon as we drove around, I could tell – that was it. I could see my Mother walking down the sidewalk. Robert took a picture of me doing the same. I wanted to knock on apartment doors and visit and find their old apartment, but Robert didn’t think that was a good idea. I know people visit their old homes quite often. I was still giving my brother play by play action throughout most of the day, and was enjoying all the stories. Nothing was answered about my Mother’s feelings of guilt of course, but I could understand a little of what their daily life in the city might have been like, and hopefully understand her a little more. But, I am still searching… To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

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un Pound for Pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars. Fact


Bestowing St. Mary’s City’s Highest Honor By Sean Rice Staff Writer Martin Sullivan and Roger Hill on Sunday were awarded the Cross Bot-

tony, Historic St. Mary’s City’s highest honor, for their contributions to the museum during their tenures as chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively.

Photo By Frank Marquart

Roger Hill addresses the crowd Sunday, flanked by Martin Sullivan and Maggie O’Brien, president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Congressman Steny Hoyer and Maryland Senator Mike Miller are seated.

Governor Martin O’Malley was on hand for the award presentation, which was a highlight of the annual Maryland Day celebration, this year marking the state’s 375 birthday. Sullivan began his tenure at Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) in 1999. He is responsible for nudging HSMC into the larger “museum world.” The respect he has garnered nationally and internationally through his career allowed the museum to play in a wider field, reports Susan Wilkinson, communication director for HSMC. In 2008, Sullivan took a new post as director of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. Hill, a former commanding officer of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, came on as chief operating officer of HSMC in 2000. Hill initiated and administered capital projects including construction of the Brick Chapel of 1667, the St. John’s Site Museum and improvements to the Van Sweringen Exhibit, among other accomplishments. The Cross Bottony is a handcrafted silver pin styled after the Crossland Cross, an element in the Maryland state flag. When George Calvert, the founder of Maryland, designed his coat of arms he included this cross and black and yellow “pales” incorporating his paternal family colors.

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Hill lets out a laugh while Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley looks on.

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By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Dignitaries from the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of County Commissioners, and other members of the local business community gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of the first La Quinta Inn and Suites in St. Mary’s

County, located on Three Notch Road in Lexington park and featuring more than 100 completely remodeled rooms. “I want to thank my family first, for giving me the opportunity to purchase this property and participate in this wonderful project,” said owner Sonny Patel. “This is a wonderful community, and we’re glad to be here.”

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On The Menu

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!

24580 Clarke’s Landing Lane, Hollywood, MD

301-373-8468, Clarke’s Landing Restaurant is a great example of fine, waterfront dining in southern Maryland. An extensive menu awaits you in this relaxing atmosphere at the water’s edge. Whether you choose seating in the large, window-filled dining room, the screened in porch or the outdoor deck you are sure to embrace this treasured favorite of many locals. The lunch menu boasts a large selection of salads, soups and sandwiches ranging in price from $8.00-$16.00. The restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday thru Sunday and is open until 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

nights. For dinner start off with some “award winning” signature crab dip or bourbon street scallops. Chef Rusty’s signature cream of crab soup is always a winner. A great selection of sides and salads are also available. When it comes time to choose an entrée the choices get more difficult. With a menu featuring homemade crab imperial, Chef Shriver’s signature pasta and Certified Angus Beef to name a few. Entrees range in price from $12.00-$39.00. A full bar and extensive wine list is available. It doesn’t matter if you arrive by car or by boat this dining treasure is waiting to be discovered.

On The Vine Chianti Wines Chianti [Pronounced kee-ahn-tee] is a famous red wine of Italy, which takes its name from a traditional region of Tuscany, Italy where it is produced. Chianti is served at room temperature like most red wines. In years past Chianti could be recognized by its unique bottle, a squat flask enclosed in a straw basket commonly used as a candle holder once emptied. Today most Chianti is bottled in traditional wine bottles. Chianti can be found for under Isodi $10 a bottle for basic Winery tasting room, Chianti Chianti. However, many Classico Region, Tuscany, Italy more sophisticated Chianti’s sell for significantly more. In the early 1,700’s the area known as the Chianti region was first defined. In 1932 the area changed dramatically and included a much larger area that was divided into seven subareas. Wines labeled Chianti Classico come from the largest sub-area and include the old Chianti area. Very stringent laws govern wines produced from this region. Since 2005 the black rooster is the emblem of the Chianti Classico producers association and can be found on the neck of all Chianti Classico wines. For a wine to retain the name of Chianti, it must be produced with at least 80% sangiovese grapes. This is a varietal of grape that has recently begun to make an appearance locally and many grape growers hold high hopes for its future success in Southern Maryland. Due to the wine’s relative affordability and its easydrinking qualities, Chianti is strongly identified with Italian American cuisine, particularly the “red sauce” pastas pioneered by southern Italian immigrants in the late 19th century. The next time you are sitting down to your favorite pasta dish discover for yourself this long cherished Italian Isodi Winery tasting room, Chianti Clastradition. sico Region, Tuscany, Italy

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Healthy Bites Moving Yogurt Beyond Breakfast By JIM ROMANOFF For The Associated Press Yogurt can be so much more than what’s for breakfast. As the base for a marinade, it does wonders for a piece of chicken, fish or meat. And because plain, nonfat yogurt is only mildly acidic, it is especially well suited for marinating delicate foods. Marinades usually are made with either acidic ingredients (wine, vinegar and citrus juices) or enzymatic ingredients (pineapple and papaya juices). Both are great for adding flavor, but can change the texture of the food, sometimes for the worse. Yogurt marinades have tenderizing qualities but won’t toughen food the way vinegar or wine would, or turn it mushy the way enzymatic ingredients can. Yogurt and spice marinated chicken with grapefruit relish benefits from this type of soak.


The tangy, pungent marinade adds intense flavor to otherwise bland chicken breasts, while leaving them moist and tender. The marinade does have a bit of lime juice in it, but the acidity is cut by the yogurt and olive oil. And while a 15 minute marination can do the job, the yogurt, garlic and spice mixture is mild enough to go for up to a day. This yogurt-spice blend works for fish and pork as well, but if you’re preparing a delicate fish such as catfish, flounder or tilapia, don’t marinate for more than an hour or two. Firmer fish, such as tuna or salmon, can handle up to an 8-hour soak. The relish for this dish uses jarred grapefruit segments, which often are less expensive and always easier to prepare than whole fruit. Look for jarred citrus in the refrigerated cases in the produce section of the market. This recipe calls for broiling, but the chicken also can be grilled for about 6 to 7 minutes, turning it midway.

YOGURT AND SPICE MARINATED CHICKEN WITH GRAPEFRUIT RELISH Start to finish: 40 minutes (15 minutes active) Servings: 4

1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt 3 tablespoons lime juice, divided 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 pound thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets 2 cups jarred grapefruit sections, drained 1 small red onion, minced (about 3/4 cup) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, to taste Ground black pepper, to taste In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Add the chicken cutlets, turning to coat

them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to 8 hours. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the grapefruit sections, onion, cilantro, honey, jalapeno, black pepper, the remaining tablespoon of lime juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside. Heat the broiler. Arrange the chicken on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Place on the top rack of the oven and cook until the chicken is browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with grapefruit relish. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 242 calories; 40 calories from fat; 4 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 66 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrate; 28 g protein; 2 g fiber; 681 mg sodium.


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

DVD Review: “Let the Right One In” By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland choir will be the latest ensemble to trek through German composer Carl Orff’s famous works when they perform “Carmina Burana” under the direction of college choral director Larry Vote on Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Athletics and Recreation Center arena. “Carmina Burana” is based on a collection

of medieval religious poems found in 1803 in a Bavarian monastery. The choral piece accompanied by instruments became famous when Orff set 24 of them to music between 1935 and 1936. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Audrey Hamilton in the music department at 240-895-4498 or

Newtowne Players Celebrate 4th Season The Newtowne Players celebrated their 4th anniversary of the Grand Opening of Three Notch Theatre on April 1. The premier production of “Cheaters” opened on April 1, 2005 in the newly transformed Three Notch Theatre, home of The Newtowne Players. The lease for the theatre had been approved in November of 2004 by the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners to utilize the former Lexington Park Memorial Library as a community theatre. “Cheaters” was the first of many productions at Three Notch Theatre, which was built in the newly transformed former library. The

Newtowne Players, Inc. was formed in February of 2002 by Wendy Heidrich, who still serves as the organization’s artistic director. The theatre is located at 21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park, MD The Newtowne Players, Inc. is a non-profit community theatre run by volunteers. For more information on volunteering, auditioning, sponsoring the theatre, and upcoming events, or to reserve tickets, call 301737-5447, or visit our Website at (Submitted by Wendy Heidrich)

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Director Tomas Alfredson has offered independent film audiences a slice of cinematic gold with his 2008 Swedish horror drama “Let the Right One In”, a quietly disturbing love story between a pale young boy and his even paler girlfriend that delivers plenty of chilling bites along the way. Kare Hedebrant plays Oskar, an anxious 12 year-old boy tormented by bullies at school and living between emotionally distant parents. He has a habit of enacting revenge fantasies on his neighborhood’s light posts and he has no friends to speak of, but it is his painful position as an outcast that ends up being his salvation when a young vampire moves in next door and starts leaving a body count. Eli, played by Lina Leandersson, only comes out at night, and claims to be “12 years old, more or less” and “not a girl.” She is as painfully alone as her neighbor until she introduces herself to Oskar, but she immediately takes a liking to him and a bond develops between these two cautious (and creepy) characters as they learn more of each other’s secrets. Alfredson crafts this chilly story with an odd sense of humor, but these two lonely characters are treated seriously, as are their incredible circumstances, and done so without the usual trappings of dramatic music scores and sensational gore. Ci nematographer Hoyte van Hoytema lingers with each brooding shot, from the snowy Swedish landscape to the film’s more graphic killing scenes, making for one of the most spectrally gorgeous compositions put on film. It’s hard not to cheer for the bittersweet pre-pubescent couple, as their

relationship seems more human than most of the human relationships playing out around them. They bumble between young innocence and old demons as they learn to protect each other, incidentally culminating in one of the best bully-revenge scenes ever caught on camera. Author John Ajvide Lindqvist, who adapted the screenplay from his horror novel, seems to have struck a chord with this formula (and one can only hope that Hollywood will keep from remaking a lesser version), and it’s fitting that he would openly borrow the movie’s title from a song by Morrissey, which alludes to legends stating that a vampire cannot come into a house unless invited (and one oddly moving scene shows us why). Though it’s the human element that makes this story work so well, one can’t deny the power of myth when considering this darkly sweet film, as Morrissey himself once sang, “let the right one slip in … and when at last it does, I’d say you were within your rights to bite … and say, “what kept you so long?”

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CSM Fine Arts Center (La Plata) – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Day for Cecil’s Old Mill – 10 a.m. Wing Night

VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5 p.m.

Texas Hold’Em

Donovan’s Irish Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m.

Newtowne Players – “Sylvia”

Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Friday, April 3 First Fridays on the Square

First Fridays are a great time to experience downtown Leonardtown! Join the many who visit downtown Leonardtown, Breton Marketplace, and the Maryland Antiques Center to enjoy trendy art galleries, superb restaurants, and unique retail businesses. First Fridays occur from 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday evening of every month year round. Stroll the sidewalks of downtown Leonardtown, listening to the upbeat music at many of the participating businesses. Many of the retail businesses offer something special for First Friday, including poetry readings, book signings, cooking classes, and jewelry making! The galleries invite you to browse and meet the artists, and purchase fine art to showplace in your home or office. Complete the evening with dinner at one of our excellent restaurants, many offering dinner and drink specials unique to First Friday. Visit www.leonardtownfirstfridays. com for a complete list of participating businesses.

Texas Hold’Em

VFW Post 2632 (California) – 7 p.m.

Newtowne Players – “Sylvia”

Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

SMCM Jazz Band

SMCM Montgomery Hall (Room 35) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 4 No Limit Texas Hold’Em “Bounty” Tournament

St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (Chancellor’s Run Rd) -3 p.m.

American Legion Bluegrass

American Legion Post (Hughesville) – 7 p.m.

Newtowne Players – “Sylvia”

Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Hulas Bungalow “Endway” w/ DJ Blacky 23900 N. Patuxent Beach Rd (California) – 8 p.m.

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Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Karaoke w/ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m.

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Researchers from across Maryland will describe recent discoveries and findings from some of the state’s most important archaeological sites at a symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center. The symposium, sponsored by the Archaeological Society of Maryland (ASM), focuses on projects at St. Mary’s City, the Zekiah Swamp in Charles County, and the Eastern Shore. Lunch will be available at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). Admission fee is $5 for ASM and HSMC members, $7 for non-members.

Sunday, April 5 Carmina Burana

SMCM Athletics and Recreation Center – 3 p.m.

Newtowne Players – “Sylvia” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy Lenny’s Restaurant (Hollywood) – 4 p.m.

Leprechaun Lilly’s Children’s Consignment Sale The Leprechaun Lilly’s Children’s & Maternity Sale will be held at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown on Friday April 3 from 9:00AM-8:00PM and on Saturday April 4 from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Over 18,000 quality gently used children’s & maternity items from over 200 families will be available. Many items remaining after the sale -- all of which are in excellent condition -- are donated to local charities where they can make a difference in the life of another child or mother. Any local organization interested in receiving items from future sales can contact McConville at or 301.672.9543.

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.

Lenten Seafood Dinners @ The Knights Of St. Jerome’s Hall Dameron, Md from now thru April 3 11 a.m.. To 7 p.m. Dine-In Or Carry Out Orders For More Info. Call: 301-872-4566

Hotel Charles (Hughesvaille) – 9 p.m.

Flea Market / Yard Sale

St. Mary’s County Fair Association is having a Flea Market / Yard Sale at the Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Crafters are welcome. Smartco will be selling refurbished Pentium 4 computer systems with LCD monitors for $199.00. An 8 X 10 space may be rented for $15.00. For information or to reserve a space call 301-475-9543.

Paxtuxent River Cleanup

Patuxent River Cleanup at Myrtle Point Park 9 a.m. to noon. Please join the Friends of Myrtle Point Park in our annual cleanup effort. This winter has deposited a lot of trash at the park and a spring cleaning is in order. Come to the park picnic area where we will have a sign in sheet. Here you will get your assignment, trash bags and work gloves. It is advisable to wear sturdy work clothes and shoes. If you have a group interested in helping please contact us in advance at 301-373-2551 or by e-mail at dlindsley@

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LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS Author Ginjer Clarke to present programs

Opening reception held for local artist

On April 6 Ginjer Clarke, this year’s BooksAlive! Author, will read from her early reader books at each library. The free programs will be at 10 a.m. at Charlotte Hall, 2 p.m. at Lexington Park and 6:30 p.m. at Leonardtown. She specializes in writing nonfiction children’s books about unusual animals and will also discuss her research on these animals. Book sales and signing follows each program. The Boeing Company is funding these programs.

An opening reception is scheduled for local artist Beverly Wyckoff Jackson on April 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Her artwork which consists of photography and fiber art will be on display through May 15. Artists interested in displaying their artwork should call Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693.

Meet the Ultimate Cheapskate

Teens are invited to attend the next TAG meetings to be held on April 7 at 4 p.m. at Lexington Park, April 9 at 5:30 pm at Leonardtown and April 13 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall.

Humorous Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate as he was dubbed by Matt Lauer of the Today Show, will present ways to live better on less at a free program on April 15 at 7 p.m. at Leonardtown. His book, The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, will be available for purchase and signing.

Families invited to free movies

Families are invited to a free showing of the following PG-rated movies: Wall E on April 8 at Lexington Park at 2 p.m., Bolt on April 9 at Leonardtown at 2 p.m. and Open Season 2 on April 9 at Charlotte Hall at 5 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meetings planned

Basic resume class being offered

Lexington Park will offer a basic resume class on April 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In addition to learning the basics of writing a resume, the class will cover using Word 2007 resume templates. Registration is required. Additional job search computer classes will be held in May at Leonardtown. The public is encouraged to check out the newly created Job Search Centers at each branch.

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Newsmakers Community Gearing Up for Patuxent River Cleanup

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Bob Boxwell, President of the Friends of Myrtle Point Park, smiled as he walked down to the water at Myrtle Point Park in California. He paused to pick up scattered water bottles and other bits of trash, sighing as he picked up overturned trash cans and replaced their refuse, his actions almost serving as a preview to this year’s Patuxent River Cleanup, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 4. “I’ve been raised on the bay for 30 years now, and we used to swim in the creeks … but it’s just changed so much,” said Boxwell, shaking his head. “I was never afraid to go out in the bay before, I was never afraid to eat the oysters, but I wouldn’t eat a raw oyster now on a bet. They’re just not safe anymore,” he said. Such is the sentiment of a growing number of county residents who will be joining Boxwell along with members of the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, all of them armed with trash bags, work gloves, and infused with the spirit of spring cleaning. Boxwell said he has

been hoping for this year’s cleanup to draw more attention to the watershed by bringing community members to the site. “This [cleanup] has been going on for quite a few years now … at least ten years,” he said, “and it seems like every year you end up collecting nearly the same amount of trash.” Boxwell said that amongst the Styrofoam, beer bottles, and other assorted paraphernalia which could take up as many as 20 garbage bags any given year, his crews had also removed old furniture, television sets, and household items. Boxwell said that the trash and debris only add to the number of pollutants in the water, making regular cleanup efforts crucial to the area. This coincides with news from the Patuxent Riverkeeper and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, which gave the Patuxent River estuary a score of D- for 2008, with the stretch south


from Charles to St. Mary’s counties receiving an F for poor water quality. “Basically it’s the two rivers that they do the cleanup with, the Potomac and the Patuxent, and it’s been an annual event for many years now,” said Boxwell, “and I think it helps, particularly when you’re cleaning up along the shore … but you’ve got to do it, if you don’t, then it’s just going to pile up, and if it does pile up and you let it wash away it just becomes somebody else’s problem.” Boxwell said that this year volunteers will need to layer their clothing and wear sturdy shoes, but organizers will provide trash bags, work gloves (while supplies last), and drinking water. This year’s cleanup will take place at Myrtle Point Park on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, and volunteers will meet at the picnic area. Those interested in helping can call 301-373-2551 or visit for more information.

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A Journey Through Time

Smithsonian Chronicle Unveils 6 Design Models for New Museum


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Reno is a historian and to Baltimore by train genealogist specializing in where he was laid Southern Maryland history. Mrs. to rest beside his Reno is a member of the St. Mary’s wife and one of his County Historical Society, St. Mary’s children. County Genealogical Society, Charles The trial of County Gene logical Society, Maryland Historical Society, and the Maryland Daniel Sickles creGenealogical Society. She has authored ated a firestorm many books and articles on local in the newspapers history. We hope you will enjoy of the day. Leadthese articles and welcome your ing his defense was comments and suggestions Edwin Stanton who for future subjects. would later become Secretary of War in the Lincoln Administration. Sickles claimed temporary insanity--the first time this defense was ever used in this country. It worked and he was found not guilty. Shortly after the trial, he reconciled with Teresa who died in 1867. Sickles, in an effort to repair his reputation, joined the Union Army. He was absent from most of the important battles as he often used his political influence for supposed trips to recruit troops, etc. He was friends with General Joseph Hooker as they both had much in common. Both had notorious reputations as political climbers and “hard-drinking ladies’ men. Accounts at the time compared their army headquarters with a rowdy bar and bordello.” Sickles did manage to make it to the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, where he blatantly disregarded the orders of General George Meade. At this battle, he lost his leg. At his insistence, he was immediately returned to Washington long before other troops had returned, giving him time enough to make himself a “hero.” He donated his leg to the Army Medical Museum but would visit it each year on the anniversary of the amputation. After the war he served in a variety of public posts and in 1892 was again elected to the U.S. Congress. Interested in self promotion, he worked diligently to preserve the Gettysburg Battlefield. He succeeded in acquiring the fencing to mark the park borders. It surely could not have been a coincidence that the fencing came from Lafayette Park where he’d killed Philip Key. He was not successful, however, in having a statue of himself placed there. Although there were was a memorial commissioned that was to include his bust, it is said that the money appropriated for this purpose was stolen by Sickles. Never mind….Sickles claimed that “The entire battlefield is a memorial to Dan Sickles.” Sickles died in New York City in 1914 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key, was born February 5, 1818. Like his father he became a lawyer and also like his father was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He married Ellen Swann in 1845 and together they had five children. Ellen died in 1855. In 1857 Daniel Sickles, of New York, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and moved to Washington with his wife, Teresa whom he’d married in 1852 when he was 33 and she was 15. Key lived at one end of Lafayette Square and the Sickles’ at the other. They soon became acquainted. Sickles, who never met a moral he liked, was truly a sleazy character. He was censured by the New York State Assembly for escorting Fanny White, a known prostitute, into its chambers. He also took Fanny to England with him and presented her to Queen Victoria while Teresa, then pregnant, remained at home. There were numerous occasions when he misappropriated funds, public and private, for his own use. Despite this, he kept being elected to public office. Things haven’t changed all that much, have they? By 1859 rumors were swirling around Washington about the relationship between Philip Key and Teresa Sickles. Despite these rumors and with the approval of Sickles who was often absent, Key would escort Teresa to the opera and other public functions. A love affair developed and Key rented a house where they would meet. On the morning of February 26, an anonymous letter was delivered to Sickles relating the particulars of the relationship. Sickles confronted Teresa who initially denied any wrongdoing but then caved. Sickles made her sign a written confession. The next day Key, unaware that anything was amiss, was talking with a friend on the street near the Sickles home. Daniel Sickles approached, called Key by name and then said “You scoundrel, you have dishonored me.” Sickles drew a gun and shot Key. As he prepared to shoot a second time, Key grabbed Sickles and they fought over the gun. Sickles managed to get free and Key fled behind a tree begging Sickles not to shoot but he did. The third time Sickles stood over Key and put the gun to his head, but the gun misfired. The fourth shot ended Key’s life. As he stood over the body, Sickles said “Damned rascal, is he dead?” Key’s funeral was held at his home in Washington. He was placed in a mahogany coffin, draped in black cloth and dressed in “a black cloth coat and pants, white vest, and white kid gloves.” AfterPhilip Barton Key, 1818-1859, Harper’s Magazine wards his body was conveyed

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By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) _ Six design concepts for the future national black history museum planned for the National Mall were unveiled Friday, mostly breaking with the tradition of boxy Smithsonian Institution museums by showcasing earthy elements and varied shapes. Any one of the proposed designs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture could mark a sharp departure in the architecture between the Capitol and Washington Monument for what could be the final museum added to the area. ``The mall is a place of evolution,’’ said museum director Lonnie Bunch, who will lead a jury in selecting a final design team by April 14 to recommend to the Smithsonian secretary and governing board. ``In some ways, this is pushing the mall to the next stage of evolution.’’ The proposed designs will be on public view through April 6 in the Smithsonian Castle, where visitors can submit comment cards that will be reviewed once a design team is chosen, Bunch said. The building is slated to open in 2015 as the first certified environmentally friendly museum on the mall, with groundbreaking in 2012. The designs are all quite different in their outside appearance but share the museum’s vision for exhibits, including an iconic slave ship marking a journey from Africa and stories from the slavery experience, galleries devoted to music, sports and culture, and space devoted to the Civil Rights movement and beyond. Bunch has called for a building that evokes ``the resiliency, optimism, spirituality and joy’’ of the black community. On Friday, Bunch said the recent death of historian John Hope Franklin reminded him that ``this museum must help the nation see all the dark corners of its history.’’ Perhaps the most daring concept in the design competition came from the team Moody Nolan Inc., in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC. It features natural materials rising from the ground stone, moss and grasses with wetlands that extend inside the museum. African woods, harvested from fallen trees and other sustainable means would adorn the interior. The shape is abstract and its materials based in part on research about the mall’s geography. A glass roof at the structure’s center depicts a pattern from tribal Africa, said Don Stastny, a competition adviser for the Smithsonian who will not vote on the design. The design team Diller Scofidio + Renfro, in association with KlingStubbins, submitted what appeared to be a hovering limestone structure wrapped in a glass veil. A huge picture window in the structure would overlook the Lincoln Memorial. The building ``emerges from the ground as if its seeds were always planted but not yet germinated,’’ the architectural team wrote. Another proposal calls for a glowing, layered structure that changes in appearance with the angle of the sun. The concept by Freelon Adjaye Bond, in association with SmithGroup, involves a bronze crown topping the museum. The team led by acclaimed architect Sir Norman Foster of London presented an oval-shaped structure that winds the visitor down a ramp, through a garden and into the darkness of slavery, then upward through four stories to the light at the top of the building. It includes environmental features, such as irradiated heat and cooling and proposes to draw at least 9 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Another architectural luminary, I.M. Pei, worked with the team Devrouax + Purnell Architects to create a design calling for a boxlike structure with pieces carved out to reveal curved walls inside. It would be unique but still more like other buildings on the mall than the other proposals. Finally, a proposal from Moshe Safdie and Associates, involves a smaller footprint above ground and more than a third of the museum space hidden below street level. It would be engineered to bring in natural light with woven wood slats and skylights to the basement levels. Any of the designs could be integrated with the Washington landscape, said Stastny, the Smithsonian’s design consultant. ``This is a building for hundreds and hundreds of years,’’ Stastny said. ``It probably will become the next landmark of Washington.’’


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Turkey Hunting Season Around the Corner

Maryland’s spring turkey hunting season will begin on Saturday April 11, with a one-day Junior Turkey Hunt. The regular turkey season will open the following Saturday, April 18, and continue through May 23. Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) survey data show that wild turkey numbers are high in Southern Maryland. “Some areas of the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland continue to see significant population growth,” Bob Long, DNR Wild Turkey Biologist said in a press releases. “However, turkey numbers have remained stable or declined slightly in other regions due to several consecutive years of below average reproduction.” Turkeys can be found in every Maryland county, but the highest harvests typically come from the western region, portions of Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Adults are encouraged to take out a young hunter on Junior Turkey Hunt day. This one-day hunt allows hunters aged 16 or younger to hunt wild turkeys when accompanied by an unarmed adult of at least 21 years of age. Both participants must possess a valid hunting license or be exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements. Most public hunting areas provide turkey hunting opportunities, but opening day and Saturdays are usually quite busy. Turkey hunting accidents are rare in Maryland, but hunters should always remember to hunt safely. Be sure to positively identify the target as a bearded turkey and eliminate the colors of a gobbler’s head - red, blue, and white - from your clothing. Regulations, turkey check-in procedures and information on public hunting areas can be found at

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Liberty Beats Mystics The Mystics’ Jocelyn Greenwell defends the Liberty’s Nicole Aicher during the Parks & Rec girls basketball finals Tuesday night at Chopticon. The Liberty defeated the Mystics by a score of 12-7

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Alison Jacobs of the Liberty defends the Mystics’ Jazlyn Harris.

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High School Scores Wed., March 25 Baseball Leonardtown 5, Chopticon 4

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Leonardtown Jumps Out of Competition for Track Win

Girls’ Lacrosse Bishop O’Connell 13, St. Mary’s Ryken 8 Softball Leonardtown 1, Chopticon 0

Fri., March 27 Baseball Great Mills 10, Westlake 0 Thomas Stone 3, Chopticon 1 Bishop O’Connell 9, St. Mary’s Ryken 0 Boys’ Lacrosse C.M. Wright 7, Leonardtown 4 DeMatha 7, St. Mary’s Ryken 5 Girls’ Lacrosse Elizabeth Seton 15, St. Mary’s Ryken 7 Softball St. Mary’s Ryken 7, Good Counsel 1 Thomas Stone 14, Chopticon 2


Tennis Bishop O’Connell 9, St. Mary’s Ryken 0

Girls Team Scores

Sat., March 28 Boys’ Lacrosse Pikesville 17, Chopticon 6

Leonardtown Northern Thomas Stone Great Mills

Mon., March 30

Boys Team Scores Leonardtown Northern Thomas Stone Great Mills

Baseball Chopticon 5, Patuxent 2 Great Mills 4, Lackey 2 Leonardtown 8, Northern 6 Boys’ Lacrosse Leonardtown 16, Calvert 1

163 29.5 28.5 31.5

86.5 69 51.5 40


Adult Kickball League Meeting Taking Place Later This Month The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks would like to inform the public that an informational meeting for an Adult Kickball League will be held on Thurs. April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown. After a successful 2008 season, R&P anticipates that there will be an increase of teams for this coming season. The league is co-ed, for ages 18 and up, and there will be a maximum of 20 players allowed on a team. Games will be played on Sat. afternoons at Dorsey Park in Hollywood, beginning Saturday June 20. A team payment of $200 will be due on the date play is set to begin. For more information, call Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200, extension number 1830.

Captain’s Meeting For 2009 Tennis Adult Leagues Mon., April 6, 6 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse Great Mills 18, St. Mary’s Ryken 7

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Softball Patuxent 10, Chopticon 0 Great Mills 11, Lackey 1 Northern 7, Leonardtown 1

If you’re interested in being a captain in the 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0 men’s or women’s leagues, please attend. Tennis players are also invited to attend. Play will begin in early May. For more information, please contact Liem Slade at 301-481-2305 or e-mail her at The meeting agenda includes: 2009 USTA Rules and local league rule changes for the 2009 season, player selections (draft or returning teams) location of matches as well as dates and times of matches, league schedule, constraints and fees (USTA fees and local fees, as well as the cost of courts and balls).

Tennis Patuxent 7, Chopticon 2 Great Mills 8, Lackey 1 Leonardtown 9, Northern 0 Paul VI 9, St. Mary’s Ryken 0

Tues., March 31 Boys’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken 17, Bishop McNamara 1 Softball St. Mary’s Ryken 7, Holy Cross 2 Photos by Frank Marquart


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High School Lacrosse

DeMatha Holds Off Ryken Charge

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN – Execution was the key word when discussing the St. Mary’s Ryken boys’ lacrosse team’s 7-5 loss to defending WCAC Champion DeMatha Friday afternoon. “We had the shots,” said Knights head coach John Sothoron. “We just didn’t get the job done offensively. [DeMatha’s] goalie is very good, but I think we made him look better than what he is.” The Stags (3-2 on the season, 2-0 in WCAC play) allowed St. Mary’s Ryken to tie the contest on three separate occasions but were able to keep the Knights from seizing control. ”It’s very frustrating,” junior middie Will Fejes said of the Knights tying the score as late as 5:58 in the third period at four goals but then allowing DeMatha to score three straight goals to seal the game. “Playing catch-up is no fun, and we just didn’t execute, we didn’t finish.” “We played well together as a team, but we just didn’t execute and finish the shots,” added sophomore attackman Connor Cook. Cook scored twice with Fejes, Daniel Batong and Addison Goodley pitching in goals for the Knights, who lost their first game of the season, a game with a team they always look forward to playing. “We have signs in our locker room all over the place with ‘Beat DeMatha’ on them,” Fejes said. “In a game like this, you get the jitters, but I think every-

body came out ready to play.” The Knights (2-1 overall, 1-1 WCAC) trailed 4-2 at halftime, but while down a man, they struck four minutes and three seconds into the third period when Batong picked up an errant DeMatha pass and zipped three quarters of the field to fire a shot past Ryan Brant to shave the Stags’ lead to one goal. Less than two minutes later, Fejes took a pass from Cook and his shot eluded Brant to tie the game. DeMatha took the lead for good on a Thomas Chroniger goal at the 9:36 mark of the third, and subsequent scores by Kyle Clise and Shaun Gibbons gave the Stags the cushion they needed. Goodley added a goal for the Knights with 4:30 left in the game, but the Stags held on. “St. Mary’s Ryken did an excellent job of putting the pres-

sure on us,” said DeMatha head coach Scott Morrison. “We didn’t handle it well, we’re still trying to find ourselves offensively.” That fact alone definitely does not help the Knights and their coach ease the feeling that they let one get away. “They felt like they should’ve won the game,” Sothoron said of his players’ mood after the game. “It’s the little things that make the difference in a game, but it’s early and we’ll get better.” “If we execute and play like we play in practice,” said Fejes, “we’re a very good team.”

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The Knights’ Evan Ryan (left) and Will Fejes tie up DeMatha’s Phillip Poe.

Hornets’ Team Effort Too Much For Ryken

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

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Matthew Boutin collides with DeMatha goalie Ryan Brant before Connor Cook scored on this play to tie the game at 2 in the second quarter.

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St. Mary’s Ryken’s Connor Cook runs past the Stags’ Paul Harrison during Friday afternoon’s WCAC boys’ lacrosse match.

GREAT MILLS – While Anna Sparr (five goals) and Regan Beasley (three goals) did much of the damage in the Great Mills girls’ lacrosse team’s 18-7 non-conference victory over St. Mary’s Ryken Monday evening, head coach Pam Hageman was more pleased with the overall team play and the number of goal scorers for the Hornets. “We are fortunate to have a number of girls who can find the back of the net, so it’s not just Anna and Regan,” Hageman said. “They are a very unselfish team.” “Anna and I work well together,” said Beasley, “but we need the whole team to work hard as well.” The Hornets jumped out to a 9-4 halftime lead, with Sparr scoring four of her team-leading five goals in the first half. Great Mills also got two goals from Krystin Clark, while Samantha Sparr, Beasley and Kaitlyn Lindsay found the net for the Hornets in that first half, a classic example of the hard work Hageman expects from her team on a daily basis. “We always expect 100 percent effort, whether it’s a game or it’s practice, no matter what the score

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Kayley Overstreet looks to pass while the Hornets’ Kaitlyn Lindsay defends.

is,” she explains. “The girls have always worked hard.” The second half was much of the same as Melanie Boekel, Amy Lee and Natalia Donahue pitched in goals to help the Hornets come away with a decisive win. “It’s just great to know that this was a total team effort,” Sparr said. “As long as we stay prepared to play, we’ll stay strong.” The Knights meanwhile are missing top scorer Lauren Feusahrens as well as some other key players due to injury. They were also dealing with the pressure of getting the game over with so that they could report to the school’s National Honor Society induction, which is a mandatory function. Those two key factors made the difference in the eyes of first-year coach Irene Tsapos. “You could tell they were a little discouraged, but in the second half they really stepped it up,” Tsapos said of her team’s effort. “The play the girls encounter in other conferences is different, not necessarily better, but different.” Tsapos, who was hired as head coach just about a month ago, feels that the process of building the Knights into a girls lacrosse contender in the WCAC will take some time, but it’s a challenge she is ready for. “Just like with anything, building a championship team takes steps,” she explains. “I tell the girls Photo By Chris Stevens that if you put in the effort, you’ll see the results. Great Mills’ Kaitlyn Lindsay dashes down field while They just need to realize that they can do it as a team, as one outstanding team.” Ryken’s Alexis Goldsborough trails in pursuit.

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2008-2009 Winter Sports All-Conference Honors Listed below are the 2008-2009 winter sports all-conference honors, selected by coaches of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Congratulations to the athletes and coaches who earned honors. Boys’ Basketball SMAC Most Outstanding Player Derrell Armstrong, senior, Chopticon First Team Derrell Armstrong, Chopticon Second Team Moe Stone, senior, Leonardtown

Girls’ Basketball First Team Shawnese Taylor, senior, Great Mills Shamara Adams, senior, Great Mills Second Team Myla Somerville, sophomore, Chopticon Corleda Naylor, senior, Great Mills Misty Stachowski, senior, Leonardtown

Indoor Track SMAC Second Team (boys) Jamie Thorne, Chopticon, 1600meter run Derrick Pettet, junior, Great Mills, shot put Michael Hageman, senior, Leonardtown, 3200-meter run First Team (girls) Anna Reithmaier-Sprout, senior, Leonardtown, 3200-meter relay Davi Clark, senior, Leonardtown, 3200-meter relay Jessica Gass, junior, Leonardtown, 3200-meter relay, 3200meter run Cara McLaughlin, sophomore, Leonardtown, 3200-meter relay Second Team Melissa Messer, Chopticon 800meter run, 3200-meter relay Danica Konyk, Chopticon, 3200meter relay Jacquelyn Parsons, Chopticon, 3200-meter relay Amy Schofield, Chopticon, 3200meter relay Jessica Cooke, senior, Leonardtown, high jump

Boys’ Swimming First Team Andrew Kelly, senior, Great Mills, 200-yard medley relay Alex Staley, junior, Great Mills, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard freestyle relay Nicholas Keenan, senior, Great Mills, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay Jackson Holden, sophomore, Great Mills, 400-yard freestyle relay Ivan Palaroan, sophomore, Great Mills, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard individual medley Christopher Culpepper, sophomore, Leonardtown, 500-yard freestyle

Girls’ Swimming SMAC Most Outstanding Player Jennifer Ray, senior SMAC Coach of the Year Megan Shelton, Leonardtown First Team Melissa Boughton, sophomore, Great Mills, 200-yard butterfly Emily Burghart, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard backstroke, 400-yard freestyle relay Jennifer Ray, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard medley relay, 400yard freestyle relay Justine Cavnor, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard medley relay, 100yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle relay Brittany Culpepper, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard individual medley, 100yard breaststroke Olivia Ray, sophomore, Leonardtown, 500-yard freestyle, 400yard freestyle relay Second Team Rachael Bailer, senior, Great Mills, 100-yard breast stroke Melissa Boughton, sophomore, Great Mills, 200-yard individual medley Olivia Ray, sophomore, Leonardtown, 200-yard freestyle Leslie Gilman, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard freestyle relay Caitlin Rondeau, senior, Leonard-

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town, 200-yard freestyle relay Michelle Robinson, sophomore, Leonardtown, 200-yard freestyle relay Brittany Culpepper, senior, Leonardtown, 200-yard freestyle relay

Wrestling SMAC First Team Vincent Shontere, senior, Chopticon Aaron Rodenizer, senior, Great Mills Brian Samuels, senior, Leonardtown Second Team Brock Morris, senior, Chopticon Stephen Cannon, junior, Chopticon Robert Newton, junior, Chopticon B.J. Frederick, junior, Leonardtown

St. Mary’s Ryken MSHL Ice Hockey WCAC First Team Matt Scott, junior defenseman

WCAC Girls’ Basketball Honorable Mention Zakiya Chambers-Hunter, sophomore guard Raven Manigault, senior forward Third Team All-Conference Katie McCormick, freshman guard Second Team All-Conference Erin Leddy, senior forward

WCAC Boys’ Basketball Honorable Mention Kai Smith, junior guard RJ Buck, senior guard Deon Andrews, sophomore guard Gorkem Sonmez, senior forward Second Team All-Conference Gokhan Sirin, senior center


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High School Sports Schedule 04/02/09-04/08/09 Thursday, March 26 Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop O’Connell, 4:15 p.m. McDonough at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Calvert at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Patuxent at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Great Mills at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m. Golf St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken (Breton Bay Golf Course), 3:15 p.m. Softball McDonough at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27 Baseball Thomas Stone at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m. Westlake at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse C.M. Wright at Leonardtown, 4 p.m. DeMatha at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at Elizabeth Seton, 4 p.m. Softball Good Counsel at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Thomas Stone at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m. Westlake at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Chopticon at Thomas Stone, 4 p.m. Leonardtown at McDonough, 4 p.m. Westlake at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 Baseball DeMatha at St. Mary’s Ryken, 1 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Leonardtown, 11:30 a.m. Chopticon at Pikesville High School, 2 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Chopticon at Pikesville High School, 12 noon. Track & Field Leonardtown at Wise Puma Invitational (Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, Upper Marlboro), 9 a.m.

Monday, March 30 Baseball Chopticon at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m. Lackey at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Northern, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Leonardtown at Calvert, 4 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Chopticon at Huntingtown, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Softball Holy Cross at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Chopticon at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m. Lackey at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Northern, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Patuxent at Chopticon, 4 p.m. Great Mills at Lackey, 4 p.m. Northern at Leonardtown, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31 Boys’ Lacrosse Bishop McNamara at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Golf Gonzaga at St. Mary’s Ryken (Breton Bay Golf Course), 3:15 p.m. Track & Field Great Mills/Northern/Thomas Stone at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1 Baseball Chopticon at McDonough, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Patuxent at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Softball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 3:30 p.m. Chopticon at McDonough, 4:30 p.m. Patuxent at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Leonardtown at La Plata, 4 p.m. Track & Field St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel Meet, 12 noon. Chopticon/North Point at Patuxent, 4 p.m.


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Knights Rally Past Holy Cross To Remain Unbeaten By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

High School Softball

LEONARDTOWN – St. Mary’s Ryken first-year softball coach Scott Kuhns is not comfortable with the Knights’ quick start, especially in light of the team needing a couple of lucky bounces to hold off the Academy of the Holy Cross 7-2 Tuesday afternoon. “The girls understand that they are not invincible, they are fallible,” Kuhns said after four errors in the field allowed Holy Cross to stay in the game for the first couple of innings. “They have trouble finding that focus and fire sometimes, but once they do, you won’t come back on us.” A solid example of that fire was junior pitcher Katie De la Paz, who shook off a rough start to strike out eight Tartan batters, six of those coming after the second inning. “Katie needs a whole day’s worth of practice to be ready,” Kuhns explained, noting that he gave the team the weekend Photo By Chris Stevens off before a light practice on Monday. “Katie dominated inning three Karen McEvoy’s two-run hit started the through seven.” scoring for the Knights on Tuesday. The celebrated Ryken offense, which came in averaging 10 runs a game, had to take a different approach for their seven runs on Tuesday, including a mistake by Holy Cross outfielder Molly Russ. In the bottom of the second inning, right fielder Karen McEvoy socked a double that easily scored Gabby Morgan. McEvoy then advanced home when Russ flicked the ball to an outfield teammate instead of third where Rose was heading. “I just kept running and listening to Coach,” McEvoy said with a smile when asked if she was aware of the outfield error. After Holy Cross (2-3 overall, 2-2 WCAC) knotted the score on a dribbler that eluded De la Paz, the Knights (6-0 overall, 5-0 WCAC) took the lead for good when Danielle Nichols drove Erin Leddy home on an RBI single. The Knights added four runs in their final two turns at bat to earn some breathing room and keep their early season unbeaten string alive. While the win wasn’t a typical Knights’ conquest, Kuhns isn’t worried about this senior-heavy team getting comfortable with the fast start. “This team does a very good job of policing themselves, so I don’t really have to do much,” he says. “The next day we’ll just work on our mistakes in practice.” “We try to take it game by game and keep our heads on straight,” McEvoy said. “We are a tough team, but we know we do have some tough games ahead, so we have to the best we can.”

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Erin Leddy swings through a strike from Holy Cross’ Katie Walsh during the Knights’ 7-2 victory over the Tartans Tuesday afternoon


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