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Elms Property Open For Hunters Story Page 4

Business Owners Arrested For Charity Story Page 10

Partners In Progress Two Part Series

Looking At College’s Legacy Of Leadership PAGE 9

Police Seek Three Home Invaders Story Page 17

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Citizens Demand Halt On Increasing Property Taxes taxes without rent. “This economy can’t stand increased taxes.” The current tax rate of .857 per $100 dollars of assessed value brings in an extra $7.7 million in property tax revenues over last year’s amount, according to county budget figures. For the residents to pay the same amount of property taxes as last year, the Board of County Commissioners would have to vote to lower the rate to .798 per $100 of assessed value. The total revenue collection projected in the proposed fiscal 2010 budget is $93 million, the largest source of county revenues. One resident claimed that over the past several years the county had been consistently inaccurate with regards to the

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

County officials say that if they enact the constant-yield tax rate that ensures residents continue to pay the same in property taxes despite higher assessments, they will lose about $6 million in revenue to provide services this year. Several citizens who spoke out about rising property taxes at Tuesday night’s public hearing say that they want their government to find ways to take the cuts and give them some tax relief. Many spoke in favor of the constant-yield tax rate, but some maintained it did not make sense to cut revenues and endanger services. “If you yield you lose some $5.8 million in revenue,” said Alfreda Mathis. Photo by Guy Leonard “I want to know where the Tax protestors at Tuesday’s county budget public hearing called for a tax cuts will come from.” rate reduction that would keep their property tax payments the same as Mathis said she would last year. like to see the state give Still, others called strongly for tax relief. more money to St. Mary’s to compensate for any “Stores are closing, builders are not buildemergency evacuations from Calvert County in ing,” said William Callaway, who runs a shopping the event of an accident at the nuclear power plant center in Callaway. “I need money, rents are low. rather than the county make cuts itself. How am I supposed to pay these cockamamie

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revenue collections and their expenses. “You need to hold the constant yield tax rate,” claimed Michael Hewitt. “You’ve underestimated the revenue you’ve collected by $40 million; you’ve overestimated your expenses by $16 million. “ [Commissioner] Tommy Mattingly tells me I don’t know what I’m talking about but I know you paid $5.3 million for a piece of land [the Hayden Farm] valued at $4 million.” Hewitt’s comments got loud applause from the citizens gathered at the Chopticon High School auditorium. Commissioners will make their final vote on the budget in May.

Board Approves Compromise For Hunting Land At Elms Beach Park By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

ing the hunters about 200 acres of the 476-acre parcel for their use, leaving the remainder to the school system to operate its facility nearest the bay waters. His proposal, which had the support of Commissioner Kenneth R. Dement (R-Tall Timbers), failed however. Commissioners who were opposed to Jarboe said that the state might not agree to operate the 85-acre set aside for bow hunting, which meant that getting them to manage 200 acres would probably be out of the question. “We’ll be lucky to get the proposal by staff approved,” said Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly, Sr. (D-Leonardtown). “I just don’t think this [200 acre compromise] stands any chance of getting approved.” Steve Riley, the sole member of the Elms Advisory Committee who has opposed hunters being banned from land they once used, said that the board’s decision was a step in the right direction.

Hunters may regain access to 85 acres of a county-leased, 476-acre parcel of land now used for environmental education in the Elms Wildlife Management Area near Dameron if state agencies agree to a compromise proposed by the county school system and county government staff. One hunter and civic activist said that the compromise was a start, but that it again limited hunters because the area off Bay Forest Road would only be reserved for bows, not guns. “I wish they would not limit it to bow hunting,” said Rich Johnson of Valley Lee. “There’s other hunting that could be done down there; there’s turkey hunting with shotguns that are short range only.” Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano said that the plan he and County Administrator John Savich presented to the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday provided for student safety and hunters’ rights. “I do believe we have a win-win situation here,” Martirano told commissioners. “We need to ensure safety of our students and maintain the integrity of our program.” The environmental education program had 6,384 students, nearly all from the county, attend the center during the 2007-2008 school year, according to school system figures. Savich said that officials with the state Department of Natural Resources would have to sign off on the agreement with the county and school system. For several years hunters have claimed that the Elms Advisory Committee The county-leased portion of the Elms property could have 85-acres at the and county public schools southern portion reserved for bow hunting. system with the cooperation of the state DepartBut he said that the 2004 lease agreement ment of Natural Resources have expanded the between the Department of Natural Resources no-hunting zone around the Elms Environmental and the county compelled the state to manage Education Center to encompass the entire 476- wildlife on the property whether they wanted to acre tract of land the county leases. or not. County leaders have said that the bound“It’s already in the lease that they have to aries were expanded without their knowledge manage it,” Riley said after the 3-to-2 vote afor consent and asked the school system, coun- firming the 85-acre compromise. “It’s definitely ty staff and state representatives to attempt a a step from where we were. compromise. “We were at zero acres.” Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (RBoth Jarboe and Dement voted against the Golden Beach) offered another proposal giv- 85-acre compromise.


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A broad brush is not useful. There’s got to be a burden of proof to substantiate that.

Should the county commissioners hold the line on property taxes?

Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron

We need to feel people’s pain. County Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe

Task Force Will Examine Metcom Structure, Role It Plays In Development

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Should the county’s Metropolitan Commission be placed under more supervision by the county government? Should it be given more authority to extend water and sewer connections to enable development and growth? A state-mandated task force, will ask these and other questions, with its recommendations due to state legislators and county commissioners on or before July 1, 2010. “This is an objective review that will be done in a thoughtful way,” said Del. John Bohanan of the 10-member task force established by House Bill 1559 sponsored by St. Mary’s County legislators. Both Bohanan (D-Dist. 29B) and Del. John Wood (D-Dist. 29A) said that concerns about MetCom, led to the bill’s creation. Those include whether the latest executive director, Jacquelyn Meiser, who is also still the organization’s general counsel while maintaining a position at a law firm specializing in land use, should be allowed to have so many responsibilities at once. “There was some rumbling in the delegation, the county commissioners and the citizens with the new administration coming in and her having two or three different responsibilities,” Wood told

The County Times. “It’s not the main reason [for the task force] but it is one of them.” Wood said that he believed Meiser, who is a long-serving MetCom employee, was qualified, but he still had questions about her appointment to the position by MetCom’s board. “Should that be?” Wood said of her many positions. “I had a big question mark there.” Meiser said that concerns over her holding multiple responsibilities at MetCom had already been addressed by the St. Mary’s County Ethics Commission. She said that expansion of MetCom’s power to extend sewer and water lines could be a topic of serious discussion at the task force meetings, but that would be for its members to decide. “Once the task force is assembled, its first objective will be to identify those issues,” Meiser said. “I don’t know what those issues will be.” Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly, Sr. (DLeonardtown) said that the tenants and covenants governing the agency, which was established by a state mandate back in the 1950’s, have not been re-examined in the light of changing times. Mattingly said that currently developers install water and sewer lines for their projects. Once the lines are built, MetCom takes over their operations and maintenance. The new task force could decide whether

MetCom should simply extend the water and sewer lines first in the county’s mandated development districts, thereby directing growth. MetCom can extend sewer lines, but the process must be approved by the county planning commission first and then by the commissioner board. “There are a lot of questions about how services are expanded,” Mattingly said. “Some would say you’re better off putting water and sewer where you want to direct growth.” The task force also will likely address issues that lean towards oversight of MetCom. “There’s probably some areas where we’d like to have more oversight, like the budget and hiring,” Mattingly said. The MetCom board does not have to share its decisions to hire high-ranking executive staff with county leaders until after the fact.

“It doesn’t make sense that they have to come before us for new positions but they hire their executive staff without vetting them publicly,” Mattingly said. “There should be some dialogue there.” Bohanan couldn’t say whether the task force, which will be appointed by delegation members (four), county commissioners (five) and MetCom (one), would recommend to place MetCom entirely under the authority of county government, though that has been considered before. “There were voices saying shift them over now,” Bohanan said, referring to the debate over the bill. “There have been a lot of people saying that for many years.” Metcom serves 41,000 people with public water and 36,000 people with public sewer systems, according to its Web site.

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St. Mary’s College To Raise Tuition By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s College of Maryland plans to raise its tuition by five percent this fall, but increases in the following years could be forestalled, according to a state delegate. The college’s tuition is the highest of any public college or university in the state, Del. John Bohanan told The County Times, but he said the next General Assembly session, to convene next winter, could be the time to work on changes that would freeze tuition with help from the state. “We’d like to try to do that for St. Mary’s,” Bohanan told a small gathering of college students and staff at the college April 17. “I suspect you’ll see that [overall tuition freezes] in the budget next year and we’d like to St. Mary’s included in that.” The extra subsidy needed for the college to keep its tuition low would not necessitate a tax hike, but could probably be found in the budget, Bohanan said. But he could not be sure how long that could last. “The governor [Martin O’Malley] could make a one-time adjustment to bring them in line with [tuition] affordability,” he said. Currently St. Mary’s College receives a block grant from the state, which has left them out of the state’s offer to other colleges and universities in the state system to receive buy-down grant funds to

freeze their tuition costs. There is one advantage with the block-grant system, said Tom Botzman, the college’s vice president for business and finance. “It’s helpful because it helps you to plan for what you’re going to do in the future because you know what you’ll be getting,” Botzman said about the $17 million in grant funds now in use for the colleges operating expenses. Current cost estimates for tuition and room and board for in-state residents for one year is just over $23,000, while out of state residents must pay $34,582 per year. Help to freeze tuition costs, however, would not be unwelcome, said Salvatore “Torre” Meringolo, vice president of development at the college. “We’d love it,” he said. “But every year they talk about it, and every year they leave it out. “The state never offers us a buy-down in tuition and that’s not fair; it’s been a great injustice.” Bohanan said that since the 1990s, the college had signed on with the state to collect its money in block-grant form, but he agreed that that doesn’t help defray the costs of rising tuition. So far the college has been funded simply by the grant level plus additional money to cover inflation. “That’s what they’ve lived by ever since,” Bohannan said. “This is one of those pesky mandates.”

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Plans Approved To Redevelop Hospice Building Town Planners Approve Ryken By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Partner, went before the planning commission earlier last year, but some commission members balked at plans to put siding on the building because it did not fit in with the town’s Concept plans to redevelop the current home of St. vision of a more sophisticated town-center look. Mary’s Hospice into a mixed-use building for office space This time John Norris of NG&O Engineering and Larry and apartments have received the nod of town planning and Abell came back with designs that fit the members’ ideas for zoning commission members who liked reworked designs for the building, which will include a second floor added to it for the building. living space. The project, under the auspices of Washington Street Abell said the concept options reflected a more “Victorian style building” for the project on Washington Street. One option would even add a short tower to the new second story that could include a staircase for tenant access. Norris told planning commission members that he did not believe that adding the second story would foist too much weight on the current foundation of the one-story building, though he would have an independent consultant test that assumption. “I don’t believe there’s any risk with the foundation,” he said Monday. “I’m at the 90- percent confidence level that it’ll be OK.” Norris said the project could be the harbinger of redevelopment that officials have been looking for to jump-start a revival of the town center’s hometown look. “I think there’s going to be a rebirth of some these buildings in One of the options presented by a local developer for the renovation of the St. Mary’s Hospice building the town,” Norris said. in Leonardtown.

Stadium Project

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Construction of new athletic fields and a football stadium at St. Mary’s Ryken High School could begin soon, now that the school’s final site plan has been approved by the Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Board. All that is left to begin the project are letters of approval from the state’s Critical Area Commission and county Department of Public Works and Transportation regarding grading of the land and storm water management, which the town staff expects in the next several days. Mary Joy Hurlburt, president of the high school, said the project had been a long time in coming. “Did you ever think you’d get this? How long have you been working on this?” asked Town Councilmember Leslie Roberts, who attended the April 20 board meeting. “About five years,” Hurlburt said. Michael Pierce, with the engineering firm Loiderman Soltesz and Associates, said that the project would require more asphalt for extra parking and a bus turnaround port but that the increase fell within acceptable limits. He said that this was the first part of a series of projects to update the look of the campus. “This is part of a master plan Ryken has for the future of its building renovations,” Pierce said. The stadium is set to host soccer and football games, which spectators will watch from new elevated bleachers. The project would be about the size of the stadium at Leonardtown Middle School, according to town planners. The Town Council moved last week to go ahead with helping the school get state-supported economic development bonds in the amount of $8.5 million for the project’s construction. The move allows the school to get the bonds on a tax-exempt basis while not leaving the town open to any financial liability.


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Cops Could Use Cars for Personal Use ROCKVILLE (AP) More than 200 Montgomery County Police officers living outside the county may be able to take their patrol cars home for personal use. Officials say the county concession is part of the latest proposed labor agreement for officers. Likely to be approved, it would take effect July 1. The policy would allow officers to use their patrol cars in a 15-mile zone outside the county. The police department would pay for maintenance and gas. Most Washington area police agencies permit some officers who live outside their jurisdictions to take their cars home. But they are generally not allowed to drive them for personal use. Montgomery County personnel officials say the proposed policy should be looked at as part of overall cost-of-living concessions for the county, which is facing a $550 million budget shortfall.

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Maryland Among Worst In Disciplining Physicians

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland is among the worst states in the country in disciplining physicians, a study by a consumer watchdog group found, while Washington is one of the most improved jurisdictions. Public Citizen’s annual ranking of state medical boards found that the rate of disciplinary action for doctors last year was 21.5 percent lower than in 2004. That’s 2.92 serious discipline actions per 1,000 doctors in 2008 compared with 3.72 actions per 1,000 in 2004. Actions can include license revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probations or restrictions. “The overall national downward trend of serious disciplinary actions against physicians is troubling because it indicates many states are not living up to their obligations to protect patients from bad doctors,” said Sidney Wolfe, a physician and director of Public Citizen’s health research group. Maryland is ranked 45th. It has been among the worst 10 states for the past six rankings, Wolfe said. Virginia is ranked 28th. Washington is among the five most improved. It was ranked 42nd in 2003 and 17th in 2008. “The progress in these states is commendable because the medical boards have figured out ways ... to improve the

protection for patients from doctors who need to be disciplined but, in the past, were disciplined much less rigorously,” Wolfe said. The Washington Post found in 2005 that the D.C. medical board rarely punished doctors. This was true even after they were disciplined in Maryland and Virginia for questionable medical care, criminal wrongdoing or substance abuse problems. The Post’s report prompted District officials to allocate more funding for staff and improved technology. “We are one of the most improved boards in the country,” said Feseha Woldu, senior deputy director of the District’s Health Regulation and Licensing Administration. The report ranks Alaska first in disciplining doctors. Irving Pinder, executive director of the Maryland Board of Physicians, called the findings flawed. “I’ve always argued that Public Citizen’s statistics are very misleading because ... they assume the pool of doctors is the same in every state,” Pinder said. “Maryland has some of the best doctors ... in the country. If you need to go in for major surgery, would you want to be in Alaska or Maryland?”

Mikulski Raising Cash For 2010 Election BALTIMORE (AP) - U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski hasn’t formally announced plans to run for a fifth term, but she’s been raising money. The 72-year-old Maryland Democrat told supporters at a recent reception she’s looking ahead to 2010. Mikulski has a $1.2 million campaign account and no apparent challenger a year and a half before election day. She has raised $442,000 in the first three months of this

year.

With a fifth term Mikulski would become the longestserving female senator in the nation’s history. If she finished the term she would be tied with former Sen. Paul Sarbanes for the record as Maryland’s longest-tenured senator. GOP state Chairman Jim Pelura says he’s sure his party will nominate someone but it’s too early to name names.

Freddie Mac CFO Found Dead WASHINGTON (AP) - David Kellermann, the acting chief financial officer of money-losing mortgage giant Freddie Mac, was found dead at his home early Wednesday in what police said was an apparent suicide. The Fairfax County police responded to a 911-call at 4:48 a.m. at the suburban Virginia home Kellermann shared with his wife Donna and five-year-old daughter Grace. The police would not release the exact cause of death, but spokesman Eddy Azcarate said Kellermann’s body was found in the basement. Kellermann, 41, lived in Hunter Mill Estates, a well-off neighborhood of large single-family homes with manicured lawns. County records show Kellermann’s home is worth about $900,000. Kellermann’s death is the latest in a string of blows to Freddie Mac, which owns or guarantees about 13 million mortgages and us the No. 2 mortgage finance company after sibling Fannie Mae. The company has been criticized for financing risky mortgage loans that fueled the real estate bubble, and its first government-appointed CEO, David Moffett, resigned last month after six months on the job.


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Problem With Public Works Drags On I would appreciate your informing your readers about the policy currently being practiced by the Department of Public Works regarding damage its employees do to private property. I recently had a county snowplow attempt to turn around in my driveway (which I had plowed) and get stuck. The vehicle required being towed out of the quagmire, and when I came home, I found large ruts, some about 18 inches deep, in my driveway and the area around my driveway. There was no explanation as to what happened, but through neighbors I eventually found out it was a county vehicle that did the damage. I contacted the Department of Public Works, and representatives admitted doing the damage but could not commit to an expeditious repair. They also informed me that it is the department’s policy not to notify property owners of damage it does to private property unless the owner witnesses the incident. When I attempted to inquire further, my phone calls were not returned, so I contacted the county commissioners. At the behest of the commissioners, I received a reply from the Department of Public Works which basically confirmed that I contacted them about the damage; praised the expertise and experience of the driver; stated that damage to private property by its employees is not at all unusual during snow operations; that it doesn’t have time to report damage to property owners or the police (which is required by law) except when it considers the damage to be major; that the damage to my property was actually on coun-

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ty property (I had ruts 30 feet from the road); that repairing my driveway was on its to-do list; and they thanked me for repairing the damage myself (which I did after waiting a week). Why the department’s driver used my driveway to turn around rather than a county-maintained road a few hundred feet away (in spite of his acclaimed knowledge of the area); how their driver missed a 30-foot-wide driveway apron; and how many employees were in the vehicle (which I had asked at the time of the incident) was not mentioned. I found this reply unsatisfactory for several reasons but particularly since it affirmed that management feels it has no responsibility to notify property owners when their employees do damage to private property. I even question if I had not contacted Public Works about the damage whether I would have been contacted at all. I relayed this information to the county commissioners and I have been informed that the current policy will be reviewed and any necessary changes to ensure timely notifications of damage to private property will be made. I have every confidence that the matter will be reviewed, but until the policy is changed, I suggest your readers look directly at the Department of Public Works as the culprit for any unexplained damage to their properties, since not only the employees but also management feels they are above the law. David A. Ryan Hollywood

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Crisis Of Management, Not Money

The St. Mary’s County Commissioners held the annual public hearing Tuesday evening to allow citizens to come out and express their thoughts about the $200 million spending plan the commissioners propose for the 2010 fiscal year. The new 2010 fiscal year begins June 1, 2009. A wave of government spending concerns has swept across the nation and this anti-government spending theme showed up in a rather healthy number on Tuesday evening. Americans are fed up with runaway government spending at all levels: federal, state, and local. The citizens of St. Mary’s County are as fed up as the rest of our nation. In the past seven years St. Mary’s County has increased in population by 15 percent. During that same period, county government has increased spending by a whopping 60 percent. With just 15 percent more people to provide services to in the last seven years, our property taxes have increased by an unbearable 75 percent including a 9 percent increase in the 2010 budget. That does not include property taxes you pay to the state of Maryland, and it does not include the various new fees both state and county government have added to your property tax bills. Over the past seven years income taxes have increased by 50 percent including a 4 percent increase in the 2010 budget. That too does not include what you pay to the state of Maryland, only that which goes to county government. The commissioners and some outof-touch local media argue the proposed 2010 budget actually decreases spending by 1 percent. To make this argument is misrepresenting what is taking place and how taxpayer dollars are being spent. Last year the commissioners used more than $11 million dollars from the county savings account to pay non-reoccurring costs, this year they are using more than $4 million from county savings to pay re-occurring costs. Factor both these expenditures against changes in re-occurring costs over the two years and this year’s

budget grows by 7.5 percent. In the simplest of terms, the average St. Mary’s County taxpayer, the average family, the average business, will be paying directly and indirectly 7 percent more in county taxes in the 2010 proposed budget. Property tax revenues are rising 9 percent and income tax revenues 4 percent, the combination is 7 percent. How many of you are expecting a 7 percent pay increase in the upcoming year? In a written letter to the citizens as part of the proposed 2010 budget the commissioners stated: “We believe that we can manage through this crisis.” It is insulting to the citizens of our county to say there is a crisis when we have increased the amount of tax dollars these guys are getting by 60 percent to serve a population increase of 15 percent. St. Mary’s County government does not have a fiscal crisis, the government has a management crisis. If there is a fiscal crisis in St. Mary’s, it is the residents and businesses that are in crisis. County government should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. The five gentlemen that currently serve as county commissioners are all good men. They only have themselves to blame for the fact that citizens are angry over the spending. Last year for instance, they saw a 19 percent increase in property taxes as a ticket to spending paradise rather than recognizing that if you use all that money to increase spending, it will be unsustainable in future years. There is a wise old saying: “When prosperity comes, do not spend it all.” The lesson for this board and future boards is that the ups and downs of the economy should not forsake the even f low of good government with consistent delivery of services based upon a sustainable economic model. The question now is not “Can your government manage through this crisis?” the question is, “Can you and your family manage through the crisis your government has created?”

Illegal Immigrants Licenses for illegal aliens? What is with these politicians? Do they have any concept what “illegal” means? It is great that they are planning to stop issuing licenses to illegals by 2015. But what about the six years before then? They should not have a license now. And, they should not be given any “distinct ID”. Does Democratic Sen. James Brochin really believe this is what his “constituents wanted”? I want that about as much as I want convicted child molesters working in a day care center. What the majority of the working, tax-paying constituents want is for illegals to be treated as illegals. They are by definition criminals and should be treated as such. Send them back

where they came from. I have nothing against immigration or immigrants. All four of my grandparents legally immigrated to this country, worked and created a life here for themselves and their families. I would not deny that opportunity to others. However, if they want to work here, let them get a visa and work permit. And any income they receive should be taxed just like my income. If they are here legally, they can get an international drivers license. There is absolutely no reason for any state to grant an illegal a license or an ID.   Dennis Ritaldato Hollywood


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Legal Ad: THE COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED ISSUE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REVENUE BONDS (ST. MARY’S RYKEN, INC.) The Council of The Commissioners of Leonardtown will meet on

Monday, May 11, 2009 at 4:15 P.M.

in the Council Meeting Room in the Town Office located at 41660 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 to conduct a public hearing with respect to a Resolution (the “Resolution”) to be considered by the Council of The Commissioners of Leonardtown (the “Town”). The Resolution provides for the issuance and sale by the Town, as its limited obligations and not upon its faith and credit or taxing power, of one or more series of its economic development revenue bonds (the “Bonds”). The Bonds, if issued, will be issued pursuant to the Maryland Economic Development Revenue Bond Act and will be loaned to St. Mary’s Ryken, Inc. (the “Facility Applicant”) for the purpose of (1) financing and refinancing all or a portion of the costs (to the fullest extent permitted by the Act) of the acquisition of the Facility (as defined below), (2) funding debt service and other reserves, (3) funding certain working capital requirements of the Facility Applicant related to the Facility, and (4) paying the costs of issuance of the Bonds, interest thereon for a certain period and other costs related to the transaction. The Facility consists of and includes the acquisition, construction and equipping of improvements by the Facility Applicant to the campus of St. Mary’s Ryken High School located at 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650 consisting of a new campus entrance, new parking area, turf field, bleacher seating and press facilities, Romuald Hall and renovations and improvements thereto, and renovations and improvements to Paschal Hall, the acquisition and installation of certain necessary or useful equipment and machinery and the acquisition of interests in land and improvements as may be necessary or suitable for the foregoing, including rights of access, utilities and other site preparation facilities (the “Facility”). The maximum aggregate face amount of Bonds proposed to be issued is $8,500,000. The Bonds may be issued at one time or from time to time and in one or more series. If the Bonds are issued, the Town will make the proceeds of the Bonds available to or for the benefit of the Facility Applicant for the purposes described above. The Facility Applicant will use the Facility in its continuing operation of a high school. Interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and will have a reasonable opportunity to express their views, both orally and in writing, on the proposed issue of Bonds and the location and nature of the proposed Facility to be financed and refinanced. Any written statement must be submitted prior to the hearing to the following address: Commissioners of Leonardtown, Attention: Town Administrator, 41660 Courthouse Drive, P.O. Box 1, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650. THE COMMISSIONERS OF LEONARDTOWN By: Laschelle Miller Town Administrator 04-23-09

IN THE MATTER OF MARLEN CECELIA MORGAN TIPPETT FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO MARLENE CECELIA MORGAN TIPPETT In the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland Case No.: 18-C-09-000530 NC The above Petitioner has filed a Petition for Change of Name in which she seeks to change her name from Marlen CeCelia Morgan Tippett to Marlene CeCelia Morgan Tippett. The petitioner is seeking a name change because: I am requesting a Passport and need the correct spelling of how I spell my name. I have always spelled my name Marlene instead of Marlen. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 15th day of May 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. JOAN W. WILLIAMS, Clerk of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County Maryland 04-23-09

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Speaks Today’s story about Margaret “Maggie” O’Brien, the outgoing head of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, focuses on her priorities during her 13-year tenure as president which is now coming to an end as she prepares to work as a professor in England. In next week’s edition, we will profile her team of administrators who continue to work at the college while the board of trustees searches for her successor.

O’Brien Leaving Big Shoes To Fill By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer As she settled into her office, Jane Margaret “Maggie” O’Brien, the outgoing president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, nodded to a large painting on the wall in front of her by Jeffrey Carr, the dean of graduate education at the Philadelphia School of the Arts. “The series is called ‘Moody Women’ and I love it,” she said, her eyes lighting up as she grabbed her buzzing cell phone to look at the incoming number. For Maggie, answering the dozens of phone calls she receives each day is a major part of her job, which is in transition following her announcement in January that she is stepping down from the presidency after 13 years to teach with one of its partners, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. O’Brien plans to stay on no later than June 30, 2010, and may leave sooner, pending the appointment of a successor by the board of trustees, which is currently conducting a search. O’Brien acknowledged she never saw herself as the “college president” type when she first made her mark on academia, earning a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Vassar College in 1975, and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1981, after which she taught at Middlebury College in Vermont for the first leg of her career. “I really wanted to do research more than I wanted to teach. I was not a natural teacherm and I had to learn some of the skills,” she said, laughing and groaning as she described the first class she ever taught. “In my first year I had this overhead, and all my notes were pre-written, and I moved so fast. I remember looking up at the stunned faces of the students and I thought they had to know everything. It was general chemistry and we were doing a survey of the elements, and they had to know everything that oxygen ever did. I mean, literally, it was ridiculous,” she said, “but when you get out of graduate school you have a certain intensity and you have to remind yourself that this is first year chemistry.” Despite her high expectations, Maggie said she had never been one to fail students. “I’ve always believed that Maggie O’Brien if a student fails, then I failed as a teacher,” she said. “I’ve given one F, ever, and I’m happy to say I found out the other day that the student who received that is flourishing as a lawyer, lives on Martha’s Vineyard, and is happy as a clam.” When first arriving at St. Mary’s College in 1996, Maggie said she had noticed several things she wanted to change. She explained that her work had begun with the facilities at the campus, for which she would need to organize planning and funding years in advance. “There was a brand new academic program that was being developed called the honors curriculum, and what was notable to me about the honors curriculum was that the facilities were mismatched with the college’s dream,” she said, adding that there was 40 percent less space than students needed to complete senior research projects, as well as a lack of residence halls and other adequate facilities.

She had also noticed a lack of lectures and weekend activities for the students. “That was the other thing that just struck me was that students were going home on the weekends and parents would say there’s nothing for them to do,” she said, adding that more than a dozen lectureships had sprung up during her tenure, as well as the popular River Concert Series, which will kick off its 11th season this spring. It may be safe to say that Maggie boasts the same sort of intensity now that she did when she was teaching, as she continues to perform her duties as president, backed by a dedicated team of lieutenants. Larry Vote, who has helped overhaul and replace the school’s core and honors curriculums, became provost in 2003, and continues work to keep the wheels of Maggie’s programs turning. Torre Meringolo, who updated the college’s library and information systems upon his arrival in 1994, became the college’s vice president in charge of development in 1997, and under his leadership the college completed the largest fundraising initiative in the institution’s history, the $40 million Heritage Campaign. Also joining the team was Thomas Botzman, vice president for business and finance for the college, who said that the “most infuriating and wonderful thing” about Maggie was her open-door policy for students, many of whom she has personally shepherded through their college years. Another legacy Maggie said she had been anxious to leave behind was the college’s expanded international studies program, which sends students to Oxford, Italy, Ghana and other spots around the globe as part of their graduation requirements. Though students can opt to do service and projects locally to fulfill the same requirement, the cost of the program still matches the cost of tuition, room and board on campus, a point which Maggie is proud to make. “For us as a public institution to do what we’re doing with international studies is unheard of, and students choose to go here because of it,” said Maggie. “I know that only five percent of Americans own passports,” she added, “but I would hope that if we’re educating tomorrow’s leadPhoto by Frank Marquart ers that every one of them has passports, every one has been abroad, every one of them has language skills, and understands other cultures. It’s not becoming a larger world, it’s becoming a smaller world.” Despite the never-ending phone calls and daily whirlwinds of activity, Maggie said that she values her solitude more than anything else. “I’m a pretty private person. I like to spend a lot of time alone,” she said, describing her morning cups of tea as an exercise in meditation. Since a college president’s job is never done, Maggie said she expects her phone to continuing ringing off the hook as she prepares to pursue new opportunities in England. With her painting of “Moody Women”, a host of successful programs under her belt, and her loyal lieutenants in place, she said her next steps are sure to be an adventure.


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Tiki Bar Opening Kicks Off Tourism Season By Sean Rice Staff Writer

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In spite of the cold, wet beginnings of spring this year, the weather behaved beautifully for the annual Tiki Bar opening last Friday in Solomon’s Island. Owners of the Tiki Bar estimated that more than 25,000 people showed up to witness the Solomon’s Island hot spot open for its 29th year. While most of the visitors on opening day come to party, many also eat, sleep and buy supplies nearby, which means a rush for local businesses. With each year the Tiki Bar opening phenomenon gets more

Business Owners ‘Jailed’ for Fundraiser By Sean Rice Staff Writer A group of 15 business owners and philanthropic individuals participated in the first-ever “Jail and Bail” fundraising event for the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Southern Maryland. Participants agreed to be “arrested” Monday morning and taken to the Old Jail in Leonardtown by 1950s-style black and white police cars. Once at the Old Jail, they faced a judge and later a bailiff to pay a minimum of $1,500 “bail.” A $1,500 donation is equal to the funds needed by the agency to provide services to one pregnant mother, said Rick Tancreto, development director for the local Care Net group. Care Net, based out of Lexington Park, helps local women explore all their options when facing an unexpected pregnancy. Created in 1991, the agency assisted 3,700 clients in 2008 in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. After the bail is paid to the bailiff, the “criminal” was given a tour of the Old Jail museum and escorted to Tudor Hall for a luncheon with Sheriff Cameron, sponsored by Corbels Restaurant.

Billy and Joyce Cusic donated the use of their two classic 1950s police cars to round up participants, even though it was pouring rain Monday and the cars almost never see inclement weather. Tancreto said that is an example of the Cusic’s dedication to the cause. Tommy McKay, of McKay’s Fine Foods and Pharmacy, was picked by one of the classic police cars, with lights flashing, in front of the Leonardtown McKay’s store for his trip to the Old Jail. “It’s easy to be an activist on an issue … I think its important that we support solutions as well as the cause,” McKay said. “The protection of the unborn and rightto-life is an important issue for people to be active in, but they also need to bring alternative solutions to the table, and Care Net provides solutions for young pregnant mothers who are in trouble,” McKay said. Other participants who were jailed included: Wayne Davis of W.M. Davis General Contractors, John Winters of Winters Heating and Cooling, Tom Hodges of Tom Hodges Auto, Chuck Kimball of Evan’s Seafood and Glen Ives with Sabre Systems.

Photos by Sean Rice

Partiers at the annual Tiki Bar opening Friday night take a break from dancing and sipping Mai Tais to pose for pictures. More than 25,.000 people swarmed to Solomon’s Island last weekend to kick off the summer tourism season that is ushered in with the Tiki Bar’s opening day.

popular, and supporters say it’s a nationally known event, and possibly even beyond. Catamaran’s owner Jim Seymour said Solomon’s Island and the Tiki Bar are known worldwide, which is a boon for the local economy. “I’ve been all over the place and I’ve ran into people that know, ‘Oh Solomon’s, the Tiki Bar opening’,” Seymour said. “And a lot of the military guys they travel and talk about it with their friends.” Seymour, who started Catamaran’s restaurant and bar in 1995, said the Tiki opening saves the island from the stagnant winter season. “The wintertime is pretty much slow for us

and we fall behind a little bit and then the opening gets us caught up and ready for summer. It’s a good thing for us,” Seymour said. Pat Donovan, co-owner of the Tiki Bar said the opening, “symbolizes spring and summertime. The start of the tourism season.” “It kicks the island off, all the businesses kind of wait for us to open, because we’re the primary draw for the island,” co-owner Terry Clarke said in an interview with The County Times. “People have fun, and I think the island likes it,” Seymour said. “It’s getting bigger every year, so somebody likes it.”

Application Deadline Nearing For Leadership Program Leadership Southern Maryland, a nine-month, economic development, education and workforce

Photo by Sean Rice Tommy McKay of McKay’s Fine Foods was hauled to the Old Jail in Leonardtown by Billy Cusic. Father Gurnee, at right, of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, was also “jailed”.

tuition-based program that draws applicants from St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles County, is accepting applications for the Class of 2010. The deadline for applying is April 30. The program, now in its second year, is dedicated to building a cadre of informed regional leaders who will be prepared to address common issues and bring long-term benefit to their neighbors, according to an e-mail from executive Director Karen Holcomb. Members meet monthly at various locations to listen to speakers and discuss a range of issues. Those chosen to participate must be willing to commit to one or two day-long sessions per month, starting in September 2009 and ending in May 2010, where they will meet with business people, government officials and others to explore issues such as:  healthcare and human services, criminal justice,

development, land use and the environment, defense and high tech industry, hospitality and tourism, multiculturalism and diversity, transportation and affordable housing. The cost for the program, modeled after the Leadership Maryland program based in Annapolis, is $2,500. Leadership Southern Maryland is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization.  Organizers seek a class that represents a cross-section that not only represents the three Southern Maryland counties but also embraces diversity of geography, profession or calling, ethnicity, gender and life experience.  Program information, application instructions and online application process are available at www. leadsomd.org.  For more information, contact Holcomb at 301-481-2727 or holcombke@msn.com.


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Defense & Military

Roundtable Focuses on Attaining NAVAIR Contracts

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

A small-business conference at the J.T. Daugherty Center in Lexington Park drew company representatives from far and near seeking information about doing business with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The day-long event on April 16 was put on by the Small Business Roundtable, a local association which represents small business interests within the Naval Aviation contracting community. The conference focused on current issues involving businesses that are eligible for HUBZone contracts, which the U.S. Small Business Administration defines as businesses within “Historically Underutilized Business Zones.” There are no HUBZones in St. Mary’s County, but many businesses in the area have their principal offices in a HUBZone, said Nancie Lumpkins, a Roundtable member and CEO of Imagine One, a company that has a local office but is principally located in a HUBZone in Virginia. According to the Small Business Administration, there are HUBZones in Charles and Prince Georges counties. David Taylor, an attorney with more than 20 years experience on the subject, and author of “HUBZone Contracting a Practical Guide,” was one of the featured speakers. Taylor provided details on three-day-old proposed rule changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), regarding HUBZone contract awards. The most significant change to the HUBZone program is the elimination of what’s known as the “rule of two” that Department of Defense contracting officers were required to follow, Taylor said. Before the regulation change, DoD contracting officers were required to “set aside”, or reserve, contracts for HUBZone companies when two or more HUBZone certified companies applied for a contract.

Now contracting officers can use their own discretion whether to “set aside” contracts for HUBZone companies. “Contracting officers will have more discretion than they’ve had legally, up until now,” Taylor said. “ I don’t think that makes a lot of practical difference, because they’ve been ignoring the law for the last 10 years anyway.” Taylor said contracting officers have been selectively ignoring the existing law because, “if the rule of two, as it’s written in the statute, was taken to its logical conclusion, HUBZones would have to get most of the contracts issued by the federal government. So there’s a little bit of an oxymoron in this thing.” Taylor predicts there will be challenges and litigation on this issue, because the Small Business Administration and the FAR Council are making regulatory changes, but Congressional statutes hold more weight. “A statute trumps any regulation. Sorry,” he said. In making the recent changes, the FAR Council, “basically said, ‘ehh, Congress didn’t mean that, surely they didn’t mean that’,” Taylor said. The proposed changes by the FAR Council also add 220 counties to the HUBZone list, according to the Small Business Administration, but it is not clear yet where those new zones are located. The FAR changes are open for public comment until June. Taylor said the addition of HUBZone counties and other rule changes could result in greater competition for HUBZone contracts, and/or fewer HUBZone contracts being “set aside” by contracting officers. “The HUBZone conference was a very good experience for hearing about new legislative changes that are taking place,” Lumpkins said. “It also increased the awareness of the program in the local community, and gave some of these companies an opportunity to understand more about NAVAIR capabilities.”

Team Effort Produces New F-5F Franken-Tigers

A Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and Northrop Grumman team designed and built three F-5F Franken-Tiger Adversary aircraft to meet an urgent fleet requirement. The F-5F Franken-Tiger was built using parts from a Navy two-seat F-5F Tiger II aircraft and from single-seat, former Swiss Air Force, F-5E aircraft. “A fleet requirement came into our office in late September 2005 asking for more F-5 Adversary pilots to staff a new squadron being established at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla.,” Jay Bolles, Adversary aircraft program manager, said in a press release. “We needed a new two-seat trainer in order to meet this requirement.” The four remaining Navy F-5F Tiger II’s were too costly to maintain, had very little service life left and needed to be retired, added Bolles. One of the Navy F-5Fs was lost in a mid-air collision on June 13, 2008, so there were only three left to convert. “Our program office was already

working with our industry partner to convert 41 newer, former Swiss Air Force F-5E aircraft and older Navy F-5E Adversary aircraft into new F5Ns,” Bolles said. “So building the Franken-Tigers was a natural extension.” This is how the Franken-Tigers were created, he said. “Very simply, we took the two-seat cockpit section and the tail section of the old Navy F-5Fs and bolted these on to the newer center section of the former Swiss F-5Es,” said Bolles. “The conversion work took approximately two years to complete and was a model of cooperation between NAVAIR and our industry partner, Northrop Grumman … We will deliver 41 F-5Ns and three F-5F Franken-Tigers on time and on budget.”


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North End Gallery (301) 475-3130

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The Wine Bar & Cafe 22697 Washington St. Leonardtown, MD

On the Square in Historic Downtown

301 997-1110 Cafe: Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Wine Bar:

Thursday til 9pm Friday & Saturday til Midnight Monthly wine tastings every 3rd Wednesday 7 pm, Advanced Reserations required

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ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, HISTORIC LEONARDTOWN'S ART GALLERIES, RESTAURANTS, CAFE'S, GIFT SHOPS, ANTIQUE SHOPS, BOOKSTORE, ETC. OPEN THEIR DOORS TO SHOWCASE LOCAL ARTISTS AND/OR SERVE SPECIALS AT THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS. THE TOWN HOSTS A FREE EVENING OF ART, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SPECIALS WHERE PEOPLE GATHER TO ENJOY LOCAL ART, THE COMPANY OF OTHERS, AND EVEN A FREE GLASS OF WINE.

First Friday in Leonardtown is here! Next big event is May 1st starting at 5:00 pm. Visit uptown and downtown to rediscover the many treasures of Historic/New Leonardtown! Participating Businesses & staying open late: Art In Wire, Arizona Pizza Company, Brewing Grounds, Café des Artistes, Chillin' Time, Colleen's Dream, Corbel's, Creative Touch Salon, Spa and Fitness, CSM, Do-Dah Deli, Fenwick Street Used Books & Music, Good Earth Natural Foods, Heron's Way Gallery, Hilltop Graphics & Gifts, The Shops of Maryland Antiques Center, Creekside Gallery, Leonardtown Galleria, Hannah Boutique, The Tea Room, North End Gallery, Old Towne Crafters, On A Roll, Quality Street Kitchens, Shelby's Creative Framing, White Rabbit Children's Bookstore, The Wine Bar & Cafe

41665 Fenwick Street Leonardtown, Maryland 20650

(301) 475-8899 & Diner

Below is a list of Participating Businesses that are offering May First Friday Evening Specials -> NORTH END GALLERY - 41652 Fenwick Street: In May the North End Gallery presents a show featuring the works of Kathleen and Tom Ball titled “Treasures of the Chesapeake: Paint and Pixels”. Kathleen works with watercolors and Tom is a photographer. The show runs from April 27th thru May 31st with the Opening Reception on May 1st from 5- 8 P.M. -> HERON'S WAY GALLERY -22760 Washington Street: Opening reception for "Birds and Blooms, the Art of Jan Gagnon". Come meet the artist and be dazzled by the vibrant colors of nature. Show runs thru May 30th. (301) 475-0088 for more info. -> QUALITY STREET KITCHENS - 41675 Fenwick St: Sidewalk Sale and Appetizers Tasting! Stop by and try some of our appetizers from our full-service catering menu. Sign up for our electronic newsletter and win a Free Class! -> CAFE DES ARTISTES - 41655 Fenwick St: Randy Richie on piano, wine specials and our featured dinner item will be: "Trout stuffed with Crab Imperial" & "Portobello Wellington" ->CHILLIN TIME SMOOTHIE BAR & ICE CREAM SHOP: 22745 Washington St: Presents the band, The 301 Hooplas, starting at 7:00. They are a reggae/rock band....really good music. We also have a wide variety of ice cream and smoothies. as well as hotdogs and pizza. ->THE WINE BAR & CAFE- 22697 Washington St: Stop by the wine bar & enjoy a tasting sample of our Navarro Correas Malbec from Argentina on the porch! ($3 per tasting) We will also be offering complimentary light appetizers or you can order from our light fare menu. Don't forget to sign up for our next wine tasting, May 20th. We sample 6 wines all paired with appetizers for $25/person. Treat yourself to our relaxing sit down event! -> THE BREWING GROUNDS- 41658 Fenwick St: Open House. Come to celebrate our first year as owners! From 6-8pm, enjoy half-priced drink specials and tasty samples of our fabulous pastries, cookies and sandwiches. Live music! -> THE GOOD EARTH NATURAL FOODS COMPANY41765 Park Ave: Melissa of Bacchus Importers will be sampling fine, Organic Wines: Cono Sur Cabernet/Carmenere and French Cote du Rhone. Please join us for First Friday in May from 4 pm until 7 pm. -> ART IN WIRE- 41625 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

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41652 Fenwick St. Leonardtown, MD 20650 Tues. - Sat. 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday Noon - 4 pm

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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.

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->DO DAH DELI- Route 5-TBA

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->WHITE RABBIT CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE- 25470 Point Lookout Rd # G (Route 5: Located in the Shops at Breton Bay). TBA

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2nd Location Now Open in Ridge

-> CREATIVE TOUCH SALON, SPA AND FITNESS-25470 Point Lookout Rd, Unit D (Route 5: Located in the Shops at Breton Bay): TBA -> MARYLAND ANTIQUES CENTER- 26005 Point Lookout Road: 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 , except the Duck Stamp pictures. Also have some 375 sales ongoing in the Gallery. See photo on left. -> FENWICK STREET USED BOOKS & MUSIC- 41655A Fenwick Street: We welcome Krys Baker, local singer/songwriter along with Kevin Cofod. 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: TBA -> SHELBY'S CREATIVE FRAMING - 26005 Point Lookout Rd. (Route 5): MD. Antique Center, Bldg. 2. TBA -> 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 - 22770 Washington St: In the original, historic Sterling House: Celebrate our new porch opening! Enjoy our casual Porch Menu everyday from 4:00 to 7:00 and on May 1st (First Friday) all drinks are 1/2 price on the porch!

Creative Custom Framing & Art

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Tuesday ~ Friday: 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. ~ 2 p.m.

301-904-2532 MD Antiques Center ~ Bldg. 2 ~ 26005 Point Lookout Rd ~Leonardtown, MD 20650

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-> COLLEEN'S DREAM - 41665 Fenwick Street: We take on consignment quality women's clothing and accessories and vintage clothing and accessories. We also have a variety of new and consigned jewelry and gifts. Our First Friday Special is: 10% off your total purchase of regular priced and sale items. ->ARIZONA PIZZA COMPANY- 40874 Merchants Ln (Rte 5): Karaoke Contest. 1st Prize $50 Cash, 2nd Prize $25 Gift Certificate, 3rd Prize $15 Gift Certificate. Karaoke is from 9 pm till?

41658 Fenwick St. Leonardtown, MD 20650

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

George Frederick Gass, 88

George Frederick Gass, 88, of Abell, Md., died April 13, 2009, at St. Mary’s Nursing Center. Mr. Gass was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He was born in Palmers, Md., on May 16, 1920, to the late John Edward Gass and Lola Lee Hayden Gass. Mr. Gass is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gertrude Gwendolyn Getz Gass, whom he married on Dec. 25, 1943, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, Md. Mr. Gass was inducted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 23, 1944, in Ft. Meade, Md. (Private, Company K). He served his country with honor and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge in St. Vith, Belgium, on Jan. 21, 1945. He received an honorable discharge on May 24, 1945, from Kennedy General Hospital located in Memphis, Tenn. with decorations and citations. His awards include the Purple Heart, E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Man Badge. George was the loving father of five daughters and four sons-in-law: Lillian Goldsborough of Hollywood, Md.; Regina Morgan and her husband Andy of Compton, Md.; Eleanor Tyson and her husband Stan of Compton, Md.; Karen Bowles and her husband Randy of Clements, Md.; and Ruth Hammett and her husband Robin of Clements, Md. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and his siblings: John H. Gass of Abell, Md., Ernestine Keaton of Manassas, Va., Catherine Corbin of North Carolina, Margaret Wheeler of South Carolina and Marion Slade of Valley Lee, Md. He was preceded in death by his twin daughters who died at birth; his siblings Malcom Gass, Horace Gass, Geraldine Gass, Jeanette Wise, Mary Magdalene Wood, Eleanor “Loretta” Wood, Blanche Gass and his son-inlaw Jimmy Goldsborough. The family received friends on Fri., April 17, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md., where prayers were said at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sat., April, 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic

Church, Avenue, Md. with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers were Mr. Gass’s grandsons, Mike Goldsborough, Kenny Goldsborough, George Morgan, James Morgan, Jason Bowles, Geoff Hammett and Chris Hammett. Honorary pallbearers were the granddaughters, Michelle Bean, Ann Barber, Amy Harrell, Sarah Tyson, Gwen Murphy and Sharon Ann Lathroum, as well as his great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650; 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, Md. 20609 or A Community That Shares, P.O. Box 54, Bushwood, Md. 20618. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.mgfh. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Ritchie Downs Gibson, 43

Ritchie Downs Gibson, 43, of Clements, Md., died April 13, 2009, in Leonardtown, Md. Born Dec. 1, 1965, in Leonardtown, Md., he was the son of Mildred Downs Gibson and the late Andrew “Jack” Gibson Sr. He is survived by his sons Ritchie Lee Gibson of Avenue, Md. and Andrew Blake Gibson of Clements, Md.; siblings Sherry Brown of Avenue, Bonnie Mattingly of Abell, Buddy Gibson of Clements and Mildred Sue Farrell of Avenue. He was preceded in death by his brother Jackie Gibson. He was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and was a home builder by trade. The family received friends on Thurs., April 16, 2009, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md., where prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Fri., April 17, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, Md., with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Pallbearers were Charles Mattingly, Billy Jack Gibson, John Hurry, Dale Tennyson, Johnnie Hammett and Keith Hewitt. Honorary pallbearers were Mac Lawrence, Jerry Bowling, Danny Gatton

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Elizabeth Ann Moreland, 57

and Bobby Hewitt. Contributions may be made to Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O Box 7, Avenue, Md. 20609 and/or Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21335 Coltons Point Rd., Avenue, Md. 20609. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Kenneth H. Kern, 71 Kenneth H. Kern, 71, of Great Mills, Md., passed away on Sat., April 18, at the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home, Charlotte Hall, Md. Born May 25, 1937, in Bethlehem, Pa., he was the son of the late Sadie Mae and Earl Kern and was raised by the late Velma and Joe Welsh. Mr. Kern was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Pilkerton “June” Kern, whom he married on July 13, 1974. He is survived by his stepdaughter Nancy Lawrence, and son-in-law, Artie Lawrence, both of Leonardtown, Md.; two brothers, Al Lynn and Richard Kern, both of Pennyslvania; four grandchildren, Cal Lawrence, Michael Lawrence, Cari Lawrence, and Mark Lawrence, all of Leonardtown, Md.; and one great-grandson, Landon Lawrence, also of Leonardtown, Md. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a personnel man and retired after more than 20 years of service to his country. He then joined the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department as a correctional officer for over 15 years. After a second retirement, he worked as a security guard at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md. He was an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed NASCAR races. He was also a catcher on many fast-pitch softball teams, playing for both the Navy team and many local teams, and was known as “Buddha.” The family will receive friends on Fri., April 24, 2009, from 5 until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. A memorial service officiated by Fr. Joe Dobson will be held at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery on April 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.

Mary Cecelia Long, 85 Mary Cecelia Long, 85, of Mechanicsville, Md., died April 14, 2009, in LaPlata, Md. Born Aug. 6, 1923, in Leonardtown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth “Betty” Knott Burch. She was the loving wife of the late Paul Leonard Long, whom she married on July 28, 1940, in St. Mary’s Church in Newburg, Md. and who preceded her in death on April 1, 1987. She is survived by her children Mary Ann Foote of Mechanicsville, Md.; Ralph Long of Bel Alton, Md.; Jim Long of

La Plata, Md.; Linda Quade of Mechanicsville, Md.; and adopted son Mike Sheehan, as well as 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Addie Lee of Mechanicsville, Md.; Beatrice Nelson of Bryantown, Md.; and Lillian Borden of Chapel Point, Md. She was preceded in death by her siblings Elizabeth Bowles; Ecton, Edward, Mack, Oakley and Lewis Burch; and Cora Morgan, Julia Quade, Helen Marshall and Madeline Thompson. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Mary graduated from Oakville High School. The family received friends on Sun., April 19, 2009, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md., where prayers were said at 3 p.m. A funeral service was held on Mon., April 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Md. Pallbearers were Douglas Wehrle, Eddy Henderson, Jeff Gerner, Mike Sheehan, John Small and Joe Saul. Kavan Small was an honorary pallbearer. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.mgfh. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Kenneth W Middlebrook, 73 Kenneth W. Middlebrook of Mechanicsville, formerly of Hyattsville, died April 7, 2009, at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Texas, to the late Herbert and Mamie Middlebrook. He is survived by his children: Lana Middlebrook of Hyattsville, Md.; Jean (Frank) Middlebrook of Custer, Ky.; Paula (Ed) Clayton of Hyattsville, Md.; Terry (Chuck) Patrick of Centerville, Md.; Sherry (Anthony) Gaines of Mechanicsville, Md.; six grandchildren, Jessica Clayton, Taryn Patrick, Tyler Gaines, Rylie Patrick, Lauren Gaines and Brian Patrick; two step-grandchildren, Samantha and Heather Clayton; his sister Carolyn Lapeyrouse of Texas City, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey C. Middlebrook (Baldwin).

Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Moreland, 57, of Callaway, Md., passed away on April 14, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born April 8, 1952, in LaPlata, Md., she was the daughter of the late George and Olive Mary Knobel Moreland. Ms. Moreland was a purchasing agent for Computer Science Corp. She was a determined and adept taskmaster as the primary standards procurement specialist for the U.S. Navy metrology community, as well as being a mentor, counselor and friend to all those around her. She had been a fundamental part of the calibrations laboratory acquisition section since her employment in November of 1984. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed hosting the family for holidays, especially at Christmas. Betty was an avid gardener and loved to plant flowers and trees of any kind. Her favorite pastime was sitting on her porch overlooking her massive garden and enjoying the wildlife. Most of all she loved a good yard sale. Any given Saturday at the crack of dawn, you were guaranteed to find her heading out to search for that next great find at a yard sale. She was a great inspiration to family, friends and the community. She went out of her way to help anyone and everyone in need. She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. To know Betty was to know true humanity and compassion, she was and is very much loved by all. Ms. Moreland is survived by her sons BJ Moreland of Dameron, Md., Jesse Moreland Sr. (Scherrie) of Dameron, Md. and Travis Quade of Callaway, Md.; companion of 25 years, Joseph Quade, of Callaway, Md.; grandson, Jesse “LJ” Moreland, Jr.; siblings Eddie Moreland of South Carolina, George Moreland Jr. of Waldorf, Md., Lisa Moreland of Great Mills, Md. and Temple Cargill of LaPlata, Md. Family received friends for Betty’s Life Celebration on Mon., April 20, 2009, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, where a funeral service was held at 10 a.m. with Pastor Paul Goodwin.


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Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Md.

Christy Ann Tracy, 50 Christy Ann Tracy of Leonardtown, Md., died April 12, 2009, in Leonardtown, Md. Born June 14, 1958, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late Albert Irvin Tracy and Edith Ann Schmidt. She is survived by her stepmother

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Frances Marie Quade, 83 Frances Marie Quade of Leonardtown, Md., died April 16, 2009, in Leonardtown, Md. Born Oct. 7, 1925, in St. Mary’s County, Md., she was the daughter of the late John Bernard and Teresa Mary Greenfelder Thompson. She was the loving wife of the late James Leonard Quade Sr., who preceded her in death in 1974. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Morgan, and her son, Jimmy Quade and his wife Ruth, all of Mechanicsvile, Md., as well as five brothers and two sisters. She is also survived by her granddaughters Michele Jones and her husband Chris, Brandy Alvey and her husband Joe, Jen Bacon and her husband Jamie and Amanda Morgan, as well as her great-grandchildren Lauren Lanpher, Evan Alvey, Casey Bacon, Alyssa Lanpher, Gilliam Bacon and Mason Alvey. A graveside service was held on Mon., April 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, Md. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www. mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Shirley Tracy of Annapolis, Md. She is also survived by her siblings Scott Tracy, Pam Weaver and Karyn Warrenbrand, all of Naples, Fla.; Jesse Tracy, Belle Tracy, Renee Meade, Ellie Meade and Jay Meade, all of Annapolis, Md. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Christy graduated from Chopticon High School in 1977. A Memorial Service was held on Sat., April 18, 2009, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Outdoor Chapel Area at 2 p.m. Contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen Ministry, 22550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 and H.O.P.E Project In Memory of Christy Ann Tracy, c/o St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 22550 point Lookout Rd., Leonardtown, Md. 20650. H.O.P.E Project is a United Way agency assisting those in need. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

In Loving Memory of the Former Clinton White House Cat, Socks

Socks, the famous stray cat adopted by Bill and Hillary Clinton shortly before Clinton’s ascendancy to the office of president in 1992, died on Friday, Feb. 20 at his residence in Hollywood, Md., where he had been staying with former Clinton Secretary Betty Currie since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. Socks was taken in by the Clinton family after endearing himself to their daughter, Chelsea, prompting the politicians to offer him a place in their home in Arkansas, even though Bill and Hillary were both allergic to cats. From there he enjoyed a life of fame and fortune, his popularity as such that he remained in high demand even after retiring from Capital Hill and moving to Southern Maryland when the Clintons left office. Socks was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in late 2008, and died weeks later after invasive efforts to prolong his life had been ruled out. He was between 18 and 20 years old. The Clinton Foundation released a statement after his death: “Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. We’re grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend, Betty Currie, for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years.”

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Montgomery Earns Accolades for Spring Ridge By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Dignitaries gathered on the morning of Friday, April 17, at Spring Ridge Middle School in Lexington Park to offer a surprise congratulatory visit to Maureen Montgomery, principal at Spring Ridge and one of this year’s Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leaders of the year. The surprise visit came as Montgomery was sitting down with other school system officials to discuss achievement data and academic performance at Spring Ridge. “We’re talking about the transformation of this school over the course of a three- or four-year period of time,” said Superintendent Michael Martirano. “This has transformed into a high performance school, and we’re absolutely delighted,” he said. “Maureen is an outstanding educator, and a dedicated professional. We took her out of her comfort zone to bring her down to Spring Ridge so that

we could build a little more strength here, and I think it’s worked out exceptionally well,” said William Mattingly, chairman of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education. “The school, in my opinion, has exceeded all expectations, and they just continue to do a fantastic job.” “I think that’s she’s done a really fantastic job,” said board member Marilyn Crosby. “We’ve put the resources in, we put a leader in, and we’re getting good results.” Maureen Montgomery has been at Spring Ridge Middle School for three years and will be attending a special dinner for awardees hosted by the Washington Post next week. “I’ve worked at three out of the four middle schools in this county, and Spring Ridge Middle School is a fantastic middle school,” said Montgomery, who added that she felt honored to be recognized for her achievement, though she attributed it to her students and staff members. “She would be the first one I know to say it’s all about the team, it’s all about the individuals working with her,” said Martirano, “and right now she is representative as an outstanding principal from St. Mary’s County, and we’re all very proud.”

EPA Recognizes St. Mary’s College St. Mary’s College of Maryland was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the 2008-2009 Individual Conference Champion for purchasing more green power than any other school in the nine regional colleges participating in the Capital Athletic Conference (cacsports.com). “Each year our college and university Green Power Partners raise the bar for clean, renewable energy use,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, in a press release. “By taking action on its campus, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is helping to move our nation into a clean energy future.” The EPA estimates that St. Mary’s College’s purchase of more than 17 million kilowatt-hours of green power is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 1,700 average American homes each year or has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of more than 2,200 passenger cars annually.  “I’m so proud of the dedication our students have shown in pushing us into the forefront of new environmental initiatives,” said Dr. Jane Margaret O’Brien, president at the college.  “The Student Government Association funding of environmental projects, like the geothermal HVAC system installed in the college’s new River Center, ref lects our student’s willingness to take green initiatives upon themselves to better our world.” St. Mary’s College beat its conference rivals by purchasing more than 17 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 98 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. St. Mary’s College is buying green power from Southern Maryland Electrical Cooperative and Clean Currents and also generating solar power onsite, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’s electricity use. Since April 2006, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The Individual Conference Champion Award recognizes the school that has made the largest individual purchase of green power within a qualifying conference. Twenty-two collegiate conferences and 44 schools competed in the 2008-2009 challenge, collectively purchasing more than 1 billion kilowatt-hours of green power. The EPA will extend the College and University Green Power Challenge for a fourth year, to conclude in spring of 2010.  The EPA’s Green Power Challenge

is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively meet EPA’s minimum conference purchase requirement.  St. Mary’s College has taken on other environmental projects over the past few years.  As a result of the college’s energy performance contract, electricity use has been reduced by 16.5 percent, oil use by 23 percent, and water use by 34 percent, for a total savings of $350,000 a year.  The SMCM grounds crew received the Audubon International Certification in Environmental Planning from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program last summer, causing SMCM to be the first college in Maryland to receive this certification.  As the result of a student initiative, the cafeteria no longer offers trays, a practice that will contain the college’s food expenditure, result in less water consumption, and reduce waste by 23 percent.  The school also expanded its recycling and composting programs, with student volunteers collecting the material from campus residencies. 

Education

Beavan Named Air Force Association Teacher of the Year

Bonnie Beavan, a Spring Ridge Middle School mathematics teacher, was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Thomas W. Anthony Chapter of the Maryland State Air Force Association (AFA). This award is presented annually as part of the national Air Force Association Aerospace Teacher of the Year Award program and is designed to recognize classroom teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Winners at the chapter and state level receive several awards including checks for $250 and $500, respectively. In addition, the state Teacher of the Year gets to compete nationally for a $3,000 award presented at the annual AFA Air and Space Conference in Washington, DC, and serve for one year as an AFA spokesman for the entire teaching profession. Ms. Beavan joins Julie Matthews Harp of Easton Middle School who was named the Baltimore Chapter Teacher of the Year, and Christopher Orlando of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School who was named the Central Maryland Chapter and Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

Park Hall Health Fair and Blood Drive Park Hall Elementary School, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team (Park Hall Chapter), will host a Community Health Fair and American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, April 24, 2009, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the school located at 20343 Hermanville Road, Park Hall, Md. 20667.  Interested participants can make an appointment to donate blood at www. pleasegiveblood.org/gcp (enter 20667), or call Park Hall Elementary School at 301-863-4054. 

Owens Named Interim Principal Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, has assigned Ms. Andrea Owens to the position of interim principal at Dynard Elementary School as Principal Kim Summers assumes her new position as principal of Evergreen Elementary School, which opens to students in August 2009. Ms. Owens’ position is effective May 1 through June 30, 2009.

Photo by Barbara Brown Barbara Brown, pictured above with Knights of Columbus Deputy Grand Knight Mickey Dillow, is a third and sixth grade teacher at St. John’s school in Hollywood, Md. who was recently honored as the school’s teacher of the year. A former St. John’s alumnus herself, she has been teaching at the school for six years. “I think it’s exciting,” she said later in a phone interview. “I love my classes. I love teaching … they’re just a great group of kids,” she said.


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No Bond For Stabbing Suspect, More Charges Possible By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

District Court Judge John F. Slade has ruled that a man accused of stabbing his wife will be held in the county detention facility without bond. Francis Matthew Carter, 44, of Lexington Park, was charged with stabbing his wife, Delores Carter, 47, after an argument April 19. The defendant transported his wife to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment after allegedly stabbing her once in the chest, according to police reports. According to charging documents against Francis Carter, his wife identified him as her attacker while she was being treated there. Delores Carter was transported to another hospital for treatment where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday. The wound the victim suffered could have been fatal, according to Capt. Rick Bur-

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Police On The Hunt For Home Invasion Suspects By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Investigators are still looking for three men who invaded a home in Leonardtown and assaulted one of its residents, according to police. But police have no confirmed suspects at this time, said Capt. Rick Burris, commander of the county’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. “We’re asking for anyone with information on this case to contact us,” Burris told The County Times Tuesday. The home invasion occurred April 17 at about 10:30 a.m. when three black males forced their way into a home off of Route 243 by kicking in the front door, according to reports. One of the suspects struck the female occupant several times and then bound her. Burris said the suspects were not wearing masks and eventually fled the residence after causing significant damage to the house. “We don’t have a reason why [they invad-

“Various vital organs were damaged,” he said, adding that they are hopeful Delores Carter will recover. “We’re optimistic, but she’s still not out of danger yet. There was a lot of damage and blood loss.” Burris said that the alleged stabbing occurred as a result of an argument between the two that escalated to violence, but he would not comment on the reason for the argument. Francis Carter is currently charged with first-degree assault, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison if he is found guilty. Burris said that the defendant may face more and higher charges as the investigation continues. “We need to review the case with the state’s attorney’s office before making any other charges and those would come through an indictment,” he said. A preliminary hearing for the defendant has been scheduled in District Court for May 14.

Drunk Driving Patrols Net More Than A Dozen Arrests Saturation patrols that included officers from the St.

Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and ed the home] other than theft,” Burris Calvert County netted 15 arrests for drivers operating a vehicle told The County Times, adding that under the influence of alcohol for the weekend of April 17 through investigators do not know whether the April 20. assailants expected the resident to be Over the three-day period, which coincided with the opening of the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island in Calvert County, police home when they broke in. stopped 147 vehicles between the two counties, and issued six cita“It’s unclear at this time,” Burris tions for motorists driving on suspended licenses and six speeding said. “At this point we don’t know if citations. they expected to find someone in the Officers also arrested two people on criminal warrants house or not.” and made two other separate criminal arrests, according to Burris said that the homeowners information released by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. are still sorting through all the damage The department received funding from that their home sustained. the National Highway Traffic Safety AdEmergency responders from the Lexingministration for the patrols. ton Park Volunteer Rescue Squad treated the victim’s head injury on the scene. “The house was ransacked,” Burris said. “That type of crime itself is unusual,” Bur“The residents are still going through things to ris said. try to determine what is missing.” Anyone with information on the crime can Burris said a similar but unrelated incident occurred recently in Avenue where the home call 301-475-4200 ext. 1954 or Crime Solvers at was occupied during the break-in, but he did not 301-475-3333. expect many more of these crimes.

Cameron: Federal Report On Right-Wing Extremism No Justification For Surveillance By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A federal report that warns state and local law enforcement agencies that right-wing extremist groups may be on the rise throughout the country doesn’t mean local deputies will begin surveillance of people in conservative causes, said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron. “You don’t take that kind of report and go out and surveil people,” Cameron said. “This is not going to make me go out and surveil people; that’s ridiculous.” Cameron said that he viewed the recent report as an information-only type of report from the federal government that had few specifics and “painted with a broad brush.” Cameron said that he believed the report was designed to make local law enforcement aware of potential danger and was not necessarily an indictment of conservative citizens’ views. “People who support the constant yield [property tax rate] aren’t extremists; they’re citizens,” Cameron said.

The report on right-wing extremism released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has drawn strong criticism nationwide from conservative groups and veterans’ organizations because it groups those who oppose abortion, higher taxation, restrictions on so-called assault weapons and other issues as potential targets for recruitment by right-wing antagonists. The report also stated that combat veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would be high on the recruitment list for potentially violent groups, because of their military skills. “The DHS/Office of Intelligence Analysis has no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but right-wing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues,” the report states. Those issues include the economic recession, perceived loss of national sovereignty and the election of President Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American chief executive.

Despite the wide-ranging criticism of the report, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has defended its release. “The document… is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States,” Napolitano said in a statement released April 15. “We are on the lookout for criminal and terrorist activity but we do not — nor will we ever — monitor ideology or political beliefs.” Napolitano has since apologized about language in the report that seemed to indicate veterans as a whole posed a domestic terror threat. Del. Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C) slammed the accusations made in the report. “They say that if you’re conservative in your thinking, you might be a [threat],” O’Donnell said to a small group of tax protestors at a county budget meeting Tuesday. “You’re not a threat to this country, you are this country.”

Man Charged With Park Hall Rape

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Detectives with the county Bureau of Criminal Investigations have charged a man for an alleged first-degree rape that occurred in Park Hall Tuesday. William L. Simmons, 55, has been incarcerated in the county detention center, according to a press release. Detectives allege that Simmons entered the bedroom of a 45-year-old woman, awoke her and an argument began. The woman moved to another bedroom and locked the door, but, detectives alleged, Simmons got a knife and forced his way into the room and held the weapon to her throat, threatening to kill her. The victim sustained a cut to her hand and neck from the attack, detectives alleged, and agreed to have sex with Simmons to avoid further harm. The victim then drove Simmons to work Tuesday morning, and then went to a friend’s home to report her allegations to police. Simmons was also charged with first-degree assault.

Briefs Two Stabbed; Assaults Under Investigation On April 17 at approximately 2:30 a.m., two males aged 19 and 20 were walking in Suburban Trailer Park in Lexington Park when an unknown person approached them from behind and repeatedly stabbed them. Both victims were able to flee the attacker and were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital by personal vehicles. The 20-year-old received wounds to his back, arm and neck. The 19-year-old received wounds to his arm and side. He was later transported to Washington Hospital Center. St. Mary’s County BCI detectives are continuing the investigation into the incident. Inmate On Work Release Charged With Drug Violation On April 18, 2009, at 11:59 p.m., Ryan T. Woodford, 25, returned from employment to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was participating in the work release program. During a search of Woodford, Correctional Officer J. Krum allegedly discovered four Diazapam tablets, wrapped in plastic, hidden in the sole of Woodford’s shoe. Woodford was subsequently charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawfully omitting a label on prescription medication and removed from the work release program.

Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest, Charges Of Marijuana Possession On April 15, 2009, Deputy Scott Ruest stopped a 2002 Hyundai Elantra driven by Glenn Garrett Gibson, age 19 of Charlotte Hall, for a motor vehicle traffic violation. As Deputy Ruest was speaking to Gibson, he detected an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A search revealed a plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana. Gibson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.


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A woman's outlook on life and level of selfesteem often has a lot to do with the way she looks, says research. According to a major study, 90 percent of American women say that how they look determines how they feel about themselves. The study also found that most women, regardless of age, size or shape perceive that they have body flaws. Sixtythree percent cite their tummies as the problem area, 45 percent their thighs, and 33 percent their rears. Poor self-image significantly increases for women larger than a size 10. While a combination of diet and exercise is the optimal solution to creating the toned, slimmed bodies they desire, most women today find it challenging to eat right and exercise regularly. Sixty-five percent say that their attempts at weight control have been unsuccessful. Their busy schedules, family demands, the cost of food and gym memberships are barriers to

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Construction Quick Tips: How to Make your Home Green If you have plans to build a new house soon, this is the time to start things off right. An environmentally thoughtful, high-performance home is one that incorporates a green combination of technology, construction, design and maintenance elements – all of which will provide a healthier indoor life for its residents and will significantly lower its impact on the planet’s environment. Indeed, a well-planned green home costs less to operate immediately and its value increases steadily over time. A green home is constructed with concrete, not wood, has energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and water-heating systems – and if you’re wondering what else makes a home truly green, here’s a handy checklist as you begin: • Site: Build where you can beautify or replace unsightly properties like a factory, a parking lot, rail yard or shopping mall. Don’t build on environmentally sensitive sites like wetlands, forests or farmland. • Location: Build with walking or cycling in mind, near public transportation, schools and shops. • Materials: Start with concrete. An award-winning system by Nudura builds the walls with pre-assembled, Lego-like blocks of concrete. This cuts construction time significantly, creates less waste material, and virtually eliminates mold, mildew and other toxic emissions produced by buildings structured with wood. Homeowners save money with durability and energy

efficiency – and the resulting structure (www.nudura. com) is reported to be up to nine times stronger, with far more fire protection, far more sound insulation, and with a potential to reduce energy costs of up to 70 percent. Other green materials should include low- and zeroVOC (volatile organic compound) paints and sealants. Any wood-based features should come from rapidly renewable sources, like bamboo. The best green homes use salvaged materials like kitchen tiles with significant recycled content. Ask for a roof that is light-colored and heat-reflecting. • Design: Think about the site’s natural attributes and shape your new home accordingly. Reduce lighting and energy requirements, for example, by taking advantage of natural breezes and daylight, perhaps with skylights or with larger windows on certain walls. Aim for natural daylight to reach at least 75 percent of the home’s interior. Outside, design your landscape with lots of large canopy trees and flowering plants to attract the reproduction activity of birds and bees. • Windows and Doors: Dual-glaze windows reduce heat gain in summer and heat loss during cold winter months. The best quality is government rated. • Renewable Energy: Ask for the latest technology to generate some of your own household energy. • Water Efficiency: Design with a water-conserving irrigation system. Collect and store rainwater. Add the latest in kitchen and bathroom water-efficient fixtures.

   

  

          

          

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Freddie Mac’s Refinance Policy Drawing Fire By ALAN ZIBEL AP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Mortgage brokers and small lenders say they’ve been left out of a big part of the Obama administration’s plan to help borrowers refinance their home loans and take advantage of near record-low interest rates. The new guidelines released earlier this month are different for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-controlled companies that own or guarantee almost 31 million mortgages – more than half of all U.S home loans. Most strikingly, mortgage loans held by Freddie Mac can only be refinanced by the company that currently collects payments on the loan, known as the mortgage servicer. Freddie Mac, the No. 2 mortgage finance company with about 13 million loans outstanding, says the policy was established to speed the refinancing process and control costs. But mortgage brokers and smaller bankers say it will reduce the number of homeowners who are likely to be helped. The Obama administration has said the program could enable up to 5 million homeowners refinance into more affordable fixed-rate loans. But smaller players in the industry say Freddie Mac’s policy is likely to wind up limiting competition, meaning borrowers won’t necessarily get the best rate. That rankles mortgage brokers, who say they are the primary point of contact for many borrowers. “The president’s got a much better chance of reaching his goal by opening this up to everybody,” said Marc Savitt, president of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. The refinance program, rolled out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month, is only offered to homeowners with loans held by the two companies. Consumers have until June 2010 to apply. In recent weeks, mortgage brokers and bankers alike have been sifting through the complex details and trying to line up borrowers who might qualify. “There’s a lot of confusion,” said Ginny Ferguson, owner of Heritage Valley Mortgage in Pleasanton, Calif. “Everybody’s trying to get their arms around what is eligible, what isn’t eligible.” Plus, there are concerns that the biggest industry players aren’t geared up to handle the problem. “If you have millions of consumers that need to refinance, and there are only 10 megabanks who are the outlets ... they just don’t have the capacity,” said Scott Stern, chief executive of Lenders One Mortgage Cooperative, a St. Louis-based national alliance of more than 120 mortgage bankers. “In many cases, we’re just standing on the sidelines not able to help.” Kevin Maruskin, 43, a middle school counselor who lives in Frederick, has been trying to refinance since last December, hoping to lower his mortgage rate from the current 6.25 percent.

However, since his loan is owned by Freddie Mac, he can’t refinance through his mortgage broker, Chris Sipe. And his lender has yet to start the process. “I’m just kind of waiting and hoping,” Maruskin said. Sipe, a loan officer with Mason Dixon Funding in Rockville, called the restrictions frustrating. For many longtime clients, he said, “I cannot assist them in any way, shape or form.” However, Patricia McClung, a Freddie Mac vice president, said company executives believe it would be more efficient and less expensive to stick with the current loan servicer, who has control of the original loan files and can execute a refinance easier. Plus Freddie Mac, unlike Fannie Mae, has cut back on fees to allow more borrowers to qualify. In some cases, Freddie Mac is even waiving requirements for a new appraisal. “We’re really pushing for the most affordable mortgage that we can get,” McClung said. “We’ve made it so simple for the servicer, that they should be able to get this done” Freddie Mac has refinanced fewer than 1,000 loans under the new guidelines since the plan was rolled out at the start of the month, she said, and there are more than 100,000 in the works. “There’s a lot of borrowers coming into the pipeline” she said. “We’re pretty pleased with what we’re seeing.” Amy Bonitatibus, a Fannie Mae spokeswoman, said the company has received more than 22,000 refinance applications since it launched the program April 4, but didn’t know how many had been approved. Fannie Mae, she said, lets borrowers choose among more than 1,600 approved lenders. Doing so, she said, “will allow borrowers to negotiate among multiple lenders and bring competition to the process to help them attain the best rate and terms available for their circumstances.” Low rates have sparked a surge in refinancing activity, with nearly 80 percent of new home loan applications coming from borrowers seeking to refinance. Average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages fell to 4.82 percent last week. The Obama administration, seeking to allow more borrowers to refinance even if they are “under water,” earlier this year announced that Fannie and Freddie would allow borrowers to refinance if they owe up to 5 percent more than their home’s current value on their first mortgages. Previously, refinances weren’t allowed if borrowers owed more than 80 percent of their home’s value. While Fannie and Freddie were seized by government regulators in September, they are being given some leeway to make different business decisions. But some question whether they should be taking such a different approach to a key piece of the Obama administration’s agenda. “It makes no sense whatsoever,” Howard Glaser, a Washington-based mortgage industry consultant. “Fannie and Freddie, in effect, are tools of federal policy. The policies should be uniform.”

A House is a Home Safely Turn a Yard Into a Play Area

When building a backyard play area for kids, it’s important to consider several safety issues before starting the project.

Yards can add a lot to a home. For gardeners, a sprawling outdoor space can act as a weekend getaway of sorts, allowing homeowners the chance to go outside in the spring and summer sun and escape all of life’s other distractions. For parents, a yard can be a great place to let kids play and enjoy themselves, all within viewing distance of Mom and Dad’s watchful eyes. Though backyard playgrounds might not be as prevalent as they once were, that doesn’t mean they’re still not fun for kids. Of course, a backyard play area is only as fun as it is safe, so parents considering creating one for their kids should consider the following tips before beginning such a project. • Be mindful of drainage. Building a play area in a spot on the lawn that doesn’t have proper drainage is asking for trouble. During winter, such areas are likely to have excessive ice, threatening kids’ balance and potentially leading to injury. Even in warmer months, poor drainage could result in puddles after spring or summer rains, attracting mosquitoes and other insects and making kids more susceptible to bug bites. • If possible, build in a relatively shaded area. While it might not be possible to create the play area entirely in the shade, try to keep as much as possible out of the sun. This will protect kids from the sun, particularly during those hot summer afternoons when kids love being outdoors but UV rays are at their most harmful. Though you’ll want kids to be protected from the sun, it’s important not to build in areas that are concealed by trees. This will impede parents’ ability to watch their kids as they play. • Build away from patio or barbecue areas. Erect play areas away from patios or barbecue areas. In addition to concrete sidewalks that can hurt children, you won’t want kids playing anywhere near charcoal, starter fluid or propane tanks. • Install a padded surface or sand around swingsets and jungle gyms. Instead of building on grass or hard ground, when building the swing set or jungle gym be sure to install a padded surface underneath, or use sand. Both will help cushion kids in the almost inevitable circumstance that they fall. Sand and padded surfaces will decrease the risk of head injury and broken bones. Recycled rubber pellets and even wood chips can provide more cushioning than the hard ground during a fall.


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What does this tell you? I know what it tells me. It tells me that the average sale price of a home in St. Mary’s County, for the month of March was down $14,000 for the same month last year. It tells me that the average sale price for homes in St. Mary’s County was down for the first quarter of this year by $21,750, as compared to the same quarter last year. But there are other statistics that would have you think things are getting better. If you look at the report released by the local Multiple Listing Service, you will see that there were 18,487 less homes for sale in the month of March then there were for the same month last year. There was a drop of over 200 new construction homes and over 16,000 resale, or previously owned homes. That is good for sellers because it means less competition. HOWEVER ... I have another report that says the only reason that housing supplies has lowered is because of the freeze in foreclosure actions that were instituted by the bank. Now that the freeze is being lifted, we may see a glut of new, low priced homes enter the market.

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Why the conflicting thoughts? Because, that is what is happening. When you go to buy a house you will start listening to the news, listening to people in restaurants and in stores, who are talking about buying and selling. You will hear different things, I want you to take all the information you can handle, and then make your own decision. Statistics can be turned to meet whatever you want them to say. So I am telling you to make up your own mind off of the information you get. Yes, I believe it is a great time to buy. However, you may have something going on in your life that says it is not the right time. Perhaps you are getting divorced, perhaps you are making a job change, and perhaps you have something going on in your life that says this is the wrong time to buy. It has to be your decision. When you make the decision to buy, call me. I will let you know everything I can about the market conditions, but remember, it has to be your decision. I will give you all the information I have available to help you. Contact Patrick at patrickDugan@ mris.com or 301-672-1925.

Did You Know? According to the National Garden Association (NGA), Americans are beginning to spend more on their lawns and gardens. In their 2007 National Gardening Survey, NGA found that retail sales of lawn and garden products to consumers increased by 3 percent to more than $35 billion. That’s a positive sign for the lawn and garden industry, marking the first time since 2002 that overall retail lawn and garden sales had increased. While many homeowners recognize the value of a lawn’s aesthetic appeal, the survey also showed that many more homeowners could be looking to lawn and garden activities as hobbies, as 31 percent of all households admitted growing indoor houseplants while another 30 percent of households admitted to planting flower gardens. Overall, the average household spent $428 on do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities in 2007 – a 7 percent increase from the previous year.


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A Journey Through Time The

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Columnist Linda Reno was forced to flee in November when Spanish troops is a historian and genealogist approached their frontier outpost. She returned to specializing in Southern her sister’s home, only to find that Rebecca had died. Maryland history. Mrs. Reno is a In 1820, Col. Long attempted to enlist the member of the St. Mary’s County support of Jean and Pierre Lafitte (well known Historical Society, St. Mary’s County pirates) to establish Galveston Island as a port Genealogical Society, Charles County of entry for the new Republic of Texas. Events overtook them as Col. Long learned that the Genealogical Society, Maryland Historical Spanish were on the march to Nacogdoches. Society and the Maryland Genealogical Before leaving, to ensure the safety of his famSociety. She has authored many books ily, Col. Long sent them and a small group of and articles on local history. We other settlers to Bolivar Peninsula, opposite Galveston Island where they hastily erected a hope you will enjoy these articles small fort. As they arrived, they observed Lafitte’s and welcome your comments ships leaving, never to return. and suggestions for As more and more settlers left Bolivar Point, they future subjects. begged Jane to go with them, but she refused, choos-

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Her portrait hangs in the state house in Austin, Texas, and she is known as “Daughter of Maryland, wife of Mississippi, and mother of Texas.” She was Jane Herbert Wilkinson, and she was born July 23, 1798, in Charles County. After her mother’s death in 1813, Jane moved to the Mississippi Territory to live with her sister, Barbara, at “Propinquity Plantation.” While living there, she met Col. James Long as he was returning from the Battle of New Orleans. They were married May 14, 1815, at Natchez, Miss. Their first child, Ann Herbert Long, was born Nov. 26, 1816. The Longs led a quiet life until early 1819 when the U.S. seized Florida and Texas. In the negotiations that followed, Spain agreed to accept $5 million for Florida, but Texas was returned to Spanish rule. There was much dissatisfaction with this decision, and it led to an attempt to establish a republic within Spanish Texas. Col. Long, using mostly his own funds, raised arms and followers. It is thought that despite “official U.S. policy”, he had the support of Gen- (Wi l eral Andrew Jackson and high U.S. kinso n) L government officials. ong When Col. Long left Mississippi in the early part of June, 1819, he took with him the flag that Jane designed and made to represent this new Republic of Texas. The flag would eventually be adopted as the official flag of the state and is how it got its nickname, “The Lone Star State.” By June 23, 1819, Col. Long, with about 300 men, occupied Nacogdoches, issued a Declaration of Independence and established a government. Long was named president and commander of the Army. Jane had planned to accompany her husband to Texas, but she was in the last weeks of pregnancy with their second child, Rebecca. Just 12 days after Rebecca’s birth, Jane was on her way, leaving her children in the care of her sister. She arrived in Texas in August but

ing to stay at Bolivar Point until her husband returned. Eventually Jane (who was pregnant), her daughter Ann Herbert Long, age six, and a slave girl named Kian (aka Kiamatta), who was only 12 years old, were the only ones left at Bolivar Point. Now their biggest threats were the cannibalistic Karankawa Indians. To ward off Indian attacks, Jane and Kian fired the fort’s cannon every morning and flew a red flag (made from a flannel petticoat) over the fort to make the Indians think that the fort was occupied by troops. It worked! Jane gave birth in an ice-encrusted tent to her third child, Mary James Long, on Dec. 21, 1821. This baby, the first child born to an English-speaking woman in Texas, was the reason that Jane was termed “Mother of Texas.” In early 1822, Jane had no choice but to abandon her vigil and join another family at their camp. She had no idea where her husband was or if he was living or dead. She was not aware that Long and his troops had been captured and taken to Mexico City. On April 22, 1822, James Long was murdered in Mexico City. Jane did not find out about her husband’s death until the summer of 1822. She now took her children and Kian to stay with her sister in Alexandria, La., where her daughter Mary James Long died Aug. 24, 1824. Jane immediately returned to Texas where she was granted land by Stephen Austin in Fort Bend County and Waller County, Texas. Initially, Jane lived in San Felipe, Texas, where she opened a boarding house. In 1837 she moved to her property in Fort Bend County and opened another boarding house in the town of Richmond (now the county seat) while developing a plantation on her other property. Her house in Richmond still stands. Jane never remarried, although she was courted by Stephen Austin, William Travis and Sam Houston. She died in Fort Bend County, Texas, on Dec. 30, 1880. A centennial marker was erected in her honor in 1936.

Frederick Maintains Historic Feel While Expanding FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – One of the big treats to enjoy at the deli on 36 S. Market St. isn’t even in the building – it’s outside. The cast-iron storefront, built by Mesker Brothers Iron Works of St. Louis, Mo., is rare for the area, says Frederick architect Gary D. Baker. “They didn’t have vinyl, thank goodness, back then – and so they were producing it in metal that is a very durable and beautiful material to use in architecture.” Thanks to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission, the 13th oldest in the country, numerous old buildings like this one are still standing. “If people would just look up and look at the buildings, they would be very surprised to see what is looking back at them,” Baker said. “Lions, people, abstractions, clowns, corn, wheat – all elements of Frederick architecture – enliven it to no end.” The city’s historic district, now called the Frederick Town Historic District, has been extended three times to include areas between Bentz and Carroll streets and South and Seventh streets. A professional building at 228 N. Market St. is adorned with sculptures depicting girls who once lived there. “Dempwolf, an architect out of York, Pa., designed this building in the late 1880s, 1890s or so,” Baker said. “He also did 44 N. Market St. and the building where PNC Bank is on the corner of Patrick and Market streets, and the Sunday School building of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on 36 E. Second St.” Next, Baker, glancing at storefronts gracing North Market Street, said they go back to the 1880s, some to the 1840s, if not older. “Those who wanted to expand said to themselves, ‘I can’t go out, I can’t go back, I can’t go to the side. I’ve got to go up,”’ Baker said. “You can look and see where buildings have been raised to accommodate an additional floor.” Back then, property owners did the best they could, said Bernie Callan, a former commission chairman. “Frederick‘s commission was founded at a time when towns were being bulldozed and rebuilt from the ground up. Concern to preserve the historic nature of the buildings rose out of that.” Callan recalled a battle to save Blackhorse, which used to be a tavern. “It’s right across from the courthouse. Businessmen wanted to tear it down to build new offices from scratch,” he said. He was on the commission that opposed the demolition and Blackhorse is preserved to this day. Sometimes, the commission makes a mistake, says Baker, pointing to apartments peering over the tops of buildings on Second Street, at the North Market Street intersection. “One of the ugliest things in Frederick is right there,” he says. “It’s yellow. It’s a big box. It’s out of proportion with everything.” The commission approved it years ago. “We have it on tape, the architect telling the commission, ‘You cannot see this from the street.’ He’s right, you can’t see it from a parking space when you’re standing right in front of it. The historic preservation commission didn’t realize you have to take all design in a 360-degree context.” An example of a modification that fits in with the city’s historic architecture is a handicap ramp at Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St. “Because of the commission’s insistence, it blends in,” Baker said. “They blended in the compatible brick materials that the building is composed of. They used the same railing consistent with the rest of the building. It’s done sensitively. It’s not loud and obnoxious.” A pedestrian bridge over Carroll Creek, near the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, has beautiful iron work and a great design, he said. “It provides not only excitement and transition, but it allows boats to go under the bridge. That’s how all bridges should be.” As an architect, he has had his fair share of seeking the commission’s approval on projects he has labored over. One building he designed and was approved is on Cannon Hill, a historic site that once commanded the cannons to defend Fredericktowne. “It used to house an old grain mill,” Baker said. “Southern States used to be here, and then when they moved out, it was bought out by the owner here, and he commissioned me to design this (professional) building on 47 E. South St. The strong awnings, the loading docks, the brickwork were all influences to create my design. It fits within the context of Frederick.”


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‘Fractal Folk’ Funks it Up

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Movie Review: ‘17 Again’ By Christie Lemire AP Movie Critic

Photo Courtesy of www.fractalfolk.com

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Sunday afternoon was still sunny and warm as nine of the 10 members of “Fractal Folk” serenaded the outside air with their own unique blend of country, blues, bluegrass and folk music. In between enjoying beers and barbecue, the area’s newest ensemble set the stage for its weekend rehearsal, crowding a makeshift outdoor stage with a mountain of brass, woodwind and stringed instruments. Lead composer and arranger Krys Baker said that the band had originally been called the Baker Boys, and she laughed as she explained the reason for the band’s name change. “It’s a segue from another group, when we were called the Baker Boys,” she said, explaining that with the addition of several women to the group, “we thought the jokes would get old pretty quickly.” Still, it’s hard to imagine anyone joking about the members’ musical abilities. Acoustic guitarist and backup vocalist Kevin Cofod has performed in a variety of bands, playing everything from jazz to bluegrass. Also joining the ranks are Lea Cox on percussion and viola; Catherine DiCristofaro on piano, percussion, trumpet and backup vocals; Greg DiCristofaro on flute, percussion, trombone and backup vocals; Nathan Earley

on percussion and trombone; Tina Fratanuono on percussion and vocals; Dickie Hammett on drums and vocals; Valerie Ramirez on bass; and poetry enthusiast Michael Snider on mandola, mandolin and backup vocals. Composer Krys Baker is not only a confident band leader, she also effectively juggles accordion, alto and tenor saxophone, guitar, hammer dulcimer, piano, clarinet and lead vocals, and even plays demos of the group’s original music to her students at George Washington Carver Elementary School, where she teaches in between band gigs. With all the bodies onstage with multiple instruments, Krys said the band’s growth had only made performances more fun, and more eclectic than before, though finding venues with large enough stages had proven a challenge. “There’s 10 of us in the band, and there aren’t many places with stages that can hold that many people,” said Baker, adding that individual members would often perform together in smaller shows and open mic nights throughout the county, saving their full appearances for the larger stages. “Fractal Folk” will be performing at a summer picnic June 18 at the Naval Air Station Pax River and at the Rock Festival on Sept. 5 at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park. For more information, go to www.fractalfolk.com.

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The movie “17 Again” is one of those movies that requires you to suspend all disbelief and assume that someone who looks like Zac Efron could, in 20 years, turn into someone who looks like Matthew Perry. (Those must have been some rough years — either that or Rob Lowe wasn’t available.) Can’t do it, you say? Well, that detail is just about as implausible as the film’s premise itself: Mike O’Donnell (Perry), a miserable father of two on the brink of divorce, gets a chance to relive his high school days and improve his future by becoming 17 in the present day, all thanks to the magical powers of a mystical janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray). It’s always some odd figure on the fringe who brings about this kind of fantastic transformation, isn’t it? This guy literally says to Mike: “I bet you wish you had it to do all over again.” Well yes, there are a lot of elements in “17 Again” that feel awfully familiar. Director Burr Steers, a long way from his darkly comic, coming-of-age debut “Igby Goes Down,” takes you places you’ve been before — many times, in more charming movies like “Big,” “13 Going on 30,” “Freaky Friday,” “Never Been Kissed” and even “Back to the Future.” The idea of going back to high school is so overdone, there was even an entire episode of “Family Guy” that parodied it. (Jason Filardi is credited with writing “17 Again.”) But rather than changing his decision to abandon his dreams of basketball stardom and marry the girlfriend he knocked up, Mike realizes his true purpose is to reconnect with his wife, Scarlet (played as an adult by Leslie Mann), and teenage kids Maggie and Alex (Michelle Trachtenberg and Sterling Knight). The result is facile and feel-good, not engaging or insightful. Efron maintains

the dreamy presence that made the tweens scream in the “High School Musical” series — Those eyes! Those cheekbones! — which is on full display when Mikeas-adult-as-kid gets a makeover from the K-Fed get-up he initially dons in a feeble attempt at fitting in. He steps out of a Porsche, purchased by his nerdy childhood best friend Ned (Thomas Lennon of “Reno 911!”) who grew up to make it big as a computer geek, and with his aviator sunglasses and devil-may-care shag haircut, he looks like ... well, he looks like Zac Efron. At least Steers knows how to capitalize on his star’s strongest attributes. Efron also enjoys a couple of amusing scenes here as a grown-up delivering uptight diatribes in a boy’s body, and he connects with Mann in a way that surprisingly isn’t all that creepy. But he still seems too pretty and lightweight to be a persuasive leading man capable of carrying a film. It’ll happen, though. There’s time. It certainly doesn’t help his cause that he’s been given such a clichéd depiction of high school life in which to function. The jocks (the leader of whom is conveniently dating Mike’s daughter), the nerds, the awkward cafeteria moments and an outof-control house party — they’re all there, with nothing new to give them fresh life. It makes the singing-and-dancing hijinks of the East High Wildcats look downright subversive by comparison. (Released by Warner Bros.; rated PG13 for laguage, some sexual material and teen partying; running time 98 minutes.)

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Lexington Park 6, (301) 862-5010 17 Again PG-13, 102 min

Dragonball: Evolution PG, 85 min

Fast & Furious PG-13, 106 min

Hannah Montana: The Movie G, 102 min

The Haunting in Connecticut PG-13, 92 min

Monsters vs. Aliens PG, 94 min

Observe and Report R, 106 min

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at 7:30 p.m. at Dunkin Donuts, Three Notch Road, California, MD. Discussion of Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson. Call 301-994-0074.

Thursday, April 23 • BBQ Pork Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Ladies Night Fatboys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Donovan’s Irish Pub – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24 • Poker Leader Board Challenge FOP-7 Lodge (Chancellor’s Run Road, Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Mechanicsville VFD (28165 Hills Club Road) – 7 p.m. • Open Mic Night Christ Church Hall (Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 7:30 p.m. • Free Market Economics Free Market Economics Read Group meets

Car/Truck Show

The Southern Maryland Mustang Club present their 3rd Annual Spring Fling ALL FORD car/truck show. (Rain date May 2) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where- Sneade’s Ace Hardware Store, 11861 H.G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD 20657. Pre-registration is $15, or $20 on day of event; all entries must also provide a non-perishable food item donation for the Southern Maryland Food Bank. Trophies will be awarded. Food, music and fun for the entire family, no spectator fee. Please visit www.somdmustang.org for more info. or call 410-326-4413. Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Mustang Club, and Duke May Allstate INS.

Western Round Up

Father Andrew White School is presenting for the first time - A Western Round - Up. This event will be held at Father Andrew White School starting at 7 p.m. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, country music and line dancing, a live and silent auction, and much more. Come see our version of an authentic ‘Wild West’ town, bend an elbow (that means have a drink) in our saloon, get thrown in the Hoosegow (jail), or just cop a squat around the fire and watch the wolf howl at the moon! It should be a Bang-up time!! Our live and silent auctions are sure to be hits- Orioles Tickets, signed Wizards Basketball, Wii and Wii Fit, Disney theme park tickets and hotel stay at Marriott, Be the Guest Dolphin Trainer and receive six VIP tickets to the National Aquarium, “Bonefish” metal wall art by Joe Moraski, Four tickets to Indy car racing in Richmond and autographed picture of Daytona 500 winner, and much more. Check the

• Nuttin’ Fancy Band Mechanicsville Moose Lodge – 8 p.m.

• Almost Kings w/ Beretta Jane Hulas Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent Beach Road, California) – 8 p.m.

• CSM Latin Ensemble CSM Fine Arts Center (La Plata) – 8 p.m.

• Donnie & Ronnie DJ/Karaoke Fatoboys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

• Hulas Bungalow & DJ Blacky 23900 N. Patuxent Beach Road (California) – 9 p.m.

• Jeff Miller Band Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

• Karaoke & Dance Club 911 (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

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

• The Craze Memories – 9:30 p.m.

• The Worx, DJ Rob & Full Steam Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 25 • Garden Fair Sotterley Plantation (Hollywood) – 9 a.m. • CloudNine CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 8 p.m.

school’s web site for updates on items. fatherandrewwhite.org Purchase tickets in the front office at FAW Contact: Kathy Bell - bellk@md.metrocast.net or Jodi Pilkerton - stinkyjake@md.metrocast.net

Southern Maryland Quilt Show This Weekend

The Department of Aging and the Honey Bee Quilters will be sponsoring A Southern Maryland Quilt Show on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Loffler Senior Activity Center located at 21905 Chancellors Run Road in Great Mills. The over 60 quilts and display items are all-handmade and have been created in various ways: Pieced; Hand Appliquéd; Mixed Technique; Embroidered; and Machine Embroidered. There is a $3 charge per person to view the show. Raffle tickets to win a beautiful handmade 93” x 93” quilt, Pirouette Patchwork, will be available for purchase for $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. There will also be a “craft boutique” of additional handmade items. For more information, call the Department of Aging at 301.475.4200, ext. 1073.

Attention – Chopticon Classes 1968, 1969 and 1970

There will be a class reunion on Saturday, June 6, 2009 for THE graduating classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970. The reunion will be helD at Charlene (Davis) Tsirigotis’ home from 6 p.m. til. Cocktails will be served. Please contact Charlene at 301-994-0079 for details.

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• CSM Salsa Festival CSM Fine Arts Center (La Plata) – 8 p.m.

• Silvertung Memories – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 26 • Spring Fling XXIII Classic Car Show Washington Street (Leonardtown) – 8 a.m.

• Bull Roast American Legion Post 221 (21690 Colton Point Road) – 12 noon • 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Dew Drop Inn – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28 • Special Olympics Spring Games Special Olympics St. Mary’s County will be holding its 39th Spring Games (rain date April 29) at Leonardtown High School. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. and closing ceremonies will be at 2 p.m. Throughout the day we will run competitions in athletics – track and field, softball and bocce. We would like to invite the public to join us for any part of the program. • Republican Women Meeting The Republican Women of St. Mary’s County will meet at Lenny’s Restaurant at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be. Marguerite Morris, Director of Leah’s House. For information, call Carol Ann at 301-737-0731

Foundation Offers Cruise

St. Mary’s Nursing Center Foundation has limited space left for our seven-night Bahamas cruise departing from Baltimore in January. Your enjoyment of great food, fantastic service, Caribbean sunshine and warm breezes will help the foundation begin a nursing scholarship program. The ship Carnival Pride departs from Baltimore on Jan. 17, 2010, and the ports of call are Port Canaveral, Fla., and Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas, returning on Jan. 24, 2010. A small deposit will reserve your space, and a flexible payment plan can be arranged to suit your needs. You have until Oct. 31, 2009, to pay for the cruise in full. There are two bonus amenities that are only available when booking into the Foundation cruise. For details, call Tracy Dennis of Four Seasons Travel at 301-884-6041 or toll free 866-348-8276, or go to Www.Fourseasonstraveltime.Net/Foundationcruise.Html.

LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS Randolph Bridgeman to read at Open Mic

Poet Randolph Bridgeman, author of two poetry books, “South of Everywhere” and “Mechanics on Duty”, and local poet Wendy Kibler will be the opening readers at a Poetry Open Mic on Wed., April 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Leonardtown. Poets of any age can share a favorite or original poem or come and listen.

Libraries celebrate Latin American cultures

The public will explore the rich cultures of Latin America through music, food and fun activities at a Heritage Festival at Lexington Park Library this Saturday at 11 a.m. Cantaré will entertain with Spanish and Portuguese music. The festival is free and for all ages.

Teen Movies and Game Night planned

The library’s teen advisory groups are sponsoring free, fun events for teens. They can watch the movie “Hancock” with other teens on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Leonardtown or play Wii at Lexington Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. On May 1 “Transporter 3” will be shown at Charlotte Hall at 1 p.m., and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal

Skull” will be shown at Lexington Park at 2 p.m. All three movies are rated PG-13. Snacks will be provided at all the activities. Teens are also invited to join the library’s teen advisory groups to help plan teen programs. The next meetings will be May 5 at 4 p.m. at Lexington Park, May 11 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall and May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Leonardtown.

Children, parents can enjoy reading together

Children and their parents or caregivers can drop in and enjoy six interactive reading activities together at the Side-by-Side Reading Fun on May 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Leonardtown or on May 13 at either Charlotte Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. or Lexington Park from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. These fun activities are geared for children ages 3-7. Registration is requested.

Master Gardeners offer gardening help

The Master Gardeners will hold their drop-in plant clinics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at Lexington Park and the second and fourth Tuesdays at Leonardtown. They will be held on the first and third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Charlotte Hall.


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

CAPT. PAT’S KITCHEN 25188 Three Notch Road, Hollywood, MD

301-373-6789

Headed north or south on Rt. 235 you can’t miss Capt. Pat’s Kitchen located just along the northbound lane in Hollywood. For a quick dinner idea on your way home or a night out of the kitchen, you will find meals overflowing with seafood. Start your meal off with Capt. Pat’s famous backfin crab dip recipe or choose from crab balls, clams, shrimp, oysters or scallops. Then dive right in to a bowl of delicious cream of crab or vegetable crab soup. Dinner specialties include all your favorite seafood choices, Black Diamond steak or crab stuffed chicken. Your Photos Courtesy of Mary Payne choice priced from $11.99 to $19.99. Capt. Pat’s also offers a wide variety of baskets with your choice of entrée served with French fries, hush puppies and coleslaw. Homemade macaroni, potato and broccoli salad and cole slaw are sold by the pound for take home as well. Save room for dessert; peach and apple cobbler and brownie mud slide will top off your meal perfectly. Bottled beer is available. Capt. Pat’s is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. till 9 p.m. No matter what your favorite seafood is – crabs, oysters, shrimp, scallops or clams – you will find it all at Capt. Pat’s Kitchen!

On The Vine Sutter Home Winery www.sutterhome.com

Historic Sutter Home Winery, located on Highway 29 in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, established in 1874, was purchased by its current owners, the Trinchero Family, in 1947. The Trincheros struggled for years to keep the family winery afloat, imbuing it with the values of hard work, ingenuity, humility and integrity that have characterized Sutter Home ever since. With its creation of White Zinfandel in the early 1970s and the introduction of high-quality, affordably priced varietal wines during the 1980s and ’90s, Sutter Home became a household name and the second largest, independent family-run winery in the United States. With 13 varietals you will find all the usual favorites: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio, with a few less common varieties to try as well, such as White Merlot and White Cabernet Sauvignon, a blush taken off your old favorites that are brimming with berry flavor; Gewurztraminer an off-dry wine that displays lush, fragrant flavors and aromas of white peaches and rose petals, with a hint of rich allspice; and Moscato with a sweet, creamy, peach flavor that just may replace dessert. All these are available for well under $10 a bottle so try them all, you may find a new favorite.

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Healthy Bites Think Outside the Basil Box By JIM ROMANOFF For The Associated Press Twenty-five years ago most of us hadn’t heard of pesto. Today, it’s ubiquitous enough to adorn pizzas, burgers, even potato chips. But while this puree of basil, garlic and pine nuts has a healthy, fresh image, it can pack serious fat and calories. Along with herbs and nuts, most versions of the uncooked Italian sauce are made with plenty of cheese, olive oil, sometimes even butter. In reality, a little bit of intensely flavored pesto goes a long way, so you can get flavorful results while using very little. But there also are plenty of ways to lighten up the sauce. Cilantro and toasted almond pesto is a light alternative to conventional basil versions. Cilantro is a fine choice for pesto because it has a pow-

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erful flavor. Combined with a few cloves of raw garlic, it creates a sauce base that is fresh and assertive. Instead of pine nuts, this pesto uses slivered almonds that have been toasted for extra flavor. The mixture is pureed with a modest amount of extra-virgin olive oil and only a few tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Be sure to use a high quality cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, to get the finest flavor. The sauce also is blended with a few tablespoons of fresh lime juice, which bumps up the taste even more and enhances the freshness of the cilantro. The resulting sauce is lighter than most basil pestos and makes an excellent topping for fish, poultry or flatbread. If you like, swirl a spoonful into your favorite soup as a flavorboosting garnish. If you serve the pesto with pasta, thin it with a bit of the starchy pasta cooking water. This helps to stretch the pesto (while cutting fat and calories) and gives it more coating power.

CILANTRO AND TOASTED ALMOND PESTO

Start to finish: 15 minutes Makes 3/4 cup (about 12 servings) 3 tablespoons slivered almonds 2 cups chopped cilantro (1 large bunch) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons lime juice 3 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt Ground black pepper, to taste In a small, dry skillet over medium-low, stir the slivered almonds until they are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and cool for 5 minutes. In a food processor or blender, combine the toasted almonds, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as needed. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 52 calories; 44 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrate; 1 g protein; 0 g fiber; 81 mg sodium.


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“Our Earth” Day By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer The Earth Day celebration in Leonardtown was great this year: no rain and plenty of timely information. Thank you to Valerie Deptula, owner of The Good Earth natural food store in Leonardtown, for heading up this event. So many things to look at, and lots of fun for kids too. I had a real hard time getting past the greyhounds wait-

ing for adoption. My husband nearly had to drag me away; I thought I heard him ask to borrow a leash. As soon as I got home, I had to immediately change clothes, because Tidbit’s nose was glued to my pants leg while I walked. There was something interesting and inviting down every little street, from the display of solar panels (in which I believe there is a renewed interest) to representation of all the nature and animal societies we have in the area. We saw a

Creature Feature Itʼs All About You

By Theresa Morr Contributing Writer What’s waterproof, soft, stretchy and strong on the outside and wet and squishy with zillions of hollow tubes on the inside? It’s your body, the most complex and astonishing “machine” on earth. So let’s scope out some of your amazing body parts. Your brain. It looks like a big, wrinkly shelled walnut but produces about 100,000 different chemical reactions every second. Your brain controls everything you do and think. Inside your brain are some 100 billion nerve cells – so many that it would take you over 3,000 years to count them all at one cell every second! And guess what? Your brain has no feeling. If it were cut into, you’d feel no pain. When you grow up, your brain will weigh about three pounds. Your eyes. Every two to 10 seconds, you blink your eyes, or about 11,500 times each day. Each blink uses over 200 muscles. With two million working parts, your eye muscles are the most active in your body, moving around 100,000 times daily as they process an awesome 36,000 bits of information every hour. Your skin. Nature’s protective blanket is also your largest single organ of your body. Without it your innards would spill out on the floor. Your skin shields you from dirt, bacteria, germs, and other yucky stuff in the environment. Your skin constantly grows as new cells push their way to the surface and die. About 30,000 to 40,000 particles of dead cells fall from your body every minute. Those tiny flakes are gobbled up by microscopic critters hiding in your bedding, clothes, and elsewhere. In fact, you get a whole “new you” about every month when the process repeats itself. As an adult, your skin will be about 1/20th of an inch thick; weigh around six pounds; and have a surface area of about 18 square feet. Your buds. You have about 10,000 taste buds under your tongue, inside your cheeks, and on your lips, throat, and the roof of your mouth. Every two weeks, new buds replace the ones that die, and as you age, you’ll have fewer of them. But did you know that most of what you taste comes from your sense of smell? If your sniffer is in top-notch condition, it can tell the difference between 4,000 to 10,000 smells! So

the next time you chow down on pizza, thank your tongue and your nose, with its 40 million olfactory (smell sensing) receptor cells, for helping you to enjoy its real flavor. Your bones. You are born with about 300 bones, but many fuse together along the way. You’ll eventually have 206 bones, with 54 of them in your hands and wrists and 52 in your ankles and feet. Your largest bone is the femur, or thigh bone, and the smallest is the stirrup bone in your ear. You take about 8,000 to 10,000 steps daily. As you walk, about 250,000 sweat glands in the soles of your feet produce around a half pint of moisture. Now try this: Measure your foot length. Surprise! It’s the same size of your forearm between your wrist and the inside of your elbow. Your heart and blood. Your heart works a lot harder than you do. Every day it beats around 100,000 times, pumping some 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body. Imagine this: All of your blood vessels – arteries, veins, and capillaries – stretched out in a single line would be about 60,000 miles long. That’s enough to go around the world twice. Now think small: Your red blood cells are so tiny that 2,000 of them could fit across your thumbnail. Just one tiny droplet contains about five million cells. Now think big: The average human being has about 60 trillion cells. Whew! You’re definitely awesome. Body barf. Here’s some yucky stuff you may not have thought about before: • Your nose and ears never stop growing. • Your buggers are a gross mix of dust, pollen, germs, and whatever. • Each day, you produce about one-half quart of spit. • About 32 million bacteria live on each square inch of your skin. • Over a lifetime, you’ll make about 9,000 gallons of pee or 315 bathtubs full. • With every toot, you put out about 3.5 ounces of gas. Want to know more about your amazing body? For an interactive tour of the human anatomy, surf over to www.innerbody.com/ html/body.html. Comments to kikusan2@verizon.net.

neat puppet theater for the kids, and listened to live music ranging from folk to blues. Food smells beckoned from everywhere. Herbs, healing oils and fan favorite Diane’s Treasure’s jewelry were to be found. I loved the half-moon display that Lucy Peterkin brought for people to pose in and have their photos taken. She’s so creative. I also had no idea we had a hula dance group in the county. Those girls from Leonardtown were wonderful. The troupe of colorfully clad and bejeweled belly dancers added mystery to the day. I’ve wondered about taking a class over the years. The gypsy feel appeals to me; my mother’s side is Hungarian, and gypsies were prevalent in Hungary, she said. I was especially pleased to see the young recyclers from White Marsh Elementary “dumpster diving”, as we called it during county fair time, for stray items in the recycling bins. They had their gloves on. My son Ryan was county fair recycling chairperson for a time, and I remember those 12to 14-hour days with head down in a trash can searching for cans. It brings back such nice memories, but that’s another story. Good for them. I really liked their t-shirts too. Activities were not only on the Square but also throughout Leonardtown. The new Southern Maryland Artisan’s Center was showcasing many of its hand-woven textiles and other homegrown, hand-crafted items. Reader’s have asked me to include other local treasures, and this is one: If you are looking to learn a new artisan craft, such as loom weaving, felting, quilting, dyeing, knitting or even jewelry and stained glass making, this is one of our county’s great options. I wondered, though, as we were walking around, what started Earth Day. I’m sure there was probably some information at a stand that we missed. At home, I looked up Earth Day to find

that a Sen. Gaylord Nelson was the man who had the idea for creating a national awareness day in 1962. He discussed a conservation tour with President John Kennedy that at least got the idea rolling. Senator Nelson continued his conservation speeches and efforts, but it wasn’t until April 22,1970, that Earth Day was born. He was aiming for a rally of like-minded people, and the idea spread rapidly through the media. Next year’s 40th anniversary should be something really special. I think it would be neat if some of our towns and the base each had a booth displaying and explaining what they’re doing to “go green” for 2010. I never used to think about any of this until my sons were in elementary school, and the amazing Hollywood Elementary School teacher Betty Brady made all of this so real for her students. I started then, little by little, to change a few habits. I’m still trying to change lots of habits to Earthfriendly ones, but I have a long way to go. The way I envision for myself why I should make changes is to picture the Earth as the astronauts see it. That’s when I realize how small the Earth is and realize, where else are we going to go? I visualize that same image when I think about world leaders bent on destroying countries or peoples. Don’t they realize how small our planet really is, and don’t they wake up like I do and think how beautiful are the trees, water and all the amazing characters that makeup the human race? Well, I better take Tidbit out. She’s been snubbing me; her back is to me now as I am typing. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys. wanderings@yahoo.com.

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Business Directory

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Mechanicsville Youth Helps Raise Money for St. Jude’s

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Eight-year-old Brogan Ruppert joined deputies Stephen Simonds and Chad Hartzel for a bike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer April 17 may have been the perfect day for a fundraising bike-a-thon, said Lynn Duff, the director at Little Seedlings Christian Preschool and Kindergarten in Leonardtown, as she nodded toward a small line of bicycles, tricycles and scooters parked alongside a makeshift “safety village” set up in front of St. John’s United Methodist Church. That day, parents and students were gathered outside with local sheriff’s deputies to ride for Brogan Ruppert, a Little Seedlings alumni who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year. “Brogan was here four years ago,” said Duff, explaining that the 8-year-old had been among the first alumni from the school, and that he would be assisting with the day’s events, as well as helping with the deputy presentations on bike safety. “Today’s event occurred because we wanted to teach our children how to get along in the world, that you are compassionate to other people, and you give back what you receive, so we talked to them about what St. Jude’s was, what it does, and how it has impacted other people’s lives,” said Duff, adding that the deputies were also on hand to present bike safety tips to the children. “They teach them all about bike safety, and at this young age they learn real quickly, so as they go through life, they’ll remember what they learned here, so they’re going to learn bike safety, and compassion,” she said. “We did a small version of this two years ago, and this year we actually enlarged it,” said Duff, noting the colorful display of hand-painted boxes and borrowed street signs erected around a makeshift track near the front parking area of the school and church. “He’s just a wonderful little boy, and we’re so glad we could be here for them … and I was amazed because I never realized how much St. Jude’s did for them,” said Duff. “He went to preschool here when he was

about four years old, and then he was in the very first kindergarten class they had here,” said Brogan’s mother, Melinda Ruppert, who was at the event with her son to help with the day’s activities. “Last summer in 2008 he was diagnosed with brainstem glioma [a tumor that grows on the area of the brain that controls balance and other autonomic functions], and we went to St. Jude’s about five days after he was diagnosed.” Doctors had told the family that Brogan would be dead in six months when he was first diagnosed, but they weren’t ready to give up. He had initially stayed at St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis for several weeks, during which time he received radiation and experimental chemotherapy. “So far it looks like that chemo is doing what it’s supposed to do, but the tumor is one of the hardest tumors to treat,” said Melinda. “There are around 200 kids every year who are diagnosed with this, so it’s a very rare type of tumor, so there’s really no protocol to treat it,” she said, adding that the tumor has decreased in size since Brogan’s treatments began. Ever since the family’s initial stay at St. Jude’s, Melinda said she has never felt more grateful for the hospital’s unique programs. “Everywhere I go, I talk to people about St. Jude’s and what they’ve done for our family,” she said. “They have never ever sent us a bill. We’ve never been presented with anything as far as his medication bills … we go every other month for an MRI visit, and each time our lodging expenses are paid for, and our airfare,” she said, adding that “they happen to have a study for his particular type of tumor, so that’s how we got in.” So far, Brogan’s condition has been stable, and the Ruppert family is counting its blessings along with the staff and parents at Little Seedlings. For more information on Brogan Ruppert’s story, as well as information on how to donate to St. Jude’s, go to www.caringbridge. org/visit/broganruppert.


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If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

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St. Mary’s Celebrates Earth Day By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

“Hi, my name is Patches and I’m a very sweet, approximately two-year-old female Pit Bull Terrier/Whippet mix. They call me a Pippet! I’m full of love and energy, and I’d love to be your walking, jogging or hiking partner. I’m small, I rarely bark, and I would make a great apartment dog. I come vet checked, up to date on shots, spayed, crate- and house-trained and identification microchipped. For more information, please call Second Hope Rescue at 240-925-0628 or e-mail mary@secondhoperescue.org.”

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Sunday was a busy day for Leonardtown, starting with this year’s March of Dimes Walk through Leonardtown, which seemed to segue to the day’s main event, Earth Day on the Square, which had whole sections of downtown Leonardtown and the wharf roped off to accommodate thousands of visitors who came for music, food, and earth-friendly fun. Beth Wisotzky was there representing the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission with an impressive great horned owl and an equally impressive bald eagle, two of the organization’s rescued birds and two of the main attractions at the event. She turned to the owl perched calmly on her arm and smiled. “One of the things they can tell is if you’re in a bad mood,” she said. “But if you’re calm, they’re calm,” she added, laughing. “It was excellent,” said Valarie Deptula, owner of The Good Earth Natural Food Store in Leonardtown and one of the chief organizers of this year’s event. “It was a nice day and we had a lot of help with the kayaks and canoes … we had rescue organizations like Feral Cat Rescue and ‘Greyt Expectations’ greyhound rescue, and of course we had a puppet show, which was a big draw for people,” she said. l “Last year we got rained iel Sh out, so everyone had to leave early,” said Deptula when commenting about the scope of this year’s celebration, “but this year the weather was great, and each year it continues to grow.”

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Safety Tips for Children

Members of the St. Mary’s County Advanced Life Support Unit, partnering with local police, joined groups of children and their parents at Lexington Park Library on Friday to do safety presentations, demonstrating how to check heart rates, take blood pressure readings, and how to contact agencies in St. Mary’s County during emergencies. On Thursday, May 21, representatives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will be onhand at the Potomac Building Lawn (formerly the government building) in Leonardtown, joining the Advanced Life Support Unit for their second annual “EMS for Children Day”, featuring bike, helmet, first aid and other safety tips. They will host a teddy-bear clinic where children can bring their stuffed animals in need of sewing or other attention and learn about emergency medical services. Ridge Volunteer Fire Department will have the smokehouse there, and special guests McGruff and Sparkey the Firedog will also be there to entertain and instruct. Photo by Andrea Shiell

Sanford Concert Series presents |du”o| The Sanford Concert Series is proud to present |du”o|, the lively combination of Eugene Symphony Flutist Rachel Stornant and Guitarist Chris Dunn of the internationally acclaimed Aurora Guitar Quartet. |du”o| is an exceptional pairing of skilled musicians with an engaging stage presence who present an exciting program of varied music genres. This is a great opportunity to experience a wonderful evening of entertainment in a congenial atmosphere at an affordable price. Rachel Stornant is currently a member of the Eugene Symphony orchestra, having recently returned to the United States after Serving as Principal Flute with the Orquestra Do Norte in Europe. This year Rachel has performed with the Detroit, Delaware, Knoxville and Oregon Symphony Orchestras. Guitarist Chris Dunn is a founding member of the Aurora Guitar Quartet, whose recent concerts seasons have included concerts in United States, Costa Rica and Japan. Recent perfor-

mances include a sold-out New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, a concerto performance with Pan-American Symphony in Washington, D.C.’s Lisner Auditorium and recitals in Baltimore’s Shriver Hall and the Kennedy Center. The Sanford performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church on Route 4 South in California, Md. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the performers during the reception immediately following the concert in the Parish Hall. The Sanford Concert Series is unique in Southern Maryland in presenting this chance to talk with the performers. Tickets for adults are $10 and for children are $5. Seating for this performance is limited; reservations are suggested. To make your reservation, please contact Lyn Schramm at 301-862-9541. For information regarding future concerts, please visit The Sanford Concert Series web page at www. sanfordconccertseries.com.


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Wicomico Public Golf Course Pulls Extra $100,000 for Expenses By Sean Rice Staff Writer Due to revenues coming in lower than budgeted, the Wicomico Shores Golf Course received approval Tuesday to use an additional $99,561 from the golf course budget as operational funds. St. Mary’s County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the request, which amends the current 2009 budget, and is separate from the 2010 county budget now under consideration. The Wicomico Shores Golf Course is a public course that is entirely run by the county. It is funded by a self-sustaining “enterprise fund” that is solely paid for by fees and income collected at the course. Elaine Kramer, chief financial officer for the county, said the recent completion of the revamped Riverview Restaurant would naturally result in a higher budget in the golf course’s enterprise fund, due to increases in revenues and expenses. The money is being taken from excess revenues that have accumulated in the golf course’s enterprise fund. And those funds will be built back up as the course continues to make a profit, Kramer said. “It is all within the enterprise fund,” Kramer said. As with any small business, the new

restaurant is “not profiting yet, but they will be,” said Karen Everett, county public information officer. The Riverview Restaurant opened its doors in October, at the beginning of the down season for golf courses, but, “business is really taking off now,” Everett said. Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) issued the lone “no” vote on the appropriation request. “When we have to start subsidizing a bar and grill, we better look at another way to do business,” Jarboe said, adding that he’s always been against the county running a golf course and bar business. Jarboe said the county should contract out this operation instead. “Then the county wouldn’t be in the bar and grill business, which is kind of strange,” he said. Commissioner Tom Mattingly (DLeonardtown) takes the opposite view. He said the county is providing a recreational activity that is entirely self-sufficient. “I think it’s appropriate for the government to have.” Mattingly said. “This is one of the few enterprise funds that we have that’s really in the black. So many of the others you have to subsidize,” Mattingly said. “It typically makes money every year.”

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Rec and Parks Keeps Fees the Same for Most Programs

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Monday marked the first day that St. Mary’s County residents could register their children and themselves for the various summer programs the department of Recreation and Parks provides, and Division Manager Arthur Shepherd didn’t foresee any major problems or concessions being made in the coming weeks and months, even with an economy in constant decline. “Our mission is to strengthen families through our programs and unless people are forced to make those decisions, we think families will continue to support our programs,” Shepherd said. “I think there will be no significant increases or decreases either way.” The department will offer the same number of programs as they have in the past, with Shepherd noting that youth program registration looks to be increasing while adult programs may experience the opposite effect. “That might be the trend you see the most,” he explains of the decline in adult participation, as well as decreased participation currently evident in after-school programs. Shepherd says that by and large, prices for

summer camps will remain the same, save for a couple of programs increasing by $10 per week. The highlight of the summer programs include various day camps for children, ranging from TREK (Tearch, Reaching, Enriching Kids) to several sports camps (baseball, softball, cheerleading and soccer to name a few). Those camps will start Mon., June 22. For Shepherd, the youth programs and camps are a source of enthusiasm as it will be up to him and his staff to provide an incredible summer experience for the youngsters of St. Mary’s County. “The beginning of the summer camp season is always exciting, because of the challenge of offering a quality program,” Shepherd says. “It’s a big piece of the pie for us and for the families.” Shepherd is banking on parents and guardians continuing their faith in the Rec and Parks department for registration numbers holding steady. “Our families know that we have a quality program that is very positive and they want to keep that investment for their children,” he says. “I think as long as homes are stable that parents will keep their kids involved.” For more information, go to www.co.saintmarys.md.us/recreate or call 301-475-4200, ext. 1800 or 1801.


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St. Mary’s County Tennis Seeks Players St. Mary’s United States Tennis Association invites all tennis players, ages six through 18 years of age, to join the Junior Tennis League for its upcoming season. The league will hold matches on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Mon. May 27 and ending Wed. July 1. Matches will take place at Baggett, Cecil, Chancellor’s Run, Dorsey and Town Creek parks, and the cost of signing up is $32 plus $18 for yearly USTA dues ($50 total).

For more information, visit www.stmarystennis.org or call 301-475-3150. You may contact League Coordinator Don Behrens at dabehrens@ gmail.com or 301-862-2281. Also, the St. Mary’s USTA Men and Women Adult League seeks captains and players 19 and older for matches starting in May. USTA Ratings 3.0 and above are welcome. Contact Mai-Liem Slade, 301-481-2305, mlslade@md.metrocast.net

Thurs., Apr. 16 Boys’ Lacrosse Huntingtown 23, Great Mills 0 St. Mary’s Ryken 15, Northern 5 Girls’ Lacrosse Huntingtown 16, Great Mills 11 Patuxent 14, St. Mary’s Ryken 8 Softball Great Mills 8, North Point 7

Cheerleading Tryouts Coming Up Maryland SuperStarz All-Star Cheerleading will hold tryouts for its 2009-2010 competitive teams at Unique Sports Academy, 109D Post Office Road, Waldorf. Tryout dates are May 12-14 and May 1921 for ages 6-11, 5:45 to 7 p.m. and ages 12-18, 7 to 8 p.m. Ages 3-5 on May 12 and 20 at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please visit our Website for more information at www.uniquesportsacademy.com or call Lisa Shaw at 240-320-7962.

Adult Kickball Meeting Set The St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold an informational meeting for an Adult Kickball League 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, with a

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maximum of 20 players allowed on a team. Games will be played on Saturday 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, ext. 1830.

Grand Strand Softball Classic Poland (Ohio) High School 2, St. Mary’s Ryken 1

Fri., Apr. 17 Baseball Calvert 8, Leonardtown 2 Softball Patuxent 5, Chopticon 3 Leonardtown 3, Calvert 1 Grand Strand Softball Classic Consolation Game St. Mary’s Ryken 3, Ross (Ohio) High School 1 Tennis Chopticon 6, Westlake 3

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Sat., Apr. 18 Baseball Chopticon 8, Thomas Stone 2 North Point 9, Great Mills 2 Girls’ Lacrosse Chopticon Tournament Northern 7, Chopticon 6 Huntingtown 13, St. Mary’s Ryken 3 Consolation Game St. Mary’s Ryken 11, Chopticon 6 Championship Game Huntingtown 15, Northern 10 Softball Thomas Stone 5, Chopticon 0

Tues., Apr. 21 Girls’ Lacrosse Leonardtown 23, Calvert 2 Softball Elizabeth Seton 1, St. Mary’s Ryken 0 Tennis St. John’s 6, St. Mary’s Ryken 0


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Raiders Remain Unbeaten and Focused

Photo By Frank Marquart

Emily Lynch heads for the net during the Raiders’ 23-2 win over Calvert Tuesday evening.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Their offense, defense, and yes, even the timing of the Leonardtown High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team has been perfect. With another mid-spring storm threatening the area, the Raiders were forced to move their Tuesday evening match with Calvert up by 90 minutes, and they concluded their 23-2 victory over the Cavaliers just minutes before the skies opened up. “We try to play like we practice,” said first-year head coach Ken McIlhenny. “What we try to do in a game like this is execute the things we work on in practice. For example if a girl has a one-on-one, then she has to take it all the way.” The Raiders have taken it all the way a lot, as they remain the only unbeaten team (5-0) in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, and they haven’t lost a conference game since the 2007 season finale, when Chopticon pulled it off. Another key for Leonardtown has been their defense, a unit that McIlhenny feels doesn’t get enough credit for their outstanding play to date. “Those girls are a very solid group, and they do a super job out there,” McIlhenny said of a crew, led by reigning SMAC player of the year Katie Hammerer in goal, that allows an average of four goals a game. “They can play super-aggressive or laidback. If we’re struggling offensively, we know our defense will back us up.” With goals against few and far in between, the offense hasn’t had to score many to stay unbeaten, but they are average 15 goals a game, making their Photo By margin of victory a Frank Marquart whopping 11 goals per contest. In the coach’s eyes, that number is key. “As long as we keep that margin

Shannon Bonnel of Leonardtown looks downfield in Tuesday’s 23-2 victory.

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where it is, we should be able to keep on going,” McIlhenny says. For McIlhenny, two vital reasons for the Raiders’ conference invincibility has been scheduling tougher non-conference opponents, along with keeping them focused on the tasks at hand as they come. “We keep our eyes on the [4A East] Region because there has been some wacky stuff going on up there,” he says. “We’ve played teams like Patterson Mill, South River and CM Wright, as well as Howard High School,” he said. “Our girls, especially the seniors, have seen that kind of lacrosse before and they’ve performed very well against them. That gives me an indication that we are on the right track.” In his first year as head coach, McIlhenny, who also coaches several Raider players on a travel team, still has Mike Denny on the sidelines as an assistant coach, making the transition to the top spot smooth for himself and the players. “Denny and I have been coaching together for years, and we have a great working relationship,” he says. “I think the girls see that and they feed off of that.”

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Leonardtown’s Taelar Errington is a Raider captain and one of the keys to the team’s unbeaten streak in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference

St. Mary’s Hospice Run Breaks Last Year’s Record for Participants By Chris Stevens Staff Writer A sunny day, unselfish volunteers and a huge number of participants were all factors in making Saturday’s Run and Fun Walk for Hospice of St. Mary’s a colossal success. “To get an idea of how big and popular the event has become – when the lead 5K runners were finishing the race, there were 5K walkers still leaving the Governmental Center starting the 3.1-mile course,” event organizer Jimmy Dicus said. Dicus estimates the races had close to 2,500 participants, 400 more than the previous record set last year, spread out among 62 different teams and organizations that ran or walked in the race. “It gives people an opportunity to get out and do something,” Dicus said of the record-breaking numbers. “They understand the importance of the Hospice mission, and it was very humbling to see all those people on Saturday. It was amazing.” Along with a high number of participants, which caused an unPhoto precedented shortage of food, and Courtesy beautiful weather to back it up, the of Jimmy Dicus event was highlighted with a dediSean Hageman of Leonard- cation to the memory of Great Mills town High School (in white native Sgt. Ryan Baumann, who was shirt) crosses the finish line to killed in Afghanistan last August. The Defender’s Cup Trophy win the 5K race during Saturday’s 2009 Run and Fun Walk was dedicated to Baumann, with his parents Cindy and Gary Lohman For Hospice of St. Mary’s. presenting the trophy to the winner. The winner of the race was won by WBB Consulting’s “Flying for Hospice” team. The race was also dedicated to Jim Raley and Abell Longmore, two longtime hospice volunteers who passed away earlier this year. The Fretwell Trophy, awarded to the top winning law enforcement or fire/rescue team, was won by Squad 3 of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office. Leonardtown High School senior Sean Hageman won the 5K race with a time Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Dicus of 17:58. Overall the event netted Participants of all ages supported the Run and $75,000 with all of Fun Walk in Leonardtown Saturday afternoon. the proceeds benefiting and staying in St. Mary’s County. Dicus, who also is an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Great Mills High School and a management information systems specialist at Pax River, was very thankful for the turnout and the participation of every one from volunteers to Leonardtown residents. “I want to thank the Lord Jesus for providing magnificent weather,” he said. “I want to thank all of the participants who came out and supported us, our dedicated volunteers who made it happen, and the St. Mary’s County Sheriffs Office for their outstanding job in keeping the event safe. It was a great day to elevate public awareness of the hospice mission of providing compassionate care to the terminally ill.”


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BLEACHERS Can’t You Smell That Smell?

It seems like such a logical combination: the national pastime, America’s game, in the nation’s capital. Yet after losing two prior teams, a 30plus year absence and several fruitless flirtations with possible suitors, it was hard to discern optimism about getting a baseball team in D.C. from delusion. There was so much against it actually happening. First there was ever-helpful Orioles owner Peter Angelos; who scoffed at the notion that any real baseball fans existed

in D.C. then straight-faced argued that two franchises in the “same market” couldn’t prosperously co-exist. He adamantly made this argument, mind you, while the ‘Skins and Ravens thrived within the battling beltways. (The reality is Angelos himself is the biggest threat to the Orioles. His ownership resume speaks for itself. That’s another story for another article.) In time, Angelos’ argument was exposed for what it was: an owner willing to spin a story to maximize revenue generated by his asset. So with several franchises struggling financially and the Montreal

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A View From The

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer

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Expos floundering under the control of MLB, something had to give. The D.C. carrot was too big to ignore. Oh but wait, there was one more hurdle. See, in spite of D.C. obviously being the only viable market without a team, MLB and the D.C. government had to be adequate dance partners to execute the move. To be kind, these are not two entities that fill anyone with confidence. To be honest, they’ve both displayed random acts of incompetence. Still, amazingly, it happened. In 2005, in spite of the staunch dissension from Charm City and off-beat, step-on-each oth-

er’s toes dance moves of MLB and the D.C. government, the Montreal Expos were relocated to Washington. The Nationals had arrived. After overcoming so much, it wasn’t supposed to go down like this. Upon arrival this clearly wasn’t a team ready to contend and no one was expecting baseball deep into October. The Expos had been neglected for years; the roster and farm system had been picked clean while under the disinterested control of the league. The fact that the team was here was enough, initially. But after a few years of re-building and the move to the palatial new digs of Nationals Park, the team would have a recognizable core of up-and-coming players and be in contention. Right? Not even close. In the fifth season in D.C. (yes, it’s been that long), the Nats have actually regressed. The stench around this team is undeniable and inescapable. It’s like the effervescence of a poor, slain skunk on your cul-de-sac. Or, as Lynyrd Skynyrd asked, can’t you smell that smell? The Nats are simply the worst team in baseball. They had the worst record in 2008 and were the last team to notch a victory this year. They are the team no star free agent will consider and no player wants to be traded to. Ryan Zimmerman is the one lonely identifiable building block/face of the franchise. The General Manager resigned during the off-season amidst a FBI investigation involving “bonus skimming”, or in layman’s terms, scouts illegally pocketing bonus money intended for prospects. And just before the home opener this year – fittingly a cold and damp day - Harry Kalas, the iconic radio voice for the visiting Phillies, died suddenly at the Park while preparing to call the game. Needless to say, the franchise has endured a series of unfortunate events. As a kid my dad and uncle would often tell me stories about D.C.’s long lost Senators. I had adopted the Orioles - which was effortless during the days of Eddie Murray, Earl Weaver and the Ripken’s - but being a D.C.-based sports fan like so many Southern Marylanders, I looked forward to the day a team would return. Well, a team did, bright red caps with the trademark script “W” and all. Like so many tales from our elders, there was an air of caution in those old Senator tales. Rooting for them was laborious. They were, more often than not, horrible. But root for them my dad and uncle did. They were their team…and these Nats are mine…and root for them I will. To better days at the Park… Send your comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com

High School Sports Schedule 04/23/09-04/29/09 Thurs., Apr. 23

Mon., Apr. 27

Baseball Bishop O’Connell at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.

Baseball Great Mills at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Lacrosse Great Mills at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Patuxent at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse The Calverton School at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.

Girls’ Lacrosse Holy Cross at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Chopticon at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Tennis Thomas Stone at Great Mills, 4 p.m. Good Counsel at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 24 Baseball Great Mills at Northern, 4:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at McDonough, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Gonzaga at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse The Calverton School at Great Mills, 4 p.m. Softball Bishop O’Connell at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Great Mills at Northern, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at McDonough, 4:30 p.m.

Softball Great Mills at Westlake, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Great Mills at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.

Tues., Apr. 28 Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 4 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Chopticon, 4 p.m. Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Great Mills at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Chopticon, 4 p.m. Leonardtown at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 6:30 p.m. Bishop Ireton at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Track & Field Great Mills vs. La Plata at North Point, 4 p.m. Chopticon at Calvert, 4 p.m. Leonardtown at Lackey, 4 p.m.

Tennis Northern at Great Mills, 4 p.m.

Wed., Apr. 29

Track & Field St. Mary’s Ryken at Penn Relays

Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at St. John’s, 4 p.m. Chopticon at Huntingtown, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Thomas Stone, 4:30 p.m.

Sat., Apr. 25 Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at DeMatha, 1 p.m. McDonough at Leonardtown, 9 a.m. Girls’ Lacrosse St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, noon Softball Leonardtown at Huntingtown, 10 a.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 3:30 p.m. Track & Field St. Mary’s Ryken at Penn Relays

Softball St. Mary’s Ryken at Holy Cross, 3:30 p.m. Chopticon at Huntingtown, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Thomas Stone, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Great Mills at La Plata, 4 p.m. Thomas Stone at Leonardtown, 4 p.m.


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The Great Mills High School boys’ lacrosse team display their pink shoelaces in support of breast cancer awareness. The team has adopted the Pink Ribbon Project as its 2009 fundraiser and has raised $1,350 so far. The project is based on a grant received by St. Mary’s Hospital and the Women’s Wellness Program from the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and provides free breast exams and mammograms for eligible St. Mary’s County residents under 40. “We wanted to raise awareness of breast cancer and to show that guys play an important part in supporting the women in their life affected by breast cancer,” says Hornets head coach Arturo Leon.

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Late Pinch Hit Sends Braves To Loss “One of the traits of a great athlete is how to deal with adversity, and Kelly made her pitches, but we gave them a couple of extra outs,” Cioppa explained. “She was able to put it behind her and keep going.” The Chopticon offense, one of the major Photo By Chris Stevens improvements under Cioppa this season, tied Holly Arndt slaps an RBI single into right field the game in the bottom of the third. Jordan to tie the game at three in the bottom of the Wood and Cheyenne Faunce led off with conthird inning. secutive singles, and Tracey Bowles reached safely on a fielder’s choice dribbler in between By Chris Stevens the mound and third base. Staff Writer Wood scored the first run a wild pitch from Patuxent’s Laurel Frederick, and backMORGANZA – For six innings to-back RBI singles from first baseFriday afternoon, the young but man Caitlyn Askey and right improving Chopticon softfielder Holly Arndt knotted ball team went toe-to-toe the score at three runs with Southern Maryland apiece. Athletic Conference “The last couple contender Patuxent, of games, we’ve been which is all first-year able to bunch our hits head coach Kevin Citogether, and that was oppa could ask for. one of our bugaboos “The girls played early in the season,” very feisty today,” Cioppa said. “Now Cioppa said after the that we’re able to get Panthers clawed out the runners home, a 5-3 victory over the it helps us be more Braves. “One of our competitive.” goals is to get better The game was Photo By each game, and the Chris Stevens tied until the top half girls are on their way to of the seventh when Chopticon’s Kelly Sothoron unleashes a pitch in the Panthers finally doing that.” Chopticon, (2-7 the fourth inning of Friday afternoon’s SMAC seized control of the overall as well as in softball game against Patuxent High School. contest. SMAC play) played Second baseman Patuxent considerably better than in their first Dani Gilbert got to first base on an error and meeting, a 10-0 loss in Lusby on March 30. stole second before Frederick reached base “Chopticon’s gotten a lot better,” said with an infield single. Pinch Hitter Jolene Panthers head coach Jen Bruno. “They were Lovenson, who had been out of action with very fundamentally sound, and we had men- a broken ankle, slapped Sothoron’s pitch into tal lapses in the field that gave them a couple right field, just out of Arndt’s reach. Gilbert of runs. That cannot happen if we expect to and Frederick scored and Patuxent held on to compete.” claim victory. Patuxent had trouble in the field and at The Braves feature just one senior and the plate thanks to freshman pitcher Kelly with efforts like Friday, Cioppa feels it won’t Sothoron. After a rough second inning that be long before they join the Panthers as one of saw the Panthers (5-4 overall and in confer- the SMAC’s better teams. ence play) push three runs across thanks to “That’s part of our rebuilding this protwo Brave errors, Sothoron settled down and gram is building a winning foundation,” he handcuffed Patuxent with nine strikeouts on said. the afternoon. “I believe we’re on our way.”

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The Braves’ Sarah Jenkins steps back from a pitch by Patuxent’s Laurel Frederick.


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St. Mary’s College Wesley’s Explosive Ninth Inning Ends St. Mary’s Tournament Run

Salisbury, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland baseball team squandered a four-run lead in the ninth as Wesley College tallied five runs in the bottom of the ninth to post a comefrom-behind 12-11 win in the third round of the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon. The third and fourth rounds of the tournament are being played at Sea Gull Field at Salisbury University, the top seed in the tournament. St. Mary’s (14-18) was one out away from advancing to Sunday’s championship round before the Wolverines (24-13-1), who were down the entire game, knocked in five runs on three hits and three errors to eliminate the fifth-seeded Seahawks from the tournament. The two teams walked a combined 23 batters – 13 walks by the Seahawk pitching staff and 10 for the Wesley bullpen. Freshman RHP DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) notched the win on the mound for Wesley after getting senior catcher J.P. Debrowski (Sykesville, Md./Glenelg) to pop up to second base to keep St. Mary’s scoreless in the ninth. Junior infielder Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) led the Wolverines at the plate with a 3-for-5 effort, while driving in one run and scoring one as well. Morlock also stole two bases, while freshman infielder Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) and senior catcher Alex Carter (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) each had two hits.

St. Mary’s exploded for six runs in the first inning as Debrowski connected on a three-run double down the right field line followed by sophomore right fielder Bobby Corton’s (Owings Mills, Md./Calvert Hall) three-run long ball to left field. It was Corton’s first career home run. Wesley closed the gap to 6-4 with two runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth. The Seahawks chalked up another big inning with five runs in the sixth for a sevenrun cushion. Wesley’s senior LHP Chris Koch (Hyattsville, Md./Bishop McNamara) hit Debrowski with bases loaded for St. Mary’s first run then he walked sophomore leftfielder Mark Dattilio (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) for the second. Junior first baseman Jon Gill’s (Owings Mills, Md./Park) sac fly and Corton’s single through the right side drove in the other two runs. The Wolverines tacked on two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to only be down four before their ninth inning rally. Freshman closer Matt Siciliano (Ardmore, Pa./Lower Merion) was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs (two earned) on four hits in 2.1 innings. Junior outfielders Jacen Killebrew (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and Justin Rabon (Charlotte Hall, Md./La Plata), Debrowski, and Corton each had two hits apiece, while Debrowski and Corton drove in four runs each.

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York Blanks Seahawk Men in CAC Tennis Quarterfinals Frederick, Md. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 shutout at the hands of York (Pa.) College in the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The loss brings St. Mary’s (11-10) season to a close. The Seahawks were one win shy of matching the school’s single-season record for most wins of 12 set by the 1997-98 squad with their 123 overall record. Junior Kenny Nugent (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) finished his junior campaign with a team-best 15-5 mark, including a 4-1 record in conference action. Nugent posted a 7-1 log at No. 5 singles and went 4-1 at No. 6 singles, while going 4-3 at No. 4. The tandem of freshmen Robbie Bourdon (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) and Thomas Hoesman (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) boasted a team-high 11-3 record in doubles action, including a 10-2 mark at No. 3 doubles. The duo was also 1-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Tennis Match Results 4/18/2009 at York, Pa. (Spartan Tennis Center) York (Pa.) 9, St. Mary’s (Md.) 0 Singles competition

1. Tim Mowrer (YCP) def. Jeremy Butanis (SMC) 6-2, 6-3 2. Paul Graci (YCP) def. Thomas Hoesman (SMC) 6-2, 6-4 3. Joel Trimmer (YCP) def. Jeff Levy (SMC) 6-1, 6-0 4. Steve Collison (YCP) def. Sam Barton (SMC) 6-0, 6-1 5. Jeff Mansfield (YCP) def. Robbie Bourdon (SMC) 6-2, 6-1 6. Ryan Harvey (YCP) def. Kenny Nugent (SMC) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Tim Mowrer/Joel Trimmer (YCP) def. Jeremy Butanis/Jeff Levy (SMC) 8-2 2. Jeff Mansfield/Colin Jones (YCP) def. Kenny Nugent/Sam Barton (SMC) 8-3 3. Paul Graci/Steve Collison (YCP) def. Thomas Hoesman/Robbie Bourdon (SMC) 8-4

Match Notes:

St. Mary’s (Md.) 11-10 York (Pa.) 10-7 2009 CAC Quarterfinals - No. 6 seed St. Mary’s at No. 3 seed York (Pa.) St. Mary’s 2009 campaign comes to a close with an 11-10 overall record. T-2:15 A-55


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