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Your Paper... Your Thoughts Solomon’s Bridge Working for You? Karen Murphy, of Lusby works at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, having to commute across the Thomas Johnson Bridge six days a week. “Traffic can be backed up so far in Calvert that you’re better off having breakfast in Solomons and waiting it out,” Murphy says. “If we ever needed to evacuate southern Calvert, the bridge definitely cannot meet the need - even if both lanes were made available for traffic, evacuation would not be fast enough,” she says. “Another span of the bridge is necessary. They need to put up physical barriers to force folks to merge onto Route 4 further north,” Murphy recommends, “so the bottleneck is not as close to Route 234.” Drayden resident, Carla Provenzano says, “I’ve been coming down here since ’83. The bridge was wonderful back then but it doesn’t work for either county anymore. It only has two lanes to handle the amount of people brought by the base.” “We are over here a lot,” she said with a grin. “We do a lot of shopping and dining out.” “If there’s an accident, typically we’ll turn around and stay in St. Mary’s County. We’ll go to Lowes and then go back home.” She acknowledges Calvert’s loss, “We then spend money on that side, rather than this side.” “We commuted a lot when we lived in Lusby,” Jenniece Guevara, of Hollywood says. “We moved because we were commuting over to our jobs. We knew that they would be doing construction. My husband would have to travel two hours to get over the Benedict Bridge. It just wouldn’t work.” The stay-at-home mom watches her daughter play on the beach. “Now, I come to exercise here twice a week, to let her play and feed the ducks. The times I travel aren’t rush hours, so it’s a lot easier.” “Maybe they could build a ferry system instead of bridge work,” she suggests, laughing. “As long as they do it away from this beach.”


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Initerviews by Casey McClay, photos by Stephen McClay

Photos and interview by Casey McClay (SCG)

On T he Cover

The Patuxent Prowlers Junior American Legion Team representing Post 274 in Lusby are, from top left: Derrick Thomas, Nathan Taylor, Chapin Cofod, Garrett Mohler, Mike Tewell, Tyler Miller and Austin Hopson. From the bottom left is: Gabriel Castro, Daniel Castro, Jeff Morgan, Brandon Durbin, Darius Jones, Preston Ross, David Hower, Michael Bucci


Future Eagle Scout Calvin Davies shows off a container of seeded oyster shells to be grown in Mill Creek. SEE PAGE 13

Former college professor Suzan King plays former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. SEE PAGE 27


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Janel Baki, of Solomon’s Pier Restaurant, mixes up an Orange Crush SEE PAGE 23

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report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the waters in the bay and its watershed have become so polluted that residents risk serious illness if they live in close proximity. “The pollutants that are hurting the aquatic system, the fish, the oyster, the crabs, are also threatening human health,” said Kim Coble, the Maryland executive director for the foundation. And, Coble said, the evidence so far seems to show that more people may be getting sickened from coming into close contact with the bay’s waters rife with contaminants. “It does seem anecdotally that the impact is increasing,” Coble said. The reports said that as many as 17 million people could be at risk of contracting blood infections, skin diseases and intestinal illnesses from the bay and its watershed from what is known as vibrio bacteria. Cyanobacteria, another bacteria in the bay, the report said, can cause liver disease, skin rashes, nausea and vomiting. Cryptosporidium, a pathogen, has been responsible for multiple beach closings over the past year. According to the Calvert County health depart-


ment, public beaches are open for swimming and other activities with acceptable water quality, while Lake Lariat in Lusby has a water advisory in place. “Sometimes it concerns me about the comments the foundation makes,” said Del. John Wood (D-Dist. 29A). “Sometimes it sounds like a scare tactic. This is the first time I’ve ever heard someone saying it’s this bad.” Coble said that despite the apparent deterioration of the bay overall, there have been some signs of hope, namely the increase in some areas of underwater grasses that help shield infant crab population and the subsequent rise, after a season of heavy restrictions, of the female crab population. Also, she said, state governments have made agreements with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to take action to prevent pollution in the bay, such as fewer impervious surfaces, more cover crops to help filter rain water runoff and cutbacks in nutrient loads over two year periods instead of longer term agreements that can fall by the wayside politically. “If given half a chance the bay can recover; it’s an incredibly resilient ecosystem,” Coble said. BY GUY LEONARD (CT)

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n a world dominated by fast food, authentic- fication by choosing from over 50 offerings of bagels, ity can be hard to find in today’s food indus- breads, Boar’s Head meats, cheeses, and condiments. try. But that’s exactly what visitors to ‘Spyro’s Bland hopes that with the affordable breakfast, lunch, Bagels, Bakery, and More …’ in Solomons will find and light-fare dinner selections offered, Spyro’s will when they enter. serve as an alternative to traditional pre-packaged fast Nestled in the corner of the Solomon’s Town food. Centre, Spyro’s has served authentic, New York baHe also hopes that the success of Spyro’s will soon gels to customers for more than ten years. Owned expand into a national franchise, and potential sites by Stephanos and Stella Markakis since its opening, for additional shops are already being considered. management of the shop was recently taken over by “We wanted to do a unique local business, that Southern Maryland Original Foods upon the couple’s could be grown locally and expanded nationally retirement. through franchising under selected owner-operators,” Under the direction of Jim Bland, general man- he explained. ager, Spyro’s underwent a whirlwind week of total “We have a lot of fun in here,” Bland laughed. remodeling and opened on July 2 with a brand new “I’ve been blessed with this crew. They’re the best in atmosphere, crew, and marketing strategy. the world and have all put their heart and soul into the “Since we opened, it just hasn’t stopped!” Bland new Spyro’s Bagels, Bakery, and More… business!” said. Lines have stretched out the door and over to BY MONICA MEINERT (SCG) Food Lion since opening day, and the crew has served the crowds the same fresh authentic New York bagels that previous patrons of Spyro’s enjoyed. “We continue to see new customers every day and they continue to return and refer their friends as well” Bland said. When making the managerial transition, Bland and his company worked closely with the Markakises to learn the ropes of authentic New York bagel-making and to make sure that the close, personal atmosphere of the shop was preserved. However, the new Spyro’s hasn’t come without a few changes. “We’ve expanded the menu,” Bland said, pointing out a new selection of baked goods, salads, and sandwiches, including a “build your own sandwich” option, which gives each Photo by Monica Meinert customer the ability to create their The crew of Spyro’s Bagels, from left, Jim Bland, Ken Abate, Steve Rebarchick, Linda own sandwich exactly to their speci- Bedell, Elinore Pearson, Julie Wallace, Bridget Bland, and Amanda Bland. Not pictured is baker Clara Gilley.




Calvert County’s Town Center Model By: Gerald “Jerry” Clark, County Commissioner, District 1


Photo by Sean Rice Ed Bryner, a 17-year-old Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout rank, held a fundraising golf tournament July 10 at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course. The event, which attracted about 50 players including Sheriff Mike Evans, helped fund Bryner’s “Eagle Scout project” environmental project at the golf course. Part of the project includes installing 10 bat houses at the course. “That will help keep the mosquito population down so they don’t have to use as many pesticides,” Bryner said.

ore than 25 years ago, citizens, planners and politicians established and adopted the town center model to manage growth and development in Calvert County. Such a model was deemed necessary then to avoid scattered, unstructured development along our main transportation artery of MD Route 2/4, expand housing choices, preserve the charm and character of our landscape, prevent sprawl, reduce dependence on vehicles and limit undesirable growth within agriculture and forested areas. The town center model is intended to provide attractive, convenient and interesting places to live, work and shop, and today it is clear that this plan has served us well as visitors from other parts of the state comment on what a joy it is to drive through Calvert County, passing along the way through our two municipalities of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach and our town centers of Dunkirk, Huntingtown, Owings, Prince Frederick, St. Leonard, Lusby and Solomons. Traffic moves, there are designated places to live, shop and dine and the landscape in between town centers is pleasant and attractive. Town center ordinances are being updated now under general principles approved by the Board of County Commissioners and take into consideration the following guidelines: Zoning regulations should be designed to implement the goals of the master plans for each town center; The format should replicate the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance; Public safety and engineering standards should be consistent throughout the county; Environmental standards should be consistent for all town

centers; and Architectural and parking standards may be tailored for each town center. It has taken a consistent effort – and a lot of work – over the past 25 years to maintain our focus while the county has undergone an explosion of growth and development. Even though the decisions and choices we have made have not always been easy, I believe that the end result has helped us maintain a place that we can be proud to call home and has enabled us to create a valuable legacy for our children. Even though Calvert County’s population has increased by 137 percent over the past 25 years, today’s youngsters still enjoy many of the same small-town, close-knit experiences that their parents did a generation ago. There are not many places left in the state that can make that claim today. Currently, Solomons, St. Leonard and Lusby are undergoing review of their master plans and zoning ordinances and decisions are being made that will affect citizens over the next 25 years. Do you have ideas or a vision for what your town center should look like? What services, amenities or features would you like Solomons, St. Leonard or Lusby to offer in 2034? How will these town centers meet the needs of our residents and what types of shops and landscapes do you want to see? Once an area is over developed, or improperly developed, it is generally lost forever. Public involvement in the design and creation of our town centers is crucial to maintaining our heritage, creating a vibrant economy, providing transportation and housing options, preserving natural resources and maintaining the overall appearance of our county. Your input is encouraged and welcomed, so get involved, attend informational meetings and visit online at Your involvement now will allow you to take credit for the beauty and charm of Calvert County 25 years from now.

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he Calvert Marine Museum’s Cove Point Lighthouse, located at the end of Cove Point Road, has reopened for the summer season. During the months of July and August, the lighthouse grounds are open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. During the month of September, the lighthouse is open on weekends only from 1 to 4 p.m. Cove Point Lighthouse is Maryland’s oldest continuously operating lighthouse. It was built by John Donahoo of Havre de Grace in 1828. It was designed to mark one of the narrowest parts of the Chesapeake Bay and to guide ships safely into the Patuxent

Submitted Photo River. In addition to the tower style lighthouse, visitors can see the Keeper’s House, a duplex where both the lighthouse keeper and his assistant and their families lived; the fog signal building which has been renovated as an education center where a film about the lighthouse can be seen; a radio station building; and an observation deck overlooking the LNG loading dock and Calvert Cliffs. Trained docents are on site at Cove Point to welcome visitors and share information about this interesting piece of local history. There is no charge for visiting the lighthouse and reservations are not required.

frastructure needs should be addressed. By November 1, 2001, the task force was to submit a report to the County Commissioners of Calvert County and the Calvert County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly on its preliminary findings. By December 31, 2002, the task force was to submit a final report. Delegate Tony O’Donnell The work of this task force commenced District 29C Calvert and St. Mary’s in 2001 and continued well into 2002. The task force produced an interim report in 2002 The Southern Calvert County communiand due to the complicated matters before it ty is no different than many areas of Maryland requested additional time from the legislature when it comes to the existence of homeowners to complete its work and its final report. In associations, condominium associations, and the 2002 session of the Maryland General Ascommon ownership and common infrastruc- sembly a bill was passed, again sponsored by ture communities. What is somewhat dif- myself and Delegate Owings, to extend the ferent for us here in Southern Calvert is the report deadline of the task force to December mix and nature of these communities. While 31, 2003. That bill was HB-265 (2002). In we have all of the more modern and common 2003 the task force completed its work and communities that came along with the advent produced a comprehensive report to the Counof and popularity of condominiums and small- ty Commissioners and the Calvert County er homeowner associations and subdivisions Delegation. The task force work and report just like the rest of the state, we are somewhat took more than two years and many meetings unique in another way. We have some of the to complete. I believe that there are still useful largest and oldest common ownership com- recommendations and important information munities in the state. which could be helpful to these communities In Maryland, communities of the age, even today. We have had this comprehensive scale of size, and history of such communities report available to us for about six years since as Chesapeake Ranch Estates, Drum Point, its completion. Anyone wishing copies of White Sands, Calvert Beach, Long Beach, this report can contact my office at (410) 326and Scientists Cliffs are fairly less common. 0081 and we will obtain a copy for you. My These older common infrastructure commu- office can be emailed at Anthony.ODonnell@ nities, previously referred to as private com- for additional inquiries on munities, have their own unique needs and this or other matters as well. problems. Many have roadway infrastructure As a side note, each year the Maryland larger than many cities in Maryland. The chal- General Assembly considers many pieces of lenges with managing these type of communi- legislations which potentially affects all conties are large and sometimes daunting. Often dominium associations, homeowners associthese communities are managed by volunteer ations, and common ownership communities. boards of directors who work very hard, and For example, a quick search of the Maryland often thanklessly, to make sure their commu- General Assembly web site at www.mlis. nities are the best they can possibly be. indicates under the search subRecognizing the unique needs and press- ject code “Homeowners Associations” that ing issues of these communities, and with a over the last three sessions of the General large amount of input from the communities Assembly there were 66 pieces of legislation themselves as well as the Calvert County submitted which show up under this search government, a bill was introduced more than code. Of these 66 bills, 15 actually passed eight years ago to establish a task force for the legislature and were signed into law by these communities. The bill was HB-1222 the Governor. There is much activity on this (2001), and was sponsored by myself and co- subject matter from across the state. I expect sponsored by former Delegate George Ow- this trend will continue in future years and ings. This bill established a nine-member should be monitored by all with an interest Task Force to Study the Infrastructure Needs in this subject. of Private Communities in Calvert County. Finally, I want to take a moment to The task force was directed to: (1) conduct thank all of the volunteer boards members, a comprehensive survey of the infrastruc- committee members, and active participants ture needs of private communities in Calvert working for the betterment of their respective County; (2) hold public hearings to solicit in- homeowners associations and communities. put from residents of Calvert County on issues These volunteers often put in many hours of relating to private communities’ infrastruc- daunting work which very often goes unrecture needs; (3) determine what State and local ognized. They help strengthen our commugovernment resources are available, and what nities and make them a better place to live. additional resources are needed, to address the For this I say thank you to all those volunteeridentified infrastructure needs; and (4) make ing and in many ways carrying out the quasirecommendations on how available resources governmental activities we could not othercan be used to meet the identified infrastruc- wise afford. You deserve to be recognized ture needs, and on the order by which the in- and commeded for your efforts. Thank You!

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eginning with fall 2009 semester, tuition at the College of Southern Maryland will increase $2 per credit hour for residents of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. In-county residents will now pay $100 per credit and the comprehensive fee will remain 23 percent of tuition. For a full-time student enrolled in 12 credits, the increase in tuition will amount to $26. Tuition for other Maryland residents outside of the tri-county region will increase to $174 per credit and for out-of-state residents, $225 per credit. According to Dr. Brad Gottfried, CSM’s President, an increase in county and state support moderated the tuition increase. At one point, we were projecting a $5 per credit increase, but reduced it to $2 per credit because of the support of our elected officials, he said. CSM’s budget is primarily supported by funding from the state, the three counties of Southern Maryland and tuition and fees. The budget reflects an overall increase of 2.7 percent over FY09. In presenting the recommended budget to the trustees, CSM Vice President of Student and Instructional Support Services Bill Comey noted that while the college has taken multiple steps to contain costs, increases in utilities and other fixed costs and decreases in miscellaneous and investment income have resulted in the college needing to increase tuition. He also indicated that while support from local county governments has remained strong, state aid currently makes up only 21 percent of the colleges budget. It would have been lower, and the tuition hike higher, had not the legislature provided additional funding to the states community colleges at the last moment.

CSM Picks New Dean for Calvert Campus


he College of Southern Maryland announced the appointment of Dr. Richard B. Fleming as vice president and dean of the Prince Frederick Campus. Fleming has more than 30 years of experience in college-level instruction and administration, most recently serving as vice president for academic affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va. “Dr. Fleming brings a wealth of higher education experience to the college. As we began the search, I was seeking a seasoned professional who had experience and interest in working with the community to make our Prince Frederick Campus even stronger,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “He also knows education in a way that few administrators do, having worked his way up through the ranks from a faculty member to a college president. We are most fortunate to have him on board.” “I’m looking forward to working for a vibrant, growing college that is committed to student success and to serving its communities,” Fleming said. “I am particularly interested in Prince Frederick since it is the fasting growing campus in the college and I want to be involved in the development of the new building.” Fleming is a 2009 recipient of Phi Theta Kappa International’s Administrator Award of Distinction. While at North Lake College, Fleming was named innovator of the year by the League for Innovation in the Community College for his efforts in developing a local area network and online database scheduling system for continuing education. He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of

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Northern Colorado, master’s degrees in industrial administration and business administration from the University of Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Memphis State University. Fleming is married to Dr. Jean Fleming, who is also in education. They have a daughter, Meredith, and a grandson, Ian, who live in Arlington, Texas.

Higher Ed Center Offers New Programs


he Southern Maryland Higher Education Center released its 2009 academic catalogue with several new degree programs offered, which were highlighted at their open house held July 9 at their facility in California. Cynthia Shoemaker, University Programs director for the center, said that this year’s offerings were in part a response to a general shortage of certain programs, namely those for information assurance, math education and social work. Representatives from more than a dozen universities partnered with the center gave out information on the nearly 100 programs that are already in place since the center opened in 1994, as well as more than a dozen new degree offerings for prospective students to choose from. “We have the well-publicized Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Maryland, which has a lot of prerequisites, so people should inquire at the center for more details on that,” Shoemaker said. New programs from the Catholic University of America include a Master of Science in Nursing, an RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Social Work, which will also have its new start in January.


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“It’s a 60-credit Master’s degree. It’s a very long degree but it’s very badly needed in this area, and no other institution of higher ed is offering that,” she said. Towson University added a master in math education for teachers on the middle school track, and the school is hoping to bring in a program for secondary math teachers in the fall. Shoemaker added that several other programs were still waiting for approval, and updates will be made available as the programs are implemented. For more information on new and existing programs at the center, call 301-737-2500 or go to BY ANDREA SHIELL


Photo by Andrea Shiell A prospective student learns about programs offered from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland

Musings from the Museum By Sherrod Sturrock


he Night at the Museum phenomena, spurred by the highly successful films starring Ben Stiller, have rekindled interest in museum overnight programs across the country. The idea of having museum exhibits come to life and run wild is great fun. The movie trailer states that the original film “… follows a divorced father trying to settle down, impress his son, and find his destiny.” Ironically, that is exactly what we in the museum world are trying to do in real time – bring history or science to life for our visitors and help them understand their place in the world. Without the benefit of Hollywood special effects, we seek ways to make our exhibits colorful, engaging, informative, and challenging for visitors of all ages. No small feat. We want you to come and wonder about this world you live in and your impact on it. We want you to question your role, and your responsibility. We want you to enjoy the experience, but to leave thinking about things a little differently. We want you to bring your children to a museum knowing it is a great way to impress them – for life. At the Calvert Marine Museum, we do have overnights. In fact, there is a family overnight planned for July 24. It’s a chance to have fun as a family, and to look behind the scenes to discover how our museum works. There is a great deal that goes into this operation that most visitors are completely unaware of. The care and feeding of our fish and otters is a 24-7

Make a Day of the Patuxent Wine Trail

By Joyce Baki


alvert County’s heritage is steeped in water and farmland. It is these stunning water vistas and beautiful rolling farmlands that draw visitors to our area. Tobacco, known as the “money crop,” was an important crop in Southern Maryland. The loamy soil that once grew the thick green fields that dotted the landscape is excellent for what could become our next “cash crop.” A close approximation of the famed Tuscany region of Italy, Southern Maryland’s soil and climate allow our local wine makers to create sumptuous award-winning wines that will rival those anywhere. Every aspect of the region’s natural wonders is on display at the five wineries on the Patuxent Wine Trail. In Northern Calvert County, Fridays Creek Winery ( is situated on a working farm near the narrow reaches of the Patuxent River. As you pull into the winery you are greeted in a converted tobacco barn, built in the 1920’s. The tasting room is located on the ground level, where you can sample from their lengthy wine list. Make sure you visit the second floor which features local art, antiques and collectibles. Set on a 300-acre farm reminiscent of Italy’s Tuscany region you will find Running Hare Vineyard ( in Prince Frederick. Nestled in the folds of the vineyard is an outdoor tasting room where you can sip wines that have won accolades in recent international competitions. Specializing in red wines is Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery (www. located in St. Leonard. A small family-owned enterprise began

planting in 2001 and now offers wine under three labels from the grapes grown in their vineyards. The tasting room is currently housed in a stately brick building that offers a bit of old-world charm. In the southern portion of Calvert County, the Patuxent Wine Trail will lead you to Cove Point Winery ( This micro-winery in Lusby features wine made from grapes grown on site and also from fruit purchased from local farmers. Their award winning varieties include reds, whites, fruit blends and dessert wines. Perched along the banks of Hungerford Creek, just north of Solomons Island, is Solomons Island Winery ( This picturesque site includes a small vineyard and tasting room where you can sample a variety of reds, whites and fruit blends, including the recently released Mendana, a red blend named for the Spanish explorer Álvaro de Mendaña who discovered the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. Visitors who sojourn along the Patuxent Wine Trail will come to know why Calvert County is called the Pleasant Peninsula. “The Patuxent Wine Trail is a great way to tour this gorgeous county and experience the local wine craft,” said Calvert County Tourism Specialist Joyce Baki. “Calvert County is host to the only wineries in Southern Maryland. These vibrant businesses are showing that viticulture is a natural extension of our agricultural heritage, and that Southern Maryland wines can offer quality and diversity with a distinctly local flavor.” More information on the Patuxent Wine Trail can be found at area visitors centers, or visit the website,

operation. The preparation and storage of the countless fossils and maritime artifacts in our collection is a monumental task. The programs we run, and events we put on, the classes and lectures we offer consume hours of staff and volunteer time. And what’s it all for? It’s all for you. It’s to ensure that when you walk through our doors there is always something new, exciting, challenging, and fun to keep you coming back. Last week I ran into an old friend visiting with her daughter and grandchildren. She lives 15 minutes down the road. She and her family are fully engaged members of the community, but she said she had not been to the museum in over 20 years! She was completely blown away by what she found, and couldn’t wait to come back with her husband and other family members. We are here for you, every day. Don’t wait 20 years to discover this amazing treasure in your own backyard. Spending a night in the museum is certainly one unusual way to discover us, but we have lots to offer in the day time too. It’s not just for when company comes to town – it’s for you. Everyday. Sherrod Sturrock is the Deputy Director of the Calvert Marine Museum. She can be reached at sturrosa@

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n Friday, July 17 over 100 sailboats will depart from the Severn River and race to Solomons. Sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club of Annapolis, the Solomons Island Invitational is in its 29th year. The Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Sunday comes to Solomons Monday, July 19 through Tuesday, July 21. This annual event, sponsored by the Southern Maryland Sailing Association and Mount Gay Rum, is known as one of the best regattas in the country. Bringing in the best of the best, captains and crew will test their skills on the Chesapeake Bay for three days with around the buoys racing. After racing festivities will be held each night at the Holiday Inn Solomons. Take the Buy Local Challenge. Buying local is good for you, good for the local economy and good for the planet. Why would you want to buy local? You will get fresh and nutritional food that tastes better. You will support our local family farms creating a stronger economy. According to the Buy Local Challenge Website (, in Maryland, if every household purchased just $12 worth of farm products for eight weeks, over $200 million would be put back into the pockets of our farmers. And you will help to protect the environment. How do you buy local? Visit one of our Farmer’s Markets. You can find them throughout the County. Thursdays, purchase seasonal delights at the Farmer’s Market Solomons, in the Riverwalk Parking Lot, north of the Solomons Pavilion, across the street from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. The market is open seasonally from May to November on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. From this vantage point you can also watch the Southern Maryland Sailing Association’s small boat races which start at 6 p.m. Fridays, visit the North Beach Friday Night Farmers Market and Classic Car Cruise-In. Located at 5th Street and Bay Avenue, you not only get to buy local, you can also view classic cars set up along the beachfront. And the stores stay open late! The market is open seasonally May to October Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday mornings, drop into the Prince Frederick Shopping Center parking lot, between Church and Duke Streets (and the location of the Greene Turtle). The Calvert County Farmer’s Market is open seasonally, May to November from 9 a.m. to Noon. The American Chestnut Land Trust will host a guided canoe trip on Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The group will depart from Warrior’s Rest and will enjoy a scenic tour of Parkers Creek. Reservations are required. Saturday, July 25, work to improve native plant species on ACLT lands by identifying and removing non-native invasive plant species during their Vine Vindicator Work Day. Bring work gloves and loppers or clippers if you have them. Registration requested. For more information on these events and more, visit their website for more information, Want to learn about fossils? The Calvert Marine Museum will hold a Fossil Field Experience on Saturday, July 25. Begin your experience at 11 a.m. at the museum where you will learn to identify fossils. Then travel with a museum interpreter to a nearby beach to explore the fossils of Calvert Cliffs. Space is limited and is for ages 8 and up. Preregistration is required – visit their website for more information, Saturday, July 25, there are two opportunities for you to see a movie for free out in the open air! Sponsored by Mar-Ber Development Corporation, “Movies on Main Street” will show “Ghostbusters” at the corner of Duke and Main Streets. Music will begin at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair! Also that night the Town of North Beach invites you to view “Grease” as part of their “Movie on the Beach” series. Enter the beach at 5th Street and Bay Avenue on the Boardwalk. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. The movie begins at dusk. And like I said earlier – it’s free!


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Support Calvert Hospice at the “Shoppe for Hospice.” Donations of women’s and children’s clothing are accepted every Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. at the Shoppe in the Kaine Industrial Park, 4130 Old Town Rd. Huntingtown, MD. Donations are not accepted at any other time. Tax deductions are allowed in accordance with IRS guidelines. Clean out your closets, then come back to shop! The “Shoppe for Hospice” will open on Thursday July 23rd and will be open Thursdays - 12 Noon to 7:00 PM and Fridays and Saturdays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information call (410) 535-0892 or (301) 855-1226 or go to

New Surgeon Joins Hospital


oard-certified general surgeon Dr. Seble Gabre-Madhin has joined Dr. Steven Quigley of Calvert Surgical Care in Prince Frederick. “We are very excited to have attracted someone of her caliber to care for our growing community,” said Calvert Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim Xinis. Dr. Sebby, as she prefers to be called, brings broad experience in treating a wide variety of general surgical conditions including breast, thyroid, hernia, gall bladder and colon. Her colleagues describe her as an excellent surgeon with outstanding diagnostic judgment and surgical skills. “She is a well-trained surgeon and will be of exceptional value in bringing some of the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to our hospital and the community we serve,” said Quigley. “I look forward to working with her.” Dr. Sebby graduated from Yale University and SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine and went on to complete her surgical residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. BIDMC is a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and one of the largest hospitals in New England. “I want my patients to know that I am committed to listening to them and making them feel comfortable,” Dr. Sebby said. “I also want them to know that I care about them as an individual and will recommend the treatment options that I feel are most Dr. Seble Gabre-Madhin appropriate for them.”


Thoughts on Traffic Wanted

he annual “Monitoring the Future of Maryland, A Survey of Highway Safety Issues” is underway in Calvert County. Residents have the opportunity to document their concerns and attitudes regarding traffic-related issues, such as enforcement priorities and driver behaviors. More than 650 Calvert County residents participated in the survey during the 2007 calendar year. A review of local results determined that local residents’ traffic safety priorities included drunk driving and speeding/aggressive driving. When asked what countermeasures they would most like to see occur, continued speed enforcement efforts, especially on Route 2/4 was listed most often. Since then, more than $60,000 in Calvert County

Traffic Safety Council grant funds has been directed to local sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols through the region’s “Checkpoint Strikeforce” campaign and speed enforcement efforts funded through Maryland’s “Smooth Operator” campaign. Residents are now being requested to participate in this year’s survey, which can be taken by logging onto through Aug. 12. This survey was developed by the University of Maryland for the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration’s Safety Office. It is part of an ongoing effort to assist local governments on prioritizing county-specific traffic safety issues based on citizen concerns.

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e all know far too many people whose lives have been touched by cancer. That is why Sara and I are pleased to serve as the Honorary Chairs of the 28th Annual Celebration of Life gala, August 6, 2009, at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant. However, Sara and I believe that we can do more. So do the many folks at Community Bank of tri-County, the presenting sponsor of the Gala. As president of Community Bank of tri-County for over 30 years, I know what a difference companies can make when they embrace a worthy cause. At Community Bank, we are driven by our mission and our support of this Gala is especially important to us as it embraces our community-focused value. The evening of the gala promises to be filled with friends, fellowship, live mu-


sic, dancing, waterside dining, desserts and much more. We invite you to join us as we celebrate life, honor the memories of our loved ones, and help in the fight against cancer. We hope that you will give with your heart and your wallet. Proceeds from this event will fund cancer research, education, patient services, advocacy and numerous efforts of the American Cancer society. Sara and I are very excited to lead our team in its support of this event which has raised over three million dollars for cancer research since it began in 1982. We invite you to join us to support the American Cancer society and help make a difference in the fight against cancer. Mike and Sara Middleton Honorary Chairs 2009

Thanks for a Good Time

’d like to express my deepest gratitude for the warmth and hospitality of the people of Calvert County recently, when I along with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and members of our Executive Cabinet officially declared the County Maryland’s “Capital for a Day.” Joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert, Prince George’s), Calvert County Board of County Commissioners’ President Wilson Parran (D), and other state and local leaders, we declared Calvert County Maryland’s “Capital for a Day” at the picturesque Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard, along the banks of the Patuxent River. Since our capacity for progress is not limited to the walls of the State House, neither, therefore, should our State Capital. By bringing the State Capital to the towns, farms and shores of our state, in every corner of Maryland, we continue the ongoing dialogue we began with the people of Maryland well over two and a half years ago. It is a dialogue that promises an engaging, efficient and effective government; one that works on behalf of the people of Calvert County and all Marylanders. Through tough decisions and an adherence to the principles of fiscal responsibility, we’ve protected the shared priorities of Maryland’s middle class, putting families first even in tough economic times. The county is budgeted to receive

more than $101 million for K-12 education in Fiscal Year 2010, representing an increase of 23 percent since FY2007. Since taking office, over $28 million has been allocated to Calvert County by the O’Malley-Brown Administration for school construction, representing a 43 percent increase over the entire four years of the previous administration. Our day also took us through Chesapeake Beach, North Beach, Prince Frederick and St. Leonard and throughout our day, we met with leaders of the faith and business communities, farmers and medical professionals, and citizens from all walks of life who call Calvert County home. We helped cut the ribbon for the newly constructed Calvert Medical Arts Center, toured the wonderfully enriching exhibits of the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum and held an official cabinet meeting where members of our Executive Cabinet reported back the many meetings with their local counterparts they participated in throughout the day. We look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to benefit all Marylanders. On behalf of the Cabinet, and all who shared in our celebration, thank you for your hospitality, and for sharing your beautiful county and its history with us. Gov. Martin O’Malley, Annapolis

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By Joyce Baki Calvert County has a very distinctive flag. Developed in 1966, the background of the flag is gold and black bars from the Arms of Calvert . In the center of the flag is a green tobacco leaf. Why would we put a tobacco leaf on

Calvert County’s Symbols our flag - because tobacco was a very important crop in Calvert County. Tobacco, native to the United States, was introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus and it became very popular. It was easy to grow and transport, and soon became a form of “cash” that was used to buy dry goods, food and other necessities. The Calvert County Seal also shows a tobacco leaf in a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. The cornucopia is surrounded by rope with two anchors at the bottom, with Black-eyed Susans entwined in the rope. The county dog is the American Foxhound. Intelligent, sweet, kind and very loyal, these dogs need careful training and lots of exercise. These dogs have been used for hunting since colonial times. Their hunting instincts are so strong; once they have picked up a scent the dog will follow it neglecting all commands. It has been documented that George Washington owned several foxhounds. The bald cypress is the county tree. These trees like to live in swamps. They can grow to be 150 feet tall and as much as 15 feet at the base. The roots of the tree will come up from the ground forming small rounded humps known as “knees.” If you would like to see one, visit Battle Creek Cypress Swamp located just south of Prince Frederick on Gray’s Road. What other symbols represent Calvert County? The county bird is a purple martin. The male bird has glossy dark purplish-blue feathers, while the females and young have gray feathers underneath.

Purple martins are a great bird to watch, and we know that the Native Americans would hang clusters of hollow gourds in their villages to attract these beautiful creatures. Mountain Laurel is the county flower. This beautiful evergreen shrub naturally grows in the woods throughout the Eastern United States, blooming in late spring. The flowers are star-shaped and range in color from red to pink to white, in clusters. The bushes can grow up to ten feet high. But beware, every part of this plant is poisonous. The zebra swallowtail butterfly is the county insect. This butterfly has distinctive black and white markings on its wings, with small red and blue markings on the bottom corners. They measure 2 ½ to 3 ½ inches and are found in grassy meadows and open woodlands. Maryland has a state sport – it is jousting. In early times jousting would be done by two knights who would ride their horses at each other and try to spear one another, with the knight who lived named the winner. Today, jousters spear small rings with their lances. The oldest jousting tournament in the State of Maryland is held at Christ Church in Port Republic. This year the tournament will be held on Saturday, August 29th. In addition to the tournament there is a bazaar, country supper and organ recitals.

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ing a difference, that’s the reason why were involved.” Last year, the CCA MD Patuxent River Chaprter planted 64,000 oysters in two Patuxent River tributaries. “We are anxious to start oyster projects anywhere in the Patuxent watershed south of Battle Creek,” said Scott McGuire, president of the local chapter. “Anyone living on a Patuxent tributary in either Calvert or St. Mary’s counties and wishes to participate should contact us. Our goal is to distribute 1,500 cages to 375 residents this year.” The oysters Future Eagle Scout Calvin Davies briefs his felare attached to low scouts on the task at hand. piers and suspended just below the surface in cages. After they grow to adult size, CCA members will move them to permanent sanctuaries on the floor of the Patuxent River. BY SEAN RICE (SCG)

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“We weren’t really trying to win very much, just trying to get all our younger players some playing time,” said team member Darius Jones. “It was just everybody playing together, with no arguing,” pitcher Brandon Durbin said was one of the things that made the team so successful. “We are looking to go to the next level and see where it goes from there,” said Jeff Morgan, shortstop for the Prowlers, who will be playing for the varsity team at Patuxent High School. All but two of the players on the Prowlers are current or future ball players at Patuxent High School in Lusby. The grueling summer schedule for the Prowlers included games nearly everyday of the week. With make-up games, and games for the Hughesville Warriors Photo by Frank Marquart Daniel Castro steals second base, sliding in safely. traveling league, some weeks during the summer this squad played nine and ten games in one week. “Man these kids, they show up everyday, it’s like wow,” Coach Jones said. “I t was surprises all around when the Patuxent Prowlgot there at 3 p.m. today, and hour before the game, and I had 15 ball players sitting ers baseball team, in the Calvert County American there waiting. It’s awesome.” Legion Junior League, won a berth to the Legion’s Jones spoke to the Southern Calvert Gazette on July 11, after the team finished up a doublestate tournament for the second year in a row. header against the Huntingtown team. The Prowlers won the first game 11-0 and the second “That was surprising for me, to learn we’re going to game 7-4. the states,” said head coach Cleon Jones. “That’s one thing I can say about my kids, they never give up, they keep going until the last For Coach Jones and his players, the summer leagues inning,” Jones said. “And I think that comes from playing a lot.” serve as a venue for these young athletes to keep their skills Playing a lot and playing with a team mentality are the keys to success, according to sharp by playing ball during the off-season of school-sanc- Morgan. tioned baseball. But without trying to be champions, they “You can’t be looking out for yourself, and just your own stats, you got to wiling to look out did just that. for not only your friends, but everybody on the team, young or old,” he said.


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She is survived by her fiancé Ralph Buckmaster; sons William (Billy) Cole and wife Belinda, Walter (Ray) Cole and wife Annette, John Wayne Cole and wife Kristy and daughter-in-law Susan Cole; grandchildren Christopher, Mikayla, Tori, Brianna and John Jr.; brother Mansfield (James) Gott of Florida, Mary Stinnett of Huntingtown and Shirley May Smith of Prince Frederick and many nieces and nephews. The family received friends at Rausch Funeral Home 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, on Wednesday July 1, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. where services were held at 11 a.m. Interment followed at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1250 Emmanuel Church Road, Huntingtown, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to the ICU Unit at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

Jeremiah Richard “Jeremy” Guensch, 27 Jeremiah Richard “Jeremy” Guensch, 27, of Lusby, Md., passed away on July 6, 2009, at his residence. He was born Sept. 18, 1981, in Washington, D.C., to

Church, 8505 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, Md. A separate Celebration of Jeremy’s Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the Ranch Club Clubhouse, Lusby, Md. The family has requested no flowers. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, Md.

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of Powhaton Point, Ohio, passed away on June 26, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. Louie was born on Sept. 23, 1930, in Moundsville, West Va., to the late Katherine Tolza and Louis Vanek Sr. Mr. Vanek was also preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann Danford Vanek whom he married on March 23, 1954, in Washington D.C., and two brothers, Joe and Donald Vanek. He served in the Army spending time in Germany from 1950 to 1954; when he was discharged, he had obtained the rank of sergeant. Louie retired from Safeway in 1992 after 22 years of employment as a meat cutter. Father of Thomas Vanek of Washington D.C, Cynthia Vanek of Mechanicsville, Md., and Sheldon Vanek of Port Republic, Md.; brother of Barbra Wigley of Tennessee. He is also survived by four grandchildren. The family received friends at the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Md., on Wednesday July 1, 2009, from 10 to 11 a.m., with services following at 11 a.m.. Interment was in Asbury Cemetery, Barstow, Md.

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ith beach season in full swing, many men and women are trying to put their best body forward to appeal to others. However, according to a February 2009 survey from the American Dental Association and Crest(R) and Oral B(R) the smile outranks eyes, hair and the body as the most attractive physical feature on a person. Therefore, taking care of your teeth and smile is essential. Men and women differ when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums. A nationwide survey of 1,000 Americans ages 18 and older found 86 percent of women brush their teeth twice or more a day, yet only 66 percent of men do so. The survey also found that women say they change their toothbrush or power toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months on average, yet men hang on to theirs an average of 5 months. The ADA recommends replacing toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months or when the bristles become frayed since frayed and worn bristles decrease cleaning effectiveness. Most people need to do a better job of flossing their teeth. Only half of those surveyed (49 percent) say they floss their teeth once a day or more often. And 1 out of 3 people surveyed think a little blood in the sink after brushing their teeth is normal, yet it’s not -- it could signal gum disease or another health problem. Oral health is an important part of overall health. Regular dental check-ups are important not only to diagnose and treat gum disease and tooth decay, but also because some diseases or medical conditions, such as oral cancer, have symptoms that can appear in the mouth. Growing research indicates there may be an association between oral health and serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, underscoring the importance of good oral hygiene habits. “We need to constantly get the word out how impor-

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The Captain’s Corner

How this Captain got Started Fishing By Capt. Sonney Forrest


hey say you never know what will come of some things you do in life. You may help a friend or a stranger or an organization that helps others. You may share your education, skills or life experiences that can save others time and money. My father, Capt. Louis once told me that “it is a wise man that can learn from his own mistakes, but a far smarter person, who can learn from the mistakes of others.” Time in life is valuable and you should not waste it. So I like to help people, teach fishing skills and share my life’s experiences on the water with others. Having lived over half a century, I have seen things come full circle and nothing stays the same but change. Now I am starting all over again. I started on the waters of Southern Maryland as a boy playing at the shore line, working on small boats, making trips by boat to different ports around the Bay with my father, a real true waterman of times past. I enjoyed the summers helping him crab pot by hand. He would pull the pots, about 40 pounds, up from a 20-foot depth full of crabs, by hand over hand method, with no power winder. Then shake them out into a box for me to cull out and re-bait the pot, while he steered to the next pot. Hard work for a man in his 50’s at the time. We took the crabs home to steam and pick out the meat to make Crab Cakes which my mother sold to local restaurants. Along with Devil Crabs, Crabmeat deep-fried in the cleaned shell of a Hard Crab, plus Soft Shell Crabs, cleaned, wrapped and frozen. Sometimes during the July 4th holiday we took bushels of Steamed Crabs ready by 5 a.m. and trucked them to the restaurants for sale. That was being part of the seafood business

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before today’s super markets came to be. most successful people where those that took their hobbies to School in the fall ended all the free time and brought the next level and went professional like golfers. So I tallied about the fall changes to the Oyster season, which I was not up my seamanship time and got a clean health record, along fond of as a youngster. During the week it was school work, with much paper work and sat for my license. I took a week dinner and helping load the shells in the truck with of training on how to pass the test questions and made my brother Patrick John, PJ we called him. the grade. My good friend Capt. Jim Gray, owner But on weekends I would go with my faof the Mary R in Ridge and I celebrated with ther to hand tong oysters all day. At 7 drinks at the Tiki Bar that evening some 30 a.m. we would be in the boat going up years ago. We both have been fishing the the creek breaking skim ice it was Bay ever since. so cold. Many times never seeing It was then I changed jobs titles it get above “zero” degrees. Ice to Occupational Safety & Health Inwould be on the apron all day spector for the Navy. With an early and fall off when I stood up. It out retirement offered, at age 47, I was then I knew I did not want was going fishing full time. My to be a waterman all my life. wife, and business partner, Charlene So I stayed in school, so I could built a new inspected charter boat get an education and hopefully called “Fin Finder” and operated it make something of my life. After for 15 years, until buying it in 2006. my short career in the U.S. Army, I operated it for Capt. Greg Buckner my obligation to my country behind the current owner until June 5 this year, me and fading memories of Vietnam while all my customers got to know the becoming distant, I went to work for the new Captain, Andrew Turner. Navy as a Fire Fighter, increasing in my Now I am starting over, again. I have the skill, leadership and education while gaining Reel Relief, a twin engine 2660 Sailfish center conCapt. Sonney rank to Fire Investigator/Inspector. sole which I fish every day, weather permitting, but do it It was during this time I took up fishing again, as I loved for hire, while still enjoying the fun of teach others the joys of the Bay and being on the water, yet not working on it. I used fishing the Chesapeake Bay and all its treasures. Since I heard a twin-engine center console Mako 20’ and fished every other that the Good Lord does not count the days you fish, I am planday, weather permitting, just for the fun of it. That was when I ning on being here as long as I can, until that day I cross over got my act together. I read in Readers Digest that some of the the bar for the last time.






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Isaac’s: A Solomons Staple


t may very well be the first thing that weary travelers see when they darken the doors of the Holday Inn Select in Solomons, a restaurant boasting a newly renovated dining room, historical memorabilia (including a Skiff and prints) from the Calvert Marine Museum down the street, and of course a revamped menu with classics like chicken Isaac’s chef Joe Hall next to a historical skiff Chesapeake, seafood at the restaurant chowder, and a whole plethora of sandwiches, salads, steaks and fresh seafood. For Isaac’s chef Joe Hall, this well-situated eatery has grown up with the island as well as helping him grow his own career. “I’ve been working here officially for nine years, and I started off in catering as a server, actually,” said Hall. “Chef Ben [Bensaide] asked me if I wanted to start working in the kitchen, so I started off as a prep cook and pretty much learned everything he wanted to teach me.” Now that he commands the kitchen floor, Hall said that his favorite dishes to make are the Chicken Chesapeake, “a lightly breaded chicken breast sautéed and stuffed with four ounce crab cake – our crab cakes are made fresh – and a marsala cream sauce,” and Isaac’s Seafood Chowder, “just because it’s not challenging, but it’s really fun to make it … and it’s one of the first things I took a lot of time trying to learn from the chef how to make it.” A big part of his business is also providing catering services for the more than 20 weddings the hotel hosts each year. “Most of our weddings are in the summer and fall,” he said, explaining that guest lists could sometimes swell upwards of 400 people. As for the challenges involved in running the kitchen for both a restaurant and a banquet hall, Hall said that it was often easier to establish rapport with wedding parties than with regular restaurant customers “because you have them for a little while. You have them for about four hours … so you get to know them and they get to know you … it’s almost like just being a part of their lives,” he said, adding that he had seen many ceremonies in the hotel’s courtyard. As for which area of the restaurant he prefers, Hall said he was often torn between the back and the front of the house. “I like to be in front of guests. It’s fun to do the whole show thing, to be a part of letting people experience what you do. Once a year we have the Taste of Solomons event … where I do a demonstration. People buy tickets and they donate money to restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, so they come from Viriginia and Maryland, and I do a cooking presentation … so that’s fun.” Still, Hall said he has a soft spot in his heart for the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, which he describes a well-oiled machine. “The back of the house is probably what I love the most, because that’s where all the action happens. BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT)


Isaac’s Restaurant is located at the Holiday Inn Select (155 Holiday Drive, Solomons, Md.) and is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast items (omelettes, pancakes, continental buffet) are from 3.25 to 15.75. Appetizers (crab dip, scallops, wings) range from $3.25 to $17.95. Soups and salads and fried baskets are from $5.95 to $7.95, and sandwiches (burgers, crab cake, shrimp salad) are from $8.95 to $11.95. Entrees (Chicken Chesapeake, filet mignon) range from $15.95 to $23.95. For more information call 410-326-6311.

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Behind the bar

Behind the Bar: Janel Baki Photo by Andrea Shiell


usby native Janel Baki leaned and arched her back as she smiled and picked up an orange from one of two large buckets she had at her fingertips. Working behind the bar at Solomon’s Pier Restaurant on Solomon’s Island, she said she could go through as many as four five-gallon buckets of oranges on any given day as she served up the bar’s most popular house specialty, the Orange Crush, a refreshing blend of orange vodka, Triple Sec and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Though the orange crush is her favorite drink to make, she said her least favorite would “probably be a mojito,” because of the labor intensity of the drink. “I actually don’t really mind making mojitos, but I think it’s like an unwritten bartender law that the mojitos are everyone’s least favorite,” she said, laughing. “I’ve lived my entire life in Calvert County, and this is my 15th summer with the restaurant, and my fourth summer here behind the bar,” said Janel, adding that she enjoys her regular crowd of “laid back, great locals” and her interactions with outdoor bar patrons at

the restaurant, which overlooks a picturesque view of the water. “I love bartending, and talking with people. It’s always been a lot of fun for me,” she said, though she went on to admit that she doesn’t partake of any of the spirits herself. “I don’t drink,” she said, “but if I did I guess I’d go for a rum runner about now.” BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT)

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Salt and ground black pepper, to taste Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. During the final 2 minutes, add the peas and corn, stirring to ensure they don’t clump together. Drain the pasta mixture, rinsing it with cool water, then transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread it in an even layer to dry. Meanwhile, pull apart the chicken meat, discarding the skin and bones. Chop any large pieces into bite-size chunks. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, hot sauce and lime juice. Add the chicken and toss to coat. In a second large bowl, combine the sour cream, pasta and vegetable mixture, celery, red onion, carrot and tomatillos. Toss well to coat. Fold in the chicken and cilantro, mixing until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

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Out&About Thursday, July 16

CSM Twilight Performance Series - Unity Reggae Band will perform as part of the Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or a blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. 6:30 p.m. Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick www.csmd.


July 19-21

Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge Sponsored by the Southern Maryland Sailing Association and Mount Gay Rum. Captains and crew will test their skills on the Chesapeake Bay with three days of around-the-buoys racing. After racing each day, festivities will

be held at the Holiday Inn Solomons.

Tuesday, July 21

Experimental Aircraft Association Summer Picnic - Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 478 will hold its summer picnic on Tuesday, July 21 starting at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the start of the picnic at 6 p.m. The picnic will be held at Attebury’s Hangar on Crystal Rock Road in Chesapeake Ranch Estates. Bring a dish, salad, chips and dips, dessert or something else to share. The chapter will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, tri-tips, ranch beans and drinks. Bring a camping chair/folding table if you have one. For directions, go to

First Annual Beach Party

Saturday July 25th from 9 p.m. - ‘til.

Come out and have a good summer beach party at Jake and Al’s Chophouse. Featuring the Sam Grow Band

Thursday, July 23

CSM Twilight Performance Series - The Joshua Walker Jazz Trio will perform as part of the Twilight Performance Series. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or a blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. 6:30 p.m. Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick.

Friday, July 24

Date Night at Annmarie Garden - Looking for something new to do with your friends or significant other? Enjoy evening hours at Annmarie Garden with great art, wine tasting, music and special gift shop discounts. Adults only. Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons 410-326-4640

Saturday, July 25

Calvert Artists’ Guild Gazebo Art show and Sale - The Calvert Artists’ Guild will hold its ninth annual art show and sale at the boardwalk in Solomons. The event will run from noon until 6 p.m., rain or shine. This

is the perfect time to meet local artists and select an original piece of art for your home or business. For additional information, please contact Rex Miller (410-326-2604) or Cindy Pond (410-326-2453)

Saturday July 25

Fossil Field Experience - Explore the fossils of Calvert Cliffs by traveling to a nearby beach with a museum interpreter. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) For ages 8 and up. Cost is $20 and space is limited; preregistration required. 410-326-2042 ext. 41. Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons

Thursday, July 30

CSM Twilight Performance Series - Darcy Nair, performing with Craig Williams and Chelle Fulk, will provide a Celtic evening of music as part of the weekly summer series. Bring a picnic with a lawn chair or a blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. 6:30 p.m. Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Twilight Series Kicks Off with Chautauqua


heodore Roosevelt once described Chautauqua (pronounced “sha‘taw’-kwa”), which is a theatrical education movement that sprung from New York and spread with traveling performances of music and theater through rural America in the 1920s, as “the most American thing in America,.” This year’s free Twilight Performance Series, presented by the College of Southern Maryland, kicked off with a gracious nod to the movement, and the rest of the series promises to be both educational and entertaining. The 2009 performance series kicked off at CSM’s Prince Frederick campus last week with its very own Chautauqua performance, the first of its kind for the campus, featuring actors offering portrayals of famous historical figures complete with props, costumes, mannerisms, and accents. This year’s theme being “Rights and Reformers,” Thursday night’s show featured Suzan King, a former college professor who is now a fulltime Chautauqua performer, playing former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Chautauqua is an educational program of the Maryland Humanities Council presented in partnership with the College of Southern Maryland. In addition to the theatrics, this year’s concert series would feature an eclectic line-up of musicians. “We’ll have reggae, a jazz band and also a Celtic group coming in for the last week in July, so it’s a little different than what we’ve had in the past but we always try to vary it every year,” said F.J. Talley, vice president and dean at the Leonardtown campus. Each of the musical acts will perform at each of CSM’s three campuses; on Tuesdays at CSM’s Leonardtown campus; the La Plata campus on Wednesdays and the Prince Frederick campus on Thursdays. Talley said that college officials were expecting between 1,000 to 1,500 visitors during the course of this concert season, which will be the third year for the college. All concerts will be free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating, and refreshments will

be sold nightly at each concert. This year’s schedule at the Prince Frederick Campus is as follows: July 16: Unity Reggae Band This Baltimore-based band has been playing together for nearly two decades, with an extensive collection of original works and cover songs, as well as four album releases and three national tours. They’ve also shared the stage with well-known reggae artists The Wailers, Yellowman and Eek-A-Mouse. July 23: The Joshua Walker Jazz Trio This group will perform a variety of jazz styles as well as original compositions by Walker, a jazz guitarist and composer who studied at Virginia Commonwealth University before pursuing postgraduate studies at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Joshua’s first album, ‘Inertia’, features his compositions performed by his working quartet of the last two years. July 30: Darcy Nair with Chelle Fulk and Craig Williams Celtic Trio Specializing in hammer dulcimer and mandolin, Nair has performed as a soloist and with a variety of folk groups with a repertoire including historic and modern music from Ireland, Scotland, Great Britain and Wales. This year’s Twilight Performance Series is sponsored in part by Comcast; Raley, Watts & O’Neil; Ed and Candice Kelly; The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery; Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Keffler, LLC, Taylor Gas Company Inc.; Computer Sciences Corporation, as well as by a grant from the Community Foundation of Charles County. Also, this series is made possible in part by a grant from the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, awarded by the Maryland State Arts Council. The Twilight Performance Series is also supported by in-kind donations from community partnerships with Kool Productions LLC, and the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance. For more information on CSM’s Twilight Performance Series, call 301-934-7861 or go to BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT)

Thursday, July 16, 2009


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Southern Calvert Gazette, July 16, 2009  
Southern Calvert Gazette, July 16, 2009  

Southern Calvert Gazette, July 16, 2009