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Public Service: A Family Affair Woods Firm On Values PAGE 18

County Trying To Figure Out Dead Zones Story Page 5

Stone’s Store, A Local Landmark, Is Up For Sale Story Page 10

Comedians Offer Schtick For Wounded Warriors Story Page 33

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Your Paper... Your Thoughts Do you think the Sheriff’s Office should apply for government grant money to hire more people, knowing that the county commissioners may have to authorize ongoing salary expenses when the grants run out? Jared Walker, 18, who has lived in St. Mary’s for 12 years said he would support using grant funds for deputy hires. “I think the Sheriff’s office should do it, because we do have a crime problem, as we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks. We’ve had robberies and shootings, we’ve had arrests, and we only currently have a low number of deputies and it’s a big county. I think we could use the extra help.”

Myron Nelson, 42, from Leonardtown had a mixed response. “Good question … if they’re being told, or promised, that it’s going to be a full time position or a career move opportunity – with limited funds, no I don’t agree. But if they’re being hired for a short-term contract position, then they could use the money for that, and I think it would be fine. But again they need to let people know what’s going on first.”


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“Any time on the stage is an amazing feeling. We all still get nervous and excited every time we perform. That is what gets you going … The most incredible feeling is when you hear the response from your audience … making them smile or being a part of their good time is what makes performing so exciting.” - Karen Gould Windsor, of the Country Memories Band, which will be performing this Saturday in Leonardtown.

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SMECO Line Upgrade Permit Aging Mechanicsville Gas Station Nearing Approval To Be Demolished

By Sean Rice Staff Writer

The hearing examiner assigned to consider Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which is required from the Maryland Public Service Commission before a project can begin to upgrade a high-voltage line running through Calvert County, has issued a decision saying the permit should be granted. The $110 million project would upgrade an existing transmission line from 69 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts. The line runs from Huntingtown south through Calvert County and crosses the Patuxent River to a substation in St. Mary’s County. The project would result in a fully “looped” 230 KV power system in SMECO’s

entire service area, which includes Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. Hearing examiner Dennis H. Sober wrote on July 14 that the CPCN is to be granted, because all laws and regulations have been met and a demonstrated need has been established. Sober also wrote: that governing bodies from both counties approve of the project; the project will protect the safety of residents relying on power by decreasing the likelihood of extended power outages; it will meet growing demand for power in Southern Maryland; and benefit the local economy. The hearing examiner’s order will become a final decision of the Public Service Commission on Aug. 14, unless an appeal is filed. The commission board would consider any appeal received before it issues a final decision.

Gas Leak Closes Pegg Road

Authorities were on the scene closing off Pegg Road near the area of Liberty Street on Wednesday after a gas leak was reported by construction crews in the area. Starting at noon, emergency responders began blocking traffic on Pegg from Liberty Street to Midway Drive while they waited for workers from Washington Gas to repair the leak.

Tom Mattingly, communications manager for the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Safety, said that a four-inch gas main was compromised shortly after 11 a.m. Construction crews called Washington Gas to report the incident immediately. Residents were instructed to avoid the area until repairs were finished.

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A gas station that has stood in Mechanicsville on Old Village Road for more than 75 years could be going away soon. The property owners, Colonna Properties, LLC, received a permit July 16 to demolish the dilapidated building, according to Derick Berlage, director of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management. “The applicant is completely within their rights to demolish the building,” Berlage said. “Though some may feel it does have historical character, others may feel it’s a building whose time has come and gone.” “I heard from some community members there was some nostalgia for the structure,” he


Historical structures could provide a real benefit to the community quality of life if they were rehabbed properly, said Berlage at a Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday. Berlage declined to judge whether or not the Mechanicsville site could have been saved. But he said that land-use staff have already photographically documented the site because of its age and historical value. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that the gas station would likely be missed by some in the community as part of a simpler time. “It’s a key part of history, it’s part of old Mechanicsville,” he said.

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County Housing Authority officials hope that they will get an award of $17.3 million from federal stimulus funds to rehab abandoned and vacant homes in the Lexington Park and Chaptico communities so that the county’s work-force housing stocks will grow. Last year the county applied for federal money through the state to rehab about 40 properties but failed to get an award. This year’s direct application for part of more than $1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money would go to rehab nearly 90 to 140 such properties. “This time they’re offering it to jurisdictions and nonprofits and not just to states,” said Dennis Nicholson, executive director of the St. Mary’s County Housing Authority. “It’s our modest attempt to try to capture some of this money.” Nicholson said that it could take months before the county even knows if it received a grant award. Last year’s application failed because the money went to jurisdictions the state deemed in more dire need of assistance because of ram-

pant home foreclosures, like Prince George’s County. “It’s a very rigorous competition; how well we’ll fair we don’t know,” he said. “We’ll know by the end of the summer.” The homes up for selection were determined not by neighborhoods or streets but by census tracking data, Nicholson said. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that the grant funds could help increase the stock of affordable housing here, which has long been a pressing issue in the county. “We’re trying to double or triple the number of [rehabbed] properties available,” Schaller said. “A lot of those properties are in affordable housing stock. It’s a good thing.” Housing prices continue to be high here, despite recent drops, he said. A housing study done by the county Chamber of Commerce in 2007 concluded that nearly two thirds of county residents making a median income of just over $70,000 could not afford the median price of home at that time, about $339,000. The median home prices here have dropped down to just about $300,000 or slightly less, he said.


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ews Today’s Newsmakers In Brief There was once a sign on Route 5 in Charlotte Hall calling the county “God’s Country” and advising people not to drive through it “like hell.” Should it make a comeback?

I personally think that sign needs to be resurrected.

Is the Amish community a draw for visitors and tourists to the county?

That’s one thing they’ll see here they won’t see anywhere else in the state is the Amish community. Derick Berlage, director of the Department of Land Use and Growth Management

Jack Candela, member of the Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission.

They’re Not Taking It Anymore By Guy Leonard Staff Writer It started the night that Sen. John McCain lost the 2008 presidential election, said David Willenborg, a member of the county’s Republican Central Committee. He and several other county GOP members had worked hard and suddenly they found themselves politically unemployed. They wanted to find a way to stay active and to still get their message across; they found a way on the Internet. Earlier this year, Concerned Citizens for a Better Maryland, a new statewide political action committee, was formed, Willenborg said. Its Web site is Now each county has a branch organization of the group that carries a message of fiscal restraint and limited and transparent government, members say. Despite the heavy involvement of Southern Maryland Republicans in the new organization, they are looking for members and supporters with like minds wherever they can find them. “We are bipartisan, we welcome other people to participate,” Willenborg told The County Times. New Day Maryland has helped organize tax protests in the Dave Willenborg region, including

the Tea Party held on Solomons Island, a recent protest at Chopticon High School in support of rolling back property tax rates and another gathering July 18 at the at the county visitors center in Charlotte Hall. The group uses the Internet and its lean membership to organize events quickly, Willenborg said. “You can’t operate a project … and get everybody’s permission,” Willenborg said. “You’ve got to do it yourself.” Mary Burke-Russell, of Leonardtown, operates a house cleaning business and is one of the group’s original members. She said that health care reform, which is at the top of President Obama’s domestic priorities list, is one of her main worries. She said she believed the plan would drive costs up for citizens instead of down and that would spell more trouble for many of the senior citizens who depend on expensive medication for their lives. Some of her customers can’t even bend over to pick up the pills they drop, she said, and when she picks them up, her customers can’t afford to trash them. “They want us to brush the pills off and put them back on the counter,” BurkeRussell said. “When this health reform comes … these people are going to be pushed out.” is also promoting a local offshoot Web site that argues against the current trend of going green for the environment. Nancy Sabater, of Mechanicsville, started, to focus on statements about environmental

Study Researching Dead Spots In Radio Coverage By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County government officials are waiting on a report to determine just why there are dead spots in the emergency communication coverage in places like Valley Lee and the 7th District. Once they get an answer, they say they can then decide whether they should spend up to $5 million to outfit two planned communications towers in those areas with new, updated equipment. The two towers are important because they not only could help close gaps in communication coverage in the county but also would help revamp emergency communications interoperability throughout the entire state. Dave Zylak, director of the county Department of Public Safety, said that two other towers already in use on Golden Beach and Sandgates roads would likely be a part of that funding proposal for increased communication capability. “We’re waiting for a proposal from a consul-

tant to show whether the coverage issue is from cell phone tower interference or from topography,” Zylak said. The most problems seem to be in the more remote areas of the county, particularly along the shore of the Potomac and Wicomico rivers but also in areas like Piney Point. Zylak said that the report should help the county decide where its communications equipment dollars could be better spent. The answer may lie in changing frequency bands on emergency responder radios. The county has put about $2 million of construction improvement funds into the state’s efforts to build one of the two new communication towers, which are still going through the approval process. “We haven’t approved money yet for equipment to go on the towers,” County Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly told The County Times Monday. “We have to put that in the budget.”

doom that she believes are untrue. The Truth About Green group is setting up a “Green Tea Party” in September in Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., which includes film documentarians Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer who produced a movie rebutting Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her passion began when she started to learn more about f luorescent light bulbs. “They save you a lot of energy, but if it breaks it can be hazardous to your health,” Sabater said. “It made me want to let people know, it sparked me.” Michael Cain, director of the Center for the Study of Nancy Sabater Democracy at St.

Mary’s College of Maryland, said grass-roots activism, from the left or right, was a great form of political participation. “ T hat’s something we all have to feel good about,” Mary Russell Cain said. “The more citizens do it the better for our democracy.” While they are small in numbers now, Willenborg said, they hope others, no matter the party lines, will rally to their cause. “We want to wake people up, to get them energized,” Willenborg said.

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Farmers Market Starts On Town Square Planning Council Approves

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Ben Yoder, a member of the Amish community in Mechanicsville, can remember the first time he went to Leonardtown; it was about 30 years ago on a bank errand for the family. He said it was a big deal. “That was my first trip with my father’s money,” he said. Since then there have been other trips, but his appearance on the Leonardtown square on July 17 was for business of his own. He, his wife and young son, one of seven children, were selling baked goods from a booth he had fashioned on top of a trailer bed; members of a Mennonite family were next to his stand selling fresh produce.

It was the beginning of a farmers market town officials have been trying to put together for years. “Right now we’re testing the waters to see how it goes,” said Laschelle McKay, town administrator. If more farmers from the area are interested, town officials could arrange for a larger space to be set up across from The Good Earth natural foods store nearby, McKay said. Farmers had expressed interest in having another site to sell produce, baked goods and even crafts away from the market in Charlotte Hall next to the library off Route 5. Space there is at a premium, and there are often duplication of products, McKay said. The Leonardtown site might prove to be a more open market, she said. Yoder said that farming and some of the other businesses in the Amish community have had to change along with the rest of society. “We’re more going into produce, because dairy and hogs have vanished; that’s because of the [lack of] availability of land,” Yoder said. “[Vegetables and produce are] more profitable per acre. “There’s a real demand for it, for fresh vegetables.” The farmers market on the square will be open every Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yoder hopes it will be successful in these difficult economic times. “It’s all a matter of readjusting to where we are,” Yoder said. “You have to do what you have to do.”

Hospital Expansion

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A St. Mary’s Hospital plan to expand with a new two-story building that will include a cancer treatment center and financial and accounting departments won approval from the Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Commission Monday. Hospital officials say that it will be the first phase of a much larger overall expansion that will increase the number of patients that can be treated there. Frank Fearns, a hospital spokesman and commission member who sat out because of his position, said that the original plan was for a three-story building totaling 22,000 square feet and that the latest plan is for a two-story building totaling 28,789 square feet. “It’s slightly larger,” Fearns told the three sitting commissioners. “At one time it was going to be a three-story building, now it’s going to be two.” The vacated portions of the hospital will become space for information technology activities, he said. Despite the expansion, there should not be any additional vehicle traffic generated, because the new space will accommodate current staff and activities, Fearns said. But traffic was a concern for the commission, since the next phase of the build-out will be to increase patient capacity. Commissioners were worried that the surrounding Singletree neighborhood, which is close-knit and residential, might be negatively affected if roads were not improved. They said that the town, hospital and State Highway Administration should cooperate to do a traffic study to determine needed improvements to Doctors Crossing Road and Route 245. “We need to get it in writing that we expect a traffic study to be done,” said Jean Moulds, commission chair. Commission member Jack Candela echoed her concerns. “It’ll be part of the approval process when you come with the next phase,” he said.


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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Investigators with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested Jeinny Navarro, 19, of Lexington Park and charged her with firstdegree arson, first-degree burning and reckless endangerment in connection with a trailer fire that occurred July 10. The fire destroyed a mobile home in the 20000 block of Treetop Road and caused approximately $25,000 in damages.

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According to a fire marshal’s office statement, investigators believe that there were domestic troubles between Navarro and her husband, and on the day of the fire when she barricaded herself in a room with her 18-month old child she allegedly poured a flammable liquid in the interior rear section of the home and intentionally set it ablaze. Her husband and neighbors rescued the two after they discovered the fire, fire marshal’s office information stated.


Hearing Set for Monday on Comprehensive Plan

The St. Mary’s Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the county’s proposed Comprehensive Plan during its meeting on Monday, July 27, in the commissioners’ hearing room in the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The hearing will be the third (two have already been held in Lexington Park and Charlotte Hall) seeking public comment about the county’s long-range plan, now being updated.

Once adopted by the county commissioners, the plan serves as a guide for future zoning changes. The commission meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and, unlike the two earlier hearings, will also address plans for an AutoZone store on Great Mills Road and three subdivisions – Elizabeth Hills (Great Mills), Twin Ponds Section 2 (Hollywood) and Estates at Joy Chapel (Hollywood).

Md. Students Continue to Improve on State Tests

BALTIMORE (AP) - Elementary and middle school students in Maryland have improved their scores on standardized tests for the seventh year in a row, state education officials said Tuesday. Students are tested in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, and the results are used to measure whether schools are meeting federal standards. Scores on the tests administered this spring were up statewide in both subjects and at all grade levels except in fourth-grade reading, which saw a slight decrease. While students have made obvious progress since the Maryland School Assessments were first given in 2003, one member of the State Board of Education asked whether the scores were true indicators of high achievement. “I’m trying to find some indication that we should have confidence in what this test is telling us, and I’m not finding any,” board member Kate Walsh said. “The test results that come before this board are extremely optimistic about what our kids are able to accomplish.” Walsh pointed to Maryland students’ mediocre performance on the federal government’s National Assessment of Educational Progress exams. On the 2007 NAEP exams, the most recent year for which results are available, Maryland 4th-graders ranked 17th out of the 50 states in reading and 26th in math, and the state’s 8thgraders ranked 21st in reading and 16th in math. State officials have said NAEP exams

don’t always match up with Maryland’s curriculum and that students have little motivation to perform their best on the tests, because the results are not shared with students, parents or teachers. The state tests are used to measure whether schools are making “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools that fail to meet the standard for progress two years running are designated as “needing improvement.” This year, 158 Maryland schools received that designation, down from 170 last year. Nineteen schools were taken off the list, while seven were added to it. Sixty of the schools that need improvement are in Baltimore city, while 46 are in Prince George’s County. The remaining 52 such schools are spread out among Maryland’s other 22 counties. Schools can be designated as needing improvement if a single group of students, such as special education students or English language learners, are not found to be making progress. Baltimore city and Prince George’s have the highest percentages of minorities and students living in poverty. Like the rest of the state, Baltimore and Prince George’s have narrowed the achievement gap that separates whites and Asians from other minorities. Statewide, the gap between white and black students in elementary math and reading has been cut in more than half since 2003.

Md. GOP Chairman Gets ‘No Confidence’ Vote ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Leaders of the Maryland Republican Party have given a “no confidence’’ vote to state party chairman James Pelura. But the party stopped short Saturday of calling for a special convention, which would be required to get rid of their chairman. Pelura has faced calls to resign amid financial troubles for the state party and declin-

ing GOP registration numbers in Maryland. He has also clashed with Republican lawmakers over his agenda. Pelura declined to comment after Saturday’s executive committee meeting at party headquarters in Annapolis. He was most recently criticized for firing the party’s executive director, Justin Ready, without consulting other GOP leaders.

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Bill May Help Auto Repair Shops We often hear members of Congress talk about the challenges facing small businesses and the need to help them compete. Passage of the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) is a chance for Congress to demonstrate its commitment to small businesses throughout the country.  The Right to Repair Act simply requires that vehicle manufacturers provide car owners and their trusted neighborhood repair shops with equitable access to accurate service and repair information.  Allowing these small businesses to compete on a level playing field will ensure the long-term survival of a competitive automotive repair industry. Many of our members have small businesses that have been in their family for generations.

They are not seeking an unfair advantage, nor are they looking for access to the proprietary information protected by the bill. Instead, they are asking Congress to ensure that they are able to compete fairly now and in the future. We encourage all vehicle owners to visit www. to send a letter to their Congressional representatives urging them to support passage of the Right to Repair Act. Paul Fiore, Executive Vice President Service Station Dealers of America and Allied Trades Bowie, Md.

Comedy Central Comes to Town

Thanks to an alert press, I am apprised of a recent visit to our area by one of the leading lights of Comedy Central. Yes, this well-known humorist came down from Washington, D.C., to deliver what had to have been a sidesplitting monologue. I’m sorry I missed it. From what I read, the best joke of all in his routine went something like this: Referring to years and years of deficit spending, and on what we might assume to be a point of fast approaching retirement from his 28 years of membership in the cast of Comedy Central, he said, “The problem is somebody’s got to pay (the debt) at some point in time.” Whooeee! Is that a knee slapper, or what? Twenty-eight years on the job, and he is just now coming to that conclusion? No moss growing on him, no siree. And I guess the audience barely had time to catch its collective breath from that one before he delivered the punch line: “We’re going to pay for whatever we do; we’re not going to borrow money. Or I’m not going to support it.” Enough (gasp) already, you’re killing me! Not being privileged enough to be part of the Gang of 535, I was out of the scriptwriting loop when a 1,700 page bill (which nobody has admitted to having read, much less understand) piled another $800 billion on top of the current deficit. That included, if you will remember, about $200 billion in special-interest tax breaks. And I certainly don’t remember being asked how I felt about having to financially support

manufactures whose products I tried over the years, before taking my business in other directions. But what a marketing concept (which could only have been devised by the cast of Comedy Central): If we can’t get them to buy it, let’s levy a You Didn’t Buy It Tax. Is that cool, or what? Sort of a conspicuous nonconsumption tax. Nor was I consulted on the concept of “borrowing” from the Social Security Trust Fund and from Medicare to fund projects totally unrelated to the source of those funds. (Comedy Central Motto: We put the Fun in Fund.) But I am pleased to learn that “We are going to pay.” That’s right after “we” play a rousing game of Kick the Can Down the Road. So in closing, let me suggest a joke of my own. Many of you old timers will recognize it, and for the younger set, pay attention: You might learn something. The Lone Ranger and his trusty sidekick, Tonto, find themselves surrounded by hundreds of hostile Indians. The Lone Ranger surveys the situation, and turning to Tonto, gravely says, “We are surrounded, Tonto. We don’t have a chance.” And Tonto replies: “What you mean “we,” White Man?” So when you hear Comedy Central members say, “We are going to have to pay,” you can rest assured that, like Tonto, they don’t include themselves in that plural. John A Walters Leonardtown, Md.

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We have always been a nation of entrepreneurs, achievers, risk takers, and innovators. That spirit, that desire to compete on your own terms has led to decades of individuals, families, and friends creating small businesses that have created most of the new jobs in this country. The risks have been high, but in this country the rewards for hard work and success have outweighed the risk. You have to wonder, is the American dream of owning your own business coming to a end? Kids today are being taught and counseled to “get a job with the government”. Over the next four years the federal government is expected to hire 600,000 more people. The private sector is losing jobs, lots of jobs. Predicting what private sector job loss will look like in January 2010 or March 2010 is like predicting what the weather will be like for weeks from now. While it may be nearly impossible to correctly predict, there are signs in the economy which we believe will lead to much greater unemployment numbers than are being predicted. Times have become quite difficult for all businesses, most notably small business. Few small business owners who know they will be left holding the bill if things go wrong, few who have mortgaged their home to create jobs for themselves and others, few who have the wisdom to avoid the unpredictable are going to invest in expanding current businesses or starting new ones. Why? The primary culprit is government, more specifically, the instability of public policy. Even during tough economic times, opportunity exists. Smart entrepreneurs can see weaknesses, they can see voids that weak economies create and move to fill those voids. One entrepreneur’s loss can be another’s gain. What makes this down economy different than recessions of the past however is that people who would otherwise be willing to take a risk to fill that void are held back by the fear and threat of what government might do next. Government acting without delay, without debate, without consideration to unforeseen consequences has investors worried. Nothing hurts the economy more than instability of public policy especially when government has shown that it will act in uncharacteristic ways, without a sense of financial restraint. Businesses and investors need stability, with all the other variables, business needs to know government will not drastically and punitively change the rules. When that is the fear, the risk is too great. Which small business owner can predict the effect “Cap and Trade” legislation will have on their energy costs? All small business owners have to be looking at their financial statements and wondering what number do I add in for this policy that no one knows what it will cost? Many have to be saying that energy will no doubt cost 20 or 30 percent more in the next couple of years. Maybe we should add in 40 percent just to be safe. Which small business owner can predict what effect “health care reform” will have on their business? As with “Cap and Trade”, even if there were some short term numbers to rely upon, the legislation is so overwhelmingly complicated, untested, and radical that the long term effects are “extremely unpredictable” and could pose great risk to all small businesses. Many must be saying that health care will cost at least 8 to 10 percent more in the coming years. Maybe we should add in 15 or 20 percent more just to be safe. Which small business owners can predict future tax rates on their business and the effects of government fueled inflationary policy? Will the current monetary policy cause interest rates to rise? Will money be available to small businesses? Will consumer spending be effected by inflationary trends in basic consumer goods? With such massive government spending programs whose outcomes are so unpredictable, how can any small business owner justify mortgaging the family home to grow the business? This Friday a new federal minimum wage of $7.25 will go into effect. Many would argue that this is still not high enough to be a livable wage. But should all jobs that small businesses create be jobs that pay livable wages? Can you afford to create new jobs that pay part-time high school kids a livable wage to answer phones, or wash dishes? And how certain are you the minimum wage will not change again soon? If you are hiring a cook to prepare breakfast in New York City you may justify the wage because you can charge $15 for that breakfast, but how do you justify that wage in South Carolina where you can only charge $5 for that same breakfast? If our elected officials do not clear the decks, put stability back into public policy, and let the free market recover, this recession will be long and have lasting harmful impacts for our nation, including our national security. These trendy new revolutionary and socialized programs that cost trillions of dollars need to be set aside because in the words of Bill Clinton “it’s the economy, stupid”.

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Two More Considering Commissioner Run By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A local defense contractor and Southern Maryland Navy Alliance president and a beauty consultant may be considering runs for county commissioner positions up from grabs next year. Todd Morgan, who works for SAIC/EMA, and lives in Lexington Park, said he is thinking about it. “Never say never,” Morgan said. “I’m exploring all the various options out there right

now.” Cynthia Jones, of Valley Lee, who sells Mary Kay cosmetics as a home business, also helped run the campaign for Collins Bailey against House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer last year. Jones said she’s concerned about the level of taxation in the county. “I’m really looking at all my options right now,” she said. Jones is also president of the Republican Women of St. Mary’s County.


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The Leonardtown Wharf

For 300 years, the Leonardtown Wharf has been Leonardtown’s connection to the outside world. As a major port and steamboat landing during the 19th century and now a public park for visitors to enjoy, Leonardtown Wharf has always been an integral part of the history of St. Mary’s County. The turmoil of war hit the Leonardtown Wharf during the 19th century. When the British formed a blockade along the Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812, the Tidewater community of Leonardtown was kept from being able to get tobacco and other supplies into the town. Then, as the British advanced up the Leonardtown Wharf Potomac River toward Fort Washington, they docked at the Leonardtown Wharf and raided the town, plundering and destroying the area. The Civil War also took its toll on Leonardtown via the Leonardtown Wharf. A Union naval contingent came ashore at the Leonardtown Wharf during the Civil War and ransacked all the homes in the town in search of weapons and supplies intended for shipment across the Potomac River to Virginia. In Southern Maryland, the majority of citizens sympathized with the South, so Union troops often blocked shipments headed out of the area. The Leonardtown Wharf is part of a revitalization effort that involves three phases. Currently, the first phase is complete and visitors can enjoy Leonardtown Wharf on land or from beautiful Breton Bay. The wharf now features a public park with docking facilities and a canoe/kayak launch. For the outdoor en-

thusiast, canoe/kayak rentals are available on site at the wharf. On land, visitors to the park can enjoy a picnic lunch on benches alongside Breton Bay. The second and third phases of the wharf revitalization include adding shops, restaurants, and parking. The Leonardtown Wharf was featured last week in the County Times as the fifth site visited by “Flat Sneaks”, the St. Mary’s County Library’s summer reading mascot, as part of the “Where’s Flat Sneaks?” contest. The weekly contest is sponsored by The County Times and produced by the library as part of the “Celebrate 375!” campaign. Flat Sneaks will visit eight local sites throughout the summer with weekly clues to his whereabouts published in the County Times. Children ages 5 through 12 may participate in the contest. See contest details on page 31.

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Stone’s Store For Sale By Virginia Terhune Staff Writer There’s something about the small white store and the canopy over the gas pumps out front that makes people driving along the road between Charles County and Chaptico to stop and for a minute and think they’re in an old movie from the World War II era. “Some even come by and take pictures,” said store owner Patsy Stone. “They ask, ‘How long have you been here?”


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over the business, she said. She would like to keep the house she was born and raised in – she sometimes sits on the porch in a rocker that her mother rocked her in when she was an infant – but she doesn’t want to do that if a new owner takes over the business. So the plan is to sell the property and build a new house somewhere else where she can move with her grandson and his wife. For sale is the store, house, three mobile homes and a shed on nearly three acres zoned commercial. Stone said people have asked about the property but that interest has been affected by the recession and that there has been no firm offer so far. The store is the only one on the road between Route 301 and Chaptico, she said. It is also near Maryland International Raceway and Potomac Speedway, a reliable source of customers for the store when the tracks are open. Being near the tracks has “helped out tremendously,” Stone said. But even in the off season, there are still plenty of regular customers who come in to drink a beer and talk, said

Stone, who has a license that allows her to sell beer, wine and liquor that customers can drink on the premises. Stone remembers as a child the celebration in the store when people heard the news that World War II had finally come to an end. “It turned into a big party,” she said, remembering the good times over the years with customers. After taking over the business from her mother in the 1980s, she would often cook for those she knew wouldn’t get a home-cooked dish otherwise. “I knew their situation, so I’d cook them some big meals to take home,” she said. That could be anything from potato salad, big pots of vegetable soup, plates of fried green tomatoes and what one happy recipient called “the best spaghetti in the world,” she said. She also hosted some Easter egg hunts (her young grandson would hide the eggs) and often cooked for Christmas parties. “We’d put a buffet out for the them, and they’d buy their own drinks,” she said. The Stone property is listed with Anne Hooper of Hooper and Associates at 301-8705841.

State Business Chief To Pay A Visit

Members of county businesses and busi- for Sag Harbor Group in New York, and is coness organizations are invited to meet Chris- founder of, a customer relationship tian Johansson, secretary of the state’s Depart- management enterprise software company, ment of Business and Economic Development, and Dola Health Systems, an international who will be visiting St. Mary’s County on health care firm. A graduate of Brown University, he Friday July 24. Johansson, who was named recently by received an MBA from Harvard Business Gov. O’Malley to head the department, will be School. For more information taking a tour of Naval Air about Johansson’s visit, call Station Patuxent River where Hans Welch or Cheri Noffhe will meet with county singer with the county ecocommissioners before comnomic development office at ing to the J.T. Daugherty 301-475-4200. For more inConference Center (across formation about DBED and from Gate 1) where he will its programs, go to www. meet with business people choosema r yla from 2:30 to 4 p.m. In May the state Department The purpose of the of Business and Economic “Meet the Secretary” event, Development announced the hosted by the county’s Delaunch of two online tools partment of Economic and available on its Web site. Community Development, One is the ARRA Business is to introduce Johansson Connection, which helps to local business groups in connect Maryland busia roundtable-style meeting format. There is no charge Submitted photo nesses with federal stimulus for attending, and refresh- Christian Johansson, who heads the state contracting opportunities, ments will be provided. Department of Business and Economic as well as provide informaBefore joining DBED, Development, will be visiting St. Mary’s tion on upcoming ARRA Johansson was managing County on Friday to tour Naval Air Station events and workshops. River and meet with county comThe other is the Marydirector at Continental Eq- Patuxent missioners and business leaders. land Business Connection, uity, a private equity firm in Baltimore, and prior to that, he served as which offers businesses a comprehensive onpresident and CEO of the Economic Alliance line resource guide to Maryland’s 23 counties of Greater Baltimore, a public-private partner- and Baltimore City, including information ship that markets Central Maryland for new on how to access capital, do business with Maryland’s federal facilities, market prodinvestment. He has also served as senior consultant ucts/services and recruit and train employees.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Air Force May Buy Joint Strike Fighter

for more F-22s. Wavering lawmakers heard repeatedly from Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other senior administration officials. The vote was “a signal that we are not going to continue to build weapons systems with cost overruns which outlive their requirements for defending this nation,” declared Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who joined Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin in arguing for cutting off production. The $1.75 billion was aimed at adding seven F-22s to the current plan to deploy 187 of the twin-engine stealth planes. Of those 187, the Air Force has received 143 and is waiting for delivery of 44 more. Gates, first appointed by President George W. Bush, wants to shift military spending to programs more attuned to today’s unconventional wars. The F-22, designed for midair combat, has been irrelevant to the wars in Iraq

and Afghanistan and therefore unused there. Gates and other Pentagon officials want to put more emphasis on the next-generation F-35 Lightning, a single-engine jet that would be used primarily to attack targets on the ground and would replace the F-16 and the Air Force’s aging fleet of A-10s. The Air Force plans to buy more than 1,700 F-35s, which are currently being produced in small numbers for testing purposes. Versions of that plane, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, are also being built for the Navy and Marine Corps, another plus for supporters. The defense bill has money to build 30 F-35s. “The president really needed to win this vote,” said Levin, D-Mich., not only on the merits of the planes but “in terms of changing the way we do business in Washington.” “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure,” Obama said after the vote. On the other side, supporters of the program insisted the F-22 is important to U.S. security interests — pointing out that China and Russia are developing planes that can compete with it — and needed to protect aerospace jobs in a bad economy. “The Chinese are really anxiously awaiting this vote,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia whose state would be one of the hardest hit by the shutdown of F-22 production. The planes are being built by Lockheed Martin Corp., also a major contractor for the F-35. Chambliss added that “there are a lot of people who think we ought to just step in line, salute the Pentagon and move ahead with what the Pentagon says.” That, he said, is not the role of Congress. According to Lockheed, 25,000 people are directly employed in building the F-22, and an additional 70,000 have indirect links, particularly in Georgia, Texas and California. While Tuesday’s vote gives momentum to the anti-F-22 side, a final decision must wait for the House and Senate to reach a compromise on their differing defense bills. The House last month approved its version of the defense bill with a $369 million down payment for 12 additional F-22 fighters.

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Sylvia Ilona Briscoe, 74

Sylvia Ilona Briscoe, 74, of California died July 17, 2009 at her daughter’s home in Hollywood, Maryland. She was born on September 27, 1934, in Allentown, PA, to the late Joseph Daniel Weiss and Inci Hajdu Weiss, both of whom were born in Hungary. She graduated from Hood College, married John Hanson Briscoe, and moved to Hollywood, MD. She and Mr. Briscoe were the parents of four children – Lisa Jane Briscoe of Timonium, MD; Janice Briscoe Baldwin of Hollywood, MD; John Hanson Briscoe Jr. of Hollywood, MD; and Dana Elizabeth Briscoe of Hollywood, MD. They have seven grandchildren, Emily, Sam and Philip Baldwin, Jenna Briscoe, Jaime and Katrin Burke, and James D. Russell (J.D.).Their marriage ended in divorce. She worked at the Circuit Court in Leonardtown, MD as a real estate title abstracter. She was an active bridge player, and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and other bridge clubs. She was also active in the Women’s Club of St. Mary’s and the Citizens Scholarship Foundation. She was comforted in her final months by regular visits from friends, family and twice weekly bridge games. Hospice of St. Mary’s County provided invaluable comfort. A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sotterley Foundation, P.O. Box 67, Hollywood, MD 20636 or Hospice of St. Mary’s County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Eva Arlene Fry Dick, 81 Eva Arlene Fry Dick, 81, of Great Mills, MD and formerly of Clark Lake, MI., passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. Born October 24, 1927 in Jackson, MI, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Heffner and Etta (Frysinger) Heffner. Eva loved to cook, play bingo, gardening, dancing and golf. She is survived by her daughter

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Karen Dick and her husband Donald Dick of Clinton, MD; two grandchildren Sherri Barry and James Froman; three great-grandchildren, Christine Barry, Matthew Barry and Phillip Froman; and one brother and sister. Preceded in death by her two husbands, David Fry and Donald Leon Dick, and three brother and three sisters. Private services to be held at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Carolyn Elizabeth Evans, 89

Carolyn Elizabeth Evans, 89, of Leonardtown, MD died July 19, 2009 at her residence. Born September 30, 1919 in Patterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late John L. Morgan and Estelle (Samuelson) Morgan. Mrs. Evans was an administrative assistant for the West Point Prep School in Fort Belvoir, VA from 1965 until her retirement in 1976. She enjoyed bowling and cooking for her family. Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, John J. Evans, son, Thomas E. Mann of Des Moines, IA, one grandchild, four great-grandchildren, and siblings, David Morgan of St. George’s Island, MD, John Morgan of Fairfield Glade, TN, Gladys DeShon of Nazareth, PA and Estelle Laubach of Jacksonville, FL. Family received friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Reverend John Wunderlich officiated. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Charles R. Faunce, 78

Charles R. Faunce, 78, died July 17, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital, after a long and brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Louise Faunce who resides at Asbury Solomons, a sister, June Mileo of Millsboro, DE, as well as a number of nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and countless friends and neighbors. Mr. Faunce served 3 years in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1956. Half of that time was served in Korea in the 25th Infantry Division where he received the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. Mr. Faunce was a member of the Steamfitters Union (Local 602) from 1957 to 1988 After his retirement, he worked in the Department of Public Works at Patuxent River until 1995. Mr. Faunce was an avid golfer and served on the Golf Committee at the Breton Bay Golf and Country club beginning in 1972. Mr. Faunce also served on the Leonardtown Planning and Zoning Committee in 1997 and 1998. He was elected to the Leonardtown Town Council in 1998 and served until 2006. Family received friends on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers were recited at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Meredith Wilkins-Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD at 1:00 p.m. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Alice Effie Gray, 58 Alice Effie Gray, 58, of Mechanicsville, MD died July 16, 2009 at her residence. Born April 30, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Mary Erva Curry Hancock. She was the loving wife of Robert David Gray whom she married on July 1, 1972 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She also is survived by her son David Gray and his wife Jessica, her grandson Gabriel, and her daughter Diana Lewis and her husband Mi-

chael, all of Columbia, MD as well as her siblings: Tweet Pilkerton and her husband Winks of California, MD, Sheila Smith and her husband Darren of Lexington Park, MD, Patty Wood and her husband Jimmy of Ridge, MD, Alvin Hancock and his wife Sandy of Leonardtown, MD, Calvin Hancock and his wife Annette of Mechanicsville, MD, Joe Hancock and his wife Pam of Hollywood, MD and Lenny Hancock and his wife Glenda of Hollywood, MD. She was preceded in death by her sister Darlene Snellings and her husband the late Pat Snellings and her brother Norman Hancock, Jr. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Alice graduated from Chopticon High School “Class of 1969.” She was a childcare provider for many years and loved birds, shopping, and spending time with her husband and family. She loved her daycare children and their parents. The family received friends on Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said at 3:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 10:00 AM in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were David Gray, Ralph Gray, Jr., John Slade, Michael Lewis, Eric Ward, and Daniel Slade. Rachel Ward was an honorary pallbearer. Contributions may be left to St. John’s Catholic Church, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636 and/or Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be left at Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Nan Billingsley Hurt, 90 Nan Billingsley Hurt, 90, of Lexington Park, MD died Monday, July 20, 2009 peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Town Creek. Born May 16, 1919 in Brooke, VA she was the daughter of the late Thomas Winkler and Ada (Robinson) Winkler. She was the wife of Cmdr. Robert M. Hurt, USN (Ret). Nan Hurt was raised and educated in Fredericksburg, Va. During the years leading up to WW2, she was a writer for the Free Lance Star

in Fredericksburg as well as “Miss Fredericksburg”.   In the 1940’s she was a radio announcer at WFVA in Fredericksburg and WINX in Washington, DC.  During the early 1950’s she worked for the Historic Kenmore Foundation in Fredericksburg.  Later she worked in the disbursing office at Patuxent Naval Air Station and was head of that department until her retirement in the early 1980’s. Following her husband’s retirement as a U.S. Navy pilot, they both became active with the Shillelaghs Travel Club, Vienna, VA for which he was command pilot for the club’s aircraft for many years.  They traveled extensively all over the world. Nan Hurt was a courageous  breast cancer and stroke survivor.  She was vivacious and giving with a beautiful smile and contagious laugh, a physical and spiritual beauty who cared for others more than for herself.  She never met a stranger.  She saw the world for its beauty.  She leaves behind a wealth of friends and family. Mrs. Hurt is survived by in addition to her husband a son, Thomas Billingsley of California, MD, two step-daughters; Jane Hurt of Clemson, SC and Margaret Guthrie (Arthur) of Los Alamos, NM, one granddaughter; Samantha Billingsley Gallaher (John) of Harrisburg, PA, three step grandchildren; Megan Guthrie, Leslie Puckett and Ian Guthrie, nieces Nancy Creighton Poe (Barry) and Donna Breen (John) both of Wilmington, NC, Pat Garner (Bernie) of Winter Haven, FL, nephew; Pat Purvis (Betty) of Grant’s Pass, Oregon and a special great niece Virginia Christopher ( William) of Wilmington, NC. She is predeceased by a brother Thomas Winkler and a sister Evelyn Winkler Purvis. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 44078 St. Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619. The Rev. Shearon SykesWilliams will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be John Gallagher, Barry Poe, Randy Britt, Bryan Farrar, Bill Christopher, and Ben Eyster. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 44078 St. Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Continued David Leon Hutching, 54

David’s Life Celebration on Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. with Reverend Johnny Taylor officiating. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Alice C. Taylor, 90

David Leon Hutching, 54, of Lexington Park, MD died July 19, 2009 at his residence. Born June 12, 1955 at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, he was the son of Rose Vinson and Erman Hutching. David was a licensed unlimited tonnage sea captain after graduating from Harry Lundberg School. He owned and operated Dave’s Tree Service for twenty years. He is survived by his children Patrick, Ashley, and Amy, and three grandchildren, Mikey, Little D and Madison. Family will receive friends for

Alice C. Taylor, 90, of Ridge, MD died on July 13, 2009 in Great Mills, MD. Born July 27, 1918 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late J. Herbert and Sara R. Lewis Cullison.

In 1965 J. Frank Raley, Jr., State Senator, St. Mary’s County, submitted Mrs. Taylor’s name to then Governor Millard Tawes to serve as the first woman Magistrate in Southern Maryland. She was sworn in by Ms. Mary Fowler and served with St. Mary’s County Trial Magistrate John H.T. Briscoe, retiring in 1981. In addition to her parents Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband Joseph W. Taylor, whom she married on October 12, 1940 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, MD, and her sister Dorothy Dunbar. Alice is survived by her daughters; Nancy Abell, (Ted) of Ridge, MD, Joanne Dyson, (Allen), of Ridge, MD, Carol Kennedy, (Michael), of Mt. Holly, VA and Sally Scheible, (Bruce), of Ridge, MD, also survived by 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and dear friends and caregiver’s Mary Ellen and Alan Mattingly. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 12 pm at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, MD with Monsignor Karl Chimiak and Father Lee Fangmeyer officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Monsignor Peacock Fund, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680 Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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Officials Tour Completed Evergreen Elementary School By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer School officials, members of the Board of County Commissioners and other assorted dignitaries gathered at Evergreen Elementary for a guided tour of the new school on Tuesday, pausing to take in the building’s many green features.

Photo by Andrea Shiell Superintendent Michael Martirano (right) explains the mechanics of the media center during Tuesday’s tour of Evergreen Elementary.

Among the features that Superintendent Michael Martirano and others highlighted that afternoon were the school’s high efficiency boilers, which use natural gas and have low emissions compared to conventional units; rainwater harvesting cisterns to collect rainwater from the roof which will be used to flush toilets in the building; windows to maximize natural light that will be used in conjunction with light tubes in lieu of electric lights in many rooms; and a hybrid geothermal heating system, which will be used in conjunction with a conventional heating system so that the school can conduct a study to compare Photo by Andrea Shiell the two. County Commissioner Kenny Dement tries out the playAlso featured was the building’s low ground during a tour of Evergreen Elementary. volatile organic compound flooring, a living roof planted with w a t e r- a b s o r b i n g sedum plants to absorb and disperse heat and filter rainfall, an outdoor environmental learning lab, waterless urinals and the school’s environmental kiosk, which will track the school’s energy usage. “We are now sitting in a building that was not too long ago a vision, a concept, and now it’s a reality,” said Martirano, explaining that the design for the LEED-certified building was to become a prototype for future building projects. Photo by Andrea Shiell County Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell and Superintendent Michael Martirano.

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Jump Start Dead But Not Buried By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer “So what would you all be doing if you were at home right now?” asked Lori Swick, a guidance counselor at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Lexington Park, after which several young children waved their hands enthusiastically. “Playing video games,” said one girl. “Watching TV,” said a boy. “Nothing!” another one said. For these students, who are enrolled this year in the school system’s Jump Start program, the recent news that the program would be cut from the two remaining Title 1 schools where it is still in place (Lexington Park Elementary and George Washington Carver Elementary) has been a sad revelation. The program gives struggling students an extra four weeks of classes during the summer to improve mathematics, reading and writing skills. “It makes me sad, because it’s such a great program for the kids,” said Swick, adding that funding had effectively decreased the number of students that could enroll during the program’s last year, but that interest from both students and parents had remained high. “You hear what they’d be doing at home if they weren’t here … it’s nice that St. Mary’s County implemented it six years ago, but it’s unfortunate that it’s coming to an end.” Cathy Allen, the vice chair of the Board of Education, said that the decision to close the program was passed down to the board by Superintendent Michael Martirano in May, and he cited dwindling federal funding as the main cause for the program’s closure. “Money that we have been utilizing in order to support the Jump Start program comes

from the federal government, and those dollars have completely dried up,” Allen said. “Since the time that we implemented the Jump Start program though, several things have been put into place that have come in as support for these same students, so even though I think it’s disappointing that the program is going away, I feel very confident that the full-day kindergarten and the staff we have in place at those schools in particular … will make the difference for these students.” Martirano said that there might also be hope on the horizon for the program’s future, however. “I wouldn’t say it’s the last year for the program … it’s not completely dead,” he said, explaining that although projections for the program’s continuation indeed looked grim, there were no nails in that particular coffin as of yet. “I’m going to look at the internal funding right now,” he said, explaining that the program would be revisited as a possibility during the next budget cycle, and the school board would look at alternative summer programs for students in the meantime. “Basically any kind of summer enrichment programs are what we’re looking at right now … so philosophically I’m not closing the door on it,” he said.

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St. Mary’s County Public Schools reported that all elementary schools in the school system made Adequate Yearly Progress, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education for the 2008-2009 school year that measured student performance in reading and mathematics. “Our partnerships with our community, committed parent groups, and dedicated teachers make sure that our students develop the skills to be successful – and these test results show this,” said Superintendent Michael Martirano in a press release. Although three middle schools did not make AYP, there was significant growth at all grade levels in the area of mathematics, and in grades

The results of the 2009 Maryland School Assessment released by the Maryland State Department of Education show more students reaching proficient or advanced levels of performance than last year. “We are a high-performing school district,” said Superintendent Michael J. Martirano. Students in the county’s public schools exceeded state averages in mathematics for all grade levels, with the most significant gains made by students in grades 6 through 8. In reading, all students in the county scored above the state average except for seventh graders, who scored one tenth of a per-

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6 and 8 in the area of reading, according to the release. Spring Ridge Middle School, Leonardtown Middle School and Margaret Brent Middle School did not achieve the annual measurable objective of 75.9 percent in reading or 64.3 percent in mathematics for students receiving special educational services, and therefore, did not make AYP. In addition, African American and economically disadvantaged students at Spring Ridge did not meet the AMO for reading. Each year, the state sets AYP targets that school systems must achieve for all populations of students, including minority, special education, poverty and Limited English Proficient students. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 expects all students to meet 100 percent proficiency by 2014.

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Trial For Man Accused Of Sex Abuse Of Minor Rescheduled By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The trial of a California man accused of multiple second degree sex offenses against a juvenile relative in his custody over a period of several years has been continued until September, The County Times has learned. Felix Alejandro Pinto, 54, was to stand trial for the alleged offenses Wednesday. Pinto has already been sentenced in Calvert County for a similar crime for which he pleaded guilty in February to charges of child abuse and sexual abuse of a minor. In that case the offenses ranged from 1999 to 2000 and from 2002 and 2004. The judge in that case sentenced Pinto to 40 years in state prison where he is currently incarcerated; Pinto received 15 years for the child abuse conviction and 25 years for the sex abuse count.

Pinto has been charged in St. Mary’s with four counts of second-degree sex offense, child abuse, two counts of sex abuse of a minor and two counts of third degree sex offense. According to an application for a statement of charges filed against Pinto last year in District Court, Pinto is alleged to have abused a minor relative over a period of several years dating back to 2005. The juvenile, according to court papers, was between the ages of 10 and 14 years old when the alleged offenses occurred. Court papers went on say that Pinto told investigators that he and the victim in the case had performed sex acts on each other while at Patuxent High School in Lusby and at the Dorsey community park in Leonardtown. The Circuit Court indictment against Pinto, however, states that the alleged offenses went from as far back as 2001 up to 2007.

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getting the box fixed,” she said. The recent announcement of the reward was designed to drum up leads, she said, and also to remind people of the seriousness of the crime. “It’s a federal offense to break into a post office,” Doughty said. This kind of thing has never happened before at the Loveville office, she said, and she thought it unusual because of the high volume of traffic on the road. “It really surprised me because I’m on a main road,” Doughty said. “This is highly unusual for St. Mary’s County.”

The U.S. Postal Service’s inspector’s office has authorized up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects involved the burglary of the Loveville post office in mid-June. The burglary is believed to have taken place between the evening of June 10 and the morning of June 11, according to U.S. Postal Service information. Terri Doughty, the post master at the Loveville office, said that the suspects had used an instrument like a crowbar to break open the dropin mail box outside the post office on Point Lookout Road and then came inside and broke open the door to the office, which resulted in the bending of the door frame and the cracking of the wall. The suspects stole about three packages, Doughty said, adding that the cost for repairing the damage was more than $3,500. Customers have to go into the post office trailer, which has been on the site there for about 11 years, Photo by Guy Leonard Doughty said, to drop off Investigators are offering a reward for information on the June burglary of their mail. the Loveville Post Office. “I’m still working on


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Police Make Disorderly Conduct Arrests On July 20, 2009, at approximately 2:50 a.m. the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call advising approximately 15 males were fighting in the parking lot of the WaWa on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park,. Deputies responded and found numerous persons inside and outside of the WaWa yelling and arguing with each other. Deputies recognized several of the subjects as suspected members of the “Boom Squad” & “Outsyderz” gangs. Deputies also noted some of the individuals involved in the disturbance had also been allegedly involved in a shooting incident with the past month. Deputies attempted to quell the crowd but were unsuccessful. Deputies detained several individuals as they attempted to determine what was causing the disturbance. Investigation alleged that the subjects detained were causing such a disturbance that several potential customers would not to stop and enter the business. In addition, several individuals had to take shelter inside of the WaWa for fear of their safety. The following individuals were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct: Jerome Anthony Chase, 46, of Mechanicsville Joseph Darren Brooks, 32, of Lexington Park Elvis Tyrell Frederick, 23, of Loveville Lerrel Eric Carey, 20, of Lexington Calverio Terrill Somerville, 19, of Leonardtown Travis Jermaine Walton, 26, of Lexington Park DeShawn Anthony Carey, 20, of Lexington Park George Vernon Maddox, Jr., 29, of Lexington Park Anthony Leon Brooks, 28, of Ridge Demarcus Anton Spears, 19, of Leonardtown Antonio Derrell Washington, 20, of Lexington Park

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Man Gets 18 Years For Kidnapping, Bank Robbery GREENBELT (AP) – A federal judge sentenced a man prosecutors say kidnapped a Maryland bank manager and her two children, then held one of the kids hostage while she withdrew thousands of dollars. William Cordell Johnson, 38, was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison after being convicted of bank robbery and weapons charges. Prosecutors said Johnson wore camouflage

and a ski mask when he held the woman and her children at gunpoint Sept. 24. They said he forced them from their home to the bank in California, to withdraw $169,900. Prosecutors say Johnson held one of the children hostage while she got the money. Johnson and 35-year-old Joseph Franklin Brown were arrested in Raleigh, N.C. Brown pleaded guilty to bank robbery and weapons charges.

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For Wood, Community Service Is A Lifelong Pursuit By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Del. John Wood can remember where he got his start in his mom and dad’s grocery store in Mechanicsville back in 1950; it was from then on that he learned to enjoy working in some sort of service position. He had five siblings, and not working in the family store was not really an option. “In our family it was a must that we worked,” said Wood, 73, of his time in the store as a teenager. “I left the store… and I lasted about three months in the real world. I had been raised in it and I liked it.” As he grew older, married and went on to have nine children, his interests soon turned from the stores in Mechanicsville and Chaptico to the State House in Annapolis. The longest serving delegate in Southern Maryland after a 23-year career, he plans to run for another term in 2010, said Wood, who is also an insurance broker and partner with Cross and Wood and Associates in Mechanicsville. Elected in 1986, he took over the seat from John Parlett Sr., who, he said, had picked him to run as his replacement. Wood said that by this time in the mid1970s, he had already served in a lobbying capacity as a board member of the Mid-Atlantic Food Distributors Association, and he had grown to like the halls of government in Annapolis. “I gave in and did it,” Wood said of answering Parlett’s request. The road to the State House came after a string of years in the grocery business filled with long days and long nights; it wasn’t easy. “She raised the kids,” Wood said, looking at his wife of 55 years, Barbara. “I never really got to know them until they were about 10 years old.” Wood said he regrets that, and the times when he would go to work in the mornings and see his children still in bed, and see them there again when he got back home from work. “But they all turned out good,” Wood said. It could be a tough life, Barbara Wood said, being the wife of a politician. “I didn’t like it that much,” she said about

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her husband’s start in politics. “He’d be gone and always involved with the work part of it. “Even when he wasn’t in session, it was a lot of meetings.” She didn’t really go to the meetings, she said, but she learned to go to the social functions that become part and parcel of a delegate’s posi-

Once in the majority of moderate to conservative Democrats, Wood now finds himself an increasingly rare species. “They call me the dinosaur,” Wood said. “It’s night and day; we never had partisanship like we do now.” In the beginning of his term, powerful

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tion and enjoy them. “If I didn’t go, I wouldn’t get to see him,” she said. “I enjoy most of those things.” She said that her husband doesn’t talk a lot about politics at home, about the frustrations of the position, which seem to have grown since he took office more than 20 years ago. At one time a more moderate legislature, it has become a place where operating has become a more daunting task, Wood said.

committees were chaired by representatives from rural parts of the state, he said. Now they are chaired by those delegates from more urban jurisdictions. Delegations from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Baltimore City now have the most influence in the state house, he said. Votes are often locked in well ahead of time, he said. “The Speaker [of the House] controls about

90 votes out of the Democrats, and you only need 71,” Wood said. Shane Mattingly, a Leonardtown attorney who ran against Wood in 1998, said that Wood has always been known for keeping with his beliefs even if it costs him. Wood is known as a conservative Democrat and has been critical of state tax hikes on businesses as well as the government’s reluctance to cut programs and spending. “Johnny has stuck to his guns,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think his values have changed.” One of his key strengths, though, Mattingly said, was his likability. “He has a great way with people… I don’t think we’ve ever had a cross word between each other.” In St. Mary’s County, politics continues to be more centrist with moderate Democrats in places like the 7th District and Valley Lee with Republican strongholds still in Lexington Park and California. But things have changed in his territory, said Wood, who’s district covers the northern half of St. Mary’s County and a piece of Charles County. When he first took office he had 11 electoral precincts in St. Mary’s and Charles counties solidly controlled by Democrats. Now five of those precincts are marginal, meaning they could go between either Democrats or Republicans. Despite the difficulties he faces in the legislature, he still likes the opportunity to help people in his district of 29A, though he sometimes finds his help should have been unnecessary in the first place. “When you come to me and say, ‘Johnny, I’ve got a problem,’ I can pick up the phone and when I start to get the runaround [like the person seeking his help] and I say this is Del. Johnny Wood, then things change. “It shouldn’t be that way, but unfortunately we are that way and I don’t see us changing,” he said. Wood said he recently helped a local bus driver collect summer time unemployment that they had been entitled to for six weeks without any check because of a technical error. It was a problem endemic to the system. “That makes you feel good that you’ve helped somebody out, but there was no reason for it,” Wood said.


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A House is a Home Space a Hot Commodity for Apartment Dwellers Apartment life can have its advantages over home ownership. Whereas repairs are the responsibility of the individual who owns the home, renters can leave such dirty work to their landlord. Similarly, renting is often less expensive than home ownership, though renting provides no investment value. One area in which home ownership trumps renting concerns space. Homeowners rarely lament their lack of space, while such complaints are common among the renting masses. For renters looking to make the most of their space, consider the following tips. • Choose (multi) function over form. While everyone has their own individual style, renters should emphasize an item’s functionality over its form. For example, a storage ottoman is not only a great place to put your feet up, but a great place to store things as well. A bed also can be more than just a place to lay your head at night. A storage bed will allow for more open spaces in the bedroom, essentially replacing bulky dressers that take up so much room. • De-clutter the kitchen. For those who share their apartment with a roommate or two, chances are you’ve doubled up on items in the kitchen. For instance, roommates typically each have their own set of dishes. As a result, much of that kitchenware simply collects dust while unnecessarily using valuable storage space as well. To make the most of that storage space, reduce the amount of dishes, glasses and silverware you keep or store in your kitchen, either by giving it away or selling it online. • Use the air above you. Bathrooms tend to be especially small in apartments, but even the smallest of bathrooms likely has some under utilized space. That’s because the vertical space is rarely used to its

maximum capacity. To use this space, place a shelving unit or cabinets behind and above the toilet. Store toiletries and personal cleaning items on such shelves, which will free up the cabinet area under the sink to be used as storage for cleaning items. • Eschew financial savings for saving space. While it’s always a good idea to save money, sometimes the money you save can cost you in other areas. Such is the case with apartment dwellers who buy common household items such as toilet paper and paper towels in bulk. Buying such items in bulk is a great way to save money, but storing them in a small apartment will cost you significant space that could be best utilized in other ways. • Go to the bookstore and read for free. Common sights in tiny apartments across the country are the stack of old magazines and cluttered bookshelves. These tend to take up space and just keep growing over time. Rather than subscribing to all your favorite magazines (and as a result having that ugly stack taking up so much space), simply go to the bookstore and read them for free. This not only saves you space around the apartment, but helps save money as well.


Thursday, July 23, 2009

The County Times

A Journey Through Time The

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer Joseph Jarboe (1752-1834) and Raphael Jarboe (1760-1817) were the sons of John and Elizabeth Jarboe of St. Mary’s County. After the death of their father in 1794, the sons moved to Frederick County, Maryland. Then, about 1812 Joseph decided to move his family to Kentucky. This letter gives us a good idea of what it was like to travel in those days and how easy we have it now. This same trip in 2009 by car would take about 10 hours. “Nelson County, Kentucky, February 4, 1813 Dear Brother, I gladly embrace this opportunity of writing you these few lines hoping they will find you and family in good health. I shall wish to acquaint you of my journey to Kentucky. We arrived at Brownsville or Red Stone Old Fort [Pennsylvania], the 15th day after commencement of our journey. It was there agreed by Mr. Honel and myself to take water, which after 5 days we agreed with two gentlemen who was bound down the Ohio to Limestone. We unloaded our wagons, sent them on by land and the families goes on board the boat, except Mr. John Philpot, my sons John and William, Mr. Honel’s son who went with the wagon but I think I must not forget to inform you that my horses ran down Brownsville hill, ran into the stone bank, my wife and several of the children in the wagon. John who was driving, fell off the saddle horse by the side of an old tree, the wagon ran over him, but the tree prevented the wagon from mashing him to pieces. He was much hurt for awhile. This was the first accident that happened. We started in our boat rubbing on every ripple and the second day she got quite fast on a rock. My poor wife and Ann Philpot, Negro Margaret and six children remaining in her in a freezing condition. All the large ones we set on horse to travel on foot to Wheeling and to get to Limestone as they could. You must understand this is the Monongahela about 35 miles above Pittsburgh. I then hired a small boat to take my company to Fort Pitt. You must understand we are divided into three companies. We arrived at Pittsburgh the second morning after leaving the boat and then continued 10 days before I could get a passage, and when I got a passage it was in a reed-bottom boat, deeply laden with merchandise. No fire except some coals in a kittle. I expected we should all freeze together. To inform you of every disagreeable circumstance going down this river would be too tedious. We arrived at Limestone in 2 weeks after leaving Pittsburgh on Monday morning about 3 hours before the appearance of day. I goes up into the town inquiring of every person I saw respecting my poor, scattered family. I goes into a Mr. Lee’s tavern speaking as I went


in at the door, my poor distressed children cried aloud “That’s my father!” I began to inquire of them how they got to that place and they informed me they got into an open boat some part of the way the river in freezing situation as my party had been. I immediately beheld my son William in bed, his collarbone and shoulder bone broken, his leg dreadfully wounded by Mr. Philpot’s wagon upsetting with 12 barrels of flour going down the river bank, the wagon went over three times before stopping. A doctor & surgeon of that town was attending him. Mr. Lee informed me that my family had been at house 13 days and that he could not with propriety render me a bill of the expense in my unfortunate situation. Just before I arrived here my son Harry with six of my Negroes set off down to Bardstown [KY] 104 miles below Limestone. The remainder of my family left Limestone Tuesday evening with our wagons, excepting my poor child which I am obliged to leave with Mr. Lee and the doctor. We arrived at Samuel Gatton’s the 23rd day of December. In a few days after I received a letter from Mr. Lee informing me that my poor child William was attacked with a violent pleurisy and extremely dangerous. I thought I would go up to Limestone, you may guess my feelings, but my journey was prevented. My wife was taken also with a violent pleurisy, both priest and doctor called to her. Both agreed there was little or no hope. Thanks be to God she is now likely to recover. One night as I was almost distracted with grief, I heard it spoke that Billy was come. I started up and saw him before my eyes with young Cornelius McGinness who had take his wagon and carried him to his father’s house and there was nursed till this young man brought him down to me. I do and ever shall respect the name MaGinness. He would have not one cent from me. You may guess the expenses of my journey. I hope you have sold Jack before the year expired and that you are safe from the two gentlemen respecting the hire, suppose you are. Then I have rec’d of your money $368.00. What little may be coming to me I hope you will send by Mr. Medcalf who bring you this letter. I cannot expect one cent from Montgomery County until the expiration of 9 months. Ask my son Joseph who waits to settle my business there. I shall not say anything respecting Kentucky in this letter. I expect the land you requested me to inquire of is not to be found. And I surely believe there is no such land. I thought I knew the situation of Kentucky and I am satisfied my idea was tolerably correct. If I was to inform you what I thought of Kentucky in this letter you might say I had not been in the country long enough to judge, therefore I will send my opinion in my next letter, but be sure I have paid for my arrival to Kentucky. Be pleased to hand this letter Mr. James Stevens after you read it. Dear Brother, you will treat the gentleman who hands you this the same as you would me, he being a respectable character and useful member of Nelson County [KY]. I am with sincere affection your loving brother till death. Signed by Joseph Jarboe. Everyone of my family send their love to your family and Mr. Stevens. N.B. Dear Brother: You will be friend to the utmost of your power to this worthy gentleman, Mr. Medcalf, Respecting any business he may have to do in your neighborhood. Your compliance with my request will greatly oblige. Your B. J. J.”

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summerstock Does It Again:

Downtown Tunes Continue with Country

Local talent shines in ‘Ragtime’

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

keep it alive. ( Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynne, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and many more) … ‘Traditional’ or ‘Classic’ country music Leonardtown will be hosting its third evening has a style all its own. So many times people who of Downtown Tunes in Leonardtown Square on come to hear our band comment on how they miss Saturday with two popular area bands, the Coun- the old style of country music,” she wrote, addtry Memories Band and Gary Rue performing ing that the history of the genre and its influence with Dance Hall on other musical Ghosts. styles has conBet ween tinually fueled them, there their passion for promises to performing. be an eclectic “Any time mixture of old on the stage is an and new music amazing feeling. spanning the We all still get genre. nervous and exStarting cited every time off the evening we perform. will be Gary That is what gets Rue, who plays you going,” excountry and plained Karen. southern rock “The most inmusic with sevcredible feeling eral local bands, is when you hear one of which the response is the Dance from your audiHall Ghosts. ence … makThe twangy ing them smile trio boasts or being a part Neil Tracey on their good time drums, Doug is what makes Submitted Photo performing so Bartholow on lead vocals and The Country Memories Band will be performing at the Downtown exciting.” bass, and Rue Tunes event on Saturday in Leonardtown. Karenwrote on lead vocals, that the group is guitar, dobro, harmonica, slide guitar and pedal planning to record a CD soon, but in the meantime steel guitar, for which he has become famous with people can access their performance schedules on local fans. Ending the evening will be the Country The Downtown Tunes concert season, which Memories Band, offering their own take on clas- is in its third year, is said to be enjoying agreeable sic country staples by the likes of Hank Williams, weather for the first season since it started. Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. “The last couple years we had rain, so the After band leader Ray Windsor met with John weather we’re having this year is great,” said Lee (steel guitar player) in junior high school, the founder and director Robin Guyther in an intertwo began playing music together, joining later view, explaining that turnouts for this year’s perwith drummer Eddie Finch (Ray’s cousin) and formances have been good despite the reduced bass player Phil Carr, adding lead guitarist Kenny funding from sponsors. Wathen and female vocalist Karen Gould Windsor, The concert season, which features different who married Ray a year after joining the band. styles of music at each monthly performance, will Since then this group of friends and family end with a rock and roll show featuring Geezer have been jamming for audiences across the tri- and the 25th Hour Band on Aug. 22. county area, playing in a style that harkens back In the meantime country fans are invited to the roots of the genre. to join in the festivities for free. Saturday’s con“We enjoy performing music of all classic cert will begin at 6 p.m. Though some seating country artists,” wrote Karen in an e-mail. “That will be available, guests are encouraged to bring music isn’t around much lawn chairs to sit in. For more information call anymore, and we want to 301-904-4452.

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By Monica Meinert Contributing Writer

For more than two decades, the talented performers of St. Mary’s Recreation and Park’s annual Summerstock production have brought audiences to their feet, and this year’s show is no exception. The show opens with the rousing title song of the production, in which three distinct ethnic groups are formed – upper class whites, African Americans and Eastern European immigrants, all living in New York at the turn of the century. The plot begins with upper-class patriarch Father leaving on an expedition to the North, leaving his wife and young son behind at the family’s home in New Rochelle. With her husband absent, Mother Photo By Monica Meinert makes the decision to take Latvian immigrant Tateh (Chris Joyce, right) and in a young African Ameridaughter (Maddie Oosterink) are confronted by can woman, Sarah, and her the seeming impossibility of the American dream. illegitimate child. Mother’s choice brings the family face to face with the uglier side of life in America, as their lives become more and more entwined with African Americans Coalhouse Walker and Sarah and Latvian immigrant Tateh, she and her son watch racism and intolerance occur before their eyes. With its heavy thematic tones, “Ragtime” is a gripping drama that is not afraid to delve into the darkness of human nature. Violence awaits at nearly every turn, as the racial tension of the show escalates. The heart-wrenching conclusion of Act I, “’Til We Reach that Day,” which takes place after a racially-motivated murder, is easily one of the cast’s strongest songs – their voices blend together flawlessly, and soloist Raven Burnside helps complete a truly stunning number. In this cast of more than 60, standout performances in the production are almost too many to count. Montel Butler is simply breathtaking as Coalhouse Walker, the main African American character the show follows. Pairing an outstanding voice with a very deep characterization, Butler allows the audience to feel every joy and every sorrow the character experiences. Emily Frangenberg shines as Mother, the upper class woman whose Christian outlook on the world and the people in it does not always match those of her snobbish peers. Frangenberg captures the both the vulnerability and the quiet strength of her characShows and Rating Provided ter in songs like “What Kind of Woman” and “Back to By Yahoo Entertainment. Before.” Check Local Listings For Show Times. Chris Joyce and Maddie Oosterink make a wonderful father-daughter pair as Latvian immigrants who experience the hardships of life in a new country. Joyce’s fatherly side will melt hearts in “Gliding,” a beautiful song that Tateh sings when it seems as though the hope of the American dream is lost. Though it focuses on many heavier issues, the show is not without comic relief. Lighthearted numbers like “The Gettin’ Ready Rag,” “What a Game!” and “Atlantic City,” offer some reprieve from the show’s darker moments. The County Times is Directed by Bethany Wallace, with musical di• The Spiderwick rection by Stanley Hoopengardner, “Ragtime” is always looking for more sure to shock, amuse and amaze audiences at every Chronicles local talent to feature! performance. PG, 97 min To submit art or Shows are at Great Mills High School Auditoentertainment rium and are scheduled for July 23-24, 7 p.m.; July • Transformers: announcements, or band 25, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; July 26, 5 p.m. Tickets are $14 Revenge of the Fallen; information for our for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children 10 and unPG-13, 150 min der. Buy at the door or in advance by phone at (301) entertainment section, 475-4200 ext. 1800 or online at e-mail andreashiell@ • The Ugly Truth


Show Time

Get Out & Have Fu n Right Here in St. Mary’s County! Now Playing AMC Loews, Lexington Park 6, (301) 862-5010

• Bruno; R, 88 min • G-Force PG, 90 min • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince PG, 153 min; Starts Tues, July 14th

• Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; PG, 87 min • Nim’s Island PG, 95 min Starts on Wed, Jul 29

• Orphan R, 123 min • The Proposal PG-13, 108 min • Public Enemies R, 143 min


R, 96 min


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday, July 23 • Cheer Camp (3-6 years old) House of Dance (Hollywood) – 9 a.m. • Piece Out! Art in Bits and Pieces; This Camp is for the Birds; Intermediate Wheel Throwing Annmarie Garden – 9 a.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Backroom (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Basket Bingo Benefit for Carly Rae St. John’s Catholic Church (Hollywood) – 5 p.m. • Wii Play Together – Family Leonardtown Library – 5:30 p.m. • Twilight Mile Open Track Night Patuxent High School (Lusby) – 6 p.m. • Drop-In Salsa House of Dance (Hollywood) – 6 p.m. • Summerstock Musical: “Ragtime” Great Mills High School Auditorium – 7 p.m. • Lizzie & Friends Chef’s American Bistro – 7 p.m. • Hollywood VFD Annual Carnival The Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department continues its annual carnival July 23-27 beginning at 7 p.m. each night featuring food, rides and games. Unlimited rides every night for $10, or tickets may be purchased separately. Free nightly prizes (must be present to win). Also, free bicycles (two for boys and two for girls) will be given away to ages 12 and under each night (must be present to win). A Treasure Chest cash prize will be raffled the last night of the carnival. • Ladies Night Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. • Open Mic Night St. James Pub (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies Night Hulas Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

Friday, July 24 • Piece Out! Art in Bits and Pieces; This Camp is for the Birds Annmarie Garden – 9 a.m. • Cheer Camp (3-6 years old) House of Dance (Hollywood) – 9 a.m. • Teen Gaming Leonardtown Library – 2 p.m.

The County Times • River Concert Series featuring pianist Maruizio Moretti St. Mary’s College – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Mechanicsville Fire House – 7 p.m. • Homespun Coffee House Concert Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (Chaptico) – 7 p.m. • La Plata Summer Concert Series – United States Naval Academy’s Next Wave La Plata Town Hall – 7 p.m.

• Manga Drawing Workshop Leonardtown Library – 2 p.m. • Green Corn Festival Joy Lane Healing Center (Hollywood) – 4 p.m. • Downtown Tunes: Gary Rue, Dance Hall Ghosts, Country Memories Leonardtown Square – 6 p.m.

• No Limit Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m.

• River Riders Kayak Trip Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 6 p.m.

• Family Behind-the-Scenes Overnight Calvert Marine Museum – 7 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band D.B. McMillan’s Pub (California) – 6 p.m.

• Summerstock Musical: “Ragtime” Great Mills High School Auditorium – 7 p.m.

• Summerstock Musical: “Ragtime” Great Mills High School Auditorium – 7 p.m.

• ‘Road to Serfdom’ Discussion Free Market Economics Reading Group meets at 7:30 p.m. at Dunkin Donuts on Three Notch Road in California to discuss “Road to Serfdom” by F. A. Hayek, which influenced Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. For more information, call Cindy at 301-994-0074.

• No Limit Texas Hold’Em FRA Branch 93 (21707 Three Notch Rd) – 7 p.m. • Hollywood VFD Annual Carnival Hollywood VFD – 7 p.m.

• Pet Adoptions Pepper’s Pet Pantry (Solomons) – 1 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em “HeadsUp” Tourney FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 2 p.m. • Port Tobacco Players: “Sweeny Todd” Port Tobacco Players’ Theater (La Plata) – 3 p.m. • Newtowne Players: “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Big Game Izzak Walton Hall (Hughesville) – 3:30 p.m. • Summerstock Musical: “Ragtime” Great Mills High School Auditorium – 5 p.m. • Karaoke St. Mary’s Landing – 5:30 p.m. • Hollywood VFD Annual Carnival Hollywood VFD – 7 p.m.

Monday, July 27

• Nuttin’ Fancy Band Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

• One Body, One World (Grades 1-3) July 27-31 Annmarie Garden – 9 a.m.

• Port Tobacco Players: “Sweeny Todd” Port Tobacco Players’ Theater (La Plata) – 8 p.m.

• Margarita Mondays Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 12 noon

• Newtowne Players: “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

• Newtowne Players: “Shakespeare in Hollywood” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

• No Limit Texas Hold’Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge – 7 p.m.

• 4 Friends Chef’s American Bistro – 8:30 p.m.

• Endway Hulas Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.

• Karaoke 911 Bar (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

• Legend Seabreeze Bar & Restaurant (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

• Shallow Deep Hulas Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Port Tobacco Players: “Sweeny Todd” Port Tobacco Players’ Theater (La Plata) – 8 p.m.

• Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 25 • Watercolor on Yupo; Welcome Tiles and Mosaics Annmarie Garden – 9 a.m. • Corey’s Cancer Crusade Poker Run Patuxent Moose Family Center (Hollywood) – 9:30 a.m. • Tidewater Archaeology Weekend Historic St. Mary’s City – 10 a.m. • Ronnie Marshall Memorial Poker Run for Multiple Myeloma CJ’s Backroom (Lusby) – 10 a.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m.

• Village Day Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum – 10 a.m.

• Date Night – “Proximity” Exhibit Annmarie Garden – 6 p.m.

• Fossil Field Experience Calvert Marine Museum – 11 a.m.

• Hollywood VFD Annual Carnival Hollywood VFD – 7 p.m.

• History & Heritage Day St. Clements Island Museum (Colton’s Point) – 11 a.m.

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• Heavy Hitters Grand Opening Poker Run Heavy Hitters Bar and Grill (Charlotte Hall) – 11 a.m.

• Francis Bridge Chef’s American Bistro – 8:30 p.m. • No Limits Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m. • Country Dance Night Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9 p.m. • DJ Karaoke Spicers (Owings) – 9 p.m. • Three Sixty Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 26 • Watercolor on Yupo; Ceramic Torsos Annmarie Garden – 9 a.m. • Tidewater Archaeology Weekend Historic St. Mary’s City – 10 a.m. • More than Meets the Eye (Archeology Tour) Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum – 11 a.m. • Cat & Kitten Adoptions Petco (California) – 11:30 a.m.

• Hollywood VFD Annual Carnival Hollywood VFD – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 28 • Mosaic Mini-Camp, July 28-29 Annmarie Garden – 10 a.m. • Young Professionals Initiative Social The Ruddy Duck (13200 Dowell Rd) – 5:30 p.m. • CSM Twilight Performance Series: Darcy Nair Trio CSM Leonardtown Campus – 6:30 p.m. • Karaoke Chef’s American Bistro – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 29 • Why Snooze when You Can Crooze Arby’s Restaurant Parking Lot (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band D.B. McMillan’s Pub (California) – 6 p.m. • Learn to Line Dance Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics No Limit Hold’Em Tourney Bennett Building (24930 Old Three Notch Rd) – 7 p.m. • Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. • Karaoke St. Mary’s Landing – 7:30 p.m.


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On The Menu

Oga’s Asian Cuisine

22745 Washington Street, Leonardtown, 301-475-0188 Family owned and operated, Oga’s Asian Cuisine’s Chef Peter Zeng serves up quality Chinese and Japanese cuisine to your dining table right here on Leonardtown Square. With an extensive menu of all of your Asian favorites along with fresh, handmade sushi you are sure to find the perfect dish to satisfy your appetite. Whether it is their fast carry out service, a quick bite for lunch or a quiet dinner you will find it all in this charming restaurant. An extensive, all-you-can-eat buffet is available from 11 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday for only $5.99. Entrees range from in price from $4.95 to $13.95. Assorted sushi platters are also available for order or pull up to the beautifully crafted sushi bar for a sample of Chef Peter’s handy work. Beer, wine and cocktails are also available on site. Oga’s Asian Cuisine is open Monday thru Thursday, 11a. m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Oga’s friendly and professional staff will be happy to accommodate your Asian craving today!

Healthy Bites Help Kids Take a Healthy Dip By JIM ROMANOFF For The Associated Press For kids, two of the most dreaded words you can utter are “healthy snack.” But this doesn’t have to be the case if you take advantage of the magic of dipping. Kids love to dip and it’s easy to turn this playing with food into a fun way to get them eating more of what’s healthy, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and low-fat dairy products. There are plenty of dips you can purchase that work, including all-natural peanut butter (avoid brands with added sugar or hydrogenated fats). Offer dippers such as apple or pear slices, vegetable sticks, or low-fat, whole-grain breadsticks and pretzels. Applesauce also makes a great, fruity dip for breadsticks and pretzels. Opt for all-natural varieties with no added sugar or other fillers. If you like, you can doctor it up by adding a bit of ground cinnamon or even apple pie spices. Savory hummus is made with fiber- and nutrientrich chickpeas blended with healthy oils, such as olive and canola. It’s an excellent dip for crunchy fresh veggies, pretzels or whole-grain pita chips. Jarred tomato-based pasta sauces, especially those made with other added vegetables, can be a concentrated source of good nutrition. Serve with whole-grain breadsticks, low-fat string cheese or fresh cut vegetables. If you want to offer a tomato sauce that’s a bit more exciting, you can make this easy pepperoni pizza dip in about 5 minutes. The recipe calls for canned tomato sauce and reduced-fat pepperoni. It goes well with part-skim cheese sticks or whole-grain

breadsticks. For a sweeter take, tangy yogurt is used as a base for a banana-peanut butter dip that can be whipped up in your blender in just a few minutes and served with fresh apple or pear slices.

PEPPERONI PIZZA DIP WITH MOZZARELLA STICKS Start to finish: 5 minutes Servings: 4 8-ounce can no-salt tomato sauce 1/4 cup chopped reduced-fat pepperoni (about 16 slices) 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 4 part-skim mozzarella or string cheese sticks In a blender or food processor, combine the tomato sauce, pepperoni, oregano and basil. Blend until smooth. Divide the mixture between 4 small dishes and serve with mozzarella sticks for dipping. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 119 calories; 63 calories from fat; 7 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 24 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 1 g fiber; 378 mg sodium.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


On The Vine

Mirassou California Wines

The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and crafting quality wines in the sun-drenched hills of California since 1854. In 2004 the sixth generation of Mirassou’s marked an unprecedented 150 years of family winemaking. Mirassou features a bright, uniquely approachable style; these wines honor the Mirassou family’s heritage while appealing to a new generation of wine enthusiasts. Mirassou Chardonnay exhibits intense aromas and flavors of stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines, as well as tropical fruits like pineapple. The grapes are harvested during the night and early in the morning in order to keep the fruit cool to preserve the delicate aromas and flavors. Mirassou California Pinot Noir displays fresh fruit flavors of pomegranates, cherries and currants. Balancing intense flavors of blackberry and black currant with hints of vanilla and brown spice, Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon is a unique expression of California’s most celebrated growing regions. The Mirassou California Merlot displays luscious fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. These primary flavors are augmented with secondary flavors of vanilla, toasty oak and brown spices. Mirassou California Sauvignon Blanc displays crisp flavors of tropical fruit and melon balanced with hints of grapefruit and pear. Mirassou California Riesling offers aromas of peach, apricots, and spice with intense fruit flavors of red apple and peach. As a result of the naturally firm acid levels, this wine is crisp and delicately structured and pairs beautifully with richly sauced poultry or seafood. Mirassou California Pinot Grigio reveals intense aromas and flavors of peach, pear and citrus with crisp, lively acidity creating an exceptionally refreshing wine. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with spicy dishes as well as grilled poultry or seafood. Mirassou offers a wide selection of varietals with a lively, fruitforward approach that is reflected in each of their wines. These wines are available locally for approximately $10 a bottle.

BANANA-PEANUT BUTTER DIP WITH APPLES Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

2 medium bananas, peeled and cut into 4 pieces each 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (3 ounces) 4 apples, cored and cut into wedges In a blender or food processor, combine the bananas, peanut butter and yogurt. Blend until smooth. Divide the mixture between 4 small dishes and serve with apple wedges for dipping.

Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 189 calories; 40 calories from fat; 4 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 1 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 5 g fiber; 48 mg sodium.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wanderings of an Aimless



Carnival Nights By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I love this time of year when the weather (fairly hot days and cool evenings) takes your mind back to evenings at the local carnival. I always think of it as carnival weather. That feeling of excitement when you are half a mile away and can see the bright glow in the sky and the top of the slowly turning Ferris wheel.

The thrill of walking into a miniature city of brightly strung lights, screams of laughter, lines for the children’s rides, and amidst it all on a flawless Summer night, the pervading smells of cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, funnel cake, and carnival pizza. I love carnival pizza. Carnival nights seemed to last forever as a child or a teenager. Some of you from up the road probably went to the Marlow Heights

Book Review

‘Cherry Bomb’ by J.A. Konrath, read by Susie Breck and Dick Hill

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By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer Throughout your life, you’ve probably noticed that there are two kinds of people: those that are late, and those that are not. The late ones stroll casually in to a lunch, party, meeting, or appointment twenty minutes after they’re supposed to be there, surprised to see you waiting. The on-time people are punctual to a fault, maybe even a little early. Some people will be late to their own funerals. The rest would rather die than dally. But if Detective Jacqueline Daniels is late, the dead body won’t be hers. In the new audiobook “Cherry Bomb” by J.A. Konrath, a little procrastination on Jack’s part may instead mean the demise of the people she loves. As funerals go, this one wouldn’t have been unusual had it not been for the phone call that Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels received, graveside. The call was from Alexandra Kork – the original reason for the funeral – and she wasn’t phoning with condolences. Alex had killed one of Jack’s loved ones, and she had more murder on her mind. Hours later, a photo of a bloody, ducttaped, tortured man was sent to Jack via a cell phone that Alex had furnished. The man had a wild look in his eyes, burns on his chest, and a rigged shotgun pointed at his head. And Jack had twelve hours to find the identity of the man and save his life. But it didn’t end there. Another man, and two hours… this one, personal. And very gruesome.

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And another, with just a minute’s warning – this one, almost killing one of the people closest and most important to Lieutenant Jack Daniels. But with the help of former partner (and possible half-brother) Harry McGlade, bank robber and part-time hustler Phin Trout, a Crimebago (mobile crime lab + Winnebago), and a few friendly fellow Chicago Police Department officers, Jack Daniels won’t let Alex Kork get away with murder. Even if it kills her. First, let me say this: if you haven’t read or listened to author J.A. Konrath’s previous novels, stop right here and go get them, particularly the last one, “Fuzzy Navel”. Reading that book will make the experience of hearing this one so much better. You probably could listen to “Cherry Bomb” by itself, but going back one book will be more than worth your while. Now, for fans of Konrath: be prepared. Be prepared for Alex Kork-on-steriods. Alex is about a hundred percent nastier, which means her crimes are crueler and squirmier. Prepare yourself for several heart-in-your-throat moments of knowing what will happen but never being sure. Be ready for at least three big sock-in-the-eye surprises and a doubletwist ending that will make you cheer – and howl. Get ready for sadness, laughter, gasps, and desperately wanting the next book. Vacation warning: “Cherry Bomb” is definitely, absolutely not appropriate listening for kids under the age of seventeen nor is it an audiobook for the weak of heart. But if you’re a Konrath fan or if you love detective novels, “Cherry Bomb” is explosive.

shopping center carnival, nestled just under the highway ramp. We usually ate at Steak in a Sack and then walked over to the carnival when I was very little. I remember my Mother not letting me get caramel or candy apples ever again after the first carnival. The sticky candy and the apple got stuck in my long hair and they were forever banned. I’ve solved that problem when I found out about caramel-appletinis. As a teenager, I think more of the Clinton carnival at our only big shopping center, also right next to Route 5. Candy apples were not on the agenda at that time, other things occupy the teenage girl’s mind. The song Frankenstein by Edgar Winter always seemed to be playing at the Tilt-a-whirl. I believe it comes with the ride and I know I’ve heard it at carnivals every year. Packs of teenagers made the rounds of the circle all night only stopping for food and soda occasionally. Isn’t that still the case? When my sons were small, they begged to go to carnivals and I took them to each carnival starting at Mechanicsville, then Hollywood, Leonardtown, and ending in Ridge. I vaguely remember one in Valley Lee, but I might be mistaken. It’s hard to believe how the Hollywood carnival has grown from their small firehouse and parking lot at the junction of Mervell Dean Rd and Rt. 235 to what they have built a mile up the road. I still look over at the old low building in the back of the parking lot and visualize the games of chance all lit up with people waiting to pop water balloons or kids picking up their lucky duck. Each carnival has so many memories for me. Who can’t think of Mechanicsville carnival without smiling and thinking of Mr. Younger, or Hollywood carnival and the “Mayor of Hollywood”, Jenks Mattingly. If you visited Ridge,

then bless his soul it was Mr. Titus. I still miss the Leonardtown carnival and have lots of preteen Camp Maria memories from there. There came the time when my sons hit their teenage years and were not as interested in having Mom walk around with them at carnivals. And I was happily content to play bingo, which I have always loved, and eat and visit with other moms. Then it happened where carnivals weren’t as important to them as they still were to me. The tables turned and I had to beg my sons to take their Mother to the carnival. “I just want to see the lights, play a little bingo, maybe have some pizza, a little funnel cake…pleeeease?” “ I won’t ask to stay until it closes this time, I promise.” “No, I won’t have any candy apples or ask for money for pull tabs.” Geez!! Now it’s my husband and I that go to carnivals, and make the rounds of the circle, running into friends and eating carnival pizza. He waits while I play some bingo. We play our games of chance, and try our hand at some of the games. There is always the ever-present beer tent near the pull tabs and money wheels which, for all I know, may be exclusive to St. Mary’s County. Pull tabs, and popcorn litter the ground. Everyone is smiling and enjoying Summer evenings that at one time seemed to last forever To each new night’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: Our prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery go out to softball’s Team Moose pitcher Larry Alvey.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009


St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092 Supports the Wounded Warrior Project

2009/2010 To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project


August 1

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Oldest and Youngest Celebrate Fitness and Fun By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

She said she had been taken completely by surprise coming to the center for one of her weekly workouts to find a decadent chocoTuesday afternoon saw several smiling late cake, balloons and gifts waiting for her. faces at the Fitness and More ladies workout “The friends you make when you come center in Hollywood, as the owners threw an here are unbelievable,” she said, motioning at impromptu birthday celebration for the club’s the same time toward her fellow celebrants. oldest members, 87 year-old Theresa “Tee” Mileto said her favorite part of coming Duncan from Wildewood and 88 year-old to the center since it opened was “just being Mary Mileto from Hollywood. able to do the exercises” at her age, though she had the help and support of her granddaughter, 12 year-old Julie Corrigan, who was also on hand with her mother at the celebration as the club’s youngest member. Owner Brenda Tominack said that the party was a way of recognizing the three members as inspirations to others coming to the center, which she and her fellow owners Janet Evans and Connie Khinoo-Olsen decided to open after the old facility, Ladies Workout Express, closed its doors at that same location in April. “We realized that Mary’s birthday was coming, and she was turning 88 and we just thought that was a remarkable thing to note, Photo By Andrea Shiell that someone that age was coming to the Theresa ‘Tee’ Duncan, Julie Corrigan and Mary gym and working out was inspirational to all Mileto. of us. And then we noticed that Ms. Duncan had just turned 87, so we wanted to make it Duncan said she has been coming to the special,” said Tominack, taking time to note center for three years, having followed her that there were “three generations of wonmembership to the new facility under its new derful women” there to celebrate that day. name when they opened for business in May.

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Mary Mileto, Julie Carrigan and Theresa ‘Tee’ Duncan take a break from their birthday celebration to test some of the exercise equipment at Fitness and More in Hollywood.


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Comedians Perform to Support Wounded Warriors By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer The St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge on Chancellor’s Run Road was peppered with giggling patrons on Saturday night, all there to enjoy routines by comedians Keith Alberstadt and the evening’s headlining act, Tom Foss, who were both there not only to make people laugh, but also to support the local effort of a national program called the Wounded Warrior Project. Alberstadt, who writes for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” and has performed on David Letterman, CMT, VH1 and other comedy programs, offered a varied set and spoke in an interview about his passion for performing for the troops. He and Foss both seem to share that passion, performing on the “Comics on Duty” performance circuit, which opSubmitted Photo erates much like a USO tour bringing Tom Foss was the headliner at the Elks Lodge Come- comedians to entertain combat troops dy Night to support the Wounded Warrior Project on in Iraq and Afghanistan. Saturday. “We got mortar attacked in Baghdad,” he said, smiling at the memory. “The nickname for the place was Mortar-itaville … so they had already got attacked that day before we showed up, so they told us, ‘We’ve never gotten attacked twice in one day’ … well, sure enough right after our show — and you’ve got to HLOE give it to the insurgents, since they waited till after we had


performed, we were attacked,” but he said that the experience of bringing a moment of levity to troops overseas had been well worth it, and he and Foss have both been around the world several times in the last five years to perform for the troops, traveling in Black Hawks and wearing flak jackets the whole time. “What we’re trying to do is not only raise money, but raise awareness for what the Wounded Warrior Project does,” said John Winters, former Elks Lodge president and chairman of the local WWP effort. “There are a lot of organizations out there that cater to the military, veterans groups and things like that, but what the Wounded Warrior Project does is specifically focus on the soldiers when they’re injured,” he said, explaining that the effort started with the delivery of backpacks containing toiletries, clothes, phone cards and other necessities to soldiers who were wounded in combat, as they would not be able to take such personal belongings of their own to the field hospitals where they were being transported. “When they do get back the Wounded WarSubmitted Photo rior Project does a whole lot more,” said Winters. Keith Alberstadt entertained locals at Saturday’s “Most of the people that they deal with are am- WWP event putees, either single, double, and sometimes all four limbs, and they try to help them get back year of events. “We pretty much have an event every into a normal life, so they’ll pay, for example, to send them skiing in Colorado, and they’ll outfit month,” he said, adding that upcoming WWP them with all the gear they need, and the trainers events included a Texas Hold’Em tournament, a to help them do that,” including prosthetic limbs music festival on the lodge grounds featuring local bands like Shallow Deep and HydraFX, an and physical therapy sessions. The Elks Lodge picked the Wounded War- Elvis night featuring an impersonator from Las rior Project last November when they decided to Vegas, and an Oktoberfest celebration, among launch a year-long campaign to raise money and others. For more information on the Wounded Warawareness. Winters said that the Elks Lodge was hoping to net about $20,000 for WWP with their rior Project and local events, go to

Chaptico Run/Walk Saturday

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Run for healthy families at the 24th annual Chaptico Classic Road Race and Fun Walk on Saturday, Aug. 28. Five and 10 kilometer running courses and a three-mile walking trail take participants along Southern Maryland’s scenic country roads. The course is T.A.C. certified and has been rated one of Running Times best county road races. Kids under 12 can join the Chaptico Chase, a 100-yard dash that will open the event. Everyone gets a prize. Proceeds benefit Alternatives for Youth and Families, a nonprofit, communitybased agency that runs programs for troubled children

and their families. The volunteer-run event has raised moer than $300,000 for the program since it began in 1985, helping countless families weather troubled times. Register beginning at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. Racing begins with the kids’ run at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $30. Participants will receive a T-shirt and other goodies. Registration and race start will be at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Zach Fowler Road, 1/4 mile south of the intersection of Routes 234/238 (Maddox Road) at Chaptico. For more information, call 301-884-0312 or go to www.alternatives 4youth. org.

Singers Wanted St. Maries Musica is seeking a tenor and a bass for the upoming concert season. If interested call Barb Lorton at 301-373-8181 for audition information.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

River Creek Lodge Now Open

Local Girl Scouts Deliver Happiness to Cedar Lane Residents

Chuck Kimball, center with scissors, County Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell and County Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the River Creek Lodge on St. George’s Island June 17. July Kimball, his wife, stands at his side.

Mary Hammett Celeberates 98 Years

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Sammie Zarzara, Julia Hancock (front row), Gabrielle Cory, Becky Dodson and Delaney Hancock.

Photos Courtesy of Janice Pruett

On July 8, Cedar Lane resident Mary Hammett celebrated her 98th birthday in style with a surprise limousine ride arranged by her daughter Elizabeth Woodard and her husband Sandy. The limousine driver is Tim Smith from Five-Star Limousine service. Ms. Hammett was treated to dinner at Corbel’s Restaurant in Leonardtown.

Leonardtown – Members of local the Girl Scout Cadets Troop #4549 along with troop leaders distributed 100 free boxes of assorted Girl Scout cookies to Cedar Lane residents as the result of the Girl Scouts “Gift of Caring” program. This program allows consumers to purchase cookies to support the Girl Scouts and then allow the Scouts to donate them to a worthy organization. Troop members Sammie Zarzara, Gabrielle Cory, Becky Dodson, Delaney Hancock and Julia Hancock who is a member of Daisy Troop 6336 brought

Sensory Sensation Class for Kids St. Mary’s Hospital invites children to participate in a fun, interactive program that incorporates sensory integration strategies and motor planning in a four-week class each Thursday beginning July 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. The program, “Sensory Sensation,” is taught by licensed occupational therapist Samantha Burke and allows children ages 4 to 8 the opportunity to experience sensory exploration in a group setting. Each session begins with a Brain Gym warm-up followed by activities based on the week’s theme. The first week focuses on sights and sounds; the second week addresses smell and touch; week three’s activities center around vestibular and motor planning; and the final week provides a multi-sensory review with activities such as flashlight tag, following directions in a song, identifying smells and an obstacle course. Each one-hour class ends with 10 minutes of yoga calming moves to music. “The purpose of the class is to help guide children in the use of their sensory skills to explore the environment in an efficient manner,” said Michelle McCloskey, occupational therapist and operational specialist in the hospital’s Rehabilitation Medicine Department. “The ability to accurately interpret and integrate sensory input is the foundation for learning, focus and interaction skills.” To find out more about the program or to secure a spot, contact St. Mary’s Hospital’s Health Connections at 301-475-6019. The cost is $50 for the hour-long, four-week program.

Get Your Oysters Now Next week about 700 people who live along the Wicomico River in St. Mary’s and Charles counties will receive a letter in the mail about growing oysters in cages off their piers or bulkheads. Waterfront residents have through July 30 to decide if they want to participate in the Maryland Grow Oysters Program, said volunteer Bob Elwood, a member of the Wicomico Scenic River Commission.

Elwood said property owners need to have structures that enable the cages to stay submerged during the winter in order to receive a batch of oysters. Volunteers plan to distribute oysters to St. Mary’s residents on Aug. 29 from Bushwood Wharf, he said. For more information, call Elwood at 301-7693840 or Bill Barger at 301-259-0229.

lots smiles to the faces of many residents as they handed out the free cookies as residents made their way to the dining room. Cedar Lane Apartments is a senior living community that serves the elderly and disabled and is located at 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650. 301.475.8966.

L ibrary Items

• Mad Scientist – Monday July 27 John Sullens presents his science-themed show, Mad Science for all ages at Charlotte Hall (10 a.m., White Marsh Elementary School), Leonardtown (12:30 p.m., Leonard Hall Recreation Center) and Lexington Park Library, 3 p.m. • Summer reading – Children, ages 5-12, can pick up Adventure Passports and explore county sites to earn a free ice cream coupon and a chance for Sally Walker’s book, “Written in Bone.” They can also win a book in the Where’s Flat Sneaks contest by guessing where Flat Sneaks has explored during the past week from the clues posted in this issue. • Teen activities – free workshops at Lexington Park to create simple animation for e-mail messages using Digital Art software (Aug. 6, 2 p.m.) and to create simple arcade game using Gamemaker software (Aug. 12, 2 p.m.) Registration required. Free workshop on drawing Manga on July 25, 2 p.m. at Leonardtown and July 29, 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall. Registration required. Free Teen Gaming Fun July 24, 2 p.m., Leonardtown and Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., Charlotte Hall. Snacks provided. • Game night – family members and gamers can challenge each other to Wii and other games tonight at Lexington Park, 6 p.m.; tomorrow at Leonardtown, 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday July 30 at Charlotte Hall, 5:30 p.m. Snacks provided. • Free PG movies – at Lexington Park, Aug. 6, 2 p.m., this 2008 family comedy features a hotel handyman whose life changes when bedtime stories magically come true. At Leonardtown, Aug. 6, 2 p.m., young girl discovers her father can bring book characters to life; she must stop a freed villain from destroying them all. Snacks provided. • Free Friday Afternoon Movie Musicals – Lexington Park offers Movie Musical series Friday afternoons, 2 p.m. during August. eries starts Aug. 7 with showing of PG-rated musical about Little Orphan Annie who dreams of the day when her parents will rescue her from the orphanage. Snacks provided.

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Group Hosting Fundraiser for Civil War Memorial By Chris Stevens Staff Writer A group that is raising money to build a memorial in Lancaster Park to honor men from St. Mary’s County who served during the Civil War has identified another soldier from the county who received the Medal of Honor. His name was Pvt. Joseph B. Hayden of St. Mary’s City, said Nathaniel Scroggins, president of the Unified Committee for Afro American Contributions. Sgt. James H. Harris of Great Mills, who fought in the Battle of New Market Heights in Virginia, and Pvt. William H. Barnes of Ridge, who fought in the battle of Chaffin’s Farm in Virginia, also received the Medal of Honor. Authorized by President Lincoln early in the conflict, the medal later became known as the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions is planning a banquet on Sunday Aug. 23 to raise money to help pay for a $200,000 memorial that will honor the soldiers and their families. The project originally began as project to honor members of the U.S. Colored Troop but has now expanded to include everyone in the county. Sgt. Harris and Pvt. Barnes were African American; Pvt. Hayden was Caucasian. The fundraising event will be held at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department hall starting at 3 p.m. A special ledger will be present for signing for those who wish to donate to the construction of the memorial. “We’re asking everyone who attends to donate $50,” Scroggins says. Members hope to finish the memorial in time for a


Special Olympians Competing at St. Mary’s College

dedication in September 2010. The Civil War memorial will be built in Lancaster Park in Lexington Park on a square of land on the north side an entry road near two existing ball fields, parking areas and a picnic pavilion. A pathway serving Lancaster Park will run past the memorial, connecting it to a section along Route 235 that will have walking trails but otherwise remain undeveloped. The memorial, to be surrounded by cherry trees, will include a statue and plaques placed among roses and other plantings. The largest element will be a six-foot statue representing members of the United States Colored Troop from St. Mary’s County who served the Union during the Civil War. A plaque with the statue will list the names of all those who served in the Civil War, regardless of color. The committee is working with Virginia sculptor Gary Casteel to create the statue, which will be similar in ways to the bronze one Casteel created of a Confederate prisoner of war for the Confederate Memorial Park at Point Lookout. The county will build the base for the plaques, help with the landscaping and maintain the site once it is completed, said Phil Rollins, who heads the county’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Flags at the site will be visible from Route 235, and Commissioner Tom Jarboe also suggested creating a sign that can be seen from Route 235 directing visitors to the memorial, helping to boost tourism. “I think it will be a big plus for St. Mary’s County,” said Janice Walthour, co-chair of the memorial committee. For more information, visit

Photo by Mary Lu Bucci

Kayakers dig deep on St. Mary’s River at the start of a Special Olympics Mid-Summer Classic race.

For the first time, Special Olympics’ athletes will compete in the sport of volleyball at this weekend’s Mid-Summer Classic at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The Classic, which has been hosted by the college since 2000, will bring more than 240 athletes to the campus July 25-26 to also compete in sailing (Flying Juniors and catamarans) and kayaking. The public is invited to the Special Olympics Maryland competition, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday for opening ceremonies. Sailing and kayaking races on the St. Mary’s River are from 1 – 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Volleyball players will compete in the Athletics and Recreation Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Awards ceremonies will be ongoing through the weekend, with the final one scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. “Special Olympics Maryland has been looking for a good home for volleyball,” said Mary Lu Bucci, director of Special Olympics St. Mary’s County. “And with the college having the availability and facilities needed to cover this sport, we now have a team sport during the summer.”

Spring Dell Center Connecting People With Disabilities To The Community & Employment

Residential Residential Staff – Full Time & Part Time $9.05 per hr. Administer medications, Assist individuals in their homes with daily living skills and hygiene needs, including: Cooking, cleaning, outings, money skills, shopping. Applicants must have a clean driving record and reliable vehicle. Full Time Hours: Monday – Friday, 2 PM – 10 PM; Sunday & Saturday, 7 AM-10 PM. Part Time Hours: Daily Overnight, 11 PM-7 AM; Weekends, 10 AM-6 PM. Hours are subject to change based on location. Residential Coordinator $33,877 per yr. Extremely organized individual with excellent multitasking skills needed to provide case management and staff supervision. This person will work in cooperation with the counselors in development, revision and implementation of each individual’s IP and all IP recommended activities. Demonstrate creativity in program

development, using person-centered planning, develop Individual Plans, including community integration when possible. Applicants must have 3 years supervisory experience. Experience working in Human Services or related field and knowledge of DDA and OHCQ regulations is preferred. Medical Appointment Runner – Full Time $9.38 per hr. Full time position is available as a Medical Appointment Runner. Must be consistently punctual, follow instructions, demonstrate dependability, accuracy and thoroughness. Effective written and oral communication skills, adaptability, resourcefulness and initiative are a must. Requirements are: CNA Certification. Schedules and attends all medical appointments, to include OT/PT, speech therapy, and appointments related to adaptive equipment. Any appointments that cannot be attended due to scheduling conflicts will be coordinated with the residential coordinator assigned.


All applicants must have 2 yrs driving experience, a clean driving record and the ability to lift 50 lbs. Please specify position when applying.

Vocational Employment Program Supervisor $33,877 per yr. Full time position available for a high energy, well organized professional with the ability to build strong relationships with businesses in the community and develop opportunities for employment of individuals with disabilities. Ensure execution of the approved DORS services within the specified guidelines. A minimum of five years supervisory experience and knowledge of DD field & DOL sub-minimum wage regulations preferred. Employment Supervisor (Center Based) $33,877 per yr. Full time position available for a high energy, well organized professional with sound management and communication skills. Responsible for establishing and maintaining retail store operating procedures as well as timely contract renewals. Provide guidance and review of the IP, attend, monitor and critique IP meetings at random. Act as a liaison between Supported Employment and Day/ Habilitation Department. A minimum of five years supervisory experience and knowledge of DD field preferred.

Send all resumes and applications to: Spring Dell Center, Inc. | 6040 Radio Station Road | La Plata, MD 20646 | Phone: 301.934.4561 | Fax: 301.392.2060 | Website: | Email:


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High School Football Coaches Ready To Get Involved By Chris Stevens Staff Writer While the Southern Maryland Football Coaches Association is the brainchild of Westlake High School head coach Dominic Zaccarelli, all 13 of the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference’s high school teams stand to benefit from its creation. “We’re really trying to improve the base of operations so we can put Southern Maryland football on the map,” said Chopticon head coach Tony Lisanti. “What it’s really about is unity,” says Leonardtown head coach Anthony Pratley. “Not only will it develop the younger talent, but to have organization among the coaches will be huge.” The Coaches Association held its first meeting July 15 at Westlake, and Zaccarelli believes that the time is right for area football coaches to band together. “The bottom line is we’re trying to improve football in the tricounty area,” he said. “We want to support youth league football and create an atmosphere that is supportive of football. I think [the association] has great potential.” Great Mills head coach Bill Griffith believes the coaches association will improve football in Southern Maryland with the handson approach the association plans to take. “We can finally get involved

and teach the youth coaches in clinics and work with the kids on our terminology and make progress,” he said. Griffith also believes that this new alliance will give Southern Maryland a bigger voice in state football matters. “We will get to be heard,” he says. “It’ll be the first time we’ll be able to voice our opinions, and people can’t say, ‘Oh, the Southern Maryland coaches are complaining again.’” One of the many objectives of the SMFCA is to not only teach youngsters the fundamentals of football, but aksi help those young athletes earn college scholarships as well. “There’s strength in numbers,” Zaccarelli says. “If Coach Lisanti has players at Chopticon that I think college coaches need to look at, I’ll send people down there to talk to them, and he will do the same for me.” “Football has become so work ethic-driven, that you can’t just walk in on August 15 and play,” Lisanti said of the start of high school practice statewide. “We want to work on the fundamentals to make football an enjoyable experience for the kids.” “It’s all in who you know,” Pratley says of college recruiting. “If we’re all able to share information, it gives our kids a great chance to get to the next level.”

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Summer Pickup League Encourages Lacrosse Learning

Shannon Bonnel and Courtney Williams face-off. Photo By Frank Marquart

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer HOLLYWOOD – With lacrosse picking up steam as a popular sport in the state of Maryland, Leonardtown girls’ coach and Jets travel team director Ken McIlhenny figures the best way to help St. Mary’s County get in on the action is keeping girls’ minds on lacrosse. “The idea is to keep a stick in their hand,” McIlhenny said of the Southern Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Club, a pickup league that holds games Tuesday evenings at Dorsey Park. “They really enjoy coming out here and getting a good sweat in.” Photo By Frank Marquart

Resse Bergen, Southern Maryland Girls Lacrosse League coach and Leonardtown’s Rachel Ferrara battle for possession of the ball.

Tennis in August St. Mary’s County Tennis Association (SMCTA) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Tennis will hold their 3rd Annual Quasi-Compass Doubles Bash on Saturday, Aug. 29 (Gender Doubles) and Saturday, Sept. 12 (Mixed Doubles). Play begins at 8 a.m. both days, at the St. Mary’s College Somerset Tennis Complex. Open to adult players and youths 16 and older. Entries will be limited to 16 mixed doubles teams and 8 men’s and 8 women’s teams. Cost is $40 per doubles team, payable online or via check. To register, log in to and click Event Registration. See the SMCTA Web site for full information and instructions or call (301) 475-0153.

All Star Team Goes to Regional The St. Mary’s Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 12U All Star Team finished in second place at the state tournament. They now advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Bridgewater, N.J., beginning July 30, playing for a berth to go to the World Series in Aberdeen, Md. The St. Mary’s Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 12U All Star team advanced to the Single Elimination Round of the State Top row, left to right: Coach Roger Bussler, Manager Gary Tour nament Bowling, Hunter Farrell, Coach Kenny Hammett. Middle with a record row, left to right: Ben Wietzke, Wyatt Bowling, Austin Bussler, of 4-0 in pool Ljay Newsome, C.J. Hill, Cal Rye. Bottom row, left to right: play as the top Jay Hammett, Sam Wolfe, Jacob Taylor, Ricky Brasko, Anseed in their drew Magiera. bracket.

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Allison Buckley of Virginia Wesleyan College eyes the defense.

The club, which McIlhenny has presided over the last six summers, features players from as young as junior high all the way up to coaches and former players who are playing in college, like 2006 Leonardtown grad Lauren Norris, who is coming up on her senior year at Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. “Lacrosse is really starting to get big here in St. Mary’s, and Mac has been pushing that,” Norris. “I think it’s great for anyone to come here and play.” The lacrosse club usually plays at least three games a night, 25 minutes long, and they are required to make three passes before they can take a shot at the net. “It helps keep their skills up and eliminates fast breaks,” McIlhenny said. The club charges a fee of $40, but the college-age and older players are free of charge, as McIlhenny hopes it will entice players to come back and mentor the younger kids. “It’s a good chance for the girls to get to know each other after playing against each other,” he says. One youngster who is learning lot is Rachel Long, who will be entering Leonardtown High as a freshman this coming fall. “Knowing that you’re up against of some of these players and knowing what I’m doing, I know I’m really improving,” says Long, who plays goalie. “I notice things a lot more since I’ve been here. I’m more observant of which players are going to shot and how I could’ve stopped the last goal I let in.”

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High School Coaches’ Plan Will Help Football At All Levels By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Last Wednesday night at Westlake High School, the football coaches at the high schools that make up the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference took a huge step towards improving football in the Southern Maryland area from top to bottom. The Southern Maryland Football Coaches Association, created by Westlake head coach and athletic director Dominic Zaccarelli, held its first meeting at the Waldorf-based high school, and the association will take a vested interest in the improvement of fundamentals of football players from the youth leagues through their senior seasons of high school, drawing attention and interest from college football coaches. Along with making the sport of football an important, and enjoyable, experience for the kids, this idea, I believe, has a ton of merit for the entire area, especially for St. Mary’s County where as has been reported in the County Times, the youth football programs are in a bit of disarray right now. The coaches association takes one back to a time when the high school coaches worked together with youth coaches in all sports kept tabs on talented kids coming through youth programs and were compelled to shepherd their talents in play as well as in the classroom to give them a better chance of continuing their education and playing careers after high school. That was how high school dynasties were created, how coaches and athletes became legends and rendered pushover teams nonexistent. In the quest of improving football in Southern Maryland, young athletes must be taught proper fundamentals and techniques that will stay with them throughout their football lives. This of course will help improve teams as coaches can teach kids as one unit that has already mastered the fundamentals of football instead of having to play catch-up with a few who may not have been afforded proper instruction growing up. While the idea of pooling resources and working together for a common goal

Southern Maryland Youth Football League will host a cheerleading camp on Sunday, July 26, from 2-6 p.m. and Monday July 27 from 6:308:30 p.m. at Unique Sports Academy, home of Maryland Superstarz Competitive Cheerleaders. Professionally trained staff will teach new cheers, builds/stunts, jumps and gymnastics. Cost is $35 payable to SMYFL first day of camp. You must RSVP under Online Registration at http://www. Unique Sports Academy is located at 109D Post Office Road in Waldorf.


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is as old as time itself, it is a noble concept that 13 high schools who usually want to tear each other’s heads off on the gridiron from Labor Day to Thanksgiving have the desire to work together and make a concerted effort to get kids to college, even if it is by way of athletics. One can hope that this idea does not go to waste and that the youth coaches in all counties will be willing to work with the high school coaches to improve the skills of their kids. With cooperation on all levels, these kids will surely grow into young men playing high school football for championships and a chance to earn a college degree, which will be a vital part of their lives if their National Football League dreams do not come true. That may be the only drawback is cooperation, at least in St. Mary’s. Because there continues to be several different directions and ideas for youth league football in the county, the kids suffer as the focus is not on their improvement as football players and as people. One can hope the situation will be resolved soon and the high school coaches here will not be faced with an uphill climb in bettering their programs and the kids. Comments, questions, complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at

By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway Budds Creek – Defending track champion David Williams collected his second late model feature win of the season in Friday night’s 40-lap, $2,000-to-win, Gene VanMeter memorial at Potomac Speedway. Roland Mann and Rick Hulson brought the field down to the initial waving of the green flag. Hulson, coming off two consecutive top-five feature runs at the speedway, looked quite strong, as he would take the top spot and lead the event for the first six circuits. Meanwhile, third-starting David Williams at the controls of his George Moreland-owned Rocket No. 24, reached the runner-up spot by the fourth lap. Williams would then make the winning pass on lap 7 and control the final 34 laps to post his 24th career Potomac late model feature win. “I have to thank George and Tina Moreland for giving me the opportunity to drive their car,” said Williams in a post-race interview. “It’s taken us a little time to get the car comfortable for me to drive, but we’ve been getting better every week.” Williams climbed from his winning mount in victory lane completely exhausted following the 40-lap grind on quite a muggy night in Southern Maryland. “Something broke on the car on the fourth lap,” Williams said. “It took me all I could to hang on out there; lucky for us nobody got real close towards the end, because I don’t know if I would have been able to hold them off.” Tenth-starting Scott Cross rallied late to post a solid second at the stripe; Jamie Lathroum, after an early race spin, charged back through the field to take third; Bryan Bernheisel scored his best Potomac finish to date in fourth; and late model rookie Dale Hollidge completed the top five. Heats for the 17 cars in the pit area went to Williams and Lathroum. In the 16-lap street stock feature it was Chuck Bowie becoming the seventh different winner of the season as he collected his first feature win of the season. Point leader Kyle Nelson appeared headed to his sixth win of the season as he lead effortlessly until mechanical problems beset his No. .66X sending him to the pits on lap 13. Bowie would then inherit the lead and control the remaining three laps to post the win in the Stuart Hopkins owned No. 36, a machine his brother Ben has scored two victories in this season. Kurt Zimmerman rallied from an early race flat tire to score second, Stephen Quade was third, Mike Reynolds collected fourth and Jerry Fifield completed the top five. Heats went to Nelson and Bowie. In other action, defending track champion Brett Hamilton scored his second win of the season in the 25-lap AMRA modified headliner, while Buddy Dunagan was triumphant in the 15-lap hornet main.



Shockers Conducting Tryouts Next Month The Southern Maryland Shockers Fast Pitch Softball Team will conduct tryouts for its 14 and Under and 16 and Under teams on Sunday Aug. 23 and August 30 at the Hughesville Barn Fields. Tryouts will be held between 4 and 7 p.m. For more information, call Kenny Sothoron for the 16 and Under team at 301-884-0236 or Bobby Rawlings at 301-536-0017 for the 14 and Under team.



Late Model Feature Finish 40 Laps (Lap leaders Rick Hulson 1-6, David Williams 7-40) 1. David Williams 2. Scott Cross 3. Jamie Lathroum 4. Bryan Bernheisel 5. Dale Hollidge 6. Ray Kable Jr. 7. Daryl Hills 8. Ross Robinson 9. Harold Dorsey Jr. 10. Matt Quade 11. Kyle Lear 12. Chris Cromer 13. Ben Bowie 14. Roland Mann 15. Rick Hulson 16. Deane Guy 17. Jeff Pilkerton

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Blue Crabs Rally to Win Down Two And Down to Their Last Out In the Atlantic League’s most exciting game of the 2009 season, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs stormed back to beat the York Revolution 8-7 in a wild 11 inning affair. With the victory, Southern Maryland improved to 13-2 against York this year and 8-1 at home. After being held to a total of four runs in the past four games against Southern Maryland, York managed to surpass that total by the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game. The run, scored on a groundout by leftfielder Kennard Jones, broke a 4-4 tie. But being behind in the late-innings does not seem to bother the “Comeback Kids” of Southern Maryland. For the third time in five games, Southern Maryland mounted a furious late-inning comeback. Trailing 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, Blue Crabs’ shortstop Liu Rodriguez led off the inning with a bloop single to shallow left field. AllStar Game MVP Mike Just then grounded to York’s shortstop Anthony Manuel, who not only failed to field the hard-hit ball cleanly,

but also threw wildly to first base. But with runners on first and third and no outs, the Blue Crabs were only able to tie the game at 5 as Captain Jeremy Owens struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning. After a scoreless 10th inning, the Revolution scored twice in the top half of the 11th thanks to the fifth error of the year by Owens. Down but not out, the Blue Crabs battled back. With two outs in their half of the eleventh, the Blue Crabs’ Ken Harvey hit a mammoth homerun that barely snuck inside the foul pole to pull the Blue Crabs within one. Owens came up to bat next, looking to atone for his costly error. On the first pitch he saw, Owens crushed a towering homerun to leftfield that also barely stayed fair to tie the game. After Southern Maryland loaded the bases, Just came through again, plating pinch-runner Anthony Perry with a single over the drawn in outfield to win the game.

Hensley’s Contract Purchased By Blue Jays Organization The contract of relief pitcher Matt Hensley has been purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays, the Blue Crabs announced Sunday. He is the fifth pitcher and seventh Blue Crab to be signed by a Major League organization this season. Hensley departs Southern Maryland as the team’s closer. Pitching in 31 Blue Crabs games this season, Hensley has a 5-2 record with seven saves. In 33.1 innings pitched, Hensley has an ERA of 2.70, allowing only 10 runs on 30 hits while striking out 36. He assumed the closer duties for Southern Maryland once right-hander Jim Ed Warden signed with the New York Mets on June 12. Hensley made an appearance in nine games for the Blue Crabs in the inaugural 2008 season in Southern Maryland. A 10th round selection of the Anaheim Angels in the 2000 draft, Hensley has played in nine professional seasons, including seven in the

Angels organization. In 2004, Hensley made 16 appearances in the Major Leagues for the Angels. In 27.2 innings of work, he posted a 4.88 ERA with 30 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.41. For his entire minor league career through the time of his signing by Toronto, Hensley has logged 191 games, accumulating 523 strikeouts with a 4.51 ERA in 632.2 innings pitched. Hensley joins the impressive list of Blue Crabs players to head for Major League organizations during the 2009 season. Previously, pitchers Matt DeSalvo (Tampa Bay Rays), Jim Ed Warden (New York Mets), John Halama (Atlanta Braves) and Kenny Baugh (Houston Astros) were picked up, in addition to first baseman Eric Crozier (Baltimore Orioles) and shortstop Travis Garcia (Seattle Mariners), two position players who are also continuing on the road to the Majors.

Atlantic Baseball League Standings (For games through Tuesday, July 21st) LIBERTY DIVISION Long Island Southern Maryland Camden Bridgeport

W 9 8 4 4

L 3 4 7 7

PCT .750 .667 .364 .364


FREEDOM DIVISION Somerset Lancaster York Newark

W 8 6 5 4

L 4 7 8 8

PCT .667 .462 .385 .333


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2.5 3.5 4.0

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SOFTBALL SCHEDULE 7/23-7/29/2009 Thurs., July 23 Men’s Over-40 League Tri-County Aire vs. Rita B’s at Moose Lodge Hole-In-The-Wall vs. Anderson’s at Anderson’s Bar Mom & Pop’s vs. Hobos at Back Road Inn Clements vs. Seabreeze at Tippett’s Field Nationwide vs. Captain Sam’s at Captain Sam’s

Fri., July 24 Young Men’s League Big Dogs vs. Straight Cuts at Moose Lodge, 6:30 p.m. Cryer’s vs. Knott’s Construction at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. Shockers vs. Raley’s Softball at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. Jeff Rocks vs. Dew Drop Inn at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m.

CCE Rallies For Win By Chris Stevens Staff Writer GREAT MILLS – Even in staying on the heels of Just Us for first place in Division I of the St. Mary’s County Women’s softball league, Chesapeake Custom Embroidery didn’t make it easy. Dana Stauffer’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 7th inning finally gave CCE a 10-9 victory over Anderson’s Bar Monday night at the Brass Rail, in which two rallies were needed to produce the final result. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to do this all year,” co-manager Patricia Keen said. “We take advantage of our experience and we don’t like these comebacks, but we’re used to them.”

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Anderson’s Heather Gibson retrieves a ground ball.

Softball Standings

Sat., July 25

Games Through Tues., July 21

Young Men’s League

Women’s League Standings

Liberty O.S. vs. Big Dogs at Anderson’s Bar, 4 p.m. Straight Cuts vs. Cryer’s at Back Road Inn, 6 p.m. Team Moose vs. Dew Drop Inn at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6 p.m.

Division I

Sun., July 26 1. Just Us 2. CCE 3. Bud Light 4. Southern

Young Men’s League Dew Drop Inn vs. Straight Cuts at Moose Lodge, 4 p.m. Team Moose vs. Moose Lodge at Moose Lodge, 6 p.m. Raley’s Softball vs. Liberty O.S. at The Brass Rail, 6 p.m. Knott’s Construction vs. Big Dogs at Anderson’s Bar, 6 p.m. Jeff Rocks vs. Shockers at Captain Sam’s, 6 p.m.

Losses 0 2 2 3

Games Back 0 1.5 2 2.5

Wins 10 11 10 9 7 6

Losses 6 7 8 9 9 6

Games Back 0 0 1 2 3 4.5

Wins 4 1 1 0

Losses 13 16 17 18

Games Back 0 3 3.5 4.5

Division II

Mon., July 27 1. Knight Life 2. Back Road 3. Anderson’s 4. Simms 5. Capt. Sam’s 6. DDI

Women’s League Just Us vs. Southern at 7th District Park, 6:30 p.m. Coors Light vs. Bud Light at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m. Chesapeake Custom Embroidery vs. Knight Life at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. Captain Sam’s vs. Knockouts at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Simms vs. Xtreme at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m. Dew Drop/Two Point Construction/PJ’s Autobody/Bryan Jones Paint vs. Moose Lodge at Moose Lodge, 6:30 p.m.

Division III Photo By Chris Stevens

Women’s Over-30 League Ryce Electric vs. Rosebuds at Tippett’s Field Hurricanes vs. Raley’s Softball at Chancellor’s Run Park Hole-in-the-Wall vs. S&J Heating at Anderson’s Bar Captain Sam’s vs. Back Road Inn at Back Road Inn

Wins 17 16 15 15

Claire Andrews of CCE follows the flight of the ball.

“We made some mistakes in the final innings that hurt us,” said Anderson’s manager Jamie Tennyson. “You can’t give a good team like that an extra out in an inning.” Women’s League Anderson’s jumped on CCE early with three runs in the first inning, as Edie Hood and Heather Gibson connected on back-to-back, run-scorAnderson’s Bar vs. Knockouts at The Brass Rail, 6:30 p.m. Coors Light vs. Dew Drop/Two Point Construction/PJ’s Autoing singles. Starting pitcher Charlene Cyr pitched in as she connected body/Bryan Jones Paint at Knight Life, 6:30 p.m. for an inside-the-park home run and a two-run triple in the third and fifth Bud Light vs. Moose Lodge at Moose Lodge, 6:30 p.m. innings. That helped Anderson’s open up an 8-2 before CCE (now 16-2 in Simms vs. Back Road Inn at Back Road Inn, 6:30 p.m. Southern vs. Captain Sam’s at Captain Sam’s, 6:30 p.m. 2009) made their move. Knight Life vs. Just Us at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m. Cyr loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with no outs, leading to Back Road Inn vs. Xtreme at Chancellor’s Run Park, 8 p.m. Mary Van Ryswick drawing a walk to bring in a run, and Jeppa Thornburg and Joyce Aud sandwiched RBI singles around a sacrifice fly from Sam Strickland to bring the score to 8-6. After a 1-23 sixth inning defensively, CCE tied the game on an infield single by Donna Thorntensen that brought home catcher Claire Andrews. Judi Tennyson’s RBI single in the top of the seventh gave Anderson’s (10-8) their final lead. In the bottom half of the seventh inning, Strickland and Aud pounded consecutive triples to even the score at 9, and Anderson’s intentionally walked Terri Raley and Jen Bruno to get to Stauffer who roped Cyr’s offering over the drawn-in outfield to score Aud with the winning run. “There’s talent evenly dispersed all around the league, and I think it’s good for the league,” Keen said about Anderson’s, a Division II team, giving CCE a run for their money. “It’s nice to see that D-I teams aren’t beating up on D-II teams,” she said. Photo By Chris Stevens “I’m proud of our team, we started off 2-4, but we’ve CCE’s Amber Cutchember follows through on a swing in the first in- turned our season around,” Tennyson said. “We’re getting betning of Monday’s women’s league softball game. ter and better each game.”

1. Xtreme 2. Knockouts 3. Coors Light 4. Moose

Wed., July 29

Young Men’s Standings 2. Team Moose 1. AC Moose 3. Cryers 4. Dew Drop 5. Shockers 6. Straight Cut 7. Big Dogs 8. Raley’s 9. Knott’s 10. Jeff Rocks 11. Liberty

Wins 18 17 16 16 12 11 10 7 6 3 3

Losses 2 4 5 6 8 9 12 15 15 19 19

Games Back 0 1.5 2.5 3 6 7 9 12 12.5 16 16

Men’s Slow-Pitch Standings Wins 1. Chaney’s 26 2. Budweiser 22 3. Back Road 22 4. Pax Bombers 19 5. Wentworth 14 6. Eagles’ Nest 6 7. Book By Blanche 5 8. VFW 2632 2

Losses 4 6 8 10 17 24 23 29

Games Back 0 3 4 6.5 12.5 20 21 24.5

THURSDAY July 23, 2009

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