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Southern Calvert

August 2009


Everything Solomons, Lusby, Dowell, and St. Leonard

On a Wing and A Prayer

Local Pilots Do It For the Fun of It

Kids Save Young Boy From Drowning Story Page 5

Photo by Frank Marquart

Middleham Chapel Celebrating 325 Years Story Page 6

Hoyer Pushes Health Care Plan

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Your Paper... Your Thoughts What do you do for fun and recreation in Calvert County? “I always bring my kids down to Solomon’s Island and we walk the boardwalk,” said Sandy Estep of Lusby, who was doing just that. “We love to stop for ice cream at the various parlors and just enjoy the water and the birds. My husband often comes with us as well.” Aside from enjoying the boardwalk, Estep added, “One thing we do every year, we go to the County Fair. My children really enjoy that.” “I like to come over to Calvert County for the restaurants and bars,” said Mike Hoffman, of Leonardtown. “My friends and I spend a lot of time at the Tiki Bar for drinks, and Catamaran’s often has live music that we like to listen to. Other than that, I have a lot of friends who live in Calvert County, so we hang out at their houses.” “We go everywhere in Calvert County,” said Christine Humphries, of St. Leonard, who was relaxing on the beach while her children played. “We have a membership to the Marine Museum, so whenever there’s a special event there, I make sure to take the kids. We went to the Sharkfest exhibit recently.” Humphries is also a fan of the Maryland park system. “We have been to all of the parks in Calvert,” she said. “They’re just wonderful. We love them all.”


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On T he Cover

Don Gates, a pilot and resident of Chesapeake Ranch Estates takes a flight over the Patuxent River, with a view of the Thomas Johnson Bridge out his window.


Morgan State University Estuarine Research Center internship students wrap up a summer of science on the Patuxent River. SEE PAGE 8

Former Maryland State Senator and World War II veteran Bernie Fowler snaps a salute on Aug. 8 during a wreath-laying ceremony at the third annual World War II USO Remembrance Day under the gazebo on the Solomons Island boardwalk SEE PAGE 6



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Juanita Morton bounces a beach ball with her daughter Danasia, during the National Night Out event held at the clubhouse of Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby on Aug. 4. SEE PAGE 4

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Hoyer Talks Health Care at Calvert Memorial


ouse Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told staff at Calvert Memorial Hospital Aug. 6 that a health care reform measure, that is now on hold in Congress for the August recess, would reduce burgeoning health care costs but would also ensure that private insurance plans would not become a thing of the past. “Americans want choices,” Hoyer told the private gathering that was only open to invited press. “This bill should take away no one’s options.” “If you’ve got it [private health insurance] and Steny Hoyer you like it, you keep it,” Hoyer also said. “This bill will not do anything to adversely affect that.” The current plan moving through the federal pay a payroll tax of up to 8 percent. To view the Lewin Group report “Cost and government has been criticized because of its offering a public option that some conservatives ar- Coverage Impacts of the American Affordable gue would push private insurance offerings off the Health Choices Act of 2009” see The forum was open only to hospital staff and market because the federal plan would be cheaper. Hoyer dismissed arguments that the health media; the event was closed to the general public. Hoyer faced a small group of vocal opponents care reform package smacked of socialism, calling to health care reform while speaking on public that “Rush Limbaugh blathering.” According to an analysis done by the Lewin transportation issues recently in Utica, New York, Group, a Virginia-based health care policy and while other representatives have been greeted management think tank, the American Affordable with protests in other states as more people beHealth Choices Act of 2009 requires all citizens come weary over plans to reform the health care to have health system. “We’re going to have public forums,” Hoyer insurance and requires em- told The Southern Calvert Gazette. “It’s going to ployers to cover be before we get back [into session.]” BY GUY LEONARD (CT) their workers or s the fall and winter recruiting season approaches, Calvert County businesses once again have the opportunity to appeal to local job seekers at the 2009 Calvert County Job Fair. This annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9, at the county fairgrounds in Barstow. Nearly 30 businesses participated in the 2008 Calvert County Job Fair and almost 400 job seekers visited the event. “Since all the exhibitors represented local businesses, it was a great draw for our local workforce and very appealing to those who were seeking full- or part-time employment,” Calvert County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Carolyn McHugh said in a press release. Registration for the event is free and limited to the Calvert County businesses community. Businesses should be actively seeking employees for full or part-time work and multi-level marketing organizations and businesses are not permitted. Registration deadline is Aug. 26. For more information, or to register, please contact the DepartPhoto by Sean Rice ment of Economic Development Juanita Morton bounces a beach ball with her daughter Danasia, during the National at 410-535-4583 or visit online at Night Out event held at the clubhouse of Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby on Aug. 4. The event coincided with similar events across the country, including 11 neighborhoods

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Living In a Community Kids Save Young Boy That Cares From Drowning By Gerald “Jerry” Clark, County Commissioner, District 1


even-year-old Robert Stanley, of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, Lusby, was among a group of boys who acted quickly when they discovered that a 3-year-old friend was floundering in the water at Lake Lariat on the afternoon of Aug.1. Connie Warren, Robert’s grandmother, reports that Robert and the other children were playing in the water when 3-year-old “little Steven” apparently went out too far into the water at the public beach and got into trouble. The boy began thrashing around the water and screaming. Robert and other children quickly took notice and began screaming for adults to come help, Warren said, and many people started screaming and heading for the water. Robert’s father, Alan Stanley, charged into the water, but another parent pulled the boy out first. Warren said the boy had turned blue when he was brought on the beach, and adults resuscitated him before a volunteer ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital. “I was really impressed, Robert responded the right way without ever before seeing somebody in trouble in the water,” Warren said. The boy who was rescued recovered quickly. “I saw him last weekend, he’s doing fine,” Warren said. Robert Stanley





t often seems that the only news we hear these days is bad, and that there are many reasons to worry and be frustrated. We live in a time of rapid change and, as we all know, change frequently causes conflict and confusion. However, I think we are fortunate to live in a county where people care about each other and where the news is frequently very good. One example of this is the recent outpouring of support that was shown for Kim Mowrer of Kim’s Key Lime Pies in Solomons. Because of the persistence and conviction of a small army of Kim’s strongest supporters, thousands of dollars were raised during a cancer benefit through raffles and donations to help offset overwhelming medical expenses for her treatment. Here is an example of friends, fellow business owners and neighbors coming together to help a hardworking lady get through an unusually difficult patch of life. But it has been my experience that this type of help is not unusual in Calvert County. From Chesapeake Beach to Solomons, people volunteer every day to make our county better, safer, healthier, happier and stronger. There are those who work with animals through our humane society and animal welfare leagues. Some work with underprivileged children or families to teach life skills and provide new opportunities for success. Still others spend their spare time with the elderly at a nursing home, the Office on Aging or with the Adult Day Care program of Calvert County. Tourists are greeted at our visitor attractions, food pantries are stocked, veterans are assisted, public gardens

are tended, young people are mentored and coached and races are walked and run for charity or in the name of a loved one. The quality and quantity of volunteer help that comes from our own residents often amazes me. I am both proud and humbled by the heartfelt work that comes forth each and every day in Calvert County. As the end of summer draws near, one more opportunity to care arrives with the United Way’s Annual Day of Caring. This year commemorates the 15th year of Calvert County’s involvement and the event will be held on Wednesday, September 9. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a celebration at Bayside Toyota in Prince Frederick. The kick-off provides an opportunity for volunteers, agency representatives and sponsors to meet, have light refreshments and get an enthusiastic and thankful send off from United Way staff and committee members before fanning out to work on meaningful volunteer projects for the day at schools and nonprofit organizations in Calvert County. Everyone has a skill that can be used for just one day to better our community. Maybe you can paint or plaster. Or perhaps you can help with weeding or planting a garden. You can even stuff envelopes, clean, cook or just smile and be a friend to a stranger for the day. Last year’s Day of Caring was a great success and, with your help, this year can be even more so. For more information or to sign up, visit online at It only takes a small effort to make a world of difference in our community and in the life of someone who needs a little help.

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Comprehensive Plan Getting 6-Year Retrofit


he Calvert County Board of Commissioners is in the process of updating the county’s 2004 version of the Comprehensive Plan, which is required by the state every six years. The county is hosting an open house dedicated to changes to chapter one of the plan on Aug. 13, from 6-9 p.m. Numerous amendments to the 2004 Calvert County Comprehensive Plan are proposed. County officials say the majority of proposed amendments are to address legislation enacted by the State of Maryland that mandated certain elements be included in local jurisdictions’ comprehensive plans, including:

House Bill 2, Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006; House Bill 1141, Land Use – Local Government Planning; and the State’s new Visions that were adopted as part of the 2009 Smart, Green and Growing Legislation. A second public hearing on proposed changes to the plan is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 2 during a joint meeting of the planning commission and county commissioners. Both public meetings are being held at the Planning Commission Hearing Room, Courthouse Square, 205 Main Street, Prince Frederick For a full review of all details of the proposed changes, click “Planning and Zoning” under county departments on the county’s Web site; BY SEAN RICE (SCG)

Photo by Sean Rice Former Maryland State Senator and World War II veteran Bernie Fowler snaps a salute on Aug. 8 during a wreath-laying ceremony at the third annual World War II USO Remembrance Day under the gazebo on the Solomons Island boardwalk. In the sprit of the USO nights which soldiers enjoyed during WWII, the event featured music from the era, live music, dancing, stories and free donuts from the America Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter. The event was put on by the Circle of Angels to honor veterans and current service members, as well as to educate the public and youth about World War II history.


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ug. 29 kicks off a months-long Maryland, at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Middleham celebration of the 325 anniver- and St. Peter’s Parish Hall, and; sary of Middleham EpiscoAfrican Americans and Their Impact pal Chapel, the oldest church building in on Church and Community Life, at 3 p.m. Calvert County. Nov. 1, at the Parish Hall. BY SEAN RICE (SCG) Under the direction of project leaders Hugh and Diane Davies, volunteers put together a program that marks the long history of the Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, with a major highlight being a new book titiled ”A History of Middleham and St. Peter’s Parish: Sharing Our Story - 16842009.” The activities on Aug. 29, between 1-5 p.m., will mark milestones in the 325-year history of the parish, which includes St. Peter’s in Solomons and Middleham in Lusby. Guests will be able to attended their choice of four informative sessions out of six, including the organ and music, stained glass windows at both chapels, story telling and a conversation with Bishop Eugene T. Sutton, 14th Bishop of Maryland. The occasion also includes three symposia with featured speakers offered during the fall, which includes: • History of Solomons Island and St. Peter’s Chapel, at 7 p.m. Sept. 16, at Calvert Marine Museum; Middleham Chapel • Religious Toleration in

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n July 20, 2009 the President of the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, and the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Michael E. Busch, announced the formation of The Joint Legislative Workgroup to Study State, County, and Municipal Fiscal Relationships. I know the formal title of the “workgroup” is a mouth full, but the work product of this group has the potential for significant future ramifications to Maryland citizens and state, county and municipal governments. Senator Thomas “Mac” Middleton, D - Charles County, and myself were the only two legislators from the Tri-County Southern Maryland Region appointed to this workgroup by the presiding officers.

The 18 member Joint Legislative Workgroup is composed of 9 Senators and 9 Delegates. The non-partisan Department of Legislative Services, Office of Policy Analysis has been asked to staff this workgroup. In an attachment to their announcement of the workgroup, the presiding officers have tasked the members to examine a list of specific items “...and provide recommendations as appropriate to result in a more fair, efficient, and sustainable financial relationship between the State, County and Municipal forms of government in Maryland...”. For many years, and especially during the last two years, many policy makers at the state level in both the Executive branch as well as the Legislative branch have talked about the long term unsustainable nature of current funding of state aid to local government. The most often talked about change in this area centers around teacher pensions. Many at the state feel that the local government and the local board of education negotiate labor contracts that affect state pension obligations and yet the state has no say in these negotiations. They feel this to be unfair to state taxpayers and financially unsustainable for the state over the long haul. Bills have even been introduced, although none have passed, which would shift some or all of the pension burden back to the local level to force long

term consideration of pension obligations into labor contract negotiations. Additionally, many policy makers at the County and Municipal level of government have talked about the responsibility of carrying out and paying for mandates applied to them by the state. These often require additional local funding and additional local government staffing to carry out these mandates. Additionally, local governments say that the state often reduces state aid to local government to balance the state budget in tight fiscal times. This has been going on for decades and the most painful example I can think of in my memory was when the state, under then Governor William Donald Schaefer, shifted the requirement to pay for Social Security contributions for teachers down to local county governments in the early 1990’s. What a painful experience for local government leaders that was. The recommendations of the recently appointed workgroup could have a profound impact on these intergovernmental fiscal relationships. The list of specific items to be reviewed and explored are too numerous and complicated to be adequately discussed within the confines of this column space. Rest assured that this workgroup will take a long time to work through these matters. The County and Municipal viewpoint will be heard with great weight during this process. I have already been contacted by local government leaders to begin preliminary discussions on the work of this new group. In August the Maryland Association of Counties will have its annual meeting and I am sure this workgroup will be a hot topic of discussion between state and local government leaders. Since formation of this workgroup has just recently been announced, no meetings have been scheduled as of this writing. I will give periodic updates once the group gets well established and proceeds with its charge. I encourage all interested Marylanders, and it should be all of us, to follow happenings related to this effort. Information on Maryland’s budget and other fiscal documents can be searched and viewed at the General Assembly web site at As always, please feel free to contact my office with questions about this or other matters at (410) 326-0081 or via email at

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Teachers’ Union Takes Slash in Pay Raise


he Calvert County Board of Education and the Calvert Education Association announced that on Thursday, Aug. 6, a tentative agreement was reached on revisions to the final year of the current three-year employment contract. The two groups were able to reach this tentative agreement prior to proceeding to impasse, a joint press release states. The two negotiating teams emphasize that a strong, collaborative effort produced a proposal that supports employees while allowing the school system to continue to provide quality educational services to students. The contract ratification meetings for Calvert Education Association members will be held at Calvert High School on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with presentations and question and answer periods at 4 and 5 p.m.. Members and non-members may attend. However, only members can vote in the ratification process. The agreement gives teachers a 0.5 percent salary increase for next school year, in lieu of the previously agreed-to 4.5 percent. Returning teachers will also continue to receive appropriate step increases, based on years served and experience. If the union membership ratifies the contract addendum, the proposal will be presented to the board of education for ratification.


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Morgan State University Estuarine Research Center interns from left, Jana Langley, Anthony Hancock, Catherine Meh, Janine Jemmott, Elena Egoroua and Thomas Coffren

Students Get Hands Dirty ‘In The Field’


group of 10 young scientists got a jump start in the field of the environmental sciences this summer, as they last week wrapped up a 10week internship at Morgan State University’s Estuarine Research Center. The students worked along side Stella Sellner, Richard Lacouture and other staff at the facility, which is nestled in the back of scenic Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard. The goal for each student was to develop and complete a research project, most of which pertained to the ecosystem of the Patuxent River. The internship culminates with a required oral synopsis from each student at the end of the program. “It’s been a pretty fast and furious summer,” said Education Coordinator Stella Sellner. “This group has been fantastic, in terms of helping each other out … there’s never a ‘no’.” The work at the lab gives the students a good taste of what it’s really like in the science field, which is a valuable experience for a potential budding scientist. “For the students it’s a great training. They get to work on a variety of projects - not only their own. Last year we sent five of them to meetings [of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society] to present their work there,” Sellner said. “This gives them the opportunity

to see what it’s like to be in the field of the environmental sciences … And for us it’s invigorating, with their new ideas.” “Stella, the coordinator, has worked wonders. They really run it well,” said student Thomas Coffren, of St. Leonard. “It’s like a family environment - one big team.” “You get to get Stella Sellner hands-on experience if you don’t get that at school,” said Jana Langley, of St. Leonard, who completed her second summer in the program. This was the fourth year internships were available at the research center. “For me the whole internship helped me kind of zoom down on what I really want to do,” said Catherine Meh, who is originally from Cameroon in western Africa, and lived onsite in the “intern house” with three other students. Assistant Research Professor Richard Lacouture said this class overwhelmingly exceeded their expectations, and Sellner has again pulled off a successful program. “Stella is the heart and soul of this program,” Lacouture said. “She does it all … she’s like the den mother. BY SEAN RICE (SCG)

The Padilla family works on cleaning classroom furniture on Aug. 8 at Our Lady Star of the Sea School “spruce up the school” event. Volunteers responded to the school to help get the facility in order before the first day of classes on Aug. 25, which corresponds with the first day of classes for students in county public schools. From left are Alex, Jake, Jaime and Tracie Padilla.

Legion To House: Protect The Troops! Stop The Photos


he leader of the nation’s largest veterans service organization called on the House of Representatives to protect the lives of American troops by immediately passing the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act. At issue is the release of images depicting the treatment of battlefield detainees. After a judge ordered that the photographs be released in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Obama administration sided with The American Legion in blocking the dissemination of the images which could inflame tensions and incite violence against U.S. troops. “In an editorial in the Wall Street Journal this spring, I wrote ‘A picture may be worth a thousand words, but is it worth the death of a single American soldier?’ It is clear that the Obama administration, the U.S. Senate and the leadership of the U.S. military agree that it is not. Now it’s time for the House of Representatives to answer the question,” said American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein. Language prohibiting the release of the photographs has passed the Senate three times since May, but some House Democrats are blocking the current bill, in spite of its support by President Obama. Rep. Michael K. Conway, R-Texas, and Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., are threatening to use a discharge petition, which requires signatures from 218 members, to force the legislation to the floor. “Americans who truly support the troops can demonstrate that support by flooding the House of Representatives with phone calls, emails, faxes and letters demanding that members vote and pass this legislation which we know would protect the troops,” Rehbein said. “Let your representative know where you stand. If it’s a choice between the ACLU and the safety of our troops, I am convinced that the American people would choose the troops every time.” “We do not know if the photos document real abuse or allegations that can be taken out of context,” Rehbein said. “ But glimpses into mistakes of the past, could very well have adverse impact on peace in the future. Nothing productive can come from release of these photos.”

Enjoy Those Last Days of Summer! By Joyce Baki


ummer is beginning to wane; the children will be going back to school soon. Enjoy these last days of summer. Have dinner at one of our great waterside restaurants; sip a glass of wine and watch the summer sun dip below the horizon. This time of year Jon and I make a habit of finding waterside restaurants. Yesterday as the breeze blew through our hair we watched boats from Stoney’s Solomons Pier, enjoying seafood and salads. There are lots of great waterfront restaurants in Southern Calvert County. What is your favorite place? There is still time for you to take in the WILD Things exhibit at Annmarie Garden & Sculpture Park ( Animals enthrall, delight, terrify, inspire, comfort and intrigue us. This exhibit asks you to consider the emotions that animals bring out in you. Walk on the wild side and create a graphic print of the wild thing in you. Or help complete a mural by designing your own fantasy animal and placing it in a landscape. Participate in the WILD Things Summer Safari. Sunday, Aug. 23 is WILD Things Pet Day. You and your pet can enjoy artsy activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy an evening of live music under the stars in Solomons at the Calvert Marine Museum as they welcome the Steve Miller Band in concert on Friday, Aug. 21. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit for

more information. Saturday, Aug. 29, view the official sport of Maryland at the 143rd Annual Calvert County Jousting Tournament. The event begins at noon at Christ Episcopal Church, Port Republic. Find that item you have looked high and low for at the Church bazaar (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Enjoy a country supper from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. featuring fried chicken, deviled crab and ham. Take time to visit the One-Room Schoolhouse, which has stood in its shady grove on the grounds of Christ Church for over a hundred years. For information see The St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Concert Series hosts Phil Vassar on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Bayside Toyota Pavilion on the grounds of the St. Leonard VFD. Also appearing is Little Big Town. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. For information visit Want to get outdoors? Sunday, Aug. 30, the American Chestnut Land Trust will host a guided canoe trip on Parker’s Creek. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 410-410-3400. Please remember that canoe trips are physically strenuous, learn more about the trip at Learn how to kayak! Call the Patuxent Adventure Center for information on their basic kayak, intermediate and advanced rolling classes. Learn basic strokes, wet exits, safety procedures and rolls. For more details about classes and availability call 410394-2770.

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his summer I have watched with admiration the way that our volunteers touch and enhance every aspect of museum life. We have over 200 active volunteers here. They are a fascinating group: some retired, some seeking work experience, some fitting in their hours on weekends around full-time jobs and families, some making it family enterprise. The ages range from teenagers to people in their late 80s. We have scientists, business people, teachers, homemakers, artists, engineers, musicians, students, you name it. They are here every day of the week, doing everything from feeding fish to feeding people. Last year alone, volunteers contributed over 23,000 hours to the museum. In talking with them, they tell me they volunteer because they are always learning, and teaching others; because they get to meet and talk with so many interesting people; because they get to try out new things; because it is a way to use their skills; and because it’s fun. I have come to see it as an expression of passion. These folks are absolutely passionate about their work – like missionaries they want to spread the word and share the joy. I think of Len Addis, who gives tours in the Drum

Point Lighthouse and is active in the radio controlled model boat club. He loves his “job” as a volunteer. He is full of stories about the people he has met and what they shared with him. Or Mrs. Showalter, who faithfully worked at the information desk every Monday until she died at 93 earlier this year. She felt so strongly about the importance of her work that she sent her husband to fill in when she was in the hospital. I’ll never forget my encounter with one older man who lived in the mountains of north Georgia. He said to me: “I’ve spent my whole life learning what I know, and now nobody cares.” It was one of the saddest things I had ever heard. Contrast that with the comment by Linda Densmore, a retired school teacher, who said to me: “I volunteer because it makes me feel important, it’s rewarding to share what I know and I’m always learning.” I think the volunteers at the museum have found a place where what they know and have to offer makes a real difference in people’s lives. They have found a place where they belong, are relevant and deeply valued. Isn’t that, in the end, what we all long for? Sherrod Sturrock is the Deputy Director of the Calvert Marine Museum. She can be reached at


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ric and Christina Case were the happy winners of a Chesapeake Bay dinner cruise that was auctioned for $3,000 to support the 2009 Coupe de Monde US pastry team in the World Pastry Cup 2009. The couple, along with four of their guests, departed from Solomons onboard the sailing yacht Zingaro for a sunset sail on the Patuxent, then anchored in Solomons harbor for an exquisite and memorable dinner on deck of the Friandise. Guests slept aboard Friandise, and awoke Sunday morning for breakfast onboard. Dinner was prepared by Francois Dionot, founder and director of L’Academie de Cuisine, Gaithersburg, one of the top 10 cooking schools in the US. Dessert was prepared and served by Roland Mesnier, former White House Pastry chef to five presidents during a 25-year career. Chef Mark Ramsdell, former director of the Professional Pastry Arts Program at L’Academie, prepared the afterdinner friandise. In the photo, Chefs Mesnier, left, Ramsdell and Dionot exhibit the wines on Zingaro’s stern afterdeck. The yachts are from the local sailing school and charter base Sail Solomons.

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dedicated life of 47 years of ministry, of helping people. He heard God’s call to become a capped by the last eight years as Chaplain minister in his early teens and was registered to atat Calvert Hospice, is coming to a close. tend Bible College long before he graduated from Pastor Davis believes that after retiring the first high school. During his first year at Bible College, he time in 2006 after 24 years as Senior Pastor at Full was called to pastor his first church and finished his Gospel Assembly of God Church in Prince Frederick, degree while doing so. He then went on to complete his preparation for his ministry at Calvert Hospice was t10 years of study, earning his doctorate while acting complete. Working one-on-one with the Hospice pa- as a pastor and evangelist. tients and their families has been rewarding for Pastor Pastor Davis has helped the chaplaincy program Willie; he believes that the full spectrum of care that at Calvert Hospice grow over the past eight years from Hospice provides patients makes a real difference in a part-time ministry to a fully developed and viable each of their lives. part of the circle of care that “As a church pastor Hospice provides. for so many years, I bapIn the eight years, Pastor tized babies and then saw Willie has worked at Calvert them through their elemenHospice, the number of patary and teen years on to tients served has grown by get married and to support 83%, the number of patient them through life’s trials days by over 200%, and the and challenges,” he said in staff from 19 to 40. He has a press release from Calvert seen the Burnett-Calvert Hospice. “Now I’ve come Hospice House transform full circle as a missionary, from a dream to the reality being part of a team that is Pastor Willie Davis and wife Nita of the building being conhelping people smile when structed now on Sixes Road they have no reason to smile. Helping them realize in Prince Frederick. at the end of their life that it’s the journey and what Pastor Davis says that Calvert Hospice most esyou did along the way that counts, not just the final pecially has taught him the value of life. “Live life to accomplishment.” its fullest, make it your greatest treasure. Make evAs a child raised by parents who were both or- erything you do, say and everywhere you go - count! dained ministers, Davis experienced early on the joy Life is too short, regardless of age.”



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The Curse of Too Many Lies, Part 2

he letter below is the second of a three-part series. The first letter on July 30 explained why carbon dioxide cannot be a pollutant and should not be treated as such. This second letter will explain that this nation has plenty of petroleum resources and an untapped potential to lead the world in fossil fuel reserves. The third letter will describe how knowledge of the truth and changing many of our national policy directions is the real first step toward fixing our economy. Is it true that the United States does not have enough petroleum reserves? This is another falsehood perpetrated by the liberal elites. Although they likely know otherwise, petroleum industry professionals in the United States and foreign suppliers such as the OPEC cartel will not disagree with this claim because the lie supports their goal to jack up the value of their product. To really under-

stand the issue as it relates to the US petroleum supply you need to understand national energy policies that were established in the post World War II period over 60 years ago. A critical element of winning World War II was the great volume of oil that was produced domestically from oil fields in states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California. Although these fields served their mission well, by the end of the war they were nearly spent and new sources were needed to feed the post-war economic expansion. Oil had yet to be discovered in Alaska and the technology to allow deep off-shore drilling had yet to be developed. The Truman administration made it a national policy to seek Mid-East oil where the supply appeared to be cheap, plentiful, and stable well into the future. This policy was established before the creation of OPEC and the advent of radical Islam. It was a reasonable and appropriate policy decision for the time, but of course times have changed. As it stands today the US has a petroleum consumption rate of 20.68 million barrels per day of which 10.03 million barrels per day, or 48%, need to be imported. While it is true the US currently stands as number twelve on the list of nations in reference to known petroleum reserves, this nation also has the potential to find new discoveries within our own boundaries to reduce our need for imports. According to the Mineral Management Service of the US Department of the Interior, undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources from off-shore US sources could be increased by a dramatic 86


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n 1825 Congress allocated funds to build a lighthouse at Cedar Point, four miles south of the Patuxent River. At the urging of mariners, it was determined that the lighthouse should mark the shoal at Cove Point, a sandy spit of land that jutted into the Chesapeake Bay. In 1828 an appropriation of $5,685 allowed the con-

Cove Point Light House struction of Cove Point Lighthouse and a house for the keeper. Four and a half acres of land was acquired from Dorcas Bourne for $300. John Donahoo was contracted to construct the conical tower which would mark the northern entrance to the Patuxent River. Using a plan he had used at several other sites in the Bay, he built a tower 38-feet in height of local bricks. The lighthouse would be painted white. The tower has a beautiful winding staircase that goes up to the lantern. Eleven Argand lamps with 18-inch reflectors were originally used to illuminate the tower. Under the Coast Guard, the lighthouse was manned by three lighthouse keepers. The keepers would work eight hours on and eight off for two days and then received a full day off. The first lighthouse keeper was James Somerville, who was selected from a pool of 11 applicants. He was paid $350 a year. In his day they would burn 11 oil lamps, which would require diligent trimming of the lamp wicks, because burned wicks created extra smoke that dirtied up the lighting apparatus. It would also mean hauling fuel up the spiral staircase, which would be done four to six times a day. The first oil used was whale oil. Other fuels used were canola oil, lard oil, kerosene, and incandescent oil vapor. The introduction of a Fresnel lens in 1855 would partially solve the problem of fuel. This type of lens required a single lamp. In 1928, the light was converted to electric. A new Fresnel lens, stamped with the manufac-

turer’s name of Barbier and Benard was installed. The keeper’s house was a one-and-a-half story 34by 20-foot stone building with an attached 12 by 14 foot kitchen. Rainwater was caught and stored in a cistern in the cellar. In 1883, the dwelling received a second story. The dwelling would receive a large dormer structure in 1925, and then would be divided into two apartments for the head keeper and an assistant. A small house was built in 1950 to house the third keeper and his family. A fog bell was installed in 1834. It was moved several times and ended up on the roof of a wooden shed in 1902. The foghorn equipment was moved to a separate brick building in 1950, but the bell remains on the shed to this day. A seawall was built in 1892 to combat the threat of erosion. The lights would be electrified in 1897 with the rest of the station following in 1907. One of the first phones in Calvert County was located at the lighthouse. It was used to report vessel activity to the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. In 1973 the light was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The light was automated in 1986, and was monitored from Baltimore. Calvert Marine Museum became steward of the lighthouse in 2000. Tours of the lighthouse are offered on shuttles that leave from the museum. All the Coast Guard structures are still present. The Coast Guard Auxiliary operates a radio station from the generator/radio station building on weekends. The station remains an active aid to navigation, and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland - still lit by its Fresnel lens.

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ho says Valentine’s Day should only be once a year? Fathers & Sons Vocal Quartet are warming up their pipes for a day of crooning for a good cause later this month. The foursome will be serenading the loved ones of those few, true Southern Maryland romantics at workplaces, homes and restaurants on Aug. 27, when the group sets out to travel the length of the county delivering songs, a rose and candy to lucky valentines. For a $50 contribution to Calvert Hospice, Fathers and Sons will visit your loved ones to deliver a special valentine message. This is the fourth year Fathers and Sons has been conducting their Valentine’s Day program, and the second year doing it in August as well.

The group pays for transportation, candy and flowers, with all money received from any venue going to Calvert Hospice. “Even if someone hands us cash, it all goes to Calvert Hospice, we do not take a dime … Any bit helps, and its an awareness thing also, we want to make sure people know that Calvert Hospice is out there, it’s active and it’s a year-round thing,” David Reyno said. “In the last two years, between the Valentine’s Day and the Valentine’s Day in August, we’ve raised over $5,000 for Calvert Hospice, and we’re going to continue doing that.” David’s mother and father went through hospice just prior to passing away. “So I’ve had a fond place in my heart for hospice, and for the folks that can go out and


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“We were just going around for fun on Valentines Day, and we thought, ‘what the heck, if we’re going to be out doing this anyway, we might as well try to raise money for a charity in Calvert County’,” said David Reyno of the group. Reyno is joined in the group by his son Jeremy, Jon Leavitt and his son Jason. The group staying pretty busy singing the rest of year as well, and never for any profit; they will be at Asbury~Solomons on Aug. 29 and at Camden Yards on Sept. 6 to sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.

perform those kind of services for the community, it really takes somebody special,” he said. “We’ve had some different experiences while singing our Valentines, for the last two years we sung at a grave site right after Valentine’s Day,” David said. The group sang at the grave of the deceased wife of a young man who used to live in Calvert County, and they will be doing it yearly for the widower. He also gives a generous donation to Calvert Hospice. BY SEAN RICE (SCG)

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ow many people do you know that build and fly their own planes? Bernie Wilder of the Southern Maryland Experimental Aircraft Association is one of them. Wilder pointed out changes that he made to the air intake of his small plane, a Pulsar, which has the letters E-X-P-E-R-I-M-E-N-T-A-L clearly printed above

Experimental planes like Wilder’s are required to have a clearly marked plaque inside the cockpit for passengers which states the plane does not meet FAA regulations. “We tell people these planes don’t meet FAA requirements, they exceed them,” he said with a smile. “Our focus is not general aviation, it’s more sport aviation,” Wilder said of the local EAA, chapter 478, which has its members split between St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. He explained that many pilots are not even into experimental planes, and are in the group just for the fun of flying. “Any excuse is a good excuse to go flying,” said Chesapeake Ranch Estates resident Don Gates, who in the past flew to work everyday at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “We have a lot of members who work at Pax River, we have retired members, non-flying members, some have experimentals and like to do that,” said local EAA member Sid Wood, who falls into the class of guys who build experimental planes, along with Wilder. Against the wall in the hangar at St. Mary’s Airport that Wilder and Wood share is the wing of an experimental amphibian sea plane that Wilder is the process of building from scratch Photo by Sean Rice with a kit of plans he bought. “It’s quite a project, it’s more than I bargained for when I started it, but I’ll finish it,”

the cockpit. “I can do that because it’s an experimental … I even have an experimental coat of paint,” he said. After a career with the State Department, Wilder took his first flight in his Pulsar in February 2000. “According to the [Federal Aviation Administration], I’m the manufacturer, because I made it.”

Sid Wood, left and Bernie Wilder, stand near Wilder’s Pulsar experimental airplane.

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Eleanor Clark Wiegering, 96 Eleanor Clark Wiegering, 96, of Solomons, MD, formerly of Washington, DC, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2009 at her residence. She was born on June 9, 1913 in Asheville, NC to the late Edna Frances Wells and Thomas George Clark. Eleanor was the loving wife to the late William H. Wiegering whom she married in Washington, DC. She attended Western High School and graduated in 1929. Eleanor went on to be a Telephone Operator for C&P Telephone Company and retired in 1960. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings; Sarah, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Edna. Eleanor is survived by a loving niece, Jean M. Hendricks of Buckeye, AZ. Eleanor will be inurned with her husband in Arlington National Cemetery with a private service. Arrangements provided by the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

Jo Anne Windsor, 50 Jo Anne Windsor, 50, of Prince Frederick, MD died in Clinton, MD on July 30, 2009. She was born in Prince Frederick on Oct. 27, 1958 to Elmer Jr. and Mable Garner Herring. She had worked in customer services for Xerox Corporation and enjoyed cooking and reading. She is survived by her mother of Prince Frederick; daughter Emily (Justin Garber) Windsor of Lusby; brothers Keith (Brenda) of Huntingtown, and Warren (Mary) Herring of Prince Frederick; sisters Kay (Phillip) Trimbath of St. Leonard, Peggy (Steve) White of Kingsport, Tenn; and two grandchildren. Her father preceded her in death. Funeral services and internment were private. Arrangements provided by Raymond-Wood Funeral Home, Dunkirk.

Mildred Cecelia DeBoy, 93 Mildred Cecelia DeBoy, 93, of Solomons, MD passed

away on July 30, 2009 at Solomons Nursing Center. She was born on March 28, 1916 to the late Nellie Beatrice Seipp and George Washington Elliott. She married Robert F. DeBoy in 1931 in Upper Marlboro, MD and he preceded her death on Oct. 1, 1983. She received her GED in 1967. Truly the daughter of a waterman, Mildred loved everything about the water. She loved the beach, sunbathing, collecting seashells and sharks teeth, and boating and swimming. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all have fond memories of spending time with her on the water. They all learned to comb the sand for shark’s teeth and to find the prettiest seashells with her. She often took her family to the beach at Drum Point when the lighthouse was there. She very much loved crabbing and was known to have fallen overboard several times trying to reach an elusive “doubler”. She often took her grandchildren with her when she paddled along the shoreline in her rowboat for soft crabs. She also loved fishing and digging for clams. Everyone loved her fried oysters, oyster stew, crab cakes, and crab vegetable soup. She was a Lab Technician in the 1960’s at the Chesapeake Biological Lab and worked with the team of scientists that discovered and performed analysis on the Oyster virus MSX. Mildred also held many other jobs; Kindergarten teacher on the Navy Base and then at OLSS in the 1940’s, Laboratory Tech in the 1950’s at Calvert County Hospital (she hated taken care of the frogs in the lab), Clerk at the Calvert Marina, the Calvert Marine Museum, and her last job at the Sandpiper gift shop at the Holiday inn where she

worked in the 80’s, and Hostess at the Country Club later the Lighthouse Inn where she became close friends with the Fisher family. Her favorite job was a tour guide at the State House in Annapolis in the 1970’s where she was beloved by many politicians to include Governor’s Hughes and Mandel, members of the General Assembly, and Comptroller Louis Goldstein. Mildred was known as an expert bridge player, and avid gardener, a talented artist, and a bargainhunting shopper. In addition to her parents and spouse, Mildred was preceded in death by he siblings; Irma Wynkoop, Donald Elliott, Carlton Elliott, and Leo Elliott. She is survived by her daughters; Dorothy D. Swann of Solomons, MD and Donna J. Philyaw of Sandpoint, ID, five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one greatgreat grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Solomons, MD with Fr. Richard Gardiner officiating. Inurnment followed in the church cemetery. Should friend’s desire contributions may be made in Mildred’s memory to S.M.I.L.E. Ecumenical Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 1276, Lusby, MD 20657. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

on September 7, 1921 in Island Creek, MD to the late Sallie L. Parks King and Kenneth Edward King. Leroy is survived by his wife Celeste Hall Trott King of St. Leonard, MD; sisters, Doris King Williams of St. Leonard, MD and Betty Lou King Buckler of St. Leonard, MD. Pallbearers will be Kenneth King, Jerry King, Donald Wallace, Kevin Cox, Tommy Hance and Buddy Hance. He was preceded in death by his first wife Clara Phylis Dowell King; his son Ralph Leroy King; his sisters Margurite King Pardoe and Bessie King Gott and his brother Kenneth Edward King, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers were William Bowen, Sherwood Willoughby, George Ezelle, Walter Jones, Bill Moore and C. W. Dickie Pitcher. Funeral services were Monday, August 3, 2009 at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church, 5400 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD with Rev. Ruth G. Dixon officiating. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to Waters Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5400 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685.

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Catherine Olivia Johnson, 82, of Sunderland, MD passed away on July 23, 2009 at her residence. She was born on February 11, 1927 to the late Robert Jacks and Ruth Eleanora (Thelma) Morsell Jacks

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in Paris, Maryland. She was the oldest of four children. She attended the public schools of Calvert County. In 1948 she united with Walter Harrison Johnson, Sr. From this union nine children were born. Catherine dedicated her life to enriching the lives of these children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a hard worker and spent over 15 years working at the former Stinnett’s Restaurant in North Beach, MD. She also performed domestic work for many years. Her kindness was extended to all she could assist, often times giving to others and going without. Many children have benefited from her nurturing and caring nature. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She especially enjoyed baking homemade desserts, and was well known for her sweet potato pies, bread pudding and rice pudding. She was always willing to give a helping hand. She provided companionship and encouragement to home bound senior citizens such as the late

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Hazel Brooks and Rebecca Booze. Catherine enjoyed family and friends, but her first love and passion was God. Her faith and undying commitment to the Lord was exemplified in her witness and presence in the community. She joined Ward’s United Methodist Church on July 10, 1986. After the death of her husband, she transferred her membership to St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in December 2006. She was active in the United Methodist Women and she especially enjoyed attending Bible Study and Vacation Bible School. Catherine was affectionately called “Caddy” by her late husband and to others she was known as “Ma”, “Grandma”, Y2k”, and “Aunt Catherine”, and “Mrs. Johnson”. Her warm affectionate smile and congenial personality will be missed by all. She leaves with loving memories, eight children, Joan Jones, Veronica Gray, Walter Johnson, Jr. (Maxine), Florine Jenkins, Maxine Booze (Gregory), Joseph Johnson (Ruthel), Ruby Matthews (Carl) and Tammy Johnson; an adopted daughter, Gloria Wilkerson; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren; seven brothers, James Jacks, Levi Evans, Robert, Wilson, Robert, Maurice, and George Jacks; seven sisters Geneva Coates, Dorothy, Florence, Mattie, Doris, Ethel and Mildred Jacks; two sisters-inlaw, Carrie Taylor and Elizabeth Hawkins; one brother-in-law, Leslie Jones; five special friends, Mattie Gorman, Blanche Green, Martha Green, Eloise Titus and Benny Jones; a very special and devoted family friend Carlos Boone; staff and constituents of

the North Beach Senior Center; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other friends. She was preceded in death by her son George; son-in-law Donald Gray; grandson Dewayne Johnson; great grandson Justin King; brothers, Wilmer, Edward and Clifton Jacks; sister Marie Jones; brothers-in-law, James Taylor, James Hawkins, James Johnson and niece Ethelene Dorsey. Funeral service was held on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at St. Edmonds UM Church, Chesapeake Beach, MD with Rev. Lucius Ross, Jr. officiating. The interment was at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. The pallbearers were Rodell Berry, Calvin Gross, Frank Taylor, Gregory Carter, Corey Jones and Stacy White. The honorary pallbearers were James Bryant, Ronald Jones, Leonard Jacks and Maurice Williams. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Ethel M. Moore, 85 Ethel M. Moore, 85, of Sunderland, MD passed away on July 22, 2009 at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD. Ethel Mae House Moore was born on March 27, 1924 to the late Joseph and Carrie Dingle-House in Summerton, South Carolina. She was educated in the public schools and attended Scotts Branch High School. Ethel moved to Baltimore, Maryland with her sister Mary and her husband Harry Richburg in 1956. While there, she worked in the hotel industry for many years. However, after becoming united with her late husband Deacon John Russell Moore of Anne Arundel County, Maryland she became a dedicated housewife. The couple wed in 1963 and moved to Calvert County, Maryland. They had a deep love for children and were blessed with the opportunity to raise two girls and two boys as their own. They also adopted a “grandson” that they raised from birth. Ethel was a loving mother to her family and provided delicious home-cooked meals every day. Her favorite dish to cook was beef stew. She enjoyed being a housewife and loved to sew and bake cakes in her spare time. In 1966, Ethel gave her life to Christ and joined Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ the Lord. She was affectionately known by her church family as “Mother Moore.” She loved her church and was there every time the doors were open attending several services each week. She was dedicated to the Godly rearing of her children. She loved good music and faithfully followed the church

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choir, the A.F.C. Voices of Praise, often accompanying them on road trips. Mother Moore had a special bond with Mother Harvey and Mother Adams with whom she spoke on the telephone daily to check on their well-being. She praised the Lord and spread his word to all those she met. In early 2009, Ethel began to experience trouble with her leg, but she still kept active and attended church regularly. Her health continued to fail after being admitted to the hospital in late June, and after several procedures, the Lord called her home. She never stopped calling on the name of the Lord during her entire hospital stay. Ethel was preceded in death by her sisters Evelyn Mitchell and Henrietta House McCray. She is survived by her sister Mary Richburg (Harry) of Baltimore, Maryland; “daughters” Theresa Moore of Sunderland, Maryland and Clarice “Alice” Parran-Thomas (Van) of Bowling Green, Virginia; “sons” Minister Maurice “Jake” Parran (Desharn) of Sunderland, Maryland, Derrick “Doc” Brooks of Upper Marlboro, Maryland and Dwayne “Dippin” Moore of Sunderland, Maryland; “grandchildren” Shanice and Terell Parran, “great-grand children” Shaleah and Dwayne D. Moore and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM at Apostolic Faith Church, Owings, MD with Bishop Amos E. Young, Jr. officiating. The interment was at Apostolic Faith Church Cemetery, Owings, MD. The pallbearers were David Parran, Willie Parran, Wayne Carroll, Larry Richburg, Harry Richburg, Jr., and Garland Mason Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Bob Stevenson, Jr., 84 Robert Cottingham “Bob” Stevenson, Jr., 84, of Lusby, MD passed away on July 16, 2009 in Washington, DC. He was born on January 17, 1925 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Robert C. Stevenson, Sr. and Pearl Thomas. He was the beloved husband of Mary Cleona Stevenson whom he married on January 23, 1951 in Forestville Methodist Church. Bob served his country honorably in the US Army from

1943 – 1946. He went on to be an Emergency Dispatcher for the DC Fire Department and retired in 1976 after 25 years of service. Bob moved to Lusby, MD in 1977 from Prince George’s Co. He was a substitute school bus driver for Prince George Co. and Calvert Co., a volunteer with

District Heights and Morningside Fire Departments, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for over 25 years, served on the Southern Pines Senior Council Board of Directors, was a member of the American Legion Post 274, Solomons Civic Association, the Major of Gregg Drive in Lusby, and loved roller skating. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Richard Stevenson, Harriett LeSuer, Alton Wood, and William Wood. He was survived by his wife of 58 years Mary Cleona Stevenson of Lusby, MD; children, Robert C. Stevenson, III of Jacksonville, FL, Allen T Stevenson of Clinton, MD, Elmer W. Stevenson of Dayton FL, Russell Stevenson and Judy Lynn Meyers of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Cleona M. Stevenson of Lusby, MD; siblings, Betty Moore and Marion Bailey of North Carolina, Chester Stevenson of LaPlata, MD, and John Stevenson of St. Leonard, MD; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service was held on Friday, July 24, 2009 at 11AM in the Rausch Funeral Home Chapel, Lusby, MD. Inurnment followed in the MD Veteran Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick.

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Real Estate Rentals Cathedral Ceiling In Living Room, Split Level 1260 sqft upstairs 573 sqft downstairs 3 BEDROOMS, 2 full baths, All electric kitchen w/dish washer, basement w/walk out, a/c, heat pump, sm deck around kitchen, wall/wall carpets, freshly painted & cleaned.. full size washer/dryer in basement .. small back yard..parking in driveway ... has well & septic is available for rent with option to buy .. quiet neighborhood near entrance to White Sands, near Calvert Cliffs Power Plant, Solomons & St. Mary’s County NO PETS picture/floor plans available upon request. Please contact either Kim 410-474-8789 or Barbara 410535-5393. $1,350 a month, $ 1,350 deposit.


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A Full Day on The Bay By Capt. Sonney


n late July, the Moltz family and I spent a full day on the bay, which included two types of fishing, lunch at a Captain’s Table, a Calvert Marine Museum visit, crab pot pulling, fish cleaning and packaging lessons - all in one trip. We took off mid-morning and headed to the LNG Gas Docks. There we looked at about 30 boats anchored on the north end. There was no wind and a little tide coming in, so I looked around for the fish. I got lucky and found a small school lying near the bottom. I dared not just drop the anchor and spook those fish, so I dropped it slowly by hand, very quietly to the bottom. Then I found the freshest and feistiest Spot I could, put it on the hook and lowered away. By the time it hit the bottom it was Game On! I kept doing that same thing for 20 minutes and we limited out with nine fat fish. Danny Moltz’s wife Stacie could not believe we caught our limit so fast. All around, anglers stood there watching us, rods in hand, no fish. I did get lucky. When I pulled anchor two other charter boats moved to that spot. We left that place and returned to the Patuxent River anchored near Drum Point in 42 feet and caught 74 Spot with one dozen worms. Danny and Stacie’s two sons had a ball - but that made them hungry. So up anchor and into the Captain’s Table

restaurant for lunch we went. What a fine place to go for any meal. The service is personal and timely so we were quickly on our way to the next adventure. The next stop was a personal tour with me through the Calvert Marine Museum. We did the boat shed first where I explained all about the different vessels and their use and advancements over time, from dugout canoes to motorized boats. Seeing the picture inside of Solomons, Then & Now, was very impressive because we have come a long way over the years. At the oyster exhibit I explained to the boys all about tonging, culling and shucking oyster. Then it was out to the Otters, and a break for me, as the family watched them swim and play nonstop. At last we climbed up to the Drum Point Light House to see inside and how life was in the early 1900s. I told the boys Preston and Trent about the funny looking chair next to the bed, the one with the white pot. It was a toilet, with a seat over it. It was used with no water, because there was no running water in the Drum Point Light House, to which Preston replyed: ”Cool”! So off we went to wrap up the day on the dock, pulling crab pots, cleaning fish and doing citations. What a great day on the Bay! This is enjoying the full riches of the Bay and its history all in one day at Solomons, with a “guide” for both on and off the water. For your Day on the Bay, call Capt. Sonney  443- 5320836.





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ight on the water at Solomons Beacon Marina is one of the area’s favorite seafood places. It’s a far cry from fine dining, but The Captain’s Table is still one of Solomons’ best spots to fill up on breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu brimming with big helpings of classic seafood specialties. “We’ve been here for probably 20 years,” said owner Bob Massaro, who took over the place with his wife Jeannie nine years ago, and though he hasn’t changed the original menu save for a few “tweaks” here and there, he said the old formula of fresh fish, crab cakes, shrimp, scallops and homemade soups has worked marvelously so far. Bob said he started in the restaurant business washing dishes more than three decades ago, and eventually moved up to working in the kitchen and then in the front of the house, learning every position in the restaurant before becoming a restaurateur himself. Despite the struggling economy, Bob said his business, like the area surrounding it, has remained steady because of the steady employment offered by contractors in the area, as well as positions at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station across the river. “We’ve done pretty good because this area’s pretty much recession proof,” he said, “we Captain’s Table in have all these contractors The at ro ssa Ma Bob Ryan Mossaro and and the base providing jobs Solomons. … and everybody works together. It’s a good area.” Among his menu favorites are the Captain’s crab cakes, which he touts as “the best around here,” made of juicy jumbo lump crab meat and averaging six to seven ounces a piece. Also on the list of favorite specialties is their homemade cream of crab soup, a local favorite featuring jumbo lump crab meat and a kick of Old Bay to tickle the taste buds.


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The Captain’s Table is located at Solomons Beacon Marina at 275 Lore Road in Solomons, and is open for business Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast entrees range from $5 to $13, and a breakfast buffet is available from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Appetizers range from $6 to $12, soups from $3 to $6, salads from $8 to $14, seafood large plates from $18 to $28, and specialty large plates range from $15 to $35. Small plates range from $8 to $15, pasta dishes from $14 to $18, sandwiches from $6 to $13, and kids menu options are $3 and $4. Daily lunch specials are from $7 to $11, and dinner specials range from $16 to $26. For more information call 410-326-2772 or go to

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Behind the Bar: Katie Wilson Photo by Andrea Shiell


atie Wilson will likely be the first smiling face you see when you walk into the CD Café’s ‘Next Door Lounge,’ which is fast becoming a popular watering hole for the most discriminating customers in Solomons. Katie said she’s been working at the CD Café for three years, and for someone who will be celebrating her 24th birthday in September, she said she’s blessed to already be dabbling in the fine art of “mixology.” Her favorite drink, for example, is “actually one I invented. It’s called the ‘CD Sunrise’ … it has Malibu, which is banana flavored, Bacardi, a little touch of strawberry pucker, crème de banana and pineapple juice. It’s really good,” she said. As for Katie’s least favorite drink, she stands by the old bartender standard, the dreaded Mojito. “I don’t hate it, it’s just time consuming because we do it all from scratch. We literally grind the mint and the lime and everything,” she said. When she’s not tending bar and making her signature drinks, Katie said she stays busy raising her three year-old son, Christian, and spending time with her new fiancé. She laughed as she described the most frustrating part of parenthood is potty training, and she smiled proudly as she flashed a diamond engagement ring, saying her wedding is scheduled for October. The CD Café’s Next Door Lounge is located behind the CD Café at 14350 Solomons Island Road, and is open for business Tuesday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Appetizers and “lite fare” are available. Customers may also sit in the lounge while waiting for a table at the CD Café. They do not reserve tables. For more information call 410326-3877. Katie Wilson

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Out&About Friday Aug. 14

Patuxent High School Marching Band Community Preview Show - 6:30 p.m. Patuxent High School proudly presents the Community Preview Show, with a performance by the 2009 PHS Marching Band. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Aug. 16

Lusby Sing Off - at CJ’s Backroom in Lusby, MD, on Rousby Hall Road - to benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration starts at noon and the cost is $10. Come hear your neighbors sing for prizes. Plenty of food and great entertainment. Kids can even sing. This is going to be something you don’t want to miss.

Friday, Aug. 21

Waterside Concert Series – The Steve Miller Band at the Calvert Marine Museum, 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Md. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; show


starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 premium and $45 reserved. Service fees are additional. 410-326-2042.

Sunday, Aug. 23

Wild Things Pet Program at Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road, Solomons, Md. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Go wild with your pet at Annmarie Garden. Pet friendly activities. Drop in, no reservation required. 410-3264640

Saturday, Aug. 29

Calvert County Jousting Tournament at Christ Church, 3100 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, Md. The official sport of Maryland, the tournament will be held for the 143rd time in 2009. In addition to the tournament, there is a bazaar and country supper. Jousting begins at noon. 410-586-0565 www.

Saturday, Aug. 29

Phil Vassar & Little Big Town at the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Concert Series – St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department, 200 Calvert Beach Road, St. Leonard, Md. Gates open at 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets range from $40$50. 410-586-1713

Friday, Sept. 4

First Free Friday - Calvert Marine Museum. The museum is open and free to the public, 5 to 8 p.m. Docents will be in every gallery talking about the exhibits. Free coffee courtesy of the Lusby Starbucks, and free 30 minutes cruises on the Wm. B. Tennison every half hour.

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some were very small, and some ate plants, others ate meat, and all of them lived long, long ago. Children will learn about these animals through games, a story, and a craft, 10 to 11 a.m. The fee is $4 for members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration suggested. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41.

Thursday, Sept 10 Sunday, Sept. 13

Vintage Model Yacht Regatta. Enjoy the unique opportunity to see radio controlled Skipjacks, Schooners, and Vintageclass models competing at the Calvert Marine Museum. Some 30 participants from a dozen different states will compete over the three day event. Spectators can view races from the Drum Point Lighthouse. Museum admission required. For a complete schedule visit the club’s website at

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How the Nickel Bends

n a recent summer Saturday evening the setting sun was turning the sky pink and orange over the landscape when area band Bent Nickel invaded the back room of Anderson’s Bar to begin setting up for that night’s performance - one in a long list of summer shows the band is doing in addition to finishing its first CD (containing about 75 percent original material), which is set to be released sometime in September. Lead vocalist and guitarist Tim Mossberg joined with fellow jamming buddies Sherman Schmegelmeyer (bass guitar), Freddy Long (lead guitar), Eddie Fuller (keyboards, vocals) and drummer Roger Clark in 2004 to start playing an eclectic mix of country, roots and southern rock music, pooling from a classic list of influences ranging from Travis Tritt to The Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. “We do different things, from Travis Tritt to George Thoroughgood,” said Mossberg, who said he started playing guitar at age 8 with a “Sears and Roebuck flat top … I think it cost about $20 at the time. The first song I learned to play was Mary Had a Little Lamb, I believe,” he said, laughing and adding that Skynyrd’s The Needle and the Spoon remains his favorite song to play. Eddie Fuller says he goes by “Fast Eddie” because he can “play a minute waltz in 38 seconds,” as is proven when he pounds out quick solos on his keyboard during performances. Though not his first instrument (he started at a young age with guitar), he said it’s been the most challenging one for him to learn.

“I’ve only been playing the keyboard since 1972,” he said, explaining that he had gone into the Army and been discharged just as the Doobie Brothers became popular, so he joined with other former enlistees and players to learn keyboard. Bassist Sherman Schmegelmeyer, who played in several different bands together with Eddie Fuller for nearly 40 years, first started playing when he was 16, and said his favorite bassist is Getty Lee from Rush. Lead guitarist Freddy Long said he has passed that stage where he could pick out a favorite guitarist to emulate, but his hard rock and metal influences shine through on many of his guitar solos, which helps give the group its distinctive party band flavor. Rounding out the group is Roger Clark on drums, whom band mates said had also been through the circuit with other members before officially forming Bent Nickel in 2004. As for the group’s original tunes, Mossberg can claim a lot of the writing credits, and he said he draws mostly from his own life experiences growing up in Southern Maryland. After first moving to the area from North Carolina in 1973, Mossberg said he’s seen Southern Maryland go through a lot of changes. As for the band’s own development, its members seem to have built up their stage credits to the point where one performance may be all it takes to have you humming the Georgia Satellites on the way home, and that’s what

these guys say they’re going for. For tunes information and performance dates, go to BY ANDREA SHIELL (CT)

Calvert Marine Museum Society Presents the Ultimate Fan Experience


Steve Miller

or music lovers wanting to donate to CMM, and for concertgoers who want a little more out of their cost of admission, the Calvert Marine Museum Society is offering the VIP “Ultimate Fan Experience,” and it’s not too late to get in on this deal before the last show of the season featuring the Steve Miller Band. This gives music fans a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their favorite performers, and it is only available through the museum’s website. The Ultimate Fan Experience includes two front row seats, a premium parking spot in the annex lot on the museum grounds, and early admission 30 minutes prior to the gates opening at 6:00 p.m. Starting bids for these VIP benefits start

at $250, and subsequent bids must be placed as a minimum of $25 increments. Daily updates are available at the museum’s website at www. Bids may be placed at any time, but the highest bid received by 4:30 p.m. will be posted on the website at 5:05 p.m. Monday through Friday. All bids by online form are time-stamped automatically. Payments can be made by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard, but participants should hurry because bidding closes at 4:30 p.m. on August 20. The winner will be notified and results will be posted online when the auction closes. All auction proceeds will go to support the Calvert Marine Museum. For more information call 410-326-2042, ext. 17.

Thursday, August, 2009


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Thursday, August, 2009

The Southern Calvert Gazette -- August 13, 2009  
The Southern Calvert Gazette -- August 13, 2009  

The Southern Calvert Gazette -- August 13, 2009