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Wawa Closing Great Mills Store Nov. 30 Story Page 5

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Your Paper... Your Thoughts Do you think our high schools have prepared you well to take the SAT tests?

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Arielle Turley, a junior at Leonard-town High School, said she thought her classes had helped. “In lessons the teachers point out specific areas that are going to be on SATs. Also, the tests we take to prepare for the SATs are very helpful.”

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High School, said he thought his education had prepared him for the tests. “I think so. I took the SATs and I did well, so I really think my classes here helped me.”

County Wide Poll

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Not Sure


While The County Times makes efforts to make our polls random and representative of the county’s diverse population, the poll results listed here should in no way be considered scientific results.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

School Superintendent Michael Martirano addressed a large crowd at the JT Daugherty Conference Center for his Annual State of the School System Address. PAGE 14



On T he Covers “A s you k now, t he governor ON THE FRONT a nd our lawAttorney Erin King, Executive Director Laura Joyce and Attorney Diana Donahue work for the Southern Maryma kers a re land Center for Family Advocacy, offering legal help to victims of domestic violence. grappling wit h t he doomsON THE BACK day budget Kyle Wood of Leonardtown fires a shot past teammate Jordan Topolski in practice. issues a nd scena rios … but education county Also Inside The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners ca nnot suf fer joined Walden Sierra Executive Director Kathleen 4 County News Editorial/Opinion in St. Ma r y ’s O’Brien, center, for a ribbon cutting at the new Hope 7 8 Money Count y. We’ve Place in Lexington Park. SEE PAGE 4 9 Defense and Military made signif i10 Obituaries ca nt ga ins a nd 12 Crime and Punishment we ca nnot 14 Education back slide.” - Schools Superintendent Michael Ma r tira no SE E PAGE 14

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Basil Moye’s fumble return for a touchdown lifted Great Mills to a 12-8 victory over Chopticon and the County Football title. See sports section for football season recap. SEE PAGE 30

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‘Hope’ Has a ‘Place’ in Lexington Park By Sean Rice Staff Writer The staff at Walden Sierra held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon to mark the opening of its new “Hope Place” facility on FDR Drive in Lexington Park. Hope Place consolidates two locations that the crisis and behavior health center closed this year due to budget cuts. The new location in Millison Plaza replaces an existing location on Route 235 in Lexington Park and a Leonardtown office. With the consolidation comes space, and a more central location for the people who need Walden’s services the most, says Executive Director Dr. Kathleen O’Brien. What hasn’t changed is the non-profit’s mission to help people with whatever crisis they may be facing – weather it’s drug abuse, depression, homelessness, domestic abuse or any other painful situation. “Our commitment is that we have a place here, that if somebody doesn’t know what they need, what they want, our doors are open and they can come in out of the cold, out of the rain,” O’Brien said Tuesday. O’Brien’s remarks came after a ribbon cutting on the steps of the facility, which was attended by the Board of County Commissioners and numerous other invited guests from nearby schools, churches and organizations. “So while we’ve had a quarter of a million dollars in budget reductions, we are really probably the most energized staff we’ve

been in years in terms of what our historic mission has been, and that is to fill in whatever gaps we see in the community,” O’Brien said. “And to listen to our hotline and responsd to those individuals.” Walden has run a 24-hour crisis hotline since 1973. The hotline number is 301-8636661. Walden’s Crisis Counseling and Compass House in California, as well as the Anchor Treatment Center in Charlotte Hall will remain open. Bennett Connelly, director the St. Mary’s County Department of Human Services, addressed the ribbon-cutting visitors to talk about a new program his office is working on, which aims to create a community-wide human services network in Lexington Park. The area has the highest percentage of poverty and crime in the county. “We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for St. Mary’s to really blend and connect the different resources that are down here.” Connelly said the goal is to band together the 20-plus groups that are currently helping people in Lexington Park – from churches and food pantries, to the library, social services and the housing authority – in an effort to create an integrated human services system in Lexington Park “that we think will be a model for this community and other communities.” The program is expected to kick off in January, Connelly said.

The St. Mary’s County Commissioners were among the invited guest Tuesday afternoon for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Walden Sierra location in Lexington Park, Hope Place. In the center with the scissors is Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, director of Walden.

Local Tourism Dollars Slashed by State By Sean Rice Staff Writer Carolyn Laray, tourism manager for St. Mary’s County, told the St. Mary’s County Commissioners on Tuesday that her office will continue to run an effective marketing campaign for the county next year, despite having its state funding slashed. But like many in this economy, Laray said they will be forced to spent the money they do have more creatively. The commissioners passed a motion to accept the county 2010 cooperative market-

ing grant agreement with the Maryland Tourism Development Board, in the amount of $39,655. The grant figure is $20,345 less than the $60,000 originally budgeted. “We will be moving ahead in more innovative ways to keep tourism strong and growing in St. Mary’s county,” Laray told the board. “What you’re doing is important work, and you’re doing good work,’ said Commissioner Dan Raley (D. Great Mills). “You’ve got a little bump in the road here, but like you said it might cause us to re-look and see the way that we’re doing business and maybe out of all this mess we can come out even better.”


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Wawa on Great Mills Road to Close By Sean Rice Staff Writer The County Times has received confirmation that the Wawa gas station and store on Great Mills Road will close in less than two weeks. Employees at the Great Mills Road store were notified late Tuesday that Nov. 30 would be the last day for the station, and they were offered continued employment at other locations. Management at the Great Mills Road store would not entertain any questions Wednesday when approached by a County Times reporter. Wawa corporate public relations responded to inquiries on Wednesday afternoon, and confirmed that the store will be closing Nov. 30 and is being sold as an ongoing business. “While closing this store was a difficult decision to make, we have conducted careful and extensive evaluations, and have determined that it is no longer meeting business expectations,” the company said in a written statement to The County Times. The County Times has learned that the Great Mills Wawa is one of the lower performers in the chain of 500-plus Wawa stores. Public Relations Manager Lori Bruce would not confirm that information, saying that as a private company, they will not disclose further details about sales at the store or other proprietary information. There are three other Wawa stores in St.

Mary’s County, and the company continues to add more to the chain, including a new one in Philadelphia in September and one in late August in Baltimore. The Lexington park store has also been plagued with crime, falling victim to numerous armed robberies in recent years. As a result of crime, the store stopped being a 24-hour store. “Every year, we evaluate all of our stores, and at times, must make the difficult decision to close some of them,” the company said. “[W]e want the Lexington Park community to know that while we may be closing the doors to this store, we remain committed to the community and look forward to serving our customers at our nearby locations on Three Notch Road.” St. Mary’s County officials, including the Board of County Commissioners, and Robin Finnacom, director of the Community Development Corporation, were unaware of the store closing on Wednesday afternoon. The County Times also received information that Besche Oil Company might be buying the property. When contacted Tuesday afternoon, Mike Besche, president of Besche Oil could neither confirm nor deny that information. “I prefer not to comment about it,” Besche said. “I don’t think it’s proper for me to comment on something that’s not my property.”

Upward Of 700 To Be Hired Locally For Census By Sean Rice Staff Writer The U.S. Census Bureau opened up its Southern Maryland regional office this week in La Plata, and officially began its recruitment of workers to conduct the 2010 official count. Sylvia Ballinger, a media specialist for the Census Bureau, confirmed that the La Plata local Census office will be hiring 600 to 700 people to work in St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, Anne Arundel and southern Prince George’s County. The new office is located at 101 E Charles Street in La Plata. Households will begin receiving census questionnaires in mid-March. “We are thrilled to open this office in La Plata. This community has taken a very proactive approach in collaborating with private and public organizations to help raise awareness about the importance of participating in the 2010 Census,” Fernando E. Armstrong, Regional Director, Philadelphia Regional Census Center, said in a press release.

A grand opening event was held on Tuesday, which was attended by census officials, media and local officials including state Sen. Thomas Middleton, of Charles County. Ballinger said more than 100 organizations have signed formal partnership agreements with the Census Bureau in the five counties and more than 30 “Complete Count Committees” are operating in support of the Census. The decennial Census questionnaire is one of the shortest in history. It asks for name, gender, age, race, ethnicity, relationship, and whether you own or rent your home. All responses are used for statistical purposes only, and all responses are strictly confidential. The Census Bureau is now recruiting for census taker positions. Census takers will visit households that did not return a questionnaire. Interested applicants are encouraged to call 1-866-8612010 for details on how to apply. For more information, visit the 2010 Census Web site at

Restaurant At The End Of The Airport? By Bryan Jaffe Contributing Writer

restaurant over the summer, and the advisory committee is working to assemble a prospectus for the County Commissioners. “There will be some investment from the county necessary, but not a major one,” Davis said. “It wouldn’t cost a quarter of a million dollars or anything like that.” Davis said the revenues generated for the county should far outweigh the initial costs involved in establishing it. Davis hopes to see the prospectus ready by the first quarter of 2010, which would allow the process to move forward. If approved, there would be a solicitation for companies to make proposals for the restaurant, and the advisory committee would interview the venders to make a recommendation to Public Works for submission to the Commissioners. “I would hope that by the middle of next year we could be up and running,” Davis said when summing up the possible time frame until the restaurant could be open for business if approved.

Discussions are underway within the Airport Advisory Committee to bring a restaurant to the terminal at St. Mary’s County Airport. This is the first step in a process that will see the committee forward recommendations to the Department of Public Works and Transportation, at which point it may be brought before the St. Mary’s County Commissioners for final approval. “We have a great airport here,” Airport Advisory Committee Chairman Jim Davis said. “This is a chance to make it better. This airport can be a first class facility for aircraft users in the not too distant future.” According to Davis, the installation of a restaurant will not take a heavy investment or require extensive construction or remodeling. He said it would fit easily into a part of the terminal that was designated for baggage pick-up, which is not necessary, as the airport will not host commercial airline traffic in the foreseeable future. “We want to make this beautiful terminal we have into a more useful resource for the community,” Davis said, explaining that many of the aviators who use the airport now take their planes and fly elsewhere. The addition of a restaurant, he feels, would keep the local population spending their money in the county, as well as drawing people from other such airports in the area. To date, the committee has spoken with a vendor who Davis said has an impressive history in the restaurant field, and has run successful businesses in the past, who believes a restaurant would flourish in the terminal. This brought St. Mary’s County Airport about a discussion on the viability of the

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Thursday, November 19, 2009


ewsToday’s Newsmakers In Brief On receiving notice the state is cutting $361,318 from the county’s human services budget. “It’s interesting how they term is a ‘grant modification’ instead of a state budget cut.” Commissioner Tommy Mattingly (R. Leonardtown)

On the economy.

“We’re all challenged by having fewer resources, we’re challenged by having more folks turning to government for help, and we need to think smarter and better.”

Spinning In The Wind

Bennett Connelly, director of St. Mary’s County Human Services

Wind Turbines Provide Green In More Ways Than One By Bryan Jaffe Contributing Writer

its from SMECO that carry forward up to 12 months. Ken Robinson, the first person in Southern According to the information given at the Poto- Maryland to put a turbine up, was on hand to relate mac River Association’s forum on wind power Tues- his tale. He spoke to the fact that SMECO and the day evening, residents who set up wind turbines to State of Maryland were happy to work with him, but power their homes not only help the environment, he met opposition from the Charles County governbut can also save or even make money in the deal. ment. There is a process to follow and paperwork to Eugene Bradford, SMECO’s director of Rates fill out, and Robinson found little help or encourageand Regulatory Services, was on hand and ex- ment from his local County Commissioners. plained that under current Maryland codes, private Pat Dunlap, a PRA member on hand, said the citizens can set up turbines for their homes, and St. Mary’s Commissioners expressed a similar attican connect them to home electrical grids with tude during their recent legislative hearing, saying an examination and approval from SMECO. that wind power was not welcome in the county due Once hooked in, residents are charged for the to it’s potentially negative impact on Patuxent River power they use as well as the distribution Naval Air Station. costs. However, if the turbine generates Despite the St. Mary’s Commissioners not famore energy during a month than the voring a tax credit for County residents who put resident uses, the power flows back up a turbine, Robinson said he took advantage of a into the grid where SMECO pays $6000 grant from the state and a $6000 tax credit to On the customer the market value help defray his $23,000 cost. His turbine has been Veterans of that power. When this up since March, and since then he estimates he has Day, Govhappens, the cus- saved $1400 - $1500 on his electric bills. ernor Martin tomer receives Attendees had question time and learned that it O’Malley, the Adjutant e n e r g y takes about three to five years for a wind turbine to General James Adkins of the cred- pay for itself; that the turbine itself is only about 33 Maryland National Guard, and feet high and can be placed within about 12 to 15 feet the Maryland State Superintendent of of a home and that turbines will work inland as well Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick gave opening as on the water. Robinson mentioned that placing remarks to the Military Child Education Coalia turbine inland can still generate power, estion’s Guard and Reserve Institute in Timonium. Picpecially when placed at higher altitudes. tured here are Gen. Adkins and Gov. O’Malley with Navy “We have not built a generator of School Liaison Officers Ladonna Abdullah (NSA South electricity in about 30 years,” BradPotomac), left, and Brooke Fallon (NAS Patuxent River). The ford said when asked about the Guard and Reserve Institute trains educators, counselors, and fampossibility of SMECO buildily support personnel of the challenges the Reserve Component famiing its own turbines to prolies face in this time of increased deployments. (Governor’s Office photo) duce power. “Since then, SMECO has purchased its power supply. We would consider [wind power] moving forward if it was good deal.”

Potomac River Association President Robert Elwood, left, SMECO Rates and Regulatory Services Manager Eugene Bradford and Ken Robinson at Tuesday’s forum.

Hermaphrodite Fish Found in Potomac By Sean Rice Staff Writer A new report by the Potomac Conservancy details the existence of a new brand of pollutants detected in the Potomac River that is caus causing an intersex condition in fish; and states that the findings pose a seri serious, but mostly unknown, heath risk to humans. The Potomac Conservancy released its third annual State of the Nation’s River report, calling atten attention to the variety of pollutants found in the Potomac River that disrupt the endocrine system, which regulates develthe normal growth and sexual devel includopment of vertebrate species, includ ing humans and fish. Scientists speaking with reporters on a conference call last week said the prevalence of the intersex condi condition in more than 80 percent of Poto Potomac River fish studied is the “canary in the coal mine,” warning of health problems that can be caused by endo endocrine disrupting compounds. “Endocrine disrupting compounds are major pollutants in the Potomac watershed, and we need to exercise the utmost caution when in introducing these compounds into our rivers, streams and, ultimately, our drinking water,” Dr. John Peterson Myers, chief scientist for Environ Environmental Health Sciences of CharlotCharlot

tesville, Va., said in a press release. “Water treatment facilities are not yet required to screen for endocrine disrupting contaminants, so they end up in our tap water,” Myers said. “We aren’t sure exactly what level of exposure causes harmful effects to human health, but if the intersex fish phenomenon is any indication, there’s a critical need for regulatory agencies and decision makers to start addressing this issue.” Endocrine disrupting compounds are chemicals that affect growth, metabolism and reproduction. They are found in pharmaceuticals, pesticides, veterinary products, personal care products and biosolids. These contaminants have become so widespread in the environment that they have even been detected in the urine of infants. Potomac Conservancy President Hedrick Belin said there are currently no water quality standards for this type of contamination, and the federal government: “Needs to employ 21st-century scientific testing and update the regulatory framework to deal with the emerging threat of endocrine disrupting compounds found in the Potomac River and its tributaries.” View the report and accompanying documents at www.potomac. org.

Last Minute Donations Needed

The College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus Student Association is holding a “campout for the Homeless” event Thursday night on the campus to raise donations for the areas homeless shelters. Community members as well as students are invited to come camp out all night on the lawn of the CSM Leonardtown campus. Electronics are discouraged, since we’re trying to show what it would be like to be homeless. We’ll have group activities throughout the night until we say good night, and refreshments in the morning for those who make it through the night. This is a fundraising event that will help raise awareness for the homeless around our community. We accept all donations - including hats, coats, scarves, mittens, socks, clothing, etc - and will collect donations from 5 - 9 pm.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Pax River Raiders Wrap Up 4th Successful Year

On Friday, Oct. 23, the Pax River Raiders organization held a Pep Rally at Lancaster Park to kick off their homecoming weekend. Hundreds of players along with their coaches, friends, and family members gathered on their home field for an evening of spirited cheers, friendly contests, and continued camaraderie amongst the Raiders family. The Raiders organization, founded in 2006 by Chris and Rachel Pixton, participates in the Calvert County Parks & Recreation youth football league. Mr. and Mrs. Pixton established the Pax River Raiders to provide an opportunity for parents, players, and cheerleaders to participate in a fair, positive and competitive youth sports environment with strict conduct guidelines. As the organization approaches the last game in the 2009 regular season, more than half of the 18 Raider teams, which compete throughout 7 weight and age divisions, have either achieved a playoff berth or have the opportunity to do so in the ensuing game. Notably, the Raiders’ Unlimited team -- a mix of 11 through 14 year olds that have surpassed the weight limit of the 120-lb division -- has had a fantastic season as a direct result of the instruction and assistance received from Leonardtown High School’s Coaches Anthony Prattley and James Klenk. The Unlimited Raiders currently hold the 2nd seed in their division and have achieved a playoff berth. Prattley and Klenk have graciously donated their time to work with the Raiders while in return have had the opportunity to begin teaching the schools’ offensive and defensive systems as these boys

finish middle school and look forward to their high school football competitions. In addition to the partnership with Leonardtown High School, the Pax River Raiders teamed up with St. Mary’s Ryken High School football head coach, Bob Harmon, over the summer. Harmon led drills, lectures and scrimmage games at the Pax River Raiders’ Youth Football Camp that was held in July of this year. In appreciation, the Pax River Raiders organization made a donation of $1,000 to St. Mary’s Ryken High School for their football program. The partnership, deemed successful by the Raiders and Ryken coaches, is anticipated to continue next season when the school will open up its brand new 1,000-seat sports stadium with a turf field and extend its use to the Pax River Raiders. Looking forward to the 2010 Raiders’ season, Chris Pixton plans to once again host a St. Mary’s County youth football contact camp that is open to all kids ages 5 to 14, regardless of their league affiliation. As for the Raiders and the current proposal for St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation to run a St. Mary’s County youth football program, Mr. Pixton plans to continue participation with the CCPR football program because it has provided the Raiders a fair, positive, and competitive youth sports environment with strict conduct guidelines for four years-exactly what the Pixtons were looking for 4 years ago when they established the organization. Colleen Cutchember and Chris Pixton Pax River Raiders

It’s Irresponsible to Say Civil War Wasn’t About Slavery

I would like to give a response of the Nov 5th “A Journey through Time” where Linda Reno said that the Civil War was not about or started because of the African slavery when it surely was. And yes there were the disputes about States’ rights but all of those “States’ rights” were all concerning the issue of slavery. The right to own slaves, to have runaway slaves captured and returned, the “right” of new States to be a slave State, and all the so-called disputed States’ rights were directly concerning the preservation of the Institution of slavery. Even the so-called State’s right to secede or leave the Union was only to secede in order to maintain the slavery laws. So I say it is irresponsible of Linda Reno to claim the Civil War was not about slavery or not started because of slavery when that is not true nor accurate, and she is wrong to try to exclude or even to minimize the role of the slavery dispute in our Civil War. And many people do reference the words of Abe Lincoln to show that Lincoln and the

Union were not fighting about slavery but that is misleading because the South started the war and so Lincoln and the North were only fighting the war in self defense and because the South attacked the North. In World War II the USA fought Japan and Germany because they attacked us and that was our USA reason for the war. So we can not define the US Civil War by President Lincoln or on the North because the South started the war and every one of the States’ rights that the South wanted to fight for were centered totally on keeping the African slavery under their own control and that is why the South gave us the immoral and ignorant and bloody Civil War. So it is just not right for an historian to say that the likes of Jefferson Davis had some noble cause in seceding from the American Union when they did not. James P. Cusick Lexington Park, MD.

Eyeglasses Collection Program a Success

The Hollywood Lions Club would like to thank the community for supporting our Lions Recycle for Sight used eyeglasses collection program. Every month we collect more than 200 pairs of unwanted eyeglasses and sunglasses for those in need in developing countries. The donated specs are sent to our regional eyeglass-recycling center where they are cleaned, sorted by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

By taking the time to give us your glasses, you have helped to improve the life of someone in need. In most developing nations, eye care is either unaffordable or inaccessible. And for many, poor eyesight that is left uncorrected can lead to unemployment for adults and a child’s inability to attend school. The Hollywood Lions Club would also like to express its appreciation to the following businesses for contributing to the program’s success by serving as convenient drop-off centers:

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Editorial: Local Businesses Need More Than Better Local Government

This past Monday some 75 local business owners showed up for an early morning business roundtable organized by Dan Rebarchick, local business owner, in cooperation with St. Mary’s County government. The unexpectedly large turnout should not have been a surprise to anyone. Small, locally owned businesses all over the country, even those in recession resistant Southern Maryland, are dealing with negative economic impacts the likes of which most have never seen before. Maryland, especially Southern Maryland is largely a tale of two business climates. On one side is the predominate business climate that relies upon the federal government. In Southern Maryland it is defense spending by the federal government that accounts for 30% of the areas payroll dollars. And throughout Maryland, federal government spending in all areas, defense, education, health care, and the like, accounts for nearly 25% of the payroll dollars. While it may be true that the prevailing national economic climate is having some impact on federal government dependent businesses and jobs, the continued and growing spending by the federal government has left these businesses relatively stable, with many reporting strong to excellent operating results. The success of these companies depends upon the fruits of Washington D.C. with Maryland’s anti-business climate having practically no effect on them. On the other side are the non-government dependent businesses. Typically these businesses are looked upon as the barometer for our capitalist free market system, and are greatly impacted by the overall business climate in the area which they operate. In Maryland, these non-government dependent businesses are almost entirely overlooked. Their challenges and needs are largely overshadowed by the successes of the government dependent businesses. The success of government dependent companies is highly profiled by our federal, state, and local elected officials. There is nothing wrong with that, we should all be proud of these companies and hope that our elected officials will do what they can to make St. Mary’s County a good place for these companies to do business. But right now, it is other types of businesses that our elected officials should be equally concerned about. While the roundtable with local government this past Monday is a good starting point, it misses the real problem, Maryland’s elected officials at the state level consider Maryland’s business community to be irrelevant. The lawmakers in Annapolis have managed to make Maryland one of the most anti-business states in the nation. The election this month of Bob McDonnell as governor of Virginia will exacerbate Maryland’s anti-business problems. McDon-

In California - Giant Food, McKay’s Food and Drug, Pearl Vision Center, Sterling Optical, and Wal Mart In Hollywood - St. John’s Pharmacy and PNC Bank In addition to collecting used eyeglasses, the Hollywood Lions Club collects used hearing aids and cell phones for recycling. If you have recyclable eyeglasses, hearing aids or cell phones, please consider donating them to the Hollywood Lions Club. If interest-

nell has pledged to make Virginia “the most business friendly state in America for small business”. McDonnell’s promise to Virginia runs completely counter to the actions and beliefs of Maryland’s governor and the Maryland state legislature. This conflict in public policy will only lead to less businesses and tax revenues for Maryland as businesses look to move to Virginia for a much lower tax and less bureaucratic burden. While St. Mary’s County government can and should do some things to help local businesses, especially when it comes to local property tax rates and local land use laws, the bigger solution for local businesses is the need for change in Annapolis. Unfortunately, it does not appear such a change will come anytime soon, in spite of the desperate need that so few people even seem to be aware of. Professional politicians in Annapolis are living in a federal government spending bubble that dominates their actions. It is our senator and delegates that local business owners need to educate as well as the county commissioners. A recent report by Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), based in Towson, Maryland looks at how Maryland’s 188 legislators voted on legislation important to business and jobs. The reports states that “critics say that many in the legislature have gone from indifference to disdain, to contempt toward business; and that this attitude has become a palpable, cultural given in Annapolis”. Two St. Mary’s County legislators battle the norm in Annapolis year after year, Delegate John Wood (D) and Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R). These two consistently rate as supporters of jobs in Maryland. Yet our other two legislators, Delegate John Bohanan (D) and Senator Roy Dyson (D) consistently vote anti-business and anti-jobs. Both come home and talk about the importance of business, both rush to front and center for any new business ribbon cutting, but it’s what they do while in Annapolis that most people are unaware of. Dyson’s anti-business record according to MBRG last legislative session was a dismal 50% out of a possible 100%. Bohanan was even worse, scoring an unexplainable 20% out of a possible 100%. Bohanan follows the lead of House Speaker Michael Busch (D) for personal political reasons as the two scored almost identical with only 9% of the entire Maryland House of Delegates being less business and job supportive than these two. As local business owners prepare for the holiday buying season that for many will be the difference between surviving or throwing in the towel, and for the many who are unemployed or working minimum hours for minimum pay, this is the time of year when it is good to look ahead, in this case ahead to 2010, an election year! ed in learning more about other activities of the Hollywood Lions Club, please call Dale Snell, at (301-373-3812). Dale Snell, Member Hollywood Lions Club

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technology in the homes of about 250 homebound patients that will allow health-care providers to monitor and advise patients from afar. U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and other Maryland lawmakers announced the funding from the National Institutes of Health last week at Bel Alton High School in La Plata.

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Roundtable Highlights Need for Supporting Local Business By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Small business owners crowded into the banquet room at Lenny’s Restaurant in California Monday morning for what was to be the first Small Business Roundtable discussion meeting in several years. And as they sat down, many had come with ideas not only on how they could help each other but on how locals and officials could help them. “Small business needs to Sean Foster, left, an associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., Ginger owner of the Glass Garden Shoppe, and Chris Bologna, be recognized,” said Dan Rebar- Newman-Askew, President of Construction Management Consulting Services discuss netchick, owner of Lenny’s and host working ideas at the Small Business Roundtable at Lenny’s Restaurant on of the day’s event. “And I think Monday morning. right now there needs to be more chains and nationally recognized franchises recognition going on in the county.” moving into the area, particularly chain restauBob Schaller, Director of Economic and rants and clothing retailers building stores along Community Development in St. Mary’s County, Route 235. said that the meeting itself had been arranged in “I know a lot of people are concerned about three short weeks but that the turnout was im- the downturn in business, but the downturn in pressive, drawing more than 75 business owners business isn’t necessarily because of other busiand dignitaries including Del. John Wood, who nesses coming in,” said Scarafia. “Consumers said he was “wearing two hats” that day as both have cut back, so to say that the downturn is bea small business partner and a member of the cause of other businesses coming in isn’t quite Southern Maryland delegation. fair.” Among the day’s discussions were how Nevertheless, all agreed it was important to small businesses could network with each other campaign for people to buy their goods from lofor customer referrals, and how local govern- cal businesses. ment may help with that effort by having a small “A study found that for every $100 spent in business meet-and-greet. a big box store, $13 goes back to the local com“I was glad that the small businesses had munity. For every $100 spent in a local store, $45 decided to get together,” said Bill Scarafia, goes into the local economy. These are imporPresident of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of tant figures to keep in mind,” said Joe Orlando, Commerce. “A number of the concerns that they owner of Fenwick Street Used Books and Music expressed are concerns that have been expressed in Leonardtown, adding that sharing figures like for a while and that we have tried to address. Part that might help people encourage their neighbors of the situation is that we provide our program- to support local businesses. ming to members of the chamber, so anybody Schaller and Rebarchick said they considthat’s not a member of the chamber wouldn’t ered the event a success, and would review handknow these things were going on.” outs distributed for comments from attendees in Scarafia added that he had heard a lot of order to plan the next meeting. criticism from small business owners about

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As Maryland closes in on the construction of a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, an environmental organization has released a report calling nuclear power a step backward in the nation’s race to reduce pollution. The Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center report, released Tuesday, calls nuclear power “too slow and too expensive,” an energy source that makes little economic sense in combating climate change. While nuclear power might be preferable to fossil fuel-based energy sources, it is “diverting and delaying action,” said economist John Howley, who was part of a panel convened by Environment Maryland. Howley, who writes Maryland Energy Report, believes that financing nuclear power will come at the expense of cleaner energy sources, such as solar or wind power. “Energy efficient technology ... has a bigger bang for your buck than nuclear power,” he said. But proponents of nuclear power called the report inaccurate. “I would take what (the report) said with a grain of salt,” said Mitch Singer of the Nuclear

Energy Institute, a policy organization for the nuclear technologies industry. Singer cited the need for contributions from multiple, low-carbon energy sources -- including nuclear power -- if the nation is to curb carbon emissions while meeting a predicted rise in energy needs. The Maryland Public Service Commission in October approved the Constellation EnergyEDF nuclear joint venture, clearing the way for the construction of a third nuclear reactor at the Calvert Cliffs plant. Maryland also is looking at ways to harness clean technologies. Most recently, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, along with Govs. Tim Kaine and Jack Markell of Virginia and Delaware, agreed to a partnership to encourage the deployment of offshore wind energy in the region. “Maryland has charted a course to put us on the stage of national leadership” when it comes to combating climate change, said Ethan Nuss, Maryland campaign coordinator with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “We owe it to our children and grandchildren to act in the most decisive manner to solve the climate crisis,” said Nuss. “Nuclear power is not that solution.”


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F-35 Arrives at Pax River Newest Tomahawk Proves Itself

F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/ The aircraft will be supported at vertical landing (STOVL) stealth fight- Patuxent River by the F-35 Autonomic er arrived Sunday, Nov. 155 at Naval Logistics Information System (ALIS) Air Station Patuxent River, where it and will be monitored by the Lockheed will conduct its first hovers and verti- Martin F-35 Sustainment Operations cal landings. The ferry flight initiates Center in Fort Worth. Known as BF-1, a sequence of F-35 arrivals at Patuxent the aircraft is the first F-35 to be susRiver this year and next. tained by ALIS - the worldwide support Piloted by Lockheed Martin F-35 system that will monitor the prognostics Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley, the F-35B and health of F-35s around the globe to flew from Fort Worth, Texas, to Patux- ensure mission readiness. ent River by way of Dobbins Air Force The F-35B will replace U.S. MaBase in Georgia. Beesley landed on the rine Corps AV-8B STOVL fighters, F/APatuxent runway Sunday at 12:46 p.m. 18 strike fighters and EA-6B electronic “We have high confidence in the attack aircraft. The United Kingdom’s capabilities of this aircraft, and we fully Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and expect that it will meet or exceed the the Italian Air Force and Navy will also expectations of our customers,” Dan employ the F-35B. Crowley, Lockheed Martin exLockheed Martin Aeronautics Company photo ecutive vice president and F-35 program general manager, said in a press release. “At Patuxent River, this aircraft will continue the process of validating our revolutionary STOVL propulsion system through a series The first F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant touches down at Naof short takeoffs, val Air Station Patuxent River on Sunday, Nov. 15. The supersonic stealth hovers and verti- fighter will immediately begin test flights that will lead to hovers and vertical landings in the coming weeks. cal landings.”

A U.S. Navy Tomahawk Block get updating was conducted from the IV cruise missile was launched field using these portable units and during an operational test Nov. 5, confirmation was provided by satelwhich demonstrated the effectivelite and unmanned systems imagery. ness of the missile’s new anti-jam The mission was initiated from GPS system and successful use JSPEAR and sent to the Fleet Comagainst time-critical targets. mander and USS Princeton. Seconds The Tomahawk program, after launch from the ship’s vertical PMA-280, is managed by the Prolaunch system, the Tomahawk misgram Executive Office, Unmanned sile transitioned to cruise flight. The Aviation Strike Weapons at Patuxtotal flight time was short and the test ent River. was conducted to demonstrate the efThe Tomahawk Block IV was fectiveness of the Tomahawk’s new launched from the USS Princeton eight channel anti-jam GPS receiver (CG-59), a Ticonderoga-class AE(AGR-4). The results of this test GIS cruiser underway in the Pacifconfirmed the ability of Tomahawk ic Ocean off the coast of southern Block IV to be used in time critical California. The missile flew a land strike operations to meet the requireattack mission into San Nicolas Isments of U.S. Special Forces. land in support of a Special OperaThe Tomahawk is ship and subtions team. marine launched, and was first em“This test proves that Tomaployed operationally during Desert hawk provides a key enabler for Storm. The enhanced capabilities of U.S. Navy Tomahawk Block IV Tomahawk Block IV increase fleet time-critical strike,” Tomahawk A Launched Program Manager Capt. Dave Daeffectiveness, with network enabled vison said in a press release. “As communication, battle damage imthe only network-enabled, land ataging, while at the same time signifitack weapon, Tomahawk can re-target, loiter, or provide cantly reducing acquisition and life cycle costs. last minute weapons coverage to deployed forces from Tomahawk missiles are deployed throughout the on-station naval combatants.” world’s oceans. Tomahawk operational test launches The missile destroyed a time-critical target after are conducted throughout the year from Navy surface receiving targeting information from a combined U.S./ ships and submarines. These tests are designed to mainUnited Kingdom Special Operations Team on the island tain the operational readiness of the Atlantic and Pacific using the Precision Strike Suite – Special Operations fleets, as well as test and prove upgrades and enhanceForces (PSS-SOF) and Joint Strike Planning and Ex- ments to the missile, platforms, or control software. ecution Auto Router (JSPEAR) portable units. Live tar-

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Carol Corcoran, 75 Carol Corcoran, 75, of Lexington Park, MD died on November 13, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family. Born on December 24, 1933 in Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late Everett Shurr and Helen (Sparrow) Shurr. Carol graduated from Frankfort High School in Frankfort, IN in 1952. She was married to Robert Corcoran from 1953 - 1969 and together they had 6 children. She resided in Washington DC, California, Florida, South Carolina and Maryland. She was preceded in death by a son Mike Corcoran (2004), and a daughter Gail Corcoran Garley (1995), and brother, Allen Shurr (2000). She is survived by her very special friend and partner of many years Paul Monahan, a son Rick Corcoran (Kim) of Valley Lee, MD and three daughters Patty Corcoran of Lexington Park, MD, Barbara Kenney (Lonnie) of Summerville, SC and Vicky Carroll (David) of Lexington Park, MD, a bother Robert Shurr (Janie) of Kokomo, IN, sister Sally Easley of Olive Branch, MS, two sisters-in-law Sharon Shurr, Frankfort, IN, and Betty Piersanti, Davidsonville, MD and several nieces and nephews. She is survived by 11 grandchildren: Kris Perry and Kelly Lawson of Jacksonville, FL, David Corcoran of Valley Lee, John Corcoran and Jeff Corcoran of Las Vegas, NV, Keri Phillips and Ryan Phillips of Summerville, SC, Josh Carroll of Lexington Park, MD, Kevin Carroll of Oahu, HI, Stephen Corcoran and Andrew Corcoran of Bettendorf, IA. Carol also has 11 great grandchildren. Carol enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening and photography. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family, always with a camera in hand. Carol knew no stranger and could often be found playing her favorite lottery numbers and scratch off tickets. Family received friends on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at the Bay District Fire House Social Hall in Lexington Park, MD for a celebration of Carol’s life. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. P.O. Box 339 Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Frederick Fischetti, 61 Freder ick Nickolas Fischetti “Rick Card”, 61 of Mechanicsville, MD died November 10, 2009 at his residence after a long and brave battle with ALS.

Born October 26, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY he was the son of the late Frederick J. and step-mother Rita Fischetti and his mother Nickie. He moved to Kensington, MD as a teenager and graduated from Albert Einstein High School in 1967. Rick was a Journeyman Electrician with IBEW Local 26. He worked for Mona Electric for the last 6 years; he also spent many years as a builder and contractor in southern Maryland. Rick was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is survived by his wife and eternal companion, Mindy and their three children; Benjamin, Jack and Isabella, his children; Brytana Fischetti of Richmond, VA and Justin Fischetti, (Jessica) of Laurel, MD, grandchildren; Dante, Justice and Jacob, siblings; Michael Fischetti of Chesapeake, VA and Mary Jude Austin of Salt Lake City, UT. Rick will be missed by so many that knew and loved him. This journey was taken with so many friends and family and he loved all of them so much. Family received friends for Rick’s Life Celebration on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD A Funeral Service was conducted on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 11 a.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, California, MD, with Bishop Dennis Reed officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Fischetti, Justin Fischetti, Dean Wells, Dennis Reed, Mark Henderson, Randy Kurdy, Jack Fischetti and Chuck Tolson. Interment followed in the Queen of Peace Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Cecilia Morgan, 75 Cecelia Hope Morgan , 75, was called home to God on Sunday, November 15th, 2009. She was born to the late Thomas Earl Jones and Annie Louise Ferguson Jones on September 6th, 1934 in Leonardtown, MD. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved playing cards and keno whenever she had the chance. Cecelia was an exceptional daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all that knew her. She had a kind heart and would help anyone in need. Cecelia worked for the Board of Education as a cafeteria worker. After retirement from the Board of Education she worked as a delivery driver for Hayden’s Auto Supply. Once leaving Hayden’s, Cecelia worked for Napa Auto Parts where she stayed up until the time of her illness. Cecelia leaves cherished memories to

her children; Lewis M. (Scooter) Morgan Jr. and his wife Rose, James W. (Billy) Morgan and his wife Debbie, Calvin L. Morgan and his wife Pat, Charles D. (Duck) Morgan and his wife Fran, Robert E. (Bobby) Morgan, Joseph F. (Tiny) Morgan, David A. (Andy) Morgan and his wife Beverly and Donna R. Abell and her husband J.B. , her siblings; Connie Copsey, Hoover Jones, Samuel Jones, Leona Stone and Leroy Jones as well as 20 grandchildren and 26 greatgrandchildren. Along with her parents, Cecelia was preceded in death by her husband Lewis M. (Diddley) Morgan, Sr., her grandson Lewis M. Morgan III, her sisters Ruby Jones, Evelyn Clements, Amanda Dean, Hilda Morgan and her brothers Mckinley Jones , Thomas Jones and Lindi Jones. The family received friends on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A funeral service was held on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were be Allie Raley, Calvin (Duane) Morgan, Adam Alls, Robert Morgan, Jr., Jeffrey Raley, Jr. and Bill Knott. Honorary Pallbearers will be Daniel Morgan, Jesse Morgan (Tiny), Joseph (Joey) Morgan and David Morgan Jr. Contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be left at Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Patricia Muchow, 77 Patricia Ann Muchow, 77, of Hollywood, MD died November 9, 2009 in Georgetown University Hospital. B o r n March 7, 1932 in Waynesburg, Greene County, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul R. Randolph and Pearl (Roberts) Randolph. Patty moved to St. Mary’s County in 1941. She graduated from Great Mills High School in 1949. Patty married Clinton B. Duke, Sr. in 1951 and was the mother of eight children. In June 1971, Patty married Carl H. Muchow who preceded her in death on April 28, 1986. In 1960 Patty began her first career, journalism. She progressed from a small “gossip” column for Leonardtown to editor of the St. Mary’s Beacon 17 years later. Teaching, her second career began in 1987. For, eighteen years Patty taught religion classes at St. John’s Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD. This was just the weekend job. During the week Patty taught at Starmaker Learning Center. Finally at age 74 she decided to retire from full time work. She continued private tutoring until just a few months ago when her health forced her to stop. Patty divided her spare time between St. John’sParish and devotion to the Blessed Mother.

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Patty is survived by her children; Clinton (Jay) B. Duke, Jr. (Lois) of Hollywood, MD, Lawrence J. Duke of Leonardtown, MD, Michelle A. Cohen of Fremont, CA, Maureen E. Mattingly (Bill) of Hollywood, MD, Kim F. Chainay (Donnie) of California, MD, Meg R. Wolfrey (Scott) of Lusby, MD, Mark R. Duke (Diane) of Clifton, VA and Terry F. Duke (Connie) of Williamsburg, VA, her step-children; Dianna Draheim (Gary) of LaPlata, MD, Daniel Muchow (Pat) of Leonardtown, MD, Gerald (Linda) Muchow of Waldorf, MD, and Mark Muchow (Cindy) of Mechanicsville, MD, twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, and sister, Mary Jo O’Connor of Valley Lee, MD. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Jane MacCall and brothers; John F. Randolph and James P. Randolph. Family received friends on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home. Prayers were recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, with Rev. Ray Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are: Brian Duke, Bill Rishel, Scott Wolfrey, D.J. Chainay, Dan Muchow, and Kevin Corrigan Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43950 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Jordan Paganelli, 17 Jordan Scott Paganelli of California, MD died Monday, November 9, 2009 after battling a rare form of cancer for 22 months. He died peacefully at home, 5 days prior to his 18th birthday. Jordan was born November 14, 1991 in Lemoore, CA, but traveled the world as part of a military family. He attended numerous schools throughout the country prior to graduating from Leonardtown High School during a private home ceremony with close family and friends on November 5, 2009. His life was full of sports, activities, travel, and friendships. He especially enjoyed running, swimming, art, and the companionship of friends. He was a tremendous spirit with a tender heart who impacted the lives of thousands around the globe as a result of his courageous fight against a deadly disease. Jordan is survived by his parents, John and Laurie Paganelli of California, MD. He will always be cherished; and his memory will live on. A “Jordan Paganelli Life Celebration Rally” was held at the Leonardtown High School Stadium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2009. A


Funeral Service was held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in St. John Francis Regis Church. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, 17 Bethea Drive, Ossining, NY 10562-1620 or at Condolences to the family may be made at

Dorothy Stiegleiter, 91 Dorothy Louise Stiegleiter, 91, of California died November 10, 2009 at her home. She was born December 16, 1917 in Pontiac, IL to George and Ruth (Ogg) Logue. She was married to Perry F. Stiegleiter on April 17, 1937 in Aurora, IL. They resided in Illinois and Wisconsin prior to moving to California, MD in 1998. She was a member of Hollywood United Methodist Church. She enjoyed music and singing in church choirs. She also enjoyed sewing and made many of her own clothes. She participated in league bowling with her husband for several years. She owned and operated a Fruit Juice House lunch counter and ice cream shop in Westmont, IL with her husband in the 1950’s and 1960’s. She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Kurt Hall. She is survived by her loving husband Perry, sisters Eva Grimm of Aurora, IL, and Marilyn Dolittle of Montgomery, IL and her brother Richard Logue of Marseilles, IL. She is also survived by her son, Perry George Stiegleiter of Las Vegas, NV and her daughter Penny R. Hall of Solomons, MD and her foster daughter Judy Holem of Dyer, IN. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends on November 19, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Hollywood United Methodist Church where a Memorial Service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Sheldon Reese officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at

Francis E. Taylor, Sr., 90 Francis E. Taylor, Sr., 90, of St. Mary’s City, MD, died Friday morning, November 6, 2009 at Washington Hospital Center. He was born in Ridge, MD on September 15, 1919 to the late Lamar Q. Taylor and Estelle Clarke Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Loretta


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Continued A. “Tiny” Taylor whom he married on June 7, 1947 at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, MD. Mr. Taylor is also survived by his children, Frank E. Taylor (Susan) of Leonardtown, MD Robert F. Taylor (Linda) of St. Mary’s City, MD, Marie B. Tarleton (Brian) of St. Mary’s City, MD, Bertie T. Birch (Joe) of St. Mary’s City, MD, David L Taylor (Terri) of California, MD and Bernard A. Taylor of St. Mary’s City, MD. Mr. Taylor is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mr. Taylor was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph W. Taylor and Lawrence Taylor and a grandson, Brian Tarleton, Jr. Upon completing his education at St. Michaels High School in Ridge, MD, Mr. Taylor advanced his education by attending a technical school in Baltimore, MD. During World War II, he was the foreman of a large crew constructing the Liberty ships in Baltimore for the war effort. In 1950, Mr. Taylor, along with his wife, Loretta, co-founded Taylor Gas Co., Inc. in Lexington Park, MD and at the time of his passing, held the title of President Emeritus. Although retired, he still enjoyed coming into the office on a regular basis. In 2002, Mr. Taylor was honored by the Mid Atlantic Propane Gas Association for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the propane industry. Mr. Taylor’s entrepreneurial activity resurfaced in the early 1970’s when he and several other businessmen from Lexington Park, MD pooled their resources and established one of the early Maryland State chartered, savings and loan institutions in St. Mary’s County. Mr. Taylor, in cooperation with the other businessmen, recognized the difficulty for many people in the community to obtain mortgage financing to purchase a home. From this need, Maryland Capital Savings and Loan was born. Mr. Taylor loved St. Mary’s County and his community and as such was an active member of many civic and community organizations. He was a charter member of the United States Navy League, Patuxent River Council. He was an active member of the Lexington Park Lions Club for 57 years, the Knights of Columbus in Ridge, as well as a charter member of the local chapter of the Elks Club. Earlier this year Mr. Taylor was honored, along with his wife, Loretta, by the Lexington Park Rotary Club with Rotary’s “Service Above Self’ Award. This award was given in recognition for their many years of community service to St. Mary’s County. At that ceremony, Mr. Taylor was also named a Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow. At a ceremony in 2004, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were honored by St. Mary’s Ryken High School as “Pillars of the Community”. In addition to civic organizations, Mr. Taylor also served on various county committees and commissions. He served on the first St. Mary’s Nursing Center Board of Directors. In 1968 he was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve on the newly formed St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission. He served as a Metropolitan Commissioner for over twenty years, twelve of which he served as the Chairman. The Metropolitan Commission’s Marley-Taylor Treatment Facility is named for Mr. Taylor and Mr.

Mike Marley, a former director of the Commission. Mr. Taylor was a former president of the St. Mary’s County Young Democratic Club. During the United States Presidential race in 1960, Mr. Taylor presided at a dinner given for Mr. Robert Kennedy when Mr. Kennedy campaigned in St. Mary’s on behalf of his brother, Presidential Candidate, Sen. John F. Kennedy. Mr. Taylor remained active in the political arena his entire life. He served as Treasurer for Mr. John Bohanan’s first political campaign in 1982. In May of 2009, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were among the honorees for Democrats of the Year at the Democratic Club of St. Mary’s annual dinner. Mr. Taylor enjoyed life and the many occasions he had to be with family and friends. He and his wife were always on the go attending social functions and fund raising events. He loved music and dancing and never missed an opportunity to “cut a rug” on the dance floor whenever the band would strike up a tune. He also had a wonderful singing voice and loved the hymns at Church. Mr. Taylor enjoyed his poker club and especially looked forward to his daily coffee and lunch at his favorite restaurant, Linda’s Café. Nothing was more treasured by Francis than time spent with his family. He will be missed by all who knew him; and he was known by many. Visitation was held on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills, MD from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with prayers recited at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Holy Face Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Trinity Church Cemetery in St. Mary’s City, MD. The pallbearers will be Scott Taylor, Joseph Taylor, Kellan Tarleton, Lawrence Taylor, Jr., Paul Colonna and James Raley. The family requests that donations may be made to Health Share of St. Mary’s or to a charity of one’s choosing. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Thomas Layman Thompson, 54 Thomas Layman Thompson, 54, of Hollywood, MD died November 6, 2009 at his residence. Born August 20, 1955 in L e o n a r d t ow n , MD he was the son of the late Lamen S. Thompson and Alma T. (Alvey) Thompson. Thomas was a life long resident of St. Mary’s County and a long time employee with Verizon Communications. He loved flying and building model airplanes, and to shop at the local flea markets. He is survived by his brothers, John W. Thompson and his wife Gisela of Middletown, MD, and Courtney Thompson and

his wife Kay of Mechanicsville, MD, also survived by an adopted daughter Amanda Lynn. Preceded in death by one brother, James R. Thompson. Family received friends on Thursday, November 12, 2009 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 where a Memorial Service was conducted. Reverend Joseph Dobson officiated. Interment will be private. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

James Leonard “Boots” Wheeler, Sr., 83 J a m e s Leonard “Boots” Wheeler, Sr., 83 of Chaptico, MD died November 11, 2009 at his residence. Born April 10, 1926, in Chaptico, MD, he was the son of the late Joseph Latham and Maude Russell Wheeler. He was the loving husband of Agnes

Cecelia Knott Wheeler to whom he was married to for 57 years. He is also survived by his children, Debbie Hall and her husband Mike, Betty Riffle and her husband Pat, and James Wheeler, Jr., all of Chaptico, MD, Theresa Mckinney and her husband Ricky of Clements, MD, Joseph Wheeler and his wife Ann of St. Inigoes, MD and Mary Wheeler of Avenue, MD as well as twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchilden; his sisters Ann Patton of Valley Lee, MD and Sis Lang of Great Mills, MD, three sister in laws, Margaret Wheeler of Clements, MD, Delores Wheeler of Hollywood, MD, and Elaine Wheeler of Callaway, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Barbara Gayle Mckay, his brothers Aloysius, Francis, Ernest, Sylvester, Bernard and Charles, his sister Susan Latham and son in law Paul A. Hewitt, Sr. Boots graduated from St. Mary’s Academy “Class of 1944”. Mr. Wheeler was a Farmer and Waterman. He resided in St. Mary’s County all of his life. He loved working the fields and gardens on his Ford tractors. He loved the water, oystering, crabbing and fishing. He raised produce, livestock, and hunted as well. He enjoyed his chats at the Hughesville Tobacco Market with fellow tobacco farmers and associates. He belonged to the Farm Bureau for over 50 years.

He raised his family to know the meaning of hard work, the value of a dollar, the love of God, nature and mankind. He loved watching the Washington Redskins Football games and the Baltimore Orioles Baseball games and reading his Washington Post paper. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 13, 2009 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be said at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Fr. Timothy Baer officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Bobby Hall, Tony Hewitt, James Hewitt, Jason Mckay, Bobby Mckinney and Ryan Wheeler. Honorary Pallbearers will be all his grand children. Contributions may be left to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 37575 Chaptico Road, Chaptico, MD 20621. Condolences to the family may be left at www. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

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Briefs Marijuana Sent Through Courthouse Metal Detector On Nov. 16, Shannon Ashley Cronin, 21 of Lusby, was attempting to enter the St. Mary’s County District Courthouse in Leonardtown, Maryland. For the security and safety of the courthouse, all persons entering the building are subject to search. Cronin placed her purse on the scanner and the District Court Bailiff noticed what appeared to be a knife inside of her purse. Cronin confirmed she was carrying a knife in her purse. As the bailiff went to retrieve the knife from Cronin’s purse, he observed a small bag of suspected marijuana. Cronin was detained until deputies arrived and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana).

Assault Suspect Flees Police On Nov. 14, several St. Mary’s deputies responded to a residence on Bristol Avenue in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Cpl. Fleenor was the first to arrive and was informed that Mark Stevenson Brensinger, Jr. 28 of Lexington Park had entered the residence without permission, assaulted the victim and fled the residence operating a multi-colored Chevy Blazer. Cpl. Fleenor had seen the truck as he was arriving. Cpl. Fleenor broadcast a lookout for the truck. The truck was spotted moments later by Cpl. Fleenor. Cpl. Fleenor activated the emergency equipment on his patrol vehicle and attempted to stop the truck. The driver refused and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Deputies followed the vehicle into a driveway on Pleasant Drive in Lexington Park. The driver, Brensinger, was taken into custody. Further investigation revealed Brensinger and the victim were at a party together and got into a verbal disputed which escalated into a physical assault when Brensinger struck the victim several times in the head and face, police say. Brensinger was charged with second degree assault and various traffic violations including driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing and eluding.

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Fatal Crash Follows Deer Strike By Sean Rice Staff Writer

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s investigators report that following too closely was the likely contributing factor in a vehicle crash in Mechanicsville on Nov. 15 that left a motorcyclist dead. At 6:40 p.m. Nov. 15, sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Golden Beach Road and Hickory Drive in Mechanicsville for the report of a fatal motor vehicle collision. The Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to assume the investigation. Police investigation revealed a 2007 Chrysler 300C, operated by Brieana La-Ryn Wood, 20, of Mechanicsville was eastbound on Golden Beach Road in the area of Hickory Drive. Wood applied brakes in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid striking a deer. A 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Francis John McDaniel 46, of Mechanicsville, was also

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traveling eastbound on Golden Beach Road behind Wood’s vehicle. When Wood braked, the motorcycle struck the rear of the Chrysler, sending the motorcycle out of control. The motorcycle and rider crossed into the westbound lane of Golden Beach Road where they were struck by a 2005 Scion XB, operated by Gary Leon Cave Jr., 41, of Mechanicsville, causing the Scion to overturn. McDaniel was ejected from the motorcycle, and was pronounced dead on the scene due to his injuries. Initial police investigation indicates the primary cause of the collision was McDaniel’s operation of the motorcycle and following too closely to Wood’s vehicle. Police say tere is no indication that speed, alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. The crash remains under investigation, and anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Corporal Brian Connelly at (301) 475-4200 Ext. 9010.

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On Nov. 15, Dfc. J. Kirkner responded to a residence on Governors Mill Court in Great Mills to check the welfare of Montrece Dionshanea Mitchell, 23 of Leonardtown. Mitchell was on the porch of the residence. The resident asked Mitchell to leave the property and Mitchell initially complied but a short time later returned to the residence. Dfc. Kirkner again observed Mitchell on the property and as he approached Mitchell attempted to flee on foot. After a brief foot chase, Dfc. Kirkner was able to catch Mitchell, advise her she was under arrest and placed her in handcuffs. Once handcuffed, Mitchell began to flail and kick at Dfc. Kirkner, refusing to be placed in the patrol vehicle. Mitchell’s legs had to be secured to keep her from kicking out the windshield of Dfc. Kirkner patrol vehicle and Dfc. Kirkner. Mitchell was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.

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Brothers Charged with HighDollar Theft At 6:45 a.m. Nov. 13, detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Vice-Narcotics Division and the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team executed a Search and Seizure Warrant at a residence in Mechanicsville. The warrant was obtained as part of an investigation into the theft of jewelry cash from private residences in the Mechanicsville area in October 2009. Barrett A. West, 22, Joseph R. West, 20

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School System Called “Strong, Robust and Vibrant” By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

were participating. “The interest in public education in St. Mary’s County is palpable,” said Martirano after the stuSt. Mary’s Schools Superintendent Michael dent presentations. “Let me say for the record that Martirano opened his 2009 State of the School the state of the St. Mary’s County Public School System address by calling on the county’s students System is strong, robust and vibrant.” to address the thick crowd finishing their lunches at Martirano rattled off the school system’s the JT Daugherty Conference Center on Wednes- achievements quickly that day, including the reday, each of the students entreating those assem- cent opening of Evergreen Elementary School, bled to support the various programs in which they which received the federal government’s gold LEED certification, increases in math and reading scores at the elementary and middle school levels, and gains on the High School Assessments, which counted as a graduation requirement for the class of 2009. “Not one child was held back from graduation because of the HSA,” he said. “Our students did great and I thank the teachers who worked tirelessly to get each child over the wall of completion.” Despite his hopeful mood, Martirano said he had concerns for the future, explaining that the county’s graduation rates were below state averages. “Our graduation rate goal with the state of Maryland is 90 percent, and for the last several years we’ve hovered around 86 to 87 percent. Simply put, we missed the mark last year by over 3 percent,” he said, later explaining that the drop Martirano addressed a large crowd at the JT Daugherty out rate in St. Mary’s County was actually 2.25 Conference Center on Wednesday for his Annual State of percent, but that as many as 13 percent of county the School System Address. students were not graduating within four years.

“This does not start at the high school, it starts emerging at the elementary level. And the first indicator is attendance,” he said, adding that the school system would look to intensify current interventions to stop declining attendance rates and assist struggling students. Martirano added that gains still needed to be made in elementary and middle school math scores, as well as ensuring financial literacy for students. “We’ll adjust our programs of study by offering a financial literacy course,” he said. “We will be offering it for our high schools and introducing it at the middle school level … we have to do this based on the condition of our country right now.” Martirano added that school funding could be threatened by changes at the local and state level, including changes to teacher pensions at the state level “that could put strain on local funding sources,” changes to the constant yield tax rate, changes to legislation regarding Maintenance of Effort or any change to current funding formulas. “Changes to any of these items could reduce the funding for education, strain our already weakened budget, and ultimately cause a threat to the state of our school system,” he said. “As you know, the governor and our lawmakers are grappling with the doomsday budget issues and scenarios … but education cannot suffer in St. Mary’s County,” said Martirano. “We’ve made significant gains and we cannot backslide.”

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Jim McGuire (far right), project manager at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), explains the energy recovery wheel in the college’s new Goodpaster Hall to students, staff, and community members, including Mike Sherling (far left), Environment Maryland field associate. A tour of the building was given after a joint announcement between SMCM and Environment Maryland, reporting on the 6 percent CO2 emission reductions in Maryland and the 80 percent reduction at SMCM. (Submitted photo)

The state of Maryland has cut its CO2 emissions by 6 percent and St. Mary’s College has reduced its own emissions by 80 percent this year, according to a press release from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, which credits the reduction to student initiatives. The student body purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) at a cost of about $50,000 to offset 100 percent of the carbon emissions produced by the college’s electricity consumption (12,000 tons of CO2 saved). The Northeast Energy Services Company, Inc. (NORESCO) program of upgrading college facilities to save energy cut CO2 emissions by 2,430 tons. The LEED-certified Goodpaster Hall reduced CO2 emissions by 610 tons. The James P. Muldoon River Center has a studentsponsored geothermal HVAC system that cuts

CO2 emissions by 270 tons. The new Glendening Building has “green” features that reduce CO2 emissions by 125 tons. These and other innovations have allowed the college, which would have produced 19,500 tons of CO2 over the last year, to offset over 15,000 tons of CO2 emissions. As a result the college produced just of 4,000 tons of CO2. “St. Mary’s College has achieved on a small scale what the world needs to achieve on a larger scale,” said David Kung, associate professor of mathematics at SMCM. “Climate change requires us all to make better choices, from our own personal lives to our collective choices as Americans and as responsible global citizens. Contrary to the climate-change denialists, many of these changes will save money.”

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“As a college, our business is education. As a community college, our business is your business,” College of Southern Maryland Vice President of Academic Affairs Debra Tervala told hotel, restaurant and government council representatives gathered Nov. 5 to learn about the college’s new associate’s degree in hospitality management, which will now be offered at the La Plata campus. The program, conceived a few short months ago, was put together in record time, according to Tervala. Associate Professor and Hospitality Management Program Coordinator Bill Williams said the college would be looking for business managers throughout Southern Maryland to consider offering their facilities for on-site student tours, and providing co-ops and internship opportunities for students. The hospitality management degree requirements include components in general Discussing CSM’s new Hospitality Management program are education as well as business. Students select Ellen Ferris of Clarion Hotel in Waldorf, Professor and Hospicourses from different industries including tality Management Program Coordinator Bill Williams, and hotel, travel, recreation, tourism, convention Kathy Kazimer of Shady Oaks of Serenity Bed and Breakfast of Bryantown. The program is now being offered at the La services, food service, meeting planning and Plata campus and is expected to spread to other campuses as related service industries. it gains momentum. At the completion of the program, stusaid Williams. “As the program gains momendents receive an associate’s degree in Hospitality Management from CSM, which they can tum, CSM will offer classes at all campuses and transfer to a four-year college, and they will earn online.” For information on CSM’s Hospitality Mana certificate in Hospitality Operations from the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Edu- agement Program, visit Institute. Classes will be scheduled to meet the needs tyManagement.htm, or contact Williams at of working adults as well as traditional students,

St. Mary’s County Public Schools were recognized for their efforts in energy conservation with the presentation of the Second Annual Energy Conservation Recognition Awards on Nov. 4. Schools received awards for reducing their electrical consumption in fiscal year 2009, compared to their electrical consumption in fiscal year 2008. Since each school has a different energy footprint, they are compared to themselves to calculate savings. Each qualifying school received $100 for each percentage saved, up to five percent or $500. These funds are to be used to support the Green School Program efforts at their school. Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary received $100 for saving 1 percent in electric consumption. Schools receiving a $200 award for sav-

ing 2 percent are Park Hall Elementary and Leonardtown High. Schools receiving a $300 award for saving 3 percent are Town Creek Elementary and Oakville Elementary. Schools receiving $400 for saving 4 percent are Great Mills High and Chopticon High. Schools that saved 5 percent or more and received $500 are Esperanza Middle, White Marsh Elementary, Ridge Elementary, Piney Point Elementary, Lexington Park Elementary, Margaret Brent Middle, Spring Ridge Middle, Leonardtown Middle, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Benjamin Banneker Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary, Dynard Elementary, Greenview Knolls Elementary, Hollywood Elementary, and Green Holly Elementary.

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Supporters Honored The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy recognized four people for their support at its annual dinner on Nov. 2. Below are their names and comments about their contributions from Executive Director Laura Joyce. Corporate Friendship Award: Loic and Karleen Jaffries, owners of Café des Artistes in Leonardtown, for supporting the center’s annual golf tournament, hosting the annual staff holiday luncheon and the annual dinner. “They define corporate generosity: they are truly good and giving corporate citizens, providing an example to look up to of a family business that is the best of its kind.” Community Friendship Award: Bennett Connelly, director, St. Mary’s County Department of Human Services, for providing advice to help the center weather cash flow problems in 2007 into 2008, when funding was down, and reimbursements from government funding sources were taking between three and nine months to arrive. “Bennett’s intervention is one of the reasons that we were able to get through the financial challenges without cutting services, without furloughs of staff, and without needing to short-change our clients in any way.” Individual Friendship Award: Detective Julie Yingling, for her work heading the Domestic Violence response for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department. “[She] has been an integral part of our county’s collaborative effort, ensuring that the bad guys know that violence toward women isn’t acceptable in our county, and ensuring that victims of domestic violence get a response that is efficient, effective and caring.”

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Good Neighbor Award: Thomas McKay, for taking action when he was county commissioner president to address the problem of domestic violence in St. Mary’s County. “I’ve rarely had an elected official ask questions that showed such a complete grasp of the issues related to domestic violence … He appointed a domestic violence task force, which has now grown into the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a group that has made huge strides in how this county addresses domestic violence.”


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Starting in January, the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy in Hollywood plans to offer advocacy services in the evening and on weekends and holidays to victims of domestic violence in St. Mary’s County. If the program is successful and pending additional funding, the program may be extended first to Calvert County and then to Charles County, said Executive Director Laura Joyce. Right now advocates work with clients from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at offices in the St. Mary’s and Calvert district courts. Thanks to $46,000 in federal stimulus money, advocates will soon also be able to help clients seeking protective orders Attorney’s and advocates (listed by first name only for security) for the center inin St. Mary’s County from 4:30 clude: front row, Diana Donahue, and Iris; middle row, Jennifer, Jamie and Lakia; and back row, Erin King, Carol and Laura Joyce. p.m. to 2 a.m., Joyce said. “I’m really excited about ary will mean that the center will be able to reach doing this,” she said. “It’s the first time we’ve been more people earlier in the legal process, Joyce said. able to do this after hours.” “While some victims who experience domestic The plan is to hire people who will shadow violence come to the courts during the day and see current staff for at least the first month to work out our advocates, many go during the evening/night, any bugs. Assuming the program works weekends and holidays,” she said in an e-mail. well, Joyce hopes to continue the service “These are the people we want to reach out to, beyond the life of the 17-month stimulus in addition to the daytime clients … Meeting with grant. them after hours also lets us provide help right at Founded 30 years ago, the Southern the time of crisis, doing immediate safety planning, Maryland Center for Family Advocacy helping arrange shelter if need, and so on.” is the only agency in St. Mary’s County In an emergency when the courts are closed, a offering legal help to domestic violence person can go to the District Court commissioner victims, Joyce said. Its main focus is to at the detention center in Leonardtown. Available represent, free of charge, clients seeking in person or on call 24 hours a day, a commissioner protective orders in the district and circuit can issue an interim protective order until the courts courts. reopen. Protective orders typically order the The client then goes before a judge for a tempoabuser to stay away from the victim, with rary order, which is “to address the immediate safety abusers subject to arrest if they violate the of the household members, including the kids,” said order. attorney and mediator Diana Donahue, who joined Attorneys also represent clients in the center about a year ago. St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counA case worker before she became a lawyer, Doties in divorce, custody and child support nahue served six years with the State’s Attorneys ofcases for a sliding-scale fee. fice in Charles County, where she prosecuted child The center operates with a yearly abusers. budget of about $500,000, most of it from If granted, the client can apply for final protecgovernment sources. It employs nine peo- tive order with help from a center lawyer. ple, including one full- and one part-time “Having an attorney represent them during this lawyer and several paid advocates. process helps victims tremendously,” Joyce said. Joyce said she hopes, pending addiThe after-hours program will also provide the tional grants, to hire two more lawyers, center with greater access to victims who may not restoring the staff to former levels, in or- know about the program, she said. Getting involved der to meet the growing demand for help. early also saves money and emotional stress, as the “When the economy is bad, the need legal process can be long and drawn out. for services picks up,” Joyce said. “Each additional hearing adds to the cost, of The center opened 1,022 cases in St. course, and it also leaves the victim ‘out there’, hanMary’s County in FY 2007 and 1,124 cas- dling things alone.” said Joyce in an e-mail. “Being a es in FY 2008, said Joyce, who estimates victim of domestic violence is a very isolating, fright1,500 to 1,600 cases for FY 2009. ening and overwhelming experience, so the sooner She estimates the center assisted we can join up with the victim, letting them know with about 700 protective order cases that there are resources, and that they are not alone, from January through September of this the more we eliminate that sense of isolation.” year. “This makes it more likely that they will then Joyce also said that there are more not be as afraid of or overwhelmed by pursuing the Hispanic and Asian women affected by protective order and other interventions that can domestic violence, and that the center bring a stop to the violence and protect the victim’s continues to need interpreters, especially rights,” she said. those who speak Spanish, as well as KoFor more information, call 301-373-4141 or go rean, Chinese and Russian. to The new after-hours service in Janu-

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The Maryland Tourism Council has taken notice, too, awarding two prestigious industry awards to St. Mary’s County’s Division of Tourism for its Celebrate 375 campaign. Carolyn Laray, Manager of Tourism Development, received the awards on behalf of the department at the 29th Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit, which was held in Ocean City on Nov. 5. The department was given the Cooperative Promotion Award for an “Integrated Campaign” or continuing program, for their Celebrate 375 promotion, which incorporated a variety of marketing activities over a sustained period of time. “The impetus was that 2009 would be the 375th anniversary of Maryland’s founding, and this is Maryland’s birthplace,” said Laray, explaining that the scope of the campaign had been spurred by plans with Historic St. Mary’s City. “The 375th is a landmark year but it’s not a 50th and it’s not a 100th. It’s off in between, and I probably would not have created such a comprehensive plan around it,” said Laray. “It really was Historic St. Mary’s City that said ‘we’re going to make a lot of this,’” she added, explaining that the objectives of the campaign were to bring visitors to the county and to generate economic development, and to generate awareness with residents inside the county. The county’s Celebrate 375 Campaign capitalized on the 375th anniversary of Maryland with over sixty local tourism and hospitality industry partners participating in a variety of programs which included contests, discount

world, and an electronic version of the guide as well as the 375 celebration activities may be viewed at the campaign’s dedicated website: The website has received over 1.6 million hits to date. The campaign also helped to increase visitation to St. Mary’s County’s sites and attractions by 21 percent while the county Welcome Center reported an increase of 32 percent, according to Laray. “Through the campaign and the special commemorative visitors guide, we made huge strides in increasing awareness of our county’s significant role in Maryland’s history,” she said. This year’s awards came from a statewide pool of nominees, and competition had been stiff, but the department’s recognition was significant for the fact that they had received awards in the past for joint efforts, but never for a single campaign specific to St. Mary’s County. The Celebrate 375 campaign continues through the end of the year and will continue to be marked at several events throughout the county. Laray said that the department would be moving forward in the next year with “things that really worked” including the visitor’s guide, hotel packages with tourist attractions listed, and highlights on sports and recreational activities specific to the area, including kayaking, fishing and canoeing.


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Elks’ Lodge Patuxent Voices Performs for the Holidays

On Saturday November 14, the California Elks’ Lodge held their annual 5K Walk/Run along with a fishing tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The 5K began at Cheeseburger in Paradise at the Wildwood Shopping Center in California. Here are the results of the fishing tournament and the 5K:

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This season give your family a special musical treat. Local a cappella singing group, Patuxent Voices, offers a holiday concert rich in traditional carols, popular favorites, and classical masterpieces. Both entertaining and moving, it is a performance for the whole family. Patuxent Voices has been entertaining local audiences since 2004. These nine women, whose love of singing vibrates through all of their performances, will infect you with the spirit of the season. This year, Patuxent Voices will perform Our Christmas Favorites: Music for the Holidays. The performance combines popular favorites like Jingle Bells and I’ll Be Home for Christmas with the stirring beauty of Magnificat and O Magnum Mysterium, closing with a haunting rendition of Silent Night. You can hear Patuxent Voices in concert at Middleham Chapel’s Great Hall, Lusby, on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity Church, St. Mary’s College, on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. The concerts are free; donations accepted. You can also hear Patuxent Voices at the Solomons Christmas Walk on Friday, Dec. 4, from 7–8 p.m. at the Calvert Marine Museum, and at Garden in Lights on Monday, Dec. 21, starting at 6 p.m. at Annmarie Garden in Solomons. Mark your calendar and celebrate this holiday season with one of our local treasures, Patuxent Voices. Check www.patuxentvoices. com for program, directions, and additional information.

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Public Auditions for “Cabaret”

Auditions for the musical “Cabaret”, a co-production of the theater and music departments at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 1 and 2, in Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall on the college campus. Callbacks will be held starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center. Performance dates are March 4-7 and 9-11, 2010. Auditions are open to the community, and all ages are encouraged to audition.

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For further information about procedures for auditioning or about the musical, contact the director, Bill Gillett, at, or Jeffrey Silberschlag, the show’s musical director, at Those auditioning are required to bring sheet music of their own choosing to the audition (no more than 16 bars of music) or they may opt for a selection from “Cabaret”, which will be provided at the time of the audition. No a capella singing is permitted as an audition. A pianist will be available to accompany. All ages are encouraged to audition; auditions are open to the community.

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The Inaugural Senior Housing Expo held at the Northern Senior Center was a huge success. In spite of the difficult weather, there were 70 attendees who stopped throughout the day to get information from the various senior housing facilities that participated. Additionally 110lbs of food was donated to the Tri-County Food Bank, which will feed six families. Delegate Johnny Wood donated the 32” television that was given away as a door prize. Pictured here is Delegate Johnny Wood speaking with Warren and Maralyn Thompson, residents of Cedar Lane Apartments who volunteered at the event. Story submitted by Janice Pruett.


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Thursday, November 19 • Toys For Tots Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Company 29 will be a Toys For Tots drop off point from now through December. Toys For Tots is a program ran by the United States Marine Corps Reserves to help provide children, with less fortune than others, gifts during the holiday season. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. No stuffed animals or clothing will be accepted. Only new, unused and unwrapped toys, crayons, books, etc will be accepted. Please feel free to help out with this wonderful cause. For more information please contact the rescue squad at (301) 884- 2900 and ask for Daniel Norris • Taco Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Young Professionals Holiday Party Social Lexington Restaurant & Lounge (Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Young Professionals of all careers welcome. Cost: $12 at the door gets you food, non-alcoholic beverages and holiday fun. Cash bar available. RSVP to commentsypi@gmail. com by November 17th. • Chamber Music Trio St. Mary’s College (Auerbach Auditorium) – 8 p.m. The Haydn Trio Eisenstadt chamber music ensemble from Vienna, Austria, will perform to recognize the bicentennial of Austrian composer Joseph Haydn’s death in 1809. This is part of the college’s Guest Artist & Faculty Recital Series. For more information, contact Audrey Hamilton in the music department at 240-895-4498 or • George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” St. Mary’s College (Bruce Davis Theater) – 8 p.m. • Newtowne Players: “The Fantisticks” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Poetry Seeks Ways to Deal with MS St. Mary’s College (DaughertyPalmer Commons) – 8:15 p.m. Poet Laurie Clements Lambeth will read from her debut poetry collection, Veil and Burn, which addresses her struggles with multiple sclerosis. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the college’s VOICES Reading Series.

Friday, November 20 • Family Health & Fitness Fair at Spring Ridge Middle School A family health and fitness fair will be held at Spring Ridge Middle School from 2:15 – 4:30 p.m., for all students, teachers, family and community members.

The program, which is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Student Association at Spring Ridge Middle School, will feature area sports representatives, as well as the St. Mary’s Hospital Health Connections van. The program’s goal is to introduce students, their family members and the community to a variety of healthy activities while addressing specific issues, such as the seasonal flu vaccine, H1N1 and the Gardacil vaccine for girls. Program participants include World Gym in Lexington Park and Leonardtown; the Southern Maryland Cuong Nhu Club River Dragon Dojo (martial arts); St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation; and a number of coaches from Great Mills High School, representing lacrosse, track and field, soccer, field hockey and more. There is a $1 admission fee to the program, where attendees can witness demonstrations in Zumba dance, martial arts and participate in an agility program. There will be hands-on opportunities to try different sports equipment and attempt new skills. Adult attendees can also receive free health screenings through the St. Mary’s Hospital Health Connections van. A medical professional will also answer questions about the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines, and speak to issues surrounding the Gardacil vaccine for young girls. There is no registration required. For more information, contact Spring Ridge Middle School at 301-863-4031. • Steak & Shrimp Dinner American Legion Post 221 (Avenue) – 5 p.m. • Uncle Phil’s Diner II Dinner Theater Lexington Park United Methodist Church – 6 p.m. Tickets $14, kids under 5 are free. Call church office at 301-8638500 for more information. • Benefit Concert: Brogan Ruppert First Saints Community Church (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Family and friends of Brogan Ruppert and A Message of Hope Cancer Fund concert. Music by God Project and St. Paul’s Praise Team. The evening will also include a silent auction. No fee, but donations will be collected. Make checks payable to “A Message of Hope.” • Poker Leader Board Challenge FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Tournament VFW Post 2632 (California) – 7 p.m. • HomeSpun CoffeeHouse Open Mic Christ Epicopal Church Parish Hall (Chaptico) – 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person with performers admitted free. Light refreshments will be available. For more information or to sign up to perform call Don at 301-373-2661, John at 301-994-2843 or visit our website at

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• George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” St. Mary’s College (Bruce Davis Theater) – 8 p.m. • Newtowne Players: “The Fantisticks” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 21 • 2009 Hazardous Waste Day St. Andrew’s Landfill (California) – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The average U.S. household generates more than 20 pounds of hazardous waste per year, and this may be the time to get rid of yours! We’ll be collecting pharmaceuticals; disinfectants; paint (all kinds); stains and polish; solvents and thinners; caustic cleaners (for toilets, tile masonry, ovens, etc.); pool chemicals; lawn care chemicals; pet care chemicals; pesticides, fungicides and herbicides; batteries (all kinds); thermometers, thermostats, compact fluorescent lamps (all contain mercury); aerosol cans of anything; old gasoline, kerosene, and other fuels (even mixed with water). More information is available by visiting the County’s solid waste/recycling web site at or by calling the Department of Public Works & Transportation at (301) 863-8400. • SMAWL Pet Adoptions PetCo (California) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Steak Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5 p.m.

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Monday, November 23

• K of C Pancake Breakfast Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall (Lexington Park) – 8:30 a.m. Adults $7, kids 6-12 $4, children 5 and under free. Family of 5 or more $20. For more info call Brian at 240-925-5668.

• No Limit Texas Hold’Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 7 p.m.

• St. Michael’s Fall Festival St. Michael’s School (Ridge) – 12 noon This year’s event includes an afternoon full of excitement for all. The All-You-Can-Eat Dinner is catered by Paul Thompson of Thompson’s Seafood. Professional crafters, home businesses, and artisans will have their items on display and on sale. the Ladies of Charity Bake Sale, a Craft Room, Raffles, Games for the Children, and much, much more! Dinner: $23 for Adults, ½ price for Children 6 to 10, free for Children 5 and under. Carry-outs $21. All proceeds go to support St. Michael’s School. For tickets, contact Shirley Kovich at 301-872-4321, Ada Spelz at 301-862-4600, or Kay Fenhagen at 301-872-5381.

• Republican Women of St. Mary’s Meeting The Republican Women of St. Mary’s Monthly Meeting will be a Brown bag luncheon at the Leonardtown Library at 11 a.m. Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided. Guest speaker will be Dan Morris, candidate for County Commissioner. For information call 301-863-1977

• George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” St. Mary’s College (Bruce Davis Theater) – 2 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 2 p.m. • Newtowne Players: “The Fantisticks” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 3:30 p.m.

• Uncle Phil’s Diner II Dinner Theater Lexington Park United Methodist Church – 6 p.m. • Swing and Ballroom Dance Little Flower School (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. Learn dance steps from 7 to 8 and stay for a dance with the Southern Maryland Swing Band from 8 to 11. Admission $10. Call 301645-8509 or email somdballroom@ for more information. • Texas Hold’Em Tournament – Saturday Night Special Park Bingo Hall (California) – 7 p.m. Arrive and register before 6:45 and get an extra $1,000 in chips. Register at or call 301-643-5573. No e-mail on the day of the event. • George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” St. Mary’s College (Bruce Davis Theater) – 8 p.m. • Newtowne Players: “The Fantisticks” Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 24

• Special Olympics No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Road (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25 • Poker Leader Board Challenge FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m.

Thursday November 26 • Thanksgiving Day Meal At Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join us! It’s complimentary and all are welcome. Dinner includes Roasted Turkey, Dressing & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Scalloped Apples, Green Beans and Kale, Cranberries, Rolls and Desserts, Ice Tea, Coffee and Punch.

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• Libraries to be closed Charlotte Hall library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The other two branches will be open that morning. All three branches will close at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 and closed on Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving. • Libraries are collection points for CASA donations Leonardtown High School Interact Club has placed boxes in each branch to collect backpacks and school supplies for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) during the month of November. CASA needs backpacks and duffle bags as well as school supplies for children transitioning to foster care. • Family movie offered at Charlotte Hall A free family movie will be shown at Charlotte Hall on Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m. The PG rated movie is

about a group of monsters rounded up by the government who are asked to save the earth from evil aliens. Snacks will be provided. • Friends of the Library will hold mini book sale Friends of the Library will hold a mini book sale in the parking lot of Leonardtown Library on Sunday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase “almost new” books for gifts. • Libraries offer book discussions The public is invited to participate in the following book discussions: John Updike’s “The Terrorist” at Leonardtown on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.; Christopher Bohjalian’s “The Double Bind” on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and John Guy’s “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.

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A Journey Through Time The

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer John Compton and Elizabeth Briscoe married in St. Mary’s County February 12, 1771 and had six children. By 1790, the family moved to Jefferson County, KY where Elizabeth died in 1790 and John in 1803. Shortly thereafter four of their sons moved


Leonard wrote his will in 1840 devising the bulk of his estate, valued at $184,640 to Fauchon and two of their four surviving children. His brother John and several nieces and nephews contested the will. The case would eventually land in the Louisiana Supreme Court where several bequests were contested: “I do give and bequeath to my two children, Scipio and Loretta, who have been duly acknowledged by me, my plantation on bayou Robert, on which, I, at present, reside; with all the improvements, containing about 545 acres; all the slaves on said plantation, (whom he names); and it is my will and desire that the said plantation and property be kept as it now stands; and I do further give and bequeath to each of my said children the sum of $10,000, it being my intention to give them, and that they shall have one-fourth in value of my estate, &c.” “I give and bequeath to the free woman of color, Fauchon, all my household and

Tombstone of Leonard Briscoe Compton, Sept. 3, 1781-Feb. 5, 1841

to the territory of Louisiana and settled in Rapides Parish, where they began to accumulate property. Within a few years, they had become very wealthy plantation and slave owners. One of these sons was Leonard Briscoe Compton. In 1819, Leonard bought 32 slaves, one of whom was Fauchon Morres (daughter of Dr. Ennemond Meuillon of Maine by one of his slave women). Leonard took Fauchon as his concubine prior to 1824 and they had four children—Philip, Scipio, Elizabeth, and Laurette. In 1825 Leonard manumitted Fauchon and she lived free thereafter. Had the law allowed it, Leonard may have married Fauchon. He made no effort to disguise their relationship, openly acknowledged their children, paid for the education of their son in Ohio, and in an attempt to circumvent the law, transferred property to others for them. It was said that he “always showed them [the children] the affection of a father.”

kitchen furniture of all descriptions whatever; also one saddle horse, and my carriage, pair of horses, two patent gold watches, stock of cattle, &c.” (she had received land via a previously “disguised” deed). After much testimony the court overrode Leonard’s will, stating that “Fauchon, being a concubine, is not entitled to the tracts of land given to her by Leonard.” The land devised to the children, however, stood as Leonard had acknowledged them as his, but the $10,000 bequest did not. The remainder of the estate was granted to the “White Comptons.” In 1843 Scipio used part of his inheritance to purchase a slave woman named Susan whom he would later marry and then manumit. Leonard Briscoe was buried on his plantation “Lodi” but after it was sold, his remains were removed to the Compton Cemetery on the plantation owned by his brother John.


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Wanderings of an Aimless



Smoky Sunsets By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer This week is our 8th wedding anniversary. Like most people, my husband and I try to make each anniversary special and memorable. Memorable is normally the key word for us. Our anniversary is when I try to think of the place to go and hope that all goes well. You

know I love St. Mary’s County, but once in a while it is fun to travel to another state. Twice now I have tried to tie in his German ancestry with our plans thinking he would really like that. The first time I found the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. If you haven’t been there you might want to include it on your life list. You truly feel like you have arrived in a little Bavarian village, except

e r u t a e F Creature The Giant Anteater By Theresa Morr Contributing Writer Imagine having a tongue around two feet long. Yikes! But if you were a Giant Anteater you’d find that tongue just right for lapping up your favorite creepy crawlers --ants and termites. Yummy. Even though Giant Anteaters have poor eyesight (they look very sleepy up close), their keen sense of smell makes sniffing out anthills and termite mounds no big deal. In fact, these guys constantly sniff the air in search of a tasty dining out experience. Biologists say the anteater can sense a particular species of ants or termites just by smell, and that’s before they claw their way into a hill or mound. Now that’s pretty awesome. These mammals have powerful forelimbs topped off with four-inch long razorsharp claws, which they use to rip open rock-hard mounds and hills like they were paper. They plunge their tubular snout into the opening, then stick its worm-like tongue down into the middle of the colony for a hearty fast-food meal --- kind of like a “McAnty.” When an anthill or termite mound is disturbed, its occupants fight back savagely, stinging the anteater’s tongue as it flicks back and forth around 160 times a minute! In a single day, the Giant Anteater can easily slurp up an awesome 35,000 thousand or so of ants and termites --- not bad for a creature that has a very small mouth and no teeth. But Mother Nature provides: The anteater’s tongue has lots of little backward prickles on it, along with a coating of sticky saliva, making it perfect for ant and termite sticking. Thanks to its muscular stomach, the anteater is able to digest all those ready-to-eat crispy critters. Umm, umm good. Anteaters are mostly diurnal, meaning they feed during the day. And at night, these light sleepers find a nice secluded

Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air. that your balcony is high above the Potomac River. The rooms are all suites with fireplaces and huge spa bathrooms. Other than my husband having his arm in a sling after undergoing arthroscopic surgery everything was wonderful. Our pictures show him with his arm bent but raised in front of him. Several years later, I had another idea along this line. Many of you might remember Blob’s Park in Jessup, which is now reopened after a short closure last year. My Mother took me there as a teenager, where in spite of teenage sullenness, I had a great time polka dancing. If you are a beer lover, this is the place to go. Blob’s Park carries one of the largest beer selections you will ever see, including beer from the oldest brewery in the world. The German food is a wonderful change of pace and the smells of vinegar and sausages greet your nose at the door. Well, as I said, I thought my husband would enjoy this part of his heritage, but polka music and polka dancing were not on his list of favorites at the time. I think if we went back now with a group, he would have a blast. Old Town Alexandria has always been a favorite getaway for us, and we have spent a few anniversaries there. He has been a little hesitant going there now for an anniversary after 2005’s heart attack. We can now look back and see it was starting while we were in Old Town. Though he tells everyone it was the chili I made him the night before. This year, our anniversary plans sort of unfolded as we went along. Last Saturday, we decided to go to the fall barrel tasting at Ingleside Winery in Oak Grove, VA. We enjoyed our time at the winery, as we always do. Cheese and crackers were a nice addi-

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tion, but we were both really hungry at the end of the tour, so we headed towards Colonial Beach for dinner. We picked a past favorite: High Tides restaurant located on the boardwalk, had a wonderful meal, and then stayed a bit longer at their new sand beach bar. It happened to be their end of season bash with a live band. It was a lovely warm evening with two fire pits blazing and dancing in the sand. We kept saying to each other, “I can’t believe it is November and we’re dancing on a sandy beach.” When the band ended, we thought we should head back to our side of the river. We got to my husband’s car (the toy) and he was unable to unlock the doors. We tried and tried. It was such a happy evening that we laughed all through this. We soon realized we would be spending the night. We walked to a nice, inexpensive hotel a little ways down the boardwalk. In the morning, I walked out on the beach early and marveled at the pink and orange sky and the glow it cast on everything. I suddenly had the feeling that there was a reason we weren’t supposed to drive back home – though I don’t know why. After breakfast a man was able to get the door open, and we haven’t had any trouble with it since. Sometimes plans can be restricting and prevent you from having the best spontaneous times of your life. I think we will wing it next year as well. To each new year’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:

lammin’ pecials spot and tuck in their head between their forelegs and pull that big, bushy, straw-like tail over them --- just like a natural cover and camouflage at the same time. They weigh around 45 to 90 pounds and range from about five to seven feet long. The animal has a narrow head, small eyes and little round ears. Its back is covered with coarse, brown or gray bristly hair, offset with a white banded black stripe running mid-torso along its body. When walking, the front feet claws are curled under its palm, making the anteater move awkwardly on its front knuckles. Females give birth once a year to a single offspring and tote the bristly baby around on its back for about as long. Giant Anteaters are native to the tropical rainforests and grasslands of Central and South America. Like many animals in the wild, it is classified as a threatened species. They have a lifespan of about 14 years in their native habitat and about 20 years in captivity. To learn more about this curious fellow, surf over to

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Saturday, November 21

• Signature Live! Hotel Charles Front Bar (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

• Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.*

• Upstroke Vincenzo’s Grill (Dowell) – 6:30 p.m.

• 25 Hour Sunshine’s Oasis (St. Inigoes) – 8 p.m.

• Three Sixty Blue Dog Saloon (Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m.*

• Matt Garrett Acoustic Applebee’s (Prince Frederick) – 8 p.m.*

• Legend Gridiron Grill (Callaway) – 9:30 p.m.

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

• Middle Ground Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

• All-You-Can-Drink Ladies Night Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke “On Demand” Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9:30 p.m.


• Open Blues Jam Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 22

• Southbound Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) – 8 p.m.

• Soldier Benefit & Food Drive Poker Run Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 a.m.

• Gretchen Richie (Jazz After-Hours) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 8:15 p.m.

• Cowboys/Redskins Chili Cookoff Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 1 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m.

• Crazy Craig’s Karaoke VFW Post 2632 (California) – 8:30 p.m.

• Joey Tippett and the California Ramblers Toot’s Bar (Hollywood) – 3 p.m.

• David Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.

• Live Jazz Night Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 8:30 p.m.*

• The Nighthawks Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 3 p.m.

• Country Night Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 8 p.m.

• Citizens Band Radio Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.*

• Matt Garrett Acoustic Brewski’s Tavern (Loveville) – 8 p.m.*

• The Craze Scott’s II (Welcome) – 9 p.m.*

• Virgil Cain Crossing at Casey Jones (La Plata) – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, November 20

• Southbound Mechanicsville Moose Lodge – 8 p.m. • Live Jazz Night Chef’s American Bistro (California) – 8:30 p.m.* • Absinthe Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m.* • Backstage Pass Murphy’s Pub (Bryans Road) – 9 p.m.*

Monday, November 23 (No events scheduled)

Tuesday, November 24 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 25

• Full Steam Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.*

• Jah Works Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 p.m.

• Bent Nickel Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) – 8 p.m.

• Karaoke Heavy Hitters (Charlotte Hall) – 9 p.m.

• Lloyd Dobler Effect Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 p.m.

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

• Karaoke with DJ Tommy T and DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m.

• Roadhouse Band Apehanger’s (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

• Korupt Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Sam Grow Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Loose Cannon Lone Star Café (Indian Head) – 9 p.m.*

• Three Sixty Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.

• No Green JellyBeenz / Mr. Greengenes Hotel Charles Party Room (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

• Open Blues Jam Beach Cove (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. • HY Jinx Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m. • Loose Cannon Lone Star Café (Indian Head) – 9 p.m.* • Roadhouse Band Blue Dog Saloon (Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m. • Sam Grow Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

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• Karaoke “On Demand” Cadillac Jack’s (Lexington Park) – 9:30 p.m.

• Reckoning Apehanger’s (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.


• Roadhouse Band Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.

• No Green JellyBeenz Heavy Hitters (Charlotte Hall) – 9:30 p.m.

• David Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.

• Ladies Night Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m.

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“Arms and the Man” Highlights Love and War

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

It’s funny, to be sure, but this is a play wrought with conflict as well as comedy. In this case the conflict is between opposing ideals; the romantic illusion about war as held by Sergius and Raina against the realistic picture of war drawn by Bluntschli. The story also touches on the frivolous and overblown ideals of love and marriage, as exemplified by the fickle and somewhat dumb upper classes, versus the institution’s practical side as expressed by their servants, Louka and Nicola,

What is it with love stories? Why, after close examination, do they all seem to fall under their own pretenses? How well do the “Old World” notions of love, war, honor and valor hold up in the face of bumbling family members, social climbing schemers, jealous lovers and mistaken identities? Such are questions worth asking when watching George Bernard Shaw’s classic comedy, Arms and the Man, since it provides both a quaint and enduring portrait of the folly of romanticizing both love and war. Ta king its name from the opening lines of Virgil’s Aeneid (“Of arms and the man I sing”), the play follows the story of Raina Petkoff, a Bulgarian woman engaged to Major Serto finish: 20theminutes gius Saranoff, a dashingStart and heroic arguably most intelligent charsoldier fighting in the 1885 Serbo- 4 acters in the play. Servings: Bulgarian War. Shaw’s comedy kicked off Sergius is a man that Raina St. Mary’s College’s theater and idealizes for his valor and brav- arts season in the newly renoery, though he scarcely respects vated Bruce Davis Theater in the her as a person. When one night a Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Cenbumbling stranger named Captain ter, which underwent renovations Bluntschli, a Swiss volunteer in this past summer that removed the the Serbian army, bursts through balconies on all four sides of the her bedroom window and begs auditorium and installed a new her to hide him (armed only with state-of-the-art light and sound chocolates in his pockets instead system. of pistol cartridges), she is conThe play will show for its last fronted with the antithesis of her weekend Nov. 19-21 at 8 p.m. and ideals, but the chance encounter at 2 p.m. on Nov. 22. Ticket prices nevertheless sparks a series of love are $4 or $6. To make reservatriangles, mistaken identities and tions, call the Theater Box Office foolhardy duels that finally land at 240-895-4243 or e-mail boxofRaina and Bluntschli together, though not without a few missteps along the way.


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Breaking Of Competitive Athletics Of, By, And For The The Vow People

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next game orGoodell the next away. It keeps really a beauty professional pageant based on a team’s the first pitch and mark some sort of a return and for thisare discussion sports, missioner Roger didplay recently. local softballconcerned players crashing into fences, marketability, an obvious appeasement is kind of big deal around here (in Ameri- to ofnormalcy after 9/11, the links between Congress, as they are about ca). Sure, fundamentally it’s justsponsors. a game, sports and our Government are undeniable. all pros Americans, decided give Rog a callorand showing up to to training camp spring the bowl games’ corporate Closer to home, Senators Mikulski or Cardin but stopping at that elementary Consider you’d enjoy burning a invite him to discuss, among other things, What is ways the solemn vow of competitraining with renewed vigor, coaches pushConfused yet? Whiledescription some non-BCS and Representative Hoyer would need to do wouldconference be to trivialize a significant aspect of weekathletics? of your precious Earth. you head professional football.Cubs See, fans tive Whattime is itonthat weAs assume inginjuries playersinand long-suffering schools have played in BCS little more than take a drive through SouthAmerican culture. America has been comperuse the menu, may I recommend spendfor Goodell, there’s this pesky evidence that – because it is so fundamental to the forum rooting for their lovable losers. games, teams outside of the 53 “chosen ing time getting grilled by Congress on vari- ex-NFL players are more susceptible to de- peting since before and since its inception: ern Maryland to see their constituents at play –ous when root, or coach in a mentia and Andmental so, is illness it any than surprise thatofsome ones” have little opportunity to compete or pledging allegiance to their favorite NFL against an increasingly tyrannical mother issues we under yourcompete cognizance? No…not the rest us. of competitive athletic environment? the biggest stains on sports’ history involve for the national championship. Even team via a bumper sticker or window flag. So so much? Well that’s just what NFL Com- Imagine that, repeatedly colliding with other country, against herself to end slavery and if they It is, very simply, that the better team massive the compromise of true competition? Think winvarious all theirevolving games –global whichthreats. TCU and if Congress sees fit to expand itself to root out against In Boise humans puts one in harm’s way of on a particular day will prevail and, to head steroid use in baseball or to decrease head insportsState we find a wonderful connection with aboutinjury it. Theand Black Sox scandal, Rose’s long-term mentalPete health might do this year, perceived strength juries in football – even if it’s just through inthat feisty, competitive American spirit. And dovetail the point, that ultimately the best challenges. gambling and steroid use (from Canadian of schedule, subjective rankings and other creased awareness and not legislation - then what aspects matters to ought toBCS matterformula In response theJohnson evidence, Conteam will win the championship. Victory in Olympic sprintertoBen to the steroid ofAmericans the mysterious so be it. We have a Government that’s of, by to ourhave Government. it does.conference From FDR teams being the immediately diligent and come exhaustive the competitive arena of sport, to its credit gress, era in baseball) to mind. preventedAnd non-BCS folks they are, wanted to ask the good insisting baseball continue during World War and for the people; given our love of sports, and appeal, knows no color, is uncaring of Commissioner These are some of the more overt episodes cracking the glass ceiling (thetotop two) that sounds like the people’s work. acknowledgement of its importance a few questions to ensure II - anfrom athletic pedigree, is unsympathetic of cause the of NFL skewed (steroids) or blatantly altered and qualifying the our country’s morale -for to George Bush usis doing everything it can to keep and ignores potential ratings or storybook (Black Sox) on- results. our college ing the stage When considering thethrow inequities of comments to of Yankee Stadium to out Send its gladiators, andeld indirectly endings. You win or you lose based on your there isplayers, something nearlyour as of- this system, I recalled observing a mock and Yet Pop Warner safe. Given country’s extensive and ability to perform. fensive being toleratedparticipation in college football. 18th century trial at Colonial Williamsinterest in football – America’s true naHarsh? Maybe, but without this basic The Bowl Championship Series currently burg. During jury selection, the crowd was tional pastime seems like a reason- The “ltered” to isolate eligible candidates. Extenet, competitive athletics would be little decides college– that football’s champion. able use of the taxpayer’s dollar, right? more than professional wrestling or the or- word “Series”, though, is a misnomer, as it cluded were African Americans, Catholics, Well, after reading a few summaries of chestration of a Fri., Hollywood script. With it, isthe nothing more than a title Igame and four women and non-landowners. Remaining Nov. 20 hearings on the internet, continued sport is the original reality show and has a consolation traditional college were white, Protestant and reasonably afuthrough to games reader using posts…something of Girls’ Basketball beautifully democratic process of determin- bowl games. The game features the top ent men. Is this much different than how the an informal poll, title I suppose…and found nearly unanimous opposition of ConingSt.the winner and ultimately, the champiBCS lters competitors? It’s not. While less Mary’s Ryken at Long Reach (scrimmage), 5 p.m. two teams as determined by a super-secret, gress’ involvement. It seems, for sports on. It is this truly democratic process, one if-they-told-you-they’d-have-to-kill-you offensive, the BCS’s preferential treatment fans at least, there’s no tolerance for which has historically been a step ahead of computer formula. of college football’s establishment isn’t any Ice Hockey what is perceived to be wasteful, spotour country’s democratic endeavors, that Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it? It’s not. more evolved than Colonial America’s jury light-seeking grandstanding by elected Capitaltouch Clubhouse, Waldorf gives thoseAtwho sports hope, hope It’s a farce. The BCS caters to the ticketselection. It is a preferential process that officials into an area where they have no that the thrill of victory is just a season, the selling, ratings-grabbing establishment and would be completely unacceptable in virtujurisdiction (professional sports). Well, I Leonardtown vs. La Plata, 5 p.m. snubs its nosedisagree at open(you competition. Of the ally every area of today’s society. Yet short St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Thomas Stone, 6:45 p.m. respectfully probably saw coming). 10that bids for the ve lucrative BCS games, six of an act of Congress, it seems destined to Sat., Nov. 21 The most go obvious understandautomatically to theand champs of the six persist. That’s too bad. Winners, and more able frustration with Congressional “power” conferences: Big 10, Bigdab12, Pac importantly champions, should be deterBoys’ Basketball bling in professional thereare arenear10, ACC, SEC and Bigsports East. isThere mined on the eld by the only judge and better, more important matters needing ly 120 Division 1A college football teams; jury that matters … the scoreboard. Calvert at Leonardtown (scrimmage), noon our legislative branch’s attention. True St. Mary’s Ryken at St. Paul’s (scrimmage), 4 p.m. 53indeed. compete in these six conferences. Even with a broad historic view, The remaining BCS bidsourare Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo. the collective challenges facing na-conGirls’ Basketball strained somewhat by theThe computer tion today have few peers. economyrank- com. has (only a pulsethe buttop is still underare a skeptical, ings 14 teams eligible) but Great Mills at South River (scrimmage), noon watchful eye. The expansion of nuclear Leonardtown at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (scrimAnnapolis 4, Leonardtown programs to some unnerving places mage), 1 p.m.0 Mary’s seems St. inevitable at County this point. We’re at war. There’s a mind numbing health care Rec and Park Women’s Mon., Nov. 23 bill snaking its way through Congress. Volleyball Standings And the globe seems to be warming so Girls’ Basketball Chopticon 7, Patuxent 6 quickly that my grandkids may know Yellow Bus 11-1 North Point 26, Great Mills 2 Santa as a guy who relocated operations St. Mary’s Ryken at National Cathedral School For R&S Bus Service 10-2 McDonoughGirls 35,(scrimmage), Leonardtown 5:450p.m. to the South Pole early in the 21st cenSpalding 7-2 melted • Boys and girls youth basketball regisRiverdale Baptist 20, St. Mary’s Ryken 7 South River/Patuxent at Leonardtown (scrimtury because hisConsulting former residence Safe Sets 5-4 mage), 7 p.m. tration for grades 3-8 will be held Nov. 9 at away. So yes, there are plenty complex Brook 6-6 challenges Pine on our Government’s agenda Esperanza Middle School from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tues., Nov. 24 NBEinvolving 4-5 that bump issues professional Nov. 10 at Lettie Dent Elementary from 6:30 Easy Wash 5-7 sports down the priority list. However, to 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at Leonardtown Middle 3A South Regional Round Boys’First Basketball that doesn’t make weighing in on head School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $70. Ritas of Solomons 0-9 Chopticon 16, Crossland 0 injuries inABC theliquors NFL 0-12 a Congressional • First- and second-grade youth basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Wise High School (scrimmage), taboo. 5:30 p.m. registrations will be conducted one day only, Whether you’re aRec sports fanPark or not, Chopticon at Calvert (scrimmage), 6 p.m. St. Mary’s County and on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9-11 a.m. at Espeyou may have noticed that athletics,



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Chopticon’s Ostrowski Runs To State Title

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Tyler Ostrowski of Chopticon swept the 3A South Region and 3A State meet, winning the state championship Saturday at Hereford High School in Baltimore County.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer With momentum and confidence from winning the 3A South Region meet the week before, Chopticon senior Tyler Ostrowski capped a memorable senior year by the winning the Boys’ 3A Cross Country individual championship Saturday at Hereford High School in Baltimore County. “It’s what I’ve been training for all year,” Ostrowski, who won the race with a time of 17:12. “I saw myself as a contender for it.” Ostrowski said that his regional race victory (16:16) over Northern’s Ryan O’Conner at Oak Ridge Park in Hughesville the previous weekend was an important boost that prepared him for states. “That was the biggest thing going into states, winning the regional and having the fastest time in the region,” he said. The state meet at Hereford proved to be a test of endurance that Ostrowski passed. “The beginning was just a huge pack, and it was just about staying with the pack through the hillier part of the course,” he explained. Ostrowski broke free from the pack and claimed the state championship, much to the delight of his teammates and head coach Dan Velez.

“Every single one of them came over and hugged me,” Ostrowski said of the Braves, who have given themselves the nickname “The Wolfpack.” “If I slept two hours on Friday night, it was a lie,” Velez said of his nervousness before the big meet. “I told Tyler if he won states and we ran well, that all the adversity we’ve been through this year would be forgotten.” Velez hilariously recounted the moment Ostrowski came into the clear. “When he went into the woods, he was in fourth place, but he came out of them ahead of everybody. It was the longest 200 meters I’ve ever waited for someone to finish a race,” he said. “Once he got to the finish line, I gave him a big hug and he told me to let him go because he couldn’t breathe.” For the head coach, who was elevated from the assistant’s spot early in the season, Ostrowski’s victory cemented what he saw in his runner all along. “He finished second in states last spring in the distance run, and that was validation that he could run at a high level,” Velez said. For Ostrowski, Saturday’s triumph will stay with him for a long time. “I’ll definitely tell my grandkids about it,” he said. “How many people can say they’ve won a state title?”


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Ice Hockey Previews Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Palombi, Knights Ready For New Season

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

League’s Southern Division. “I can see us being a sleeper team in the league,” he says. “We can be a program that can WALDORF – After a year of learning the ropes an assistant tighten things up and win some games.” coach, new St. Mary’s Ryken ice hockey coach Chris Palombi is Leading the Knights’ quest for improvement excited and confident about the 2009-10 season. will be seniors Robert Munns, J.D. Webb and de“It’s been pretty fun watching these guys grow from week fenseman Matt Scott, the team’s top scorer the preto week, learning what I’ve been trying to teach them,” Palombi vious two seasons. Palombi also has high hopes for said after practice at the Capital Clubhouse Arena last Wednesday junior forward Matt McGowan, who he expects big night. “The talent we have returning and the new pieces we’ve things from offensively and defensively. added are fitting together very well.” “He’s a solid two-way player and he’ll give us The Knights struggled at times last year, but with a strong a big boost offensively,” Palombi said. “Matt adds nucleus back on the ice this season, Palombi believes that the a lot to this team.” Knights can be the surprise of the Maryland State Hockey Another player the first-year coach is counting on is sophomore goaltender Greg Myers, who Palombi credits with taking a vested interest in his own development. “Greg has improved a lot, he spent a lot of Photo By Chris Stevens time this summer in camps and participating in Thurs. 11/12 vs. DeMatha at Wells First-year head coach Chris Palombi believes the Knights are a talented team that stick and puck drills,” he said. “He’s put a lot of Wed., 11/18 vs. Huntingtown at Capital Clubhouse heart and dedication into improving. He’ll be a can go far this season. Fri., 11/20 vs. Thomas Stone at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m. great goalie for us and save some games.” to be a lot of fun.” Fri., 12/04 at Bowie, 7 p.m. Myers modestly said that his drive comes from wanting Palombi believes that each player brings something speTues., 12/08 vs. Southern at Tucker Road, Ft. Washington, 5 p.m. to win. “I really don’t like losing,” he said plainly. “If my team- cial to the table and they will help Ryken improve as the season Fri., 12/18 vs. Northern at Tucker Road, 6 p.m. mates can work hard, then I want to match their effort.” progresses. Wed., 01/06/10 vs. Leonardtown at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. Myers feels that this year’s Knights squad will perform “We’re going to take it game by game, but the talent is here,” Fri., 01/08/10 vs. La Plata at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. better than the 2008-09 version because of better talent. he said. “Each player pulls his own weight.” Tues., 01/12/10 vs. Bowie at Tucker Road, 5 p.m. “We just want to be better than last year,” he said. “We’ll Wed., 01/20/10 vs. Northern at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. be a lot better because we have better players. I think it’s going Mon., 02/01/10 vs. Southern at Piney Orchard, 6:50 p.m.

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Leonardtown Hockey Ready For Next Step Leonardtown Ice Hockey Schedule

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer WALDORF – Rob Barthelmes is cautious and confident at the same time. With a young but experienced Leonardtown ice hockey team ready to take flight Friday night, the coach feels his young team has the potential to make noise in the MSHL Southern division. “We’re hopeful, we have a team that’s familiar with ice hockey, so it gives us a better base to work from,” Barthelmes said before practice Monday night at Capital Clubhouse. “We have talented and committed kids who are willing to do what they’re asked.” The Raiders (4-6-1 last season) return leading scorers Gordy Bonnel and Charlie Yates, but also have several key veterans, including team captain Sidney Morgan, Matt Fisher and defenseman Kyle Wood.

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Head coach Rob Barthelemes says with hard work, the Raiders can make the state ice hockey playoffs.

Fri., 11/20 vs. La Plata at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. Fri., 12/04 vs. Northern at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m. Fri., 12/11 vs. Thomas Stone at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m. Fri., 12/18 vs. Thomas Stone at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. Wed., 01/06/10 vs. St. Mary’s Ryken at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. Fri., 01/08/10 at Bowie, 7 p.m. Fri., 01/15/10 vs. Huntingtown at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m. Fri., 01/22/10 vs. La Plata at Capital Clubhouse, 5 p.m. Wed., 01/27/10 vs. Huntingtown at Capital Clubhouse 6:45 p.m. Fri., 01/29/10 vs. Southern at Capital Clubhouse, 6:45 p.m.

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Sidney Morgan and Devin White of Leonardtown maneuver with the puck in a recent practice.

A key component to the Raiders success this year will be goaltending, as Barthelmes has three netminders (junior Brett Kibler and seniors Sean Urlocker and Jordan Topolski) to lean on during the season. “They all know I’m going to play the three of them equal time, so it’ll be good for them,” he says. For Morgan, she feels that teamwork will be important for the team’s success this season. “We’re doing a lot better job of that than in years past,” she said. “We seem to be working together much better this year.” “When you have guys joking around the bench and a team that likes each other, you have a feel for your teammates,” said junior forward Devin White. “I think we’ll do a lot better this

year.” In junior forward Evan Wright’s eyes, defense determines how far Leonardtown will go. “We’ve got some great offensive players,” Wright said. “If we’re solid on defense, we’ll be fine.” Caution notwithstanding, Barthelemes believes a successful year for the Raiders includes a trip to the state playoffs, and if the team competes night in and night out, he’s sure they can reach that goal. “There’s a cornucopia of hockey talent in Southern Maryland,” he said. “But I think we have the talent to make it. We just need to come ready to play every game. That’s the bottom line.”

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The Raiders’ Evan Wright keeps his eyes on the puck in practice.

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Mackey’s Touchdown Catch Lifts Ryken in Season Finale By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Football Recaps Griffith Hopeful Hornets Can Keep Rising

ing the proper adjustments at halftime to get the Knights going. “This is coach Dimio’s first year with us and he called most of the game for us offensively,” Harmon said. “I think he did a super job, we had three possessions and three scoring drives in the second half.” Closing out the season on such a high note has Harmon ready for next year, as the Knights will return several key players and will have their on-campus stadium complete. “I think the kids are excited and I’m excited about the future,” he said.

Improvement wasn’t going to be measured in wins and losses for St. Mary’s Ryken head football coach Bob Harmon. For Harmon, it would be how his team competed during the season. With Devin Mackey’s 11-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Chris Rixey with 21 seconds left giving Ryken a 24-23 win over the Bullis School Friday night, the Knights completed Harmon’s goal of competing in every game throughout the entire season. “It was a real exciting, awesome win for our program,” Harmon said, as the Knights rallied from a 16-0 deficit to eventually come away with the win. “We competed in every game, and I think in the second half, we played our best half in the four years of our program.” T h e Knights (4-6 on the season) trailed 16-0 until sophomore running back Hunter Wilson broke off a 68-yard run late in the second quarter that led to a Kyle Anderson field goal to get them on the board before the break. Ryken continued to push until Rixey connected with Mackey with Photo By Frank Marquart 21 ticks to Marlowe Wood was one of many key players to help St. Mary’s Ryken go to tie the improve from 1 win in 2008 to 4 in 2009. game at 23. A n d e r s o n’s point after touchdown attempt was “We still have a significant gap to close, good and the Knights held their ground but we are building a program. The fudefensively to get the win. ture looks bright for St. Mary’s Ryken Harmon gave credit to defensive football.” coordinator Mike Vosburgh and quarterbacks coach Darren Dimio for mak-

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Basil Moye’s fumble return for a touchdown lifted Great Mills a 12-8 victory of Chopticon and the County Football title.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer From 0-20 to 5-5 sounds good. Considering the talent that should be returning to the Great Mills football team in 2010, it sounds even better for head coach Bill Griffith. “Hopefully we go up from here,” Griffith said after the Hornets finished at .500 and claimed the county championship in 2009. “We want to be in a position to make the playoffs and after that, who knows?” Only Griffith and the Hornets themselves knew that they had a team that was capable of winning some games, thanks to some solid showings at 7-on-7 tournaments around the state and at West Virginia University this past summer. “I had 11 guys who were with me for four years, so that chemistry was already there,” Griffith said of his seniors, including Derrick Petett, Brian Jenner, Basil Moye and Will Anderson. “Our young players came together and molded with the seniors and they became closer and closer as the season wore on.”

Following the emotional season-opening win against Thomas Stone, Great Mills lost a tough 2114 decision to Calvert the following week. It was a trip up to Lansdowne High School on September 17 that let Griffith know his team was for real. “We were kind of nervous because we didn’t know a lot about them,” Griffith said. “But once we got playing, we thought this could be a real big game for us.” With Jenner throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more, the Hornets clobbered the Vikings 45-0, the most points they had scored since a 45-44 win over Chopticon at the end of the 2006. Great Mills also staked their claim as the best team in St. Mary’s County with back-to-back wins over Leonardtown (14-7) and Chopticon (12-8) October 23 and 30. “That was a real big emotional boost, especially for our young kids. They knew it was a big thing,” Griffith said. “They were able to send our seniors out on top in the county after losing to Leonardtown and Chopticon the last two years.”


Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Football Recaps Raiders’ Football Season All About Character

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The Leonardtown football team struggled mightily this season, but the season was a successful one in the eyes of third-year head coach Anthony Pratley. “We’ve learned this year that football isn’t always about wins and losses,” he said. “It was a disappointing season with wins and losses, but the kids displayed a lot of maturity and played through everything. They handled themselves very well.” The Raiders finished 3-7, with one of those wins coming with

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Zach Stiefvater leaps for an interception during Leonardtown’s 14-6 victory over Thomas Stone on September 25.

Patuxent and defending 3A State Champion Westlake each forfeiting a game due to an ineligible player, due to injuries and suspensions along with other things forcing Pratley to play younger players in various positions. “It certainly played a factor,” Pratley said of youth and injuries. “We were starting two freshman and five sophomores, so we were half a JV team.” Still, the Raiders continued to play and came up with a 14-6 win over Thomas Stone on September 25, their first victory over the Cougars since 1997. Also, the Pistol Spread Option offense, Pratley’s famous creation is still being used although the Raiders’ season is over. Southern Maryland Athletic Conference rival McDonough has adopted the Pistol Spead and won 7 games in the regular season en route to advancing to the 2A South regional playoffs. “I’m good friends with Coach Luke Ethington, and we always joke that I want his team to go 9-1 with the one loss coming from us,” Pratley said. “We feed off of that, we know it’s going to take time, but we know the it’s not the system. It’s just a matter of breaking the cycle.” Even still, that was not the highlight of the season for Pratley. He cited the season finale against Chopticon, not for the way the game was played, but the way the players honored former Raider Jordan Paganelli, who fought bravely against cancer but passed away November 9. “It was a very hard year and I’m so proud of the way those kids pulled together for Jordan,” he said. “That’s why I’m here – the character, the class and sportsmanship, that’s what Leonardtown high school is all about.”

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Lisanti Pleased With Braves’ Progress

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer After surviving an early-season gauntlet that saw them take on five Maryland regional playoff teams, the Chopticon football team finished with a 4-6 record in 2009. By most standards, it is a poor record, but it was an encouraging result for head coach Tony Lisanti. “I’m really proud of the way these kids stuck together through the whole season,” he said. “They continued to work hard and I think we’re headed in the right direction.” The Braves’ first five contests were against teams that all made regional playoffs this season: Westlake, Huntingtown (3A South), McDonough, Gwynn Park (2A South) and North Point (4A East). The Braves dropped all five of those contests, but Lisanti noticed improvement in the middle of that stretch. “We couldn’t sustain it against those two teams, but you could see it coming together against North Point and McDonough,” he said. The Braves won four of their final five games, including resounding victories against Photo By Frank Marquart Calvert (33-0) and county rival Leonardtown (48-17 in the season finale). Darron Chesley fights for yardage in Chopticon’s 48-17 season-ending win over They also won close ones against County rival Leonardtown Northern (16-12) and Patuxent (7-6). Chopticon had a very youthful team this season, and many players, including quarterback Cody Douglas, who returned from a shoulder injury to fire four touchdown passes in the season-closing win over Leonardtown November 6. “Any one who knows football can see his talent,” Lisanti said. “He’s going to have to continue improving, but I don’t question his work ethic at all.” Lisanti also believes that how much Chopticon improves in 2010 will depend on how hard the returning players will be willing to work before August 15, when fall practice starts. “A lot of it is in the off-season,” he explains. “We in St. Mary’s get beat by Charles County a lot because they have some advantages that we don’t have. But we can’t use that as an excuse, we have to use that as motivation.”

THURSDAY November 19, 2009

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Ostrowski Claims State Title

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The County Times -- Nov. 19, 2009  

The County Times -- Nov. 19, 2009