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Your Paper... Your Thoughts The Maryland State Department of Transportation is doing a study to determine ways to improve the Thomas Johnson Bridge. What do you think they should do to improve it? Jennifer Krebs, 24, from Lexington Park, said she would want to see more reinforcement for the bridge. “I’ve noticed that when you’re on the bridge, it’s really windy … so it should be more stable.”

“The State already has included the project in their study and planning processes,” said George Erichsen, Director of the St Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation, who couldn’t specify a wish list for improvements to the bridge. “As with all of us, projects in the queue must be re-prioritized and then compete for limited fiscal resources.”

Jamila Lindsey, 32, from Lexington Park said, “I know it’s a long shot, but I think they should widen it. But beyond that, I’ve heard that underneath the bridge it’s not really stable, so maybe they should do some reinforcement.”


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ON THE BACK Stephen Cannon capped his SMAC career by winning his first championship in the 152-pound weight class Saturday night.

The County Times “We have no illusions about the difficult nature of some of these recommendations … Sometimes the medicine to fix an illness is a bitter pill to swallow.” - Republican Delegate Anthony O’Donnell, on his party’s calls for state budget cuts.




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Bill Would Reduce Impact Of Storm Water Regulations By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Stringent storm water management regulations set to go into affect May 4 could mean redevelopment projects throughout the state could be brought to a halt, officials and developers fear. But, an emergency bill introduced last week in Annapolis might take some of the sting out of the new rules. House Bill 1125 would allow developers to continue with projects that redevelop properties, and other projects that have preliminary approvals, under current stormwater rules, which only call for builders to reduce the amount of impervious surfaces on the project, like asphalt parking lots, by 20 percent. The new regulations under consideration would have them reduce the amount of impervious surfaces on a project by 50 percent. The bill also allows developers to pay a fee “in lieu” to local governments for falling short of attaining storm water management goals, which officials and lawmakers have long held are critical for cleaning up pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Workforce development and affordable housing are also included as types of projects in the bill that would be grandfathered in. The bill is a bipartisan one with its main sponsor being Del. Marvin E. Holmes of Prince George’s County, and with support from Southern Maryland delegates like House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C) and Del. John F. Wood (D-Dist.29A).

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John K. Parlett, a Charlotte Hall-based developer, said that without the emergency legislation, developers would be discouraged from investing in revitalization and redevelopment projects. “The regulations that will go into affect May 4 will place an unusual burden on property being redeveloped,” Parlett said, adding that it could require developers to eliminate parking from their plans and even building square footage. “It would put pretty restrictive requirements on you,” he said. The new regulations under consideration would require new developments, and even ones that have been approved, to modify their storm water management plans to eliminate devices developers have often used, like storm water management ponds, to have more compact projects on less land. The new regulations, developers and some local officials say, would require that developers keep more land untouched to allow for more natural storm water runoff management, thus raising the cost of development. Local environmental advocates say that the emergency bill’s passing would be another setback for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. “It’s unfortunate it’s taken us this many years to get into more stringent storm water management controls,” said Bob Lewis, director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association. “Any delays through grandfathering are going to delay cleaning up the bay.”


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drainage could cause flooding. The constant freeze and thaw cycle of remaining snow means that more potholes than usual will continue to plague crews and motorists this winter, Buck said. “It’s a pretty relentless cycle right now. It’s been brutal,” Buck said, adding that local highway crews had been on call for days during the recent snow storms,

Officials with the State Highway Administration say potholes that are forming on major county roadways are keeping crews busy and motorists can expect to deal with them well into the spring. “The eight-day snow storm has now turned into potholes,” said Dave Buck, spokesman for state highways. The constant thawing of the snow produces water that seeps into the crevices and cracks of local roads, he said. When temperatures drop to freezing at night the newly formed ice pushes whole chunks of asphalt up and away from the road’s surface. The resulting deep depressions in the road give motorists a nasty shock as they race over them and sometimes swerve to avoid them. DDOT Photo Last week state highway crews were out in six trucks Potholes like this one in the District have popped up in St. Mary’s on Route 235 filling in potholes with a mixture that would temporar- often sleeping in their trucks or at their ily patch them until spring, Buck said, at garages. which time a more permanent repair will “Our crews couldn’t have been pushed be made. any harder than in the last month,” Buck Crews have also concentrated on said. clearing storm drains to prepare for expected heavy rains that if not given proper


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Today’s Newsmakers In Brief On reasons why the state should not allow certain projects to be grandfathered to avoid new storm water management rules

On the impact that more stringent storm water management controls could have on the cost of developments

“Any delays through grandfathering are going to delay cleaning up the [Chesapeake] Bay.”

“It’s absurd under the conditions of the economy.” Charlotte Hall developer John K. Parlett

Bob Lewis, executive director of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association

Jay Apperson, spokesman for MDE, said that St. Clements Bay, as well as other water Remains Restricted bodies around the state, are the subject of constant testing and after three years of data collection, portions of the local waterways were deemed safe for y nt shellfish harvesting. ou C y’s Officials do not know, r a however, exactly why the bac.M St teria levels subsided. Apperson said that variations in rainfall from year to year can have an Ca affect on the amount of bacteria no e researchers could find. “We don’t have anything specific to site,” Apperson said. “But that’s not unusual.” Oysters in those bacteriacontaminated waters, can become infected when they strain microorganisms from their habitat as a food source, MDE information stated, which renders them unsafe for human St. P consumption. atrick Cr eek Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell, a waterSt. Clements Bay, Canoe Neck Creek & St. Patrick Creek, St. Mary’s County man by trade, hailed the reopenProhibited Shellfish Area Map 44 ing of the local waterways. February 2010 He said the bay would still Source: HDE have to be carefully monitored to ensure that all of the melting By Guy Leonard snow runoff, complete with contaminants like road Staff Writer salt, would not necessitate the closure of St. CleThe Maryland Department of the Environ- ments once again. “Anytime we can have the blessing to have ment has now approved the opening of certain sections of St. Clements Bay for harvesting shell- our waters cleared for harvesting… it’s a big deal,” said Russell (D-St. George’s Island). fish after being closed for about 13 years. Watermen in the region have become inOfficials with the state environmental department say that bacteria levels in some of the creasingly concerned about their prospects of waters of St. Clements Bay, Canoe Neck Creek earning a traditional living since a state plan to and St. Patrick’s Creek have come down to ac- close down some local waters to make way for no-harvesting-allowed oyster sanctuaries seems ceptable levels. Back Creek, which sits adjacent to St. Pat- to be headed for approval. rick Creek, is still restricted, according to MDE information. Opened


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A land deal between St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a member of its board of trustees has gotten the attention of the state in a recent audit that alleges the college did not disclose all the information it should have about the transaction. The Office of Legislative Audits has referred information about the deal for about 34 acres of undeveloped land next to the college to the criminal division of the State Attorney General’s office for review, the Feb. 16 audit report stated, to see if the seller, local real estate firm owner Michael O’Brien, could have had tax benefits as a result of the deal. O’Brien is also a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and chairs one of its committees that deals with buildings and the grounds of the campus. According to the audit’s findings the value of the land according to an appraisal ordered by O’Brien was far greater than two other independent appraisals obtained by the college administration. The total value of the land was a little more than $1.6 million dollars, based on the appraisal ordered by O’Brien because of assumptions that the land could have been subdivided into several lots. Bruce Myers, chief legislative auditor with the state agency, said those assumptions in the O’Brien appraisal were not accurate. Myers said that the circumstances of the deal led his auditors to refer the deal to the attorney general’s office. Specifically, he said that the college purchased the land for $800,000 and accepted the remainder of the appraisal price, $825,300 as a donation from O’Brien to the college to seal the deal. Myers said his office did not know whether O’Brien had used the charitable donation as a tax deduction; attorneys at the state level could investigate that, he said. “The transaction was obviously with someone connected to the college,” Myers said. “It was an unusual transaction.” Myers also said that when the college went before the state Board of Public Works in mid 2008 to get approval for the transaction, college leadership did not reveal the $1.6 million appraisal nor that the remaining $825,300 would be deemed a charitable gift from O’Brien. “It doesn’t look like they were candid with the board. It raises a red flag,” Myers told The County Times. The college disputed the audit’s findings in included responses, saying with regards to the land deal that the state’s findings “contains factual errors and misinterprets significant elements of the real estate transaction in question.”

The college asserts that the purchase was based on two other appraisals and that the purchase price was below those two independent findings. “The college’s acknowledgement of the seller’s appraisal was not for valuation purposes and had no bearing on the transaction,” according to the college’s rebuttal statement. “The college in no way intended to warrant or validate the seller’s appraisal.” The college also asserted that their leadership had twice sought the opinion of the state’s Ethics Commission, before and after the deal, to ensure there was no conflict of interest in the deal. The college further acknowledged that it mentioned the $1.6 million appraisal in a letter to O’Brien thanking him for the gift, but that “it would be better to include no reference to the seller’s appraisal in the gift amount but, in doing so, it has committed no wrongdoing …” The college hired an independent attorney, Richard E. Timbie at the District firm of Caplin and Drysdale, to investigate the matter and his findings, the college claims in its rebuttal, show the college had not done anything wrong. “The inappropriate language in the college’s acknowledgement letter did not reflect any intentional wrongdoing, much less any criminal violation, on the part of the college or its agents,” Timbie wrote. “That language was not intended to create, and could not have created, an unwarranted tax benefit for the seller.” Timbie also stated that the college had sought the advice of staff in the attorney general’s office about two years before the land transaction. O’Brien told The County Times that there was no illegal activity involved in the transaction of nearly two years ago and that the college was not required to acknowledge any other figures in their records than what they paid for it: the $800,000 amount. He said that the letter he received from the college mentioned in the audit was to thank him and that it had no bearing on his tax returns. “It’s a mystery to me,” O’Brien said about the referral for possible criminal investigation. “The auditors don’t recite any rule or law that’s been broken,” O’Brien said. “The auditors are making up a standard that doesn’t exist.” Tom Botzman, the college’s Vice President for Business and Finance, declined to comment further when contacted by The County Times, saying the college’s explanation is included in the audit report. Representatives from the attorney general’s office did not return calls for comment as of press time. The full audit report can be located at

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Sections Of St. Clements Bay Now Open For Shellfish Harvesting

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College Land Deal Under Microscope After State Audit

Gov. Nominates College Trustee Members Among Governor Martin O’Malley’s 191 nominations to state boards and commissions are two recommendations to the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Board of Trustees; Delegate Sheila E. Hixson (D-Dist. 20) and retired judge James A. Kenney III. The governor’s annual nominations are dubbed “green bag nominations’ because of the green satchel that is used to bring the governor’s nominations to the Senate, where they wait to be approved.

Del. Hixson has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1976, representing District 20 in Montgomery County, and is the first woman ever to chair the House Ways & Means Committee. Kenney has been a lawyer for 44 years, and in 1997 Governor Parris Glendening appointed him judge in the Court of Special Appeals, where he served until his retirement in March 2007. Judge Kenney is the founding member of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Foundation and served as Foundation President from 1993 to 1999.

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Officials at the state’s Office of the Public Defender, the agency responsible for providing legal counsel to indigent defendants, have decided to cut the agency’s full-time staff of case investigators in favor of contractors they say can do the job at less cost. There is only one investigator currently employed by the public defender’s district for the Southern Maryland area, raising concerns among some who say privately that the loss of that position could hamper preparations for defendants. Diane Lach, spokeswoman for the Baltimore-headquartered office, said that contract investigators are used with success in Montgomery, Prince George’s, Harford and Baltimore counties. “Obviously nobody wants to lose staff members, but this is just a sign of the times,” Lach said. “It ends up being a cost saving measure for our office.” Lach said that over the next three years, the full-time investigator positions would be eliminated. The counties who relied on the full-time staff will now have to rely on contract investigators to fulfill their case preparation needs. Investigators for the public defender’s office seek out information that could be helpful

in the defense of their clients. One investigator who faces elimination of their position told The County Times that using contract investigators would not be as effective as state officials claim. The investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said that because most contractors are private investigators located in metropolitan areas it would be difficult to lure them away from their regular clientele to work in a rural setting. “This thing is going to impact the rural areas, any place down there is out of the way for [most contractors],” the source said. The source also said that local investigators around the state would likely have established more and better contacts in their districts than outside private investigators. State’s Attorney Richard Fritz has said that no investigative positions in his office will be eliminated. John Getz, lead public defender for St. Mary’s County, said the office’s current investigator is an integral part of case preparation. “We don’t want to lose him,” Getz said. “He’s invaluable. “The loss of the investigator will make it more difficult to properly prepare for our cases.”

Republicans Propose Major Spending Cuts, Layoffs By Brady Holt Capital News Service

Republican lawmakers recommended cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed budget Tuesday, presenting their visions for a long-term resolution to ongoing state financial woes. A joint session of the House and Senate heard two independent proposals, one from the House GOP Caucus and the other from two senators, responding to Democratic calls for specific ideas from the state’s minority party on ways to reduce spending. “It is time for all hands on deck,” Sen. Ulysses Currie, D-Prince George’s, who chairs the Budget and Taxation Committee, said at the budget hearing. “I look forward sincerely to hearing ideas from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle.” The hearing’s proposals included large-scale layoffs, shifts of hundreds of millions of dollars in teacher pension obligations to counties and cuts to higher education -- cuts that the Republican legislators said would let the state avoid furloughs and roll back recent tax increases. “We have no illusions about the difficult nature of some of these recommendations,” said Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell, R-Calvert. “Sometimes the medicine to fix an illness is a bitter pill to swallow.” House minority leaders presented $830 million in line-item spending reductions for the 2011 fiscal year, with projected savings per cut ranging from up to $258 million from a proposed change to Medicare coverage for retired state employees, to $200,000 for eliminating the three chefs employed at the governor’s mansion. Of the latter, O’Donnell said the removal of the chefs was largely “symbolic, but symbology is important.”

The House plan further calls for more than 1,500 layoffs -- 1,000 in the University System of Maryland alone -- but removes O’Malley’s proposed furloughs, which Minority Whip Christopher Shank, D-Washington, said “demoralized” the state workforce. Other cuts in the House GOP proposal included $100 million from local road aid to Baltimore, $126 million in education aid to counties with high costs of living and $20 million in Chesapeake Bay restoration. Two Republican senators in attendance called for the state to reduce higher education funding to 2007 levels, pass half the cost of teachers’ pensions to local jurisdictions and cut a further 1 percent of its positions -- with projected savings of $450 million, $46 million and $20 million, respectively. Democratic legislators offered mixed reviews of the Republican proposals. Delegate John Bohanan, D-St. Mary’s, said after the hearing that he had appreciated seeing specific proposals but the ideas were unremarkable. Republican legislators had called for much steeper cuts in December, Bohanan said, adding that he wasn’t surprised to see less severe action after they went searching for specifics. “I think it really points to the difficulty of finding cuts,” Bohanan said after the hearing. “I don’t know that I heard anything new.” But Delegate Murray Levy, D-Charles, a member of the Appropriations Committee, raved about the hearing once it concluded. “This invitation to them is going to turn out to be a very good thing, because there really is now a substantial and substantive debate on the state’s budget as opposed to political posturing,” Levy said. Republicans are “putting themselves on the line also, with these cuts.”


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Harsh Weather Doesn’t Have to Defeat Your Vehicle

This is one of the harshest winters in recent memory and many Americans are worried about the abuse their vehicles have been taking. Hard starts, sub-zero temperatures and improper fluid levels or usage can shorten the life of a vehicle by damaging its engine. Even if the engine damage is irreparable, buying a new vehicle isn’t necessarily the best solution. For the cost of an average down payment on a new car or truck, you can repower your vehicle with a remanufactured/rebuilt engine, gaining years of reliable service and improved fuel economy all without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates. Considering that over $22,000 can be saved on average by skipping car loan payments for the life of a four-year loan, repowering is clearly a very sound and cost

effective alternative. With repowering, a vehicle’s engine or an identical one from another like-vehicle, is completely disassembled, cleaned, machined and remanufactured/rebuilt. Unlike used or junk yard engines with an unknown performance and maintenance history, repowered engines are dependable, reliable and backed by excellent warranty programs. To learn more about the benefits of installing a remanufactured/rebuilt engine, visit the Engine Repower Council’s Website at www. Dave Wooldridge, Chairman Engine Repower Council Bethesda, MD

Libraries Were Missed During Storms

On behalf of the Library staff and customers, we want to express our appreciation to the many county staff, from a variety of county departments, for their tireless and very effective efforts during the seemingly endless series of snow storms and blizzards since December. KUDOS to the leadership and staff in Parks & Recreation, Department of Public Works, Building Services, Emergency Management Services, and the Public Information Office. Not only did they do an excellent job in clearing the walkways, parking lots and roofs but they also communicated in a timely manner with the Library Director so she could make an informed decision about whether or not to open the libraries. We are especially grateful for the extra pre-

caution shown, during the past storm, to ensure that the roofs of our libraries were cleared of snow and ice and that the buildings were safe to re-open on Saturday, Feb. 13. It became obvious, very quickly, that our county residents missed their library: on Saturday and Sunday, 2,817 people visited their library and checked out 6,630 items! The county residents should be very proud of the St. Mary’s County staff. They once again demonstrated their professionalism and commitment during this mammoth clean-up effort. Signed, Board of Library Trustees Alan Dillingham, Joan Springer, Carole Romary, Dan Burris, Jan Briscoe, Joseph Bush, Everlyn Holland

Restaurants Should be Proactive When It Comes to Menu Labeling, Nutrient Analysis

Consumers are looking for more detailed information about the food they eat and the time is right for restaurants of all sizes to start providing nutrition information. As obesity rates rise and more consumers are seeking a healthier lifestyle, foodservice establishments that provide nutrition information will not only comply with pending national legislation, but will appeal to health-conscious customers. According to the National Restaurant Association, a uniform national nutrition standard will allow consumers access to detailed nutrition information that meets their needs while providing clarity, consistency and flexibility for restaurants in how that information is provided. They are urging members of Congress to co-

sponsor the Labeling Education and Nutrition Act (LEAN Act) which will provide a national nutrition labeling standard for foodservice establishments with 20 or more locations. By highlighting healthier options, restaurants can distinguish themselves by meeting the growing demand for nutrition information, establish a competitive edge over their competitors and, most importantly, provide an important service to their customers. Laura Walsh RD, LDN, President and Founder Walsh Nutrition Group Elmhurst, Illinois

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A Different Solution For The Abortion Problem To The Editor,

This is in response to a letter on abortion by James Hilbert published in your Feb. 12 edition. Dear James, Your ideas appeared to be well thought out and articulated. The solution of a pregnant woman being compelled to carry to term and then hand her baby over to the next prolifer in line on your registry was quite thought provoking indeed. I would like to add to your idea by pointing out that there are approximately one half to one million couples on adoption waiting lists at any given time in the United States. Since there are about 1.2 to 1.4 million abortions performed every year (Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2008) in our country, there would be more than enough newborns for these couples as well as some to give out to the registered pro-lifers who would be randomly chosen to take a baby as each event comes up, per your suggestion. Of course, it is obvious that your reasoning for the registration process is based on the assumption that less people would speak out against abortion if they had to take on someone else’s child. I am also guessing that your plan would not stop those who are determined to be a voice for the unborn. It is also my speculation that there are people who would be willing to take a baby for someone who cannot care for him or her. However, the reality is that there are very few newborns available for adoption. According to the Adoption Network Law Center, about one percent of pregnancies result in adoption. Most unplanned pregnancies end either in abortion or in the mother choosing to parent (if there is family and community encouragement behind the mother). This keep or kill trend is partly due to a lack of understanding of the positive aspects of adoption, especially open adoption. It is also fueled by the stigma and embarrassment of accidental pregnancy. While single parenthood is not as stigmatized as it used to be, the pregnancy itself is still looked upon as a moral failure, an inconvenience

and an impediment to success. Pregnant women are unwelcome on many college campuses, often being denied dorm space or time to make up assignments and missed classes. They are also unwelcome at some workplaces (unofficially of course), where it is feared that they will be less productive, and others may have to make allowances for them or pick up their slack. Sometimes, they are unwelcome by their own families. The Elliott Institute for Social Science Research states that more than half of the women they surveyed after an abortion indicated that they felt pressured to end their pregnancy. On Feb. 4, 2005, Medical News Today reported that homocide is a leading cause of death among pregnant women. The homocides are almost always committed by the prospective fathers who want the benefits of a relationship, but not the responsibilities of supporting a family. Our American society highly encourages women of childbearing age to have all of the illicit relations they want. But, they don’t dare get pregnant! Most birth control methods have a small failure rate and are not meant to cause life-long infertility. So, the chances are that a healthy and active young woman will get pregnant at least once or twice in her life, even if she is careful. So James, I propose a different solution. That solution would be for our civilization to stop treating single pregnant women (and married ones too) as unattractive, irresponsible and unwanted burdens and start giving them the emotional support and encouragement they need. Fortunately, there are pregnancy care centers located throughout the country where prolife people “put up” and “shut up” every day by giving their time and money to help women in crisis pregnancy situations. It is making some difference, but there needs to be more centers and more resources. There also needs to be a better understanding of the physiological processes of a young woman of childbearing age as well as her need to be safe and accepted. Rhonda Wentz Wathen Leonardtown

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sanders Picked As New Assistant Commander for Acquisition

Keith Sanders has returned to Naval Air Systems Command as the new Assistant Commander for Acquisition (AIR-1.0). Sanders was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in February 2003 and has 44 years of civilian service with the Navy. “I’m very happy to be back at Pax River and I’m looking forward to working with the many creative, talented people we have here,” Sanders said press release. “I’m a believer in team work and I’ll help in any way I can to make the teams here more effective in successfully completing programs that get our warfighters the things they need to complete their missions and come home safely.” Sanders serves as the Acquisition Executive for Naval Air Systems Command and executes acquisition responsibilities and management accountability for seven program management offices. He also has responsibilities as the leader of the command-wide NAVAIR Acquisition/ Program Management Competency, managing approximately 1,200 civilian and military personnel. Sanders began his career with the Navy in 1971 after a brief tour with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Florida Up unitl 1983, he held several positions at the Naval Weapons Support Center, Crane, Ind. In 1983, he moved to Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Armament Division as the Senior Systems Engineer responsible for technical management of all 100 air-to-surface weapons and 800 emergency escape devices used on naval aircraft. In 1989, Sanders was recruited into the

Conventional Strike We a p o n s Program Office to establish a Major Defense Acquisition Program developing a new family of bombs. In 1996, Sanders was selected as the Deputy Keith Sanders Program Manager for Conventional Strike Weapons. From February 2003 to September 2007, Sanders served in his permanent Navy position as Deputy Program Executive Officer for Strike Weapons. Sanders also served as the Deputy Director for Air Warfare, Portfolio Systems Acquisition Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from February 2003 until Jan. 31, 2010. Sanders holds a bachelor’s of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University where he graduated ‘summa cum laude’ in 1970, and a master’s of business administration from George Mason University. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2009 and numerous other awards through the years.

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Jung Ives, 79 Jung S. (Jaye) Ives, 79, of Orlando, Florida, died serenely and courageously with her loving family at her side on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She was the beloved wife of Glen S. Ives, Chief Warrant Officer (4), United States Army, Retired, with whom she shared 55 years of true love, happiness, and adventure. She is also survived by her son, Glen R. Ives, Captain, United States Navy, Retired, daughterin-law Barbara Arlene, Captain, United States Navy Reserve, Retired, and their sons Glen Christopher, Ensign, United States Navy, Matthew Francis, Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps, and John Alexander, of St Mary’s County, Maryland; her daughter and baby Linda Susana Ives, former Captain, United States Army, son-in-law Philip J. Rymiszewski, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserve, Retired, and their sons Spencer Keenan Ives and Archer Cameron Ives, of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Jaye was born and grew up in Kwang Ju City, South Korea during a time of foreign military occupation, conflict, and war that presented great and dire challenges to her native people, her family, and her friends. They survived those epic trials and hardships and emerged with the kind of sincere and unyielding strength and dignity that comes from being tested by and overcoming oppression and adversity. Shortly after the Korean War, as a young police officer in Seoul, Korea, she met her sweetheart, a young and dashing American soldier, and together they began their family and a wonderful life that would bring them happiness and take them all over the world. Jaye was most proud of her life and uncompromising commitment as an Army wife and mother, always providing a warm and loving home for her family through countless moves and new locations … often while her soldier was away helping to defend our freedom. She endured and sacrificed to raise her family throughout her husband’s 30 years of service, to include three separate year long tours in Vietnam, and one year long tour in Thailand away from his family. Jaye was a true patriot and always cherished the moment she earned her American citizenship. Her experiences as a youth in occupied Korea where basic civil liberties were repressed and safety was uncertain fueled her passionate appreciation for and intimate understanding of our democracy and freedoms. She was an ardent supporter of education, veterans, and our military services. She

was the best cook in the world and loved to cook for her family and friends. She was a terrific bowler and always maintained the highest average of anyone in her family and was often the unanimous choice for captain by her teammates on her many bowling leagues and teams. But of all of her many wonderful traits, qualities, and accomplishments … it was in her role as wife, mother, and grandmother that God’s true purpose for her was so abundantly clear. Her love and caring knew no bounds and she reveled in nurturing happiness for her family. She was a woman of the greatest heart, will, and mind … as she put up the most incredible fight over the last 27 months after being diagnosed with Stage IV metastasized lung cancer in November 2007. She and her family were especially and forever grateful to the many dedicated health care professionals of Chester County Hospital and The Cancer Center of Chester County who provided exceptional love, care, and support throughout her fight. Her grace, strength, and determination will always serve to inspire those who knew her. Her funeral Mass will be held Friday, February 26, 2010 at St. Agnes Church, 233 W. Gay St. West Chester, Pennsylvania; viewing from 9 -10 a.m. followed by Mass at 10 a.m. Friends are invited to a luncheon following the funeral service at the Holiday Inn, 943 South High Street, West Chester, Pa. to visit with family. Should friends desire; memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Cancer Center of Chester County, 440 E. Marshall St. Ste 201, West Chester, Pa. 19380. All arrangements are being managed by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., 610-696-1181, www.drsf

Carolyn Johnston, 61 Carolyn Ann Johnston, 61, of Drayden, MD died February 21, 2010 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born October 19, 1948 in Quincy, IL, she was the daughter of the late Robert Bangert and Eunice (Daniels) Bangert. Carolyn moved to St. Mary’s County, MD, in the 1980’s. She grew up in Fowler, IL with her parents, sisters, and brother. She was a 1966 graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty, IL. Carolyn was a devoted and loving wife to Eddie, her husband of 21 years. She loved to go shopping with her daughters and her best friend of 34 years, Kathy Hutmaker, whom she always considered her fourth sister. She attended all her grandchildren’s ballgames and was always inter-

ested and involved in their lives. She also loved her dogs Sadie and Spunky. She loved holiday gatherings at her house and was a pro at fixing big meals for a lot of people. She created many lifetime memories for her family and friends. Carolyn worked for the U.S. government at Patuxent River, MD, until she retired on disability in 2008 with 30 years of service. She served as a senior Management Analyst with the Naval Air Systems Command’s Corporate Operations Group and received many awards throughout her career. Carolyn made many lifelong friends in St. Mary’s County and the Base, including her loyal friend, Yumi Landram. Many of her friends and co-workers visited her throughout her illness and took her to lunch or shopping. She also enjoyed her time with her neighbor, Debbie, with whom she shopped and took long evening walks. Carolyn fought her battle with cancer for ten years. She was truly an inspiration to everyone who knew and loved her. She never lost her faith or optimism, and her beautiful smile would light up a room, even when she was very ill. She was a kind and gentle spirit who loved and took care of everyone. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Edward Johnston, her children, Julie Neugent (James) of Leonardtown, MD and Brenda Woode (Brian) of Callaway, MD, her step-children, Sandra Adkins of Great Mills, MD and Tommy Johnston of Hyattsville, MD, ten grandchildren, sisters, Sharon Hinshaw and Linda Hoaglin of Columbia, MO, and Tammy Lepper of Fowler, IL. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Bangert. Family received friends for Carolyn’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. in Our Lady’s Catholic Church, 41348 Medley’s Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 with Reverend Lawrence Young officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving, as pallbearers will be James Neugent, Brian Woode, Steven Neugent, Conner Woode, Mike Hoaglin, and Jeff Roberts. Serving, as honorary pallbearers will be Richard Abraham, Harry Horn, Bobby Tippett, and other friends and family. 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 by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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Joseph Kovalcik, 82 Joseph A. Kovalcik, 82, of Chaptico, MD passed away on February 16, 2010 in St. Mary’s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, MD. Joe was born February 5, 1928 in Ashley, PA. He was raised in nearby Hazleton, PA. After graduating form Hazleton High School, Joe joined the Navy and proudly served his country at the tail end of WWII. After leaving the Navy, Joe was employed at The Pennsylvania Election Board where he met and married Janet L. Cleck. From there Joe began what would be a long and successful career as a professional salesman working for such companies as Metropolitan Life, National Cash Register, Hershey Lumber and most recently Morgan Millwork from which he retired in 1989. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Janet L. Kovalcik. He is survived by his brother John (Jack) Kovalcik and his wife Joann of Scotch Plains, N.J., his son Mark Kovalcik and his wife Ann and their two children Joseph and Maura of Chaptico, MD, and his daughter Jill Kovalcik Weaver and her husband Mark of New Cumberland, PA. Joe was a member of St. Theresa’s Church for many years. He was also a member of The Knights of Columbus, PA Homebuilders Association and the PA Remodelers Assoc. Joe especially enjoyed his family and spending time with his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also took an avid interest in the neighborhood kids especially Nathan, Veronica and Adriene Repetz. Joe truly enjoyed the beach, the Poconos and Penn State tailgates. He most recently enjoyed many activities at his son, Mark’s home in Chaptico which included attending SMR football games, Mass and receiving sacraments at Our Lady of the Wayside Church A viewing was held on Friday February 19, 2010. at the Parthemore Funeral Home in New Cumberland, PA where a Scripture Service was held. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, New Cumberland, PA. Burial was in Rolling Green Cemetery, Lower Allen Twp. Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Ryken High School - Athletic Complex Fund, 22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Our Lady of The Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico MD 20621. Local Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


Austin Morgan, 16 Austin Tyler “Ty” Morgan, 16, of Church View, VA and formerly of St. Mary’s County, MD, died February 20, 2010 in Williamsburg, VA. Born July 11, 1993 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of Tabitha Jean Morgan of Church View, VA and the late Raymond Stanley Morgan II. He is also survived by his siblings; Veronica Webb of Hollywood, MD, Raymond Morgan of Chesterfield, VA, Nicholas Morgan of Jamaica, VA and Jackie Doak, formerly of Leonardtown, MD as well as his aunts and uncles; Donna Fanelli and her husband Mark of Avenue, MD Vicki Anderson and her husband Eric of Lusby, MD, Marie Thorne of Dunkirk, MD, Jamie Zedek of Jamica, VA, Toosie Morgan and his wife Teri of Avenue, MD and Wayne Morgan of Avenue, MD and his nieces and nephews; Rebecca Ann Webb and Victoria Lynn Webb, both of Hollywood, MD, Raymond Stanley Morgan IV of Chesterfield, VA, Hope Marie Morgan of Jamaica, VA and a baby nephew on the way along with many family and friends who loved him dearly. Austin attended Middlesex High School in VA and loved basketball, football, computers, and loved life in general. He was a member of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) for a year and a half. Tyler was a great person to be around. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be said at 7 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 26, 2010 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD at 10 a.m. with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Webb, David Hayden, Wayne Morgan, Mark Fanelli, Rick Senter, and Raymond Morgan, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Morgan III, Nick Morgan, RJ and Morgan III. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Charles Morgan, 59 Charles Myers “Chuck” Morgan, 59, of Leona rdtow n, MD passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2010 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. He was born on October 7, 1950 in Leonardtown, MD. He was the son of the late J. Carroll Morgan and Ruby Pegg Morgan. Chuck was a graduate of Chopticon High School Class of 1969. He loved football, playing cards,


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Continued going to auctions, traveling and spending time with his friends and family. Chuck is survived by his children, Christopher Carroll Morgan of Leonardtown, MD, and Karla Christine MacRae and her husband D.D. MacRae of Leonardtown, MD; a sister, Carole Lynn Nelson and her husband Phil Herbert of Hollywood, MD; and three grandchildren, Savannah, Promise, and Mason. He is also survived by his beloved nieces and nephews. Family received friends on Saturday, February 20, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Memorial Service was conducted in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Boidock officiating. Interment was private. A celebration of life was held in Chuck’s honor at the Elk’s Lodge in California, MD immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial contribution be made in his honor to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

James Norris, Sr., 72 James Richard “Dickie” Norris, Sr., 72 of Hollywood, MD died on February 18, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born August 6, 1937 in Hollywood, MD, he was the son of the late James Jetson and Mary Louise Norris. He was the loving husband of Mary Ellen Cullison whom he married on April 21, 1956 in St. James Church. He is also survived by his eight children; Diane Trossbach and her husband Jimmy of Drayden, MD, Lynn Wallace and her husband Tommy of Hollywood, MD, Sharon Braswell and her husband Bud of Gardner, NC, Janice Garcia and her fiancé Paul Dunbar of Dameron, MD, Ricky Norris and his wife Mary of Hollywood, MD, Terri Yates of St. Inigoes, MD, Timmy Norris of Hollywood, MD and Lisa Dean and her husband Junior of Lexington Park, MD, as well as 19 grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters; Rose Marks and Mary Louise Tippett, both of Hollywood, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Alberta Woodburn, Joseph A. Norris, John L. Norris and Carroll I. Norris. A lifelong residence of St. Mary’s County, Dickie was a Truck Driver for Great Mills Trading Post and he belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose, Patuxent MD Lodge 2393. The family received friends on Sunday, Feb-

ruary 21, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, February 22, 2010 in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with and Fr. Keith Woods officiating and Fr. Raymond Schmidt coofficiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were John Chapman, Joey Tippett, Jerry Norris, Carl Knott, Jack Bean and Johnny Lacey. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Goddard, Danny Wallace, Jason Braswell, Tony Garcia, Travis Braswell and Tyler Yates. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf h. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

John Pasik, 69 John Matthew “Jack” Pasik, 69, of Lexington Park, MD passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at his residence. Jack was born in Baltimore, MD on February 4, 1941 to the late Agnes Poe and Frank Pasik. He is survived by his loving wife, Madeline of 42 years of Lexington Park, MD. He leaves behind 5 children; Jacqueline Cox of Lakeland, FL, Sarah Pulliam of Lexington Park, MD, Patricia Lee of Lexington Park, MD, David Pasik of Lakeland, FL and Dawn Knight of Lakeland, FL. John also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family and friends. Family received friends on Monday, February 22, 2010 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 47477 Trinity Church Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. A Funeral Service was conducted with Reverend John Ball officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving, as pallbearers were Tony Whipkey, Tim Curran, Lenny Lee, David Pulliam, Jr., Louis Pulliam, Jr. and Larry Daniels. Serving, as honorary pallbearers will be Marc Lee, David Pulliam, Sr., Dalton Knight and Joshua Pasik. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Capt. L. Wayne Smith USN, 82 L. Wayne Smith, Captain USN (Retired) died at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Leonardtown, Maryland on February 18, 2010. He was 82 years old. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, he was the

son of Dr. Leon F. and Esther K. Smith. L. Wayne graduated from Fort Dodge High School and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard. Shortly after enlisting, L. Wayne received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Upon release from the Coast Guard he entered the University of Michigan, which he attended for a year in preparation for the Naval Academy. As a freshman at Michigan, L. Wayne excelled in wrestling where he won the 136-pound Big 10 Wrestling Championship. He entered the Naval Academy in 1946 where he had many wrestling highlights, including becoming captain of the wrestling team and earning an invitation to compete in the 1952 Olympic Trials. While at the Naval Academy, Midshipman Smith was director of the Men’s Glee Club and the Catholic Church Choir. He was an officer in the “N” Club, the Newman Club, and was a Regimental Commander. L. Wayne graduated from the Naval Academy in 1950 in the top fifth of his class with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering; he was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and received his avia-

tor’s wings in 1951. L. Wayne saw combat in North Korea while piloting from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany. He was an instructor in air-to-ground warfare, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and received a Masters Degree in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Smith was the commanding officer of Attack Squadron 66. He went on to be the commander of Carrier Air Wing Six on the USS America where he flew combat missions over North Vietnam. Captain Smith relocated to Southern Maryland where he became the first director for Strike Aircraft Test Directorate. He was also responsible for the early flight-testing of the F/A-18 aircraft. L. Wayne retired from active duty in 1980. After retirement he became a member of Rotary International, contributed time to various community projects and served on the Board of Directors of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. L. Wayne Smith was the beloved husband of 55 years to the former, Mary Elizabeth Bradley Gaudette. He is survived by his wife and his children, Ditto Christensen and son-in-law, John D. Christensen; Kathleen E. Whiddon and son-in-law, Dr. Scott Whiddon; Charles P. Smith; David B. Smith; Leon W. Smith, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Nancy L. Smith; and ten grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, February 22, 2010 at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Father Ray Schmidt officiating. Inurnment was held on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the US Naval Academy. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or the US Naval Academy Foundation, Account 8150, 291 Wood Rd., Annapolis, MD 21406 Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

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On February 21, 2010 Deputy Melissa Green responded to a residence on Mary Lynn Drive in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed Mary Agnes Morgan, 39, and Lawrence Maurice Anderson, 48, both of no fixed address had been involved in an argument with the victim. The argument escalated into a physical assault when Morgan allegedly struck the victim in the head with a rod iron lamp, knocking the victim to the ground. Once the victim was on the ground both Morgan and Anderson are alleged to have repeatedly kicked and stomped the victim’s body. Due to the nature of injuries, the victim was flown by MSP Trooper 7 helicopter to Prince Georges Hospital Center in Cheverly. Morgan and Anderson were arrested and each charged with one count of first degree assault and one count of second degree assault.

Man Arrested On Charges Of Breaking Into Home

On January 20, 2010 victims reported they heard the door to their residence being broken into and went downstairs to investigate, finding Justin Matthew Clausen, 21, of Lexington Park lying on their couch. Clausen was allegedly extremely intoxicated. None of the victims knew Clausen. The victims called 911. Corporal V. Walker responded to the residence and arrested Clausen. Clausen was charged with two counts of burglary and one count of destruction of property. Further investigation revealed Clausen was out of jail on personal recognizance for allegedly committing a similar crime on February 17, 2010 where he was arrested by Maryland State Police.

Man Charged With “Choke Slamming” Female Victim

On January 24, 2010 deputies responded to Applebee’s Restaurant in California, for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Kyle Matthew Blazer, 21, of Hollywood was upset with the victim, allegedly grabbed her by the throat and “choked slammed” her to the ground. The victim sustained injury as a result of Blazer’s alleged assault. Deputies gathered the initial information on the scene and conducted follow up interviews for the investigation. On February 23, 2010 Blazer responded to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and was served with a criminal summons charging him with the January 24 second degree assault.

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Watson On Trial For 2008 Murder By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The trial of Jeremiah J. Watson, the man accused of killing his estranged girlfriend’s boy boyfriend in November of 2008 during a home in invasion, started off with State’s Attorney Richard Fritz arguing that Watson had deliberately set out to kill Tina Dean, the mother of three of his chil children and himself in the events leading up to the shooting. Defense attorney and public defender John Getz argued that Watson, though obsessed with Dean, had walked miles to the Park Pines devel development on Route 235 just south of the naval base that night in an attempt to reconcile differences that had driven them apart. Getz said that while Watson had violated numerous protective orders filed by Dean over their long relationship, she always took him back in. Watson expected the same thing to occur the night just before the shooting, Getz said. That night Christopher Michael Patty, Dean’s new boyfriend, would be killed from a single gun gunshot wound to the back, Fritz argued. Fritz told jury members that Watson, in the days and weeks leading up to the shooting, had expressed to friends that he would kill Dean and then commit suicide. He also tried to gather in information on Patty, including his car license plate number and make of vehicle as well as his address, before the shooting. “He became fixated on Patty,” Fritz said. “He went there to kill Tina Dean … and then commit suicide.” According to police reports Watson is alleged to have used a shovel to break into Dean’s home, and when he found Dean there with Patty, he be began beating him using the shovel as a weapon. Dean was able to retrieve a .22 caliber handgun Fritz said that she used to shoot Watson twice. But Watson was able to wrest control of the weapon away from Dean he said, and allegedly used it to fire two rounds at Patty. Watson is also alleged to have pointed the gun at Dean’s head and pull the trigger but Fritz said that during the struggle five live rounds left in the nine-shot revolver had been lost when the weapon’s action broke open. Dean called 911 as Watson lay on a couch suffering from his wounds, Fritz told jurors Tuesday, but he left the house and collapsed in

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a patch of high grass near the house where he was soon found by police who arrived on scene. Both Dean and Patty were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where Patty was pronounced dead. Getz argued that events of that night turned deadly because of Dean’s actions; the gun she had obtained was not registered to her (it was given to her by her father). “What caused the death of Patty were the actions of Tina Dean,” Getz told jurors. “She’s the one who escalated this situation.” During the second day of the trial Dean recounted some of the events of the incident under cross-examination by Getz, who pointed out differences and supposed inconsistencies in several accounts Dean had made to police and at trial. Dean testified that when the incident occurred she and Patty were locked in alternate struggles against Watson and that she could not remember all the details in the confusion of the melee. “There was so much going on,” Dean said. Watson’s trial is scheduled to take four days.

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A federal judge in U.S. District Court dismissed indicted Leonardtown attorney John A. Mattingly’s lawsuit against State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s office as well as the Office of the Sheriff, rejecting his argument that police raids conducted last November which resulted in the seizure of records relating to a long-term land fraud and theft investigation were politically motivated. Mattingly is running for state’s attorney as a Democratic challenger to Fritz, the Republican incumbent. Judge Robert W. Titus dismissed Mattingly’s lawsuit with prejudice Feb. 19 and also ordered that Mattingly would have to pay court costs. In all, the indictments and court filings at the county level, which include 140 charges, allege that Mattingly conspired on numerous occasions to defraud the rightful owners of various parcels of property by buying their land at only a fraction of the value listed by the state Department of Assessments and Taxation. He is accused of bilking money from an ailing wid-

ow and trying to pay off witnesses not to testify against a man accused in a 2008 shooting. Daniel Jason Brown, a partner of Mattingly’s in the local Graydon Sears LLC real estate company was the first to be indicted on numerous charges stemming from alleged fraudulent land deals prosecutors say occured over a fiveyear period. In court documents filed by lawyers from the State Attorney Generals Office on behalf of the county they claimed that Mattingly’s actions in the lawsuit were designed to throw off their investigation and subsequent prosecution. “The plaintiff here has attempted to bully St. Mary’s County state and local officials into taking different action in an ongoing criminal prosecution,” the court documents read. Mattingly has denied any wrongdoing in connection with the allegations against him. Fritz said the decision showed that Mattingly’s lawsuit was frivolous. “It was a vixacious litigation that had no business in federal court,” Fritz said. “It was filed solely for harassment and political purposes.”


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-> college of southern maryland -leonardtown camPus, a Building, room 206- the csm connections literary series Presents csm Professor and award-winning author of ten Books, wayne karlin, as he discusses his latest Book in which he recounts the journey of american soldier returning a stolen war diary to the Vietnamese relatiVes of a soldier he killed thirty-fiVe years earlier. hear firsthand how Past ghosts are confronted and how a family Bring their child’s “wandering soul” to Peace. "wandering souls" with author wayne karlin march 5, 2010 | 7:30 P.m. the college of southern maryland leonardtown camPus, a Building, room 206 tickets: $3/at door this eVent is suPPorted By cafe des artistes in leonardtown -> north end gallery - 41652 fenwick street: currently running at the north end gallery is the annual inVitational show which features the work of neg memBers and inVited area artists. the show titled "riVer romance" is Being co-sPonsored By the st. mary's arts council. at the march 5 th, 2010 first friday eVent the arts council will PuBlicly recognize its grant reciPients. the ceremony is scheduled for 6 Pm. the hours for the first friday recePtion are 5 - 8 Pm. ->olde towne stitchery- 41665 fenwick street #15- each month on first friday we will haVe 15% off of yardage (haVe a yard or more cut and you get 15% off). Be sure to stoP in and take adVantage of this oPPortunity to get a few yards checked off on your “yard card”!

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Board of Ed Seeks Input to Budget

The Board of Education of St. Mary’s County’s Budget Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 6:00 p.m., will now begin at 5:00 p.m., in the Board of Education Meeting Room of the Central Administration Building on Moakley Street in Leonardtown. A sign-up sheet will be available at 4:30 p.m., with individual public comment limited to three minutes. Speakers are encouraged to provide comments in writing, even if presented at the forum, to allow the Board to give consideration to all input. For more information, please call 301475-5511, ext. 177.

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Urgo Selected as New SMCM President By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

The Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) announced on Monday their selection of Dr. Joseph R. Urgo as the college’s next president. Though the official announcement had not been made, Board of Trustees Chair James P. Muldoon announced on Saturday at the group’s monthly meeting that the offer had been extended, and board members had received Urgo’s reply that day. “There was a palpable sense of excitement and celebration as we unanimously elected Dr. Urgo,” said Molly Mahoney, chair of the search committee and member of the Board of Trustees, in a press release issued by the college. “As we got to know Dr. Urgo, we found he understood St. Mary’s College, our sense of place, and shared our deep respect for the mission of a public liberal arts institution. We believe he will actively cultivate the intellectual life and vitality of the college.” Mahoney later told The County Times that the selection committee “were very impressed with his vision for the college,” adding that he had stressed focus on quality academics, student diversity, sustainable development and environmental responsibility. The college’s selection had originally been staged as a public affair, with finalists being announced and interviewed in public, but the selection committee changed their selection process after four candidates for the office were withdrawn after oncampus interviews in September. “We decided to do a private selection because many of the candidates were sitting presidents,” said Marc Apter, Associate Vice President of Marketing

for the college, explaining that conflicts may have arisen as a result of the candidates’ consideration being publicized. “But the selection committee is still made up of faculty, staff, students and members of the Board of Trustees, so all groups at the college were represented. It wasn’t a closed door process.” “I remember when I had to pull aside the student groups and explain to them that we were changing the selection. That was a hard conversation to have,” said student trustee Debbie Travers at Saturday’s meeting. “But once I explained to them why we were doing that and how it would work, they supported it.” Urgo currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He is a professor of English, and has taught courses in American literature while serving as dean of faculty. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Urgo received his bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Haverford College with a major in political science. He holds a master’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s and Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University. His previous positions have included membership of the Bryant College faculty for 11 years, and a Fulbright lectureship in Spain in 1992. He also taught as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in American studies and assistant professor of English at Vanderbilt University from 1986-89, as a visiting assistant professor of English at Syracuse University from 1985-86, and as a teaching fellow while earning his Ph.D. at Brown University from 1983-85. He served as professor and chair of the English department at the University of Mississippi from 2000 to 2006, during which time he led the freshman composition program, the speech

program, the writing center and the freshman seminar program. He also served on the governing council of the McDonnellBarksdale H o n o r s College. U r g o has published five books: Fa u l k n e r’s Apocrypha: A Fable, Dr. Joseph R. Urgo Snopes, and the Spirit of Human Rebellion; Novel Frames: Literature as Guide to Race, Sex, and History in American Culture; Willa Cather and the Myth of American Migration; and In the Age of Distraction. Urgo’s sixth book, co-authored with Noel Polk, Reading Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!, will be published in March 2010. “I am drawn to SMCM because of its liberal arts tradition, its reputation for rigorous undergraduate research, and its strong sense of community,” Urgo said. “More importantly, SMCM has one of the finest faculties in the country. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and committed group of teacher-scholars and creative artists.” Urgo is currently looking for a home in the area, and will officially join the college July 1, 2010.

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able or sending them to the right office to appeal their property tax assessments. “We give them suggestions… we send them to state agencies, we help them whenever we can,” Norris said. “We’ve been able to help a lot of people with tax credits. “Things like that make people feel better.” With 16 years as the county’s chief tax collector and 15 as mayor both Jan and Harry Norris have also learned to use each other as sounding boards for issues and ideas in county politics. Jan Norris said she could remember when both she and her husband were driving past the old State Highway Administration garage on Route 5 and thinking that the land it was sitting on had potential. “We thought we ought to try and take that property for something,” she said. The Leonardtown winery now sits on that property. “We just bounce ideas off each other.” Harry Norris said that in the realm of local politics candor and trust were valuable commodities he found in his marriage of 41 years. “It’s nice to have someone you feel comfortable with who will tell you your ideas are dumb,” he said with a laugh. Both say they have learned that local politics is all about people, and after all the policy talk and wrangling politicians forget that at their peril. “People pay a lot more attention than you realize,” Harry Norris said.

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which were St. Mary’s College alums … previous to 2003 and Mike’s gift, our respective departments averaged four visitors combined every year,” he said, adding that interest in the visiting artist program had increased steadily since 2003, “and this program would not exist if it weren’t for the initial gift from Mr. O’Brien.” “I knew him for many years as ‘Anonymous’,” said former SMCM President Maggie O’Brien, explaining that she had noticed the moniker on her lists of attendees, donors and supporters of the college. “Eventually I learned that that ‘anonymous’ was Mike O’Brien … but he wouldn’t be recognized for years and years.” Maggie O’Brien remarked later to The County Times that Mike O’Brien had always been “very reluctantly visible … He’s just a very quiet, reserved person, and it took two years for us to convince him to do this,” she said, “so this is a big day for us.” A portrait of Mike O’Brien by local artist Caroline Egley was unveiled at the reception, and will be displayed in the athletic center, a prospect that O’Brien himself seemed bashful about, as he admitted that he had never displayed pictures of himself, even in his line of work as a realtor. As for his contributions to the college, O’Brien was equally humble at Saturday’s event. “I’ve tried to make contributions and offer support in different ways,” he said. “I’m just surprised that they’d be willing to recognize me for all of this. It’s much more than I’d originally thought of, so it’s a great honor.”

tremendous part of our program in the past, and I’d like to think he’s really connected the older generation and the newer generation, and I can’t think of anyone that I would be happier to see this building named after.” O’Brien was also recognized for helping the college acquire a house adjacent to the campus and helping the college develop the property and establish it as their house for the school’s artEnergy Medicine & Tools for the Trade ist in residence program, py, Inc. Chaney’s Physical Thera which has been gaining momentum since 2003. Laura Pezold-Gallagher “This same Mr. CQTP/I, RM-TP, HTP4, SM O’Brien helped transform Pain/Stress Management & Deep Relaxation the landscape of the colEnergetic - Integrative - Holistic Therapy 301-475-5538 or visit lege,” said Colby Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Art at the college. “To date Chaney’s Physical Therapy, Inc. • 26045 Sotterley Heights Rd. • Hollywood, MD 20636 we’ve had 46 visual art- 301-373-5827 Front Desk - Chaney’s • 301-475-5358 Appointments - Home /Office - Laura ists, 34 writers, for a toOffice Location: (pass Vista Rd & Sotterley Plantation, close to the water - continue past yellow ‘No Outlet’ sign.) tal of 80 visitors, eight of

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Students Take Polar Plunge

St. Mary’s College of Maryland students took an icy dip on Friday during the college’s fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge event, which this year attracted more than 100 participants, all braving winds over 30 mph and water temperatures in the low 30s. The Plunge was started by the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) in an effort to raise awareness about climate change, but this year’s focus was on collecting donations for Trees for the Future, a nonprofit environmental organization working out of Photos By Andrea Shiell Silver Spring, Maryland, promoting agro-forestry. Proceeds donated to Trees for the Future will be sent to Haiti for relief efforts. For more information on Trees for the Future, go to response.htm.

Dance Studio Celebrates New Facility

The House of Dance recently held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in their new dance studio headquarters at 24620 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood. This location - formerly the Hollywood Volunteer Fire House and more recently the home of Hyperspace Fun Center - will provide the needed space and facilities for their expanding offerings of dance classes, parties and community venues. Hans Welch, from the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development, on behalf of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce congratulated Donna Jordan, owner of The House of Dance, as she dedicated her new facility. For more information on current classes and upcoming events please call 301-373-6330 or see

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• Teen video contest deadline is fast approaching The deadline for the teen video contest is Mar. 4. Teens can create a three-minute or shorter video promoting the library, a favorite charity, or a cause or create a book trailer for their favorite book. Each library has a video camera that can be checked out to use within the library if teens need a camera to use. Details and entry forms can be found on the Library’s Teen Page. Winners will receive iTunes gift cards. The videos will be shown and winners announced at the Video Showcases on March 11. • Libraries celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday Children of all ages can celebrate Dr. Seuss birthday at Lexington Park on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m., at Charlotte Hall on Mar. 6 at 2 p.m. and at Leonardtown on Mar. 20 at 10 a.m. Stories, fun activities and songs are planned at these free programs. Registration is required. • Evening storytimes & LEGOs Families can drop in for an evening storytime and build LEGO creations based on the storytime theme on Mar. 3 at 6:30 at Lexington Park. On Mar. 4 Leonardtown will have an evening storytime at 6 p.m. and Charlotte Hall at 6:30 p.m. Following Leonardtown’s storytime LEGO Fun will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Families can work with LEGOs while listening to a story. LEGOs are provided. • Friends Book Sale slated for March 12-14 The Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale March 12 to 14, in three buildings at the county fairgrounds. The book sale will be open on Friday evening, March 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Friends members only, with membership available at the door. The sale is open to the public on Sat, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sun, March 14; from noon until 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the sale. To volunteer call either 301-373-8785 or 301-373-5238. Donations can be taken to the county fairgrounds Mar. 6 or between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mar. 8 through Mar. 11.

Thursday, February 25 • Taco Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Hold’Em Charity Cash Game Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m. • SMCARA – Amateur Radio Meeting Naval Air Museum (Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. Open to all interested people. For more information go to smcara/. • VOICES Reading Series St. Mary’s College (Daugherty-Palmer Commons) – 8 p.m. Author Jerry Gabriel, visiting assistant professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), will read from his book “Drowned Boy”. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a reception after the reading.

Friday, February 26 • Fish Dinner St. George’s Episcopal Church (Valley Lee) – 5 p.m. • Homespun Coffee House Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (Chaptico) – 7 p.m. The Southern MD Traditional Music and Dance Association will host an Open Mic on Friday, February 26. The doors open at 7:00pm and the music begins at 7:30. For additional information, or to sign up to perform, please contact John Garner at Admission is $5, and refreshments will be provided (but a donation is suggested). For more information, including directions to the Parish Hall, go to • Texas Hold’Em Mechanicsville Fire Department (Hills Club Rd) – 7 p.m. • Golden Age of the Big Band Concert St. Mary’s College (Aurebach Auditorium) – 8 p.m. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Jazz Combo and Big Band, led by director Don Stapleson, will perform selections from music legends Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellingto. Guest vocalist and local legend Sandy Mahoney will be singing with the combo. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Audrey Hamilton in the music department at 240-895-4498 or

Saturday, February 27 • Women’s Wellness Program Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (Laurel Grove) – 8 a.m. The program includes health screenings, continental breakfast and lunch, health displays and educational materials. This year’s event focuses on “Women’s Health ‘Head to Toe.’” Healthcare professionals will discuss mind management, clear vision, agony of the “feet,” a woman’s heart and a taste of the Mediterranean with sample recipes. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register for the day’s activities, please call 301-475-6019. • Free Tax Preparation – Maryland Tax Day Leonardtown and Lexington Park Libraries – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tax counselors certified by IRS and AARP will offer free tax preparation services for low to moderate income taxpayers. Must have proof of social security number and show state-issued picture identification. Bring all income and tax related information including names, social security numbers, birth dates for self, spouse, and dependents, and a copy of last year’s return. Basic returns only, no business or rental income returns. • Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy Open House Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy (Leonardtown) – 11 a.m. Admissions testing for the 2010 - 2011 school year will be given at the Open House. Contact the school at or 301475-8029 for more information. • $150 No Limit Deepstack Tournament St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 3 p.m. • Preschool Registration Mt. Zion United Methodist Church (Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m. Holding registration for 2010-2011 preschool classes for children ages 2-5. A new expanded program will be offered with fourday classes for four-year-olds and three-day classes for three-year-olds. For information, visit the web site at www.mtzionpreschool. com or call 301-884-5455. • Roast Beef Dinner Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad – 4:30 p.m. • Little Flower School Benefit Auction Little Flower School (Great Mills) – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $45 per couple and include a fully catered dinner by Catering Plus and Chef Al Porter. Auction tickets only are available for $15 per person or $25 per couple. Doors open at 5:30 for dinner, followed by the 7 p.m. silent auction and the 8 p.m. live auction. Items up for bid can be viewed at For more information about the event contact Little Flower School at 301-994-0404. • St. Michael’s School Masquerade Gala Mary’s Hope (St. Inigoes) – 6 p.m. Black tie and mask are optional. Donations are being accepted for a silent auction and there are event sponsorship and endorsement opportunities. Tickets are $75/ person or $135/couple. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information, call the school at 301-872-5454. • COSMIC Family Concert Leonardtown High School – 7 p.m. COSMIC Flute Choir and Orchestra featuring Winners of the 5th Annual Young Artist Competition! Brahms “Alto Rhapsody for alto and male chorus” with Monica Reinagel and community chorus, and Copland’s “Rodeo” with Ballet Caliente.

Sunday, February 28 • Pancake Breakfast by local Sea Scout Ship 548 Holy Angels Hall (Avenue) – 8 a.m. • Annual Dinner 7th District Optimist Club Annual Dinner from noon – until. At the Mechanicsville Firehouse Social Hall. Drive Thru and Carry-outs also available. • Bach Music Festival St. Mary’s College (Montgomery Hall) – 2 p.m. A one-day festival of concerts devoted


to the keyboard works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Hosted by SMCM pianists Eliza Garth, Brian Ganz, and Beverly Babcock, the ‘Bach Feast’ will begin at 2 p.m. and end at 9 interspersed with breaks. For more information on the festival, which is free and open to the public, e-mail ehgarth@smcm. edu or visit bach_feast.html. • Deep Stack Hold’Em Tournament Roland Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 2 p.m.

Monday, March 1 • Soup Cook-Off Forrest Career & Technology Center (Leonardtown) – 3 p.m. Cooking begins at 3:00 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 5:30 p.m., and tasting and judging of the junior division starting at 6:00 p.m., followed by tasting and judging of the senior division. The contest is open to the public. Admission tickets are $6.00 per adult, $3.00 per student, and free for children under four years old. To purchase tickets, to register, or for sponsorship details, contact Ron Grosche by phone at 301-475-0242, or by email at rkgrosche@ • No Limit Texas Hold’Em St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 7 p.m. • Savor St. Mary’s Meeting Lenny’s Restaurant (California) – 7 p.m. A collaboration between locally-owned restaurants, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) as well as locally-owned small businesses and community-minded individuals, “Savor St. Mary’s” was conceived to offer support to local agriculture and promote the area’s independent small businesses. For information on how to participate in “Savor St. Mary’s” contact Rebecca Deprey, Tourism Coordinator, St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development, 301-475-4200, extension 1404 or

Tuesday, March 2 • Relay for Life: Team Captain University Training Leonardtown Middle School (Cafeteria) – 6 p.m. Team Captain University training for the 2010 Relay For Life, St. Mary’s County. Get the latest training on how to join a team, set up a team, learn about the newest changes for 2010, and get fundraising ideas. All are welcome. • Am. Legion Auxiliary Unit 221 Meeting AL Post 221 (Avenue) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics Hold’Em Tournament Roland Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3 • Annual Middle School Spelling Bee Great Mills High School – 7 p.m. For more details, call Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper, Supervisor of Instruction for Reading, at 301-475-5511, ext 114. • Special Olympics Hold’Em Tournament Roland Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd. (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

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A Journey Through Time The


By Linda Reno Contributing Writer DeRosey Carroll, son of Charles John and Jane (Brown) Carroll was born October 8, 1813 at “Susquehanna” and named for Father Sebastian DeRosey, pastor at St. Nicholas Church. His family fled to Prince George’s County early in 1815 after suffering repeated British raids on their property. Unfortunately, a smallpox epidemic was raging there at that time and this move probably cost Mr. Carroll his life and perhaps that of his wife, Jane who died just before her husband or shortly thereafter. On October 9, 1815 the National Intelligencer reported: Died at his residence in Prince George’s County, Md. of the prevail-

ing epidemic, on February 25, after an illness of five hours, Charles John Carroll, aged 46 years. It had only been a few months since he removed from St. Mary’s Co., Md. where he had suffered greatly from the depredations of the enemy. He has left a large family who severely feel the loss. DeRosey and his siblings were left in the care of his grandmother, Araminta and their aunt, Elizabeth (Biscoe) Calvert*. Upon reaching adulthood, DeRosey moved to Mississippi, Alabama, and finally to Arkansas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned a Colonel in the Confederate Army. Arkansas was a divided state and occupied by both armies but each adhered to the rules and regulations of war. However, by 1863 the area was overrun with bushwhackers, jayhawkers, and guerillas. One of these was Captain Martin Hart, a loyal Union man who, under false pretenses, received a commission with the Confederacy to enable him to cross their battle lines.

e r u t a e F e r u t a e Cr Cat Tales By Theresa Morr Contributing Writer Are you an ailurophile (ah-lure-afile)? If you have a kitty or two roaming around in your home, you probably are. It just means you’re a cat lover and that’s a purr-fectly good thing. According to statistics, cats outnumber dogs as household pets. No wonder. The fastidious feline is so doggone (oops!) engaging when they rub up against our legs; hop upon our beds in the wee hours of the morning; sack out in our favorite chair; or hide when they don’t want to be bothered with us anymore. Felis catus has a hold on us, whether we want to admit it or not. And that’s OK. Domesticated cats have been around for millions of years. The Ancient Egyptians revered cats and even worshipped them as gods and goddesses. A cat’s high status allowed them to be owned only by Pharaohs, but fed and cared for by lesser subjects. If a cat died, the animal was brought to a Priest who determined if the death was natural or not. So ardent was the Egyptians’ affection for cats that death was the penalty for anyone killing them. Such an act was thought to offend Bastet, the main cat goddess and a symbol of grace and poise. In households where a cat died of natural causes, family members would shave off their eyebrows to reflect deep sorrow. Cats were even mummified for their journey into the next world, often accompanied by bowls of milk, food, along with – you guessed it -- mummified mice. But the exalted pussy cats had useful purposes, too. The Ancient Egyptians used them to control mice and other pests that nibbled away their stores of food. Exporting cats out of Egypt was forbidden, but eventually the shorthaired domestic cat found its furry way across the world via ship, probably as stowaways to control mice; the longhaired domestics came later from Turkey and Iran. During the Middle Ages, people believed that cats were evil, had super-

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natural powers, and were favorites of the devil. Every misfortune was blamed on the poor creatures. Superstition, witchcraft, and black magic caused thousands of cats to be destroyed in horrible ways: burned alive, boiled, stoned, flayed, stabbed, hanged, or tossed from high places to their death. During this dark period of history, the rat population exploded, which led to germs and fleas and ultimately to the “black death” (Bubonic Plague). By the 18th century, cats were no longer persecuted. They slowly made a comeback to where they were accepted as loving companions to us humans. Do you think a cat has nine lives? According to an old Irish legend, a witch could turn herself into a cat, and back again to herself eight times. But on the ninth time, she couldn’t change back; hence, the familiar saying, “A cat has nine lives.” If you’ve even wondered what stage of life your kitty is, this might help: Your cat is a teenager at about six months to one year; at about eight years old, kitty has reached middle age; and at around 12 years, kitty is a senior citizen and deserves your love and respect. The life span of an outdoor cat is about three to five years. But an indoor cat enjoys a nice, comfortable life span of 16 or more years. No matter your cat’s age, Leonardo da Vinci understood cats, when he said, “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” My favorite line about cats comes from an unk n o w n source: “Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” F o r more great stuff about cats, pounce on these websites: www. and for legends, myths, plus other links to follow. Comments to Kikusan2@

On January 14, 1863, Captain Hart and his renegades began raiding homes to kill known Confederates. Their third stop and second murder was DeRosey Carroll. They called to DeRosey to come out of his house and, when he did shot him down without warning and without provocation. Captain Hart and his troops were soon captured by Confederate forces. Since Hart held papers as a Confederate officer, he was subject to court martial by Confederate authorities. He was found guilty and sentenced to be hung. DeRosey’s son Charles was allowed to set the rope that hanged Hart. Shortly after the death of DeRosey Carroll, his brother George took his own family, DeRosey’s remaining family and their slaves to Texas out of harm’s way. The family feared reprisals against Charles D. Carroll since he had set the rope for the hanging of Captain Hart. *After the death of Henry Carroll in 1775, his widow, Araminta (Thompson), married second, George Biscoe. One of their daughters was Elizabeth Biscoe who was born about

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1780. Elizabeth Biscoe was the Calvert aunt who was credited with helping to raise the orphans of Charles John Carroll. She married Edward Henry Calvert, son of Benedict Leonard Calvert and his wife, Elizabeth Calvert (daughter of Photo Courtesy of Helen Governor Charles Carroll Beavers Patterson Calvert). Elizabeth’s DeRosey Carroll sister-in-law was Eleanor Calvert who married John Parke Custis, stepson of George Washington. Correction from last week’s article. The name of the jeep of Roy Rogers was Nellie Bell. Clarabell was a character from the Howdy Doody Show. So many bells—so little time.

Wanderings of an


No Static Please By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer This morning being the first Sunday service during Lent, I was prepared for more kneeling and praying than normal. If you have stiff joints that is all the better for feeling even a small percentage of the suffering of Jesus. I was surprised, however at how much problem I was having bending my right knee back. My knee didn’t seem to hurt too bad when I was standing this morning. When we were permitted to again sit on the pews, I noticed I couldn’t cross my right leg over my left leg. Whoa, I really do have to get this weight off. About that moment, I realized there was a huge lump at the back of my knee. I tried to quietly check the underside of my knee through my pants, and quickly understood that I must have a sock stuck to the inside of my pants due to static cling. The problem was how to get my hand surreptitiously up through my pants leg during the sermon. First, I pushed on the outside of my pants, but the item didn’t want to budge – I couldn’t slide it or shake it. Wow, I better change my brand of dryer sheets next time. My main worry now was that I had to get whatever this was out before we had to take the wine and wafers up to the altar. Today we were greeters. Everyone would see the lump as we walked up the aisle. This would be great fun for everyone at our church. Our collective sense of humor, and good-natured teasing is one of the aspects about our church I love the most. Today not so much. I was really glad we sit in the back pew, since I had to keep bending over to slip my hand up my pants leg. The item was definitely wedged good. I’d reach, then sit back up for a moment, then reach again. I kept my eyes on our priest as much as possible, hoping he would think I was still listening intently during my struggle. Oh no, I could tell he was winding up the



sermon, then we’d be standing again for the Nicene Creed, Prayers of the people, and then … the Peace, and at our service we get out of the pews and greet. Quick! Surprisingly, my husband didn’t seem to notice what I was doing. This proved to be a blessing. Finally, I reached up high enough and caught the tip of the item and pulled. Just a few more times, it’s almost out. Blue? Uh oh, I don’t have powder blue socks. Out came my static-clinged powder blue undies, which I promptly rolled up in my hand and stuffed in my purse. I hope no one in church finds out – this could be used as joke fodder for a few weeks. I’ve put on undies inside out many times, but that is no cause for alarm. Dryer sheets have been tucked into blouses or pants a couple of times. It hasn’t been too long ago that I wore my sweater backwards to church. I kept pulling the neck out, and it would tighten back up again. I must have been really absorbed in the service that morning for the realization not to hit me. I didn’t notice until I got home and changed into comfy clothes. The worst time was in high school. I had just taken over the helm of the Inter-Club Council and was going to lead my first meeting. I felt professional, thought I looked sharp. Instead of my normal blue jeans, I had my classy 1970’s polyester dress pants on. And yes, went through the whole day with a black knee sock attached to the back of my pants. Of course no one would say a word. At the end of the day, one kind soul finally pointed it out to me. All I can say is I hope I gave someone reason to smile that day. I am waiting for the day, when in my usual rush to get out the door for church, I will again disregard some important clothing issue… like wearing my powder blue undies on the outside of my pants. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.

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Thursday, February 25 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m. • John Shaw Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 6:30 p.m.

• DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

Friday, February 26 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.

• Full Steam Blue Dog Saloon (Port Tobacco) – 9 p.m. • Hate the Toy Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

• Karoke with DJ Tommy T and DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m. • Miles From Clever Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Niki Barr Band Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 9 p.m. • Nuttin’ Fancy Band VFW Post 9370 (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

• David Flood Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m. • DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

• Slow Rush Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m. • Smith-Tucker Band Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9 p.m.

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

• Too Many Mikes Fat Boys Country Store (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

• Slow Rush Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.

• Escape Plan B Memories (Waldorf) – 9:30 p.m.

• Bent Nickel Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, March 1

• Uncrowned Memories (Waldorf) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 27 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m. • Benjamin Connelly Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m.

• Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3

• Gretchen Richie (Jazz Cabaret) Café des Artistes (Leonardtown) – 8 p.m.

• Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 5:30 p.m.

• Karaoke Quade’s Store (Bushwood) – 8 p.m.

• Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

• Hawkeye Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.

• Wolf’s Open Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.

• Bent Nickel Anderson’s Bar (Avenue) – 8:30 p.m. • Bone w/ The Craze Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.


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• Captain Woody Scott’s II (Welcome) – 9 p.m.

• HY Jinx Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

• Dylan Galvin Applebee’s (California) – 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In Entertainment

Son of St. Mary’s Stomps the Yard By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Justin Myles rubbed his hands together excitedly as he sat down at El Cerro Grande in Leonardtown to enjoy a meal while on break from the road, ordering off the menu in order to mitigate what may have been a dramatic break from his healthy diet. He does have to stay in shape, after all. His dancing career demands it. Justin started dancing at the age of 3 with his mother, Gracie Myles, owner of Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Studio in Hollywood, and later started switching between learning tap routines and playing drums. “I picked up a drumstick when I was seven,” he said explaining the first song he learned to play. “The first song I learned how to play … was an easy 4-4 beat, and it was the Batman song by Prince,” he said, mimicking Justin Myles the 80s club beat that set the song apart from its 1960s television roots. “I was always messing around with the drums, but that was the first … I just remember we had to sneak around [my father] to play,” he said, laughing. “When we saw his truck come into the driveway we knew we had like three more beats and we’d be done.” It was probably for the best that Justin’s parents endured their son’s passions, from his beginnings playing 80s hits in the basement and dancing at his mother’s studio, to his study as a drum line regular at Chopticon High School. And now one can view the marriage of his obsessions by seeing him perform in Stomp, the popular offBroadway show that features athletic dancers wielding sticks, stones, trash cans, brooms and other implements of destruction to craft danceable rhythms for the audience. Of course, he didn’t just land that gig overnight, he said. “I worked my way up. I started in St. Mary’s County, doing just what the kids are doing now in my mom’s studio. I have lot of credit to give to her, as far as the opportunity to perform a lot,” he said. “That was the breeding grounds for good practice … and I really enjoyed it. And I auditioned for a show called Tap Dogs my junior year in high school.” Once he’d been accepted into the semi-professional world of dancing, Justin said he began making regular trips out of state to train for the off-Broadway show, later moving on to accept dancing gigs at (Paramount’s) King’s Dominion. “I didn’t realize it was really a dance career,” he said, explaining that he spent most of his high school career juggling both his rock band, Haze, and performances with his high school band in addition to chorus and dancing. “But that’s what it became.” Of course, Justin said that’s not all he’s into. In addition to playing, Justin has been trying his hand at producing, most notably with pals Matt Garrett and Matt Vivlamore and their production company, Meerkat Sound (www.meerkatsound. com). “For me it’s kind of like a home-town part-time job,” he said. “All three of us have a love for music,

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and we have a love for production, live sound, recording and mixing bands live, and we all have a third in the company. Right now it’s kind of small but we have gigs every weekend.” As for Justin’s own music, he admitted it took him two and a half years to complete his own CD, “This Genre,” a sprawling opus that seems to include a little bit of everything from acoustic rock to rap. “I’ve had a lot of artists say ‘well that’s good to just get it all out there’ and get it out of my system … then I can typecast myself,” though it’s doubtful he ever will, he said. Justin said his tour with Stomp will likely keep him from performing music in the area until this summer, but in the meantime, he’s happy to just be making lots of noise. Justin Myles will be performing in Stomp at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore from March 16 to 28. For more information on the show, go to For tickets, go to www.ticketmaster. com/venue/172363.


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A View From The


Fri., Feb. 26 Girls’ Basketball Class 3A South Regional First Round Northern at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Class 4A East Regional First Round Severna Park at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Annapolis at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 27 Boys’ Basketball Class 3A South First Round Potomac at Chopticon, TBD Class 4A East Regional First Round Great Mills at Meade, TBD Glen Burnie at Leonardtown, TBD


State Meet at P.G. Sports and Learning Complex

Fri., Feb. 19 Thurs., Feb 18 Boys’ Swimming SMAC championships 1. Leonardtown 397 2. Huntingtown 382 3. Northern 338 4. La Plata 317 5. North Point 285 6. Great Mills 255 7. Chopticon 204.5 8. Stone 195 9. Patuxent 185.5 10. Lackey 183 11. McDonough 150 12. Westlake 117 13. Calvert 68

Girls’ Swimming SMAC championships 1. Leonardtown 465 2. North Point 308 3. Chopticon 297 4. Patuxent 285 5. La Plata 271 6. Northern 264 7. Westlake 258 8. Stone 240 9. Huntingtown 233 10. Great Mills 156 11. Lackey 138 12. Calvert 120 13. McDonough 59

Girls’ Basketball Great Mills 54, Chopticon 39 Leonardtown 43, Patuxent 32 St. Mary’s Ryken 63, Bishop Ireton 44

Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken 69, Bishop Ireton 51

Sat., Feb. 20 Wrestling SMAC Tournament at North Point La Plata, 264 Leonardtown, 218.5 Northern, 156 Chopticon, 151.5 Huntingtown, 142 North Point, 139 Patuxent, 123.5 Thomas Stone, 92 Westlake, 80 Lackey, 71 Calvert, 51 McDonough, 45 Great Mills, 23.5

Sun., Feb. 21 Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken 73, St. John’s 64

life: The Other Major Championship

By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer After months in seclusion, we’ve spotted the life form we’ve known as Tiger Woods and the one that recently became America’s most famous serial cheater. The world paused Friday as Woods apparently emerged from, judging from its effectiveness, the same bunker Dick Cheney used during his Vice Presidency to issue an obligatory public apology for his outrageous behavior. Tiger’s disappearance, of course, followed the bizarre incidents over Thanksgiving weekend and the public unveiling of his countless affairs. Tiger’s always been obsessed with breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships. Having won 14 so far, he was (and still is) very much on pace. But who knew he was also on pace to challenge the claimed sexual exploits of Wilt Chamberlain and Gene Simmons? My goodness, using his mistresses, I think we could all map to Tiger within six degrees of separation. Eat your heart out Kevin Bacon. Seriously though, what Tiger did was reprehensible and, to date, unexplained (he’s allegedly a sex addict, although he made no such admission). The man was simultaneously living the life of a rich, successful playboy and a married father of two young children. Not even Tiger Woods can balance those two realities without causing collateral damage. So after a lengthy hiatus, he finally did what he knew he had to do: publicly apologize and take responsibility for his actions. His statement hit all the marks, didn’t seem “lawyered up” or overproduced and seemed reasonably genuine. Only Tiger knows if it really was and time will tell if he can live up to this new self-imposed moral standard. To be honest though, his words matter little. The event itself was captivating in that it portrayed Woods, the biggest fish in the sporting world’s pond, as small and unassuming in the sea of everyday life. It was fascinating to see this giant sports figure completely disarmed – neutered if you will - by his personal actions. Even if it was an Academy Award winning performance, we’ve never seen

leonardtown swimmers Complete season sweep, Win sMaC Boys and Girls Championships The Leonardtown boys and girls swim teams concluded their unbeaten Southern Maryland Athletic Conference schedule by winning the conference championship, held at the Prince Georges Sports and Learning complex Thursday. The Raider boys held off Huntingtown 397-382, while the girls scored 465 points, 107 points ahead of second-place North Point.

Woods even flirt with humility, but last Friday we saw Superman bleed. Here was the endlessly arrogant Woods facing the harsh consequences of his actions, desperate to reclaim the life he once had but recklessly discarded. To that end, he appealed to three distinct groups, asking each to treat him better than he ever treated them. He asked the media, a group he has routinely dismissed and barely tolerated, to leave his family alone during this difficult time. He asked fans, the people from whom he has expected the reverence peasants bestow on royalty, to believe in him again. And most importantly, he apologized to his family and specifically his wife, a woman he completely humiliated. Forget for a minute how difficult it must be to be Tiger Woods at the moment and consider what it must be like to be Elin Woods. We can only wait and see what the future holds for Woods. It is unlikely the media will heed his request to back off. The sensational - good or bad - is the foundation of today’s press. And anyway, I’m not sure Tiger’s in a position to be anyone’s moral

compass. Golf fans (me included) will ignore his domestic sins the minute he returns and cheer his unrivaled performance in clutch situations. But Tiger Woods, the brand, has likely peaked. He will never return to the transcendent, iconic level he had reached right up to the moment his SUV hit that fire hydrant last November. As for his marriage, that’s between him and Elin. Marriage is challenging without fame, fortune and countless girlfriends. With all that (particularly the latter), it might be unsustainable. The outcome of his reconstruction aside, Woods is almost certainly thinking beyond himself and considering something greater than golf and 19 majors: his personal legacy. While his obsessive focus on golf is fundamental to his greatness, perhaps for the first time Woods understands that personal failings are a lot more significant than missing a three-foot putt and losing a major. As we know, golf is small; life is big. Welcome to every man’s world, Tiger. Send comments to

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Seahawk Men’s LAX Falls to Roanoke in Season Opener

Roanoke, Va. – Senior attackman Pat March (Glen Burnie, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) scored a game-high five goals in leading No. 5 Roanoke College to a 22-7 victory over the visiting St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team Sunday afternoon in non-conference action. Roanoke (2-0) jumped out to an early 30 lead at 9:20 behind two goals from March. However, three unanswered goals by the Seahawks knotted the game at 3-all at 5:30 as junior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) scored twice in the run. The Maroons closed out the first period on a 5-0 run to head into the second period with an 8-3 lead. The Maroons outscored St. Mary’s 3-1 in the second quarter as junior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) interrupted the home team’s 7-0 run with a goal at 10:53. RC headed into halftime with an 11-4 lead. Roanoke opened up the third stanza of play with four unanswered goals as junior midfielder Trey Keeley (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) tallied back-to-back scores. Junior middie Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./ Calvert Hall) put the Seahawks (0-1) on the board in the third at 1:11. The Seahawks (0-1) scored first in the last quarter of play as freshman attackman Pat Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) found the

back of the net at 13:29. Roanoke took it from there, rattling off six straight before SMC freshman midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John’s) notched a goal at 2:01. Mitchell won 10-of-23 face-offs while freshman midfielder Alex Brylske (Bowley’s Quarters, Md./Mount Carmel) was 4-of-6 as the Seahawks finished 14-of-32 for the game. Mitchell scooped up a team-high five ground balls as well. Roanoke outshot the visitors, 54 to 37, and claimed the ground ball battle as well, 46 to 29, behind a game-best 12 ground balls by junior midfielder Greg Khanzadian (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers), who won 15of-23 face-offs. Senior goalie Jake Dorsey (Woodbine, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) picked up 10 stops for RC while freshmen Kyle Hagens (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Mike Hardon (Devon, Pa./The Gunnery) combined for two saves in the final 5:57. Junior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) made 14 saves in his first game as a Seahawk while freshman Nick Beardsley (Monkton, Md./Saint James) notched two in the final 7:59. The Seahawks return to action next Saturday, February 27 as St. Mary’s faces Dickinson College at 1:00 pm at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Third Period Eruption Keys Win for Sabres Pee Wee Team

Eric Johnston of Leonardtown takes the puck and prepares to score his second goal of three goals.

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After trailing for most of the game against Howard 1, the Southern Maryland Sabres Pee Wee rec team, coached by Jamie Cantlon, came alive in the third period, scoring six goals in the final frame to win the game, 8-5. Eric Johnston recorded a hat trick, Eric Brawner scored two goals and Jack Reining, Jacob Pilkerton and Kristian Lacot each scored a goal. Defending the net was Katelyn Bucior with 15 saves. The Sabres remain undefeated after nine games.

Northern Soccer League Registration Ongoing The St. Mary’s Northern Soccer League is currently conducting walk-in and mailin registrations. Walk-In registrations will be held on February 6th, 13th, and 20th at both the Mechanicsville Firehouse and Leonardtown Library, between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Mail completed form(s)

and check made payable to “Northern Soccer League” to the following address: Northern Soccer League Attn: Player Registration PO Box 1063 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Late registrations will end on February 28, a late fee must be included in payment for any forms postmarked be-

tween February 21st and February 28th. Late fee is $25 per family. The cost of registrations are as follows: $50 1st child, $30 2nd child, $30 3rd child, and $20 for each additional. RECPLUS cost is $60 and family discount is still applied for multiple registrations. For more information, visit

Ryken Boys Set Record for Hoops Win

Babe Ruth Baseball Registration Ongoing

The St. Mary’s Ryken boys’ basketball team broke a school record for wins in a season, with Sunday afternoon’s 73-64 win over St. John’s being their 17th victory of the season. The previous record was 16, recorded in the 2006-07 season. Deon Andrews scored a game-high 20 points for the Knights (17-9 overall, 9-8 in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference play), while three other players (Treveon Graham with 14, Kai Smith with 13, and Elijah Matthews with 12) hit double figures in scoring as well.

Registration for the St. Mary’s County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball League (ages 7 to 18) will be held at the Mechanicsville, Leonardtown and 7th District Firehouses from 10:00 am to Noon on Saturday February 13, 20 and 27. Registration will also be held at the Mechanicsville Firehouse from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Wednesday, February 17 and February 24. For more information, please visit our website at

Gretton Goalkeeping County Tennis League Seeking Players, Teams Indoor Futsal Clinic Series

St Mary’s County USTA Tennis League looking for 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 players for 2010 Mixed Adult teams. Season runs from March-May. Must be a USTA member and have reached eighteen (18) years of age prior to, or during, the 2010 calendar year. Contact Mai-Liem Slade if interested, mlslade@md.metrocast. net or 301-481-2305.

Gretton Goalkeeping will conduct weekly indoor futsal training sessions for all ages and skill levels Monday and Wednesday each week at Park Hall Elementary School from 7:30-8:30pm. Field player training is also available. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve your spot please email or call 301-643-8992.


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High School Hoops By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Hornet Seniors Go Out Like Titans, Beat Chopticon “It was important, we couldn’t let them get anything, so we had to, as we say ‘get in them shorts,’” Jones said. “We knew we were much more aggressive the first time we played them,” Baker. “So we had to pick up the intensity.” Chopticon head coach Judy Evans agreed with that sentiment. “They do a good job of dictating, they put a lot of pressure on us and forced a lot of turnovers, which hurt us,” she said. “We had a

GREAT MILLS – Shortly before Friday night’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference girls’ basketball game, the entire Great Mills team began chanting and shuffling about on their end of the floor, reminiscent of the “Everywhere we go, people wanna know” chant made famous in the movie “Remember The Titans.” The Hornets then went out and wrote their own script, downing county rival Chopticon 54-39 and earning a first-round home playoff game in the Class 4A East Regionals. “The seniors were working on it at practice one day and they said ‘you guys have to be in this,’” said junior guard Bria Jones, who led the Hornets with 12 points. “Johnita [Baker] came up with it.” “Just like in the movie, we wanted everyone to remember the class of 2010,” Baker explained of her plan, which took place on Senior Night. “We felt that if we all did it at the same time that Coach couldn’t forfeit the game, he couldn’t sit all of us down. We ended up pulling it off.” After the pre-game ritual, the Hornets led from beginning to end and by as many in 20 Photo By Chris Stevens points, using their defensive intensity to frus- Lauren Fairfax of Great Mills defends the Braves’ trate the Braves. Kirstin Norris.

slow start and the turnovers killed us.” Junior forward Bree Brown led the Braves – and all scorers – with 15 points. Meanwhile, the Hornets celebrated the careers of five seniors who made head coach Brian Weisner proud down the stretch of Friday’s game. “When Rickita [Smith] goes in, scores a lay-up and gets fouled, to see those girls standing and applauding, that’s what makes you proud to coach,” he said. “They work hard, they play together, and any coach wants to coach a team like that.”

Hornet Boys Hand Cougars First Loss By Chris Stevens Staff Writer WALDORF – With a nothing to lose mentality, the Great Mills boys’ basketball team pulled off another tremendous road win, stunning Southern Maryland Athletic

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Moe Queen surveys the floor during Great Mills’ 65-55 upset of previously unbeatean Thomas Stone Tuesday night.

Conference champion Thomas Stone 65-55 Tuesday night, the Cougars’ first loss of the 2009-10 season. “We’ve been reading

about how they’re ranked No. 3 [by the Washington Post] and they’re undefeated,” said senior forward Mykel Harris, who led all scorers with 21 points. “We came out hard and we really wanted this game.” “I thought we played, again, our most complete game,” head coach Frank Peck said, echoing his thoughts after the previous Tuesday’s huge win over county rival Leonardtown. “They came out with the straight-up goal ‘we want to win,’ and you could see it in their play.” The Cougars (19-1 overall, 13-1 SMAC) led 22-16 in the second quarter, but the Hornets went on an 11-3 run to take a two-point lead at halftime, with Kamaron Barker’s three-point shot from the left wing in the final minute being the go-ahead basket. “We looked at them as a team that puts their jersey on just like we do,” said Barker. “We just had to be leaders out there.” After Barker’s triple sent the Hornets (13-5 overall, 9-4 SMAC) into the locker room with the lead, they were able to keep Stone at arm’s length in the second half, including on a key sequence two minutes into the final quarter. Trailing by four points, the Cougars’ leading scorer, forward Stephon Battle went

up for a thunderous dunk attempt, but the ball rattled in and out. Stone’s Sigourney Jackson got the rebound and shot a lay-up, but Barker swatted it out to Moe Queen, who shoveled the ball to Davonte Jordan for a lay-up to put Great Mills ahead by six (47-41). “When he attempted to dunk, that was going to get the crowd up,” Peck said. “It was good that we didn’t go into a shell and we kept playing.” “It’s like Yogi Berra said – ‘Déjà vu all over again,’” said Cougars head coach Dale Lamberth, alluding to Stone dropping their home finale to Leonardtown last season. “We had trouble matching Great Mills’ intensity and they just pulled away from us.” The Hornets held off the Cougars, missing senior center Dytania Johnson (suspension) and had a big win to hang their hat on to start the 4A East Regional playoffs, which they will do this weekend at Meade High School. “I feel we can go far in the playoffs,” Harris said. “We’re ready for it.” “This win is going to carry itself. They see how well they can play,” Peck said. “We just have to come out with the same mentality in the playoffs.”

“It was really emotional,” said senior forward Tori Bradburn, who added points in the win. “This was our last time playing Chopticon and we wanted to go out with a bang.” As far as the 4A East playoffs go, which begin Friday at 6:30 against visiting Severna Park, the Hornet girls think they can make some noise. “We’re just going to play together as a family, play our hardest and play Great Mills basketball,” Bradburn said.

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Cannon, Bohanan Lead First Time Champions at SmaC Wrestling Championships By Chris Stevens Staff Writer WALDORF – The third time was certainly the charm for Chopticon’s Stephen Cannon and Leonardtown’s Mark Bohanan.

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Alex Pence of Chopticon won the 171-pound class during the SMAC wrestling championship round Saturday at North Point.

Cannon claimed the 152-pound championship and Bohannon took the heavyweight class at Saturday evening’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference wrestling championships held at North Point High School. “It feels great, I knew coming in that this was my last chance,” Cannon said “and I finally did it.” Cannon defeated North Point’s Tyler Schirf in a decision to pick up the crown, following in the footsteps of his older brother Michael. “Mike was a four-time finalist and one-time champion – he won his senior year,” Cannon said of his older brother, an AllAmerican currently at American University in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Bohanan also continued a family tradition of his own with his win over Sammy Murphy of Huntingtown in the heavyweight final. Mark’s father John was also a SMAC wrestling champion, winning the 188-pound class in 1976 at Ryken High School (now known as St. Mary’s Ryken High School) “It’s huge, I wanted to do this for my dad, ” said Bohanan, who will be attending Salisbury University next fall. “Along with Sam Corey (119 pound champion), Leonardtown’s only had five or six champions since the ‘70s, so it’s nice to be a part of history.” Corey, a sophomore, took a decision over La Plata’s Dylan Dull to win his first SMAC title, a championship he believed he Photo By Frank Marquart could win from the start. Leonardtown’s B.J. Frederick is tied up with La Plata’s Connar “Before the season, I set SMAC as a goal and getting to Zimmerman. regionals and states,” he said. “The season’s not over yet.” “It’s really all about practice,” Pence said of the key to his Rounding out the champions from St. Mary’s County was Chopticon senior Alec Pence, who beat Jaylen Jones of success this season. “Practice doesn’t make you perfect, but it’s La Plata in the 171-pound what makes a winner. It feels great to win.” Leonardtown finished second and Chopticon finished class for his first conference fourth, while La Plata took yet another SMAC title, giving the championship. county teams something to shoot for in the future. “It really helps our teammates wrestle better so we can place better,” Cannon said. “It’ll make our team work harder so we can beat La Plata for first place.” “We’re tired of coming in second to La Plata, but I think everybody is,” Corey said. “We didn’t come away with as many indidivual champions, but we’re doing pretty well,” Bohanan said. “Hopefully we’ll wrestle as good in regionals and states as we did here.” Photo By Frank Marquart

Leonardtown’s Mark Bohanan won his first SMAC championship Saturday night, winning the conference’s heavyweight wrestling crown.


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St. Mary’s Men Handle York, Secure Top Seed

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer ST. MARY’S CITY – While the talk of the Capital Athletic Conference has been the St. Mary’s College guard tandem of Alex Franz and Camontae Griffin, the Seahawks proved Saturday afternoon that they can be just as good in the paint.

Conference regular season title. “The big boys were dominant,” Franz said of Grashof and Burum. “They played an amazing game.” “They knew they had to step up, the whole team had to step up,” said Griffin, who was honored before the game as the lone Seahawk men’s senior. “They got us into the game.” “You’ve got to come out and get up for every single game,” Grashof said. “We were able to get home court advantage, which is awesome. Now we just want to get into the tournament and win it.” After a Paul Kouvaris tip-in brought the Spartans (19-6 overall, 11-5 CAC) to within three points, St. Mary’s finished the first half on a 14-3 run and eventually led by 27 points

in the second half, removing any drama from clinching their second straight regular season title. Following a 76-54 make-up win over Mary Washington on Sunday, the Seahawks finish the regular season 22-3 overall and 14-2 in CAC play. They now will play Marymount in the CAC semi-finals, which they will host at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center Arena tonight at 7 p.m. “Having the number one seed hasn’t been a good thing, since no number one has won our conference in eight years,” Seahawks coach

Chris Harney said. “We still have some work to do.” The Hawks, ranked 17th in Division III are aware of what happened to them in last year’s conference semi-final, a shocking 86-81 loss to Marymount that has been their only home loss in two years’ time. “We don’t want to get too high, but we can’t be too low either,” Griffin explained. “We just have to stay hungry and keep a championship attitude.”

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With sophomore forward Brian Grashof scoring a career-high 18 points and junior Photo By Frank Marquart center Sam Burum adding 17, SMC cruised St. Mary’s College’s James Davenport scores two to an 82-63 victory over York College, winpoints during the Seahawks’ 82-63 win over York ning their second consecutive Capital Athletic Saturday afternoon.

Saint-Aubin’s Lay-Up Gives Seahawks Senior Day Triumph By Chris Stevens Staff Writer ST. MARY’S CITY – In a game that saw the two seniors on the St. Mary’s College women’s basketball team honored before tipoff, it was fitting one of them scored the winning basket. Stephanie Saint-Aubin’s fast break lay-up with 13.6 seconds left was the difference as the Seahawks held off York College 61-59 Saturday afternoon, locking up the fourth seed (and a home contest) in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. “Honestly, I was thinking it was a regular lay-up,” Saint-Aubin said after York’s April Sparkman closed in, but was too late to block the shot. “My mind was relaxed and clear.” The Seahawks led by as many as eight points in the second half, but an 18-11 burst by the Spartans, capped by Khadija Mitchell’s spinning lay-up with 54 seconds to go, tied the game at 59. After a missed free throw, York had possession and a chance to win. However, freshman guard Pui Sham picked York’s Jamie Polan clean and found a streaking Saint-Aubin for the winning basket.

“This was a great team effort, everyone gave their all,” said senior center Alex Wenger, who along with Saint-Aubin was honored before the game. “This was a total team win.” Wenger scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while junior guard/forward Jamie Roberts led all scorers with 19 points, 13 of them coming in the second half. “I was just looking for my shot,” Roberts said simply while happy to pick up a win for her two senior teammates. “Every one stepped up and we really wanted this game for them. It’s awesome, I don’t know what could be better.” Perhaps a first-round CAC playoff game at home, which is huge in the eyes of Seahawks coach Barb Bausch. “This gives a lot better chance to get to Thursday than going to someone else’s place,” Bausch said of advancing to the conference semi-finals. “To fill this place with our fans is great. We only have eight players so their our 9th, 10th and 11th man.” Unfortunately, the Seahawks could not get to tonight, as York came back to the ARC and pulled out an 88-73 victory in the playoff game, ending St. Mary’s season at 9-16.

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