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State’s Increasing Jobs Numbers Questioned The state labor department says 35,800 jobs were added in March, but local officials raise an eyebrow over numbers. PAGE 5
Lockheed, Sikorsky Team Up for Helicopter Bid After the presidential helicopter contract was killed in 2009, Lockheed is competing again for a slice of the contract, this time as a subcontractor. PAGE 7
From Batman To Butter Pecan Big Larry’s Comic Book Café, formerly Aardvarks in Lusby, relocated to Leonardtown Square, offering comic books and ice cream. PAGE 8
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Careless Smoking Causes Two Fires More than 20 families were forced out of their homes after two fires caused more than $1 million in damages. PAGE 12
COMMUNITY Square Goes Green For Earth Day The 10th annual Earth Day on Leonardtown Square featured exhibits, vendors, crafts and more. PAGE 19
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Ehrlich Says His Election Would Mean Holding Back Taxes
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
Former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich (R) told supporters recently that if he were elected to the state’s top executive position that he would stall tax increases some officials fear will have to come to bridge the state’s continuing multi-billion dollar deficit. Ehrlich, who lost to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) back in 2006, said that while the recent state budget had $2 billion in cuts, the figure was actually closer to $3 billion without federal bailout dollars. Ehrlich made his reentry into state politics official earlier this month with his election bid.
“Winning this race means $3 billion tax increase will not occur in Maryland,” Ehrlich told attendees of the Lincoln-Reagan dinner held at the J.T. Daugherty Center in California April 17. Ehrlich railed against the current fiscal policies from the O’Malley administration and the Annapolis legislature, which he blamed for small businesses and entrepreneurs leaving the state. “A lot of people have left, they’ve had it,” Ehrlich said. “Policy calls in Annapolis have made things worse. “Small business people are getting hit hard.” Ehrlich also said that the tax increases passed by the special session in Annapolis just a few years ago, was “disastrous” and caused the state to lose more revenue than it had hoped to get. He said that repealing those tax increases would be a major
Photo by Sean Rice The Caiso Steel Band from Trinidad performs during the 30th annual opening of the Tiki Bar on Solomons Island last weekend. Owners estimated nearly 30,000 people visited the island over the weekend. From left is Michael George playing the kettle pan, Ted Island on bass, David Zephrine on melody pan and the mystical rhythm specialist Franklin “Tiki” Harding on maracas.
priority if voters chose him to govern in November. Political pundits say that Ehrlich’s campaign promises are good fodder for his run, but they will be an entirely different matter if he gets elected. “He’s got some lessons to learn from his last term,” said Todd Eberly, profes- Robert L. Ehrlich sor of political science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “Ehrlich never accepted that he was a stranger in a strange land, that he was a Republican in a sea of Democrats.” One of Ehrlich’s problems, Eberly said, was his straight ahead approach on Republican red meat issues while in office but a lack of willingness to compromise with Democrats. Any success Ehrlich would have in Annapolis would likely be contingent on whether more Republicans got elected to the Senate and House of Delegates — Ehrlich himself said that five new seats in the Senate and 12 in the House were critical — but GOP organizers say that with discontent in the nation that this may be their year to make gains. Eberly said Ehrlich’s next challenge would be to explain how a repeal of the sales tax increase could be accomplished with a replacement for the lost revenue. “Because I don’t know that it will bring businesses all of a sudden back to Maryland,” Eberly said. But the sales tax increase disproportionately affected lower income families as well as business, Eberly said, and could provide real traction for Ehrlich’s campaign. “If I was advising him I’d say run on it, the sales tax [increase] is incredibly regressive,” Eberly said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
Recent data from the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) shows that an estimated 35,800 jobs were added to industries across the state in March alone, and while the numbers look good, local business and economic officials are wondering whether it reflects real job growth. A breakdown of the increase in job numbers for each county will be available later in the week, according to the DLLR. The state agency noted that as many as one-third of the 35,800 jobs could be a result of workers returning after February’s unusually foul weather. “While some of the increase in payrolls can be attributed to a reversal of the weather-related slowdowns we saw in February, the number of new jobs, and the fact they were reported in every major employment sector suggests that real job growth did occur,” said DLLR Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez. Bill Scarafia, president and CEO of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce said that continuing growth in the defense contractor sector locally, and civil service hiring at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, could have contributed to the new numbers, but he had not seen job growth to the level the state claims locally. “We’ve seen unemployment level off, but we haven’t seen that kind of growth,” Scarafia said. “The numbers sound really good but between sea-
sonal workers and people going back to work, I don’t know if it’s 35,800 new jobs.” Scarafia did say that the economy locally seemed to have hit the bottom and was making its way back. “I’m seeing a lot less reluctance on the part of businesses and consumers to do anything,” Scarafia said. Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development said that the new numbers were encouraging but that improvements needed to continue before the state and county could fully recover. “If this blip turned into trend we could see some real improvement,” Schaller said. “But there is a sense that things are improving.” Though the state’s new figures are far above the usual 2,000 jobs per month over the past 10 years, DLLR stated in a press release, the state’s unemployment rate remained steady at 7.7 percent, which is about two percentage points better than the national rate of 9.7 percent. The growth in jobs, according to DLLR, can be attributed to those who had stopped looking for work (and were not being counted as unemployed), reentering the job market. Scarafia said that for some the job market might never recover. “I’m convinced that some jobs won’t be coming back because businesses are doing more with less,” Scarafia said.
County records show that over the past 10 years the Department of Economic and Community Development has been able to use transfer taxes to purchase preservation easements on near ly 20,000 acres of agricultural land, or about onethird of the county’s overall goal. But with the slowdown in the economy officials in county government are concerned that preservation efforts will stall; and farmland may get sold to developers before the county can act. “It may be a while before these programs can get legs back underneath them and funded at the state level,” said Donna Sasscer, a land preservation specialist with county government. Sasscer said that the county and state are able to fund programs like Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Fund (MALPF) through recordation taxes of farmland sales to developers. Before 1995 the county could only keep 33 percent of those taxes, Sasscer said, where as now it can keep 75 percent of those fees because it has reached state certification in farmland preservation. If the economy begins to strengthen (as some economists locally and statewide suggest it is, if only slowly), farmers may be tempted to sell of their land because of a dearth of tobacco buyout money and the trials of operating a farm on few resources and advanced age. “It’s a question of how long they can hold out,” Sasscer said. Developers will likely have the initiative in any new land transactions, she said, meaning the state would have to wait to get its cut of the tax revenues. And with the economy still recovering the county and state could miss out on cheaper land deals.
“The state will lag behind.” Sasscer said. “I think developers will get on their feet first before the state.” Still the number of easements the county has amassed since 2,000 represents a good start, Sasscer said, usually about an average of 1,000 acres a year. County numbers show that in 2000 the county used the MALPF program to preserve 2,939 acres of farmland that can never be developed; the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) preserved 47 acres in the county. By 2010 the land preserved under the MALPF program has reached 10,144 acres under permanent easement, while the MET amount has reached 2,385 acres, according to county figures. The Rural Legacy program has currently preserved 3,358 acres, while the new Transfer of Development Program has netted 3,381 acres. The county has often taken advantage of the MALPF program, a Maryland Department of Agriculture official said, in furtherance of their goal of maintaining the county’s rural character. “Some years St. Mary’s County puts more county money to MALPF easements than any other county,” said Jim Conrad, a state agricultural preservation specialist. Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills) said that the latest numbers show something of a milestone in the county’s preservation efforts, even if the overall goal of 60,000 acres of farmland preserved was very ambitious. “The ground work has been established… so in the future you’ll see more acres preserved in the RPD (rural preservation district),” Raley said. “I look at it this way, (nearly) 20,000 acres is a lot of land.” email@example.com
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What’s your opinion of the Tiki Bar? Do you think it’s a good draw for local businesses? “I think it’s a great business draw, but I don’t go myself,” said John Cooley, 39, from Mechanicsville. “I just don’t like crowds. When I go to a bar, I like it to be laid back.”
“That would depend on how you define ‘good’,” said CSM student Brad Mattingly, who will be turning 21 next week. “They definitely do a lot of good business ... but there’s a lot of problems … it’s nice that everybody has a good time, but … for law enforcement, it’s prob-ably more of a headache than anything else.”
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“I thought it was great,” said Alex Phifer, 21, from Leonardtown, who had just visited the Tiki Bar for the first time during their opening weekend. “There were a lot of people there, and from what I heard there wasn’t much traffic coming over the bridge … I think it could be a good draw for some people, but for others they may not like all the crowds.”
County Spends $3.7 Million To Plug Budget Gap By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
The St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the use of about $3.7 million from one of its reserve funds to fill a budget gap for this year. The movement of the funds shows that the county’s revenue picture has steadily darkened this year as state cuts have paired with reductions in money sources such as income taxes, officials say. “This is a little more grim,” noted County Administrator John Savich of the business the commissioners were asked to attend to at their regular meeting. Elaine Kramer, the county’s chief financial officer, said that income tax revenues were down and that the fiscal 2011 budget, which the county is set to approve, was a reflection of the shortcomings evident in the current fiscal 2010 plan. “The income tax revenue situation is not getting better,” Kramer told commissioners. “We hear a lot about positive economic statistics from St. Mary’s County and that we are getting a bigger share of the pie, but if the pie is getting smaller” there are shortfalls. In Kramer’s analysis of the fiscal 2010 situation she noted that additional state cuts in August 2009, income tax revenue declines as well as falling investment rates below expectations and the blizzard that hit the
county in February all played a part in draining county coffers. “Each of these was unusual, all of them in the same year,” Kramer wrote in a letter to Savich. “The challenge is significant.” The amount of income taxes the county approved for the fiscal 2010 budget was $65.3 million, but that figure has fallen short so far by $5.3 million. Recordation taxes from the sale of property also fell from an expected $5.5 million to $4.4 million, while investment returns projected at $1.5 million only amounted to $100,000 this year. The county approved the use of money set aside for bond service, about $2 million, to help offset the shortfalls, according to county documents, but the extra $3.7 million was still needed from the unreserved, undesignated fund balance. County reports show that about $1.72 million would be left to the county in that account. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) said that having to dip into the county’s reserves to fill the budget gap was a harbinger of leaner budget times ahead. “A lot of the special interests that want money, we’re going to have to say no,” Jarboe said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Delegates Host Legislative Wrap-Up By Sean Rice Staff Writer Wondering what happened in Annapolis this year? St. Mary’s College of Maryland is hosting a “legislative wrap-up” discussion to inform the public on how the state is tackling budget issues, tuition costs and environmental problems in Maryland. The discussion will provide an opportunity for St. Mary’s College students and community members to hear directly from legislators about the highlights of the 2010 Maryland legislative session. The meeting will be open to the public and feature delegates John Bohanan, John Wood and Anthony O’Donnell as guest speakers. Delegate John Bohanan (D) represents district 29B in the Maryland House of Delegates. He is chairman of the House Spending Affordability Committee as well as the deputy majority whip. He is also a member of the House Ap-
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Legislators Lack Courage; Guest Editorial Health Reform Puts Maryland On The Hook What About Voters? By Marc Kilmer
Another 90 day annual session of the Maryland Legislature ended last week in Annapolis. For the most part, so has the current four year term which the current Governor, Senators and Delegates were elected to serve. All are up for re-election this fall. There will be no more legislative sessions until next January, after the fall elections. So for the most part, their work of solving the state’s fiscal problems, solving the state’s unemployment problems, solving the state’s transportation problems, and providing the leadership to put Maryland back on the right track is done. They have now completed the four years which voters gave them to fix the things they promised during the election four years ago, like bringing down electrical rate hikes, bringing down the cost of higher education, cleaning up Maryland’s waters, building needed roads and bridges, funding for new schools and new libraries, and stopping the over-regulation of Marylanders that continues to threaten our freedoms, to reduce spending, avoid new taxes, and find new revenue sources such as slot machines. Now our Senator and Delegates return home to begin their re-election campaigns, where they will give you their version of what has happened over the past four years, and once again promise to fix the same problems they promised to fix four years ago. They will tell you they have not been part of the problem in Annapolis, but if you will send them back for another four years, they will be part of the solution. And some of us will want to believe that is true. Marylanders, which means all of us, our families, our children, our grandchildren, are living in a state that is one of the top five most financially mismanaged states in the nation. Despite legislator’s voting to burden us with the largest tax increase in our state’s history during these past four years, they have managed our money so badly that we are all faced with having to find a way to pay for their $3 billion dollar credit card bill that they are spending without the recurring revenue to pay for it, not to mention the massive long-term debt which our children are facing in the future because of the pork-barrel projects these folks have supported. Some of these guys, like Roy Dyson have been sitting in that Senate chair for the past 16 years, can he really claim he hasn’t been part of the problem? He certainly hasn’t been part of the solution. This guy has spent the past 35 years of his life as an elected official in Maryland, can he really claim no part in Maryland’s fiscal mismanagement? None of us want to pass along to our children huge debt and huge taxes, it is our responsibility to right the course. There is little question that our legislators have lacked the courage to go against big unions, big government spending and entitlements, and the courage to go against their party’s leadership. Now they come home hoping we lack the courage just like they do.
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Tucked into the newly enacted federal health care legislation is a mandate that states expand Medicaid, which will cost Maryland hundreds of millions of dollars. But Gov. Martin O’Malley declared in a recent speech that this bill will actually save the state money. Considering that in the same speech, he also bragged about the state’s health care programs - without noting their significant problems - perhaps his judgment isn’t all that reliable. Just as the state’s 2008 Medicaid expansion (championed by Mr. O’Malley) has been a burden on the state’s budget, so too will be this health care legislation. In hailing the passage of federal health care legislation, Governor O’Malley claimed it “will build on our progress” in Maryland. Of course, he defines “progress” in terms of legislation he has championed. Two of the initiatives he mentioned - Medicaid expansion and a health insurance partnership with small businesses - are good examples of why government should not be in the health care business. The governor commended an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Yes, more people are now enrolled in the state’s medical care program than when Governor O’Malley entered office. That is in large part why the governor requested $6.2 billion in this year’s budget for a program that cost $4.8 billion in 2007, a 29 percent increase in four years. The Medicaid expansion specifically championed by Governor O’Malley was already exceeding cost estimates by the end of its first year. The cost for all of the state’s medical care programs has been higher (usually far higher) than the amount budgeted for them in every year of Governor O’Malley’s term. This runaway spending is directly contributing to the state’s current budget woes. Governor O’Malley also said the Maryland Health Insurance Partnership is a model for the nation. This partnership gives subsidies to small businesses to help their employees obtain health
insurance. When it was passed, it was estimated that it would cover 15,000 “newly insured adults.” The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene boasts of “over 10,000 covered.” However, the number of individuals covered by the program as of December 2009, according to the Maryland Health Care Commission, is only 1,050. Is this “progress,” as Governor O’Malley claims? Probably not. But the governor is likely correct in saying that the federal health care legislation will build on these programs’ results. Like the state Medicaid program, the new federal programs will cost more than anticipated. And like the state health insurance partnership, the federal programs will not cover as many people as projected or help businesses obtain more affordable health care coverage to any significant degree. The very legislation Governor O’Malley says will save the state money actually forces Maryland to expand its Medicaid program, something the Department of Legislative Services has estimated will cost upward of $200 million over the next 10 years. Policymakers are already projecting deep deficits over the coming decade, and this new federal mandate will only worsen them. Don’t expect Governor O’Malley’s new health care council to address these issues, however. In fact, don’t expect too much out of that panel at all. There really is no need for a council of this sort to make recommendations. There are plenty of analysts in the governor’s budget office or employed by the General Assembly who could do this. This council is just another way to spend taxpayers’ dollars and provide some press coverage for the governor in a tough election year. Unfortunately, very little of this coverage will note the dismal reality of the programs celebrated by the governor - or that the federal health care bill will make the state’s budget problems worse. Marc Kilmer is a senior fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Are Congressmen Americans Too?
What happens, after members of Congress are elected? Are they still Americans? If they are still Americans, why can they exempt themselves from laws passed for all Americans? For example, Obama, Michelle, Congress and their families are exempt from the Health Care Reform bill, see page 114, line 22. If the bill isn’t good enough for them, why is it good enough for their constituents? Why did Nancy Pelosi celebrate a bill that does not apply to her? Because she feels it is fine for the common people but not the royalty. Congress representatives and senators are elected to pass laws for all Americans, no exemptions. Congressional members have been conning their constituents for many years. The
only people they serve are themselves. They only need their constituents at election time. Vote for me and I’ll do as I want, not as you want. “What’s in it for me.” Is all elected officials care about. I don’t know what kind of government we have but it certainly isn’t a democracy. A democracy is a government for the people, by the people, and of the people. Congress has made it a government to stick it to the people. Both parties have the policy, only the incumbent party rules. Our turn will be next. God help America! Daniel Wilson Leonardtown, MD
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There are hundreds of comics along one side of Big Larry’s Comic Book Café, which $54.45 $56.06 -2.87% opened in Leonardtown Square this month $34.23 $16.97 101.71% sporting a menu of ice cream, hot dogs, back issues of the Incredible Hulk and thousands Larry’s Comic Book Café will be participating in this year’s “Free Comic Book Day,” $45.87 $28.11 63.18% of other comics. One could say though that this is the per- on Saturday, May 1. This is a worldwide event $86.03 $84.08 2.32% fect combination for customers of all types, during which participating vendors will give $5.50 $5.41 1.66% including young children who want a waffle away comic books to anyone that visits their cone full of Rocky Road. store. For more information, go to www.free$55.20 $35.14 57.09% The biggest draw though is the books, comicbookday.com. owner Larry Rhodes, who moved his $17.18 $15.17 13.25% said comic book shop, Aardvark’s, from Lusby to firstname.lastname@example.org $77.76 $57.59 35.02% St. Mary’s, making his the only place to get comics in the county, and the only place to get $49.77 $54.19 -8.16% ice cream in Leonardtown $68.05 $45.04 51.09% Square. “I came over to Leonardtown – and I hadn’t been there in years – and they just fixed the place up so nice. So lance and wheelchair van services to the South- I started checking around and ern Maryland Region and is centrally located it’s far more affordable than between St. Mary’s Hospital, Civista Hospital, it was across the bridge,” and Calvert Memorial Hospital. said Rhodes. “We also realPatriot’s services include: Advanced Life ized that about 90 percent Support ambulance transportation; Basic Life of our customers are on this Support ambulance transportation; and Wheelside of the bridge anyway, so chair Van and Sedan transportation. Patriot focuses on community services and it really just turned out to be providing quality jobs to local EMS volunteers, a no-brainer. We couldn’t be happier here.” a press release states. As for which products his customers ask for most, he said the comics are in high demand, though that hasn’t always been the case. “The nice thing about FOR the comic book world is FOR that in the 1980s it hit a high point, but became very unstable,” he said, explaining how the eventual collapse of the industry in the 1990s spawned a renewed focus on the quality of writing and artwork. “It’s not just superheroes anymore … they’ve ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ really come out to where Photo by Andrea Shiell ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ there’s something for ev- Store Manager Troy Mattingly peruses the titles at Larry’s Comic Book Café, eryone,” said Rhodes, which just opened in Leonardtown Square. pointing out several titles
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Creative Touch Salon Relocates in Leonardtown By Sean Rice Staff Writer After five years in business, the Creative Touch Salon in Leonardtown has relocated to the intersection of Budds Creek Road (Rt. 234) and Route 5, in the area known as Hopton Park. “I was in Breton Marketplace, but I had to leave because of sky high rent,” Darlene Altvater said, adding that her new shop is located behind H & R Block. Altvater said her new shop is slightly smaller. She is still providing all the services she has for the last five years in business. “We do nails, pedicures, waxing, massage,
body wraps, teeth whitening,” Altvater said. “We’re content down here. My rent is $600 and it was $5,500 there. A twelfth of what I was paying before,” she said. “I’m happy here and my customers, since last week, have been pretty happy too.” Creative Touch closed its doors in Breton Marketplace on March 31, and reopened at Hopton Park on April 14. The phone number at the shop is (301) 997-1145. “I wanted to keep the salon in Leonardtown to continue to service the local and nearby customers,” she said. “It was very difficult leaving my large beautiful salon, but after no success trying to get my rent lowered, I had no choice but to relocate.”
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Lockheed Teams With Sikorsky In Bid For Presidential Helicopter
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Lockheed Martin announced the signing of a teaming agreement to compete jointly for the U.S. Navy’s revived VXX Presidential Helicopter program. The agreement formally positions global helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky as the prime contractor offering its H-92 medium-lift helicopter for the presidential transport mission with Lockheed Martin, a leading rotary wing systems integrator, as the major subsystems supplier. Additionally, the two companies jointly submitted a response this week to the U.S. Navy’s VXX request for information. The document details how a Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin team would design and manufacture the H-92 helicopter with integrated systems for the “Marine One” mission. “We’re thrilled to team with Lockheed Martin to provide taxpayers and the U.S. government with a common sense solution for the next presidential aircraft both in terms of economy and technology,” Scott Starrett, president of Sikorsky Military Systems, said in a press release. “For nearly four decades, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin have teamed successfully to produce Naval Hawk helicopters, so we have a proven and formidable track record as a team.” “Our VXX teaming agreement builds on
an existing and highly successful 38-year relationship between Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky,” said Dan Spoor, Aviation Systems vice president at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors in Owego, N.Y. “Formally combining Sikorsky’s success building and supporting the Marine One fleet with our understanding of the systems integration requirements will allow our team to offer a low-risk transport solution to the Office of the President.” Both companies have experience supporting presidential helicopters. Sikorsky designed-and-built VH-3D and VH-60N aircraft, designated “Marine One” when the president is on board, and have provided transport for the Office of the President since the 1960s. In 2005, Lockheed Martin won the contract to build the replacement fleet. The contract was terminated in 2009 at the convenience of the government after the program delivered nine test and pilot production aircraft. In addition to the VXX teaming agreement, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin also have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore business opportunities involving other Sikorsky programs. The companies have extensive experience working together during four decades developing, delivering and supporting 400 operational SH-60B and MH-60R/S maritime helicopters to the U.S. Navy.
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Lena Brubacher, 86 Lena Martin Brubacher, 86, of Loveville, MD died April 14, 2010, she was born October 27, 1923 in Ephrata, PA. She was the daughter of the late David W. and Mary Martin Stauffer. Lena was the loving wife of the late John G. Brubacher whom she married on June 28, 1945 in Loveville, MD. He preceded Lena in death in 1976. She is survived by her children Allen Brubacher, Sally Brubacher, Elmer Brubacher, Elva Weaver, Ida Gehman and Miriam Brubacker all of Loveville, MD, Kathryn Wenger of Hillsboro, OH and Eleanor Sensenig of Shobonier, IL; 56 Grandchildren and 91 Great-Grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Eva Brubacker, Daniel M. Stauffer and John M. Stauffer all from Port Trevorton, PA, Mary Brubacker of Mt. Pleasant, PA, Elizabeth M. Brubaker of Scottsville, KY, Norman M. Stauffer of Loveville, MD and Levi M. Stauffer of Liverpool, PA. Lena was preceded in death by her siblings Minnie, Luke and David. Lena was a homemaker and Seamstress who sewed for Town Cleaners in Leonardtown, MD for 32 years. She has lived in St. Mary’s County since 1942 moving here from Lancaster County, PA. The family received friends on Friday, April 16, 2010 in the family home. Services were held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Stauffer Mennonite Church, Loveville, MD at 9:30AM. Internment followed at Stauffer Mennonite Church Cemetery, Loveville, MD.
ers or children, she does leave behind many friends who knew her for her smiles, laughter and kindness. Vernell resided in St. Mary’s County until April of 2009. At that time she moved to Virginia with her guardians Carolos and Darlene Proctor. She spent most of her life doing house cleaning for various people in the county. She loved being around the waters of St. Mary’s County, dancing and drinking a cold beer to relax. Although Vernell has gone to be with the Lord, she will be remembered as one who enjoyed life to its fullest until her last days. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the Mattingley Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service followed with Deacon Joe Lloyd officiating. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf h.com. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Thomas Doyle, 84
Margaret Butler, 83
Margaret “Vernell” Butler, 83, of Ladysmith Virginia died peacefully on April 15, 2010 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Vernell was born in Hermanville, MD and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. She was a devoted Catholic and graduated from the public school system in St. Mary’s. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents James Henry Sewell and Margaret G. Watts Washington and her husband William C. Butler. Although Vernell does not leave behind any sisters, broth-
Thomas Robert Doyle, 84 of Valley Lee, MD, beloved husband, father and brother, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at his home. Born March 31, 1926 in New York, NY, Mr. Doyle was part of the “Greatest Generation.” He proudly served his country in multiple military capacities. It was with the Merchant Marines that he first sailed on the ironhulled training ship, the Joseph Conrad fueling his lifelong love of sailing ships. Leaving the Merchant Marines at a young age, he subsequently entered the United States Navy where he served from 1944 until 1946. Mr. Doyle was especially proud of his service with the Underwater Demolition Team #27. After the end of World War II, “Tommie“, as his friends called him moved to Washington, DC where he joined the Metropolitan Police Force and served from 1949 until 1967. Also during the same time span, he served with the United States Army Reserve until retiring in 1986 as a Chief Warrant Officer. One of the jobs he loved doing for the army was captaining its second largest ship, the “790”
out of Curtis Bay in Baltimore. Additionally, he was active with the United States Coast Guard, and the Marine Reserve. Tom Doyle was always a proud American who loved his country and looked for ways to serve right up until the day he left this earth. After the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, our dad at the ripe age of 74, found himself requested to serve on patrol at the mouth of the Potomac along with other Coast Guard Auxiliary members on his personal vessel, his beloved Elsie D, named for our mom. For our dad, this call to duty was proof that old soldiers (or sailors!) never die and that age does not diminish competence. A move to St. Mary’s county in 1973 found our “Pop” working for the Lundeberg School of Seamanship and Navigation. During this time he was thrilled to sail the schooner, James Cook, carrying the governor of New York in the parade of the Tall Ships in New York Harbor for the 1976 Bicentennial. A greater dream, however was soon to be realized when in 1978, our beloved dad secured his dream job as master of the sailing ship the Maryland Dove, a 17th century replica of one of the ships that carried settlers to Maryland. It was noted in the Baltimore Evening Sun on October 6, 1978 the day of the Dove’s maiden voyage, that Master Doyle was heard to shout triumphantly as the ship responded gallantly to a stirring wind, “We’re under sail, set our course southwest!” For a man raised in the tenements of depression era New York City, what an amazing moment to captain the wooden sailing ship of a young man’s dreams. That is the very thing that Tom Doyle loved about his life – that perseverance, love of country, a dream and an Irish sense of humor would take you wherever you needed to go in life. What a ride knowing our dad has been. He loved his family, enjoyed every person he met, loved his Episcopalian faith, loved a good joke, a cold beer and appreciated a pretty woman. Pop loved his country and served her well. We cherished him and he will be missed by us, his children, his grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sister and many, many amazing friends. Eightyfour years with Thomas Doyle was not enough. Our memories will honor him always. Family received friends for Thomas’ Life Celebration on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 19167 Poplar Hill Lane, Valley Lee, MD 20692. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Condolences to the family can be made at www.brinsfield-
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Agnes Gibson, 83
Agnes Mildred Downs Gibson, 83 from Avenue, MD, died April 17, 2010 at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD. Born April 26, 1926 in Oakley, MD. She was the daughter of the late David and Agnes Downs. Mildred was the loving wife of the late Andrew (Jack) Gibson, Sr., whom she married on June 26, 1944 in Avenue, MD and who preceded her in death June 23, 2006. She is also preceded in death by her sons, Andrew (Jackie) Gibson, Jr., and Ritchie Downs Gibson, as well as her siblings Andrew Downs, Ritchie Downs and Mary Bailey. Mildred is survived by her children, Sherry Brown of Avenue, MD, Bonnie Mattingly of Abell, MD, William (Buddy) Gibson of Clements, MD and Mildred Sue Farrell of Clements, MD. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Dawn Holeman, Candide Rayle, Tracy Graves, William (Billy) Gibson, Brandi Baker, Wendy Gibson, Noelle Diamond, Kimmy Mattingly, Hannah Burroughs, Heather Gibson, Ritchie Gibson, Bradley Farrell and Blake Gibson. Her great-grandchildren are Courtney Rayle, Jacyln Gibson, Justin Rayle, Cameron Gibson, Brady Graves and Alexis Baker, Cody Holeman, Joshua Diamond, Ethan Diamond, Chloe Diamond, Melanie Goldsborough and Chelsea Mattingly. Mildred graduated in 1943 from Margaret Brent High School. She was employed at Pax Naval Air Base, then later became part owner in Gibson Ridge Homes Construction in which she retired. Mildred had many things she enjoyed in life, with family being the first. She also enjoyed ceramics in which she owned a business with her daughters, Mud Puddle Ceramics. Mildred was an avid card player who enjoyed hosting many card parties. She was a strong believer in faith, with a special love for the Blessed Mother. Mildred was also a member of the Holy Angels Church Sodality. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 22, 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, April 23, 2010 at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers are George Brown, Charles (Kinky) Mattingly, Tracy Graves, William (Billy) Farrell, Ritchie Gibson and William (Buddy) Gibson. Contributions may be made to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD 20609 and/or the Alzheimers Association National Capital Area Chapter P.O. Box 1889 LaPlata, MD 20646. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf h.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Barbara Grimes, 86
Barbara Brayton Story Grimes, age 86, of Solomons, MD who retired in 1978 as a supervisory personnel management specialist with HHS, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center. Born April 3, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois she was the daughter of the late William Hamilton Brayton and Lurline Bullwinkel Brayton. Raised in Jefferson, Wisconsin she graduated from Jefferson High School and attended North Central College, Naperville, Ill. and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1942 she was one of the first group of women selected as Weather Observers for the Weather Bureau, and was assigned to Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin and Washington National Airport. Later she trained as a position classifier. She worked in that capacity for the Weather Bureau, the Panama Canal Company, the U.S. Army in Japan and at the U.S. Navy Yard before transferring to HHS as Chief of Position Classification for HCFA. She was a member of Solomon’s United Methodist Church, NARFE, Marlboro Chapter #61 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Do-Nothings. Interests included needlepoint, crosswords and
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Continued reading. Her family and friends will miss her greatly. Mrs. Grimes was the wife of the late Eugene A. Grimes. She is survived by her children Pamela Story Smart, Cynthia Story Brown, and Andrew Story, one sister Betty Campbell Perry, six grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Solomon’s United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 8th, at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1032, Lexington Park, MD 20653 or Hospice of St. Mary’s, Inc. P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com Arrangements were provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD
McClave of Lexington Park, MD and Gary (Linda) McClave of Bushwood, MD, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, son-in-law, Larry Salter of Chippewa Falls, WI, sisters, Alberta and Joyce and brothers, William and Floyd. She was preceded in death by her husband John, daughter Jan, and sister Inez. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, LaPlata, Maryland 20646. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral. com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Francis Nelson, Jr., 69
James Jones, 72 James M. Jones, 72, of NY, formerly of St. Mary’s County, MD died April 10, 2010 in Rockville Center, NY. He was born May 22, 1937 in Oakville, MD. The family received friends on Saturday, April 17, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where funeral services were held. Interment followed in the Galilee Cemetery, Oakville, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf h. com. A full obituary will appear at a later date. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Dorothy McClave, 87
Dorothy “Dot” McClave, 87 of Ash, NC formerly of Lexington Park, MD died April 13, 2010 at Covenant Towers, Myrtle Beach, SC. Born August 9, 1922 in Owego, NY she was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Olive I. Lurcock. Dot graduated from Owego High School in 1940. She joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. Dot retired from the Patuxent River Naval Air Station as a communications specialist. Dot is survived by her daughter Cheryl McClave (Jack Liberstein) of Ash, NC, sons, Bart (June)
Francis Benton “Buttons” Nelson, Jr., 69, of Colton’s Point, MD died April 14, 2010 at Washington Hospital Center. Born September 2, 1940 in Leonardtown, MD he was the son of the late Francis B. and Mary Helen Russell Nelson, Sr. He was the loving husband of Rose Dingee Nelson whom he married on June 24, 1967. He is also survived by his daughter Barbara Rose Nelson of Alexandria, VA. Francis lived in Clements until he was seven years old and then moved to Colton’s Point. He attended Holy Angels Grade School and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1958. He was drafted in the U.S. Army on October 10, 1963 where he completed Basic Training at Ft. Gordon, GA. He was stationed in Vendeen, France and was a Military Policeman. He won medals for his marksmanship and traveled in Europe for a month. He received an Honorable Discharge on September 20, 1965. Francis retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD on April 14, 1995 after 33 years of service, First with CAD and then as an Engineer Technician. He was a good and loving father, husband and best friend. After retirement at age 55, he was an avid reader of books about WWII. He loved reading, boating, fishing, driving his golf cart around Colton Point to visit his neighbors, operating his computer and listening to Bluegrass music with his friends. Each day you could find him at home watching his fa-
vorite show “Last of The Summer Wine” on MPT. He was a Jack of all trades and could fix anything or tell you how to fix it. Buttons was also a history buff who could talk to you about any subject. He had a lot of long conversations about his cat “Willie Nelson”, but most of all his love and passion was his wife Rose and his daughter Barbara. The family received friends on Monday, April 19, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were Ted Downs, David Nelson, Martin Connelly, John Russell, Chris Lawrence and George Vallandingham. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Nelson, Joe Friess, Jack Crutchfield, Rod Nelson, Bernard Cullins and Dale Lawrence. Contributions may be left to the Cancer Care & Infusion Center, P.O. Box 527, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/ or the 7th District Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 and/ or The Heart Association of Maryland, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Condolences may be left to the family at www. mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral
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Elizabeth Turner, 54
Elizabeth Bowling “Beth” Turner, 54 of Mechanicsville, MD and formerly of La Plata, MD, died April 17, 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. Born June 8, 1955 in Baltimore, MD she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Margaret Cooksey Bowling. She was the loving wife of Robert “Wayne” Delozier of Mechanicsville, MD, whom she married in LaPlata, MD. She is also survived by her daughters Sarah Beth Cumers and her husband Matthew of Mechanicsville, MD and Emily Ann Parker and her husband Donald of Great Mills as well as her
grandchildren Alex and Lane Cumers. She is also survived by her siblings; Michael Bowling of Davis, CA, Peter Bowling of Hearld, CA and Meg Sublett of Winchester, VA. Beth graduated from Archbishop Neal High School in 1973 and also attended the College of Southern Maryland. She moved to LaPlata in the year 2000 and was employed as an Administrative Assistant for Mirant/Pepco for 29 years. She loved her grandchildren, family, dogs and her garden. The family received friends on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MD with Fr. John Mattingly officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Bryantown, MD. Pallbearers were Michael Bowling, Peter Bowling, William Earle, Jr., David Earle, Pat Bowling and Russell Grigsby. Memorial contributions in memory of Beth may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
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Briefs Men Arrested After Alleged Assaults, Disruptive Behavior On April 16, 2010, deputies responded to the parking lot of St. Francis Xavier Church in Leonardtown for a disturbance. Upon arrival, Deputy Snyder learned Terrill A. Terry Sr, 39, of Leonardtown allegedly assaulted three separate victims. During the investigation, Terry Sr. had been asked to leave on more than one occasion, police said, but refused. He was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of first degree assault, three counts of second degree assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing/hindering and failure to obey a reasonable order form a law enforcement officer. While officers were investigating the assaults, Terrill A. Terry Jr. ,19 ,St. Leonard became involved in an argument with Louis I. Berry, 42, of Leonardtown. Both subjects failed to heed law enforcement orders, police allege, to stop yelling and leave the area and were subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction/hindering and failure to obey a reasonable order form a law enforcement officer.
Arson Charges Lead To Arrest For Theft On April 17, 2010, Dfc Charles Dodson observed smoke coming from a cement structure in the Exploration Park Business Center in Lexington Park. Further investigation revealed Antron Somerville, 25, and Brian Chrismond ,30, both of no fixed address had allegedly started a fire to a trash container to stay warm. Chrismond and Somerville were arrested and charged with arson (trash container). During the arson investigation, Somerville was found in possession of a GPS unit and car charger. Deputies checked parking lots in the area for potential burglary victims and located the owner of the GPS unit who was staying in a nearby hotel. The victim’s vehicle had been entered while parked in the lot and their GPS unit stolen. Somerville was charged with theft under $1000 and rogue and vagabond.
Burglary To Motor Vehicle Alleged On April 17, 2010, Deputy Melissa Green responded to the Sotterly Plantation for a report of a theft. Deputy Green learned Tiffany L. Richard, 19, of Lusby allegedly entered an unsecured vehicle in the parking lot and removed a purse. Additionally, Richards allegedly removed cash and a credit card from another victims purse, which had been left in an office at the plantation. Richards was arrested and charged with two counts of theft under $1000, rogue and vagabond and theft of the credit card.
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Detectives Search For Armed Robbers By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
Local investigators are searching for two suspects that robbed the Burger King fast food restaurant on Three Notch Road in Charlotte Hall Friday at about half-past midnight. Police say that two African American males entered the restaurant through a back door and confronted an employee who was leaving and forced them and the store manager to hand over cash. Police are not releasing the amount of cash stolen in the heist. The robbers forced the two employees into a storage area in the restaurant, police said, and then fled in an unknown direction. The first suspect is between 20 and 25 years old, police said, and stands about 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall with a medium complexion. Police say he had a dark-colored semiautomatic handgun during the robbery and wore a black windbreaker jacket, light colored knit cap and a red, green and yellow patterned bandana around his face. The second suspect was about the same age, police said, and the same height with a light complexion. He was carrying a silver-colored semiautomatic handgun, police said, and was wearing a black jacket, black skull cap, black face mask and sunglasses. Police are offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the
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Two buildings were damaged and more than 20 families displaced after two fires occurring on Friday and Saturday, both caused by improperly handled smoking materials, investigators say. Authorities responded on Friday to a fire at a townhouse on Patuxent Road in Lexington Park, causing about $50,000 in damages. DFM John Nelson responded to a call from residents at 5:42 p.m., and Bay District Volunteer firefighters had the fire controlled within five minutes. The fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials and ashtray contents, which had been placed in the kitchen trashcan where the fire started. No injuries were reported. The second fire, a two-alarm fire in a three-story apartment building on Laurel Glen Road in California, caused roughly $1 million in damages, according to reports from the Maryland State Fire Marshal. DFM John Nelson responded to the call, which came in from residents at the apartment complex at 6:19 p.m., bringing 55 responders from Bay District, Hollywood, Valley Lee, Leonardtown, Seventh District, Solomons and Mechanicsville volunteer fire departments. It took teams 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The Fire Marshal’s report said that improperly discarded smoking materials on a second floor balcony caused the fire, which spread up the outside balconies and into adjacent apartment units. One firefighter was treated
at the scene for minor injuries. The Southern Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross is providing help for the families that have been displaced after both fires. “The disaster left 20 families out in the cold until the Red Cross arrived on the scene and provided blankets and assurance that everyone would have a safe warm place to spend the night and then be able to start their recovery process,” said Mike Zabko, CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Maryland chapter. “The now homeless families fled the burning building with only the clothes that they had with them. It was lucky that no one was hurt as this was a very serious fire that could have been deadly,” he said. Nelson said that investigations of both incidents are complete, and both fires have been deemed accidental.
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philosophy and religious studies, will improve ADA accessibility from the parking lot to the main entrance at the campus center, and aims for completion during the summer of 2012. The new HSMC woodshop, a $450,000 project, was “born out of planning and loss,” said Will Gates, Captain of the American Dove, as he discussed the replacement of the burned-down barn adjacent to the existing Visitor’s Center, a project that aims to be completed in 2011. A building at Chancellor’s Point will be turned into a site to house HSMC and college environmental and academic programs. Special features will include a nature cen-
The Capital Design Advisory Committee (CDA) of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) and Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) held an open house at the State House Monday, during which they unveiled their latest capital improvement projects. Presentations included the replacement of Anne Arundel Hall and the new Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center (which will replace the Visitor’s Center), the relocation of Margaret Brent Hall, a new HSMC woodshop, changes to Chancellor’s Point, and upcoming strategies for traffic calming on campus. Tim Riordan, Chief Archeologist at HSMC, said that the Anne Arundel Hall replacement would be the most ambitious project, partly because the goal of the construction would be to bring together archeological crews and students. “This will expand cooperation between the college and St. Mary’s City,” he said, explaining that the new building along with the Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center, would be shared facilities, and the new hall would make access easier for both students and archeologists. Part of the excitement at HSMC comes from the fact that crews are expecting to unearth artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries during con- Christoph Bornand, SMCM Project Manager/Facilities Planner, talks shop with HSMC Spestruction, which has been slated as a cial Project Archeologist Ruth Mitchell at the college’s open house for upcoming capital sensitive project considering the site’s improvements. archeological significance. The new Maryland Heritage Interpretive Center will ter, water access and access to the HSMC trail system. The house programs in anthropology, archaeology, colonial site is being rehabilitated for use as an environmental field history, museum studies and classes in language and cul- station that supports studies of water quality, shoreline erotures. The site will also serve as a teaching lab for the mu- sion, flora, art and astronomy. seum studies program. Senior projects done at the center Another project on the horizon will be “traffic calmwill develop changing exhibits. Curation labs will become ing” strategies, which were based on information presented exhibits. at a Feb. 17 meeting of the Community Design Advisory. Such may be the best possible outcome, said Dr. Re- SMCM and HSMC are continuing to look at ways to calm gina Faden, Executive Director for Historic St. Mary’s City. congestion that may include narrowed traffic lanes, median She said that the new sites would increase collaboration be- islands, enhanced crosswalks, bicycle lanes, sidewalks tween SMCM and HSMC, as well as furthering historical with curbs for pedestrians, street lighting, sidewalks leadand archeological research, but it would come at a cost of ing to the North Field, and realigning Mill Field Drive with $36 million for Anne Arundel Hall and $14 million for the State House Road. Heritage Center. The CDA will start a series of public meetings to talk Margaret Brent Hall will be moved from its current about their capital improvement projects, the first of which position next to Anne Arundel Hall to the Campus Cen- will be held in Fall 2010. A second public meeting to dister parking lot, which will be expanded into the adjacent cuss traffic recommendations will be held in Winter 2011. field. The new “green” building will house the philosophy For more information on these and other projects, visit and religious studies department, provide extra space for www.smcm.edu/facilities/capitalprojects.
By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy recently selected Elizabeth Savage, a fourth grade teacher at Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School, as one of the 200 elementary school teachers from across the country who will learn innovative new math and science teaching skills at three academies to be held this summer Now in her fourth year of teaching, Savage said that she heard about the academy as she was doing graduate research at the University of Maryland (Baltimore) Elizabeth Savage over the summer. “I was seeing that our science scores were significantly lower than our math scores, and part of the grad research I was doing was to find out why that might be happening … and as I was looking I stumbled upon this academy,” she said. “We teach math and problem solving, and the kids can construct their own knowledge, but that doesn’t always follow into science, and it sounded interesting, so I decided to apply.” The selection of the teachers from applications submitted at www. sendmyteacher.com marks the second year that teachers from all 50 states have been chosen to participate in the five-year-old professional development program. The academy itself is an intensive one-week all-expenses-paid program designed to provide teachers with innovative math and science teaching skills. “This is where 3rd to 5th grade teachers come together with instructors and presenters … they’ll brainstorm ideas about how to make math and science more exciting for kids,” explained Savage. Participants in this year’s Academy were selected by a panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association based on their qualifications, dedication to inspiring students, and their overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession. The program, which has hosted more than 2,000 teachers since its inception in 2005, will see this year’s 200 teachers to one of three annual academies held this summer in New Jersey, Texas and Louisiana. Savage, who is 25 and currently studying for her Master’s in Instructional Systems Design, said she was excited to be given the opportunity to “learn how learning works,” and hopes to take away some more inventive and creative ways of teaching subjects like math and science. “I’m hoping that that’s the big thing with this academy,” she said. “I hope it’s not just a bunch of facts we have to memorize to pass a test at the end of the week. The kids are really good at that, but a year later you’ll ask them and they won’t remember it at all, and they can’t apply it to anything.” As for her favorite part of teaching in St. Mary’s, Savage said it was getting kids excited about learning. “I had one student earlier in the year come in, and she was so excited because she read a whole book,” she said. “It was just great to see how excited she was about an accomplishment she made … there’s nothing like seeing when something finally clicks.”
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For All Your Real Estate Needs. St. Mary’s Sweeps Destination Imagination Competition Twenty-nine teams from ten St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) recently participated in the regional tournament for Destination Imagination (DI). This was the second year the school system had broad representation at the tournament, nearly doubling its presence in the south central region from 16 teams in the 2009 competitive season. Over 180 students representing Benjamin Banneker Elementary, Chesapeake Public Charter School, George Washington Carver Elementary, Leonardtown Elementary, Lexington Park Elementary, Park Hall Elementary, Piney Point Elementary, Town Creek Elementary, Esperanza Middle, and Spring Ridge Middle, competed in the South Central Regional Tournament at South River High School in Edgewater, MD (Anne Arundel County). Sixty-six teams from the region competed for the opportunity to advance to the state finals this month.
Nine out of 29 teams advanced to the state finals held on April 10, 2010, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. They were: The Chesapeake DI-namite Crabs MS, The Lexington Park Legends, the Piney Point ES Rockin’ Reeses, Spring Ridge Lulas de Silvas, Piney Point ES DI Rockerz, The Leonardtown Peace peeps, Park Hall ES Rocking Eagles, Leonardtown Elementary Smarities, and the Piney Point ES Wicked Peeps. The Leonardtown Elementary School Peace Peeps team will compete at the Global Finals competition, which will take place May 26-29, 2010, at the University of Tennessee, in Knoxville, TN. This competition represents the culmination of the work they have done since September in preparing their challenge, and exercising their creative problem solving and teamwork skills.
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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has announced the recipients of its scholarships for 2010, each awarded $1,500 to high school seniors who live in the Co-ops’s service area. Awards are based on applicants’ scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. The winners this year were Joy Williams, of Waldorf, a student at North Point High School, and Monica Dreja, a senior at Northern High School. Two students from St. Mary’s County received awards; Cali Copseu from Leonardtown High School., and Kaitlyn Kistler from Great Mills High School. Cali Copsey, a senior at Leonardtown High School, has participated in cross-country
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By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer The Greenwell Foundation received a $25,000 grant from PNC to expand Nature Time to every child who participates in a Head Start program in St. Mary’s County. This spring, 220 children from five Head Start centers in St. Mary’s County are attending Nature Time on a monthly basis. “This is the first year we’ve had the funding to do all the Head Start centers at once,” said Yolanda Campbell, Executive Director of Greenwell Foundation. She added that these sessions would be in addition to the regularly scheduled Nature Time programs that are open to the general public. Greenwell Foundation applied for the PNC grant last fall, and received funds for the program in January. The grant money is being used for transportation between the Head Start centers and Greenwell State Park for all of the children, and two new staff members to help run the program. A small amount is being spent on curriculum materials, said Campbell. After summer break, the program will continue in the fall, and Campbell said that the foundation hopes to continue the program in 2011.
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Sunday, April 25th, 2010 4 pm - 7 pm
Leonardtown Elementary School “Peace Peeps” Heading to DI Globals
Leonardtown Elementary School Destination Imagination team has the opportunity to be the first “Saint Mary’s County Public School” team to represent the state of Maryland in the Destination Imagination Global Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee at the end of May. The team consisting of five fourth graders (Tory Allen, Cianna Olea, Chris Jarrett, Natalie Perez & Emily Zawada) and one fifth grader (Alyssa Bazemore) beat out 19 other teams from across the state of Maryland to place first in the DI State Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland in April. The LES Peace Peeps also won first place in the DI Regional tournament in Edgewater, Maryland in March. Destination Imagination, is a communitybased school friendly program where students in kindergarten through collage, take what they know and apply it to solve mind bending challenges. The teams consisting of two to seven people, use there imagination, team work and problem solving skills to create a central challenge. The LES Peace Peeps challenge is called, “You’re Gonna Flip”. The team had to create an original story, in which the main character features a type of “flip” or change of view. They also had to design sets and costumes, create a piece of live visual art and feature a hand-made puppet. All the while the team manager, Katherine Zawada, is there only to facilitate, she and no other adult may in anyway assist the students. If an adult does help the student “sew a costume” for example, it is considered “interference” and the team would be disqualified from competition. The Peace Peeps team original story, takes place in a mouth. The main character, the “Sweet Tooth”- only wants to eat candy. “Plaqueman” visits when the teeth are asleep and with the help of the puppet Uvula, the intelligent “Wisdom Tooth” and the “Twin Taste Buddies” they all learn a lesson that it is best to eat “variety” from all food groups. Luckily, Sheriff Flosser and his trusty stead, Brushy, are able to remove the plaque and bring balance to the mouth once more. This is the second year that elementary students from St. Mary’s County participated in DI, and we have made a huge showing bringing 9 teams to the state level competition. The program is sponsored by the STEM for all initiative.
Annual Wine and Import Beer Tasting Featuring Wines from Around the World Imported Beer Selection and Light Fare
All Proceeds Benefit:
Leonard Hall Jr. Naval Academy 301.475.8029 • www.lhjna.org
To be held at: Lenny’s Restaurant 23418 Three Notch Road • California, MD 301-737-0777 (Across from Wildwood Shopping center; northbound on Route 235) The Global competition is held at the University of Tennessee over four days and will include 1,000 teams from all over the United States as well as 38 countries. The cost for each team member and a chaperone is $1,220.00. The team must fundraise to earn this opportunity. If you would like to support the LES Peace Peeps fundraising efforts, please come to the Leonardtown Wendy’s on Saturday, April 24th from 11:00-3:00 for a carwash, or Ci Ci’s Pizza in California on Friday, April 30th from 4:00-8:00 for dinner. You can also send a tax deductible donation, making checks out to LES, and putting DI GLOBALS in the memo to Leonardtown Elementary School, 22885 Duke Street, Leonardtown MD 20650.
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Thursday, April 22 • Tastee Tacos Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Lexture: “Depression & Anxiety Disorders in Teens” St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. Dr. Mary Neal Vieten, Ph.D. and licensed clinical psychologist, will speak on Depression & Anxiety Disorders in Teens at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, in the Media Center in Romuald Hall on the school’s lower campus. All are welcome and this event is free of charge. For questions or more information, contact Carol Zenthoefer, MA, MFCC, at 301-373-4167 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Guys and Dolls Spring Ridge Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Spring Ridge Middle School’s Drama Club will perform Guys and Dolls on Thursday, April 22 through Saturday, April 24, at 7:00 p.m., with an encore performance on Friday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m., at the school site located at 19856 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. All proceeds from the April 30, 2010, performance will be donated to Relay For Life. For more details, contact the school’s main office at 301-863-4031. • No Limit Hold’Em Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 23
• Southern Maryland Quilt Show Holy Face Catholic Church (Great Mills) – 10 a.m.
• Customers can tell library what they think Library customers can give their opinions about the libraries and offer their suggestions on a survey currently underway. The results will help determine future library services. The online survey can be completed at www.stmalib.org through May 3. Printed copies are available for those unable to complete it online. • Charlotte Hall to be closed half day for training Charlotte Hall library will be closed Friday morning, April 30, until 1 p.m. for staff training. The other two branches and the Internet branch will be open as usual. • Blu-rays now available The libraries now have Blu-ray discs for checkout. The Blu-rays cannot be played on a regular DVD player but require a Blu-ray player or Playstation 3.
50 locally-made quilts, utilizing a variety of hand and machine quilting techniques. Attendees vote on various categories and “Best of Show” to select the winners. Tickets will be available the Honey Bees Raffle Quilts, “Venus” and “Mars” (whose winner will be selected at the end of the show), and the Pax River Quilters’ Guild Opportunity Quilt (whose winner will be selected December 13, 2010). A “Boutique Table” will have hand-crafted items for sale. Admission $30. • Piano Concert St. Mary’s College (Auerbach Auditorium) – 12 noon Pianist Brian Ganz will give one of his popular piano talks on some of Chopin’s lesser-known works. • Orchestra Concert St. Mary’s College (Montgomery Hall) – 4 p.m. Jeffrey Silberschlag will conduct the SMCM Orchestra. Free and open to the public. • Fish & Shrimp Dinner Am. Legion Post 255 (Ridge) – 5 p.m. • St. John’s Spring Auction St. John’s Church (Hollywood) – 5:30 p.m. Dinner and cash bar open at 5:30, silent auction begins at 6:00, live auction begins at 7:00. Auctioneer Rodney Thompson is sure to entertain and make this an exciting event. For more details, contact Dave Hanf at dhanf@deloitte. com or 240-298-7712. • Basket Bingo St. James Church Hall (Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. Doors open at 6, bingo begins as 7. $20.00 per person. Proceeds will benefit the
Southern Maryland Volunteer Fireman’s Association Campaign Committee. Over 25 Longaberger baskets and products to be won. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, call Becky Wathen at 301-872-5671 or email email@example.com. • Recycled Art Show for Patuxent Habitat Three Notch Theater (Lexington Park) – 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Patuxent Habitat for Humanity’s home building projects. There will be light fare served and music. Tickets are $15 and are available at the ReStore located at 21768 South Coral Dr.,Lexington Park. Call 301737-6273 for more information. • Street/Strip Test & Grudge Maryland Int. Speedway (Mechanicsville) – 6:30 p.m. Admission. 301-884-7223. www. mirdrag.com. • Guys and Dolls Spring Ridge Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • FOP-7 Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Texas Hold’Em Mechanicsville Fire House – 7 p.m. • Three Oaks Center 5th Annual “Come to the Cabaret” JT Daugherty Conference Center (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Honoring Rev. Kenneth W. Walker, Julie Ohman and St. Cecilia Church. Entertainment by Gretchen Richie’s “Jazz Cabaret.” $75 per person. For tickets call (301) 863-9535.
L ibrary Items • Riordan presents Tales from the Crypt Dr. Timothy Riordan, Chief Archaeologist at Historic St. Mary’s City, will present a special program at Leonardtown Library on April 28 at 7 p.m. on the forensics of the 17th Century graves found around the Brick Chapel. He will discuss what the bones reveal and their connection with the Smithsonian Exhibit, “Written in Bones”. The program is free. • Libraries offer free family movies and gaming fun Leonardtown will show a PG-rated movie about two kids who release a man trapped in an old board game for decades along with an array stampeding jungle animals on April 24 at 2 p.m. Charlotte Hall will show a G rated movie about a brother and sister who set off in search of their missing sea captain father on April 30 at 2 p.m. The
movie about the Man in the Yellow Hat who travels to Africa and adopts a chimpanzee named George will be shown at Lexington Park on April 30 at 2 p.m. Snacks will be provided at each movie. Leonardtown will host an afternoon of gaming fun on April 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for gamers of all ages. Snacks will be provided. • Bilingual storytime planned An evening storytime will be offered in both Spanish and English on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Lexington Park. During storytime families can build LEGO creations based on the storytime theme. Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall will have regular evening storytimes on May 6. Leonardtown will begin at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. families can build LEGO creations while listening to a story. Charlotte Hall’s evening storytime begins at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
• Open Mic Night Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall (Chaptico) – 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to sign up to perform, contact John Garner at carthagena@ wildblue.net.
son. Contact Kathy at 301-4753766 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. net.
• Church Yard Sale Patuxent Presbyterian Church (California) – 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Indoor Yard Sale, Plant Sale and an Outdoor Car Wash. Household items, clothing, toys and more. For more information call 301-863-2033.
• Spring Fling XXIV Classic Car Show Washington Street (Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. Classic and antique cars and live entertainment. 301994-9666. www.stmarysrodandclassic.com.
• 3D Archery Tournament Tennyson Farm, 24346 Maddox Rd. (Chaptico) – 9 a.m. Must be 16 years of age to register. $50/person - includes food, refreshments, placement and door prizes. Register early limited space available. Registration time no later than 12:00 pm the day of the event to participate. Call Gwen at 301-9040794 or 301-769-4137. EMAIL: email@example.com.
• Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad – 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 24
• MIROCK Superbike Classic & Swap Meet Maryland Int. Speedway (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Admission. 301-884-7223. www. mirdrag.com. • Second Hope Rescue Pet Adoptions Petco (California) – 11 a.m. For more information, please call 240-925-0628 or email lora@secondhoperescue. org. To see our available animals, please visit www.secondhoperescue.org. • Relay for Life Basket Bingo Mechanicsville VFD Social Hall – 6 p.m. Admission is $25; additional books are $5 each. Specials, raffles and food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5 pm and bingo starts at 6 pm. Children are welcome with paid admission and must be accompanied by a paying adult. • Archaeology Month Lecture Historic St. Mary’s City Visitor Center – 7 p.m. HSMC’s director of research Henry Miller will offer An Archaeological View of Food in Colonial Maryland. Dr. Miller will discuss what what archaeology reveals about changes in the human diet in the Chesapeake through the 1600s. Event is free and open to the public. • Guys and Dolls Spring Ridge Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • FAW 2nd Annual Spring Auction & Gala Father Andrew White School (Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. 7-11 p.m. life and silent auction. Music by DJ Scram. Beer, wine, sodas and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets $20 per per-
• No Limit Hold’Em Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 25
• Basket Bingo & Swap-n-Shop St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 12 noon • Bull Roast Am. Legion Post 221 (Avenue) – 12 noon to 4 p.m. Music is being provided by “Spoon Creek”. For discount tickets please call 301769-2220. All proceeds benefit Legion programs. • Motorcycle Safety Rally Hollywood Vol. Fire Department Parking Lot – 12 noon All street legal motorcyclists invited to participate in practice and skills challenge. Drivers must be licensed and 18 years of age and older. For more information, contact Jackie Beckman, CTSP Coordinator at 301-475-4200 ext. 1850. • Deep Stack Texas Hold’Em Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 2 p.m. • Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event Lenny’s Restaurant (California) – 4 p.m. Event to benefit Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy. The cost of each ticket is $25 and can be purchased at the school or the restaurant. Door Prizes and a 50/50 raffle. • FOP-7 Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 5 p.m. NEW TIME.
Monday, April 26
• Republican Women’s Wine Tasting Fundraiser Guenther’s Fine Wine & Spirits (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. $30 donation for glass and food. Call 301-475-8737-4345 for more information. • $1 - $2 No Limit Texas Hold’Em Sunshine Oasis (St. Inigoes) – 7 p.m. • No Limit Texas Hold’Em Bounty Tournament
St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 7 p.m. • Charity Hold’Em Tournament Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27
• Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - lpranzo@ greenwellfoundation.org - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • Meeting: Republican Women of St. Mary’s County Lenny’s Restaurant (California) – 11 a.m. Guest speaker is Joe DiMarco, candidate for State Delegate, District 29A, and Cindy Jones, candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner, District 1 (Ridge/Piney Point). For more information call Deb Ray at 301-872-5858. • Board of County Commissioners Budget Public Hearing Chopticon High School – 6:30 p.m. Budget hearings to present information about the Recommended FY2011 Operating and Capital Budget, including the hearing required regarding the Constant Yield Tax Rate. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate. Citizens planning to make comments are required to sign in before the hearing begins and comments are limited to three minutes per person. The hearing will be televised live on County Government Channel 95 and rebroadcast at a later date. The hearing can also be view live from the county’s website; click on “95” Live.” • Special Olympics Hold’Em Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28
• Why Snooze When You Can Crooze Arby’s Restaurant parking lot (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Bring your custom car, truck or bike for cruise night. • FOP-7 Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Special Olympics Hold’Em Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. • St. Mary’s County Camera Club Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Workshop about “Flowers and Garden Photography”
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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A Journey Through Time The
By Linda Reno Contributing Writer
Indian Murders, Part 3 of 3 On January 30, 1679 Lord Baltimore met again with the Emperor of the Piscataways, who brought with him (among others) Azazames, and Manahawton not knowing that the Marylanders now believed that these two were part of the group responsible for the murder of the Cunningham family. When confronted with this information, the Emperor again said that none of his Indians were responsible for this crime.
Capt. Gerard Slye and Lt. Thomas Courtney were ordered to take Azazams and Manahawton into their custody and secure them until further order. It was also demanded that Wassetass be delivered to the Marylanders. The Emperor again flatly denied that any of his Indians had been involved. The Indians were left to meet alone taking with them Maj. Boarman and Mr. John Stone. While they met, the Marylanders voted to immediately execute Azasames and Manahawton. When the entire group reconvened, the Indians, through their interpreter (Maj. Boarman) stated “formerly we were in the dark but God has now opened our eyes.” They agreed
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nesting birds, and even garbage. And they aren’t choosy when it comes to finding a place to sack out during the day -- hollow It’s “odor-able.” It’s logs, wood and rock piles, under builddis-stink-tive.” It’s the ings, hay and brush piles, open woods, striped skunk. There are grassy fields, and abandoned dens of other many species of skunks, animals -- almost any place can be a skunk but the striped variety hideaway. . finds southern Maryland Skunks have a great sense of smell and a very nice place to hang out. These mam- hearing, but have poor vision. Males weigh Photo Courtesy Helen around seven to fourteen pounds (about the mals with the bushy, white-tipped tailsof are so called because of theCarroll whiteBeavers stripesPatterson run- size of a house cat); females are a bit smallning down their backs and meeting at the er. Breeding takes place in late winter to head. Black and white is the most common early spring and females give birth to about color, but some skunks are brown or gray. four to ten kits. After two months in the Skunks are solitary creatures, natu- nest, the youngsters start following mamma rally calm around in and nonher nightly aggressive. search for But when food. humans or B e other aniaware that mals get too skunks are close, this the primary hard-to-igcarrier of nore fellow the rabies gives out virus, but signals that not every say, “Don’t skunk is mess with rabid. Howme, buster.” ever, if you You’re in see a skunk trouble if the during the animal arches its back, chatters its teeth, day, be suspicious and keep your distance and stomps its feet. The skunk will turn as the animal may be rabid. Since skunks around, tail held high with its butt facing are creatures of the night and sleep during the aggressor, and let loose with a stinking the day, it’s probably a good idea to call the spray from two powerful anal scent glands. Animal Control Center. Skunks do not enAnd guess what? Those scent bombs can joy long lives, mainly because so many are be “independently operated! The skunk killed at night on highways. The average gets five or six shots and it takes about ten lifespan in the wild is two to three years. hours to “load up” again. The foul smell- Skunks in zoos live upward to 15 years. ing spray can travel as far as 12 feet or so Perhaps you’ve read about people and hang in the air for miles around. The adopting baby skunks as house pets. Even odor is said to smell like a combination of after having the scent glands removed, it rotten eggs, garlic and burnt rubber. Yuck. is illegal to adopt these animals as pets in The good news is the spray won’t cause any most states, including Maryland. In states serious damage. You’ll just be smelly for a that do allow adoptions, a permit is regood while. But don’t blame the skunk if quired, and finding a willing vet when the you happen to be one of his victims. Since need arises may pose another problem. these critters can’t run very fast, spraying Despite the skunk’s smelly reputation, is their only defense. Skunks have few you may be surprised to learn their musk predators – most animals know better than (scent) is sometimes used in the manufacto fool around with these critters. ture of perfume! Skunks are nocturnal creatures and To learn more about skunks and how forage for food at night. They aren’t picky to remove skunk odor, check out http:// and will gobble up just about anything – pleasebekind.com/skunk.html. grubs, mice, moles, creepy crawlers of all kinds, berries, fruits, nuts, eggs of groundComments to Kikusan2@comcast.net.
to the seizure of Azazames and Manahawton as murderers of the English and agreed to turn over Wassetass. They said they could not turn over the fourth Indian as he had been killed in a recent encounter with the Susquehannas. Lord Baltimore reassured the Indians by saying he did not believe in exposing his enemies to a lingering death and as such they would have a speedy execution. Indeed, after the Indians had departed the room, Asazams and Manahawton were found guilty and shot to death that evening at Manahowickes Neck Plantation (Notley Hall). The Piscataways at last agreed to deliver Wassetass to Col. Benjamin Rozer within 10 days. Col. Rozer was ordered to kill Wassetass as soon as he was taken into custody. The Piscataways continued to beg for the life of Wassetass and at last, Lord Baltimore caved saying by “giving them the life of this person, hoping that for this favor they would give their young men good advice and counsel to carry themselves civilly towards all the English.”
It is the opinion of this writer that the Piscataway Indians were not responsible for the murder of the Cunningham family or any others for that matter. They were in fear themselves of the warlike Senniquo and Susquehanna Indians and had, before the murders even occurred, asked the Marylanders for protection as a number of their tribesmen had been killed by these war-like tribes. John Burroughs, named in the first part of this on-going series, was the progenitor of the Burroughs family of St. Mary’s County. He was born about 1644, transported to Maryland as a servant prior to 1669 and was free by 1671. He died in 1717. His wife’s name was Mary. Some claim her maiden name was Keech, but that hasn’t been proven. William Boarman was the progenitor of the Boarman family of Charles County. He was born in England in 1630, transported to Maryland by Capt. Giles Brent, and among his many adventures, was taken prisoner at Port Tobacco in 1645 during Ingle’s Invasion. He died in 1709.
Wanderings of an
Cold Cook-Outs and Hot Peeps By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer There’s nothing like having a cookout on a 50 degree spring night. We kept thinking the wind would die down. It didn’t. The fire pit was okay, we had that covered with it’s heavy metal screen topper, so anything on fire wouldn’t go flying about. The husband of the couple we had over did make the comment, “We are eating outside?” I probably should have thought more about that comment. The salad was fine - it was just like it had been in the refrigerator the whole time. But, the tuna steak and portion of NY strip steak we each had was cold before it hit the table. Everything tasted great though. Cookouts in December have been warmer than this past weekend. 85 degrees to 50 degrees is quite a change. We have definitely had a winter and spring outside the range of normal so far. I wonder what the summer will be like? But we will use our firepit all year no matter what. Soon it won’t be the spring winds and chill, it will be the summer gnats, noseeums, and mosquitoes. Oh boy. Being outside is worth any small discomfort. After working indoors all week, I look forward to sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air. My husband works outside all week, and probably would just as soon get to sit in a comfortable chair. But he enjoys our nights by the fire also. We are not eating desserts very often anymore, but I do like to have a few roasted marshmallows after a cookout. I don’t think I am the only one. Everyone has their own ways of roasting a marshmallow. I had never seen such a perfectly roasted marshmallow as the other night – perfectly tanned all the way
around, lightly crusted and soft and gooey inside. It looked great. I might even like to try one sometime. Though I still like my way: burnt to a crisp. Now, we find out that this could be a carcinogen. I’m starting to wonder what is left that won’t hurt you somehow. I know there are readers out there that still have Easter candy left and are wondering what to do with it. Peeps are a great example. Peeps are hot right now. There are Peeps contests, Peeps stores. There is one devoted solely to the brightly colored, sugary, mushy, confections in Oxon Hill. I wonder what they do the rest of the year. Maybe there are people that love Peeps all year. I bet there is a dental office right next door too. Well, in my mind after roasting marshmallows, it logically follows that you should try roasting marshmallow purple peeps. My husband’s Peep turned out caramelized and edible - he slowly turned it over the embers, and pronounced it not too bad. He wouldn’t roast another one though. Mine was, of course burnt black and melted into the fire pit. It was a sad site. I couldn’t bring myself to taste it even before it burnt completely. I wondered aloud about Peep s’mores, but the faces I got told me that it was not an appetizing idea. That’s all right, I am already thinking of new creations to try for my cookbook: “Creative firepit cooking”. How about marshmallow and cut sweet potato shish kabobs, or Chocolate bunny ear s’mores? I should have a Wanderings of an aimless mind Facebook page up and running with burnt Peep and previous related article pictures within the next week or two. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thursday, April 22 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.
“House of the Devil” is a Hall of Mirrors
By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer One great thing about horror movies is that their stories and characters serve as snapshots of a culture’s ideology or societal neuroses. They are always period pieces, because an audience wouldn’t quite “get” the scariest parts of a movie unless it was set in a time and place they can understand. In the case of House of the Devil, which echoes not only the spirit of “satanic panic” that typified horror films from the 70s and 80s, but the pacing and cinematography of the time period as well, the scariest thing about the film is how spot-on its homage to slow-building retro moviemaking is. And this may be good or bad, depending on your point of view. The story is about Samantha (Jocelin Donahue), a young college student in the 1980s who accepts a babysitting job in a remote suburb. The pay is great, but the clients are creepy, and over the course of her first (and only) night with the family, she eventually learns they are actually Satanists who want to perform a ritual on her. She’s also not looking after babies, but an old “mother” that her employer (played by a very tall, dark and weird Tom Noonan) doesn’t even bother to introduce her to. Needless to say, things don’t go so well for poor Samantha, though her best friend Megan (Greta Gerwig) tries, unsuccessfully, to get her to leave. The film claims to be based upon true events, though instead of citing news reports mirroring the facts of the story, its basis in reality is based on a presentation of statistics about belief in Satanism and faer of other creepy occult activities. This suggests that a general nod to popular superstition in the 70s and 80s is what’s meant here, not an accurate recounting of young Samantha’s babysitting night from hell. House of the Devil doesn’t use satire or metaphor, but rather a slow, methodic buildup of events, each of which made this reviewer want to grab young Samantha by the hair and drag her, kicking and screaming, from her job and her weirdo employers. I would have done this out of frustration rather than sympathy, since there are too many points in the movie where she should have known better. Even Megan yells, “this is
so stupid!” while trying to convince Samantha that her employers shouldn’t be trusted. And it’s hard not to think that in the real world, she probably would have listened. In the end this makes for a story that’s a little predictable, and watching could get tedious for the amount of energy you spend enduring the dark, quiet spaces leading up to the movie’s climax. But Ti West does a great job of layering the suspense. As a filmmaker who scored directing credits on Cabin Fever 2 and dibs on the upcoming film The Innkeepers, West is proving himself worthy of watchers, and his homage to the genre is impressive. But it’s not original. The DVD release boasts a few decent extras like commentary, notes on the production style and a few deleted scenes, but not much else. Interviews with cast and crew are more redundant than interesting. This movie is worth seeing, but Ti West basically made a 1970s horror flick much the same way it would have been done at that time (even using Super-16 Stock film, which makes for a grainy, authentic feel). Both the subject matter and the style make this film very dated, and for some viewers, there are few anchors to the things that really scare audiences these days. So even though film school geeks like me may de appreciate all the nods Energy Medicine & Tools for the Tra to Rosemary’s Baby or py era Amityville-style suspense, Th cal ysi Ph Chaney there may be others who, by the time this film ends, Laura Pezold-Gallagher CQTP/I, RM-TP, HTP4, SM will want the last 96 minPain/Stress Management & Deep Relaxation utes of their life back. Energetic - Integrative - Holistic Therapy Released by Dark Sky 301-475-5538 or visit healinghearts.health.officelive.com Films, released on DVD firstname.lastname@example.org Feb. 2010. Rated R for Chaney Physical Therapy, Inc. • 26045 Sotterley Heights Rd. • Hollywood, MD 20636 some bloody violence. Run 301-373-5827 Front Desk - Chaney • 301-475-5358 Appointments - Home /Office - Laura Time 96 minutes. 2 1/2 Office Location: (pass Vista Rd & Sotterley Plantation, stars out of four. close to the water - continue past yellow ‘No Outlet’ sign.)
• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.
Friday, April 23 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (California) – 5 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • Patty, Carl & Rose Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 7 p.m. • Line Dancing w/ DJs Donna & Ohmer Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Coastal Flats Houligan’s Draught House & Eatery (Prince Frederick) – 8 p.m. • DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Nuttin’ Fancy Seabreeze Tiki Bar (Hollywood) – 8 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 8 p.m. • Bent Nickel Jake & Al’s (Lusby) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke Club 911 (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • Three Sixty Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 24 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.
• Captain Woody Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 8 p.m.* • Deanna Dove Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons) – 8 p.m.
– 9 p.m. • Crushing Day Vera’s White Sands (Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 25
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• Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.
• Three Sixty Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.
• Open Mic Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.
• WildGood Cryer’s Back Road Inn (Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.
• Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.
• Yesterday’s Child Apehanger’s Bar (Bel Alton)
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Thurs., Apr. 22 Baseball St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Lackey at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Calvert at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at Holy Cross, 4 p.m. Golf St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Bishop O’Connell at Breton Bay, 3:15 p.m. Softball St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Lackey at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Tennis St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 3:30 p.m. Great Mills at Lackey, 4 p.m.
Fri., Apr. 23 Baseball McDonough at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at Gonzaga, 4 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Great Mills at Calvert, 4 p.m. Softball McDonough at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Leonardtown at McDonough, 4 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 24 Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 26 Baseball Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop O’Connell, 6:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Chopticon at Calvert, 5:30 p.m. Great Mills at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m.
Girls’ Lacrosse Bishop McNamara at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Softball Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 4 p.m. Tennis Leonardtown at Great Mills, 4 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 27 Baseball Great Mills at La Plata, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 5 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Calvert at Chopticon, 4 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Paul VI at St. Mary’s College, 4 p.m. Patuxent at Great Mills, 5 p.m. Golf St. Mary’s Ryken vs. DeMatha at Breton Bay, 3:15 p.m.
By Ronald N. Guy Jr. Contributing Writer
Despite a new baseball season and the on-going NBA and NHL playoffs, the NFL, supposedly hibernating between seasons, is still absorbing its share of headlines. In addition to the draft and free agency, two annual early spring NFL fixes, this offseason has had the added juice of blockbuster trades and a sauced-up version of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sharing his alcohol-induced, brutally honest feelings on former coach Bill Parcells and polarizing prospect Tim Tebow (be proud, Cowboys fans, be very proud). As compelling as those stories are, shockingly western Pennsylvania and its NFL residents have suddenly become drama-central, U.S.A. The logo of the Pittsburgh Steelers is, without question, on the NFL’s Mount Rushmore. They have more Hall of Famers present and future than we have fingers, the most Lombardi Trophies and are a model of how to run a professional sports franchise. It’s a team so committed to its business model and uninfluenced by the
Wed., Apr. 28 Baseball Bishop McNamara at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m. Chopticon at North Point, 4:30 p.m. Great Mills at Thomas Stone, 4:30 p.m. Softball St. Mary’s Ryken at Holy Cross, 3:30 p.m. Chopticon at North Point, 4:30 p.m. Great Mills at Thomas Stone, 4:30 p.m. Tennis North Point at Chopticon, 4 p.m. Thomas Stone at Great Mills, 4 p.m.
frazzled impatience of most teams today that they’ve had exactly three coaches since 1969; and all have Super Bowl rings. For 40 years they’ve had unrivaled success and conducted their operations with a vintage, boring steadiness that starkly contrasts the modern-day flail in most NFL cities. But this offseason, when the boorish and selfish acts of two star athletes intersected with the scandal-seeking relentlessness of the modern media, the league and its model organization were snapped from the sports pages and thrust into the tabloids; a scenario foreign to the Steelers and one the NFL, under Commissioner Roger Goodell, no longer tolerates. In February 2009, Pittsburgh reached the NFL mountaintop for a sixth time behind a historic, Super Bowl winning touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Santonio Holmes. From this highest peak, both men have experienced little on-field glory and much off-field chaos. Holmes, after a second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and other off-field issues, was recently suspended for four games (as required per the NFL’s
Sat., Apr. 17 Baseball Chopticon 17, McDonough 3
Softball Great Mills at La Plata, 4:30 p.m. Track and Field Chopticon at Calvert, 4 p.m. Great Mills/La Plata at North Point, 4 p.m. Leonardtown/Calvert at Lackey, 4 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Landon School, 4 p.m.
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Wed., Apr. 14 Baseball Thomas Stone 4, Chopticon 3 Westlake 5, Great Mills 4 Leonardtown 10, Lackey 0 (six innings) Boys’ Lacrosse Leonardtown 17, Calvert 4 Girls’ Lacrosse Great Mills 8, Chopticon 5 Softball Thomas Stone 2, Chopticon 0 Great Mills 7, Westlake 3 Leonardtown 4, Lackey 3 St. Mary’s Ryken 3, Bishop Ireton 0 Tennis Chopticon 5, Thomas Stone 4 Great Mills 8, Westlake 1 Leonardtown 9, Lackey 0 St. Mary’s Ryken 5, Good Counsel 4
Thurs., Apr. 15 Baseball Chopticon 6, Calvert 1 Boys’ Lacrosse Northern 15, Chopticon 3 Leonardtown 19, Great Mills 2 Girls’ Lacrosse Northern 9, Chopticon 5 Leonardtown 20, Great Mills 2 Bishop Ireton 19, St. Mary’s Ryken 4 Golf Good Counsel 5, St. Mary’s Ryken 4 Softball North Point 14, Great Mills 0
Fri., Apr. 16 Boys’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken 17, Bishop Ireton 4 Softball Patuxent 10, Great Mills 0 (five innings) Bishop O’Connell 3, St. Mary’s Ryken 0 Tennis Patuxent 6, Great Mills 3
Boys’ Lacrosse Chopticon 10, Pikesville 9 Softball McDonough 4, Chopticon 2 St. Mary’s Ryken 4, Paul VI 2
Mon, Apr. 19 Baseball Chopticon 8, La Plata 1 Great Mills 11, McDonough 8 Thomas Stone 6, Leonardtown 5 Boys’ Lacrosse Huntingtown 13, Great Mills 2 Golf Gonzaga 8, St. Mary’s Ryken 1 Softball McDonough 2, Great Mills 1 Thomas Stone 3, Leonardtown 1 St. Mary’s Ryken 11, Elizabeth Seton 7 Tennis La Plata 8, Chopticon 1 Great Mills 7, McDonough 2 Leonardtown 6, North Point 3
drug policy) and quickly traded to the New York Jets for pennies on the dollar. Roethlisberger, meanwhile, has had his own, and much more publicized, brushes with law: two allegations of sexual misconduct within the last calendar year. Now, the $100 million-dollar question – to coincide with Roethlisberger’s bloated contract – is: what fate awaits the franchise QB? A suspension seems inevitable. What about an end of days in Pittsburgh (like Holmes)? First off, it is important to note that Roethlisberger has never been charged, much less convicted, of a crime during his NFL career. While Roethlisberger has avoided criminal prosecution, he has embarrassed the NFL and his employer. His behavior arrogantly poked at the modus operandi – personal conduct – of Goodell and the staid and steady image of Pittsburgh Steelers. What will be intriguing to see if there’s a hint of a double standard in either how the team or the league handles a star quarterback gone wild. No two personal conduct issues are the same, but the Steelers dealt with Holmes swiftly and harshly. Will they do they same
with “the franchise”? As for Goodell, the judge and jury for NFL justice, he hasn’t always waited for or felt bound by the results of the legal process. That cavalier approach is a little easier when dealing with a troubled cornerback (Pacman Jones) or a player involved in a tragic incident (Dante Stallworth). Will he be as heavy-handed and bold when dealing with what is essentially a series of poor decisions by one of the league’s biggest stars? We all deal with double standards in our lives: they can be endearing (parents relaxing rules for a third child), understandable (organizations giving proven, senior personnel a little more leash) or divisive and flat wrong (preferential treatment based on an “ism”). Is there a double for star quarterbacks in the NFL? Should there be? Whatever the ending is to this sordid tale, it will be interesting to ponder our personal and collective reactions. For sure we’ll never look at Roethlisberger the same way again; and whether he’s suspended, traded or both, that may be the lasting consequence of his irresponsible acts. Send comments to email@example.com
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Chopticon Boys Fall to Patuxent Ryken baseball team, local clergy to play friendly game Sunday The St. Mary’s Ryken baseball team will play a seven-inning game vs. the D.C. Padres, a group of priests and seminarians Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. on the Ryken baseball field. The game is free and open to the public, with hot dogs and sodas being sold to benefit the seminarians of Mount St. Mary’s University. After the fourth inning, all will be invited to join in prayer for vocations.
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Tennis block party in Valley Lee on Saturday A “Try Tennis For Free” block party is being offered by the St. Mary’s County Tennis Association on Saturday, April 17. It will be held at Cecil Park in Valley Lee, at 19241 St. George’s Church Rd., from 12 Noon - 2 p.m. All ages are welcome. Visit stmarystennis.org and call or text 301-475-5888.
Tennis League Seeking Team Captains St Mary’s County USTA Tennis League is looking for Captains and 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 rated players for Adult men and women teams. Season runs from May-July. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-481-2305.
Chopticon boys’ lacrosse coach Mike Boyle hoped that the Braves could use the momentum from Saturday’s 10-9 victory over Pikesville as a springboard for the rest of the season. Patuxent however had other plans, keeping the visiting Braves on Earth for a little while longer with a 13-5 win Tuesday night. “We had just come off a big win and I had hope that it would slingshot us into the second part of the season,” Boyle said. “We had hoped to come out and smack Patuxent right in the face and that did not happen. It was a dogfight until the second half when they smacked us in the face.” The Braves got four goals from junior Dean Holtzbeirlein and 18 saves between Garrett Conley and Doug Harbold in net. Boyle hopes that his team can get this recent setback out of their system and focus on the next week few weeks, as the regular season winds
down and the regional playoffs take center stage. “We made mistakes that have to be shored up for us to be successful in the next couple of games,” he said. “We are going to need that confidence to finish off the season and get us into a successful playoff campaign.” Boyle is pleased with the team’s work ethic, which he feels is the key to their success so far. “We are still building on our intensity and hard work,” he said. “We play to the end no matter where we stand at the end of the game.” He also knows what it will take for the team to improve their SMAC standings and playoff hopes. “We need to keep the course of fundamentals with the sticks and body work and not surge ahead to the finer points of the game,” he said. “That this is a work in progress and we need to remain focused on that to be successful, ‘Baby Steps.’ This is what will keep us going forward.” email@example.com
Raider Girls Run Record to 8-0, Stop Huntingtown
By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The Leonardtown girls’ lacrosse team continued their unbeaten run through the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, outlasting Huntingtown 20-9 Tuesday night to run their record to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in conference contests. “They came into the game a little nervous, you could see we were dropping the ball a little bit,” head coach Ken McIlhenny said. “But after five or 10 minutes, they got into the groove and the game went well.” The Hurricanes gave the Raiders what McIlhenny considered to be their biggest test of the season. With several intangibles and offensive firebrand Catherine Athens leading all goal scorers with five on the night, McIlhenny felt this game was important as the team hopes to win SMAC and go far in the 4A-3A East playoffs. “Huntingtown is very aggressive, fast and a well-coached team,” he said. “It was a good
game for us to get ready for regionals. We just have to focus on doing the small things well and not making mistakes.” The scoring as usual was spread out nicely for the Raiders, as Kate Finkleston, Reese Gassie and Lauren Day all scored four goals, while Taelar Errington scored three and Lauren Donovan and Christina Ferrara each added two for Leonardtown. Goaltender Christina Wettengel stopped six shots also. The Raiders surrendered a season high nine goals, but offset that by scoring 20 for the second consecutive game, a development that encourages the coach. “We don’t want to go backwards. We want to continue the forward steps and they’ve done well,” McIlhenny said. “This was a tough, physical game for us. The girls know what they have to do and just play the kind of lacrosse that the coaches knows they can play.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Seahawk Men Move on to CAC Lacrosse Semis ST. MARY’S CITY – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse earned a second shot at No. 3 Stevenson University in the semifinals of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Tournament as the third-seeded Seahawks eliminated sixth-seeded Wesley College, 13-8, in first-round action on a windy Sunday afternoon. St. Mary’s (9-5) faced No. 2 seed Stevenson in Owings Mills on Wednesday (The match ended too late for inclusion in this edition of The County Times). Sophomore midfielder Billy Scheurer (Telford, Pa./ Souderton Area) finished the afternoon with a career-high three goals to pace the Seahawks while first-year midfielder Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) dished out four assists. Attackmen Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./ Severn) and Michael Mules
(Ellicott City, Md./Boys’ Latin) contributed two goals as well. Wesley (3-11) staked an early lead in the first period, edging the Seahawks, 2-1. Midfielders Nick Piscano (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) and Eric Crumbock (Levittown, Pa./Truman) both netted goals to give the Wolverines a 2-0 margin at 7:16. Rosson notched a man-up goal at 1:11 to avoid the shutout. St. Mary’s responded in the second quarter with seven goals as the Seahawks outscored Wesley, 7-2, picking up the quarter’s first six goals. Scheurer scored twice in nearly a minute to boost his team’s lead to 5-2 at 11:53. Wesley netted a pair in the final six minutes to head into intermission with an 8-4 deficit. Piscano notched three goals to lead the Wesley offense while Crumbock and junior attackman Justin D’Alonzo
(Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) both added two. Things were even in the third with each side finding the back of the net three times, including Piscano’s unassisted goal with 44 seconds left to pull Wesley within 11-7. Rosson and Mules sandwiched D’Alonzo’s 19th goal of the season in the fourth stanza for the 13-8 final. First-year midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John’s) won 11-of20 face-offs and scooped up eight loose balls to help the Seahawks post a 35-23 advantage in ground balls while St. Mary’s outshot the Wolverines 46-24. Junior Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) made three stops through three quarters of play in picking up his eighth win of the season. Firstyear Matt Ryan (Tinton Falls, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) picked up seven saves in the loss.
Rosson earns player of the week honors YORK, Pa. – St. Mary’s College junior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./ Severn) grabbed Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week honors for the week ending April 18 as announced by conference commissioner, Tom Byrnes, on Monday afternoon. Rosson picked up the honor after scoring 12 points on nine goals and three assists in three games, helping the Seahawks (9-5) clinch the No. 3 seed in the CAC tournament and advance to the conference semifinals. Rosson’s best statistical game was a five-goal, one-assist performance against third-ranked Stevenson University to start the week as St. Mary’s suffered a 13-10 loss. He chipped in two goals and an assist in a 13-9 win over University of Mary Washington and then contributed two goals and an assist as well in the Seahawks’ opening round 13-8 triumph over Wesley College to lead them to Wednesday’s semifinal contest at second-seeded Stevenson. Rosson is currently third in the league in goals per game with a 2.79 average and sixth in points per game with a 4.00 average.
Spartans eliminate Seahawk men in conference tennis tourney YORK, Pa. – Third-seeded York (Pa.) College notched a 9-0 shutout of No. 6 seed St. Mary’s College of Maryland in first round action of the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Sunday afternoon to eliminate the Seahawks. St. Mary’s looks to end its 2009-10 campaign on a high note as the Seahawks take on Goucher College in the season finale on Thursday, April 22 at 3:30 pm in Towson.
Tennis Match Results
Apr 18, 2010 at York, Pa. (Spartan Tennis Center) York (Pa.) 9, St. Mary’s (Md.) 0
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John Page Williams, senior naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and author of “Chesapeake: Exploring the Water Trail of Captain John Smith,” will lead “A Conversation about the Chesapeake Bay and the Clean Water Act” at the April meeting of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Patuxent River Chapter. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, at the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092, 45779 Fire Department Lane, California. Williams will discuss recent reports on the health of the Bay, how they impact anglers and other users of the Bay, and the impact the Clean Water Act could bring. “The Chesapeake is a unique natural resource that is available to those of us in Maryland,” Williams said.” However, it needs our attention and care if marine life is to thrive in it and humans are to enjoy it.” The meeting is free and open to the public. Wings, other food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. for those attending the meeting.
By Chris Stevens Staff Writer
Singles competition 1. Paul Graci (YCP) def. Thomas Hoesman (SMC) 6-3, 6-1 2. Steve Collison (YCP) def. Jeff Levy (SMC) 6-1, 6-4 3. Colin Jones (YCP) def. Kyle Feeley (SMC) 6-4, 6-2 4. Travis Klein (YCP) def. Kenny Nugent (SMC) 6-2, 6-2 5. Justin Hostetter (YCP) def. Josh Olexa (SMC) 9-7 6. Ryan Harvey (YCP) def. Drew Barnes (SMC) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. Paul Graci/Steve Collison (YCP) def. Thomas Hoesman/Kyle Feeley (SMC) 8-0 2. Colin Jones/Travis Klein (YCP) def. Kenny Nugent/Drew Barnes (SMC) 8-3 3. Justin Hostetter/Ryan Harvey (YCP) def. Josh Olexa/Robbie Bourdon (SMC) 8-0 Match Notes: St. Mary’s (Md.) 11-10 York (Pa.) 9-8 CAC First Round - #6 seed St. Mary’s at #3 seed York York now advances to Tuesday’s semifinals at #2 seed Salisbury. A-25
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Knight Golfers Plan to Learn From Tough Loss
By Chris Stevens Staff Writer
to say we could’ve done this or we could’ve done that,” he said. “They’re a good team and this match could’ve gone either way.” LEONARDTOWN – St. Mary’s Ryken For DeLucco, the all-important factor of golf coach Jason DeLucco was pleased with “you’ve got to see it to believe it” was important, as the younger Knights had an opportunity to understand how deep the competition in the WCAC is. “You never know how good the players in the WCAC are until you see them,” DeLucco explains, adding that freshman Julia Bowling was in competition all the way up to the final hole, a huge development for a first-year golfer in the WCAC. “The experience the younger players will get from this match is valuable. They understand the grind of golf. You’re not going to win every match, but the experience they will get is valuable.” With one half of the season completed, including the first win over conference power Paul VI in team history in hand, DeLucco graded his team rather fairly when asked about their progress this season. “I’d give them a B-plus,” he said. “If we were undefeated, it would be an A. We’re Photo By Frank Marquart right there, closer than we’ve been in years.” Julia Bowling of St. Mary’s Ryken focuses on her DeLucco also feels that the last two shot during the Knights’ 8-1 loss to Gonzaga years of success (6-3 last season, 3-2 so far Monday afternoon. this season) is a good indicator of where the the effort of the Knights in Monday after- Ryken golf program is headed. noon’s 8-1 loss to Washington Catholic Ath“It’ll be fun to see what the next few letic Conference contender Gonzaga, noting years brings,” he said. that the key to the team’s development was Photo By Frank Marquart gaining experience. email@example.com “Not knowing much about this team, I think we did very well. The energy was there,” said DeLucco. “We knew we had to play aureL iLL rive very well to beat them.” aLifornia The loss dropped the Knights to 3-2 on the season, but in the eyes of junior Mason Short, New Millennium Ryken can only go up from Monday’s match. “We can’t ...undeniable be any worse,” access to the Short said, noting Pulse of Southern that the Knights Maryland. currently have just two seniors on their current roster of players. “Being a young Absolutely gorgeous home! You will love this gem. Features team, I think we 3BR & 2BA. Plus a full walkout basement. Over 1/4 acre can get better. with new composite deck & walkway in front, plus large deck We just have to overlooking the property in rear. New window treatments too! work hard to get This beautifully decorated home even comes with a Home better and stay focused.” Warranty. Located in Wildewood, it is convenient to so much. Short felt All of this for only $274,900! that the match was up in the air until the 12th and final hole, • Beautiful interior • full Basement • window treatments but chose not to • three Bedrooms • new front deck • Basement workshop • t wo B athrooms • h ome w arranty • over Quarter acre pinpoint any par• new range & hood • large rear deck • convenient location John Gatton, Jr. ticular develop- Realtor® ments that could Century 21 New Millennium $ have changed the 23063 Three Notch Road 274,900 California, Maryland 20619 outcome. Phone: 301.904.6939 “I don’t want firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mechanicsville’s Bolton Gunning for Hot Rod Title Mechanicsville native Lisa Bolton is attempting to become only the third female World Champion in IHRA drag racing history next weekend at the Spring Nitro Jam at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C. “I think it would be an honor to win a world championship because it is a title not many people – men or women – can say they have,” Bolton said. “Regardless of who you are a championship is the ultimate goal of most racers and it would certainly be special to add my name to that list.” Bolton is one of five female TOC participants competing at Rockingham later this month along with fellow Stock drivers Hillarey Sloan and Jeanne Linke, Quick Rod driver Lisa Collier and Super Stock competitor Missy Phillips. All five are thrilled about the opportunity to compete for a world title and some are even a bit excited to make a few grown men shed a tear or two in the process. “I don’t think gender makes a difference behind the wheel, but I have noticed that there are some guys who have a harder
time losing to a woman,” Bolton said. “I think it is because they are often times teased for getting beat by a girl.” “There is the occasional competitor or fan who looks down on women drivers, people who assume we really don’t know anything about racing or cars,” Collier added. “And every once in a while there’s a guy that really doesn’t like to get beat by a girl. Overall, though, I really don’t think about it. “Once we strap into that race car all things are equal.” Bolton has been racing since 1992 when, after years of watching her husband compete, she decided it was her turn to give straight-line racing a try. And from the moment she strapped into a vehicle she knew this was the sport for her. “I used to go to the races to watch Eddie, but Lisa Bolton of Mechanicsville will battle for the IHRA championship in Rockingham, North eventually I grew tired of Carolina this weekend. just watching. One night LANCASTER, Pa – Shortstop Travis Garcia homered and Patrick he unhooked the tow veher own trophy to the family mantle. Osborn drove in three runs as the Blue Crabs cruised to an 8-0 victory hicle and let me drive. From the first time down the “My husband won the Hot Rod World Championship in over the Lancaster Barnstormers in an Atlantic League exhibition game track I was hooked,” Bolton said. 2002 and at that time I could only hope to win my own champiMonday afternoon. Over the next few years the pair traveled the onship one day,” Bolton said. “If I could win the championship Centerfielder Jeremy Owens and catcher Octavio Martinez pitched country competing at various events culminating it would be even more impressive because there aren’t too many in run-scoring singles for the Blue Crabs, who open their regular seawith Bolton’s husband claiming the first family husband and wife teams racing together. And for both of us to be son with a four-game series, beginning Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. title when he won the Hot Rod championship in World Champions would be pretty special.” against the York Revolution. 2002. Now, eight years later, Lisa is ready to add Story Courtesy of IHRA Motorsports
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By Chris Stevens Staff Writer St. Mary’s Ryken senior goaltender Owen Murphy isn’t nervous about going to college far away from home. In fact, he’s ready for the chance to see a new place when he continues his education – and lacrosse career- at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina this fall. “It’s in a nice part of the town, the coach emphasized you’ll never be bored,” Murphy said of the social positives of attending Queens. “I’m looking forward to having freedom to do whatever I want.” Murphy was also considering Sacred Heart and Farfield Universities in Connecticut, as well as Wheeling Jesuit University and MarylandCollege Park before deciding on Queens’ offer. In spite of living his entire young life in the Southern Maryland area, Murphy wasn’t concerned about attending college more than seven hours away from home. “I’m always looking for adventure,” he said, “So I’m ready to try something new.” On the field, he admits that the speed of the game, especially the shots that he’ll be facing, will be an adjustment he has to make soon. “There’s a step up from our kids in terms of the speed of the shots,” Murphy said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do to keep up.” It’s work that Ryken head coach John So-
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