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School Officials Rally Against Budget Cuts Hundreds of people turned out for a public hearing on the county budget Tuesday night, with most of the group rallying behind schools Superintendent Michael Martirano. PAGE 4


Joint Strike Fighter Program May Grow As many as 100 more employees may be added to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. PAGE 9


Local Teacher Traveling to Study Climate Change Spring Ridge STEM teacher Tamarah Dishman is part of a Northrop Grummansponsored group heading to remote places in the world for climate studies. PAGE 14


Hundreds Attend Caregivers Conference Senior depression, health care legislation changes and long-term care financing were among the topics of this year’s Southern Maryland Caregivers Conference. PAGE 18


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Law Changes May Help Cliffside Homeowners During legislative session in Annapolis, a law tweak may help homes in danger of falling off eroding cliff into Chesapeake Bay. PAGE 21

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Schools, Agencies Look For More Money in Strapped Budget By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A multitude of teachers and school system workers, as well as local boys and girls club advocates and shelter workers implored the St. Mary’s Board of County Commissioners to help their shrunken operations with more money from the county’s own lean budget at a late night public hearing Tuesday. About 70 speakers took to the podium at a packed house at Chopticon High School’s auditorium to offer their take on the county’s spending plan for fiscal 2011. But some also took the opportunity to speak for returning to a constant yield rate on property taxes, and even took shots at the school system for having a nearly $13 million fund balance. The school system is using more than half of that balance to offset cuts. “I cannot support a school board with a $12-$13 million fund balance,” said Mike He-

witt. “It’s not fair to the taxpayers.” Hewitt, a local small business owner, also said that state assessments were artificially high compared to the actual market value of homes and some property owners were struggling to pay the inflated levy. “Give us some relief,” Hewitt said. “People can’t sell their homes for what they are worth.” Still others, some of them teachers, protested that going to a constant yield tax rate would stunt the county’s coffers even further. The county’s proposed fiscal 2011 general fund budget is about $188 million, much reduced from the nearly $200 million from fiscal 2010. The school board got $76 million in county funding, or the state-mandated “maintenance of effort.” Chief Financial Officer Elaine Kramer cautioned that reducing the rate to ensure home owners paid the same in taxes as last year would force the county to cut another 40 positions and reduce allocations to non-government groups

that still provided services to citizens. “We want to continue to have a stable county system,” Kramer said. Dawn Pipkin, a teacher from Hollywood, said that the reduced funding for the county’s school system this year, coupled with the county’s last place position in the state for per pupil funding, meant that short term budget cuts would have long term negative impacts on the quality of education. “It’s equivalent to getting a bargain at the expense of our children’s future,” Pipkin said. Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano said that the school system has trimmed as much of its budget as it could but that future cuts could seriously damage the gains that students have made in recent years. “It costs money to provide a high quality education to all students and money really does matter,” Martirano said. “Ultimately you get what you pay for.” Marguerite Morris, operator of Leah’s

House, a shelter for displaced and abused women and children, also chided the county for not giving her organization any money for another year. “This is my fifth year coming before you. Thank you for trying but I don’t think trying is enough,” Morris said. “We’re a good organization and we deserve funding.” Morris said that agencies, even from other counties, continually call and ask her group to find shelter space for battered or abused women and children, but it is a struggle. Danielle Nutt, a resident at Leah’s House, said that the organization had given her a second chance at life. “It deserves everybody’s donations and everybody’s funding,” Nutt said. “Everybody deserves a second chance.” The commissioner board will hold budget work sessions in the coming weeks after the public’s input and are set to approve a final budget on May 25. Photo by Sean Rice

Hundreds of people turned out for a public hearing on the County budget Tuesday night, with most of the group standing in support of schools at the request of Superintendent Michael Martirano while he addressed the County Commissioners.


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ews Is Maryland’s Budget Deficit Experts: Conservation Needed ‘Boogeyman’ Real? to Stretch Aquifer Supply By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Delegates from District 29 have divergent opinions on whether the state will have to seek a new revenue source next year after the legislature passed a $32 billion budget complete with about $2 billion in cuts. Political science students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland got the chance Monday to ask elected officials what they thought of the state’s fiscal future; two out of three of them gave them a dour picture. “Expectations were low and they were met,” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist.29C) “The state is in dire fiscal straights.” O’Donnell said that there might be a push

agreed, saying that while the budget year was a tough one, the economy state wide was getting back on its feet, including adding about 36,000 jobs to payrolls in March alone. He was confident that that the fiscal 2011 budget would get the 3.6 percent increase in revenue projected by the state to support it. “I don’t believe we need a new revenue source,” Bohanan told students. “As the recovery gets more robust we’ll see revenues go up.” Bohanan said that despite fears of budget crises in successive years the legislature always passed a balanced budget, even with the “boogeyman” of the structural deficit. “The state of Maryland doesn’t run in red ink.” Del. John Wood (D-Dist.29A) said that the legislature had continually passed up the oppor-

Photo By Guy Leonard Delegates John Bohanan (D), John Wood (D) and House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell talk with St. Mary’s College of Maryland students about the 2010 legislative session in Annapolis.

next year in Annapolis to tax products and services but he believed that such a move would be harmful to the state’s better-than-most but wavering economy. He said that the state could recoup revenues in the area of up to $80 million if they push for greater Medicaid reimbursements more than about the one percent the state pursues now. “There are efficiencies to be had,” O’Donnell said. But Del. John Bohanan (D-Dist.29B) dis-

tunity to institute slots because of political wrangling and changing of bill proposals. Because of that the state was missing out on an estimated $750 million a year in revenues that go to gambling destinations like West Virginia and Delaware. “They’re sitting there laughing at us,” Wood said. “We’ve got to find another source of revenue and it’s not taxes.”

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Experts say that while the state may face fresh water shortages in the future, Southern Maryland’s aquifers – underground sources of fresh water that counties have been drawing on for years – are in good shape but elected officials need to come up with solutions now to ensure they last as long as possible. A panel of state and local officials talked about the possibility of a looming fresh water crisis at the Calvert Marine Museum on Solomons Island April 23. Steve King, former executive director of the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission, said that the aquifers that Calvert, St. Mary’s and Charles County draw on will be excellent sources of fresh water for about the next 20 years but will begin to be pushed to its limits after that. If local jurisdictions take action now, he said, they might be able to increase the availability of that water supply. The water in the aquifers was of the highest quality, King said, and was not easily replaced. “I don’t believe there’s a crisis coming anytime soon,” King said. “The ground water in St. Mary’s County and Southern Maryland is some of the purest in the world “The water you’re drinking is between 8,000 and 12,000 years old.” But, King said, with continued growth

in Southern Maryland on the rise he expected more and more stress to be placed on aquifers, and he believes that current state projections for growth in St. Mary’s County are actually less than what the county can actually expect to see in the coming two decades. The state has growth projected in St. Mary’s at about 13 percent but he believed the county could see as much as 25 percent growth, which means more drawing on regional aquifers, King said. He said that harvesting rain to offset the use of potable aquifer water was one option for conservation, while building a regional desalinization plant at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant was another option to provide fresh water. Robert Summers, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Enviroment, told conference attendees that Maryland’s overall water usage was about 1.5 billion gallons a day and that if a drought hit by 2030 that broke dryness records for that state, Marylanders would experience a water shortage. One of the keys to conserving fresh water, Summers said, was gathering the political will to pay for improved infrastructure to make that goal possible. “Good science has got to be the foundation of our decision making,” Summers said. “We are very wasteful of water.”

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By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Recently released state figures from the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation show that unemployment rates have improved slightly from February to March in St. Mary’s County, but unemployment is still worse than prior years. The state announced two weeks ago that they saw an increase in the state’s payrolls by a whopping 35,800 jobs in March, a figure that was met with guarded optimism by local economic officials who have seen some improvement in attitudes of commerce. Cynthia Dellagatta, an analyst with the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that the drop from February to March from 6.8 percent to 6.4 percent was likely seasonal in nature, and that the numbers were following a usual trend. “We’re staying consistently lower in unemployment rates relative to the state and the nation,” Dellagatta said. “But we are worse off than last year, the state is and the nation as well. “And last year we were doing worse than the year before, it’s just the economy we’re in,” she added. Phil Riehl, a local entrepreneur and insurance agent, said that he has hired on more employees recently and expanded his business to take advantage of what he and other businesses believe

is an elevation in economic optimism, though the nature of that optimism may be fleeting. “I’m hiring to take advantage of the optimism in the market, but I think it’s kind of a phony optimism.” Riehl said that he expects that employers will be forced to slow down or halt their hiring entirely once they see how much new state and federal mandates will increase their taxes in the coming year. The state levied a quadrupling of the unemployment insurance tax during the session on most businesses’ increased federal spending plus the recent nation-wide health care reform act have business people worried that more taxes will have to come despite what elected officials may say. Still the so-called “phony optimism” may be real enough for a short time to benefit his business, he said. “It may grow enough to offset any tax increases,” Riehl said. Despite the worsening economy state-wide and across the country, Maryland remains in better condition than the nation with a 7.7 percent unemployment level as opposed to the country’s 9.7 percent. St. Mary’s ties at fourth in the state for lowest unemployment with neighboring Charles County. Worchester County has the worst unemployment rate at 16.5 percent.

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The property, a 34-acre parcel known as Lexington Manor, has been under county ownership since 2004 but the development team of Corporate Offices Properties Trust and Facchina, Inc. backed out of a deal in 2007 because of the declining economy, Finnacom said. County documents regarding the concept in mind for the project state that there would be enough room for about 394,000 square feet of office space and 1,826 parking spaces. There is also about 100 acres of open space land adjacent to the property. Finnacom said that the project would be market driven and that the tenor of the design and construction might change depending on what a developer envisioned. The goal of the new office or mixed use park would be to provide more office and work space to employees of the naval air station, which continues to see growth in programs despite the national recession. Many of the increases in workspace have left contractors and other employees scattered throughout varying buildings, reducing their efficiency and ability to communicate quickly, county documents on the project state. Officials also hope that by adding to the office stock around the base it will not only improve working conditions but reinvigorate the core of Lexington Park as well.

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Martirano a Great Orator; What About a Great Leader?

He came to St. Mary’s County back in 2005, a city guy who had been used to large school systems with billion dollar budgets. A sharp guy, well dressed and well polished. All indications were that the Board of Education had picked a jewel to take the place of then-retiring school superintendent Pat Richardson. He seemed to fit into the community immediately, lovely family, great personality, hard working, and most of all, a smooth talker. And so far, we must say we think he has done a pretty good job. But as he rose Tuesday evening to deliver his remarks to the Board of County Commissioners, (and to his point, anyone aspiring to be a county commissioner), at the annual budget public hearing, one thing quickly became obvious; the verdict is not yet in on St. Mary’s County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano. No one can question his oratory skills, he is bright, uplifting and delivers his message quite convincingly, as was the case on Tuesday evening. And for the most part we agree with many of Martirano’s basic points, especially that there are “endless possibilities for our students and our school system.” We fully agree and promote the fact that St. Mary’s County can and should have the best public school system in Maryland. The extraordinary transformation of our school system from where it was in the 1950’s and 60’s providing fair education to children of farmers and fishermen, to where it is today, providing great education to all county children, has raised the opportunity for children today to a level few would have dreamed 50 years ago. But as Martirano passionately says, there is still much to do, and much more we can achieve. And we do not believe the current Board of County Commissioners have appropriately prioritized education. We are not sure they see the future and wonder sometimes if they are looking back at the 50’s and 60’s for the answers to education funding. It is simply inexcusable that St. Mary’s County falls dead last out of all 24 jurisdictions in the state of Maryland when it comes to per pupil funding. To be fair, however, a large part of the blame falls on the shoulders of our state delegates, Senator Dyson and Congressman Hoyer. Federal and state funding for schools in St. Mary’s falls short given our wealth index (state funding) and our enrollment of military children (federal funding)

within our public school system. Yet Martirano, for all his passion and correctness about our schools and their importance to our community, left his leadership still to be determined. One would have thought from his remarks that he was the professional politician in the crowd, trying to win over the audience with propaganda and rhetoric. He is not a politician, he is the professional hired by the politicians to be the chief operating officer, the hired gun, the one who captains the ship, manages the team, strategizes, implements, and gets results. He is the one responsible for the outcomes under any and all circumstances. When Martirano came to St. Mary’s he quietly set aside a very important document which the prior Board of County Commissioners, Board of Education, and prior superintendent had implemented, “The Bridge To Excellence Agreement.” The basic tenants of that agreement were to assure schools would have proper levels of funding and that there would be open, measured, and targeted accountability tied to that funding. In his remarks this past Tuesday, Martirano made no mention of areas in which the school system has achieved less than satisfactory results, such as the high school dropout rate among male minorities. He talked about the need for more funding and that without more funding there would be “risk of a major trauma”. But it is not the commissioners Martirano must convince. It is the people who actually must pay the bill, the taxpayers. And that is exactly what “The Bridge To Excellence” was intended to do, help taxpayers understand how much money is needed to achieve a certain and predictable result, and what specifically they should expect if that result is not achieved. Without it Martirano looks like a city slicker with his hand out saying ‘the sky will fall in if I don’t get more of your money. Just give me more money and trust me.’ And when Martirano turned to the audience heavy with school teachers and administrators to ask those in the audience who “are here in support of public education please stand”, he failed to understand that everyone in St. Mary’s County supports public education, and we all stand ready to support a great leader who is accountable to all of us.

Moose Lodge Collecting Goods for Fire Displaced Families

The Moose Lodge Family Center in Hollywood has set–up a collection and distribution point for donations of serviceable household goods to support the community recovery efforts for the family’s affected by the tragic apartment fire last Saturday affected by the tragic Laurel Glen fire in California last Saturday. The Red Cross has provided immediate Emergency Needs for the families and now the local community is involved in the next steps of recovery to support these families. The Lodge # 2173 Family Center is located

at 23886 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood MD 20636. That is near the corner of Clarks Landing Rd and Rt. 235. Contact phone numbers are 301 373 8034, 240 434 9296, and 301 373 3917. The Moose Family Center is accepting serviceable clothing, household items, linens, non-perishable foods and other items to distribute and provide support for the families in the recovery process from this local disaster. Financial contributions are being accepted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross to replenish the local disaster relief fund which

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Flu Prevention Measures Should Continue For the 2009-2010 school year, H1N1 influenza activity began in September with documented cases in the state of Maryland. This continued with some cases in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. The H1N1 influenza cases began declining in November 2009. While the incidence of H1N1 influenza in Maryland is currently at low levels, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene strongly encourages vaccination against the H1N1 strain. Implementation of a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact on our school community continues to be in place. This includes hand sanitizers placed in offices and other designated locations, surveillance of students and staff with influenza like symptoms, attendance monitoring, hand hygiene, and covering coughs instruction. In collaboration with St. Mary’s County Health Department, flu clinics were provided at each of our schools in the fall of 2009. The flu clinics were very successful with approximately 48 percent of the students enrolled in St. Mary’s County Public Schools receiving the H1N1 vaccine and/or the seasonal flu vaccine. School nurses are continuing to monitor students for any symptoms of influenza. While influenza activity in Maryland remains low, the following

suggestions continue to be recommended: • Practice good hand hygiene • Cover your cough • Avoid sharing utensils, drinks, or personal-care items • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth • Drink plenty of fluids, get extra rest, and avoid getting run down or overtired • Remain home at the earliest sign of illness • Minimize contact in the community to the extent possible We greatly appreciate your continued support to ensure our students are able to come to school healthy and ready to learn. For additional information or questions, please contact St. Mary’s County Health Department at 301-4754330; Ms. Patricia Wince, Supervisor of Health Services for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, at 301-475-5511, option 2; or your child’s school nurse. Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D, Superintendent of Schools St. Mary’s County Public Schools

SOMD Annual Firemen’s Parade The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. is hosting the 63rd Annual Southern Maryland Volunteer Firemen’s Association Parade on May 2, 2010. We would like to invite the community to the Parade and the festivities following the parade. We would also like to remind everyone of important information surrounding this event. The parade route will encompass Old Village Road from Locks Crossing Road to Mechanicsville Road. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when trying to access Old Village Road and St. Mary’s Avenue on this date. Old Village Road will be closed from 12 to 4 p.m.. After the parade the carnival grounds will open for food, fun, trophy presentations, and Fire Department/EMS competitions. As a result, Hills Club Road will be closed from 12 to 8 p.m. The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the community in advance for their patience for any

is used for immediate emergency needs, food, clothing, and shelter such as was provided Saturday evening and through the past week. Any interested persons, company, church, or community organization interested in participating in this fundraising effort is asked to register with the American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter at 888 276 2767. The American Red Cross is the only nongovernmental organization mandated by the U.S. Congress to “alleviate human suffering” of victims of disasters such as fires, floods, hur-

inconveniences this event and road closures may cause. This would not be possible without the help of our department members, our Community, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, St. Mary’s County Public Works (Road Division), (The members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Rev. Peter R. Alliata, Pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church here in Mechanicsville for changing their annual dinner for this day to allow us to have our parade.) A big thank you to all those folks! Please come out and enjoy this event and meet the fire departments and EMS personnel from the Southern Maryland area. John S. Montgomery, President, Mechanicsville Volunteer Department


ricanes, and technological and transportation crises. To continue its humanitarian mission, the American Red Cross relies on donations of money and time from the public. We are not funded by the government. Your local Red Cross answers the call for help through the generosity and support of the citizens of Southern Maryland. Mike Zabko, CEO American Red Cross Southern Maryland Chapter

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In addition to its 15 other homes styles available, Quality Built Homes is spotlighting a new line of eight “neo-traditional” village homes, which provide a down-home touch to the meticulously planned Leonard’s Grant. Terri Haffer, sales manager at Leonard’s Grant and a realtor with O’Brien Realty, said the proximity to downtown Leonardtown and nearby amenities is one of many great things about Leonard’s Grant. “You can just feel at home here in Leonardtown,” Haffer told The County Times. “You have the library up the street from you, the park, beautiful shopping Photo by Sean Rice and the whole historical town. You can Visitors to Leonard’s Grant subdivision are greeted with a mageasily ride your bike or walk to the new tree-lined drive and spacious neo-traditional homes with Leonardtown Wharf Public Waterfront nolia big front porches. Park.” Driving through the main entrance off Holly“So that’s really inspiring,” Haffer said. wood Road in Leonardtown, visitors to Leonard’s Also inspiring are the amenities and beautifiGrant first encounter a magnolia tree-lined drive cation projects being installed in Leonard’s Grant, followed by picturesque, spacious homes with Haffer said. big front porches and garages tucked away in the Included in this next phase of building are a back. community pool, tennis and basketball courts, and “We wanted it to have that old town feel, so a “beautiful village green, surrounded by these we’re trying to get back to that old historical town neo-traditional homes.” look,” Haffer said. “When you drive through, your Haffer is available for further information going to see nothing but the neo-traditional new about Leonard’s Grant, including the low homhouses, with big front porches, it’s just really cool eowner association fees and other highlights and looking.” building options available. She can be reached at Houses are selling consistently at Leonard’s 301-690-2347. Grant, and other Quality Built Homes subdivi“I like to call it build to suit, because we build sions, which Haffer says is testimony to the quality the house to suit the family,” Haffer said.

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Kailyn Baldwin, 19 ½ months

Kailyn Jade Baldwin, 19 ½ months of Leonardtown, MD and Maine, became an angel on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. Kailyn was born September 5, 2008 at CMMC in Lewiston, ME, the beloved daughter of Brad and Casey (Black) Baldwin. Kailyn was the beautiful redhead with big blue eyes and a radiant smile. She loved climbing into the recliner to snuggle with her Momma. She was an amazing big sister to Izabella giving her hugs and kisses and rubbing her head. When Bella would cry in the truck, Kailyn would shoosh her and rock her car seat to calm her down. Kailyn loved to work on cars with her daddy and Uncle Chris. She would put bolts into holes and find random parts to poke with a screwdriver because they “needed” to be poked. She was curious and fearless, exploring everything and everyplace she could get. She loved water from the bathtub to mud puddles, to the smallest pool of water on the porch; it was hers to play in. Kailyn loved to help Momma with everything. She would help with the dishes especially with the bubbles because they “needed” to be played with. She helped with laundry standing on a stool to hand dirty laundry to Momma and when it was done she would pull the clothes out of the dryer so she could climb in and blow her nose on the dryer sheet. Her favorite shows were Dragontales, Clifford and the Backyardigans. She loved to dance and spin in circles until she fell down laughing. She also said “hi” even if she had just seen you two minutes before. When she left, she was quick to say goodbye. Kailyn had just learned to share from her new BFF Jenna. She loved spending time with her cousins in Maine. No matter where Kailyn was or what she was doing, she lit up the room and made everyone smile. She was loved by everyone she touched. Mommy and Daddy

love you baby girl and we will see you when we get there. Kailyn is survived by her parents, sister, Samantha Baldwin of Beaufort, SC, baby sister, Izabella Baldwin of Leonardtown, MD, grandparents, Everett and Jo Baldwin of Rocky Comfort, MO and Randy and Robin (Tozier) Black of Cambridge, ME, aunts, C.J. Tabor and husband Charlie of Cassville, MO, Amanda St. Clair and husband Mark of Monmouth, ME, Leesa St. Laurent and husband A.J. of Readfield, ME, “special aunts”, Jennifer Keisacker of MD and Cassandra Unton of Augusta, ME, “special uncles,” Christopher Reinhart, Joe Earley, Brian Nestler, Nathan Loper, Jason Everhart and wife Deb all of the U.S. Navy and Peter Chick of Monmouth, ME, cousins, Thomas and Ryleigh Tabor of Cassville, MO, Abigail Pinard, Anna Pinard, and Kameron St. Clair all of Monmouth, ME and “special cousins”, Jenna and Jaida Everhart of MD, several great aunts, uncles and cousins, great grandparents, Ronald and Sue Baldwin of Cottonwood, AZ, Don and Evelyn Proctor of Sarcoxie, MO, Wilton “Grandpa Sonny” and Cyndi Black of Litchfield, ME and Alton and Barbara Gray of Anthony, FL. Kailyn was predeceased by great uncle “Bus” Stevens, great grandmother Arlene Black, great-great grandmother, Sheila “Nanny” Clarke and cousin, Aiden Tozier. Services were held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, ME. In lieu of f lowers, donations may be made to the Izabella Baldwin Fund, c/o Randy and Robin Black, 17 Ham Hill Road, Cambridge, ME 04923. An account will be set up as a gift from Kailyn to her baby sister.

Vernon George Ford, 86 Vernon George Ford, 86, of Hollywood, MD died April 26, 2010 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s. Born March 5, 1924 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Ernest and Anna Ford. Vernon was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was also a maintenance worker for the city of Baltimore. Vernon loved spending time with his grandchildren. Vernon is survived by his children; Susan A. Zienda of Great Mills, MD, Viola A. Jameson of Baltimore, MD, Judith A. Bonds of Hollywood, MD, grandchildren; Michael Bonds, Steven Bonds, Duane Jameson, Melissa Boyce, Joey Jameson, Michelle Kramer and Melissa Morris, twelve great grandchildren and his loving pet Sophie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anna (Kowalewski) Ford, one brother, and five sisters. Family received friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk, Inc., 7922 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21222. Interment will be on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Local arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

John Jarboe, Sr., 84

Janice Cain, 57 Janice L. Cain, 57 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at her residence. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 6 to 7 p.m. at First Saints Community Church, Leonardtown Campus, where a Funeral Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD Arrangements in Maryland were handled by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Arrangements in Maine are being handled by the Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, ME. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfield-

John Leonard Jarboe, Sr. of Leonardtown passed away early Saturday morning, April 24th , 2010, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where he resided for the past 20 years. His dry wit, mischievous nature, and most of all big heart (albeit sometimes under a gruff exterior) earned him a loving following amongst staff and residents alike at C.H.V.H. He will be sorely

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missed. “Johnny” Jarboe - as he was known amongst friends was born in Leonardtown on March 3, 1926, to the late Ignatius Jackson Jarboe and Mary Catherine Connelly. He attended the tworoom Leonardtown School, was a graduate of Margaret Brent High School, and an alumnus of St. John’s College in Annapolis. Mr. Jarboe enlisted in the United States Navy and served with distinction from 1944 to 1946. He earned the Pacific and American Theater ribbons in addition to a Victory Medal while serving throughout the South Pacific. Upon completion of his military service Johnny eventually earned his Master Plumbers license. He put his skills to use for numerous companies and customers in Southern Maryland and Washington, D.C. until the late 90s. A pool “shark” in his younger days, Johnny later enjoyed trips to Rosecroft Raceway with his son John Jr., as well as other games of chance. He enjoyed rooting for local pro sports teams and was known to stay out once or twice after dark. His favorite past time, however, became his loving relationship with his grandchildren and taking pride in their accomplishments. Johnny lost his wife Rosemary, whom he adored, in 1981. He was also preceded in death by siblings Ann Kurz, Virginia, Jimmy, Gertrude, and Ignatius Jarboe, Jr., half-brother Elmer Jarboe, and stepchildren Janet Clements and Jonathon Wood. He is survived by his son John L. Jarboe, Jr. and his wife Belynda and their children Rebecca and Jake of Charlotte Hall. Siblings Mary L. “Peggy” Stone of Waldorf, Margaret Tippett of Leonardtown, and Joe Donald Jarboe of Lincoln, Nebraska. Also his stepchildren – Joe Wood, Jr., Marsha Hast, Mark Wood, Brian Wood, Todd Wood, Sr., Lisa Murphy and their many children. Amongst numerous nieces and nephews, Francis N. “Frankie” Tippett of Chaptico held a special place. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be Francis N. Tippett, John L. Jarboe, III, Todd H. Wood Sr., Todd H. Wood, Jr., Brian H. Wood; Mark T. Wood, Sr. Condolences to the family may be left at www. mgf Services provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.


Alice “Mattie” Mattingly, 88

Alice Taylor “Mattie” Mattingly, 88, of Hollywood, MD and formerly of Temple Hills, MD, died April 20, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born on June 1, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Oscar A. and Ethel G. Taylor. She was the loving wife of the late Carroll R. Mattingly whom she married on November 8, 1940 in Washington, DC and who preceded her in death on May 9, 1999. She is survived by her children; Linda Hackett of Myrtle Beach, SC, John Mattingly of Port Tobacco, MD, Bill Mattingly of Hollywood, MD and Bob Mattingly of Hollywood, MD, as well as her five grandchildren; Morris and David Hackett, Wendy Carroll, Christine Fisher and Kellie Myers. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Emma and Virginia Fisher, Sydney, Katie and William Carroll, Jordon and Alexandra Gandee, Allie Myers, Shannon Stewart and Danielle Webb as well as her great-great grandchildren: Justin Stewart, Ashley, Summer, Nicky and Nathan Webb. Mattie graduated from Oxon Hill High School in 1939 and moved to Hollywood in 1979. She was a mother and homemaker who enjoyed golfing, playing bridge, bowling and singing. The family received friends on Friday, April 23, 2010 in the Mattingley Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers were said. A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were Jason Fisher, Bob Carroll, David Hackett, Morris Hackett, Moe Hackett and Danny Myers. Contributions may be left to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf h. com. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.


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Continued Michael “Mike” Mikanowicz, 26

Michael “Mike” Anthony Mikanowicz, 26 of Leonardtown, MD and formerly from Pennsylvania, died April 19, 2010 at his home in Leonardtown, MD. Born April 24, 1983 in Langhorne, PA he was the son of Stanley Albert and Kathleen Anne Mikanowicz of Leonardtown, MD. He is also survived by his sisters Bethany Marie Cathcart and Natalia Marie Mikanowicz. Mike moved from Lansdale, PA to St. Mary’s County with his family in 1993 and graduated from Leonardtown High School in 2001. There will be a Memorial Mass at St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD, on Saturday, April 24, 2010 with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. A light lunch reception followed in the Church Hall. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

wife of the late Ernest “Tootsie” Morris who preceded her in death in 2001. She is survived by her daughter Mary “Snookie” Tucker and her husband Charles Tucker Jr. of Avenue, MD, her granddaughter Pamela Joy and her husband Sherman, her greatgrandson Chad Tucker Joy and his wife Louise and their son Ryan Patrick as well as her greatgranddaughter Jacquelyn Joy. She is also survived by her siblings James Thompson, Jr. and Paul Thompson, both of Colton Point, MD and Catherine Nelson and Genieve St. Clair, both of Abell, MD. Sissy was preceded in death by her son James Foster Morris and her siblings Roy Thompson, Gussie Thompson and Dottie Williams. She was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and homemaker. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 29 2010 from 9 – 10 a.m. at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Fr. William Gurnee officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be George Farr, Mike Hutson, Bernie Owens, Buddy Thompson, Donald Thompson and Ronnie Thompson. Condolences to the family may be left at www. mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

69 years, Nellie C. Johnson Newman, currently of Hollywood, MD., son Jerry (Faye) Newman of Chesapeake,VA, daughter Jennie (Jay) Page of Hollywood, MD, grandchildren Kimberly (Christopher) Mann, John (Tracey) Page, Kristopher (Alicia) Newman, and Jennifer (Joey) Kreller and 7 great grandchildren as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Mary Newman and his siblings, Ruth Newman, Paul Newman, Margaret Lawhorn, Bruce Newman and Oliver Newman, Jr., and grandson, Jason Newman Page. Pallbearers: John Page, Kristopher Newman, Christopher Mann, Joey Kreller, Christopher Plummer and Michael Page. The family received friends on Friday, April 23, 2010 at Leonardtown Baptist Church, Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service followed. Interment followed in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were John Page, Kristopher Newman, Christopher Mann, Joey Kreller, Christopher Plummer and Michael Page. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be left to the family at http://www.mgf Services provided by the Mattin-

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C. Varner of Hollywood, MD, children; Fred Varner, III of Takoma Park, MD, Seth and Tabitha Varner both of Hollywood, MD, siblings; Shelly Howell, (Kevin) of Belpre, OH, Julie Boor, (Scott) of Albright, WV and Penelope Varner of Damascus, MD and 1 grandchild Kaylee G. Varner. Family received friends on Wednesday April 28, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD Interment was private. Condolences to the family may be made at Memorial contributions may be made to the Varner family.

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of Hollywood, MD died April 21, 2010 at home. He was born February 5, 1916 in Knoxville, TN and lived in Maryville, TN before moving to MD. Before retirement, John was a machinist for Alcoa Aluminum Company and was a member of the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Tennessee. He became a Christian at an early age and was an active deacon for over 56 years. He was a former member of First Baptist of Maryville and Wildwood Baptist Churches in TN. Having moved late in life to MD, he became a member of Leonardtown Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of almost

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Man charged with theft

On April 23, Deputy First Class Scott Ruest responded to the J.C. Penney Store in California for a report of a theft. Ruest contacted the store’s loss prevention officer and was advised that Michael Leonard Semiklose, 24 of Mechanicsville entered the store, reached behind a register counter and removed a store bag. Semiklose then allegedly walked throughout the store and placed several items into the bag. Semiklose passed all points of purchase and attempted to leave the store without paying for the items, police allege. The loss prevention officer stopped and detained Semiklose until Ruest arrived. Semiklose was arrested and charged with theft of less then $1,000.

Incarcerated Sex Offender Doesn’t Return to Jail The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Donald Taylor, who is wanted for allegedly absconding from the St. Mary’s County Work Release Program. Taylor, a registered sex offender, was sentenced to serve 18 months in the St. Mary’s County Detention Center for burglary, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense. On Jan. 22, 2010 Taylor was authorized by the court to participate in the work release program. Taylor is employed by the KFC/Taco Bell in Solomon’s Island. Per court order, on April 27 Taylor was released from the St. Mary’s County Detention Center to go to work. Taylor failed to return to the jail at his designated time, polic alleged. A retake warrant has been issued for Taylor’s arrest. Donald Taylor is 29, a white male, 5 feet 9 inches, 180 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. Taylor may be in the Solomon’s or Annapolis area. Anyone with information concerning Donald Taylor’s location is asked to call 911 or the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office at 301-475-4040.

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Leonardtown Man Dies After Crash By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Police are investigating a Monday morning crash on Budds Creek Road in Chaptico that resulted in one man dying and another person left severely injured. According to police reports, the deceased, Alford Worton, 43, of Leonardtown, succumbed to his injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. According to police reports, Worton was driving his Ford F-150 eastbound on Budds Creek Road when it ran into the back of a Dodge Caravan operated by Brenda Bouch, 37, of Mechanicsville, who was waiting to turn into Chaptico Park. Worton’s vehicle veered over the centerline from the collision and struck a GMC Sierra pick-up truck operated by Wendy Adkins, 38, of Welcome.

The crash, with Worton’s vehicle caused a fire in Adkins vehicle, police reports stated. Adkins is the director of the county’s Board of Elections, and according to her deputy, Susan Julian, Adkins suffered a compound fracture in her right leg that would require surgery. Three passersby near the accident pulled her from the burning truck, Julian said. She also suffered lacerations and bruised ribs, Julian said. “She’s in a lot of pain and she’s lucky to be alive,” Julian said. Bouch was not transported to the hospital the day of the crash. Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call Corporal Brian Connelly at 301-475-4200 at extension 9010.

Fire Marshals Investigate Another Arson, Burned Car By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Fire marshals for the Southern Maryland region are looking into the arson of a commercial trash container in the Hickory Hills development in Great Mills, and are checking to see if two juveniles were involved. According to reports for the fire marshal’s office the April 23 fire was intentionally set in a container owned by Calvert Trash Company. Reports indicate that two juveniles were spotted near the scene of the crime. “The investigation is continuing,” said Deputy Fire Marshall Duane Svites. “We’re going to talk to them [the two people identified near the crime scene] and find out what the deal is.” The container was about 600 cubic yards in size, according to fire marshal reports, and the fire set inside it took only about five minutes to control when Bay District Volunteer Fire Department firefighters got on the scene. A burned vehicle discovered by sheriff’s deputies on Pegg Road on the same day is also

under investigation. Svites said that the fire in a 2001 Mercury Sable appeared at first to be accidental but after discovering that there were domestic circumstances that may be involved, detectives wanted more information. “It definitely warrants more investigation,” Svites said, who added fire marshals have not reached a conclusion as to how the vehicle fire started. When the vehicle was found by deputies, they found that the fire had already burned itself out, fire marshal reports stated. The estimated damages to the car’s interior front passenger area are set at about $4,000, reports stated. Svites said that the arson ratio in St. Mary’s County appears to be on the increase, since five out of the eight calls for service here were deemed to be for fires intentionally set. Of the five arsons committed here, Svites said, one has been closed with an arrest, which involved a boat fire in Mechanicsville.

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First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown First Friday in Leonardtown is Here! Next big event is May 7 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Visit uptown and downtown to rediscoVer the many treasures of historic/new Leonardtown! ParticiPating Businesses & staying oPen late: arizona Pizza comPany, artisan’s center, Brewing grounds, café des artistes, colleen’s dream, college of southern maryland, fenwick street used Books & music, good earth natural foods, the shoPs of maryland antiques center, creekside gallery, leonardtown galleria, Vineyard café & tea room, north end gallery, olde town PuB, olde towne stitchery, on a roll, quality street kitchens, shelBy’s creatiVe framing, southern maryland artisans center, treadles studio, white raBBit children’s Bookstore, ye olde towne cafe. -> north end gallery - 41652 fenwick street: the show home décor, handsPun yarns, and much more. www.fuzzyfarmers. at the north end gallery during may will feature the work of com. tom and kathleen Ball. tom is a PhotograPher and kathleen celeBrate the graPe in style. our featured artisan, nancy wieworks with watercolors. the show, which is titled "coastal he, will disPlay her collection of dazzling Beaded stemware and Located on the colors" will run from may 4th to may 30th with the oPening wineglass markers. from Judy dillon, taste Jams and Jellies to Square in Leonardtown Pair with your faVorite Brie and Bread. Browse the shoP for winerecePtion on friday, may 7, 2010 from 5 to 8 Pm. HOURS OF OPERATIONS: glass coasters, tote Bags, and other wine accessories. so, stoP Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm -> quality street kitchens - 41675 fenwick st: wine By on your way to or from the Port of leonardtown winery. Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 3pm tasting with "Big red" wines, 5:30 to 8:00 Pm, $5 Per Person we’re located next door – if you JumP the creek! ***Buffett served on Saturdays and Sundays***


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-> cafe des artistes - 41655 fenwick st: randy richie on Piano featured dinner sPecial: BouillaBaisse -> the good earth natural foods comPany- 41765 Park aVe: will haVe melissa of Bacchus imPorts with us to samPle some fine, sustainaBle wines. rememBer to use the enVironmentally friendly Parking area on Park aVenue and start your first friday in a green way!

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of calVert artist sue steVenson. sue is a local watercolorist whose works highlight memoraBle sites throughout the southern maryland area. her sPecialties include local Barns, many of which are no longer standing, and local Bay scenes. there will Be a Painting demonstration on first friday may 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 Pm. come enJoy the many familiar scenes disPlayed. the gallery also disPlays the works of many other local artists in Variety of mediums. Beautiful wood works are disPlayed along with decoratiVe gourds and hand crafted Jewelry. creek side gallery is located in leonardtown at the maryland antiques center, 301-475-1960. it is oPen from 10 to 5 daily. for questions contact sue steVenson at watercolorsBysue@

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State’s Attorney Pulls an “All-Knighter” State’s Attorney Richard Fritz visited St. Mary’s Ryken earlier this month to present a check for $5,000. Fritz and the Office of State’s Attorney, St. Mary’s County, help sponsor the school’s annual All-Knighter program - an alcohol and drug-free post-prom event. This is the fourth year for the All-Knighter, held at the Capital Clubhouse Recreation Center in Waldorf, which keeps kids off of the roads and engaged in activities such as ice skating, rock wall climbing, basketball and dodge ball. The All Knighter is the culmination of the alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs and other awareness activities that go on throughout the school year. This well-supervised and safe after prom event sends a powerful message to the students that their school and community supports them in their decision to be alcohol, tobacco and drug-free.

Evergreen Elementary to Host Kindergarten Orientation Evergreen Elementary School will host its Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 6:00-7:00 p.m., in the school’s cafeteria. The school is located at 43765 Evergreen Way (at the end of Wildewood Parkway), California, MD. Parents of incoming kindergarten students and their children will learn about grade level expectations and will get an inside look at typical day in kindergarten at Evergreen Elementary. After the presentation, families will have an opportunity to tour the kindergarten classrooms. For more details, contact the school at 301-863-4060.

State Developing New Evaluation System for Teachers, Principals

The General Assembly this month passed the Education Reform Act of 2010, which called for changes in the system used to evaluate educators. As a result, the Maryland State Board of Education has agreed to publish a new regulation that will add student achievement as a substantial part of the evaluation process for both teachers and principals. Under the proposed regulation, the student growth component of the evaluation will be 50 percent of the evaluation for both teachers and principals. The regulations, which follow the action of the Maryland General Assembly, also would set in place the use of multiple measures when evaluating educators. The evaluation would use more than one measure to determine student growth. No single criterion would account for more than 35 percent of the total per-

formance evaluation criteria. A stakeholder group will be brought together to determine the evaluation structure, state and local responsibilities, and the specific elements of the evaluation. “Our primary duty as a school system is to improve student learning,” said State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. “Adding growth in student achievement to our evaluation system is a sensible approach to strengthen learning. It places children and their learning exactly where they should be: at the center of what we do in Maryland Public Schools.” Once published, the public will have the opportunity to submit commentary on the proposed new regulation. The State Board will review the commentary before taking final action on the regulation.

Sky Exhibit Lecture Series at CSM

CSM will present United States Navy Submitted photo pilot Commander Klas Ohman to lecture about his experience flying a replica of the 1903 Wright Brothers plane as part of the 2003 centennial celebration of that historic flight. CSM’s Heroes of the Sky Exhibit Lecture Series: Flying the 2003 Wright Flyer, will be at 7 p.m., May 7, at the College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus, Building A-Auditorium. CSM, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will host the NEH traveling exhibit Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight, Regina Bowman-Goldring, Director of Student Services at 1903-1939, on display on CSMs Leonard- CSM’s Leonardtown Campus, examines one of the “Hetown Campus. Display hours are 3 - 6 p.m., roes of the Sky” displays at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus. Monday -Tuesday and 12- 2 p.m., Wednesday - Thursday. Admission is free. For more 301-870-2309, Ext. 5312 or go to www.csmd. information, call 240-725-5312, 443-550-6199, edu.

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from the University of Miami,” she said, “and they’re doing studies that have to do with the land and water. There’s a large flamenco population on the island. There are also salt lakes on the island, and also because of its location, being the southernmost island in the Bahamas, they’re looking at the effects of weather, and especially hurricanes on the area.” Scholarship recipients were selected through a competitive application process. All middle school teachers from respective communities were eligible to apply. The applicant’s geographic region, potential contribution to the research, and follow-up curriculum plans were all taken into consideration. The expeditions are designed to provide educators with a hands-on, immersive professional development opportunity. As for Dishman’s plans after the expedition, she said she was interested most of all in sharing her discoveries with her students. “I thought that this expedition connected very well with what we have here, being a coastal region,” she said. “I was also intrigued by the technology they use. I think working for someone that’s a research scientist working for a large university, I think I’ll have so many opportunities to learn about field experience … and I’ll be able to bring that back to this area.

Second-Graders Study St. Mary’s River

Thirty-eight second-grade students from Chesapeake Public Charter School visited the St. Mary’s River on Monday, April 26, for an environmental field trip to learn about the river and the species that live within it first-hand. The students visited several learning stations at the Great Mills/Canoe Kayak Launch that focused on rivers, forests, human impacts on the environment, and plants and animals, such as fish, frogs, aquatic insects, and trees. Members of the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and high school students from the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center taught the second-grade students about the importance of a healthy watershed.

Benjamin Banneker Hosting Preschool Fair Benjamin Banneker Elementary School will host its Preschool Informational Fair on Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6:30-8:00 p.m., in the school’s cafeteria. The school is located at 27180 Point Lookout Road, Loveville, MD. Topics of discussion will include academics for preschool-aged children, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills development, techniques and resources for children with hearing loss, and cooking and creating art projects with preschool-aged children. The St. Mary’s County Library, Partners for Success, The Arc of Southern Maryland, Southern Maryland Childcare Resource Center, and Greenwell State Park will be on hand to provide information about their programs. This is a free event, but reservations are required because space is limited. For more details, contact Ms. Michelle Carroll at the school at 301-475-0206, ext. 109, or by email at


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At home, Linda Harrington takes care of her dad, Bill Thesken, who turns 101 in August. “I need some clues about how to find time for doing the things that make up the rest of my life, while still taking care of my dad at home,” Harrington said. Thelma Woodland of Bel Alton has 15 children, and suffers from diabetes and takes multiple medications. Several of her children have to manage her care from a distance. “The seminar on Caregiving From a Distance was very, very good,” said Theresa Scott, one of

Woodlands’ daughters who attended a recent seminar. “I also liked the Caregivers Quilt seminar.” Harrington and Scott were two of the 240 participants at the 18th Annual Southern Maryland Caregivers Conference last week in La Plata. Along with seminars about Senior Depression, the status of Healthcare reform and Long Term Care Financing, several of the local Offices on Aging were present to let people know about their existing programs and pass on information about some of the newer ones. Kathy Goodpeed, who works at the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging, was excited about the new Senior Rides Program.

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• 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. • Book Character Bonanzas held at libraries Each library will conduct a Book Character Bonanza with stories and activities based on a different book character to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Charlotte Hall’s program on May 10 at 10 a.m. will highlight Max and Ruby. Lexington Park will focus on Elephant and Piggie and be held on May 12 at 11 a.m. Leonardtown’s will feature Arthur at their program on May 15 at 10 a.m. Registration is required for these free programs. • Master Gardeners conducting children’s program The Master Gardeners will read Jerdine Nolen’s book, “Plantzilla” to those children in kindergarten through third grade attending a special program at Lexington Park on May 8 at 9:30 a.m. The story will be followed with hands-on activities. The program is free but registration is required.


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Officials Hope State Law Will Get Feds to Take Action on Beetles By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A new law passed by the legislature this year compels the secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to issue permits to residents who want to shore up cliff sections that are falling into the Chesapeake Bay due to erosion; measures that have been prevented thus far by the presence of the endangered Puritan tiger beetle. But the new state law, said its main sponsor House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R-Dist.29), still runs into resistance from the federal government, which has placed the beetle on the endangered species list. He said he hopes that the law will provide the impetus for some kind of change at the federal level. “We have work groups established and the Department of Natural Resources has taken the lead, but the most important thing is to get the cooperation of the federal government,” O’Donnell said. “They need to pick up and run with this.” John Eney, president of the Property Owners Association of Chesapeake Ranch Estates, said that current

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environmental law already supported the homeowners there in their fight to shore up the cliff faces; their plight has gained national attention as homeowners there have been forced to watch the shoreline fall away because they could not touch the habitat of the tiger beetle. This newly modified state law, Eney said, was a good start but the real work still had to be done at the federal level. “The Endangered Species Act speaks only of protecting the endangered species,” Eney said. “It has no language, to my knowledge, of seeking a balance between preservation and human life and private property … That’s the problem.” About 90 homes in the Chesapeake Ranch Club are in danger of falling off the cliff face into the bay as erosion steadily takes the shoreline out to sea and causes the cliffs to fall away. Environmental experts say the tiger beetle needs this type of habitat to survive. “Meanwhile we’re falling into the bay,” Eney said.

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Thursday, April 29 • 17th Annual Spring Festival St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. html • Wing Night VFW Post 2632 (California) – 5 p.m. • Beauty and the Beast Esperanza Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • No Limit Hold’Em Donovan’s Pub (California) – 7:30 p.m. • Poetry Reading: Bruce Cohen St. Mary’s College (Daugherty-Palmer Commons) – 8 p.m. Part of St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s VOICES Reading Series at 8:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 30 • Destination Imagination Fundraiser CiCi’s Pizza (California) – 4-8 p.m. Leonardtown Elementary’s Destination Imagination team, Peace Peeps, will host a fundraiser at CiCi’s Pizza in California. A portion of the night’s sales will go to sending the team to the Global Destination Imagination competition that will be held in Tennessee. For more information call 301-475-0250. • 17th Annual Spring Festival St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. html. • Speed Unlimited Midnight Madness Maryland Int. Raceway (Mechanicsville) – 6:30 p.m. ONLY open to street legal cars and bikes - no race cars. Admission. 301-8847223. • Beauty and the Beast Esperanza Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. • FOP-7 Texas Hold’Em FOP-7 Lodge (Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Guys and Dolls Spring Ridge Middle School (Lexington Park) – 7 p.m. Presented by Spring Ridge Middle School’s Drama Club. Tickets $5 purchased at the door. Refreshments will be sold before the performance and during intermission. Proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. For more information call the school’s main office at 301-863-4031. • Speaker Series Event: Flo Stone Sotterley Plantation (Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Sotterley Plantation, in partnership with The Boeing Company, is presenting Ms. Flo Stone, President and Founder of the Environmental Film Festival, as part of the Speaker Series at Sotterley Plantation. She will highlight the 13-day program of the 2010 Environmental Film Festival with a special collection of film clips, a celebration

of the diversity of outstanding environmental films. Free. Reservations recommended. 301-373-2280. • Texas Hold’Em VFW Post 2632 (California) – 7 p.m. • Jazz Concert St. Mary’s College (Auerbach Auditorium) – 8 p.m. The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will give a concert with Don Stapleson directing. The Combo will feature local singer and favorite Sandy Mahoney with the concert featuring the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Brazilian legend Luiz Bonfa. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 1 • Spring Plant Sale St. Andrews Episcopal Church (California) – 8 a.m. to noon Go to or call St. Andrews Church at 301 862-2247. • Young Life Flea Market Patucxent River Assembly of God (Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Young Life, a non-profit youth organization, will be hosting a flea market and yard sale on Saturday, May 1 from 8am - 1pm to raise money for summer camp. The deadline for registering for a spot is April 24. The fee for a spot is $20. For more information call Young Life office at 301-475-7920 or go to • Pastor’s Anniversary Prayer Breakfast Lexington Park United Methodist Church – 9 a.m. Celebrating Rev. Dr. Brian W. Jackson’s Anniversary. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Constance C. Smith of Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church. The theme is “From the Streets to the Pulpit”. Ticket Sales are Adults - $15.00, Children ages (512) - $7.50, ages 4 and under are free. Sponsored by the SPRC of Zion UM Church. Call 301-862-3909, for additional information. • Summerseat Open House Summerseat Far (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Bring your blanket and picnic basket. There will also be educational programs, manor house tours, and an American Buffalo herd, plus 120 acres to explore with vineyards, gardens, farm animals and more! Free. 301-373-6607. • Book Signing Event Bay Books (California) – 1 p.m. Author M.J. Rusaw will be signing copies of his biblical fantasy, “The Tides of Eternity.” For more information on the book, go to • Speed Unlimited ET Series 1/4 Team Challenge Maryland Int. Speedway (Mechanicsville) – 1 p.m. Admission. 301-884-7223. • 17th Annual Spring Festival St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m.

• May Market St. George’s Episcopal Church (Valley Lee) – 10 a.m. Vendors include Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Southern Living, Azalea Bushes, Longaberger Baskets and the St. George’s Gift Shop. Food will be available. Fore more information call 301-994-0585. • SMAWL Pet Adoptions Petco (California) – 10 a.m. • “New Time” No Limit Hold’Em St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 • St. John’s Monthly Breakfast St. John’s Church Social Hall (Hollywood) – 8 a.m. • FAW Community Breakfast Father Andrew White School (Leonardtown) – 9 a.m. • Law Day Fair Joseph D. Carter Building, 23110 Leonard Hall Dr (Leonardtown) Information from various organizations providing legal services and support to the community, including scholarship information, educational opportunitites in the legal field and many other services will be available. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Bar Association. • Test & Tune Maryland Int. Speedway (Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Admission. 301-884-7223. www.mirdrag. com. • Cowboy Wester Carnival Patuxent Baptist Church (Great Mills) – 11 a.m. Admission, games and rides are all free. There will be air bounces, an obstacle course, mechanical bull ride, and a toddler train for kids to enjoy. Everyone who registers at Patuxent Baptist Church will be given a free meal voucher to redeem at the carnival. Registration starts at 11:00am on May 2nd. Western attire is encouraged, but not necessary for the carnival. • Spring Basket Bingo Extravaganza Hollywood Vol. Fire Department – 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 11:30am; early birds at 1:30pm; regular games at 2:00pm. Advanced tickets are $20 each and include one book of regular games; tickets are $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 410-474-2958 or send your request to or smawl@ • Elms Beach Cleanup Elm’s Beach Park (Lexington Park) – noon For more information contact • Annual Fireman’s Association Parade Old Village Road – Mechanicsville Rd – 12 noon The Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Department, Inc. is hosting the 63rd Annual Southern Maryland Volunteer Fireman’s

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Association Parade. The parade route will encompass Old Village Road from Locks Crossing Road to Mechanicsville Road. Old Village Road will be closed from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Hills Club Road will be closed from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for food, competitions and awards ceremonies on the carnival grounds.

Monday, May 3 • Hold’Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge (California) – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 4 • Am. Legion Auxiliary Meeting AL Post 221 (Avenue) – 7 p.m. Visit the Post website at Call Christina Barbour at (301) 904_5876 for more information. • Relay for Life Teams’ Meeting Leonardtown Middle School – 6 p.m. • LHS Chorus Spring Concert Leonardtown High School Auditorium – 7 p.m. Chorus performing dance hits like “Celebration,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and many more! Admission is free and open to the public. • Special Olympics Hold’Em Tourney Bennett Building, 24930 Old Three Notch Rd (Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5 • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (Hollywood) – 9 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email -- or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • Why Snooze When You Can Crooze? Arby’s Restaurant (Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Bring your custom car, truck or motorcycle to our cruise night. We meet in the parking lot at Arby’s in Leonardtown. Everyone welcome. • 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.

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America the Story of Us By Linda Reno Contributing Writer I watched the first part of “America the Story of Us” last night on the History Channel. I don’t know who they consider “Us” to be, but it apparently doesn’t include Maryland. We heard all about Jamestown and that’s good. Then they moved right along to the Pilgrims to whom they gave credit for religious freedom. The Pilgrims wanted only their own religious freedom. Maryland was the birthplace of religious toleration, a much better idea wouldn’t you think?

As for the Revolutionary War, we were told about the Bostonians (not mentioned that they were disguised as Indians) dumping tea into the harbor. Marylanders (undisguised) made Anthony Stewart burn his own ship called the “Peggy Stewart” loaded with 2,000 pounds of tea in the Annapolis harbor and then made him run the ship aground and burn it himself. Next was the Battle of Kip’s Bay September 15, 1776. What happened to the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776 where 400 Marylanders sacrificed themselves to the save the American Army? I’m sure they must have read about it as they quoted the diary of Pri-

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And if it wasn’t enough that Sterling kept Adam from seeing their daughter, Ariel, and if it wasn’t enough There you were, at the top of your that Adam lost his job, his house, his game. money, and his friends, the final outrage You thought you had it all, Midas was that he was sentenced to work in a with the magic soup kitchen for a touch, Glenda with year, doing manual Photo Courtesy of Helen a magic wand, labor and servCarroll Beavers Patterson Superman with a ing homeless men. magic cape. The sentence was Life was the final nail in the good… for awhile. coffin of indignity Then, in what for Adam’s life. seemed like a miOver on the crobyte of a nanobad side of town, second, the magic the dog waited in touch tarnished, the basement, in a the wand became cage. The only life a cheap sparkler, he’d ever known and the cape was a was in the plydishtowel. Everywood ring where thing was gone. he fought, but he’d Welcome to heard from practhe new economy, tice dogs that there where you’re not was another life, alone. In the new one of friendly pats novel “One Good and soft beds. He Dog” by Susan wouldn’t like beWilson, a man at ing submissive, but the top of the heap he was intrigued. loses everything Freedom would be and finds what’s nice. important. So he bided Sophie, his assistant, had no idea his time until he could escape… what she’d done when she wrote those Take one lost soul, add another lost three words, “your sister called”, on the soul, mix them with average people in a While You Were Out slip. But the sec- downtrodden neighborhood and you’ve ond Adam March read those words, his got one of the best books of the year, head pounded. He hadn’t seen Vanessa paws down. since he was five years old. Her disapI loved how author Susan Wilson pearance was the beginning of the end gives voice to both sides of this story, of his childhood. It was impossible that dog and man, and that she doesn’t shy she’d call when he was about to launch away from the brutality and heartbreak a takeover at work. Impossible. of their lives. I loved the gentle way the Adam snapped. story unfolds, too. Would you be surIt took four middle managers to prised if I told you that you’ll be tearwrestle him to the ground. It took ten stained by the end of this book? minutes for them to throw him out of It’s rare for me to carry a novel evthe building. Within days, his wife, erywhere until I finish it, but I did with Sterling, filed for divorce and Sophie this one and I doubt you’ll be able to put filed assault charges. Six months later, it down, either. For sure, “One Good Adam lived in an apartment in a row Dog” belongs on the top of everyone’s of apartments between the poor side of reading list. town and the bad side of town.

Bubble gum contains rubber. vate John Plumb Martin throughout the program. Martin said of the few surviving Marylanders that day “There was in this action a regiment of Maryland troops (volunteers), all young gentlemen. When they came out of the water and mud to us, looking like water rats, it was truly a pitiful sight. Many of them were killed in the pond and more were drowned. Some of us went into the water after the fall of the tide, and took a number of corpses and a great many arms that were sunk in the pond and creek.” Baron Von Steuben was credited with teaching American soldiers how to use the bayonet— this in 1778. Marylanders were already using the bayonet and were known for the effective use of them throughout the war. Two years before at the Battle of Long Island it was said “Although having sustained fire throughout the morning, Gist’s Marylanders were relatively fresh. With their training, discipline, muskets, and bayonets they just might be able to hold Cornwallis.” (They did). Back to the Battle of Kip’s Bay. Why wasn’t the full story told? Washington said when he arrived he found the New England troops in retreat without firing a single shot. “Disgusted with such

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cowardice, Washington immediately sent for Smallwood’s battalion [the Marylanders], knowing that he could depend upon its maintaining its position against all odds. Colonel Tench Tilghman, one of Washington’s staff, wrote the next day: I don’t know whether the New England troops will stand there, [Harlem Heights,] but I am sure they will not upon open ground. I had a specimen of that yesterday. Her two brigades ran away from a small advanced party of the regulars, though the general did all in his power to convince them they were in no danger. He laid his cane over many of the officers who shewed their men the example of running.” Tilghman was right and they ran during the Southern Campaign as well. The only way Daniel Morgan could get them to fight was to line them up in rows. All they had to do was fire one shot, retreat and the next man would come forward, fire one shot and retreat, etc. I’ve said it a million times. Had it not been for the men of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, today we’d be singing “God Save the Queen” at official functions and paying British taxes. The men from Massachusetts may have started it, but we finished it.

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How Do You Measure A Life By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer I don’t know if it was the startling effect of seeing a ghostly looking Barred Owl staring back at me from the shoulder of the road a few nights ago, or just the way life has been the past month or two, but I’ve been thinking about all sorts of life questions. One such question was when I was looking at the sweet face of my dog, Tidbit. I noticed how she is starting to go a little white around her muzzle (just like her mother), and I thought, “Oh, no, this is too soon for her to be getting older, I haven’t had her long enough.” I feel like I just got her. Tidbit will be eight in August. This made me think how I have continuously had dogs my whole life, and if I were to measure my life in dogs so far, then my life would be measured by10 dogs, since my mother would sometimes have several at a time. It made me wonder about all the ways you can break down a life. One’s life could be measured in so many different methods. People always measure by school years. You have the elementary, junior high, high, and college years. Those huge blocks of vastly different emotional and intellectual times of your life. Measurements can be made by your carefree days, career-building years, child rearing, empty-nesting, and care-giving years. You can measure by looking solely at your resume, and seeing all your life’s work collapsed into one page of small type. And yes, you can measure in dogs. In a life span of 80 plus years your life might measure seven or eight truly wonderful dogs; a cat lover might measure their life by four or five loving cats. I also measure my life by my wonderful husband, family, being blessed with my two sons, or by four unique grandchildren. A life can span



one, possibly two or more loves. According to one sociological theory your first love is found on the basis of pro-creation; you are searching, whether subconsciously or consciously, for the person with which you wish to have children. In the event that this relationship fails or is cut short, your second love is your “truer” love. By this time you know what you are looking for in a life mate. And again if fate intervenes in some way, you third love is for a type of love more of companionship, security, and shared interests. This is only a theory, and many people meet that one true love from the beginning who seems to encompass everything they need in life. You can’t measure friendships too well, but I believe you can appreciate how you learn to value them more as you get older. I can measure how much more female friendships mean in my life now. The unique group of friends I already know and new friends I’m still meeting every day keeps me happy and alive. At the mid-point in my life, I am still using dogs, children, love, and friendships as my measurement of a happy life. It might change in ten or twenty years, or I might always feel that these are the most important treasures I have. I absolutely love what I do, and I love this world with all its beauty and it’s faults. Life can be broken up and compartmentalized yet it still flows no matter how filled with rapids or with calm water. I’m hoping for lots of calm water ahead. My Tidbit just came over and put her paws on my lap so she could use her nose to nudge my hands off the keyboard. Time to go outside and play while each of us still has a little brown hair left. She is one of the treasures by which I will measure my life. To each new day’s adventure, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Mason Sebastian Offering Celtic Classics

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Mason Sebastian beamed proudly as he described how he kicked off his career in music. “I sang professionally for the first time when I was two years old,” he said. “My grandfather was a vaudevillian and burlesque man, and he got me onstage when I was two years old. I sang Goodnight Irene … and when I got done they threw change up on the stage, and I guess I ran around and picked it up, and I thought ‘what a great way to make a living!’” And that’s what he’s done, he said, his whole life, playing music at venues up and down the east coast. And even though he’s retired, he has still performed gigs at Celtic Society functions, and he still plays his regular gig on Monday nights at DB McMillan’s Pub in California, and he still teaches private guitar lessons. All told, re-

tirement doesn’t seem to suit Mason that well, though he’s pretty firm about his decision to still identify with the post-work world. “I’d done enough,” he said. “I spent 27 years as an artist and musician,” playing at venues across the mid-Atlantic, playing classic rock when he was young (which wasn’t classic, back then), and folk and traditional as he got older. Now his set list is comprised of mostly traditional Celtic tunes. “My favorite traditional song … I think it’s either Whisky in a Jar or Wild Rover,” he said, explaining that all pub music needed to have an element of audience par ticipation. “The audience likes both of those songs, and there are claps that go along with those songs,” he said. He’s quite capable with a guitar pick, and his voice can hold its own onstage, so his decision to focus mostly on Celtic classics may seem odd to some, but he does well with his various types of traditional sets. “There are some rated G, PG, R and X,” he said, laughing as he played a bawdy ballad for happy hour patrons. After playing Southern Maryland for the last 20 years, and living here for the last eight years, Mason said he’s met a lot of Celtic music fans in the area, but they didn’t necessarily have much incentive to come to pub performances, much to his chagrin. “I’d say there’s a good market here, but it takes something to get them out of the woodwork … I don’t know exactly what that is. When I was doing the Sanford Concert Series – the latest one I did was March 6 at St. Andrews – it was packed. I’m always packed for those things, but coming into a club Monday night,” he said crowds could get much thinner. “It’s funny because everybody says ‘there’s nothing to do here’ … but then you give them something to do, and they don’t do it,” he said, laughing. Perhaps though that’s all the more incentive to keep playing. Mason Sebastian plays Mondays at 5 p.m. at DB McMillan’s in California and he will perform at the next HomeSpun CoffeeHouse at Christ Church Parish Hall in Chaptico on May 25. For more information, go to

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

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

• Butterfly Chuck Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

• Four of a Kind Drift Away Bar & Grill (Cobb Island) – 9 p.m.

• Billy Breslin Evan’s Seafood (St. George’s Island) – 6 p.m. • DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.

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• Joe Martone Sea Breeze Restaurant & Bar (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.* • Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (California) – 9 p.m. • Nuttin’ Fancy VFW 9370 (Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • Silvertung Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

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

• Starcrush Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 9 p.m.

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m.

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

• Line Dancing w/ DJs Donna & Ohmer Hotel Charles (Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Billy Breslin w/ Two Hoots and a Holler Seabreeze Restaurant & Bar (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • DJ McNa$ty Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m.

• Legend Beach Cove (Chesapeake Beach) – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 2 • Snakebite Tans Cycles Parts (Chesapeake Beach) – 12 noon

Monday, May 3

• Smith-Tucker Band Mechanicsville Moose Lodge – 8 p.m.

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

• Team Trivia Night Quade’s Store (Bushwood) – 8:30 p.m.

• Open Mic Night Scott’s II (Welcome) – 7 p.m.

• Karaoke Club 911 (Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m. • P.U.S.H. Memories (Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • Roadhouse Band Full Rack (Waldorf) – 9 p.m. • Sam Grow Lisa’s Pub (Indian Head) – 9 p.m. • Wolfs Music Murphy’s Pub (Bryans Road) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 1 • Nuttin’ Fancy St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds Spring Festival (Leonardtown) – 2:30 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m. • DJ Night: AYCD w/ DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Smith-Tucker Band

Tuesday, May 4 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (California) – 5 p.m • Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

Wednesday, May 5 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Captain John DB McMillan’s (California) – 5:30 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Open Mic Night Hula’s Bungalow (California) – 8 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. *CALL TO CONFIRM

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For family and community events, see our calendar in the community section on page 22.


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Deadlines for Classifieds are Tuesday at 12 pm. To Place a Classified Ad, please email your ad to: or Call: 301-373-4125 or Fax: 301-373-4128 for a price quote. Office hours are: Monday thru Friday 8am - 4pm. The County Times is published each Thursday.

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Beautiful home on Oakley Road (22757 St. Winifred’s Lane, Avenue, MD) in quiet surroundings and small, friendly neighborhood. Three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage. 1,854 finished sq. ft., plus 1,308 sq. ft. in full unfinished walk out basement. Gas fireplace in living room, separate utility room, hardwood floors in foyer, hall, dining area. Carpet in living room, bedrooms, stairs. Master bedroom and full bath on first level. Huge fenced backyard. Composite rear deck. No homeowner assoc. fees or MetCom fees. Priced to sell at $299,900. Call 301-475-5012 for an appt. to preview.

Real Estate Rentals 3 bdrm, 3.5 bath house for rent in Quiet Neighborhood. 5 Minutes from NASPax River no traffic to gate. Finished basement with refrig and cabinets. Fenced yard and large deck. Gas heat and water heater, saves on untilities. Pets on case by case basis with pet deposit. Available June 1. References needed. Security deposit and first months rent. 1 year lease. Possible rent to own. NO SECTION 8. Rent: $1800. Call 301-481-3121.

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Vehicles 2003 Ford Windstar. It has low miles and drives beautifully. Very nice van. Gets great gas mileage. Tan with grey interior.$3200.00/obo. 301-290-1912.

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1. One of the Spice Girls 5. Restaurant 9. About velum 14. A fencing sword 15. Direction (Scottish) 16. Dravidian language spoken in SW India 17. Army surgeon Walter 18. Nanosecond (abbr.) 19. True frog 20. Ronald’s charity 23. Brood of pheasant 24. Kiloliter 25. Boat area 28. Tenderness 33. Digits 34. Clear wrap 35. Came together 36. Come after the eighth 38. Marsh elder 39. Ethiopian lake 41. Doctors’ group 42. English forest 44. a.k.a. Jixi 45. Wages 46. Staggered

48. A public promotion 49. Become less warm 50. 6th smallest state 57. Forays 59. A rugged rock or cliff 60. 1/100 of a kina 61. Greek doorway posts 62. Drink habitually 63. Arabian Gulf 64. Boat access platforms 65. Hastened 66. Burden


1. Hair curling treatment 2. Oil cartel 3. Fertilized plant germ 4. Pleasure seeker 5. No. Am. country 6. Church passage 7. Cartoon Wilma’s husband 8. Engrave 9. Extremely infectious 10. Geological times 11. Moon (French) 12. 4th Caliph of Islam 13. Radioactivity unit

21. Ohio rock band (abbr.) 22. Gumbo pod 25. “_____ Hieroglyphica,” by John Dee 26. Jung’s male soul image 27. Nephritic 28. Rescues 29. Algeria’s gulf 30. Electronic communication 31. Taste is one 32. Sedate 34. West ____ Story 37. Heckles 40. Emaciated 43. Disembarrasses 46. Painted cheeks 47. Goddess of the dawn 49. Metal tip on a scabbard 50. Acarine 51. 6th Jewish month 52. Performs in a play 53. Harvest 54. South Dravidian 55. Commun founder Cyrus __ 56. Mentally healthy 57. Pop music style 58. Black tropical Am. cuckoo


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Thurs., Apr. 29 Baseball Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4 p.m. (completion of game suspended on Monday) Boys’ Lacrosse Calvert at Leonardtown, 5 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 4:15 p.m. Huntingtown at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Golf Bishop McNamara vs. St. Mary’s Ryken at Breton Bay, 3:15 p.m. Softball Great Mills at Leonardtown, 4 p.m. (completion of game suspended on Monday) St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop Ireton, 4 p.m. Tennis Gonzaga at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m.

Fri., Apr. 30 Baseball Huntingtown at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Chopticon vs. Leonardtown at Chancellor’s Run Park, 8 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken at Broadneck, 4 p.m. Great Mills at Calvert, 5:30 p.m. Chopticon at Huntingtown, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Leonardtown at Calvert, 4 p.m. Softball Bishop McNamara at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Huntingtown at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Chopticon vs. Leonardtown at Chancellor’s Run Park, 6:30 p.m.

Sat., May 1 Baseball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop Ireton, Noon Track and Field St. Mary’s Ryken at T.C. Williams (Va.), 10 a.m.

Mon., May 3 Baseball Westlake at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Leonardtown at Patuxent, 6:30 p.m. Softball St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop O’Connell, 4 p.m. Westlake at Chopticon, 4:30 p.m. La Plata at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Chopticon at Westlake, 4 p.m. Leonardtown at La Plata, 4 p.m.

Tues., May 4 Boys’ Lacrosse Great Mills at Chopticon, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Lacrosse Patuxent at Leonardtown, 5 p.m. Chopticon at Great Mills, 6:30 p.m. Golf St. Mary’s Ryken vs. St. Stephen-St. Agnes at Breton Bay, 3:15 p.m. Track and Field Chopticon at McDonough, 4 p.m. Leonardtown /Great Mills at Huntingtown, 4 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Georgetown Prep, 4 p.m.

Wed., May 5 Baseball Chopticon at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m. Boys’ Lacrosse Easton at Leonardtown, 6:30 p.m. Softball Chopticon at Great Mills, 4:30 p.m. Leonardtown at Patuxent, 4:30 p.m. Tennis Chopticon at Great Mills, 4 p.m. Patuxent at Leonardtown, 4 p.m. Track and Field St. Mary’s Ryken at Bishop McNamara, 4 p.m.


College Football Player Passing Up NFL Unexplainable

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Allow me to ask the faithful readers (however many of you are out there, haha) of this particular column a question – If you were very good at something and had the ability to at least be considered worthy of hanging around and working with other talented people in said profession, would you not owe it to yourself to give it a shot? Sounds like a winning proposition, unless you are former University of New Hampshire tight end Scott Sicko. Yes, that is his real name. Sicko recently made headlines by declaring if his name was not among the 234 called in this past weekend’s National Football League Draft that he would not accept an un-drafted free agent contract offer from any team and forgo a chance to play in the NFL. According to Doug Farrar, a staff writer with’s NFL blog “The Shut Down Corner,” Sicko says that he will choose to continue his education instead, which is a noble concept worthy of respect. However, the notion of “If x doesn’t happen, then I’ll be forced to go with y” just strikes me as very self-serving and arrogant.

The problem with Sicko’s stand is that many a college football player is obsessively hungry for the chance to prove what they can do at the professional level and will do anything to prove they belong – it’s competitive nature. For Sicko to pass up the chance, albeit to continue his education, just seems disingenuous. Plenty of un-drafted players have gone on to bigger and better things. Kurt Warner was actually bagging groceries before becoming a Super Bowl champion and league MVP as the quarterback of the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. On a personal level, I can say I’ve gone to school with an un-drafted free agent who found his way into a starting spot in the league and is handsomely rewarded for his efforts. Philadelphia Eagles center Jamaal Jackson did not hear his name called in the 2003 NFL draft proceedings, but maybe two days after, the Eagles offered him a contract and he took it without hesitation. As the sports editor for the Delaware State University Holy Cross 19, St. Mary’s Ryken 8

Wed., Apr. 21 Baseball Huntingtown 7, Chopticon 3 Softball Huntingtown 12, Chopticon 3

Thurs., Apr. 22 Baseball Great Mills 12, Lackey 6 Leonardtown 5, Calvert 1 Boys’ Lacrosse Northern 18, Leonardtown 5 Girls’ Lacrosse Leonardtown 17, Northern 1

Softball Great Mills 4, Lackey 0 Leonardtown 5, Calvert 4 (nine innings) Tennis Huntingtown 6, Chopticon 3 Great Mills 8, Lackey 1 Leonardtown 7, Calvert 2

Fri., Apr. 23 Baseball Northern 12, Chopticon 1 (five innings) Leonardtown 10, McDonough 1 Boys’ Lacrosse Gonzaga 9, St. Mary’s Ryken 5 Girls’ Lacrosse Great Mills 11, Calvert 4

Softball Northern 10, Chopticon 0 (five innings) Leonardtown 3, McDonough 1 Tennis Leonardtown 8, McDonough 1

Mon., Apr. 26 Baseball Leonardtown 2, Great Mills 0 (suspended in the top of the fourth inning, rain) Girls’ Lacrosse St. Mary’s Ryken 21, Bishop McNamara 2 Softball Leonardtown 9, Great Mills 1 (suspended in the fourth inning, rain)

student newspaper (and neighbor as we lived on the same floor in WarrenFranklin Hall), it was my job to get a story in our paper about him signing with the team. Never once during that 30-minute conversation did Jamaal give off a vibe that he was NOT going to make the team. The fact that he was an un-drafted offensive lineman from a small Division I-AA school that finished 4-8 his senior season wasn’t going to stop him from chasing his dream. I still remember his words clear as a bell – “I’m going to go into camp with a winning attitude and show them that I belong.” Boy, did he. After a year on the practice squad and another year taken away because of injury, Jamaal became starting center in 2005 when Hank Fraley got hurt and beat Fraley out for the full-time job when he returned in

the summer of 2006. He started every game from Week Nine of the ’05 season until Week 16 this past year when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament against the Denver Broncos. Excuse me for taking the long way home to make this point, but the bottom line is you never know until you try. That goes with anything in life, not just trying to make the NFL. There’s nothing wrong with Scott Sicko wanting to continue his education if he’s serious about it. But to say that he won’t give the NFL a shot because he was not drafted says that maybe pro football is truly not for him. But how would he know if he didn’t try out first? Questions? Comments? Complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at

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Knights Tame Panthers, Wait for Seeding Shakeout

Youth Hockey Tryouts Starting in May Tryouts for Southern Maryland Sabres travel ice hockey teams will be held at the Capital Clubhouse Tuesday May 4, Thursday May 6 and Saturday May 10. The club expects to field travel teams at all age groups for participation in the CBHL (Capital Beltway Hockey League). All age groups are encouraged to attend: Squirts (2000-2001), Peewees (1998-1999), Bantams (1996-1997), U16 (1994-1995) and U18 (1992-1993). Proof of age is required. Tryout Fees: $65. Visit for schedule and online registration.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club Charity Golf Tournament Registration Open

The Southern Maryland Boys’ and Girls’ Club golf tournament, scheduled for Thursday May 20, is now accepting registration. The shotgun start is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Breton Bay Golf Club in Leonardtown, with a $200 prize going to the top team. There will also be closest to the pin and longest drive contests, 50/50 raffle and door prizers.

The cost is $80 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch buffet and door prizes. Money and registration is due by Friday, May 7 and all checks should be made payable to “BGCSM Charity Golf Tournament” For more information, please contact Jason Verbic at 301-866-6948 or Kim Murray at 301-863-3412.

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, or 301-481-2305.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The St. Mary’s Ryken boys’ lacrosse team came up with a big win on the road Tuesday afternoon, one that was crucial to their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoff future. Connor Cook and Matthew Boutin each scored three goals as the Knights defeated host Paul VI 10-5, running their record to 12-4 overall, and 6-3 in conference play. “It was pretty big because whoever won that game was going to get homefield advantage,” said Knights head coach John Sothoron. “But it’s still up in the air.” The Knights need Good Counsel to defeat Paul VI on Friday to avoid a three-way tie for third place in the WCAC. Ties are settled by coin flip, and whether the Knights get a home game would depend on the flip if the Panthers beat the Falcons on Friday. With a Good Counsel victory, the Knights would host Paul VI at St. Mary’s College Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. As for Tuesday’s game, six different Ryken players scored goals and the defense played its usual solid game, led by junior midfielder Daniel Batong, who’s effort Sothoron praised. “Daniel is an outstanding midfielder and does everything for us,” Sothoron said of Batong is currently averaging about three takeaways per contest. “He has all kinds of D-I schools looking for him already.” Offensively, the coach was pleased with the team play of his midfielders and attackers, who shared the ball very well in his eyes. “We felt our ball movement was the best we’ve had all year,” Sothoron said. “We did a nice job.” In the meantime, Sothoron will know more about his team’s focus when they travel to Annapolis Friday afternoon to face Broadneck, one of the top teams in Anne Arundel County. “We still show some inconsistency at times, and we’re trying to preach consistency coming down the line,” he said.

Elliott Prevails for First-Ever Potomac Limited Late Model Victory Mike Bennett Romps to Convincing Street Stock Win By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway BUDDS CREEK – Sykesville, Md.’s Glenn Elliott made his first-ever Potomac speedway limited late model start a good one as he walked-off with top honors in the divisions 20lap main event last Friday night. This would be Elliott’s second win overall of the young season as he was triumphant at the Winchester (VA) speedway just a few weeks back. Elliott and Ed Pope brought the field down to the initial waving of the green flag. Elliott wasted little time as he jumped into the race lead by the completion of the events first circuit. As Elliott led effortlessly, twelfthstarting, and current point leader, Derrick Quade was on the move. Quade reached second by the fourteenth-lap and set his sights on Elliott. A lap eighteen caution set-up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag, but Elliott was not to be denied as he would become the third different winner in the class in three

events run to date. “I was a little leery when we drew the number one pill for the feature,” Elliott said. “The car was a bit off in the heat race but we made some adjustments and it was really good in the feature. I have to thank my crew chief Jerry Foster and all the guys on the crew, I wouldn’t be here without them.” Quade would hang on to second, defending champion Tommy Wagner Jr. was third, Sommey Lacey, in his season debut, collected fourth and Mike Latham completed the top five. Heats for the 16 cars on hand went to Quade and Wagner. In the 25-lap Potomac/Winchester street stock challenge, Winchester Va.’s Mike Bennett scored a convincing flag to flag win. Bennett, the current point leader at Winchester, has been victorious in both challenge races so far this season with his other win coming at Winchester back on April 3. Bennett drew the pole for the feature and that was all he needed as he would go on to lead all 25-laps of the

event to claim the win. “This car has been awesome this season,” Bennett explained. “I just want to thank Greg Gunter for having these races for us and for all the fans that come out to support us.” Michael Carter would take second, Buddy Wilson was third, Kurt Zimmerman placed fourth and Brian Luttrell rounded out the top five. Heats for the 29 cars on hand went to Donnie Kenney Jr., Bennett and Zimmerman with Scottie Nelson claiming the consolation. In other action, Tony Garber made it three wins in four starts in the 20-lap modified feature, Thomas Pickeral took the win in the 15-lap hobby stock main and cagy veteran Larry Fuchs was triumphant in the 20-lap strictly stock feature.

Limited Late Model Feature Results (20 laps) 1. Glenn Elliott 2. Derrick Quade 3. Tommy Wagner Jr. 4.

Sommey Lacey 5. Mike Latham 6. Ed Pope 7. Bubby Tharp 8. Paul Cursey 9. Chuck Cox 10. Dave Adams 11. Stevie Long 12. Ricky Lathroum 13. Jonathon DeHaven 14. PJ Hatcher 15. James Snead 16. Kenny Moreland

Street Stock Feature Results (25 laps) 1. Mike Bennett 2. Michael Carter 3. Buddy Wilson 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Brian Luttrell 6. James Gray 7. Bryan Kerns 8. Kyle Nelson 9. David Kaiser 10. Josh Williams 11. Mike Reynolds 12. Donnie Kenney Jr. 13. Ricky Edmonds 14. Eric Johnson 15. Craig Parrill 16. John Sellner 17. Jimmy Jessmer 18. Scott Wilson 19. Matt Kerns 20. Ben Bowie 21. Scottie Nelson 22. Sam Archer 23. Terry Staton 24. Donnie Smith DNQ- James Sparks, Dale Reamy, Neal Alexander, Justin Shriver, Chester Sellers

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2009-10 SMAC Winter Sports Honor Roll Boys’ Basketball Second Team Kamaron Barker, senior forward, Great Mills Mykel Harris, senior forward, Great Mills

Girls’ Basketball Second Team Abreellen Brown, junior forward, Chopticon

Wrestling Most Outstanding Wrestler Stephen Cannon, 152-pound senior, Chopticon First Team Sam Corey, 119pound sophomore, Leonardtown Stephen Cannon, 152-pound senior, Chopticon Alec Pence, 171-pound senior, Chopticon Mark Bohanan, 275-pound senior, Leonardtown Second team Alex Truitt, 112pound sophomore, Leonardtown Taylor Koncen, 130-pound junior, Chopticon Jeff Sherman, 135-pound senior, Leonardtown B.J. Frederick, 145-pound senior, Leonardtown

Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Chuck Jacobs, Leonardtown First Team C.J. Culpepper, Leonardtown junior, 500-yard freestyle Leonardtown 400yard freestyle (C.J. Culpepper, junior, Nicholas Crescini, sophomore, Andrew Maier, junior, Tyler Lydon, senior) Second Team Tyler Lydon, Leonardtown senior, 50-yard freestyle Nicholas Crescini, Leonardtown sophomore, 100-yard backstroke Andrew Maier, Leonardtown junior, 200-yard freestyle C.J. Culpepper, Leonardtown junior, 200yard IM

Girls’ Swimming First Team Ashlin Rondeau, Leonardtown junior, 50-yard freestyle Michelle Robinson, Leonardtown junior, 100-yard freestyle Olivia Ray, Leonard-

town junior, 200-yard IM Olivia Ray, Leonardtown junior, 500-yard freestyle Leonardtown 200-yard medley relay (Ashlin Rondeau, junior, Jaime Branaman, sophomore, Michelle Robinson, junior, Olivia Ray, junior) Leonardtown 200yard freestyle relay (Katie Ruthenburg, junior, Eden Mallory, freshman, Taylor Garrett, freshman, Dana Rizkowski, senior) Leonardtown 400yard freestyle relay (Olivia Ray, junior, Michelle Robinson, junior, Ashlin Rondeau, junior, Nikita Raley, sophomore) Second Team Taylor Donnelly, Leonardtown junior, 100yard butterfly Nikita Raley, Leonardtown sophomore, 200-yard freestyle Samantha Barbaris, Chopticon freshman, 500-yard freestyle Chopticon 400-yard freestyle relay (Ginny Phalen, junior, Samantha Barbaris, freshman, Ashley Warren, sophomore, Leah Hartigan, senior)

Boys’ Indoor Track and Field First Team Tyler Ostrowski, Chopticon senior, 3200 meters Cody Jarboe, Chopticon senior, high jump Derrick Petett, Great Mills senior, shot put Second team Tyler Ostrowski, Chopticon senior, 1600 meters

Girls Indoor Track and Field Most Outstanding Player Jessica Gass, Leonardtown senior First Team Jessica Gass, Leonardtown senior, 800 meters Jessica Gass, Leonardtown senior, 1600 meters Jessica Gass, Leonardtown senior, 3200 meters Leonardtown, 800meter relay (Ciera Young, senior, Lauren Snyder, sophomore, Erin Kelly, sophomore, Lindsay Egbert, junior) Leonardtown 3200meter relay (Rachel LaBatt, freshman, Teresa Paz, senior, Cali Copsey, senior, Ashley Weston, junior)


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Accompanied by her parents Sue and James Copsey, brother Jamie Copsey and several staff members, Leonardtown senior Cali Copsey signs her letter of intent to run cross-country at Christian Brothers University.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN – Although a bit of work remains to be done before the July 8 grand opening of St. Mary’s Ryken High School’s new multi-purpose stadium, the excitement surrounding the facility’s arrival is at an all-time high. “We’re going to have the best field on Southern Maryland,” Knights football coach Bob Harmon said Tuesday afternoon. “Mrs. Hurlburt (school president Mary Joy Hurlburt) and Mr. Wood have done a great job in putting this thing together.” “This was our vision in the beginning, that the entire community could benefit from this,” said school principal Rick Wood. “We didn’t cut any corners – everything is state of the art.” The stadium features synthetic grass, a structure that allows almost all of Ryken’s outdoor sports teams to play and practice on the field without being subject to the wear and tear natural grass suffers from due to Photo By Frank Marquart

weather and multiple uses. Along with a spacious press box and bleacher arrangement, the synthetic field will be surrounded by a brand-new eight-lane track surface, which will allow the Knights’ track and field teams, road warriors for the duration of their existence, to host different meets as well. “This is going to benefit all of those teams,” said Harmon, who is also the school’s director of admissions. “They are going to flourish.” Harmon, who has developed the St. Mary’s Ryken football team from a fledgling junior varsity program to a varsity program with competitive potential, experienced the reality of the field’s completion working late one night. “I was in my office and Mrs. Hurlburt came in and said ‘Bob, the lights are on,’” Harmon said, smiling all the while as he recounted the evening. “I walked out on to the field and I got emotional, because it showed the steps we’ve made as a program.” For Wood, the nearly completed stadium means more than just a place to play sports. “This field is in line with educating the whole child,” he said, meaning that a student considering and/or attending St. Mary’s Ryken would get the best academic and athletic experience possible. “This field goes along with our 90acre campus with five buildings that sit on the water. Our students get the whole college experience early on here.” chrisstevens@

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Great Mills-Leonardtown Baseball Game Postponed by Storm

Thursday, April 29, 2010



Southern Maryland Tennis Cup Series

The Southern Maryland Tennis Cup aims to promote competitive and fun local tennis play in the tri-county area, where players earn points for participating in local events. Players with the highest cumulative point total at the end of the year will be acknowledged as the Cup winners. USTA membership not required. Check website for all tournament events, cost, registration forms and to learn about the point system for the following events: Cove Point Spring Fling 2010 - April 17-18, 2010 (Completed) (POC: Bryan Howell, 410-610-6995 or e-mail: Breton Bay Open 2010 – May 29-31, 2010 (POC: Russ Carrington, 240-925-8068 or e-mail: St. Mary’s College Open 2010 – July 3-5, 2010 (POC: Derek Sabedra, 410-610-4300 or e-mail:

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Great Mills’ Will Anderson swings through a pitch as Leonardtown catcher Jared Eaker holds on to the ball.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The Leonardtown High School baseball team led county rival Great Mills 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning when a tornado warning, followed by a violent storm, halted the game. The Raiders got a solo home run from senior shortstop Brady Jameson and an RBI single from catch Jared Eaker, while pitcher David Sapp struck out four batters and allowed just one hit, an infield single by senior third baseman Will Anderson. The Great Mills-Leonardtown baseball softball games will resume this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Leonardtown baseball and softball fields.

USTA Tennis Senior Leagues St Mary’s County USTA Tennis League is looking for Captains and 3.0 & 3.5 rated players for senior men, women and mixed doubles teams. Season runs from June-August. Must be a USTA member and have reached fifty (50) years of age prior to, or during, the 2010 calendar year. Contact Mai-Liem Slade if interested, or 301-481-2305.

Tennis Social Doubles Social Doubles for Adults is held twice weekly and consists of informal doubles matches, put together by the site coordinator, based on that day’s attendance. All who show up will get to play. • 5 P.M. Sundays at Leonardtown High School, May 27th through August. Contact Cris Sigler at 410-326-6383 or • 5 P.M. Thursdays at Great Mills High School, June 6th through September. Contact Bob Stratton at 443-926-2070 or The league fee is $25 for the Leonardtown site and $30 for the Great Mills site. Fees include court costs and balls. No registration is required.

Blue Crabs

Crabs Win First Game of the Season, Home Opener Friday Night The Blue Crabs avoided a four-game sweep, picking up a 3-2 victory over the York Revolution Sunday afternoon. The Revs will now turn their attention to the Camden Riversharks who come to Sovereign Bank Stadium for the first of three beginning Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. Blue Crabs starter Jarrett Grube was outstanding, holding the Revs, who had scored nine runs in each of the previous two games, to just two hits over 5.0 scoreless innings. Meanwhile, Southern Maryland pushed two across against York starter Bob Zimmermann, who was also impressive. Zimmermann struck out six in four innings, but allowed an RBI single in the second to Shaun Cumberland, and an RBI groundout to Travis Garcia in the third giving the Blue Crabs a 2-0 lead. The Revs tied it against the Blue Crabs bullpen in the sixth. Jose Herrera poked a one-out single up the middle, and Charlie

Lisk doubled down the left field line against reliever Matt Petrusek. Lefty Jeff Ridgway entered to face Val Majewski, was greeted with an RBI single to right on his first and only pitch. Jamar Hill then drove in the tying run on a fielder’s choice against Chris Mobley, but Mobley (1-0) finished the sixth and fired a scoreless seventh to earn the win. Rich Giannotti led off the seventh with a homerun to left field breaking the tie, and giving Southern Maryland the final 3-2 winning margin. Connor Robertson worked a scoreless eighth for the Blue Crabs, and Jim Ed Warden earned his first save with a scoreless ninth. Both relievers used inning-ending double plays to set the Revs aside. The Blue Crabs close out their sevengame road trip with a game against the Bridgeport Bluefish tonight. They begin their home schedule Friday night against the Long Island Ducks at Regency Furniture Stadium. First pitch is schedule for 7:05 p.m.


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Copsey Ready to Run at Christian Brothers

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

When Leonardtown High senior Cali Cospey began competing in cross-country, continuing to run in college was the farthest thing from her mind.

Copsey was also considering Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, Roanoke (Va.) College and York (Pa.) College before deciding on Christian Brothers. Considering Memphis is a 15-hour drive south of St. Mary’s County, homesickness is a possibility for Copsey, but Christian Brothers’

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Accompanied by her parents Sue and James Copsey, brother Jamie Copsey and several staff members, Leonardtown senior Cali Copsey signs her letter of intent to run cross-country at Christian Brothers University.

“I didn’t expect to run in college when I started,” Copsey said after her signing her letter of intent to run at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Monday afternoon. “It’s kind of last minute, but I’m really excited.” Copsey found her perfect fit in Christian Brothers due to its location in the Southern region of the country and the school has a good engineering program, which helps since she intends to major in mechanical engineering next fall. “It was a close-knit community and had an old school feel. I thought [the school] was cute,” Copsey said.

close proximity to Memphis International Airport helped to ease her worries. “The flight home is only an hour and 50 minutes long,” she said. “So I can get home if I need to.” The Buccaneers’ cross-country program has become a contender in the Gulf South Conference under head coach Bill Hoffman, and Copsey hopes to help the team reach for higher heights when she arrives in Memphis. “Academics come first, but it’s a growing program. I want to help the team grow,” she said.

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Ryken StepS On new tuRf Page 29

County Unemployment Numbers Improve Slightly Story Page 5

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Developers Sought For Pax River-Area Site Story Page 6

Great Mills Leonardtown Baseball Postponed

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