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Your Paper... Your Thoughts What issues would you like to hear candidates talk about in the upcoming election? “Definitely the economy,” said Bob Haney, 35, from Mechanicsville, “and I think immigration is a big issue, and health care is something that should be debated.”

“I think education is what I’d like to hear about,” said Edith Hoschar, 43, an engineer from California. “We have a good start with the STEM program … but I think they should expand that with more offerings, maybe over the summer.”

“I don’t know if it’s an issue, but zoning is a problem,” said Kirk Turner, 57, from Mechanicsville. “I remember driving down Route 5 the other day and thinking the place looks really junky … and then on the government level, definitely the economy.”


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Maryland Foreclosures Up, But St. Mary’s Better Than Most

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A report from an on-line real estate site that tracks the number of foreclosures nationwide shows that the number of foreclosures in Maryland has risen by about 5 percent in the past three months over the first quarter of the year, but real estate professionals here say that foreclosure activity in St. Mary’s County remains much lower than in other parts of the state. Information from RealtyTrac.com shows that in St. Mary’s County there were 73 homes that were up for foreclosure in June, far less than 130 homes in Calvert County. Charles County topped both with 261 foreclosures in the same period. The total number of foreclosures in St. Mary’s was slightly higher than those in March, which was 70 homes up for sale after homeowners could no longer pay their mortgages, according to RealtyTrac information. Rick McNabb, of Residential Plus Real Estate Services in Hollywood, said that foreclosures here would continue for the foreseeable future but the number of homes that have actually been foreclosed on and gone to sale in the market so far this week is just 99 between both Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. According to a multiple list service quoted by McNabb, there are currently 55 in Calvert and just 44 in St. Mary’s for August. There are 171 homes in foreclosure and up for sale in Charles County, he said. “Calvert and St. Mary’s are very stable,” McNabb said, though job losses and adjustable rate mortgages that were increasing the size of mortgage payments were pushing some people out of their homes. Jan Barnes, a realtor with Century 21 in California, said she expected foreclosures to be a fixture of life in

St. Mary’s for at least the next two years, even with the relatively strong defense oriented economy. “We’re getting up there [with the number of foreclosures] and we’ve got a lot of short sales,” Barnes said. “We’re being trained more in how to deal with them.” The stress of not being able to pay mortgages has pushed some people to simply abandon their homes without any notice, Barnes and McNabb said, sometimes in poor condition. “They just pack up in the middle of the night,” Barnes said of some who default on their loans. “They just up and leave.” Barnes said in one upscale neighborhood a homeowner had left abruptly with water in their basement that their neighbor was left to pump out themselves. These were the types of reports she had received about the desperation associated with foreclosures. “Some people are just too embarrassed,” she said. More foreclosures could mean more tax trouble for the county, she said, though not as much as in Charles or Calvert. “If you have people not paying their mortgages, they’re not paying property taxes either,” Barnes said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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ews Graduate Study Focuses On Traffic Study Shows Future Retaining Base Employees Problems for Leonardtown By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A study written by five graduate students with the local campus of the Florida Institute of Technology states that because the federal government is planning on reducing the amount of defense contractors it employs and replacing them with full time civil servants, the county needs to focus on building a workforce that can take advantage of new federal jobs. But the study also shows that offices aboard Naval Air Station Patuxent River are continuing to hire employees from local contractor firms to take on the civil service positions, which could make initial entry by other potential employees more challenging at first. “We have a challenge of recruitment and retention already,” said Bob Schaller, head of the county’s economic development department, who also taught the capstone course. “The immediate focus will be on those who already have those skills, and that’s going to be the contractors.” The study says that a bachelor’s degree is usually required for most kinds of employment on the base and the skill most in demand are for engineering and business management. One senior employee of the local office of the Bowhead Corporation was quoted in the study as saying that the in-sourcing going on inside the base gate had its problems but in the long run could still

be beneficial for local contractors. “Although the practice is disruptive, and certainly painful if it results in lost revenue, Bowhead tries to emphasize the positive aspects. Bowhead views the government cherry-picking our employees as a testament to the high level of performance and trust achieved in our business relationship,” local Bowhead director Michael Stabile was quoted as saying. One of the keys for local residents to benefit from the opportunities on the base comes in the form of internships offered by programs there, Schaller said. It was another way of preparing them for work there. “People who do that have the advantage,” he said. “They have a better chance of staying because they have experience and credibility with the employer.” Schaller said that the students who put together the study were employed on the base either in the military or as part of the civilian labor force. To an extent, he said, the study reflects some of the challenges that they encountered in getting employment at the county’s premier economic engine. “They connected with their networks [to complete the study] but they’ve all had a difficult time either finding work or securing work,” Schaller said. “They were the key informants of their own research.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

Commissioners Scrap Plan to Extend Life of Aging Radio System By Guy Leonard Staff Writer County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pull $950,000 from a plan to extend the life of the county’s near-obsolete communication system used by fire, rescue and police in favor of using the funds to buy a newer, more advanced system. Commissioners had to shunt emergency funds to replace the county’s 800 Mhz system supplied by a company once known as MA Com, which was later purchased by Harris, because they learned in May that the original vendor would no longer supply parts and equipment to keep the system functioning beyond January of 2014. Public Safety Director David Zylak and Jeff Martin, of RCC Consultants, advised the commissioner board Tuesday that taxpayer funds would be better spent on a more modern system. This would help to solve years of interoperability problems that have plaqued regional responders. It would also bring the cost of radios and other equipment down, Martin said, because purchasers would not be beholden to one manufacturer to supply all their needs. “That’s probably the reason why portable radios cost $4,000 a piece, because there’s been no competition,” Martin told The County Times. The interim solution the county had been pursuing included buying used equipment to help bolster the system until a new one could be purchased.

“It made more sense to put that money into a new system,” Martin said. Zylak told The County Times that Harris had recently studied the county’s communications system in an effort to solve some of the coverage problems, exacerbated by the county’s topography and lack of relay stations, but could not give any aid within the $950,000 budget. Zylak said that if the portion of the current system that ensures that all of the county radios could pick up each others’ messages broke down without a replacement, the county’s emergency communication system between first responders would be virtually useless. “We would be in a tight spot,” Zylak said. The county currently has about $19 million budgeted to install a new system before 2014, Zylak said, with $12 million for six new radio repeater stations and $7 million for man-portable and vehicle-mobile radios. The new plan for a next generation system meant that the county would go from having just four relay stations to 10, he said. A new system would help allay some of the problems first responders dealt with each day in trying to communicate with each other, he said. “You can go in most any high school and your portable radio [signal] won’t make it out of the building,” Zylak said. guyleonard@countytimes.net

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A study designed to highlight traffic flow issues in Leonardtown in light of increased development on HollywoodLeonardtown Road shows that in about four years the intersection with Route 5 will be insufficient to handle all the vehicles projected to use it. The study, prepared by Desman Associates and presented to the Leonardtown Town Council and the Board of County Commissioners this week, also showed that by 2020 the intersection of Route 245 with Leonard’s Grant Parkway, one of the highest selling housing developments in the county, will not be adequate to handle all of the traffic either. The study suggests that by 2015 the county should have several new turn lanes built along Route 5, including a west-bound right turn lane and a double left turn lane east-bound. A traffic signal at Route 5 and the Clark’s Rest development would also help improve traffic conditions, the study said. By 2020 additional left turn lanes for southbound traffic on Route 245 should be constructed for the intersection with Route 5. Another traffic signal might also

be necessary, the report stated, at Route 245’s intersection with Leonard’s Grant Parkway to deal with the expected development of at least one elementary school on the Hayden Farm property on the outskirts of the town. Town officials said that much of the study confirmed suspicions about the future problems and possible solutions needed for one of Leonardtown’s main thoroughfares. “A lot of this we already know,” said Town Councilmember Leslie Roberts. “But now we have the facts to back it up.” County Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown) said that he believed some of the recommendations in the report, such as constructing a road that would funnel traffic from the county governmental center to the College of Southern Maryland would present more problems for traffic flow at the college. The recommendation was intended to relieve traffic flow from Route 245. “I thought they would have more study on the impact on Route 5 and College Drive,” Mattingly said. “It [the road proposed] would create more of an issue at Route 5 and College Drive. “I’m not sure how useful [the study] is going to be.” guyleonard@countytimes.net

Deer Kill Under Investigation

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

sued people have to dispose of them [dead deer], not dump them,” Allen told The County Times. But, Allen said, police still do not know if an authorized hunt was even the reason the deer died. There could be other possibilities, she said, such as illegal hunting. “We don’t even know if a crime has been committed,” Allen said. “I’ve never seen that before,” Brown said of the piled deer, which appear to not have been dressed or butchered. “They had to be put there, you’re not going to hit a bunch of dear [with a vehicle] at one place.” Joyce Savage, who lives on nearby Jessica Lane, found the dead deer when she took a walk on Camp Cosoma Road. “I’m just really upset about it,” Savage said. “I think it’s so cruel… to just dump them there. “They’re just sitting by the wayside, it’s terrible.”

Great Mills residents say they are disturbed by the apparent dumping of seven dead deer on Camp Cosoma Road. Reports of the deer reached The County Times on Tuesday when residents said that two piles of the animals were located in ditches on opposite sides of the road; one pile of deer had been found Monday morning and the other was discovered Tuesday morning. Henry Brown, who lives on Camp Cosoma Road, said that he saw no blood around the dead deer or on the roadway and believed that someone had placed them there deliberately. He said that a sheriff’s deputy had come out Tuesday morning to take an initial report. “What’s amazing to me is that the county hasn’t picked them up yet,” Brown said Tuesday afternoon. Most of the deer appeared to be of a young age, two of them were fawns while one was a guyleonard@countytimes.net buck with antlers. All were in a state of decay, but police say they are unsure as to the cause of death. Dfc. Cindy Allen, spokeswoman for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, said that the case has been forwarded to state’s Natural Resources Police for investigation. Allen said that one possible reason for the deer being found dead was that they had been the subject of an authorized, off-season hunt designed to protect crops from Photo by Guy Leonard being eaten. Police with the state’s Natural Resources Police said they are investigating the “Even if a permit was is- apparent dumping of seven dead deer on Camp Cosoma Road in Great Mills.


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Governor O’Malley Rallies Supporters During First Friday

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

Dozens of Democratic candidates joined with community members, many of which were in campaigning mode at a rally-type event during Leonardtown’s First Friday, where Gov. Martin O’Malley showed up to talk with voters and tour the square along Washington Street. Those present included County Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell; Leonardtown Council member Leslie Roberts, who is running for the Democratic Central Committee; Jan Norris, who is running for County Treasurer; Chris Davies, who is running for the House of Delegates in District 29C; Mary Washington, who is running for County Commissioner in the county’s 4th district; Joe Anderson, who is running for the Democratic Central Committee; and Arthur Shepherd, who is running for County Commissioner in the 2nd district. Democratic incumbent O’Malley has recently drawn fire from former Republican Governor and current GOP-favorite Robert Ehrlich, who cited a study at the University of Baltimore’s Jacob France Institute showing a 58 percent decline in employer confidence since the second quarter of 2006, which he said in a statement “underscores that the O’Malley Administration has little to no understanding of what it takes to lead an economic recovery in Maryland.” O’Malley seemed more optimistic on Maryland jobs, however, citing Maryland un-

employment rates (at 7.1 percent, well below the national average of 9.5 percent) and the 38,000 jobs created since January as proof that the state is “moving forward, not back.” He had positive words for the crowd as he acknowledged that this would continue to be a heated political season. “There’s not a single governor’s race in the country that is not a competitive race,” he said. “Our country’s gone through some tough times these last three years, and Maryland has not been immune from that, but the great thing about the people of our state is that we move forward. And whenever we’re faced with adversity, even when faced with challenge, we have a way of facing up to it and moving forward nonetheless.” O’Malley elaborated later, going on to talk about what he termed the state’s successes. “For the first time ever, our state for four years straight has had the best public schools in America, and that’s never happened before,” he said, describing further successes in keeping public safety a priority. “We’ve driven violent crime down to its lowest level since 1975 … and we’ve been creating jobs these last four months at a rate that’s twice what the nation has done … so in the toughest of times we’ve been moving our state forward,” he said. O’Malley later drew the winning name of the night’s raffle, and played his brand of Irish music for the crowd.

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Gov. Martin O’Malley talks with one of many gathered around the Front Porch restaurant in Leonardtown, where he made an appearance for supporters during the town’s First Friday event.

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Where is Tony O’Donnell? Mr. Nokes, the Political Cartoon in the August paper comparing Mr. Lollar’s town hall meeting to Representative Hoyer’s was cute, but both have been more visible in Southern Maryland than our Representative for District 29c State Delegate Tony O’Donnell. Hoyer made time to interview with the Baynet, visited Prince Frederick campus of Southern Community College; spoke to the Young Professionals of St. Mary’s at the Daugherty Center and has been to Pax River in the last 90 days. Delegate O’Donnell who at one time lived in Lusby, missed the dedication for the new sports field in Dowell, the ground breaking for the new Calvert High School and has been having our local County Commissioner represent him at our Troop’s Eagle Scout ceremonies for the past 4 years, because he is always “too busy”. I am not sure he lives down here anymore!

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In reference to the “Inside the Beltway” article titled “Liquid Assets”, in the Aug. 6 Washington Times, Bioethicist Jacob Appel has a wonderful idea that he wants our All Caring, All Knowing, All Compassionate government to give serious consideration. Appel says that since the government is successfully force-feeding us fluoride in our drinking water so no one will ever have another cavity, we should also include a dash of LITHIUM. Appel says too many people are committing suicide. Lithium minimizes such harmful attitudes. It is a psychotropic drug that cheers up people and evens out mood swings. Wow! Wouldn’t that be wonderful! No more highs – no more lows, just a nice, calm, even tempered population that doesn’t show anger, happiness, or any other “mood swings?” And all those good results just to prevent a couple thousand people a year from choosing to stop fighting life and choose a road where no one pays taxes, no Obamacare concerns, no fear of getting mugged on the way to buy ice cream for your

Both Republicans and Democrats can become part of the establishment. I think Delegate O’Donnell is not a part of our community anymore and has become part of the establishment. As a State Delegate, his job is part-time; you would think he could make some time to be available to his constituents. According to Maryland Election Center 54% of his money is coming from PAC’s not residents of Calvert and St. Mary’s County and 9% are donations from OUT OF STATE! Tony O’Donnell has been out of sight and out of touch with his constituents for a while. It is time to elect someone else. Luckily, there are 2 other candidates, Chris Davies and Shawn Quinn, who appear willing to represent us in District 29c. Kelly Harvey Lusby, MD

illegal children. Last I heard, there were about 380 MILLION people (not counting illegals) in the USA. So let me get this right. I know I’m one of Bill Mahr’s stupid people who need to be nudged to do the right thing, but I did learn how to read (if the words don’t have too many letters) in school before unions taught the teachers to stop teaching kids fundamentals. To the point, we lose more than 40,000 people every year to fatal auto accidents. I wonder if some scientific genius will come up with a drug to stop that death rate. The interesting thing about Appel’s solution for stopping suicides is that if you don’t want to play his game, he says, “And if people don’t want to take part, they can opt out by drinking bottled water. Simple as that.” Wow again! In other words, if you still want to avoid paying taxes, drink bottled water. James Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

Boggled By Democrats I’m somewhat confused about our Democratic leadership. They say they want to improve the solvency of the Social Security accounts to better provide for those who qualify for benefits. They also are very vocal about the bonuses that most major corporations pay their executives. Although these bonuses have been historically paid for decades, it was never an issue prior to the “bailouts/economic stimulus” packages where they used taxpayer dollars to salvage companies too greedy to follow sound economic principles. Although much of this bailout money has been repaid, there is still a hue and cry about “excessive” bonuses. I’m wondering why the Social Security taxes that most employers and employees pay has continued to hover around the $100,000 ceiling figure. I would think the logical next step would be to eliminate any ceiling for Social Security taxes. I seriously doubt that someone making several million dollars a year would even notice the “bite” these taxes would take from their income.

Also, their employers would be contributing their matching taxes and might even (Heaven forbid!!) have second thoughts about granting them everincreasing bonuses. Once again, eliminating the ceiling on Social Security taxes seems like such a “no brainer” that I can only assume the ever-present lobbyists must be making that another “no touch” condition for major political contributions. Just another reason to vote out the incumbents in November and vote in qualified candidates with no ties to the political action committees and lobbyists. It’s time to put some common sense back into our laws. Social Security was designed to provide a supplemental income to qualified retirees. Why should those making more than the ceiling amount be exempt from paying the Social Security taxes as those earning less? Glenn Weder Hollywood, MD

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Help Us Fire Steny I am sick and tired of politics and tired of politicians of all stripes whose big talk about smaller government and fiscal responsibility is just a lot of hot air. But Collins Bailey is a different kind of political candidate. He has very specific, intelligent solutions for fixing our country’s most pressing problems—the national debt, the recession, the failing Social Security system –and make no mistake, it is failing. We will have ourselves to blame if we don’t listen to Bailey and others like him who can lead us out of the troubled times we have entered. The fact is that we as a nation are collapsing economically because of the unwise policies of George W. Bush and our current president who continues to spend money we don’t have to prop up corporations and unions and to buy the votes of certain special interest groups. The economic meltdown that brought us federal bailouts and stimulus packages was a “perfect storm,” to use an overused expression, of several factors. As much to blame as big banking interests, Harry Homeowner, during the real estate bubble, kept flipping houses to make a quick buck, while the feds through the Federal Reserve kept lowering interest rates making money too cheap. The cost of housing rose, speculation reached a fever pitch and people borrowed recklessly, and we as a nation got in over our heads. And it was the feds who since the Jimmie Carter years have been forcing lending institutions to loan money to unqualified applicants, the lending institutions then pawning off these bad loans. In short, everyone is to blame for our near depression. Adding to our anxiety over the current economic emergency is the fact that we must continue paying for cradle to grave government handouts. But one of these days very soon, there will be no government checks in the mail, because the government will have run out of money. It already has. We are in debt up to our necks, and the Chinese own us now. This situation is unsustainable. Big government has destroyed the free market and has given us inflation which makes us even more dependent on big government.

In a real sense, we all got what we deserved—an economic mess, an invasion by illegal immigrants-- who are starting to push us around-- and little hope for a bright future. We did the things that brought about this disaster. We sent smooth-talking, self-serving hucksters to Congress, because we thought they would cater to us, take care of us. Arrogantly dismissive of the Constitution, they see citizens as subjects and make up the rules as they go along. Collins Bailey, who has vowed to serve for two terms without pay, understands Constitutional principles. He supports real health care reform and low taxes and has called for a $15,000 personal exemption for taxpayers. And he wants “clean, cheap American energy, made by Americans on American soil.” He advocates a strong national defense, but he does not support nation building or the unjust, unnecessary wars that so tragically claim the lives of young Americans who die in agony in Afghanistan while politicians jet here and there, play golf and party. Collins Bailey welcomes newcomers to our country but believes we have the right, the obligation, to protect our sovereign borders. I understand that many decent, hard working people in our area are blindly loyal to Steny Hoyer, but he, unfortunately, has aligned himself with those whose mission it is to turn our once free republic into a socialist police state. Further, I believe he is in reality contemptuous of his constituents and has embraced the politics of the far left. I urge the residents of the 5th Congressional Election District and other Marylanders to go to www.BaileyforUScongress.com to learn more about Collins Bailey. I also urge you to send his campaign $25 or $10 or even $5, if you have it, and I ask you to email or call your out- of-state friends (who can contact their friends) to ask them to help us unseat Mr. Hoyer by making a donation to the Bailey campaign. As liberals are so fond of saying, “Do it for the children” (and the grandchildren too). Joyce Bennett Clements, MD

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Tea Party Town Hall Meeting Coming The St. Mary’s Chapter of Americans for Prosperity will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting August 17 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library. Speakers will be discussing ideas to create new jobs and make our state economically competitive and reverse Gov. O’Malley’s budget and fiscal policies. We cannot attract new jobs to our great state and turn around our terrible unemployment situation if this mismanagement continues, a press release states.

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Smartronix, Inc., a global information technology and engineering solutions provider, announced today that it has acquired Cogon Systems, Inc., to expand its growing health information technology portfolio. The new company operating as Cogon Systems, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Smartronix led by Cogon’s current CEO, Dr. Huy Nguyen. Founded by Nguyen, Cogon facilitates healthcare connectedness by way of its valuedriven innovations and comprehensive thought leadership. Through its Virtual Health Network (VHN) platform, a SOA-based architecture using an enterprise service bus that provides business logic flexibility, network scalability, data interoperability, and application extensibility, Cogon is committed to facilitating value-based healthcare. The VHN is implemented with basic services that enhance the exchange of health information supporting referral management of patients who receive care from multiple providers. These basic services include continuity of care

information, patient demographic and administrative information, diagnoses/problem lists, providers, allergies, medications, laboratory results, radiology results, previous procedures, and clinical notes. Currently, Cogon’s VHN allows for the first-time sharing of tens of thousands of health records between the Department of Defense and commercial hospitals. Leveraging Smartronix’ business maturation, growth in the federal healthcare, and its expertise in network operations and cyber-security, Cogon is well positioned to provide premium services in the federal health sector. “The addition of Cogon, its visionary leadership, and its intellectual property are a great complement to Smartronix’ growing health information technology business. We are confident that our network operations, enterprise software solutions, and cyber security core competencies will assist in leveraging and augmenting Cogon Systems’ Virtual Health Network platform,” Smartronix CEO, John Parris said in a press release.

Ballet School Expands Classes to Solomons Area

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bigail Francisco School of Classical Ballet, a favorite in Northern Calvert and Southern Anne Arundel Counties since 1986, is expanding to Annmarie Garden to offer a series of classes this fall in the Solomons/Lusby/St. Mary’s County area. Prospective students and their parents are invited to stop by the Arts Building at Annmarie Garden on Solomons/Dowell Road on Saturday, August 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to learn more. New classes for ages three and up include Intro to Ballet, Pre Ballet, and Vaganova 1. Girls can also try on a real tutu and get their photos taken with a ballerina. Visit www.abigailsclassicalballet. com online for more information and a complete schedule of classes at Annmarie Garden and the original North Beach studio. Abigail Francisco, founder of her own classical ballet studio in North Beach, explains about intricate costumes. Abigail is expanding her classes to Annmarie Garden in Solomons this fall.

Founding Business Leaders Breakfast

The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic & Community Development and the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center present a Breakfast with Founding Business Leaders of St. Mary’s County on Friday, Aug. 27 at the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, commissioned in 1943, was not even a year old when the civilian workforce grew exponentially to almost 7,000 people marking the beginning of a new business climate in St. Mary’s County. Hear first hand from a panel of notable and successful business leaders that helped foster business growth in the 1950s and beyond will

talk at the breakfast, sharing their stories, successes and challenges that may help any business owner move forward in today’s business world. Panelists include Walter Blair, Elmer Brown, Ben Burroughs, George Guy, J. Frank Raley, Tom Waring and Bob Waxman. Registration and networking is from 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m., with a buffet breakfast starting at 8 a.m. The panel discussion starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by Q&A. Cost: $15 per person. Fee will be collected at the door. Cash or checks payable to JTDCC are accepted. To RSVP by Aug. 20, email Cheri Noffsinger at cheri.noffsinger@stmarysmd.com or call 301-475-4200 x1400.


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Ridge Post and Unit 255 Hold Joint Installation Post: “Legionnaire of the Year” Neal Roberts; “Post Commander’s Award” Jimmy Yeatman and “NonLegionnaire of the Year Award” Cheryl Trossbach. Installing Officer for the Auxiliary Unit was Post District President Carol Miller. Serving another term as President of the Unit is Lucretia Ann Thomas. Other newly elected unit officers are: Vice President Ethel Ann McKay; Secretary - Audrey Pratt; Treasurer - Flora Norris; Chaplain - Peggy Bradburn; Historian - Shayne Smith; Sgt at Arms Sherry Pope. Color Bearers - Sherry Pope and Wendy Morton; Executive Post Commander Duncan “Skip” Disharoon, left, and Committee - Anita Birdine, Evelyn President of the Auxiliary Unit Lucretia Ann Thomas. Turner and Bobbie Bell-Ocfemia. The American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit President Thomas anUnit 255, Ridge, held an installation of officers nounced the unit received five “Certificates of for the administrative year 2010-2011 on July Award” at the annual state convention in Ocean 31. City, including a plaque award for obtaining Past Department Commander Gail Mur- “Goal Membership” earned through the hard dock was the Installing Officer for the Post. work of the Unit Membership Chairman Ethel Leading the Post for another term is Command- McKay. er Duncan “Skip” Disharoon. Other officers inDelegates to the convention were: Post clude: First Vice Commander - Terry Morton; Skip Disharoon, Terry Morton, Lindy McKay Second Vice Commander - Chris Dorosz; Adju- and George “Sonny” Baroniak; Unit - Ann tant - John Matthews; Assistant Adjutant - Marie Thomas, Audrey Pratt, Wendy Morton, Sherry Parish; Chaplain - George “Sonny” Baroniak; Pope and Shirley McKay. Service Officer - Chuck Myers; Finance Officer Persons interested in joining the Ameri- Jim Yeatman; Sgt at Arms - Sean Tibbs. can Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of the American On the Executive Committee are Neal Legion (SAL) should come to the post home loRoberts, Lindy McKay and Francis Smith. cated on Route 5 in Ridge to check their eligibilCommander Disharoon presented the fol- ity. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each lowing awards for outstanding service to the month - Post at 6:30 p.m. and Unit at 7:30 p.m.

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Carl Barnes, 88

Carl Burchman Barnes, 88, of Ridge, MD died August 8, 2010 at his home in Ridge, MD. Born July 21, 1922 in Ridge, MD, he was the son of the late Spencer Marshal Barnes and Edith Mae Arnold. Carl was an electrician at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for 30 years, retiring in 1977. He was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, woodworking, playing cards, gardening, and belonged to Good Sam’s Camping Club, and Ridge Vol. Rescue Squad. Carl is survived by his wife Marie Barnes whom he married at St. Michael’s Church in Ridge, MD on December 27, 1947. Children Shirley and Tim O’Conner of Hollywood, MD, Barbara Jean “BJ” and Jim of Ridge, MD, Veronica “Ronnie” Vallandingham and Dale of St. Inigoes, MD and Theresa Quad and Ron of Fort White, FL, along with one sister Bessie Delozier of MA; as well as 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brothers John Barnes and Walter Barnes, Sr. and one sister Agnes Benson. The family received friends on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 in St. Michaels Catholic Church, Ridge, and MD, where prayers were said. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Ridge, MD with Fr. Lee Fangmeyer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Cody Graham, Ray Yarber, Roger Ridgell, Dickie Barnes, Bo Vallandingham, and Timmy Barnes. Contributions in memory of Carl Burchman Barnes can be made to St. Mary’s County Hospice, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 16567 Point Lookout Road, Ridge, MD 20680... To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Francis Dean, 85 Francis Roger Dean, 85 of Leonardtown, MD died August 1,

2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born August 10, 1924 in Hollywood, MD he was the son of the late Roger Herman Dean and Gladys (Dixon) Dean. Mr. Dean graduated from Great Mills High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, went through aviation cadet training in Rochester, NY, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. Pilot in 1944. He served in various commands during the war, including a tour as a B-25 instructor pilot. He was released from service in 1946, and joined the Maryland National Guard, becoming company commander of the Leonardtown barracks when it opened in 1952. In 1964, he was promoted to Major and was assigned to the battalion headquarters as an S-3. He retired from the National Guard in 1967. In 1947, he went into business with his father and brother and formed Roger H. Dean & Sons – General Contractors. They built many homes in St. Mary’s County and had a reputation as excellent builders. Mr. Dean was an avid golfer, and was one of the original members at Breton Bay Golf & country club. He also enjoyed playing bridge with his wife and many friends. He was very involved in the community. He was an active member of the Leonardtown Lions Club for many years, serving as President & Deputy District Governor. He was a Leonardtown Commissioner for several years, serving as both water commissioner and mayor. He also

served on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Hospital, serving as president. Mr. Dean is survived by his wife Mary Frances (Matthews) Dean whom he married on July 10, 1945 at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, MD. He is also survived by his children, Marjorie F. McNew (Lonnie) of Whitehall, MD, Steven M. Dean of St. Leonard, MD and William R. Dean (Angela) of Hollywood, MD, grandchildren, Stacie, Richard and Robert Dean, Megan McNew, and Rachel and Katherine Dean, sisters, Lola Brubacher of Leon-

ardtown, MD and Ann Petrisko of Simi Valley, CA. He was preceded in death by his son, John A. Dean, grandchild Joanna Dean, brother, Russell Dean and brother in law William Brubacher and sister in law, Joan Dean. Family received friends for Mr. Dean’s Life Celebration on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, August 5, 2010 in the First Community Church, St. Paul’s Campus with Reverend Lori Hoffman Hays associated Pastor at Lexington Park United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in St. Aloysius Catholic cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Rachel Dean, Katherine Dean, Megan McNew, Wesley Brubacher, Joseph Densford, and William Bailey. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Lions Club, P.O. Box 363, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Leonardtown Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com

Susan Kauffman, 57

Susan Marie Kauffman, 57 of Valley Lee, MD passed away on August 3, 2010 at Hospice House, Callaway, MD. Susan Marie Kauffman was born on May 13, 1953 at the Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She was the daughter of Wilbur and Dolores Blumenshine of Columbia, PA. Sue leaves behind her beloved, of 38 years, husband Earl H. Kauffman. They would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on August 22nd. She and Earl have three sons: Michael S. Kauffman, married to Karen Klinger, and their two children, Jeffrey and Hannah, from Warwick, PA; Mark P. Kauffman, married to Joy Marriott, and their two children Alex and Audrey, from Sterling, VA; and Matthew D. Kauffman, married to Maia Judd, from Mt. Holly, NJ. Working for her Great Aunt Erna (owner of a family flower

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shop), Sue was just a teenager when she began her career as a florist. By 1974 she was the floral designer, and helped expand the family business until her and her husband moved to Warminster, PA in 1985. Though “retired” from the floral business, Sue continued for years to use her talent and her large dining room table to create masterpieces for her friends. Sue never lost her love of receiving flowers, either. Interesting tidbits about Sue: She was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for the Warminster Volunteer Ambulance Squadron for many years; She was a member of the Warminster Amateur Radio club and held a FCC license - call sign: N3EQB; She was a “Blue Star Mother” and her banner had 4 stars - one for each of her sons who has or is still serving in the military, and one star for her husband, a retired Captain in the Air Force. Sue was a member of the Church of Christ and throughout her life attended Conestoga Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster, PA, Valley Road Church of Christ in Warminster, PA and the St. Mary’s County Church of Christ in California, MD. Over the years, Sue taught Sunday school to the children of her congregations. She also sewed baby blankets for the majority of infants and children and grandchildren of her church family. Some of those blankets have started high school and college in the last few years. Perhaps Sue’s most appreciated contributions to her congregations and her community occurred in the kitchen. Sue planned, organized and cooked delicious dinners and lunches for weddings, funerals, anniversaries, Wednesday night suppers, the local “Click-it or ticket” campaigns, etc. She made putting together dinner for over 100 people seem nearly effortless. Sue’s greatest gift was teaching hospitality to the women of her congregations, both in a classroom setting and in her home. Mostly Sue taught by example; she was dedicated to helping others. No one’s freezer was ever as full as Sue’s, because she always wanted to be ready, at a moment’s notice, to cook a full meal for anyone who needed one. She’d send a card and/or a casserole to anyone she thought could use a bit of cheering up. Until just a few weeks before her death, and though very ill herself, Sue was regularly sending out cards of encouragement to others. Family will receive friends for Sue’s Life Celebration on Friday, August 13, 2010 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 14, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Church of Christ, 44850 St. Andrews Church Road, California, MD 20619 where a Funeral Service will be conducted

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at 1 p.m. Interment will be held on September 2, 2010 in Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Manatawny, 33 Camp Rd., Douglasville, PA 19518 , Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or MS Maryland Chapter, 11403 Cronhill Dr., Suite E, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com

Shirley Kidd, 73

Shirley Ann Kidd, 73, of Leonardtown, MD died July 30, 2010 in Leonardtown, MD. Born June 22, 1937 in Washington, DC she was the daughter of the late Harry and Agnes Nalley Limerick. Shirley was the loving wife of the late Robert Kidd who preceded her in death on August 18, 2006. She is survived by her children; Robert E. Kidd III of Fredericksburg, VA, Cheryl A. Frisco of Hollywood, MD, Michael Fulcher of Mitchellville, MD, Robert Fulcher of Deale, MD, Debbie Fulcher King and Sharon Fulcher Sykes both of Florida. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren and siblings; Nancy McNabb of Lusby, MD and Carol Hall of Lothian, MD. Shirley was preceded in death by a son Timothy and brothers Bobby Limerick and Harry Limerick. She worked for AFL-CIO in the accounting department where she was a secretary and also did data processing. The family received friends on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where a funeral service was held with Deacon Ripple officiating. Interment followed in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Washington, DC. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgfh.com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Teresa Lanczky, 95 Teresa Gurbach Lanczky, 95 of Leonardtown, MD died August 9, 2010 at Taylor Farm Assisted Living, Bushwood, MD.


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Continued to take a job constructing the new Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He worked for the Department of Public Works at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for 30 years before retiring as the head foreman of the steam power plant and earned many awards from the Department of the Navy during his employment. French was a member of the Hollywood Masonic Lodge and the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. French is survived by his wife of 74 years, Goldie E. Medley. They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary on July 3, 2010. Born January 10, 1915 she was the daughter of the late Vincent Gurbach and Anna (Kovacs) Gurbach. Teresa worked for Loft’s Candy Corporation as a window designer from 1940 until her retirement in 1970. She lived in Ridgefield Park, NJ for thirtyfive years before she moved to St. Mary’s County in 2002. She resided in Cedar Lane Apartments in Leonardtown, MD. She enjoyed gardening and was very active in the Garvey Senior Center. Teresa is survived by her daughter Barbara J. Van Maastricht of Hollywood, MD and her siblings, Helen Costa of Meriden, CT, Irene White of Keene, NH, Anne Lendway of Proctor, VT, Elvira Kapitan of West Rutland, VT, Margaret Amundson of Naples, FL, and Ida Paulsen of Stuart, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband William Lanczky whom she married in New York City on September 18, 1937. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Mary Gurbach and Elizabeth Gurbach. There will be a gathering of friends and family on Sunday, August 15, 2010 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the home of Teresa’s daughter Barbara at 43567 Drum Cliff Road, Hollywood, MD 20636. Memorial contributions may be to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

French Medley, 95 French Everett Medley, 95 of Lexington Park, MD passed away peacefully on August 9, 2010 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home, Great Mills, MD. French was born on October 8, 1914 in Sugar Grove, VA. He was the son of the late John and Minnie Medley. He was a member of the “CCC” (Civil Conservation Corps) of Virginia during the great depression (1939 to 1941) of which he was very proud to be associated with President Roosevelt’s Tree Army before moving to Maryland

He and Goldie have three sons, Rodger B. Medley (Judy) and their four children Jeffrey, Rob, Mike and Cindy all of Rapid City, SD, Douglas Medley (Waverley) and their two daughters Michelle Lee and Suzanne Marie of St. Inigoes, MD, and Timothy Medley of Lexington Park, MD, daughter, Shirley Hall of Upper Marlboro, MD and her four children, Stephanie, Amy, Billie Joe, and Laurie. He is also survived by 17 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, and sister Ada Blevins of Woodstock, VA. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Flossie Ritenour, Glen Medley, Virginia Seibel and Myrtle Ritenour. Family will receive friends for French’s Life Celebration on Thursday, August 12, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Masonic prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A private interment will be held on Friday, August 13, 2010 at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, 21815 Three Notch Road, Suite H, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Joseph Morgan, 62 Joseph Edward Morgan, 62, of Mechanicsville, MD died Au-

gust 8, 2010 at his residence. Born January 26, 1948 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of Joseph Johnson Morgan and Cora Burch Morgan. Mr. Morgan was a selfemployed carpenter who lived in the local area his entire life. He was a member of the Mechanicsville Moose Lodge. Besides his parents, Mr. Morgan was predeceased by sisters, Lala McLaughlin, Hilda Ward and Christine Morgan. Mr. Morgan is survived by his devoted wife, Sandra Jeanette Morgan and 3 wonderful sons, Joseph Johnson Morgan, Tony Allen Morgan and Philip Lee Morgan; siblings, Woodly Morgan, Ethel Hardesty,

Gladys Weber, Phyliss Wathen, Gordan Morgan, Ellen Armiger and Stella Bowles; also 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Mr. Morgan is also survived by what he called “his 4 special brothers”, J.P. Weber, Frankie Cochrane, Billy Cochrane and Dale Cochrane. Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping at Bethpage, horseshoes, antique cars and remodeling homes to suit peoples’ needs. No matter how big or small he made sure that everyone was happy. He always went out of his way to make sure no one who asked for help went without it. He had a big heart that never ran out of room to share the love he had. Ed always had this way about him and he made sure that if he was doing

something it most definitely had to be done his way or no way. He has now joined his “special girl” Giggit. Ed had a tremendous family that he held close in his heart that will deeply miss him. A service will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the Bowles Farm, 22880 Budds Creek Rd., Clements, MD at 11 a.m. conducting the service will be Rev. Joseph Dobson. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s P. O. Box 625 Leonardtown MD 20650. Contact phone number (301) 475-2023. Arrangements are being provided by the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD.

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Briefs Troopers Arrest Man On Charges Of Burglary, Assault

On Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 1:56pm, Cpl. K. M. Rossignol responded to the 22000 block of Cornwall Drive in California for a reported assault. Upon arrival, Rossignol made contact with a female complainant, 24, of California and several witnesses, all of whom advised that Kyle Justin Turner, 22, of Windsor Mill had allegedly assaulted the female complainant and a witness after allegedly entering the residence without permission. Turner made entry into the residence via an unlocked door and assaulted the female complainant while attempting to force her to exit the residence, police allege. Following the alleged assault, Turner left the residence but was later apprehended by TFC M. J. Pitcher in the area of Route 235 and Route 245. Turner was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was charged with first degree burglary and second degree assault.

Deputies: Two Men Attacked Victim, Stole Shoes And Cigarettes

On August 6, 2010 deputies responded to a robbery call in the area of Missouri Avenue and Flower Drive in Lexington Park. The victim reported he was confronted by Jamarr Sherman Mackall, 18, of Prince Frederick, and a second subject who initiated an argument with him. Mackall struck the victim in the face knocking him to the ground and both Mackall and the second subject stole the victim’s shoes and a pack of cigarettes, police allege. A lookout was broadcast for the suspects and Mackall was located a short time later. Mackall was arrested and charged with robbery, second- degree assault and theft. The second suspect has not yet been located.

Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance And Resisting Arrest On August 9, 2010 St. Mary’s County Emergency Communication’s Center broadcast a lookout for an older model, blue, Ford Mustang and its occupants. It was reported that the occupants of the Mustang had just committed a theft of money. Deputy Thompson observed and stopped the suspect vehicle. Gabriel Xavier Cassagnol, 50, of Saint Inigoes was the operator of the vehicle. Cassagnol and Laabs matched the description of the suspects involved in the alleged theft. For officer safety Thompson conducted a frisk of Cassagnol. As a result of the frisk, Thompson located a glass smoking device containing suspected crack cocaine residue. Thompson arrested Cassagnol for possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia and as Thompson was handcuffing Cassagnol he noticed Cassagnol was holding cash in his hand. Thompson asked Cassagnol to open his hand. Cassagnol refused and clinched his hand. Cassagnol was charged with possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, suspected crack cocaine, and resisting arrest. Laabs was charged on a criminal summons with theft less then $100.

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Chase Bank Robbery Case Finally Going To Trial By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

After six years, a man suspected of robbing the Cedar Point Federal Credit Union in Leonardtown in 2004 will stand trial. His court date is set for Aug. 23. Cornelius Leroy Chase, 48, currently imprisoned for other felony convictions, said nothing during a criminal motions hearing Tuesday in which the state advised that Chase’s prior criminal record could be revealed to the jury if he did not stipulate to have his past suppressed. “The purpose of the hearing was to consider some evidentiary matters and Mr. Chase refused to speak or otherwise participate,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Daniel J. White. A letter written by White to Chase’s defense attorney, Public Defender John Getz, stated that the state was prepared to “accept the proposed stipulation of evidence that your client has previously been convicted of crimes that make his subsequent possession of a regulated firearm a felony in Maryland.” If Chase declined the offer of the prosecution, they would “have no alternative but to present evidence of your client’s multiple previous convictions for robbery, burglary and battery…” The letter also states that the prosecution would stipulate that Chase purchased several box-type vehicles in the aftermath of the robbery for a cash payment of $11,903. Evidence that the money Chase allegedly used to purchase those vehicles could not have been earned by him while incarcerated would also be introduced, the letter stated. Chase has remained incarcerated in a state facility after being convicted of a previous robbery in Calvert County in 2006. Chase faces charges of armed robbery, first-degree assault and the use of a handgun in the commission of the Leonardtown robbery along with other felony counts. According to charging documents filed against him, Chase, along with another masked accomplice, robbed the credit union Aug. 21, 2004 located on Point Lookout Road by forcing employees at gunpoint to hand over $262,000 in cash. Police used canine units to track the suspects through a cornfield to Potato Hill Road;

officers found in the cornfield near the bank a car-sized swath that could have been used to observe the bank without the suspects being seen, according to charging documents. Police found $10,000 in a money brick in the cornfield on the trail of the suspects. Police later arrested Chase after a tip from

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a Charles County sheriff’s deputy who had contact with Chase. The deputy said Chase tried to buy a used car from him for $12,000, charging documents stated, and Chase had put down a down payment of $2,500 in $50 dollar bills, some of which were in sequential order. The Charles County deputy called local Bureau of Criminal Investigations detectives and told them of the contact and they began an investigation. A search of Chase’s home, vehicle and motel room he was using in early September of 2004 turned up more than $60,000 in cash, police have stated. Chase sued White in both state and federal court, alleging that the warrants used to search for the stolen money and subsequent confiscation of Chase’s property were illegal. The state case was dismissed, White said, while the federal suit, which is asking for damages in the amount of more than $15 million, White said, is still pending. guyleonard@countytimes.net

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A sign in front of Holy Face Catholic Church in Great Mills was vandalized with an anti-war message. The sign, posted by the Knights of Columbus, originally had a pro-life message. The county sheriff’s office reports that no complaints have been filed as yet.


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Beat the heat at the JumpYard

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We’re looking for a few good people to participate in a 40 hour Basic Mediation training to expand the Community Mediation Center volunteer force, teens are welcome! Our second orientation session is scheduled for Friday August 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Wyle Conference Center in Lexington Park. Trainees must attend one of the orientations before taking the training. The training will be offered during two consecutive weekends; September 17, 18 and 19; and September 24, 25 and 26. If you are interested in a rewarding way to serve your community, please call Lindsey Bradley at 301-475-9118 or go our website for more information: www.st-marys-mediation.org If you are interested in a rewarding way to serve your community, please call Lindsey Bradley at 301-475-9118 or go our website for more information: www.st-marys-mediation.org

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Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released the data on district and school performance for the Maryland Alternative Assessment (Alt-MSA). St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) has posted the highest percentage of students who achieved proficient and advanced scores for reading and math in the State of Maryland. In reading, 97.3 percent of students were proficient/advanced, and in math, 94.6 percent of students were proficient/advanced. These scores are also higher than the state overall rates of proficient/advanced in reading and in math. The state scores were 87.7 percent for reading and 82.3 percent for math. The Alternate MSA (Alt-MSA) is the Maryland assessment in which students with significant cognitive disabilities participate if through the IEP process it has been determined they cannot participate in the Maryland State Assessment (MSA) even with accommodations. Students in Grades 3 through 8 and Grade 10 are assessed each year as part of the No Child Left Behind act of 2001 (NCLB). Alt-MSA scores are included in school system Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. “The leadership and hands on support to each site from our special education supervisors has made a dramatic difference in helping attain the scores we are achieving,” said Melissa Charbonnet, executive director of special education and student services. “This high level of achievement is reflective of the rigor of instruction and the individualized supports to each student that allow them to demonstrate such high levels of mastery.” Detailed data on school and district performance can be found on the MSDE website: http://mdk12.org/data/MSA/BenchmarkingDistSchoolsPerform.A SPX?Nav=1.3:5.1:10.99:2.17:20.1.

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A Local Wine Tasting and Canoe Adventure

2:00-7:00pm $25/ non members

Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County is hosting a Wine Tasting at Port of Leonardtown Winery followed by a SUBHEAD. SUBHEAD. SUBHEAD. SUBHEAD. canoe trip from the Winery to the Leonardtown Warf. A tour of the winery and tasting starts at 2:00pm and will include samples SUBHEAD. SUBHEAD. SUBHEAD. of wine, cheese,SUBHEAD. crackers and sausage. At 4:00pm we will begin to board the canoe/kayaks. Boats are double occupancy; you can select a canoe or a kayak on site. The trip to the Leonardtown Wharf is a 2- 2 ½ hour relaxing float, easy for beginners. There will be transportation from the Wharf back to the Winery. Then if you choose the fun continues at Rustic River Bar and Grill for dinner (not included).

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The St. Mary’s County Board of Education voted on Wednesday to endorse the school system’s newest wave of reforms as discussed during Superintendent Michael Martirano’s presentation to the Board on July 28, during which he detailed reforms aimed at securing funding from President Obama’s Race to the Top competitive grant program. Among them would be a fourth year of math for high school students, and the addition of a separate financial literacy or personal finance course as a requirement for students graduating in 2015. “There are several things driving this right now. There are changes at the federal level with core standards, changes with the University of Maryland standards, state level reform efforts, and an increase in our own level of rigor,” said Martirano, who noted that the last discussion on proposed changes to math requirements took place in January when the Board considered increasing the number of credit hours awarded for 90-minute comprehensive algebra courses. The school board opted at the time to wait for core standards from the state, after which they would implement comprehensive math reforms. “The piece that was causing us concern in January … was that conceivably a student’s time with math could end in their sophomore year, and philosophically I’m opposed to that,” said Martirano, going on to explain that he would prefer to see students taking math every year until graduation, which is part of the impetus for his proposed reforms. Chief Academic Officer Linda Dudderar explained that the University of Maryland had put forward new recommendations for students entering the ninth grade in 2011, asking for a fourth year of math as part of their admission requirements. This comes in addition to reform plans from the Maryland State Department of Education, which is expected to vote on whether or not to revise the math requirements for students at a future date. In the meantime, Dudderar touted the school system’s accomplishments, noting that in 2005, more than half of St. Mary’s County students leaving eighth grade scored basic on MSA for mathematics. “Our disaggregated numbers looked even worse,

with only 12 percent of our special education students and only five percent of our African American students at the proficient level,” said Dudderar, going on to explain how revisions to the high school program of studies, as well as increased instructional rigor at the middle school level, had helped turn things around. “Our efforts have been a success,” she said, “just shy of 80 percent of all rising eighth graders last year scored proficient on their MSA for mathematics, and over 60 percent had successfully completed high school algebra.” Alex Jaffurs, Supervisor of Math instruction for St. Mary’s County Public Schools, said that the “grand plan” would be to move from three required credits of mathematics to four, effectively expanding math offerings for every grade level from pre-K through 12. In addition, new reforms would include a separate financial literacy or personal finance course as a graduation requirement. One course would be geared toward basic financial literacy while the other would be an algebra-based course for advanced students that could count as one of their four required math credits. Board members, who voted unanimously to endorse the proposed plan, applauded the idea as long overdue. “This is something that should have happened years and years ago,” said board member Sal Raspa, “and I know these things will cost money … but money shouldn’t stop this thinking. We need to continue with progressive thinking on advancing this program for our children. Get it in the program of studies. Do whatever’s necessary.” Cathy Allen said she also supports the concept of financial literacy requirements. “I’m very interested in the fact that the common core standards are looking at in depth mastery from one year to the next,” she said, “and I think the changes that will come about as a result … will prepare our students better.” Martirano said he was not prepared to estimate the proposed plan’s impact on the budget, but he noted that additional staff would be needed to start offering the courses at each high school starting in 2011. “I would be remiss if I didn’t bring the financial implications up,” said Martirano, “but if this is the right thing to do for students, we’ll have to figure out a way to do it.”

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Coaches will try to avoid the hottest part of the day and will be requiring athletes to take regular water breaks and rests from the heat during tryouts and practices when the heat and air quality are a factor. Heat exhaustion can be very serious and anyone feeling unwell should immediately notify a member of the coaching staff. Coaches receive training in the Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator use, Bloodborne Pathogens Awareness, and from this fall will be required to complete an online training in Concussion Awareness developed by the National Federation of State High Schools Associations (HFHS). Interested individuals may register with the NFHS and take the Concussion Awareness training for free. More information is available at http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail. aspx?courseID=15000.


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place in St. Mary’s society, but by companies trying to keep budding talent in the area. YPI member Hilary Hartenstein, 24, who helped write part of the study, said she had started working on base as a financial analyst after completing an internship with the Naval Acquisition Development Program. Hilary said she thought employers were already doing well at recruiting through external means such as college or career fairs, but that lasting workforce stability would depend on directly recruiting locals to fill local positions, like was done in her case. “I think the focus should be turned more towards retaining those students who are now enrolled in the local high schools and colleges,” she said. “Retaining local members of the community is easier to do when the person is attached to the area (family, friends, etc.) versus trying to bring in graduating college students who may not end up liking this area.” The study emphasizes this point, stating that the Forrest Career & Technology Center in Leonardtown, the College of Southern Maryland and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center all provide avenues to higher education, but training a workforce of locals can come with its own challenges. “We need lots of different people to do different things. We need healthcare, teachers, cops and candlestick makers … but realistically, how many can we expect to become part of the local Navy and defense workforce? That’s a strategic question,” said Schaller, going on to estimate that fewer than 10 percent of local high school graduates choose to stay in the area to go to college, and fewer still return to the area after completing their undergraduate degrees. “The challenges are numerous, but it’s connecting our major employers, the base and the defense contracting community. It’s connecting them with a potential workforce, which is in the school system now,” said Schaller. “They’re doing things with STEM … but we need thousands of jobs filled, and we only graduate 1,200 [high school students] a year.” Schaller added that the Business, Education and Community Alliance (BECA), has started floating the idea of offering a common internship application for people interested in getting their foot in the door at local

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College graduates may feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment as they accept their degrees, but the high can be short-lived for some as they enter the workforce and are faced with sinking or swimming in today’s unforgiving financial market. YPI Vice President Lauren Klatt, 27, who settled in the area after graduating from Ohio State University, said that she had lucked out in finding her apartment in Leonardtown, but had heard a lot of YPI members complain about the lack of affordable housing in the area. “That’s been such a huge issue … people just go off on tangents with it … both with renting and buying,” she said, describing the shabby condition of subsidized apartment communities in Lexington Park, and the fact that many entrylevel white collar jobs in the area pay people too much to qualify them for assistance, but too little to afford much of the housing available. Another issue raised by the case study was the lack of activities and amenities for residents. “There’s no movie theater that’s good, but then it ranges into how people have trouble finding places to meet,” said Klatt, “and Photo by Frank Marquart a lot of people say they feel like leaving because they Daniel Grant, Founder and President of the can’t find anyone to date, Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County. and I hear a lot that there are things to do, but you have to drive to them and they’re 30 minutes away. So if you really want to go out and cut loose, you can’t because then you have to drive 30 minutes to get home.” Grant echoed that many YPI members wanted to see a better movie theater and more upscale restaurants and performing arts venues in the area, but young people in the county would need to be aggressive about presenting themselves and their ideas. “Because our demographic is the largest represented one here, I think we should be a part of the community, we should be getting out there,” said Grant, going on to describe the group’s focus on sharing information not just on housing developments and resources for new arrivals, but on events and amenities in the area like sports and social clubs, volunteer organizations, career development and financial workshops, and community and nightlife events, many of which he said only required a little digging to uncover. Part of the group’s agenda is hosting more YPI-sponsored events in partnership with local businesses, like the group’s Port and Paddle event this Saturday, which will include a wine tasting at the Port of Leonardtown Winery and a canoe/kayak trip launching from McIntosh Run. Grant said that a lot of YPI’s current focus would be centered on educating people on what there already is to do in the area, posting community events and links to local resources on their website. Grant and his colleagues at YPI will also be putting together a business plan outlining the group’s initiatives for Secretary Johansson, but in the meantime he said the group’s biggest goal is getting involved and increasing membership. “Right now we have 44 members, but considering we just basically started with a goal of just getting 50, I think we’re doing really good,” he said. “I had no idea it would get this far, but I’m excited to see how much further it can go.” To learn more about the Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County, visit them online at www.ypi-smc.org.

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St. Maries Musica Looking for Two Good Men St. Maries Musica, a congenial singing group with about 24 singers, is looking for a bass and a tenor for their upcoming concert season. Started in 1971 by a group of neighbors sharing their favorite madrigal music, today’s St. Maries Musica includes singers from all walks of life: engineers, teachers, retirees and housewives, some of whom have been singing with the group since its beginning. The group performs music in costume spanning several genres and time periods, with all concerts open to the public, and many offered for free. Those interested in auditioning should contact Barb Lorton at 301373-8181 for audition information. For more information on St. Maries Musica, go to www.smmusica.org.

L ibrary Items • Free movie for families Families can escape the heat and watch the PG movie about a young boy who finds a mysterious enchanted egg and becomes the caregiver of a water horse, a sea creature of mythic proportion, when it hatches. The movie will be shown at Leonardtown on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. Snacks provided. • Opening reception planned for photographers Members of St. Mary’s County Camera Club will display their work from Aug. 16 through Sept. 30. The public is invited to an opening reception on Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet the members and discuss their work. Artists interested in displaying artwork at the library gallery should contact Candy Cummings at 301-863-6693. • Candidates’ forum scheduled St. Mary’s County League of Women Voters will sponsor a candidates’ forum on Aug. 23 at Lexington Park Library from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County in conjunction with the library, will feature the candidates for the contested offices in the upcoming primary. Residents can submit questions to the candidates during the program or email them in advance to info@smc.lwvmd.org. The forum will be taped by the library and made available to the public via the library’s website and on DVDs to checkout.

Adopt A Pet! “Hi, my name is Cobe and I’m an adorable eight years young pure bred male Pomeranian. I’m just too cute for words and if you meet me you will fall in love! I’m looking for a home that will protect and cherish me for the rest of my life. I’d probably do better in a home with children over the age of twelve but I get along great with other dogs. I’m up to date on vaccinations, neutered, crate trained, house trained and identification micro chipped. For more information, please call SECOND HOPE RESCUE at 240-925-0628 or email lora@ secondhoperescue.org. Please Adopt, Don’t Shop!”

• Book discussions open to the public All three branches offer a monthly book discussion, which is open to the public. The next discussions are: Audrey Niffenegger’s book, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” at Leonardtown on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m., Jennifer Lee Carrell’s book, “Interred with their Bones” at Charlotte Hall on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. and Norman Ollestad’s book, “Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival” at Lexington Park on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Books are available at the library.

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY

ANGLICAN

THE ANGLICAN MISSION OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND Sundays - 9:30 AM 41695 Fenwick Street Unit 3 Leonardtown, MD 20650 301/475-9337 www.amosm.net

BAHA’I FAITH BAHA’I FAITH “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship”

Discussions every 3rd Friday, 7:30 pm 301-884-8764 • 1-800-22-UNITE or www.bahai.org

BAPTIST CHURCH Calvary Baptist Church Independent, Fundamental & KJV Bible-believing Home of 88.1 FM, All Christian Radio (mailing address & church office: 46365 Pegg Ln., Lexington Park, MD 20653)

301 862-4435

Meeting at: Home Towne Center Conference Room

Sunday School: 10 A.M. (2nd bldg. north of Naval Air Museum) Sunday Services: 11 A.M. & 6 P.M. 22196 Three Notch Rd. (Rt. 235) Lexington Park, MD Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer: 7 P.M.

BAPTIST CHURCH

GRACE CATHOLIC CHAPEL

HUGHESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

Grace Chapel

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 Pastor Keith Corrick Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins

• Sunday Morning Worship • Sunday School (all ages) • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study • Wednesday Discipleship Classes (Adults, youth & Children)

Going the Distance An Independent Baptist Church and Academy

10:30am 9:15 am 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Victory

(Meeting at Mechanicsville Elementary School) Pastor Carl Snyder Worship Service: 10:00 am Phone: 301-884-3504 • Website: www.gracechapelsomd.com John 8:32 Member of fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

PRESBYTERIAN

EPISCOPAL

St. John’s United Episcopal

North Sandgates Rd. (1/4 Mile in, on the left) Mechanicsville Traditional 1928 Prayerbook Services 10:00 am Sunday Father Joseph H. Dobson, Jr., Rector Father John Ayres, Assistant http://www.StJohnsUEC.org 301-373-3862 or StJohnsUEC@md.metrocast.net

UNITED METHODIST

BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday School Worship Service Sunday Evening Wed. Prayer & Bible Study

10:00 am 11:00 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

…Making a Difference Golden Beach Rd. Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 • 301-884-8503 Robert W. Kyner, Pastor

CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Cecelia Church 47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600 Virgil Mass: Sunday: Weekday (M-F): Confessions:

4:30 pm Saturday 8:00 am 7:30 am 3-4 pm Saturday

Patuxent Presbyterian Church California, Maryland 301-863-2033

Rev Michael R. Jones, Senior Pastor 1 miles South of Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 4

Sunday Morning Worship Services: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am With Nursery care Website: http://www.paxpres.org E-mail: ChurchOffice@paxpress.org

Offering worship and serving opportunities at… First Friendship campus – Ridge 9:00 am Traditional worshipc St George Island campus – Piney Point 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship St. Paul’s campus – Leonardtown 8:05 am Traditional worshipna 9:15 am Contemporary worshipnca(ASL Interpreted) 10:45 am Contemporary worshipnca 6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship)nc n – nursery provided c- children’s Sunday school also available a- adult Sunday school also available

www.firstsaints.org 301.475.7200

Running the 2nd & 4th Week of Each Month • To Advertise in the Church Services Directy, Call The County Times at 301-373-4125


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

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Beach Party Heats up Leonardtown Square

Hundreds came out on Saturday for Leonardtown’s Beach Party on the Square, which this year featured performances by 25th Hour Band and magician Reggie Rice, face painting, kids’ crafts, volleyball, carnival games, a moon bounce, limbo contests and more.

Republican Brian Murphy took time from his Gubernatorial campaign to tour the square along with other candidates for office including Charles Lollar, who is vying for Steny Hoyer’s seat in the 5th Congressional district.

This year’s event was sponsored by the Commissioners of Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Business Association, the College of Southern Maryland, Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc., Quality Built Homes, Wanegardner Auto Group and local business partners. Photos By Andrea Shiell

Thursday, August 12 • ­­Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 3 p.m. Bluegrass music, home-cooked food, crafts, old cars and more. Admission. HC. For more information go to www.lilmargaretsbluegrass. com or call 301-475-8191. • Graduate Programs Information Session Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (44219 Airport Rd., California) – 5 p.m. The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will host a free information session about two of their graduate programs, Master of Arts in Management and the Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication, both offered through the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The session is in building 2, room 120. RSVP to kpatton@ndm.edu or call 301-737-2500 x306.

material may be inappropriate for children. Reservations are recommended; cal 301.737.5447 or visit www.newtowneplayers.org.

Friday, August 13 • Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. Bluegrass music, home-cooked food, crafts, old cars and more. Admission. HC. For more information go to www.lilmargaretsbluegrass. com or call 301-475-8191. • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (21215 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills) – 7 p.m. • Free Coffee House Concert Church of the Nazarene (340 Washington St., Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Live worship music will be presented by Sunday Obsession (http:// www.myspace.com/sundayobsession). A good will love offering will be received.

• Ridge Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 7 p.m.

• Ridge Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 7 p.m.

• $40 Hold’Em Tournament Lexington Restaurant & Lounge (21736 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m.

• Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theatre (21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

• Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theatre (21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. The Newtowne Players will perform these two one-act comedies by James McLure Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 6-22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, senior citizens and the military. Thursday shows are $10 general admission. Light refreshments and beverages are also available for purchase at the theatre. Note: Some

Saturday, August 14 • Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. Bluegrass music, home-cooked food, crafts, old cars and more. Admission. HC. For more information go to www.lilmargaretsbluegrass. com or call 301-475-8191. • $2,000 Poker Run Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home

(29449 Charlotte Hall Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 10:30 a.m. Open to all vehicles. Run will start at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Home. The cost for the Poker Run is $25 (you can bring more). The money will be spent on items for the residents. For more information, go to www.usmvmcsmd.org. • 20th Annual Fire Rescue Appreciation Day Potomac Building Grounds (23115 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown) – 12 noon to 4 p.m. Food, games, activities and more. • Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner Bay District Vol. Fire Department (46900 S. Shangri La Dr., Lexington Park) – 2 p.m. For more information contact dgunther@bdvfd.org. • YPI Port and Paddle Event Port of Leonardtown Winery (23190 Newtowne Neck Rd., Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. The Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County will host a tour and tasting at the Port of Leonardtown Winery at 2 p.m., followed by a canoe/kayak trip launching from McIntosh Run next to the winery at 4 p.m. Boats are doubleoccupancy and can be rented on-site. Participants will sail to Leonardtown Wharf, and there will be shuttle service back to the winery. The cost is $20/members or $25/non-members. RSVP by emailing programs@ypismc.org, or call Amanda Ellington at 443-838-6429. • Special Olympics No Limit Cash Game Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 4 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

• Great Mills High School Class of 2000 Reunion JT Daugherty Conference Center (22111 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. 10-year reunion for the GMHS class of 2000! To purchase tickets, contact Shannon Tierney or Ben Wood at GMHSClassof2000@ gmail.com. • Ridge Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 7 p.m. • Newtowne Players: Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star Three Notch Theatre (21744 S. Coral Dr., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 15 • Operation Homefront Concert Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) – 1 p.m. Featuring live music by 24/7 Band, Mount-n-Ride, Seaweed Band, Bent Nickel and Snakebite. Food for sale, 50/50 raffles and more. Admission is $10. All proceeds go to benefit Operation Homefront. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 2 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

Tuesday, August 17 • MOMS Club of Mechanicsville General Meeting Mechanicsville Firehouse (28165 Hills Club Rd., Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Our club includes all stay-athome moms zoned for the following Elementary schools: Dynard, Mechanicsville, Lettie Dent, White March and Oakville. This month’s guest speaker is Faith Tydings, who will offer books for sale and signings. For more information email momsclubofmechanicsvillemvp@ yahoo.com or call 301-884-5779. • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (25450 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - lpranzo@greenwellfoundation.org - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964.

• Ridge Carnival Ridge Vol. Fire Department (13820 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 7 p.m.

• $25 Texas Hold’Em Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go to “Start-ALife.” For more information call Christine at 443-624-2746.

Monday, August 16

Wednesday, August 18

• No Limit Hold’Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, California) – 7 p.m. For more information call the Lodge at 301-863-7800, or Linda at 240-925-5697.

• $35 No Limit Hold’Em Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (21215 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills) – 7 p.m.


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The County Times

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Journey Through Time The

Chronicle

By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

on the run. The Maryland Gazette dated July 8 included this notice. “The Governor of Maryland has issued a proclamation, offering a reward of $150 for the apprehension of William Milburne, one of the suspected murderers of his uncle, Stephen Milburne, The said William Milburne is a young man about 23 yrs of age, about 5” 7 or 9 inches high, plump and round face, and bodied, although not fat, his hair black and disposed to curl above his ears and behind them; his complexion brown, but generally supposed from drinking freely or pale from excess. His right arm is smaller than his left one, and together with his right side, largely from being severely scalded by falling into a boiling saltkettle; the expression of his countenance.” Unfortunately available records do not reveal what happened to William or James Milburn. Given that the courts didn’t play around as they unfortunately do today, my guess would be they were tried, convicted, and hung in short order. Stephen’s widow, Margaret became the first of three wives of John Henry Bean on February 3, 1821 who was appointed guardian of her Milburn children. In 1821 the property of Stephen Milburn was appraised. This gives us a small glimpse into how and where the family lived. “Tract of Land containing 275 acres more or less called Piney Point...there is a framed Dwelling house in very bad Repair, a framed kitchen in very bad repair, meathouse in bad repair, new Barn, new Granery, and one new Darey, Good apple and peach orchard, Fencing in bad Repair, about 50 acres of this farm is in wood, also a small Tract of Forrest land in wood, quantity unknown...” Stephen Milburn should have used his money to make repairs around his own home. It could have saved his life!

Susanna M. Milburn. On June 10, 1819, Stephen Milburn left for Baltimore. He had with him about $5,000 in cash that Stephen Milburn (son of Stephen Milburn) he planned to invest. Stephen never made it. married Margaret Fenwick (daughter of Bennet On June 17th, his body was found. “On ThursFenwick) on February 25, 1804. Between 1807 and day, the 17th instant, the body of a dead man was 1817, they had six children: John Lewis, James Al- found, near James Milburn’s; a coroner’s inquest exander, Benedict C., Julia Ann, Eleanor E., and was held over his body which was much putrefied, that it was impossible to tell if he was murdered or not, but, it appears that murder was pretty certain…. A part of the clothing taken to his wife was identified to be his….” The murder in itself was shocking enough, but then it was determined that the crime had been committed by his own nephews, James and William Milburn. James Milburn was quickly apprehended. The July 9 issue of the New-York Spectator reported “On the first, we published a letter from St. Inigoes, Md. relating to the murder of Stephen Milburne by his two nephews. One of them, James Milburne, has been lodged in jail, but William Milburne has By Shelby Oppermann of the game and simultaneously keeps full fled.” Contributing Writer attention on grandkids and all children at the William Milburn was still game. They always get a big hug from their It’s a perfect blue sky, with a nice breeze son Zach who plays on our team, and at the blowing across the players and the fans. What end a thank you for coming and more hugs. a relief after weeks (seemed like months) of It’s heart-warming to see. 90+ degree-days. It could be any ball game in Mr. Wood, a sweet-natured, tireless St. Mary’s County. Every so often you hear man, comes to every game his son Frankie an ear splitting, long, high pitched whistle. plays in the county. He is always smiling. Each ball field is different; the teams are When asked how he is, Mr. Wood replies coached a little differently. But one thing is he is “Doing good.” He is not one to stand the same at all the ball fields. Parents, grand- still for any length of time. I don’t think I’ve parents, and family members are support- ever seen him sit to watch a game; instead ing their children - yelling, woohooing, and he walks the perimeter of the field throwhappy. Let’s change that to normally happy. ing back the balls that have been hit over the Amazingly even the umpires seem to keep fence. Deep weeds, cornfields, and trees do their good humor for a job where you know not deter Mr. Wood. He quietly supports the that half the game you are getting yelled at, team in his way. or questioned on your decisions, sometimes This is softball at any of a number of one inch from your face. The other half you fields across the county. The Over-40 games might be getting quiet comments of “good have their share of parents, and grandparents call Blue”; all dependent on which team is up that come out to support too. These supportto bat. You couldn’t pay me to be an umpire. ers mentioned are but a few of the dedicated Thank goodness they do get paid. fans of what some say is a dying sport in the What is unique is that this isn’t little county. With all the oft-said side-effects of league play with the parents and grandpar- new technology for our children, the Ipods, ents in attendance. And the “children” are hand-held video games, and portable lapmen anywhere from 18 to mid 50’s. This is tops, many kids don’t even have the desire to Young Men’s and Slow Pitch softball. Some try a sport which requires you to be outside of the parents and grandparents played soft- in the sun, rain, or cold two to three times a ball themselves. Some are in the softball hall week. of fame. Many have been on the sidelines I hope the little children watching outsupporting their loved ones for over fifty side the fence, the ones who rush onto the years. Mrs. Bowles who has sons, daughters, dusty orange field, or run to be in the end and grandchildren playing ball is one such of game “good game” hand slaps with Dad, loving supporter. There are times she has will keep that feel of the game in their hearts. family on both teams playing and sits in the Maybe they will remember the smell of that middle. Occasionally, Mrs. Bowles checks dusty field, freshly mown grass, or the smell on new babies, or other “Grand Ladies” at of the sweet corn in the fields, which surthe game. She and her daughter Mary both rounds some of the ball fields. Maybe they come out for family and team, no matter how will keep the legacy going, and hear that many they have to root for. long, ear-splitting whistle when they’ve The long whistle you hear at our games made a great play. Over 250,000 Southern is George Merchant: A church softball league player, former Young Men’s player, and To each new day’s adventure coach. He and his wonderful wife Marcia Shelby have supported their three sons and grandchildren for many years. George provides Please send comments or ideas to: back (bleacher) seat coaching and whistling shelbys.wanderings@yahoo.com. while Marcia keeps her own running score

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Bluegrass Festival Comes to Leonardtown for 22nd Year

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer It’s been a summer tradition for 22 years, featuring the endearing twang of banjos and the heat of hundreds of bluegrass fans flocking to Goddard Farm in Leonardtown, where “Lil” Margaret’s Bluegrass Festival will happen this weekend. This year’s show will feature local bluegrass favorites Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition as well as Charley Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass, followed by North Carolina’s Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, who are performing in Leonardtown as part of their 2010 “Carolina Hurricane Category 5 Tour”. This year’s schedule also includes Goldwing Express, Ted Jones & The Tar Heel Boys, Crowe Brothers, Bluegrass Gospel Express, Little Mountain Boys, Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie and Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band. Other highlights include: The Bluegrass Brothers (Thursday and Friday) Steven Dowdy, 30, joined the Bluegrass Brothers nine years after honing his bass, guitar and mandolin skills in other bands including Bum Ride, Souther n Com for t and the Locust Mountain Boys, where he played with his father S.M Dowdy. His brothers Donald (the ambidextrous mandolin player) and Victor Dowdy joined with fiddler Billy Hurt, Jr. (formerly of the Shenendoah Valley Boys, Stairwell, Acoustic Endeavors and Continental Divide) and banjo-player Brandon Farley, and have been earning a reputation for their high-energy show, which includes a lot of fast finger picking. (www.thebluegrassbrothers.com.) Carroll County Ramblers (Friday) Joining family members Bonnie and Dale Eyler (fiddle, vocals) are Jeff Toal (m a n d o lin), Steve Wa l d o n , Jr. (banjo), and Dave Dulaney on guitar. After performing for a decade, the Ramblers have also recorded several albums for Zap, Adelphi, and Alear labels, as well as recording projects on their own label. (www.ccramblers.com.)

Mark Templeton & Pocket Change (Friday and Saturday) Long hailed for inventive instrumentation and their high energy brand of bluegrass gospel, Mark Templeton and Pocket Change members Ralph Clay (upright bass, vocals), Glenn Aswell (guitar, vocals) and Ernie Power (Dobro) are well known for their “Southern Gospel Style Harmony,” and Templeton himself has made more than 30 albums, recording for record companies including QCA, Sonshine and Hillside records. (www. mtempleton.com.) Kody Norris & The Watauga Mountain Boys (Saturday) Featuring “Mr. Bluegrass” Kody Norris (lead guitar, vocals), Adam Poindexter (banjo, tenor vocals), Junior Blankenship (guitar, baritone vocals), Mike Feagan (fiddle) and James Lowe (bass, bass vocals), these Mountain City, Tennessee natives are in the thick of festival season, stopping in Southern Maryland to share their style of traditional mountain bluegrass before playing festivals in Kentucky and Illinois. Kody himself has performed with many other established musicians including Ralph Stanley II, Alex Leach and Lonesome Will Mullins. Kody and the boys are also regular fixtures on the Cumberland Highlanders show, which is filmed live from Bill Monroe’s hometown in Rosine, Kentucky. (www.kodynorris.com.) If you go: The festival will take place at the Goddard Family Farm located at 21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Tickets for the festival are $50 for 3day passes purchased in advance, and $55 for 3-day passes sold at the gate. Day passes will be sold for $20 on Thursday, $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Children under 12 are free with guardian. Rough camping over the weekend will cost $20, with $55 for weekend hookups. There will be additional charges for camping prior to Thursday or after Saturday. It is recommended you bring your own blankets or lawn chairs for seating. Home-cooked meals, snacks, drinks and ice will be available at the festival grounds. No alcohol or drugs are permitted. For more information, go online to www.LiLMargaretsBluegrass.com or www.bluegrassville.com/lilmarg/ homepg.htm, or call 301-475-8191.

We post nightlife events happening in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. To submit an event for our calendar, email andreashiell@countytimes.net. Deadline for submissions is Monday by 5 p.m.

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• Abrasive Actions w/ Bitter Memories (2360 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 p.m.

• Bent Nickel Jake & Al’s (258 Town Square Drive, Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Middle Ground Tim & Al’s (3800 Harbor Rd., Chesapeake Beach) – 9 p.m.

• Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m.

• Blackout Brigade Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 9 p.m.

• No Fn’ Control Memories (2360 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (12020 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby) – 5 p.m.

• Lisa Lim & Over the Limit Delta Blues Juke Joint & Diner (2796 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf) – 9 p.m.

• Roadhouse Band VFW Post 10081 (9370 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton) – 9 p.m.

• Jerry Birch St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 7 p.m.

• Still Counting Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Dr., Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Still Counting Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Dr., Lusby) – 9 p.m.

• Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and OldTime Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 3 p.m.

• DJ Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Thirsty Thursdays Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent Beach Rd., California) – 8 p.m. • Shane Gamble Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m.

Friday, August 13 • Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and OldTime Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 2 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (22767 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Live Jazz Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd San Souci Plaza suite 314, California) – 6 p.m.* • Jim & Kathy Catamaran’s Restaurant (14470 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) – 6:30 p.m. • Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick St., Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.* • Gary Rue and the Dance Hall Ghosts Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 • Lil Margaret’s Bluegrass and OldTime Music Festival Goddard Family Farm (21810 Clay Hill Rd., Leonardtown) – 10 a.m. • Denny Drizzle – 2 p.m. No Green JellyBeenz – 9 p.m. Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) • Dylan Galvin Isaac’s Restaurant (Holiday Inn – 155 Holiday Dr., Solomons) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m.

• Wolf’s Blues Jam Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Rd., Leonardtown) – 9 p.m. • Locked-n-Loaded Apehanger’s (9100 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton) – 9:30 p.m. • Rock & Roll Stereo Casey Jones Pub (417 E. Charles St., La Plata) – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 15 • 2nd Annual Operation Homefront Concert Toot’s Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Rd., Hollywood) – 12 noon

• Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick St., Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.*

• Sam Grow w/ Mike – 1 p.m. The Worx – 5 p.m. Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg)

• Foreigner w/ One Louder Bayside Toyota Concert Pavilion (Calvert Beach Rd., St. Leonard) – 7 p.m.

• Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m.

• Gary Rue and the Dance Hall Ghosts Tall Timbers Marina (18521 Herring Creek Rd., Tall Timbers) – 7 p.m. • 24/7 Band CJ’s Backroom (12020 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby) – 8 p.m. • DJ/Karaoke Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd San Souci Plaza suite 314, California) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Quade’s Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Rd., Bushwood) – 8 p.m. • The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach) – 8 p.m.

Monday, August 16 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Scott’s II (7050 Port Tobacco Rd., Welcome) – 7 p.m.*

Tuesday, August 17 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Dave & Kevin Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd., Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. • Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

• DJ/Line Dancing Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Rd., Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m.

• Ozone Trolley Beach Cove Restaurant ((8416 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.

• HydraFX Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Rd., Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

• Bent Nickel Southridge Lounge (13425 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 9 p.m.

• Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (12020 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby) – 5 p.m.

• Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 8 p.m.

• DJ/Dance Night Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

• Captain John DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5:30 p.m.

• Karaoke Night Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m.

• Jeff Miller Band Olde Towne Pub (22785 Washington St., Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

• Karaoke Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

• Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent Beach Rd., California) – 8 p.m.

• Karaoke Idol Contest Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 9 p.m.

• Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m.

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Classifieds Real Estate Large Country Farmhouse. 5 bedrooms 4 ½ baths. 2 Master Suites w/balconies. Large eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, glass top range and double wall ovens and double pantry. Extra large laundry room with utility sink. Separate dining room, formal living room and sunken family room. Inground Pool on 4.8 acres. Full Unfinished walkout basement. Many more details….must see! Call for more information. 301872-9394. Price: $495,000. Beautiful open-plan ranch home with numerous oak kitchen cabines, white appliances, laundry room, double sinks in master bath, soaking tub, pergo flooring in kitchen and dining area, berber carpeting in remaining rooms. Front porch and back deck. Fantastic 3-bay garage with heat and A/C with black-top driveway!! $299,900.

Real Estate Rentals Enjoy a beautiful one acre lawn in a quiet neighborhood. Please no pets, no section 8 and no smokers. The house is a split level. The basement is partially finished; makes a great family room or a nice master bedroom. Riding lawn mower provided and no leaves to rake in the fall! House is conviently located near Rt 4. Centrally located for easy access to Prince Fredrick or St. Mary’s Co. Call 410-326-1381 for more information. Rent: $1,400. 4BR 2BA Waterview Farm House - Cape Cod Style Located on 85 acre farm. Conditional use on detached garage. Large Kitchen, screened front and back porches, W/D Hook ups, Stove, Microwave, Dishwasher, Wood Stove, Central Air/Heat Pump. House has pergo flooring throughout and paneled walls, lots of windows. This is a farm house. Pets will be considered. Good Credit only need apply. Call 301-4810650 for more information. Rent: $1200.

Apartment Rentals One Br Apt, most utilities included,12x24 porch, private entrance, unfurnished. In quiet cul-de-sac. wooded neighborhood near St. Mary’s Regency Park; conveniently located 3 miles north of Patuxent River NAS $900.00 per month w/security deposit of $900.00.Long / short-term lease. Non-smoker & NO Pets - Contact Danny @ 301 862 2857 Kolliod@yahoo.com

Help Wanted Help wanted, laborers and trainees for geothermal, well drilling, and pump installation. No experience necessary-will train. Class A or B licenses helpful but not required. Benefits include one week paid vacation, one week sick leave, and six paid holidays. Employees subject to random drug testing. Fax resume with copy of drivers license to 301-373-3692 or e-mail to contact@winslowpumpandwell.com. Local Prince Frederick Shed and Storage company seeking to fill 3 sales positions. Part-time to full-time positions available with flexable hours. Looking for mature, energetic, self-motivated individuals. Lumber and Sales experience helpful but not necessary. Retirees welcome. Call Marco at 240-375-3600 for appointment.

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Thurs., Aug. 12 Men’s Over 40 League (All games start at 6 p.m.) Tri County Aire vs. Rita B’s at Moose Lodge Hole in the Wall at Anderson’s Bar All Star Utility vs. Hobos at Back Road Inn Clements vs. Seabreeze at Tippett’s Field Park Sunoco at Captain Sam’s

Mon., Aug. 16 Women’s Over 30 League Rosebuds at Back Road Inn Raley’s vs. Ryce Electric at Moose Lodge Moose Lodge vs. S&J Heating at Anderson’s Bar Captain Sam’s vs. Hole in the Wall at Tippett’s Field

St. Mary’s County Softball Standings (For games through the week ending Sunday, August 1)

Men’s Slowpitch League 1. Hi Octane 2. BRI 3. Chaney’s 4. Green Door 5. Pax Bombers 6. Budweiser 7. Grid Iron Grill 8. American Legion 9. Bookkeeping By Blanche 10. VFW 2632

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Women’s League Division 1 1. Somerville Insurance 2. Southern 3. Bud Light 4. Mix It Up 5. CCE Division 2 1. Captain Sam’s 2. Back Road Inn 3. Anderson’s Bar 4. Bella Salon 5. Southern Maryland Physical Therapy Division 3 1. Knockouts 2. ABC Liquors 3. Moose Lodge 4. Xtreme

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Summer Doldrums By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer What is the real difference between the winter malady of cabin fever and the summer doldrums? Whether you’re sitting in your house because it’s too cold outside or too hot outside, you’re still stuck in the house because of the weather. Both of these times are great opportunities to do good things for our beloved Chesapeake Bay, and to sharpen our knowledge and skills in fishing, boating, the local environment and many of the creatures that exist in the Chesapeake ecosystem. As my 13-year-old granddaughter might say, “Boring!” But, it doesn’t have to be. Under the summer time heading of “Misery Loves Company” there are a lot of folks suffering the summer doldrums just like you. With just a little encouragement, these folks may find interest in local projects like the Greenwell Summer Camps where kids are taught to fish; or the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks’ summer camps by helping 175 (or so) kids catch fish at the Point Lookout Fishing Pier; or how about working with waterfront property owners as they grow oysters, and moving those oysters from their docks to local sanctuaries and demonstration reefs. And, if none of those tickles your fancy, maybe you would find some reward in taking a couple of soldiers or sailors fishing with the Southern Maryland Vacations for Vets Program out of Greenwell State Park. You can gain access to these programs by becoming involved with some of our local conservation and fishing organizations. The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (www.mssa.net) was established to protect the interests of recreational anglers in Maryland by working with the Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Legislature. The organization exists through a network of fishing club chapters throughout the State. The Southern Maryland Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters of this fishing organization. The chapter meets on the 3rd Thursday evening of each month at the Solomon’s Fire Hall at 7:00 PM. The next meeting is August 19th. Each meeting boasts fishing reports from local members along with demonstrations and presentations from fishing experts, Charter Captains, scientists, and other professionals who do things of interest to local anglers. Their meetings are open to the public and include door prizes and an opportunity to purchase dinner be-

fore the meeting. The Southern Maryland Chapter of MSSA is the leader of several children’s fishing activities throughout the summer. Educating future generations about the joys of fishing is one of their major goals. The Patuxent River Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, MD (www.ccamd.org) is also a very active fishing and conservation organization. Made up largely of recreational anglers, CCA Maryland brings a national perspective to local conservation issues. Although organized a little differently than MSSA, CCA MD also exists through a network of fishing club chapters throughout the State. Local members, working through the State and National levels of CCA, coordinate conservation issues with the Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Legislature, and when necessary, federal agencies and Congress. The Patuxent River Chapter of CCA MD meets every other month at the Elks Lodge off Chancellor’s Run Road in California MD. Their chapter meetings are open to the public and also include fishing reports and presentations from fishing experts, Charter Captains, scientists and other professionals of interest to local anglers. Their next meeting is August 25th at 7:30 PM and their guest speaker will be Captain Brady Bounds, a local fishing guide. This chapter is a leader of one of the most aggressive projects in the Marylanders Grow Oysters program introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley. Both the Southern Maryland Chapter of MSSA and the Patuxent River Chapter of CCA MD have participated in “Wounded Warrior” and Veterans activities. If your interests are in this area, these chapters are good places to get more information.

Fishing Report

Fishing continues to produce a wide variety of fish. Large croakers up to 18 ½” are still being caught. Target these fish in the evenings with bloodworms, shrimp and squid. Stripers are still out there, but the search is a little tougher now. Target these fish in the early mornings or evenings (preferably on the first ebb of the high tide) with surface plugs and poppers cast around the shoreline and structure. Other methods include shallow water trolling in the rivers, and jigging under schools of feeding bluefish. Bluefish are everywhere. As you cruise the Bay, keep an eye on the schools of baitfish for disturbances and “rushes” as if they are being chased from below.

Troll spoons through these disturbances or drift through with jigs below the baitfish. Schools of breaking fish now include a few Spanish mackerel, and down below these voracious feeders, folks are plucking a few small sea trout. As you fish for bottom feeders and toss chunks of cut bait back in the chum slick, keep in mind that there are still a few big red drum and cobia around. Look for flounder in deeper areas near the channel edges. If you catch a flounder, please send me an email. Mark your calendars for that MSSA meeting on August 19th at 7:00 PM and plan to attend. I will be there with a presentation about flounder fishing in the local region. Do you have a current fish picture and a story of a great catch? If so, send an email to riverdancekeith@hotmail.com. Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

The Southern Maryland Sabres host Superior Hockey Camp at the Capital Clubhouse Learn from Pros: Toby O’Brien, Scott Allen & Bill Paige Each day includes three hours of ice instruction, off-ice conditioning, and video review each day. Players will be grouped according to skill level with groups receiving the same ice and office instruction. When: August 16-19, 2010 Time: 8am - 4pm Who: Age: 8-High School Cost: Resident Fee: $355.00 (No before or after care provided) Registration: www.superiorhockey.net

St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Youth Roller Hockey Registration Ages 8 to 14 as of December 31st 2010 August 26th and September 2nd Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown 7 to 9 p.m. Cost $75.00 per child

Adult Volleyball League Meetings Women’s meeting Thursday September 2nd Co-Ed meeting Wednesday September 8th Men’s meeting Thursday September 9th All meetings at Leonard Hall Recreation Center 7 p.m. Individuals and teams welcome to attend For more information call Kenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 ext 1830

Soccer goalkeeping camps accepting registrations Gretton Goalkeeping will offer its 8th Annual Summer Goalkeeper Soccer Camp Series beginning the week of June 21st through the week of August 16th. Various locations offered in the Southern Maryland Area. Camps run 4 days each week at various hours of the day. All ages and skill levels welcome! Field player training offered as well by separate field player instructor. For questions or to reserve your spot, please call 301-643-8992 or email grettongoalkeeping@ gmail.com.


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Leonardtown, circa mid1980s: A young boy, around 11 years old, rail thin and nearly paralyzed with excitement, sheepishly stumbled into the grand opening of a local business. The young man’s heightened emotions, with all due respect to the local entrepreneur’s budding dream, had nothing to do with the business’s dawn and everything to do with the dignitary in attendance. Entering the establishment, the awe-struck kid saw the largest human (if in fact he was) he had ever seen, if not only in stature then certainly when the man’s aura was added to his substantial girth. Encroaching upon this giant’s realm had the discomfort of a real-life Jack and the Beanstalk moment. His physical presence aside, the man’s mannerisms proved surprisingly un-intimidating. After barely choking down the immediate star-struck feeling, the boy gazed upon this gigantic hero and saw a man, looking like so many men he knew and admired. He was slumped in a chair, in casual conversation with those around him and with a “hey, come on over” non-verbal undertone. Most disarming, though, and barely visible in his oversized hand and screaming from his crushing grip, was something the boy recognized from so many summer evenings with his uncle: a short, squat 7-ounce beer bottle. The giant’s humanity was confirmed. Greeting the boy, the man couldn’t have been more gracious. Instead of a haunting “Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum” - thankfully he had no interest in an English or a Southern Maryland boy’s blood - there was a warm smile and a hearty, “come on over young man.” After a pleasant encounter, photo and autograph, the giant returned to his beer and the kid scurried out with a different impression of his previously unreachable sporting heroes. I lost the picture and autograph. The memory though of meeting Russ Grimm, then the ‘Skins left guard and member of the famed “Hogs” offensive line, remains vivid. Last weekend, Grimm was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was an honor long overdue. Grimm’s lengthy Hall of Fame

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wait (14 years), despite being the best player on perhaps the most accomplished offensive line in NFL history, assuredly is attributable in part to the position he played. It’s the Hall of Fame (stress on fame), after all, and there are few individual accolades showered upon offensive lineman, particularly interior linemen (guards and centers) like Grimm. Offensive linemen, the grunts of a football team, do the dirty, thankless job – blocking – that keeps million dollar quarterbacks upright, springs flashy running backs into the open field and allows modern narcissistic wide receivers to catch touchdowns and execute choreographed celebrations. Without the line doing its job, the NFL’s stars don’t shine; yet the importance and nuances of offensive line work mostly escapes or isn’t appreciated by the casual fan. Any Skins fan over age 30 gets it though. We watched an offensive line, a selfless blue collar team within the team, be the cornerstone of 3 championships while quarterbacks and running backs came and went. In the two dismal decades since father time dropped the curtain on our Hogs, the nostalgia for the group continues to swell within ‘Skins nation. Hopefully, Grimm’s induction will carry his and the Hogs’ story to a greater breadth of football fans. In a league and a society that’s increasingly about individual stardom, Grimm and the Hogs are proof that behind every organizational star is a collection of people, often buried on the organizational depth chart, who routinely sacrifice personal accolades and selflessly execute fundamental tasks critical to others’ and the team’s success. That’s Grimm’s and the Hogs’ legacy - not bad for a bunch of portly, smelly giants that were rough on the eyes and death to a keg of beer. In his Hall of Fame speech, Grimm individually mentioned his fellow Hogs. In a final show of solidarity, he indicated that he intended to embroider their names inside his Hall of Fame jacket. It was always less about Russ Grimm and more about his line mates and the ‘Skins. Why should we have expected the night when Grimm received the ultimate individual honor be any different? Send comments to rguyjoon@yahoo.com

DJ Myers Dominates Three State Flyers Action at Potomac Kyle Nelson Soars to Fifth Street Stock Win By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway Greencastle Pa.’s DJ Myers was victorious in last Friday night’s 40-lap Gene VanMeter memorial at the Potomac speedway and the $4000 top prize that went with it. In scoring his third career late model feature win at the track, Myers became the ninth different winner of the season in the eleven races for the division in 2010. Myers and defending track champion David Williams lead the field to the initial green flag of the event. Myers quickly showed the rest of the field he had the car to beat as he bursted into the race lead. Myers would go on to lead every lap of the race but it was far from an easy win. David Williams, the defending winner of the race, hounded Myers for the first twenty-three laps before tenth-starting Andy Anderson entered the picture. Anderson swept by Williams to take the runner-up slot on lap twenty-four and set his sights on Myers. Anderson would get close to Myers on several occasions, but could not make the winning pass and would have to settle for second place money. “We needed this win in a bad way.” Myers commented. “We’ve really been struggling since speed weeks and I cant thank Greg (Gunter), PPM chassis and Hershey Racing Engines for a great car tonight.” Timely caution periods aided Myers in his winning run. Yeah, It’s nice to have clear track in front of you, but I knew Andy (Anderson) was getting close there towards the end, but I knew we had a good enough car to hold him off.” David Williams held on for third, Jeremy Miller took fourth and Nick Dickson completed the top-five. Heats

for the 24-cars on hand went to Brian Booze, Myers and Williams. Defending track champion Kyle Nelson roared to his fifth win of the season in the 16-lap street stock feature. Nelson started on the pole of the event and would make the most of his good fortune, as he would lead all sixteen-laps to post his 15th career street stock win. Troy Kassiris took second, Mike Reynolds was third, Walt Homberg came from 12th to collect fourth and John Sellner rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Homberg and Nelson. In other action, Russell Erwin captured his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap modified headliner, former track champion John Burch scored his first win of the season and career 45th in the 15-lap hobby stock feature and Eddie Chewning annexed the 15-lap u-car feature.

Late model feature finish (40-laps)

1. DJ Myers 2. Andy Anderson 3. David Williams 4. Jeremy Miller 5. Nick Dickson 6. Jamie Lathroum 7. Kenny Pettyjohn 8. Daryl Hills 9. Kyle Hardy 10. Alan Sagi 11. Jason Covert 12. Roland Mann 13. Bryan Bernheisel 14. Dale Hollidge 15. Brian Booze 16. Brian Driver 17. Matt Quade 18. Mike Walls 19. Booper Bare 20. Jim Bernheisel 21. Ed Pope 22. Deane Guy (DNS) 23. Frankie Plessinger (DNS) 24. Kyle Lear (DNS)

Street stock feature finish (16-laps)

1. Kyle Nelson 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Mike Reynolds 4. Walt Homberg 5. John Sellner 6. Kurt Zimmerman 7. Donnie Smith 8. Craig Tankersly 9. Tony Archer 10. James Sparks 11. Scott Wilson 12. Sam Archer 13. Scottie Nelson 14. Jim Gardner 15. Stephen Quade (DNS)

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Smith Ready to Set the Pace in College

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Four years ago, Kai Smith came to St. Mary’s Ryken High School as one of several athletes ready to build a tradition of excellence with the Knights boys’ basketball team. With that mission accomplished, Smith Photo By Chris Stevens will now try to repeat With his mother Laurie Anderson-Smith, Ryken coaches that success in col- and principal Rick Wood, St. Mary’s Ryken graduate lege as he is part of a Kai Smith signs his letter of intent to play basketball at highly-touted freshman Pace University. class Pace University in he most remembered from this recent Westchester, NY this coming year. trip was the site of the former World “The coach really liked me – he Trade Center. said everybody in this class is going One adjustment that he will have to have to play, so he’s looking for big to make is the early start that most colthings,” Smith said after he signed lege basketball programs are known his letter of intent to play for the Setfor, as high school practices don’t start ters, a NCAA Division II school. “It’s until after classes have ended for the exciting.” day. Smith said the coach has asked “Waking up at 6 a.m. to start the freshmen class to set their own inpractice, I’m going to have to get used dividual goals, and the 6’2 point guard to that,” Smith said with a laugh. has his list ready to go. Smith will take the memories “I want to play a lot, score a lot of his senior year at Ryken to coland contribute,” he says. lege with him, as the Knights won a Smith plans to major in Informaschool-record 18 games in the 2009tion Technology at Pace, and with the 10 season and emerged as a team of main campus a half-hour north of New the future in the Washington Catholic York City, he plans to get a little more Athletic Conference. sightseeing done than he did on his of“It was great to have a senior to ficial visit. look back on,” he said. “That was the first time I remember New York,” Smith said, noting he chrisstevens@countytimes.net visited as a small child. The landmark

Chance to Challenge a Guide at CCA Chapter Meeting Local anglers will have the chance to learn from one of the most experienced light tackle and fly fishing guides on the Chesapeake Bay at the Wednesday, Aug. 25, meeting of the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland Patuxent River Chapter. The meeting is free to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge #2092, 45779 Fire Department Lane, California. Captain Brady Bounds will speak on a variety of topics, take questions from the audience, and promises to answer in great detail any question relating to light tackle and fly fishing within the realm of his experience. “This is your opportunity to hear and understand the system that a veteran guide uses to make decisions that pay off in finding fish that others can’t, finding fish during extreme conditions, and making fish bite even if they are not hungry,” said Bounds. Captain Brady was once heard at a local ramp telling a well wisher, “Thanks for the sentiments, but luck has nothing to do with fishing.” Learn why he stands by that statement. Attendees are invited to bring their chart books and a Sharpie pen for note taking. The meeting is free. Wings, other food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. for those attending the meeting.

Middle School and High School Basketball Fall League Place: The Calverton School Girls Contact Person: Savannah Webb, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball H: (301) 737-1792 C: (301) 247-3152 W: (301) 862-7224 Boys Contact Person: TBD Dates: September 11, 2010 to October 30, 2010 (Saturdays) – Girls League September 12, 2010 to October 31, 2010 (Sundays) – Boys League Ages Groups: Middle School Division (MS Age Groups (AAU/Travel teams) or School Teams) - First 8 teams accepted High School Division (HS Age Groups or School Teams) First 8 teams accepted Cost: $700 per team Rules: 14 Minute Halves (All Age Groups) Stop Clock Free Throws 2 shots on 10 fouls (No 1 and 1 shots) 2 Full/2 30 Time Outs 3 Minute Half Time 3 Minute Overtime Clock will run if team down by 30 points Point System used in case of tie to determine seeding for playoffs Each team guaranteed 8 games with playoffs and championship. There will be a championship trophy for each division.


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2010 Southern Maryland Junior Tournament

The inaugural Southern Maryland Junior Tournament held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland concluded on July 23 with the crowning of thirteen champions. Derek Sabedra, the tournament director and head coach at St. Mary’s College, reported that 33 players (25 males, 8 females) entered his first-ever USTA sanctioned junior tournament spanning two states (Maryland and Virginia) as well as five counties (St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, Anne Arundel, and Frederick).

Tennis Leagues Provide Summer Fun By Chris Stevens Staff Writer On Sundays at Leonardtown High School and Thursdays at Great Mills High, the St. Mary’s Chapter of the United States Tennis Association holds social doubles matches, allowing tennis players of varying skill levels to get together have fun playing the game throughout the summer.

Leonardtown High’s Robert Renfrow was a winner in the Southern Maryland Junior Tennis Tournament last month at St. Mary’s College.

Great Mills High School, the 2010 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) Tennis Champion, was highly represented with 11 entrants and four championships. Leonardtown High School’s Robert Renfrow, ranked No. 18 in the Mid-Atlantic Region for 16 & under and No. 46 for 18 & under, defeated Maryland state tournament qualifier Ryan Indgjer of Chopticon High School in the 18 & under singles final.

2010 Southern Maryland Junior Tournament Champions Boys’ 10 Singles – Richard Chaney (Lothian, Md.) 12 Singles – Scott Flood (Leonardtown, Md.) 14 Singles – Ryan Cornellier (Dunkirk, Md.) 16 Singles – Alex Klapka (Tall Timbers, Md.) 18 Singles – Robert Renfrow (Leonardtown, Md.) 14 Doubles – Max Gipson (Arnold, Md.)/Kelson Morawski (Arnold, Md.) 16 Doubles – Conner McKissick (Mechanicsville, Md.)/Michael Johnson (Hollywood, Md.) 18 Doubles – Billy Clark (California, Md.)/ Chad Hrenko (Leonardtown HS) Girls’ 12 Singles – Azuri Hughes (Brandywine, Md.) 14 Singles – Josephine Gresko (Fredericksburg, Va.) 16 Doubles – Lydia Browne (Lexington Park, Md.)/Victoria Weber (Great Mills HS) Mixed 14 Doubles – Ryan Cornellier (Dunkirk, Md.)/Summer Sloan (Annapolis, Md.) 18 Doubles – Jake McGuire (Great Mills HS)/ Danielle Gorman (Lexington Park, Md.)

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“None of the matches are recorded, the players are just out here to have some fun,” said Cris Sigler, who oversees the weekend action at Leonardtown High School. “We have a variety of players from beginners to advanced levels that play in the league and we usually get two or three rounds in on most evenings.” The social doubles league goes through the end of this month on Sundays at Leonardtown high and through the end of September on Thursdays at Great Mills. Interested players can play at LHS for $25 and for $30 at Great Mills. Sigler, who by his count has played tennis for many years and presided over the Leonardtown social doubles league for the last eight years, believes that the unpredictable nature of tennis is what makes it such a fun sport to compete in, noting that advantages are slim and none in this atmosphere. “It’s fun no matter what level, there’s enjoyment in playing and being a challenged a little bit,” he says. “Someone who is a great conditioned athlete has a chance against a more skilled tennis player who is not as conditioned, so you have to think and you do need skill and athleticism.”

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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, mlslade@ md.metrocast.net or 301-481-2305.

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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 zigh53@yahoo.com.

• 5 P.M. Thursdays at Great Mills High School, June 6th through September. Contact Bob Stratton at 443-926-2070 or rstratton55@ hotmail.com. 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.

Winning USTA Tennis Juniors On Sunday, July 18, the St. Mary’s County Tennis Association 18 & under Intermediate Junior Team claimed the 2010 USTA Junior Tennis Team Maryland State Championship after defeating Montgomery County in the finals held at McDonogh School in Owings Mills. St. Mary’s advanced to the championship match with decisive wins in their flight the day before over Talbot and Howard Counties. The squad is coached by Matt Taggert, assistant coach at Great Mills High School, and Derek Sabedra, head coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The first-ever 18 & under state championship team was comprised of Great Mills athletes – Billy Clark, Robert Bishop, Hope Ironmonger, Danielle Gorman, Lydia Browne, and Tiffany Moreira – as well as Leonardtown High School students – Zach Maier and Spencer White. Grace White (Leonardtown Middle) and Connor McKissick (The Calverton School) rounded out the team. In recognition of their great accomplishment, the St. Mary’s County 18 & under Junior Team will be recognized on center court at the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic on August 2 at 5:15 pm at the William H.G. FitzGerald

Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park (Washington, D.C.). In addition, the St. Mary’s County 10 & under Intermediate & Below Team received medals as state finalists, playing Howard County in the Saturday’s finals. Congratulations to players Paul Bishop, Annabelle Finagin, Harita Iswara, Domenic Guadagnoli, Noah Guadagnoli, Liam Poole, and Rebecca Arnold. The team is coached by Brian Abell, Steve Bishop, and Christine Driscoll. Both the 18 & under and the 10 & under squads will now repre- The Southern Maryland Under 18 team had a good showing sent St. Mary’s County at the 2010 at the USTA Maryland State Team championships in July. USTA Mid-Atlantic JTT Sectional Championships at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Vir- ery County and the eventual state champion, Prince George’s County, in their flight. Conginia, on August 13-15. St. Mary’s County local league winners, gratulations to Jason Balazs, Maeve Coughlin, the 14 & under Intermediate & Below Green Alysha Hodkiewicz, Kiranjit Kaur, Daniel Team, also competed at the USTA Junior Team Rizkowski, and Rohan Singh on a great run. Tennis Maryland State Championships. The The team is coached by Sue Bellis, Keith Rizsquad faced tough opponents from Montgom- kowski, Brian Abell, and Chris Coughlin.


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37th Annual Governor’s Cup Draws Skippers of All Stripes

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By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Sailors aboard 123 yachts participated in the 37th Annual Governor’s Cup Yacht Race over the weekend, launching at 6 p.m. Friday, August 6, from Annapolis and traveling through the night to arrive in St. Mary’s City at dawn on Saturday. Wind conditions allowed the faster vessels to sail with their spinnakers 80 percent of the time for much of the race down the Chesapeake Bay. The slower boats, however, had to deal with calmer conditions, including a virtual standstill which happened during the last quarter of the race, according to James Muldoon, skipper of the Donnybrook, who won this year’s special Alumni Trophy along with St. Mary’s graduates Sara Morgan Watters (class of 2010) and Justin Long (class of 2008). Muldoon, who has been sailing in the competition for the last 34 years, said that he’d hoped for stronger winds during the last leg of the race, but he’d been slowed down during the last two hours. “Let me tell you, three fourths of it was great,” he said, “but the last part was bad. We were almost on a record-breaking pace until we got to Lookout, and we got to Lookout probably in about 5 hours, and as soon as we turned in the river … it took us two hours. The wind just went away.” Muldoon, who was honored with a surprise tribute ceremony before the racing awards were announced on Saturday, said he currently holds the record for the Governor’s Cup, having completed the race in six hours and nine minutes. “That record will never ever be broken, because we’ll never have 30 knots of wind out of the northwest again!” he exclaimed. In the A-O class, Charles Engh came in first on Stray Dog. Kipper Greg Leonard brought in Heron first for a win in the A-1 class. Skipper Clarke McKinney on The Riddler, was first in the A-2 class. Skipper Ed Tracey, on Incommunicado, was first in the B class. In C-D, Michael Cone on ACTAEA was first. In the N class, Vagabond skippered by Jack Lusby, was first.

The Jets girls’ lacrosse team out on the boat.

In the multihull class, Timothy Layne brought in Wild Card first. Best in fleet, the Waldschmitt Award, went to Greg Leonard on Heron, in the A-1 class, for having the smallest corrected time interval between first- and seventh-place finishers. Special awards were given for Lady Grey, skippered by Joe Laun, who won the Bickell Award, named for Steven Bickell, a racer who died accidentally while sailing in the 1994 Governor’s Cup. The trophy is awarded to the skipper and crew whose finish position shows the most improvement over last year. The Patuxent Partnership (TPP) Trophy was awarded to Invictus skippered by Peter Gibbons. The award goes to honor crews employed by TPP-member companies, active duty military, or Department of Defense personnel. This year sailboats were tracked live by a GPS system that displayed the race online in real time, continually tracking the location of each boat by name throughout the race. To view footage of this year’s race and preliminary race results, go to www.smcm.edu/govcup.

Six current and former players along with coaches from the JETS teamed with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 29 July 2010, the girls caught tagged and released 16 Rockfish in the 2010 Maryland Fishing Challenge “The Search for Diamond Jim”. Up to 200 specially tagged striped bass including imposters and one genuine Diamond Jim were released into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The actual tagged Diamond Jim is worth $25,000 if caught in August. Diamond Jim imposters are worth $500 each for the duration of the contest, which ends Labor Day, September 6, 2010. The program was created to promote recreational fishing in Maryland, recognize angler efforts and inspire natural resources stewardship. ”Whether experienced anglers or first-timers, Marylanders of all walks of life can participate with their families in the Fishing Challenge,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “This is a great opportunity to introduce a new generation to one of Maryland’s greatest traditions, the sport of fishing. “ Pictured from left to right are: DNR Biologist Amy Batdorf, Katelyn Blondino, Claire Ganoe, Rebecca Werrell, Coach Mac, Kimmy Becher, Christina Ferrara, Coach Todd Ferrara and Rachel Ferrara. The Team was aboard the “Patience” captained by Tommy Ireland. For more information go to: http://www.dnr. maryland.gov/fishingchallenge/

Blue Crabs

Defensive Miscues By Newark Give Blue Crabs Second Win in a Row Four errors by the Newark Bears allowed the Blue Crabs to score as many unearned runs, and cruise to an 8-2 victory Tuesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Blue Crabs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when third baseman Jeremy Owens scored on rightfielder Ben Harrison’s RBI double. Southern Maryland then capitalized on an error the following inning to go ahead 5-0. With two outs and the bases loaded, first baseman Eric Crozier drew a walk, scoring catcher Christian Lopez. Shortstop Travis Garcia then bounced a routine grounder that went between first baseman Daryle Ward’s legs. The defensive miscue brought centerfielder Richard Giannotti and designated hitter Matt Craig around to score. Owens subsequently hit an RBI infield single, driving in Crozier. LHP Craig Anderson (8-2) held Newark scoreless through three innings, and tossed seven in all to earn the win. The Bears got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by leftfielder Elijah Dukes. Southern Maryland responded immediately though, as leftfielder Shaun Cumberland crushed a solo homer to right in the bottom

of the inning. It was his eighth of the season. The Bears cut their deficit down to 6-2 in the fifth when shortstop Randy Gress scored from third on second baseman Tim Raines Jr.’s sac fly. After a single by centerfielder Kennard Jones, Anderson finished his night by retiring seven batters in a row. The Crabs tacked on another run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Craig’s RBI double drove in Cumberland, and Owens scored on a throwing error by Gress. Lefties Jason Waddell and Bryan Dumesnil each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Anderson. Meanwhile, Bears RHP Mike Loree dropped to 4-9 on the year. At 63-39, the first place Blue Crabs maintain the best overall record in the Atlantic League and are a season-high 24 games over .500. They also hold the circuit’s best second-half record as well at 22-10. The Blue Crabs were back in action Wednesday evening at Regency Furniture Stadium, in game three of this four-game series against Newark, continuing a sevengame homestand. LHP Shane Youman (34, 5.70) was scheduled to pitch for Newark, against RHP Dan Reichert (12-7, 4.00) for Southern Maryland.


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St. Mary’s Athletes Compete at State Level, Achieve Success

The culmination of a Special Olympics sports season is the state competition. After months of training, 58 track and field athletes, 15 softball players, 12 swimmers, and 27 bocce players spent three June days participating in the Maryland Summer Games competition at Towson University. They were joined by over 1,700 athletes from around the state to compete in their chosen sport. The unified softball team, led by coach Jim Hawkins, competed against teams from Frederick, Prince George’s, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. The team played 5 games over the weekend to capture the gold, but it did not come easy. The team relied on their strong defense, pitch- Shaun Ridley takes a pitch during a Special Olympics softball ing, good bats, and excellent game. teamwork to be victorious. Congratulations team on a job We couldn’t have asked for a better team.” This well done. The bocce athletes played singles, 2-per- year’s aquatics program attracted more athletes son teams, and 2-person unified teams. The than ever before, with a couple of our athletes players demonstrated patience and strategy, participating on their high school teams. In track and field, athletes competed in resulting in several gold medals. Head Coach three events and a relay from the field of 50, Serge Lefebvre supported the state competition by being an official and providing training. 100, 200, 400, and 800 meter runs, the throwHe commented, “Each player competed in two ing events of shotput, mini javelin, and softgames each day. In spite of the heat, our athletes ball, running, standing, and high jumps. Head bought home some bling.” Coach Gene Thomp- Coach Joe Owens supported the efforts of son added, “whether the athlete was seasoned three athletes who entered the 800 meter race or new this year, they all played well under the this year: Moses Weaver, Emoni Butler, and stress of competition. The artificial surface Brandon Chan. All three made a great showstayed very consistent and our athletes accept- ing in their individual divisions: Emoni won ed the challenge with great games.” Bocce is first, Moses won second, and Brandon won similar to lawn bowling and requires accuracy third. Athletes Larry Mills Thomas Smith, Terrel Nowlin, Avery Long, and Wayne Carter and strategy to win. The St. Mary’s aquatics teams swam in a competed as pentathlon athletes. Coach Lloyd variety of events this year including free style, Grayson commented on these athletes’ perforback-stroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and relays. mances, “Each athlete scored their personal They definitely made their coaches proud by best in at least one of their events. We are very bringing home gold, silver, and bronze awards. proud of them.” A remarkable happening of Aquatics Head Coach Lynne Baker comment- the games was the opportunity for Jerry Gated, “Our swimmers did very well this weekend. ton, a blink individual, to run the 50 meter race without holding on to a rope, rather he listened to the voice of Coach Owens in front of him to guide him in his lane. After the race, Jerry was overcome with joy and said, “I felt free for the first time.” Concurrent with the Athletics, Aquatics, Softball, and Bocce competitions at Towson University, the Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro was the site for the State Special Olympics Equestrian Competition. Three athletes from St. Mary’s – Shelby Beall, Austin Kraese and Amanda Lowe competed on horses from Greenwell and Serenity Farms. Each Parish Butler passes the baton to Justin Thompson in the 4 x 100 relay athlete showed their ability to control the horse to during the Special Olympics Summer Games. lead them to victory.


THURSDAY August 12, 2010

Serving Up an Ace Page 29

Dead Deer Pile Has Neighborhood Alarmed Story Page 5

O’Malley Rallies in Leonardtown Story Page 6

Local Teen Honored for Drowning Rescue Story Page 19

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