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This year’s Solomons Island Bar Crawl will benefit PJ Aldridge. From left is Will Esham, Craig Casey, Rob Taylor, Pj Aldridge, Buddy Trala, Blaine Champlin and Rico Liberto.



116 bikers braved the heat to run the 2nd Annual Ronnie Marshall Poker Run on July 24, raising more than $2,400 for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). SEE PAGE 15

Dave “Spiggy” Spigler the local celebrity who is a member of the unofficial cheerleading squad of the Washington Redskins, “The Hogettes” is hosting his annual Children’s Charities Benefit for the 17th straight year. SEE PAGE 10

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Asst. Chief Ricky Smith, wearing his Underdog t-shirt, at the Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department during a “boot drive” held for Smith to help pay for his battle with lung cancer. SEE PAGE 7


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Meet The Candidates The Southern Calvert Gazette offered candidates on the Primary Ballot to opportunity to publish biographical information about themselves. We are providing each candidate with space to provide the information that follows, which includes occupation, volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience, as

well as a 150-word “in your own words” essay on why voters should vote for them. Candidates who are on the ballot but do not appear in this issue did not reply to the Southern Calvert Gazette’s request to participate. Primary Election Day is Sept. 14.

Mike Evans, 54, Republican • Candidate for Calvert County Sheriff • Occupation – Sheriff of Calvert County • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Maryland Sheriffs’ Association President; Elected Sheriff in November 2002, 2006; Member of the National Sheriffs’ Association; Retired Maryland State Trooper 17 years; Deputy Sheriff 5 years; Served in the United States Army 2 years; Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice; Member of Trinity United Methodist Church; Member of the Republican Women of Calvert; Member of Fraternal Order of Police; Member of Maryland Troopers Association and Alumni; Member of Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse; Past Board Member of United Way; Member of Calvert Elks Lodge; Member of American Legion Post 206; Member of Calvert Lions Club; Coached Youth Sports • Why should voters vote for you? I have provided proven leadership to the Sheriff’s Office for eight years. I have made integrity, technology, continuing education, community policing and traffic safety a cornerstone of my two terms. Under my leadership we have a state of the art mobile command vehicle; patrol vehicles equipped with in-car computers and digital video recorders; all deputies have hand held digital cameras for evidence preservation; electronic license plate readers that provide information on stolen vehicles, wanted operators and more. I am responsive to the citizens and expect no less than full effort on the part of my staff in handling cases, working traffic and dealing with our citizens. We combined with the State Police and State’s Attorney’s Office to create a task force to deal with major crime and drug investigations. I have placed two deputies in our high schools to perpetuate mentorships and provide guidance and assistance where necessary.

Brian Smith, 41, Republican • Candidate for Calvert County Sheriff • Occupation – Police Lieutenant, Maryland-National Capital Park Police • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Chesapeake Church; Chesapeake Church- Member of “The Edge” Drama Ministry - 1998-2000; Calvert County Chamber of Commerce – Patron member; First PTA President of Windy Hill Elementary School – 1996-97 (Awarded Lifetime Membership); Windy Hill Middle School PTSA- Former member; Northern High School PTSA- Member; NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Program- Volunteer State Chairman 2004-2010; NFL Punt, Pass and Kick- Volunteer Local, Sectional & Team Championship Host- 2000- Present; Dunkirk Warriors- Boys Select Basketball Coach- 3 years; Calvert County Parks and Recreation- Boys Basketball Coach-2 years; Northern Calvert Little League- Coach- 2003; Calvert Soccer Association- Asst. Coach- 1996-97; Calvert Elks Lodge #2620; Maryland Basketball Official’s Association • Why should voters vote for you?


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I have the command experience, education, leadership skills, and the interpersonal and listening skills to take the sheriff’s office to the next level. I will transform the culture of the sheriff’s office by improving crime-fighting and traffic safety through the use of proven, efficient, and effective use of data informed methodologies, and bring enlightened leadership to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. I will hard to enhance and promote the level of integrity, transparency and leadership of among all employees of the Detention Facility, Animal Control, and the sheriff’s Office. It’s time Calvert County!


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Christy Burch, 31, Democrat • Candidate for Calvert County Commissioner, residing in District 3 • Occupation – Retired Firefighter/Paramedic, Adjunct Faculty Member –Health Services Department at local community colleges • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – International Association of Fire Fighters; University of Maryland Alumni Association; Calvert County Democratic Club; Calvert County Young Democrats • Why should voters vote for you? I will make it easier to open or expand a small business. Specifically, the inspections requirements will be placed online in a user-friendly interface so that business owners will know what is expected of them. I will fully fund education and support our teachers. I will advocate for our law enforcement officers, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics. I will improve efficiency and access to residential services. While focusing on these core services, I will protect the quality of life that Calvert County residents have come to love. As the budget allows, I will work to designate space and funding for children’s recreation, both indoor and outdoor. The development of such recreational facilities would allow more children to participate in sports and promote healthy lifestyles for them.

Curtis Litten, 47, Democrat • Candidate for Calvert County Commissioner, residing in District 3 • Occupation – Consultant, Providing Design/Building Solutions for Churches and Non- Profit Organizations’ requiring Handicap Accessibility Solutions and Government Regulatory Guidance. • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – I have been self-employed all my life and have been dealing with government bureaucracies during that time. I know how government works, and it is time for a change!

LOCAL NEWS Susan Shaw, 62, Republican • Candidate for Calvert County Commissioner, residing in District 2 • Occupation – Calvert County Commissioner; Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – I am finishing my second term as a Calvert County Commissioner, District 2. I serve as the Commissioner representative on the Boards of Ann’s Circle (Ann Marie Garden); the Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park; the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse; the Community Foundation Board and I am the Commissioner representative on Veteran’s Issues. I am a member of Huntingtown United Methodist Church, various Republican groups, and numerous other professional and community organizations. I am a long-time Hospice volunteer and a member of the MD State Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the Volunteer Health Corps as a Disaster Responder. • Why should voters vote for you? Voters should Choose Susan because I make tough decisions based on research and facts. I am an experienced and educated professional. I am involved in the community and accessible. I am pro-business. I listen, am open, and fair-minded. My record includes the Cove Point pool, library, the Hall Aquatic Center, the school funding formula that provides full funding for our schools, a AAA bond rating, holding the line on taxes and spending, no furloughs, and a balanced budget. I would like the privilege of continuing to serve for another term until the financial future is clearer. Proven leadership and a steady hand are essential to keep our debt low, keep taxes low, and still continue to provide a stellar quality of life during these stormy economic times. I am humbled and honored when our neighbors tell me that I am a needed “Voice of Reason” for our citizens.

• Why should voters vote for you? I know Calvert County well; I have lived here 30 years. I long for the day when we can get back to no traffic. I am promoting the idea of eliminating all traffic lights and using government to restore the beauty of out county along all major roadways. We can do this by obtaining landscape easements in areas that have built up close to our roadways and using the same easements to protect the areas that have not yet been developed. We still have waste in our government; much of it is in the nepotism that has occurred in the last 15 years that has swollen the county government’s payroll. Let’s use voting this year to exercise some term limits. Our current Board of Commissioners has blinders on and cannot provide any leadership for a better future for our County.

• Candidate for Calvert County Commissioner, residing in District 3

Barbara A Stinnett, 75, Democrat

• Occupation – Retired Federal employee and currently Systems Engineer with an aerospace corporation

• Candidate for Calvert County Commissioner, residing in District 3 • Occupation – Calvert County Commissioner • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Calvert County Commissioner (3 Terms); 28 years County, Congressional and State government employment; Owner Small Tax and Accounting Service 35 years; Optimist Club, Calvert Women’s Democrat Club,; Southern Maryland UDWC; Ducks Unlimited (Conservation Award recepient);Calvert County Fair Board; North Beach Ladies Auxiliary Honorary; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 274; So. Md. Board of Realtors; JPP Park Board; Fire and Rescue Commission: Southern Maryland Ag Commission; and others. • Why should voters vote for you? I offer full time service and commitment. I continue to support open government, accessibility, and accountability for your tax dollars. As a widow raising four children, I learned the meaning of fiscal responsibility in my personal life, and have carried this belief to my role as a conservative Commissioner. We must continue to hold down taxes, fully support our education; expand our business base, support and promote our agriculture community; provide housing and health care for our aging population and working families; and fully support our Volunteer Fire, Rescue, and Police services

Evan K. Slaughenhoupt, Jr., (“Slog-n-hop”) 57, Republican

• Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Former Member, Calvert County Ethics Commission; Former President, Dunkirk Area Concerned Citizens Association; Associate Member, League of Women’s Voters of Calvert County; Member, National Rifle Association; Member, Maryland Taxpayers Association; Member, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Member, Friendship United Methodist Church; Member, American Legion, Chesapeake Beach; First Time Candidate • Why should voters vote for you? Citizens have every reason to be skeptical if not cynical towards elected officials who all too often break their sacred trust. I am an honorable person who is unafraid to learn in public, so I anticipate having citizens remain engaged with me while in office. My motivating guideline will be to Preserve, Protect, and Promote the quality of life that is Calvert County. Citizens will be able to measure my achievements that adhere to this guideline primarily by viewing how we find and maintain a proper balance among the farming, waterway, and suburban activity that has become uniquely Calvert County. For years, I volunteered as a defender of Calvert’s quality of life seeking the proper balance between social, economic and conservation issues. With a proper balance we will have a civil society, provide local businesses equitable incentives to improve our economy, protect our natural landscape/waterways and respect individual property rights.

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LOCAL NEWS Dawn Balinski, 56 • Candidate for Calvert County Board of Education, at-large • Occupation: Treasurer, Maryland Forestry Boards Foundation; Co-owner, Benthic Telesis, Inc. • Volunteer associations – Citizens Advisory Committee to the Calvert County Board of Education for 7 years, 2 years as Chair; Economic Development Commission for 4 years, sit on Zoning subcommittee; League of Women Voters of Calvert County for 12 years, past Treasurer, Chair of Green Study, co-authored The Education Fact Book; Calvert County Citizens Green Team for 2 years, co-Chair of Calvert’s Green Expo; Calvert County Forestry Board for 1 year, current Treasurer; past member Calvert County Commission for Women; member of PTSA at all levels of my children’s schooling. • I have committed myself to community service in every one of my 16 years in Calvert County, with experience in organizations supporting educational, business and environmental concerns. As a parent of a recently graduated senior and a junior in high school, I have volunteered at every level of Calvert’s public schools and have supported the PTSA every year. As a businessperson, I bring a results-oriented approach to the table. Please visit my website for full detail on my qualifications, civic and work experience as well as my strategies and priorities for the Board of Education: dawnbalinski.

Eugene “Gene” Karol, 76 • Candidate for Calvert County Board of Education, at-large • Occupation – Calvert County Public Schools; Member of the Board of Education; College Professor • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Calvert County Public Schools, Member of the Board of Education 2006 – 2010; Rotary International; Teachers Association of Baltimore (President, Treasurer); Maryland State Teachers Association (President, etc...); National Education Association Executive Committee; Washington Area School Superintendents’ Study Council; Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland; (President); Calvert County Commission for Individuals with Disabilities; Member, Baltimore County Commission on Aging, 1965-1967; Police-Community Relations Council of Baltimore County, 19661967; Maryland State School Health Council; Calvert County Health council; Industrial Park Authority of Calvert County; Chairman of Hospice Cup Fundraiser for Calvert County,1992-1993; Executive Board, Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Inc.; Maryland Sheriffs’ Association; Optimist Club; Calvert County Chamber of Commerce • Why should voters vote for you? Over forty years in education, aware of students’ needs, sensitive to legal parameters of public education, dedicated to separation of policy-making and administrative functions.


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David C. Cole, 47 • Candidate for Calvert County Board of Education, at-large • Occupation – I am the owner of Patriot NTNL Mortgage Corporation • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – I have been an active member of the PTA for 8 years • Why should voters vote for you? I would ask for people to vote for me because my skill set matches the challenges that will face the BOE in the coming term. I have extensive experience in budget analysis and negotiations. Having three daughters in the school system currently has allowed me to see needs and challenges at several different levels. I believe I can work effectively with the current board members to continue their outstanding work. If elected I promise to work hard for the system with an emphasis on clear communications.

Candidate Challenges Rejected Ballot Signatures


ohn “Rodney” Bartlett of Huntingtown, who had hoped to run for Calvert County Sheriff, says he decided to change his political party affiliation from “Republican” to “non-partisan” because he believes public safety should be non-

partisan. As a Republican, Bartlett would have automatically made it onto the September 14 primary ballot. However, he won’t be on any ballot because too many of his signatures have been declared invalid by the Calvert County Election Board. Bartlett was required to collect 588 valid signatures from registered voters. He collected 729, but 282 signatures were automatically disqualified because the circulator of the petition failed to date the form before turning it in. V. Charles Donnelly of Solomons wanted his name placed on the November General Election ballot for Calvert County Commissioner, unaffiliated with any political party. He collected 811 signatures, but 265 were rejected, including 202 signatures “because they were not legible or did not match the printed name on the petition form or the name on their voter registration card on file.” Donnelly says he believes the Board has misapplied the rules for signature verification and reviewed the signatures in an arbitrary manner. He gave the Chesapeake Current some examples. “Barbara Stinnett printed her name with no middle initial and signed with no middle initial, and her signature was accepted. On the next petition page, a husband and wife signed the same way. The husband’s signature was accepted and the wife’s signature rejected. Steve Kullen, the husband of (Maryland Delegate) Sue Kullen (D-27B) also had his signature rejected while its style and format is the same as Barbara Stinnett’s. Many of my signatures were also rejected because the board would not accept the signers’ handwriting style or penmanship.” The local election board also rejected attorney and candidate for Orphan’s Court Thomas Michael Pelagatti’s signature despite the fact that he was both a petitioner and circulator of the petition form for Donnelly’s campaign. As a result of the inconsistencies, Donnelly is going to court. He tells The Southern Calvert Gazette that he has filed a complaint in Calvert County Circuit Court, which is scheduled to be heard on Sept. 1. Donnelly says, “While the action is to place my name on the ballot, it is more about the voter rights, voter participation in the process and the illegal disenfranchisement of voters.” Calvert County Board of Election Administrator Gail Hatfield tells us that the requirement to collect a prescribed number of registered voter signatures to be included on a General Election Ballot reduces the number of potential candidates not seriously running for an office. The presumption is that a candidate is serious if they take the time and effort to collect signatures. The Maryland Board of Elections website recommends candidates collect at least 30 percent more than required because a large number of signatures are disqualified for a number of reasons, including incomplete petition forms, signatures not matching the printed name, or the signer is not a registered voter. Hatfield agreed a large number of signatures are routinely rejected although she would not estimate the number. Bartlett says he’s frustrated because he did not receive any guidance defining a “valid signature.” He said he called the office and was verbally told one thing but found out something different when he turned in his signatures. Furthermore, he wanted to turn some petitions in prior to the deadline to check for problems but was told he had to turn them in all at once. However, the Maryland Board of Election website information for candidates suggests differently. Hatfield says that the state guidelines for completing candidate petitions are included in the candidate package. However, both Donnelly and Bartlett deny receiving these guidelines. By Corrin McHugh Howe (SCG)

Busy on Election Day? Now You Can Vote Early


n 2007, the Maryland General Assembly approved a constitutional amendment – which was later approved by voters – allowing early voting, beginning with the 2010 elections. This means this year, any registered voter in Maryland can vote in person before Election Day. For the primary election, early voting centers will be open start-

ing Friday, Sept. 3 through Thursday, Sept. 9, except for Sunday, Sept. 5 when early voting centers are closed. For the general election, early voting centers will be open starting Friday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 28, except for Sunday, Oct. 24 when early voting centers are closed. Early voting centers hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day of early voting. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. The Primary Election day is Sept. 14 and the General Election Day is Nov. 2. However, any registered voter in Maryland can choose to vote early. Senior citizens or physically challenged people needing transportation to the Calvert County Early Voting Center can get a ride with the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club. They will provide non-partisan transportation from the North Beach Senior Center on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The only early voting center in Calvert County is located at Calvert County Elections Office, 30 Duke Street, Prince Frederick. If you have questions or want more information, contact Clara Mae Buckmaster of the Democratic Women’s Club at (410) 257-6517. By Diane Burr (CC)

It’s All Political

Calvert County Report Card How Are We Really Doing? By Nick Garrett


arylanders will make history when we vote Nov. 2 because of a very important ballot question. With the passage of Senate Bill 26 during this year’s Legislative Session, a constitutional mandate asking citizens whether to call a state Constitutional Convention will be on the ballot. If the majority of registered voters decide “yes”, the Legislature would call a Constitutional Convention to rewrite, amend, and ratify our state constitution. On July 3, 1776, Maryland resolved to convene a convention for the purpose of establishing a new government. We declared our independence, not learning until July 10 that the Continental Congress had done so on July 4. Then in 1864, Maryland’s Convention convened in order to free slaves in Maryland, since Lincoln’s 1863 proclamation had not served to free slaves in Unionist states such as Maryland. Maryland did have a large number of Confederate loyalists and the Convention of 1864 was, in part, designed to erode the leadership of those Southern sympathizers. Another Convention in 1867 leveled the playing field a bit and eroded the politically charged nature of the 1864 constitution, putting in place the Constitution that we largely follow today, with amendments, of course. It’s hard to imagine that any amendments we’d make today would have the historical significance of Conventions like those in 1776 or 1864. Many recent articles on a 2010 Convention have discussed contentious moral issues like same-sex marriage and the death penalty. However, our right and duty to simply go in and vote either way is an honor. Voters said “No” to convening a convention in both 1990 and in 1970. Decades before, in both 1930 and 1950, those that went to the polls voted “Yes”, but a majority of registered voters did not vote those years, not meeting the “double majority” requirement needed to establish a convention. Therefore, the legislature in both 1930 and 1950, refused to call the

Convention. If passed, a new convention could see any number of amendments and changes ranging from a complete rewrite, (unlikely,) to language changes that clarify parts of the Constitution that the Attorney General’s office recently said, “contains many parts that are inconsistent with each other.” Keep in mind that Maryland’s Constitution is quite lengthy as-is. As of 2004, Maryland’s Constitution has been amended 200 times compared to an average of 115 times for other states. Delegate Sue Kullen (D-27B) echoes the sentiments of many in the Legislature that a Convention “may or may not be the best use of tax dollars at this time.” Senator Thomas V. “Mike” Miller agrees that a convention may be costly, recalling the convention of the 1960’s. We are in tough times, but we are one of only fourteen states that retain our AAA bond rating, and by constitutional mandate, Maryland’s budget is required to be balanced each fiscal year. We live in a state where even during a recession, we have increased funding for public education. In the end, we may choose to leave well enough alone and vote “no” on the convention. However, those who believe Maryland needs a dramatic change, or simple changes in law should vote “yes” with pride, and know that his or her vote does matter, and that this is our generation’s opportunity to choose. Either way, this is an important part of each Marylander’s existence to have taken part in the convention process. To learn more about Maryland’s Constitutional Conventions, I suggest visiting the League of Women Voters, including the League of Women Voters in Calvert County, which has been steadfastly reliable. Another great resource is the State of Maryland’s Archives online. About the Author: Nick Garrett is the owner of The Garrett Music Academy in Owings, published author, former candidate for commissioner, and has served and continues to serve on various boards and commissions in Calvert County.

LOCAL NEWS Boot Drive Held For Solomons’ Rescue Volunteer


nspired by the original Underdog cartoon hero and with a help from his family and friends, Ricky Smith plans to beat the lung cancer that has sidelined him from dispatching for Calvert County EMS and volunteering at the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department. Early July 2010, Smith, 44, was having trouble sitting in his chair at work. He went to see the doctor who placed him on sick leave. “It all started with back pain and then I found out I had lung cancer,” Smith said. He’s already had one round of chemotherapy. On Aug. 22 approximately 30 rescue squad volunteers, including their children ranging 2 two to 12 years old, manned the main traffic intersections in Lusby for a “boot drive” collecting $3,256 in donations to offset Smith’s medical expenses. Chief of Department Steve Nero said his station likes to hit the streets every few months to collect money from cars stopped at intersections. A typical “boot drive” covers a Saturday and Sunday for a few hours each day depending upon weather and any calls they receive. He said they typically designate the money collected for something specific, like a piece of equipment. In this case, they wanted to help Smith’s family with the expenses associated with battling cancer. Smith has been a part of Calvert County’s volunteer fire and rescue community since he was 19 years old.

Asst. Chief Ricky Smith, wearing his Underdog t-shirt, at the Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department during a “boot drive” held for Smith to help pay for his battle with lung cancer.

During a break in the middle of the day, Smith and his family sat with the volunteers who were out on the streets. They enjoyed the breeze that blew through the station as they ate hamburgers. Smith shared with fellow volunteers Debra Soltow, Melissa Haines and Jordan Haines that he has good days and bad days. On the bad days he can’t sit up for more than five minutes. On the good days he likes to come down to the station and share his knowledge and experience since he’s unable to lift a gurney. Wearing an Underdog t-shirt, Smith said he plans to face his cancer like famous dog who says, “Have no fear, Underdog is here.” By Corrin McHugh Howe (SCG) info@

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LOCAL NEWS Looking For a Way to Get Involved?


he United Way of Calvert County’s Day of Caring event is a launching pad for exploring your volunteer aspirations with local non-profit organizations doing good work in the community. Hundreds of employees from local businesses and people of all ages will volunteer for projects across Calvert County at the 16th annual Day of Caring on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Whether you spend the day playing checkers with a senior citizen, learning what it takes to be a youth mentor, or delivering meals to someone with disabilities, rest assured you are giving hope to those who need it most, a United Way press release states. Bayside Toyota hosts the Day of Caring kickoff celebration in their front parking lot in Prince Frederick with a continental breakfast courtesy of Spyro’s Bakery & Café and inspiration speeches from local dignitaries, at 8 a.m. Every volunteer receives a free LIVE UNITED t-shirt, compliments of SMO-DMO, and heads out to the project of their choosing. Many employers have pledged manpower for the 2010 Day of Caring: from large companies such as Constellation Energy, PNC Bank, Community Bank of Tri-County, Lexus Nexus, Maryland Bank & Trust, Dominion and SMECO; to local businesses such as Amore Hair Salon, Polk Insurance & Investments, Chesapeake Potomac Home Health, Boyd Electronics/ Radio Shack, Lord Calvert Bowl and Kaine Homes; to local organizations such as Calvert County Government, Calvert County Public Schools, Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Department of Juvenile Services and Catholic Charities. To find out how you or your workplace can get involved on Day of Caring, call United Way at 410-2860100, e-mail or visit our website at It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.

Staff from the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and Polk Insurance & Investments prepare warm meals for the homebound clients of Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry during the 2009 Day of Caring.


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This Year Hoyer May Have His Biggest Challenge in Years


epublicans in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District have noticed something new this year: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be grinding the campaign trail. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and 15-term incumbent, is meeting with teachers and small business leaders and is ramping up appearances across the district, after years of what Republicans call less-than-aggressive campaigning. “He’s done more campaigning in the last three months in the district than he’s done in the last 10 years in my unofficial observation,” said Collins Bailey, a Republican who lost to Hoyer in 2008. “He’s actually campaigning locally now.” It’s all a product of what local GOP leaders say could be the most competitive 5th District race in decades. Hoyer shrugged off assertions that this campaign is any different from the past. “I always run an aggressive campaign, whether I have an opponent or not. And I’m always in the district,” he said. Hoyer has easily beaten every Republican since taking office in 1981 and political experts are not yet calling the overwhelmingly Democratic district -- which includes chunks of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel and all of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties -- a battleground. But this year’s election could be different, experts say. For one, dissatisfaction with government is making this campaign difficult for incumbents. And the quality of the challengers could also complicate the election for Hoyer, said Michael Cain, director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “I actually think Steny Hoyer is concerned,” Cain said. “I don’t think he will take this race for granted. I expect he will be out there more, trying to get out his message.” Four Republicans are vying in the Sept. 14 primary, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Bailey, a self-proclaimed constitutionalist who won 24 percent of the vote in 2008, has name recognition in the district after that campaign. A more serious challenge, observers say, could come from political newcomer Charles Lollar, a former Marine who was once touted as a potential gubernatorial candidate. Local GOP leaders say Lollar is generating support in the district with his energy, fiery conservative rhetoric and strong ties to Prince George’s County. That could equate to the perfect formula to defeat Hoyer, said Frank McCabe, chairman of the Calvert County Republican Central Committee. “Charles has stirred people, and he’s getting support from around the country,” McCabe said. Cain said Republicans are high on Lollar because he appears to be the strongest candidate in the field. But, he cautioned, “No one nationally is calling this seat in play.” “The question is if this is going to be a tight, competitive race,” he said. “I don’t know yet. There’s a lot of this game to be played.” Hoyer faces two Democratic challengers, including a University of Maryland graduate student, but few experts expect the primary to present much of a challenge for the incumbent. On a recent Thursday, Hoyer met with teachers and attended a candidates’ forum at Prince George’s Community College, where he defended the Obama administration’s economic policy and touted his local roots. Earlier in the day, he met with small-business leaders in Bowie to talk about healthcare reform and the next day he visited Beltsville firms to talk about an initiative to create manufacturing jobs. Still, local GOP leaders are painting Hoyer as out of touch with the district and blasted him and the Democratic administration for healthcare reform legislation, a stalled economy and high unemployment rates. But riding a wave of anti-incumbent fervor into the general election will not be enough for Republicans to win a blue state like Maryland, said Cain. To win, they will have to go beyond the “Tea Party vote and get more of the elector-

ate,” he said. That includes capturing votes in Prince George’s County, which has the most voters in the district. Republicans have traditionally done poorly in the county: In 2008, Bailey won 12.9 percent of the vote there. GOP candidates have not campaigned there in the past, said Mykel Harris, chairman of the Prince George’s County Republican Central Steny Hoyer Committee. That is expected to change this election, he said. “Charles is at least going to ask for the vote,” said Harris, who is also Lollar’s campaign manager. “Many Republicans see the African-American vote as hostile and to a large extent that’s true. But at the end of the day there are people who want to be asked for their vote.” If Lollar wins the nomination, he will be the best-funded candidate to face Hoyer since at least 2004, according to Lollar had raised $192,978 as of June 30, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission figures, and he said his campaign has raised another $50,000 to $60,000 since that filing. His goal is to raise $1.3 million to be able to seriously compete with Hoyer. “We know how much it’s going to take for us to get the mes- Charles Lollar sage out at the end of the day, and we’ll have that in the bank come September or October,” Lollar said. Bailey had raised $112,343 as of June 30, more than four times his 2008 total. But most of that came from a $100,000 loan Bailey made to his campaign last September, according to the FEC. Although Lollar and Bailey have more money than most previous GOP challengers in the district, their fundraising still pales in comparison to Hoyer, who has raised more than $3.3 million and had more than $1.5 million on hand, according to FEC records. “Hoyer’s money doesn’t intimidate me in the least bit,” Bailey said. “Money Collins Bailey is a wonderful thing. But money doesn’t vote.” By David Saleh Rauf (Capital News Service)


Watermen Hoping Oyster Experiment Will Work


atermen with the Calvert County Watermen’s Association have planted about 3.5 million oyster spat on shell this month alone in the waters of Helen’s Creek adjacent to the Patuxent River and are waiting to see if plantings for the last three years will yield any positive results. Tommy Zinn, the association president, said that watermen have planted a total of about 14 million larval oysters attached to shell fragments in three years as part of an aquaculture experiment in partnership with Morgan State University. The university had received a grant for about $440,000 in federal grant money to retrofit a hatchery to produce oyster spat, Zinn said, and watermen provided the means to plant them on the river bed. “We supply the boats and the labor to plant them,” Zinn said of the efforts on about

14 acres worth of under water habitat in Helen’s Creek. Though the program has been underway for three years, watermen have not yet been able to benefit from the planting, Zinn said. “They are just now getting big enough to harvest,” Zinn said, who added that because of refrigeration requirements from the county health department it was difficult to harvest oysters in the summer. Watermen would have to wait until October to be able to harvest the oysters more readily, he said. But watermen are not completely sold on the idea of aquaculture, which requires them to lease river bottom from the state in order to have their own harvestable oyster areas. Watermen have protested that they have not been able to individually afford the cost of leasing bottom from the state, which has been pushing the change to aquaculture. Zinn said that the Calvert association was acting as a cooperative to pool resources to purchase the leases. “The jury’s still out,” Zinn said of watermen’s assessment of aquaculture. Zinn said that this summer has been unusually hot and dry with high salt content in the water, which are ideal conditions for MSX and dermo, two diseases that have struck they region’s oyster population heavily for nearly 20 years. Zinn said that the aquaculture experiment could be harmed by the recent conditions. By Guy Leonard (CT) info@

Monthly Quarter’s Auction Benefits Solomons Rescue Volunteers


t noon next Sunday, Sept. 12, the doors will open for the next monthly “Quarter Mania Auction” at the Solomons Volunteer Rescue and Fire Department. “It’s called quarter mania, and it’s basically a quarter auction. There’s 10 to 12 vendors. There’s Tupperware, Pampered Chef, different vendors like that,” said Tim Jackson, a vendor of Scentsy Wickless Scents and a volunteer for Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad. “We do one here in Solomons, we do one at the Upper Marlboro Fire Department,” Jackson said. “And it really helps out the fire department too, it’s a nice little fundraiser for them.” The event works like a mixture between and auction and a raffle, with buyers bidding from one to four quarters on the current item on the auction block. Once all bids are placed, a number is pulled from a basket that marks the winner among the bidders. There are 10 rounds of bidding, in


County Launches Business Expansion Guide


f you’d like to start, expand or relocate a business in Calvert County, a new online resource offered by the Economic Development Department can give you valuable insight. The guide provides stepby-step advice for negotiating the various stages of business development, from free resources to assist with business start-up to details on licensing, inspection and permits. The idea is to help potential business owners avoid costly and time-consuming roadblocks. “For those new to the process, and even for those with some experience, the steps to developing or expanding a business can seem daunting,” said Calvert County Board of County Commissioners President Wilson Parran. “A

keen businessperson needs to consider local and state regulations that govern zoning, customer health and safety, environmental regulations, various permits and licenses and more.” The online guide walks business owners through the process involved in three business scenarios: creating a home-based business, locating a business in an existing building and constructing a new building. At each step, links lead to additional outside resources – to appropriate state agencies, for example – and to county government staff who can help further. To view the Start-up, Expansion and Relocation Guide, visit business/starting.

which vendors put a particular item on the block and those interested place bids – one quarter for cheaper items, and four quarters for items at approach $100 in value. There is also a 50/50 raffle (with half of the proceeds going to the fire and rescue squad) and a product raffle in addition to 10 rounds of vendor item bidding. Vendors include Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Longaberger, Discovery Toys, Scentsy Wickless Scents, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Avon and others. The event takes place every second Sunday of the month at the Firehouse meeting room. “They are just awesome, we have so much fun,” said Lydia Browne, a vendor and volunteer organizer. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Admission is $3, which includes a bidders paddle and entry to a door prize drawing. For more information, or to sign up as a vendor, contact Browne at 410-867-8573. By Sean Rice (SCG)

“text/message” a Teen Art Exhibit

nnmarie Garden is announcing a call for entries for text/message. Text/ message invites artists ages 13- 19 to submit works of art that confronts what it means to be a teen in the world today. This student exhibition will showcase the talent, creativity and perspectives to today’s teen culture in an exhibit at Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park and Arts Center, Nov. 13 through Jan. 30, 2011. Awards will be presented (as savings bonds or gift certificates) at a Dec. 5 reception. Teens working in all media are invited to submit works to this show, including, but not limited to digital, visual (2D and 3D), performing, and literary arts. All artworks must include text or a message in the body of the work. Individual or group entries are welcome. All submitted works will be posted on Facebook and the public will be invited to vote and /or comment on the artwork. Entry deadline for this exhibit is Sept. 30. For more information, download a prospectus at

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Spiggy’s Event to Help Benefit Children’s Charities


he 17th Annual Children’s Charities Benefit is set for Oct. 24 at American Legion Post 274 in Lusby and organizers are hoping to raise at least as much as was raised in 2009. David Spigler, one of the organizers of the event, stated that the benefit was able to raise just under $50,000 in 2009 when coupled with a golf tournament aimed at the same purpose. Spigler stated that the benefit effort helped to fund organizations like United Way of Calvert County, Calvert County Social Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Calvert County. The event will be preceded by a golf tournament Oct. 22 at the Chesapeake Hills golf course in Lusby, Spigler told The Southern Calvert Gazette Monday, where as many as 150 golfers are expected to show and play to benefit the children’s charities. Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron are expected to compete with teams to help raise funds as well, Spigler said. As many as 350 people are expected to attend the event for that Sunday, Spigler said, which will include a silent auction of donated items and a raffle. Spigler, who is known for his “Spiggy” Washington Redskins Hogette personality, said that between three and five former Redskins players will be on hand

to participate in the golf tournament, while Redskins cheerleaders will be on hand to bring in refreshments. Spigler said that the proceeds from the event will help not only charities but specific children in the region, though the economic conditions have made getting charitable donations difficult. “We try to gross between $50,000 and $60,000,” Spigler said. “But all the nonprofits are hurting right now.” By Guy Leonard (CT)

Habitat for Humanity to Hold Building Groundbreaking


atuxent Habitat for Humanity and the 2010 Calvert Apostles Build covenant partners will have a groundbreaking ceremony for their newest home in Calvert County Sept. 11, 2010. The home will be located on Mason Road in Prince Frederick. The home on Mason Road is being prepared for the “Blitz Build” that is tentatively scheduled for September 17th and 18th. The lots were donated to Patuxent Habitat for Humanity by Kaine Homes. “Our family, partner churches and volunteers have been eagerly awaiting the start of this build.” said Dan Doherty, President of Patuxent Habitat for Humanity. “By the end of the weekend the house will be framed and under roof.” This house is the 13th house to be built by Patuxent Habitat for Humanity in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties. The Long Family of Calvert County was selected as the Partner Family for the Calvert 2010 Apostles Build. Gladys and her two children Nathan and Ebony are excited about the opportunity to help build their


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own home. They will be working along side the volunteers to earn their hours of ‘Sweat Equity.’ The Build is tentatively scheduled to start September 17th and 18th. The Patuxent Habitat for Humanity Calvert 2010 Apostles Build is a partnership of churches that work together to support the construction of a home for a deserving family in the community. The Churches include: Christ Church, First Lutheran, Huntingtown United Methodist, Our Lady Star of the Sea, St. John Vianney, Trinity Lutheran, Emmanuel UMC, Grace Brethren, Middleham & St. Peters Parish, Saint Nicholas Lutheran, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Trinity UMC, Calvert Baptist, Greater Mount Zion Church, Olivet UMC, Solomons UMC, St. Paul UMC. Patuxent Habitat extends a profound thanks to the Board of County Commissioners for helping us through this process, Doherty said. For more information about Volunteer opportunities with Patuxent Habitat for Humanity visit or contact the Patuxent Habitat office on 301-8636227 or 410-326-9050.

Still Proud to be an American

While recently working on our family history project with my brother who was visiting from Colorado, we discovered an amazing collection of family letters, photos, and WWII documentation, that served as a reminder of the real sacrifices made during the war then, and now. Reading through this tattered box of fading letters from the 1940’s, we gained valuable insight on the last days and moments surrounding the death of my Uncle, Corporal William Herbert Pearce, of the 468th Bomber Wing  Air Force Unit on 7-13-1945.  Much of our family history since that day, in fact, has been forged on the impact of my young Uncle’s sacrifice, and death, as he was only 23.  Further investigation of our collection of letters and photos also produced a startling connection to two notable U.S. historical figures, Frank V. Ortiz, Jr, who later became a distinguished U.S. Ambassador and member of the State Department,  and George Wallace, who later became Governor of Alabama.  Both Mr. Ortiz and Mr. Wallace were stationed with my Uncle on Tinian Island, in the South Pacific.  Mr. Ortiz, according to the letters,  was a close friend of my Uncle, as well as a crew member on the plane that went down that day, just weeks prior to the Japanese surrender.  As such, Mr. Ortiz wrote numerous letters to my family at that time, and for a period of several years beyond.  Our collection of letters also includes letters and interesting documents  from  Governor Wallace and his wife, who also later became Governor of Alabama upon then end of Mr. Wallace’s terms as Governor.  As my brother and I delved further into this awesome assortment of detailed letters, photos, uniform patches, and War Department letters and shipping orders, we were reminded that so much was given by so many at that time, that we so take for granted as Americans today.  These events of some 65 years ago are still a vivid part of our family history,

but more importantly, a reminder of what our Military families are enduring today concerning their loved ones defending our freedoms all over the world. We have  been truly touched by the fascinating letters and actions of those surrounding my Uncle William, and our family, during that difficult time, and especially the lengths they went through to extend their condolences and insights to my grandparents and family.  Also lost that day in July 1945 was young William Teague, who’s familiy also corresponded with our family for years to come. Our hope now is to reach the families of those who sent the letters, in the hopes they may find value in the memories and events shared in such descriptive and inspiring detail. In a time before emails, texting, and cell phones, the primary method of long distance communication was writing letters.  What a lost art this has become it seems, and we will treasure our letters for many years to come. As a mother of a young child, I hope to also instill in my daughter the values of Duty, Honor, and Country, that my father so proudly instilled in my sister, brother, and I.  Perhaps our collection of letters and photos that have been stored for years in my father’s West Point Army trunk,  toted from place to place as we moved around,  will also remind us to be grateful for all of the freedoms we do now enjoy, despite everything else going on in the news to the contrary. Our taxes may be high, our property values may be low, we may be out of work, and we may have loved ones fighting for unsure causes all over the world, but we do still live in the greatest nation of opportunities  in the world, where many have perished for us, in the name of freedom.

The upcoming election promises to be a difficult one for incumbents, especially for Democrats, who make up a large majority of elected officials in Maryland. Many have atrocious voting records, which became apparent since the last election when the Democrats ended up with control of the Presidency and both Houses of Congress. They immediately begin to accelerate their efforts to make this country into a socialist nation. Socialism is a godless political system where the government is supreme and owns and controls everybody and everything. On a small scale, it is like a slave plantation which most Americans, especially blacks, know a lot about. On a very large scale, it is the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). They were our enemy during the Cold War from 1945 until their collapse in 1989. Older Americans, especially those who fought in Korea or Viet Nam, or emigrants from socialist countries can tell you about life under socialism. Besides numerous laws and regulations that already control many aspects of our lives, our government has for some time controlled our lives through taxes, deficit spending, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), retirement (Social Security), etc. President Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress have taken this country much further into socialism by adding considerable debt (economic stimulus bill) and much more control of health care (Health Care Reform Bill), home mortgages

popular vehicles to illustrate the cost difference between repowering and purchasing a new vehicle. For example, to replace a worn out engine with a remanufactured/rebuilt engine in a 1980 to 1995 full size V8 domestic pickup would cost $2,700 to $3,450 compared to an average cost of $30,000 to purchase a new vehicle. The cost savings is significant even without taking into account auto loan interest and increased insurance rates. To learn more about engine repowering and view the Engine Repower Council’s cost comparison chart, visit <http://www.> and click on Cost Comparisons. Ken Carter, Chairman Engine Repower Council

(Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), college student loans, two automobile manufacturers, several banks, etc. They are now planning more taxes by allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire and more control through Cap and Trade and other programs. I was amazed when I read that the NAACP endorsed the policies of President Obama and his administration at their recent annual meeting. It is incomprehensible that as representatives of the descendents of former plantation slaves, they would support the Democrats’ effort to make us into a socialist nation. It is equally incomprehensible that many blacks vote for Democrats, who would take them along with the rest of the country into government-imposed slavery. And when one also considers that most blacks claim to be Christians, it is impossible to understand why they ever voted for the pro-abortion, prohomosexual Democrat Party in the first place. The saying “Elections have consequences” certainly proved true since the last election. It is our responsibility to seriously study the positions of the candidates and their parties before we vote in November; this election will decide whether or not our country continues on the road to socialism. Robert Boudreaux Waldorf, MD

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Repower Or Replace? Your Choice Could Cost You Thousands

When serious engine trouble hits, the Engine Repower Council (ERC) recommends that vehicle owners ask themselves if they should repower or replace the vehicle. Many motorists don’t consider repowering and instead take on the financial burden of buying a new car. That choice can result in a cost difference of thousands of dollars. With repowering, the vehicle’s engine is disassembled, cleaned, machined and remanufactured to be as good as new. This is the best option, since repowered engines are dependable, reliable and backed by excellent warranty programs. Some may choose a used or junk yard engine. The risk here is that the used engine has an unknown performance and maintenance history, which means you may be asking for more problems. The Engine Repower Council has created a cost comparison chart of

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ocals from both sides of the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be adding a cause to their September 11 plans as they host the 2nd Annual Solomons Island Bar Crawl, sponsored by the Hurricane Alley Alumni Association, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., this year raising money for their friend PJ Aldridge, who has been battling Stage IV lung cancer. Jodi Aldridge, 38, who is married to PJ’s cousin Lewie, said she had known PJ for several years before he was diagnosed in February, 2010, and the news came as a shock to the family, who had helped host a bar crawl on Solomons Island for a similar cause this time last year. “My husband owned a bar called Hurricane Alley on Solomons Island … and after they closed, in the last year or so, people had been saying ‘we should all get together and have a Hurricane Alley reunion, it would be so much fun’ … and at the same time, last year would have been his 25th high school reunion, and nobody had planned a reunion.” That’s when the Aldridge’s plan for a bar crawl came into being, said Jodi, going on to explain that last year’s crawl had covered not only a reunion function with proceeds going to charity, but served also as a last boost to local businesses before their normal season ended. “We both have been here a really long time, and we also know too that because of the economy that people are really struggling, especially businesses … so we made it the last weekend the Tiki Bar was open, the reason being that it’s right before the off-season, so we figured it would be a really great

way to help some of the local businesses.” Jodi said their group sold about $100 t-shirts for last year’s bar crawl, which included both walking non-drinkers and crawling drinkers side by side, and PJ had marched up and down Solomons Island without showing any signs of illness. The crawl raised $575 for the American Cancer Society, but in what Lewie Aldridge described as an “ironic twist” of fate, PJ

was diagnosed just months later. “He came here for the bar crawl in October, and he was fine at that time, but in February he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, so it was very unexpected, and so the whole family and his friends really rallied around him,” said Jodi, “but he really has a long battle ahead of him, so rather than wallow in self-pity and that kind of stuff … he decided he wanted to help other people,” starting the PJ Aldridge Foundation with the help of friends to raise money for cancer research. Vera Taylor, a long-time friend of PJ’s, said that once PJ had been diagnosed, it didn’t take long for him to start thinking about cancer research and how he might help raise awareness, and Vera offered to help him research what organizations were best to donate to. “I was appalled at how little money goes to lung cancer research,” she said. “It’s the number one cancer diagnosed in the United States, and around the world, but it gets the least amount of funding … people out there really have to push for research and awareness, and demand that more go into it.” The PJ Aldridge Foundation will be putting as much as they can into the September 11th fundraiser, and they are also sponsoring National PJ Week, October 3-10, during which donations will go to PJ’s favorite research organizations (including the National Lung Cancer Partnership and the University of Maryland), all feeding into the goal of raising $1 million. “The goal really is to raise a million dollars, and when you’re dealing with that kind of money you need to be an actual foundation and not just somebody out there collecting cash,” said Jodi, explaining that a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will also go to local chapters of the American From left is Will Esham, Brittany Weigle, Rico Liberto, Julie Beach, Pj Aldridge, Tammy Celebula, Blaine Champlin , Shannon Smith, Buddy Trola and Rob Taylor. Kneeling is Vera Taylor and Craig Casey. Photos by Jamie Koslow


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Cancer Society. The Foundation has been sprucing up its webpage (www. and collecting material to help friends and family follow PJ’s progress. “PJ is loved by many in St. Mary’s County as well as Ocean City, so we’re putting up the website so people can see how he’s doing,” said Vera, adding that PJ is starting to peruse ideas on programs to educate children about lung cancer. In the meantime, Jodi said that PJ, who was unable to talk with the

Southern Calvert Gazette at the time of this printing, is channeling his own energy into staying positive for the fight ahead. “He said ‘I want to do what I can while I’m here to really make a difference,’” said Jodi, “so that’s where his mindset has been. He’s said ‘this isn’t going to beat me, I’m going to beat it.’” The 2nd Annual Solomons Island Bar Crawl will start at

the Next Door Lounge and then move on to Stony’s Kingfishers, Catamarans, Solomon’s Pier and Calypso Bay Raw Bar, ending at the Tiki Bar by night’s end. Registration starts at 5 p.m. at the Next Door Lounge, with the walk beginning at 5:30. The cost for registration and a t-shirt is $25, and participants will be expected to pay for their own drinks. For more information on the PJ Aldridge Foundation, contact Lewie Aldridge III at, or call 301-481-5289.

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Poker Run Raises $2,400 for Multiple Myeloma Research

By Joyce Baki


n July 24, one of the hottest days on record this year, 116 bikers braved the heat to run the 2nd Annual Ronnie Marshall Poker Run. The organizers of the poker run, Tammy and

hand.” The group headed north to Chesapeake Beach where at Traders Restaurant another card was picked for their “hand.” The group headed across the Benedict Bridge and down into St. Mary’s County where cards were picked at the Seabreeze Restaurant and Toots Bar. Then finally

by and Jean, who donated the pig, helped get a tent and found many donations. Mike and April Ricker, owners of CJ’s Back Room, donated the use of their facility and supplied food. All of the locations on the poker run. Leigh, the fabulous jewelry maker, Billy of Monster Ink, Q-Ball for his book, and their many wonderful volunteers: Darlene, Donna, Jenny, Kim, Lynn, Tim, Scott, Chris, Wendy, Tabatha, Michele, Kelly, Sharon, Margen, Lois, Rick, Chris, Heather, Bobby and so many others. The party went well into the evening

with the music of Snakebite, a “kick ass” Southern Maryland biker rock & roll band. There were 50/50s, raffles and door prizes. A six-hour charter fishing trip provided by “Bite Me” Fishing Charters was auctioned off. As Snakebite played in the background, John and Tammy had this to say, “It is amazing to us that all of these people, our friends, neighbors, family, came out today to help us fight this deadly disease. The community cares and they are showing it. We have already set our date for next year – July 23, 2011. We’ll be back next year to continue the fight against Multiple Myeloma.”

Submitted Photo Bikers pull out of CJ’s Back Room in Lusby.

John Kuntz, raised more than $2,400 for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Multiple myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. The most common type of plasma cell cancer, more than 20,000 people each year in the United States learn that they have this disease. Myeloma cells collect in the bone marrow and damage the solid part of the bone then spreads to other tissues and organs, such as the kidneys. Starting at CJ’s Back Room in Lusby, each rider picked a card to start their “poker

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back across the Thomas Johnson Bridge to CJ’s to choose that last card. The winner was the one with the best poker hand. But winning a poker hand was not the reason these people braved the heat to participate in the poker run. They came out to support a cause that is very near and dear to Tammy and John Kuntz’s heart – finding a cure for Multiple Myeloma, a disease that killed Tammy’s dad, Ronnie Marshall. Ronnie Marshall died in January 2009. He was a man who loved his family and his Harley. To honor him and to try to raise awareness and money for research, Tammy and her husband John, both motorcycle enthusiasts, held their first poker run in 2009. This year the heat threatened to stop the run, but their friends, family and supporters showed that they were not going to let temperatures reaching 102 degrees stop them from fighting this deadly disease. John and Tammy want to thank the many supporters who helped them that day. Charlie Bowen, who Submitted Photo came out at 7 a.m. to cook the pig. Knob-

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Mamie Domras, 82 Mamie J. Domras, 82 wife of Philip C. Domras of Lusby, MD passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at the Burnett-Calvert Hospice House, Prince Frederick, MD. She was born on September 17, 1927 in Gay, West Virginia to the late Jessie H. Tuttle and Tressie H. Stewart Tuttle. Her father worked in the oil fields, her mother as a sales clerk in stores in Spencer, West Virginia. Her father died in 1966, her mother remarried Leslie Burns and she died in 1991. Mamie lived with her grandmother while attending Ripley High School. Mamie graduated from high school on May 24, 1945. Mamie and a classmate Garnet Hunt signed up to go to work in Washington, D. C. with the Food and Drug Administration as clerks. Mamie retired in 1982 as an Administrative Assistant. Mamie and Garnet Hunt lived in a basement apartment on 12th Street, S. E. Her husband Phil met her while walking home on Portland Street and started talking to her. She was nervous and he kept going the same way she was. When she got to the rear of her apartment he told her that he lived in the house at the end of the back alley. They started dating and on New Years Eve and were married at his parent’s home in 1947. They moved into their first apartment together on 2nd Street, then bought a house in Wheaton, MD in 1964. They sold there home in Wheaton, MD in 1986 and moved into their new home in Lusby, MD were she remained until her death. Mamie is survived by her loving husband Philip Domras of Lusby, MD; nieces, nephews and many devoted friends. The fam-

ily received friends on Monday, August 30, at the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, at 10:30 AM until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 noon; interment followed at MD Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Should friend’s desire contributions may be made in her memory to the American Legion Post #274 Auxiliary, 11820 H. G. Trueman Rd., Lusby, MD 20657.

Richard Emelio, 70 Richard William “Bill” Emelio, 70, of M i l lsboro, DE, formerly of Lothian, MD and North Beach, MD, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2010 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE after a long and painful struggle with cancer. Bill was the fifth child of Richard and Josephine Smith Emelio, born September 27, 1939 in Washington, D.C. Bill is survived by a large and extended family; first and foremost, his beloved wife Gina (Shull) Emelio; his three children, Mary Joanne Emelio of Lancaster, PA, Richard “Rick” Emelio and his wife Linda of La Plata, MD, and Angela Donovan of Churchville, MD; his grandchildren, Gabriel, Dominic and Christina Emelio and Alyssa and Grace Webster; his step-children, Matthew Rusch of Lusby, MD, Alicia “Niki” Hurrey and husband Scott of Charlestown, WV, and Lucas Roberts and wife Shannon of Crofton, MD; and step-grandchildren Sabrina Rusch, Elizabeth Johnson, Gina Rusch, Jackson

and Marlee Hurrey and Alexander Roberts. Bill is also survived by his sister Toni Emelio Doucette of Chesapeake Beach, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his four older siblings, Mary Elwood, Joanne Cunningham, Dominic Emelio and Carol Newton. To mourn his passing Bill leaves numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many friends in Delaware and in Calvert County. During his working career Bill owned and operated Emelio Painting Company for over 30 years, working throughout the metropolitan Washington area in residential and commercial establishments. Upon his retirement several years ago Bill and Gina moved from Lothian, MD to the small community of Millsboro, DE to enjoy the ocean, drive through the neighborhood in their golf cart, and live their lives with their two special “children”–Manny, their Black Labrador retriever and Moe, a typical “Heinz 57” variety dog. Bill had a lifelong love of Harley Davidson motorcycles, vintage street rods and muscle cars. He was truly a child of the 1950’s. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Bill’s name may be made to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. The caring, concern and love shown to Bill, Gina, the entire Emelio family and Bill’s many visitors will never be forgotten, and will forever remain in their hearts.

Carroll Freeland, 75 Carroll Nathaniel Freeland, 75, of Owings, MD passed away on July 6, 2010 at 830 W. Mt. Harmony

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Road, Owings, MD. Ca r roll Nathaniel Freeland was born June 21, 1935 in Chaney, MD. He was the fourth of five children of the late Russell and Anita Freeland. He was educated in the public school system of Calvert County and after attending Hall’s Creek Elementary School and William Sampson Brooks High School. He was employed with Thomas Lumber Company and then moved on to Owings Lumber Company which later became Sneades ACE Hardware, and he worked there until his health failed in 1993. Whenever he spoke of the hardware store, he would always say ‘ACE is the Place’. He had a true passion for playing baseball and was the first baseman for the Owings Eagles Baseball team. He was well known for his ability to stretch out, capture the ball and to get the base runner ‘OUT’. In 1966 he was married to Myrtle E. Holland and from this union two children were born. He also became the loving father of three stepchildren. The children called him ‘Dad’, but would sometimes call him ‘Curly’, the nickname that they gave him. Carroll was a well loved member of Cooper’s United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Trustees and the Usher Board. Carroll loved to eat (fried chicken), cut grass, go sightseeing, listen to gospel music (The Sensational Nightingales), socialize and spend time with family and friends. He especially liked watching sports and was a loyal fan of the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Redskins and the Wizards. He will always be remembered for his strength, great work ethics, his jokes/sense of humor, quick wit, sound advice and the conversations with family and friends, and especially the conversations held around the kitchen table. We will never forget his famous quote “Come strong to the mic” and his unique way of just giving us enough words of wisdom to keep us coming back for more. He leaves fond memories to be cherished by his wife Myrtle Freeland; three daughters Vanessa Collins (William), Alice Harrod

(Marvin), Corlisa Brooks (Shawn); three sons Marshall Cooper (Debbie), Anthony Cooper (Rosie), Carlton Freeland (Shneekie); ten grandchildren, Matari, Lateashia, Lashonda, Omar, Michelle, Renee, Carlton Jr., Shawn Jr., Shavonah, Marvin Jr.; one brother, Stanley Freeland (Anne Mae); sisters Sadie Spriggs (Norris -deceased), Ellen Wills (Isaac) brother-in-laws, George Holland, Lewis Howard, Russell Holland Jr., Jesse Holland Sr., Theodore Holland (deceased), Dexter Holland Sr.; sister-in laws Thelma Howard, Bertina Howard (Roscoe -deceased) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. In addition to his parents and in-laws, he was preceded in death by his sister Hazel (Richard -deceased). Funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Huntingtown, MD with Pastor Sandra Smith officiating. The interment was at Cooper’s UM Church Cemetery, Dunkirk, MD. The pallbearers were Marshall Omar Cooper, Jesse Holland, Jr., Lamont Howard, Dexter Holland, Sr., Jesse Holland, Sr., and Samuel Pumphrey, Jr. The honorary pallbearers were Family and Friends. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Audrey Hood, 81 Aud rey A. Hood, 81, of Lusby, MD formerly of District Heights, MD passed away on August 13, 2010 in Solomons, MD. She was born on August 3, 1929 in Washington, DC to the late John and Bertie Cornnell Jacobs. She was the beloved wife of James K. Hood whom she married on August 19, 1947 in Washington, DC. Audrey worked as a cashier and homemaker. She loved singing, cooking, canning, gardening, and cake decorating and was a member of the Southern Calvert Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, May Seaton. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James K. Hood of Lusby, MD; children,

James E. Hood of Fredericksburg, VA and Robert D. Hood and wife Susan of Lusby, MD; ex daughter in- law, Juanita Hood; grandchildren and spouses, Holly Shunk and Christian, Brandon Hood and Lara, Laura Hood, Shauna Hood, Andrew Hood, and Andrea Hood; great grandchildren, Mason Hood and Alyssa Hood. A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 11 AM in the Olivet United Methodist Church with Rev. Faith Lewis officiating. The family request contributions to made in Audrey’s name to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

Winfield Jacks, 63 Winfield Jacks, 63, of Prince Fr e de r ick , MD passed away on July 10, 2010 at 3920 Hal low i ng Point Road, Prince Frederick, MD. Winfield Jacks was born on October 24, 1945 to the late Charlotte and Louis Jacks. He departed this life on July 10, 2010 at the age of 64 at his home in Barstow under the care of Hospice. During his early years he enjoyed being at home with his family. He began receiving services from The Arc of Southern Maryland in 1983. When Winfield initially began receiving services with The Arc, they were located at the old Calvert Memorial Hospital where he participated in vocational services. His most recent interest was participating with the music activities of “The Joyous Sounds”. His favorite song was “Your Cheating Heart” which he sang often. Last year he retired from the Day Program and began receiving services at home.

He enjoyed various activities and looked forward to volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Winfield loved fried chicken, crabs and drinking a beer. The staff of The Arc of Southern Maryland considered Winfield as a part of his family. When Winfield became ill he kept a smile on his face and a song in his heart. He will be missed from our presence but not from our hearts! He is survived by his brother Albert Jacks and nephew Carl Hicks and other family members. Funeral service was held on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD with officiating. The interment was at Holland Cemetery, Huntingtown, MD. The pallbearers were Gina Bourne, Mary Atkins, Ron Mould, Karen Haynes-Horton, Steve Wallace, and Jessie Shifflett. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.

Glenn Johnson, 91 Glenn Avery Johnson, 91, of Port Republic, MD passed on August 14, 2010. Glenn was born on April 19, 1919 in Arlington, VA to Robert G. Johnson and Irene Gray Oliver. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents Robert & Irene Johnson, his wife Eva Johnson, and his two children Gary A. Johnson and Suzy Johnson. He is survived by son Jimmy Johnson of Olney, MD. Mr. Johnson’s funeral services will be held on September 13, 2010 at 9:00 am in Arlington National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements provided by the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 4405 Broomes Island Rd. Port Republic, MD. 20676.

Margaret McConnell, 68 Margaret Ellen “Peggy” Mc C o n n e l l , 68, of Huntingtown, MD, passed away A u -

gust 16, 2010 at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick. Peggy was born January 18, 1942 in Washington, D.C. to Howard B. and Florence Wendorff Payne. She was raised in Hyattsville, MD, and graduated from Regina High School, class of 1960. She later attended the Washington School for Secretaries. She married Michael P. McConnell on August 27, 1966 and lived in Hyattsville until moving to Huntingtown in 1977. Peggy was a homemaker and was also active in raising and training Vizsla dogs, a Hungarian pointer-retriever dog breed. She was a member of the Chesapeake Kennel Club and enjoyed all types of animals. Peggy loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She was also known for her wonderful dry sense of humor. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her husband Michael Patrick “Mike” McConnell; a daughter Michelle M. Sawall and husband Garrett of Waldorf, MD; a son Kevin P. McConnell and wife Patti of St. Leonard, MD; grandchildren Christopher Parks of St. Leonard, Kaylee, Samantha and Breanne Sawall, all of Waldorf and Megan McConnell of St. Leonard, MD; and by brothers Richard “Dick” Payne of Greenbelt, MD, John Payne of Upper Marlboro, MD and Tom Payne, also of Greenbelt. Expressions of sympathy in Peggy’s name may be made to the Patuxent Animal Welfare Society, Cat Rescue and Adoptions of Calvert, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties. Contributions may be mailed to 936 Tidewater Grove Court, Annapolis, MD 21401 or online at www.

Carrie Taylor, 82 Carrie V. Taylor, 82, of Owings, MD was peacefully called to rest on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Laurel Reg ion -

al Hospital, Laurel, MD. She fought a courageous fight, never complaining about her failing health in her later years. For her cheery attitude, perseverance, strength, and loving kindness, she will always be remembered. Carrie Victoria Johnson Taylor was born in Washington, DC on September 26, 1927 to the late Edna Eberta and Walter Harrison Johnson. The family later relocated to Calvert County Maryland and Carrie was raised by her mother, Edna, and stepfather, Ernest Coates. She was educated in the Calvert County Public School System and loved to read and loved math. Her favorite sports were dodge ball and volley ball and she participated in many other school activities. Carrie accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. She was a long time devoted member of Ward’s Memorial United Methodist Church for over fifty years. She participated in numerous ministries, such as the Finance Committee, Usher Board, Women’s Society, Senior Choir and EverReady choir. Carrie loved GOD very, very much and was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. She was united in marriage to James William Taylor on June 24, 1950. Carrie and James was a very loving couple. They were blessed with six children, Ethelene (deceased), Delores, Frank, Cathy, Sterling, and Steven (deceased). She was devoted to her family and spent many hours taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other children in the neighborhood. Carrie spent many hours visiting others and being visited. During her lengthy illness, she was very blessed to have her fam-

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ily to take care of her including her exceptional caregivers, Cathy and Sterling. Carrie was a very kind, generous, loving person and was always willing to help take care of others. She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, reading sales papers, singing, and spending time with her family. Having a love for and taking pride in her work, Carrie was employed in the domestic field for many years. She was a very dedicated employee and her employers loved her as family. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, daughter, Ethelene, son, Steven, and brothers, James and Walter. Carrie leaves to cherish and to be blessed by her memories, her loving and devoted children, Delores, Frank, Cathy, and Sterling; six grandchildren; Angela, Sheldon (Angel), Renee (Marcus), April, Kimberly, and Nekole; one great grandchild, Maxwell James; one sister, Elizabeth; one daughter-in-law, Beatrice; one son-inlaw, Levi; four sisters-in-law; Annabelle, Agnes, Frances, and Elizabeth; five brothers-in-law; John Henry, Albert, Roland, Fred, and George; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Ward’s Memorial UM Church, Owings, MD with Rev. Lillie Gray, eulogist. The interment was at the church cemetery. The pallbearers were Corey Jones, Allan Jones, George Hawkins, Glen Creek, Timothy Jones, and Lawrence Heard. Funeral arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home, Prince Frederick, MD.


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What is a Waterman Anyway?

Calvert County Watermen’s Festival Set for Sept. 26 By Joyce Baki


arlier today I received a call asking about the Calvert County Watermen’s Festival. After giving the information to the caller she asked, “What is a waterman?” Interesting question and one that requires more than just a short explanation. In the Chesapeake Bay, “waterman” is the term for commercial fishermen, those men (and yes, women) who make their living from the waters of the Bay. The watermen harvest oysters, shellfish, eels, finfish and crabs. They are known as crabbers, oyster dredgers, hand-tongers, gill-netters, clammers and pound netters. It is a physically demanding way of life with long hours and working conditions that change with the weather. Watermen are a vital part of Calvert County’s history. Many watermen follow the seasons. In summer crab pots are set out. As the sun rises, you see the crabbers go out to check and bait the pots then reset them. Crab pots are square boxes made of chicken wire and baited to pull in the crabs. They were developed around World War II and before that time, trotlines were rigged to catch crabs. The work on a crab boat is fast and furious. If you have been on the Chesapeake Bay or in the Patuxent River as a recreational boater you may have seen small buoys floating on the water, ten to twelve inches long, from which the crab pots are suspended. The captain steers the boat down the crab pot line, reaches out and hooks a buoy, then raises the pot. The pot is then pulled into the boat and the crabs are shaken from the pot. After re-baiting the pot, it is tossed back overboard and the process is repeated until all pots are emptied. All the crabs are checked for size, with those that are smaller than the legal size being returned to the water.

On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, crabbers use trotlines. This is a very long line anchored with heavy weights, allowing it to sink to the bottom, and baited a specific intervals. A waterman will start at one end of the line, pulling it up, draping it over the edge of the boat and then moving down the line, rebaiting and waiting patiently for a crab to surface so the waterman can scoop up the crab with a dip net. The winter brings oysters. As a child I remember driving through Chesapeake Beach and seeing the oyster boats lining the docks at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina. I also remember thinking how cold it was outside and how glad I was that I did not have to go out on the boat. Two ways of harvesting oysters are shaft or hand tonging and patent tonging. Shaft or hand tonging oysters was once the most used method. As the name implies, they are very large tongs – ranging from 14 to 24 feet in length – with what looks like a bucket with tines along the edge when the tongs are closed. The oysterman rakes the bottom of the Bay and closes the tongs to capture the oysters. The tongs are then pulled into the boat hand-over-hand where the oysters are dumped onto a table so the legal oysters can be separated. It is very strenuous work and it takes a good oysterman to know when the bucket is full to pull up. Patent tongs provide a mechanized method to harvest oysters. The hinged bucket is tethered by a cable to a boom on the boat. The bucket is lowered into the water in an open position and when it hits the bottom of the Bay, the bucket shuts and takes up whatever is caught in the bucket. The bucket is hauled out of the water and put onto a table where someone will cull the legal oysters from the haul. This method began in the late 1800s and expanded in the 1950s when hydraulic systems allowed watermen better control. Hydraulic patent tongs allowed larger hauls and allowed

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watermen to gather more oysters in a shorter time. For many watermen, their life on the Bay is a family tradition. The job is often handed down by their fathers, uncles or grandparents. While the job is tough, it allows them the freedom of working the water. The industry is tightly regulated in Maryland and Virginia and today many watermen find they must supplement their incomes with part-time jobs on land or by trying new techniques like aquaculture. Calvert County has a very active watermen’s association. On Sunday, September 26, the Calvert County Watermen’s Association will host the 9th Annual Watermen’s Festival at Watermen’s Wharf in Solomons, Md. This family-oriented event, which is free to the public, features contests in boat docking and anchor throwing. Children’s activities include face painting and ceramic lighthouse painting. Musical entertainment will be provided by Deanna Dove of Island Girl Records. Food and beverages are available for purchase during the afternoon as well as souvenir T-shirts. The event begins at noon with boat docking contests. There are separate contests for charter boats and workboats and contestants for this contest come from as far away as Smith Island. If you haven’t experienced a docking contest, it is something that you will not soon forget. The contestants are timed beginning when their boat leaves the dock, accelerating out from the pier. They then back into another slip and the time stops when the captain puts a line around each of three pilings. This event thrills the spectators as they witness the boat-handling skills of our commercial watermen. This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and, at the same time, experience the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay’s commercial watermen. A waterman sculpture outside of Ann Marie Gardens Photo by Frank Marquart

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Things To Do In and Around Calvert County

By Joyce Baki


t’s September – schools are back in, so please be extra careful as you drive! The weather is beginning to cool off, but there are still a lot of hot things to do in Calvert County. • Fridays Creek Winery holds their annual open house on Saturday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A family-owned farm winery located in Owings, the tasting room is housed in a remodeled tobacco barn that dates from the 1920s. Where tobacco once hung, enjoy a local art exhibit. There will be great music, good food and wonderful wines. For the brave, participate in their annual grape stomping. The event is free and open to the public. (

ferson Patterson Park & Museum. This exclusive evening of fun and festivities is not to be missed! To buy tickets for an “Affair at Point Farm,” please call 410-586-8515 or e-mail • There is still time for a specialty cruise aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison departing from the Calvert Marine Museum. Built in 1899, the Tennison is the

• The Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum will host the 8th annual “Affair at Point Farm,” also on Saturday, September 11. The event features incredible live and silent auctions, delectable food, drink and entertainment. Proceeds support educational programs and heritage events at Jef-

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oldest Coast Guard-licensed, passenger-carrying vessel on the Chesapeake. The vessel served as an oyster buyboat until 1978 and has been designated a National Historic landmark. Specialty cruises 1st Meeting are scheduled on September Date: September 21, 2010 12, September 18, September Time: 6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 25 and October 31. All cruises Location: Prince Frederick Public Library, 850 are open to the Costley Way, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 public and sold For more info. contact: Colleen Pawloski at 410on a first-come, 586-1579 first-served baOr email: sis. For more infor mation or to purchase tickets, please Saturday, September 19, at Jefferson Patcontact Melissa McCormick at terson Park & Museum. “The War of 1812 410-326-2042, ext. 41 or e-mail Re-enactment & Encampment” takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages will enjoy this living history event with American and • On Tuesday, Septem- “British” reenactors demonstrating camp ber 14, kick off the Riverside life and engaging in battle reenactments, WineFest at Sotterley at a free historic crafts, hands-on activities, live enpre-event party at Blue Wind tertainment, food, merchandise and fun! Gourmet in California, Md., Admission is $3 per person or $10 per car. The event will be hosted by owner Rob Plant and features • Continue the 1812 experience that savory gastronomic delights and wine evening at “Tavern Night!” Huzzah! Come tastings from two local wineries: Running celebrate the “high spirits” of 1812 as you Hare Vineyard and Port of Leonardtown unwind in their version of a tavern from Winery. Running Hare Vineyard, located the 1800s. The evening will provide period in Prince Frederick, offers a little bit of games, song and lively entertainment and Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland, this evening of fun and festivities will not with regional and international award be forgotten! Admission is $10 per person. winners. Port of Leonardtown Winery, the Come in period dress and receive a $2.00 newest winery on the local scene, made its discount on the admission fee. Food and first bottling run in April and is ready to beverage will be available for purchase. For introduce its taste sensations. Mark your information, call 410-586-8515. The event calendars for the Riverside WineFest at is hosted by The Friends of Jefferson PatSotterley 2010, October 2nd & 3rd from terson Park & Museum with proceeds supnoon to 6 p.m. at Sotterley Plantation. Dis- porting educational programs and heritage counted tickets are available through Sep- events. tember 24th at or by phone at 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850. • Annmarie Garden hosts Artsfest ’10 on September 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 • Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum p.m. each day. An unforgettable festival excontinues its Archaeology Speakers Series perience for all ages, Artsfest ’10 features with “Behind the Scenes of Time Team more than 150 indoor and outdoor artist America” on Thursday, September 16, at 7 booths  along with indoor exhibits, great p.m. in the Maryland Archaeological Con- food, wine tasting, terrific children’s activiservation Laboratory. Meet Maryland’s ties and live music at the Main Stage and the own archaeology television star – Julie Council Ring. Young visitors will enjoy a Schablitsky from the Maryland Depart- variety of engaging art activities under the ment of Transportation, State Highway Discovery Tent.  In the new Zany Zone, litAdministration. Dr. Schablitsky will re- tle ones can enjoy silly fun with hula hoops, veal what it was like to work on legendary giant beach balls, monster feet and more archaeology sites, like North Carolina’s while their parents enjoy live music and reFort Raleigh, while being filmed for Time freshments. Admission to Artsfest is $6.00 Team America. She will also present the per person.  Download a $1.00 off coupon positive and negative aspects of bringing by visiting the Artsfest page at www.annarchaeology into the living room. (www. For more events, visit online at www. • Experience and discover the site of Maryland’s largest Naval engagement on

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‘Kneel to Zod’ Craft New Originals on Third CD


f you don’t understand General Zod, the diabolical supervillain who made his DC Comics debut as the leader of Krypton’s military in Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961), it may not keep you from enjoying the musical stylings of Kneel to Zod, a Slayer-esque group of original metal songwriters and performers from Callaway, but it’s still kind of fun to look into the character and see why the name actually works. Just as comic book stars of all stripes added to Zod’s reputation over the years (including Robert Bernstein, George Papp, Brian Azzarello, Geoff Donns and Richard Donner) there have been several lineup changes with Kneel to Zod – as they’ve been around, in some form or another, for the last decade – but there’s not a single member of the band that doesn’t pull their weight. In fact, their division of duties is very democratic, with singer C.P. Cameron splitting arrangement decisions and lead vocal duties evenly with guitarists Bryan Johnson and Billy Stinnett, drummer Matt Callaway and bassist Bob Johnston, all of whom share songwriting credits as well. The group has boasted their current lineup for the last three years, playing shows close to home as well as in the D.C. and Baltimore circuits, and their hard work has most recently culminated in their third album, The Greed States, which took them a year to finish. C.P. credited most of the delay to the group’s obsessive attention to detail, but there were also the bitter moments of the kind of bickering that could turn one version of a song into six or seven, one take into 10, and one month of writing and recording into nearly 12. “We’re all perfectionists … so really I think it was just that we all had so many ideas to throw in, so it got really stressful. We even almost got to the point of fighting,” said Cameron. Creative disputes haven’t ended the band, however,

and the end result has been a smart collection of songs that sounds like it was a labor of layering as much as love, all adding up to an album that deserves to be listened to continuously from start to finish. It’s hard to classify Greed States as a concept album, even if it does have some similar elements in terms of style. You can pick out the politics (largely anti-war, though violet emotions are celebrated, as is heavy metal custom), but these guys aren’t lyricists as much as they are musicians. That much is clear when you listen to the way they craft songs, building one instrument at a time before adding the words, which are just what you’d expect from a metal band – dark, emotional, somewhat political and oozing with angst – and this goes well with the throaty death metal-inspired vocals on much of their CD. There does come trouble when trying to classify Kneel to Zod – at least in terms of their style of playing, because you can pick out similarities to groups like Korn, Staind and Disturbed, with a lot of technical flair to boot. But the cadence of the vocal and guitar work can sound just as much like Tool or Testament, depending on which track you pick, whether it’s the chest-beating battle ode Teddy Bear, or Prelusion of Avarice, the album’s slightly creepy and melodic instrumental. So is it fair to equate these guys to a Phantom Zone fugitive with x-ray vision and plans for world domination? Probably not. After all, it’s not like they tried to take over Krypton with an army of cloned robot soldiers, and they don’t have super strength or the ability to fly, and none of them look anything like Terrance Stamp (who played General Zod in

19 8 0’s Superman II, popularizing the “kneel before Zod!” command and at least a million related jokes). What they have done is share the stage with some heavy (metal) hitters including Kings X, Anthrax, Hotwire, Suisonic, Episode One, Cringe and Full Circle. And they DO know how to scream (on key, no less), and if you ask this reviewer, that quality is Zod-like enough. One of his superpowers is, after all, tremendous lung capacity. Kneel to Zod will be headlining this year’s Park Rock Fest on September 4-5 at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park in Great Mills. For more information, go to www. By Andrea Shiell (CT)


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any of you will have heard or read about the lawsuit the Chesapeake Ranch Estates filed against the Calvert Marine Museum, charging trespass, unlawfully removing property (a fossil baleen whale skeleton) and damages. The lawsuit has been settled, and this scientifically important fossil is now part of the museum’s paleontology collection. The focus on the cliffs over the past year has lead to much discussion in the press and at meetings as to the condition of the cliffs, their rate of erosion, how the tiger beetle habi-

tat comes into play and what is the appropriate way, if any to stabilize the cliffs. As an educational institution, I believe that it is our responsibility to use this situation as an opportunity for community discussion. To that end, our 2010-2011 PEM Talks series is entitled The Calvert Cliffs Conundrum. The definition of “conundrum” in this instance means “an intricate and difficult problem,” which certainly describes the difficulties surrounding the Calvert Cliffs. We are bringing in the experts, people who can help us understand the geology, paleontology, ecology, and sociology of this much debated landmark. It is an opportunity to dig deeply into the knowledge base that has grown up around the Calvert Cliffs.

Referred to on the 1612 John Smith map as “Rickard’s Cliffes”, the Calvert Cliffs have been a landmark since there were humans to take note of them. The fossils that are found on our beaches come out of these cliffs. They provide a habitat to birds and all manner of creatures, including the infamous Tiger beetle. They afford those who build on them an unparalleled view of the Chesapeake Bay. They shape our vision of this place. But what, exactly, are they? Our PEM Talks (which refers to our three themes: paleontology, the environment, and maritime history) will kick off on Saturday, September 18 with Begin at the Beginning: The Geology and Paleoenvironmental History of Calvert Cliffs presented by Dr. Susan

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