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Young Life Student Group Resurging Locally Story Page 14

8-Foot Shark Caught at Pt. Lookout Story Page 5

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What’s Inside On T he Covers ON THE FRONT

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Service Team peacefully ended a three-hour standoff between police an a man, thought to be armed, barricaded inside a trailer on Halford Lane Hollywood.


Terahn Watson and his Chopticon High School teammates are ready for a return to the regional playoffs.

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A local pound net fisherman caught an 8-foot bull shark near a swimming beach at Point Lookout State Park on Wednesday morning. The bull shark is known to be aggressive to humans. SEE PAGE 5

His leadership four years ago lead to 7 tax cuts, reduced debt, smaller government, reduced regulations, solutions for small businesses, better schools, better public safety, better protection of our rural character, better protection against encroachment on our Navy Base.

When we win in November, we must be prepared to lead. McKay has done it before, he can do it again! His plan to lower taxes, restore confidence in government, promote individual responsibility, and lift the burden of government from the backs of local businesses so jobs can be created is the responsible leadership our county needs!

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Two Leonardtown Raider linemen mix it up during a drill at a recent Leonardtown practice. All four county schools will be in action this Friday night. SEE PAGE 28

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Suspect Surrenders After Standoff in Hollywood

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A suspect who police said barricaded himself into a residence off Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood surrendered after about

a three-hour standoff Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies and state police closed off a portion of Mervell Dean Road after the suspect, believed to be armed with a gun, hid in a trailer on Halford Lane and threatened to harm himself. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron told The County Times that the suspect made the threats because of “issues in the home” and that crisis negotiators were able to successfully persuade the suspect to come out of the trailer peacefully. Deputies and members of the county’s Emergency Services Team had surrounded the residence in response to the emergency, Cameron said. The suspect would not be charged criminally for the barricade incident, Cameron said, but would undergo a psychiatric examination after being taken into custody on an emergency petition order. The standoff involved no hostages, Cameron said, the suspect was alone in the Halford Lane residence. Police cordoned off Mervell Dean Road in Hollywood from its intersection with northbound Route 235 to Clark’s Mill Road in response to the standoff. Before police, sometimes armed with rifles, were sure that the suspect was barricaded in the residence they stopped and inspected out going traffic from the neighborhood. The standoff ended at about 3p.m. The Sheriff’s Office refused to release the man’s name because he has not been charged.

Photo by Frank Marquart Deputies with the county’s Emergency Services Team approach a suspect who surrendered after a standoff in Hollywood.

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ews Parts of St. Jerome’s Creek Still Closed to Shellfish Harvesting By Guy Leonard Staff Writer In the wake of high temperatures that can cause the naturally occurring vibrio bacterial pathogen to grow more prevalent in the Chesapeake Bay and nearby waters, officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) say that commercial harvesting of shellfish in St. Jerome’s is still an iffy proposition. “In St. Jerome’s Creek most of the waters are approved [for shellfish harvesting],” said Kathy Brohawn, head of MDE’s Shellfish Certification Section. “Portions of the creek are still close to harvesting.” Roy Fedders, president of the St. Jerome’s Neck Home Owners Association, said that residents had concerns about the safety of the creek’s waters and possible pathogen transmission into shellfish like oysters and clams because of its proximity to the bay. Fedders said that he had received an e-mail message from the office of Sen. Roy P. Dyson reporting that St. Jerome’s Creek, according to an analysis from MDE, was “approved for oystering.” Barbara Shields, aide to Dyson, told The County Times that she relayed what she was told from MDE sources. “I repeated what she told me,” Shields


The e-mail, coupled with signs prohibiting harvesting in some areas of St. Jerome’s Creek, gave the community mixed signals, Fedders said. “We don’t know if it’s [the vibrio pathogen] in the creek or not,” Fedders said. “If it’s fine now why is it still posted?” The vibrio pathogen can cause vomiting, diarrhea, severe weakness and high fever and in some rare cases even death. Brohawn said that the pathogen can be found in high concentrations in shellfish that filter water, necessitating that they be cooked before eating to ensure destruction of the pathogen. Jay Apperson, spokesman for MDE, said that the agency was advising residents who have contact with brakish waters in the summertime or who may consume shellfish harvested from those waters to exercise caution. The agency was assuming that bacterial pathogens were a potential threat in bodies of water like St. Jerome’s Creek but were unsure of its actual presence there. “We don’t know if it is or isn’t there,” Apperson told The County Times.


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Eight-Foot Shark Caught in Point Lookout By Sean Rice Staff Writer

Photo by Christy Henderson of Buzz’s Marina.

Ridge fisherman Willy Dean caught an 8-foot bull shark Wednesday morning near the swimming area of Point Lookout State Park. Dean told The County Times that the large shark (which is one of the top three sharks known to be most aggressive to humans – along with great white and tiger sharks) was captured in his pound net in Cornfield Harbor while he was netting for cownose stingrays for the Calvert Marine Museum. Kenny Kaumeyer, curator of estuarine biology at Calvert Marine Museum, said the museum uses commercial pound net fisherman to catch rays for live display in exhibits. Kaumeyer was at Point Lookout this morning when Dean pulled this bull shark from his net. Bull sharks are a “species of shark that’s capable of going through a wide range of salinities,” Kaumeyer said, adding that this area would never see a great Standing with a bull shark caught this morning at Point Lookwhite or a tiger shark, which prefer high- out State Park is Willy Dean’s helpers David Ridgell, left, Kenny Courtney, and Dean’s cousin Ray Mercure at right. salinity ocean water. Kaumeyer confirmed that bull up north in the Patuxent River near Benedict, sharks are known to be one of the most aggres- where the water begins to turn to fresh water. sive sharks to humans, and that this catch was Dean has been a commercial fisherman quite large. in the area for 30 years, and has only heard of “Bull sharks have a reputation as a very two other times when a shark was caught in this aggressive shark … That’s a pretty good sized area in all his years fishing. shark, that’s about as big as I’ve ever heard of,” “It’s been exciting, that’s all I can say,” Kaumeyer said. Dean said. “It’s something different.” “It’s fairly unusual [to catch a bull shark Dean has the shark in a freezer now and here]. I suspect there’s a fair number of them will probably get it mounted, he said. around, but nobody ever sees them,” he said. “It’s not a common occurrence,” KaumeyKaumeyer has been at the museum for er said. “It’s kind of a once in a lifetime catch.” 23 years, and said this is the first time he has heard of a bull shark caught in this area.. He called one report when a bull shark was caught

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Three Jailed After Home Invasion By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Police have incarcerated three men they say committed a home invasion early Tuesday morning to further a plan of armed robbery. Timothy P. Hogan,18, Michael P. Barnes, 19, and Pierre R. Chase, 18, all of Drayden were arrested by sheriff’s deputies Aug. 31 after allegedly breaking into a residence on Princeton Drive in Lexington Park by kicking in the door at about 5:30 a.m. The victims in the case, Kayla Kristine Opsahl, Gary Wayne Spalding, Kasey Linn Diehl, Brian Alan Hicks and Anna Sophia Van As-Hicks, told police that they were all sleeping in the residence when three suspects broke into the home wearing bandanas as masks, camouflage and bright colored clothing with one armed with a rifle, court papers reveal. The suspects brandished the weapon once inside the home and proceeded to steal prescription medication bottles, a video game console, cellular phones and cash from the victims, charging documents alleged. Another witness near the residence told police that they saw three suspects matching the police description running from the scene of the home invasion and entering a dark colored SUV with Maryland license plates.

Deputies were able to track the suspects and the vehicle they were driving in to Cherryfield Road in Drayden; the vehicle appeared to have been recently driven, charging documents stated, and deputies found latex gloves inside, which witnesses said the suspects were wearing during the break-in. Sheriff’s deputies surrounded the suspects at the Cherryfield Road residence later that morning and the three surrendered to law officers. Barnes told police that he, Hogan and Chase committed the home invasion on Princeton Drive, charging documents stated, and Chase later admitted the same to police. Hogan refused to answer investigators’ questions, court papers showed. All three men were charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. Detectives are also investigating an Aug. 30 robbery of a woman and her daughter on Rutherford Drive in Great Mills, where two subjects forcibly took the woman’s purse and fled in an SUV. Police say that the suspects in the Lexington Park home invasion matched the description of the suspects in the Aug. 30 robbery.

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By Authority John F. Wood, Candidate Julia Lee Forbes, Treasurer

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Thursday, September 2, 2010


ews Officials Tout Achievements at Business Lunch

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

The Board of County Commissioners told attendees at the State of the County luncheon Tuesday that the county is facing tough times economically, but some business owners were critical of what they said was a lack of vision to promote business. Commissioner President Francis Jack Russell (D-St. George Island) said that the state of the county was “very tentative” given that revenues have fallen over the past several years resulting in the recent $10 million in cuts to the county’s budget. “We still don’t know what the revenues and expenses are going to be,” Russell told county officials and business leaders at the J.T. Daugherty Center. “It makes you nervous and it keeps you nervous … 2012 will be a challeng-

ing year.” Commissioners Thomas A. Mattingly and Daniel H. Raley, both term-limited and coming to the end of 12 years on the commissioner board, said that much had been accomplished in that time. “The county is in much better shape than when I first took office in 1998,” Mattingly (DLeonardtown) said. Mattingly said that despite budget cuts the county was able to avoid layoffs and refinance some of its debt to more manageable levels. Raley touted construction projects completed in the past decade and a treasury that still held some reserve funds as a sign of the success of the commissioner board. “The debt’s under control and you’ve got some money in the bank,” Raley said. “But the perfect storm, I think, is coming.” Raley, (D-Great Mills) said he did not be-

lieve that the county would be able to provide the same level of funding to the Board of Education next year and that the new commissioner board would have to find some way to relieve the property tax burden and shift the emphasis to other sources of revenue. Commissioner Lawrence D. Jarboe (RGolden Beach) focused on his key issue of going to the constant yield rate for property taxes and reforming regulations to make running a business easier to help the local economy rebound. He said that the U.S. Navy’s presence and the increase in tourism provided two legs of an economic stand that had to be strengthened by making the county an attractive market for second homes for high-income buyers outside of St. Mary’s. Dan Burris, a Leonardtown commissioner and insurance business owner was disappointed that there was little emphasis on what the

county could do for business from most of the commissioners, during this business-orientated luncheon. “It was more or less their accomplishments over the past 12 years,” Burris said. “It really wasn’t about their vision for the upcoming year for how they were going to solve the revenue shortfalls and to promote business.” Burris said that the commissioner board should focus on promoting tourism more and pressing for overall tax relief in the county and from the state to help businesses here. “There wasn’t a whole lot of leadership shown,” Burris said. “We need to have some leadership in the future to get past these economic times.”

Man Charged in $400K Theft Scheme Going to Trial

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A man who was indicted in December of 2009 for allegedly swindling victims in St. Mary’s County out of about $400,000 tried to get released on personal recognizance Monday from the county’s adult detention center after being arrested for failing to appear for trial, but was instead given a bond of $350,000 by Circuit Court Judge C. Clark Raley. Daniel Dwight Manoff, 46, of Poolesville, was indicted

along with his estranged wife, Theresa Elizabeth Thorne, 30, in both St. Mary’s and Charles counties for allegedly bilking victims out of their money, by Manoff allegedly offering to invest funds for the victims but instead channeling those funds into his own personal use including paying off expenses incurred by Thorne, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Manoff’s attorney, Justin Baham, told the court Monday that Manoff had attended a hearing on the charges against him in Charles County Aug. 6, which caused him to miss his appointed court date in St. Mary’s County on the same day. But Bernard Taylor, assistant attorney general for the state prosecuting the case, said that Manoff had used the apparent scheduling conflict in order to avoid trial here in early August. Since first being released on his own recognizance after being indicted, Taylor argued

before the court, Manoff had given misleading addresses regarding where he was living, including ones in Bowie and Laurel, but was eventually tracked back to residing in his Poolesville home, which was in foreclosure. Moreover, Manoff was served a notice Aug. 5 that he had to be in St. Mary’s County for a court date the following day by a state trooper and knew that his appearances had been separated by the prosecution between the morning and the afternoon, Taylor said. “We have a whole lot of game-playing here by Mr. Manoff” Taylor told Raley. Taylor also told Raley that information given by the defense Monday that Manoff was employed in Montgomery County “was news to the state” since Manoff had applied for a public defender in his Charles County case. All told the amount of money the prosecution alleges that Manoff schemed to steal was about $1.3 million, Taylor said. Manoff is set to go to trial in St. Mary’s on numerous theft and theft scheme counts on Sept. 14.

Davis Appointed to Elections Board

Jim Davis of Leonardtown was recently nominated by Senator Roy Dyson and appointed a commission to serve on the Board of Elections for St. Mary’s County by Governor Martin O’Malley. Davis is a life long resident of Maryland, a retired registered professional engineer and currently an Assistant Professor of Construction Management Technology at the College of Southern Maryland. He also serves as Chairman of the Airport Advisory Committee and is active in several service organizations in the county. From left is Judge Michael Stamm, Circuit County Judge, Davis and Joan Williams, Clerk of the Court, at Davis’ swearing-in to the Elections Board.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Candidate is Less Than Truthful

I am writing this letter regarding the 2010 Democratic Primary Race for St. Mary’s County Treasurer; and, I am confident that by now, if you are a Registered Democrat that voted in the last Election, most of you have received Mr. Dan Raley’s “Green Campaign Flyer” in the mail. I have read and re-read the information in this Flyer and find it hard to believe that given Mr. Raley has been a County Commissioner for the last 12 years that he is not more knowledgeable about the operation of the Treasurer’s Office. I give him the benefit of the doubt that he is just less than truthful. Yes, the Treasurer is an Elected Official. Unlike Mr. Raley as a Commissioner, the Treasurer CANNOT enact Legislation, set your Tax Rates, and most certainly cannot spend your money irresponsibly. It is the Treasurer’s job to prepare and issue Real Estate Tax Bills, calculate various Tax Credits, collect those Taxes, and prepare and administer the Annual Tax Sale of Properties in default. The Office also issues various Licenses, including Liquor Licenses, Dog Tags, and Automobile Tag Renewals. In addition, all Deed Transfers are reviewed and validated to be in good standing prior to their recordation. Mr. Raley has been a Commissioner for 12 years and publicly admitted at the recent League of Women Voter’s Forum, that he had NEVER visited the Treasurer’s Office to observe the Daily Operation of the Office nor made any suggestions to Mrs. Norris for changes that he now so vocally feels need to be made to the Office; yet, he states in his “Green Paper” that she has consistently refused to enact any “significant advances” to the Office. I, for one, would like Mr. Raley to specify when & which “significant advances” she refused to implement. He also states there is no Phone System that allows Citizens to call a Central Number and be directed to the Treasurer’s Office with “human intervention.” What a wonderful thought! You actually get a REAL PERSON on the line when you dial 301-475-4472; vice 14 choices that put you through to ANOTHER Computerized Voice when you dial the Main Governmental Center at 301475-4200. And, excuse me, Mr. Raley, but with 14 choices when I dial 301-475-4200, WHY didn’t the Commissioners put a 15th choice with the number of the Treasurer’s Office? When Mrs. Norris did not embrace the cumbersome Phone System that was implemented during your tenure as a Commissioner, her Office was excommunicated and disappeared into Cyberspace! You also failed to mention that the County also picks up the tab for your Cell Phone. Mrs. Norris does not have a Cell Phone paid for by the Taxpayers in St. Mary’s County. Your “Green Paper” states the “current Treasurer purchased a Third Party Software Program to run her Office and it cannot be maintained by our County IT Staff.” The Computer Program utilized by the Treasurer’s Office was designed specifically for that Office; and has been upgraded several times, and continually evolved to meet their needs during Mrs. Norris’ Term; but, it was procured BEFORE HER TERM IN OFFICE. The Computer Package purchased by the County did NOT have a Module to accommodate the Tax Sales or the Special Tax Districts; therefore, Mrs. Norris chose to continue to work with the System she knew would meet the needs of her Office.

Mr. Raley also commented on the additional Costs to the County to maintain the System. That cost for the Treasurer’s Office averages $6,000 to $7,000 per Year; while, last year, the County Bill for THEIR Software Package plus Upgrade and Maintenance was $331,699! During her tenure, Mrs. Norris has developed a New Billing Format; implemented Electronic Funds Transfer Payments of Escrow Accounts at no cost to the County (these account for 80% of the Tax Bills); implemented Semi-Annual Payments (as directed by the State Legislature); added other Legislative Fees, such as the Bay Restoration Tax, the Environmental Waste Tax; Senior Tax Credits, and Enterprise Zone Tax Credits. These are just a few of the advances that have been made in the Treasurer’s Office. In addition, Mrs. Norris had 4 Staff Members when she was elected Treasurer and still has 4 Staff Members! Tell me, is there any other segment of the County Government that HAS NOT INCREASED THEIR STAFF IN 16 YEARS, while continuing to give the best Service to it’s Citizens? Contrary to Mr. Raley’s Campaign Statements, Mrs. Norris CAN BE REACHED ON THE SAME EMAIL SYSTEM AS HE, i.e., jannette. and uses the County Interdepartmental Email System on a daily basis. Mr. Raley’s “Green Paper” states, & I quote “I am not running for Treasurer because I have become so enamored with County Government that I can’t stand to leave it.” WELL, Mr. Raley, you have reached your 3 Term Limit for Commissioner and you DO NEED an additional 4 years of service (total of 16 years) to be FULLY VESTED IN THE COUNTY PENSION AND HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM. Would that have any effect on why you decided to run in the Democratic Primary on the afternoon of the very last day to file for the St. Mary’s County Treasurer Position? Mr. Raley’s “Green Paper” also encourages people to vote for him “if you would like change in this Office. It is your tax dollars being spent.” Well, since Mr. Raley has been a Commissioner, we are WELL AWARE of HOW HE spent our Tax Dollars! Who can forget the purchase of the Hayden Farm on Christmas Eve for approximately $2 Million Dollars MORE than it’s Appraised Value? When asked about this when he filed for the Treasurer’s Office on the last day, he was quoted in THE ENTERPRISE as saying “well, that was just a little PR mistake.” Yes, Mr. Raley, your Campaign Statements are not “the whole truth and nothing but the truth”; and your motives are questionable. In conclusion, I encourage all Registered Democrats to come out September 14th and vote for the experience, honesty and competence that we have in our current Treasurer, Mrs. Jan Norris. And, as I learned from my 32 Years of working for the United States Navy at PaxRiver in the Aviation Maintenance Arena, “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!” Patricia Abell-Guy Leonardtown, MD

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To The Editor:

Norris for Treasurer is the Way to Go

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Ronald Reagan stated in 1967”. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.” Election season is upon us again with a number of important Federal, State and local races gearing up. I would like to encourage all St. Mary’s County Citizens to vote for Jannette (Jan) P. Norris. I have known Jan my entire life. I have had the pleasure of listening to my father, Walter B. Dorsey, state how lucky St. Mary’s County was to have Jan serve as their Treasurer. Let’s cite facts. FACT- Jan has been Treasurer of St. Mary’s County for the last 16 years. FACT- When she took office in 1994 there were 20,500 tax accounts; in 2010 there are 45,000 tax accounts. While tax accounts have doubled she has been able to keep departmental operating cost the same for over 16 years. Jan has also been able to keep interest rates down to 6%. FACT - St. Mary’s County is the only jurisdiction to keep the

interest percentage this low which is an impressive accomplishment. After researching this race I can understand why my father believed in Jan’s skills and leadership as County Treasurer. We elect individuals to public office to represent our wishes and interest. At this critical point in our economic and political journey, it is not the Candidates rhetoric that matters, but the record of performance that counts. St. Mary’s county you are lucky to have a stable Treasurer in these hard economic times. You can roll the dice with the political rhetoric of her challenger, or vote to stay the course with sensible leadership. Stability should mean everything in the uncertain economic times we face today. Why Change? Continue to let Jan Norris fight and defend the financial values of St. Mary’s County. Practical financial responsibility should be the only issue what matters in this race. Re-Elect Jannette P. Norris for St. Mary’s County treasurer. GO PACK! John Michael Dorsey Green Bay, WI.

Candidate Forum: Not Just For New Candidates

I couldn’t help but notice the candidates who have chosen not to make themselves available to answer question at candidate forums (on Aug. 23 at Lexington Park Library). One incumbent’s comments were regarded by many as arrogant. Candidate forums are for both incumbents and new candidates. After eight years in office a candidate should have something to bring to the table to discuss with his constituents. As a long time resident of St. Mary’s County, I have seen a lot of politicians come and go.

Like many, I am looking forward to electing some new leadership in Leonardtown. Cindy Jones is a fiscal conservative who is committed to accountability and transparency in county government. She understands sound fiscal management and will not vote to raise the property tax or piggyback tax rates. To learn more about Cindy and her platform go to Mary Bailey Leonardtown, MD

Lenny’s Provides a ‘Night to Remember’ On Aug. 21, 2010, Helpful Hooves Equine Therapy Inc. held its first formal dinner dance at Lenny’s Restaurant in California, Md. Helpful Hooves is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2006 to improve the lives of person with disabilities. We hold monthly theme parties at St. Clair Farm free of charge for this special needs adult population.. This year to create an event that would be extra special we decided to have a formal dinner dance, an event that this disabled population rarely gets to enjoy. Dan Rebarchick, the owner of Lenny’s

generously provided the use of his new banquet room as well as dinner for over 40 participants. He certainly made the event, “A Night to Remember.” I would like to thank the Rebarchick family, Pam Veitch our Special Friends DJ, and our many friends and family members who donated their time and talent to make the evening an event that these special needs young adults will remember for a lifetime. Sheral St. Clair, president Helpful Hooves Equine Therapy, Inc.

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“Speaking to Seniors” a 3-part Series

Cedar Lane Apartments and St. Mary’s Nursing Center have partnered to present “Speaking to Seniors,” a three-part speaker series designed to educate senior citizens and their families on some of the issues facing today’s aging population. Each event will take place at the College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown campus Bldg A, Room 206. All events are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is recommended. The opening event on Thursday, Sept. 16, is titled “Estate Planning 101: Wills, Advanced Directives, General Powers of Attorney” and will be presented by Joann M. Wood of Dugan, McKissick, Wood & Longmore, L.L.C. Ms. Wood specializes in Real Estate, Estate

Planning and Probate law. Thursday, Sept. 23, Steve Gurney, founder and publisher of the award-winning Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook will speak to the audience about the process involved in moving into a senior living community. Wrapping up the series on Thursday, Sept. 30, will be a presentation by Sharon Nicholson, LPN, St. Mary’s Nursing Center titled, “Recognizing and Addressing the Signs of Dementia.” Ms. Nicholson has 19 years of clinical nursing experience primarily in geriatrics, specifically in Long Term Care. To register, please call Cedar Lane Apartments at 301.475.8966 x 32 or email

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Business Founders Tell The Way it Was in St. Mary’s

By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

When seven of the county’s business founders from decades ago came together to talk about what it took to make money and become a success here, the stories were ones of dedication, hard work, luck and bucking the system. When he started opening up jewelry and watch repair services about 60 years ago, some of the first in the county, Walter Blair remembered that things weren’t easy or even profitable. “Money always went out as it came back in,” Blair said of the jewelry business, but when he started his catalogue showroom, which closed in the early 1990s, things got better. “It was a different type of fun because I made money,” Blair said at a gathering at the J.T. Daugherty Center sponsored by the county’s economic development department. Elmer Brown, Sr., who eventually started his own maintenance and landscaping business, started out being a truck driver for Exxon and again for a pie company before he took over management for public housing stock here in St. Mary’s. “It was failing public housing, I don’t think five doors were functioning,” Brown, an African American said. Helping other people adjust to public housing at that time was equally difficult, and messy, but he persevered. “They never anticipated you used the shower curtain for keeping water in,” Brown said, adding that he had to help teach impoverished people how to live in modern housing. George Guy, of Guy Distributing, said that his family’s starting a beer distributing business in the 1930s was tough, even in St. Mary’s County, but the coming of the U.S. Navy helped change all that. “The NAS Patuxent River and Lexington Park helped us grow a little bit,” Guy told the audience.

In those days getting a business off the ground with a loan was more a matter of character than showing a banker a portfolio, Guy and others said. “The bank would let you pay interest and let the mortgage go for months and months,” Guy said. Tom Waring, the longtime local real estate developer and homebuilder, agreed with Guy on how trust was a big part of getting financing. “Your money was not lent on equity or property but on your integrity,” Waring, head of Cherry Cove said. “If it hadn’t have been for people trusting us we never would’ve been successful. Decades ago, he said commodities in the county were few and simple. “Eight out of 10 businesses were selling alcohol or selling women,” Waring said after the base’s arrival. “It was wild, it was great.” It all contributed to the county’s growing pains all those years ago, said former State Sen. J. Frank Raley, who works as an insurance consultant. “We needed roads and schools to meet growing needs,” Raley said. “[In Lexington Park] we did literally have sewage running in the streets.” The creation of what would eventually become the Metropolitan Commission, the county’s water and sewer authority, would be controversial he said, because people were worried about the costs it would impose on them. St. Mary’s wide open and booming times all those years ago allowed people who were working for the government to make innovations as well, even at the expense of getting in trouble for it. Bob Waxman, one of the original Webster Field employees starting back in 1960 working on communications systems for the government, helped come up with the idea of using contractors to help get some of the work done down there in St. Inigoes. That included getting contractors to make their own investments in the work and build their own buildings there, he said. That actually led to letters of reprimand for Waxman and a colleague, he said, because they didn’t inform the U.S. Congress of what they were doing. But things all worked out in the end, he said. “After a year they [the letters] were disposed of,” Waxman said. Operators at St. Inigoes always did good work there, he said, though they received almost no notoriety for it. “We’ve always been a stepchild,” Waxman said. “That’s because the work we’ve done down there has never had wings on it.”

From left is Walter R. Blair, Jr., founder of Blair’s Gifts, H. Thomas Waring, CEO of Cherry Cove, George Guy, of Guy Distributing, and Robert E. Waxman, former Navy engineer and now senior consultant for MIL Corporation.


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Charles Brooks, 76 Charles Aloysius Brooks, the son of the late James “Jim” Ritchley & Mildred Butler Brooks, was born on May 13, 1934 in Leonardtown. He departed this life on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at the St. Mary’s County Hospital. “Charlie”, “pop, pop”, or “Daddy “ as he was affectionately known, was educated in the St. Mary’s County School system and graduated from Banneker High School in Loveville. Charles A. Brooks and Mary Ann Hayden were married on July 11, 1953. Charles worked in many capacities. He served his country in the U. S. Army from 19531955. He worked in several jobs to include a position at the Town Cleaners in Leonardtown; as a school bus driver for over 20 years; the Board of Education of St. Mary’s County; a truck driver for the Trading Post. He retired from the Angel System Company. Although he worked hard, he left time to enjoy himself. He enjoyed playing pool, and playing cards. He enjoyed being a “shade tree” mechanic. His sense of humor and goodnatured teasing made his wife and daughters feel loved and challenged. He kept Mary Ann busy in the kitchen cooking because eating was one of his greatest skills and joys. He truly enjoyed driving his car to meet his friends at Burch Mart on Saturday morning for the weekend “gossip fest.” Charlie was baptized at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown and was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church. Charlie was preceded in death by four loving brothers; James Kerrick “Tot”, William Kennedy “Dickie” (Bernice), Robert Alexander “Knute” (Genevieve), and Thomas Edward “Tommie” Brooks. He leaves to cherish his memory three daughters: Beverly L. Brooks of Mableton, Georgia; Deborah Brooks Dyson (“Peaches”) of Lexington Park, MD; Charlene Yates of Oakville, MD; two sons David Troy Hayden (Gloria); Aaron Hayden Brooks of Lexington Park, MD; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Ada L. Brooks of Philadelphia, PA; a brother, Phillip Francis “Coy” Brooks (Helen) of Elizabeth, NJ; one brother-in-law, Charles H. Smallwood (Nancy); four sisters-in-law, Gloria Jean Shade (Thomas); Martha of Oakville, MD, Helen of West Orange, NJ; and Corene Brooks of Tucson, AZ; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and very close friends. Family received friends on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with the Rev. John Dakes officiating. Interment services were held on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Serving as pallbearers were be Thomas E. Brooks, James A. Courtney, Claude Queen Claude Queen, Jr., James Brooks, and Thomas A. Scriber. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Henderson Blackwell, Ralph “Sonny” Butler, Robert Daly, Charles Medley, Claude Medley, Charles “Midget” Miles, Raymond Pitts, Eugene Young, and Joseph “Joe Boy” Young. Condolences to the family may be made at

Mary Foote, 68 Mary Ann Foote, 68, of Mechanicsville, MD and formerly of Allen, NE died August 28, 2010 at her residence. Born December 16, 1941 in Leonardtown, she was the daughter of the late Paul

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Leonard Long and Mary C. Long. She was the loving husband of Craig A. Foote whom she married on February 14, 1988 in Ridge, MD. Mary is also survived by her children Nick Mitchell of Sioux City, IA, Kriss Mitchell of Golden Col, Craig A. Foote, Jr. of St. James, MD, Jackie Windsor of Ridge, MD, and Jessie Garrett of Mechanicsville, MD. She is also survived by her brothers Ralph Long of Jacksonville, FL and James Long of La Plata, MD, one sister Linda Quade of Mechanicsville, MD, along with 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mary graduated from Arch Bishop Neal High School as part of the “Class of 1960”. She moved to St. Mary’s County in 1985 from Allen, NE. Mary worked has a hairdresser for 20 years retiring in 1985. Mary was a member of the VFW in Bel Alton, MD. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, cooking and portrait landscape painting. The family received friends on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a memorial service was held. Interment was private. Contributions in memory of Mary Ann Foote can be made to the Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 or VFW Post 10081, P.O. Box 218, Bel Alton, MD 20611. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Ann Foreman, 73 Anne Charlotte (Foldly) Foreman, 73 of Mechanicsville, passed away on Tuesday August 10, 2010 at the Calvert County Nursing Center in Prince Frederick. Born January 20, 1937 in Brooklyn, N.Y.; she was a daughter of Charles and Helen (Rubis) Fodly of Vintondale, Pa and later of Bainbridge, N.Y. She graduated from the Vintondale High School in 1954 and moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations and later as a dance instructor for the Arthur Murray Studios. Her marriage of 51 years to Robert Wesley Foreman began in 1959 and she is survived by her husband; a son, Mark Wesley Foreman of Chesapeake, Va., and a daughter, Kris Ann Foreman of Sterling City, Texas. Funeral services were conducted by the Reverend James Chance on August 18, 2010 in the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery Chapel followed by interment.

Jerome McCabe, 84 Jerome “Jerry” M. McCabe, 84, of California, MD, a retired US Army colonel and decorated veteran of three wars, died on August 27 at his home. He was born July 20, 1926 in Baltimore. Mr. McCabe was a member of the socalled “Chosen Few,” the remnants of a pivotal but largely unrecognized Army regimental combat team that helped hold off the Chinese invasion at the Chosen Reservoir during the Korean Conflict in the cold winter of 1950. He received

serious wounds in that action in which around 1500 Army troops died. Only 385 combat-able troops survived. His career in the US Army included assignments and tours of combat duty in Korea (twice), Germany, the US War College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the Pentagon, the Spanish War College, Viet Nam and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland where he retired as a full colonel in September 1973 after 30 years of service. He spoke German and Spanish. After his US Army career, he worked as a defense contractor in Rosslyn, Va. In retirement, he pursued charitable initiatives and was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a local food pantry. He volunteered at the Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall. He was a 30-year member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Peggy Duggins McCabe, also from Baltimore; J. Michael McCabe of California, Maryland, Patricia Ruppert of Laytonsville, Maryland, Timothy McCabe of Phoenix, Arizona, Mark McCabe of Fountain Valley, California, Peter McCabe of Ashburn, Virginia; a sister; 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., where prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD with Father John Dakes officiating. Inurnment St. Aloysius Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Father Andrew White School, P.O. Box 1756, Leonardtown, MD 20650, and/or St. John Francis Regis School, 43900 St. John’s Rd., Hollywood, MD 20636

Rosetta Sutphin, 90 Rosetta Virginia Sutphin, 90, of Hollywood, MD died August 25, 2010 in Callaway, MD. Born February 20, 1920 in Meadows of Dan, VA she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Bessie A. Goad Ayers. She was the loving wife of the late Paul Irvin Sutphin whom she married on July 10, 1940 in Mountain City, TN. Rosetta is survived by her sons; Sheldon D. Sutphin (Diane) of Punta Gorda, FL and Gary W. Sutphin (Mary) of Bryantown, MD as well as her grandchildren; Michele Smith (Michael), Stephen Sutphin (Marsha), Jonathan Sutphin (Tara), Christopher Sutphin and Great-Grandchildren; Audrey, Hannah, Jenna, Jarrad, Jordan and Jonathan. She is also survived by her siblings Sena Hodges of White Plains, MD and Macid Ellington of Danville, VA. She is preceded in death by her siblings Melvin Ayers, Elsie Soyars, Mamie Zorbaugh and Delvis Ayers. Rosetta moved to Southern Maryland in 1942 from Meadows of Dan, VA. She was a homemaker and a food service worker for the St. Mary’s County Board Of Education. She was a member of the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed gardening (flowers and vegetables) and canning vegetables. Rosetta

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Continued truly had a “green thumb” and enjoyed sharing the bounty of her garden with her family and friends. The family received friends on Sunday, August 29, 2010. A funeral service was held on Monday, August 30, 2010 in the Hollywood Church of the Nazarene, Hollywood, MD with Rev. Tim Grose officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Stephen Sutphin, Timothy Thompson, and William Rice. Contributions in memory of Rosetta may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD, 20650, Hollywood, Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD, 20636 and/or Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. To leave a condolence to the family please visit our website at

Mary Yeatman, 58 Mary Virginia “Ginny” Yeatman, 58 of St. Inigoes, MD passed away on August 28, 2010 surrounded by family at St. Mary’s Nursing Center in Leonardtown after a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s. Born February 15, 1952 in Leonardtown, MD, she was the daughter of the late John M. Cooper and Margaret A. (Bayne) Cooper. Ginny was a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland and a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Church in Ridge. She married Herbert Everett “Butch” Yeatman, Jr. on November 8,

1969. She was an exceptional homemaker and day care provider, and she gently influenced the lives of many children throughout the years. Before her illness, she enjoyed cooking, playing pitch, doing crafts, and shopping, especially at Christmas. Ginny is survived by her loving husband Herbert E. Yeatman of St. Inigoes, MD; three beloved children Cindy Morgan and her husband Dwight of Lexington Park, MD, Bridget Eagan of St. Inigoes, MD, and Jannet L. Keister and her husband John of Ridge, MD; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by four siblings, Barbara Chapman of Leonardtown, MD, Peggy Barickman of St. Inigoes, MD, Jean Harmon of Valley Lee, MD, and Linda Wood of Woodbridge, VA. Preceded in death by her brother John Matthew Cooper, Jr. Family received friends for Mary’s Life Celebration on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Ridge, MD. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the church on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 with Father Joseph Bayne and Father Lee Fangmeyer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were, Joey Barickman, Robert Bayne, Kevin Booth, Wayne Booth, John Chapman, III, and Jamie Yeatman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 456, Ridge, MD 20680, St. Michael’s School, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680 or the National Capital Area Alzheimer’s Association, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


To The Editor Cont.:

One Appalled Voter

I have voted since the age of 18. Reason being that it gives me the right to speak up when our politicians and/or judges do things that in my opinion are improper. By the same token it gives me the right to speak up when articles are printed in county newspapers, which are appalling to me. In my opinion the St. Mary’s Today has disgraced our politicians and citizens of St. Mary’s from the beginning of that paper. I do not purchase this paper due to the demeaning remarks about our citizens, politicians and judges. Just to mention a couple of articles, which a friend brought to my attention. Don’t know where the picture of Mr. McKay was obtained from the shocked look on his face calling him a crybaby. Let me tell you something, this man is not what they call him and he did not request his mom to pull St. Mary’ Today from the store. There are numerous businesses that do not carry that paper and I don’t blame them. Then there’s the one which they did a cartoon of Judge Abrahams and her husband which was totally degrading, disgusting, very distasteful, not to mention appalling. That cartoon is a red light harassment case. I shutter to think someone’s child would see that. The person responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves. These people were not always businessmen or judges and let me tell you even though they may be in these positions presently they have not treated the middle class people any differently. No matter where they are seen be it out to dinner, county fair, grocery store, etc, they always have time to speak and chat with you.

Just like Johnny Wood to mention another one, I always out of respect address him as Mr. Wood and he always says, “call me Johnny Please”. I can name to you lots more current and former politicians and judges who did not change after they got into their positions, and never forgot the citizens who put them into office and have never snub noses anyone, no matter what way of life you come from. A few years back there was a youth center located on Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, which the St. Mary’s Today wrote a very derogatory article on. I sent them a rebuttal article and guess what, it never got printed. After 3 weeks o f phone calls attempting to reach the owner of the paper wanting to know why the rebuttal was not printed their response was as follows: “The owner is a very busy person and does not call people back and further more we reserve the right as a newspaper to not print articles that come in.” It’s time the citizens of this county step up get on the band wagon and speak out regarding the St. Mary’s Today. Businesses who carry that paper and citizens who purchase it beware, step out of line and they will drag you through the mud and totally disgrace you. Further I say to our politicians and judges, there must be something as upstanding citizens you can do about the appalling, disgraceful, derogatory and disgusting articles and cartoons the St. Mary’s Today has printed about you. I as a voter would back you 100% to get that paper shut down. Lana Cameron Leonardtown, MD

Let’s Remove Double-Talking Politicians I will never again vote for double-talking politicians who know how to play to the television camera. I will never again vote for the politician who moves to the middle, the right, the left to get votes then promptly forgets his constituents, “the small people,” when he gets back to DC and makes the rounds at all those cocktail parties thrown by the Washington elites. I will never again vote for a career politician or for the same old Republican establishment candidate. I will cast my vote for a person of character and conviction or I will not vote at all--- I will stay home on Election Day. But on September 14th, I definitely will not be staying home, and I will proudly cast my vote for Collins Bailey. I look forward as well to voting for him in November. My reasons for supporting Collins are straightforward and uncomplicated: Collins Bailey is not a career politician and has pledged to serve for two terms without pay or benefits. He has pledged to serve no more than two consecutive terms in Congress. In fact he has signed a bonded term limits pledge and will donate $100,000 to wounded veterans if he defaults on this promise. Collins Bailey wants to restore political power to the people who can govern themselves locally, in their cities and towns, counties and states. He wants to be the “taxpayer’s best friend in Congress” and wants to end corporate welfare. He says “no” to more bailouts for private

businesses. And, he believes, if Congress cannot eliminate budget deficits, then Congress should not get paid. He also wants to eliminate Congressional pensions. Unlike Congressman Eric Cantor (R-Va.) who had a lot of trouble answering “yes” or “no” when Laura Ingraham asked him if he opposes earmarks, Collins Bailey answers that question with a resounding “yes” because he has taken a stand against “...all earmarks and pork barrel spending.” The sheer bulk of recent bills passed by Congress is tyranny itself, and no one on Capitol Hill seems to have read them. Collins Bailey has vowed not to vote for a bill he hasn’t read and supports requiring our lawmakers to do the same. He will not support amnesty or welfare payments for illegal immigrants. Collins Bailey says we don’t need to be dependent on foreign oil or Middle Eastern countries that resent us and our way of life. He says there is sufficient oil in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming to supply America with energy for a century to come. There are many other reasons I support Collins Bailey, but the most important reason is that I can trust him. He is an honorable man with high standards and a love of Constitutional liberty. Joyce Bennett Clements, MD


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Man Arrested In Major Cocaine Seizure By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

A Loveville man accused of having more than a kilogram of cocaine transported within St. Mary’s County was released from the county dentention center Monday. Joseph Tyrone Holton, 48, is alleged to have possessed and controlled the cocaine, which had a total estimated value of $125,000

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on the street according to reports from the vice/ narcotics unit. Charging documents filed in county District Court reveal that narcotics detectives found out Aug. 28 that a large amount of cocaine was located at a residence on Tammie Drive in Great Mills.

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Detectives recovered the cocaine from the residence, charging documents stated, where Holton allegedly had the large amount of cocaine delivered. Charging documents also alleged that Holton was able to get an “unwitting subject” to drive to the address where the cocaine was stored and retrieve it. The unknown subject, charging documents reveal, was interviewed by narcotics detectives and told them that Holton had instructed them to pickup the cocaine and deliver the cocaine to another location somewhere in the county. Detectives alleged that Holton had ownership and possession of the cocaine because he was able to direct where the narcotics were able to be stored. Capt. Daniel Alioto, commander of the vice/narcotics unit, said that the seizure of the powdered cocaine, which could have been cooked into crack cocaine and widely distributed, was a significant one. “It’s major that this was prevented from hitting the streets,” Alioto told The County Times. “This is a major hit for us and a major loss for somebody else. “I anticipate additional arrests at the end of the case review with Mr. [State’s Attorney Richard] Fritz.” Alioto would not comment on whether the seizure of the cocaine was due to a specific operation focusing on Holton. “When you’re working on large scale investigations you’re bound to intercept,” Alioto said of the scope of the division’s work. “It was a perfect storm for us. “It’s going to have an affect on supply and demand no matter how you look at it.”

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Police: Man Smashes Dishwasher, Curses In Public On August 28, 2010 deputies responded to a residence on Clarke Road in Piney Point, for a report of a destruction of property. Upon arrival, deputies met with the victim who reported Christopher Allen Scott, 19, of Piney Point arrived at the residence intoxicated and upset. Scott refused to calm down for the victim and allegedly punched the victim’s dining room table and dishwasher causing damage. Scott also allegedly damaged the victim’s fence. As deputies were talking to the victim, Scott exited the residence screamingly loudly and cursing. Deputies asked Scott several times to lower his voice which he allegedly refused. Scott was arrested for destruction of property and disorderly conduct.

Police: Woman Tried To Avoid Arrest After Assault On August 28, 2010 the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communication’s Center broadcast a lookout for 2001 Hyundai Sonata with Maryland registration driven by Wendy Alohalani Short, 20, of Chaptico. It was reported that Short was a suspect in an assault and destruction of property which just occurred on Stephen Court in Leonardtown. Deputy Perkins was in the area and observed the suspect vehicle. Perkins initiated her emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle but Short refused to stop the vehicle and fled, police alleged. Perkins lost site of the suspect vehicle but a short time later located the vehicle on Lawrence Avenue in Leonardtown,. The vehicle was unoccupied but Perkins located Short in the area. The victim of the alleged assault and destruction of property identified Short, who was arrested and charged with second degree assault, destruction of property and numerous traffic violations including fleeing and eluding and driving without a license.

Woman Charged With Making Arson Threats On August 29, 2010 Deputy Nelson responded to Cedar Lane in Dameron to Deputy Knott with a burglary investigation. Marie Rosette Proctor, 52, of Dameron became upset with the disposition of a burglary investigation and threatened to burn down the victim of the burglary’s residence. Proctor was arrested and charged with threat of arson.

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A California man police believe fired a shot that killed Antonio Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., 22, Aug. 28 is now being held at the county’s adult detention center. The suspect in Pollard’s slaying, Andrew Allen Carter, 24, of California was captured by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service fugitive task force after a brief flight to Baltimore, Bureau of Criminal Investigations reports state. Law officers found Carter at a private residence Monday two days after the slaying took place, police reports stated, and was taken into custody without incident. According to an application for a statement of charges against Carter filed in county District Court, the shooting occurred at the Lexwood Court community in Lexington Park where sheriff’s deputies found Pollard suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Pollard was taken to Washington Hospital Center, reports stated, where he later died as a result of the gunshot wound. Court papers stated that Pollard and two others, Robert L. Thomas, Jr, and Johnathan O. Nelson, went to the apartment on Lexwood Court where Carter was staying with a friend and witness, Tierra L. Brooks. Pollard and Carter began to argue, court papers stated, because of previous altercations between the two. Brooks left the apartment before the shooting, court papers stated, but Nelson and Thomas stayed as Pollard and Carter continued to argue.


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One witness told police that the argument between the two became heated when one of the witnesses heard Carter “mutter something” and heard a gunshot. Pollard fell after being shot, charging documents stated, while Carter fled on foot. Brooks was in the parking lot, court papers stated, and saw Carter running from the apartment and hiding between vehicles before running in the direction of Great Mills Road. In addition to being charged with firstdegree murder, Carter was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Worchester County for violation of probation stemming from a robbery conviction.

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Navy: Errant Unmanned Helicopter Posed No Threat By Sean Rice Staff Writer

On Aug. 2, an MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter on a test flight out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River Webster Field annex malfunctioned and continued to fly 23 miles north out of NAS Patuxent River airspace into Na-

tional Capital Region airspace. While some national media sources reported that a “rouge” “robo-chopper” violated District of Columbia airspace and posed a threat, local Navy officials said the drone never posed a danger and was successfully turned around about 40 miles south of the DC area. Capt. Tim Dunigan, program manager

for PMA-266, NAVAIR’s Program office for Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), said the aircraft lost communications with operators about 75 minutes into a test flight of the Northrop Grumman-built craft. “The operator team shifted to other Ground Control Station, restoring link and successfully commanding vehicle to recover at Webster Field. The aircraft returned to Webster Field safely without injuries, and without damage to the aircraft or vessel,” Dunigan said in a written statement. “During this routine test flight, we found a software anomaly that allowed aircraft

not to follow its preprogrammed flight procedures,” Dunigan said. “We have identified the issue and have aircraft operating restrictions that will prevent this from happening again. Additionally, a software modification has been developed to remove this anomaly.” Dunigan said the Fire Scout program office has suspended flight operations of MQ8B aircraft pending results of a thorough investigation. “We are in the final stages of the investigation … We anticipate resuming flight operations in early September,” Dunigan said. Since December 2006, the MQ-8B Fire Scout has flown more than 1000 flight hours.

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LHS Dance Team to Perform Teachers Express Concerns at Orange Bowl Over Grading Policy

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Members of Leonardtown High School’s Varsity Dance Team have been busy with fundraising efforts since they learned they were being invited to perform at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida this January, a fact that their coach, Denise Lourette, said she’d had a hard time believing at first. “Originally I founded a multicultural club, and we had a step team, and we developed the dance team later … and by the time we started the team it was halfway through the season,” she said, going on to explain that the group had performed at Bowie University, where an attendee called Bowl Games of America to suggest that the group be invited. “So I got a call from one of the directors, and he called the school and left a message … but I thought he was pulling my leg … It took him a while to convince me that it was the actual Orange Bowl … but I presented it to the girls and they just went crazy with excitement, so we decided we wanted to do it, and we’re putting together a lot of different fundraisers and we’re determined to come up with the whole amount,” which should come to $15,000, said Lourette, adding that the group will not only be performing in the half time show, but also participating in a four-

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A group of teachers met at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center on Wednesday to discuss concerns related to some changes in recommended best practices for grading students, which local officials say should help parents and students follow grading practices. “Basically we’re just collapsing the grading categories,” said Chief Academic Officer Linda Dudderar, explaining that grading systems had varied so widely from grade to grade, and from class to class, that school officials thought it may be helpful to make the process more uniform. “Three years ago, when the school system opened up the Teacher Access Center (TAC) for parents to look at student grades in a timely manner … the grading practices became transparent, and parents had access each day. One of the good outcomes of that was we had more communication [between teachers and parents],” said Dudderar, “but one of the other things was that folks were using a variety of different processes to gather their grades … so the grades could vary a lot from class to class even if the work didn’t.” Dudderar said that the school system would try recommending that two areas of

work be weighted; process, which refers to work done while in the process of mastering a concept, and product, which would include assessments or demonstrations of student learning. “There is no policy about how to weight grades, there never has been,” she said, “but what we’re doing here is recommending a range for process and product, which can vary a bit depending on grade level or subject.” Wanda Twigg, President of the St. Mary’s County Education Association, said that the recommendations have spurred some concerns among area teachers, some of which are stemming from discussions held last year about policies that would bar educators from grading any student lower than 50 percent on a test or assignment. Twigg added though that the policy was never adopted, and that teachers can give zeros to students who don’t complete their work. Dudderar told The County Times that the weighted categories are there to serve as guidelines for teachers, and that no grading policy has been adopted or voted on by the Board of Education. She said that data collected from teachers’ grade books this year will be used to refine recommendations for grading in the future.

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SMCM Alum Kicks Off VOICES Reading Series St. Mary’s College of Maryland graduate Joe Hall ’04 kicks off the college’s annual VOICES Reading Series with a reading from his first book of poetry, “Pigafetta Is My Wife,” a Poetry International notable Book of the Year that has appeared on the Small Press Distribution Best Seller List. Hall now teaches at the University of Maryland. The reading will begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday, September 10, in the Daugherty-Palmer Commons. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Anderson at 240-895-2017 or

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Martirano Named Innovator of the Year Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools, has been chosen by a panel of judges from among more than 40 nominees as a winner of The Daily Record’s 2010 Innovator of the Year Awards. The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year Awards in 2002 to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit – for creating new products, programs, services, or processes that have helped their companies, industries, or communities. According to The Daily Record, these innovators have imagination and vision, the ability to see a need and fill it, and the courage to make change happen. “Dr. Martirano is truly deserving of this

award,” said Mr. Bill Mattingly, chairman of the Board of Education of St. Mary’s County. “He continues to use his vision and imagination to ensure every child in the St. Mary’s County Public School System gets a top notch education. We are very proud of him as he shines the light on St. Mary’s County.” The 2010 winners will be recognized at an award ceremony on October 21, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. In addition, a special magazine article featuring each of the winners will be published in the October 22, 2010, issue of The Daily Record. Dr. Martirano’s biography can be found online at

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Young Life and Wyldlife Groups Relaunched for Area Students

By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer

A small group gathered Tuesday night in a living room in Hollywood, some toting Bibles as they brainstormed ideas on how to breathe new life into Wyldlife, a nondenominational Christian outreach program for middle school students. It’s part of a larger network of groups operating under the umbrella of Young Life, an international outreach group for high school students headquartered in Colorado Springs that has been in operation for nearly 70 years, and is now experiencing a new surge of popularity with area students. Regional Director Kevin Burgess thumbed through his own copy of the New Testament to share some introductory passages with members of the group, which included parents, students and prospective volunteers, all of whom leaned in and listened intently to a passage from the book of Luke (5:17-26), about a group who brought their paralyzed friend to a house where Jesus was supposed to be performing miracles. “They came to this town, to this house to see him, and the place was packed,” explained Burgess, adlibbing the passage as he described the scene to the group. “They

can’t even get in the front door, there are so many people … but do they give up? No. These four guys get up on the roof and tear off the shingles to make a hole in the roof, and then they lower their friend down on a mat in front of Jesus.” Burgess said he could draw parallels between this story and Young Life’s recreation in St. Mary’s County after a few years of lag time, during which Young Life lacked an area representative, and Wyldlife, its sister program for middle school students, had waned into obscurity through a lack of participation. When Burgess arrived in St. Mary’s County after spending several years in Woodbridge, Va. as a paid Young Life director, he said his first priority was to get Young Life and Wyldlife back up to speed in the area, beginning with outreach to local students and their parents. After holding initial interest meetings, the group has been able to steadily add volunteers and participants for its group functions, which include; Contact Work, where leaders spend time with kids and attend social engagements; Club, a weekly meeting that usually takes place at a volunteer’s house, which includes a fun mixer or game followed by Bible readings and a short discussion; Campaigners, the next step for interested participants that includes biblical discipleship meetings with adult volunteers; Camp, the trips for which range from 5 to 7 days in the summer, and 2 to 4 days during the school year; and Committee, where adults and chairpersons get together to discuss activities and the overall direction of the ministry. All told, the group boasts 3,000 paid staffers ministering to more than 30,000 participants around the world in groups that each focus on a specific demographic; Young Life, for high school students; Wyldlife, for middle school students; Capernaum, for disabled children (named after a town where Jesus was said to have performed miracles); Small Town/Rural, for one-high-school communities with fewer than 25,000 residents; Multicultural, for minorities, typically living in densely populated and economically disadvantaged areas; Young Lives, for teenage mothers; Young Life College, and Club Beyond, a ministry for children in military families.

For the Kids Naturally, there would be no Young Life if there weren’t kids willing to attend meetings and mentor each other, Burgess said, going on to explain how he’d seen the program help some of the area’s most challenged students get a handle not just on their faith, but their daily lives as well. “We have the whole gamut of kids … we have the kid who has no support network, no pressure and really nothing going for them and no hope, and none of the advantages that other kids may have, to the contractor kids who have the money and the resources but are stressed out because they have too much on their plate,” Burgess said, “and we have everything in between,” including more than 200 students involved in some portion of the ministry, whether they’re just attending weekly clubs or campaigners, or going to camp, the group’s most visible and popular activity. Burgess said that he had seen drug-abusing teenagers with absentee parents do complete turnarounds within their personal and academic lives as a result of the ministry, and then there are others who haven’t dealt as much with the chaos of dysSubmitted Photo function, like Meg Rawlings, 16, a Young Life member attending Leonardtown High

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As Burgess explained, Young Life has already been enjoying a resurgence of popularity in the county, and Wyldlife won’t be too far behind, as interest meetings have focused on re-launching the program for students at Esperanza Middle School. But several things need to happen before the organization can start up for students at all local middle schools and high schools. They must have requisite numbers of volunteer leaders, team leaders, committee members, host families, Club locations, Campaigner locations, and permission from a school’s principal or authority figure, since the group will be targeting area students. “That’s not something we absolutely have to have,” Burgess said while explaining the requirements for group start-up to the interest meeting assembled on Tuesday, “but we like people to know what we’re doing. We want school principals to know us and know what we’re about.” For now Burgess said that his focus would be on encouraging participation and creative planning for the future of both groups, to which they hope to add other spinoffs of the ministry, including a local division of Young Lives for teenage mothers. He said though it would have to begin with a foundation of faith. As the story in Luke ended with Christ forgiving the paralyzed man’s sins, after which he stood up and walked away with his makeshift mat, Burgess’s contention was that the re-launching of Wyldlife could be compared to that passage, as he explained later. “These four guys did whatever it took to get their friend to the foot of the cross … and for us there will be obstacles. You know there’s going to be conflicting schedules, you know there’s going to be naysayers, and we’re not going to have enough support at times … but Jesus saw their faith, and that they were willing to do anything, and he did something miraculous in this guy’s life,” he said, “and that’s what I think can happen with this.”




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School who said that she would be excited to see Wyldlife re-launched in the area, since it was through that program during her sixth grade year that she was introduced to Young Life. “I actually started with Wyldlife in sixth grade, over at Esperanza, and it was really fun and I liked it. I also loved the talks and I went to camp in the summer after my eighth grade year, and it was great. I had a wonderful time. I just said I wanted to do this in high school,” she said, explaining that she then got involved with Young Life as she entered her ninth grade year at Leonardtown High School. “It’s really grown … we started out with 10 people, and now we’re at 60 per club, and this year we want to grow even more,” she added. Rawlings herself could be described as a whirlwind of constructive activity, boasting membership in a dozen different clubs and extra curricular activities leading up to this, her senior year. “Last year I was fundraising chair for my school, and I raised $9,000 for prom, so that was a really big commitment. I also do homecoming committees, prom committees, Destination Imagination, mock trials and Africa Aid,” she said, smiling as she rattled off her resume. “Throughout my whole high school career I’ve done about a dozen clubs. I’ve just tried to dip into everything to find out what I’m passionate about, and I think I’ve found it with Young Life.” Rawlings said she is in the process of applying for colleges, and would like to start a career in marketing after earning her degree, “and that’s something I can do with Young Life,” she said.


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The students and their parents from the show troupe of Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Studio ventured to Cape May the week of July 19th to compete against 20 studios from New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. There were 500 routines at this national’s finals competition “Beyond the Stars”. Gracie’s kids scored gold, high gold, and platinum for their solos duos, with special awards going to Jesse Burrows and Melanie Downs. Carly Colvin’s “On and On” tap routine, choreographed by Justin Myles, received a platinum and was the 4th overall top score out of 60 routines. Amanda Ripple’s “Black Bird” received a judge’s award for “awesome accents.” Other solo routines that performed and received high gold or platinum were: Lindsey Tygrett in “Cricket Mix”, Ashley Jo Guy in “Mudd Football”, Bailee Wathen in “Evaculate the Dance Floor”, Brittany Lyon in “I Gotta Feel-

All Aboard!!!! All Aboard!!!! All Aboard!!!! The Life Changing Healing Church of Mechanicsville, MD Is sponsoring a trip to see the play “Joseph” At the “Sight and Sound Theater” in Pennsylvania

Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 (Columbus Day) Bus will leave Mechanicsville, MD at 7:00 am with an 8:00 am pick up at Hampton Mall in Capitol Heights, MD and return to Mechanicsville, Maryland at 10:00 pm The cost includes “transportation”, “play”, and “dinner” Adults $130.00, Teens aged 13-17, $100.00, Children aged 3-12, $70.00 A $50.00 deposit is due by September 1st. Payment in full is due by September 13. (There will be no refunds after September 13.) There will be a one-and-one half hour of shopping at Tanger Outlet Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania prior to the play Immediately following the play, we will board the bus for dinner Immediately following dinner, we will board the bus for our return home For tickets contact (Betty) 301-884-2939 (Renee) 301-997-1784 or (Danielle) 240-286-4361

ing”, Abriana Ciavattone in “Guardian Angel”, Cali Copsey in “Get it Girl”, David Burrows in “Moonwalker”, Lauren Tygrett in “Never Along” and Kortney Redding’s “Percussion Taps”. Duos and Trios that performed and received high gold or platinum included Anna Williams, Madison Hill and Charlotte Ball tap dancing to “Down on the Corner”, Erica Mundie and Tori Janiszewski in “Best Friends”, and “Fascinating Rhythms”, choreographed by Mark Orsborn, which scored 5th overall. “Tap Times Three”, choreographed by Gracie Myles, won the 4th overall top score, and “Please Don’t Stop the Music”, choreographed by Mark Orsborn, won a 2nd overall top score. The duo tap routine, “The Way I R”, choreographed by Grace Myles, not only received platinum but also was the 5th overall top winner out of a total of 45 junior routines for ages 12 and under. For small groups in the 12 and under age category, “Take you There” and “Bust a Move”, both choreographed by Gracie Myles, received platinum. “Bust a Move” received the Crowd Pleaser Award, was first in its category and won the 3rd overall top score for all large groups. The hip-hop routine, “Working Day and Night” received a gold. In the 13 and over age category, “Telephone”, choreographed by Crystal Hutson, received a platinum. The tap routine “Fine”, choreographed by Justin Myles and Mark Orsborn, not only received platinum but was the top score of all small groups in the 13-15 age category. In the large group division, ages 13 up, “Let’s Go Crazy” received a platinum and was first in the category, also making the team the 2nd overall top scoring group of the day. “Pump up the Party”, competing in the 16 and over division, received platinum and was 4th overall. “Let the Beat Rock”, the hip-hop line routine in the age category 13-15 received a high gold. “Disco Dance Fever”, the production routine, received platinum and was the 2nd highest-scoring routine in the age division 13-15, also receiving the “high energy award” and the Entertainment Award. Gracie Myles, Lisa Burrows and Crystal Hutson choreographed this routine. Jesse Burrows was the first runner up for “Jr. Mr. Beyond the Stars”, and David Burrows was the title winner for “Mr. Beyond the Stars”. For more information on Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dance Studio, visit, email GraciesGandG@ or call 301 475-5265.


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Chopticon Honored as Outstanding Best Buddies Chapter The Best Buddies chapter at Chopticon High School in Morganza was presented with the 2009-2010 Outstanding Chapter Award at Best Buddies International’s 21st Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference, July 23-26, 2010. Chosen from more than 800 Best Buddies high school programs and 62 Outstanding Chapter applicants, Chopticon High School was chosen as the 2009-2010 Overall Outstanding Chapter. Nearly 800 students, representing Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Vietnam and the United States, traveled to Indiana University to participate in the four-day conference. Working under the theme of “Building Our Future,” these students, selected for their active leadership roles within Best Buddies, attended a series of interactive workshops focusing on leadership development, community service, civic responsibility, intellectual disabilities and volunteerism. “Best Buddies is extraordinarily proud of our exceptional

high school and college chapters, which have developed outstanding one-to-one friendships and lead the Best Buddies global movement,” said Mia Mulholland, Director of Programs for Best Buddies. “Each chapter’s creativity, commitment and hard work play a crucial role in furthering the social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within their communities and are building a stronger future for Best Buddies around the world.” Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leadership Conference prepares student leaders to operate the Best Buddies chapters at their schools, which involves recruitment of new members, planning group activities for their chapters and promoting of the social integration of people with intellectual disabilities in their communities.

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Clydesdales Win Big at State Fair The Suttler Post Farm Clydesdales from Mechanicsville took home several trophies from the 2010 Maryland State Fair, which was held August 27 and will continue through September 6 at the State Fair Park in Timonium. The horses placed first in five cat-

CSM is hosting auditions for “‘night, Mother.” 6-9 p.m., September 8 at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The College of Southern Maryland’s Cause Theatre will debut its season with “night, Mother” by Marsha Norman in October. Each performance, bringing to light a different social issue, is designed to be informative and challenging, and is followed by a facilitated discussion. Facilitators include trained professionals from the college’s counseling center as well as CSM students in the fields of social work, women’s studies, theatre studies and healthrelated fields. For auditions, prepare a short memorized monologue and expect cold readings from the script. Performances will be at all three campuses, October 14-30. No pre-registration is required. For more information call 301-934-7828, or email bxoffc@ For more information on the Theater CSM’s Cause Theater, visit

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• Statewide community read for both adults and teens During Sept. and Oct. the entire state will be reading Warren St. John’s book, “Outcasts United,” this year’s selection for the One Maryland One Book statewide community reading project. This non-fiction book is the story of a refugee soccer team, a woman coach and a small southern town turned upside down by refugee resettlement. Copies of the book are available along with discussion guides. Book discussions are scheduled at each branch with the first one being held at Lexington Park on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. Leonardtown and Charlotte Hall’s will be in Oct. Teens across the state are encouraged to read “Home of the Brave” by Katherine


Applegate which features similar themes to “Outcasts United”. A teen chat to discuss this book will be held at Charlotte Hall on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. and at Lexington Park on Oct. 18. • Homeschooled families can learn about library’s resources Students who are homeschooled and their parents are invited to attend a workshop to learn more about the resources and services the library offers. The workshops will be held at Leonardtown and Lexington Park on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. and at Charlotte Hall on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Registration is requested.

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• Teen writing workshops offered The library is offering two writing workshops for teens in conjunction with the monthly TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meetings. Musicians and poets Krys Baker and Mike Snider will help teens combine words and music to create lyrical poetry on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. at Charlotte Hall. James Mascia, author of “High School Heroes,” will conduct the workshop on creating short stories in the form of free verse poems at Leonardtown on Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. and at Lexington Park on Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. These workshops will help the teens get geared up the upcoming Poetry Slam at Lexington Park on Oct. 23.

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Thursday, September 2 Saturday, September 4 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Rd., Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184. • Cheesesteaks Night VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. For more information, go to or call 301-862-3247. • AL Post 221 Meeting American Legion Post 221 (21690 Colton’s Point Rd., Avenue) – 8 p.m. Open to all active duty personnel and veterans. Monthly meetings are on the first Thursday of each month at 8:00 p.m. For more information, go to http://www.alpost221. or e-mail alpost221@

Friday, September 3 • So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Rd., Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184. • Leonardtown First Friday Various Businesses (Leonardtown, MD) – 5 p.m. Join Historic Leonardtown’s art galleries, restaurants, cafes, gift shops, antique shops, bookstores and more as the town hosts a free evening of art, entertainment, and specials. Call 301-475-9791, or visit www.LeonardtownFirstFridays. com for more information. • Open Mic Night Fenwick Street Used Books & Music (41655 Fenwick St., Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Krys Baker and Michael Snider of Fractal Folk will host an open mic at Fenwick Street Used Books. Solo and duo musicians are welcome to perform. Poets and others are also welcome. For more information call 301-475-2959 or email • Texas Hold’Em VFW Post 2632 (23282 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. For more information or to pre-register contact Brian at , or call 240-925-4000. • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (21215 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills) – 7 p.m. For more information call 301-863-6007.

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• All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Bay District Vol. Fire Department (46900 S. Shangri La Dr., Lexington Park) – 8 a.m.

• Car Wash & Bake Sale Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 9 a.m. The Cadets of the Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad will be holding a Free Car Wash & Bake Sale 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Donations will be graciously accepted. Hot dogs and beverages will also be sold. All proceeds will benefit the Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad. For more information, contact Lieutenant Kimberly Sullivan at

• Park Rock Fest 2010 Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Chancellor’s Run Rd., California) – 11 a.m. 8th Annual Park Rock Fest will include bands from all over Southern Maryland, D.C. and Baltimore, playing indie, experimental, alternative, R&B, rap, hip-hop, rock, metal and more. Tickets are $15 in advance (available online at www.parkrock. com, or at Hotlicks Guitar Shop, Allegro Music, Nanbo’s Guitar Emporium or Sacchetti Music), or $20 at the door. Free parking. Food, beverages, and other merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information visit

• So. Md. Mobile Compassion Center St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (37707 New Market Turner Rd., Mechanicsville) – 9 a.m. The Compassion Center provides food, clothing and spiritual care to people in need. Basic need items are provided free of charge to those seeking assistance. Nominal donations for items are requested from visitors who can afford it. For more information call 301-884-5184. • Summerseat Open House Summerseat Farm (26655 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. Manor house tours on the half hour beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the last tour given at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to, or call 301-373-6607. • Park Rock Fest 2010 Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Chancellor’s Run Rd., California) – 11 a.m. 8th Annual Park Rock Fest will include bands from all over Southern Maryland, D.C. and Baltimore, playing indie, experimental, alternative, R&B, rap, hip-hop, rock, metal and more. Tickets are $15 in advance (available online at www.parkrock. com, or at Hotlicks Guitar Shop, Allegro Music, Nanbo’s Guitar Emporium or Sacchetti Music), or $20 at the door. Free parking. Food, beverages, and other merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information visit • Blackistone Lighthouse Tours Blackistone Lighthouse (by way of St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point) – 12 noon The replica of the Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island State Park will be open for tours, and St. Clement’s Hundred volunteers will be available to answer questions, share history, and guide visitors to the top. Water taxi service will be available from the St. Clement’s Island Museum from 12 noon to 4 p.m., with the last boat from the island to the mainland at 3:30 p.m.

• SVRS Open House 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad (21530 Coltons Point Road, Avenue) – 11 a.m. Take a tour of the department, ambulances, and equipment. There will be face painting, blood pressure screenings, moon bounces, EMS and Fire demonstrations. FREE. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. • Blackistone Lighthouse Tours Blackistone Lighthouse (by way of St. Clement’s Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd., Coltons Point) – 12 noon • FOP Poker Tournament FOP-7 Lodge (21215 Chancellors Run Rd., Great Mills) – 2 p.m. For more information call 301-863-6007.

Thursday, September 2, 2010 (23150 Leonard Hall Dr., Leonardtown) – 8 a.m. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Sheriff’s Office encourages all to stop by and support the gift of life by donating blood. For more information call 301-475-4200, ext. 1900. • Walking Group Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Chancellors Run Rd., California) – 6 p.m. There will be over 100 women walking the track at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park. The theme is “100 Women Walking Their Way to Good Health.” The walk is free and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Agnes Price at 301-757-3974 or 301-863-0199. • $25 Texas Hold’Em Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go to “Start-ALife.” For more information call Christine at 443-624-2746. • $30 Hold’Em Tourney Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • AL Post 221 Auxiliary Meeting American Legion Post 221 (21690 Colton’s Point Rd., Avenue) – 7 p.m. Open to all spouses of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras. Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. For more information go to http://www.alpost221.webs. com/, or call Christina Barbour at 301- 904-5876.


Wednesday, September 8 • Nature Time at Greenwell Greenwell State Park (25450 Rosedale Manor Lane, Hollywood) – 10 a.m. Pre-registration (no later than 24 hours in advance) is required via email - - or by calling the Greenwell Foundation office at 301-373-9775. • “Why Snooze When You Can Crooze” Nite Arby’s Restaurant (40824 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown) – 5 p.m. Bring your custom car, truck or bike for an informal cruise at the Arby’s parking lot in Leonardtown. All are welcome. • $30 Hold’Em Tourney Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 7 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad Meeting Hollywood Vol. Rescue Squad (43256 Rescue Lane, Hollywood) – 7 p.m. Anyone wishing to become a member of the Auxiliary is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 240-298-7956. • SMAWL General Membership Meeting Conference Center, the Dorsey Law Firm (22835 Washington St., Leonardtown) – 7 p.m. Agenda will include vote on new by-laws and filling open board seats. All persons interested in joining are welcome to attend. For more information, go to www.SMAWL. org or call 301-373-5659.

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• $50 Hold’Em Tourney Bennett Bldg (24930 Old Three Notch Rd., Hollywood) – 2 p.m. For more information call 240577-0240 or 240-286-7964. • Texas Hold’Em Big Game Park Bingo Hall (22608 Three Notch Rd., California) – 2:30 p.m. For more information or to register, email or call 301-643-5573. No e-mail on the day of the event.

Monday, September 6 • No Limit Hold’Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, California) – 7 p.m. For more information call the Lodge at 301-863-7800, or Linda at 240-925-5697.

Tuesday, September 7 • AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

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Thursday, September 2, 2010 By Linda Reno Contributing Writer When Washington, D.C. finally regained a baseball franchise and I heard the team was going to be called the Nationals, I thought to myself “surely they could have come up with a better name than that.” I was wrong. They were actually going back to their

roots. The original Washington Nationals were formed in 1859. Their home games were played on a field called “the President’s Grounds”, just across from the White House. About the worst injury a baseball player can expect today is to be hit by a wild pitch or get hurt sliding into a base. Not in the early days. In the archives of the Armed Forces Institutes of Pathology, in Washington, is a remarkable set of 1889 images labeled, “Hands of an ex-professional baseball player.” The photographs of this man’s broken, mangled, disjointed and deformed fingers are powerful testimony to the brutality of major-league baseball as it was once played: barehanded. Baseball gloves didn’t arrive until 1875 and it would be another 10 years before they became widely used. As

for rules—what rules? The game was played by profane, hard-drinking, mustache-wearing cohorts with an explosive mixture of courage, cheating, aggression and violence. Only real men dared apply. Pitchers threw from a flat area, just 50’ from home plate in what was called “a box”, hence today’s saying “the pitcher was knocked out of the box.” The ball had a rubber center, not a cork one, so it was harder to drive for distance — though professional hitters could, at times, pop it over the fences. Since the owners were cheap — and baseballs expensive — one ball was used for an entire game, even after it became soft and mushy. Spectators had to throw foul balls back onto the field, and neighborhood boys knew they could obtain free admission for re-


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When Elephants Fly By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer You probably remember I don’t sleep well. This is for a variety of reasons, one of which is that as a side sleeper; if I lay on my ears too long they hurt. I don’t understand this – my ears aren’t that large, are they? My husband was in what he thought was stand-up comic mode the other morning. I was sighing because I was flipping on another side yet again. He was asking what was wrong, and I told him about my ears hurting. He started to get this big grin across his face, and I knew what was coming. Well, he did grow up with three sisters to antagonize, though of course he denies this strongly! At times I do believe he has never gotten past being a 14-year-old adolescent. You might not know any men like this. His response to my ear predicament was, “If they weren’t so big, they wouldn’t hurt.” Laughing, I replied, my ears aren’t big – they are normal” Then he went on with “Dumbo coming in for a landing, clear the landing strip.” He was off and running then. “You don’t have to worry about your arms hurting when you fly because you’ll be flapping with your ears.” He was laughing and thinking he was soooo funny. It was like listening to a Jay Leno monologue that never seemed to end. I was taking all this somewhat good-naturedly, believing he was releasing nervous energy about softball play-offs. I had to get up and go look in the mirror to look at my ears more closely. No, they are normal I told him. Even wearing earrings hurt my ears. I’ve never been able to have pierced ears – I can only wear clips, and they hurt after a few hours too. I’ve never been what one would call a ”Girlie girl”. But occasionally I do like to dress up, wear some jewelry, dab on some perfume. And I always wear make-up so I don’t scare people. Perfume has been a bit of a problem lately with allergy season going full swing. I have to have just the right blend, so I don’t sneeze my head off. Then you have the problem of having to mix perfume and bug spray. Same thing with candles

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or air fresheners. I envy people who can burn candles every evening, or use those plug in air fresheners. Within a short time I suffer an allergy attack, which can last three days. I digress as usual. I just tell my husband that I am fragile and sensitive. That usually gets a “Yeah right” response. I am. But I couldn’t pass up zinging him a little as he stood in front of the mirror later that morning carefully brushing his hair. I said, “Excuse me, I need the mirror too, how can it take you longer than three seconds to brush YOUR hair.” “Hey!” he said, “I have to brush each individual hair”. I also got that look back that only married or long time couples know. But it was worth it, and I had to add in a few extra comments for emphasis. It did keep us laughing and trading barbs for quite awhile. Everything was happy go-lucky until I realized about an hour before we had to leave for the game that I had not put the lid down to actually start the washing machine earlier that day. So I started it quickly. The problem was that his softball uniform was in there. He might have been just the teensiest bit unhappy. I stayed to wring out the partially washed uniform and try to get it dry before game time. He left for the game. I did think to take all the other clothes out and put the uniform on spin dry. I got it dry and to the game before most anyone had arrived. I don’t think he was expecting me to get it dry that quickly. So I told him I just flew with my big old Dumbo ears. At least he was laughing again. My husband claims that his Dumbo monologue was stated in his sleep so he is denying everything. He remembers nothing. Sometimes you just have to laugh. Who wants a marriage to be boring anyway – not us. To each new day’s adventure Shelby Please send comments or ideas to: shelbys.


turning one hit out of the park. Games started late in the afternoon, to accommodate businessmen after a day of work, and a ball stained dark with dirt and tobacco juice was hard to see in the setting sun in those days before ballpark lights. There was one umpire to a game and the players took advantage at every opportunity. “Baseball was mightly glamorous and exciting to me,” recalled Connie Mack, who played in the 1880s, “but there is no use in blinking at the fact that at that time the game was thought, by solid, respectable people, to be only one degree above grand larceny, arson and mayhem, and those who engaged in it were beneath the notice of decent society.” Another player on the Washington Nationals in the 1880s was Aloysius C. Joy, born 1860, son of William Thomas Joy, a native of St. Mary’s County. Dubbed “Pop” by the team, he played, at least professionally, for only a short time. “Al” Joy, Pioneer With Washington Ball Club, is Dead. Aloysius C. Joy, 77, who as “Al” Joy was first-string catcher for the Washington Senators back in baseball’s pioneering days in 1882, died Monday. Throughout his career on the diamond he was known as an excellent player whose ability was matched only by his sportsmanship. (Washington Post, June 30, 1937).

Book Review

“I’m with Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks” by Edward Ugel Photo Courtesy of Helen Carroll Beavers Patterson

c.2010, Weinstein Books

$23.95 / $29.95 Canada

By Terri Schlichenmeyer Contributing Writer The other day, you noticed that it’s time for new-clothes shopping. It’s not that your wardrobe is outdated. What’s in your closet might be considered classic, so that’s not the problem. You didn’t suddenly get a makeover, although that’s not a bad idea. No, you need new clothes because you’ve collected a few pounds this summer. Too many bar-b-ques, maybe, or more reunions than you’d like to admit to. And the worst part is that the holidays are coming, and you know what that means... Think there’s a reason the first three letters in “diet” are what they are? You’re in good company, as you’ll see in “I’m with Fatty” by Edward Ugel. Growing up as one of five children, Edward Ugel had some wonderful memories. He and his father and brother, for instance, spent every summer weekend on the beaches of Maryland and Delaware, where seafood was fresh, inexpensive, and plentiful. That was good because the boys could really eat. Nearly every good memory Ugel had of his life included food. His eleventh birthday present: cooking lessons with a first-rate chef. Family members arguing over fried chicken bits. Meals Ugel made, and restaurants which were life-markers. It should’ve come as no surprise, then, when Ugel started punching extra notches in his belt. But his weight problem wasn’t a problem until his wife recorded ultra-loud snoring and Ugel reluctantly signed into a sleep clinic.

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The diagnosis: he had sleep apnea so severe that he literally turned blue while slumbering – all because of his weight. Ugel promptly announced an imminent diet. Then, he waited. The holidays were coming; why set himself up for failure? But a few more pounds gained and another notch in the belt made Ugel step up his plans. If he could manage to lose 2.28 ounces a day – about a pound a week – he could get back to his high school weight. He’d feel better. He could get rid of the hated CPAP machine for his sleep apnea. One trainer, one nutritionist, one therapist, several colonic cleansings later and oh-so-close to his goal, Ugel finally found a way to lift the weight off his middle - and his shoulders. Still carrying around those love handles you can’t seem to find the time to shed? Come on over and commiserate with this book, because author Edward Ugel will make you laugh while you lose. But that doesn’t mean he plays the Jolly Fat Man role very well. Ugel is brutally honest with his food addictions and his battle with the bulge, and even though he bastes this memoir with a taste of humor, the underlying seriousness of his story is very clear. “I’m with Fatty” is introspective, rueful, regretful, and – fair warning – there’s an almost-overly-long discourse on colonic cleansing that could be a threat to sensitive stomachs (but is hilarious, nonetheless). If you’re hungry for a quick-to-read memoir that’s got some laughs in it, sink your teeth into this one. For you, “I’m with Fatty” is a book to add to the menu.

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Park Rock Fest Drawing More Than 120 Musicians By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer St. Mary’s own Park Rock festival may be the last relic of a Southern Maryland summer, with more than a thousand people taking over Chancellor’s Run Regional Park for two days of indie rock, classic rock, acoustic, alternative, punk, EMO, screamo, metal and more, all culminating in an event which organizers are hoping will put St. Mary’s on the map in terms of talent this weekend. Fred Heather, who started Park Rock Fest in 2000, described his inspiration for launching the festival. “The inspiration for the event was a casual vacation to Pennsylvania, where we went to the Bethlehem music festival … and they had a huge community event going on where they took over the entire city … and they had multiple venues with music for everybody’s taste. So we came home and said ‘we need something like that in Lexington Park,’” he said, “so within three weeks we had started Park Rock Festival in 2000, where we had two stages and one day of music.” Now the festival boasts five “venues,” three of which will have two stages sharing space to allow for quicker band turnover during the event. “What we’ll have is one stage with a performance going on while the other band is setting up across the way,” Heather explained, “so once that band stops the next band plays, so on the majority of stages we’ll have nonstop music, no Count Your Blessings breaks.” At the North venue (sponsored by First Time Lucky Records) some notable punk, EMO and screamo acts include Count Your Blessings, an energetic indie band from Waldorf, and CYB closing out Saturday’s lineup. On Sunday the North venue will have Northville and Littlefoot, with Gun Click Panic rounding out the show. The East stage (sponsored by Cheeseburger in Paradise) will be dedicated to a more mellow lineup of acoustic, folk, Celtic and softer rock, which this year includes Stephen Heller, an acoustic musician from Calvert County, guitar shredder Marq-Paul LaRose, and Warner Bros. Records and D.C. darlings Violet Says 5 rounding out Sunday’s lineup. Notable acts on the South Stage (sponsored by Beast Attire), which this year will feature indie, alternative and experimental rock, include Audiostrobelight, who will be rounding out Saturday’s offerings, and Marq-Paul LaRose New Jersey rockers

Set It Off, who boast a big following in the Baltimore and D.C. circuits. T h e Field Stage (s p o n s o r e d by Southern Audiostrobelight Maryland Toyota), which includes hard rock and metal, will feature Callaway’s own Kneel to Zod, who will mix up their current play list with songs from their third CD, The Greed States. For vintage metal fans, also onstage this year will be the regional Iron Maiden tribute band called The M a i d e n Project. T h i s year will be a good year for area hip-hop Kneel to Zod artists, too, with “track artists” performing at the Pavilion Stage (also sponsored by Cheeseburger in Paradise). “We have R&B singers, regular singers, and a lot of hiphop artists,” said Heather, going on to say that highlights for area fans will include Soul B and High High Speed Chase Speed Chase, who this year is helping host a freestyle competition. “There will be a competition every half hour, with two people battling it out to see who can freestyle the best, and that will go on all day on Saturday and all day Sunday,” said Heather, going on to say that the winner will receive a cash prize along with the ear of a couple of record label insiders. What to know if you go: Tickets can be ordered in advance ($15 per day) online, or at one of several music venues in the tricounty area; Hotlicks Guitar Shop, Allegro Music, Nanbo’s Guitar Emporium or Sacchetti Music. Tickets will also be on sale at the door for $20 per day. There will be food and drink available for purchase at the event. Parking is free, but guests who leave during the day will have to pay to get back in. There are no drugs, alcohol or coolers allowed, and it is suggested that you bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating. For more information on this year’s Park Rock Fest, including a complete schedule of bands, go to

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

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Patuxent Beach Rd., California) – 8 p.m.

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

• Legend Drift Away Bar & Grill (12364 Neale Sound Dr., Cobb Island) – 9 p.m.* 

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

• TK421 Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 9 p.m.

• Open Mic Night Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd. San Souci Plaza suite 314, California) – 6:30 p.m. • DJ Night Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m. • Thirsty Thursdays Karaoke Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (23900 N. Patuxent Beach Rd., California) – 8 p.m.

Friday, September 3 • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band Donovan’s Pub (22767 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Live Jazz Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd. San Souci Plaza suite 314, California) – 6 p.m.* • Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick St., Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.* • DJ/Line Dancing Hotel Charles (15100 Burnt Store Rd., Hughesville) – 7:30 p.m. • Pat Benetar & REO Speedwagon Calvert Marine Museum (14150 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons) – 7:30 p.m. • Rum Runners Island Inn and Suites (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. • Country Music Jam Session St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Night Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • Ladies DJ Dance Night Hula’s Bungalow (23900 N.

• Too Many Mikes Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Dr., Lusby) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 4 • Park Rock Fest 2010 Chancellor’s Run Regional Park (Chancellor’s Run Rd., California) – 11 a.m. • Denny Grizz Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 2 p.m. • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. * Randy Richie (jazz piano) Café des Artistes (41655 Fenwick St., Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.* • Billy Breslin Island Inn and Suites (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. • Karaoke Quade’s Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Rd., Bushwood) – 8 p.m. • Karaoke Lexington Restaurant & Lounge (21736 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 8 p.m. • DJ/Dance Night Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park) – 9 p.m. • Impact South Ridge (13425 Point Lookout Rd., Ridge) – 9 p.m. • Karaoke w/ DJ Tommy T & DJ T Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 9 p.m. • Sum-Bich Memories (2360 Old Washington Rd., Waldorf) – 9 p.m.   • Vs. The Earth Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 5 •John Lusky Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 1 p.m.

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• Bob Wire and the Fence Posts Island Inn and Suites (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 2 p.m. • Country Memories Band St. Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall) – 4 p.m. • The Worx Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 5 p. m.

Monday, September 6 • Joe Martone Sea Breeze Restaurant (27130 South Sandgates Rd., Mechanicsville) – 3 p.m.  • Sam Grow Band Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Rd., Newburg) – 3 p.m. • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Scott’s II (7050 Port Tobacco Rd., Welcome) – 7 p.m.*

Tuesday, September 7 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5 p.m. • Open Mic Night Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Blvd., White Plains) – 9 p.m.*

Wednesday, September 8 • Fair Warning Irish Pub Band CJ’s Back Room (12020 Rousby Hall Rd., Lusby) – 5 p.m. • Captain John DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Rd., California) – 5:30 p.m. • Karaoke Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Damion Wolfe Island Inn and Suites (16810 Piney Point Rd., Piney Point) – 7:30 p.m. • Wolf’s Blues Jam Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Rd., Chesapeake Beach) – 8 p.m. *CALL TO CONFIRM

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

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By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

St. Mary’s Edition

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year again. The players have been practicing since mid-August, the coaches have been preparing for even longer and now the curtain comes up on another high school football season here in St. Mary’s County. Friday nights (and in a couple of cases, Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons) will be highlighted by 50-plus kids from each school strapping on the pads and various cheerleading teams and marching bands strutting their stuff at halftime. The first Friday night of football season begins the fall sports season for student-athletes and we have so many interesting storylines for each of the four schools this season it promises to be one of the more interesting gridiron years in recent memory. The defending county champion Great Mills Hornets lost an awful lot of players from last year’s 5-5 team, but one thing they have plenty of is team speed. Can teams contain them to the inside and not allow them to hit the corners? If they can’t, the Hornets are in position to improve on 2009’s breakthrough. Leonardtown not only has a new head coach in Mike Nines, but they also have a new offense and defense in place. Nines has replaced the Pistol Spread Option offense with the venerable Wing-T to go along with a four-down lineman, fourlinebacker defense. Both will benefit the kind of players that

make up the Raiders – small and quick. They could be a headache for any team that takes them lightly in 2010. St. Mary’s Ryken has probably the biggest change of them all this season – home field advantage. After playing their first two varsity seasons in various locales, the Knights will open up their brand-new multipurpose campus stadium tomorrow night against Paul VI at 7 p.m. The stadium has synthetic grass, the first of its kind in St. Mary’s and will help the Knights draw talented football players to the school in the future. In the meantime, the Knights will have some growing pains, as many of their starters on this year’s team will be underclassmen with a lot to prove. Last, but certainly not least, we have Chopticon. With 15 starters returning from last year’s better-than-their-record team, the Braves will have to get off to a quick start to avoid missing the 3A South Regional playoffs for a third straight season. Having several starters on offense and almost the entire defense coming back will help Chopticon deal with the likes of Westlake, Huntingtown and North Point early in the season. The Braves have their sights set on 3A South and beyond and they have a good chance to get there. The first five games will determine how good their chances are the rest of the way. So be sure to support and enjoy your football teams this fall because this is a truly a year where anything can happen. With that said, let the games begin. Questions? Comments? Complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at

Lacey and Team-23 Score Again at Potomac By Doug Watson Potomac Speedway

race lead as the pack entered turn-one, and would eventually go on to lead every lap of the event. Budds Creek – Clements’ Sommey As Lacey led, point contenders Lacey scored was victorious for the sec- Derrick Quade and Tommy Wagner Jr. ond time this season in last Friday night’s slugged it out for several laps until 12th20-lap Limited Late Model feature at Po- starting Stevie long made it a three-way tomac Speedway. battle for second. By the eleventh lap, The win was the fourth overall fea- Long would retire on lap 16, then Ed ture triumph this season for car owners Pope joined the battle making it another Joe Adams and Wayne Quade. three-way race for second. As Lacey Lacey has also scored a win at the would cruise uncontested to his 35th caVirginia Motor Speedway and David reer Potomac LLM feature win Wagner Williams recently scored a Potomac would hold on for second, Ed Pope was LLM feature win in the car as well. third, Quade held on for fourth and KenCurrent point leader Derrick Quade ny Moreland completed the top five. and Lacey shared the front row for the “I was getting a little worried there start of the feature. Lacey darted into the towards the end of the race,” Lacey stated. “The carburetor was starting to stumble with about five laps to go and I knew Tommy [Wagner] was back there and I said ‘Oh God, not now!’” Lacey was quick to praise his car owners for the win. Youth Roller Hockey Registration “Yeah, Joe and Stretch really Ages 8 to 14 as of December 31st 2010 have this car working pretty good August 26th and September 2nd right now, I get the easy job to drive Leonard Hall Recreation Center in it.” Leonardtown 7 to 9 p.m. Heats went to Wagner and Cost $75.00 per child Quade. Mike Reynolds became the eighth different driver to win in the Street Stock ranks this season as he posted hi first-career win in the divisions 16-lap main. Women’s meeting Thursday September 2nd Current point leader Kurt Co-Ed meeting Wednesday September 8th Zimmerman took the early race Men’s meeting Thursday September 9th lead with Chuck Bowie in tow. All meetings at Leonard Hall Recreation They would run together for nine Center - 7 p.m. Individuals and teams wellaps until tangling off turn four. come to attend. For more information call Reynolds, third at the time, capiKenny Sothoron at 301-475-4200 ext 1830 talized on the leaders misfortune

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to take the race lead and would go on to score the breakthrough win. “I can’t believe were finally here,” a jubilant Reynolds said. “We’ve been at this for a long time now and I wasn’t sure if we’d ever get one.” Troy Kassiris came from 12th to finish second, Billy Crouse was third, Scott Wilson was fourth and Donnie Smith completed the top five. Heats went to John Sellner and Chuck Bowie. In other action, current Hobby Stock point leader Jimmy Randall posted his fifth win of the season in the 15-lap Hobby Stock feature, Defending track champion Greg Gunter scored his first win of the season and career 53rd in the 15-lap four-cylinder main and Ray Bucci picked up his second win of the season in the 20-lap Strictly Stock event.

Limited Late Model feature results 1. Sommey Lacey 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Ed Pope 4. Derrick Quade 5. Kenny Moreland 6. Ricky Lathroum 7. Robbie Beall 8. David Puckett 9. Pat Wood 10. Dave Adams 11. PJ Hatcher 12. Stevie Long 13. Billy Tucker 14. Joey Love

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1. Mike Reynolds 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Billy Crouse 4. Scott Wilson 5. Donnie Smith 6. Dale Reamy 7. Teddy Dickson 8. Chuck Bowie 9. James Sparks 10. Kurt Zimmerman 11. John Sellner 12. Sam Archer 13. Mike Latham 14. Jason Murphy 15. Kyle Nelson (DNS)

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Tues., Sept. 7

Boys’ Soccer C. Milton Wright at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4:30 p.m.

Boys’ Soccer Patuxent at Chopticon, 6 p.m. Calvert at Great Mills, 6 p.m.

Volleyball Good Counsel at St. Mary’s Ryken, 5:30 p.m.

Girls’ Soccer Chopticon at Patuxent, 6 p.m. Great Mills at Calvert, 6 p.m. La Plata at Leonardtown, 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 6:45 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 3 Boys’ Soccer Lackey at Chopticon, 6 p.m. Girls’ Soccer St. Mary’s Ryken at Reservoir, 4 p.m. Football Chopticon at Westlake, 7 p.m. Thomas Stone at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Calvert at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m. Volleyball Leonardtown at Chopticon, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 4 Field Hockey Great Mills at McDonough, 12:30 p.m.

Golf Leonardtown/North Point/Westlake vs. Thomas Stone at White Plains, 4 p.m. Thomas Stone/Patuxent vs. Chopticon at Wicomico Shores, 4 p.m. Volleyball North Point at Chopticon, 7 p.m. Thomas Stone at Great Mills, 7 p.m. Lackey at Leonardtown, 7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 8 Field Hockey Holy Cross at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4:30 p.m. Volleyball Archbishop Carroll at St. Mary’s Ryken, 5:30 p.m.

Online Registration is Now Open for Southern Maryland Sabres Rec Hockey Sabres Recreational Hockey 2010-2011 begins in October The Southern Maryland Hockey Club recreational program is designed to provide hockey players an opportunity to learn and develop skills in a team setting. The recreational program is also designed to assure equal opportunity to participate for all skill levels. Players of all skill levels are welcome. No tryouts required. These teams participate in the Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL). The league is

part of the Southeastern District of USA Hockey (www. Our home arena is Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD ( Mite/Atom Cross Ice $ 500 Squirts, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget - $ 750 Any questions please contact Jaime Cantlon.

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

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Braves Prepared for Long Haul this Season By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

Photo By Frank Marquart

Braves quarterback Cody Douglas throws a pass during a recent practice.

MORGANZA – There’s no doubt about where the Chopticon football team wants to be at the end of this coming football season. “I hope this team is playing late into the season,” head coach Tony Lisanti said during a practice last Tuesday. “If we can continue to improve, anything’s totally possible.” “We could’ve made it last year with a disappointing record,” senior safety Terahn Watson said, alluding to the team’s 4-6 record after a 0-5 start in 2009. “I’m looking for us to make it to States.” “Ever since we were freshmen, we felt we could make it to Baltimore as seniors,” said senior cornerback Sterling Miles. “That’s where we’re setting our sights this year.” “You can look in the players’ eyes and tell we want it real bad,” senior linebacker T.J. Graham said. “Lisanti wants it bad, too. He doesn’t want a state championship to slip through our hands.” Before the Braves can set their sights on the post-season, they have to get by one of the more difficult schedules in the state of Maryland. “I don’t know anybody who plays three teams that went 10-0 the previous season and the first five teams made the playoffs,” Lisanti said of their first half match-ups with Westlake, Gwynn Park, Huntingtown North Point and McDonough. “We realize we have a challenge ahead of us, but our eyes are open.” The offense returns junior quarterback Cody Douglas and senior receiver Josh Gray, who could

get help if senior Ray Sydnor stays healthy. “Ray can catch some passes for us if teams double-team Josh,” Lisanti said. “If he stays on the field, he’ll help us out.” Running back is the coach’s biggest concern in camp, but he foresees Chad Bowen and Stephen Quade sharing the bulk of the carries this coming season. To make the playoffs, the Braves cannot have another 0-5 start to the season, and that falls on the shoulders of the defense, which returns virtually everybody to a unit that allowed a total of 47 in the final five games last year. “I’m expecting alignments and responsibilities to be that much better,” Lisanti says. “It took us six games to play fast. If you can play fast, you play the type of game you’re capable of playing.” The back eight are all back – linebackers Nick Landavazo, Michael “Bam” Wroble, Michael Messick and Graham, as well as Miles and J.W. Smith on the corners and Willie Adams and Watson in the secondary – and they are aware of their roles. “We eat, drink and sleep football,” Watson says. “When you pick on one of us, you have to pick on us all.” “We came together at the end of last year, and we’ve got a whole year together this year,” Graham said. “We’re working on team work and leadership now.” “We feel great about our defense,” Miles said. “We come up big in big situations and if we can do that again, we’ll steal some games.”

Raiders Ready to Roll Under New Management

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer LEONARDTOWN – When Mike Nines took over as head coach of the Leonardtown football team earlier this summer, he decided that tailoring the offensive and defensive game plans to the strengths of his players was the best bet for the team’s improvement. So far, the plan has been successful and

Nines is confident in the Raiders’ chances for a good season, starting tomorrow night at home against Calvert. “The main reason we decided to switch offensive and defensive formations was to make it simple for the players we have,” Nines of switching from previous coach Anthony Pratley’s Pistol Spread Option offense to the less complicated but even more unpredictable Wing-T. “We only had a week of practice and

Two Raider linemen mix it up during a drill at a recent Leonardtown practice.

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installation before our first scrimmage and we only need minor tweaks. That was encouraging.” While the Pistol Spread was complicated in terminology and design, the Wing-T, a run-based offense, only requires small and quick offensive linemen, which the Raiders have plenty of. “We wanted to keep it as simple as possible so we can focus on fundamentals,” Nines explains. “So far, they’ve done real well.” Leonardtown has no shortage of returning players, led by junior quarterback Drew Wysocki as well as a couple of transfers – Marcus Stout from Patuxent High School and Tony DeVitto, a new student originally from Virginia. The Raiders are confident that they can compete with the best of the best in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference, but it will take time. Photo By Chris Stevens “Once we start winning games, it’ll carry over to the next one,” said senior Mike Nines is confident that the Leonardtown football wingback/linebacker Nick Laurel. We’ll team will surprise opponents this season. build confidence to where we believe we Laurel agrees, adding that the Wing-T has can do it.” “I think we’re going to see a lot of im- been easier to learn than the Pistol. “From what I get from the rest of the playprovement,” added senior offensive tackle/linebacker John Conner. “We one won game and ers, the Wing is much easier to learn and pick had two forfeits, but we’re expecting more wins up,” he said. And that’s exactly why Nines feels forthis year. We just have to take it one week at a tunate to have his first head coaching job at time.” Connor believes that Nines has made this Leonardtown. “I had an advantage coming in knowing a coaching change a successful one for the playlot of these guys and what they can do,” he said. ers and the coaching staff. “It’s a big transition – we’ve got a whole “I’m extremely excited and I couldn’t ask for a new set of formations and a few new players, better group of kids.” but it’s been a smooth transition,” he says.


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Young Knights Expect To Turn Corner By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

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Sophomore Zach Snell will be the starting quarterback for the St. Mary’s Ryken football team this fall.

LEONARDTOWN – After graduating 19 seniors (five of which are playing college football), the St. Mary’s Ryken football team is going to be as young as they were two years ago in their first varsity season. Youth and inexperience aside, head coach Bob Harmon believes that this group has the talent, drive – and size – to get the job done. “We’re going to be young, but we’re pretty talented,” Harmon said during a recent practice. “Recruiting is kicking in and we’ve gotten much bigger – when I walk into an offensive huddle now, everyone is bigger than me.” Considering Harmon is about 6’1, that’s no small accomplishment. “We lost a lot of kids, but we have a really good JV program and I think we can turn the corner.” Turning the corner means a winning record in their third varsity season. After winning one game in 2008, the Knights improved to 4-6 last season in spite of a lack of a true home field in both of those seasons. Harmon believes there is no time like the present for Ryken to take that next step. “We’re bigger, stronger faster and I don’t see any reason we can’t win five or six games,” he says. “We re-

ally could’ve been 6-4 last year. If we play good football, we can win six or more.” The Knights will quickly find out how good they are after this past weekend’s 24-14 win over Mt Zion Baptist in Baltimore. They open their brand-new campus stadium with three games (Paul VI, Archbishop Carroll and Bishop O’Connell) against WCAC schools. “I think we’ve put in a lot of hard work this preseason,” said junior offensive tackle Josh Martinson, the biggest of the big men up front at 6’5, 325 pounds. “We have the talent and if we focus and play hard, we’ll do fine.” Senior fullback and linebacker Michael Link agrees. “Those first three tells us we’re ready to play and they better be ready for us,” he said. Tomorrow night is on every player’s mind, as the Knights will finally get to play football on campus, a long time coming for the upperclassmen. “It’s great to have our own stadium,” Link said. “Even when we played games down at [Lancaster] Park, we used to have to get on a bus,” Martinson added. “The stadium is going to bring people in and we get to play on our home field. It’s great.”

Quick Hornets Look to Improve on Previous Season’s Success By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

coach Bill Griffith. “We have a good JV program and some of those kids have come up to varsity this year.” In spite of losing 26 players to graduation (and juGREAT MILLS – After a 2009 season that saw the Great nior wide receiver Michael Johnson to academic ineligiMills football team snap a 20-game losing streak and win the bility), Griffith is confident in the group he has because most games of anyone in St. Mary’s County, the Hornets are of one added intangible. ready to improve on last year’s 5-5 record, even with a totally “On both sides of the ball, we have so much more new team. speed, it’s unbelievable,” Griffith said. “We’ve got guys “We still have the same abilities we did last year,” said head we can come in and fill the spots.” Another important characteristic the coach sees in his team is hunger. While five wins after none in the previous two years was great, he wants their sights set on the 4A East Regional playoffs. “They should be hungry. We came so close to the making playoffs and we fell short,” he said. “They haven’t had the success that they should have, so they’ve been very dedicated in the summer and in the pre-season.” The key returning players are slotbacks Aaron Wilkerson and DeAndre Berry, who both want to prove that last season was no flash in the pan. “It motivates us and adds more fuel to our fire,” Berry said of the quest for improvePhoto By Chris Stevens ment. “We want to prove everybody wrong and prove our- Great Mills quarterback Jordan Hurtt barks out signals during a recent practice. selves right.” “You can call one win a “We want to do whatever it takes,” Berry said of his fellow fluke,” Wilkerson said. “But you can’t seniors. “This is my last year playing high school football, so it’s call five wins and hanging tough with now or never.” some of the best in our conference a Griffith believes that the Hornets’ best chance for crashing fluke.” the 4A East party will be improved discipline on the field. Wilkerson, a junior, has the same “We have to go in and play mistake-free football,” he said. goal as he had in 2009 – send his senior “We can’t turn the ball over like we did against Thomas Stone, classmates out on a high note. we can’t have roughing the kicker penalties like we did against “I’ve been playing since my freshCalvert – we can’t make those mistakes anymore.” Photo By Chris Stevens man year, and every year, I always want DeAndre Berry (carrying the ball) and Aaron Wilkerson expect to lead Great Mills to the to do it for the seniors,” he said. “Then next year, it’ll be my time.” playoffs this season.

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Fishing Before the Storm By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer Seven years ago, on September 18, we were all bracing against Ernesto, which had dow ng r a ded to a tropical storm as it made landfall in North Carolina and moved north across southeastern Virginia and into our area. Many of us recall that some of the best fishing in the Bay that year was in the week before the storm. As we watch hurricane Earl’s development and forecast track later this week, we might consider the current perfect fishing and boating conditions, while we hope that the hurricane track remains well off shore. The first of September marks the beginning of the hunting season as mourning dove and early resident Canada Goose seasons begin. Don’t let these seasons distract you. The fishing is great from now through the fall. Feeling the pinch of an absolutely terrible flounder season, I headed south to Cape Charles, Virginia this past week to feel the

familiar tug of large flatfish near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Under absolutely perfect weather conditions for three and a half days, I wasn’t disappointed. Most species of fish usually found in our area are biting well now. The really large fish are not here, but the keeper-sized fish are providing good enjoyment and making each outing a worthwhile venture. I’ve heard good reports of bluefish catches, along with breaking schools of bluefish and stripers at the mouth of the Patuxent River. A few Spanish mackerel have been caught after a lackluster appearance two weeks ago, before the last period of heavy rains. Many people target early morning and late evening schools of breaking fish to catch bluefish and stripers. A good spoon or jig will put fish in the box from these schools of fish. Another method is a good topwater plug cast into the chaos. Poppers cast around structure will also produce stripers – especially early in the morning or late in the evening. Bottom fishing with a typical double drop rig will produce croakers and spot in the Bay, along with white perch in the rivers. Some of the spot caught in deeper waters are bigger now, although many of the little bait stealers are still around. Bait up with real or artificial bloodworms. Peeler crab, squid and shrimp are also good baits but crabs like these baits, too. The surest method to catch bluefish and


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Try shallow water trolling in the rivers for stripers. Use a small bucktail dressed with a twister tail with no additional weight. Stripers can also be caught in the rivers by bottom bouncing tandem bucktail rigs near deep drops and changes in bottom contours. Do you have a current fish picture or story of a great catch? If so, send an email to Spanish mackerel is by trolling small metal spoons. For Spanish mackerel, increase your trolling speed to 6 knots or more. Slow down for the bluefish and slow down even more for the stripers.

Keith has been a recreational angler on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for over 50 years; he fishes weekly from his small boat during the season, and spends his free time supporting local conservation organizations.

Blue Crabs

Blue Crabs Work The Graveyard Shift To Beat Barnstomers

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

for the winning runs. Chris Hayes pitched six shutout innings in relief to get the win, while Bryan Dumensil picked up the save with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the 16th. Hill went 4-8 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI. The Blue Crabs make a brief return to Regency Furniture Stadium today for a four game set with the defending league champion Somerset Patriots. Tonight’s contest begins at 7:05 p.m.

Designated hitter Jamar Hill’s two-run homer was the difference as the Blue Crabs topped the host Lancaster Barnstormers 7-5 in 16 innings Tuesday night. Southern Maryland improved its second half record to 31-19, 4 ½ games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the Atlantic League’s Liberty Division. The Blue Crabs took a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Shaun Cumberland and a solo home run by Hill, by his first of the contest. The Barnstormers struck Liberty Division back in the bottom of the eighth Bridgeport Bluefish when Reggie Taylor hit a twoBlue Crabs run blast off of Ryan Speier to Long Island Ducks knot the game at 5. Camden Riversharks Each bullpen threw up dueling doughnuts until the 16th inFreedom Division ning when Hill homered for the Somerset Patriots second time in the contest. With Lancaster Richard Gianotti on first with a York Revolution leadoff walk, Hill took Austin Newark Bears Hinkle’s 1-2 pitch out of the park

Atlantic League Standings (Games Through 08/31/10) W 37 31 25 16

L 16 19 25 36

W 29 26 21 20

L 24 25 30 30

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10 & Under Team Competes at Mid-Atlantic Sectionals in USTA Jr. Team Tennis

The St. Mary’s County 10 & Under White Team competed in the Mid-Atlantic Sectional Championships for USTA Jr. Team Tennis on August 13-15 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The team advanced to sectionals by winning the St. Mary’s County local league and then becoming Md. state finalists at the USTA Jr. Team Tennis State Championships on July 17-18 in Owings Mills. In Fredericksburg, St. Mary’s played first against a Washington, DC team from the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center. St. Mary’s County’s Samantha Chan won her first set and Pictured left, in the front row (l to r) are 10U players Liam Poole, Annabelle Finagin, Harita took the girls’ singles match to a tiebreak, but the Iswara, Samantha Chan, Paul Bishop, Noah Guadagnoli, and Domenic Guadagnoli. In the SETLC DC team went on to sweep the individual

matches, plus win the flight and the 10U team title. St. Mary’s then faced the Worldgate team from Herndon, Virginia. The Virginia team beat our St. Mary’s 10 & Under squad 24-20 in a hard-fought match featuring the mixed doubles duo of Paul Bishop and Samantha Chan, the girls’ doubles team of Annabelle Finagin and Harita Iswara, the boys’ doubles team of Liam Poole and Domenic Guadagnoli, and singles players Noah Guadagnoli and Annabelle Finagin. The 10 & Under teams use the QuickStart Tennis format with low compression felt balls and shorter 60-foot-long courts. Congratulations to players, parents and coaches on a terrific season.

back row (l to r) are 10U coaches Christine Driscoll, Brian Abell and Steve Bishop.

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THURSDAY September 2, 2010

Jim Davis Appointed to Elections Board Story Page 6

‘The Way it Was’ In St. Mary’s County Story Page 8

Teachers Express Concerns Over Grading Policy Story Page 14

2010 Football Preview

Braves Have Eyes On States Page 28 Photo By Frank Marquart

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