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Attention RepublicAn VoteRs! It is time to bring a responsible, common sense business approach back to our government. Be certain we hire someone with the management skills, proven leadership capabilities, and entrepreneurial vision to lead our party this November.

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What’s Inside On T he Covers ON THE FRONT

Julie and Capt. John Lemmon with their children at their home in Wildewood. John recently returned home after an eight-month individual deployment to Africa for the Navy.


Zach Snell ran for the first St. Mary’s Ryken touchdown at their new stadium Friday night.

On September 14th Elect

Thomas F. McKay

as your Commissioner President Candidate


From left is Will Esham, Craig Casey, Rob Taylor, Pj Aldridge, Buddy Trala, Blaine Champlin and Rico Liberto.

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!

Paid for by Friends of Tommy McKay, Marilyn A. McKay, Treasurer


Professional lawnmower racer Jason Brown of Clements won his second straight USLMRA SP class national championship this past weekend in Delaware, Ohio

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3 Candidate Profiles 6 County News 8 Money 9 Editorial 13 Obituaries 16 Education 18 Cover Story 21 Newsmakers 22 Community 23 Community Calendar 26 Entertainment 27 Columns 27 Games 28 Crime 30 Bleachers 32 Football 34 Fishing


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Meet The Candidates

The County Times offered all candidates in contested races on the Primary Ballot the opportunity to publish biographical information about themselves. We are providing each candidate with space to provide the information that follows, which includes occupation, volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience, as well as a 150-word “in your own words” essay on why voters should vote for them. Candidates who are on the primary ballot but do not appear in this issue declined or did not respond to The County Times’ invitation to participate. These candidates included commissioner candidates Randy Guy, Richard Johnson, and Dan Morris.

Primary Election Day is Sept. 14.

Dorothy Marie Andrews, 55, Republican

Kenny Dement, 75, Republican

• Candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner, District 1 • Occupation – I am a Small Business Owner of Endless Summer Tanning Salon, LLC for over 10 years. • Volunteer associations, memberships, previous political experience – I volunteer by sponsoring my high school clients in their extra-curricular activities. This year, I participated with clients, The Pink Hooters, who raised money for breast cancer. Non-profit organizations should be supported by local businesses and communities not the local government, so I support the Pregnancy Care Center which receives no local monies. I am a member of the St. Mary’s Republican Club and do participate as much as possible in other party events. I am a member in the Lexington Park Business and Community Association and the Elks Lodge No. 2092.

• Candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner, District 1 • Occupation – Retired, Current County Commissioner, District 1 • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – 8 years experience as County Commissioner; my political experience in St. Mary’s County began in 1970; member of the Knight of Columbus, Optimist Club and Holy Face Catholic Church. • Why should voters vote for you? I ask for your support to help in preserving the past and planning the future of our St. Mary’s County. I want to continue to represent all of the people of St. Mary’s, no matter what affiliation they may be. I will continue to listen to your concerns, use common sense, and make logical decisions. When I continue as your commissioner, I plan to pursue a variety of issues that affect every citizen – among them are controlling financial waste and implementing a procedure for spending accountability. My priorities are: Education, Fire & Rescue, public safety, law enforcement, watermen/agriculture, Pax River, Webster Field, recreation, tourism, seniors, growth management, zoning and housing. I would like to continue to serve you as a member of the St. Mary’s Board of Commissioners. People know me as an available listener with vision. I am honest, experienced, dedicated, reliable and considerate. Please exercise your right to vote.

• Why should voters vote for you? First, a vote for me would place a regular “Joe” in office. Right now, we don’t need anyone who is political. We need someone who knows how to make sacrifices for the success of our community. I do this many ways for my business. One is taking a smaller check instead of cutting employee hours. Next, I know how to be fiscally responsible with money. I have made sound decisions in my business which has kept me successful today. My attitude is “not taxing more” and “shrink local government.” It is crucial that we find extreme measures to cut spending instead of the “spend” attitude we now have in our administration. Last, I believe that listening “to the people” is the key to creating a healthy environment for everyone within our community.

Brandon Hayden, 39, Republican

Cindy Jones, 45, Republican

• Candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner, District 2 • Occupation – Regional Manager, Fisher Auto Parts Inc. • Candidate for St. Mary’s County County Commissioner, District 1 • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – St. Mary’s County Planning Com• Occupation – Business Owner mission 2006-Present, Vice Chairman 2009, Chairman 2010; St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce, Board of • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Co-Founder Convalescent Out- Directors 1999-2006, President and Chairman of the Board, 2004-2005, Executive Search Committee Chairman, reach Ministry; W. A. R. M.; Three Oaks Center; 2nd District Optimist Club, Tall Timbers; Fleet Reserve Ladies Ambassador’s Committee Chairman, Awards Committee Chairman; St. Mary’s County Economic Development Auxiliary Branch 93, Lexington Park; F. L. O. W. Mentoring, Piney Point Elementary; Council, 2004-2005; Federated Auto Parts Distributors, Inc. Board of Governors, 2003-2005 National Rifle Association; Gun Owners of America; Republican Women of St. Mary’s President 2009; Maryland Federation of Republican Women Nominating Committee • Why should voters vote for you? 2009; St. Mary’s County Coordinator, Bailey for US Congress 2008. I have a 20-year history of successful business ownership and community service • Why should voters vote for you? which gives me the experience to lead our county through these difficult economic times. When it comes to your tax money, I will bring the same attention to detail, and fiscal responI have a background in economics and own a successful small business. I know sibility that I developed in business, to the decisions I take at the Commissioners table. I will how to manage budgets and make prudent spending decisions. I will introduce transuse my experience to make government more efficient and customer friendly. I will personparency at all levels of County government and put an end to backroom deals. I am ally use the technology that makes my job as commissioner more transparent and accessible committed to not raising the property tax and Piggyback Tax rates. I am very involved to all citizens. I seek this job because I believe I have the background and experience to take in the community from mentoring children at Piney Point Elementary to supporting the good decisions, lead our community into the future, and to ensure that St. Mary’s County Three Oaks Center in Lexington Park. remains a great place to live, learn and work.

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Kenneth F. Boothe, 65, Republican • Candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner President • Occupation – Farmer • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Farm Bureau member since 1993 and past President of St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau from January 1995 – September 1997; Served on Tri County Council Southern Maryland Regional Strategy Agricultural Task Force from November 1997 – November 1998. • Why should voters vote for you? I respectfully ask citizens to cast their vote for me because of what my neighbors know me to be and what I stand for. I am a life long county citizen and have degrees from the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law School. I seek the opportunity to “stand up” for St. Mary’s County and make my votes and actions count to restore our rural character and strong local government. Our rights and liberties and historic tradition are what makes up our rural character in St. Mary’s County. When these are lost, we have an absence of good government with any integrity. I am committed to reducing taxes and waste in county government and to make it more affordable to live in St. Mary’s County. I have new and different ideas. I need your vote to win.

Thomas F. McKay, 53, Republican • Candidate for St. Mary’s County Commissioner President • Occupation – President, McKay’s Food Stores; Publisher, Southern Maryland Publishing, Inc. • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – Past-President Board of County Commissioners; Past Commissioner, Maryland Critical Areas Commission; Past Member, Maryland Association of Counties Legislative Committee; Past Member, Maryland Association of Counties Education Committee; Past Member, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland; Past Chairman, Mid-Atlantic Food Dealers Association; Past Board Member, Maryland Retailers Association Food Council; Past Member, Richfood Advisory Board; Former Delegate, Republican National Convention; Member, Republican Club of St. Mary’s; Member, Knights of Columbus, St. Johns Council; Charter Member Hollywood Optimist Club; Past Member St. Mary’s County Elks Lodge. • Why should voters vote for you?

Mark A. Cizler

Ellynne Davis

William Duff Tom Haynie Bryan Jaffe

Gary Rumsey

David Willenborg Paid for by friends for Mary Burke-Russell Tamara W. Sapp, Treasurer

I respectfully ask the citizens of St. Mary’s to again allow me the honor to serve as your Commissioner President. My past leadership was as successful as any four years in our county’s history. We reduced the size of government, we substantially lowered the county debt, we self-imposed spending limits on government, reduced property taxes 3 times, we reduced income taxes twice, we reduced the energy tax by 50%, and we capped property tax for seniors at the age of 70. Additionally, by setting priorities we implemented the largest encroachment protection plan ever outside the Navy Base, we corrected the funding deficiency in education and law enforcement, the results of which we see today. Over the next four years we will lower the tax burden, align spending with county priorities, protect property rights, allow local businesses to grow again, restore trust in government, and blend our past with our future.

Henry E Camaioni, 50, Republican • Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 29A • Occupation – Realtor/Property Manager • Volunteer associations, memberships and previous political experience – I have voluntarily spent much of my time and personal finances in an effort to protect the rights of people in St Mary’s County. I provided essential arguments and evidence for the Metcom Task Force meetings. My testimony is clearly reflected in four of the Task force recommendations for the General Assembly, all of which I believe are necessary to protect against unethical conflicts of interest in local government. I have argued against forcing people to pay governmental agencies for services they don’t want and don’t need, and argued against approving a “shady” governmental project that I believe endangers children. • Why should voters vote for you? I grew up, live and work in St Mary’s County. This is my home and I care about the people. As Delegate I would represent the people, their concerns, their issues, and support the projects and policies that best serve the people. I did not make promises to special interest groups or other candidates for their endorsements because I am determined to be a true representative “of the people.” As Delegate I would work to lessen the heavy tax burden that has been placed on local citizens. I will be a highly determined representative “for the people” and believe I have the necessary skills to help create and promote the proper legislation for the benefit of the citizens. I started my first business when I was still in my twenties. I have more than twenty years of business and leadership experience and I would be proud to be your representative.

Joe DiMarco, Republican • Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 29A • Occupation – PlantTech at Chalk Point Generating Station • Volunteer associations, memberships, previous political experience – I have no previous political experience, however I have testified in front of the Maryland Senate, Maryland House and US Congress on various issues including Opposing Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, Embryonic Stem Cell Funding, and Supporting Parental Notification, Traditional Marriage, Jessica’s Law and Pregnancy Care Centers. My wife and I are the Youth Directors at Hughesville Baptist Church where we lead and mentor youth from around our community. I also serve as a Trustee and Deacon at the church.

Kenneth F. Boothe Candidate for Commissioner President St. Mary's County

I ask Republican voters to cast their vote for me this September 14th. I am committed to vote and to act for the restoration of the real rural character of St. Mary's County and a strong local commissioner form of government able to act for its citizens. I am committed to supporting new and existing businesses because they are the foundation of our local economy. I am committed to education, public safety, other essential services and the taxpayers. I see my leadership and management techniques involving me acting as a trustee for St. Mary's County citizens. Authority: Committee for Kenneth F. Boothe, Commissioner President: Milton F. Boothe, Treasurer

• Why should voters vote for you? I am running for office to give the people of my district a voice in our current legislature. I plan to listen to the ideas and concerns of the people and take them to Annapolis. If elected I hope to be an intricate part of reducing the State Budget and cutting wasteful spending. I believe in making Maryland a “Business Friendly State” which it is not with the added sales tax and corporate taxes this legislature has passed. I am proposing that we bring our taxes more in line if not below our neighboring states taxes. Short of this will cause more businesses to relocate to our neighboring states taking revenue and jobs with them. I am asking that the voters put their trust in me and allow me to represent them in Annapolis and make the government work for them not the other way around.


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Matt Morgan, 37, Republican • Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 29A • Occupation – For the past 9 years I’ve worked as the Lead Technology; Specialist at the College of Southern Maryland and I also work as a Realtor for O’Brien Realty. • Volunteer associations, memberships, previous political experience – I am a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland. I have two children who attend public school. My family attends St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and our kids participate in lots of community sports. I enjoy coaching football, flying and auto racing. • Why should voters vote for you? I am an average guy with good business experience, strong financial skills and most importantly common sense. I feel I can do a better job at representing Southern Maryland’s point of view than our current representative. There is a disconnect between our professional politicians and the average guy. Because unlike them and like you and, I know what it is like to go work every day. I know what it is like to struggle to make a mortgage payment, to pay for day-care, and to make sacrifices for your children. Because we are like minded, you can rest assured when there is a bill put forth that we have to live under, I’ll be making the same decision you would make.

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Jannette P. Norris, 63, Democrat • Candidate for St. Mary’s County Treasurer • Occupation: St. Mary’s County Treasurer • Why should voters vote for you? I have worked in the Treasurers office for 31 years. The past 16 as Treasurer. I believe in the best service for the best cost. I have managed to handle the growth in the county as well as implemented many new changes and additions to the tax rolls without having to increase staff and with minimal operating costs. I have the experience, dedication and skills to continue serving St. Mary’s County as Treasurer. I love this county and the people in it. I would appreciate your support on September 14th.

Daniel H. Raley, 60, Democrat • Candidate for St. Mary’s County Treasurer • Occupation – Retired grocery store owner, currently County Commissioner • Volunteer associations, memberships, previous political experience – Member American Legion Post 255, Lexington Park Lions Club, St. Michael’s Knights of Columbus, St. Marys County Farm Bureau, St. Georges One Hundred, 12 yrs as County Commissioner of District Four • Why should voters vote for you? I would like to gradually and economically bring about changes to the daily operation of the Treasurer’s Office. I would like to offer the citizens more options and more transparency in their dealings with the Treasurer. The payment of taxes and fees should be made as easy and convenient as possible. I would enhance the flow of revenue data to the county. I would convert software from a stand alone program that is administered by someone in Virginia to the county’s current system that could be handled by existing county staff, thereby enhancing efficiency and lowering recurring costs. Everyday practices in this office need to be updated to the standards of the 21st century.

t c e l E ReDELEGATE


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

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Thursday, September 9, 2010


ews This Year Hoyer May Have His Biggest Challenge in Years

Steny Hoyer

Collins Bailey

Charles Lollar

By David Saleh Rauf Capital News Service Republicans in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District have noticed something new this year: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appears to be grinding the campaign trail. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat and 15-term incumbent, is meeting with teachers and small business leaders and is ramping up appearances across the district, after years of what Republicans call less-than-aggressive campaigning. “He’s done more campaigning in the last three months in the district than he’s done in the last 10 years in my unofficial observation,” said Collins Bailey, a Republican who lost to Hoyer in 2008. “He’s actually campaigning locally now.” It’s all a product of what local GOP leaders say could be the most competitive 5th District race in decades.

Hoyer shrugged off assertions that this campaign is any different from the past. “I always run an aggressive campaign, whether I have an opponent or not. And I’m always in the district,” he said. Hoyer has easily beaten every Republican since taking office in 1981 and political experts are not yet calling the overwhelmingly Democratic district -- which includes chunks of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel and all of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties -- a battleground. But this year’s election could be different, experts say. For one, dissatisfaction with government is making this campaign difficult for incumbents. And the quality of the challengers could also complicate the election for Hoyer, said Michael Cain, director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. “I actually think Steny Hoyer is concerned,” Cain said. “I

don’t think he will take this race for granted. I expect he will be out there more, trying to get out his message.” Four Republicans are vying in the Sept. 14 primary, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Bailey, a self-proclaimed constitutionalist who won 24 percent of the vote in 2008, has name recognition in the district after that campaign. A more serious challenge, observers say, could come from political newcomer Charles Lollar, a former Marine who was once touted as a potential gubernatorial candidate. Cain said Republicans are high on Lollar because he appears to be the strongest candidate in the field. But, he cautioned, “No one nationally is calling this seat in play.” “The question is if this is going to be a tight, competitive race,” he said. “I don’t know yet. There’s a lot of this game to be played.” Still, local GOP leaders are painting Hoyer as out of touch with the district and blasted him and the Democratic administration for healthcare reform legislation, a stalled economy and high unemployment rates. But riding a wave of anti-incumbent fervor into the general election will not be enough for Republicans to win a blue state like Maryland, said Cain. To win, they will have to go beyond the “Tea Party vote and get more of the electorate,” he said. That includes capturing votes in Prince George’s County, which has the most voters in the district. Republicans have traditionally done poorly in the county: In 2008, Bailey won 12.9 percent of the vote there. GOP candidates have not campaigned there in the past, said Mykel Harris, chairman of the Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee. “Charles is at least going to ask for the vote,” said Harris, who is also Lollar’s campaign manager. “Many Republicans see the African-American vote as hostile and to a large extent that’s true. But at the end of the day there are people who want to be asked for their vote.”

Final Decision Pending on St. Mary’s River Oyster Sanctuary By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

“My family and my business

depend on me.”

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Local watermen met with others from around the state last week to put together their recommendations to the state for boundaries for a controversial oyster sanctuary plan and want to ensure that productive waters here are still open for harvesting. Robert T. Brown, president of the St. Mary’s County Watermen’s Association, said that local watermen’s groups put together their own plans for their respective counties in time to meet the state’s Sept. 14 deadline for a final decision on the sanctuary boundaries. And the St. Mary’s River, Brown said, is one of the most important for local watermen to stay in business, though Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan calls for taking some of the most productive bottom and prohibiting oystering there. “We want to move the [boundary] line north, upstream, to Martin’s Point and Short Point,” Brown said of the waterman’s proposal. “We would have all the ground south of that. “That would still give them plenty of oyster seed ground.” Brown said that the watermen’s offer would ensure that there would be plenty of young oysters in the northern waters of the river to ensure that oysters could continue to repopulate. The southerly waters would ensure that watermen would have enough older, marketsized oysters to stay in business. Watermen became incensed last year over O’Malley’s plan to restrict 24 percent of productive oyster bottom statewide in favor of oyster sanctuaries in an effort to protect and

replenish the species. Watermen claimed that taking productive bottom would be an increasing financial hardship on them and sanctuaries would eventually fail for lack of being worked to remove silt which would kill young oysters. Brown also said watermen offered up the entirety of Breton Bay, a portion of St. Clements Bay and the Wicomico River from Bushwood Wharf to Bluff Point for state sanctuary land. Meanwhile activists locally planted more oyster seed, or “spat on shell”, on Aug. 28 to help replenish stock. Volunteers working with the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, which supports the original state-sponsored oyster sanctuary plan, laid down 500,000 spat within the boundaries proposed by the state. “This is in support of our goal to put 12 million oysters in the river in five years,” said Bob Lewis, executive director of the watershed association. “They are going to go in the proposed sanctuary.” The group has already planted 275,000 since June, Lewis said, and plans another 500,000 in September. Lewis said that while watermen have pressed the state to use unproductive bottom for their sanctuaries project, Lewis said that the cost would be prohibitive. “That would require a huge investment to replenish that bottom,” Lewis said. “I can’t argue with the watermen on where the productive bars are. “We want to do everything we can to increase the fisheries down there.”


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ews Mazerine Wingate, a resident of St. Mary’s County, will be celebrating his 100th birthday Sept. 20. Wingate has been an employee at the Lexington Park Post Office for 40 years and still works there part time, every day from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. In addition to this, he is a deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church, works in his garden and is still driving. His family will be celebrating his birthday at the J.T. Daugherty Conference Center in Lexington Park Sept. 28. Anybody who wishes to attend it are welcome to do so, but they will be required to pay for their own meal. For those interested in attending, contact Adrienne Ellis a 301-894-7421.

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Fritz Outraged With Town Hall Handouts By Sean Rice Staff Writer St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz is outraged that supporters of the Town Hall Alliance were handing out material near the county’s early voting center that could be interpreted that Fritz and others are endorsed by, or working with, the Town Hall Alliance. The Town Hall Alliance is a slate of candidates organized by County Commissioner Larry Jarboe. Supporters of the slate were handing out sample ballots on Sept. 3 near the Potomac Building in Leonardtown that showed checkmarks next to Town Hall Alliance Candidates – and also next to candidates who are not part of the Alliance, including Fritz, commissioner candidate Todd Morgan, Congressional candidate Charles Lollar and Maryland Senate candidate

Steve Waugh. “I was shocked when I noted that a checkmark was beside my name and another candidate who are not members of the Town Hall Alliance,’ Fritz said in a press release. “I was never asked and I never granted permission to have my name added to this bogus ballot … I hope it will be made clear that I do not belong to The Town hall Alliance; and that I feel it is completely fraudulent to hand out a ballot suggesting that I am supporting such a slate of candidates,” Fritz said. “This fraudulent ballot was completely unfair to all other candidates who have expended great effort to get their message across to the voting public.” Morgan, when contacted by The County Times, said he is not associated with the Town Hall slate or any other group of candidates other than the Republican Party.

for Republican Central Committee • Are you tired of candidates who break promises? • Are you tired of sweet-heart deals made in smoke filled rooms for well connected bigshots? • Are you looking for new blood with fresh ideas? • Do you wish “conservative” meant something again?

It all starts with the Republican Central Committee. Nothing will change in county politics until the “power elite” who run the Committee today are sent home. Elect Gary Rumsey and take a giant leap toward a Republican Party that is once again open, honest, conservative, and truly cares about the average hardworking you. Paid for by citizens for Gary Rumsey

Daniel H. Raley

For County Treasurer

The Treasurer’s office has been under the same leadership for 16 yrs. The current Treasurer has consistently refused to enact any of these advances.

Shouldn’t you be able to call and if the line is busy, just leave a message and get a call back? This is just common courtesy.

There is no message taking service available. The county pays for 3 extra phone liens that are separate from the county system and are only available when the office is open.

Online payment services, voicemail, email, acceptance of credit, debit and check cards are a fact of life and need to be incorporated into the Treasurer’s office.

The current Treasurer has purchased a third party software to run her office that cannot be maintained by our county IT staff and regular changes have to be paid for on an hourly basis.

The taxpayer should be able to view their tax bill online at least 60 days prior to payment.

Who hasn’t changed their business methods in the last 16 yrs? Today we must stay up to do. It’s uncomfortable to change but it’s a necessity.

We need integrated software to readily identify revenue trends to assist in the county’s budget process.

“Nobody likes paying taxes but the process should be as easy and with as many options as possible.”

“Vote reasonable, gradual, much needed improvement on Sept. 14” “Experience does not always = efficiency”

by auth: Daniel H. Raley candidate, Ann Raley Treas.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010


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Maryland Bank Merging Into Old Line Bank

Old Line Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Old Line Bank, and Maryland Bankcorp, Inc., the parent company of Maryland Bank & Trust Company, N.A., announced on Sept. 1 the execution of a merger agreement that provides for the acquisition of Maryland Bankcorp, Inc. by Old Line Bancshares, Inc. for approximately $20 million, or approximately $30.93 per share, in cash and stock. According to a press release, Old Line Bank will be the “surviving bank” after Maryland Bank’s parent company merges with Old Line Bank. The acquisition will increase Old Line Bancshares, Inc.’s total assets by more than $349 million for total assets immediately after closing of approximately $750 million. The acquisition will add ten full service branches to Old Line Bank’s existing ten-branch network. “MB&T over the years has built a core deposit base that is truly enviable in today’s banking environment,” James W. Cornelsen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Line Bancshares, Inc., said. As of June 30, 2010, MB&T, with deposits of $297 million, had the highest percentage of non-interest bearing deposits of any Maryland-based commercial bank at 31% of total deposits.

“By joining together with our Southern Maryland neighbor, we envision being able to achieve significant cost savings of more than 35% over the next two years, and, take us a big step closer to reaching our goal of being Maryland’s next $1 billion asset bank,” Cornelsen said in a press release. Maryland Bank was founded in Lexington Park in 1959 by Jack Daugherty. Daugherty’s son, G. Thomas Daugherty, President of Maryland Bankcorp, said: “Over just the last few years, we have seen several of Maryland’s largest independent banks vanish, purchased by out of state banks. This partnership is a step toward beginning to fill that void.” As part of the agreement, Old Line Bancshares, will add G. Thomas Daugherty and Thomas B. Watts, CEO of Maryland Bank and Trust to its board of directors and to the board of directors of Old Line Bank. Daugherty and Cornelsen have told the media that it is unknown yet if there will be any layoffs for Maryland Bank and Trust employees. The merger agreement is subject to approval by both companies’ stockholders and banking regulatory authorities.


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Disclosure Before Endorsements; It’s Responsible Journalism Southern Maryland Publishing, which publishes The County Times as well as several other local newspapers in Southern Maryland, announces its endorsements for those candidates who are running in contested primaries this September 14th, which we believe are the best persons to represent their respective party in the upcoming November 2nd general election. The endorsements are based upon several criteria including the past training and experience of that individual as it relates to the position which he or she seeks, and the public policy or managerial philosophy of the individuals, especially as it compares to the prevailing public policy philosophy among the general public in our community. Additionally, we look closely at each candidates individual loyalty to the general population of St. Mary’s County as opposed to special interests. Based on the knowledge we have attained by our reporters following the candidates regularly, combined with our continued coverage of what is taking place in our community from Charlotte Hall to Ridge, we offer the following opinions to our

readers who seek an opinion from an informed media which believes our community wants leaders who are fiscally conservative, believe in individual responsibilities, individual property rights, a free market economy, and place high values on education and public safety. While disclosing our philosophical prejudice we must also disclose that one of the candidates we are endorsing, Thomas F. McKay for Commissioner President is the publisher for Southern Maryland Publishing. We always disclose who we are, and it will often ref lect on our editorial pages. However, we take great pride in the fact that we never hide who we are from our readers, thus we raise the bar for our reporters to assure our disclosed prejudice never finds it way beyond our opinion pages. We thank our readers for their constant comments about our paper’s integrity and high standards. We can assure our readers that our endorsements are weighed very carefully by what we believe is in the best interest of our community at large and not by any special interest or political group or political boss.

The Best Candidates To Lead Their Party In 2010


U.S. Congress 5th District: Charles Lollar There is no doubt the general public is upset with Washington and well they should be. No common sense American believes the spending policies over the past four years are good for our Nation. The economy is in shambles, the American dollar is at its lowest value in our memory, and small business is going out of business. Two Republican candidates deserve the opportunity to carry the debate to November for the Republicans, Collins Bailey and Charles Lollar. Both have articulated a clear change in direction for our nation, both are fine gentlemen with a good background for the job, yet only one can move on. The best person to move on to November is Lollar. He has a clear vision to balance the budget, reduce the regulatory environment, and limit career politicians time in office. Lollar represents the best hope for Republicans to unseat Steny Hoyer this November. House of Delegates 29A: Joe DiMarco There is no clear choice in this primary, however DiMarco has shown that he is somewhat more informed on the issues and represents a hard right alternative for those Republicans who are looking for that kind of candidate. Almost all the district is made up of St. Mary’s with a small portion in Charles County. Matt Morgan live in Charles County and it would seem disproportionate to give this seat away to Charles County. Additionally, Morgan is associated with the strong arm campaign that kingpin Ken Rossignol is using in his attempt to take over the Republican party in St. Mary’s County. President of the County Commissioners: Thomas F. McKay None of our readers should be surprised by this endorsement, McKay is the publisher of this newspaper. But when you look closely at his experience, his training, and his success both as a business man and as a former Commissioner President, the facts overwhelmingly support this choice. McKay has articulated a vision for the future that will control spending and taxes, make our county a better place for small business to grow jobs, and assure quality education and public safety. Most people had wished he never left county government before and the Republican party would do well to bring him back as their candidate this November. Kenneth Booth is a fine gentlemen and has run a

good campaign, his limited focus on farming issues, while important to our community, would not be enough to carry him through the November election. Randy Guy switched parties to run and has spent the campaign slinging mud and distorting facts as directed by kingpin Rossignol and his “Chicago political style” machine. For any of the Rossignol characters to win a contested primary would open the door for misgivings in the Republican party in St. Mary’s. The local party has worked hard for many years to become one of the best in Maryland, it would be a shame to see it fall so fast. County Commissioner District 1: Kenny Dement or Cindy Jones The County Times believes that either of these two candidates represents a good choice for the Republicans this fall. Dement is the incumbent and has shown repeatedly his ability to win in the General Election. Many argue he has not shown leadership on tax and spending issues, however he voted all seven times with McKay four years ago to lower taxes as well as reduce spending. Throughout his 8 years as commissioner Dement’s greatest asset has been his individualized attention to citizen’s problems. When there’s a clogged road drain or a pothole in the neighborhood, Dement would not rest until the problem was fixed. Cindy Jones has worked hard and displays good qualities that would represent the Republican party well this November. She is seeking office for the first time and has a background in business and economics. Jones has articulated her vision quite well and would offer a fresh, competent new face at the commissioner table. Either Dement or Jones would represent the Republicans well this November. Dorothy Andrews is a fine lady who has run an underdog campaign as her first entry into politics. She has progressed well and represents a good future for the Republican party down the road. Richard Johnson has displayed the Rossignol mudslinging, fact distortion playbook like a loyal follower. He has yet to articulate a single public policy idea that he would bring to the table. County Commissioner District 2: Brandon Hayden As an independent business man and member of the St. Mary’s County planning commission, Hayden has demonstrated management qualities that would serve the Republicans well this November in a race that will

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be hard fought by the Democrats. Hayden has run a conservative campaign in order to preserve resources for the November battle. Republicans can count on his integrity this fall. Dan Morris, who also changed parties to run as part of the Rossignol “Chicago political style” takeover of government, probably could have been a good commissioner candidate for either party, but we are really not sure. Before allowing himself to get tied up with this group he seemed like a much different person. We are not sure what his political views are, only what the kingpin has told them all to say. Some people just don’t do well with power and politics, it changes them dramatically, and Morris is one.

Democrats: U.S. Congress 5th District: Steny Hoyer Hoyer’s long tenure in the U.S. Congress has made him an inf luential legislator for Southern Maryland. The Democrats cannot possibly choose anyone else to carry the banner this November, Hoyer has earned that right. His leadership role is important, and you have to admire his ability to get there, yet it may be the thing that ultimately costs Hoyer his career. He will no doubt win the nomination, but his appearance on the ballot this November may do more harm than good to the other Democrats. County Treasurer: Janette Norris Jan Norris has struggled some with the fact that someone within her own party would challenge her for a job she has held so long. She should be delighted he did. It has given her an opportunity to demonstrate her accountability to the public -and she has done so quite well. The fact that she started the job 16 years ago with just 4 employees and today she still gets the job done with just 4 employees is a testament to her competency. Dan Raley put himself out there and allowed the voters the opportunity to have a choice, and he should be commended for that. His 12 years of service as county commissioner is coming to an end, we thank him for that service but we see no need for a four year tour of duty in the treasurer’s office.

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Maryland Needs Table Games, Raley Is The Right Choice for Not Slots Treasurer I recently took a day trip to Dover for now offer table game style gambling. Many I am writing in response to several letters campaign that used the slogan “If it ain’t broke,

printed by your paper and others regarding the upcoming election for County Treasurer. While some have unfortunately been mean-spirited, the one overarching theme by the letters submitted from Jan Norris’s supporters has been that the voters should allow Jan Norris to remain Treasurer because, as Mr. Robert Jarboe stated in his recent letter, the voters should “let Jan Norris have four more years and retire as she has earned it.” This election is not about what Jan Norris or Dan Raley have “earned” due to their prior years of public service. Both have served our County; Ms. Norris as Treasurer for the past 16 years and Dan Raley as our County Commissioner for the past 12 years. This election is instead about choice. The choice is clear. If you believe it is time for the Treasurer’s office to be updated so that citizens can pay their bills online, view your account information online, be able to leave a voicemail, and communicate with the office via email in a timely manner, then you should vote for Dan Raley. If you believe the Treasurer’s Office should stay the way is has been the past 16 years, then you should probably vote for Jan Norris. My father, Abell Longmore, once ran a

don’t fix it.” While this is a catchy phrase, in my humble opinion, it does not apply to this year’s Treasurer’s race. After 16 years of the same management style and approach, I believe the office needs fresh leadership that will prevent it from falling further behind so it can begin to provide the types of services to our citizens that many other counties and governments already provide to theirs. Our citizens can seize the opportunity to instill this new leadership by electing Daniel H. Raley as our next Treasurer. Dan Raley is my father-in-law, and I am proud to be both his friend and a member of his family. But most of all, I am grateful for the hard work he has done as our Commissioner for the past 12 years because it has ensured that St. Mary’s County will continue to be a beautiful, safe and prosperous place for Katie and I to raise our three children. I urge you to vote for Dan Raley for County Treasurer on September 14, but most importantly I urge all Democrats to come to the polls to assert their rights to choose who will be the best Treasurer, not who some people think may have “earned it” by having been in the office previously. Christopher Longmore Great Mills MD

some gambling relaxation. Dover has just implemented table games to their Dover Downs Casino and I love to play cards. The reason I am writing this is because in 2008, Maryland voters voted to change Maryland’s Constitution adding 15,000 video lottery terminals to Maryland’s way of generating funds in specified locations. Already behind with Delaware, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania already having casino style gambling, Maryland’s lawmakers with their political cowardice put the decision on the citizens of Maryland. Almost 2 years later, we still have no funds being generated but we still have fights of where the terminals will be placed. I’m not exactly sure why location is a question as this legislation was all about helping the dying horse racing industry. If that were the case, you would think that the terminals would be placed at the existing horse tracks, not some Mall that I’ve been seeing ads on TV. How can slot machines in a mall help a horse racing industry? Keeping people away from the tracks and in the malls would likely not help the horse racing industry at all but in fact hurt them. Not only will Maryland be behind with the machine type gambling, Maryland will be competing with other jurisdictions that

people, like myself, would rather play the table games over the machines, where the odds are less predetermined and supposedly better. With these other jurisdictions having the table games, I and I’m sure others, will choose to drive a little further in hopes of keeping their money longer and hopefully adding to it. I would much rather keep my money in my own state however I want to enjoy the time whether I win or lose and not just feed some machine. So if the state should find the video lottery terminals alone aren’t bellying up what was anticipated because of these other jurisdictions having table games, will there have to be another constitutional amendment? Will the citizens have to vote on the addition of table games because of the political cowardice of the General Assembly? The Constitution is not a place for this type of legislative activity and should have never been there to start with. The Constitution is a document that describes the structure of the Government, the rights, responsibilities, and duties of the citizens and Governmental Institutions. Revenue generation is the duty of the General Assembly, not the citizens. Jimmy Hayden Leonardtown, MD

Thank You For Candidate Forum Why Are We Still Putting Coverage I would like to extend my personal thanks filing deadline of July 6, 2010. All other candiPoisons Into Our Food At This as well as thanks on behalf of the League of dates were invited to meet and greet the public Women Voters of St. Mary’s County to the re- that evening prior to the question and answer Day And Age Of Good Health porters and staff of the County Times for the periods. LWV is a nonpartisan organization, excellent coverage of the Primary Forum held and we are always disappointed when some on Aug. 23. I am sure that notices announcing candidates choose to not accept our invitation Practices? the forum were a major factor in the standing to participate in forums or respond to questions room only audience in attendance. In election years, providing opportunities for the public to meet candidates and learn their positions is one of the primary goals of LWV. Forums and the online Voters Guide (www. ) take months of planning on the part of LWV members, all of whom volunteer their time. They also require input from the candidates. Invitations to speak at the Primary Forum were sent to all candidates in contested office races shortly after the candidate

for the Voters Guide. LWVSMC will sponsor forums in October prior to the General Election; invitations to candidates will be sent as soon as primary election results are complete. We look forward to full participation by the candidates and more full houses of interested citizens. Virginia Stein, Publicity Chair League of Women Voters of St. Mary’s County

Democrats Should Choose Norris September 14th is Primary Election Day in Maryland. If you can’t make it to the Polls on that date, there’s early voting at the Board of Elections Office in Leonardtown from September 3rd through September 9th, including Labor Day. Democrats have contested races for Governor, U.S. Senate, and Congress. The only contested local race for Democrats is for County Treasurer. JANNETTE (JAN) NORRIS, has 31 years of dedicated service in the St. Mary’s County Treasurer’s Office – the last 16 years as the Treasurer. As a practicing attorney for over 30 years, I have had many dealings with the Treasurer’s Office, and have seen Jan always provide efficient and courteous customer service. She still

makes time to personally answer customer’s phone calls, and often goes the extra mile to help County citizens with their problems. She handles over 109 million of taxpayers’ dollars honestly and efficiently, so as to keep down the costs of running the office. The Treasurer’s Office is the only County department that I know of that has not increased their number of employees in 16 years. I would urge all Democrats to vote on September 14th for the most qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable person for the job of Treasurer - JANNETTE NORRIS. John S. Weiner Leonardtown, MD

My concern is over the addition of arsenic in chicken feed. Yes, arsenic--which is also known as rat poison. This arsenic breaks down into a poison that spreads into our atmosphere, our land, and our water, as well as our chicken meat. Most of the chicken we eat everyday has been tested to show detectable levels of arsenic which cause horrible health problems, like cancers and neurological disorders in children. In addition, the poison is running off into the Chesapeake Bay from chicken waste, threatening our water and our fish. This issue really concerns me because my only income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). My food allowance is only $109/ month, I am disabled, and have no way of

earning more income. Therefore, I absolutely cannot afford to get sick. But because chicken is a main source of protein for the disabled, I fear my health is in jeopardy. Our health should be the reason, if no other, why arsenic needs to be banned from our food chain. The more toxins we pour into our food, sooner or later, the cost of medical care will be passed on to you--the taxpayer. Arsenic is a completely unnecessary practice that has been going on way too long. My ask to the people of St. Mary’s County is to support a state bill to ban arsenic from chicken feed! Thomas Dyson Lexington Park, MD

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James Baker, 58 James Andrew Baker, 58, known to family and friends as “Andy Brown”, peacefully departed this life on September 2, 2010. James was born on December 7, 1951 in Budd’s Creek, MD, to Alice Pauline and the late Robert Q. Baker Sr. He accepted Christ in his life, was baptized, and became a member of St. Matthew’s Free Gospel Church of Christ, Leonardtown, MD on March 19, 2006. He was educated in the St. Mary’s County public school system where he graduated from Chopticon High School, Morganza, MD. Following graduation, James enlisted into the United States Army. Following his military service, James worked for the St. Mary’s County Government for 2 years. He then followed in his father’s footsteps, and began to work at the Indian Head Naval Ordinance Station in Indian Head, MD, where he worked for 34 years until he retired. James enjoyed being around his family and lending a helping hand when needed. He always had a witty remark for any situation (i.e., I’ll throw salt in your eyes or I’ll scratch your eyes out), this is an inside joke for the family. He was an usher and a member of the St. Matthew’s Men’s Choir. He enjoyed watching all sports and the cooking channel. James also was a DJ for many occasions such as, cookouts, weddings and different fundraisers. He enjoyed being with his companion, Felicia and the girls, this made him very happy. He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his beloved companion, Felicia Cutchember and three daughters: Patrice, Shawnese, Sherice ; two granddaughters Kaelani and Talia; mother, Alice Pauline; sisters: Theresa Maddox, Paulette, Agnes, Marie and Pamela, brothers: James (Dicky) Brown, Robert Jr, Lewis, and Charles; one brother-in-law, John Maddox; two sister-in-laws: Denise and Linda; host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends; three goddaughters: Ciera Young, Shaquan Bush, Shambre’ Young. Family will receive friends for James Life Celebration on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Service at 11 a.m. in the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD with Bishop Daniel Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD

Mary Dean, 86 Mary Matthews Dean, 86 of Leonardtown, MD died peacefully at St. Mary’s Nursing Center on September 6, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She was born on November 1, 1923 to Wilmer Theodore and Frances Large Matthews in Great Mills, MD. Mrs. Dean attended St. Mary’s Academy, and graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1943. After graduation, she went to work at the newly opened Patuxent River Naval Air Station in the Supply Department. She then married Francis Dean of Hollywood, MD

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on July 14, 1945. After a brief honeymoon in New York City, they then traveled to Pampas, TX where her new husband was stationed as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, they settled down in Leonardtown, MD and concentrated on raising their family. Mary worked for a few years as the secretary for the Leonardtown Commissioners. Mrs. Dean was an active volunteer in the community, serving in the PTA at Father Andrew White School, including a term as president. She also worked as a volunteer librarian at the school. Mary was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years, up until shortly before her illness began. She was a long time member of the St. Mary’s County Historical Society. She was also a member of the Breton Bay Ladies Golf Association. Mary was a devout parishioner at St. Aloysius Church for her entire life. She enjoyed playing the piano, playing golf, and was an avid bridge player. Mary enjoyed nothing more than taking home her 75 cents winnings from her weekly bridge group. Mary was a sweet, intelligent, fun-loving person who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her brother, Charles Matthews of Chicago, sister, Jeanne Cross of Baltimore, daughter, Marjorie McNew (Lonnie) of Whitehall, MD, her sons, William Dean (Angela) of Hollywood, MD, and Steven Dean, of Port Republic, MD. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Robert, Richard, Stacie, Megan, Rachel, and Katherine and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Francis R. Dean, her son, John Alan Dean, granddaughter, Joanna Dean, daughter in law, Jon Davies Dean, brother in laws, William Brubacher, Russell Dean, and Greg Cross, and sister in laws, Joan Dean and Irene Matthews. Family will receive friends for Mary’s Life Celebration on Thursday, September 9, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Rachel Dean, Katherine Dean, Megan McNew, Robert Dean, Lonnie McNew and William Bailey. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Nursing Center, 21585 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, 25500 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Andrew Goyco, 23 Andrew Joseph Goyco, 23 of Leonardtown, MD passed away from accidental causes on August 31, 2010 in Leonardtown, MD. Born January 14, 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, he is a graduate of Father Andrew White Elementary School and St. Mary’s

Ryken High School, both in Leonardtown, MD. Andrew was awarded a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology in 2010 from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Andrew enjoyed running, weight lifting, video games and cooking in his spare time and was a member of St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, MD. Andrew was a great brother and son and kept his family and all who knew him entertained with his quick wit. He is survived by his parents Ivan and Joan Goyco, his brother Alex and his sisters Caroline and Julia all of Leonardtown, MD. He is also survived by his maternal grandfather, Joseph Marano and his paternal grandmother Sylvia Goyco as well as aunts, uncles and cousins from Philadelphia, PA, Long Island, NY and Tampa, FL. Family received friends on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers were recited. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment followed in St. Denis’s Cemetery in Haverford, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, P.O. Box 310, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Father Andrew White School, P.O. Box 1756, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Ernie Modlin, 89 Ernie Lee Modlin, 89, of California, MD died on August 29, 2010 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. . Born January 7, 1921 in Jamesville, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Joseph Gray Modlin and Mittie E. Ange Modlin. He was married on March 6, 1966 and for 44 years was the loving husband of Juanita Lorraine Thompson Modlin. He is also survived by his sister, Annie May Williams. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Jesse, Elmer, Eddie W., Grady, Pauline, and Joseph A. Modlin. After graduating from Jamesville High School, and before enlisting in the U.S. Army, Ernie worked at the Naval Ship Yard in Norfolk, VA. While proudly serving in the Army as a Combat Engineer, Ernie was in five major battles, and campaigns, which included Normand, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe and he served from October 19, 1942 to December 11, 1945. His decorations and citations: American Theater Campaign Metal, EAMET Campaign Metal, Good Conduct Medal and 5 bronze service stars. After being Honorably Discharged, Ernie coowned and operated a barbershop for 33 years in Lexington Park, Maryland before retiring in 1985. He was a life member of the V.F.W., The American Legion, The Elks, and the D.A.V. The family received friends on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a memorial service was held. Interment followed at the Modlin Family Cemetery, in Jamesville, NC. Contributions in memory of Ernie Lee Modlin can be made to the Lexington Park

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Richard Russell, Sr., 85 Richard Ignatius “Dick” Russell, Sr., 85 of Leonardtown, MD died on August 31, 2010 at his residence of 63 years. Born November 18, 1924 in Morganza, MD, he was the son of the late William Lee and Kathleen Ann Abell Russell. He was born the fifth child out of eight. He attended both St. Joseph’s and Margaret Brent Schools. Dick graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1943. He met the love of his life, the late Agnes Cecilia Russell in the late spring of 1944 and they were married at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown, MD on November 22, 1945. Their best man was Irving Russell and their maid of honor was Virginia Hurry. Agnes preceded Dick in death on July 14, 1985. He held a memorial Mass dedicated to her at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church every year since her death as well as for his son David who was killed in Combat in March of 1969. Dick is survived by his

children; Dickie (Karen), Bobby (Carole), Donald (Debbie), Linda Farrell (Jim), Agnes Monteith, Charles (Christine), Francis (Gisela) and Carolyn Weiler (Donnie) and Grandchildren; Georgia, Pam, David, Cynthia, Sandra, Nicole, Stephen, Kristie, Ryan, Paula, Ricky, Lewis, Sarah Jean, Brian, Keri, Tommy, Brandie, Crystal, Patrick, Kara, Karla, Charlotte, Sarah Jane and Michael as well as his 25 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings Dorothy Shavatt of Waldorf, MD, Mary Rosalyn “Rose” Hurry of Morganza, MD and James “Jim” Lambert Russell of Hughesville, MD. He is preceded in death by his children; David Allen Russell and Baby Benjamin Russell, his granddaughter Kelly Farrell, and siblings; William “Austin” Russell, Walter “Fidalis” Russell, Anne “Helene” Hoffman and Louis “Lee” Russell. He was known and loved by all as a family man, a faithful Catholic, a devoted community servant, and a dear friend. He has been an active member of the St. Francis Xavier Parish since he moved to his last residence in St. Clements Shores in 1947. He joined the Knights of Columbus in the same year. He has been in the Lions Club since 1973 serving as King Lion on three separate occasions. He remained active in all three until his death. He became the first baseball Manager at St. Clements Shores in 1956, first Rocking Chair Softball Manager of the local team in 1963 retiring from the team in 1970 and is a member of the Rocking Chair Hall of fame. He served as President of the Babe Ruth League while managing one of the other

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divisions in the 1960’s. He also managed the Compton Raiders Young Men’s Softball team one year in the 70’s. He was the first President of the Chopticon Athletic Boosters in 1966. He was also the first President of the St. Clements Shore Comments Club. Dick received many awards and has been recognized for his community work on several occasions. One of the most significant was Maryland’s Most Beautiful People Volunteer award he received in October of 2004. He was nominated by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners and received his award in Annapolis, MD. Dick was born and raised on his family farm in Morganza, MD. He continued to farm in the Morganza area until he went to work as a Civil Servant from 1946 until 1979 at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, retiring as the Budget Officer. He continued to work as a government defense contractor for several years as a Financial Consultant and also worked part time for several years in real estate with B&B Realty. He always helped out on the Russell farms whether it was with tobacco, grain, f lowers or just driving the tractor. He was still going to the farm and helping in any way he could until his illness with pulmonary fibrosis no longer allowed. He still consulted after that with his nephews on a regular basis right up to the time of his death. Dick loved to travel and was able to see the world. He loved his family and loved to go up on the farm, the “Home Place” where he was born. Dick enjoyed spending time and working with his family, his fellow parishioners, his fellow club members, his hunting and fishing buddies. He loved to hunt and fish whenever he could. He never forgot a birthday and that included his brothers, sisters, parents, children, grandchildren and even most of the great-grandchildren as well as most of his nieces and nephews. He was an avid sports fan especially the Orioles and the Redskins and later the Ravens and the Nationals. When he found the time and if he wasn’t coaching or working as a community servant, he enjoyed watching family members play ball, especially his Grandson David. Dick died peacefully in his home after two years battle with pulmonary fibrosis. The family received friends on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MD where prayers were said and the Knights of Columbus will say the Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, September 3, 2010 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MD with Fr. John Mattingly officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were his surviving eight children. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Leonardtown Lions Club. Contributions in memory of Dick can be made to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Compton, MD 20627 and/or the Leonardtown Lions Club, P.O. Box 363, Leonardtown, 20650. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Edward Wagner, 84 Edward Charles Wagner, 84 of Mechanicsville, MD died on August 31, 2010 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s,

Callaway, MD. Born August 2, 1926 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Edward Ambrose and Ethel E. Pocklington Wagner. He was the loving husband of Edna M. Wagner whom he married on March 6, 1949 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, MD. He is also survived by his four children; Dan Wagner (Rhonda) of New Castle, PA, Diana Johnson of Mechanicsville, MD, Janet Wagner of Brunswick, MD and Nancy Curry of Hudson, FL. He is also survived by his six Grandchildren Lori Quade, Charlena Rutherford, Daniel Curry, Melissa Curry, Dana Wagner and Lisa Wagner; five Great-Grandchildren David Rutherford, Rhodie Quade, Chrissy Rutherford, Amanda Rutherford, and Mason Quade. Edward was preceded in death by his Granddaughter Kimberly Johnson. Edward joined the United States Army in December of 1944 and was stationed in Fort Meade, MD. He separated from the United States Army in February of 1946. He worked for Amoco Oil (BP) as a Refinery Supervisor for 37 years and retired in 1977. Edward was a member and past Commander of the American Legion Post 276, Severn, MD, Haurundale Little League, Glen Burnie, MD and the Rebels Athletic Club, Glen Burnie, MD. The family received friends on Friday, September 3, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 4, 2010 in the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Fr. John Ball officiating. Interment followed at Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers were Kevin Askew, Gary Davis, Rhodie Quade, David Rutherford, Philip R. Quade III, and Steven Dean. Contributions in memory of Edward may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by the MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Jack Witten, 92 Jack Francis Witten, 92 of Great Mills, MD passed away on September 3, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Arrangements are pending at this time. For information please contact the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. at 301-475-5588.

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G. Mills NJROTC Hosting 9/11 Event By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Great Mills Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will be hosting 11 Laps to Remember on Saturday, Sept. 11 form 2-4 p.m. at the Great Mills High School track. The goal of the walk is “to honor and support the first responders,” said Captain J.P. Kelly, senior naval science instructor at Great Mills High School. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bay District Fire and Rescue Squads. Businesses that make a donation of $100 or more will be allowed to put a banner on the track fence during the event. Those who haven’t yet signed up for the walk can do so the morning of the walk itself between 1 and 2 p.m.. The fee for registering is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. The NJROTC is “designed to be a citizenship and leadership program” and the Great Mills NJROTC is the biggest in the tri-county area with 150 students enrolled, according to Kelly. This is the first year the Great Mills NJROTC has hosted the 11 Laps to Remember event, but Kelly foresees it becoming an annual event. Last year, the event was run by Tamarah Dishman, a teacher at Spring Ridge Middle School. But this year, “we [the Great Mills NJROTC] assumed the program,” Kelly said. The original idea was a brainchild of Kathy Norton, the current principal at Park Hall Elementary School. Dishman was pleased to see the NJROTC take control of the 11 Laps to Remember and said there is “no organization more appropriate” to be in charge of the event. “We’ve been in this together,” said Jacob Stansfield, a senior at Great Mills High School and the Cadet Commanding Officer.

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According to Kelly, there are plans to continue the 11 Laps to Remember next year in conjunction with the Leonardtown and Chopticon branches of the ROTC, the Army and the Air Force respectively. The Great Mills NJROTC drill team and color guard will also be present at the event. The drill team and color guard travel all over Maryland and were even invited to participate in the national Memorial Day parade in Washington, DC last year, Kelly said. There will also be miniature representations of the twin towers on the track with the names attached of all the people who died on Sept. 11, 2001. For more information about the walk or making a donation, contact Kelly at 301-863-2001 ext 144.


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Fall Cherrydale Fundraisers Kicking Off By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Cherrydale Fall Fundraiser was recently kicked off at Leonardtown Elementary School. Many of the schools in the county use the Cherrydale fundraiser, according to Kelly Hall, director of elementary schools with St Mary’s County Public Schools. “Cherrydale is a very easy company to work with,” Hall said. Through the Cherrydale fundraisers, students sell things such as wrapping paper and gourmet foods to raise money for things such as after-school programs. “The funds raised by the students are to be spent on the students,” said Carolyn Nelson, a retired member of fiscal services for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Some of the money is used to update equipment, but all of it is kept within the school. “We really try to work with the schools and tell them not to do too many [Fundraisers],” Hall said. The schools are encouraged to keep the economics of the surrounding community in mind and only do a couple of big fundraisers per year. It is up to each school as to when the fundraisers are, but they mostly have their fundraisers in the fall, Hall said. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) also have a meeting with the principals of the elementary schools every year to set a calendar to the PTA/PTO fundraisers don’t coincide with the school fundraisers and they have a reasonable amount of time between fundraisers.

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spouses and families they left behind. The end result was a support system that became a model for the Navy and spread across the country. Glen Ives, with the help of Master Chief Jeff Snowden, set up support systems for the business end of IA deployments, and started holding quarterly IA Homecoming celebrations, which still continue. The next IA Homecoming is tonight on base, and Lemmon will be one of those recognized. Concurrently, Barbara Ives volunteered to spearhead the creation of the IA Support Group, which hosted events for IA spouses and families. “At one time we had near 400 families in the group, the largest IA spouse support group in the nation,” Barbara Ives said. The program is still in operation under the Fleet and Family Support Center. “We really grew that into something that was really special. We did everything we could to make it a very worthwhile,” Geln Ives told The County Times. “That probably turned out to be one of the most successful stories we had … one of the best things we did while we were there.” Pax River personnel now have an Individual Deployment Support Specialist (IDSS) to help them through what may be a tough time for some families. “Families have a lot of questions, and we are there to form a relationship with them much like a friend would to make sure the needs of the family are met,” said Alexandria Hoffman, IDSS, at Pax River.

U.S. Navy Capt. John Lemmon, of California, returned home two weeks ago after spending eight months in Djibouti, Africa, on an Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment supporting the global war on terror. There were no cheering crowds, no banners or f lags waiving (except for the ones held by his wife and children), because Lemmon came back into Dulles Airport the same way he left in January – alone. IA assignments are special assignments in which military personnel are deployed individually to a needed area on the globe, which is a major departure from the image that comes to mind when a aircraft carrier full of sailors or a squadron of pilots gets deployed or returns to base. “A lot of people, unless you’re military, you don’t understand what an IA is,” said Julie Lemmon, John’s wife. “In the past, usually when you’re Navy you deploy with a group, and these IAs, they are going by themselves.” In January, John finished up his command tour as commanding officer of the VX-20 squadron at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. VX-20 is one of the f light test squadrons on base. His new assignment at Pax River is with NAVAIR program office PMA-231, where he will be a co-lead for the E-2D, a carrier-based airborne early warning aircraft. When John got the call to go on an IA mission, its was his first IA assignment in his 22-year career with the Navy. Prior to this assignment, John hadn’t been deployed in nearly 10 years, back when his children – aged 15, 13 12 and 10 – were much younger. “This was one of those things that came up.” John said. “I was the commander of a task group out there, and we were doing operations to support the global war on terror, and other contingency operations.” The deployment wasn’t too surprising, Julie said, because it has been so long since John last went overseas. “It’s so different because in the past when he’s come back from deployment it’s a big deal.” Julie said. “We’ve lived in Norfolk and San Diego, and the whole

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By Andrea Shiell Staff Writer Locals from both sides of the Thomas Johnson Bridge will be adding a cause to their September 11 plans as they host the 2nd Annual Solomons Island Bar Crawl, sponsored by the Hurricane Alley Alumni Association, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., this year raising money for their friend PJ Aldridge, who has been battling Stage IV lung cancer. Jodi Aldridge, 38, who is married to PJ’s cousin Lewie, said she had known PJ for several years before he was diagnosed in February, 2010, and the news came as a shock to the family, who had helped host a bar crawl on Solomons Island for a similar cause this time last year. “My husband owned a bar called Hurricane Alley on Solomons Island … and after they closed, in the last year or so, people had been saying ‘we should all get together and have a Hurricane Alley reunion, it would be so much fun’ … and at the same time, last year would have been his 25th high school reunion, and nobody had planned a reunion.” That’s when the Aldridge’s plan for a bar crawl came into being, said Jodi, going on to explain that last year’s crawl had covered not only a reunion function with proceeds going to charity, but served also as a last boost to local businesses before their normal season ended. “We both have been here a really long time, and we also know too that because of the economy that people are really struggling, especially businesses … so we made it the last weekend the Tiki Bar was open, the reason being that it’s right before the off-season, so we figured it would be a really great way to help some of the local businesses.” Jodi said their group sold about $100 tshirts for last year’s bar crawl, which included both walking non-drinkers and crawling drinkers side by side, and PJ had marched up and down Solomons Island without showing any signs of illness. The crawl raised $575 for the American Cancer Society, but in what Lewie Aldridge described as an “ironic twist” of fate, PJ was diagnosed just months later. Vera Taylor, a long-time friend of PJ’s,

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RiverFest is Sept 25 Celebrate the St. Mary’s River with kayaking, song, entertainment, and educational exhibits at RiverFest 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Historic St. Mary’s City. Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and all activities are free. Discover what you can do in your own backyard to keep our waterways and shoreline healthy. Local vendors will be on hand to discuss solar energy, sustainability, rain barrels and rain gardens. Take home a copy of the 40-page home conservation guide available free at RiverFest. Join Senator Bernie Fowler for the annual River Wade-In, an informal check of water quality, at 2 p.m. See how deep you can go before you lose sight of your feet. Have a close encounter with some of the winged, finned, and furry characters you might meet in your neighborhood at birds of prey and touch tanks exhibits. Mutts Gone Nuts, a madcap variety show featuring amazing rescued dogs, will perform at 1 and 3. Stroll through outdoor mini-galleries, where regional wildlife artists will display their work, or paint a pumpkin and create your own work of art. Become a work of art by having your face painted or watch a balloon artist twist and turn a latex and air sculpture. Relax at water’s edge and enjoy regional talent including David and Joe Norris b Bo by to Pho

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performing original tunes inspired by our land, waters, and history, Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance, and duet Indian Summer. At 4 p.m., Hot Jazz of D.C. will wrap-up the day with manouche gypsy jazz and swing. The living history exhibits, including the tall ship Maryland Dove, and the St. John’s Site Museum at Historic St. Mary’s City will be open. Vendors will offer food and beverage for sale throughout the day. This event is sponsored by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association and Historic St. Mary’s City, with support from The Boeing Company, St. Mary’s County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, and more than 30 local businesses. For more information about RiverFest visit or or call 301-862-3517 or 800-SMC-1634.

100 Women Walking to Good Health By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Tuesday saw the beginning of 100 Women Walking Their Way to Good Health, a program at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park initiated by Agnes Price, an administrative assistant with the Department of the Navy. “My goal is to have over 100 healthy women walking the county,” Price said. According to her, walking can have several health benefits, including the reduction of the risk of medical conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease, a reduced risk of depression and the ability to sleep better. People who exercise on a regular basis also feel better in general, Price said. Price said she came up with the idea for 100 Women a year ago, but she put it aside until recently. “We as women have a tendency to take care of our husbands, children, grandchildren, and whomever, but we do not take care of ourselves,” she said. Ella Sommerville, a participant at Tuesday’s walk, said she supported Price’s venture. “I think it’s very nice. I think it’s something we should be able to do health wise,” she said. She also said it was good from a fellowship point of view because of all the different people the women who get the chance to meet. As of right now, there are over 100 women signed up to walk the Chancellor’s Run Park every evening beginning Tuesday. “I am amazed at how many women responded to this request,” Price said. There are even 12 girls between the ages of 6 and 12 signed up to walk. “I want to grab them at

an early age, and teach them that they should start taking care of their body and health at an early age. What they do now, can affect them for the rest of their lives,” Price said. “This is not a one-time event,” Price said. She hopes women meet every day at the track to walk together and be each other’s encouragement and support. Participant Rhonda Curtis plans on coming out four days a week to walk. “My goal is to get healthy,” she said. A total of 73 women came to the walk Tuesday night. “Everybody just had a great time,” Price said. She looks forward to walking with other women every night and aid she’s gotten several e-mails from other women expressing the same sentiment.


L ibrary Items • Open House scheduled for Lexington Park’s new, improved children’s area The public is invited to the Grand Transformation Open House to showcase the new, improved children’s area of the Lexington Park Library on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Remarks by Library Board President Alan Dillingham, Senator Roy P. Dyson and Delegate John H. Bohanan will be given at 9:30 a.m. Two of the highlights of the new area include the addition of Active Learning Centers and the creation of a special area for children in third through sixth grades. • Teens and adults can participate in statewide community read Warren St. John’s book, “Outcasts United,” this year’s selection for the One Maryland One Book statewide community reading project, is being read across the state. 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. • Workshop planned for home schooled families Students who are home schooled 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. • Robotics team demonstrates robots The SSI Robotics Team will demonstrate their robots including a World-Championship winning bot that shoots wiffle balls at a special program at the Leonardtown Library on Sept. 18. Those attending will have the opportunity to drive the robots and learn about robotics competitions. This free program will begin at 2 p.m. • Genealogical Society to conduct basic classes St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society will conduct the first of three basic genealogy classes on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Leonardtown Library. The class will cover getting started researching family history. Registration is required.


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Thursday, September 9 • Mega Yard Sale Living Word Community Church (39371 Harpers Corner Road, Mechanicsville)-8 a.m. If you have items you want to donate the people at Living World Community Church can arrange to have it picked up. They will accept any electronics, clothing, sporting equipment, electronics or items of a similar nature so long as they are still usable. The Girls impact will be selling baked goods and the Royal Rangers and Honorbound Men will be selling lunch foods. For more information contact Pastor Ed at 301-884-0167 • Blood Drive Immaculate Conception Church Hall (28297 Old Village Rd., Mechanicsville)-3:30 p.m. Life Scout John Hildebrand of Mechanicsville Boy Scout Troop 1782 and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at Immaculate Conception Church. Walk-ins are welcome appointments are encouraged to keep the wait time low. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 301884-4248 or email • Volunteer Awareness Fair Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (44219 Airport Road, California)-6 p.m. The Volunteer Awareness Fair will be hosted by The Young Professionals Initiative of St. Mary’s County and is an opportunity to meet with various organizations from throughout St. Mary’s County that are looking for volunteers. Organizations participating in the event include FLOW Mentoring, Christmas in April, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maryland, Hospice of St. Mary’s, Southern Maryland Animal Welfare League (SMAWL), Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, The Friends of Myrtle Point Park, St. Mary’s County, MD League of Women Voters, Potomac River Association, and more. For more information, contact Amanda Ellington at or 443-838-6429. • Anti-Bullying Presentation Leonardtown High School (23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown)-6 p.m. Jodie Blanco, author of the book “Please Stop Laughing at Me” and anti-bullying expert, will be giving a presentation at Leonardtown High School Thursday evening. For more information, contact Mr. Michael Wyant, SMCPS director of safety and security, at 301-475-4256, ext.188.

Friday, September 10 • 3rd Annual Leonardtown Wharf RegattaHappy Hour and Skipper’s Meeting Fitzie’s Irish Pub (21540 Joe Hazel Road,

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Leonardtown)-6 p.m. There will be a happy hour and skippers meeting at Fitzie’s Irish Pub with a cash bar. The captain’s briefing will begin at 7 p.m. The $25 for entries after Sept. 6. All proceeds from this race go to the St Mary’s Ryken and Leonardtown High School Sailing Teams. For more information, contact the Barnacle Cup Sailors Robert “Buzz” Ballard at buzz., call 240-298-1211 or visit The event is open to all racers and the general public. • 11 Laps to Remember Chopticon High School Track/Football Field (25390 Colton Point Road, Morganza)-3:30 The Air Force JROTC at Chopticon High School will be hosting an 11 Laps to Remember event Friday evening in honor of the events of September 11. People will walk or run the track at the names of those who dies will be read off. The AFJROTC Color Guard will also be there and the National Anthem will be sung by Chopticon’s Choral Group, “Infinity.”

Saturday, September 11 • Free Grocery Give Away Calvert County Baptist Church (2190 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick)-10 a.m. One hundred bags of groceries will be given away tot he first hundred people to come between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. First come, first served. For more information, call 410-535-6155. • 3rd Annual Leonardtown Wharf RegattaRaces Leonardtown Warf (Washington St, Leonardtown)-12 p.m. Races begin at noon. • 2010 Hogs and Heroes Fundraiser Old Glory Harley Davidson (11800 Laurel Bowie Road, Laurel) Poker Run Registration-9:30 a.m. Bike/Car Show Registration-11:30 p.m. This fundraiser is to collect money for the children of police officers, firefighters, first responders and active duty military members who were killed in the line of duty. There will be special appearances by The Blues Keepers Band, Citizens Band Radio and The Other II.

Sunday, September 12 • All–You-Can-Eat Breakfast Rescue Squad Building (Route 235, Hollywood)-7:30 a.m. The menu will include: sausage gravy and biscuits, sausage links, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, escalloped apples, assorted juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The breakfast is free for children under the age of 5, $4 for children between the ages of 5-12 and $8 for adults.

• Dinner Cruise Calvert Marine Museum (14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons)-5 p.m. Annual dinner cruise on the Wm. B Tennison. Cost is $30 per adult and pre-registration is required. For more information, call 410-316-2042 ext. 41.

Monday, September 13 • Blood Drive Second District VFD and Rescue Squad (Valley Lee)-12 p.m. The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the Second District VFD and Rescue Squad from noon5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or people can schedule an appointment or get more information by calling 301-994-1038. • Monday Morning Movies & More Calvert Library (850 Costley Way, Prince Frederick)-10 a.m. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862. • Patuxent River Quilter’s Guild meeting Good Samaritan Lutheran Church (20850 Langley Road, Lexington Park)-6:30 p.m. There will be a guest speaker, Genie Posnet, at the monthly meeting. Posnet will be giving her lecture entitled “Dressing the Bones” and there will be a $5 guest fee for non-members. • No Linit Texas Hold ‘Em “Bounty” Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, Lexington Park)-7 p.m. Part of the Leaderboard Challange FallWinter season. Anybody is welcome to join. Buy in is $25 or $3,000 in chips. Blinds start ar $25/$50 and are progressive. People wih the most points will recieve a free roll to the $150.00 Leaderboard Challenge Tournament in February. You can earn points for each tournamant you paticipate in. Side games, food and beverages are avaliable. For more information, call the lodge at 301-863-7800 or Linda Hill at 240-925-5697.

Tuesday, September 14 • Election Day Stuffed Ham Sandwiches Sale (13820 Point Lookout Road, Ridge)-7:30 a.m. The Ridge Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be holding their Stuffed Ham Sandwich Sale on Primary Election Day. The sandwiches will be $4 and other food items and baked goods will be for sale. Pre-orders must be collected by noon or they will be sold.

• St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament Breton Bay Golf and Country Club (21935 Society Hill Road, Leonardtown)-11 a.m. Tee-off is a noon. A person can sponsor a team or put their own foursome together for this tournament. Proceeds form the event will go to find critical equipment for the Emergency Department Trauma Center at St. Mary’s Hospital. To sponsor a team or register your own, call Kay Owns, event chair, at 301-373-3626. • Group Personal Training Breakthrough Fitness (6247 Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro)-5 p.m. Get personal training in a small group. Groups have a minimum of three and a maximum of six people and space is limited. New clients are welcome, but drop ins are not encouraged. Arrangements have to be made in advance to prepare a personalized initial workout. People who make a comittment to a group are expected to workout with that group at the designated time. For more information, call 240-463-6868. • Yoga Class Breakthrough Fitness (6247 Crain Hwy., Upper Marlboro)-6:30 p.m. Classes meet weekly through Nov. 2. The price is $120 per person. The classes consist of traditional hatha yoga with centering and relaxation meditation at the beginning and end of each 60-minute session. To register on-line, go to

Wednesday, September 15 • Adult Computer Class: Introduction to Windows Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park)-2.p.m. Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall)-5:30 p.m. Adults can learn the basics of Microsoft Windows free. Registration is requied. For more information, call 301-863-8188 (Lexington Park) or 301-884-2211 (Charlotte Hall). • Why Snooze When You Can Crooze Arby’s (40824 Merchants Lane, Leonardtown)5 p.m. Come on out with your custom car, truck or motorcycle to cruise night. • Learn to Line Dance Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville)-7 p.m. The Boot Scooters of Southern Maryland will be giving Line Dancing lessons free of charge at Hotel Charles. The regular weekly practice for team members will be after the lessons. For more information, go to www.

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An interactive murder mystery dinner, Live and silent auctions SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Lenny’s Restaurant • California, MD 6 pm to 9 pm A fundraiser presented by the Friends of the St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums

TICKETS: $60 Museum Members $65 Non – Members ADVANCE SALE ONLY

TIX & INFO: 301-769-2222

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Miss St. Mary’s County Places at State Fair


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Miss St. Mary’s County Farm Bureau 2010, Emmilee Guy, was chosen first runner up in the Miss Maryland Agriculture competition. The contest was held at the opening night festivities of the 130th State Fair in Timmonium, a press release states. The competition represented all 23 county farm bureaus. Southern Maryland’s Tri-County region fared well in the contest with Miss Charles County, Rebecca Creighton, placing fourth runner up, Emmilee Guy placing first runner up and Calvert County’s Lauren Jackson being selected as Miss Maryland Agriculture 2010.

Emmilee Guy is a graduate of Leonardtown High School and is currently a student at the College of Southern Maryland. She plans to be an elementary school educator. In addition to her studies, she is active in the Young Farmers Organization and helps to manage her family’s farm. Emmilee is the daughter of Sherri and Roy Guy of Clements.

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“Hi, my name is Jake and I’m a wonderful eight year old male Rottweiler/Basset Hound mix. I love other dogs and get along great with kids. I’d make a terrific family dog or companion dog. I’m up to date on vaccinations, neutered, house trained and identification micro chipped. For more information, please call SECOND HOPE RESCUE at 240-925-0628 or email Please Adopt, Don’t Shop!”

CHURCH SERVICES DIRECTORY ANGLICAN THE ANGLICAN MISSION OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND Sundays - 9:30 AM 41695 Fenwick Street Unit 3 Leonardtown, MD 20650 301/475-9337

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

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




Grace Chapel

A member of the Southern Baptist Convention 8505 Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-884-8645 or 301-274-3627 Pastor Keith Corrick Associate Pastor Kevin Cullins • Sunday Morning Worship • Sunday School (all ages) • Sunday Evening Worship & Bible Study • Wednesday Discipleship Classes (Adults, youth & Children)

Going the Distance An Independent Baptist Church and Academy

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


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


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

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


Calvary Baptist Church

St. Cecelia Church

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

47950 Mattapany Rd, PO Box 429 St. Mary’s City, MD 20686 301-862-4600

301 862-4435

Meeting at: Home Towne Center Conference Room

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

United Episcopal

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


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

Virgil Mass: Sunday: Weekday (M-F): Confessions:

St. John’s

UNITED METHODIST Patuxent Presbyterian Church California, Maryland 301-863-2033 Rev Michael R. Jones, Senior Pastor 1 miles South of Thomas Johnson Bridge on Rt. 4



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

Sunday Morning Worship Services: 8:30 am & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45 am With Nursery care Website: E-mail:

Offering worship and serving opportunities at… First Friendship campus – Ridge 9:00 am Traditional worshipc St George Island campus – Piney Point 9:45 am Children and Adult Sunday School 11:00 am Traditional worship St. Paul’s campus – Leonardtown 8:05 am Traditional worshipna 9:15 am Contemporary worshipnca(ASL Interpreted) 10:45 am Contemporary worshipnca 6:00 pm The Refinery (interactive worship)nc n – nursery provided c- children’s Sunday school also available a- adult Sunday school also available 301.475.7200

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Charles Towne Center and year round activities are all a part of your new community. See it for yourself. See Saint Charles. There are 12 apartment communities to rent and townhome and single-family homes by 3 of the finest national home builders–Lennar, Ryan Homes and Richmond American–all beautifully designed and all beautifully close to DC.

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Rotary’s Performing Arts Series Adds Variety This Year By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Leonardtown Rotary Club Performing Arts Series is gearing up for the 2010-2011 season. “We’re looking for an eclectic mix of entertainment,” said Lynn Fitnell, a member of the Leonardtown Rotary Club. The Performing Arts Series used to be restricted to musical entertainment, but this year the Rotary Club is looking to provide something for everybody and “provide a variety of entertainment.” The variety includes things from musical groups to impersonators. The first performer will be John Chappell on Sept. 18. Chappell will be impersonating the writer Mark Photo from Twain in his act “Mark Twain! On Mark Twain Stage.” The routine is what Fitnell called “entertaining and informative.” “It’s what you would expect to hear from Mark Twain,” Fitnell said. After Chappell will be the Alexandria Harmonizers on Oct. 16. The Alexandria Harmonizers are “a men’s a cappella performing chorus of national renown, and a competing member of the Barbershop Harmony Society,” according to their website, and have performed for the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, Disneyland and five times at the Kennedy Center Honors. Impersonator Eddie Miles, scheduled for Nov. 14, has been to St. Mary’s County several times in the past and is a “good mix for everybody from old to young,” Fitnell said. She described the act as “half Elvis and half other entertainers.” He’ll be doing a routine entitled “A Salute to Elvis and Country Legends.” The Maryland State Boychoir, performing on Dec. 4, is comprised of 140 boys between the ages of 7 and 20. Their performance will also will also feature the Great Mills High School Choir, Fitnell said. Singer and humorist David Pengelly will be finishing up the series on Jan. 8. Proceeds from the Performing Arts Series will go to fund “Service with a Smile,” a program providing fluoride rinses for third graders in St. Mary’s Public Schools, teacher scholarships and school programs as well as college scholarships and local non-profit organizations. The Leonardtown Rotary has also outfitted a school in India with refurbished computers and helped furnish a library there. Each performance is at 7 p.m. in the Great Mills High School auditorium. Cost for tickets for the entire Performing Arts season are $75 for adults and $50 for children under the age of 15. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 15. To purchase tickets, mail a check made out to the Leonardtown Rotary Club to PO Box 738, Leonardtown MD 20650. Sponsors are also welcome to make donations. Each sponsor will be listed in the program and other printed material. People donating $25-$49 will be listed as a Donor, $50-$99 will be listed as a Patron, $100-$499 will be listed as a Century and anybody donating $8500 will be listed as a Benefactor. For more information, call 301475-6999 or go online to Photo from

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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.

Thursday, September 9 •Happy Hour Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-3 p.m. •Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m. •Karaoke/Dance Party Bowie Applebee’s (4100 N W Crain Highway, Bowie)9 p.m. •Karaoke with DJ Damon’s Waldorf (45 St. Patrick’s Drive, Waldorf)7:30 p.m. •Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall)-5 p.m. Leonardtown Library (23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown)-5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 10 •Maryland Seafood Festival Sandy Point State Park (1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis)-11 a.m. •Happy Hour Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-3 p.m. •Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m. •Fair Warning Donovan’s Pub (22767 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m. •Bent Nickel Toots Bar (23971 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood)-7 p.m. •DJs Donna and Ohmer Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road Hughesville)7:30 pm. •Church Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood)-8 p.m. •Karaoke with Lori and Band in a Box Quade’s Store (36786 Bushwood Wharf Road, Bushwood)-8 p.m. •Karaoke “On Demand” With DJ/KJ Steadyrockin Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park)-9 p.m. •Karaoke with D Waldorf Applebee’s (3610 Crain Hwy, Waldorf)-9 p.m. •No Green Jelly Beenz Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-9 p.m.


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Thursday, September 9, 2010 •Endway Hulas Bungalow (23900 N Patuxent Beach Road, California) 8 p.m.

•3 Day Ride Big Dog’s Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville)-9:30

Saturday, September 11

•Hate the Toy Apehangers (9100 Crain Hwy., Bel Alton)-9 p.m.

•Fall Follies Leonardtown Square-10 a.m. •Renaissance Festival Maryland Renaissance Festival Grounds (1821 Crownsville Road Annapolis)-10 a.m. •Maryland Seafood Festival Sandy Point State Park (1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis)-11 a.m. •Ukrainian Festival Patterson Park (2601A E Baltimore St., Baltimore)12 p.m. •Open Skate Night Leonard Hall Recreation Center (23145 Leonard Hall Drive, Leonardtown)-5:30 p.m. •Disc Jockey/MC Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd., San Souci Plaza Suite 314, California) •Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-6 p.m. •The Not So Modern Jazz Quartet The West Lawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Ave., North Beach)-8 p.m. •Saturday Night Dance featuring The Wanderers Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville)-8 p.m. •Car 54 Scott’s II (7050 Port Tobacco Rd., Welcome)-9 p.m. •Karaoke “On Demand” With DJ/KJ Steadyrockin Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park)-9 p.m. •Big Boy Little Band- Live Blues Performance Delta Blues Juke Joint and Diner (2796 Old Washington Road Waldorf)-9 p.m. •Karaoke California Applebee’s (45480 Miramar, California)-9 p.m. •Karaoke with DJ Mango Lexington Lounge (21736 Great Mills Road Lexington Park)-9 p.m. •End of Summer Blowout Party Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg) featuringSam Grow Trio-2-6 p.m. Full Steam-8 p.m.-midnight

Sunday, September 12 •37th Annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival (Frederick Road, Catonsville)-10 a.m. •Renaissance Festival Maryland Renaissance Festival Grounds (1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis)-10 a.m. •Maryland Seafood Festival Sandy Point State Park (1100 East College Parkway, Annapolis)-11 a.m. •Ukrainian Festival Patterson Park (2601A E Baltimore St., Baltimore)-Noon •Nuttin’ Fancy Sea Breeze Restaurant & Bar (27130 South Sandgates Road, Mechanicsville)-3 p.m. •The California Ramblers Back Roads Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown)-3 p.m.


Creek Road, Newburg)-3 p.m. •Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m. •Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park)-5 p.m. •Texas Hold ‘Em Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexingtn Park)-7 p.m. •”Cruisday/Tuesday Karaoke” with Reggie Kelly’s “Rock ‘n’Soul” karaoke show The Holiday House (6427 Harford Road, Baltimore)8 p.m.

Wednesday, September 15 •Happy Hour Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-3 p.m. •Anne Arundel County Fair (1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville)-4 p.m. •Captain John DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m.

•Karaoke/Spoken Word Poetry Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd., San Souci Plaza Suite 314, California)-5 p.m.

•Karaoke/Ladies Night Chef’s American Bistro (22576 Macarthur Blvd., San Souci Plaza Suite 314, California)-5 p.m.

Monday, September 13

•Live Music Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-6 p.m.

•Happy Hour Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg)-3 p.m. •Take Me Back To Bambinos Reunion Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell)-5 p.m. •One Maryland One Book Chat- “Home of the Brave” by Katherine Applegate Charlotte Hall Library (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall)-5 p.m. •Mason Sebastion DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California)-5 p.m. •Book Dicussion- “Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival” by Norman Ollestad Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park)-6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14

•Bingo Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department (24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) Early Bird-6:30 p.m. Regular-7 p.m. •Book Discussion- “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John Lexington Park Library (21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park)-6 p.m. •Wolf’s Hot Rods & Old Gas Open Blues Jam! Beach Cove Restaurant (8416 Bayside Road Chesapeake Beach)-8 p.m. •Open Mic Night with Myles Morse Church Street Pub (489 East Church Street, Frederick)-8:30 p.m. •Karaoke with DJ Stacy Memories Nightclub & Bar (2360 Old Washington Road, Waldorf)-9:30 p.m.


•Happy Hour Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 By Linda Reno Contributing Writer

We don’t know anything about her origins or exactly when she came to Maryland, but her name was Blanche and she was living here about 1640. She married first, John Harrison who was deceased by 1642. As was the norm, she quickly remarried. Her second husband was Roger Oliver. They weren’t married very long before Roger was killed. 7/10/1643: John Nuttall being demanded of the meanes how Roger Oliver came by his death, saith that he saw no assault made by any one upon the person of the said Roger; nor doth know by what meanes he came by his death; but about 6 houres or thereabouts as he imagineth after he was slaine, this depont saw the said Roger lying in the hold of the vessell, with onely one wound in his throat, & a gap vpon his chin, wch he supposeth was made wth the knife that wounded him in the throat, & saw a dutch knife lying close by him, bloudy, & broken close by the hand, & more he knoweth not. John Hollis likewise demanded,


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A Harperʼs Ferry Day By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer This is a Harper’s Ferry Day. Cool, breezy, with sparkling sunshine. It is still early September and we have had a few days which have given us an early taste for Fall. I have even seen a few crickets on the hearth. They are finding their way inside the house whenever we open the door. After a record number of hot days this summer, I have heard many people say that they are so ready for fall to begin. Well, I know it’s close because many stores have already put their Halloween items on display. Fall was the time when my Father and I would take our long drive to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. I loved that drive almost as much as our three really long drives to Texas to visit my oldest brother, Bobby. The trip to Harper’s Ferry wasn’t really that far from Clinton, but the change in scenery was so drastic. Our leaves might be just starting to change at home, while you could see the gradual change to brighter oranges and reds as you travelled up I-270 and I-70. Part of the way I would keep my arm out of the window to feel the wind pressure on my hand. The other part of the drive I took with my head on my Father’s leg getting lulled to sleep listening to WGAY or some classical music station. Sometimes I would watch the telephone lines with their graceful arches and pretend I was gliding along them on skis. How nice when everything was as simple as that. My Father would hum or sing along in his deep baritone, sounding to me like a mixture of Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby, and drive with one hand holding his Chesterfield cigarette. The smell of cigarette smoke on those drives was comforting to me, probably the only time I ever felt that way about cigarettes. Daddy would pack a cooler with our favorites, just like our Golden Beach trips: propane gas grill, American cheese on white bread (yes, white bread), pork and beans, Vienna sausages, maybe a few hot dogs, sardines for him, and applesauce and sardine

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saith that being vpon the deck, & called by Thomas Boys to helpe Roger Oliver, he leaped downe into the hold, & saw an Indian & the said Roger strugling together, whervpon this dept knocked the Indian on tion. He did not admit the killing or the promise… but the head wth the barrell of a gonne, & presthe court awarded her a cow in damages.” ently after he saw the said Roger fall downe by The record is not clear, but at some point it was ala wound which the Indian had given him as he leged that Blanche had committed perjury in pressing supposeth; & being distracted for some time wth her claims. She pled not guilty but the jury determined perills of his life in the hold with other Indians as otherwise. It was ordered that she“stand nayled in the soone as he looked vpon the said Roger he saw pillory and loose both her eares (her ears were nailed him dead, & more he knoweth not of the meanes to the pillory and cut off afterwards). how he came by his death. Blanche had only two children. Her son, William Between 1646 and 1648, Blanche became emOliver, died as a youngster. Blanche’s daughter, Mary broiled in controversy. She claimed that Governor Harrison married Nicholas White and both of them Calvert had killed her ox at St. Thomas’s Fort and had promised her another one in its place. By June A pillory from early times died in 1659, but they left an infant daughter named Eleanor White who was left in the care of Major Wil1648 Blanche was married to Humphrey Howell when she sued Nathaniel Pope (ancestor of George Washington) liam Boarman. Eleanor White later married Francis Knott (born “ for a cow which Pope, or some of his accomplices in time of the about 1648 in England who was brought to Maryland by his steprebellion killed at the fort and for which he promised her satisfac- father, Robert Cole).

sandwiches for me. I know it sounds weird, but it was the only way I could eat them. My Father was very close with his money. I don’t remember ever eating in a restaurant with him, even on our trips to Texas. He’d wait until we got to Texas and knew my Air Force pilot brother would take care of everything. Daddy might have been a little… cheap. But you haven’t lived until you are stopped at scenic rest areas with a cheese sandwich in your hand. At that moment it was the best gourmet meal in the world. At Harper’s Ferry we would set up our picnic area right on the shore of the Shenandoah River. My Father would stay down at the site and read, and I would wander over every nook and cranny of the town. Up the stone steps, past the churches; one still in use at the time and one destroyed in the Civil War, The Harper House, to Jefferson Rock, and then up to the graveyard on the top. Back down in the town, I would go through all the shops, my favorite being the one with apple candy bars. What a wonderful compact town for kids. I only went in the John Brown museum a few times. Those life size wax figures were too lifelike and scary for me, especially the hanging room. The entire town was fascinating to me. Oh, how wonderful it would be to have one more trip there with my Dad, but it’s been thirty years since his passing. My husband and I did spend one of our November anniversaries there a few years ago, and the town is still magic to me even now and with all it’s changes. The fresh breezes coming off the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the quaintness, and of course the beautiful leaves. We don’t leave St. Mary’s County often, but once in awhile I do love to see the mountains, and feel at one with my Father. To each new day’s adventure Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:


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New Meth Training Helps With Bust

Robert Oscar Newland

cover operations and executed Search and Seizure Warrants over the course of ve days. This training was offered at no cost to St. Mary’s County. The process for “cooking” methamphetamine has evolved over time and now is conducted in what is called a “one pot” or “shake and bake” process,” St. Mary’s Sheriff Lt. Daniel Alioto said in a press release. This means an entire lab is contained within a plastic bottle and makes the process even more dangerous as it is easily transported and carelessly

discarded. The information learned was shared with the State’s Attorney’s Ofce. During the month of July of 2010, Vice Narcotics Detectives received information that Suspect Robert Oscar Newland, 24 of California, was allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Undercover purchases of methamphetamine were made from Newland, police report. The cases were reviewed with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz and presented to the Grand Jury. Three arrest warrants were issued and a Search warrant was obtained. On Sept. 2, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Ofce Emergency Services Team assisted Vice Narcotics Detectives in executing the Search Warrant on the California home. Numerous items of evidence were seized from inside the home and discarded in the rear yard and wooded area behind the home. Marijuana and cocaine was recovered as well and charges are pending against a second suspect. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency was contacted and provided a federally certied clean up crew to respond from the State of Pennsylvania to handle the hazardous material clean up. The DEA funded the clean up as well as the collection gear needed. Newland was charged with three counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine” and numerous additional charges are pending a review with State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz. The successful investigation, identication, and arrests in this case were made possible by the training and eld experience provided by Sheriff Bivens, the Monroe County Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, Alioto stated.

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In June 2010, Sheriff Bill Bivens of Monroe County Tennessee hosted training on methamphetamine investigations for St. Mary’s Vice Narcotics Detectives. Detectives worked side by side with detectives in the Monroe County Narcotics Unit and the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force detecting, identifying and conducting clean ups. Vice Narcotics detectives conducted under-

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On Friday, Sept. 3, at 5:48pm, TFC C. M. Evans initiated a trafc stop in the area of Route 235, north of Route 712 on a white Ford Crown Victoria for a trafc violation. Upon making contact with the driver, Trisha Kathleen Jones, 34, of Lexington Park and a male passenger, TFC Evans observed an unknown pill located on the oorboard of the passenger seat. The pill was a scheduled narcotic, and a prescription was produced authorizing Jones to be in possession of it. However, an additional search revealed a CDS – Not Marijuana in Jones’ property, police report. Jones was arrested and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention. Jones was charged with Possession of CDS Paraphernalia and Possession of Hydromorphone and will be held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Man Jailed for Sleeping in Post Ofce

On Saturday, Sept. 4, at 3:19am, Trooper R. L. Jackson responded to the United States Post Ofce on South Coral Drive in Lexington Park for a reported subject sleeping in the lobby. Upon arrival, the trooper made contact with Oliver Henry Woods, Jr., 49, of Waldorf who was sleep in the lobby of the Post Ofce. Police say Woods had been notied by Trooper Jackson on two previous occasions that he was not permitted to sleep in the establishment and continuing to do so would be considered trespassing. Woods was subsequently arrested for Trespassing on Government Property and transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. He was held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Grand Jury Issues Felony Indictment

Police report that Charles Vaselee Freeman Jr., 26 of Lexington Park, was identied as a distributor of marijuana and prescription medication. Members of the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations Vice Narcotics division conducted undercover purchases of marijuana and Percocet. A recent Grand Jury for St. Mary’s County handed down two arrests warrants charging Freeman with felony distribution of both controlled substances. He was arrested and originally held without bond.

Two Sheriff’s Cars in Serious Crash By Sean Rice Staff Writer At 7:45 p.m. Sept. 6, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s units were responding to a personal injury motor vehicle crash in the area of Three Notch Road and St. Jerome’s Road in Dameron, when two police cars crashed. A press release states that a preliminary investigation states a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria operated by Deputy Scott Ruest was traveling northbound on Three Notch Road behind a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria operated by Dfc. Michael George. As units arrived on the scene Ruest’s vehicle collided with George’s vehicle, which subsequently struck a 2003 Honda Odyssey, was unoccupied and parked in the parking lot of the Dameron Post Ofce. The Odyssey was reportedly involved in

the crash to which the ofcers were responding. Dfc. George was own by Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 7 to Baltimore Shock Trauma. Deputy Ruest was transport via ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital. Both Deputies were treated and released from the hospitals. The motor vehicle collision investigation, as well as an agency internal investigation is on going, the release states. Sheriff’s ofce ofcials have not revealed any other details of the incident, pending the outcome of the investigation. “We are very fortunate the Deputies injuries were not as serious as originally believed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the deputies. We wish them both a speedy recovery,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said in a statement.

Woman Allegedly Scratches Cop On Sept. 4. St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Dfc. Watters responded to a residence on Midway Drive in Lexington Park for a domestic standby. Breia Marie Cooper, 36 of Lexington Park, requested Dfc. Watters standby the residence as she retrieved her personal property from the residence. After a short while Cooper and the other occupant of the residence advised Dfc. Watters that he was no longer needed to stand by the residence as they did not anticipate an altercation, police say. As Dfc. Watters was walking to his vehicle, a victim exited the residence and stated Cooper struck him in the head with a telephone, police report. Dfc. Watters told Cooper she was under arrest for second-degree assault. As Dfc. Watters attempted to escort Cooper from the residence she tried to pull away from him, police report.

Dfc. Watters placed Cooper on the ground and attempted to handcuff her. Cooper continued to resist and she dug her ngernails into Dfc. Watters hand causing a scrape to his hand, police say. Cooper was handcuffed and charged with two counts of second degree assault and resisting arrest.

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BLEACHERS NFL training camps, or the return of our gridiron gladiators, and the Little League World Series in not so far-off Williamsport, PA are two late-summer sporting staples. Aside from their similar timing and some good old fashion competition, the two events have little else in common. In the case of the NFL, well-compensated grown men compete in a professional setting at the pinnacle of their sport. The Little League World Series involves 11-13 year old kids from around the globe competing at an early stage of athletics and compensated only by the incredible memories they’ll download and carry from this event for the rest of their lives. Apart from the size, salary and competitive disparities, the most significant difference between pre-season NFL players and the little leaguers is captured by the poignant image of the two going about their business; one’s obviously at work while the other’s at play. Close your eyes and visualize the Little League World Series. The images that likely come to mind are of kids giving every ounce of themselves for their teams and the overflowing euphoria of victorious teams. Effort, passion and joy are abundant in the young, unburdened athletes that descend upon Williamsport every August. In them we see the unbridled spirit of youth and the essence of amateur athletics. It is a scene that prompts nostalgia for our own youthful athletic experiences and one that we long to see more of from those that play on fall Sunday’s or in any other professional sports. This expectation, of course, is unrealistic and we know it. First, adults are more reserved creatures than kids. Us big people are so situationally aware and selfevident we almost never get lost in a moment. More importantly, though, the business of professional sports is a serious one with real consequences: see the fine line between employed and unemployed. Pro coaches

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 $30 for the Great Mills site. Fees include court costs and balls. No registration is required.


Brown Wins Second Straight SP Lawnmower Championship By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

aren’t looking for cheerleaders; they want players who get with the program and produce. There are no “nice tries”, only success and failure, and not everyone gets a trophy at year’s end. I’m sure most NFL players once had an exuberance for the game rivaling anything we see in those little leaguers and they likely still genuinely enjoy what they do, but the win or lose harshness of NFL football modifies the joy-ride considerably. Stated more broadly, the enjoyment gleaned from anything in life is squelched a bit the minute it transitions from something you want to do to something you feel like you have to do. Still, most players are able to compartmentalize the business side of the game and enjoy the time between the lines - even during practices on a sweltering August afternoon. One player though clearly cannot, and when the angry scowl of this curmudgeon is contrasted with the beaming smiles of the world’s little leaguers, it’s as if the masks of tragedy and comedy have come to life. Anyone with even a casual eye on the world of sports this summer has some level of awareness of the drama ‘Skins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has brought on himself and the organization. Beyond his obvious selfishness, combativeness, laziness and apparent inability to consider anything outside of himself, Haynesworth’s existence appears joyless. Looking at his face it’s hard to tell if he’s playing a child’s game for tens of millions of dollars or smelling an old shoe. That is simply disgraceful. He is everything we should endeavor to never be. Maybe one day long ago Haynesworth smiled like a little-leaguer but drop him in Williamsport now and he’d drain the fun from the joint just like the Wicked Witch did in Munchkinland. Just because something you loved becomes a job laden with responsibility doesn’t mean you have to lose all happiness in doing it; and if you do, maybe it’s time to do something else. It might hurt the bottom line – wins and losses – but I’ll be glad when Haynesworth takes his perpetual frown to some other NFL town, or better yet, out of the NFL altogether. When that happens, it’ll be far from a tragedy.

With a second straight United States Lawnmower Racing Association SP class championship on the line, Clements native Jason Brown knew a fast start would be necessary to hold on to the crown. “I had to try and get a good clean start – I’m not usually a good starter,” Brown said after he jumped out to first place and won both SP races this past weekend in the Sta-Bil finals in Delaware, Ohio to earn the title by 50 points over Richard Webb of Michigan. Photo By Frank Marquart Brown’s strategy Jason Brown won his second straight USMLRA SP was easy to think of and as it turned out, class title Labor Day Weekend. easy to execute. “Once you get out in front, it’s just driving hard, staying away from light traffic and just pulling away,” he said. Brown was confident in his ability to win, but the media coverage on the season’s final regular season race forced him to prepare for the race early. “It was never-wracking. You don’t have too much time to pay attention to the race,” he said. “Every time you start working on something, you’ve got another camera in your face. You’ve got to prepared ahead of time.” Brown also had to deal with being the target of every SP participant this season. “This was better than last year because you have that target on your back – everyone’s looking at you as soon as you unload,” he says. “People have been paying a lot more attention this year than they did last year.” Brown also finished in the top 10 of the higher-horsepower BP class, but was disappointed in his results in BP. “To be honest, I’m not happy with it. It was a bad year in that class. I blew two engines, lost a transmission and even in the last race, I lost my brakes, but we finished up good,” he said. Brown credited his sponsors (L.S.I, Sta-bilt, S&J Heating, Accokeek Development and William Dishman contractors to name a few), along with Bryantown’s Wally Bender, who won the AP national title, for helping them along the way, and a celebration is planned. “It was about midnight when we left the track, so we just went to a restaurant up there,” Brown said. “But we probably will have a party with my sponsors in the next month or so.”

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

SMCTA, Rec and Parks Partner on Tennis Court Lighting at Dorsey Park The St. Mary’s County Tennis Association has jumpstarted a new doubles league to help defray the cost of using the tennis court lights at the Dorsey Park. Led by organizer Laura Carrington of Leonardtown, the league plays Wednesday nights at Dorsey Park and consists of many of the area’s best tennis players. The majority of the league’s proceeds, which are generated from registration fees paid by each player, will be donated to Recreation & Parks later this year. “It’s great to have people like Laura who volunteer their time so enthusiastically to run local tennis programs,” says Jason Wynn, Vice President of the SMCTA and one of the league’s participants. The newly installed lights at Dorsey Park are programmed to run eight months out of the year,

and can be operated by players between dusk and 11:00 p.m. with the push of a button. Based on the first few months of operation, the Department of Recreation and Parks estimates the yearly cost to operate the lights to be approximately $600. “Recreation and Parks has a long history of working with the SMCTA to provide enhanced tennis facilities and programs in St. Mary’s County. We hope to continue this partnership to promote the game of tennis for many years to come,” said Phillip Rollins, Director, St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks. The Department has worked with the SMCTA over the past several years in leveraging funding to enhance twelve (12) tennis courts at various County parks. To date, the County has received $22,500 from the USTA Maryland Fix-A-Court Program,

$49,315 from Maryland’s Program Open Space, and $402,100 in County funding for these efforts. “While not all players who use the tennis courts at Dorsey Park are members of the SMCTA, it makes sense for us to help out, given the fact that County baseball and softball programs are charged a fee for using the lights on the ball fields,” said Wynn. “I certainly prefer the push-button system at Dorsey over the kind that you have to stuff quarters in every half-hour.” The Dorsey Park Doubles league will run through November, weather permitting. Regular participants are asked to pay $30 to cover the whole season, while substitutes who fill in occasionally must pay $5 per match. The league will conclude with a hot-dog roast for the players.


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5K Challenge Run/Walk & Health Expo Thurs., Sept. 9


Girls’ Soccer St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.

Field Hockey Leonardtown at Calvert, 4 p.m. St. John’s at St. Mary’s Ryken, 4 p.m.

Girls’ Tennis Paul VI at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 10 Boys’ Soccer St. Mary’s Ryken at St. John’s, 4 p.m. Cross Country St. Mary’s Ryken at Magruder Invitational, 9 a.m. Field Hockey Patuxent at Chopticon, 4 p.m. Football Great Mills at Calvert, 7 p.m. Patuxent at Leonardtown, 7 p.m. Archbishop Carroll at St. Mary’s Ryken, 7 p.m. Girls’ Soccer North Point at Great Mills, 6 p.m. Volleyball Lackey at Great Mills, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 11 Boys’ Soccer Chopticon Tournament, 9 a.m. Football Chopticon at Gwynn Park, 1 p.m. Volleyball Leonardtown Tournament, 9 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 13 Boys’ Soccer Thomas Stone at Great Mills, 6 p.m. Leonardtown at Calvert, 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Paul VI, 6:45

Wed., Sept. 1

Girls’ Soccer Great Mills at Thomas Stone, 6 p.m. Calvert at Leonardtown, 6 p.m.

Join the fun on Oct. 2nd at the Solomons Medical Center and raise funds for a great cause – the Center for Breast Care at CMH

Volleyball Great Mills at Thomas Stone, 7 p.m.

About the Run/Walk

Tues., Sept. 14 Boys’ Soccer Chopticon at North Point, 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Ryken at Archbishop Carroll, 4 p.m.

t On-site registration starts at 7 a.m. t Warm up with World Gym trainer at 8 a.m. t Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Volleyball St. Mary’s Ryken at Holy Cross, 5:30 p.m.


Wed., Sept. 15

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Cross Country Chopticon/La Plata at Leonardtown, 4:30 p.m. Great Mills/McDonough/ Thomas Stone at Lackey, 4:30 p.m. Field Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken at Good Counsel, 3:45 p.m. Golf Northern/North Point/McDonough vs. Chopticon at Wicomico Shores, 4 p.m. Great Mills/Huntingtown vs. Leonardtown at Breton Bay, 4 p.m. Girls’ Tennis Good Counsel at St. Mary’s Ryken, 3:30 p.m. Volleyball Westlake at Chopticon, 7 p.m.

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Great Giveaways! - Prizes for top finishers in each age group - Post-race rejuvenation tent will offer FREE refreshments & seated massages - Door prizes & free giveaways for all participants - Free race T-shirts for all who pre-register plus first 100 who sign up on-site

Golf Chopticon 179 Calvert 184 Great Mills 196

Football Westlake 12, Chopticon 10 Great Mills 47, Thomas Stone 14 Leonardtown 38, Westlake 21 Paul VI 42, St. Mary’s Ryken 14

McDonough 155 Leonardtown 175 Patuxent 182

Volleyball Leonardtown 3, Chopticon 0

Fri., Sept. 3

Sat., Sept. 4

Field Hockey Leonardtown 3, La Plata 0

Field Hockey Great Mills 2, McDonough 0

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Ryken Falls Behind in Football Home Opener, Can’t Catch Up Paul VI 42, St. Mary’s Ryken 14 By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

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Paul VI (1-0) SMR (1-1)

2 22 0

3 6 6

4 0 8

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LEONARDTOWN – It was a tale of two halves for the St. Paul VI – Collins 1 run (kick failed) Mary’s Ryken football team in their home opener Friday night. Paul VI – Collins 1 run (Collins run) Visiting Paul VI took advantage of the Knights mistakes Paul VI – Tuell 5 run (O’Donnell kick) in the first half, cruising to a 42-14 win, but the Knights clearly Paul VI – Alex Jesmer 36 pass from Salmon (O’Donnell kick) played better in the second half, an encouraging sign for thirdPaul VI – Tuell 3 run (Charlie Jesmer run) year head coach Bob Harmon. SMR – Snell 11 run (pass failed) “The things that happened to us in that first half, we did Paul VI – Hughes 70 punt return (kick failed) to ourselves,” Harmon said of five turnovers, all of which the SMR – Houston 1 run (Snell pass to Simms) Panthers turned into touchdowns. “You can’t have five fumbles, you can’t have a blocked punt, you can’t have a punt returned for a score. But we’re going to get better.” The Panthers (1-0) used a multitude of running backs to wear down the Knights defense. Five running backs had at least five carries, with George Collins and Zach Tuell scoring two touchdowns each. The Knights also got a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Salmon to receiver Alex Jesmer, as well as a 70yard punt return for a touchdown to end the third quarter by Phil Hughes. “We wanted to give our offense a short field,” Paul VI head coach Nick Metro said. “I had my guys prepared like it was an Army-Navy game because we thought they were going to be fired up.”

Photo By Frank Marquart

Johnny Houston ran for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Knights’ 42-14 loss to Paul VI Friday night.

Photo By Frank Marquart

The St. Mary’s Ryken football team hits the field for the first time at their new campus stadium.

The Knights trailed 36-0 at the half, but outscored the Panthers 14-6 in the second half, with sophomore quarterback Zach Snell scoring the first touchdown for the home team in the new stadium’s history. “We won that second half,” Snell said plainly. “I feel confident towards the future because we played really well in the second half.” As for scoring the first home touchdown in the new stadium’s history? “I was overwhelmed and proud of my offensive line for blocking for me like that,” Snell said of his uncontested 11-yard run up the middle with 6:58 left in the third quarter. “The cornerbacks bit on the fakes and I saw my chance.” Ryken added another touchdown from junior running back Johnny Houston in the fourth quarter, and he too was excited about the potential success of this year’s team. “We’ve got really good coaches and we were very aggressive in that second half,” said Houston, who led the Knights’ ground game with nine carries for 46 yards. “This is something I’ll always remember.” Tough loss notwithstanding, Harmon is still pleased with the way things are going, especially now that his football team has a field they can call home. “I looked around when we came out and said ‘Wow, we’re not at Lancaster Park anymore,’” he said.

Hornets Rout Stone in Season Opener By Chris Stevens Staff Writer The Great Mills football team used their superior speed and quickness, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 47-14 win over Thomas Stone Friday night. “That’s what it was – the old adage ‘speed kills,’” Hornets head coach Bill Griffith said. “Our guys played really hard and [Stone] just couldn’t handle our team speed.” Junior running back Aaron Wilkerson led the charge with four touchdowns in three different ways – he caught two passes from quarterback Jordan Hurtt for scores, adding a 45-yard run and a six-yard interception return for a score. Hurtt threw for three touchdowns (the other going to Anthony Smith) and Wink Queen also added a rushing touchdown for Great Mills, who defeated Thomas Stone 6-0 to end a 20game losing streak a year ago. The Hornets are in much the same position they were last season – facing Calvert after defeating Thomas Stone to

begin their season. The Hornets lost to the Cavaliers 21-14 with a roughing the kicker penalty costing them in the final seconds. Great Mills will travel to Prince Frederick Friday night at 7 p.m. with an eye on revenge for last season’s loss. “We can’t make the same mistakes we made against them last year,” Griffith said. “We just have to play mistakefree football and do the same things that we did well this past week.” Griffith was pleased with the effort that the Hornets put forward because it sends a message to Southern Maryland Athletic Conference teams who think that last year’s 5-5 record was a one-year wonder. “This was good for us because people are probably thinking ‘Well, they’ll go back to being the same old Great Mills,’” he said. “We’re not. This is a new Great Mills team and we plan on going even further than we did last year.”


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Raiders Rally for Win in Nines’ Coach Debut By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Mike Nines really didn’t think too much about his first win as a high school football coach until a little while after Leonardtown’s 38-21 win over visiting Calvert Friday night. “It didn’t hit me until I called my parents and told them,” Nines said with a chuckle. “I was more happy for the players, especially the seniors because they’ve been through some tough times.” The new and improved Leonardtown ground game, led Patuxent transfer Marcus Stout, rolled up 378 rushing yards and scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to start their season on the right foot. Nines was pleased with the effort after Calvert jumped out to a 21-13 at the break, noting that the senior leadership was key. “They know what we expect of them, so we came out in the second half, made some corrections,” Nines said. “We’ve been preaching confidence to the kids and they’ve responded.” Stout led the way with 179 yards on 18 carries, while Alfonso Cyrus and Stephen Stewart added 118 and 66 rushing

yards respectively. The Raiders also got a 42-yard interception return from senior linebacker Mike Molina in the win. The prolific running game is the desired effect of the Wing-T offense, and Nines gave total credit to his offensive linemen, who have to be successful in order for the Wing-T to work properly. “This puts our players in the right spots,” he says. “We’ve got linemen who are fast and block well. They worked their tails off [Friday] night.” Leonardtown will now turn its attention to their second home game of the season, a match-up with Southern Maryland Athletic Conference contender Patuxent. The Panthers are coming off of a 13-0 win over Lackey, and Nines feels the keys to a win over Patuxent include using their offensestopping their two main offensive weapons, quarterback Ed Massengil and running back Dakota Edwards. “We want to exploit their linebackers with our speed and try to confuse them a little bit,” he said. “Also, if we can key on their quarterback and running back, we should be successful,”

Westlake Overtakes Chopticon in Final Seconds By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Quarterback Chris Istvan and receiver Steven Koudossou hooked up for two touchdowns, the final one coming with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as Westlake rallied to defeat Chopticon 12-10 Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Wolverine Stadium. “I thought we played hard and played well as a team,” Braves head coach Tony Lisanti said. “Westlake is a very good team and this is something we can build on.” Sterling Miles scored on an 11-yard touchdown run and junior place-kicker Christopher Palmer kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Braves (0-1) a 10-0 lead through three quarters. The Wolverines (1-0) refused to quit and pulled out the win on Istvan’s five-yard toss to Kodossou for the win. Lisanti was pleased with the improved defensive effort – Westlake scored 40 on the Braves in the 2009 season opener. “A lot of it has to do with us knowing our roles and that allows us to play fast and

play very well,” he said. “Westlake didn’t gouge us for anything.” The coach is still concerned with the running game, as the Braves finished with minus 10 yards rushing. “You can’t run for as little yardage as we did and expect to be victorius,” Lisanti explained. “The run game was a disappointment.” The Braves will continue their tough first-half schedule Saturday afternoon when they travel to Brandywine and face Prince George’s 2A power Gwynn Park. Game time is 2 p.m. The Yellowjackets opened their season in thrilling fashion with a 17-14 overtime victory over Forestville Military Academy at Largo High School last Saturday afternoon. Lisanti remembers them well from their 33-0 victory at Braves Stadium last season. “They’ve got big fast receivers that can run, so it’s going to be a quite a challenge to shut their offense down.”

Westlake 12, Chopticon 10 Chopticon (0-1) Westlake (1-0)

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2 7 0

3 3 0

Chopticon – Miles 11 run (Palmer kick) Chopticon – Palmer 37 field goal Westlake – Koudossou 12 pass from Istvan (kick failed) Westlake – Koudossou 5 pass from Istvan (kick failed)

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Wolfpack Wins 9 and Under Soccer Title

Southern Maryland’s newest and youngest Select Travel Soccer Club, the St. Mary’s United, U9 “Wolfpack”, earned their first victory as a team last month in The August Cup, held in Gaithersburg, MD. The August Cup is represented by some of the strongest travel teams in the MarylandVirginia area. St. Mary’s United’s U9 team faced teams from Western Prince William County (VSA), Montgomery Soccer Club (MSA) from Rockville, and Loudoun in the first round. The Wolfpack defeated each team by scores of 4-0, 7-1 and 7-0 before rallying from two goals down to defeat Seneca FA 6-5 in the championship game.

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

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 ( Our home arena is Capital Clubhouse in Waldorf, MD ( Mite/Atom Cross Ice $ 500 Squirts, Pee Wee, and Bantam - $ 750 Midget - $600 Any questions please contact Jaime Cantlon.

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I took some of my own advice last week and fished ahead of the storm. I was not disappointed! I got to Cedar Point at 7:00 AM and was immediately in the middle of acres of breaking bluefish, stripers and Spanish mackerel. The fish


The Ordinary

The Stealth Approach to Breaking Fish

By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer

Thursday, September 9, 2010

were feeding on small silversides, or bay anchovies. The top water action didn’t stop for two hours before I left them to find a flounder – a fairly futile venture on every trip out of Solomons this year. But, that’s a story for another time. Mine was the only boat in the area for a time. When I saw the birds and boiling surface water, I noted the direction that the feeding fish seemed to be headed and circled slowly and widely to stop in the path of their progress and shut off the outboard. The fish stayed on top, feeding and splashing to their heart’s content as my fishing partner and I cast jigs, spoons and top water plugs into the fray; hooking up and landing fish as fast as we could. The next boat to arrive on the scene was a local light tackle guide who approached the schools

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of breaking fish in a similar fashion. The fish seemed not to notice as we enjoyed the frenzied activity. Several recreational boats arrived next. Some intended to play the breaking fish with light tackle casting rigs and approached with stealth to keep the fish on top. But, there was one (isn’t there always?) who approached the schools of fish like a dirt-track speedway driver on a Friday night. We saw him passing in the distance when he suddenly turned in our direction at speed (he had obviously seen the birds). He launched his boat into the middle of the school of fish, kicked it into neutral and grabbed a spinning rod to cast to fish that were no longer feeding on the surface. The fish resumed

their feeding frenzy in the distance, about a ¼ mile off, as the water began to boil and the seagulls restarted their chants. Engines fire up on every boat to pursue the relocated feeding school of fish. Of course, our friend with engines still running got the jump on everyone and was off like a shot! He rammed his boat into the middle of the school of breaking fish, kicked it into neutral and picked up a spinning rod to cast to fish that were no longer there. Fortunately, there were several other schools of breaking fish, so we left the area to take advantage of a different school, leaving “Mr. Haphazard” to play his game away from us. We never saw him pull in a fish. Fishing report: The past week has produced catches of cobia and big red drum near the target ship. Although probably not fishable, a school of small spadefish were spotted at Pt. Lookout. Bluefish,

stripers and Spanish mackerel seem to be everywhere. There are still a few croakers, but they seem to be getting smaller. The spot are getting a little bigger now. White perch can be had in decent numbers on oyster bars fished with peeler crab and will succumb to small spinner baits in the shallows. Flounder are still uncooperative, and I wouldn’t waste too much time fishing for Bull Sharks, since only two were caught in our area last week. Do you have a current fish picture or story of a great catch? If so, send an email to riverdancekeith@ 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 Crabs Split Doubleheader With Bears The Blue Crabs took game one of a Tuesday doubleheader with the Newark Bears 84, while the Bears took the nightcap by a 7-3 score. In the opener, it was all about the first inning as the teams combined to score nine runs on 10 hits with 19 batters coming to the plate. Southern Maryland got on the scoreboard first against Derek Blacksher collecting three-straight singles to start the game. Patrick Osborn drew a RBI walk followed by an Eric Crozier two-run double to make it 3-0 Blue Crabs. Travis Garcia plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Jeremy Owens added a RBI single to push the lead to five runs. The Bears came right back to score four runs off Dan Reichert in the home first inning. Tim Raines, Jr. led off the frame with a double, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. He eventually scored on an infield groundout by Kennard Jones. Carl Everett singled and

Brian Barton followed with a two-run homer, his 16th of the season, to cut the lead to 5-3. Eric Munson singled and was pushed home on a bases-loaded walk from Randy Gress and Newark down just a run, 5-4. The score remained the same through the next five frames as Blacksher scattered just two more hits and set down seven straight at one point. Reichert allowed just one hit over the same span, while retiring eight-in-a-row. In the visitor’s seventh, the Blue Crabs added three insurance runs against reliever Nick Renault. Garcia drove in his second run of the game with a bases-loaded single and Ben Harrison plated two more with a basesloaded single. Reichert (16-9) pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs, to earn his Atlantic League-leading 16th win. Bryan Dumesnil pitched the final inning to close out the Bears.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

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Local Athletes Commit to College Hoops Programs In his lone season at Great Mills Harris averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game, helping the Hornets improve from a four-win 2008-09 season to 18 and the 4A East regional finals last season. Treveon Graham has verbally committed to Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Two basketball players from local high schools have made verbal commitments to NCAA Division I universities during the early recruiting period. St. Mary’s Ryken senior Treveon Graham, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, verbally committed to Virginia Commonwealth University last month, while Great Mills graduate Mykel Harris (6-foot-6 small forward) has agreed to play his college basketball at Monmouth (N.J.) University next fall. Harris, who previously attended King’s Christian Academy in Callaway, will be attending Phelps School in Pennsylvania this year as a post-graduate before beginning his career at Monmouth, a member of the Northeast Conference. Graham, according to head coach/athletic director Dave Tallman, was also being recruited by Boston College, Clemson, Cleveland State, Northeastern and Cincinnati before deciding on VCU, located in Richmond. Graham averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds as a junior last season, and his inspired play helped the Knights set a school record for boys’ basketball wins with 18 and a top-four finish in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

Anderson, Williams Big Winners At Potomac BUDDS CREEK – Bunker Hill W. Va’s Andy Anderson was victorious for the third time this season as he captured the 21st running of the Ronnie McBee Memorial Sunday night at Potomac Speedway. Anderson and David Williams brought the field down to the initial green flag of the event. Anderson jumped into the race lead and would lead the first seven circuits. Point contender David Williams then flexed his muscle as he grabbed the top spot from Anderson on lap eight. Williams’ lead would be short-lived as Anderson slid by Williams to take the lead for good on lap 13. As Anderson ran-off and hid in the lead, championship contenders Williams and Dale Hollidge waged another epic Potomac battle. Hollidge, the point leader coming into the event, caught Williams with eight laps to go. The duo would virtually race sideby-side the remaining laps of the event and coming down for the checkered flag, Hollidge got a run off turn-four but came up about a foot short at the finish as Williams would claim his third-straight Potomac LM title by just three-points over Hollidge. Kyle Hardy took fourth and Matt Quade completed the top-five. “The track was slick like we expected,” Anderson stated. “We made the right choice on tires and the car really came on there at the end.” Williams’ title drive started with a heat race win earlier in the program that earned him five-points toward the title. “I think that was a good race for the fans,” Williams said. “I knew Dale was going to be tough to beat, but this was once again a total team effort and I cant thank George and Tina Moreland enough for allowing me to drive their car this season.”

Williams won the heat for the 11 cars on hand. Continuing his superb night, Williams scored his third win of the season and career 31st in the 20-lap Limited Late mMdel feature. The win for Williams would be his overall 75th career feature win at Potomac. Starting in 12th position, Williams took the top spot from race long leader Tommy Wagner Jr. on lap 15 and would lead the remaining laps to post the win. Kenny Moreland was second, Wagner held on for third, Ed Pope was fourth and point-leader Derrick Quade completed the top five. Wagner and Pope took heat race wins. In other action, Craig Tankersley became the ninth different winner as he scored the win in the 16-lap Street Stock feature, Jimmy Randall rolled to win number six in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main, Greg Gunter scored his second win of the season and 54th of his career in the 15-lap four-cylinder feature while Larry Fuchs was crowned division champion. Fuchs annexed his fifth feature win in the Strictly Stocks and Josh Wilkins made it win number two in the 20-lap U-car feature.

Photo By Frank Marquart

Mykel Harris will attend Monmouth University next fall.

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THURSDAY September 9, 2010

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