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From left, Carla Werme, Francie Smith and Sherry Mallicoat, all of Lexington Park, prepare gift boxes at Lexington Park Baptist Church to be send out to distribution centers.


ON THE BACK Charlie Yates is one of several players being counted on for the success of the Leonardtown hockey team.

“The beverage market here is growing and having a festival would only help it … In the end it’s about helping local producers sell their wares.” Angel Systems Inc.

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Three-term St. Mary’s County Commissioner Tom Mattingly, who leaves office next month, has applied for a grant-funded county employment position as a recruitment and retention specialist for the county’s volunteer fire and rescue services. SEE PAGE 8

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The St. Mary’s College Seahawks’ Shana Lewis drives on Virginia Wesleyan’s Shawnee Lewis during the Seahawk’s 74-59 loss Saturday afternoon. SEE PAGE 28


Captain Michael Reusing, with Gov. Martin O’Malley, pilots a ship in the waters of the Bay. Reusing retired after 44 years with the Chesapeake Biological Lab. SEE PAGE 5

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events calendar For The Community Calendar See Page 22 For Events Happening This Week.


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ews Group Wants Feds to Stop Loan Guarantees for Calvert Cliffs Sewer Line Break By Guy Leonard move ahead with the third reactor project per federal law. Staff Writer

EDF and Constellation dissolved their partnership last month after the latter backed out of the process to get federal loan guarantees to finance the reactor project, citing the exorbitant costs of purchasing the guarantee. The dissolution agreement gave EDF sole ownership of the venture and also ensured that the French company would not have to buy about a dozen aging fossil fuel plants owned by Constellation. Thomas Piquemal, EDF’s senior executive vice president for finance in France, stated in a Nov. 15 conference call that the company was still willing to move ahead with the project at Calvert Cliffs despite several “hurdles” the company needed to overcome. “In summary we are ready to commit further human and financial resources to pursue the project… with a view to making a final decision once all the right conditions are met,” Piquemal stated in a transcript..

A group concerned with controlling the amount of weapons-grade nuclear material throughout the world has asked President Barack Obama to not allow $9.5 billion in loan guarantee financing to EDF, the French nuclear power plant operator planning a third reactor at Calvert Cliffs, unless it abides by an international agreement. The letter to the White House, signed by 16 nuclear nonproliferation experts with the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NEPC), demanded that the Obama administration ensure that the French government abide by the provisions of a treaty between the United States and the United Arab Emirates that gave nuclear power support to the Arab nation in exchange for guarantees that they would not enhance nuclear fuel that could later be used in nuclear weapons and also submit to stringent and frequent inspections of their operations. “These points are basic,” the letter signed by NEPC Executive rector Henry Sokolski stated, “The success of U.S. efforts to reduce the dangers of nuclear proliferation depends critically upon the U.S. upholding the standards it sets and doing all it can to encourage others to do likewise.” The letter also states that allowing the loan guarantees to the French operators “set a bad precedent” if the U.S. does not secure its commitment to supporting the U.S.-UAE accord’s standards. The letter also stated that enriching uranium and recycling spent reactor fuel “is unnecessary and uneconomical for emerging nuclear programs.” “Certainly our government’s willingness to assume virtually all of the financial risks associated with several domestic reactors and nuclear fuel plant projects demonstrates that they are not yet commercially viable in the U.S. either,” the letter goes on to state. EDF, which is now the sole owner of the UniStar venture after regional power provider Constellation Energy backed out of the partnership, still needs a U.S. partner to Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

There has been a sanitary sewer line break and a stormwater sewer failure in the Patuxent Homes areas on Cabot Drive. As a result, sewer water has entered a storm drain, affecting the area from Cabot Drive to Great Mills Road, between the A&E Motel and Burger King, reports the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom). The total volume of the overflow is estimated at 55,000 gallons. The area affected by this overflow is an unnamed stream, which is a tributary of Hilton Run. Public contact of the unnamed stream and the upper portion of Hilton Run should be avoided for seven days. For additional information, please contact the St. Mary’s County Health Department at (301) 475-4330.

Sotterley Staff To Appear on Public TV

From 7-11 p.m. Nov. 29, several members from Sotterley’s Board of Trustees, staff, and supporters will be volunteering on Maryland Public Television’s pledge drive during the premiere of “Cirque du Soleil – Flowers in the Desert.” The program will be televised 10 times over the upcoming year. “This is a wonderful and mutually beneficial opportunity for both Sotterley and Maryland Public Television. We are delighted to answer phones and take pledges on MPT’s behalf. As a bonus, it will afford Sotterley and its mission statewide television exposure,” stated Nancy Easterling, Executive Director of Sotterley Plantation.


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ews Research Ship Captain Retires By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Michael Reusing, captain of several research vessels during his career with the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons Island, is retiring after 44 years. Reusing, of Lusby, started out as a research technician with the lab back in 1966, according to a press release from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), and eventually became captain of the Aquarius, a research vessel, in 1984 and then taking the helm of the Rachel Carson in 2008.

Reusing’s job was to transport researchers to and from various points in the Chesapeake Bay to conduct their studies and information gathering and bring them back safely, Cornwall said. UMCES President Donald Boesch praised Reusing, known as a man of few words, for his more than four decades of service. “While his work has led to great advancements in our understanding of the bay ecosystem, his true legacy lies within the hearts and minds of the next generation of environmental scientists that have developed a passion for Chesapeake Bay science, learning and training

Photos courtesy of the Chesapeake Biological Lab Captain Michael Reusing, “Admiral of the Chesapeake”, with Gov. Martin O’Malley, pilots a ship in the waters of the Bay.

Bruce Cornwall, marine superintendent at the biological lab, said in working with Reusing for nearly 20 years, he had shown himself to be an example of reliability and professionalism. “You could say that he’s dedicated his life to his career,” Cornwall said. “He was willing just to roll with the punches.”

aboard his ships,” Boesch said. Reusing received the honorary title of “Admiral of the Chesapeake” from Gov. Martin O’Malley for his service.

Time Running Out For Open-Air Burn Permits By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Residents who have large amounts of debris and yard waste after clearing their property have until the end of December to get a permit to burn it in the open before they become exposed to potential fines. Officials with the St. Mary’s County Health Department say that the state law banning the open air burning of large amounts of waste like tree limbs, trunks and stumps has been prohibited for quite some time by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), but local health departments were not tasked with reviewing permits. This led to a rift between state requirements and county rules that has now been rectified, said Daryl Calvano, director of the Environmental Health section of the health department. “We were not aware of the regulations and we didn’t have the delegated authority under the state to review the applications for burning permits,” Calvano said. The adjustment was made this year, Calvano said, with local health department in-

spectors being the judge of whether an open air burning of waste was large enough to be referred to MDE for possible fines. Though yard waste and things like limbs, branches and stumps were essentially the same type of waste, Calvano said, the amount of debris to be burned was the real issue. “It has to do with volume,” Calvano said. “You can’t create a nuisance.” Calvano said that small amounts of yard waste will still be legal to burn, and farmers can still get a permit to burn debris to make room for more agricultural land. The county put out notice of the coming open-air burn ban back in August but with the autumn season here, the temptation to burn yard waste in large quantities made reminding people of the rule change important, he said. Permits for large-scale burnings of land clearing debris will still be available for approval up to Dec. 31, a county press release states. For more information on the adjustments to open-air burning rules contact the health department at 301-475-4321.

Historic Foundation Want to Begin Annual ‘Beer Fest’ By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation wants the county leadership to support a bill that would allow them to hold a beer fest in the springtime at the state’s historic first capital. In a letter to the Board of County Commissioners dated Nov. 17, attorney Samuel Baldwin, of the law offices of Baldwin and Briscoe, requested that their proposal be included in the legislative request package as a late entry to the state delegation for consideration in Annapolis this January. “Earlier this year the Historic St. Mary’s City Foundation set a goal for itself to develop a signature event that would occur annually,” wrote Baldwin, who is also the events committee chair for the foundation. “After much research and discussion with other non-profit entities in the county we concluded that a BeerFest, held in the spring, would act as both a driver for tourism and as a complement to other events in the county such as the Sotterley wine festival.” The letter goes on to read that the event would act as a fund raising tool that would bring more attention to Historic St. Mary’s City. In his letter Baldwin states that the proposed law would allow buyers to purchase

beer during the festival and take it off site; Baldwin argued that such a provision would attract more high quality vendors to the event. George Sparling, county attorney, said that the proposal must ultimately be approved by the state legislature after being approved by a review of the commissioner board. “Nothing’s been accepted [by the commissioner board] yet,” Sparling said. “But it will be put in front of the commissioners for their review.” Bob Schaller, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Community Development, said that such a beef fest would take years to reach the critical mass to draw visitors from out of town but it would help raise awareness of local craft and mirco- breweries. “The beverage market here is growing and having a festival would only help it,” Schaller told The County Times. “In the end it’s about helping local producers sell their wares.” Projects like the Leonardtown Winery and microbreweries were one way to achieve the long-range goal of diversifying the county’s economy from dependence on the U.S. Navy’s operations, officials have said. “It [a beer fest] would send a strong message that local craft beers can be profitable,” Schaller said.

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Please Share the Road With Bicyclists

Last Thursday, Nov. 11, a fellow cyclist was hit by a pickup truck on a clear section of Medley’s Neck Road. He survived the crash but has severe injuries. Motorists in St. Mary’s County should be aware of the increase in cycling activity over the last few years as more and more people are taking to the road for alternative transportation as well as for improving their physical fitness. The local bicycle club, Patuxent Velo, has tripled its membership since 200 to over 180 cyclists. New revisions to the Maryland Transportation Code took effect on the first of October to protect bicyclists on Maryland roads and to clarify their rights as operators of legitimate vehicles. News releases of these new laws have been scant to non-existent due to the election news that has been filling the newspapers for the past two months. Very briefly the new laws are: • Motorists must give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing;

• Motorists making right turns off the roadway must give cyclists the right of way; • If the roadway is too narrow, the cyclist should take the whole lane; • Mounted cyclists in crosswalks have the same rights as pedestrians; • Mandatory shoulder use has been stricken; • Use of Bike Lanes as defined by Title 21-101 (e) is mandatory with exceptions. Many motorists will complain that cyclists blow through stop signs, run red lights and ride unpredictably on the road. There’s no denying that a few cyclists AND a few motorists use the roads dangerously but clubs like Pax Velo insist that their members follow the law and display courtesy on the roadways. Please… “Share the road.” Jim Swift California, MD

Thank You For Supporting Fundraiser

On behalf of the Pastoral Counseling Center of St Mary’s, Inc. (PCC), I want to thank those who graciously supported our work by purchasing tickets for our Cheeseburger In Paradise fundraiser promotion. We greatly appreciate your generosity. We also thank those generous individuals who donated in lieu of purchasing tickets. We are so grateful for the encouragement through donors’ support. People in our community have hills to climb and problems to sort out; we all have life struggles, in one form or another. And you and I know how very much we need all the resources of our community to support one another and strengthen the ties that bind southern Maryland together. Through donors’ generosity, the PCC is further strengthened to further serve and enrich our community.

Since 1983, the Pastoral Counseling Center (PCC) has been providing professional clinical counseling from a Christian perspective to individuals, families, and groups. And they’ve been doing this work for lots of members of our community at very affordable rates, using a sliding scale. Donors’ support of the Cheeseburger In Paradise Fundraiser enabled PCC to continue to see your family, friends, or neighbors in need at reduced rates for a few more sessions. Again, thank you for supporting PCC. If you have any questions about our services, please do not hesitate to call (301) 863-9333. Rev’d Gregory Syler, Rector St. George’s Episcopal Church President, Board of Directors of the Pastoral Counseling Center of St. Mary’s, Inc.

An Open Letter to Our Newly Hired Legislators

Gentlemen. We, the people, have done our job. We listened very carefully to what you told us during your campaigns. We’ve trusted you enough to hire you for two or six years. Now we want to see you do your jobs – the jobs for which we hired you. • Repeal or at least, if you can’t override a veto by Imam Obama, de-fund his healthcare program. We don’t want it. You said you would get it stopped. Do so. • Do not allow the Cap and Trade bill become law. If, during the lame duck period, the outgoing people manage to pass it, we expect you to repeal or in whatever way is effective, STOP it. • You said you were against pork barrel spending. Show us you meant what you said. Pass a law that says no amendment to any bill can be made unless such amendment directly impacts the contents of the bill in question by changing, modifying, or expanding it. This would eliminate tacking on to an education bill, for example, sums of money for a golf course in your district, or an airport that serves one or two flights per day. • You said you would work for us – not for the advancement of your chances to get reelected. Prove it. You’re going to be offered tempting opportunities during your political term. There are two major areas in which you will face these temptations: First, freebies – they start with innocuous little gifts – free meals, free tickets to sports events, the prices of which increase with the frequency of your acceptance. Remember one thing: when you take the first freebie, you’ve started on the road to providing

the donor with your I.O.U. Believe it! The donor will expect a payback – or the exposure of your acceptance of the donor’s gifts. If you don’t go on the take the first time, you won’t have to worry about the future problems. The second temptation you’ll meet is the “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” You want a bill passed, fine. I’ll vote for your bill if you vote for mine. It’s another case of handing out I.O.U’s. If you don’t start, you don’t have to finish. • Pass a law that requires every citizen of the United States to be subject to its laws – and that includes every person from Imam Obama through our local politicians. Don’t make a law you don’t have to obey. • If you haven’t yet done so, develop a spine. Forget about “reaching across the aisle.” Every time a Republican has done so he or she got his or her hand chopped off. Understand one thing: The people “across the aisle” consider you to be the enemy. Not terrorists, not Iran, North Korea, or the Taliban – YOU are the enemy in their eyes. Forget about trying to be nice to people who only want the defeat of any idea you put forth. Be nice to the people who hired you. Follow through on your promises. If you work for us, WE THE PEOPLE who hired you, WE THE PEOPLE will appreciate your efforts. If you do as so many before you have done, and you become entranced by your personal importance and believe you are above the law, your seat will barely be warmed before you are again one of us on the outside looking in. James H. Hilbert Mechanicsville, MD

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

God Bless America

A friend of mine once asked me if I was a Democrat or Republican. I looked him right in the eyes and said, “I’m an American!” He was kind of taken back by this answer. So I explained that I always vote for the person that I think is the most qualified for the job. Remember folks, we are all Americans and we have to get along with each other. Lets stop getting mad at each other and stop slinging this mud all over the place. I’m seeing this everytime I pick up The County Times and The Enterprise editorial sections. We


are never going to agree on everything. But we can respect and love each other. We the Americans are going to get through these rough times. But lets make it easier by stop calling people names like witches, idiots and such. Name calling only makes the situation worse. I know Tommy McKay would agree with me. Alan Brown, USMC Ret. Callaway, MD

Sponsors Made Ryken Golf Classic a Success

I wish to express my thanks to our participants and sponsors of the 2010 St. Mary’s Ryken Golf Classic. Thank you for your support, your generosity and, most of all, for your patience as the weather forced us to delay, and then, to reschedule the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament benefit the students of St. Mary’s Ryken, helping us provide the necessary tools to educate the leaders of tomorrow not only in academics, but also in morals and the values of compassion, simplicity, humility, trust and zeal. Many, many thanks to our sponsors: The MIL Corporation; Old Line Bank; Community Bank of Tri-County; Kelly Generator & Equipment Inc.; Knights of Columbus St. Mary’s Council 1470; Whiting-Turner; Southern Maryland Oil; Bob Taylor Engineering Inc.; Hooper & Associates; Bonifant Financial Group Inc.; H.W. Phillips & Company; Loiederman Soltesz Associates Inc.; Paragon Properties Inc.; Bridgett, Mock & Associates,

P.A.; C.H. Attick Electric Inc.; Christie & Associates, D.D.S., P.A.; DCS Corporation; DSR Computer Technology Specialists; Flynn & O’Hara Uniforms Inc.; J.F. Taylor Inc.; Mullen, Sondberg, Wimbish & Stone, P.A.; Office Care; Rubeling & Associates Inc.; Scott Bowling, Attorney at Law; T.N. Bowes Heating & Air Conditioning; Taylor Gas Company Inc.; Technology Security Associates Inc. Thank you to the parent and alumni volunteers – too numerous to mention here – who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event successful. And, finally, congratulations to the winning foursome of Kevin Murphy, Kim Benson, Dawn Schwikert and Rick Schwikert. Thank you, again, and mark your calendars for our annual spring gala on March 26, 2011. See you then! Mary Joy Hurlburt, President St. Mary’s Ryken

Have a ‘Raley Great Day’ On Dec. 6 a new Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary’s County will take the oath of office. With a new board will come new ideas, new energy and new leadership skills. As I complete my 12 years as County Commissioner, Ann and I both firmly believe that we are blessed to live in St. Mary’s County – a wonderful place to work and raise a family. I will always be grateful to the voters for giving me the opportunity to represent them as a County Commissioner. During these three terms, we have had the opportunity to meet so many great individuals and form many friendships. As a County Commissioner, I have had the responsibility to render votes on many controversial and complex issues. Even though I realize that I wasn’t correct with every vote, I

hope the citizens realize that I always tried to vote with my number one priority being what was best for St. Mary’s County. The county has a bright future and I am grateful to have played a small part in laying the foundation for that future. St. Mary’s County will always be our home. Ann and I will remain active. We look forward to a different lifestyle with friends, family, children and grandchildren. Finally, I would like to end with this thought given to me by my dad. I hope each and every one of the fellow countians have a “Raley great day.” Dan Raley, Commissioner, 4th District Great Mills, MD

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Angry Writer Used Misinformation and Fabrication About Civil War I want to compliment “The County Times” on a recent news article about the Point Lookout Memorial and a ceremony hosted last month by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. One of your readers, however, was less enthralled describing the memorial as a “stain”. Contrary to his assertion, one of the greatest “stains” that can befall any nation or its people is to forget - or worse, to distort - its own history. A recent example of such rabid and rambling revisionism was in the Oct. 21, 2010 letter “To the Editor” by Mr. J.P. Cusick of Hollywood, MD – “Criminal Rebels Should Not Be Memorialized.” The foremost problem that Mr. Cusick’s historical histrionics presents is in what domain to begin unscrambling his baseless, incoherent, and malignant dissertation: history, civics, or ethics. I will focus on the history. In October the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans participated in an annual ceremony organized by one of its 12 camps, the Camalier Camp based in Southern Maryland. This camp hosts a dignified and poignant service to honor the victims of Point Lookout each year at the site of the Point Lookout Memorial and within feet of the mass grave of the 14,000 prisoners (men, women, and children) who perished at this “hell on earth.” Mr. Cusick’s contention that these heroes who left their families, homes and everything they knew and loved are somehow “criminal rebel traitors” defies common sense and logic not unlike his 2010 bid for the Maryland gubernatorial nomination. Charles Adams, author of “When In the Course of Human Events,” noted the driving force for the Confederates, “Defense - repelling foreign invaders - was the primary motive for these soldiers” In other words their homes, lands, and states were invaded by a rapacious army bent upon the suppression of the Southern people and the destruction of the Southern culture. Mr. Cusick manages to brush against the truth in his turgid observation that “Many try to claim that there was some kind of superior loyalty to the individual States that over ruled their loyalty to the USA” Memo to Mr. Cusick

- this is not a claim - it is a fact. What the majority of government-school byproducts like him fail to understand is that prior to 1860 and the massive centralization of power into Washington, D.C. by the radical Republicans of the Lincoln administration, “states’ rights” and loyalty to one’s state were generally accepted concepts in the North and the South. In his book, “Freedom Under Lincoln,” author Dean Sprague notes, “States’ rights, which prior to 1860 had been as important a part of northern beliefs as southern, were overturned” or as Mr. Cusick more boorishly put it “whooped down” during The War Against Southern Independence. Mr. Cusick’s incongruent argument that the concept of states’ rights is somehow “debunked” based upon the structure of the Confederate government demonstrates his specious understanding of the Confederate government, the war, and why his bid for political office was soundly defeated. Furthermore, his descriptions of the “rebel memorial”, the “racist flag”, and the “traitor uniforms” do not prove the “Civil (sic) War was indeed a necessary evil” as he contends. On the contrary, his nasty opprobrium and meandering fantasy-based assertions prove that history books are truly written by the victors. His editorial is a classic demonstration of indoctrination, misinformation, and historical revisionism as well as outright fabrication. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, a non-political organization to which any man white or black with Confederate ancestry may belong, exists to present the true history of the South and debunk the mendacity propagated by charlatans who speak so cavalierly about the death of over 620,000 soldiers and who describe that terrible war as a “necessary evil” which, as any properly educated schoolboy knows, is simply not true. Jay Barringer, Maryland Commander Son Of Confederate Veterans Eldersburg, MD


Note From a Caring Third Grader I love my daughter’s journal. This journal made me very proud. So I sent it. My daughter is Abigale Won, 3rd grade. My mom and dad told me that healthy babies are born in nine months but I was born two months early. I weighed 1 pound 11 ounces which is very small. So when I was a baby, I visited the doctor a lot. Now I am a healthy child. When I was in second grade, I watched a video about St. Jude, a hospital where children that are sick they don’t have any hair of

their own. When I came home I told my mom about St. Jude. We decided to grow my hair and donate it to someone who is sick and don’t have nay hair at all. So I grew my hair, I went to the hair salon and cut my hair. I am going to mail it to someone that is bald. I want sick children to make a beautiful wig out of it. I hope to make bald children happy that they have some hair at least to wear.

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Legal Notice TRUSTEE'S SALE Case No. 18-C-08-001550 Of Valuable Improved Real Estate located in St. Mary’s County, MD at 24271 McGlue Road Chaptico, Maryland 20621 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in a Deed Of Trust from Mark R. Pittman and Karin Mitchell Pittman to Stanley L. Merson and S. Lynne Pulford, Trustees, dated March 28, 2006, and duly recorded among the Land Records of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, in Liber 2744, at Folio 021, docketed for foreclosure in Civil No. 18-C-08-001550, the holder of the indebtedness secured by the Deed Of Trust having appointed Martin L. Goozman and Jeffrey W. Bernstein as Substitute Trustees by instrument duly executed, acknowledged and recorded among the Land Records of the said County, default having occurred under the terms thereof and at the request of the holder of the Note secured thereby, the undersigned Substitute Trustees will offer for sale at public auction at the front entrance of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Courthouse, 41605 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650, on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. all that Property described in the said Deed Of Trust as follows: Lot Numbered Seven (7), In Block S In The Subdivision Known And Called "Mill Point Shores" As Per Plat Of Said Subdivision Recorded In CBG No 1, Folio 35 One Of The Plat Records Of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Said Property is improved by a dwelling. The Property will be sold in "AS-IS" condition, subject to all conditions, restrictions, easements, covenants, rights-of-way and agreements of record affecting the Property, and subject to whatever an accurate survey or inspection of the Property would disclose, without any express or implied warranty of any kind. A deposit of $25,000.00 cash, certified or cashier's check, payable to the undersigned Trustees, shall be required at the time and place of sale. The balance of the purchase price shall bear interest at the rate of 6.375% per annum from the date of sale to the date of delivery of payment to the

Substitute Trustees. No deposit shall be required of the noteholder where the noteholder bids on the Property at sale and payment of the purchase price by the noteholder shall be made by crediting the purchase price against the foreclosure costs and expenses and the indebtedness secured by said Deed Of Trust. In the event that settlement is delayed for any reason, including, but not limited to, exceptions to the sale, bankruptcy filings by interested parties, court administration of the foreclosure sale or unknown title defects, there shall be no abatement of interest. Adjustment of all taxes, public charges and special or regular assessments, annual front foot benefit charges and deferred connection fees, if any, shall be made as of the date of sale and thereafter assumed by the purchaser. Condominium fees and/or homeowner's association fees, if any, shall be assumed by the purchaser from the date of sale. Title examination, conveyancing, transfer taxes, recordation tax and all other costs of conveyance and settlement shall be paid by the purchaser. Purchaser agrees to pay $295.00 at settlement to Seller's attorney for review of the settlement documents. The Property is sold subject to the right of any persons in possession of all or any part of the Property under recorded or unrecorded leases or rights of occupancy, if any. Purchaser shall be responsible for obtaining possession of the Property. Compliance with the terms of sale shall be made and the balance of the purchase price shall be paid within ten (10) days after final ratification of the sale by the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland, unless said time is extended by the undersigned Trustees in their sole and absolute discretion for good cause shown, time being of the essence; otherwise the deposit shall be forfeited and the Property will be resold at the risk and expense of the defaulting purchaser. In the event of resale, the defaulting purchaser shall not be entitled to any benefit, surplus proceeds or profits resulting from such resale. The Trustees are not liable, individually or otherwise, for any reason. If title to the Property is not or cannot be transferred consistent with the terms hereof for any reason, the Trustee's liability is limited, at its sole discretion, to return any deposit, without interest, thereby rescinding the sale, and there is no other right or remedy against the Trustee at law or in equity. Martin L. Goozman and Jeffrey W. Bernstein Substitute Trustees


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ews Mattingly Aiming at Volunteer Recruiter Job With County By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

Outgoing Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly (D-Leonardtown), term limited after 12 years in office, confirmed he has applied for a county government position tasked with helping boost recruitment for fire and ambulance services in serious need of volunteers. Mattingly confirmed his intentions to seek the post Monday to The County Times by saying he had applied for the job but said he was unsure that he would take it if it were offered. Mattingly, a long time member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department who has served in its leadership, said that he has a strong resume in competing for the position. “I have 47 years in the fire service and I have a pretty significant list of contacts throughout the state,” Mattingly told The County Times. “I’m certainly qualified for the job.” Mattingly has served on numerous boards and commissions in both government and the fire services, including the presidency of the Maryland State Fireman’s Association. County Administrator John Savich declined to comment on Mattingly’s and all other job seekers’ applications for the position, but information from county government shows that 30 people have applied for the job. According to the vacancy announcement posted by county government, the position is grant funded with a salary of $41,184 including limited fringe benefits. The post was requested by the county’s Emergency Services Committee as part of a study that found recruitment and retention of volunteers was a problem here, the commission-

er board u p o n w h i c h Mattingly sat approved the c o u n t y ’s Public Safety Department’s acceptance of federal grant money to make the position possible. T h e Thomas A. Mattingly duties of the position include administering a “comprehensive recruitment and retention program for St. Mary’s County volunteer fire/emergency services providers.” The job also includes maintaining an annual budget for the fire and emergency services program at the James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center as well as a scholarship program related to the field. Keith Fairfax, past president and past chief of the Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, said that the position was a needed thing and that Mattingly had the qualifications to do the job. “Recruitment and retention is always an issue especially with families having both husbands and wives working,” Fairfax said. “He is the only commissioner who has had the best interests of the volunteer emergency services at heart … Everybody talks, he does.”

Development District Plan Revision Underway By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

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The St. Mary’s County Planning Commission began the process of updating and revising the Lexington Park Development District (LPDD) Master Plan. Jeffrey Jackman, senior planner with the county’s department of Land Use and Growth Management, said that the master plan is routinely reviewed every six years or so, as required by law. This round of revisions and refinements began in September and is expected to be finished in July 2012. The planning commission is still in the beginning stages of the update, which involves preliminary community surveys, briefings and issue reports, and hiring a consultant to head the task force. Jackman said they will begin taking applications for the consultant position soon, and reviewing the applications and selecting a consultant will take about 90 days. “We have crafted a proposal,” Jackman said, and the plan is currently moving ahead as scheduled. At a Monday night meeting of the Planning Commission, members said it was important to keep asking “where do we want to be in 2030?” To that end, the commission will be considering population growth, housing and business markets, traffic issues and land sustainability for development or redevelopment, among other issues.

Jackman said they also plan to include the community in the revision of the LPDD master plan. “We want this to be a nice, open process,” Jackman said. “We want people to participate.” Land Use and Growth Management Director Derick Berlage said the Navy will be involved in the process this time around, and it’s important to consider the base a part of the community and not some “off limits” area. “The Navy has a master plan, and we don’t,” Berlage told the commission. He said Capt. Stephen Schmeiser, the commanding officer at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, is very interested in working closely with the planning commission and the community to develop a master plan. Just because the navy is not in the county’s jurisdiction doesn’t mean they’re not included in the development district, Berlage said. Berlage said another factor that will be included more heavily in the revised plan is environmental concerns, such as green areas and watersheds. He said everything can be brought to a halt very quickly if they aren’t taking care of runoff, especially with the new regulations governing watersheds and pollutants. He said it’s important to maintain a balance between growth and the environment, and the Navy’s involvement in the master plan could be an integral part of water management.


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After Black Friday is Small Business Saturday By Sarah Miller Staff Writer As Black Friday approaches, and the big sales that come with it, it’s important to remember local businesses in addition to the large chain stores. Dana Spicuzza, a co-owner of DB McMillians, said they will be opening early for Black Friday, as well as having half-off lunch specials, though she’s not sure yet how business will be on

ing Small Business Saturday to promote spending money at local businesses and vendors. According to the website,, “November 27, 2010 is the firstever Small Business Saturday. A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love. The shops and restaurants that employ our neighbors and reinvest our money close to home. The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.” Spicuzza said with Small Business Saturday, anybody using an American Express card that spends $100 at a local business registered with the program will get $25 back on their card. Orlando said he is already signed up with the program. Orlando said when money goes to local businesses, more of it will stay in the local economy than money spent at larger chain stores. For every $100 spent at WalMart, maybe 15 will stay in the area, Orlando said. For $100 spent at local businesses, about half of it will stay in the local economy, so spending locally is not only good for the small business owners, but for the county as a whole.

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that day. “I guess it depends on whether or not people take time to eat,” she said. Fenwick Street Used Books and Music in downtown Leonardtown is set for brisk business on Black Friday. Joe Orlando, the owner of the store, said business is normally good at his store, and most used merchandise and consignment stores do well, especially during economic downturns. “We’re doing very well and expect to do well on Black Friday,” Orlando said. He said because the prices for the books are already fairly low, he won’t be having large sales, but he will be getting a shipment of new books, not previously used, which will go on sale on Black Friday. Charlene Tsirigotis, the owner of The Apple Basket in Mechanicsville, said she expects to do well on Black Friday, especially in the afternoon after everybody has gone to the bigger stores in the morning. “They usually get me on the way back,” Tsirigotis said. The store will have 10 percent off selected furniture and jewelry, among other sales. She said the store has done well in the past and she sees no reason for this year to be much different. The Apple Basket will be opening early on Black Friday. Rayner Blair, the owner of Blair’s Jewelry and Gifts in California, said Black Friday doesn’t tend to be a big day for his business, though he will have jewelry and gifts on sale at the store. “I don’t sell $5 TVs,” Blair said. The jewelry store’s busiest days are the last 10 days before Christmas, which is not that far away. In addition to Black Friday, Spicuzza said American Express will be sponsor-

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Briefs Police: Woman Cut Victim With Knife

On Nov. 21, deputies responded to Bristol Avenue in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed Karen Bernadette Chase, 46, of Lexington Park was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when she allegedly used a knife and cut the victim’s arm. Chase was arrested and charged with first and second-degree assault.

Man Charged With Choking Victim, Stealing Cash

On Nov. 20, deputies responded to a residence on Cinnamon Way in Lexington Park for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed Autwon Lorenzo Clark, 27, of Clements was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Clark used a string to allegedly choke the victim. Clark squeezed the string so tight around the victim’s neck that the string started to rip, police alleged. Clark let go of the string, took cash from the victim’s wallet and left the residence, police stated. Clark was located a short time later, arrested and charged with first-degree assault and theft.

Sting Operation Nabs Solicitation Suspects

The St. Mary’s County Vice Narcotics Division continuously monitors activity on the Internet and social networking sites for criminal activity in the county. There was an increase in the presence of individuals requesting sexual encounters for money, police reported, and an operation was formed and the following persons were arrested and charged for alleged solicitation of prostitution: Dion Gabriel Blair, 42, of Patuxent River Brian O’Neil Tichenor, 33, of Lexington Park Bruce Robert Scott, 54, of Indian Head Jason Lavoy Daughrity, 32, of Lexington Park Michael Alan Littleton, 33, of Lexington Park David Angelo Orazio, 50, of Lexington Park Juan Carlos Monserrate, 34, of California James Ewing Menke Jr., 44, of Pasadena William John Vincena Jr., 43, of California Richard Lee Aker, 50, of Prince Frederick William Carlos Licurgo, 29, of Colonial Beach, Va Brian Edward Vest, 51, of Baltimore

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Mechanicsville Men Charged In Rash Of Car Burglaries By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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that both he and Stephens had attempted to steal the one victim’s vehicle, police say. The charges against the two men include numerous counts of rogue and vagabond, theft between $1,000 and $10,000 and theft between $10,000 to under $100,000.

Two men from Mechanicsville, Justin Chericco and Daniel Stephens, each face 32 counts of theft and burglary charges in connection with a string of car burglaries committed in the northern end of the county, apparently all on the same day. Both Cherrico and Stephens have been charged with attempting to steal one vehicle out of a victim’s driveway as well as stealing numerous items from other victim’s vehicles in the Bushwood and Chaptico communities. Victims reported that items stolen included a cell phone, a car stereo, credit cards, DVDs, DVD players, a radio scanner and cash. In several of the instances the vehicles that were burglarized were unlocked, police say. St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s deputies were able to track the calling records of a cell phone left in one of the vehicles and were able to trace the call back to home on Elmer Court with information on an address where a witness lived Daniel Stephens with potential knowledge of the crimes. Deputies searched a home on Colton’s Point Road where Cherrico and Stephens were staying and found several items that had belonged to victims of the burglaries, charging documents stated. Both of the defendants told police they were walking around the area where the burglaries occurred for several hours the night of Nov. 17. “All above incidents occurred in the same general area and all had the same method of operation,” wrote Dep. William Watters in charging documents. After they were taken to the sheriff’s office for further interviews, Cherrico admitted Justin Chericco

Shots Fired in Leonardtown After Party By Guy Leonard Staff Writer

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A Clements man remains incarcerated in the county’s detention center for allegedly firing shots after a party event at the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department early Sunday morning. The shooting incident occurred as the event closed down at the firehouse and several fights broke out in the parking lot, police reports stated. Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron said that the incident was very unusual for the normally quiet Leonardtown. “This was supposedly someone’s birthday party and it turned into several melees in the parking lot,” Cameron said. Cameron added that there was information suggesting that members of two rival local gangs, the Boom Squad and the Outsiders, were present at the party but there is no indication yet that the brawls and the subsequent shots being fired were gang related. According to charging documents filed against the defendant Marcus Anthony Mills, 23, a county sheriff’s deputy who responded to the disturbance saw Mills fire at least five shots into the air near a crowd of 15 to 20 people in the parking lot. “I clearly saw the defendant holding the gun and observed several muzzle flashes,” wrote Cpl. Patrick Handy. When the defendant saw Handy he dove back into his car and refused to unlock his door

when ordered to get out of the vehicle; Handy forced Mills out of his car, arrested him and recovered the handgun. “The defendant’s actions endangered the lives of myself and everyone in the immediate area,” Handy wrote. Handy recovered a Glock 10mm handgun as a result of the arrest, charging documents stated, and Cpl. Keith Moritz recovered spent shell casings as well. The weapon recovered had also been reported stolen from a burglary back in July and a background check on Mills revealed he had a narcotics conviction from 2008 as well as an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. No one was hurt as a result of the shots being fired, sources said, but several people had to be taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries sustained in the multiple fights. Mayor J. Harry Norris said that the incident was the first he had ever heard of happening at the firehouse, which is often rented out for weddings and other functions. “When people started leaving that’s when they started having problems,” Norris told The County Times. “It’s something that certainly doesn’t happen. I can’t remember any kind of problem with any kind of event at the firehouse.” Wayne Miedzinski, president of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, said that he would not comment on the events of Sunday morning.


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Elizabeth Clark, 78 Elizabeth Ann Clark of Chaptico, Maryland passed away November 9 after several weeks’ illness. Born June 17, 1932 in Newmarket, England to Charles Edward and Honor Fenn Maddocks, she was married to Ronald Tellier July 12, 1952 and emigrated to the United States in 1954.  On December 7, 1968 she was married to Jesse Monroe Clark of Jamestown, Rhode Island; they moved to Virginia in 1972 and to Chaptico in 1987, where Mr. Clark passed away in 1988.  She is survived by daughters Polly P. Callahan of Waldorf and Amy C. Clark of Lexington, Kentucky, son John H. Clark of Haymarket, Virginia, and grandchildren Ella, Thomas, James and Pelajhia; by her brother Peter Maddocks of Cambridge, England, his wife Anne, their children Maria, Andrew, Paul and Allison, and four grand-nieces and ‑nephews; and by nephews Anthony R. and John H. David of London and Odessa, Texas, respectively.  Elizabeth was educated at the St. Louis School of Newmarket.  Upon graduation, her first employment was in the drafting office of the Royal Air Force preparing and recording maps.  Thereafter she worked in television, hotel and restaurant management, computer services, and personnel, retiring from the Charles County Nursing Center of La Plata.  A dedicated cyclist and swimmer, she raced and toured across England in her youth; she was a lifelong tennis player, competing in tennis championships in Virginia.  She enjoyed drawing, painting, following the international news, and reading.  In retirement she devoted herself to gardening, wildlife, bird watching, and fostering a succession of dearly beloved rescue animals.  Her funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, November 15 by Father Brian Sanderfoot at St. Francis Xavier Church (Newtowne) of Leonardtown, with burial following in the cemetery of Christ Episcopal Church in Chaptico.  Pallbearers included John Clark, John David, and Paul High.  Contributions in her memory may be made to the Animal Relief Fund, PO Box 184, of Hollywood, Maryland 20636 or to St. Francis Xavier Church, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, Maryland 20650.   

Frank Gatton, 83 Frank Starr “Sarge” Gatton, 83, of Hollywood, MD died November 20, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born July 27, 1927 in Hollywood, MD he was the son of the late Oscar Starr and Elizabeth Dean Gatton. Mr. Gatton was the loving husband of Margaret Harris Gatton whom he married on January 28, 1950 in Holy Name Catholic

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ton, Jason Gatton, Shane Gatton, Shannon Gatton, Christopher Gatton, Bruce Norton, James Norton, and Mark Norton. Honorary Pallbearers were John B. Thompson, Hoover Jones, Russell Millar and Calvin Morgan. Contributions in memory of Mr. Frank Starr Gatton can be made to the Hollywood Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf h. com. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Church, Washington, D.C.. Mr. Gatton is survived by his children; Janet Norton (Henry) of White Plains, MD, Marvin Gatton (Gail), Frank Gatton (Gene) and Christopher Gatton (Tammy) all of Lusby, MD. He is also survived by his sister; Beulah Rowe of Baltimore, MD, grandchildren; Angela Howe, Christina Goshorn, Emily Gatton, Katie Gatton, Jessica Gatton, Michael Gatton, Jason Gatton, Shane Gatton, Shannon Gatton, Christopher Gatton, Bruce Norton, James Norton and Mark Norton as well as his great children; Mercedes Umpstead of TX, Sheldon Howe of Leonardtown, MD, Megan and Jacob Goshorn of White Plains, MD, Lily Grace and Will Norton of TN, Landon and Talon Gatton of Hollywood, MD, Cassie Gatton of FL, and Brandon Gatton of Leonardtown, MD. He was preceded in death by his two sons; Michael Gatton and J.P. Gatton as well as his siblings; Goldie, Noots, Raechel, Edith, Lola, William, Sterling, Peter, Boots, Edward and Solomon. He received his GED in 1961 while serving in the Air Force. Mr. Gatton moved to St. Mary’s County in 1972 from Bradbury Heights, MD and was a Heavy Equipment operator on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station until retiring in 1989. Mr. Gatton served in the United States Army and the United States Air Force from 1945 until his retirement in 1965 after serving 20 years. He served during the Korean War and his Duty Stations include; Ft. Sill, OK, Panama Canal, Bolling AFB, Johnson Field, Japan, Andrews AFB, Clark AFB, Philippines, Loring AFB and Maine. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards, traveling and also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The family received friends on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with prayers said by Fr. Eamon Dignan. A funeral service was held on Wednesday November 24, 2010 in Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Henry Norton officiating. Interment followed in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood, MD. Pallbearers were Mr. Gatton’s grandsons; Michael Gat-

Reverend Donald Howard, 71

Reverend Donald T. Howard, 71, of California, MD died Tuesday evening, November 16, 2010, in the Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD. Born March 14, 1939 in Eustis, Florida, he was the son of the late Charles Jefferson Howard, born in Eatonton, Georgia, and Lucille Amanda Howard, born in Jasper, Florida. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Fl. in 1957, enlisting in the U.S. Navy Air Reserve in April of that year, serving at NARTU Jacksonville, Fl., NAS New Orleans, LA., Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC, VP-68 NAS Patuxent River, MD, and VP-62 Jacksonville, FL. After retiring from the Navy in February 1978 as an Avionics Master Chief, Don worked for several defense contractors before accepting a position in November 1980 with Naval Aviation Logistics Center, Patuxent River, MD., retiring from PMA 207 Naval Air Systems Command in November 2000. While working for PMA-207, he met and married Leilani Pearl Watts, his wife of 28 years. Reverend Howard began his ministerial studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in June 1989, graduating in July 1994. He was ordained by the Baltimore-Washington

Conference of the United Methodist Church at the National Cathedral in Washington DC in June 2002. He was first appointed as a local pastor to St, George Island UMC, MD., in August 1992, serving there nearly ten years. In addition to this appointment, he served First Friendship UMC, Ridge, MD., Olivet UMC, Lusby, MD., and Howard Chapel-Ridgeville UMC, Mt. Airy, MD. He retired from the ministry in June 2007. Don is survived by his devoted wife, Leilani Pearl Howard, of California, MD; his brothers, Stephen C. Howard of Dunn, NC and David J. Howard of Pensacola, Fl.; his loving children, Susan Clarke, of the Sailing Vessel S/V Calypso of Marina Del Rey, CA, Leroy M. McCarty, of Overland Park, KS; Karl O. Howard, of Shepherd AFB, Wichita Falls, TX and Michelle L. Oyama, of Charlottesville, VA. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Shelby and Jacob Miller, and Austin and Jenna McCarty. A memorial service was held at Lexington Park United Methodist Church on, November 19, 2010 by Pastors Doug and Lori Hays of Lexington Park UMC. The family received fellowship with loved ones in the church hall, after which time the memorial

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Continued service began in the sanctuary. Since Don wishes to be cremated his ashes will be interned at St. George Island UMC cemetery in a private family service. Contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s, the American Cancer Society, St. George Island UMC, Piney Point, MD., or Lexington Park UMC, Lexington Park, MD. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Martha McLellan, 91 Martha L. McLellan, 91, of Solomons, MD, formerly of Suitland, MD passed away November 19, 2010 at Asbury Nursing Center, Solomons, MD. Born November 3, 1919 in Washington, D.C. She was the daughter of the late Thaddeus S. and Emma Rittenhouse Hess. Mrs. McLellan is survived by her Nephew and Nieces; Thaddeus Hess of Newburg, MD, Gail Soukup of Laurel, MD, and Joyce McCabe of Henderson, NV. Mrs. McLellan was preceded in death by her siblings; Thaddeus S. Hess, Jr., Harold R. Hess and Jean H. Barth. Mrs. McLellan graduated from Anacostia High School in 1938. She moved from Prince Georges County to St. Mary’s County in 2001. Funeral arrangements are private. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Carlito Nazal, 57

ber 16, 2010. Born September 5, 1953 in the Philippines, he was the son of the late Hermenegildo “Hermie” Nazal and Engracia “Grace” (Dizon) Nazal. He is survived by his children, Carlito Nazal, Jr. and Carlen Nazal Medina; six brothers and sisters, Leticia Briosos, Luzviminda Bello, Loida Venoza, Leila Nazal, Renato Nazal, and Lydia Aguas. Also survived by a grandson, Christian Medina. Preceded in death by his brother Ernesto Nazal. Carlito was a long time employee with IAP World Services at Pax River NAS. He loved to travel, go fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Family received friends on Monday, November 22, 2010 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service was conducted. Interment will be held at a later date at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, CA. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.

Patricia Petty, 68 Patricia Louise Petty, 68 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on November 19, 2010 at Civista Medical Center. Born August 18, 1942 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Nettie Steele. Mrs. Petty was a Toll Sergeant for the Maryland Department of Transportation. In addition to her parents Mrs. Petty was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Petty, Jr. Mrs. Petty is survived by her friend Joan Buckbee of Prince Frederick, MD, and her cousin, Linda Battle of Texas. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Horace Rice, 84

Carlito Dizon Nazal, 57, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away at his residence on Novem-

Horace Everett Rice, 84, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away November 15, 2010 at his residence. Born August 15, 1926 in Newport, MD he was the son of the late Ernest Vernon and Elizabeth Louise Thompson Rice. Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his siblings; Margaret Dora

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Martin, Ernest J. “Pete” Rice and Katherine Ruth “Jodie” Lyon. He was a farmer. The family received friends on Thursday November 18, 2010, in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service was held with Rev. Rona Harding officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Newport, MD. Pallbearers were Billy Lyon, B.J. Lyon, David Lyon, David A. D. Lyon, Henry Oliver and Paul Oliver. Contributions in memory of Horace Everett Rice may be made to the Hospice of St. Mary’s, P. O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or the Mechanicsville Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Condolences may be left to the family at www.mgf Arrangements provided by MattingleyGardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Ruth Ridgell, 61 Ruth Estelle “Dukie” Ridgell, 66, of Callaway, MD died November 21, 2010 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born October 31, 1944 in Hollywood, MD she was the daughter of the William and Thelma Newton McGee. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Fr. Joseph Calis officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. To send a condolence to the family please visit our website at www.mgf A full obituary will appear at a later date. Ar-

Charles Martin Willis 53, of Lexington Park, died Nov. 16, 2010 at his home. Born February 13, 1957 in Rhode Island; he was the son of Marin J. (Rocky) Willis, Jr., who predeceased him 2009, and Marion Grace Willis, of Clanton, Alabama. Charlie moved to St Mary’s County with his family when he was three years old. He grew up here. He was a graduate of Great Mills High School class of 1975. He went on to work in the automotive industry as mechanic for Hewitt Service Center, DriveLine and most recently, Cheseldyne Automotive. Charlie had a love of drag racing, motorcycles, and photography. He could be found at MIR in Budds Creek on the weekends, racing his own car and as a spectator and photographer at the track. In nice weather he loved to ride his Harley with a group of friends or his niece and nephews and let the road take him where it may. He also participated in local biker community events around the area, always capturing these rare and special moments on film. He had developed a hobby acquiring and racing slot cars with a local group, carrying that hobby with him when visiting family in Alabama. . He is survived by his mother, Marion, brother Larry Joseph Willis of Clanton Alabama, his sister

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Sharon Lee Dyson of Lexington Park, nieces; Michelle Marble, and Jennifer Sivak, both of Lexington Park, Constance Walden of Parrish, Fl, Tina Smith of Gulf Shore, Alabama, Sandy Moton of Jemison, Alabama and nephews; George Martin Owens and Mark Edward Owens, both of Lexington Park, and Martin J. Willis, III of Clanton, Alabama He is also survived by 4 great-nieces, 8 great-nephews, 4 great-greatnieces and 3 great-great-nephews, and family celebrations with much good food and laughter. He will be greatly missed. Family received friends on Monday, November 22, 2010 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD with a Life Celebration Memorial Service. Interment will be private. Family suggests memorial contributions to March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605 or Lexington Park Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 339, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Condolences to the family may be made at Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Make a Difference for One While walking along a beach, a man saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he came closer, he saw thousands of starfish the tide had thrown onto the beach. Unable to return to the ocean during low tide, the starfish were dying. He observed a young man picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the water. After watching the seemingly futile effort, the observer said, “There must be thousands of starfish on this beach. It would be impossible for you to get all of them. There are simply too many. You can’t possibly save enough to make a difference. The young man smiled as he continued to pick up another starfish and toss it back into the ocean. “It made a difference to that one,” he replied. - Paraphrased from “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley


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First Fridays are Happening in Leonardtown

First Friday in Leonardtown is Here! Next big event is December 3 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Visit uptown and downtown to rediscoVer the many treasures of historic/new Leonardtown! pick up a raffLe ticket at participating businesses for a chance to win a basket of gift certificates to LocaL businesses! winning ticket wiLL be drawn at 6:00 pm on the square on friday december 3rd. oVer $150 in gift certificates! ParticiPating businesses & staying oPen late: big larry’s comic book café, brewing grounds, café des artistes, craft guild shoP, colleen’s dream, college of southern maryland, fenwick street used books & music, good earth natural foods, the shoPs of maryland antiques center, creekside gallery, leonardtown galleria, leonardtown grill, Vineyard café & tea room, north end gallery, oga’s asian cuisine, olde town Pub, olde towne stitchery, on a roll, Port of leonardtown winery, rustic riVer bar and grill, quality street kitchens, shelby’s creatiVe framing, southern maryland artisans center, the front Porch, treadles studio, white rabbit children’s bookstore, ye olde towne café


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SMCPS Looks At Redistricting to Alleviate Overcrowding

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer To help counter overcrowding at Leonardtown High School, St. Mary’s County Public Schools officials are looking at redistricting students from Leonardtown High School into Chopticon High School. Since the previous meeting of the School Boundary Advisory Committee on Nov. 4, the school has cut the number of potential plans from four to two, focusing on plans number “one” and “four”. Plan one affects 158 students while plan four affects 128. One of the major differences between the plans is that plan four doesn’t include the town of Leonardtown, while plan one does, said Bradley Clements, chairman for the committee and chief operating officer for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Both plans also cut down on the number of busses needed in the affected areas down to three. For both plans, the time spent on the bus for the students is shorter than what they currently spend commuting. One downside is, while the redistricting will cut down on the overcrowding taking place at Leonardtown High School, both plans show it will create overcrowding at Chopticon High School by 2015. Left the way student growth is occurring right now, statistics show Chopticon would still have vacant spaces, but by 2015 Leonardtown would be overcrowded by 470 students. With the redistricting options, both schools will experience overcrowding, but it won’t be as extreme in Leonardtown and it won’t happen in Chopticon until 2015. The plans also cut down on “crossover routes” on Loveville, Sunnyside and Pincushion roads. Kimberly Howe, the coordinating supervisor of capital planning and green schools, said a decision for the redistricting plan has to be reached by February. According to Clements, after the School Boundary Advisory Committee recommends a redistricting plan, it is sent to Superintendent Michael Martirano, who will present it to the school board if he approves of the plan. The county redistricts students as little as possible, Clements said, and it has only happened a three or four times in the last 20 years. He said when students are redistricted; they make sure the students won’t have to me moved again within three years, at least. The next meeting of the School Boundary Advisory Committee will be Dec. 2 in the Training Room of the Supporting Services Annex.

Parents Express Concerns About Redistricting By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Parents of students and future students of Leonardtown High School were present at the meeting of the School Boundary Advisory Committee to voice their worries about redistricting students from Leonardtown to Chopticon High School. One parent called the redistricting a “little Band-Aid” on the bigger problem, which is the fact that no matter what the county does do, there will be overcrowding in the high schools. Several parents suggested building a new high school for the overflowing students instead of moving them to Chopticon. Kimberly Howe, the coordinating supervisor of capital planning and green schools, said one problem is, it will cost around $100 million to build and staff another high school. Other parents suggested alternatives to redistricting. One idea was to add levels onto Leonardtown High School, and another was to put relocatables at the school to deal with the overflow of students. “We’re trying to take everything we have and try to come up with the best plan,” said Brad Clements, chief operating officer of St. Mary’s County Public Schools. The President of the county council Parent Teacher Association is the co-chair of the committee, and Clements said the committee has to be at least a 50/50 split of parents

and staff from the county. He said the county wants input from the parents of the students affected by the redistricting. “We’re reaching out for the community to share with us where we are,” Clements said. Some parents requested upperclassmen be grandfathered into Leonardtown High so they can graduate with their friends. Clements said the grandfathering of upperclassmen is a possibility, though they are going to have to look at whether the schools will be able to provide transportation for the students who choose to stay at Leonardtown High School. He also said they will not be relocating students involved in the Global International Studies program, because it is only offered at Leonardtown High School. Similarly, some students who would normally be going to Leonardtown High School are already at Chopticon High School because they want to be involved in the Academy of Finance. Clements said nothing is set in stone yet, though he does anticipate the board making a recommendation to Superintendent Michael Martirano. He also wants to make it clear that the parents and students will be included in the process. “I understand that redistricting is about the well being of the child and the parents are very concerned. I am too,” Clements said. He also said they will not make a decision that will negatively affect the students. “We’re about the kids,” he said.

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St. Mary’s College Takes Reins to Scholarship Fund By Sarah Miller Staff Writer St. Mary’s College of Maryland was given control of the Marilyn E. Mathis Memorial Scholarship fund Saturday during a ceremony in the James P. Muldoon River Center. Gary Meekins was the one to start the scholarship in remembrance of his late wife, Marilyn Mathis. Mathis was a special education teacher and director of special education in St. Mary’s County. The scholarship is awarded annually to upperclassmen that are going into special education programs and plan to work with children with special needs. “Marilyn would be very embarrassed, but pleased,” Meekins said. He thinks the scholarship is a fitting memorial for her because she always did her best to encourage people to take on special education, and she was one of the top recruiters for the St. Mary’s Public Schools special education program. “She was just an incredible person,” Meekins said. During the ceremony, Meekins gave out the last $1,000 scholarship that he will be presenting personally. The scholarship went to Emily Cochran, a junior at West Virginia University who is majoring in speech pathology and audiology. She plans to go to graduate school, and then become a teacher in St. Mary’s County working with children who have hearing and speech disorders. “Having this scholarship allows me to have more opportunities,” Cochran said. In the future, the scholarships will be given out by St Mary’s College of Maryland. Maureen Silva, the vice president of Advancement with St. Mary’s, said that the Marilyn E. Mathis Memorial Scholarship is the first endowed scholarship the school has received since she began at the school. She also said the fund will allow St. Mary’s College of Maryland to set up a small special education training Emily Chochran receives the last Marilyn E. Mahthis Memorial Scholprogram within the next couple of arship that will be awarded by Gary Meekins. Above, she stands years, and to get a full program for between Maureen Silva, the Vice President for Advancement with Mary’s College of Maryland, and Meekins during the ceremony special education in a few more years. St. Saturday. The amount given to the school Saturday was $15,000, with an adtendent Michael Martirano said he couldn’t confiditional $2,000 Meekins handed over out of his dently take it, so Meekins approached St. Mary’s pocket as the first donation to the scholarship. College of Maryland. Meekins said he’s signed a promissory note say“She was just a wonderful human being,” ing the fund will be up to more than $20,000 said Linda Dudderar, the chief academic officer within three years. with St. Mary’s County Public Schools about Meekins said he will be paying for the man- Marilyn Mathis. agement and upkeep of the scholarship fund, in In addition to the named scholarship, Mariorder to keep any money from being used form lyn Mathis will have a room named after her in the fund itself. the education building. “It’s small, but it’s going to grow,” Meekins People interested in donating to the Marilyn said. E. Mathis Memorial Scholarship fund can contact A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) who the Office of Advancement at St. Mary’s College had been helping Meekins with the scholarship of Maryland at 240-895-4286. fund advised him to find an agency to take it over. Meekins said the first agency he approached was St. Mary’s County Publics Schools, but Superin-


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Operation Christmas Child Reaches All Corners of the World By Corrin M. Howe Contributing Writer “It started with a simple shoebox …” So each story starts of how children around the world received a shoebox wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper and filled with school supplies, toiletries and hard candy. Many times it was the first time they ever received a Christmas present. In other cases these boxes made the difference between whether a child could attend school or not, just because someone dropped pencils, notebook paper and a ruler into a shoebox. “We take education in our country for granted. In other places having a pencil is the difference between going to school or not,” said Francie Smith, second year coordinator for Lexington Park

From left, Carla Werme, Francie Smith and Sherry Mallicoat, all of Lexington Park, prepare gift boxes at Lexington Park Baptist Church to be send out to distribution centers.

Baptist Church-sponsored Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Relay Center. For the third consecutive year, Smith’s church has been a local collection station for those people familiar with OCC who want to send boxes around the world. Without local relay centers, St. Mary’s residents would have to drive to Waldorf with their boxes. As a Relay Center, Lexington Park Baptist volunteers make sure the labels are taped down and closed with rubber bands. Then they pack the shoeboxes into OCC cartons which holds approximately 15 shoeboxes. They are responsible to collect boxes for one week each year. This year it was November 15 through 22. Each Relay Center sets its own days and hours of collection. At the Relay Centers volunteers drive cartons to regional collection centers and from there the cartons go to one of seven processing centers throughout the United States. Barbara Hayden, a volunteer at Lexington Park Baptist, laughed as she tried to arrange 15 shoe boxes into her carton, “It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s not as easy as it looks.” After a week of collection, the Relay Center hauls the packed cartons to a regional collection site which in turn carries the cartons to one of seven processing centers in the United States. There, the day after Thanksgiving Day, approximately 1,000 volunteers check the boxes one last time to make sure there are no liquid, breakable or chocolate products in the box. Any boxes which are not stuffed as full as possible will get additional fillers. They will also insert materials written in the child’s native language about God and Jesus. Finally, they tape the boxes closed and repack the shoeboxes into the cartons which will be shipped to distribution centers all over the world. Southern Calvert Baptist Church coordinator Sheryl Hartsfield, her family, and another family from Southern Calvert Baptist Church will be ten of the volunteers helping at the Charlotte, NC processing cite. She said the warehouse is set up into stations of ten and they will work two four-hour shifts that weekend. Normally those staffing the processing site are all volunteers and pay their own travel, hotel and expenses while they are there. In Hartfield’s case, SCBC contributed to the expenses as a short-term missionary trip. It’s hard not to get teary-eyed or goose bumps from stories retold by Smith One story Smith related was how some of these shoeboxes go to remote locations of the world. One such location required the project hire 13 men to guide bears strapped with cargo. The men hung around for the presentation of the boxes as well as the story of a God and people who loved these children. At the end of the presentation all 13 men stepped forward wanting to know more about this God. Smith tells another “story from the field” about how a shoebox came through filled only with socks. The OCC volunteers wondered if they should put something else in the box; however, they decided against. “We’ve been told we respect the integrity of the box. We’ve been told when God impresses on someone to put a box together in a certain way there is a reason. It (the sock shoebox) ended up in Africa and given to a little boy who had been badly burned on his feet. The only thing he could wear to keep his feet from infection was socks,” said Smith. Individuals, churches, schools and businesses throughout St. Mary’s and Calvert packed shoeboxes with items such as school supplies, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, gloves, small toys, hard candy and anything else they think a child might like which can also fit into a shoebox. The program does have suggestions on their websites for both boys and girls between the ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Besides presents, families can include letters and pictures. In some cases, families do receive letters and pictures back from the children receiving their box. Once the box is filled, the program asks for donors to print off labels to indicate the age and sex of a child and insert a check for $7 for shipping. The money for shipping is not required but is a suggestion. Families who want to track where their box goes can pay online and print a barcode label. Once the box is delivered, the family will receive an email letting them know where the box was delivered. Hartsfield is a believer in sending out everything that comes in. Sometimes people just have extra supplies, but not enough to fill a box or maybe they have boxes and not supplies. Regardless, Hartsfield packs the extras up and ships them down to the processing centers. “I had a friend tell me once, that keeping stuff back was like keeping Manna, if you try to keep it, it will just get maggots,” said Hartsfield. OCC’s mission is “to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.” OCC is one project through the Samaritan’s Purse, a 40-year-old organization which came from the Bible story “The Good Samaritan” who took care of his hurting neighbor, even as others walked past. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham Jr., is head of the organization, which has the mission statement: “meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.” Operation Christmas Child collected and distributed 8 million shoeboxes to 131 countries last year and has a goal of distributing 8.5 million this year, including a record number of shoe boxes to orphans left by Haiti’s 7.0 Mw earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. Southern Maryland has an Operation Christmas Child team which meets monthly throughout the year. Both Smith and Hartsfield are members of the team, hoping to find other churches throughout the region to become Relay Centers in the future. Throughout the year people can purchase school supplies, washcloths, toothbrushes, hair bands, solar powered calculators, small cars, toys, watches and hard candy on sale. Hartsfield said she buys OCC materials during the back to school sales and candy the day after Halloween. Chick-Fil-A, of California, has participated for the last five years. Smith and her volunteers come in a week prior to collection week and hand out OCC boxes during lunch and dinner hours. They ask the boxes come back the following week filled. If they are filled, the store gives one free original sandwich coupon for each box. “We passed out 300 boxes this year and got back 141,” said Vonie Craig, marketing director for the restaurant.

Francie stacks boxes at Lexington Park Baptist Church

“I think it is cool how the owners of the Chick-Fil-A franchises in the Southern Maryland area decided this was something they wanted to do and support,” Craig said. It’s not too late to send a Christmas Shoebox to a child. Starting Nov. 23 through Dec. 23 people could go to and under Operation Christmas Child they can pack a virtual box. Or people can make a straight donation to help offset the cost of shipping boxes around the world. Smith and her daughters have been putting together OCC shoeboxes since 1993. “It’s an opportunity to teach children the joy of giving without getting anything back,” said Smith. “It’s a rewarding thing to do and it’s not difficult,” said Smith “I do it because in James 1:27 it says ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world,’” said Hartsfield.

Carla Werme of Lexington Park loads boxes into a larger box for shipment to the distribution center. Photos by Frank Marquart

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heard about though their mutual connection – their husbands, who both work on the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. “It seemed like something I could get involved with,” Meyer said. The people volunteering with The Crib help each client come up with a goal they want to achieve – such as getting a degree – and then work with the people to make a long term plan with small, achievable steps toward that goal. “We start at the end,” Templeton said. Case Managers and Mentors with The Crib help guide the young people during the two-year program. Templeton said anybody can be a Mentor, though they would like to see people who have either worked with children or who have had children of their own be mentors so they can give advice. As for Case Managers, Templeton said they’re looking for people with bachelor’s degrees in a related field. “I can’t say enough positive things about the program,” Rupert said. People interested in volunteering as mentors or case managers with The Crib and getting involved in the training course can e-mail or call 240-431-8225.


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Newest Habitat House Blessed By Sarah Miller Staff Writer Saturday saw the ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the latest Patuxent Habitat for Humanity house. “It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Chris Jones, one of the new owners of the Habitat for Humanity house, “it’s the most fun I had building something.” Jones will be sharing the three bedroom, two bathroom house with his wife, Crystal Jones, and their daughters Sara and Amber Carpenter. The family put in at least 250 working hours into building their home, as well as putting in another 250 hours into another build, according to Dan Doherty, the president of Patuxent of Habitat for Humanity. “It was a lot of fun,” Sara said, “we made a lot of friends.” Also present at the ribbon cutting was Don Parsons, the executive director of the Patuxent Habitat for Humanity, Calvert County Commissioners Susan Shaw and Linda Kelley and representatives from Lowes and the women’s build team, among other people. Doherty said a big part of what enabled the project to get completed was a grant the women’s build team received from Lowe’s. “It wouldn’t be possible without the Lowe’s grant,” Doherty said. He said because of the involvement of the Women’s Build team, he said the women working on the house outnumbered the men three to one. There was even a female electrician, who donated her time to the project. “What we know is when women put their mind to something, it’s gonna happen,” Kelley said. Along with the ribbon cutting, the house was blessed

by Pastor Rick Barrick. It was also given a Native American blessing by Dan Weiss, who burned sage and tobacco in order to purify the house and carry the prayers of the family. The second blessing was done because of Crystal’s Native American ancestry.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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Rockfish Cook-Off Call For Junior Chefs

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Mattie Janis, of Newark, Del., prepares her recipe, Rockfish with Jicama and Pepper Relish. She placed third in the Junior Rockfish Cooking Contest on Jan. 30.

The 2011 East Coast Commercial Fisherman’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition is fast approaching, and this year’s show will once again be offering young chefs a chance to show off their skills. This year’s expo will mark the 13th year of the East Coast Junior Watermen’s Show, and all chefs between the ages of 7 and 17 are encouraged to enter their best Rockfish recipes in the 4th Annual Junior Chefs Rockfish Cook-Off. The top ten finalists will compete in the Cook-Off on Saturday, January 29 in Ocean City. The contest will consist of two age groups, 7 to 12 and 13 to 17. Five finalists will be selected from each age group to compete for cash prizes and plaques. First place will receive $200 and a plaque, second place will receive $100 and a plaque and third place will receive $50 and a plaque. All finalists will receive Rockfish pins, aprons and certificates.

All entries are due by Monday, Dec. 13. Finalists will be notified by Thursday, January 7, 2011. A daytime phone number is required on all entry forms in order for finalists to be notified. The recipe should be an original entrée or main dish. Each finalist will receive two pounds of rockfish fillets to use the day of the competition. All other ingredients and cooking utensils are the contestants’ responsibility. Judging will be based on taste, originality, appearance (or attractiveness), and predominance of rockfish. Parental permission and supervision must be provided. The Cook-Off is sponsored by University of Delaware Sea Grant Program, University of Maryland Sea Grant and the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Seafood Marketing Program. For a list of all official rules and regulations, as well as an entry form, please email Doris Hicks at or visit

Community Rescue Squad Holds Thanksgiving Dinner

By Sarah Miller Staff Writer The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad had its annual Thanksgiving dinner Saturday night. Earl Newton, captain training officer with the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, said the event is held to thank the families of the rescue squad workers, who often get called out at strange times and can be away from home more often than their families would like. Newton said around 50 people showed up to the Thanksgiving dinner. “It’s actually a better crowd than normal,” said Miranda Carter, a member of the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary. The dinner was a potluck, with people bringing side dishes and desserts. Newton said the squad provides the stuffed ham and turkey. The next dinner the squad will have is a Christmas dinner in early

December. Carter said the Christmas dinner last year was canceled due to the snow, and she hopes that doesn’t happen again this year.

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Wednesday, Nov. 24 •Texas Hold ‘Em Thanksgiving Eve Special Park Hall Bingo Hall (22608 Three Notch Road, California) – 7 p.m. The door opens at 5:45 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. There will be an early bird special where people who arrive and register before 6:45 p.m. will arrive an extra $1,000 chip. Buy in is $100 with a $20 registration fee for 10,000 chips. Blinds start at 25/50 and increase every 30 minutes. There is a guaranteed $2,000 for first place. There will be a door prize drawing for a gas card and a holiday meal will be provided. There will also be cable television available to watch multiple sporting events. People pre-registering before Nov. 20 will be entered in a drawing for a free play at the Dec. 11 game. For more information, or to pre-register, contact Mike at mbb88@ or call 301-643-5573.

Thursday, Nov. 25 • Thanksgiving Day Meal Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park) – 11:30 a.m. The menu will include roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, scalloped apples, green beans, kale, cranberries, rolls, assorted desserts, iced tea, coffee and punch. The event is open to the public. • Free Thanksgiving Day Dinner Church of the Ascension (21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 12 p.m. A family event that is free and open to the public. • Thanksgiving Night Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament R.T.S. Building next to Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. Tournament buy-in is $30, which buys $3,000 in chips. An additional $5 will buy another $500 worth of chips. Blinds start at 25-50 and go up every 20 minutes. A person can buy back in once for $25. Payouts will be determined according to the number of players. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds go to benefit the Road to Scholarship in St. Mary’s County. For more information, call Barry Brendlinger, the CEO of R.T.S., at 442-486-3319.

water and a small hand towel. Drop-in cost will be $10. For more information, call Pat at 301-373-8850. • Hearth and Home in Eary Maryland Historic St. Mary’s City (18751 Hogaboom Lane, St Mary’s City) – 10 a.m. There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations of traditional methods of preparing for the winter and holiday seasons. Tickets are $10 for adults, $3.50 for children between the ages of 6 and 12, and free for children under the age of 5 and for friends members. Historic St. Mary’s City’s living history exhibits, visitor center, and the St. John’s Site Museum will close for the season after this event. • Dining to Donate California Applebee’s (45480 Miramar Way, California) – 11 a.m. For every customer eating at Applebee’s, 15 percent of their bill will be donated to Leah’s House. Leah’s House is a shelter for homeless women and children and survivors of domestic abuse. • Chopticon Chorus Madrigal Concert Christ Episcopal Church (37497 Zach Fowler Road, Chaptico) – 6 p.m. The concerts will be Dec. 3 and 4 at 6 p.m. and reservations have to be made by Nov. 26. Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. All proceeds go to benefit the Chopticon High School Choirs. • Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Mechanicsville Fire House (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. Buy in is $120 with a $40 add-on at 7 p.m. and $60 with a $20 add-on after 8 p.m. The add-ons are optional and will by a person $2,000 in chips. Add-ons must be purchased before the player is seated and 75 percent of the proceeds from the add-ons go to the prize pool. The other 25 percent will go to benefit charities. Players registering before 6:50 p.m. for the $120 tournament and 7:50 for the $60 tournament will receive a bonus $500 chip for their tournament. For more information, e-mail

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• St. Mary’s Hospice Festival of Trees Leonardtown High School (23995 Point Lookout Road) – 9 a.m. The Hospice of St. Mary’s is having their third annual Festival of Trees. There will be holiday music, Christmas shopping with various vendors and children’s activities. At 3 p.m., there will be the lighting of the trees.

• Toys for Tots Collection Wal-Mart Supercenter (45485 Miramar Way, California) – 7 a.m. The Marine Corps League, Patuxent River Detachment 1305, will be posted at the entrances and exits of Wal-Mart Nov. 26 and 27. Toys for Tots representative Bruce VandenBos will be present at the event.

• Third Annual Ornament Show and Sale Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m. The main hallway will be decorated with hand-crafter ornaments made from pottery, glass, ribbon and other fabrics. The workers at the gift shop can help shoppers find and purchase ornaments.

• ZUMBA Turkey Burner Evolve Yoga in Wildewood Shopping Center (Route 235) – 10 a.m. Wear comfortable workout clothing and exercise shoes and bring a bottle of

Sunday, Nov. 28 • Jen Olson Benefit Dew Drop Inn (23966 Mervell Dean

Road, Hollywood) – 1 p.m. The Dew Drop Inn will be holding a benefit for Jen. The event is open to the public. There will be a 50/50 raffle and items auctioned off, as well as a DJ and refreshments. For more information, go to jenniferolson. • Moroccan Belly Dancing Workshop House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood) – 1 p.m. People can come and learn Dabke, a dance common in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Morocco. The price of admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Family discounts are available. For more information, call the House of Dance at 301-373-6330 or visit, www.

Monday, Nov. 29 • Holiday Portrait Special Capturing Your Memories Photography (29039 Hill and Dale Drive, Mechanicsville) – 5:30 p.m. It will be $60 for a 30 minute session, which includes one 8x10, two 5x7’s, and eight wallet sized pictures, $80 for a 30 minute session, includes 25 single sided photo cards, and one free 8x10, and a deluxe 10 Portrait Sheet Package for $115. There will also be the Ultimate Holiday Package for $275, as well as other deals and packages. For more information, or to book a timeslot, visit or call 301-848-2518.

Tuesday, Nov. 30 • If I Need Help, Where Do I Go? Calvert Library, Prince Fredrick (850 Costley Way, Prince Fredrick) – 6:30 p.m. Calvert County Commission for Women presents the next event in their “A New Year - A New You” series. For more information, call 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 • Start to Art: Mommy and Me Toddler Classes Annmarie Garden (13480 Dowell Road, Solomons) – 10 a.m. The member cost will be $10 per parent/ child couple and $14 for nonmembers. The age groups is 18 months to 3 years for the children and the instructor will ne Joanne Paskoff. The children will be a tactile art experience. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 410-326-4640 to register. For more information and a complete class schedule, visit • LEGO Evening Story Time Lexington Park Library (850 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park) – 6:30 p.m. People are welcome to come enjoy story time hour and build LEGO creations based on the story time theme. The event is free and the LEGOs will be provided. It is requested that people don’t bring their own LEGOs. For more information, call 301-863-8188 or visit www.

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L ibrary Items • Libraries close for Staff Day All three libraries will also be closed Friday, Dec. 3, for the library’s Annual Staff and Volunteer Day. • “The Storm in the Barn” to be discussed Children, ages 8-11, can discuss Matt Phelan’s book, “The Storm in the Barn” at Chapter Chats on Dec.7 at 4 p.m. at Lexington Park. Registration is requested. Books are available at the library. • Artist Opening Reception to be held An opening reception will be held for artist Candy Cummings on Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library Art Gallery. Her artwork which is on display through Dec. 31 consists of a variety of styles, mediums, and dimensions Candy Cummings, the volunteer director of the Art Gallery, was instrumental in creating the Gallery and continues to maintain it. Artists interested in displaying their artwork should contact her at 301-863-6693. • Bella Music School to present family concert The Bella Music School Youth Orchestra under the direction of Sue Tayag will present a family concert of Christmas Carols on Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Lexington Park Library. The concert is free and open to the public. • Storytimes include LEGOs Families can enjoy a story and build LEGO creations on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Lexington Park and on Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at both Leonardtown and Lexington Park. Charlotte Hall and Leonardtown both offer an evening storytime without LEGOs at 6 p.m. before the LEGO Fun. • Holiday Surprise for children Children can register for Holiday Surprise at Lexington Park on Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m., at Charlotte Hall on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. and at Leonardtown on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Holiday stories and crafts are planned. • TAG meetings The next TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Charlotte Hall, at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Lexington Park and at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 at Leonardtown.

WARM Volunteers Needed

Local churches are providing shelter and meals for homeless neighbors during the coldest months—the program, “WARM” (Wrapping Arms “Round” Many), needs volunteers to serve as drivers to drive the screened participants to the churches in the evening and back to Three Oaks Center in Lexington Park in the morning. Homeless shelters are usually filled to their maximum capacity during the coldest months of the year and the WARM program provides additional support for this vulnerable population. Churches commit to serve as a host site for a period of one week. Homeless individuals are screened by the Department of Social Services and the County Government provides vans to transport participants to the churches in the evening and then back to Three Oaks Shelter in the morning. If you are accustomed to driving a 15-passenger van (at least 25 yrs of age with a clean driving record) and interested in supporting this much needed community program, please consider serving as a volunteer driver. The WARM Program runs from Sunday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, April 3, 2011. For more information on ways to "give back to your community" please contact Cynthia Brown, Interim Director, St. Mary's County Department of Human Services at 301-475-4200, X1846 or via the County's website at www. Every individual can make a difference.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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By Shelby Oppermann Contributing Writer

Every year I look at all the Thanksgiving recipes in the magazines, and think, “Wow, that sounds really good, I wonder how my sons, and brother and his family would take to that?” I never actually try the new recipes, since I am not good with change. I don’t know, maybe everyone

would like something new. Most likely not, since the requests from one of my sons and brother, niece and nephew are already coming in. ”Are you making a pumpkin pie?” “You are making pot cheese and noodles?” “Don’t forget Sheb, Billy, Dori, and Lil’ Billy all want Grandma’s stuffing.” So, I, of course, make all our traditional foods to take to my brother’s house in Opal, Vir-

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Thanksgiving’s Peace ginia. The hardest thing to take is the stuffed turkey in the roaster. The turkey butter broth gets to sloshing around. One year, we didn’t realize the turkey in it’s roasting pan was sliding back and forth in the back of the van with every turn and stop. I had broth all over the place. I couldn’t figure out for awhile why I was starving every time I got in my van. The next year, I got a little bit smarter and put the roasting pan in a box. It still was messy, but better. The next year, I added the trash bag liner around the box, and that did the trick. I guess I am usually in a rush, and don’t think about those last minute things. The worst part of the whole trip to Opal is the one last turn on to my brother’s road. Everyone on Route 29 is driving at least 80 miles an hour, and you have to get over to the left lane, watch for a small hill, immediately after which is the five foot long turn lane on the bottom side of the hill, and then cross over two more lanes of 80 mile an hour drivers. I thought the turkey was going to end up front in my lap one time. One year, my husband said he was going to try one of those nouvelle cuisine recipes for our Thanksgiving meal. He had found a filleted, herbed turkey recipe in the Food section of The Washington Post and decided to try it. I asked him if he was a little worried about trying a new recipe out on his family, but he wasn’t. He’s very brave, but he is also an excellent cook, albeit experimental. The meal was wonderful, and yes, everyone loved it. I think I might ask if he could make that for Christmas dinner this year. I will finally get my chance, and maybe a few other cooks will as well, to try some of those Turkey Day variations on the Sunday af-

ter Thanksgiving. This year, for refreshments after church, we are asking that everyone either bring a low-cal option or… “Leftover Surprise”. I think this will be exciting. We have such great cooks in our church anyway, so there should be a wide range of foods to try. I will be in food heaven. I, personally, could live on just appetizers instead of full-blown dinners for the rest of my life. Do you think as I do, that if the portion sizes are smaller then the calories are less? I know someone, probably a nutritionist, is going to write me and tell me that an appetizer could, at most times, actually contain more calories than an entire meal. You know what? Don’t tell me – I really don’t want to know the truth. I don’t care I tell you. Several readers have asked over time that I repeat the little Thanksgiving poem I wrote in my first Thanksgiving article for use as their dinner prayer. Thank you, here it is with a few word changes: A day of love and caring with all our family near Listening to the stories of ones we hold so dear the turkey’s stuffed and tender the yams are glazed and sweet warmth is all around us filling hearts with Peace. To each of you, I wish a loving Thanksgiving, Shelby Please send comments or ideas to:

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Festival of Trees Coming to Leonardtown High By Sarah Miller Staff Writer

• Thirsty Thursday Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 a.m. • Thanksgiving Dinner with all the Trimmings Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 3 p.m. • Dave Norris DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Karaoke and Open Mic/ Spoken Word Poetry Chef’s American Bistro (San Souci Plaza 22576 Macarthur Boulevard, California) – 6 p.m. • Thanksgiving Night Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament R.T.S. Building next to Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. • Live Music with Hydra FX Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m. • Ladies Night with DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 26 Photos courtesy of the St. Mar y’s County Hospice and Nancy Glockner.

“We’re still very much in a growth mode,” Franzen said. In the past, the Hollywood Rescue Squad Auxiliary held the Festival of Trees, but the hospice contacted them and got permission to use the title Festival of Trees. “We didn’t steal it, and we followed the proper channels,” Franzen said. This year, Franzen said there will be 28 trees, all fully decorated, and around 30 vendors at the Festival of Trees on Nov. 27. “It’s a great time to come in and do some shopping,” Franzen said. There will also be a breakfast with Santa Claus, which begins at 9 a.m. Santa will be at the Festival of Trees from 9 to 11 a.m., then be will be back from 1 to 3 p.m. Santa will be available to take pictures during both of his visits. Planning for this year’s Festival of Trees began a couple months after last year’s event, Franzen said. It takes that long to get sponsors for the trees and vendors signed up, as well as securing the venue and taking care of the rest of the details that ensure the success of the event, she said. “There’s a lot of work that goes into what we do,” Franzen said. She said the Festival of Trees has received a lot of assistance from the people at Leonardtown High School. There are students from the art classes who are decorating the halls leading to the gym, and students from the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America are helping to unpack and set up the trees. She also said Randy Tira, the athletic director at Leonardtown High School, also helped orchestrate the event. For people to sponsor a tree it costs $500, and vendors are charged $50 for a space. After the Festival of Trees, Franzen said there are various things that can happen to the trees. She said some will be auctioned off, fully decorated, while others are donated by the sponsors to various causes and others are taken by the sponsors to be displayed in their offices. Franzen said there are eight trees currently slated to be auctioned off, and the trees will be transported for the people who purchase them. She said the trees are six and a half feet tall and come pre-lit. People who purchase the trees can choose to take them home, or donate the tree to another entity. “All money raised will go to the Hospice House of St. Mary’s to keep the doors open,” Franzen said. She said she hopes the event will be a “wonderful success.” There were around 300 people at the event last year, and Franzen hopes for as many people or more at this year’s event. Price for admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $1 for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and free for children under the age of 3. Franzen said there are still limited spaces available for vendors. People interested in renting a space should contact Nancy Glockner at 240-538-8076. We post nightlife events happening in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. To submit an event for our calendar, e-mail Deadline for submissions is Monday by 5 p.m.

• Radio Redline Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg) – 9:30 p.m. • Crushing Day Hotel Charles (15110 Burnt Store Road, Hughesville) – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 27 • Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 6 p.m. • Festival of Trees Leonardtown High School (23995 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown) – 9 a.m. • Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m. • True Blue Country St Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m. • Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret The Westlawn Inn (9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach) – 8 p.m. • Line Dancing Chef’s American Bistro (San Souci Plaza 22576 Macarthur Boulevard, California) – 8:30 p.m.


Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 11 a.m. • Sunday Funday Vera’s White Sands Beach Club (1200 White Sands Drive, Lusby) – 12 p.m. • Moroccan Belly Dancing Workshop House of Dance (24620 Three Notch Road, Hollywood) – 1 p.m. • Fraternal Order of Police Poker Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Lexington Park) – 2 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 29 • Mason Sebastian DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Bounty Tournament St. Mary’s County Elk’s Lodge (45779 Fire Department Lane, California) – 7 p.m. • Charity Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament R.T.S. Building next to Cadillac Jack’s (21367 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 7:30 p.m. • Salsa Night Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 8 p.m.

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

• Dancing with DJ Steve Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m.

• Choral Concert Huntingtown High School (4125 Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown) – 5 p.m.

• Traffic on the Backbone Cryer’s Back Road Inn (22094 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown) – 9 p.m.

• Fair Warning DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m.

• Randy Richie on Piano Cafe Des Artistes (41655 Fenwick Street, Leonardtown) – 6:30 p.m.

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

• Open Pool Tables Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m.

• Karaoke with DJ Blacky Lexington Lounge (21736 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

• Live Music with Dave and Kevin Trio Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

• Texas Hold ‘Em Mechanicsville Fire House (28165 Hills Club Road, Mehchanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Fraternal Order of Police Poker Tournament Fraternal Order of Police (21215 Chancellors Run Road, Lexington Park) – 7 p.m.

• John Luskey Gilligan’s Pier (11535 Popes Creek Road, Newburg) – 9:30 p.m.

• Live Music with Kevin Amos Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 7:30 p.m.

• 3 Day Ride Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 9:30 p.m.

• All You Can Drink Night with DJ Chris Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 8 p.m.

• The Changing Scene The Blue Dog Saloon (7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco) – 9:30 p.m.

• Road House Martini’s Lounge (10553 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains) – 9 p.m. • Absinthe Apehangers Bar and Grill (9100 Crain Highway, Bel Alton) – 9 p.m. • Old School Dance Jam with DJ Work Lexington Lounge (21736 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park) – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28 • NFL at the Duck Ruddy Duck Brewery (13200 Dowell Road, Dowell) – 6 a.m. • Holiday Bazaar Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department (28165 Hills Club Road, Mechanicsville) – 10 a.m. • Big Dog Zone Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three

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For one day this weekend, the main gym at Leonardtown High School will be taken over by Christmas trees for the St. Mary’s Hospice Festival of Trees. “It’ll be a chance to see some beautifully decorated trees,” said Kathy Franzen, the director of the Hospice of St. Mary’s. Franzen said this is the third year the hospice has held the Festival of Trees, and she’s looking forward to the time when the event in St. Mary’s County is as popular as the ones in Calvert and Charles counties.

Thursday, Nov. 25

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Tuesday, Nov. 30

Wednesday, Dec. 1 • Captain John DB McMillan’s (23415 Three Notch Road, California) – 5 p.m. • Karaoke and Open Mic/ Spoken Word Poetry Chef’s American Bistro (San Souci Plaza 22576 Macarthur Boulevard, California) – 6 p.m. • Community Concert and Open House Historic St. Mary’s State House (Old State House Road, St. Mary’s City) – 6 p.m. • Karaoke with DJ Harry Big Dogs Paradise (28765 Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville) – 7 p.m. • Band in a Box St Mary’s Landing (29935 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall) – 7:30 p.m.

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

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SPORTS DESK NFL and NBA should work out

Sat., Nov. 27 Boys’ Basketball Leonardtown at Meade (scrimmage), 10 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 30 Ice Hockey St. Mary’s Ryken vs. DeMatha at Tucker Road (Fort Washington), 5 p.m.

their monetary differences ASAP

Wed., Dec. 1 Boys’ Basketball St. Mary’s Ryken at Don Bosco Crisoty Rey, 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Basketball Largo at St. Mary’s Ryken (scrimmage), 6 p.m.

Ryken seeks JV Softball and JV Girls’ Lacrosse Coaches St. Mary’s Ryken High School is accepting resumes for two coaching positions: JV Softball and JV Women’s Lacrosse. Please send resumes to Athletic Director Dave Tallman at

SMCM to host baseball spring training program St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host a six-week Spring Training 2011 baseball program for players in grades 1 through 12 from January 2 to February 6. St. Mary’s College head coach Lew Jenkins will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching and catching lessons at a cost as low as $99 for six weeks. Space is limited. Registration is now under way. For more information, visit or call toll-free 866-622-4487.

Rec & Parks Volleyball Standings St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Co-Ed Volleyball League Women’s League

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By Chris Stevens Staff Writer Whether the casual sports observer is paying attention or not, by this time in 2011, we could be living in a world where there is no National Football League or National Basketball Association action to speak of. The NFL and the NBA are currently in the middle of the final seasons of their collective bargaining agreements and the owners/ players are so far apart on several issues, it’s entirely possible that all we’ll have next fall is the World Series, hockey and college football to watch and talk about. Considering how the NFL season has played out and how the NBA has more talent in it now than at any other time maybe ever, the leagues owe it to the fans to come to an agreement so we can continue to have athletic excellence and off the field hilarity at our disposal. The NFL has so many incredible story lines and teams this season, you almost need a whole day to get to everything. The Minnesota Vikings have finally discovered that Brett Favre and Brad Childress are as similar as oil and water and fired the coach on Monday, leaving defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier as the new man in charge and trying to figure out what to do with the physically and spiritually broken gunslinger. One quarterback that is doing just fine is Michael Vick. After the Eagles’ 27-17 win over the Giants Sunday night, Philly is sitting in first place in the NFC East, all on the shoulders of a man who has made the most of his second chance in life. Also in the NFC East, the Wash-

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ington Redskins have made the season interesting with everyone from Albert Haynesworth to Donovan McNabb feeling the wrath of Mike Shanahan’s dictatorship. While his methods of treating people like people aren’t the strongest, the Skins still sit at 5-5 with a chance to steal a Wild Card spot from a the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints or the New York Giants. In the AFC, the New York Jets and the New England Patriots just continue to find ways to win. The Pats held off a furious rally by Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, while the Jets took advantage of the usual stupidity from the Houston Texans to move to 8-2. Not lurking too far behind are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, two very tough teams with incredible defenses and quarterbacks who just seem to win. The Ravens and Ray Lewis (who might end up being the best linebacker of all time) have something to prove and are certainly not to be counted out. Meanwhile in the NBA, it’s still early, but the struggles of the Miami Heat have drawn either a mother’s sympathy or an enemy’s chuckle from most NBA fans, depending on who you are. The trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have not lived up to expectations and while many thought they could win 70 games, 55 wins seems to be a stretch for a team with no post presence or outside shooting threat to speak of. The team poised to win 70 games (and their third straight championship) seems to be the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant has so many talented players around him (Ron Art-

est, Shannon Brown, Steve Blake and Lamar Odom) that he can rest his aging bones (hard to believe he’s considered old at 32) and get ready for his time – the playoffs. In D.C., John Wall has danced his way into the hearts of the Wizards faithful and looks to bring respectability back to the Verizon Center hardwood. Wall, the 20-year old rookie phenomenon, thrills the home crowd prior to the game with the popular dance known as “The Dougie,” then gets serious and puts up the best all around numbers of any point guard since – wouldn’t you know it – Gilbert Arenas. Arenas, coming off the gun incident of last season has conceded that the Wiz are Wall’s team and he will assist the young man in getting used to the rigors of pro life. Quietly, the artist formerly known as Agent 0 is putting up quality numbers, making his pairing with Wall a potentially devastating one for any team to defend. This could all be silenced if neither league can come to an agreement for next season. The NFL owners want 18 games while the players want more money. The NBA wants to cut salaries while players want…you know. There’s no reason that none of the above entities can come to agreement so everybody can share in the wealth they make together from fans, advertisers and sponsors. So hopefully they can get it done and I won’t be forced to write about what’s missing in big time sports next fall. Who wants to read about that? Questions? Comments? Complaints? Send ‘em all to Chris at

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Virginia Wesleyan Run Seahawk Men Fall Short Against Frostburg State Baffles Young Seahawk Women Owings Mills, Md. – No. 11 St. Mary’s College of Maryland fell two points shy of a three-peat in the Pride of Maryland Division III Men's Basketball State Championship title game Saturday night as the Seahawks suffered a 56-54 setback to Capital Athletic Conference newcomer, Frostburg State University. Seven straight points by senior guard Brian Anderson (Perry Hall, Md./Eastern Tech) in the final 1:45 of the game stretched Frostburg State's two-point lead from 2:45 to five with 22 seconds remaining. Senior guard Alex Franz (Catonsville, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) kept St. Mary's in the hunt for its third straight Pride of Maryland championship title as a pair of three-pointers pulled the Seahawks within two at 00:48 (53-51) and 00:15 (56-54). After junior Bradley Nunn (Ft. Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist) missed two free throws with 13 ticks on the clock to extend the Bobcat lead, St. Mary's senior center Sam Burum (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) and junior Mikey Fitzpatrick's (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) attempts were off the mark in the final two seconds. Franz became a three-time All-Tournament selection while Burum joined him on the team for the first time in his career. Franz finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Burum matched his careerhigh with game-high 12 boards and seven points. After collecting a PoM single-game record with eight blocks last night, Seahawk first-year forward Christian MacAuley (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) added the PoM tournament record for blocks to his resume as MacAuley added four more to bring his tournament total to 17, surpassing the old mark of 13 set by Johns Hopkins University's Danny Nawrocki in 2006. Following a sluggish start by both squads, Frostburg jumped out in front first for a 6-2 lead before senior forward Kyle Jarczynski (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) finished a lay-up for the Seahawks first lead of the game at 11:44 (10-8). Fitzpatrick connected on a long-range shot for the team's second lead at 6:19 (17-16). The Bobcats used an 11-4 run to secure their biggest lead of the half of six points (27-21) at 1:24 en route to a 28-25 halftime lead as Jarczynski and Franz cut the margin to three. St. Mary's tied up the game twice in the first five minutes of the second stanza before the Bobcats went on a 15-6 run to lead 47-38 with 7:16 remaining in the game. At that point, the Seahawks began to chip away at the nine-point deficit. MacAuley contributed 12 points and seven rebounds as well while Fitzpatrick finished one-rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. The Seahawks will return to action Saturday, November 27 when St. Mary’s welcomes No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College to the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for a rematch of last year's NCAA Sweet Sixteen match-up in which the Diplomats knocked out the Seahawks. Tip-off is at 4:00 pm.

Sailors Finish Second at Kings Point Championship Kings Point, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point was excited to play host to the 2010 ICSA Match Racing National Championship on November 19-21. This was the first match race championship for college sailing in the U.S. Ten teams and great conditions made this event one to remember. Senior skipper Michael Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) and crew Kayla McComb (Newport Beach, Calif.), Ben Lezin (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and John Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.) helped No. 2 St. Mary's College of Maryland to a second-place finish in the inaugural match racing nationals. In the first to three points championship round, St. Mary's was able to start the first race with a slim lead. Boston College showed great speed and was able to gain and force St. Mary's into the left corner. When they tacked to the mark, BC led St. Mary’s into the weather mark and fought off SMC’s

advances on the run as BC held on for the win. In race two, BC won the start and led wire to wire. In what could end up the final race, St. Mary's controlled the start and rounded the weather mark ahead of BC. St. Mary’s held their lead until the final beat, where BC was able to get to the right of them and pass. Boston College held off St. Mary’s on the run and sailed to the victory.

Final Results

1. Boston College Eagles 2. St. Mary’s Seahawks 3. Brown Bears 4. Tulane Green Wave 5. College of Charleston Cougars 6. Kings Point Mariners 7. Washington Huskies 8. Wisconsin Badgers 9. Cal Maritime Keelhaulers 10. Minnesota Golden Gophers

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer

ST. MARY’S CITY – With just one senior on the roster, there will be days like Saturday for the St. Mary’s College women’s basketball team. After a spirited rush to end the first half with a tie, the Seahawks (with nine freshmen) watched Virginia Wesleyan run away with a 74-59 win and the Cherry Cove Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament championship. “We made a lot of mental mistakes in the second half because of how young we are,” said sophomore guard Jasmine Jones, who was the lone St. Mary’s selection to the All-Tournament team. “We’ll have to learn to go hard but also stay in control.” The Marlins (2-0) led most of the first half, until a late Seahawk run, keyed by freshman center Sophie Pruden left the score tied at 29 going into the second half. Pruden picked up a double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) in just her third college game. “I missed some shots I should’ve had in the first half, so I just focused on finishing in the second half,” Pruden said. Photo By Chris Stevens Before SMC (1-2) could keep the momentum of The Seahawks’ Shana Lewis drives on Virginia Westheir first-half rally going, the Marlins got three-point leyan’s Shawnee Lewis. shots from Kristina Jameson and Rachael Miller along with a Symonne Newsome lay-up to spark a 22-6 run lege ball. “None of us have played together before, but that left them ahead 51-35 with 12:41 to go and the Se- the upperclassmen have helped us. It’s a whole new ahawks weren’t able to catch up. Shawnee Lewis led experience.” Wesleyan (and all scorers) with 17 points, while Jame“It’s been tough,” said Jones, who averaged 12 son and Newsome added 13 and 11 points respectively. points, 3.5 assists and two steals in two tournament “I expected us to come out like they did, but they games. “We just have to get acclimated to playing with got a basket and then we had a sloppy pass,” head each other as best we can.” coach Barb Bausch. “That’s exactly what I’m trying to Bausch knows that it will take some time, but explain what we need to do, and we did the opposite. she’s still pleased with what she has so far. We’ve got to learn to back off, but we lack the experi“The intensity is there and the desire is there,” she ence of a team that’s played together before.” said. “But the execution isn’t where it needs to be yet.” “It’s a lot more work than we expected,” Pruden explained of the transition from high school to col-

Women’s Lacrosse Team Earns Community Awareness Honor Naples, Fla. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland women's lacrosse team was awarded the 2010 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Team Community Awareness Award at the annual IWLCA meetings over the weekend. The award recognizes the Seahawks for their hard work and dedication in the community during the 2009-10 academic year. “It is an honor for our team to be recognized by the IWLCA for our participation in giving back to the community. I am very thankful that our team is made up of student-athletes that are willing to give up their time, and sometimes money, to help out others. Community service is something we believe is extremely important and will certainly continue to perform in the future,” said former head coach Kara Reber. Reber resigned from her post effective November 8 after accepting the head coaching position at Florida Southern College. Reber was presented with a plaque during the awards banquet at the annual IWLCA meetings held at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples on November 1719. During the banquet, she had the opportunity to speak briefly about her team's community service accomplishments. St. Mary’s completed 11 community service projects throughout the 2009-10 academic year, including conducting equipment and supply drives for the fledgling lacrosse program in the South American country of Colombia and for Leonardtown;s Second

Hope Animal Rescue, respectively. The civic-minded ladies collected old lacrosse equipment such as sticks and balls for Colombia while sending bags of treats, toys, and cleaning supplies to Second Hope Rescue. The Seahawks held their second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game as well, raising over $3,700 for Climb for Hope by collecting donations and selling pink T-shirts. Since initiating the BCAG at St. Mary’s during the 2009 season, Reber’s Seahawks have raised over $6,000 to help Climb for Hope in its quest for a breast cancer cure.

Other service projects included: Providing a youth clinic; Writing letters to the troops overseas; Reading to elementary school children during American Education Week; Collecting money for Help Haiti Now; Donating books to the local elementary schools; Participating in FLOW Mentoring (fostering positive mentoring relationships between students in St. Mary's County Public Schools and members of the community and providing supported, safe, and inspiring environments in which these matches can cultivate the potential of each youth); Donating canned goods for the food drive; and Face-painting the during the athletic department's annual Halloween-in-the-ARC event.


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Gentlemen Hunt Geese

Fur and Feathers By Keith McGuire Contributing Writer

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Sherman was a gentleman farmer, polite and courteous to a fault, absolutely true to his convictions, and the owner of a vast Queen Anne’s County family farm. One of his passions was goose hunting and his farm was tailor made to that purpose. It was situated squarely in the Eastern Shore flyway of migrating Canada geese, lesser geese, and many species of ducks. In 2008, my son Scott and I were invited for a goose hunt. We were ecstatic! On this particular January day we ar-

rived at the farm well before sunrise. The house, barn, equipment shed and silos were situated in the center of the property, surrounded by expansive fields of harvested corn and soy beans. We were joined by Jack, one of Sherman’s local, life-long friends. Sherman politely welcomed us, introduced us to Jack, and made sure that we had the appropriate gear – waders, guns, ammunition, etc. He said that there was a large flock of snow geese on one area of his farm that we should target at sunrise. He said they would take flight at 7:00 AM and leave his farm for other favored feeding areas. We should set

up in an area of 3 – 5 rows of standing corn near a pond where the geese had spent the night and wait for them to fly over. We all jumped in his crew cab pickup truck and headed for the area. He let us out at 6:55 AM and parked the truck out of sight. We walked a couple hundred yards along the cornstalks as the sun came up. Before we knew it, the sky was filled with geese – a white tornado of birds flying en masse. My son and I unloaded our guns into the sky, and to our delight, birds fell to the ground at our feet. As quickly as they came, they were gone. The sky was empty. We loaded the bounty into the back of Sherman’s truck and climbed in for the ride to another pond with a pit blind that faced downwind overlooking the pond. We all helped spread decoys per Sherman’s directions and then took comfortable stations in the blind. Sherman gave a call to a distant flock of Canada geese, but they didn’t turn. Since we had duck decoys in the spread, he also gave out a few mallard quacks for good measure. During the lull, conversation ranged from serious topics to jokes and stories, all a pleasure to listen and contribute to. A group of eight Canada geese appeared in the air.


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Sherman piped on a pair of goose calls and, as they turned to the decoy spread, ordered, “Get down!” “Don’t show your faces!” “Take ‘em!” The four of us jumped up, guns blazing as geese fell in the water. We had six. After another brief interlude, a pair of mallards circled the decoys. “Quack, quack, chuckle, chuckle.” “Take ‘em!” As the birds prepared to land, they fell to the report of the shotguns. We quit in time to clean the birds and ourselves. We had a cup of coffee and then headed into Chestertown with Sherman and his wife for a pleasant lunch before heading home. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to hunt Sherman’s farm. He sold the farm in the summer of 2009 and moved out of state, no doubt enjoying a comfortable gentleman’s retirement. I will be offering stories of hunting adventures in future articles for this column. If you have a particularly interesting story, drop me an email at Be safe and enjoy the season.

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Ryken’s Jarboe and Short Ready to Play Ball at Coppin State

Wednesday, November 24, 2010



Barthelmes Cautious About Raiders’ Hockey Season

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer It wasn’t a plan for Michael Short and Ben Jarboe to attend college and play baseball together at Coppin State University. However, it worked out as such for the two rising seniors at St. Mary’s Ryken, who signed letters of intent to play baseball at the Division I school in Baltimore earlier this month during the early signing period.

Photo By Chris Stevens

Accompanied by father Richard, mother Lora, coach Clarke Rollins, principal Rick Wood and athletic director Dave Tallman, Ben Jarboe signs on to play baseball at Coppin State.


“We visited separately on separate days and we both just liked it there,” Jarboe

“I’m very excited and enthusiastic about it all,” Short said. Both were considering the University of Maryland-Baltimore County while Short also was looked at by Richmond and UNC-Greensboro. Jarboe also considered Stevenson University. Short chose Coppin mainly because of the competition (the Eagles are constant competitors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and play major D-I schools on a regular basis) and for new head coach Sherman Reed (“I like the way he runs his program,” Short explained) while Jarboe added that they would contribute to Coppin’s success. “We wanted to be building blocks for the program,” he said. Jarboe plans to major in athletic training while Short will study sports medicine.

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With his mother Teri Dicus, Jimmy Dicus and others, Michael Short makes it official – he’ll play baseball at Coppin State University in the spring of 2012.

Photo By Frank Marquart

Charlie Yates is one of several players being counted on for the success of the Leonardtown hockey team.

By Chris Stevens Staff Writer As the curtain went up on another Leonardtown High School hockey season last Friday night, head coach Rob Barthelemes still believes that high school hockey should be about the players enjoying the game above all else. Even with that in mind, he’s still cautiously optimistic that the Raiders can crash the MSHL playoff party this winter. “We have a large bench and the majority of our team is young, but I’m hopeful,” Barthelmes said. “I’m guarded about making any predictions.” The Raiders have several returning players from last year’s team (4-5-1 in the Southern Division), with Gordy Bonnel, Charlie Yates, Matt Fisher, Rob Reinhold and Devin White expected to make an impact this season. “The majority of the players who have been with me for four years, I’m looking forward to them having great seasons individually this year,” Barthelmes says.

Several young players make up the deep bench the Raiders have, which can be difficult in terms of playing times. “It can be a blessing and a curse because you want to play everybody,” Barthelmes explains. “That’s why we play the games – so everybody can get on the ice.” He did add that even with the youth, a deeper bench will help the regulars to rest comfortably during games. “It’s hard to say whether [youth] will help us or hurt us, but the deep bench gives us extra energy and fresh legs at the end of games,” he said. With that in mind, Barthelmes wants to stick with his original goal – making sure the kids enjoy the game and he believes if they do that, winning will follow. “The goal is to provide a chance for high school kids to play hockey – making it to the top is next,” he said. “We can make the playoffs, but we’ll see how this year goes.”


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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Palombi Believes Talented Knights Can Improve By Chris Stevens Staff Writer As far as first years on the job go, St. Mary’s Ryken ice hockey Chris Palombi admits last year went beyond even his expectations. “Last season was very fulfilling,” Palombi said, reflecting on the Knights’ run to the MSHL Southern Division playoffs, the first such appearance in the school’s history. “I told the team, of all my years playing hockey, coaching them was the most fun I’ve had with the sport. Watching the team progress from day one, taking their game up to another level, and even challenging a powerhouse hockey team (Huntingtown) in the state playoffs, was very rewarding. But most of all, seeing the team have fun playing the sport I love was the best.” Palombi, a Michigan State alum, took over a team that had won just three division games in the 2008-09 season and guided them to seven wins and a playoff game in which they gave Huntingtown all it could handle before the Hurricanes pulled away 7-4. This year, the goals have gotten loftier for Ryken. “At the first practice this season, I asked the team what they wish to accomplish. They responded saying they want to beat DeMatha, beat Northern, beat Huntingtown and win the Chesapeake Cup,” Palombi says. “They are a very driven group which is always a great recipe for success.” This group includes a talPhoto By Frank Marquart ented group of returning athletes, Head coach Chris Palombi is having fun coachincluding seniors Matt McGowan ing the St. Mary’s Ryken ice hockey team, who and T.J. Munns, junior goaltender made the playoffs for the first time in school hisGreg Myers and sophomore Na- tory last season. than Blondino. Palombi also feels some newcomers will add depth and pick up where Matt Scott, Robert Munns and J.D. Webb (last year’s seniors) left off. “Matt, JD Webb, and Robert provided a great spark to our defensive game last year. They also took teammates under their wings and helped showing them the ropes. That plus the extra year experience, will help the returning players do their best in filling in those roles,” Palombi said. Seven new players will be joining the Knights this year, including three freshman (Ryan Billman, Evan Brennan and Stephen Myers) Palombi feels will step in right away and add versatility to the team. “I think this will be a deep team offensively but will look for players who can be great two-way players,” he said. While the offense is not a concern of Palombi’s, defense is, and he hopes they can be stronger and more aggressive in their own end this season. “What will make us successful this season is for the team to tighten up and play strong defensively,” he said. I have much confidence in our offensive game, but if we can be aggressive on our forecheck, set up traps and play very disciplined defense, this team should go far this season.” It also helps to have a very good goalie in Greg Myers, who Palombi rates as among the best in this area. “Greg’s work ethic last season showed us he wants to win. He has great vision, and positions himself well in front of the net,” he said. “Many times, he kept us in games last year.” With a full team and a full year of coaching under his belt, Palombi believes the sky is indeed the limit for Ryken hockey. “Last season definitely put the St. Mary’s Ryken Ice Hockey program on the map,” he said. “Their work ethic was incredible and it clearly paid off. Hopefully the program can continue to build off its success.”

Photo By Frank Marquart

Nathan Blondino (white) and Matt McGowan will be two of the key returning players to a Ryken team that won seven division games last year.

Junior Greg Myers gives the Knights a clear advantage in goal this coming season. Photo By Frank Marquart

WEDNESDAY November 24, 2010

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The County Times -- November 24, 2010  

The County Times -- November 24, 2010

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