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Thursday, May 3, 2007 • St. Mary’s County, Maryland
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Rockfish Gang Land Style Shooting Season Among Worst In County Arrives With a Flurry of Activity and New Regulations By Guy Leonard Staff Writer
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has now arrested eight suspects it believes were responsible for the gang related shooting that took place last week on Suburban Drive and is still following up leads to one of the most intense and violent shootouts the county has seen in recent memory. Sheriff Tim Cameron said the incident illustrated the gang problem in St. Mary’s and that law enforcement along with the courts would try to work together to tackle the problem. He said he would seek cooperation from State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s office to see if there are ways to prosecute gang members in the county as members of a
group instead of individually, which could lead to more varied or stronger penalties for members of criminal organizations. “If their intention is to commit crime as a gang, we’ll go after them as a gang,” Cameron said. “This shooting is a result of two rival groups, two rival gangs and that’s the bottom line.” Lt. Rick Burris, commander of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the case, said detectives were working intensely to gather evidence and get to the bottom as to the details surrounding the shooting occurred. Burris said investigators probably caught all the parties involved in the shooting, but they weren’t taking any See Gang Land Shooting page A-
By Adam Ross Staff Writer With rockfish season officially beginning last week, thousands of boats stormed the Chesapeake Bay and made a play for the next big catch. The current Maryland record for rockfish caught in the Chesapeake Bay is 67 pounds, 8 ounces, set in 1995. “Fishing is the biggest sport in St. Mary’s County,” said Ken Lamb of The Tackle Box in Lexington Park. “Unfortunately it gets little coverage in the press, which is fine but not representative of what people do in St. Mary’s County.” According to Lamb, nearly four thousand boats zipped through the spring waters last week, a number he expects to rise considerably when schools close for summer break in June. “It’s a big deal,” Lamb added, “lots of people fish off the shore too.” Angling for rockfish is consid-
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By Adam Ross Staff Writer In a budget work session Tuesday, the commissioners twisted and turned county staff to find new ways to free up additional money, a week after the public had its say on how this year’s budget should be appropriated. The work session was a chance for commissioners to debrief, resubmit and withdraw budgetary decisions that, at times, have been heavily criticized by the public, namely those in support of Schools Superintendent Michael J. Martirano’s multi-million dollar budget request. The Board of Education submitted a budget request to the county that called for $7.7 million more than its Bridge to Excellence agreement set up in previous years between the two entities. This is not the first time the Board of Education has requested more than that agreement. Parents, teachers and community activists showed up in droves last Tuesday asking the Board of County Commissioners to reconsider its appropriation to the Board of Education, which was approximately $2 million less than what was requestSee Budget page A-
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BOCC Juggles Budget for Requests
Volunteers with Christmas in April tear away aging sections of the roof at the home of James and Dorothy Wathen in Helen. The Wathens had little money time or ability to fix their own home so the volunteers made some much needed repairs for them.
Christmas in April Delivers Free Home Repairs To The Needy By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The home of James and Dorothy Wathen in Helen is aging and has sheltered a large family for many years resulting in wear and tear. Just ask their son Jerry Wathen, who along with seven other siblings helped put plenty of extra age on the 41-year-old house. “It was eight of us kids,” Jerry Wathen said. “There’s a lot of years on this house.” And it showed. But Christmas in April, the volunteer group that
helps low income, sick or elderly homeowners fix up their living space, came to the rescue. About 40 volunteers descended on the Wathen home April 28 to make much-needed repairs to the roof, windows and other parts of the home that required attention. Because the Wathen’s had little money — they live off of social security and a small retirement — Jerry Wathen said, they just hadn’t been able to hire anyone to make the repairs. “They just don’t have the money to do it with raising all of us,” Jerry
Shop Owners Hope Renovations Will Breath New Life Into Aging Shopping Center
Wathen said. But Jerry Wathen went to work on the family home with the Christmas in April volunteers and made a difference for his parents in one day. “It’s amazing what they do for people,” Jerry Wathen said. And about 1,800 volunteers worked to make a difference in the lives of St. Mary’s County residents on the same day, making 22 homes throughout the county more livable for their owners, according to Mary By Guy Leonard Ann Chasen, coordinator for Christ- Staff Writer mas in April in the county. The owners of St. Mary’s Square See Christmas in April page A- Shopping center in Lexington Park have said they can begin plans for full renovation when three businesses finalize their lease agreements. Shop keepers there say they have been waiting for years to see some kind of turnaround at the aging shopping center which has not had its parking filled with customers these past several years. Mort Schuchman, property manager at St. Mary’s Square said his organization, America’s Realty LLC took over the shopping center two years ago in the hopes they could revitalize the property. Schuchman said that McDonald’s fast food restaurant was taking over a pad site there as well as a bank and another as-yet unnamed retail store. “Once those three are in we’ll do the rest of the shopping center,” Schuchman said. Once those businesses make their commitments, Schuchman said, his company can then hire an architect to plan the renovations which Photo by Guy Leonard will include an entirely new façade
Jerry Wathen, son of James and Dorothy Wathen strips away aging debris from a frame that will soon get a replacement window. Wathen and about 40 other volunteers helped to make repairs to his childhood home.
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The County Times
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Thursday, March 3, 2007
In Your Community Car Show The Spring Fling XXII Classic Car Show on the Leonardtown Square will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classic and antique cars and trucks will be on display. There will also be awards, family entertainment, and live music by the Blue Grass Gospel Express, a kid’s tractor pull,
food and more! Two-dollar admission to benefit Hospice of St. Mary’s. Sponsored by the St. Mary’s Rod & Classic Car Club. For more information call 301-994-9666 (Rain date: May 6)
Fire Department and Rescue Squad in Valley Lee on Monday, May 21 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Donors may call 301994-1038 to schedule an appointment or for information. Walk-ins are welcome.
2K Walk 6K Run
The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the 2nd District Volunteer
Join the Holy Angels Sacred Heart 2k Walk and 6K Run May 5th at St. Clements
races for children under 6, a hula-hoop competition and face painting. All participants have free admission to tour the St. Clements Museum. To register, walk or run please contact Becky Gibson at 301769-3290 or Jennifer Hill at 301-475-0402. Rain date is Saturday, May 12th.
Museum in Colton’s Point, Md. Local community businesses as well as friends and family members will take to the streets of Colton’s Point to support Holy Angels Sacred Finding Heart School. Walkers and runners will go around the Sustainability in the point with the start and fin- St. Mary’s River ish line being at the museum. Registration begins at 9 a.m., Watershed The St. Mary’s River Wawith a $25 registration fee, tershed Association will hold which includes your lunch,
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Afternoon Tea Party Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration Evening of Elegance and Fun Phenomenal Women Afternoon Tea Party Pre-Mother’s Day Celebration Place: The Crystal Room, Callaway MD Time: 4 to 9:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: Ms. Nikole Killion WJLA/News Channel 8 Featuring: Stacey CarverChristian Gospel Stand-up Comedian Culture Shock Fashion Show, & Spiritual Dancers Vendors-Mary Kay, Avon, Partylite, Travel agents, purses, jewelry, arts and much more. The menu includes: An assortment of mini sandwiches, crab dip, shrimp, pasta, fruit, veggie/cheese, assortment of desserts and special selection of tea. Price is $25, and children ages 10-17 $15. Point of contacts: Darlene Johnson 240-434-1095 Janice Walthour 301-862-2296 Veronica Scriber 301-769-8182.
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Help solve a crime that has been committed at the library while exploring the Science of Forensics through hands on experiments. The event will take place Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at Charlotte Hall Library. Another event will be held at Leonardtown Library at 2 p.m. The event is free and for ages 7 and up. Registration required, call 301-884-211 x1004 for Charlotte Hall Library or 301-4752846 x1004 for Leonardtown Library.
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its annual members meeting at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5 at Trinity Parish Hall in St. Mary’s City. County planner Sue Veith and Association vice president Bob Paul will discuss the upcoming twoyear sustainability study--a whole-systems approach--for the region. Members are encouraged to attend and the public is invited. Lunch will be served and admission is free. Attendees are asked to RSVP so that food can be planned--240-725-0695 or email: lindawilliams@ md.metrocast.net
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The Color and Light Society, a non-profit organization of Southern Maryland artists will be celebrating the Solomons Maritime Festival during the month of May at the Calvert Marine Museum. The artists will be exhibiting original works of art associated with the color and light of Southern Maryland Living. Festivities include painting demonstrations, a raffle of a collective painting and a chance to chat with the artists. For more information contact Karen Szachnitowski (301) 872-543
Plant Clinic Drop in and ask a St. Mary’s County Master Gardner your gardening questions. Bring plant samples and/or photos Tuesday, May 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Leonardtown Library.
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The Department of Public Safety and the National Weather Service is hosting a SKYWARN class on May 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lexington Park Library. SKYWARN is a national network of volunteer weather spotters. These dedicated citizens help keep their local communities safe by reporting weather activities to the National Weather Service providing precious seconds and minutes of warning that save lives. All interested citizens and ham radio operators are encouraged to pre register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. md.us
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Thursday, March 3, 2007
Hospice McKay’s team up for a worthy cause By Guy Leonard Staff Writer Hospice of St. Mary’s and McKay’s Fine Food and Pharmacy have teamed up to make sure that terminally ill men and women have a chance to
pass on with dignity and in relative comfort by raising money to keep hospice operations running. Jan Barnes, president of the hospice board, said that an April 19 fundraiser at the new McKay’s grocery store in
Leonardtown raised $6,000 in much needed funds. Barnes said Thomas McKay, former president of the Board of County Commissioners, said she and hospice members need only greet attendees and leave the rest of
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the evening up to the McKay family. “We thought that was awesome,” Barnes said of the McKay’s fundraiser. “That’s one of the easiest fund raisers we’ve had.” Barnes said fundraisers and donations from families were critical to providing nursing care to terminally ill patients. “This money will go into the general fund, and the general fund is what keeps our doors open,” Barnes, who is also a realtor, said. “What
ever it takes to take care of a patient. “We don’t turn them away.” James M. McKay, chairman of the board of McKays, said he remembered supporting hospice back in the late 70’s by giving them slightly dented cans of food to provide sustenance for those who couldn’t afford to buy it themselves. Now McKay continues to provide money for hospice, and other non-profit groups, out of a special fund each year. “This was our major contribution, supporting them with the facility and the cost,” James McKay said. “You can have so many fundraisers that the cost can take up what you raise.” McKay thanked his family and the contractors who refudrbished the facility to likenew condition. The work they did made the store a fitting location to serve the community and charities like hospice, he said. “A lot of my family spent a lot of time there making it the facility it is,” James McKay told The County Times. “It’s a community facility that will continue to serve there for a long time to come.” The county hospice group is also planning to open a hospice house dedicated to providing comfortable living conditions for the worst cases of the terminally ill.
Right now, Barnes said, hospice nurses tend to those patients at their homes, in hospitals and at nursing homes. “The hospice house would be for those with a month or less,” Barnes said. “These are the folks who can’t take care of themselves.” The hospice house should be open by the first of next year, Barnes said, and will cost $2 million to build. The hospice house will also need another $2 million in the form of an endowment to keep it running, she said. The hospice house itself will offer a homelike atmosphere for patients, including bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and other amenities complete with round-theclock nursing care. “If they want to eat at 4 o’clock in the morning, they can eat at 4 o’clock in the morning with the care available there,” Barnes said of the future facility. The house will be located on 23 acres in Callaway they bought from the county for $1, nestled on farmland that was confiscated by the county after a drug raid took place there, Barnes said. The hospice house will be within 10 miles of St. Mary’s hospital, she said.
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From left to right, James McKay, Marilyn McKay, Betty Johnson and Monsignor Harris display an old Leonardtown photograph in the new McKay’s grocery store located off Route 5.
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Jan Barnes, president of the hospice board of directors, greets attendees to an April 19 hospice fundraiser the night before the grand opening of a new McKay’s Fine Food and Pharmacy store in Leonardtown. Hospice was able to collect about $6,000 from the fundraiser.
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Randy and Karen Miedzinski of Oakville sample some chocolate fondue and fresh strawberries at the Hospice of St. Mary’s fundraiser April 19 at the new McKay’s Fine Food and Pharmacy store in Leonardtown. Guests could dine on all kinds of hors d’ouvres at the fundraiser as supplied by McKay’s.
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Editorial & Opinion Time Is Right, Form Of Government Needs Change A committee has been formed in St. Mary’s County to look at the current form of local government and make recommendations about what form the county should have in the future. This process is not new, twice before in the past 30 years an alternative form of government has been recommended, however both times the citizens rejected the change. The state of Maryland allows three forms of local government to exist. Eight counties use the commissioner form: Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Garrett, St. Mary’s, Somerset, and Washington. Ten counties use a charter form: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot, and Wicomico. Six counties use code home rule form: Allegany, Caroline, Charles, Kent, Queen Anne, and Worcester. Of the eight counties that still use the commissioner
form, two of the largest counties, Frederick and St. Mary’s are currently going through a re-evaluation process. It appears that Frederick County is preparing to recommend its citizens consider a change to charter government; St. Mary’s should do the same. Under the commissioner form of government, the executive and legislative branches of government are combined into one, with legislative authority limited to what the state legislature grants. Code home rule is very similar to commissioner form in that commissioners act as the executive and legislative branch, the difference being that the commissioners retain more (not all) legislative authority. Charles County recently changed from commissioner to code home rule, and all indications are there has been little if any improvement in service and efficiency for its citizens. Charter government separates the executive and legis-
There are quite a number of reasons why charter government would be beneficial to our community. The most important reason is that government at all levels should be reflective of the citizens. Under a charter government, citizens will exercise greater control. Citizens will be able to lative branches of government government. Local munici- elect a county executive based and gives the county council palities operate with a struc- upon his or her stated agenda, the maximum legislative au- ture similar to charter, having and will be able to hold that thority allowed. The execu- a mayor and town council. individual accountable in the The argument that char- next election. tive branch would be led by a county executive elected by ter would cost more may not From an organizational the citizens to serve most like- be true either. There is no perspective, most public and ly a four-year term. The leg- reason to automatically as- private organizations operate islative branch would be com- sume the executive branch of under a management strucprised of a county council, say government would need more ture resembling that of charter five to seven members elected departments or more person- government. It is nearly imby the citizens to represent nel than what already exists. possible to run any organizacertain areas of the county. In fact, a county executive tion with five different bosses, Members probably would experienced in organizational some or all giving different inserve a four-year term with management may be able to structions. Department heads possibly the terms being stag- consolidate and streamline often find themselves going gered every two years, similar the executive branch creating in circles trying to serve five to how we elect members to more efficiency. different masters, with the the Board of Education. The legislative branch citizens unable to hold anyone The most often heard rea- may need to be modestly accountable. The wheels of sons why St. Mary’s should larger, however St. Mary’s government can often come to not change to charter govern- has grown to the point where a stop when there is no clear ment are the county’s size and even under the commissioner organizational direction. the cost associated with hav- form of government the legisThe legislative branch ing two branches of govern- lative process would be better would be more representative ment. Making the case that served if commissioners had of the citizens as well. Under size should be a determining some form of legislative aid to today’s commissioner form, factor just doesn’t hold wa- help in research, information part time commissioners are ter. Many counties across gathering and assistance with serving full time. There are the country smaller than St. preparation, before making many good citizens from Mary’s operate quite effec- complicated and important many walks of life who would tively with a charter form of decisions. make good representatives but
Big City Boy, Small Town Heart Budgetary Losers Anew Adam Ross Staff Writer Each commissioner strolls in to the latest budget work session Tuesday toting 8-inch binders, stacked from front to back with the latest budget information. When everyone is vying for a piece of the fiscal pie, documentation is one thing in excess. Money on the other hand is not, so the county officials engage in work sessions, ex-
ecutive sessions and public hearings to make sense of the county’s priorities. The process is grueling. Decisions are made only to change, priorities are kept only to scrutinize, and no matter where you turn there is someone disappointed enough to raise a stir. Commission President Francis Jack Russell put it so eloquently; “It has not been easy because behind the dollar signs are faces, faces we
know very well.” But even more important are the various citizens of St. Mary’s County, who rely on the county’s departments and services. They are the real losers when money is cut. But that is the reality of fiscal responsibility, and being a Commissioner form of government, it’s the reality of who is designated to make the tough decisions. This is why elections are so important to the fiscal pic-
Money Short To Extend School Year To The Editor:
Dr. Martirano to “chart a course to excellence” that will ensure my precious children every I read the editorial by Adam Ross entitled opportunity for success – that’s his job and I “Early Summer Break” with some amuse- believe he’s on it. Is there harm in “keeping students in ment. First I wondered, “Does Mr. Ross have school four extra days?” Mr. Ross says not. kids of his own?” And then I though with I guess it depends on how you define “harm.” puzzlement, “If so, does he like them?” His assumption that parents don’t enjoy time with As a journalist, I’m sure Mr. Ross keeps up their children is troubling. I relish every day with the budget pressures of the school system. that I have the opportunity to participate in my Did he investigate the cost of running a school children’s lives; I know this time is short as system for four extra days? I’m no accountant, they make their way through high school, on but I am a businessman and can imagine that these four days would cost millions in terms to college, and into the real world. of teachers, food service workers, counselIs it inconvenient to be parents? Well, I ors, building service workers, administrators, suppose that depends on your perspective. Real estate settlements are mind-boggling, secretaries, busses, and other items critical to hair-raising, and more than inconvenient, but running schools. I respect Mr. Ross’ right to his opinion, we all seek the pleasure and comfort of our own homes. Of course I have to be creative but as for me and my family, we’d like to and jostle some schedules when school sched- thank Dr. Martirano for running an efficient ules change, but this quality time with my kids and successful school system and for honoring is a gift well worth the price of inconvenience. families. Besides being thankful for the blessing of time Kirk P. Purcell with my kids, I don’t expect or want the school Lexington Park, MD system to raise my children or make decisions based on daycare – these are my jobs. I want
ture of the county. Sadly, forward thinking is not always what it is cracked up to be. And sometimes it’s not utilized how it should be at the county level. We asked our candidates in November what their views were on education, public safety, taxes and other big-ticket items. But why aren’t we more consumed with the smaller issues. Why don’t we present them with a challenging budgetary dilemma and ask what their course of action would be? Is it reasonable to presume that if a commissioner had to engage in a real life exercise, choosing between a funding strategy that included the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Mary’s County, or new vehicles for the Department of Public Safety that a straight answer might lose them the election? I highly doubt it, but it would give voters a better idea of their priorities, strategies, problem solving
techniques and intelligence. Real life exercises are too often overlooked when examining the pros and cons of future elected officials. But it’s essential and it’s what they do. Any decision maker responsible for the well being of another should be tested beyond the normalized pattern of questioning. Any would be politician should be tested for leadership skills. Instead, we end up with a shell of a leader, tested anew each time common budgetary dilemma arises. In St. Mary’s County however, residents are lucky. They have three well-versed and intelligent county commissioners working through a budget for the second or third time. Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe (R-Golden Beach), Commissioner Daniel H. Raley (DGreat Mills) and Commissioner Thomas A. Mattingly Sr. (D-Leonardtown) ask the right questions, consider, re-
do not consider public service because they simply do not have the time. How many people can spend their days across the county in meetings, and evenings and weekends at social events? The current board’s makeup is that of older retired citizens, who have the time and don’t need the money. While there is nothing wrong with retired citizens, a balance of citizens representing working mothers, younger citizens, business and professionals, education and social backgrounds, etc., would bring a different and more representative dynamic to the legislative branch. Council members would typically serve part time and have a smaller area of representation so the job could be performed adequately even while holding down a full time career. In most counties the councils even hold their weekly meetings on Monday or Tuesday evening, convenient for both the council members and the average citizens who may wish to attend. Change is always difficult and needs to be well thought out, we understand. St. Mary’s has been considering this change for more than 30 years. Now, the time is right.
consider, ask the right questions in a different way and then consider again. But even with their intuitive abilities, difficult decisions have to be made, and ultimately someone loses. Non-governmental entities are shaping up this year to be the main losers. With the Board of Education receiving the bulk of its massive request, Public Safety being fully funded and post retirement benefits in play, various organizations had their requests cut short or denied, at least in early discussions. By the end of the month we’ll likely know for sure, but for those unable to earn their request, remember four years from now the true test will be right in front of our eyes.
Inaugural Town Hall Meeting House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md. 5th) conducted his first ever telephone town hall meeting Tuesday, so that constituents from his district could communicate thoughts and concerns for federal issues. The meeting drew over 700 callers, many of whom didn’t have an opportunity to speak with Rep. Hoyer
over the 45-minute telephone meeting. “Thank you for your participation in this town hall meeting,” said Hoyer. “I hope you find it useful.” Hoyer discussed several issues from the state and federal levels, including nutrition in America’s schools and the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act.
Callers asked a brief question and waited for Hoyer’s response, but there was no ongoing debate. The meeting was also moderated and moved from question to question in a methodical pace.
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Rockfish Continued from page A-1 ered by many to be the premier sport and commercial species on the bay. This does however carry some burden, as rockfish live so long and reproduce so slowly that without restrictions on fishermen, the rockfish could become endangered. Between 1985 and 1989, Maryland imposed a moratorium on harvesting the species because of declining stocks directly attributed to over-fishing and pollution. Furthermore, by a vote of 7-6 in January, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved a fishing quota of 30,000 – about half the total catch in each of the past two years. The quota was said to be in place because too many rockfish were caught over each of the past two seasons. In St. Mary’s County fishermen are only allowed to catch up to one rockfish per day and it can’t be smaller than 33-inches. After March 15, two catches per day will be allowed. All other caught fish must be released back into the bay.
Maryland is treated differently from other coastal states because the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries are the spawning grounds for more than 70 percent of the East Coast’s rockfish population. On the West Coast, several rockfish species have been petitioned for inclusion on the endangered species list. While the county has not reached that point, Lamb pointed out in his April local fishing report that “scouters out trolling have found fish, but not in great numbers.” The cold weather may have slowed the spawning of the rockfish, which could keep it in the bay until mid June, according to the report. There are a number of active fishing areas around the county, including; McKay’s Beach on the coast of the Potomac, Bushwood Wharf up the Wicomico off Potomac, the York and Rappahannock Rivers, the upper waters of the Potomac and Patuxent rivers and several other Marinas across the county. Adult rockfish swim in
the ocean but lay their eggs in fresh water. Rivers and streams serve as the spawning grounds for most Atlantic Coast rockfish. Those born in the bay spend their first three to five years there before migrating out to the Atlantic, where their life span could reach 30 years. Known for its size and fighting ability, the rockfish is also called striped bass. It has an olive green back, which fades to silver on its sides. The underside is white, and seven to eight dark, continuous stripes run from head to tail. Rockfish was named the Maryland state fish in 1965. “Whereas, The people of Maryland as long time and appreciative residents of the productive Chesapeake Bay area know of it firsthand the recreational and gastronomic delights of this wonderful land, and Whereas, Not the least among the good reasons for living in Maryland is the abundant and unexcelled delicacy of the Chesapeake Bay striped bass or rockfish.” Originally called Roccus saxatilis, scientists corrected the genus designation in the late 1960s.
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Renovations Continued from page A- for the shopping center, a repaving job in the parking lot and replacement street lights in the parking lot as well. Schuchman said the actual renovations would probably begin early in 2008. The shopping center will also get a new marquee sign to top off its new look, Schuchman said. Shop owners there say they are eagerly awaiting the renovations, which they believe are a long time in coming. Business owners said they had been in contact with representatives about the renovations but said that those representatives did not reveal any details about the shape the renovations would take. Schuchman said that despite the lackluster conditions there that the shopping center had seen some improvement in the past two years. “It was half-empty when we took it over,” Schuchman said. “We brought in Roses [department store] and there are more customers coming
Sheriff’s Department Aiming For National Certification By Guy Leonard Staff Writer St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron says he is very optimistic about the county’s law enforcement branch gaining national accreditation from the country’s leading police certification organization after a tenuous three year process. Cameron said the accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is a prestigious honor and represents the gold standard in police accountability and professional practices. “It’s a big deal,” Cameron told The County Times. “It’s a very daunting task.” Any police department or sheriff’s office that seeks
Budget Continued from page A- ed. Those same public school advocates passed out a yellow graph to on comers that outlined declining percentage of public school funding to a rising budget. But Commissioners Thomas A. Mattingly Sr. (D-Leonardtown), Daniel H. Raley (D-Great Mills) and Lawrence Jarboe (R-Golden Beach) spoke cynically Tuesday of the graph’s conclusion. “We were all given this nice yellow graph and you would like to respond, but the bottom line is we are talk-
there than before.” Eleanor Evitts and her partner Denise Lane at Custom Promotion and Embroidery say that the property owners have been slow to make improvements but that the efforts have helped some. They said that in the past six months four new businesses, a tailor’s shop, Pizza Hut, a party store and Kromatic Customs which does automotive detailing and custom tire rim work, had come into the shopping center. Other improvements included potholes patched in the parking lot and new flowers planted around the shopping center concourse. But problems remained, they said. “I do have a complaint: loiterers,” Lane said. “We’re talking about grown men without jobs just loitering,” Evitts added. The combination of loitering plus poor street lighting near their business had them going home before the sun went down, they said.
CALEA’s accreditation must show that their internal policies on police operations, administration, training and many other aspects meet CALEA guidelines which are basically nationally recognized best practices. Not only must the department show CALEA assessors that they have the written policies but that their troops follow those policies to the highest standards. CALEA assessors went over the county sheriff’s office’s policies and put them under a microscope. The sheriff’s department had to comply with 446 major CALEA standards that addressed policies as diverse as the use of force, personnel policies, recruitment discipline, equipment, training,
community involvement and fiscal management. “Their focus is intense,” Cameron said. “They pick you apart.” Deputy Cindy Allen, the office’s CALEA policy coordinator, said that the sheriff’s office held a mock assessment in December where the assessors would look over every aspect of the department’s operations, but that the deputies treated it as the actual on site assessment they completed just this month. “We did everything we would during an on-site assessment,” Allen said. “That’s the commitment to the professionalism of the job.” The deputies provided ride-alongs for the assessors so they could see the actual sheriff’s operations on the
streets and the deputies came out with all their vehicles and equipment for a close inspection as just a few examples of how they tried to show their merit to assessors. One of the three CALEA assessors who inspected the sheriff’s office, Kevin Simpson, deputy chief of the Hinsdale, Ill. Police Department, said that he and his colleagues were pleased with the deputies’ professionalism and commitment to the accreditation process. “For this being an initial accreditation we were very impressed,” Simpson said. “We were very impressed with the personnel of the department.” Simpson said the sheriff’s office fared very well in the use of force policy area where
the deputies had many different force options to effect. The policies governing the use of deadly force were also strict and adhered to closely. Simpson also admired the array of weapons that sheriffs had available to use varying levels of force like chemical spray, batons and Tasers to gradually escalate the force level. The training the deputies received in using those weapons was also top notch, Simpson said. “[The policies] were very thorough in what the sheriff’s deputies could and could not do,” Simpson said. Cameron said that he is awaiting the final report from Simpson to see where the sheriff’s office was deficient; once he received that report he would travel in July to Montreal in Quebec, Canada to the CALEA conference where he would make his case to the CALEA commissioners to receive the accreditation. He said both he and his deputies were anxious to see
ing about county allocation to the Board of Education of over $76 million,” said Raley, “which with the written agreement we got only called for $70 million. “We can play games but with percentages, there are so many different factors. You would like to respond with the same data, but the bottom line is $76 million dollars,” he added in a staggered voice that emphasized the sound of the dollar amount. Mattingly backed his colleaque, saying just nine years ago, the county’s funding to the Board of Education was $42 million. “You can make percentages and graphs do a lot of
funny things if you want to,” added Mattingly. “The bottom line is it’s a substantial investment.” The county has approximately $1.7 million dollars in fund balance that is yet to be designated, according to Chief Financial Officer Elaine Kramer. Those funds have been held back until the state’s distribution of the income tax, which usually arrives in staggered amounts over a threeyear period. Raley criticized the process, citing it as inconsistent with the way the county collects state property tax and sends it promptly in full. “They are really pro-
tecting us from ourselves,” Kramer told commissioners, which was met with a couple of grins and laughs. “That’s what they’ve said to me.” Meanwhile, as the commissioners grappled with how and if they should use the fund balance, Mattingly asked staff to look for grant opportunities similar to last year’s technology grant to public libraries. Grant opportunities are a way for the commissioners to move money out of the operating budget and free it up for several department and non-governmental budget requests. The Department of Public Works and Transportation requested an additional
$12,000 from its appropriated amount, Recreation and Parks $5,700, Public Safety $58,000, Public Library $20,000 and Tri-County Youth Services $58,239. Land Use and Growth Management, Marcey House and the Department of Aging were some of the others that have resubmitted requests for additional funding. Mattingly also called for staff to look into matching a $25,000 grant from Annapolis for the restoration of Tudor Hall and for a permanent increase to the educational programs offered at Sotterley Plantation. “My hope was when we made that increase five or six
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“We leave before it gets dark outside,” Evitts said. “It could be a lot lighter out there [when the sun sets.] “I think our clients would feel better about coming to a place that looks better.” Schuchman said he had contacted the county sheriff’s and asked for their assistance in taking care of the loitering problem at the center. “They’re [the deputies] going to take care of that problem,” Schuchman said. “That [loitering should be a thing of the past.” Evitts and Lane said the constant growth of newer shopping centers that offered higher-end retail than at St. Mary’s Square had taken its competitive toll on the old shopping center, but they were optimistic things would get better. “People just have more options to pick from; they don’t have to come here,” Lane said. “But this area has to get better, there’s too much on Route 235, that area’s just too overcrowded.”
whether the office received the honor. If it did, Cameron said, the sheriff’s office would then have to keep up with CALEA standards for three years to get reaccredited. “It’s not just a change in policy, it’s a change in the way we do business,” Cameron said. “It’s not enough that you have these policies, you have to live by them.” If the sheriff’s office gets the CALEA certification then they would be the 74th such law enforcement agency in the country to do so. There are 3,087 sheriffs’ offices nationally. “We truly are in a class by itself when we earn this,” Allen said. To Cameron, the accreditation was a reflection on the enthusiasm and skill of his troops. “It’s a testament to their work ethic; bottom line,” Cameron said.
years ago that appropriations would stay for the education program,” said Mattingly. “I don’t know if we can do it through a grant or fund balance. He also asked staff to look into a $20,000 request from Greenwell State Park. While finding the money for these projects is still up in the air, Mattingly suggested the county look for grant opportunities and small loopholes that could free up a few hundred thousand dollars. “We’re not talking about trying to find millions of dollars,” he added.
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Obituaries Hattie Louise Bludson, 90 Hattie Louise Bludson, 90, of Lexington Park, Md. died April 20 at CiVista Medical Center. Born Jan. 15, 1917 in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Carrie Davis. She is survived by her brother Leroy Byrd of Washington, D.C.. She was preceded in death by her sister Virginia Davis. The family received friends on Friday, April 27 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church, Lexington Park, Md., where a Funeral Service was said. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Floyd Edward Clayton, Sr., 81 Floyd Edward Clayton, Sr., 81, of Piney Point, Md. died April 26, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born March 1, 1926 in St. Mary’s County, Md., he was the son of the late Ross Edward and Hattie Mae Blackwell Clayton. He was the beloved husband of Ann Elizabeth Lawrence Clayton whom he married on May 16, 1945 in Holy Face Church. He is survived by his children Theresa Price of Mechanicsville, Md., Lois Clayton of Loveville, Md., Floyd Edward Clayton, Jr. of Piney Point, Md. and John Clayton of Mechanicsville, Md., siblings; Catherine Travers of St. George Island, Ralph Clayton Sr. of Piney Point, Md. and Betty Mason of Valley Lee, Md., 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. A lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, Floyd worked as a waterman for Stewart Petroleum Company for 29 years, retiring in 1988. He served in the US Army during World War II from 1944- 1946. The family received friends on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in St. Lukes’ UAME Church, Piney Point, where a Funeral Service was held at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Rudy Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in St. Luke’s UAME Church Cemetery, St. George’s Island, Md. Pallbearers will be Ralph Clayton Jr., Steven Mason, Gerald Blackwell, Daryl Blackwell, James Price and Larvelle Herbert. Honorary pallbearers will be William Blackwell, Stephen Ross Clayton Bennett, Troy Herbert and Wayne Blackwell. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Robert “Bob” Elbert Clements, Sr., 71 R o b e r t “Bob” Elbert Clements, Sr., 71, of St. Inigoes, Md. and formerly of Greenville, Ill. died April 28, 2007 at his residence. Born April 24, 1936 in Tamalco, IL he was the son of the late William Elmer and Viola Mae Alexander Clements. He was the loving husband of Amy Jeanette Clements whom he married on Nov. 25, 1958 in Trinity Episcopal Church. He is survived by his children: Viola J. Stewart, Dianna L. Dean and Robert E. Clements, Jr. all of St. Inigoes, Md.; siblings: Jessie Adocck of Mulberry Grove, Ill., Charlie Clements of Greenville, Ill., James Clements of Carlyle, Ill., and Bernise Clements of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 10 grandchildren: Shaunte Edwards, William E. Clements, Jr., Samantha Edwards, Hannah Clements, Marvin Edwards, Shelby Clements, Robert E.
Albertine Thomas Lancaster, 82
Albertine Thomas Lancaster, 82, of Clements, III, Ashley Dean, California, Md. Denise Dean and Morgan died Tuesday, Clements. He was preceded April 24, 2007 in in death by his son: William St. Mary’s HosE. Clements; siblings: Ray pital, LeonardClements, John Clements and town, Md., after an extended Elmer Clements. illness. Mr. Clements graduated Born on July 16, 1924 in from Greenville High School New York City, N.Y., AlberClass of 1955. He moved to St. tine was the daughter of the Mary’s County in June 1975 late Agatha Estridge Thomas from Great Lakes, Ill., where and Alfred Thomas of St. he worked as an aircraft me- Kitts, West Indies. chanic for Dyncorp and reAlbertine was a devout tired in 1997 after 15 years of Catholic. She was baptized service. He also served in the and grew up as a member of U.S. Navy for 20 years from the St. Charles Borromeo RoJune 1955 until June 1975 and man Catholic Church in New served during the Vietnam York City. At the time of her War. His hobbies were: fish- death she was a member of the ing, crabbing, watching TV Immaculate Heart of Mary and good cooking. Roman Catholic Church in The family will receive Lexington Park, Md. friends on Wednesday, May Albertine was educated 2, 2007 from 10–11 a.m. in in the public schools of New Trinity Episcopal Church, St. York City. After graduating Mary’s City, Md., where a Fu- from high school, she received neral Service will be held at a Bachelor of Arts degree from 11 a.m. with Rev. Rona Hard- Hunter College. Tina’s graduing officiating. Interment will ate studies include a Master follow in the church cemetery. of Social Work degree from Pallbearers will be: Robert E. Fordham University School of Clements, Jr., James Stewart, Social Work, and certification William E. Clements, Jr., Leon in the field of mental health A. Dean, Marvin Edwards, III from Fordham’s Post Graduand Eugene Forrest. Contribu- ate Center for Mental Health. tions may be made to: Ridge Albertine’s career as a Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. clinical psychiatric social Box 456, Ridge, Md. 20680. worker in New York City inArrangements provided by cludes her work at the Foundthe Mattingley-Gardiner Fu- ling Hospital, Children’s Aid neral Home, P.A. Society, and Child Welfare Agency. She served as Adjunct Professor of Social James Alexander Forrest, Work at American International College in Springfield, Jr., 70 Massachusetts, and the Bronx James Alexander For- Community College in the rest, Jr., 70, of San Francisco, Bronx, New York. After her marriage to Ca., formerly of Leonardtown, John G. Lancaster in 1971, AlMd. died April 27, 2007 at his bertine moved to St. Mary’s residence. Born July 16, 1936 in County, Maryland and worked Leonardtown, Md., he was for 16 years at the Department the son of James Alexander of Social Services as a superForrest, Sr. of Ridge, MD and visor for child welfare, includHarriett Ann (Swales) Forrest ing foster care and adoptions. “Tina” was an active member of Leonardtown, Md. In addition to his parents, of the National Association he is survived by his siblings, of Social Workers, and the George G. Forrest of Fair- Academy of Certified Social fax, Va., Lewis E. Forrest, I Workers. She was instrumenof Dale City, Va., Barbara A. tal in helping to organize the Thompson of Leonardtown, first Child Welfare Day in St. Md., Francis (Bert) Forrest Mary’s County. Albertine’s of Leonardtown, Md., and professionalism and leaderhis California family, Bernie ship in the field of social work was acclaimed at the local, Granda. For funeral arrange- state and national levels. She ments please call the Brins- encouraged all with whom field Funeral Home, P.A. at she worked to expand their horizons, and thus made ac301-475-5588. Memorial contributions cessible to the citizens of St. may be made to Cardinal Mary’s County an improved Gibbons Institute Scholar- social work organization. After retirement from the ship Fund c/o St. Peter Claver Church, P.O. Box 240, St. Ini- Department of Social Services, she was appointed by goes, Md. 20684. Condolences to the fam- governor Harry Hughes as ily may be left at www.brins- Southern Maryland’s first African American woman repfieldfuneral.com. A full obituary will ap- resentative to the Maryland State Board of Education, pear at a later date. where she served the maximum 10 year period. In addition to her profesJacqueline Ann Koller, 82 sional career, she was active Jacqueline Ann Koller, and took leadership roles in 82, of Tall Timbers, Md. died a variety of community and April 27, 2007 in St. Mary’s civic organizations. Albertine Nursing Center, Leonard- was a life time member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. She was town, Md. Born February 20, 1925 founder, charter member and in Park Falls, Wis., she was a past president of the Souththe daughter of the late Joseph ern Maryland Chain Chapter, Lucas and Joyce (Peterson) The Links, Inc., which will celebrate 25 years of service Lucas. She is survived by her to the community this year. three children, Linda Marie She served as president of the Fisher of Tall Timbers, Md., Loretta House Board of DiPatricia Ann Pritz of Park rectors, which established the Falls, WI, and Thomas John first group home for boys in Koller of West Lynn, OR, two the county; she was past presbrothers, Joseph Lucas, Jr. of ident of the Margaret Brent Park Falls, Wis., and James Business and Professional Lucas of Rice Lake, Wis., Women’s Club, past presifive grandchildren, and one dent of the St. Mary’s County Board of Library Trustees and great-grandchild. All services will be a member of the Three Oakes Board of Directors. Tina was private. contribu- active in the American AssoMemorial tions may be made to The ciation of University Women, National Audubon So- the League of Women VotDepartment W, ers, the Democratic Club, ciety, 700 Broadway, New York, the NAACP, the Delicados, and the organizer and past N.Y. 10003. Arrangements by the president of the Merry Wives Brinsfield Funeral Home, Club. Tina was a recipient of P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, varied community honors and awards. Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Tina was a loving and Condolences to the famsupportive wife and mother. ily may be left at www.brinsShe leaves to cherish her fieldfuneral.com. memory, her husband, John G. Lancaster of California, Md., former St. Mary’s County
Commissioner, her son, John G. Lancaster, Jr. of San Francisco, Ca., her daughter, Shirley Elaine Gholston of Greenbelt, Md., grandson, Bruce J. Lancaster (LaShawn), greatgrandson, Miles Lancaster, godson, Gerald Grayson and a host of relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her two sisters, Lydia E. Thomas and Evelyn T. McBean, niece, Thea McBean Custis, and nephew, Vaughn J. McBean. “Tina” as she was affectionately called was the youngest child and the last member of her immediate family line. The family received friends on Friday, April 27 from 6- 9 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park, Md. Prayers were recited at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. in the church. Father Jack Kennealy will be the celebrant. In New York, the viewing and family visitation will be on Monday, April 30 in Benta’s Funeral Home, 630 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York. Interment will be on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 in St. Raymond’s Cemetery, Bronx, N.Y. Expressions of remembrance may be made through donations to the Southern Maryland Chain Chapter, The Links, Inc. for the Albertine T. Lancaster Memorial Scholarship. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.
Gerard Philip Marski, 91 Gerald Phillip Marski, 91, of Leonardtown, Md. died April 24, 2007 in Solomons Nursing Center, Solomons, Md. Born June 14, 1915 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Joseph Albert Marski and Catherine McDonough Marski. He is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane Walsh of Leonardtown, Md. and Ann Marie Brant of Ridgefield, Conn., eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Gerald P. Marski, Jr. and his daughter, Carolyn M. Anderson. All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Face Church, P.O. Box 106, Great Mills, Md. 20634 and/or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, Va. 23058-5216. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.
Thursday, March 3, 2007 Owen and his wife, Jennifer, and seven grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A Graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 1 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE House c/o HOSPICE of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.
plastered houses and later he was known for managing the Half Way House Restaurant and Bar for approximately 20 years, retiring in 1970. Joe enjoyed gardening and fishing. The family received friends on Friday, April 27 at the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. with prayers being said at 7 p.m. with Msgr. Paul Gozaloff officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mechanicsville, Md. with Fr. Peter Alliata officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Memorial John Vernon Nagle, 26 Gardens, Waldorf, Md. PallJohn Vernon Nagle, 26, bearers will be Wayne Raley, of Mechanicsville, Md. died Michael Raley, Brian ThompApril 29, 2007 in Georgetown son, Billy Smith, Jimmie HarUniversity Hospital, Wash- ris and Ronnie Smith. Contributions may be made to Meington, D.C. Born Oct. 4, 1980, he was chanicsville Rescue Squad, the son of John Stephen Nagle P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, and Janet Louise Higgs Nagle. Md. 20659. Arrangements He had a special place in ev- provided by Mattingley-Gareryone’s heart. He was a joy diner Funeral Home, P.A. to his family and wise beyond his years. He was knowledgeable in many aspects of the Christopher Alan Pilkerentertainment industry. Alton, 41 ways providing information on the latest films, music and Christopher technology associated with “Chris” Alan the industry. He was a writer Pilkerton, 41, of of poetry and was diligently Waldorf, Md. and working to produce the ulti- formerly of Branmate screenplay. We looked dywine, Md. died to John for his expert opin- April 26, 2007 at ions and were always amazed his residence. at his insight into a world that Born June he found at his fingertips. His 16, 1965 in Annapolis, Md., enthusiasm for life was never he was the son of Mary Helen tempered by what many saw Angle Pilkerton of Leonardas a devastating disability. town, Md., and the late John John contributed 20 years of Franklin Pilkerton Sr. He is his life to promoting the wor- survived by his siblings; Barthy goal of the Muscular Dys- bara Hayden of Lexington trophy Association, “finding Park, Md., John F. Pilkerton a cure”. His talent and gusto Jr. of Waldorf, Md., Sharon were enlisted each of those McKenzie of Front Royal, Va. twenty years for the “Fair”. and Timothy Pilkerton of MeThis event, held each year, at chanicsville, Md. the Farmer’s Market in CharA graduate of Gwynn lotte Hall, MD has raised Park Sr. high school, Class more than $100,000 for MDA. of 1983, Chris moved from Lines from a poem by John, Brandywine, Md. in July of “How I wish I could soar like 1998 to Waldorf, Md. He was an eagle, open my wings, soar a heavy equipment operator above it all. No obstacle be for Gudelsky Materials for 13 inconquerable, no boundary years and loved hunting and could tie me down”. drag racing. In addition to his parents, Prayers were said on he is survived by a sister, Julie Monday, April 30 at MattingAnn Nagle of Mechanicsville, ley-Gardiner Funeral Home Md. where a funeral service was Family will receive held on Tuesday, May 1, 2007 friends on Wednesday, May 2 with Fr. Joe Sileo officiating. from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Brins- Interment followed in Charles field Funeral Home, P.A. in Memorial Gardens. PallLeonardtown, Md. Prayers bearers were Mark Cooksey, will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mark Young, Donald Jones Funeral Service will be con- Sr., David Gatton, Donald ducted on Thursday, May 3 at Jones Jr. and Ward McAlwee. noon in the Brinsfield Funeral Honorary Pallbearers were Home Chapel. Interment will Jeffery Pilkerton, John Curtis follow in Charles Memorial Pilkerton and Roger Denny. Gardens, Leonardtown, Md. Contributions may be made Serving as pallbearers to American Diabetes Assowill be William Davis, Joe ciation, P.O. Box 1131, FairWood, Ralph Gray, Jamie fax, Va. 22038. Arrangements Wilkerson, Robert Hurt, and provided by Mattingley-GarDave Adams. Honorary pall- diner Funeral Home, P.A. bearers will be Todd Wood and Corey Wilkerson.
Helen Pearl Maxson, 84 Helen Pearl Maxson, 84, of California, Md. died April 25, 2007 in Solomons Nursing Center, Solomons, Md. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Condolences to the family may be left at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Robert Paul Meinecke, 71 Robert Paul Meinecke, 71, of Charlotte Hall, Md. died April 12, 2007 in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, Md. Born Sep. 9, 1935 in Gloversville, N.Y., he was the son of the late Robert Paul Meinecke and Paula (Weber) Meinecke. He is survived by his brother, Paul G. Meinecke and his wife, Sharon of Lexington Park, Md., nephew, Senior Chief Eric Meinecke of Virginia Beach, Va., stepnieces, Lori Tribino and her husband, Michael, Cynthia Randall and her husband, Michael, and Heidi Guy, stepnephews, Scott Owen and his wife, Tina, and Douglas
Joseph “Joe” R. Pilkerton, 90 Joseph “Joe” R. Pilkerton, 90, Mechanicsville, Md. died April 24, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital. Born May 15, 1916 in Mechanicsville, Md. he was the son of the late Alfred R. and Catherine Adams Pilkerton. He was the loving husband of Mary Lee Pilkerton, whom he married on June 2, 1973 in Mt. Zion Church, Hillville, Md. He was also the loving husband of the late Dot Smith Pilkerton who preceded him in death in 1966. He is survived by his daughter; Rosie Thompson of Avenue, Md., his brother Mike Pilkerton of Mechanisville, Md., four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Christine Raley and his siblings; Amanda Hendley, Helen Higgs, Ethel Wheatley, Archie Pilkerton, Cecelia Smith, Morgan Pilkerton, Richard Pilkerton, Jessee Pilkerton and Wilson Pilkerton. He was a lifelong St. Mary’s County resident and in his early career he farmed and
Violet Thelma Rudasill, 91 Violet Thelma Rudasill, 91, of St. Mary’s City, Md. died April 24, 2007 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown, Md. Born July 10, 1915 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late William Franklin Shelton and Laura Louise (Chaney) Shelton. Mrs. Rudasill was a member of the Julia Hall Chapter Eastern Star #107. She enjoyed china painting. She is survived by her daughter, Violet T. Morgan of Hollywood, Md., son, Leroy U. Rudasill, Jr. of Buena Vista, Va., six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Unsworth Rudasill, her son, William B. Rudasill, and her sister, Mary Shelton. The family received friends on Thursday, April 26 from 5- 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, Md. Eastern Star prayers were recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Service was conducted on Friday, April 27 See Obits page A-
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Gang Land Shooting Continued from page A-1 chances. “We’re pretty confident we have the suspects but we’re still looking at other leads,” Burris said. “We’re not closing this case by any means.” The shooting, which occurred April 24, rocked the Suburban Drive mobile home community with a hail of gunfire that put residents, including children on a playground, in a crossfire according to sheriff’s deputies. At approximately 6 p.m. that day police responded to reports of a gunfight in which about ten suspects armed with handguns and shotguns drove up in three vans, exited and opened fire on five others across from them at a residence. Two of the victims returned fire, police reports said, and the suspects fled the scene. Two people were hit and one was taken to Prince George’s Shock Trauma by helicopter for shotgun wounds that were not immediately life-threatening. That victim was treated and released. The second victim, whom sheriff’s deputies are still looking for, fled the scene. That victim is believed to have been shot in the gunfight but the extent of his injuries are unknown. One resident who did not want their name used for fear of retaliation from gang members, said that living in the neighborhood was becoming a “scary” proposition. “This whole entire neighborhood is changing for the worse,” the resident said.
“This [shooting] is epic for this neighborhood.” The resident said groups of young men, black and Hispanic, can be seen walking up and down the streets wearing the same colors as part of their clothing; likely marking them as gang members. That day of the shooting, sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony L. Brooks, 26, and Deshawn A. Carey, 18, both of Lexington Park on charges of attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and firstdegree assault. On April 26 and again on April 30, investigators continued making arrests. Investigators arrested Jarrell R. Johnson, 19, with attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, and firstdegree assault. Amos S. Milburn, 27, and a 17-year-old male were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. George Maddox, 27, was charged with first-degree assault and James T. Moore, 19, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. Investigators’ latest arrest was of Darien K. Thornton, 18, of Great Mills for conspiracy to commit first degree assault. All the other suspects are from Lexington Park and are being held in the county Adult Detention Center, save Moore who was released on bail, according to Burris. Cameron was shocked at the level of violence displayed
by the rival factions and said he had never seen anything like it in the county. “I have never heard of anything like that here,” Cameron said. “It was just wild.” He was grateful that no one, especially the children who were near the gunfire, was killed. It could’ve just as easily gone the other way, he said. “You can’t take a bullet back,” Cameron said. Cameron said that the sheriff’s office and the State’s Attorney’s Office along with the Local Management Board and other government agencies were compiling hard crime data from around the county to ascertain just how prevalent gangs were in the county. But one thing was sure, Cameron said, that gangs were already here in the county and they were a problem. The only question that remained was how far their influence spread. “Do we have a gang issue? I’d say yes,” Cameron said. “We just don’t know to what extent.”
In July 1973, he was selected for the College Degree Program and attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fl., receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science in Dec. 1974. Upon completion of his degree, he had subsequent tours with Marine Aircraft Group 36, serving as a Quality Control Officer and as the Assistant Officer in charge of Sub-Unit 2, Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 36 in Atsugi, Japan. In Mar. 1976, he was transferred to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, New River, North Carolina where he served as the Group NATOPS Officer. He was transferred to HMT-204 in July 1976, where he served as the Assistant Aircraft Maintenance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer and was promoted to the rank of Major. He was subsequently assigned to MAG-26 where he coordinated the design and development of the CH-46E Flight Simulator Training Device, which is currently used throughout the Marine Corps. From June 1979 through June 1980, he attended the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Al. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Marine Helicopter One, Quantico, Va. During this tour, he served as the S4 Officer, Operations Officer and Presidential Command Pilot and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In July 1984, he reported to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan where he served as the Commanding Officer of MABS 36. After completion of his Westpac tour, Lieutenant Colonel Watkins was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, North Island in Aug. 1985. In Aug. 1988 he reported to 3rd MAW as the Director of Safety. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel in Feb. 1989. In July 1990 he reported to MAG-16 as the Executive Officer. In Sep. of 1990 he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of MAG-16 (Rear) during Operations Desert
Storm and Desert Shield. In April 1991 he was reassigned as the Executive Officer of MAG-16. In Aug. 1991 he was transferred to Headquarters Marine Corps where he assumed duty as Director of Total Quality Leadership (TQL). In June 1992 he was assigned Installation and Logistics as the Branch Head for Land Use and Military Construction (LFL) where he supported the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Col. Watkins retired in June 1996 having served 30 years in the Marine Corps. In 1996, Col. Watkins was employed with Bell Helicopter Textron where he was primarily involved in the V22 “Osprey” program at NAS Pax River in Southern Maryland. He retired from Bell Helicopter in 2005. Colonel Watkins’s decorations and awards include the Silver Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Numeral 42, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and numerous other unit awards, Presidential Service Certificate and Presidential Service Badge. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jane L. Watkins of California, Md., two children, Lisa Watkins of Oakton, Va., and Michael Watkins of Pasadena, Ca., five brothers and sisters, Sue Hover of Harviell, Mo., Ron Watkins of Hendersonville, N.C., Roy Watkins of Sikeston, Mo., Glen Watkins of Bernie, Mo., and Linda Davis of Haleyville, Al. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Wolters. A Graveside Service will be conducted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, http://semperfifund. org/1ssDIY/howHelp.php. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md., 20650.
Continued from page A- at 10 a.m. in First Friendship United Methodist Church, Ridge, Md. Reverend Keith Schukraft conducted the service. Interment will follow in Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, St. Mary’s City, Md. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE House c/o HOSPICE of St. Mary’s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650 and/or HOPE c/o Church of the Ascension, 21641 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park, Md. 20653. Condolences to the family may be left at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Robert W. Watkins, 61 Robert W. Watkins, 61, a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel, died on April 21, 2007 of leukemia at home with family and friends. Born Nov. 14, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of the late Lindell Watkins and Oniece Embrey Watkins. As a native of St. Louis, Mo., Robert Watkins enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Feb. 1966. In March of 1967, he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in June 1967. Upon completion of the Basic School, he underwent flight training in Pensacola, Fl. and was designated a Naval Aviator in Jan. 1969. He was assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Santa Ana, Ca., where he was trained as a CH-46 helicopter pilot. In June 1969, he reported for duty with Marine Aircraft Group 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in the Republic of Vietnam where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer. Upon completion of his tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to Pensacola, Fl. as a Flight Instructor, where he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
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Christmas in April Continued from page A- This year was a particularly good one for getting volunteers to come out. “We had a about 400 more than expected,” Chasen said, adding that the group spent about $75,000 to repair the homes. But she said the actual value of the work, coupled with the many donations in building supplies and volunteer efforts was more on the order of $300,000 in value. The volunteers at the Wathen home were busy tearing up the roof of the home and replacing windows in the back of the house in the early morning hours that Saturday. Mike Oliveras of Hollywood said he volunteered because of the chance to help people and to learn more about home care. “I’m just helping out,” Oliveras said. “It’s a good thing; and you learn a thing or two about taking care of your own house.” Volunteers at the Wathen home would’ve like to do more there that day but they realized they didn’t have the time. That was the hard part about the volunteer work, said Lee Sours of Leonardtown. “That’s the sad part about Christmas in April,” Sours said. “You always think about what more you’d want to do but you’ve only got one day to do it in.” Over in Great Mills, another homeowner was getting some desperately needed help on his home. Leroy Bush, once an interstate truck driver, had taken sick with diabetes, liver problems and walked with a cane. His condition made home rePhoto by Guy Leonard pairs impossible for him alone. Volunteers work to set up a wheelchair ramp at the home of Leroy Bush in Great Mills. Christmas in April volunteers also helped repair the roof of his screened-in porch and replaced Volunteers swarmed around his cabinets and tiles in his kitchen. trailer, building a wheel chair ramp and replacing his water heater as well as the roof on his screened-in porch. Volunteers were also busy replacing cabinets and aging floor tiles in his kitchen. It was more work than what they expected, house captain Scott Stahr said, but they pushed ahead with the task. “It kind of grew on us,” Stahr said. Bush was happy to have the help. He sat outside and watched the volunteers repair his domicile. “It needs it bad,” Bush said of his trailer. “They’re doing a good job; I just can’t do what I used to do.” David Holtzem, who has volunteered for Christmas in April for the past five years, enjoyed doing the work for the same reason as the other volunteers; just to help someone out. But he also enjoyed working with a dedicated group of people who put their all into getting a task done. “I get to help people but I also go to work with people who do this so I learn something too,” Holtzem said. “One thing about Christmas in April is that we come and we jump right in and get it done. These people don’t play around.”
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Lee Sours of Leonardtown right and Brian Makowski of Lusby work on the roof at the Wathen home in Helen. They had to fix the fascia board on the edge of the roof before the replacement sections of the roof could be laid down.
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